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mucholderthen:

The New York Times Calls for Marijuana Legalization

Repeal Prohibition, Again
By the Editorial Board of the New York Times

It took 13 years for the United States to come to its senses and end Prohibition, 13 years in which people kept drinking, otherwise law-abiding citizens became criminals and crime syndicates arose and flourished. It has been more than 40 years since Congress passed the current ban on marijuana, inflicting great harm on society just to prohibit a substance far less dangerous than alcohol.

The federal government should repeal the ban on marijuana.

We reached that conclusion after a great deal of discussion among the members of The Times’s Editorial Board, inspired by a rapidly growing movement among the states to reform marijuana laws.

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… We recognize that this Congress is as unlikely to take action on marijuana as it has been on other big issues. But it is long past time to repeal this version of Prohibition.

Also in the New York TimesWhat Science Says About Marijuana

For more cannabis related posts

blackfolksmakingcomics:

Lightning.

Amanda Waller.

Milestone Media’s Rocket.

Thunder.

Bumblebee.

Vixen.

Representation matters, kids. 

heythereuniverse:

Geometrical Geology | Mario Gutiérrez Photographer

A flysch is a sequence of sedimentary rocks that is deposited in a deep marine facies in the foreland basin of a developing orogen. Flysch is typically deposited during an early stage of the orogenesis. When the orogen evolves the foreland basin becomes shallower and molasse is deposited on top of the flysch. It is therefore called a syn-orogenic sediment (deposited contemporaneously with mountain building).

[Wikipedia]

In the town of Zumaia along the Basque coast, northern Spain, are two beaches that contain a geologic treasure that contains millions of years of the Earth’s history.

The Itzurun and Santiago beaches are hotspots for geologists because it houses one of the longest continuous rock strata in the world called a ‘flysch.” This flysch in Zumaia was found to have formed over a period of over 100 million years by the crashing of the waves against the cliffs. The result is an abrasion platform with alternate hard layers (limestone and sandstone) and soft layers (clay and loam). The flysch extends eastward and westward from Zumaia, stretching a total of 8 kilometers to the towns of Deba and Getaria.

Apart from the impressive rock formations, Zumaia also harbors important fossil evidences. The Cretaceous-Paleogene boundary, a rock layer that marks the end of the Mesozoic era and the extinction of non-avian dinosaurs, is found in Itzurun beach. Fossils of ammonites, ancient molluscs resemblant of the nautilus, are also found in the rock layer.

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sagansense:

The Finnish capital of Helsinki has just announced a pretty ambitious public transport network for 2025: a point-to-point “mobility on demand” system whereby one can select the mode of transportation they prefer/desire/need via a smartphone application.

From the referenced article:

Subscribers would specify an origin and a destination, and perhaps a few preferences. The app would then function as both journey planner and universal payment platform, knitting everything from driverless cars and nimble little buses to shared bikes and ferries into a single, supple mesh of mobility. Imagine the popular transit planner Citymapper fused to a cycle hire service and a taxi app such as Hailo or Uber, with only one payment required, and the whole thing run as a public utility, and you begin to understand the scale of ambition here.



That the city is serious about making good on these intentions is bolstered by the Helsinki Regional Transport Authority’s rollout last year of a strikingly innovative minibus service called Kutsuplus. Kutsuplus lets riders specify their own desired pick-up points and destinations via smartphone; these requests are aggregated, and the app calculates an optimal route that most closely satisfies all of them.

All of this seems cannily calculated to serve the mobility needs of a generation that is comprehensively networked, acutely aware of motoring’s ecological footprint, and – if opinion surveys are to be trusted – not particularly interested in the joys of private car ownership to begin with. Kutsuplus comes very close to delivering the best of both worlds: the convenient point-to-point freedom that a car affords, yet without the onerous environmental and financial costs of ownership (or even a Zipcar membership).

All of this derived from a Master’s Thesis by Sonja Heikkilä, a transportation engineer.

From Helsinki Times:

Transportation operators could charge their services in several different ways, like operators. While one citizen can pay for services by the kilometre, another may buy a package that includes a monthly number of kilometres for a rental car and the city’s internal transportation.

Operators would buy services in wholesale from their producers. Citizens would easily vote with their feet, which is why the services should be easily accessible.



In supporting smart transportation, i.e. a transportation system that utilizes technology more effectively than the current one, the Ministry of Transport and Communications is actively looking into what this means in practice. Helsinki is also currently hosting a large international conference on smart transportation.

Read more HERE.

sagansense:

The Finnish capital of Helsinki has just announced a pretty ambitious public transport network for 2025: a point-to-point “mobility on demand” system whereby one can select the mode of transportation they prefer/desire/need via a smartphone application.

From the referenced article:

Subscribers would specify an origin and a destination, and perhaps a few preferences. The app would then function as both journey planner and universal payment platform, knitting everything from driverless cars and nimble little buses to shared bikes and ferries into a single, supple mesh of mobility. Imagine the popular transit planner Citymapper fused to a cycle hire service and a taxi app such as Hailo or Uber, with only one payment required, and the whole thing run as a public utility, and you begin to understand the scale of ambition here.

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That the city is serious about making good on these intentions is bolstered by the Helsinki Regional Transport Authority’s rollout last year of a strikingly innovative minibus service called Kutsuplus. Kutsuplus lets riders specify their own desired pick-up points and destinations via smartphone; these requests are aggregated, and the app calculates an optimal route that most closely satisfies all of them.

All of this seems cannily calculated to serve the mobility needs of a generation that is comprehensively networked, acutely aware of motoring’s ecological footprint, and – if opinion surveys are to be trusted – not particularly interested in the joys of private car ownership to begin with. Kutsuplus comes very close to delivering the best of both worlds: the convenient point-to-point freedom that a car affords, yet without the onerous environmental and financial costs of ownership (or even a Zipcar membership).

All of this derived from a Master’s Thesis by Sonja Heikkilä, a transportation engineer.

From Helsinki Times:

Transportation operators could charge their services in several different ways, like operators. While one citizen can pay for services by the kilometre, another may buy a package that includes a monthly number of kilometres for a rental car and the city’s internal transportation.

Operators would buy services in wholesale from their producers. Citizens would easily vote with their feet, which is why the services should be easily accessible.

image

In supporting smart transportation, i.e. a transportation system that utilizes technology more effectively than the current one, the Ministry of Transport and Communications is actively looking into what this means in practice. Helsinki is also currently hosting a large international conference on smart transportation.

Read more HERE.

tarntino:

blended is set in africa but is centered around the ONE WHITE FAMILY

the new godzilla movie starts in japan, and focuses on THE ONE WHITE FAMILY, then moves to california so it can focus on EVEN MORE WHITE PEOPLE

i just think it’s amazing the hoops hollywood will jump through in order to keep white people as the core of every movie and by amazing i mean fucking horrendous

Don’t forget:


The Impossible (task of making the story of a natural disaster that killed over 200,000 Asian people about white people).
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The Last White Man in Uganda.

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Medicine (White) Man

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and finally

(The) Last Samurai (was white? Really?)

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I love watching movies made by and for people whose cultures are remarkably different from my own.  They give me a window into worlds I am otherwise cut off from and would never know of without the awesome work of extraordinarily talented people. I don’t try to judge or critique them because I’m aware that I simply lack the tools to do so.

I can’t imagine how frustrating it must be for other cultures to be relegated to the background of their own stories so a white guy can be given centre stage in order to appeal to western audiences.

The best I can do is imagine what it would be like to have 90% of all roles in movies being filled by Richard Gere doing his awful Irish accent from The Jackal.

Deh entayre gawvernmint wawnts meh dead, mister, yeaht her I aaam.

*shudders*

"Can I fly?"

Now and Again - Origins.

God, I miss Doctor Morris.

American aid used by recipient nations to fund reproductive healthcare, including access to first trimester abortions.

American Right-wing: BABY KILLERS! BABY KILLERS! WHY ARE YOU KILLING BABIES WITH MY TAX MONEY! I WON’T PAY FOR GENOCIDE!

American aid used to level entire neighborhoods, hospitals and school shelters, manufacturing a humanitarian crisis that kills actual living, feeling babies both directly and indirectly.

American Right-wing: Guess your parents shouldn’t have voted for Hamas.

jessehimself:

Neil deGrasse Tyson On Bill O’ Reilly

albinwonderland:

ediebrit:

oh my fucking god

huge fucking trigger warning but oh my god