“It is not just federal agencies that may be violating your constitutional rights. Some local police and sheriff’s departments have surveillance operations as sophisticated as those at the NSA.
The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) is deploying an array of cutting edge technologies in an attempt to track the movements of citizens, as documented in a recent LA Weekly expose by Darwin Bond-Graham and Ali Winston.
“LAPD and the Los Angeles County Sheriff are monitoring the whereabouts of residents whether they have committed a crime or not,” the two wrote of surveillance efforts in the nation’s second largest city. The monitoring utilizes what the two call “militarized surveillance technology” in an effort to monitor citizens’ movements.”
“Rarely do you get to witness a battle with the line between right and wrong so clearly drawn. The Maryland House Judiciary Committee hearing on the Fourth Amendment Protection Act afforded such an opportunity. One one side, everyday Americans yearning to stop the violations of their rights and the rights of others. On the other side, those concerned only about advancing their own self-interest, and who care nothing about the principles trampled in the process. Following is the story of that hearing. It will take you behind the curtain into a drama most never see play out. It will make you cheer. It will make you scream. But in the end, you will clearly see the triumph of good ideas over evil.
The air was already thick with tension in room 100 of the Maryland House Office Building as the Fourth Amendment Protection Act came before the House Judiciary Committee.”
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“Confirmed: AquaBounty has asked for approval of its genetically modified (GM) salmon for human consumption in Canada. For years, it’s been a swim to the finish line to see who will approve first: Canada or the U.S.
Lucy Sharratt of the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN) said:”
Many years into this controversy, Canadians have our first confirmation that Health Canada is assessing the safety of GM salmon for eating, but from the company rather than our own government. This would be the first GM food animal in the world, but Health Canada refused to confirm or deny that they were spending taxpayers money evaluating this GM fish.
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“None of the problems that caused the last financial crisis have been fixed. In fact, they have all gotten worse. The total amount of debt in the world has grown by more than 40 percent since 2007, the too big to fail banks have gotten 37 percent larger, and the colossal derivatives bubble has spiraled so far out of control that the only thing left to do is to watch the spectacular crash landing that is inevitably coming. Unfortunately, most people do not know the information that I am about to share with you in this article. Most people just assume that the politicians and the central banks have fixed the issues that caused the last great financial crisis. But the truth is that we are in far worse shape than we were back then. When this financial bubble finally bursts, the devastation that we will witness is likely to be absolutely catastrophic.”
Libs Led By NAACP, SEIU Protest After Evil Koch Brothers Donate $100 Million To NYC Hospital For New Ambulatory Care Center…
“The Koch brothers are at it again. Their right-wing political Panzer Division descended on a New York City hospital over the weekend to protest (!) the addition of a new ambulatory care center. What the hell, Koch bros? Why not pro-America?
Sorry. That’s not quite right. In fact, it was the New York State Nurses’ Association, the NAACP New York State Conference, and SEIU Local 1199, among others, whomarched on the soon-to-be-built David H. Koch Center at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, which was funded in part by a $100 million donation from the man one prominent liberal recently predicted would go down in history as a “famously evil person.”
The donation was the largest in the hospital’s history, and will presumably create a fair number of new nursing jobs. So why are the usual suspects up in arms? Well, the agitators were apparently agitated because this particular hospital didn’t need all the money. Oh yeah, and because it was International Women’s Day, and the Kochs are the primary funders of the “war on women’s reproductive rights … and many other issues of concern to American women.” They’re also behind “the effort to defeat and repeal healthcare to all Americans,” whatever that means.”
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“If the U.S. economy is getting better, then why are major retail chains closing thousands of stores? If we truly are in an “economic recovery”, then why do sales figures continue to go down for large retailers all over the country? Without a doubt, the rise of Internet retailing giants such as Amazon.com have had a huge impact. Today, there are millions of Americans that actually prefer to shop online. Personally, when I published my novel I made it solely available on Amazon. But Internet shopping alone does not account for the great retail apocalypse that we are witnessing. In fact, some retail experts estimate that the Internet has accounted for only about 20 percent of the decline that we are seeing. Most of the rest of it can be accounted for by the slow, steady death of the middle class U.S. consumer. Median household income has declined for five years in a row, but all of our bills just keep going up. That means that the amount of disposable income that average Americans have continues to shrink, and that is really bad news for retailers.”
“Roth IRAs are a useful way to save for retirement that millions of Americans use. But in President Obama’s new budget proposal, changes to Roth IRAs could make them less valuable for investors.
In the following video, Dan Caplinger, The Motley Fool’s director of investment planning, looks at the proposal to add required minimum distributions for Roth IRAs. Dan notes that currently, those who have traditional IRAs have to start taking minimum distributions when they reach age 70 1/2, but there’s no requirement for Roth IRA holders. But the Obama budget would impose the same rules on Roth IRAs, forcing retirees to withdraw tax-free money from their accounts even if they don’t need it. Dan points out that while the intent of IRAs was to use them for retirement, changing the rules after so many people counted on the current provisions in choosing to convert traditional IRAs to Roth IRAs isn’t entirely fair. The real concern is that even bigger future changes to Roth IRAs could make them even less valuable for saving for retirement.”
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