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Saturday, October 01, 2016

I was on the phone today with DEA spokesperson Russ Baer when the clock struck 5:00 pm on the East Coast without a final order from the agency making two chemicals from kratom Schedule I controlled substances. Baer said that the plan to place the plant alkaloids, mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine, onto the most restrictive classification of drugs of abuse and public health risk is still in progress and "will come sooner rather than later."

The alkaloids have been known for over a decade to possess some modest opioid actions but their potential benefit for patients with chronic pain and substance dependence was overlooked in the notice of intent to place the botanical chemicals in the same class as heroin, LSD and mescaline.


Got this from my mom by way of one of dad's old navy buddies. Take it or leave it.

A General Mattis Christmas Story

A couple of months ago, when I told General Krulak, the former Commandant of the Marine Corps, now the chair of the Naval Academy Board of Visitors, that we were having General Mattis speak this evening, he said, "Let me tell you a Jim Mattis story."

General Krulak said, when he was Commandant of the Marine Corps, every year, starting about a week before Christmas, he and his wife would bake hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of Christmas cookies. They would package them in small bundles.

Then on Christmas day, he would load his vehicle. At about 4 a.m., General Krulak would drive himself to every Marine guard post in the Washington-Annapolis-Baltimore area and deliver a small package of Christmas cookies to whatever Marines were pulling guard duty that day. He said that one year, he had gone down to Quantico as one of his stops to deliver Christmas cookies to the Marines on guard duty. He went to the command center and gave a package to the lance corporal who was on duty.

He asked, "Who's the officer of the day?" The lance corporal said, "Sir, it's Brigadier General Mattis."

And General Krulak said, "No, no, no. I know who General Mattis is. I mean, who's the officer of the day today, Christmas day?"

The lance corporal, feeling a little anxious, said, "Sir, it is Brigadier General Mattis."

General Krulak said that, about that time, he spotted in the back room a cot, or a daybed. He said, "No, Lance Corporal. Who slept in that bed last night?"

The lance corporal said, "Sir, it was Brigadier General Mattis."

About that time, General Krulak said that General Mattis came in, in a duty uniform with a sword, and General Krulak said, "Jim, what are you doing here on Christmas day? Why do you have duty?" General Mattis told him that the young officer who was scheduled to have duty on Christmas day had a family, and General Mattis decided it was better for the young officer to spend Christmas Day with his family, and so he chose to have duty on Christmas Day.

General Krulak said, "That's the kind of officer that Jim Mattis is."

Dr. Albert C Pierce
Staff, USNA

When small unprofitable businesses close they allow more profitable businesses to charge higher prices which enables them to pay higher wages.

Not always true. For one thing small business usually charge more not less than the big companies. Also many times they are start up's.

If you work for them at the beginning the conditions are terrible but then you are in front of the line as they expand. In the case I cited it was clear to me that the owner had no idea what he was doing and growth would not happen, which is why I left. In another case I worked as a commission only salesperson for a start up company selling a unique product. They couldn't afford to pay me a salary but they had a good product and I was almost certainly in a position to become a sales manager and even a regional sales manager. I stuck around for a while there until like the first company it became clear the owner was clueless. Had he been open minded and listened to investors, me and a couple other people I would still be there making 10k a month plus. He actually had an investor willing to put up 1 million but he wouldn't take his operational suggestions so the investor withdrew. This was an investor who owned 2 successful companies on his own and our owner just knew he knew better.

You can't just say get rid of a small company because they can't compete. If they can grow and adapt it can be a win for everyone involved. Just about every major company today started out as a mom and pop and the folks who worked there in the beginning ended up being regional VP's etc.

Sometimes when you take a job like that you work in less than ideal circumstances in hopes of growing with the company. If the government forces regulations that kill the small guy who can't afford them the economy stagnates. It is contingent on the employee to gauge the future success of the business and make their own decisions on if they put up with the low rewards now in hopes of high rewards later or bail. If the government tries to protect every employee then the only jobs will be with big companies who can afford it. It's where we are going now in the walmart economy.

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