Cannabis, misunderstandings and possibilities.

Written by Malcolm James Pugh

I think a lot ofrepparttar things being said now stem fromrepparttar 132472 plain fact thatrepparttar 132473 Government at present have abjectly given in to something endemic they feel they can not fight. So they seek to liberalize and softenrepparttar 132474 impact, to talk downrepparttar 132475 effects, and to moverepparttar 132476 goalposts as they do with anything that is a little too difficult to deal with in a proper manner. Sweep it underrepparttar 132477 carpet and relabel it as something else.

I speak from having taken cannabis inrepparttar 132478 seventies,repparttar 132479 hippy era of peace not war, love to all men, much of whose language and terms are now coming back into trendy and cool use. But there are fundamental differences between then and now, which young people should be made aware of.

Thenrepparttar 132480 cannabis was inrepparttar 132481 form of a leaf, a naturally occurring plant. Now it is synthetic, as in most ofrepparttar 132482 other areas of life whererepparttar 132483 natural has given way torepparttar 132484 unnatural, to our eternal detriment. Coincidentally enough, it is now around forty times stronger, as well as being chemical based.

The Governing people who seek to legalise and feelrepparttar 132485 danger is slight, are by and large ex users of a much lesser potency of a naturally occurring plant. They feel little danger in occasional recreational use of a drug they feel did little to harm their long term prospects.

This is based onrepparttar 132486 false assumption that people tend to start smoking it around university stage and peter out of its use in a few years, with no addictive element. Also that they tend, like we did, to only use it occasionally at times when we needed to calm down after a tough project, or relax at a concert, again rememberingrepparttar 132487 product then was one fortieth as potent and much more mellow than it is today.

That is being charitable and assuming they are not in full informed ofrepparttar 132488 dangers. This also begsrepparttar 132489 question, if not why not, and if so why run and hide.

This creates at least two anomalies. One is that our young people can pointrepparttar 132490 finger at our generation and say, you are being hypocritical, when you took it yourselves. Secondly, we did not start at twelve to thirteen, and use it every day at forty timesrepparttar 132491 strength. The weight of evidence of severe psychiatric damage is I feel too heavy to discount any more, plus although in itself said to be non addictive,repparttar 132492 culture that has sprung up around it tends to keep people in a circle of self same users, and a massively significant portion of our youth are taking it. So there is a great peer pressure to take something whichrepparttar 132493 Government at present sends out signals saying, that it is not too bad to use it, just keep it relatively discreet and we will leave you alone.

I fear this is storing up a time bomb of serious psychological problems, and perhapsrepparttar 132494 strengths and constitution ofrepparttar 132495 substance should be taken into account more. Politicians surely hearrepparttar 132496 word cannabis and relate to their own youth, where if they did not take it they knew people who did who by and large are still sane. This is not consistent with what is in circulation today, nor indicative ofrepparttar 132497 higher daily use of a drug that formerly was taken recreationally every week or month or concert or so.

It also givesrepparttar 132498 police an almost impossible job, as there are no guidelines to follow, and also drug pushers can admit to cannabis but be carrying other more harmful drugs as well, with impunity. Surely if you are carrying more on you than enough for your personal use for atrepparttar 132499 most a weekend say, then you are a dealer. Just set a level that is a definite level and above it is illegal. The experiment inrepparttar 132500 London boroughs has been truly and demonstrably disastrous, yet it is being cloned torepparttar 132501 rest of Britain as if as harmless as sweets.

Perhaps if we actually addressed our inner cities and usedrepparttar 132502 money earmarked for them, yet held back, some of our most deprived kids could go to places where they could enjoy themselves, perhaps with an emphasis on sport and exercise to help combat obeisity, where it is easy to blame junk food and convenient to forget lack of basic exercise and plain lazy and slothful habits. But where in all conscience have kids got to go to, when even relatively well off kids to what we were are reduced to straggling on street corners like beggars or tramps and invariably annoying and alienating passers by, creating a division and schism in society betweenrepparttar 132503 young and old much more substansive and divisive thanrepparttar 132504 natural contempt ofrepparttar 132505 vigour of youth for oldies like us. It is easy to criticise this behavior, and easy to sympathise with victims of it, but what are we doing to provide an alternative to this kind of behavior, a place to meet, to go to and learn, have fun, and compete against each other at a sporting not warring level. I had little to my name as a kid, I workedrepparttar 132506 markets and two paper rounds and anything I could think up to make a few bob, and we all played cricket or football till dark inrepparttar 132507 street, everybody, loads of us. We were not fat or a real nuisance, but we did not haverepparttar 132508 pernicious power of television advertising and brainwashing telling us what to do, or parents determined not to be as strict as ours were and creating a soft youth who are spoilt rotten where we had nowt. Somewhere inrepparttar 132509 middle is right, but it does not helprepparttar 132510 kids now cope with an ever more sophisticated world wide machinery of selling and media manipulation around them.

Money should be released to inner cities to build centres for youth to go to, and proper well equipped centres run by local hard men, or respected local figures, evn criminals who at least see their future is in their kids getting out ofrepparttar 132511 gutter and into a real world on their own two feet, who will ensure zero destruction levels of what is provided. This should be expanded to rural areas and a gradual education in exercise and diet should be introduced.

At present anything that is too difficult for this government is relabeled and ignored, and what this is doing long term to our youth god alone knows.

To reiterate, cannabis is forty times stronger than it was and synthetic. It is abused from age twelve daily through to way past twenty. I would not take this if I were given it free, nor would any of my old friends and associates I canvassed on this subject. Also I might add, I ended up with a smoking addiction it took twenty four years to quit, and most kids smoke it here, so there again we have a vicious circle of addiction which surely does kill you, even ifrepparttar 132512 current cannabis does not send you mad, or kill your will to work completely. It is an exponentially growing apathy drug in high strength with, for very many, serious psychological side effects, and forrepparttar 132513 government to pretty well give up on it is yet another abject failure in their long litany of failingrepparttar 132514 British public at large. One could understand this if their minds had been destroyed by this drug in its present form, but what they used, if they did, was a pale imitation of todays fare. Each to their own, but I would not takerepparttar 132515 present stuff, and we are forcing more and more to go through what passes for Universities, atrepparttar 132516 end of which not only do they have huge debts but a smoking drinking and cannabis habit which needs money to feed it just when a lot of them are unable to find work. Is it any wonder there is so much theft. If we channelledrepparttar 132517 money we have to spend on clearing uprepparttar 132518 mess which is our society at present into free University education, which surely isrepparttar 132519 right of anyone, and an educational programme backed up by free coach travel to all schools, ensuring safety and massively cutting congestion atrepparttar 132520 same time, then maybe then we would not have these problems to deal with inrepparttar 132521 foirst place.

Do You Make Less Money Than Your Taller Peers?

Written by C.S. Deam

A recent study atrepparttar University of Florida found that overrepparttar 132470 span of their careers short people earn less money than their taller counterparts. In terms of cold hard cash, each extra inch in height equals roughly $800 difference in annual pay. So, essentially a person standing at 5 ft 8 inches tall will make about $9600 less annually than someone standing at 6 ft 8 inches tall.

It's surprise that in this post-modern era our incomes are influenced so strongly by our physical statures. The figure of $9600 per year, inrepparttar 132471 example above, should be a stark enough example of this - butrepparttar 132472 practice seems even more unsettling when multiplied over a career spanning 30 years. Just by being a foot shorter than your peers, you are likely to earn $288,000 less over 30 years than they do.

You would think that in an 'enlightened era,' such asrepparttar 132473 one in which we live, that payscale would be based on individual and team results rather than physical height characteristics. Unfortunatelyrepparttar 132474 study shows otherwise.

So, what are we to do?

Should we form an affirmative action group to pursuerepparttar 132475 correction of these practices?

It’s too tough to legislate changes into people minds. Plus, there’s a ton of other baggage that goes along with it. You’d have to define what ‘short’ is. You’d have to create a government entity to monitor and enforce penalties against discriminators. Too expensive. Too negative. Too divisive.

My solution focuses on blatantly impressing upon people that shorter people are worth paying more.

Let me illustrate with an example out ofrepparttar 132476 world of real estate.

A nice house sat vacant for many months with no potential buyers showing interest. The homeowner kept droppingrepparttar 132477 price from time to time overrepparttar 132478 course ofrepparttar 132479 year and still no potential buyers showed interest. Eventually,repparttar 132480 seller took a shockingly different approach and RAISEDrepparttar 132481 asking price several thousand dollars above whatrepparttar 132482 original asking price had been.

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