What happens when a scientist presents evidence contrary to a law? Scientists are removed from advisory panels

  The Paper That Finally Changed The Law on Drugs The case for the end of the war on drugs has never been stronger than it is today. The Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs published a paper in The Lancet last month demonstrating the clear scientific evidence that stands to oppose UK government drugs policy. … Continue reading

North Korea blasts incoming Foreign Affairs chairwoman as ‘human scum’

North Korea’s official news agency blasted the incoming chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee — while mistaking her for a chairman. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), a Cuban immigrant, has been a regular target of dictator Fidel Castro and his Latin American allies Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and Bolivian President Evo Morales. But the Korean … Continue reading

Nice Day for a Green Wedding! Ireland Okays Same-Sex Unions!

On December 23, Irish Justice Minister Dermot Ahern signed the Civil Partnership and Certain Rights and Obligations of Cohabitants Act 2010, legislation recognizing gay couples and allowing civil unions in the Irish Republic. The law, which secures a range of rights over shared homes, maintenance payments and pensions, goes into effect January 1. But under … Continue reading

Did ‘Martian’ methane signal come from Earth? – space – 23 December 2010 – New Scientist

Claims that Mars’s atmosphere contains methane, which have fuelled speculations that the planet hosts life, may be premature. A key piece of evidence for methane on Mars may actually be due to Earth-based methane, say researchers led by Kevin Zahnle of the NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California. “This is not a done … Continue reading

Lebanese government illegally accessing Gmail accounts

  So it was 3 AM – i was logged into gmail for 3-4 hours and then the warning goes on. This rules out the possibility that my IP just got natted to theirs – so i logged out all sessions, changed passwords,etc But seriously? Leb Govt ? accessing ppl’s mail accounts while in their … Continue reading

Monsanto to fight GM contaminated organic farmer

A West Australian organic farmer is in limbo, awaiting state government test results and facing genetic manipulation giant Monsanto’s legal wrath. Steve Marsh’s organic farm has been decertified over GM canola contamination from a neighbour’s farm. Monsanto revealed today that it would give legal support to the GM grower if Mr Marsh sought redress for … Continue reading

Polish man faces 10 years in jail for fudge bribery – Telegraph

Prosecutors have charged the man, known only as Leszek, with being drunk in charge of a bicycle and attempting to pass on “material benefits” to the police. The man apparently offered the fudge to the officers as he sat in their patrol car after being found asleep beside his bike by a road in the … Continue reading