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Kerry’s Latest Snowden Comments Are Moronic, Offensive, and Dangerous

Posted by on May 29, 2014 in Government, Politics, Whistleblower with 1 Comment
Kerry’s Latest Snowden Comments Are Moronic, Offensive, and Dangerous

US Secretary of State John Kerry is sadly mistaken in his attempt to equate “justice” with “the American state.” Defending that comparison is a losing battle

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New York Assembly Votes to Nullify Federal Marijuana Laws

Posted by on May 28, 2014 in Government, Politics with 1 Comment
New York Assembly Votes to Nullify Federal Marijuana Laws

Yesterday, the New York State Assembly passed a bill to set into motion the process for production and distribution of medical marijuana in the state, which would effectively nullify the unconstitutional federal prohibition on the same.

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Can a New Populist Movement Fight Off American Oligarchy?

Posted by on May 26, 2014 in Government, Politics with 2 Comments
Can a New Populist Movement Fight Off American Oligarchy?

At the ‘New Populism Conference’ hosted by the Campaign for America’s Future, a number of progressive thinkers and activists—not to mention Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders themselves—spoke to the idea of the “new populism” they say is desperately needed to release the nation from the stranglehold of corporate interests and a politics dominated by big money.

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Chris Hedges: Thomas Paine, Our Contemporary

Posted by on May 26, 2014 in Government, Politics with 0 Comments
Chris Hedges: Thomas Paine, Our Contemporary

Chris Hedges: Next Sunday’s event will be about Thomas Paine, the author of “Common Sense,” “The Rights of Man” and “The Age of Reason”—the most widely read political essays of the 18th century, works that established the standards by which rebellion is morally and legally permissible. We will ask whether the conditions for revolt set by Paine have been met with the rise of the corporate state.

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Marianne Williamson – Independent Congressional Candidate, CA-33,

Posted by on May 17, 2014 in Politics with 1 Comment

New York Times Bestselling Author Marianne Williamson wants to shake up Congress by becoming the House of Representatives’ only independent member. Williamson is one of over a dozen candidates seeking to replace Representative Henry Waxman (D — Calif.) when he retires in January. One way in which she sets herself apart from her competitors is by proposing a “Department of Peace” to develop non-violent alternatives to America’s problems typically addressed through use of force.

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Are the Nigerian Abductions Being Used to Expand the Western Military Footprint in Africa?

Posted by on May 13, 2014 in Government, Military, Politics with 0 Comments
Are the Nigerian Abductions Being Used to Expand the Western Military Footprint in Africa?

Western military deployment represents a continuation of a strategy that has failed in Nigeria—and it’s the latest example of the “war on terror” penetrating deep into Africa.

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Ron Paul: What Does The US Government Want in Ukraine?

Posted by on May 11, 2014 in Government, Politics with 0 Comments
Ron Paul: What Does The US Government Want in Ukraine?

Why the US government is involved in Ukraine in the first place. We are broke. We cannot even afford to fix our own economy. Yet we want to run Ukraine? Does it really matter who Ukrainians elect to represent them? Is it really a national security matter worth risking a nuclear war with Russia whether Ukraine votes for more regional autonomy and a weaker central government? Isn’t that how the United States was originally conceived?

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How Cronyism Is About To Kill Florida Micro-Breweries – Ben Swann

Posted by on May 8, 2014 in Government, Politics with 0 Comments

The Florida State Senate just passed SB 1714, a bill which was crafted and supported by Florida Wholesale Beer Association. The bill restricts how much craft breweries can sell to consumers. The way the bill is constructed micro-breweries can sell up to 2,000 kegs a year of their own brew in any size container. But if they sell more than 2, 000 kegs a year, the bill prohibits them from selling their beer in sealed cans or bottles for home consumption directly from the microbrewery

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The Six Principles of the New Populism (and the Establishment’s Nightmare)

Posted by on May 7, 2014 in Government, Politics with 1 Comment
The Six Principles of the New Populism (and the Establishment’s Nightmare)

More Americans than ever believe the economy is rigged in favor of Wall Street and big business and their enablers in Washington. We’re five years into a so-called recovery that’s been a bonanza for the rich but a bust for the middle class. “The game is rigged and the American people know that. They get it right down to their toes,” says Senator Elizabeth Warren. Which is fueling a new populism on both the left and the right. While still far apart, neo-populists on both sides are bending toward one another and against the establishment.

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Chris Hedges: We’re Losing the Last Shreds of Legal Rights to Protect Ourselves from Oligarchy

Posted by on May 5, 2014 in Agencies & Systems, Government, Politics with 0 Comments
Chris Hedges: We’re Losing the Last Shreds of Legal Rights to Protect Ourselves from Oligarchy

The U.S. Supreme Court decision to refuse to hear our case concerning Section 1021(b)(2) of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which permits the military to seize U.S. citizens and hold them indefinitely in military detention centers without due process, means that this provision will continue to be law. It means the nation has entered a post-constitutional era. It means that extraordinary rendition of U.S. citizens on U.S. soil by our government is legal. It means that the courts, like the legislative and executive branches of government, exclusively serve corporate power — one of the core definitions of fascism. It means that the internal mechanisms of state are so corrupted and subservient to corporate power that there is no hope of reform or protection for citizens under our most basic constitutional rights. It means that the consent of the governed — a poll by OpenCongress.com showed that this provision had a 98 percent disapproval rating — is a cruel joke.

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Is Elizabeth Warren the Only Person Standing Between You and Total Bank Domination?

Posted by on May 5, 2014 in Government, Politics with 0 Comments
Is Elizabeth Warren the Only Person Standing Between You and Total Bank Domination?

As Sen. Elizabeth Warren navigates the money-papered halls of Washington, she uses words like “vile” and “shameful” to describe the evildoing of bankers and corporate predators: she’s an outsider from a realm of truer American values who looks upon the upside-down goings on with outraged astonishment, frequently peppering her narrative with her favorite term for disbelief at human folly, an emphatic, “ Really?!?”

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Cold War 2.0 and the Threat of Nuclear Warfare – James Corbett

Posted by on April 20, 2014 in Government, Military, Politics with 4 Comments
Cold War 2.0 and the Threat of Nuclear Warfare – James Corbett

The rhetoric that has been spewed in recent years about nuclear disarmament is, of course, was always just that: rhetoric. The US government has never seriously considered giving up its nuclear stockpile, or even renouncing a first-use nuclear doctrine. As Dr. Yuki Tanaka of Hiroshima University explains, the Obama administration has not simply continued the aggressive Bush-era stance on America’s nuclear arsenal, but actually extended it. In reality, the Obama administration has simply reaffirmed and even extended the existing US nuclear policy allowing for a first-strike, offensive nuclear war against its enemies. Find out more about the nuclear threat in the new cold war in this week’s GRTV Backgrounder with James Corbett. TRANSCRIPT AND SOURCES: https://www.corbettreport.com/?p=9084

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Tennessee Senate Unanimously Votes to Legalize Hemp

Posted by on April 10, 2014 in Government, Politics with 0 Comments
Tennessee Senate Unanimously Votes to Legalize Hemp

Yesterday, the Tennessee state senate passed a bill which some supporters consider the strongest pro-hemp legislation in the country. House Bill 2445 (HB2445), introduced by Rep. Jeremy Faison (R-Cosby), would mandate that the state authorize the growing and production of industrial hemp within Tennessee, effectively nullifying the unconstitutional federal ban on the same.

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Rand Paul: Cheney Started Iraq War to Enrich Halliburton

Posted by on April 7, 2014 in Government, Politics with 2 Comments
Rand Paul: Cheney Started Iraq War to Enrich Halliburton

Last week, continuing the intraparty feud between Republican hawks and GOPers skeptical of foreign intervention, former Vice President Dick Cheney took a shot at Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.). But Paul is not likely to be fazed by criticism from Cheney, for several years ago the Kentucky senator was pushing the conspiratorial notion that the former VP exploited the horrific 9/11 attacks to lead the nation into war in Iraq in order to benefit Halliburton, the enormous military contractor where Cheney had once been CEO.

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5 Ways Congress Has Manipulated You With Bills That Do the Opposite Of What Their Catchy Titles Imply

Posted by on April 5, 2014 in Government, Politics with 0 Comments
5 Ways Congress Has Manipulated You With Bills That Do the Opposite Of What Their Catchy Titles Imply

Abby Martin goes over five instances of misleading legislation, including bills like the Patriot Act, Clean Air Act, No Child Left Behind, and the Healthy Forest Initiative which do almost the opposite of what their ‘catchy titles’ imply.

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