17 votes

Rand Paul Says GOP Brand 'Sucks': 'Fighting 40 Years of Us Doing a Crappy Job'

Mediaite: Senator Rand Paul spoke at a GOP field office today, and according to a report from The Hill, he was remarkably candid about how much the Republican Party’s brand “sucks” right now. He repeated his previous candid remarks about how the GOP is like Domino’s Pizza; the pizza chain underwent a huge rebranding after they realized people hated their product and the GOP should do the same.

Paul has attempted a mini-rebranding of his own with a stronger focus on issues in the black community like rebuilding inner city neighborhoods and cracking down on disproportionate drug sentences for African-Americans. And he really understands people believe the Republican Party doesn’t care:

10 votes

Quarantines / Voluntary Isolation / Civil Rights

I do not claim to know the perfect balance here, but I have two cents worth I will put in.

It finally hit me that we are using the word "quarantine" all the time, when the first level of quarantine is actually called "voluntary isolation." The nurse who is so upset really ought to be in voluntary isolation. We do seem to have a serious problem with medical personnel who do not understand standard protocols for infectious disease. If I were returning from a time in an ebola clinic, I would have stayed in a hotel in Africa for three weeks before I came home. Then I would have stayed in my home with no visitors for three weeks when I got here. I would not have needed cajoled into this, and would have done it without anyone ordering me to. I would be THAT careful about not giving it to my family. Maybe today's healthcare professionals can learn a little from zoologists?

https://www.aza.org/quarantine/

"Keepers should care only for quarantined animals or if necessary, attend quarantined animals only after fulfilling responsibilities for non-quarantined species."

I brought this quote forward because there is a conference call of nurses blowing whistles, and one of them tells of the nurses going in, treating Duncan, then going back on the floor. They do not do this with chicken pox, for Pete's sake!

26 votes

Assange: Google Is Not What It Seems

In June 2011, Julian Assange received an unusual visitor: the chairman of Google, Eric Schmidt, arrived from America at Ellingham Hall, the country house in Norfolk, England where Assange was living under house arrest.

For several hours the besieged leader of the world’s most famous insurgent publishing organization and the billionaire head of the world’s largest information empire locked horns. The two men debated the political problems faced by society, and the technological solutions engendered by the global network—from the Arab Spring to Bitcoin.

10 votes

Don't Forget To Be Positive

The posts on the front page of the DP can get overly negative every now and then. Remember, we gotta be proactive and choose to be positive. It's all a test!

14 votes

Hardened Hearts Could Destroy Us All

Hardened Hearts a Could Destroy Us All

Where is Miriam's Hattie Carroll song?
Where are the marchers, where is the throng?
Where are the singers exposing what's wrong?
Where are those who won't go along?

Hardened hearts, hardened hearts, hardened hearts,
Is the cause of our fall,
Hardened hearts, hardened hearts, hardened hearts,
Could destroy us all.

In the Sixties they protested one brutal war,
Now we're silent facing ten times more,
Doing nothing about the death and gore,
As long as we don't have to go to a distant shore.

16 votes

Earthships?

Has anyone seen one of these homes?

These are built so inhabitants can live totally off the grid, No heat bills, no electric or water bills. You don't even need a well.

Actor Dennis Weaver built a 6,000 sq. ft Earthship home out of tires and old cans.


http://www.youtu.be/nkbHR16FGpE

http://earthship.com/

Build a tire wall on your own: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cer3WKTOcy8

Earthship build in progress in Canada: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXtiBuOpGlI

8 votes

Surprise! Controversial Patriot Act power now overwhelmingly used in drug investigations

By Radley Balko | October 29, 2014

One of the more controversial provisions of the Patriot Act was to broaden the “sneak-and-peek” power for federal law enforcement officials. The provision allows investigators to conduct searches without informing the target of the search. We were assured at the time that this was an essential law enforcement tool that would be used only to protect the country from terrorism. Supporters argued that it was critical that investigators be allowed to look into the lives and finances of suspected terrorists without tipping off those terrorists to the fact that they were under investigation.

Civil libertarian critics warned that the federal government already had this power for national security investigations. The Patriot Act provision was far too broad and would almost certainly become a common tactic in cases that have nothing to do with national security.

But this was all immediately after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and there was little patience for civil libertarians. The massive Patriot Act of course passed overwhelmingly, including the sneak-and-peek provision, despite the fact that only a handful of members of Congress had actually read it. (Not to mention the public.)

12 votes

What the Swiss Gold Referendum Means for Central Banks

"It will send shock waves through the gold market and will be a game changer for central banks around the world, according to Egon von Greyerz, Founder and Managing Partner of Matterhorn Asset Management, Switzerland, and one of the powers behind the initiative. "

http://wolfstreet.com/2014/10/26/the-swiss-gold-referendum-a...


http://youtu.be/aWrrzVqYMeE

20 votes

Volkswagen’s New 300 MPG Car Not Allowed In America Because It Is Too Efficient

You won’t find the 300 MPG Volkswagen XL1 in an American showroom, in fact it has even been denied a tour of America because it is too efficient for the American public to be made widely aware of, and oil profits are too high in America with the status quo in place. No tour has been allowed for this car because the myth that 50 mpg is virtually impossible to obtain from even a stripped down econobox is too profitable to let go of, and when it comes to corporate oil profits, ignorance is bliss.

17 votes

Obama audience walks out again - this time in Milwaukee

For the second time in as many weeks, persons have walked out during a campaign speech given by President Barack Obama. Last week, it happened as the president spoke in Maryland – and this week, it happened in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, according to a WND report on Tuesday. It was apparent that the president was still delivering his speech as people were marching out of the venue where he was campaigning for Mary Burke, the Democratic Wisconsin gubernatorial candidate who is trying to take incumbent Gov. Scott Walker’s job away from him in the midterm election next week.

29 votes

WOW! Greenspan just called QE a failure and to buy gold..

"He said the bond-buying program was ultimately a mixed bag. He said that the purchases of Treasury and mortgage-backed securities did help lift asset prices and lower borrowing costs. But it didn’t do much for the real economy."

"He also said, “I don’t think it’s possible” for the Fed to end its easy-money policies in a trouble-free manner."

"Mr. Greenspan said gold is a good place to put money these days given its value as a currency outside of the policies conducted by governments."

9 votes

Police Organization Calls For Background Checks On All Gun Sales

In the least shocking news of the day, police from across the United States have declared their support for background checks on all private gun sales. The name of the group that made this call to action is the National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence.

In the press release, Baltimore, MD, Police Chief Jim Johnson is cited as claiming that forty percent of firearm transactions are private and thus do not require a federal background check. He compares this to allowing forty percent of airline passengers to board an airplane without going through security.

24 votes

DP Poll: Should Doctor Assisted Suicide Be Legal?

A question inspired by this story about a 29 year old woman who has terminal brain cancer, and has scheduled her death for November 1.

Cancer patient Brittany Maynard, scheduled to die Saturday, checked last item on ‘bucket list’
By Lindsey Bever | October 29, 2014

Last week, Brittany Maynard stood atop the Grand Canyon, dressed in a banana-yellow shirt, hot-pink sweater and a quiet smile. She posed in snapshots with her family — documenting the last adventure on her “bucket list.”

Maynard, 29, was diagnosed in April with a stage 4 malignant brain tumor and given six months to live. She also learned how she could suffer in the end, losing her ability to speak and use her own body. So, earlier this month, she made plans to die on her own terms.

“I don’t want to die,” Maynard told CBS “This Morning.” But she said she’s now suffering from “bone-splitting” headaches, seizures and “moments when I’m looking at my husband’s face and I can’t think of his name.”

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