Monday, July 17, 2017

Show Notes 07-15-17

Saturday Show 7-15-17

Oregon may soon decriminalize heroin, cocaine, meth
First-time offenders caught with small amounts of heroin, cocaine, methamphetamines and other illegal drugs will face less jail time and smaller fines under a new bill approved by the Oregon legislature that aims to curb mass incarceration.
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Sens. Graham, Cassidy Offer Alternative Health Care Plan That Gives States Power to Decide to Keep or Replace Obamacare
Sens. Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) unveiled the details of their alternative health care plan on Thursday, which gives Obamacare money to the states in the form of a block grant and lets governors decide how best to deliver health care to residents.
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China Insists Its 1st Overseas Military Base Has Nothing to Do With Military Expansion
The establishment of China’s first military base beyond its shores is making headlines, but Beijing seems bemused by the attention, insisting the outpost in Djibouti – just miles from a key U.S. Special Forces base – is for logistics and supply, not a step towards extending Chinese “hegemony” abroad.
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Chinese Party Newspaper: The West Bestowed on Dead Dissident ‘A Halo Which Will Not Linger’
As Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and others in Washington mourned the death of the long-imprisoned Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, a Communist Party-affiliated newspaper in Beijing said the Nobel peace prize laureate had been “kidnapped” by the West and bestowed with “a halo which will not linger.”
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Chemicals in Contraception Pills Feminize Male Fish
Professor Charles Tyler, reproductive physiologist and environmental biologist at the University of Exeter (United Kingdom), has found that chemicals from contraceptive pills and other household cleaning products are causing fresh-water male fish to develop female parts and even to lay eggs.
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How Does the New 'Gene-Altering' Therapy Fight Cancer?
A new type of cancer treatment that involves altering a person's genes — and could save children's lives — passed a major hurdle this week, when a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) panel recommended that the agency approve the therapy, The New York Times reported. But how does the treatment work?
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People Could Make Smallpox from Scratch in a Lab, Scientists Warn
Scientists have re-created a relative of the smallpox virus in a lab, from scratch.
This virus, called the horsepox virus, is not harmful to humans, but the new findings suggest that it's possible for people to make the deadly smallpox virus in a lab. That virus was eradicated from the world in 1980, according to the journal Science.
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Should taxpayers fund sex changes and hormone therapy for soldiers, sailors and marines who suffer from “gender dysphoria” and are in the process of “transitioning” from male to female or vice versa?
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