Addicts need medical support like heroin maintenance, which is illegal in the U.S. thanks to the war on drugs.
A great entertainer overdosed on heroin two weeks ago. He was found dead, a needle hanging from his arm. Dozens of empty drug baggies were found strewn around his apartment.He was considered a fantastic actor. Influential. Powerful. Insightful. Potent. Everyone, by this time, knows this man’s name. It’s been plastered across the media landscape not just in the United States, but worldwide: Philip Seymour Hoffman.In the days since, there’s been all kinds of chatter about the evils of heroin or the need for better drug education.
Beyond the far reaches of Google lies a web so “deep” even the FBI had difficulty busting drug trades and decoding usernames.
Two major bitcoin heists worth millions of dollars have struck in the cyber world beyond the reach of Google into what is known as the “deep web.”This vast realm of cyberspace comprises some 90 percent of the internet and allows users to travel and communicate in an untraceable anonymity that even the NSA has difficulty compromising. Users are accorded freedom from big menaces such as censorship and political oppression, as well smaller ones such as privacy-invading marketers.
The Texas gubernatorial candidate didn’t flip-flop, she just voiced what a large percentage of Americans already think of this hot button issue.
Wendy Davis, Texas gubernatorial candidate, and feminist icon in the making, recently came under fire for allegedly committing the cardinal campaign sin of flip-flopping. The alleged flip-flop in question is not on just any old issue either, but abortion, the issue that put Davis on the national political map.Headlines on sites like Gawker, which previously cheered Davis’s exploits, trumpeted the perceived travesty, “Wendy Davis Is Pretty Much Fine With the Abortion Ban She Filibustered.
Award-winning director Oliver Stone sides with Venezuelan politics at recent Students for Liberty Conference.
Did a free and fair election return Lyndon Johnson to the White House? In respectable company the answer to this question is non-negotiable. For the director of The Untold History of the United States, however, a vote for Johnson was a vote for a “psycho” who knew about, and helped cover up, the coup that put him in president Kennedy’s chair.For more than a trivial number of Americans, Oliver Stone’s JFK is part of the Rosetta Stone of American darkness—the pattern of corruption and criminality that conspiracy theorists trace in an unbroken line from World War Two to the present day.
The U.S. government long considered its collection of Americans' call records to be a state secret. Now the Director of National Intelligence admits it would have been better if Washington had acknowledged the surveillance in the first place.
Even the head of the U.S. intelligence community now believes that its collection and storage of millions of call records was kept too secret for too long.The American public and most members of Congress were kept in the dark for years about a secret U.S. program to collect and store such records of American citizens on a massive scale.The government’s legal interpretation of section 215 of the Patriot Act that granted the authority for this dragnet collection was itself a state secret.
Despite his titanic role in America’s quest for civil rights, the greatest domestic movement of the Twentieth Century, LBJ has been largely underappreciated—even ignored—until recently.
History often casts its glow fickly. Sometimes we get a sense of how one will be reflected in its light contemporaneously. Sometimes it takes a little longer to sort things out.In 1865, when an assassin’s bullet felled Abraham Lincoln, his loss was felt immediately and his place in the presidential pantheon all but assured. Though he had elicited withering criticism during the course of his four-year presidency, the sixteenth president had lived to see the Civil War to its bloody end, keeping the Union whole while putting a constitutional end to the odious institution of slavery.
On the California slopes of Mammoth Mountain a group of locals have created something remarkable: a weekend of skiing and snow sports for wounded veterans and their families. John Kael Weston was there.
As our troops return home from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan they are thanked for their service in airports, at bars, within restaurants, and at the White House. After these well-meaning moments they are left alone to hibernate with their own devastation. Our storylines about them have become clichés. Vets: Unhealed. Isolated. Unbalanced. Dangerous. Suicidal.It seems only our heroic SEALs and other Special Operations Forces have barely escaped such easy labeling.
What used to be a holiday to celebrate our founding father’s birthday is now a holiday to celebrate every president. The reasons why are a little depressing.
Happy Washington’s Birthday, everybody!… is what I would say if today were actually Washington’s birthday. It is not. Today is a lot of people’s birthdays—Michael Jordan, Huey P. Newton, Larry the Cable Guy—but Washington’s birthday? Not even close. I may as well wish you a Happy Valentine’s Day. I’d be just as accurate.I know, it’s confusing. At times like these—when up is down, left is right, and today isn’t Washington’s birthday, despite what your calendar might tell you—it’s helpful to have someone to blame.
By Antonia Marrero for the Moral Courage Project If you walk around Williamsburg with Marty Needelman, it soon dawns on you that he’s a celebrity. Folks of all ages and hues shout his name, offer handshakes, and provide chatty updates in rapid-fire Spanish on matters both personal and political. Needelman isn’t as famous as he should be. Then again, that’s not his goal. As Chief Counsel of Brooklyn Legal Services, Needelman aims to keep Williamsburg’s most vulnerable safe from the bullies who sabotage their homes.
A Florida jury failed to convict yet another man for killing an unarmed black teenager. By their logic, Michael Dunn should have kept shooting and never asked questions.
Let's say you wanted to kill a black teenager. The reason doesn't matter. Maybe they looked too suspicious while walking home, or maybe they just wouldn't obey when you gave them a command. The goal, however, is to make the kill without getting convicted.Well, if there's anything to take away from the trial of Michael Dunn, it's that—in the state of Florida—this is possible. You just need to be more thorough than Dunn could manage in his initial rage, when he killed Davis for being a "thug" who wouldn't bend to his will.
Niagara Falls has partially frozen over for the second time this year, giving tourists a one-of-a-kind photo op, and a reason to brave the frozen U.S.-Canada border.
For all the urgency in the 2012 post-mortem’s directive to reach out to minority voters, the GOP’s vanguard still isn’t offering them anything new—not that anyone’s listening anyway.