Late Night: On the Road to Dystopia

By: Wednesday April 3, 2013 8:00 pm

A couple of things that always struck me about the writings of Asimov et al is the inherent optimism each of these authors showed in their writings. It seems, in their “future histories” that there is/will be a dystopian interlude that humanity has to struggle through, maybe even more than one. I have always found these to be optimistic that we will reach the stars and do so before we kill ourselves and all living creatures.

 

Exxon Oil Spill in Arkansas: Thousands of Barrels of Oozing Goo

By: Monday April 1, 2013 6:40 am

This is Exxon’s second spill in a week, highlighting the utter stupidity and horrendous environmental danger of the Keystone XL pipeline project currently under consideration by U.S. State Department. This leakage occurred under a housing subdivision, it has not yet reached the nearby Lake Conway. The earlier spilled happened Wednesday, a train carrying Canadian crude derailed in Minnesota, spilling 15,000 gallons of oil.

Arkansas’ Dubious Logic Regarding Their Medicaid Expansion Plan

By: Thursday March 21, 2013 2:20 pm

Arkansas is currently trying to pursue a novel path for expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. They want to take the money and instead use it to get its population to buy private insurance on the new Obamacare exchange. It has been dubbed the “Private option.”

The one big problem with this plan is that private insurance is significantly more expensive than public insurance programs.

Arkansas GOP legislative candidate calls for death penalty for misbehaving kids

By: Tuesday October 9, 2012 6:35 am

I see we’re moving beyond “spare the rod, spoil the child” now. A batsh*t dude running to serve in the Arkansas legislature, former Monsanto research biologist Charlie Fuqua, has written a book with some interesting parental tips…of course it’s from the “Biblical perspective.” I sh*t you not:

Court Rules Arkansas Will Decide on Medical Marijuana This November

By: Thursday September 27, 2012 1:22 pm

The Arkansas Supreme Court ruled that Issue 5, the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Act, will appear on the ballot this November. The voters of Arkansas will have the opportunity to become the only Southern state with a medical marijuana system.

Earlier this year Arkansans for Compassionate Care managed to gather enough signatures to qualify their measure, but the Coalition to Preserve Arkansas Values filed a lawsuit to keep it off the ballot based on arguments that the initiative’s name and title were misleading.

2012: Historic Year for Marijuana Reform on the Ballot

By: Friday September 14, 2012 11:15 am

With just 53 days until the November election most state ballots across the country are now set and it is clear that this year should be a historic one for marijuana reform. In addition to there being two state initiative for medical marijuana this November, incredibly three states will be voting on whether or not to fully legalize marijuana for adults. That is the largest number of legalization initiative to ever appear on the ballot in any given election, and more importantly, there is a very good chance one or more of them will win approval.

Just Say Now Launches GOTV Effort to Make 2012 the Year We Legalize Marijuana

By: Wednesday September 12, 2012 10:35 am

With marijuana legalization initiatives on the ballot in an unprecedented 3 states, this November could be a turning point that begins a national wave of reform. To get there, we need to raise at least $5,000 over the next week to set up our phone bank, identify supporters, register voters, promote these initiatives and get folks to the polls on Election Day.

Hidden Climate Costs: Drought Crushing Crop Insurance Industry

By: Monday August 27, 2012 2:45 pm

Farmers had already prepared for extreme weather events by purchasing more and more crop insurance in recent years. So when a historic drought hit this summer, many crop producers had the ability to handle it, although livestock producers seeing a spike in their feed costs still face major challenges. But the insurance industry will take a massive hit from crop insurance payouts, much of it reimbursed by the government, and that could rebound back to the economy.

Medical Marijuana Officially Qualifies for the Ballot in Arkansas

By: Thursday August 23, 2012 4:20 pm

It is official, this November the voters of Arkansas will have the opportunity to approve medical marijuana in their state. Yesterday the Arkansas Secretary of State certified that the Arkansans for Compassionate Care submitted at least 69,000 valid signatures for the ballot initiative, which is more than the 62,507 minimum requirement.

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