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Glen Olives

Citizen based in Chihuahua, Mexico. Joined on Nov 18, 2014
Expertise in Technology, Science & space, Religion, Environment & green living, Education,   see all» Travel, Ethnic cultures, Government, Politics

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Op-Ed: Mexicans no longer the majority of illegal border crossers

Washington D.c. - Yet another conservative argument against comprehensive immigration reform falls by the wayside. Mexicans no longer storming the gates, Pew reports.

Study suggests marijuana helps vets with symptoms of PTSD

Santa Fe - A New Mexico study finds that Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD) symptoms can be reduced by as much as 75 percent with the use of medical marijuana.

Research fraud on the rise, questions remain as to why

Resignation and suicide follow questionable results of withdrawn scientific papers published by Japanese researchers, preceded by the discovery of Chinese scientific publishing misconduct in prestigious journals. An endemic problem?

Review: According to study, world less violent than ever

The world is safer and less violent now than ever in human history? What are these crackpot elitist university professors smoking? As it turns out, facts.

Op-Ed: 2014 — The best of times, the worst of times

A truly wonderful, weird, horrific, hopeful, hateful year, there's something in 2014 for everyone whether your pollyannaish or plutocratic, smart or smarmy.

Op-Ed: An American holiday thank-you note to Mexico Special

Chihuahua - Christmas note to Mexico's President Enrique Peña Nieto from U.S. President Barack Obama: "Thank you Quique for all the legal immigration you've been sending! Your best and brightest? Gosh, we don't know how to thank you. ¡Feliz Navidad! – Barackcito"

Op-Ed: Wealth tips from the 10 richest people in the world

2014 saw some changes on the leaderboard of the world's richest people. But they all have some things in common we common folk can learn from in order to get rich, or more likely die trying.

Op-Ed: Teen drug use declines as more states relax drug laws

As more and more states relax drug laws, particilarly with respect to marijuana, drug use among young Americans continues to decline. Yes this is counterintuitive, but perfectly explicable.

Op-Ed: Mexico — 1st place for worst human rights developments 2014 Special

Chihuahua - In its December 16 report, Freedom House says developments in Mexico for human rights the worst, citing the recent murder of 43 students by corrupt officials in cahoots with drug gangs. This Digital Journalist based in Mexico tells you why.

Researchers confirm that creativity is sexy

While some creative endeavors rank higher than others, creative people generally report having more sexual partners. Scientists think creativity might signal mental fitness to potential mates. (I knew it all along.)

Allowing alcohol in homeless shelters: A new model emerges

Seattle - A new experiment in Washington State suggests that allowing homeless shelter residents to consume alcohol on the premises–an uncommon practice in the U.S.–may be superior to the traditional abstinence-only approach.

Op-Ed: Bah Humbug! The economy of 2014 in a nutshell

As 2014 comes to a close, new studies conclude what we already knew: the middle class is steadily disappearing and the rich are getting richer. What’s worse, this trend is apparently endemic to our economic system, and there is no end in sight.

Op-Ed: Christopher Hitchens remembered three years on

December 15 will mark the third anniversary of Christopher Hitchens' death, arguably the greatest polemecist, essayist, contrarian, provocateur, orator, and public intellectual of his generation.

Op-Ed: Scientists discover why we tend to be know-it-alls

Recent studies give insight into why we believe things so strongly without evidence — it's an evolutionary trait hard-wired into our brain. And it has troubling implications.
 

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