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Militants In Oregon Say They'll Leave If Local Community Asks

Source: NPR

Anti-federalist militants continue to hold the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns, Ore., as law enforcement officials keep their distance. But they say they're willing to leave if local residents ask them to, Oregon Public Broadcasting reports.

Read more: http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/01/04/461950205/gunmen-hold-federal-building-in-oregon-as-convicted-ranchers-seek-pardon



It sounds like they're looking for a graceful way out of this.

Edited to add: I'm starting to wonder about this story. No one else seems to be reporting this, and CNN just showed a video of the local sheriff asking them to leave. So they have their request from the locals and apparently aren't leaving.

New Michael Moore film: "Where to Invade Next"

http://www.salon.com/2015/12/25/michael_moore_just_exploded_the_rights_biggest_lie/

“Where to Invade Next” has a wide release set for Feb. 12, which is also Abraham Lincoln’s birthday and the week of the New Hampshire primary. Coincidence? Definitely not.

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So Moore asked his distributors to get on board with a release plan designed to rock the nation: “I said …. give me a month or so to barnstorm the country, me personally, in a big rock ‘n’ roll tour bus, and we will criss-cross the country showing the film for free, leading up to the New Hampshire primary — because the issues in the film are the issues, the real issues, people want being discussed in this election year.” They may also have music and rallies along the way.

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“Where to Invade Next” begins with the observation that the United States has not won a war since World War II. It then comically imagines the Department of Defense calling on Moore to step in and save our nation. His plan? Invade nations not to take them over, but to take their good ideas. We then see a hilariously ironic shot of Moore on a ship draped in the American flag and heading out on his quest.

Moore then embarks on a tour of a series of European nations and one in Africa where he finds society getting it right. From debt-free education to paid leave, women’s rights, prison reform and delicious school lunches, Moore offers viewers a world where people simply live better than we do here.

Imprimis Pharmaceuticals is making a $1 alternative to Martin Shkreli's $750 ripoff pill.

http://www.addictinginfo.org/2015/10/22/pharma-bro-about-to-lose-his-shirt-as-rival-makes-1-alternative-to-his-750-ripoff/
Imprimis Pharmaceuticals, making no bones about why they created an alternative to Daraprim that will cost just under one dollar per pill, released this statement on their website:

Last month, Turing Pharmaceuticals LLC, the sole supplier of Daraprim,increased the price of this prescription drug from $13.50 per tablet to a reported $750.00 per tablet. The FDA-approved label for Daraprim indicates that it is prescribed for toxoplasmosis and other types of infections. Toxoplasmosis can be of major concern for patients with weakened immune systems such as patients with HIV/AIDS, pregnant women and children. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, pyrimethamine works to block folic acid synthesis in the parasite T. gondii, the cause of toxoplasmosis, and leucovorin helps to reverse the negative effects on bone marrow caused by this mechanism of action.

Imprimis is now offering customizable compounded formulations of pyrimethamine and leucovorin in oral capsules starting as low as $99.00 for a 100 count bottle, or at a cost of under a dollar per capsule. Compounded medications may be appropriate for prescription when a commercially-available medicine does not meet the specific needs of a patient. For ordering information, please visit www.imprimiscares.com.

Is Kim Davis the only person refusing to issue marriage licenses?

Something just struck me. I haven't heard a single word about anyone anywhere refusing to issue marriage licenses other than Kim Davis.

Has the media simply latched onto her for some reason and ignored others, or are there no others?

The fact that there don't appear to be others being reported would seem to indicate that there are few, if any. If so, that says something very positive about this country.

Kim Davis may be an extreme exception, and not an indication of overall backwardness in this country.

What is securefamily.org?

I just saw this ad on MSNBC:

It definitely has a bad smell to it:

"Family"
"Security"
The evil government making life more difficult.

All hallmarks of some kind of corporate disinformation.

So I decided to research a little further. I checked ownership of the domain securefamily.org.

https://who.godaddy.com/whoisstd.aspx?domain=securefamily.org&prog_id=GoDaddy&k=yxtt0Qkxct78vOj3WtCRioxThOC5HoztvKV32SJnbrZqV%2fPh0EpX97XWojkEJGZu

It shows that the registrant name is AALU and the contact email uses the domain aalu.org.

If you go to http://aalu.org/ you'll see that it's an organization of life insurance professionals. Interesting. Why is the insurance industry oh so concerned about your financial plans?

On securefamily.org, they ask you to "TELL CONGRESS TO FIX THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR FIDUCIARY REGULATIONS" and they make it easy for you to send a form letter to Congress asking them to do so.

They don't explain what exactly these regulations are except to say that it will limit your access to certain types of investments and information about investments. I'm pretty sure that what's really happening is that the regulations will stop them from selling you bad investments and giving you misleading information.

Anyone know what this is about? What are these new regulations and why is the insurance industry trying to mislead us into opposing them? Considering how desperate the insurance industry appears to be to stop them, they're probably something that we want. If we can determine that these regulations are actually a good thing then we should support them.

The form at http://securefamily.org is prefilled with the message they want you to send to Congress, but it is possible to customize your message before sending it. You can entirely replace the message with your own. If these regulations are in reality a good thing for the average person, then we should all use the form to send a message supporting the regulations instead of the message they want us to send.

Anyone know anything about these regulations?

Text "work" (without the quotes) to 82623 to volunteer for Bernie.

This was announced at Wednesday's event.

Central Montco (PA) Dems Meetup.

I'm the organizer for the Central Montgomery County (PA) Democratic Party meetup. I'd like to start having monthly meetups again and I'm trying to increase interest. If you're in the area and are interested in attending you can signup at http://www.meetup.com/democrat-463/. I'd appreciate it if you'd also PM me so that I know how many are signing up. You can also PM me if you have any questions.

I'm open to any suggestions about when and where we should meet and what we should discuss.

The next time someone tells you that Obama is destroying the economy...

Let's make voting family friendly!

Voting needs to be more family friendly. Families have responsibilities and obligations. They sometimes work multiple shifts and have to worry about watching young children.

In particular, single parents (often widows and widowers) are sometimes solely responsible for watching young children and can have difficulty finding the time between working and caring for their children to get to the polls while they're open.

Early voting or mail in balloting are family friendly ways of voting. Who could be against that? Surely we want families to vote!

Let's burn some books! (How to change the conversation and beat the Tea Party)

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