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The US is an oligarchy, study concludes - Telegraph

The US is an oligarchy, study concludes - Telegraph | Kevin Cano's Current Events | Scoop.it
Report by researchers from Princeton and Northwestern universities suggests that US political system serves special interest organisations, instead of voters
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The U.S. is not representative of the majority of her citizens. It shows the interest of only the most wealthy and powerful, instead of the masses. Studies conclude that the U.S. government caters to the economic elite, all but ignoring the wishes of the majority. The peer-reviewed study, which will be taught at these universities in September, says: "The central point that emerges from our research is that economic elites and organized groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on US government policy, while mass-based interest groups and average citizens have little or no independent influence." This study comes in the wake of the Supreme Court case McCutcheon Vs. Federal Election Commission, which allowed wealthy donors to contribute to an unlimited amount of political campaigns.

 

I agree with this article in that the U.S. is turning to a more elitist government. Instead of the people having the power, as intended in the Constitution, only the few wealthy and powerful have say over the way the U.S. is run. To countermand this we need a change in policy and a change in candidates in office.

 

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Sanitizing the Death Penalty

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Just like opposing torture does not mean one condones terrorism, opposing the death penalty does not mean one condones murder....
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Several American states are now considering a return to the electric chair or firing squad as methods of execution. These news, along with Clayton Lockett's botched execution by lethal injectionin Oklahoma last month, have revived a longstanding debate about how to "humanely" execute prisoners. This is largely a moral issue and is mostly about the conscience of those citizens that support the death penalty. They believe that it's necessary for a civilized society and support it. However, could they tie a man to a gurney and inject him with poison until he dies? Probably not. America is the only Western democracy that still resorts to the death penalty as a form of punishment. The reason why certain American states are considering a return to the electric chair or firing squad is a shortage of lethal injection drugs. That shortage is mainly due to the refusal of European countries to export them to America given their opposition to the death penalty. Perhaps the renewed search for "painless" means of execution in the wake of Lockett's agonizing death reflects a modicum of concern for human dignity. Yet, there are reasons to be skeptical when people deem a prisoner so worthless that he should be killed -- and declare at the same time that they care very much about not inflicting him pain.

 

 

I believe that the death penalty is necessary because you just can't rehabilitate some people. They will continue on acting will malicious intent to their fellow man, whether for some personal reason, or just because they're insane. Legally, however, its technically constitutional. As long as the injections work as intended, and no suffering comes to the inmate, the eighth amendment allows it.

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Jacqueline Dolce's comment, May 29, 2014 10:23 AM
Check out this link from the parody news source "the onion". http://www.theonion.com/video/ohio-replaces-lethal-injection-with-humane-new-hea,36077/
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Texas Finds New Supply Of Execution Drugs

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HOUSTON (AP) — Texas has obtained a new batch of the drugs it uses to execute death row inmates, allowing the state to continue carrying out death sentences once its existing supply expires at the end of the month.

But correction officials wil...
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Texas has recently obtained a new supplier of the drug used in executions, called pentobarbital. However, they refuse to reveal the supplier of the drug, claiming that their anonymity was part of the deal reached to obtain the drug. They speculate that revealing the name of the company that produces the drug will incite the family's of  death row inmates to violence against the company and its employees, as shown in the past. Acquiring drugs for lethal injection has become much harder, seeing as how international drug makers have been banned from making said drugs, mostly because of Europe's ban on execution. Many states are trying new combinations of drugs to help remedy this problem. Many of these drugs are untested and may not work as intended. While the law of Texas does not state that you must reveal the supplier of the drugs obtained for death by lethal injection, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott's office has on three occasions rejected arguments by the agency that disclosing that information would put the drug supply and manufacturers at risk.

 

Execution is left to be decided by the state government. While it has been deemed "humane" by the Supreme Court, it is regulated not by professionals, but by amateurs speculating on the effects of the drugs. They say that it is painless, but who can really say what the inmate feels as they are first paralyzed and then injected with the killing agent? But, back to the article. I believe it is the right of the state to refuse to reveal their supplier of pentobarbital, especially if it may lead to violence against said company and its employees.

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Exclusive: NATO Chief Says

Exclusive: NATO Chief Says | Kevin Cano's Current Events | Scoop.it
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Russia has recently annexed Crimea, despite warnings from NATO countries. NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen told Foreign Policy that Russia's sudden conquest of Ukraine's Crimean peninsula was a "wake-up call" for the 28-member alliance, comparing Russia's behavior to how they acted during the cold war. He is concerned that Russia wont stop there and will continue to annex eastern parts of Ukraine. He goes on to say that a Russian invasion of eastern Ukraine would come with consequences, though he didn't say what those were. Europe and the United States are both blaming each other for the lack of funding in the defense budget of the NATO organization. The U.S. has made moves to defend Poland and will stand ready to honor NATO pacts. Europe is receiving a rude awakening when it comes to defense spending and will be seeing changes in the defense budget.

 

Russia's pretty crazy and is reverting back to cold war tactics. While the U.S. will be there to clean up Europe's trash (again) the European NATO nations will have to make some reforms in terms of their defense budget, because they seem to have forgotten that Russia is Russia. While the U.S. and Europe are busy blaming each other for letting Russia get away with Crimea, they're probably going to stop bickering enough for them to start defending NATO nations, like they agreed to. Probably.

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Virginia Attorney General Makes Huge Shift On Gay Marriage

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Following a seismic political shift in Virginia's top elected offices, the new attorney general has concluded that the state's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional and he will no longer defend it in federal lawsuits, his...
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West Virginia's newly elected officials declare that the ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional, and rightly so.

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Republicans Bet That Latinos Are Idiots

Republicans Bet That Latinos Are Idiots | Kevin Cano's Current Events | Scoop.it
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) recently published an orotund statement predicated on a lie, betting that Hispanic Americans are incapable of distinguishing between fact and fiction....
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Speaker of the House John Boehner recently released a statement that Hispanic Americans are incapable of discerning fact and fiction. According to Boehner, President Obama's recent designation  of the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks in New Mexico as a national monument, lands with deep historical and archaeological significance to Hispanics and Native Americans, demonstrated "the president's fondness for unilateral action [that] has created widespread doubt among the American people that he and his administration can be counted on to enforce any law he signs, particularly when it comes to securing our nation's borders and reforming our immigration system." He says this despite the Antiquities Act of 1906, which expressly authorizes the president to take the very same unilateral action that Boehner decried.If Boehner thinks that this cynical and fantastical re-interpretation of his inability to deliver immigration reform will be seen as truthful and credible by America's fastest-growing group of voters, then he is even more disconnected from electoral reality than he usually seems.

 

Lol Boehner. No but seriously this guys an idiot if he thinks that paisa are idiots, and it'll show when election time comes around. He releases this statement despite the antiquities act, which just shows that he really doesn't care if he has Latino support or not, which is a little reckless, since we're the fastest growing voter base in the U.S..

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Eduardo Miranda's comment, May 29, 2014 8:14 AM
I agree with Kevin. When it comes to election the minority group are the ones that vote the most in total because they're the ones that want to see change. Just like the Obama campaign, he won by getting a majority of the minority votes. In the future the minority is going to become the majority of the population, also known as the minority-majority.
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Oldest-Ever Member Of Congress Ousted In Texas GOP Primary

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ROCKWALL, Texas (AP) — Congressman Ralph Hall, at 91 the oldest-ever member of the U.S. House, was ousted Tuesday in the Texas Republican runoff by a candidate barely half his age.

Backed by powerful national conservative groups, 48-year-old f...
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Oldest-ever member of Congress Ralph Hall was ousted from his position by a candidate barely half his age. The WW 2 veteran incumbent used traditional methods like direct mailings and walking cities and towns to chat with voters. His usurper decided to use more modern analytical methods to target would-be voters. Apparently the old fashioned methods didn't resonate with all voters. Hall received 45 percent of the vote compared to Ratcliffe's nearly 29 percent, with no one reaching a majority in a six way election, forcing Hall into his first runoff in his Congressional career.

 

INCUMBENTS, returning election winners, are extremely likely to keep their position, making changing policy and having new policies brought to the fore extremely difficult. I believe that its a good thing that Ratcliffe is bashing heads with Hall because it brings about change. Having candidates helps smooth the policy making process along and keeps the U.S. government modern and relevant.

 

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Plethora Of Dead Ends In Plane Mystery

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Solving the mystery of the missing Malaysian plane is proving to be as easy as cracking a homicide without a body.

Or a witness....
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The issue of the missing Malaysian Boeing 777 has been at the top of every major form of news for the past couple of weeks. "I don't think anybody has a good idea what happened or where to look," said Jim Hall, who as a former U.S. National Transportation Safety Board chairman saw the inner workings of dozens of crash investigations. Sadly, this is quote best summarizes the findings of the investigation teams. Dozens of false leads have popped up to interfere with the investigation even more. What started as a relatively small search area has enlarged to an area the size of Australia. Not only do we not know what happened to the plane we don't know why. There have been speculations that it was hijacked, that it crashed over the ocean, and that it simply "disappeared". Cooperation between the countries involved is virtually nonexistent. Malaysia does not wish to accept help, basically saying that they are a sovereign nation and can handle the investigation themselves.

 

Despite the amount of advanced technology and manpower put behind this investigation, we still have nothing to show for it. How is that even possible? What kind of awful communications and cooperation would have to be used for that to even be possible? Not only do we know nothing about the plane crash itself, other than the two key communications systems were shut down manually and intentionally, we know none of the reasoning behind it. Or who actually did it. Or if anyone actually did it. At this point aliens is in the top five best guesses for the geniuses involved in the investigation.

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Michigan Supreme Court strikes down Wyoming medical marijuana ordinance

Michigan Supreme Court strikes down Wyoming medical marijuana ordinance | Kevin Cano's Current Events | Scoop.it
The court rejected the city’s contention that it could strictly regulate Medical Marijuana because federal law still banned any production or possession of marijuana trumping the voter
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The Michigan Supreme Court has decided to ban the growing and the use of medical marijuana in Wyoming despite the voter approved Medical Marijuana Act. John Ter Beek, a medical marijuana advocate and patient has strongly opposed this ruling. He says that the use of medical marijuana in Wyoming can only benefit the city. He has threatened to go to court with the city, and has done so in the past. Jack Sluiter, city attorney, says that court decisions like this one make the rulings on this law much clearer and will ultimately help other courts make decisions faster.

 

Marijuana in general will be legal eventually, might as well use it to the benefit of the community. While it should be regulated by the government, medical marijuana can help many of the ill and can help our society grow.

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