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Freedom of Speech Violated: New Jersey bans 'atheist' vanity plate, calls it 'offensive'

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The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission has rejected an application for a personalized license plate that says "ATHE1ST" - even though the word is not on the state's list of offensive and prohibited terms.

New Jersey resident David Silverman, president of the group American Atheists, was willing to pay for a personalized license plate that reflects his views on religion. In the state of New Jersey, it costs $50 to acquire a customized license plate. But the MVC rejected his application, claiming that the word "atheist" is offensive, Silverman tweeted after the incident.
My vanity "ATHEIST" license plate was just refused by the state. Reason: It's offensive. #wronganswer

- David Silverman (@MrAtheistPants) August 26, 2013
Earlier this year, the New Jersey Star-Ledger published the list of words that the MVC refuses to print on license plates. But the list, which has a total of 1,085 words and is dated Nov. 26, 2012, does not include the word atheist.

MVC spokesman Mike Horan told the paper that personalized license plate applications are evaluated on a case-by-case basis, especially since new slang words are continuously arising.
Brick Wall

Monsanto: Mafia protection racket - Corporate organized crime

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Monsanto "lied" in the U.S. Supreme Court that they'll never sue farmers for inadvertent contamination of their fields, William Engdahl, author of "Seeds of destruction: GMO's hidden agenda," told RT.

RT: How serious is this ruling for farmers who are caught out growing GM crops through no fault of their own?

William Engdahl: It's quite serious and it's really outrageous that the Supreme Court has once again taken the side of Monsanto on the GMO cartel and ruled against natural farming. The implications of this are huge because, first of all, Monsanto lied in its statement to the Supreme Court. They lied brazenly by saying they never had and never will sue farmers for inadvertent contamination of their fields. But they have sued countless farmers - Percy Schmeiser, a farmer in Canada, is a vivid example of that. Monsanto has a team of lawyers that go out and terrorize farmers in the US and Canada. When the wind blows the seeds from a Monsanto field across to a non-Monsanto field it says, "OK, now you have to pay." This is like a mafia selling protection.

RT: Surely Monsanto has to protect its copyright and keep the threat of suing farmers, it spent huge amounts of money developing the genetically modified seeds after all.

WE: This is a part of the monopoly pushed by Monsanto. They are buying up seed companies all around the world to take ownership of the proprietary seeds. This is a concentration of power over the human food chain. The first ruling in the Supreme Court in the 1990s that you can patent life, that you can take a patent on life by injecting a foreign gene - that was a false decision to begin with. There has been a whole sequence since it, and it's the influence buying of the agribusiness that made it possible. That's a horrendous development for the future of food security in the world.
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Hawaii lawmakers move to block local bans on GMOs & pesticides

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Late last year, the Kauai and Hawaii County councils passed laws restricting the use of pesticides and experimental GMOs on their slices of Hawaiian paradise. But those laws could soon be sunk by state lawmakers.

Hawaii County's rules ban biotech giants from the island and prohibit the new planting of GMO crops (farmers who already grow GMO crops may continue doing so). Kauai's rules require disclosures from anyone growing GMOs or spraying agricultural pesticides and the creation of pesticide-free buffer zones near schools, parks, hospitals, and homes.

Enter House Bill 2506. Hawaii has long been a haven for scientists conducting trials for Monsanto, Syngenta, and other agricultural giants - and the bill aims to keep it that way. If passed and signed, it would block local governments from enacting their own agricultural rules.

Comment: Hawaiian citizens wouldn't say 'Aloha' to GMO's period! Aloha has many translations, one of those translations is LOVE, another is the joyful (oha) sharing (alo) of life energy (ha) in presence. Alo also means light and ha means breath, when Hawaiians say Alo-ha in the islands it means sharing the breath of light and life with others.

Hawaiians would say A'ole to GMO's which means NO to GMO's! There is an ongoing battle in Hawaii to protect the land and natural resources for future generations, a battle that is taken very seriously.

Ua Mau ke Ea o ka ʻĀina i ka Pono a well-known Hawaiian phrase was adopted as the motto of the state of Hawaiʻi. As such, it is commonly translated as "The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness". The biotechnology industry is desperate to keep and maintain their open air experimentation projects, hoping the residents stay ignorant and uninformed, wishful thinking, on the part of biotechnology interests will not change the course that anti GMO activists are taking. Activists are sharing the breath of light and life with others, they are speaking out and sharing their knowledge with the world:

Opposition crops up to GMO foods in Hawaii
Hawaii is home to one of the world's greatest concentrations of GMO research fields by five of the largest biotechnology and chemical companies: Monsanto, Dow AgroSciences, Syngenta, DuPont Pioneer and BASF.

These transnational corporations prefer Hawaii for growing and testing GE crops because of its abundant sunshine, rainfall and year-round growing climate.GMO opponents say the companies also enjoy Hawaii's isolation, largely removed from the public eye.
Yet these companies, which have been in Hawaii for decades, are now facing increasing opposition from residents concerned about GMOs, the health and environmental impacts of pesticides and what they see as a lack of oversight and transparency.
Exposed: Monsanto's chemical war against indigenous Hawaiians
In the past 20 years, these chemical companies have performed over 5,000 open-field-test experiments of pesticide-resistant crops on an estimated 40,000 to 60,000 acres of Hawaiian land without any disclosure, making the place and its people a guinea pig for biotech engineering.
The presence of these corporations has propelled one of the largest movement mobilizations in Hawaii in decades. Similar to the environmental and land sovereignty protests in Canada and the continental United States, the movement is influenced by indigenous culture.


Gear

Social engineering business style: the secret 1971 memo exposed by progressive Rep. Keith Ellison

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Recently we read through progressive Representative Keith Ellison's (DFL-MN) new autobiography, My Country 'Tis of Thee.

One section that struck us was Ellison's discussion of the evolution of conservatism from Barry Goldwater to today.

Ellison notes that conservatives were propelled by "property-rights fundamentalists," back in the '60s, and that "racial resentment and free-market fundamentalism remain pillars of the Republican identity." In fact, this is the only section of the book in which the the words "property rights" and "free-market" appear.

In any event, Rep. Ellison concludes his discussion of conservatism by bringing to light a 1971 memo that he claims was heavily influential in "radicalizing" conservatives, and a blueprint for villainous "corporate interests" to flex their political muscle and thus destabilize American democracy.

The confidential memorandum was penned by Lewis Powell, a then-corporate attorney who was writing to a friend at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Two months after mailing the document, Powell would be nominated to the Supreme Court by President Richard Nixon.
Lemon

Satire: Obama and the State of the Onion Address

Apparently, the President had ingested some kind of weird drug, because when he stepped to the podium he didn't look at the teleprompter. He just started talking:

"...like every other recent President, when I take to this platform I'm expected to tell a certain number of lies dressed up as the truth. And believe me, folks, I had a few whoppers ready to go.

"But now I feel like doing something else. I'm not going to delve into the many scandals of my administration, because examining them and taking them apart and exposing the lies would keep us here all night and into tomorrow.

"Instead, I just want to explain my overarching agenda. It's the same agenda every modern President has fronted for. I'm not really doing anything new. That's a myth.

"You see, in order to become President in the first place, I had to sign on to the scheme to debase, throttle, and weaken this country. I have my methods. Every President has his own.

"Weakening America is part and parcel of Globalism. Ultimately, America will not the lead the way into what has been called the New World Order. International heavy hitters, bankers, and corporations will carry that ball. America will go along, with its population of sleeping masses.
Dollar

Feds to set rules for banks and pot money

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The Obama administration will soon announce regulations to make it easier for banks to do business with legal marijuana sellers, Attorney General Eric Holder said Thursday.

"You don't want just huge amounts of cash in these places. They want to be able to use the banking system," Holder said during an appearance at the University of Virginia's Miller Center. "There's a public safety component to this. Huge amounts of cash - substantial amounts of cash just kind of lying around with no place for it to be appropriately deposited is something that would worry me, just from a law enforcement perspective."

While Holder spoke twice of new "regulations" that were being prepared, a Justice Department spokesman said later that the attorney general was referring to legal "guidance" for prosecutors and federal law enforcement. Such a legal memo wouldn't be enforceable in court and would amount to less than the kind of clear safe harbor many banks say they would want before accepting money from pot businesses.

The federal banking accommodation, being worked out jointly by the Justice and the Treasury departments, comes in the wake of decisions by voters in Colorado and Washington state to legalize the sale and possession of pot. The moves have created legal tensions, since marijuana remains illegal under federal law. One particular problem has been the refusal of banks to deal with pot-related businesses out of fears they will be accused of violating money laundering laws.
USA

The dangerous charade of billionaire victims

Protesters
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Protesters calling for higher wages for fast-food workers stand outside a McDonald's restaurant in Oakland, California December 5, 2013.
The Tom Perkins "billionaires-as-victims" charade couldn't be more surreal. It goes without saying that his comparing the 1% to victims of Hitler's genocide is tasteless. That it is oblivious is obvious. And that Perkins himself suffers from paranoid delusions must be suspected.

But there are deeper reasons for plumbing the pathology of Perkins' rant. As background, let's recall some basic facts.

Over the past 30-odd years, since Reagan, a vast share of the nation's income and wealth has been transferred from the poor, working, and middle classes to the very wealthy. Twenty five years ago, the top 1% of income earners pulled in 12% of the nation's income, today they get twice that, 25%. And the rate of transfer is accelerating.

In the ten years between 1996 and 2006 67% of all the growth in the entire U.S. economy went to the top 1% of income earners. Between 2009 and 2012, 95% of all the new income produced in the economy went to the top 1%. What about everybody else?
Pirates

Second well blowout in a year at same Louisiana oil rig

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Rowan Louisiana
The blowout at a natural gas well in the Gulf of Mexico yesterday is the second time in a year Rowan Companies Plc (RDC) has lost control while drilling at the same location with the same rig.

Workers on Rowan's "Louisiana" rig -- one of the oldest in its fleet -- are still trying to gain control of a well in Vermilion Block 356, about 100 miles (161 kilometers) off the coast of Louisiana, where another blowout occurred last April, according to records kept by the U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, which oversees offshore drilling.

While federal regulators and oil companies emphasize their heightened vigilance in offshore safety, there were more loss-of-control incidents at wells in the Gulf of Mexico last year than at any time since at least 2006, the first year such data was published by the safety bureau. There were nine loss-of-well-control incidents last year, compared with four in 2012, eight in 2008 and two in 2006.
USA

Hollywood stars spied for America, says ex-CIA lawyer


Rizzo claims there are CIA officers who are tasked with working with Hollywood stars
A new book claims intelligence agents worked undercover on films, and one top actor asked to be paid in cocaine [no one better to provide cocaine than the CIA!]
Attention

Over 1000 Iraqis killed during January

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Smoke rises from an Army vehicle following an attack by armed militants in the Anbar city of Fallujah on January 26, 2014
More than 1,000 people were killed Iraq in January, figures showed Friday, as the country grapples with a surge in attacks and battles militants holding territory on Baghdad's doorstep.

The violence, the country's worst since 2008, comes with elections looming in less than three months amid fears Iraq may be slipping back into the all-out conflict that left tens of thousands dead years earlier.

World powers have urged the Shiite-led government to reach out to disaffected minority Sunnis but Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Al-Maliki has taken a hard line and trumpeted wide-ranging security operations that he and other officials insist are having an impact.

The new figures, compiled by the ministries of health, interior and defense, showed that 1,013 people were killed in January, including 795 civilians, 122 soldiers and 96 policemen.

That was the highest toll since April 2008, when 1,073 people were killed, at a time when Iraq was slowly emerging from a brutal Sunni-Shiite sectarian war that left tens of thousands dead and scores of others displaced.
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