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      by Published on 08-31-2014 01:34 PM

      California lawmakers have approved a measure that would make the state the first to impose a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags.

      SB270 cleared the Senate on a 22-15 vote Friday and sent to Gov. Jerry Brown. It was approved by the Assembly a day earlier.

      Senators who had previously opposed the bill, including incoming Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, a Los Angeles Democrat, this time supported the measure after protections were added for plastic bag manufacturers.

      The bill by Democratic Sen. Alex Padilla of Los Angeles would prohibit single-use plastic bags at grocery stores and large pharmacies in 2015 and at convenience stores in 2016.

      It includes $2 million in loans to help manufacturers shift to producing reusable bags and lets grocers charge 10 cents each for paper and reusable bags.

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      by Published on 08-31-2014 09:38 AM

      From Charles Goyette and Ron Paul:

      Interventionism, ISIS, and Foreign Follies

      August 29, 2014 – Only weeks after the Obama Administration requested $500 million to give to Syrian rebels, the Islamic State has spread across northern Iraq. In this episode, Ron Paul shares his thoughts on ISIS (the Islamic State), Syria, and the failure of U.S. foreign intervention.

      Audio at link:
      by Published on 08-31-2014 08:34 AM
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      By: Annabelle Bamforth Aug 30, 2014

      Republican candidate for US Senate Scott Brown called on President Obama and Congress last week to acquire the ability to strip United States residents of their citizenship as a method of fighting terrorism.

      “One of the greatest threats facing the homeland today is the mayhem that will happen when hundreds of American ISIS fighters return to the United States to spread their terror here. Their goal is to march down Pennsylvania Avenue and plant a flag at the White House, and mass killing is their means for achieving that goal. That’s why Congress needs to pass legislation that would strip the citizenship of any American who joins a foreign terrorist organization,” said Brown.

      Brown said that passing such a bill ...
      by Published on 08-31-2014 07:30 AM

      Sen. Ted Cruz today invited President Obama to accompany him to a golf course on the Texas-Mexico border, telling conservatives at an Americans for Prosperity summit in Dallas he thought that was “the only way there is a chance in heaven that he might come” to the region.

      The Texas Republican and potential 2016 presidential contender also heavily criticized the president’s foreign policies and suggested that the U.S. should bomb ISIS “back to the stone age.”


      “America has always been reluctant to use military force, but we have never shied away from defending the United States of America,” Cruz said. “ISIS says they want to go back and reject modernity, well I think we should help them. We ought to bomb them back to the stone age.”

      More: http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics...the-stone-age/
      by Published on 08-30-2014 07:04 PM

      Apparently this teacher was arrested and sent to an undisclosed location for a mental evaluation. his crime: he wrote a novel under a pseudonym about a school massacre.....written and published on amazon 3 years ago.
      CAMBRIDGE, Md.- He's a man with many names, and the books he has written have raised the concerns of the Dorchester County Board of Education and the Dorchester County Sheriff's Office.

      Early last week the school board was alerted that one of its eighth grade language arts teachers at Mace's Lane Middle School had several aliases. Police said that under those names, he wrote two fictional books about the largest school shooting in the country's history set in the future. Now, Patrick McLaw is placed on leave.

      Dr. K.S. Voltaer is better known by some in Dorchester County as Patrick McLaw, or even Patrick Beale. Not only was he a teacher at Mace's Lane Middle School in Cambridge, but according to Dorchester Sheriff James Phillips, McLaw is also the author of two books: "The Insurrectionist" and its sequel, "Lillith's Heir."

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      by Published on 08-30-2014 06:00 PM

      He's one of the very few I believe to be telling the truth when he warns of impending acts of terrorism. Remember that he warned Russia of attacks leading up to the Olympics and soon after, the train station bombing outside of Sochi occurred.


      The king of Saudi Arabia has warned that extremists could attack Europe and the U.S. if there is not a strong international response to terrorism after Islamist extremists seized a wide territory across Iraq and Syria.

      While not mentioning any terrorist groups by name, King Abdullah's statement appeared aimed at drawing Washington and NATO forces into a wider fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, and its supporters in the region. Saudi Arabia openly backs rebels fighting Syrian President Bashar Assad, but is concerned that the breakaway al Qaeda group could also turn those very same weapons on the kingdom.

      "I am certain that after a month they will reach Europe and, after another month, America," he said at a reception for foreign ambassadors Friday.

      more at link
      by Published on 08-30-2014 03:18 PM

      Associated Press

      QUITO, Ecuador (AP) -- Ecuador is planning to create what it calls the world's first digital currency issued by a central bank, which some analysts believe could be a first step toward abandoning the country's existing currency, the U.S. dollar.

      The electronic money, which Central Bank officials say they expect will start circulating in December, does not have a name and officials would not disclose technical details, though they said it would not be a crypto-currency like Bitcoin. The amount of the new currency created would depend on demand.

      Deputy director Gustavo Solorzano said it is to exist in tandem with the greenback and, by law, be backed by `'liquid assets." It would be geared toward the ...
      by Published on 08-30-2014 02:10 PM
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      Who remembers the good old days when a few Syrians took to the streets to protest the Assad Regime? Encouraged by western media and other entities, the protests escalated, as did the response from the Police. Would those protestors be happy with what they have now? Are the refugees who used to live in Syria happy with the outcome?

      Here's a flashback to the early days of the protests. Imagine that, the regime was trying to "exploit people’s fears of communal conflict between Syria’s different religions and sects". Such an irrational fear. Some silly people actually thought that it could all turn out badly.

      But not the European communists. Revolt comrades!

      Here is some vintage editorial from the "Workers Power" ...
      by Published on 08-30-2014 10:00 AM

      Whenever I explain the OffNow Project (http://www.offnow.org/handbook)to someone, they initially respond enthusiastically. Something to the effect of, “Wow! That’s cool! The federal government shouldn’t be spying on us!” But when I further explain that the idea behind OffNow includes shutting off state supplied resources to NSA facilities – like the water necessary to cool the super-computers at the Bluffdale, Utah spy facility – those same people get nervous. “Shutting off the water seems like an extreme move. Can we even do that?” they ask.

      Yes, we can do that.

      And it will work.

      It’s been done before at a place called Yucca Mountain, Nevada.

      Yucca Mountain is located about 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas. It was originally ...
      by Published on 08-30-2014 08:48 AM

      I'm curious to see how this pans out. Will the police give up the MRAP?
      DAVIS (CBS13) — The Davis City Council has told the police department it must get rid of a military vehicle it received in the next 60 days.

      The controversy over the mine-resistant, ambush protected vehicle attracted a large crowd on Tuesday that was largely against it.

      The council adopted the resolution to come up with a plan to get rid of the vehicle. A petition is circulating asking the council to press the police to either get rid of or destroy the vehicle.

      “I would like to say I do not suggest you take this vehicle and send it out of Davis, I demand it. I demand it!” shouted a man dressed in a “Tank The Tank” T-shirt.

      The vehicle, worth nearly $700,000 didn’t cost the Davis Police Department a dime, as it was acquired through a federal government surplus program. The MRAP was developed by the military for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. After Pentagon budget cuts, the vehicle has been making its way to local law enforcement.

      Continue: http://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2014/...-next-60-days/[/QUOTE]

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