• Kurt Sperry commented on the blog post What Price Do You Want Legal Marijuana to Sell for?

    2014-10-28 14:00:30View | Delete

    I’d add that growing legal cannabis indoors under artificial lights is as stupid and wasteful as growing corn or potatoes under them would be. Growing plants that evolved over millenia to grow in natural sunlight indoors under lights is also obviously hugely ecologically irresponsible and only more so in light of GCC. The only reason cannabis was grown indoors was to hide it from detection. Sure, people got quite good at doing it that way and it allows varieties of cannabis that aren’t suited for cultivation outdoors in a particular climate to be grown there, but from an environmental perspective as well as establishing authentic regional terroirs, cannabis should be field grown. Some varieties suited to tropical cultivation however will have to wait for Hawaii to join the legal club or international importation allowed for some of those varieties to be brought to market. Most tropical varieties are in any case not amenable to indoor cultivation.

  • Kurt Sperry commented on the blog post What Price Do You Want Legal Marijuana to Sell for?

    2014-10-28 12:07:09View | Delete

    I was asked by the Washington State Liquor Control Board (WSLCB) to take a survey asking me what premium I would be willing to pay above street price for legal cannabis. My answer was “none”. The fact that they thought that a commodity that was expensive solely because of its illegality and the consequent risks to the suppliers might conceivably be priced higher minus that huge risk convinced me they were operating in a fantasy world. And the legal product I can purchase is around two to three times higher retail than I can easily procure the same product through the black market! Once the novelty of walking into a legal rec store has worn off, who in their right mind would pay $30 for a gram when the same quality can be had on almost any street corner for $10?

    The price for legal weed should always be at par with or least slightly less than that for illegal weed–assuming of course the idea is to actually supplant the illegal market with a controlled and taxed legal one. Just price it at or slightly below the going street price and there is still massive room available for mark up and taxes–and you kill the black market. Which I thought was the entire point.

    The producer cost for legal marijuana should be similar to other products that require a lot of manual labor–like hops. Let’s say twice that to assuming it is hand as opposed to machine trimmed, so perhaps $5 an ounce. Everything above that should either be distributor or retail markup or tax. The problem in Washington is essentially an artificial scarcity of supply that allows the few licensed growers to actually charge more for their product grown risk free than growers who risk hard prison time to grow. The given rationale for this scarcity is to keep the supply in-state, but doing so is as absurd as limiting the amount of beer sold in wet states and counties to prevent alcohol diversion to dry ones. The responsibility should be placed on the dry states/counties to pay for the consequences their policy decisions rather than expecting a state whose voters have rejected prohibition to subsidize its more regressive neighbors by charging its consumers hugely and artificially inflated prices, and in the process keep the black market legalization was intended to kill alive.

    You want cannabis illegal in your state? Fine, but don’t expect those of us in states with other arrangements to have to keep our own black markets in place to protect your own black market you have chosen as how you want the demand filled. As more states legalize rec cannabis, the absurdity of protecting black markets by unrealistic pricing of legal cannabis will eventually become obvious even to the cognitively impaired who persist in the magical thinking of the viability of charging triple street prices.

  • Kurt Sperry commented on the diary post A Green Alternative for New York Workers by New Progressive Alliance.

    2014-10-27 18:55:23View | Delete

    It sucks that I didn’t have any Greens here in Washington State to vote for on my mid-term ballot. This country can’t be fixed until we kill the Democratic Party, then we burn it and throw throw its ashes to the wind.

  • I like the two ad agency analogy a lot. Advertising and sales is at its root deception, both subtle and gross. The two products being sold are essentially functionally indistinguishable, so brand messaging and emotional appeals to pre-existing demographic groups are the primary differentiators. Sales types are not particularly noted for the personal integrity but they fill the ranks of the party power elites.

    It’s all an audaciously enormous all encompassing grift and we’re the marks. And it all rests on us not realizing that fact. The erosion of the Democratic Party electorally is likely to some degree a result of people making that quite obvious realization. Nothing can change until the trickle out the exit door turns into a stampede and all that remains is the detritus and hard core stragglers of a party people finally had the good and common sense to come home from.

  • You see, the world is divided into “good people” and “bad people” and the “good people” who are powerful and well connected or obedient to those, aka “insiders”, can only do “good things” and even when they do bad things, they are “good people” so the things they do are “OK”. Because you naturally don’t prosecute “good people”. “Bad people” on the other hand, people that threaten the interests of powerful and well connected “good people”, can do nothing “good” as even when they do good things, they are still “bad people” so the good things they do are “bad”.

    You see?

  • Kurt Sperry commented on the blog post Democrats’ Engagement Problem

    2014-10-15 19:53:05View | Delete

    I’m not the sharpest bulb in the deck but even I have come to the realization that the Democrats are no better and in real world terms often a “more effective evil” than the Republicans. Screw the Democratic Party, it is corrupt to the core, beholden to squillionaire cartoon supervillains just like the GOP and quite obviously detests its working class base. After six years of Obama only an idiot would still support the Democratic Party and unsurprisingly there appears to be a growing shortage of the requisite idiots. Go figure.

  • Kurt Sperry commented on the diary post Daily Kos/Democratic Party Asks Where is the Antiwar Movement? by Big Al .

    2014-09-25 10:53:53View | Delete

    If Obama proposed we should all eat rat poison until dead the DailyKos crew would be not only lustily support doing so but would chastise anyone who dared dissent and claim they were racist. Not just an intellectually challenged place but one without any real moral principles. Useless appendage of an even more useless political [...]

  • Kurt Sperry commented on the blog post Democratic Base Feels Better Represented by Their Party

    2014-09-23 08:52:37View | Delete

    This headline could be entered as prima facie evidence that Rs are smarter than Ds. Of course neither party gives two shits about its base, but at least it appears the Rs are more apt to realize it.

  • Kurt Sperry commented on the diary post DO NOT Vote for These People! by Big Al .

    2014-09-19 15:41:59View | Delete

    But..but the Supreme Court man. *smack*

  • Kurt Sperry commented on the diary post Changes to MyFDL by Jane Hamsher.

    2014-09-18 12:32:52View | Delete

    Hmmmm… if I don’t make the “whitelist” it’s been fun all. Carry on.

  • Perhaps. Or perhaps it’s simply their proven reliable servility to the US based anglophone global empire project. Every first world nation that is primarily English speaking is included in Five Eyes.

  • Kurt Sperry commented on the diary post Why I’m blogging so little these days by David Seaton.

    2014-09-13 15:38:43View | Delete

    Good plan. When one finds oneself repeating similar writings it’s time to think harder and try to find some fresh insights.

  • Until unions endorse third party candidates–or at least make their support conditional on actual policy outcomes, which I don’t expect to happen–it probably makes no real difference whether the proposed Amendment applies to unions or not.

  • As well as being the best argument *for*. Salmond it seems either hasn’t really thought this through or has and knows the short term pain necessary to creating a Scottish Pound won’t help him sell his message. Salmond wants to run into the arms of the EU and EZ, which would make Scotland another tiny peripheral dog toy for Germany to slowly kill with austerity. And as such probably less independent than they are as part of a UK outside the EZ. At least the power/size asymmetries are more favorable as things stand.

  • What Kerry says is very moving and very, very true. Great reporting on one of America’s largest issues.

  • Kurt Sperry commented on the diary post Hamas uses civilian deaths as propoganda by agourabum.

    2014-08-25 07:46:34View | Delete

    Hasbara hits FDL. No surprise!

  • Kurt Sperry commented on the diary post Sunday Food: Mustard by Ruth Calvo.

    2014-08-24 21:00:57View | Delete
  • Jumping in front of a parade they’ve spent the last three or four decades fighting tooth and nail. Unimpressed. Wake me when they take on the .1% and fight for the 99%. Well actually you won’t be able to, we’ll all be dead.

  • Unintentionally, lol. If you drive under the limit here–or even just 1 or 2 over–you get tailgated and create a potentially dangerous situation. Driving under the limit, outside of school zones, is both inconsiderate of other drivers and truly lame. When I lived in TX everyone cruised an easy 10 over with a crotch warmed beer handy. They ain’t making real Texans anymore I guess.

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