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Striking a Nerve: Bungling the Cannabis Story

Source: Medpage

Correlation does not equal causation, and a single exam cannot show a trend over time. Basic stuff, right?

But judging by coverage of a study just out in the Journal of Neuroscience, these are apparently foreign concepts for many folks in the media.

In the study, researchers at Boston's Massachusetts General Hospital and Northwestern University in Chicago performed MRI brain scans on 20 young adult "casual" marijuana users and 20 age- and sex-matched nonusers. They found that, in the users, gray matter densities in the nucleus accumbens were higher than in controls, and the right amygdala and left nucleus accumbens were shaped differently.

Interesting, but remember that these findings only reflected differences between the marijuana users and controls at a single point in time. The researchers did not, could not, demonstrate that the differences resulted from marijuana smoking or even that the "abnormalities" relative to controls reflected changes from some earlier state.

Read more: http://www.medpagetoday.com/Neurology/GeneralNeurology/45290?isalert=1&uun=g313860d1133R5308195u&utm_source=breaking-news&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=breaking-news&xid=NL_breakingnews_2014-04-16



Debunked again ...

Years of Living Dangerously Premiere Full Episode

The Tax Breaks That Are Killing the Planet

ExxonMobil, the world’s largest oil company, hauled in a $32.6 billion profit last year. Chief executive Rex Tillerson got a 3 percent bump in his pay package, sending it above $28 million. And today, the company gets its annual boost from the federal government: an estimated $600 million in tax breaks.

All told, the government gifts as much as $4.8 billion to the oil industry each year, more than any other country. Much of that comes not as direct handouts but instead via loopholes in the tax code; deductions for depleting oil reserves, for example, and write-offs for the expense of drilling a new well. These reflect a long-past era in which oil exploration was financially risky, and prices were low. Now oil prices and profits are high, and the government is losing revenue while promoting the continued exploitation of carbon-intensive fuels. In the face of a changing climate and a constrained domestic budget, the lunacy of such preferential treatment is hard to overstate.

“Perverse” is the word the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change found for such policies in its latest report, which was released in full on Tuesday. Globally, subsidies for fossil fuel production—amounting to $1.9 trillion in 2011, or 8 percent of government revenues, according to the International Monetary Fund —“prove to increase emissions and put heavy burdens on public budgets,” reads the report.

On the other hand, rolling them back could be a key part of a serious climate agenda. The IMF estimates that eliminating fossil fuel subsidies could lower emissions by 13 percent. That general principle, if not the exact figure, is supported by the IPCC, which wrote, “Lowering or removing such subsidies would contribute to global mitigation, but this has proved difficult.”

http://www.thenation.com/blog/179357/tax-breaks-are-killing-planet

Harry Reid: Ranch standoff ‘not over’

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid weighed in on the tensions in his state between rancher Cliven Bundy and the Bureau of Land Management, saying, “It’s not over.”
“Well, it’s not over,” Reid told NBC’s Nevada affiliate KRNV on Monday. “We can’t have an American people that violate the law and then just walk away from it. So it’s not over.”

Bundy gained headlines over the weekend after the BLM rounded up his cattle on federal land, citing unpaid grazing fees. The situation intensified after protesters supporting Bundy — some of whom were reportedly armed — faced off against the BLM. However, on Saturday, the BLM returned Bundy’s cattle “due to escalating tension,” according to The Associated Press.


http://www.politico.com/story/2014/04/cliven-bundy-ranch-standoff-bureau-of-land-management-harry-reid-105695.html

Spanish judge defies pressure to scrap Guantanamo torture case against Bush

Source: Raw Story

A Spanish judge on Tuesday defied pressure to scrap a probe into alleged torture in the U.S. prison camp in Guantanamo Bay which targets former U.S. president George W. Bush.

Judge Pablo Ruz at the National Court, in a written decision, refused to scrap the case despite a recent reform to restrict such human rights probes in Spain.

He also vowed to press on with two other investigations into alleged genocide in the former Spanish colony of Western Sahara from the 1970s.

Ruz opened the investigations under universal jurisdiction — a principle that allows judges to try certain atrocities committed in other countries.

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/04/15/spanish-judge-defies-pressure-to-scrap-guantanamo-torture-case-against-bush/

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Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/04/15/spanish-judge-defies-pressure-to-scrap-guantanamo-torture-case-against-bush/



Maybe a USA judge and jury can use this judges findings .... I said maybe ...

Spanish judge defies pressure to scrap Guantanamo torture case against Bush

A Spanish judge on Tuesday defied pressure to scrap a probe into alleged torture in the U.S. prison camp in Guantanamo Bay which targets former U.S. president George W. Bush.

Judge Pablo Ruz at the National Court, in a written decision, refused to scrap the case despite a recent reform to restrict such human rights probes in Spain.

He also vowed to press on with two other investigations into alleged genocide in the former Spanish colony of Western Sahara from the 1970s.

Ruz opened the investigations under universal jurisdiction — a principle that allows judges to try certain atrocities committed in other countries.

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/04/15/spanish-judge-defies-pressure-to-scrap-guantanamo-torture-case-against-bush/

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Maybe a USA judge and jury can use this judges findings .... I said maybe ...

Bombshell: Study Ties Epic California Drought, ‘Frigid East’ To Manmade Climate Change

Source: Think Progress

Natural variability alone cannot explain the extreme weather pattern that has driven both the record-setting California drought and the cooler weather seen in the Midwest and East this winter, a major new study finds.

We’ve reported before that climate scientists had predicted a decade ago that warming-driven Arctic ice loss would lead to worsening drought in California. In particular, they predicted it would lead to a “blocking pattern” that would shift the jet stream (and the rain it could bring) away from the state — in this case a “Ridiculously Resilient Ridge” of high pressure.

A new study in Geophysical Research Letters (subs. req’d) takes the warming link to the California drought to the next level of understanding. It concludes, “there is a traceable anthropogenic warming footprint in the enormous intensity of the anomalous ridge during winter 2013-14, the associated drought and its intensity.”

The NASA-funded study is behind a pay wall, but the brief news release, offers a simple explanation of what is going on. The research provides “evidence connecting the amplified wind patterns, consisting of a strong high pressure in the West and a deep low pressure in the East , to global warming.” Researchers have “uncovered evidence that can trace the amplification of the dipole to human influences.”

Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/04/15/3426810/california-drought-climate-change/



Maybe we can start having a real discussion now ....

Bombshell: Study Ties Epic California Drought, ‘Frigid East’ To Manmade Climate Change

Natural variability alone cannot explain the extreme weather pattern that has driven both the record-setting California drought and the cooler weather seen in the Midwest and East this winter, a major new study finds.

We’ve reported before that climate scientists had predicted a decade ago that warming-driven Arctic ice loss would lead to worsening drought in California. In particular, they predicted it would lead to a “blocking pattern” that would shift the jet stream (and the rain it could bring) away from the state — in this case a “Ridiculously Resilient Ridge” of high pressure.

A new study in Geophysical Research Letters (subs. req’d) takes the warming link to the California drought to the next level of understanding. It concludes, “there is a traceable anthropogenic warming footprint in the enormous intensity of the anomalous ridge during winter 2013-14, the associated drought and its intensity.”

The NASA-funded study is behind a pay wall, but the brief news release, offers a simple explanation of what is going on. The research provides “evidence connecting the amplified wind patterns, consisting of a strong high pressure in the West and a deep low pressure in the East , to global warming.” Researchers have “uncovered evidence that can trace the amplification of the dipole to human influences.”

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/04/15/3426810/california-drought-climate-change/

Is this more dangerous than Keystone .... ?

US to hold western Gulf of Mexico lease sale in August
Washington (Platts)--15Apr2014/128 pm EDT/1728 GMT

The Obama administration said on Tuesday it will put more than 21 million acres in the western Gulf of Mexico up for auction in a lease sale planned for August.

The proposed Lease Sale 238, which is scheduled to take place in New Orleans, will include 3,992 blocks covering 21.4 million acres from nine to 250 miles offshore Texas in water from 16 feet to nearly 11,000 feet deep, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management said.

Three blocks will be located, or partially located, within the boundary area subject to the US-Mexico Transboundary Hydrocarbon Agreement.

http://www.platts.com/latest-news/oil/washington/us-to-hold-western-gulf-of-mexico-lease-sale-21485833?sf2594590=1

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If only I was a billionaire and could afford to buy this .... and create a watershed ...

New App Finds ‘Virtual’ Way to Fix Congress

Every day it seems a new app hits the market seeking to solve the most benign problems facing the smartphone-wielding masses. But how about a much bigger problem — like fixing Congress, an institution with an approval rating hovering around 13 percent?

“If you want to be able to hold Congress accountable, then you have to know what it is doing,” said Ted Henderson, the creator of Capitol Bells. “Living with the 21st century technology we have, you should be able to do that without turning on the TV.”

Henderson, 29, started Capitol Bells almost a year ago in a fit of nostalgia. He had been a staffer for former Rep. Dale Kildee, D-Mich., who retired in January 2013. Henderson found himself out of work and out of the loop on what was going on just miles away from his apartment.

“Being on the Hill, knowing when votes are starting is the thing that kind of drives what’s happening,” Henderson said. “So it kind of became, if I feel this disconnected… no wonder everyone else feels so disconnected.”

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2014/04/new-app-finds-virtual-way-to-fix-congress/

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I think this is definitely a way to contribute your opinion on what you want in our government ... excellent idea and will be expanded soon ...
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