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Whether you adore Donald Trump or hate him, I would think that reading/seeing/hearing the NEWS would be important to you, right?  What person prefers to remain in the dark about local, state, national, and international news?  Whether you are a Democrat or a Republican, knowing what’s happening in the world is important.  Yet, our mainstream media have collectively become liars.  Yes, LIARS!  And how can I say that?  By uncovering the truth through hours and hours of research.

Associated Press writes:

WASHINGTON (AP) — In his prime-time speech to the nation, President Donald Trump declared a border crisis that’s in sharp dispute, wrongly accused Democrats of refusing to pay for border security and ignored the reality of how drugs come into the country as he pitched his wall as a solution to varied ills.

LIE!  That is exactly what is happening.  Democrats are refusing (rightly or wrongly) to fund the wall, despite being all for it in 2006, 2009, and 2013.  This is what Chuck Schumer said about illegal immigration in 2009.  Similar comments were made by Bill Clinton in 2006 and Barak Obama in 2013.

A look at his Oval Office remarks Tuesday night:

DRUGS

TRUMP: “Our southern border is a pipeline for vast quantities of illegal drugs, including meth, heroin, cocaine and fentanyl. Every week, 300 of our citizens are killed by heroin alone, 90 percent of which floods across from our southern border.”

THE FACTS: A wall can’t do much about that when drug trafficking is concentrated at land ports of entry, not remote stretches of the border.

LIE!  There is plenty of meth, cocaine, heroin, fentanyl, and other drugs being carried across the border by individuals in backpacks.  A single “mule” can easily carry millions of doses of fentanyl, for example.  Trucks attempt to smuggle in marijuana at border crossings, but much of our illegal drugs come across the border by individual mules.

According to the latest data available, while the largest amounts of drugs overall were seized in between the ports of entry, the overwhelming majority of those seizures by Border Patrol agents is for marijuana, which is cheaper and less strong than other narcotics.

However, customs agents also seized more than 67,000 pounds of methamphetamine smuggled through the ports of entry. Meanwhile, border agents seized nearly 10,300 pounds of meth last year. (That’s 13%– significant!)

The Drug Enforcement Administration says “only a small percentage” of heroin seized by U.S. authorities comes across on territory between ports of entry. The same is true of drugs generally.

In a 2018 report , the agency said the most common trafficking technique by transnational criminal organizations is to hide drugs in passenger vehicles or tractor-trailers as they drive into the U.S. though entry ports, where they are stopped and subject to inspection. They also employ buses, cargo trains and tunnels, the report says, citing other smuggling methods that also would not be choked off by a border wall.

Yes, any and all ways that they can smuggle drugs– trucks, mules, body cavities, cars, planes, submarines, children, and more.  And, we’re not even talking about bringing in terrorists, gangsters, sex slaves, incurable tuberculosis, the new polio-like virus that paralyzes children, measles, mumps, smallpox, sexually-transmitted diseases, and much more.  These come across at other than vehicle checkpoints.

But, I digress.  This is just ONE AP article that is almost completely wrong, trying to mislead the media that quotes it as well as you and me.  I have seen, personally, NBC editing Zimmerman’s 911 call to make him sound racist.  Think about that a moment– EDITING the truth out of a report.  I similarly saw Katie Couric edit a gun documentary to freeze the faces of a pro-gun panel who were asked a question about guns, to make them seem clueless.  Similarly, video and photos of the border crisis are staged, conflicting material photo-shopped out, audio being edited, video being edited. 

A couple years ago, Trump walked into a room of people, one of which was a crippled (retarded?) child in a wheelchair.  Trump walked into the room, bent down, and shook the kid’s hand and gave him undivided attention for about 30 seconds before moving on to shake hands with the adults.  The child kept his arm extended as if he wanted to shake hands again.  The mainstream media edited out the first part, where Trump talked with the child, and instead ran the headlines, TRUMP CALLOUSLY SNUBS CRIPPLED CHILD.  And, on, and on, and on.  These are the LIES, the BULLSHIT being foist on us 24/7.

The result is that naive people believe the BULLSHIT and hate Trump, based on it.  So, when they hear more BULLSHIT about him, it meshes with their already distorted notions and they believe it, never questioning it.  Yet, it is mostly LIES.

The truth is very difficult to find.  Some of the debunk sites (Snopes, Politifact, Factcheck) have been increasingly caught in lies.  It is no secret that the couple that started Snopes is very left-leaning, so most of the time they twist or omit facts that are not becoming to leftists.  Ditto with the others.  The only one that still seems legitimate is TruthOrFiction.  Of course, you all know that Wikileaks has a 100% truth record, but covers very few topics.  If you REALLY want to know what Trump tweeted, read it directly on Twitter instead of relying on the mainstream media to spew their distorted, spun, regurgitated version of the truth.

AuntieBS

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https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/09/180905131826.htm

This paper wants us to believe that cannabis users suffer from more “noise” in the brain, similar to that found in heroin abusers and alcoholics.  Maybe.  Maybe not.  The researchers cannot qualify the “noise”, which may simply be increased creative thinking, under cannabis, which is different from alcohol or opiates.  Another way to paraphrase this is “cannabis users show more brain activity than non-users”.  At this point, it is anyone’s guess as to the details of that activity.

Cannabis often leads to “out of the box” thinking, melding disparate ideas into novel concepts.  The late Carl Sagan felt that this was a good thing, inspiring creativity and insight.

AuntieBS

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/05/180501085137.htm

Study shows up to 65 percent of older adults who use medical marijuana significantly reduced their chronic pain and dependence on opioid painkillers

I am aware of people who ate cannabis (~20-30g THC) in lieu of taking opiates when recovering from joint replacement surgeries.  They all touted longer relief (sleeping the night through instead of waking in pain and needing more opiates), as well as less constipation that opiates cause.  Most only used the cannabis at night, while continuing opiates during the day, but several ate more cannabis in the mornings, essentially getting up to 12 hours relief from a single edible dose.  A serendipitous side effect was that the cannabinoids also sped bone and nerve healing.

Another segment of the elderly population use ointments containing cannabis for relief from arthritis pain in their hands.  One used it on the lower back with success, while others got insufficient relief, possibly due to fatty tissues between the ointment and joints.

We truly need to de-schedule cannabis so that researchers can determine the plethora of health benefits from its use.

AuntieBS

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/02/180207090111.htm

Just guessing, I would assume that heroin addicts would augment their highs with strong cannabis doses, thereby using less opiate (stretching it for lower cost, longer availability) and thereby having fewer overdoses.  Medical cannabis is more often sold in stronger concentrates and infused candy for a more time-released effect, than is typically available in legal recreational cannabis markets.

Cannabis users that concurrently use alcohol, generally smoke less cannabis and drink less alcohol, than either alone.  Why would not the same relationship occur between those using cannabis and heroin, concurrently?

AuntieBS

Survey: Many Medical Cannabis Patients Cease Using Opioids

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Medical Marijuana Less OpioidsChicago, IL: More than two out of three medical marijuana patients substitute cannabis in place of opioids, according to survey data compiled by Aclara Research, a Chicago-based consulting firm.

Sixty-seven percent of respondents reported that they ceased their opioid use after initiating cannabis therapy. Twenty-nine percent of respondents said that cannabis allowed them to decrease their use of opioids.

The findings are similar to those of prior surveys concluding that patients who use cannabis therapeutically typically reduce or cease their use of opioids and other prescription pharmaceuticals.

According to an October 21 academic paper published on SSRN.com, the enactment of medical marijuana access laws is associated with a $2.47 decrease in per person prescribed opioid spending among those between the ages of 18 and 39. Previous studies – such as those herehere, and here – have drawn similar conclusions.

On November 1, members of President Trump’s opioid commission rejected the notion that cannabis access is associated with reduced rates of opioid abuse and mortality. By contrast, the US National Institute on Drug Abuse acknowledges that available studies “cumulatively suggest that medical marijuana products may have a role in reducing the use of opioids.”

For more information, contact Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director, at: paul@norml.org.

More than 130,000 Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) surgeries take place each year with the majority of patients not requiring pain medication after three months post-operatively. However, researchers have found that those patients who were filling opioid prescriptions prior to surgery were 10 times more likely to be filling prescriptions five months after surgery.

Source: Patients taking opioids prior to ACL surgery more likely to be on pain medications longer — ScienceDaily

 

That brilliance could be read, “Patients who have lower thresholds of pain and/or more extensive ACL damage,  are more likely to use opiates longer”.  Well, DUH!  Where is the causality?  Are people in greater pain more likely to take opiates before surgery, as well as for longer after?  This may be the causal factor vs the implication that if we withhold pain relief until after surgery, it will toughen people to do without pain relief quicker.  Puh-lease.  They are not determining the causal factor here.  Bad study.

AuntieBS