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    by Published on 02-26-2014 11:58 PM


    (Reuters) - A California city is to consult its citizens on whether to impose a soda tax on sugary drinks, following failed bids by other local governments to pass similar measures.

    The Berkeley City Council will gauge local voter support for a penny-per-ounce tax - opposed by most of the soft drinks industry but which its backers say could help to curb obesity and diabetes - in an opinion poll next week.

    Depending on the outcome, it might include a referendum on introducing the tax in a city-wide ballot in November.

    Other U.S. cities have tried without success to enact such a tax amid a growing national movement to curb the consumption of high-calorie beverages. Proposals are under consideration in San Francisco and the state of Illinois.

    Attempts to tax sugary drinks in two other California cities, Richmond and El Monte, failed in the face of strong opposition from the beverage industry.

    (more on link)
    If they start putting a tax on anything with Sugar in it, they'll end up with a tax everything in the entire food industry.
    by Published on 02-21-2014 09:41 AM


    Privacy advocates in the Pacific Northwest are squaring off with local police over plans to install a system that would link surveillance camera video with databases containing photographs of hundreds of thousands of area residents.

    In Seattle, Washington, the City Council will soon decide on whether or not they should approve an ordinance that green-lights a $1.6 million federal grant, a large chunk of which will be used to purchase sophisticated facial recognition software that supporters of the measure say would help stop crime.

    Those Department of Homeland Security dollars would let the Seattle police pay for software that digitally scans surveillance camera footage and then tries to match images of the individuals caught on tape with any one of the 350,000-or-so people who have been photographed previously by King County, Washington law enforcement.

    “An officer has to reasonably believe that a person has been involved in a crime or committed a crime” before they begin to use the program, Assistant Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best told KIRO-TV this week

    Once the facial recognition software is initiated, though, it scours a collection containing close to a half-a-million area residents — including many who may never have been convicted of a crime.

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    by Published on 02-21-2014 08:39 AM


    The government wants a national database noting where license plates were spotted. Congress should regulate the runaway data-collection industry instead.

    The automobile has afforded greater freedom to so many different kinds of Americans: the mad dreamers portrayed in On the Road; the post-World War II families who suddenly had the means to pack their kids in the backseat and vacation a thousand miles from home; the Jim Crow-era blacks for whom cars were an alternative to racist public-transportation systems; the generations of American teenagers who cruised the local strip in their own versions of American Graffiti. This heritage is dear to many, and helps explain popular opposition to policies as diverse as toll roads, speed cameras, and permitting the Transportation Security Administration to expand its operations on the nation's highways. All challenge a romantic preference for an America where anyone can climb into a car, fill up, and drive wherever they damn well please unimpeded.

    Sympathetic as I am to that broad vision, its adherents sometimes resist sound reforms. The nation would be better off with better public-transportation infrastructure, more bike lanes, and lower carbon emissions. All of this can be accomplished without coercing anyone out of their cars. Meanwhile, a far more profound threat to the significant freedoms automobiles afford has garnered very little attention, and hardly any backlash, in part because it's been implemented so quietly: The U.S. government is pushing for infrastructure that could track every car trip we take.

    Is the relative anonymity the open road has long afforded something we're ready to give up? In an up or down vote, I'm confident the American people would say, "Hell no." But automatic license-plate readers threaten much of the privacy we've always enjoyed, on the road and at our destinations of choice, as never before.

    These devices garnered a bit of attention last summer, when the ACLU reported on how many states and localities have installed them on patrol cars, bridges, and highway overpasses, where they capture images of every passing vehicle. The intention is often to find stolen cars or to catch drivers evading warrants for their arrest. Yet in most cases, "these systems are configured to store the photograph, the license plate number, and the date, time, and location where all vehicles are seen—not just the data of vehicles that generate hits," the ACLU explained. "All of this information is being placed into databases, and is sometimes pooled into regional sharing systems .... All too frequently, these data are retained permanently and shared widely with few or no restrictions on how they can be used."

    (continues on link)
    And if this doesnt work, another more sinister version will follow up right behind it until it gets shoved down our throats. Remember SOPA, PIPA, and CISPA?
    by Published on 02-16-2014 05:07 PM


    (Reuters) - President Barack Obama signed legislation on Saturday that raises the U.S. debt limit through March 2015, taking the politically volatile issue off the table with congressional elections coming up this November.

    Without an increase in the statutory debt limit, the U.S. government would have soon defaulted on some of its obligations and would have had to shut down some programs, an historic event that would have caused severe market turmoil.

    On a long holiday weekend in a desert resort area in southern California, Obama put his signature on the legislation without fanfare, while behind closed doors at the Sunnylands retreat.

    It was a quiet end to the latest chapter in what has been one of the more challenging aspects of his presidency, as he and his fellow Democrats have repeatedly sparred with Republicans over increasing the country's borrowing authority.

    Extending the debt ceiling to March 2015 means the issue may not get caught up in election-year politics.
    Dog and Pony Show.
    by Published on 02-15-2014 02:13 AM


    Just days after warning his party that it will lose its electoral grip on Texas if it doesn’t broaden its appeal, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., offered an even more dire prediction on Thursday: Forget losing Texas – the GOP might never win a presidential election again if it doesn’t change its tune.

    “I think Republicans will not win again in my lifetime…unless they become a new GOP, a new Republican Party,” Paul said during an interview with conservative radio host Glenn Beck that aired Thursday. “And it has to be a transformation. Not a little tweaking at the edges.”

    The Kentucky Republican said the GOP needs to do a better job of tailoring specific messages to specific groups.
    by Published on 02-13-2014 07:39 AM


    Last year, the United States plunged 13 spots in the global press freedom index to number 46, Paris-based Reporters Without Borders said on Wednesday.

    "Countries that pride themselves on being democracies and respecting the rule of law have not set an example," the authors write. “This has been the case in the United States.”

    In the US, “freedom of information is too often sacrificed to an overly broad and abusive interpretation of national security needs,” the non-governmental organization said.

    The US was singled out for its pursuit of spying leaker Edward Snowden, who exposed the National Security Agency’s secret mass surveillance programs around the world.

    The disclosures sparked global outrage and even some of Washington’s closest allies have denounced the spying programs.

    by Published on 02-07-2014 09:27 PM


    "Russia has banned digital currency Bitcoin under existing laws and dubbed use of the crypto-currency as 'suspicious'. The Central Bank of Russia considers Bitcoin as a form of 'money substitute' or 'money surrogate' (statement in Russian) which is restricted under Russian law. However, unlike use of restricted foreign currencies, Bitcoin has been outright banned. The US Library of Congress has issued a report examining the regulatory approaches national financial authorities have taken to the currency."
    by Published on 02-06-2014 08:02 AM


    "Speeding is against the law, and yes, even going 5 mph over the speed limit is breaking the law. But everyone does it, right? What about when you see a cop? Some cops are ticketing people for notifying fellow motorists about speed traps. In Florida, Ryan Kintner simply flashed his high-beams to warning oncoming cars that there was a cop ahead. He was given a ticket for doing so. He went to court to fight the ticket, and a judge ruled that flashing lights are the equivalent of free speech, thus he had every right to flash his lights to warn oncoming cars."
    First off, speeding is against the law? No Victim, No Crime. Second, theyre called Speed Traps because its a form of Entrapment. Cash Cow being Milked.
    by Published on 02-05-2014 10:49 PM


    WINNEMUCCA, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- Imagine getting pulled over for a traffic stop, and instead of getting a ticket, the officer takes your money. All of it.

    It happened to one man recently, who was driving on Interstate 80 through Northern Nevada. Now, he is fighting back.

    It's a case that focuses on our rights: Can law enforcement take your money or property, even if you are not charged with a crime?

    The driver was Tan Nguyen of California. He has filed a lawsuit in federal court against the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office and District Attorney. His attorney, John Ohlson said, "The basis of the stop was he was going 78 in a 75. The stop ended in a search, and the deputy took $50,000 from my client that belonged to him."

    Nguyen was not arrested. He was not charged with any crime. But Humboldt County Sergeant Lee Dove decided to confiscate a bundle of cash Nguyen happened to be carrying: $50,000 worth. Sergeant Dove even posed for a photo after seizing the cash.
    Does "Due Process of Law" even ring a bell anymore?
    by Published on 02-05-2014 08:17 PM

    Florida says mom must prove her dying son can't take standardized test

    Standardized testing has become something of an obsession in the United States, but Florida’s mandate is under heavy fire while the state attempts to force a disabled, dying boy to complete an exam he is simply incapable of doing.

    Ethan Rediske, an 11-year-old Florida boy, is expected to pass away any day now. He was born with numerous ailments, including severe brain damage and cerebral palsy. He’s also blind.

    On top of these health issues, the Orlando Sentinel reports that his lungs are constantly filled with fluid these days, he’s in a morphine coma and all he can do is utter a sound every once in a while.

    Despite his current condition, Florida insisted that his mother Andrea provide even more evidence that her son is incapable of taking the standardized test that's adapted for disabled children and required by the state – as well as the US Department of Education.

    In a letter obtained by the Washington Post, Andrea Rediske reached out to the school board and to a journalist at the Sentinel hoping to spread the word about her son’s situation.

    “Apparently, my communication through [the teacher] that he was in hospice wasn’t enough [for the school district]: they required a letter from the hospice company to say that he was dying,” the letter reads. “Every day that she comes to visit, she is required to do paperwork to document his ‘progress.’ Seriously? Why is Ethan Rediske not meeting his 6th-grade hospital homebound curriculum requirements? BECAUSE HE IS IN A MORPHINE COMA. We expect him to go any day. He is tenaciously clinging to life.

    “This madness has got to stop. Please help us.”
    by Published on 02-03-2014 09:04 PM

    Failure is half of learning. Just as Sound is half of a Movie. If you don't have sound, its like having half a movie. Applied to Education, when a person fails at something, they are still learning. They are learning how not to do something. When Edison was working on the lightbulb, he tried many times and failed. But for each failure, he learned from the mistakes and experiments how not to make a lightbulb, which finally resulted in a creation of a lightbulb that does work. He could not have succeeded without first failing.

    In our Public Schools, failure is directly tied to Obedience and Esteem, not wisdom. The system itself withholds praise for those that fail, and does not teach children how to overcome those failures. When the student fails, they are not encouraged to learn from their mistakes and figure out what went wrong. They are taught that as soon as they fail at something, if they are actually interested, they need to look to figures of Authority to provide them with the right answer. Intellectual Dependency. Get it wrong, then ask Authority to not explain, just provide the desired answer.

    I've been called Liberal a couple of times for expressing unpopular conclusions. What I am not trying to say is to reward everyone for failing tests. I don't want to lower the standards. I think we just need to look at and examine the specific parts of Education itself to figure out where Education isn't working. So try not to think of Education as only occurring in a Public School environment. Do try to think about it as you teaching someone else how to do something where there are no certificates to be given or tests to be scored. For example, teaching an old lady how to check her email account.

    Are grades important? ....

    Continued in forum...
    by Published on 01-25-2014 10:23 PM


    Following research last week suggesting that HSBC has a major capital shortfall, the fact that several farmer's co-ops were unable to pay back depositors in China, and, of course, the liquidity crisis in China itself, news from The BBC that HSBC is imposing restrictions on large cash withdrawals raising a number of red flags. The BBC reports that some HSBC customers have been prevented from withdrawing large amounts of cash because they could not provide evidence of why they wanted it. HSBC admitted it has not informed customers of the change in policy, which was implemented in November for their own good: "We ask our customers about the purpose of large cash withdrawals when they are unusual... the reason being we have an obligation to protect our customers, and to minimise the opportunity for financial crime." As one customer responded: "you shouldn't have to explain to your bank why you want that money. It's not theirs, it's yours."

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    Hello everyone! As most of you know, I am running for NC State House out of the 7th District. What many of you may not know, is on the last day of filing, I received a primary challenge. We did not actually expect a primary challenger, but we do have one. My opponent is wealthy and largely self-funding, but her funds are listed as loans and she will be getting every penny of that back...

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    Senate eyes vote next week on US military involvement in Yemen

    Thread Starter: Swordsmyth

    The Senate is gearing up for a vote next week on whether or not to end U.S. military involvement in Yemen. Coming out of a closed-door briefing early Wednesday evening, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said his resolution with Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) will be brought up before Congress leaves for a two-week recess. "I think what our job now in Congress is to ... accept...

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    National debt hits $21 trillion

    Thread Starter: enhanced_deficit

    I thought debt would decrease under GOP cut-spending/small gummit regime: Saturday, March 17, 2018 National debt hits $21 trillion Federal borrowing has been on the rise again since February, when Congress passed legislation to suspend the debt ceiling. (Mark...

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    Family Visits Gun Range — Their Kids Get Suspended From School

    Thread Starter: Swordsmyth

    You wouldn’t think your kids could get suspended from school just because you exercised your constitutionally guaranteed rights off campus, but this is apparently what happened to one New Jersey family. It’s not that the school district jumped the gun, either — rather, the punitive action was prescribed by official policy. As Fox News reported Sunday: A New Jersey high school came under...

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    TX - Three deadly package bombings in Austin are related, cops say

    Thread Starter: Anti Federalist

    Police Link 3 Deadly Home-Delivery Package Explosions in Austin http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2018/03/12/police-link-3-deadly-home-delivery-package-explosions-texas-capital-city/ by Bob Price 12 Mar 2018 Police in Austin, Texas, are saying that three explosions of packages left on doorsteps of homes are connected. Two explosions occurred on Monday morning and a third happened on March...

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    Trump Election Consultant Firm Cambridge Analytica Execs Caught Discussing Extortion,Fake News

    Thread Starter: enhanced_deficit

    All the UK media reporting making headlines today has not been vetted yet by investigative wing of US MSM media and should be read with grains of salt. Let's wait till all the facts come out before jumping to conclusions.

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    What Is The Current US Policy In Syria?

    Thread Starter: r3volution 3.0

    A half of a million people have died. ...why? ...for what purpose? I create this thread so that Trump surrogates can make their case. Go

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    Judge rejects Trump bid to dismiss suit from woman alleging sexual advances

    Thread Starter: Zippyjuan

    https://www.politico.com/story/2018/03/20/trump-summer-zervos-lawsuit-474026 More at link.

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    SDSU Offers Course On "Removing Trump From Office"

    Thread Starter: Swordsmyth

    San Diego State University is offering a course dedicated exclusively to the topic of removing Donald Trump from office. The one-unit course--“Trump: Impeachment, Removal, or Conviction?”--will be offered in March and is set to be taught by Professor John Joseph Cleary. The required text for the course is Allan Lichtman's The Case for Impeachment, a book published in response to Donald...

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    And down come the monuments to the Confederacy....

    Thread Starter: phill4paul

    ...almost like it was planned. Move the narrative away from Southern and historic heritage and link it to neo-Nazi's and now there will be no stopping it. Nashville, Lexington, Baltimore, Jacksonville, Gainseville. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/14/us/confederate-statue-kentucky.html

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    American Keg in Pottstown feeling the squeeze from new steel tariffs

    Thread Starter: Zippyjuan

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    So I’m Told Trade Deficits Are Good

    Thread Starter: Swordsmyth

    A sizeable number of economists, especially libertarian ones, actually defend trade deficits as good things. They base their argument on one made by an influential French economist of the 1800s named Frédéric Bastiat, who essentially said that if a company or other entity sells its products overseas and then buys lots of other products in that foreign land — products that are sold more...

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    Is The U.S. Economy Really Growing? (Spoiler Alert: No!)

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    New research shows lavender and tea tree oil may be making young boys grow breasts

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    Thread Starter: Anti Federalist

    No. Just the opposite. Too much treatment, mental health counseling and prescription happy pills are a big part of this problem. The stultifying Grundyism and gynocentrism and racism of the government indoctrination camps are another, especially for young white men. Broken families are yet another.

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    Thread Starter: helmuth_hubener

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    Thread Starter: CCTelander

    After seeing some of the comments posted regarding the RKBA in other threads I figured a thread like this might be useful and informative. Even as an an-cap I see a great deal of value in the Bill of Rights, but it isn't much use if people don't understand what it actually means, and judging from some of the things I've seen posted lately there definitely are some people who don't. I'll post more...

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    Unrestricted Immigration

    Thread Starter: timosman

    Lew Rockwell did a presentation yesterday and set the record straight during Mises Circle in Phoenix. Libertarian position is not compatible with unrestricted immigration. The video of Lew Rockwell speaking should be coming up on mises youtube channel soon. Tube added: ---------

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    Thread Starter: timosman

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    Sam I am

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    Thread Starter: Sam I am

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    Thread Starter: Lamp

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