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Bernie Sanders Says He Will Not End Drone Program If Elected President

Bernie Sanders Says He Will Not End Drone Program If Elected President

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(HNGN)Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said Sunday that if elected president he would not end the U.S.’s controversial drone program in the Middle East. Sanders told ABC’s “This Week” host George Stephanopoulos that he would continue with the targeted killing campaign but suggested he would somehow reform the program so that drones don’t kill innocent people abroad. “I think we have to use drones very, very selectively and effectively. That has not always been the case,” Sanders said. ADVERTISING Since President Barack Obama took office on Jan. 20, 2009, at least 2,464 people and 314 innocent civilians have been killed in drone strikes in Pakistan, Yemen, Afghanistan and Somalia, according to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. Nine times more strikes have occurred under Obama than under former President George W. Bush. The Obama strikes have killed almost six times more people and twice as many civilians than those ordered in the Bush years. At least seven American citizens have been extra-judicially killed by drones, including one 16-year-old, meaning they were never given a trial as required by the Constitution, according to the National Journal. Obama himself directly ordered many of the strikes. Another study by the human rights group Reprieve found that as of Nov. 24, 2014, attempts to kill 41 alleged terrorists with drones resulted in the death of as many as 1,147 civilians, including more than 200 children, with thousands more injured. The U.S. has also been known to conduct drone strikes on funerals and weddings, as well as double-tap strikes on rescue workers. Despite the controversial aspects of the program, Sanders said Sunday that he believes there are still effective uses for drones. “What you can argue is that there are times and places where drone attacks have been effective,” he said. “There are times and places where they have been absolutely counter-effective and have caused more problems than they have solved. When you kill innocent people, what the end result is that people in the region become anti-American who otherwise would not have been,” Sanders said. Mike Flynn, retired director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, agreed with Sanders’ assessment, suggesting that the drone program is creating more terrorists than it is killing, as...

Arm-ageddon: US to resupply Israel’s bombs & missiles arsenal, sell attack choppers to S. Arabia

Arm-ageddon: US to resupply Israel’s bombs & missiles arsenal, sell attack choppers to S. Arabia

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  (rt)The Pentagon has announced new multibillion dollar arms contracts with the regimes in Israel and Saudi Arabia, America’s primary allies in the Middle East. Both are knee-deep in military conflicts destabilizing the region. Tags Arms, Military, Politics, USA, Israel, Security, Saudi Arabia, Air Force The $1.9 billion deal with Israel implies supply of some 3,000 Hellfire precision missiles, 250 AIM-120C advanced medium-range air-to-air missiles, 4,100 GBU-39 small diameter bombs and 50 BLU-113 bunker buster bombs. The order also includes 14,500 tail kits for Joint Direct Attack Munitions for 220kg and 900kg bombs and a variety of Paveway laser-guided bomb kits.   Israeli media sees the deal as “compensation” for the rapprochement between Iran and the US, which Washington sees as trying to get Tehran’s nuclear program under control. READ MORE: Saudi Arabia to allow Israel use of its airspace to strike Iran – report Tel Aviv has been sharply criticizing Washington for its decision to negotiate a nuclear deal with Tehran, and Israel has even ostentatiously “reserved the right” to conduct a unilateral air strike on Iran. “The proposed sale of this equipment will provide Israel the ability to support its self-defense needs,”the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency said, adding that the new contract is meant to“replenish”Israel’s arsenal without supplying the country with any kind of new weapons. In November 2014 it was reported that Pentagon was going to supplying Israel with 3,000 smart bombs, similar to those used by the Israeli Air Force in Gaza last summer, where an estimated 100 tons of munitions were dropped. The main contractors to fulfill the lucrative Israeli arms deal will be Boeing, Ellwood National Forge, General Dynamics, Lockheed Martin and Raytheon Missile Systems, AFP reported. As for Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest buyer of American weapons, it wants to buy 10 Seahawk MH-60R helicopters along with radars, navigation systems and 38 Hellfire missiles. MH-60R Seahawk helicopter (Reuters / Paolo Bayas) READ MORE: US to sell Saudi Arabia $1.75bn worth of Patriot air defenses According to a Congressional Research Service (CRS) report, between 2010 and 2014 Riyadh spent $90 billion on American weapons, becoming world’s leading buyer of US-made arms. The helicopters will be supplied by Sikorsky Aircraft Corp, while associated...

Enormous new factory blast rocks Chinese industrial region

Enormous new factory blast rocks Chinese industrial region

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  (rt)Another huge blast at a chemical facility has reportedly occurred in the Chinese province of Shandong. The explosion, located in an industrial zone in Lijin, Dongying City, happened late on Monday, China’s People’s Daily reported. The blast was so massive it could be seen and heard from a great distance. A chemical factory is believed to have been in the area. According to People’s Daily, the blast happened at around 11:30pm local time (3:30pm GMT). No immediate reports of casualties or damages were available.    ...

NASA Employees Caught buying Child porn- but Escape Prosecution

NASA Employees Caught buying Child porn- but Escape Prosecution

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NASA employees were caught buying child pornography from a criminal ring in Eastern Europe that distributed images of minors as young as three, it can be revealed. An investigation by Daily Mail Online found staff members from the space agency paid for pictures and videos of children in sexual situations, but were never prosecuted. Their names have never been released because of government guidelines which protect their privacy. The probe found that in 2010, the employees paid for the pornography using personal credit cards or PayPal while working for the government. Their actions were uncovered during Project Flicker – an investigation by the FBI and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) into American citizens buying child pornography from Belarus and Ukraine. The investigation began in 2007 when more than 33,000 images of minors being abused flooded into the country. Investigators identified more than 5,200 citizens across the country who had paid for a subscription to illicit websites in order to access the content. In 2010 it was revealed that 264 of these worked for the Pentagon as either employees or contractors. Some of them worked for the NSA and had top security clearance. Continue reading...

Exclusive Video: #Hoyerswerda Far Right Nationalists Take To The Streets

Exclusive Video: #Hoyerswerda Far Right Nationalists Take To The Streets

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  On 8-29-2015 far right nationalists took to the streets of Hoyerswerda?, Germany to protest and march against a 3rd refugee shelter being built in Hoyerswerda? to house refugees coming in to Germany. Alex Poucher was on scene and this is what he saw. Add/Follow WRC contributor on social media! FOLLOW ALEX ON FACEBOOK – FOLLOW ALEX ON...

Cocain Production Plummets After DEA Kicked Out Of Bolivia.

Cocain Production Plummets After DEA Kicked Out Of Bolivia.

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  (CounterCurrentNews) Bolivia — After the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) was kicked out of Bolivia, the country was able to drastically reduce the amount of coca (cocaine) produced within its borders. According to data released by the United Nations, cocaine production in the country declined by 11% in the past year, marking the fourth year in a row of steady decrease. It was just seven years ago that the DEA left Bolivia — and only three years after that, progress was finally made. The strategy employed by the Bolivian government may be a surprise to many prohibitionists because it did not involve any strong-arm police state tactics. Instead, they worked to find alternative crops for farmers to grow that would actually make them more money. “Bolivia has adopted a policy based on dialogue, where coca cultivation is allowed in traditional areas alongside alternative development [in others],”Antonino de Leo, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime’s representative in Bolivia, told VICE News. “It’s not only about making money off a crop. In the old fashioned alternative development approach, we substitute one illicit crop for a licit crop. It’s about a more comprehensive approach that includes access to essential services like schools, hospitals, and roads in areas that traditionally have been hard to reach,” Leo added. There are unfortunately still harsh laws against drug trafficking in Bolivia, but these have been active since the height of the drug war and have had no effect on the recent decline in production. Bolivian president, Evo Morales — a former coca farmer himself — has been less heavy handed since the DEA left the country, a move that allowed the government to develop alternatives for the struggling farmers instead. The drug war is one of the most misunderstood subjects in mainstream political discourse, even among people who are sympathetic to the plight of responsible drug users. It is rare for someone to come out and say that all drugs should be legal, but in all honesty, this is the only logically consistent stance on the issue. To say that some drugs should be legal while others should not is still giving credence to the punishment paradigm and overlooking the external consequences of drug prohibition...

Dear little girl at sea…

Dear little girl at sea…

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  Facebook: Dear Little Girl at sea… (Migrant Tales, under Enrique Tessieri and Tom Vandenbosch) The picture above and the comment that follows on Facebook is dedicated to the all those anti-immigration parties and politicians throughout Europe. Since I live in Finland, I’ll dedicate this tragic picture of the girl to our most anti-immigration and anti-EU party in the country: the Perussuomalaiset (PS).* Even if every party in Finland has their share of xenophobes, I will individually dedicate this picture to some of our most outspoken anti-immigration and anti-cultural diversity politicians that have built their political careers by spreading lies about migrants and refugees. Who are they? The list is long but I’ll name a few that I’ll dedicate this tragic picture below to: Timo Soini, Jussi Halla-aho, Olli Immonen, Juho Eerola, Laura Hauhtasaari, Maria Lohela, Teuvo Hakkarainen, Päivi Räsänen, Tom Pakaclén, Maria Tolppanen, Mika Niikko, Vesa-Matti Saarakkala, Kari Rajamäki, Pia Kauma, Wille Rydman, Simon Elo, Sampo Terho, Riikka Slunga-Poutsalo, Hanna Mäntylä and many, many others. All it takes is a picture or an unespected spark to action that changes everything instantly. If it isn’t this picture below there will be other opportunities that will at the end of the day expose them for what they are. Mark my words, all it takes is a picture, an action, that will spark their demise and force their lies to come down in flames. The post below may contain a disturbing image and text to some. Viewer discretion is advised. Näyttökuva 2015-5-2 kello 23.02.59 Migrant Tales writes: I don’t consider this picture disturbing. See the girl with the pink dress she is even considerate to your indifference. You can’t see her face. Ron Vandenbosch, who posted the story, told me that the original text in Dutch got similar reactions, even death threats. Näyttökuva 2015-5-2 kello 23.47.18 Here she is. One of those gold-diggers. She travelled on a boat to steal our prosperity. She wanted to cause unrest in our society. Because that’s what they do, those refugees, they cause misery and destruction. Look at her. She was probably planning to carry out a terrorist attack. Many people from those countries are Muslim, you know, so the danger is real. But look at...

Federal Court Ruling Supports NSA’s Phone Data Collection

Federal Court Ruling Supports NSA’s Phone Data Collection

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The court reversed a ruling that found the NSA program unconstitutional (time) — A federal appeals court has ruled in favor of the Obama administration in a dispute over the bulk collection of phone data on millions of Americans. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Friday reversed a lower court ruling that said the program likely violates the U.S. Constitution’s ban on unreasonable searches. But the impact of the ruling is uncertain, now that Congress has passed legislation designed to replace the program over the next few months. The court sent the case back for a judge to determine what further details about the program the government must provide. The uproar over the surveillance program began in 2013 when former NSA contractor Edward Snowden leaked details to news organizations.    ...

Drought-shamed Los Angeles County cuts supervisors’ car washes to one a week.

Drought-shamed Los Angeles County cuts supervisors’ car washes to one a week.

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  After a very public drought shaming, Los Angeles County employees may soon be driving dirtier cars. On Thursday, Supervisor Don Knabe called for a once-monthly limit that could affect all county departments. Officials also limited the Board of Supervisors to once-weekly car washings, effective immediately. Depending on how many vehicles are affected, this could amount to some serious water savings. The largest local government in the nation, Los Angeles County has roughly 12,500 vehicles. Some departments had no limits on the frequency of their washes before Wednesday evening, despite the state’s prolonged drought. Service records obtained by this news organization revealed that most of the county supervisors washed their take-home SUVs and sedans two or three times a week and actually increased their frequency after Gov. Jerry Brown ordered a 25 percent cut of urban water use in April. They used tap water too, instead of recirculated water. The story, which was posted online Tuesday evening, went viral. Major news wires picked it up, as did the Drudge Report and other news websites. Readers from across the country wrote the supervisors criticizing their water use during the state’s crippling four-year drought. • AUDIO: Reporter Mike Reicher talks about the supervisors’ car-wash controversy on KABC-AM with Doug McIntyre “I can’t believe that my family is working so hard to cut back on water usage, while Mark Ridley-Thomas, Michael Antonovich and Don Knabe act like we have unlimited water,” Hawthorne resident Deb Robertson wrote to the supervisors. “We turn off the water in the shower while lathering up, keep a bucket there to capture the cold water while it is warming up and use it to water the plants.” On Wednesday, the county changed its policy. An official from the department overseeing vehicle maintenance wrote the supervisors, outlining their once-weekly limit. That restriction applies to vehicles washed at the downtown headquarters, where the supervisors are based. The county also runs washes at two other facilities. • VIDEO: County supervisors get a lot of car washes despite drought Other local governments, including Long Beach and Santa Monica, have pledged to skip car washes for 60 days. On Thursday, Knabe released a motion that calls for department heads to develop a policy...

Jerry Seinfeld Hilariously Trolls Cops After they Shut Down his Son’s Lemonade Stand

Jerry Seinfeld Hilariously Trolls Cops After they Shut Down his Son’s Lemonade Stand

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(punkrocklibertarians)East Hampton, NY — To raise funds for a local baby clothes charity, funnyman Jerry Seinfeld and family set up a lemonade stand. However, their charitable endeavor would be short lived thanks to East Hampton police officers protecting the public from the dangers of an unlicensed lemonade stand. By Matt Agorist via The Free Thought Project Seinfeld’s son, Julian, and two friends set up the stand last week so raise money for Baby Buggy. Baby Buggy is a charity started by Seinfeld’s wife Jessica to provide kids’ clothing and baby equipment to needy families. According to police, a neighbor complained that cars were “illegally” parking as thirsty drivers lined up for the fresh-squeezed brew. Hero officers then swooped in to shut down the stand, citing local village law violations. Luckily, the stand was able to operate long enough to raise a some money. After being shut down, Jerry and family posed for an epic pic, trolling both the police and the neighbor who would call the cops to shut down a charitable lemonade stand. Jessica then uploaded the photo to her Instagram, with the following statement. The act of police officers shutting down lemonade stands and other “unlicensed” childhood entrepreneurial endeavors is all too common. Despite being public shamed and ridiculed for such police state tactics, departments continue to fail at using discretion and common sense. In June, we reported on the most recent case of police action for this citrus fruit. Police in Texas heroically saved the town from likes of two young girls who attempted to open a black market lemonade stand. The girls, one 7-year-old and one 8-year-old, dared to raise money to buy a Father’s day present for their dad by setting up a lemonade stand in their neighborhood. But their efforts were smited by local fuzz with nothing better to do than harass two little girls. This article originally appeared on The Free Thought Project. Read more at...

Seeing In The Dark. Light Pollution.

Seeing In The Dark. Light Pollution.

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  (pbs.org) Light pollution—the needless shining of bright lights into the night sky—has robbed whole generations of the chance to see nature on its largest scale. It is estimated that as many as eighty percent of all the people alive today have never even glimpsed the Milky Way. (When a massive power outage struck southern California in the 1990s, Los Angeles residents reportedly called 911 to express alarm about strange clouds hovering overhead; they were seeing the Milky Way for the first time.) The problem is not lighting in itself, but the billions of dollars worth of energy wasted each year by spilling light into the sky rather than confining it to the ground where it is needed. Light pollution has driven professional astronomers to site their observatories on remote islands and mountaintops, while robbing amateur astronomers—and their children—of faint stars and galaxies lost in the glare. Fortunately, there are solutions that save money and preserve the dark night sky. The most important step is to shield outdoor lighting so it is cast downward. Other measures include putting motion sensors on the security lights that, in so many cases, flood private yards all night; this actually increases security while saving on energy bills. It also helps to limit the specific wavelengths in which the light is emitted. Much of modern astronomy depends on spectroscopy, where we must be able to detect light at the specific wavelengths corresponding to various elements. Low-pressure sodium lamps emit light at only a few discrete wavelengths, leaving the rest of the spectrum free of contaminating light. Shielded low-pressure sodium lamps are used, for instance, in the city of Tucson, Arizona; as a result you can look up from a downtown Tucson intersection at eleven p.m. and see more than a thousand stars. These lights are also extremely energy-efficient, making them the most cost-effective form of street lighting. If we all work together, future generations can regain some of the pleasures of seeing in the dark. More information on light pollution is available from the International Dark-Sky...

Never Before Seen Pictures and Video Of Banksy’s New Theme Park: Dismaland

Never Before Seen Pictures and Video Of Banksy’s New Theme Park: Dismaland

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In this video Luke Rudkowski begins his journey from London to the new Banksy #Dismaland theme park after not even sleeping. Follow along in the video as Luke takes you through his day and experiences the theme park for the 1st time as it opens to the public. Artist Banksy, has put together a new theme-park that embodies actual insight with a side of brutal reality – it’s awesome. From a billboard that teaches you how to hack it open, to a lasagna man on a carousel; all the way to a mini-diorama depicting  a city under siege – Luke Rudkowski shows you what is happening in Dismaland. Along with showing a maximum of 4,000 people a day the artist Banksy’s view on our world, the new theme-park is set to give the local economy of Weston-super-Mare, about 10 million dollars with the crowds it’s been attracting. To enter to win the raffle for the #dismaland memorabilia go to...

Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Bassist is now a Beekeeper with over 200,000 Bees

Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Bassist is now a Beekeeper with over 200,000 Bees

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By Daniel Kreps | Rolling Stone It’s a hobby perhaps more befitting of Sting than Flea, but the Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist has become a full-fledged beekeeper with over 200,000 insects in his apiary. In recent months, Flea has posted numerous photos of himself in full beekeeping regalia on his social media accounts, and TMZ reports that his backyard is now home to three hives with over 60,000 bees apiece. Flea’s passion for beekeeping is twofold: In addition to his unabashed “love” for the insect – “Pleezus more beezus” and “Me about to get busy with my beautiful little bees that I love,” he wrote in June – the bassist’s environmental concerns also inspired him to cultivate an apiary of “Flea’s bees.” The honeybee population has steadily and staggeringly decreased over the past few decades, a decline known as the Colony Collapse Disorder, threatening a food chain that relies on the bugs to pollinate plant life. Deep to the hive super organism. I love my bees. Flea's bees A photo posted by @sllollaryee on Jul 22, 2015 at 8:47pm PDT Continue reading … [We wrote an article detailing the true cause of bee collapse – and how we can and will “fix it” – check it out...

Medical marijuana legal in all forms, Supreme Court rules

Medical marijuana legal in all forms, Supreme Court rules

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    (CBC.CA)Medical marijuana patients will now be able to consume marijuana — and not just smoke it — as well as use other extracts and derivatives, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled today. The unanimous ruling against the federal government expands the definition of medical marijuana beyond the “dried” form. Marijuana activist responds to ruling ?Medical marijuana ruling due today at Supreme Court The federal government’s court-case losing streak The country’s highest court found the current restriction to dried marijuana violates the right to liberty and security “in a manner that is arbitrary and hence is not in accord with the principles of fundamental justice.” Restricting medical access to marijuana to a dried form has now been declared “null and void” — Sections 4 and 5 of the Controlled Drug and Substances Act, which prohibits possession and trafficking of non-dried forms of cannabis, will no longer be in effect. The respondent in this case, Owen Smith, called it “a very emotional day.” “I’m proud and really happy today for all those people who are going to benefit from this ruling,” he said at a press conference in Victoria, B.C. The decision upholds earlier rulings by lower courts in British Columbia that said they went against a person’s right to consume medical marijuana in the form they choose. Many users felt smoking it was even potentially harmful. However, methods such as brewing marijuana leaves in tea or baking cannabis into brownies left patients vulnerable to being charged with possession and trafficking under the law. My QP: Why does my child have to smoke his medical marijuana? the fifth estate | Marijuana in Canada: Pot Fiction According to evidence submitted to the trial judge, it came down to forcing a person to choose between a legal but inadequate treatment, and an illegal but more effective choice. Federal health minister ‘outraged’ “It’s a positive — it’s a great thing for patients … and people who need extracts who can’t smoke their cannabis or don’t even want to in the first place,” said David-George Oldham, founder of The ARC, a consortium of cannabis patients, doctors, activists and chemists. SCOC Medical Marijuana 20150611 David-George Oldham smokes marijuana outside the Supreme Court of Canada...

Amnesty International Votes to Recommend Decriminalizing Sex Work

Amnesty International Votes to Recommend Decriminalizing Sex Work

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  Argues that laws that stigmatize sex workers violate human rights(time) In a landmark decision Tuesday, Amnesty International voted to recommend the full decriminalization of sex work and prostitution in order to protect the human rights of sex workers. The resolution recommends a policy that would decriminalize all aspects of adult, consensual sex work, while still classifying coercion into sex work or having sex with a minor as a major human rights violation. The resolution is intended to protect adult sex workers from stigma and abuse by decriminalizing aspects of sex work including buying sex, pimping and operating a brothel. “Sex workers are one of the most marginalized groups in the world who in most instances face constant risk of discrimination, violence and abuse,” said Amnesty International Secretary General Salil Shetty in a statement. “Our global movement paved the way for adopting a policy for the protection of the human rights of sex workers which will help shape Amnesty International’s future work on this important issue.” Amnesty International doesn’t have the power to make or enforce laws, but as an international human rights organization Amnesty has been influential on some issues like lobbying against the death penalty and getting political prisoners released. Amnesty says the new policy on sex work was based on research from the World Health Organization, UNAIDS and UN Women. But some are not happy with the idea of decriminalizing all aspects of the sex trade, arguing that the move would expand the sex industry, and sex trafficking would grow with it. Critics agree with Amnesty that sex workers themselves shouldn’t face legal consequences, but argue that pimps and sex buyers should. “By calling for the decriminalization of all facets of commercial sex, including sex- buying, pimping, and brothel-owning, Amnesty is saying they value the rights of exploiters over the exploited,” says Ian Kitterman, policy specialist for Demand Abolition, a group that aims to abolish sex trafficking by ending the demand for paid sex, in a statement. “I fully agree with their belief that more must be done to protect those sold in the sex trade, but it’s equally critical to hold accountable sex buyers, pimps, and traffickers who perpetuate this predatory industry.” He added that...

NASA Unveils New Images of Lagoon Nebula

NASA Unveils New Images of Lagoon Nebula

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By Alec Cope We Are Change These pictures were taken by the 32-inch Schulman Telescope, at the University of Arizaona’s Lemmon SkyCenter. I LOVE this stuff! This GORGEOUS photo is the Lagoon Nebula thru the Hubble Space Telescope! pic.twitter.com/sqgUhGytJF — Gina Genochio (@GinaGenochio) August 2, 2015 The lagoon is 110 light years in width, and is constantly forming new stars, also some of the stars in these photographs are larger than our star. Lagoon Nebula. Also known as M8, The bright star forming region is about 5,000 light-years distant. pic.twitter.com/phILamtjVB — Prof. Antonio Paris (@AntonioParis) August 1, 2015...

U.S. Supreme Court says No License Necessary To Drive Automobile On Public Highways/Streets

U.S. Supreme Court says No License Necessary To Drive Automobile On Public Highways/Streets

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U.S. SUPREME COURT AND OTHER HIGH COURT CITATIONS PROVING THAT NO LICENSE IS NECESSARY FOR NORMAL USE OF AN AUTOMOBILE ON COMMON WAYS “The right of a citizen to travel upon the public highways and to transport his property thereon, by horsedrawn carriage, wagon, or automobile, is not a mere privilege which may be permitted or prohibited at will, but a common right which he has under his right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Under this constitutional guaranty one may, therefore, under normal conditions, travel at his inclination along the public highways or in public places, and while conducting himself in an orderly and decent manner, neither interfering with nor disturbing another’s rights, he will be protected, not only in his person, but in his safe conduct.” Thompson v.Smith, 154 SE 579, 11 American Jurisprudence, Constitutional Law, section 329, page 1135 “The right of the Citizen to travel upon the public highways and to transport his property thereon, in the ordinary course of life and business, is a common right which he has under the right to enjoy life and liberty, to acquire and possess property, and to pursue happiness and safety. It includes the right, in so doing, to use the ordinary and usual conveyances of the day, and under the existing modes of travel, includes the right to drive a horse drawn carriage or wagon thereon or to operate an automobile thereon, for the usual and ordinary purpose of life and business.” – Thompson vs. Smith, supra.; Teche Lines vs. Danforth, Miss., 12 S.2d 784 “… the right of the citizen to drive on a public street with freedom from police interference… is a fundamental constitutional right” -White, 97 Cal.App.3d.141, 158 Cal.Rptr. 562, 566-67 (1979) “citizens have a right to drive upon the public streets of the District of Columbia or any other city absent a constitutionally sound reason for limiting their access.” Caneisha Mills v. D.C. 2009 “The use of the automobile as a necessary adjunct to the earning of a livelihood in modern life requires us in the interest of realism to conclude that the RIGHT to use an automobile on the public highways partakes of the nature of a liberty within...

People Who Talk To Themselves Aren’t Crazy, They’re Actually Geniuses

People Who Talk To Themselves Aren’t Crazy, They’re Actually Geniuses

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(elite daily.com)“If I were my peach smoothie body butter, where would I be?” I say to no one while I search for my favorite lotion. Then: “Aha! Here you are. You rolled under my bed.” I talk to myself a lot. And I don’t mean only in the privacy of my own home. I talk to myself while I’m walking down the street, when I’m in my office or when I’m shopping. Thinking out loud helps me materialize what I’m thinking about. It helps me make sense of things. It also makes me look insane. Crazy people talk to themselves, right? They’re conversing with the voices inside their heads. If you’re yammering on to nobody, everyone thinks you’re a mental patient. I’m sure many people have seen me wandering down the streets of NYC and thought, “The crack addiction is strong with that one.” I’m positive I look disturbingly similar to Gollum in “Lord Of The Rings” when he dotes over his “precious.” Well, the joke is on the judgmental assh*les who give me a side-eye on the train. (By the way, I SEE YOU!). Talking to yourself, it turns out, is a sign of genius. The smartest people on earth talk to themselves. Look at the inner monologues of the greatest thinkers. Look at poetry! Look at history! Albert Einstein talked to himself. He wasn’t an avid social butterfly when he was growing up, and he preferred to keep to himself. Einstein.org reports that he “used to repeat his sentences to himself softly.” So, you see? I’m not alone, and I’m not completely bonkers. I’m just really smart. Ha! Talking to yourself makes your brain work more efficiently. In a study printed in the Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, psychologists Daniel Swigley and Gary Lupya hypothesized that talking to yourself was actually beneficial. We’re all guilty of it, right? We might as well celebrate it and study the benefits. In one experiment, Swigley and Lupya gave 20 people the name of an object (like a loaf of bread or an apple), which they were told to find in the supermarket. During the first set of trials, the participants were bound to silence. In the second set, they repeated...

Aussie radio telescope detects signal from galaxy 5 billion light years away

Aussie radio telescope detects signal from galaxy 5 billion light years away

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          (RT)A new radio telescope located in a remote desert in Western Australia has enabled scientists to spot a galaxy as far as 5 billion light-years away, expanding our knowledge about a little-explored period of the Universe’s history. Six dishes of the high-tech radio telescope, known as Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP), have detected a weak signal, emitted prior to the birth of the solar system. It comes from within the bright center of the galaxy PKS B1740-517, located near the Ara constellation. ASKAP, located at the radio-quiet Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory (MRO), boasts a totalcollecting area of approximately 4,000 square meters, from 36 antennas, each 12 meters in diameter. Five-billion-year-old radio emission stamped with ‘imprint’ of hydrogen gas on its way to Earth. (image from www.csiro.au)Five-billion-year-old radio emission stamped with ‘imprint’ of hydrogen gas on its way to Earth. (image from www.csiro.au) The telescope can pick up signals from galaxies in the distant universe that are sources of radio waves, Elaine Sadler, a professor of astrophysics at the University of Sydney, told Mashable Australia. She explained that these galaxies actually emit such waves because they have huge black holes at their center. “If that radio signal passes through hydrogen gas, it makes a signature at one particular frequency, like tuning into a radio station,” she said. “That can tell you the distance the hydrogen has travelled, and that’s what this telescope measures,” Sadler pointed out. The radio galaxy PKS B1740-517. (image from www.csiro.au)The radio galaxy PKS B1740-517. (image from www.csiro.au) The 5-billion-year-old radio emission, detected by ASKAP, was stamped with the “imprint” of hydrogen gas it had traveled through on its way to Earth, researchers stated on Australia’s national science agency’s (CSIRO) website. What happens is that the gas absorbs some of the emission, creating a tiny dip in the signal, the researchers say. “At many observatories, this dip would have been hidden by background radio noise, but our site is so radio quiet it stood out clearly,” Dr. Allison, who led a research team, noted. Close up of an ASKAP antenna with several more in the background. (image from wikipedia.org by CSIRO)Close up of an ASKAP antenna with several more in the background....

Exclusive Video: #Heidenau Protests Erupt to Defy Anti-Protest Laws and more

Exclusive Video: #Heidenau Protests Erupt to Defy Anti-Protest Laws and more

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  Following a weekend full of violence in Heidenau, Germany where 31 police officers were injured during demonstration; far-right Nationalists took to the streets to march on city hall upset that refugees are allowed to be in Germany seeking asylum. Shortly after a new court order from Dresden, no protests were to be allowed until the end of the weekend, counter demonstrators mainly from the Anti-Fascist movement took to the streets in solidarity with the refugees. Footage by WRC contributor Alex Poucher, FOLLOW HIM ON FACEBOOK, FOLLOW HIM ON...

Awakened Masks

Awakened Masks

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These masks are artwork the from an independent artist located in Ohio. He started making these masks for local Cincinnati Activists and it grew from there. Now major Activists and Journalists all across the country wear these masks. They are all hand drawn and sprayed with a sealer so they don’t smear. People wear them to protest or keep them as art work. For $80.00, you pick 3 colors with black as a primary color. All masks get a Anarchy A and a Peace Symbol. Kind of my trademark. A portion of all sales will go to the Activist group Awakened Cincinnatians for their #OpHelpingHands events and WeAreChange. JUNE SPECIAL $65.00 http://wearechange.org/store/ Support WeAreChange by Subscribing HERE http://www.youtube.com/subscription_c… Check out the new Limited Edition “Investigate Bilderberg” t-shirt that will help us sue them here http://wearechange.org/store/ Follow Us on SnapChat: LukeWeAreChange Like Us on Facebook: https://facebook.com/LukeWeAreChange Follow Us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Lukewearechange Stalk Luke on Instagram: http://instagram.com/lukewearechange Rep WeAreChange Merch Proudly: http://wearechange.org/store OH YEAH since we are not corporate or government WHORES help us out http://wearechange.org/donate We take BITCOIN too...

As News Focuses On Murdered Va. Reporters, Hillary Takes Responsibility For Private Email

As News Focuses On Murdered Va. Reporters, Hillary Takes Responsibility For Private Email

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  (dailycaller)Hillary Clinton finally took responsibility for her decision to use a private email server as secretary of state late Wednesday afternoon, conspicuously on the same day the murder of two journalists dominated the news cycle. “I know the people have raised questions about my email use as secretary of state, and I understand why,” Clinton said at a campaign event, reported by The New York Times. “I get it. So here’s what I want the American people to know: My use of personal email was allowed by the State Department.” “It clearly wasn’t the best choice,” she continued. “I should’ve used two emails: one personal, one for work.” “I take responsibility for that decision,” she added. ” … I’m confident that this process will prove that I never sent, nor received, any email that was marked classified.” The admission of responsibility is a marked change from her previous tone on the email scandal. She has tried a number of mostly failed tactics, including laughing it off, playing the victim card and blaming the whole thing on a “vast right-wing conspiracy.” An FBI probe into the matter has found emails with classified information from the Defense Intelligence Agency, National Security Agency and National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Read more:...

Is There A Connection Between The China Stock Crash and Tianjin Blasts?

Is There A Connection Between The China Stock Crash and Tianjin Blasts?

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BY RASH (mindsetsathreat)· AUGUST 27, 2015 China’s stock market has been crashing dramatically in the past few months. The mainstream media has been parroting the same narrative consistently. That being that China’s stock market is crashing because of a scare in the markets. While this is certainly part of the equation it leaves out some crucial information that is vital to understanding the situation in China. To put it bluntly, stock markets are rigged. This should not come as a shock to people. In May, some of the worlds largest banks pleaded guilty to price and interest rate manipulation. Bloomberg stated; Citicorp, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Barclays Plc and Royal Bank of Scotland Plc agreed to plead guilty to felony charges of conspiring to manipulate the price of U.S. dollars and euros, according to settlements announced by the Justice Department in Washington Wednesday” The mega-banks were caught manipulating the market, the so called ‘justice’ system fined them 5.8 billion. Sounds like a lot? For these banks, a slap on the wrist would be too harsh. Try a tickle. This is just one example of many.Banks have proven to be untouchable since the 2008 housing bubble crash. The question here is whether the Chinese stock market crash was due to something similar. Something more sinister than a ‘scare in the markets’? The Chinese government seems to share my suspicions. According to the BBC; China’s securities regulator will investigate suspected manipulation of the stock market, state news agency Xinhua reports. The regulator said late on Thursday that it would be looking into whether parties were mis-selling financial products. Some reports have accused overseas investors of driving prices down by short-selling stocks on Chinese bourses, meaning they were betting on stocks falling.” So what has this all got to do with the Tinjian blasts that killed over 120 people, you may be wondering. If China was financially screwed by overseas investors as the Chinese government suspects than the timing of the blast worked out very well for some. Economist Prof. Michael Chossudovsky outlines the timing of the explosion China’s market crash in an article on Globalresearch.ca; The Shanghai SSE Composite Index progressed over the last year from approximately 2209 on August 27,...

Hillary Clinton Exploits Live TV Shooting For Gun Control

Hillary Clinton Exploits Live TV Shooting For Gun Control

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Roanoke’s WDBJ-TV lost reporter Alison Parker, 24, and photographer Adam Ward who was 27 years of age, at around 11 a.m. today while broadcasting a report on the 50th anniversary of Smith Mountain Lake. The gunman was a former disgruntled employee of WDBJ-TV who went under the name of Bryce Williams, his real name being Vester Lee Flanagan. After posting to Twitter and leading police forces in a brief chase, he shot himself and crashed his vehicle. He was brought to a nearby hospital in critical condition; Flanagan died at around 1:30 pm after. The shooter had also at one time sued at one time for racism: #WDBJ shooting suspect Vester Flanagan went by Bryce Williams. Previously sued for racism. pic.twitter.com/6YuUUCCuaS — FOX 4 NEWS (@FOX4) August 26, 2015 Flanagan uploaded actual video and pictures of the shooting occurring on Facebook and YouTube; but most of those videos have since been taken down. [Warning: Extremely Graphic Video – View At Own Discretion] Within an hour of this shooting becoming viral within information outlets, Hillary Clinton posted this to her Facebook account: Heartbroken and angry?? The woman who once laughed about defending a guilty pedophile in court was heartbroken?? This, “heartbroken” woman, has been responsible for the following: Accepting 500K in jewelry from the head chopping terrorist funding Saudi state. States she had nothing to hide in her email servers; which she then wiped clean. She laughed about the total devastation of Libya and the killing of Muammar Gadaffi . Here’s a quote by her: “If I’m President, We Will Attack Iran”. She has also played a demonstrable part in the destruction of Ukraine – and possible World War with Russia… Fights “inequality” through her 200K speeches. Goldman Sachs, Times-Warner, Fox News and several international banking dynasties are her biggest campaign donors. She also laughed in Luke Rudkowski‘s face when he questioned her about supporting Al Qaeda in Libya and Syria – so if you sense a bias, those are reasons why. Usually, politicians will wait at least a few days to exploit these tragedies for an agenda (usually gun control), but not Hillary – she pounced on it within an hour. This only demonstrates her callousness and her uncanny...

Why the Global Financial Meltdown Happened and How to Deal With It

Why the Global Financial Meltdown Happened and How to Deal With It

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On Monday August 24th, the U.S. Dow Jones Industrial Average plummeted 1000 points within five minutes of opening the New York Stock Exchange. The loss of 1000 points hasn’t been seen since the 2008 stock market crash. It happened amid China’s action of devaluing its own currency, the Yuan. The Dow would recover to -588 points by the end of the day. [Sources not mentioned in the article are found below at the bottom] “Black Monday” as it was called, has been linked by several outlets as being a direct result of China devaluing its own currency, and was the greatest slump seen in over four years. China did this last week and claimed it was an action of self-preservation, in which doing so allowed greater competition for their exports. This action would cause a massive-selloff that would cause the economies of Australia, Qatar, the United States, China and Saudi Arabia to experience some implosion – mirroring the 2008 Housing Bubble burst. Luke Rudkowski also traveled to Japan to reveal the reality that the Japanese people have been enslaved by their shaky economic house of cards. U.S. territory Puerto Rico also suffered economic destabilization around the time of Greece’s austerity vote. China’s government acted quickly to prop up the sliding of markets by using pension funds – China’s market is still slumping as of writing. The privately owned Federal Reserve’s policies, of “Quantitative Easing” and keeping interest rates officially low are coming to an abrupt end. It was reported several weeks ago that “central banks” are “losing control”. We have proven that any country that attempts to remove the global hegemony of the United States – it will be overthrown, economically devastated or completely destabilized. This happened last year when Saudi Arabia and the US gutted the Russian Ruble, but now the action is having unintended affects. The 2008 crash has been directly linked to banker’s policies and incidentally these were chosen on purpose; the fact that the same bankers were paid billions after via the “bail-outs” shows the reality we’re in. Let’s call it as it is: The ponzi scheme is up. Broadcaster Max Keiser did an interview with Luke and stated that the fake economy will crash...

Bilderberg Was Finally Mentioned to a National Television Audience

Bilderberg Was Finally Mentioned to a National Television Audience

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Comedian Bill Burr appeared on the TBS show, Conan and was asked by the host (Conan) what he thought about Donald Trump running for President of the United States in 2016. Burr goes into a tangent, discussing how people in general can become “too apologetic” via people bringing up something spoken from someone’s past. These people will then demand an apology for what was said sometimes decades ago. Conan follows the conversation by asking Burr, “Do you think politicians should show their human side then?” Nodding in a dazed agreement, Burr quickly turns the entire discussion on its axis by stating that: “I don’t think it matters who’s President… I’m one of those people.” Conan is taken off-guard, but allows Bill to summarize with some pure, live television gold … “… Hillary Clinton goes to those Bilderberg meetings; that’s like that “illuminati stuff.” says Burr, “She’s probably hooked up with some guy, with like a goat’s head and then she goes out on TV – and she’s talking to people who drive snowplows, acting like she can relate to them.” http://wearechange.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Bill-Burr-On-Donald-Trump’s-Appeal-CONAN-on-TBS.webm Named after the hotel where it was created in 1954, Bilderberg was denied existence by mainstream “news” since its inception; up until recent years. What is laughable is that these same outlets, will continue to parrot that it’s only a powerless forum for 120 to 150 of the world’s most influential people in royalty, politics, military, academia, industry and more. After decades of being called a conspiracy theory and down-played by the disillusioned mainstream media, it was finally admitted that the Euro currency was the brain-child of the Bilderberg Group. It was also planned to be implemented in the 1990’s. Creating a currency that is used by more than a dozen countries… It sounds like you’d need some power to implement that large of a measure, or that’s just me, personally. Luke Rudkowski covers Bilderberg every year and made a video about their agenda for the year 2015 which can be viewed here. We salute comedian Bill Burr for re-introducing this topic into the public’s eye, especially when one considers the reach a platform such as Conan offers. If more and more people were to show the guts...

Never Before Seen Pictures and Video Of Banksy’s New Theme Park: Dismaland

Never Before Seen Pictures and Video Of Banksy’s New Theme Park: Dismaland

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In this video Luke Rudkowski begins his journey from London to the new Banksy #Dismaland theme park after not even sleeping. Follow along in the video as Luke takes you through his day and experiences the theme park for the 1st time as it opens to the public. Artist Banksy, has put together a new theme-park that embodies actual insight with a side of brutal reality – it’s awesome. From a billboard that teaches you how to hack it open, to a lasagna man on a carousel; all the way to a mini-diorama depicting  a city under siege – Luke Rudkowski shows you what is happening in Dismaland. Along with showing a maximum of 4,000 people a day the artist Banksy’s view on our world, the new theme-park is set to give the local economy of Weston-super-Mare, about 10 million dollars with the crowds it’s been attracting. To enter to win the raffle for the #dismaland memorabilia go to...

3 Americans Praised for Stopping Gunman on European Train

3 Americans Praised for Stopping Gunman on European Train

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A police investigator walks next to a Thalys train on the platform at Arras train station, northern France Arras, France | Yesterday (Aug. 21st), an unnamed man attempted to fire into a European high-speed train, en route between Amsterdam and Paris. Before his intentions were materialized however, he was swiftly disabled by 3 Americans who have since been praised by the French town of Arras and Europe as a whole. Spencer Stone an Air Force serviceman, Anthony Sadler, a senior at Sacramento State University and Alek Skarlatos, a National Guardsman from Roseburg, Oregon who are also childhood friends; were traveling through Belgium when the situation began to unfold. A gunshot and the breaking of glass caught their attention, they then witnessed a train-employee sprint down the aisle as the gunman appeared, wielding an automatic rifle. Sadler described the rest of the incident when questioned by the Associated Press: “As he was cocking it to shoot it, Alek just yells, ‘Spencer, go!’ And Spencer runs down the aisle, … Spencer makes first contact, he tackles the guy, Alek wrestles the gun away from him, and the gunman pulls out a boxcutter and slices Spencer a few times. And the three of us beat him until he was unconscious.” A British passenger, Chris Norman told French television that he also tied the gunman. Stone would quickly assist another wounded passenger stop his throat wound from bleeding until paramedics arrived, Sadler said. Throughout the brief but chaotic episode, Sadler said that, “The gunman never said a word.” Stone has since been hospitalized, but his injuries are not life threatening. One man was also wounded when the gunman fired a pistol, while another French passenger received minor damage while activating the train’s emergency alarm. The French town of Arras, would award the men special medals overnight, the mayor would say, “I wanted them to feel recognition not only from the city but also from French people in general and from all people who are against terrorism,”. French counter-terrorism police are leading the following investigation, with Belgium authorities opening their own case on the grounds the man boarded the train in Brussels. European police agency, Europol, has offered its assistance into the investigation as...

Thousands Gather to Protest Shady TPP Deal

Thousands Gather to Protest Shady TPP Deal

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On Saturday, August 15th thousands of protesters gathered in Auckland, New Zealand to protest the highly-controversial and secretive trade deal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). In an act of self-preservation, thousands of New Zealand residents swarmed the capital of Auckland chanting “TPPA, walk away” together as they marched toward the U.S. Consulate. There, politicians and speakers spoke out against the utilization of this trade-deal, a small police presence was there and it was a peaceful demonstration. Foreigners were warned not to join the demonstration but attended anyway. “We will stand against this secret, dodgy deal that takes the power away from the people and the power away from the government,” said speaker Jane Kelsey. “Who loses? The people and the environment. Who wins? The corporations.” As Kelsey stepped away from the stand, crowds began a reverberating chant of, “who’s got the power? We’ve got the power. TPPA, walk away.” What is the TPP? Whistle-blower Richard Grove was embedded with the corporate world when 9/11 occurred, he was there the day it happened. It was there he realized that there were corporate bets made, he witnessed this. This is where he decided to focus on how the world truly works; this lead to him researching secret groups such as the Trilateral Commission, The Council on Foreign Relations and how they come into play. Using actual documentation by those involved, Grove details how the TPP is simply an outgrowth of secretive groups whom say what they are going to do; that being the corrosion of national sovereignty, to be then reintegrated into a new system, a new world order. This includes Agenda 21 – which is the U.N.’s plan to absolutely end national sovereignty, that’s another nightmare in itself you can read about in detail here. More and more people must learn what the TPP truly is, because this is reality. These groups are making a go for dozens of nation’s ability to self-regulate. This ties into a quote once said by David Rockefeller in his personal memoirs: Some even believe we [Rockefeller family] are part of a secret cabal working against the best interests of the United States, characterizing my family and me as ‘internationalists’ and of conspiring with others around...

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