“..Dope trial offers hope for sick girl..”

“..For the first time in seven years – Jessika Guest feels like she is getting to know her daughter Jade.

Since trialling medical marijuana in Colorado – seven-year-old Jade’s seizures have dropped from 30 to 40 a day to five or less, and from 30 seconds each time to three or five seconds.

‘[It] has been a big success’ Mrs Guest said.

‘As a mum it’s been amazing to watch because I feel for the first time in seven years I’m getting to know my daughter’..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Dope trial offers hope for sick girl – National – NZ Herald News.

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“..Humans Need Not Apply..”

(an interesting 15 min vid on automation..)

(cont..)

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? Humans Need Not Apply – YouTube.

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“..The drugs revolution starts now – as MPs agree its high time for change..”

“..Commons debate highlights growing cross-party consensus on softening UK drugs legislation -

- unchanged for 43 years..”

(cont..)

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The drugs revolution starts now as MPs agree its high time for change – UK Politics – UK – The Independent.

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“..This is the effect of magic mushrooms upon the brain..”

“..On the left hand side is an fMRI scan of someone given a placebo -

- on the right someone injected with psilocybin – the active ingredient in magic mushrooms.

The brain activity on the left is perfectly normal-

- but on the right -

- regions of the brain that don’t normally communicate are doing so..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

This is the effect of magic mushrooms upon the brain.

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“..Virgin Galactic space rocket crash: Richard Branson’s dream of space tourism suffers setback after Mojave crash kills test pilot..”

“..The death of a Virgin Galactic pilot after what was described as an ‘in-flight anomaly’ -

- will further stall plans to break the final frontier of commercial travel..”

(cont..)

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Virgin Galactic space rocket crash: Richard Branson’s dream of space tourism suffers setback after Mojave crash kills test pilot – Americas – World – The Independent.

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“..Wall Street investment fund is sitting on a gain of more than $100 million on a single bet on one of the Government’s state-owned asset sales..”

“..Mellon Bank of New York’s London subsidiary – Newton Asset Management -

- took a huge bet on Meridian Energy when the company floated a year ago this week-

- buying 166.3 million units – equivalent to a 6.49 per cent stake..”

(cont..)

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Fund up a cool $100m after big bet | Stuff.co.nz.

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“..Secret plan for psychopaths to rule in post N-holocaust Britain..”

“..Secret plans for Britain to cope with the aftermath of a nuclear holocaust -

- included recruiting psychopaths to run the country -

- according to newly released official documents…”

(cont..)

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Secret plan for psychopaths to rule in post N-holocaust Britain – World – NZ Herald News.

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“..A robotic cocktail waiter – virtual views – and a skydiving simulator: Quantum of the Seas – the most high-tech cruise ship yet – sets sail

“..The 168,666 ton vessel has been unveiled in Southampton..”

(cont..)

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Quantum of the Seas, the most high-tech cruise ship yet, sets sail – News & Advice – Travel – The Independent.

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“..Drug baron jailed for 25 years..”

“..Kingpin lived lavish life -

- until he was caught in Morocco last year..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Drug baron John Clark jailed for 25 years – Crime – UK – The Independent.

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“..Great council house sell-off scandal: Right-to-buy council houses leave nowhere for poor to live..” (ed:..the tory selloff of state housing stock..is the same as what their tory cousins in britain are doing..privatisation by stealth..)

“..Councils who have been forced to sell properties to tenants on the cheap -

- are then having to rent them back at extortionate rates to house those in need..”

(cont..)

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Great council house sell-off scandal: Right-to-buy council houses leave nowhere for poor to live – Home News – UK – The Independent.

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“..How Maggots Can Reveal Whether You’re Liberal Or Conservative..”

“..The differences were so pronounced that the researchers could analyze a scan -

- and predict the person’s political leaning with 95 percent accuracy..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

How Maggots Can Reveal Whether You’re Liberal Or Conservative.

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“..Of Course Robots Will Never Become Our High-Tech Overlords… Or Will They?..”

“..when you watch those videos of that Terminator-like PETMAN robot – and that freaky robotic pack mule -

- you begin to wonder..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>

Of Course Robots Will Never Become Our High-Tech Overlords… Or Will They?.

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“..How You Can Use the Media to Fight for the Change You Believe in..”

“..Answer these eight questions -

- and you’ll have a solid foundation for launching a successful media campaign..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>

How You Can Use the Media to Fight for the Change You Believe in | Alternet.

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“..11 Frightfully Delicious Marijuana Strains..”

“..Smoking some ‘Frankenstein’ – or ‘Jack the Ripper’..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

11 Frightfully Delicious Marijuana Strains to Go With Your Favorite Halloween Movies | Alternet.

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“..Will There Be a Catholic Church Schism Under Pope Francis?..”

“..It’s not out of the question..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>

Will There Be a Catholic Church Schism Under Pope Francis? | Alternet.

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“..Why the GOP Is Going to Be in Deep Trouble If Their Crazy Tea Party Candidates Get into the Senate..”

“..The GOP is facing a serious problem..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Why the GOP Is Going to Be in Deep Trouble If Their Crazy Tea Party Candidates Get into the Senate | Alternet.

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“..How Conservative Christianity Can Warp the Mind..”

“..Some religious beliefs can create habitual thought patterns that actually alter brain function -

- making it difficult for people to heal or grow..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>

How Conservative Christianity Can Warp the Mind | Alternet.

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“..Facebook opens up to anonymous Tor users with .onion address..”

“..Warns of ‘evolutionary and flaky nature’ of experiment to ensure anonymous users aren’t wrongly identified as botnets..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Facebook opens up to anonymous Tor users with .onion address | Technology | The Guardian.

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“..Celebrity shoe auction: a chance to own some famous footwear – in pictures..” (ed:..ew..!..no thank you..!..)

“..if you’re interested in owning George Clooney’s boots..”

(cont..)

(ed:..i know it’s for a charity..but i don’t care whose shoes they were..

..it’s ew!..just ew!..

..there are some no-go areas in the world of secondhand-

..one is underwear..the other is shoes..

..(shudder..!..)

go to source/story>>

Celebrity shoe auction: a chance to own some famous footwear – in pictures | Fashion | The Guardian.

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“..When you don’t have empathy – you can get away with anything..”

“..The star of Nightcrawler – a grisly satire on the job market and TV news -

- tells Henry Barnes how a lack of morality can help you get ahead..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Jake Gyllenhaal on Nightcrawler: ‘When you don’t have empathy you can get away with anything’ – video interview | Film | The Guardian.

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“..Robin Thicke and Pharrell lose first round in Blurred Lines copyright battle..”

“..Judge says Marvin Gaye’s family ‘made a sufficient showing that elements of Blurred Lines may be substantially similar to protected original elements of Got to Give It Up’..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Robin Thicke and Pharrell lose first round in Blurred Lines copyright battle | Music | The Guardian.

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“..JK Rowling reveals the secrets of Dolores Umbridge..”

“..Rowling tells how Harry Potter’s least favourite teacher was based on a former teacher of her own -

- whom the author ‘disliked intensely on sight’..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

JK Rowling reveals the secrets of Dolores Umbridge | Books | The Guardian.

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“..John Lydon: My family values..”

“..The former Sex Pistols singer on not knowing the truth about his birth -

- and the sustaining love of his long-time wife Nora..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>

John Lydon: My family values | Life and style | The Guardian.

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“..Elena Ferrante: the global literary sensation nobody knows..”

“..She shuns publicity – and her identity is a mystery.

Yet – as the last in her acclaimed series of novels about two friends in Naples is published -

- Elena Ferrante’s reputation is soaring..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>

Elena Ferrante: the global literary sensation nobody knows | Books | The Guardian.

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“..IPCC report: six graphs that show how we’re changing the world’s climate..”

“..We look at the data that underpins the forthcoming IPCC climate science report -

- detailing humanity’s influence on the climate – global impacts -

- and solutions..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

IPCC report: six graphs that show how we’re changing the world’s climate | Environment | The Guardian.

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“..While the internet is accountable to nobody – privacy will be in crisis..”

“..It is time to bring humanity back to the networks that hear everything – track our lives -

- and mine information bought and sold..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

While the internet is accountable to nobody, privacy will be in crisis | Technology | The Guardian.

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“..The scariest video game moments of all time – chosen by developers..”

“..asking game creators about what terrifies them..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

The scariest video game moments of all time – chosen by developers | Technology | The Guardian.

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“..Ten things we learned this week..”

“..a roundup of the week’s news..”

(cont..)

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Ten things we learned this week | World news | The Guardian.

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“..USA v All Blacks: who are the US Eagles?..”

“..A teacher – a former tennis starlet – and plenty of NFL experience -

- all feature in the United Staes squad set to face the All Blacks..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

USA v All Blacks: who are the US Eagles? | Sport | The Guardian.

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“..New Zealand ready to leave USA a lasting legacy in Chicago..”

“..The prospect of a sellout crowd watching a rugby match at Soldier Field -

- would have been unheard of two decades ago..”

(cont..)

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New Zealand ready to leave USA a lasting legacy in Chicago | Sport | The Guardian.

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“..Put calorie labels on beer – wine – and spirits – say public health experts..”

“..Alcoholic drinks are fuelling obesity epidemic -

- and most have no idea how many calories their drinks contain..”

(cont..)

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Put calorie labels on beer, wine and spirits, say public health experts | Society | The Guardian.

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“..The secret to making great curry..’”

“..The complex flavours of curries are governed by just three things:

- generous spicing; onion – ginger – and garlic done just right – and something to give it body.

Then simply improvise…”

(cont..)

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The secret to making great curry | Back to basics | Life and style | The Guardian.

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“..Bank of Japan to inject 80 trillion yen into its economy..”

“..Japanese policymakers announce plan to increase stimulus -

- through expansion of its quantitative easing programme..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Bank of Japan to inject 80 trillion yen into its economy | Business | The Guardian.

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“..Ozone hole layer remains size of North America – Nasa data shows..”

“..Antarctic hole in protective layer of gas stands around same level as 2010 – 2012 and 2013 -

- but scientists say recovery is on track..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Ozone hole layer remains size of North America, Nasa data shows | Environment | The Guardian.

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“..$40m bid to resurrect derelict hotel..”

“..Two New Zealand companies have submitted a $40 million plan to restore an infamous Rarotonga resort -

- once linked to the mafia..”

(cont..)

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$40m bid to resurrect derelict hotel – National – NZ Herald News.

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“..Pora’s case reaches top court..”

“..Five years of work come to a head next week -

- for the team seeking to have Teina Pora’s convictions for a 1993 rape and murder quashed by the Privy Council..”

(cont..)

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Pora’s case reaches top court – National – NZ Herald News.

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“..Size of Team NZ’s request for Government cash kept secret..”

“..The Government will not say how much taxpayer cash Team New Zealand have requested to help bankroll their next tilt at the America’s Cup.

Documents about public funding of the yachting syndicate sought by the Herald through the Official Information Act were either heavily redacted – or withheld by officials acting for Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce.

Citing the public’s right to know how its money is spent by public officials – the Herald has lodged an urgent appeal with the Ombudsman..”

(cont..)

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Size of Team NZ’s request for Government cash kept secret – National – NZ Herald News.

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“..The world’s top five ‘green’ cars of 2014..”

“..Finalists for the 10th edition of the world’s biggest automotive environment award have been named..”

(cont..)

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The world’s top five ‘green’ cars of 2014 | Stuff.co.nz.

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“..As Berlin Marks Fall of the Wall: The Secret Police Document on Bob Dylan..” 

“..One angle you may not hear much about is the role Western rock ‘n roll played..”

(cont..)

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As Berlin Marks Fall of the Wall: The Secret Police Document on Bob Dylan | Greg Mitchell.

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“..The Missing Women of Afghanistan..” 

“..This disconnect between Washington’s much-advertised support for women’s rights -

- and its actual disdain for women -

- was not lost upon canny Afghans.

From early on they recognized that the Americans were hypocrites at heart..”

(cont..)

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The Missing Women of Afghanistan | Ann Jones.

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