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The Root - “the singer-songwriter Amy Jade Winehouse, 27, was found dead in her London home. Eerily, the “Rehab” songstress goes down in rock-and-roll history as another casualty of the 27 Club, which includes Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain, Janis Joplin and several others — blues and rock singers who died before their time. “
It seems strange that so many young musicians died at the age of 27. I mean, all of these individuals had difficulties and people were aware of their struggles, but to see how successful they all were before the early age of 27 when they died, is shocking. Too many talented young people are dying from drug overdoses and it is truly sad. We all use to joke about what a mess Winehouse was, but when you take into consideration that her life has now ended, it’s not all that funny. I hope that this doesn’t continue to happen, although, I’m pretty positive that it will.
The Weed Blog – “In an unprecedented ruling, a Los Angeles court denied a motion by plaintiff & DPFCA member Susan Soares to return her medical marijuana on the grounds that her doctor had not specified a dosage amount or frequency in her recommendation. Soares, who was growing for a local collective, had her medicine seized by hostile police last March, and had petitioned the court for it to be returned after charges against her were dropped.
It is generally the practice of most medical cannabis specialists never to prescribe a dosage quantity. The California Medical Association recommends that physicians never do so, because no dosage guidelines for cannabis have ever been established. Effective dosage varies greatly according to the potency and delivery form of the medication. Patients regularly control their own dosage through self-titration.
In the court’s decision, Judge Antonio Barreto, Jr. declared that ‘as a matter of law’ any recommendation that Soares’ doctor made that does ‘not involve frequency and dosage both is insufficient, period, and does not lead to any lawful possession of any amount of marijuana.’ The judge mysteriously stated that his ruling was based on the Tripett decision. Soares had been growing for several patients, but the court declined to return even six plants for her own individual use.
Soares is seeking legal aid to appeal Barreto’s unprecedented decision.”
This is insane. I don’t understand how people who spend their money frivolously, like this, are the people who have millions. If you’re going to waste a shit ton of your money and stupid shit like this, then your funds should be taken and spread amongst people who can’t afford to eat or clothe themselves.
NPR – “It’s one of the most significant pieces of prehistoric art ever found in North America — a carving of a mammoth or mastodon on a piece of fossilized bone dating back to the Ice Age. An amateur fossil hunter found it several years ago in Vero Beach, Florida. Now, after three years of study, a team of researchers say they believe it’s authentic.
Researchers at the University of Florida conducted extensive testing of the fossilized bone. Rare earth element analysis showed it did come from the Vero Beach area. A scanning electron microscope indicated the carving appeared to be the same age as the bone.”
Giovanni’s mother, Soledad Gonzalez, is especially upset that her son’s photo was released to the public before he was proven to be involved in the case. She has said, “If they didn’t have any proof, why did they put a picture of him in public and say he’s the suspect?”
Since the beginning, there has been no sufficient evidence of his involvement. During the lineup, only one individual was able to positively ID his, while two others identified a different individual altogether and the other four witnesses failed to identify anyone at all. Along with this, his Uncle had an alibi for his whereabouts and told the police department about this from the beginning.
The only thing that was going good for the department were the witnesses that were able to positively ID him in a photo lineup.
Los Angeles Times - “But after scouring mobile phone records, thousands of images from surveillance camera footage, financial records and hundreds of other possible links and tips, detectives were unable to link Ramirez to the beating.”
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Arnold Schwarzenegger is a jackass. It’s not like we all didn’t know this already, but I mean to cheat on your wife with the a woman who has been working in YOUR home and FATHER a child and then deny her financial support, that’s just fucking low.
I never quite understood why she would even get with him after one of his goals was to marry a Kennedy, but for whatever reason, she did, and she mothered two children of his and did it faithfully (as far as we know).
HearldOnline – “The former couple does not have a prenuptial agreement, according to their filings. That means Shriver would be entitled to half of Schwarzenegger’s assets under California law, although the exact terms were expected to be set through private mediation.”
No prenup?! She better get her money and make his sorry ass pay for the shit he’s put her through. He got his Kennedy for long enough. Run with the money and never look back at his pathetically fake political ass.
“All efforts are being made to get rid of these people in the society,” he said.
There are Muslim and Christian groups staging protests and rallying against the Minister, but he is still enforcing his laws and the lives of homosexuals are still in jeopardy. It is estimated that there are around 8,000 gays and lesbians in this district and they are being hunted out like animals.
Reading this article I am reminded of the holocaust and Adolf Hitler hunting the Jews out and disposing of them as if they were garbage. I am horrified that this can be happening again, but to something that I am so closely involved in. People who are aware of their presence are being encouraged to come forward, just like they were in Nazi Germany.
Let’s hope that the rebels and laws claim victory to this unjust man.
NPR- July 21, 2011: “For Ana Isela Martinez Amaya, May 26 began like any other school morning.
Martinez got up at 5:45 a.m. and got her 6-year-old daughter ready for school. At 6:30, the two of them left their house in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, in a tan 2003 Ford Focus. They headed toward the Stanton Street Bridge crossing into Texas.
Martinez is a teacher at a bilingual charter school in El Paso. She had just been named the Teacher of the Year at her school.
By the end of the day, the 35-year-old mother of two would be under arrest, accused of attempting to smuggle more than 100 pounds of marijuana into the United States.
Because Martinez crossed daily into the U.S., she had applied for a SENTRI pass from the Department of Homeland Security. The pass costs $122 a year and pass holders must submit to a rigorous background check. In exchange, they can use the SENTRI Express Lane at the border, where travelers generally are processed much faster.
Because of her SENTRI pass and because of her regular commute, Martinez unwittingly had fallen victim to a new scheme by a local drug smuggling gang.
‘This Is Not Happening To Me’
As Martinez drove onto the bridge on the morning of May 26, her daughter was strapped into a car seat in the back. Newspaper vendors wandered through the traffic, waving the latest edition of El Diario. Filthy young men with squirt bottles threatened to wash commuters’ windshields. Mexican soldiers were randomly inspecting vehicles on the Mexican side of the bridge.
When I saw the two suitcases in my trunk, I thought it was like a bad dream. I thought, ‘This is not real. This is not happening to me.’
- Ana Isela Martinez
“They asked me to pull over,” Martinez says. “They also asked me to open my trunk.”
One of the requirements of the SENTRI pass program is that users must keep their personal belongings visible to the customs agents. So on her morning commutes, Martinez would put her purse and her daughter’s schoolbag on the front passenger seat. She says she never put anything in her trunk.
“So when I saw the two suitcases in my trunk, I thought it was like a bad dream,” she says. “I thought, ‘This is not real. This is not happening to me.’ Of course, you know already that something bad is inside.”
Inside was more than 100 pounds of marijuana.
Martinez immediately declared that she’d never seen the two bags before. She begged the soldiers to let her call her husband to come pick up their daughter, but they wouldn’t let her.
“I had to keep myself calm because I wanted her to remain calm,” Martinez recalls.
“She was looking at me,” she says of her 6-year-old. “She was looking at the military all around us, with their weapons. … She was very mature for a little girl at that age. Very calm.”
Martinez saw one of her co-workers driving by and she frantically waved for her to stop. Martinez tried to give her daughter to the co-worker but again the military officers wouldn’t allow it. Eventually the soldiers took Martinez and her daughter together to the local prosecutor’s offices.
“We stayed there a couple of hours. Finally, they let me give my daughter to my husband,” she says. Martinez was sent straight to a Mexican jail.”
NPR – “Elon Musk wants humans to live on other planets one day. But he’s worried about the cost of getting there. So in 2002, he took the fortune he made in Internet start-ups and started his own rocket company. He called it SpaceX.”
Musk is continuing to work on his rockets on launches to try and bring the prices down, to enable people the affordability to make the venture to space. Unfortunately, while he has dropped the prices significantly, they are still at around $100,000 total to send a person into orbit. This means it’s about $1,000 a pound. His goal is to try and get it down to under $100 a pound, which would make it much more realistic.
His competitors, Boeing and Lockheed Martin, are concerned that while bring the prices down, he’s jeopardizing the reliability of the shuttle itself. They have done many more launches; And while they are much more expensive, they do have a much better track record.
I’d like to think that Musk’s shuttle’s are just as reliable and one day he will build something that will enable me to be brought into space at a fairly decent price, but who knows. Seeing as NASA just had their last launch here in the US, I’m a little concerned with the future of space travel for us.