The Red Sox have officially filed a petition with the City of Boston to get rid of the name Yawkey Way. This was more a matter of when than if with the Red Sox. Owner/living zombie John Henry has said he's haunted (which is complete bullshit) by the name and wants it to be more "inclusive". The writing was on the wall. I can in theory understand where they're coming from given Yawkey's pretty racist past, which I don't agree with either. You shouldn't be racist. But I just hate the move. I'm sorry but idgaf. I like the ring to it. I don't like change and most importantly we need to realize and accept that people were shitty back then. Instead of erasing history let's learn from it.
There is your semi-annual Jonestown reference in a DOL blog. Jim Jones was a maniac but he was right with that sign. People in the past were shitty. Our founding fathers owned slaved. Columbus raped and killed many, but I'm not giving up Columbus Day. Should we change the name of Disney because Walt Disney was anti-Semite? Where is the line?
Yawkey Way is as much a part of The Red Sox as Fenway Park and the Green Monster. It's ingrained in the Fenway Park experience. You go there, spend 12 bucks on a beer, and hit the pro shop before stepping into America'a Most Beloved Ballpark. To me changing it is just a fake PC warrior move to make yourself look better than you actually are and try to make the Fenway crowds less white. (they are a little too white tbh)
Even though I hate that the Indians are killing Chief Wahoo, I can at least understand their reasons why. Here it just seems like the Sox are doing a little too much. Yes, Tom Yawkey was a racist, but he also donated and helped raise hundreds of millions of dollars for the Jimmy Fund. He's not a total monster. I'm not trying to make excuses for being a racist, but we can't just erase all bad people from history. He owned the Red Sox for over 40 years, that's a long ass time. The dude was alive during the heart of racism in America. It was a different era. I'm just saying he wasn't an outlier.
If they're gonna change the name you gotta come up with something better than Jersey Street. I guess that's technically the name of the street it's on, but you gotta go Red Sox related. I don't like David Ortiz Drive because they've already given Papi enough, and it's a weird move to do while he's still alive. Think the easy choice is Ted Williams Way. Although he even though he's the greatest hitter of all time and war hero he wasn't a great father so I guess they'll have to cross him off the list. But let's be honest people are gonna still call it Yawkey Way. It's like how I called Rite Aid Brooks for like 5 years.
RIP Yawkey Way 1976-2018?
UPDATE: The Yawkey' Foundation isn't going out without a fight.
Bud Light's medieval "Dilly Dilly" campaign is arguably the biggest beer ad hit since Dos Equis' the Most Interesting Man in the World. But despite the buzz, Miller Lite marketer Greg Butler is not wallowing in a pit of misery—because he says sales trends are on his side.
"I get a ton of people saying, 'Are you going to do something like Dilly Dilly?' And I'm like 'No, I have to sell beer, not sell a meme,'" says Butler, who's overseen Lite for the past three years. "'Dilly Dilly' has become a new phrase for cheersing, but it's actually not driving Bud Light volume. My job is actually not to sell culture, it's actually to sell beer. And the reality is it's not selling beer."
In truth, Miller Lite and Bud Light are both in decline, as the brews fight off competition from spirits and craft brews. But Bud Light is falling faster, giving hope to MillerCoors executives that Lite's strategy, while failing to grab "Dilly Dilly"-like headlines, is working.
Bud Light is still the nation's biggest beer by far, ending 2017 with a 15.4 percent market share measured by shipments, according to Beer Marketer's Insights. But its shipment volumes fell 5.7 percent, compared with a 2.8 percent drop for Lite, whose market share is 6.1 percent. Both brands are still stuck in decline this year, but Lite keeps getting the better of its larger competitor. Bud Light's retail sales volume fell 6.8 percent in the four weeks ending Feb 10 (which includes the all-important Super Bowl period), compared with a 3.5 percent drop for Lite, according to Nielsen data recently cited by Beer Marketer's Insights.
Chill out Greg Butler, "Dilly Dilly" died quicker than Danson and Highsmith in The Other Guys.
In BL smooths' defense it wasn't the commercials (I still sort of like them) that made me and many other people hate the phrase. It was over-saturation and fuckboi losers who would scream it every 2 seconds. There are upwards of 2000 other words you could say. Don't need to throw in a "Dilly Dilly" after someone holds the door open for you. I was at a Patriots game in December and this dude in front of me literally said "Dilly, Dilly Mother Fucker" after every play that resulted in positive yardage and it made me want to go to pit of misery just to get away from him. Yeah I might have texted stadium security to get him, so?
What I don't like or understand here is this ad boy bashing on memes. No, no, no child, now you've got me upset. Bashing memes is a great strategy to have all of the internet turn on you. Because it doesn't matter who you are: Black, white, straight or going to hell (jk). Everybody loves memes, there's memes for all types of people. There's garlic bread memes, Seinfeld memes, I want to kill myself and am liking these memes as a cry for help memes. That's just the tip of the iceberg. There's memes about being middle class and happy, memes about connect four, memes about Smash Mouth. Memes about Snuffy, Al, Leo... Little Moe with the gimpy leg, Cheeks, Boney Bob, Cliff. I could go on forever baby. Even Tom Brady likes memes and he won't even touch a tomato.
Maybe learn a thing or two about the art of the meme and realize that "Dilly Dilly" does not fall under that umbrella. It's a catchphrase. Do you even instragram bro?
Cause I do and I follow about 182 meme accounts including all the ones I gave as examples, so I'm going to ask nicely that you respect what is and is not a meme. Perhaps if you were more aware of your surroundings Miller Lite shipments wouldn't have dropped 2.8% last year.
I definitely am a basic Bud Light bro, but will drink Miller Lite in a pinch. So I don't want it to seem like I'm biased against Miller Lite. I don't hate it and tbh I as a fan of throwback uniforms I love how they brought back their 70's can. It's a great look and for sure impacted me opening my horizons in watery beer to include them once and a while.
That being said can you please get off your high horse Mr. Ad Man? You sound like a salty little high school girl mad at the hot chick for getting more attention than her. Cause even if the numbers say Dilly, Dilly didn't really help boost Bud Light sales I'd still have to call it a win for the company. When you say "Dilly, Dilly" Bud Light is likely the first thing that comes to mind. Any publicity is good publicity and this campaign has gotten Bud Light hella exposure nationally. It got people talking about Bud Light more, and high school kids love to say it too, so when they can buy beer once they get fake IDs they'll help boost those dwindling numbers. It's called playing the long game, sweetie.
In closing. Don't act like you're above Anheuser-Busch because they won this round of the ad game. Your time will come again.
R.I.P.I.P. Wendell Middlebrooks (no relation to Will even though they both (basically) died in 2015)
Song: Twenty-Twenty Surgery
Artist: Taking Back Sunday
Album: Louder Now
Boy, oh boy this is all just the beginning. Somebody call up the 1970's Canadian rock group Bachman-Turner Overdrive, because friend, you ain't seen nothing yet.
The FBI wiretaps of Arizona Head Basketball coach (for now) Sean Miller discussing a $100,000 payment to freshmen C DeAndre Ayton is the official shit hitting the fan moment for college basketball. I think it's also just the tip of the iceberg as many more schools have been named in the yahoo report. Apparently the FBI has like 3,000 hours (still 7,000 hours away from being a master) of NCAA related wire taps. Thank God they're worrying about the real problems like student-athletes getting free taco bell while another school gets turned into a shooting range. We need Marty Huggins to get his broom because it's a mess.
The idea of colleges paying recruits to chose their program is not exactly a groundbreaking revelation. I'm looking at you Cam Newton.
Suuuuuuuuure, Arizona and Sean Miller seem to have some pie on their face, but they're not the only ones guilty. More chips are going to fall or in this case, pie on faces. Schools like Duke, UNC, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, USC have also been named in the yahoo sports report that was the precursor to the Miller news. sports.yahoo.com/exclusive-federal-documents-detail-sweeping-potential-ncaa-violations-involving-high-profile-players-schools-103338484.html.
If the rumors are true (which they likely are) then I think USC should have to lose their basketball program. Look at all those other programs. It's like the class of college basketball, then like...oh and USC too. At least those other schools that are "cheating" are in the National Title hunt year after year. USC is in fucking southern California, one of the most beautiful places on earth paying players to go their and can't sniff the Final Four. Shit they've made the Sweet 16 TWICE 2000 and four times in the program's history. Meanwhile Xavier in fucking Cincinnati, Oh who was in the God Damn A-10 until five years ago has reached it seven times in the same time span. Although since Sean Miller coached their for five years maybe that isn't the best example... My point is that USC basketball is a joke, they can't even buy a trip to the Sweet 16. Them being in the same breath as a UNC or Kentucky is like saying your favorite foods are lobster and skittles.
Of course I think it goes on at smaller, less powerful programs as well. Guys are getting paid everywhere, every school has boosters hooking up kids on the football and basketball teams.
To me this all comes down to the NCAA and their indentured servant like system with student-athletes. The NCAA is a multi-billion dollar business that doesn't pay it's "employees" and gives them little to no rights. Coaches who are paid can leave schools for greener pastures whenever they want, but players have to sit of a full season when they transfer. Idk how that's fair.
While I don't think college athletes should be getting straight up salaries in addition to the benefits they already receive, the lack of common sense in what they're allowed to do is idiotic. Don't eat too much pasta! Don't use the wifi! Buying someone who's a college athlete a meal or giving them a ride is considered an improper benefit.
Jay Bilas said this in an 2015 interview with Complex and I think it's spot on about the hypocrisy in the NCAA. It's a great interview btw: www.complex.com/sports/2015/12/jay-bilas-interview/
"In any facet of college life, only one class of people have any financial restriction on them at all and that’s athletes. So the idea that it's based on education is a lie. No other student is told what they can and cannot make, and if it affects their education, or scholarship, or anything.
"If you’re a music student, who's on a full music scholarship, you can apply your trade in any professional sense you want. You’re not kicked out of the band. Not kept from performing on campus. Doesn’t affect your academic status in any way. You’re celebrated for that.
"If you’re an athlete that happens to make the schools in the NCAA machine billions of dollars, then the athletes are told, 'You get only your expenses.' And one of the biggest components of the expenses you get, we pay to ourselves, and claim it cost us money."
I think there's a simple solution to all of this: Let athlete's profit off their likeness.
Boom. Problem solved.
This way schools aren't technically paying athletes, but they still have the ability to make money.
If you can make money off of who you are, or people want to give you things because you're basically a celebrity that should be okay. The NCAA is a billion dollar business, they play the Final Four in 100,000 seat football stadium, but the athlete who allows them to make all that money can't see a cent of it. How is that right? You should be allowed use your skills to make money, that's what being an American is all about. People make it seem like all stars in college go pro and will get paid eventually when that's simply not the case. In college football and basketball less than 2% of all athletes will end up going pro, but a shit ton more than 2% are superstars while they're in college. There's so many guys who are good enough to be basically celebrities for four years, but not make the NFL or NBA. But here's you human development degree! Those guys should be allowed to profit off of their abilities because we all know the colleges sure are. If some booster wants to take care of a football player's poor family he should be allowed to.
By allowing this to happen now colleges don't have to pay athletes, but the athletes who deserve to be paid, aka the football and basketball players have the platform to profit from their status. But it would apply to all. If someone wants to use a women's soccer star in a commercial they should be able to. To piggy back off of Bilas' point, if someone at Berkeley makes a record and is making money off of that they don't lose their scholarship. If someone at RISD sells a painting they don't get kicked out of school. It should all be allowed from little shit like restaurants and bars around campus giving athletes free food/drinks, to local car dealerships using the star linebacker to sell Jeeps, it should all be okay.
Deep down, I don't think college athletes should get paid. Whether they want to use their chance at a free education is their motive. For every one and done kid there dozens of people using their free ride to college to better themselves from a position they wouldn't have been given if it wasn't for sports. I just know as someone paying almost $300 a month on student loans I sure would've loved the chance to get that taken care of. I hate the whole title IX defense that "if you pay the men's basketball players then you also have to pay the women's tennis team" because that's stupid AF. Let's be adults here and admit that not all college athletes are created equal. Sorry but it's the fucking truth. No office in America has women's crew tournament pools, but if someone says "March Madness" you know exactly what I'm talking about. In less than 3 weeks everybody is going to be filling out NCAA brackets. I don't even need to say what sport it is because you already know.
Newsflash to the NCAA but with most of the programs in college athletics nobody outside of the parents of the athletes give a fuck about them. Tell me who won the men's soccer national championship in 2014? Probably 3% of American's know. Nobody gives a shit about women's tennis (or really any women's sport outside of basketball) or any men's sport other than like football, basketball, hockey, baseball and lacrosse. Most programs don't make any money for their universities so I understand why you can't pay everybody. Small schools wouldn't be able to survive.
But, athletes who have an opportunity to use their experience as a NCAA athlete for their benefit financially should be able to do so. Enfranchise the collegiate athlete. I think my solution is a lot easier to handle and less radical that changing the entire system by giving athletes salaries.
Even though I had a white female nurse I felt that since it's February this is the least I could do to show a little love to our African-American friends. Diversity is key people! It's a lot better than drinking chocolate milk imo.
Let's start off this post with some good news. I have a full time job. Hooray! I know you're excited too, but please hold your applause until the end of the blog. Thank you for your cooperation.
Before you start celebrating too hard I should tell you that it's only a temporary position, but that's quite alright. It's just what I'm looking for (minus the whole drug testing thing). I've come to the conclusion that until my hack writing career takes off, which could take 1-∞ years that I do in fact want to give teaching another try. I love helping people, I enjoy history, and can tolerate kids. I can make it work. Summers off definitely doesn't suck either. This job leaves that door open since I don't have to commit long-term. Fingers crossed I can find a full-time teaching position next school year.
I don't want to give the company away, mainly so that they cannot have their name come up in searches and see me talking about them in this forum. But before I go into great detail about my time earlier today I just want to remind you that Fergie did a horrible job with her NATIONAL anthem during the NBA all-star game. In addition I have a question for you: did you know what that A.I.D.S. was once referred to (after gay cancer) as G.R.I.D. which of course stands for Gay-related immune deficiency?
Of course you did, everybody knows that.
As for my temp job I needed to go get a basic screening physical to just prove that I am not currently on any illegal drugs and am in good enough shape to knock on people's doors and ask them why they didn't pay their electric bill. Spoiler alert I'm not and I am. But going to the doc was still something I was not looking forward too. Mainly because I had to drive over an hour away and as a man with well documented weight struggles going to the doctors is about as fun as helping a friend move, so needless to say I was dreading today, but just so you're sure, I'll say it once more, I was dreading today.
I get to my destination and begin to fill out the necessary paper-work. Well technically I parked my car, unplugged my phone from the aux-chord (I know you're curious....I was listening to Pardon My Take), got out of my car, locked it, put my keys in pocket, started walking, saw a penny on the ground, left it there, avoided a puddle, kept walking, opened the door, signed in, waited for 5 minutes, had a lady come get me, walk some more up the stairs to another waiting area, got the paperwork, sat down, and started it. But that information isn't important so I won't waste your time by including it.
Oddly enough, I also had to fill out the exact same information on an iPad. Seemed like a waste of time, but anything to further prolong having to get my physical done was alright by me. I love putting things off.
Right away my last name is spelled wrong on the form, which I found quite insulting. Don't you know who I am? Apparently, no.
On the questionnaire it asked me if I had any of the following symptoms and it lead off with weight gain. To me this felt like a personal attack so I said no, how dare you? Let's just move past that. I answered everything else truthfully with no. Aside from being fat I'm in great shape.
After I finish, I wait another 5 or so minutes. Another lady opens the door and ask if Ryan is here. Lucky for her I am and we go on our merry way to the examination room. This lady I'm referring is of course my nurse. Now for privacy sake I won't use her real name so let's just call her "Helen". I should let you know before we go any further she pronounces it "Helene" like Pam Beasley's mom/Michael Scott's former lover. If you just assumed the fake name for the sense of anonymity Helen was pronounced Helen then I don't know what to tell you other than stop being so short sighted and that we all know what happens when you assume. Just think Helene without the E (cut from the team).
Now I'm expecting, (but not assuming) that height and weight are going to be the first thing we bang out during our time together. In my past experiences with physical exams and tests in general a great strategy is to get the easy stuff done first so you have more time to dedicate to the more challenging sections. Well bucko, while I'm expecting a zig, our friend Helen (pronounced Helene) the nurse zags. She leads off by letting me know there is a urine test that will need to be completed (no shit I didn't stop smoking weed just for fun) during our time together and asks if I need to use the restroom, which of course I do. My tank is never empty. This was very nice of Helen for two reasons. A: This way I didn't have to hold in my pee any longer and B: She was shaving a few ounces off that dreaded weight portion of our program which is very much appreciated.
We go into another room for me leave my deposit (pee) and Helen gives me this whole spiel about how the cups are secure to avoid tampering yadda, yadda, yadda, I don't really care cause I know I'm clean, I just wanna get this piss out before my nuts pop. I drove over an hour and had to wait for like 23 minutes don't forget. While I'm half listening to her talk about piss security the out of the corner of my eye I spot the eye exam board. (Side note are those universally the same or do they switch them up? Feel like you need to have other copies of the test. Anyways, I'm getting off track.) I start to study it to get a leg up on the upcoming eye exam. I always get so nervous with those things just because my reading comprehension skills aren't the best, I don't want to look like some blindo just cause I can't read good.
(don't worry, yes I know it's read well)
While Helen was going on with his piss proclamation there was one thing during it that I found rather noteworthy. The toilet in the bathroom doesn't work, due to security reasons. I thought it was a little bizarre to have an non functioning toilet, but I didn't think it would matter to me since I wasn't using a toilet, I was using a cup.
Well, Helen handed me said cup it was much smaller than I was anticipating, I'd say it was the size of two Mott's Applesauce cup. Which ironically are similar to the color of pee (if you haven't been drinking enough water).
Now I'm worried about what to do with with all this excess piss since I for sure thought I had more than enough to fill up the cup. Thankfully I was being overzealous in my urinating abilities and topped off right below the brim of the cup. Had Helen not been such a pro's pro and waited until later in the appointment to take the sample who knows what kind of overflow, broken levy situation we could've had on our (my) hands?
Next is the eye exam, and I've already forgotten everything that I studied up on while the piss proclamation was taking place. Cheaters never win. Helen(e) tells me to stand behind a piece of tape so I'm the proper distance away. I'm assuming (sorry) there's like a red piece of tape or something to indicate where I should be. But no, there isn't. It's a piece of scotch tape against the wall. I make a crappy joke asking if this is part of the exam and we share a laugh. Great, Helen is on my side now. Now I'm standing behind this piece of scotch tape getting ready for the big eye exam. I'm feeling pretty confident about the test, but things quickly take a turn for the worst. I totally forgot you had to cover an eye. Silly me, it's been a long while since I last took an eye exam, I think the third digit of our year was still zero. I cover my right eye and it's like I'm Vanessa Carlton because I feel a thousand miles away and I can't see you (tonight). She tells me to recite like the 7th row and it takes me a good 15 seconds to finally decipher what I'm looking at. Shit was like hieroglyphics. I said R but it is an F. There weren't even any R's on the board. Woah-nelly. Turns out my vision isn't as great it should be but then again I'm comfortable with not being able to read size 8 font from 50 feet away. I cover my left eye (RIP) and it's like I have a new lease on life which I'm sure Left Eye would've had if she survived the crash. I'm so confident, I breeze through like 8 rows before having any trouble. I think I have 25:20 vision now, but I'm pretty sure Barry Bonds has that too and he's the all-time HR king. Great company to keep. I'll still never get glasses, that's a promise.
We return the room and it's time for the moment of truth: height and weight. First she measures me and says "well you're 6 foot, but wearing shoes so I'll call it 5 11 and a half." First off, rude. Just give me 6 foot, I need this. Secondly, bravo to an extremely thorough job by Helen. Next is weight. 302. Fuck. I'm back in the 3's something I swore would never happen again. Tbh it's a lot less than I expected, after dropping a buck twenty I've done nothing but eat pizza and give up on Nashville way too soon. However, luckily for me, using Helen's same logic considering I was wearing shoes, clothes, have a beard, could use a haircut, and already ate breakfast you could easily argue that I'm like 290, maybe even lower. So that's fine and I'll deal with that and get back on track. Not to make excuses but the Patriots losing the Super Bowl really fucked up turning February into a healthy month.
We do a bunch of silly tests. Like a breathalyzer. She asks if I've ever taken one before which of course I had. Have you never been to a Narragansett High School dance before, Helen? I've been to several and always got that colored poker chip. Then she asks me to walk to the door on my tip toes and I'm starting to think she thinks I'm drunk and is an undercover cop about to bust me for a DUI despite not drinking since last weekend.
I get up on the bed thing with the piece of butcher paper on it for a hernia exam. Apparently they can do them while you're fully clothed now which is a relief for obvious reasons. No hernias for me hooray! She checks my lungs, does my blood pressure and puts that flashlight thing in my ears. Happy to report everything is A okay!
One of the final things she does before we part ways never to see each other again is check the inside of my mouth. I tell her about this little cut thing I have under my tongue. After having a tinder meet up a few weeks ago I was terrified for the worst, but she said if you eat tortilla chips (something I do regularly) that you can cut your mouth and that's probably what it is. Probably is good enough for me, thank Heavens I don't have herpes. A nurse is the one who told me after-all.
That concludes the recap of my time at the doctors. You may now let out your applause.
Song: Hopeless Wanderer
Artist: Mumford and Sons
I normally get all caught up in the Olympics. Every two years (winter and summer) I can pretend to care about sports that don't matter in the name of Patriotism. U.S.A baby! Much like how I'll care about U.S. Soccer during the World Cup. Sadly soccer now doesn't exist to me until 2022 (at the earliest).
This year I just really haven't caught that Olympic Fever. Perhaps I need more cowbell? I just don't seem to care about these Winter Olympics. As you get older real life starts to take center stage over pretending you care about the skeleton. Plus the time differences fuck me up and America not exactly killing it hasn't helped either. Just being honest.
Here's what I do know about the 2018 Winter Olympic Games:
-Some news station accidentally said they were at a P.F. Changs instead of wherever they are in South Korea.
-There's some brother-sister duo in figure skating a la Amy Poehler and Will Arnett in Blades of Glory which is v weird.
-I know that everybody was hyping up some 17 year old girl for tweeting before her Gold Medal Run in I think snowboarding like she just cured Cancer.
-American fell in love with that sassy gay figure skater for being gay despite sucking at figure skating. (Seriously we're turning 10th place finishers into heroes?)
-No NHL guys are in the hockey part which made it far less enjoyable for an already casual hockey fan aka I haven't watched any of it.
What I have realized from casually turning on NBCSN throughout the games is that the terms "won the bronze" or "won the silver" are tossed around like hot cakes and I for one don't understand. Now I'm not trying to take away anything from Olympic athletes. Obviously coming in 2nd or 3rd in your niche sport that 218 people compete in worldwide is a big deal, but come on. 2nd or 3rd isn't winning. This isn't the rafters at Lucas Oil Stadium. We're talking about the Olympics!
In all seriousness, it is a great honor to get a silver and bronze medal, they matter. I'm not like saying you're a disgrace to your country for not winning the gold. This isn't Russia or North Korea. You're obviously a much better athlete than I am. If you train all your life to compete in the Olympics you deserve some sort of recognition for being one of the best which is why silver and bronze are awarded. Every medal counts towards the medal count. But it's just not "winning". That's all I'm saying.
Like you either win the Grammy or don't. We don't give out smaller less valuable Grammys for the runners up. Winning is the Gold medal. Everything else is essentially a glorified participation trophy.
Now I don't know what to do here because I can't put my finger on the term we should use, but it doesn't seem right to me to say "you won the bronze". Maybe you earned a medal? Which seems fair. Because you totally did earn it, just didn't win it. You came in 3rd and got awarded for it which is cool and all but that isn't winning. Sure this is semantics, and sure it doesn't really matter much like the random Olympic sports that we'll forget even exist in a matter of days, but dammit this is the internet and I think saying you won when you didn't is stupid! End of rant.
In January, the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control issued new rules declaring that intoxicating drinks cannot be infused with marijuana. Of course, that isn’t going to stop many people from simultaneously consuming weed and booze, especially as more states like California roll back cannabis prohibition.
These people might be interested to hear about a string of recent studies suggesting that cannabis can actually have protective benefits for the liver. Still, they should resist the urge to start slamming shots after taking a dab, or vice versa.
The largest study of the bunch found that drinkers who smoke weed had significantly lower odds of developing liver diseases including hepatitis, cirrhosis, steatosis, and even hepatocellular carcinoma, a type of liver cancer. Researchers at the National Institute of Scientific Research at the University of Quebec looked at the discharge records of nearly 320,000 patients who had a past or current history of abusive alcohol use.
“We found that if people are using cannabis in the dependent manner, they actually are much more protected from alcoholic liver disease,” Terence Bukong, a hepatologist and the study’s lead investigator, tells Tonic.
Alcohol abusers who didn’t use weed had about a 90 percent chance of developing liver disease, whereas light cannabis-using heavy drinkers had about an 8 percent chance. For dependent cannabis users who drink a lot, there was only a 1.36 percent chance. In other words, this study suggests that heavy pot use could mean a better defense against alcohol-related disease compared to light or no marijuana use.
This was a population-based correlation study, so it’s too early to draw strict conclusions. However, it’s consistent with another paper published in October, which looked at more than 8,200 patient records and found that the “lowest prevalence of [non-alcoholic fatty liver disease] was noted in current heavy users of marijuana.” (Some of the participants in this study did drink, but the data was adjusted to account for that.) They also found that cannabis users had worse diets than non-smokers—they consumed more calories, soda, and alcohol—yet they were less likely to be obese.
The researchers, led by a team at the Stanford University School of Medicine, hypothesize this might be related to the link between marijuana use and lower fasting-insulin levels, which could also protect the liver from non-alcoholic liver disease. Liver disease is frequently associated with insulin resistance and is caused when the liver accumulates too much fat, thus impairing glucose metabolism. So, cannabis may protect the liver even from dietary risks.
Chalk up another win for the good guys! Weed stops liver disease.
I'm no scientist or math guy but those numbers are pretty clear. They're so vastly different that they're basically facts.
If you don't smoke the herb you're going to get liver disease (90% chance).
if you kinda smoke weed you're straight (only 8% chance).
If you really smoke weed then you're totally in the clear (less than 2% chance).
This is great news because now you can be an alcoholic and stoner and have a legitimate excuse as to why!
Yet another study showing the positive effects of weed. There's so many benefits that people who are anti-weed just don't want to accept. If you're against marijuana as a medicine you really should see the episode of Weediquette on it's effects on autistic children.
But idiots like Jeff Sessions still think it's as bad as heroine. Ridiculous!
As a retired weed guy stats like this just warm my heart. I haven't smoked since August and right about then my life turned to utter shit, which I don't think is a coincidence. Had I been smoking at night after teaching, and been able to relax after the most stressful days I've ever had I probably don't quit, but that's not for today. I just hope that someday this country will smarten up and legalize it. I don't think people should be showing up to work high just like they shouldn't be showing up to work drunk, but what difference does it make if I smoke a few bowls at home after work to relax instead of having a few beers? If anything weed is healthier on the count of zero calories (munchy stats not included).
Sadly, I'm currently out of the game as I look for jobs and have to deal with companies being racist towards Rastas. Very sad indeed. Weed isn't a big deal anymore, luckily more and more states are starting to realize that. Sure test away for serious drugs but if you're okay with employees drinking in their free time but are against weed you are an idiot. Drinking is much more harmful for the human body, but now it appears that the thing people are so prejudice against (marijuana) can actually make drinking less harmful! That's more ironic than 10,000 spoons when all you need is a knife. Which I think we can all agree is the laziest example in Alanis Morissette's 1996 hit single Ironic. Has anybody outside of a spoon factory every been around 10,000 spoons? I think not! Just do the right thing America and legalize it.
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I love Silicon Valley, it's one of my few non-streaming conventional weekly television shows I watch. It's probably my favorite show, although I just started watching the Good Place and really enjoy that. But for 26 minutes a week every Sunday night I can pretend I'm smart and know the ins and outs of the tech world. To me that is quite soothing. As you know everybody loves to pretend that they're smarter than they actually are and are not wasting their life away so I'm not alone here.
I'll be quite honest, I am v worried about the future of Silicon Valley as a program. I know the actual Silicon Valley will be fine as technology continues to take over all of mankind. By that I mean I'm only thinking about the possibility of the show ending right now and it will be out of my brain 2 seconds after I finish this blog. I love the show, but I'm not nearly as emotionally invested in at as a I was The Office or Parks and Rec back in the day. Idk the ins and outs of why T.J. Miller left but to me it is a mistake. How many shows have lost stars and gotten better? You can answer that question and email me the reply because I'm quite curious. The Office was never the same without Steve Carrell. Sure the 9th season was refreshing but I did not enjoy the Robert California year. Erlich Bachman is no Michael Scott but was probably the 2nd or 3rd most important character in the show imo. I just don't see how the show can go on much longer without him.
There were a few laughs in the trailer for sure. The jawn line by Jared was the highlight for me. Andy Daily as the doctor is one of my favorite minor roles in TV history, he's so funny. But tbh this seems like the beginning of the end for SV. Idk how much longer the show can go on with Richard and the boys coming up with a great idea, then having some sort of hiccup with their Hooli/Gavin Belson? Maybe this new internet will be their final battle. It's okay because it's just a tv show and we all have far bigger worries in life and five seasons is a pretty solid run for this show, but they need to switch things up. iI feels like the same season over and over again with minor changes. As I say that, maybe the loss of Erlich can be a good thing and change the show's composition. Wow I just did a total 180 in a mere paragraph and a half which is no small feat. Either way I'm excited to see what is in store for SV on March 25th.