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Submission + - New study shows marijuana users have low blood flow to the brain (eurekalert.org)

cold fjord writes: State level marijuana legalization efforts across the US have been gaining traction driven by the folk wisdom that marijuana is both a harmless recreational drug and a useful medical treatment for many aliments. However some cracks have appeared in that story with indications that marijuana use is associated with the development of mental disorders and the long term blunting of the brain's reward system of dopamine levels. A new study has found that marijuana appears to have a widespread effect on blood flow in the brain: "Published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, researchers using single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT), a sophisticated imaging study that evaluates blood flow and activity patterns, demonstrated abnormally low blood flow in virtually every area of the brain studies in nearly 1,000 marijuana users compared to healthy controls, including areas known to be affected by Alzheimer's pathology such as the hippocampus. . . . According to Daniel Amen, M.D., ... "Our research demonstrates that marijuana can have significant negative effects on brain function. The media has given the general impression that marijuana is a safe recreational drug, this research directly challenges that notion. In another new study just released, researchers showed that marijuana use tripled the risk of psychosis. Caution is clearly in order.""

Submission + - The Problem is Agendas In The Mainstream Media, Not 'Fake News" (thehill.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The 2016 election win by Donald Trump has resulted in many theories about how Trump won, and how the media missed his support. A prominent theory making the rounds in the media is that 'fake news' from fringe news sites, blogs, foreign government propaganda units, and other sources, is what helped push Trump over the top to win. Cathy Young, writing in The Hill, states that isn't the real problem. The real main problem is when the mainstream media reports the news filtered through an agenda, distorting some facts, ignoring others, and highlighting what supports their agenda. A recent example is the reporting that suggests Trump plans to create a "Muslim registry," implying that all Muslims in the US would have to register with the US government. But that isn't Trump's plan at all:

Trump may revive a program that was in place from 2001 to 2011; according to The Washington Post, that system “required people from countries deemed ‘higher risk’ to undergo interrogations and fingerprinting upon arrival” and, in some cases, “to follow a parole-like system by periodically checking in with local authorities.” Most of the countries identified as high-risk were majority-Muslim, and civil rights groups charged that the program targeted Muslims. But to call such a program a “Muslim registry” creates an essentially false impression — which is what many people were undoubtedly left with if they did not read the story carefully, or only saw the buzz about it in the social media.


Submission + - James Clapper, US Director of National Intelligence, Has Resigned (thehill.com) 4

cold fjord writes: James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence, resigned last night. Clapper spent 30 years in military intelligence at the National Imagery and Mapping Agency. He was selected to be the Director of National Intelligence in 2010 with responsibility for 17 US intelligence agencies. Clapper was DNI during the monumental Snowden leaks of documents from NSA and various allied intelligence agencies as well as the release by WikiLeaks of the documents provided by (at the time) Private Bradley Manning. Besides the Snowden and Manning leaks, Clapper was engulfed in controversy over testimony to Congress in which he is alleged to have lied about NSA data collection in responding to a question from Senator Wyden. Clapper had previously stated he would leave at the end of the Obama administration. Clapper's resignation clears the way for incoming president-elect Trump to appoint his own Director of National Intelligence.

Submission + - Royal Navy Giving Up Anti-Ship Missiles, Will Rely On Cannons For Naval Combat (telegraph.co.uk)

cold fjord writes: It will soon be a bit more difficult for Britain's Royal Navy to rule the waves as it gives up anti-ship missiles as a result of budget cuts. That will force the Royal Navy to go "old school" and rely upon naval gunfire for ship to ship combat. Cannon fire as the primary means of ship to ship combat has been largely obsolete since the 1950s following the invention of guided missiles in World War 2. Prior to that canon fire had been the primary means of naval combat for hundreds of years, and the Royal Navy had developed it handling of naval guns to a high art. Although Royal Navy cannon once ranged up to 16" guns on battleships the largest gun currently in active service is a 4.5" gun. That will leave the Royal Navy unable to engage targets beyond approximately 17 miles / 27 km whereas Harpoon missiles provide an 80 mile / 130 m range. The loss of anti-ship missile capability will begin in 2018 and may last for 10 years for warships, and 2 years for helicopters. The Sun quotes a naval insider who said: "It’s like Nelson saying, ‘don’t worry, I don’t need canons, we’ve got muskets.’" The loss of missile capability heaps more misfortune upon a naval force that recently has seen its available frontline combat force drop to an unprecedented 24 warships.

Submission + - Swedish Prosecutors Are To Interview Julian Assange Today In Ecuador's Embassy (theguardian.com)

cold fjord writes: After years of delays, Julian Assange is scheduled to be interviewed today by Swedish authorities in Ecuador's embassy in London regarding allegations of sexual assault. Julian Assange has repeatedly denied the allegations. Representatives of the Swedish prosecutor's office and the Swedish police will be present while an Ecuadorian official asks Assange the questions provided by the Swedes. Ecuador granted Julian Assange political asylum in 2012. Since then Assange has been trapped in the small Ecuadorian embassy in London. British police have been waiting outside the embassy to take Assange into custody if possible as he jumped bail to take refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy. Ecuador has asked for guarantees that Assange would not be extradited to a third country. It isn't clear what the result would be if the interview with Assange led to the filing of formal charges. Under normal Swedish criminal justice procedures charges wouldn't be filed until after the interview by prosecutors that is occurring today.

Submission + - Texas County Elects Black Woman Sheriff and Votes for Trump (go.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Texas is a common target of derision on Slashdot, often depicted as backwards and hate filled. And yet Jefferson Country, Texas, has elected a black Democratic woman as sheriff. It is only the second country in the nation to do that. And yet at the same time the country gave more votes to Republican Donald Trump than Democrat Hillary Clinton. Elect a black woman sheriff and vote for Donald Trump? That seems contrary to the narrative that some want to spread about Trump voters, including Secretary Clinton in her "basket of deplorables" comment. It seems not only isn't all of the criticism directed at Donald Trump and Trump voters well founded, much of it is dead wrong, possibly inspired by oikophobia, and contributing to the fall of Liberalism.

Submission + - Assassination threats against president-elect Trump flood Twitter (nypost.com)

cold fjord writes: As anti-Trump protests and riots have broken out in various cities across the US, assassination threats against president-elect Trump. have flooded Twitter. There is even an associated hash tag: #AssassinateTrump. Federal law enforcement agencies, including the FBI and Secret Service, have reportedly taken notice. Such threats could run afoul of 18 U.S. Code 871 — Threats against President and successors to the Presidency, and result in serious consequences. As noted in The Secret Agents Who Stake Out the Ugliest Corners of the Internet:

Sifting through those messages to determine which, if any, need to be taken seriously is the responsibility of the Secret Service Internet Threat Desk, a group of agents tasked with identifying and assessing online threats to the president and his family. The first part of this mission—finding threats—is in many ways made easier by the Internet: all you have to do is search! Pulling up every tweet which uses the words “Obama” and “assassinate” takes mere seconds, and the Secret Service has tried to make it easier for people to draw threats to its attention by setting up its own Twitter handle, @secretservice, for users to report threatening messages to.


Submission + - Canadian Government Immigration Website Suffering Repeated Outages (reuters.com)

cold fjord writes: Reuters reports the Canadian government's immigration website http://www.cic.gc.ca/ has been suffering repeated outages tonight. Ministry officials could not be reached for comment. HeatStreet notes widespread speculation on Twitter that some Americans are looking to flee the country in the face of a likely win by Donald Trump in the presidential election. Cape Breton on Canada's Atlantic coast has indicated a willingness to receive Americans looking for refuge.

Submission + - Swedish prosecutor says Assange interview set for November 14 (reuters.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Swedish prosecutors have announced that Julian Assange of WikiLeaks fame will be interviewed in Ecuador's London embassy on November 14th. A Swedish prosecutor and police investigator will be present while an Ecuadorian prosecutor asks questions on their behalf. The questions relate to rape allegations from 2010. Under Swedish law and normal procedure the case cannot continue until the suspect is interviewed after which filing charges is possible. A number of countries in Europe use a similar system.

Submission + - Clinton Had Uncleared Filipino Maid Print Emails, Handle Sensitive Documents (nypost.com) 13

An anonymous reader writes: The New York Post reveals that Hillary Clinton routinely had her emails forwarded so her immigrant Filipino maid who lacked a security clearance could print her emails from an iMac in Clinton's home, including ones that contained classified information. The maid also had access to the SCIF (sensitive compartmented information facility) built at Clinton's home so she could "securely" receive Top Secret information such as the presidential daily brief she received at times. The maid was expected to retrieve faxed information from the SCIF for Secretary Clinton. It appears that the maid was never interviewed by the FBI, nor was the computer seized or searched. One is left wondering, "Was email that hard to print in 2009?" Will the reinvigorated FBI investigation cover untrodden ground like this, or just serve as another white wash?

Submission + - Indictments Likely In Clinton Scandals, 99% Certain Server Breached By Spies (dailycaller.com) 13

cold fjord writes: Journalist Bret Baier has been digging into the FBI investigations of the Clinton email server and Clinton foundations that involves at least four FBI field offices. His FBI sources are telling him that baring obstruction it is almost certain that there will be indictments coming. It is now thought to be 99% certain that Clinton's email server was breached by five foreign intelligence agencies. The cache of 650,000 emails on Anthony Weiner's laptop is reported to be yielding emails previously unseen by investigators and is resulting in diverging interests between Huma Abedin, Anthony Weiner, and Hillary Clinton. There seems to be evidence of lying by Cheryl Mills and Hillary Clinton which might be part of what is behind the reports that at least some of the previously granted immunity to much of Clintons inner circle is now void. All of this is taking place against the backdrop of a four month old IRS investigation into the Clinton Foundation.

Submission + - Siri Appears To Have A Repeat Problem With Political Partisanship (westernjournalism.com)

An anonymous reader writes: "I have never had Siri tell me a movie playing 5 minutes away is "a bit far from me." So creepy" @vivelafra is one of the tweets shining light on what appears to be a repeat problem for Siri in recent days — the appearance of political partisanship guiding its responses. Western Journalism reports, "An iPhone user posted the results of a Siri search on Monday the for the political documentary Hillary’s America and it came back empty. Siri informed ... Tim Treadstone ...: “Sorry, I didn’t see any Hillary’s America movies.” Many replied to Treadstone’s tweet saying they had the same problem with their iPhone, while others commented that it gave false results about the closest theater. . . . The Siri omission of Hillary’s America in its movie search comes on top of reports last week that a search for presidential candidates on Google only produced Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Green Party candidate Jill Stein, while excluding Republican Donald Trump and Libertarian Gary Johnson. A Google spokesperson told NBC4 that the result was a technical glitch that has since been corrected." — How many more "glitches" favoring one side of the political debate will we see before the election?

Submission + - British Parliament To Vote On Retaining Trident Nuclear Deterrent (reuters.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Reuters reports, "Lawmakers will vote on Monday on whether to renew Britain's nuclear deterrent, a key decision for Western security policy ... Parliament ... is likely to approve renewing the Scottish-based nuclear-armed Trident submarines over the opposition of the Scottish National Party and many lawmakers from the Labour Party. Political divisions about whether to replace the Trident submarines, agreed in principle by parliament in 2007, have raised questions about Britain's standing as a world power, amplified by a vote to leave the European Union." — More on Britain's nuclear deterrent at BBC

Submission + - Dallas Police Robot Delivers Bomb To Kill Shooter After 5 Shot Dead, 9 Wounded (dallasnews.com)

cold fjord writes: Last night a "Black Lives Matter" protest in Dallas was the scene of the deadliest incident for police in the US since the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001. A shooter opened fired on the protest, targeting police, and shot dead 5 police officers, wounded 7 more, as well as wounding 2 civilians. The shooter was firing from a parking garage which he claimed was rigged with multiple bombs. After attempts to resolved the situation by negotiations failed, the Dallas police ended the incident by using their explosive ordnance disposal robot to deliver a bomb that killed the shooter. The Dallas police believe there was a second shooter and a conspiracy. They have three people in custody who are reported to be uncooperative. An expert has stated this is the first time a police robot has been used to kill. The dead shooter is reported to have been upset about recent police shootings, and wanted to kill white people, especially white police officers. The area is still on lock down while the incident is being investigated, and the FAA established a temporary No Fly Zone over Dallas.

Submission + - The Remarkable Convergence Between The German and Russian Governments on Snowden (npr.org)

An anonymous reader writes: The German and Russian governments are at odds on many things these days, including many questions in the East, but there appears to be one thing that is uniting them: Edward Snowden. This unexpected development unfolded over a period of months based on the expressed views of senior officials in both governments. The senior government officials in question include Gerhard Schindler, and Hans-Georg Maaßen, in Germany, and Frants Klintsevich in Russia. Gerhard Schindler spoke as the head of the BND, Germany’s foreign intelligence service. Hans-Georg Maaßen, spoke as head of Germany's domestic intelligence agency, the Verfassungsschutz. Frants Klintsevich spoke as deputy chair of the defense and security committee in Russia’s legislature. In recent interviews the heads of Germany’s two intelligence agencies have both stated that they believe that Snowden was acting on behalf of Russia, trying to drive a wedge between Europe and the US by means of strategic document leaks, and that Snowden is not who he claims to be. (Could BREXIT be fallout from that or his many leaks about GCHQ?) Russian Senator Frants Klintsevich told US National Public Radio that, “Snowden did share intelligence. This is what security services do ... If there's a possibility to get information, they will get it." A Russian official with the means to know states Snowden has assisted them, and German officials believe it. A rare case of European harmony courtesy of Edward Snowden ... and perhaps one of the greatest false flag operations of all time?

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