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      by Published on 01-22-2015 01:25 PM

      by Ron Paul

      Neo-cons constantly lament, "If we had only done this...." when desperately trying to explain the mess the US has caused in Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan. They can't deny our government’s involvement, so they must find someone to blame. It's never our policy of foreign intervention that's at fault. It's always the peaceniks who hinder them from expanding the war.

      Even after the tragedy of the Vietnam war, the neo-cons still argue that the war ended too soon and, "If only we had done this," we could have won the war! The cost in life and limb is never an issue for them, nor is the inevitable failure that comes regardless of how many people are killed
      Looking at the total failure of our Middle East policy, the question we should ask – and the American people deserve an answer – is, "If we had NOT done this," i.e. invaded and occupied the various countries in the Middle East, would the world not have been a lot better off?

      http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/arch...eocons-lament/
      by Published on 01-22-2015 12:20 PM

      http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-0...l-report-finds

      Only the Sheeple Are Sane

      This post is about an issue that is by now a bit dated (though the topic as such certainly isn’t), but we have only just become aware of it and it seemed to us worth rescuing it from the memory hole. In late 2013, the then newest issue of the American Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM for short) defined a new mental illness, the so-called “oppositional defiant disorder” or ODD.

      As TheMindUnleashed.org informs us, the definition of this new mental illness essentially amounts to declaring any non-conformity and questioning of authority as a form of insanity. According to the manual, ODD is defined
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      by Published on 01-22-2015 11:15 AM

      WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department is about to close the investigation into the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, and clear the white police officer involved of any civil rights charges, The New York Times reported on Wednesday.

      The newspaper quoted law enforcement officials as saying that federal prosecutors had begun work on a legal memo recommending no civil rights charges against the officer, Darren Wilson, after an FBI investigation found no evidence to support charges against him.

      The Justice Department declined comment.

      The agency is still conducting a probe into the Ferguson police force. A St. Louis County grand jury decided last year not to prosecute Wilson.

      The shooting of
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      by Published on 01-22-2015 10:10 AM

      The Senate on Wednesday voted 98-1 in favor of a an amendment stating that "climate change is real and is not a hoax."

      The provision offered by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) to put Republicans on record about climate change ahead of the 2016 election passed with near unanimous support, with only Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), the chairman of the campaign committee for Senate Republicans, voting "no."

      In a surprise, one of the Senate's staunchest climate change skeptics, Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), voted in favor of the amendment. But he made clear he doesn't believe humans are the primary driver of climate change.

      The amendment will now be attached to legislation that would approve the $8 billion Keystone XL oil pipeline — a project that environmentalists vigorously oppose.
      http://thehill.com/policy/energy-env...change-is-real
      by Published on 01-22-2015 09:05 AM
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      President Barack Obama may be looking for the new Republican-controlled Congress to grant him authority to fast-track negotiations over a pair of international trade deals, but critical Democrats are fighting back against the measure.

      Congress knows little about the specifics of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Free Trade Agreement (TPP) trade deal between 12 Asia-Pacific countries, but President Obama used his State of the Union speech to push Congress to support a fast-track vote on the deal. Obama said the deal is necessary “to sell more American products overseas.”

      If the Republican-led Congress votes to give fast-track authority to the president, it means lawmakers can only vote up or down on the trade deal when it is presented, with no chance to add ...
      by Published on 01-22-2015 07:57 AM

      http://www.nationaljournal.com/polit...ategy-20150120

      January 20, 2015 A good political campaign is a lot like Megazord, the giant super-robot from the popular '90s TV series Power Rangers.

      If you grew up watching TV in the '90s, you will recall that the Megazord was constructed from the five individual robots operated by the Power Rangers. With their forces combined, the Rangers could conquer pretty much any foe the evil Rita Repulsa threw at them.

      Political campaigns benefit from a similar diversification of talent. If you have a great media team but your ground game is terrible, that's no good. Similarly, if you have a stellar volunteer base but your senior staff is a bunch of incompetent legacy hires, that
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      by Published on 01-21-2015 06:26 PM

      Computer-security researchers fear President Barack Obama’s proposed changes to federal hacking laws could put them out of business, could make computers less secure overall, and could put some of them — and maybe even you — in prison.

      "Under the new proposal, sharing your HBO GO password with a friend would be a felony," Nate Cardozo, an attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation in San Francisco, told an audience of researchers and IT pros Saturday (Jan. 17) at ShmooCon 2015, a security conference held annually in Washington, D.C.

      Obama showcased the proposals in his State of the Union address Wednesday night (Jan. 20). The changes to the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), first implemented in 1984, might make many commonplace security-research practices — and media reporting on those practices — federal crimes. Even sharing passwords for online accounts would potentially be punishable.

      "Believe what you’ve heard" about Obama’s proposals, Joseph Lorenzo Hall, chief technologist at the Center for Democracy & Technology, warned this past Friday (Jan. 16) at ShmooCon 2015.

      https://www.yahoo.com/tech/how-obama...737789274.html
      by Published on 01-21-2015 03:50 PM
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      WASHINGTON -- Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee disputed what he called the "notion of judicial supremacy" on Tuesday, arguing states would have the final say on gay marriage regardless of whether the Supreme Court rules that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry.
      Huckabee, a conservative evangelical and potential 2016 presidential candidate, said a Supreme Court ruling, expected this year, would ultimately be moot because "one branch of government does not overrule the other two."
      "One thing I am angry about though ... is this notion of judicial supremacy, where if the court makes a decision, I hear governors and even some aspirants to the presidency say, 'Well that's settled, it's the law of the land.' No, it's not ...
      by Published on 01-21-2015 02:45 PM

      Jeb Bush’s wooing of Washington has officially begun.

      The former Florida governor held two meetings with association executives and lobbyists Tuesday at the National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors headquarters, outlining his thinking about running for president and taking questions from veteran GOP operatives.

      Bush is expected to hold a similar meeting Wednesday with another group of Republican allies. He is slated to return to Washington in February as part of 60 fundraisers across the country his team has planned.

      “It was very much stressed that this is his exploratory time and that he is trying to decide what he is going to do,” said one veteran Republican operative who attended one of the sessions.

      Another attendee described
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      by Published on 01-21-2015 01:40 PM

      http://www.thenewamerican.com/tech/e...n-record-claim
      In a press release sent out last week, NASA claimed 2014 was the “warmest year on record,” a widely disputed allegation that made headlines worldwide almost instantly. What NASA failed to mention, though, was far more important: The agency’s own satellite temperature data for last year show that 2014 was only the sixth warmest since NASA’ Remote Sensing Systems (RSS) satellites went up less than four decades ago. Despite actually boasting of its satellites monitoring “Earth’s vital signs” in the announcement, NASA opted to highlight its dubious temperature “estimates” rather than the objective, unmanipulated, comprehensive global data collected by its own expensive taxpayer-funded ...

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