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I picked up a canon ae1 at Value village the other day, I wanted to run a roll through it to see if it was in there for a reason. So I called up my go-to model… she said she wasn’t feeling to pretty but she was down for a quick shoot. I think her scars are beautiful, they tell a story… add character to an otherwise plain body. You can tell she’s been places and done things, there is a tale for every mark, but will you be lucky enough to hear it? I have been. She’s got a lot of heart for a soul that’s taken so much abuse. I hope I’ll always be able to bring her out to snap a few photos, she makes a great model, one of my favourites…

Camera works. Anyone want to buy a solid slr and have some fun with film?

IB History Tips Part 1 Exams
  • Crash course  Is an excellent way to prepare for your paper 3 examine, plus a helpful reminded. 
  • IB will cover anything from technology advances from World War 1 to World War 2. With this being said, for example during WW1 it was considered more of a trench warfare unlike during WW2 air crafts and other forms of methods of travel became more available. 
  • Know the difference between Single Party States and Multi Party States
  • Understanding the difference between foreign intervention, two great Civil Wars that demonstrate this  the most is the Chinese Civil War or the Spanish Civil War
  • During WW1 the Soviet Union (Russia) was not heavily involved unlike during WW2
  • Gather Historian views such as AJP Taylor who wrote the Origins of the Second World War, even just one historian will show you understand the topics 
  • Gather old IB examines and choose several questions from each topic to work out and gather more information
  • Choose something you’re passionate about, when I took my examine I studied China a lot so I could write about Mao Zedong’s rise to power, the Chinese Culture Revolution, or even the the Great Four Leap Forward
  • When Talking about Multi Party or Single Party states, look up how each one for example Germany Vs China treated women, education, etc
  • Be able to tie in anything including how the person who was head of the state lived, for example Mao grew up on a farm or Juan Peron married Evita who helped bring in social reforms and women’s rights which guaranteed him his presidency. 

Introducing…Fitzgerald’s The Great Blue Jay, AXP AJP.

Aka…we got our last Excellent Standard leg yesterday, finishing up our Excellent title; we are now officially in Masters! The quest for our PACH  title has begun. Getting the required 20 QQ’s will be tough, but I’m looking forward to it. 

We also got our second Masters JWW leg yesterday, with a 1st Place (in a class of eight dogs) and 14 PACH points.

So incredibly proud of Gatsby!

Reasons why we should not legalize Marijuana

I’m opposed to the legalization of any illegal drugs for multiple reasons, and I think it is sad that we’ve reached the point where we’re even seriously discussing it. “Even” Marijuana, which is anything but risk-free:

Marijuana can trigger schizophrenia.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2892048

Smoking cannabis increases risk of depression in the case of genetic vulnerability
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/10/111010074853.htm

Study finds brain changes in young marijuana users
http://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/health-wellness/2014/04/15/casual-marijuana-use-creates-brain-changes-new-report-shows/X1cN8A7h5pOVJkeYkXTXlJ/story.html

Cannabis use changes the size and shape of sperm, potentially affecting male fertility.
http://sciencealert.com.au/news/20140606-25631.html

Marijuana Use and Risk of Lung Cancer
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23846283/

Persistent Cannabis Users Show Neuropsychological Decline from Childhood to Midlife
http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2012/08/22/1206820109.short

Review of the Validity and Significance of Cannabis Withdrawal Syndrome
http://ajp.psychiatryonline.org/article.aspx?articleid=177137#SEC6

Cannabis Dependence
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cannabis_dependence

Cannabis Smoking ‘Permanently Lowers IQ’
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/9426205/Cannabis-smoking-permanently-lowers-IQ.html

Cannabis Use, Abuse, and Dependence
http://www.netce.com/coursecontent.php?courseid=852

The Health Effects of Marijuana
http://alcoholism.about.com/od/pot/a/effects.-Lya.htm

Long and Short Term Effects of Marijuana Use
http://www.theroadout.org/drug_information/marijuana/long_and_short_term_effects_of_marijuana_use.html

Marijuana
http://en.metapedia.org/wiki/Marijuana

Marijuana May Cause Heart Problems in Young Adults
https://uk.news.yahoo.com/marijuana-may-cause-heart-problems-young-adults-195750879.html#SFmiiCx

Marijuana Said to Trigger Heart Attacks
http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/2000/03.02/marijuana.html

Marijuana Smoking Tied to Testicular Cancer
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/09/11/us-marijuana-cancer-idUSBRE88A03720120911

http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/marijuana
http://www.drugfreeworld.org/drugfacts/marijuana/short-and-long-term-effects.html

http://cee.lse.ac.uk/pubs/abstract.asp?index=4606

Sure, one might now argue that alcohol and cigarettes are legal already so this should be, too, but do two wrongs make a right? I believe that those cause enough problems by themselves already, there is no need to unleash another harmful substance on society, even if it’s “less” harmful. I am well aware of the amount of users it has, but I think that just because a problem is big, surrendering in the face of it and just permitting it is not the way to go, that would be the same as as legalizing theft because many people have been stealing lately. And the black market doesn’t become less bad if you legalize its business, either - it simply takes away any legal means of stopping those people. Furthermore, any possible revenue from legalizing and taxing it will hardly cover the material and immaterial cost of drugs being freely available to the public and especially young people.

I don’t want to live in a society that tolerates or even encourages drug use, which is the inevitable outcome of a legalization policy. And once that is done, the same junkies and hippies that are calling for it now will use the same arguments on the next drug they want to be able to dumb themselves down with without having to fear the law. Just actually enforce our laws and crack down, hard, on anyone caught selling illegal substances regardless the amount. Singapore doesn’t have a drug problem, either, and while I generally am opposed to the death penalty, long prison sentences should have the same effect.

(Also a special thanks to my boyfriend for putting together this list of links)