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Ever since Colorado’s first recreational marijuana stores opened for business on January 1, the media has been largely fixated on the vast fortunes to be made legally selling that once illicit herb. Turns out, a lot of people want to buy pot, and they prefer to be treated like customers, instead of criminals. Who knew?
Of course, while reefer reform’s lately all the rage among the chattering classes, nobody’s exactly eager to explain how the government’s rapidly crumbling big lies about marijuana ever managed to survive for so long in the so-called information age. CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta came closest with his hugely influential on screen mea culpa last August, telling millions of viewers around the world that “we have been terribly and systematically misled for nearly 70 years in the United States, and I apologize for my own role in that.”
Specifically, Gupta admitted to ignoring studies conducted outside the US showing cannabis’s tremendous healing properties; trusting the government’s pronouncements on the drug’s purported dangers without examining the underlying science; and being “too dismissive of the loud chorus of legitimate patients whose symptoms improved on cannabis.”
Continue reading over at Vice|Motherboard
This is an awesome video. The intro by the newscaster really sets a great mood, but it you’re in a rush to get to the good shit, go ahead and skip to 2:15. Robert Cohen of Tennessee breaks down how stupid our current drug policies are…in a congressional hearing. This shit is dope!
A mobile phone mast, not causing cancer. Image: Elsie esq./Flickr
Well, isn’t that a relief? In case you were still worried that little box you hold in very close proximity to your head almost all day every day was quietly warping your brain tissue, you can relax. A lengthy programme of research into the possible health risks of mobile phones has found that, surprise surprise, there’s no evidence of any adverse effects.
The research was conducted by the UK-based Mobile Telecommunications and Health Research programme, and was funded by the government and the telecommunications industry to the tune of £13.6 million ($22 million). It involved projects over 11 years (taken together with a previous report in 2007), which resulted in 60 peer-reviewed papers. This thing is pretty comprehensive.
If all that work into an issue many would regard as little more than superstition and technophobia seems a little over the top, we have to remember that back when the project was started, landlines and fax machines were still a thing. MTHR chairman David Coggon, a professor of occupational and environmental medicine at Southampton University, acknowledged this in a release announcing the report: “When the MTHR programme was first set up, there were many scientific uncertainties about possible health risks from mobile phones and related technology.”
(continue reading over at Vice|Motherboard)
Prepare to get pissed:
Catapults. ”Jalapeños”. Dune buggies. $1 million subs. Sophisticated drug tunnels. Firetruck-sized industrial pipeline drills. These are just a few of the ingenious ways that Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel, arguably the world’s largest, most powerful and technologically advanced organized crime syndicate, has tried to perfect the fine art of smuggling drugs into America. And to think, the US’s premier drug enforcement arm gave the Sinaloa a pass to do so largely unhindered during the bloodiest stretch of Mexico’s drug war.
That’s the thrust of a landmark investigation by El Universal, which found that authorities with the US Drug Enforcement Administration and the broader Department of Justice struck a deal with the Sinaloa, in exchange for intelligence about rival cartels. Citing court documents and extensive interviews with both Mexican and US officials familiar with the matter, El Universal reports that the US-Sinaloa arrangement lasted from 2000 to 2012.
It’s unclear what their relationship is today—El Universal reached no conclusion as to whether or not the arrangement still holds.
What we do know, however, based on the investigation’s findings, is that DEA agents not only repeatedly met with Sinaloa heads but did so without bringing Mexican authorities to the table and without tipping off the Mexican government, in clear violation of bilateral agreements. From there:
…the agents of the DEA met with members of the cartels in Mexican territory, to obtain information about their rivals and at the same time establish a network of informants of narco-traffickers, who signed cooperation agreements, subject to results, so that they can obtain future benefits, including charges being dropped in the United States.
Continue reading at Vice|Motherboard
Snatched from The Daily Beast:
Could You Lose Your Job for Smoking Legal Pot?
Veterans may be lining to buy legal marijuana, but others who fear being fired for testing positive are staying home. How one court case could free them to ‘recreate’ responsibly.
Please let’s not have Eastern establishment media blowhards define the narrative about Colorado’s nascent experiment with marijuana legalization. It’s not just that their cramped, antiquated views are objectively wrong, which they are. It’s that they have no standing, none at all, to make moral or ethical or even legal or political judgments about the statement the people of Colorado and the state of Washington made in November 2012 and since about manner in which they choose to recreate and the ceaseless futility of the nation’s marijuana policies.
Armchair moralists in New York or Washington aren’t tribunes of some wizened truth. They are instead avatars of the hypocrisy that lies at the heart of the debate. Of America’s loving embrace of alcohol, the pervasiveness of television commercials sensationalizing its use, the terrible costs of our failed drug war, the racial inequalities of enforcement, the drug’s indisputable medicinal uses, they offer barely a word. What could they say? That we all are bound still and forever by the dubious choice our grandparents made 75 years ago to legally distinguish marijuana from whiskey? That all those cancer patients aided all those years by pot are lying? To paraphrase Denver’s marijuana website, the answer is no.
The truth is that the morality of marijuana use cuts in many directions—and does not belong solely to wealthy baby boomers afraid to allow brave new facts to challenge old biases. And the truth in Colorado is that there will not be some grand rush to ingest pot because there cannot by law be such a grand rush. For every earnest veteran standing in line to buy marijuana there are 10 nurses, or accountants, or bus drivers, or other responsible, respectable members of society who cannot use lawful marijuana for fear of losing a job, or an apartment lease, or custody of a child, or some government benefit. This is what happens when a bold state initiative conflicts with stale federal law.
Continue Reading at The Daily Beast
This shit is so amazing, it seems like it’s gotta be fake. Remember, these aren’t just cool photoshop or movie effects, this is real-life shit sitting out in our universe. All them specs of white are either stars or groups of them and when I say ‘star’ you should think ‘sun’ for comparative sake.
The image above is glowing gas taken from the Sagittarius arm of our Milky Way. Images provided by NASA’s x-ray telescope called Chandra.
Shit is nuts!
Read and see more over @ Motherboard|Vice
Just hours after Yale professor Robert Shiller won the Nobel prize for economics Monday he told the Associated Press: “The most important problem that we are facing today…is rising inequality in the United States and elsewhere in the world.”
Former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich could not agree more.
“Of all the advanced economies, we are the most unequal and we are surging forward greater inequality at the fastest rate,” Reich tells The Daily Ticker. “The 400 richest Americans own more wealth than the bottom 150 million Americans put together.”
According to “Inequality for All,” a new film that Reich narrates, the wealth gap in the U.S. is as wide as it was in 1928, just before the Great Depression. The richest 1% of Americans own more than 35% of the country’s wealth, while the bottom 50% control just 2.5%.
At first glance that sounds like good news for the wealthy in this country, but Reich disagrees. “The rich would do better with a smaller share of a rapidly growing economy because [then] the middle class has more purchasing power and could help it grow,” he says.
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