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The current political paradigm is showing signs of defensive behaviors that were just ...

glimmers in the eyes of true reformers just a few years ago ...

and the neo-capitalistic economic dragon is seeing many challengers ...

so it is not impossible ...

there just has to be enough arrows shot at the dragon to effect current reality ... and






27 Shocking Numbers That Reveal the True State of the Union

Source: Rolling Stone

In tonight's State of the Union speech, we're likely to hear a lot about the nation's continuing recovery from the Great Recession, and about President Obama's determination to run an executive end-run around obstructionist Republicans in order to kick the economy into a higher gear.

But as the nation pauses for this annual moment of reflection on our fiscal and social health, too many leading indicators get short shrift. Here are 27 statistics – on unemployment, inequality, the drug war, defense spending, climate change and more – that underscore the troubled reality of America in 2014:

1. New income generated since 2009 that has gone to the top 1 percent: 95 percent

2. Financial wealth controlled by the bottom 60 percent of all Americans: 2.3 percent

3. Record combined wealth of the top 400 richest Americans: $2,000,000,000,000

4. Real decline in median middle-class incomes since 1999: $5,000


Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/27-shocking-numbers-that-reveal-the-true-state-of-the-union-20140128?utm_source=dailynewsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter



and 23 more .... more than sad .... it is pathetic ....

This is flagrant obfuscation and misinformation by one of the worst agencies in our govt ....

I know now why marijuana has been scheduled a one ... the misinformation and obfuscation was purported and sold by alcohol companies to limit the competition ... and the Kennedy family is one of the biggest contributors to this misinformation and they have gained the most from alcohol consumption ... look into Kennedy roots if you don't believe me ...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_P._Kennedy,_Sr.

Marijuana has not killed one person from overdose .... every other drug known to mankind has not only killed people but they continue today to kill people ...

Here's another quote from the New England Journal of Medicine:

"It has been estimated conservatively that 16,500 NSAID-related deaths occur among patients with rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis every year in the United States. This figure is similar to the number of deaths from the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome and considerably greater than the number of deaths from multiple myeloma, asthma, cervical cancer, or Hodgkin’s disease. If deaths from gastrointestinal toxic effects from NSAIDs were tabulated separately in the National Vital Statistics reports, these effects would constitute the 15th most common cause of death in the United States. Yet these toxic effects remain mainly a “silent epidemic,” with many physicians and most patients unaware of the magnitude of the problem. Furthermore the mortality statistics do not include deaths ascribed to the use of over-the-counter NSAIDS." (Wolfe M. MD, Lichtenstein D. MD, and Singh Gurkirpal, MD, “Gastrointestinal Toxicity of Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs”, The New England Journal of Medicine, June 17, 1999, Vol. 340, No. 24, pp. 1888-1889.)

http://www.naturalnews.com/027548_swine_flu_vaccines_death_risk.html##ixzz2rdjzLClQ

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NSAID == Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs === such as aspirin, Celebrex, Motrin, Indocin, Toradol, Aleve, and Naprosyn

So this is what the chances are to get into the 1% ...

Warren Buffett might be the epitome of the cautious investor, but he's betting $1 billion on this year's NCAA tournament.

Quicken Loans is offering a $1 billion prize to the basketball fan who submits the perfect NCAA bracket for this year's tournament. And the prize, if there is one awarded, will be paid out by Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway (BRKA, Fortune 500).

The payment would be doled out over 40 years in annual payments of $25 million, or a lump-sum payment of $500 million. If there is more than one perfect bracket submitted, the winning entries will split the money.

Buffett would not disclose the premium that Quicken Loans Chairman Dan Gilbert agreed to pay to Berkshire to cover the potential payout.

"Dan says it is too much and I say it's too little," he told CNN's Poppy Harlow.

http://money.cnn.com/2014/01/21/news/companies/buffett-ncaa-bracket/

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Soon, these will be the chances to get into the middle class ...

Wars We Cannot Win

We must end our unnecessary and misguided wars. We are bleeding money – to the tune of trillions of dollars in Iraq and Afghanistan – and losing lives – thousands of service men and women have died just since the invasion of Iraq.We are destroying our country in four wars we cannot afford and are losing – badly.

The Iraq War – We may officially be out of the war, but we still have thousands of American contractors, officers and State Department officials in the country. Why are we still there?

The Afghanistan War – The people of Afghanistan were fighting a civil war before our troops entered their country, and the civil war will continue after we leave.

Phantom Terror War – We are at a standstill. At home, we are fighting more homegrown terrorists, abroad we continue to fight more emerging terrorists.

The Economic War – Our leaders seem unaware we are even in an economic war. We are losing badly, and may have already lost.


http://economyincrisis.org/content/wars-we-cannot-win-2

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16,603 companies sold to foreign investors ... no wonder we don't have a middle class ... and no mention of the worst war in our history ... the war on drugs ... a no brainer ... that never was winnable ...

New, privatized African city heralds climate apartheid

It's a sight to behold. Just off Lagos, Nigeria's coast, an artificial island is emerging from the sea. A foundation, built of sand dredged from the ocean floor, stretches over ten kilometres. Promotional videos depict what is to come: a city of soaring buildings, housing for 250,000 people, and a central boulevard to match Paris' Champs-Élysées and New York's Fifth Avenue. Privately constructed, it will also be privately administered and supplied with electricity, water, mass transit, sewage and security. It is the "future Hong Kong of Africa," anticipates Nigeria's World Bank director.

Welcome to Eko Atlantic, a city whose "whole purpose", its developers say, is to "arrest the ocean's encroachment." Like many low-lying coastal African countries, Nigeria has been hit hard by a rising sea-level, which has regularly washed away thousands of peoples' homes. To defend against the coastal erosion and flooding, the city is being surrounded by the "Great Wall of Lagos", a sea defence barrier made of 100,000 five-ton concrete blocks. Eko Atlantic will be a "sustainable city, clean and energy efficient with minimal carbon emissions," offer jobs, prosperity and new land for Nigerians, and serve as a bulwark in the fight against the impacts of climate change.

At least that's the official story. Other facts suggest this gleaming city will be a menacing allure to most. In congested Lagos, Africa's largest city, there is little employment and millions work and scavenge in a vast, desperate informal economy. Sixty percent of Nigeria's population – almost 100 of 170 million people – live on less than a dollar a day. Preventable diseases are widespread; electricity and clean water hard to come by. A few kilometres down the Lagos shoreline, Nigerians eke out an existence in the aquatic slum of Makoko, built precariously on stilts over the ocean. Casting them as crime-ridden, the government regularly dismantles such slums, bulldozing homes and evicting thousands. These are hardly the people who will scoop up square footage in Eko Atlantic's pricy new high-rises.

Those behind the project – a pair of politically connected Lebanese brothers who run a financial empire called the Chagoury Group, and a slew of African and international banks – give a picture of who will be catered to. Gilbert Chaougry was a close advisor to the notorious Nigerian dictatorship of the mid 1990s, helping the ultra-corrupt general Sani Abacha as he looted billions from public coffers. Abacha killed hundreds of demonstrators and executed environmentalist Ken Saro-Wiwa, who rose to fame protesting the despoiling of the country by Shell and other multinational oil corporations. Thus it's fitting for whom the first 15-story office tower in Eko Atlantic is being built: a British oil and gas trading company. The city proposing to head off environmental devastation will be populated by those most responsible for it in the first place.


http://www.theguardian.com/environment/true-north/2014/jan/21/new-privatized-african-city-heralds-climate-apartheid?CMP=twt_gu


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So the rich have a plan to escape climate change ... lol ....

Robert ... Fukushima is a terrible ongoing accident ... we all agree on that point ...

It is possible that mussels within a 30-50 mile radius of Fukushima have ingested these radioisotopes and starfish who eat them are then affected ... after that ... anything is possible ... but the possibility becomes smaller and smaller and smaller and smaller ... until your claims become chicken littleish ...

You know Robert, if you want to do some research on something that is worse than Fukushima, you should concentrate your efforts on the Gulf oil spill by BP ... report on that monstrous mess and the continuing damage that is being caused by petroleum ...

http://skeptoid.com/episodes/4397

The misinformation in that piece was so bad I was screaming at the TV ....

Yes, Patrick, THC is higher in the MJ today, but it can sometimes be lower .... in comparing it to something you know a little bit about ...alcohol ... there is beer with lets say 6% alcohol content, then there is wine with lets say 12% alcohol, and then there is spirits with 30+++ alcohol content ....

Now Patrick, MJ today has many different varieties and strains and levels of THC content ...

Please see this article to understand that marijuana does not always have high THC content ...

"This particular plant has 0.5 percent THC and 17 percent CBD -- or cannabidiol -- the non-psychoactive ingredient [in marijuana],

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/03/medical-marijuana-epilepsy_n_4378929.html

This is just one of the misstatements that were made in that interview ...

Just saw Chris Matthews interview Kennedy and his cousin ...

What a load of crap... these guys want to talk about addiction ... why not talk about wealth addiction ...

And if Maher invites Chris back on his show, they should have a heart to heart about mj....


To make informed factual posts ... so to avoid

..... "Absurdly exaggerated and sensationalized reports that do not help anyone; rather they increase confusion, and decrease our ability to respond to such events appropriately."

and to repudiate inferential posts/articles that can be scientifically explained in many more obviously rational/logical ways ...


"This is the central thesis of science reporters who have been desperately trying to respond to scientifically illiterate fearmongerers printing headlines like "Your Days of Eating Pacific Ocean Fish Are Over" and "28 Signs That The West Coast Is Being Absolutely Fried With Nuclear Radiation From Fukushima". Our planet's entropy has, long ago, already rid itself of any credible threat from the Fukushima radiation, outside of the immediate evacuation zone. Fishing has long been suspended from Daiichi's vicinity, so there is no way that eating a legally caught fish can give you any significant Fukushima radiation."


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