Wielding Life and Death

"The saga of the killing of Eric Harris in a Tulsa sting operation by Robert Bates, a rich 73-year-old insurance executive who evidently liked playing cops and robbers enough he gave the sheriff thousands of dollars worth of toys so he could wear a uniform and a badge "that was bought not earned," just keeps getting sketchier. Multiple sources have now come forward to charge that supervisors at the sheriff's office falsified his training records and weapons certifications, even as a rambling Bates has come forward to say he feels terrible about the shooting but mistaking a Taser and gun "can happen to anyone.""




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Seeking the Facts on Medical Marijuana -

"Twenty-three states and the District of Columbia have legalized medical marijuana, but scientific research into its appropriate uses has lagged. Dr. Mark Ware would like to change that. Dr. Ware, 50, is the director of the Canadian Consortium for the Investigation of Cannabinoids and the director of clinical research of the Alan Edwards Pain Management Unit of McGill University Health Center. Medical marijuana has been legal in Canada for 16 years, and Dr. Ware, a practicing physician, studies how his patients take the drug and under what conditions it is effective."




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The Long, Dirty Trail of Fake Science

“Doubt is our product,” wrote executives for tobacco giant Brown & Williamson in a now infamous 1969 memo on industry communications strategy. The memo was revealed during discovery in class-action lawsuits against tobacco companies that would eventually yield a trove of 85 million pages. Among those pages are details about the public relations playbook of an industry that — as far back as 1958 — knew that smoking caused cancer and used public relations to fight regulation for decades. “Merchants of Doubt,” a brilliant new film from documentarian Robert Kenner (of “Food Inc.” fame), reveals this spin and tracks how other industries, from chemical manufacturers to pharmaceuticals, are ripping pages from Big Tobacco’s playbook to fight their own regulation and public scrutiny. Based on the book of the same name by Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway, the film reveals, in particular, Big Oil’s role in climate change denialism. It makes the argument that the world’s biggest energy companies funded PR and lobbying firms that fomented doubt about climate science and thereby stalled action on climate policy. The film pulls back the curtain on the backstage battle to win the hearts and minds of the American public, with nothing short of a stable climate in the balance"




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Get to Know Marco Rubio, the Biggest Idiot Running for President

 "A lot of people in the United States don't know anything about soon-to-be ex-senator Marco Rubio of Florida, which means he theoretically still has a chance to be president, the same way the Philadelphia Phillies can still theoretically win this year's pennant. It will not last, and it will never have been realistic. Rubio's entry in the 2016 presidential race will fuck up his hitherto inexplicably promising career. It will cost the Republican Party dearly in Florida and in Washington. It will prove to be one of the dumbest moves in the dumb history of politics. This will happen because Marco Rubio is that rare youthful combination of un-telegenic bumbling incompetence and malign corruption only Florida can nourish to maturity."




Jesse Ventura On Washington State’s I-502: ‘That’s Not Legalization’

"Former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura said in a Tuesday interview that the patients of Washington State should “stand up” to efforts to shut down the medical marijuana community, and called the taxation scheme of recreational legalization measure I-502 “unfair and unworkable.” I-502’s heavy taxation, under which marijuana is taxed 25 percent at each stage of the process (growing, processing, and retail), plus regular sales taxes, particularly incensed the liberty-loving Ventura. “It’s ridiculous to have a special marijuana tax,” said Ventura, in an exclusive interview with Toke Signals. “Marijuana should be taxed the same as anything else you buy.”"



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"Permanent Darkness and Despair!" Jon Stewart Mocks Insane Conservative Reactions to Hillary Clinton

Report Shows US Invasion, Occupation of Iraq Left 1 Million Dead

 "A recently published report has revealed that the US invasion and occupation of Iraq was responsible for the deaths of approximately 1 million Iraqis, which is 5 percent of the total population of the country. The report also tallies hundreds of thousands of casualties in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Authors of the report, titled "Body Count: Casualty Figures After 10 Years of the 'War on Terror,'" have told Truthout that other casualty reports, like the often-quoted Iraq Body Count (IBC), which has a high-end estimate at the time of this writing of 154,563, are far too low in their estimates, and that the real numbers reach "genocidal dimensions.""




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US Government Admits Marijuana Kills Cancer Cells, But they Still Kidnap, Cage, and Kill You For It

: "The institute has revised a page on its website entitled “DrugFacts: Is Marijuana Medicine?” citing a recent study conducted by a group of scientists at St. George’s University, London. “Recent animal studies have shown that marijuana extracts may help kill certain cancer cells and reduce the size of others,” the NIDA report stated, adding that evidence from “one cell culture study suggests that purified extracts from whole-plant marijuana can slow the growth of cancer cells from one of the most serious types of brain tumors.” The study, published in the Molecular Cancer Therapeutics journal in November, discovered that cannabis helps “dramatically reduce” the growth of new brain cancer cells. “The benefits of the cannabis plant elements were known before but the drastic reduction of brain cancers if used with irradiation is something new and may well prove promising for patients who are in gravely serious situations with such cancers in the future,” Dr Wai Liu, Senior Research Fellow and lead researcher on the project, said."





Cop on Paid Leave After Allegedly Tickling Body of Man Killed by Police

"A California police officer has been placed on paid leave after he allegedly tickled and tampered with the dead body of a man who was shot and killed by police, according to the New York Daily News. Lawyer Mark Geragos told the NYDN that the Bakersfield, California officer, Aaron Stringer, pulled on Ramiro James Villegas‘s toes and said “tickle tickle” while touching Villegas’s feet. He also allegedly told a trainee probationary officer that he “loved” to play with dead bodies, and tried opening Villegas’s mouth, according to KBAK."



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The Media's Failure With the Biggest Story in the World

 "Why has the U.S. government not acted boldly to respond to the climate crisis? One of the reasons is that - as pointed out by James Hansen, who retired from his day job to spend more time on political efforts and communicating with the public - getting the federal government to act on global warming "likely requires public pressure."   This is, however, an uphill battle: According to a Pew poll in 2013, only 33% of the American public consider global warming a "very serious" problem, and only 28% think that it should be a "top priority" for the politicians in Washington. Of the 21 issues tested, moreover, global warming was at the bottom of the priority list. The Washington Post's headline about the poll was: "Americans Are Less Worried about Climate Change than Almost Anyone Else." "





5 Unhinged Right-wing Moments this Week: Fox Newsians Scramble to Explain Scott Murder

"Well, now we know why cops shoot unarmed people with alarming frequency. Geraldo Rivera has explained it. It’s because the cops are really really mad. Boiling mad. Friday morning, Fox News’ Rivera was feeling very relieved because the release of the new dashcam footage of the initial traffic stop that ended in the shooting death of Walter Scott had been released. The footage made Rivera feel so much better because it showed that Officer Slager had made a “righteous” traffic stop. That’s right. Righteous. Rivera then set himself up as judge, jury, executioner and psychiatrist, because he was able to time travel inside of Officer Slager's head at the time of the shooting. But first, he needed to slur Scott some more, saying Scott "was acting very hinky, very edgy," during the “righteous” traffic stop, behavior that may not have been fully evident to the untrained eye"




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A New Phase in Anti-Obama Attacks

"It is a peculiar, but unmistakable, phenomenon: As Barack Obama’s presidency heads into its twilight, the rage of the Republican establishment toward him is growing louder, angrier and more destructive. Republican lawmakers in Washington and around the country have been focused on blocking Mr. Obama’s agenda and denigrating him personally since the day he took office in 2009. But even against that backdrop, and even by the dismal standards of political discourse today, the tone of the current attacks is disturbing. So is their evident intent — to undermine not just Mr. Obama’s policies, but his very legitimacy as president."





ISIL’s Postfeminist Seductions

"Last month three schoolgirls from East London flew to Turkey and crossed into Syria to join the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). The news generated a media frenzy and raised a lot of questions. Why would women from the West run away to join a barbaric militant group? How can they be stopped? What attractions is ISIL dangling before them? Are they misinformed and oppressed Muslim girls or radicalized extremists brandishing their own militant form of empowerment? The search for answers has mobilized the cottage industry of self-appointed terrorism analysts, who are culling information mostly from tweets and other comments by female ISIL recruits on social media. Also, it has enabled women such as The Telegraph’s Emma Barnett to get into a game otherwise dominated by men. “Stop pitying British schoolgirls joining Islamic State,” she wrote on Feb. 23. “People insist upon dismissing these girls as victims — bestowing them with pity instead of the anger and scorn that is lavished upon the young Western men joining ISIL.”"


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Tea Party's 'Voodoo Economic Policy' Not Working

"Conservative U.S. governors who came to power during the 2010 tea party electoral wave are facing a reality check. A few years ago, catering to a far-right constituency, they campaigned on pledges of slashing taxes and bolstering business. Their subsequent policies have benefited the wealthy but failed to bring trickle-down prosperity to their states. It is the morning after the tea party. Republican governors are waking up to a sluggish job market, stagnant wages, state deficits and impoverished services. The party’s trickle-down ideology is no way to manage a government. And a state cannot be run on tax cuts alone. Recent headlines are much different than those in 2010: “Republican governors buck party line on raising taxes,” read a recent headline in The New York Times. “Tax increases a much-regretted necessity for Republican governors,” said another in Bloomberg. “Republican governors are flirting with tax hikes,” the Christian Science Monitor noted. Conservative governors now recognize the need to generate revenue to maintain schools and highways. But they are still not taking responsibility and cleaning up the messes they have created. Rather than reversing tax cuts for the wealthy, many are implementing regressive measures that penalize middle-class taxpayers. “Of the 10 or so Republican governors who have proposed tax increases, nearly all have called for increases in consumption taxes, which hit the poor and middle class harder than the rich,” The New York Times reported last month. This includes new taxes on gas, e-cigarettes, movie tickets and services such as haircuts."



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Idaho Lawmakers Kill Child-Support Bill Over Fears Of Sharia Law

"Republicans have been saying that ‘Sharia law is coming to America’ for years and it looks like they finally found it in the form of child support payments. It’s always hiding in the most obvious places."




'It's Racist As Hell': Inside St. Louis County's Predatory Night Courts

"ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MISSOURI — In 2004, Sean Bailey recalls, he was driving through the streets of St. Louis County en route to a party, when he saw a familiar black-and-white car out of the corner of his eye. He reached for his phone to warn the friend he was following to slow down, but it was too late; the cop blared his siren and pulled up behind him. Bailey, who had a warrant stemming from a failure to appear in court for unpaid traffic tickets, felt a familiar pang of anxiety. He knew exactly what was going to happen next. “I was like, I’m going to get into this little orange jumpsuit and sit in this cold cell for a couple of days here,” the bespectacled St. Louis, Missouri native recalls, lighting a cigarette and blowing out a thin ribbon of smoke. The officer ran Bailey’s name and discovered he had a warrant. Bailey was arrested and sent to jail in Florissant, a municipality in northern St. Louis County bordering Ferguson. When Bailey stepped inside his cell, he was greeted with a gust of cold air. It was chilly outside — maybe 20 degrees, he speculates — “and they had the AC blasting.” The interior was grimy, and “there were a lot of guys in there, beating on the cells and calling for [help] and nobody was coming.”"





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‘We’re Going to Be Out of Water’: Navajo Nation Dying of Thirst

 "For centuries, the DinĂ© people have raised their families and livestock on the high desert lands of the Navajo Nation in New Mexico, Arizona and Utah. They have survived even the most difficult of conditions. But as drought has dragged on, more or less for two decades—and the climate continues to warm—some are saying the tribal government needs to better protect its water resources and undertake more long-term planning. “When you’re living in the desert, you don’t expect it to get even worse,” said Russell Begaye, a Navajo Nation Tribal Council Delegate from Shiprock, NM. He pointed out that reservoir levels are dropping, farming plots are becoming sandier, and the rain- and snowfall have declined."




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Walter Scott Was Not the Only One—North Charleston Police Have Stunning Record of Abuse

"Sheldon Williams was sleeping at a Budget Inn in North Charleston, South Carolina, when five police officers entered his motel room. After finding Williams hiding under a mattress, the officers pinned the unarmed man to the concrete floor, handcuffed him, and then began stomping on his face. Williams, an African-American, was unarmed and never accused of resisting arrest. Williams would later be diagnosed with several broken facial bones, but the five officers first brought him to the jail. Jail officials had to turn Williams away because of the severity of his injuries. More than two hours after he was beaten, Williams finally arrived at the Roper St. Francis Hospital and was diagnosed with a fracture to his cheekbone, a depressed fracture to the left orbital floor of his face, and a third fracture of the left sinus wall."



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Rand Paul's Campaign Already a Hilarious Train Wreck

The Same Right-Wing Bozos Who Lied the U.S. into Iraq Are Peddling Nonsense About Obama's Iran Deal

 "The same hawks who lied about the nuclear threat from Saddam Hussein’s Iraq before President George W. Bush invaded in 2003 are loudly trying to derail President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran. “Doesn’t this sound familiar,” begins a short video by Brave New Films that highlights the neo-cons’ return, followed by side-by-side quotes from before the invasion of Iraq and rants against an Iran deal. “They are trying to sabotage international negotiations.” As the video shows, history can repeat itself."




Ted Cruz Isn't an Idiot -- He's Delusional and That's Far More Dangerous

"Since Ted Cruz first announced his candidacy, much has been made of his chances of winning, his arrogance and his extreme conservative views. But most of the controversy over his candidacy centers on his lying. It is no surprise to any of us that politicians lie. We generally assume they stretch the truth to get elected, to denigrate their political foes, and to bolster their images. But Cruz may just represent one of the biggest liars in recent history. In fact, he may be a whole new form of political liar.  The Daily Beast reports that, “Cruz’s Politifact track record for publicly asserted falsehoods is the second-highest among front-runners, totaling 56 percent of all statements they’ve looked at.” And Matthew Rozsa tell us that “Googling ‘Ted Cruz lies’ pulls back an astonishing 7,890,000 results, and on Twitter, the two phrases are basically synonymous.”"




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John McCain yukking it up with ISIS

John McCain yukking it up with ISIS

The Pitch

It has occurred to me that some of you think I'm running this hideous website because I have nothing else to do. Well some of you are just too dam smart. You've probably been hurt in a previous relationship. That's so sad,but it's really not my concern. Like mama used to say, "You'll know better next time."

So here's the skinny. You'll notice there's no stupid "Donate to this Site" button, and there's good reason, it goes back to that you're just too dam smart thing.

So what I did was plaster this site with all sorts of cheesy banners promoting every thing from pocket knives, Dickie denim jeans, healthy soy snacks, hemp seeds,creative writing software, St. Croix fishing rods and chartreus soft plastic lizards, to places where you can lose everything, betting on horse races, or where you can get a job driving a truck cross country, hauling Chinese made crap and picking up chicks. Someone said the site looked like I-75 in South Georgia.

When you click on a banner and buy something, I get a ham sandwich. That's all, just looking to eat once in a while.

Now here's a suggestion, before you lose everything betting on some dumbass horse race, or leave the wife and youngans and head on down the road in a Peterbuilt, buy yourself a pair of Matrix sunglasses and one of those R Crumb, "Keep on Truckin," T-shirts to wear to your daughter's soccer game. Your daughter will be humiliated as hell, until one of her friends walks over and says, " Your dad is the coolest dad ever."

Priceless!


Here's a catchy tune that may shed some light on what I'm trying to say.