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Colorado drivers claim police in neighboring states are employing 'license plate profiling' after marijuana legalization

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The legalization of recreational marijuana use may be bringing some tourists into Colorado, but local residents driving out of state are now reporting multiple episodes of what they believe to be "license plate profiling" by police.

According to Yahoo News, there's been a rise in such accusations among Colorado citizens ever since the state voted to legalize marijuana in 2012. Multiple residents driving in other states have reported being stopped by police for no reason other than to have their car searched for pot.

One such case reportedly occurred in January, when a state trooper in Nevada pulled over Colorado resident David Adkins near Las Vegas. According to local news outlet KRDO, Adkins said the state trooper was actually trailing another target for speeding when he quickly changed targets and began following Adkins.

The incident occurred less than a month after stores in Colorado began selling marijuana, and Adkins believes it's clear he was stopped for potentially carrying the drug, which has only been legalized in two US states.

Heart - Black

South Carolina school administrator could be fired for mocking 6-year-old on Facebook

A school administrator in South Carolina has been placed on administrative leave for mocking a 6-year-old girl on Facebook.

Hundreds have signed a petition asking for Charles Fowler to be fired from his job as assistant principal at Walhalla High School after posting comments about the girl's photo on social media.

Fowler took a photo of the kindergartner while out shopping and described her as "Honey Boo-Boo in Wal-Mart," referring to the reality TV star.

The girl's great-grandmother said the child stayed home from school Monday because of the widely viewed Facebook post.

"(My great-granddaughter) was up until after midnight and she was saying, 'Nanny, people are calling me Honey Boo-Boo,'" Thompson said. "She said, 'Nanny, I've got to lose some weight,' and she said, 'I don't want people to see me like this. She is so sweet and for someone to hurt her feelings like that - not only hers, but all our family. It's just so embarrassing you know, but more hurtful than embarrassing."

Red Flag

Python skin black market in Europe balloons to over $1 billion annually

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Illegal python skins worth an estimated $1 billion are being imported into Europe every year to feed growing demand for the luxury leather, according to a new report.

Nearly 500,000 skins are shipped on the black market from southeast Asia every year to grace the windows of Europe's fashion houses, particularly in France, Germany and Spain, a report by the Python Conservation Partnership found.

The rising demand from major brands like Calvin Klein and Jimmy Choo, which use the exotic patterned skin to make handbags, shoes and jackets, is depleting wild populations of the giant snake.

Instead, the report said commercial python farming, previously deemed unviable as the snakes take too long to mature and are difficult to feed and breed in captivity, could be the answer.

"This report offers a possible alternative solution to the sourcing of python skins for which demand is escalating," said Jean-Christophe Vie, a senior executive at the International Union for Conservation of Nature, which backed the study.


Starbucks apologizes to Louisiana woman after serving her coffee with Satanic symbols drawn in coffee foam

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The hellish "brewhaha" is over. Starbucks has apologized to a Louisiana schoolteacher who complained that a Baton Rouge barista drew Satanic symbols in her coffee foam.

It all happened at the Mall of Louisiana but was promptly liked and shared via Facebook by approximately 1,800 people.

"(Sunday) was the first we heard of it when she posted on our Facebook page," Starbucks social media team spokesman Tom Kuhn told The Daily Advertiser. "We reached out to her through social media and apologized. We're taking the complaint seriously. We're not sure who served her or what kind of beverage it was. It looks kind of caramel-ish in the photos."

Snakes in Suits

General Motors to face Congress over car recall scandal

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General Motors' new CEO Mary Barra faces a two-day grilling in front of Congress over the recall scandal
House to push for answers on why GM failed to recall cars despite knowledge of flaws ultimately linked to 13 deaths

Regulators and GM executives will come under fire Tuesday as Congress pushes for answers on why the auto company failed to recall over a million cars despite evidence it knew of fatal flaws in their design.

Over the weekend the House committee on energy and commerce released new details of its investigation into the events leading up to GM's recall of 2.6m vehicles for ignition-switch defects now linked to 13 deaths.

The latest revelations come as GM's newly installed chief executive officer Mary Barra prepares for a two-day grilling over the scandal in Washington. On Tuesday Barra and acting National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) administrator David Friedman will appear before the House committee. On Wednesday, they will talk to a Senate panel.

The House committee said regulators declined to open formal investigations into complaints about the cars on two occasions and that GM dropped plans for a fix in 2005 because it would have taken too long and cost too much money.

Eye 2

Teen arrested for allegedly stabbing her best friend 65 times

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Anel Baez (right) was viciously stabbed 65 times on March 19, authorities say. And they claim her best friend, Erandy Elizabeth Gutierrez (left), did it. The two apparently got into a dispute over nude selfies.
A Mexican teen brutally stabbed her best friend to death for posting naked selfies of them together on Facebook, police said.

Erandy Elizabeth Gutierrez, 16, allegedly knifed Anel Baez, also 16, a horrifying 65 times in the vicious March 19 attack.

Cops believe she wanted revenge for the "humiliating" uploading of the revealing snaps.

Baez asked her former pal - who she had previously referred to as being her "sister" - over to her Guamúchil, Sinaloa state, home to try and patch things up, according to Mexican media reports.

When Gutierrez arrived she reportedly asked to use the bathroom - but then grabbed a knife from the kitchen and allegedly used it to repeatedly stab Baez.


April Fools? Polish priest's dire warning to parents: Lego is a tool of Satan, 'destroys' souls

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Lego's Monster Fighters range features Lord Vampyre, a fanged Dracula-like character.
A Polish priest has warned parents to be on their guard against Lego, warning the plastic blocks are a tool of Satan and can "destroy" children's souls.

In a presentation aimed at parents, Father Slawomir Kostrzewa said the popular Danish toy company had taken a lurch to the dark side with its series of Monster Fighters and Zombie mini-figures, and that they "were about darkness and the world of death".

"Friendly fellows have been replaced by dark monsters," he explained. "These toys can have a negative effect on children. They can destroy their souls and lead them to the dark side."

Lego's Monster Fighters range features Lord Vampyre, a fanged Dracula-like character, who battles the likes of Doctor Rodney Rathbone and Major Quinton Steele as they try to prevent him from "cloaking the world in darkness".


Analysis of Universal Basic Income and the labour market, from a libertarian perspective


Libertarianism covers a wide range of political stances, from
left-libertarianism through to anarcho-capitalism. The thing they
have in common is that they promote freedom (although in
completely different ways).
In this article I'm going to consider Universal Basic Income (UBI) from a libertarian perspective, focusing mainly on analysis of the labour market, rather than the much more common libertarian "small state" argument in favour of UBI.

The crux of the article

The current labour market is terribly unfree as it is because it relies on coercion, workfare, sanctions, draconian anti-labour legislation etc.

The introduction of Universal Basic Income would would create a much freer labour market (no more threat of destitution, sanctions or forced labour schemes, and much freer labour contracts between employers and employees), but this increased freedom for the majority would come at the expense of necessary measures in order to control inflation (which would rapidly destroy the project if left unchecked).

The reduction in aggression against the majority of workers would outweigh the infringements on the current rights that rentiers have to exploit access to basic commodities in order to extract profit for themselves (which it can be argued is another form of aggression against the majority anyway).


Here's how Obamacare rips off young adults

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Obamacare is still struggling to sign up young people. In order to offset the high cost of the older, and probably less healthy people who are joining Obamacare plans, the White House must coerce a sufficient number of thirty-somethings to also join. Problem is, the health plans are too pricey to make economic sense for many young adults.

Just how costly are the Obamacare plans for young beneficiaries?

We ran the numbers. Here are our results:

Overall, the Federal government reports that 32% of on-exchange enrollees as of March 1st are under the age of 34. And many of these are teenagers who are part of family policies, not the young yuppies that Obamacare is fervently targeting. Earlier estimates showed only 20% of enrollees were between the ages 18 and 34.

The final number of young enrollees is well below the required cohort. Premiums will rise next year as a result of the adverse selection of older, and probably less healthy consumers. Why are young adults staying away? In one word, economics.


At least six people killed and 25 injured in three bomb blasts in Nairobi

At least six people have been killed and up to 25 injured after three bombs were thrown in a busy part of the predominantly-Somali area of Kenya's capital, Nairobi.

The blasts on Monday targeted roadside food stalls and restaurants in the Eastleigh suburb of the city, known as "Little Mogadishu" for its large immigrant population.

The first hit a roadside where women were selling food. Two more were thrown into separate restaurants. Most of the victims were believed to have died in one of the restaurants.