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Canadians Panic As Food Prices Soar On Collapsing Currency

Canadians Panic As Food Prices Soar On Collapsing Currency

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It was just yesterday when we documented the continuing slide in the loonie, which is suffering mightily in the face of oil’s inexorable decline. As regular readers are no doubt acutely aware, Canada is struggling through a dramatic economic adjustment, especially in Alberta, the heart of the country’s oil patch. Amid the ongoing crude carnage the province has seen soaring property crime, rising food bank usage and, sadly, elevated suicide rates, as Albertans struggle to comprehend how things up north could have gone south (so to speak) so quickly. The plunging loonie “can only serve to worsen the death of the ‘Canadian Dream'” we said on Tuesday. As it turns out, we were right. The currency’s decline is having a pronounced effect on Canadians’ grocery bills. As Bloomberg reminds us, Canada imports around 80% of its fresh fruits and vegetables. When the loonie slides, prices for those goods soar. “With lower-income households tending to spend a larger portion of income on food, this side effect of a soft currency brings them the most acute stress” Bloomberg continues. Of course with the layoffs piling up, you can expect more households to fall into the “lower-income” category where they will have to fight to afford things like $3 cucumbers, $8 cauliflower, and $15 Frosted Flakes. As Bloomberg notes, James Price, director of Capital Markets Products at Richardson GMP, recently joked during an interview on BloombergTV Canada that “we’re going to be paying a buck a banana pretty soon.” Have a look at the following tweets which underscore just how bad it is in Canada’s grocery aisles. And no, its not just Nunavut: it from coast to coast:         No “Jack Nasty” it’s not The Great Depression, but as we highlighted three weeks ago, it is Canada’s depression and it’s likely to get worse before it gets better. “Last year, fruits and veggies jumped in price between 9.1 and 10.1 per cent, according to an annual report by the Food Institute at the University of Guelph,” CBC said on Tuesday. “The study predicts these foods will continue to increase above inflation this year, by up to 4.5 per cent for some items.” If you thought we were being hyperbolic...

Don’t make women register for the draft. Just end draft registration for everyone.

Don’t make women register for the draft. Just end draft registration for everyone.

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Our military is all-volunteer for a reason. Time to end the pretense that we still need Selective Service.   By Christopher Preble February 5 at 11:03 AM Christopher Preble is vice president for defense and foreign policy studies at the Cato Institute and a former officer in the U.S. Navy. Marine recruits stand in line for lunch in the boot camp chow hall Feb. 26 at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C. (Scott Olson/Getty Images) Top military brass made headlines this week when they called for expanding the Selective Service System — as close as we come, these days, to a draft registry — to include women. Gen. Mark A. Milley, the Army chief of staff, and Gen. Robert B. Neller, the Marine Corps commandant, both framed the issue as a matter of fairness: All eligible U.S. citizens should be included, Neller said, “Now that the restrictions that exempted women from [combat jobs] don’t exist.” But a better idea than requiring women to register is to do away with Selective Service altogether, for women and men. [Army and Marine Corps chiefs: It’s time for women to register for the draft] When it comes to the draft, or any lingering vestige of it, it’s time for Congress to end it, not mend it. The entire draft architecture is anachronistic and unnecessary. We’ve operated with an all-volunteer force for decades; no one, regardless of gender, expects that they’ll be drafted; and the wars that we fight don’t depend upon conscription. Future wars aren’t likely to, either. Selective service was instituted during World War I, but America’s first peacetime draft, the Selective Service Act of 1940, was enacted as much of Europe and parts of Asia descended into the maelstrom of another world war. Many Americans wanted desperately to stay out, but also understood the need to prepare for it. All told, around 10 million men were drafted during World War II, but the act expired after the war ended. At a Senate committee hearing on Feb. 2, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) asked top military leaders if women should have to sign up for the selective service now that combat jobs are opening up to them. This is what they said....

Americans being poisoned into psychosis, violence and insanity by prescription drugs and heavy metals

Americans being poisoned into psychosis, violence and insanity by prescription drugs and heavy metals

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Are people in the United States actually becoming more aggressive and violent, or is it merely a misperception caused by slanted news coverage? Certainly we are exposed to far more neurotoxins than prior generations, and in much higher doses, in the form of the plethora of industrial chemicals that surround us and permeate every part of our environment. And while many different toxins are known to produce neurobehavioral effects, two categories in particular are worthy of further consideration: psychiatric drugs and heavy metals. Heavy metals such as lead and mercury are, of course, already well-known to cause brain damage and behavioral disturbances. Psychiatric drugs, likewise, are actually designed to alter the function of the brain — that is, if they disrupt your brain’s chemical equilibrium, it means they are working as designed. Doping the people without cause According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, antidepressants are among the top three most prescribed classes of therapeutic drugs in non-hospital settings. Yet even people who know of these drugs’ common metabolic and sexual side effects are often not aware that they can regularly produce psychiatric disturbances as well including anxiety, irritability and agitation. Nearly all antidepressants can also actually increase the risk of suicidal thoughts and behaviors. Yet shockingly, a recent study in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry found that more than 67 percent of those taking antidepressants had “never met the criteria for major depressive disorder” — that is, the condition that the drugs are supposedly meant to treat. In addition, a full 38 percent of those taking the SSRI class of antidepressants have never been diagnosed with major depressive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder or social phobia. “Many individuals who are prescribed and use antidepressant medications may not have met criteria for mental disorders,” the researchers wrote. “Our data indicate that antidepressants are commonly used in the absence of clear evidence-based indications.” While antidepressants may be the most commonly prescribed of psychiatric drugs, they are not the only ones with mood- and behavior-altering side effects. The anti-smoking drug Chantix, for example, can cause “changes in behavior, hostility, agitation, depressed mood and suicidal thoughts or actions,” according to the company that makes it. Indeed, as...

U.S. killing more civilians in Iraq, Syria than it acknowledges

U.S. killing more civilians in Iraq, Syria than it acknowledges

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ISTANBUL — Al Gharra is a mud-brick village built on hard, flat Syrian desert and populated by the descendants of Bedouin. It is a desolate place. Everything is dun colored: the bare, single-story houses and the stony desert they stand on. There is not much farming — it is too dry — just a few patches of cotton and tobacco. Before the war, villagers got a little money from the government to look after the national park on Mount Abdul-Aziz, a barren rock that rises 3,000 feet behind the village and stretches miles into the distance. Mount Abdul-Aziz is named after a lieutenant of the 12th-Century Muslim warrior Saladin, who built a fort to dominate the plain below. There is a military base there today too, which changes hands according to the fortunes of Syria’s civil war. In 2011, the regime of Bashar al-Assad held the base; next it was the rebels of the Free Syrian Army; then the so-called Islamic State (ISIL or ISIS); and finally the Kurds, who advanced and took the mountain last May under the cover of American warplanes. Abdul-Aziz al Hassan is from al Gharra, his first name the same as the mountain’s. He left the village while the Islamic State was in charge, but it is because of a bomb from an American plane that he cannot go back. What happened to his family is the story of just one bomb of the 35,000 dropped so far during 10,000 missions flown in the US-led air war against the Islamic State. Al Hassan is in his 20s, small, soft-spoken, with chestnut-brown skin. He said the war did not affect al Gharra much back when the regime or the Free Syrian Army occupied the mountain’s military base. But he remembers the day that the Islamic State came. “I was sitting in front of the house when a jeep passed by and stopped at the shrine to Saladin’s commander,” he said. “They gathered all of the people. One said: ‘We are the Islamic State. We are here to create an emirate based on Sharia (Islamic law).’” From that day, they decreed, men had to be in the mosque, the women at home. If a woman wanted...

United States Exposed for Being Complicit in Arming and Training Child Soldiers in Afghanistan

United States Exposed for Being Complicit in Arming and Training Child Soldiers in Afghanistan

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  Washington, D.C. — The killing of a 10-year-old Afghan boy, Wasil Ahmad by Taliban forces has raised serious questions about the United State’s creation and backing of a militia group using of child soldiers. Ahmad has been lionized as a national hero in Afghanistan after his death on Monday in the Uruzgan province at the hands of Taliban militants. The boy had previously gained national prominence for helping militia forces break an insurgent siege after his uncle had been wounded. Ahmad’s death, while fighting alongside his uncle, with a U.S. supported government militia called the Afghan Local Police (ALP) has thrust the grim practice of child soldiers in combat into the international spotlight once again. “There’s nothing heroic about putting a child in danger by arming him and having him fight in a war. The Taliban killed 10-year-old Wasil Ahmad, but those who encouraged him to fight bear responsibility as well,” Patricia Gossman, the senior Afghanistan researcher for Human Rights Watch, told The Guardian. Afghan government officials said Ahmad was not formally part of the Afghan Local Police, but his uncle, with whom he fought alongside, was an official member of the group, according to The Guardian According to a report by The Guardian: Created in 2010, the Afghan Local Police, known as ALP, is largely an invention of the US military, and was initially overseen by elite US special operations forces. Critics have long pointed to persistent human-rights abuse allegations within an entity they fear provides cover for the empowerment of militias. According to a US government audit in October, the US Defense Department has provided $469.7m to the ALP from inception through April 2015, and estimates that the force will cost approximately $121m annually to sustain. The same audit chided the Pentagon for lacking plans to disband the ALP or transition its 30,000 fighters to the official security services after US sponsorship ends, a switch currently slated for September. When asked by The Guardian for comment about the U.S. funding militia groups that field child soldiers, the Pentagon and U.S. Central Command both refused to comment, with the Pentagon directing attention to a State Department policy on aid to foreign militaries. “Consistent with US law and...

Hawaii just killed the mandatory vaccine bill.

Hawaii just killed the mandatory vaccine bill.

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This is some wonderful and amazing news. Hawaii lawmakers have killed a bill to speed up the process for adopting federal vaccination guidelines. The bill would have created an easier pathway for the Health Department to adopt federal rules for vaccinations. According to ABC News. Under the bill considered by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection and Health, the department would have 90 days to adopt rules. Immediately after hearing opposition to the bill, Sen. Rosalyn Baker said Thursday it wouldn’t move forward. Her announcement came before the usual time when lawmakers decide on the bills. Sen. Will Espero, who is on Baker’s committee, said he hasn’t seen a lawmaker do that before. “Normally she would wait to the end of the agenda,” Espero said. “But in this case, she felt that it might be best before we get to the other bill to just share with them that, ‘FYI, I hear you, and I’ve made the decision.’ “ This is amazing news. Celebrate the small victories, they don’t come often enough. We will update this page as more information becomes available, in the mean time, share this. Read More...

TSA Aviation Roulette – DHS Has No Idea Who Agents Really Are

TSA Aviation Roulette – DHS Has No Idea Who Agents Really Are

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    The destructive duo of Jihadi Jeh Johnson and Hussein Obama have managed to extend their complete and total destruction of our security defenses from the nation’s perimeter to our law enforcement and interdiction agencies as well as the airport screening capacity. In testimony before Congress on Wednesday, government oversight officials described the TSA as being in disarray, failing to record basic security details for thousands of employees, and not having control and tracking of official IDs and badges which allow access to the most sensitive areas of our nation’s airports. TSA Mystery Employees – Little Effort Made To Screen Or Vet Agents Describing TSA as operating “in chaos,” a frustrated Congress addressed a portion of an array of security issues which continue to go ignored and pose serious safety risks. The Washington Free Beacon reported that TSA cannot or chooses not to verify their employees’ criminal histories and immigration statuses, not to mention the 73 employees who were on the terrorist watch list. Those are individuals who cannot be trusted to fly on an airplane but who may be allowed unsupervised access to the most vulnerable and unseen areas. Rep John Mica (R-FL), chair of the House Transportation Subcommittee, was not at all complimentary in his assessment of Secretary Johnson’s cooperation and competence, saying, “Even 15 years” after the September 11th 2001 terrorist attacks, “we still see a system that has not complied with the laws we have passed multiple times … and we see failures.” He continued, saying, “TSA employees are not properly vetted. We’ve found that tens of thousands of incomplete records are even lacking full names. They [TSA] had 14,000 immigrants listed in the database that did not have alien registration numbers and 75,000 of these records lacked passport numbers. This is not acceptable.” Officials could not account for “hundreds and thousands of IDs” that had gone missing, including TSA security badges, airport identity badges, and officer identification. Why is TSA this sloppy with such sensitive documents? Can the Columbia Law School graduate Johnson be this short-sighted, this incompetent? Obama and Johnson aren’t bumbling idiots as they might appear, they’re criminal masterminds. DHS Inspector General John Roth said, “TSA is considerably challenged when it...

Flying penis hits New Zealand official at trade-deal protest

Flying penis hits New Zealand official at trade-deal protest

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  New Zealanders have a unique way with expressing themselves through protest: This time, it features an economic development minister — and a flying dildo. A woman tossed the jiggly sex toy at Minister Steven Joyce while he was talking on-air to reporters at Waitingi on the North Island’s toe. He was espousing the benefits of the highly secretive Trans Pacific Partnership economic agreement currently under negotiation. It slapped against his lips and bounced off a nearby reporter’s breasts — before falling limply at their feet. The offending member of the public was immediately hustled away — and into the arms of the boys in blue.   The minister took it on the chin — before making a quick withdrawal. Social media immediately erupted into a frenzy of witty quips. #dildogate and Steven Joyce surged into the top trends. When asked if this was a first for him, Joyce began: “Yes, it would be fair to say, under any circumstances …” He then quipped: “It would be unfortunate for being known for this incident.” Too late. The protester had recently been interviewed by One News over her anti-Trans Pacific Partnership stance. “With the signing coming up next week, I thought it was really important that we take a really strong stand against this to protect the people of New Zealand, really. “I’m here as a nurse because I’m worried about the patient rights and how many people will essentially die if this goes through because the price of medication’s going up, so yeah, it’s something I feel really strongly about.” This article originally appeared on...

People Have A ‘Fundamental Right’ To Own Assault Weapons, Court Rules

People Have A ‘Fundamental Right’ To Own Assault Weapons, Court Rules

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In a major victory for gun rights advocates, a federal appeals court on Thursday sided with a broad coalition of gun owners, businesses and organizations that challenged the constitutionality of a Maryland ban on assault weapons and other laws aimed at curbing gun violence. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit said the state’s prohibition on what the court called “the vast majority of semi-automatic rifles commonly kept by several million American citizens” amounted to a violation of their rights under the Constitution. “In our view, Maryland law implicates the core protection of the Second Amendment — the right of law-abiding responsible citizens to use arms in defense of hearth and home,” Chief Judge William Traxler wrote in the divided ruling. Provisions that outlaw these firearms, Traxler wrote, “substantially burden this fundamental right.” Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, who recently suspended his Democratic presidential campaign, signed Maryland’s Firearm Safety Act of 2013 in the wake of the school massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, which spurred similar initiatives in other Democratic-leaning states. The legislation mostly targets specific kinds of semi-automatic firearms — such as AR-15s and AK-47s — and large-capacity magazines, and adds certain registration and licensing requirements. But gun rights advocates, including the National Rifle Association, quickly moved to challenge these laws in the courts, claiming that the restrictions they imposed on lawful gun ownership were overly broad and weren’t proven to save lives. “This case was a major victory for the NRA and gun rights advocates.” Adam Winkler, UCLA law professor The legal attacks have largely failed. Last October, a federal appeals court in Manhattan upheld the most iconic of these laws — those passed in New York and Connecticut in direct response to the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. And in December, the Supreme Court declined to review a ruling out of Illinois that upheld a similar ban on assault weapons. The high court’s reluctance to intervene in these disputes has left the Second Amendment in a bit of a state of flux. Since the Supreme Court established in 2008 and 2010 that the amendment protects a personal right to keep and bear arms for self-defense within the home,...

Chuck Norris Calls Out Monsanto For Killing Food Supply

Chuck Norris Calls Out Monsanto For Killing Food Supply

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  Chuck Norris has set his sights on Monsanto’s agenda. He has recently released a detailed article speaking out against Monsanto. Everything from their decimation of the food supply to their hazardous Roundup herbicide has been focused within his article. The article, ‘Chuck Norris raises the red flag over Monsanto’, was featured on World Net Daily. In the article Norris speaks out against Monsanto’s destructive force, specifically the use of glyphosate (used in Roundup) and the effects it has. “…Monsanto began marketing glyphosate under the Roundup name in the 1970s, and it quickly became an industry standard. In 1997, its use tripled with the introduction of Monsanto’s Roundup Ready crops, plantings genetically modified to withstand glyphosate in order to enable farmers to use more of the herbicide in killing crop-threatening weeds. Glyphosate is sprayed on most of the corn and soybean crops in the United States, as well as over sugar beets, canola and other crops. In 2007 alone, the agricultural sector applied between 180 million and 185 million pounds of glyphosate to crops in this country. The home and garden sector applied 5 million to 8 million pounds, and industry, commerce and government applied 13 million to 15 million pounds of glyphosate. It was the most widely used herbicide in U.S. agriculture and second-most widely used herbicide in the home and garden sector. … The only real way you have of knowing whether glyphosate traces or residue is in the food you eat is if you grow it yourself or only buy products that are certified organic. The EPA promised a completed preliminary risk assessment of glyphosate by the end of last year.” When a public figure speaks out against Monsanto it shows just how far we have come in spreading the word about this corporation’s attempt to dominate our food supply. Let’s hope that the masses of the world will listen to Norris’ words and decide to join the fight against Monsanto.   Read http://www.ewao.com/a/1-chuck-norris-calls-out-monsanto-for-killing-food-supply/...

Mexico’s New Libertarian Party Aims to Shake Up the Political Arena

Mexico’s New Libertarian Party Aims to Shake Up the Political Arena

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The ideas of liberty are spreading across Latin America, bringing with them various proposals anpolicy changes that aim to create freer societies in the region. Within this paradigm shift, Mexico is no exception, as libertarians in the country prepare to launch their very own political party.+ The PanAm Post recently spoke with Francisco Javier Combaluzier, spokesman for the Mexican Libertarian Party, who believes the North American country can achieve a greater level of freedom for its citizens than anyone could have previously imagined.+ Where are you in terms of legally instituting the party?+ In Mexico, we have to depend more on the law than our own organizational capacity, because the legislation is relatively new, and it does not allow for new parties to emerge until 2020.+ Nevertheless, there is a new possibility of introducing independent candidates [before the party is legally set up], and we will participate with many citizens who are joining Mexico’s libertarian movement.+ What kind of positions do you expect to campaign for with these independent candidates?+ Congress, mostly. Many of Mexico’s structural problems arise from excessive legislation and disregard for the law. We not only have laws that we don’t need, but those that we do are not enforced.+ For us to have a free country, I think it’s essential that we start cutting back, and see to it that the laws we do need are obeyed. That’s why [focusing on] Congress is most important in order to ensure the rule of law.+ Nevertheless, city councils are the offices that are closest [to the people], and where good libertarian practices can be enacted.+ What are the biggest challenges as libertarian politicians in Mexican society?+ There are very few of us who call ourselves [classical] liberals or libertarians, primarily because we are not taught to identify with these labels. There is little time devoted in schools to studying libertarian thinkers, philosophers, or economists.+ However, after talking to people on social media, we have realized that many agree with our views, despite not being able to identify them as libertarian. In that sense, one of our most important goals is to make people aware that their intuition of how things should be is actually rooted in libertarian...

McDonald’s franchisees say the brand is in a ‘deep depression’ and ‘facing its final days’

McDonald’s franchisees say the brand is in a ‘deep depression’ and ‘facing its final days’

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  McDonald’s franchisees believe the brand is in a “deep depression” and could be facing its “final days,” according to a new survey. “We are in the throes of a deep depression, and nothing is changing,” one franchisee wrote in response to the survey by Nomura analyst Mark Kalinowski. “Probably 30% of operators are insolvent.” Another wrote, “The CEO is sowing the seeds of our demise. We are a quick-serve fast-food restaurant, not a fast casual like Five Guys or Chipotle. The system may be facing its final days.” More than a dozen franchisees expressed frustration with McDonald’s management, saying that CEO Steve Easterbrook’s turnaround plan — which includes initiatives like all-day breakfast and a shift to digital ordering kiosks — is a distraction from the core issues of McDonald’s, like food quality and customer service. “The lack of consistent leadership from Oak Brook is frightening, we continue to jump from one failed initiative to another,” one franchisee wrote. A second wrote, “I have been in this business since the early 1970s but have not seen us this leaderless in all my time.” The company’s reaction to their frustration, one franchisee claimed, is for operators to “get out of the system” and quit the business. McDonald’s breakfast hash brown McDonald’s Several franchisees complained about all-day breakfast, saying that it has complicated kitchen operations and goes against Easterbrook’s repeated promises to simplify the menu. “The system is very lost at the moment,” one franchisee wrote. “Our menu boards are still bloated, and we are still trying to be too many things to too many people. … Things are broken from the franchisee perspective.” Franchisees also criticized the “Create Your Taste” program, which allows people to customize their burgers with premium ingredients. “They are throwing everything they can against the wall to see what will stick,” one franchisee wrote. Kalinowski interviewed 29 US franchisees covering about 226 restaurants for the survey. McDonald’s has more than 14,000 restaurants in the US. In response to the survey, McDonald’s said it’s hearing a different story from franchisees — specifically pertaining to all-day breakfast. “We’re hearing from customers and the overwhelming majority of our 3,100 franchisees that all-day breakfast is a hit!” a company spokeswoman...

TROOPER WHO STOPPED SANDRA BLAND INDICTED FOR PERJURY, AND TO BE FIRED FROM DPS

TROOPER WHO STOPPED SANDRA BLAND INDICTED FOR PERJURY, AND TO BE FIRED FROM DPS

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  HEMPSTEAD, TX — A DPS trooper was charged with perjury in connection to a contentious traffic stop last summer where a black woman wound up arrested for assault and then died three days later in jail. Hours after the indictment, the Texas Department of Public Safety began termination proceedings. A grand jury indicted Trooper Brian Encinia on the misdemeanor count, alleging he lied about how he removed 28-year-old Sandra Bland from her vehicle during the July traffic stop. The same Waller County grand jury decided last month not to indict any sheriff’s officials or jailers in Bland’s death, which was ruled a suicide. Bland remained jailed following her arrest because she couldn’t raise about $500 for bail. Encinia, who has been on paid desk duty since Bland was found dead in her cell, also faces a wrongful death lawsuit filed by Bland’s family. The misdemeanor charge carries a maximum penalty of a year in jail and a $4,000 fine. Encinia, who is white, pulled Bland over on July 10 for making an improper lane change near Prairie View A&M University, her alma mater, where she had just interviewed and accepted a job. Dashcam video from Encinia’s patrol car shows that the traffic stop quickly became confrontational. The video shows the trooper holding a stun gun and yelling, “I will light you up!” after Bland refuses to get out of her car. Bland eventually steps out of the vehicle, and Encinia orders her to the side of the road. The confrontation continues off-camera but is still audible. Encinia’s affidavit stated he “removed her from her vehicle to further conduct a safer traffic investigation,” but grand jurors “found that statement to be false,” said Shawn McDonald, one of five special prosecutors appointed to investigate. McDonald declined to say whether the grand jury considered any other charges. Neither Bland’s attorneys nor the Texas Department of Public Safety immediately returned messages seeking comment about the indictment. Department Director Steve McCraw said after the incident that Encinia violated internal agency policies of professionalism and courtesy. About two dozen protesters attended Wednesday’s press conference where the indictment was announced. Speaking afterward, one protester, Jinaki Muhammad, called the misdemeanor charge “a slap in the face...

America Isn’t Getting More Liberal — It’s Getting More Libertarian.

America Isn’t Getting More Liberal — It’s Getting More Libertarian.

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This week the New York Times’ “Room for Debate” columnists discussed the question “has America become more liberal?” Debater Molly Worthen, a professor at UNC Chapel Hill, is no libertarian, but even she sees what many others have been saying: America isn’t getting more liberal or more conservative — it’s getting more libertarian. A wide range of Gallup polls agree. Take guns. In 1990, just 19 percent opposed “stricter laws covering the sale of firearms.” In 1991, barely half opposed a law that would “ban the possession of handguns.” In 2014, those numbers had risen to 52 percent and 73 percent, respectively. On gay rights, Americans have also turned dramatically libertarian. In 1988, just a third of Americans thought gay and lesbian relations should be “legal.” In 1996, only 27 percent thought gay marriage should be legal. In 2014, Americans favored legalizing both homosexuality and same-sex marriage by 69 percent and 60 percent, respectively. Views on marijuana underwent a similarly quick turn. In 1995, just 25 percent of Americans favored legalizing marijuana. In 2014, it was a 51 percent. On immigration, Americans are also much more open today. In 1996, only 38 percent opposed further restrictions on immigration; in the 1980s, just 41 percent favored legalization of unauthorized immigrants. In 2013, those numbers were 63 percent and 69 percent, respectively. On economic issues, Americans are also growing skeptical of bigger government. In 1993, 37 percent thought businesses should be regulated less; in 2014, a plurality, 49 percent, wanted fewer regulations. In 2000, just 38 percent said it was not the federal government’s responsibility to ensure every American had health care; last year, 52 percent said health care was not the government’s job. This corresponds with an increase in the percentage of respondents indicating that the federal government has “too much power.” In 2003, the first year the poll was taken, 39 percent agreed. In 2013, the number hit 60 percent. This isn’t a fluke. Political scientists Peter Ens and Julianna Koch pooled together hundreds of thousands of poll responses over the last fifty years to measure the public’s “policy mood” (a measure of preference for more or less government). They found the public has become dramatically more economically conservative...

Jimmy Carter: “Medical Marijuana Cured My Cancer”

Jimmy Carter: “Medical Marijuana Cured My Cancer”

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  The Nobel winner thanked his doctors and family for their support through his brain cancer ordeal. He also thanked Terrance ‘Scooby’ Williams of Dr. Green’s Greenery, a pot dispensary in Oakland, CA, for helping him find the right strain of cannabis. Carter told his medicinal regiment to Sawyer“I smoke two joints in the morning, I smoke two joints at night, I smoke two joint in the afternoon, and it makes me feel all right. “Edibles are also good when traveling when smoking is not permitted.” The future is bright for the 91-year-old humanitarian. Carter has resumed his house building for Habitat for Humanity and continues his weekly prayer service. “Marijuana is God’s medicine. I find indica is better than sativa, but there are plenty of good hybrids.“ Carter wasn’t endorsing pot smoking for everyone. “There is the right place and the right time to spark up a bowl. Don’t be a pothead but also be aware of the potential benefits of cannabis when used in moderation with the right music. “I was never of big fan of alcohol but weed is the medicine I need. It also revived my love for peanuts. Have you ever eaten a peanut… on weed?” With legal weed available in Colorado and Washington State and several states likely to pass the legalization next November during the Presidential elections, Carter will help support the cause in California, Oregon, and Massachusetts. “Help build a house for those that need one and peace and sex above all else. I forget, what were we talking...

Scientists ‘delete’ HIV virus from human DNA for the first time Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2701304/Scientists-delete-HIV-virus-human-DNA-time.html#ixzz3vciE9i5Q Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

Scientists ‘delete’ HIV virus from human DNA for the first time Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2701304/Scientists-delete-HIV-virus-human-DNA-time.html#ixzz3vciE9i5Q Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

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  Once HIV conquers a human cell, it will stay there forever. It inserts its deadly genome permanently into its victims’ DNA, forcing them to require medical treatment for the rest of their life. But now, for the first time, researchers in Philadelphia have found a way to completely delete HIV from human cells by ‘snipping’ them out. Scroll down for video For the first time, researchers in Philadelphia have found a way to completely delete the HIV virus (pictured) from human cells by ¿snipping¿ them out. The process could also provide a cure for other latent infections +2 For the first time, researchers in Philadelphia have found a way to completely delete the HIV virus (pictured) from human cells by ‘snipping’ them out. The process could also provide a cure for other latent infections The team of Temple University School of Medicine said the breakthrough marks the first successful attempt to eliminate latent HIV-1 virus from human cells – and could be a cure for other latent infections. ‘This is one important step on the path toward a permanent cure for AIDS,’ said Kamel Khalili, PhD, Professor and Chair of the Department of Neuroscience at Temple. ‘It’s an exciting discovery, but it’s not yet ready to go into the clinic. It’s a proof of concept that we’re moving in the right direction,’ he added, Temple University makes promising steps towards cure for HIV In a study published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Dr Khalili and colleagues detail how they created molecular tools to delete the HIV-1 proviral DNA. HOW THE PROCESS WORKS Researchers based the two-part HIV-1 editor on a system that evolved as a bacterial defence mechanism to protect against infection. When deployed, a combination of a DNA-snipping enzyme called a nuclease and a targeting strand of RNA called a guide RNA (gRNA) hunt down the viral genome and remove the HIV-1 DNA. Dr Khalili’s lab engineered a 20-nucleotide strand of gRNA to target the HIV-1 DNA and paired it with a DNA-sniping enzyme called Cas9 and used to edit the human genome. From there, the cell’s gene repair machinery takes over, soldering the loose ends of the genome back together – resulting...

Three Icelandic Bankers to Prison

Three Icelandic Bankers to Prison

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Former CEO of Glitnir bank Lárus Welding was sentenced yesterday to five years in prison for breach of trust in the so-called Stím Case, RÚV reports. Jóhannes Baldursson, former director of capital markets at Glitnir, received a two-year prison sentence, and Þorvaldur Lúðvík Sigurjónsson, former head of Saga Capital, was sentenced to 18 months in prison, both for breach of trust. The sentences were announced in the Reykjavík District Court. The defendants are also to pay defense costs. All three were charged because of loans given to the company Stím for the purchase of stocks in Glitnir Bank and FL Group. The stock purchase amounted to almost ISK 25 billion (USD 192 million, EUR 176 million). It was financed in large part with a loan from Glitnir bank, the only collateral being the stock itself. The accused all pleaded not guilty . Despite extensive questioning in the Reykjavík District Court, it’s still not clear who was in charge of the holding company Stím. Registered leaders of the company did not appear to be its actual directors. Lárus was previously acquitted by the Icelandic Supreme Court in the so-called Vafnings Case. Moreover, he was acquitted in the Reykjavík District Court in the Aurum Case, a verdict which was revoked by the Supreme Court. Jóhannes recently received a three-year prison sentence in a case regarding a loan given by Glitnir bank to a company owned by Birkir Kristinsson. Þorvaldur Lúðvík has decided to appeal the verdict and still proclaims his...

McAfee will run as Libertarian Party candidate for president

McAfee will run as Libertarian Party candidate for president

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  SAN MATEO, Calif. — John McAfee, Libertarian Party candidate for president of the United States. The mercurial McAfee, who this year announced his run for the presidency under the Cyber Party to “disrupt the political status quo” and warn of the “dangerously ignored issue of cybersecurity,” said in a phone interview today he will join the Libertarian Party, where he is likely to land the nomination. “They have (10) candidates (for president), none of whom have personality,” said a laughing McAfee, who is is running on a platform to pardon all marijuana users in prison and “stop the U.S. from being the world’s policeman.” The unconventional presidential run is McAfee’s latest headline-grabbing adventure. The 70-year-old cybersecurity pioneer, who was named as a “person of interest” in an unsolved 2012 murder case in Belize and later claimed he is a target of a Central American hit squad for his criticisms of the Belize government, has been the subject of profiles in USA TODAY, network news, Wired magazine and the international press. His fame has also landed him the role as subject of a forthcoming miniseries on cable network Spike. McAfee said a representative from the Libertarian Party contacted him Tuesday about representing the party. The party’s convention is in late May in Orlando, Fla. MCAFEE16 John McAfee – 2016 The Lexington, Tenn., resident, whose campaign headquarters is in Opelika, Ala., said he is confident he’ll get the nomination, and have his name on ballots in 50 states. “For me, it’s important to get boots on the ground,” he said. Doug Craig, a national board member of the Libertarian Party, said he recently discussed ballot access with McAfee, and the challenges an independent candidate faces. “He fits right in with our political philosophy,” Craig says. Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson, who was the Libertarian Party’s presidential nominee in 2012, has repeatedly said he is likely to run but has not yet declared. Expect to see plenty of McAfee in the coming months, and not just on the campaign trail. He is the subject of a TV miniseries from Billy Corben, who directed Cocaine Cowboys and ESPN’s 30 for 30 documentary on the University of Miami football program, that is...

DOJ Suspends Asset Forfeiture Equitable Sharing Payment Program

DOJ Suspends Asset Forfeiture Equitable Sharing Payment Program

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  Arlington, VA – On Monday, following the passage of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016, the Department of Justice Asset Forfeiture Program announced that it would defer all equitable sharing payments for forfeitures, both civil and criminal, to state, local, and tribal partners for the foreseeable future. Following the DOJ’s announcement, the International Association of Chiefs of Police issued a statement, saying that the decision was “detrimental to state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve.” Following these announcements, Lee McGrath, Legislative Counsel at the Institute for Justice, issued the following statement: “Law enforcement revealed that its true interest in forfeiture is policing for profit—not public safety,” said Lee McGrath, Legislative Counsel for the Institute for Justice, in response to releases from the Department of Justice and International Association of Chiefs of Police. “The recently enacted Consolidated Appropriations Act does not stop police and prosecutors from chasing criminals. They’re frustrated because Congress put on hold their chasing cash.” “State legislators from Florida to Ohio to California should take notice of law enforcement’s reaction to the DOJ’s announcement” McGrath added. “Many police, sheriffs and prosecutors want to circumvent state laws because outsourcing forfeiture litigation to the federal government is lucrative. State lawmakers should enact an anti-circumvention provision that respects federalism and refocuses law enforcement’s attention on stopping crime by allowing only seizures greater than $50,000 to be forfeited under federal law.”  ...

UPDATED ! Is The Mass Outbreak Of The Zika Virus Being Used For Population Control?

UPDATED ! Is The Mass Outbreak Of The Zika Virus Being Used For Population Control?

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  UPDATE: 2/1/16 Bill and Melinda Gates now seem to be involved in multiple parts to the Zika outbreak story. The genetically modified mosquitoes that were released in Brazil in 2015 were developed by the British biotech company Oxitec, which is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Also in 2015, a new formula of the Tdap vaccine was made mandatory for pregnant women in Brazil to recieve. Seeing as Zika has been a known virus since 1945 and there are no recorded health problems as serious as microcephaly prior to this outbreak, there is reason to suspect that the birth defects are actually being caused by the vaccines. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation just so happened to have given the Vanderbilt Vaccine Research Program a $307,000 grant to study the immune responses of these pregnant women in Brazil who received the new Tdap vaccine. The raw results from this study don’t seem to be available to the public. So, whether it is Zika or the vaccine that is causing these birth defects, the known eugenicist Bill Gates is involved either way. It doesn’t particularly matter how the defects are actually caused when it comes to the population control agenda – the fear is the main objective and fear has certainly been spreading. There is currently a Zika vaccine being developed and no doubt people will be lining up to be voluntarily poisoned. There is also talk of more GM mosquitos being released to “save us from Zika,” according to the media. Although the media is still missing the connection that the first time GM mosquitos were released it was to stop the spread of dengue then Brazil subsequently got a mass outbreak of Zika. Guillain-barré syndrome which is being linked to Zika in others a part from pregnant women, is also a major side effect for vaccines. It is a complication mostly associated with the flu vaccine but has also been recorded in some that received the Tdap. At this time there is not much more information in the relevance of this with the current situation in South America. We will continue to update as we learn more about the outbreak. 1/30/16 There has recently been...

Update: ‘Active Shooter’ Reported In San Diego – False Alarm Hysteria

Update: ‘Active Shooter’ Reported In San Diego – False Alarm Hysteria

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**!ATTENTION!** An active shooter has just been been reported in building #26 at Naval Medical Center San Diego. All… Posted by Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD) on Tuesday, 26 January 2016 The San Diego Medical Center reported on their Facebook page, that an ‘active shooter’ was present in building #26. Anyone in the area were to run, hide or fight the shooter everyone else, advised to keep away. Evidently, this entire thing was a SNAFU. UPDATE 1 Police forces reported that there were no injuries, no shooter or anything. This was solely a case of hysteria and false alarm. This incident is a product of fear and hysteria, that has been incessantly propagated by the constant fear being peddled by the establishment. Whether it be the scumstream mainstream media, or the government itself. The facility has been having active shooter drills for months. Once a few loud noises were detected, everyone’s programming basically activated. In light of this nonsense, we have a video that you may...

 

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