The story begins in 1971. Richard Nixon was facing re-election. The Vietnam war was threatening his popularity at home, but just as big an issue with voters was the soaring cost of food. If Nixon was to survive, he needed food prices to go down, and that required getting a very powerful lobby on board – the farmers. Nixon appointed Earl Butz, an academic from the farming heartland of Indiana, to broker a compromise. Butz, an agriculture expert, had a radical plan that would transform the food we eat, and in doing so, the shape of the human race.
Butz pushed farmers into a new, industrial scale of production, and into farming one crop in particular: corn. US cattle were fattened by the immense increases in corn production. Burgers became bigger. Fries, fried in corn oil, became fattier. Corn became the engine for the massive surge in the quantities of cheaper food being supplied to American supermarkets: everything from cereals, to biscuits and flour found new uses for corn. As a result of Butz's free-market reforms, American farmers, almost overnight, went from parochial small-holders to multimillionaire businessmen with a global market. One Indiana farmer believes that America could have won the cold war by simply starving the Russians of corn. But instead they chose to make money.
Ryan Pearson | February 06, 2013
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Bruce Willis says he's against new gun control laws that could infringe on Second Amendment rights. The "Die Hard" star also dismisses any link between Hollywood shootouts and real-life gun violence.
Zero Hedge: We have not been shy about exposing the massive (and unsustainable) bubble of credit being blown into the economy via Student Loans from the government. We have not been afraid to note the dramatic rise in delinquencies among these loans - and the implications for the government.
However, as Bloomberg reports, it appears the impact of this exuberance has come back to bite the colleges themselves. In what can only be described as a vendor-financing model, the so-called Perkins loans (for students with extraordinary financial hardships) have seen defaults surging more than 20%.
The vicious circle, though, has begun as the ponzi of using these revolving loan funds to 'fund' the next round of students is collapsing thanks to the rise in delinquencies. Schools such as Yale, Penn, and George Washington are becoming very aggressive at going after delinquent student borrowers.
In interview with Al-Ahram on eve of Islamic Summit Conference in Cairo, Iranian president also says his country opposes outside intervention in Syria.
Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says that while Iran is already a nuclear state, it has no intention of attacking Israel. Ahmadinejad was interviewed on the eve of his visit to Cairo, where he will attend the 12th Islamic Summit Conference due to open there on Wednesday. Before his trip, he gave a long interview to the editor-in-chief of the Egyptian newspaper Al-Ahram. Although Al-Ahram ran the entire interview only in its print edition, excerpts appear on Egyptian websites.
Judge Napolitano: DOJ Memo Claims Govt Can Kill US Citizens "Nowhere Justifiable Under Constitution"Submitted by telepathic on Wed, 02/06/2013 - 07:39
Fox News Channel Drops Dick Morris
By Paul Bond | The Hollywood Reporter
Fox News Channel has decided against renewing Dick Morris’ contract, an insider said Tuesday.
Morris, the Democrat-turned-Republican strategist, has seen his appearances dwindle since the re-election of President Obama.
Friends across the water: Nigel Farage speaks out against French leading Europe into war in Mali
Last week, the State Department reassigned the official responsible for the "diplomatic issues" pertaining to the closing of the Guantanamo Bay prison. This was a telling sign that the Obama administration is abandoning its long-held but little-fought-for promise of closing that notorious facility where a majority of prisoners proved to be innocent, often victims of bounty hunters in Afghanistan during 2001 and 2002. With this new development, infinite detention has become ingrained in the woodwork of the government. The Obama administration has failed to present a viable path forward in ending this cruel and inhumane practice. As such, the military will continue to "detain" prisoners that it classifies as terrorists or supporters of terrorists without charges, without trial, and without any oversight.
Furthermore, the language used to describe this detention authorization is so broad that many argue that even American citizens are now susceptible to indefinite imprisonment. So much for habeas corpus! What does this say about the health of civil liberties in our country? The politics of fear have always sold well, but now they are selling fundamental rights and liberties of Americans citizens down the river.
RT.com: US senators have requested the legal justification for the killings of US citizens suspected of terrorism by the Obama administration. Meanwhile a ‘chilling’ leaked memo showed that the government sees little need for constraint on the issue.
A group of 11 senators on Monday wrote a letter to President Barack Obama, asking him to release all Justice Department memos on the practice of targeting US citizens suspected of being terrorist leaders with lethal force, particularly drone airstrikes. The request comes as the administration seeks Senate approval for John Brennan, Obama's nomination for CIA chief.
The Board of Selectmen for the Town of Westford, MA has proposed a bylaw that would ban "assault weapons". I find that highly hypocritical due to the fact that DHS classifies an AR-15 style weapon as a PDW (Personal Defense Weapon), and purchased 7,000 of them last year for that very purpose.
Here is a link to the proposed bylaw, the ban starts on page 14. The wording follows the link.
Whereas, there exists a certain class of firearms that are not useful for purposes of hunting or self- defense, but rather are “military style” weapons designed for offensive use.
Whereas, the military features of such “assault weapons”, which are designed to enhance their capacity to shoot multiple human targets very rapidly, are preferred by criminals and place law enforcement officers at particular risk because of their high fire power.
Activists want to see legislation at Federal level
Steve Watson | Infowars.com | Feb 5, 2013
Yesterday we brought you news on the efforts of the House of Delegates and the Senate in Virginia to bring about a two year moratorium on the use of surveillance drones by government and law enforcement agencies. Today we learn that Charlottesville, Va has passed legislation to outlaw the use of drones, making it the first US city to do so.
In a 3-2 vote, city councilors passed the anti-drone resolution Monday, echoing the State level effort to halt the use of drones for the next two years. There will, in effect now be a ban on the craft entering Charlottesville city limits, prohibiting any city agency from using the technology.
by Jacob G. Hornberger | February 5, 2013
Ex-military sniper Chris Kyle was killed last Saturday at the hands of another Iraq War veteran, Eddie Ray Routh. Routh is one of the many Iraq veterans suffering severe mental problems, and Kyle was helping him cope. Kyle figured a good way to help Routh with his struggles was to take him to a gun range. It turned out to be a fatal decision. Routh opened fire on Kyle and another friend, killing them both. Routh is now in jail in Texas facing capital murder charges.
According to the New York Times, last September Routh threatened to murder his family and to commit suicide. He had gotten upset when his father threatened to sell his gun. Routh was arrested and taken to a psychiatric hospital in Dallas. He told the police that he was a Marine veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
PTSD is the common diagnosis for the many soldiers who served in Iraq and who are now suffering severe mental problems. The diagnosis relates to the stress that soldiers undergo in combat.
Rand reintroduced Audit the Fed yesterday (2/4) as S. 209.
The bill already has 18 cosponsors.
There are 17 others who cosponsored the bill in the last Congress.
There are 6 others (including 4 Democrats) who voted for HR 459 in the House last year and are now in the Senate.
There are 8 other Republican Senators (many who support an audit but never cosponsored) and would more than likely vote for it if it came to a vote.
That alone is 50 Senators without including many Democrats who would support it because they are facing re-election in red states.