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Happy Birthday, America, From Your Annoyed and Envious World Neighbors
If America were a person, she would have a tricked out Super Sweet Sixteen every year, and she would call it the Fourth of July: a party stretching from sea to sea, dedicated to getting hammered, blowing things up, and singing songs of her praise. Over three million people would attend and even though some of them would talk shit about the party behind her back, everyone would be glad they'd been invited.

Since most Americans will spend this Fourth of July stuffing their faces with hot dogs and singing "I'm Proud to Be an American," it's easy to get wrapped up in patriotism. After all, we live in the land of the free! The home of the brave! A place where it's actually encouraged to wear the national flag on a string bikini! So, as a birthday present (and an ego check) for our great nation, we decided to ask some of our international VICE offices about their countries' views toward the US. They told us... [Read More]
Sunday, July 05th | Posted by Beenthere2Hippie | 0 Replies
Organ-On-Chip Could Revolutionize Drug Testing
It takes up to 15 years and $5 billion for a new drug to make it through testing and earn approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Before researchers try a compound on humans, it’s tested at labs in petri dishes and on animals, such as mice and monkeys. More often than not, these studies produce mixed data that don’t tell researchers much about whether it is safe and effective for humans.


For some time, scientists have been searching for ways to cut down on the cost and failure rate of drug testing. Researchers at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University have developed a beautiful solution: Organs-On-Chips.

The clear and flexible polymer microchips are lined with human cells. Each one represents a different... [Read More]
Saturday, July 04th | Posted by RoboCodeine7610 | 0 Replies
Marijuana Use in State of Washington to be Studied Through Federal Sewer Study
SEATTLE - The federal government is chipping in money for a three-year pilot study using sewage samples to determine levels of marijuana use in two Washington cities — research that could help answer some key questions about pot legalization, according to the University of Puget Sound.

The school said Monday that the National Institutes of Health is chipping in $120,000 so Dan Burgard, an associate chemistry professor, can conduct a three-year study that will look at how per-capita pot use changed after Washington's first legal pot shops opened last July.

... [Read More]
Saturday, July 04th | Posted by Beenthere2Hippie | 0 Replies
Obama Plans Broader Use of Clemency to Free Nonviolent Drug Offenders
WASHINGTON — Sometime in the next few weeks, aides expect President Obama to issue orders freeing dozens of federal prisoners locked up on nonviolent drug offenses. With the stroke of his pen, he will probably commute more sentences at one time than any president has in nearly half a century.

The expansive use of his clemency power is part of a broader effort by Mr. Obama to correct what he sees as the excesses of the past, when politicians eager to be tough on crime threw away the key even for minor criminals. With many Republicans and Democrats now agreeing that the nation went too far, Mr. Obama holds the power to unlock that prison door, especially for young African-American and Hispanic men disproportionately affected. But even as he exercises... [Read More]
Saturday, July 04th | Posted by Calliope | 1 Reply
Zen and the Art of Harm Reduction
Jana Drakka was born and raised in a working class Scottish town, a long way from San Francisco, where she was ordained as a Zen priest nearly 25 years ago. At the moment of her ordination, Jana walked out into the streets to work directly with people who suffer with addiction and homelessness. Inspired by Issan Dorsey, founder of Maitri Hospice, Jana began her street ministry by performing memorials for those who died on the streets, or in SRO hotels, serving as a witness for the lives of countless John and Jane Does whom no one else would claim.

Her calling brought her into contact with other helpers, professional people who work directly with mentally ill, addicted, and homeless people, where she learned about ... [Read More]
Saturday, July 04th | Posted by Phungushead | 0 Replies
Addiction Is Not a Brain Disease, and That's Good News
In a recent article in HuffPost**, Nora Volkow argued that addiction is a brain disease. She has been making this point forcefully for years, based on evidence that brain structure and function change with addiction, presumably as a consequence of drug use. The "disease model" is the currently accepted definition of addiction, endorsed by the mainstream medical, scientific, and treatment communities. And by governmental and institutional policy-makers. And by the families of addicts, who use its logic to usher their loved ones into residential rehabs. The disease model is... [Read More]
Friday, July 03rd | Posted by TheBigBadWolf | 6 Replies
Federal Judge: My Drug War Sentences Were ‘Unfair and Disproportionate’


Former Federal Judge Nancy Gertner was appointed to the federal bench by Bill Clinton in 1994. She presided over trials for 17 years. And Sunday, she stood before a crowd at The Aspen Ideas Festival to denounce most punishments that she imposed.

Among 500 sanctions that she handed down, “80 percent I believe were unfair and disproportionate,” she said. “I left the bench in 2011 to join the Harvard faculty to write about those stories––to write about how it came to pass that I was obliged to sentence people to terms that, frankly, made no sense under any philosophy.”

No theory of retribution or social change could justify them, she said. And that dispiriting conclusion inspired the radical idea that she presented: a call for the U.S. to mimic its decision after World War II to look to the future and rebuild rather than trying to punish or seek retribution. As she sees it, the War on ... [Read More]
Friday, July 03rd | Posted by Cash.Nexus | 1 Reply
Novel HIV vaccine regimen provides robust protection in non-human primates


A new study led by scientists at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) shows that an HIV-1 vaccine regimen, involving a viral vector boosted with a purified envelope protein, provided complete protection in half of the vaccinated non-human primates (NHPs) against a series of six repeated challenges with simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV), a virus similar to HIV that infects NHPs. These findings are published online today in Science.

Based on these pre-clinical data, the HIV-1 version of this vaccine regimen is now being evaluated in an ongoing Phase 1/2a international clinical study sponsored by Crucell Holland B.V., one of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson.

"We previously showed that adenovirus vector-based HIV-1 vaccine candidates offered partial protection against SIV when given alone," said lead author Dan H. Barouch, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Center for Virology and Vaccine... [Read More]
Friday, July 03rd | Posted by RoboCodeine7610 | 0 Replies
Will pope chew coca leaves in Bolivia? 'Wait and see,' Vatican says Read more at http


VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis will decide for himself if he chews coca leaves in order to ward off altitude sickness when he lands next week at La Paz, Bolivia, the highest international airport in the world, the Vatican said on Tuesday.

A Bolivian minister said on Sunday that Francis had told government officials that he would like to chew coca leaves – the major ingredient of cocaine – when he visits..

But spokesman Father Federico Lombardi, responding at a briefing on the trip where several questions revolved around the Argentine pope and the Andean coca leaf, said he did... [Read More]
Thursday, July 02nd | Posted by RoboCodeine7610 | 0 Replies
Commonly prescribed drugs affect decisions to harm oneself and others


Healthy people given the serotonin-enhancing antidepressant citalopram were willing to pay almost twice as much to prevent harm to themselves or others than those given placebo drugs in a moral decision-making experiment at UCL. In contrast, the ... [Read More]
Thursday, July 02nd | Posted by RoboCodeine7610 | 0 Replies
Here's What Happened Last Night at Portland's Massive Weed Legalization 'Giveaway

At around 9 PM on Tuesday night in Portland, Oregon, a man named Pork Chop leaned out the window of a van driving back and forth across the Burnside Bridge, which runs along one of the city's main thoroughfares, and repeatedly announced via bullhorn his plan to hand out 420 pounds of marijuana for free at midnight. By the time the advertised hour arrived, a line of more than a thousand people eagerly awaiting the promised pot stretched for several blocks on either side of the bridge.

Last November, Oregon voters approved Measure 91, a ballot initiative to allow... [Read More]
Thursday, July 02nd | Posted by Basoodler | 0 Replies
Electric Forest Shuts Down DanceSafe– But We Have a Bigger Problem To Tackle
Hello everyone! Electric Forest has ended, and as those of us who were onsite know, this year the event producers ordered DanceSafe to shut down the booth early on Friday. Although we are still unclear on why this occurred, we feel it’s important for the community to hear about our experiences. We are hopeful that clear and factual conversations can help everyone to understand this past weekend and help figure out ways to move forward.
The DanceSafe booth at TomorrowWorld, where we provide information but no on site testing or kits for sale.

For anyone who is unfamiliar with who we are, DanceSafe is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public health organization with a mission to promote health and safety within in the nightlife and electronic music communities. Using ... [Read More]
Thursday, July 02nd | Posted by TheBigBadWolf | 0 Replies
What effect does marijuana really have on weight gain? It's complicated


While cannabis alters the functions of neurobiological circuits controlling appetite, its effect on weight gain is complex since several factors appear to be involved, says Didier Jutras-Aswad, University of Montreal professor and researcher at the CHUM Research Centre. "It is known -- and often reported by users -- that cannabis causes temporary increase in appetite. As to whether it actually causes weight gain in the long term, the available data is limited. The question is all the more difficult to answer since many other factors can influence weight.

For instance, cannabis use may be associated with cigarette smoking, which also alters appetite, and many effects of cannabis vary by gender and level of use. For this study, we wanted to better understand the... [Read More]
Thursday, July 02nd | Posted by RoboCodeine7610 | 0 Replies
Ex-DEA agent 'nob' pleads guilty to stealing bitcoins during Silk Road investigation
A former federal agent has pleaded guilty to charges that he stole more than $200,000 worth of digital currency and tried to sell law enforcement secrets to the mastermind behind the online drug market Silk Road, prosecutors announced Wednesday.

Carl M. Force, 46, of Baltimore pleaded guilty to extortion, money laundering and obstruction of justice in federal court in San Francisco.

“While investigating the Silk Road, former [Drug Enforcement Administration] Agent Carl Force crossed the line from enforcing the law to breaking it,” Assistant Atty. Gen. Leslie Caldwell said in a statement. “Seduced by the perceived anonymity of virtual currency and the Dark Web, Force used invented online personas and encrypted messaging to fraudulently obtain bitcoin worth hundreds of thousands of dollars from the government and investigative targets alike."

Force was one of... [Read More]
Thursday, July 02nd | Posted by Basoodler | 0 Replies
Leaked Trans-Pacific Partnership Document Shows U.S. Favoring Big Pharma
US negotiators in Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks fought on behalf of big drug-making companies, championing intellectual property laws that would protect their profits from competition by generic medications, leaked documents have revealed.

The protections proposed by US trade representatives may even transcend US patent laws, according to a draft copy of TPP’s intellectual property chapter leaked to Politico this week. The 90-page document, leaked to the paper by a critic of the trade deal, contains the draft proposal as it stood on May 11, before the latest TPP... [Read More]
Thursday, July 02nd | Posted by 5-HT2A | 0 Replies
Alcohol sensitizes brain response to food aromas, increases food intake in women
The first study of its kind measuring the brain's role in mediating caloric intake following alcohol consumption among women shows that alcohol exposure sensitizes the brain's response to food aromas and increases caloric intake.


The research, led by William J. A. Eiler II, PhD, of the Indiana University School of Medicine's Departments of Medicine and Neurology, adds to the current body of knowledge that alcohol increases food intake, also known as the "aperitif effect," but shows this increased intake does not rely entirely on the oral ingestion of alcohol and its absorption through the gut. The study is published in the July issue of the journal Obesity published by The Obesity Society (TOS).

"The brain, absent contributions from the gut,... [Read More]
Wednesday, July 01st | Posted by RoboCodeine7610 | 0 Replies
Eye color may be linked to alcohol dependence
People with blue eyes might have a greater chance of becoming alcoholics, according to a unique new study by genetic researchers at the University of Vermont.


The work, led by Arvis Sulovari, a doctoral student in cellular, molecular and biological sciences, and Assistant Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics Dawei Li, Ph.D., is the first to make a direct connection between a person's eye color and alcohol dependence. The results of the research, published in the July issue of the American Journal of Medical Genetics: Neuropsychiatric Genetics (Part B), suggest the hope of finding the roots of not only alcoholism, but also many other psychiatric illnesses.

"This suggests an intriguing possibility -- that eye color can be useful in the clinic for... [Read More]
Wednesday, July 01st | Posted by RoboCodeine7610 | 1 Reply
The Pill is Bad Medicine: 7 Ways Hormonal Contraception Harms Women
The Pill is chemical castration. We cannot continue to not see this.

Clinicians know it. Women themselves know it because they feel better off the Pill. But researchers mysteriously decline to examine the reality that is right in front of us. They decline to challenge the Pill gospel and instead waste research money comparing one Pill to another. Why attempt to choose the best of a bad lot? The real question should be: “Aren’t women better off without these drugs?”

Challenging The Pill Gospel

The Pill gospel rests on the delusion that hormonal contraception is a substitute for real human hormones. It is not a substitute. The franken-steroid drugs in the Pill, patch... [Read More]
Tuesday, June 30th | Posted by 5-HT2A | 1 Reply
New York City Mayor Supports Smoking Ban In Private Residences
New Yorkers may soon be unable to smoke in their own homes, as New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is pressing landlords and developers to prohibit residents from lighting up inside apartments.

This comes as part of the de Blasio administration’s efforts to reduce smoking citywide. It recently released a “sustainability blueprint” that outlined the initiative, which involves paying four health advocacy groups $9,000 each to get apartment complexes to ban smoking, reported the New York Post.

City health officials emphasized that the initiative is voluntary, but the same blueprint, titled “One New York: The Plan for a Strong and Just City,” also said that de Blasio is moving towards legislation that would require apartment buildings to create a smoking policy and “disclose it to residents and prospective residents.”

“Everyone benefits from smoke-free housing. Residents enjoy breathing cleaner,... [Read More]
Tuesday, June 30th | Posted by 5-HT2A | 20 Replies
State Marijuana Laws Complicating Federal Recruiting
WASHINGTON — For all the aspiring and current spies, diplomats and F.B.I. agents living in states that have liberalized marijuana laws, the federal government has a stern warning: Put down the bong, throw out the vaporizer and lose the rolling papers.

It may now be legal in Colorado, in Washington State and elsewhere to possess and smoke marijuana, but federal laws outlawing its use — and rules that make it a fireable offense for government workers — have remained rigid. As a result, recruiters for federal agencies are arriving on university campuses in those states... [Read More]
Monday, June 29th | Posted by Beenthere2Hippie | 0 Replies

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