The Daily Populous

Friday May 17th, 2019 evening edition

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At the time, the research primarily focused on the effects of lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), which seemed to help curb alcohol addiction, albeit not consistently.

In the paper, Johnson and colleagues present evidence that psychedelics can lead to a reduction — and sometimes complete cessation — of problematic alcohol use.

Out of those who took the drugs, 62 percent were looking for a spiritual experience or wanted to explore their psychological state.

After their drug experience, 83 percent of the participants no longer met the criteria for having alcohol use disorder.

In turn, 28 percent of the participants reported that their psychedelic experience was the reason they decided to change their lifestyle.

It’s the nature of the psychedelic experience that predicts long-term success when it comes to addiction, says Johnson.

Psychedelic drugs, he explains, have effects that are more similar to psychotherapy than to traditional medications for combatting alcohol addiction. »

Treasury, IRS set to miss subpoena deadline on Trump tax returns

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The Treasury Department and IRS are set to miss a Friday deadline to comply with subpoenas for Trump's tax returns, setting up a prolonged legal battle.

Some see a fight over Trump’s tax returns as a political winner for Democrats, particularly those in predominantly Democratic districts.

But others suggested that Democrats would be better-served if they focused more on policy matters such as middle-class tax cuts, rather than Trump’s tax returns. »

Robert Pattinson Is ‘The Batman’ – Variety

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Sources tell Variety that Robert Pattinson is in negotiations to play “The Batman” in Matt Reeves’ forthcoming superhero film, which hits theaters June 25, 2021.

While sources say it’s not yet a done deal, Pattinson is the top choice and it’s expected to close shortly.

Related Christopher Nolan's 'Dark Knight' Trilogy Returning for Imax Screenings Elizabeth Debicki and Robert Pattinson Join Christopher Nolan's Next Film (EXCLUSIVE). »

Alabama boycott builds as states retaliate against abortion law

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FILE PHOTO: Pro-choice supporters protest in front of the Alabama State House as Alabama state Senate votes on the strictest anti-abortion bill in the United States at the Alabama Legislature in Montgomery, Alabama, U.S. May 14, 2019.

A day after the southern state passed the country’s most restrictive abortion law, Maryland’s Democratic Comptroller Peter Franchot said he would advise his state’s $52 billion pension fund to divest from Alabama, and urged other states to follow suit.

Moves to boycott Alabama came after Hollywood stars like Alyssa Milano called on the media industry to pull out of neighboring Georgia, a hub for film and television production, after it passed a strict abortion law last week. »

Taiwan gay marriage: Parliament legalises same-sex unions

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It's a very important moment in my life," Jennifer Lu, chief co-ordinator of rights group Marriage Equality Coalition Taiwan, told the BBC.

The referendum results showed that a majority of voters in Taiwan rejected legalising same-sex marriage, saying that the definition of marriage was the union of a man and woman.

As a result, Taiwan said it would not alter its existing definition of marriage in civil law, and instead would enact a special law for same-sex marriage. »