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10 Hilarious End of the World Signs

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Sheep munch through £4,000 of cannabis plants dumped in their field

Sheep munch through £4,000 of cannabis plants dumped in their field | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The animals accidental feast on the class B drug at Surrey farm
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Will their wool be made into psychedelic sweaters?

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Hamas leader urges Muslims to defend Jerusalem shrine from 'Israeli seizure'

Hamas leader urges Muslims to defend Jerusalem shrine from 'Israeli seizure' | Upsetment | Scoop.it
DOHA (Reuters) - The leader of the Palestinian group Hamas on Thursday called on Muslims to defend the al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem, saying Israel was trying to seize the site, revered in Islam
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As critical as I am of Israel, this is nothing but rabble rousing by Hamas. There  has been no attempt or plan to take over the mosque. Shame on Hamas, which should be trying to help the Palestinian people find a stable life path.

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U.S. Soldiers Get Just Four Hours of Ebola Training

U.S. Soldiers Get Just Four Hours of Ebola Training | Upsetment | Scoop.it
As the U.S. military rushes to combat Ebola in West Africa, soldiers are receiving on-the-fly instructions on how to protect themselves against the deadly virus.
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Agent Orange, depleted Uranium, insufficient body armor, vehicles susceptible to I.E.Ds, most recently the outdated poison gas uncovered in Iraq, and now lack of training for dealing with Ebola: am I the only one seeing a pattern here — a pattern of putting our troops in unreasonable and unnecessary harm's way? The military mindset is one in which our sons and daughters have no value beyond filling the rosters of the dead, maimed, sick, and disturbed. Shame on the Pentagon and shame on us for allowing it.

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Who's Behind The Whopping Six Figures Being Spent To Oust A Dem State Judge?

Who's Behind The Whopping Six Figures Being Spent To Oust A Dem State Judge? | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A month ago, Missouri GOP prosecutor Brian Stumpe had less than $100 on hand in his campaign to unseat Cole County Circuit Court Judge Patricia Joyce, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Now, just a few weeks later, he has received $100,000 -- all of it funneled into his campaign by a national group, the Republican State Leadership Committee, which has spent a total of $200,000 so far in this race for a single state judgeship.

So just what the heck is going on? Democrats and liberals on t
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When I see this kind of unusual spending on an election campaign to oust a person who has not been the object of any meaningful public criticism and when that money has come from outside and unnamed sources, my reaction is to vote for the incumbent. I certainly hope that the folks in Cole Country, Missouri will make it clear that money is not the determining factor in elections and that spending too much is a questionable practice.

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40,000 unprocessed Georgia voter registrations go to court | Al Jazeera America

40,000 unprocessed Georgia voter registrations go to court | Al Jazeera America | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Group behind minority registration drive wants to know why Republican secretary of state has not added names to rolls
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This is unconscionable. Not only do we need the Voters' Rights Act but we also need serious criminal penalties for anyone who interferes with the right to vote. Might I suggest that the election in Georgia be held with open voting for all or that it be delayed while the state functions under U.S. government control (yes, reconstruction) until a proper election be held.

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How Cities Have Gotten Creative With Red Light Camera Tickets

How Cities Have Gotten Creative With Red Light Camera Tickets | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Chicago shortened yellow lights and made millions
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While I do not believe in trying to beat yellow lights, this seems to be defeating the purpose of having that short warning interval. In fact, it may make driving more dangerous as people will see yellow and accelerate to beat the shortened time. More importantly, it seems to me that the mindset of using fines as government income is destructive to the quality of governance and to the trust of citizens in their government. There is nothing worse for the long-run health of a political system than the creation of such distrust.

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The Secret Casualties of Iraq’s Abandoned Chemical Weapons

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The Pentagon kept silent as munitions left over from Saddam Hussein’s war with Iran found new targets from 2004 to 2011: American and Iraqi troops.
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As with Agent Orange in Vietnam, our service men and women had more to fear from the dishonesty of our own military in Iraq and with its unwillingness to recognize dangers to troops than from the enemy. At least when somebody is shooting at you, you can shoot back. But when your own leaders aren't telling you the truth, you just get to sit there and take it. Just another reason why we have to limit the military-industrial-espionage industry.

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Gun nuts’ powerful new enemy: How pediatricians are taking on the NRA

Gun nuts’ powerful new enemy: How pediatricians are taking on the NRA | Upsetment | Scoop.it
As more kids in U.S. die from guns than cancer, NRA is fighting basic safety measures. Now doctors are pushing back
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Some simple facts:

The U.S. firearms fatality rate among children under 15 years old is nearly 12 times higher than in 25 other industrialized countries combined, a stunning lapse of core government responsibility.About 3,000 children and teens die from gun injuries every year. (That exceeds one Sandy Hook Massacre every three days.)A child or teen dies or is injured every 30 minutes from guns.
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Edward Snowden Asks U.S. for a Fair Trial

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Edward Snowden, the former NSA contractor and infamous leaker of the agency’s massive surveillance program, is again asking the government to allow him to return to the United States and stand trial for his alleged crimes. In an exclusive video interview with The New Yorker on Saturday, Snowden said government officials had routinely declined his requests to allow him to come back and stand trial.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

Is Edward Snowden an American patriot or a traitor? Why not have a trial? Why not have the story told to the American people? So often we are told if we have nothing to hide we have no reason to fear the police (or the government). Well, if the government has nothing to hide, why are they afraid of us? Will we see even on candidate for federal office with guts enough to come out in favor of a public trial?

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Asset seizures fuel police spending

Asset seizures fuel police spending | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Police used millions in cash seized from people not charged with crimes to buy weapons, cars and gear.
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This is a fundamental attack on the American way of life. It is time to stop the war on drugs and more importantly to stop the militarization of our police.

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Air Force Pilots Say They Have No ISIS Targets to Bomb

Air Force Pilots Say They Have No ISIS Targets to Bomb | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Obama’s no-boots-on-the-ground pledge is keeping America from fighting an effective air campaign in Iraq and Syria.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

There are good reasons to keep those boots off the ground. The real problem is that the countries such as Turkey and Iran that would have something to be gained in sending in ground troops are either not interested or are being blocked by the U.S. We cannot police the world and should not have started this fiasco by Invading Iraq. That said, we must build a new coalition with active participation from Russia, Iran, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia. Otherwise, we have to decide which groups we will actively defend and let the others go down. In that case, we help the Kurds, but sadly, I don't see many others worth our blood.

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US-funded Afghan C-27s scrapped for 6 cents per pound

US-funded Afghan C-27s scrapped for 6 cents per pound | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Most of the C-27 transport aircraft given to the Afghanistan military as part of a failed $486 million Defense Department program were locally scrapped for just $32,000, federal auditors said Thursday.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

The U.S. military seems to know no bounds to its wastefulness. Here is just one more example of the D.O.D.'s inability to function with restraint and judgement. How about a congressional investigation into this waste? Isn't it time to do some serious evaluation of the spending?

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Iran Says It’s Under Attack by ISIS

Iran Says It’s Under Attack by ISIS | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Suicide bombs. Captured soldiers. Guerrilla attacks. Iran claims it’s under assault by Sunni militants like ISIS. Now Tehran is making mass arrests to try to stop the onslaught.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

If Iran, Turkey, and some of the Sunni states join together to fight ISIS, this may be the beginning of real peace among Islamic nations. Now, can they accept Israeli help and will Israel be smart enough to offer it? An alliance to fight madness might just help fight the underlying madness of the region.

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They have been after the Sunnis in Iran ever since they came into power.  Just another reason for cracking down on their own people.

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Jesus painting, removed from school, now on lit sign

Jesus painting, removed from school, now on lit sign | Upsetment | Scoop.it
NEW CONCORD, Ohio — Almost a year after a painting of Jesus was removed from a high school here, a sign showing the same image is on private property in view of the school. The sign was finished Tuesday. It is
Kenneth Weene's insight:

While I consider this atrocious art, the fact is the ACLU has no place telling schools what art they can display or what books they can read. As long as it is displayed or read as art and ideas not as "THE TRUTH." I am as against censorship from the left as much as I am against it from the right. I do wish the school system involved had stood up against the bullying.

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When the Ayatollah Said No to Nukes

When the Ayatollah Said No to Nukes | Upsetment | Scoop.it
In an exclusive interview, a top Iranian official says that Khomeini personally stopped him from building Iran's WMD program.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

Can I prove that this piece is more accurate than the espionage community's assessments? No. On the other hand,  I have no reason to believe that the N.S.A., C.I.A., DOD Intelligence, etc. get much right. Perhaps the real problem is a mindset in Washington that cannot allow us to have real peace. Is Cuba our mortal enemy? Is Iran? After all those years, Nixon managed to go to China. Other than North Korea, which is a madman's fiefdom, do we really have enemies? Competitors of course, but real enemies?

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Uncle Sucker to the Rescue

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Washington is making all its favorite mistakes in (another) Iraq war.
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What this well written piece reminds us  and what most Americans have not yet understood is that the entire military-espionage community is devoted to creating war scenarios. War has become a major American industry and the real goal is simply to keep the country expending weapons and making noise. That it is in the long run absolutely foolhardy and designed to make the country a pariah never enters the minds of the people involved. It is a sad commentary on what Amerika has become. 

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FBI Chief: Your iPhone 6 Is a Threat

FBI Chief: Your iPhone 6 Is a Threat | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The FBI has long had the ability to tap into the nation's telephone exchanges. James Comey wants it to be able to access computer servers as well.
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This is very upsetting. The key to democracy is not government surveillance of the people but the ability of the people to see the government clearly.

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Voters are punishing Obama for this one economic failure

Voters are punishing Obama for this one economic failure | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Obama's economic performance has been middling compared with other presidents, except for one key thing.
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Until we have a political party willing to address the issue of income distribution, willing to recognize that the concentration of wealth is the real issue in every system, nothing will be accomplished to address the stagnation of incomes.

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Cornel West was right all along: Why America needs a moment of clarity now

Cornel West was right all along: Why America needs a moment of clarity now | Upsetment | Scoop.it
It’s sad that it's come to this. But social justice in America is officially stunted -- and there's only one answer
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One of the most articulate statements about the current status of race in America I've read in a long time, and that status is seriously out of whack. As long as we continue the delusion of a white race, which was actually the creation of early slave owners wanting to "import" non-slaves to help balance the population in early times, we will never have equality of opportunity or of justice in this country.

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“We hope they were duped”: How prosecutors gave banks the best “penalty” ever

“We hope they were duped”: How prosecutors gave banks the best “penalty” ever | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Wells Fargo engaged in awful, deceptive practices. For its sins, it engaged in a settlement that brought... profits
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One of the proper functions of government is the protection of individuals from the predations of the dishonest be they other individuals or corporations. When a government can no longer provide that basic service it means that society needs to consider changing that government. Is it perhaps time for a change in the U.S.? I think so.

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Oil Tankers Leaking into Seattle’s Water

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A highly flammable byproduct flowed from oil tankers into an area stormwater system for at least a year before state regulators inspected the problem.
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Often we here how there are too many regulations and regulators strangling business. Here we see the other side of the problem: there are too many regulations and regulators for government to exercise proper supervision. Time to simplify regulation and enforcement by creating integrated systems for specific problems and industries. In the process, my guess is that most of the small businesses that actually get stifled will actually be given more freedom while real problems are addressed. Most important, we need better whistle-blower laws.

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Stop and seize

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Aggressive police take hundreds of millions of dollars from motorists not charged with crimes http://wapo.st/stopandseize
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This is exactly the kind of abuse of power that the Bill of Rights was intended to stop. What is wrong with America that we are allowing this kind of out-of-control policing. And as almost always when dealing with the government, the price of getting any of what is rightfully yours back is forgo any action against these perpetrators in the law's clothing.

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Breaking The Chains That Bind The Mentally Ill

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In low-income countries, a person with schizophrenia might be chained to a tree or to a hospital bed. On World Mental Health Day, WHO is urging an end such practices.
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If this topic interests you, you should read my novel, "Memoirs From the Asylum."  http://mediasuite.multicastmedia.com/player.php?p=nqm74a8k

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Meet The Kentucky Libertarian Who Could Swing Senate Control

Meet The Kentucky Libertarian Who Could Swing Senate Control | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Control of the U.S. Senate could be swung by a humble police officer in a Kentucky town of fewer than 10,000 who says he makes $35,000 a year, shares a car with his wife and is "just a guy."

Libertarian U.S. Senate candidate David Patterson clocks in at 3 percent in the latest Bluegrass Poll, which may be enough to tilt the potentially decisive — and hotly contested — Kentucky race between Sen. Mitch McConnell (R) and Alison Lundergan Grimes (D), who are 2 points apart.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

I may not agree with a lot of this guy's ideas, but he strikes me as a real person with refreshing honesty and clear values. I wish we could have a lot more candidates like David Patterson and even have a few of them in office. If you live in Kentucky,  I hope you'll give this guy a real consideration.

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SWAT kills Georgia man using info from drug addict who stole his car

SWAT kills Georgia man using info from drug addict who stole his car | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A Georgia SWAT team, acting on a tip from a drug addict, killed a 59-year-old grandfather and businessman in his home while executing a warrant. The informant had stolen a car from the property a few days before.
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Since there had been a robbery on the premises, why didn't the police simply send an officer to the door to inquire about that and assess the situation? That would have been a rational first step which would most likely have shown there was no need for a SWAT invasion. This is police malfeasance at its worst and all in the name of a failed "War on Drugs."

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