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Das eez kaput! Sometime around 2002 I spaced the entire database table that mapped individual entries to categories. Such is life. What follows is a random sampling of entries that were associated with the category. Over time, the entries will be updated and then it will be even more confusing. Wander around, though, it's still a fun way to find stuff.

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Peter B. Ladkin : Some observations on e-mail phenomenology

I conclude that some work needs to be done to attempt to understand the organisational motivations and behavior of system administration, and to devise ways of preventing the collective behavior of professional administrators from making problems a lot worse than they otherwise would be.

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Sighted : The B-boat

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Did you just take a picture of my knees?

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Ian Davis demonstrates why John Poindexter, and the TIA weirdos, are so keen on XML.

An exciting inference, indeed...

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evolt.org : Introduction to XFML Core Concepts

Does anyone actually know why the gang at evolt.org is compelled to put all their code examples in <textarea> elements? Did I miss the part about being able to change said examples, thus presumably making the articles "user-centric", or do they just think it looks neat?

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From the "Men with Hammers" department :

so many Mirror Project submissions!

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Paul Hammond : RSS in a browser

The news items on this page are created in the browser from OMPL and RSS feeds using XSLT. No server side processing is involved.

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Mina Naguib : Weather::Underground.pm

Since everyone seems to think I actually care what they're listening to when they post to their weblog, I think I might have to start telling them what the weather's like when I post to mine. Clear and one degree Celcius, in Montreal.

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RDF Concepts and Abstract Data Model : "Noting that there is no single human opinion about the truth

of some statements, the graph may further contain commentary for human interpreters to indicate the realm of human interpretation that should be applied." And a computer program is supposed to be able to figure this out? It occurred to me, while I was making dinner, that Tim Berners-Lee (I know he's not alone on this one, but he is the trophy that all the RDF keeners trot out to justify the whole thing) is no doubt a smart guy. But does anyone remember that the web was originally conceived as a way for physicists to share their papers? If that's anything to go by, where the fuck is the sematic web going to get us?

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Johann Hanne : php_writeexcel

"is a port of John McNamara's excellent Spreadsheet::WriteExcel Perl package to PHP."

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The dictified dictionary.com word of the day is : opportune

Opportune \Op`por*tune"\, v. t. To suit. [Obs.] --Dr. Clerke(1637). web1913
opportune adj 1: suitable or at a time that is suitable or advantageous especially for a particular purpose; "an opportune place to make camp"; "an opportune arrival" [ant: {inopportune}] 2: at a convenient or suitable time; "an opportune time to receive guests" [syn: {favorable}, {favourable}] wn

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The random pseudodictionary.com word of the day is : barney

A police officer or police cruiser, from Barney Fife of _The Andy Griffith Show_.
ex. Slow down, I see a Barney up ahead.
see also : barney dict-ified

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The random pseudodictionary.com word of the day is : shosho

something that does not work as it should
ex. That firecraker was a shosho.

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The random pseudodictionary.com word of the day is : aristobrat

an aristocrat who acts terribly.
ex. "Sarah-Jane, beware of that aristobrat slouching at the bar. He likes to flash more than his money."

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The dictified dictionary.com word of the day is : temerity

Temerity \Te*mer"i*ty\, n. [L. temeritas, from temere by chance, rashly; perhaps akin to Skr. tamas darkness: cf. F. t['e]m['e]rit['e].] Unreasonable contempt of danger; extreme venturesomeness; rashness; as, the temerity of a commander in war. Syn: Rashness; precipitancy; heedlessness; venturesomeness. Usage: {Temerity}, {Rashness}. These words are closely allied in sense, but have a slight difference in their use and application. Temerity is Latin, and rashness is Anglo-Saxon. As in many such cases, the Latin term is more select and dignified; the Anglo-Saxon more familiar and energetic. We show temerity in hasty decisions, and the conduct to which they lead. We show rashness in particular actions, as dictated by sudden impulse. It is an exhibition of temerity to approach the verge of a precipice; it is an act of rashness to jump into a river without being able to swim. Temerity, then, is an unreasonable contempt of danger; rashness is a rushing into danger from thoughtlessness or excited feeling. It is notorious temerity to pass sentence upon grounds uncapable of evidence. --Barrow. Her rush hand in evil hour Forth reaching to the fruit, she plucked, she eat. --Milton. web1913
temerity n : fearless daring [syn: {audacity}, {audaciousness}] wn

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The random pseudodictionary.com word of the day is : mooch

Moocher. Someone who always takes and never gives back.
ex. He's the classic mooch. Never buys his own beer or cigarettes.
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The dictified dictionary.com word of the day is : garrulous

Garrulous \Gar"ru*lous\, a. [L. garrulus, fr. garrire to chatter, talk; cf. Gr. ? voice, ? to speak, sing. Cf. {Call}.] 1. Talking much, especially about commonplace or trivial things; talkative; loquacious. The most garrulous people on earth. --De Quincey. 2. (Zo["o]l.) Having a loud, harsh note; noisy; -- said of birds; as, the garrulous roller. Syn: {Garrulous}, {Talkative}, {Loquacious}. Usage: A garrulous person indulges in long, prosy talk, with frequent repetitions and lengthened details; talkative implies simply a great desire to talk; and loquacious a great flow of words at command. A child is talkative; a lively woman is loquacious; an old man in his dotage is garrulous. -- {Gar"ru*lous*ly}, adv. -- {Gar"ru*lous*ness}, n. web1913
garrulous adj : full of trivial conversation; "kept from her housework by gabby neighbors" [syn: {chatty}, {gabby}, {loquacious}, {talkative}, {talky}] wn

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The dictified dictionary.com word of the day is : ennui

Ennui \En`nui"\, n. [F., fr. L. in odio in hatred. See {Annoy}.] A feeling of weariness and disgust; dullness and languor of spirits, arising from satiety or want of interest; tedium. --T. Gray. web1913
ennui n : the feeling of being bored by something tedious [syn: {boredom}, {tedium}] wn

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The dictified dictionary.com word of the day is : mendacious

Mendacious \Men*da"cious\, a. [L. mendax, -acis, lying, cf. mentiri to lie.] 1. Given to deception or falsehood; lying; as, a mendacious person. 2. False; counterfeit; containing falsehood; as, a mendacious statement. -- {Men*da"cious*ly}, adv. -- {Men*da"cious*ness}, n. web1913
mendacious adj 1: given to lying; "a lying witness"; "a mendacious child" [syn: {lying(a)}] 2: intentionally untrue; "a mendacious statement" wn
MENDACIOUS, adj. Addicted to rhetoric. devils

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The random pseudodictionary.com word of the day is : a'stake

A mistake, (Thanks, Erin.)
ex. I'm sorry, I made a'stake.

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The random pseudodictionary.com word of the day is : way much

alot
ex. Ice cream tastes way much better than sewage.

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The dictified dictionary.com word of the day is : tyro

Tyro, KS (city, FIPS 71925) Location: 37.03670 N, 95.82142 W Population (1990): 243 (98 housing units) Area: 1.4 sq km (land), 0.0 sq km (water) gazetteer
Tyro \Ty"ro\, n.; pl. {Tyros}. [L. tiro a newlylevied soldier, a beginner.] A beginner in learning; one who is in the rudiments of any branch of study; a person imperfectly acquainted with a subject; a novice. [Written also {tiro}.] The management of tyros of eighteen Is difficult. --Cowper. web1913
tyro n : someone new to a field or activity [syn: {novice}, {beginner}, {tiro}, {initiate}] wn

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The random pseudodictionary.com word of the day is : needing a taco

The state of being in which a person is taking him- or herself wayyyyy too seriously. Most commonly used in the context of love and romance. (Taken from the South Park cd "Chef Aid" in which Chef gives Meatloaf a taco because he gets carried away singing about Meredith Baxter-Birney.)
ex. Now that is a man in dire need of a taco!

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The dictified dictionary.com word of the day is : descry

Descry \De*scry"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Descried}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Descrying}.] [OE. descrien, discrien, to espy, prob. from the proclaiming of what was espied, fr. OF. descrier to proclaim, cry down, decry, F. d['e]crier. The word was confused somewhat with OF. descriven, E. describe, OF. descrivre, from L. describere. See {Decry}.] 1. To spy out or discover by the eye, as objects distant or obscure; to espy; to recognize; to discern; to discover. And the house of Joseph sent to descry Bethel. --Judg. i. 23. Edmund, I think, is gone . . . to descry The strength o' the enemy. --Shak. And now their way to earth they had descried. --Milton. 2. To discover; to disclose; to reveal. [R.] His purple robe he had thrown aside, lest it should descry him. --Milton. Syn: To see; behold; espy; discover; discern. web1913
descry v : catch sight of [syn: {spot}, {espy}, {spy}] wn

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The random pseudodictionary.com word of the day is : porchclimber

Cheap wine; or any wine that is consumed through the course of an entire evening.
ex. I saw Curtis drinking porchclimber last night, I wonder how he fared today?

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The dictified dictionary.com word of the day is : pusillanimous

Pusillanimous \Pu`sil*lan"i*mous\, a. [L. pusillannimis; pusillus very little (dim. of pusus a little boy; cf. puer a boy, E. puerile) + animus the mind: cf. F. pusillanime. See {Animosity}.] 1. Destitute of a manly or courageous strength and firmness of mind; of weak spirit; mean-spirited; spiritless; cowardly; -- said of persons, as, a pussillanimous prince. web1913
pusillanimous adj : lacking in courage and manly strength and resolution; contemptibly fearful [syn: {poor-spirited}, {unmanly}] wn

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Skwonk

"is an application that will listen to your Ethernet interface for traffic. All traffic. Like a traffic monitor. Difference is, Skwonk plays specific sounds for the type of packets that go flying by. For example, if a TCP packet for port 80 goes flying by the network to another Mac, Skwonk can blurt out a belch, or hoot like an owl, etc."

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David Mertz : Using CSS2 to display XML documents

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While mulling over YA-Project

I found myself silently muttering that old Internet saw : I am too busy writing code, I don't have time to make a fancy website. I don't think I ever imagined myself saying those words...

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The dict-ified dictionary.com word of the day is cabal

| source : web1913 | Cabal \Ca*bal"\ (k[.a]*b[a^]l"), n. [F. cabale cabal, cabala, LL. cabala cabala, fr. Heb. qabb[=a]l[=e]h reception, tradition, mysterious doctrine, fr. q[=a]bal to take or receive, in Pi["e]l qibbel to adopt (a doctrine).] 1. Tradition; occult doctrine. See {Cabala} [Obs.] --Hakewill. 2. A secret. [Obs.] ``The measuring of the temple, a cabal found out but lately.'' --B. Jonson. 3. A number of persons united in some close design, usually to promote their private views and interests in church or state by intrigue; a secret association composed of a few designing persons; a junto. Note: It so happend, by a whimsical coincidence, that in 1671 the cabinet consisted of five persons, the initial letters of whose names made up the word cabal; Clifford, Arlington, Buckingham, Ashley, and Lauderdale. --Macaulay. 4. The secret artifices or machinations of a few persons united in a close design; intrigue. By cursed cabals of women. --Dryden. Syn: Junto; intrigue; plot; combination; conspiracy. Usage: {Cabal}, {Combination}, {Faction}. An association for some purpose considered to be bad is the idea common to these terms. A combination is an organized union of individuals for mutual support, in urging their demands or resisting the claims of others, and may be good or bad according to circumstances; as, a combiniation of workmen or of employers to effect or to prevent a change in prices. A cabal is a secret association of a few individuals who seek by cunning practices to obtain office and power. A faction is a larger body than a cabal, employed for selfish purposes in agitating the community and working up an excitement with a view to change the existing order of things. ``Selfishness, insubordination, and laxity of morals give rise to combinations, which belong particularly to the lower orders of society. Restless, jealous, ambitious, and little minds are ever forming cabals. Factions belong especially to free governments, and are raised by busy and turbulent spirits for selfish purposes''. --Crabb. | source : web1913 | Cabal \Ca*bal"\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Caballed} (-b[a^]ld"); p. pr. & vb. n. {Caballing}]. [Cf. F. cabaler.] To unite in a small party to promote private views and interests by intrigue; to intrigue; to plot. Caballing still against it with the great. --Dryden. | source : wn | cabal n 1: a clique that seeks power usually through intrigue [syn: {faction}, {junta}, {junto}, {camarilla}] 2: a plot to carry out some harmful or illegal act (especially a political plot) [syn: {conspiracy}] v : enter into a conspiracy; "They conspired to overthrow the government" [syn: {conspire}, {complot}]

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Tom Hukins : FreeBSD::Ports.pm

"and FreeBSD::Ports::Port[.pm] are modules for parsing FreeBSD's Ports INDEX file and selecting ports that match certain criteria." This does not appear to have made its way in to the CPAN yet, so you'll have to install it from ports, proper.

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The dict-ified dictionary.com word of the day is tremulous

| source : web1913 | Tremulous \Trem"u*lous\, a. [L. tremulus, fr. tremere to tremble. See {Tremble}.] 1. Shaking; shivering; quivering; as, a tremulous limb; a tremulous motion of the hand or the lips; the tremulous leaf of the poplar. 2. Affected with fear or timidity; trembling. The tender, tremulous Christian. --Dr. H. More. -- {Trem"u*lous*ly}, adv. -- {Trem"u*lous*ness}, n. | source : wn | tremulous adj : (of the voice) quivering as from weakness or fear; "the old lady's quavering voice"; "spoke timidly in a tremulous voice" [syn: {quavering}]

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Samantha Power : Bystanders to Genocide

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From the "know yer tools" department : Tim Bray on XML::Parser

"The fact that XML::Parser is so much slower than regexp, when it's based on James Clark's blazingly-fast expat parser, is silly and wrong."

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OpenFlow

"is a workflow engine created with python and Zope. With OpenFlow, you can define a map of the activities to be performed, conditional paths and parallel activities. Activities can be defined using every Zope object, and conditions can be definined using every data visible in a Zope object."

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Kevin Williams : Why XML Schema beats DTDs hands-down for data

All I know is that DTDs + psgml-mode = less typing. see also : From DTDs to XML Schemas

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Søren Roug proposes an event module for RSS 1.0

"Imagine, that you have a calendar on your website. Imagine then that this calendar can be set up to automatically grab announcements of events from the O'Reilly events website - letting know when the next Perl/Open Source conference is - or the next IRC chat with Tim - or the release schedule for a new book. This is what the event module will provide."

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Things might get a little weird here for a while.

Update: the weirdness hasn't actually started yet. I've just been busy attending weddings and tending the garden and marvelling at how long it takes to install /usr/ports/textproc/sgmltools . Just so you know.

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Mike Richter : Primer on CD-R

"The following is intended to be parts of a primer on recordable Compact Disc formats. I have favored simple expression over technical detail. For that, I urge you to check other resources, as found in the URLs. In particular, the information from vendors is authoritative, where the following is not. The focus is on PC's and Windows; those with Unix or Mac systems are welcome to translate to the extent possible. (I try not to write about things I don't know.)" also available as a 159-page PDF file .

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Laura Bush : "I hung up five times yesterday

when he called to ask what was for dinner. I thought it was a wrong number when the guy kept asking for Stretch."

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I had no idea

Montreal was running out of windshield wiper fluid .

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Sightings : Dany Laferriere

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Morning Becomes Eclectic : Hooverphonic

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What the hell is a donut muffin?

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IE2PDB HTML2DOC Explorer Bar

is a "tool to convert your selected text (within IE5) to a DOC format PDB file."

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Snort

bargle blap (uerp)

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Jed Perl : The Art of Stardom

"The market for art stars is thriving. But what has it done for the world of art?" via ald

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Danny Drennan : The 90210 Weekly Wrapup

A gratuitous link on the eve of the final episode. The site hasn't been updated since 1998 -- not without good reason -- but it is hilarious. Remind me to post pictures from the Brenda Party...

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Maybe I've just gotten a little too much sun today

but can someone explain what grounds Internet filtering companies have for copyrighting the list of sites they block ?

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Andy Oram looks in his crystal ball

and decides we need to get rid of email. Andy, email is practically the only thing about the Internet that people who don't live and breath [it] come close to grokking. The world doesn't need Y-A Ginsu knife . see also : Email Overload: Exploring Personal Information Management of Email ( via peterme )

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LA Weekly : LAPD tries to muzzle street cops on the Web

"No one is saying so, but the dispute [ over the lapd.org website ] is clearly linked to the city's recent efforts to cash in on the LAPD's notoriety. The Police Commission in mid-November voted to trademark the LAPD name as a prelude to lucrative licensing agreements with Hollywood producers, T-shirt manufacturers and the like. The city attorney's cease-and-desist letter went out days later."

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Voir : Fuck le bogue

I saw the television footage of the fireworks in Paris , and I was mightily impressed until my friend told me about this . Aaaargh, I wish I had gone home!

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I had occasion to watch TV

for the first time in about 18 months last night. I was aware of all the Dotcom Koolaid people are being fed, but it still came as a bit of shock. Meanwhile, I've decided to build a media empire devoted to showing all those scenes they leave out of TV shows. I'll be like the CSPAN meets Andy Warhol of television dramas.

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O'Reilly Sample Chapter

<a href = "http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/jscook/chapter/ch01.html">JavaScript Application Cookbook : The Client-Side Search Engine</a>

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Have you never really believed

that Canadians are the funniest people on the planet? Leah McLaren feels your pain : "This, after all, is a country where a governing body once refused to let the rock band Barenaked Ladies play a benefit concert on the grounds that their name objectified women. It's the same place that recently refused to retail a full-bodied French chardonnay named Fat Bastard on the grounds it might be offensive to fat bastards."

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There are three golf courses

on the Vineyard, but the guy who puts up Mr. Bill while he's on vacation here wants to build another one (complete with six figure membership fees.) Things are starting to get ugly.

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NY Times on Microspeak

Who needs old words when you can just upgrade to new ones every six months?

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John Katz : The End of the Amazon Era

"Jeff Bezos newly-revealed once-revolutionary website has been revealed: a tacky online K-Mart. You're as likely to see a Pokemon critter or digital camera as a book there these days. Is this what all those investors were counting on?" Duh.

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Jorn Barger : The First-Cut Manifesto

"The goal is to make at least one full pass over a document, and classify every character into some meaningful category, with a high level of robustness when faced with bad human editing." Interesting, but the "It" that does all this work sounds more like a human than a computer. If someone had figured out how to make computers be "very flexible at reading dates in human formats", we wouldn't have thousands of programmers sifting through lines of legacy code looking for the year 1900/2000. via kottke.org .

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The People's Photos

"The Archive of pictures found on the street by me and you."

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I'm going to see Picasso at the Lapin Agile

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Julie Doucet

I got pointed to Rodney Greenblat's recent watercolours from the peterme site, and it reminded me of her work.

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Bloc Pot

"«On ne veut pas convaincre les gens de fumer un joint, précise le chef du Bloc Pot, ce n'est pas de nos affaires, mais on veut les convaincre que le traitement actuel du cannabis n'est pas le bon.»"

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