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This is something that has been on my mind a lot lately: There is such a contrast between the scrutiny and criticism that come along with illegal drug use, from psychedelics to heroin, and the total acceptance of many other harmful substances that are praised, glorified, and even pushed in our society just because they are legal, such as caffeine and alcohol. What makes one substance a drug suitable for degenerates of society only, and the other a socially acceptable — almost requirement — of society?

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To put it simply, it’s the media and the law. Because some are illegal and others aren’t, we view them differently, especially the unquestioningly law-abiding citizens of this world. Who can honestly say they don’t use drugs? Not many. Maybe someone doesn’t smoke weed, but do they drink? Do they avoid alcohol but drink soda every day? Who wakes up every morning and has a coffee? Do you take an aspirin a day? Believe it or not, these are all addictions and all a form of drug use. Just because some are illegal and some aren’t doesn’t change the fact that they are all drugs to begin with.

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Drugs Are a Part of Life

It is safe to say that drugs are a part of our everyday life. We all use them, if not always to the same extremes, but on some level I believe most of us can understand addiction. The big question is, how did some drugs become illegal, while some remained acceptable to society? Alcohol is responsible for FAR more deaths than other illegal drugs each year, not to mention violent behaviour, yet is the drug most heavily promoted and encouraged in our society. it really makes you think, doesn’t it?

I have friends who claim they do not do drugs almost as if they are superior because of it, yet have no problem getting completely wasted on the weekends. Why is there this double standard? We are taught that drugs are bad in school, but are we taught about how alcohol and prescription pain medications can have equally, if not worse, devastating effects on your health and life? Legal drugs are often thought of as medicine yet illegal ones are “dangerous substances.”

Check out this clip below from Dr. Carl Hart as he outlines his perspective on drug use, illegal drugs, and addiction. He puts these concepts together quite nicely.

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According to Dr. hart, 10-20% of people who use drugs will struggle with drug misuse. This means that 80-90% of people who use illegal drugs are not addicts. They don’t have a drug problem. Most are responsible members of society. They are employed. They pay their taxes. They take care of their families.

Has the System Been Designed This Way For a Reason?

In our society it seems we have compassion for people who use legal drugs, but turn our backs on people who use illegal drugs. Why is this? Both users are using to escape from pain, either physical or emotional or both. Some people self-medicate, and some people let the doctor prescribe the medication. Is there a real difference? Should these illegal drugs be made legal?

What About Substances That Are Illegal That Can Heal?

Perhaps the most frustrating part of this whole debacle is the fact that there are some substances out there that have a tremendous capacity to help people struggling from disorders ranging from depression, anxiety, post traumatic-stress disorder, and believe it or not, addiction, yet these substances are generally defined as illegal by the Controlled Substances Act. Because of this, gathering funding to study these substances and implement their use is exceedingly difficult.

Fortunately, however, thanks to organizations such as the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) and John Hopkins University, we are seeing some amazing results in the study and treatment of various mental illnesses involving psychedelic substances such as psilocybin, ayahuasca, and iboga. Read more about this here and here.

What do you think? Are those struggling with addiction less worthy because their drug of choice happens to be an illegal one? Or do they deserve the same compassion, understanding, kindness, and treatment as those who happen to be addicted to drugs that are considered legal?

Perhaps our drug policies should come from the approach of public health and not criminal justice. The more you see yourself as a drug user or someone who does have addictions, whether legal or illegal, the easier it becomes to have compassion for those who are struggling with drug abuse, legal or not. Once you are able to do this, you’ll soon be able to see that it doesn’t make sense to arrest people for simply using or possessing drugs, and that it is time to end the failed War on Drugs.

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A large portion of our journalism that you’re used to seeing on our Collective Evolution platform has now moved over to The Pulse. We will be publishing most of our news articles there, while Collective Evolution focuses more on personal development.

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Abductions & Car Vandalism – Startling Australian UFO Report Unclassified

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An uncovered Australian report performed by their Department of Defence. “Scientific Intelligence — General — Unidentified Flying Objects” is trending again. Those who have done extensive research on UFOs will find the Australian version of disclosure to be far more intellectually honest than the American version. Albeit it was conducted decades ago.

According to ex-US intelligence official Luis Elizondo, the Defense Department’s Inspector General is presently conducting three reviews. The inquiries vary from the Department of Defense’s handling of UFO claims to Elizondo’s alleged whistleblower retribution. The open IG cases are crucial to Australia’s report because they establish beyond a shadow of a doubt that the US Department of Defense is being dishonest and shady when it comes to the UFO subject. For decades, Australia has been a loyal friend of the United States. Within Australia’s boundaries, they share a military installation (Pine Gap). When a close defense ally’s intelligence agencies determined that the US was not being intellectually honest in its approach, perhaps it is reasonable to conclude that there is more to the tale than the 144 incidents studied since 2004 by the UAPTF.

The CIA became alarmed at the overloading of military communications during the mass sightings of 1952 and considered the possibility that the USSR may take advantage of such a situation.

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According to the summary, OSI, acting through the Robertson-Panel, encouraged the USAF to use Project Blue Book to publicly “debunk” UFOs. In a tragic twist of fate, when Australian authorities sought explanations from the US Air Force, the allegation was debunked. The authors of the study were depicted as conspiratorial and even crazy by the US Air Force. Ross Coulthart reported this, and it may be heard in a recent Project Unity interview. Courthart is an award-winning investigative journalist who is drawn to forbidden subjects. He also stated on the same podcast that a senior US Navy official identified as Nat Kobitz told him that the US had been in the midst of reverse-engineering numerous non-human craft. According to his obituary, Mr. Kobitz was a former Director of Research and Development at Naval Sea Systems Command.

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PGA Tour To End COVID Testing For Both Vaccinated & Non-Vaccinated Players

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    The PGA Tour has announced that it will stop testing players every week, regardless of whether they have been vaccinated or not.

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    Are PCR tests appropriate to identify infectious people? Should people who are healthy and not sick be tested at all, anywhere?

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The picture you see above is of John Rahm, a professional golfer on the PGA tour being carted off the golf course after tournament officials told him he had COVID. He was healthy and had no symptoms, yet was forced to withdraw from the tournament. He was told in front of the camera’s, and a big scene was made out of the event. You would think something like that, especially when you are a big time sports figure, would be done behind closed doors with some privacy.

Earlier on in June a spokesperson for the PGA Tour said that more than 50 percent of players on the PGA tour have been vaccinated. Although it seems that the majority of players on the tour will be fully vaccinated judging by this statement, it does leave a fairly large minority who won’t be, and that’s something we’re seeing across the globe as COVID vaccine hesitancy remains high for multiple reasons.

We are pleased to announce, after consultation with PGA Tour medical advisors, that due to the high rate of vaccination among all constituents on the PGA Tour, as well as other positively trending factors across the country, testing for COVID-19 will no longer be required as a condition of competition beginning with the 3M Open. – PGA tour Senior VP Tyler Dennis

The tour recently announced that the testing of players every week will stop starting in July for both the vaccinated and the unvaccinated. This was an unexpected announcement given the fact that, at least it seems in some countries, vaccinated individuals will enjoy previous rights and freedoms that everyone did before the pandemic. Travelling without need to quarantine and possibly in the future not having to be tested could be a few of those privileges. Others may include attending concerts, sporting events, or perhaps even keeping their job depending on whether or not their employer deems it to be mandatory, if that’s even legally possible. We will see what happens.

Luckily for professional golfers, regardless of their vaccination status they won’t have to worry about testing positive for COVID, especially if they’re not sick. This is the appropriate move by the PGA tour, who is represented by their players and it’s a move that the players themselves may have had a say in. It’s important because PCR tests are not designed nor are they appropriate for identifying infectious people. A number of scientists have been emphasizing this since the beginning of the pandemic. More recently, a letter to the editor published in the Journal of infection explain why more than half of al “positive” PCR tests are likely to have been people who are not infectious, otherwise known as “false positives.”

This is why the Swedish Public Health agency has a notice on their website explaining how and why polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests are not useful for determining if someone is infected with COVID or if someone can transmit it to others, and it’s better to use someone who is actually showing symptoms as a judgement call of whether or not they could be infected or free from infection.

PCR tests using a high cycle threshold are extremely sensitive. An article published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases found that among positive PCR samples with a cycle count over 35, only 3 percent of the samples showed viral replication. This can be interpreted as, if someone tests positive via PCR when a Ct of 35 or higher is used, the probability that said person is actually infected is less than 3%, and the probability that said result is a false positive is 97 percent. This begs the question, why has Manitoba, Canada, for example, using cycle thresholds of up to 45 to identify “positive” people?

When it comes to golf, the fact that spread occurring in an outdoor setting is highly unlikely could have been a factor, but it’s also important to mention that asymptomatic spread within one’s own household is also considerably rare. It really makes you wonder what’s going on here, doesn’t it?

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