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One of my new goals is to bring industrialized hemp into fruition, perhaps here in Tucson.  The hemp industry has massive potential and should become a more central pillar of our society on the path to sustainability.  Dr. Bronner of Dr. Bronner soap company recently did a wonderful white house demonstration on this note. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qsiLLqZUnmQ

Imagine a taxation system where individuals and communities chose what  their tax dollars went towards, and could fund chosen projects accordingly.  This would be a step closer to a truly democratic system.  Imagine the actual societal change possible.  Almost like a regulated kickstarter system, projects could be proposed and openly debated and supported.  What would you support in your city, state, and country if you could allocate your tax money accordingly?

But who is really the traitor here? Who was it who promised a generation “hope” and “change,” only to betray those promises with dismal misery and stagnation? Who took an oath to defend the US constitution, only to feed the invisible beast of secret law devouring it alive from the inside out? Who is it that promised to preside over The Most Transparent Administration in history, only to crush whistleblower after whistleblower with the bootheel of espionage charges? Who combined in his executive the powers of judge, jury and executioner, and claimed the jurisdiction of the entire earth on which to exercise those powers? Who arrogates the power to spy on the entire earth - every single one of us - and when he is caught red handed, explains to us that “we’re going to have to make a choice.
Who is that person? Let’s be very careful about who we call “traitor”. Edward Snowden is one of us. Bradley Manning is one of us. They are young, technically minded people from the generation that Barack Obama betrayed
Julian Assange
satanic-capitalist:

TPP: Terrible Plutocratic Plan
The TPP is actually the Trans-Pacific Partnership, more commonly known as NAFTA on steroids. The U.S. government is secretly negotiating this treaty with Pacific nations.  Here are a few highlights of what whistleblowers have revealed is in this fundamentally anti-democratic treaty: 
Corporate nationhood, empowering corporations to sue real nations and overturn their laws.
Job offshoring.
Damage to food safety and environmental protections.
Enrichment of drug companies at the expense of health, and banning some generic drugs.
Further deregulating banks, and forbidding the breaking up of too-big-to-fail financial firms.
Censoring the internet.
Go to this link to sign the petition against theTPPhttp://act.rootsaction.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=8036

satanic-capitalist:

TPP: Terrible Plutocratic Plan


The TPP is actually the Trans-Pacific Partnership, more commonly known as NAFTA on steroids. The U.S. government is secretly negotiating this treaty with Pacific nations.  Here are a few highlights of what whistleblowers have revealed is in this fundamentally anti-democratic treaty: 
  • Corporate nationhood, empowering corporations to sue real nations and overturn their laws.
  • Job offshoring.
  • Damage to food safety and environmental protections.
  • Enrichment of drug companies at the expense of health, and banning some generic drugs.
  • Further deregulating banks, and forbidding the breaking up of too-big-to-fail financial firms.
  • Censoring the internet.
  • Go to this link to sign the petition against theTPPhttp://act.rootsaction.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=8036

gerrycanavan:

Jury nullification. Pass it on.

gerrycanavan:

Jury nullification. Pass it on.

swagandpassion:

politicalprof:

Need proof the drug war failed? We have increased the number of Americans in prison, and the length of time they serve. Meanwhile, prices have collapsed.
Now, the “fill up the prisons” war … that one we’re winning.
ht: Ezra Klein

:-/

swagandpassion:

politicalprof:

Need proof the drug war failed? We have increased the number of Americans in prison, and the length of time they serve. Meanwhile, prices have collapsed.

Now, the “fill up the prisons” war … that one we’re winning.

ht: Ezra Klein

:-/

hosenmoney:

#chomsky #education

hosenmoney:

#chomsky #education

(Environmental agencies need) “to cut through the red tape, break through the bureaucratic hurdles, and make this project a priority . . . and get it done.”
President Obama, forcefully told agencies to rush the permit process to build the Keystone XL Pipeline, March 2012. (via climateadaptation)
climateadaptation:

The Keystone XL Pipeline route will separate thousands of miles of animal habitat, destroy fragile forests, put thousands of farms at risk, and threaten drinking water aquifers used by dozens of cities where millions of Americans work and live - all for Canadian oil that will primarily be sold on the international market.
Above: South of Fort McMurray, swaths of trees were removed to make way for an underground oil pipeline that carries product from the oil sands mines to processing facilities. Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post

climateadaptation:

The Keystone XL Pipeline route will separate thousands of miles of animal habitat, destroy fragile forests, put thousands of farms at risk, and threaten drinking water aquifers used by dozens of cities where millions of Americans work and live - all for Canadian oil that will primarily be sold on the international market.

Above: South of Fort McMurray, swaths of trees were removed to make way for an underground oil pipeline that carries product from the oil sands mines to processing facilities. Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post

climateadaptation:

More tangible examples of climate impacts.
laboratoryequipment:

Western Fires Kill Thousands of CattleAcross the West, major wildfires are wreaking havoc this summer on the region’s economically fragile livestock industry. In areas such as remote Powder River County, Mont., ranchers says they could be grappling with the devastation for years to come.Hay is in short supply. Hundreds of miles of fence and numerous corrals and water tanks must be rebuilt. Thousands of head of displaced livestock are being shipped to temporary pastures. Similar scenes are playing out in Oregon, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming and Idaho. Including Montana, the value of the six states’ cattle industries approaches $9 billion annually.

climateadaptation:

More tangible examples of climate impacts.

laboratoryequipment:

Western Fires Kill Thousands of Cattle

Across the West, major wildfires are wreaking havoc this summer on the region’s economically fragile livestock industry. In areas such as remote Powder River County, Mont., ranchers says they could be grappling with the devastation for years to come.

Hay is in short supply. Hundreds of miles of fence and numerous corrals and water tanks must be rebuilt. Thousands of head of displaced livestock are being shipped to temporary pastures. Similar scenes are playing out in Oregon, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming and Idaho. Including Montana, the value of the six states’ cattle industries approaches $9 billion annually.