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Canada to pardon citizens convicted on simple marijuana possession charges
The Canadian government is reportedly planning to grant pardons to Canadians with past minor marijuana possession charges.
drugProhibition  win  governmentOverreach 
6 days ago by joeybaker
Lung cancer deaths are 28 percent lower in California compared to the rest of the country and the gap is widening each year by almost a percentage point. The State’s long-term, aggressive tobacco control programs are cited as the primary reason.
Early adoption of tobacco control efforts in California led to fewer people ever smoking, reduced the amount used by those who do smoke and helped smokers quit at a younger age — when their risk of developing lung cancer is lowest. As a result, lung cancer deaths are 28 percent lower in California compared to the rest of the country and the gap is widening each year by almost a percentage point.
localizedGovernment  healthcare  win 
11 days ago by joeybaker
Costa Rica Surpasses 98% of Clean Energy Generation for Fourth Year in a Row
Costa Rica surpassed the fourth consecutive year producing 98% of clean energy generation in its National Electric System (SEN). On Wednesday, October 3, the electricity generated from renewable sources: water, wind, Geothermal, biomass and solar, have represented 98.15% of the total energy produced in the country. The Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) projects that for the rest of the year the thermal backup will be used in a minimum or might not even be necessary. Which means that the accumulated percentage of renewable energy generation for the year remains over 98% and it could increase slightly. The regulation reservoirs the...
greenEconomy  win 
14 days ago by joeybaker
Singapore just abolished school exam rankings, saying that learning is not a competition
Whether a child finishes first or last will no longer be indicated in primary and secondary school report books from next year in Singapore, - a move
educationIncompetence  win 
14 days ago by joeybaker
North and South Korea begin disarming their heavily fortified border
Starting on Monday, Seoul and Pyongyang began removing all the land mines from the Joint Security Area located along the 155-mile Demilitarized Zone seperating the two countries.
globalUnrest  globalGameOfThrones  win 
19 days ago by joeybaker
Judge: Democrats in Congress can sue Trump over emoluments
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal district judge in Washington ruled Friday that a group of nearly 200 Democratic senators and representatives have legal standing to sue President Donal
judicialStupidity  win  trumpCorruption 
23 days ago by joeybaker
Public outrage over a death penalty handed to a 29-year-old man is spurring Malaysia to start talks to legalise marijuana for medical use, racing to become the first Asian country to do so.
KUALA LUMPUR (BLOOMBERG) - Public outrage over a death penalty handed to a 29-year-old man is spurring Malaysia to start talks to legalise marijuana for medical use, racing to become the first Asian country to do so.. Read more at straitstimes.com.
popularUnrest  judicialOverreach  drugProhibition  win  popularism 
26 days ago by joeybaker
Legalising medical marijuana shows no effect on crime rates in US states, finds a new study. In the case of California, the crime rates actually show a substantial decrease of around 20%.
People opposing medical marijuana are often concerned about increased crime rates, but analysis of city-level data across the US found medical marijuana laws have little effect on crime.
drugProhibition  governmentIncompetence  win 
29 days ago by joeybaker
Indian government criminalizes instant Triple Talaq, the practice where a Muslim man can divorce his wife on the spot by saying talaq, talaq, talaq
India News: The Union Cabinet on Wednesday cleared the ordinance on triple talaq on Wednesday making it an punishable offence. The government had earlier failed t
governmentIncompetence  religion  win 
4 weeks ago by joeybaker
South Africa’s highest court decriminalises marijuana use.
The Constitutional Court has ruled that the personal use of dagga in a private space is not a criminal offence.
drugProhibition  win 
4 weeks ago by joeybaker
Future versions of Firefox will automatically block tracking codes placed by third parties and advertisers
Future versions of Firefox will block third-party tracking codes, and trackers that take too long to load, by default.
adBlockWars  win 
5 weeks ago by joeybaker
House Democrats’ top priority if they win in November is a sweeping anti-corruption bill
“I’m hoping that it’s the first or second bill this fall. It’s just that important.”
corruption  win 
5 weeks ago by joeybaker
Call for atheism to be included in religious education
Report recommends sweeping changes with the emphasis on respect and empathy for different faiths and worldviews
educationReform  religion  win 
6 weeks ago by joeybaker
India decriminalises homosexuality.
Section 377 verdict Live Updates: The Supreme Court today ruled that consensual sexual relations between adults of the same gender is not a crime in India. A five-judge Constitution bench of the Supreme Court delivering the historic verdict in four separate, but concurring opinions. Follow IndiaToday.in’s live blog for the latest on the Section 377 verdict.
racism  win 
6 weeks ago by joeybaker
Malaysia government to stop palm oil expansion, keep 50% land as forest
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 4 — The government will not allow any more expansion of oil palm plantations in the country, Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok said today. She also said the government is committed to maintaining 50 per cent of the land as forest, noting the loss of flora and fauna due to...
climateChange  win  governmentIncompetence 
6 weeks ago by joeybaker
France becomes first country in Europe to ban all five pesticides killing bees - France will take a radical step towards protecting its dwindling bee population on Saturday by becoming the first country in Europe to ban all five pesticides researchers bel
France will take a radical step towards protecting its dwindling bee population on Saturday by becoming the first country in Europe to ban all five pesticides researchers believe are killing off the insects.
governmentIncompetence  agriculture  win 
7 weeks ago by joeybaker
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