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The US has reached the last stage before collapse

In <i>The History of the Decline and Fall of The Roman Empire</i>, Edward Gibbon luridly evokes the Rome of 408 A.D., when the armies of the Goths prepared to descend upon the city.<p>The marks of imperial decadence appeared not only in grotesque displays of public opulence and waste, but also in the collapse …

Big Ideas

Venture capital has a new way of cashing in on blockchain bonanza — here’s what you need to know about SAFTs

Just as blockchain technology is shaking up the startup space, it's also revamping the way venture capital firms invest in emerging companies.<p>Over the last year and a half, startups have raised nearly $4 billion through initial coin offerings, or ICOs, which are a kind of unregulated fundraising …

Cryptocurrency

There's A Murky New Way To Raise Money And Regulators Are Not Amused

Startups have raised more than $1 billion from unregulated "initial coin offerings" this year, but the party won't last forever.<p>One of the biggest trends in startup funding this year has been the ICO, or initial coin offering. It’s a weird and novel way for companies to crowdfund money by selling, …

Toronto police raid and shut down dozens of marijuana dispensaries

About 45 of Canadian city’s 83 unlicensed dispensaries targeted for alleged recreational sales in latest local crackdown amid federal plans to legalize drug<p>Toronto police have raided and shut down dozens of marijuana dispensaries in Canada’s largest city, in the latest crackdown by local …

DEA could reclassify marijuana, allowing doctors to conduct more research

<i>Corrections & Clarifications: An earlier version of this story gave the incorrect states in which Pazoo Labs operates marijuana testing labs. They are Colorado and Nevada.</i><p>DENVER — Marijuana users, researchers and investors are eager to hear whether federal officials will remove pot from the same …

Blockchain open sources Thunder network, paving the way for instant bitcoin transactions

Blockchain, the company behind the world’s most popular bitcoin wallet, has been quietly working on an interesting project called Thunder. The Thunder network is an alternative network of nodes that lets you make off-chain bitcoin payments in seconds and settle back to the bitcoin blockchain every …

The DEA will soon decide whether the US should stop treating marijuana like heroin

While 23 states and Washington, DC now allow some form of medical marijuana, weed remains in the tightly-regulated Schedule I category alongside heroin, LSD, ecstasy, and other drugs deemed to have no accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse. Cocaine and methamphetamine are among the …

Cannabis

Marijuana Activists to Bring 51-Foot Inflatable Joint to White House

Proponents of legal marijuana in Washington, D.C. plan to make their case in front of the White House on Saturday by having a “smoke-in,” bringing …

There is a 'game changer' technology on Wall Street and people keep confusing it with bitcoin

Goldman Sachs says the technology "has the potential to redefine transactions" and can change "everything."<p>JPMorgan last month announced it was launching a trial project with the blockchain startup led by its former executive, Blythe Masters.<p>Her company, Digital Asset Holdings, has secured funding …

Blockchain

Cannabis preserved India's ancient Ellora caves from decay for 1,500 years

Indian archaeologists have discovered that hemp played a key role in preserving the ancient Ellora caves in the western state of Maharashtra. New …

Wall Street vets bet on marijuana commodity exchange

Legal marijuana is a $5 billion business in the United States, and Steve Janjic figured he'd get a piece of it. With a commodity exchange. For a product that can't be transported across state lines.<p>Not to worry. "It's never easy to pioneer an industry," says Janjic, a former foreign-exchange …

The Complete Guide to Android Marshmallow

With every new operating system update, new features are added and existing features are tweaked to offer a better user experience. While that’s good …

Android News

Supreme Court may decide on Colorado marijuana legalization case

The U.S. Supreme Court may be nearing a decision on whether to hear a case brought against Colorado by two neighboring states over marijuana …

Intuitionistic Type Theory

[New Entry by Peter Dybjer and Erik Palmgren on February 12, 2016.] Intuitionistic type theory (also constructive type theory or Martin-Lof type …

Stanford University

Smoke, Flicks, and Chill: Spirituality and Philosophy - Culture

There’s just something about cannabis that makes people introspective and prone to getting quite philosophical.The urge to wax poetic about life, …

Colorado's newest pot shop tied to strip club and mayor

GLENDALE, Colo. (AP) — Colorado's newest pot shop has some wondering whether strippers and weed are too closely aligned on a busy highway just east of downtown Denver.<p>The Smokin Gun Apothecary opened on a site formerly occupied by the Denver area's best known strip club, Shotgun Willie's. The strip …

Report: Facebook is deleting medical marijuana pages

<i>NJ.com</i> reports that Facebook has deleted the business pages of medical marijuana dispensaries -- three in New Jersey so far as well as a handful of others across the nation -- for violating the site's terms of service. In their place, the dispensaries found note reading "We remove any promotion or …

CITI: The technology banks are going wild for could turn them into 'dumb pipes'

Banks are going wild for the blockchain, the technology first invented to underpin bitcoin.<p>Also known as "distributed ledger" technology, blockchain uses complex cryptography and a wide network of duplicated ledgers to let people transact directly with one another online without going through a …

World Economic Forum

California marijuana growers face new crop of local bans

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — When the California Legislature passed the state's first comprehensive medical marijuana regulations in September, pot advocates hoped the move heralded a new era of trust in their often-tumultuous relationship with wary local officials and police.<p>So far, it hasn't turned …

Cannabis

Protect Your Privacy & Security on the Internet With These Tools

1/12<p>Free Tools For Privacy Verification<p>Here are some free tools you can use to keep a company in line with their privacy practices. There are also some tools to prevent third parties (companies who track you) from getting your information as you browse the web.<p>2/12<p>1. Mitmproxy<p>Using Mitmproxy, a …

Privacy

Obama has asked the Supreme Court to throw out a case challenging Colorado's pot legalization

In their challenge to Colorado's law, filed in December 2014, Nebraska and Oklahoma said marijuana is being smuggled across their borders and that drugs threaten the health and safety of children.<p>Nebraska and Oklahoma noted that marijuana remains illegal under federal law and said Colorado has …

Cannabis

Skunk 'causes damage to vital nerve fibres'

Skunk has been shown to damage the corpus callosum, the structure that allows communication between the brain's left and right hemispheres<p>Powerful "skunk weed" cannabis causes significant damage to vital nerve fibres linking the two halves of the brain, a study has found.<p>The damage occurs in the …

Cannabis

Legal marijuana stirs hope in Illinois town

ALBION, Ill. (AP) — A skunky aroma fills the room in which hundreds of lush marijuana plants grow, some nearly ready for harvest. Grower Ashley Thompson, a former high school agriculture teacher in this rural part of southeastern Illinois, takes the scent of weed home with her.<p>She doesn't mind. …

Donald Trump Is Saving Our Democracy

The importance of Donald Trump<p>Far from destroying our democracy, he’s exposing all its phoniness and corruption in ways as serious as he is not. And …

Republican Party

Ohio court orders new wording for marijuana legalization referendum

CLEVELAND (Reuters) - Ohio state officials must quickly change the wording of a voter referendum on the legalization of marijuana for medicinal and recreational use that is inaccurate and omits essential information, the state Supreme Court has ruled.<p>A ballot board, which has three Republicans and …

Cannabis

Study: Pot more a habit for college students than cigarettes

More U.S. college students are making a habit of using marijuana, which has supplanted cigarettes as the smoke-able substance of choice among undergraduates who light up regularly, a study released Tuesday found.<p>Just under 6 percent of the full-time students surveyed by University of Michigan …

College & University