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March 3, 2014

China's BIG Military Problem | China Uncensored

China Uncensored·Published on Feb 28, 2014

China's got a BIG military problem, and it's rendering the PLA's tanks and guns useless. What is this grave danger to China's army? Find out on this episode of China Uncensored.

- So it turns out that we may not need missiles, or lasers to defeat the Chinese. Just Big Macs and McNuggets......
March 3, 2014

The Daily Show: Recap - Week of 2/24/14

- I don't know about you but for me, Jon's made all this bearable.......
March 3, 2014

Jeremy Scahill: The One Party State, The War Party

wearechange·Published on Mar 2, 2014

Is the United States of America an Oligarchy? During the 2014 ISFLC, Jeremy Scahill speaks on the fact that in today's world behemoth corporations are able to buy off politicians and pull the strings to impact legislature. Washington, D.C. is a town that operates by campaign contributions and legal bribery in the form of campaign finance. What can the American people do to get their political representatives to represent them as opposed to the mega corporations. When will the people's voice be heard?

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''The victim of mind-manipulation does not know that he is a victim. To him, the walls of his prison are invisible, and he believes himself to be free.'' ~Aldous Huxley
February 25, 2014

The Female : Cannabis Relationship

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Feb 25, 2014

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Women have long kept their health lore confined to their close female communities. Until the late 19th century, birthing was the domain of women and they carried this, as well as other women’s health knowledge, forward. Natural birth control (often herbs) had to keep secret. There is lore that women once segregated themselves at the time of menses, and there in seclusion they found comfort from and companionship with other women.

Before scopolamine and epidurals, ibuprofen and anti-depressants, women likely used Cannabis and many other botanical medicines for pain in labor as well as for a host of other female issues.

There are written records dating back to 3000 BCE indicating the use of Cannabis for treating female health issues such as migraine, nausea and vomiting of pregnancy, augmenting labor, hemorrhage, heavy menses, uterine pain and contractions, “sore breasts,” to enhance milk flow, gonorrhea, urinary tract infections, easing painful menstrual cramps, assisting in long labors and for “melancholia” (what we know as PMS?).

Many of these therapeutic uses of Cannabis were included in the Dispensatory of the United States (Wood and Bache 1854) where it was referred to as “Indian hemp.” All parts of the plant were used: orally, inhaled, intra-nasally, juiced, topically, vaginally, and rectally.

These historical uses have been some what explained by contemporary science elucidating the endocannabinoid system (eCS). This system functions in the reproductive tissues (as well as most other tissue in the human body), where it plays a role in ovulation, implantation, development of the embryonic nervous system, in the contractile fibers of the uterus, endometrial tissue, and in the bladder and lower urinary tract. The endocannabinoid anandamide (AEA) is present in breast milk; levels of AEA fluctuate across the female cycle, and have been shown to elevate during ovulation and labor.



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February 24, 2014

Local Communities Dismantling Corporate Rule, Part 1 & Part 2

peakmoment·Published on Feb 12, 2014

Community Rights educator Paul Cienfuegos explains how "We The People" are exercising the authority to govern ourselves and dismantle corporate rule. When small farmers in rural Pennsylvania wanted to say "no" to a corporate factory farm coming into their community, they learned they couldn't, because it would violate the corporation's "rights" and state pre-emption laws. So they did something technically illegal - their town passed an innovative ordinance banning corporate factory farming. It worked! The corporation left town. Pittsburgh upshifted the approach: Rather than define what we don't want, define what we DO want. Their "Right to Water" stopped natural gas fracking in the city. Ordinances like this have been passed in over 150 communities in 9 states. Tune in to learn how this works. Episode 258. [paulcienfuegos.com, celdf.org, YouTube channel "Community Rights TV" and communityrightspdx.org]

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February 24, 2014

Shipping containers recycled into affordable, accessible Utah home

Kirsten Dirksen·Published on Feb 14, 2014

Real estate broker Jeff White dreamed of transforming used shipping containers into affordable housing. Laughed at by the first architects he approached, he began to work on his concept using a 40-foot-long, 9-foot-6-inches-tall and 8-foot-wide container in the driveway of his Salt Lake City (Utah) home. Being "busted" by a city inspector became the needed publicity for his project and soon after the Salt Lake's mayor was behind him and helped to ease the permits and inspections process.

After two years of transformation (including plans, groundwork and permits), what began as two forty-foot high cube containers is now a light and airy 672-square-foot house. It's not dirt cheap- the Sarah House (named for a San Francisco homeless woman whose makeshift home inspired White) is currently on the market for $135,000 (and only to low-income buyers)-, but that price includes a lot of hidden costs. "I spent 40 thousand dollars for the lot and then the infrastructure underneath it, getting the sewer, water lines, probably an additional 25 thousand dollars. So you can see where I'm at, the house is still coming in at 55 to 60 thousand dollars." White thinks with time and economies of scale, he can bring the costs down.

Sarah House: http://crossroadsurbancenter.org/projects/sarah-house

Filmed by Johnny Sanphillippo -- more of his stories about urbanism, adaptation & resilience: http://granolashotgun.com/

Original story: http://faircompanies.com/videos/view/shipping-containers-recycled-into-affordable-salt-lake-home/

- We can do this!
February 23, 2014

Louisiana principal's remarkable success story

George Bellucci·Published on Feb 9, 2014

Steve Hartman meets an elementary school principal in Port Barre, La., whose road to success started in an unexpected place, but Gabe Sonnier will tell you his journey proves it's not where you start, it's how you finish.

February 23, 2014

Dozen Killed As Obama Violates Obama's Drone Policy

The Young Turks ·Published on Feb 22, 2014

"A deadly US drone strike on a December 2013 wedding procession in Yemen raises serious concerns about US forces' compliance with President Barack Obama's targeted killing policy, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.

The 28-page report, "A Wedding That Became a Funeral: US Drone Attack on Marriage Procession in Yemen," calls on the US government to investigate the strike, publish its findings, and act in the event of wrongdoing. The December 12 attack killed 12 men and wounded at least 15 other people, including the bride. US and Yemeni officials said the dead were members of the armed group Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), but witnesses and relatives told Human Rights Watch the casualties were civilians. Obama said in a major address in May that US policy requires "near-certainty" that no civilians will be harmed in targeted attacks.

"The US refusal to explain a deadly attack on a marriage procession raises critical questions about the administration's compliance with its own targeted killing policy," said Letta Tayler, senior terrorism and counter-terrorism researcher at Human Rights Watch and author of the report."* The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur breaks it down.

*Read more here from Human Rights Watch:

February 22, 2014

Ukraine peace deal halts violence but crowds still angry

Source: Reuters

By Sabine Siebold and Natalia Zinets
KIEV Fri Feb 21, 2014 6:21pm EST

(Reuters) - - A breakthrough peace deal for Ukraine halted two days of violence that had turned the center of the capital into a war zone and killed 77 people, bringing sweeping political change that met many demands of the pro-European opposition.

Russian-backed President Viktor Yanukovich agreed to give up powers, hold early elections and form a government of national unity. Parliament voted for changes to the legal code that could see the release of Yanukovich's jailed rival, opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko.

By nightfall, opposition leaders who signed the deal were addressing peaceful crowds from a stage in Independence Square, which for the previous 48 hours had been an inferno of blazing barricades and protesters were shot dead by police snipers.

Although the flames were out, the crowd was still defiant, holding aloft open coffins of slain demonstrators and making speeches denouncing the opposition leaders for shaking hands with Yanukovich.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/02/21/us-ukraine-idUSBREA1G0OU20140221

February 22, 2014

Officials Confirm Nuclear Waste Leak

By Elaine Baumgartel and The Associated Press

UPDATE 7:20p 02/21:

Department of Energy officials say radiation levels detected in and around the nation's only underground nuclear waste repository are consistent with a leak at the southeastern New Mexico facility.

Carlsbad field office manager Jose Franco said Thursday that readings from sensors above and below ground indicate the radiation is coming from waste stored at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. But officials won't know what caused the leak until they can get underground to investigate. That could be weeks.

On Saturday, the DOE announced an underground monitor detected airborne radiation. On Wednesday, an independent monitoring center said it also found evidence of an above ground escape.

Franco says it is the first such release from the plant since it opened 15 years ago. He also said the levels are still well below those deemed unsafe.


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