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13 votes

The Anti-Pot Lobby's Big Bankroll: The Real Reason Pot Is Still Illegal

Snip from a long article in The Nation:

People in the United States, a country in which painkillers are routinely overprescribed, now consume more than 84 percent of the entire worldwide supply of oxycodone and almost 100 percent of hydrocodone opioids. In Kentucky, to take just one example, about one in fourteen people is misusing prescription painkillers, and nearly 1,000 Kentucky residents are dying every year.

So it’s more than a little odd that [the Community Anti-Drug Coalition of America] CADCA and the other groups leading the fight against relaxing marijuana laws, including the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids (formerly the Partnership for a Drug-Free America), derive a significant portion of their budget from opioid manufacturers and other pharmaceutical companies. According to critics, this funding has shaped the organization’s policy goals: CADCA takes a softer approach toward prescription-drug abuse, limiting its advocacy to a call for more educational programs, and has failed to join the efforts to change prescription guidelines in order to curb abuse. In contrast, CADCA and the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids have adopted a hard-line approach to marijuana, opposing even limited legalization and supporting increased police powers.

A close look at the broader political coalition lobbying against marijuana-law reform reveals many such conflicts of interest. In fact, the CADCA event was attended by representatives of a familiar confederation of anti-pot interests, many of whom have a financial stake in the status quo, including law enforcement agencies, pharmaceutical firms, and nonprofits funded by federal drug-prevention grants.

22 votes

"Eating healthy is expensive"- For me its been waaaaay cheaper. What tricks do you have to save?

On another thread people were talking about how eating healthy is expensive. But for me, its been a lot less expensive.

Proteins and fats: Eggs, chicken, beef/pork.

Carbs: Quinoa, Sweet potatoes, carrots, apples.

Suppliments: Protein powder, nutrabulk for multi vitamin and EFAs, D3

Has all been much less expensive than when we were SAD. (Standard American Diet)

What are your tricks to saving money when it comes to food?


18 votes

The Walters' Animals

Some time back there was a thread where people posted pics of their pets, but at the time, I didn't participate. After looking through some pics tonight, I'm feeling a little sentimental and thought I might post a few.

Rhea (Border Collie/German Shepherd mix) - My best friend. Day or night, she'll catch that frisbee.

18 votes

There Was Emotion in the Tone of His Voice... Can You Hear It?

As it turns out,

some people do learn, and early :

39 votes

VINDICATED! Truth Prevails! Jesse Ventura wins Defamation Suit vs Late SEAL Sniper Chris Kyle - July 29, 2014

Jesse Ventura Wins $1.8M in Defamation Lawsuit

Updated: 07/29/2014 1:39 PM
Created: 07/29/2014 5:48 AM
By: Megan Matthews

Jesse Ventura has won the defamation case against "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle.

23 votes

This 16 year old girl is Tweeting from Gaza, under the bombs.

"Guess what" (@Farah_Gazan)

‏طريق واحد يمر من فوهة البندقية


25 votes

NEW MH17 SENSATION: German experts point finger at Ukrainian air-force jets.

Surface to air missile attack ruled out as calibre of cockpit bullet holes puts Ukraine pilots in the frame for MH17 murders
This is what a German pilot-cum-air technology expert Peter Haisenko has just published on the subject of the MH17 disaster (my emphases):

‘The misfortune of the Malaysian MH 017 is known to all. The flight
recorder is in England and is being evaluated. What can come of this?
May be more than you want to accept….if you look at the image of
Cockpit-Fragments, this picture is certainly shocking.

28 votes

I'm back, and my mind is right.

I feel like I've been gone for a year or more, but it has only been a few months. I've rested, found a new job, and found some new hobbies. With all that said, I've missed the Daily Paul and I could never escape thinking about it, especially with everything going on in the world. This is my extended family, and I am grateful to be a member. I just hope I haven't lost my groove here. ;) thanks again Michael for giving me a home here and thank you all for being so kind to me. :)

21 votes

The Federal Marijuana Ban Is Rooted in Myth and Xenophobia

This is all common knowledge to those who've read, The Emperor Wears No Clothes

An ad for the 1930s film "Marihuana." Credit National Library of Medicine

By Brent Staples | July 29, 2014
The New York Times

The federal law that makes possession of marijuana a crime has its origins in legislation that was passed in an atmosphere of hysteria during the 1930s and that was firmly rooted in prejudices against Mexican immigrants and African-Americans, who were associated with marijuana use at the time. This racially freighted history lives on in current federal policy, which is so driven by myth and propaganda that is it almost impervious to reason.

22 votes

Jon Stewart Video - US Blowback

Great video about the middle east and how the US has been meddling in it. Jump to 30 seconds in where it gets started:

11 votes

Emergency Supplemental Appropriations

I was looking through the Library of Congress, and I saw the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act. I thought I would do what I do best, and I pulled a line by line spending that they are now proposing. Although, the media may be reporting that the Senate voted on the bill, they only voted on a Cloture Motion on the bill, so it hasn't passed yet.

You can read the bill here: