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How Neuroscience Reinforces Racist Drug Policy

A recent neuroscience study from Harvard Medical School claims to have discovered brain differences between people who smoke marijuana and people who do not. Such well-intentioned and seemingly objective science is actually a new chapter in a politicized and bigoted history of drug science in the United States. Different-looking brains tell us literally nothing about who these people are, what their lives are like, why they do or do not use marijuana, or what effects marijuana has had on them.

“You’re enough of a pro to know that to come out with something counter to what the Congress feels, and what we’re planning to do, would make your commission just look bad as hell.”

When Nixon was in office, he kept for his personal records now famous audio recordings of his interactions with individuals in the Oval Office. There is one such recording with Raymond Shafer himself, who is more or less told that marijuana was to remain classified as a Schedule I narcotic, regardless of his findings.

“You’re enough of a pro,” Nixon tells him, “to know that for you to come out with something that would run counter to what the Congress feels and what the country feels, and what we’re planning to do, would make your commission just look bad as hell.” This conversation was recorded in 1971—the year before the Commission released its report.

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Bill Nye Debates Ken Ham

Bill Nye Debates Ken Ham

Is creation a viable model of origins in today’s modern, scientific era? Leading creation apologist and bestselling Christian author Ken Ham is joined at the Creation Museum by Emmy Award-winning science educator and CEO of the Planetary Society Bill Nye.

Ham, a former science instructor who emigrated to the USA from Australia over 25 years ago, is joined by the popular children’s program personality Bill Nye “the Science Guy” for this first and only scheduled debate. Each man delivers what he believes is the best information currently available for his case. Each then had an opportunity for rebuttal and afterward answers questions submitted by the audience.

Texas town runs out of water after using it for fracking

Texas town runs out of water after using it for fracking

Not surprising that something as IMPORTANT as this issue has not been on the main headlines of Mainstream Media. Of course, they only let us know what is good for the agenda.

Originally posted on TreeHugger

Suzanne Goldenberg at The Guardian has a startling article on what may be a common occurrence in Texas and other parts of the US:

Across the south-west, residents of small communities like Barnhart are confronting the reality that something as basic as running water, as unthinking as turning on a tap, can no longer be taken for granted.

Three years of drought, decades of overuse and now the oil industry’s outsize demands on water for fracking are running down reservoirs and underground aquifers. And climate change is making things worse.

In Texas alone, about 30 communities could run out of water by the end of the year, according to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

Nearly 15 million people are living under some form of water rationing, barred from freely sprinkling their lawns or refilling their swimming pools. In Barnhart’s case, the well appears to have run dry because the water was being extracted for shale gas fracking.

It is important to note that fracking is not the only problem here, though it is a major one. What this story is also about is decades of sprawl and unchecked resource extraction.stop fracking

As I’ve bolded above, Goldenberg notes that where water is being rationed, people are barred from watering their lawns or filling pools. Yet, the lawns themselves are a significant source of the problem. At some point we were convinced that every home needed this lush, green lawn, despite the fact that the grasses were non-native and required an unreasonable amount of chemical fertilizer and water to keep alive. And, this isn’t describing Barnhart, specifically, but American sprawl, generally, we’ve built these communities of suburban homes and McMansions with pools that are not designed for life in the desert. All of it has contributed to this current problem.

Goldenberg continues:

Fracking is a powerful drain on water supplies. In adjacent Crockett county, fracking accounts for up to 25% of water use, according to the groundwater conservation district. But Katharine Hayhoe, a climate scientist at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, argues fracking is not the only reason Texas is going dry – and nor is the drought. The latest shocks to the water system come after decades of overuse by ranchers, cotton farmers, and fast-growing thirsty cities.

“We have large urban centres sucking water out of west Texas to put on their lands. We have a huge agricultural community, and now we have fracking which is also using water,” she said. And then there is climate change.

West Texas has a long history of recurring drought, but under climate change, the south-west has been experiencing record-breaking heatwaves, further drying out the soil and speeding the evaporation of water in lakes and reservoirs. Underground aquifers failed to regenerate. “What happens is that climate change comes on top and in many cases it can be the final straw that breaks the camel’s back, but the camel is already overloaded,” said Hayhoe.

Read the rest.

We’ve seen how climate change and government mismanagement of water played a role in leading to the Syrian revolution. And how the 2013 drought is pushing New Mexico farmers to extreme measures in search of water. It seems inevitable that unless there is some cooperation among neighboring communities and a political solution to better manage water resources and not allow the world’s most profitable industry to suck towns dry, there are going to be some very angry people here in the US, as well.

Thought of the day 05-04-13

Thought of the day 05-04-13

Think about it… What is the common factor in this equation? How do you reduce the issues? By reducing the common factor. Anyway you take it, people are the main factors and to reduce carbon you have to reduce that number.

  • You can reduce the Services per person all you want, population will grow and that will keep balancing out.
  • You can reduce Energy per service all you want but the population factor remains.
  • You can reduce Carbon-dioxide per unit energy all you want but the population factor will remain.

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Listen to Bill as he explain how this should be done… Listen to how they will control the population part…

“LET THESE BE GUIDESTONES TO AN AGE OF REASON”

the message of the Georgia Guidestones

  1. MAINTAIN HUMANITY UNDER 500,000,000 IN PERPETUAL BALANCE WITH NATURE
  2. GUIDE REPRODUCTION WISELY – IMPROVING FITNESS AND DIVERSITY
  3. UNITE HUMANITY WITH A LIVING NEW LANGUAGE
  4. RULE PASSION – FAITH – TRADITION – AND ALL THINGS WITH TEMPERED REASON
  5. PROTECT PEOPLE AND NATIONS WITH FAIR LAWS AND JUST COURTS
  6. LET ALL NATIONS RULE INTERNALLY RESOLVING EXTERNAL DISPUTES IN A WORLD COURT
  7. AVOID PETTY LAWS AND USELESS OFFICIALS
  8. BALANCE PERSONAL RIGHTS WITH SOCIAL DUTIES
  9. PRIZE TRUTH – BEAUTY – LOVE- SEEKING HARMONY WITH THE INFINITE
  10. BE NOT A CANCER ON THE EARTH – LEAVE ROOM FOR NATURE – LEAVE ROOM FOR NATURE

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Brominated Vegetable Oil: Industry Statements

Brominated Vegetable Oil: Industry Statements

Below is a statement on behalf of the FDA:

“The FDA understands that some consumers may have concerns about brominated vegetable oil (BVO) in food products. Based on its review of the science, the FDA has determined that BVO is safe and presents no health risks at the permitted level of 15 parts per million”

For more information, visit fda.gov.

Below is a statement on behalf of the American Beverage Association:

“The current conversation surrounding brominated vegetable oil is more sensational than substantive. Brominated vegetable oil or BVO, which is used in some beverages, improves the stability of the beverage by preventing some ingredients from separating. It is a safe ingredient permitted by the FDA and is listed on the ingredient statement when present in a beverage. Importantly, consumers can rest assured that our products are safe and our industry adheres to all government regulations.”

For more information, visit ameribev.org.

Below is a statement on behalf of PepsiCo, makers of Gatorade:

“Gatorade prides itself in having deep relationships with consumers and athletes. As standard practice we constantly evaluate our formulas and ingredients to ensure they comply with federal regulations and meet the high quality standards our consumers and athletes expect – from functionality to great taste. We’ve followed these principles and guidelines since Gatorade was invented in 1965.

We appreciate Sarah as fan of Gatorade and her concern has been heard.”

For more information, visit pepsico.com.

 

The Dirtiest Energy you’ve never heard of

The Dirtiest Energy you’ve never heard of

Ever heard of fracking?
If not, you are not alone. However, be warned: once you learn about this dirty energy you’ll become angry, you might become a little frightened, but most of all we hope you’ll become involved, because communities across the country are counting on us.

So what is fracking, and who is getting fracked?
Hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking”, is the process of drilling and injecting fluid into the ground at high pressure in order to fracture shale rocks to release natural gas inside. First, deep wells are drilled straight down through the aquifer. Next, millions of gallons of water laced with chemicals are pumped down, breaking apart the rock and freeing trapped natural gas along with other dangerous materials.

There are more than 27,000 wells in the US and each well uses 1-8 million gallons of water and 80-300 tons of chemicals each time it’s fracked. However, only 4 states have robust drilling rules in place. Can you believe that the fracking industry remains exempt from Clean Water, Safe Drinking Water and Clean Air Acts, hazardous waste disposal, and other federal regulations?

Not only are companies dodging regulation and pumping a toxic cocktail of chemicals into the earth, but fracking operations are contaminating major water sources, speeding up climate change, and polluting our air. Communities across the country are living with these devastating impacts of fracking; that’s why communities in California, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and other states are demanding that fracking be banned. In fact, Vermont has already banned fracking in the state.

Something has got to change.
Believing that this way of extracting natural gas is one of the dirtiest ways to produce energy, Yoko Ono and her son Sean Lennon started the Artists Against Fracking campaign. The effort is bringing together a group of nearly 200 artists, musicians, and filmmakers who are raising awareness of this dirty energy and rallying public support for clean alternatives. Their fight is starting first with a nationwide push to pressure New York Governor Cuomo to permanently ban fracking in the state. Join the movement by sharing this video with your friends.

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Conspiracy Theory W/ Jesse Ventura: Manchurian Candidate

Conspiracy Theory With Jesse Ventura
Authors and experts warn that forces within the government have revived a program that uses mind control techniques to turn ordinary citizens into programmed assassins. This real-life Manchurian Candidate seems outlandish-until Jesse Ventura searches for the evidence and goes face-to-face with a man who claims he’s one of the killers.