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Keiser Report: Bliss of Ignorance (E588)

RT 感ublished on Apr 15, 2014

In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert discuss how ignorance could, indeed, be bliss for all of us if the ignorant would just STFU. From geopolitics to cryptocurrencies, those who know least are the most likely to seek the use of force. In the second half, Max interviews crypto whale, Karl Gray, about the future of crypto and his plans to crowdfund the $300 million Statue of Responsibility, a companion to the Statue of Liberty to be built off the West coast of America.

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Gwen Hallsmith: Lobbying for Public Banking

GRITtv感ublished on Apr 15, 2014

The Laura Flanders show streams from www.grittv.org. Public banking has been proven to be better for the economy and is the norm in several countries, yet there is only one state-owned public bank in the United States. Why is this? Gwen Hallsmith of the Public Banking Institute joins us to discuss the fight for public banking in Vermont and the United States.

- This is the ''STAKE'' that will kill the bloodsucking Dracul, also known as Wall Street.

Myanmar Activists Spread Anti-Hate-Speech Campaign

NTDTV感ublished on Apr 14, 2014

Myanmar activists launch a flower campaign aiming to stop hate-speeches believed to have played a role in triggering sectarian violence in Myanmar.

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Youth activists joined water festivities in Yangon on Monday, distributing flowers and urging fellow citizens to restrain from using hate speech.

The Panzagar activists, also known as the Flower Speech Movement, hope to stop the use of abusive and insulting language recently spreading in online forums and public discussions.

Blogger and development worker Nay Phone Latt, who spent nearly four years in jail for writing about the 2007 protests that sparked a bloody crackdown, started the Flower Speech Movement. He said he fears that hate speech is dangerous for society.

Myanmar has been grappling with hate speech since religious tensions erupted in June 2012, killing at least 240 people and displacing more than 140,000, mostly Muslims. Vitriolic and inflammatory comments about Muslims, who make up a small fraction of the population, have become common on blogs, web forums and Facebook pages, the Thomson Reuters Foundation reported.

Buddhist nationalists and some monks, driven by fear that Muslims will take over Myanmar, have urged people to boycott Muslim-owned businesses and successfully lobbied the government to draft controversial laws, including one that would force Buddhist women wanting to marry non-Buddhist men to get permission from their parents and local government officials. No such restrictions are planned for Buddhist men, the report said.

Nay Phone Latt told local media that a Buddhist monk, U Wirathu, has been giving speeches inciting hatred against Rohingyas, Muslims who live in western Rakhine state and not recognised as one of Myanmar's official ethnic groups. They have been described by the United Nations as one of the most persecuted minorities in the world.

Such hatred, he says, has led to violent attacks against Rohingyas, the latest being in Hlegu township outside Yangon earlier this month, when a mob threw stones at Muslim residents and destroyed their property.

"I think there's a relation between violence and hate speeches which are spreading in our community and on the internet. If we can reduce this hatred, I believe that we can expect love in our society, and not hate among each other," Nay Phone Latt said.

Despite limited internet access in Myanmar, young people and the Burmese diaspora worldwide are using social media to share information and opinion on the country's issues.

The campaign is trying to reach all extremist groups using hate speech that touch on race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation.

"I hope people will adopt the attitude when they see flower speech, which means they will talk by not using insulting words to others, or talk without using hate speech," Latt said.

The Panzagar movement launched on April 4, handing out banners and pamphlets. Their signature banner shows a cartoon of a man and a woman holding a bullhorn that spews out flowers.

The anti-hate speech campaigners took the opportunity to reach as many people during the Thingyan Water Festival, celebrating the Buddhist New Year, when streets are crowded with revelers. They plan on visiting other towns in the future.

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- Good on ya Myanmar. Give PEACE a chance......

People Power: Dead Swedes provide home heating for alive Swedes

RT 感ublished on Apr 14, 2014

A crematorium in Stockholm is helping people in the city keep warm - by burning dead residents. Environmentalists hail it as a progressive way of generating energy. And as RT's Paul Scott reports, the idea is catching on.

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- I'm sure Americans would have a much higher BTU output. USA! USA! USA! YAY for the Power of the People!!!

TYT: SEC Insider Shows The Only Thing That Works Is The Revolving Door

The Young Turks 感ublished on Apr 13, 2014

"A lawyer from America's Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has launched a broadside against his bosses during a leaving speech, accusing them of being too soft on wayward Wall Street chiefs in the wake of the 2008 credit crisis.

James Kidney, who retired from the SEC this month after 24 years with the organisation, said in his leaving speech that his bosses had been too 'tentative and fearful' when tackling the behaviour of banking giants.

As around 70 SEC lawyers and alumni looked on, Mr Kidney bemoaned the SEC's focus on being polite."* Steve Oh, Jimmy Dore (The Jimmy Dore Show), Malcolm Fleschner (Executive Producer, The Point) and Jackie Koppell break it down.

*Read more here from Ted Thornhill / Daily Mail:

- And btw Jimmy? The system can't be ''fixed.'' You can't fixed something that's corrupted with something that is itself corrupted. It don't work that way. ''System replacement'' is the only real option here......

Legalize Medical Marijuana, Doctors Say in Survey

By R. Scott Rappold
WebMD Health News
Reviewed by Michael W. Smith, MD

April 2, 2014
-- A majority of doctors say that medical marijuana should be legalized nationally and that it can deliver real benefits to patients, a new survey by WebMD/Medscape finds. WebMDs web site for health professionals surveyed 1,544 doctors as more than 10 states consider bills to legalize medical marijuana. It is already legal in 21 states and Washington, DC.

The survey found solid support for those legalization efforts, with most doctors saying medical marijuana should be legal in their states. They agreed that medical marijuana should be an option for patients. The survey included doctors from more than 12 specialties and 48 states.

Marijuana's Perceived Health Benefits
Solid data on marijuanas health benefits are lacking. Research has been limited because the federal government has designated marijuana as a Schedule I substance, a designation used for the most dangerous drugs having no accepted medicinal use and a high potential for abuse.

But as state after state legalizes marijuana, doctors have gained nearly 2 decades of anecdotal evidence about its effects. Dramatic stories about families moving to Colorado for a special strain of marijuana to treat their childrens seizure disorders have led to stronger calls for research.


Doctors' Responses
Heres a look at the survey numbers for doctors asked about medical marijuana:

    69% say it can help with certain treatments and conditions.
    67% say it should be a medical option for patients.
    56% support making it legal nationwide.
    50% of doctors in states where it is not legal say it should be legal in their states.
    52% of doctors in states considering new laws say it should be legal in their states.


- I hope someone sends a copy of this to Michele Leonhart's cave......

Understanding Ukraine: The Problems Today and Some Historical Context

vlogbrothers Published on Mar 4, 2014

In which John discusses the crisis in Ukraine, and how the influence of Russia and Europe have shaped Ukrainian politics for centuries. REMINDER: Educational videos are allowed to be more than four minutes long.

Thanks to Rosianna for image-gathering: http://www.youtube.com/rosianna

The BBC's Ukraine hub: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-26270866
CIA Factbook on Ukraine: https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/up.html
The wikipedia article about the Crimean War is quite good, especially in contemporary context: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crimean_War

- There will be a pop quiz on this and other possible ''Putin Poisonings'' next week. And remember to show your work! {Stick drawings are acceptable}.

The First Civil War Reenactment.

The First Civil War Reenactment.
BY Colin Nissan
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Friday, May 9, 1865

Men! I welcome you all to the town of Appomattox in the state of Virginia. We have gathered at this site for one sole purposeto express our shared love of history and profound concern for its preservation. The final battle of the Civil War was waged here where we stand. On this hallowed ground, General Robert E. Lee surrendered his Confederate forces to the North, exactly one month ago, today.

Some of you may be asking yourselves, is it too soon? Should we give it more time before performing a theatrical reenactment of the events that occurred here? To that I say its never too soon to seek a meaningful perspective on history. And also, to be fair, its not like it was last weekend.

As I look out into the crowd, I see excitement in your eyes. I also see that many of you are still nursing some rather fresh-looking injuries from the actual Civil War. This, I contend, is merely further provocation to grab hold of history now before the wounds are healed and the memories, forgotten.

Yes, our battlefield is still smoldering and not yet fully cleared of casualties, but this will only add to the authenticity that necessitates a fruitful reenactment. During our two-day battle, as you stand amongst your fellow soldiers, the residual smell of gunpowder wafting through the air, the echo of distant cannons ringing in your ears, be prepared, at times, to feel as if youve been transported back in time to a bit earlier in the spring.

A bit of housekeeping: Remember that all hand-to-hand combat is to be scripted. I think youll find this to be a fun way to learn what was actually said during the heat of battle. Scripts will be provided in your reenactment kits. In those kits, youll also find all the gear you will require. What you wont find are any of the creature comforts of today. Remember, this is April. And we will LIVE like its April!

Okay! Lets all suit up and have some fun out there! And above all, be safe!


- Oddly, after the passage of all those weeks some reenacters still found it hard to let go.......

Kiss me, deadly: If Vance McAllister had hired a hooker, hed be talking about Benghazi today

By TBogg
Thursday, April 10, 2014 4:58 EDT

December in Louisiana sultry and damp as a Fox News blonde. I was working late, signing a stack of letters to district voters to go out in the morning mail. The usual song and dance. Looking for funding to repair potholes in front of their crackerbox homes, 90th birthday wishes to some drooling old-timer in a home for the nearly dead, promising to look into impeaching that colored boy in the White House.

We call it constituent relations. I call it greasing the wheels for some 2014 campaign donations. Man cant live on NRA blood money alone.

I picked up my glass and swirled the last of my workday blend of half-Johnny Walker Red, half-Red Bull. I call it The Red Menace. After tossing it back I surveyed the office. Because it was the holidays and everyone was either itching to get in some last minute shopping or get an early start getting shit-faced drunk, Id sent everyone home early. -- Well, almost everyone.

Melissa, my scheduler, was still at her desk. She had a tiny mirror in her hand and a small army of lipstick tubes spread out before her as she sampled colors. Shes a trained cosmetologist. You know: a pro. I tapped out a Lucky and fired it up, blowing a thin stream of smoke up into the ceiling fan that slowly stirred the swampy air. I watched Melissa try on a color, then make kissy-lips at her face in mirror like she was a 2016 presidential contender and the mirror was Sheldon Adelsons ass. Someday that was going to be me kissing Adlesons ass. Ive got big plans.

Melissas not much of a scheduler, but I gave her a job because her old man is a pal of mine going way back. Thats what you do when you get into Congress, you spread the wealth. Sometimes you spread a few other things.


The Expert

- I think this is the same company that designed the F-35 for the Defense Department.

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