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Snowden Reveal Makes Israeli Spies' Protest An American Issue
by NPR Staff
Last Friday, 43 veteran and reserve members of Israel's secretive spy organization, Unit 8200, claimed they'd been directed to spy on Palestinians for coercion purposes.
The group signed an open letter of protest to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and to the head of the Israeli army, accusing the spy agency of targeting innocent Palestinians and collecting data for political purposes, not national security.
Dubbed the "refusniks," the veterans declared that they had a "moral duty" to no longer "take part in the state's actions against Palestinians."
"Believe it or not, the federal government sends free pre-rolled cannabis cigarettes to a special, but dwindling group of patients on a regular basis beginning in 1976 with Robert Randall. It all started when Robert was arrested for growing cannabis on his back deck and had to prove that this medicine was essential in to prevent his progressive loss of vision from glaucoma."
Key phrase here: "PREVENT his loss of vision."
"A variety of options are available to treat glaucoma. These include eye drops, laser procedures, and surgery. All are intended to decrease eye pressure and, thereby, protect the optic nerve."
Key phrase here: "DECREASE eye pressure..."
which DOES NOT PROTECT THE OPTIC NERVE. It merely SLOWS the progressive loss of vision. It provides an awesome income stream for the drug company and the eye doctor, as visual field testing will be performed several times a year at about $100 per test - to map the gradual loss of vision. Meanwhile, the patient will buy those drops until they die.
I devoted a career to ophthalmology, and watched helplessly as doctor after doctor prescribed drops and did surgery and patients continued to lose vision. My own father had lost a considerable portion of his visual field before he died. It is beyond frustrating to know there is a way to save the sight of these people, and the government knows it, and every ophthalmologist I worked for knows it...
Malcolm X quote that teachers should be teaching our kids.
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Our Expectation for the Economy
Over time, as our debt rises, creditors will become less enthusiastic about financing our spending. Washington's approach to this problem will probably be to print more (instead of spend less). Supply of dollars will rise.
Over time, as our economy remains lackluster, foreign investment in our assets will decline - as will demand for dollars (in which those assets are denominated).
Bottom line: increased supply and decreased demand will bring severe devaluation to the USD.
I am planning a gift of precious metals to someone important. I do not want them (necessarily) to sell the precious metals now (with the values relatively low).
Who are we?
A post from the 2007 DP prompted me to post this response now, in the last quarter of 2014.
So, who are we?
We are activists. We were born of activism. We are Conspiracy Theorists. We have been CT since at least 1963 or since we were old enough to question things that didn't add up.
We are Truthers, we are preppers, and we are Constitutionalists. Since 9/11 we have learned that we need to be all of these things as, at the very least, America's long term future looks for the first time to be unsteady. Notwithstanding, of course, the might of the Bush-Clinton-Bush-Obama new world order WAR machine and it's propensity to force democracy across the globe through the barrel of a gun. (The same WAR machines we now see in our towns pointing out the bogeymen among us but, I digress.)
We are happiness seekers. We pursue happiness. We seek to make a better life for our children. We STILL do that and that is who "we" are.
We are Christians, Atheists, Zionists and Anti-Zionists. We are Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, and of the Indian sub-continent. We have always held these beliefs and we have always figured out a way to peacefully co-eXist.
We are White, we are Black, we are Asian, we are Hispanic, we are Native American, and we are everything in between and all-encompassing.
I spend a lot of time in various libraries, and every year comes Banned Book Week. It is a time where libraries bring contended, restricted, and challenged reading material as much attention as possible.
While the outright banning of books doesn’t happen in America the way it does in some countries, there are still challenges publishers can face in getting books on shelves of public libraries.
Banning and challenging material is not a thing of the past; it is something that still occurs on a regular basis today. Often times books are challenged in the sense that people want certain scenes or words removed. Various groups have requested that the word “nigger” be removed from Huck Finn in the past for example.
Ira Freeman gave us a post about restricted material and ways that some books are kept hidden from the public here.
More here on Banned book week
April of 2013, I thought silver price had reached its lowest point. Mr. Nystrom predicted last April that the price would drop to $18 within the next year. It has bounced around close to that, but finally broke below $18 today. On April 15, 2013, here is what I posted in response to his prediction:
I say we will see $30 silver before we see $18 silver. In my opinion, today is the capitulation everyone was anticipating. If so, the bottom will be at or near what we are seeing today. So, what do you say...If silver reaches $30 you can send me one ASE. If silver reaches $18, I'll send you 30 FRNs.
Obviously, I have been very wrong. Even though Mr. Nystrom didn't take me up on my wager, I am sending today a $30 donation to the Daily Paul.
Author and advocate for freedom and Unschooling, Dayna Martin, will share her experience raising four children without the institution of school and the traditional authoritarian parenting paradigm of training children. She will discuss how children can learn to read and write without force or coercion, easily. She will also share how to facilitate your children's learning, based on their interests. A side effect of respecting children in their autonomy, is that they learn to respect others in theirs. Children learn what they live and you will experience the power of these words like never before!
I've read the posts here about being exhausted and not having the will to fight any longer. I too am tired. Very very tired. I've served with the Army Rangers, and I've fought both my battles and my personal demons. I've lost friends, and loved ones. I've won some battles, and lost many more. And come to realize that sometimes even when you "win" you lose, and that you can be "dead" right.
Why No US Sanctions Against State Sponsors of ISIS: Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey?
Media organizations across the Western World have for years reported a flow of cash, weapons, equipment and fighters from America’s allies in the Persian Gulf as well as … NATO member Turkey, and into the conflict raging within Syria’s borders. … no sanctions have as of yet been leveled against the overt sponsors of militancy and, in fact, terrorism in Syria. … state-sponsored terrorism … as a limited proxy war against Syria has transformed into an immense regional army with tens of thousands of paid soldiers requiring millions of dollars a day to operate across multiple borders and confounding the forces of Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon combined.
ISIS is State-Sponsored, So Why Aren’t These States Being Sanctioned? … ISIS or ISIL, are the benefactors of vast state-sponsorship and yet the West has not identified nor condemned these sponsors, let alone move toward leveling sanctions …
News articles by prominent British and American news outlets like the Daily Beast’s “America’s Allies Are Funding ISIS,” the London Telegraph’s “How ISIL is funded, trained and operating in Iraq and Syria,” and the Daily Mail’s “Cameron tells European leaders to ‘be good to their word’ and stop funding ISIS with ransom payments,” give explanations ranging from outright admissions that Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan, and Turkey are directly arming, funding, aiding and abetting ISIS, to … immense money laundering …
Systematic Hypocrisy Undermines Legitimacy
American and European hypocrisy so stark undermines the legitimacy … Beyond sanctions, the West’s presence across the Middle East has had a negative impact on public perception ….
There is so much that I want to say and it is important. This is the path that I have taken off the Federal Reserve counterfeit dollars and back to real money. The gold dollars. We don't need to use the Federal Reserve Notes anymore. Be patient with my writing and I will walk you through it.