Science News: "Death rates from overdoses on prescription painkillers or heroin and other illicit drugs appear to be an average of 24.8 percent lower in states with medical marijuana laws than in states without the laws."
In 2001 Portugal decriminalized the consumption of all drugs. Meanwhile, the Philippines deals with drug users by shooting them in the street or throwing them in prison. Neither approach eliminates the harm that drug abuse (and its secondary and tertiary effects) causes to individuals and society, but only one them reduces the harm while the… READ THE REST
Vice has an interesting video about what happens when neighboring countries have different drug policies. (Uncensored version here.) While Sweden rigidly sticks to its zero tolerance laws, liberal Denmark introduced drug consumption rooms (DCRs) in 2012, with special areas surrounding them where you won't get arrested for drug possession if it's for personal use. Copenhagen… READ THE REST
Chuck Rosenberg, head of the Drug Enforcement Administration, is either woefully ignorant, protective of his administration's reckless mission, or both. "What really bothers me is the notion that marijuana is also medicinal — because it's not," Rosenberg said in a briefing. "We can have an intellectually honest debate about whether we should legalize something that… READ THE REST
Learning a new language is almost like doing a trust fall. You have to have confidence that you've chosen a sound, respected, effective system for acquiring the knowledge you seek. Babbel Language Learning has the stats and testimonials to help put that concern at ease. Earlier this year, the service announced it had reached the… READ THE REST
In most of the top technical fields, certifications are like currency. A seal of approval from a key body can serve as the ultimate gatekeeper to helping you get into a new career like the cloud computing sector. If you want to work on cloud-based systems, it certainly helps to know the industry leader intimately,… READ THE REST
It's never been easier for creators to come up with new apps for Apple mobile devices. And, if you never thought you'd hear the words 'Apple' and 'easier for creators' together in the same sentence…well, 2020 has generated its fair share of surprising moments. While Apple has been a longtime staple of proprietary software, as… READ THE REST