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I am putting together a handful of news stories that do not warrant their own page here.

First is an interesting story of major predators becoming prey. Making it into the financial top 1% is typically a measure of one’s ruthlessness more than any other single attribute. Genius is rarely involved. The Theranos scheme clearly demonstrates that.

Attending an institution like Stanford University is not an option for the lower classes like middle and below. The Elizabeth Holmes story starts with her dropping out of her second year there.

While the one-percenters might otherwise respect and embrace her crafty immorality, it probably doesn’t go well that she preyed on them rather than the lower 99%-ers. But gol-dang she put on an interesting show ranking right up there with Catch Me If You Can.

16 Scientific Health Benefits of Cannabis

Luka Petkovich, Waking Times

When I finished digging through countless studies dealing with health benefits of weed, I only had one question in mind — why are we not using medical cannabis products instead of regular supplements?

In a culture where non-organic multi-vitamins are being mindlessly used (in boatloads) as a “ground breaking prevention for all diseases”, we have decided to limit the public’s access to one thing that actually works.

Even though we’ve heard a lot of bad things about weed in the last 50-70 years, nowadays, after successful efforts by many of its activists, marijuana is believed to help with up to 24 medical conditions.

To confirm this, I went over hundreds of studies and found that there are 16 biggest health benefits of weed that can be backed up by science.

Cannabis has been extensively used in medicine probably since before 2737 BC, when the ancient emperor Shen-Nung first depicted it as a cure for gout. Since then, there have been many claims of just how good this plant is for general health, and consequently, there have also been many studies proving and disproving these hypotheses. In this guide, we will explore the research behind the many claimed health benefits of weed.

The article goes on discussing 16 proven benefits to the plant “our” DEA keeps on its Schedule 1 list because it has “high potential for abuse” and “no currently accepted medical use.”

Gee, that pair of phrases applies perfectly to the DEA, while not at all to cannabis.

Click on the link to see the whole article.

– Ted

More drug than food?

What you need to know about high-fructose corn syrup

by: Vicki Batts – from Natural

Fructose means fruit sugar — but it’s not only found in fruit these days. High-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is found in an overwhelming majority of processed foods and beverages, from sodas to snacks, cakes and fast food. You could say that corn syrup is as ubiquitous in the food industry as it gets.

But despite assurances that corn syrup is no different to any other kind of sugar, the truth is that high-fructose foods are not so benevolent. In addition to a number of health consequences associated with over-consumption, experts now suspect that HFCS may be as addictive than alcohol or even cocaine…

In an interesting coincidence, 80 percent of the global opioid supply is consumed in the United States, as well as 80% of all prescription drugs. Notice the same number in the clip below.

– Ted

The most bizarre lawsuits in US history

The United States is known for being the most litigious country on Earth, and home to 80 percent of the world’s lawyers. Some of the most bizarre and frivolous lawsuits in the world have taken place in the US.

Today, there are over 1.3 million lawyers across the nation who generate millions of lawsuits every year. With that many lawyers and a growing number of folks looking to make a quick buck, is it any wonder the US has become a suing society?

Supreme Court Justice Warren Burger foresaw the onslaught of money-grabbing hysteria back in 1970s, when he warned that the US was becoming “a society overrun by hordes of lawyers, hungry as locusts”.

Now, every year millions of ridiculous cases are brought against people and or companies for obscene amounts of money, and here are some of the most bizarre in the bunch:

Gravy Train for Corn Farmers and Ethanol Producers.
But What About the Rest of America?

Government ethanol mandates and subsidies are great for some few people, but for most Americans? Not so much.
by Paul Driessen

Like most people I’ve spoken with, I have no innate, inflexible antipathy to ethanol in gasoline. What upsets me are the deceptive claims used to justify adding mostly corn-based ethanol to this indispensable fuel; the way seriously harmful unintended consequences are brushed aside; and the insidious crony corporatist system the ethanol program has spawned between producers and members of Congress.

What angers me are the legislative and regulatory mandates that force us to buy gasoline that is 10 percent ethanol—even though it gets lower mileage than 100 percent gasoline, brings none of the proclaimed benefits (environmental or otherwise), drives up food prices, and damages small engines. In fact, in most areas, it’s almost impossible to find E-zero gasoline, and that problem will get worse as mandates increase.
The Problems with Ethanol

My past articles lambasting ethanol addressed these issues and said ethanol epitomizes federal programs that taxpayers and voters never seem able to terminate, no matter how wasteful or harmful they become. That’s primarily because its beneficiaries are well funded, motivated, politically connected, and determined to keep their gravy train rolling down the tracks—while opponents and victims have far less funding, focus, motivation, and ability to reach the decision-making powers.

My final tidbit in this montage is The Ron Paul Liberty Report on homeschooling. It is very heartening to see the explosive growth in homeschooling. That increasing numbers are withdrawing from the government indoctrination system bodes well for humanity.