Random Thoughts Again

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Re: Random Thoughts Again

Postby PittGradPSUMad » Thu Nov 08, 2018 7:39 pm

I am still numb over the massacre in Pittsburgh.....now this. I don't know how to process this insanity.
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Re: Random Thoughts Again

Postby Blue&White » Thu Nov 08, 2018 7:50 pm

I don't know how to process this insanity.

It's easy. You shake your head in disbelief. Scream into you pillow about how you wish our government cared enough to take steps to at least stem the flow of blood. And then sit back and wait a few days for the next one.

Rinse. Repeat.
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Re: Random Thoughts Again

Postby psu_dad » Fri Nov 09, 2018 7:17 am

Craig Carton -- guilty on all charges. Apparently, a serious gambling problem fueled much of this need to score cash by any means necessary. Carton was in deep to multiple loan sharks.

One of the loan sharks, Desmond Finger, a general manager of Upper East Side strip club Sapphire 39, told the jury he gave Carton several high-interest loans of as much as $500,000 a pop to finance his casino trips in 2016 and 2017. Their relationship fell apart when the radio host failed to repay a $500,000 loan in 2017, the strip club manager testified.

In my next life, I am totally going to be a loan-sharking strip club owner named Desmond.
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Re: Random Thoughts Again

Postby Blue&White » Fri Nov 09, 2018 7:29 am

I used to listen to him a little bit in the morning and he would talk about all his casino trips and the money he was spending and I would think "how much does a talk radio host make?". I could not fathom where all that money was coming from.

And, now I know.

I don't feel bad for Carton but I do feel bad for his family, and really his kids. His wife really can't be an innocent in all this. If she didn't explicitly know something wasn't right she had to suspect something wasn't kosher with their finances. I mean, if people listening to him talk about his life style are thinking "what da' fuq?" then his wife really should be. But, his kids don't deserve this. But, I guess there are lots of people in jail who's kids don't deserve it.

Btw, I just checked and he faces up to 45 years in prison. That seems a tad excessive.
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Re: Random Thoughts Again

Postby psu_dad » Fri Nov 09, 2018 7:57 am

From what I read, no one expects him to actually get a sentence that long. His partner in crime took a plea deal and got something like 6 years. Perhaps Carton will get a few more years than that for inconveniencing the Feds by taking this to trial.
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Re: Random Thoughts Again

Postby Carl Spackler » Fri Nov 09, 2018 3:01 pm

To digress back to medical MJ. The largest obstacle was fired this week, happy days.

Jeffy Sessions, MR. "take an aspirin and tough it out" to everyone with major injuries, serious disease issues and chronic intractable pain who formerly took opiate medication until he jumped on the CDC "guidelines" and bragged about arresting doctors and pharmacists for practicing. If only Jeffy had a major pain condition and was offered an aspirin how sweet that would be.

I don't know that the MJ flood gates will open now that Jeffy is gone, and he is not really gone. He will land softly in some "think tank" or other politically connected position to float out his career in splendor, unfortunately.

But the MJ movement is gaining momentum and state after state is approving it for medical if not recreational use. Big Pharma is doing a full court press on foot dragging in Ohio to keep it down as long as possible since the start date was Sept. 8th, 2018 and as yet no MJ available to the public. This will mean a major loss of $$$$ to big pharma and a major gain to health insurance as they begin to cease payment for opiate products after reducing the prescription levels to near nothing. There is a major cash shift happening in big business and the consumer is caught in the middle, again. Nothing to do with health here, only money folks. I can't imagine anyone is surprised.
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Re: Random Thoughts Again

Postby Crowbar » Fri Nov 09, 2018 3:05 pm

Just a matter of time before pot is legal from sea to shining sea.

As far as Carton goes, talk about a guy who had it all, got greedy and completely blew it. What a fall. Like the others here said, I find it hard to feel sympathy for him, but I do feel bad for his family.
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Re: Random Thoughts Again

Postby Blue&White » Fri Nov 09, 2018 3:08 pm

I am completely with you on Sessions. He sucks and I am glad he's gone. And, I completely agree with you that the pharma companies, and the for-profit prison industry, will do all they can to keep MJ illegal for as long as they can and in as many states as they can. But, you can bet that at least the pharma industry will eventually embrace it and be at the forefront of selling it. Just wait. They will buy out these small growers out in Colorado and Washington and take that market.

Where you lost me is the idea that MJ is going to replace opiates as a pain drug. I'm all for that happening but I've not seen anything that would make me believe pot can manage pain as well as opiods. But, I am all for you getting a chance to try.
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Re: Random Thoughts Again

Postby psu_dad » Fri Nov 09, 2018 3:18 pm

They will buy out these small growers out in Colorado and Washington and take that market.

I agree. That's how the major breweries have been "fighting" the competition from craft breweries ... by buying them.
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Re: Random Thoughts Again

Postby Carl Spackler » Fri Nov 09, 2018 5:00 pm

Blue&White wrote:I am completely with you on Sessions. He sucks and I am glad he's gone. And, I completely agree with you that the pharma companies, and the for-profit prison industry, will do all they can to keep MJ illegal for as long as they can and in as many states as they can. But, you can bet that at least the pharma industry will eventually embrace it and be at the forefront of selling it. Just wait. They will buy out these small growers out in Colorado and Washington and take that market.

Where you lost me is the idea that MJ is going to replace opiates as a pain drug. I'm all for that happening but I've not seen anything that would make me believe pot can manage pain as well as opiods. But, I am all for you getting a chance to try.


I didn't mean to suggest that, only that the list of Session's sins had opiate destruction as a medical use product being part of the beauty of his removal. Of course he and his ilk ($$$$) has destroyed the opiate medical need market through prison sentences and loss of medical and pharmacy licenses. No opiates can't be replaced by MJ for pain management. MJ, with THC in the product, not removed as some promote to stop the "high". MJ in its pure form can help a bit with pain but I believe in only a few limited instances have there been significant pain improvement scores. I often suspect the patients in those studies did to exhibit the type and level of pain those patients I am familiar with have to live with constantly without relief.

And, all of Session's laws did nothing to the heroine and fentanyl pushers on the street or really to the junkies. Only aimed at removing opiates from legal, managed, doctor reviewed, monitored and tested patients using this form of pain mitigation in the most difficult of pain management cases. His data used to prove the opiate crisis is wrong and/or openly misinterpreted to reach a bizarre conclusions that don't make any sense unless your aim to to shut down a product.

You are correct, MJ is no substitute for opiates. But, it is soon to be the only alternative as the opiate police shut down the doctor - patient relationship. I've watched it happen.
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