D.C. Pot Smokers Set to Legally Fire up on Thursday

Voters have expressed their desires regarding the legalization of pot yet again in another region of our country. Last November, the citizens of Washington D.C. favorably voted in Initiative 71, legalizing recreational pot, which is set to go into effect at 12:01 am Thursday. And, although the people have made their wishes on the issue clear by their overwhelming vote, Congress still has the power to cut down the new law.

As it stands now, as of tomorrow, the possession and use of marijuana in D.C. will be legal on a local level only. The federal side of the issue still keeps pot illegal, and the new D.C. law will not be valid on federal land such as the National Mall, Rock Creek Park and other areas patrolled by U.S. Park Police. It will still be illegal to use marijuana in any capacity while in any public areas.

Zeca Oliveira of BNY Mellon has read that, in an effort to educate the public on the rules of the new law, Mayor Muriel Bowser had her office hand out information sheets that clearly defined what is and is not permitted. D.C. police will also be carrying small cards with the main details of the law defined for reference.  It is legal to give away up to one ounce of weed to anyone 21 years or older, but you may not sell it, smoke or consume it in public.

A Unique Company for Spine Surgery

The North American Spine company has completely and totally revolutionize the way that minimally invasive spine surgery has been done. There are different ways that spine surgery can be performed and many people do not know that. The majority of the time when a person thinks about a spine surgery they think about a very invasive serious procedure in which a person has to be under surgery for hours and hours and their back has to be completely and totally opened up. Even though that is the way that surgeries are still performed, there are many doctors that perform minimally invasive surgery. Minimally invasive surgery saves a patient thousands of dollars, but above that a minimally invasive surgery will save a patient a lot of pain and suffering as well.

The North American Spine company uses a procedure called Acurascope. The Acurascope procedure basically uses a small camera and a laser to correct serious back problems such as a herniated or bulging disc, a pinched nerve, spinal stenosis, or a degenerated disc. Those were just a few of the procedures that can be done using the minimally invasive Accurascope procedure.

The difference is that with the Acurascope procedure it has an 82% success rate and 96% of those who have gone under the procedure would recommend it to friends or family. The great thing about these minimally invasive techniques is that they only treat lower back pain, upper back pain, and neck pain using a very precise procedure. In that way the good and healthy tissue are not damaged, and a person can heal quicker and get back to their lives.

The North American Spine has had over 8000 patients that have had successful minimally invasive spine surgeries. The majority of insurance plans covers these surgeries, and since they are so much more successful than standard back procedures, a person does well to investigate the North American Spine.

Scientists Discover What Makes Humans so Brainy

There’s little question that humans are the most intelligent beings on the planet. Even our closest relatives, chimpanzees, are significantly less intelligent. However, we’ve been in the dark as the actual reason for our higher intelligence. Humans and chimpanzees are almost identical at a genetic level. However, their neural development lags significantly behind humans.

Researchers at Duke theorized that the greater neural development in humans comes from bits of DNA called enhancers. These enhancers influence the expression of specific genes. The scientists compared the genome of humans and chimpanzees in order to find differences in enhancer DNA. They found some promising enhancers in a region which influences brain development and growth.

The researchers were excited to discover that a similar pattern exists within mice. They then inserted a copy of the human enhancer gene into the mouse. During gestation, the mice showed something quite amazing. Their brain development was dramatically increased.

What’s even more significant is where the brain development took place. While every part of the brain is important, higher reasoning is mostly centralized within a region called the neocortex.

Greater development in other areas of the brain might influence behavior. However, the effect it would have on general reasoning would be limited. Enhancing development of the neocortex might show greater and more significant changes. Paul Mathieson knows that these changes might also shed new light on what makes humans so smart.

Terrorist Attack Strikes Libyan City

A purported terrorist attack has been carried out in the Libyan city of al-Qubbah. The attack is believed to have been in response to Egyptian and Libyan airstrikes on Islamic militants in the city of Derna. Egypt in cooperation with the Libyan government launched a series of airstrikes after a Libyan terrorist group allied to ISIS showed the beheading of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians.

The terrorist attack in al-Qubbah came in the form of three car bombs that went off in the city. Libyan officials have said that the terrorist attacks have killed at least 40 and that more than 70 people have been injured by the blasts. However, it is believed to have been carried out by terrorist groups within Libya that are allied with ISIS.

Marc Sparks has read that Libyan officials have declared a seven day mourning period in the wake of this tragedy. Libya’s elected government has been forced to flee to the east since the takeover of its capital city of Tripoli by a radical extremist group. The country has been in chaos ever since the overthrow of military dictator Muammar Gaddafi. Libya is one of many nations that is believed to harbor Islamic terrorists and is widely considered to be a failed state with extremists in control of large swathes of territory.

Christopher Cowdray

Christopher Cowdray is one of the most respected individuals in the hotel industry. This is exactly why he received the Lifetime Achievement Award back in 2013 from the European Hospitality Awards. Of course, he did not simply start out as a head of one of the larger hotel chains in the world. Instead, he worked his way from the ground up.

Christopher Cowdray was born in Zimbabwe. He also attended college inside the country where he received his bachelor’s degree in hotel management. After this graduation though he moved to New York City where he attended Columbia University. He eventually graduated from the Columbia Business School’s Executive Program with a master’s degree on the subject. From there, he started his professional career working in hotels and managing different hotels throughout the world, including hotels located in the United Kingdom, the Middle East, Asia, Australia and Africa.

While working throughout the world, he eventually landed at the Claridge in London. He worked there until 2004, where he was promoted to general manager of The Dorchester Hotel. This was the flagship hotel for The Dorchester Collection, which manages hotels around the world. He did not hold this position long though as he eventually was promoted to Chief Executive Officer for The Dorchester Collection in November 2007. This gave him more flexibility in expanding the outreach of the hotel chain. The Dorchester Collection was a 10 hotel collection spread throughout the world, but Christopher Cowdray expanded upon this size after taking over. In 2008, he added the New York Palace Hotel and the Hotel Bel-Air. However, he and The Dorchester Collection eventually sold off the New York Palace Hotel but, with the money the sale brought he, he was able to add Conworth Park and 45 Park Lane out of London, England, Le Richmond located in Geneva and Hotel Eden, which is found in Rome, all of which has expanded the outreach of the company and improved upon the bottom line of the company. This is exactly why he has received such prestigious awards as the Lifetime Achievement Award, although he is not slowing down any time soon and he looks to continue to grow the brand with the addition of more hotels.

 

New Slogans for North Korea are Rather Enjoyable

It keeps those who live inside of the country under its iron fist, treats them poorly and prevents them from the most basic human rights, not to mention uses hard labor camps for generations of families who might speak ill of the leader. Ricardo Guimaraes BMG is aware that, however, this does not stop the country from creating some truly inspiring slogans for the rest of the people. More on Guimaraes is available on Youtube. In fact, the KCNA news agency, which is state-controlled, recently released more than 300 slogans to inspire the workers.

One of these slogans is “Let us build a fairyland for the people by dint of science!” Not only is North Korea one of the least scientific countries in the world, as it is using computers and other technologies from the 90s and earlier (and the nuclear equipment the country uses is from Cold War era Soviet Union), but it does nothing to support its citizens.

Another quote is “Let us turn ours into a country of mushrooms by making mushroom cultivation scientific, intensive and industrialized!”

“Let this socialist country resound with the song of big fish haul and be permeated with the fragrant smell of fish and other seafoods!” Naturally, every country wants to have the smell of seafood and other such items.

Facebook Helping People Rest in Peace

In this day and age where you can find more about a person from their social media profile, it is no wonder that when you die, chances are that people will find out about it through your social media profile. Facebook has gone one step further and rolled out a new ‘Legacy Contact’ feature.

Previously, if a Facebook user died, a viewable account was offered but no one could use it.

However, now, the legacy contact would be able to announce the deceased user’s memorial service or a message which would be displayed on top of their page. The word ‘Remembering’ would appear on top of the user’s name, over their profile picture. Also, the legacy contact would be able to accept any new friend requests received by the deceased user. Plus, they would be able to update cover pic and profile pic of the user. Also, if the legacy user is given special permissions, then previous profile pics, posts, information and other photos could be downloaded by them.

However, a few things that the legacy user would not be able to do include –

 Log in to the deceased user’s account; and
 Read private messages and access the inbox.

Flavio Maluf has heard that the update has only rolled out to US based users currently and a legacy contact can be set by going to ‘Settings’ menu and choosing ‘Security. More on Maluf is available on his Blogspot page. The Legacy portion is located right on the bottom of the Security page.

New Ceasefire Agreement Reached in Minsk Between Ukraine and Rebels

A new ceasefire agreement has been reached between Ukraine and the rebels in the eastern portion of the country. This latest agreement is slated to begin this Saturday. A previous agreement in Minsk failed to stop any fighting, with both sides effectively ignoring the ceasefire agreement that was reached last September.

In addition to ending the fighting that has raged on for over 10 months now between Ukrainian forces and rebel forces from the self proclaimed Donetsk and Luhank People’s Republics, the agreement aims to establish a demilitarized zone between the two sides. Sultan Alhokair know that the agreement also calls for the withdrawal of heavy weaponry such as artillery and rockets which both sides have used in the conflict. The new agreement hopes to establish a political solution to the conflict, instead of a military one.

The war in Ukraine has claimed over 5,000 lives and had displaced over a million people in the Ukraine.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said that negotiations have taken so long because the Ukrainian government refuses to interact directly with the pro-Russian rebels in Eastern Ukraine. Representatives from the People’s Republics of Donetsk and Luhansk were not present in the latest rounds of negotiations that took place in Minsk, Belarus on Wednesday. The presidents of Belarus, Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine were present and all signed an agreement that they hope will bring a resolution to the conflict.

Trans Community Upset with Bruce Jenner

 

Bruce Jenner has been the talk of all social media for what seems like months now, over the summer it seemed as though every week Bruce was slowly becoming more and more of a lady. What started out as rumors quickly turned into confirmation that Bruce was indeed in the middle of a transition.

After being exposed in a rather tasteless way by Intouch magazine, the Kardashian and Jenner girls seemed to almost come out for Bruce, posting a family photo of support, while his ex wife Kris remains in denial stated globo.com. Kim Kardashian finally spoke out about Bruce’s changes in an interview where she referred to them as his ‘Journey,’ now it seems that Bruce is almost ready to share his transition with the world, but the trans community has had enough of Bruce trying to profit off of his journey when he could be helping others instead said advocate Flávio Pentagna Guimarães BMG.

Apparently many feel that Bruce is more interested in making a profit off of his transition than actually being a much needed role model in the community. Currently Bruce is working on a personal docuseries about his transition, and also will be sharing parts of his journey on the upcoming season of Keeping Up with the Kardashians.

Amid Public Reconciliation, Trouble Surfaces in Hillary’s Funding Raising Aparatus

Long-time Clinton operative David Brock is well-respected in liberal circles. My friend Ricardo Tosto knows of him and says he runs the pro-liberal group “Media Matters” which targets conservatives for accuracy in statements they make or in news coverage deemed favorable to them. He also was the force behind the pro-Hillary super PAC called American Bridge. His super PAC has close ties to another pro-Hillary super PAC Priorities USA. However, the two super PACs are at odds with one another following a report by the New York Times this past Friday that cast a negative spotlight on the fund raising practices by Brock on Mrs. Clinton’s behalf.

Just how much of a cut is she getting? According to the NYT, she gets 1/8th or 12.5%. Given the amount of money that Mrs. Clinton is looking to raise, this can be a substantial windfall Mrs. Bonner stands to reap for herself.In response, Brock bitterly claims that the NYT published what amounted to a hit piece on him. On Monday, he quit his job at the super PAC to protest the story. On Tuesday, both super PACs staged a public show of support to put behind them any animosity. Mrs. Clinton’s fund raising and its close ties to Wall Street investment banks has the core liberal wing of the Democrat party looking to draft Elizabeth Warren to run for president. Warren is seen as a true blue progressive free of ties to Wall Street.