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Old 06-02-2019, 03:40 AM #1981
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Cannabis traces from 2,500-year-old funeral braziers in China

Humans smoked cannabis as part of ritualised burial ceremonies 2,500 years ago, according to the latest evidence unearthed at a burial site on the Pamir Plateau in western China.

But before you imagine ancient stoners passing around a primitive bong, the reality was probably quite different, archaeologists report in the journal Science Advances today.

The international team, led by Meng Reng of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, excavated 10 wooden pots, or braziers, containing burnt stones from tombs at the Jirzankal Cemetery.

When the team analysed the pots and burnt stones they found traces of cannabis.

What's more, the cannabis contained higher levels of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC — the main psychoactive compound in cannabis — than generally found in wild cannabis plants.

The fact that the traces of THC was found in the pots and on the stones suggest that cannabis was used for ritual purposes, said Nicole Boivin of the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.

Smoking cannabis in ancient times was very different to today.

There's no clear evidence of smoking pipes existing in Central Asia before the modern era, instead people would either eat the plant or inhale the smoke or vapours when it was burnt.

"We clearly see that cannabis is being burned on hot rocks, which must have produced smoke and psychoactive effects on those present in an enclosed space," Professor Boivin said.

The high THC levels and burning of cannabis in a ritual context fit with the description of the use of a drug thought to be Cannabis sativa in a text written by the fifth century BC Greek historian Herodotus, she added.

The discovery paints a vibrant picture of what these past burial rituals might have looked like, said Alison Crowther, an archaeobotanist from the University of Queensland, who was not involved in the study.

"Rites such as these would have had really important social functions for ancient communities just like funerals do today."

Further work at the site has shown that some of the people buried there were not local to the area.

"So we can start to then question or wonder about how these rituals played out in bringing communities together and helping bind people in this very dynamic social and cultural environment," said Dr Crowther.

Preliminary analysis of the human bones found at the cemetery have identified skull perforations and fatal cuts and breaks in several bones, which the researchers interpreted as signs of human sacrifice, although they caution more research is needed to verify this claim.

Cannabis has long been cultivated as a crop, but its early history remains unclear.

Previous discoveries of cannabis have been based on identification of parts of the plant, which doesn't tell us how it has been used, or historical accounts, which can be difficult to interpret, the researchers said.

"The debate over early cannabis use in Central Asia has been lively and filled with speculation," said Robert Spengler, a co-author on the paper who is also at the Max Planck Institute.

"There are a few key archaeological accounts that have been discredited outright, and some speculations about references to plants in historical accounts that are not exactly clear," he said.

Understanding when people started to use cannabis is challenging because the preservation of cannabis in an archaeological site generally requires some special circumstances.

And even when it was preserved it's still difficult to work out what the tiny fragmentary plant remains were used for.

"Cannabis has many uses, it's not just as a recreational drug which is what most people today would associate it with. It has uses as a medicine, as food, as fibre," Dr Crowther said.

"What's exciting about this particular study is that they've got that direct evidence of how the cannabis was used, because they've got the residues on the artefact."

The researchers can't say for certain whether the cannabis being burnt was a cultivated variety, or was being selected from wild populations that had naturally higher levels of THC.

"However, increasingly robust evidence for [cannabis] use in different parts of Central Asia by this time may well suggest the cultivation and spread of higher THC varieties," Professor Boivin said.

"By this time period, trade routes across Eurasia were extensive and wide-ranging, and many species of plants and animals were being moved around to create more diverse repertoires of crops, herd animals, foods, delicacies, spices and medicines throughout the Old World from Europe to China."

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Thought you'd seen the weirdest, most wonderful new sport in Russia with the Male Slapping Championships? Meet the 'Booty Slapping Championships' - a competition where women strike each other on the backside until one falls over.
Back in March, a big, bearded, pot-bellied farmer from Siberia named Vasily ‘Dumpling’ became an internet hit when a clip of his brutal knockout to win the inaugural 'Male Slapping championships' at the 'Siberian Power Show' went viral, being shared by figures from the MMA world such as Joe Rogan.


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Now there's a female version slapping sport that brings a whole new meaning to the phrase 'bum fights' - and it's literally called 'The Booty Slapping Championships'. The tournament sees fitness freaks from the fairer sex face off against each other to put their flesh to the test and spank each other into submission.

In gym vernacular, the old adage goes: 'no pain, no gain'. And these guys really put those words into action with their brutal booty battles.



The rules are unsurprisingly simple: the competitors, who all share a keen interest in working out, take it in turns to slap the other on the booty, putting to the test the results of their squat regimes.

The winner is the first to administer a slap hard enough to the other's behind to knock them off balance, causing them to fall over or step forward, avoiding any serious harm, which is in stark contrast to the men's version.

The tournament was staged at the annual Yashankin Cup, which also saw another unusual variation of the extremely popular male slapping tournament, which strangely sees rivals slap each other red raw on the shoulder until one gives up.

Not unsurprisingly, the Booty Slapping Championships has already gained some recognition online, and with the diversity of Olympic disciplines forever growing, would it be outlandish to wonder if we could see this new 'sport' on the world stage soon...?

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Lightbulb Concerns Mount as Cocaine Traces Found in Half of UK Lawmakers' Bathrooms

Reports of alleged cocaine use by UK lawmakers go back to at least 2013, with traces of the illegal class-A drug similarly found in bathrooms on the grounds of the parliamentary estate.
A VICE News investigation has found that nearly half of the secure bathrooms in the Houses of Parliament building accessible only to lawmakers and other high ranking officials appear to test positive for trace amounts of cocaine.

Taking colour-changing drug swabs to nine areas, VICE found traces of the illegal drug in four locations, including the toilets outside two private bars reserved for lawmakers and their guests and two bathrooms near lawmakers' offices. A particularly large amount of cocaine residue was found while swabbing a bathroom opposite Strangers' Bar.

Parliamentary passes are given out to members of the House of Commons and Lords, but also other high ranking officials, accredited parliamentary journalists and invited guests. According to Yahoo News, as many as 13,000 passes have been given out in total, making it difficult to determine who uses the drugs.

However, an unnamed staffer told VICE that it's "a known thing" that drug use "happens in the offices," with another saying that "it's a relatively common occurrence to see people – particularly MPs' staff, particularly Tories – who are clearly gakked up."

A parliamentary spokesman said "appropriate action would be taken" if drug use were to be identified on the estate, but also emphasised that the Houses of Parliament were a "public place" which welcomes "over a million visitors a year who have access to the facilities."

The drug use evidence comes amid recent admissions by multiple high profile Conservative politicians that they had used drugs in the past. Michael Gove, former Conservative leadership candidate, admitted that he had used cocaine on "several occasions" during his time as a journalist. Other senior Tories including Boris Johnson, Jeremy Hunt, Dominic Raab, Andrea Leadsom and Rory Stewart also admitted to consuming cocaine, cannabis, or opium.

British authorities take a tough line against Class A drugs such as cocaine, heroin, ecstasy and LSD, with repeat offenders facing a maximum sentence of up to seven years in prison, an unlimited fine, or both, if caught. Those caught and convicted of intent to supply the drug face life in jail.

Not surprisingly, many ordinary Brits are up in arms over the revelations of drug use in parliament, tweeting about the hypocrisy of the legal system, and quipping that the investigation serves to "finally explain" British politics. Many users said it would only be fair for MPs and Lords to be tested, just as ordinary government employees are.

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Thumbs up Federal Court Rules Citizens Within the Law to Tell a Cop “F**k You”

A federal court ruled this month that citizens cannot be arrested for swearing at police officers.



On June 2nd, the 8th US Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a US District Court decision that refused to throw out a civil lawsuit against an Arkansas police officer who arrested a man who yelled a curse word at the officer as he conducted a traffic stop on another citizen.

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According to court documents, in 2015 Arkansas State Trooper Lagarian Cross was performing a traffic stop on a Fort Smith highway when he heard a passerby yell “f*ck you” out of the window of a moving car. The remark prompted Cross to end his traffic stop and pursue the car. After making the stop, Cross arrested Eric Roshaun Thurairajah on a charge of disorderly conduct, stating the profanity constituted “unreasonable or excessive noise.”

Thurairajah spent hours in jail for the utterance, court records say, before the charge was dropped and he was released under his own recognizance.

Thurairajah, however, was not done.

After spending eight hours barefoot in a jail cell with a toilet that had overflowed, he filed suit against Cross, alleging that the trooper violated his First and Fourth Amendment rights by arresting him unjustly.

Cross attempted to have the case thrown out, citing qualified immunity—a legal doctrine that shields government officials from lawsuits—but was denied by the US District Court for the Western District of Arkansas. In that 2017 ruling, the court ruled Cross’s arrest violated Thurairajah’s clearly established rights under the Constitution, voiding his qualified immunity protection.

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On Monday, the 8th Circuit upheld the District Court’s ruling, allowing Thurairajah to proceed in his lawsuit against Cross. W. Whitfield Hyman, Thurairajah’s attorney, called the court’s decision a win for free speech.

“This was a simple case about freedom of expression that is a small step forwaThe ruling is also important because it weakens qualified immunity, which often shields government officials from consequences for bad behavior. (Read, for example, this Cato Institute article describing a state caseworker who strip-searched a four-year-old girl.)

Swearing might be rude, but it’s not criminal. Hyman said police officers need to understand the difference.

“Trooper Cross’s response is not something you would expect from the police in a free country,” Hyman told me.

Criticism of the government as a whole or of an individual government agent should be the safest activity, even if that criticism is vulgar or unwarranted. Hopefully the next time a police officer that wants to throw someone in jail because they hurt the officer’s feelings will remember this case and refrain from violating a person’s natural rights.

There is no more basic constitutional right than free speech. Courts have placed some limits on free speech, of course, but placing a citizen in jail over profanity is an excessive and unjust use of state power.

Not the First Time

Unfortunately, it happens with some frequency. Earlier this month, for example, police in Helen, Georgia, detained a man for 18 hours over a profanity he uttered in public.

“I think it was a complete abuse of authority,” Morgan Wilson, who was visiting from North Carolina, told a local news station. “Even if they wanted to cite me for cursing in public … that would have been a better option than obviously the method that they used.”

Hyman said his client’s victory in court is a step in the right direction.

“With every case like this it becomes harder for a police officer to arrest someone illegally and still be shielded by qualified immunity,” he told me. “The next step will be asking for attorney’s fees and for Eric to be paid damages, such as attorney’s fees associated with his criminal case.”

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Cool Scientists left ‘speechless’ by young Arctic fox’s amazing journey - Norway to Canada



Despite its tender age, an Arctic fox has made headlines, broken records and baffled scientists who tracked its blistering 2,176-mile trek from Norway’s Svalbard islands to Canada in a mere 76 days.
While 15-year-old Cori ‘Coco’ Gauff’s Wimbledon win over Venus Williams was undoubtedly impressive, this one-year-old Arctic fox may have made the most impressive athletic debut of the year, occasionally clocking nearly 100 miles a day during its epic intercontinental journey.




Equipped with a GPS tracking band by the Norwegian Polar Institute, researchers were already impressed when the fox reached Greenland 21 days after its release on March 26, 2018. But the little critter was only getting started, eventually crossing into Canada’s Ellesmere less than two months later. With an astounding average pace of 28.5 miles per day, no fox has ever been recorded traveling that far, that fast before.

“The fox’s journey has left scientists speechless,” reported Greenland’s Sermitsiaq newspaper.

“We couldn’t believe our eyes at first. We thought perhaps it was dead, or had been carried there on a boat, but there were no boats in the area. We were quite thunderstruck,” Eva Fuglei of the Polar Institute told local media in Norway.

Fuglei was working with Arnaud Tarroux from the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA) to learn more about how the species survives throughout different seasons, particularly during winter when food is scarce. Upon arrival in Canada, the fox will likely skip Tim Hortons and stick to a diet consisting mostly of the plentiful local lemmings.

Unfortunately, the polar institute’s transmitter proved less rugged than the exceptional creature and broke in February… meaning we may never know for sure what it gets up to in Canada.

While the fox proved to be quite the intrepid traveler, global climate change has reportedly closed off some routes formerly frequented by the species, including the path to Iceland. Scientists are worried that even the trip to Canada might soon no longer be a possibility, as shrinking polar ice caps threaten to isolate Svalbard altogether.

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