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Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO): Tom Wheeler Is Not A Dingo

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver • Published on Jun 15, 2014

FCC Chair Tom Wheeler watched Last Week Tonight's bit on net neutrality.
He thought it was funny and creative. He wants us to know he's not a dingo.

It occurred to me recently, just how screwed we'd all be if it weren't for the likes of people such as Bill Maher, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert and John Oliver. They are our National Psychological/ Emotional Cathartic Safety Valves.

- Just think of how bleak life would if there were no one around to properly mock Fox News......

'Dangerous, alienating, sociopathic': Former police captain on arming US cops with military gear

RT * Published on Jun 16, 2014

Dangerous, alienating, and sociopathic: the policy of arming police to
the teeth with military-grade gear shows a fundamental misunderstanding
of how crime is solved and what it means for a cop to walk the beat,
former Captain Ray Lewis told RT -

READ FULL SCRIPT http://on.rt.com/5rvxhq

War Gear Flows to Police Departments

''In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happened, you can bet it was planned that way.''

~President Franklin Delano Roosevelt

RAW: Massive twin tornadoes rip through Nebraska

RT * Published on Jun 16, 2014

Several tornadoes tore through northeast Nebraska on Monday, leaving at
least one person dead and 16 others critically injured, along with
widespread property damage.

Read more http://on.rt.com/gnjsc2

TYT: Shame On These Democrats For Enabling Wall Street Deregulation

TYT • Published on Jun 15, 2014

"Over the past two years, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) has repeatedly wrestled with factions of his own party as he tries to bring traditionally uncontroversial bills to the floor, only to see a legislative war break out between tea party hard-liners and old-guard conservatives. But Cantor is currently prepping a bill that will incite a different kind of floor fight -- this time among Democrats.

It's supposed to be the kind of procedural bill that wouldn't raise hackles, even during an election year. The House Agriculture Committee cleared it by a voice vote, not even bothering to record the yeas and nays. Many of its major provisions have already passed the House with dozens -- in some cases, hundreds -- of Democratic votes."* The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur breaks it down.
    "I think they are gravely mistaken, and I think they're all going to fail," says former House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank (D-Mass.) of the bipartisan effort to chip away at the financial reform law that bears his name. "I cannot believe that if these became big public issues, that it would benefit the people pushing them."

    The Koch and Wall Street-backed deregulation items have all been folded into a bill formally reauthorizing the existence of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission -- the regulator that oversees the multi-trillion-dollar derivatives market. The agency has been functioning without authorization since October, and financial oversight advocates are confident that it can continue to do so unless the GOP passes legislation to defund it.

    By lumping a host of bipartisan bills together, the CFTC bill is Wall Street's best chance yet to defang Dodd-Frank. The most consequential deregulation bill in the package was introduced in early 2013 as HR 1256. Critics on Capitol Hill blast it as the "London Whale Loophole Act," because it allows U.S. firms to skip Dodd-Frank's trading rules on derivatives, provided they conduct trades in other countries with supposedly similar regulatory regimes.

    *Read more here from Zach Carter & Paul Blumenthal / The Huffington Post:

- It's clear that these Democrats follow the philosophy of Mark Twain, when he said: ''It is better to take what does not belong to you than to let it lie around neglected.''

Yeah, I know. They don't need a reason.....

Ukraine military Il-76 plane downed by self-defense forces in Lugansk

RT * Published on Jun 14, 2014

Anti-Kiev forces took down a Ukrainian military Il-76 transport jet as it was landing in Lugansk, the country's Defense Ministry confirmed. FULL STORY: http://on.rt.com/n6hpsm

ALSO WATCH: Moment Ukraine Il-76 military transport jet shot down in Lugansk

Woman Attacked For Being Muslim, Except She's Catholic

*Published on Jun 14, 2014*

"An Albuquerque woman was attacked in her home and her family's U.S. citizenship papers were torn up by a man who incorrectly believed that she was Muslim.

Albuquerque's KRQE Channel 13 reported that, ironically, the woman and her family are Catholic Iraqis who fled that country six years ago to escape religious persecution. They told KRQE that they never expected this to happen to them in their adopted homeland.

Around midday last week, Seham Jaber was home alone when the doorbell rang. Thinking it was her husband, she opened the door without looking, only to be attacked by a man wearing a mask and gloves. The man punched her face and body and shouted anti-Muslim epithets, she said."

Read more from Raw Story here: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/06/12/catholic-iraqi-refugee-attacked-beaten-in-nm-by-man-who-thought-she-was-muslim/

Cenk Uygur (http://www.twitter.com/cenkuygur) and Gina Grad (http://www.twitter.com/ginagrad) break down this disgusting example of bigotry. What do you think the attackers punishment should be? Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

- Don't worry robber/assaulter/bigot/ignorant asswipe, I'm sure Jesus was forgiving the hell out of you the whole time you were beating that innocent lady up. So you're good.

Cop Caught Filming People On The Toilet

TYT • Published on Jun 14, 2014

Videos of men going to the bathroom began spreading across the United
States until Fox Files investigator Chris Hayes traced them to a gas
station bathroom in Chesterfield. With the help of police, they found an
unexpected suspect.

Read more here: http://fox2now.com/2014/06/06/chesterfield-police-officer-accused-of-invasion-of-privacy

- Well, I guess that promotion's on hold for now.

And now I must live with the knowledge that there's such a thing as a poop cam......

Citrus Growers Manufacture Huge Amounts of DMT

The Nexian
By Morris Crowley
Friday, 13 June 2014

It may surprise you to learn that common citrus trees like oranges and lemons are actually Schedule I substances, in the same legal category as heroin. I know it sounds absurd, but it is absolutely true. Recent analysis published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry (Servillo et al. 2013) found that several citrus plants, including lemons and oranges, contain N,N-dimethyltryptamine (DMT) and 5-hydroxy-N,N-dimethyltryptamine (bufotenine). Both of these compounds are powerful hallucinogens and are designated as Schedule I substances under the federal Controlled Substances Act in the United States. Under that same law, “any material” containing “any quantity” of a Schedule I drug is itself legally equivalent to that drug.

The upshot of this is that domestic citrus producers are in fact operating a massive drug manufacturing enterprise, legally speaking. And the scale of this manufacture is not trivial. Let's estimate 150 orange trees per acre, and conservatively suppose that each tree contains one kilogram of leaves. Then in the state of Florida alone, where approximately 550,000 acres are under cultivation, the crop would contain somewhere in the neighborhood of 80 kilograms of bufotenine -- roughly 5 million doses -- and 5 kilograms of DMT -- roughly 150,000 doses. But that's not all! Since the entire mass of any material containing these substances is legally equivalent to the pure substance, the entire biomass of the groves would be treated as pure DMT or pure bufotenine if the growers were charged with manufacturing a controlled substance.

You might wonder why I am characterizing an entire branch of agriculture as a massive drug manufacturing operation. That characterization, however, is not mine. Under federal law, they are a massive drug manufacturing operation. I am merely drawing attention to the issue.

Regardless of how you feel about the war on drugs, this issue should cause you serious concern. The Controlled Substances Act is written in a way that makes all sorts of mundane materials illegal. It’s not just orange trees; depending on where you live, there is a reasonable chance that the grass in your lawn contains Schedule I substances. In fact, so many materials contain detectable quantities of controlled substances that nearly everyone is breaking the law all the time.


- If you read this post, you can now be charged with using or possessing with the intent to consume a controlled substance so, PUT THAT ORANGE DOWN!!!!

Volkswagen - Eyes on the road

''A telephone has no constitutional right to be answered.'' ~Justice Dan Snow, First Monday In October

Islamists unleash all-out assault on Iraqi cities with US weapons

RT • Published on June 12, 2014

- Your tax dollars at work.....

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