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Top 5 Marijuana Vaporizers California’s Prop. 19

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Everyone should be using vaporizers! Benefits of Marijuana Vaporizers Why? Because you’re lungs will thank you. When smoking marijuana, you really want to smoke 2 ingredients, THC and CBN. Although you end up smoking the plant too, which contains harmful carcinogens. Vaporizers are great because they simply heat up the herb until pure THC and CBN’s are released, NOT burning the plant. This makes vaporizers a smart, and healthy method of using marijuana. Read below to discover the many health benefits of vaporizing marijuana. Marijuana smoke contains hazardous toxins Its well known that marijuana smoke contains hazardous toxins which aren’t great for your respiratory system. Polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons are highly carcinogenic, and believed to be a leading factor in cigarette related cancers. California NORML and MAPS recently conducted a laboratory study and found that vaporizers are truly able to drastically reduce or eliminate harmful smoke toxins, while still delivering cannabinoids. Get more info on this study right here. To date, at least 4 vaporizer studies have been performed. Back in 1996 one study found more tar in the vapor, although the vaporizers were of a primitive design. Since, great leaps and bounds have been made in Vaporizer technology. A study in 2006 by researchers at Leiden University tested the high end volcano vaporizer and found this: “Our results show that with the Volcano a safe and effective herbal delivery system seems to be available to patients. The final pulmonal uptake of active ingredients is comparable to the smoking of them, while avoiding the respiratory disadvantages of smoking.”

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october contents... Letter From the editor

12 News It’s Free!

Beer lobby gives $10,000 to no on 19...

18 save our PLaNet: Treeless paper alternatives

22 heLPiNg haNds Water For Life; Unicef Tap Project

24 LegaLize it! California’s Proposition 19...

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36 LiFe styLe How to Go Green: Halloween...

42 Feature: wattstatioN An Electric Car Charger With a Designer Touch...

46 tech sPot Top 5 marijuana vaporizers...

50 FaNtasy doLLs: BiaNca Soul Mate..

60 BusiNess State of Green Business 2010 Disclaimer SPLIFF Magazine would like to remind readers to be aware that the sale, possession and transport of viable cannabis seeds are ILLEGAL in many countries, including in the USA. We do not wish to induce anyone to act in conflict or disobedience with the law. We don not promote the germination, cultivation or growth of these seeds where prohibited by law. SPLIFF Magazine and its employees assume no responsibility for any claims or representations contained in this publication or in any advertisement. ALL material is for entertainment and educational purposes only! SPLIFF Magazine does not encourage the illegal use of any of the products or advertisements within. All opinions are those of the writer and do not necessarily reflect those of SPLIFF Magazine. Nothing in this publication may be reproduced in any manner, either in whole or in part without the expressed written consent of the publisher. All rights reserved. All advertised products and offers void where prohibited. Occasionally we may use materials we believed to be placed in the public domain. Sometimes it is not possible to identify or contact the copyright holder. If you claim ownership of something we have published we will be pleased to make a proper acknowledgement. All letters and pictures sent are assumed to be for publication unless stated otherwise. SPLIFF Magazine cannot be held responsible for unsolicited contributions. No portion of this publication can be reproduced for profit without the written consent of the publisher.

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L.A. City Attorney Again Enforcing Pot Shop Ordinance City Attorney sent out 46 letters to property owners The Los Angeles City Attorney sent out 46 letters to property ownersThursday, warning them that they are suspected of operating illegal medical marijuana dispensaries and must cease-and-desist or face criminal sanctions, a City Attorney spokesman told the Weekly Friday. The City Attorney's office, which is in litigation over the pot shop ordinance that took effect in June, had previously told the Weekly that it was giving the out-of-compliance pot shops a reprieve until the litigation was settled. And so the infamous KFC pot shop boldly re-opened. Perhaps responding to the awkward political atmospherics -- are we enforcing the ordinance or not? -- City Attorney Carmen Trutanich seems to have reversed fields and is going after shops deemed out-of-compliance. The City Attorney is still holding off on shutting down about 130 shops in litigation. The ordinance, it was believed at the time, would shut down all but those 130 or so of the 580 thought to be in existence in June. The 130, it was believed, would be eligible for final approval because they set up shop before a 2007 moratorium on new shops. But of the 130, just 41 met all the conditions of the ordinance to move on to final approval, according to the City Clerk. Conditions included having the same owner and management since opening; having stayed in the same location unless forced to move by the credible threat of DEA action; and passing a criminal background check. The City Attorney is waiting to shut down those out-of-compliance shops until receiving a ruling from Judge Anthony J. Mohr that the ordinance is constitutional. The judge will hear oral arguments Tuesday. Even if the ordinance is ruled legal, the fight won't be over. Mohr gave the shops 45 days to make a case that they are in compliance with the ordinance and were wrongly denied approval by the City Clerk. A separate set of shops, closed in June, is also suing over the constitutionality of the ordinance. Mohr's ruling on the constitutionality of the ordinance will apply to those cases, as well. http://blogs.laweekly.com/informer/marijuana/la-city-attorney-pot-shops/

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Beer Lobby Gives $10,000 To 'No' On Proposition 19 Pot Legalization

By J. Patric

A political action committee of the California Beer & Beverage Distributors recently gave $10,000 to the campaign to defeat Proposition 19, the November ballot initiative that would legalize pot and its cultivation and distribution.

So perhaps the beer distributors see legal pot as a threat to their buzzy business model and fear legally stoned Californians would spend less money on beer.

Hmmm....What could be going on here?

Rhonda Stevenson, director of public affairs for the California Beer & Beverage Distributors, said the group's opposition comes from concerns about public and worker safety. She relied on talking points from the California Chamber of Commerce stating that if Prop. 19 passes, employers would have no ability to monitor or regulate pot consumption of employees, thereby creating the danger of stoned truck drivers and sales people on the roads, and stoned forklift drivers in the warehouses.

Perhaps we should call it: Sobriety for thee, but not for me. Big business interests have long used the political process to block competition. Here in L.A., a coalition of brick-andmortar restaurants is lobbying for new regulations on food trucks, which, in the view of the restaurants, would level the playing field with the trucks and their cheaper cost structure. The alcohol industry is itself heavily regulated and presents high barriers to new entrants. Ever notice how you can't buy a bottle of Absolut or case of Bud from the companies' Web sites? Why not? Because the government -heavily lobbied by the deep-pocketed distributors and retailers -- won't let you. (Add: To be fair, there's a solid policy rationale for the added layer of regulation here: Alcohol isn't your average consumer product, and a heavy regulatory hand is certainly justifiable.) Anyway, you can't buy a case of Bud, but you can buy this fantastic "Grass Can Coozie Six Pack," however.)

Stevenson said with some certainty that Prop. 19 specifically says employers can't test workers for pot. It says no such thing, though the California Chamber has made the case that some slippery wording in the initiative amounts to the same thing. Let's turn to The Huffington Post for more on this controversy: (Prop. 19 advocates) point to the state Legislative Analyst's Office's determination that employers would "retain existing rights to address consumption of marijuana that impairs an employee's job performance." Mainly at issue is a section of the proposition that says no one can "be denied any right or privilege" because they engaged in legal conduct permitted by the act, such as smoking pot. The section continues: "The existing right of an employer to address consumption that actually impairs job performance by an employee shall not be affected." The chamber claims the proposition would create a new, ill-defined standard of "actual impairment" that would prevent employers from disciplining workers simply for consuming marijuana. Instead, according to the chamber's analysis, employers would have to prove that pot impaired an employee's job performance.

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For example, if a forklift driver showed up reeking of marijuana smoke, an employer could not take disciplinary action until it could be proven that the employee's job performance was 'actually impaired' by the marijuana use (for example, after an accident occurred)," the chamber wrote. The Proposition 19 campaign said in a statement Thursday that employers under the law would still be able to prohibit and punish employees for marijuana consumption that impairs job performance just as they would for alcohol. Referring to the workplace provisions, Belville writes: This is a big one. You can't be punished or denied privileges based on pot smoking. The only exception is employers preventing you from smoking pot on the job. Note the "actually impairs job performance" language. This is the loophole through which some attorney is going to drive a big truck delivering us freedom from workplace pee testing for cannabis. Pee test metabolites do not prove workplace impairment. Stevenson said the beer distributors are also opposed to Prop. 19 on the grounds that it doesn't create an effective regulatory regime for the newly legalized drug. She notes that when Prohibition was repealed, there were already in the works solid state mechanisms for creating an effective regulatory structure.

Update: Email from Tom McCormick, of the craft brewers group, to The Informer: Some California craft brewers have been receiving inquiries from beer enthusiasts regarding their role in the California Beer and Beverage Distributors (CBBD) opposition to Prop. 19. Quite simply- there is none. The CBBD is the trade association representing beer distributors in California. The members of the CBBD are independent beverage distributors and are not directly associated with craft brewers. Many craft brewers contract with beer distributors to deliver their products to retailers, but the CBBD does not represent in any way the political interests of the craft brewing community or individual breweries. The craft brewers of California are represented by the California Small Brewers Association (CSBA). The CSBA does not take a stance on non-industry related issues and has no stated position on Prop. 19. Additionally, the CSBA is strictly a grass roots organization. We do not contribute PAC money to any initiative or make campaign contributions to any candidates.

Prop. 19, on the other hand, leaves regulation and taxation in the hands of local governments. "They're allowing some 500 different authorities. It's unenforceable and would probably be very confusing to distributors." On this point, Stevenson is on much safer ground: It would appear that Prop. 19's passage could create regulatory chaos. Stevenson said the beer distributors don't have a position on pot legalization per se and emphasized the group is not opposed to Prop. 19 on the grounds of marijuana's status as a competitive product. That's an expected answer, the veracity of which we leave to you, reader. SPLIFF October 2010 17


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If you're not keen on tree-based paper, or even recycled paper made from trees, there's plenty of alternatives starting to appear on the market - but you'll still need to hunt around. Approximately one out of every three trees harvested today ends up as pulp for paper products and unfortunately trees from old growth forests are still often felled to meet the demand. According to Rainforest Web, the United States has under five percent of the world's population, yet consumes more than thirty percent of the world's paper. It's encouraging that more plantation timber is being used for paper products and more paper is being recycled; but perhaps the way of the future is totally tree-free paper and blends - from other forms of waste and made from plants that grow incredibly fast, thrive in poor conditions and allow for a more resource friendly and less energy intensive method of paper production. A while back I wrote about kenaf as a treeless paper solution. Kenaf is a type of hibiscus, originating in Africa; but there are many other alternative too. While tree-free paper isn't yet a mainstream product generally available from stationers; here's a few options you may want to search around for: Bagasse - the pulp that remains after extracting juice from sugar cane. Mango - Mango paper is usually from Thailand. It is made from kozo (paper mulberry) and mango leaf.

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Cotton - Can be made from old cotton rags, clothing and general cotton waste Jute - you've probably seen jute twine; usually brownish in color and quite coarse. It can also be made into high-quality writing and specialty papers Elephant poop - yes, you read it right, poop - but it's bacteria free and odor free :). Hemp - Did you know that Benjamin Franklin was the owner of a mill that made hemp paper and that Thomas Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence on paper made of hemp? Hemp has somewhat of a undeserved general reputation; but industrial hemp is an incredibly useful plant. Straw - as straw fibers are very similar to wood fibers, it makes an excellent paper. Oddly enough, the USA was once the largest producer of straw for paper making; but the industry no longer exists. Tamarind - contain petals and leaves from tamarind tree Coconut - the husks of coconuts were usually discarded, but the fiber is now being used to create paper with a thick texture A great resource for learning more about tree-free and hand made paper is The Earth Paper - I noticed that the site even had information on paper made from abandoned birds nests! As mentioned, finding tree-free paper outside of countries like India and China isn't the easiest task. You'll need to hunt around online for supplies in the USA, Canada, Australia and Europe - but something we can all do is ask our stationers about stocking treeless paper; as where there's demand, supply will follow. Michael Bloch Green Living Tips.com


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Safe Water for the World Organization: Unicef Tap Project Location: International Project: water, sanitation and hygiene programs Status: Ongoing What is the UNICEF Tap Project? In 2007, the UNICEF Tap Project was born in New York City based on a simple concept: restaurants would ask their patrons to donate $1 or more for the tap water they usually enjoy for free, and all funds raised would support UNICEF’s efforts to bring clean and accessible water to millions of children around the world. Growing from just 300 New York City restaurants in 2007 to thousands across the country today, the UNICEF Tap Project has quickly become a powerful national movement. During World Water Week, March 20-26, 2011, the UNICEF Tap Project will once again raise awareness of the world water crisis and vital funds to help the millions of children it impacts daily. All funds raised support UNICEF's water, sanitation and hygiene programs, and the effort to bring clean and accessible water to millions of children around the world. UNICEF’s Role UNICEF has saved more children’s lives than any other humanitarian organization, and UNICEF is committed to doing whatever it takes to achieve the goal of reaching the day when ZERO children die of preventable causes. Currently, UNICEF provides access to safe water and sanitation facilities while promoting safe hygiene practices in more than 100 countries. In alignment with the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, UNICEF is working with its partners to reduce the number of people without access to safe water and basic sanitation by 50% by 2015, which will also save children at risk from waterborne illnesses, the second highest cause of preventable childhood deaths.

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Legalize It!

Prop. 19 - End Marijuana Prohibition, vote yes... By Debra J. Saunders, San Francisco Chronicle "In almost every respect imaginable, Prohibition was a failure," former New York Times public editor Daniel Okrent concluded at the close of his new book, "Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition." "It encouraged criminality and institutionalized hypocrisy. It deprived the government of revenue, stripped the gears of the political system, and proposed profound limitations on individual rights." America's laws against marijuana have had similar effect. About 40 percent of Americans have tried the weed. In March, the Partnership for a Drug Free America reported that 38 percent of ninth- through 12thgraders studied in 2009 reported consuming marijuana in the past month. The last three presidents opposed legalizing marijuana, even though President Obama says he smoked marijuana, George W. Bush hinted that he did and Bill Clinton said he did not inhale. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger inhaled on camera - and the most he'll say now is that it is "time for a debate" on Proposition 19, the November ballot measure that would legalize marijuana under state (but not federal) law. In 2005, Harvard economist Jeffrey A. Miron looked at the cost of marijuana prohibition. He estimated that legalizing and taxing marijuana would yield $6.2 billion in annual tax revenue nationally - assuming that governments levied taxes comparable to alcohol and tobacco taxes. In addition, the federal government would save $2.4 billion, while state and local governments would save $5.3 billion on enforcement. Miron has argued that usage rates would not necessarily rise if marijuana is legal. I think usage will go up; even proponents admit that Prop. 19's passage probably would lower the cost. There is no way to sugarcoat the possibility that, despite bill language that legalizes possession only for adults 21 years old or older, some teens may find it easier to get pot. And that is not a good thing. 24 October 2010 SPLIFF


On the other hand, it's not as if prohibition has put a dent in teen usage. The same survey that found that found 38 percent of high school students had used marijuana found that 39 percent consumed alcohol in the past month. Okrent believes that legalizing and regulating marijuana could make it harder for young teens to get. The repeal of Prohibition - with closing hours, age limits and government's ability to shutter violators - "made it harder, not easier, to get a drink." Pleasant Hill Police Chief Pete Dunbar told The Chronicle Editorial Board that the violence associated with the marijuana trade makes it "the most dangerous drug" of all. Hence his opposition to Prop. 19. But the group Law Enforcement Against Prohibition includes a growing number of former cops and prosecutors who support Prop. 19 because they want to starve criminal enterprises. Stephen Downing, a former Los Angeles Police Department deputy chief, likened drug gangs to a starfish cut off one limb, and they grow another. "If you take away 60 percent of the cartels' traffic, it will have a real impact on their profits," Downing told me. "California's No. 1 cash crop is marijuana," he added. California growers, under regulation and paying taxes, could squeeze Mexican cartels out of the trade. Downing told me he sees it as his "patriotic duty" to fight for Prop. 19. Dunbar called the measure "too loosey-goosey." Prop. 19 leaves it to local governments to decide if they want to regulate and tax the production and sale of marijuana - and that means different laws for different locales. But as attorney James Wheaton, who wrote the measure, explained, "Oakland is going to have completely different issues than Humboldt County." Communities that want to ban the sale of marijuana will be free to do so. When I was younger, I knew kids who started using drugs and never reached their full potential. Today, I have a lot of successful friends who used marijuana when they were younger, are glad they never were arrested, but say they will vote against Prop. 19 because they don't want to send the wrong message. In part, I think, they want the government to do their parenting for them. But it's wrong to criminalize behavior possession of up to an ounce of (nonmedical) marijuana remains a misdemeanor in California - to send a message. You criminalize behavior that threatens public safety. While marijuana use can threaten public safety, in every way, laws against marijuana enrich criminal cartels. What is the benefit? To decrease the chance of kids using drugs - by what, 1 percent? - the public for years has backed laws that fuel criminal practices. Two years before repeal of Prohibition, smart people were convinced that Prohibition would never be overturned. Its author proclaimed that there was as much chance of repealing the 18th Amendment as there was for a hummingbird to fly to Mars "with the Washington Monument tied to its tail." Okrent told me he didn't know he was for Prop. 19 until he started promoting his book. "People are going to consume this stuff," he told me. It's just that simple. That's why the law doesn't work. SPLIFF August 2010 25


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How to Go Green: Halloween by PlanetGreen.com Once a Celtic celebration of the harvest and a new season, Halloween is now a little less spiritual and a lot more commercial; total up candy sales, costume shopping, and decorations, and it's an industry worth almost $6 billion a year. With that kind of consumption comes a hefty carbon footprint and an environmental impact that lasts long after you've see the last of those fun-size Snickers bars. Luckily, the basics of Halloween—spooky tales, playing dress-up, things that go bump in the night—don't require massive quantities of cash or a wasteful amount of resources as long as you're willing to think ahead and let your imagination run wild. Making your own costume will put a huge dent in the consumerism of the holiday (and earn you more than a few impressed glances at the office party)—and we'd bet you'll find the materials right in front of you, if you just look around. Simple makeup designs and hairstyles created with natural products can give your look extra impact, and your home gets a makeover of its own with biodegradable decorations from the local farmers' market (plus you're still celebrating the harvest!). As for the sweeter side of Halloween, indulge your sugar habit with Fair Trade and organic chocolate, lollipops, jellybeans, and candy bars. An at-home Halloween party will let you save energy if you live in a spread-out neighborhood where trick-ortreating would require a car: dim the lights, set out some soy candles, and get the younger set bobbing for apples, making crafts from recycled paper, and telling their favorite ghost stories. Whichever green options you and your family take advantage of, you'll feel better on November 1 knowing you helped combat the holiday's terrifying eco-damage—just in time for Christmas. What's really in that plastic Halloween costume? Where can you find organic Halloween candy? What's reverse trick-or-treating? We've got the answers and lots more questions about Halloween in our quiz: Do You Celebrate a High Impact Halloween? Click on over to get started and learn tons of great green knowledge along the way.

Top Green Halloween Tips 1. Skip the plastic costumes If you're trying to be the most realistic pirate, superhero, or, um, mustard bottle at this year's bash, then a cheap, store-bought costume is the way to go?though the hidden dangers and environmental impact should outweigh even the most enthusiastic compliments from other party-goers. Watch out for the soft vinyl—similar to shower curtain material—in many mass-produced costumes: that's likely polyvinyl chloride (PVC), which releases dangerous chemicals. Not exactly something you want covering your face (or your child's)— plus, it can't be recycled. 2. Get creative at home So what to do instead? With a little planning and creativity, even the least handy DIYers can put together a costume with items they have at home?—try stringing old ping pong balls for Wilma Flintstone's classic necklace, or bending old wire hangers into butterfly wings. Scour your closets (and your friends', and neighbors', and local thrift stores) for flashback fashions you can pair up, trim down, sew together, or dye (naturally, of course). 36 October 2010 SPLIFF


3. Face facts You just won't look like Marilyn Monroe without red lipstick, or turn into a zombie prom queen without plenty of eyeshadow. But do choose organic, natural makeup for your transformation, and avoid the mercury, pthalates, parabens, and fragrances that come standard in most big-name brands. You can make your own, find an organic retailer, or special-order vegan makeup for exactly the right shade. The same goes for hair dye— eco-friendly brands let you rest easy when you see it all going down the drain (aka, back into the water supply), but don't underestimate old-fashioned techniques, like a handful of baby powder for a junior Albert Einstein. Check out our guide for How to Go Green: Women's Personal Care, for more makeup details. 4 Bar classic candies Half the fun of Halloween is the sugar high, no matter how old you are. But by stocking your bowl with organic, natural treats instead, you can escape many of the chemicals and preservatives that are even scarier than your neighbor's Frankenstein mask. Look for brands that donate part of their profits to environmental causes; Fair Trade-sourced chocolates; or sweets made with pure cane sugar, fruit juice, and natural colors. If you're skipping candy for health reasons, try handing out small toys, pencils, or soy crayons. There are lots more ideas at greenhalloween.org. 5 Choose a kid-friendly carryall When it comes to hauling all those treasures home, reusable canvas bags get the win over plastic or paper for safety and environmental reasons. Buy your own blank bags and let the little ones decorate them with ontoxic paint—they're sure to be an annual highlight—or browse craft stores and online retailers for seasonal offerings that sport witches, ghosts, and goblins galore. Then keep your kids visible to passing cars with battery-free flashlights. 6 Set the mood The soft flickering of traditional candles gives Halloween its spooky feel—and what's a jack-o-lantern without one?—but the paraffin in wax candles releases toxic chemicals like toluene and benzene through smoke and soot. Clean up your home and keep your lungs healthy with organic soy candles, which last longer and come from renewable soy bean crops. And as for that jack-o-lantern, buy him from a local farm (and don't let his seeds go to waste; toast them) or, better yet, buy a ceramic one that you can reuse next year.


7 Keep it simple The rest of your decorations—plastic spiders, dangling skeletons, spooky scarecrows—should be one-time purchases that you use every year, just like the rest of your holiday decor. When possible, look for reclaimed material; if you?re buying things you know you can't keep—like streamers or paper plates—be sure to look for brands that are both recycled and recyclable. 8 Eat—and decorate—locally If spiders and skeletons aren't your thing, you can draw inspiration from the harvest bounty; think pumpkins, gourds, straw bales, and corn husks (all from your local farms, of course). Serve up snacks and nibbles made from other farm-fresh, seasonal produce, like squash soup, carrot cake, and apple cider. Check in with Local Harvest to find farms and other local spots to get the best of the harvest in your neck of the woods. 9 Support Fair Trade with 'reverse trick-or-treating' As a way to highlight the plight of cocoa farmers and to showcase the benefits of Fair Trade, the folks at Global Exchange have started a Reverse Trick-or-Treating program to help raise awareness while collecting goodies on Halloween. It's really easy. Sign-up through the 'Reverse Trick-or-Treating website to receive samples of Fair Trade chocolates, along with some cards that outline the program. Kids hand out the cards and samples to adults when they go to the door on Halloween. 10 Skip the candy aisle altogether If you're such a Halloween purist that you can't bear the thought of handing out anything but sugar, then see our ideas above. But if you're the non-traditional type, try stocking up on healthy treats: organic dried fruit, granola bars, and popcorn packets all work (and come individually packaged, so even the most discerning parents won't trash them for safety reasons). GreenHalloween.org also offers a list of non-food ideas, like hair barrettes (which you could make yourself), seed packets, small toys made from recycled plastic, stickers, and soy crayons.


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Feature

GE WattStation An Electric Car Charger With a Designer Touch By JIM MOTAVALLI

General Electric unveiled the WattStation 220-volt public electric car charger Tuesday. The WattStation was designed by Yves Béhar. Yves Béhar, the Swiss-born designer who founded the San Francisco-based fuseproject, may be best known for his work on the $100 “XO” laptop computer, but that may change with the General Electric WattStation 220-volt public electric car charger. “In scale it’s much closer to a parking meter than a gas pump,” said Mr. Béhar, who designed the WattStation, in an interview before the product’s introduction in San Francisco on Tuesday. “It’s not very high — you approach it much like you would a bank teller machine — and the display is angled toward your eyes. It is very much speaking to you directly, and it’s a soft-looking shape with no angular elements.” The introduction of the WattStation was part of a larger G.E. presentation, during which the company said it would double research and development spending in clean energy technologies to $10 billion from 2010 to 2015. To cope with the stresses of city life, the WattStation was designed to be durable and easily cleaned, Mr. Béhar said. The charging cable retracts when not in use. The cool factor is enhanced by an LED ring of light around the charger’s display that uses different colors to signal drivers whether the station is free and functional. The WattStation will recharge a 24-kilowatt-hour battery pack in four to eight hours, G.E. said.

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G.E. and Better Place to Partner on E.V. Charging When General Electric announced the WattStation electric car charger last July, it seemed likely that it would need a charging company partner to make sure its E.V. station, styled with a designer touch by Yves Behar, would reach a wider world. It’s one thing to produce a nice piece of hardware, but quite another to actively engage with automakers, governments, businesses and interest groups to make sure they get installed, both in public and in home garages.

One of the vehicles you could charge at the WattStation is the fuseproject-designed Mission One electric motorcycle, which reportedly has a top speed of 150 miles per hour. G.E. is a technical adviser to Project Get Ready, an offshoot of the Rocky Mountain Institute, an environmental research firm that is preparing communities and regions for E.V.’s. In May, G.E. signed a three-year memorandum of understanding with Nissan “to explore new technologies” for smart E.V. charging. Michael Mahan, a senior product manager for lowvoltage equipment at G.E., praised Mr. Béhar’s “fantastic, beautiful look” for the WattStation. He said the charger would be modular and upgradeable, and thus “future-proofed.” He said it was designed to integrate with the smart grid and is programmed to charge late at night, when the grid is less stressed and when “time of use” lower rates will be in effect. Depending on features, the WattStation, which rolls out globally in 2011, will sell for $3,000 to $7,000. A wall-mounted home unit will be introduced in two months, Mr. Mahan said, and will sell for $1,000 to $1,500.

Last summer, G.E. spokeswoman Megan Parker said the company might partner with big-box retailers to sell the residential version of the WattStation, but it was plain that further partnerships were needed. On Wednesday, G.E. announced that it would be working with one of the most experienced players in the field, Better Place, with the parties promising to collaborate on technology, battery financing, fleet electrification and consumer awareness. Better Place, based in California, is working to wire municipalities, states and whole countries for E.V.s, with the work most advanced in Israel and Denmark. In an interview, Better Place’s chief executive, Shai Agassi, said that teams from the two companies have been working together for the past 60 days on “practical things we identified that will have value for both of us.” Mr. Agassi said that the companies fit together well, with G.E. offering the ability to scale up quickly and Better Place bringing its experience working on large-scale E.V. and charger deployment. He also noted congruence in that Better Place has been concentrating on charging at home and work, and G.E. is focused more on public charging that will be available at such locations as sports arenas, movie theaters and cultural events.

How will G.E. sell the coming residential version of the WattStation? According to Megan Parker, a G.E. spokeswoman, “Nothing is confirmed yet, but we’re looking into partnerships with big-box retail stores.” SPLIFF August 2010 43


“We’re seeing less interest in charging at retail locations where people are going to be spending just 10 or 15 minutes,” Mr. Agassi said. “It might not justify the hassle of connecting the cable. There’s more opportunity at places where you park for two or three hours.” An early order of business will be to get the G.E. WattStation integrated into the Better Place service network as its deployments move forward. Better Place is committed to putting 100,000 Renault electric cars with switchable batteries on the road, first in Israel then in Denmark. In the Better Place model, consumers own the car but Better Place owns the battery packs for them to lease. In partnership with G.E., the company will begin a pilot program aimed at financing up to 10,000 such packs in Israel and Denmark. The partnership will also focus on electrifying corporate fleets, and the companies are planning to collaborate on pilot projects to make such options more visible. The pilot programs are targeting the San Francisco Bay area, Honolulu and the Canadian province of Ontario, plus locations in Asia, Europe and Australia. In an interview, David Searles, director of G.E.’s Ecoimagination program, praised Better Place’s “solid, strong vision about how the E.V. will evolve. We agree that by doing things together we can help each other achieve our goals more quickly.” He also said that G.E. is “compelled” by its partner’s battery swapping plan because “it allows the E.V. to become a vehicle with all the same functionality as an internalcombustion car — it won’t be limited by range.” Mr. Searles said he had driven one of the Renault Fluence Z.E. cars with swappable batteries in Israel and was “pleasantly surprised” by its superior performance. Asked when the first fruits of the collaboration would become visible, he said, “We expect 2011 to be a very exciting year.” 44 August 2010 SPLIFF


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Tech Spot

TOP 5 MARIJUANA VAPORIZERS By weedvaporizers420 Benefits of Marijuana Vaporizers Why? Because you’re lungs will thank you. When smoking marijuana, you really want to smoke 2 ingredients, THC and CBN. Although you end up smoking the plant too, which contains harmful carcinogens. Vaporizers are great because they simply heat up the herb until pure THC and CBN’s are released, NOT burning the plant. This makes vaporizers a smart, and healthy method of using marijuana. Read below to discover the many health benefits of vaporizing marijuana. How They Work... Vaporizers heat up marijuana to around 180-190 degrees Celsius, where active cannabinoid vapors are released. Noxious smoke and carcinogenic toxins are produced at a higher temperature, 230 degrees. Vaporizers allow us to bypass these nasty toxins. Use Vaporizers for your health! Click images for more info.

Volcano Vaporizer * Rank: #1 volcano weed vaporizer The Volcano Vaporizer has been getting rave reviews since it debuted back in 1997. And for good reason… this unit has all types of cool things to make “smoking” easier, is very quiet, does a killer job of vaporizing, and is built to last forever. Not to mention that it’s incredibly easy to use. All you have to do is grind up some bud and put it in the filling chamber. Just keep in mind that the Volcano Vaporizer isn’t like using a bong or pipe, so you don’t want to pack it tight. Instead, let it sit loose so that the heated air can move through it easily.

Arizer Extreme Vaporizer with V-Tower * Rank: #2 This review will cover the Arizer Extreme Vaporizer with V-Tower. It’s the mostpopular vaporizer from Arizer and it definitely has some really cool things about it… and maybe one not-so-cool thing (you’ll have to decide). I’ll do my best to touch on everything. So, let’ start with the cool things. The craftsmanship on the V-Tower Extreme is easily among to top in it’s class. The exterior is stainless steel, and the entire unit feels sturdy to the touch. 46 October 2010 SPLIFF


Silver Surfer Vaporizer * Rank: #3 I can’t say enough good things about the Silver Surfer Vaporizer. Clean, sleek, streamlined, efficient… the adjectives I could use would fill this entire review. So, instead I’ll stick to the actual facts so you can see for yourself why I’m digging this unit. First, each and every Silver Surfer is unique. The heat covers and glass temp knobs are handcrafted from marbles, so your unit will most definitely look different than mines. What they will have in common is the rock solid anodized aluminum, ceramic heater and acrylic base. You have the choice of yellow, green, blue, red or purple for the standing base, with the actual vaporizer being a sleek “indestructible” aluminum.

Da Buddha Vaporizer * Rank: #4 da buddha weed vaporizer The Da Buddha Vaporizer is one of the best out there on the market especially for the price. The Da Buddha Vaporizer uses a high quality ceramic heating device, and when it arrives at your home in the mail it will be packaged nice and safe with tons of padding. This is a very sturdy vaporizer that is also silent because it’s not powered by a fan. Also it doesn’t take very long to heat up at all and the vapors it produces are simply AMAZING! The Da Buddha Vaporizer uses a very simple design that achieves maximum results. Da Buddha uses a whip action motion instead of a fan to deliver the vapor to the user. Just fill the glass bowl (which is attached to the whip), insert it into the vaporizer and you are ready to begin enjoying your favorite herbs!

Hot Box Vaporizer * Rank: #5 hot box weed vaporizer The Hot Box Vaporizer is surprisingly very efficient, and affordable compared to many of its competitors. It has a very sleek and stylish design and is made from ceramic tile. There are a variety of different color choices available as well. It is shaped in the form of a box and will add to the decor of any home. The Hot Box doesn’t require the use of dials to find the correct vaping temperature, which can oftentimes be very hard to use. Instead, the optimal heating temp that is automatically built into the device. You can just plug it in and be ready to go. This model is an excellent choice for anyone who wants to enjoy a high quality vaping experience. SPLIFF October 2010 47


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Business

State of Green Business 2010 In this third annual edition of our State of Green Business report, we continue our efforts to measure the environmental impacts of the emerging green economy. This year’s effort was colored by the Great Recession and its myriad of impacts on individuals, companies and governments around the world. Would the economic downturn nip the green economy in the bud? Of course, 2009 also was a time of political transition in the United States, the principal arena of our focus. How would regime change affect companies’ environmental policies, performance and progress? Would companies envision a new era of environmentally activist government? If so, would that compel them to become more proactive or to dig in their heels? The answers aren’t simple, and therein lies the foundation for this report. As in previous years, it shows a mixed bag of encouraging and discouraging news and trends. On balance, however, we were pleasantly surprised by what we found. First and foremost, green business activity did not go away amid the harsh economic environment. It survived — and even thrived. In some cases, such as with energy efficiency, the recession provided a stimulus, as the need to cut operating costs in order to maintain competitiveness became ever more valued by executives, their boards and their shareholders. Our quest for information gathering for this report isn’t an end to itself. As in previous years, we try to provide context to the robust green business taking place and to help answer the question: Is all of this activity actually moving the needle? That is, did all of the hundreds of environmental announcements and achievements by companies during 2009 actually result in their doing better, environmentally speaking, than the year before? Clues to the answers can be found in our annual GreenBiz Index, in which we look at 20 measures of greeneconomy progress, from energy use to e-waste to employee commuting habits. In many cases, progress is evident, though not necessarily at the scale and speed needed to effectively address climate change, water shortages, resource scarcity and the toxicity of consumer products, among other pressing issues. Definitive answers to our questions can be subjective, often in the eye of the beholder. We’ll leave it up to you to decide for yourself whether all of this amounts to good news or bad or, more likely, something in between. How will all this play out as the recession ebbs and the economy rumbles back to life? Will newfound efficiencies and sensibilities fall by the wayside, or have things indelibly changed? How the green economy fares during the economic recovery will be the subject of another year’s report. Hopefully, the next one.

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Health

Should You Be Running Barefoot? Most of us consider running shoes essential. But what happens when you decide not to lace 'em up? By Amby Burfoot RunnersWorld.com As a teenager, I loved to run barefoot on the Connecticut beaches, splashing through the waves. A few years later, I often ran without shoes while training for the college cross-country season, completing workouts that were the hardest, fastest, most puke-able, and yet most enjoyable of my life. Those are strange bedfellows: extreme effort and high pleasure. I have wondered if someone was spiking my Kool-Aid, a popular sports drink of the time. Then I close my eyes and recall how my friends and I snuck onto Shennecossett Golf Course as dusk descended. How we giddily removed our shoes, and felt the fairway underfoot. How we ran an undulating six-mile fartlek loop, sprinting and jogging, sprinting and jogging, the summer sweat cascading off our bodies. How we finished, not another gasp of oxygen in our lungs, and flopped onto the 14th green. The kinesthetic memories are fullblown, from the slight chill of the grass on my feet to the heaving chest and the lightheaded dizziness of the effort. Was it the barefoot running that made the memory so vivid? Famous runners had gone barefoot before us, of course. In 1960 Ethiopia's Abebe Bikila, the greatest Olympic marathoner of all time, won the first of his consecutive gold medals sans shoes in a world record 2:15:17. My high school coach, "Young John" J. Kelley, was the leading American finisher (19th, 2:24:58) in that 1960 Rome Olympic Marathon, and his descriptions of the torchlit race have always entranced me. Except the part about the stones.

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Interest in barefoot running seemed to wane until 2001, when Michael Warburton, an Aussie physical therapist and 2:42 marathoner, published an online paper titled, simply, "Barefoot Running."


(You can view the paper at the sports science web site sportsci.org.) In his section on running economy, Warburton points out that the extra weight of shoes on your feet is much worse than a pound or two around your middle. Weight on your feet is subject to constant acceleration and deceleration (runners call these movements "strides"), which have a high energy cost. According to Warburton, research has shown that 100 grams of extra weight on your feet decreases your running economy by one percent. Simple math says that two 10-ounce shoes will make you more than five percent less efficient. That's a big deal. When you add five percent to Paul Tergat's marathon world record 2:04:55, he's a 2:11 guy, which doesn't net him enough for a warm bowl of ugali in the Kenyan highlands. But we don't think much about running economy when we buy a pair of new running shoes. First we want protection from harmful objects. And then we expect cushioning and/or motion control--the stuff of injury prevention. But this is where things get strange, because scientific studies have had a hard time proving that shoes represent a big step forward from the naked foot. To learn what's going on inside the body, which, after all, is where we runners develop all our stress fractures, Achilles strains, and so forth, a medical team needs to take measurements from--ouch!--inside the body. I've actually seen this take place in a biomechanics lab, and it's a blood sport. The combatants typically include a mad Ph.D. scientist and several grad students (a.k.a. the "volunteers") desperate to finish their degree work. ("Sure, I'll be happy to let you drill a metal accelerometer into my shin bone before my next treadmill run," says a grad student.) The results of several of these intrusive experiments have shown little change in shock absorption or motion-control in shod versus unclad feet. This apparent difference seems hard to believe. All that foam padding and all those posts, bridges, and dual-density midsoles have to be doing something, right? "On the ancient Appian Way, we had to run on huge, rounded cobblestones that were completely unyielding,"

Kelley says. "They had no 'give' at all. I remember that I was afraid of slamming down too hard on them, and I still can't imagine how Bikila did it." While Bikila was making Olympic history, England's Bruce Tulloh was running European record times from 1955 to 1967, almost always in bare feet. He ran 13:12 for three miles on grass, and 27:23 for six miles on cinders. Later, Tulloh taught in Africa, coached, wrote books, and ran solo across America (2,876 miles, albeit in shoes). At 68, his mind is as sharp as ever, and he is ever eager for a good barefoot jaunt. "I'll be running on the beach at Devon this weekend," he said in early summer. "The only reason that more people don't run barefoot is that they're afraid to be unconventional." That wouldn't apply to either Charlie "Doc" Robbins or Zola Budd, both important contributors to barefoot running. Robbins, winner of two USA National Marathon Championships in the late 1940s, completed 50 straight Thanksgiving Day Road Races in Manchester, Connecticut, before calling it quits two years ago. Most Thanksgivings, Robbins went shoeless, though he would resort to a pair of socks if the temperature dipped below 20 degrees. Budd set a track world record in January 1984 when, just 16, she ran 5000 meters in South Africa in 15:01.83, more than six seconds under Mary Decker's existing record. (Too bad Budd is better known for her fateful collision with Decker in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic 3000 race. Decker was thrown horribly off-balance, and twisted and fell to the infield grass.)Of course they are; they're deceiving the body. Here's an explanation, based on your body's proprioceptive abilities--that is, the way it can communicate up and down all pathways. When you run barefoot, your body precisely engages your vision, your brain, the soles of your feet, and all the muscles, bones, tendons, and supporting structures of your feet and legs. They leap to red alert, and give you a high degree of protection from the varied pressures and forces of running. SPLIFF October 2010 63


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On the other hand, when you run in socks, shoes, inserts, midsoles and outsoles, your body's proprioceptive system loses a lot of input. "This has been called 'the perceptual illusion' of running shoes," says Warburton. "With shoes, your body switches off to a degree, and your reaction time decreases." The way I see it, there's a simple explanation for the high IQ of barefoot running: We descended from the trees to walk and run this planet's surfaces six million years ago, and we've had time to get really, really good at it, from the soles of the feet to the top of the brain. By now, you might be worried about your Reebok stock or your friends who work at the local running store. I wouldn't sweat it too much, at least not to judge from the number of bare feet I saw at my last big road race (zero). Even though a guy named Ken Saxton is running a marathon a month this year (barefootrunning.org), I doubt his preference will take off the way instant messaging, low-carb diets, and The Apprentice have. Besides, many podiatrists think it's dangerous. "Most of my patients aren't worldclass runners," says foot doctor Stephen Pribut, DPM. "It wouldn't make sense for them to risk getting twigs and glass in their feet. And I think some soft surfaces increase plantar fascia and Achilles problems. Of course, what doesn't kill you might make you stronger." This a-little-medicine-is-good-for-you perspective is shared by a number of other podiatrists, physical therapists, and coaches. Their theory: Modern man does spend too much time in shoes, and this weakens many of the foot and leg structures. To correct this, you can walk barefoot around the house, do simple foot strengthening exercises, or run a few barefoot miles a week on safe, secure surfaces. And then put your shoes back on before you hit the pavement. Even Abebe Bikila gave up his barefoot ways. Four years after winning in Rome, he wore Pumas in the Tokyo Olympic Marathon. He won again, despite having had an appendectomy 40 days earlier, and set a new world record, 2:12:11.2. Apparently, the shoes didn't bother him at all.


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OCTOBER MOViE previews

Hatchet II Adam Green’s Hatchet II picks up at the exact moment that 2006’s Hatchet ends, wherein the quiet but hot-tempered Marybeth (Danielle Harris) is in a small boat in the Louisiana swamps, screaming for her life as she tries to free herself from the clutches of the deformed, swamp-dwelling killer Victor Crowley (Kane Hodder). Crowley has murdered Marybeth’s family and other fellow vacationers who had come together on a tourist excursion in the swamplands outside of New Orleans . Marybeth escapes from Crowley and manages to make it back to civilization, where she once again encounters voodoo shop proprietor Reverend Zombie (Tony Todd), who had helped to arrange Marybeth and company’s earlier, ill-fated tour of the area. To help Marybeth and also serve his own secret agenda, Reverend Zombie recruits a hardened pack of hunters to head back into the swamp to seek revenge on Victor Crowley. Director: Adam Gren Cast: Danielle Harris, Tony Todd, Kane Hodder, Pary Shen, Tom Holland. In Movie Theaters: October 1, 2010

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Chain Letter When high school senior Jessie Campbell (Nikki Reed) and her tight-knit group of friends begin to receive a series of foreboding email chain letters, they have no idea the terror that awaits them. With a warning that if they break the chain, they will lose a life, the seemingly harmless email turns deadly when one-by-one the friends that do not forward the chain letter are hunted down and gruesomely killed by horror's newest villain, the Chain Man.

Director: Deon Taylor Cast: Nikki Reed, Keith David, Brad Dourif, Betsy Russell, Ling Bau In Movie Theaters: October 1, 2010

Let Me In An alienated 12-year-old boy befriends a mysterious young newcomer in his small New Mexico town, and discovers an unconventional path to adulthood in Let Me In, a haunting and provocative thriller written and directed by filmmaker Matt Reeves (Cloverfield).

Director: Matt Reeves Cast: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Chloe Moretz, Richard Jenkins, Cara Buono, Elias Koteas In Movie Theaters: October 1, 2010

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Sports

2010-2011 NBA Season Preview: Western Conference By www.gacksports.com Let’s take a look at the upcoming NBA season and rank the 15 teams of the Western Conference. Who is #1? who is #15? Nothing is set in stone, but as of today, here are where they rank: No. 15, Minnesota Timberwolves The Timberwolves are essentially the same team as they were last year. The only exception is they just traded away their best player, Al Jefferson. They still have a talented young group of players and they also acquired Michael Beasley, who is yet to prove his worth as a former No. 2 overall pick. Watch for this team to compete, but don’t expect them to go anywhere. No. 14, Sacramento Kings The Kings have a few good pieces and they got even better with their 5th overall draft pick, DeMarcus Cousins. He and Tyreke Evans will make a nice pair, but just like Minnesota, they are young and inexperienced. Watch for Sacramento to make some noise in a few years. No. 13, New Orleans Hornets Last year, the Hornets did not make the playoffs and that was because Chris Paul was injured. Look for this team to climb up the ranks, but also look for 2nd year point guard, Darren Collison, to challenge Chris Paul for playing time. Collison picked up the reigns after Paul went down. Friction between the stars will eventually ruin the team. Either trade Paul or let New Orleans fall into ruin. Also, New Orleans has left Paul without a coach he can really trust, as the Hornets fired Byron Scott after a slow start. No. 12, Golden State Warriors They were just bought for a record $450 million and might move to Las Vegas, but since they are still the Golden State Warriors, they will still be at number 12. They still have Stephen Curry, Monte Ellis, and just acquired allstar David Lee from New York. This team finally has a decent inside-outside presence that will be harder to guard while playing Nellie Ball. No. 11, Memphis Grizzlies Last year wasn’t a fluke, the Grizzlies were something other than bad. Although they didn’t make the playoffs they were good enough to be decent. Essentially the same team, watch out for an improved O.J. Mayo and the rise of Marc Gasol. Rudy Gay will be his dominant self and make another run as an all-star. No. 10, Houston Rockets Yao Ming will be back, but what does that mean for the Rockets? They have Aaron Brooks and Trevor Ariza signed on to help with the scoring, and Kevin Martin will be a year into his time with Houston to provide a formidable 1-2-3 option. Look for them to make a run, but don’t put them anywhere near the top. No. 9, Los Angeles Clippers The other team in LA will be good next year but will come up a little short in the playoff race. The Clippers will have Baron Davis, Eric Gordon, Chris Kamen, and finally, Blake Griffin. They will be a strong team, but the only thing stopping them from getting into the playoffs is themselves; they are the Clippers, after all. Essentially, The Clips are a cheap version of the Lakers. 76 October 2010 SPLIFF


No. 8, San Antonio Spurs The oldest team in the NBA just got another year older. Tim Duncan is waning out, Manu Ginobili is tired, and Tony Parker is still in awe of being married to Eva Longoria. However, they are a team with 4 championships and a future hall-of-famer in Tim Duncan, so watch out, the old dog still has a nasty bite. No. 7, Portland Trailblazers This is Brandon Roy’s team, and this team is stacked. They managed to win 50 games last year, all with injures to key players. What would happen when they are all healthy? Check out this lineup: Brandon Roy at guard, LaMarcus Aldridge at PF, Marcus Camby at C, and finally a healthy Greg Oden! This team will be making a run, but hold on… they are only number 7. No. 6, Oklahoma City Thunder Last year the Thunder gave the Lakers a very hard time in the playoffs. They have an all-star in Kevin Durant who is a scoring machine, Russell Westbrook who can get by anybody, Jeff Green who can handle the 3 spot with the best of them, and 2nd year player James Harden who will blossom into something great. Look for this team to dominate the western conference…but not just yet. No. 5, Phoenix Suns The Suns made it to the Western Conference Finals last year, don’t you think that there would be less room for improvement? Well, Ama’re Stoudemire bolted to New York, and Steve Nash is all alone in the desert. But, Hedo Turkoglu and Josh Childress have signed with the Suns, and now they look as fit as ever. A lineup with Steve Nash, Jason Richardson, Hedo Turkoglu, Grant Hill, Robyn Lopez, and Josh Childress will make any team fear them. However, the only thing that’s preventing them from reaching the Finals is their defense. A lack of it will ruin any team in the long haul of an NBA season. No. 4, Denver Nuggets In 2009, the Nuggets were 2 wins away from the NBA Finals. In 2010, the Nuggets lost in the first round. Their roster hadn’t changed, and the players were working their butts off, the problem was that Coach George Karl had cancer and couldn’t participate in the playoffs. Unmotivated and weakened, the Nuggets folded. But in the 2010-2011 season, look for Coach Karl to be back in coaching mode. Watch out for these boys in blue. No. 3, Dallas Mavericks Dirk Nowitzki is in, Jason Kidd is in, Jason Terry is in, Brandon Haywood is in, Caron Butler is in, and Shawn Marion is in. Did I just name the greatest lineup ever? Well, no, but it comes close. Owner, Mark Cuban is use to putting stars under one banner, but hardly any teamwork comes in play. Look for the Mavericks to make it to at least the semi-finals and then fade out as quickly as a whisper. Another 55 to 60 win season, but no ring is waiting for them at the end of this journey. No. 2, Utah Jazz Carlos Boozer is in Chicago, Kyle Korver is in Chicago, and Ronnie Brewer is in Chicago, how the hell did that happen? Well, the Jazz fired back and got Al Jefferson from Minnesota, so expect their rebounding and interior offense to hold up. They drafted Gordon Hayward, who was a shot away from becoming a NCAA National Champion, and they still have Deron Williams. Young, determined, and coached by Jerry Sloan, watch out for this team, a diamond in the rough. Expect nothing else but excellence. No. 1, Los Angeles Lakers - 2009-2010 Western Conference Champs - 2010 NBA CHAMPIONS 2008, 2009, and 2010, the Lakers made it to the NBA Finals, winning in 2009 and 2010. The back-to-back champions are clearly the favorite to once again reach the NBA Finals. Kobe, Gasol, Bynum, Artest, Odom, and Fisher are all signed to long term contracts. The championship team has essentially returned (Jordan Farmar signed with New jersey). Phil Jackson is motivated to end his historic coaching career with championship number 12, and a 4th Three-Peat. Their length is a problem to many teams, and with a player of Kobe Bryant’s caliber, the Lakers are poised to return to the NBA Finals. SPLIFF October 2010 77


Everyone should be using vaporizers! Benefits of Marijuana Vaporizers Why? Because you’re lungs will thank you. When smoking marijuana, you really want to smoke 2 ingredients, THC and CBN. Although you end up smoking the plant too, which contains harmful carcinogens. Vaporizers are great because they simply heat up the herb until pure THC and CBN’s are released, NOT burning the plant. This makes vaporizers a smart, and healthy method of using marijuana. Read below to discover the many health benefits of vaporizing marijuana. Marijuana smoke contains hazardous toxins Its well known that marijuana smoke contains hazardous toxins which aren’t great for your respiratory system. Polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons are highly carcinogenic, and believed to be a leading factor in cigarette related cancers. California NORML and MAPS recently conducted a laboratory study and found that vaporizers are truly able to drastically reduce or eliminate harmful smoke toxins, while still delivering cannabinoids. Get more info on this study right here. To date, at least 4 vaporizer studies have been performed. Back in 1996 one study found more tar in the vapor, although the vaporizers were of a primitive design. Since, great leaps and bounds have been made in Vaporizer technology. A study in 2006 by researchers at Leiden University tested the high end volcano vaporizer and found this: “Our results show that with the Volcano a safe and effective herbal delivery system seems to be available to patients. The final pulmonal uptake of active ingredients is comparable to the smoking of them, while avoiding the respiratory disadvantages of smoking.”

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2010-2011 NBA Season Preview: Eastern Conference By www.gacksports.com Let’s take a look at the upcoming NBA season and rank the 15 teams of the Eastern Conference. Who is #1? who is #15? Nothing is set in stone, but as of today, here are where they rank: No. 15, Toronto Raptors Who do they have again? Well, Chris Bosh went to Miami and Hedo Turkoglu went South to Phoenix. When you get rid of your two best players its time for change. Expect rookie Ed Harris to do something and DeMar Derozen to make this his team, but don’t expect them to shoot up the rankings anytime soon. No. 14, Cleveland Cavaliers LeBron – Cleveland = No. 14. The only reason why they aren’t last is because they still have Mo Williams, Antawn Jamison, Anderson Varejao, and Anthony Parker. Watch them to be passionate when they play, substituting the memory of LeBron into a few wins. However, things will never be the same in Cleveland, expect them to lose 50-60 games this season. No. 13, Detroit Pistons Trading Chauncey Billups didn’t work out after all. The chemistry in Detroit just isn’t there. They have some good pieces, but they play like a junior varsity squad in a varsity league. Hope rookie Greg Monroe can do something about the situation in Detroit. No. 12, Indiana Pacers Danny Granger will continue to blossom into a star, but nothing can prevent this ship from sinking. Brandon Rush, T.J. Ford, Mike Dunleavy, and Troy Murphy compliment his game, see them try to stay above water for awhile. Also, they drafted Paul George, yes, that Paul George. Wait, who? Larry Bird better find a way to make Indiana a contender soon or he will be out of a job. No. 11, Philadelphia 76ers The Sixers got Evan Turner with the 2nd overall pick, and finally can move Andre Iguadola to the 2 spot. The lineup for Philadelphia isn’t so bad. They have Jrue Holiday, Andre Iguadola, Evan Turner, Elton Brand, and a small guard named Allen Iverson. Strong team, but chemistry is the strong factor in winning, and don’t expect a lot of wins next year. No. 10, New Jersey Nets Don’t expect the Nets to go 12-70 again, Brook Lopez and Devin Harris have learned their lesson and won’t let that happen again. Courtney Lee will finally be at home in Jersey and will finally play well enough. They drafted Derrick Favors with the 3rd overall pick, so expect him and Lopez to handle the low post and give New Jersey something to look forward to next season. No. 9, Washington Wizards John Wall and Gilbert Arenas will finally be sharing the back court in Washington. What does that mean? That means that it’ll be a more glamorized version of the Golden State Warriors. Two small guards dominating the ball will mean lots of highlights, lots of scoring, and lots of fun. However, just like the Warriors, wins won’t be part of that equation. 80 October 2010 SPLIFF


No. 8, New York Knicks With Amar’e Stoudemire and Raymond Felton arriving in New York, watch for a new exciting version of Mike D’Antoni’s fast pace offense. Both can run the floor and will be counted on with a mimic version of the Phoenix Suns. Even though they lost the sweepstakes for LeBron James, expect this team to be an improvement from last year. However, just like all of D’Antoni’s teams, don’t expect too much defense to be played. No. 7, Charlotte Bobcats Michael Jordan is finally in charge and they made the playoffs last year for the first time in their short history. They just traded Raymond Felton to New York, but everything only looks up for Charlotte. They still have the dynamic duo of Gerald Wallace and Stephen Jackson. The only downside here is that they share the Southeast Division with the Orlando Magic, Atlanta Hawks, and Miami Heat. No. 6, Milwaukee Bucks A healthy Andrew Bogut, a signed John Salmons, and a season tested Brandon Jennings will keep this team afloat in a now weakened Central Division. They will also be getting a healthy Michael Redd and just added Corey Maggette into the mix. This team will create some problems at the guard spot. The only weakness is their lack of frontline presence. No. 5, Atlanta Hawks The roster hasn’t changed; they even might add Shaquille O’Neal to the mix and they fired Mike Woodson as their coach. They will be a good team during the regular season, but when the playoffs begins watch for Joe Johnson to burn out and watch the Hawks to fall early. No. 4, Chicago Bulls They got rid of Kirk Hinrich and added Carlos Boozer, Kyle Korver, and Ronnie Brewer. They still have Taj Gibson, Luol Deng and Derrick Rose. They just got a whole lot better. They will easily win the Central Division and guarantee homecourt in the 1st round. Michael Jordan would be smiling. However, this Derrick Rose-led team has never been past the first year. But this is their year, just don’t count on them to reach the Eastern Conference Finals. No. 3, Orlando Magic Everyone is back and ready to make a run at another NBA Finals appearance. Dwight Howard will probably win a 3rd straight Defensive Player of the Year and the wins will come easily. However, their strength is also their weakness, Howard has to improve his freethrows and low post if the Magic can have any chance of winning a title. No. 2, Boston Celtics - 2009-2010 Eastern Conference Champs Ray Allen – check, Paul Pierce – check, Kevin Garnett – check, Rajon Rondo – check. The team is very much the same. They even added Jermaine O’Neal to replace Kendrick Perkins for a few months. Yes, they are getting old, but they were 1 win away from championship number 18. They will not finish the regular season as high as number 2, but it’s all about the playoffs with this team. No. 1, Miami Heat A consensus pick to reach the NBA Finals in 2011, the Heat just added the top 3 free agents this summer. They added 2 of the top 3 players and 3 of the top 10 players in the league. They even got Mike Miller and Udonis Haslem into the mix. The only thing hindering them is they will only be playing with one ball. Can LeBron James and Dwyane Wade share nicely? Expect them to win ALOT of games this season (between 60-70 games).

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SPLIFF Magazine | October 2010  

SPLIFF Magazine | October 2010