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  1. I didn't read the whole thread to see if this riddle has been mentioned but I'll name two that I think are low skilled fun riddles that don't have any kind of wacky tricks to them, just logic. 1. A man with a chicken, a dog, and a bag of chicken feed need to cross the river. The man has a boat that can only hold himself and one item. If he leaves the chicken and the dog, the dog will eat the chicken. If he leaves the chicken and the chicken feed, the chicken will eat the feed. This applies to the other side of the river as well if he leaves 2 objects there alone. How does he cross the river? 2. ( Die hard 3) You have a 3 gallon and a 5 gallon bucket. You need to pour 4 gallons of water into the 5 gallon bucket with precision. How do you do it?
  2. Many good points have been made. I'd like to repeat that it seems universal that most agree with legalizing Marijuana. Personally I feel Marijuana is much less harmful than alcohol and fully support legalization with very little hesitation. To just make this step could free up a ton of cash and resources to go towards proven positive programs. I've noticed the debate has turned into whether legalizing drugs would fix the drug problem and I really don't believe this is the idea. My major hesitation about legalizing drugs is that it would help make drugs easier to access for people that would never have considered trying it before. But on the other side of things, our liberty to live our life how we want with personal responsibility the key I see its a matter of choice. I like the support for education programs and better rehabilitation. This is a focus that whether drugs are legal or illegal it would be vastly more effective than anything else. Yet for some reason the U.S. simply doesn't invest in this. They invest in scare tactics commercials and propaganda to demonize ALL illegal drugs including marijuana, the idea is that if they can stop a person from smoking pot it will stop them from ever trying cocaine, meth, heroin, the known problem drugs, yet there is huge criticism they are wasting money. To get back to legalizing all drugs I gotta say we're missing the point with the will it fix or make the drug use problem worse. As far as I can give an educated guess I don't know whether it would help or make it worse. The one place I see it would be a huge help would be the money gained from legalizing drugs could be wisely invested in a comprehensive education and rehabilitation program. Some have said the government would just fuck it up and I can't say I disagree, hopefully they'd do it right and make decisions based on experts and careful analysis but who knows. The obvious advantage to legalizing drugs has been repeated many times and the positive impact would be massive. The negative impact is uncharted territory and I would hope it would be carefully navigated to minimize its effects. But in the end all this discussion and hope is a big pipe dream, its very discouraging. Just to get the U.S. to stop locking people up and give them help is a joke. Too many people get rich off "bad" people with drug charges and needing a cage to be locked up in. I've been through the legal system, they jail you, they put you in a half ass pathetic attempt at rehab, they threaten to put you back in jail every single damned step of the way and they set you up to fail. My probation officer even admitted the system is fucked up and is designed to make you fail, goto jail, get out, pay fines, fail, rinse and repeat. Evil "junkies" are an easy target and we'll milk them for every dollar they can raise, they're just another cog in the war on drugs, thats the good 'ole US of A. At a bare minimum I pray someday more money will be funneled into rehab and good education programs that lay it out fairly and without scare tactics but that would be too much like doing the right thing : (
  3. Quote:Original post by jfclavette I'm kinda torn on this issue. Legalizing marijuana is ok with me. Cocaine, heroin and LSD are tough calls tough. This stuff is useless when not used as drugs, and it's pretty dangerous for you as well as others when used as such. By arguing that they should be legalized, you also argue that all medicine should be legalized for consumption without prescription. I think that is the major roadblock that causes people to associate legalizing drugs as more bad than good. Heroin and cocaine are definitely bad drugs, they cause problems and destroy lives. However the problem's solution doesn't lie within keeping drugs out, because we can't, they will always find a way in and to the end user. So what we propose is a policy that better accomadates the problem. Legalizing drugs isn't a good solution, its a better solution than prohibition is the idea. And if you look at the options what else is there? We could throttle down the drug war but keep it active and channel more money into rehabilitation but politics and the big boys with the cash have no interest in that, or ending prohibition. Building prisons is lucritive, politicians working to keep the entire trend, from prisons to cops arresting "bad guys" is a big system of people getting rich or atleast making a living. This is the dark side of our country exploiting easily exploitable people. Where's the cheering squad for drug dealers or users? There is none, or atleast a limited one for users, why not make a buck off these people. If you think the great Unites States is built off morals and doing whats right sorry, its not. Its about mostly doing whats right and raping those that you can without getting caught. A shifted and seemingly righteous version of communism. The land of the free, where you can do what you want to a certain extent, you can get rich if you do something special, but make no mistake, the vast majority of us are sheep that are slaves to the rich. They control the laws, they control the politicians, they control the United States. 50 Years from now I seriously doubt drugs will be legal. Those opposing it are too powerful and too entrenched to give it up. It would take a huge uprising to conquer these foes, and with a minority of the population having a great deal to do with drugs you will see drug users abused for the foreseable future.
  4. Quote:Original post by Ainokea What some cops think about this: Video Excellent video. To see ex cops, mayors, etc. repeat that is very refreshing, I wish it would catch on to a larger extent. An excerpt from the video Quote "Drug legalization is not to be construed to an approach to our drug problem. Drug legalization is about our crime and violence problem. Once we legalize drugs we can buckle down and start dealing with out drug problem. And thats not gonna be easy but thats something we can do." Thats a beautiful statement that hits the nail on the head. People on the other side of the ropes, law enforcement, people that were conditioned to fight the war and think they are doing good saying wait a minute, something isn't right here, very nice.
  5. To add some numbers to this issue visit http://www.drugpolicy.org/library/factsheets/effectivenes/index.cfm The amount of money spent "combating" drugs is simply staggering. The results as far as accessibility and decrease in use are non existant. In any major city and most small towns you can get any drug you want. Some areas have a lot of a few drugs and sometimes none of others and vice versa depending on where you are in the U.S. But the bottom line is you have access to some drugs anywhere. So what the hell is the point, after all the fighting, the prison sentences, the bloodshed, people can still get drugs if you want them, you just need to know the right people or go looking. Is it really worth it? From experience the BEST place to get drugs is at a fucking high school, word of mouth you can get whatever is in town, so really what has the war on drugs won? The amount of money spent on rehab or positive projects to combat the actual demand of drugs is often seen as less than 10%, thats pathetic, fix the source of the problem and there will likely be much better results.
  6. Every one in a while this comes up, a few say it would help and the vast majority condemn it for being ludacris. What do you here on Gamedev think about it? I'm of the view that I strongly agree with a statement from the Libertarian Party website. Lp.org, it goes as follows. The Issue: The suffering that drug misuse has brought about is deplorable; however, drug prohibition causes more harm than drugs themselves. The so-called "War on Drugs" is in reality a war against the American people, our Constitution and the Bill of Rights. It is a grave threat to individual liberty, to domestic order and to peace in the world. The Principle: Individuals should have the right to use drugs, whether for medical or recreational purposes, without fear of legal reprisals, but must be held legally responsible for the consequences of their actions only if they violate others’ rights. Solutions: Social involvement by individuals is essential to address the problem of substance misuse and abuse. Popular education and assistance groups are a better approach than prohibition, and we support the activities of private organizations as the best way to move forward on the issue. Transitional Action: Repeal all laws establishing criminal or civil penalties for the use of drugs. Repeal laws that infringe upon individual rights to be secure in our persons, homes, and property as protected by the Fourth Amendment. Stop the use of "anti-crime" measures such as profiling or civil asset forfeiture that reduce the standard of proof historically borne by government in prosecutions. Stop prosecuting accused non-violent drug offenders, and pardon those previously convicted. To me this sounds crystal clear as an intelligent and morally just way to do things. It really sucks that some people can't live their life the way they want, we're slaves to those that have succeeded before us to live our life the way they have paved, and with the consequence of punishment if you do not comply. No I'm not a pro druggy, though in the past I have done many. I see drugs as 90% bad as far as the negative impact on your life. But I also see the laws and system in place to control drugs as far worse. Obviously current drug policy doesn't do much other than torture those addicted and spawn bloody wars between drug lords, competitors, and police, and anything caught in the way. If drugs were legal and taxed, wealthy drug lords all the way from the top to the street dealer that carries a gun and kills people would be out of business. No more money from drugs to fund their weapons and chain of power. Some of them would move on to other crimes, in which they directly steal, kill, whatever but then police could focus on that and shrug off this innefective war on drugs they are waging. Imagine if all the money spent against drugs was spent towards more police cars cruising the street, better technology to go after thugs, more detectives to go after burglars, muggers, bank robbers, etc. Not to mention all the addicts would be out of the loop, no more messing with dangerous drug dealers and being caught in the fray. It would help separate the bad guys from the not really bad just addicted crowd. Make drugs cheap enough so addicts don't need to burglarize daily to get their drugs, spend money towards rehabilitation and take jail out of the picture, all it does is make addicts fall deeper into hell and addiction. That's my rant, so tell me what you think...
  7. I reread the post I'm drunk lol going to start over. If you're going to drop all that money on an SLI system I offer a better price/performance setup. History has shown SLI is NOT cost effective under any circumstances. At best you will break even if you're lucky. If you want blazing performance forget AMD. If you want to play games with this system check benchmarks for what games you want to play if you know. Nvidia and ATI actually offer quite different performance on different games. As far as the processor goes the Conroe smokes everything AMD does in every bench (sub $200 dollar range), if you can get one at a reasonable price it will do more for your system than anything else.
  8. Something I'm not so sure of, as I've never monitored my heart rate. But you keep saying that you work at 80-90% of your max rate for 20 minutes? No offense but that sounds kind of creepy. Wouldn't that be a sprint or pretty close to it? The absolute most dangerous thing you can do when first getting into an exercise routine after being dormant for many years is sprinting in whatever form you want to call it. But again I never monitored my heart rate so I'm just assuming its in synch with your overall level of stress you're putting on your body. To push yourself at 90% of your limit for 20 minutes sounds like a nightmare. Just be careful, I don't know if the words we are corresponding with are equal to whats in my head but... take it easy. Getting in shape is more about pushing yourself just a little more, a little bit, every time. Pounding your body won't help you move forward faster its just dangerous. Your body can only adjust and recover so much with every workout. The idea is to gently stress yourself to keep climbing little steps. If you're gasping or feel a stressful pain throughout the body that lessens and worsens while you are breathing, you have gone way too far. Don't want to preach to you here, you're probably just hitting it hard and are just fine, but I'd hate for something bad to happen to you. Good luck and remember to switch up your intensity. I read your post again because I was wondering... sounds like perhaps you're just in pretty good shape already or naturally athletic. For a normal person this could be lethal. As for the dragging part I forgot to comment on... it really depends on what your diet has been for the last 3 months, or last few years if its been bad. You haven't said what it is but virtually every time this is the culprit for poor energy feelings. The majority of American society eats trash and has very poor energy systems because of it. Eating too much sugars and fats without exercise makes us very weak and really can't perform like we're supposed to (since we don't need to run as fast as we can and spear an animal then drag it 2 miles back to our cave). It sounds like you probably eat decent but I have no idea. If you just recently started eating healthy again it can take quite some time before your body adjusts, especially if you're exercising hard, you're throwing a lot of changes at your body. Also remember, :O if you haven't been into this for 10 years your body isn't quite what it was, however a 40 something can be in better shape than 20 something which in this society is probably pretty easy to do.
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  10. I see a lot of misinformation in this thread about how the body works, close but not quite right. When you're running and your glycogen stores run out you don't burn tons of fat. Fat metabolism is way too slow to provide a meaningful amount of energy while running. If you want an excellent source of information for how all this works goto http://www.hussmanfitness.org/html/TLEnergySystems.html Someone mentioned gatorade as being good for replenishing energy and it is, its the best actually, thats what its made for. If you are exercising to get in shape you don't want to run so long that your body is completey drained and you keep going. You want to stop and replenish your body then rest and let it recover and rebuild. The reason athletes keep going is to train themselves for their sport, not so much to get in shape. When you exercise too much your body actually starts to eat itself, literally. Ever seen a marathon runner? They're a gross sack of bones because they push themselves too far, thats the sport. If you want to lose weight its best to push yourself for about 45 minutes, at whatever intensity you can handle. You lose the fat after working out, not during. For hours after a workout your body metabolises fat to replenish your glycogen stores. That doesn't mean you shouldn't eat afterwards, if you don't eat your body will pump cortisol and all kinds of nasty things happen. You'll lose weight but you'll also lose muscle and feel horrible and your body won't have what it needs to rebuild. Your "2nd wind" is NOT a burst of energy emerging from somewhere, its from chemicals being released in your brain from exercise that dope you up and make you feel good. Its true you want to avoid sugars, except after your workout. You want some sugar to get in there quick and repair your body. I read some more of the posts and it seems you just want to be healthy. In that case doing too much exercise is definitely of no benefit to you, its actually degenerative. Your best bet is training all your different energy systems, if you're at risk for a stroke I'd definitely stay away from lifting heavy weights, just mild like you said you were doing. Eating frequent small meals is one of the best things you can do. A bit of carbs, bit of protein, small amount of healthy fats. When I was serious into this I had so much energy and never felt tired after I ate, its because I had a smooth blood sugar level that didn't spike or drop, this is the biggest culprit for people being tired or feeling like crap whether they've started exercising or eating right if you space out your meals and keep the sugar and bad fats out after a few weeks you'll start to feel great, but it takes some time for your body to adjust. Everything revolves around your diet, get that right and the rest will fall into place.