World’s biggest franchise: Who profits from the Olympic Games?

To make it more specific – whose money makes the Olympics roll?

There’s arguably no sleeker money-making machine in the world than the IOC currently is – selling its name & symbols for a major buck. But let’s address common misconceptions first.

Popular belief:

The IOC is somewhat similar to the UN – it exists on fees paid by respective country members or, more specifically, National Olympic Committees.


The IOC is, essentially, a private organization incorporated in Switzerland as a non-profit.
It proudly says about itself

…As an entirely privately funded organisation, the IOC’s commercial partnerships continue to prove invaluable to the staging of the Olympic Games and the operations of every organisation within the Olympic Movement.

Popular belief:

The IOC and the Olympics organizers share costs of preparing and staging the Olympics.


The Olympic Games are the world biggest franchise – an applicant-city has to convince the IOC that is has already prepared, or will prepare in time, what is necessary for the Games. Bearing all associated costs. ‘What’s necessary’ is at the sole discretion of the IOC. In exchange the successful bidder gets the right to call its competition ‘the Olympic Games’.

The lion’s share of expenses is always borne by the organizers. Including, but not limited to, building sport facilities, organizing lodgings and transportation for athletes and officials, feeding them during the Games etc., etc.

The only large expense borne by the IOC is the organization of television broadcasting of the events.

Popular Belief:

Surely, the profits are shared between the Olympics organizers and the IOC?


Barely. The IOC retains and controls almost all the marketing rights associated with the Games. Profits from on-site Olympic paraphernalia and venue tickets sales are shared – but those are minor compared to the main sources of income. The main profits from those marketing rights always go straight to the IOC.

Popular Belief:

Speaking of main sources of income: the Games are largely underwritten by all those transnational corporations whose ads you get to see all the time, both as posters on the Olympic arenas and on your TV, right?


Yes and no. In order to be associated with the IOC and have the right to display patented Olympic Rings on your wares, one has to buy into the Olympic Partner (TOP) Programme. Currently there are 13 large corporations, mostly US-headquartered that “pay the IOC for the rings.” They pay hundreds of millions of dollars per year for the privilege.

Yet the TOP Programme, while important, is a secondary source of money for the IOC.
Did we mention that all the money from the TOP go straight into the IOC coffers, the Games organizers have nothing to do with that?

…So, if ticket sales are minor source of income and even the money from those mighty Coca-Cola, P&G and Visa are small fry in comparison – who’s the IOC’s main financial sponsor?

The answer is simple: NBC Universal. An American media conglomerate that provides the IOC with a whopping 40+ percent of all its revenue from any given Olympic Games.

That follows from simple math: the New York City-headquartered corporation paid the IOC $4.38 billion for the TV rights for the US market for the four Olympics from 2014-2020, inclusive of PyeongChang 2018, or $1.1 billion on average (the contract does not distinguish between the Summer and Winter Olympics). 

For those stunned by the amount of money the Americans are willing to send to Lausanne, here’s an even more impressive figure: as early as 2014, NBC and the IOC extended their deal to cover the next six Olympics till 2032 – for $7.75 billion, or 1.3 billion each.

How and if NBC makes return on such a huge investment (the biggest sum paid in television history) is a separate story – but the fact is, the Americans are the Olympic movement’s biggest ‘shareholders’. One might even call it having a ‘controlling stake’.

But that’s not it. Tired of haggling with European broadcasters individually, the IOC decided to sell the TV rights to the whole of Europe in one package. The Europeans tried, but failed, to appease the IOC’s appetite. The rights went to another US-based media behemoth – Discovery Communications. The deal is not as sweet for the IOC as the NBC one, but not a pesky number by any means: the Maryland-based corporation paid €1.3 billion for four Olympics 2018-2024 (about US$1.6 billion at the current rate, or $40 million ‘per item’). Discovery then proceeded to resell the rights piecemeal to individual European broadcasters, which caused no end of anguish for the latter, but again, that’s a separate story.

Compared to the NBC and Discovery deals, the rest of the world is paying a lot less – while not publicly disclosed, estimates indicate that the two biggest IOC earners outside the US and Europe – the Japanese and Chinese TV rights – give the Olympic right-holders $250 and $125 million per ‘Olympiad’, respectively.

All in all, the latest breakdown of the IOC revenue looks as follows:

• 73 percent broadcasting rights
• 18 percent the Olympic Partner (TOP) Programme marketing rights
• 5 percent other revenue
• 4 percent other rights

The total IOC revenue for the upcoming Games could be (rather conservatively) estimated at $2 billion. Does that mean the IOC bosses get to put it into the Swiss bank vaults nearby? Of course not! Most of the money will be spent on aiding poorer countries’ sports development, as well as staging loss-making competitions such a Youth Olympic Games. The IOC, however, modestly mentions in its documents that “somewhat less than 10 percent of revenue goes towards keeping it functional” – not a small chunk of money by any means.

More importantly, the IOC is barely hiding that these days its prime function is to increase the revenue flow by selling what could be sold to the highest bidder. Whoever that bidder is and wherever it comes from. As a result, it starts to resemble a corporation in which key investors demand more compliance from the management – “or else.” So much for the ‘international Olympic movement.’

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New Feature Film Sedition Offers 70% Of Profits To Educate Kids And Save The Environment

By Inka Linda

Who says you can’t just spend your graduate school savings to produce a film to help save our species? 26-year-old CEO & Producer Aakanaash Pothuktuchi did, and his upcoming feature film Sedition will make history with a revolutionary approach to storytelling, business and activism.

In a world where the film industry centers around Hollywood and celebrity worship, Sedition is a declaration of a new standard in cinematic storytelling targeted directly to Millennials who hear the call of actually giving a sh*t about the planet we live on.

Its story follows the journey of a CIA whistleblower who comes to India seeking asylum after releasing a series of videos which showcase illegal U.S. government drone strikes on a school in Yemen, traversing through the Himalayan mountains and the border of China. With the use of drone technology the film captures hauntingly luscious cinematography to reawaken our primal humility and spiritual awareness about Mother Earth.

Sedition is doing what no film has ever done before: it is the first feature film to structure its business as a for-profit social enterprise model in order to contribute 50% of profits to a nature conservancy fund to preserve forest lands & 20% of profits to a rural education fund to builds schools and increase literacy rates in rural communities.

The mind behind this evolutionary intersection of business, art and activism is 26-year-old social entrepreneur and environmental activist, Aakaanksh Pothukutchi.  He asked himself the pressing question many of us are now being challenged to finally face:

“What can I do with my limited time here on this planet to help ensure the survival of our species?”

Having studied business at Babson College, the top university for Entrepreneurship in the U.S, Aakaanksh found himself like many other disillusioned Millennial graduates: confused, depressed and seeking more in life beyond society’s expectations of a 9-5, 2.2 kids and a house.

Through a series of synchronicities during a spiritual 18-month long backpacking journey across his home country India, Aakaanksh connected with filmmakers Summer Nicks and  Joel Marrocco. During his travels he met Western Yogi travelers which made him recognize how deeply unhappy people in the West and around the world are on a spiritual level. Such insights and revelations during his journey  helped him come to terms with his own purpose and calling.

“Back then I thought a lot about death. I still do. I could sense how empty people felt, just like the way I did but eventually I just had to ask myself what it is that I can do to actually help ensure the survival of our species-even if we don’t know how much longer we’ll actually be around for. At the rate we’re going, with our consumption habits, with allowing corporations to prioritize profit maximization at the cost of all else that is sacred, we’ll join the 90% of life that’s gone extinct. We’ll be just another failed mutation. ”

Together Aakaansh, Summer Nicks and Joel Marrocco developed an indie production team to film across some of the most breathtaking sites throughout the Himalayas; with over 60% of filming already done, their team is now in midst of a fundraising campaign to raise money to finish filming. But beyond money, their campaign is a call-out to Millennials about how to use the power of their money as our vote. Instead of simply paying to be entertained, Sedition offers us the opportunity to  make a tangible difference in the world: one tree and one child at a time.

As more of us sense the visceral truth of what many of our ancestors called Kali Yuga, the End Times, the  Fourth World, etc. Many of us are asking ourselves how willing are we truly to a build hospitable world for ourselves, our children and our grandchildren to actually live in?

To Aakaansh, the answer is clear in a time in human history where humans are eating away at our own life support systems. It is about creating a business model that leverages the power of storytelling and profit to plant seeds back into the earth and in the minds of the next generation of changemakers.

“Trees perform countless other humans services – perhaps the most important being, you know, providing us with oxygen so we can breathe. Yet knowing this, we’re cutting down 15 billion trees a year and in the past 50 years alone, over 50 million hectares of forests have been destroyed. We’ve cut down 55% of all trees on the planet. We need to be realistic about the reality we are leaving behind for our children, if we will even be around to watch each other grow.”

Aakaansh and his team are here to completely abolish old models and sentiments about business, profit and cinema. He posits that “Each dollar is our vote” and as Millennials we have the potential to tap into our connectivity and purchasing power to reshape our world to reflect what we actually value. Our truest power lies in our willingness to write a new story about our generations as changemakers and nullify apathy

A story that unites us as a generation to recognize that the survival of our future children and our planet depend on us to live courageously and creatively.

Watch the trailer below and make sure to check out and donate to his campaign!

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Snarky bamboo TP company gives 50% of its profits to toilet, water, & sanitation projects

Australia’s Who Gives a Crap makes 100% bamboo toilet paper that also claims to be “so soft it’ll make your bottom smile.”

Remember when bamboo was going to save the world? Or was that hemp? Either way, considering that domestic industrial hemp in the US is still in its infancy and has a lot of legal hurdles to overcome, yet bamboo has never been illegal where it naturally grows, this fast-growing member of the grass family already shows a lot of promise in the short term. Forget bamboo clothing for now, as it’s one of those ‘not nearly as green as it sounds‘ products, but when it comes to paper products, bamboo has a lot to offer in the sustainable materials field, especially when it comes to something we literally wipe our behinds with and dispose of afterward.

With trees as the source of most toilet paper production, just taking care of our own personal hygiene in the bathroom is responsible for the logging of millions of trees, as well as the use of billions of gallons of sketchy chemicals (and a whole lot of water) each year. We could go on and on about how having a bidet can drastically reduce the amount of toilet paper used in a household (and the trees that give their lives so you can wipe), but we won’t do that here, because hey, freedom of choice and all that jazz. But if you’re hooked on TP, as so many of us are, choosing a more environmentally sustainable bathroom tissue can help reduce your carbon buttprint.

And urine you’re in luck, because there’s a new option in the US, as 100% bamboo toilet paper from the Australian company Who Gives a Crap is now available here, but you probably won’t find it on the shelves of your favorite grocery store, as it conforms to the current trend of online ordering, subscription services, and home delivery. According to the company, its toilet paper, paper towels, and tissue paper products are all made from either 100% bamboo, recycled paper, or a blend of bamboo and sugarcane fibers, and none have any inks, dyes, or scents in them (it appears the wrappers do, though).

Who Gives a Crap toilet paper© Who Gives a Crap

“Tree-free is the way to be. That’s why we use only 100% recycled paper fibres, bamboo or sugarcane in our products. It saves water, carbon emissions and trees. Trees are better for hugging than they are for wiping anyway.” – Who Gives a Crap

A kinder, gentler toilet paper made from a fast-growing renewable resource isn’t the whole story, though, because while the bamboo TP is all well and good and groovy, the real mission of the company is for it to make a difference in the lives of people around the world, by helping to financially support real-world and high impact sanitation solutions where they’re most needed.

“We started Who Gives A Crap when we learnt that 2.4 billion people across the world don’t have access to a toilet. That’s roughly 40% of the global population and means that diarrhea related diseases fill over half of sub-Saharan African hospital beds and kill 900 children under 5 every day. We thought that was pretty crap.”

Although most of us probably take our toilet, and the walls and door that enclose it, along with access to water for washing up, for granted, the statistics above illustrate how radically different — and risky — it is in other parts of the world to simply go to the bathroom each day. No matter how many times I read the numbers on global sanitation and clean water issues, it never ceases to astonish me how big the disparity still is in this day and age. But thanks to the efforts of people and organizations that choose to build businesses with a social impact component to them, as this company has, we’re not only more aware of these challenges, but are also give an opportunity to support a change for the good.

In 2012, three social entrepreneurs ran a rather cheeky crowdfunding campaign to launch the Who Gives a Crap brand, which pledged 50% of its profits to building toilets in the developing world. Co-founder Simon Griffiths pledged to sit on a toilet in a “draughty warehouse” until the campaign had received enough pre-orders to start production of the product.

Some 50 hours (and one cold behind) later, the campaign had raised more than $50,000 in pre-order funding of the bamboo toilet paper, and the company went on to ship its first product in March of 2013. Since then, the orders have kept coming in, and over time, the company has donated some $1,175,000 in profits to help fund hygiene and sanitation projects around the world. And in addition to this important financial support, Who Gives a Crap is also said to have saved more than 50,000 trees, 98 million liters of water, and avoided some 7,845 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions due to its cleaner production processes and renewable materials.

Find out how you can get some of this 100% bamboo toilet paper that’s “so soft it’ll make your bottom smile” at Who Gives a Crap. Even if you didn’t already know that you need TP that’s “as soft as unicorn kisses and as strong as 1000 ponies,” or didn’t care about having toilet paper that features “1200% more puns in every box,” you might enjoy the feeling of knowing that you really can give a crap and make a difference.

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Bank of America profits hit 6-year high as THOUSANDS lose their jobs

Bank of America on Friday reported larger profits in the third quarter, as the Charlotte-based company further reduced its headcount and continued to slash expenses.

The bank said profits totaled $5.6 billion, an increase of 13 percent from the same period last year. It was the best performance in six years. Friday’s year-over-year improvement came as the bank grew revenues 1 percent – but also lowered its headcount by more than 1,000 in another quarter of cost-cutting, which has remained a top priority for CEO Brian Moynihan.

Executives Friday also touted how Bank of America continues to benefit from Moynihan’s ongoing focus on “responsible growth,” a strategy that has included doing more business with existing customers and operating within a certain appetite for risk.

Net income totaled 48 cents a share, beating the average estimate of 26 analysts surveyed by Bloomberg of 46 cents. In a report Friday, Barclays analyst Jason Goldberg said expenses “continued to be well controlled” but that fee income “was a tad light.”

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Whole Foods owner profits from sales of Antifa terrorism symbols and left-wing "murder books" on

About the author: Mike Adams (aka the “Health Ranger“) is a best selling author (#1 best selling science book on called “Food Forensics“), an environmental scientist, a patent holder for a cesium radioactive isotope elimination invention, a multiple award winner for outstanding journalism, a science news publisher and influential commentator on topics ranging from science and medicine to culture and politics. Follow his videos, podcasts, websites and science projects at the links below.

Mike Adams serves as the founding editor of and the lab science director of an internationally accredited (ISO 17025) analytical laboratory known as CWC Labs. There, he was awarded a Certificate of Excellence for achieving extremely high accuracy in the analysis of toxic elements in unknown water samples using ICP-MS instrumentation. Adams is also highly proficient in running liquid chromatography, ion chromatography and mass spectrometry time-of-flight analytical instrumentation. He has also achieved numerous laboratory breakthroughs in the programming of automated liquid handling robots for sample preparation and external standards prep.

The U.S. patent office has awarded Mike Adams patent NO. US 9526751 B2 for the invention of “Cesium Eliminator,” a lifesaving invention that removes up to 95% of radioactive cesium from the human digestive tract. Adams has pledged to donate full patent licensing rights to any state or national government that needs to manufacture the product to save human lives in the aftermath of a nuclear accident, disaster, act of war or act of terrorism. He has also stockpiled 10,000 kg of raw material to manufacture Cesium Eliminator in a Texas warehouse, and plans to donate the finished product to help save lives in Texas when the next nuclear event occurs. No independent scientist in the world has done more research on the removal of radioactive elements from the human digestive tract.

Adams is a person of color whose ancestors include Africans and American Indians. He is of Native American heritage, which he credits as inspiring his “Health Ranger” passion for protecting life and nature against the destruction caused by chemicals, heavy metals and other forms of pollution.

Adams is the founder and publisher of the open source science journal Natural Science Journal, the author of numerous peer-reviewed science papers published by the journal, and the author of the world’s first book that published ICP-MS heavy metals analysis results for foods, dietary supplements, pet food, spices and fast food. The book is entitled Food Forensics and is published by BenBella Books.

In his laboratory research, Adams has made numerous food safety breakthroughs such as revealing rice protein products imported from Asia to be contaminated with toxic heavy metals like lead, cadmium and tungsten. Adams was the first food science researcher to document high levels of tungsten in superfoods. He also discovered over 11 ppm lead in imported mangosteen powder, and led an industry-wide voluntary agreement to limit heavy metals in rice protein products.

In addition to his lab work, Adams is also the (non-paid) executive director of the non-profit Consumer Wellness Center (CWC), an organization that redirects 100% of its donations receipts to grant programs that teach children and women how to grow their own food or vastly improve their nutrition. Through the non-profit CWC, Adams also launched Nutrition Rescue, a program that donates essential vitamins to people in need. Click here to see some of the CWC success stories.

With a background in science and software technology, Adams is the original founder of the email newsletter technology company known as Arial Software. Using his technical experience combined with his love for natural health, Adams developed and deployed the content management system currently driving He also engineered the high-level statistical algorithms that power, a massive research resource featuring over 10 million scientific studies.

Adams is well known for his incredibly popular consumer activism video blowing the lid on fake blueberries used throughout the food supply. He has also exposed “strange fibers” found in Chicken McNuggets, fake academic credentials of so-called health “gurus,” dangerous “detox” products imported as battery acid and sold for oral consumption, fake acai berry scams, the California raw milk raids, the vaccine research fraud revealed by industry whistleblowers and many other topics.

Adams has also helped defend the rights of home gardeners and protect the medical freedom rights of parents. Adams is widely recognized to have made a remarkable global impact on issues like GMOs, vaccines, nutrition therapies, human consciousness.

In addition to his activism, Adams is an accomplished musician who has released over fifteen popular songs covering a variety of activism topics.

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Amazon found to be running a "secret lab" to exploit healthcare profits via medical records

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When thinking about the online giant Amazon, a quote from the old animated television series Pinky and the Brain comes to mind. Pinky asks Brain, “Gee, Brain, what do you want to do tonight?” to which Brain replies, “The same thing we do every night Pinky – try to take over the world!” From eBooks to streaming television, groceries to cloud products, Amazon certainly appears set on taking over the world, one market sector at a time. Their latest target seems to be all things healthcare related, including everything from pharmaceutical sales to virtual medical records. They’ve even set up a secret skunkworks lab called 1492 to explore all the opportunities offered by this lucrative sector.

CNBC is reporting that Amazon’s choice of “1492” is a reference to the year Columbus discovered the new world. Well, the healthcare sector is certainly a whole new world of opportunity for Amazon.

The lab, which is based in Seattle, will be investigating opportunities in electronic medical record data, health apps for its existing Amazon Echo and Dash Wand products, and telemedicine – which would enable people to have virtual consultations with their healthcare providers. (Related: Keep up with the latest developments in healthcare at

The government is very interested in digitizing healthcare information, in spite of public backlash against the possible privacy issues and insurance cover prejudice that such virtual medical records would unleash.

Former White House chief technology officer, Aneesh Chopra, who was actively involved in efforts to digitize medical records, told CNBC, “Anyone who aspires to help consumers navigate our health system and is digitally capable should find the market conditions ripe for entry.”

And Amazon is aspiring to do just that – big time.

They’re not doing this openly, though. CNBC notes that in late July, Amazon placed several job postings for positions within its 1492 “stealth” team. Until the time that CNBC first posted its article on 26 July, these postings could easily be located by searching “a1.492” or “The Amazon Grand Challenge a.k.a. ‘Special Projects’ team.” There were also several job listings for Amazon’s “new vertical” – clearly a reference to the 1492 team. Interestingly, by 27 July, after the article was published, these listings had all disappeared. Furthermore, Amazon ignored all requests for comment by CNBC.

Clearly, whatever they’re up to in that lab, they don’t want anyone knowing about it.

At the same time, Amazon is actively pursuing its own share of the lucrative pharmaceutical business – a market sector that generated $967 billion in the U.S. in 2016. The company has been exploring this possibility since the 1990s, with its failed purchase of the online store Undeterred by that failure, Amazon has hired a new general manager to establish a team and develop a strategy for leaping into the online prescription drug market.

If they can succeed, this will likely prove to be very lucrative for the company. As we reported back in May:

Stephen Buck, co-founder of GoodRx, a company that aims to reduce prescription prices for its clients, estimates that the lucrative pharmaceutical sector could add as much as $25 to $50 billion in sales for Amazon.

Amazon has already rolled out a same-day delivery system for pharmaceuticals in Japan. If the U.S. model follows the same system, patients (including drug addicts) will be able to access online pharmaceuticals by completing a form explaining their symptoms and medical histories, after which a pharmacist will dispense the requested drugs. This hardly seems like a full proof system, and errors are bound to be made.

Fortunately for those concerned about the implementation of a system so fraught with risk, the company will have to overcome several hurdles as it enters the healthcare sphere:

“Prescription transfer laws and e-prescribing make it a little more difficult than putting something in a cart and checking out,” Buck noted.

Let’s hope that overcoming these hurdles at least slows down Amazon’s attempts to take over the world.

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Cannabis remains outlawed in the UK to protect the profits of Big Pharma

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In the USA, more and more states are legalizing the medicinal use of marijuana. In fact, according to the website, 29 states have now passed laws permitting either the recreational or medical use of marijuana, and in some cases, both. This is excellent news for those who have fought long and hard to decriminalize this amazing plant with its myriad health benefits. Unfortunately, this new understanding has not been as readily adopted across the pond in the United Kingdom.

While there has been a slight softening in attitude towards marijuana in the U.K., cannabis use remains illegal, and those found in possession of it face up to five years behind bars.

Those who understand just what a powerful natural medicine marijuana truly is have trouble understanding how any government could continue to ban this amazing substance. But, a deeper examination of the subject quickly makes it obvious that Big Pharma is actively campaigning to keep marijuana inaccessible to the masses. After all, if marijuana were legalized worldwide for medicinal purposes, many of these pharmaceutical giants would sustain massive financial losses. (Related: Discover the myriad health benefits of the hemp plant at

One only has to look at the vast number of health conditions for which marijuana is a beneficial treatment to understand how much of a vested interest Big Pharma has in its remaining illegal. (Related: Learn about how Big Pharma and the government are suppressing marijuana’s medicinal benefits.)

Back in 2014, Business Insider reported that in spite of the limited number of studies analyzing the health benefits of marijuana, it has been established that this natural medicine can be used for at least 23 medical purposes, including the treatment of glaucoma; improving lung health; controlling epileptic seizures; decreasing the symptoms of Dravet’s syndrome; stopping the spread of cancer; decreasing anxiety; slowing the progression of Alzheimer’s disease; easing the pain of multiple sclerosis; treating inflammatory bowel diseases; relieving arthritis discomfort; boosting metabolism; and many, many more. It’s very easy to see why Big Pharma is pulling out all the stops to protect its bottom line.

Nonetheless, despite the Pharma giants’ best efforts, an increasing number of organizations in the U.K. are putting pressure on the government to legalize the medicinal use of marijuana.

The Daily Mail reports that the latest group to do so is the MS (multiple sclerosis) Society.

Genevieve Edwards, the Society’s director of external affairs, told The Guardian, “We think cannabis should be legalised for medicinal use for people with MS to relieve their pain and muscle spasms when other treatments haven’t worked.”

Of the 100,000 people afflicted with this condition in the U.K., about 10 percent receive absolutely no relief or benefit from Big Pharma’s chemical drugs. These patients are left dealing with fatigue, numbness, tingling, balance and coordination problems, spasticity, severe vision problems, debilitating pain, bladder dysfunction, constipation, dizziness and vertigo, sexual dysfunction, depression, cognitive dysfunction, anxiety, mood swings, and speech disorders, according to the website

The MS Society reports that many of these patients who have found absolutely no relief elsewhere, have been able to relieve their symptoms by using marijuana. As many as one in five MS patients admits to having used cannabis to treat their symptoms, although many have stopped doing so for fear of being caught.

Ian Hamilton, a cannabis researcher with York University, lauded the MS Society’s decision, calling it a “significant endorsement.”

He added, “It’s clear that they have explored not only the scientific evidence but the views of their members. Although it is clearly important to have scientific evidence to support the use of a drug in any form of treatment, it is also important to listen to the first hand accounts of people who report a benefit in using cannabis for specific symptoms. This is a further example of how research into the medicinal potential of cannabis is politicised in the UK as it remains outlawed.”

And if Big Pharma has anything to do with it, it will remain outlawed for as long as possible.

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Jeff Sessions to Revive D.A.R.E. to Hook More Kids on Drugs and Bolster Prison Profits

[7/14/17  CLAIRE BERNISH]  In his sanctimonious quest to revive the laughably inept war on drugs, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions now champions this stellar plan: resuscitate the interventionist prevention program — proven wholly worthless by the government, itself — known as D.A.R.E.

Yep — believe it or not — you heard right: D.A.R.E.

Apparently deaf — or, perhaps, oblivious — to all evidence the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program should better be called an hilarious exercise in how not to convince kids to keep away from substances the State deems illegal, Sessions touted its myriad imaginary successes recently, asserting,

“I believe that DARE was instrumental to our success by educating children on the dangers of drug use. I firmly believe that you have saved lives. And I want to say thank you for that. Whenever I ask adults around age 30 about prevention, they always mention the DARE program. Your efforts work. Lives and futures are saved.”

“We know it worked before and we can make it work again,” the feckless anti-drug crusader and avid authoritarian added.

However, in case it wasn’t obvious in context, D.A.R.E. doesn’t work — it never has — and resurrecting this badly beaten dead horse won’t change that its corpse should have been entombed decades ago.

“I firmly believe that your work saved lives,” Sessions glowingly bloviated to D.A.R.E.’s 30th anniversary training conference in Dallas on Tuesday.

Sessions’ opinion aside, the U.S. surgeon general declared in 2001 — which, should be noted, came long after its 1993 revamping — the putative drug education program had “little or no deterrent effects on substance use.”

“DARE is the most widely implemented youth drug prevention program in the United States,” the surgeon general’s report stated. “It receives substantial support from parents, teachers, police, and government funding agencies, and its popularity persists despite numerous well-designed evaluations and meta-analyses that consistently show little or no deterrent effects on substance use. Overall, evidence on the effects of the traditional DARE curriculum, which is implemented in grades 5 and 6, shows that children who participate are as likely to use drugs as those who do not participate.”

report from Scientific American at the beginning of 2014 reiterated the government’s findings, calling D.A.R.E. “ineffective — and may even heighten the use of some substances among teens.”

Indeed, D.A.R.E.’s sole efficacy arguably rests in its manipulation of elementary, middle, and high school students as Orwellian child Spies — encouraging them to snitch on drug-ingesting family members and friends — an aspect resoundingly clear in its original police officer-teachers.

Considering D.A.R.E. was the brainchild of former Los Angeles Police Department Chief Daryl Gates — Sessions’ imperious law-and-order doppelgänger, noted for the ignominious belief recreational drug users “ought to be taken out and shot” — perhaps the propagandic assertion ‘drugs are evil’ matters more to the State than actual results.

“We’re going to condemn those people who casually use drugs in this nation,” Gates once sermonized.

Sessions’ championing of D.A.R.E. further neglects its established vapid wasting of billions of taxpayer dollars — as if pleading with kids to just not try illicit substances would abruptly resonate more in 2017 than it did in the Just Say No 80s.

Revisions to the program did little to inject life, given its wholesome ignorance of youth and of the driving factors behind drug use — not to mention brazen or purposeful obliviousness to the radically misguided war on drugs, itself. Vacuous anti-drug propaganda, after all, is little more than governmental hot air.

“D.A.R.E. does not work to reduce substance use,” the National Criminal Justice Reference Service asserted in a 1998 report to Congress. “The program’s content, teaching methods, and use of uniformed police officers rather than teachers might each explain its weak evaluations.”

Since the State repeatedly inveighed its own drug-resistance program as worthless, perhaps the impetus for Sessions’ inexplicable cheerleading of this otherwise dead-in-the-water proposal can be found where it counts — in Washingtonian pols’ wallets.

In February, the attorney general garnered resounding applause from the for-profit prison industry by nullifying President Obama’s plan to pull federal funding — a seeming punitive measure for despicable conditions in the nation’s myriad private facilities — announcing the Trump administration’s full support.

That announcement, however, didn’t exactly emanate from nowhere.

Two former Senate aides of Sessions, David Stewart and Ryan Robichaux, took career paths evincing a muddied, if inextricable, link to the very industry standing to profit obscenely from a renewal of the war on drugs: they became lobbyists for the contemptible Geo Group — a direct competitor of CoreCivic — a development of which the Nation noted at the time,

“Geo had already positioned itself with Trump during the campaign. A subsidiary of Geo gave $225,000 to a pro-Trump Super PAC, in violation of restrictions on federal contractors from political donations. Needless to say, the Federal Election Commission has done nothing with this information. And the return on investment could prove to be enormous […]

“The prominence of Sessions aides’ lobbying for Geo should be enough to push them past CoreCivic, expanding their share of federal contracts even more. This is simple pay-to-play favoritism.”

Without a continual flux of nonviolent drug offenders, private prisons wouldn’t have a financial leg to stand on — and what better way to ensure full capacity than by moralizing drug use and rolling out ineffective drug prevention programs.

In that context, Sessions’ ardor for decimating the planet’s drug supply — a literal impossibility — and his quest to arouse the empty golem of D.A.R.E. suddenly jive, when factoring in the money trail.

While the United States insists against mounds of evidence to the contrary the Drug War sacrosanct, those actually interested in combating substance abuse and dependence would be better served looking to the revolutionary experiment undertaken over a decade ago by Portugal.

Indeed, Portugal’s earth-shattering 2001 move to decriminalize all drugs — from cannabis to heroin, to crack, cocaine, MDMA, psilocybin, and, well, all others — was found by the U.S.’ Drug Policy Alliance ‘significantly effective in improving public safety and health.’

Decriminalization may seem counterproductive to the average American, having been inculcated with stigmatizing anti-drug propaganda since childhood, but Portugal has cleared overcrowded prisons, reduced crime by orders of magnitude, and given hope to those addicted, as the nation opts for treatment over time in a cage for violators who request it.

By espousing D.A.R.E. and a continued crusade of eradication and authoritarianism in U.S. drug policy, Sessions has chosen fealty to the inept, incarceration-for-profit stalwarts, militarized police, crime, black markets, ignorance of fact, and the inevitable detriment to the collective public health over proven and theoretical solutions.

Sessions isn’t daring anyone to ‘keep off drugs’ — he’s daring Americans to continue buying the fabrication, so the drug war can verify the need for its own existence.

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My the pithy among us dare, instead, to declare the war on drugs the deadest horse.

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