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Australia considers porn site age verification similar to troubled UK system

“A parliamentary committee initiated by the Coalition will investigate how porn websites can verify Australians visiting their websites are over 18, in a move that looks similar to the troubled UK age verification system” writes Josh Taylor for theguardian.com. Australia’s strict classification regime would mean the vast majority of adult websites would be in the focus of this inquiry.Wallace noted that “appropriately classified” adult websites in Australia would not be the focus of the inquiry. Eros Association, which represents the adult industry in Australia, said in a Facebook post it…

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Carolyn Hax: Keep asking questions to get adult education plan rolling

“I know there are plenty of schools that have adult education courses; I just don’t know if I start with financing, or with courses, I don’t even know what major I should consider” writes Webcomments Siadvance Com for mlive.com. The way to get your degree started is to contact admissions offices to ask how you get started, and whom to talk to about adult education and financial aid.Not having a degree might hold you back from better jobs, but fearing ridicule will hold you back from jobs and everything else.Getting…

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A Juul-sponsored study suggests its e-cigarettes could help adult smokers cut back, but some researchers aren’t convinced

“That’s why the new study, which looked at whether adult smokers who tried Juul e-cigs ended up smoking less, was so important” writes Erin Brodwin for businessinsider.com. “Our goal is to help all adult smokers completely switch off combustible cigarettes and eliminate their consumption entirely,” Juul CEO Kevin Burns said in a statement.The paper found that adult smokers who tried the Juul went on to smoke fewer burned cigarettes, which is an important finding for the e-cig company.One outside expert was cheered by the findings, noting that it appears to…

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Why do Californians keep electing prosecutors who try to undermine our laws?

“A bill signed into law in 1994 allowed minors as young as 14 and 15 to be tried in adult court for the most serious crimes and to be penalized with adult sentences, including life in prison” writes The Times Editorial for latimes.com. Voters followed up in 2000 with Proposition 21, which allowed prosecutors on their own, without sign-off from juvenile court judges, to file criminal charges against many teenagers directly in adult criminal court. Source: latimes.com

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DAMAGING: Smoking Cannabis As A Teenager Could Increase Your Risk Of Depression As An Adult

“Smoking cannabis as a teenager could increase your risk of depression in adulthood by as much as 37%, new research suggests” writes Rachel Moss for huffingtonpost.com. They also warned cannabis was a “significant public health risk” and called for officials to make tackling use of the drug a priority.Up to 60,000 UK cases of adult depression could potentially be avoided if teenagers did not smoke cannabis, they said, warning parents not to be relaxed about the drug. Source: huffingtonpost.com

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Nations must boost adult training in face of automation: OECD…

“The report by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development assessed the “future-readiness” of each of its member countries’ adult learning systems” reports france24.com. It also suggesting targeting training in areas were jobs were most likely to become obsolete in the future.The report recommended that countries promote “the benefits of adult learning and providing targeted support for the low skilled, the unemployed, migrants and older people”.But only 40 percent of workers in the jobs most at risk receive training, far less than the 59 percent of those with jobs at…

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Arizona officials want to pass a symbolic measure that would declare porn a public health crisis

“State Lawmakers in Arizona are weighing a measure to declare pornography a public health crisis” writes Ellen Cranley for businessinsider.com. Read more:The most ridiculous law in every state If passed into law, the measure would make Arizona the 12th state to pass a resolution on pornography as a public health crisis.Michelle Udall, the symbolic measure says pornography “perpetuates a sexually toxic environment that damages all areas of our society,” AZ Central reported.”Like the tobacco industry, the pornography industry has created a public health crisis,” Udall reportedly told lawmakers.Michelle Udall, the…

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Altria confirms $12.8 billion investment for 35% stake in e-cigarette startup Juul

“MO, +1.00% confirmed Thursday that it has closed a $12.8 billion investment in e-cigarette startup Juul Labs Inc., with the 35% stake valuing Juul at $38 billion” writes Reporter Editor for marketwatch.com. “We strongly believe that working with JUUL to accelerate its mission will have long-term benefits for adult smokers and our shareholders.”. “We are taking significant action to prepare for a future where adult smokers overwhelmingly choose non-combustible products over cigarettes by investing $12.8 billion in JUUL, a world leader in switching adult smokers,” said Altria Chief Executive Howard…

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