The Impact Of Marijuana Laws In America In The Post Colorado Amendment 64 Era

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by Richard Cameron Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), earlier this week submitted a bill that would legalize marijuana on the federal level and not only that,  but allow states to form their own policies on Cannabis, plus target states that have arrests and incarceration rates that are disproportionately affecting the poor and minorities. In a statement introducing the legislation, Booker said: “For decades, the failed War on Drugs has locked up millions of nonviolent drug offenders — especially for marijuana-related offenses — at an incredible cost of lost human potential, torn-apart…

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Trump Ignores Commission’s Advice, Says More Cops are Solution to Opioid Crisis

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by Tony Wyman I live in the Opioid Capitol of America, Dayton, Ohio. Per capita, more people will die in my city from overdosing on opioids, drugs like fentanyl, oxycodone, morphine, tramadol, than any place in America.   “We’re on a pace to to have 800 people die this year from overdose,” Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer told reporters at NBC News. He said the county is trying to fight the crisis by giving officers Narcan, a nasal spray emergency treatment that counteracts the effects of opioids and reverses the…

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Water Quality – Has It Improved Since Flint Michigan And How Can You Know If Your Water Is Safe?

photo of the Flint River (Garland Bridge)

by Richard Cameron Water quality in the post Flint, Michigan era Much discussion and concern has arisen since the Flint, Michigan water crisis 3 years ago and in addition to the civil lawsuits that are still winding their way through the courts, last month 5 public officials were indicted on charges of involuntary manslaughter. Involuntary manslaughter in layman’s terms is essentially negligence on steroids. And the Flint, Michigan situation is the heart of the matter of what we’re discussing here, because the whole catastrophe started in April of 2014 when…

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They Just Want to Live Like An Amputee – BIID: The Disorder of Desiring to Remove Healthy Limbs

photo shows amputee with prosthetic leg standing next to bicycle - legs from knee to foot only showing in image.

By Janice Barlow As I began to research this very odd condition, it became so strange to fathom that any sane person would want to remove an arm or a leg that is fully functional. After all, there are literally hundreds of thousands of amputees in our nation who would give anything to have their missing limb or limbs back again. Why would anyone want to chop one off? It’s sacrilegious. And yet, there is a bastion of information and Internet groups, among the weird disorders spreading throughout our country,…

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Animal Farming, Abuse of Pigs, Sows and Piglets – We Must Be Their Voice

J. Lee Horrors of Animal Farming – The Pork Industry This story exposes the horrors on pig farms. Pigs experience suffering. Writing this story was as heartbreaking as my poultry and cattle stories. Images of abuse I saw doing research for this story will remain a nightmare in my mind. My story is not to convince anyone to go vegan or vegetarian. Its purpose is to open your eyes to brutality and suffering of pigs. Future stories will disclose abuses in other animal farming industries. Wikipedia: Pork is the culinary name for meat from a domestic pig (Sus scrofa…

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Animal Farming, Abuse of Cattle and Calves – We Must Be Their Voice

photo image of a large factory dairy farm where cows are tightly corralled and injected with hormones and excessive antibiotics

By J. Lee Horrors of Animal Farming – Beef, Veal and Dairy Industry This story exposes the horrors on beef, veal and dairy farms. Writing this story was as heartbreaking as my poultry story. It is not to convince anyone to go vegan or vegetarian. Its purpose is to open your eyes to the brutality cattle and calves endure. Future stories will disclose abuses in other animal farming industries. All of the abuses are disturbing especially the cruel and painful debudding, tail docking and castration process. It will be a while before…

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Animal Farming – (The Poultry Industry) We Must Be Their Voice

photo of large, industrial poultry farm and the inhumane lack of room for the animals to move around even to the slightest degree

 by J. Lee Horrors of Animal Farming – The Poultry Industry This story exposes the horrors on poultry farms. Writing it was heartbreaking, but it is a story that needs to be told. Future stories will disclose abuses in other animal farming industries. Animal farming often exploits animals in an inhumane and overcrowded environment. The sad fact is unnecessary suffering occurs when profits are put above humane treatment of living beings. Before you buy poultry find out if the animal was acquired from an animal farm that have been cited for animal…

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How To Advance Rational Thinking In Your Community

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  by Gleb Tsipursky Why don’t they teach this in high school?!? Or even college, for that matter. That’s the reaction that my wife and I had after attending Columbus Rationality meetings. This subgroup of the Humanist Community of Central Ohio, an affiliate of the American Humanist Association, hosts a wide variety of events devoted to advancing rational thinking strategies.   My wife and I aren’t alone in our reactions – many attendees report having similar experiences. After an event focused on effective decision-making, one participant reported in feedback sheets distributed afterwards that “this was…

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How To Avoid Giving Regret – Understanding The Influence of Attentional Bias

school children in Ghana

by Gleb Tsipursky I want to share my story to help you avoid the kind of regret I experienced as a deep churning in my stomach when I found out what bad decisions I made by giving to my favorite charity for many years. Make-A-Wish Foundation helps kids with terminal diseases achieve a grand wish. For example, it could take the child and her family to Disneyland. It then shares the stories of these kids through their marketing materials. These stories are truly heartwarming. I fell for it, and donated every…

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“Vaccine Court” Avoids Our Criminal Justice System With Billions Of Your Tax Dollars

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By Janice Barlow Since President Trump has continued to falsely claim that vaccines cause autism, the anti-vax movements have ramped up their efforts to lay blame on the medical field for the condition. The groups also rail on about how the “Vaccine Court” (Actually known as the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program), has awarded families and individuals billions of dollars for their claims that vaccines caused harm or death to a family member. What is the problem with that? First of all, there is no actual Court. The NVICP is…

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