the dawning

The Dawning

The Dawning, 1915. Arthur B. Davies, American, 1862-1928. Oil on canvas. An important work demonstrating an American artist’s experiment with Cubism.

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

I mistakenly believed the Drug Enforcement Agency listed marijuana as a schedule 1 substance because of sound scientific proof. Surely, they must have quality reasoning as to why marijuana is in the category of the most dangerous drugs that have “no accepted medicinal use and a high potential for abuse.”

They didn’t have the science to support that claim, and I now know that when it comes to marijuana neither of those things are true. It doesn’t have a high potential for abuse, and there are very legitimate medical applications. In fact, sometimes marijuana is the only thing that works. Take the case of Charlotte Figi, who I met in Colorado. She started having seizures soon after birth. By age 3, she was having 300 a week, despite being on seven different medications. Medical marijuana has calmed her brain, limiting her seizures to 2 or 3 per month.

I have seen more patients like Charlotte first hand, spent time with them and come to the realization that it is irresponsible not to provide the best care we can as a medical community, care that could involve marijuana.

While I was amazed at Dr. Gupta’s naivete at believing what the DEA had to say about marijuana, the more important point is that he is a generally highly respected media medical authority who had the courage and humility to admit he was mistaken.


Proserpine, 1874.  Dante Gabriel Rossetti (English – 1828-1882). Oil on canvas.  Rossetti was the founder of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood in 1848, along with William Holman Hunt and John Everett Millais.


A New Look at Walker Evans’s ‘American Photographs’. I’m a big fan of Evan’s work. For better or worse much of it is romanticized by many modern viewers – the vintage clothing, the old cars and what is now referred to as urban ruin porn – run down houses of poor farmers and factory workers.

Let’s say Erin Burnett had a job as a structural engineer. She would have been fired long along for incompetence and criminal negligence after one of her buildings collapsed. Yet, since she is a well connected “journalist” she just keeps on getting a check every week,  CNN Benghazi Special Pushes Debunked And Deceptive Claims.