Free Health Care

Single Payer, Universal Healthcare, Medicare for all, the Canadian Model, whatever you want to call it. I am for it.

Canada’s universal, publicly funded healthcare system—known as Medicare—is a source of national pride, and a model of universal health coverage. It provides relatively equitable access to physician and hospital services through 13 provincial and territorial tax-funded public insurance plans.

I think it would also be appropriate to give anyone who works in health care free parking and no tickets, ever. Going to the front of the line is under consideration.

Primary Care – Preventive Visit – Patient Information

An email from the helpful folks at MGH about my upcoming physical:

During your upcoming preventive visit, your primary care provider may need to treat a new or a chronic problem that has changed or is worse. You may have a co-payment or deductible with your insurance plan for the additional management or treatment of the new or worsening problem(s).

Immunizations and tests (laboratory, x-rays, screening tests) may also be billed during your annual physical visit. Some tests or services may not be covered so you may have to pay coinsurance and the Medicare Part B deductible may apply.

It is important that you understand your plan’s benefits. We encourage you to learn about your health insurance benefits by calling the phone number on the back of your health insurance card, or by reviewing the website of your health insurer.

I am supposed to anticipate any new conditions that they may find as a result of my physical. I need to look up whether these conditions are covered. I need to know what tests or services are covered.  The ones I don’t know about, yet. 

It’s important that I understand this.

I need to be able to predict how sick I am going to get in order  to select the appropriate health coverage.  But, even if I select the most expensive and comprehensive coverage, there still is not guarantee I will covered

Privacy in our world

It is a simple matter to get your credit card, bank and other financial company data.  While there are safeguards in effect to prevent this, consider that a lot of the folks with legal access to this data are not paid very much, well, enough said  Your credit report likely has a nice list of all your important financial connections. Got a modern cell phone, unless, you turn off tracking, your phone knows where you have been. Between the  phone and facial recognition, your exact locations are pretty easy to track. Got a resume, is it online somewhere? Now for public information, ever been arrested, got a speeding ticket, own property?  This is not a comprehensive list, but you get the idea.

If you want to cut down on how you are tracked on the web use the the Ghostery extension, which allows you to stop some of the tracking cookies. Of course, they can track your ip address and there are services that associate ip with physical addresses.  The Brave Browser and other software that is designed to help protect you privacy while browsing are under development.

MediaMonkey Portable Installation

A work in Progress

  • Install media monkey as a portable install to a big usb 3. drive.
  • Copy your music library from x:\ to z:\
  • copy the database and cache to media monkey portable
    see dick sledge below
  • go here and get the extension>
  • Start portable MM as administrator and add the change drive extension.
    Send they guy who wrote the extension some cash
  • Run the extension (under Tools-Scripts), pay attention to the dropdowns from the from part, make sure it says something like, 7000 files , fkfkf, 7000 missing
  • run the library maintenance, just for grins, bobs your uncle

This needs more work but the above process should give you a general idea. I did a portable installation as the Backup of my music and library.

Setup your USB 3.x device

1) Format as NTFS
2) Properties – Customize = Optimize for Music
3) Device Manager
Disk Drives
Double click on the device for which you want to quit using the Safely Remove Hardware option.
Click Better Performance

You need to use Safely remove unit you change this option, but, its good when your doing big file copies.

I use a bat file with xcopy, with lines like
xcopy "C:\Music\Blues\*.*" "F:\Music\Blues\*.*" /s /r /y /q /d
I did not get album art when I used the procedure above.

Actually, a migration – backup from a hard disk installation.  Part 2 of my rethink of my music library. First part is here: The Reorg. The main part that is applicable to doing a portable install is that I moved all of my music files to a usb drive.

The MediaMonkey documentation is at :
It does say much except, click on the portable install,

I downloaded the latest debug build from here:

Click on the MediaMonkey_4.1.19.1859_Debug.exe. Of course, allow the “install” , “change”, elevate, access to private network requests.

Select Portable Installation and specify the drive you want to install it on ( I chose a USB, not the location in the following image)

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Eventually you get here:

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I did not scan.  I unselected the the location it had by default clicked (Music)

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I let it share, for the moment.

We get to the Monkey Startup and it asks if you want to:

Import Missing file playlist and rating from your other applications; however, MediaMonkey is not one of them.  I skipped this step.

It shows Media Servers for all users?

I changed a few default things:

Turned off : Volume Leveling
Tags and playlists: ID3v2 encoding ascii always.
Media Tree: turned on Classical Music
Search: Turned off Custom and other fields that I don’t care about

Now I want to migrate all of my , auto organize rules, playlists, Milkdrop 2 installation and custom scripts to the new portable install.

I have reviewed the forum posts for a search on “portable” and have narrowed down my first attempt to be based on the following post:

Portable install loses settings.

Thank you – MediaMonkey Forum User DickSledge

When migrating from a local install to a portable install, do not follow the instructions on “moving to a new computer” that tell you to copy the .ini file. Only copy the .db file and the Metadata Cache folder. Overwriting the .ini file in the portable install will cause that install to look to your hard drive for the database.

It was that easy, I copied:

X:\{your MM install location}\ Portable\MM.DB


X:\{your MM install location}\Portable\MetadataCache

X: is the drive I had my music files on and installed portable MediaMonkey to.

BTW: my MetadataCache/Thumbnails directory was empty

I also adjusted skins, options, font size to 150% so I could comfortably read the MM screens.

Next, using my portable install on different computers. I connect it to a laptop, MM automagically adjusts for the new drive.  My scanning and editing {Tools – Options – Auto Organize}  Auto Organize rules still reflect the original drive letter I set them up for.  Example  If genre “Rock” ,

Main Directory I:\Rock\

In my case I alway plan on staging my new files for the library on the USB in a folder called “ToBeOrganized” .  Next thing is to test adding a new file with the Auto Organize rules, to see if it automatically adjusts.  In my case it would make sense to adjust the rules.  How do you code the “Main Directory” so it is not hard coded {I:\Rock} and defaults to the Rock Directory off the root?


The other Auto Organize rules {Tools – Auto Organize} also reflect the prior installations drive letters.  That and the File Monitor {Tools – Options -Library – File Monitor} also needs to be adjusted.

I renamed this USB drive as music; however, I see it in safely remove drive as “Ultra MT Slim”.  I wonder if I can rename this or if I can rename it, if I do rename it, will it screw up the MM library?

Things of interest

Based upon:
How to export current settings? Where is settings file?

points to
Retrieve old MM environment?

The documentation on where things are stored is here:

Things worked fine, as along as I was on the original pc.  When I tested it on another machine, I had to update the driveID in the database. The following Third Party Addon can do this:

Hopefully, I will not be expanding to much on this:

Disadvantages of portable mode?

I did my portable install on a “standard” computer config, with a C drive and a D optical (combo DVD /Cd) (it’s been a few years since we had a and b drives, but some things never change!) So my portable install ended up being drive E:  Now when I plug a usb stick in, it goes to drive F.  That’s okay, but it shows the drive E attached.  I attached to to a computer that has c,d,e,f and at G optical drive and it goes to I.  My portable installation showed up as drive H, and it worked.

If when you click on safely remove drives, it gets a little flaky, go to Windows File Explorer and eject the drive.

I turn the following settings for artwork and lyrics on. If I were are on a metered internet connection, I would turn these off:

Artwork – Save image to tag (if possible) otherwise save to folder

Search for missing lyrics automatically
Search for missing artwork automatically

How to Reorganize a Media Monkey Library with Lots of Playlists

A work in progress  MM = MediaMonkey

“A guide to reorganizing a large MediaMonkey Library”

MediaMonkey Version  Gold
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 10.0.15063

I wrote this guide as I was researching how to reorganize my music library.  Media Monkey has many capabilities and features that make this extremely easy.  It is flexible and powerful.  This guide pulls together the steps I think are prudent when undertaking this task.  First thing, buy a USB drive large twice as large as your collected works.

BTW, my library was in pretty good shape, until I whacked it.  It was either when I was adding some public domain music or when I was creating previews. I never really had to do much with MM, it just worked.  Then I started adding non standard (missing meta data, etc) files to the library.  My original library was segregated into 2 major sections.  Everything I ripped from CD originally was in folders by my own “genre” classification.  The actual genre classification in the metadata was much more diverse than my personal “genre”.   Everything else was added to “Recordings Purchased After 2009 Music”. I used this setup for over 10 years, and never really had to think or worry about it.   I am know going to set up automatic rules that keep my library organized the way I want it.  I hope this guide gives you an idea of some of almost unlimited things you can do with MM.  This post is rather long, mostly because it shows lots of examples and details.  The Short Story (TSS) is, I fixed the crap I added to have 2 of my own “genres”.  Then I set up automatic rules to keep the rest of the library organized by the original genre in the metadata.

My Original library:

Classical Music
Jazz Music
Miscellaneous Music
My Music
Other Music
Our Music
Pop Music
Recordings Purchase After 2017 Music
Soul Music
Soundtracks Musicals Music

Christmas Music
Recordings Purchased After 2009 Music

Let us get started!

1) ->File – Create Reports – Click on Statistics

MediaMonkey Music Library Statistics (Edited)

Type Library Played
Artists 876 491
Albums 722 461
Genres 64 49
Years 70 55
Playlists 118 108
Tracks 6929 1750
Length (h:mm:ss) 502:55:23 125:20:46
File size 155 GB 37.4 GB
Top 10 Genres
Tracks Genre Length File size
2080 Rock 151:35:48 54.1 GB
944 Classical 73:11:44 17.0 GB
899 Jazz 79:15:09 25.0 GB
435 Blues 26:40:33 8.60 GB
367 Soundtrack 21:34:41 6.37 GB
359 Pop 24:45:13 8.13 GB
233 Soul 13:00:03 4.29 GB
195 Variété française 11:41:58 3.82 GB
112 Christmas 4:21:55 1.32 GB
79 PublicDomain 2:33:19 304 MB

Generated by MediaMonkey ON Sunday, November 5, 2017 at 9:04:42 AM

Add up the space you see in File Explorer Properties for your Library

D:\ 107.0GB
E:\   48.7GB
155.7 = Library File Size from above. Yeah, they agree!

->Click on Entire Library in the Media Tree

->File – Create Reports – click on the file list format of your choice. Save copies of these reports to compare totals etc after your reorg.

2) Backup your music (and other media) and MM files

How to Backup and Recover a MediaMonkey Library
Updated by Russell Samuels on Nov 30, 2014

I backed up everything under

xcopy "C:\Users\{USERNAME}\AppData\Roaming\MediaMonkey\*"     "I:\MMDB\*.*" /s /r /y /q /d

I also backup my Milkdrop2 visualizations:  C:\Program Files (x86)\MediaMonkey\Plugins\Milkdrop2.

I also exported all my playlists with a script (Tools – Scripts – Export all Playlists)

Related topics

Modifying the MediaMonkey db and ini files

Moving MM to a new computer

I have extensions etc. that I would probably have to reinstall if I moved to a new computer.
Update Location of Files in Database
Version 1.4.3
– MediaMonkey Add-on –

3) Fix problems with your library

You can fix issues you find, or you can just ignore them.  This does let you find some things that otherwise, you might have forgotten about. You should probably review the settings you have for you library under:

->Tools – Options – Library

There are a lot of options. I use:

I turn on File Monitor for a folder “To Be Organized” when I add new files to the library.


Tags and Playlists

Metadata lookup

This is one of the most important sections I will discuss later.  I learned the hard way to click on “Delete emptied folders”.

Auto Organize

I turned on Automatically organize file (during scans and edits)  for the reorg.  I turned it off after. I turn it back on when I add new files.


Media tree


To edit a song or multiple songs, select them in the media tree, right click ,  -> Properties.  Change the fields you want to change. When doing multiple files, you can change things like genre, but not title.

You can tag things with multiple genres

Review the sections in your media tree under Available Tracks (also Music):

Artist & Album Artist
Files to Edit

Look for unknown and other anomalies. Missing titles, album names, album artists, genres etc.

I have a few files that are sound clips, previews, funny clips from the internet, public domain music (for videos I post to YouTube etc), ripped from vinyl that have issues. I have files that I just plain screwed up. I scan under Albums and other categories see stuff that’s not right.

Album Excerpts (Sound clips)
Doctor Gary
Doctor Gary (Doctor Gary)
Track 10
Ultimate Download Disc and MediaMonkey Guide to Better Sound (ceu) (I screwed these up by using artist instead of album artist when I put thes in my DB)
gj (gj and others)

I also looked at the files in Windows File Explorer.  I navigated to the folders called Unknown (etc.),  I see some of the MM library issues in the files on disk:

I have /Unknown/Unknown.

Back in MM, check the section Files to Edit in your Media Tree under Available Tracks.  Give it some time to work. Review the sections you care about under Files to Edit.  It don’t care about ratings and beats etc, however, some folks really like this capability. Fix the sections you care about.

For  Unsynchronized tags

Select all files in this section (Ctrl-A).
Click Tools > Advanced Tag Management > Synchronize tags…

Multiple Artist Albums
If you have an album that has multiple artists, like a Woodstock album, you will get the artists for each track, but, the whole album will have  “Various Artists” for Album Artist.  That is the reason they have that field.
I have 2 albums called Greatest Hits, there were different artists, that confused the multi album process, but otherwise it worked really well. See Optimize Database – Create Multi Artist Albums.

I had instances where Artist / Album / Genre information was missing or inaccurate. I had files I edited and created for ringtones, or for phone messages etc and the stuff I downloaded for Videos (Public Domain).  My genres for these items was all over the place or missing.  I reviewed  the section under “Genres”. When you sort the column for genres by genre, you can get a list of all the empty genres!

I setup new Genres for:

Excerpts = from internet, audacity whatever, if it could be claimed as copyrighted

Genre -excerpts
Album -Album artist
Album artist -Artist

ItsABeautifulDay,  U2 U2
It’s a drag getting old,  Rolling Stones, Rolling Stones
ClintonLew,  Unknown, Unknown

PublicDomain is for anything that is not copyright protected
Genre – PublicDomain
Artist  – unknown
Album – ShortClips

I fixed the tags for genre (my main organization rule).

Some things have subtle problems.  It will prompt you if a file is read only.  You have to give it some time to work on occasions; however, the Monkey is pretty snappy.  I was unable to write the tags for some .wav and .ogg files. I selected the files, Tools – Convert Format, select “convert replace”, and I rewrote the tags and it worked. The new mp3 files had the tags. Then I did not see a few files, I tried to rescan, but, I had checked , ignore files shorter than 20 kb.

Again, do not forget to update the tags in your files after editing:
Click on Unsynchronized Tags, it will scan your entire library.

->Tools -Advanced Tag Management – Synchronize Tags.

And on another note, if you see strange things in the Media Monkey Library, trace them back to the source files.  I bought ‘Green Onions’ by Booker T and the MGs from Amazon.  It ended up showing up under up in the under media tree Artist and Album under  “Booker T. and the MGs”. I shows up under Artist & Album Artist twice.  Amazon had coded the meta data with Booker T. as the contributing artist and album artist as Booker T, no period.  In this case, you delete the libtary entry, edit the source  file to be consistent and rescan into the library.

4) Where are you going to store your new Library?

Some of the free and other media managers will try to import music files it sees in the Windows default locations for music under libraries, into their own catalog.


I do not want that to happen, so for the time being I am leaving my MM library out of the Windows Music Library.  I am moving my library to a USB drive that I will eventually connect as a NAS and share with all the computers in the house.  There are other options to explore, see “For your consideration” below. If you ever want to include your music in the library structure, it is relatively easy.

How to use libraries in Windows 10

5) Do some Research

Read these topics:

Organizing Files and Folders

I see collections for Classical Music.  There is a category under properties for Type, and it looks like it is for different types of media, mostly, classical music being the exception. I don’t know if we can set up our own collections. I don’t know how MM determines Type = Classical?.  I am guessing this is used for different file extension media types.

Auto organize

Configuring Directory and Filename Formats

If you click on Tools – Auto-Organize Files and set up a rule there, it will show you the changes that will be made prior to making them. It will show if you will end up with duplicate files (which will overwrite files). You can use it to move to a different folder, different drive or to network storage. When you use MediaMonkey to move/rename files it will update any Playlists within MediaMonkey.  I am trying to set up automatic auto organize rules that will keep my library  organized they way I want.

User Auto-Organize File Masks Examples

Auto organize problem:
I saw this in the MM forum.  While running auto organize “It is very possible that Windows explorer is creating Thumbs file and read it so it is locked for moving. Thus Retry works.”

Turn off Thumbs.db

To disable it, all you need to do is just to enable “Always show icons, never thumbnails” option in Folder Options. To open Folder Options window, the easiest way in Windows 7 and 8 is to press Win key, type “folder options”, and click it. Your image folders will become so plain and boring once you Apply the change.Nov 2, 20

7) Set up Auto Organize

Review this to get some good ideas of what you can do with auto organize rules.

To set up auto – organize rules,  Tools – Options – Auto Organize
Double click to edit a rule, or on new, to set up a new Auto-Organize Rule.


Expand the arrow by Genre and select the genres for this rule (and destination).  In this example I show the last rule for my set, the default.  Click on Configure and you will see the dialog box below.

Note the destination, I:\Default is hardcoded as the first item. Be sure to use album artist so that multi artist albums go to Various , instead of every different artist.

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I setup destination folders for the main categories (Classical , Jazz).

I have the Classical collection, and I moved it by selecting on the genre and setting up the destination.  Check Type in properties.

Classical\album  A collection

Check that Classical + Opera etc works

Setup the section Organize these files using the following Directory and Filename format.

The destination folders are in bold.

I use #Track – Title for the file name.
Underneath this for each main category (Classical, Jazz…) is the genres that go with that section

\Jazz\album artist\album

Acid Jazz
Easy Listening
Jazz  + Bebob
Jazz +  Big Band
Jazz + Fusion
Neuvo Flamenco
New Age
Smooth Jazz
World Music

\Comedy\album artist\album




Rock\album artist\album

50’s Rock
Alternative Rock
Blues Rock
Classic Rock
Folk Rock
Hard Rock
Rap & Hip-Hop

Blues\album artist\album

blues   is it case sensitive ?

Pop\album artist\album

Dance & DJ

Soul\album artist\album




French\Album artist\Album

Varrite francais

Excepts/Album artist/Album


Traditional\album artist\album


Jason\Album artist\album


Rich\Album artist\album

Rich – Richard Van Deuson

Meditation\Album Artist\album


Default\album artist\album
None (but lowest precedence)

Last rule I set up has no selection for genre, hopefully the exceptions will always fallout there.

I made sure to do both a quick and complete File Maintain Database and I made another copy of the MediaMonkey database before starting the the auto organize.

I also did a Tools – Export All Playlists

Did you review Files to Edit under Available tracks again?

I selected sub sections of my library, for example D:\Blues, and hit the Insert key, and MM did its magic.  A couple of hours elapsed time to reorganize my library.

At the end, I still had a few things to fix, so I was editing, Ctrl S, synchronizing tags and then hitting Insert. Easy Peasey after you do it for a couple of hours!   I had one album, Bach: Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1, by Kimiko Ishizaka (free Classical Music) that I had to change the Type from Music to Classical to get in the right place.

For your consideration

Final Thoughts
Exclude your music library from indexing and searching.

When I want to move new files into the library. First I check the tags. Most music that is bought will have valid tags; however, free, Public Domain and other sources may not. If I need to I fix the tags. Then I move the file into my folder “To Be Organized”.

Turn on File Monitor to scan “To Be Organized” at startup
Turn on Auto Organize
After the new stuff has been has been added, I turn them off.

I am going to do another post on Setting up a Portable Media Monkey Installation.

A view of my auto organize rules

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Multi Album Artists:


This is screenshot showing playlists, on the right.

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If you did not select delete empty dirs under auto organize, this might be helpful

Powerscipt to find empty dirs ( run it multiple times as it is not smart)

(gci X:\ -r | ? {$_.PSIsContainer -eq $True}) | ?{$_.GetFileSystemInfos().Count -eq 0} | select FullName

Where X:\ is the drive:\path you want to check for empty directories

I copy the empty dirs and put it in a batch file with RD (remove directory) and /s to do subs, example:
RD “E:\Recordings Purchased After 2009 Music\AAA\the life” \s

Windows RD in a bat file did not like the characters that are above 128 in the code page, so files like this will fail:
E:\Recordings Purchased After 2009 Music\Björk\Homogenic

This looks like a work around, but I have not tried it:

Creating a Watchable Video

With smart phones and a few guidelines

TSS (The Short Story)

  • Framing – in Landscape mode
    If Interview – Rule of thirds.
    If Presentation (Like the news) Subject in middle, eyes on top rule of thirds horizontal line
    Use some space around the subject top, right, bottom, left and back and front.
  • Stability – not handheld
  • Lighting – subject faces the light, shoot near a window
    [ Subject   <- Camera (between light and subject, but not blocking light)  <- Light]
    Do not shoot into the light
  • Audio – get close
  • Set / Sound – quiet
  • Make a test video


Be yourself. Your knowledge and enthusiasm make the video interesting.
Be aware of your sound quality. Speak loudly and clearly.  Enunciate every word and use variety in your pitch and inflections.
Use clear, concise sentences.
Use videos to enhance, rather than repeat, material about your topic that is already in a brochure or web pages.
Practice a couple of times.
Put some pizazz in your presentation — this is no time to be shy — you’re a pro gangdammit.
Show Some Enthusiasm!  Channel your inner movie star!

Camera Operators

Get to know your equipment!   Press all the buttons. My Nexus 5x  video camera screen has 3 icons on the right and a menu on the left.  Far right is the setting for  flash, on or off.  Next to that is the setting for lighting, auto and 4 other types of lighting, Cloudy, Sunny, Fluorescent and Tungsten, and next to that the selector for what type of grid (see rule of thirds below). After you start up either your photo or video camera, tap the screen, this sets your focus and exposure level for the shot (autofocus). Depending on your version of Android, you may get a slide control that lets you manually change the exposure level.

Where is the microphone for the rear camera?
On my Nexus 5x its is the tiny hole in between the USB port and the Aux ports at the bottom of the device. I get better audio when I take my phone out of its case.


Your smartphone camera is an amazing device.  A child can make a make a pretty good video.  With a little practice, so can you.  I am an android smartphone user.  These tips are mostly not iPhone or Android specific. This link talks about using exposure lock and not using digital zoom, other than that, it has the same tips as in this article.

Sunny Lenarduzzi has some short, to the point videos

How to Make Videos with your Phone

How to Get Comfortable on Camera

MAKE SOME VIDEOS.  Use these tips and find out what works for you!

More Tips and Tricks

Chose a good location. Determine if the background is appropriate to your topic.
An office background is fine; however,  make sure there is no movement or distracting items.  You want the focus on the subject. You do not want something in the background drawing the viewer’s attention.

Record in a quiet place and use the best quality microphone available.
If you’re not using a mic, get as close to the subject as possible.
If you shoot outside, or inside in a public area, a microphone is critical.
Close all windows and doors. Turn off any fans, heaters or other noises in the room.

Try and have a nice natural light shine on your subject.
The subjects should face the light (the window, etc.)!

Shoot a test video.

View it to determine if there is wind or any other noise. Do a soundcheck! Check for reflections and shadows, glare, etc.  If your test video is too dark, try using a lamp off to the to side, and shining down on subject

The Rule of Thirds and The Golden Ratio

What are those Grid Lines on your camera’s viewfinder?  When shooting a single speaker, it is fine to frame your subject in the center, with the eyes along the top line of the rule of thirds grid.  For other landscape scenes, take a look at the next 3 links.
Rule of third examples
The golden ratio examples

File Formats

If multiple people are making videos, make sure they all shoot in landscape!
The video format standard to use, or save as, or convert to is Container mp4,  Video Codec H.264. Youtube will convert a lot of formats when you upload to a decent streaming format.

Video Stability

Use a tripod or some kind of fixed stand.

SmartPhone Tripod Adapter $1.62
Amazon and Best Buy are pricey, try Walmart and Ebay.

Homemade Tripods

A couple of really easy do- it-yourself tripods can be found here: My favorite:


Does the camera have to move? Let me google smartphone dolly for you.

Example Mic

Older microphones use the TRS plug standard. It has 2 rings. Mikes that plugin to your phone use the 3 ring TRRS standard. On android, you need to use Open Camera to select the microphone as the audio input.  Let me google “microphone for iPhone” for you

Example Winsock for Shooting Outdoors

One of the real pains in shooting outdoors is wind noise.  A winsock aka dead cat (let me google that for you ) really cuts down and this problem.

Homemade Winsocks

spongewinsock Trim it with scissors, and color it black , it does the trick

Example Video with Tips on Making Types of Promotional Videos I have included this link as an example of how to present in a video.  Notice the gentlemen’s style. Relaxed, yet enthusiastic.

More on Lighting LED Lights.
A nice LED light for $25 LED that you can mount on a tripod.  nice tip on white balance.

Video Editing

You need an opening credits and closing credits,  Sprinkle in some slides.
I use NCH Videopad.  Learn how to trim clips, add transitions and add music.  Overlay text to make important points.

Use Some Public Domain Music

Video Hosting

Use Youtube or another suitable streaming video platform to host your video.
Container mp4,  Video Codec H.264.

Learn about your Smartphone’s Video Assistant Capabilities.

I use an Android Nexus 5x with Google Project Fi.  I go to I click on assitant, and I can create animations, collages and a number of other cool things. The capabilities on my phone are even more amazing.  I can create a movie using up to 50 pictures.

Making a video can get out of control, hopefully, this this will help put things in perspective:

The Millennial Marriage Proposal :

Taking it to the next step, the Upgrade
In Boston, you can rent really nice equipment to make videos. More gear.

My Youtube Account  SCEH Youtube page

Other Resources

Boston Film and Video Production

Android users may find it a little more difficult to get more detailed information about their devices. There are many more manufacturers for Android devices. Luckily, you do not need much more than what’s here to make a good video.

There is way, way, way more to photography and video than these tips.   Take for instance this very short tip on Depth Of Field:

The first rule for understanding aperture and depth of field is very simple: the larger the aperture, the shallower your depth of field will be, meaning a smaller portion of your image will be in focus. The smaller the aperture, the deeper your depth of field will be, resulting in more of your image being in focus. Now here’s the tricky part: aperture size is denoted by a number, and the smaller the number, the larger the aperture. Setting your aperture setting to f2.8 will yield shallower depth of field than setting it to f11. Another way to think of it is that a smaller number means less depth of field.

A more comprehensive tutorial on the subject has, not all kinds of light are equal, Overexposure, underexposure, iso shutter speed, etc.

Legalize Marijuana

A work in progress

There are MUCH smarter and healthier things to do, then use Marijuana for recreation.
But; when compared to alcohol and tobacco, Marijuana is unequivocally the lesser evil.

The misinformation published about Marijuana is mindboggling.

We have been terribly and systematically misled for nearly 70 years in the United States, and I apologize for my own role in that.

Why I changed my mind on weed
By Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN Chief Medical Correspondent

The Video

Is Marijuana Harmful?

Psychology Today: Is marijuana addictive?

Dale Archer M.D.
Reading Between the (Head)Lines
Is Marijuana Addictive?
The age old question is still being debated today.
Posted May 05, 2012

The vast majority of those who use marijuana do so occasionally and exhibit no addictive symptoms — no increased tolerance, no cravings and no withdrawal. In other words, they can take it or leave it.

We know anything can be abused, even water

The bottom line is this: As with everything, moderation is key. Anything can be abused, and everything should be respected.

Chronic alcohol use causes many known physical problems, clearly defined brain damage, more auto-related fatalities and disrupts more families and careers than marijuana does, by far.

(Marijuana ) users will need to take charge of the amount and frequency of their use of this controversial drug, just like they should do with alcohol, saturated fats and sugar. That’s not such a bad thing — it’s called personal responsibility.

If you look at the addictive properties of popular drugs, Marijuana is going to compare to Caffeine.  Caffeine is a naturally occurring chemical stimulant called trimethylxanthine. Its chemical formula is C8H10N4O2 and it is a psychoactive drug, like cocaine.  So if you’re habituated to coffee, you certainly should think long and hard before you start consuming marijuana daily.

Marijuana, has been demonized. Marijuana is classified as a Federal Schedule I drug, i.e. no currently accepted medical use and with a high potential for severe dependence.  Or, in other words, the Federal Government’s policy for Marijuana is inexplicable and repressive, oppressive, authoritarian, despotic, tyrannical, and dictatorial. Also undemocratic.

Go here: and take a look at the drugs classified as Schedule II or III, i.e. less dangerous than Schedule I.

Cocaine and OxyContin are Schedule II.
Anabolic Steroids are Schedule III.
Alcohol, which is dangerous, a poison, can kill you and is addictive, is nowhere to be found.

With around 50% of the country voting to deny climate change, cut social security and affordable care, the chances of this item getting fixed anytime soon is really small.  That’s why the states are taking the initiative.

Keeping marijuana illegal, while alcohol is, undermines the credibility of the legal and medical systems. It breeds contempt for the government.  That’s a pretty good reason to legalize it.

Characterizing marijuana as being as harmful, way out of proportion to its actual risks and dangers, undermines any advice experts give about far more serious, dangerous and life threatening practices. You do not overdose on Marijuana. There is no evidence or indication that Marijuana will destroy your liver, or kidneys or heart. Marijuana smoke is not good for you. Neither is smog. You can choose to eat Marijuana, if you live with smog, good luck.  Marijuana is a drug.  Some people should not use or take it.  It has side effects, like increased appetite.  So if you’re trying to lose weight, using Marijuana is not recommended.  If you are undergoing Chemotherapy, you’re probably using Marijuana regularly.  Most drugs have risks, and benefits. If you regularly take Acetaminophen (in Tylenol and many other drugs), you are flirting with liver damage.  Taking too much Acetaminophen or in combination with alcohol frequently lands people in the hospital.

Literally, HUNDREDS, IF NOT THOUSANDS OF TONS of Marijuana is either grown or smuggled and consumed in the US, every year. If you force people to get it illegally, you are exposing them to an underground black market that can supply Heroin and other really dangerous drugs. In a lot of places, it’s easier for kids to get Heroin and Marijuana, than alcohol. Keeping Marijuana illegal promotes this enormous black market. I am not saying, we should promote its use, or say it’s harmless. I am saying, Marijuana is a lot safer and benign that alcohol and a host of other drugs.

Time: Marijuana as a gateway drug the myth that will not die

One study cited in the article:
Scientists long ago abandoned the idea that marijuana causes users to try other drugs: as far back as 1999, in a report commissioned by Congress to look at the possible dangers of medical marijuana, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences wrote:

Patterns in progression of drug use from adolescence to adulthood are strikingly regular. Because it is the most widely used illicit drug, marijuana is predictably the first illicit drug most people encounter. Not surprisingly, most users of other illicit drugs have used marijuana first. In fact, most drug users begin with alcohol and nicotine before marijuana — usually before they are of legal age.
In the sense that marijuana use typically precedes rather than follows initiation of other illicit drug use, it is indeed a “gateway” drug. But because underage smoking and alcohol use typically precede marijuana use, marijuana is not the most common, and is rarely the first, “gateway” to illicit drug use. There is no conclusive evidence that the drug effects of marijuana are causally linked to the subsequent abuse of other illicit drugs.

There are many more studies that conclude that Marijuana is not a Gateway drug. But, using Marijuana as the scapegoat for a pattern of substance abuse, persists.

There is more evidence to label sugar as a gateway drug than to label marijuana as a gateway drug:

There are serious risks of marijuana abuse:

Psychology Today: Amotivational Syndrome

WEBMD: Marijuana use and its effects

There are serious risks associated with all drug use. OTC Drug Abuse

People often think that prescription and OTC drugs are safer than illicit drugs. But they can be as addictive and dangerous and put users at risk for other adverse health effects, including overdose—especially when taken along with other drugs or alcohol.

A different take on aspects of the “drug” problem.


If you define the problem as drug use it’s big. But I don’t define it that way. I define it as problem drug use — people who can’t handle it, people who become dependent. And we’re talking about maybe 4 million people in a country of 319 million people. I am not being flip about this, this is not something to ignore, this is something to manage better than we do precisely because it’s so serious.

look at our alcohol distribution system. We would not call it a total failure because we have some drunk drivers and because some teenagers get a hold of alcohol. It’s not perfect, but it’s certainly better than prohibition — none of us wants to go back to that. Problems are hard to solve, they are easier to ameliorate. We could do a better job of living with these dangerous substances if we changed the way we think about them.

Still, in a technocratic, capitalist, and fundamentally free society like the United States, education, counseling, treatment, distribution, regulation, pricing, and taxation all seem to better fit our national skill set than the suppression of immense black markets and the violence and corruption that come with it.

Legalization is on the ballot in Massachusetts


The Report of the Special Senate Committee on Marijuana :

Where we are today:

“An estimated 885,000 Massachusetts residents used marijuana in the past year, including almost 400,000 youth and young adults under the age of 25. They consumed an estimated 85 metric tons of marijuana.

The study makes some good points; however, some of the consequences it anticipates can be ameliorated.

The key points from the report:

Public health concerns

• Even with strong safeguards in place, legalization may increase the accessibility
of marijuana for youth and contribute to the growing perception among youth
that marijuana is safe for them to consume.

There is a lot of evidence that marijuana is not as harmful as alcohol or tobacco. Keeping it illegal undermines the credibility of the legal and medical systems. In a lot of places, its easier for kids to get marijuana and heroin than alcohol. See an estimated 85 metric tons…  

• Marijuana-infused edibles are the fastest growing segment of the market and
present particularly challenging issues for public health and safety.

You do not overdose on marijuana. A few rules may be needed on the potency of edibles and other derivatives. There is a lot of hype about problems with edibles. Colorado worked out the majority of the problems and objections in its first year of legalization. The Governor of Vermont is pretty upset about edibles. See He says it caused a lot of problems in Colorado. Colorado passed House Bill 1366 and House Bill 1361, which required stronger packaging and labeling, dosages restrictions and restrictions on bulk purchases. We should do the same. I am not sure the governor consulted with medical marijuana users, especially those undergoing chemotherapy, before deciding a ban is the right approach to the issues with edibles.

• The risk of harmful health consequences and addiction may be greater than in
the past due to the high potency of many products on the market today.

You do not overdose on marijuana. See the first parts of this page. Drug use is not the problem, Drug abuse and problem drug are the problem.

• Even with tight restrictions on advertising and marketing, legalization would
likely encourage commercialization and market expansion as marijuana
businesses seek to grow their revenues and profits by gaining new customers
and increasing the consumption of their existing customers.

Do not allow advertising or soliciting or recommending or … Enforce it. Capitalism has its problems. We could require the companies involved to be non-profits and require a giveback to the community.

I am all for warnings and advertising bans and caveats.

Tobacco: Smoking kills.  Stop, that means YOU!

Alcohol: The excessive consumption of alcohol restricts your capacity to drive and operate machinery and will cause damage to your health.  Dear alcohol, We had a deal where you would make me funnier, smarter, and a better dancer… I saw the video… we need to talk.

Marijuana: The excessive consumption of Marijuana is stupid.  If you do it every day, you’re cheating yourself of a life.

Public safety concerns

• There is no well-accepted standard for determining driver impairment from
marijuana intoxication and no equivalent test to an alcohol breathalyzer, making
it difficult for law enforcement to identify and arrest offenders and gain
convictions in court.

From what we have learned about the efficacy of the Drunk Driving Standards, maybe it’s time for some new procedures. When the defendant’s counsel does everything in his power to discredit an arrest, you can anticipate some of the problems. Video does make a powerful statement. Who is against that?

• Although some banks have been willing to assume the risk and considerable
expense involved in providing banking services to marijuana businesses, the
industry still relies heavily on cash for many transactions and is unable to obtain
bank loans or lines of credit, raising security concerns.

Handling the money needs a creative solution. I am pretty sure I could figure out a couple of approaches that would work.

• Even with legalization and reasonable tax rates, the black market is likely to
persist due to the significant profits to be gained from meeting demand (of adults
and youth) across New England, as well as the ease of growing marijuana and
the difficulty that law enforcement would face in enforcing home growing limits.

Hard to stop something that is easily grown. Marijuana is decriminalized in Massachusetts, but that does not mean that people who use marijuana aren’t criminals. They are just not subject to harsh penalties. Let’s separate the criminals from the many who could be law abiding citizens. Let’s not encourage black markets and smuggling. Let’s have some common sense controls.

Economic and fiscal concerns

• Since marijuana remains illegal under federal law, state agencies would have to
assume the difficult and costly responsibilities for ensuring public health and
safety, environmental protection, and agricultural safeguards that would
ordinarily be undertaken by federal agencies such as the FDA and EPA.

• There is considerable uncertainty regarding federal policy toward marijuana,
particularly with the impending change in administration after the presidential
election, as well as growing conflict among states with different policies toward

Did we wait for them to take steps on gun control?
We are not alone in having laws different than the Federal Government:

Marijuana Legalization in 4 states. On the ballot in at least 2 states in 2016.
Marijuana Decriminalization in 16 states.
Medical Marijuana Legalization in 23 states.

• Tax revenues and fees that would be generated from legal sales may fall short of
even covering the full public and social costs (including regulation, enforcement,
public health and safety, and substance abuse treatment), and should not be
expected to provide a significant new funding source for other public needs such
as education or transportation.

There is little basis for this comment.

Massachusetts lawmakers are abdicating any responsibility for passing workable legalization legislation.

If there’s one thing that Massachusetts public officials — Democrat and Republican, urban and suburban, local and state — seem to agree on lately, it’s that the voters should not legalize marijuana at the polls this November.

But while they are vocal about the shortcomings of the proposal, they appear less willing to take on the challenge of crafting a policy that both reacts to apparent voter wishes, avoids the ballot question, and addresses the complexities of the issue. Instead, it looks like elected officials will make their disapproval known, and then pass both the question and the buck on to the voters in November.

Politicians for legalizing  marijuana for recreational use.

Boston City Council President Michelle Wu
Councilor Tito Jackson
Mayor of Holyoke Alex Morse

Law enforcement and Marijuana

I would like to see the Police not have to try an enforce an ineffective and highly unpopular and unjust law. The laws against marijuana, undermine the credibility of the legal system and take the focus from real problems.

The laws also gives them another excuse to harass and search. Article on Police searches – the Rutherford Institute

I would bet that the overwhelming majority of law enforcement people do a fantastic job under stressful circumstances. But, they carry guns and have the power to arrest, and sometimes, that power is abused.

See The most important movies of 2015 were not in any theaters; a collection of videos showing police misconduct.

The police have enough to to deal with, with drug abusers of dangerous drugs. These people can be a menace to themselves and the public. I think its really hard to substantiate a case that Marijuana users are a policing problem. Maybe you get a loud music complaint, maybe a “whats that awful smell” complaint.

Forbes: On 4/20, It’s High Time To Think About Taxes, Revenues & Marijuana

Each year, the “war on drugs” costs U.S. taxpayers $51,000,000,000.

As part of those efforts, current drug laws target users, peddlers, and hardcore dealers. In 2014, there were 1,561,231 arrests for drug violations in the U.S.: 1,297,384 (83%) were for possession of drugs, not dealing or distribution. Roughly half of those arrested (619,809) for possession of drugs were arrested for possession of marijuana. What does that mean to you? Tax dollars. The number of Americans incarcerated in 2014 in federal, state and local prisons and jails was 2,224,400 (1 in every 111 adults), making it the highest incarceration rate in the world. Those prison stays are funded by tax dollars. In 2012, data indicated that a $200 transaction can cost society $100,000 for a three-year sentence.

Marijuana with high THC

There are a lot of articles about the danger of strong Marijuana. Whole Foods sells Chocolate Covered Espresso beans. They can kill you. Is anyone saying Chocolate Covered Espresso beans are a killer drug?

How many chocolate covered espresso beans to kill me

According to Wikipedia, the LD50 (median lethal dose, i.e. the dose at which 50% of subjects die) in humans is estimated to be around 150 to 200 milligrams per kilogram of body mass.

Opposition to Legalizing Marijuana

You can be confident that the Alcoholic Beverage Industry, which sells over 200 billion dollars of product, a year, is not supporting the legalization of Marijuana. That includes bars, restaurants, liquor stores and distributors. The number of people with a vested interest in the Alcoholic Beverage industry is enormous.

“It must be remembered that there is nothing more difficult to plan, more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to manage than a new system. For the initiator has the enmity of all who would profit by the preservation of the old institution and merely lukewarm defenders in those who gain by the new ones. – Machiavelli”

I would not underestimate the subtle (and not so subtle) influence of those with a vested interest in the Alcoholic Beverage Industry on our legislators. It’s a new system that will upset the status quo. It’s easy for them to take a stand against something that is controversial. But I say, what is not controversial is, unwinding with marijuana is a lot better for your health than using alcohol. It’s time to remind them that legalization is a positive step.

Alcoholics Anonymous and Marijuana

Alcoholics Anonymous has helped millions. Their is a core culture and belief system in AA. One of the core tenets is abstinence from drugs.

Excerpted from:

The AA member medications and other drugs pamphlet

Copyright © 1984, 2011
Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
475 Riverside Drive
New York, NY 10115

From the earliest days of Alcoholics Anonymous it has been clear that many alcoholics have a tendency to become dependent on drugs other than alcohol. There have been tragic incidents of alcoholics who have struggled to achieve sobriety only to develop a serious problem with a different drug. Time and time again,A.A. members have described frightening and sobriety-threatening episodes that could be related to the misuse of medication or other drugs.

Because of the difficulties that many alcoholics have with drugs, some members have taken the position that no one in A.A. should take any medication.

Some A.A. members who have required medication share their experience:

“Each time I abruptly stopped taking my medication my symptoms got worse and my suicidal depressions came back.” I came into A.A. not only with an alcohol problem,but also with depression. Originally I started drinking to remedy my depression, but when drinking stopped working I went to a psychiatrist who treated me with an antidepressant and a tranquilizer. With my depression under control, I was totally shocked at my first A.A. meeting when one of the first questions I was asked was, “Are you taking any pills?” Because people in the A.A. program now knew I was taking pills, there was constant harassment from that day on to “stop using a crutch,” to “get honest” with myself, and to “get away from the shrink — A.A. is all you need.”
I vacillated for three years, until one afternoon I just stopped taking all pills. Within 24 hours I went on a trip from which I wasn’t sure I would ever return— a trip of hallucinations, paranoia, fear, and obsessions. When this happened, I went into a rehab.
In the months that followed, I was hospitalized many times. Doctors disagreed among themselves about my diagnosis, and my problems in my A.A. group resumed because of all the “medical advice” I was receiving from some A.A. members. I had to choose between my doctors and A.A., and I chose A.A. time after time. Each time I abruptly stopped taking my medication my symptoms got worse and my suicidal depressions came back.
Following a suicide attempt and another hospitalization, I contacted yet another physician, who diagnosed me as manic depressive and prescribed
lithium. Even though I had known something was wrong with me since I was a teenager, manic depression was a total shock. I now understand,
however, that it’s just another disease and there are meetings for manic depression in my community.
Today I have an entirely different attitude about taking medication. I have only one judge, my Higher Power, and it really doesn’t matter who knows that I take lithium for my disease. I am aware that some people still talk about my being “on something,” but that’s okay.
I stay sober today with the help of a home group, with Step and discussion meeting

AA and Tobacco

It is projected 724,153 members of Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous will die from tobacco 499,410 of them in the USA and Canada.

Attempts at encouraging these highly successful addiction recovery societies to address tobacco as an inside issue have been unsuccessful. Both societies have traditions that discourage them from dealing with what they describe as “outside issues.”  Their traditions state that AA and NA have no opinion on outside issues; hence their names ought never be drawn into public controversy.

It appears these societies are blind to the challenge of death by tobacco. One explanation is that as many as 60% of them are addicted to nicotine while in recovery from other addictions. They do not consider nicotine addiction to be an issue as important as recovery from the other addictions they joined AA and NA to recover from.

The emphasis on tobacco and the psychoactive drug it contains, nicotine, should not be diminished given the reality that more persons—including persons with alcohol addiction—die from nicotine addiction than from any other addiction. The U.S. Public Health Service 2008 publication, Clinical Practice Guideline Update: Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence, encourages all physicians to use the 5 A’s of SBI (Ask, Advise, Assess Motivational Level, Assist, Arrange Follow-up) to intervene for tobacco use and addiction, employing techniques of SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment) to address nicotine addiction in patients they see in their regular workday. The 2008 Practice Guideline also encourages the use of pharmacotherapies to assist patients who desire to stop smoking.

AA, the official organization has only one requirement, a desire to stay sober. AA members, on the other hand often project their narrow interpretation of the program onto others. There are many AA members who are vocal opponents of legalization, for example, The Mayor of Boston, Marty Walsh. Marijuana or any other drug is not the problem. The problem is people with an addictive personality.

Marijuana and “The Children”

There is plenty of scholarly research that concludes Marijuana is not the threat people make it out to be. Your teen has seen what the Federal government says about Marijuana: a Federal Schedule I drug, i.e. no currently accepted medical use and with a high potential for severe dependence. Your teen has also seen that around half the states have legalized Marijuana for medical use. What kind of message do you think this sends them?

Do you think about the amount of hypocrisy your teen sees?

Do as I say, not as I do.

If you’re against the legalization of marijuana and you:

Have drunk more than 3 drinks (2 for women) on any day, in any recent year, or keep liquor, beer or wine in your house for regular use, preaching abstinence from drugs or alcohol could be construed as hypocrisy by your teen.

If you or your friends or relatives deny climate change or smoke or do drugs or have problems with alcohol, you might have already lost your credibility on many issues.

If you demonize marijuana, do you think that helps put your concerns into perspective when teens often have real issues with?

Teen sex and pregnancy and HIV
Teen suicides

If you demonize marijuana, what do you think your kids are going to think about any advice you give them about other using:

Over the counter drugs
Prescription drugs
Physically addictive drugs – Heroin, OxyContin
Life threatening drugs like PCP

Apparently, honesty and credibility are not important priorities for Charlie Baker: the governor of Massachusetts, Maura Healey: the state attorney general and Martin J. Walsh: the mayor of Boston.

They started this:

“Wrong for kids. Wrong for Massachusetts.”

Teens are not going to believe “”fear the evil weed”. Any attempt at demonizing it is going to backfire. Telling the truth might work.

The 4 Traits That Put Kids at Risk for Addiction

They focus on four risky traits: sensation-seeking, impulsiveness, anxiety sensitivity and hopelessness. Importantly, most at-risk kids can be spotted early.


50 children a day: Head Injuries Reported for Babies in Stroller Accidents

An average of 50 children a day end up in hospital emergency rooms because of stroller or baby carrier accidents, and it appears far more of them are suffering brain injuries than previously believed.

The finding is based on data collected through the National Electronic Injury Surveillance system, which revealed that an estimated 361,000 children 5 or younger had injuries serious enough to land them in a hospital emergency room between 1990 and 2010.

Every day, thousands of teens attempt suicide in the U.S. — the most extreme outcome for the millions of children in this country who struggle with mental health issues.

You might call it a silent epidemic.

Up to one in five kids living in the U.S. shows signs or symptoms of a mental health disorder in a given year.

So in a school classroom of 25 students, five of them may be struggling with the same issues many adults deal with: depression, anxiety, substance abuse.

On May 16, 2013 a CDC report was released that describes, for the first time, federal activities that track U.S. children’s mental disorders. Find out about children’s mental health and what we have learned.

The term childhood mental disorder means all mental disorders that can be diagnosed and begin in childhood (for example, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Tourette syndrome, behavior disorders, mood and anxiety disorders, autism spectrum disorders, substance use disorders, etc.). Mental disorders among children are described as serious changes in the ways children typically learn, behave, or handle their emotions. Symptoms usually start in early childhood, although some of the disorders may develop throughout the teenage years. The diagnosis is often made in the school years and sometimes earlier. However, some children with a mental disorder may not be recognized or diagnosed as having one.

Why do people smoke marijuana

Quora – Why do people smoke marijuana

So “why” do people smoke it? Because cannabis modifies how the brain perceives, retrieves, organizes and stores sensory information, whether that information is a jazz melody, an association stored in memory, or a pain signal from a pinched nerve. The novelty and functionality of this modification in how the brain works is often considered of value to the cannabis user.

THC increases appetite and reduces nausea. The FDA-approved THC-based medications are used for these purposes. THC may also decrease pain, inflammation (swelling and redness), and muscle control problems.

The use of Marijuana has been associated with some rather silly behavior.  In the 1970s it was common for college students to stand in line, outside, in winter, in Somerville (a suburb of Boston) for Steve’s Ice Cream.   But in my opinion, the munchies are preferable to the far more harmful effects of alcohol consumption.


Yes on 4 ad

Notes for Updates

A few links

Bay State Repeal

Law Enforcement Against Prohibition

Telling Teenagers the Truth about Smoking Pot

Cannabis Reform with Rep. Earl Blumenauer Washington State

International Association for Cannabinoid Medicines

The movement to legalize pot gains speed in the Americas

Does Addiction Treatment Require A Higher Power?

Tikun Olam Tikun Olam is the first, largest and foremost supplier of medical Cannabis in Israel and the flag bearer for the medical use of Cannabis..

Kalytera – Next-Generation Cannabinoid Medicines

A preoccupation with safety has stripped childhood of independence, risk taking, and discovery—without making it safer.

When did parents get so scared?

Addiction has a mental health component.

In some cases, people who are nominally for reforming marijuana laws are against the legalization effort.

Steve Epstein, a longtime marijuana activist and attorney, says he absolutely will not vote in favor of Question 4 — even though he has been among the leading voices for legalization in Massachusetts for decades.

Epstein’s political beliefs are staunchly libertarian, and he thinks the proposed law would add too much bureaucracy, taxation, and government oversight. Last year, he led a separate effort to get pot on the ballot, proposing a very different question from the one Massachusetts voters will see in two months. His proposal essentially treated marijuana as an agricultural product that, unlike the current ballot initiative, would have let practically any retailer sell it, did not impose any new taxes or create a new body to oversee the industry, and set no limits on the number of plants that could be grown at home.

Despite problems, legal recreational pot “can work” says Colorado governor who once opposed it.  The fact that its an all cash business is a problem.  That needs a creative solution.

“Addiction” means physical addiction and is the degree and extent to which the body physically reacts after a person has become physically accustomed to a given substance and that substance is then withdrawn. Clearly, opiates are very addictive, tobacco addictive but much less so, and coffee addictive but lightly so.  Marijuana is NOT addictive.

Any substance can be “habituating”.

One of the cases the anti legalization people make is that, since it’s decriminalized, nothing really bad happens to the people who smoke it.

Here is a case where a man, Paul Jackson, has helped a number of people with the side effects of cancer and cancer treatment, with a marijuana infused tea. He never sold it, he gave it away, he never tried to hide what he did. In fact, what he did was written up in the NY times.

But, this year, the state police decided that it’s a good time to cut down all the marijuana plants on Martha’s Vineyard.

A snippet about the story from the Globe:

When her son-in-law was diagnosed with cancer almost 40 years ago, Mary took care of him. He had to go to the mainland for his chemo, and when he came back on the ferry, Mary would tend to him while Paul was busy in the garden.

“Mary had to keep changing the sheets because he was sweating so much,” Paul Jackson recalled, sitting on his couch. “All those chemicals swimming around in him, it wasn’t good.”

Paul Jackson doesn’t like chemicals. He’s an organic farmer, and when his son-in-law got sick from chemicals, they decided to try something more natural. Mary gave their son-in-law marijuana, and his sweats, his nausea, his overall miserable existence disappeared.

Ever since then, Paul has kept a small number of marijuana plants on his land, just in case.

Paul Jackson will turn 82 next month, but as long as he lives, he will never understand what was accomplished by cutting down his four marijuana plants.

There are people undergoing treatment for cancer who are nauseous and miserable. Their doctors will not prescribe marijuana for them. There are multi million dollar illegal marijuana growing operations and the police are going around rounding up a few plants.

Does this make sense?


The dangers of marijuana, according to the DEA

Agency cites “getting arrested,” “gum disease” and “disobedience” as evidence of the drug’s clear harm
Written by JPat Brown

New York’s medical marijuana program should double in size and see a broader range of authorized health providers, according to recommendations by the New York State Department of Health.

The recommendations came as part of a new report “Medical Use of Marijuana Under the Compassionate Care Act” posted by the DOH this week, two years after the medical marijuana law was signed into effect by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Since the program began operations in January, more than 5,000 patients have been certified with the program while more than 600 physicians were registered across the state.

Marijuana legalization proponents in Massachusetts can count Jonathan Bush, the CEO of Watertown-based healthcare company Athenahealth and a cousin of former President George W. Bush, in their corner.

The campaign’s principal backer is New Approach Political Action Committee, based in Washington, D.C., which has donated $2.1 million.

I knew someone going through radiation therapy.  Her kids told her to try pot.  Because of all the negative press, she refused.  Because she went to MGH, and MGH does not want to risk its Federal Money, marijuana was not recommended .

Somedays, she could not get out of bed, was throwing up constantly and in agony.

This was a comment in the Globe:

If weed works for your pain then by all means use it!! Far less dangerous and far less debilitating than opioids. If you’ve “never used” then shut up because by your own admission you actually do not know what you are talking about. Go ahead, try it and then comment!! I am a 55 year old cancer survivor and do not use any drugs now. But I’ve had the opiates prescriptions and have used weed when I was in radiation therapy and without a doubt weed is much better at relieving pain, improving mood, improving appetite, no constipation, no addictive risk…. It just works. The opiates were too much.

The reality is marijuana as an extremely effective antidote for the ravages of cancer therapy.  Why does the medical community let people suffer?

NHP provides regular preventive care: the BMI

NHP covers:

Well visits, regular preventive care (medical history and physical examination) including
blood pressure screening, height, weight, and body mass index (BMI).

Really! Isn’t that special!

Yup, the will weight and measure me, and then, do the division!
Google “the BMI is bullshit”.

Fun fact: Tom Brady is obese according to the BMI.

BTW, they do not define what a physical exam is, or what it covers.

Here is an example of the information they provide: PreventiveServicesList

The plan summary: SBC_PrimeHMO_PD_10002000_2035_5-Low-Cost-Generic-Rx

The plan detail: NHP_Prime_HMO_PD_10002000_2035_(11067-0714-00)_SOB

After reading the above; how many people would understand what tests are not covered as part of a physical exam?  Probably none.  I can’t find it.

See this for more info on what its like to try and understand what they cover