Archive for June, 2012
Michele Leonhart, DEA Chief, Won’t Say Whether Crack, Heroin Are Worse For Health Than Marijuana: “Michele Leonhart, the head of the Drug Enforcement Administration, ducked a tough line of questioning from Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) on Wednesday, refusing to answer a number of questions about the comparative health impacts of marijuana and other, harder drugs.”
Get Arturia Minimoog-V Original for free on June 21! – MacMusic: “Arturia announces the end of an agreement with Moog Music that will see its Moog Modular V and Minimoog V soft synths soon remerging as the updated and renamed Modular V and Mini-V, and is marking the occasion by giving away a one-off ‘commemorative’ edition of the Minimoog-V on World Music Day…
On June 21 only, musicians everywhere can download Minimoog-V Original from the Arturia website — for free! Minimoog-V Original includes all the sounds (more than 1,000 presets created by talented artists and renowned sound designers) and features (32-voice polyphony, plus much more besides) from the latest Minimoog- V update (Version 2.5), but without the additional functionality accessible behind the ‘hinged’ front panel — just like the original Minimoog.”
McCain: Adelson funding Romney Super PAC with ‘foreign money’ | The Cable: “Senator and Romney presidential campaign surrogate John McCain (R-AZ) said Thursday that casino magnate Sheldon Adelson is indirectly injecting millions of dollars in Chinese “foreign money” into Mitt Romney’s presidential election effort.
“Much of Mr. Adelson’s casino profits that go to him come from his casino in Macau, which says that obviously, maybe in a roundabout way foreign money is coming into an American political campaign,” McCain said in an interview on PBS’s News Hour.
“That is a great deal of money, and we need a level playing field and we need to go back to the realization… that we have to have a limit on the flow of money and corporations are not people,” he said.
Adelson announced Thursday he would be giving $10 million to the pro-Romney Super PAC Restore Our Future, and reports stated his future contributions to pro-Romney groups could be “limitless.””
Thousands line up early for Cars Land opening | l – News – The Orange County Register: “By 6 a.m. Friday, more than 2,000 people crowded into a mass of zigzagging lines in the esplanade outside of Disney California Adventure for the grand unveiling of the theme park’s $1 billion makeover, the first time the public gets to see some big, new stuff, most notably Cars Land and Buena Vista Street.”
Brain-filled Harvard freezer fails, setting autism research back a decade | The Raw Story: “A malfunctioning freezer at Harvard-affiliated MacLean Hospital has led to the loss of one of the largest brain archives in the world and set autism research back at least ten years, according to the Boston Globe. The freezer, which was supposed to be backed up by two alarms, failed in late May, and was only discovered after about three days, judging by the brains’ stage of decay.
The MacLean facility is one of 24 that make up the Harvard Brain Tissue Resource Center. When Assistant Director George Tejada opened the freezer door on May 31 and didn’t feel the normal blast of freezing cold air (the freezer is normally kept at minus-80 degrees Celsius), it was immediately apparent that something was wrong.”
Marijuana Decriminalization: Efforts To Relax Pot Rules Gaining Momentum In U.S.: “Catharine Leach is married and has two boys, age 2 and 8. She has a good job with a federal contractor and smokes pot most every day.
While she worries that her public support for marijuana decriminalization and legalization could cost her a job or bring the police to her door, the 30-year-old Warwick resident said she was tired of feeling like a criminal for using a drug that she said is far less harmful than the glass or wine or can of beer enjoyed by so many others after a long day’s work. Like others around the nation working to relax penalties for possession of pot, she decided to stop hiding and speak out.”
Max Dax and A.J. Samuels talk to Blaine L. Reininger | Electronic Beats: “As a student of electronic music at San Francisco City College in the late seventies, Tuxedomoon’s Blaine L. Reininger always had an affinity for synthesizers and sequencers. At the time (and place), the then novel electronic instruments were more geared towards experimentation than making pop songs—a distinction for which Reininger, a classically trained violinist, had little use. From this healthy disregard Tuxedomoon’s dark, humorous, and cinematic art rock was born, and with it a massively influential spirit of experimentation that continues to cast a long shadow over post-punk and electronic music today. In Athens, Max Dax and A.J. Samuels caught up with Reininger to find out more about Tuxedomoon’s latest recordings and the pains of rearing the bastard child of pop and musique concrete.”
Ray Bradbury Dead: ‘Fahrenheit 451’ Author Dies At 91: “Author Ray Bradbury died this morning in Los Angeles at the age of 91, confirms io9. Bradbury’s family and biographer Sam Weller confirmed the news. The author’s work spanned genres of science fiction, horror and mystery, and his classic dystopian novel “Fahrenheit 451,” has been a contested staple of school reading lists since its publication in 1953.”
California Cannabis Commission Approved By State Assembly (PHOTOS): “SAN FRANCISCO — A measure that would provide a significant boost to California’s medical marijuana industry cleared a major hurdle Thursday in the face of an increased federal crackdown on dispensaries throughout the state.”