The Devil You Say: Winning the Weed Wars

The War on Weed Is Winding Down But Will Monsanto Be the Winner?

by Ellen Brown - Dissident Voice


June 23rd, 2016

The war on cannabis that began in the 1930s seems to be coming to an end. Research shows that this natural plant, rather than posing a deadly danger to health, has a wide range of therapeutic benefits. But skeptics question the sudden push for legalization, which is largely funded by wealthy investors linked to Big Ag and Big Pharma.
 
In April, Pennsylvania became the 24th state to legalize medical cannabis, a form of the plant popularly known as marijuana. That makes nearly half of US states. A major barrier to broader legalization has been the federal law under which all cannabis – even the very useful form known as industrial hemp – is classed as a Schedule I controlled substance that cannot legally be grown in the US. But that classification could change soon.


In a letter sent to federal lawmakers in April, the US Drug Enforcement Administration said it plans to release a decision on rescheduling marijuana in the first half of 2016.

 

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Rule Britannia? Not Today, Brussels!

¡Basta Ya, Brussels! British Voters Reject EU Corporate Slavestate

by Mike Whitney - CounterPunch


June 24, 2016 

 

“Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must undergo the fatigue of supporting it.”  — Thomas Paine

 

British voters delivered a savage deathblow to the EU corporate superstate on Thursday sending global markets tumbling and forcing Prime Minister David Cameron to announce his resignation.

The narrow victory, which caught the prognosticators by surprise, is the strongest sign yet that working people across the continent are awakening to economic and political disaster that has been created in the name of European integration.

Not only has the EU failed to live up to its promise of lifting all boats and widening prosperity, it has also transformed the region into a low-growth, high unemployment charnel house where bankers and their corporate allies siphon off the wealth of the weaker states to enrich high-flying speculators and voracious bondholders.

 

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Elon Musk's Lithium Dreams

Move Over Oil – Lithium Is The Future Of Transportation 

by James Stafford - Oilprice.com


Jun 21, 2016

 

Just a few years ago, we would have scoffed at the idea that electric vehicles could be mainstream anytime soon, or that the global appetite for lithium-ion batteries and mass power storage would be so voracious, and so sudden. Today, no one is scoffing, and lithium is being viewed as our new super-mineral that will catapult us firmly into the next century.
 
Now Tesla has started buying up Nevada and building its battery gigafactory, with competing gigafactories following suit and competing electric vehicle (EV) manufacturers all throwing billions at this fast-moving market that no one has been able to keep up with. Not only has the EV taken its first major leap into the mainstream—most notably indicated by Tesla’s phenomenal advance sales of its affordable Model 3—but it’s gone beyond the mainstream. Electric vehicles will be the rule rather than the exception; and lithium the number one commodity of our time.
 
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Does Diablo Shutdown Mark an End to the Atomic Power Era?

Diablo Shutdown Marks End of Atomic Era

by Harvey Wasserman - EcoWatch


June 23, 2016
 
As worldwide headlines have proclaimed, California’s Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) says it will shut its giant Diablo Canyon reactors near San Luis Obispo, and that the power they’ve been producing will be replaced by renewable energy.

PG&E has also earmarked some $350 million to “retain and retrain” Diablo’s workforce, whose union has signed on to the deal, which was crafted in large part by major environmental groups.

On a global scale, in many important ways, this marks the highest profile step yet towards the death of U.S. nuclear power and a national transition to a Solartopian green-powered planet. Diablo Canyon in California.

For Californians, as we shall see, there’s an army of devils in the details, which cannot be ignored. But let’s deal with the big picture first.


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Sanders Appeasement Means Syria Will Feel the Burn

Bernie’s Quasi-Concession Speech and Hillary’s Syrian War to Come

by Gary Leupp  - Dissident Voice


June 19th, 2016

In his quasi-concession speech last Thursday, broadcast without a live audience (probably due to the fear of loud boos), Bernie Sanders began with the observation: “Election days come and go. But political and social revolutions that attempt to transform our society never end.”

In other words: Even if I concede, I want the movement I generated to continue. Citing various ongoing mass movements, he declared: “And that’s what this campaign has been about over this past year. That’s what the political revolution is all about.”

Subtext: It’s all about bringing you kids into the Democratic Party—in order to change it. Then comes the now-familiar self-congratulation about winning 22 state primaries and caucuses, and repetition of his wonted insistence that “our vision for the future” is not a “fringe idea” and not a “radical idea.” “It is mainstream.”

This tells us that what will follow will be very mainstream. It is followed by the observation that in all the primaries Sanders won among people under 45. “These are the people who ARE the future of our country.” He extensively praises the youth for all their phone calls and canvassing, and even youth burdened with student debt for making campaign contributions.

 

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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Dave Lindorff, Ken Stone, Janine Bandcroft June 22nd, 2016

This Week on GR

by C. L. Cook - Gorilla-Radio.com


June 22, 2016

Another mass shooting in the United States, and a lot more of the now too well practiced responses from government, media, interest groups, and the way-out-there factions that see conspiracy behind this event, (if it really even happened!) and most others.

Most predictable of all is the sensible idea, again put forward, to limit public access to military-grade weaponry.

But, what about police access to the same kinds of over-the-top armaments that has made your local constabulary come more to resemble an outpost of the 3rd Army? Isn't it time to consider de-escalating the other side of the civilian arms race?

Listen. Hear.

 

Dave Lindorff is an award-winning print journalist, broadcaster, and founder of the web news site, This Can’t Be Happening.net, that has since 2004 filled some of the vast investigative journalism vacuum in American media. He's also the author of: ‘This Can’t Be Happening! Resisting the Disintegration of American Democracy,’ ‘Marketplace Medicine: The Rise of the For Profit Hospital Chains,’ and ‘Killing Time: An Investigation into the Death Row Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal.’

Dave Lindorff in the first half.

And; word from Fallujah, Iraq is not good. Tens of thousands, some estimates say as many as 90,000 citizens of the most battle-blighted of all of that war-benighted country's cities, are under the stars tonight, made homeless again by another Western interventionist-supported military assault; of course, meant to root out "the terrorists." Nearly thirteen and a half years after America's initial 'Shock and Awe' not only does the fighting and killing carry on in Iraq, but the war then begun there is now spread throughout the region. Nowhere perhaps is its contagion more virulently felt than in neighbouring Syria, now more than five years into its own nightmare of others' making.

Ken Stone is an executive member of the Syria Solidarity Movement, (syriasolidaritymovement.org) serving treasurer of the Hamilton Coalition to Stop the War, and longtime antiwar activist. This past April, he was a member of the Second International Tour of Peace to Syria, from where he sent his 'Dispatch from Syria' column. Ken is also an occasional contributor to the web news site, GlobalResearch. and commentator on Press TV.

Ken Stone and reaching for peace in Syria in the second half.

And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us news of some of the good things going on in and around our city in the coming week. But first, Dave Lindorff and, Why not a general ban on America's assault weapons arsenal?

 

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Wednesday, 1-2pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, and on the internet at: http://cfuv.uvic.ca.  He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, http://www.pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR blog at: http://gorillaradioblog.blogspot.ca/
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Putin Chastises Int'l Media, Warns Western Militarists

Putin: People Do Not Understand How Potentially Dangerous The Situation Really Is

by - RT


June 20, 2016

 

‘We know when US will get new missile threatening Russia’s nuclear capability’ 

 

 

The US anti-missile defense systems being installed near Russia’s borders can be “inconspicuously” transformed into offensive weapons, Vladimir Putin has said, adding that he knows “year by year” how Washington will develop its missile program.


Talking about NATO’s ballistic missile defense systems in Eastern Europe, Russia’s president said that the Americans are now deploying their missiles at these military complexes.

“The missiles are put into a capsule used for launches of sea-based Tomahawk missiles. Now they are placing their antimissiles there, which are capable of engaging a target at a distance of up to 500 kilometers [310 miles]. But technologies are developing, and we know around what year the Americans will get a new missile, which will have a range not of 500 kilometers, but 1,000, and then even more – and from that moment they will start threatening our nuclear capability,” Putin said at a meeting with the heads of international news agencies at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) on Friday.
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Bernie: Playing Candidate Until the End

Sanders in Burlington

by Stephen Lendman


Friday, June 17, 2016

Clinton is the presumptive Democrat party nominee. She’ll face Trump in November.
 

On Thursday night from his Burlington, VT home base, Sanders addressed supporters via livestream, maintaining the myth of his “political revolution,” pretending his campaign continues.

His address was warmed-over stump mumbo jumbo previously delivered numerous times before - empty rhetoric, belying his business as usual voting record, the true measure of the man, the only thing that counts.

 

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Putting the "Peace" Back in Peace Officer: De-Escalating Police Militarization

What about cops? Ban Assault Weapons, But for Police Too, Not Just Civilians

by Dave Lindorff  - This Can't Be Happening 


June 18, 2016

 
A few years ago, I contacted my local police department asking them to send an officer over to put down a doe that had been hit by a car on the street in front of my house. She had suffered a left front and right rear leg break but had somehow flopped herself well into the yard and was on the ground suffering.


When a cop arrived, and began to approach her with his pistol I warned him off, saying the deer would hurt herself more trying to get away.


Get assault rifles out of the hands of
the public...and of the police

"Oh," he replied. "Okay, I'll get a rifle." He returned to his SUV, and pulled out, to my astonishment, an AR-4, a military-style assault rifle, which he then used to shoot the deer with a clean shot between the eyes.

 

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Walking the Peace Road to Moscow

Why go to Russia?

by Kathy Kelly - vcnv.org


June 17, 2016
 

Since 1983, Sharon Tennison has worked to develop ordinary citizens’ capacities to avert international crises, focusing on relations between the U.S. and Russia. Now, amid a rising crisis in relations between the U.S. and Russia, she has organized a delegation which assembled in Moscow yesterday for a two week visit.


 I joined the group yesterday, and happened to finish reading Sharon Tennison’s book, The Power of Impossible Ideas, when I landed in Moscow.

An entry in her book, dated November 9, 1989, describes the excitement over the Berlin Wall coming down and notes that “Prior to the Wall’s removal, President Reagan assured Secretary General Gorbachev that if he would support bringing down the Wall separating East and West Berlin, NATO would not move ‘a finger’s width’ closer to Russia than East Germany’s border. With this assurance Gorbachev gladly signed on.


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Samantha Power's Grand Delusion

Samantha Power, Henry Kissinger & Imperial Delusions

by Daniel Kovalik - CounterPunch


June 16, 2016

Quite revealingly, the self-proclaimed crusader against genocide, Samantha Power, was awarded the 2016 Henry A. Kissinger Prize in Berlin.


That Power would be awarded a prize named after one of the world’s great génocidaires, and that she would happily accept it, proves what many of us have believed all along – that she is more the clever apologist for U.S. crimes than a bona fide human rights advocate.

Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet shaking hands
with Kissinger in 1976, Archivo General Histórico del 
Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores, licensed under CC BY 2.0 

The problem with Power all along has been that her refusal to acknowledge the incontrovertible fact that the U.S., as exemplified by such figures as Henry Kissinger himself, is in reality the world leader in war crimes commission, and an active facilitator of genocide.

 

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Operation Endless Budget Increase: The War the Pentagon Is Winning

The Pentagon’s Real $trategy: Keeping the Money Flowing
by Andrew Cockburn - TomDispatch
 
June 16, 2016   
 
These days, lamenting the apparently aimless character of Washington’s military operations in the Greater Middle East has become conventional wisdom among administration critics of every sort. Senator John McCain thunders that “this president has no strategy to successfully reverse the tide of slaughter and mayhem” in that region. Anthony Cordesman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies bemoans the “lack of a viable and public strategy.”

Andrew Bacevich suggests that “there is no strategy. None. Zilch.”

After 15 years of grinding war with no obvious end in sight, U.S. military operations certainly deserve such obloquy. But the pundit outrage may be misplaced.

Focusing on Washington rather than on distant war zones, it becomes clear that the military establishment does indeed have a strategy, a highly successful one, which is to protect and enhance its own prosperity.
 
 
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