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The Cost of a Tiger; Katy Perry’s Halftime Show Tiger Vs. Actual Endangered Tiger

After viewing what money can buy during the Super Bowl halftime show (and the Super Bowl proper), I thought I would do a relevant comparison of some topics brought to light in between the shit-commericals, mediocre football game, and closely guarded non-nipple slip action shots.

What I saw, and didn’t see, made me think.  I thought about tigers (wild animals) and how they had been neglected, and even endangered.  They were exploited further here, in the midst of the most important game in the world (not factually sound), led out in the middle of a packed stadium, shackled and chained to a fleeting pop star, Katy Perry.

What I learned from this little research project might not shock you at all.  In fact, it may be boring as hell (if not astonishing -in relation to our wastefulness and neglect for wildlife).  But at least I thought about endangered species, specifically tigers.  What did you do tonight?  Here is the evidence for you to assess:  ss-150202-super-bowl-halftime-02.nbcnews-ux-1280-900

“That Super Bowl halftime show? Pop star Katy Perry won’t pay to play the Super Bowl this year – and she won’t be paid either. The NFL will, however, pick up the tab for the cost of producing the show, thought to be in the millions.”

Forbes-Salaries, Ads & Security: What’s The Real Cost Of Super Bowl XLIX?

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“Tiger range countries are already devoting considerable resources to wildlife conservation and some are planning to do even more. Total incremental costs to achieve the goal of doubling wild tiger populations are currently being estimated but are likely in the range of $100-200 million per year to be financed from national and international sources.”

Bagheera An Education Website About Endangered Species and the Efforts to Save Them

Save the tigers, stop allowing subpar pop stars to straddle them for the whole world to see.  Start today, it’s your play call.

Legalize Marijuana in Minnesota

MPR NEWS

MN Daily: Task force weighs medical marijuana law

          What is the problem with Medical Marijuana?  Why must we battle for such an innocuous herb to be legalized?  Was there a battle against Big Pharma when they introduced the plethora of drugs containing narcotics in the last five decades?  -I don’t recall.  One does not see protesting against pharmaceuticals made from far more dangerous substances, opiates and methamphetamines.  One does not hear speak of legislators creating laws to ban such substances that have, time and time again, killed, or put people in emergency rooms across the nation (CDC: Prescription Drug Overdose in the United States).

          We did not see this case argued when Ritalin was administered to children in the early 90’s, and still today (possibly under a different name).  I was a part of that, it was a reasonable remedy. 

          I wonder if anyone at this round table meeting mentioned concerns relating to abuse of currently legalized substances.

          Marijuana is a plant that can be grown locally, taxed locally, and administered/regulated locally, in a positive way.  The assumed pros outweigh the cons; economic benefits, patient benefits, offering alternative options to help patients attain the level of comfort deserved, in their unique and individual cases. 

          Why should the government allow one type of treatment and shun another?  Let’s take a hint from Washington and Colorado.  Let’s take a hint from patients.  The benefits of legalizing Marijuana are visible, and vast.  The country allows cigarettes, guns, prescription pills, and alcohol to be sold, with little question.  The war on drugs is over, apparently, yet we argue against facts. 

What is the difference? 

 

 

The “Shame” of Credit Card Debt; NPR: Crushed Under Credit Card Debt: A Tale Of Survival

Crushed Under Credit Card Debt: A Tale Of Survival

 

Thoughts on: Inside Job, Narrated by Matt Damon

University tuition fees – bbc newsnight