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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.

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Wiping Out the Christians of Syria

Wiping Out the Christians of Syria and Iraq to Remap the Middle East: Prerequisite to a Clash of Civilizations?
PART I

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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:

http://thedailyfed.com/emergency-supplemental-appropriations...

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Obama: Muslims Built 'The Very Fabric of Our Nation'

On Sunday, President Obama and First Lady Michelle released a statement thanking Muslim Americans for their many “achievements and contributions… to building the very fabric of our nation and strengthening the core of our democracy.”

http://bit.ly/1pGclD2

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Bolivia Declares Israel a Terrorist State; Renounces Visa Exemption

LA PAZ: Bolivia on Wednesday renounced a visa exemption agreement with Israel in protest over its offensive in Gaza, and declared it a terrorist state.

President Evo Morales announced the move during a talk with a group of educators in the city of Cochabamba.

It "means, in other words, we are declaring (Israel) a terrorist state," he said.

The treaty has allowed Israelis to travel freely to Bolivia without a visa since 1972.

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Tech Companies Reel as NSA's Spying Tarnishes Reputations

U.S. technology companies may lose as much as $35 billion in the next three years from foreign customers choosing not to buy their products over concern they cooperate with spy programs.

By Chris Strohm | July 29, 2014
Bloomberg

U.S. technology companies are in danger of losing more business to foreign competitors if the National Security Agency’s power to spy on customers isn’t curbed, researchers with the New America Foundation said in a report today.

The report, by the foundation’s Open Technology Institute, called for prohibiting the NSA from collecting data in bulk, while letting companies report more details about what information they give the government. Senate legislation introduced today would fulfill some recommendations by the institute, a Washington-based advocacy group that has been critical of NSA programs.

Citing concerns from top executives of Microsoft Corp. (MSFT), Cisco Systems Inc. (CSCO) and other companies, the report made a case that NSA spying could damage the $150 billion industry for cloud computing services. Those services are expanding rapidly as businesses move software and data to remote servers.

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TOXIC Secret BPA Free Baby Bottles

TOXIC Secret Behind Dr. Andrew Weil BPA Free Baby Bottles

http://www.occupycorporatism.com/home/toxic-secret-behind-dr...

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“Sweet Act” Taxing Sugary Drinks

Let me start this article by saying that I highly doubt that Connecticut Congresswoman Rosa Delauro’s new legislation, which seeks to impose a penny-per teaspoon tax on high-calorie sweeteners in beverages, will pass. However, the fact that it’s even on the table is indicative of the presumption by many in our society that Americans can’t take care of themselves, and it makes me furious.

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New Emails: Lois Lerner Referred to Conservatives as '*holes' and 'TeRrorists'

New Emails: Lois Lerner Referred to Conservatives as '***holes' and 'TeRrorists'

By Susan Jones
July 30, 2014 - 11:29 AM

CNSNews.com) - A newly discovered email exchange from Lois Lerner's official IRS email account "directly demonstrates Ms. Lerner's deep animus towards conservatives, which she refers to as '---holes,'" House Ways and Means Committee Chair Dave Camp wrote in a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday.

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Options to live (or visit) outside the US

NomadScoreTM is based on all of a city's attributes, with priority given to cost of living, internet speed, weather and level of safety.

NomadCostTM is based on staying in a hostel, hotel or apartment in the center, working in a coworking space

It's a crowdsourced project. NomadCost is based on short-term staying in a hostel, hotel or apartment in the center, working in a coworking space and having a basic meal three times a day. That's the average digital nomad's lifestyle.

List of cities: http://nomadlist.io/

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The hackers who recovered NASA's lost lunar photos

Sitting incongruously among the hangars and laboratories of NASA’s Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley is the squat facade of an old McDonald’s. You won’t get a burger there, though–its cash registers and soft-serve machines have given way to old tape drives and modern computers run by a rogue team of hacker engineers who’ve rechristened the place McMoon’s. These self-described techno-archaeologists have been on a mission to recover and digitize forgotten photos taken in the ‘60s by a quintet of scuttled lunar satellites.

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Update: Leader of Scout Troop Confronted by Armed Border Patrol Speaks Out

"And for our government to take these young men and illegally search them and illegally seize and pull a weapon on these kids -- something is wrong."

"In an exclusive interview with Benswann.com, Jim Fox, the scout leader of the Mid-Iowa Boy Scout Troop 111, explained what happened earlier this month at a checkpoint along the Alaska – Canada border.

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10 Things Bitcoin Won't Tell You

By Priya Anand, MarketWatch

1. Bitcoin could be the tip of a dangerous iceberg

What is the future of money? Whether they involve jangling coins, folding bills, swiping plastic or making a few simple clicks online, most of the ways people pay each other involve banks and national currency systems. So-called virtual or cryptocurrencies offer something different: decentralized payment networks that let people transfer money without middlemen.

Of the 400 or so digital currencies in existence, bitcoin is the best-known and most mainstream. There are 13.1 million bitcoins in circulation (each worth about $600, though like other currencies they’re divisible in much smaller units). The number of bitcoin trading accounts, known as “wallets,” reached 5.3 million in June, up nearly 700% from a year earlier, and about 63,000 businesses world-wide now accept bitcoin, according to CoinDesk, which tracks digital currency prices and news.

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The Shanghai Gold Exchanges Experiences Massive Growth

China is already the world's largest gold producer and gold importer.

It seems China's goal is also to have the largest gold exchange in the world.

http://smaulgld.com/rise-shanghai-gold-exchange/

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"Congress leaves for a five-week break on Friday, and it is unclear if lawmakers will bother with anything before then."

U.S. Senate bill proposes sweeping curbs on NSA surveillance

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senator Patrick Leahy introduced legislation on Tuesday to ban the U.S. government's bulk collection of Americans' telephone records and Internet data and narrow how much information it can seek in any particular search.

The bill, which has White House backing, goes further than a version passed in May by the U.S. House of Representatives in reducing bulk collection and may be more acceptable to critics who have dismissed other versions as too weak.

Revelations last year by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden prompted President Barack Obama to ask Congress in January to rein in the bulk collection and storage of records of millions of U.S. domestic telephone calls.

Many American technology companies also have been clamoring for changes after seeing their international business suffer as foreign governments worry they might collect data and hand it over to U.S. spy agencies.

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