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Urban Farming Guys Sustainable Communities

Merry Christmas, DP! A very inspiring urban farming community transformation project!

~Peace and Love

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China To Launch Yuan Swap Trading With Russian Rubles On Monday

The world was slow to wake up to the new reality in which China is now the de facto IMF sovereign backstop, as Zero Hedge described two weeks ago in "China Prepares To Bailout Russia" when we noted that a PBOC swap-line was meant to reduce the role of the US dollar if China and Russia need to help each other overcome a liquidity squeeze, something we first noted over two months ago in "China, Russia Sign CNY150 Billion Local-Currency Swap As Plunging Oil Prices Sting Putin."

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Sense Offense: Hold Politicians Accountable

It seems judging by the comments on some sites that people are not understanding the point I was trying to make about the cause of the increased violence involving police (links to the articles at end of this article). To further clarify my point, I will be using one of my favorite action movies that has a good philosophical plot. The movie is called Equilibrium (trailer in this article as Video 3).

If you have not seen the movie, I suggest you watch it. Also, be warned I will be referring to the movie through out this article.

The Movie
Equilibrium's setting starts out in 2072 in Libria after World War III where much of the world is destroyed. Mans emotion is to blame for violence that caused World War III. In the new society, the freedom to feel is illegal. Everybody must comply with the state and everybody is required to take a drug called "Prozium" that numbs them from feeling any emotion and encourages obedience. Libria is governed by the Tetragrammaton Council which is led by "Father" and everyone must honor Father's wishes. Having any item like a record player, a lava lamp, or a colorful ribbon is illegal and is considered a sign of emotion or a failure to take their Prozium.

John Preston is a high-ranking "Cleric". A Cleric is equivalent to a police officer or investigator. His job is to seek out sense offenders and turn them into the Tetragrammaton Council for "processing" (death). In the beginning of the movie, John Preston's partner, Errol Partridge, was caught with a book and Preston executes him himself. The last words Partridge says to Preston while confessing his guilt for serving the state and acknowledging the consequences of his emotion is that it's a "heavy cost" and "I pay it gladly". (refer to video 1)

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Medical Kidnapping? South Dakota Couple's Children Taken

A South Dakota couple – Molly Bowling and Michael Becker – is preparing for a Christmas without their three children—who are now in the state’s custody. The two took their 2-month-old son Creedance to the ER when he began crying uncontrollably and his tongue appeared to be cut – they had no idea how the injury had occurred. They were told Creedance needed to stay at the hospital overnight. Mike Becker asked for a lawyer and their other two children were taken by Child Protective Services.

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Who Was Naughty or Nice in 2014? Find Out on the Lions of Liberty Holiday Special!

In this episode of the Lions of Liberty Podcast, I welcome in the Libertarians in Living Rooms Drinking Liquor for our 2nd annual Holiday Special! I am joined by Brian McWilliams, John Odermatt, Howie Snowdon and the debuting Rico to hand out our Lions of Liberty Naughty or Nice Awards for 2014 over a few adult beverages. The crew discuss Rand Paul, Barack Obama, the Sony / Interview hacking, Cliven Bundy, Darren Wilson and so much, much more! Grab your egg nog and gather the whole family around for this look back at the year in liberty!

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Legal recreational pot in Colorado: a year in review

Last week, Oklahoma and Nebraska sued Colorado, hoping the U.S. Supreme Court will rule that legalized recreational marijuana is unconstitutional due to its impact on neighboring states.

Colorado is marking one year since it became the first state to allow recreational pot. It was a year of highs and lows, as Colorado sought to figure out exactly how it should work, reports CBS News correspondent Barry Petersen.

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The Net Is Mightier Than The Sword - James Corbett at TEDxGroningen

Since the rise of the internet people have changed from mere audiences into authors and editors. With pieces of technology small enough to fit the whole world into your pocket, a revolution might be on its way. The net is now mightier than the sword. This presentation was delivered at the TEDxGroningen conference in the Netherlands on November 20, 2014.

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New Book from Rand Paul: 'Taking a Stand: Moving Beyond Partisan Politics to Unite America' - June, 2015


Taking a Stand: Moving Beyond Partisan Politics to Unite America

In AMERICA IS OURS, Senator Paul is calling for changes in the Republican Party and American politics in order for us to make America ours again. Our immigration system is broken. Entitlements are in the red. Healthcare is a mess. We've overextended our resources in both our foreign policy and domestic policies and America is less safe for it. Real reform will mean less of the politics-as-usual Americans have grown tired of. It will mean imaginative, fresh solutions rooted in personal responsibility, individual liberty, and the original values that made this country great.

Senator Paul will address hot button issues in such chapters as:

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The NSA's gift is a list of all the times it wrongly spied on you

If you want to release something no one will pay attention to, what time's better than Christmas Eve? At least, that appeared to be the National Security Agency's thinking. Last night, the NSA released reports detailing all the times they've illegally spied on American citizens.

The heavily-redacted documents were released in response to a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union under the Freedom of Information Act. Many of these privacy violations have been previously reported on, but these documents show new specifics. A series of annual and quarterly reports from 2001 through the second quarter of 2013 are now available for perusal, and they cover some of the NSA's greatest hits: stalking potential romantic partners, a practice apparently so common it's been nicknamed LOVEINT; erroneously targeting US citizens for spying; database queries that returned queries on US citizens who weren't targeted; storage of data on servers "not authorized" to hold it; and access by people without security clearance to — well, to something; the specifics were redacted.