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Surprise! Magnets used to plant drugs under cars from Mexico

http://www.aol.com/article/2015/01/22/surprise-magnets-used-to-plant-drugs-under-cars-from-mexico/21133800/

There have been three seizures since, all involving SENTRI drivers who were not charged:
-On Jan. 13, inspectors at the Otay Mesa border crossing found 35 pounds of marijuana in seven packages attached by powerful magnets to the bottom of a 2010 Kia Forte.
-On Tuesday, a driver alerted an inspector at Otay Mesa to a package under a 2010 Nissan Murano, and 8 pounds of methamphetamine were found in three packages underneath.
-On Wednesday, a dog at San Ysidro alerted inspectors to a 2000 Toyota Corolla with 18 pounds of marijuana underneath. That driver was enrolled in SENTRI but using a regular lane…

1/15/2015, Site Survey Shows 60 Percent Think Free Will Exists. Read Why.

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/talking-back/2015/01/15/site-survey-shows-60-percent-think-free-will-exists-read-why/

An article in the January issue of Scientific American by philosopher Eddy Nahmias addressed this debate, coming to the conclusion that we are endowed with free will, even if, at times, a lot of mental processing is going on before we become conscious of it.

The article—and the intrinsic fascination with this question—prompted us to run a survey of visitors to our site, asking their opinions on this philosophical perennial, now being debated anew because of the brain scans that question free will’s existence…

1/20/2015, Anthropologist Seeks the Roots of Terrorism

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/anthropologist-seeks-the-roots-of-terrorism/?WT.mc_id=SA_WR_20150121

What sociological and cultural factors are behind the Paris attacks?  Unlike the United States, where immigrants achieve average socioeconomic status and education within a generation, in Europe even after three generations, depending on the country, they’re 5–19 times more likely to be poor or less educated. France has about 7.5% Muslims and [they make] up to 60–75% of the prison population. It’s a very similar situation to black youth in the United States…

In France, a poll by [ICM Research] showed that 27% of young French people, not just Muslims, between 18 and 24 had a favourable attitude toward the Islamic State…

If you really want to do a scientific study with jihadis—I do it—you have to convince them to put down their guns, not talk to one another, and answer your questions. Some people, if you ask them if they would give up their belief in God if offered a certain amount of money, they will shoot you. So you can’t ask that question…

Hawaii State Capitol to Fly Hemp Flag on Opening Day

A new law allows the University of Hawaii to establish a two-year industrial hemp remediation and biofuel crop research program.

http://www.civilbeat.com/2015/01/hawaii-state-capitol-to-fly-hemp-flag-on-opening-day/

On Wednesday, the opening day of the 2015 legislative session, Hawaii will join the U.S. Capitol and four other states in having flown an American-grown and -produced hemp flag…

On a related note, Maui “is slated to become the first island in the state with a home built using industrial hemp,” according to Maui News.

1/21/2015, Marijuana’s Surprising Effects On Athletic Performance

http://www.businessinsider.com/how-marijuana-affects-working-out-2015-1

Researchers say that marijuana has an anti-inflammatory effect and that the chemical compounds that come from weed might mimic the body’s natural endorphins, which could help increase our pain threshold like a natural runner’s high and make it easier to push through a tough workout…