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“..You had me at ‘vagina rejuvenation': my weird day out at an anti-ageing exhibition..” 

this show offers all kinds of help for tired eyes – muffin tops – and flagging energy. Source: You had me at ‘vagina rejuvenation': my weird day out at an anti-ageing exhibition | Life and style | The Guardian

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“..Fossil fuels subsidised by $10m a minute – says IMF..” 

‘Shocking’ revelation finds $5.3tn subsidy estimate for 2015 – – is greater than the total health spending of all the world’s governments. Source: Fossil fuels subsidised by $10m a minute, says IMF | Environment | The Guardian

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“..The truth about poo: we’re doing it wrong..” 

Who knew sitting on the toilet was bad for you? Source: The truth about poo: we’re doing it wrong | Life and style | The Guardian

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“..Home-brewed heroin? – Scientists create yeast that can make sugar into opiates..”

Researchers have managed to reproduce the way poppies create morphine in the wild – but warn that the technology needs urgent regulation. Source: Home-brewed heroin? Scientists create yeast that can make sugar into opiates | Science | The Guardian

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“..Holland may be happiest – due to part-time work and exercise..”

Holland consistently ranks as one of the happiest countries in the world – and recent statistics have pointed to their work structure as the source. It has been revealed that 26.8 per cent of Dutch men and 76.6 per cent … Continue reading

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“..12 Things Sigmund Freud Got Right..” 

Many major ideas by Freud have been borne out – – and are still relevant today. Source: 12 Things Sigmund Freud Got Right | Alternet

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“..How Psychedelics You’ve Never Heard of – Could Help Treat Mental Illness..” 

Some West African plants with strange powers – show promise for the treatment of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Source: How Psychedelics You’ve Never Heard of Could Help Treat Mental Illness | Alternet

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should dogs be allowed into restaurants..?..(ed:..i say yes – yes they should..)

Having an animal friend near you while you enjoy your meal and your drink is heavenly. A dog’s good spirits – irrepressibly loving and supportive – and adorableness – put people in better moods. Source: Are dogs a restaurant diner’s … Continue reading

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“..Willie Nelson: ‘I’ve bought a lot of pot – and now I’m selling some back’..” 

Four wives – seven children – 350 albums – and his own line in marijuana: Willie Nelson has never done anything by halves. Source: Willie Nelson: ‘I’ve bought a lot of pot, and now I’m selling some back’ | Music | … Continue reading

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“..National Geographic loves weed so much – they’re devoting an entire print issue to it..” 

The first article to hit the web examines the cannabis treatments for child epilepsy – as a likely path toward legalisation. ‘The drug’s ability to reduce seizures in some children – has softened opposition to research – and may someday … Continue reading

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“..What Is the Ayahuasca Experience?..”

Gain insight into the ayahuasca experience – through scientific findings – – and through firsthand accounts – from the likes of Allen Ginsberg. Source: What Is the Ayahuasca Experience? – Mind and Body – Utne Reader

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“..Why Paleo Diet Is Total BS..” 

Scientists are speaking out against the paleo diet – saying the fad is based on a fundamental misunderstanding of how evolution works. Source: Why Paleo Diet Is Total BS | Alternet

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comment @ whoar:..where i urge labour to ‘grow a pair!’ – on the issues of the flag – and cannabis law reform..

the thing with that flag-thing..as someone pointed out the other day – is that the purported ‘cost’ of $26 million is just the beginning of what this pile of bullshit from key will cost.. ..how much d’yareckon it will cost … Continue reading

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“..Former KidsCan staff speak out over charity’s ‘champagne lunches’..” 

The KidsCan charity for children living in poverty spent donors’ money on champagne lunches – and taxis to and from restaurants – say former staff. Source: Former KidsCan staff speak out over charity’s ‘champagne lunches’ – National – NZ Herald … Continue reading

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“..Time to end sweet nothings – and act on child obesity crisis..” 

But personal responsibility isn’t working that well. We’re bombarded with advertising for crap food and sugar-laced treats and drinks – on a daily basis. Source: Duncan Garner: Time to end sweet nothings and act on child obesity crisis | Stuff.co.nz

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“..BB King dies in Las Vegas aged 89..” 

King died peacefully in his sleep on Thursday – at his home in Las Vegas. (ed:..bummer…!..) Source: BB King dies in Las Vegas aged 89 | Music | The Guardian

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“..It’s not a dadbod – it’s an act of rock’n’roll dietary rebellion..” 

My out-of-shape male torso has suddenly become hot – – but there’s nothing cosy about it. In a world of pressure to be healthy – it takes guts to have this gut. Source: It’s not a dadbod – it’s an … Continue reading

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“..From binge-drinking to vibrators: the dark sides of female equality..” 

A new study identifies equality as responsible for ‘educated’ women’s alcohol consumption – – but that’s not the only evil it has spawned. Source: From binge-drinking to vibrators: the dark sides of female equality | Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett | Comment … Continue reading

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“..One Way That Pot Might Not Be Good for Sex..”

We’ve all heard of cotton mouth – but that’s not the only orifice with some marijuana-related issues. Source: One Way That Pot Might Not Be Good for Sex | Alternet

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“..The diet industry has exploited our health fears for centuries – here’s how..” 

Food companies have a new way to make money: the obesity crisis. It’s just the latest chapter – that follows the Tudor corset craze – and 20th century ‘sweater girls’. Source: The diet industry has exploited our health fears for … Continue reading

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“..Pope says environmental sinners will face God’s judgment – for world hunger..” 

‘Powerful of the earth’ – have obligation to feed world’s population says pontiff – ahead of encyclical on environmental issues. Source: Pope says environmental sinners will face God’s judgment for world hunger | World news | The Guardian

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“..Relaxing yoga: Five restorative poses..” 

These moves will help balance the mind – body – and soul. Source: Relaxing yoga: Five restorative poses | Stuff.co.nz

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“..Auckland booze rules to be decided..” 

Aucklanders face a tightening of the hours for buying booze – as local authorities vote in new rules. Source: Auckland booze rules to be decided | Stuff.co.nz

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“..The Rehab Racket: The Way We Treat Addiction – Is a Costly Dangerous Mess..” 

the vast majority of people in need of treatment do not receive anything that approximates evidence-based care. Nine out of 10 people with alcohol or drug addiction – it said – get no treatment at all. Source: The Rehab Racket: … Continue reading

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“..Scores of Scientists Raise Alarm About the Long-Term Health Effects of Cellphones..” 

Children in particular may be vulnerable. Source: Scores of Scientists Raise Alarm About the Long-Term Health Effects of Cellphones | Mother Jones

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“..Cuba Has a Lung Cancer Vaccine – And America Wants It ..”

Researchers will bring the vaccine stateside and track it for the FDA – so it can be manufactured and sold in the US. Source: Cuba Has a Lung Cancer Vaccine—And America Wants It | WIRED

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“..Sambar (lentil vegetable curry)..”

Sambar lentil vegetable curry recipe – Sambar is a lentilbased vegetable curry or stew that has to be one of the most commonly eaten dishes in India. Some versions add a bit of coconut milk to it. Source: Sambar (lentil … Continue reading

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which drugs get taken at which festivals..?

Marley Fest. Anybody want to take a guess? Yep, the reggae-themed festival kicked ass when it comes to marijuana mentions (82.04%) – leaving in the dust its nearest contenders, Camp Bisco (25.11%) – and Bonaroo (25.05%). But ganja is apparently … Continue reading

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“..What can parents do to stop their children becoming obese?..” 

There is a lot parents can do to prevent the problem – – starting with the baby in the womb. Source: What can parents do to stop their children becoming obese? | Life and style | The Guardian

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“..Junk food kills bacteria that keeps you thin – expert..” 

Junk food kills the gut bacteria that can help keep people thin – while Belgian beer and coffee increase them – a new book by a leading academic claims. Source: Junk food kills bacteria that keeps you thin – expert … Continue reading

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“..Beyonce’s 22-day vegan diet: ‘All you have to do is try’..” 

Beyonce is looking hotter than ever – so what’s the secret behind the bod that can rock barely-there dresses – that have nowhere to hide? Well it could be her penchant for plant-based and vegan foods. Source: Beyonce’s 22-day vegan … Continue reading

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big-booze and big-supermarkets engaging in patch-protection – gang-up on councils trying to restrict booze-access..

Supermarket giants and hospitality heavyweights are fighting a joint effort by two councils – to restrict the sale of alcohol in parts of Taranaki. Source: Big players appeal alcohol policy plan | Stuff.co.nz

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“..Meth Nazis..” 

Andreas Ulrich recounts how Germany’s war machine became increasingly dependent on amphetamines, morphine and booze. Hitler used meth too – injected intravenously rather than taken in edible form. Source: Meth Nazis – Boing Boing

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“..Republicans Are Furiously Working to Give Companies the Right to Fire Workers – If They’re on Birth Control..” 

It’s about the enthronement of the business class above everyone else in our society. Source: Republicans Are Furiously Working to Give Companies the Right to Fire Workers If They’re on Birth Control | Alternet

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“..Crispr: is it a good idea to ‘upgrade’ our DNA?..” 

New genome-editing technology has the potential to eliminate genetic disease by making changes to our DNA that will pass down the generations – – but it raises ethical questions. Source: Crispr: is it a good idea to ‘upgrade’ our DNA? … Continue reading

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“..What would you pay to be happy?..” 

The source of our happiness is closer than ever to being located – measured – and commodified. Alex Renton meets the ‘psychoeconomists’ and asks – have they created a monster? Source: What would you pay to be happy? | Society … Continue reading

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“..Texas Tea Party rep wants legal weed..” 

Texas State Rep. David Simpson has introduced a bill to remove all references to marijuana from the state’s legal code. Source: Texas Tea Party rep wants legal weed – Boing Boing

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“..12 of the Biggest Lessons I Learned in the Journey to Legalize Marijuana – and End the Drug War..”

When I started my job at the Drug Policy Alliance in 2000 – only 36% of Americans supported legalizing marijuana. Fifteen years later – the majority of voters support the idea. Source: 12 of the Biggest Lessons I Learned in … Continue reading

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“..Vibrating Female Condom Could Help a Lot of Ladies Orgasm – But Would They Buy It?..” 

The female condom has never been trendy. Source: Vibrating Female Condom Could Help a Lot of Ladies Orgasm, But Would They Buy It? | Alternet

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“..Turning pea protein into fake fowl..” 

It looks like chicken and it tastes like chicken – but the ‘meat’ in this stir-fry comes from Canadian yellow peas – – and it could be in supermarket butchery aisles by July. Auckland businesswoman Shama Lee wants to change … Continue reading

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