The document would appear to expose a high-ranking US official advocating a selective leak of otherwise confidential information to achieve a European political objective on behalf of US private industry.
The law that was considered in France would have made farmers and biotech firms liable for pollen drift of their modified crops -- a move that "could make any biotech planting impossible in practical terms," the Stapleton wrote.
It was essentially the same principle the US employs for environmental pollution: the polluter must pay. GMO firms, however, are given exception to those regulations in North America.
Even Al Franken is against "Net Neutrality" as it is currently written.
Wired reports that the proposal has been slammed by everyone, everywhere on the political spectrum. But goes on to note,
There was one group, however, that seemed pleased by the new rules: the nation’s cable and telecommunications companies, which have been making the rounds in recent weeks signaling their support for Chairman Julius Genachowski’s compromise deal.
Tuesday afternoon, the FCC will vote, and the measure will likely pass.
This time there is no one to call, no one to write letters to. (Not that it would matter - see the Sunday night sneak)
The vote will be taken by the unelected bureaucrats at the FCC. The Washington Post notes:
The rules will give government, for the first time, a substantive role in how the Internet will be operated and managed, how broadband services will be priced and structured, and potentially how broadband networks will be financed. By replacing market forces and technological solutions with bureaucratic oversight, we may see an Internet future not quite as bright as we need, with less investment, less innovation and more congestion.
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It was a pleasure knowing you all.
Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell conspired to craft a backroom deal to attach S. 510, the so-called "Food Safety" bill, as an amendment to H.R. 2751. It passed by with unanimous consent by voice vote.
The bill will now move to the House with a vote on final passage likely to come tomorrow.
Full, ugly details at The Hill.
The visionary: Ron Paul
So says Washington Post's Military leadership consultant, Major Don Vandergriff (US Army, Ret.), Dec. 20, 2010:
A retired U.S. Army Major, Don Vandergriff is a teacher, writer and lecturer who specializes in leadership education and training, and the future of warfare.
The Visionary: Ron Paul
Question:Considering all spheres of endeavor, who would you nominate as Leader of the Year in 2010? Why?
Congressman Ron Paul should be named Leader for 2010. Congressman Paul is a man of character. He does not retreat from his opinion in the face of hostile opposition and corporate-controlled media's "ignore strategy," unlike the rest of the so-called leaders of both major parties. In April 2007, when Fox News hosted the Republican debate held in Florida, there was an effort to assemble an anti-Ron Paul crowd and twice he was booed for his non-interventionist foreign policy. This is a sharp contrast to the feelings of the majority of Americans, who want an end to militarism and who want to bring the troops home from Iraq...
Another potential Liberty/Freedom Movement Ally!
Amen, and Hallelujah!
On Sunday’s broadcast of NPR’s "All Things Considered," 2008 Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul, a libertarian favorite, addressed his 2012 prospects. He told NPR’s Guy Raz that a presidential run is still a possibility.
"Well, it’s possible and I haven’t ruled it out, so I’ll probably be deciding at the beginning of the year," Paul said. "And people ask me if I think about it a lot and I do because a lot of people ask me about it."
Read more: http://dailycaller.com/20...
This was posted by David Fisher over on C4L back on the 16th. Did a search and hadn't seen it here yet.
Iowa Straw Poll and Iowa Straw Poll Debate announced
The Republican Party of Iowa has announced today that the 2011 Iowa Straw Poll will take place at the Iowa State Center in Ames on Saturday, August 13, 2011. The Iowa Straw Poll is seen as an early test of organizational strength for presidential candidates and is a lot of fun for anyone interested in presidential politics.
New this caucus cycle, the Republican Party of Iowa and Fox News will host the Iowa Straw Poll Debate on Thursday, August 11, 2011 at C.Y. Stephens Auditorium at the Iowa State Center.
Nobody knows who the candidates will be yet, but these events will be fun and a great opportunity to serve as ambassadors for Campaign For Liberty principles.
Iowa GOP Press Release:
click here to continue... http://www.campaignforliberty.com/blog.php?view=39848
It’s inevitable. A new party is forming.
It initially grew organically, with little money and near zero media coverage. Inspired by the iconic Boston event that led to the American Revolution, this reincarnation started humbly, with small rallies sprinkled all across the country. With an American drummer boy dressed in colonial garb leading the way, and Don’t Tread On Me flags in tow, these activists took to the streets on a symbolic tax day with chants of liberty, a constitutionalism mantra, and a goal of taking back their country. From this one day of rallies it would grow to become one of the most powerful and disruptive movements in modern American politics. There hasn’t been anything like it in over 150 years. And contrary to popular thought, Fox News and the Republican establishment entirely missed its beginning.
It is called the Tea Party movement and it was started on December 16, 2007…by Ron Paul supporters.
Widely unrecognized in Republican enclaves as the founding event of the movement, the Ron Paul candidacy is inarguably the precursor to the current Tea Party species. Following the trail of its origin provides a fascinating illustration of how a movement, and hence culture, evolves. And it is within these roots that one can find the promise, and impending dilemma, of this young movement as it grows and changes the political landscape.
All 8 pages at:
From today's (Sunday) blog post:
Paleomonetarism - I used that term — it’s probably not original, but who knows? — in a recent post about the increasingly obscure meaning of the money supply. The best example would surely be Ron Paul, who’s now going to have oversight over the Fed. If you read his stuff, it’s very clear: money is a well-defined quantity that the Fed controls, and inflation comes from — indeed is defined as — increases in that quantity.
It’s kind of terrifying, in a way, to realize that the politically dominant faction in America right now has a view of money, what it is, and how it works that hasn’t been true since the early 19th century, if it ever was.
Here's is yesterday's mention:
In a way, I almost welcome the frankness of someone like Ron Paul, who tells us that there’s no need for any kind of bank regulations. It’s crazy, of course — even Adam Smith called for bank regulations, comparing them to building regulations designed to prevent the spread of fires. But at least the guy’s consistent.
EDIT: Krugman also mentions Ron Paul in his column that appears in the NYT tomorrow (Monday):
When historians look back at 2008-10, what will puzzle them most, I believe, is the strange triumph of failed ideas. Free-market fundamentalists have been wrong about everything — yet they now dominate the political scene more thoroughly than ever.
How did that happen? How, after runaway banks brought the economy to its knees, did we end up with Ron Paul, who says “I don’t think we need regulators,” about to take over a key House panel overseeing the Fed?
For a few hours on the night of Dec. 20 to Dec. 21, the attention of tens of millions of people will be drawn skyward, where the mottled, coppery globe of our moon will hang completely immersed in the long, tapering cone of shadow cast out into space by our Earth.
If the weather is clear, favorably placed skywatchers will have a view of one of nature's most beautiful spectacles: a total eclipse of the moon.
Unlike a total eclipse of the sun, which is only visible to those in the path of totality, eclipses of the moon can usually be observed from one's own backyard. The passage of the moon through the Earth's shadow is equally visible from all places within the hemisphere where the moon is above the horizon.
Texas congressman Ron Paul has long been a fierce critic of the Federal Reserve. In fact, last year he published a book called End the Fed, calling for an end to the central bank and a return to the gold standard.
Now, Paul has been appointed head of the House subcommittee on domestic monetary policy, which, among other things, oversees the Federal Reserve.
So, does Paul see this as his chance to try to end the Fed? "In a partial sense, but not directly," he tells NPR's Guy Raz. "What I'm really asking for is competition, to get rid of the monopoly power of the Fed, because they don't have legitimate power to do what they do."
A Return To Gold?
Paul says he wants to abolish the current legal tender laws and allow Americans to use gold and silver as currency.
"What I want to do is legalize gold and silver, which is the proper monetary system," the only one permitted by the Constitution, Paul says. That would turn up the heat on the Fed, which helps control the value of paper money.
The new 1099 Rule, hidden inside the 2409-page health care bill, as far as I can tell will begin in just two weeks. I am posting this here because absolutely nobody is talking about it. This draconian measure, for all intents and purposes is the beginning of a cashless society. The following excerpts are from an article posted on CNNMoney.com that ran back on May 21st.
"The new 1099-K aims to shine a light on a currently hard-to-track payment stream: credit cards. Starting in 2011, financial firms that process credit or debit card payments will be required to send their clients, and the IRS, an annual form documenting the year's transactions."
and, of course, the more widely known rule...
"Starting in 2012, all business payments or purchases that exceed $600 in a calendar year will need to be accompanied by a 1099 filing. That means obtaining the taxpayer ID number of the individual or corporation you're making the payment to -- even if it's a giant retailer like Staples or Best Buy -- at the time of the transaction, or else facing IRS penalties."
UPDATE: I just got off the phone with my Representative's office and sure enough, beginning in two weeks ALL credit AND debit card transactions will be reported to the IRS. When asked about hand-written checks the answer was a sluggish 'I don't know'.
HR 3590,Section 9006,Pg.737 is the actual location of this travesty.
Mitch McConnell cites Ron Paul's support of bill, says Paul is the most famous Tea Party person in CongressSubmitted by ron_paul_is_awesome on Sun, 12/19/2010 - 20:17
Even Mitch McConnell knows who the REAL Tea Party is, and the fact that he cites Ron Paul's support of a bill to make his case is just more evidence of Dr. Paul's growing stature in the conservative movement.
@3:20 - "Ron Paul, the most famous tea party type member of congress, supported the bill."