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Unread postby Edward » 24 February 2013, 00:12

Give horsemeat-tainted food to poor - German minister

Fairly self-explanatory. I can't see the harm, as long as food is rechecked and it is ensured that they don't contain horses which have drugs that aren't supposed to enter the food chain. And as long as those being offered the extra food (and it should be extra not instead of) are aware of what it may contain.

However, food is wasted everyday by supermarkets and cafes throwing away food just before their best before, I don't see why that isn't given to the poor more.
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Re: Article of the Moment

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Why Most Published Research Findings Are False

Simulations show that for most study designs and settings, it is more likely for a research claim to be false than true. Moreover, for many current scientific fields, claimed research findings may often be simply accurate measures of the prevailing bias.
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Re: Article of the Moment

Unread postby Brenden » 7 April 2013, 19:40

Crowdsourced hate speech database could spot early signs of genocide
"Hatebase" can help distinguish between angry noise and systematic hate speech.

Kadhim Shubber wrote:The use of hate speech to dehumanize people is widely recognized as one of the first steps towards genocide. From Rwanda, where Hutu radio stations blared out propaganda referring to Tutsis as "cockroaches," to Nazi Germany, where Jews were likened to a disease that needed to be cleansed from society, hate speech has been a clear warning sign of terrible things to come.

Hatebase, a new crowdsourced database of multilingual hate speech from The Sentinel Project, is an attempt to create a repository of words and phrases that researchers can use to detect the early stages of genocide.

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Re: Article of the Moment

Unread postby rawss. » 18 April 2013, 12:52

More Samantha Brick!

Basically she's going on about dieting, being thin in modern day culture and Joan Collins. She's a horrible person, teenage girls have enough body issues without people like her.
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Re: Article of the Moment

Unread postby Edward » 18 April 2013, 13:14

rawss. wrote:More Samantha Brick!

Basically she's going on about dieting, being thin in modern day culture and Joan Collins. She's a horrible person, teenage girls have enough body issues without people like her.


She was complaining about IVF and saying how she wished it had never been invented because it didn't work on her a couple of days ago.

I'm convinced she's just an invention by the Daily Mail just to troll the world.
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Re: Article of the Moment

Unread postby Mod » 18 April 2013, 13:15

I'm looking at New Zealand's Copyright law.


rawss. wrote:More Samantha Brick!

Basically she's going on about dieting, being thin in modern day culture and Joan Collins. She's a horrible person, teenage girls have enough body issues without people like her.


Ugh it's just a puff piece! Oh look at the anorexic woman you'll be like her! While the dolt follows the power fantasy of looking fab thinly.

"Daily Mail"

Oh okay I didn't realise just what vile filth I was reading. :facepalm:
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Re: Article of the Moment

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Re: Article of the Moment

Unread postby Brenden » 11 May 2013, 21:54

Study: No Association Between The Cumulative Consumption Of Cannabis Smoke And The Risk Of Lung Cancer
Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director, wrote:In a recent presentation given at the annual meeting of the American Association of Cancer Research, investigators from the university of California, Los Angeles provided the latest data reaffirming that cannabis consumption is not associated with an elevated risk of lung cancer. Below is a summary of the findings from The Oncology Report:

    The study included data from six case-control studies conducted from 1999 to 2012 in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and New Zealand, with a subject pool of 2,159 lung cancer cases and 2,985 controls. All of the studies were part of the International Lung Cancer Consortium (ILCCO), an international group of lung cancer researchers with the aim of sharing comparable data from ongoing and recently completed lung cancer studies from different geographical areas and ethnicities.

    Dr. Zhang of the University of California, Los Angeles, performed two analyses. One compared all lung cancer cases and all controls, regardless of concurrent or past tobacco use. Then, to reduce confounding by tobacco, she restricted the analysis to those who had never smoked tobacco.

    … When compared with cannabis smokers who also used tobacco, habitual pot smokers had no significant increase in cancer risk. In an analysis of marijuana smokers that excluded tobacco smokers, there were no significant differences in any of the comparisons, including habitual vs. nonhabitual use; number of joints smoked per day; duration of up to 20 years or duration of more than 20 years.

The abstract of the presentation, which concludes “Our pooled results showed no significant association between the intensity, duration, or cumulative consumption of cannabis smoke and the risk of lung cancer overall or in never smokers,” is available online here.

Numerous preclinical studies have documented that cannabinoids possess potent anti-cancer properties, including the inhibition of lung cancer cell growth.
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Re: Article of the Moment

Unread postby Lucas » 11 May 2013, 21:58

^ YESSS. Nice Find Brenden. Ok that is good. I've been smoking weed on and off since 14, and even though I don't do it much anymore, I was pretty heavy into weed back in the day.
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Re: Article of the Moment

Unread postby Brenden » 11 May 2013, 23:04

Lucas wrote:^ YESSS. Nice Find Brenden. Ok that is good. I've been smoking on and off since 14, and even though I don't do it much anymore, I was pretty heavy into weed back in the day.

That shouldn't be taken as a stamp of approval regarding the health effects of inhaling incinerated plant material. Combustion of cannabis creates a cocktail of harmful chemicals besides carcinogens which can lead to many other upper-respiratory problems.
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Re: Article of the Moment

Unread postby Lucas » 11 May 2013, 23:14

^ Ohhh maaan, you got me all excited. Oh well, I'll have to find other ways to alter my conciousness.
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Unread postby Brenden » 11 May 2013, 23:41

Or just vaporise cannabis. ;)
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Re: Article of the Moment

Unread postby Lucas » 11 May 2013, 23:51

That is something I have yet to experience. I've heard good things so far. I don't really buy weed anymore, just take a couple hits if a friend is offering.
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Re: Article of the Moment

Unread postby Milo » 6 July 2013, 18:42

Influence of Water Content on Spectral Reflectance of Leaves from 3-15um Domain

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Re: Article of the Moment

Unread postby Milo » 7 July 2013, 17:44

Foliar Spectral Properties following leaf clippings and implications for handling techniques
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I read such fun stuff right...
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Study: Marijuana Smoking Not Associated With Airway Cancers, COPD, Emphysema, Or Other Tobacco-Related Pulmonary Complications
Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director, wrote:Pulmonary complications associated with the regular smoking of cannabis are “relatively small” and far lower than those associated with tobacco smoking, according to a recent review published in the June edition of the scientific journal Annals of the American Thoracic Society.

The paper — authored by Donald P. Tashkin, MD, emeritus professor of medicine and medical director of the Pulmonary Function Laboratory at the David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California, Los Angeles — is “the most comprehensive and authoritative review of the subject ever published,” according to an accompanying commentary. Donald Tashkin conducted US-government sponsored studies of marijuana and lung function for over 30 years.

His review finds that although smoking cannabis may be associated with symptoms of chronic bronchitis, studies do not substantiate claims that it is positively associated with the development of lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema, or bullous lung disease.

“[H]abitual use of marijuana alone does not appear to lead to significant abnormalities in lung function,” Tashkin writes. “[F]indings from a limited number of well-designed epidemiological studies do not suggest an increased risk of either lung or upper airway cancer from light or moderate use. … Overall, the risks of pulmonary complications of regular use of marijuana appear to be relatively small and far lower than those of tobacco smoking.”

Writing in an accompanying commentary, McGill University’s Dr. Mark Ware concludes: “Cannabis smoking is not equivalent to tobacco smoking in terms of respiratory risk. … [C]annabis smoking does not seem to increase risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or airway cancers. In fact, there is even a suggestion that at low doses cannabis may be protective for both conditions. … This conclusion will affect the way health professionals interact with patients, parents with teenagers, and policy makers with their constituents. … Efforts to develop cleaner cannabinoid delivery systems can and should continue, but at least for now, [those] who smoke small amounts of cannabis for medical or recreational purposes can breathe a little bit easier.”

Full text of the study, “Effects of marijuana smoking on the lung,” appears in Annals of the American Thoracic Society.
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Re: Article of the Moment

Unread postby Milo » 10 July 2013, 17:53

^ Great study

Me and my roommate have a collection of marijuana study articles too haha
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Re: Article of the Moment

Unread postby Mod » 28 July 2013, 05:52

Nothing to Hide Nothing to Fear
Hager has further evidence that the government’s planned extension of NZ surveillance service operations is aimed at preventing critical activities of journalists, academics and political activists.

An internal Defence document leaked to the Star-Times reveals that defence security staff viewed investigative journalists as “hostile” threats requiring “counteraction”. The classified security manual lists security threats, including “certain investigative journalists” who may attempt to obtain “politically sensitive information”.

The manual says Chief of Defence Force approval is required before any NZDF participation in “counter intelligence activity” is undertaken. (See separate story)

The “separate story”, as in the hardcopy, is added to the bottom of the online version, headed “Probing journalists deemed a threat”, and it outlines just how afraid the Key government has become of NZ citizens and democratic processes. This section begins:

A leaked New Zealand Defence Force security manual reveals it sees three main “subversion” threats it needs to protect itself against: foreign intelligence services, organisations with extreme ideologies and “certain investigative journalists”.

In the minds of the defence chiefs, probing journalists apparently belong on the same list as the KGB and al Qaeda.

The manual’s first chapter is called “Basic Principles of Defence Security”. It says a key part of protecting classified information is investigating the “capabilities and intentions of hostile organisations and individuals” and taking counteraction against them.

The manual, which was issued as an order by the Chief of Defence Force, places journalists among the hostile individuals. It defines “The Threat” as espionage, sabotage, subversion and terrorism, and includes investigative journalists under the heading “subversion”.

Subversion, it says, is action designed to “weaken the military, economic or political strength of a nation by undermining the morale, loyalty or reliability of its citizens.”

It highlights people acquiring classified information to “bring the Government into disrepute”.


This confirms Jane Kelsey’s suspicions that she is very likely to be one of the New Zealanders spied on by GCSB, as explained in her speech at yesterday’s anti-GCSB protest:
She considers she and others campaigning against the TPP and related surveillance operations are engaging in legal and democratically necessary activities. In the above video , Kelsey says:

What we are doing is using lawful means and democratic processes to protect our futures and those of future generations. And for me as an academic it is also making to sure that my role as a tax payer paid public intellectual, working for a university that has a statutory obligation to act as a critical conscience of society, do our jobs .
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Unread postby Brenden » 31 July 2013, 19:32

Inca Children Got High Before Death
Evidence from mummified remains of three children discovered atop an Argentinian volcano suggests they were drunk and stoned for a year leading up to their ritual sacrifice.

Chris Palmer wrote:Three Inca children found mummified in a shrine near the peak of a 6,700-meter Argentinian volcano consumed vast quantities of corn alcohol and coca, the plant from which cocaine is derived, for a year before they were sacrificed as part of their society’s religious practices. The children, a 13-year-old girl known as the “Ice Maiden” and a boy and a girl between the ages of 4 and 5, were likely sedated to keep them compliant in the death ritual, according to the authors of an analysis of the mummies published Monday (July 29) in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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