Billed as “Savanah’s Beach,” Tybee Island offers world-class island life

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Tybee Island Georgia is a charming little seaside town a mere 20 miles away from the bustling, historical city of Savannah. This delightful getaway is a popular destination for families, boasting more than five miles of pristine beach, warm rolling waves, and, not surprisingly, magnificent sunrises and sunsets.

This incredible stretch of rippling sand and dramatic tides has been named one of American’s best beaches. Its hospitable shores are perfect for sunbathing, swimming, strolling, shelling, and surfing.

We arrived in Tybee Island as the second half of the pandemic was…


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I paid someone to transcribe a YouTube video. Yes, really. Now I’m smacking my forehead because I just found this “Open Transcript” feature that lets us literally just copy and paste the video’s closed caption transcript in mere seconds.

This is not a perfect solution. As you’ll see below there is some work to be done to clean up the closed caption transcription.

However, if you’re just doing research for an article on the topic of the video — as I was — this little trick is extremely handy.

If there are no closed captions, then you’re going to have to find another way to transcribe the video. I’ll cover that next.

Here’s how to not re-transcribe a YouTube video:

Follow these simple steps to copy a YouTube video transcript.

1. Look for the drop menu.

Below the video, you’ll see like and dislike buttons, plus share…


Virginia is now the 16th state legislature to pass an adult recreational marijuana legalization bill

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March 17, 2021

As public opinion and influence of the adjacent Washington DC metro continue to increase voter support for legalizing marijuana, Virginia state senator Adam Ebbin was able to garner enough support for his bill to make that state number 16 on the list of U.S. states that have passed marijuana legalization legislation.

“Virginia legislators are proving that it is possible to work swiftly to pass legislation that would not only legalize cannabis but also address the disproportionate harm caused by decades of prohibition,” said Steve Hawkins, Marijuana Policy Project’s executive director.

The cultivation and sale of marijuana will be legal for…


2021 Cannabis Industry Events: Will They Be Stronger or Downsized?

Spanning the entire Las Vegas Convention Center Central Hall, MJBizCon 2019 hosted more than 1,300 exhibitors along with 35,000 cannabis business professionals.

A list of 2021 cannabis industry events can be found at the bottom of this article.

The COVID-19 pandemic decimated cannabis events in 2020

Just one year ago, in response to pandemic worries, the COVID-19 door slammed on plans to proceed with 2020s South-by-Southwest (Austin), the Spring Natural Foods West Expo (Anaheim), and the NOCO Hemp Expo (Denver). This came even as many had hoped for normalcy to return by early fall, 2020. After a year of little face-to-face networking — and a poor response to on-line substitutes — over 20 leading conference/expo events are revving to bring back live industry events.

  • After an estimated $40-plus million in…


Is a Tesla electric airplane on the horizon?

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk, world-renowned for his wildly futuristic ideas once said “all transportation will be electric, except for rockets.” He intends, eventually, to electrify even airplanes.

Musk was forthcoming in a 2018 interview when he initially floated the idea of a plane able to accelerate to supersonic speeds at high altitudes. The plane he envisioned would also have vertical take-off and landing capabilities.

It’s all about the batteries

At present, this notion resides only in Musk’s highly innovative brain. The battery required to power the plane would need an energy density of more than 400 Wh/kg. …


Meanwhile Far-Right and Centrist Republicans Each Talk of Starting a New Party

Since the election, and especially post-Jan. 6 riot, Republican voters have been fleeing the party like rats from a sinking ship — or at least one that has lost control of its rudder while navigating through dire straights.

According to an analysis of public voting records:

  • Nearly 140,000 voters left the Republican Party in 25 states in January
  • The largest losses are in battleground states like Pennsylvania and Arizona (both of which President Biden won by a small margin.)
  • In California, more than 33,000 voters disowned the GOP.
  • In Pennsylvania, 12,000 voters left the party.
  • In Arizona, more than…


Advocates have been trying to legalize marijuana in New York for years. So what makes me so sure this is the year?

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The legalization of marijuana has been a hot-button topic for decades in the state of New York. There have been several attempts by powerful New York politicians to end the prohibition of marijuana, but so far none have managed to succeed. New York Governor Cuomo himself has introduced, on several occasions, his own proposal for legalization in the state budget.

Recently, however, Governor Cuomo revealed a new plan to legalize marijuana in a succinct bullet-point presentation a few days before his 2021 “State of the State” address. …


Cannabis vs. cannabis vs. marijuana vs. hemp. These words all mean different things. It’s high time writers got it straight.

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What is marijuana? What is cannabis? What is hemp? The fact is, the mainstream media gets these words mixed up quite often. Even the cannabis journals get it wrong from time to time. It’s even blatantly wrong on Wikipedia. And I’d like to set the record straight, as they say.

Before I begin, I just want to share my motivation for writing this post.

I’m a full-time cannabis writer. And one of my pet peeves as a writer is when writers don’t use the correct words. For a lame example, I see writers constantly use the word “jealous” when they…


Another post in a series of articles focused on the historic technological and scientific breakthroughs that made 2020 “The Year the Future Arrived.”

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Astronomy is the most far out of all the sciences. It’s also the most mind-boggling. From our tiny vantage point here on Earth, the human race is able to peer back almost to the edge of time itself. Using some of the most amazing tools ever devised by mankind such as the Hubble Space Telescope and LIGO, Astronomers are making new discoveries at a breathtaking pace allowing our understanding of the universe to advance at light speed. …


Another post in a series of articles focused on the historic technological and scientific breakthroughs that made 2020 “The Year the Future Arrived.”

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Physics — the study of the forces of nature that make up our universe — is the granddaddy of all sciences. To fully understand cosmology, astrophysics, planetary physics, chemistry, biology, and even psychology, we must also be able to understand the physics behind it all. Ironically, however, the more we learn about the physics of our universe, the more we realize how much we really don’t know.

Physics has advanced at an ever-accelerating rate over the past few centuries. Today we can see almost back to the beginning of time itself and peer down into the weird world of subatomic…

Pace LaVia

Pace “Pachi” LaVia is a freelance researcher/writer specializing in the burgeoning cannabis industry, as well as science and future technology.

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