Friday, November 30, 2012

VideoGames & Computer Entertainment, January 1992

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The January 1992 issue of VideoGames & Computer Entertainment

Megacon 2010 - Hamlet: Electric Boogaloo! part 6

Beautiful cheerleaders in boots and corsets, wild musical parodies, and spontaneously combustible comedy! Willie's Wenches bring you mad-capped teenage sci-fi hi-jinx and more fun than a barrel of Ewoks on Red Bull! From Shakespeare to Star Wars, we want YOU in the front row for fun! Join us (18 yoa min) for this 45 minute racey romp through Craplandia (aka Denmark) complete with dirty Disney parodies and special guest star Cthulhu puppet!
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The Xbox 720 Is Coming Sooner Than Anyone Anticipated

As for what exactly the gadget will look like, the rumorers say it will be cheaper and smaller than the 360, which retails starting at $300. In addition, it will have an udpated Kinect controller, a quad core processor, 8GB Ram, Blu-Ray, and augmented reality glasses, according to “leaked reports.

Rand Paul's victory over the NDAA Indefinite Detention clause

Liberty activists were hoping that the massive public outcry which ensued following the passage of the 2011-2012 NDAA bill would pressure some Senators to swing over to Sen. Paul’s side. However, due to the fact that his colleagues in the Senate this lame-duck session were mostly supporters of last year’s NDAA bill, Sen. Paul’s chances of getting them to undo that legislation seemed slim.

On Wednesday evening, something different happened.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Roadwar 2000 by SSI for the Commodore 64

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Advertisement for Roadwar 2000 by SSI for the Commodore 64, Apple, IBM, Atari ST, Macintosh and Amiga. From the April 1987 issue of RUN Magazine.

Megacon 2010 - Hamlet: Electric Boogaloo! part 5

Beautiful cheerleaders in boots and corsets, wild musical parodies, and spontaneously combustible comedy! Willie's Wenches bring you mad-capped teenage sci-fi hi-jinx and more fun than a barrel of Ewoks on Red Bull! From Shakespeare to Star Wars, we want YOU in the front row for fun! Join us (18 yoa min) for this 45 minute racey romp through Craplandia (aka Denmark) complete with dirty Disney parodies and special guest star Cthulhu puppet!
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The Real Problem With a Secretary of State Susan Rice

The problem with Republican complaints about Rice isn’t that they’re partisan; it’s that they’re trivial. We could have used more complaint and scrutiny, partisan or not, about the invasion of Iraq, the surge in Afghanistan, and the bombing of Libya—actions which Rice quietly endorsed, supported, and championed, respectively. Instead, she gets attacked for a relatively minor issue where her main role was public relations.

No Soup for You! Bloomberg Bans Food Donations to Homeless

New York Mayor Bloomberg has taken Soup Nazi's tactics to a whole new level with his Administration's banning of food donations to all government-run facilities that serve New York City's large homeless population.

Congressman proposes 2-year ban on bills about Internet

;Rep. Darrell Issa, a Republican from California who has been an advocate for Internet freedoms, has posted online a draft of his legislation, the Internet American Moratorium Act of 2012. The bill would "create a two-year moratorium on any new laws, rules or regulations governing the Internet. ;

Rand Paul warns of GOP becoming dinosaur

The way I look at it is entitlements are broken, and it’s not my fault, it’s not Democrats’ fault, it’s because your grandparents had too many babies. It’s because we’re living longer. These are just facts,” he said. “Taxing anyone in a weak economy is not good.

Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich take on White House over legality of drone strikes

If passed by Congress, their "resolution of inquiry" would require Attorney General Eric Holder to "transmit to the House of Representatives not later than 14 days after the date of the adoption of this resolution, any documents and legal memoranda in the Attorney General's possession relating to the practice of targeted killing of United States citizens and targets abroad.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Electronic Games, March 1982

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The March 1982 issue of Electronic Games

Megacon 2010 - Hamlet: Electric Boogaloo! part 4

Beautiful cheerleaders in boots and corsets, wild musical parodies, and spontaneously combustible comedy! Willie's Wenches bring you mad-capped teenage sci-fi hi-jinx and more fun than a barrel of Ewoks on Red Bull! From Shakespeare to Star Wars, we want YOU in the front row for fun! Join us (18 yoa min) for this 45 minute racey romp through Craplandia (aka Denmark) complete with dirty Disney parodies and special guest star Cthulhu puppet!
part 4

Sen. Rand Paul renews fight over indefinite detention of US citizens

Paul’s amendment takes a new tack to curb the military’s ability to indefinitely detain U.S. citizens suspected of terrorism by affirming they have the right to a speedy trial by jury under the Sixth Amendment.

The fiscal cliff: Another phony emergency to give the government more power

What the government is calling "spending cuts" are actually decreases to future increases in spending. This starts with the concept of "baseline budgeting." The government assumes that spending in each area will automatically rise by a certain percentage every year. All of the cuts triggered by the fiscal cliff are to spending increases, not to this year's spending.

That means that if Federal Program A is budgeted for $1 billion in 2012 and projected to go up to $1.1 billion in 2013, a "$50 million cut" to Program A won't result in the program spending less than $1 billion in 2013. It will spend more. Spending on Program A will go up $50 million, from $1 billion to $1.05 billion. It just won't increase as much as the government previously projected it to.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Compute!'s Gazette, Issue Number 46, April 1987

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The April 1987 issue of Compute!s Gazette for Commodore personal computers.

Megacon 2010 - Hamlet: Electric Boogaloo! part 3

Beautiful cheerleaders in boots and corsets, wild musical parodies, and spontaneously combustible comedy! Willie's Wenches bring you mad-capped teenage sci-fi hi-jinx and more fun than a barrel of Ewoks on Red Bull! From Shakespeare to Star Wars, we want YOU in the front row for fun! Join us (18 yoa min) for this 45 minute racey romp through Craplandia (aka Denmark) complete with dirty Disney parodies and special guest star Cthulhu puppet!
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The April 1983 issue of JoyStik

Prosecution of Anonymous activists highlights war for Internet control

Whatever one thinks of WikiLeaks, it is an indisputable fact that the group has never been charged by any government with any crime, let alone convicted of one. Despite that crucial fact, WikiLeaks has been crippled by a staggering array of extra-judicial punishment imposed either directly by the US and allied governments or with their clear acquiescence.

Lindsey Graham: 'I Will Violate The Pledge' To Not Increase Taxes

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said he opposes raising income tax rates, but that he is open to increasing tax revenue by reducing the availability of deductions for things like charitable giving and mortgage interest. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.)

Doing so would violate Grover Norquist's "Taxpayer Protection Pledge," which both men have signed (as have most Republicans in Congress). Under the pledge, "candidates and incumbents solemnly bind themselves to oppose any and all tax increases," according to the Americans for Tax Reform site.

This is Lindsey Graham we are talking about. This isn't news, it's just normal behavior. Seriously, the same liars get elected and people should be surprised when they keep lying?

The U.N.'s Internet Sneak Attack

Many of the U.N.'s 193 member states oppose the open, uncontrolled nature of the Internet. Its interconnected global networks ignore national boundaries, making it hard for governments to censor or tax. And so, to send the freewheeling digital world back to the state control of the analog era, China, Russia, Iran and Arab countries are trying to hijack a U.N. agency that has nothing to do with the Internet.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Megacon 2010 - Hamlet: Electric Boogaloo! part 2

Beautiful cheerleaders in boots and corsets, wild musical parodies, and spontaneously combustible comedy! Willie's Wenches bring you mad-capped teenage sci-fi hi-jinx and more fun than a barrel of Ewoks on Red Bull! From Shakespeare to Star Wars, we want YOU in the front row for fun! Join us (18 yoa min) for this 45 minute racey romp through Craplandia (aka Denmark) complete with dirty Disney parodies and special guest star Cthulhu puppet!
part 2

NOW BIG BROTHER IS REALLY WATCHING YOU

Darpa wants to deploy this software initially in airports and bus stations, and if the pilot program is successful, the software could be installed at every red light, street corner, and public place in America. It could also capture feeds from video conferencing systems, video emails, and other forms of streaming media.

California Man Jailed Four Days for Recording Cops

Daniel J. Saulmon was charged with resisting, delaying and obstructing an officer but the video shows he was standing well out the way of a traffic stop and was only arrested when he failed to produce identification to an approaching officer.

And there is no law in California that requires citizens to produce identification. And even if there was, it would require the officer to have a reasonable suspicion that he was committing a crime.

Obama Didn't Trust Romney to Use Unmanned Drones to Kill Innocent People

The Obama administration has gone to great lengths to keep everything involved with these drone strikes and kill lists as under-the-radar as possible. The article notes that a draft of this rule book has been only hand-carried from office to office and hasn't been emailed to anyone yet.

Democrats and Republicans alike have wondered how concerned they should be with Obama's control of drones. The fact that he didn't want anyone else to have the same power that he has should be a good measure of how serious this really is.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Megacon 2010 - Hamlet: Electric Boogaloo! part 1

Beautiful cheerleaders in boots and corsets, wild musical parodies, and spontaneously combustible comedy! Willie's Wenches bring you mad-capped teenage sci-fi hi-jinx and more fun than a barrel of Ewoks on Red Bull! From Shakespeare to Star Wars, we want YOU in the front row for fun! Join us (18 yoa min) for this 45 minute racey romp through Craplandia (aka Denmark) complete with dirty Disney parodies and special guest star Cthulhu puppet!
part 1

K-Power, Issue Number 4, May 1984

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The May 1984 issue of K-Power

The Pilgrims' Real Thanksgiving Lesson

Faced with potential starvation in the spring of 1623, the colony decided to implement a new economic system. Every family was assigned a private parcel of land. They could then keep all they grew for themselves, but now they alone were responsible for feeding themselves. While not a complete private property system, the move away from communal ownership had dramatic results.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Mega Play, Issue Number 11, August 1992

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The August 1992 issue of Mega Play

You're Not Free If You Can't Secede From An Oppressive Government

Is it treasonous to want to secede from the United States? Many think the question of secession was settled by our Civil War. On the contrary, the principles of self-government and voluntary association are at the core of our founding. Clearly, Thomas Jefferson believed secession was proper, albeit as a last resort. Writing to William Giles in 1825 he concluded that states "should separate from our companions only when the sole alternatives left are the dissolution of our union with them, or submission to a government without limitation of powers.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Emerald Rose - Pagan Girl - Megacon '06

Emerald Rose performs Pagan Girl at Megacon in Orlando. (February 25th, 2006)

U.S. foreign policy: Iraq, Iran and 100 years of failure

U.S. foreign policy: Iraq, Iran and 100 years of failure

The detachment from reality exhibited by news organizations like Fox and Americans in general is stunning. Americans actually believe that Iraqis should be grateful that the United States invaded their country, destroyed their infrastructure, killed hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians and made homeless refugees of millions more.

They also believe that after deposing a relatively westernized dictator and putting the Shia majority in power, the resulting government would not seek to retaliate against U.S. support for Israel.

This is by no means an isolated incident. It is a recurring theme. Contrary to official myth, U.S. foreign policy has been a failure for the past 100 years, virtually without exception.

Gold May Pass $2,000

Gold May Pass $2,000: Schiff said the reason why the price isn't higher than $2,000 now is that many people don't have a full grasp of the country's current economic challenges.

#gold

Friday, November 16, 2012

TurboPlay, Issue Number 14, August/September 1992

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Emerald Rose - Merry May Folk - Megacon '06

Emerald Rose performs Merry May Folk at Megacon in Orlando. (February 25th, 2006)

Theodore and Woodrow: How Two American Presidents Destroyed Constitutional Freedoms

They are two of America’s most celebrated presidents. One, a Republican who had a storied military career, created the American conservation movement and once gave a speech after being shot by a would-be assassin; the other, a Democrat who overcame dyslexia as a child only to lead America to victory in World War I and formulate the idea of an international body of nations dedicated to the preservation of peace. These are the tales all American schoolchildren are taught about Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson. However, they are also a whitewashed view of two U.S. presidents who, more than any other, set the United States on a path of expansionist government that has given us anti-liberty policies like Obamacare.

Did Freedom Win?

Years of government impositions change people. At Obama's celebration, people didn't mention freedom, but they sure mentioned handouts, like taxpayer-financed higher education. It's as if their attitude is: What can government give me? They don't realize that "free stuff" only seems free because the real cost is hidden.

Napolitano: If BP Case Had Been Civil Rather Than Criminal, Settlement Money Would Have Gone to Those Harmed Instead of the Government

Napolitano: If BP Case Had Been Civil Rather Than Criminal, Settlement Money Would Have Gone to Those Harmed Instead of the Government

Silencing General Petraeus

The evidence that Gen. David Petraeus, formerly the commander of US troops in Afghanistan, the author of the current Army field manual, Princeton Ph.D. and, until last week, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, was forced to resign from the CIA to silence him is far stronger than is the version of events that the Obama administration has given us.

The government would have us believe that because the FBI confronted Petraeus with his emails showing a pattern of inappropriate personal private behavior, he voluntarily departed his job as the country’s chief spy to avoid embarrassment. The government would also have us believe that the existence of the general’s relationship with Paula Broadwell, an unknown military scholar who wrote a book about him last year, was recently and inadvertently discovered by the FBI while it was conducting an investigation into an alleged threat made by Broadwell to another woman. And the government would as well have us believe that the president learned of all this at 5 p.m. on Election Day.

Hostess, parent company of Merita Bread, going out of business

Hostess Brands says it is going out of business, closing plants that make Twinkies and Wonder Bread and laying off all of its 18,500 workers.

The Irving, Texas, company says a nationwide worker strike crippled its ability to make and deliver its products at several locations.

No more twinkies?!?

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Computer Gaming World, Issue Number 49, July 1988

The July 1988 issue of Computer Gaming World:

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Marc Faber: Prepare for a Massive Market Meltdown

Marc Faber: Prepare for a Massive Market Meltdown 

The markets are going to go into meltdown soon, so expect stocks to lose 20 percent of their value, Marc Faber, author of the Gloom, Boom and Doom report told CNBC on Tuesday.

Yes, the FBI and CIA can read your email. Here's how

Yes, the FBI and CIA can read your email. Here's how:

Gen. David Petraeus, the former head of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, resigned over the weekend after he was found to have engaged in an extra-marital affair. What caught Petraeus out was, of all things, his usage of Google’s online email service, Gmail.

This has not only landed the former CIA chief in hot water but has ignited the debate over how, when, and why governments and law enforcement agencies are able to access ordinary citizens’ email accounts, even if they are the head of the most powerful intelligence agency in the world.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

BLiP: The Video Games Magazine, Issue Number 3, April 1983

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A.N.A.L.O.G. Computing, Issue Number 75, August 1989

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The August 1989 issue of A.N.A.L.O.G. Computing.

FBI's abuse of the surveillance state is the real scandal needing investigation

But, as unwarranted and invasive as this all is, there is some sweet justice in having the stars of America’s national security state destroyed by the very surveillance system which they implemented and over which they preside. As Trevor Timm of the Electronic Frontier Foundation put it this morning: “Who knew the key to stopping the Surveillance State was to just wait until it got so big that it ate itself?

State Republicans may be more open to Obamacare

I believe it is the law of the land," Weatherford said. " I also think that the Legislature wanted to wait and see what happened in the presidential election.  That would have a big impact on, probably, what we needed to do.  We have some choices to make.

White House 'secede' petitions reach 675,000 signatures, 50-state participation

By 6:00 a.m. EST Wednesday, more than 675,000 digital signatures appeared on 69 separate secession petitions covering all 50 states, according to a Daily Caller analysis of requests lodged with the White House's "We the People" online petition system.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Emerald Rose - Red-Haired Mary - Megacon '06

Emerald Rose performs Red-Haired Mary at Megacon in Orlando. (February 25th, 2006)

Tutankham (Atari 2600)

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Advertisement for the Atari 2600 / Atari VCS game Tutankham by Parker Brothers from the April 1983 issue of BLiP: The Video Games Magazine

Converting the National Debt into Gold

President Obama's contribution of $5,595 billion to the U.S. national debt during his term in office through 1 November 2012 would be represented by a solid gold cube that is 55.7 feet high by 55.7 feet long by 55.7 feet wide, which would represent about 60% of all the gold that is known to exist in the world.

Welcome to the Rand Paul evolution

He wanted to force lawmakers to wait one day for every 20 pages of a bill before a vote can occur — that never saw the light of day. He wanted to make sure every bill explicitly lays out its constitutional authority — that proposal is gathering dust. Often, he finds himself on the losing end of his own party — most notably on his recent push to slash foreign aid that failed resoundingly 10-81 over fears it would have weakened national security.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Emerald Rose - Wild Mountain Thyme - Megacon '06

Emerald Rose performs Wild Mountain Thyme at Megacon in Orlando, FL. (February 25th, 2006)

Unfortunately, this isn't quite the whole song.

Your Commodore, Issue Number 19, April 1986

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The April 1986 issue of Your Commodore

Game Informer, Issue Number 56, December 1997

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The December 1997 issue of Game Informer

Ron Paul Legacy Could Trigger a Libertarian Takeover in the 2014 Midterm Elections

The untold story in this election is the quiet infiltration of a small, new liberty caucus in Congress. These newly elected officials, all Republican and all backed by Young Americans for Liberty PAC, are just the beginning of what could possibly turn into a stealthy libertarian takeover of the Republican Party and the federal government.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Comics / The Books of Faerie: Auberon's Tale, No. 2

Emerald Rose - Serenity - Megacon '06

Emerald Rose performs the Serenity theme song at Megacon in Orlando. (February 25th, 2006)

German Calls for Gold Repatriation Intensify As Fed Refuses to Allow Inspection

The Fed has reportedly denied German requests to view their own gold reserves, ‘in the interest of security’

Obama victory infuriates Pakistani drone victims

Analysts say anger over the unmanned aircraft may have helped the Taliban gain recruits, complicating efforts to stabilize the unruly border region between Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Emerald Rose - Hobbit Set - Megacon 2012

Emerald Rose performs their Hobbit Set at Megacon 2012 in Orlando, Florida.

Several ‘Ron Paul Republicans’ win closely contested House races

Texas Republican Rep. Ron Paul will retire from Congress next year after serving for 12 terms, but several Republicans influenced by the iconic libertarian-leaning lawmaker will be arriving to take his place.

Four more years to crush personal freedoms

Only in America can a president who inherits a deep recession and whose policies have actually made the effects of that recession worse get re-elected. Only in America can a president get re-elected who wants the bureaucrats who can’t run the Post Office to micromanage the administration of every American’s health care. Only in America can a president who kills Americans overseas who have never been charged or convicted of a crime get re-elected. Only in America can a president who borrowed and spent more than $5 trillion in fewer than four years, plans to repay none of it, and promises to borrow another $5 trillion in his second term, get re-elected.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Electronic Gaming Monthly, Issue Number 86, September 1996

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The September 1996 issue of Electronic Gaming Monthly

The Terrifying Line in Obama's Speech That Everyone Missed

But while everyone was picking apart these and other flaws in Obama's speech, they overlooked the most frightening line of all. That was when Obama promised that he'd pursue "the kind of bold, persistent experimentation that Franklin Roosevelt pursued during the only crisis worse than this one."

That promise might have made liberal hearts swoon. But as Amity Shlaes explained in her outstanding history of the era -- "The Forgotten Man" -- it was precisely FDR's "bold, persistent experimentation" that was largely to blame for the length, depth and severity of the Great Depression.

 

Hoggetowne 2012 - Royal Procession

The royal procession at the Hoggetowne Medieval Faire in Gainesville, Florida. (2012-01-29)

Monday, November 5, 2012

Tribal Circus - Hoggetowne 2012 - 5

Tribal Circus performing at the Hoggetowne Medieval Faire in Gainesville, Florida. (2012-01-29)

Friday, November 2, 2012

Tribal Circus - Hoggetowne 2012 - 4

Tribal Circus performing at the Hoggetowne Medieval Faire in Gainesville, Florida. (2012-01-29)

Who Is Gary Johnson? And Why Is the GOP So Mad at Him?

<blockquote class='posterous_long_quote'>The GOP isn't ignoring him anymore. Now that Johnson is threatening to siphon votes from Mitt Romney in close elections in Colorado and Nevada (he's also on the ballot in 46 other states and Washington, D.C.), Republicans are doing whatever they can to limit his appeal. Michigan party officials kept him off the ballot because he filed his paperwork three minutes late. In Pennsylvania, the GOP hired a private detective who went to canvassers' homes and flashed his old FBI badge before questioning the signatures they collected, a lawyer for Johnson's campaign alleged. The state GOP and the investigator denied doing anything improper. (On Oct. 10 a judge decided that Johnson will be on the Pennsylvania ballot.) The experience has left Johnson, 59, alienated from some of his old comrades--which, it turns out, he doesn't mind at all. "Going to Republican events, as I did a zillion times, I listened to Republican candidates do their spiel. I cringed at a lot of what they said, whether it was abortion, the terrorist threat, the homophobia, the 'illegal immigrant is the source of all our problems'--man, that stuff made me crazy. The kook element of the Libertarians gets up, and I don't cringe."</blockquote>

Thursday, November 1, 2012

VideoGaming & ComputerGaming Illustrated, October 1983

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VideoGaming & ComputerGaming Illustrated, October 1983

Airborne Ranger by MicroProse

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Advertisement for Airborne Ranger by MicroProse for the Commodore 64/128 and IBM PC/Tandy compatibles - from the February 1989 issue of RUN Magazine

Tribal Circus - Hoggetowne 2012 - 3

Tribal Circus performing at the Hoggetowne Medieval Faire in Gainesville, Florida. 2012-01-29

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Feds Try to Take Innocent Elderly Couple's Mom-and-Pop Motel

All Russ and his wife want is to peacefully operate their motel. But because their property was worth one million dollars and carried no mortgage, and because a handful of drug crimes had taken place on the property over 20 years (which represent less than .05 percent of the 125,000 rooms the Caswells rented over that period of time), the federal government is trying to take the Caswell's property through civil forfeiture, sell the land and keep the money.

Court OKs warrantless use of hidden surveillance cameras

CNET has learned that U.S. District Judge William Griesbach ruled that it was reasonable for Drug Enforcement Administration agents to enter rural property without permission -- and without a warrant -- to install multiple "covert digital surveillance cameras" in hopes of uncovering evidence that 30 to 40 marijuana plants were being grown.