W.H.O Research Says Marijuana’s Essential Ingredient Neither Dangerous Nor Addictive

❝ The main ingredient, Cannabidiol, CBD found in Marijuana is neither harmful nor addictive, a new World Health Organization, WHO report has confirmed.

CBD is a naturally occurring, non-psychoactive ingredient found in cannabis plants that has non-addictive relaxing properties and per WHO’s Expert Committee on Drug Dependence, ECDD, there lies “no evidence of public health-related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.” Also, the “current information does not justify scheduling of cannabidiol,” the report confirmed.

In fact, the natural component is known to help in treating epilepsy and several other medical conditions.

The Feds under Trump, Sessions and other science-illiterates aren’t expected to take any positive notice of this report. I hope you’re not surprised by that. Frankly, I’m not optimistic about sweeping medical reforms resulting from Trumpublicans and their Establishment allies crashing and burning in 2018 mid-term elections.

All I see from Establishment Dems, so far, is recycled campaign rhetoric from the Bill Clinton era.

Red vs Blue States – Recovery?

Red vs Blue states in jobs recovery. Even when we have a barely progressive herd in Congress, the nation gets to deal with states often controlled by incompetents and other flavors of reactionary. We have a long hard struggle ahead to get this nation back on anything approaching an even keel. Including equal opportunities.

Here’s a link to the article sourcing these graphs.

Thanks, Barry Ritholtz.

THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE TRULY, MEANINGFULLY DANGEROUS

❝ In his new article, “Made in the U.S.D.A.,” Michael Lewis looks at the Department of Agriculture — another federal agency whose name belies its true function. No, it does not primarily pay farmers to grow or not grow crops. The vast majority of its budget — in 2016, $110 billion of its $164 billion — goes to feed impoverished Americans: mostly schoolchildren, pregnant women, veterans, and retirees. Lewis focuses on four of the government’s former employees, many of whom have been displaced by absurdly boneheaded Trump apparatchiks. (In the U.S.D.A., these include a country-club attendant and the owner of a scented-candle company.) What most of the former career public servants have in common is that, although they grew up in strained circumstances, their families survived and flourished because of various forms of federal aid. To show their gratitude, they have devoted their lives to helping the less privileged fight their way out of poverty. What comes across in Lewis’s account is their absolute decency.

❝ If the president’s buffoonery has distracted you from the true, devastating — and lasting — damage he is doing to our country, Lewis’s article is a must-read. Perhaps the most celebrated journalist currently working, he goes straight to the heart of the matter: America is now run by people whose only watchword is greed. They may want to rethink that approach, if only out of grim self-interest…

Read this and weep for a benighted land. Darkness has fallen over the prospect of future accomplishments until – and unless – women and men of good will take control of the political instruments remaining in the death-grip of petty bureaucrats. Those whose concept of self-interest has never expanded beyond self. Those whose only interest in evaluating corruption is how they may benefit themselves from the same corruption – when it’s “their” turn.

RightWing sting tries to setup journalists – to help Roy Moore in Bamalama

❝ A woman who falsely claimed to The Washington Post that Roy Moore, the Republican U.S. Senate candidate in Alabama, impregnated her as a teenager appears to work with an organization that uses deceptive tactics to secretly record conversations in an effort to embarrass its targets.

In a series of interviews over two weeks, the woman shared a dramatic story about an alleged sexual relationship with Moore in 1992 that led to an abortion when she was 15. During the interviews, she repeatedly pressed Post reporters to give their opinions on the effects that her claims could have on Moore’s candidacy if she went public.

❝ The Post did not publish an article based on her unsubstantiated account. When Post reporters confronted her with inconsistencies in her story and an Internet posting that raised doubts about her motivations, she insisted that she was not working with any organization that targets journalists.

But on Monday morning, Post reporters saw her walking into the New York offices of Project Veritas, an organization that targets the mainstream news media and left-leaning groups. The organization sets up undercover “stings” that involve using false cover stories and covert video recordings meant to expose what the group says is media bias.

RTFA. These are the lengths Confederate scumballs, the White Supremacist clown show, Republican thugs are prepared to go in their pitiful attempts to whitewash the bigotry and lies that are their normal cannon fodder.