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The Hippie Punching of Rand Paul

Rick Perry attacks his isolationism. Peter King blasts his ‘blame America’ stance. John McCain might pick Hillary over him. How the Kentucky senator became his party’s favorite target.

by David Freedlander | The Daily Beast
July 14, 2014

Even if Rand Paul does not end up winning the GOP nomination for president, he is still providing a useful service to the Republican Party.

That’s because Paul, with his heterodox views on the uses of American power and the wisdom of foreign interventionism, has emerged has the first foil for would-be 2016 contenders, most of whom lack substantial foreign policy experience and so are anxious to flex their muscles on the matter.

Taking his opportunity Friday, Rick Perry took to the op-ed pages of The Washington Post to lambaste the Kentucky senator’s supposed isolation, accusing him of suggesting “that our nation should ignore what’s happening in Iraq” and of being “curiously blind” to the threat an Islamist takeover of Iraq would pose.

6 votes

Bank Failures in Portugal and Bulgaria - Nothing to See Here

CNN Money Portugal bank crisis: 4 reasons to keep calm

CNN Money outlines why the Portuguese bank default is no reason to worry:

1. It's a local problem;
2. Regulators are on the case;
3. Europe is getting its act together;
4. Portugal is in better shape

It's local! We've heard the "containment" story before.

Regulators are on the case!

31 votes

Splitting Up California Into 6 States Has Enough Signatures To Be On 2016 Ballot

(Reuters) - A long-shot effort to break California into six separate states got a boost on Monday, when the billionaire venture capitalist behind the proposal said he had gathered enough signatures to place it on the ballot in two years.

Timothy Draper, a founder of a Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm that has invested in Twitter, Skype and Tesla, among other companies, has been agitating for months for a ballot initiative to chop the most populous U.S. state into smaller entities.

3 votes

Shanghai most likely headquarters for BRICS "New Development Bank"

(Reuters) - Shanghai looks set to become the headquarters of a development bank being launched by the BRICS emerging market nations, despite fears by some members of the group that China could hijack the bank to serve its interests.

21 votes

Latest Snowden Leak - Internet trolling and manipulation by government is no longer conspiracy theory

Disturbing but not surprising...

The UK intelligence agency GCHQ has developed sophisticated tools to manipulate online polls, spam targets with SMS messages, track people by impersonating spammers and monitor social media postings, according to newly-published documents leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

The documents – which were published on First Look Media with accompanying analysis from Glenn Greenwald – disclose a range of GCHQ "effects" programs aimed at tracking targets, spreading information, and manipulating online debates and statistics.

The disclosure comes the day before the UK parliament is due to begin up to three days' debate on emergency legislation governing British surveillance capabilities. With cross-party support the bill is expected to be voted through this week.

16 votes

Politico: The Rand Paul pile on – "many in GOP fear Paul is winning the foreign policy argument with the American people"

By DAVID NATHER and JEREMY HERB | 7/14/14 8:20 PM EDT

If you had any doubts about how seriously some Republicans are taking the notion of a Rand Paul presidency, look at how far they’re going to shut down his views on foreign policy.

1 vote

Everything You Should Know About Roy Masters

Everything You Should Know About Roy Masters

A series part of “Healers, Gurus, and Spiritual Guides”

This is a profile of Roy Masters at the beginning of his career, written in 1969 by former CBS News Correspondent William Wolff.

“If you are for what is truly right,” Roy Masters was telling me, “then everything else that is wrong—but seems like it is right—is shown up in contrast to it.”

Read more: https://medium.com/@roymasters/roy-masters-moment-of-truth-f...

8 votes

Internet Forums: Targets for Disinformation and Propaganda

i thought Ron Paulers might be interested in this:

The Gentleperson's Guide To Forum Spies
http://cryptome.org/2012/07/gent-forum-spies.htm
(starts after the list of links)

includes topics:
1. COINTELPRO Techniques for dilution, misdirection and control of a internet forum
2. Twenty-Five Rules of Disinformation
3. Eight Traits of the Disinformationalist
4. How to Spot a Spy (Cointelpro Agent)
5. Seventeen Techniques for Truth Suppression

1 vote

Iowa Governor: 'I Do Not Want To House Immigrant Children In My State'

Iowa Governor: 'I Do Not Want To House Immigrant Children In My State'

July 14, 2014 1:23 PM

DES MOINES, Iowa (CBSDC/AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad said Monday that he does not want Iowa to host any of the thousands of children from Central America who have crossed the U.S.-Mexico border alone.

11 votes

9 Schools Of Economics Explained On A One-Page Cheat Sheet

From the man who bought you "the shortest economic textbook in the world"; and "13 things Economists won't tell you", here is Ha-Joon Chang's ultimate pocket guide to the differences (and similarities) between all the economic schools of thought.

24 votes

Grandma and the State Trooper

Great story!

"Miss, what are you afraid of?"

"Not a f**king thing!"

https://twitter.com/BobG231/status/488783590961197057/photo/1

4 votes

Cheney Family Says Rand Paul Is 'Out To Lunch' On Foreign Policy

DANIEL STRAUSS – JULY 14, 2014, 1:53 PM EDT

Former Vice President Dick Cheney and his daughter Liz Cheney were pretty clear about one thing on Monday: Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is "out to lunch" on foreign policy.

At an event hosted by Politico on Monday featuring the former vice president, Liz Cheney, and the former vice president's wife, the elder Cheney and his daughter both expressed skepticism about Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) on foreign policy.

0 votes

NZ Prime Minister John Key EXPOSED

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key EXPOSED
https://theusindependent.com/nz-prime-minister-john-key-expo...

24 votes

Rand Paul getting attacked HARD on his facebook page by Rick Perry supporters – Are these people serious?

I cannot believe the ridiculousness of these comments. If you have a facebook account and a few minutes to burn see what you can do to improve the situation and upvote some of the pro Paul comments. Pretty much all the top ones so far are pro-Perry.

https://www.facebook.com/RandPaul/posts/10152371633376107

Sample of some of the top comments:

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