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Marijuana Appears to Benefit Mental Health: Study | TIME

In their report, published in the journal Clinical Psychology Review, researchers found evidence that cannabis can likely benefit people dealing with depression, social anxiety and PTSD, though it may not be ideal for people with bipolar disorder, for instance, for which there appears to be more negative side effects than positive ones. “This is a substance that has potential use for mental health,” says Zach Walsh, an associate professor of psychology at the University of British Columbia. “We should be looking at it in the same way [as other drugs] and be holding it up to the same standard.”

Source: Marijuana Appears to Benefit Mental Health: Study | TIME

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1000 Words

“In the end, though, maybe we must all give up trying to pay back the people in this world who sustain our lives. In the end, maybe it’s wiser to surrender before the miraculous scope of human generosity and to just keep saying thank you, forever and sincerely, for as long as we have voices.”
Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia

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Torture, Schmorture. Just Get On With The Killing

In this heated context, Justice Alito held, remarkably, that the constitutionality of a specific drug depends on its availability; since the state has to find some way of carrying out executions, Justice Alito reasoned, a faulty one is better than none at all.

ANDREW NOVAK, THE DAILY BEAST

There is a certain amount of barbarity necessary to take another person’s life. Enough that, in many cases, we punish that barbarity by performing the same barbarity on the perpetrator of these heinous crimes.

In modern times, we’ve tried to temper that barbarism with some compassion. Until now. Justice Alito has made it clear that his belief is the goal (dead bad guy) justifies the means (whatever necessary) regardless of the effect on our societal soul.

Oy

That 2016 election (and it’s included Supreme Court nominations) keeps getting more and more important.

Eliot