(Source: think-progress)

newsweek:

As potential 2016 candidates gather their policy advisors and begin to isolate their views on key issues, they may want to consider one above the rest — weed. 

You can make stoner jokes all you want, but marijuana policy stands to affect just as many Americans as immigration policy does in the coming years. And while Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio have made their views on border control clear, the fast-changing weed landscape (a full 54 percent of Americans now favor legalization) has left Republicans and Democrats all over the map when it comes to toking. 

Some have been altogether mum on the topic — the last time Hillary Clinton spoke publicly about weed policy was during the 2008 campaign. In 2012, it was laughable to think that Colorado would legalize recreational weed. 

Less than two years later, 75 percent of Americans think legalization nationwide is inevitable. Even President Obama has deemed pot no more dangerous than alcohol. 

Suddenly, a majority of Americans are comfortable with their neighbors smoking pot, and politicians will have to decide whether or not they should embrace that or take a more cautious position. 

Former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer tells The Wall Street Journal, “All of a sudden the ground is shifting, and it’s uncomfortable and complicated. Marijuana has become an issue that candidates have got to pay attention to.” 

Back in October, The New Republic’s Nate Cohn imagined how candidates could use the issue against each other in the primaries: “Many candidates will have incentives to use the issue, whether it’s a cultural conservative using marijuana to hurt Rand Paul among evangelicals in Iowa, or a liberal trying to stoke a progressive revolt against Clinton’s candidacy.” 

So will presidential hopefuls come out joints blazing in 2016? That remains to be seen. Here’s where the candidates stand now: 

Weed Is the Sleeper Issue of 2016 - The Wire

newsweek:

As potential 2016 candidates gather their policy advisors and begin to isolate their views on key issues, they may want to consider one above the rest — weed.

You can make stoner jokes all you want, but marijuana policy stands to affect just as many Americans as immigration policy does in the coming years. And while Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio have made their views on border control clear, the fast-changing weed landscape (a full 54 percent of Americans now favor legalization) has left Republicans and Democrats all over the map when it comes to toking.

Some have been altogether mum on the topic — the last time Hillary Clinton spoke publicly about weed policy was during the 2008 campaign. In 2012, it was laughable to think that Colorado would legalize recreational weed.

Less than two years later, 75 percent of Americans think legalization nationwide is inevitable. Even President Obama has deemed pot no more dangerous than alcohol.

Suddenly, a majority of Americans are comfortable with their neighbors smoking pot, and politicians will have to decide whether or not they should embrace that or take a more cautious position.

Former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer tells The Wall Street Journal, “All of a sudden the ground is shifting, and it’s uncomfortable and complicated. Marijuana has become an issue that candidates have got to pay attention to.”

Back in October, The New Republic’s Nate Cohn imagined how candidates could use the issue against each other in the primaries: “Many candidates will have incentives to use the issue, whether it’s a cultural conservative using marijuana to hurt Rand Paul among evangelicals in Iowa, or a liberal trying to stoke a progressive revolt against Clinton’s candidacy.”

So will presidential hopefuls come out joints blazing in 2016? That remains to be seen. Here’s where the candidates stand now:

Weed Is the Sleeper Issue of 2016 - The Wire

casketscratcher:

"Maybe you shouldn’t be so open about your illness."

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Maybe I tell people so that they can find out on my terms instead of later when I’m too sick to hide it hmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

(via betterthandarkchocolate)

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[University of Glasgow psychologist Rachael] Jack’s research suggests that our faces express just four, not six, psychologically irreducible emotions: Fear-Surprise, Anger-Disgust, Happiness, and Sadness). But none of this is to suggest, as many news sources claimed, that humans have only four feelings. “Nobody in their right mind would say there are only four emotions,” says Jack. “That simply isn’t true. Human beings have incredibly complex emotions.”

Ohio State University cognitive scientist Aleix Martinez has a similar respect for the complexity of human feelings. In a paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences he describes how he and his team [developed] a way for computers to recognize 21 distinct facial expressions, including those that express seemingly contradictory emotions such as “happy disgust.”

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— Nearly a century and a half after Darwin’s pioneering studies of human emotional facial expressions, researchers seek to decode the basic emotions we have by reading our faces. (via explore-blog)

death-of-all:

This is something I’ve been thinking about for some time based on my experiences with anxiety. These are solely my own thoughts on my experiences.

I think that this is slightly more specific to social anxiety, but I think it still fits the blanket term. 

Drawn for my sister

(via betterthandarkchocolate)

fascinating stuff.
newsweek:

Bitcoin has been embraced by merchants from Overstock.com to neighborhood bars and pizzerias, and accepting the cryptographic currency is also proving to be a boon to some charities. Take the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies.
MAPS, a California nonprofit organization that promotes research into the therapeutic use of psychedelic drugs, MDMA and marijuana, raised $21,000 in Bitcoin in less than two months. I asked MAPS communication director Brad Burge and communication and marketing associate Brian Brown about their thoughts on why Bitcoin appealed to their donors.
(via This Is Your Brain on Bitcoin | Motherboard)

fascinating stuff.

newsweek:

Bitcoin has been embraced by merchants from Overstock.com to neighborhood bars and pizzerias, and accepting the cryptographic currency is also proving to be a boon to some charities. Take the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies.

MAPS, a California nonprofit organization that promotes research into the therapeutic use of psychedelic drugs, MDMA and marijuana, raised $21,000 in Bitcoin in less than two months. I asked MAPS communication director Brad Burge and communication and marketing associate Brian Brown about their thoughts on why Bitcoin appealed to their donors.

(via This Is Your Brain on Bitcoin | Motherboard)

THE DANGERS OF DESOMORPHINE

Amidst a ton of terrifying photo and figures floating around the internet and circulated by major news sources in regards to the killer drug Desomorphine, also known as Krocodil, what we can rely on for sure are the facts, as summarized in this article on Huffington Post. 

This heroine copycat is more instantly treacherous and lethal and something that all people should be aware of. We take a huge risk when ingesting or injecting street drugs —- especially when the reality is that you never know what you’re going to get. 

"Philip Seymour Hoffman did not look like an actor. That was the most alarming and promising thing about him, and now that he is dead, aged 46, in his apartment in New York, of an apparent drug overdose, so many things about him fall into place—if it is a story, instead of a helpless tragedy."

Philip Seymour Hoffman: 1967-2014 (via thenewrepublic)

#RIP Philip Seymour Hoffman. Another sad story about the affects of drugs, but he was an inspiration during his life!

ysubassoon:

Following the death of the inventor of the AK-47, Mikhail Kalashnikov, I strongly urge all of you to follow the work of Project AK-47 through social media. They do amazing work rescuing child soldiers and other child victims of human trafficking.

WHO IS PROJECT AK-47?


We chose our name because the AK-47 represents all of us. It is often dubbed the “people’s gun.”  It was the first gun of modern warfare that enabled armed groups to use children in combat, because even a child can learn to shoot an AK.

We exist to RESCUE child soldiers from lives of violence, RESTORE their identities, and RESHAPE regions of conflict.  

(via dontsellbodies)

We had an amazing time over the holidays at Toni’s House, where we reconnected with family and friends and celebrated each other. And we had live entertainment from our very own Cyd, who plays beautifully on the piano.