BGR 7 April 2018

Cases of fake weed causing severe bleeding have now spread into multiple states

Last month, reports emerged from the Illinois Department of Public Health of “severe bleeding” following consumption of synthetic marijuana alternatives. Users reported bleeding from their eyes and ears, as well as extremely heavy menstrual bleeding or bleeding disproportionately from an injury, and some victims have been hospitalized for an extended period of time for treatment to fix the problem, which appears to stem from a vitamin K deficiency. At least two people have been reported dead from the condition by the Illinois Department of Public Health. The Maryland Poison Center has now confirmed that one user was admitted to hospital in Maryland with similar symptoms, and is issuing a public health advisory warning the public of the danger. “We’re warning people to not use synthetic cannabinoids,” said Bruce Anderson, the executive director of the Maryland Poison Center, in a statement. “While never safe, the recent increased risk of adverse effects such as synthetic cannabinoid-associated coagulopathy makes it critical for people to abstain.” "Clinical signs from the Illinois and Maryland cases include bruising, nosebleeds, bleeding of the gums, bleeding out of proportion to the level of injury, vomiting blood, blood in urine or stool, or excessively heavy menstrual bleeding and back pain," according to the advisory. Victims have been hospitalized for an extended period of time for treatment to fix the problem, which appears to stem from a vitamin K deficiency. The leading theory about what's causing the problem is that the synthetic weed is laced with rat poison. An IDPH spokesperson told Gizmodo that at least some patients had evidence of brodifacoum, a chemical used in rat poison that inhibits vitamin K receptors in the body. In sufficiently high doses, it can act as a blood thinner, preventing clotting and causing the uncontrollable bleeding that's landed so many people in hospital already.

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Maybe this is why the government doesn’t trust the word of cable companies

The US Justice Department is currently suing to block a proposed acquisition of Time Warner by AT&T. The deal would create a cable content behemoth to rival Comcast-NBC, and the government is concerned that (brace yourself for this surprise!) the company would use its market power to hike prices and artificially keep a dying cable industry alive. The telecoms lobby, for what it's worth, thinks that handing out a few concessions to the government should be all it takes to keep AT&T-Time Warner in line. But if the example of Charter's acquisition of Time Warner Cable is anything to go by, the government is right to be skeptical. A New York State Public Service Commission statement unearthed by DSL Reports virtually accuses Charter of lying to New York State about its compliance with broadband deployment plans, which were put in place as a condition of allowing Charter to merge with TWC. Under the terms of the agreement, Charter is obliged to build out service to 2 million locations that didn't already have service. In New York specifically, Charter was required to build out service to 145,000 unserved or under-served locations within 4 years of the merger. The company was fined $13 million last year for missing those targets, and in a new filing, the Public Service Commission is accusing Charter of misrepentation in its most recent filing: Turning to network deployment, as stated above, Charter recently filed its first-year buildout target under the Commission’s Approval Order and Settlement Agreement claiming to have passed 42,889 residential and/or business units of which 12,467 were located in NYC, despite the fact that the NYC franchise agreements include network deployment requirements as discussed above. Specifically, based on this representation, DPS Staff has identified concerns as to whether Charter’s network did in fact pass all buildings in its NYC footprint as required by Section 5 of its franchise renewal agreements. Throughout the statement, the PSC accuses Charter of misrepresenting which buildings have service, whether it was the first time those buildings had service, and of double-counting locations. It also suggests that PSC's franchise fees paid to the city of NY (also a condition of the merger) have been declining. If Charter doesn't respond and alleviate the PSC's concerns, the Commission has the ability to revoke Charter's cable franchises within NYC. That's unlikely, but more fines or conditions are also possible for Charter.

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We love this new $40 desk lamp that has a built-in wireless charger for iPhones and Androids

Behold, our new favorite office accessory. The TaoTronics LED Desk Lamp with Wireless Charger is, well, exactly what it sounds like. It’s an LED desk lamp… with a built-in wireless charger. It costs about the same price as a premium wireless charger would on its own though, and you get the added benefit of reducing the amount of clutter on your desk. Do you really want yet another thing taking up space on your desk and an outlet in your power strip? Here’s what you need to know from the product page: Note: Please remove all metal cases and metal or magnetic objects from the back of your phone prior to wireless charging, as these may overheat and damage your device. Qi Wireless Fast Charge & Wide Compatibility: Fast Charges up to 10W Qi-enabled and Quick Charge devices like the Samsung Galaxy S8 / S8+ / S7 / S7 edge / S6 edge+ / Note8; or charges Qi-enabled, non-Quick Charge devices at a standard 5W 5 colors & 7 brightness levels: adjust the light of the wireless charging lamp to meet your eyes' needs and match your activity USB charging port: lets you connect and recharge your smartphone or tablet up to 5V/1A if your device does not support wireless charging Conveniently adjustable build: table lamp's head tilts up to 135 degree and rotates up to 180 degree; and the arm can be tilted up to 150 degree and swivels a full 90 degree Time-saving memory function: restores the latest settings so you don't need to adjust every time.Wattage:12

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7 new movie trailers you need to watch from this past week

Just seven new movie trailers worth highlighting this week, but there are a few gems in here. The most notable trailer on this list is probably HBO's Fahrenheit 451, a modern retelling of Ray Bradbury's classic dystopian novel. Having just shot to the top of the charts with Black Panther, Michael B. Jordan will likely draw a crowd. Upgrade is another movie that has people talking after its trailer debuted a few days ago. Written and directed by the creator of Saw and Insidious, this sci-fi action horror flick stars Logan Marshall-Green as a paraplegic who uses an experimental chip to exact revenge on the people who murdered his wife. Cargo Netflix's original films have been hit or miss so far, but Cargo, starring Martin Freeman, looks like it has a chance to be very interesting. It's a feature-length version of a short film about a zombie apocalypse. Fahrenheit 451 At long last, we have the first full-length trailer for HBO's rendition of Fahrenheit 451. Coming off of Black Panther, Michael B. Jordan is sure to draw plenty of eyes when this debuts on May 19th. The First Purge As the name implies, this is a prequel to the original Purge movies, following the inaugural purge. How To Talk To Girls At Parties A sci-fi romcom in which a boy falls in love with an alien. Based on a short story by Neil Gaiman. Johnny English Strikes Again Seven years after the sequel (which itself came out eight years after the original), Johnny English Strikes Again once again revives the hapless spy played by Rowan Atkinson. It's not Mr. Bean, but it'll do. Night School A comedy about misfits who have to attend adult classes at night school to pass the GED and graduate. Upgrade From the creator of Saw and Insidious, Upgrade looks just as gruesome as those two movies, but appears to be having a lot more fun in the process. Prepare to be grossed out, but not quite as scared.

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