September 2014 Archives

Here's a must see program that hopefully will shed some light and compassion on a much maligned community and reduce the still so prevalent phobias and curse of "otherness" from the major culture.

Jeffrey Tambor speaks to Alex Wagner about his groundbreaking new show "Transparent", about a divorced father who, in her seventies, comes out as transgender.

Am I Dying Doctor?

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Humans Make Planet Unsustainable

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World Has Lost Half Its Wildlife in the Past 40 Years

The world populations of fish, birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles fell by 52 percent between 1970 and 2010, far faster than previously thought, the World Wildlife Fund said on Tuesday. The conservation group's Living Planet Report, published every two years, said humans' demands were now 50 percent more than nature can bear, with trees being felled, groundwater pumped and carbon dioxide emitted faster than Earth can recover. "This damage is not inevitable but a consequence of the way we choose to live," Ken Norris, Director of Science at the Zoological Society of London, said in a statement.

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The report found that the biggest declines in vertebrate wildlife populations were in tropical regions, especially Latin America. The WWF's so-called "Living Planet Index" is based on trends in 10,380 populations of 3,038 mammal, bird, reptile, amphibian and fish species. The average 52 percent decline was much bigger than previously reported, partly because earlier studies had relied more on readily available information from North America and Europe, WWF said. The same report two years ago put the decline at 28 percent between 1970 and 2008.

MInd blowing stuff

Secret recordings raise questions over whether the Federal Reserve has gotten any tougher on the big banks it is supposed to regulate. Matt Taibbi and Alexis Goldstein weigh in.

Roots of White Racial Paranoia

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Why conservatives obsess over flash mobs and "race riots"

How and why the right suddenly became very, very frightened of black people

Alex Pareene
for Salon

white_girl_bleed.jpgWe get a lot of unsolicited batshit racist email here at Salon HQ, as pretty much all media outlets do, but this one -- which went to just about everyone on staff in one form or another -- was a good example of not really crafting a message that will convince or appeal to your chosen audience:

Hi Alex,

Thomas Sowell says he did not know how bad racial violence really was until he read "White Girl Bleed a Lot: The Return of Racial Violence to America and How the Media Ignore It."

From today's National Review:

“Reading Colin Flaherty's book made painfully clear to me that the magnitude of this problem is greater than I had discovered from my own research. He documents both the race riots and the media and political evasions in dozens of cities across America.”

A good recent example of this is from a few weeks ago: The Fourth of July.

Flaherty documents 11 episodes of racial violence from the Fourth of July in Greensboro, Philadelphia, Chicago, Waco, Florida, Georgia, Peoria, Los Angeles, Cleveland and Columbus.

All in one day. There'a a lot more.

Sound like a story?

(That was an email from "Dan Auld." An identical email from "Margie Warren" was sent to our Laura Miller. Let's assume both are Colin Flaherty.)

Anyway, sure, it sounds like a story, but not quite the story "Dan" pitched. (Eleven incidents in one day! On one day when nearly everyone in America didn't have to work or attend school! Eleven separate incidents in a country of 300 million people!) It's actually the story of how and why the right suddenly became very, very frightened of black people.

So, this Flaherty guy is pretty sure that there's a black crime wave going on, and also that there is a conspiracy -- by the media and the police -- to cover up this crime wave by not always pointing out when the perpetrators of crimes are black. His evidence? YouTube clips and newspaper comment sections, mostly. The book seems to be a collection of literally every single crime Flaherty could find, over the last few years, involving black perpetrators and white victims (though some involve incidents where the victims were black, and in many incidents the "victim" was property owned by white people), plus a lot of material on roving, rampaging gangs of black teenagers. Exciting stuff! Look, Thomas Sowell loved it, because it shows how dangerously close we are to an actual racial civil war:

In the middle of the 20th century, Sri Lanka had a level of mutual respect and even friendship between its majority and minority communities that was rightly held up to the world as a model. Yet this situation degenerated over the years into polarization and violence that escalated into a civil war that lasted for decades, with unspeakable atrocities on both sides.

All it took were clever demagogues and gullible followers. We already have both. What it will take to nip in the bud the small but widely spreading race riots will be some serious leadership in many quarters and that rarest of all things in politics, honesty.

Race hustlers and mob inciters like Al Sharpton represent such polarizing forces in America today. Yet Sharpton has become a White House adviser, and Attorney General Eric Holder has been photographed literally embracing him.

I've never been entirely clear on the definition of the right-wing epithet "race hustler" (it usually seems to mean "a black person who talks about racism"), but I'd figure a person writing a silly book designed solely to scare white people would qualify.

So here's the thing: If you look for every example of crimes committed by black people in every American city over the last three to five years, you'll find enough examples to make it sound like a lot of crime, because America is a violent country with a lot of crime, a lot of poverty and a lot of impoverished minority neighborhoods located conveniently close to much wealthier white neighborhoods (and business districts where everything is also owned by white people).

But this epidemic of racial crime isn't an epidemic. It's barely a blip. According to the FBI, there were 575 crimes motivated by anti-white bias in 2010, nationwide. There were 545 anti-white crimes in 2009 and 716 in 2008. There were more than 2,000 crimes motivated by anti-black bias in each one of those years. Of course, the book insinuates that all black-on-white crime is racially motivated, but even by that standard things are looking pretty rosy in America right now.

The violent crime rate has been plummeting since its peak in the early 1990s, which now looks like the crest of one of America's periodic (and slightly mysterious) waves of violent crime. (In the long term, the homicide rate has been steadily falling for hundreds of years. We are genuinely much more civilized now than we used to be.) Back when this country actually had race riots, and not just large gangs of kids briefly fighting and scaring white people on summer nights, there were ... actual race riots, motivated by racial tensions. It's absurd to imagine a secret pandemic of black-on-white violence motivated by anti-white racism that the media and all of our law enforcement agencies conspire to keep secret for reasons of political correctness. There would have to be hundreds upon hundreds of thousands of crimes that no one is reporting in order for the current violent crime rate to come close to matching what it was a generation ago. There can't be an epidemic of black crime that coincides with the least amount of total crime in America since the 1960s.

The point, of course, isn't to make an argument supported by statistics. It's to marshal all available anecdotal data to support the paranoid white conservatives' gut feeling that this country is on the brink of Charlie Manson's Helter Skelter.

Holder Resigns

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Eric Holder Resigns as Attorney General

How consequential was Eric Holder's tenure as AG? :

This scam has been around for years. Here's a sample of the email I got made me laugh at it's evil transparency...

Sent: Tuesday, March 23, 2010 11:16 PM To: <[redacted]> Cc: Subject: Your password has been changed

Dear [redacted],

This is an important message from

As a precaution, we've reset your password because you may have been subject to a "phishing" scam.

Here's how the phishing works:

A scam artist sends an e-mail, which is designed to look like it came from a reputable company such as a bank, financial institution, or retailer like, but is in fact a forgery. These e-mails direct you to a website that looks remarkably similar to the reputable company's website, where you are asked to provide account information such as your e-mail address and password. Since that web site is actually controlled by the phisher, they get the information you entered.

Go to to read more about ways to protect yourself from phishing.

To regain access to your Amazon customer account:

1. Go to and click the "Your Account" link at the top of our website.

2. Click the link that says "Forgot your password?"

3. Follow the instructions to set a new password for your account.

Please choose a new password and do not use the same password you used with us previously.

Thank you for your interest in


Killing With Permission

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17 Year Old Boy Makes A Song About Police Brutality. One Week Later He Goes Missing And Found Dead On Side Walk

A 17 Year old boy Made a Song Called C.O.P (Criminals With Permission)

His other youtube videos:

...comes this reason to hesitate.

Making No Cents

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It now costs 1.6 cents to make a penny. How absurd is that?

How We Can Ditch The American Penny

Adam Chandler,The Wire

pennies.jpgLast week, for the umpteenth time, Americans were called to the altar of reason after a study revealed that it now costs the U.S. Mint 1.6 cents to produce a penny. This was actually good news -- last year the penny cost 1.8 cents to produce because of the high price of zinc -- but it was yet another call to arms for those hoping to rid the United States of its tiny copper burden.

Would an annual reminder about the waste of tens of millions of dollars invigorate the nation to become pennywise? For reasons that seem to dwell in the same emotional vein as the protests against the downgrading of Pluto just eight short years ago -- all previous attempts to abolish the penny, including measures in Congress, have failed. It's more than just nostalgia at play, but a very real old school defiance.

For an example of how America can rid itself of its copper-colored friend, The Wire reached out to Dr. John W. Galbraith, who chairs the Economics Department at McGill University in Montreal. Galbraith's home country stopped producing pennies altogether in 2012.

First, we asked if it's fair to compare the value of the Canadian penny and the American penny. The answer is yes: "In both Canada and the United States, ten cents is now worth what the penny was worth in 1950."

The economist's subtext here is that inflation has made the need for pennies in both countries completely obsolete. Galbraith added that "anything less than the dime" isn't worth keeping around either. As he expressed his wishes to see the Canadian nickel also meet its doom, we immediately pictured partisans from the pro-Jefferson and pro-buffalo camps amassing in a basement somewhere outside of Charlottesville, plotting and sharpening their bayonets with nickels.

He told us that knocking both the penny and the nickel out at the same time would be better, not only because it will eventually be necessary to do both, but also because America would get to one-up Canada along the way.

ISIS Is NOT at the Mexican Border

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Idiot conservatives are fear mongering with an outrageous lie about ISIS agents preparing to launch car bombing from Mexico. People should be jailed for such spreading such crap.

U.S. Pushes Back Against Warnings That ISIS Plans to Enter From Mexico

By Michael S Schmidt

Militants for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria have traveled to Mexico and are just miles from the United States. They plan to cross over the porous border and will "imminently" launch car bomb attacks. And the threat is so real that federal law enforcement officers have been placed at a heightened state of alert, and an American military base near the border has increased its security.

As the Obama administration and the American public have focused their attention on ISIS in recent weeks, conservative groups and leading Republicans have issued stark warnings like those that ISIS and other extremists from Syria are planning to enter the country illegally from Mexico. But the Homeland Security Department, the F.B.I. and lawmakers who represent areas near the border say there is no truth to the warnings.

"There is no credible intelligence to suggest that there is an active plot by ISIL to attempt to cross the southern border,"
Homeland Security officials said in a written statement, using an alternative acronym for the group.

Adrian Peterson on Exempt List

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Finally,,,It's called doing the right thing.

Vikings Reverse Course on Peterson

by Curtis Crabtree

The Minnesota Vikings have reversed course on Adrian Peterson's reinstatement to the team and have placed him on the exempt/commissioner's permission list, which will require Peterson to remain away from all team activities until the resolution of his legal proceedings.

The Vikings released a statement early Wednesday morning that announced their decision regarding Peterson. The pressure was building on the organization after their decision to reinstate Peterson on Monday. Sponsors were beginning to speak up and politicians called for Peterson to remain suspended.

Owners Mark and Zygi Wilf finally elected to alter their decision and found a mechanism to keep Peterson away from the team indefinitely while his legal matters are addressed. The lengthy statement from the team is as follows:

"This has been an ongoing and deliberate process since last Friday's news. In conversations with the NFL over the last two days, the Vikings advised the League of the team's decision to revisit the situation regarding Adrian Peterson. In response, the League informed the team of the option to place Adrian on the Exempt/Commissioner's Permission list, which will require that Adrian remain away from all team activities while allowing him to take care of his personal situation until the legal proceedings are resolved. After giving the situation additional thought, we have decided this is the appropriate course of action for the organization and for Adrian.

"We are always focused on trying to make the right decision as an organization. We embrace our role -- and the responsibilities that go with it -- as a leader in the community, as a business partner and as an organization that can build bridges with our fans and positively impact this great region. We appreciate and value the input we have received from our fans, our partners and the community.

"While we were trying to make a balanced decision yesterday, after further reflection we have concluded that this resolution is best for the Vikings and for Adrian. We want to be clear: we have a strong stance regarding the protection and welfare of children, and we want to be sure we get this right. At the same time we want to express our support for Adrian and acknowledge his seven-plus years of outstanding commitment to this organization and this community. Adrian emphasized his desire to avoid further distraction to his teammates and coaches while focusing on his current situation; this resolution accomplishes these objectives as well.

"We will support Adrian during this legal and personal process, but we firmly believe and realize this is the right decision. We hope that all of our fans can respect the process that we have gone through to reach this final decision


The Vikings did make an admirable move in getting ahead of the story when they deactivated Peterson for last week's game against the New England Patriots. However, they made a misstep in bringing him back to the team so quickly while this matter hangs over Peterson.

They have now realized their error and corrected it. With Peterson's first court hearing not scheduled until October 8, it certainly doesn't appear he'll be playing for the Vikings again any time in the near future.

Why Am I a Socialist?

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Not that we choose the socialist option every time but we do consider socialism a reasonable option under certain circumstances; in fact, under many circumstances. As any introductory economics course can tell you, there is no capitalist economy anywhere in the world, and there is no socialist economy anywhere in the world, not even Cuba. We are all mixed economies; that is, mixes of capitalism and socialism, and we all vary that mix in different ways.

China has more capitalism, and a lot more capitalism, than has Cuba, but it also has a lot more socialism than we [the United States] do. Our socialist programs include the biggest government spending programs: Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, as well as welfare, and the socialist program I hate the most, agriculture subsidies.

Yes, I'm a socialist, but I hate bad socialism, and there is plenty of bad socialism out there, just like there is plenty of bad capitalism out there, like the capitalism that pollutes our rivers or makes health care too expensive for so many people.

I can argue this because every side of this is true: capitalism is good, capitalism is bad; socialism is good, socialism is bad; all of those things are true at the same time. That's why we have a mixed economy, an economy in which we are trying to use the best, most efficient forms of capitalism, and the best, most efficient forms of socialism, where necessary.

So my full truth is I am as much a capitalist as I am a socialist; but since we live in the only mature country in the world where "socialist" is considered such a dirty word that no one would dare admit to being one,

I feel more compelled to stand up for the socialist side of me than the capitalist side of me.

Lawrence O'Donnell

Personally, I find the whole episode of beating a 4 yr old with a stick to the point of scarring and leaving cuts and bruising a week after the fact appalling...but ...

Chris Hayes examines why people are using the Adrian Peterson case as an opportunity to debate the idea of child discipline.

Adrian Peterson the Abuser

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We have a "lovely" culture which celebrates violence as a means of solving all sorts of problems and Peterson's abuse of his kid is a piece of it all.

We have all heard the phrase "Spare the rod and spoil the child" as a justification for spanking your kids.

However, a religion major told me a while back that the "rod" being referred to was actually a shepherd's crook, which is used to gently nudge and guide the sheep, rather then striking them. So the point of the phrase it that you need to provide guidance to your kids, rather then spanking them.

Peterson is a physical narcissist whose job is inherently physically violent and grew up with violent punishment as a behavioral corrective in a culture that celebrates violence and has created a multi-billion dollar entertainment industry around the idea that he would expose his son to the same is not a surprise. I've witnessed male parents beat their kids for no other reason than to toughen them up.

The man: peterson_build.jpg

The evidence of abuse on a 4 yr old:

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Time to Change the Rules of the Game

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Reconceiving Change in the Age of Parasitic Capitalism

By C.J. Polychroniou

We live in critical times. That much is admitted by almost everyone - economic analysts, political commentators and investors alike. But we also live in dangerous times, and this is something that far fewer members of the chattering classes are willing to admit. Aside from the increasing number of potentially explosive hotspots across the world (Ukraine, Syria, Libya, Gaza, Iraq, Nigeria, the China Sea), the Western neoliberal order of the past 35 years is pushing advanced liberal societies to a breaking point, with the global financial crisis of 2008 representing so far the deadliest twist in the evolution of an otherwise highly irrational and ultimately predatory socioeconomic order in which the main objective is to make the rich even richer at the expense of the rest of the members of society.

wall st bldg.jpgIf governments continue to be proxies of finance capital and aspiring political leaders, cheerleaders for their financial backers, another catastrophic economic scenario is not really as farfetched as some might like to think. Many governments, industries and households are under debt bondage, with the result that societies are being drained of valuable resources to support and sustain the financialization of the economy.

On the basis of what criteria was the international investment community lending such huge sums of money to a national economy that was highly uncompetitive, maintained huge debt-to-GDP ratios, faced deep-seated structural economic problems and was notorious for its corrupt political culture?

Sure, there was a mood prevailing not long ago - especially in the United States - that everyone could strike it rich simply by borrowing or making highly speculative investments, but this in itself becomes a serious problem when financial scams and economic policy making join hands to dictate the rules of the game and the structure and operation of any given economic environment. In the 17th century, people used their life savings to purchase tulip bulbs in the belief that they would become rich overnight; more recently, individuals, households, industries, localities and even governments, took part in various mysterious financial schemes and instruments with the aim of a better future, but instead wound up bankrupt simply because the financial system had been structured to operate in this manner.

Wealth creation through heavy borrowing (by consumers and homeowners urged to take on more debt in order to maintain their living standards in an age of stagnant wages) and excessive debt leverage (which ended up destroying even great companies) was the way to go - even though the officials involved knew the game was rigged. But in a way, the financial institutions themselves were vulnerable to the very system they had created. Greece, for example, was able to borrow over $500 billion prior to being shut out of international markets in early 2010, and private lenders ended up with a substantial haircut on the Greek sovereign debt they held. German, French, Swiss and American banks would have lost billions, and some of them would have definitely collapsed,

if Greece hadn't been bailed out in 2010, and then again in 2012, by the European Union (EU) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) - the twin monsters of global neoliberalism. By putting the country and its people under a state of peonage, the EU and IMF ensured that the banks would get back the money they had so imprudently lent to Greece in the years leading to the explosion of the Greek debt crisis.

So the question needs to be asked: On the basis of what criteria was the international investment community lending such huge sums of money to a national economy that was highly uncompetitive, maintained huge debt-to-GDP ratios, faced deep-seated structural economic problems and was notorious for its corrupt political culture?

Perhaps on the idea that, in the age of the financialization of the economy, governments would be compelled to bail out major financial institutions and banks at taxpayers' expense if trouble arose? This is certainly what happened in the United States in 2008 and in many other peripheral nations of the eurozone (Ireland, Portugal, Spain) following the collapse of Greece. The public sector stepped in and bailed out collapsing banks and financial institutions while passing on the cost of the bailout programs to average citizens. In turn, austerity policies went into effect in order to reduce the deficits and the debt ratios caused by the bailouts of the private financial sector, causing a major economic slowdown and inflicting huge pain on great segments of the population, especially on the less disadvantaged ones such as the working poor and the lower-middle classes.

Under financial stress, many governments are forced to implement decisions that lack democratic legitimacy and work against the interests of the working populations, setting the stage for the emergence of highly dangerous political currents.

Diabetics and Inflamation

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Why Inflammation Matters for Diabetics

Mandy Oaklander

Anti-inflammatory medications might someday be used to lower the risk of certain kinds of disease among diabetics, found a new study presented at the American Heart Association's High Blood Pressure Research Scientific Sessions 2014.

In the laboratory, the researchers studied cultured cells from a human aorta, the blood vessel that comes out of the heart and goes to the rest of the body. They put the cells in a high-glucose environment--similar to a what happens inside a diabetic body--and found that without inflammation present, sugar didn't enter the cells. And even when glucose was forced into the cells, the cells weren't damaged.

But inflammation changes everything. When researchers added an inflammatory protein called interleukin-1--a common marker for inflammation in the body, whether you are diabetic or not--the cell did metabolize the glucose, which kicked off a cycle of inflammation. Those effects were blocked once the researchers gave the cells a certain type of anti-inflammatory drug.

"What [the study authors] said was, you need the inflammation in order for the glucose to do the damage to the cells," explained Mary Ann Bauman, MD, a primary care internist at INTEGRIS Health in Oklahoma City and a spokesperson for the American Heart Association. (Dr. Bauman was not an author on the study.) "That could be one of the reasons why in a diabetic, if we can get them to exercise and lose weight, they will have less damage to their blood vessels."

In diabetes care, doctors and patients often focus on reducing blood sugar levels, and though this preliminary research occurred only in cells, it shows how inflammation might play a role, Dr. Bauman said.

That means that controlling blood sugar isn't always enough to avoid the cardiovascular disease that sometimes stems from diabetes, and anti-inflammatory drugs may one day be able to help, said study author Carlos Sánchez-Ferrer, professor of pharmacology at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid in Spain, in a press release. Lifestyle changes can help, too. "We need to reduce the inflammatory environment associated with diabetes," Sánchez-Ferrer said. "Changes in lifestyle, such as physical exercise and weight reduction, are important not only because they reduce blood sugar but because they reduce inflammation."

North Carolina Country Store 1939

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Hat tip to sweet pal Yvonne P for cluing me into a series of colorized photos - others of which can be found here.

I especially liked this one because of the immediate information about the complex nature of race relations in the south 75 years ago. It's interesting that these Black men portrayed were likely late teens to early 20's and if they are alive still, that would make them in their 90's.

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How to Dig Our Way Out of the War on Drugs

The global war on drugs is the reason the US holds a quarter of the world's prisoners but accounts for just five percent of the population. It is the reason millions of innocent people in Latin America have been killed and displaced by violent, powerful cartels. It is the reason marijuana remains illegal and demonized while science and reason tell us it's safer than alcohol and has powerful medical value.

There are many disturbing characteristics of the war on drugs, but the worst is probably the fact that more than 40 years of dumping extreme amounts of money and law enforcement into criminalizing drugs has been ineffective. The use and distribution of illegal drugs remains steady, or climbing, worldwide. The war on drugs has failed

For this reason, past and present leaders from 20 nations gathered in New York City on September 9 to release a new report calling for changes in global drug policy. The leaders make up the Global Commission on Drug Policy. Among the long list of members are former US Secretary of State George P. Shultz, former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and the former presidents or prime ministers of Brazil, Switzerland, Colombia, Chile, Portugal, Poland, Greece and Mexico. Their report Taking Control: Pathways to Drug Policies that Workcalls for the decriminalization of all drug use and possession, and the legalized regulation of now-illegal drug markets. It calls for putting public health and human rights ahead of crackdowns and law enforcement. 

Former Brazilian president Fernando Henrique Cardoso spoke first at the conference, highlighting the "enormous" waste of money and resources that have gone into the failed global drug war. He estimated the monetary costs to be around $100 billion each year, while rates of drug use and dealing remain steady.

"In Colombia, for instance, the amount of cocaine especially is almost the same over time," he said. "For each... drug lord who is killed, there are several others to replace, because the market is so favorable."

Since it first met in 2011 the commission's work has created a global context for a debate in which even some current  presidents are beginning to speak out against prohibition. Uruguayan president José "Pepe" Mujica was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in February for his decision to legalize marijuana nationally in order to combat cartels.

The commission's initial  report in 2011 took the drug policy debate global, calling into question the effectiveness of drug prohibition.

"We could not imagine ... the consequence, not of what we did, but of the transformations that have since occurred around the globe," Cardoso said.

The new report was compiled in anticipation of a 2016 United Nations meeting that will reassess both global drug control policies and policies within individual nations (the General Assembly Special Session on Drugs, or UNGASS).

The report's authors point out that the upcoming UNGASS meeting is an "unprecedented opportunity to review and re-direct national drug control policies and the future of the global drug control regime." They urge UN diplomats to consider human health first and foremost for the future of drug policy:

"... the UN global drug control regime has the 'health and welfare of mankind' as its ultimate goal. But overwhelming evidence points to not just the failure of the regime to attain its stated goals but also the horrific unintended consequences of punitive and prohibitionist laws and policies."

The beginning of the report details the failure of the drug war, which continues to waste hundreds of billions of dollars annually, criminalizes drug users and fails to address the root causes of drug abuse.

Don't Burgle at the End of Your Meth Run

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Why Does the Universe Exist?

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That old thing?

Philosopher and writer Jim Holt
follows this question toward three possible answers. Or four. Or none.

By Kathryn Schulz

moonearth.jpgLet's take stock of the universe, shall we? From my immediate perspective, there is -- well, me, of course. Also: laptop, ear buds, Arcade Fire, coffee. As it happens, I'm on an airplane, so: wing, lift, engine, window, clouds. Below that ... where to start? Tides, deserts, Damascus, Dubrovnik, spruce trees, refugee camps, tapestries of unicorns, ice cream, the Internet, home. Beyond that: sun, moon, planets, exoplanets, the starry @ sign of the Milky Way. And then, for most of us, things do get milky, murky--what's out there, exactly? Black holes, red dwarfs, cosmic background radiation, the rest of the universe, other universes, who knows? And I've left out nearly everything: most of creation (human and otherwise), all of time (past and future), all abstract concepts (pi, e, Beauty), and that strange unthinglike thing that is both component and agent of this cosmic inventory: human consciousness.

Mind, matter, abstract ideas: Where does all this stuff come from? Why is the universe characterized by such abundance and complexity? Why does it exist at all? How did it come into being? Could there have been something else instead? Could there have been nothing else--that is, nothingness--instead? Is the human mind capable of resolving these matters? Can anyone do justice to all this in a 279-page book?

Chuck Todd Interviews Obama

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It blows me away that I am just discovering this magnificent woman...

If you like Gospel, Blues, Soul Rock & Roll or any other form of classic American music, you have got to watch this. A huge influence on many who came after her, yet largely forgotten, Sister Rosetta Tharpe is mind-blowingly great!

The Story Of Sister Rosetta Tharpe (Part 01)

The Story Of Sister Rosetta Tharpe 02

The Story Of Sister Rosetta Tharpe 03

The Story Of Sister Rosetta Tharpe 04

California Drought: How Dry Is It?

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What losing 63 million gallons of water looks like


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