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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.
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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)
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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)
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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.
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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.
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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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10/23/2012  Memoto: A Wearable Camera That Gives You a Photographic Memory
One of the big ideas that seems destined to explode over the next decade is lifelogging, the ability to automatically capture and store ones life and experiences for future reference. Memoto is a new camera thats trying to be a pioneer in this emerging market. Its name and tagline should give you a good sense of what it does: Memoto Lifelogging Camera: A tiny, automatic camera and app that gives you a searchable and shareable photographic memory. Hows that for an elevator pitch? Basically, the app allows you to document nearly every waking moment of your life through photographs well, one in every thirty waking moments and then relive those moments anytime youd like. Memoto: A Wearable Camera That Gives You a Photographic Memory pencil Its similar to the Autographer, another lifelogging camera we wrote about just last month. Both are small cameras that you can clip to your clothing (though, Memoto does claim to be the worlds smallest) and both automatically snap photos throughout the day.
(Peta Pixel)
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10/22/2012  Indiana State Police unveil new weapon to reduce crashes
Looking down on traffic on the Borman Expressway from the closed Chase Street overpass, Indiana State Police on Monday demonstrated a new weapon to help reduce crashes caused by drivers who speed, follow other vehicles too closely and change lanes unsafely. What looks like a traditional hand-held speed monitor, the LTI 20/20 Lidar has new Distance Between Cars software that measures and records both how fast the vehicle is traveling and exactly how close it is to the vehicle its following. Even in a group of vehicles, this device clocks a specific vehicle. The laser beam bounces off the car, semi or motorcycle and returns to the device, said Master Trooper Russell Hayes, of the Indiana State Police Lowell District 13.
(Franklin Times)
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10/17/2012  MTA recording bus conversations to eavesdrop on trouble -- Officials call audio surveillance a crime-fighting tool; privacy advocates question need
A Maryland Transit Administration decision to record the conversations of bus drivers and passengers to investigate crimes, accidents and poor customer service has come under attack from privacy advocates and state lawmakers who say it may go too far. The first 10 buses marked with signs to alert passengers to the open microphones began service this week in Baltimore, and officials expect to expand that to 340 buses, about half the fleet, by next summer. Microphones are incorporated in the video surveillance system that has been in place for years. "We want to make sure people feel safe, and this builds up our arsenal of tools to keep our patrons safe," said Ralign Wells, MTA administrator. "The audio completes the information package for investigators and responders." Wells said the system was deemed legal by the state attorney general's office and letters were sent to the American Civil Liberties Union and the union representing bus drivers informing them of the initiative. A spokesman for the attorney general's office confirmed that transit officials were advised by their counsel that based on a 2000 appeals court decision, the audio recordings did not violate the state wiretapping law.
(Baltimore Sun)
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10/17/2012  Sex Abuse Rife At BBC Says Ben Fellows
A FORMER child actor revealed how he ran a gauntlet of paedophiles at the BBC, claiming the entertainment industry was rife with sex abuse. Ben Fellows, who appeared in Eastenders, The Bill and Starlight Express before becoming an award-winning filmmaker, spoke last night about how he was preyed upon by actors, directors and producers. Mr Fellowss testimony will pile more pressure on the BBC in the wake of the Jimmy Savile sex scandal. He said: Once Id entered the entertainment industry proper I ran a gauntlet of paedophiles both at the BBC and other television production companies and also in theatres, as well as commercial photo shoots. In fact, almost every production I was involved with I was targeted in some way or another. Mr Fellows, 38, who trained at the Royal Shakespeare Company, claims that as a teenager he was asked to take his top off and pose for photographs before being propositioned by men and women all the time.
(UK Daily Express)
posted: 10/22/12                   0       25
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10/13/2012  Global warming stopped 16 years ago, reveals Met Office report quietly released... and here is the chart to prove it
The figures reveal that from the beginning of 1997 until August 2012 there was no discernible rise in aggregate global temperatures This means that the pause in global warming has now lasted for about the same time as the previous period when temperatures rose, 1980 to 1996 - The new data, compiled from more than 3,000 measuring points on land and sea, was issued quietly on the internet, without any media fanfare, and, until today, it has not been reported. This stands in sharp contrast to the release of the previous figures six months ago, which went only to the end of 2010 a very warm year. Ending the data then means it is possible to show a slight warming trend since 1997, but 2011 and the first eight months of 2012 were much cooler, and thus this trend is erased.
(UK Daily Mail)
posted: 12/25/12                   0       11

10/11/2012  Will Iran Weather the Economic Storm? -- The depreciation of the rial is unlikely to change Iran's foreign-policy calculations.
The conventional wisdom that the collapse of the Iranian rial will have disastrous consequences for the Islamic Republic has it wrong: On the contrary, it could be the best thing that has happened to the Iranian economy in years. Iran is a classic case of the resource curse. OPEC founder Juan Pablo Prez Alfonso, who served as Venezuela's oil minister, called oil "the devil's excrement" for the pernicious impact petroleum revenues had on his country's economy. The same is true for Iran, which faces the challenge of becoming a country that produces goods, not merely consumes them. Unfortunately, the current Iranian government shows few indications it will meet this challenge. Rather, history suggests that Tehran will instead persist in its populist policies, including its confrontation with the international community about its nuclear program.
(Foreign Policy)
posted: 12/26/12                   0       17

10/1/2012  Governing The Global Drug Wars
Since 1909 the international community has worked to eradicate the abuse of narcotics. A century on, the efforts are widely acknowledged to have failed, and worse, have spurred black market violence and human rights abuses. How did this drug control system arise, why has it proven so durable in the face of failure, and is there hope for reform?
(London School of Economics)
posted: 11/30/12                   0       20

9/30/2012  The Kissing Sailor, or "The Selective Blindness of Rape Culture"
Most of us are familiar with this picture. Captured in Times Square on V-J Day, 1945, it has become one of the most iconic photographs of American history, symbolizing the jubilation and exuberance felt throughout the country at the end of World War II. For a long time, the identity of the pair remained a mystery. It certainly looks passionate and romantic enough, with many speculating that they were a couple a sailor and a nurse, celebrating and sharing their joy. This year, however, historians have finally confirmed that the woman is Greta Zimmer Friedman, a dental nurse at the time, and George Mendonsa, a sailor. Have a look at some articles about it. Do you get the feeling that something is not quite right? Huffington Post Daily Mail CBS News A few facts have come to light. Far from being a kiss between a loving couple, we learn that George and Greta were perfect strangers. We learn that George was drunk, and that Greta had no idea of his presence, until she was in his arms, with his lips on hers. The articles even give us Gretas own words: It wasnt my choice to be kissed. The guy just came over and grabbed! I did not see him approaching, and before I knew it, I was in this vice grip. [sic] You dont forget this guy grabbing you. That man was very strong. I wasnt kissing him. He was kissing me. It seems pretty clear, then, that what George had committed would be considered sexual assault by modern standards. Yet, in an amazing feat of willful blindness, none of the articles comment on this, even as they reproduce Gretas words for us. Without a single acknowledgement of the problematic nature of the photo that her comments reveal, they continue to talk about the picture in a whimsical, reverent manner, still mesmerized by his timeless kiss. Georges actions are romanticized and glorified; it is almost as if Greta had never spoken.
(Crates and Ribbons)
posted: 10/29/13                   0       3
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9/27/2012  Drugs Live: the Ecstasy Trial, Channel 4, review -- Helen Brown reviews Drugs Live: the Ecstasy Trial, Channel 4's experiment in which volunteers, including actor Keith Allen and novelist Lionel Shriver took MDMA to see its effect on the brain.
A quick glance at the TV listings gave the impression that Channel 4's groundbreaking two -part programme on the effects of MDMA would feature 25 volunteers (including actor Keith Allen) popping ecstasy pills for the cameras. The dangled lure from the TV station that gave us Big Brother was that all hell might break loose and people would embarrass themselves. In fact, only one pharmaceutically altered volunteer appeared on our screens: a psychiatric nurse, who sat rather calmly less nervously, he suspected, than he might otherwise have been on national television on the small stage before the live audience and told presenter Jon Snow that he hoped the clinical trial funded by Channel 4 would lead to a greater understanding of, and advances in treatment for, some of the debilitating mental health conditions suffered by his patients. The hope is that the empathy, happiness and hyper articulacy promoted by the drug more commonly known as ecstasy illegal in the UK since 1977 might make it a powerful tool in the fight against depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
(London Telegraph)
posted: 11/21/12                   0       22

9/26/2012  Lobbyist Says Israel Should Create A 'False Flag' To Start A War With Iran
Israel is conducting massive "snap-training" exercises. The U.S. is doing unprecedented naval mine clearing evolutions. Iran is launching anti-ship missiles and submarines. Now is the time that a small provocation could lead to a full-blown war. And Patrick Clawson, Director of Research at Washington Institute Of Near East Policy (WINEP), has suggested that someone should fabricate that small provocation. Speaking at the WINEP policy forum luncheon on "How to Build US-Israeli Coordination on Preventing an Iranian Nuclear Breakout," Clawson (ironically) said that "if, in fact, the Iranians aren't going to compromise, it would be best if someone else started the war."
(Business Insider)
posted: 12/26/12                   0       17

9/21/2012  Israel Lobbyist suggests False Flag attack to start war with Iran
(Washington Institute Of Near East Policy)
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9/17/2012  FBI: Monitoring Occupy was within rules
The FBI says its newly disclosed surveillance of the Occupy movement in Northern California stayed within federal rules and did not result in "unnecessary intrusions into the lives of law-abiding people." The American Civil Liberties Union, which obtained FBI surveillance documents on the movement in a lawsuit under the Freedom of Information Act, wants to know why the agency is withholding nearly two-thirds of the records it says it has, and why it is citing national security as one reason for the nondisclosure.
(San Francisco Chronicle)
posted: 12/25/12                   0       16

9/17/2012  Iran's newest nuclear facility struck by 'saboteurs' -- Saboteurs have struck Iran's newest and most sensitive nuclear facility by blowing up its power supply cables, the head of the country's atomic energy programme disclosed.
This announcement offered a rare glimpse of a long-running campaign to sabotage Iran's critical nuclear installations, believed to be a key priority of Western and Israeli intelligence agencies. The Fordow plant, located inside a bunker dug into a mountainside, became the latest target on Aug 17 when an explosion severed its electricity cables, running from the nearby city of Qom. Fereydoun Abbasi, the head of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organisation, disclosed the incident during a speech in Vienna to the 155 members of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). He noted that IAEA inspectors visited Fordow the day after the explosion and insinuated that they might have been responsible.
(London Telegraph)
posted: 12/26/12                   0       16
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9/5/2012  105 Peer-Reviewed Studies on Marijuana ~ Medical Studies Involving Cannabis and Cannabis Extracts (1990
2012) - Studies are listed as Pro, Con, or Not Clearly Pro or Con, based on their conclusions regarding cannabis' potential medical benefit. Extracts, such as Sativex, are derived directly from the plant, and are not synthetically created. Studies involving man-made substances, such as Marinol, Nabilone, Cannabinor, and others were not included in this review. If there are any peer-reviewed studies involving marijuana that we have not included, please let us know.
posted: 1/19/13                   0       9

9/4/2012  Abandoned Walmart is Now America's Largest Library
There are thousands of abandoned big box stores sitting empty all over America, including hundreds of former Walmart stores. With each store taking up enough space for 2.5 football fields, Walmarts use of more than 698 million square feet of land in the U.S. is one of its biggest environmental impacts. But at least one of those buildings has been transformed into something arguably much more useful: the nations largest library. Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle transformed an abandoned Walmart in McAllen, Texas, into a 124,500-square-foot public library, the largest single-floor public library in the United States.
(Web Urbanist)
posted: 8/1/13                   0       4
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9/4/2012  California Assembly passes resolution defining criticism of Israel as anti-Semitism
Last month, the California State Assembly passed a resolution urging state educational institutions to more aggressively crack down on criticism of the state of Israel on campuses, which the resolution defines as anti-Semitism. The anti-democratic resolution is the latest step in the broader campaign to stifle and suppress dissent on California's increasingly volatile campuses. The California State Assembly is the lower house of the state legislature, consisting of 80 members. The resolutionH.R. 35, "Relative to anti-Semitism"was passed by a voice vote, after 66 members co-sponsored it, including a majority of both Republicans and Democrats in the Assembly. The resolution was drafted by Republican Linda Halderman and passed without public discussion. The vote on the resolution came when most students were between semesters and away from their campuses. The resolution (available here) uses the classic trick employed by defenders of Israels Zionist regime: lumping together any criticism of the Israeli states policies or the US governments support for them with racist attacks on Jews. - Moreover, it must be said that the State of Israel is, as a matter of fact, guilty of crimes against humanity. To cite only a more recent example, the 574-page UN Goldstone Report published in 2010 found that the State of Israel had deliberately targeted civilians and civilian infrastructure in Gaza during the 2008-2009 Operation Cast Lead. The invasion of Gaza saw 1,400 Palestinians killed, compared with 13 Israelis killed. More than 21,000 buildings, factories, and apartments were damaged or destroyed. Under California H.R. 35, it appears that the Goldstone report is now to be considered anti-Semitic.
(World Socialist Web Site)
posted: 9/16/12                   0       25
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8/23/2012  'Wiki Weapon Project' Aims To Create A Gun Anyone Can 3D-Print At Home
Cody Wilson has a simple dream: To design the worlds first firearm that can be downloaded from the Internet and built from scratch using only a 3D printerand then to share it with the world. Earlier this month, Wilson and a small group of friends who call themselves Defense Distributed launched an initiative theyve dubbed the Wiki Weapon Project. Theyre seeking to raise $20,000 to design and release blueprints for a plastic gun anyone can create with an open-source 3D printer known as the RepRap that can be bought for less than $1,000. If all goes according to plan, the thousands of owners of those cheap 3D printers, which extrude thin threads of melted plastic into layers that add up to precisely-shaped three-dimensional objects, will be able to turn the projects CAD designs into an operational gun capable of firing a standard .22 caliber bullet, all in the privacy of their own garage. We want to show this principle: That a handgun is printable, says Wilson, a 24-year-old second-year law student at the University of Texas. You dont need to be able to put 200 rounds through itIt only has to fire once. But even if the design is a little unworkable, it doesnt matter, as long as it has that guarantee of lethality.
posted: 12/21/12                   0       19

8/9/2012  High-Ranking Mexican Drug Cartel Member Makes Explosive Allegation: 'Fast and Furious' Is Not What You Think It Is
A high-ranking Mexican drug cartel operative currently in U.S. custody is making startling allegations that the failed federal gun-walking operation known as Fast and Furious isnt what you think it is. It wasnt about tracking guns, it was about supplying them all part of an elaborate agreement between the U.S. government and Mexicos powerful Sinaloa Cartel to take down rival cartels. The explosive allegations are being made by Jesus Vicente Zambada-Niebla, known as the Sinaloa Cartels logistics coordinator. He was extradited to the Chicago last year to face federal drug charges.
(The Blaze)
posted: 8/18/12                   0       25

8/1/2012  'Pepper Spray Cop' loses his job
The infamous "Pepper Spray Cop" who attracted widespread criticism toward a California college last year is off the beat permanently, The Sacramento Bee reports. A spokesperson for the University of California-Davis, where John Pike was captured pepper-spraying a group of seated protesters last November, said Pike was no longer employed with the school as of Tuesday, but did not specify whether Pike was fired or if he resigned, citing campus privacy rules. Pike and his supervisor, campus police chief Annette Spicuzza, had been on paid administrative leave since the Nov. 18 incident. Spicuzza resigned in April, saying she did not want it to become a "defining moment" in her career. According to The Bee, Pikes 2010 salary was reportedly just over $110,000.
(The Raw Story)
posted: 8/3/12                   0       25

8/1/2012  "Anti-Occupy" law ends American's right to protest
I was stunned upon hearing a news report about a protest going on in China. Teachers, parents with their young, school-age children and pro-democracy activitists (one estimate was 90,000 people) marched in Hong Kong to government headquarters last Sunday to publicly protest a new required Patriotism class, to be taught in the school system starting in 2015. The protestors think that the effort of the Chinese government here is to brainwash their kids in favor of communism. What stunned me was that this protest, in China, against the governments upcoming policy, at the government headquarters, would not now be tolerated here in the United States of America. Thanks to almost zero media coverage, few of us know about a law passed this past March, severely limiting our right to protest. The silence may have been due to the lack of controversy in bringing the bill to law: Only three of our federal elected officials voted against the bills passage. Yes, Republicans and Democrats agreed on something almost 100%. We have lived through a number of protests, large and small, and if we are like most, we shrug because the protestors or their message is either irrelevant or objectionable to us, and does not affect us. This non-interest is the case even when some of the protestors and some of their messages are highly objectionable.
(Washington Times)
posted: 8/16/12                   0       26

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