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Did Rescued Thai Boys Opt to Return to Cave Rather Than Meet with Trump? Caught between a rock and a hard place … literally?

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Boys rescued after being trapped in a cave for weeks preferred to return there rather than meet with President Trump.

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On 11 July 2018, the Burrard Street Journal website posted an article about several Thai boys who had just been rescued after spending two weeks trapped deep inside a watery cave opting to return to that cave rather than accept an invitation to meet with President Trump at the White House:

WASHINGTON, DC — The American President Donald Trump has had his offer to visit the White House rebuffed by the rescued Thai boys, who instead have voted unanimously to return to the watery cave.

The cave which is now over 95% full of water has still been deemed more inviting than the White House especially to young children who would likely be seen as migrants and detained by ICE.

“They’ve been to hell and back and now you want to send them to another hell? No. These boys have been through enough,” said the boys’ soccer coach firmly.

None of this was true, of course.

Although some readers apparently mistook the article for a genuine news report, it was just a spoof of the current administration’s immigration policies offered by the Burrard Street Journal (also known as the “BS Journal”), a well known Canadian entertainment website whose “About” page and disclaimer clearly note the satirical nature of the site’s content:

If you clicked here then you are probably doubting the legitimacy of one of our articles. Well friend, those are some good instincts, as the Burrard Street Journal is a satire news, parody and humor website and is for entertainment purposes only.

All Burrard Street Journal and Burrard Street Football articles are satire news and entirely fabricated.

Any resemblance to the truth is purely coincidental, except for all references to sports personalities and/or celebrities, in which case they are based on real people, but still based almost entirely in fiction.

Florida Passes Bill Legalizing Recreational Use Of Marijuana

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Florida Did NOT Pass Bill Legalizing Recreational Use of Marijuana

Orlando, Fl. – Weed smokers rejoice, The state of Florida can now be added to the growing list of US states that have past bills to legalize the use marijuana.

The bill to legalize marijuana for medical and recreational use in the state was first presented at the state capital back in July is expected to be in place by Easter. Lawmakers have finally given the go-ahead citing it will jump-start the economy and create new jobs.

“This bill is so much more than legalizing marijuana—it’s about legalizing opportunity and prosperity,” said Democratic leader Janet Cruz. “The state budget was due two weeks ago, and Florida simply can’t afford to wait any longer. We deserve a real plan to create new jobs and stimulate our lagging economy, and that’s what this bill is.”

Cruz believes legalizing marijuana will help Florida’s economy, citing statistics from Colorado as an example.

“In Colorado, legalizing marijuana generated $2.4 billion in economic activity and created more than 18,000 new jobs in a single year alone,” Cruz said.

The bill introduced includes providing employment and benefit protections for marijuana users, requiring insurance coverage for medicinal marijuana for terminal illnesses and incorporating marijuana into current alcohol and tobacco educational curricula in schools.

Previous attempts to legalize weed in the state has never received a public hearing or had a Republican cosponsor, Cruz said.

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