Cannabis: The Evil Weed? (Full Version)

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Cannabis is the world’s favourite drug, but also one of the least understood. Can cannabis cause schizophrenia? Is it addictive? Can it lead you on to harder drugs? Or is it simply a herb, an undervalued medicine?

Addiction specialist Dr John Marsden discovers that modern science is finally beginning to find answers to these questions. John traces the cannabis plants’ birthplace in Kazakhstan; finds the origins of our sensitivity to cannabis in the simple sea squirt; and shows just what it does to our brains.

He meets people who have been changed by this drug in drastically different ways – from those whose lives have been shattered to those who lives have been revived.  More at BBC.
 

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Fault Lines: Controlling the Web (Full Version)

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In January 2012, two controversial pieces of legislation were making their way through the US Congress. SOPA, the Stop Online Piracy Act, and PIPA, the Protect Intellectual Property Act, were meant to crack down on the illegal sharing of digital media. The bills were drafted on request of the content industry, Hollywood studios and major record labels.

The online community rose up against the US government to speak out against SOPA, and the anti-online piracy bill was effectively killed off after the largest online protest in US history. But it was only one win in a long battle between US authorities and online users over internet regulation. SOPA and PIPA were just the latest in a long line of anti-piracy legislation US politicians have passed since the 1990s.

“One of the things we are seeing which is a by-product of the digital age is, frankly, it’s much easier to steal and to profit from the hard work of others,” says Michael O’Leary, the executive vice-president for global policy at the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA).

The US government says it must be able to fight against piracy and cyber attacks. And that means imposing more restrictions online. But proposed legislation could seriously curb freedom of speech and privacy, threatening the internet as we know it.

Can and should the internet be controlled? Who gets that power? How far will the US government go to gain power over the web? And will this mean the end of a free and global internet?

Fault Lines looks at the fight for control of the web, life in the digital age and the threat to cyber freedom, asking if US authorities are increasingly trying to regulate user freedoms in the name of national and economic security.

 

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5 comments to Fault Lines: Controlling the Web (Full Version)

  • Bonnie

    As soon as tptb take porno off, then we’ll see.

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  • Ken

    All intellectual property should be FREE! The economic effort to create it was already spent in the research time and should be used to profit all of mankind. Artists should earn their monies through honest work (performance) or sales of the original piece (paintings, sculptures,etc).
    The realty is that recording is now child’s play, anyone can records video and audio for the price of an Iphone and phone service.
    In the past recording, when invented by Edison, was an expensive investment available to a very few hence the ‘old regime’ of Hollywood and the recording industry. Video even more so, the technological revolution has wiped out Hollywood as it was known. ‘The Golden Age’ of Rock n Roll and Hollywood Movies is sorely behind us. Freedom for artists has just begun and more democratic and truly a free market. There will be no way for the industry to control it, the cat is out of the bag! (It takes incredible effort to control the markets of intellectual art property today and any attempt will be viewed as total tyranny)

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  • Tim

    Hollyweird = the cesspool of sin …. there is no other comparison.

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