Lockheed Martin ‘Ready to Assist’ With More Missiles for US After Syria Strike

US (Sputnik) – The joint US-UK-France missile strikes on targets in Syria last Friday featured the debut of the US Air Force’s newest extended-range joint air-to-surface standoff missile (JASSM-ER), a weapon the US military is planning to buy in bulk. The company said it stands “ready to assist” the Pentagon should it need more missiles following the attack on Syria. “While we do not comment on the nature or circumstances of those operations, we stand ready to assist our customers in their efforts worldwide. Lockheed Martin is proud to partner with the DoD to equip them with advanced weapon systems, such as JASSM, to conduct…

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Drug Use Can Have Social Benefits, and Acknowledging This Could Improve Rehabilitation

World (TD) – Illicit drug use is often framed in terms of risk and antisocial or criminal behaviour. But drug use is often a highly social activity. For many people, the pleasure of using drugs is about social connection as much as it is about the physical effects. A new study aiming to understanding the social benefits of drug use may help us to improve responses to risky or harmful drug taking. Pleasure is not just physical Pleasure is an obvious part of drug use and the short-term physical benefits are well known. Drugs can produce a…

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If You Want to Kill Drug Dealers, Start with Big Pharma

US (OtherWords) – At a recent rally in New Hampshire, Donald Trump called for the death penalty for drug traffickers as part of a plan to combat the opioid epidemic in the United States. At a Pennsylvania rally a few weeks earlier, he called for the same. Now his administration is taking steps toward making this proposal a reality. Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memo on March 21 asking prosecutors to pursue capital punishment for drug traffickers — a power he has thanks to legislation passed under President Bill Clinton. Time and…

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Immigration judge says quota mandate will do more harm than good to an already clogged system

US (TT) – A mandate handed down by the Trump administration designed to speed up activity within the country’s clogged immigration court system will instead create a larger backlog of cases, immigration judges and their supporters said on Wednesday. The U.S. Department of Justice announced on Tuesday that the country’s immigration judges must complete at least 700 cases annually in order to earn a satisfactory job rating. The effort comes as the backlog of cases has swelled and President Donald Trump’s administration continues its effort to crack down on illegal immigration and the alleged…

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Don’t Make the Border a Wasteland

US (OW) – Some Americans think of the U.S.-Mexico border as a wasteland. In fact, the mountains and deserts of our borderlands are teeming with wildlife. Here you’ll find large cats like the jaguar, the subject of my research. Jaguar sightings have been reported in New Mexico and Arizona for over a century, even as far north as the Grand Canyon. Their presence is a stamp of approval — they mean healthy habitats, prey populations, and the connection of critical wildlife corridors across the border. Humans, after all, aren’t the only animals…

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Eroding Protection Under the Law

Washington DC (ProPublica) – At the age of 50, the federal law that seeks to protect older American workers from age bias has been enfeebled by court decisions that have widened loopholes for employers and narrowed the ways employees can seek redress. When Congress enacted the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) in 1967, the law was treated as something of an addendum to the Civil Rights Act, which had been passed three years earlier and banned bias on the basis of race, gender, religion and, later on, sexual orientation, among…

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Surprise: Violence Increase in Cities Where Trump Speaks

“It appeared to be a phenomenon that’s unique to Donald Trump’s rally,” Christopher Morrison, the lead author of the study, told the New York Times on Friday. Researchers evaluated 31 campaign events held by Trump and 38 held by his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, during the general election. They found an average of 2.3 more assaults in cities on days that Trump rallies were held. There was no correlation between an increase in violence and Clinton rallies. By DonkeyHotey – Donald Trump – Caricature, CC BY 2.0, Wikimedia Commons On a normal day in 2016, US cities noted an average of 19.4 violent incidents….

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‘Sainthood’ Status of US Police Must Be Challenged for Police Culture to Change

Chicago (Sputnik) – On Tuesday it was announced that Chicago branch of Black Lives Matter, the Illinois chapter of the ACLU and a coalition of other community groups would be involved in an upcoming consent decree between the Chicago Police Department and the state’s attorney general’s office. The move would give the non-police groups a chance to influence reforms meant to improve the troubled police department by, for example, objecting to initiatives that fail to go far enough or pressuring officials if measures aren’t being followed through, according to reports. “It’s really setting up the community groups as watchdogs…

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Clueless Students Engaging in Protests? Chicago High Schoolers Beg to Differ

Illinois, United States (LRMC) – As student protests continue at high schools across the United States, they’ve been met with responses ranging from liberal support, right wing condemnation, and quite a mix from the left. The reasons why rest in the issue at the forefront of the actions happening nationwide: gun control. But is this the only demand of the students? Regardless, critiques of Democrats attempting to use these kids as political props are well-founded. Democrats attach themselves to any popular social action in order to gain electorally, though the track…

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Tribes, hit hardest by opioid crisis, have least access to federal help

Washington DC, United States (Cronkite) – The opioid crisis has hit rural Native Americans significantly harder than any group in the nation, and the problem may be even worse because of racial misclassification on death certificates, federal data show. A report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said rural areas as a whole saw a 325 percent increase in overdose deaths between 1999 and 2015, but the death rate for Native Americans living in rural areas jumped 519 percent over the same period. The disparity held true in urban…

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