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22nd May 2016NEWS
New Study Says Magic Mushrooms Can Cure Severe Depression By Steve McQueen

New Study Says Magic Mushrooms Can Cure Severe Depression

Depression is a worldwide epidemic, especially in the US. New findings are now suggesting that depression can be combatted through the use of LSD .  A new study published in The Lancet explains that psilocybin mushrooms (fungi with hallucinogenic properties) had the ability to lift Depression in the 12 volunteers for the study.  Trueactivist reports: In the United States, approximately 6.7% of the population suffers from depression. Whether the mental affliction is a result of disastrous life circumstances, PTSD, or unknown causes, the weight of the burden can be crushing. While new findings suggest that depression can be combatted through a whole foods diet and balanced lifestyle, a recent study reveals that “magic” mushrooms may also be the answer. According to a first of its kind study published in The Lancet, psilocybin mushrooms – fungi with hallucinogenic properties – were able to lift the severe depression of all twelve human volunteer participants. This is astounding, considering that the participants had been struggling through with the disease for an average of over seventeen years. The volunteers had also tried various pharmaceutical medications to find relief but hadn’t found any that offered long-lasting benefits. Said lead author Dr. Robin Carhart-Harris of the Imperial College London, where the study took place: “This is the first time that psilocybin has been investigated as a potential treatment for major depression. Treatment-resistant depression is common, disabling and extremely difficult to treat. New treatments are urgently needed, and our study shows that psilocybin is a promising area of future research.” fter a single treatment dose of psilocybin, most participants reported feeling a considerable lift from the disease. Amazingly, five of the original twelve severely depressed patents were in complete remission from depression three months after the study took place. They were following no other treatment plan. It took only two doses of psilocybin for all participants to experience a significant lift in resistant depression for three weeks. Of course, the size of the small trial and the absence of a placebo mean the research, which was funded by the Medical Research Council, is a proof of principle only. In addition, the possible side effects of long-term use are unknown. However, considering that 100,000 Americans die each year from pharmaceutical drugs, this finding is an optimistic one for sufferers of depression. “Magic” mushrooms, which contain the psychoactive compound psilocybin, may soon become the standard go-to for reversing the number one cause of disability on the planet: depression.  
18th February 2016NEWS
George Osborne's Business Sets The Example For Tax Avoidance By Sophie Akram

George Osborne's Business Sets The Example For Tax Avoidance

George Osborne as Chancellor of the Exchequer seems to have learnt a thing or two about tax. Despite a 2012 speech, which heard him condemn tax evaders, the Sunday Times has reportedly gone over the accounts of a family business that Osborne is a shareholder of, Osborne & Little, and has found that it has not paid corporation tax for the last seven years.The way in which it has avoided in doing so is by rolling over losses from previous years and deferring tax payments. The latest deferred tax amounts to £173,000. However, the business cannot be doing that badly as it has paid out dividends worth £335,000 including £270,000 to Mr. Osborne’s parents and £1,230 to George himself.The Osborne & Little Group, a limited company, was founded in 1968 by George Osborne’s father and uncle. It sells hand printed wallpaper and has an employee base of 195. Private Eye last year also revealed the tax anomaly as between April 2008 and April 2015; the company generated £200 million in sales.A new tax was introduced last year for instance, that provides a tax free allowance of £5,000 with incremental taxation above these levels starting at 7.5 percent, to 32.5 percent and 38.1 percent. This tax is on top of the corporation tax companies are already ‘supposed’ to be paying. According to the Telegraph, this will be most detrimental to basic rate taxpayers earning dividends on higher than £5,000 and will benefit high rate tax payers receiving dividend payments of less than £5,000 – like George Osborne.The Tories have also been accused of failing to tackle tax evasion, and allowing overseas companies off their tax bills, leaving the UK tax payer with the bill less their profits. Google for instance is one prime example where it was made to make one large tax payout, which unfortunately only amounted to about a three percent rate despite the large lump sum figure of £130 million. In the meantime, he continues his rampage against middle-income earners ruthlessly through tax policies.
20th May 2016FEATURES
Elon Musk Funds $1Billion Project To Stop AI Destroying Mankind By Paul Roughsedge

Elon Musk Funds $1Billion Project To Stop AI Destroying Mankind

Elon Musk, the Billionaire who has created revolutionary products like Paypal has come up with a new scheme that is intended to protect humanity from Artificial intelligence (AI). His belief is that AI will become a significant threat to humanity in the future. If a Billionaire founder of revolutionary products we use in our day to day lives is worried about something like Artificial Intelligence taking over, then it's probably time to start paying attention. TrueActivist reports: Elon Musk’s contributions to society know no bounds: his latest scheme is intended to save humanity from being destroyed by artificial intelligence (AI). The billionaire, known for garnering a massive amount of wealth and attention with his revolutionary projects of PayPal, Tesla, and SpaceX, has consistently warned against AI, recently calling it humanity’s greatest existential threat. His belief of the detriment AI may cause has led him to pool forces with other well-known tech entrepreneurs to establish an investment fund intended for researchers to pursue actions with a positive social impact. The $1 billion fund is slated to assist humans in staying at least one step ahead of technology. According to a statement released by the group of investors, AI’s surprising history makes it difficult to “predict when human-level AI might come within reach”. The statement continued on to advise, “When it does, it’ll be important to have a leading research institution which can prioritize a good outcome for all over its own self-interest.” The debate within the technology world over the threats and benefits provided by rapid advances in computer intelligence is a long-standing one, with questions of whether or not legislation should be implemented to act as safeguards. A total moratorium on research has been contested as well, particularly as the scientific and technology worlds are arguably capable of advancing to the point of superseding humans. It is a very likely possibility that we may become redundant, unnecessary, and, thus, expendable. Scientists postulate that eventually AI systems will be able to intercommunicate exclusively among themselves, controlling entire transport networks and even national economies. Renowned theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking told the BBC last year that technology could very well spell doom for the entire human race, warning of a type of system so advanced it could “re-design itself at an ever-increasing rate”, thus outpacing human improvements exponentially. At a recent symposium held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Musk spoke of the dangers of AI, stating that “we need to be very careful with the artificial intelligence. With artificial intelligence we are summoning the demon.” PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel, along with tech giant Infosys and Amazon Web Services, have contributed to the startup of OpenAI. The non-profit will work towards researching novel uses of AI and share the findings; with access to this knowledge, the idea is to guarantee that someone is examining the pros and cons sans the financial restraints imposed by the research and development departments of conglomerates like Google and IBM. According to OpenAI’s website, freedom from financial obligations allows for a “better focus on a positive human impact…AI should be an extension of individual human wills and, in the spirit of liberty, as broadly and evenly distributed as is possible safely.”  
2nd March 2016FEATURES
Being In The EU Is About More Than Just Immigration And Boris Johnson By Sam Meaghan

Being In The EU Is About More Than Just Immigration And Boris Johnson

23rd June, a date to put in your diaries. Although the country may not come out in full force for a general election, you can bet your bottom dollar they will for this referendum. Even though the referendum is Tory party politics gone wild, the country is being dragged into the polling station to fight for either the side of David Cameron, or Boris Johnson.It would be silly to assume that the population of Britain don’t want to vote in this referendum. With the Daily Mail consistently fanning the flames of anti-immigration propaganda the disparity of right-wing parties, and voters, is near breaking point. And it will break, because pollsters are saying that the Referendum will go in favour of the Leave campaign. If it is a matter of when, then they will break, as energy bills rise, immigration continues and a lot of job losses occur.Just think about this for a second, David Cameron, some commentators say, is actually more right wing than his beloved Margaret Thatcher. This being the woman who literally decimated the once proud working-class communities and paid off police officers to have her very own martial state. A supposedly more right-wing @prime minister is going for something that is commonly looked at as a socialist perspective.Politicians aside, most people who are campaigning to leave the EU seem to be forgetting that this whole sovereignty argument is complete poppycock. This is due to the fact that even a company named “Scottish Power” is actually owned by a Spanish company.
22nd February 2016ENTERTAINMENT
INTERVIEW: Bulletproof in The Loft Portsmouth By Sam Meaghan

INTERVIEW: Bulletproof in The Loft Portsmouth

The South- London quintet, formally known as The Bulletproof Bomb, are comprised of Joel Douglas on Lead Vocals & Guitar, Thomas Butler on Bass, Robbie Cottom on Keyboard & Vocals, Mike Hendry on Guitar, and last but certainly not least, George Thompson on Drums. Amidst the release of their latest track, ‘Little Miss London’, and a change in name, Bulletproof have embarked on a 10-date tour. Halfway through the tour Bulletproof stopped off for a gig in Portsmouth, for the first time nonetheless. With a rapturous sound, Little Miss London, appears to be another fan favourite to add to their set list. Though most of their songs are often 3 minutes of high tempo guitars and a barrage of drums, Little Miss London is more of a downbeat, ska driven tale of boredom in a suburban club, as Joel, the lead singer, says, “It’s about a nightclub in Sutton. We went there one night and it was terrible so I wrote a song about it.” Little Miss London first appeared on Youtube when the band played it for the first time live at Reading and Leeds on the BBC Introducing stage. Guitarist, Mike Hendry admits that, “When we first started playing it, I used to make up what the solo was and change it each time.” Singer Joel interjected with, “Don’t you still do that?” Jokingly Mike replied, “No not anymore”. So far on the tour the band had covered the north in towns such as Sheffield and  Leeds, which were both sold out, Barnsley and Stoke. The Portsmouth gig was taking place in the rustic venue of The Loft, which is situated just on top of the pub, The Kings Arms. Though they had played many stops that are usually considered staples for a band of their size; Sugarmill in Stoke, which is always a favourite of the band’s to play, and Oporto in Leeds, they probably wouldn’t have played a venue with a décor that their nan’s would be proud of. Their newest single Little Miss London was received quite well. But it was interesting to find out that they all preferred playing different songs live. “Five Green Bottles is always good” said Robbie, to which the band agreed. There is also a new song to be released soon, “We’ve got this track called Limbo, I like playing that one.” Joel said. “I like playing Siege it’s always a bit fun” said Thomas, but George agreed with Joel, “I’m with Joel, Limbo’s a bit more groovy.” In the least diva way, the band’s rider consisted of Chilli Heatwave Dorito’s (the best ones) and a crate of beers (requesting anything but Carlsberg). A part from that though, the only common occurrence with regards to a “tour ritual” as such was that, Mike was often late. Keyboard player, Robbie Cottom, said: “Mike being late would be one of them… He did once miss a flight”.
8th January 2016ENTERTAINMENT
My Time Following Fickle Friends Before They Were Signed By Sam Meaghan

My Time Following Fickle Friends Before They Were Signed

I was elated to hear the news that a band I have followed solidly for two years had signed to a major label such as Universal. I remember the first time I heard Fickle Friends, it was in May of 2014. I was nearing the end of my first year at university and was revising, but at the time I was procrastinating and decided to see what new hot topics I could find. It wasn’t intentional; I was actually listening to a band from my hometown of Liverpool, Lives. But the next track that played was ‘Swim’ by Fickle Friends. Ever since that moment I was hooked onto their groove driven nu-pop sound. Immediately after my first listen I actually wrote a blog, intending to share it with my friends, who at this point trusted my judgement of new bands. Since that moment, Fickle Friends have elevated from a band that was playing a few shows up and down the country, to one of the most blogged about bands. I had a similar feeling when watching Fickle Friends to the one I had when I was watching The 1975 before they got signed. It was only a matter of time until a label picked them up, and whatever label picked them up was inconceivably making the right decision. Funnily enough, the first time I saw Fickle Friends live was in a sound check. I was actually opening for them, though I doubt they remember me. I was extremely gutted that I had to leave early and by doing so missed them finish with my personal favourite ‘Swim’. That was in the Railway Inn in Winchester, the next time I saw them was in a marginally smaller venue, but they had undoubtedly gotten, somehow, better. It was in the odd surroundings of The Clarence Tavern in Gosport. The place was a pub at the front, but where the beer used to be brewed in the back was where the venue and stage actually were. The band played some new stuff, but there was an awful lot of buzz in the crowd. I’m not ashamed to say that my self amongst my 20-something friends were singing aloud… And dancing to their songs, amidst a crowd with an average age of 14.
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