By Catherine Carstairs, Professor and Chair, University of Guelph. Canada is on track to legalize marijuana on July 1. But why was it criminalized in the first place? THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld In 1923, when it became illegal to possess cannabis in Canada, very few Canadians would have heard of the drug, let alone tried it.… (more…)

How pot-smoking became illegal in Canada

By Catherine Carstairs, Professor and Chair, University of Guelph. Canada is on track to legalize marijuana on July 1. But why was it criminalized in the first place? THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld In 1923, when it became illegal to possess cannabis in Canada, very few Canadians would have heard of the drug, let alone tried it.… Read more

Violent past, digital future: Angela Merkel’s remarks at Davos

By Elizabeth Heineman, Professor of History and Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies, University of Iowa. Merkel after her address in Davos AP Photo/Markus Schreiber Two world wars and a genocide have a way of focusing the mind. Maybe that’s why references to “lessons of the past” are almost ritualistic in addresses such as German Chancellor Angela… Read more

Trump economy: False predictions from the left

ANALYSIS/OPINION: Since the day Donald Trump was elected president in November 2016, the Dow Jones industrial average has risen by some 35 percent, making the last 14 months one of the greatest bull market runs in history. Some $6 trillion of wealth has been created for Americans – which is very good news for the 55… Read more

Why Are Politicians Allowed To Vote On A Bill They Profit From?

Members of Congress who voted to pass the tax reform bill could financially benefit from it, as International Business Times has reported. Specific provisions in the bill ranging from tax reductions on pass-through real estate LLCs to flat tax deductions for oil and gas master limited partnerships are likely to have a significant impact on some… Read more

White Nationalists Pose Threat to America, Say Troops

White nationalists like those that marched in Charlottesville in August pose a greater danger to America’s national security than conflicts in which the U.S. is fighting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, say U.S. troops. In a new poll of 1,131 active-duty soldiers conducted by The Military Times after the August “Unite the Right” rally… Read more

An anarchist takes on the drug industry – by teaching patients to make their own meds

MENLO PARK, Calif. – The anarchist grew animated as he explained his plan to subvert a pillar of global capitalism by teaching the poor to make their own medicines – pharmaceutical industry patents be damned. Then he took another sip from a flute of Taittinger champagne. Swaggering, charismatic, and complex, Michael Laufer has become a fixture… Read more

Jane Goodall: Trump Is Like an Aggressive Chimp

Primatologist Jane Goodall has made her name studying chimpanzees for over half a century. So, if anyone can deduce a distinct correlation between a brash chimp and the egoistic hubris of, say, the president of the United States, it’s Goodall. Pre-election, last October, Goodall made a comparison between then-Republican candidate Donald Trump and the primates she… Read more

Oil Companies Leaking Benzene Lobbied Against Pollution Rules

A plume of benzene has been detected in the air over Houston after four fossil fuel companies reported leaks of the highly toxic compound that can increase the risk of cancer — even from brief exposure. Documents reviewed by International Business Times show that two of the companies — ExxonMobil and Valero — recently lobbied against… Read more

The Five Buzzwords Used by the Left to Control Public Debate

George Orwell knew that the way to control the debate is to control the language. “War is Peace. Freedom is Slavery. Ignorance is Truth,” he wrote in his science fiction classic, “1984.” But even Orwell might blush at the way progressives have mastered the tactic. To take just one example, illegal immigrants became “undocumented immigrants” and… Read more

Warning signs of mass violence – in the US?

By Nadia Rubaii, Co-Director, Institute for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention, and Associate Professor of Public Administration, Binghamton University, State University of New York and Max Pensky, Co-Director, Institute for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention, Professor, Department of Philosophy, Binghamton University, State University of New York. Protesters with opposing views face off at a ‘Free Speech’… Read more

Is Trump Mentally Ill? A Democrat Lawmaker Thinks so

Hurling accusations of mental illness at opponents is nothing new in politics. But on Friday, Representative Zoe Lofgren went a step further, tabling a resolution for President Donald Trump to undergo a medical and psychiatric evaluation to determine if he is fit to hold office. The San Jose Democrat said in Congress that the results of… Read more

Donald Trump’s ‘fury and fire’ sure beats Barack Obama’s butt-kissing

President Donald Trump, as the media’s been steadily reporting for hours now, has vowed to respond to North Korea’s ongoing threats against the United States with “fire and fury.” The timid have gasped. But the truth is: North Korea deserves this response. The regime brought it on itself. And without a doubt, Trump’s hardline approach and… Read more

When celebrities are open about mental health issues, we all benefit

Justin Bieber made news last week for canceling the remainder of his world tour so he could heal his “mind, heart, and soul.” The media and some celebrities have portrayed the announcement as a disappointment to his fans. But by opening up about his struggles and his choice to step back from the spotlight, the singer… Read more

Has Big Pharma Made America A Country of Drug Addicts?

Our country’s crippling opioid epidemic has an entire nation searching for answers. Who is fueling the worsening opioid crisis, and what can be done? Just last week, President Trump convened a major briefing on this very question. Recently, an unlikely force emerged in response to these questions. Shareholders of McKesson Corporation, the country’s largest prescription drug… Read more

Study: How spending money can actually be good for you

Can spending money actually be good for you? A recent study says it might just be good for your health. Read more: College student shocks his grandparents by paying off their mortgage… and much more Spending money on others connected to improved health According to Today, research has discovered that spending money on others or volunteering… Read more

Time for the US and China to rethink perspectives on jobs and technology

Robots attract visitors at an industry expo in Beijing. CHEN XIAOGEN / FOR CHINA DAILY Technology and jobs, whither goest thou? Whether in China or the United States, it is time to pause and assess the very real impact of technology’s advances on those who will lose their jobs today as the so-called “jobs of tomorrow”… Read more

Deporting illegal immigrants with no criminal record is an attack on justice, family and common sense

  1. There’s no denying immigration is complicated — politically, economically and, perhaps most of all, emotionally. I favor open immigration on practical and philosophical grounds alike: credible research ties immigrants to a rising economy and falling crime rates — and just like I don’t think it’s the government’s job to tell us how to worship or what… Read more

Are PayDay Loans Abusive?

Quora Questions are part of a partnership between Newsweek and Quora, through which we’ll be posting relevant and interesting answers from Quora contributors throughout the week. Read more about the partnership here. Answer from Josh Velson, data scientist, chemical engineer: Contrary to what many people might otherwise believe, the payday loan industry is in fact highly… Read more

Science proves it: Money really can buy happiness

They say money can’t buy happiness, but science begs to differ. An international research team has demonstrated that you really can make yourself happier by paying other people to do your time-consuming chores. It doesn’t matter whether you’re rich or poor, the new study suggests. If you feel pressed for time, your life satisfaction can be… Read more

How the overcriminalization of everything is endangering ordinary people

A video surfaced Monday night of a police officer in Perris, California, tackling a 52-year-old woman, grabbing her arms and pulling her hair — all for the “crime” of selling flowers without a permit. As the local news station KLTA, which covered the video, reports, Juanita Mendez-Medrano was peacefully selling flower bouquets and Hawaiian-style leis to… Read more

Bennington’s Suicide Is Cowardly, Korn Guitarist Says

While most people mourned the death of Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington Thursday, Korn guitarist Brian Head Welch accused him of being a coward. The musician took to Facebook to express himself after reports of Bennington’s suspected suicide by hanging went viral. “Honestly, Chester’s an old friend who we’ve hung with many times, and I have… Read more

Trump’s America is showing the telltale signs of a failing state

We have the tin-pot leader whose vanity knows no bounds. We have the rapacious family feathering their nests without regard for the law or common decency. We have utter disregard for values at home and abroad, the disdain for democracy, the hunger for constraining a free press, the admiration for thugs and strongmen worldwide. We have… Read more

People don’t trust scientific research when companies are involved

By John Besley, Associate Professor of Advertising and Public Relations, Michigan State University, Aaron M. McCright, Associate Professor of Sociology, Michigan State University, Kevin Elliott, Associate Professor of Fisheries & Wildlife and Philosophy, Michigan State University, Nagwan Zahry, PhD Student in Media and Information Studies, Michigan State University, and Joseph D. Martin, Fellow-in-Residence at the Consortium… Read more

Elon Musk And The Future Of Tesla, Apple, Model S And Model X In 4 Quotes

This article originally appeared on the Motley Fool. As Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) CEO Elon Musk typically does during the company’s quarterly earnings calls, he shared key insighta about the business this week, including some comments on more speculative subjects. Commentary ranged from an update on what level of Model S and Model X sales Musk thinks Tesla… Read more

New Study: Psychopaths Are Most Likely To Study This In College …(business courses)

Psychopaths Are Most Likely To Study This In College Psychopathy is a real mental health condition that often goes undetected in people, which means you could be living next to, or with, a psychopath and not even know it. So how do you tell a psychopath from your average Joe? Well, according to a new […]

Trump’s Logic Could Apply Well Beyond Civil War

President Donald Trump’s “what if” about the idea of President Andrew Jackson preventing the Civil War is an amazingly impressive insight into American history. Imagine what would’ve happened if only there had been efforts to deal with slavery and avoid Civil War between 1776 and 1865. “ I mean had Andrew Jackson been a little later… Read more

Celebrate Earth Day 2017 With These Inspiring Quotes

April 22 is celebrated as Earth Day across the U.S. The annual event is meant to spread awareness about environment, reflect on the beauty of nature and preserve our surroundings. Earth Day also marks the anniversary of the start of the modern environmental movement in 1970. Gaylord Nelson, the then Wisconsin Democratic senator, founded the Earth… Read more

Trump budget shifts income to upper class: it’s a good thing for all of us

WASHINGTON, March 19, 2017 – Outspoken critics of President Trump’s policies, including liberal public-policy professor and former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich, object that Trump’s policies will shift income from the lower class to the upper class. Looking at the numbers, it is easy to make that correct conclusion. But this is actually a good thing,… Read more

Laissez-Faire Government Should Concern Every Citizen

If the recent news from Washington isn’t a little unsettling, maybe you should look again. A new administration has brought some unconventional thinking to the Oval Office, and the repercussions could be felt for years by American consumers. Among the changes: An executive order that whenever an executive department or agency publicly proposes a new regulation… Read more

Economic growth with less debt

ANALYSIS/OPINION: Remember the debt limit? It’s back, and it matters. High and rising federal debt is a key contributor to sluggish economic growth and to lost opportunity for the America people. But Washington can help unleash growth and expand opportunity by acting to control spending before increasing the debt limit again. The debt limit is an… Read more