Patrick Hilsman

Man Dies of Thirst in Jail Run by Trump-Loving Sheriff After Guards Cut off His Water for Six Days

Terrill Thomas, 38, was arrested in connection with a shooting and taken to Milwaukee County Jail. Nine days later, he was dead of dehydration. His death has been ruled a homicide.

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These 5 Classic Songs Chronicle the Cruelty of the War on Drugs Over the Decades

This article was originally published by The Influence, a news site that covers the full spectrum of human relationships with drugs. Follow The Influence on Facebook or Twitter.

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Are Punitive Summer Crackdowns on Young Festival Drinkers Really the Way to Go?

This article was originally published by The Influence, a news site that covers the full spectrum of human relationships with drugs. Follow The Influenceon Facebook or Twitter.

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A New Avenue for Reefer Tourism

This article was originally published by The Influence, a news site that covers the full spectrum of human relationships with drugs. Follow The Influence on Facebook or Twitter.

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This Simple Graph Shows How Long Different Drugs Remain in Your Blood

Business Insider has produced this fascinating graph detailing the amount of time various legal and illegal drugs remain detectable in your blood. Most drugs are no longer detectable after a couple of days. The giant exception is marijuana, which remains detectable for two whole weeks.

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'Antidote to the Republicans' Hanukah at a Mosque Was the Most American Thing I've Ever Seen

When the NYC Muslim-Jewish Solidarity Committee asked Rabbi Burton Visotzky to lead Hanukkah festivities at the Islamic Center of Middle Manhattan, he thought it was a great idea, but he only expected a few dozen participants.

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New Jersey Mayor Risks His Life Delivering Aid to Syria - Unlike Tough Guy Chris Christie, He's Not Scared of 5-Yr-Olds

In the wake of the recent terror attacks in Paris, New Jersey governor and 2016 presidential hopeful Chris Christie announced he would block any Syrian refugees from resettling in his state. Citing unspecified threats, Christie said even Syrian orphans under the age of five are unwelcome.

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Let's Not Fall Into the ISIS Trap and Punish Immigrants - A Frenchman's Perspective

When I was still learning English, my mom taught me that the revolutionary songs of France like "La Marseillaise" and "Chant des Partisans" were full of calls for violence and vitriol while fascist songs were all about beautiful fields and pretty girls. I think this is an important lesson on what it means to be French.

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Why Bill Maher Is as Irrational as the Religious Fundamentalists That He Loves to Hate

I really want to like Bill Maher. He calls out Islamic fundamentalist regimes for their brutal oppression of women, and that is absolutely righteous. When he points out that not enough people criticize Saudi Arabia for torturing and murdering political dissidents on fake charges, he is completely right. He slams liberals for being too easy on Islamic radicals, and in many cases he is correct.  He believes rational thought — not religious superstition — should govern society. I can get behind that.

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The Hidden Story of Middle-Class Heroin in Brooklyn and Beyond

On June 21, 2014, police discovered the bodies of a young couple in the burned ruins of a house in Midwest City, Oklahoma. The deceased were identified as Shelby Hughes, 33, and her fiance, Bryan VanAssche. The deaths were immediately determined to be suspicious.

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