In the secretive world of online drug dealing, an underground website named Silk Road entices shoppers with a wide range of illegal substances -- from Ecstasy and other synthetic drugs to heroin and high-grade marijuana. The site, launched in February, is one of many new online outlets fueling a sudden and dangerous surge in synthetic drug abuse in Minnesota and nationwide, a Star Tribune investigation shows. Of 86 drug sites that were examined, 64 do not appear to have existed even just two years ago, according to Internet Exposure, a Web design and research firm that analyzed traffic data for the Star Tribune. Unique visitors to those sites soared from 122,090 in June 2009 to 404,469 in June 2011. The sheer volume and clandestine nature of these online sales are making it difficult, if not impossible, for authorities to stop illegal trafficking of dangerous drug products in this lucrative, anything-goes virtual marketplace. Just two months after Minnesota started enforcing a law … [Read more...] about Synthetic drug sales booming on Web
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(CNN)Bruno Mars found himself caught in a heated debate about cultural appropriation over the weekend after an activist accused the "24K Magic" star of being a culture vulture profiting off of traditionally black music. "Cultural appropriation," according to the Cambridge Dictionary, is "the act of taking or using things from a culture that is not your own, especially without showing that you understand or respect this culture." Bruno Mars' mother is Filipina and his father is Puerto Rican and Jewish But the Grammy-winning star is known for blending elements of funk, soul, R&B, reggae and hip-hop in his music --- genres that are historically and traditionally African-American. Here's the two-minute video that started it all: Read More this is why i hate bruno mars @seren_sensei says it all pic.twitter.com/CRLktsA2ea— hannie (@hannahmburrell) March 9, 2018 "Bruno Mars 100% is a cultural appropriator. He is not black, at all, and he plays up his racial ambiguity to … [Read more...] about After Bruno Mars is accused of cultural appropriation, black celebrities come to his defense
NEW YORK (AP) — Ta-Nehisi Coates is taking on another comics franchise.The prize-winning author and journalist says in an announcement this week that he is writing a Captain America series for Marvel. Coates posted an essay about his project on The Atlantic's web site. He wrote that Captain America represented a "kind of Lincolnesque optimism" and that he wanted to explore what made people believe in "The Dream." The first issue comes out in July.Coates has also written for the Black Panther series and helped inspire the blockbuster movie that came out last month.His books include "Between the World and Me," which won the National Book Award, and "We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy." He is a national correspondent for The Atlantic. … [Read more...] about Ta-Nehisi Coates writing Captain America series
NBCBLK is celebrating Black History Month with the theme “Black History Is Our History: Black history. Your history. Our history.” During the month of February, we not only want to take the opportunity to highlight and recognize the accomplishments of African-Americans and the black community, but also remind others of the historic contributions of immigrants to the United States. All month long, we invite you to join in on the conversation and share your black history with us on social media using the hashtag #BLKHistory. Below are thoughts from a few of our NBC anchors and correspondents, leadership, contributors and other members of our NBC family on their #BLKHistory that we will update throughout the month. Sarah Glover, President, National Association of Black Journalists "Black History Month (BHM) is a time for storytelling, celebration and hope. Telling stories across generations is entertaining and a common practice of all people. This is why BHM and the awareness … [Read more...] about #BLKHistory: Black history. Your history. Our history.
Remi Bonnart reaches for plants stored inside a growth room at the National Center for Genetic Resources Preservation on October 8 in Fort Collins, Colorado. Erin Hull for Newsweek Tech & Science Food Plants Agriculture Preservation genetics Colorado In 1948, botanist F.W. Went began a modest experiment that has since grown and grown into what is now a massive science project networked across the globe with ambitions of saving humankind from an increasingly hostile environment. But its initial goal sought to answer a remarkably simple question: How long do seeds survive?The year the project launched, Life magazine wrote about the “wonderfully unhurried” experiment intended to last 360 years, complete with a photo of Went, a California Institute of Technology professor at the time, standing behind shelves lined with 2,400 slender glass tubes holding 120 types of dried seeds from California-native plants. Sixty-seven years later, Went’s seeds reside in a beige … [Read more...] about Breakfast in Post-Apocalypse America