Marijuana Users More Likely to Need Emergency Care and Hospitalization, Study Finds

A new study suggests recreational marijuana smokers may be at an increased risk of needing emergency room care or hospitalization compared with those who do not use cannabis.

Canadian researchers behind the study published in BMJ Open Respiratory Research compared health data from nearly 4,800 people who reported using marijuana in the preceding 12 months with data from 10,000 people who don’t use.

The goal of the study was to examine whether there was a link between marijuana use and respiratory-related hospitalizations or emergency room visits. While researchers found no strong association with marijuana use and respiratory-related hospital visits and deaths, they found overall visits to emergency rooms and hospitalizations for any reason was higher among those who used marijuana. The analysis was adjusted for 31 other confounding factors, such as physical and mental health diseases, tobacco, alcohol and illicit drug use.

Cannabis users were 22 percent more likely than those who don’t use to land in the emergency room or become hospitalized for any reason, suggesting use of the drug may be associated with negative health outcomes. Bodily injury was the top reason for emergency department visits and hospitalizations among marijuana users, while respiratory issues came in second. (Read more from “Marijuana Users More Likely to Need Emergency Care and Hospitalization, Study Finds” HERE)

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400K Chinese Items Pulled off Costco Shelves Over Dangerous Defect

Over 400,000 patio umbrellas sold at big box retailer Costco have been recalled due to a malfunction that can cause them to burst into flames.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission issued the recall announcement this week after six reported incidents of product malfunction.

“The firm has received six reports of the lithium-ion batteries overheating,” the commission wrote. “This includes three reports of solar panels catching fire while charging via the AC adapter indoors and two reports of umbrellas catching fire when the solar panel puck overheated and caught fire while attached to the umbrella and one smoke inhalation injury.” . . .

“Consumers should immediately stop using the umbrellas, remove the solar panel puck containing a lithium-ion battery from the top of the umbrella, store the puck out of the sun and away from combustible material and do not charge the puck with the AC adapter.” (Read more from “400K Items Pulled off Costco Shelves Over Dangerous Defect” HERE)

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Creepy Report: Alexa Working On Allowing Conversations With Dead Relatives

. . .According to the Sun, Alexa could be getting a new feature that would let you talk to a dead relative.

The report called the idea “creepy,” but said it anyway is being tested.

It is intended to “speak to you in the voice of deceased friends, family or loved ones.” . . .

Rohit Prasad, a spokesman for Amazon, apparently explained is is to “make the memories last.”

The software apparently, after hearing someone’s voice for less than a minute, can simulate that voice when speaking. (Read more from “Creepy Report: Alexa Working On Allowing Conversations With Dead Relatives” HERE)

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Largest Ever Florida Python Discovered, and the Contents of Its Stomach Will Blow Your Mind

Field biologists discovered an 18-foot invasive Burmese python weighing 215 pounds in the Florida Everglades.

Researchers from the Conservancy of Southwest Florida believed their scale was broken when they weighed the beast, as none of them could comprehend a Burmese python would ever grow so huge, National Geographic reported Tuesday. The snake, the largest ever discovered in Florida, was captured using a male scout snake with a GPS tracker attached to it, the outlet continued. Burmese pythons are effectively impossible to spot without scout snakes, according to BroBible. . .

Inside her digestive tract, the researchers found “tan goop with bits of fur,” dissolved bone and three intact hoof cores belonging to a deer, National Geographic reported. Only 73 different animal species have been discovered inside of Florida Burmese python guts, including 24 mammals, 47 birds and two reptiles, according to the outlet. (Read more from “Largest Ever Florida Python Discovered, and the Contents of Its Stomach Will Blow Your Mind” HERE)

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Why the Special Counsel Needs to Fight for More Spygate Documents, Stat

Special Counsel John Durham’s prosecution of Igor Danchenko, the Russian national who served as Christopher Steele’s primary sub-source, will soon heat up—maybe as early as next week, if prosecutors are wise and return to the grand jury to obtain the documents the Hillary Clinton campaign wrongfully withheld based on attorney-client privilege. Those documents will likely reveal Fusion GPS peddled Danchenko’s lies directly to reporters.

The jury’s acquittal of former Clinton campaign attorney Michael Sussmann after less than a day of deliberations represented a setback to Durham’s three-year investigation of the Russia collusion hoax. Americans nonetheless learned much from the prosecution, including that Hillary Clinton held personal responsibility for the peddling of the Alfa Bank conspiracy theory and that, post-Donald Trump, the FBI and legacy media remain corrupt.

The special counsel team also learned a valuable lesson from the court’s rulings on the admissibility of documents withheld from the grand jury based on the Clinton campaign’s assertion of attorney-client privilege: Don’t wait until trial to challenge the improperly withheld documents.

Given the breakneck speed of the Sussmann prosecution, it is to be expected that, following Tuesday’s acquittal, the special counsel team regroups for a few days. But by Monday, their focus should turn to their prosecution of Danchenko. . .

In November 2021, the special counsel indicted Danchenko on five counts, charging him “with lying to the FBI during the agents’ questioning of him related to his role as Christopher Steele’s ‘Primary Sub-Source’ for the notorious dossier that enabled Obama administration surveillance of the Trump campaign.” (Read more from “Why the Special Counsel Needs to Fight for More Spygate Documents, Stat” HERE)

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Arby’s Manager Confesses to Peeing in Milkshake Mix: Police

A Washington state man who worked as a manager at Arby’s has been accused of peeing into the restaurant’s milkshake mix, which could have later been served to dozens of customers.

Vancouver police found a video, which shows 29-year-old Stephen Sharp urinating into a bag of milkshake mix, on Sharp’s phone while investigating him for possession of child pornography. . .

Sharp allegedly admitted to investigators that he had urinated two different times in the mixture for “sexual gratification” but was “almost sure” that he had thrown the bag away after, according to a probable cause affidavit obtained by the Columbian. If the bag was not thrown away, approximately 30 to 40 milkshakes sold to customers could have been contaminated. (Read more from “Arby’s Manager Confesses to Peeing in Milkshake Mix: Police” HERE)

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How The Washington Post And ACLU Helped Amber Heard Attack Johnny Depp

According to evidence presented in court, actress Amber Heard lied within the first moment she stepped onto the witness stand last week, saying: “I am here because my ex-husband is suing me for an op-ed I wrote.”

The Washington Post op-ed at the heart of the defamation lawsuit from actor Johnny Depp carried the byline, “By Amber Heard,” and Heard should be held responsible for putting her name on its contents, but the op-ed was anything but written by Heard.

In fact, in a disturbing breach of journalistic and nonprofit ethics, testimony in the tragic trial of Johnny Depp v. Amber Heard reveals Depp should put two other defendants on trial: the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Washington Post. The two organizations raise millions of dollars on brand reputations that hinge on values of transparency, honesty, and ethics that they violated in writing and publishing the allegedly defamatory op-ed.

In a carefully orchestrated operation, extensive documentation of which I’ve detailed on Substack, we now know from testimony and email evidence that the communications, “development,” “artist engagement,” and legal teams of the ACLU crafted, wrote, lawyered, and placed the salacious 765-word Washington Post “op-ed” that implied Depp was a wife-beater with a 26-word assertion: “two years ago, I became a public figure representing domestic abuse, and I felt the full force of our culture’s wrath for women who speak out.”

“The ACLU was a co-conspirator with Ms. Heard,” Depp’s attorney, Ben Chew, said during his arguments on Tuesday. “Of course, Mr. Depp chose not to sue them,” responded Heard’s lawyer, Benjamin Rottenborn. Heard’s and Depp’s PR firms didn’t comment further. The ACLU and Washington Post didn’t return several requests for comment. (Read more from “How the Washington Post and ACLU Helped Amber Heard Attack Johnny Depp” HERE)

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1,000-Pound Great White Shark Stalking US Waters

A massive great white shark reportedly weighing over 1,000 pounds has reached America’s waters off the coast of North Carolina.

The alpha-predator was spotted on Monday in an area near the Outer Banks, according to a report.

Experts have nicknamed the shark “Ironbound” and have followed the fish since it was captured, tagged, and released in Canadian waters around West Ironbound Island, Nova Scotia, the report noted. (Read more from “1,000-Pound Great White Shark Stalking US Waters” HERE)

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Car Owner Sued After Jeep Kills Mechanic During Oil Change (VIDEO)

A Michigan man who left his car at a dealership for an oil change and tire rotation is being sued after his vehicle was involved in the death of one of the dealership’s employees.

Sergio Enrique Diaz-Navarro took his red 2019 Wrangler to a Chrysler Jeep Dodge dealership on March 13, 2020, and 19-year-old lube technician Daniel Thompson worked on the car. After the service was complete, the vehicle “lurched forward” as the young employee attempted to operate it, crushing 42-year-old mechanic Jeffrey Hawkins against a cabinet, court records show.

Thompson had lowered the Jeep from the vehicle lift, and then tried to start the car and let it idle to ensure there were no oil leaks around the filter, according to court records.

“Thompson reached into the vehicle and pressed brake with his right foot, keeping his other foot on the floor,” the plaintiff summary reads. “He pressed the start button. When the vehicle did not start, he took his foot off the brake and depressed the clutch pedal. He again hit the start button. This time the Jeep started. He removed his foot from the clutch, still standing outside the vehicle. The vehicle lurched forward.” . . .

Attorney David Femminineo, who is representing Hawkins’ estate, told FOX 2 that Thompson did not know how to drive the vehicle’s manual transmission and did not have a license. The attorney also said the dealership cannot be sued because of a legal standard preventing an employee from suing their boss for negligence, which, in this case, would be the hiring of someone who should not have been driving. (Read more from “Car Owner Sued After Jeep Kills Mechanic During Oil Change (VIDEO)” HERE)

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Giant Sea Monster Found at 9000 Feet in the Alps, May Be the Largest Animal to Ever Exist

A giant monster that could be the largest animal that ever lived, has been unearthed high up in the Alps.

Scientists are saying that the 205 million year old ichthyosaur was larger than a blue whale. The huge marine creature was identified from fossils representing three individuals that included massive teeth and vertebrae.

They were dug out of rocks at an huge altitude of more than 9,000 feet in Switzerland. . .

[One of the team member’s called Dr Heinz Furrer is a retired curator at the University of Zurich’s Palaeontological Institute and Museum] said: “We think that the big ichthyosaurs followed schools of fish into the lagoon. The fossils may also derive from strays that died there.

“You have to be kind of a mountain goat to access the relevant beds. They have the vexing property of not occurring below about 8,000 feet, way above the treeline. (Read more about the giant sea monster found high above tree line in the Alps HERE)