US Government finally admits Marijuana kills cancer cells


After decades of speculation, the US government has thrown its weight behind the earth-shattering claims that cannabis kills cancer cells.
According to the US government’s website claimed: Health researchers for the US government claim that cannabinoids – the active ingredients in cannabis – can inhibit the illness by causing cell death and blocking key blood vessels needed by tumours to grow.

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Spying for the Crown: British intelligence in the Georgian era

The Historic Interpreter


“It is only the enlightened ruler and the wise general who will use the highest intelligence of the army for the purposes of spying, and thereby they achieve great results.  Spies are a most important element in war, because on them depends an army’s ability to move.”  – Sun Tzu

No war can be conducted successfully without early and good intelligence.” – John Churchill, The first Duke of Marlborough


Intelligence activities at the national level first developed during the middle ages in diplomatic circles, with espionage being one of the fundamental duties of ambassadors and envoys.  The first English monarch known to place a heavy emphasis on espionage was Henry VII, who in the late fifteenth century employed agents to track the activities of his enemies both domestically and abroad.  Prior to assuming the throne, it was only through employment of personal agents that Henry avoided death…

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LAPD now emphasizes that police are community guardians, not warriors on crime

A very good sign if the LAPD and other big city police forces think of themselves as not only guardians against criminals and terrorists but as guardians against government as well.

Later On

A very good sign, I think. Kate Mather reports in the LA Times:

For years, Los Angeles police officers have worked under the shadow of the department’s dark past.

The LAPD of the 1970s and ’80s acted as a hard-charging, occupying force that raided poor neighborhoods and rounded up anyone in sight. Police stormed suspected crack houses, tearing down walls with a tank-like battering ram. Officers of that era were trained to think of themselves as soldiers in a never-ending war on crime.

But now the department is using that notorious history as a crucial lesson for its officers.

“We were warriors,” Deputy Chief Bill Scott recently told a room filled with LAPD rank-and-file officers, a group of fresh-faced rookies watching from the front.

Now, he said, officers need to think of themselves as guardians watching over communities — not warriors cracking down on them.

“That means if we’ve…

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Spying for the Crown – Part 4: Civilian Spies for Wellington

The Historic Interpreter


“Tell me Mr. Robertson, are you a man of courage?”  “Try me Sir Arthur.”  “That, is what we mean to do”  –  Conversation between Sir Arthur Wellesley and Father James Robertson  (Longford, 1969)

“The French armies have no communications and one army has no knowledge of the position or of the circumstances in which the others are placed, whereas I have knowledge of all that passes on all sides.” – Sir Arthur Wellesley  (Esdaile, 2004)

Civilian Sources of Military Intelligence

During the French Revolutionary/Napoleonic period, there were a number of churchmen who served as agents for the British military.  During the Revolution, the French Republicans adopted policies, targeting the Church, attempting to de-Christianize the country.  These included:

  • Confiscation of Church lands, which were to be the security for the new Assignat currency
  • Destruction of statues, plates and other iconography from places of worship
  • Destruction of crosses, bells and other…

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Why Clinton’s email problem won’t go away

The XX Committee

Hillary Rodham Clinton’s effort to quash the rising scandal over her misuse of email when she was secretary of State has so far backfired spectacularly. Instead of cutting the story short, she has fanned the flames, and now even some of her backers in the Democratic Party are worried about the trajectory of this drama, which threatens to derail her presidential candidacy.

For readers who’ve mostly ignored emailgate — assuming it would disappear — and now feel the need to catch up, here’s a primer on why it matters.

It’s difficult to avoid the suspicion that Clinton, after the scandals that rocked her husband’s presidency during the 1990s, simply did not want to leave behind a paper trail (or e-trail). And so, as secretary of State, she tried to skirt federal records law by employing her own IT systems and servers, and by exclusively using a personal email address.


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Time to hide: Google’s humanoid robot can now walk outside on its own

Week 4 Lecture Notes – History of the Internet

Amelia's Networked Culture

Todays Lecture talked about the history of the Internet, focusing on World War 2 and moving forward from there. It was really interesting to see the development of these networks and the impact they have had on the world.

World War 2 saw the use of mass air warfare to destroy enemies, targeting specifically countries centre bases (nodes). This war was about destruction, focusing its efforts on bombing and air attacks creating more efficient and strategic attacks. Air WarfareBy striking not only the enemy’s centres of information but also their weapon manufacturers and warehouses, an upper hand in the war was achieved. The war forced people to invent, kicking technology advancement into gear to beat opponents in the fight for survival. The Internet was developed out of this fear, particularly towards nuclear weapons.

Air Warfare

At the end of World War 2 many of the German rocket scientists moved to America and the Soviet Union…

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