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Dandelion Salad

Dandelion Salad

democracynow on Oct 31, 2013

democracynow.org – A U.S. drone strike killed three people in northwest Pakistan earlier today, marking the first such attack since Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif publicly called for President Obama to end the strikes. Just last week, Amnesty International said the United States may be committing war crimes by killing innocent Pakistani civilians in drone strikes. Today we air extended clips from the new documentary, “Unmanned: America’s Drone Wars,” and speak to filmmaker Robert Greenwald. The film looks at the impact of U.S. drone strikes through more than 70 interviews with attack survivors in Pakistan, a former U.S. drone operator, military officials, and more. The film opens with the story of a 16-year-old Tariq Aziz who was killed by drone. just days after attending an anti-drone conference in Islamabad. We are also joined by human rights attorney Jennifer Gibson of Reprieve, co-author of…

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LeakSource

10/31/2013

wenty years after the controversial introduction of unlabeled and untested genetically engineered foods and crops, opposition to GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) and Monsanto has created one of the largest netroots-grassroots movements in the U.S.

There are arguably more important issues facing us today than the battle against Frankenfoods. The climate crisis and corporate control over the government and media come to mind. But the rapidly growing anti-GMO Movement illustrates the powerful synergy that can develop from the combined use of social media, marketplace pressure and political action. Recent developments in this sector indicate that out-of-control corporations, media, politicians and the proverbial “one percent” can be outsmarted and outmaneuvered. And quite possibly defeated.

In the wake of high-stakes multi-million dollar GMO labeling ballot initiatives in California in 2012, and Washington State in 2013, an army of organic food and natural health activists have put Corporate America and the political elite…

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CNN Political Ticker

(CNNMoney) — A key tech malfunction that brought down the Obamacare website Sunday was fixed Monday morning, a federal official said.

Joanne Peters, a spokeswoman for the Department of Health and Human Services, said a networking problem at contractor Terremark, a subsidiary of Verizon, was to blame for the outage. Peters said Terremark had “experienced a failure in a networking component,” and the attempted fix crashed the system.

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Ok… this ain’t politics… it’s just embarrassing….lol

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DALLAS (105.3 THE FAN) – The Ben and Skin Show examines who’s MOST to blame for the Cowboys’ heartbreaking loss to the Detroit Lions. You get to weigh in here and place your vote. Make it count.

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Dandelion Salad

by Andrew Gavin Marshall
Writer, Dandelion Salad
andrewgavinmarshall.com
Originally published on The Hampton Institute
October 23, 2013

Obama’s global terror campaign is not only dependent upon his drone assassination program, but increasingly it has come to rely upon the deployment of Special Operations forces in countries all over the world, reportedly between 70 and 120 countries at any one time. As Obama has sought to draw down the large-scale ground invasions of countries (as Bush pursued in Afghanistan and Iraq), he has escalated the world of ‘covert warfare,’ largely outside the oversight of Congress and the public.

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CNN Political Ticker

Washington (CNN) — Contractors who helped develop the embattled Obamacare website blame each other and the government, but not themselves, in testimony prepared for Thursday’s first congressional hearing on the problems engulfing the online enrollment system.

House Energy and Commerce Committee members will grill officials from CGI Federal, Optum/QSSI, Equifax Workforce Solutions and Serco at the hearing to examine technological snafus faced by people trying to obtain health insurance under President Barack Obama’s signature reforms.

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For the first time, a majority of Americans, 58%, favor legalizing marijuana, according to a Gallup poll released Tuesday. That number was just 12% in 1969, when Gallup first asked the question. 38% of Americans surveyed this year said they had tried marijuana.

The shift in national public support for pot legalization accelerated over the last two years. Public support has risen 8 points since 2011, according to Gallup. Seizing on this momentum, Washington and Colorado became the first states to legalize recreational marijuana use in 2012. Washington and Colorado are just now beginning to roll out their new pot markets after regulators spent months working on the rules. These states’ efforts will serve as test cases for other states looking to create their own legal markets. In California, a task force headed by the state’s Lt. Governor, Gavin Newsom, will, among other things, study the implementation of Washington and…

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