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Riot police use water cannons on Turkish protesters

Protesters who took to the streets of Istanbul and Ankara on Saturday to mark the one-year anniversary of this country’s Gezi Park uprisings were met with riot police, tear gas, and water cannons. According to numerous media reports, 25,000 policemen and 50 water ...

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What’s Your Story, Company Glory?

Telling your company story to your employees is already an old tale, a cliché that would definitely make them sleepy and bored. I heard this from a friend, and although I believed the half of it, I know that company ...

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Chatroulette Update, new chat roulette imminent?

New users are eagerly awaiting the new version of chat roulette, so what’s next for the overnight phenomenon?

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Rare Bill Hicks Material Discovered

by Mick Meaney Previously unreleased material by the late comedian, Bill Hicks, is about to be released. Get your copy here. The recordings containing never-before-seen performances from the early 80’s, include audio from a performance in San Ramon, California, and ...

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Ancient DNA set to rewrite human history

The worlds of ancient and modern DNA exploration have collided in spectacular fashion in the past few months. Last week saw the publication of a long-awaited draft genome of the Neanderthal, an archaic hominin from about 40,000 years ago. Just ...

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Probation Officers Attitude Conficts With Government Policy

By John Deering This paper reveals that the attitude of recently recruited probation officers conflicts with the Government’s view of probation as ‘punishment in the community,’ with a focus on protecting the public. The author interviewed over 100 trainees entering ...

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Victims of the Drug War Are Forced to Resort to Bizarre Legal Defenses

By Kevin Carey | On November 16, 2005, Willie “Bo” Mitchell and three co-defendants — Shelton “Little Rock” Harris, Shelly “Wayne” Martin, and Shawn Earl Gardner — appeared for a hearing in the modern federal courthouse in downtown Baltimore, Maryland. The ...

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America’s never-ending prohibition

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – America’s alcohol prohibition lasted 13 years, filled the country’s prisons, inspired contempt for the law among millions, bred corruption and produced Al Capone. What it did not do was keep Americans from drinking.   America’s marijuana prohibition ...

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The World Health Organization Documents Failure of U.S. Drug Policies

By Bruce Mirken | The United States has some of the world’s most punitive drug policies and has led the cheering section for tough “war on drugs” policies worldwide, but a new international study suggests that those policies have been a ...

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The Big Outcome of the ’60s: The Triumph of Capitalism

By Slavoj Zizek | In 1968 Paris, one of the best-known graffiti messages on the city’s walls was “Structures do not walk on the streets!” In other words, the massive student and workers demonstrations of ’68 could not be explained in ...

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Now experts say cannabis should be legal

By David Maddox | CANNABIS should be legalised and taxed, an influential Scottish think tank recommended yesterday, just weeks after the Government hardened its attitude towards the drug, reclassifying it as a class B substance. The Scottish Futures Forum yesterday ...

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Indicators Point to a Softening of America’s Marijuana Laws

By Alexander Zaitchik | With key medical marijuana ballot initiatives likely to pass, and a more pot-friendly majority in Congress, there is room for optimism. You have to hand it to the Republican National Committee: Those guys really know how ...

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Noam Chomsky on Marijuana

By John Veit – HIGH TIMES MAGAZINE | A hundred years from now, Avram Noam Chomsky is going to figure in the history books as the prime voice of conscience, dissent and reason in the wars and social catastrophes of the ...

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The War on Drugs – ’30 Years of Failure’

Radley Balko | HBO’s critically acclaimed drama The Wire wrapped up its final season in March. The show has been widely praised for its raw and cynical realism, its huge cast of multidimensional characters interweaving across complex story arcs, and ...

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Is Amsterdam turning into a prudish backwater?

By Frank Scimone | The owners of cafés in the centre of Amsterdam are again up in arms against what they say is the umpteenth attempt to turn the city into a prudish provincial backwater. A majority of the Amsterdam ...

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How Pot Became Demonized

The following is an excerpt from “Dying to Get High” by Wendy Chapkis and Richard J. Webb (NYU Press, 2008). (c) 2008 NYU Press. Reproduced by permission of the publisher. For many modern critics, the concept of “medical marijuana” is ...

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Britain throws away £10bn of food every year

By Martin Hickman | Global food shortages, soaring prices and alarm over the environment. But every day, Britain throws away 220,000 loaves of bread, 1.6m bananas, 550,000 chickens, 5.1m potatoes, 660,000 eggs, 1.2m sausages and 1.3m yoghurts. A new study ...

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Gov set to defy its own experts and upgrade cannabis

By Alan Travis | The home secretary, Jacqui Smith, will today stress the dangers of more potent strains of cannabis as she is expected to defy medical opinion by announcing that the drug will be upgraded from class C to ...

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Banksy throws London stencil party

By Raphael G. Satter | Graffiti impresario Banksy and airbrush-wielding guerrilla artists blanketed the walls of an abandoned London tunnel with offbeat murals as part of a three-day stencil-art street party this weekend.Banksy marshaled more than three dozen international artists for ...

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Police reject tougher action on cannabis

By Alan Travis – The Guardian | Police will not adopt a tougher approach to cases of simple possession of cannabis when ministers upgrade the legal status of the drug to class B, the Guardian can disclose. The Association of Chief Police ...

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Top brands in OFT price-fixing probe

By James Hall and Richard Fletcher | About 100 leading household brands, including PG Tips, Coca-Cola and Aquafresh, are at the centre of an investigation into allegations of price-fixing, The Daily Telegraph can disclose. They are included on a hit list ...

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The Reality of the War on Drugs

Drug War Chronicle | With the Democratic Party presidential contenders offering little more than tepid reforms on the margin of drug policy and the Republican nominee largely promising more of the same old drug war (look for an article next ...

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Decriminalising Pot Would Save $10 Billion a Year

By Justin Hartfield Jeffery A. Miron finds that by decriminalizing cannabis, the federal government would generate $2.4 billion in federal tax revenue annually, and that an additional $7.7 billion would be saved as the cost of incarceration, policing, and processing ...

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How Psychiatry Is Medicating a Nation

By Onnesha Roychoudhuri Author Charles Barber discusses Americans’ unrealistic notions about happiness. We’ve medicalized a lot of life issues that aren’t mental illnesses. While we’ve now become accustomed to the barrage of prescription drug commercials on prime-time TV, it’s jarring ...

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Defiant Brown set to tighten law on cannabis

Downing Street today signalled that Gordon Brown remains determined to tighten the law on cannabis, despite reports that the official advisory body is set to recommend against re-classification. The Prime Minister’s spokesman sought to play down a BBC report that ...

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How to Improve the Economy – Legalise Cannabis

As I am wont to babel about the economy: here it goes again. President’s Bush’s economic stimulus package, which pledges to give the average tax payer a $600 rebate check sometime later this year, isn’t going to offset the negative ...

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Salvia divinorum targeted as next marijuana

Salvia divinorum is being targeted by U.S. lawmakers concerned that the inexpensive and easy-to-obtain plant could become the next marijuana, media reported Wednesday. Eight states have already placed restrictions on salvia, and 16 others, including Florida, are considering a ban ...

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Father Jailed For 0.01g Of Cannabis

By BETH HALE Briton jailed for four years in Dubai after customs find cannabis weighing less than a grain of sugar under his shoe A father-of-three who was found with a microscopic speck of cannabis stuck to the bottom of one ...

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Citizens have right to records

Revisions to the state’s Sunshine Law won’t be considered until the state Legislature convenes this month, but Tennesseans can look forward to more immediate help regarding the state’s open records. A new ombudsman office has been created.Under the Public Records ...

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UK Cop: “Ecstasy safer than aspirin”

A senior British police chief has come under attack for claiming the illicit drug ecstasy is safer to take than aspirin. North Wales police chief constable Richard Brunstrom has sparked outrage by making the controversial claim and calling for the ...

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Nine-year-old boy gets shotgun licence

British police have granted a nine-year-old boy a shotgun licence in a decision that has horrified anti-gun campaigners. The boy can legally shoot live game after Norfolk Police deemed him “responsible enough” to own the deadly weapon. The licence was ...

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Police brutality cases on rise since 9/11

By Kevin Johnson WASHINGTON — Federal prosecutors are targeting a rising number of law enforcement officers for alleged brutality, Justice Department statistics show. The heightened prosecutions come as the nation’s largest police union fears that agencies are dropping standards to ...

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BBC should not decide how society develops

By Janet Daley What is the BBC for? You might think that there was a pretty straightforward answer to that question, or at least that the answer provided by Lord Reith (“to inform, educate and entertain”) could scarcely be bettered ...

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Marijuana rules could seed a new industry

Thomas Munro Proposed rules for medical marijuana providers could open the door to private nonprofit or for-profit producers in New Mexico. Since the state’s medical marijuana registry was created July 1, patients have had three ways to obtain marijuana: by ...

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How America Lost the War on Drugs

After Thirty-Five Years and $500 Billion, Drugs Are as Cheap and Plentiful as Ever: An Anatomy of a Failure  Ben Wallace-Wells 1. AFTER PABLO On the day of his death, December 2nd, 1993, the Colombian billionaire drug kingpin Pablo Escobar ...

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Cannabis lowers greenhouse emissions

Hemp helps with green movement Lucas Coppes As environmental consciousness increases, a plant with great potential to accommodate our generation’s awareness has re-emerged, but its negative associations leave some obstacles to overcome. Hemp, which is too often associated with marijuana, ...

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Moronic marijuana policies

It’s time for my annual rant on the stupidity of marijuana eradication and although it goes on nationally, in no place is it better illustrated than California where they’ve just completed their yearly attack on harmless plants. [T]he annual Campaign ...

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Cannabis may prevent breast cancer

Marijuana compound shows promise in fighting breast cancer Machines Like Us A compound found in cannabis may prove to be effective at helping stop the spread of breast cancer cells throughout the body. That’s the finding of a new study ...

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98% of all Cannabis plants seized are not psychoactive

98 Percent Of All Domestically Eradicated Marijuana Is “Ditchweed,” DEA Admits More than 98 percent of all of the marijuana plants seized by law enforcement in the United States is feral hemp not cultivated cannabis, according to newly released data ...

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Tell the truth about cannabis

Tell the truth about cannabis and maybe we’ll get somewhere Is there any wonder at all that everything which surrounds cannabis information-wise, is mixed up and confused? To illustrate this lets take a look at some news published this week ...

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Police refuse to probe one in six crimes

Police in Lincolnshire refused to investigate one in six crimes last year, it has been revealed. Figures released under the Freedom of Information Act show 9,003 crimes were “screened out” as unsolvable within hours of being reported to Lincolnshire Police. ...

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Knights Templar Secrets Revealed

The Vatican has published secret archive documents about the trial of the Knights Templar, including a long-lost parchment that shows that Pope Clement V initially absolved the medieval Christian order from accusations of heresy, officials said Friday. The 300-page volume ...

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Police to get new powers

Police could be given the power to question suspects after they have been charged, the Home Secretary has said.Although MPs are discussing the possibility of giving new powers to police to deal specifically with terror suspects, the Home Secretary has ...

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Surprise Ingredients In Fast Food

John Andrews The movie Supersize Me has probably had more of an effect than the producers anticipated. Since then, in the fast food industry, there has been a market trend promoting menu items that appear to be healthy. But most ...

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Schwarzenegger: ‘Marijuana is not a drug, it’s a leaf’

By Ciar Byrne Already facing enough problems with the wild fires that have swept California, the state’s governor Arnold Schwarzenegger may have stepped into a new row by claiming that marijuana is not a drug. In an interview with GQ ...

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Street cleaners prepare to blast Banksy away

Critics call the graffiti artist a genius, and Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have paid £1m for his work. But Hackney council has ordered its workers to power-hose his pictures out of sight By Cole Moreton What is the biggest ...

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