Cynthia McKinney, seen in a photo from 2008, was the Green Party’s presidential candidate that year. (Wikimedia Commons)
A former US congresswoman claimed on Twitter that an Israeli photographer had been on hand for massacres in Nice and Munich, proving that Israel had a hand in both attacks.
Cynthia McKinney, a Democrat and former member of the US House of Representatives from Georgia, posted a video on Twitter with the message: “Same Israeli photographer captures Nice and Munich tragedies. How likely is that? Remember the Dancing Israelis?…”
The video claimed that Richard Gutjahr, a German journalist married to former Israeli Knesset member Einat Wilf, had been present for both a rampage by a truck driver in Nice, France, earlier this month that left 84 dead, and a shooting at a mall in Munich in which nine teenagers were killed.
This hypocrisy monster called the War on Drugs has ceased to have any relevance or effectiveness in combating drug abuse. On the contrary, it is harming and killing too many people. It is time to retire this stupid and racist concept and vaporize it out of our reality.
The drug industry created the opioid addiction epidemic and changing pain prescription guidelines to make opioids the first choice for many types of chronic pain.
A famous study called the European Prostitute Study actually showed the primary risk factor for HIV and AIDS was neither sexual exposure nor IV exposure, but rather opiate exposure. It is believed that overstimulation of the opioid receptors, as from opioid drugs, results in severe immune impairment.
Americans use the most opioids of any nation; in 2013, 16,000 Americans died from overdosing on narcotic painkillers
The drug industry created the opioid addiction epidemic by introducing long-acting opioid painkillers like OxyContin and changing pain prescription guidelines to make opioids the first choice for many types of chronic pain
Drug industry also promoted the long-term use of opioids, even though there’s no evidence that using these drugs long term is safe and effective, and downplayed the risk of addiction to these drugs
Now the U.S. government has approved opioid legislation that feeds profits right back to the drug industry by focusing on treatment for painkiller addiction and making anti-addiction drugs more easily available
While most drugs come with a long list of potentially devastating side effects, painkillers — courtesy of their addictive nature — tend to be among the most lethal. Prescriptions for opioid painkillers have risen by 300 percent over the past 10 years,1 and Americans use 80 percent of the world’s opioids.2
In Alabama, which has the highest opioid prescription rate in the U.S., 143 prescriptions are written for every 100 people.3 A result of this trend is that overdose deaths from painkillers now far surpass those from illicit street drugs.
In 2013, about 23,000 Americans died from overdosing on prescription drugs, and painkillers accounted for about 16,000 of those deaths.4
Drug Industry Is Responsible for Mass Addiction
Many believe the drug companies that create and sell these drugs need to be held accountable for this dangerous trend, especially since several have been caught lying about the benefits and risks of their drugs.
As noted by the Organic Consumers Association (OCA),5 the drug industry has “fostered the opioid addiction epidemic” in several ways, by:
• Introducing long-acting opioid painkillers like OxyContin, which prior to reformulation in 2010 could be snorted or shot. Many addicts claimed the high from OxyContin was better than heroin.
In fact, from a chemical standpoint, OxyContin is nearly identical to heroin, and has been identified as a major gateway drug to heroin
• Changing pain prescription guidelines to make opioids the first choice for lower back pain and other pain conditions that previously did not qualify for these types of drugs.
Even the World Health Organization (WHO) has had a hand in this problem, although it restricted its promotion of narcotic painkillers to cancer patients6
• Promoting long-term use of opioids, even though there’s no evidence that using these drugs long term is safe and effective
• Downplaying and misinforming doctors and patients about the addictive nature of opioid drugs. OxyContin, for example, became a blockbuster drug mainly through misleading claims, which Purdue Pharma knew were false from the start.
The basic promise was that it provided pain relief for a full 12 hours, twice as long as generic drugs, giving patients “smooth and sustained pain control all day and all night.”
However, for many the effects don’t last anywhere near 12 hours, and once the drug wears off, painful withdrawal symptoms set in, including body aches, nausea and anxiety. These symptoms, in addition to the return of the original pain, quickly begin to feed the cycle of addiction.7
A 2015 article8 in The Week does a great job revealing the promotional strategy developed by Purdue, and backed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), that has led to such enormous personal tragedy. As noted in this article,
“The time-release conceit even worked on the FDA, which stated that ‘Delayed absorption, as provided by OxyContin tablets is believed to reduce the abuse liability of a drug.'”
New Hampshire Suing Over Deceptive Marketing
Several states are indeed trying to hold drug makers accountable for the epidemic of addiction.9
One of them is New Hampshire, where the state attorney general’s office has filed a lawsuit against Purdue Pharma, accusing the company of deceptive marketing, saying it misrepresented the risks and benefits of long-term opioid use for chronic pain.
But while the attorney general’s legal team consists of three people, Purdue has 19 lawyers on the case. As reported by Concord Monitor:10
“One year after the state attorney general’s office filed subpoenas against five large drug companies to discover how addictive painkillers have been marketed in the state, the pharmaceutical giants have handed over nothing more than legal briefs …
The current legal fight is whether the attorney general’s office can hire outside help.
All of the drug companies have refused to turn over any internal documents, as long as the attorney general’s office works with hired counsel — Cohen Milstein — a firm that has litigated similar cases against the pharmaceutical industry.
Lawyers representing the drug companies have argued Cohen Milstein has an inherent bias against them because it will only get paid if the state takes future legal action against the drug companies.
A Merrimack County Superior Court judge recently sided with the state, but the drug companies are refusing to budge … ‘They don’t want us to know, that’s for sure,’ Boffetti said. ‘We can have no resources; they’ll do everything they can to prevent us from seeing the documents.'”
OxyContin — The $30 Billion ‘Widow Maker’
Since its approval in 1996, Purdue has raked in more than $31 billion from the sale of OxyContin. Sales remained unaffected even after Purdue and three of its executives pleaded guilty in 2007 to criminal charges of misleading regulators, doctors and patients about the drug’s addiction and abuse risk.
The company paid $600 million in fines and payments. The three executives, which included Purdue’s president and one of its lawyers, agreed to pay another $34.5 million in fines after pleading guilty of misbranding.11
As early as 2003, the FDA ordered Purdue to pull its printed advertisements for OxyContin, saying the ads “grossly misrepresent” the drug’s safety profile.12
Despite such obvious warning signs that opioids were being misrepresented and misbranded, little was done to rein in their use. More than 194,000 people have died from overdoses involving opioids, including OxyContin, since 1999. During this time, the death rate from overdoses among women has risen by 450 percent.
Addiction among younger adults has also dramatically risen. As noted by Dr. Andrew Kolodny, founder of Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing (PROP), many get caught in a cycle of addiction after being prescribed an opioid drug for a sports injury or wisdom tooth extraction.13
But the elderly are the most vulnerable group. Not only are they prescribed opioids more often than younger people, they also have the highest addiction and death rate.
Beware: Opiates Are Potent Immunosuppressive Drugs
Earlier this month, I interviewed Dr. Thomas Cowan, a family physician and founding board member of the Weston A. Price Foundation (WAPF), about the use of low-dose naltrexone (LDN) for autoimmune diseases. Naltrexone is an opiate antagonist, originally developed in the early 1960s for the treatment of opioid addiction. It blocks the effects of the narcotic by attaching to opioid receptors in your body.
For heroin overdoses, a dose of about 30 to 50 milligrams (mg) of naltrexone is used to prevent the fatal respiratory depression from a narcotic overdose. However, when used at a very LOW dose, about one-tenth or less of the dose you’d use for opioid addiction, LDN ends up working as an immune booster.
Cowan shared some interesting and largely unknown information about opioids in that interview. As it turns out, opioids are actually very potent immune suppressors. As such they can wreck your health in serious ways, leaving you far worse off than where you started.
A famous study called the European Prostitute Study actually showed the primary risk factor for HIV and AIDS was neither sexual exposure nor IV exposure, but rather opiate exposure. It is believed that overstimulation of the opioid receptors, as from opioid drugs, results in severe immune impairment.
According to Cowan, you will typically see that as soon as a patient starts taking opiates for chronic pain, their health rapidly declines as their immune system becomes increasingly compromised. Besides avoiding addiction, this is another important factor to consider before you start taking a narcotic pain reliever.
Drugmaker Knew OxyContin Ended Up in Hands of Criminals and Addicts
The Los Angeles Times recently published a scathing exposé on Purdue Pharma, describing how the company had extensive knowledge of and evidence showing their drug OxyContin was being sold through pill mills and organized drug rings,14 yet did nothing to stop it. According to the article:15
“[F]or more than a decade, Purdue collected extensive evidence suggesting illegal trafficking of OxyContin and, in many cases, did not share it with law enforcement or cut off the flow of pills. A former Purdue executive, who monitored pharmacies for criminal activity, acknowledged that even when the company had evidence pharmacies were colluding with drug dealers, it did not stop supplying distributors selling to those stores.
Purdue knew about many suspicious doctors and pharmacies from prescribing records, pharmacy orders, field reports from sales representatives and, in some instances, its own surveillance operations, according to court and law enforcement records …”
Purdue insists it has “at all times complied with the law.”16 Yet according to federal law, drug makers are required to report suspicious drug orders and activity to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and must also reject orders if they suspect the drugs may be sold on the black market. Purdue did neither.
Senate-Approved Opioid Legislation Another Boon for Drugmakers
Frustratingly, government action is simply “feeding the beast” that is Big Pharma. While concerns about rising addiction rates led to the passing of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, which was approved by the U.S. Senate in May, the bill does little to address the root of the problem.17,18
Rather than punish drug makers who promote addiction through misleading or false marketing, the bill focuses on the treatment of addicts and availability of anti-addiction drugs. For example, the bill will allow doctors and nurse practitioners to prescribe buprenorphine, which has previously been notoriously difficult to obtain.
Buprenorphine19 is a partial opioid agonist, so while it’s a type of opioid, it’s less likely to cause a “high,” and hence less likely to promote addiction. Meanwhile, it also functions as a pain reliever.
While safe and effective treatment is certainly necessary, one could argue that replacing one addictive drug with another is not a real solution. Rather than reining in the misuse and excessive use of narcotic painkillers, the bill simply rewards Big Pharma with more orders for more — albeit different — pills!
So the same industry that created the addiction problem in the first place is now rewarded for its callousness, as the government’s plan to address the addiction epidemic simply feeds back into the drug industry’s pockets.
Drug companies intentionally got people addicted and now they’re providing the treatment drugs, which will be paid for by your tax dollars. The 2017 budget will include over $1 billion in “new mandatory funding over two years to expand access to treatment for prescription drug abuse and heroin use.”20 Why isn’t the drug industry being held accountable for at least part of this enormous financial burden?
Instead, drug companies are raking in more money than ever before. For example, with increasing demand, the price for the overdose-reversing drug naloxone (Narcan) has nearly doubled, from $20 to $40 per dose.21 And why isn’t more done to prevent the misuse and overuse of narcotic painkillers in the first place, especially since they’ve been clearly identified as the new gateway drug to heroin?
West Virginia Legislation to Regulate Suboxone Clinics
In West Virginia, Governor Earl Ray Tomblin has proposed a bill that would require addiction clinics using Suboxone to be regulated by the state. Suboxone is a drug consisting of four parts buprenorphine and one part naloxone. Naloxone is considered an “abuse deterrent,” as it causes more painful withdrawal symptoms.
The Tomblin bill would require Suboxone clinics to offer counseling and perform drug testing on all patients to ensure the drug is used as intended. Despite its use as an anti-addiction drug, Suboxone, as well as pure buprenorphine (sold under the brand name Subutex) can and has been abused. As reported by Charleston Gazette-Mail:22
“The bill (SB 454) attempts to crack down on Suboxone clinics that deal in cash. It requires clinics to bill a patient’s health insurance before they bill the patient, so that clinics can’t cater to cash customers who intend to abuse or sell their medication …”
While this may sound all good and well, there are serious questions to be raised here. Suboxone is the sole buprenorphine drug on West Virginia’s “preferred” list for Medicaid coverage, per contract with the maker of the drug, Reckitt Benckiser. Similar drugs, such as Zubsolv and Bunavail, are available in lower doses, which may reduce the risk of abuse, yet they cannot be prescribed to West Virginia Medicaid patients unless Suboxone treatment fails.
Why does West Virginia have such a monopoly contract with Reckitt Benckiser? In December 2013, Reckitt’s offices in Richmond, Virginia, were raided by agents from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Office of Inspector General (OIG). According to a report23 from that time, the search warrant was issued by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Western Virginia.
The company has also been slapped with antitrust lawsuits24,25 by drug wholesalers and insurance companies who claim “Reckitt ‘schemed’ to obstruct generic competition.” The company is also under investigation by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).26,27 Again, while treatment for addiction is important, it seems white-collar pharma criminals are rewarded by this kind of legislation, and the government is basically just providing a monopoly for addiction treatment with another addictive drug.28
Drug Addiction — An Intentionally-Created ‘Disease’
More and more politicians are now starting to view and discuss opioid addiction as a disease,29 but none address the crux of the problem or the elephant in the room, which is that this “disease” has been created intentionally by the drug industry and the federal government. This pays, because then they can make even more money on the drugs issued to treat the addicts.
Meanwhile, low-cost medical marijuana is listed as a Schedule I controlled substance, alongside heroin, LSD and Ecstasy. This really defies all common sense and logic. Schedule I controlled substances have a “high potential for abuse” and “no accepted medical use.”
But when it comes to marijuana, mounting evidence suggests it may in fact have many beneficial medical uses. It appears to be especially helpful for chronic pain conditions. One recent study found patients given the herb experienced 30 percent or greater improvement in pain compared with placebo.30
Other research has found marijuana therapy produced “dramatic physical and mental improvements” in nursing home patients, while simultaneously reducing the need for other medications.31
Medical Marijuana Lowers Prescription Drug Use and Abuse
Other recent research also found that medical marijuana lowers prescription drug use. Could that be why it hasn’t been rescheduled? There are no other truly compelling reasons why addictive narcotics like OxyContin are legal, while marijuana — which is extremely unlikely to kill you even if you take very high amounts — is not.
The video above features W. David Bradford, Ph.D., whose study was published in the journal Health Affairs earlier this month32 As reported by The Washington Post:33
“[R]esearchers at the University of Georgia scoured the database of all prescription drugs paid for under Medicare Part D from 2010 to 2013. They found that, in the 17 states with a medical-marijuana law in place by 2013, prescriptions for painkillers and other classes of drugs fell sharply compared with states that did not have a medical-marijuana law.
The drops were quite significant: In medical-marijuana states, the average doctor prescribed 265 fewer doses of antidepressants each year, 486 fewer doses of seizure medication, 541 fewer anti-nausea doses and 562 fewer doses of anti-anxiety medication. But most strikingly, the typical physician in a medical-marijuana state prescribed 1,826 fewer doses of painkillers in a given year.”
According to Bradford, the Medicare program could save $468 million per year if marijuana was legalized in all U.S. states.34,35 Already, $165 million was saved in 2013 in the 18 states where medical marijuana was legal that year. Similarly, a 2015 working paper by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) states that:36
“If marijuana is used as a substitute for powerful and addictive pain relievers in medical marijuana states, a potential overlooked positive impact of medical marijuana laws may be a reduction in harms associated with opioid pain relievers, a far more addictive and potentially deadly substance.”
Not only did the NBER find that access to state-sanctioned medical marijuana dispensaries resulted in a significant decrease in prescription painkiller overdose deaths, it also led to a 15 to 35 percent drop in substance abuse admissions. So, it would seem medical marijuana — far from being the deadly drug it’s been made out to be — could actually SAVE thousands of lives that would otherwise be destroyed by painkiller addiction and its lethal consequences.
It’s a real travesty that while the U.S. Senate refuses to release its opioid report,37 they’re more than willing to shell out taxpayer money to Big Pharma, both for addictive painkillers AND the drugs to treat addiction.
Are You or Someone You Love Addicted to Painkillers?
Some of the marketing material for opioids claims the drug will not cause addiction “except in very rare cases,” describing the adverse effects patients experience when quitting the drug as a “benign state” and not a sign of addiction. This simply isn’t true. As noted by Kolodny, “It’s not true that patients can be easily tapered off these drugs.”
Panic is one psychological side effect commonly experienced when quitting these drugs, and this can easily fuel a psychological as well as physical dependence on the drug.
It’s important to recognize the signs of addiction, and to seek help. If you’ve been on an opioid for more than two months, or if you find yourself taking higher dosages, or taking the drug more often, you’re likely already addicted and are advised to seek help from someone other than your prescribing doctor. Resources where you can find help include:
With all the health risks associated with opioid painkillers, I strongly urge you to exhaust other options before resorting to these drugs. For a long list of alternative pain treatments, please see my previous article, “How Federal Policies Have Spawned a Heroin Epidemic.”
Put down that drink and grab some weed. There is strong evidence that alcohol causes at least seven types of cancer, while cannabis prevents them.
Writing in the journal Addiction, Jennie Connor at the University of Otago in New Zealand says alcohol is estimated to have caused about half a million deaths from cancer in 2012 alone – 5.8 per cent of cancer deaths worldwide. She found evidence of a link between drinking and cancer of the mouth and throat, larynx, oesophagus, liver, colon, bowel and breast.“We see the risk increasing as the amount of alcohol consumed increases, and we agree that there is solid evidence to conclude that alcohol consumption directly causes cancer,” saysÂ Susannah Brown, science programme manager for the World Cancer Research Fund.
Although the highest risks are from heavy drinking, people who drink at low levels are still at risk. According to Connor, there is no safe level of drinking when it comes to cancer.
Alcohol, regardless of its type (i.e. beer, wine, liquor, etc) is a class A1 carcinogen which are confirmed human carcinogens. Alcohol consumption has been causally related with breast cancer for some time. Increasing evidence indicates a stronger association with neoplasms, though the risk is elevated for other types of breast cancers too. Regardless of how much alcohol is consumed, it will always be a class A1 carcinogen. That doesn’t mean you will get cancer from drinking a beer or a glass wine, but the classification for the substance is clear.
The exact biological reasons for why alcohol causes cancer remain unclear. One theory is that alcohol can damage DNA, causing harmful mutations. In fact, alcohol is the deadliest drug on an individual level, at least when it comes to the likelihood of a person dying due to consuming a lethal dose. Interestingly enough, cannabis, one of the most feared plants can cure cancer.
Cannabis Prevents and Heals Cancer
According to the team of international researchers behind a study, published in the journal ‘Scientific Reports,’ the findings suggest that marijuana risks — at least those related to mortality — are trumped when compared to substances like alcohol.
“The results confirm that the risk of cannabis may have been overestimated in the past,” the report reads. “At least for the endpoint of mortality, the [margin of exposure] for THC/cannabis in both individual and population-based assessments would be above safety thresholds (e.g. 100 for data based on animal experiments). In contrast, the risk of alcohol may have been commonly underestimated.”
Contrary to our previous understanding, it turns out that cannabis can stop and even prevent lung cancer, according to scientistsÂ from the American Association of or Cancer Research. In 2007 the association produced a report demonstrating that the psycho-active ingredient in cannabis,Â Delta-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), “cuts tumor growth in common lung cancer in half and significantly reduces the ability of the cancer to spread.”
This is worth repeating: cannabis can stop lung cancer. Furthermore, Dr. Donald Tashkin, professor emeritus of medicine at UCLA, points out that while tar from cannabis smoke has a higher concentration of cancer-causing materials than tobacco smoke, there seems to be no correlation between inhalation of cannabis smoke into the lungs and the development of lung cancer, which is the opposite for tobacco.
“Although the researchers do not know why THC inhibits tumor growth, they say the substance could be activating molecules that arrest the cell cycle. They speculate that THC may also interfere with angiogenesis and vascularization, which promotes cancer growth.”
A study published inÂ Nature Reviews-Cancer provides an historic and detailed explanation about how THC and natural cannabinoids counteract cancer, but preserve normal cells.
The Guzman study is very important according toÂ Dr. Ethan Russo , a neurologist and world authority on medical cannabis: “Cancer occurs because cells become immortalized; they fail to heed normal signals to turn off growth. A normal function of remodelling in the body requires that cells die on cue. This is called apoptosis, or programmed cell death. That process fails to work in tumors. THC promotes its reappearance so that gliomas, leukemias, melanomas and other cell types will in fact heed the signals, stop dividing, and die.”
“But, that is not all,” explains Dr. Russo: “The other way that tumors grow is by ensuring that they are nourished: they send out signals to promote angiogenesis, the growth of new blood vessels. Cannabinoids turn off these signals as well. It is truly incredible, and elegant.”
1. Many people die from alcohol use. Nobody dies from cannabis use. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that more than 37,000 annual U.S. deaths, including more than 1,400 in Colorado, are attributed to alcohol use alone (i.e. this figure does not include accidental deaths). On the other hand, the CDC does not even have a category for deaths caused by the use of cannabis.
2. People die from alcohol overdoses. There has never been a fatal cannabis overdose. The official publication of the Scientific Research Society, American Scientist, reported that alcohol is one of the most toxic drugs and using just 10 times what one would use to get the desired effect could lead to death. Cannabis is one of — if not the — least toxic drugs, requiring thousands of times the dose one would use to get the desired effect to lead to death. This “thousands of times” is actually theoretical, since there has never been a case of an individual dying from a cannabis overdose. Meanwhile, according to the CDC, hundreds of alcohol overdose deaths occur in the United States each year.
3. The health-related costs associated with alcohol use far exceed those for cannabis use. Health-related costs for alcohol consumers are eight times greater than those for cannabis consumers, according to an assessment recently published in the British Columbia Mental Health and Addictions Journal. More specifically, the annual cost of alcohol consumption is $165 per user, compared to just $20 per user for cannabis. This should not come as a surprise given the vast amount of research that shows alcohol poses far more — and more significant — health problems than cannabis.
4. Alcohol use damages the brain. Cannabis use does not. Despite the myths we’ve heard throughout our lives about cannabis killing brain cells, it turns out that a growing number of studies seem to indicate that cannabis actually has neuroprotective properties. This means that it works to protect brain cells from harm. Research published in the journals Behavioural Brain Research and Experimental Brain Research demonstrated that even extremely low doses of THC (cannabis’s psychoactive component) — around 1,000 to 10,000 times less than that in a conventional cannabis cigarette — can jumpstart biochemical processes which protect brain cells and preserve cognitive function say researchers from Tel Aviv University (TAU). Another example is one recent studywhich found that teens who used cannabis as well as alcohol suffered significantly less damage to the white matter in their brains. Of course, what is beyond question is that alcohol damages brain cells. Scripps scientists discovered that eleven months of alcohol consumption that produced a blood alcohol level sufficient to be considered intoxicated decreased neurogenesis by more than fifty percent! Furthermore, the decrease in neurogenesis lasted for many weeks of abstinence. In contrast to the effects of alcohol, a series of publications during the past few years suggest that stimulating the brain’s cannabis neurotransmitter system appears to have the exact opposite effects upon neurogenesis in the hippocampus of both young and old laboratory animals and humans, i.e. neurogenesis is increased by stimulation of our brain’s cannabis receptors. When we are elderly, our brain displays a dramatic decline in neurogenesis within the hippocampus. This decline may underlie age-associated memory impairments as well as depression. Research has demonstrated that stimulating the brain’s cannabis receptors restores neurogenesis. Thus, later in life, cannabis might actually help your brain, rather than harm it.
5. Alcohol use is linked to cancer. Cannabis use is not. Alcohol use is associated with a wide variety of cancers, including cancers of the esophagus, stomach, colon, lungs, pancreas, liver and prostate. Cannabis use has not been conclusively associated with any form of cancer. In fact, one study recently contradicted the long-time government claim that cannabis use is associated with head and neck cancers. It found that cannabis use actually reduced the likelihood of head and neck cancers. If you are concerned about cannabis being associated with lung cancer, you may be interested in the results of the largest case-controlled study ever conducted to investigate the respiratory effects of cannabis smoking and cigarette smoking. Released in 2006, the study, conducted by Dr. Donald Tashkin at the University of California at Los Angeles, found that cannabis smoking was not associated with an increased risk of developing lung cancer. Surprisingly, the researchers found that people who smoked cannabis actually had lower incidences of cancer compared to non-users of the drug. THC that targets cannabinoid receptors CB1 and CB2 is similar in function to endocannabinoids, which are cannabinoids that are naturally produced in the body and activate these receptors. Researchers suggest that THC or other designer agents that activate these receptors might be used in a targeted fashion to actually treat lung cancer.
6. Alcohol is more addictive than cannabis. Addiction researchers have consistently reported that cannabis is far less addictive than alcohol based on a number of factors. In particular, alcohol use can result in significant and potentially fatal physical withdrawal, whereas cannabis has not been found to produce any symptoms of physical withdrawal. Those who use alcohol are also much more likely to develop dependence and build tolerance. Also when cannabis is more available, studies show that the use of hard drugs like heroin and cocaine actually decreases.
7. Alcohol use increases the risk of injury to the consumer. Cannabis use does not. Many people who have consumed alcohol or know others who have consumed alcohol would not be surprised to hear that it greatly increases the risk of serious injury. Research published this year in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, found that 36 percent of hospitalized assaults and 21 percent of all injuries are attributable to alcohol use by the injured person. Meanwhile, the American Journal of Emergency Medicine reported that lifetime use of cannabis is rarely associated with emergency room visits. According to the British Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, this is because: “Cannabis differs from alcohol … in one major respect. It does not seem to increase risk-taking behavior. This means that cannabis rarely contributes to violence either to others or to oneself, whereas alcohol use is a major factor in deliberate self-harm, domestic accidents and violence.” Interestingly enough, some research has even shown that cannabis use has been associated with a decreased risk of injury.
8. Alcohol use contributes to aggressive and violent behavior. Cannabis use does not. Studies have repeatedly shown that alcohol, unlike cannabis, contributes to the likelihood of aggressive and violent behavior. An article published in the Journal of Addictive Behaviors reported that “alcohol is clearly the drug with the most evidence to support a direct intoxication-violence relationship,” whereas “cannabis reduces the likelihood of violence during intoxication.”
9. Alcohol use is a major factor in violent crimes. Cannabis use is not. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism estimates that 25-30% of violent crimes in the United States are linked to the use of alcohol. According to a report from the U.S. Dept. of Justice, that translates to about 5,000,000 alcohol-related violent crimes per year. By contrast, the government does not even track violent acts specifically related to cannabis use, as the use of cannabis has not been associated with violence. (Of course, we should note that cannabis prohibition, by creating a widespread criminal market, is associated with acts of violence.)
10 Alcohol use contributes to the likelihood of domestic abuse and sexual assault. Cannabis use does not. Alcohol is a major contributing factor in the prevalence of domestic violence and sexual assault. This is not to say that alcohol causes these problems; rather, its use makes it more likely that an individual prone to such behavior will act on it. For example, a study conducted by the Research Institute on Addictions found that among individuals who were chronic partner abusers, the use of alcohol was associated with significant increases in the daily likelihood of male-to-female physical aggression, but the use of cannabis was not. Specifically, the odds of abuse were eight times higher on days when men were drinking; the odds of severe abuse were 11 times higher. According to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) website highlights alcohol as the “most commonly used chemical in crimes of sexual assault” and provides information on an array of other drugs that have been linked to sexual violence. Given the fact that cannabis is so accessible and widely used, it is quite telling that the word “cannabis” does not appear anywhere on the page.
(Toby Moreland is the pen name for a 25-year-old living in Florida in 2009.)
July 26, 2016
from Dec 7, 2009
CEO’s are just highly paid actors. Big investors make the decisions. Most have little allegiance to the corrupt satanic system they serve. We need to appeal to people we’d normally dismiss as part of the “establishment.”
Having tripped across the truthabout 9/11, central banks, etc. in 2006, I set out to get a grasp on the elite class in order to understand their collective mindset.
For three summers, I caddied at one of the most exclusive private golf clubs in the Northeast and had the opportunity to spend four hours at a time with some of the most recognizable stars of the business world and their families. I was not out there asking direct questions like a journalist, just going where the conversations went. Here are some of the impressions these experiences left me with. -Not many of them know. We have to realize that the internet is relatively brand new, and that most successful people with children and grandchildren and money to spend freely haven’t looked into the possibility of hidden satanists at the top of the pyramid. Many internet writers associate firms such as Goldman Sachs and Lehman Brothers with evil itself, but in reality, even with respect to career upper level employees, most of them have no idea. It is highly compartmentalized.
– CEO’s are PR reps, and that’s all they are unless tapped to serve further in the public eye. I have spent many days with a former CEO of a major financial institution that failed, a man who took significant heat in the media for it, and I can tell you he had no control over it. He knows, but he also knows there’s nothing he can do about it. He was a fall guy, and he worked his entire life to get into a position to be a fall guy, and get that golden parachute. The entire system depresses him, as it should, but he is out of it now and trying to enjoy retirement with his lovely wife and children. Who can blame him?
– A former CEO of a major television network, genuinely disillusioned by the system, was very candid with me at times expressing his discontent. After spending several consecutive days with him and his family on the golf course, we began discussing alternative media. When I asked him if four conglomerates own the entire mass media, he corrected me, saying it was only three. When I asked him what group was more influential, the U.S. Congress or the CFR, he smiled and said, “If you’re asking me that question, you already know the answer.” The impression he gave me was that even as CEO, especially as a CEO, your hands are tied. His entire family is composed of first-class individuals.
– One topic that is totally taboo is the Middle East. Never a peep.
– Prescription drug abuse is as common among the wives of the elite as it is on college campuses. While I saw no direct proof of this, I didn’t need to. Money does not buy happiness, often it gives you enough rope to hang yourself with. Most of the super-rich have personal problems, they empathize with other people’s problems, and they genuinely wish things were better for everyone. How can they help our cause?
The real ‘power elite’ that is enslaving mankind is minuscule in numbers and far removed from us. At this stage of the game, the system runs autonomously. It is not necessary for anyone to believe in the merits of the agenda, so long as no one can mount sufficient opposition against it.
It is almost impossible for normal people to identify an agenda based on destruction, distraction and division – three ideas inherently in disagreement with our souls.
What most of us fear has already happened. It has been written in the minds of my generation. It’s a tragedy, and we’re all in it together. There is no one worth antagonizing. There is no one worth blaming. Our opponent is a collection of false ideologies. It can only be conquered with unwavering love and faith in the truth.
Sometimes I think that this movement, whatever it is, behaves like grown children who want to dig people out of their graves and beat the piss out of them.
From Satan to Rothschild to Kissinger, I’m thankful to have learned from all of their errors. If they hadn’t gone to such great lengths in attempting to destroy God, the undeniable spiritual truth, there is no way I could see it so clearly.
An individual(s) who is offering more than six hundred thousand clinical records and related documentation on the deep web, says that he acquired those files after discovering a weakness in protocols – how businesses perform or execute remote desktop functionality.
The hacker, also known as The Dark Over Lord, says that various reputable healthcare institutions were infiltrated, and that they got away with a list containing information on hundreds of thousands of patients from each of these organizations.
According to the hacker, there is a list of more than forty thousand patients discovered in the plain text; obtained via Microsoft Access database, they had simple usernames and passwords. The remaining lists contained more details than the previous ones; information of more than six hundred thousand patients, they were found in an institution based in central United States. The other organization is based in the southeastern part of the United States. However, both remaining lists were found in plain text, while a wrong configuration of the networks allowed the access.
Image Source: The Deep Dot Web – A screenshot of a website selling a database of more than 48,000 patients.
Furthermore, after exploiting the database and informing the companies that their systems were vulnerable, the hacker asked if they would pay him for finding the vulnerabilities, which they refused. As a result, the individual is offering the data for a large cost; the listings vary in cost, starting from 151 BTC, roughly $100,421.04 (as of 21st July), to 607 BTC, roughly $403,679.28 (as of 21st July) Prices may vary depending upon the exchange rates.
The details are for purchase at The Real Deal website – the same origins where login credentials for MySpace and Vkontakte were sold. The Dark Over Lord says that they have been offered some hefty prices, selling the data worth more than a hundred thousand dollars. One chunk of information that was sold, came from the organization belonging to Blue Cross Blue Shield.
Image Source: The Deep Dot Web – A screenshot of a website selling a database of more than 210,000 patients.
However, a few months ago, hackers aimed their talents at corporate systems working with remote desktop protocols, and after discovering them, they brute forced the machines using puny passwords to distribute the Bucbi ransomware (part of the Trojan family and has the ability to destroy your operation system, as well as the hardware itself), which was solely there to collect debit or credit card information.
Image Source: The Deep Dot Web – A screenshot of a website selling a database of more than 397,000 patients.
The strategies used by this hacker can serve as a model for the future of ransomware and other development for hybrid Trojans. The attacker is diminishing the factor for the target, by not allowing them to fix their files from the backup that is available via a copy of the data. So naturally, this allows the victim to go with the decision to pay for the files, in order to recover their important data and not have their information leaked online. For companies, this can lead to a murky water of lawsuits and a discredited reputation.
ISIS claimed responsibility in 3 incidents but direct link to jihadist group hard to prove
Claudia Frosch saw an explosion that injured 15 outside a wine bar in Ansach, Germany and says she is ‘not going out anywhere anymore.’ (Richard Devey/CBC)
The attackers have used knives, a gun, a bomb, an axe and even a truck travelling at high speeds.
The victims were at a shopping mall, on a train, at a bar enjoying a drink with friends or at a church.
And it’s happening, it seems, on a near-daily basis.
Europeans are on edge after six violent attacks in France and Germany over the past two weeks.
“I am really afraid now,” said Claudia Frosch, who witnessed an explosion that injured 15 outside a wine bar in Ansbach, Germany, on Sunday night. “I am not going out anywhere anymore.”
A picture of Rev. Jacques Hamel is placed on flowers at the makeshift memorial in front of the city hall close to the church where a hostage taking left the priest dead on Tuesday in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, Normandy, France. (Francois Mori/Associated Press)
ISIS has claimed responsibility for three of the incidents, while others appear to have no link to any group or ideology other than the wish to kill and maim.
The attacks included:
A man driving a truck through a crowd watching fireworks on Bastille Day in Nice, killing 84 and wounding at least 300. ISIS claimed responsibility. (July 13)
A teenage asylum seeker from Afghanistan wounding five people in an axe attack on board a regional train in Wurzburg, in southern Germany. (July 18)
A failed Syrian asylum seeker detonating a bomb in his backpack in the patio of a wine bar, killing himself and injuring 15 others, at a music festival in the southern German city of Ansbach. (July 24) ISIS claimed responsibility.
Some are acts of violence carried out by troubled individuals. Even in those attacks where ISIS claims its “soldiers” carried out the violence, it’s been difficult to prove a direct link to the jihadist group in terms of training or planning.
And none of the recent incidents bears the hallmark of the two well-planned, orchestrated attacks carried out by ISIS members in Europe: the attacks on Paris last fall that killed 130 and the blasts in Brussels in March that left 32 dead.
The attacks in Germany have taken place in Bavaria, where residents expressed shock because of the numbers of police who are stationed in the region.
“I could understand if these attacks would happen in Cologne, where there are not enough police officers,” said Luger, a taxi driver who only gave his first name, in Ansbach. “Be we have so many police here, it’s surprising.”
Ansbach resident Juliane Eidam says she looks at refugees differently now. (Richard Devey/CBC)
Bavaria is home to many of the one million refugees from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan who have settled in Germany over the last year. It’s also where anti-refugee sentiment is the most vocal in the country.
“I go out onto the streets and I look at these [refugees] different now,” said Ansbach resident Juliane Eidam. “You follow them with your eyes. I am more afraid of them now.”
That is exactly what ISIS wants to hear from Europeans.
The jihadist group has lost about 40 per cent of the territory it controlled in Iraq and 10 to 20 per cent of the land it has seized in Syria, according to the U.S. military.
Given those losses, the self-proclaimed Islamic State in Iraq and Syria is now just as focused on spreading its brand of brutal terror to Europe and North Africa.
Counterterrorism researcher Adam Deen says ISIS should be seen as a ‘wounded animal.’ (Pascal Leblond/CBC)
“We should see ISIS as a wounded animal,” said Adam Deen, a researcher at the counterterrorism think-tank, the Quilliam Foundation.
“[Their] tactic is now to trigger, let’s say self-starters if you like, to create this kind of presence that they’re still here and alive and kicking and causing havoc,” Deen told CBC News.
Still, European countries continue to be vulnerable to the attacks carried out by supporters of ISIS.
Within the European Union, a common intelligence sharing system is lacking. Within many countries, there are communication gaps between various security agencies and government ministries.
“In the face of this threat that has never been greater in France and in Europe, the government is demonstrating an absolute determination in the fight against terrorism,” said French President François Hollande, who also said that ISIS has “declared war” on his country.
But by failing to stop the violence, European residents are increasingly turning their anger toward their leaders.
In Nice recently, residents shouted “resign, resign” at the French Prime Minister Manuel Valls when he visited the city following the truck attack.
Within the European Union, there remain significant divisions on how to deal with the jihadist threat, which ISIS continues to exploit as it urges its followers to continue to carry out attacks in Europe.
Research from Western University professor shows badgers more afraid of humans than bears
Liana Zanette, a researcher at Western University studied the habits of badgers as they heard the sounds of predators, including CBC Radio One programming. (Andrew Marshall Wildlife Photography)
A new study from researchers at Western University in London, Ont. suggests there is nothing that terrifies British badgers more than the sounds of CBC News programming.
Over a five-night period, Western University ecologist Liana Zanette went out to a badger community in Oxford, U.K. just after dusk, as the animals usually came out to eat. Her team buried the badgers’ favourite food — peanuts — and played them a collection of five different sounds while the badgers foraged.
The sounds included sheep, bears, wolves, dogs and people engaged in conversation. The level of perceived fear was measured by how far the badgers would leave their home and how often they’d scan for predators.
“You’d think that hearing The Wind and the Willows read by Derek Jacobi would be as relaxing for the badgers as it is for us,” Zanette said. “But it terrifies them.”
As It Happens hosts Carol Off and Jeff Douglas. Researchers played segments of their program to see how badgers would react to hearing human voices. (CBC)
As a CBC fan from London, Ont. Zanette brought recordings from CBC programs Quirks and Quarks, and As it Happens to play for the badgers.
It turned out these sounds alongside programming from the BBC’s World Service and an audiobook of The Wind and the Willows were most likely to keep the animals hiding in their burrows, even though bears and wolves were historically the badgers’ natural predators.
Humans historically ‘persecuted’ badgers
“Humans are known to kill these smaller carnivores like badgers, raccoons and foxes,” Zanette said. “We kill them at a rate four times more often than their conventional predators do. We are lethal, off the scale lethal.”
Despite this, badgers have never been more protected from violence, according to the study, which was published in the journal Behavioural Ecology.
In Britain, the sport of ‘badger baiting’ was outlawed in 1835, and hunting badgers for sport was ended in 1973. In 1992 the British Parliament awarded badger communities full legal protection.
Only one out of eight farmers admit to having killed a badger within the past 12 months before the study. That’s even though the British government occasionally approves badger culls.
Badgers remember predators
It appears memory of violence may be passed down through different generations. Badgers continued to show fear of bears even though they’ve been extinct in Britain for nearly 1,000 years.
Zanette said more research needs to be done, especially since this type of memory did not appear to apply for wolves, which have been extinct for 500 years in Britain.
Without these apex predators, humans have become ‘super-predators’ who do not have healthy relationships with smaller carnivores, Zanette said. She believes the results of her findings can be applied to all small carnivores, not just the badgers in the study.
“Our human-dominated ecosystems are not healthy. The animals that live among us here don’t actually like us,” she said. “We’re in the early days of unravelling what all this is going to mean.”
“Our citizens should know the urgent facts…but they don’t because our media serves imperial, not popular interests. They lie, deceive, connive and suppress what everyone needs to know, substituting managed news misinformation and rubbish for hard truths…”—Oliver Stone