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florduh

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Good fucking riddance. I saw clips of the Cuomo brothers yucking it up on CNN, "ayyyyyy! You know I can do more pushups than you bro, fuggedaboutit!", at the exact time Andrew was turning every nursing home in NY into Dachau, to enrich one of his biggest donors.
 
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Robert-in-YEG

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Thousands without power, some school districts close as snow hits parts of Vancouver Island​


 

ugotmale

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DEA Backs White House Plan To Streamline Research On Marijuana, Psychedelics And Other Schedule I Drugs​


The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and National Institute On Drug Abuse (NIDA) say they are in favor of a White House proposal to streamline the process of researching Schedule I drugs like marijuana and certain psychedelics.

DEA said in written testimony that “expanding access to Schedule I research is a critical part of DEA’s mission to protect public safety and health.”

“It is critical that the scientific and medical community study Schedule I substances, as some may turn out to have therapeutic value,” DEA Principal Deputy Administrator Louis Milione said. “DEA supports the administration’s legislative proposal’s expansion of access to Schedule I research. DEA looks forward to continuing to work with the research community and our interagency partners to facilitate Schedule I research.”

In general, what the administration is proposing is to align the research requirements for Schedule I drugs with those of less-restricted Schedule II drugs. Scientists and lawmakers have consistently pointed out that the existing rules for studying Schedule I controlled substances are excessively burdensome, limiting vital research.

Rather than having each scientist involved in a Schedule I drug study obtain DEA registration, ONDCP wants to make it so multiple researchers at a given institution would be allowed to participate under a single registration. The administration also proposed a policy change where a research institute with studies taking place over multiple locations would only require one overall registration instead of needing to have a specific one for each site.

Another change would allow certain researchers to move ahead with conducting their studies after submitting a notification to the Department of Justice instead of waiting for officials to affirmatively sign off on their proposals. ONDCP’s plan would also waive the requirement for additional inspections at research sites in some circumstances and allow researchers to manufacture small amounts of drugs without obtaining separate registrations. The latter component would not allow cultivation of marijuana, however.


 

cybrguy

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Thousands without power, some school districts close as snow hits parts of Vancouver Island​


Even though it's north I didn't know that Vancover Island got snow. They _do_ get it even though they don't get much, so this is not a crazy situation. Not like a foot of snow in south Texas or Florida...
 

macbill

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There are big mountains on Vancouver Island. I'm pretty sure it's not uncommon for some snow to remain all year.

Boner pills reduce Alzheimer risk
 
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Robert-in-YEG

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DillGaff

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‘Disastrous’ plastic use in farming threatens food safety – UN​


The “disastrous” way in which plastic is used in farming across the world is threatening food safety and potentially human health, according to a report from the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization.

It says soils contain more microplastic pollution than the oceans and that there is “irrefutable” evidence of the need for better management of the millions of tonnes of plastics used in the food and farming system each year.

The report recognises the benefits of plastic in producing and protecting food, from irrigation and silage bags to fishing gear and tree guards. But the FAO said the use of plastics had become pervasive and that most were currently single-use and were buried, burned or lost after use. It also warned of a growing demand for agricultural plastics.

There is increasing concern about the microplastics formed as larger plastics are broken down, the report said. Microplastics are consumed by people and wildlife and some contain toxic additives and can also carry pathogens. Some marine animals are harmed by eating plastics but little is known about the impact on land animals or people.


 

cybrguy

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‘Disastrous’ plastic use in farming threatens food safety – UN​


The “disastrous” way in which plastic is used in farming across the world is threatening food safety and potentially human health, according to a report from the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization.

It says soils contain more microplastic pollution than the oceans and that there is “irrefutable” evidence of the need for better management of the millions of tonnes of plastics used in the food and farming system each year.

The report recognises the benefits of plastic in producing and protecting food, from irrigation and silage bags to fishing gear and tree guards. But the FAO said the use of plastics had become pervasive and that most were currently single-use and were buried, burned or lost after use. It also warned of a growing demand for agricultural plastics.

There is increasing concern about the microplastics formed as larger plastics are broken down, the report said. Microplastics are consumed by people and wildlife and some contain toxic additives and can also carry pathogens. Some marine animals are harmed by eating plastics but little is known about the impact on land animals or people.


 

JOHN GALT

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Why Did the USS Thresher Sink? New Declassified Documents Reveal the Truth​


A trove of recently declassified files on the tragic 1963 sinking of the nuclear-powered attack submarine USS Thresher confirm the U.S. Navy didn’t cover up the mysterious accident—and, in fact, there was no single event or error that caused the sub to sink.

Last year, a retired Navy submarine commander won a lawsuit forcing the service to release its report on what happened to the Thresher, which sank during diving tests in April 1963, claiming the lives of the entire 129-person crew. The Navy has since released several sets of documents that shed new light on the sinking.

USS Thresher was a first-of-its-class nuclear-powered attack sub. The Thresher class was only the second to use the new teardrop hull designed to maximize speed underwater; unlike conventionally powered submarines, nuclear-powered subs could stay underwater indefinitely and didn’t require an efficient hull shape for sailing on the surface.

The Threshers were also the first to use the newer, stronger, HY-80 steel alloy. The subs were 278 feet long, displaced 4,369 tons underwater, and could make more than 30 knots submerged.


 

Robert-in-YEG

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Mammoths, Yukon wild horses lived thousands of years longer than believed: Canadian permafrost study​


Robert-in-YEG

"Madness is rare in individuals, but in groups, parties, nations, and ages it is the rule."
- Friedrich Nietzsche
 

ugotmale

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World’s largest lab-grown steak unveiled by Israeli firm

MeaTech 3D created the 4oz steak using 3D printing with real bovine cells that mature into muscle and fat

The steak is composed of real muscle and fat cells, derived from tissue samples taken from a cow. Living bovine stem cells were incorporated into “bio-inks” that were then placed in the company’s 3D printer to produce the steak. It was then matured in an incubator, in which the stem cells differentiated into fat and muscle cells.

Companies across the world are racing to produce cell-cultured meat, arguing that creating meat without raising and slaughtering livestock is better for the environment, animal welfare and potentially health.

Sharon Fima, CEO at MeaTech, said: “The breakthrough is the culmination of over one year’s efforts in our cellular biology and high-throughput tissue-engineering processes, as well as our precision bioprinting technology. We believe we have placed ourselves at the forefront of the race to develop high-end, cell-based meat products.” Cell lines for pork and chicken are also being developed, he said.


 

JOHN GALT

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Hydra's Freaky Ability​


For such simplistic looking and easily overlooked creatures, hydra sure have incredible powers – including the absurd ability to regrow their own heads if decapitated. These invertebrate fresh water animals are also one of the closest examples we have of an immortal being. Unless thoroughly destroyed within a predator's digestive system or consumed by fire, hydra stem cells can replicate indefinitely.

Hydra can pretty much resurrect themselves after being torn apart – as long as at least five head-organizing cells remain intact they'll ooze their way to each other, combine and start organizing the rest of the remaining mess of cells back into a body.



 

CANtalk

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A few reads on this group... they seed the republican side of US politics and remain strongly affiliated with John Eastman.


 

florduh

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A few reads on this group... they seed the republican side of US politics and remain strongly affiliated with John Eastman.



In America, there is no war but Culture War. Lots of actual war too, but within our borders, it's just Culture War. Recent CRT hysteria wasn't some totally organic thing originating in the heartland. It was literally created by a coastal elite think tank called "The Manhattan Institute".


Before that there was trans bathrooms, the War on Christmas, the "gay agenda", etc. Shit, the Tea Party movement was totally astroturfed by the Koch Brothers. I don't know if anyone remembers, but the Tea Party started because people were pissed that Obummer might bail out homeowners on the verge of losing their homes. But this never fucking happened. Obummer let them all drown while bailing out the bank executives. Didn't stop all the weirdos in their tri-pointed hats though. Because the hysteria matters more than reality.

Why all the manufactured moral panics? Well, Right Wing/Neoliberal economics has been the ruling religion on this planet since the 70's. Both parties accept this religion as reality. Unfortunately, telling voters "we must write every rule and law to benefit the wealthy corporate elite" isn't really enough to drive huge numbers to the polls. So all that's left is to virtue signal on one side or another of the culture war.
 

JOHN GALT

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MTV brainchild of Michael Nesmith of "The Monkees"??

“Audio records are played on radio, so a video record should be played on video — on television,” he thought. “There should be a broadcast component for the music video just like there is for records.”

He dug up a few clips for a pilot, included the idea of video jocks, or VJs, and called the show “Popclips.” Many rejected the idea, but Warner Bros. executive John Lack was intrigued. Explaining his concept to Lack as “a new kind of TV that played videos 24 hours a day, like a radio station,” Nesmith had found his market.

Warner and partner American Express proceeded with the concept, calling it MTV and launching the network on Aug. 1, 1981. While Nesmith was offered the chance to be MTV’s production head, he turned it down to pursue his other creative projects.

Incidentally, Nesmith was an only child, and his relationship with his mom, Bette McMurray, was complicated. “I felt like I was a nuisance who was along for the ride with a single woman,” he writes. When Nesmith was 12, his mom worked as a secretary but enjoyed painting on the side. As electric typewriters came into vogue, making typing mistakes messier to correct, she created a paint at home that matched the white of typing paper and began lightly touching up her errors at work. This invention became Liquid Paper, and it made McMurray a wealthy woman.


 
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florduh

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When future historians write of America's slide into authoritarianism, they will take special notice of the Biden Administration's decision to extradite Assange.

Assange will spend the rest of his life in prison for exposing crimes committed by the American government. It's police state shit.
 
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shredder

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From the assange article:

The US had offered four assurances, including that Mr Assange would not be subject to solitary confinement pre or post-trial or detained at the ADX Florence Supermax jail - a maximum security prison in Colorado - if extradited.
Lawyers for the US said he would be allowed to transfer to Australia to serve any prison sentence he may be given closer to home.
 
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florduh

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From the assange article:

The US had offered four assurances, including that Mr Assange would not be subject to solitary confinement pre or post-trial or detained at the ADX Florence Supermax jail - a maximum security prison in Colorado - if extradited.
Lawyers for the US said he would be allowed to transfer to Australia to serve any prison sentence he may be given closer to home.

My mistake. Assange will spend the rest of his life in an Australian prison for reporting on crimes committed by the US government.
 

ugotmale

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Visa Warns Against Misuse Of ‘Cashless ATMs’​


Visa, the world’s second-largest card payment company, recently issued a compliance memo to customers warning them that miscoding point-of-sale transactions through the use of so-called cashless ATMs—a practice used by some cannabis retailers as a workaround to accept credit or debit cards for purchases—could lead to penalties or other unspecified enforcement action.

At a cannabis retailer, for example, a $45 purchase might be rounded up to $60 and coded as a cash disbursement. The retailer would then subtract the purchase price plus taxes from the apparent $60 withdrawal and return the change to the customer. To the payment processor it would look like a $60 ATM withdrawal, but to the customer it would seem as though they’d bought cannabis with a card.


 
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