November 2013

Massachusetts, a state with relaxed marijuana laws in regards to medical marijuana and possession in small amounts, is about to begin the fight for fully legalizing marijuana.

Pro-marijuana activists in Massachusetts have already succeeded in paving the way for dozens of medical marijuana dispensaries and decriminalizing possession of small amounts of the drug.

Now many of those same activists have set their sights on the full legalization of marijuana for adults, effectively putting the drug on a par with alcohol and cigarettes.

And those activists — as they have in the past — are again hoping to make their case directly to voters.

The group Bay State Repeal says it’s planning to put the proposal on the state’s 2016 ballot. The group is first planning to test different versions of the measure by placing nonbinding referendum questions on next year’s ballot in about a dozen state representative districts.

Those nonbinding questions are intended to gauge voter support for possible variations of the final, binding question.

http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/2013/11/28/mass-activists-push-fully-legalize-marijuana/5kb39trxCasOQ0CGxG2CWM/story.html

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College Ranking for the Soul

November 30, 2013 money

College-bound high school seniors are just about ready to really start looking at the schools they’d like to attend next fall. Here’s a US News and World Report trying to answer the question of whether its possible to ascertain an educational institution’s ability to encourage any level of religious faith. Christian higher education is big […]

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Democrats back Wal-Mart employees

November 30, 2013 holiday

Just out of curiosity, did the Democratic lawmakers actually show up to any of these protests, or did they just put out a statement? On Black Friday, one of the busiest shopping days on the year, a group of seven Democratic lawmakers came out in support of Wal-Mart employees who are protesting the company to […]

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Emergency Contraceptive Pill Might Be Ineffective for Obese

November 30, 2013 health

So…this is good to know…particularly if you are over 175 lbs, which apparently constitutes obese. The Food and Drug Administration says it is reviewing whether the maker of the most widely used emergency contraceptive pill needs to change its label in light of new evidence that it doesn’t work to prevent pregnancy in overweight or […]

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Wal-Mart’s U.S. CEO defends early Thanksgiving Day opening

November 30, 2013 holiday

It seems that Wal-Mart is always in the news this time of year. We hear about black friday strikes, food collections for Wal-Mart employees, etc during the holidays, but its surprisingly quiet the rest of the year. Here’s what the US CEO of Wal-Mart had to say about opening on Thanksgiving evening. Wal-Mart opened its […]

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Companies that Watch Everything You Buy during the Holidays

November 27, 2013 holiday

Quartz has a article listing (and explaining) a few of the companies that could be keeping track of purchases during the holiday season to help their customers battle fraud and dubious charges on credit cards and bank accounts. If last year is anything to go by, Americans will spend over $60 billion in the four […]

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Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita versus Dorothy Parker’s Lolita

November 26, 2013 books

Here’s a longread that asks if Parker’s Lolita and Nabokov’s Lolita were coincidence or something a bit more nefarious on Parker’s part. This is quite an interesting story. By 1955, the writing careers of Vladimir Nabokov and Dorothy Parker were headed in opposite directions. Parker’s was in a deep slump. The New Yorker—a magazine she […]

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Bitcoins: Widely known and widely misunderstood

November 26, 2013 money

Here’s a good explanation of Bitcoins from the latimes.com. You’ve probably heard of bitcoins. They’re a virtual currency, meaning they exist nowhere but on a network of ledgered accounts owned by people all over the world. The system is decentralized, so it’s not under the control of any government or, arguably, any single authority at […]

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The Newtown Report

November 26, 2013 news

Below is the report of the State’s Attorney for the Judicial District of Danbury on the Shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School and 36 Yogananda Street, Newtown, Connecticut on December 14, 2012. The purpose of this report is to identify the person or persons criminally responsible for the twenty-seven homicides that occurred in Newtown, Connecticut, […]

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