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Sir Patrick Stewart Reveals He Uses Marijuana Daily To Reduce Arthritis Pain

by Amanda Froelich, True Activist

The English actor indulges in edibles, ointments, and sprays and says he hasn't experienced one negative side effect from using the product.

Professor X is all about that herb and wasn’t shy to admit so when recently, he disclosed in a statement that he uses cannabis sprays, ointments, and edible products nearly every day to soothe his arthritis. The Telegraph reports that the 76-year-old actor opened up about his use of cannabis to support a project from Oxford University that seeks to explore the medical benefits of the plant.

“Two years ago, in Los Angeles, I was examined by a doctor and given a note which gave me legal permission to purchase, from a registered outlet, cannabis-based products, which I was advised might help the ortho-arthritis in both my hands,” shared Stewart. “This, it would seem, is a genetically-based condition. My mother had badly distorted and painful hands.”

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Scientific Studies Reveal How Soil Can Help Depression

by Jessica Murray, True Activist

Spending time gardening releases particular chemicals in the brain.

It’s a commonly known fact that the act of gardening can reduce stress and improve moods, but recent scientific studies have now shown that a particular microorganism that is found in soil can improve wellbeing and even act as an antidepressant. Mycobacterium vaccae is commonly found in soil, and has been proven to activate the release of brain serotonin, according to reports. The chemical serotonin together with dopamine boost immune systems and keep people happy. Both of these chemicals are neurotransmitters, which act as chemical messengers in the brain. dopamine affects emotions, movements and sensations of pleasure and pain, whilst serotonin regulates mood, social behaviour, libido, sleep, memory, and learning. When a person is gardening, M. vaccae is present on the skin when bare hands are in the soil. This is then either inhaled or enters into the bloodstream through any cuts.

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The Sale Of GMO Apple Goes Ahead Despite Public Health Concern

by Jessica Murray, True Activist

The apples will not be labeled so there is no way of telling if they are genetically modified or not.

GMO apples have hit the supermarket shelves in the United States, although their labels do not state what they truly are. The roll-out of these apples is said to be a trial run of the new “non-browning” Arctic apple, which has been developed by the Canadian company Okanagan Specialty Fruits, according to reports. The apples are only on sale in ten selected and unnamed stores across the American Midwest. Although the developer of the apples previously announced in a statement that they would be labelling and branding the apple, in fact they will not be labelled as GMO out of a fear that the apples will be “demonised” with a “big GM sticker”.

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Activist Replaces Billboards With Pictures Of The Landscapes They Block

by Amanda Froelich, True Activist

The project sends an important social message about the necessity to reconnect with the environment.

As one drives down an interstate in the United States, they will undoubtedly be bombarded with advertisements that are hoisted along the side of the road. The loud signs are called billboards, and they’re as obtrusive and obnoxious as they sound, though few think twice about the installations as the method of advertising is as American as apple pie.

One of the main complaints billboards receive is that they block stunning views of nature. It’s for this reason that visual artist Jennifer Bolande decided to take on an ambitious project which entails replacing billboards in the Coachella Valley with images of the mountainous landscape they block.

As TwistedSifter shares, the Visible Distance / Second Sight project sends an important social message about the necessity to reconnect with the environment. 

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Canadian Journalist Exposes Corporate Media For Reporting Syria Misinformation

Eva continues her campaign to end in the imperialist war in Syria and, in the meantime, continues to expose the hypocrisy and treachery of media outlets.

By: Brandon Turbeville, Activist Post   

Ever since having utterly destroyed a smug mainstream journalist at a UN Summit over corporate media’s claims that they had sources inside East Aleppo, hospital bombings, and other “atrocities” committed by the Assad government, Eva Bartlett has been the subject of a corporate media smear campaign.

Corporate media outlets and their NGO talking heads have maligned her as a “Russian agent,” a “Syrian agent,” and, probably the most ridiculous of all, even a racist (meaning white supremacist). This last one, of course, is a hallmark of the more NGO-funded or mentally handicapped SJW contingency, the usual suspects who compulsively make this accusation. The argument is that saying the alleged “revolution” of bearded jihadist freaks was funded and orchestrated by the West is to deny that Arabs have the ability to orchestrate their own subhuman revolution of savagery. (Yawn.)

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Turtle Found Covered In Barnacles And Leeches Receives Epic Sendoff Once Healed

by Amelia Kinney, True Activist

A crowd of five hundred gathered last weekend to watch the release of a loggerhead turtle named Poppy back into the wild. According to the Loggerhead Marinelife Center in Juno Beach,

“Poppy was found floating near Hutchinson Island last October covered in barnacles and leeches. Initial bloodwork showed anemia, hypoglycemia and overall poor health due to starvation”.

Poppy spent almost six months at the turtle rehabilitation center, receiving much-needed treatments.

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U.S. Special Forces Preparing To Topple N. Korea’s Kim Jong-un

By: AntiMedia   South Korea — For the first time, special forces units of the U.S. military will participate in ongoing and annual joint drills with South Korea, Asian media reported Monday. And the stated objective of their training is to prepare to take out North Korean leaders in a potential regime change scenario.

From South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency:

“U.S. special operations forces, including the unit that killed Osama Bin Laden, will take part in joint military drills with South Korea to practice incapacitating North Korean leadership in case of conflict.

“The U.S. Navy SEAL Team Six will join the annual Foal Eagle and Key Resolve exercises between the two allies for the first time, along with the Army’s Rangers, Delta Force and Green Berets.”

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Italian Band Jailed And Deported After Trying To Enter The U.S. To Play Free Shows

by Brianna Acuesta, True Activist

The band did not pose a threat, but they were jailed and deported like criminals.

Popular Italian trio Soviet Soviet was detained by U.S. Customs and Border Protection late last week after arriving in Seattle to perform in one of their first scheduled shows in the U.S. this week. Though the band was told by their American label, Felte Records, that their shows in the U.S. would be strictly promotional and they wouldn’t be receiving any monetary compensation for their performances, Customs and Border Protection did not agree with their use of ESTA.

ESTA, which is also referred to as the Visa Waiver Program, is typically used by foreign bands entering the U.S. only when their performances are going to be unpaid. If the band will be receiving compensation for their shows, they are usually required to obtain a regular work visa. Felte Records provided a letter to confirm that Soviet Soviet would not be receiving any money, but this was not accepted by Customs and Border Protection.

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Indonesian Government Officially Returns Tropical Forest Lands To Indigenous Tribes

by Amelia Kinney, True Activist

Indonesian President Joko Widodo officially returned stewardship of some forest lands to indigenous tribes, in a ceremony called the “Declaration of Recognition of Indigenous Forests”. The land has long been a source of conflict between the Indonesian government and the country’s native population.

Indonesia is a Southeast Asian country comprised of thousands of volcanic islands, making it the world’s largest archipelago. The nation is situated between Singapore, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea and Australia. A former Dutch colony, Indonesia struggled for independence until the mid-twentieth century. Given its widespread nature, Indonesia has rich biodiversity and is home to hundreds of ethnic groups, speaking a multitude of languages.

Raja Ampat Islands of Indonesia

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Breaking: House Passes $578 Billion Military Spending Bill

By: Jason Ditz, AntiWar 

The House of Representatives today voted 371-48, with massive majorities in both parties, in favor of another $578 billion military spending bill to cover the remainder of fiscal year 2017. The bill now moves on to the Senate, where it again is expected to easily pass.

The exact meaning of the figures is a little difficult to understand this time around, because Congress had already passed a military spending bill for fiscal year 2017 back in December, which was $611 billion. That bill was only ever intended to be a fraction of what was to be spent, aiming to give way to a second “emergency” bill before April, which is today’s bill, which would cover the rest of the year. That said, there is a lot of overlap between the two and the overall budget is not just a matter of adding the two together.

Indeed, the $578 billion one voted on today probably will be bigger by the time it gets signed, with President Trump seeking to add another $30 billion, which is meant to be a first step toward what he promises will be a 9% increase in spending in fiscal year 2018.


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