What Happens To Your Body One Hour After Drinking A Can Of Coke

By Alec Cope
We Are Change

An image first posted by The Renegade Pharmacist depicting the detrimental effects of Coca-Cola has gone viral.

A recent study by the American Heart Association found that up to 184,000 people die per year as a direct result of soda consumption. Multiple studies have also shown it lowers your IQ, some groups in India claim to use Coca-Cola as a pesticide in their crops, agreeing it, “achieves the same result.”

“You end up with one of the great health epidemics of all time”

Dr. David Kessler, former FDA commissioner.

There are many other examples of why, if you are a daily soda drinker – you should reconsider:


Sugary drinks kill 184,000 people a year, study says

By RT News

If you love the taste of an ice cold soda, you may want to determine whether the flavor is actually worth the risk. Sugary drinks are killing around 184,000 people each year, according to a new study.

The research, published in the American Heart Association’s Circulation journal, points the finger at sugar-laden drinks ranging from sodas to sweetened iced tea, fruit drinks, and sports/energy drinks. (more…)

Denver Fluoridation Forum


“Denver Water Hosting Historic Fluoridation Forum – July 29th”Last week, Snowmass, CO stopped fluoridating their public water, following the Department of Health and Human Services announcement that they would reduce the recommended level of fluoride by 40%. This landmark move by the Federal Government, along with persistence by grassroots community activist group We Are Change Colorado inspired the Denver Water Board to host a first of its kind public water fluoridation forum on Wednesday July 29, 2015.

We Are Change Colorado members began attending Denver Water Board meetings in 2008, making headlines in 2011. Members have attended every monthly Water Board meeting since February of this year, and after a few months of hearing the facts, Denver Water announced they would host a forum with expert debate.

The forum will feature a panel of three experts representing each side of the issue.
Professor Dr. Paul Connett, PhD, Director of Fluoride Action Network and author of The Case Against Fluoride, will be leading the opposition of current fluoridation practices. He will be joined by Dr. Jeremy Widmann, PhD, an expert in molecular, cellular, and developmental biology, and Cathy Justus, a popular fluoride activist and horse breeder who led the successful campaign to stop fluoridation practices in Pagosa Springs, CO. Justus was featured in the short documentary “Poised Horses” which draws the connection between water fluoridation practices and her dying horses.

The panel of experts supporting current water fluoridation practices will be led by William Bailey, PhD, former Director of the Center for Disease Control’s Division of Oral Health. He will be joined by Katya Mauritson, DMD, current Colorado State Dental Director, and Brett Kessler, DDS and past President of the Colorado Dental Association.

Denver Water encourages the public to send their opinions on water fluoridation via email to Matt.Wittern@DenverWater.org, send letters to the “Denver Board of Water Commissioners Attn: Matt Wittern, APR 1600 West 12th Ave Denver, CO 80204” or call 303-628-6663.

For those who can’t make it to the 1pm-3pm meeting on July 29th, Denver Water will be live-streaming the forum online. Although the official live-stream link hasn’t been released yet, Denver Water has provided links to the forum’s agenda, speaker bios, FAQs, the pre-event board packet, and a web form for public comment.

Which Representatives Voted for the DARK Act?

AK0 – Dan Young (R)
AL1 – Bradley Byrne (R)
AL2 – Martha Roby (R)
AL3 – Mike Rogers (R)
AL4 – Robert Aderholt (R)
AL5 – Mo Brooks (R)
AL6 – Gary Palmer (R)
AL7 – Terri Sewell (D)
AR1 – Eric Crawford (R)
AR2 – French Hill (R)
AR3 – Steve Womack (R)
AR4 – Bruce Westerman (R)
AZ1 – Ann Kirkpatrick (D)
AZ2 – Martha McSally (R)
AZ4 – Paul Gosar (R)
AZ5 – Matt Salmon (R)
AZ6 – David Schweikert (R)
AZ9 – Kyrsten Sinema (D)
CA1 – Doug LaMalfa (R)
CA10 – Jeff Denham (R)
CA16 – Jim Costa (D)
CA21 – David Valadao (R)
CA22 – Devin Nunes (R)
CA23 – Kevin McCarthy (R)
CA25 – Steve Knight (R)
CA3 – John Garamendi (D)
CA39 – Edward Royce (R)
CA4 – Tom McClintock (R)
CA42 – Ken Calvert (R)
CA45 – Mimi Walters (R)
CA48 – Dana Rohrabacher (R)
CA49 – Darrell Issa (R)
CA50 – Duncan Hunter (R)
CA7 – Ami Bera (D)
CA8 – Paul Cook (R)
CO3 – Scott Tipton (R)
CO4 – Ken Buck (R)
CO5 – Doug Lamborn (R)
CO6 – Mike Coffman (R)
DE0 – John Carney (D)
EK1 – Ed Whitfield (R)
FL1 – Jeff Miller (R)
FL11 – Daniel Webster (R)
FL11 – Richard Nugent (R)
FL12 – Gus Bilirakis (R)
FL13 – David Jolly (R)
FL14 – Kathy Castor (D)
FL15 – Dennis Ross (R)
FL17 – Thomas Rooney (R)
FL2 – Gwen Graham (D)
FL20 – Alcee Hastings (D)
FL25 – Mario Diaz-Balart (R)
FL26 – Carlos Curbelo (R)
FL27 – Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R)
FL3 – Ted Yoho (R)
FL4 – Ander Crenshaw (R)
FL6 – Ron DeSantis (R)
FL7 – John Mica (R)
GA1 – Buddy Carter (R)
GA10 – Jody Hice (R)
GA11 – Barry Loudermilk (R)
GA12 – Rick Allen (R)
GA13 – David Scott (D)
GA14 – Tom Graves (R)
GA2 – Sanford Bishop Jr. (D)
GA3 – Lynn Westmoreland (R)
GA6 – Tom Price (R)
GA7 – Rob Woodall (R)
GA8 – Austin Scott (R)
GA9 – Doug Collins (R)
IA1 – Rod Blum (R)
IA2 – David Loebsack (D)
IA3 – David Young (R)
IA4 – Steve King (R)
ID1 – Raúl Labrador (R)
ID2 – Michael Simpson (R)
IL10 – Bob Dold (R)
IL11 – Bill Foster (D)
IL12 – Mike Bost (R)
IL13 – Rodney Davis (R)
IL14 – Randy Hultgren (R)
IL15 – John Shimkus (R)
IL16 – Adam Kinzinger (R)
IL17 – Cheri Bustos (D)
IL2 – Robin Kelly (D)
IL3 – Daniel Lipinski (D)
IL6 – Peter Roskam (R)
IL7 – Danny Davis (D)
IL8 – Tammy Duckworth (D)
IN2 – Jackie Walorski (R)
IN3 – Marlin Stutzman (R)
IN4 – Todd Rokita (R)
IN5 – Susan Brooks (R)
IN6 – Luke Messer (R)
IN8 – Larry Bucshon (R)
IN9 – Todd Young (R)
KS1 – Tim Huelskamp (R)
KS2 – Lynn Jenkins (R)
KS3 – Kevin Yoder (R)
KS4 – Mike Pompeo (R)
KY2 – Brett Guthrie (R)
KY5 – Harold Rogers (R)
KY6 – Garland Barr (R)
LA1 – Steve Scalise (R)
LA2 – Cedric Richmond (D)
LA3 – Charles Boustany Jr. (R)
LA4 – John Fleming (R)
LA5 – Ralph Abraham (R)
LA6 – Garret Graves (R)
MD1 – Andy Harris (R)
MD2 – A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D)
MI1 – Dan Benishek (R)
MI10 – Candice Miller (R)
MI11 – Dave Trott (R)
MI14 – Brenda Lawrence (D)
MI2 – Bill Huizenga (R)
MI4 – John Moolenaar (R)
MI6 – Fred Upton (R)
MI7 – Tim Walberg (R)
MI8 – Mike Bishop (R)
MN1 – Timothy Walz (D)
MN2 – John Kline (R)
MN3 – Erik Paulsen (R)
MN4 – Betty McCollum (D)
MN6 – Tom Emmer (R)
MN7 – Collin Peterson (D)
MO1 – Lacy Clay Jr. (D)
MO2 – Ann Wagner
MO3 – Blaine Luetkemeyer (R)
MO4 – Vicky Hartzler (R)
MO5 – Emanuel Cleaver II (D)
MO6 – Sam Graves (R)
MO7 – Billy Long (R)
MO8 – Jason Smith (R)
MS1 – Trent Kelly (R)
MS2 – Bennie Thompson (D)
MS3 – Gregg Harper (R)
MS4 – Steven Palazzo (R)
MT0 – Ryan Zinke (R)
NC1 – George Butterfield JR. (D)
NC10 – Patrick McHenry (R)
NC11 – Mark Meadows (R)
NC12 – Alma Adams (D)
NC13 – George Holding (R)
NC2 – Renee Ellmers (R)
NC3 – Walter Jones Jr. (R)
NC5 – Virginia Foxx (R)
NC6 – Mark Walker (R)
NC7 – David Rouzer (R)
NC8 – Richard Hudson (R)
NC9 – Robert Pittenger (R)
ND0 – Kevin Cramer (R)
NE1 – Jeff Fortenberry (R)
NE2 – Brad Ashford (D)
NE3 – Adrian Smith (R)
NH1 – Frank Guinta (R)
NJ1 – Donald Norcross (D)
NJ11 – Rodney Frelinghuysen (R)
NJ2 – Frank LoBiondo (R)
NJ3 – Tom MacArthur (R)
NJ5 – Scott Garrett (R)
NJ9 – Bill Pascrell JR. (D)
NM2 – Stevan Pearce (R)
NV2 – Mark Amodei (R)
NV3 – Joseph Heck (R)
NV4 – Cresent Hardy (R)
NY11 – Daniel Donovan Jr. (R)
NY2 – Peter King (R)
NY21 – Elise Stefanik (R)
NY22 – Richard Hanna (R)
NY23 – Tom Reed II (R)
NY24 – John Katko (R)
NY27 – Chris Collins (R)
OH1 – Steve Chabot (R)
OH10 – Michael Turner (R)
OH11 – Marcia Fudge (D)
OH12 – Patrick Tiberi (R)
OH14 – David Joyce (R)
OH15 – Steve Stivers (R)
OH16 – James Renacci (R)
OH2 – Brad Wenstrup (R)
OH4 – Jim Jordan (R)
OH5 – Robert Latta (R)
OH6 – Bill Johnson (R)
OH7 – Bob Gibbs (R)
OK1 – Jim Bridenstine (R)
OK2 – Markwayne Mullin (R)
OK3 – Frank Lucas (R)
OK4 – Tim Cole (R)
OK5 – Steve Russell (R)
OR2 – Greg Walden (R)
OR5 – Kurt Schrader (D)
PA10 – Tom Marino (R)
PA11 – Lou Barletta (R)
PA12 – Keith Rothfus (R)
PA15 – Charles Dent (R)
PA16 – Joseph Pitts (R)
PA18 – Tim Murphy (R)
PA3 – Mike Kelly (R)
PA4 – Scott Perry (R)
PA5 – Glenn Thompson (R)
PA6 – Ryan Costello (R)
PA7 – Patrick Meehan (R)
PA8 – Michael Fitzpatrick (R)
PA9 – Bill Shuster (R)
RL5 – Corrine Brown (D)
SC2 – Joe Wilson (R)
SC3 – Jeff Duncan (R)
SC4 – Trey Gowdy (R)
SC5 – Mick Mulvaney (R)
SC6 – James Clyburn (D)
SC7 – Tom Rice (R)
SD0 – Kristi Noem (R)
TN – Charles Fleischmann (R)
TN1 – David Roe (R)
TN4 – Scott DesJarlais (R)
TN5 – Jim Cooper (D)
TN6 – Diane Black (R)
TN7 – Marsha Blackburn (R)
TN8 – Stephen Fincher (R)
TX1 – Louie Gohmert Jr. (R)
TX10 – Michael McCaul (R)
TX11 – Michael Conaway (R)
TX12 – Kay Granger (R)
TX13 – Mac Thornberry (R)
TX14 – Randy Weber (R)
TX15 – Rubén Hinojosa (D)
TX17 – Bill Flores (R)
TX18 – Sheila Jackson Lee (D)
TX19 – Randy Neugebauer (R)
TX2 – Ted Poe (R)
TX20 – Eddie Johnson (D)
TX21 – Lamar Smith (R)
TX22 – Pete Olson (R)
TX23 – Will Hurd (R)
TX24 – Kenny Marchant (R)
TX25 – Roger Williams (R)
TX26 – Michael Burgess (R)
TX27 – Blake Farenthold (R)
TX28 – Henry Cuellar (D)
TX29 – Gene Green (D)
TX3 – Sam Johnson (R)
TX32 – Pete Sessions (R)
TX33 – Marc Veasey (D)
TX36 – Brian Babin (R)
TX4 – John Ratcliffe (R)
TX5 – Jeb Hensarling (R)
TX6 – Joe Barton (R)
TX7 – John Culberson (R)
TX8 – Keven Brady (R)
TX9 – Al Green (D)
UT2 – Chris Stewart (R)
UT3 – Jason Chaffetz (R)
UT4 – Mia Love (R)
VA1 – Robert Wittman (R)
VA10 – Barbara Comstock (R)
VA2 – Edward Rigell (R)
VA4 – Randy Forbes (R)
VA5 – Robert Hurt (R)
VA6 – Bob Goodlatte (R)
VA7 – David Brat (R)
VA9 – Morgan Griffith (R)
WA3 – Jaime Herrera Beutler (R)
WA4 – Dan Newhouse (R)
WA5 – Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R)
WA8 – David Reichert (R)
WI1 – Paul Ryan (R)
WI5 – James Sensenbrenner Jr. (R)
WI6 – Glenn Grothman (R)
WI7 – Sean Duffy (R)
WI8 – Reid Ribble (R)
WV1 – David McKinley (R)
WV2 – Alex Mooney (R)
WV3 – Evan Jenkins (R)
WY0 – Cynthia Lummis (R)
Data provided by Govtrack.us

Should the U.S. Legalize Polygamy?


polygamy_0The title of a piece in today’s New York Times poses the question: “Is Polygamy Next?” In it, University of Chicago law professor William Baude discusses the precedent for legalizing polygamy in America—a precedent created by the legalization of same-sex marriage.

Baude believes there is a very good argument in favor of legalizing polygamy:

“Justice Anthony M. Kennedy’s majority opinion in Obergefell did not focus primarily on the issue of sexual orientation. Instead, its main focus was on a ‘fundamental right to marry’—a right that he said could not be limited to rigid historical definitions or left to the legislative process. That right was about autonomy and fulfillment, about child rearing and the social order. By those lights, groups of adults who have profound polyamorous attachments and wish to build families and join the community have a strong claim to a right to marry.”

The main arguments against polygamy are slippery-slope arguments (“what could happen if so-and-so was allowed), which are notoriously weak. Thus, “Writing in Slate after the decision in Obergefell, Judge Richard A. Posner of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit rejected a right to plural marriage because it would lead to gender imbalances if ‘the five wealthiest men have a total of 50 wives.’ Similarly, the same-sex marriage advocate Jonathan Rauch has argued that polygamy allows ‘high-status men to hoard wives’ and destabilizes society.” It is worth noting that slippery-slope arguments represented one of the principal defenses used by opponents of same-sex marriage.

Baude concludes:

“The deeper point is that we should remember that today’s showstopping objections sometimes come to seem trivial decades later. Very few people supported a constitutional right to same-sex marriage when writers like Andrew Sullivan and Mr. Rauch were advocating it only two decades ago… We should not assume that our judges have all the answers. And we should not assume we have them either. Instead we should recognize that once we abandon the rigid constraints of history, we cannot be sure that we know where the future will take us.”

For the sake of both legal and intellectual consistency, should the U.S. legalize polygamy?



The Real Agenda Behind The Greek Debt Crisis


(mindsetsathreat.com)Greece is being treated like a petri dish for neo-liberalist economic policies that, in simple terms, can only be described as a collusion of corporate and banking interest aimed at the takeover of real valuable Greek assets whilst leaving the average Greek person suffocated with debt and pushed into poverty for many generations to come. Creditors are testing the boundaries of a nation that once invented democracy’s tolerance for undemocratic rule from a group of unelected bureaucrats in the E.U and an even more sinister cabal of predatory lenders. The Greek people are clearly more defiant and animated in their outrage than the rest of the so called ‘PIIGS’ (Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Greece, Spain) member states. The Greek riots of 2008, 2010, 2011, the massive 2012 protests, the recent 2015 riots and the simple fact that Greece managed to elect an anti austerity party that then held a referendum on taking further austerity measures and voted no should prove Greece has been the most resistant country in the E.U towards austerity and predatory lending. By a long shot. Mix in the fact that after said vote the Greek PM then took a deal for a loan that was riddled with austerity even though a week before the Greek people voted, in essence, to reject further austerity. This is a recipe for chaos. But that may be exactly what the IMF/ECB/EU want.

The new bailout deal for 7bn euro contains VAT increases and pension cuts. It has opened up negotiations for further bailouts. Although out of 7bn euro 5bn is going to go straight back towards paying arrears to the IMF and ECB. Further negotiations are likely to lead to a massive privatization fund.

Ex Greek finance minister, Yanis Varoufakis, who resigned shortly after the referendum has already stated his opposition to further bailouts and the Syriza party has been re-shuffled to quell the dissent of the more hardline party members.

The truth is Greece is bankrupt. It can never pay it’s debt of 320bn euro. Not under the measures which have been offered and were rejected just to be accepted again a week later. Greece have the choice of leaving the Euro or abandoning all pride and leaving generations to come riddled with debt and austerity, indefinitely. So why is Greece being treated so badly? Why are the creditors refusing to write off any debt considering it’s been well established that Greece can’t payback their debts (debts which were illegally given to the Greek people). It’s not even a matter of want. It’s a matter of impossibility under the conditions the E.U have been demanding. So why would the EU and ECB demand such a ruthless and illogical deal even though the IMF have admitted this deal is not sustainable in a recent IMF report on Greek debt sustainability? It’s partly to do with the fact that real valuable Greek assets are being given away in order to pay off debts but there’s more to it than a group of creditors competing to see who can buy up the most Greek Islands and airports. It’s also about political control.

In an interview for German newspaper Welt Am Sonntag in 2011, German Finance minister Wolfgang Schauble stated the following in reference to the E.U:

Schauble: “We decided to arrive at a political union via an economic and currency union. We had the hope – and we still have it today – that the Euro will gradually bring about political union. But we’re not there yet, and that’s one of the reasons why the markets are distrustful.

Welt am Sontag: “So will the markets now force us into a political union?”

Schauble: “Most member states are not yet fully prepared to accept the necessary constraints on national sovereignty. But trust me the problem can be solved.”

4 years later and Greece is being used to justify those constraints on national sovereignty. An article in the Guardian states that:

German and French politicians are calling for a quantum leap in how the EU’s single currency is run, proposing an embryo eurozone treasury equipped with a eurozone finance chief, single budget, tax-raising powers, pooled debt liabilities, a common monetary fund, and separate organisation and representation within the European parliament.”

And of course the justification- Greece. Greece is looking at some hard times weather they kick the can down the road and pay their debts or refuse and are forced to exit. Syriza may not even be the ones to make that decision. If Syriza capitulate anymore than they already have, Greece is looking a some seriously intense civil unrest. All the while far right wing parties like Golden Dawn are waiting in the wings for an opportunity to seize more power and the chaos that Greece could be looking at would be perfect for such a power grab.

As for Europe, Greece is being used to incite fear into the rest of the member states. That fear is being used to justify more consolidation of power. This is problem, reaction, solution at it’s finest. The E.U is not a ‘failed project’ as many claim but it is doing exactly it was designed to do- consolidate political and financial power and destroy autonomy at every level. Remember that while all this talk of a eurozone finacial chief, single budget and general power grabbing is happening, the E.U and U.S.A are fine tuning their justification for TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) an international trade deal that would give corporations the power to take states to court over laws that might hinder their profits.

This is what the E.U was designed for. Putting more and more financial and political power into the hands of fewer and fewer people. But don’t take my word for it. Here’s a quote from economist, Robert Mundell, known as the creator of the Euro:

“(The Euro)It puts monetary policy out of the reach of politicians,” [And] without fiscal policy, the only way nations can keep jobs is by the competitive reduction of rules on business.”

The Euro was designed to bypass national sovereignty as described here by the man who invented it.It’s a neo liberalist technocrat’s wet dream and if the reaction to a euro crisis is directed at the further consolidation of power to those who caused the crisis it’s going to get a whole lot wetter.


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