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Saudi Arabia FASCIST royal family are NSA partners

The NSA’s New Partner in Spying: Saudi Arabia’s Brutal State Police

We already know that Israel is NSA partner, with spying data about American citizen shared with Mossad. And since Saudi Royal family is joined @ the hips with Mossad, it should come as no surprise that partnership dirt extends there as well.

14 votes

NY Times Calls on Feds to Legalize Marijuana in Sunday Editorial

By the New York Times Editorial Board:

It took 13 years for the United States to come to its senses and end Prohibition, 13 years in which people kept drinking, otherwise law-abiding citizens became criminals and crime syndicates arose and flourished. It has been more than 40 years since Congress passed the current ban on marijuana, inflicting great harm on society just to prohibit a substance far less dangerous than alcohol.

The federal government should repeal the ban on marijuana.

We reached that conclusion after a great deal of discussion among the members of The Times’s Editorial Board, inspired by a rapidly growing movement among the states to reform marijuana laws.

8 votes

In 1983, 50 companies owned 90 percent of the media consumed by Americans. By 2012, it was just six.

by James B. Stewart | July 25, 2014

The much-admired Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black may be rolling in his grave at the prospect of a merger between 21st Century Fox and Time Warner Inc., which would reduce control of the major Hollywood studios to five owners, from six, and major television producers to four, from five.

“The widest possible dissemination of information from diverse and antagonistic sources is essential to the welfare of the public,” he wrote in the majority opinion that decided a 1945 antitrust case involving major newspaper publishers and The Associated Press. “The First Amendment affords not the slightest support for the contention that a combination to restrain trade in news and views has any constitutional immunity.”

The deals would allow BSkyB to offer premium sports and movie services to roughly 20 million customers from Ireland to Italy.DealBook: BSkyB to Buy Italian and German Units of Murdoch’s 21st Century FoxJULY 25, 2014

23 votes

USA: The Leader of the Unfree World

Mass incarceration, perhaps the greatest social crisis in modern American history, is without parallel on a global scale.

by Matt Ford | July 23, 2014
The Atlantic

On Friday, the U.S. Sentencing Commission voted unanimously to allow nearly 50,000 nonviolent federal drug offenders to seek lower sentences. The commission's decision retroactively applied an earlier change in sentencing guidelines to now cover roughly half of those serving federal drug sentences. Endorsed by both the Department of Justice and prison-reform advocates, the move is a significant step forward—though in a global context, still modest—in reversing decades of mass incarceration.

How large is America's prison problem? More than 2.4 million people are behind bars in the United States today, either awaiting trial or serving a sentence. That's more than the combined population of 15 states, all but three U.S. cities, and the U.S. armed forces. They're scattered throughout a constellation of 102 federal prisons, 1,719 state prisons, 2,259 juvenile facilities, 3,283 local jails, and many more military, immigration, territorial, and Indian Country facilities.

20 votes

John Stossel: Why are we giving the police so much power?

By John Stossel | July 24, 2014

Snip:

...Washington Post reporter Radley Balko points out that they’ve used SWAT teams to raid such threatening haunts as truck stops with video poker machines, unlicensed barber shops and a frat house where underage drinking was reported.

In New York City, these men in black raided standup comedian Joe Lipari’s apartment.

“I had bad customer service at the Apple Store,” Lipari told me in an interview for my upcoming TV special “Policing America.” “So I bitched about it on Facebook. I thought I was funny. I quoted ‘Fight Club,’” the 1999 movie about bored yuppies who attack parts of consumer culture they hate.

“People (on Facebook) were immediately responding that it was obviously from ‘Fight Club,’” says Lipari. “It was a good time, until 90 minutes later, a SWAT team knocked on my door. Everyone’s got their guns drawn.”

It took only that long for authorities to deem Lipari a threat and authorize a raid by a dozen armed men. Yet, says Lipari, “if they took 90 seconds to Google me, they would have seen I’m teaching a yoga class in an hour, that I had a comedy show.”

6 votes

The time the United States blew up a passenger plane—and tried to cover it up.

America’s Flight 17 | Slate
By Fred Kaplan

[Photo by Josn Oscar Sosa/U.S. Federal Government: Secretary of Defense Frank Carlucci answers questions from the press regarding the downing of Iran Air Flight 655 at the Pentagon on Aug. 19, 1988.]

Fury and frustration still mount over the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, and justly so. But before accusing Russian President Vladimir Putin of war crimes or dismissing the entire episode as a tragic fluke, it’s worth looking back at another doomed passenger plane—Iran Air Flight 655—shot down on July 3, 1988, not by some scruffy rebel on contested soil but by a U.S. Navy captain in command of an Aegis-class cruiser called the Vincennes.

A quarter-century later, the Vincennes is almost completely forgotten, but it still ranks as the world’s seventh deadliest air disaster (Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 is the sixth) and one of the Pentagon’s most inexcusable disgraces.

In several ways, the two calamities are similar. The Malaysian Boeing 777 wandered into a messy civil war in eastern Ukraine, near the Russian border; the Iranian Airbus A300 wandered into a naval skirmish—one of many clashes in the ongoing “Tanker War” (another forgotten conflict)—in the Strait of Hormuz. The likely pro-Russia rebel thought that he was shooting at a Ukrainian military-transport plane; the U.S. Navy captain, Will Rogers III, mistook the Airbus for an F-14 fighter jet. The Russian SA-11 surface-to-air missile that downed the Malaysian plane killed 298 passengers, including 80 children; the American SM-2 surface-to-air missile that downed the Iranian plane killed 290 passengers, including 66 children.

4 votes

Ron Paul: Wealth Inequality and Pitchforks

From VoicesofLiberty.com:

Updated July 23, 2014 - Some wealthy Americans and “conservative” economists are expressing concern for the worsening wealth disparity. Most people know that the “rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer.”

Political concerns, moral considerations, guilt, and economic ignorance have prompted defenders and detractors of our current system to mislabel it as free market capitalism.

4 votes

Doctor shoots armed patient in "gun free" Philly hospital

"Psychiatrist Lee Silverman worked in a gun-free hospital, but pulled out a gun in his desk to subdue an armed patient, who had just shot [murdered] his caseworker. The case renews the issue: Should doctors and teachers be armed?"

"As police prepare murder charges against the wounded patient, focus is shifting to the gun-toting psychiatrist who stopped the mayhem, likely saving other lives."

http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/2014/0725/Doctor-shoots-armed-p...

13 votes

New Silver Manipulation Lawsuit Against the Bullion Banks

(Reuters) - Silver bullion banks Deutsche Bank, Bank of Nova Scotia and HSBC have been accused of manipulating prices in the multi-billion dollar market in a lawsuit filed on Friday.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/07/25/us-silver-fix-laws...

4 votes

VT Senator Wants To Put The Socialism Into Social Security

I just saw this idiocy on Facebook yesterday and it was so beyond aggravating that I had to share it in today’s Roar and vent a bit. From an image that Rep. Bernie Sanders posted, which has over 50,000 likes.

Today, a CEO making $50 million a year pays the same amount into Social Security as someone earning $117,000.

If we lifted the cap and applied the Social Security payroll tax on income above $250,000 we could extend the solvency of Social Security another 47 years. And that's exactly what my legislation does."
- Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT)

3 votes

Why Bitcoin Merchant Adoption Is Driving the Bitcoin Price Down

From Economic Policy Journal:

"I have made this point several times: The more merchants that start using Bitcoin, the more downward pressure will occur on the price of bitcoins, since merchants who receive bitcoins are not holding on to them but selling them immediately.

The Bitcoin price has now broken below $600. Here is Smaulgld, earlier this year when Bitcoin was at $650, discussing the declining Bitcoin price since Overstock started accepting it as a form of payment:

25 votes

Rand Paul's Quiet Weed Overture

He’s carving out marijuana policy as an area of leadership, and that has some activists very, very excited.

By Lucia Graves | July 25, 2014
National Journal

If he runs for president, Sen. Rand Paul will not be your typical Republican candidate. On Thursday the Kentucky senator filed yet another amendment protecting the states that have implemented medical-marijuana laws—as well as the patients and doctors acting in accordance with them—from federal prosecution.

The amendment, attached to the "Bring Jobs Home Act," would allow states to "enact and implement laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession, or cultivation of marijuana for medical use" without threat of federal interference. The measure would also protect patients in places where medical marijuana is legal (23 states and the District of Columbia) from prosecution for violating federal marijuana laws.

Paul, who is widely believed to be eyeing the presidency, introduced a separate measure in June to stop the Drug Enforcement Administration from using federal funds to go after medical-marijuana operations that are legal under state law. A similar version of the amendment introduced by Reps. Dana Rohrabacher and Sam Farr easily passed the lower chamber in May, underscoring marijuana's growing national acceptance.

5 votes

Pelosi: Turning Away Illegal Immigrant Children Like Pharaoh Rejecting Moses (VIDEO)

Pelosi: Turning Away Illegal Immigrant Children Like Pharaoh Rejecting Moses (VIDEO)

House Minority Leader demonstrates her theological acumen

by INFOWARS.COM | JULY 25, 2014

On Friday during her weekly press briefing, the House Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi, demonstrated her theological acumen.

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