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Comment Re:Still safer and cheaper than alchohol (Score 1) 560

Every intoxicant has risks, some choose the one with lower risks. Cannabis is safer than alchohol in nearly every possible measure of safety.

No kidding. "researchers showed that marijuana use tripled the risk of psychosis." Alcohol has tenfold chances of developing psychosis and is only of the two that causes psychosis when STOPPING regular use.

Comment Re:Solving for X... (Score 1) 177

Personally I am afraid that once the rich get their solar charging flying death robots and wholly robotized economy theyre gonna off all the serfs who just became irredeemably worthless as anything but fertilizer due to human labour in general becoming obsolete.

Why bother keeping sheep around if they can't grow wool anymore?

Submission + - The disappeared: Chicago police detain Americans at abuse-laden 'black site' (theguardian.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The Chicago police department operates an off-the-books interrogation compound, rendering Americans unable to be found by family or attorneys while locked inside what lawyers say is the domestic equivalent of a CIA black site.

The facility, a nondescript warehouse on Chicago’s west side known as Homan Square, has long been the scene of secretive work by special police units. Interviews with local attorneys and one protester who spent the better part of a day shackled in Homan Square describe operations that deny access to basic constitutional rights.

Alleged police practices at Homan Square, according to those familiar with the facility who spoke out to the Guardian after its investigation into Chicago police abuse, include:

        Keeping arrestees out of official booking databases.
        Beating by police, resulting in head wounds.
        Shackling for prolonged periods.
        Denying attorneys access to the “secure” facility.
        Holding people without legal counsel for between 12 and 24 hours, including people as young as 15.

Comment Re:How is this even remotely legal? (Score 4, Insightful) 192

Broken what law? Dutch law, I guess, so the Dutch would have to find and arrest them.

It's not a violation of American law to rob a store in Paris.

I believe the Netherlands have an extradition treaty with both UK and US.

What's been done here is a crime in all 3 nations.. Besides, doesnt US consider hacking an act of war?

Comment Re:That is close! (Score 2, Informative) 117

If its related, then given the speed of the object we dodged a bullet in more ways than one..

Since it was here 70 000 years ago and now is 20 light years away that means the star is traveling at 186 454 kilometers per second.


Ordinary stars in the galaxy have velocities on the order of 100 km/s, while hypervelocity stars (especially those near the center of the galaxy, which is where most are thought to be produced), have velocities on the order of 1000 km/s.

It is believed that about 1000 HVSs exist in our galaxy. Considering that there are around 100 billion stars in the Milky Way, this is a minuscule fraction (~0.000001%).

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