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Can you explain why I sometimes get this on the home page:

....when the video I posted looks like this?

It seems to happen only on certain days and at certain times of the day. Hmmm....

Thank you.


Iowa Gives Blind People Gun Permits

TomoNews US·Published on Sep 9, 2013

Iowa allows blind people to have gun permits. This means that people who cannot see can purchase and carry firearms in public spaces. By extension, this also implies that blind people are also allowed to fire these weapons. And some people don't see any problem with this.

Supporters say that blocking blind people from having guns would limit their access to protection under the second amendment of the U.S. Constitution, the one that gives people - all Americans - the right to bear arms. This restriction would thereby be a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act, a federal law which forbids discrimination based on physical disability. That said, people who can't see are not allowed to have driver's licenses and drive cars, but no one seems too bothered by this.

One proud blind gun owner, Michael Barber, of Polk County, Iowa, says it's his right to have a gun and that alone is reason to have one. The fact that he is completely blind is irrelevant, he argues.

"When you shoot a gun, you take it out and point and shoot, and I don't necessarily think eyesight is necessary," he told the Des Moines Register. "If someone is attacking me, I'm going to be able to hear what they're doing, and if I need to use the weapon, I'll use the weapon."

Despite his impairment, Barber was able to complete the training that is required for the permit application process. We have no idea how this was possible, but one article by the Des Moines Register explained that the training can be completed online, without any hands-on instruction or a shooting test.


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Four Chemical Attacks U.S. Wants You to Forget | Brainwash Update

breakingtheset·Published on Sep 9, 2013

Abby Martin speaks about the blatant hypocrisy regarding Obama's "red line" of chemical attacks as the motivating factor to intervene militarily in Syria, citing the top four chemical weapons attacks that the US military does not want you to know about.

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''I hold the maxim no less applicable to public than to private affairs, that honesty is always the best policy.'' ~George Washington, Farewell Address

The Truth About War/s (Graphic)

An0nYm0u5r3v0lut10n·Published on Jul 13, 2012

This video is a mandatory viewing to all supporters of war(s).

Narration used in the video is DAHLIA WASFI. Her website is http://www.liberatethis.com/

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Full video on http://www.youtube.com/user/TheParadigmShift

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Syria: Target-Rich Environment

I'm sure there must be some terrorists with gas missiles under all that rubble somewhere.....


- I'm afraid those Raytheon stocks will prove to be just another Wall Street bubble. Couldn't take more than a couple of cruise missiles to finish things off from the looks of it.....

Fukushima Daiichi Cs 137 dispersion model from NOAA

Fukushima Daiichi Cs 137 dispersion model presentation from NOAA Part I

Fukushima Daiichi Cs 137 dispersion model presentation from NOAA Part II

More NOAA info: http://polar.ncep.noaa.gov/global/tracers/pdf/JCOMM_poster_2012_d2.pdf

NSA Surveillance Blowback: Brazil's President May Cancel Washington Visit

Source: Common Dreams

A day after Rousseff demands public apology for being target of NSA surveillance, Brazil cancels advance team's trip to US

Published on Thursday, September 5, 2013 by Common Dreams
- Andrea Germanos, staff writer

Brazil's President Rousseff arriving at the
G20 in St. Petersburg on Thursday. (Photo:
Ichiro Guerra/Blog do Planalto/cc/flickr)

In the fallout of the revelations of vast spying by the NSA, there are signs Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff may be canceling her scheduled Oct. 23 visit to Washington. On Sunday, journalist Glenn Greenwald reported that the NSA had spied on the phone calls and electronic communications of Rousseff as well as Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto.

Reuters reported Wednesday that would Rousseff possibly cancel her formal trip to the White House in October unless she received a public apology for the surveillance. An unnamed senior Brazilian official told the news agency, "She is completely furious."

"This is a major, major crisis .... There needs to be an apology. It needs to be public. Without that, it's basically impossible for her to go to Washington in October," Reuters reports the official as saying. And on Thursday, another sign the visit could be canceled emerged.

Various news agencies are reporting that Brazil canceled a visit by a team of aides in preparation for Rousseff's trip. The team was expected to head to Washington this weekend.

Read more: http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/09/05-3

- An apology? In public? With an admission of wrongdoing? Nah, she ain't coming......

There's an even bigger Brazil/NSA story coming Sunday." - G. Greenwald

Drinking Water in India - September Campaign 2013

September Campaign 2013 - India from charitywater.org

This September Campaign is about change for people in Orissa, India. It's about social equality within the caste system. It's about health, dignity and better futures for families. It's about empowered women and stronger communities. It's about clean water for 100 villages in India. And you can help. Start a fundraising campaign, and join us: charitywater.org/september

Video by: Jamie Pent @jazzyjamieleigh / Paul Pryor paulpryorfilm.com/ / Tyler Riewer/ Cubby Graham

Music by: Bethel Music bethelmusic.com/, Paul Hepker & Mark Kilian itunes.apple.com/us/album/rendition-music-from-motion/id26613455, Jon Steinmeier jonsteinmeier.com/

Title Animation: Mancel Studios mancel.tv/
Post-Audio/Final Mix: Claymore Pictures claymorepictures.com/
Post-Color Grading: Company3 company3.com/
Cover photo by: Jeremy Snell jeremysnell.com/

Special Thanks to:
Sadhwvi Tripathy, Pranoy Mohapatra, Sridhar Rana, Eva Mohanty, Pabitra Mohapatra for volunteering many hours translating these stories.


NSA Blackmailing Obama? | Interview with Whistleblower Russ Tice

breakingtheset·Published on Jul 9, 2013

Abby Martin talks to Russell Tice, former intelligence analyst and original NSA whistleblower, about how the recent NSA scandal is only scratches the surface of a massive surveillance apparatus, citing specific targets the he saw spying orders for including former senators Hilary Clinton and Barack Obama.

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The Copyright Monopoly Was Created As A Censorship Instrument – And Is Still Used As One

alpha MINDS

When the printing press hit Europe,
royalty and clergy panicked.

All of a sudden, they had lost the gatekeeper position of determining what culture and knowledge was available to the masses, and by extension, lost control of the political discourse of their time.

At the time, different regimes reacted differently to the threat. France reacted by banning book shops altogether and banning the use of the printing press under penalty of death. The ban was utterly ineffective. (Yes, you read that right: the penalty for unauthorized copying has been escalated as far as the death penalty, still without effect.)

On the other side of the British Channel, Mary I had inherited a Protestant England from her father, who had converted the entire country from Catholicism just in order to divorce her mother (and moved on to marry a half-dozen other women in sequence). Mary wasn’t very happy with the treatment of her mother and had been raised a Catholic; she saw it as her duty to convert England back to Catholicism, no matter the cost in blood.

She took the throne from her cousin in 1553 and started a crackdown on political dissidents that still to this day earns her the nickname “Bloody Mary”. In the time, there was no difference between political and religious dissent – it was a war of power, superficially over Catholicism or Protestantism. Over 280 dissenters were burned alive on Mary I’s orders as a warning to others.

In this environment, she sought a further means to suppress free speech and political dissent. Seeing how France’s death penalty against the printing press had failed miserably, she instead opted for an unholy alliance between capital and the crown. Mary I handed out a printing monopoly on May 4, 1557 to the London Company of Stationers. In return for a lucrative monopoly of printing everything in England, the company would agree to not print anything the Crown’s censors deemed politically insubordinate.


    About The Author

    Rick Falkvinge is a regular columnist on TorrentFreak, sharing his thoughts every other week. He is the founder of the Swedish and first Pirate Party, a whisky aficionado, and a low-altitude motorcycle pilot. His blog at falkvinge.net focuses on information policy.

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