Finally, WHO Admits Medical Marijuana Has NO Public Health Risks

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In a groundbreaking report, the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared that cannabidiol (CBD) the relaxant property of cannabis used in medical marijuana is beneficial for cancer, epilepsy, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and many more diseases, AND should not be a scheduled drug.

According to the U.S. federal law, marijuana is classified as a Schedule I drug with “no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse” alongside heroin, LSD, ecstasy, methaqualone, and peyote.

But WHO’s Expert Committee on Drug Dependence [ECDD] gathered scientific evidence on therapeutic use and side effects of cannabis and cannabis components, and confirmed:

“Recent evidence from animal and human studies shows that its use could have some therapeutic value for seizures due to epilepsy and related conditions. Current evidence also shows that cannabidiol is not likely to be abused or create dependence as for other cannabinoids (such as Tetra Hydro Cannabinol (THC), for instance).

“The ECDD therefore concluded that current information does not justify scheduling of cannabidiol and postponed a fuller review of cannabidiol preparations to May 2018, when the committee will undertake a comprehensive review of cannabis and cannabis related substances.”

WHO experts also recommended imposing stronger restrictions on fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid analgesic that is similar to morphine but is 50 to 100 times more potent and has taken thousands of lives in the U.S. drug addiction epidemic.

Raul Elizalde, the Mexican father responsible for driving the Mexican government to legalize medical marijuana, told The Daily Mail:

“I’m ecstatic that these international health leaders agree that CBD is a substance that should not be scheduled and has therapeutic value for a variety of medical conditions. We look forward to continuing our conversation about its many benefits in 2018.”

The report comes after widespread declassification of cannabis in North America and Europe. In the U.S., a total of 29 states, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico now allow for comprehensive public medical marijuana and cannabis programs. In Europe, Greece, Czech Republic, Finland, The Netherlands, Portugal and Spain have legalized marijuana.

More than 100 peer-reviewed studies have concluded that cannabis cures cancer. Researchers at the University of Florida have found that the ‘gateway drug’ is alcohol, not marijuana. In fact, the National Cancer Institute in 2015 admitted marijuana kills cancer cells naturally.

The latest WHO report adds to the already existing overwhelming evidence of the efficacy of the plant. Hopefully, the U.S. will turn the page, and stop classifying marijuana in the near future.

Anonymous Targets Norway, Hacks World’s Biggest Whaling Industry

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By Anon.Dos

Despite a more than 30-year ban on commercial whaling worldwide, Norway is the world’s top whaling country killing more of the marine mammals than Iceland and Japan combined. Meanwhile, 90% of the minke whales hunted and killed each year in Norwegian waters are female and almost all of them are pregnant.

To protest the Nordic country’s whaling industry, Anonymous, an online group of hacktivists, shut down several Norwegian institutions including banks, authorities, media, tourism and academic institutions and rendered the website of the Norwegian Fisheries Ministry inaccessible as part of the #OpWhales campaign.

“As a result of whaling, several groups have targeted Norway,” Lone Charlotte Pettersen, leader for the section for Internet-related investigation support with police security agency Kripos, told Aftenposten.

Unlike traditional anti-whaling activists like Sea Shepherd that engage in seasonal activities like sabotage against whaling boats attempting to interrupt the hunt, Anonymous attacks Norway year-round, reports Sputnik.

“They want to get at Norway. Therefore, it may be a sheer coincidence who is affected. As long as they can inflict harm, they are satisfied,” Pettersen said, suggesting that Anonymous also encourages other people into procuring malware and using it against Norway.

Although whaling is a controversial practice internationally, it enjoys broad political support in Norway. While authorities consider whaling a part of a balanced ecosystem, and it might be culturally and historically important, whale meat is an important part of the Norwegian diet.

Prior to the whaling ban, Norway killed approximately 2,000 minke whales per year. This year, it allowed whalers to kill an increased quota of 999 minke whales, up from 880 animals in 2016. For the sake of comparison, Iceland’s quota for 2016 to 2018 is 224 whales, while Japan’s whaling quota is 333 whales a year.

Newly Released CIA Documents Talk of Psychic Experiments and Telepathy

By EV | We Are Anonymous

The CIA recently released to the internet a trove of documents related to a broad range of bizarre topics, from UFO sightings to documents related to MK-Ultra. In total, over 930,000 documents were released, and among those catching alternative news source’s attention are documents related to the Stargate Project. This is partially due to a recent cryptic re-Tweet from Edward Snowden.

In a Tweet from last year October, NYT Minus Context stated, “Remember that people don’t have access to your secret thoughts and feelings,” to which Snowden re-Tweeted, “Well, most people.” Regardless of what exactly Snowden meant by that Tweet, it has intrigued many considering the documents the CIA has now released on the internet.

According to the Federation of American Scientists (FAS), the Stargate Project was one of a variety of “remote viewing programs” conducted by the US government, many of which used code names such as Sun Streak, Grill, Flame, and Center Lane. “These efforts were initiated to assess foreign programs in the field; contract for basic research into the phenomenon; and to evaluate controlled remote viewing as an intelligence tool.”

Related Article: Physicist Contracted by CIA Shares Everything He Knows About ESP

In layman’s terms, the CIA (with the help of the NSA) was trying to spy on other nations and obtain information through the use of astral projection – or out-of-body experiences. The program reportedly lasted from 1972 to 1995, when the CIA finally concluded that the project “has not been shown to have value in intelligence operations.” Some might find it interesting that it took over 20-years to conclude an experimental project had no value, but we digress.

The Russia-controlled news agency, Sputnik, reports there are many who are unconvinced that all the documents released by the CIA are factual, and true enough, the CIA are known for being “a bunch of fucking liars.” As explained by Noam Chomsky, the CIA basically acts as a scapegoat for the executive branch of the US government to keep their reputation clean.

In a statement from Dmitry Efimov, security expert and member of the Moscow Council’s Advisory Committee on Security:

I think this was published on the personal orders of CIA Director Brennan, a famous neocon who is leaving along with Obama and who is probably using this opportunity to create a new stream of misinformation. Particularly since there is no such thing as the whole truth, there is the truth which is present in the CIA’s real documents, which of course exist, but I think that a lot of work has been done to falsify a huge number of documents in this batch and change the relationship to the Vietnam War, for example.”

While the documents have been available to the public since 1995, they were only accessible on four computers in the back room of the National Archives in Maryland. The CIA apparently planned to release the documents on the internet at the end of 2017, but finished the work ahead of schedule, and instead released them just a few days before Trump’s inauguration. No matter what, we can be sure the CIA is not going to release anything that will put them in too negative a light, and it’s reasonable to assume the rogue department would take the opportunity to use the documents to create their own version of the truth.

While the documents released by the CIA are sure to provide some interesting reading, we suggest readers remember the department’s reputation and take the information with a grain of salt. We currently live in a generation where the more factual information comes from whistleblowers and leaked or hacked documents, so with that in mind, it will be interesting to see if Snowden elaborates further on his previous thoughts or the CIA’s newly released archive.

Related Article: Why We’re Becoming More Psychic – Is it All About “The Thinning Veil?”


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AI is Being Used to Create Fake Celebrity Porn, Because of Course it Is

By Tom Pritchard on at

AI is one of the new big things in the tech industry, with an immense amount of hype surrounding the concept of machine learning and utilising it for the greater good of mankind. And then there are the people using AI to make more convincing fake celebrity porn – using AI to stitch celebrity faces into porn videos with greater accuracy than ever before.

The tool was developed by Reddit user deepfakes, using publicly accessible tools and a face swap algorithm that he developed himself. While the final result isn’t perfect, the tool can pull images from YouTube clips and Google and use AI to create a somewhat convincing video of a particular celebrity.

It doesn’t have to be a celebrity either. It could be a random person you saw on social media or someone you know. Like the ridiculously accurate lip-syncing technology we saw earlier this year, the prospects of how this might be used in future are horrifying. Particularly since The Next Web points out that deepfakes’ algorithm is mostly a combination of readily-available tools like TensorFlow and Keras, and it wouldn’t take a genius to figure out how to stick them together.

So far deepfakes has produced fake GIFs featuring Gal Gadot, Emma Watson, Aubrey Plaza, Maisie Williams. They’re obvious fakes, with glitches occurring throughout the clips, but they look advanced enough to make this a pretty scary prospect for the future. Particularly since AI researcher Alex Champandard told Motherboard that these clips could take a consumer-level graphics card a few hours to produce. Apparently a CPU could also do the job, but it would take days to complete.

Obviously an algorithm would need a plentiful supply of images to stitch something basic together, which might not be as feasible for non-public figures. But given all the high-profile hacks over the past few years, coupled with the abundance of pictures some people love to post on social media, the source material might not be as difficult to find as you’d hope. [Motherboard via The Next Web]

Former Facebook Exec: ‘You Don’t Realise It But You Are Being Programmed’

By Jennifer Ouellette on at

This is the year everyone—including founding executives—began publicly questioning the impact of social media on our lives.

Last month, Facebook’s first president Sean Parker opened up about his regrets over helping create social media as we know it today. “I don’t know if I really understood the consequences of what I was saying, because of the unintended consequences of a network when it grows to a billion or 2 billion people and it literally changes your relationship with society, with each other,” Parker said. “God only knows what it’s doing to our children’s brains.”

Chamath Palihapitiya, former vice president of user growth, also recently expressed his concerns. During a recent public discussion at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, Palihapitiya—who worked at Facebook from 2005 to 2011—told the audience, “I think we have created tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works.”

Some of his comments seem to echo Parker’s concern [emphasis ours]. Parker has said that social media creates “a social-validation feedback loop” by giving people “a little dopamine hit every once in a while, because someone liked or commented on a photo or a post or whatever.”

Just days after Parker made those comments, Palihapitiya told the Stanford audience, “The short-term, dopamine-driven feedback loops we’ve created are destroying how society works,” Palihapitiya said. “No civil discourse, no cooperation; misinformation, mistruth. And it’s not an American problem—this is not about Russians ads. This is a global problem.”

It’s as if Parker and Palihapitiya got together at a bar that week to work out their inner demons. When the host asked Palihapitiya if he was doing any soul searching in regards to his role in building Facebook, he responded: “I feel tremendous guilt. I think we all knew in the back of our minds—even though we feigned this whole line of, like, there probably aren’t any bad unintended consequences. I think in the back, deep, deep recesses of, we kind of knew something bad could happen. But I think the way we defined it was not like this.”

He went on to explain what “this” is:

So we are in a really bad state of affairs right now, in my opinion. It is eroding the core foundation of how people behave by and between each other. And I don’t have a good solution. My solution is I just don’t use these tools anymore. I haven’t for years.

Speaking more broadly on the subject of social media, Palihapitiya said he doesn’t use social media because he “innately didn’t want to get programmed.” As for his kids: “They’re not allowed to use this shit.”

Then he got even more fired up: “Your behaviours—you don’t realise it but you are being programmed. It was unintentional, but now you gotta decide how much you are willing to give up, how much of your intellectual independence,” he told the students in the crowd. “And don’t think, ‘Oh yeah, not me, I’m fucking genius, I’m at Stanford.’ You’re probably the most likely to fucking fall for it. ‘Cause you are fucking check-boxing your whole Goddamn life.”