Bad news for legalization: "A United Nations-based drug agency urged the United States government on Tuesday to challenge the legalization of marijuana for recreational use in Colorado and Washington, saying the state laws violate international drug treaties." I'm guessing we'll hear more than one federal prosecutor cite this UN "urge" in the next year or so—and I bet attorney general Holder had something to do with it.
And here are a few artifacts from a Seattle pot bust circa 1939. “After the repeal of alcohol prohibition in 1933, Harry Anslinger, who headed the federal Bureau of Narcotics, turned his attention to pot. He told of sensational crimes reportedly committed by marijuana addicts. "'No one knows, when he places a marijuana cigarette to his lips, whether he will become a philosopher, a joyous reveler in a musical heaven, a mad insensate, a calm philosopher, or a murderer,’ he wrote in a 1937 magazine article called ‘Marijuana: Assassin of Youth.'"
Nixon was a piker compared to Berlusconi: "Former Italian prime minister sentenced to one year in jail... [but] his sentence does not affect his eligibility for government."
Have you been following this Bolshoi Ballet throwing-acid-in-the-director's-face drama? It is sad and it is nuts.
I should've guessed George Lucas was a Norman Rockwell/Maxfield Parrish kind of guy: "Star Wars" creator George Lucas wants to build a museum dedicated to visual storytelling in San Francisco's Presidio that would house an art collection he amassed over more than four decades. The filmmaker said he has long sought to showcase his collection of 150 years of populist art, which includes illustrations by Norman Rockwell and Maxfield Parrish, comics and digital technology.
Today in ominous first sentences: "In Wednesday's fatal mauling at a Fresno County cat sanctuary, a more experienced volunteer repeatedly tried to coax the lion away from the doomed intern."
Cleaning house or quashing dissent (or maybe a little bit of both)? Mexico's President Nieto "sounded a warning shot to his ruling party over corruption, saying no one is above the law as he tries to tackle the graft that has blighted its reputation in the past. Speaking just days after the head of Mexico's powerful teachers' union was arrested on charges of embezzling around $200 million, Pena Nieto vowed a new era of transparency at a congress attended by some 4,200 members of his Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI."
Some LGBTQ rights organizers turn their base towards immigration reform (which is marvelous, since the way we have managed our borders has been one of the most shameful and stupid parts of our 20th century): "In a way, their involvement is one of reciprocity — an acknowledgment of the broad support by immigrants of same-sex marriage last November. But it also reflects the overlap of two big political movements with shared constituents, whose struggles have often been cast in terms of human and civil rights."
And now, a solo number from the greatest spaceman/cowboy/thought-experiment musical ever made: The American Astronaut.