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Friday Squid Blogging: "How the Squid Lost Its Shell"

via Schneier on Security by Bruce Schneier on Fri, 20 Oct 2017 21:24:51 GMT
Interesting essay by Danna Staaf, the author of Squid Empire. (I mentioned the book two weeks ago.) As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven't covered. Read my blog posting guidelines here....

Chronicle AM: New Zealand to Vote on Pot Legalization, Peru Congress OKs MedMJ, More... (10/20/17)

via Drug War Chronicle by psmith on Fri, 20 Oct 2017 21:11:19 GMT

A new doctors' group is calling on the medical community to be open to marijuana legalization, kratom activists file a FOIA on the DEA, New Zealand's new prime minister says she will hold a referendum on marijuana legalization, and more.

[image:1 align:right]Marijuana Policy

New Doctors' Group Advocates for Marijuana Legalization. A newly formed physicians' group is calling on organized medicine to be open to legalizing and regulating marijuana. Doctors for Cannabis Regulation includes as members former US Surgeon General Jocelyn Elders and former US Center for Substance Abuse Treatment Westley Clark.

Maine Governor Wants to Delay Legal Marijuana Sales. Gov. Paul LePage (R) has proposed that lawmakers delay recreational marijuana sales instead of trying to pass a legislative rewrite of the voter-approved 2016 legalization initiative. LePage is proposing pushing the sales date back to January 2019. Lawmakers have already pushed the sales date back to February 2018.

Heroin and Prescription Opioids

Trump's Vow to Deliver Emergency Opioid Proclamation Is News to His Advisors. When President Trump announced Monday he would deliver an emergency proclamation on the opioid crisis next week, he blindsided his advisors, who are now scrambling to actually develop a plan. Despite Trump's remarks, it is unclear how or if it will be done, when it will be announced, and whether there is permanent leadership in place to execute it. "They are not ready for this," a public health advocate told Politico, which reported that top officials were "stunned" by Trump's off-script remarks.  


Citing DEA "Shadow Campaign," Kratom Backers File FOIA Request. Charging that the DEA is involved in a "shadow campaign" against the herb, the American Kratom Association has filed a Freedom of Information Act request for all records of kratom-related communications between the DEA and state lawmakers, law enforcement officials, coroners, and medical examiners. The association believes a recent claim of a "kratom-related death" by a local coroner is "part of a larger behind-the-scenes push against kratom by the DEA in the wake of its decision last year to suspend an emergency scheduling push that would have effectively banned the legal botanical product," according to its press release.

Criminal Justice

In Speech to Oklahoma Sheriffs, Sessions Praises Asset Forfeiture, Denies Need for Sentencing Reform. Addressing the Oklahoma Sheriffs Association in Midway City Wednesday, Attorney General Sessions praised President Trump as a "law and order president," defended federal asset forfeiture, and denied that the country has a mass incarceration problem. "If you want to bring down our prison population, then we should bring down crime," Sessions said in prepared remarks.


Colombia Coca Farmers, Social Organization Call General Strike. Upset by the government's failure to fully implement peace accords signed with the leftist FARC rebels 11 months ago, dozens of groups, including the National Coordinator for Coca, Poppy, and Marijuana Growers; the National Coordinator of Communities and Afrodescendant Organization, and the National Coordinator of Indigenous Peoples have called an indefinite strike. "This national strike is to demand compliance with the agreement. We hope that the Government respects our right to protest, "said the spokesman of the National Association of Peasant Reserve Zones, Cesar Jerez, in a statement issued by Patriotic March.

New Zealand Will Hold Referendum on Marijuana Legalization.  Incoming Prime Minister Jacinda Arden has said the country will hold a referendum on marijuana legalization at some point in the next three years. She has not taken a position on the issue herself, but said she wanted to hear the view of the public.

Peru Congress Passes Medical Marijuana Bill. The Congress approved a bill Thursday that would legalize medical marijuana in the Andean nation. The move has the support of President Pablo Kuczynski, who proposed it after a scandal erupted when police cracked down on a group of mothers making cannabis oil in a home factory to treat their epileptic children. 

Thank You, I'll Be Here All Week

via The War on Guns by David Codrea on Fri, 20 Oct 2017 21:03:00 GMT
And what's the deal with airline food?  [More]

At least we know whose opinions this clown values.

LN Video: Nigel Farage  Brexit Begot Trump

via Liberty Nation by Tim Donner on Fri, 20 Oct 2017 21:02:40 GMT

By Tim Donner

At a recent event in DC sponsored by LibertyNation.com., Nigel Farage celebrated the fact that the US followed the lead of Britain, saying Brexit clearly laid the groundwork for the triumph of Donald Trump.

Read More - LN Video: Nigel Farage – Brexit Begot Trump at Liberty Nation.

Setting New Records!

via The War on Guns by David Codrea on Fri, 20 Oct 2017 20:48:00 GMT
Total Immigrant Population Hits Record High of 43.7 Million in 2016 [More]
And they've all earned the right to be citizens!

Good thing this has nothing to do with that "single issue"!


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Canonical on Path to IPO as Ubuntu Unity Linux Desktop Ends

via Linuxtoday.com on Fri, 20 Oct 2017 20:00:00 GMT

BMW Targeted By “Diversity” Hustlers

via EPautos – Libertarian Car Talk by eric on Fri, 20 Oct 2017 20:57:26 GMT

Professional race hustler leader Jesse Jackson is calling for a boycott of BMW products because of “a lack of diversity” among its dealerships. The notorious skin color shyster made the announcement during Friday’s Rainbow PUSH Global Automotive Summit. BMW responded with its tai tucked, as expected: “BMW has a decades long commitment to diversity and it’s […]

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Gadget Lab Podcast: New Alexa Speakers From Sonos and Ultimate Ears

via Wired by Wired Staff on Fri, 20 Oct 2017 20:45:00 GMT
A surge of voice-assisted speakers rushed the shores this month.

TFW the Roman Catholic converts and the Greek Orthodox converts...

via E. H. Looney on Fri, 20 Oct 2017 20:03:38 GMT

TFW the Roman Catholic converts and the Greek Orthodox converts start arguing over theological minutiae

splendorinthesouth: (via TumbleOn)

via E. H. Looney on Fri, 20 Oct 2017 18:35:52 GMT

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