The FBI Is Probing the Pot Industry, but Not for the Reason You Might Expect

FBI officials said in a recent podcast that state licenses required to grow and sell marijuana open the possibility of public officials becoming susceptible to bribes in exchange for those licenses.

“We’ve seen in some states the price go as high as $500,000 for a license to sell marijuana,” Supervisory Special Agent Regino Chavez said. “So, we see people willing to pay large amounts of money to get into the industry.” . . .

The legal status of cannabis remains iffy, even in states that have passed laws legalizing medical and recreational pot. The federal government still considers marijuana illegal, with the DEA listing it as a Schedule I drug — meaning officials believe it has a high potential for abuse.

The feds aren’t the only ones looking at illegal activity in the legal pot business. California has tripled the number of raids on unlicensed marijuana shops this year, the Los Angeles Times reported earlier this summer. Unlicensed growers in the state face fines of up to $30,000 per day.

David Kirschner, an intelligence analyst with the FBI, said states should expect marijuana-related corruption to increase as recreational pot becomes more widespread. (Read more from “The FBI Is Probing the Pot Industry, but Not for the Reason You Might Expect” HERE)

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Medieval Diseases Are Present in Los Angeles

Homelessness has skyrocketed in the state of California. Los Angeles in particular has witnessed a massive increase. Between 2018-2019 the county’s homeless population grew by 16%. The city of Los Angeles experienced a similar phenomenon as its population grew at a slightly slower rate. The thousands of new people calling the streets their home has far surpassed the city’s sanitary capabilities. The sheer amount of people now eating and defecating in the California heat has allowed previously rare diseases to proliferate. It has reached the point where there is a real threat of a bubonic plague outbreak occurring in Los Angeles. . .

Reform California says that there have been 124 confirmed cases of Typhus in Los Angeles County. Typhus has not been the only medieval disease to reappear. The bubonic plague — the same one that wiped out a third of Europe over 600 years ago — could be present in LA today, according to The New York Post. The Bubonic plague has been nearly non-existent in LA with only three cases of it in the past 40 years, but experts believe that there could already be plague victims present in the city.

The governor of California, Gavin Newsom, has admitted that the state has a problem. “Our homeless crisis has increasingly become a public health crisis … And now, typhus [is] in Los Angeles. Typhus. That’s a medieval disease. In California. In 2019,” he said. He is expected to sign AB-932 which is a bill to produce more shelters for homeless people. The legislative piece recently passed the state senate, but how much it will help address the complex problem remains to be seen. (Read more from “Medieval Diseases Are Present in Los Angeles” HERE)

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Military Tech – Vacuum Microwave – Shrinks Food to Just a Fraction of Its Original Size

Soldiers of the future may be eating bacon and egg breakfasts via tiny food bars, due to a new process that shrinks meals to a fraction of their normal size. . .

One dish begins with bacon, egg, cheese and heavy cream. The ingredients are inserted into a vacuum microwave dryer for 80 minutes of shrinkage and then squeezed by a machine. The result: a bar that’s smaller than a Snicker’s candy bar but with twice as many calories — and much more nutrition.

Yang and other food scientists at Natick are researching the Army’s new generation of portable rations. On the menu of the future are MRE pizzas, portable fruit, and a light-weight ration for soldiers on the go.

Yang’s bars may soon be found in the new ration, the Close Combat Assault Ration, which is supposed to contain three times the nutrition of a normal MRE while being lighter and smaller. Prototypes for the new ration are about one-third the weight of similar MREs, an Army statement said.

The military is trying to figure out how to feed small, isolated units who may go up to a week without resupply, Yang said. Currently, a soldier would need 21 MREs to survive that week. (Read more from “Military Tech – Vacuum Microwave – Shrinks Food to Just a Fraction of Its Original Size” HERE)

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‘Watermelon Snow’ Found in National Park

As the so-called dog days of summer have finally arrived, the still-frozen slopes of Yosemite National Park are now sporting what some may know as “watermelon snow” — but don’t confuse it for the popular summertime treat.

Yosemite National Park in California shared photos last Sunday to Facebook of the sight at an unnamed lake in the high country above 9,500 feet. . .

Watermelon snow — also known as “blood snow” or simply red snow — is what happens when snow above 9,500 feet lasts through the summer months.

“This algae is typically green but contains a special red pigment called a carotenoid that acts as a protective barrier, shielding the algae’s chlorophyll,” park rangers stated on Facebook. “Since chlorophyll is necessary for its survival, it uses this natural type of sunscreen to protect itself from too much heat and damaging UV radiation.”

The pigment produced by the algae then dyes the surrounding area a darker color, giving the snowfield a pink or red color. It also can allow the snow to heat up faster and melt quickly, according to the park. (Read more from “‘Watermelon Snow’ Found in National Park” HERE)

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Crazy Pic: TSA Catches Something Major in Flower Bouquet

. . .A passenger flying through Seattle-Tacoma International Airport last month was stopped when a knife was found hiding in flower stems the traveler was trying to bring in their carry-on.

The traveler was stopped during the routine screening of carry-on luggage on July 23, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) shared. . .

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Here’s How Many Delivery Drivers Admit to Nibbling Your Food Before They Hand It to You

Food delivery app services have grown tremendously in recent years as more and more Americans seek to order food via their phones, but a survey about the behavior of delivery drivers might give them pause.

The survey from US Foods about “habits and pain points” of delivery drivers found that more than one in four, or 28 percent, admitted to tasting a food order before delivering it to their customer.

The study was made of 1,518 American adults who had ordered food delivery apps, and also of 497 American adults who said they “identified as having worked as a deliverer for at least one food delivery app.” (Read more from “Here’s How Many Delivery Drivers Admit to Nibbling Your Food Before They Hand It to You” HERE)

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Video: Charging Bison Tosses​ Fleeing ​9-Year-Old Girl Into the Air at Yellowstone

A 9-year-old girl was the victim of a charging bison at Yellowstone National Park on Monday, when a free-roaming bull sent the child airborne in an attack caught on video. . .

Footage of the incident went viral, racking up millions of views within days. The clip taken by a bystander shows the animal calmly walking on a hill before breaking into a canter, charging the girl and sending her head over heels several feet in the air.

On Tuesday, the National Park Service confirmed that the incident occurred near the Old Faithful Geyser area, reporting that “according to witnesses, a group of approximately 50 people were within 5-10 feet of the bison for at least 20 minutes before eventually causing the bison to charge the group.”

The little girl from Odessa, Florida, was injured but treated by park emergency medical personnel before being taken to and released from a nearby clinic. The extent of her injuries was not disclosed, but the incident is still under investigation. No citations have been issued in relation to the episode.

Following Monday’s attack, park “officials stressed that people should stay at least 25 yards, or 75 feet, away from bison and other large animals such as elk, bighorn sheep, deer, moose and coyotes,” The Washington Post reported. Visitors who stumble upon a wolf or bear should keep even further distance, to 100 yards, or 300 feet. (Read more from “Video: Charging Bison Tosses​ Fleeing ​9-Year-Old Girl Into the Air at Yellowstone” HERE)

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Officials Warn Against Dumping Drugs Down Toilets — for Fear of Creating ‘Meth-Gators’

Law enforcement officials are issuing a tongue-in-cheek warning to residents to avoid dumping any drugs down toilets — because they fear creating “meth-gators.” . . .

The outlet reported that a spokesperson for the Loretto Police Department in Tennessee said that they arrested the man — a purported drug dealer — and caught in him the act of allegedly dumping a bunch of methamphetamine down his toilet on Saturday. Authorities arrested the suspect and discovered 12 grams of meth, 24 fluid ounces of liquid meth, and several pieces of paraphernalia. . .

According to the outlet, a Facebook post from the Loretto Police Department read:

This Folks…please don’t flush your drugs m’kay (sic). When you send something down the sewer pipe it ends up in our retention ponds for processing before it is sent down stream. Now our sewer guys take great pride in releasing water that is cleaner than what is in the creek, but they are not really prepared for meth.

Ducks, Geese, and other fowl frequent our treatment ponds and we shudder to think what one all hyped up on meth would do. Furthermore, if it made it far enough we could create meth-gators in Shoal Creek and the Tennessee River down in North Alabama. They’ve had enough methed up animals the past few weeks without our help. So, if you need to dispose of your drugs just give us a call and we will make sure they are disposed of in the proper way.

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There Is Now A Viral Movement To ‘Storm Area 51’

It’s a source of mystery, controversy, legend, and myth. An enigma that has captivated the minds of conspiracy theorists for decades. And now over one million people have pledged to storm it en masse to uncover the secrets hidden within.

Indeed, the top-secret facility “Area 51” near Groom Lake, Nevada, is now the subject of a viral Facebook event where people from all over the world are vowing to join forces in a mass effort to overrun the base, hoping that the high volume of people will overwhelm the military into letting them past the outer fences so that they can finally “see them aliens.”

According to Fox News, the “Storm Area 51” event has generated over one million “Going” pledges to participate in the planned raid scheduled on September 20 at 3:00 A.M. Another 912,000 have listed themselves as “Interested.” Exactly how many of the people “Going” are actually serious and not just joking remains to be seen.

“We will all meet up at the Area 51 Alien Center tourist attraction and coordinate our entry. If we naruto run, we can move faster than their bullets. Let’s see them aliens,” the page says. . .

Exactly how many of the people “Going” are actually serious and not just joking remains to be seen. As of this writing, the page has generated over 40,000 posts, with many people offering up ideas on how to carry out this not-so-clandestine plan. (Read more from “There Is Now A Viral Movement To ‘Storm Area 51’” HERE)

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Brain Implant Restores Vision to Blind People

Partial sight has been restored to six blind people via an implant that transmits video images directly to the brain.

Some vision was made possible – with the participants’ eyes bypassed – by a video camera attached to glasses which sent footage to electrodes implanted in the visual cortex of the brain.

University College London lecturer and Optegra Eye Hospital surgeon Alex Shortt said it was a significant development by specialists from Baylor Medical College in Texas and the University of California Los Angeles. . .

The US team behind the study asked participants, each of whom has been completely blind for years, to look at a blacked-out computer screen and identify a white square appearing randomly at different locations on the monitor. . .

Paul Phillip, who has been blind for almost a decade, says that when he wears the glasses to go on his evening walks with his wife, he can tell where the pavement and grass meet. He also can tell where his white sofa is located. (Read more from “Brain Implant Restores Vision to Blind People” HERE)

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