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Re: “Reefer Research Madness

Career Researcher.... when someone devotes 4 years of their life to get the necessary Federal agency approvals to perform the research, they own the study - plain and simple. MAPS stands behind Dr. Sisley, and has communicated their intentions to UofA.

I think that you would be better off debating the results of the study and identifying any bias in the resulting data, than to continue to advocate for Dr. Sisley's replacement.

You choose to hide behind the anonymity of the internet, as is your right. However, everyone reading your comments will begin to question your own intentions and bias. Do you wish for Dr. Sisley to be replaced by someone more aligned with your own beliefs?

6 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Jonathan Starrett on 07/18/2014 at 10:46 AM

Re: “Strain Selecting

somebody explain to him the concept of phenotype. one love

Posted by Aari Ruben on 07/18/2014 at 10:41 AM

Re: “Another Lens at the Oracle Protest/Counter Protest

Well we are suppose to be a nation of laws. Unfortunately it only pertains to the citizens of the US. Anybody else can break the laws and for years and get away with it. There's a right way and wrong way to become a US citizen. And unfortunately all the Illegal Aliens do it by breaking the law and we let them get away with it. When we the people try to stop all the Illegal Aliens we get called haters, bigots, racists and other names. See charity begins at home and when this country has all it's children off the streets and feed, clothed and housed then I will have no problem helping other country's. Until then I want all the Illegal Aliens prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

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Posted by Clifford Breidenfeld on 07/18/2014 at 10:29 AM

Re: “Reefer Research Madness

It sounds like there are two main responses to my comments: those that defend Sue Sisley as a person, and those that defend the marijuana study's design.

I agree that Sue Sisley should be highly praised for her advocacy activities. She is a very valuable person in the world, and I salute her. I wish there were more people who cared as much as she does for those who suffer. I hope she continues to receive both recognition and financial support for her advocacy.

I also think this marijuana study should be done. However, the public's passions do run very high regarding this drug (Some of those comments above are really caustic! Mellow out!). For the sake of keeping the study as far as possible above reproach, it is important that the PI of the study not have invested herself either for or against the drug. Don't we all want to see the most reliable outcomes that can possibly be obtained, knowing that any study already has enough faults?

Why are the PI's opinions relevant? Doesn't this study's design safeguard the integrity of the results? I wish it could, but my own experience has taught me that:

(1) We never have perfect knowledge and control. The research team's understanding and "control" in randomized controlled trials (RCTs) is always partial, never complete. To be honest, they should be called randomized partially-controlled trials. To make matters worse, the more controls we try to impose then the less the experiment conforms to real drug use. So we strike a compromise: we try to impose enough controls to reduce the worst of the confounding factors but not so many controls that the situation becomes both unbearable for the participants and too far removed from ordinary living situations. By the way, the controls we do implement are not perfect either.

(2) There are always ways in which the researchers are consciously or unconsciously affecting the details of how the study is designed and performed. Incomplete understanding among the researchers about the nature of the drug and how it is used in real life when all the research controls are removed, and assumptions and details -- these are often hidden behind brief statements of great experimental designs as researchers try to convince funding, administrative and regulatory agencies that their study is the best that can be done and deserves to be approved!

When people believe that RCT designs including blinding are some kind of magic immunization against mistaken or misleading results, they are being very naive. I am sorry. We researchers do not do perfect research, we just do our best effort. In the final analysis, it become a matter of trust. That is why the opinions of the PI are of great importance.

If real change regarding marijuana use is going to take place, it can only happen on the basis of trust among a variety of individuals and organizations. How is that trust going to be built where there is currently much distrust?

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Posted by Career Researcher on 07/18/2014 at 10:19 AM

Re: “Tucson Dine-in Movie Theater Coming in the Fall

Why don’t all you grumpy people stay at home so those of us that want to have fun are not disturbed by your nastiness?

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Posted by TucsonCoyote on 07/18/2014 at 10:15 AM

Re: “Andrew Thomas Will Fight the Mexicans, Gays and Liberals, According to His Terrible New Ad

What the hell is the Patton Line?

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Posted by impulsenine on 07/18/2014 at 10:05 AM

Re: “Op-ed: What Part of Illegal Don't You Understand?

Regarding so-called "gang" affiliations: Let's not forget that Sycamore Canyon Academy, where the no-show bus was supposedly headed, is in fact a boys reform school that already houses dozens of young men with criminal and gang histories. It's a good program, and from what I understand it really does help those kids. But please. If people are going to be up in arms about "gang members" occupying those premises, then they need to take a look at what's already there.

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Posted by Just a Reader on 07/18/2014 at 10:02 AM

Re: “Op-ed: What Part of Illegal Don't You Understand?

I can't "like" this column enough. I'm so sick of hearing that "Obama" is sending these kids when it all starts with that 2008 law that was, if not unanimously, then damn near unanimously passed in both houses of Congress before the then-president (NOT Obama!) signed it. Change or amend that law. Don't take it out on a bunch of scared kids.

This whole thing would have been hilarious if it were a dark comedy, a la "Citizen Ruth," but watching it in real life was just sad, sad, sad.

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Posted by Just a Reader on 07/18/2014 at 10:00 AM

Re: “Op-ed: What Part of Illegal Don't You Understand?

Does anyone remember Elian Gonzalez? I might not recall his name correctly. The Cuban boy whose mother died escaping from Cuba and the battle to get him American citizenship, which he (at 6 years old) wasn't particularly seeking. What a tempest that one was! What was your individual position back then and why? Is there any relationship to your position on these refugees?

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Posted by gcb1 on 07/18/2014 at 9:38 AM

Re: “Andrew Thomas Will Fight the Mexicans, Gays and Liberals, According to His Terrible New Ad

These commercials clearly indicate the R candidates for governor are not thinking beyond the primary. They do not think the independent voter will remember this nonsense when the general election comes around. But they will. I am pleased at how many folks are being turned off by stupid commercials. Jones, Ducey, Thomas, et. al, take note. Go Fred Duval!

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Posted by gcb1 on 07/18/2014 at 9:29 AM

Re: “Media Watch

Thanks to the Arizona Daily Star customer service rep who just confirmed there was an across the board price increase on July 1, to cover the increased cost of ink and paper. Whatever. 23.2 percent is excessive. And the timing is questionable.
Too bad it takes a low-wage front line employee to do what the Publisher can't.

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Posted by SonoranWinds on 07/18/2014 at 9:25 AM

Re: “Kwasman Makes the Colbert Report, Launches Ad Buy

Maybe Kwasman believes that there no such thing as bad publicity in politics, just like in Hollywood.

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Posted by Ldonyo on 07/18/2014 at 9:20 AM

Re: “Op-ed: What Part of Illegal Don't You Understand?

Now there's a bitch-slap for you, Bslap. Now turn the other cheek. Muchas gracias, Mr. Rondo for the undeniable FACT!

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Posted by Danny Gallardo on 07/18/2014 at 9:09 AM

Re: “Another Lens at the Oracle Protest/Counter Protest

Funny thing, imaginary borders and ignorance are a horrible combination for humanity. Then welfare comes up as part of the convo. Welfare... I work and pay taxes and receive food stamps and free medical care. So I guess that means that I, and at least four others I know are paying for our own welfare... And I'd love to see something besides hate out of tea baggers... I have yet to meet one I like. Judgment and anger are just not attractive to anyone except other haters. This ridiculous answer to helping children is reprehensible. I think guns need to be set aside and let people have the space to use brains instead. Am I dreaming? Or is it possible to get air to ignorant brains and create thoughtful intercourse?

8 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Belle Jordan on 07/18/2014 at 9:04 AM

Re: “Another Lens at the Oracle Protest/Counter Protest

Allyn Hill, is that you in the photo of the man with his neck veins distended looking like he is ready to explode? Wow, take a chill pill. If you don't have any Rx, rush Limbaugh can give you some of his OxyContin. The pain of denial must be excruciating.

11 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Hupp Hupp Hooray on 07/18/2014 at 8:58 AM

Re: “Tacos by Daylight

"Tucked into an ever-busy Campbell Avenue strip mall"
How about a little more detail- such as mentioning a nearby cross street, or it's x blocks north of Grant or Glenn or Fort Lowell?

4 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by SonoranWinds on 07/18/2014 at 8:58 AM

Re: “Fook and Mishell to Leave KFMA

What loosin another morning show

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Posted by memoalfacun on 07/18/2014 at 8:56 AM

Re: “Media Watch

Poor Phil has signed on at KGUN.

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Posted by SonoranWinds on 07/18/2014 at 8:54 AM

Re: “Another Lens at the Oracle Protest/Counter Protest

Typical republicant. cant see the data nor the facts. So ailing hill, more Americans are becoming wealthier? I think you are full of crap. Special interests like what? Republicants don't fish for special interest money? Tell that to the Koch brothers. And you deny that corporate big money would rather keep the minimum wage down, and ship our jobs to other countries, in order to increase their profits, and shelter their tax dollars, all to give millions to PACs? There are more people "on the dole" as you say, because people need to eat. And not because they are waiting for handouts. Give the common person more credit. Most people want to work.

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Posted by Danny Gallardo on 07/18/2014 at 8:52 AM

Re: “Media Watch

"... failed to mention the two pieces of information most key to readers: how the hell much, and how to sign up."
Remember, Chase isn't a news guy (ya know, who, what, where, when, why, how), and I'm sure the one copy editor left out there was loathe to make even one change to the stellar copy provided to her/him.
And Chase has not backed off his assertion that the cost to subscribers would not go up with this change. I have statements to the contrary. To the tune of a 23 percent jump. Guess Chase wasn't a math major, either.

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Posted by SonoranWinds on 07/18/2014 at 8:51 AM

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