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Legal, Regulated Heroin Could Have Saved Philip Seymour Hoffman

Addicts need medical support like heroin maintenance, which is illegal in the U.S. thanks to the war 1392722675104.cachedon drugs.
—A great entertainer overdosed on heroin two weeks ago. He was found dead, a needle hanging from his arm. Dozens of empty drug baggies were found strewn around his apartment.
—He was considered a fantastic actor. Influential. Powerful. Insightful. Potent. Everyone, by this time, knows this man’s name. It’s been plastered across the media landscape not just in the United States, but worldwide: Philip Seymour Hoffman.
—In the days since, there’s been all kinds of chatter about the evils of heroin or the need for better drug education. But there hasn’t been much talk about the painful, obvious, cold, hard truth: Heroin should be regulated—and not only because science says so, but because, (and again, let’s be honest) look around.

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Gabriel Garcia Marquez dead: “One Hundred Years of Solitude” author dies at 87

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A person close to the family has confirmed reports that that Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez has died. He was 87.
—Garcia Marquez’s magical realist novels and short stories exposed tens of millions of readers to Latin America’s passion, superstition, violence and inequality. Widely considered the most popular Spanish-language writer since Miguel de Cervantes in the 17th century, Garcia Marquez achieved literary celebrity that spawned comparisons to Mark Twain and Charles Dickens.
—His flamboyant and melancholy works outsold everything published in Spanish except the Bible. The epic 1967 novel “One Hundred Years of Solitude sold more than 50 million copies in more than 25 languages.

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Capital Man

Capital Man – The Chronicle Review – The Chronicle of Higher Education.A FINE ADDITIONAL REVIEW HEREThomas Piketty is economics’ biggest sensation. He’s also the field’s fiercest critic.
By Emily Eakin
photo_49657_portrait_large–The French economist Thomas Piketty arrived in Washington, D.C., on Sunday for a week of talks at some of the nation’s leading policy-research centers but which might as well have been billed as a victory lap up the East Coast. The English translation of Piketty’s new book, Capital in the Twenty-first Century, a formidably rigorous, 700-page history of wealth, out barely five weeks, had just made The New York Times’s best-seller list. But even before it appeared, on the strength of a handful of advance reviews and a surge of Internet buzz, Piketty’s transformation was complete: from respected researcher on income distribution to ranking heavyweight, a scholar who, armed with reams of data and charts—and, unusual for an economist, a gilded tongue—proposed to upend decades of mainstream wisdom on inequality though an unprecedented analysis of the past.
—The Economist declared that Piketty’s book may “revolutionize the way people think about the economic history of the past two centuries” and started an online reading group to discuss it chapter by chapter. The British magazine Prospect added Piketty to its annual list of the most influential world thinkers, and his book was said to be making the rounds in the office of Ed Milliband, the British Labour Party leader. Documentary filmmakers were vying for the chance to turn the book into a movie; a composer was seeking Piketty’s blessing to make it an opera.

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War/NSA

Congress demands more information on NSA spy programs .

FBI agents storm out from Senate hearing to avoid testifying on Insider Threat program .

‘Zero knowledge privacy’: NSA-proof email service goes online .

Two justices say high court will likely rule on NSA programs.

18 April SWJ Roundup | Small Wars Journal.

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January 1937. “Migrant agricultural workers. Family from New Mexico, camped near the packinghouse at Deerfield, Florida. Note the box labeled ‘Yakima Apples’ which has been carried all the way from the apple orchards of Washington.” Photo by Arthur Rothstein for the Resettlement Administration…. via.

…a group of passengers, and conductor on a train car. Travel used to be a big event, and you can see from this picture what a special occasion it was…. via.

Carrie Mae Weems, Untitled, from the Kitchen Table Series, 1990 (63.2001.3)

Carrie Mae Weems tells stories in her photographs, often becoming her own subject. She uses her work to explore cultural, social, and political issues, particularly those dealing with representation of women and African Americans, and comments on race, sex, and gender.

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Lessons of Immortality and Mortality From My Father, Carl Sagan

We lived in a sandy-colored stone house with an engraved winged serpent and solar disc a_3x-horizontalabove the door. It seemed like something straight out of ancient Sumeria, or Indiana Jones — but it was not, in either case, something you’d expect to find in upstate New York. It overlooked a deep gorge, and beyond that the city of Ithaca. At the turn of the last century it had been the headquarters for a secret society at Cornell called the Sphinx Head Tomb, but in the second half of the century some bedrooms and a kitchen were added and, by the 1980s, it had been converted into a private home where I lived with my wonderful mother and father.

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It’s the End of the World as We Know It . . . and He Feels Fine

Late one night last August, on the chalk downlands of southern England, Paul Kingsnorth mag-20Collapsitarians-t_CA0-master675stood in a field beside an old-growth forest, two yurts and a composting toilet. Kingsnorth is 41, tall, slim and energetic, with sweeping brown hair and a sparse beard. He wears rimless glasses and a silver stud in his ear, and he talks with great ardor, often apologizing for having said too much or for having said it too strongly.

On this occasion, Kingsnorth was silent.

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Eliot Elisofon: The Danish Gym team (red & white, natch’!), preparing for the World’s Fair…

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Look Who’s Gawking: Inside Nick Denton’s phony, hypocritical class war against tech workers | PandoDaily

“There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war,gawker_hq_final and we’re winning.” – Warren Buffett

“Hypocrisy is the only modern sin.” – Nick Denton

Last Friday morning, a shuttle bus transporting Google workers from Oakland to Mountain View was surrounded by a mob. A banner was unfurled – “Fuck off Google” — and several of the protesters began hurling rocks at the bus, smashing a side window. Later reports suggested the bus had its tires slashed before police arrived to break up the violence.
—The attack coincided with a similar protest in San Francisco, which remained peaceful, although afterwards Erin Mcelroy of Eviction-Free San Francisco told Pando she was “excited” that her Oakland colleagues were “mobilizing in different ways.”
—And so this is what it’s come to.

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1. Neil Strauss told me you would

Neil Strauss wrote a book called The Game. That book told me I’d have more luck with women if I wore crazy hats at night clubs (see: ‘Peacocking’). It also taught me about false time constraints. If you approach someone and say, “I’ve got to get back to my friends in five minutes but I wanted to ask you…”, then the person you’re approaching will be less likely to feel you are intruding or being invasive. They lower their barriers because their subconscious rationalizes that they will only have to endure you for five minutes if things get awkward — they become mentally prepared for a known finite encounter. So too with lists. You know from the outset that this thing is only going to be 10 points, that’s how long you will have to endure. The end is in sight right up front, as is the reward (in this case, learning 10 reasons why you will read this), and this certainty for its own sake is both alluring and reassuring.

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science

Our brains are hardwired for language .

Chronic inflammation linked to ‘high-grade’ prostate cancer .

Fossil Reveals Missing Link In The Transition From Carnivore To Herbivore .

Classifying Cognitive Style Across Disciplines .

DNA ‘barcodes’ reveal North America’s 10,000 fungi.

Epigenetics Helps Explain Early Humans’ Appearances – D-brief .

75-year-old human cloned for the production of stem cells.

Why we get autism but our Neanderthal cousins didn’t - .

Next Time Someone Tells You That Our World Is Getting Worse, Show Them This. .

Females have penises in sex-reversed cave insects.

Almost-Earth Tantalizes Astronomers With Promise of Worlds to Come .

Fossils suggest modern sharks are better predators than ancestors .


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Tallahassee, Fla. — Early on the morning of Dec. 7, 2012, a freshman at Florida State University reported that she had been raped by a stranger somewhere off campus after a night of drinking at a popular Tallahassee bar called Potbelly’s.

As she gave her account to the police, several bruises began to appear, indicating recent trauma. Tests would later find semen on her underwear.

For nearly a year, the events of that evening remained a well-kept secret until the woman’s allegations burst into the open, roiling the university and threatening a prized asset: Jameis Winston, one of the marquee names of college football.

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Inside the Research Institute Battling PTSD with Virtual Reality

No matter how deep a civilian’s interest is when it comes to PTSD in the military, and how it can be treated or prevented—if you don’t have battle experience, you’ll always be a few steps away when it comes to relating to the men and women who return from battle with mental wounds.
—For many people in Canada, which boasts a small military, meeting an active soldier or a veteran during one’s average day can be rare, especially when media stereotypes tend to depict veterans as scattered or mentally ravaged. Because of that, I was pleased to meet Jody Mitic, a war hero who stepped on a landmine and lost both of his feet in Afghanistan, and who has become an outspoken advocate of soldiers’ mental health.

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Marijuana news updatede Children! – Hit & Run : Reason.com

Wisconsin Legalizes Medical Marijuana—But Only for the Children! -.

Woman killed in Observatory Park home said husband ate pot candy -.

Canada’s new marijuana laws set stage for growth – h.

Michigan’s medical marijuana law no defense in multi-county marijuana case, attorney says.

Urgency on rules for marijuana edibles t.

Student Who Jumped To Death Ate More Than ‘Recommended Serving’ Of Marijuana: Cops.

Pro-medical marijuana forces begin mobilizing in Florida .

Even casually smoking marijuana can change your brain, study says.

GOODSTUFFs CYBER WORLD: GOODSTUFF’S BLOGGING MAGAZINE (135th Issue)

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Exclusive: Uruguay may import marijuana from Canada

Exclusive: Uruguay may import marijuana from Canada | GlobalPost.

While it waits for weed to grow, the South American country could turn to Canadian pot producers to kickstart its newly legalized marijuana industry, top lawmakers — including the first lady — tell GlobalPost.

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay — In about a month, Uruguay’s revolutionary new cannabis law will go into effect. In addition to allowing citizens to grow, buy and sell weed, the government will also set forth on its mission to grow its own fields of marijuana, which will then be harvested, taxed and sold in neighborhood pharmacies.

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A Canadian flag with a marijuana leaf flies alongside Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada during a pot legalization rally. (Donald Weber/Getty Images)

Adorable & Delightful Close-Up Shots Of Meerkats In The African Wilderness

Back in January, UK-based wildlife photographer Will Burrard-Lucas spent six days in the Meerkat on CameraMakgadikgadi Pans region of Botswana photographing meerkats.
—He got more than he bargained for when the curious creatures clambered onto him and his photography equipment, playing with his camera and using his gigantic lens as a look-out post.
—The resulting close-up shots of the adorable meerkats, which included tiny three-week-old babies, are nothing short of delightful.
—Check out a video below of his experience and view more images here.

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Though James Dent could watch Central High School’s homecoming parade from the porch of his faded-white bungalow, it had been years since he’d bothered. But last fall, Dent’s oldest granddaughter, D’Leisha, was vying for homecoming queen, and he knew she’d be poking up through the sunroof of her mother’s car, hand cupped in a beauty-pageant wave, looking for him.

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The Pseudocraters of Iceland

A pseudocrater looks like a true volcanic crater, but is not. These distinctive landforms are created when flowing hot lava crosses over a wet surface, such as a swamp, a lake, or a pond causing an explosion of steam through the lava. The explosive gases break through the lava surface in a manner similar to a phreatic eruption, and flying debris builds up crater-like feature which can appear very similar to real volcanic craters. Pseudocraters are also known as rootless cones, since they are characterized by the absence of any magma conduit which connects below the surface of the earth.

A classic locality for pseudocraters is the Lake Myvatn area of northern Iceland that was formed 2,300 years ago by basaltic lava eruption. The lava flowed down the Laxárdalur Valley to the lowland plain of Aðaldalur where it entered the Arctic Ocean about 50 km away from Mývatn. There was a large lake in the area at the time, a precursor of the present-day Mývatn. When the glowing lava encountered the lake some of the water-logged lake sediment was trapped underneath it. The ensuing steam explosions tore the lava into small pieces which were thrown up into the air, together with some of the lake.

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Big Colorado Marijuana Business Bans Drug Use At Work

Workers for one of Colorado’s biggest marijuana businesses learned Wednesday they can be large_Openfired for smoking pot on the job or using cocaine any time.

The policy, the first of its kind for O.penVAPE, includes random testing for drugs like cocaine and methamphetamines, but not for marijuana, company spokesman Todd Mitchem said. The two-year-old company employs more than 125 people in Colorado and sells its products in Colorado, California and Washington. Products include cartridges filled with cannabis oil and a battery-powered vaporizer that resembles a pen designed for cannabis-oil use.

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Boston Marathon bombings: One year later – Photos – The Big Picture – Boston.com

On a windy and rainy day in Boston, the city marked a year since the attack at the Marathon. Two homemade bombs killed three and injured more than 250 people near the finish line last year. Symbolic events took place today culminating with a flag-raising ceremony and moment of silence. –Lloyd Young (20 photos total)

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Dabs—marijuana’s explosive secret

Two months into Colorado’s great marijuana experiment, a single trend may be poised to tarnish the “natural and healthy” image of legal weed: hash oil concentrate. Washington, the next state to roll out legal recreational marijuana, has banned it. Colorado is trying to regulate it.

Hash oil concentrate, a powerful distillation of marijuana’s essential active ingredients, is mixed into many new and popular cannabis products: edibles, drinks and liquids that can be “smoked” in vaporizer pens like e-cigarettes. The problem-child of concentrates may turn out to be the actual concentrate itself—a hardened or viscous mass of cannabinoids created via a process of butane-gas extraction.

Making it can be explosive. In fact, all over the country, people have been exploding kitchens and basements trying to make their own butane hash oil.

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Growing-ups

Living with your parents, single and with no clear career. Is this a failure to grow up or emerging-adultsa whole new stage of life’?

I will readily admit, it took me a long time to grow up. I graduated from Michigan State University in 1980 at the age of 23 with a freshly printed bachelor’s degree in psychology and no idea what I really wanted to do. I’d learned to play guitar in college and, intent on avoiding the drudgery of a crummy low-paying job, I now worked up a repertoire of songs large enough to enable me to make money by playing in bars and restaurants. I made enough to live on, but only because I had moved back home with my parents and didn’t have to pay for rent or groceries.

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New York — In the doorway of his cafe, located in the heart of Little Italy on New York’s Lower East Side, Angelo Greco lies dead, target of a lone gunman who fired four accurate shots. The slaying took place as the street was crowded with hundreds returning to their homes after the day’s work. Not one of the people peering out of the windows – in common Lower East Side fashion – nor those on the street knew anything about the shooting. Police said Greco had a record of ten arrests and two convictions. One was for possession, one for illegal sale of alcohol. (1939)

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Medical Marijuana Survival Stories

Charlotte Figi

Six-year-old Charlotte is the miniature miracle who weed_1suffered from an untreatable form of epilepsy and used medical marijuana to cure herself. By the time she was two years old her parents had literally tried all medications to cure her – some which nearly ended in her demise. Enduring some 50 seizures a night, her parents managed to get her a medical marijuana card in Colorado.

After her first dose of high CBD oil her seizures immediately stopped, her parents claim. She emerged out of her catatonic state and her parents got to meet her for the first time. Charlotte has since featured on a CNN documentary, documenting her miraculous story.

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Cannabis And Crystals

The cannabis community spans a wide variety of different people, from classy business jewelry_summer1-1024x808people who like toking after a long day’s work to the humble stoner that works three jobs just to pay rent to the chemotherapy patient who just wants to eat a normal meal. It’s absolutely astounding how many people are smoking weed these days! But there has been quite a fuss recently in the social media area of the community about crystals and stones. These rocks are believed to enhance life for the person who holds them and are also used for healing, promoting good fortune, and protection. A lot of stoners are beginning to trust in the power of the crystals, believing that the stones positively interact with the spiritual aspect of cannabis, forming a very uplifting experience and energy.

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Street Art

“La via per immagini,” 1985

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New Zealand Students Can Buy Beers With Rats

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For centuries New Zealand flightless birds and slow-moving reptiles lived without fear of native predators. This golden era ended when the British showed up on rat-infested ships. Since then, rats have become the key player in the destruction of native forestry and the extinction of nine native species of birds. Clearly the rats need to go, but how do you motivate New Zealanders into becoming active rat hunters?

Beer Trap is a program that lets time-rich and beer-poor university students to swap dead rats for free brews. Genius, right? We spoke to Jonathan Musther, one of the masterminds of the campaign, about the intricacies of fixing the environment with young Kiwis and alcohol.

VICE: So first of all, how do I get a free beer?

Gareth Morgan: It’s pretty simple, you bring a dead rat to Victoria University of Wellington’s Science Society, we supply the traps, and we exchange it for a voucher which you can use to claim a drink at The Hunter Lounge (the uni bar).

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