Surprise, surprise. Maybe this is how they’ll justify the uranium wars.

Cosmos – by Joel F. Hooper

Uranium may be good for something more than nuclear fireworks, according to new research that offers it a novel role: a catalyst for chemical reactions that could produce a new generation of pharmaceuticals and plastics.

“Uranium, undoubtedly, has really bad PR,” says Professor Steven Liddle of the University of Manchester, lead author of a paper on the research published in Nature Communications. “But to me it’s just an element of the periodic table. It’s about what you use it for.”   Continue reading “Uranium: the element of surprise”

Daily Mail

Police in California say they have uncovered a tape in which Corey Feldman lists the names of men who abused him in the past.

The former child actor had claimed in October that he had given the names of sexual predators in Hollywood to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office in 1993 during their investigation into Michael Jackson’s molestation charges.   Continue reading “Corey Feldman WAS telling the truth: Santa Barbara police say they’ve found historic audio of him naming abusers which he claims they then covered up”


Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has been voted the Time magazine readers’ Person of the Year, despite spearheading the continued bombardment of Yemen, leading to the starvation of its citizens.

The award goes to those who “for better or worse” influenced the year. The 32 year old scored 24 percent of the vote, with the #MeToo movement against sexual assault and harassment coming in second place with a comparatively modest six percent of the votes.  Continue reading “As Yemen burns, Time readers vote Saudi Crown Prince person of the year”

Big League Politics – by Cassandra Fairbanks

Testifying before the House Homeland Security Committee on Thursday, Southern Poverty Law Center President Richard Cohen stated that Antifa is not considered a “hate group” by his organization.

“If you are familiar with our work, we write about antifa often,” Cohen testified during the hearing on domestic terrorism. “We condemn their tactics — I’ve said so publicly and we do so always — but antifa is not a group that vilifies people on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion and the like.”   Continue reading “Southern Poverty Law Center Claims Antifa Is NOT a Hate Group”

AlterNet – by Kali Holloway

In a world filled with chaos, a new “suicide machine” allows people to exit life in an orderly, peaceful manner. The Sarco is a technological marvel, resembling some kind of futuristic sleeping chamber, that aids in voluntary assisted dying. Australian doctor Philip Nitschke, whom Newsweek identifies as the “Elon Musk of assisted suicide,” unveiled the new apparatus earlier this week, just days after lawmakers in the state of Victoria voted to legalize euthanasia. The device simplifies what Nitschke dubs “rational suicides,” ensuring that the process is painless and easy—an optimal way to go.   Continue reading “High-Tech Suicide Machine Makes Death a Painless, Peaceful, Optimal Way to Go”

Daily Mail

A Metropolitan Opera conductor sexually abused a 15-year-old boy and continued the abuse for nearly 10 years, a lawsuit has alleged.

The victim, whose name has been withheld, nearly committed suicide due to the abuse, the New York Post reports.

The lawsuit alleges that James Levine, 74, abused the boy during his tenure as a conductor at the Ravinia Music Festival, a summer concert series held in Chicago’s North Shore suburbs.   Continue reading “Metropolitan Opera conductor, 74, is accused of molesting a 15-year-old boy from 1985 to 1993”

Pacific Standard – by Tom Jacobs

The gun-control debate in America bypassed rationality long ago. A committed core group of gun owners takes even modest attempts to limit the availability of firearms as a personal affront, and responds with the outrage of devout believers driven to defend their faith.

These gun-rights absolutists—a subset of the firearm-owning population—are overwhelmingly white, male, not very religious, and fearful about their financial future. Owning firearms gives them a sense of masculine strength and authority they otherwise fear is slipping away.   Continue reading “Propaganda Alert: For Some Americans, The Gun Is A Sacred Object”

Hawaii Tribune Herald – by John Burnett

The Hawaii Police Department has a letter it sends to medical marijuana patients seeking a gun permit that’s similar to a letter sent by the Honolulu Police Department which has cannabis advocates up in arms, so to speak.

The Honolulu Police Department letter, reportedly sent by the chief to 30 medical marijuana patients this year, gave them 30 days to “voluntarily surrender your firearms, permit and ammunition to the Honolulu Police Department (HPD) or otherwise transfer ownership.”   Continue reading “An illegal combo: Firearm permits being denied to medical marijuana patients”

Washington Post – Anna Momigliano

 In Italy, as in most of western Europe, medical cannabis is legal. What sets the country apart is that cultivation of the plant is a de facto army monopoly.

The only place cannabis can be legally grown here is at a heavily guarded military facility in Florence where, this year, two greenhouses produced a yield of about 220 pounds.   Continue reading “In Italy, the army provides medical marijuana. And that’s a problem.”