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Thursday TOON Roundup 2 - Arbusto's Bro

Thursday Toon Roundup 1- More 'baiting' about debatin'

Don't Believe in Their Lies

Tom the Dancing Bug TOON: Hollingsworth Hound Learns the Truth About Climate Scientists!

What do Hugs and Weed Have in Common?

Researchers at the University of California have discovered the link between the »love« or »hug« hormone (scientific name oxytocin) and the effect of marijuana on human behaviour that improves interpersonal bonding. This new study offers an insight on social interactions and how oxytocin could make these interactions more satisfying and enjoyable by boosting the body’s own cannabinoid receptors.

Oxytocin triggers the release of the chemical called the “bliss molecule” (anandamide) which helps to activate brain receptors that increase happiness and motivation. Anandamide is a natural occurring chemical in the human body, part of the endocannabinoid system that links up to the same brain cell receptors as does marijuana’s THC, with similar results.

Previous studies have shown that endocannabinoids are tangled in the regulation of neuronal signalling from the nucleus accumbens, a region of the brain where the reactions of oxytocin on social reward is detected.

The study shows that social contact increases the production of anandamide in the region of nucleus accumbens, which triggers the body’s cannabinoid system to fortify the joy of socialisation. When these cannabinoid receptors were blocked with drugs, the reinforcement subsided.


No wonder repubs are so against it.

Maldives declares state of emergency

Source: Guardian UK

The president of the Maldives has declared a state of emergency, citing a threat to citizens’ safety and national security.

Abdulla Yameen’s decree, which came into effect at midday local time (0700 GMT), suspends all basic rights and gives the security forces sweeping powers to arrest suspects ahead of a major anti-government rally planned later this week.

The main opposition Maldivian Democratic party (MDP), whose leader Mohamed Nasheed is in jail following his conviction earlier this year under anti-terror laws, has organised the protest.

The Maldives has suffered acute political instability for several years, but a new cycle of chaos and unrest appears to be intensifying.

Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/nov/04/maldives-declares-state-of-emergency

Martin Shkreli Plans To "Modestly Lower" the Price of Daraprim by Christmas

Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO Martin Shkreli says that he plans to "modestly lower" the price of Daraprim, a life-saving drug that treats parasitic infections and helps AIDS and cancer patients, by Christmas.

In an exclusive, hour-long video interview with HIV positive journalist Josh Robbins, the former hedge fund manager discussed his role in raising the price of Daraprim from $13.50 to $750 per pill and indicated that he apparently plans to reduce the drug's cost by about ten percent. Reached later on Twitter, however, Shkreli told ATTN: that he could not confirm that Turing would lower the price of Daraprim by ten percent.

Currently, a 100-count bottle of Daraprim would cost about $75,000. Robbins asked Shkreli to define "modest" in terms of the estimated reduction amount.

"Probably ten percent off," Shkreli said in his interview with Robbins. "Where instead of $75,000 a bottle, it's $68,000 a bottle—or something like that."

Asked if he would lower the price by December 25 of this year, Shkreli said "I would commit to that—I would say 100 percent."

How big of him....

Florida Eighth-Grader Gets Detention For Hugging

OVIEDO, Fla. (CBS Tampa)– An eighth-grader in Florida got detention for hugging friends before school, according to WKMG.

“I just like hugged them. It was literally for a second,” Ella, an eighth-grade student at Jackson Heights Middle School, told the station.

The school district bans “inappropriate touching,” but that’s left for interpretation for each principal. Jackson Heights banned hugging altogether this year, a move some parents find excessive.

“I do not feel that this ‘no hugging, holding hands, arm-linking’ would be considered inappropriate touching,” Kathy Fishbough, Ella’s mother, said.


Number of Halloween Trick-or-Treaters in Denver Dosed With Pot Edibles: Zero

Last year, the Denver Police Department and Smart Colorado, an organization concerned about youth access to marijuana, hyped up the possibility of pot edibles being handed out to Halloween trick-or-treaters.

Afterward, as we pointed out, the number of reports about such issues topped out at zero — meaning that there were no incidents of individuals passing out THC-enfused sweets to random kids.

This year, as Thomas Mitchell noted, both the DPD and Smart Colorado dialed down the scare tactics (in contrast to an agency in Florida).


Ohio votes against Pot Monopoly

By Marc Kovac



Ohioans torpedoed a proposal to regulate marijuana use in the state, countering a big-money campaign that sought to legalize pot for medicinal and recreational uses.

About two-thirds of those casting ballots voted against Issue 3, according to preliminary results posted by the secretary of state’s office Tuesday night.

But backers vowed to continue efforts to legalize marijuana in the state.

“This was the first step to legalization,” said Ian James, executive director of ResponsibleOhio, the group behind Issue 3. “We’re not going away. ... We’re going to make sure that we provide that legal marijuana for Ohio and that we do so starting tomorrow.”

Issue 3 opponents also appeared to be successful in convincing voters to block future efforts to add business monopolies to the state constitution — Issue 2 was passing, 52 percent to 48 percent, with 77 percent of precincts reporting.

- See more at: http://www.vindy.com/news/2015/nov/04/ohio-issues-pot-effort-goes-up-in-smoke/#sthash.UKzBa0RK.dpuf
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