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  • In the 'War on Drugs,' signs of truce with marijuana

    04/23/2013 12:07:28 PM PDT · by JustSayNoToNannies · 58 replies
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch ^ | April 23, 2013 | Kevin McDermott
    ST. LOUIS - Marijuana, the most prevalent illicit drug in America, seems to be getting less illicit by the day. Among recent developments that would have been unfathomable during the “War on Drugs” begun under President Ronald Reagan: • The states of Colorado and Washington voted last fall to legalize marijuana for recreational use, the first states ever to do so. Though technically still a violation of federal law, the administration of President Barack Obama has responded with a shrug. • The Illinois House voted last week to join the 18 states that have already legalized marijuana for medical use....
  • Illinois House votes to legalize medical marijuana

    04/18/2013 11:24:45 AM PDT · by JustSayNoToNannies · 24 replies
    Chicago Tribue ^ | April 17, 2013 | Joanne von Alroth
    The Illinois House of Representatives voted narrowly on Wednesday to legalize the use of marijuana for medical purposes, bringing the state a step closer to becoming the 21st in the United States to allow some form of pot use to treat illness. [...]
  • Trade agreement with Singapore kept secret to facilitate EP approval, says FFII

    04/15/2013 10:29:16 AM PDT · by JustSayNoToNannies · 9 replies
    New Europe ^ | April 12, 2013 | NEOnline
    The EU Commission decided to keep the trade agreement with Singapore secret until it enters into force in order to avoid pressure that may prevent it’s passing from the European Parliament according to the Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure (FFII). FFII analyst Ante Wessels says: "The European Parliament overwhelmingly voted down the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) after citizens pointed out it would violate their human rights. This time the Commission hopes to have a 'better result' by keeping the text secret until it enters into force. This is nothing less than an assault on democracy. Without democracy, the union...
  • Criminologist refutes cannabis-related crime increase claims

    04/08/2013 10:01:37 AM PDT · by JustSayNoToNannies · 61 replies
    The University of Kent ^ | 8 April 2013 | M.J.Herrema
    Criminologist Professor Alex Stevens has refuted media reports that reducing penalties for cannabis possession has led to increased drug use, crime and health problems. He said published data shows that these claims are unfounded and in fact highlight that cannabis use and crime have gone down since the 2004 declassification of cannabis to a class C substance.He said: ‘Government policy on cannabis hit the headlines again recently, when both the Daily Mail and the Daily Telegraph ran articles on it claiming reductions in penalties for users of the drug have increased both crime and drug-related hospital admissions. If cannabis declassification...
  • High-skilled visa requests likely to exceed supply, in one of fastest runs in years

    04/03/2013 8:58:37 AM PDT · by JustSayNoToNannies · 29 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 02, 2013
    The Homeland Security Department expects applications for high-skilled immigration visas to outpace the available supply in a matter of days, one of the fastest runs on the much-sought-after work permits in years and a sign of continued economic recovery amid new hiring by U.S. technology companies. The urgent race for such visas -- highly desired by Microsoft, Apple, Google and other leading technology companies -- coincides with congressional plans to increase the number available to tech-savvy foreigners. The race to secure one of the 85,000 so-called H-1B visas available for the 2014 budget year started Monday and requests will be...
  • Ranking the States for Economic and Personal Freedom

    03/29/2013 8:52:07 AM PDT · by JustSayNoToNannies · 29 replies ^ | Mar 29, 2013 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Sometimes I myopically focus on fiscal policy, implying that the key to prosperity is small government.But I’ll freely admit that growth if maximized when you have small government AND free markets.That being said, our goal should be to expand freedom, not merely to have the largest possible GDP.Which is why the Freedom Index is a good complement to Economic Freedom of the World.It shows, for instance, that Singapore may be ranked #2 for economic freedom, but it is only #39 when you look at all freedoms.We also have a comprehensive ranking of economic and personal freedom for the 50 states.Here...
  • New York Considers Medical Marijuana, As Business Journalists Find A Niche

    03/28/2013 8:37:23 AM PDT · by JustSayNoToNannies · 3 replies
    Medical Daily ^ | Mar 27, 2013 | Matthew Mientka
    As the New York Legislature considers a bill to allow medical marijuana, a couple of Rhode Island business journalists are reaping the profits. Anne Holland and Ron Perry founded Medical Marijuana Business Daily two years ago in Providence to cover the emerging industry of legitimate marijuana sales, as total black market business continues to represent the single largest cash crop in America at more than $35 billion. The trade in illegal marijuana - mostly for recreational use - trumps the second-largest cash crop, corn, at a mere $23.2 billion, of which $4.5 billion worth is exported from America's breadbasket to...
  • Supreme Court Says It's Illegal For A Police Drug Dog To Sniff Your Porch

    03/26/2013 9:39:18 AM PDT · by JustSayNoToNannies · 129 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Mar. 26, 2013 | Michael Kelley
    The Supreme Court has ruled that police use of a drug-sniffing dog on a homeowner's porch is a violation of the Fourth Amendment's protection against unreasonable searches and seizures. [...]
  • House panel says OK to medical marijuana

    03/08/2013 10:53:17 AM PST · by JustSayNoToNannies · 5 replies
    Daily Herald [IL] ^ | 3/7/2013 | Mike Riopell
    SPRINGFIELD — A panel of state lawmakers Wednesday approved legislation to legalize medical marijuana in Illinois. Supporters of the plan say it would be the most tightly regulated marijuana law in the country, restricting who can use the drug to people suffering from specific diseases and limiting the total number of marijuana dispensaries statewide to 60. "This is clearly model legislation for the country if we pass it," said state Rep. Lou Lang, a Skokie Democrat sponsoring the plan. An Illinois House committee approved it by an 11-4 vote this morning, sending the legislation to the full House. "Why would...
  • [OP-ED] Singapore Doesn't Always Need Internet Censorship to Silence Critics

    03/06/2013 7:50:18 AM PST · by JustSayNoToNannies · 31 replies
    TechPresident ^ | March 5 2013 | Phil Howard
    Singapore likes to promote itself as a business-friendly country where the government has a soft touch. But by firing a professor known for criticizing the government's censorship strategies, ruling elites have demonstrated that they still have a firm hand in controlling political conversation. It should make U.S. universities rethink their research partnerships with universities in Singapore, because such relationships actually help launder the regime's reputation.As one of Singapore's most high profile censorship critics, Cherian George is guilty of several things. In his teaching, he is guilty of corrupting several cohorts of young journalism students with ideas about press freedoms. In...
  • Ex-bus drivers jailed in Singapore for organising strike

    03/01/2013 8:35:07 AM PST · by JustSayNoToNannies · 1 replies ^ | Feb 26, 2013 | Kirsten Han
    Four ex-SMRT bus drivers have been jailed in Singapore for their part in last November’s strike. Wang Xianjie, Gao Yue Qiang and Liu Xiangying were sentenced to six weeks in prison, while He Junling was sentenced to seven weeks. On top of organising and participating in the strike, he had also posted on social media network Baidu encouraging others to join in. All four had pleaded guilty in court. Choo Zheng Xi, lawyer for He Junling, presented a mitigation plea, saying, “It was never Jun Ling’s intention to startle or alarm the public, nor was it a calculated plan of...
  • Leach to propose bill legalizing marijuana

    02/12/2013 10:54:09 AM PST · by JustSayNoToNannies · 38 replies
    The Delaware County [PA] Daily Times ^ | February 11, 2013 | DANIELLE LYNCH
    State Sen. Daylin, D-17, of Upper Merion, discussed why he believes it would be beneficial to legalize marijuana during a news conference in Harrisburg Monday afternoon. Leach said his bill would legalize marijuana for all purposes — both medicinal and recreational. Leach said people would have to be 21 years old to use marijuana. In addition, he said it would continue to be illegal to drive a vehicle while under the influence of marijuana. People would not be allowed to smoke marijuana in restaurants. Leach said people would be able to purchase marijuana in state stores. He said people would...
  • DEA "Speaking Out Against Drug Legalization" Claim 6- a rebuttal

    01/04/2013 1:21:20 PM PST · by JustSayNoToNannies · 59 replies
    (self) | Jan 4, 2013 | (self)
    The DEA Web pages on "Speaking Out Against Drug Legalization" are linked with some regularity on FR. They're full of errors in fact and logic; since I couldn't find a comprehensive rebuttal online, I've started creating one. Here's my rebuttal to their "Fact 6;" more to come as time permits. ("Fact 1" rebutted at; "Fact 2" at /focus/f-bloggers/2861557/posts; "Fact 3" at /focus/f-bloggers/2864032/posts; "Fact 4" at /focus/f-bloggers/2893202/posts; "Fact 5" at /focus/f-bloggers/2932390/posts.) Claim 6: "Legalization of Drugs will Lead to Increased Use and Increased Levels of Addiction. Legalization has been tried before, and failed miserably." Claim: Legalization proponents claim, absurdly, that...
  • Update: Six Strikes Program Delayed Until 2013

    01/03/2013 9:10:57 AM PST · by JustSayNoToNannies · 3 replies
    EyeOnIP ^ | December 12, 2012 | Sheldon Mak & Anderson
    The rollout of the Copyright Alert System will be delayed until early 2013, according to the Center for Copyright Information (CCI). The system, also referred to as the “Six Strikes” program, is intended to deter copyright infringement committed through illegal file sharing. CCI indicates that the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy is largely to blame for the delays. "Due to unexpected factors largely stemming from Hurricane Sandy which have seriously affected our final testing schedules, CCI anticipates that the participating ISPs will begin sending alerts under the Copyright Alert System in the early part of 2013, rather than by the...
  • ‘What more do we require?’ to stop violence, Rev. Jackson asks

    12/17/2012 9:45:57 AM PST · by JustSayNoToNannies · 88 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | December 15, 2012 | JAMES SCALZITTI
    Whether it be a mass casualty shooting at a school or other public space in the United States or the regularly occurring gun violence on the streets of Chicago, “the people who are civilized must care enough to stop it now,” the Rev. Jesse Jackson said on Saturday. While speaking to the audience at the Rainbow-PUSH headquarters on the South Side, Jackson reflected on Friday’s shooting in Connecticut, as well as the ongoing violence on the streets of Chicago. Noting that, “It’s easier (in the United States) to buy a gun than a cup of coffee,” Jackson said, “None of...
  • (vanity) Has Search been disabled on FR for today?

    11/06/2012 7:31:26 AM PST · by JustSayNoToNannies · 34 replies
    Nov 6, 2012 | (self)
    When I click the Search link, I get a blkank page (Firefox) or an HTTP 403 Forbidden (IE). Has Search been disabled to cut down on server strain? (There may already be posts about this, but I can't find them because I can't search. ;D)
  • From video to terrorist attack: timeline of administration statements on the Libya attack

    10/17/2012 12:39:56 PM PDT · by JustSayNoToNannies · 3 replies
    The Fact Checker (WaPo) ^ | 09/27/2012 | Glenn Kessler
    [...] For political reasons, it certainly was in the White House’s interests to not portray the attack as a terrorist incident, especially one that took place on the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. Instead the administration kept the focus on what was ultimately a red herring — anger in the Arab world over anti-Muslim video posted on You Tube. With key phrases and message discipline, the administration was able to conflate an attack on the U.S. Embassy in Egypt — which apparently was prompted by the video — with the deadly assault in Benghazi. Officials were also able to...
  • Los Angeles City Council rescinds ban on medical marijuana dispensaries

    10/02/2012 2:19:11 PM PDT · by JustSayNoToNannies · 7 replies
    LA Daily News ^ | 10/02/2012 | Rick Orlov
    Anticipating an expensive ballot proposition, the Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday backed away from its total ban on medical marijuana dispensaries. In an 11-2 vote, the council gave preliminary approval to rescinding the ban as it appeals to the state legislature to come up with more clear regulations on how to control the dispensaries. The council will give final approval to its reversal next week. Councilmen Jose Huizar and Joe Buscaino voted against rescinding the measure, saying they were concerned about the problems that developed in neighborhoods from the proliferation of the dispensaries. "I have seen where children are...
  • DEA "Speaking Out Against Drug Legalization" Claim 5 - a rebuttal

    09/17/2012 10:50:02 AM PDT · by JustSayNoToNannies · 135 replies
    (self) | Sep 17, 2012 | (self)
    The DEA Web pages on "Speaking Out Against Drug Legalization" are linked with some regularity on FR. They're full of errors in fact and logic; since I couldn't find a comprehensive rebuttal online, I've started creating one. Here's my rebuttal to their "Fact 5;" more to come as time permits. ("Fact 1" rebutted at; "Fact 2" at /focus/f-bloggers/2861557/posts; "Fact 3" at /focus/f-bloggers/2864032/posts; "Fact 4" at /focus/f-bloggers/2893202/posts.) Claim 5: "Drug control spending is a minor portion of the U.S. budget. Compared to the social costs of drug abuse and addiction, government spending on drug control is minimal." Claim: Legalization advocates...
  • "We Can Do Better" (or could have, anyway)

    08/29/2012 1:44:52 PM PDT · by JustSayNoToNannies · 7 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | August 27, 2012 | Lynne Sladky