The world's most prolific cannabis dealer and a right wing columnist debate the war on drugs
Just over a month ago I attended a debate (at Bristol Festival of Ideas) between Howard Marks, the man who at one point was the world's most prolific cannabis dealer - importing hundreds of tons of cannabis in to the UK, the US and mainland Europe, and Peter Hitchens, the Mail on Sunday's columnist who is so right wing that he is practically a parody.
The audio from the talk is now available, if the MP3 does not load above click here to listen. Both speakers receive ten minutes each before there is almost an hour of questions and debate. I'm sure you don't need me to tell you that the pair do not come to an agreement and the points made are relatively predictable but this does not stop the debate being fantastically entertaining. I should probably note that the following night I went to hear Howard Marks speak on stage alone, a night which I found somewhat more entertaining still.
I won't subject you to more diatribe on the topic here, as one blog post (or one debate for that matter) can not possibly cover the topic but if you'd like to read more from me on the topic of this debate you can search my former blog for posts with the tag: The Confederacy of Dunces, a tag which I hope makes my position clear enough.
Former president of the ACLU Nadine Strossen discusses whether our society should always defend free speech rights, even for groups who would oppose such rights.
- Former ACLU president Nadine Strossen understands that protecting free speech rights isn't always a straightforward proposition.
- In this video, Strossen describes the reasoning behind why the ACLU defended the free speech rights of neo-Nazis in Skokie, Illinois, 1977.
- The opinions expressed in this video do not necessarily reflect the views of the Charles Koch Foundation, which encourages the expression of diverse viewpoints within a culture of civil discourse and mutual respect.
When he was developing his famous hierarchy of needs, Abraham Maslow cited 9 historical figures that achieved self-actualization.
- In order to develop his model of self-actualization, Abraham Maslow interviewed friends, colleagues, students, and historical figures.
- These 9 historical figures demonstrate different aspects of self-actualization that Maslow believed all self-actualized individuals possessed to one degree or another.
- By studying these figures, we can come to a better understanding of what self-actualization really is.
Autism is a widely misunderstood condition surrounded by falsehoods, half-truths, and cultural assumptions.
- Autism-spectrum disorder covers a wide range of neurodevelopmental conditions that are highly individualized.
- The prevalence of autism continues to increase in the United States, not due to vaccines but increased awareness and improved diagnosis.
- Autism awareness is crucial as treatment strategies are more effective if accessed early.
Designers from Luxembourg created a smart planter that can make anyone have a green thumb.
- A design team came up with a smart planter that can indicate 15 emotions.
- The emotions are derived from the sensors placed in the planter.
- The device is not in production yet but you can order it through a crowdfunding campaign.