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  • Growing Number of Schools Ban Homework to Lessen Stress

    09/22/2014 10:08:18 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | Sep. 22 2014 4:18PM
    A growing number of schools across the country are banning after-school assignments to lessen stress on children and families. Some educators and parents say homework has become too time-consuming and support the lighter workload, but others are concerned it might hurt kids in the long run. …
  • Abbas to Netanyahu: End the Occupation, Make Peace

    09/22/2014 7:42:32 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    INN ^ | 9/23/2014, 5:15 AM | Elad Benari
    Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas vowed on Monday to present a new timetable for peace talks with Israel when he addresses world leaders at the United Nations later this week, according to AFP. “I say today to Prime Minister (Binyamin) Netanyahu: end the occupation, make peace,” Abbas told an audience in New York. In a passionate address to students in the Cooper Union hall, Abbas said, “The international community has the responsibility to protect our people, living under the terror of settlers, an occupying army.” …
  • China increasingly producing ‘tools of torture’ for export: Amnesty

    09/22/2014 7:18:19 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 49 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Sep 22, 2014 9:31pm EDT | Megha Rajagopalan
    Dozens of Chinese firms are producing and exporting “tools of torture”, from electric stun guns to metal spiked batons, to countries with bad human rights records, rights group Amnesty International said on Tuesday. More than 130 companies are involved in producing or trading the equipment, typically marketed to law enforcement agencies, up from about 28 companies a decade ago, Amnesty said. […] One company, China Xining Import/Export Corporation, which advertises thumb cuffs, restraint chairs and electric stun guns, said in 2012 it had ties to more than 40 African countries, according to Amnesty. The firm could not be reached for...
  • Arab and Muslim states question Israel’s right to defend itself at UNHRC

    09/22/2014 7:03:04 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 09/22/2014 22:47 | Tovah Lazaroff
    Two major groups of Arab sates questioned Israel’s right to defend itself against Hamas in Gaza, in addresses to the United Nations Human Rights Council on Monday in Geneva. Describing Israel’s actions in Gaza as self-defense is both “legally incorrect” and “morally abhorrent,” said Pakistan, speaking on behalf of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. […] Switzerland, Ireland, and Iceland were among the few Western countries to address to address the UNHRC under Agenda Item 7. Ireland condemned both Israel and Hamas as unacceptable for attacking innocent civilians during the Gaza war. With respect to Israeli attacks in Gaza, Ireland said,...
  • Clorox exits Venezuela citing govt restrictions

    09/22/2014 12:09:57 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 22, 2014 9:47 AM EDT
    Clorox is shutting down all operations in Venezuela, citing restrictions by the government, supply disruptions and economic uncertainty. […] The consumer products company said that for almost three years its affiliate, Corporación Clorox de Venezuela S.A., had to sell more than two-thirds of its products at prices frozen by the Venezuelan government. Over that same time span, there was a sharp rise in inflation that resulted in significantly higher costs for Clorox. …
  • Gaza Schoolchildren Traumatized by Sounds of Hamas Torture

    09/22/2014 11:52:16 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    INN ^ | 9/22/2014, 4:19 PM | Ari Soffer
    Children at a school in southern Gaza are reportedly being terrorized by the sounds of Hamas detainees being tortured at an adjacent police compound. Arabic-language Al Hayat Al-Jadida says parents of children attending the school in central Khan Younis have complained to authorities on numerous occasions about the phenomenon, which includes the chilling sounds of “shrieks and cries of pain”, and has left students shaken. The sounds of torture apparently emanate from a building belonging to the Department of General Intelligence, which is tasked among other things with detaining and interrogating suspected “collaborators” or informants for Israel. One ninth-grade student,...
  • US Reportedly Giving Hezbollah Indirect Military Aid

    09/22/2014 2:44:02 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    INN ^ | 9/22/2014, 12:35 PM | Ari Yashar
    Mohammed Afif, the new head of public relations for the Lebanese-based Iran-proxy terror organization Hezbollah, gave a rare New York Times interview as Lebanese experts reveal his group is indirectly receiving American intelligence aid in its fight against Islamic State (ISIS). Following ISIS’s temporary conquest of Arsal last month on the Lebanese side of the Syrian border, the US sent new weapons to the Lebanese army, which coordinates with Hezbollah. Likewise, US intelligence has found its way to Hezbollah according to Lebanese experts. …
  • Why Modi’s India is warming to China

    09/22/2014 2:34:58 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | Wednesday, 17 September, 2014, 9:40pm | Debasish Roy Chowdhury
    President Xi Jinping should find the “handshake across the Himalayas” a lot warmer than usual when he starts his India trip today. As India prepares to overcome the reflexive suspicion of its giant neighbor and open the floodgates to Chinese capital, and Xi responds by opening the checkbook, relations between the two Asian giants are set for, as India’s National Security Adviser Ajit Doval puts it, an “orbital jump”. […] China, which (Modi) sees as his economic role model and has visited four times, in particular rolled out the red carpet. […] “There are two factors pushing India towards China....
  • Ukraine crisis pushing Russia to form rare earths alliance with China

    09/22/2014 2:25:20 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Investor Intel ^ | September 16, 2014 | Alessandro Bruno
    In 1986, Deng Xiaoping launched the “863 program”, aimed to gain control of the rare earths market … saying: “The Arab countries have oil; China has rare earths.” […] The Ukraine crisis—and China’s rare earths industrial consolidation and reform—has given Russia an unprecedented incentive to develop a rare earths mining industry, which, in addition to its hydrocarbons, would give it further huge bargaining power on the world economy. It does not have the know-how, technology or refining plants yet, but China can offer these. …
  • Child warriors, 13, leave Germany for jihad

    09/22/2014 12:46:02 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 22 Sep 2014 08:49 GMT+02:00
    Children as young as 13 are traveling from Germany to Syria and Iraq to join Islamic jihadists, according to German intelligence agencies. Hans-Georg Maaßen, head of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV), told the Rheinische Post at the weekend that at least 24 children had headed to the Middle East from Germany. “The youngest was 13,” he said. […] Around 400 Germans have joined jihadists in Iraq and Syria, security services believe. …
  • Hundreds Of Vets Receive Pot Free Of Charge At Special Event

    09/21/2014 1:39:21 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 98 replies
    CBS Denver ^ | September 20, 2014 6:01 PM
    Hundreds of military veterans received marijuana free of charge on Saturday. The unusual event included free medical marijuana and edibles. Organizers designed the event specifically for veterans, but members of the public were also welcome. A handful of Denver area businesses teamed up for the event specifically for veterans, but members of the public were also welcome. Hundreds lined up to get into the largest event ever hosted by Operation Grow4Vets. …
  • Jerusalem Mayor: Don’t Talk So Much about Terrorism

    09/21/2014 1:10:40 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    INN ^ | 9/21/2014, 8:21 PM | Gil Ronen
    Faced with increasingly brazen and numerous daily Arab terror attacks on Jews, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat thinks the media should not talk about the problem too much. The terror wave has become so unbearable of late that even leftist media sources have begun reporting it, after years in which nationalist sources like Arutz Sheva were almost the only ones who carried the news of rock attacks and firebombs against Jews. […] The mayor can be heard saying: “In my opinion, if people are too afraid—and we know that the problem exists—this can serve the interests of the terrorists and rioters...
  • Last king of Nepal suffers heart attack

    09/21/2014 8:43:54 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 21, 2014 11:22 AM EDT
    The last king of Nepal is in stable condition in a hospital after suffering a heart attack, doctors said Sunday. Gyanendra Shah was brought to the hospital Saturday night, and was recovering in the intensive care unit and was out of danger, said Dr. Bharat Rawat at the Norvic Hospital in Katmandu. […] Gyanendra was the last king to rule Nepal before the Constituent Assembly abolished the centuries-old monarchy and turned the country into a republic. …
  • New Zealand’s National Party marches back to power

    09/21/2014 5:41:49 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sat Sep 20, 2014 9:05am EDT | Gyles Beckford
    New Zealand’s ruling National party stormed to a third term in government in the country’s general election on Saturday with the center-right party securing an outright election night majority on a platform to continue tight economic policies. Prime Minister John Key’s party won 48.1 percent of the vote, translating into 61 of 121 parliamentary seats and improving its performance from the 2011 vote. “I think people saw the country was on the right direction and they rewarded us,” Key told reporters as he headed to a victory rally. “What you saw was people saying they were going to vote for...
  • Exclusive: Iran seeks give and take on militants, nuclear program

    09/21/2014 5:36:14 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sun Sep 21, 2014 1:31am EDT | Parisa Hafezi and Louis Charbonneau
    Iran is ready to work with the United States and its allies to stop Islamic State militants, but would like to see more flexibility on Iran’s uranium enrichment program, senior Iranian officials told Reuters. […] Iran has sent mixed signals about its willingness to cooperate on defeating Islamic State (IS), a hardline Sunni Islamist group that has seized large swaths of territory across Syria and Iraq and is blamed for a wave of sectarian violence, beheadings and massacres of civilians. […] […] In public, both Washington and Tehran have ruled out cooperating militarily in tackling the IS threat. But in...
  • Immigration protest canceled over ‘death threats from Mexican cartels’

    09/21/2014 5:29:10 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    Manchester Guardian ^ | Saturday 20 September 2014 16.38 EDT | Jessica Glenza
    Conservative activists who planned to protest against illegal immigration and President Obama’s immigration policies on Saturday said they had canceled all events after receiving death threats from Mexican drug cartels. Activists had planned to use vehicles as barricades to shut down border crossings at 17 locations in four states—Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas. But the event, called Shut Down All Ports of Entry, was canceled early on Saturday morning by organizer Stasyi Barth, who said she had received the threats. In August, a similar protest was canceled after organizers claimed they had been threatened by Mexican drug cartels. The...
  • In Lincoln, chief justice says law, not politics, drives Supreme Court’s rulings (John Roberts: NE)

    09/20/2014 11:52:06 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 63 replies
    Omaha World-Herald ^ | Friday, September 19, 2014 2:30 PM | Joe Duggan
    While political partisanship flourishes in the halls of Congress, it has no place in the chambers of the U.S. Supreme Court, the chief justice said Friday in remarks to Nebraska law students. Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. said he worries that the partisan rancor of the age has skewed the public understanding of the court’s role in government. During a 55-­minute talk at the University of Nebraska College of Law, he stressed that the rule of law, rather than politics, drives the court’s decisions. “We are not Democrats and Republicans in how we go about it,” he told an audience...
  • Canada-China investment treaty to come into force Oct. 1 (China controls Canadian resources)

    09/20/2014 8:10:35 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    CBC News ^ | Sep 12, 2014 3:12 PM ET | Susan Lunn
    Ottawa confirms it has ratified a foreign investment treaty with China, more than two years after the controversial agreement was signed, as CBC News first reported Friday. The controversial Canada-China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPA) will come into force on Oct. 1, said International Trade Minister Ed Fast in a news release Friday afternoon. […] China ratified the deal quickly, but the Harper government did not. The deal has also faced opposition from the NDP, as well as a First Nations group who challenged the agreement in court. The NDP issued a statement saying “the agreement will give...
  • Politician accused of dropping pants, hurling racist slurs dropping out of race (D in NJ)

    09/20/2014 5:00:50 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    NJ.com ^ | September 19, 2014 at 3:24 PM | Brian Amaral
    South Plainfield, N.J.—A borough council candidate is bowing out of his race after revelations that he allegedly shouted racist slurs while mooning patrons of a local diner. Joe Sorrentino, in a statement released Wednesday by his Democratic ticket, said he made a “stupid mistake” seven years ago, but learned from it. Local Republicans released police reports Wednesday detailing two separate incidents at the Sherbans Diner. “I regret what happened, and I have worked every single day to prove that I am not the man that the report says,” Sorrentino said. …
  • New York offers illegal immigrants zoo trips, museum tours with ID cards

    09/19/2014 8:43:28 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Sep 18, 2014 4:14pm EDT | Laila Kearney
    New York Mayor Bill de Blasio offered free access to some of his city’s famed cultural destinations on Thursday in a bid to coax illegal immigrants to join an identification card program aimed at helping them do ordinary things like sign a rental lease. Among the perks offered by the Democratic mayor were free or reduced-price admission to places like the Bronx Zoo, New York City Ballet, Metropolitan Museum of Art and Carnegie Hall for all of next year. New York is joining other U.S. cities with large immigrant populations including Los Angeles and New Haven, Connecticut, with municipal ID...
  • After 9 Months, Federal Probe of GWB Closure Finds No Link to Christie, Federal Sources Say

    09/18/2014 6:43:02 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    NBC New York ^ | Thursday, Sep 18, 2014 • Updated at 8:31 PM EDT | Jonathan Dienst, Joe Valiquette and Pete Williams
    The U.S. Justice Department investigation into New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s role in “Bridgegate” has thus far uncovered no information he either knew in advance or directed the closure of traffic lanes on the George Washington Bridge, federal officials tell NBC 4 New York. The September 2013 closures—where several entrance lanes to the George Washington Bridge in Ft. Lee were shut down causing a traffic nightmare for commuters—has been the subject of several federal and state investigations. […] According to one former federal prosecutor, who had no involvement in any of the probes into the bridge closure, investigations of this...
  • US Senate candidate uses campaign to spread slogan: ‘With Jews We Lose’ (Kentucky)

    09/18/2014 5:41:38 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    WLWT, NBC 5, Cincinnati ^ | 2:56 PM EDT Sep 17, 2014 | Alison Montoya
    A write-in candidate for the US Kentucky Senate is bringing his controversial message to voters. Robert Ransdell said he knows he cannot win against Republican Mitch McConnell or Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes but wants to use the campaign to spread his slogan, “With Jews We Lose.” The signs placed at US 25 and Mount Zion Road in Florence caught one driver off guard. […] “I believe that there is no such thing as racial equality. You see that in our cities everyday,” Ransdell said. …
  • Bomb Explodes in Bolivian Jewish Cemetery

    09/18/2014 1:37:37 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    INN ^ | 9/18/2014, 8:23 PM | Chaim Lev, Ari Yashar
    In the latest shocking example of rising global anti-Semitism, anonymous criminals on Wednesday detonated an explosive in the Jewish cemetery of Cochabamba, Bolivia. Residents living adjacent to the site reported to the police of hearing a strong explosion from the Jewish graveyard. After arriving on the scene, local police discovered the remains of an explosive. Representatives of the Jewish community came immediately to the cemetery and found considerable damage caused by the blast. Fortunately the cemetery was empty at the time, meaning no injuries were caused. …
  • Israeli museum unveils ancient Jewish prayer book

    09/18/2014 12:44:09 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 18, 2014 3:00 PM EDT
    An Israeli museum on Thursday unveiled what it says in the oldest known Jewish prayer book in the world, dating back to the 9th century A.D. The prayer book, about 10 centimeters (four inches) long and seven centimeters wide, is written in Hebrew, contains about 50 pages, and is still in its original binding. It was donated to the Bible Lands Museum in Jerusalem by Oklahoma businessman Steve Green, a devout Christian and owner of one of the largest collections of rare biblical artifacts in the world. Green’s family controls the Hobby Lobby crafts store chain, which won a closely-watched...
  • Police: Teen killed woman over $5 pot dispute (North Las Vegas)

    09/18/2014 12:12:34 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 46 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 18, 2014 1:49 PM EDT
    A North Las Vegas high school junior will be prosecuted as an adult in the shooting death of a woman in what police say was a dispute over $5 in a marijuana buy. […] The teen is accused of shooting 20-year-old Andrea Lafon in the head as she sat in a car in a North Las Vegas neighborhood. Lafon died the next day. A witness told police that Lafon refused to let the teen pay $35 for $40 worth of marijuana. …
  • South African parliament hosts another ruckus

    09/18/2014 10:56:37 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 18, 2014 10:59 AM EDT | Christopher Torchia
    A South African opposition lawmaker wanted to get a point across to the deputy president during a parliamentary debate. So he raised his middle finger in a gesture widely recognized as obscene. South Africa’s parliament is supposed to be an enclave of orderly debate, but these days it’s better known for ruckuses associated with the Economic Freedom Fighters, a new political party that wants to redistribute resources to the poor.Floyd Shivambu, a deputy leader of the party, on Wednesday lifted his middle finger toward Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa while accusing him of involvement in the police killings of several dozen...
  • NATO to fast-track rapid-reaction force

    09/18/2014 10:15:26 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 18, 2014 12:23 PM EDT | David Rising
    NATO’s new rapid-reaction “spearhead” force, meant as a deterrent to Russian aggression, should be up and running with initial capabilities in less than a year, a top alliance official said Thursday. The creation of a 4,000 to 5,000 troop response force, which will be able to respond to a crisis in eastern Europe within two to three days, was a key decision taken by NATO leaders earlier this month in Wales. The force represents a calculation by NATO that Russian President Vladimir Putin won’t risk going head-to-head with the Western alliance. …
  • Clinton: Turn female economic issues into movement

    09/18/2014 10:11:15 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 18, 2014 1:04 PM EDT | Ken Thomas
    Hillary Rodham Clinton says voters should turn pay inequity and women’s financial security into a political movement this fall. Clinton says issues like raising the minimum wage, equal pay and providing affordable child care need to be “in the lifeblood” of the upcoming elections. …
  • Ireland economy grows 7.7 percent, leads eurozone

    09/18/2014 7:54:42 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 18, 2014 9:28 AM EDT | Shawn Pogatchnik
    Ireland’s economy is growing at a rapid pace last experienced at the tail-end of the Celtic Tiger boom, government statisticians reported Thursday as economists declared an end to the country’s financial doldrums. The report from the Central Statistics Office said gross domestic product grew 7.7 percent from July 2013 to June 2014, the biggest annual rate of growth since early 2007. It said quarterly GDP rose 1.5 percent versus the January-March quarter. Finance Minister Michael Noonan said the figures suggested that Ireland would record around 4.5 percent GDP growth this year, accelerating the country’s escape from debt woes that forced...
  • US to train veterans to install solar panels

    09/18/2014 7:50:01 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 18, 2014 9:59 AM EDT | Josh Lederman
    The U.S. is planning to train veterans to become solar panel installers in the next six years, the White House said Thursday. The jobs training program is among a host of initiatives the White House says will cut carbon dioxide emissions by more than 300 million tons through 2030, plus save billions of dollars on energy bills for homeowners and businesses. It will launch this fall at one or more military bases and train a total of at least 50,000, including veterans. …
  • Joan Rivers’ doctor took a selfie while she was under anesthesia, report claims

    09/17/2014 12:49:11 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 17, 2014 | (New York Post)
    Joan Rivers’ personal doctor snapped a selfie while the comedian was under ­anesthesia and the physician was about to perform an unauthorized biopsy that led to her fatal cardiac arrest, a report said Tuesday. The doctor took the photo in the procedure room at Manhattan’s Yorkville Endoscopy before performing the procedure on Rivers’ vocal cords, according to CNN. A staffer at the clinic told investigators about the doctor’s behavior, the cable-TV network said. …
  • Fatah Exposes Hamas’s Trafficking Network to Europe

    09/17/2014 12:31:35 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    INN ^ | 9/17/2014, 9:36 AM | Ari Yashar
    Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah faction has exposed that Hamas is running a human trafficking network, smuggling Gaza residents to Europe for $2,000 to $3,500 per person. The charges come following reports that dozens of Palestinian Arabs drowned last week after leaving Gaza for Egypt, where they boarded an ill-fated ship bound for Europe that never reached its goal, reports Kol Yisrael (Israel Radio). Apparently Hamas used its hundreds of smuggling tunnels into the Sinai Peninsula to funnel the would-be immigrants out of Gaza and into Egypt; while an Egyptian siege limited the usage of those smuggling tunnels,...
  • Investors buy German debt at negative rates

    09/17/2014 12:06:48 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 17, 2014 1:15 PM EDT | David McHugh
    Investors have bought billions of euros in German treasury notes that pay negative interest—meaning the purchasers agreed to pay a small fee for the privilege of lending the German government their money. […] Germany auctioned €3.34 billion ($4.3 billion) Wednesday in two-year notes at an average yield of minus 0.07 percent. Rates are very low all over, and German debt is considered ultra-safe, so security-minded investors are paying for safety. Expectation the European Central Bank will buy bonds has also driven down yields, which move opposite to prices. And the small negative yield on the notes is still a better...
  • In Iowa, Biden preaches populist theme on taxes

    09/17/2014 12:00:27 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 17, 2014 2:17 PM EDT | Thomas Beaumont
    Vice President Joe Biden is preaching a populist theme during a visit to Iowa—an important early-voting state in the presidential nominating calendar. He’s telling voters to elect Democrats who support raising taxes on companies. Biden is hitting an election-year theme of restoring what he calls “basic fairness.” …
  • Study: Artificial Sweeteners may promote diabetes

    09/17/2014 11:12:02 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 41 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 17, 2014 1:47 PM EDT | Malcolm Ritter
    Using artificial sweeteners may set the stage for diabetes in some people by hampering the way their bodies handle sugar, suggests a preliminary study done mostly in mice. The authors said they are not recommending any changes in how people use artificial sweeteners based on their study, which included some human experiments. The researchers and outside experts said more study is needed, while industry groups called the research limited and said other evidence shows sweeteners are safe and useful for weight control. The study from researchers in Israel was released Wednesday by the journal Nature. The work suggests the sweeteners...
  • Eyeing 2016, Rubio pushes American strength abroad

    09/17/2014 5:03:05 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 17, 2014 3:30 AM EDT | Michael J. Mishak
    Sen. Marco Rubio is positioning himself as the leading foreign policy hawk among Republicans considering runs for the White House, pushing for more military spending and greater intervention abroad as the United States confronts Islamic State extremists in Iraq and Syria. The Florida senator and potential Republican presidential candidate supports President Barack Obama’s strategy to arm moderate Syrian rebels battling the militants—and says American combat troops may be necessary to stop the march of Islamic State forces across the Middle East. On Wednesday, he is set to deliver a major national security speech at a conservative gathering in Washington, in...
  • Marijuana industry battling stoner stereotypes

    09/17/2014 4:45:08 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 84 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 17, 2014 4:03 AM EDT | Kristen Wyatt
    Tired of Cheech & Chong pot jokes and ominous anti-drug campaigns, the marijuana industry and activists are starting an ad blitz in Colorado aimed at promoting moderation and the safe consumption of pot. To get their message across, they are skewering some of the old Drug War-era ads that focused on the fears of marijuana, including the famous “This is your brain on drugs” fried-egg ad from the 1980s. […] “So far, every campaign designed to educate the public about marijuana has relied on fear-mongering and insulting marijuana users,” said Mason Tvert, spokesman for the Marijuana Policy Project, the nation’s...
  • Polish fears of Russia run high on war anniversary

    09/17/2014 3:29:19 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 17, 2014 4:37 AM EDT | Vanessa Gera
    It was an unexpected question from a woman hoping to sell me her Warsaw apartment: “Are you sure you want to buy now, when war could be coming?” Though she was half joking, her comment revealed an anxiety Poles express frequently these days—that Russian aggression in Ukraine could spread, upending this NATO and European Union member’s most peaceful and prosperous era in centuries. […] Anxieties hang in the air as Poland marks the 75th anniversary Wednesday of the Soviet invasion of Poland at the start of World War II, one of several Russian attacks on its neighbor over the past...
  • House passes ‘no welfare for weed’ bill

    09/16/2014 8:00:45 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 16, 2014 9:43 PM EDT | Stephen Ohlemacher
    The House passed a bill Tuesday that could make it a little harder for people to use government welfare payments to buy marijuana in states where the drug is legal. Supporters call it the “no welfare for weed” bill. The bill would prevent people from using government-issued welfare debit cards to make purchases at stores that sell marijuana. It would also prohibit people from using the cards to withdraw cash from ATMs in those stores. …
  • AP Interview: Feds launch policing bias study (Holder’s bias prevails)

    09/16/2014 7:57:12 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 16, 2014 10:54 PM EDT | Eric Tucker
    Broadening its push to improve police relations with minorities, the Justice Department has enlisted a team of criminal justice researchers to study racial bias in law enforcement in five American cities and recommend strategies to address the problem nationally, Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday. The police shooting last month of an unarmed black 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri underscored the need for the long-planned initiative, Holder said in an interview with The Associated Press. He said the three-year project could be a “silver lining” if it helps ease racial tensions and “pockets of distrust that show up between law enforcement...
  • The Seriously Nasty Party: With one day to go, damning evidence of the bullying intimidation…

    09/16/2014 4:54:40 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 67 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 17:59 EST, 16 September 2014 | John Stevens
    The dark side of the campaign for Scottish independence can be laid bare today. In a string of sinister incidents, separatists have used bullying and intimidation to cow their rivals. Pro-union voters have endured stone-throwing, been called traitors and faced threats that their houses will be torched. Many are now said to be too scared to show their support for fear of reprisals that might follow a defeat for the nationalists in tomorrow’s vote. …
  • UN study denies climate protection precludes growth

    09/16/2014 3:10:05 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 09/16/2014 | [cjc/sri (Reuters, AFP)]
    At the crossroads of ecology and economy, an international panel said Tuesday investments in climate protection could also bolster growth. “It is possible to tackle global climate change and it is possible to have economic growth at the same time,” said Mexico’s former president, Felipe Calderón, who introduced a report compiled by former heads of state, business figures and economists. Unlike past studies that have centered on the risks of inaction, the report sought to allay many people’s fears that aggressive climate protection could undermine jobs and economic growth. It said while a pivot to clean energy from fossil fuels...
  • NASA awards space taxi contract to Boeing and SpaceX

    09/16/2014 2:28:57 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 16, 2014 | James Rogers
    NASA has awarded the highly-anticipated space taxi contract to Boeing and SpaceX, a move which will end the agency’s reliance on Russian technology to transport U.S. astronauts to the International Space Station. The Commercial Crew Transportation Capability contract aims to restore an American capability to launch astronauts from U.S. soil to the International Space Station by the end of 2017. Since the end of the Space Shuttle program in 2011, American astronauts have been transported to space on Russian-built Soyuz vessels. …
  • Clear Channel renamed iHeartMedia

    09/16/2014 2:22:55 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 16, 2014 11:35 AM EDT
    Clear Channel, the largest radio station operator in the U.S., says it has renamed itself iHeartMedia to reflect its transformation into a multi-platform media company that includes iHeartRadio, its digital radio service. […] The name change reflects the company’s shifting focus to its digital brand as it faces competition from popular music streaming services like Pandora and Spotify. …
  • Landmark fracking study finds no water pollution

    09/16/2014 1:43:10 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 16, 2014 3:05 PM EDT | Kevin Begos
    The final report from a landmark federal study on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, found no evidence that chemicals or brine water from the gas drilling process moved upward to contaminate drinking water at a site in western Pennsylvania. The Department of Energy report, released Monday, was the first time an energy company allowed independent monitoring of a drilling site during the fracking process and for 18 months afterward. After those months of monitoring, researchers found that the chemical-laced fluids used to free gas stayed about 5,000 feet below drinking water supplies. Scientists used tracer fluids, seismic monitoring, and other tests...
  • Anheuser-Busch ‘disappointed’ in NFL

    09/16/2014 1:22:04 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 62 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 16, 2014 4:11 PM EDT
    Anheuser-Busch, one of the NFL’s biggest sponsors, says it isn’t happy with the recent controversy that has engulfed the league. […] The league has come under fire for its handling of former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice’s assault of his then-fiancée. The Minnesota Vikings have also been criticized for allowing Adrian Peterson to play while he faces a charge of abuse for spanking his 4-year-old son with a wooden switch. …
  • Ex-official claims Clinton allies scrubbed Benghazi documents in secret session

    09/15/2014 6:21:38 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 15, 2014
    A former State Department official has told lawmakers that Hillary Clinton allies privately removed politically damaging documents before turning over files to the supposedly independent board investigating the Benghazi terror attack. The account from Raymond Maxwell, former head of the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs (NEA), was first published in The Daily Signal. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, confirmed to FoxNews.com on Monday that Maxwell told him and other lawmakers the same story when they privately interviewed him last year about the attacks and their aftermath. Chaffetz said that Maxwell claimed Clinton’s chief of staff and deputy chief of staff were...
  • UN withdraws many peacekeepers from Golan Heights

    09/15/2014 8:32:25 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 15, 2014 11:22 AM EDT | Edith M. Lederer
    The United Nations said Monday it has withdrawn its peacekeepers from many positions on the Golan Heights because of escalating fighting in the war between Syrian government forces and opposition fighters. U.N. deputy spokesman Farhan Haq told The Associated Press that he doesn’t think every single post has been vacated. The U.N. peacekeepers withdrawn Monday have been moved to the Israeli side of the border. …
  • Al Qaeda Flags Continue to Fly Near Temple Mount

    09/15/2014 8:01:49 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    INN ^ | 9/15/2014, 4:45 PM | Moshe Cohen
    Flags of the Al Qaeda terror group are flying atop the Kotel Hakatan (“Small Kotel”), a remnant of the retaining wall of the Temple Mount that is a continuation of the Western Wall, located in the Muslim Quarter. The Kotel Hakatan is adjacent to one of the entrances to the Temple Mount. Meanwhile, said Avichail Weizmann, a resident of the Old City and a student at Hakotel Yeshiva in the Jewish Quarter, municipal signs and other symbols of Israeli sovereignty are torn down or destroyed on a regular basis, and that includes signs in the area of the Kotel Hakatan,...
  • Egyptian Cleric: ‘Global Zionism’ Behind Islamist Terror

    09/15/2014 6:24:43 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    INN ^ | 9/15/2014, 6:37 AM | Ben Ariel
    “Global Zionism” is apparently behind the jihadist terrorist organizations—at least according to a senior Egyptian cleric. Sheikh Ahmad Al-Tayyeb, the Grand Imam of al-Azhar and president of al-Azhar University, which is considered a prestigious Sunni Islam title, made the comments in a statement that aired on Egypt’s Channel 1 on September 8. […] “All the [fundamentalist terrorist groups] are the new products of imperialism, in the service of global Zionism in its new version, and its plot to destroy the [Middle] East and tear the region apart,” claimed Al-Tayyeb. …