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Maintaining Memories with Marijuana Can smoking marijuana prevent the memory loss associated with normal aging or Alzheimer's disease ? This is a question that I have been investigating for the past few years. The concept of medical marijuana is not a new one. So what does marijuana do in the brain ? Finally, marijuana produces hallucinations at high doses, but its structure does not resemble LSD or any other hallucinogen. The first endogenous marijuana compound found in the brain was called anandamide, from the Sanskrit word ananda meaning "bliss." Surprisingly, it may also protect against some aspects of age-associated memory loss. Research in my laboratory has demonstrated that stimulating the brain's marijuana receptors may offer protection by reducing brain inflammation and by restoring neurogenesis. © Gary L.Wenk, Ph.D. author of (Oxford, 2010); Also see: Marijuana and Coffee are Good for the Brain @

Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo The sentence's meaning becomes clearer when it's understood that it uses three meanings of the word buffalo: the city of Buffalo, New York, the somewhat uncommon verb "to buffalo" (meaning "to bully or intimidate"), as well as the animal buffalo. When the punctuation and grammar are expanded, the sentence could read as follows: "Buffalo buffalo that Buffalo buffalo buffalo, buffalo Buffalo buffalo." The meaning becomes even clearer when synonyms are used: "Buffalo bison that other Buffalo bison bully, themselves bully Buffalo bison." Sentence construction Bison engaged in a contest of dominance. A comic explaining the concept The sentence is unpunctuated and uses three different readings of the word "buffalo". Marking each "buffalo" with its use as shown above gives: Buffaloa buffalon Buffaloa buffalon buffalov buffalov Buffaloa buffalon. "New York bison New York bison bully, bully New York bison", or:"New York bison whom other New York bison bully, themselves bully New York bison". Usage

Daniel Pipes Alright Republicans, We Give Up. (From the diaries -- kos) Dear Republicans, Over the past week, we have seen your passionate protests and heard your concerns about Democratic proposals for health care reform. We have considered your insightful and well reasoned arguments, and on behalf of progressives everywhere, I am here to say: OK! In accordance with your cogent and potent criticisms, these are the terms of our concession: We will not euthanize your grandmother. ... yep, we did. We will not allow the government to have direct access to your bank account. With these concessions having been made, I trust that we can now move forward on health care reform with a broad, bipartisan consensus. Congratulations, Republicans. Gypsy scale The term Gypsy scale,[a] refers to one of several musical scales named after their association with Romani or stereotyped "Gypsy" music: Hungarian minor scale, minor scale with raised fourth and seventh degrees, also called double harmonic minor scale.Minor gypsy scale, minor scale with raised fourth but natural seventh. [1] Both these scales are also called Hungarian gypsy scale.Spanish Gypsy scale, another name for the Phrygian dominant scale. [1][2]Double harmonic scale, the fifth mode of the Hungarian gypsy scale. [3] Notes[edit] References[edit]

McSweeney's Internet Tendency: First Drafts of the Parables of Jesus. Jesus said, “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” One of the disciples asked, “What of the man who builds his house inside the house built on the rock? And Jesus said, “No, don’t do that.” At that time a man said unto Jesus, “Jesus! Jesus said, “The Father’s kingdom is like a shepherd who had a hundred sheep. “Wait, what?” And the man became a pillar of salt. “It doesn’t matter,” said Jesus. “But what do you think about this?” “The first!” “The second!” And Jesus said, “Wait, I messed this one up.

Tell Congress: Revoke the NFL’s tax-exempt status The National Football League is one of the most profitable enterprises in the world. However, it is regularly subsidized by state and local governments to build and upgrade facilities, its lucrative TV deals are exempt from antitrust laws, and, worst of all, the NFL enjoys nonprofit status. You read that right: The NFL enjoys nonprofit status. At a time when austerity measures have forced across-the-board cuts that have slowed our economy, cost us jobs, and threaten even deeper cuts to come, it’s time to stop the public giveaways to the world’s most profitable sports association. Sign the petition to Congress: Revoke the NFL’s nonprofit status. The National Football League is one of the most profitable enterprises in the world, but currently enjoys a nonprofit status.

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