Growing pains: how Oregon wound up with way more pot than it can smoke | The Guardian


Flooded with supply, prices are dropping so much that some dispensaries in the Portland area are selling the drug for $4 a gram. That’s less than half the cost of a bargain-basement batch in other US cities where marijuana is legal, like Denver and Seattle.

But 1,824 marijuana-related business licenses have already been issued, including 981 production operations. Another 967 production licenses are in various stages of approval by the state and could come online later this year.

Source: Growing pains: how Oregon wound up with way more pot than it can smoke | Society | The Guardian

GOP in retreat on ObamaCare | TheHill


Republicans are retreating from calls to repeal ObamaCare ahead of this year’s midterm elections.

Less than a year after the GOP gave up on its legislative effort to repeal the law, Democrats are going on offense on this issue, attacking Republicans for their votes as they hope to retake the House majority.

Source: GOP in retreat on ObamaCare | TheHill

Return to Ward 17: Making peace with lost comrades


During my first hospitalization in Ward 17 in 2016, I learned how I’d developed post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) from years of covering war, terrorist attacks and natural disasters in the Middle East and Southeast Asia for Reuters. I was taught strategies to deal with the many symptoms I had such as anger, anxiety, emotional numbness and an inability to deal with unexpected noise. I read everything I could find on PTSD, trauma and war.

But I did not make peace with the event that really drove me into mental hell. I was only starting to comprehend the moral dimension of losing Namir and Saeed.

Besides PTSD, I was suffering moral injury.

Source: Return to Ward 17: Making peace with lost comrades

Trump order targets wide swath of public assistance programs | TheHill


The Trump administration is seeking to completely revamp the country’s social safety net, targeting recipients of Medicaid, food stamps and housing assistance.

Trump is doing so through a sweeping executive order that was quietly issued earlier this week — and that largely flew under the radar.

It calls on the Departments of Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Agriculture and other agencies across the federal government to craft new rules requiring that beneficiaries of a host of programs work or lose their benefits.

Source: Trump order targets wide swath of public assistance programs | TheHill

Tiny Injectable Sensor could Provide Unobtrusive, Long-Term Alcohol Monitoring


Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a miniature, ultra-low power injectable biosensor that could be used for continuous, long-term alcohol monitoring. The chip is small enough to be implanted in the body just beneath the surface of the skin and is powered wirelessly by a wearable device, such as a smartwatch or patch.

“The ultimate goal of this work is to develop a routine, unobtrusive alcohol and drug monitoring device for patients in substance abuse treatment programs,” said Drew Hall, an electrical engineering professor at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering who led the project.

Source: Tiny Injectable Sensor could Provide Unobtrusive, Long-Term Alcohol Monitoring

Paul Ryan Sees His Wild Washington Journey Coming to An End | POLITICO Magazine


Ryan was the man of the hour. Having spent a quarter-century in Washington—as an intern, waiter, junior think-tanker, Hill staffer and, since 1999, as a member of Congress—he had never wavered in his obsession with fixing what he viewed as the nation’s two fundamental weaknesses: its Byzantine tax system and ballooning entitlement state.

Now, with House Republicans celebrating the once-in-a-generation achievement of a tax overhaul, Ryan was feeling both jubilant and relieved—and a little bit greedy.

Tinkering with the social safety net is a bold undertaking, particularly in an election year. But Ryan has good reason for throwing caution to the wind: His time in Congress is running short.

Source: Paul Ryan Sees His Wild Washington Journey Coming to An End – POLITICO Magazine

Why hating Facebook won’t stop us from using it


While the site’s privacy troubles are recent, users have known about its other shortcomings for years. That Facebook can make us miserable is old news: so many research studies have concluded that it negatively affects our well-being, last year the company conducted its own such study and largely agreed.

“I’ve been impressed by the consistency with which the scientific literature has uncovered negative links,” said Ethan Kross, director of the Emotion and Self-Control Laboratory at the University of Michigan, whose oft-cited 2013 research concluded that Facebook use predicts a decline in users’ well-being.

So why are we all still using the service, really? What do the experts studying our behavior on Facebook have to say

Source: Commentary: Why hating Facebook won’t stop us from using it

Trump appointee at center of fight over religious freedom | TheHill


Roger Severino has launched a new division in the Office for Civil Rights solely responsible for enforcing laws that let health professionals opt out of procedures that violate their religion or conscience.

It is also charged with investigating claims of discrimination from those who say their religious or moral rights have been violated.

An accompanying proposed rule, which hasn’t yet been finalized, would require entities that receive HHS funding to certify they are complying with the conscience statutes. Those that are not could lose funding.

Source: Trump appointee at center of fight over religious freedom | TheHill

Managers, Take These Steps To Prevent Your Employees From Burning Out


Learn How To Recognize Signs Of Burnout. This tip applies more to individual managers than it does to employers as a whole. When workloads are at a peak for everyone, and there’s plenty of stress to go around, it can be difficult to remember to observe what–and how–others around us are doing. And when it comes to signs of burnout, it’s often difficult for people to recognize them, even within themselves.

That’s why it’s so important for managers to be able to recognize them–and take the necessary actions to address and resolve them.

Source: Managers, Take These Steps To Prevent Your Employees From Burning Out

Robocars: Time to Discuss Safety Validation | EE Times


It’s time for a reset on so-called self-driving vehicles. Now that an automated Uber vehicle has killed a woman crossing a dark street in Tempe, tech companies and automakers need to collectively take a deep breath and do a little soul-searching.

.. I hope the Arizona tragedy will at least shake some tech companies’ self-assurance sufficiently to refrain from telling the brazen lie that the wizardry of AI, machine learning and a gazillion teraflops packed into an automated vehicle SoC is going to make self-driving car not just possible, but easy-peasy.

Source: Robocars: Time to Discuss Safety Validation | EE Times