*YIKES – EVEN WHEN SOBER, FREQUENT MARIJUANA USERS ARE DANERGOUS DRIVERS, REPORTS FINDS
when sober, some heavy marijuana users are dangerous drivers, a new
study suggests. The bad driving appears to be isolated to those who
started using pot before age 16, researchers reported Tuesday in Drug and Alcohol Dependence.
The theory is that early marijuana use changes the brain, leaving
people more impulsive and more apt to make rash decisions. In the new
study, which tested participants in a driving simulator, researchers
from McLean Hospital in Boston found that sober
cannabis users who started using the drug in their teens had more
accidents, drove at higher speeds and cruised through more red lights
compared to people who had never used marijuana.
Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug in the United States, but there has been relatively little research on its health effects, particularly on teen brains. “This research suggests that early exposure to cannabis may result in difficulties performing complex cognitive tasks,” said co-author Staci Gruber, an associate professor of psychiatry and director of Marijuana Investigations for Neuroscientific Discovery at Harvard Medical School and McLean Hospital.
*OVER 15,000 PEOPLE WERE FATALLY SHOT IN THE U.S LAST YEAR
least 15,292 people were fatally shot in the United States last year,
according to a new report from a nonprofit that advocates against gun
violence. The figure, released Thursday by the Gun Violence Archive
group, represents a 3 percent increase in gun deaths from the previous
year. The group also reported that the number of nonfatal firearm
injuries grew to 29,613, which is a 5 percent increase over the previous
The numbers, detailed in a report from The Trace, show that gun violence got worse in 2019 after a slight decrease between 2017 and 2018. The figures do not include suicides, which make up the majority of gun deaths. The report states that mass shootings, in which four or more people are shot, are also on the rise, with 5 percent of the injuries and deaths recorded last year occurring during mass shootings, compared to less than 4 percent in 2018. Shootings of children and teens also rose —the site reported 3,771 victims under the age of 18 killed or injured, compared to 3,539 in 2018.
*YOUTUBE HAS BEEN ‘ACTIVELY PROMOTING’ CLIMATE DENIALISM VIDEOS, ACCORDING TO NEW REPORT
has been “actively promoting” videos containing misinformation about
climate change through a feature that determines what users watch for 70
percent of the time they spend on the platform, according to a report
The nonprofit activist group Avaaz examined 5,537 videos that appear by search terms such as “climate change,” “global warming,” and “climate manipulation.” The group subsequently found that for each of those terms respectively, eight percent, 16 percent, and 21 percent of the top 100 related videos featured in the “up next” sidebar contained false information about climate change, such as denying it exists or claiming that humans are not to blame for the crisis. “We’ve found that it’s very likely that at least one in five users who search for a term like global warming or climate change could be sent down this type of misinformation rabbit hole,” said Fadi Quran, a campaigns director at Avaaz. “Scientists are working so hard to educate people about the existential threat we face and YouTube is allowing bad actors among us the last word on this issue for many people.”
The “up next” feature has an algorithm that dictates recommendations, and it is designed to engage users and keep them on YouTube. Avaaz claims that the platform has still used these tactics despite announcing in January 2019 that it would curb “content that could misinform users in harmful ways,” including climate change denying videos.
*NO ONE IS BUYING NEW YORK’S LUXURY CONDOS
Almost half of the new condos that have come to market in Manhattan since 2015 are currently unsold, according to Nancy Packes Data Services. The other half are presumably WeWorks. The reason for all the empty mansions-in-the-sky: a concoction of overly ambitious pricing and worsening sentiment. But mostly pricing. Just compare the prices of new development units to resale units over the last decade. In 2012, the difference in the average price between a new and resale unit was 22%. At the end of last year, the premium was 118%.
Nancy Packes lists three reasons for the “extraordinary oddity of the current cycle.” Buildings competed to add the latest amenities, pushing up prices. Units grew in size. The clientele changed. The ultra-skinny towers are trying to woo not just your local billionaire, but the wealthiest people in the world.
Bottom line: At the current pace, it would take six years to sell all of Manhattan’s unsold units, per a Halstead Development
Marketing report cited by Bloomberg.
*SPOTIFY LAUNCHES PLAYLISTS FOR DOGS LEFT HOME ALONE
Spotify has made playlists and a podcast for dogs to listen to in their owners’ absence, after finding that nearly 74% of UK pet-owners play music for their animals. The Swedish audio-streaming business company said it has launched a podcast featuring soothing music, “dog-directed praise”, stories, and messages of affirmation and reassurance narrated by actors to alleviate stress for dogs who are home alone.
Meanwhile, playlists aimed at pets offer tracks selected by algorithms to match pets’ characteristics such as energetic or slow. Spotify said it found in a survey that one in four pet-owners play music for their pets to listen to for company when they are away from home, with 42% of owners saying their pets have a favorite type of music.
*JAMES BOND WILL NOT BE PLAYED BY A WOMAN, SAYS PRODUCER
Daniel Craig’s successor as James Bond will not be a woman, the producer of the film series has confirmed. No Time to Die, which is set for release in April, will be Craig’s final appearance as 007, and there’s been speculation that the next Bond could be a woman. But producer Barbara Broccoli has poured cold water on the idea, telling Variety: “James Bond can be of any color, but he is male… I believe we should be creating new characters for women, strong female characters… I’m not particularly interested in taking a male character and having a woman play it. I think women are far more interesting than that.”
The next Bond film will see actress Lashana Lynch play a female 00 agent and her appearance in the trailer restarted the conversation about whether Bond could be played by a woman in the next film. Broccoli went on: “For better or worse, we are the custodians of this character… We take that responsibility seriously.”
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*EXAMINER – HISTORY: GREAT-GRANDSON`S DEATH ENDS LINCOLN FAMILY LINE IN 1985:
The bloodline of Abraham Lincoln ended on Christmas Eve in 1985 when his last direct descendant, Robert Todd Lincoln Beckwith,
died in Hartfield, Va. at the age of 81. Beckwith was Lincoln`s
great-grandson. Although he married three times, he died childless,
ending the 16th president`s family line. The longtime owner of a farm in
Middlesex County, Va., Beckwith was living in a Hartfield nursing home, according to the Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home in Saluda, Va. Funeral arrangements were pending the arrival in Saluda of Beckwith`s wife, Margaret. Abraham Lincoln and his wife, Mary Todd, had four sons. Only the eldest, Robert Todd Lincoln,
lived to be an adult. He served as Secretary of War under Presidents
James A. Garfield and Chester A. Arthur and died in 1926 at the age of
82. Robert Todd Lincoln and his wife, Mary, had three
children. Their youngest, Jessie, eloped in 1897 with Warren Beckwith, a
classmate and football star at Iowa Wesleyan College.
The Beckwiths had two children, Mary Lincoln Beckwith, who died in 1975, and Robert Todd Lincoln Beckwith, who was born in suburban Riverside on July 19, 1904. The Lincoln family name ended in 1926 with the death of Robert Todd Lincoln. Beckwith was a short, fragile-looking man who bore little resemblance to his famed ancestor. He did not publicize his background, and once said he was occasionally embarrassed by the public`s fascination with his family history. Although he lived for several years with his grandfather, the result of his mother`s three marriages, he did not ask Robert Todd Lincoln about life in the White House. ”I was not especially interested,” Beckwith told The Tribune in 1967.
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