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Special K, a Hallucinogen, Raises Hopes and Concerns as a Treatment for Depression

By ANDREW POLLACK | DEC. 9, 2014
The New York Times

It is either the most exciting new treatment for depression in years or it is a hallucinogenic club drug that is wrongly being dispensed to desperate patients in a growing number of clinics around the country.

It is called ketamine — or Special K, in street parlance.

While it has been used as an anesthetic for decades, small studies at prestigious medical centers like Yale, Mount Sinai and the National Institute of Mental Health suggest it can relieve depression in many people who are not helped by widely used conventional antidepressants like Prozac or Lexapro.

34 votes

Undercover Cop, Outed by Activists at Oakland Protest, Pulls Gun on Crowd

Last night an undercover cop in Oakland drew his firearm on a group of demonstrators before arresting a black man from among the crowd.

Protesters at the scene reported on Twitter that the cop pulled his gun after he was ‘outed’ as an undercover. One person tweeted that the undercovers were “instigators of looting,” while another said they were “banging on windows.” After they were unmasked, one of the cops drew his baton, threw it down on the ground, and then pulled a gun on the crowd as he arrested one of its members. After the first officer drew his weapon, someone allegedly punched the other cop in the face, knocking him down.

31 votes

Surprise: The Congressman Who Just Destroyed DC's Marijuana Plans Is Bought Off By Big Pharma

by Matthew Segal | attn.com

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...given the tenuous intellectual reasoning from [Rep. Andy Harris from Maryland who just led the charge to overturn the will of Washington D.C. voters] Harris, we were left wondering, why might he be so zealous against the will of the DC electorate?

Look no further than his campaign contributions:

His biggest contributor is the health industry, and among his top three biggest donors is the pharmaceutical company, Emergent BioSolutions, headquartered in Rockville, Maryland. One of Emergent's products is epsil, "a fast-acting treatment that reduces the pain associated with oral mucositis," which is a common complication of chemotherapy from cancer treatment. According to its website, "by reducing the pain associated with OM, episil® may help you maintain proper nutrition and a level of comfort—and may allow you to continue your cancer therapy uninterrupted."

So what does any of this mean?

18 votes

Gun Rights Are Favored Over Gun Control For First Time In 20 Years

Two Years After Newtown, A Shift in Favor of Gun RightsMore Say Guns Do More to Protect Than Put People at Risk

Pew Research Center:

Two Years After Newtown, A Shift in Favor of Gun RightsFor the first time in more than two decades of Pew Research Center surveys, there is more support for gun rights than gun control. Currently, 52% say it is more important to protect the right of Americans to own guns, while 46% say it is more important to control gun ownership.

Support for gun rights has edged up from earlier this year, and marks a substantial shift in attitudes since shortly after the Newtown school shootings, which occurred two years ago this Sunday.

The balance of opinion favored gun control in the immediate aftermath of the Newtown tragedy in December 2012, and again a month later. Since January 2013, support for gun rights has increased seven percentage points – from 45% to 52% — while the share prioritizing gun control has fallen five points (from 51% to 46%).

18 votes

Realize that all boats are empty.

“If a man is crossing a river and an empty boat collides with his own boat, he won’t get offended or angry, however hot-tempered he may be. But if the boat is manned, he may flare up, shouting and cursing, just because there’s a rower.

Realize that all boats are empty as you cross the river of the world, and nothing can possibly offend you.”

-- Excerpted from The Second Book of the Tao by Stephen Mitchell (p.86)

3 votes

Antony Sutton books - Great Gift Idea

I noticed that the Antony Sutton trilogy is now on Amazon Prime. These paperbacks were obscure, but could be read online. I can't recommend these books enough as they are foundational to understanding how the world works:

You will learn that JP Morgan and elements of the US Government enabled the Bolsheviks to take over Russia, stamping out what could have been a constitutional republic.

http://www.amazon.com/Street-Bolshevik-Revolution-Antony-Sut...

8 votes

Breweries Sue Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission

If you’ve listened to any episodes of the feature Libertarians In Living Rooms Drinking Liquor on the Lions of Liberty podcast, then you’re well aware that we enjoy partaking in the consumption of alcoholic beverages from time to time. It should come as no surprise that the choice for today’s lead story in The Morning Roar highlights friction between coercive government and beer brewers.

14 votes

Dick Cheney: The Senate torture report is "full of crap"

Mr Cheney said the interrogation programme saved lives, and that the agency deserved "credit not condemnation".

"It did in fact produce actionable intelligence that was vital in the success of keeping the country safe from further attacks," he said.

"As a matter of international law, the US is legally obliged to bring those responsible to justice," Ben Emmerson, UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Counter-Terrorism, said in a statement made from Geneva.

He said there had been a "clear policy orchestrated at a high level".

8 votes

11-Year-Old Held at Gunpoint After 'Trying to Do a Good Deed'

An 11-year-old boy was handcuffed and held at gunpoint in Vellejo, Calif. after he tried to warn a neighbor that someone had broken into her car.

“I was trying to do a good deed,” 6th-grader Romie Mims told KTVU.

Mims was walking to school on Thursday morning when he noticed a car on the street with its windows shattered. He knocked on the homeowner’s door to give them a heads-up about the crime.

But as he was doing so, unbeknownst to him, the homeowner was calling the police.

26 votes

Amash: New Intel Authorization grants access to the communications of every American

When I learned that the Intelligence Authorization Act for FY 2015 was being rushed to the floor for a vote—with little debate and only a voice vote expected (i.e., simply declared "passed" with almost nobody in the room)—I asked my legislative staff to quickly review the bill for unusual language. What they discovered is one of the most egregious sections of law I've encountered during my time as a representative: It grants the executive branch virtually unlimited access to the communications of every American.

20 votes

Ben Swann's Truth in Media Project: The Root of Police Militarization


http://youtu.be/UsRV3y37qcs

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And as all of our episodes are crowdfunded, please contribute to the Truth in Media Project here so we can make more - http://benswann.com/contribute/

In the latest episode of Truth in Media, Investigative Journalist Ben Swann looks at the root of America’s current problem with the militarization of police.

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The Department of Treasury is seeking to order survival kits for all of its employees who oversee the federal banking system, according to a new solicitation.

The emergency supplies would be for every employee at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), which conducts on-site reviews of banks throughout the country. The survival kit includes everything from water purification tablets to solar blankets.

The government is willing to spend up to $200,000 on the kits, according to the solicitation released on Dec. 4.

6 votes

Massachusetts Police Officers Caught Driving Drunk Offered “Professional Courtesy”

Massachusetts - The Boston Globe has reported troubling cases in which police officers in Massachusetts, a state that regularly conducts sobriety checkpoints, have been granted extraordinary leniency after being caught driving drunk while off-duty as part of a practice that is known as “professional courtesy”.

Despite attempts from police departments within the state to keep such cases secret, the paper managed to expose several instances where officers received minimal legal and professional consequences, even in cases where drunk officers had caused injuries and property damage.

In September 2012, state trooper Brian Simpkins was found unconscious by police in his personal vehicle, which was still running, in a parking lot. It was later found that he had been drinking heavily for most of the previous evening before he was found passed out around 2 a.m. Simpkins refused a breath test and was placed on administrative leave after the incident. Since he had refused a breath test and most of the evidence against him was discarded, he was acquitted and has since returned to duty.

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