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70° in Vegas we’ll be back in the 90’s by the middle of the week, but for now it’s beautiful BBQ weather and the first flowers are in bloom.

summer flowers

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Help, Help, an Earthquake

I was standing in the showroom talking to the girls when we had a small – very small- tremor.

I barely noticed it, but the girls went into panic mode. I’m hearing oh my god! It’s an earthquake! 

The second they were sure it was over one of the women started calling her kids to make sure they were alright.  Ah, Come on. It was maybe a 2.5 and lasted a few seconds, big deal. If I’d been asleep I never would have noticed.

The source of all this excitement was a 5.4 centered just outside Caliente -about 150 miles north of Las Vegas on highway 93.

Now one of the other girls returned from an errand and the excitement starts anew.

Strange people.

Mary, mother of God

I just heard the news. They’re closing the freakin’ freeway so they can inspect the spaghetti bowl for damage! 

Get real folks. When that fat kid in your fifth grade class fell down during gym class the earth moved more.

Either they’re being paranoid, they’re justifying their jobs or we have yet another law on the books written by some gibbering idiot.

Oops. The highway patrol has closed the 95 south to I15 south off ramp due to damage. –Damage from what they call a 3.0 aftershock? Gotta love that low bid system.

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Spice the Non-Marijuana

A short list of references on the subject:

  1. drugfacts
  2. wiki
  3. synthetic-marijuana
  4. Chemical Change In Synthetic Marijuana Suspected Of Causing Illnesses
  5. bath-salts
    1. “Spice” refers to a wide variety of herbal mixtures that produce experiences similar to marijuana (cannabis) and that are marketed as “safe,” legal alternatives to that drug.
      Commercially known as synthetic cannabis (synthetic marijuana), or technically synthetic cannabinoid receptor agonists, is any drug that mimics the effects of cannabis sprayed onto a herbal base material. There are several psychoactive artificial cannabinoid families (e.g. AM-xxx, HU-xxx, JWH-xxx, CP xx) that are used as designer drugs sprayed on herbs and sold as natural highs under brand names like K2 and Spice, both of which are genericized trademarks used for any synthetic cannabis product. Synthetic cannabis is often termed spice product.

      Spice users report experiences similar to those produced by marijuana—elevated mood, relaxation, and altered perception—and in some cases the effects are even stronger than those of marijuana. Some users report psychotic effects like extreme anxiety, paranoia, and hallucinations.

      Extreme anxiety, paranoia, and hallucinations?? I don’t know about you, but I’ll stick to the real deal.

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    What a Geek Watches on YouTube

    Under the heading of you know you might be a geek if….

    There’s a short, but growing, list of videos on Madness Beckons And if your response to seeing any or all of these is “way cool,” you are unarguably and unequivocally a geek.

    –Richard Feynman I can follow without any trouble –he uses small words– but the others not only force me to pay close attention, they tend to make my brain hurt.

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    Marijuana and Taxes

    This came from Samantha’s Remedies:

    –Marijuana is still illegal according to the DOJ.

    Congress passed that law in 1982 after a cocaine and methamphetamine dealer in Minneapolis who had been jailed on drug charges went to tax court to argue that the money he spent on travel, phone calls, packaging and even a small scale should be considered tax write-offs.

    This is the text of 26 U.S.C. § 280E, Expenditures in connection with the illegal sale of drugs:

    No deduction or credit shall be allowed for any amount paid or incurred during the taxable year in carrying on any trade or business if such trade or business (or the activities which comprise such trade or business) consists of trafficking in controlled substances(within the meaning of schedule I and II of the Controlled Substances Act) which is prohibited by Federal law or the law of any State in which such trade or business is conducted.


    Details here findlaw.com

    As an example:

    In Seattle, John Davis earned $53,369 in profits last year from his medical marijuana dispensary, the Northwest Patient Resource Center. Because he complied with all of the tax rules prohibiting deductions, he said, he ended up owing $46,340 in taxes.

    The law is also expected to hurt growth in those communities that allow medical marijuana because it will curtail hiring and spending on things like advertizing or rent on expanded retail space because none of the normal business expenses are deductible.