Because prison officials just couldn't get their icey hands on the Good Stuff: Europeean nations, disgusted by Americans' brutal, barbaric practice, cut off the supply. Saying: Sorry, Yanks. We only sell the drugs for legitimate medical purposes. And Murder is not one of those purposes.
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From the placid surface of a lake in the woods to Washington DC’s darkened doors, power flows through some fingers but not others. And money changes hands in a shake. The very notion that indigenous , Original Peoples can be cheated out of land is preposterous: you can’t really lose what’s yours from the start. But here we are. The president of the Quinault Indian Nation says the tribe has decided to reopen Lake Quinault to nontribal use under new regulations. The tribe closed the Olympic Peninsula lake last June, citing pollution problems, unsafe activities, invasive species issues and diminished fish runs.
In rolling through reservation lands.Lakota Voice arrived, after being passed by one megaload headed north on Highway 83, a common thoroughfare for semi-trucks traveling from Nebraska.
Gary Dorr, a part of the Oyate Wahacanka Woecun – Shielding the People, and enrolled member of the Nez Perce, was on the scene at the Rosebud Casino gas station. Darwin Spotted Tail, Dustin Running Horse and other members of the Sicangu Lakota Oyate monitored the situation until the Rosebud Sioux Tribal Police arrived
What's Big and rigged and under your skin? China's economy, that's what....
China's economic growth slowed further in the latest quarter but appeared strong enough to satisfy Chinese leaders who are trying to put the country on a more sustainable path without politically dangerous job losses. The world's second-largest economy grew 7.4 percent from a year earlier in the January-March quarter, down from the previous quarter's 7.7 percent. Thanks to all you WalMart shoppers out there..and you know who you are…
Muslim groups and civil liberties advocates applauded the decision by New York Police Department officials to disband a controversial unit that tracked the daily lives of Muslims as part of efforts to detect terror threats, but said there were concerns about whether other problematic practices remained in place. And there should be concerns. No evidence to back up claims that NYPD's heavy-handed tactics work. And plenty of evidence that tracking the daily lives of anyone in America controls anything. Random acts of volence are - like the weather - more frequent and more extreme.
And even in the aftermath of surveillance, the fall-out from trial and sentencing, there are still wide open avenues to murder in America: Franc Cano and Steven Dean Gordon proved not once, but allegedly twice, that GPS trackers — the electronic leashes worn by 100,000 freed criminals in the U.S. — aren't foolproof. Two years ago, the pair of registered sex offenders cut the monitors from their ankles, hopped a Greyhound bus from California and holed up in a Las Vegas casino hotel until they were captured two weeks later. Released again, they were outfitted with new monitors, but, Orange County prosecutors contend, it didn't stop them from raping and killing at least four women. Investigators said data from the GPS did help them link Cano and Gordon to the killings, and they were charged this week.
Truthdig puts it this way: “Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 81 years old. She stands just over 5 feet tall and tips the scales at a hefty 100 pounds. She speaks with what some observers have described as a “tiny” voice laced with a Brooklyn accent. A survivor of both colon and pancreatic cancer, she sits so stooped-shouldered at State of the Union addresses that she seems on the verge of keeling over.It should come as no surprise, then, that Ginsburg is at the center of a roiling debate among left-leaning lawyers, scholars and legal commentators as to whether the time has come for her to retire in order to permit a Democratic president, Barack Obama, to nominate her successor.”
- Spoken like representatives of the over-privileged, white boys’ club (pun entirely intended) that you without a shadow of a doubt are members (Pun absolutely intended, you pricks…
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Ruth Wikler-Luker created and producer Boom Arts and Emily Mendelsohn guest Director
Officials with Oregon's troubled health insurance exchange say they've narrowed the options for the site's future to two: switching to the federal exchange, or staying with the current technology and hiring a new contractor to fix it.
Cover Oregon's interim chief information officer Alex Pettit told board members Thursday that a third option — transferring technology from another state — would be too expensive and take too long.
Cascadia Forest Defenders, an organization composed of dozens of community volunteers, would like to express our apologies for causing the owners of Seneca Jones timber company, who are some of the richest and most powerful people in Lane County, to feel so bullied.
Always thinksing ahead...possibly featheering his bed - so to speak - n the event that one day his action will catch up with him and he will find himself behind bars instead of in front of them Governor Rick Perry has announced that Texas will not comply with the Prison Rape Elimination Act. Perry claims that reports of sexual abuse behind bars have decreased dramatically with Texas' Safe Prisons Program. Advocates and formerly incarcerated people, however, tell a different story.
At the end of March, Governor Rick Perry announced that the Texas Department of Criminal Justice will not comply with the Prison Rape Elimination Act.
Ahhh Boston...the bombing that just keeps going... A review of how the government's intelligence agencies handled information they had before the Boston Marathon bombings last year concluded that it was impossible to know whether anything could have been done differently to prevent the attack.
Whether information withheld by Russia until after the bombings could have made a difference was not addressed in the unclassified version of the report. Even if the FBI had received details from the Russian wiretaps involving one of the bombing suspects, it's not clear that the U.S. government could have stopped him.
,Israelis are cheating the Palestinian people out of their own taxes which are desperately needed to run the country. It's Israel's ugliest action yet since the U.S. peace talk charade lead by John Kerry. The talks fool no one. These negotiations are meaningless because this time around as in the past, the Palestinians keep their promises and abide by the terms of the talks. As for the Israelis, they continue to violate agreemetnts, continue to build settlements and respond to rocks thrown by children with ware crimes waged with 21st century weaponry supplied by American taxpayers.
Environmental and civil society groups today warned the Brazilian regulator of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), CTNBio, not to approve commercial releases of GM mosquitoes in Brazil without full public consultation, access to conclusive field trials data and a post release monitoring plan. The groups cautioned that the consequences for human health and the environment are poorly understood and need to be further studied.
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In the past 24 hours, (5 p.m. Monday through 5 p.m. Tuesday) the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network at the University of Washington has recorded 17 earthquakes. The largest was a magnitude 2.4 temblor 40.5 miles southwest of Penticton, British Columbia.
But the 2.4 quake was barely felt -- like most of the 20,000 earthquakes a year documented by the National Earthquake Information Center of the U.S. Geological Survey, or about 55 a day worldwide.
Last month, nonprofit Oregon BEST announced that it and the Portland Development Commission were awarding $150,000 to a Wilsonville company developing drone technology. And we all know one thing if nothing else about technology: it can start out movng in one direction and switch vectors when the paying pblic least suspects it.
Can it really be happening? Could the American workforce be about to receive the shot in the arm it has needed for so long? The government's landmark Americans with Disabilities Act settlement with Rhode Island on Tuesday is expected to move people with profound disabilities out of low-paying jobs in sheltered workshops into the general workforce, a move federal lawyers are calling a blueprint for the nation.
Last night former secretary of State Hilary Clinton appealed to the crowd at the Keller Auditorium, "Don't vote for people who proudly tell you they won't compromise," at the Keller Auditorium that gave her standing ovations at the beginning and end of her speech. Super-hawk Clinton, is widely considered the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016. he Portland event began a week of speech-making in several West Coast cities while once again turning aside questions about whether she would run again.
Here comes the Climate Convergence Summit: Monday, April 28th Portand Rising Tie and others urge you to put some muscle behind the rhetoric.
Think first before you dismiss the iddea all together: The Josephine County Sheriff's Office is understaffed and desperate for help, so they're mulling whether to turn to local volunteers to help process crime scenes.
If other sentient beings exist somewhere out there they must surely beleive that Planet Earth is the all-time intergalactic reality program. Here's proof: USAID's secret Cuban Twitter program hired Alen Lauzan Falcon, a Havana-born satirical artist based in Chile, to propose text messages to be sent to Cuban users. Neither Lauzan nor the Cuban subscribers realized the U.S. government was behind ZunZuneo, the social media network.
“A key goal of USAID’s Cuba program is to break the ‘information blockade’ or promote ‘information sharing’ amongst Cubans and that assistance will include the use or promotion of new ‘technologies’ and/or ‘new media’ to achieve its goals,” USAID suggested. That “goal” was included in Congressional Budget Justifications from 2008 to 2013. But that does not prove that Congress was informed of the specific project or that anyone who found out about the project and requested details was provided with information to conduct oversight.
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Officials at Legacy Emanuel Hospital had to draft a hurried plan of action to avoid losing Medicare funding after a federal agency determined the hospital failed to thoroughly investigate a series of complaints from patients who accused an emergency room nurse of sex abuse. The investigation revealed how Legacy Emanuel Medical Center staff repeatedly bungled their handling of the complaints against nurse Jeffrey N. McAllister.
The death toll from the landslide that hit the Washington town of Oso rose to 33 on Monday, according to the Snohomish County medical examiner's office, which said all but three have been identified.
Kansas National Education Association protested the action but GovernorBrownback got what he wanted.
Weekend, overnight exploits by purchased ideologues and rank amateurs in the Kansas State legislature stripped KS public school teachers of due process rights. This will require all teachers to renegotiate their contracts without any union or other support and make them subject to termination if they don’t. Or if administrators randomly feel like it, or are pressured to do so by rank amateurs, apparently. And there's more where that came from...
There are a number of plot points in the official Boston Bombing story that refuse to lie flat on the morgues green tiles...In light of recent reports and defense motions, it might be useful to summarize what we know, or think we know, about Tamerlan Tsarnaev.
In 2009 a domestic violence complaint de-railed his desire for U.S. citizenship, and may have put him in a position to be coerced into becoming an FBI informant. He admitted to slapping his girlfriend; charges were dropped.
Election-year legislation to resume long-term jobless benefits is headed to the House, where a small band of dissident Republicans is leaning on Speaker John Boehner to permit a vote on resuming aid to more than 2 million victims of the Great Recession.
When most environmentalists and folks who follow pipeline markets think of TransCanada, they think of the proposed northern half of its Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. Flying beneath the public radar, though, is another TransCanada-proposed pipeline with a similar function as Keystone XL. But rather than for carrying tar sands bitumen to the Gulf Coast, this pipeline would bring to market shale gas obtained via hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”). Meet TransCanada’s ANR Pipeline System.
Although not actually a new pipeline system, TransCanada wants ANR retooled to serve domestic and export markets for gas fracked from the Marcellus Shale basin and the Utica Shale basin via its Southeast Main Line. Because of the immense amount of shale gas being produced in the Marcellus and Utica, TransCanada seeks a flow reversal in the Southeast Main Line of its ANR Pipeline System.
TransCanada spokeswoman Gretchen Krueger told DeSmogBlog that ANR’s flow reversal is a “more efficient use of the system based on market demand.”
President Barack Obama and his Democratic allies in Congress are making a concerted election-year push to draw attention to women's wages, linking Obama executive actions with pending Senate legislation aimed at closing a compensation gender gap that favors men.
Oklahoma, perhaps the most paradoxical state in the nation. Defeating an anti Sharia law amendment was the highlight of the past year for an Islamic advocacy group in Oklahoma.
As the Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) held its annual banquet Saturday, guests celebrated a year of advocacy that was highlighted by the defeat of State Question 755, a amendment to the state constitution approved by voters four years ago.
The Fox news emissaries of a faith which teaches "love thy neighbor," spend most of their time bashing anybody and anything deemed anathema to the not so tolerant conservative right. Such was the case, last week, when the Council of American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) was attacked across a spectrum of Fox News shows because they object to the Islamophobic agenda of those behind a film about domestic violence in Islamic societies. Included in the hate fest were the nice Christians on "The Five" who, once again, spoke of Islam's intolerance. Got Irony?!
The administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development on Tuesday begins a series of appearances before lawmakers who are asking questions about his agency's secret "Cuban Twitter," a social media network built to stir unrest in the communist island.
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The 'Mega' that we mean when we say 'megaload'...
Forest activist Jeffrey Luers is a changed man…and it hurt. Today he talks about potential improvements that could be made to the West Third Avenue Alley, in Eugene, Oregon. Over the weekend a strange article, a ‘megarticle’, so to speak, bubbled up out of the primal porridge. In the piece, Luers says his experiences during the forest protests included being struck with clubs by U.S. Forest Service officers while he manned a barricade. He said his disillusionment grew when he felt his peaceful attempts at making reforms were thwarted.
“So, ultimately, I ended up escalating the tactics for better or worse,” he said. “A few years later, Craig Marshall and myself concluded there is too much at stake to not do everything we could, so we hatched this plan to call attention to climate change.”
Meanwhile... The families of those who died in General Motors cars with defective ignition switches want prosecutors to go after GM insiders responsible for letting the problems fester for more than a decade — and perhaps for covering them up.
This will never happen. Americans have become inured to the fact that in the USA 2014 some people go to jail and other just do not. Ever. Luers was originally sentenced to 22 years in federal prison. 22 years. No one was killed, or even really seriously injured. And for all we know, maybe a few who might have died or respiratory illnesses had a few more years of life.
But the top level managers at , the people responsible for signing off on the agreed silence regarding defective vehicle, signed off on death warrants for their customers. They killed people. And they will never see the inside of a prison.
Meanwhile, Jeffery, keep up with the landscaping! It covers up a multitude of crimes.,..
Next: So the University of Oregon is planning to make it more difficult to drive to the new Cascades campus. Not that there are any more anarchists out there with the testicular fortitude to undertake dangerous actions in the name of the longterm life of life on earth.
How about 75 atheists, most of them former Mormons, marched around Temple Square in Salt Lake City on Sunday during the faith's general conference.
Many mailed resignations to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the end of the walk that was dubbed "the Mormon exodus and mass resignation event" by Atheists of Utah President Dan Ellis.
In case you had better things to do yesterday than watch Fox TV you may have missed that channel's celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Bush presidency. Who says America doesn't have a political system based on royal lineage, money and power. A meritocracy based on merit obtained through power and money. Thus we witness the spectacle of Jeb Bush proclaiming that all the speculation about whether he'll run for president in 2016 is actually getting him more attention than if he had already entered the race.
Indians began voting Monday in the world's biggest election, with the opposition heading into the polls with strong momentum on promises of economic renewal. Voting began Monday morning in the remote northeastern states of Assam and Tripura, with many traveling along highways, dirt tracks and rickety bamboo bridges to cast their ballots. The country's 814 million eligible voters will vote in stages over the next five weeks — a staggered approach made necessary by India's vast size.
And today, Rwanda will mark the 20th anniversary of the beginning of the 100-day genocide. President Barack Obama is remembering the victims of the Rwandan genocide. The Prez sez the event he says was "neither an accident nor unavoidable."
A lot like the fabricated ‘Great Recession’.
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Higher Learning; Hiring Labor...Portland State University received notice Thursday that American Association of University Professors (AAUP) represented faculty could go out on strike on April 16.
Despite the strike notice, the University and the union will resume negotiations Friday to try and reach an agreement on faculty pay and other contract issues.
Voters in Deer Trail, Colo. rejected a proposal that would have allowed people to shoot at unmanned flying objects. It was created by a 49-year-old welder in protest of a federal plan that would allow drones to fly in civilian airspace With a population of 586 and 188 total votes cast, the proposal — — was defeated, with 73 percent voting no. Which is strangely coincidental with the recent Precision Agriculture Expo here in Yamhill County. What the Expo amounted to in actuality was a trade show for drons. Anyone whopractices precision agriculture knows that to be of any use whatsoever, a drone would have to fly a few inches above the ground and be capable of testing the soil's nutrients and chemistry as well as temperature and water content.
What if the National Security Agency (NSA) knows it is violating the Constitution by spying on all Americans without showing a judge probable cause of wrongdoing or identifying the persons it wishes to spy upon, as the Constitution requires? What if this massive spying has come about because the NSA found it too difficult to follow the Constitution?
What if the Constitution was written to keep the government off the people’s backs, but the NSA, the president and some members of Congress have put the NSA not only on our backs, but in our bedrooms, kitchens, telephones and computers? What if when you look at your computer screen, the NSA is looking right back at you?
It gets curioser and curioser: With the NSA's ends outweighing the Constitution's meas and the last nail pounded into Democracy's coffin, America seems poised to at the fulcrum, about to become a very different animal. And it can all be traced abck to the USA Patriot Act. Now, the Senate investigation concludes waterboarding and other harsh interrogation methods provided no key evidence in the hunt for Osama bin Laden, according to congressional aides and outside experts familiar with a still-secret, 6,200-page report. The finding could deepen the worst rift in years between lawmakers and the CIA.
Maryland's legislators would like to outlaw the boycotts against IsrEL. THE BOYCOTTS THAT are rising all around the world on all sides in the face of the 21 century's apartheid. One great voice against Apartheid rises above the cackle and that is the voice of Bishop Desmond Tutu. And the news coming
out of Occupied Palestine continues to shake the walls of silence thee world is hunched behind.
Gone are the days when Governor Kitzhaber could claim the pole position in america's losing race to overhaul its healthcare delivery system. Everyone knows the system is hobbled by the insurance companies but Oregon at least was going ti the old hospital try....and Now look what's happened: Last in the nation whwen it comes to gettting people signed up on line. Or perhaps we are actually leading the nation is keepong people out of the clutched of a greedy grasping industry that cares not a whit about healthcare.
The states of Oregon and Washington approved a one-week extension of sport salmon fishing Thursday in the lower Columbia River.
Look out America, Here it comes: Now that untold sums f money are queing up to start pouring into GP coffers, Republican business groups are pised to begin rolling backa nd rolling flat the laws hat as done a feeble job of protecting the environment. But a job none the less. This is just one of the initial salvos: Industry groups and more than a dozen GOP senators are urging the Obama administration to reconsider plans to regulate many of the nation's streams and wetlands, saying the proposed rule hurts economic activity and oversteps legal bounds.
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Still believe that The Great recession was a total surprise that left the plutocrats gobsmacked sideways? Have a look at this lovely bridge - newly new! Once upon a time the prosperity of the upper classes depended upon and to some degree underwrote the prosperity of the American middle class. Not so now. Since 2008, the number of people who call themselves middle class has fallen by nearly a fifth, according to a survey in January by the Pew Research Center, from 53 percent to 44 percent. Forty percent now identify as either lower-middle or lower class compared with just 25 percent in February 2008.
The Senate Intelligence Committee's expected vote to approve declassifying part of a secret report on Bush-era interrogations of terrorism suspects puts the onus on the CIA and a reluctant White House to speed the release of one of the most definitive accounts about the government's actions after the 9/11 attacks. Or we could simply wat for another whistleblower to come forward with the goods. Many people would be far more likely to trust the process and the documents resulting from suuch an event. The vote to reveal comes tomorrow.
The project, dubbed "ZunZuneo," slang for a Cuban hummingbird's tweet, was publicly launched shortly after the 2009 arrest in Cuba of American contractor Alan Gross. He was imprisoned after traveling repeatedly to the country on a separate, clandestine USAID mission to expand Internet access using sensitive technology that only governments use. The U.S. government masterminded the creation of a "Cuban Twitter" — a communications network designed to undermine the communist government in Cuba, built with secret shell companies and financed through foreign banks.
Doesn't smell quite right....Don't expect to find genetically modified salmon — or any other engineered fish or meat — on store shelves anytime soon.
Look out below !!! Here comes that avalanche of money. And it looks a lot like Giv Chris Christie knew something the rest of us did not know about the Supreme court decision opening the campaign funding floodgates...Donors have given $33 million to the Republican Governors Association since New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie took the helm late last year. The committee to elect GOP governors said Thursday it raised $23.5 million during the first three months of the year. That sum more than doubles the $9.1 million raised at this point in 2010, the last time there were 36 gubernatorial races.
A century-old farmhouse has been demolished near Pendleton to allow workers to continue cleaning up almost 5,000 gallons of diesel fuel spilled in an accident last month. Members of the family that owns the Hill Ranches looked on Tuesday as two excavators tore down the house. Fritz Hill reared two sons there and planted some of the trees surrounding the place. He appeared shaken and didn't want to comment.
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2, The cage fight of the decade is underway in Astoria. It's the corporate legal battle between Westerlund Log Handlers, a deeply indebted Clatsop County timber operator, against versus China National Building Materials Import & Export Co., part of a $30-billion-a-year enterprise partially owned by the People's Republic of China.Westerlund wants to end its relationship with China National and move on. China National is seeking to install its own executive atop Westerlund and is demanding immediate repayment of the $3.55 million it loaned Westerlund. It has even hired an auctioneer to sell off Westerlund's heavy equipment.
3, Medical marijuana in Hillsboro? Hillsboro City Councilor Megan Braze cast the sole no-vote against the first reading of a one-year ban on medical marijuana facilities yesterday. There was no council discussion of the ban, which received its first of two readings*. The one-year moratorium will get a final vote April 15.
4, Yesterday Oregon United for Marriage pushed U.S. District Judge Michael McShane to strike down Oregon's ban on same-sex marriage by May 23, which is when the group says it has to make a decision on whether to go to the ballot.
5, The mayor of Castle Rock is required to take anger management classes for violating the courtesy code at a City Council meeting when he raised his voice against the police chief who asked for more money for ammunition.
6, It is rare but not unprecedented for a pipeline company to be charged with criminal safety laws. But yesterday Pacific Gas and Electric Co. was charged with federal felony counts involving safety violations linked to a deadly 2010 natural gas pipeline explosion in the San Francisco Bay Area
7, District of Columbia elections officials say some problems with electronic voting machines have led to a delay in reporting results from the city's Democratic mayoral primary. I guess if gerrymandering isn't possible, Republicans have to revert to other proven methods.
8, Just When You Thought it was Safe to go Back to the Beach…Chile's President Bachelet gets cautious on the tsunami threat as 8.2 quake kills 5 in northern Chile.
And Finally, This:
9, Jared Buzzell, of Lisbon, Maine says he was searching for wild mushrooms Thursday when he saw a porcupine get hit by a car in Minot. Buzzell says he'd heard that a valuable mineral deposit used in Chinese medicine formed in the stomachs of porcupines. He then cut open the dead porcupine to search for the mineral and instead found the baby. When he cut the umbilical cord he thought the baby porcupine was dead until he started massaging it and it began breathing. Buzzell and the baby pocupine are resting comfortably No word on the search for precious minerals or mushrooms or how and where Buzzell acquired his apparent pocupine midwifery skills.
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