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CIA agents impersonated Senate staffers in order to gain access to Senate communications & drafts

According to sources familiar with the CIA inspector general report that details the alleged abuses by agency officials, CIA agents impersonated Senate staffers in order to gain access to Senate communications and drafts of the Intelligence Committee investigation. These sources requested anonymity because the details of the agency's inspector general report remain classified.

"If people knew the details of what they actually did to hack into the Senate computers to go search for the torture document, jaws would drop. It's straight out of a movie," said one Senate source familiar with the document.


The Escalator Gif - Skeptics vs Realists on Global Warming

and yes, Al Gore was right
just look around....(with your eyes OPEN, please)


Economists Say We Should Tax The Rich At 90 Percent

America has been doing income taxes wrong for more than 50 years.

All Americans, including the rich, would be better off if top tax rates went back to Eisenhower-era levels when the top federal income tax rate was 91 percent, according to a new working paper by Fabian Kindermann from the University of Bonn and Dirk Krueger from the University of Pennsylvania.

The top tax rate that makes all citizens, including the highest 1 percent of earners, the best off is “somewhere between 85 and 90 percent,” Krueger told The Huffington Post. Currently, the top rate of 39.6 percent is paid on income above $406,750 for individuals and $457,600 for couples.

Fewer than 1 percent of Americans, or about 1.3 million people, reach that top bracket.

Here is the conclusion from the report, charted:

.....Kindermann and Krueger say that a top marginal tax rate in the range of 90 percent would decrease both income and wealth inequality, bring in more money for the government and increase everyone’s well-being -- even those subject to the new, much higher income tax rate.


Fox News Hosts Tell Young Women Not To Vote: "They Don't Get It"

Right-Wing Media Discourage Young Women From Voting

Fox News is discouraging young people from voting again, but this time the target is more specific: young women.

"The Five" co-host Kimberly Guilfoyle said Tuesday that young women should excuse themselves from voting in the upcoming midterm elections because they don't share the same "life experience" as older women and should just go back to playing around on Tinder and Match.com.

"It's the same reason why young women on juries are not a good idea," Guilfoyle said. "They don't get it!"


What current politician says he doesn't want poor people to vote? Hint: He isn't from a red state.

What current politician says he doesn't want poor people to vote? Hint: He isn't from a red state that’s erected photo ID requirements, reduced or eliminated early voting, required excuses for absentee voting, made it harder to register, imposed long wait-times for voting, or come up with last-minute changes in polling places that aren’t communicated to voters.

Answer: Leung Chun-ying, the Beijing-appointed leader of Hong Kong. At least he's honest about his motives. In America, voter suppression is being justified as a way to prevent voter fraud, even though there’s no evidence of fraud. Another difference is the people of Hong Kong are mounting the biggest protests in that city-state’s history, risking their lives to vote and preserve their democracy. Here in America we’re letting Republican-dominated states get away with massive voter suppression, and barely making a fuss about it. Why?


The Totally Moderate Rand Paul

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
The Totally Moderate Rand Paul
Posted by Zandar

Remember, Rand Paul's big selling point is that he's a moderate, a Republican who supports criminal justice reform and legalization of marijuana. The fact he's a standard right wing nut job on most other things doesn't seem to matter, and the fact that he's a screaming tinfoil-hatted douchebag on everything else certainly doesn't seem to get enough play.

As this government-bashing tea partier moves toward a White House bid, journalists scrutinize his every wiggle and whisper. But one core component of his political personality has largely escaped exploration: The senator is close to being a full-blown conspiracy theorist.

In 2010, before winning his Senate seat, Paul sat for an interview with Luke Rudkowski, a libertarian YouTube personality who specializes in quizzing political leaders about the plot to establish a "one-world socialist government." Rudkowski asked what Paul knew of the Bilderberg Group, a collection of government and business leaders whose annual conference is a favorite target of conspiracy-mongers. Paul replied, "Only what I've learned from Alex Jones." That's right: Alex Jones, the radio host who claims that Bilderberg is a key part of a global plot to create a "scientific dictatorship" that will exterminate the "useless eaters," a.k.a. 80 percent of the human population.

Rand Paul is nuts.

Paul had his own conspiracy theory about 9/11. In speeches in 2008 and 2009, he warned about the influence of military contractors and zeroed in on Halliburton, the corporation that Dick Cheney headed before becoming vice president. Cheney, he noted, opposed the advance of American troops into Baghdad when he was defense secretary during the first Gulf War. Yet as veep he changed his mind because, Paul explained, the war would benefit Halliburton with a "billion-dollar no-bid contract."

Rand Paul is bug nuts.

Paul also has embraced one of the conspiracy theories promoted by his father, former Texas Rep. Ron Paul: that leaders from the United States, Canada, and Mexico are seeking to merge their countries into a socialist megastate that would issue the "Amero" currency to replace US and Canadian dollars and the Mexican peso.
(Anti-feminist campaigner Phyllis Schlafly and Jerome Corsi, who led the 2004 Swift Boat Veterans for Truth campaign, are among the key proponents of this idea.)

At an appearance for his father's 2008 presidential campaign in Bozeman, Montana, Rand Paul was asked what steps his dad would take to thwart the scheme to impose a North American superstate. The first thing to do, he said, was "publicizing that it's going on" and pushing Congress to "stop it." He insisted the Amero push was "a real thing" but cautioned, "If you talk about it like it's a conspiracy, they'll paint you as a nut. It's not a conspiracy, they're out in the open about it. I guarantee it's one of their long-term goals—to have one sort of borderless mass continent." He did not specify who "they" were.

Hey guys?

Rand Paul is completely effing nuts.

But he's still a contender?


LOL: Republicans promise to bring back the ‘W’ days if they can take the Senate

The Republican National Committee is still hawking “I miss W” t-shirts, but now they have a new message.

In a fundraising email sent out Tuesday, RNC chief operating officer Sara Armstrong promised Republicans would bring the leadership qualities of President George W. Bush to the Senate if they prevailed in the upcoming Nov. 4 midterm elections.

“President George W. Bush once said, ‘I will live and lead by these principles: to advance my convictions with civility, to pursue the public interest with courage, to speak for greater justice and compassion, to call for responsibility and try to live it as well,’” the email starts.

“That’s what America needs right now: a big dose of leadership. The kind of principled conservative leadership President Bush provided our great nation. And the kind of leadership Republicans will deliver when we win a Senate majority.”


And then along came Ronnie...


J&J to begin testing Ebola vaccine in January; expects 250K doses ready by May

J&J to begin testing Ebola vaccine in January; expects 250K doses ready by May

Oct 22 2014, 04:46 ET | By: Yoel Minkoff, SA News Editor

Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) will begin testing an Ebola vaccine in humans in January, and plans to have 250K doses of the experimental vaccine ready for use in clinical trials in May.

The drug will combine a shot from the company's Janssen unit with one developed by Bavarian Nordic (OTCPK:BVNRY).

J&J will invest about $200M to study and expand production of the vaccine, and aims to produce 1M doses next year.


"In Retrospect., We Should Have..."

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