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Senator Harry Reid Announces Retirement

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) will not seek re-election, he said in an interview with The New York Times published Friday. Reid has led the Senate Democrats since 2005.

The Senator released a video announcing his retirement and thanking his constituents.

https://youtu.be/MqPWTECMIQo

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Court Accepts Doj’s ‘state Secrets’ Claim To Protect Shadowy Neocons: A New Low

COURT ACCEPTS DOJ’S ‘STATE SECRETS’ CLAIM TO PROTECT SHADOWY NEOCONS: A NEW LOW

A truly stunning debasement of the U.S. justice system just occurred through the joint efforts of the Obama Justice Department and a meek and frightened Obama-appointed federal judge, Edgardo Ramos, all in order to protect an extremist neocon front group from scrutiny and accountability. The details are crucial for understanding the magnitude of the abuse here.

Read more:
https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2015/03/26/new-low-obama-...

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White House Will End Bulk Phone Spying If Congress Lets The Patriot Act Expire (Ben Swann)

The White House will not use a legal loophole to let the National Security Agency continue collecting the phone records of millions of Americans if Congress lets the Patriot Act expire in June.

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2016 brawl breaks out on Senate floor – Paul lashes Cruz, Rubio for ‘dangerous' and ‘reckless' positions on government spending

By Manu Raju
3/26/15 5:38 PM EDT

The 2016 Republican nomination contest spilled onto the Senate floor Thursday, turning a marathon budget debate into a battle over which candidate is prepared to lead the country at a time of war.

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American and Israeli military advisors were arrested while aiding Islamic State terrorists in Iraq.

American and Israeli military advisors were arrested while aiding Islamic State terrorists in Iraq.

Iraqi counter-terrorism forces arrested four foreign military advisors from the United States and Israel who were aiding the Islamic State, Iranian Tasnim News Agency reports.
07.03.2015

ISIL is Secret American Army in Middle East – US Historian
Three of the arrested military advisors are dual citizens of the United States and Israel, while the fourth advisor is from a Persian Gulf country, Iraq’s Sarma News Agency said.

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The "Science Babe" and Marc Clair discuss GMO's, Monsanto, and mandatory vaccines on the Lions of Liberty Podcast.

In this episode of the Lions of Liberty Podcast, I welcome in Yvette Guinevere, the Science Babe! Yvette begins by describing her interest in science and how her love of pumpkin spice lattes drove her to challenge the “Food Babe” on her claims about toxins in her favorite frothy beverage. Yvette explains why she began to identify as a libertarian after working on the Obama campaign. Yvette and I look at the main issues Yvette blogs about over at SciBabe.com, including GMO’s and vaccines. We then discuss the role crony capitalism plays in scoping the public’s opinions regarding these controversial subjects, and Yvette clarifies her previous statement regarding whether vaccinations should be mandatory. As always, I have some thoughts of my own in the wrap-up rant!

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Catherine Austin-Fitts translates the latest FOMC report into English!

Now it makes perfect sense! :) Mega thanks to Catherine...

https://solari.com/blog/what-the-fed-is-really-saying-englis...

Fed comments are in GREEN. Catherine Austin Fitts’ translation follows.

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Huxley vs. Orwell, Briefly

"Contrary to common belief even among the educated, Huxley and Orwell did not prophesy the same thing. Orwell warns that we will be overcome by an externally imposed oppression. But in Huxley's vision, no Big Brother is required to deprive people of their autonomy, maturity and history. As he saw it, people will come to love their oppression, to adore the technologies that undo their capacities to think.

"What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one.

"As Huxley remarked in Brave New World Revisited, the civil libertarians and rationalists who are ever on the alert to oppose tyranny "failed to take into account man's almost infinite appetite for distractions." In 1984, Orwell added, people are controlled by inflicting pain. In Brave New World, they are controlled by inflicting pleasure. In short, Orwell feared that what we fear will ruin us. Huxley feared that what we desire will ruin us.

"When a population becomes distracted by trivia, when cultural life is redefined as a perpetual round of entertainments, when serious public conversation becomes a form of baby-talk, when, in short, a people become an audience, and their public business a vaudeville act, then a nation finds itself at risk; culture-death is a clear possibility.

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What Rand Paul’s Defense Spending Proposal Tells Us About His 2016 Strategy

By Katie Zezima | March 26, 2015

On Wednesday, Paul proposed increasing defense spending by nearly $190 billion over the next two years. The amendment was first reported by Time Magazine.

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Paul proposes that the increased money would be offset by cutting $21 billion from foreign aid -- a position he has taken before, calling for "not one penny more" to "haters of America" including China and Pakistan. Paul sees foreign aid as being closely tied to defense, as it can be used to bolster portions of foreign military programs. In 2011, he called for an end to all foreign aid, but moderated last year, proposing to freeze it at $5 billion.

He also wants to ax $14 billion from the National Science Foundation and climate change research, $10 billion from the EPA and Department of Commerce, $20 billion from the Department of Education and $41 billion from HUD.

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Which holds priority? Freedom of Speech or the Golden Rule?

Seriously Folks, I am trying hard to understand the Libertarian Principles around here and keep running into a conflict I can't quite figure out. The practice of exercising Freedom of Speech tends to rule this board yet sometimes it comes to the point of total lack of Common Courtesy and verbal crulty. When Free speech is used to this extreme does it then violate the Golden Rule Principle that so many Ron Paul Libertarians talk about here?

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I Stand With Nystrom

I have come to the conclusion, as many of you have, that we are a Republic, a Constitutional one, at that.

Being a Republic of this sort, with Article 1, Section 8, delegating the powers to the States not inferred upon the Federal gvt., we have to assume the States hold individually more power than the length of this sentence or the Federal gvt. (note I use "gvt." as opposed to the full spelling as I feel grossed-out whenever that spelling appears).

Blah.