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Marijuana Legalization Endorsed by Second Largest Paper in Oregon

Initiative 91, which would legalize, tax and regulate marijuana for adults in Oregon, now has the support of the two largest papers in the state. Last month the initiative was endorsed by The Oregonian, the states largest paper, and recently the second largest daily, The Register-Guard, endorsed it as well.

Obamacare Is Just Like the Swiss Health System – minus all the good stuff

The similarities between the two systems are mostly superficial, both mandate people buy individual insurance. The differences, though, are huge. Obamacare is basically the Swiss system with all the important rules that make it work properly removed.

US Strikes In Syria Blow Up Grain Silos And Kill Civilians

You’re welcome. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, US-led airstrikes in Syria have targeted more than hyped terrorist groups. The war monitoring organization has claimed that the military strikes hit grain silos, killing civilian workers that help distribute food to the Syrian population struggling to survive under difficult conditions.

No One Knows What the Big Political Issue Will Be Come 2016

I don't know what the big political issue will be around December of 2015, but I doubt it will be ISIS unless our latest war goes bad. If it does that might not necessarily bad for the candidate who has been skeptical about how effective military action can be.

Study: Earth Lost 50% of Its Wildlife in Last 40 Years

According to a new study from the World Wildlife Foundation (WWF) and the Zoological Society of London, planet Earth has lost 50% of its wildlife in the past 40 years. The metric used to make the determination was the Living Planet Index (LPI) which has declined by 52% since 1970. Show More Summary

We Could Have Hired 10,000 Teachers– Instead, We Got a War

What never gets much mention in the ramp up to war is the cost, and more importantly, what else we could do with that money. Several billion could hire a lot of teachers, create and fund many pre-K programs, pay for some big infrastructure projects, or save a huge number of lives by investing in clean water improvements in impoverished countries.

Protesters Continue to Occupy Hong Kong, Stockpile Supplies, Prepare for Chinese National Day

Protesters in Hong Kong continued to maintain control throughout the Admiralty district everywhere but the government headquarters. Though police and protesters clashed over the weekend, currently the police are withdrawn. How long the...Show More Summary

Judge Urges Firing for Officers Who Dragged, Hog Tied & Brutalized Mentally Ill Inmate at Rikers Island

An administrative law judge in New York has taken the extraordinary step of recommending that six corrections officers at Rikers Island prison be fired for dragging, hog-tying and brutalizing a mentally ill African-American inmate.

The Roundup

- A new study revealed eight migrants die per day on the trek to reach a richer, more developed country for security; Very tragic and highlights the divide between the rich and poor countries. - Journalist Tariq Ali interviews Patrick Cockburn about the rise of the ISIL and where the Middle East is heading - U.S. Show More Summary

If at first you do not succeed…keep trying to bury them

George Osborne, Great Britain’s (still united since late September 2014) most popular monster is determined to drive the poor into a fine powder.

Late, Late Night FDL: Be Lucky

The Who - Be Lucky The Who release first new song for 8 years 'Be Lucky'...

US Air Travel Snarled by One Guy Not a Terrorist

Luckily ISIS has never thought to employ psychotic contractors in a bid to mess with America. ‘Cause that apparently works.

California Adopts Law Ending Disparity Between Crack and Cocaine

California took an important step last night in reducing the inherent racism in its drug laws and how they are enforced. Among the dozens of bills signed by California Governor Jerry Brown (D) on Sunday was SB 1010, The California Fair Sentencing Act, sponsored by State Senator Holly Mitchell (D).

Most Americans Unaware How Rich 1% Are

As evidence showing more and more of America’s wealth is being snatched by the rich compounds, a survey shows Americans are still unable to grasp how truly rich those at the top are. The 400 wealthiest Americans now control $2.3 trillion worth of wealth while the American middle class not gotten a raise in 15 years according to the US Census.

Documents Reveal More Details on How US Intelligence Gets Around Regulations Against Spying on US Persons

The American Civil Liberties Union posted a trove of documents obtained in their Freedom of Information Act lawsuit for information about an executive order President Ronald Reagan signed, which gives the government broad authority to engage in surveillance of international communications, including the communications of numerous Americans. Show More Summary

First Ad Released for Medical Marijuana Campaign in Florida

The fight over Amendment 2, Use of Marijuana for Certain Medical Conditions, has surprisingly become one of the most hotly contested marijuana related ballot initiatives, thanks is large part to conservative mega-donor Sheldon Adelson spending millions against it and the unusual rules governing Florida's initiative process.

Was The Khorasan Group Ever An ‘Imminent Threat?’

As the Obama Administration began bombing in Syria under questionable legality, a sweetener was thrown in to the propaganda campaign to get the US involved in the civil war in Syria - the Khorasan Group. Though President Obama neverShow More Summary

There Is Much to Fear

One of the exceptional things about Post-Constitutional America is how instead of using the traditional tools of an autocracy– secret police, torture, mass round ups– the majority of Americans have given up their rights willfully, voluntarily, almost gleefully. The key tool used by government to have accomplished this is fear-mongering.

Obama Has Public Support for Bombing Syria, for Now

So far President Obama has successfully sold his latest military action in Syria and Iraq but its public support is built on a foundation of sand. According to a new CNN/ORC poll, 73 percent favor “military air strikes conducted by the...Show More Summary

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