Archive for April, 2005

Tupac’s Weed Carriers

Friday, April 29th, 2005

Dj Xplicit has a list of Tupac’s various weed carriers over the years.

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The Culture War Inside Hip-Hop

Thursday, April 28th, 2005

Martha Bayles has an editorian on the Wall Street Journal’s Editorial Page’s Website about the current culture war occurring inside of hip-hop.

Freedom of Dietary Supplements

Wednesday, April 27th, 2005

Ron Paul says the FDA should stay away from dietary supplements. Quote:

The FDA, like all federal agencies, ultimately uses its regulatory powers in political ways. Certain industries and companies are rewarded, and others are punished. No regulatory agency is immune from politics, which is why the FDA should not be trusted with power over our intimate health care decisions.

The real issue is not whether supplements really work, or whether FDA drugs really are safe. The real issue is: Who decides, the individual or the state? This is the central question in almost every political issue. In free societies, individuals decide what medical treatments or health supplements are appropriate for them.

Over the past decade the American people have made it clear they do not want the federal government to interfere with their access to dietary supplements. In 1994, Congress bowed to overwhelming public pressure and passed the Dietary Supplements and Health and Education Act, which liberalized the rules regarding the regulation of dietary supplements. Congressional offices received a record number of comments in favor of the Act, which demonstrates how strongly Americans feel about health freedom.

Nightline Fri. on Hip Hop violence

Saturday, April 23rd, 2005

Steve Rhodes reports that Nightline will air a piece on violence in hip-hop on Friaday Night. They plan to discuss the shooting outside Hot 97 between 50 Cent and the Game’s entourages.

Federalism Through Marijuana

Saturday, April 23rd, 2005

Dave Nalle writes that it is time to allow decisions on medical marijuana to be returned to the states:

Representative Barney Frank (D-MA) has put forward a bill in Congress in support of the medical use of marijuana. Specifically, HR 2233 would write into law that decisions on whether marijuana should be legalized for medical purposes should be entirely up to the states without interference from federal authorities.

Nalle encourages readers to get their congressmen to support HR 2233 and return the legal decisions related to medical marijuana to the states. It is time to return medical decisions to the states and it is a good sign that some members of congress are embracing federalism.


Wednesday, April 20th, 2005

Michaelangelo Matos has a piece describing the origins of the song “Apache” with links to the respective songs.

Are Sleeping Pills THe New Thing In NYC?

Wednesday, April 20th, 2005

The New York Observor reports that New Yorkers are increasingly turning to sleeping pills:

The young man had come face to face with a member of the Ambien Generation, where being turned on takes a back seat to being able to turn off. In this edgy, post-9/11 city, sleep is more and more seen as an inalienable right: Tossing and turning is for suckers. Though Ambien, the country’s best-selling insomnia medication, has been on the market since 1993, it’s increasingly begun to occupy the same place in many New Yorkers’ lives as coffee and cigarettes. And if Viagra was the boutique drug of the 90’s, now New Yorkers are pining for a drug that renders them useless at bedtime. The city that never sleeps is becoming the city that can’t wait to go to sleep.

Ambien seems to have dodged any social stigma. During the trial involving Vogue editor Anna Wintour and her former nanny last October, the disgruntled ex-help claimed that Ambien was Ms. Wintour’s prescription drug of choice. Back in October 2003, then–Secretary of State Colin Powell boasted to a Saudi reporter from the London-based Asharq Al-Awsat: “They’re a wonderful medication—not medication. How would you call it? They’re called Ambien, which is very good. You don’t use Ambien? Everybody here uses Ambien.” Actress Scarlett Johannson told InStyle what her cure for jet lag was: “Drink water, buy a Brookstone travel pillow, ask your doctor for a prescription of Ambien, and you’ll be fine.” In The Ring Two, Naomi Watts’ character even feeds her child a peanut butter and Ambien sandwich.

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Just Blaze On Production

Tuesday, April 19th, 2005

Government Names has links to two video clips with Just Blaze describing different tools for production.

Peter Tosh Interview

Monday, April 18th, 2005

Eric Olsen has a post of an interview with Peter Tosh from August of 1983.

Anti-Japanese Riot in Shanghai

Sunday, April 17th, 2005

Running reports violent protests in Shanghai have been aimed at the Japanese. Here is a description of the protests:

Yesterday, an ocean of people swept west from Shanghai’s riverfront, flowing along a number of pre-determined routes towards the Japanese consulate in the Hongqiao district some ten kilometres away. There were floats decorated with anti-Japanese slogans, rising sun flags defaced with black crosses, T-shirts marked with the bloody visage of Prime Minister Koizumi and banners demanding the return of the Senkaku Islands and the boycotting of Japanese goods. Some 20,000 youths were snarling and yelping in righteous indignation.

These protests resorted to violence including throwing rocks at the Japanese consulate and other Japanese bussinessess. It is pretty clear that even if these protests by the Chinese are not completely organized by the Chinese government, they are at the very least being condoned.

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