SOCIAL HISTORY: “It’s Time We Have a Holiday to Honor Those Who Try to Stop Wars Too” / Vox ☮

Eugene V. Debs

Eugene V. Debs, who went to jail for opposing World War I. (Buyenlarge/Getty Images)

Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day often get equated, but there is an essential distinction between the two. Veteran’s Day honors all who have served the American military in wars. Memorial Day honors those who’ve perished. It’s an annual reminder that wars have grave human costs, which must be both recognized and minimized.

Those costs are not inevitable. We ought to also set aside time to remember those throughout American history who have tried hardest to reduce them, to prevent unnecessary loss of life both American and foreign: war resisters.

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COGNITIVE SCIENCE: “I’m Not Lazy, I’m Ruminating: Scientists Link Laziness to Intelligence” / RT America / Manila Chan ☮

A new report found a correlation between laziness and high intelligence, with scientists at Florida Gulf Coast University found that the smarter you are, the less likely you are to become bored. One of the researchers, Todd McElroy, joins RT America’s Manila Chan to explain the startling findings.

CANNABIS: “Booze Industry Using Sneaky Tricks to Fight Marijuana Legalization” / Jimmy Dore ☮

Wikileaks recently revealed that the Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA), under the guise of promoting safety, used an email advertisement on a Politico produced newsletter called ‘Huddle’ targeted at lawmakers to insist that regulations be added to marijuana legalization laws. It included deeply misleading statistics.

POLICING FOR PROFIT: “Why Red Light Cameras are a Scam” / Vox ☮

Redlight camera tickets aren’t just a nuisance to drivers, they also cost cities millions.

Many drivers are familiar with receiving the dreaded automated traffic enforcement photo for running a red light. While red light cameras have been reported to reduce broadside crashes, it has been shown these cameras increase rear-end collisions as well. In addition, numerous tickets aren’t going to people running straight through red lights, but drivers failing to make a complete stop while turning on red. Safety is touted as the biggest concern but there are better long term solutions than municipalities installing red light cameras. Building more roundabouts and lengthening yellow lights are just two of several cheaper alternatives to red light cameras.

CANNABIS: “Incredible Marijuana Research Proves Dr. Drew Even More Wrong” / Jimmy Dore ☮

A study about Marijuana’s effect on Crohn’s disease showed incredible results, adding to the long and growing list of ways pot can be used as medicine and therapy. Despite the evidence, the plant remains a schedule 1 drug. Time to stop listening to Dr Drew.

CANNABIS: “Being Stoned May Save You From Alzheimer’s?” / The Big Picture RT / Thom Hartman☮

For people dealing facing serious memory loss – people in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease – marijuana may be just what the doctor ordered.

SOCIAL HISTORY: “It’s Time We Have a Holiday to Honor Those Who Try to Stop Wars Too” / Vox ☮

Eugene V. Debs

Eugene V. Debs, who went to jail for opposing World War I. (Buyenlarge/Getty Images)

Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day often get equated, but there is an essential distinction between the two. Veteran’s Day honors all who have served the American military in wars. Memorial Day honors those who’ve perished. It’s an annual reminder that wars have grave human costs, which must be both recognized and minimized.

Those costs are not inevitable. We ought to also set aside time to remember those throughout American history who have tried hardest to reduce them, to prevent unnecessary loss of life both American and foreign: war resisters.

Continue reading . . .