The Daily Buzz: December 4, 2014
Forty-three US cities stage protest in solidarity with missing Mexican students; UVA president blames hard liquor for rape risk; and Bradley Cooper says sobriety helped him prep for his latest movie role.
Forty-Three Cities Stage Symbolic Protest Against US Funding for the Mexican Drug War
Yesterday, cities across the US participated in a campaign of solidarity with the 43 students missing in Mexico, who are suspected to have been murdered by drug cartel members in cahoots with the police. The campaign, #USTired2, demanded justice and an end to the US break partnership with Mexico in fighting the drug war, on the grounds that the Mexican government has committed human rights abuses.
UVA President Thinks Frats Should Ban Hard Liquor to Solve Rape Problem
After the recent account of an alleged gang rape at a UVA fraternity, University President Teresa Sullivan suggests that fraternities should regulate themselves by only providing beer at parties and banning hard liquor. She also says the university should offer students more social events outside the Greek scene. But are hard beverages really the root of the problem?
British NGO Pens Open Letter to David Cameron, Demanding Drug Policy Reform
Release, the UK-based center of expertise on drugs and drug laws, is urging the British prime minister to change direction, citing the criminalization of 1.5 million Brits for mere drug possession in the last 15 years, the ongoing tragedy in Mexico and much more. “People are dying, the health harms are increasing, and we are not protecting our children,” it concludes. “We need a new approach.”
Your Car Could Soon Know If You’ve Been Drinking and Stop You From Driving
Scientists in Germany are working on a new technology to detect whether a person is drunk by recording their speech. The voice recognition system will be developed into a device that could be installed in cars to prevent people from driving drunk by asking the driver a few questions and analyzing the responses.
DEA: Cartels Are Now Smuggling US Weed Into Mexico
Advocates have long argued that legalization of weed would put a stop to drug cartels smuggling it in from Mexico, but this may have been harder to predict: As more states legalize pot, the high-grade US product is now reportedly being smuggled by the cartels into Mexico. This threatens to put some Mexican marijuana farmers out of business.
How Bradley Cooper’s Sobriety Helped Him Prep for His Latest Movie Role
The 39-year-old actor says some of his personal struggles, including his father’s death and his recovery from addiction, helped him prepare for his starring role in Clint Eastwood’s upcoming biopic, American Sniper. Cooper got sober 10 years ago. “I see life much more gray as I get older. I was so sort of black-and-white in my late 20s,” he says. “As you get older, thank God, your body deteriorates, but your soul sort of flourishes.”