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You, Too, Can Buy a Congressman!

You, Too, Can Buy a Congressman!

The best investment you can make isn't gold or some revolutionary technology.

The best investment you can make is to buy a politician!

Investing in a politician can yield more returns than any stock or other commodity ever could:

.....according to www.opensecrets.org, oil, gas and coal companies donated at least $43,000 to Zincke's campaign. That's more than 10 percent of Ryan Zincke's total contributions from Political Action Committees.

And what are the companies getting in return? They're avoiding paying $19 million a year for taking that coal from you and me and the rest of the US, which owns the public lands.

Over the last two years, they've made $38 million on a $43,000 investment.

So Ryan Zincke's investors are seeing a rate of return that's over 86,000 percent.


Donald Trump: "It's time to get tough on unpatriotic businesses who outsource to China."

Bernie's awesome momentum in one glorious picture.


Wow - people waving confederate flags at Obama motorcade as they depart Nashville


Leaked: What’s in Obama’s trade deal Is the White House going to bat for Big Pharma worldwide?

it is from Politico:

Leaked: What's in Obama's trade deal
Is the White House going to bat for Big Pharma worldwide?
By Michael Grunwald

“It would be a dramatic departure from U.S. law, and it would put a real crimp in the ability of less expensive drugs to get to market,”

POLITICO has obtained a draft copy of TPP’s intellectual property chapter as it stood on May 11, at the start of the latest negotiating round in Guam. While U.S. trade officials would not confirm the authenticity of the document, they downplayed its importance, emphasizing that the terms of the deal are likely to change significantly as the talks enter their final stages. Those terms are still secret, but the public will get to see them once the twelve TPP nations reach a final agreement and President Obama seeks congressional approval.

Still, the draft chapter will provide ammunition for critics who have warned that TPP’s protections for pharmaceutical companies could dump trillions of dollars of additional health care costs on patients, businesses and governments around the Pacific Rim. The highly technical 90-page document, cluttered with objections from other TPP nations, shows that U.S. negotiators have fought aggressively and, at least until Guam, successfully on behalf of Big Pharma.

“The draft text includes provisions that could make it extremely tough for generics to challenge brand-name pharmaceuticals abroad. Those provisions could also help block copycats from selling cheaper versions of the expensive cutting-edge drugs known as “biologics” inside the U.S., restricting treatment for American patients while jacking up Medicare and Medicaid costs for American taxpayers.

There’s very little distance between what Pharma wants and what the U.S. is demanding,” said Rohat Malpini, director of policy for Doctors Without Borders.


Josh Duggar to be sued by non-family member he molested

Josh Duggar to be sued by non-family member he molested: report
Because the statute of limitations has expired, neither Duggar nor his parents can plead the Fifth

According to In Touch, which first broke the molestation story involving the former “19 Kids and Counting” star, one of 27-year-old Josh Duggar’s victims who isn’t in his immediate family will be filing a civil lawsuit against him.

The anonymous source who told In Touch about the lawsuit added that it could be very damaging not just for Josh, but the entire family, because as a civil proceeding about a crime whose statute of limitations has expired, neither he nor his parents would be allowed to plead the Fifth to avoid self-incrimination.

Being forced to answer uncomfortable questions about when they knew about Josh’s behavior — and after they learned about it, what measures they took to protect his siblings and their friends from him — could put the future of “19 Kids and Counting” in even greater jeopardy than it already is. TLC already pulled the program from its regular rotation, and has remained noncommittal concerning its eventual return.


Blinded by the light.....

rinse, repeat.....Racism as Strategy.....

Nixon's Southern Strategy to win the KKK's descendants to the GOP's cause.

You start out in 1954 by saying, "n*gg*r, n*gg*r, n*gg*r, " By 1968 you can't say "n*gg*r" — that hurts you. Backfires. So you say stuff like forced busing, states' rights and all that stuff. You're getting so abstract now (that) you're talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you're talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is (that) blacks get hurt worse than whites. And subconsciously maybe that is part of it. I'm not saying that. But I'm saying that if it is getting that abstract, and that coded, that we are doing away with the racial problem one way or the other. You follow me — because obviously sitting around saying, "We want to cut this," is much more abstract than even the busing thing, and a hell of a lot more abstract than "n*gg*r, n*gg*r."

- Lee Atwater

TISA Exposed: 'Holy Grail' of Leaks Reveals Detailed Plot for Corporate Takeover

Published on
Fifty-two-nation Trade in Services Agreement uses trade regulations 'as a smokescreen to limit citizen rights,' says labor leader

Wednesday, July 01, 2015
by Common Dreams


That deal is the Trade in Services Agreement, or TISA, currently being negotiated by 52 nations that together account for two-thirds of global GDP. Those nations are the United States, the 28 members of the European Union, and 23 other countries, including Turkey, Mexico, Canada, Australia, Pakistan, Taiwan, and Israel. According to WikiLeaks, TISA "is the largest component of the United States' strategic neoliberal 'trade' treaty triumvirate," which also includes the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the TransAtlantic Trade and Investment Pact (TTIP).

"Together, the three treaties form not only a new legal order shaped for transnational corporations, but a new economic 'grand enclosure,' which excludes China and all other BRICS countries," declared WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assangein a press statement. What's more, it adds, "ll three treaties have been subject to stringent criticism for the lack of transparency and public consultation in their negotiation processes."

The texts published Wednesday cover everything from financial services to telecommunications to migrant labor protections.

"TISA is exposed as a developed countries' corporate wish lists for services which seeks to bypass resistance from the global South to this agenda inside the WTO, and to secure an agreement on services without confronting the continued inequities on agriculture, intellectual property, cotton subsidies, and many other issues."

—Our World Is Not For Sale

Overall, the leak provides further evidence of how "a self-selected group of mainly rich countries" plans to "bypass other governments in the World Trade Organization (WTO) and rewrite its services agreement in the interests of their corporations," reads an expert analysis penned by University of Auckland law professor Jane Kelsey. "It also makes the new risks from TISA to governments' right to regulate in their national interest much clearer."



Michigan County Clerk Performs Marriages As County Judge Refuses

After the district judge in Midland County, Mich., decided to stop performing any marriages in the wake of the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage, county clerk Ann Manary started performing the ceremonies herself.

"Our district court is no longer performing marriages," Manary told MLive.com. "I'm not sure exactly what he's thinking there."

District Judge Michael Carpenter decided earlier this week not to perform marriages because he says he's not required to by state statutes, according to the Midland Daily News.

Manary told MLive.com that she started granting marriage license applications to gay couples on Friday and that she has also performed a couple of ceremonies. She is the only person in the clerk's office permitted by state law to perform marriages, according to MLive.

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