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Cannabis Stocks Begin To Reflect The Real Industry

When I first began following the publicly-traded cannabis stocks in early 2013, I was most surprised to see how the companies that purported to be serving the industry were actually doing so little in that regard. It was just a handful or two of companies, and none of them actually grew or sold …

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Photo Basics: Watch This Crash Course on Using Your Camera’s Manual Mode for Better Photos (VIDEO)

You’ve probably heard someone boast that, “You’re not a real photographer until you switch your camera’s mode dial from Auto to Manual.” While we …

What is Zone Focusing and How Do You Use It?

Zone focusing, or ‘scale focusing’, is the systematic pre-focusing of a lens at specific distance and aperture to achieve a sharp image. Arguably one …

Manual Settings for Beginner Photographers

Recently an intern joined me and drove me up the wall with questions about manual settings for photogra​​phy. Questions like ​”What zoom range should …

The Scandals of Donald Trump: Presidential Edition

In an attempt to cast doubt on one controversy, Russian interference in the election, the president fired the FBI director—creating a second, and drawing new attention to the first.<p>The thing about scandals is they tend to beget other scandals.<p>Take the various probes into Russian interference in the …

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Donald Trump’s ‘Blind’ Trust Sees No Evil

The framers of our Constitution were fully aware of European monarchs—like Trump, kings of debt—who were secretly on the payroll of other countries …

Noam Chomsky: Is it fair to worry about Trump staging a false flag terrorist attack?

<b>Noam Chomsky (Getty/William B. Plowman)</b><p>Chomsky warns of scapegoating vulnerable people in an interview: “That can turn out to be very ugly.”<p>Jan Frel<p>March 27, 2017 7:16pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>It's March 2017, and the political process and the media in the U.S. are a …

President Sanders? Bernie would have beaten Trump

If Democrats had made a different choice in the primaries last spring, Bernie Sanders would be assembling his Cabinet right now. A reading of voting patterns in the presidential election suggests that the Vermont senator would have beaten Donald Trump.<p>Trump won the election by prevailing in the …

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US privacy board in disarray before Trump takes office

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal board responsible for protecting Americans against abuses by spy agencies is in disarray just weeks before …

Pope in Christmas speech blasts Vatican resistance to reform

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Thursday denounced the resistance he's encountering in reforming the Vatican bureaucracy, saying some of it is …

The “drunken monkey” hypothesis might explain why humans enjoy alcohol

Drinking and producing alcohol are among the most universal of human behaviors. On the face of it, there is no obvious connection between today’s casual (or excessive) drinking of alcohol, and the natural ecology of monkeys, apes and other primates living in tropical forests. So why do we have such …

Provincial newspaper publisher shot dead after writing a column alleging official negligence, sparking calls for investigation<p>A Philippine provincial newspaper publisher has been shot dead after writing a column alleging official negligence over a recently discovered methamphetamine laboratory, in …

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The long and complicated road to understanding Jeff Sessions and matters of race

Jeff Sessions' uneasy history with race can be traced back to the long, winding roads that cut through the pine forests and farmland in this deep corner of the Deep South.<p>As a boy, Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III began each day before dawn, boarding a segregated bus to his all-white school. En …

Civil Rights

How Sex Became a Four-Letter Word

In the 70s, Americans celebrated promiscuity. Today, it terrifies us—and we may never unlearn that fear.<p>As I get older, I come closer to an unpleasant but undeniable realization: there's no such thing as progress when it comes to sex.<p>This wasn't how I saw things as I entered adulthood in the 1970s, …

Hologram porn coming to your phone; start thanking CamSoda

Studies can’t seem to agree on just how big porn is in America, but one thing is for sure: the industry is making bank! Everyone needs some sexy time, right? And the cool thing is the industry is known for adopting and pushing new technologies forward, and it’s time for a new era. Today CamSoda is …

U.N. Council to Vote on Resolution for 'Cease' of Israeli Settlements

UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations Security Council is due to vote on Thursday on a draft resolution that would demand that Israel "immediately and completely cease all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem."<p>Egypt circulated the draft on Wednesday …

Bitcoin is surging

The price of digital currency bitcoin continues to surge on Thursday, up over 5% against the dollar by mid-morning in London.<p>The digital currency broke through $800 a bitcoin on Wednesday and ended the day at $826.29. Bitcoin's rise is continuing on Thursday, up 5.7% at 10.10 a.m. GMT (5.10 a.m. …

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President-elect Trump is not even accurately representing his own party’s views, so how can he claim to represent the rest of the country?<p>Related: American democracy is being derailed. Can faith be restored? | Richard Wolffe<p>In the wee morning hours following the election, in the decked-out ballroom …

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Governments are demanding more and more information about people on Facebook

On Wednesday, the social network said that government requests for user account data rose 27% in the first half of 2016 compared to the second half of last year.<p>And that H2 2015 figure was already up 13% on the first half of 2015.<p>In the most recent report, US law enforcement agencies topped the …

Privacy

Map of the entire visible universe released to the public

In 2010, the Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System (Pan-STARRS) was fired up and pointed towards the heavens. Equipped with the …

Universe

Still Lifes from Guantanamo Bay

The following Images have been reviewed by the U.S. Military prior to transmission. A television, protected by plexigl<p>... VIEW MORE<p>John Moore—Getty …

The nearly invisible president-elect: Trump’s work keeps him mostly out of view

When President-elect Barack Obama announced his nominee for attorney general eight years ago, he introduced Eric H. Holder Jr. at a news conference with extensive remarks about his qualifications and then handed the podium over to Holder to outline his vision for the Justice Department.<p>When …

NASA's 'Impossible' EmDrive Could Actually Work, Even If It Breaks The Laws Of Physics

Even NASA doesn't know how it works.<p>NASA scientists have determined that an ‘impossible’ engine that could take us to Mars in just 10 weeks does …

The Logic of the Police State

<b>People Are Waking Up to the Darkness in American Policing, and the Police Don't Like It One Bit</b><p><i>Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com</i><p>If you’ve been listening to various police agencies and their supporters, then you know what the future holds: anarchy is coming -- and it’s all the fault of activists.<p>In …

After 5 Rejections, Apple Accepts App That Tracks U.S. Drone Strikes

Persistence, it turns out, does pay off. After rejecting it five times, Apple has finally approved an app that tracks every U.S. drone strike and …

NSA tracked millions of cell phones around the world

<b>(Shutterstock)</b><p>According to Snowden leak, agency collected nearly 5 billion records a day on the whereabouts of cellphones<p>Natasha Lennard<p>December 4, 2013 8:26pm (UTC)<p>According to the latest leak to go public from Edward Snowden's NSA document trove, the spy agency hoarded a vast database of …

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Consumer drones are coming, and they will change everything

Advertisement<p>30 Comments<p>I recently spent a week flying the DJI Phantom 2 Vision quadcopter. It’s a 2.5 pound drone with an attached camera and easy …

Absurd Creature of the Week: Glow-in-the-Dark Shark Makes Cookies Out of Flesh

Author: Matt Simon. Matt Simon Science<p>Date of Publication: 11.29.13.<p>Time of Publication: 6:30 am. 6:30 am<p>Marathon swimmer Mike Spalding was 10 hours …