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22 votes

Putin reopened the "Gold Window". And he didn't ask anybody for permission.

Grandmaster Putin's Golden Trap

In 1971, US President Richard Nixon closed the 'gold window', ending the free exchange of dollars for gold, guaranteed by the US in 1944 at Bretton Woods.

In 2014, Russian President Vladimir Putin has reopened the 'gold window', without asking Washington's permission.

20 votes

Woody Harrelson: 'I'm an anarchist'

NEW YORK — Give Woody Harrelson a piece of yarn, and he'll knit you a full-on, multicolored sweater. Here's his take on playing crafty mentor Haymitch Abernathy sober, as opposed to falling-down drunk in the past two Hunger Games films.

"I wanted to give him a little more of a tortured expression: Jesus Christ, sobriety! Honestly, when I was first playing him — I will generally go over the top if allowed," says Harrelson, who credits directorial restraint for his more muted performance in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 (opens today in select cities and Friday nationwide). "A guy who's an alcoholic, a lot of times you have no idea they're drunk."

One heavy drinker of Harrelson's acquaintance, "he was big on grapefruit and vodka, with very little grapefruit. He could carry the thing and never spill a drop. He was so functional. It was impressive. He has since passed. He was a good character."

4 votes

$200 million into a "shovel ready" renovation of a federal building?

I live about a half mile from this building. It's smack between our major airport and the Mississippi River. They won't let the reporter get very far in the building even after the reporter had spent over a month getting permission to film inside the building.

http://www.myfoxtwincities.com/story/27459062/investigators-...

The reporter is from our major fox affiliate and got shut down.

What the hell could cost 200 million bucks that we can't know about?

9 votes

If history repeats itself, Cosby’s legacy will be fine and his accusers forgotten

Even in the cases where the male celebrity actually went to jail? When they were actually convicted of a crime? It rarely affects their career or legacy.

Mike Tyson went to jail for raping Desiree Washington.

Tupac Shakur spent time in jail for orchestrating the gang rape of Ayanna Jackson.

Peter Yarrow, of Peter, Paul and Mary spent three months in jail for taking “sexual liberties” with a 14 year-old girl. He was later given an official Presidential pardon by Jimmy Carter!

Roman Polanski plead down to “unlawful sexual intercourse” with the then 13 year-old Samantha Geimer at the home of of Jack Nicholson and Anjelica Huston. He never went to jail, but he sure did win an Oscar, and pretty much every celebrity you know and love has come forward to defend him. By the way, he was also accused of sexually assaulting then 16 year-old English actress Charlotte Lewis.

3 votes

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel To Step Down!

http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/first-read/defense-secretary...

Whoa...

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is stepping down amid criticism of the president’s national security team on a series of global issues, including the threat posed by the militant group known as ISIS.

Senior defense officials confirmed to NBC News Monday that Hagel was forced to resign.

The officials say the White House has lost confidence in Hagel to carry out his role at the Pentagon. According to one senior official, “He wasn’t up to the job."

10 votes

Chuck Hagel submits Letter of Resignation

Washington (CNN) -- Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will step down from his position, a senior administration official confirmed to CNN Monday.

The White House announced that Obama will make a personnel announcement from the White House State Dining Room at 11:10 a.m. The New York Times reported Monday morning that Obama asked Hagel to step down last Friday, seeking to reassure critics of the President's foreign policy with the move.

http://www.cnn.com/2014/11/24/politics/defense-secretary-hag...

3 votes

Monkey Economy

An enlightening video about Monkey Economics.
I couldn't stop laughing

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8449HgS3FM

http://www.anderson.ucla.edu/faculty/keith.chen/articles/NYT...

30 votes

Reddit: Retired soldiers describe what they saw and experienced and never told anyone

Just a warning. This is absolutely heartbreaking.

5000+ comments so far.
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AskReddit:

[SERIOUS] Retired soldiers on Reddit: What was something that you saw or experienced that you never shared with anyone?

Also veterans, thank you for your service and dedication to this country. If you were in a different country's military, you'll still have my respect for doing serving your country.
Edit: I live in America, for clarification.
Edit: Wow thanks for the gold whoever it was.

47 votes

SNL: Obama Shoves The Schoolhouse Rock Bill Down The Capitol Steps

A bill (Kenan Thompson) and an executive order (Bobby Moynihan) explain how government really works with a little help from President Obama (Jay Pharaoh).

http://youtu.be/JUDSeb2zHQ0

Original cartoon they are making fun of:

http://youtu.be/tyeJ55o3El0

13 votes

Every President’s Executive Orders In One Chart

NOV 20 By DHRUMIL MEHTA

President Obama is due to announce an executive action Thursday, one that will change the legal status of millions of immigrants and is likely to be remembered as a major effort to change the country’s immigration system. The action would reportedly allow up to 4 million undocumented immigrants legal work status, and an additional 1 million protection from deportation. It would be one of the most wide-reaching executive actions in history.

4 votes

Republicans Take to Social Media Over Obama's Executive Order

Republicans have spent the past few days busily issuing statements and furiously tweeting and updating their facebook status denouncing Obama's executive action on immigration reform.

Any one think it will amount to anything more than that? (other than a few more rants on Fox by Republican politicians)

Seems to me like pro wrestling without the wrestling.

https://smaulgld.com/obamas-immigration-executive-order/

20 votes

Direct link to voting for Rand Paul in Time's 2014 Person of the Year poll

http://time.com/3562179/time-person-of-the-year-poll/vote/31/

In the latest update, he trailed Obama, Elizabeth Warren, and Hillary Clinton.

7 votes

Marijuana kills brain cancer

I lost my mom to aggressive brain cancer in May of 2011.

"Marijuana kills cancer cells in proportion to its dose and duration of treatment, researchers found, and whole plant cannabis rich in THC was more efficacious than pure, lab-grade THC alone.
Read more at http://libertycrier.com/marijuana-kills-brain-cancer-new-stu...

6 votes

Private Military Contractors Hired To Move Guns And Gold Out Of Ferguson

Private Military Contractors Hired To Move Guns And Gold Out Of Ferguson

Gun shops hiring private military contractors to escort transport of guns to secure locations

By Claire Ward
November 21, 2014 | 6:40 pm

Business owners in the St. Louis, Missouri area have hired private military contractors to transport guns and gold, fearing their shops will be targeted by looters if a grand jury does not indict Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown in the St. Louis County suburb of Ferguson.

12 votes

While America Looks The Other Way: Obama secretly extends US combat operation in Afghanistan

While America Looks The Other Way: Obama secretly extends US combat operation in Afghanistan

November 22, 2014

President Barack Obama has secretly signed an order that expands the United States’ direct combat role in Afghanistan throughout 2015, the New York Times reported.

Signed over the last few weeks, the secret order permits American forces to continue to battle the Taliban and other militants that pose a threat to either the Afghan government or US personnel. According to the Times, US jets, bombers, and drones will be able to aid ground troops – be they Afghan or US forces – in whatever mission they undertake.

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