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American shakedown: Police won't charge you, but they'll grab your money

In the U.S., a cash-grab by police and government is dressed up in terms like “interdiction and forfeiture,” or “the equitable sharing program.”

photo credit: CBC News

 

U.S. police are operating a co-ordinated scheme to seize as much of the public’s cash as they can

 

On its official website, the Canadian government informs its citizens that “there is no limit to the amount of money that you may legally take into or out of the United States.” Nonetheless, it adds, banking in the U.S. can be difficult for non-residents, so Canadians shouldn’t carry large amounts of cash.

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Secret Police Bill #C51 Passed with Full Liberal Support #justintrudeau #sellout

May 4th, marked a sad day in Canadian politics. A day that future historians will mark as the date in which the entire landscape of our Canadian way of life changed in dramatic fashions. A date which should certainly be drawn upon by ALL Canadians when the time comes for our justice at the ballot box later this year.

The Conservative government’s anti-terrorism legislation has passed its final vote in the House of Commons, clearing the way for the bill to become law before Parliament rises for the summer.

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Genetically Modified Organisms on Lab Rats #nogmo #stopmonsanto

Genetically modified organisms, more commonly called GMO’s, are foods that have been modified by chemicals and grown with chemicals.

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Video: FED UP. #ChildhoodObesity #fedup #netflix

Why isn't this on the news every night?

This is the movie the food industry doesn't want you to see. FED UP blows the lid off everything we thought we knew about food and weight loss, revealing a 30-year campaign by the food industry, aided by the U.S. government, to mislead and confuse the American public, resulting in one of the largest health epidemics in history. From Katie Couric, Laurie David (Oscar winning producer of AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH) and director Stephanie Soechtig, FED UP will change the way you eat forever.

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How Much Room Do We Need To Supply The Entire World With Solar Electricity? #cleanenergy

In 2009, the total global electricity consumption was 20,279,640 GWh. The sun creates more energy than that in one hour. The tricky part is collecting that energy and converting it into useful electricity with solar panels. How much area would need to be covered with solar panels in order to capture enough energy to meet global demand? Actually, it’s not as much as you’d think.

The image above has three red boxes showing what area would need to be covered for Germany (De), Europe (EU-25), and the entire world.

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Video: Everything Wrong With The Social Media Generation #socialmedia #truth

Social media sites can be depressing because everyone else’s lives are better than yours… But are they really? The following video perfectly depicts everything wrong with our generation on social media. It may make you think about the way you use social media…

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Tidal may be a revolution – for the rich recording artists #music #tidal #endthesuffering

Artists including Beyonce, Daft Punk, Usher, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, Kanye West and Madonna recently joined Jay Z in New York to launch Tidal, his artist-owned streaming service.

Their two targets, poor audio fidelity and a loss of artist control, indicate a dissatisfaction with the way that consumers are treating music. The Tidal revolution hopes to convince consumers that music and creativity can be better in the age of digital streaming. Yet within a day of the announcement there has already been significant backlash.

The internet is awash with scepticism of Tidal’s revolutionary claims. Though judgement should be reserved for a year or two, first impressions don’t look good. For many music fans, Tidal presents an elitist call to reverse the more democratic music revolution of the early 2000s.

Whilst Tidal’s website places focus on music fidelity, its publicity has veered more towards a story of revolutionary social justice for the arts. Tidal is framed as streaming service owned by artists. Their videos subtly rail against the use of their music as something to encourage advertising revenue or the sale of a new gadget. This publicity implies that consumers are getting music wrong. They’re listening at too low a quality, they’re paying too low a price and they’re consuming in spaces owned by the wrong people. As a result the “sanctity” of music has been lost and creativity is under threat. 

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University lecturer plays students X-rated video of herself #art #sex

University drama students were stunned when their lecturer played them an X-rated video of performance theatre - showing her vagina. Lauren Barri-Holstein screened a clip of her production Splat!, which features graphic female nudity.

As part of the introductory presentation to her Theatre and its Others module at Queen Mary University of London, the actress and PhD student showed first-year students the explicit material.

The graphic clip was described by Ms Barri-Holstein as "feminist performance art concerned with the female body".

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5 Consumer Trends Driving GE LED Lighting Design via @GELighting #energy

“We know the light consumers love, and we’ve reinvented and perfected the LED to emulate incandescent light,” says John Strainic, General Manager, Consumer Lighting for GE in North America. “We know that when consumers think about energy-efficient lighting, many are deterred by the memory of early CFL bulbs produced by some manufacturers, and we want them to know that with GE LED lighting – there are no tradeoffs.”

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Doctors Announce World's First Successful Penis Transplant #science

A South African surgical team has just announced the world’s first successful penile transplant. On December 11, 2014, a young man received a donor’s penis during a nine-hour procedure performed at Tygerberg Hospital in Cape Town. Now, three months after, the transplanted organ is fully functioning -- for sex and for urination -- though full sensation may take a bit longer. "Our goal was that he would be fully functional at two years and we are very surprised by his rapid recovery," team leader Andre van der Merwe of Stellenbosch University says in a statement.

The sexually active 21-year-old recipient will now be able to have children if he chooses to. Three years ago, he lost all but one centimeter of his penis when complications arose during a ritual circumcision -- which members of the Xhosa group often undergo. "There is a greater need in South Africa for this type of procedure than elsewhere in the world," Van der Merwe adds, "as many young men lose their penises every year due to complications from traditional circumcision." According to previous estimates, as many as 250 penile amputations occur across the country every year.

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Come to Shangrila #travel

It is probably ironic that I found the area around Srinagar in “the Vale of Kashmir” to be one of the most peaceful places I have ever been to, in its physical sense, at least. However, in the last few decades (I was there in 1983), there has been much agitation and many terrorist acts as a result of a separatist movement to take predominantly-Moslem Kashmir out of the Indian federation.

Srinagar, the capital, inspired the West’s notions of “Shangrila”. I remember Dal Lake, on which the city sits, being absolutely beautiful even in November. I marvelled at the siting of the famed Shalimar Gardens overlooking the lake below. The whole valley is surrounded by snow-covered mountain peaks at that time of year.

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When Parents Hesitate About Vaccines, What Should Health-Care Providers Say? # science

In recent years, the US has witnessed multiple outbreaks of vaccine-preventable illnesses, including pertussis (whooping cough) and measles. In the same time frame, vaccine refusal rates have gone up, and an increasing number of parents are requesting modified vaccine schedules that differ from the one recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

The majority of parents do have their children vaccinated on schedule. It’s a small number of parents who refuse all vaccinations for their children. A slightly larger minority want their children to receive some but not all vaccines or want a different vaccination schedule.

Why do these groups disregard AAP recommendations about vaccination? A 2011 study suggests it has a lot to do with fear of vaccines' negative side effects. Some parents worry about the “chemical composition” of vaccines or multiple vaccines being given at once. Some don’t believe vaccines are effective. Others feel the illnesses some vaccines protect against, like influenza or varicella (chickenpox), aren’t that serious. Importantly, though not the focus of this article, the AAP Committee on Bioethics notes that some parents might refuse vaccines due to cost issues or barriers to accessing appropriate health services.

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