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Supreme Court Defends Wealthy's Right to Own Government

Supreme Court Defends Wealthy's Right to Own Government | Politics and Business | Scoop.it
The Supreme Court today defended the right of the wealthiest Americans to own the United States government.
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In a very close decision, the US Supreme Court today defended the rights of the wealthy to own the government...

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Madison Blazing's comment, May 22, 2014 10:14 PM
Allowing Americans with high monetary power to essentially buy a part of the government seems like a really bad idea. I agree that this concept will likely lead to many problems and controversy surrounding the fairness of the government. One of the justices commented that allowing the wealthy to own the government is upholding our democratic ideals, which I find very hard to believe as it instead seems to be giving extra privileges to the already privileged.
Michael Watts's comment, May 25, 2014 2:51 AM
Letting the rich own parts of the government is a terrible idea. Just because one has money, doesn't mean they are qualified to be a politician. All it does is giving more problems to everyone.
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I am constantly amazed by how few people actually read articles before commenting on them. A case in point is this SATIRICAL article that no one seems to be recognizing as satire...
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Anti-Gun Lunacy in DC: Man Found Guilty…of Owning Antique Replica Bullets -

Anti-Gun Lunacy in DC: Man Found Guilty…of Owning Antique Replica Bullets - | Politics and Business | Scoop.it
Back in January, we reported the story of Mark Witaschek, whose D.C. home was raided by SWAT agents with a search warrant for “firearms and ammunition … gun cleaning equipment, holsters, bullet holders and ammunition receipts.” The raid was conducted by … Continue reading →
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The only reason this article is curated under politics is because that's the closest heading I have to outright stupidity.  I hope the judge that made this rule is the only judge in the US that is this stupid, or the US is in much bigger trouble than I thought.  The ridiculous and completely unreasonable fear that hand wringing liberals, especially in Washington, have over firearms boggles the mind enough already, without insanity like this.  I hope Mr. Witaschek not only wins his case, but that this judge gets removed from the bar before he hurts himself on it...

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The 10 Richest Politicians of 2014 - TheRichest

The 10 Richest Politicians of 2014 - TheRichest | Politics and Business | Scoop.it
Western politicians often have an uneasy relationship with wealth; it seems unnatural for a democratic leader to have a vast fortune sitting in their bank...
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Guess who the wealthiest politician in the world is, in 2014.  I guarantee you that this man is no dummy and not to be trifled with!

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Alaska back to Russia. | We the People: Your Voice in Our Government

Alaska back to Russia. | We the People: Your Voice in Our Government | Politics and Business | Scoop.it
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Here is a petition started by Russians who want Alaska to secede from the United States and rejoin Russia.  I found the link in comments written in response to a Russian Youtube video, titled (rough translation) "Don't be a fool, America."  The video suggests that Queen Catherine of Russia gave Alaska to the United States, just as Kruschev gave Crimea to the Ukraine, and that the US should give it back.  The truth is, the US BOUGHT Alaska when it was offered for sale to Canada and the USA.  The petition is likely nothing more than a little comic relief started by someone from Russia for fun.  However, there is much sentiment expressed all over the internet that the USA is responsible for all of Russia's woes since and including the fall of the USSR.  These are dangerous sentiments, especially in this modern world.

 
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NRA-ILA | FBI Arrests Anti-Gun California Senator on Firearm Trafficking Charges

NRA-ILA | FBI Arrests Anti-Gun California Senator on Firearm Trafficking Charges | Politics and Business | Scoop.it
Being good Americans, we take the position that anyone who is arrested and charged with multiple crimes is innocent until proven guilty. That's more than California state senator Leland Yee (D) has done for gun owners in the past.
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I guess he thought the ends justified the means.  If he could raise enough money selling via trafficking in illegal firearms, he could make firearms illegal in his state.... oh, wait... isn't that called a paradox?  Or is it simply the Democrat-ic way?

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The Wet Coast Daily

Major Solar Flare Causes Radio Blackout:   from the  Wet Coast Daily, published daily by Dave Cottrell

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The sun has far more affect on the earth than many realize, and has caused the electric grid to go down in the past.  Are we ready for a major catastrophic failure?

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Black September in Jordan - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Black September in Jordan - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The term Black September ( Arabic: أيلول الأسود‎; ) refers to the Jordanian Civil War that began in September 1970 and ended in July of 1971. The conflict was fought between the two major components of the Jordanian population, the Palestinians represented by the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) under the leadership of Yasser Arafat and the native Jordanians represented by the Jordanian Armed Forces under the leadership of King Hussein.

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This particular little bit of history seems to be forgotten by much of the world.  

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Putin Announces Historic G-1 Summit

Putin Announces Historic G-1 Summit | Politics and Business | Scoop.it
The summit, which Putin has set for June in Sochi, is expected to be attended by the G-1 member nation Russia.
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Historic G-1 Summit scheduled for June in Sochi...

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Lembergs suggests Latvia not to engage in Ukraine crisis and be neutral

Lembergs suggests Latvia not to engage in Ukraine crisis and be neutral | Politics and Business | Scoop.it
Contrary to the official line of condemning Russia's aggression in Ukraine, criminally-accused politician Aivars Lembergs has said that Russia unlike the U.S. is «playing» the issue of Ukraine against its closest neighbours.
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In the comments below this Baltic New Network article, "georgie"  says:March 20, 2014 at 18:43

"Appeasement works every time if you are the aggressor."

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The Warsaw Voice

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From the Warsaw Voice, Poland to speed up defense plans due to Russian-Ukrainian conflict

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Poland is speeding up its efforts to get a new missile defense system in place due to what they see as the conflict between Ukraine and Russia

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​Visa, Mastercard block US-sanctioned Russian banks

​Visa, Mastercard block US-sanctioned Russian banks | Politics and Business | Scoop.it
International payment system Mastercard has stopped serving clients of seven Russian lenders, after the US issued sanctions against it regarding Russia’s position over the Ukrainian turmoil.
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'Visa and Mastercard have a record of bowing to political decisions from Washington, most notably in blocking donations to the WikiLeaks whistleblower website.

Garegin Tosunyan, the president of the Association of Russian Banks (ARB), said the action of the card payment companies was unacceptable.

“..the international payment system should correspond to the standards of the international payment system. That means it should not switch the tumblers on and off, depending on their own will, especially as it undermines their own foundations,” he said.'

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Ukraine and Syria Will Both Fall to Putin |

Ukraine and Syria Will Both Fall to Putin | | Politics and Business | Scoop.it
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There is not much time left to see if such predictions come to pass.  One can only hope they do not.  The world, today, seems very much of the time to be stuck between one rock and another, with no soft place in between...

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Obama sets new sanctions against Russia for Crimea takeover

Obama sets new sanctions against Russia for Crimea takeover | Politics and Business | Scoop.it
President Obama announced a new round of sanctions Thursday against top Russians as punishment for their takeover of the Crimea region of Ukraine.
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I sure hope this doesn't backfire.  However, President Obama doesn't really have another choice, unless he wants to openly declare war on Russia.  Both leaders are dangerously close to being boxed into a corner.

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Interim Ukrainian Government Orders Its Citizens Disarmed

Interim Ukrainian Government Orders Its Citizens Disarmed | Politics and Business | Scoop.it
From the ashes of Kiev has come one key lesson from history: Repressive governments fear citizens with guns. by Bob Adelmann
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Prime Minister (assumed) Arseniy Yatsenyuk and his interim(?) government have ordered the citizens of Ukraine to disarm.  I believe they are fools to obey.  It may cost them in blood, but if they allow themselves to disarm, it may cost them much more.  

 

The situation in Ukraine is FAR from resolved and FAR from stable.  Once again, the West, eager to be in control of the flow of natural resources (gas,oil) is not reading the situation fully, nor thinking it through... WHERE is the gas that flows through Ukraine coming from?  WHO are these people they are supporting?  It is a fact, from what I am told by sources in Ukraine I believe are very trustworthy, that the president of Ukraine and the prime minister of Ukraine have VERY different philosophical outlooks.  Add to that other factions, including communists, open fascists, Ukrainian loyalists, ethnic Russians with strong ties to Russia, and outright self-interested criminals, and you have a very scary mix.

 

The citizens would be wise to hang onto their weapons as a whole, and at least maintain some kind of armed solidarity, because if they give up their weapons, they give up their freedom and place themselves fully at the mercy of a government that nobody can even describe at this time.

 

"However the Ukrainian situation is resolved — a dictatorship heavily influenced by Vladimir Putin and his thugs, or one strongly committed to similar thugs running the European Union — one lesson from history is crystal clear: Repressive governments fear armed civilians."

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Watch This Reaction: Putin Laughs Right In This Journalist’s Face -

Watch This Reaction: Putin Laughs Right In This Journalist’s Face - | Politics and Business | Scoop.it
When an interviewer recently confronted Vladimir Putin about Europe’s American-made missile defense system, the President of the Russian Federation couldn’t help but laugh right in his face. According to the journalist, NATO’s missile defense system is pointed at and designed … Continue reading →
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Mr. Putin's reaction to this reporter's complete disconnect from reality is priceless...

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Turkish Government Shuts Down YouTube After ‘Syria Invasion Plan’ Was Leaked

Turkish Government Shuts Down YouTube After ‘Syria Invasion Plan’ Was Leaked | Politics and Business | Scoop.it
21WIRE + RT | This is what happens in a dictatorship - and it's all to hide NATO's revived plans for war with Syria.
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Interesting bit of news out of Turkey.  Doesn't anybody get it?  If the West (Nato) takes ANY side in Syria, it is a losing proposition.  However, standing against Assad is by far the worst side to take.  He is a brutal dictator.  The rebels are even more brutal, and far less stable.

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UN Report Sounds Alarm On Climate Change

UN Report Sounds Alarm On Climate Change | Politics and Business | Scoop.it
YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — If the world doesn't cut pollution of heat-trapping gases, the already noticeable harms of global warming could spiral "out of control," the head of a United Nations scientific panel warned Monday.

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When is the world going to smarten up and punt the UN and all their phony scientists, prophets of doom, political meddlers, and their useless ilk off the world stage?  The ONLY things that keeps them going, IMO, is their well paid media friends and the world wide oligarchy that stands to benefit enormously on the backs of those who will starve to death if they get their way.  More and more very good scientists are starting to blow the whistle on these LIARS, yet they are drowned out in the overwhelming ROAR of the bought-and-paid for mainstream media.

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Conspiracy theory: MH370 kept hidden at US military base Diego Garcia

Conspiracy theory: MH370 kept hidden at US military base Diego Garcia | Politics and Business | Scoop.it
The Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which disappeared three weeks ago, remains missing despite the efforts of an international search team. In the absence of new information on the location and fat...
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The disappearance of Flight MH370 has to be the strangest, most mysterious thing that has happened so far in this century, and one of the strangest, if not THE strangest, since powered flight began.  There are so many technological reasons for this plane not to have disappeared by any accident.  A friend of mine who is a recently retired Boeing engineer, wrote to me and explained the systems, which have redundancy stacked on top of redundancy, to make the accidental and complete disappearance of the Boeing 777 virtually impossible.

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Sheldon Adelson Says No Republican Candidate Worth Buying

Sheldon Adelson Says No Republican Candidate Worth Buying | Politics and Business | Scoop.it
Casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson met several 2016 G.O.P. candidates available for purchase over the weekend.
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Adelson not interested in wasting any more money...

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U.S. Gives Russia Free Military Equipment Used By Army, Marines | Judicial Watch

U.S. Gives Russia Free Military Equipment Used By Army, Marines | Judicial Watch | Politics and Business | Scoop.it
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This is very interesting if it's true.  The USA is not invincible to being undermined and destroyed from its own administration.

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Natural gas – partner for renewable sources of energy. - Wintershall Holding GmbH

Natural gas – partner for renewable sources of energy. - Wintershall Holding GmbH | Politics and Business | Scoop.it
Natural gas is the energy source of the future, because it is safe, clean, and available. It is perfect in combination with renewable energy from wind, water, and the sun.
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The German/Russian Natural Gas partnership 

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The cynicism behind Cold War revivalism

The cynicism behind Cold War revivalism | Politics and Business | Scoop.it
Why the Cold War is NOT back and the hawks in Washington and Moscow need to shut up about its imminent return.
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This man makes more sense out of a bad situation than many I have read.  He neither condemns Washington, nor condones Moscow, but warns of the dangers of warmongers in both places who are all too eager to reignite the competition that ended with the end of the Cold War and the break up of the Soviet Union.  Both sides need to sit down, shut up, and calm down.  We're not playing tiddly winks...

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Russian troops smash their way into Ukrainian base in Crimea

Russian troops smash their way into Ukrainian base in Crimea | Politics and Business | Scoop.it
Takeover is one of the more dramatic of Russia’s largely bloodless occupation
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So far, nothing is even slowing the Russians down.  Perhaps Crimea wants to be Russia.  Perhaps they are welcoming the Russians.  Why have the Russians stolen Ukraine's one and only submarine?  Why are they driving out soldiers from Crimea's Ukrainian military bases without even trying to negotiate with Ukraine?  What more is Russia going to do?

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Putin’s quiet Latin America play

Putin’s quiet Latin America play | Politics and Business | Scoop.it
He is sending navy ships and long-range bombers to the region for the first time in years.
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Politicians should be required to pass a four year degree program in world history with at least an 80% mark, BEFORE they can get into politics (he said, knowing it will never, ever happen.)

"Some experts warn against being too alarmist, and say Russia, China and Iran do not have the ability or desire to project military power beyond their borders. "

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Putin Could Win World War III Without Firing a Shot |

Putin Could Win World War III Without Firing a Shot | | Politics and Business | Scoop.it
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There IS a major flaw in this interesting argument:  Israel's gas reserves.  Even now, Israel and Greece are finalizing a deal that will see a pipeline carrying Israeli (and presumably Greek and maybe Cypriot) gas to Europe.  Israel most definitely has the gas;  Russia already tried to get its hands on it!  This is one of the big reasons why Russia is backing the Syrian regime... they want the leverage for their own negotiations with Israel.  But Israel has a massive market that Putin may just be delivering on a silver platter...

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