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WikiLeaks released the secret draft text for the entire TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership)

Today, 15 January 2014, WikiLeaks released the secret draft text for the entire TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) Environment Chapter and the corresponding Chairs' Report. The TPP transnational legal regime would cover 12 countries initially and encompass 40 per cent of global GDP and one-third of world trade. The Environment Chapter has long been sought by journalists and environmental groups. The released text dates from the Chief Negotiators' summit in Salt Lake City, Utah, on 19-24 November 2013.

The Environment Chapter covers what the Parties propose to be their positions on: environmental issues, including climate change, biodiversity and fishing stocks; and trade and investment in 'environmental' goods and services. It also outlines how to resolve enviromental disputes arising out of the treaty's subsequent implementation. The draft Consolidated Text was prepared by the Chairs of the Environment Working Group, at the request of TPP Ministers at the Brunei round of the negotiations.


http://wikileaks.org/tpp-enviro/



Posted by Seedersandleechers | Wed Jan 15, 2014, 10:46 AM (14 replies)

My new favorite soap opera

IKEA Heights. Filmed entirely in an IKEA store without their permission. 7 or more episodes.

Posted by Seedersandleechers | Mon Dec 30, 2013, 04:00 PM (2 replies)

Man gets "raped" by police and medical staff after a routine traffic stop

The incident began January 2, 2013 after David Eckert finished shopping at the Wal-Mart in Deming. According to a federal lawsuit, Eckert didn't make a complete stop at a stop sign coming out of the parking lot and was immediately stopped by law enforcement.

Eckert's attorney, Shannon Kennedy, said in an interview with KOB that after law enforcement asked him to step out of the vehicle, he appeared to be clenching his buttocks. Law enforcement thought that was probable cause to suspect that Eckert was hiding narcotics in his anal cavity. While officers detained Eckert, they secured a search warrant from a judge that allowed for an anal cavity search.

The lawsuit claims that Deming Police tried taking Eckert to an emergency room in Deming, but a doctor there refused to perform the anal cavity search citing it was "unethical."

But physicians at the Gila Regional Medical Center in Silver City agreed to perform the procedure and a few hours later, Eckert was admitted.


http://www.kob.com/article/stories/S3209305.shtml?cat=500#.UnkAjpFAeiK
Posted by Seedersandleechers | Tue Nov 5, 2013, 10:32 AM (111 replies)

How the Super-Rich Are Abandoning America

The wealthiest Americans who hate "takers" enjoy $2 trillion in special tax carve outs, more than double the entire annual budget of Social Security.



As they accumulate more and more wealth, the very rich have less need for society. At the same time, they've convinced themselves that they made it on their own, and that contributing to societal needs is unfair to them. There is ample evidence that this small group of takers is giving up on the country that made it possible for them to build huge fortunes.
They've Taken $25 Trillion of New Wealth While Paying Less Taxes

The 2013 Global Wealth Databook shows that U.S. wealth has increased from $47 trillion in 2008 to $72 trillion in mid-2013. But according to U.S. Government Revenue figures, federal income taxes have gone DOWN from 2008 to 2012. Even worse, corporations cut their tax rate in half.

American society has gained nothing from its massive wealth expansion. There's no wealth tax, no financial transaction tax, no way to ensure that infrastructure and public education are supported.

Just how much have the super-rich taken over the past five years? Each of the elite 5 percent -- the richest 12 million Americans -- gained, on average, nearly a million dollars in financial wealth between 2008 and 2013.

- See more at: http://thecontributor.com/economy/how-super-rich-are-abandoning-america#sthash.hFTfR2xW.dpuf
Posted by Seedersandleechers | Mon Nov 4, 2013, 01:16 PM (18 replies)

Sarah Palin Claims Jesus Celebrated Easter (WTF)?

Sarah Palin claimed today that Jesus Christ celebrated Easter during his time on Earth.

In an interview with Fox and Friends this morning, the former Alaska governor promoted her new book about the left's "war on Christmas" and argued that all Christian holidays should return to the traditional versions practiced by Jesus.

"It makes me so gosh darn angry," Palin explained. "The liberal left in this country has targeted Christian holidays and is trying to secularize them right out of existence.

"When Jesus celebrated Easter with his disciples there were no Easter bunnies or egg hunts. There were no Easter sales at department stores or parades in the street. Easter was a special time of prayer and Christian activism.


http://dailycurrant.com/2013/10/23/sarah-palin-claims-jesus-celebrated-easter/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=sarah-palin-claims-jesus-celebrated-easter
Posted by Seedersandleechers | Thu Oct 24, 2013, 08:34 AM (47 replies)

Dying life of the tribe: Spectacular pictures by British photographer

capture the people who are in danger of disappearing forever















More pictures here
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2472272/A-vanishing-way-life-captured-forever-British-photographer-travels-world-record-dozens-dying-tribes-danger-disappearing-forever.html
Posted by Seedersandleechers | Wed Oct 23, 2013, 04:20 PM (8 replies)

Malala Yousafzai amazing answer on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart leaving him speechless.

Posted by Seedersandleechers | Wed Oct 9, 2013, 08:12 PM (49 replies)

In emotional testimony, providers and patient criticize KanCare system

This is Brownbeck's doing. Those poor people.


TOPEKA — A committee of Kansas legislators heard Monday from health-care executives who said claim denials and slow payments by the state’s KanCare managed care system threatens their businesses — and emotional testimony from a Johnson County man with muscular dystrophy who said KanCare cuts were threatening to destroy his family and his life.

At the first meeting of the Joint Committee on Home and Community Based Services and KanCare Oversight, representatives of hospitals and other health-care and disability service providers said the new system — proposed and promised to reduce bureaucracy — has substantially increased it by adding a layer of administration between them and the state.

But their testimony was emotionally overshadowed by Finn Bullers of Prairie Village, an unannounced witness who came to the hearing in an electric wheelchair with his respirator attached to the back.

Bullers said he is facing a planned reduction from 168 service hours a week to 40, “which my wife says will force her to file for divorce.”



Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2013/10/07/4538580/kancare-system-criticized-in-topeka.html#storylink=cpy
Posted by Seedersandleechers | Mon Oct 7, 2013, 10:56 PM (0 replies)

Elephant poachers to be killed "on spot" in Tanzania

Arusha — STERNER punishment awaits poachers following government's finalisation of a Bill to check rising wave of poaching incidents in the country.

The Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism, Amb. Khamis Kagasheki told this paper on Friday that the Bill is scheduled for tabling in the National Assembly next month.

Amb. Kagasheki admitted that the current law was lenient and had loopholes that culprits took advantage of."Poachers must be harshly punished because they are merciless people who wantonly kill our wildlife and sometimes game wardens, he said. He said due to the rising crime level, he could not help thinking that shooting on the spot of the culprits, could go a long way towards checking the killings. "I am very aware that some alleged human rights activists will make an uproar, claiming that poachers have as much rights to be tried in courts as the next person, but let's face it, poachers not only kill wildlife but also usually never hesitate to shoot dead any innocent person standing in their way," stated Amb. Kagasheki.

The minister was speaking at the climax of the global 'Elephant March' held in 15 countries worldwide and in Tanzania, about 3 kilometres mass walk was held in Arusha, which is the country's capital for tourism. The march started in Majengo area and wound up at the AICC Club grounds in Kijenge area.



http://allafrica.com/stories/201310070124.html


Poachers are killing 30 to 70 large elephants per day. Interesting article.



Posted by Seedersandleechers | Mon Oct 7, 2013, 07:44 AM (18 replies)

Neb. high court nixes teen's request for abortion

Source: Associated Press

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — In a split decision released Friday, the Nebraska Supreme Court rejected a 16-year-old ward of the state's request to waive parental consent to get an abortion, saying the girl had not shown she is sufficiently mature and well-informed enough to decide on her own whether to have an abortion.

The girl, who is not named in the opinion, was living with foster parents this year when a juvenile court terminated the parental rights of her biological parents, who had physically abused and neglected her. In a closed hearing this summer, she told Douglas County District Judge Peter Bataillon she was 10 weeks pregnant and asked for a court order allowing an abortion. She said she would not be able to financially support a child and feared she might lose her foster placement if her foster parents, whom she described as having strong religious beliefs, learned of her pregnancy.

Her attorney, Catherine Mahern of Omaha, argued that the girl didn't need anyone's consent for an abortion under the regulations of the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, which states that "if a ward decides to have an abortion, the consent of the parent(s) or Department is not required," although notification of the parents of the abortion might be required.

Nebraska law was changed in 2011 from requiring minors to inform parents of an abortion to requiring them to get the written, notarized consent of a parent or guardian. Exceptions are limited to cases of abuse by the parent or guardian, medical emergencies and instances in which the minor is sufficiently mature and well-informed to decide whether to have an abortion.

Read more: http://www.chron.com/news/article/Neb-high-court-nixes-teen-s-request-for-abortion-4869315.php



Posted by Seedersandleechers | Fri Oct 4, 2013, 09:16 PM (21 replies)
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