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Is California’s Drought A Government Conspiracy?

Dane Wigington. Photo: Facebook

Dane Wigington. Photo: Facebook

Is there anything left that isn’t a conspiracy? CBS Sacramento reports on the growing number of people who believe that the infamous California drought is a government conspiracy:

There is a growing, underground movement of people who believe California’s drought is part of a government conspiracy instead of a naturally occurring event from a lack of rain during the last four years.

The movement’s leader, Dane Wigington, says he’s putting his life on the line to reveal a truth that will shake society to its core.

From the outside, it’s clear the hundreds showing up beat to a different drum. But stepping inside a packed Redding auditorium is like walking into another world. Outlandish ideas like weather warfare and climate engineering—in other words, weather control—are accepted as basic fact.

“Climate engineering is the single greatest assault on the environment ever launched by humanity, without question,” he said.

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Why The Midwest Is So Hard Hit By Heroin

The heroin problem in America’s Midwest beats anything cities like New York and Philadelphia can boast. The Economist reports:

Even street-savvy former gang members are shocked by the spread of heroin to Chicago’s suburbs. Earlier this year, when Roberto Hernández, a Puerto Rican, was in the final stages of preparation of a big push by Gangs to Grace, a church ministry on the west side, to save Latino gang members from lives of violent crime, he explained that white girls from the suburbs go to neighbourhoods even he wouldn’t set foot in to buy heroin. Many of them are as young as 14 or 15. Some prostitute themselves to fund their addiction.


“We have the worst heroin problem in the nation in the Chicago area,” says David Cohen, a recovering heroin addict who counsels addicts at Insight Behavioural Health, a treatment centre. Greater Chicago has the highest number of emergency-room visits related to heroin in the country with 24,627 visits in 2011 (the latest year for which records exist), compared with 12,015 in New York.

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Is Global Warming’s ‘Hiatus’ Really Just A Statistical Error?

Scientists have debunked statistical models that appear to show a 15-year pause in rising global temperatures, reports the Christian Science Monitor:

In a changing climate, it’s easy to understand the impulse to seek out good news. But some scientists may have been too hopeful.

Global mean surface temperature change from 1880 to 2014, relative to the 1951–1980 mean. The black line is the annual mean and the red line is the 5-year running mean. The green bars show uncertainty estimates. Source: NASA GISS.

Global mean surface temperature change from 1880 to 2014, relative to the 1951–1980 mean. The black line is the annual mean and the red line is the 5-year running mean. The green bars show uncertainty estimates. Source: NASA GISS.


Many climate scientists have observed that, since 1998 or so, the rise of global temperatures had stopped, or at least slowed down, in what has been variously called climate change’s “pause” or “hiatus.”

But, there was no global warming “hiatus,” say Stanford scientists.

The pause was actually a statistical error, according to a new study published Thursday in the journal Climatic Change.

“The alleged or purported hiatus in the warming of the global climate system does not have a sound scientific basis,” says study lead author Bala Rajaratnam, an assistant professor of statistics and Earth system science at Stanford University.

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Snoop Dogg Launches Merry Jane, A Pot-Flavored Lifestyle Media Platform

Tim Farris Photographer_MG_0699_resizeIs there no stopping the rise and rise of Snoop Dogg? TechCrunch reports on Mr. Calvin Broadus’ venture into tech, Merry Jane:

Snoop Dogg, world-renowned entertainment icon and unofficial representative of all things weed, has been investing in tech products and platforms for the past year or so, with a particular focus on the cannabis industry. But today, Snoop is entering the tech sphere in a whole new way, with the launch of his very own platform called Merry Jane.

At its core, Merry Jane is a lifestyle media site with cannabis at the center. Loaded with both video content and editorial content, the site will serve as an information hub for everyone interested in pot, whether it be the n00b or the seasoned smoker.

While announcing Merry Jane on stage at TechCrunch Disrupt, Snoop said that the site will provide users with “all they need to know” about pot, and be the encyclopedia of the cannabis world.

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Radiation Isn’t the Real Risk at Fukushima

We’ve all heard about dangerous levels of radiations near the ruined Fukushima nuclear power station in Japan, but according to the New York Times, the biggest risk to local residents wasn’t radiation but stress from the evacuation:

This spring, four years after the nuclear accident at Fukushima, a small group of scientists met in Tokyo to evaluate the deadly aftermath.

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Japanese evacuees at Koriyama High School gymnasium, Koryiama, Fukushima Prefecture.

No one has been killed or sickened by the radiation — a point confirmed last month by the International Atomic Energy Agency. Even among Fukushima workers, the number of additional cancer cases in coming years is expected to be so low as to be undetectable, a blip impossible to discern against the statistical background noise.

But about 1,600 people died from the stress of the evacuation — one that some scientists believe was not justified by the relatively moderate radiation levels at the Japanese nuclear plant.

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Tourist Dies In Peru After Drinking Ayahuasca

Might this be the beginning of the end of the unregulated ayahuasca tourism business in South America? The New Zealand Herald reports on one of its citizens who died after imbibing the foul-tasting hallucinogenic brew:

A young Kiwi traveller has died after taking part in an ancient Amazon “cleansing ceremony”.

Picture: Sascha Grabow (CC)

Ayahuasca. Picture: Sascha Grabow (CC)


Aucklander Matthew Dawson-Clarke, 24, was holidaying in Peru when he joined a seven-day ayahuasca retreat designed to foster a spiritual awakening and bring inner peace.

Ayahuasca, also known as yage, is a plant that contains a hallucinogen, and induces intense psychological effects.

The retreats, which are growing in popularity with tourists and holidaymakers, offer a variety of other “purging” drinks.

They have been linked to serious health problems and at least two other deaths, prompting warnings about the dangers.

Mr Dawson-Clarke’s father, Stuart Clarke, said his son had packed a lot into his life…

[continues at the New Zealand Herald]

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The New Art of War: How trolls, hackers and spies are rewriting the rules of conflict

Is the Art of War different if it’s a cyberwar? Tech Republic glamorizes hackers and trolls:

Cyberwar isn’t going to be about hacking power stations. It’s going to be far more subtle, and more dangerous.

Wandering the pretty, medieval streets of Tallinn’s old town, it is hard to believe that the tiny country of Estonia has anything at all to do with cyberwarfare. But first as victim of an attack and now as home to some of the leading thinkers on how the digital battlefield will develop, the country has played a key role in its emergence and evolution.

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Estonia is a country of around 1.3 million people, facing the Baltic Sea and the Gulf of Finland, it borders Latvia to the south and Russia to the east. After decades as part of the Soviet Union, it regained independence in 1991.

Even today reminders of the Soviet times still abound in the capital Tallinn.

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The Earth is Flat and ‘They’ don’t want you to know

Eric Dubay. Photo: Twitter

Eric Dubay. Photo: Twitter

More than you ever wanted to know about Flat Earth Truthers courtesy of The Kernel:

In the year 1543, the Pope teamed up with Copernicus, the Church of England, and possibly Aristotle (who, inconveniently, had died in 322 B.C.) to convince unsuspecting Europeans that, despite the Earth’s obvious flatness, it’s actually a sphere, and that the sun is the center of the universe. In the years since, the usual bad guys—Catholics, Jews, and bankers—have jealously guarded the secret of the flat Earth. And with the birth of the space age, NASA (basically a joint project between the Freemasons and the Nazis) got involved. That, at least, is the story according to the Flat Earth Truthers, a small but vocal group who believe that the world is flat, and that this knowledge is the key to understanding who really runs the world.

Eric Dubay is arguably the most visible Flat Earth Truther.

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Destroy the World… and Feel Good About It

Derrick Jensen identifies the world’s environmental extremists (spoiler: they’re capitalists) at Fair Observer:

I have been sometimes labeled an environmental extremist, primarily because I believe the real world is more important than the economy, and because I believe we should do whatever is necessary to stop this extractive culture from killing the planet that is our only home.

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Labeling someone an extremist is a standard rhetorical device to demonize the “extremist” and dismiss the person’s perspective. It’s kind of the loco-motion of the rhetoric world in that everybody’s doing it. The Nazis said the Jews were extremists. Slavers said abolitionists were extremists. The Founding Fathers of the United States complained of how poorly the Indians were treating them as they stole the Indians’ land.

Today, the US bombs extremists all over the world, oftentimes using as their reasoning the fact that extremists want to bomb the Americans, whom they label as extremists.

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The Man Who Bought Stonehenge – And Then Gave It Away

Sir Cecil Chubb in May 1926 on board RMS Aquitania.

Sir Cecil Chubb in May 1926 on board RMS Aquitania.

Would you give away Stonehenge if you owned it? Meet the man who did just that, courtesy of BBC News:

Today Stonehenge is England’s most important monument, but 100 years ago it was up for sale. The man who bought it helped seal its fate.

Standing on Salisbury Plain, its stones visible from afar, Stonehenge has been a Unesco World Heritage Site since 1986 and attracts a million visitors a year.

So it’s strange to think that England’s most significant monument was once bought by a barrister as a present to his wife. Or so one theory goes. Another is that he feared a rich American might take it.

Whatever his motivation, 100 years ago, on 21 September 1915, Cecil Chubb paid £6,600 for the monument at an auction in Salisbury, Wiltshire. It happened, he said, “on a whim”.

Chubb’s wife Mary was reportedly less than grateful for the romantic gesture, possibly because the price equated to as much as £680,000 in today’s money.

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