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SOURCE: New York Times

Senior Republicans conceded on Tuesday that the grueling fight with President Obama over the regulation of Internet service appears over, with the president and an army of Internet activists victorious.

The Federal Communications Commission is expected on Thursday to approve regulating Internet service like a public utility, prohibiting companies from paying for faster lanes on the Internet. While the two Democratic commissioners are negotiating over technical details, they are widely expected to side with the Democratic chairman, Tom Wheeler, against the two Republican commissioners.

And Republicans on Capitol Hill, who once criticized the plan as “Obamacare for the Internet,” now say they are unlikely to pass a legislative response that would undo perhaps the biggest policy shift since the Internet became a reality.
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“We’re not going to get a signed bill that doesn’t have Democrats’ support,” said Senator John Thune, Republican of South Dakota and chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee. “This is an issue that needs to have bipartisan support.”

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Hillary Caught in Massive Act of Corruption That Should END Her Career http://wearechange.org/hillary-caught-massive-act-corruption-end-career/ http://wearechange.org/hillary-caught-massive-act-corruption-end-career/#comments Wed, 25 Feb 2015 16:54:38 +0000 http://wearechange.org/?p=33511 We Are Change

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When it comes to where Hillary Clinton gets her campaign money, the putative 2016 Democrat presidential front-runner has made her position clear: what difference does it make?

The Clinton Foundation certainly doesn’t think it makes any, since the giant nonprofit silently removed its rules forbidding foreign governments from making donations. Now, the fundraising arm of Bill and Hillary, Inc. can watched the money roll in.

According to the Wall Street Journal, “the foundation has raised at least $48 million from overseas governments” since 2001. And some of this money comes from worrying sources.

For instance, one of the biggest donors is Saudi Arabia, whose Shariah-on-steroids government has donated no less than $10 million of that total.

Another donor is a specific Canadian government agency interested in promoting the Keystone XL pipeline. While the Keystone XL pipeline is no doubt a beneficial project, it certainly creates the image of a conflict of interest, if not a quid pro quo relationship.

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North Dakota House Approves Industrial Hemp Farming Bill http://wearechange.org/north-dakota-house-approves-industrial-hemp-farming-bill/ http://wearechange.org/north-dakota-house-approves-industrial-hemp-farming-bill/#comments Wed, 25 Feb 2015 15:12:55 +0000 http://wearechange.org/?p=33507 We Are Change

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SOURCE: Tenth Amendment Center

The North Dakota state House approved a bill last week that would authorize the farming, production, and sale of industrial hemp in the state, effectively nullifying the federal prohibition on the same.

Introduced by Reps. David Monson (R-10) and Alan Fehr (R-36) along with Sen. Tom Campbell (R-19), House Bill 1436 (HB1436) not only sets up the framework to effectuate a commercial hemp farming program in the state, it expressly rejects any need for federal approval before growing hemp in the state. It reads, in part: “A license required by this section is not conditioned on or subject to review or approval by the United States drug enforcement agency.”

HB1436 passed through the state house successfully on Feb. 20 by a resounding 87-5 vote. The bill now moves on to the state Senate for further consideration.

Passage into law will ensure that North Dakota will join join five other states – Colorado, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee and Vermont – that have already passed similar measures. Farmers in SE Colorado started harvesting the plant in 2013, and farmers in Vermont began harvesting in 2014, effectively nullifying federal restrictions on such agricultural activities. On Feb. 2, the Oregon hemp industry officially opened for business and one week later, the first license went to a small non-profit group who hopes to plant 25 acres this spring. The Tennessee Agricultural department recently put out a call for licensing, signaling that hemp farming will start soon there too.

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“I was an American sniper, and Chris Kyle’s war was not my war” http://wearechange.org/american-sniper-chris-kyles-war-not-war/ http://wearechange.org/american-sniper-chris-kyles-war-not-war/#comments Wed, 25 Feb 2015 14:53:09 +0000 http://wearechange.org/?p=33503 We Are Change

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SOURCE: Salon

I spent nights in Iraq lying prone and looking through a 12-power sniper scope. You only see a limited view between the reticles. That’s why it’s necessary to keep both eyes open. This way you have some ability to track targets and establish 360 degrees of awareness. I rotated with my spotter and an additional security team member to maintain vigilance and see the whole battlefield. I scrutinized every target in my scope to determine if they were a threat.

In a way, it’s an analogy for keeping the whole Iraq mission in perspective and fully understanding the experiences of the U.S. war fighters during Operation Iraqi Freedom. No single service member has the monopoly on the war narrative. It will change depending on where you serve, when you were there, what your role was, and a few thousand other random elements.

For the past 10 days, “American Sniper” has rallied crowds and broken box office records, but if you want to understand the war, the film is like peering into a sniper scope — it offers a very limited view.

The movie tells the story of Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle, said to have 160 confirmed kills, which would make him the most lethal American military member in history. He first shared his story in a memoir, which became the basis for Clint Eastwood’s film adaptation. Kyle views the occupation of Iraq as necessary to stop terrorists from coming to the mainland and attacking the U.S.; he sees the Iraqis as “savages” and attacks any critical thought about the overall mission and the military’s ability to accomplish it.

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Scientists: Fluoride in drinking water may trigger depression and weight gain http://wearechange.org/scientists-fluoride-drinking-water-may-trigger-depression-weight-gain/ http://wearechange.org/scientists-fluoride-drinking-water-may-trigger-depression-weight-gain/#comments Wed, 25 Feb 2015 14:45:01 +0000 http://wearechange.org/?p=33499 We Are Change

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SOURCE: The Telegraph

Fluoride could be causing depression and weight gain and councils should stop adding it to drinking water to prevent tooth decay, scientists have warned.

A study of 98 per cent of GP practices in England found that high rates of underactive thyroid were 30 per cent more likely in areas of the greatest fluoridation.

It could mean that up to 15,000 people are suffering needlessly from thyroid problems which can cause depression, weight gain, fatigue and aching muscles.

Last year Public Health England released a report saying fluoride was a ‘safe and effective’ way of improving dental health.

But new research from the University of Kent suggests that there is a spike in the number of cases of underactive thyroid in high fluoride areas such as the West Midlands and the North East of England.

Lead author Professor Stephen Peckham, Centre for Health Service Studies, said: “I think it is concerning for people living in those areas.

“The difference between the West Midlands, which fluoridates, and Manchester, which doesn’t was particularly striking. There were nearly double the number of cases in Manchester.

“Underactive thyroid is a particularly nasty thing to have and it can lead to other long term health problems. I do think councils need to think again about putting fluoride in the water. There are far safer ways to improve dental health.”

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Iraqi Army Downs Two British Planes Carrying Weapons for ISIS http://wearechange.org/iraqi-army-downs-two-british-planes-carrying-weapons-isis/ http://wearechange.org/iraqi-army-downs-two-british-planes-carrying-weapons-isis/#comments Wed, 25 Feb 2015 11:28:24 +0000 http://wearechange.org/?p=33496 We Are Change

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SOURCE: Global Research

Iraq’s army has shot down two British planes as they were carrying weapons for the ISIL terrorists in Al-Anbar province, a senior lawmaker disclosed on Monday.

“The Iraqi Parliament’s National Security and Defense Committee has access to the photos of both planes that are British and have crashed while they were carrying weapons for the ISIL,” Head of the committee Hakem al-Zameli said, according to a Monday report of the Arabic-language information center of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq.

He said the Iraqi parliament has asked London for explanations in this regard.

The senior Iraqi legislator further unveiled that the government in Baghdad is receiving daily reports from people and security forces in al-Anbar province on numerous flights by the US-led coalition planes that airdrop weapons and supplies for ISIL in terrorist-held areas.

The Iraqi lawmaker further noted the cause of such western aids to the terrorist group, and explained that the US prefers a chaotic situation in Anbar Province which is near the cities of Karbala and Baghdad as it does not want the ISIL crisis to come to an end.

Earlier today, a senior Iraqi provincial official lashed out at the western countries and their regional allies for supporting Takfiri terrorists in Iraq, revealing that US and Israeli-made weapons have been discovered from the areas purged of ISIL terrorists.

“We have discovered weapons made in the US, European countries and Israel from the areas liberated from ISIL’s control in Al-Baqdadi region,” the Al-Ahad news website quoted Head of Al-Anbar Provincial Council Khalaf Tarmouz as saying.

He noted that the weapons made by the European countries and Israel were discovered from the terrorists in the Eastern parts of the city of Ramadi.

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20% of Germans Advocate Revolution http://wearechange.org/20-germans-advocate-revolution/ http://wearechange.org/20-germans-advocate-revolution/#comments Wed, 25 Feb 2015 11:21:08 +0000 http://wearechange.org/?p=33491 We Are Change

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Twenty percent of Germans believe that their current living conditions won’t be improved by reforms and only a revolution can reshape society. That’s according to a study released by the Free University of Berlin.

 

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Secret Police Facility “Black Site” Discovered Inside America, Detaining & Torturing Americans http://wearechange.org/secret-police-facility-black-site-discovered-inside-america-detaining-torturing-americans/ http://wearechange.org/secret-police-facility-black-site-discovered-inside-america-detaining-torturing-americans/#comments Tue, 24 Feb 2015 22:39:45 +0000 http://wearechange.org/?p=33488 We Are Change

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SOURCE: The Free Thought Project

In a startling report from the Guardian, details have been revealed about Chicago police detaining American citizens at “black sites.” These sites are similar to those used by the CIA around the world to interrogate/torture alleged terrorists.

The stunning revelation of the Chicago Police Department operating what amounts to an off-the-books interrogation facility is threatening, to say the least. The facility apparently operates outside the bounds of the U.S. Constitution, and its discovery exposes the very real and present danger of the threat posed by the police state to American freedom and liberty.

Housed in a warehouse on Chicago’s west side, Homan Square has long been the home to secretive police work. Attorneys as well as protesters, tell a tale of being systematically being denied their constitutional rights.

According to the Guardian,

Alleged police practices at Homan Square, according to those familiar with the facility who spoke out to the Guardian after its investigation into Chicago police abuse, include:

• Keeping arrestees out of official booking databases.
• Beating by police, resulting in head wounds.
• Shackling for prolonged periods.
• Denying attorneys access to the “secure” facility.
• Holding people without legal counsel for between 12 and 24 hours, including people as young as 15.

At least one man was found unresponsive in a Homan Square “interview room” and later pronounced dead.

In addition, no one is booked into Homan Square. Thus, there is no way of allowing anyone to account for their whereabouts as would typically happen at a precinct. When attorneys attempt to gain access due to a client being inside, they are summarily turned away from the “secure facility.”

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BREAKING: President Obama Vetoes Keystone XL Pipeline http://wearechange.org/breaking-president-obama-vetoes-keystone-xl-pipeline/ http://wearechange.org/breaking-president-obama-vetoes-keystone-xl-pipeline/#comments Tue, 24 Feb 2015 21:59:30 +0000 http://wearechange.org/?p=33485 We Are Change

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In his words:

“Because this act of Congress conflicts with established executive branch procedures and cuts short thorough consideration of issues that could bear on our national interest—including our security, safety, and environment—it has earned my veto.”

The veto will set a precedent for more political action in the US in the fight against climate change, resource mis-management and habitat destruction, as well as sending a clear message to big oil and gas that we, the people, no longer wish to partake in the dirty dependency on fossil fuels.

What’s unique about the veto, as well, is the fact that the pipeline was set to cross the nation’s border: stretching almost 1.2k miles from Canada through Montana and North Dakota and ending in Nebraska. This meant that the decision fell squarely under the President’s jurisdiction, rather than Congress’s.

The Democrats wield a slim Senate majority, though the Republicans maintain a majority in the House. With this knowledge, the Republicans waited to present the legislation to the President’s desk until they were all in session—allowing them to band together in both House and Senate to try to condemn and fight against the veto on the floors of the House and Senate.

It’s also important to note that though Republicans may condemn Obama’s brazen use of executive action, George W. Bush actually used his veto power on twelve different occasions: 4 times more than our Democratic President (not to mention, Bush Sr. used his veto power a whopping 44 times).

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Alaska allows recreational marijuana as legalization campaign spreads http://wearechange.org/alaska-allows-recreational-marijuana-legalization-campaign-spreads/ http://wearechange.org/alaska-allows-recreational-marijuana-legalization-campaign-spreads/#comments Tue, 24 Feb 2015 18:38:35 +0000 http://wearechange.org/?p=33478 We Are Change

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Smoking, growing and owning small amounts of marijuana became legal in Alaska on Tuesday, as a growing decriminalization movement reached the United States’ wild northwest frontier.

The Republican-leaning state, which narrowly passed the measure in November, followed Colorado and Washington among states allowing recreational use, reflecting a rapidly shifting legal landscape for the drug.

It remains illegal, however, under federal law.

In the District of Columbia, Mayor Muriel Bowser said on Tuesday the U.S. capital would go ahead with legalized possession of small amounts of marijuana and pot plants despite opposition from Congress. Voters overwhelmingly approved legalizing pot last year, but its sale is still banned.

In Alaska, anyone aged 21 or older can possess up to an ounce (28.3 grams) of marijuana in Alaska and can grow up to six marijuana plants, three of which can be flowering.

Smoking in public and buying and selling the drug remains illegal, though private exchanges are allowed if money is not involved.

President Barack Obama’s Department of Justice has allowed the experiments to proceed, saying it would look to prosecute a narrower range of marijuana-related crimes, such as sales to children.

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