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11/20/2012  The US-Israeli Attack on Gaza
The Western media in chorus has described the Israeli attack on Gaza as an ad hoc IDF-led counterterrorism operation, launched on the grounds of self defense in response to Palestinian rocket attacks on Israel. While reports acknowledge that president Obama, in the wake of the November 6 elections, had granted a Green Light to Tel Aviv, the central issue does not pertain to Washingtons support but rather to the direct involvement of the US government and military in the planning and implementation of the attack on Gaza. There is evidence that Operation Pillar of Cloud was implemented in close liaison with Washington in the context of the broader process of allied military planning. Senior US military officials were on location in Israel working with their IDF counterparts in the days leading up to the attack. Operation Pillar of Cloud was launched on the 14th of November, exactly one week after the US presidential elections. It was slated to be launched irrespective of the outcome of the US elections. The first action was the targeted assassination of the leader of Hamas military wing Ahmed Jabari. The operation has since evolved towards a generalized bombing campaign and ground invasion involving the announced deployment of some 75,000 Israeli troops.
(Global Research)
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11/19/2012  A 'Party Drug' May Help the Brain Cope With Trauma
Hundreds of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans with post-traumatic stress have recently contacted a husband-and-wife team who work in suburban South Carolina to seek help. Many are desperate, pleading for treatment and willing to travel to get it. The soldiers have no interest in traditional talking cures or prescription drugs that have given them little relief. They are lining up to try an alternative: MDMA, better known as Ecstasy, a party drug that surfaced in the 1980s and 90s that can induce pulses of euphoria and a radiating affection. Government regulators criminalized the drug in 1985, placing it on a list of prohibited substances that includes heroin and LSD. But in recent years, regulators have licensed a small number of labs to produce MDMA for research purposes. I feel survivors guilt, both for coming back from Iraq alive and now for having had a chance to do this therapy, said Anthony, a 25-year-old living near Charleston, S.C., who asked that his last name not be used because of the stigma of taking the drug. Im a different person because of it. In a paper posted online Tuesday by the Journal of Psychopharmacology, Michael and Ann Mithoefer, the husband-and-wife team offering the treatment which combines psychotherapy with a dose of MDMA write that they found 15 of 21 people who recovered from severe post-traumatic stress in the therapy in the early 2000s reported minor to virtually no symptoms today. Many said they have received other kinds of therapy since then, but not with MDMA.
(New York Times)
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11/19/2012  SGI Twitter Heat Map: Supercomputer Shows Where Angriest Tweeters Live
Twitter may be full of jibber-jabber, but that doesn't mean this social networking site can't give us a little insight about what the world is thinking. Silicon Graphics International, or SGI, has partnered with researchers from the University of Illinois to scan international tweets in a project dubbed the Global Twitter Heartbeat. By using SGI's UV 2000 Big Brain supercomputer, the researchers created real-time heat maps of positive and negative sentiments expressed via Twitter.
(The Huffington Post)
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11/16/2012  Colorado & Washington Legalize Marijuana ... Dear Attorney General Holder and Administrator Leonhart:
We are writing to urge federal law enforcement to consider carefully the recent decisions by the people of Colorado and Washington to legalize small amounts of marijuana for personal use by adults. Under the new laws, each state will establish a comprehensive regulatory scheme governing the production, sale and personal use of marijuana. We believe that it would be a mistake for the federal government to focus enforcement action on individuals whose actions are in compliance with state law. We are concerned that the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) continue to threaten individuals and businesses acting within the scope of their states laws on the medicinal use of marijuana despite formal guidance on exercising prosecutorial discretion. These actions contradict assurances made by DOJ in 2009 that the Department would not prioritize criminal charges against those who act in compliance with state law. It is also a poor use of limited federal resources. We hope your agencies will not take a similar approach with regard to individuals and businesses who comply with Colorados and Washingtons new laws, each of which were approved with overwhelming public support.
(US Congress)
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11/16/2012  Marijuana: Mike Coffman, Amendment 64 opponent, to back federal exemption bill
Update below: Representative Mike Coffman, a Republican, is announcing today his support of legislation that would exempt Colorado from federal marijuana policy. It's a noteworthy move from Coffman, who is against the legalization of marijuana but respects Colorado's ballot process and the support Amendment 64 received last week, when voters chose to legalize small amounts of pot for adult use. As we noted earlier this week, Democratic representatives Diana DeGette, Ed Perlmutter and Jared Polis have been drafting legislation that would make Colorado exempt from policies at the federal level, at which marijuana remains illegal.
(Denver Westword)
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11/14/2012  Barney Frank, Ron Paul Urge Obama To Respect Colorado, Washington Marijuana Laws
Reps. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) and Ron Paul (R-Texas) are urging President Barack Obama to "respect the wishes of voters in Colorado and Washington" who voted to legalize marijuana. "We have sponsored legislation at the federal level to remove criminal penalties for the use of marijuana because of our belief in individual freedom," Frank and Paul wrote in a letter to Obama. "We recognize that this has not yet become national policy, but we believe there are many strong reasons for your administration to allow the states of Colorado and Washington to set the policies they believe appropriate in this regard, without the federal government overriding the choices made by the voters of these states." Frank and Paul presented the new marijuana laws as a sort of challenge to "those who disagree with us," noting opponents "should welcome the opportunity to put their theories to a test."
(The Huffington Post)
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11/14/2012  Israel launches war on Gaza terror: Operation Pillar of Cloud
Israel on Wednesday evening suddenly launched a major aerial campaign against terrorist targets across the Gaza Strip under the banner of "Operation Pillar of Cloud." The action comes after days of incessant terrorist rocket fire against the residents of southern Israel. Israel's leaders mulled what response to take, but by Wednesday it appeared that there would be no serious military retaliation. Defense Minister Ehud Barak said the primarily target of Operation Pillar of Defense is the stockpile of medium and long-range missiles that Gaza terrorists had accumulated in recent years. By late evening Wednesday, Barak said most of those missiles had been destroyed.
(Israel Today)
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keywords: Ahmad Jabari, Benjamin Netanyahu, Ehud Barak, Gaza, Gilad Shalit, Hamas, Israel, Kiryat Malachi, Military, Palestine, Terrorists, United States, World War III Add New Keyword To Link

11/14/2012  Obama signs secret directive to help thwart cyberattacks
President Obama has signed a secret directive that effectively enables the military to act more aggressively to thwart cyberattacks on the nations web of government and private computer networks. Presidential Policy Directive 20 establishes a broad and strict set of standards to guide the operations of federal agencies in confronting threats in cyberspace, according to several U.S. officials who have seen the classified document and are not authorized to speak on the record. The president signed it in mid-October. The new directive is the most extensive White House effort to date to wrestle with what constitutes an offensive and a defensive action in the rapidly evolving world of cyberwar and cyberterrorism, where an attack can be launched in milliseconds by unknown assailants utilizing a circuitous route. For the first time, the directive explicitly makes a distinction between network defense and cyber-operations to guide officials charged with making often-rapid decisions when confronted with threats.
(Washington Post)
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11/13/2012  7% Think U.S. Is Winning War on Drugs
Americans overwhelmingly believe the war on drugs is a failure, but theres little support for spending more on it to win. Only seven percent (7%) of American Adults think the United States is winning the war on drugs, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Eighty-two percent (82%) say the country is not winning the fight against illegal drugs. Twelve percent (12%) are not sure.
posted: 12/3/12                   0       21

11/13/2012  Antidepressants -- nation's top prescription
It's up for debate whether Americans are more depressed than they were 20 years ago, but according to the National Center for Health Statistics, we're certainly taking more antidepressant medications. Researchers compared data from 1988-94 with data from 2005-08 and found that the rate of antidepressant use increased nearly 400 percent. The data also show that patients are staying on the drugs for years, and that the prescriptions are especially common among middle-aged women. Source: 1st Antidepressant ranking among prescription drugs among U.S. adults up to age 44. Antidepressants are the most common prescription medication for Americans age 18-44, and the third most common drug across all ages.
(San Francisco Chronicle)
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11/13/2012  California cap and trade: Climate-change bidding begins -- State's initial auction of emission credits is set for Wednesday despite suit
California is soon to launch a bold attempt at climate-change reversal: a cap-and-trade program allowing businesses to buy and sell credits for emission of the most notorious greenhouse gas, carbon dioxide. The first auction of carbon credits is scheduled for Wednesday despite a lawsuit filed Tuesday by the California Chamber of Commerce that seeks a court ruling to invalidate such auctions. The program itself is set to begin Jan. 1. Some 360 manufacturers, utilities and other businesses are expected to take part, representing nearly 600 facilities across the state. The cap-and-trade market is part of the state's controversial 2006 climate-change law, AB32, which also includes low-carbon fuel standards and promotion of renewable energy projects.
(OC Register)
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keywords: Alternative Energy, CA Air Resources Board, California, California Chamber Of Commerce, California Manufacturers & Technology Association, California Public Utilities Commission, Carbon Dioxide, Climate Change, Dave Clegern, Environmental Defense Fund, Gary Stern, Gino Dicaro, Greenhouse Gases, Loren Kaye, Sacramento, Southern California Edison, United States Add New Keyword To Link

11/13/2012  Global warming talk heats up, revisits carbon tax
Climate change is suddenly a hot topic again. The issue is resurfacing in talks about a once radical idea: a possible carbon tax. On Tuesday, a conservative think tank held discussions about it while a more liberal think tank released a paper on it. And the Congressional Budget Office issued a 19-page report on the different ways to make a carbon tax less burdensome on lower income people. A carbon tax works by making people pay more for using fossil fuels like coal, oil, and gas that produce heat-trapping carbon dioxide. The idea was considered so radical that in 2009, when President Barack Obama tried to pass a bill on global warming, that he instead opted for the more moderate approach of capping power plant emissions and trading credits that allowed utilities to pollute more. That idea, after passing the House, stalled in the Senate in 2010 and has been considered dead since.
(Associated Press)
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11/12/2012  A 'wait-and-see' approach to marijuana laws
It is encouraging that the Justice Department is not immediately challenging Washington state and Colorados marijuana legalization laws [Marijuana legality elicits confusion, news, Nov. 10]. The best course is a wait-and-see approach. The nation can now observe two different experiments in state marijuana control if the Justice Department cooperates. But if it fights these states the way it has fought state medical marijuana laws for 16 years, it will delay the learning of potential regulatory and social techniques to control marijuana use, production and distribution.
(Washington Post)
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11/12/2012  IDF and U.S. Army launch four Patriot missiles as part of mass joint drill
The drill, considered the largest ever carried out by the two countries, will be conducted over the course of three weeks, and will simulate an extensive Mideast war with U.S. intervention. - The Israel Defense Forces and the U.S. Army launched four Patriot missiles into the Mediterranean Sea on Monday, as part of a joint military exercise conducted by the two countries. The missiles were launched from the Palmachim Air Force base in central Israel, near the cities of Rishon Letzion and Yavne. The two militaries will carry out further similar launches as part of the drill, simulating the interception of aircraft or missiles penetrating Israeli air space. The ongoing drill is considered the largest joint exercise ever carried out by the two countries. The drill is meant to simulate an extensive war in the Middle East that would require the United States to intervene and provide Israel with further defense to intercept missiles.
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11/12/2012  Spain suspends house evictions for two years -- Spanish banks are suspending evictions for the next two years for the most vulnerable people.
An estimated 350,000 families have been evicted from their homes since Spain's property market crashed in 2008. It comes three days after Amaia Egana, who was 53, died after jumping from her fourth floor apartment in northern Spain, just before she was due to be evicted. Her death has inflamed public anger at banks, accused of being heartless. Another man in the city of Granada, whose house was also due to be repossessed, apparently committed suicide last month. Spain's Finance Minister, Luis De Guindos, said it was important to find a bipartisan solution to the problem.
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keywords: Amaia Egana, European Court Of Justice, European Union, Financial Crisis, Foreclosuregate, Granada, Juliane Kokott, Luis De Guindos, Mariano Rajoy, Protests, Spain, Wall Street Add New Keyword To Link

11/12/2012  Where FEMA fails, Occupy Sandy delivers storm relief
The Occupy Wall Street movement, nearly forgotten after a brief but global flourish a year ago, has found a new mission delivering emergency aid to Sandy-stricken residents of New York and New Jersey. In what is arguably the movement's finest hour, hundreds of grassroots volunteers came together and went to work in the immediate aftermath of Sandy's fury, coordinating relief efforts and delivering supplies to desperate residents even as the official government response to the disaster lagged woefully behind. The day after Sandy blew through the tri-state area, Occupiers established an operational base in St. Jacobi Church in Brooklyn. Using their renowned social media savvy and relying upon the fierce determination of volunteers, Occupy Sandy began collecting donations by the truckload and distributing them among some of the storm's neediest victims. Canned and cooked food, water, medicine, clothing, shoes, blankets, tools, flashlights, batteries, pet food, construction materials and other essentials have been handed out in large quantities.
(Digital Journal)
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11/11/2012  White House website deluged with secession petitions from 20 states
How would Old Glory look with 30 stars instead of 50? As far-fetched as it may sound, the White House might soon be forced by its own rules to examine the question. On Nov.7, the day after President Barack Obama was re-elected, the White Houses website received a petition asking the administration to allow Louisiana to secede. If 25,000 people sign the petition by Dec. 7, it will require a response from the Obama administration, according to published rules of the White Houses online We the People program.
(The Daily Caller)
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11/10/2012  How to Cut Prison Costs
Thanks in part to the federal Second Chance Act of 2008, states are finding creative ways to cut prison costs now more than $52 billion a year nationwide by making sure that people who are released from prison actually stay out. The act, aimed at helping states and localities reduce recidivism, encourages changes like those that have already taken place in Kansas, Texas and Oregon. The states have expanded community-based drug treatment programs, improved postprison supervision and retooled parole systems that once shunted people back to jail not for actual crimes but for technical violations that are more cheaply and effectively dealt with through community-based sanctions like house arrest or mandatory drug treatment.
(New York Times)
posted: 12/20/12                   0       22

11/9/2012  Washington counties drop marijuana misdemeanor possession cases in light of vote
The prosecutor's offices for two Washington counties -- including the one that contains Seattle -- announced today they will dismiss 175 misdemeanor marijuana possession charges, days after the state's voters legalized the drug. The dropped cases all involve arrests of individuals age 21 and older for possessing one ounce or less of marijuana. Washington state voters passed Initiative 502 on Tuesday, thus legalizing and regulating the production, possession, and distribution of cannabis for people ages 21 and older. The initiative is set to take effect December 6, though King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg decided to act before then.
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11/8/2012  U.S. drone strike kills 3 al-Qaida militants near Yemeni capital
A U.S. drone strike targeted a group of al-Qaida militants on the outskirts of the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Wednesday night, killing at least three terrorists, government officials said. "Three terrorists, including local al-Qaida commander Adnan al- Qathi who is wanted for bombing the U.S. embassy in Sanaa in late 2008, were confirmed killed Wednesday night in a Yemeni-U.S. joint airstrike operation which targeted the militants' vehicle near Sayyan village outside the capital Sanaa," a local security official told Xinhua by phone. He declined to provide further details. An official from Al-Daylami Air Force Base in Sanaa confirmed the airstrike on Wednesday night in a remote area about 40 km southeast of Sanaa, but said "the raid was not carried out by any Yemeni warplane."
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keywords: Abd-rabbu Mansour Hadi, Abdulrazzak Al-jamal, Adnan Al-qadhi, Aerial Drones, Al-daylami Air Force Base, Al-qaeda, Military, Rabiee Lahib, Radwan Al-hashidi, Sanaa, Terrorists, United States, Xinhua, Yemen Add New Keyword To Link

11/7/2012  Colorado and Washington State Make History, Become First U.S. States To Regulate, Tax and Control Marijuana Like Alcohol -- Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Measure Also Passes (Press Release)
Colorado and Washington have become not just the first U.S. states but the first political jurisdictions anywhere in the world to approve regulating, taxing and controlling marijuana similar to alcohol. The Drug Policy Alliance and its electoral arm, Drug Policy Action, worked closely with local and national allies to draft these initiatives, build coalitions and raise funds. The victories in Colorado and Washington are of historic significance not just for Americans but for all countries debating the future of marijuana prohibition in their own countries, said Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance. This is now a mainstream issue, with citizens more or less divided on the issue but increasingly inclined to favor responsible regulation of marijuana over costly and ineffective prohibitionist policies.
(Drug Policy Alliance)
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11/7/2012  Dow Jones Industrial Average Celebrates "Four More Years" With Biggest Drop In A Year
It seems like only last night everyone was celebrating more hope, if not much change. Now comes the hangover. The Dow Jones intraday drop is now 2.23% (and rising), greater than the biggest drop so far in 2012 record on June 1. The last time the market plunged as much: literally one year ago, or November 9, 2011. Sadly, it appears that one can't have their Dow Jones Industrial Average and redistribute it too. And if the surge in vol the last time we had moves of this magnitude is any indication, we can solmenly say that the world's most overrated job for the next 2 months (and 4 years) will be the Chief Redemption Officer, at any hedge fund. and the S&P futures are at a critical level...below Draghi's Elbow...
(Zero Hedge)
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11/7/2012  Obama May Levy Carbon Tax to Cut U.S. Deficit, HSBC Says
Barack Obama may consider introducing a tax on carbon emissions to help cut the U.S. budget deficit after winning a second term as president, according to HSBC Holdings Plc. A tax starting at $20 a metric ton of carbon dioxide equivalent and rising at about 6 percent a year could raise $154 billion by 2021, Nick Robins, an analyst at the bank in London, said today in an e-mailed research note, citing Congressional Research Service estimates. Applied to the Congressional Budget Offices 2012 baseline, this would halve the fiscal deficit by 2022, Robins said. Hurricane Sandy sparked discussion on climate protection in the election after presidential candidates focused on other debates, HSBC said. A continued Republican majority in the U.S. House of Representatives means Obamas scope for action will be limited, Robins said. Cap-and-trade legislation stalled in the U.S. Senate after narrowly passing the house in 2009.
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11/7/2012  Obama's Second Term Foreign Policy Will Bring New Challenges Over Drone Strikes
On Wednesday morning, as many Americans sifted through the voter data and exit poll numbers of President Barack Obama's reelection the night before, the Twitter feeds of close watchers of Yemen lit up with reports of another sort of presidential event: an apparent U.S. drone strike had killed several individuals in that country. There was no way of being certain if the strike was indeed American, or for that matter if it was a drone strike at all, although it had all the markings of one. "All signs (after dark, suspicions of locals, target) point to Sanhan strike being a US drone," Yemen-based freelance journalist Adam Baron wrote on Twitter. Several other analysts concurred. A White House spokesman did not respond to a request for comment. If it were a American strike, of course, it would have to have been authorized by Obama. Whatever its provenance, the strike served as a macabre reminder of the burdens that Obama faces as he turns his attention away from the campaign and back to the business of being commander in chief.
(Huffington Post)
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11/7/2012  Prop. 37: Genetic food labels defeated
A measure that would have required most foods made with genetically engineered ingredients to be labeled in California lost early Wednesday. Supporters of Proposition 37 said consumers have a right to know whether food has been genetically altered, particularly when the long-term health impacts are unclear. Opponents argued that the labels would stigmatize foods that are scientifically proven to be safe. With 100 percent the precincts reporting, voters rejected the proposed labeling law by six percentage points. California would have been the first state in the nation to pass such an initiative. "We said from the beginning that the more voters learned about Prop. 37, the less they would like it," said Kathy Fairbanks, a spokeswoman for the opposition. "We didn't think they would like the lawsuits, more bureaucracy, higher costs, loopholes and exemptions. It looks like they don't." But Stacy Melken, a spokeswoman for the Prop, 37 campaign, said supporters believe they will win the labeling debate over the long term. She noted that proponents were outspent by a five to one margin and still managed to capture more than 4.2 million votes.
(San Francisco Gate)
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11/7/2012  Senator Dianne Feinstein Moves To Ban ALL Assault Rifles, High Capacity Magazines, and Pistol Grips
The agenda no longer needs to be hidden from public view. With President Obama winning another term and democrats taking control of the Senate, the move to fundamentally change America from within has begun with a vengeance. We're all aware of the restrictive gun laws in the State of California which require low capacity magazines for handguns, fixed magazines for "assault" rifles, and a whole lot of running around just to be granted the right to carry a concealed firearm. Now, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), who has championed gun control in her state for decades and co-wrote the original assault weapons ban enacted by the federal government in the 1990's, wishes to bring even more stringent federal mandates to the land of the free.
(Market Daily News)
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11/7/2012  What Tuesday's Marijuana Victories Mean For The War On Drugs -- Voters in three states helped overturn marijuana prohibition this past Tuesday, but the War on Drugs is far from over.
Election day was a big win for the president, Democrats in the Senate and Republicans in the House, and for advocates of gay marriage in Maine and Maryland. It was also a big win for an issue thats been gaining support at a surprising clip over the past decade or so: the end to marijuana prohibition. In three statesWashington, Colorado, and Massachusettsefforts to liberalize marijuana laws succeeded last night. In Washington and Colorado, the new laws enacted go even further than past efforts. In these two states, fully regulated recreational pot use has now been approved by voters.
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11/7/2012  Wisconsin elects openly gay U.S. senator
Wisconsin voters made history in electing Tammy Baldwin the first woman and the first openly gay politician to the U.S. Senate. Baldwin, 50, an attorney and seven-term Democratic congresswoman, defeated four-term former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson in the statewide race that also put Wisconsin in President Obama's win column despite native son Rep. Paul Ryan being the Republican vice presidential nominee. Ryan was re-elected to his U.S. House seat. Baldwin was elected to the seat of retiring four-term Democratic Sen. Herb Kohl.
(United Press International)
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11/6/2012  Chris Matthews: "I'm so glad we had that storm last week."
Chris Matthews probably wishes he could take back his closing remarks on election night. The MSNBC anchor casually said about Hurricane Sandy and its affect on the election: "I'm so glad we had that storm last week." Now, co-anchor Rachel Maddow voiced displeasure with an "ooh." Matthews quickly, then, added a caveat: the storm was only good "politically" not "in terms of hurting people." Still, he said it "brought in the possibility for good politics," possibly referring to Obama coming together with NJ Gov. Chris Christie.
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11/6/2012  Massachusetts voters approve marijuana for medicinal purposes
Voters in Massachusetts approved a law Tuesday allowing people to use marijuana for medicinal purposes, NBC News projected. Its one of six states in which voters are being asked to decide on a wide array of laws around legalizing marijuana for medicinal or recreational purposes. In three of those states Colorado, Oregon and Washington voters were deciding whether to allow people over 21 to use marijuana for any purpose.
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11/5/2012  DARE curriculum drops pot
The students who graduated Monday from Kennewick's DARE program will be the last to be taught the potential dangers of marijuana. Nearly 100 fifth graders at Sunset View Elementary accepted their diplomas after the ten week course, which discourages kids from tobacco, alcohol, and drugs. But DARE officer Mike Meyer says the national dare organization has removed the discussion of marijuana from the curriculum.
posted: 5/24/13                   0       4
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11/5/2012  Occupy Sandy Efforts Highlight Need for Solidarity, Not Charity
Hurricane Sandy, the unprecedented superstorm that ravaged the Caribbean and the East Coast of the United States, left large swaths of New York City destroyed and ultimately killed 109 people in the US alone. In addition to experiencing trauma and shock, many resident now express frustration with lagging federal aid and assistance from other aid agencies like the Red Cross. Vincent Ignizio, a New York City Councilman representing Staten Islands 51st District, blames the gas shortage for hurting the recovery effort. Five-hour-long waits for gas have resulted in citizens being highly frugal with their commutes, and may be hindering aid, according to Ignizio. People who want to volunteerare stymied from doing so, he said. And while the Defense Department recently dispatched 24 million gallons of fuel to the region, many citizens havent seen the military, or the Red Cross, since the storm hit. While FEMA workers were spotted recently in Staten Island, other citizens have received help from an entirely separate source: Occupy Wall Street.
(The Nation)
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11/4/2012  Is Occupy Wall Street Outperforming the Red Cross in Hurricane Relief?
In Sunset Park, a predominantly Mexican and Chinese neighborhood in South Brooklyn, St. Jacobis Church was one of the go-to hubs for people who wanted to donate food, clothing, and warm blankets or volunteer help other New Yorkers who were still suffering in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. On Saturday, Ethan Murphy, one of the people heading the kitchen operation, estimated they would prepare and send out 10,000 meals to people in need. Thousands and thousands of pounds of clothes were being sorted, labeled, and distributed, and valuable supplies like heaters and generators were being loaded up in cars to be taken out to the Rockaways, Staten Island and other places in need. However, this well-oiled operation wasnt organized by the Red Cross, New York Cares, or some other well-established volunteer group. This massive effort was the handiwork of none other than Occupy Wall Streetthe effort is known as Occupy Sandy.
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11/2/2012  FEMA wins praise, responds to anger about gas supply
Seven years after a disastrous response to Hurricane Katrina, the Federal Emergency Management Agency is winning praise for how it's dealing with Superstorm Sandy. "This is the all-new FEMA, and the leadership is very, very good, very focused," said Dr. Irwin Redlener, a pediatrician and director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. "They're doing an excellent job." Score one for FEMA's attempts to come back from its infamous failure after Katrina struck the Gulf Coast in August 2005. But the post-Sandy reviews for FEMA aren't all moonlight and roses. Photos: New York recovers from Sandy Photos: New York recovers from Sandy As Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano -- whose department oversees FEMA -- is expected to visit the region Friday, many survivors in hard-hit places are angry.
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11/1/2012  General Failure
Looking back on the troubled wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, many observers are content to lay blame on the Bush administration. But inept leadership by American generals was also responsible for the failure of those wars. A culture of mediocrity has taken hold within the Armys leadership rankif it is not uprooted, the countrys next war is unlikely to unfold any better than the last two. - On June 13, 1944, a few days after the 90th Infantry Division went into action against the Germans in Normandy under the command of Brigadier General Jay MacKelvie, MacKelvies superior officer, Major General J. Lawton Collins, went on foot to check on his men. We could locate no regimental or battalion headquarters, he recalled with dismay. No shelling was going on, nor any fighting that we could observe. This was an ominous sign, as the Battle of Normandy was far from decided, and the Wehrmacht was still trying to push the Americans, British, and Canadians, who had landed a week earlier, back into the sea. Just a day earlier, the 90ths assistant division commander, Brigadier General Hanging Sam Williams, had also been looking for the leader of his green division. Hed found MacKelvie sheltering from enemy fire, huddled in a drainage ditch along the base of a hedgerow. Goddamn it, General, you cant lead this division hiding in that goddamn hole, Williams shouted. Go back to the [command post]. Get the hell out of that hole and go to your vehicle. Walk to it, or youll have this goddamn division wading in the English Channel. The message did not take. The division remained bogged down, veering close to passivity. American troops were fighting to stay aliveno small feat in that summers bloody combat. One infantry company in the 90th began a day in July with 142 men and finished it with 32. Its battalion commander walked around babbling I killed K Company, I killed K Company. Later that summer, one of the 90ths battalions, with 265 soldiers, surrendered to a German patrol of 50 men and two tanks. In six weeks of small advances, the division would use up all its infantrymen, requesting replacements of more than 100 percent.
(The Atlantic)
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11/1/2012  NJ to use military trucks as polling places in storm-battered areas, extends mail-in voting
New Jersey will deploy military trucks to serve as polling places on Election Day in storm-battered communities, the state secretary of the state announced Thursday during a visit to this flood-ravaged town. The state is also extending the deadline on mail-in ballots. Department of Defense trucks will be parked at regular polling places that have lost power, as long as the sites are still accessible. Paper ballots will be used. Republican Secretary of State and Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno said voters will find a DOD truck with a well-situated National Guardsman and a big sign saying, Vote Here.
(Associated Press)
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11/1/2012  Sandy leaves election officials scrambling
When Sandy slammed into the East Coast on Monday, it set into motion a tight timeline for election officials: one week to ensure that voters in states from Virginia to New Hampshire would be able cast their ballots on Election Day. But power outages, flooding and snow left in the storm's wake could make that impossible for voters in some of the hardest-hit states. Some fire stations, schools, community centers and other venues that serve as polling places will have to be cleaned up if they were flooded or damaged. Other polling spots may need to be relocated if they are too damaged to be used. Voting machines may have to be dropped off at some polling places with election officials gambling that power will be restored there by Tuesday.
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10/31/2012  Can Drug-Sniffing Dog Prompt Home Search?
You can already hear all the likely jokes at the Supreme Court, about the justices going to the dogs. But the issue being argued Wednesday is deadly serious: whether police can take a trained drug-detection dog up to a house to smell for drugs inside, and if the dog alerts, use that to justify a search of the home. In the case before the court, the four-legged cop was named Franky, and as a result of his nose, his human police partner charged Joelis Jardines with trafficking in more than 25 pounds of marijuana. In the fall of 2006, police in Florida got an anonymous crime-stoppers tip that there was illegal drug activity at the Jardines home. A month later, police officers took Franky to the house and walked him up to the front porch. When the dog alerted for drugs, the police got a warrant, found marijuana growing inside and arrested Jardines. The Florida Supreme Court ruled that the dog sniff was an illegal search and thus could not justify a warrant. Now the state has appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, and the case poses tricky issues for both law enforcement and privacy advocates.
(National Public Radio)
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10/31/2012  Gary Johnson Talks Nwo, Bilderberg & Bohemian Grove
Gary Johnson has been an outspoken advocate for efficient government, balanced budgets, rational drug policy reform, protection of civil liberties, comprehensive tax reform, and personal freedom. As Governor of New Mexico, Johnson was known for his common sense business approach to governing. He eliminated New Mexico's budget deficit, cut the rate of growth in state government in half, and privatized half of the state prisons.
(Prison Planet)
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10/31/2012  Michael Moore Wants To Understand Why CNN Didn't Know Queens Was On Fire Until Morning -- Also Thanks Mother Nature (CNN)
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10/31/2012  Napolitano: US financial institutions 'actively under attack' by hackers
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano on Wednesday warned that some of the largest U.S. financial institutions "are actively under attack" from cyber hackers. While Napolitano sounded the alarm about the attacks at a cybersecurity event hosted by The Washington Post, she declined to provide any details about them. "Right now, financial institutions are actively under attack. We know that. I'm not giving you any classified information," she said. "I will say this has involved some of our nation's largest institutions. We've also had our stock exchanges attacked over the last [few] years, so we know ... there are vulnerabilities. We're working with them on that."
(The Hill)
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10/30/2012  Actor Randy Quaid alleges celebrity killers are out to get him (Global BC)
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10/30/2012  Ben Swann: What The Media Isn't Telling You About The "Drug War"
Ben Swann Reality Check explains what the media isn't telling you about Mexico's drug war and the U.S.'s war on drugs
(Ben Swann)
posted: 1/23/13      
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10/30/2012  Sandy curtails nuclear plants, oldest under alert
Hurricane Sandy slowed or shut a half-dozen U.S. nuclear power plants, while the nation's oldest facility declared a rare "alert" after the record storm surge pushed flood waters high enough to endanger a key cooling system. Exelon Corp's 43-year-old Oyster Creek plant in New Jersey remains on "alert" status, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) said early Tuesday. It is only the third time this year that the second-lowest of four emergency action levels was triggered. "Oyster Creek is still in an alert but may be getting out of it as long as water levels continue to drop," NRC spokesman Neil Sheehan told Reuters. The alert came after water levels at the plant rose more than 6.5 feet above normal, potentially affecting the "water intake structure" that pumps cooling water through the plant.
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10/29/2012  Nation's oldest nuclear plant on alert
The nation's oldest nuclear power plant, already out of service for scheduled refueling, was put on alert late Monday after waters from Superstorm Sandy rose 6 feet above sea level. Conditions were still safe at and around Oyster Creek, a plant in Lacey Township, N.J., and at all other U.S. nuclear plants, said the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, which oversees plant safety. No plants that had been up and running before the storm were planning to shut down. High water levels at Oyster Creek, which generates enough electricity to power 600,000 homes a year, prompted safety officials to declare an "unusual event" around 7 p.m. About two hours later, the situation was upgraded to an "alert," the second-lowest in a four-tiered warning system. The plant's owner, Exelon Corp., said power was also disrupted in the station's switchyard, but backup diesel generators were providing stable power, with more than two weeks of fuel on hand.
(Associated Press)
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The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission is continuing to monitor impacts from Hurricane Sandy on nuclear power plants in the Northeastern United States, including an Alert declared at the Oyster Creek nuclear power plant in New Jersey. The plant, currently in a regularly scheduled outage, declared the Alert at approximately 8:45 p.m. EDT due to water exceeding certain high water level criteria in the plants water intake structure. An Alert is the second lowest of four NRC action levels. The Alert was preceded by an Unusual Event, declared at approximately 7 p.m. EDT when the water level first reached a minimum high water level criteria. Water level is rising in the intake structure due to a combination of a rising tide, wind direction and storm surge. It is anticipated water levels will begin to abate within the next several hours.
(US Nuclear Regulatory Commission)
posted: 11/12/12                   0       23

10/25/2012  Mayor Bloomberg Gets Flu Shot, Urges New Yorkers To Do The Same -- Health Commissioner: Flu Is Third Leading Cause Of Death In New York City
Mayor Michael Bloomberg turned his annual flu shot into a public service announcement, urging New Yorkers to protect themselves from influenza. The mayor got his flu shot from pharmacist Barbara Naprawa at a Duane Reade pharmacy in lower Manhattan. Literally cant feel it, Bloomberg told reporters during the injection. He even refused a band-aid afterward, WCBS 880′s Rich Lamb reported. Flu season is almost upon us and the best way to avoid getting the flu is to get a flu shot. Its also the best way to prevent the flu from spreading to someone else. So if you get a shot, youre not only protecting yourself you are protecting your family members and those you love, Bloomberg said.
posted: 1/17/13                   0       10
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10/25/2012  Police Arrest 60-Year-Old Woman Speaking At City Council Meeting
A Riverside woman is facing misdemeanor charges following her arrest for speaking too long at a Riverside City Council meeting, the Riverside Press-Enterprise reported Thursday. Karen Wright, whose arrest was videotaped and obtained by the paper, was cited for disrupting a public meeting Tuesday night. The incident unfolded after Wright exceeded her allotted three minutes to speak at the lectern while commenting on a sludge hauling contract, the paper reported. Wright, 60, was initially handcuffed by two officers while she was on her knees. In video of the incident, Wright can be heard yelling in pain as officers tried to bring her to her feet.
posted: 11/7/12                   0       24
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10/24/2012  Consumption of artificial sweetener- and sugar-containing soda and risk of lymphoma and leukemia in men and women.
Abstract BACKGROUND: Despite safety reports of the artificial sweetener aspartame, health-related concerns remain. OBJECTIVE: We prospectively evaluated whether the consumption of aspartame- and sugar-containing soda is associated with risk of hematopoetic cancers. DESIGN: We repeatedly assessed diet in the Nurses' Health Study (NHS) and Health Professionals Follow-Up Study (HPFS). Over 22 y, we identified 1324 non-Hodgkin lymphomas (NHLs), 285 multiple myelomas, and 339 leukemias. We calculated incidence RRs and 95% CIs by using Cox proportional hazards models. RESULTS: When the 2 cohorts were combined, there was no significant association between soda intake and risks of NHL and multiple myeloma. However, in men, ≥1 daily serving of diet soda increased risks of NHL (RR: 1.31; 95% CI: 1.01, 1.72) and multiple myeloma (RR: 2.02; 95% CI: 1.20, 3.40) in comparison with in men without diet soda consumption. We observed no increased risks of NHL and multiple myeloma in women. We also observed an unexpected elevated risk of NHL (RR: 1.66; 95% CI: 1.10, 2.51) with a higher consumption of regular, sugar-sweetened soda in men but not in women. In contrast, when sexes were analyzed separately with limited power, neither regular nor diet soda increased risk of leukemia but were associated with increased leukemia risk when data for men and women were combined (RR for consumption of ≥1 serving diet soda/d when the 2 cohorts were pooled: 1.42; 95% CI: 1.00, 2.02). CONCLUSION: Although our findings preserve the possibility of a detrimental effect of a constituent of diet soda, such as aspartame, on select cancers, the inconsistent sex effects and occurrence of an apparent cancer risk in individuals who consume regular soda do not permit the ruling out of chance as an explanation.
(Brigham and Women's Hospital & Harvard Medical School)
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10/24/2012  Robert Gibbs Says Anwar al-Awlaki's Son, Killed By Drone Strike, Needs 'Far More Responsible Father'
A 16-year-old American boy killed in an Obama administration drone strike "should have [had] a far more responsible father," Obama campaign senior adviser Robert Gibbs says in a new video released by the group We Are Change. Abdulrahman al-Awlaki was the son of Anwar al-Awlaki, an al Qaeda propagandist killed by a U.S. drone a year ago. But the child was killed in a separate strike some two weeks after his father was killed. Gibbs wasn't entirely familiar with the situation, and didn't know that al-Awlaki's son was killed two weeks after his father was killed, a person familiar with his thinking at the time he was interviewed told HuffPost. We Are Change bills itself as a non-partisan media organization "working to expose corruption." "I would suggest that you should have a far more responsible father if they are truly concerned about the well being of their children. I don't think becoming an al Qaeda jihadist terrorist is the best way to go about doing your business," Gibbs, the former White House press secretary, told the interviewer from We Are Change, when asked to justify "an American citizen that is being targeted without due process, without trial -- and, he's underage, he's a minor."
(Huffington Post)
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