Featured Image: Nadar [Gaspard Félix Tournachon], photographer [French, 1820 – 1910] , [Félix Nadar in Gondola of Balloon]. French, about 1863. SOURCE: Getty. This is one of the 4,600 images the Getty folks have added to the Public Domain so more people can use and enjoy them.
Hurrah for Getty. Looks like those good folks are catching up with the times. This major collection should be a big boost to the images available to Alternative news services like THEI. . . . EDITOR
The J. Paul Getty Trust has an incredible collection of artwork including art from Monet, van Gogh, Rembrandt, da Vinci and more. Now, nearly 5,000 pieces of art from that collection have been opened up to the public for free use. You can browse the collection here, and it includes some incredible photographs of science and engineering like:. . . Read Complete photo-article.
Photo: Eiffel Tower in Paris France under construction. ” Erected in 1889 as the entrance arch to the 1889 World’s Fair, it has become both a globalcultural icon of France and one of the most recognizable structures in the world”.. . . Wiki.
Image: Louis-Émile Durandelle, photographer [French, 1839 – 1917] , Exposition universelle de 1889 / État d’avancement.
French, November 23, 1888. SOURCE: Getty. Another incredible historical photo recently released into Public Domain.
It’s Friday, so you’re likely sitting at your desk (or hiding from your boss on your smart phone) waiting to get off work. We feel your pain. But keep this in mind, your life could be much worse. Take it from one of these unfortunate grow/stash owner stories culled from around the world this past week: . . . Read Complete Report
Did Henry Ford really make a car out of hemp? Was the Declaration of Independence written on hemp paper? Did Abraham Lincoln use hemp oil in his lamps?
The hemp plant, a variety of Cannabis sativa that’s the subject of this week’s cover story “Green Acres,” is steeped in lore. Some hemp legends are true. Others are half-true, and some are completely false. Here, we present ten hemp myths culled from the Internet — and attempt to separate the fact from the fiction.
George Washington Grew & Used Hemp at Mount Vernon – Hemp History Week
Uploaded on Jun 15, 2010
A group of hemp farming supporters visited Mount Vernon during Hemp History Week, May 17 – 23, 2010, and were taken on an educational tour exploring George Washington’s farming and use of industrial hemp. Tour guides show the areas where hemp was grown at Mount Vernon as well as how George Washington used hemp for textiles, fish nets and other purposes. More info at Hemp History Week: http://www.HempHistoryWeek.com
10) MARIJUANA USE HAS NO EFFECT ON MORTALITY: A massive study of California HMO members funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) found marijuana use caused no significant increase in mortality. Tobacco use was associated with increased risk of death. Sidney, S et al. Marijuana Use and Mortality. American Journal of Public Health. Vol. 87 No. 4, April 1997. p. 585-590. Sept. 2002. . . . Complete List
Photo: Blackberry medical cannabis SOURCE: Wikimedia/Mjpression.jpg
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Aaron Sandusky’s case shows what can happen when federal law opposes state marijuana legislation
A federal court Monday sentenced a California man to 10 years in prison for doing something that’s legal in his state. Aaron Sandusky was convicted in October on federal charges of distributing marijuana — he is one of four defendants in the United States who have faced federal prosecutors over medical marijuana dispensaries in states where medical marijuana is legal.
Sandusky, 42, ran three dispensaries in Southern California’s Inland Empire area. Medical marijuana dispensaries have been legal according to California state law since 1996.
According to reports, Sandusky told the courtroom Monday, “I want to apologize to those with me and their families who have been victimized by the federal government who has not recognized the voters of this state.” . . . Read Complete Report
Are we on the verge of an American hemp renaissance?
Advocates for hemp legalization are gaining momentum, with Kentucky lawmakers making the biggest push
Kentucky was America’s leading hemp producer in the early 19th century. Now, 200 years later, after a historic election for drug policy has led to a shift for marijuana policy reform in America, Kentucky lawmakers are taking steps to revive the crop.
While advocates for hemp legalization say the plant could bring a wealth of green jobs to Kentucky, deep-rooted drug stigma and conflict with federal law have made passing the legislation unlikely. Nonetheless, two state bills are in the works, while a federal proposal aims to clear the way for state legalization. Lawmakers suggest the bills could at least open up the conversation about hemp, and clear up misconceptions about its use. . . . Read Complete Report
Three quarters of medical cannabis consumers report using it as a substitute for prescription drugs, alcohol, or some other illicit substance, according to survey data published in the journalAddiction Research and Theory.
An international team of investigators from Canada and the United States assessed the subjective impact of marijuana on the use of licit and illicit substances via self-report in a cohort of 404 medical cannabis patients recruited from four dispensaries in British Columbia, Canada.
Researchers reported that subjects frequently substituted cannabis for other substances, including conventional pharmaceuticals. Authors reported: . . . Read Complete Report
Photo: St. Inigoes, Md. (June 27, 2005) – A group photo of aerial demonstrators at the 2005 Naval Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Air Demo held at the Webster Field Annex of Naval Air Station Patuxent River. Pictured are (front to back, left to right) RQ-11A Raven, Evolution, Dragon Eye, NASA FLIC, Arcturus T-15, Skylark, Tern, RQ-2B Pioneer, and Neptune. The daylong UAV demonstration highlights unmanned technology and capabilities from the military and industry and offers a unique opportunity to display and demonstrate full-scale systems and hardware. This year’s theme was, “Focusing Unmanned Technology on the Global War on Terror.” CREDIT U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class Daniel J. McLain. SOURCEWikipediaPublic Domain
Drone use just got a little scarier with reports that the United Nations wants to start using them to strengthen MONUSCO, their “peacekeeping” mission to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. They want to use them to monitor the Rwanda-Congo conflict amid accusations that Rwanda has been aiding rebels (something that only the U.S. government is allowed to do).
The idea of the UN using drones was considered at one point, but it was dropped because of the cost. But now that so many countries are using them, the cost has come down, and the UN has even approached the US among other countries about providing drone technology. . . . Read Complete Report
Photo: Pre-1965 U.S. Silver Coin Bags. SOURCE Independent Living Bullion– A Loyal THEI sponsor (Click on“Silver Bullion”on right and let them know you appreacate their sponsorship of The Hollow Earth Insider). Thanks! . . . Editor
“Corruptissima republica plurimae leges. [The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the state.]“-Tacitus, the Annals ca. AD 69
The nature of what is ‘legal’ has become a truly bizarre concept these days. Developed nations of the west have hundreds of thousands of pages of rules, codes, regulations, laws, decrees, executive orders, etc., many of which are contradictory, archaic, and incomprehensible.
Across these ‘free’ nations, the law is selectively enforced, selectively applied, and completely set aside whenever it pleases the state. As such, even the most harmless of activities (operating a lemonade stand, collecting rainwater, etc.) can be cast as illegal… while the direct theft of people’s wealth through taxes and manipulation of the currency is considered legal.
There is no morality anymore in the law. And even still, whatever few activities may still be considered ‘legal’ are subject to consequences if the enforcers simply decide they don’t like it. . . . Read Complete Report