British, French Drug Firms Lead on Marijuana Tests

The U.S. is falling behind in the creation of new marijuana-based drugs because of government restrictions on marijuana research. The drugs have the potential to shrink tumors, enhance the effects of morphine in cancer patients, and treat depression, among other conditions. Also see this article on the history of marijuana cancer research.

Album of the Week

The very special album of the week is Brian Wilson’s Smile. Originally intended for release by the Beach Boys in 1967 the unfinished album has been re-recorded from scratch and released as Wilson originally intended.

IPac

Excellent. IPac is a new political action committee dedicated to copyright, trademark, and patent issues.

We believe that technological innovation and individual creativity are vital to the future of this country. We believe that a prosperous and democratic society depends on freedom for all individuals to pursue scientific invention and artistic expression. Unfortunately, new intellectual property laws threaten to stifle these freedoms and restrict public participation in science, art, and political discourse.

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Stewart’s ‘stoned slackers’? Not quite

When Jon Stewart was on the O’Reilly Factor Bill O’Reilly repeatedly referred to the Daily Show audience as “stoned slackers” (transcript). It turns out that Stewart’s audience is better educated than O’Reilly’s and is more likely to answer political questions correctly.