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12 votes

Vermont Quits War on Drugs to Treat Heroin Abuse as Health Issue

By Josh Eidelson | August 21, 2014
BusinessWeek

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin devoted his entire State of the State address in January to what he called Vermont’s “full-blown heroin crisis.” Since 2000, he said, the state had seen a 250 percent increase in addicts receiving treatment. The courts were swamped with heroin-related cases. In 2013 the number of people charged with heroin trafficking in federal court in Vermont increased 135 percent from the year before, according to federal records.

Shumlin, a Democrat, urged the legislature to approve a new set of drug policies that go beyond the never-ending cat-and-mouse between cops and dealers. Along with a crackdown on traffickers, he proposed rigorous addiction prevention programs in schools and doctors’ offices, as well as more rehabilitation options for addicts. “We must address it as a public health crisis,” Shumlin said, “providing treatment and support rather than simply doling out punishment, claiming victory, and moving on to our next conviction.”

Vermont has passed a battery of reforms that have turned the tiny state of about 627,000 people into a national proving ground for a less punitive approach to getting hard drugs under control. Under policies now in effect or soon to take hold, people caught using or in possession of heroin will be offered the chance to avoid prosecution by enrolling in treatment. Addicts, including some prisoners, will have greater access to synthetic heroin substitutes to help them reduce their dependency on illegal narcotics or kick the habit.

26 votes

Missouri Oath Keepers Warn Governor Nixon in Open Letter

Governor Nixon:

The events in Ferguson have shown us daily that the looting and violence by a few is not being stopped, while the right of the people to peaceably assemble and petition government for redress of grievances is not being respected. The current riot control tactics of the local police, rooted in outmoded techniques developed in the 1950’s – and only made worse by the ongoing militarization of our police – are failing the people of Ferguson, giving them a false choice between rampant looting on the one hand, and hyper-militarized police and curfews on the other (which also fail to stop the looting, leaving the mistaken impression among many of the American people that even more militarization and curtailment of free speech and assembly is needed). Our local boots on the ground, made up of retired police officers, military veterans, and intelligence workers (with critical input from current serving Missouri police officers) have answers that could provide the people of Ferguson the relief they need and deserve while respecting their rights. It is time to change a losing game.

11 votes

No Humans Allowed

"With so called “public lands” a balance must be struck between the people who mix their efforts with the land to produce wealth, and “sustainability” concerns. Just because someone in Washington DC decides that a pretty piece of land should be devoid of human impact doesn’t mean that the state suddenly has the moral authority to kick people out."
http://www.againstcronycapitalism.org/2014/08/feds-shut-down...

14 votes

US/NATO Troops Suffer Huge Defeat in E. Ukraine

After sustained defensive combat against Ukrainian troops in the self-proclaimed People’s Republic of Donetsk during August, rebels are now reporting of entrapping two large groups of Kiev troops and seizing military hardware in a counteroffensive.

The main headquarters of the DPR army has made a decision to stop operations in small groups and form full-bodied independent military units, the anti-Kiev forces say in a summary of their operations filed on Sunday.

Continue:
http://rt.com/news/182404-donetsk-forces-trap-hardware/#.U_p...

26 votes

Jerry Seinfeld - paper money is a scam

I watched these 'out-takes' from Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. It's a brief segment of Jerry and a few of his guests talking about money (or currency).

Jerry seems extremely close to figuring out the huge ponzie scheme that is our Federal Reserve system.

http://comediansincarsgettingcoffee.com/single-shots/louis-c...

12 votes

HAHAHAHA... watch this, How We Fight & Win

Going through the Free Keene stuff bcs of boredom, this is what happens when you have no TV, I came across this video, I laughed my socks off, these poor coppers were left with one cop car... check it out.


http://youtu.be/FZmivupHksU

When following the 2012 Ron Paul election campaign it dawned on me that the sheep only come out on mass for big elections, that is why the delegate stragedy was so successful until the elite had no choice but to cheat.

8 votes

The Collateral Children

THE COLLATERAL CHILDREN by Gideon Levy

"After the first child, nobody batted an eye; after the 50th not even a slight tremor was felt in a plane’s wing; after the 100th, they stopped counting; after the 200th, they blamed Hamas. After the 300th child they blamed the parents. After the 400th child, they invented excuses; after (the first) 478 children nobody cares.

Then came our first child and Israel went into shock. And indeed, the heart weeps at the picture of 4-year-old Daniel Tragerman, killed Friday evening in his home in Sha’ar Hanegev. A beautiful child, who once had his picture taken in an Argentinean soccer team shirt, blue and white, number 10. And whose heart would not be broken at the sight of this photo, and who would not weep at how he was criminally killed. “Hey Leo Messi, look at that boy,” a Facebook post read, “you were his hero.”

7 votes

"If you don't study History"

If you don't study History
You'll be bound to repeat it

Like if you never hear a warning
You cannot ever heed it

There are those who fear History
And try to delete it

By burning books and telling lies
that, "evil was defeated"

But those who would burn History
Would be bound to re-heat it

Like dough burned in the oven
They would be bound to re-kneed it

So I leave one final warning
If you're still here to read it

'If you don't EAT History
You'll be bound to FEED it'

17 votes

Rand Paul: Dems afraid I'll run in 2016

By LUCY MCCALMONT | 8/24/14 | Politico

Sen. Rand Paul says Democrats are afraid his stance on war and foreign policy would attract independents and "even some Democrats" if he were to run against Hillary Clinton for president in 2016.

“I think the American public is coming more and more to where I am and that those people, like Hillary Clinton, who — she fought her own war, 'Hillary’s war,' you know?" Paul said in an interview that aired Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press."

17 votes

Tinnitus

Anybody else with tinnitis ever found anything that seems to help in any way at all?

It's been getting pretty bad in the last year. I have it bad 24/7, and man is it annoying at times. More noise is about the only thing that seems to push it to the background and make it not so prominent.

But when there's no background noise at all it can drive you insane.

It sounds like someone stuck an old tube TV in my head.

Maybe this thread might help some others of us here that suffer from it as well.

11 votes

Rand Paul Calls Hillary Clinton A 'War Hawk'

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Calling Hillary Rodham Clinton "a war hawk," Sen. Rand Paul says that if the former secretary of state seeks the presidency, some voters will worry that she will get the U.S. involved in another Mideast war.

Paul is a leading anti-interventionist in the GOP and is considering running for president. Last year he opposed President Barack Obama's call for military action in Syria.