Australia’s parliament introduced a bill that would legalize the medicinal use of marijuana throughout the country. The bill, introduced on February 10, 2016, would create a national licensing and permit system for people with painful and chronic conditions to purchase marijuana. It is expected to pass by the end of March.
Receiving full support from the opposition party all but ensures the passage of the law.
Health trumps policy and the value of certain chemicals in marijuana, including THC and CBD, as medicine is undoubted. “This government understands that there are some Australians suffering from severe conditions for which cannabis may have applications and we want to enable access to the most effective medical treatments available,” health minister Sussan Ley told parliament.
Marijuana is swiftly becoming legal around the world and Australia’s move is a hammer strike. Ley added that making it nationally legal is better than doing it state by state. “I am confident creating one single, nationally consistent cultivation scheme, rather than eight individual arrangements, will not only help speed up the legislative and regulatory process, but ultimately access to medicinal cannabis products as well,” she said.
Hemp has been used as medicine for thousands of years among countless civilizations; it is a reawakening, in a sense, that we are embracing the potential of the herb on such a vast, global scale.
Hillary Clinton’s high-powered press operation “blackmailed” reporters by promising perks in exchange for flattering coverage, according to a report Tuesday.
Using the Freedom of Information Act, Gawker obtained an exchange of emails between Clinton spokesman Philippe Reines and Marc Ambinder, a writer for The Atlantic magazine, that demonstrated how the process worked.
Ambinder asked Reines on July 15, 2009, for an advance copy of a speech Clinton was to deliver at the Council on Foreign Relations.
Reines returned a three-word reply saying he’d supply the speech — with conditions.
The writer answered OK, and then Reines sent his demands:
“1) You in your own voice describe them [Clinton’s remarks] as ‘muscular’ 2) You note that a look at the CFR seating plan shows that all the envoys — from Holbrooke to Mitchell to Ross — will be arrayed in front of her, which in your own clever way you can say [is] certainly not a coincidence and meant to convey something 3) You don’t say you were blackmailed!”
On Sunday, a day after threatening to do as much, an anonymous hacker released the names, job titles, email addresses and phone numbers of over 20,000 Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) employees and 9,000 from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), just for good measure.
The hacker also claims to have hundreds of gigabytes of data from a Department of Justice (DOJ) computer, although this information has yet to be released.
Of the leaked information, many of the employees and operatives are working in non-public positions, including approximately 1,000 FBI employees currently holding intelligence analysis roles.
A spokesperson for the DOJ told Motherboard that is it, “looking into the unauthorized access of a system operated by one of its components containing employee contact information.” According to Motherboard’s conversations with the hacker, the cybercriminal appears to have gained access by compromising a DOJ email account last week, and then used that account to access a DOJ portal after tricking a representative into providing a token code.
The hacker then used the compromised credentials to access an online virtual machine.
From there, databases of both the DHS and FBI were accessible on the DOJ intranet.
Though the hacker has claimed no affiliation with any group, it’s possible they are involved with ‘Crackas With Attitude’ (CWA).
The hackers facilitating this intrusion used the hashtag #FreePalestine in several tweets, the same as CWA had done previously. The group claims the hashtag is an effort to show support for Palestine, which was the motivation behind the attacks.
Up to 8,000 children in Flint, Michigan have potentially been poisoned by their own water supply, and so the Michigan Senate has bravely come together to push through a bill that… bans anal sex.
The insanity of this move is made even more outrageous by the fact that 1) Michigan already has a sodomy ban and 2) the ban is completely pointless. The 2003 Supreme Court case of Lawrence vs. Texas declared sodomy bans unconstitutional in all states.
So, to reiterate, rather than help citizens that are being poisoned by their own water, Michigan senators chose to spend their time and money upholding an already existing sodomy ban that is impossible to enforce.
The ban was able to pass because it was attached to an animal-rights bill mostly aimed at keeping pets out of the hands of animal abusers. The discriminatory measure is squeezed inside the section banning bestiality, an asinine suggestion by Michigan Senators that two consenting adults having the freedom to be intimate is equatable to sexual abuse of an animal.
The language of the bill reads “A person who commits the abominable and detestable crime against nature [sodomy] either with mankind or with any animal is guilty of a felony punishable by imprisonment for not more than 15 years…”
As Donald Trump and his ilk boast building a giant wall to keep immigrants out of the United States, more Americans than ever before are fleeing.
According to a new analysis, the number of American citizens turning their backs on the United States has skyrocketed in the last decade, breaking records each year.
Since 2008, the number of Americans renouncing their citizenship has increased 18 fold, making 2015 the third record-breaking year in a row.
As the US government continues to spread war across the globe and pass legislation granting tax breaks to mega-corporations while squeezing small businesses for every last dime, people are saying ‘enough is enough.’
According to CNNMoney, unlike most other countries, the U.S. taxes its citizens on all income, no matter where it’s earned or where they live. For Americans living abroad, that results in a mountain of paperwork so complex that they are often forced to seek professional help, forking out high fees for accountants and lawyers.
This excessive burden of handing over 30-40% of one’s income is unsustainable, and we are now seeing its effect.
However, those who are renouncing their citizenship do so because they can afford to flee to another country. As they leave, the tax burden will continue to be passed on to the middle class as the state attempts to squeeze more blood from a turnip.
The irony here is that those who are fleeing are not the super rich elite as they could care less about the tax laws — that they wrote. Just last week, the Free Thought Project reported on the newly established tax haven for the super-rich — located inside the US.
The words of Andrew Penney, managing director of Rothschild & Co., are extremely clear to the elite, who need not flee; the U.S. is now the world’s biggest tax haven. In a draft for a presentation in San Francisco, Penny wrote that the U.S. “is effectively the biggest tax haven in the world.”
In the meantime, that same skewed tax code is forcing small business owners out of the country just so they can make ends meat.
Small business owners and the upper middle class aren’t the only ones fleeing at record rates either. According to a report by the Pew Research Center, more Mexican immigrants are leaving the United States than are coming into the country.
This negative shift in border flow is happening for the first time in over four decades. It seems the Land of the Free, is quickly becoming the land to escape from.
If history is any indicator, the American empire will continue to expand and as a result so will domestic tyranny and taxation. This mass exodus of people out of the US is the canary in the coal mine for what’s to come.
As politicians and their supporters push to close the borders, remember one thing. A wall big enough to keep them out, is also big enough to keep you in.