Archive for September, 2012

Exclusive: Tom Tancredo calls for end of government ‘folly’ regarding pot possession

by Tom Tancredo

  • Friday, September 28, 2012

It’s time to end the misguided and ineffective “war on drugs” insofar as marijuana is concerned, and there are solid reasons why conservatives should join in that effort. It makes sense on so many levels.

There is a long history to this debate, and many conservative leaders have supported legalization. William F. Buckley, the founding editor of National Review magazine and the entrepreneurial godfather of modern American conservatism, supported legalization. So did Barry Goldwater and Milton Friedman. More recently, Sarah Palin, Pat Robertson, Glenn Beck and George Will have voiced support for it.

Eighty years ago the voters of Colorado adopted a measure repealing alcohol prohibition, and one year later, in 1933, the nation followed. Too many conservatives seem to have forgotten that it was state-level experimentation that led to the federal constitutional amendment adopting prohibition in 1920, and afterwards, it was state-level reforms and state-by-state support for repeal that led to abandonment of Prohibition 13 years later.

States can adopt reforms and then learn from their mistakes, unlike the federal government, which never abandons anything once a constituency is entrenched. We need more of the former and less of the latter.

Even after the end of Prohibition nationally in 1933, states retained the option of continuing the prohibition, and in many states even today, counties retain that option. This is the strength and glory of federalism, and we ought to recover and apply that sound conservative principle in the regulation of marijuana.

The value of state authority in the enforcement of government’s plenary police powers is a well-established constitutional principle, and federal courts continue to give states wide latitude in that arena. Why should the regulation of marijuana be treated differently?

In November, here in my home state of Colorado, voters will have the opportunity to be the first state to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use by voting for Proposition 64. Colorado is having a vigorous and very healthy debate on the merits of this proposal, and current public opinion polls show the measure to be winning over a majority of likely voters.

 

learn more at:http://www.wnd.com/2012/09/state-level-marijuana-legalization-yes/

Wednesday, September 26, 2012
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Editor of NaturalNews.com

(NaturalNews) Whole Foods deceives consumers into unknowingly buying GMOs while financially supporting a GMO supply chain that ultimately enriches Monsanto, charges an explosive new undercover sting video released by Organic Spies. (Link below.)

The video features secret camera footage from a dozen Whole Foods stores in the Los Angeles area, capturing Whole Foods employees lying on camera about the genetically engineered ingredients found in products sold at Whole Foods.

“It’s against our policy to carry anything that’s grown with GMOs in it,” says one employee, caught on camera.

But according to Organic Spies, anywhere from 20% – 30% of Whole Foods products contain GMOs. See the full video at:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oR9H7NgOLBQ

When asked whether Whole Foods products contain GMOs, another employee says, “Absolutely not. Because the bottom line for all Whole Foods is no preservatives, no additives, no added growth hormones, no GMOs, absolutely, that’s for everything.”

This statement is, of course, patently absurd. Even I’ve noticed all kinds of additives and preservatives in products sold at Whole Foods. And GMOs are found throughout the store, including in many so-called “natural” products that are actually made with GM corn. In fact, Natural News just revealed a list of the top 10 breakfast cereals most likely to contain GMOs… and some of them are sold at Whole Foods.

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/037329_Whole_Foods_GMO_undercover_video.html#ixzz27pd3ZYHx

Anthony Gucciardi
NaturalSociety
September 28, 2012

 

Is the end of Monsanto within reach? It has certainly been a rough couple of weeks for the mega corporation as the real dangers surrounding GMOs are being brought to the attention of consumers on a global scale like never before. It all started with the monumental French study finding a serious link between the consumption of Monsanto’s Roundup-drenched GMOs and massive tumors. Being called the ‘most thorough’ research ever published on the real health effects of GMOs, the study led to even larger victories.

After the study not only did France call for a potential worldwide ban on GMOs pending the results of their in-depth analysis, but Russia’s major consumer rights organization announced a ban on both the importation and use of Monsanto’s GMO corn.

Prop 37 Can Label Monsanto Out of Existence

And now, the Proposition to label all GMOs in the state of California is showing massive success. If Prop 37 passes, it won’t just affect California. It is very likely that other states will not just take note, but adopt similar legislation. Through this legal mechanism, we can essential label Monsanto out of existence.  This is possible when considering that the average consumer is actually opposed to GMOs and heavily in favor of proper labeling.

In a major Los Angeles Times poll, registered California voters in favor of labeling outnumber pro-GMO voters by more than a 2-to-1 margin. Altogether, a whopping 61% of those polled reported supporting the Prop 37 labeling initiative. Only 25% reported opposing it.

Read more: http://naturalsociety.com/end-of-monsanto-prop-37-succeeding-nations-ban-gmo-crops/#ixzz27pVEYU7B

by – Sept 27 2012, 5:35pm MDT

ARS Technica.com

Feds got more peoples’ phone call records in last 2 years than previous 10.

Statistics obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union provides additional evidence that government surveillance of Americans has skyrocketed in recent years. The government is legally obligated to release reports about its surveillance activities, but it refused to do so until the ACLU sued to compel the production of the documents.

The reports concern what lawyers call “pen register” and “trap and trace” records. These terms originally referred to hardware devices law enforcement could attach to the phone network to capture information about (but not the contents of) phone calls. Pen registers recorded outgoing phone numbers. Trap and trace devices recorded incoming phone numbers.

Today’s telephone networks have the ability to capture this information without any special equipment. And the government has expanded the concept to include other forms of communication such as email.

The legal standard for conducting this kind of non-content surveillance is less stringent than the rules for conducting a wiretap. To get a wiretap order, the government must convince a judge that it is essential to an investigation, but pen registers must merely be “relevant” to an investigation to obtain the approval of a judge.

Learn more at:http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2012/09/aclu-forces-government-to-reveal-skyrocketing-surveillance-stats/

Susanne Posel
Occupy Corporatism
September 25, 2012

 

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has a $2 billion yearly budget for research into creating a super solider as well as developing a synthetic police force. Working with the human genome, DARPA hopes to manipulate certain gene expressions. In experimentation, DARPA and the military industrial pharmaceutical complex are using natural abilities that are enhanced through genetic engineering.

Some of the medical feats DARPA would like to enhance are the ability of military soldiers to regrow limbs destroyed in battle.

By eliminating empathy, the Department of Defense (DoD) hopes to “enhance” a soldier’s ability to “kill without care or remorse, shows no fear, can fight battle after battle without fatigue and generally behave more like a machine than a man.”

Scientists are researching the construction of soldiers that feel no pain, terror and do not suffer from fatigue as tests on the wiring of the human brain are furthered by Jonathan Moreno, professor of bioethics at Pennsylvania State University. Moreno is working with the DoD in understanding neuroscience. The Pentagon allocated $400 million to this research.

Further study could be passed onto the general public in order to maximize profits as well as enhance the drug’s effectiveness. According to Joel Garreau, professor at Arizona University, DARPA is learning how to genetically modify human fat into pure energy by rewiring the metabolic switch which would create soldiers that require less food. By using gene therapy and combining enhancements to alter the color of the human eye is a blending of mutations that have no basis in the natural world.

In 2011, the British Academy of Medical Sciences published a paper explaining the necessity for “new rules to avoid ethical missteps.” Specifying the injection of human brain cells into animals that may give animals human memories or thought consciousness as the goal should be dealt with differently than a non-modified animal.

Human embryos can strengthen or deteriorate the animal test subject which prompted Senator Sam Brownback to push the Human Chimera Prohibition Act of 2005. Brownback expressed need for prevention of closed-door experiments that “blur the lines between human and animal, male and female, parent and child, and one individual and another individual.” The ethical aspect could be defined by two mandates of consideration:

1. They could target the hypothetical scientists creating monsters in petri dishes.
2. They could take a close look at the science that’s really happening in labs around the world.

learn more at:http://occupycorporatism.com/darpa-continues-human-experiments-to-create-military-super-soldiers/

Sunday, 23 September 2012 19:00

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The New York Times has essentially become a “propaganda megaphone” to peddle the establishment’s narrative — especially when it comes to war — charged foreign correspondent Daniel Simpson, who resigned from the paper in disgust. According to Simpson, the paper, which is often lambasted and ridiculed by conservatives and libertarians for its blatant “liberal” bias, is actually just a propaganda tool for the ruling establishment.

In an explosive interview with the Kremlin-funded RT media broadcaster, the former Times correspondent, who was based in the Balkans during his stint at the newspaper, offered an inside look at how it all works. What appears to have bothered him more than anything was how the supposed paper “of record” was so determined to sell the Iraq war to the American people, even if it meant basically lying or repeating government lies to do so.

“It seemed pretty glaringly obvious to me that the ‘news fit to print’ was pretty much the news that’s fit to serve the powerful,” Simpson explained, citing the warmongering over Iraq as a prime example. “The way that the paper’s senior staff think is exactly like those in power — in fact, it’s their job to become their friends.”

An ambitious reporter, Simpson joined the paper a decade ago when he was just 27 years old. He had been hired to report on the Balkans, where the U.S. government and other Western powers had intervened in an internal conflict. However, within a few months, disillusioned by the Times‘ war-mongering, he resigned.   

“I was young and naive and idealistic, I suppose. I thought I was going to be holding people in power to account,” said Simpson, who wrote a recently published book about his experiences entitled A Rough Guide to the Dark Side. “It turned out instead that when I joined in 2002, the New York Times was very much engaged in doing exactly what those in power wanted them to do, and printing fake intelligence information to start the war in Iraq.”

Learn more at: http://thenewamerican.com/usnews/foreign-policy/item/12943-new-york-times-a-%E2%80%9Cpropaganda-megaphone%E2%80%9D-for-war-says-former-reporter

A St. Paul mother and daughter pinned a burglar to the floor of their home and called police, while keeping a pink-stocked gun pointed at their intruder until officers arrived.

“What the hell are you doing in my home?” said 56-year-old Rebecca Larson, when she found suspected burglar Marty Childs inside of her Fremont Street house on the afternoon of Sept. 16.

Larson had been outside washing her car at the time of the burglary, leaving the back door unlocked as her 34-year-old daughter Melissa Hickman slept upstairs. She walked inside to grab something when she saw Childs standing over her purse. >>>READ MORE