The Daily Populous

Sunday December 20th, 2020 day edition

image for TIL a Guatemalan boy saw soldiers come into his village and murder his parents along with the rest of the village, was adopted and raised in an abusive household by one of the men who massacred the villagers, and later gave testimony that sent the killer to prison with a 6,000 year sentence

He seems comfortable in his own skin: a soft-spoken Canadian of Guatemalan heritage who also happens to have an inconceivable story of survival.

Ramiro Cristales spent his early years in Guatemala, but has been living under the radar in Canada for two decades.

December is agonizingly enmeshed with the memory of losing his family, a memory that includes witnessing the killing of his little sister.

He had a twin brother, Eldo, and other brothers with names like Victor and Hector.

The men intended to take them alive, as a trophy or an act of mercy — it isn’t clear.

The killing spree over, the men marched them into the jungle, and together they walked for days. »

The Long-Term, Prospective, Therapeutic Impact of Cannabis on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

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Introduction: Given the increasing availability and use of cannabis among individuals with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and the addition of PTSD as an eligible diagnosis in several U.S. medical cannabis programs, the efficacy of dispensary-obtained cannabis needs to be thoroughly examined.

Materials and Methods: This prospective study assessed PTSD symptoms and functioning every 3 months over the course of a year in two samples of participants diagnosed with PTSD: (1) those with PTSD using dispensary-obtained cannabis (cannabis users) and (2) those with PTSD, who do not use cannabis (controls).

Conclusions: This study provides evidence that the types of cannabis available in recreational and medical cannabis dispensaries might hold promise as an alternative treatment for PTSD. »

We Need Five Days’ Pay for Four Days’ Work

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The New Economics Foundation’s new book makes the case that shorter working time should be at the heart of a post-pandemic recovery.

Germany, the Netherlands, and all of Scandinavia work far fewer hours than in the UK, and yet have much higher levels of productivity.

Shorter working time is a way of future-proofing our economy and ensuring that the impact of automation is one that benefits workers. »