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Fracking moratorium fails in California despite strong public support

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Drilling wells are pictured in Los Angeles, California

The California Senate killed a bill that would enact a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing - or fracking - in the state. The ban's proponents blame lobbying by the oil industry, which spent nearly $1.5 million in three months fighting the bill.

The proposed legislation, introduced by Democratic state Sens. Holly J. Mitchell and Mark Leno, would have prohibited all well stimulation treatments (which includes fracking) until a scientific study evaluated all health and environmental effects for both onshore and offshore drilling. It would have also forced the state's Natural Resources Agency to create fracking regulations.

The bill was defeated when four of 24 Democrats joined all 12 Republicans senators in voting "nay," while three other Democrats abstained, preventing the moratorium from gaining a majority. The loss comes even though two-thirds of voters in the Golden State said they supported the ban, and a majority of voters said they would be "more likely" to vote for a legislator who supported it as well, a recent survey on the issue by Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates found.

"This is the second time a house of the California state legislature has soundly rejected a moratorium on a routine practice that's been deemed safe repeatedly," Dave Quast, California director of Energy in Depth, an oil industry-backed group, told Reuters.

He said fracking in California creates jobs, increases state revenue and lessens the state's dependence on oil imports.

The oil lobby, led by the Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA), spent nearly $1.5 million in California during the first three months of 2014 alone, Truth Out reported. Altogether the industry spent more than $56 million on lobbying the California Legislature from 2009 through 2013. Californians Against Fracking estimated that oil lobbyists spent $15 million solely on defeating the bill.

"The overwhelming majority of Californians who support a moratorium on fracking will not stop fighting fracking and the public health risks, earthquakes, and climate change linked to this toxic extraction process," Zack Malitz of California-based progressive group Credo told Reuters.
Cheeseburger

Psychopathic corporations and wealthy elites now control more than 75 percent of the world's farmland

Small farmers are being squeezed out as mega-farms and plantations gobble up their land
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A farmer drives his combine harvester on a wheat field Aug. 11 2012 in Cassel northern France.
The world's food supplies are at risk because farmland is becoming rapidly concentrated in the hands of wealthy elites and corporations, a study has found.

Small farmers, the UN says, grow 70% of the world's food but a new analysis of government data suggests the land which they control is shrinking every year as mega-farms and plantations squeeze them onto less than 25% of the world's available farmland, says international land-use group Grain. These mega-farms are less productive in terms of amount of food they produce per area of land, the report argues.

"Small farms have less than a quarter of the world's agricultural land - or less than 20% excluding China and India. Such farms are getting smaller all the time, and if this trend persists they might not be able to continue to feed the world," says the report which draws on government statistics and calls for a stop on land grabbing by corporations.

The report suggests that the single most important factor in the drive to push small farmers onto ever smaller parcels of land is the worldwide expansion of industrial commodity crop farms. "The powerful demands of food and energy industries are shifting farmland and water away from direct local food production to the production of commodities for industrial processing," it says. The land area occupied by just four crops - soybean, oil palm, rapeseed and sugar cane - has quadrupled over the past 50 years. Over 140 million hectares of fields and forests have been taken over by these plantations since the 1960s - roughly the same area as all the farmland in the EU.
Evil Rays

Fruits of regime change: U.S. to work closely with EU to cut its Russian gas imports

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The US has pledged to help the EU cut down its gas imports from Russia and diversify its energy supply during President Barack Obama's visit to Europe next week, National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes said.

The topics up for discussion during Obama's visit - which is scheduled to take place June 2-6 - include US natural gas exports and the prospect of increasing US sales to the EU, according to the advisor.

"Over the last several weeks, we have already taken some steps to, through our licensing, increase the export of natural gas to Europe and we see that as part of the European energy picture and European energy diversification," Rhodes told reporters on Friday.

He added that the US will be discussing ways that the EU could diversify its gas imports, stating that tensions in Ukraine have highlighted the EU's energy dependency.

"The Ukraine crisis has brought into sharp relief Europe's energy dependence on Russia, so we are going to work closely with our European allies on the importance of both short- and long-term efforts to diversify their energy sources, to modernize their infrastructure and to limit Russia's ability to use energy as a tool of political leverage," Rhodes said.

Comment: How touching that the U.S. wants to help Europe become independent of Russian gas! The U.S. is happy to make a civil war that creates chaos in a country of 45 million people so as to cut Europe off from Russia and then peddle their own 'alternative' products. Of course the American and European taxpayers will have to foot the bill, as the gas will be much more expensive. Not to mention much more polluting. Not to mention that the U.S has no interest in Ukraine or its people, but only sees it usefull as a tool for emperial chess playing.

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American Psychiatric Association is a pawn used against political dissent

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) recently released their 5th edition, 'Diagnostic and Statistical Manual" (DSM 5). Any sane mental health provider would reject its misguided attempt to make normal healthy behaviors into pathology.

The combination of a declining educational system, a fatally flawed mental health manual, and a political environment ripe with dissension does not bode well for Americans who have a legitimate gripe with their government.

Political dissent is a symptom of good mental health. It's a demand for truth, evidence, and appropriate action. Peaceful Dissent is not a threat, yet it is often met with violence. Instead of addressing the psychotic disorders of the authoritarian figures the DSM5 takes aim at those exercising their constitutional rights.

The government seeks to make dissent criminal and the DSM5 seeks to make it pathological. This two pronged approach, aimed at silencing dissent, only ups the ante for dissenters. The greater the personal risk, the greater the need to restore and protect our rights and freedoms.

It seems like politicians only like our political rights in terms of moving speeches and vote getting tactics. Not in practical application. Foolishly they vote to suspend our rights, based on certain criteria's, that have existed since the beginning of our constitutional republic. The government has always created enemies, foreign and domestic, yet gun rights was sacred. Am I paranoid to object to this.

Comment: For more information see Psychopaths in power: The Parasite on the Human Super-organism.
Germs are not aware that they will be burned alive or buried deep in the ground along with the human body whose death they are causing.


USA

Brave old (exceptionalist) world

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U.S. President Barack Obama.
"I believe in American exceptionalism with every fiber of my being." So there it is, straight from the lion's mouth, as in US President Barack Obama.

The rest are details: deadly details, as in the US military remaining "at the core" of the exceptional worldview; the Pentagon reserving for itself "the power to launch unilateral attacks when America's interests are directly threatened"; eight or nine proxy wars deployed in the immediate future with no end in sight; and the most startling admission - that the "fulcrum" of US foreign policy from now on will be to curb "aggression" by Russia and China.

So going after the dregs of Al-Qaeda, predictably, was always an interregnum kindergarten play; now it's all about the grown-ups, the dragon and the bear.

Still, Obama remains a helpless captive of the Dick Cheney regime "war on terror" logic, emphasizing "the capacity of terrorists to do harm." But now the modus operandi is softened: call it the Take It to the Morgue - Quietly doctrine.

Take it to the Morgue - Quietly, will be applied to the renewed "support" for "moderate" Syrian opposition fighters, which will keep dragging Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq down. Leslie Gelb, former president of the ultra-establishment Council on Foreign Relations, suggests the Obama administration may have finally understood that the real fight is against jihadis of the Jabhat al-Nusra and Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) kind, and not Bashar Assad, but that remains to be seen.

Meanwhile, Take it to the Morgue - Quietly is happening right now in Donetsk, with the Kiev regime changers - fully backed by Washington - denying, Pentagon-style, that any civilians have been killed by the current "anti-terrorist" operation. Donetsk civilians are the new targets in vogue, replacing Pashtun marriages in the Pakistani tribal areas.
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Russia to charge right-wing ultra-nationalist Ukrainian director and 3 others for plotting attacks in Crimea

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Oleg Sentsov, accused of terrorism charges.
Russia's FSB security force is charging a Ukrainian film director and three others with plotting "terrorist" attacks in Crimea after the peninsula's annexation by Moscow.

The FSB, the successor to the KGB, said in a statement that the four detained this month were "to be charged shortly" with "terrorism", organising a "terrorist" group and arms trafficking.

If convicted of terrorism, they face jail terms of up to 20 years.

The suspects are "providing confessions," the FSB said, accusing them of being members of the Right Sector ultra-nationalist paramilitary movement.

The FSB also accused them of plotting to down powerlines and destroy railway bridges as well as blow up a World War II memorial and a statue of Lenin.

The detainees include Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov, an opposition activist and member of protest group AutoMaidan, which held drive-by protests against president Viktor Yanukovych.

Comment: It seems that Russia is keeping an eye out for attacks from the supporters of the new Ukrainian puppet-regime.

Attention

Pentagon directives outline conditions for using military force, drones against U.S. civilians

Urban Warfare
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Urban warfare.
Recent Pentagon directives contain some alarming text regarding the extents of military involvement in domestic emergencies and the advancement of the War on Terror on domestic soil. Specifically at issue is the use of drone surveillance and military force against American civilians within the United States of America.

The authority to deploy the U.S. military inside the USA was established first in Article IV of the Constitution in cases of domestic violence that threaten the government of a state, or the application of federal law. This authority was further clarified both by the Insurrection Act of 1807 and the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878.

The Insurrection Act specifies the circumstances under which the president may convene the armed forces to suppress an insurrection against any state or the federal government. Furthermore, where an individual state is concerned, consent of the governor must be obtained prior to the deployment of troops. The Posse Comitatus Act gives some teeth to the Insurrection Act by provides penalties for unlawful troop deployments.
Bomb

First known U.S. suicide bomber among Syrian rebels

Social media posts by an Al-Qaeda affiliate claim a man named Abu Hurayra Al-Amriki (Abu Hurayra the American) blew himself up in an attack in Syria. US officials say he is the first-known American suicide bomber in the civil-war besieged country.

On Sunday, four men from the Al-Nusra Front, a jihadist organization aligned with Al-Qaeda, carried out suicide bombings on army positions in Idlib province, AFP reported. Dozens were killed or wounded, though exact numbers of casualties are still unknown.

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Abu Sulayman al Muhajir, one of the top sharia officials in the Al-Nusra Front, according to The Long War Journal, tweeted about the involvement of an American man in the coordinated suicide attacks on Tuesday.
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Kiev fires mortar rounds at Slavyansk hospital

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Slavyansk, Ukraine
Kiev's troops renewed the shelling of Slavyansk on Friday morning, residents told RT. A local children's hospital and a clinic came under fire. There are no reports of injuries.

Read RT's live updates on the violence in Ukraine

"This morning they hit the children's policlinic in the center of the city and the reception ward of the children's hospital. It was at 5 am," Vladimir, a Slavyansk resident, told RT.

"The hospital and the policlinic stand close to each other. The hospital was damaged worse than the policlinic," another resident said. "There were no victims."
MIB

33 'conspiracy theories' that turned out to be conspiracy facts

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(Updated, Revised and Extended)

After reading the article released by Cracked.com, I decided to update and revise their work. The article gave me a chuckle because it lacked many famous and much larger conspiracy theories that became known. Their article had only listed seven. I can name 33 and I am about to release a revised list soon with 75. The article I read at cracked can be viewed here, but don't waste your time, all of that is in this article and more.

Conspiracy theory is a term that originally was a neutral descriptor for any claim of civil, criminal or political conspiracy. However, it has come almost exclusively to refer to any fringe theory which explains a historical or current event as the result of a secret plot by conspirators of almost superhuman power and cunning. To conspire means "to join in a secret agreement to do an unlawful or wrongful act or to use such means to accomplish a lawful end." The term "conspiracy theory" is frequently used by scholars and in popular culture to identify secret military, banking, or political actions aimed at stealing power, money, or freedom, from "the people".

To many, conspiracy theories are just human nature. Not all people in this world are honest, hard working and forthcoming about their intentions.Certainly we can all agree on this. So how did the term "conspiracy theory" get grouped in with fiction, fantasy and folklore? Maybe that's a conspiracy, just kidding. Or am I?

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