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DOJ Admits It Isn't Legal To Keep Prosecuting Washington State Medical Marijuana Users

The Department of Justice has agreed with defense lawyers that five Washington state residents ― including members of the same family ― who said they grew and used marijuana for medical reasons had complied with state law and that the U.S. government shouldn’t have pursued federal charges against …

Cannabis

The best part of The Last Jedi trailer is that we have no idea what’s going on

The first long-awaited teaser for <i>Star Wars: The Last Jedi</i> is here. But while this tantalizing two minutes of footage has finally given fans the first glimpse of the upcoming sequel, it’s as deliberately vague as the various teasers for <i>The Force Awakens</i> were<i>.</i> Yes, the cinematography is beautiful. …

Star Wars

An introduction to Python on Android

There are many reasons that you might want to start Android development. Building an app that will make you rich and change the world is only one motivation; others include learning to code, building tools that you can use yourself or even just having fun and impressing others. Programming is a …

Python Programming

A Nobel prize winning economist nails why Trump supporters reject the thing that will help them most

From his essay:<p>Trump's victory clearly appears to stem from a sense of economic powerlessness, or a fear of losing power, among his supporters. To them, his simple slogan, "make America great again," sounds like "make <i>you</i> great again." Economic power will be given to the multitudes, without taking …

Economics

The Big Con: what is really at stake in this US election

Big government helped make America great but it was so successful its effect has become invisible. Anti-Washington hatred helps only the super-rich and puts progress at risk for millions living with wage stagnation and rising inequality<p><i>Do you remember, your President Nixon?</i><p><i>Do you remember, the</i> …

The Case Against Reality

A professor of cognitive science argues that the world is nothing like the one we experience through our senses.<p>As we go about our daily lives, we tend to assume that our perceptions—sights, sounds, textures, tastes—are an accurate portrayal of the real world. Sure, when we stop and think about …

Consciousness

Deadly Opioid Overwhelms First Responders And Crime Labs in Ohio

Jamie Landrum has been a police officer for two years in District 3 on the west side of the Cincinnati. In late August, the city was hit by 174 overdoses in six days. Landrum says officers were scarce.<p>"We were literally going from one heroin overdose, and then being on that one, and hearing someone …

Crime

MIRROR NEURONS and imitation learning as the driving force behind the great leap forward in human evolution

<i>Research Professor/Professor Emeritus, University of Maryland, Baltimore County; Author, Curious Behavior: Yawning, Laughing, Hiccupping, and …

Consciousness

The Evolutionary Argument Against Reality

As we go about our daily lives, we tend to assume that our perceptions — sights, sounds, textures, tastes — are an accurate portrayal of the real world. Sure, when we stop and think about it — or when we find ourselves fooled by a perceptual illusion — we realize with a jolt that what we perceive …

Consciousness

The Obamacare Paradox: The Real Reason Health Insurance Companies Don't Like the ACA

Health insurance can be confusing. Take the Affordable Care Act (aka "Obamacare"). Health insurance companies spent a lot of money lobbying to make sure they'd profit from the eventual system. They were so successful, in fact, that a frequent criticism of Obamacare is that it's just a "giveaway to …

Health Care

Researchers think they've found the holy grail of secure passwords — using poetry

Fortunately for all of us, a pair of researchers say they have solved this problem — using poetry.<p>Marjan Ghazvininejad and Kevin Ghazvininejad, both of the University of Southern California, have published a paper that presents creating a poem from randomly selected words as an easy way to create a …

Southern California

Why Does the (White) Lower Middle Class Vote Republican?

During the 2008 Presidential election, 51% of white voters who earned less than $50,000<p>a year voted for John McCain. The Pew Research Center reported that, during the 2012 election, the GOP held a 54 percent to 37 per cent advantage over Democrats among whites without a college degree -- which …

Income Inequality