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Tonight, the Firedoglake Watercooler is in solidarity with Unist’to’ten Camp’s #EvictChevron campaign which shut down gas stations in Vancouver in an act of First Nations’ civil disobedience.

The morning of August 21st 2014 we took action to shut down 4 Chevron stations including 80 individual gas and diesel pumps in Vancouver. More will follow if Chevron continues to push through the Pacific Trails Pipeline without the consent of the Unist’ot’en people.


A man offers a roach (small end of a joint) to the camera, and French inhales smoke in two separate photographic panels.

It’s more fun if you share.

A new study suggests that married couples who smoke cannabis together have a lower incidence of domestic violence. From The Independent:

Researchers from Yale University, University of Buffalo and Rutgers followed 634 married couples for nine years.

They found that when couples used cannabis three times or more each month reported the lowest number domestic violence incidents (intimate partner violence) over the first nine years of marriage. Intimate partner violence (IPV) was defined by the researchers as acts of physical aggressions, including hitting, beating and chocking.

The couples completed regular questionnaires throughout the study on how often they used the drug and other substances, such as alcohol. They were also asked to report violence from their spouse within the last year, and any violent acts that had occurred during the year before marriage.

The study concluded that the more often both spouses smoked cannabis, the less likely they were to engage in domestic violence.

Lead researcher Kenneth Leonard, director of the UB Research Institute on Addictions, said the findings suggest cannabis use is predictive of lower levels of aggression towards a person’s partner, but only over the course of a year. ‘As in other survey studies of marijuana and partner violence, our study examines patterns of marijuana use and the occurrence of violence within a year period,’ he said. ‘It does not examine whether using marijuana on a given day reduces the likelihood of violence at that time.’ […] The study was published in the online edition of Psychology of Addictive Behaviors in August.

Bonus: LGBTQ Board Games from the 70s and 80s from World of Wonder

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Kit OConnell

Kit O’Connell is a gonzo journalist and radical troublemaker from Austin, Texas. He is the Associate Editor and Community Manager of Shadowproof. Kit's investigative journalism has appeared in Truthout, MintPress News and