OKLAHOMA CITY | Mar. 4, 2014
A bill that would nullify Agenda 21 in Oklahoma passed through the state house today
HB2807, the “Oklahoma Community Protection Act,” would prohibit any state agency or political subdivision from adopting or implementing “policy recommendations that deliberately or inadvertently infringe upon or restrict private property rights without due process.”
Putin Doesn't Threaten Our National Security, Obama Does
By Don Feder
March 5, 2014
Vladimir Putin isn’t the Easter Bunny. On the other hand, he isn’t Joseph Stalin. It takes a truly fevered imagination to see Russian forces in the Crimea as a prelude to Russian tanks rolling across Europe toward Berlin and Paris.
Edward Snowden to speak about privacy and technology at SXSW — via video conference
March 04, 2014
Move over Julian Assange, there's an even bigger name heading to SXSW Interactive this year. SXSW announced Tuesday morning that it is adding former NSA contractor — turned whistleblower — Edward Snowden to the official lineup.
In his first conversation in front of an audience since his disclosures began making global headlines last year, Edward Snowden will appear via live video next Monday at SXSW Interactive, the festival that brings together tens of thousands of technology professionals and enthusiasts every year in Austin. He'll be talking to the ACLU's Ben Wizner and Christopher Soghoian.
The panel will take place on March 10 at 11 a.m. Central Time. A live stream will be available on The Texas Tribune's website, and the video will be available here afterwards. Here's the full description from SXSW:
Our communications are not secure. Our telephone calls, emails, texts, and web browsing activity are largely transmitted without any encryption, making it easy for governments to intercept them, in bulk. Likewise, the mobile devices, apps, and web browsers that we use do not protect our data. In many cases, they intentionally give it to third party companies as part of the sprawling online advertising ecosystem. This only makes the NSA's task easier.
Join us for a conversation between Edward Snowden and Christopher Soghoian, the American Civil Liberties Union's principal technologist, focused on the impact of the NSA's spying efforts on the technology community, and the ways in which technology can help to protect us from mass surveillance. The conversation will be moderated by Ben Wizner, who is director of the ACLU's Speech, Privacy & Technology Project and Edward Snowden's legal advisor. Audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions.
Code Chaos: Another nightmare for doctors, courtesy of the federal government
By STEPHEN F. HAYES
Mar 10, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 25
Ever considered suicide by jellyfish? Have you ended up in the hospital after being injured during the forced landing of your spacecraft? Or been hurt when you were sucked into the engine of an airplane or when your horse-drawn carriage collided with a trolley?
Showdown: Maryland to Target 110,000 Citizens With Gun Confiscation
New law would link gun registry with criminal database
Paul Joseph Watson
March 5, 2014
Authorities in Maryland are set to target 110,000 citizens with gun confiscation under a new law that would link the state’s gun registry with its criminal database, with new troopers set to be hired to enforce door to door visits of illegal gun owners.
We're very pro-gun here in Virginia, receiving a "Gold Star" from OpenCarry.org for good reason, and a bill in state house would clarify the existing laws the way they're being enforced right now. That's fine, except that governor McAuliffe just sent a suggested (which has been received by the house) that would make it illegal for the everyday gun owner in Virginia to place his gun in an unlocked compartment in his car. More specifically, the suggestion would "clarify" that you are only allowed to have a gun in a compartment in your car if the compartment is locked. .
Moody’s Downgrades Chicago’s Credit Rating, Lowest Of Any Major City Except Detroit
March 4, 2014 6:08 PM
CHICAGO (CBS/AP) — Moody’s Investors Service has downgraded Chicago’s credit rating, citing the city’s unfunded pension liabilities.
The agency announced Tuesday it’s lowering the rating on $8.3 billion in debt from A3 to Baa1, putting it only three notches above junk-bond status.
According to a recent study conducted by VoucherCloud, a UK website dedicated to local discounts and coupons, 1 in 10 Americans thinks that HTML, or HyperText Markup Language, is a disease you can catch from another human being.
Other amusing findings, shared by the LA Times:
Informative Info Graphic
Dozens of states will hold Senate primaries this year, beginning with Texas on Tuesday. Here is a look at the key races in every state. The outlook of each contest is based on an analysis of data from the Cook Political Report and from Larry Sabato, a professor of politics at the University of Virginia.
By Rachael Bade | Politico
When a bipartisan Senate panel last week lambasted Swiss bank Credit Suisse for helping rich Americans evade billions in taxes, some watching the high-profile hearing couldn’t help but notice an elephant in the room.
That is, Sen. Rand Paul.
The connection? Paul for years has single-handedly blocked an obscure U.S.-Swiss tax treaty that lawmakers, prosecutors, diplomats and banks say makes the difference between U.S. law enforcement rooting out the names of a few hundred fat-cat tax evaders — and many thousands more.
(NaturalNews) A new study has found that the world's best-selling herbicide is linked to the global rise of celiac disease, gluten intolerance and irritable bowel syndrome.
According to the U.S. peer-reviewed study, the details of which were published by Dr. Anthony Samsel and Dr. Stephanie Seneff, the rise in disease has coincided with the increased use of glyphosate (Roundup) herbicide.
The paper has been published in the Journal of Interdisciplinary Toxicology.
Moscow (AFP) - Russia could reduce to zero its economic dependency on the United States if Washington agreed sanctions against Moscow over Ukraine, a Kremlin aide said on Tuesday, warning that the American financial system faced a "crash" if this happened.
"We would find a way not just to reduce our dependency on the United States to zero but to emerge from those sanctions with great benefits for ourselves," said Kremlin economic aide Sergei Glazyev.
He told the RIA Novosti news agency Russia could stop using dollars for international transactions and create its own payment system using its "wonderful trade and economic relations with our partners in the East and South."
Russian firms and banks would also not return loans from American financial institutions, he said.
By MATT APUZZO
MARCH 3, 2014
WASHINGTON — Shortly after Senator Rand Paul filed suit last month against the Obama administration to stop its electronic dragnet of American phone records, he sat down for lunch with Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. in his private dining room at the Justice Department.
Mr. Paul, a Kentucky Republican, is one of the Obama administration’s most vocal critics. But their discussion focused on an issue on which they have found common cause: eliminating mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent drug offenders.
The two men are unlikely allies. Their partnership unites the nation’s first African-American attorney general, who sees his legacy in a renewed focus on civil rights, and some of Congress’s most prominent libertarians, who have accused the Obama administration of trampling on personal freedom with drones, wiretaps, tracking devices and too much government.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
With the recent destabilization having taken place inside Ukraine and the ongoing destabilization of Venezuela currently playing out in South America, it is important to discuss, in a relatively detailed fashion, the manner in which the destinies of seemingly independent nations are controlled by a world oligarchy.