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Watch: Reason magazine hosts panel on ‘America’s longest war’ — the war on drugs

The libertarian publication Reason on Monday published video of a panel discussion about U.S. drug policy. The panel, which discussed the war on drugs on September 24, included Ethan Nadelmann of the Drug Policy Alliance, Mary O’Grady of the Wall Street Journal, John Tierney of the New York Times, and…

WATCH: Farmers and ranchers build sustainable energy barn in path of Keystone XL

A number of citizen farmers and ranchers pushing against the Keystone XL have actually gone and built a “sustainable energy barn” right in the path of the proposed Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline, in order to show their disdain for and opposition…  …

GOP congressman likens Republicans to Confederate soldiers who ‘stumbled into’ Gettysburg

According to the Washington Examiner‘s Byron York, an unnamed GOP congressman expressed surprise at the government shutdown. “To be honest with you, I did not think we’d be in a government shutdown situation,” he said. He blamed “the Cruz phenomenon” for “disrupting” the plans of House Republicans, likening the current…

Rutgers scientists find molecules that could knock out flu

Rutgers scientists believe they are closing in on a discovery that could help create new medicine to treat the flu. The key is a chemical compound that blocks the virus’ ability to replicate itself, according…  …

A rough guide to the components of Earth’s Climate System

A rough guide to the components of Earth’s Climate System (via Skeptical Science) Posted on 7 October 2013 by John Mason Introduction This is a basic primer on the components of Earth’s climate and how and why they are important. It is aimed primarily at people who are relatively new…

EPA chief’s goals: ‘Explain the science’ and obey the laws

EPA chief’s goals: ‘Explain the science’ and obey the laws (via The Christian Science Monitor) Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy speaks at the St. Regis Hotel on Monday.(Michael Bonfigli /The Christian Science Monitor) EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy was confirmed as the US Environmental Protection Agency’s chief in…  …

Russian tabloid publishes photo of ‘Edward Snowden’ shopping

A sensational Russian news website on Monday published a photograph that it claims is the first to show US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden since he emerged from a Moscow airport in August. A casually dressed man sporting a goatee with sunglasses perched on his head is pictured pushing a supermarket…

Internet for all: Tech alliance seeks affordable web access for the poor

Accessing the Internet in the developing world is unnecessarily expensive, partly due to government policies that hinder competition and should be scrapped, a new alliance backed by Google, Yahoo and Microsoft said Monday. The Alliance for Affordable Internet, which launched in Nigeria’s capital, said it will push for an “open,…

Watch: ‘Transforming Medicine’ mini documentary profiles psychedelic research conference

A short video published by the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Science provides an overview of the research and views presented at its Psychedelic Science 2013 conference earlier this year. “In terms of discussing publicly the potential benefits of psychoactive substances, psychedelic substances we mustn’t be evangelists, we musn’t be trying…

Scalia believes in the Devil and ‘very much suspects’ some friends of his are homosexual

In a wide-ranging interview with New York‘s Jennifer Senior, Supreme Court Justice and conservative icon Antonin Scalia revealed much about his habits, both daily and intellectual, since coming to the court. When asked about his morning media consumption, he claimed to “skim” The Wall Street Journal and Washington Times, but…

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