The Poor Man’s Diet: Potatoes And Tap Water
Posted on 02.25.15 by Danny Glover @ 8:52 pm

This personal finance philosophy, preached by a blogger who retired at age 30 and calls himself Mr. Money Mustache, is the way I think:

If you have credit card debt, you should feel like your hair is on fire. You shouldn’t be eating anything beyond baked potatoes and tap water or doing anything besides working overtime and sleeping until you get out of that emergency. I’ve never been that frugal myself, but that’s because I have never gotten into credit card debt.

Now if only I could behave the way I think.


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A Girl Scout Named Mary Jane
Posted on 02.07.15 by Danny Glover @ 9:02 am

Back in the good old days, when potheads existed on the fringe of society, no one paid much attention to the pet names they gave their various drug concoctions. But now that marijuana has gone mainstream in 23 states and the District of Columbia, their sales gimmicks may start to matter.

A case in point: Girl Scout Cookies.

To the 2 million Girl Scouts and 800,000 adults who lead the troops, not to mention the millions of people who binge eat the sugary snacks, Girl Scout Cookies is the umbrella brand name for Do-si-dos, Tagalongs, Thin Mints and all the rest. Girl Scouts of the United States of America has been selling the cookies for decades, both to raise money and teach girls how to be entrepreneurs.

Every year at this time, scouts hit the streets (and now the Internet) to enlarge the empire, and newsrooms across the country dig for fresh angles to justify yet another round of cookie stories.

But to marijuana lovers, Girl Scout Cookies means something entirely different. I won’t get into the pharmacological specifics here, but the gist of it is that Girl Scout Cookies is a strain of Mary Jane that hit the market in California back in 2010 and quickly became popular. It has won multiple awards within the marijuana community.

I learned all of that this week when news broke of the first marijuana vending machine. The machine’s promo for “Girl Scout Cookies” jumped out at me and made me curious. It also caught the attention of the first customer, who bought one gram of Girl Scout Cookies for $15.

The question is what the Girl Scouts organization thinks of its signature brand being associated with a hallucinogenic drug. One scout caused a stir last year when she sold cookies outside a marijuana pot shop in California, but the new vending machines raise the stakes to a whole new level, one of intellectual property rights.

The head of American Green, the company that owns the machines, seemed surprised and defensive when a radio reporter grilled him about the legality of selling pot as Girl Scout Cookies. Stephen Shearin’s responses included:

  • “There are a number of ways one could interpret the words ‘Girl Scout Cookie.’ It doesn’t look like a cookie … it’s not packaged to be a cookie, and it’s sold in a controlled environment.”
  • “[I] assumed there was some kind of common language once things hit the common sphere. …
    It’s been in pretty common use for well over a year at hundreds of locations. Long before we touched anything.”

But now that the vending machines are getting national attention, the real Girl Scouts are taking the apparent copyright infringement seriously. A spokesman told the station, “Girl Scouts of the USA is aware of our trademark being misappropriated. We take these trademark misappropriations seriously and, when applicable, will send a cease and desist.”


Filed under: Advertising and Business and Culture and News & Politics
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Why We Home-School, Lesson #50
Posted on 02.02.15 by Danny Glover @ 7:48 pm

We believe imagination is a part of education and don’t like to see it quashed like this:

Tolkien’s one ring won’t be used to rule the playground anytime soon. A 9-year-old in Texas was suspended after Kermit Elementary School officials called it a threat when the boy, Aiden Steward, told a classmate he could make him “disappear” with a ring forged in J.R.R. Tolkien’s fictional Middle Earth’s Mount Doom, the Odessa American reported.

The Stewards had just watched “The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies” days earlier and Aiden was just using his imagination to reenact some of his favorite scenes on the playground.

(Read previous “Why We Home-School” lessons.)


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