Monday April 17th - Sunday April 23rd
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Sorry it's not the morning anymore. I had other stuff to do last night. But please read my hard work! Thank you for subscribing and share this widely. Go the main website for a post version from every week. Help this grow! And now, the stories:
Wily legislators couldn't stop Denver marijuana church from opening on 4/20.
The International Church of Cannabis has opened its doors in Denver after a last minute attempt by state Rep. Dan Pabon to stop pot use in churches, conspicuously aimed at the controversial project.
On Thursday morning, the Colorado House rejected an amendment to a broader bill on on marijuana use. Pabon said the rule was needed to project Colorado's reputation.
"If that’s the road in which we’re going, it’s shameful to me that that’s what the people of Colorado … the people around the world right now think that’s what the laws allow,” he said.
Both parties blasted the amendment as an unconstitutional restriction on religion. Democratic Rep. Joe Salazar ridiculed the rule as a "nanny state" style of government.
Despite the opposition, the opening of the more than a century-old building adorned with colorful murals by Okuda San Miguel and Kenny Scharf went without a hitch. "It seemed to be a nice steady flow of people," founder Lee Molloy told the New York Times.
Molloy calls his cannabis use a sacrament, along with more than 30 other "Elevationists," as the members refer to themselves. "I find myself able to relax here, I find myself able to think, to meditate, to take some time out of my day and to have a good experience," Molloy told Colorado Public Radio.
Scientists confirm a comet hit Earth in 10,950BC, beginning the world as we know it.
According to experts at the University of Edinburgh, mysterious symbols carved onto stone pillars at Gobekli Tepe in southeastern Turkey suggest that comet fragments hit Earth around 11,000 years ago, resulting in a mini-ice age, commonly referred to as the Younger Dryas.
Carvings on a pillar known as the "vulture stone" were discovered to be creatures representing constellations and the comet. Using a computer program, the researchers were able to show where those constellations would have appeared, and then correlate that with ice core data from Greenland.
Graham Hancock is probably feeling pretty good right about now, having advanced this premise for decades, resulting in copious friction with many archeologists. His most recent book Magicians of the Gods, argued this specifically using the recent discovery of Gobekli Tepe.
Gobekli Tepe is the world's oldest temple site, dated at around 9,000BCE and 6,000 years older than Stonehenge. This research vindicates Hancock's argument that the site is the origin point of agriculture and our current civilization. The comet's dramatic impact resulted in harsh climactic conditions which brought communities together to work out new ways to maintain crops, and Hancock argues that agriculture emerged as a way to feed the workers needed to build the massive temple complex.
"I think this research, along with the recent finding of a widespread platinum anomaly across the North American continent virtually seal the case in favour of (a Younger Dryas comet impact)," Dr. Martin Sweatman, who led the research, told The Telegraph. "Our work serves to reinforce that physical evidence. What is happening here is the process of paradigm change."
A former internet psychic is running for office in Iowa.
Republican congressman Steve King of Iowa, most recently notorious for his David Duke-endorsed "somebody else's babies” tweet has an insurgent challenger. Kim Weaver ran as an incumbent in 2016, but lost by 22 percentage points. With a surge of Democratic candidates aiming for the 2018 elections, Weaver recently announced her candidacy on MSNBC, raising $179,000 in the first three months of 2017.
But after an anonymous package arrived at The Des Moines Register, they reported on Weaver’s prior life as an internet psychic. Calling herself “Kimberanne,” Weaver charged as much as $3.99 per minute for readings online. She ran a site called “The Sprit Weaver” where she offered services like tarot card readings and mediumship, among others.
"Frankly, the idea that people would care about something Kim did 10 years ago on an entertainment website more than Steve King's horrendous voting record is insulting to the voters of this district," said Weaver's political director, Todd Prieb, in the statement. "Kim does not actually believe she has psychic abilities, but she does foresee Steve King being unemployed after 2018."
Some readers of the Register shared this reaction. "If this story was meant to damage Weaver's prospects as a candidate against Congressman Steve King, sorry, you failed," wrote a reader in a letter to the editor. "The casualty in this story is The Des Moines Register, which should be embarrassed by such gotcha, bush-league journalism."
After the story, some people have suggested she leave the race. "I’m not dropping out," she told the Pilot-Tribune Tuesday. "People say they want to have freedom of religion and freedom of speech, especially Democrats, but the moment there’s something they may not agree with, they want you to drop out?" Weaver suspects the package came from America Rising, a Republican opposition research organization. Evidently, The Des Moines Register forgot what ratfucking is.
Alex Jones says it was never for real, according to his lawyer.
The internet compilation video celebrity is locked in a custody battle with his former wife, after a 2015 divorce. As part of his legal defense his lawyer said Jones in nothing more than a "performance artist" and drew a comparison to Jack Nicholson as the Joker in Batman.
"He's playing a character," said the attorney. Jones, known for calling the Sandy Hook school shooting a hoax and going on anti-gay tirades has been called "the most prolific conspiracy theorist in contemporary America" by The Southern Poverty Law Center.
Kelly Jones, his ex-wife, alleges that he is subjecting their three children to an "incendiary upbringing." She is seeking full custody of their 14-year-old son and 12- and 9-year-old daughters.
"He's not a stable person," she said at a pretrial hearing last week. "He says he wants to break Alec Baldwin's neck. He wants J-Lo to get raped."
But state District Judge Orlinda Naranjo isn't going to let Jones' on-air persona get in the way of the trial. "This case is not about Infowars and I don't want it to be about Infowars," she said, adding that the focus must be the children. Opening arguments are set for tomorrow morning.
Jones has asked that the press "be respectful and responsible," in a statement also noting that "above all, this is a private matter. This is about my family and only my family."
A mysterious technique lets Polynesians find islands when they let off lines of light.
How ancient Polynesians settled the many tiny islands that dot a vast ocean (Easter Island is 1000 miles from the nearest habitable land) has long been called accidental by European academics. According to them, Pacific Islanders would jump into small boats and drift hundreds of miles till they bumped into something.
In 1972, Western scholars finally got around to using evidence. David Lewis embarked on a 9-month voyage with elderly navigators from nine different archipelagos. In We, the Navigators: The Ancient Art of Landfinding in the Pacific, Lewis found the Polynesians used a precise set of techniques including positions of celestial objects, movements of wildlife, water swells and ocean phosphorescence.
But that wasn't all, points out Greg at The Daily Grail. Anthropologist Marianne George sailed with David Lewis in 1993 to the Santa Cruz Islands where they learned of Te Lapa from elderly traditional navigator Te Aliki Koloso Kahia Kaveia.
According to Kaveia, Te Lapa or "The Flashing" is a water bound light phenomenon which emanates from islands, usually within 120 miles of the shore. Both George and Lewis were able to see Te Lapa under Kaveia's guidance.
"It is like the islands are sending these bolts of light lines out, and if we look for them when we are at sea then many times we can see them and know the exact direction toward the island," Kaveia told Lewis.
Te Lapa has no known cause, unlike many other forms of bioluminescence. In an article in Time and Mind, George suggests the phenomenon could be non-physical. It could be "a phenomenon seen only by people who are psychically and spiritually connected to the ocean as a result of decades of seatime and experience with life there," she writes.
THE QUOTE BOX
"What I’m talking about is that there seems to be a very present, active, and largely invisible world, or energy, that underpins and influences our own three-dimensional one. And when you start to experience this world consciously, you seem to activate something within your own body and mind that enables you to interact with it more fully. It is as though it is waiting for your acknowledgment to truly come alive."
That's all for this week. Look out next Monday morning!