Why is the US banning kratom, the virtually harmless herb? | Marc Lewis

It acts on opioid receptors, hence the panic. But since some heroin users take it to ease withdrawal, its proscription could have some very harmful effects indeed Just this morning I got an email from a head shop Id dropped into on my last trip-up to San Francisco. I didnt recall leaving my email address,…

How long will you live? That depends on your zip code | Celine Gounder

America is increasingly divided, and that is reflected in health. The disparities between life expectancy reveal harsh truths Where you live in America predicts not just how long youll live but also how youll succumb. The Black Lung mountains run along the border of West Virginia and Kentucky. They are the epicenter of the so-called…

The six speeches Trump should borrow from at the Republican convention | Rupert Myers

There are many lesser figures The Donald could help bring to a wider audience in his address on Thursday. This Martin Luther King guy, for instance Donald Trump was understood that sometimes authenticity and originality are best expressed through the language of well-known statements made by other people. His wife Melania snuck in a few…

Russian snoop assault: Trump supports UK ‘all the way’

US president concurs Moscow must provide answers over poisoning as May prepares reprisals Donald Trump has given Theresa May his full support for her strategy of tackling Russia over the poisoning of double agent Sergei Skripal, saying he is” with the UK all the route “. The US president’s backing came in a phone call…

‘No more brilliant jerks’- Arianna Huffington ushers in the new Uber

While Huffington doesnt want to be Ubers next CEO, shes been putting in the hard yards trying to turn the companys tarnished reputation around The next Uber CEO will be charged with sweeping up multitudes of corporate sins. In their in-tray will be a daunting array of problems and issues to resolve following the completion…

Volkswagen to pay $14.7 bn settlement and buy back autoes from consumers

Department of Justice says carmaker will pay billions to determine asserts generated by emissions rigging scandal and buy automobiles from consumers at pre-scandal prices Volkswagen has agreed to pay $14.7 bn to settle claims generated by its emissions rigging scandal and to buy back automobiles from customers at pre-scandal prices, the Department of Justice announced…

LA is about to discover that democracy and the Olympics don’t mixture

A key point often lost in the criticism of the IOCs tolerance of totalitarianism is that by hosting the Olympics, republics become more authoritarian On Wednesday, the International Olympic Committee will rubberstamp the plan to hand Paris the 2024 Summer Games while Los Angeles will host in 2028. Given the lack of bids from democratic…

Burning Man fire ceremony victim named

Aaron Joel Mitchell, 41, an American living in Switzerland, ran into the flames during the burning of giant wooden effigy Authorities are investigating the death of a man who operated through cordons of security officers into a massive fire at the Burning Man festival. Aaron Joel Mitchell, 41, transgressed through a two-layer security perimeter during…

Trump: 100 days that shook the world- and the activists fighting back

Three months in, the future is totally unpredictable. But a dramatic fightback is under way. Four activists tell us how they are adapting to the new normal Naomi Wolf, writer, political journalist and cofounder of DailyClout: Trump didnt do this. You did this. Your own inactivity brought us exactly here The first 100 days of…