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Can a Psychedelic Drug From the Bark of an African Plant Cure Heroin Addiction? While animal and human research data show that ibogaine undoubtedly does relieve opioid withdrawal—the drug is now being used in dozens of clinics around the world, often illegally.
NJ "Weedman" Found Not Guilty in Jury Nullification Victory. With few options left for people to protect themselves from the ever growing police state, an old and long forgotten aspect of constitutional law is making a huge comeback, and becoming very popular in cases where people are facing jail time for nonviolent offenses.
Don Lattin is a friend and also a writer of many wonderful books including Distilled Spirits. Have a look
Our Lord and Savior Quetzalcoatl "these correspondences were so commonly recognized that many natives reportedly converted to Christianity with relatively little effort because of the similarities between their religion and that of the Christians."
"Da Vinci encoded and envisioned: a heretical masterpiece composed of arcane symbols, optical illusions, purposeful omissions and layered meanings to put forth his last testament. The subject of this testament? Mary Magdalene was the Bride of Christ and she holds their son"
The Art House Gallery in Berekely is a wonderful portal of where its director Harold Adler "the arts come together". The setting, people, art and music are wonderful and a delightful time will be had by all
Why Hurricane Sandy Has Morphed into a 'Frankenstorm' -- And Why We Should Get Used to Catastrophic WeatherHere's how manmade carbon pollution is making many of the most destructive kinds of extreme weather events -- Frankenstorms -- more frequent and more intense.
Wake Up! Our World Is Dying and We're All in Denial Had we been in a trance? I wanted to shout, "Wake up! Please wake up! Our old future is gone. Matters are urgent. We have to do something now."
5 Weird and Frightening Effects of Fracking You May Not Know About. We know fracking has environmental and health damages, but there are other terrifying consequences.
First 6 Tesla Superchargers Open to Public Today. It's time to suspend disbelief about electric cars.
Confirmed: Belly Fat is Far More Dangerous than Having a Total BMI in Obese Range. A study on belly fat presented at the European Society of Cardiology Congress1, 2 confirms that visceral fat – the type that gathers around your internal organs – is far more dangerous to your health than you might think.
Is Your Water Loaded with Drugs? Professional Perspectives on Water Fluoridation exposes the ongoing dangers of fluoridation in a concise and hard-hitting format
Israel‘s Formula For A Starvation Diet by Jonathan Cook. This experiment in the manufacture of Palestinian despair is, it goes with saying, both illegal and grossly immoral.
Why is this Crop Linked to Mass-Suicides? The Bitter Seeds of Monsanto's Legacy: Debt, Death, and Global Destruction
A Militarised Neo-Liberalism - Australia’s most prominent role in this enforced transition was restructuring Iraq’s agriculture. Far from promoting food security, it was focused instead on guaranteeing contracts for the Australian Wheat Board, while simultaneously eliminating Iraqi government farming subsidies and introducing a system of corporate patent rights over seeds
How Democracies Die. "Picture a country at the height of its international power and prestige. It has military forces stationed around the globe. It is an intellectual leader...." It's not the one you're thinking of
Noam Chomsky | America Acts Like It Owns the World. "Well, the future is uncertain, but the threat of democracy so far is contained. And it's a real threat."
Bush, Blair Wanted For Crimes Against Humanity: Boyle. "We will keep after Bush and Blair for sure for crimes against peace, war crimes and torture in general," Francis Boyle, a professor of international law.
A Nation Armed to the Teeth but Living in Fear By Dave Lindorff. The whole country is populated by adults who have been raised in a climate of fear by a media and a government that are hell-bent on scaring the shit out of everyone.
Welcome to the Age of Hell: Entrenching Murder as the American Way By Chris Floyd Weep for where we are, and where we're going.
Corporations Cashing in Breast Cancer. Corporations Cashing in Big Time on Breast Cancer -- 5 Shocking HypocrisiesSome of the most visible companies slapping pink ribbons on their products also have the most to hide
Be(a)ware of the Chemtrails. "Bill Gates has funneled millions of dollars into geoengineering research. And he has invested in a company, Intellectual Ventures, that is developing at least two geoengineering tools: the "StratoShield," a 19-mile-long hose suspended by helium balloons that would spew sun-blocking sulfur dioxide particles into the sky and a tool that can supposedly blunt the force of hurricanes"
Big Oil & Their Bankers In The Persian Gulf: Four Horsemen, Eight Families & Their Global Intelligence, Narcotics & Terror Network. "Ever since President George Bush Senior spoke of a "New World Order" in several speeches’ he gave in the early 1990’s, I determined to find out what he was talking about. A "New World Order" is what Hitler was planning in the 1930’s."
Fall 1941: Pearl Harbor and The Wars of Corporate America. Myth: The US was forced to declare war on Japan after a totally unexpected Japanese attack on the American naval base in Hawaii on December 7, 1941. On account of Japan’s alliance with Nazi Germany, this aggression automatically brought the US into the war against Germany.Reality: The Roosevelt administration had been eager for some time to wage war against Japan and sought to unleash such a war by means of the institution of an oil embargo and other provocations. Having deciphered Japanese codes, Washington knew a Japanese fleet was on its way to Pearl Harbor, but welcomed the attack since a Japanese aggression would make it possible to "sell" the war to the overwhelmingly anti-war American public.
Stopping Trans Canada’s Keystone XL Pipeline--Activism from the Trees and on the Ground. In East Texas, the farm lands and forests have been seized for the Canadian company through eminent domain and are already being destroyed for the foreign pipeline.
Gamechanging News About GMOs. The cables showed that the U.S. government, working with biotech firms, has planned to "retaliate" against those who attempted to stop the spread of GM crops. They recommended causing "pain" in the EU and to be prepared for a prolonged battle
Inside the Monsanto Information War. In the United States and abroad, independent and industry scientists battle it out on a playing field where testing protocols are still in flux, despite a history of efforts to push for standardization
Monsanto's Lies and the GMO Labeling Battle. At this very moment, Monsanto and other pesticide companies are spending more than $1 million a day to convince California voters that it’s not in their best interest to know whether the food they eat is genetically engineered. And Henry I. Miller is their guy.
Arranging a US Famine. At a time when the US government talks of food shortages yet is doing nothing to ensure food for its people but is doing numbers of things that seriously increase the threat and leave people more helpless
Why Does Sexual Hypocrisy Flourish on the Right? "The question of why religious conservatives are so likely to be caught in the act is eternally compelling. From the Pentecostal televangelist Jimmy Swaggart's love for prostitutes to abstinence-preaching Senator David Vitter's extracurricular romps.
The Naked Truth About Rape. Our modern right-wing politicians rave about establishing "real freedom" for themselves and "smaller government" by "getting the government out of their pockets" while simultaneously trying to destroy the freedom of the female half of the population. No woman should vote for any of them or for those who support them. This is more important than politics.
Number of States in Which Rapists Can Sue For Custody and Visitation Rights -- 31 -- and Other Shocking Rape FactsFor months now we've been subjected to surreal revelations when it comes to what people think about rape. Here is some real, fact-checked information.
How to Rig an Election. "And as November 6 approaches, only one thing is certain: American voters will have no ability to know with certainty who wins any given race, from dogcatcher to president."
This article concerns the practice of the CEO's who are trying to influence their employees' votes. I personally experienced this and felt compelled to share my story
Police State USA: In Amerika there will Never be a Real Debate. In the US today, the power of money rules. Nothing else is in the equation
How the Rich Are Turning State and Local Races Into Their Own Personal Political Playgrounds 2012's unregulated and unrestrained campaign spending isn't confined to the presidential race
Ryan's Prescription for the Poor: End Anti-Poverty Programs Government anti-poverty programs, Ryan suggested at an Ohio campaign stop, are bad because, in his view, they render the poor into bad and lazy people
Romney's Energy Policy Is a Relic of the 19th Century. "If elected, Romney is promising an end to key federal policies supporting sustainable energy like the production tax credit for wind."
Texas Attorney General Threatens To Arrest International Elections Observers. Greg Abbott, the Republican Attorney General of Texas, issued a stern warning this week to members of an international delegation expected to be on hand to monitor voting at polling places around the country on Election Day
CIA chiefs face arrest over horrific evidence of bloody 'video-game' sorties by drone pilots. The Mail on Sunday today reveals shocking new evidence of the full horrific impact of US drone attacks in Pakistan. A damning dossier assembled from exhaustive research into the strikes' targets sets out in heartbreaking detail the deaths of teachers, students and Pakistani policemen. It also describes how bereaved relatives are forced to gather their loved ones' dismembered body parts in the aftermath of strikes.
Crimes against Humanity: Iraq’s Mass Graves. "US Occupation authorities: guilty. They created, trained and armed the National Police and controlled the Ministry of Interior, responsible for death squad policies."
How an Innocent 26-Year-Old Got Sold Into Guantanamo Hell for a $5,000 Bounty He was just a man, one of hundreds - thousands perhaps - who was in the wrong place at the wrong time after 9/11
How Team Obama Justifies the Killing of a 16-Year-Old American. Asked about the strike that killed him, a senior adviser to the president's campaign suggests he should've "had a more responsible father." American drone strikes have resulted in hundreds of dead innocents in the last four years
Remote U.S. base at core of secret operations. The Obama administration has gone to extraordinary lengths to conceal the legal and operational details of its targeted-killing program.
Come Back President Carter! By Alan Hart What a tragedy it is that American presidents can only speak the truth when they are out of office.
Third Party Presidential Debate Moderated by Larry King. Four alternative candidates for president of the United States debated Tuesday night in Chicago and agreed America needs a good dose of what they could provide -- clear, straight talk that has not been market-pasteurized.
Mormon Mitt in Bed with Big Tobacco. Mitt Romney's religious hypocrisy and lack of moral scruples are most tellingly exemplified by his personal involvement in Bain Capital's work for big tobacco - which included hooking millions of Russians on the drug that is anathema to Mormons
America: Land of Shady Elections. "In a nutshell, the budding vulture capitalist Republican son of the vulture capitalist Republican running for president is part-owner of voting machines in a state that is a must-win for any Republican seeking the presidency."
"October Surprise": The Nobel Peace Committee’s "Collective Insanity". "When Kissinger won the Nobel Peace Prize satire died", satirist Tom Lehrer, memorably commented. The Former US Secretary of State was awarded his Nobel for "negotiating the Vietnam Peace Accords In fact he had been involved in oversight of the secret bombing of Laos and Cambodia (both neutral countries.) In nine years more than two hundred and sixty million bombs were dropped. He had also supported the murderous regimes in Chile and Argentina, where the "disappeared" are seared in to the national psyche
A Festival of Gibberish. While most will agree that President Obama dominated Monday night's presidential debate, the victory does not translate into a win for Americans who were seeking a meaningful discussion on life-and-death issues.
Oral Sex, Yoga, and God's Eternal Wrath: Inside the New Hipster Megachurch That Tells Modern Women to Submit Mars Hill tries to pull a young hipster crowd to Christianity. One of their biggest draws is separate spheres for women and men
CIA Chiefs Face Arrest over Horrific Evidence of Bloody 'Video-Game' Sorties by Drone Pilots. Shocking new evidence of the full horrific impact of US drone attacks in Pakistan.
U.S. government expects to continue adding names to kill or capture lists 'for years' Plan for hunting terrorists signals U.S. intends to keep adding names to kill lists 23 Oct 2012 Over the past two years, the Obama administration has been secretly developing a new blueprint for pursuing terrorists, a next-generation targeting list called the "disposition matrix.
The 10 Weirdest Things Todd Akin Has Said The GOP's Missouri standard-bearer says some seriously bizarre and wildly misogynistic stuff.
How Wall Street Won the Election Long Before the First Vote Was Cast. Four debates later, and it's clear that Big Finance will continue to drive our economy. Banks trump citizens, and absent severe reconstruction of the banking system, the cycle will absolutely, unequivocally continue
The Zombie Election. "At a moment when the bitter polarization that has poisoned our politics for so long has reached a new height (or depth) of vehemence and venom, there is a small but nontrivial possibility that come November 7, we will find ourselves facing an outcome that would trigger a national political meltdown, in which a large portion of each side decries the election result as illegitimate."
15 Depressing Ways Obama and Romney Agree. Despite big differences, there are issues that neither candidate is brave enough to tackle.
Sen. Bernie Sanders: Tax Dodgers on Wall Street Have No Shame. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today said corporate leaders should look in the mirror before lecturing the American people on ways to tackle the deficit."
US Suit: 'Brazen' Mortgage Fraud at Countrywide, BofA Federal Prosecutors Sue Bank of America for Mortgage Fraud. "Federal prosecutors in New York sued Bank of America on Wednesday, accusing the giant bank of carrying out a mortgage scheme that defrauded the government."
Is The World Abandoning The U.S. Economy? The possibility of a U.S. without financial hegemony is very real. To understand that this possibility exists is one thing; to understand that the process of destabilization has already begun is another.
GOP candidate: ‘My opponent believes in global warming and has been to other countries, he is basically a monster’
QUOTES FOR THE WEEK:
"The illusion of freedom will continue as long as it's profitable to continue the illusion. At the point where the illusion becomes too expensive to maintain, they will just take down the scenery, they will pull back the curtains, they will move the tables and chairs out of the way and you will see the brick wall at the back of the theater." - Frank Zappa
"Liberty is meaningless where the right to utter one's thoughts and opinions has ceased to exist. That, of all rights, is the dread of tyrants. It is the right which they first of all strike down" - Frederick Douglass
"Liberty is not for these slaves; I do not advocate inflicting it against their conscience. On the contrary, I am strongly in favor of letting them crawl and grovel all they please before whatever fraud or combination of frauds they choose to venerate...Our whole practical government is grounded in mob psychology and.. the Boobus Americanus will follow any command that promises to make him safer." --H. L. Menchen
"He who dares not offend cannot be honest" Thomas Paine
There is absolutely nothing to be said for government by a plutocracy, for government by men very powerful in certain lines and gifted with 'a money touch,' but with ideals which in their essence are merely those of so many glorified pawnbrokers:" - Theodore Roosevelt
"Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich, by promising to protect each from the other." - Oscar Ameringer
"If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise,we don't believe in it at all." - Noam Chomsky
"The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself, without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, and intolerable..." - H.L. Mencken
"I'll tell you what they don't want-they don't want a population of citizens capable of critical thinking. They don't want well informed, well educated people capable of critical thinking. They're not interested in that. That doesn't help them. That's against their interest." - George Carlin
" It's about telling the truth, allowing suffering to speak and being honest and candid about those in power" - Cornel West
"Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth." - Albert Einstein -- (1879-1955) Physicist and Professor, Nobel Prize 1921
"Freethinkers are those who are willing to use their minds without prejudice and without fearing to understand things that clash with their customs, privileges, or beliefs. This state of mind is not common, but it is essential for right thinking; where it is absent, discussion is apt to become worse than useless." - Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoi - (1828-1910) Russian writer Source: On Life and Essays on Religion
"It should be your care, therefore, and mine, to elevate the minds of our children and exalt their courage; to accelerate and animate their industry and activity; to excite in them an habitual contempt of meanness, abhorrence of injustice and inhumanity, and an ambition to excel in every capacity, faculty, and virtue. If we suffer their minds to grovel and creep in infancy, they will grovel all their lives." - John Adams
"Willful Ignorance is both a life and death sentence" - James A. Zoppa
"If the world is to be healed through human efforts, I am convinced it will be by ordinary people, people whose love for this life is even greater than their fear. " - Joanna Macy
"The trouble is that when American dollars earn only six percent over here, they get restless and go overseas to get 100 percent. The flag follows the dollar and the soldiers follow the flag.
"I wouldn't go to war again as I have done to defend some lousy investment of the bankers. We should fight only for the defense of our home and the Bill of Rights. War for any other reason is simply a racket.
"There isn't a trick in the racketeering bag that the military gang is blind to. It had its 'finger men' to point out enemies, its 'muscle men' to destroy enemies, its 'brain men' to plan war preparations and a 'Big
Boss' - supernationalistic capitalism.
"I spent 33 years in the Marines. Most of my time being a high-class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer for capitalism.
"I helped purify Nicaragua for the international banking house of Brown Brothers in 1909-1912. I helped make Mexico and especially Tampico safe for American oil interests in 1914. I brought light to the
Dominican Republic for American sugar interests in 1916. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenue in. I helped in the rape of half a dozen Central
American republics for the benefit of Wall Street.
"War is a racket."
- General Smedley D. Butler
"The press, or at least most of it, has lost the passion, the outrage, and the sense of mission that once drove reporters to defy authority and tell the truth." - Chris Hedges
"Think of the press as a great keyboard on which the government can play." - Joseph Goebbels
"Above all things let us never forget that mankind constitutes one great brotherhood; all born to encounter suffering and sorrow, and therefore bound to sympathize with each other." - Albert Pike
"A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history." - Mahatma Gandhi