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15 states sharing drivers' license and ID photos with CIA for "terrorism" database

That biometric photo of yours, "voluntarily" submitted to obtain a drivers' license or ID? It's in the early stages of being used by both government and private sector to track your every move. Below is an article with regard to the CIA collecting info from state DMVs to populate its terrorist watchlists:

http://privacysos.org/node/1481

The state of Massachusetts is one of fifteen states sharing drivers' license images and data with federal agencies including the CIA and Department of Defense, a newly disclosed federal government document shows.

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SOTP: US Military Blows Up More Stuff in Search of Peace

The US Military has been blowing up Iraq since I was 5 years old. In spite of all the politicians promises that this blowing up of Iraqi stuff would lead to a new tomorrow, where peace and prosperity flood into the region, this brave new world has failed to arrive.

15 votes

VIDEO: Ron Paul's Texas Straight Talk 8/11/14: US Sanctions on Russia May Sink the Dollar

Written by Ron Paul | Sunday August 10, 2014

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=duA2UYN9Ey0

The US government's decision to apply more sanctions on Russia is a grave mistake and will only escalate an already tense situation, ultimately harming the US economy itself. While the effect of sanctions on the dollar may not be appreciated in the short term, in the long run these sanctions are just another step toward the dollar's eventual demise as the world's reserve currency.

Not only is the US sanctioning Russian banks and companies, but it also is trying to strong-arm European banks into enacting harsh sanctions against Russia as well. Given the amount of business that European banks do with Russia, European sanctions could hurt Europe at least as much as Russia. At the same time the US expects cooperation from European banks, it is also prosecuting those same banks and fining them billions of dollars for violating existing US sanctions. It is not difficult to imagine that European banks will increasingly become fed up with having to act as the US government's unpaid policemen, while having to pay billions of dollars in fines every time they engage in business that Washington doesn't like.

European banks are already cutting ties with American citizens and businesses due to the stringent compliance required by recently-passed laws such as FATCA (Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act). In the IRS's quest to suck in as much tax dollars as possible from around the world, the agency has made Americans into the pariahs of the international financial system. As the burdens the US government places on European banks grow heavier, it should be expected that more and more European banks will reduce their exposure to the United States and to the dollar, eventually leaving the US isolated. Attempting to isolate Russia, the US actually isolates itself.

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Conservatives Are Greatest Threat To Nation, Obama Suggests

Conservatives Are Greatest Threat To Nation, Obama Suggests

Neil Munro, White House Correspondent
9:48 AM 08/09/2014

Political conservatives are the greatest threat to the nation, President Barack Obama suggested in a kid-glove interview with the New York Times.

“The president mused, the biggest threat to America — the only force that can really weaken us — is us,” said the interviewer, Thomas Friedman.

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7 conservatives who thought dropping the atom bomb was barbaric and unnecessary

President Herbert Hoover

“The use of the atomic bomb, with its indiscriminate killing of women and children, revolts my soul. The only difference between this and the use of gas is the fear of retaliation.” — Written [ by Hoover ] to Army and Navy Journal publisher Colonel John Callan O’Laughlin after the Hiroshima bombing

3 votes

Malaysia's McDonald's, HSBC, and Others boycotted over Gaza

This is what I call voting with your feet. If more countries did this, there would be a lot less war, bloodshed, and death. Because its always about the money.

http://asia.nikkei.com/Politics-Economy/International-Relati...

Malaysians are boycotting fast-food chain McDonald's and HSBC because of the companies' alleged support of Israel.

Some claim the fast-food chain is related to Israeli interests, while HSBC's closure of the bank accounts of Muslim organizations in the U.K. has also led to anger.

15 votes

Looks like Ukraine downed MH17

Vindicated. Malaysia's New Straits Times quotes US intelligence analysts that say that it was indeed Ukranian forces that missiled Malaysia Airlines, and finished it off with cannon fire (note the horizontal trajectory of the bullet holes in the fuselage images).

http://www.nst.com.my/node/20961

1 vote

How Libertarianism Can Save The Whales And Prevent Overfishing

"One common question I hear being asked is, 'What can be done to prevent overfishing in a pure libertarian society?'

The question deals with over-consumption, and can be answered much in the same way as 'what about the trees' and 'who will protect animals?' The answer is, as usual: property rights and the non-aggression principle. Using GPS and latitude/longitude, let people parcel out and own a piece of the ocean like they would own a piece of land. Or, let people claim/buy the fishing/mining/whatever rights for a certain parcel of land. The point is: private property."

3 votes

Rand Paul Can Run, But He Can’t Hide From Latino Voters in 2016

Interesting that the DREAMers also happen to write for Politico:

"Last Sunday in Iowa, the two of us had the opportunity to meet Rep. Steve King of Iowa and Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky. After we identified ourselves as “DREAMers”— undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children — what we intended to be a civil, serious discussion turned into a tense confrontation with King.

That tense confrontation became a viral Internet sensation when Paul fled the scene in the middle of eating a hamburger. Here’s the whole story....

5 votes

Why Noam Chomsky Is Wrong About Libertarianism

"For a man so renowned for his work in linguistics, Noam Chomsky certainly seems confused about the definitions of 'libertarianism' and 'anarchy.' And despite his accuracy on foreign policy, he's completely lost on economics and social policy. It's actually incredibly disappointing to see someone who so correctly recognizes so many problems in the world but consistently comes up with awful solutions.

In an interview with Michael S. Wilson, Chomsky comments:

2 votes

India Will Help to Shape New World Order, Says Hagel Who Urges Expanded U.S.-India Defense Cooperation

U.S. Department of Defense

DoD News

India Will Help to Shape New World Order, Hagel Says

By Terri Moon Cronk
DoD News, Defense Media Activity

WASHINGTON, Aug. 7, 2014 – India represents one of the most significant countries in the world today that will help shape a “new world order that is emerging in this young century,” Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said today.

Read more:
http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=122871

Hagel Urges Expanded U.S.-Indian Defense Cooperation

By Nick Simeone
DoD News, Defense Media Activity

18 votes

De-Dollarization Accelerates - China/Russia Complete Currency Swap Agreement

De-Dollarization Accelerates - China/Russia Complete Currency Swap Agreement

Tyler Durden's pictureSubmitted by Tyler Durden on 08/09/2014 14:21 -0400

3 votes

Regulation Takes From Poor, Gives to Rich

Rep. Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin recently unveiled a plan to address poverty and increase opportunity and upward mobility for low-income Americans. While many commentators may focus on the congressman’s proposals to reform education and the social safety net, Ryan’s plan also suggests important reforms in another area that significantly affects low-income households: regulation.

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