The World Health Organization‘s new report on cannabidiol (CBD) found that the compound (which does not produce any kind of high -- and may actually counteract the psychoactive properties of THC) is not addictive, has no potential for abuse, and shows promise in a number of medical trials. (more)
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A pass to the national parks (80); vulva-shaped chocolates (20; a donation to Planned Parenthood (varies); anything from Patagonia (they‘re suing Trump); ACLU tees (28); Cards Against Humanity (25) and many more items, all in The Guardian‘s Ultimate gift guide for the Trump-hater in your life. (Thanks, Mom!)
As the father of a five-month old baby and the owner of a copy of Dark Souls: Prepare To Die Edition, this has been the funniest 11 seconds of 2017.
The annual Share Festival, held in both Turin and Belgrade, features a juried prize for electronic art; this year‘s theme is "Fr@nkenstein: The Modern Prometheus," and will be judged by an international panel under the direction of Bruce Sterling and Jasmina Tesanovic. (more)
Epidemiology is intrinsically at odds with right-wing ideology: the idea that all humans have a shared microbial and viral destiny, one that entwines the poorest and richest among us, which cannot be severed by the highest walls or all the private security in the world is a significant barrier to anyone who dreams of Going Galt and declaring themselves to be responsible only to themselves -- there is no Ayn Rand novel thick enough to stop you fr
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9PNoJoTpnFk Hidden fees awere long ago regulated on utility bills, but time and legal ingenuity (not to mention consumers drifting from phone companies to wireless and cable service providers) has made them commonplace once again. Comcast, says this customer, is robbing you with duplicative and meaningless line-item charges. The end of Net Neutrality is only a new frontier in a well-established treadmill of not-so
Kentuckywired is a project to run fiber between cities in Kentucky, creating a high speed network for the state‘s operations. It involves a lot of expensive public works -- digging up streets and highways to lay down relatively cheap fiber and conduit (the digging is the expensive part). (more)
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Sarah Jeong is right (as usual): Rogue One is about internet freedom, a movie about the struggle to upload a large file under time-constraint in a post-Net-Neutrality dystopia where Dropbox is a distant memory and you can‘t just email a file to yourself for later reference. (more)
Tis the season (1:12:27). (more)
Science Friday‘s beautiful "File Not Found" series looks at the thorny questions of digital preservation: finding surviving copies of data, preserving the media it is recorded upon, finding working equipment to read that media, finding working software to decode the information once it‘s read, clearing the rights to archive it, and maintaining safe, long term archives -- all while being mindful of privacy and other equities. (more)
The FCC is only allowed to change existing policies if they can show evidence of some change in facts, so at yesterday‘s bomb-threat haunted hearing to destroy Net Neutrality, Trump FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and his Republican colleagues made a pro-forma recitation of the reasons justifying his extreme actions. (more)
In a speech to graduates of the FBI Academy, Trump talked about calling on Congress to end "chain migration" and "visa lottery," and compared legal immigrants to trash. "You think the countries [are] givin‘ us their best people? No. What kind of system is that? They come in by a lottery. They give us their worst people. They put ‘em in a bin...really the worst of the worst. ‘Congratulations, you‘re going to the Unite
Motherboard -- an imprint of Vice -- has announced that it will build a community ISP branching off its Brooklyn headquarters, built on meshing wireless protocols, and connected to the internet via high-speed fiber lines terminating at a network exchange. (more)
As a Royal Commission in Australia wraps up its investigation into decades of rape by priests (especially rape of children), and decades of Church officials obstructing investigation into the rape, Melbourne Archbishop Denis Hart says he‘ll ask the Pope to change the rules so that celibacy for priests is voluntary, not mandatory. (more)
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UPS was supposed to deliver an inheritance check for 664,850 (846,650 Canadian dollars) to a man whose father died. The check never arrived. When UPS lost it, they decided 32 was fair compensation. According to Fortune: Lorette Taylor‘s father had died and left his children a large chunk of cash, which Taylor, as executor, had to divide between herself and two siblings. When she tried to do so in February, her bank-TD Canada Trust-said i
In defending his vote to dismantle Net Neuratlity rules, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai insisted that not much would change for consumers; ISPs would voluntarily refrain from degrading internet service. Michael Powell, president of the telecom lobbyist N.C.T.A., wrote that the good ol‘ invisible hand of the free market would ensure that the principles of net neutrality would still be adhered to: "Degrading the internet, blocking speech and tramplin
This puppy looked so far gone, I don‘t think most people would have thought they could bring it back to life. But the determined, resourceful cyclist who found the pup did everything right, including cutting off the bottom of a water bottle and then using it as a tube to breath air into the puppy‘s mouth. The incredible rescue in this video is hard to watch, but seems to have a happy ending I only wish we could find out how the pu
Derek Yach, president of The Foundation for a Smoke-Free World, sent a letter to 344 public health researchers and groups inviting them to bid for grants from a 1b fund set up by tobacco giant -- the list was a roster of Yach‘s former colleagues from his stint at the World Health Organization. (more)
Chicago boasts one of the nation‘s most corrupt police forces: Chicago PD ran an off-the-books secret torture site; stole millions from innocents and used the funds to buy illegal surveillance gear; has more than 125,000 outstanding abuse complaints; conducted an illegal extortion racket and a coverup that went to the highest levels; is systemically racist and corrupt; a force that tolerates cops who cover up and celebrate murder (no surpr
What does a Jedi use to open a PDF file? Adobe-Wan Kenobi.
Trump sure knows how to pick ‘em. This judiciary nominee, Matthew Spencer Petersen, up for a seat on the US District Court for the District of Columbia, was completely out of his element when asked basic questions at his hearing by GOP Sen. John Kennedy. In fact, he can‘t answer a single question the way someone qualified for the job should answer. The poor fellow looks awkward and uncomfortable, to say the least. "Have you ever