The club drug Molly—slang for a form of ecstasy—is linked to four recent deaths. It’s not uncommon to get a ‘bad batch.’ But fans tell Abby Haglage the trip is way too fun to give up. The first time Adam tried Molly, he was 19. He loved it. “I was visiting friends in Boulder for a Sound Tribe Sector 9 show at Red Rocks,” says Adam, who was raised in Chicago. (All names have been changed.) He was new to the electronic music scene, but not naïve about its reputation for drug experimentation. “I kind of expected when I went to
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian will pay a visit to Moscow to confer with Russian officials on the latest developments in Syria, semi-official Fars news agency reported on Sunday. Amir-Abdollahian will head to Moscow on Monday where he is scheduled to meet with his Russian counterpart and other top officials. On Sunday, Iran´s Foreign Minister Mohammad- Javad Zarif arrived in Baghdad on an official visit to meet with the Iraqi leaders over the Syrian crisis. Over the past weeks, Iran´s Foreign Ministry has undertaken an active diplomacy over Syria
Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) is running for president. In a radio interview this week, the Republican lawmaker told a New Hampshire station that he was in the state “because right now I’m running for president,” according to The New York Daily News. The visit was King’s second of four trips to the traditional home of the nation’s first presidential primary. The announcement makes King the first Republican to officially declare their intentions to run for president in 2016. King has previously expressed an interest in running for president, though Democrats including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi have had their doubts
As the vote to authorize a U.S. attack on Syria nears this week, President Barack Obama is preparing to grant six interviews on Monday, and to address the nation on Tuesday. But the opposition is growing in strength and has the upper hand. The debate itself, brought about by Obama´s decision first to ignore Congress, then to reverse himself, has already damaged his stature. A "no" vote will have even more far-reaching effects. One effect will be to punish Obama for once leading the anti-war movement as U.S. troops were fighting difficult battles in Iraq. After all, Congress will merely
“I don’t even know who my White House liaison is,” a frustrated Representative Adam Kinzinger, who supports military action in Syria, said on This Week this morning. The Illinois Republican told George Stephanopoulos that his office reached out to the White House to help “round up support” for authorization last week. “I haven’t heard back from the White House yet — I haven’t heard back from anyone,” he said. Kinzinger praised President Obama’s assessment of this situation in Syria, but the “trust deficit” with Congress will prevent it from passing. “You can’t begin to build a relationship with Congress for
MoveOn.org, the progressive political action committee that backed Barack Obama´s 2008 presidential bid, has released a new 30-second ad urging congress to oppose the president´s proposed military strike against Syria. The ad, which will air this week on MSNBC with an increased run around his address to the nation Tuesday, was previewed Sunday morning on ABC´s "This Week." Tying Syria to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the ad´s narrator states: "What should Americans expect if we rush into Syria, alone, with no real plan for the consequences? We already know, it gets worse." "Congress, most Americans oppose missile strikes
A much cooler than expected summer has caused more than a million square miles of ocean to be covered in ice this year - a 60% increase from August, 2012. See for yourself (snip)The rebound from 2012´s record low comes six years after the BBC reported that global warming would leave the Arctic ice-free in summer by 2013. Instead, days before the annual autumn re-freeze is due to begin, an unbroken ice sheet more than half the size of Europe already stretches from the Canadian islands to Russia´s northern shores.
Billionaire investor Tom Steyer said he is backing a four-part, $1 million advertising campaign aimed at convincing viewers the Keystone XL pipeline will hurt the economy and communities and should be blocked. The first commercial, airing today during the political talk shows, features Steyer in Port Arthur, Texas, saying much of the oil to be shipped from Alberta to refineries along the U.S. Gulf Coast would end up being exported. “Foreign countries will get more access to more oil to make more products to sell back to us, undercutting our economy,” Steyer, founder of the hedge fund Farallon Capital Management
It seems even Barack Obama doesn´t want to be seen on MSNBC. The Washington Post reported moments ago that the President of the United States, ahead of his address to the nation about Syria Tuesday, will give interviews to the evening newscasts of ABC, CBS, CNN, FNC, NBC and PBS Monday. Deliciously absent was MSNBC, the network so deeply in bed with Obama that there´s hardly room for the First Lady. Does the White House think it´s a waste of time going on MSNBC to make his case since that´s the raison d´etre of that farce of a news network?
In an exclusive interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, former Deputy Chief of Mission in Libya Gregory Hicks recalled being told of the death of then U.S. ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens in Benghazi last year, characterizing it as the “saddest moment” in his career. Hicks – who had a brief phone conversation only hours before with Stevens before the line went dead — was informed of his death by Libya’s prime minister. “He just says, ‘I’m very sorry, Greg, to tell you this, but our friend Chris has passed on.’ I think those were his words. There was deep remorse
Catholic News Agency is ahead of the curve on a likely major development affecting a U.S. household name. The Coca-Cola Company´s sponsorship of a "controversial Spanish reality (TV) show" ("disgusting" would appear to be a better word) in Spain is blowing up in its face, and not only because of the content of the program itself. The caustic reaction of a Coke executive to those who have criticized his company´s support of the program has sparked calls for a boycott of the company´s products which seems to have the potential to cut into the company´s sales volume. Excerpts from CNA´s
On Fox News Sunday, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough defended President Barack Obama’s attempts to persuade a skeptical Congress to approve military intervention into the Syrian civil war, and host Chris Wallace asked him point blank if a failure to garner authorization would cripple Obama’s second term. “If at the end of this process the president loses, doesn’t he become a lame duck the next day?” Wallace asked. “Whatever the political ramifications of this debate are, are something that maybe somebody else here or you guys will debate or somebody else will resolve,” McDonough replied. “We’re approaching this
Norway´s centre-right opposition, led by the Conservatives and including a populist anti-immigration party, looks set to oust Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg in a general election, a poll showed Sunday as voting began in parts of the country. A survey published in daily Aftenposten credited the four centre-right parties with 54.3 percent of voter support, which would give them a comfortable majority of 95 of 169 seats in parliament. The centre-right is made up of the Conservatives, headed by Erna Solberg who is tipped to become the next prime minister, the populist Progress Party, and two smaller parties, the Christian Democrats
San Francisco-Internet security experts are calling for a campaign to rewrite Web security in the wake of disclosures that the U.S. National Security Agency has developed the capability to break encryption protecting millions of sites. But they acknowledged the task won´t be easy, in part because internet security has relied heavily on brilliant government scientists who now appear suspect to many. Leading technologists said they felt betrayed that the NSA, which has contributed to some important security standards, was trying to ensure they stayed weak enough that the agency could break them. Some said they were stunned that the government would value
A cold Arctic summer has led to a record increase in the ice cap, leading experts to predict a period of global cooling. There has been a 60 per cent increase in the amount of ocean covered with ice compared to this time last year, they equivalent of almost a million square miles. In a rebound from 2012´s record low an unbroken ice sheet more than half the size of Europe already stretches from the Canadian islands to Russia´s northern shores, days before the annual re-freeze is even set to begin. The Northwest Passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific
On a recent Friday night in Phoenix, an unmarked white Department of Homeland Security bus pulls up to a curb near the Greyhound bus station. The door swings open and 15 young men and women from India step off. In the scorching summer heat, they climb into waiting cars and taxis, cramming as many passengers inside as possible before they are driven off into the night. A half-hour later, a second DHS bus pulls up to the same spot. Twenty Indians climb into cars and taxis, and like the first group, speed off.
US Secretary of State John Kerry says he and Arab League foreign ministers have agreed that the Syrian president´s alleged use of chemical weapons had crossed a "global red line". Mr Kerry, speaking in Paris, is in Europe to muster support for action against President Bashar al-Assad. "Assad´s deplorable use of chemical weapons crosses an international, global red line," he said. [Snip] The BBC´s Hugh Schofield reports from Paris that some like Saudi Arabia and Qatar are in favour while others like Syria´s neighbours Jordan and Lebanon are far more cautious, worried about the conflict spreading across their borders. Mr Kerry was speaking at
Pine Bluff, Ark. - A 107-year old Pine Bluff man died Saturday after a shootout with officers and S.W.A.T. members. The Pine Bluff Police Dept. released the following information about the incident on Saturday evening. "On September 7, 2013, at approximately 4:25 p.m., Officers of the Pine Bluff Police Department responded to a disturbance at 1411 W. 16th. When they arrived, they were able to determine that an Aggravated Assault had occurred against two people at the residence. The suspect, Monroe Isadore (M, 107 years old), had pointed a weapon at them. The officers had the two victims leave the
The Haggler gets a lot of e-mail from people with expired warranties on broken products, accompanied by plaintive lines like “Hey, I know the warranty ended a year ago, but I think the company should stand by its blah, blah, blah.” Nobody actually uses the words “blah, blah, blah,” by the way. That would be silly. But not as silly as asking the Haggler to intervene when a warranty has expired. That is very silly. If you, dear consumer, agree that your TV — or computer or dishwasher or whatever — is covered for three years, please do not get
International crime fighting organisation Interpol is 90 years old today. Set up in 1923 to facilitate international police cooperation it boasts 190 member countries and is the second largest intergovernmental organisation after the UN. The International Criminal Police Organization, to give it its full name, is based in Lyon, France and operates globally from a number of sub-offices. Its remit is to provide communications, intelligence and database assistance between police forces across the globe and its primary focuses are public safety, terrorism, organised crime, people smuggling, piracy, drugs trafficking and illicit traffic in works of art. Interpol´s huge database maintains
Many Democrats against U.S. intervention in Syria cite the American experience in Iraq as a basis for their opposition to a military strike against the Assad regime. "The Iraq thing is why people have so much trepidation about going into Syria," James Carville explained on Fox News Wednesday. "I think what really is freaking people out is the incompetence of the Bush administration in Iraq." Many other Democrats have said the same thing in less pithy fashion.Some Republicans scoff, but the critics have at least a little bit of a point. The Iraq war took disastrous turns that were unforeseen
Just hours after he led 100,000 faithful in a vigil of prayer and fasting for peace in Syria, Pope Francis this morning again issued an impassioned appeal for peace not only in Syria but also in the entire Middle East region. Making his Sunday Angelus address in St Peter’s Square, Francis thanked all those who had attended last night’s prayer vigil but he called on everyone to continue to pray for peace, saying: “The campaign goes on: we must continue with prayer and with calls for peace. I invite you to keep on praying so that the violence and devastation
French, it is said, is the language of love. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry flaunted his fluency in the language on Saturday to deliver something of a love letter to France, one of the few world powers that seems likely to join the United States in any military action against Syria. [Snip] Speaking in French for eight minutes beneath the gold-painted cherubs of one of the Quai d´Orsay´s elegant salons, Kerry traced the history of U.S.-French relations beginning from the American Revolution, while glossing over their many tiffs. "When he visited General de Gaulle in Paris more than 50
A suspected burglar arrested after being discovered in a royal state room at Buckingham Palace is being held in a mental health unit, it has emerged. DJ Victor Miller, 37, was found ´in an area currently open to the public during the day´ after scaling a 12ft fence to get into the palace. Miller, from Bow, East London, was arrested for burglary, trespass and criminal damage on Monday and was last night being held in a mental health unit where he will stay for 28 days for assessment. The DJ, who claims to have worked with Amy Winehouse, N-Dubz and Tinchy Strider
The Foreign Secretary said a second vote would only be possible if the Government secured support from Labour. However, he said he could not envisage returning to Parliament unless circumstances changed “dramatically”. The news came as it emerged two RAF jets were scrambled from their base in Cyprus to investigate Syrian planes that had crossed into international airspace. [Snip] “But Parliament has spoken--there was a great reluctance from MPs to vote even for the rather mild motion that we were putting forward.” Mr Hague suggested that the Government would only agree to another vote with Labour’s support.
VATICAN CITY -- Tens of thousands of people filled St. Peter´s Square for a four-hour Syria peace vigil late Saturday, answering Pope Francis´ call for a grassroots cry for peace that was echoed by Christians and non-Christians alike in Syria and in vigils around the world. The Vatican estimated about 100,000 took part in the Rome event, making it one of the largest rallies in the West against proposed U.S.-led military action against the Syrian regime following the Aug. 21 chemical weapons attack near Damascus. Francis spent most of the vigil in silent prayer, but during his speech he issued a heartfelt