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6 Brave Researchers Busting the Myths Behind Everything We Think We Know About Drugs

To get the public on board with the violent, expensive and ultimately unsuccessful war on drugs, the government has had to spin some pretty elaborate stories about drugs and their users. The goal has been to strike fear into people about the looming dangers in order to justify militarising against them.

However, thanks to the work of determined researchers who refused to accept these unfounded claims, most of the lies surrounding drugs have been debunked. In recent years the opinion of the American people has shifted to support a public health oriented outlook on drugs.

Leaked Documents Expose Secret Contracts Between NSA and Tech Companies

Internal National Security Agency documents published by the Intercept earlier this month provide powerful evidence of active collaboration by the large technology corporations with the US government’s worldwide surveillance operations. The documents give a glimpse of efforts by the American state—the scale and complexity of which are astonishing—to penetrate, surveil and manipulate information systems around the world.

Reportedly leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden, the documents catalogue a dizzying array of clandestine intelligence and surveillance operations run by the NSA, CIA and other US and allied security bureaucracies, including infiltration of undercover agents into corporate entities, offensive cyber-warfare and computer network exploitation (CNE), theoretical and practical aspects of encryption cracking, and supply chain interdiction operations that “focus on modifying equipment in a target’s supply chain.”

Psychedelics in Art, Science and Healing: New Zealand March 2015

An update on the event Psychedelics NZ and openUReyes are planning for next year via Amadeus Diamond of Psychedelics NZ.
An Indiegogo crowd funding campaign is about to be launched in the next few days with some really great incentives for people to pledge money to this cause which will be offered and explained at the campaign launch. Part of the costs of running this event will also be covered by grants.

This event will be a combination of Film Festival, Symposium/Lecture, Art Exhibition and Live Performance/Music.
The venue is The Paramount in Wellington NZ. The exact dates will be confirmed very soon and programme announcements and an event website are also coming soon.

Fukushima Fallout’s About to Touch Down on the West Coast

According to the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, radiation from Japan’s 2011 Fukushima disaster is advancing on North America’s West Coast.

Because government organizations aren’t testing the waters for radiation, Ken Buesseler, who’s a chemical oceanographer, launched an effort at Woods Hole. The results of 40 tests done off the shores of the West Coast, including down south off California, will be released at a November 13 conference.

FBI admits it doesn't know where Marathon bombs were built, despite massive surveillance state

According to WBZ news reporter Christina Hager, the FBI still doesn't know where the bombs that exploded at the Boston Marathon in 2013 were manufactured.

It's worth remembering that in May 2013 officials told CNN something totally different. Back then they trumpeted assertions that the bombs were built in Tamerlan Tsarnaev's Cambridge apartment. And they provided details: "explosives residue...turned up in at least three places, the source said: the kitchen table, the kitchen sink and the bathtub." That's a little different from what US Attorney Carmen Ortiz wrote in a brief for the prosecution against Tamerlan's little brother, a year later.

NOV 08 International Day of Action Against the TPPA New Zealand

On 8 November 2014 Kiwis will kickstart the global day of action against the TPPA. TPPA poses an enormous threat to NZ's ability to regulate for itself, and gives foreign investors and multinationals new rights to control our laws. This could mean losing the ability to regulate our workplaces, our environment, our health and education systems and much more.

AUCKLAND: Saturday, November 8 at 1:00pm Aotea Square

HAMILTON: Saturday, November 8 at 1:00pm Garden Place Victoria Street, Hamilton

RAGLAN: Saturday, November 8 at 10:00am Raglan Jetty at the end of Bow Street

TAURANGA: Saturday, November 8 at 1:00pm Red Square Tauranga

ROTORUA: Saturday, November 8 at 1:00pm Location: Kuirau Park Markets

What research says about cats: they're selfish, unfeeling, environmentally harmful creatures

Compared to dogs, scientists have found, cats don't seem to have the same sort of emotional attachment to their owners, and show genuine affection far less often than you might think. Further, they're an environmental disaster, killing literally billions of birds in the US every year — many of them from endangered species.

Most alarmingly, there's compelling evidence that a parasite often found in cat feces can subtly change people's personalities over time, increasing rates of neuroticism, schizophrenia, and perhaps even suicide.

Only 84 of 2,379 US Drone Attack Victims in Pakistan Confirmed Al-Qaeda Militants

CIA drones strikes in Pakistan have killed nearly 2,400 people since 2004. But despite US claims it just hits “confirmed terrorist targets,” only 84 of the victims have been named Al-Qaeda members, a report revealed.

On October 11, the US carried out its 400th drone strike in northwest Pakistan since its strikes started there in 2004. In almost a decade, 2,379 people have been killed.

“Only 704 of the 2,379 dead have been identified, and only 295 of these were reported to be members of some kind of armed group,” the UK-based Bureau of Investigative Journalism found out.

Australia will spend over $500 million hosting this year’s G20 meetings

Paid for with health and welfare cuts.

In the world of ordinary taxpayers that is a lot of money that could otherwise be spent in the nation’s schools, hospitals or other worthwhile public purposes. So what are the benefits of the G20 and can the world’s self-described “premier economic forum” justify its existence?

The G20 came into its own in 2008, when the world was staring down the barrel of the worst financial crisis since World War II. The initial Washington and London Summits held six months apart in 2008 and 2009 made substantial progress in averting a deeper global financial crisis.

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