benefits of plants in the office

So, you’ve been approached by a police officer, or two, and you have a little (or a lot) of bud on you.
What now?

Here are 5 things to remember as a cannabis user when dealing with the police:

1. Check your state laws. Is cannabis legalized for adult use or medicinally? Are you eligible to benefit? What are the maximum amounts of plants, dried flowers, and concentrate you can have? Make sure you know the current laws in your area. If you’re a medical patient, make sure to have an ID card with you and quick access to verification.

2. Beware baggies. Authority figures tend to look at baggies as an intent to sell. Try keeping your flowers in a prescription bottle, air tight jar or box instead.

3. Remember your rights! Unfortunately, in all states but California and Arizona, the smell of weed can be used as probable cause to search your car and personhood. However, according to the Fourth Amendment, you are protected from unreasonable search and seizure unless there is probable cause or a warrant. It’s important to let the officer know you do not consent to a search, even if they do so anyway.

4. Be quiet!

Outside of your name and address you are not obligated to talk to the police. The more information you give the more chances you have of saying something that might incriminate yourself. According to the Fifth Amendment you have the right to remain silent. Here are some good phrases and questions to use if stopped by the police:

 “Why did you pull me over?” 

“I’m not discussing my day.”

 “Am I being detained or am I free to go?”

 “I’m going to remain silent. I want a lawyer.” 

 5. Be nice! A calm attitude can turn a potentially nerve wracking situation with the police into a quick and uneventful one.

REMEMBER. Although cannabis is federally illegal, local and state police cannot turn you over to the feds if you are possessing, cultivating or transporting within the legal parameters of your state.

Stay safe, stay educated and stay elevated.

This is the Jiffy mascot. His name is Corny.

This is the president and CEO of the Jiffy empire. His name is Howdy. He’s the one in the middle. He’s the fourth generation to run the family business: the Chelsea Milling Company in Chelsea, Michigan. (Oh, that’s me on the left; producer/photographer/awesome traveling buddy Elissa Nadworny on the right.)

I talked Howdy Holmes into making corn muffins with me at company HQ. He was totally game, though I have to say: not a natural baker. (Sorry, Howdy!)

It was Howdy Holmes’ grandmother Mabel who came up with the idea to create the country’s first pre-packaged baking mix. The Jiffy mix came out in 1930, and the rest is baking history. I adore these little recipes Mabel jotted down in her notebooks. They’re hanging in the hall outside Howdy’s office. (I’m quite sure my grandma Val’s recipes also call for “nutmeats.”)

If you work for Jiffy, you get free mixes for life, even after you retire. The company started in 1907, and Howdy Holmes told me they’ve never laid off an employee: They’ve managed to downsize through attrition as older workers retire. The company has 311 workers now; Holmes figures with automation, they’ll be down to 240 in ten years, but will produce four times the volume. Current pay is roughly $22 an hour, plus benefits, and workers doing the same job get the same pay regardless of whether they started today or twenty years ago. 

Fun fact about Howdy Holmes: before he took over the family business, he used to be a race car driver. His Indy 500 rookie of the year plaque hangs in his office. 

You can listen to our story from the Jiffy plant and see more pictures here: 


Photos: Melissa Block/NPR

Day6 as CEOs

Originally posted by steveharringtonisamilf


- The kind of CEO that sends his staff daily morning motivation emails
- Titles it “A message from the CEO for you” with a matching bear photo of some kind
- Also the kind that would give a random half day to all his staff whenever he’s in a terrific mood
- Suits all day everyday
- Starts the board meeting with “Do you guys like my new suit?”
- Always hypes the interns especially on their first day “Welcome to our company!”
- Also always arrive earlier than everyone else, EVERYDAY
- Would make sure all his pencils are equally sharpened
- Made Friday a “Vintage band tshirts only” day, no exceptions


- You kind of wonder how in the world this dude became the CEO??
- Until you attend the board’s meeting with him and realized, oh, he knows his shiz
- Quiet at first, but then once he starts talking, everyone goes quiet
- Real good talker, knows how to get his points out there without offending anybody
- Someone please help him with his office wear though?
- Never bothered with office wear, told the whole office it’s casual day all day errday
- One day he came in with his hoodie and they thought he was an intern lmao
Thursdays are Tacos day no explanation, just go with it


- Fashionably late, always
- He’s all about the creativity freedom so he allows drastic hair colors at work
- Not forgetting how he wants the office to be decorated according to the festivities
- “Oh it’s Chinese New Year? Paint the walls red and make sure I have some dragon graffiti going on on that corner”
- Has a hard time firing people even when they’re under-performing
- The peacemaker in heated up board meetings
- Always the best dressed in any posh events
- Is he the CEO or a model, nobody knows
- The office always feel weird dressing down on Fridays because he’s always so dressed up
- So they made Fridays a super formal instead just to turn things around


- Staff always gets shocked whenever they come for the final interview because how is he the CEO??? and how does he looks so cute and friendly?!
- You’d think he’s all fluff and rainbows but when he finds out that there’s some toxic politics going around the office, best believe he’ll go right down on that ish
- He’s all about equality and would fire people who are bullies without mercy
- Meanwhile, he will reward staff that are hardworking and honest
- Would dead ass hug his managers whenever they land a good deal
- Takes his own notes during board meetings
- Would email his whole office every Monday with movie recommendations (they’re all rom coms)
- IDKY but I’d imagine him to have lots of plants in his office? Maybe even a humudifier?


- He’s the kind of future CEO that would want to start from the bottom before working his way up
- The type that would be intern at first? So he could learn all the ropes of the business so that when he finally becomes the CEO, he has a full understanding of everyone’s job
- Very much into welfare and benefits of the staff “Free donuts every Monday morning. Why? Because you deserve it”
- Everytime someone finds out who he really is, they would flip the flip out
- Literally adored by everyone
- Down to earth, playful (made Friday a “bring your pets!” day) and respectful to everyone
- Gets so turnt up for company’s D&D


SERIE: Top 5 green roofs worldwide

The City Hall rooftop garden

Chicago’s most famous rooftop garden sits atop City Hall, an 11-story office building in the Loop. First planted in 2000, the City Hall rooftop garden was conceived as a demonstration project - part of the City’s Urban Heat Island Initiative - to test the benefits of green roofs and how they affect temperature and air quality. The garden consists of 20,000 plants of more than 150 species, including shrubs, vines and two trees. The plants were selected for their ability to thrive in the conditions on the roof, which is exposed to the sun and can be windy and arid. Most are prairie plants native to the Chicago region.

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political relations (political!kylo au) | chapter two

AU in which Kylo and Reader are politicians for opposing parties. When Kylo’s department threatens the livelihood of your citizens, you are caught up in a battle against the most insufferable political you have ever met. But he slowly but surely lures you in with his charm, what happens when you end up falling for the enemy?

Pairing: Kylo Ren x Reader

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Life Energy of Plants in Homes

Because living things radiate a particularly strong Ch’i which is beneficial to an environment, bringing them into one’s home can welcome a good flow of energy. Placing plants around the house is the easiest way to generate such energy provided, one looks after them well.

Plants bearing dead leaves or dryness indicate a lack of health and symbolize decay, thus, bringing bad Ch’I into one’s home. If you don’t have green fingers, the answer may lie in bringing artificial plants into a house. These symbolise the Ch’I of life and can often almost be as effective as the real thing, but because they do not “breathe”, they will not stimulate the surrounding Ch’I as much as living plants.

The sort of plants you bring into a room largely depends on whether you want to encourage a greater level of Yin or Yang energy. Plants bearing angular or spiky leaves are Yang and will tend to make a room more beneficial to those who wish to be active. Plants with smooth, more rounded leaves are Yin and will contribute to a more relaxing atmosphere.

Plants can be placed almost anywhere and benefit the overall energy of a room. A Yang plant in the south eastern corner of a home office will help in increasing the wealth and creativity of a worker. Similarly, a Yin plant placed in the eastern section of a living room will encourage better family relations.

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Matt/Foggy, 2?

Yay, mistletoe kiss! Pretend I posted it  before Christmas? ;)


“It’s festive,” Foggy says, climbing down from the step stool, hammer in hand. “Don’t you want Nelson and Murdock to be festive, Karen?”

Foggy does. Foggy is all about festivity. That’s his story and he’s sticking to it.

He’s been busy; little bundles of mistletoe are affixed firmly to the crown molding above the main entryway, his and Matt’s office doors, the kitchen doorway, and a few odd corners besides. They’re the real thing, glossy green leaves, waxy white berries, the works.

Karen squints up at his handiwork. “So… I’m guessing the normal rules don’t apply? With Matt?” Her casualness is poorly, poorly, faked, and when Foggy doesn’t respond right away, she adds, fluttering a hand, “I mean….”

“You better ask him. He likes a little danger in his life.” Foggy pitches his voice to reach the shadow he can see through the frosted glass of the office door - not that any pitching is actually necessary. “Don’t you, Matt?”

“Ah, what’s that?” Matt enters, propping his cane in the corner, untwining a scarf. His nose and ears are pink from the cold, and a bruise on his cheek is purpling. A fist? A blunt instrument? The icy sidewalk? Foggy would’ve only considered one of those options, before.

“Mistletoe. You in or out?”

“Oh, in. Sure. Just - give me a tour first?”

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*Now, even more obvious than ever before!  Texas, all the way!

The NSA Uses Powerful Toolbox in Effort to Spy on Global Networks

Inside TAO: Documents Reveal Top NSA Hacking Unit


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The NSA’s TAO hacking unit is considered to be the intelligence agency’s top secret weapon. It maintains its own covert network, infiltrates computers around the world and even intercepts shipping deliveries to plant back doors in electronics ordered by those it is targeting.

In January 2010, numerous homeowners in San Antonio, Texas, stood baffled in front of their closed garage doors. They wanted to drive to work or head off to do their grocery shopping, but their garage door openers had gone dead, leaving them stranded. No matter how many times they pressed the buttons, the doors didn’t budge. The problem primarily affected residents in the western part of the city, around Military Drive and the interstate highway known as Loop 410.

n the United States, a country of cars and commuters, the mysterious garage door problem quickly became an issue for local politicians. Ultimately, the municipal government solved the riddle. Fault for the error lay with the United States’ foreign intelligence service, the National Security Agency, which has offices in San Antonio. Officials at the agency were forced to admit that one of the NSA’s radio antennas was broadcasting at the same frequency as the garage door openers. Embarrassed officials at the intelligence agency promised to resolve the issue as quickly as possible, and soon the doors began opening again.

It was thanks to the garage door opener episode that Texans learned just how far the NSA’s work had encroached upon their daily lives. For quite some time now, the intelligence agency has maintained a branch with around 2,000 employees at Lackland Air Force Base, also in San Antonio. In 2005, the agency took over a former Sony computer chip plant in the western part of the city. A brisk pace of construction commenced inside this enormous compound. The acquisition of the former chip factory at Sony Place was part of a massive expansion the agency began after the events of Sept. 11, 2001.

On-Call Digital Plumbers

One of the two main buildings at the former plant has since housed a sophisticated NSA unit, one that has benefited the most from this expansion and has grown the fastest in recent years – the Office of Tailored Access Operations, or TAO. This is the NSA’s top operative unit – something like a squad of plumbers that can be called in when normal access to a target is blocked.

According to internal NSA documents viewed by SPIEGEL, these on-call digital plumbers are involved in many sensitive operations conducted by American intelligence agencies. TAO’s area of operations ranges from counterterrorism to cyber attacks to traditional espionage. The documents reveal just how diversified the tools at TAO’s disposal have become – and also how it exploits the technical weaknesses of the IT industry, from Microsoft to Cisco and Huawei, to carry out its discreet and efficient attacks.

The unit is “akin to the wunderkind of the US intelligence community,” says Matthew Aid, a historian who specializes in the history of the NSA. “Getting the ungettable” is the NSA’s own description of its duties. “It is not about the quantity produced but the quality of intelligence that is important,” one former TAO chief wrote, describing her work in a document. The paper seen by SPIEGEL quotes the former unit head stating that TAO has contributed “some of the most significant intelligence our country has ever seen.” The unit, it goes on, has “access to our very hardest targets.”

A Unit Born of the Internet

Defining the future of her unit at the time, she wrote that TAO “needs to continue to grow and must lay the foundation for integrated Computer Network Operations,” and that it must “support Computer Network Attacks as an integrated part of military operations.” To succeed in this, she wrote, TAO would have to acquire “pervasive, persistent access on the global network.” An internal description of TAO’s responsibilities makes clear that aggressive attacks are an explicit part of the unit’s tasks. In other words, the NSA’s hackers have been given a government mandate for their work. During the middle part of the last decade, the special unit succeeded in gaining access to 258 targets in 89 countries – nearly everywhere in the world. In 2010, it conducted 279 operations worldwide.

Indeed, TAO specialists have directly accessed the protected networks of democratically elected leaders of countries. They infiltrated networks of European telecommunications companies and gained access to and read mails sent over Blackberry’s BES email servers, which until then were believed to be securely encrypted. Achieving this last goal required a “sustained TAO operation,” one document states.

This TAO unit is born of the Internet – created in 1997, a time when not even 2 percent of the world’s population had Internet access and no one had yet thought of Facebook, YouTube or Twitter. From the time the first TAO employees moved into offices at NSA headquarters in Fort Meade, Maryland, the unit was housed in a separate wing, set apart from the rest of the agency. Their task was clear from the beginning – to work around the clock to find ways to hack into global communications traffic.

Recruiting the Geeks

To do this, the NSA needed a new kind of employee. The TAO workers authorized to access the special, secure floor on which the unit is located are for the most part considerably younger than the average NSA staff. Their job is breaking into, manipulating and exploiting computer networks, making them hackers and civil servants in one. Many resemble geeks – and act the part too.

Indeed, it is from these very circles that the NSA recruits new hires for its Tailored Access Operations unit. In recent years, NSA Director Keith Alexander has made several appearances at major hacker conferences in the United States. Sometimes, Alexander wears his military uniform, but at others, he even dons jeans and a t-shirt in his effort to court trust and a new generation of employees.

The recruitment strategy seems to have borne fruit. Certainly, few if any other divisions within the agency are growing as quickly as TAO. There are now TAO units in Wahiawa, Hawaii; Fort Gordon, Georgia; at the NSA’s outpost at Buckley Air Force Base, near Denver, Colorado; at its headquarters in Fort Meade; and, of course, in San Antonio.

One trail also leads to Germany. According to a document dating from 2010 that lists the “Lead TAO Liaisons” domestically and abroad as well as names, email addresses and the number for their “Secure Phone,” a liaison office is located near Frankfurt – the European Security Operations Center (ESOC) at the so-called “Dagger Complex” at a US military compound in the Griesheim suburb of Darmstadt.

But it is the growth of the unit’s Texas branch that has been uniquely impressive, the top secret documents reviewed by SPIEGEL show. These documents reveal that in 2008, the Texas Cryptologic Center employed fewer than 60 TAO specialists. By 2015, the number is projected to grow to 270 employees. In addition, there are another 85 specialists in the “Requirements & Targeting” division (up from 13 specialists in 2008). The number of software developers is expected to increase from the 2008 level of three to 38 in 2015. The San Antonio office handles attacks against targets in the Middle East, Cuba, Venezuela and Colombia, not to mention Mexico, just 200 kilometers (124 miles) away, where the government has fallen into the NSA’s crosshairs.
The biggest backlog in the federal government
An office within the Social Security Administration has a backlog larger than the populations of six different states.

The waiting list at this Social Security office is emblematic of a class of terrible backlogs across the bureaucracy. Some of the others move even slower. The average case at this Social Security office will take 422 days to decide, but an appeal at the VA will take 957 days. A patent application usually waits more than 800 days for a decision.

At Social Security, however, the experience of waiting in the backlog can be especially painful — because disability applicants typically have little or no income while they wait.

“It’s a nightmare,” said Patrick McGarvey, 48, a former pharmaceutical-plant worker from Riegelsville, Pa., who suffers from problems in his back and neck. He spent seven years waiting before he was granted disability benefits in 2012, bouncing between judges and appeals.

“You have no money coming in. The bills are piling up, and your credit is shot, instantly. It’s just maddening. There’s nothing you can do. There’s nothing at all you can do,” he said. Even two years later, McGarvey is still digging out of his financial hole.

On Thursday morning, his power was turned off.

For former workers declared disabled, the average monthly benefit is $1,145, which equals $13,740 annually (those with no work history receive less). The best estimate of the amount the government spends during the lifetime of a disabled beneficiary is $300,000.

For those seeking disability benefits, the process works like this: First, a person fills out an application and tells Social Security how to track down their medical records.

Then state-government officials — paid by Social Security — read the paperwork and may also order an examination by an independent doctor. Then the officials decide if the person is disabled.

At this first step, there are about 633,000 cases waiting for an answer. Each decision takes 109 days. By Social Security’s standards, this is classified as “no backlog at all.”


The experience of fighting this backlog can feel desperate and futile to people on both sides of the judge’s bench.

“I had two claimants on my docket this past month. . . . They died. They died. Waiting for a hearing,” said Carol Pennock, a Social Security judge based in Miami.

She worried that the two women might have improved if they’d lived long enough to be awarded disability benefits. In an especially absurd twist, even death didn’t remove one of those women from Social Security’s backlog. The woman had a child who might receive the woman’s disability benefits post-mortem. So Pennock said she had to hold a hearing to decide if a dead person was legally disabled.

“I really wonder if what we’re doing is effective at all. If it helps at all,” Pennock said, after a day of hearing cases and trying to reduce her share of the backlog. “If, based on the amount of evidence we get, my decision is any better than flipping a coin.”

This article is from 2014, but it’s not improved and I wanted to give people some basics about this, as I’ve been posting a lot about the British disability cuts.  The US is worse, if anything, and the only reason we don’t see clear numbers about deaths caused by the disability benefits process in the US is that nobody has been keeping detailed track. 

Disabled people are dying because of the way the US welfare system handles disabilities, and we have been for a long time. 

25 years ago, paternal grandfather got his first social security check the day he died of terminal cancers (my grandmother didn’t take my mother’s advice to commit technically illegal fraud and cash the check before calling the coroner).  And I’m on year three of dealing with this shit for myself.  I’ve had zero income for three years.

And when I wonder “how are we supposed to live” I remember that the hateful, ableist government doesn’t really want us to live at all.


WHEN people put their heads together, a real difference can be made.

And this fandom doesn’t do things by halves, does it? One of the greatest things I’ve gained from becoming a Cumbercollective member is that when people have an idea - and sure, it’s with Benedict’s interestes and good causes in mind - we really go to town.
His birthday was proof enough, with the Prince’s Trust, the Motor Neurone Disease Association, the ALS Foundation, mental health charities, cancer charities benefiting from huge amounts of cash, and all the Batch of Kindness activities bringing smiles and heartwarming comfort.

And just because it’s Christmas - why not do it again?

An interview with a technology magazine is what triggered it, Benedict declaring there were people behind the scenes having nervous breakdowns to keep his life organised. A twitter conversation ensued between myself, Silvia (@MsSilT) and Olivia (@frenchnavygirl), about how hard the guys behind the scenes worked.

Within a few hours, we had gone from maybe sending some chocolates and flowers round to Karon and CVGG, from organising special cards by Jackie (@enerjax), which you see here, a mental shopping trip and delivery of gifts in London by myself, and a fundraiser for homeless charity St Mungo’s Broadway, in Benedict’s name.

By the time December 12 came along, we had almost £2,000 donated to St Mungo’s, charity socks bought for Benedict also benefiting homeless people, and funds to buy all the treats in London. In the space of a few hours and with the help of Christmas “elves” Rebecca, Deborah, Ollie and Lydia, we gathered a giant hamper, two bottles of bubbly and two orchid plants. The hamper and one bottle of bubbly to CVGG, the other bottle and one orchid to Karon, and the final mini orchid to Benedict’s PA, Emily.
Now, to get it to them. We had found their offices in advance, discovering they were on a side street, on the third floor of an inconspicuous building with a small door and an intercom. We were told, upon ringing, that only one person could come up. That would be me! So, armed with everything, I got buzzed in, and tackled the six flights of stairs.

To say the receptionist and the lady waiting for me looked baffled as I bundled through their door was an understatement. “So this is all for Benedict?” the receptionist said, looking at me like I was clearly mad. “Oh no, I replied, only a small part of it actually, the rest is for you guys.”

I proceeded to hand out each gift and card, indicating what went with what. They said several thank yous, I said Merry Christmas and looking around, realised that this did not happen often, if at all. I think I, on behalf of Operation Thank You, may have made a little history! I darted off within a couple of minutes of arriving, absolutely terrified of outstaying my welcome.
But please know, that the deed is done, cards have been opened, gifts passed on and, wherever Benedict is, he’ll know (if he doesn’t already), that the people of St Mungo’s have a little more cash to help those they assist at Christmas and all year round.

And that he is very much supported, and very much loved.

What a nice thing to know and feel this Christmas eh? Maybe we can do it all again next year?


Majunga Tower

The “double skin” facade offers numerous benefits: plenty of natural daylight floods into the offices, but they are also protected by an integrated sun shade system. Energy consumption is thereby cut both for lighting and air-conditioning. 

On the southern side, loggias and plants are used behind glass slats. These loggias form hollows in the facade repeated the full height of the tower, each recessed a little further than the last, contrasting with the smooth, spare surfaces of the other facades. This new typology brings an original dimension to the tower.

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Architect: Viguier