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United States / Re: Marijuana Legalization
« Last post by jdaniele on December 17, 2020, 03:06:54 PM »
General Discussion (Public) / Facebook criticizes Apple [over DMA]
« Last post by jdaniele on December 16, 2020, 03:27:17 PM »
"Facebook criticizes Apple as it welcomes Europe's new tech rules [DMA]"

When the feature was announced, Facebook, which makes money from selling ads, claimed it would hurt developers. Apple responded saying: "When invasive tracking is your business model, you tend not to welcome transparency and customer choice."
United States / Re: Identifying "Fake News" on the Internet
« Last post by jdaniele on December 12, 2020, 07:06:33 PM »
Here is an article which breaks it down by the numbers. It seems opinions are used when it comes to parts of the placement of media outlets but the ratio of the opinions are evenly split.
United States / Re: Identifying "Fake News" on the Internet
« Last post by jdaniele on December 10, 2020, 01:14:21 PM »
Here are some tools we've commonly seen used for bias reporting.
United States / Identifying "Fake News" on the Internet
« Last post by jdaniele on December 10, 2020, 11:27:58 AM »
Identifying "Fake News" on the internet can be frustrating. Best practices can be to first focused on how to know what is definitely real source. On the internet some websites can ONLY be registered by a Government or a registered educational institution. Look for domain names that end in .GOV or .EDU because those can be traced back to a verified source. There are .COM domains that are trusted sources but to verify them you would need to see it advertised by the publisher by either TV, radio, or another known trusted website.
Sites that can help you confirm a news story...aside from Google.
AP Fact Check (
-Fact-checked current news stories from the Associate Press (AP), one of the oldest news organizations in the United States. (
-A Project of The Annenberg Public Policy Center. Monitors the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, speeches, interviews, and press releases.
Hoaxy (
-Hoaxy® visualizes the spread of claims and related fact checking online. A claim may be a fake news article, hoax, rumor, conspiracy theory, satire, or even an accurate report. Track's the social sharing of links to stories published by two types of websites: (1) Independent fact-checking organizations, such as,, and, that routinely fact check unverified claims. (2) Sources that often publish inaccurate, unverified, or satirical claims according to lists compiled and published by reputable news and fact-checking organizations. (
-Nonpartisan, independent and nonprofit, the Center for Responsive Politics is the nation's premier research group tracking money in U.S. politics and its effect on elections and public policy. (
-PolitiFact is a fact-checking website that rates the accuracy of claims by elected officials and others who speak up in American politics. PolitiFact is run by editors and reporters from the Tampa Bay Times, an independent newspaper in Florida.
Pundifact (
-Part of Politifact, features statements by politicians and other experts in the press. (
-A Project of The Annenberg Public Policy Center. Focuses exclusively on false and misleading scientific claims that are made by partisans to influence public policy. (
-Award-winning fact-checking site. The website was founded by David Mikkelson in 1995, and has grown into what is widely regarded by folklorists, journalists, and laypersons alike as one of the World Wide Web's essential resources.
United States / Re: Marijuana Legalization
« Last post by jdaniele on December 04, 2020, 01:01:07 PM »
Just took a screen shot of the live shot with the date and time. I have the time synced with the US time server in the EST time zone. I blocked out only personal links and identifying information.
United States / Re: Marijuana Legalization
« Last post by jdaniele on December 04, 2020, 11:14:41 AM »

"Congress takes up historic bill to decriminalize cannabis"
"The proposal would end a federal ban on marijuana and create a pathway to expunge related criminal records."

Dec. 4, 2020, 5:29 AM EST
By Alicia Victoria Lozano
As the cannabis industry continues to take root state by state, Congress will consider whether to remove marijuana from the federal Controlled Substances Act once and for all.

The House will vote Friday on the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act, or MORE Act, which would decriminalize cannabis and clear the way to erase nonviolent federal marijuana convictions.

The MORE Act would also create pathways for ownership opportunities in the emerging industry, allow veterans to obtain medical cannabis recommendations from Veteran Affairs doctors and establish funding sources to reinvest in communities disproportionately affected by the war on drugs.

Friday's vote would mark the first time a full chamber of Congress has taken up the issue of federally decriminalizing cannabis.
International / Re: Corona Virus 2019-2020
« Last post by jdaniele on November 09, 2020, 02:07:53 PM »
Vaccine Status seems to be alittle harder to get regular information outside of news headlines. I found this website with a list of some familiar ones and where they stand.

So now pFizer says they're vaccine is testing with a 90% effective rate. They're aiming to get an emergency use approval so we might see something at the end of November but it still won't be widely available still until project next year.
“Today is a great day for science and humanity. The first set of results from our Phase 3 COVID-19 vaccine trial provides the initial evidence of our vaccine’s ability to prevent COVID-19,” said Dr. Albert Bourla, Pfizer Chairman and CEO. “We are reaching this critical milestone in our vaccine development program at a time when the world needs it most with infection rates setting new records, hospitals nearing over-capacity and economies struggling to reopen. With today’s news, we are a significant step closer to providing people around the world with a much-needed breakthrough to help bring an end to this global health crisis. We look forward to sharing additional efficacy and safety data generated from thousands of participants in the coming weeks.”After discussion with the FDA, the companies recently elected to drop the 32-case interim analysis and conduct the first interim analysis at a minimum of 62 cases. Upon the conclusion of those discussions, the evaluable case count reached 94 and the DMC performed its first analysis on all cases. The case split between vaccinated individuals and those who received the placebo indicates a vaccine efficacy rate above 90%, at 7 days after the second dose. This means that protection is achieved 28 days after the initiation of the vaccination, which consists of a 2-dose schedule. As the study continues, the final vaccine efficacy percentage may vary. The DMC has not reported any serious safety concerns and recommends that the study continue to collect additional safety and efficacy data as planned. The data will be discussed with regulatory authorities worldwide.
United States / Re: Marijuana Legalization
« Last post by jdaniele on November 07, 2020, 02:45:03 PM »
Another chart with legalization status.
United States / Re: Marijuana Legalization
« Last post by jdaniele on November 04, 2020, 12:43:52 PM »
So now the question remains. Is federal legalization next?

"2020 elections: 5 states pass legal marijuana measures, potentially growing industry by $9 billion"

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