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For the longest time I've wanted to make a kaleidoscope video to add to the mix of what's out there, but I just didn't know how to do it. My math and programming skills are pretty elementary, so what might have been an easy task for many smarter or more experienced people was a very challenging one for me. Slowly but surely, I learned the necessary skills. One quantum leap in my progress occurred when through some Google searching I finally found a simple kaleidoscope example on Terence Tsang's Shine Draw instructional website. (That link used to be here but he has since taken it down: http://www.shinedraw.com/image-manipulation/silverlight-vs-flash-kaleidoscope/) What had frustrated and confounded me for years took him an hour and a half to complete. After taking many programming classes at school, I was able to modify and expand his example code by adding several hundred lines of my own, until I had a working version suitable for video creation that I understood. That mostly involved finding dozens of classes and methods written by other people.

The beautiful fractals used in this video were based on original flame formula parameter sets created by other very talented artists and posted on the web as instructional examples. I am extremely grateful for their decision to share some of their parameters with the public and in these cases to permit commercial use by others. Many of these parameters were from Blatte's Fractal Resources. Many others were shared on the now inactive Fractal Repository website by other fractal flame artists including the brilliant and prolific artist, Mr. Psiquedelico, who's wonderful work can be found all over the internet. There is an unsupported mirror of this site archived here. The hypnotic background music is written and performed by Bjorn Lynne.

- Ken Meyering

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Here are CNN's Special Reports by Dr. Sanjay Gupta showing the clear proven medical benefits of high CBD marijuana and why marijuana should not be classified as a Schedule 1 Controlled Substance by the U.S. Federal Government.

My suggestion is as follows:

Marijuana should be immediately rescheduled to Schedule 3. Marijuana is less harmful than heroin, cocaine and crystal meth, with accepted medical uses in the United States, moderate potential for physical dependency in some populations and high potential for psychological dependency in some populations.

Given the need for establishing a consensus with social conservatives, Schedule 3 is the most conservative scheduling that is honest and truthful for now, although we may choose to revisit this issue again at a later date after the science is in and we know more about the issues of dependency in certain at-risk populations. We need to do this now on a bipartisan basis. It's about openness and transparency in government. We need to be told the truth by our public servants and not be lied to by our government. Schedule 1 is official state propaganda hard coded into the law of the land. It's insane. It is a lie and a disservice to the citizens. We are finally at a tipping point. It's time to make this right. The time to do this is upon us. Let's go to Schedule 3 until further notice so we can get some much-needed scientific research done and lower the price of production so that the medicine is affordable and available to all, including across State lines.

Both Congress and the executive branch (e.g., U.S. Attorney General) have the authority to reschedule marijuana. It can be an Act of Congress or an act of an official in the executive branch.

Here's the Wikipedia entry on "Removal of cannabis from Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act:" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Removal_of_cannabis_from_Schedule_I_of_the_Controlled_Substances_Act

Here's a simple and easy-to-understand discussion about rescheduling marijuana on The Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/chris-weigant/obama-runs-marijuana-up-t_b_4647801.html?utm_hp_ref=marijuana

Drug scheduling is a multiple choice with five options. The question is, "Which schedule most correctly and accurately and truthfully describes marijuana according to all available scientific evidence and medical research?" Some answers are more correct and truthful than others, as can be attested to by scientists, academics, doctors, nurses and other health care professionals. Schedule 1 is the wrong answer, based on the evidence presented in the two CNN videos above. Since it has a variety of scientifically proven medical uses and it has been proven to be safe under medical supervision, Schedule 1 is patently untruthful with respect to marijuana and there is a growing political consensus on that point. Keep in mind that heroin is a Schedule 1 drug and cocaine and crystal meth are Schedule 2 drugs. Marijuana is less addictive and dangerous than all three of these drugs and it currently has accepted medical uses in the United States. So what's the best answer? Schedule 3, of course, at the very least. Case closed. So what's the hold up? Can we trust our government to tell us the truth or not? Are the people responsible for scheduling marijuana capable of viewing THIS web page? Ladies and Gentlemen, I submit to you, THE EVIDENCE. These are the hard and solid and clear and now widely-acknowledged FACTS.

(1) Schedule I. (A) The drug or other substance has a high potential for abuse. (B) The drug or other substance has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. (C) There is a lack of accepted safety for use of the drug or other substance under medical supervision.

(2) Schedule II. (A) The drug or other substance has a high potential for abuse. (B) The drug or other substance has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States or a currently accepted medical use with severe restrictions. (C) Abuse of the drug or other substances may lead to severe psychological or physical dependence.

(3) Schedule III. (A) The drug or other substance has a potential for abuse less than the drugs or other substances in schedules I and II. (B) The drug or other substance has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. (C) Abuse of the drug or other substance may lead to moderate or low physical dependence or high psychological dependence.

(4) Schedule IV. (A) The drug or other substance has a low potential for abuse relative to the drugs or other substances in schedule III (B) The drug or other substance has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. (C) Abuse of the drug or other substance may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to the drugs or other substances in schedule III.

(5) Schedule V. (A) The drug or other substance has a low potential for abuse relative to the drugs or other substances in schedule IV. (B) The drug or other substance has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. (C) Abuse of the drug or other substance may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to the drugs or other substances in schedule IV.



These 1920x1080 YouTube videos have English captions and are currently set so that they can be embedded. This is an example of embedding. In my YouTube account, I have acknowledged this third-party copyrighted content which enables CNN to track my use of these videos. I fully understand that if CNN or Discovery Networks ask me to remove their videos, I must legally comply. I'm totally at the mercy of CNN and Discovery Networks and YouTube and Go Daddy. My website and domains are managed by Go Daddy. I am using one of their Unlimited Storage and Unlimited Bandwidth plans. Still, keeping my current rates depends on my not causing the bandwidth to suffer for the other users on my shared plan. It would seem that this would be a very high bandwidth website, but the truth is they have some kind of cloud-based scaling so they can accommodate high bandwidth and server demands automatically and profitably. In this case, I am very thankful for their continued generosity. I would be unable to afford to give this video away if I had to pay $0.12/GB for data transfer like some places charge. That's a lot to pay to give something away for free. I feel really lucky to have this web hosting plan. Thank you, Go Daddy.

Special thanks to Go Daddy.

Here are the caption files attached to the CNN videos: http://hdcolors.com/Weed-Captions.txt, http://hdcolors.com/Weed2-Captions.txt. We can discuss these in this context. Due to an overlooked setting in my Windows Media Center, I lost the original captions for "Weed." I still have the original captions for "Weed 2" but I haven't edited them to fit the edited video. So I did my own captions. I realize they have a slightly different appearance than the original captions. I transcribed these CNN Weed videos myself. I am continuously improving these captions so please don't let that be a reason for taking these videos down. I share CNN's agenda with respect to the public education and policy influencing purposes of these videos. I think in this case our mutual interests are in alignment for the public good. I will at least make a modicum of an effort to present a reasonable fair use case here. Thanks to all mentioned parties for hearing me out and for allowing the evidence to remain publicly accessible while we carry the debate forward in as open and transparent a manner as possible.

Hopefully, I am a friend to scientists, teachers, doctors, nurses and other health care professionals and am playing a useful and constructive and positive role in a conversation that stimulates critical commentary and scientific and medical research and better health care including mental health care. I hope to be a friend to artists, writers, engineers and programmers as well. I'm trying to be helpful here. My piracy here is based on good intentions and is part of an effort to advance science and medicine and better government. I'm combining these messages in their entirety into a larger scientific and medical and public policy context that provides some beneficial tools for taking constructive action with respect to the information presented.

The Eye of Horus takes you to the Wikipedia article on removing marijuana from Schedule 1.

Here are some values.