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Question: How many have we killed?

Answer: We'll likely never know.

by David Cole

On Monday, The New York Times reported that “the Senate has quietly stripped a provision from an intelligence bill that would have required President Obama to make public each year the number of people killed or injured in targeted killing operations in Pakistan and other countries where the United States uses lethal force.” National security officials in the Obama administration objected strongly to having to notify the public of the results and scope of their dirty work, and the Senate acceded. So much for what President Obama has called “the most transparent administration in history.”

8 votes

Seattle Mayor Unveils Plan for $15 Minimum Wage + Video

SEATTLE -- Seattle Mayor Ed Murray on Thursday proposed a phased-in increase of the city's minimum wage to $15 an hour over the next seven years.

2 votes

Drug Prices Defy Gravity, Doubling for Dozens of Products

By Robert Langreth - Apr 30, 2014
BusinessWeek

Earl Harford, a retired professor, recently bought a month’s worth of the pills he needs to keep his leukemia at bay. The cost: $7,676, or three times more than when he first began taking the pills in 2001. Over the years, he has paid more than $140,000 from his retirement savings to cover his share of the drug’s price.

“People with this condition are being taken advantage of by the pharmaceutical industry,” said Harford, 84, of Tucson, Arizona. “They haven’t improved the drug; they haven’t done anything but keep manufacturing it. How do they justify it?”

As the pharmaceutical industry, led by Pfizer Inc.’s proposed $100 billion takeover of AstraZeneca Plc, is in the throes of the greatest period of consolidation in a decade, one reality remains unchanged: Drug prices keep defying the law of gravity.

7 votes

Coming Soon: A brain implant to restore memory

Who wants one of these?

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By Kerry Sheridan

Washington (AFP) - In the next few months, highly secretive US military researchers say they will unveil new advances toward developing a brain implant that could one day restore a wounded soldier's memory.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is forging ahead with a four-year plan to build a sophisticated memory stimulator, as part of President Barack Obama's $100 million initiative to better understand the human brain.

The science has never been done before, and raises ethical questions about whether the human mind should be manipulated in the name of staving off war injuries or managing the aging brain.

17 votes

"We don’t arrest them. We take their $hit."

Exclusive: The Man Behind Hidalgo County’s Biggest Law Enforcement Scandal

For more than six months, Miguel Flores lived a double life. In his day job, he was a narcotics investigator for the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Department. But underneath his uniform, he secretly wore a wire for the Federal Bureau of Investigation as part of a probe into corruption at the highest levels of law enforcement along the border.

6 votes

Rand Paul’s “Stand With Israel Act” Ensures No “Standing O” From Libertarians

Rand Paul’s growing ties with the Neocons has been documented on this site numerous times, including his most recent endorsement of Neocon Senator Susan Collins just last week. His advocacy for pro-Israel policy has also been documented here – and considering today’s news, served as a bit of foreshadowing for his recent legislation. Rand has finally gone on the official record as an Israel advocate and Neocon honk, putting forth the “Stand With Israel Act of 2014″ (Bill S.2265).

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Sen. Graham To Have Televised Debate Against Challengers In June!

US Senator Lindsey Graham has recently agreed to a televised primary debate on Jone 7th, three days before the first primary. The link below is to an article that could re-shine some light on what Graham really is all about. I hope you're all able to get your photo IDs in time if you haven't already!

http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/politics/item/18139-lin...

2 votes

POLL: Hillary Beats Jeb Bush In Florida

POLL: Hillary Beats Jeb Bush In Florida

By JONATHAN TOPAZ | 5/1/14 6:34 AM EDT

Jeb Bush has a strong lead in Florida among potential 2016 Republican presidential contenders — but Hillary Clinton’s got them all beat, a new poll Thursday found.

According to the Quinnipiac University poll, 27 percent would back Bush for the White House, earning him a sizable lead over the rest of the GOP field.

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Quasi-Stasi EMS -"We're Agents of the State"

Quasi-Stasi EMS agents called to home conduct "inspection" of her home upon learning she homeschools.

http://www.prisonplanet.com/ems-worker-tells-mom-were-agents...

16 votes

On this Date in 1933 President Franklin D. Roosevelt Outlawed Private Ownership of Gold

Stroke of the pen, law of the land, kind of cool! Paul Begala - Aide to President Clinton, on presidential executive orders.

April 1933 with a stroke of the pen, FDR issued Executive Order 6102, requiring U.S. citizens to turn in their gold coins (like the $5 and $10 gold coins pictured below), gold bullion and gold certificates to the government. At the time gold coins were circulating in the United States and gold was considered money. The dollar's value was tied to gold rate of $20.67 an ounce. Under Roosevelt's order the government honored the $20.67 an ounce price in exchange for its citizens gold.

7 votes

RIP Constitutional Protections in Penna. Born Philadelphia 9/17/1787- Murdered Harrisburg 4/30/2014

http://thefreethoughtproject.com/pennsylvania-cops-longer-wa...

We have the courts encouraging LEO's to violate their oath to uphold the Constitution yet we are supposed to believe those same individuals will abide by an oath to swear the whole truth. These judges are elitist scum who know they will be able to protect their selves and their families from this abomination.

10 votes

Charles Hugh Smith: Abolish the Engine of Inequality, the Federal Reserve

by Charles Hugh Smith

The Federal Reserve is the primary obstacle to reducing income/wealth inequality. Those who support the Fed are supporting a neofeudal arrangement that widens the income/wealth gap by its very existence.

The issue of income/wealth inequality is finally moving into the mainstream: which is to say, politicos of every ideological stripe now feel obliged to bleat platitudes and express cardboard "concern" for the plight of the non-millionaires with whom they personally have little contact.

I have addressed the complex causes of rising income/wealth inequality for years. Indeed, my book Why Things Are Falling Apart and What We Can Do About It is largely about this very issue.

13 votes

Edward Snowden: NSA Spies More on Americans Than Russians"We watch our own people more closely than anyone else in the world."

Edward Snowden: NSA Spies More on Americans Than Russians"We watch our own people more closely than anyone else in the world."

By Dustin Volz
Follow on Twitter April 30, 2014

Edward Snowden told a crowd of fans Wednesday that the government's surveillance programs collect more data on Americans than any other country.

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Silver Continues its Torrid Record Sales Pace in April at the U.S. Mint

One Ounce Silver Eagles outsell One Ounce Gold Eagles 176.56 to 1 at the U.S. Mint in April

U.S. Mint sells 4,590,500 one ounce Silver Eagles and 26,000 one ounce Gold Eagles

The Gold/Silver Ratio was 67.32 in April up from 64.42 in March

Strong Sales of Physical Silver Bullion are on Record Pace at the U.S. Mint*

April Gold sales jump from March levels

Total April 2014 Gold Bullion Sales at the U.S. Mint: 56,000 ounces, including 75,000 fractional ounce gold Eagles (totaling 12,500 ounces) and 17,500 24K one ounce Buffalo coins**

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