March 2018 archive

Marijuana Is Nowhere Near as Dangerous to the Brain as Alcohol

Heavy alcohol use shrinks the brain's gray matter. Marijuana use doesn't.       Related Stories Weed May Help Addicts with Alcohol and Cocaine Relapse The Misplaced Attacks on Legal Cannabis Continue Here’s Why There Has Never Been A Death From Cannabis Overdose AlterNet.org Main RSS Feed

This week in science: the season’s turn

When you spend months promising Mexico will pay for a super-duper high-tech wall, ward off dozens of claims to harassment and extramarital affairs and spend a lifetime stiffing attorneys who are trying to help you, lying through a puppet about complicated science may not seem like much of an add-on to the rap sheet. But it’s …

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Twitter Again Suspends Fringe Republican Senate Candidate Who Promoted Conspiracy Theories Online

The candidate believes, without evidence, that the site is targeting him for his political beliefs. A Republican running for U.S. Senate in Arizona has been suspended from Twitter after posting conspiracy theories about the Parkland school shooting massacre, the Phoenix New Times reported Friday. “Recently, [Craig] Brittain had been spreading gross conspiracy theories about the Parkland shooting survivors, …

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Open thread for night owls. Bree Newsome: The civil rights movement’s generation gap

Bree Newsome, filmmaker and human-rights activists cheered for her daring to removal on June 27, 2015, of the Confederate flag from the South Carolina state house grounds. For this she was arrested. But two weeks later, the flag was removed permanently by state officials. At The Atlantic, Newsome writes—The Civil Rights Movement’s Generation Gap: […] The tensions between generations of civil-rights activists …

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Mining History Museum Preserves the Labor History That Led to Coal Baron Don Blankenship

There's a palpable tension between King Coal and those tasked with preserving its history. The following is an excerpt of Carolyne Whelan's essay “King Coal and the West Virginia Mine Wars Museum,” from the new book Voices from the Rust Belt, edited by Anne Trubek (Picador, April 2018), available for purchase from Picador, Amazon and IndieBound. …

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Johan van Hulst, a teacher who saved hundreds of children during the Holocaust, has passed at 107

Johan van Hulst, a Dutch teacher, has died. He was 107 years old. The Washington Post explains very clearly why van Hulst’s passing is worth remembering. An inspector from the Dutch education ministry arrived at Johan van Hulst’s teacher training institute in Amsterdam on the morning of June 19, 1943. He noticed youngsters and, with SS soldiers …

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David Shulkin’s Firing at the VA Is Latest Step in Trump-Koch Push to Privatize Veterans’ Health Care

Trump and the Koch brothers are trying to kill the nation’s only single-payer system. On Wednesday, President Trump fired Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin and said he’d replace him with White House physician Dr. Ronny Jackson, a rear admiral in the Navy. Dr. Jackson has no experience running a large agency. The Department of …

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Nuts & Bolts: Inside Democratic campaigns—Campaign Worker Unions

Welcome back, Saturday Campaign D-I-Y’ers! For those who tune in, welcome to the Nuts & Bolts of a Democratic campaign. Each week, we discuss issues that help drive successful campaigns. If you’ve missed prior diaries, please visit our group or follow Nuts & Bolts Guide. Campaign work is often under-appreciated. It is transitional in nature, long …

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Saudi Crown Prince—’Socially Acceptable War Criminal’—Enjoys U.S. Tour Hosted by America’s Elite

Despite public relations blitz, Saudi monarchy "retains an atrocious human rights record and the situation has only deteriorated since the crown prince was appointed." After meeting with President Donald Trump last week to reaffirm U.S. military support for Saudi Arabia's brutal assault on Yemen, crown prince and accused war criminal Mohammed bin Salman, or MbS, is continuing his “whitewash …

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Trump trash-tweets Amazon, despite being a loyal customer during campaign

Donald Trump’s thumbs were busy again this morning at Mar-a-Lago, as the dotard-in-chief resumed Thursday’s Twitter attacks on Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, then came after the Washington Post, ostensibly in retaliation for Friday’s piece about the various legal teams swarming around his businesses. x I have stated my concerns with Amazon long before the Election. Unlike others, they …

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