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WEED 2 - Cannabis Madness - Dr. Sanjay Gupta Reports (2014 CNN Documentary)

- Thanks for the reminder tishaLA about WEED 3 - Cannabis Madness! I don't watch the teevee but I know others are still addicted.


Fukushima Robot Sees Water in R1, Increase Workers Rad Exposure, Population Drop Update 4/17/15

- You see that steam rising from that radioactive water? It's doing that 24/7/365.

We're all Fukushima now.....

Nuclear Waste: Drone buzzes Fukushima temporary storage facility

- This is insane.

If US wants to study ‘weaponization’ of media, it can look at its own front pages – Noam Chomsky

- Well, that tears it. I'll have to dig my old copy of 1984 out so I can see what tomorrow's headlines will be.......

25 TV Show Intros from the 1950s

- Who would have ever thought James Bond (Roger Moore) used to be Ivanhoe!?

GOP Transportation Chair Admits To Romantic Relationship With Airline Lobbyist

Source: TPM

By Catherine Thompson Published April 16, 2015, 4:44 PM EDT

The chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee is literally in bed with the airline lobby. Politico reported Thursday that Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA) has been dating a top lobbyist for a U.S. airline trade association since last summer, citing multiple anonymous sources familiar with their relationship.

In a statement to the publication, Shuster acknowledged a "private and personal relationship" with Shelley Rubino, vice president for global government affairs for Airlines for America.

Shuster isn't running afoul of any ethics rules by dating Rubino, according to Politico. But the committee led by the congressman is currently hammering out legislation that could completely revamp the Federal Aviation Administration -- and Rubino's firm naturally has a vested interest in that legislation.

The congressman said in his statement to Politico that "Ms. Rubino doesn’t lobby my office, including myself and my staff.” It appears that nothing prevents Rubino from lobbying other members of the transportation committee, however.

Read more: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/bill-shuster-relationship-lobbyist-shelley-rubino

- Mrs. Shuster might take issue with the above statement by Politico that he isn't breaking any rules. Proven Leadership and Conservative Values, indeed. This is how they do it......

Italy: Olive groves under threat | Focus on Europe

- One of the main drawbacks of globalization is things that should stay where they belong, don't.

Keiser Report: Warren Buffett's Interest Rate Apartheid (E743)

- So the smiling curmudgeony Santa rosy cheeks, turns out to be the skeevy old slumlord, Mr. Potter after all......

[font size=3]Warren Buffett's mobile home empire preys on the poor[/font]
Billionaire profits at every step, from building to selling to high cost lending

Public Integrity & The Seattle Times
By Daniel Wagner Mike Baker
12:30 am, April 3, 2015 Updated: 8:57 pm, April 6, 2015

[font color=gray]Kirk and Denise Pitts purchased their mobile home in 1997. They still owe more than $39,000 on the home and land, which were valued at $33,100 in 2013. Here, the Pitts and their son, Caine, stand in front of their home in Knoxville, Tennessee. Daniel Wagner/Center for Public Integrity[/font]

Editor's note: This is a joint investigation of The Center for Public Integrity and The Seattle Times.

Denise Pitts walked into the pawn shop not far from where she bought her mobile home in Knoxville, Tennessee, and offered up her wedding rings for $100. Her marriage wasn’t over, but her husband was battling cancer and, Pitts said, her mortgage company told her the only way to keep a roof over his head would be to sell everything else.

Across the country in Ephrata, Washington, Kirk and Patricia Ackley sat down to close on a new mobile home, only to learn that the annual interest on their loan would be 12.5 percent rather than the 7 percent they said they had been promised. They went ahead because they had spent $11,000, most of their savings, to dig a foundation.

And near Bug Tussle, Alabama, Carol Carroll has been paying down her home for more than a decade but still owes nearly 90 percent of the sale price — and more than twice what the home is worth.

The families’ dealers and lenders went by different names — Luv Homes, Clayton Homes, Vanderbilt, 21st Mortgage. Yet the disastrous loans that threaten them with homelessness or the loss of family land stem from a single company: Clayton Homes, the nation’s biggest homebuilder, which is controlled by its second-richest man — Warren Buffett.


Trapped & abandoned: US citizen killed in Yemen, thousands stranded in war-torn country

- I guess it'll just have to be more blood stains on the Peace Prize.

Drive Thru Headless Prank

- I wonder where he puts the food?
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