Wednesday

Marijuana on ballot in four states, but the legalization momentum is about to stall
The Conversation
— Of the 19 U.S. states that have no form of legal marijuana, only six – Idaho, Wyoming, South Dakota, Nebraska, Utah and Missouri – allow for direct initiatives.
— The remaining 13 states without legal marijuana are mostly conservative places like South Carolina and Alabama, where legislatures have indicated reluctance to loosen restrictions. If voters there wanted medical or recreational marijuana, they would not have the option of bypassing policymakers to get the issue on the ballot.

How do you move a bookstore? Hand -to-hand, it turns out
NPR
— When October Books, a small radical bookshop in Southampton, England, was moving to a new location down the street, it faced a problem. How could it move its entire stock to the new spot, without spending a lot of money or closing down for long?
— The shop came up with a clever solution: They put out a call for volunteers to act as a human conveyor belt.bookstore.jpg


Study: Most billionaires want to cut their own taxes and don’t give a damn about regular folks’ issues: jobs, income, healthcare, retirement
The Guardian
— Most of the wealthiest US billionaires – who are much less visible and less reported on – more closely resemble Charles Koch. They are extremely conservative on economic issues. Obsessed with cutting taxes, especially estate taxes – which apply only to the wealthiest Americans. Opposed to government regulation of the environment or big banks. Unenthusiastic about government programs to help with jobs, incomes, healthcare, or retirement pensions – programs supported by large majorities of Americans. Tempted to cut deficits and shrink government by cutting or privatizing social security benefits.
— How can this be so? If it is true, why aren’t voters aware and angry about it?


The Well-Regulated Militia
Intelligent, kindly, broad-minded and totally legal gun owner threatens to shoot his neighbors back to Mexico
KSL-Utah

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JAMES EDGAR BOOTH — Did anyone think to ask him whether he was related to John Wilkes?

— James Edgar Booth, 27, was charged in 3rd District Court with two counts of aggravated assault, a third-degree felony.
— On Oct. 8, a woman said Booth was “yelling and cussing” at her aunt and grandma, so she told him to leave them alone, according to charging documents.
— “That is when Booth pulled out a rifle and told (her) that he was going to kill her,” the charges state.
— In April, Booth was arrested for investigation of aggravated assault for allegedly brandishing a gun while driving.
(One can only hope that no one will interfere with this stable genius’s right to bear arms in the future.)


California paid $4 billion in bogus health care claims
Courthouse News Service
— “The key reason for these questionable payments is that Health Care Services failed to ensure that the counties resolved discrepancies between the state and county Medi-Cal eligibility systems,” State Auditor Elaine Howle wrote in the 47-page audit.


Wages, salaries get biggest boost in a decade
CNBC


Study: When Adolescents Give Up Pot, Cognition Quickly Improves
NPR
— A study published Tuesday in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry finds that when adolescents stop using marijuana – even for just one week – their verbal learning and memory improves. The study contributes to growing evidence that marijuana use in adolescents is associated with reduced neurocognitive functioning.
— More than 14 percent of middle and high school students reported using marijuana within the last month, finds a National Institutes of Health survey conducted in 2017. And marijuana use has increased among high schoolers over the past 10 years, according to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.


√ So, is it possible our friends the Saudis are murdering dissidents right here in America? Somehow these women, age 23 and 16, were a threat to the Kingdom? 

Sisters found dead, duct-taped together had applied for asylum
NY Post

— The mother of the young Saudi sisters whose duct-taped bodies mysteriously washed up along the Hudson River told cops she learned a day before the grim discovery that the girls had applied for asylum in the United States, police sources said.
— Rotana and Tala Farea’s mom told detectives that she received a phone call on Oct. 23 from the country’s Washington, DC, embassy stating that their family’s residency in the US was in jeopardy because the sisters had applied for immigration asylum, sources said.
— The next day, the bodies of Rotana, 23, and Tala, 16, were found beached off the shore of Riverside Park near West 68th Street, bound together at the waist by duct tape, according to officials.saudisisters


New Jersey’s biggest newspaper: Both Senate candidates suck really really bad
NJ.com (aka Newark Star-Ledger)
— A slimy crook who barely escaped a bribery conviction vs. a Big Pharma exec who tried to squelch a cancer drug … gee, which one of these fine citizens should serve in the distinguished halls of the US Senate?


Fed-Ex cancels sweetheart deal for gun owners
Reuters


√ We’ve paid scant attention to some clown named Kanye, and therefore feel no obligation to give credence to his “awakening.” … FURTHERMORE, unlike USA Today, we don’t care whether Barbara Streisand is happy. ……..


Scientists confirm: China a major source of ozone-depleting chemicals
Yale E-360
— Despite being banned in 2010, about 40,000 tons of carbon tetrachloride, an ozone-depleting compound, are still emitted into the atmosphere every year. But the origins of the illegal emissions have long baffled scientists. Now, an international team of researchers has tracked down the source of nearly half of the emissions to eastern China, according to a recent study published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters.

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