Labs make new, dangerous synthetic cannabinoid drugs faster than we can ban them

Labs make new, dangerous synthetic cannabinoid drugs faster than we can ban them

The Conversation XLR-11, PB-22, AB-FUBINACA, MAB-CHMINACA, 5F-AMB. These are the cryptic and sometimes unpronounceable names of the most dangerous drugs you’ve never heard of. They are responsible for kidney injury, psychosis, seizures, coma and death. For instance, AB-FUBINACA was responsible for a spate of recent poisonings at Wesleyan University. And MAB-CHMINACA was associated with more

‘Iron ass’ Dick Cheney says Bush Sr. describing him as a power-hungry warmonger is a compliment

‘Iron ass’ Dick Cheney says Bush Sr. describing him as a power-hungry warmonger is a compliment

Bethania Palma Markus Controversial former Vice President Dick Cheney brushed off criticism by George H.W. Bush, who said in a new biography that members of his son’s administration damaged the reputation of the United States. Bush Senior’s comments were made in a new biography about the 41st president, Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey Of George

Christian pregnancy centers freak out after California turns tables and forces them to disclose abortion rights

Christian pregnancy centers freak out after California turns tables and forces them to disclose abortion rights

David Edwards For years, conservatives have been placing roadblocks to make it harder for women to get an abortion, but the state of California has turned the tables, forcing Christian pregnancy crisis centers to notify women of their reproductive rights. NPR reported this week that a number of so-called pregnancy crisis centers were suing the

Right-wing extremists are ‘prepping’ for revolution by infiltrating fire departments — and it may be working

Right-wing extremists are ‘prepping’ for revolution by infiltrating fire departments — and it may be working

Travis Gettys The Oath Keepers are tired of being marginalized as “militia members” — so the pro-gun militia group is planning to carry their anti-government message into local government institutions to conscript unsuspecting neighbors into their yearned-for revolution. The group’s founder, Stewart Rhodes, outlined the plan Aug. 29 at the group’s “Appalachian summit” in Gilbert,

Hillary Clinton says would reaffirm ties with Israel if elected

Hillary Clinton says would reaffirm ties with Israel if elected

Agence France-Presse Hillary Clinton assured American Jews that she would reaffirm the United States’ “unbreakable bonds” with Israel and promptly invite Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Washington should she win the White House. President Barack Obama has had a rocky, at times testy relationship with the Israeli leader, while Republican critics accuse Obama of not

Muslims and Catholics face ‘alarming emergence’ of religious intolerance in Australia

Muslims and Catholics face ‘alarming emergence’ of religious intolerance in Australia

Agence France-Presse Australia is experiencing an “alarming emergence” of religious intolerance, Attorney-General George Brandis said on Thursday, calling for greater efforts to counter discrimination, particularly against Muslims and Christians. Brandis, who spoke at an inaugural Religious Freedom Roundtable, said he was fearful for religious freedom and tolerance in Australia. “Members of the Islamic community are

Ben Carson: My ideas about creationism and pyramids are ‘not silly at all’ — they’re in the Bible

Ben Carson: My ideas about creationism and pyramids are ‘not silly at all’ — they’re in the Bible

David Edwards Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson on Thursday defended his belief in creationism and the disputed theory that the Egyptian pyramids were built for grain storage because he said both ideas came from the Bible. A video uncovered by BuzzFeed earlier this week, showed Carson explaining his pyramids theory in a 1998 speech. “My

Senate Democrats block defense spending bill

Senate Democrats block defense spending bill

Reuters Democrats blocked the fiscal 2016 defense appropriations bill for a third time in the U.S. Senate on Thursday, amid a broader fight with Republicans over tax and spending policy. The vote was 51-44 for the bill, short of the 60 votes required under Senate rules to move ahead. Democrats have vowed to block all