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Posted by Alittleliberal | Sun Nov 30, 2014, 03:33 PM (0 replies)

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Posted by Alittleliberal | Tue Nov 25, 2014, 02:35 AM (3 replies)

Hey all you political realists out there!

What policies do the "far left" support that you don't? Last time I checked abortion rights, fighting for equality, a better healthcare system, reforming drug laws and environmental conservation were main stream democratic ideas. So where is the disconnect?
Posted by Alittleliberal | Sat Nov 15, 2014, 09:46 AM (56 replies)

Media Leaping to Extremely Faulty Conclusions from Study on the Effects of Marijuana on the Brain


A new study identifying minor differences in the brain imaging of habitual marijuana consumers compared to non-users may be ideal for stimulating sensational headlines (e.g., “Regular pot smokers have shrunken brains, study says,” Los Angeles Times, November 10), but tells us little in regard to whether pot poses actual health risks.

Specifically, an MRI scan revealed less gray matter in the orbital frontal cortex of pot-smoking subjects compared to those who had never used the drug. Researchers also identified increased connectivity between certain regions of the brain in regular marijuana users compared with non-users.

So precisely what do these findings tell us in regard to pot use and health? Not much. Since the study design is not longitudinal, investigators cannot determine whether these differences are caused by subject’s cannabis use, whether these differences existed prior to subjects’ ever trying cannabis, or whether these differences persist when users’ cannabis consumption ceases.

Most importantly, investigators in this study failed to determine whether any of these differences are positively associated with any measurable adverse performance outcomes, such as cognitive performance or quality of life. It may be that these cannabis users are functioning in their daily lives in a manner that is indistinguishable from controls, in which case the imaging differences may hold little if any real-world significance. (In fact, one of the paper’s authors acknowledged, “[C]hronic users appear to be doing fine.”)

Posted by Alittleliberal | Wed Nov 12, 2014, 12:49 PM (2 replies)

How many of you took civics/government classes in high school?

Civics is only a graduation requirement in 9 states. Maybe the reason millennials aren't voting is because they truly have no understanding of the political process. This isn't a single generation issue because I imagine lot's of boomers and gen Xs also don't have the faintest idea, but is there an argument to be made for Civics being a high school graduation requirement?
Posted by Alittleliberal | Mon Nov 10, 2014, 04:40 PM (190 replies)
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