Press Freedom at the Lowest Level in a Decade
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Only 1 in 7 people live in a country with a ‘free’ press.
Global press freedom has fallen to its lowest level in over a decade, according to the latest edition of Freedom House’s press freedom survey. The decline was driven in part by major regression in several Middle Eastern states, including Egypt, Libya, and Jordan; marked setbacks in Turkey, Ukraine, and a number of countries in East Africa; and deterioration in the relatively open media environment of the United States.
Freedom of the Press 2014 found that despite positive developments in a number of countries, most notably in sub-Saharan Africa, the dominant trends were reflected in setbacks in every other region.
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It’s a moment of extreme cognitive dissonance when the most patriotic thing you have ever seen in your American life is actually super-French.
A video featuring GoPro footage shot by an #eagle (!!!) soared to the top of Reddit’s video page recently, delighting all who laid eyes upon it. Before anyone watching has the opportunity to shed a tear for the purple mountain’s majesty, etc., though, a caption on the video mentions that this was shot in the Chamonix valley of #France’s Mer de Glace. Is it animal abuse to weigh down such a majestic creature by strapping a camera to it? Considering how gracefully this winged treasure swoops around this scenic tableau, the answer is no.
After watching a few times, reminisce over the time that dog directed a music video with the very same model camera here.
Cops Claim Contact High From Impounded Marijuana
Police in the French city of Roubaix are claiming to be the recipients of one hell of a contact high. Roughly 100 pounds of confiscated pot is being held at the station. And, according to the cops, it’s getting them stoned. Officers even claim they’ve failed drug tests because of the impounded pot.
It is important to note that the weed in question was not incinerated. Nor was it on fire when it was stored as evidence. The French police are claiming they ended up with THC in their systems simply by being near marijuana.
The stoned-by-osmosis cops also complained of nausea and headaches.
Regardless of how the police got high, their drug tests did come back positive. And a union official is concerned. “Imagine that an officer, on duty or simply going home, causes an accident. A field test would show him positive for drugs and he would be arrested.”
The stash ended up at the station after a dispute between police commissioners and the drug disposal agency. Police chiefs met last week figure out how to solve the impounded pot problem. Perhaps if they wait a little while longer, the problem will resolve itself – one “contact high” at a time.