Why taking drugs is such a lottery

The surface of a Cannabis sativa plant, showing glandular cells called trichomes that secrete a resin containing tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the active component of cannabis when used as a drug.TED KINSMAN/SCIENCE SOURCE AUTHOR: NICK STOCKTON NOBODY KNOWS HOW HIGH YOU ARE RIGHT NOW—IT’S REALLY HARD TO MEASURE PARTY PEOPLE, LISTEN up: You need to know your limits. In fact, non-party people, too. But how can you, when there’s almost no way of knowing if that cannabis-infused lollipop is going to get you bong-rip high, or just puff-on-a-jay lifted? For that matter, what is in this joint, because right now you are feeling … Continue reading Why taking drugs is such a lottery

‘Burner’ phones, social media and online magazines: understanding the technology of terrorism

Posted By: Disinformation  Amid the global threat of terrorism, the actual attacks that occur can vary widely. Terrorists aim at different targets in different locations, and tend to be either shooting or bombing or both. There is, however, a central point of connection linking all these events: the use of technology to coordinate and organize the incident. Recent reporting suggests that terrorists used “burner” phones, prepaid disposable mobile phones, to coordinate their actions during last year’s Paris terror attacks. This is not a new or innovative tactic. Drug dealers, street prostitutes and other criminal groups in the U.S. regularly use … Continue reading ‘Burner’ phones, social media and online magazines: understanding the technology of terrorism

You Can’t Handle the Truth: How Confirmation Bias Distorts Your Opinions

by Jake Van Der Borne The most difficult subjects can be explained to the most slow-witted man if he has not formed any idea of them already; but the simplest thing cannot be made clear to the most intelligent man if he is firmly persuaded that he knows already, without a shadow of doubt, what is laid before him. – Leo Tolstoy Your thoughts, opinions, beliefs, and worldviews are based on years and years of experience, reading, and rational, objective analysis. Right? Wrong. Your thoughts, opinions, beliefs, and worldviews are based on years and years of paying attention to information that confirmed … Continue reading You Can’t Handle the Truth: How Confirmation Bias Distorts Your Opinions

SINGAPORE IS TAKING THE ‘SMART CITY’ TO A WHOLE NEW LEVEL

SOURCE: WJS This wealthy financial center is known world-wide for its tidy streets and tight controls on personal behavior, including famous restrictions on the sale of chewing gum to keep the city clean. Now Singapore may soon be known for something else: the most extensive effort to collect data on daily living ever attempted in a city. As part of its Smart Nation program, launched by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in late 2014, Singapore is deploying an undetermined number of sensors and cameras across the island city-state that will allow the government to monitor everything from the cleanliness of … Continue reading SINGAPORE IS TAKING THE ‘SMART CITY’ TO A WHOLE NEW LEVEL

This is What Government Sponsored Mass Surveillance is Doing to Your Mind

by Alex Pietrowski, Staff Waking Times Big Brother is watching you and he wants you to believe that if you have nothing to hide, then you have nothing to fear. This is a lie, of course, and as we move deeper into the era of state sponsored technological surveillance, we see more evidence that the loss of privacy and confidence in inter-personal communications istransforming the individual into a compliant, self-policing ward of the state. In one of the first empirical scientific studies to provide concrete evidence of the ‘chilling effects’ that government surveillance has on internet users, Oxford University professor Jon Penney looked at Wikipedia search data … Continue reading This is What Government Sponsored Mass Surveillance is Doing to Your Mind

ILLUMINATI SACRIFICE? THE SIMPSONS PREDICTED PRINCE WOULD BE KILLED BY SECRET AGENTS IN 2008

“Unfortunately there are certain stars who won’t do what we want…” Sounds kind of like Prince, doesn’t it? The phrase “Simpsons did it” has become a something of a joke, because in the nearly 30 years the cartoon has been on air, it has seemingly predicted a host of events, including the 9/11 attacks. Now, it seems, The Simpsons is making headlines once again for predicting another sinister turn of events… Prince’s assassination. The Treehouse of Horror XIX episode, which first aired in 2008, features Homer Simpson being approached by shadowy agents to become a celebrity assassin because “there are … Continue reading ILLUMINATI SACRIFICE? THE SIMPSONS PREDICTED PRINCE WOULD BE KILLED BY SECRET AGENTS IN 2008

“NESTLÉ IS TRYING TO BREAK US” TOWN FIGHTS TO STOP BOTTLED WATER MEGACORP FROM STEALING THEIR WATER

Editor’s Note: Isn’t this the guy who said water is a privilege and not a right? by Claire Bernish A small town in Pennsylvania is the latest to be targeted by Nestlé Waters North America, which, in typical fashion, is seeking to extract millions of gallons of freshwater to bottle and sell for an obscene profit — whether or not local residents approve. Nestlé sneakily began testing waters in the Kunkeltown area as far back as 2012; but residents wouldn’t have discovered the desire for its water at all had the mega-corporation not rented an office in the community center, … Continue reading “NESTLÉ IS TRYING TO BREAK US” TOWN FIGHTS TO STOP BOTTLED WATER MEGACORP FROM STEALING THEIR WATER