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Up in Smoke

Residents of an Indonesian village were able to experience what it would be like to attend a Grateful Dead concert:

Residents and journalists suffered from mild headaches after being exposed to the smoke of 3.3 tons of marijuana burned by the Palmerah police at their subprecinct office in West Jakarta on Wednesday. reported that the smoke spread from the yard to surrounding residents’ houses.
The police officers wore protective masks, but local people and journalists covering the event did not. “I got a headache because I wasn’t wearing a mask,” said Deden, one of the residents.

Deden added that the tangy smell of marijuana was too strong and made him feel dizzy.
When police set the stash alight, the smoke rose before being dispersed by the wind around the neighborhood.
The police also destroyed 1.8 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine and 2,538 ecstasy pills by blending them.
The destruction of the illicit substances was witnessed by several officials from the West Jakarta municipality.

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Saturday Open Thread

Death Valley Park. California

Death Valley Park. California

Classic Pick O’ the Day: March 28


The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency.
Cast: Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton, James Whitmore, Clancy Brown, Gil Bellows. Directed by: Frank Darabont. TV-MA. Sundance Channel. 9:00 PM EDT.

This is the little movie that could — proof positive that box office returns often have little to do with the quality of the film. Despite the eternal loop of TNT showings and viewings this remains one of my all-time favorite movies. Based on a Stephen King short story, it is also proof that even insane liberal artists can tap into human nature and absolute values that they don’t consciously believe in. Get busy livin’ or get busy dyin’.

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From The Trailer Park: Maggie

With Arnold Schwarzenegger, Abigail Breslin, Joely Richardson. Arnold continues to show his dramatic range…

Friday Open Thread

Congaree National Park. South Carolina


Recently passed North Carolina Tar Heels basketball Coach Dean Smith left everyone of his former players $200 paid out of his trust for “dinner out” on Coach.

In his will, Smith bequeathed $200 to each of his former players from his trust. The reason? The coach wanted them to “enjoy a dinner out compliments of Coach Dean Smith,” according to the letter he sent each along with the check.

Rovell went ahead and did the math on that one, and it’s somewhere around $36,000 that coach Smith bequeathed to his former players. This is a very cool gift that I’m sure his players will cherish — along with the wisdom coach Smith imparted to them — for as long as they can. Coach Smith is the epitome of class, even though he’s no longer on this earth.

That is awesome.

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Thursday Open Thread

Photo by QT Luong,, all rights reserved

Photo by QT Luong,, all rights reserved

Guadalupe Mountains National Park. Texas.