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White House lifts restriction on medical marijuana research

June 24, 2015
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Raw Story Raw Story    

"The federal government has lifted a key restriction on medical marijuana that, to date, had made the substance difficult to research. A broad coalition of politicians supported the move, first proposed in a letter from bipartisan members of Congress to the secretary of health and human services in May of last year. Before now, any proposals for research on marijuana had to go through what’s called a Public Health Service review, which delayed and sometimes prevented the projects from ever coming to fruition due to the burdensome bureaucratic wrangling it involved. But in a notice published Tuesday, the White House has eliminated this step." (06/23/15)

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CA: Judge throws out “kill gays” ballot measure

June 24, 2015
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USA Today USA Today    

"A California judge has thrown out a proposed ballot initiative that advocated killing anyone who engages in gay sex, calling the measure 'patently unconstitutional.' ... The initiative sought to amend the California penal code to make sex with a person of the same gender an offense punishable by 'bullets to the head or by any other convenient method.' It also would have made the distribution of gay 'propaganda' punishable by a $1 million fine or banishment from the state." (06/23/15)

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Venezuela: Vet held over “drugs implanted into puppies”

June 24, 2015
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"Spanish police have arrested a Venezuelan vet who allegedly tried to smuggle drugs from Colombia to the US by implanting them into puppies. The veterinarian, on the run for 10 years, is wanted by US authorities for extradition on drugs charges. He had been in charge of a veterinary clinic in the Colombian city of Medellin in which police found a number of puppies with bags of liquid heroin implanted into their stomachs. He was detained in north-western Spain. Colombian police found the Labrador and Rottweiler puppies with the drug implants in 2005 in a Medellin veterinary clinic." [editor's note: Drugs stuffed into puppies? Labs and Rotties? The death penalty is far too kind for this asshole - SAT] (06/23/15)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-33237391  

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MA: Boston’s faltering bid for 2024 Summer Games a warning for Olympics

June 24, 2015
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Christian Science Monitor Christian Science Monitor    

"Boston’s faltering bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics is in danger of becoming a cautionary tale -- both for cities bidding to host the games and for the entire Olympic movement. Even when the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) selected Boston as its bid city in January, only 51 percent of Boston-area voters supported the idea. By the end of March, that number had sunk to less than 40 percent, where it remains. The tepid support throws Boston’s bid into doubt, since it is subject to a statewide public referendum. Indeed, the USOC could drop the city's bid, according to a document obtained by Boston.com, and choose a different city before Sept. 15. Paris’s decision Tuesday to throw its hat in the ring for 2024 raises the stakes." (06/23/15)

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Dad & daughter: 39 random acts of kindness to celebrate birthdays

June 24, 2015
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"Birthdays are the one day of the year that you can be the center of attention and be showered with gifts from friends and family. But for one daddy-daughter duo, their birthdays were the perfect occasion to give back. Lee Beck and his daughter Amelie of Oxford, England decided they'd celebrate their May birthdays, his 32nd and her 7th, doing random acts of kindness -- 39 in total. For two weeks, the pair performed the 39 random acts all over Oxford, and Beck posted the video of their good deeds on his YouTube page last week. Highlights from their 39 acts included leaving money on some vending machines, writing a letter to a restaurant manager to compliment their server, leaving a $20 Toys R Us gift card in the mailbox of someone who they thought could use it, donating books to the Oxford Children's Hospital, and even leaving pennies at their favorite wishing bridge for people to enjoy. Beck also became an organ donor." (06/22/15)

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Cannabis is medicine, JAMA concludes

June 24, 2015
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San Francisco Chronicle Smell the Truth    

"Marijuana [sic] is 100% a form of medicine, researchers conclude in a bombshell series of reports released today by the Journal of the American Medical Association. Cannabis (which has been used medicinally for thousands of years) reduces nausea, vomiting and pain, as well as spasticity, a panel of researchers have concluded, after reviewing a total of 79 trials. 'Use of marijuana for chronic pain, neuropathic pain, and spasticity due to multiple sclerosis is supported by high-quality evidence,' one of the reports found. Researchers bemoan the lack of high-quality trials of marijuana, which can be laid at the feet of cannabis prohibition. ... Researchers must cut through more red tape to research a pot plant than any other substance on the planet, doctors say." (06/23/15)

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US Senate delivers victory for Obama on secret trade negotiations

June 23, 2015
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"President Obama scored a long-sought victory for his trade agenda on Tuesday when legislation that would give the administration expanded powers to negotiate international deals cleared a key hurdle in the Senate. The Senate voted 60 to 37 to begin considering the bill, getting around opposition from Democrats concerned about the impact of trade pacts on U.S. workers. Thirteen Democrats joined 47 Republicans to advance the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) bill to a final vote, which is likely to occur Wednesday afternoon." (06/23/15)

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Greece: Regime offers new proposals to avert default

June 23, 2015
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Reuters Reuters    

"Greece took a step back from the abyss on Monday with the presentation of new budget proposals that euro zone leaders welcomed as a basis for a possible agreement in the coming days to unlock frozen aid and avert a looming default. European Council President Donald Tusk, who chaired an emergency summit of leaders of the 19-nation currency bloc, called the Greek proposals 'a positive step forward.' He said the aim was to have the Eurogroup finance ministers approve a cash-for-reform package on Wednesday evening and put it to euro zone leaders for final endorsement on Thursday morning." (06/22/15)

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MS pol: Remove Confederate sign from state flag

June 23, 2015
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Fox News Fox News    

"A top Mississippi lawmaker said Monday that the Confederate battle emblem is offensive and needs to be removed from the state flag. House Speaker Philip Gunn became the first top-tier Republican to call for a change in the flag, which has had the Confederate symbol in the upper left corner since Reconstruction. ... Mississippi and Tennessee officials are grappling with whether to retain Old South symbols, even as South Carolina leaders are pushing to remove a Confederate battle flag that flies outside the statehouse there." (06/22/15)

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Nigeria: Wrenches in hand, lady mechanics retool gender roles

June 23, 2015
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Christian Science Monitor Christian Science Monitor    

"The road that runs by the Sandex Garage is little more than a giant pothole — an unforgiving groove that turns into a muddy river after it rains. Cars heave and shudder as they roll slowly by, tires straining against the rutted ground. But behind the garage’s concrete walls, no one is complaining. 'The roads around here are terrible, absolutely terrible,' says Lancy Nowamagbe. 'It's bad for the cars, but it's very good for our business.' On a recent rainy morning, Ms. Nowamagbe and some thirty other trainee mechanics gather in a classroom behind the garage, located in Lekki district, on of the city's busiest. Today's lecture is on troubleshooting engine problems. Dressed in heavy black work boots and blue jumpsuits, their hands leathery and calloused, the group looks like any other mechanics’ school in the world, with one exception: all are women." (06/22/15)

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Nader on Hillary: “Never saw a war she didn’t like”

June 23, 2015
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The Raw Story    

"Consumer activist and former presidential candidate Ralph Nader blasted Democratic contender Hillary Clinton in an interview with Ora.TV host Larry King, defending his recent accusation that the former Secretary of State was trying to 'overcompensate for her gender. It's unbelievable. She's never seen a war she doesn't like. When she was on the Senate Armed Services Committee, she never saw a weapon she doesn't like,' Nader said, adding that Clinton was part of 'the tradition of these macho women who, when they finally get responsible positions -- like Madeleine Albright, Condolezza Rice -- it's like they have to out-macho the men instead of saying, 'We come from a peace advocacy tradition.''" (06/22/15)

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Rwandan spy chief Karenzi Karake arrested in London

June 23, 2015
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"Rwanda's intelligence chief Karenzi Karake, who is wanted in Spain for war crimes, has been arrested in London, BBC Newsnight has learned. It is understood the Met Police's extradition unit arrested Gen Karake at Heathrow Airport on Saturday. Scotland Yard confirmed the Rwandan had appeared before Westminster Magistrates' Court after being detained under a European Arrest Warrant. The 54-year-old was remanded in custody until Thursday." (06/22/15)

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-33230130  

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CA: Newark high school gets gunfire detection system

June 23, 2015
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San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco Chronicle    

"A Bay Area high school now has a security system that officials hope never goes off. Students will return to Newark Memorial High School in the fall to find that a gunfire detection system installed last month is fully operational. The software, which officials said is the first of its kind at a U.S. high school, is meant to both quicken school reactions and minimize police response time in case of a shooting. 'I hope that we never have to use it,' said principal Philip Morales. 'But if we do, if it does go off, then we know what we need to do.'" (06/22/15)

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US House Benghazi panel releases 60 emails from Clinton adviser Blumenthal

June 22, 2015
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The Hill The Hill    

"The House Select Committee on Benghazi on Monday released roughly 60 emails that former adviser Sidney Blumenthal sent to Hillary Clinton when she was secretary of State. Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) also rejected a request from the panel Democrats, and Blumenthal's attorney, to release a transcript of the nearly nine-hour long deposition Blumenthal gave the select committee last week." (06/22/15)

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Europe-wide social media censorship force to be set up

June 22, 2015
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NBC News NBC News    

"A Europe-wide police unit is to be set up next month with the aim of shutting down social media accounts used by key Islamic State militants to spread propaganda and recruit foreigners to their cause, Europol said on Monday. The small police team will scour the internet and try to take down accounts of ISIS ringleaders within hours of being detected, in a bid to dent a propaganda machine which is reckoned to send out about 100,000 tweets a day." [editor's note: They're not calling it censorship, of course -- but that's exactly what it is. And if you think they'll only use it against "the terrorists," think again; this is just the trial balloon - TLK (06/22/15)

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Campaigns distance themselves from white supremacist leader’s donations

June 22, 2015
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"The leader of a white supremacist group that appears to have influenced accused Charleston, S.C., church killer Dylann Roof made thousands of dollars of campaign contributions to various Republican campaigns, according to federal records and news reports. There is no evidence that the campaigns, including those of Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Rick Santorum, were aware of the group's background and they were moving quickly yesterday to disassociate themselves from it, with Cruz's campaign the first to announce that it would return money it had received." [editor's note: Bzzzt. I call bullshit on the claim that there's "no evidence that the campaigns ... were aware of the group's background." The CCC has popped up in every election cycle for years. And Rand Paul's father, in particular, spoke at CCC events, appeared on CCC's podcast, and was publicly noticed as having done so - TLK] (06/22/15)

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Pitcairn Island ends marriage apartheid

June 22, 2015
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Telegraph [UK]    

"Pitcairn Island, a tiny speck in the Pacific that's home to just 48 people, has passed a law allowing same-sex marriage -- but has no gay couples wanting to wed. First settled in 1790, Pitcairn is a British Overseas Territory that has some legal autonomy and is often considered the world's smallest country by population. Islanders are descended from the mutineers of the British navy vessel Bounty and their Tahitian companions." (06/22/15)

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NJ: School bans Harvard-bound valedictorian from graduation for “aggression” [sic]

June 21, 2015
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Fox News Fox News    

"A suburban New Jersey high school is holding its graduation Tuesday, but the big day’s pomp and circumstance won’t include a speech by the Harvard-bound valedictorian. Devan Solanki, 18, an honors student at Lodi High School, has been told to stay home on graduation day despite his 4.3032 grade-point average and No. 1 class ranking. He was suspended for five days after allegedly threatening a guidance counselor. The incident also led the school to order the teen to undergo a psychiatric evaluation. 'Not only did they take this away from me, they took it away from my family,' Solanki told NBC 4 New York Saturday." [editor's note: Read this story to the end, then tell me how this student did anything "aggressive" given the circumstances - SAT] (06/21/15)

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Study: Repealing ObamaCare adds $353 billion to federal deficit

June 21, 2015
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Raw Story Raw Story    

"A new Congressional Budget Office (CBO) analysis found that repealing the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare or the ACA, would likely leave 19 million Americans uninsured by 2016 and add some $353 billion to the federal deficit over ten years. This analysis (the first such study since the major provisions of Obamacare came into effect in 2014) complicates Republican efforts to roll back the president's landmark healthcare reforms. The last time the nonpartisan CBO considered the effects of the ACA's repeal, in 2012, it estimated added deficits of $109 billion. Congressional Republicans complained previously about the way the CBO came to these numbers. Earlier this year, Republicans named Keith Hall to run the CBO and called for a different methodology of computing budget impact. Known as dynamic scoring, the computation takes into account macroeconomic effects stemming from policy changes." (06/21/15)

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Pentagon chief to allies: “Ditch the Cold War playbook”

June 21, 2015
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Reuters Reuters    

"U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter will urge NATO allies to 'dispose of the Cold War playbook' during a trip to Europe this week, as the alliance adapts to a new kind of threat from Russia in the east and Islamic State to the south, U.S. officials said. Carter heads first to Berlin, where he is expected to call for a more muscular global security role from Germany, Europe's largest economy. Germany remains hesitant to deploy troops abroad, seven decades after the end of World War Two. ... Relations between Moscow and the West have plunged to a post-Cold War low since Russia annexed Ukraine's Crimea region. NATO says Russian is still actively providing military support for separatists in eastern Ukraine, despite Moscow's denials." [editor's note: Next step would be getting the USA Inc empire to "ditch it" - SAT] (06/21/15)

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UK to adopt Hague Convention to protect war zone artifacts

June 21, 2015
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"A major international agreement designed to protect cultural property during military conflict is to be finally ratified by the UK. The 1954 Hague Convention was set up after World War Two but has never been adopted into law by the government. Culture Secretary John Whittingdale says destruction and looting in Syria and Iraq by Islamic State militants shows it is now essential. The UK is the only major nation not to have endorsed the convention." (06/21/15)

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-33213911  

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DE: Legislature signs bill to decriminalize marijuana

June 21, 2015
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San Francisco Chronicle Smell the Truth    

"Delaware just became the 20th state to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana. Gov. Jack Markell signed House Bill 39 on Thursday night -- shortly after the Senate approved the bill by a 12-9 vote, reports the Huffington Post. The measure effectively removes criminal penalties for adult possession of up to one ounce for personal use. Possession will now be considered a civil offense punishable by a $100 fine. The bill was approved with absolutely no support from Republican Senate or House members." (06/19/15)

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Mozambique: Construction boom bulldozes history

June 21, 2015
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Christian Science Monitor Christian Science Monitor    

"Walter Tembe, a Maputo architect, was leading his weekly building tour this past February when he was startled to find one of the city’s treasures had disappeared. Other than a curved archway, little remained of what had, just a week before, been a rare example of the Tropical Modern style, a style of architecture similar to Art Deco, that was popular in Maputo in the decade before independence in 1975. Designed in the 1960s by Pancho Guedes (in his day one of the lusophone world’s most famous architects) the building was razed to make way for one of the luxury condominiums popping up throughout the city. Mr. Tembe, whose been leading architectural tours for five years, sees the destruction of the house as the latest example of misguided real-estate development trampling his city's history." (06/21/15)

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Pope Francis: “Earth looks like immense pile of filth”

June 19, 2015
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Independent [Ireland]    

"In a stark message to the world's population, Pope Francis rounded on politicians for failing to show leadership, and asked was it realistic for a business sector 'obsessed with maximising profits' to 'reflect on the environmental damage which they will leave behind for future generations.' In the first papal document dedicated to the environment, he called for 'decisive action, here and now' to halt further degradation and global warming." (06/19/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q3utz4g  

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Secret Service thug involved in Ulbricht abduction to plead guilty to Bitcoin theft

June 19, 2015
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San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco Chronicle    

"A Secret Service agent who took part in the investigation of the drug-dealing website Silk Road has agreed to plead guilty to charges that he used his insider’s role to pilfer hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of digital currency. Papers filed Wednesday in federal court in San Francisco, and signed by both prosecution and defense lawyers, said Shaun Bridges would admit to felony charges of money-laundering and obstruction of justice at a hearing tentatively scheduled for Aug. 31." (06/18/15)

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