One foot planted in “Yeehaw!” the other in “yuppie”.

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Cake day: June 11th, 2023


  • Fair point. But I also know a few of examples to the contrary. My sister and my father both had medical cards. They’ve stopped renewing them, because for them the recreational side is sufficient. It’s just less stress. Although I’m very much not sure about the prices. It seems like they are making short-term decision on the expensive paperwork and in so doing paying a lot more long-term in excise taxes.

    I don’t even have a medical card. But I am just incredibly tired of ever increasing THC percentages in the products. I need a substantial amount of CBD in the product to not be stuck in a mind-racing, anxious hell. So a majority of the recreational market just does NOT appeal to me.

    I lived in Portland, Oregon for about 7 years after they legalized. Their market was so different. I could find almost any combination of cannabinoids that I would want. Even on the recreational side. I wonder if it has anything to do with the markets maturity in a given state? Perhaps people trend away from high THC strains after a few years?

  • It’s because the “Medical” side of the market doesn’t actually exist. Want CBD heavy bud? Nope, not, “enough demand”. Just higher and higher concentration of THC for the medical patients.

    It’s fake as hell. Not every medical patient has the same needs, so why the hell is it all the same weed?

    Nowadays the hemp/CBD flower shops are more “medical” than any of the “medical” shops.

    For here in Tucson, I recommend Healthful Flowers over on Speedway and Craycroft. The only legit “medically valuable” hemp/cannabis dispensary in town.

    So yeah, to the “medical” dispensaries out there, it’s adapt or die, and most are choosing to just make “medical cannabis” into “discount recreation cannabis” and wondering why their medical patients stop showing up.

  • I understand the sentiment… But… This is a terribly reasoned and researched article. We only need to look at the NASA to see how this is flawed.

    Blown Capacitors/Resistors, Solder failing over time and through various conditions, failing RAM/ROM/NAND chips. Just because the technology has less “moving parts” doesn’t mean its any less susceptible to environmental and age based degradation. And we only get around those challenges by necessity and really smart engineers.

    The article uses an example of a 2014 Model S - but I don’t think it’s fair to conflate 2 Million Kilometers in the span of 10 years, vs the same distance in the span of the quoted 74 years. It’s just not the same. Time brings seasonal changes which happen regardless if you drive the vehicle or not. Further, in many cases, the car computers never completely turn off, meaning that these computers are running 24/7/365. Not to mention how Tesla’s in general have poor reliability as tracked by multiple third parties.

    Perhaps if there was an easy-access panel that allowed replacement of 90% of the car’s electronics through standardized cards, that would go a long way to realizing a “Buy it for Life” vehicle. Assuming that we can just build 80 year, “all-condition” capacitors, resistors, and other components isn’t realistic or scalable.

    Whats weird is that they seem to concede the repairability aspect at the end, without any thought whatsoever as to how that impacts reliability.

    In Conclusion: A poor article, with a surface level view of reliability, using bad examples (One person’s Tesla) to prop up a narrative that EVs - as they exist - could last forever if companies wanted.

  • Interesting, you keep using non-AZ statistics to bolster an argument about the AZ electorate.

    Let me know when you come up with some arguments based on relevant data.

    Until then, you are wrong.

    “Amid a backdrop of persistent political partisanship among our representatives at state and national levels, a clear supermajority of Arizona voters is calling for bipartisan solutions,” stated Paul Bentz, Senior Vice President of Research & Strategy at HighGround, who conducted the survey on behalf of CFA. “The national and local impasse among candidates and elected leaders is not reflective of the views of Arizonans who want to reach a consensus on this crucial issue."

    The middle/centrist vote is alive and well here. You keep asserting, without proof, that the “middle” doesn’t exist. But it does here in Arizona, and we have the data to back it up.

    If you want to respond to this in a way that I’ll recognize as valid, I’ll need to see some actual numbers - and recent numbers at that. Anything from prior to the pandemic is likely to be less reliable after all the migration into the state.

  • Here’s the changes:

    The order makes three changes to asylum law under Title 8 of the Immigration and Nationality Act when that threshold of 2,500 migrants is reached, a senior administration official said. The first is that a noncitizen who crosses the border without authorization will be ineligible for asylum.

    The second is any noncitizen who crosses the border while the order is in effect and is processed for removal will only be referred to a credible fear interview with an asylum officer “if they manifest or express a fear of return to their country or country of removal, a fear of persecution or torture, or an intention to apply for asylum,” a senior administration official said.

    And the third is raising the standard for credible fear interviews to a “reasonable probability of persecution or torture standard,” which is “a new, substantially higher standard than is currently being applied at the border,” a senior administration official said.

    My thoughts: Largely performative and only slightly moves the needle right all things considered. You’d think with all the shrieking that this was back to family separations and putting people in cages or something.

  • Not the person you were responding to, but - uh - hello? This is and last I checked Arizona is one of the aforementioned swing states.

    I can tell you that his campaign is more effective here for this move. It might not be completely convincing for those center and center-right, but it will be a point in a “for” column - hopefully for enough people to matter.

    Arizona is primarily made up of registered Republicans, then Independents, then Democrats source. It’s the Republicans who only need to “turn out the base”.

    There is something to note, however. Looking only at recent registration data, it’s Independents leading and by a staggeringly wide margin.

    • 350,768 new registrations in just April. For no party in particular.
    • Democrats got 219,182, a distant but respectable second.
    • Republicans were right behind that fetching 214,957 registrations.


    Appealing to the left isn’t the winning strategy. Appealing to the independent vote in Arizona is - and hopefully picking up just a couple %'s of the moderate Republican votes in the process. Sure, some of those independents might be disaffected democrats who want to distance themselves from Biden, but I’d bet that’s a pretty small portion of independents. Generally speaking, those that would pass on the Biden vote would likely register as green party, or “no labels”, or something equally communicative of part of their identity. True independents would be the ambivalent, the “both siders”, the “enlightened centrists”, and many others - usually far more persuadable than the ideological hard-liners. Compared to Trump, who would likely still get most of his voters from the Republican base who, in their pride, would be emboldened to register as Republican over “no party”/Independent. Sure, he might bring over some libertarians, “no-labels” folks, but I think he’s largely burned the bridge with the electorate in a much more visceral way - and wouldn’t garner much of the Independent vote outside of that.

    Further, I’ll add that we’re different here at - we strive to be a reflection of our local community, and I make a point of going out and talking to real people, in real places about all sorts of things as well as itself. And wouldn’t ya know it? There’s a lot of people who have weird combinations of beliefs that don’t fit what the internet would have you believe. Even here in bright blue Tucson/Pima County.