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United Kingdom: NHS Reports Cannabis As Cause of Death

335The tragic news of a Mother’s death has taken an unusual turn in the UK. According to reports the sole cause of death was smoking half a joint.

The Telegraph reports:

A mother-of-three is believed to have become the first woman in Britain to die directly from cannabis poisoning.

Gemma Moss, a 31-year-old churchgoer, collapsed in bed after smoking a cannabis cigarette that led her to have moderate to high levels of the class B drug in her system.

Tests of her vital organs found nothing wrong with them although it was suggested she might have suffered a cardiac arrest triggered by cannabis toxicity.

Miss Moss’ death was registered as cannabis toxicity and a coroner recorded a verdict of death by cannabis abuse.

Deaths directly from cannabis are highly unusual. In 2004 a 36-year-old man  from Pembrokeshire became the first person in the UK to die from cannabis toxicity.

David Raynes, of the National Drug Prevention Alliance, said: “It is extremely rare and unusual for a coroner to rule death from cannabis abuse.

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Impartial Media Matters, But Is It Possible?

A human’s understanding of the world is dependent upon their perspective. It’s incredibly hard to argue otherwise. Any notion of “impartiality” is defined by your particular interpretation of the definition of that word. Broadcast media can only provide a point of view and, in my opinion, is far more honest if it keeps that in mind.

The weirdness of being able to broadcast radio and television signals across vast distances seems to have confused the logic of the pre-internet world. The rise of “broadcast media” throughout the 20th Century brought the idea that someone could be “impartial” and “objective” when relating their story. It was an incredibly important concept and some people even believed it was possible.

This short debate is cut from my podcast, predated the awful Jimmy Savile revelations and initially appeared on another podcast called Radio Talk in 2011:

Belief in this absurd notion that “journalists” can somehow detach themselves from their perspectives was used to justify various Governments restricting the number of broadcasting licences allowed in their territories.… Read the rest

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Improve Yourself First

i-8c66c4d51330345ea25f9764619ec10e-human-evolutionThe most important revolutionary aspect of the printed page: it allowed people to learn how to improve themselves and change the way they thought about the world

Disinfo has echoed the point that the internet is alike to the printing press here: The Global Awakening. It’s an observation which is almost a cliché and it certainly wasn’t new when I wrote that article. The frustrating thing about the comparison is how hard it is not to be drawn toward the headline grabbing side of what happened next,- The French Revolution and a whole lot of violence. This is partly because it terrified the world’s leaders so much at the time that they’ve never let us forget about it. For me though what’s more important is the spread of radical ideas which preceded and underpinned those events, a period known as “The Enlightenment”. That process is less spectacular and blood thirsty but far more important, long lasting and relevant to you right now.… Read the rest

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The People Would Be Just As Noisy…

95f88699ae2b26bb64fcdfb923cabf7a“The people have spoken, but it will take a while to determine exactly what they said”

– Bill Clinton

Comedian Russell Brand has initiated a debate in the UK about whether it’s worth voting. A significant stir was made on Her Majesty’s BBC when he called for a revolution and told the interviewer it’s not worth voting: “Why pretend? Why be complicit in this ridiculous illusion?”.

The Guardian newspaper carries an opinion piece from him, which Disinfonaughts might like to make an evaluation of: RUSSELL BRAND WE DESERVE MORE FROM OUR DEMOCRATIC SYSTEM.

From my point of view he seems sincere. Perhaps I’m sympathetic because he appears so well versed in the subcultures which Disinfo has faithfully served since the days of Netscape (ask your Grandad). Or maybe it’s that he’s talking in a manner which suggests he’s been paying close attention to his influences, the most prominent of which is a personal favorite of mine, reptilian conspiracy theory espousing ex-TV presenter David Icke.… Read the rest

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In Defence of “Brand Revolution”

Russell-BrandRussell Brand has made a bit of a name for himself by advocating revolution. Seems like precisely the sort of thing we’ve been talking about for the last year or so on The C.O.N.

I’m sure that’s just one of 23 co-incidences.

The music of Zero Friends Recordings features prominently in this one.

The clip of Pope Bob is here.

The clips of Russell Brand are here.

My Twitter is here.

This podcast has a Facebook page here.

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The Law of Projection

rockwell_mirror1When you express yourself you are highly likely to express your “self”.

Recently I was in a very crowded pub where I watched a woman pushing a man around, she had him by the collar of his shirt and was shouting “you’re pushing people you’re drunk, you’re knocking people over, you’re being a dickhead”. She appeared very drunk as she pushed him into the crowd of people behind him and started knocking people over as a consequence. Almost to the word, each of her criticisms applied to her as equally as they might have him. His only response was to try and laugh it off but the woman, who I’m not sure he knew, then stormed off furious at the man’s response shouting “I fucking hate people like you, you’ve no consideration for other people, you never listen to what they say!”. There, with almost perfect symmetry, was the idea I’m about to try and explain with this blog entry.… Read the rest

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Microchips, They Tend to Get Under Your Skin.

mark-of-the-beast1The UK’s Guardian newspaper has unveiled a piece of new technology and given it a glowing review. Disinfonaughts are likely to consider the kit in question to be slightly old news.

An embeddable chip that has the potential to rid you of keys and instantly unlock your phone is now available on Indiegogo

Keys have been a necessary evil for the last century or so, but what if you could unlock your house, your phone or you computer with just your hand? That is what the xNT will enable using near field communication (NFC).

Produced by biohacking and NFC-firm Dangerous Things, the xNT is the world’s first NFC-compliant radio frequency identity tag that can be implanted inside your body.

Measuring 2 x 12mm the NFC tag is encased in a biologically resistant glass capsule and is looking for $8,000 in funding on Indiegogo to start mass production, with pledges of $99 and up winning you your very own xNT pre-loaded into an injection tube ready for implantation.

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Starbucks, Her Majesty’s Government And An Apocalypse

hand_grenade_war_military_bomb_army_marines_mug-r250b15dbdbaf42dd8d3d721fe95eded7_x7jgr_8byvr_512One meme in ‘merry old England’ which requires swift disembowelment is the curious idea there’s a quasi-religious duty to pay Her Majesty’s Government with as much tax as possible. Starbucks came under fire recently for legally avoiding the UK’s excessive taxation system. In the face of massive pressure from Her Majesty’s obedient subjects, who duly protested once Her broadcaster the BBC made an issue of it, the company was forced to relent[1].

There’s a theory Roman Emperors who declared themselves Gods, or God-appointed, did not do so simply because they were arrogant but instead as a power grab aimed at the religious establishment. In practical terms it appears to have been a way of getting access to the huge booty sacrificed to ‘Gods’ after each harvest. Her Majesty’s Government has much in common with them. Those subjected to Her rule must sacrifice their time and money to a Monarch who also claims authority directly from a God[2]. Curiously though, in the so-called Modern world, loyal subjects will defend to their death her right to be Queen.… Read the rest

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You Are Not Just a Machine

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“A living man can be enslaved and reduced to the historic condition of an object. But if he dies in refusing to be enslaved, he reaffirms the existence of another kind of human nature which refuses to be classified as an object.”

– Albert Camus

All words are simplifications of the thing they describe. This is why it’s always possible to say “ah, but it’s more complicated than that” at the end of almost any observation. Such a statement almost goes without saying and is always irritating. Feel free to pop it into the comments section of any online article in the sure knowledge that you are correct.

On the flip side of this is the phrase “it’s just”. Pop this at the bottom of an article only if you wish to be in the sure knowledge that you are wrong. Almost without exception the phrase “it’s just” feeds a lie to both the speaker and the spoken to. Words are symbols which by necessity are less than that which they describe so it stands logically that whatever “it” is that you are speaking about, “it” is not limited to being “just…” anything at all. Whatever “it” is you’re talking about is highly likely to be far more complex than you’ll pretend with this deceptive phrase.… Read the rest

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Who is to Blame for Suicide?

g_image.phpThere seems to be a growing tendency on both sides of the atlantic to validate the morally complex act of suicide. I’m posting this blog entry to help clarify the debate for anyone unfamiliar with the issues. I am asking people to consider the consequences of encouraging people to think of suicide as a fair response to the world when things turn nasty. Even if the suicide you’re advocating appears to back up a political point you’re fond of or appears to validate the awfulness of someone’s suffering it’s still morally complex to stand on the side of a person who surely you must think has done the wrong thing.

In the UK a number of suicides and suicide attempts have been reported recently as being the fault of bullies who gave their victims no choice but to kill themselves. A similar approach appears to be being taken in the US and to me it is a very worrying trend.… Read the rest

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