The US Food and Drug Administration has approved the S(+) enantiomer of ketamine under the new generic name eskatamine1 to be used as a fast acting treatment for depression (archived). The dissociative anesthetic drug is being marketed as a fast acting nasal spray offering relief within hours. Attached to the approval are conditions that this dissociative experience only be administered at select clinics with individual doses costing 900 USD per hit or 7000 USD for a month of biweekly doses as recommended by the label instructions.
A constitutional referendum in Cuba passed with 86.85 percent of ballots in favor, 9 percent opposed, and 4.5 percent of ballots blank or spoiled.1 Opposition to the new consitution is being portrayed in the Anglophone press as not a preference for the old consitution, but a dislike for the crowd in power, who will remain in power under the new structure (archived).
As in democratic Venezuela and everywhere else, entrenched socialism polls very well among those dependent on it.
Teachers in West Virginia are striking because they are outraged concessions they won in the form of pay increases and other personal incentives last year lead to a reduction of the rest of West Virginia's education budget this year (archived). Per the laws on the bookin West Virginia, teacher's strikes are illegal. This situation raises the serious question as to whether cause, effect, and finitude in the West Virginia curriculum?
A proposal working its way towards approval in New Jersey would mandate contractors working on government projects use "work verification" software that captures screenshots, logs keystrokes, and gives "real time access" to a new class of government hires verifying contractor billable hours (archived). The proposal comes only 12 years too late to prevent dicking around with technology at the workplace now that anyone in the Americas with a somewhat regular income can acquire their own ipNohe or other fondle slab. The ipNohE or fondle slab allows layabouts1 to lolcat on both their own screen and their employer's time.
DNA testing firm FamilyTreeDNA has been caught openly handing over customers information to the criminal FBI without their knowledge or consent (archived). CEO Bennett Greenspan claims his desire to be a "crime-fighter" and live out his fantasy of being Batman without the risk of getting punched was the motive for his appalling subversion of customer trust.
An alleged Wikipedia edit placing someone not named Maduro as Venezuela's President on Wikipedia lead to numerous stories in English language publications declaring Wikipedia was being blocked in Venezuela. These declarations said connections to Wikipedia were failing due to SSL handshake molesation rather than the more common state actor method of DNS manipulation.
Attempts to verify the block and its implementation with people actually in Venezuela suggest no such thing is happening on a country wide scale if it is had happened at all.
Contacts in Venezuela who offered evidence countering the popular claim of a block on Wikipedia countered with this upcoming Wednesday as the soonest any challenger to the Maduro government is planning to formally present their challenges his power. In this context the evidence suggests the Wikipedia block story was more likely a USG state department effort to justify "regime change" than an action knowlingly undertaken by the Maduro government.
Persons in Venezuela are advised to maintain high levels of preparedness for US humanitarian missile strikes and intervention within the next 6 months. Persons in the US Navy are advised to maintain very high levels of preparedness for the possibility their ship is sank within the next 6 months.
Within the course of one week Pantuits have gone from lauding freshman congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard to condemning her. Gabbard began the week high on Pantsuit praise for calling US President Donald Trump a motherfucker to falling as a pariah after announcing her intention to mount a presidential run in 2020 (archived). As soon as she displayed ambition of rising in the Pantsuit ranks she was attacked for supporting an end to Hillary Clinton's Infinity Wars, especially in Syria.
On other points party driving Pantsuits are offering criticisms of Gabbart that appear contrary to professed pantsuit values. Rejecting their value of diversity pantsuits are shunning rather than embracing her diverse Hindu nationalism. Rejecting their professed anti-Racism they are writing off her for opposing Israel for their racial caste system and Israeli violence against persons from different backgrounds.
The 'American Psychological Association' has declared masculinity as harmful and in the course of doing so has marginalized half of the human race based on their biology (archived). The critique offered by the organization, which represents most practicing clinical psychologists in the US, most intensenly condemneds masculine traits that have positive roles in making societies worth living in. Why would cows need status and adventure to find fulfillment?
Peter Boghossian is facing sanctions at Portland State University for his participation in an investigation into the intellectual bankruptcy of contemporary 'academic journals' purporting to publish in the 'social sciences' (archived). The University's institutional review board has determined Boghossian is guilty 'research misconduct' under the guise that academic journal editors being presented candidate papers are 'uninformed human research subjects' when their purported job involves functioning as a sort of meat powered spam filter. The board futher is alleging Boghossian engaged in academic fraud dismissing the core discovery of the investigation, that there are in fact very few checks against the publication of academic fraud in 'prestige journals' by parties less inclined to disclose their deceptions.
As the new, divided Congress is sworn in the notorious criminal organization calling itself the United States Government remains partially shutdown. Trump's captured party holds control of the Senate, with the Lich McCain dead, the unreliable Jeff Flake gone, and Mitt Romney stuck trying to play the GOP's Pantsuitist voice of dissent all by his lonesome. Meanwhile the overt Pantsuitists control the lower house, but they suffer a wide, flat distribution among members of professed ideologies with less in common the ever beyond a shared belief that "Orange man bad" for wanting to to bring the USG's goals back down to what little remains of its abilities.
With Trump ending at least one of the USG's long running Infinity Wars (8 years of hostilities in a foreign land without a formal declaration of hostilities) and scaling back the others, Congress still won't find Trump money for any sort of physical barrier on the southern border. Apparently he's trying to be flexible and compromise. 5.6 billion USD was his ask, but he'll take half. A wall would be nice, but he'll take a fence of spiked steel slats.
But such things go against USG principles as Congress imagines them. A physical barrier is impractical when Boeing can sell a "virtual fence" with cameras, drones, and a pricey ongoing maintenance contract.