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Thursday, April 29th, 2004
by the Writer's Guild of Wunderland

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What's Going On? Goodbye, Marley (and I'll see the rest of you in June...)

We've been having a pretty intense week!

  • On Thursday, I went to Capitol Hill with Kristin and Marlene to lobby our Congresspeople about marijuana law reform. It was our first time doing such a thing, and while it was certainly nervous-making, it was also exhilarating and empowering and very much worthwhile. I'm sure we'll be doing it again.
  • Then we attended the NORML conference (our 5th one) where we gave away over 100 Stoner Fluxx decks to activists in the movement. During the conference, I was interviewed by a reporter and wound up confessing to personal use more than I ever have here at the website... and they put my photo and a bunch of quotes from me in the article! It was a great conference but I don't have time to give you more details myself right now... you'll have to make do with Brian Baer's coverage. But I was inspired by the conference to write a new essay: Who Are The Real Bad Guys?
  • On Sunday, Kristin & Alison went downtown for the March for Women's Lives, but having already been out of the office for days and with deadlines crushing my skull, I stayed home to work (though I did watch a lot of the march on CSPAN...). They said it was unbelievably huge, the biggest march they've ever been to, with over a million people in attendance.
  • Over the weekend we also went to one of those amazing ZodiacFest parties friends of ours in Greenbelt hold twice a year. As usual, it was a great scene!
  • All week we've been rushing to finish up the production files for our big new Origins release, Early American Chrononauts, which is scheduled to go to the printer tomorrow. And I'm very pleased to report that we're going to meet our deadline!
  • With EAC on the brink of delivery, I'm packing my bags and cleaning off my desk because tomorrow night I'm getting on a plane to spend the month of May living in Amsterdam! Woo-hoo!
  • Unfortunately, it's not all happy news here... yesterday we had to say goodbye to a beloved pet, the large fluffy pure white cat known as Marley. He was 14 years old and much as we loved him, we couldn't afford to spend thousands of dollars operating on the tumorous growth in his gut, particularly given the odds against his long term recovery. It all happened quite suddenly... we didn't even know he had a problem until a couple of weeks ago, when the vet discovered the growth during a routine annual checkup. Since then, his health declined with alarming speed, particularly in the last week, and since he'd stopped eat and we couldn't stand to watch him suffer needlessly, we decided it was time to let go. This is the last photo I took of him, in one of his favorite spots. (Also, don't miss the animated gif of Marley at the Ember update this week.) Goodbye, Marley... we will miss you dearly.

I won't be updating this site until I get back from Europe in June, but others on the Looney Labs team will be filling in for me, so be sure to tune in again next week as usual.

AndySee You at Origins!

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The next time you face the unpleasant task of saying goodbye to a beloved pet, I highly recommend a vet who can provide the needful services during a house call. Marley departed this Earth from his favorite spot in the sun, quite peacefully, surrounded by his friends. Having done it the other way in the past, dragging the pet off in a box to die in the dreaded vet's office, I definitely recommended the in-home hospice route. It may be more expensive, but it's totally worth it.

"In the early 1990s, the WHO asked a group of international scientists, including Cohen, to produce what it billed as "the largest global study on cocaine use ever undertaken." In 1995, the study was done.  It concluded that most users consume cocaine occasionally, that occasional use usually does not lead to compulsive use, and that occasional use does little or no harm to users.  It was a flat contradiction of the drug-war ideology, so the U.S.  threatened to pull its funding if the report was released.  The WHO buckled.  The report was buried." -- Dan Gardner, "You Can't Trust The Drug 'Experts' -- Research on Illicit Substances Is As Biased As Its Funding Source"
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