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GUARDIAN 29 October 2013 : Surfers in Portugal ride towering waves whipped up by storm

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KSAT 31 October 2013 : Sebelius subpoenaed over health care site.Biden now the highest-ranking administration official to apologize for botched rollout

NPR 31 October 2013 : As Iraq's Leader Meets Obama, Here's Why The Stakes Are High

PC WORLD 31 October 2013 : Silent Circle, Lavabit unite for 'Dark Mail' encrypted email project

THE VERGE 31 October 2013 : The history of Area 51's secret Soviet fighter jets




EDUCATIONThe War on Drugs Is a Failure. The War on Drugs is a campaign of prohibition and foreign military aid and military intervention being undertaken by the United States government, with the assistance of participating countries, intended to both define and reduce the illegal drug trade. This initiative includes a set of drug policies of the United States that are intended to discourage the production, distribution, and consumption of illegal psychoactive drugs. The term "War on Drugs" was first used by President Richard Nixon in 1971.

On May 13, 2009, Gil Kerlikowske, the current Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), signaled that although it did not plan to significantly alter drug enforcement policy, the Obama administration would not use the term "War on Drugs," as he claims it is "counter-productive". ONDCP's view is that "drug addiction is a disease that can be successfully prevented and treated... making drugs more available will make it harder to keep our communities healthy and safe."(2011) One of the alternatives that Mr Kerlikowske has showcased is Sweden's Drug Control Policies that combine balanced public health approach and opposition to drug legalization. The prevalence rates for cocaine use in Sweden are barely one-fifth of European neighbors such as the United Kingdom and Spain.

In June 2011, the Global Commission on Drug Policy released a critical report on the War on Drugs, declaring "The global war on drugs has failed, with devastating consequences for individuals and societies around the world. Fifty years after the initiation of the UN Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, and years after President Nixon launched the US government's war on drugs, fundamental reforms in national and global drug control policies are urgently needed." The report was immediately criticized by organizations that oppose a general legalization of drugs.

In 1986, the US Defense Department funded a two-year study by the RAND Corporation, which found that the use of the armed forces to interdict drugs coming into the United States would have little or no effect on cocaine traffic and might, in fact, raise the profits of cocaine cartels and manufacturers. The 175-page study, "Sealing the Borders: The Effects of Increased Military Participation in Drug Interdiction," was prepared by seven researchers, mathematicians and economists at the National Defense Research Institute, a branch of the RAND, and was released in 1988. The study noted that seven prior studies in the past nine years, including one by the Center for Naval Research and the Office of Technology Assessment, had come to similar conclusions. Interdiction efforts, using current armed forces resources, would have almost no effect on cocaine importation into the United States, the report concluded.

During the early-to-mid-1990s, the Clinton administration ordered and funded a major cocaine policy study, again by RAND. The Rand Drug Policy Research Center study concluded that $3 billion should be switched from federal and local law enforcement to treatment. The report said that treatment is the cheapest way to cut drug use, stating that drug treatment is twenty-three times more effective than the supply-side "war on drugs".

The National Research Council Committee on Data and Research for Policy on Illegal Drugs published its findings on the efficacy of the drug war. The NRC Committee found that existing studies on efforts to address drug usage and smuggling, from U.S. military operations to eradicate coca fields in Colombia, to domestic drug treatment centers, have all been inconclusive, if the programs have been evaluated at all: "The existing drug-use monitoring systems are strikingly inadequate to support the full range of policy decisions that the nation must make.... It is unconscionable for this country to continue to carry out a public policy of this magnitude and cost without any way of knowing whether and to what extent it is having the desired effect." The study, though not ignored by the press, was ignored by top-level policymakers, leading Committee Chair Charles Manski to conclude, as one observer notes, that "the drug war has no interest in its own results."

During alcohol prohibition, the period from 1920 to 1933, alcohol use initially fell but began to increase as early as 1922. It has been extrapolated that even if prohibition had not been repealed in 1933, alcohol consumption would have quickly surpassed pre-prohibition levels. One argument against the War on Drugs is that it uses similar measures as Prohibition and is no more effective. Published on Jun 24, 2012 by The Film Archives



EDUCATION : The Dangers of Cigarette Smoking. The health effects of tobacco are the circumstances, mechanisms, and factors of tobacco consumption on human health. Epidemiological research has been focused primarily on cigarette tobacco smoking, which has been studied more extensively than any other form of consumption.

Tobacco is the single greatest cause of preventable death globally. Tobacco use leads most commonly to diseases affecting the heart and lungs, with smoking being a major risk factor for heart attacks, strokes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) (including emphysema and chronic bronchitis), and cancer (particularly lung cancer, cancers of the larynx and mouth, and pancreatic cancer). It also causes peripheral vascular disease and hypertension. The effects depend on the number of years that a person smokes and on how much the person smokes. Starting smoking earlier in life and smoking cigarettes higher in tar increases the risk of these diseases. Also, environmental tobacco smoke, or secondhand smoke, has been shown to cause adverse health effects in people of all ages. Cigarettes sold in underdeveloped countries tend to have higher tar content, and are less likely to be filtered, potentially increasing vulnerability to tobacco-related disease in these regions. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that tobacco caused 5.4 million deaths in 2004 and 100 million deaths over the course of the 20th century. Similarly, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention describes tobacco use as "the single most important preventable risk to human health in developed countries and an important cause of premature death worldwide."

Smoke contains several carcinogenic pyrolytic products that bind to DNA and cause many genetic mutations. There are 45 known or suspected chemical carcinogens in cigarette smoke. Tobacco also contains nicotine, which is a highly addictive psychoactive drug. When tobacco is smoked, nicotine causes physical and psychological dependency. Tobacco use is a significant factor in miscarriages among pregnant smokers, it contributes to a number of other threats to the health of the fetus such as premature births and low birth weight and increases by 1.4 to 3 times the chance for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). The result of scientific studies done in neonatal rats seems to indicate that exposure to cigarette smoke in the womb may reduce the fetal brain's ability to recognize hypoxic conditions, thus increasing the chance of accidental asphyxiation. Incidence of impotence is approximately 85 percent higher in male smokers compared to non-smokers, and is a key factor causing erectile dysfunction (ED). Published on Jun 19, 2012 by The Film Archives







U.S. to allow expanded electronic device use on flights

Syria military base blasts said to be Israeli strike

Obama halted NSA spying on IMF and World Bank headquarters

Syria meets chemical disarmament deadline - By Dominic Evans
BEIRUT - Syria has destroyed or rendered inoperable all of its declared chemical weapons production and mixing facilities.
* Exclusive: Russia banks bolster ties with blacklisted Syria lenders
* Starvation in Syria: a war tactic
* Exclusive: Syria peace talks face delay as big powers split
* Video: WHO official says 'risk is high' of polio spread in Syria


For gadget lovers, more freedom on flights
WASHINGTON - Airline passengers will soon be able to use electronic devices throughout their entire flight after the Federal Aviation Administration ended a long-standing ban.  | Video
* Google launches 'KitKat' software

New image of Snowden in Russia surfaces
Russian state television released a new image of former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden in Moscow on the same day his lawyer announced that he had a new job.
* Russian lawyer says Snowden to start website job




Portable electronics to be allowed on flights: FAA

► White House gets decked out for Halloween

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► "Dylan Goes Electric" Guitar to Be Sold

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Raw: President Obama Welcomes Trick or Treaters

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HEALTH : Swaddling resurgence 'damaging hips', surgeon warns || BABY CENTER : How to swaddle a baby

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Syria chemical equipment destroyed
Syria's declared equipment for producing, mixing and filling chemical weapons has been destroyed, the international watchdog OPCW says.

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* 'We saw chemical weapons destroyed'  - VIDEO
* Israel 'conducts Syria air strike'
* Next step explained - VIDEO
* Who are the weapons inspectors? - VIDEO
* Syrians 'denied entry into Jordan'

MAGAZINE : #BBCtrending: Tuhao and the rise of Chinese bling. A new word has suddenly become wildly popular in China - "tuhao" - which loosely translated means "nouveau riche". There have been more than 100 million references to the word "tuhao" on social media since early September. It's being used to describe everything from the Communist Party's new People's Daily building, to expensive celebrity weddings full of bling, and the new gold-coloured iPhone.

In Chinese "tu" means earth, and "hao" means rich. To say someone is tuhao is to imply they come from a poor peasant background, and have made it rich quick - but don't quite have the manners, or sophistication to go along with it. It's like the term "nouveau riche", says Professor Steve Tsang at the School of Contemporary Chinese Studies in Nottingham - but has even more negative connotations, suggesting a certain vulgarity.

"Tuhao" is actually an old word - dating back perhaps as far as the Southern Dynasty 1,500 years ago - but it has always meant something rather different. During the communist revolution, from the 1920s to early 1950s, it was widely used to refer to landholders and gentry who would bully those beneath them.

This new usage of the term took off in September after a widely-shared joke about a rich, but unhappy man, who goes to a Buddhist monk for advice, expecting to be told to live a more simple life. The monk replies instead with the phrase: "Tuhao, let's be friends!"

Chinese internet users are highly creative in their use of language, and are constantly inventing, and re-inventing words as a way of getting past censorship rules, says Tsang. But in this case, its popularity seems to be down to the fact that it encapsulates China's changing society so well - many people sneer at those with wealth, but are secretly jealous, says Tsang.

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Tower 13: Paris street art space to be demolished

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Surfer Andrew Cotton on riding Portugal monster wave

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Current world order not simply unfair, it's immoralCorrea to RT
Obama stops NSA spying on IMF, World Bank headquarters - report 
Appeals court blocks ruling against NYC stop-and-frisk policy 
Snowden ready to testify in Merkel tapping case German lawmaker
Snowden to work for major Russian website - lawyer
Destruction of Syrian chemical weapons a 'milestone' but more can be done – UN watchdog to RT 
OP-ED : Edward Snowden for president
Russia considers work visa ban for ex-cons

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Russia conducts surprise missile defense readiness drill. The Russian Aerospace Defence Forces carried out live firing exercises at the Kapustin Yar testing ground in Russia's southern Astrakhan region on Wednesday. The training involved carrying out exercises using the s-300 Favourite, S-400 Triumph and Pantsir-S missile defense systems.

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I do not quite understand the impressions in this video, but it seems this is not about a mighty man who is showing off his muscle power to his neighbors who suddenly like voyeurism and just look at him with admiration from behind the curtain. Do not show your admiration in front of your enemy, stupid. That is tantamount to showing your weakness! You also have to show a similar action, for example by showing off your new car in front of the muscular man and play your car horn repeatedly, well..., a car horn that if you press it will say, "Hi, gorgeous ...", maybe? And you think you have successfully dropped his mental with a slammed compliment ... eehheheehhe..

Best served with olive oil: Gitmo staffer describes force feeding to RT
Employ-Ed: Snowden gets job at major Russian website
Roman Rumpus: Violent clashes erupt as hundreds rally for affordable housing
Escobar: 9/11 excuse for NSA - gift that keeps on giving 

Correa: Current world order not simply unfair, it's immoral (RT Exclusive). The US debt is merely a fiction. The real problem lies in those who run the economy, because they protect the interests of the financial capitalists, Ecuadorian economist and President Rafael Correa told RT Spanish. Correa believes that what he calls 'supremacy of capital' is what makes the world immoral.






BUSINESS & MONEY : Housing Won't Save Us - Our economy won't recover based on housing sales alone, writes Rana Foroohar. We need income growth too 

DOMESTIC SURVEILLANCE : Washington's Deep Fears - The Feds don't know what to make of the anonymous web, home to digital drug dealers and virtual tax shelters

SYRIA : Israel Reportedly Strikes Syria - It would be the fifth such attack this year

PENTAGON : Pentagon Wants Smaller Nukes - Its newer bombs are too destructive

CALIFORNIA : Sriracha Stays Hot - Calif. plant will stay open

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NATION : Europeans handed over phone records, U.S. says

MOVIES : Review: 'Free Birds' lays an egg

OPINION
Broken homes, broken boys
Turning away from the Mideast 
FAA gives in on PEDs; now, how about banning children?
Garcetti seeks new streets and traffic maven




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CZ

"Thank you for your perception! I like your romantic side, even if I do not always comment and I'm glad that you're in my circle of friends."
(Courtesies by: Wolfgang A. Gerhardt)

Wolfgang A.Gerhardt : May be you like this Sunday collage

Cisca Zarmansyah : Before today, there never was a person doing this to me. You create a simple matter to look special. This is a special thing for me.

Cisca Zarmansyah : Thank you. I love it. I love you, my friend.

CieL- FreYa Ceastle : Hmm, he's so nice...















"I am me.
In all the world,
there is no one else exactly like me.
Everything that comes out of me
is authentically mine,
because I alone chose it --
I own everything about me:
my body,
my feelings,
my mouth,
my voice,
all my actions,
whether they be to others or myself.
I own my fantasies,
my dreams,
my hopes,
my fears.
I own my triumphs and successes,
all my failures and mistakes.
Because I own all of me,
I can become intimately acquainted with me.
By so doing,
I can love me
and be friendly with all my parts.
I know there are aspects about myself that puzzle me,
and other aspects that I do not know
-- but as long as I am friendly
and loving to myself,
I can courageously and hopefully
look for solutions
to the puzzles and ways
to find out more about me.
However I look and sound,
whatever I say and do,
and whatever I think and feel at a given moment in time
is authentically me.
If later some parts of how I looked,
sounded,
thought,
and felt
turn out to be unfitting,
I can discard that which is unfitting,
keep the rest,
and invent something new
for that which I discarded.
I can see,
hear,
feel,
think,
say, and do.
I have the tools to survive,
to be close to others,
to be productive,
and to make sense
and order out of the world of people
and things outside of me.
I own me,
and therefore,
I can engineer me.
I am me,
and I am okay."

VIRGINIA SATIR
(American Phychologist and Educator, 1916-1988)