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The Xenophobes Among Us

WTF?

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Snowden’s German TV Interview

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PTSD & Vietnam

Although this made me laugh, as a Viet Nam vet I also realize that this is a very serious issue.

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Peace, Love, & Pepper Spray | Interview with Amber Lyon

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Oligarchy will never cancel the debt we owe

“Every time history repeats itself the price goes up.” -Anon

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Occupy Wall Street activists buy up Americans’ personal debt – Rolling Jubilee

(Agence France-Presse, December 1, 2013)
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The idea? Buy up the personal debt of those who are struggling to fulfill their basic needs, like health care or housing. . . . For the New York-based group’s first anniversary, it announced this month that in one fell swoop it had bought up the equivalent of nearly $13.5 million in medical debt that some 2,693 people owed to hospitals and medical offices. . . . The group purchased the debt for only $400,000 — mainly paid for by small donations made to the organization over the Internet. . . . In the United States, when a bill is not paid within 90 days, a bank can attempt to reduce its losses by selling the loan at a discounted price to professional debt buyers. These are then resold on a secondary debt market. . . . On its website, Rolling Jubilee says that “banks sell debt for pennies on the dollar on a shadowy speculative market of debt buyers who then turn around and try to collect the full amount from debtors.” . . . According to Strike Debt member Ann Larson, “for every dollar of debt we abolish, we paid only two cents.” . . . The group has no idea whose debt it was purchasing: sales are made anonymously and it’s not until the end of the transaction that Strike Debt has access to the addresses to which it will send letters, such as the one it mailed to Logsdon. . . . Medical bills are one of the leading causes of personal bankruptcy in the United States. . . . In 2013, one in five Americans will have struggled paying medical bills and more than 35 million people will be contacted by debt collectors, according to a study by NerdWallet, a company specializing in personal finance and credit options.

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Joe Rogan: Same-sex marriage foes are ‘weak-*ss b*tches posing as men’

(Travis Gettys, November 20, 2013 12:11)
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Actor and comedian Joe Rogan called opponents of same-sex marriage “weak-*ss b*tches” with arguments so terrible they seem intended to discredit their beliefs. . . . Rogan, who appeared in the NBC sitcom “NewsRadio” and hosted the network’s “Fear Factor” reality show, was discussing opposition to same-sex marriage on an episode of his Joe Rogan Experience podcast. . . . “It’s so stupid, it’s hard to believe,” Rogan said. “It’s so stupid that people, in this day and age, decide what two people can’t do because of their sex. If marriage is legal, OK – and I’m not sure it should be – but if marriage is legal, why shouldn’t it be legal for gay people?” . . . Rogan dismissed arguments that same-sex marriage might somehow cost taxpayers more money, and he said most warnings about its societal cost were so ridiculous that they sounded made up by gay rights advocates to discredit their opponents. . . . “It’s working, clever move,” Rogan said. . . . Rogan told a story about how he moved from San Francisco to Florida as a child and immediately learned his new home was less tolerant than his previous one. . . . The 46-year-old Rogan recalled a friend’s dad reading about gay rights advocates pushing for the right to marry, slamming down the newspaper in anger and complaining bitterly. . . . “I was 11, and I was like, what a silly man you are,” Rogan said. “You’re a grown man and this is something that bothers and concerns you? I remember thinking as an 11-year-old boy, wow, there’s a lot of weak-*ss b*tches out there posing as men.”

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Data from U.S. survey casts doubt on U.S. classification of psychedelics as ‘dangerous’

(Eric W. Dolan, Raw Story, August 20, 2013)
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Data from a government-sponsored survey indicates that psychedelic drugs like LSD, magic mushrooms, and peyote do not increase a person’s risk of developing mental health problems. . . . The study, published online Tuesday in PLoS One, used data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health survey to investigate psychedelic drug use and mental health problems. The survey is administered annually by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), a branch of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. . . . The researchers found psychedelic use was not associated with a higher rate of mental health problems. In fact, the use of psychedelic drugs appeared to reduce the risk of mental illness, though only slightly. . . . Previous research has established that LSD, magic mushrooms, and peyote are not addictive. They are not known to harm the brain. . . . Psychedelic drugs have been gaining the attention of medical researchers in recent years. . . . Scientists at the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center have found psilocybin, the active ingredient in magic mushrooms, can safely treat death anxiety in patients with advanced-stage cancer. Scientists at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine have also found psilocybin created positive changes in attitudes, mood, life satisfaction, and behavior that persisted for more than a year. . . . Preliminary research on another drug that is often classified as a psychedelic, MDMA, indicated it could help those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. . . . The federal Drug Enforcement Administration currently classifies LSD, psilocybin, and peyote as Schedule I substances: a category reserved for very dangerous drugs with no medical value.

 

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Chomsky: The U.S. Behaves Nothing Like a Democracy

(Noam Chomsky, Alternet, August 15, 2013)
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American power is diminishing, as it has been in fact since its peak in 1945, but it’s still incomparable. And it’s dangerous. Obama’s remarkable global terror campaign and the limited, pathetic reaction to it in the West is one shocking example. And it is a campaign of international terrorism – by far the most extreme in the world. Those who harbor any doubts on that should read the report issued by Stanford University and New York University [4] . . .  I’d like to discuss a different system – what we could call the “really existing capitalist democracy”, RECD for short, pronounced “wrecked” by accident. . . . for roughly 70% of the population – the lower 70% on the wealth/income scale – they have no influence on policy whatsoever. They’re effectively disenfranchised. As you move up the wealth/income ladder, you get a little bit more influence on policy. When you get to the top, which is maybe a tenth of one percent, people essentially get what they want, i.e. they determine the policy. So the proper term for that is not democracy; it’s plutocracy. . . . » Continue reading “Chomsky: The U.S. Behaves Nothing Like a Democracy”

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It’s Time for Americans to Admit That We’ve Had a Coup d’etat

(Paul Craig Roberts, Alternet, July 15, 2013)
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The American people have suffered a coup d’etat, but they are hesitant to acknowledge it. The regime ruling in Washington today lacks constitutional and legal legitimacy. Americans are ruled by usurpers who claim that the executive branch is above the law and that the US Constitution is a mere “scrap of paper.” . . . Like serfs in the dark ages, American citizens can be picked up on the authority of some unknown person in the executive branch and thrown in a dungeon, subject to torture, without any evidence ever being presented to a court or any information to the person’s relatives of his/her whereabouts. Or they can be placed on a list without explanation that curtails their right to travel by air. Every communication of every American, except face-to-face conversation in non-bugged environments, is intercepted and recorded by the National Stasi Agency from which phrases can be strung together to produce a “domestic extremist.” . . . If throwing an American citizen in a dungeon is too much trouble, the citizen can simply be blown up with a hellfire missile launched from a drone. No explanation is necessary. For the Obama tyrant, the exterminated human being was just a name on a list. . . . The president of the United States has declared that he possesses these constitutionally forbidden rights, and his regime has used them to oppress and murder US citizens. The president’s claim that his will is higher than law and the Constitution is public knowledge. Yet, there is no demand for the usurper’s impeachment. Congress is supine. The serfs are obedient.  » Continue reading “It’s Time for Americans to Admit That We’ve Had a Coup d’etat”

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