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Thebusterbluth explains how highways destroy wealth : bestof. Mehworth comments on WATCH: Rand Paul Says Dick Cheney Pushed for the Iraq War so Halliburton Would Profit. /u/DashingLeech ELI5 in /r/politics the importance of unions in the free market. : bestof. The_Old_Gentleman comments on Anarcho-"Capitalism," as described by a mutualist's comment in /r/anarcho-capitalism. Thoughts? If You Can Manage To NOT Have To Live Through One Of These, You Are Lucky Indeed! Syncretism. Syncretism /ˈsɪŋkrətɪzəm/ is the combining of different, often seemingly contradictory beliefs, while melding practices of various schools of thought.


Syncretism involves the merger and analogizing of several originally discrete traditions, especially in the theology and mythology of religion, thus asserting an underlying unity and allowing for an inclusive approach to other faiths. Syncretism also occurs commonly in expressions of arts and culture (known as eclecticism) as well as politics (syncretic politics). Nomenclature, orthography, and etymology[edit] The Oxford English Dictionary first attests the word syncretism in English in 1618. It derives from modern Latin syncretismus, drawing on Greek συγκρητισμός (synkretismos), meaning "Cretan federation".

The Greek word occurs in Plutarch's (1st century AD) essay on "Fraternal Love" in his Moralia (2.490b). Social and political roles[edit] Religious syncretism[edit] Ancient Greece[edit] Judaism[edit] Roman world[edit] Christianity[edit] TIL that the Rhinoceros Party was a registered party in Canada led by Cornelius, a rhinoceros, and promised to repeal the law of gravity and change Canada's currency to bubble gum, so it could be inflated or deflated at will. : todayilearned. I think an ideal society would be run by technocrats that heavily fund education, healthcare, and science. CMV : changemyview. George Orwell’s Letter On Why He Wrote ‘1984’ Does anyone really believe Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, or Chris Christie can contend against Hillary Clinton?

George Orwell’s Letter On Why He Wrote ‘1984’

At least Jeb, the establishment’s establishmentarian, would put up a fight. The GOP may have to return to the Bush leagues. Here’s why. In presidential nominating contests, the Republican establishment has always won out—from the first Bush, to the tried but tired Dole, to W., then McCain, and most recently Romney, who nonetheless had to labor mightily to emerge from the weakest field of candidates in either party, ever. Really, Rick Santorum? And they weren’t wrong. In the aftermath, those who traditionally dominate the Republican nominating process realize they are weaker than before and are therefore anxious. Christie is also proving to be an awkward national candidate. When things go bad, they generally get worse. For the GOP, all this raises a perennial question from the movie New Jack City: “Who else you got?”

Democrats don’t want anyone else. Sen. The Time For Watered-Down And Effectively Meaningless Gun Laws Is Now. Yesterday, I took immediate action in the ongoing gun control debate by removing from a proposed firearms bill a provision banning assault weapons, all but ensuring that such a restriction will not be signed into law.

The Time For Watered-Down And Effectively Meaningless Gun Laws Is Now

In taking this bold step, I have effectively ensured that millions of deadly, military-grade firearms—much like the type used in recent mass shootings in Tucson, Aurora, and Sandy Hook—will remain legal and easily accessible to all Americans. But it isn’t enough. In spite of these bold measures, there is far more work to do if we are to enact regulations that achieve marginal, virtually nonexistent progress on gun control.

And so today I say to my fellow senators: We must pass through a watered-down and ultimately meaningless package of so-called gun law reforms, and we must do so now. The challenge, as it stands, is clear. Now, ratifying such a useless piece of legislation will not be easy. The people of this country deserve no less. TKelKhS.jpg (630×6103) Vintage Political Infographic – Capitalists Pyramid vintage-infographic-capitalist-pyramid –

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US Congress expands authoritarian anti-protest law. By Tom Carter 3 March 2012 Defend democratic rights!

US Congress expands authoritarian anti-protest law

Support the Socialist Equality Party election campaign! For more information and to get involved, click here. A bill passed Monday in the US House of Representatives and Thursday in the Senate would expand existing anti-protest laws that make it a felony—a serious criminal offense punishable by a lengthy prison term—to “enter or remain in” an area designated as “restricted.” The bill—H.R. 347, or the “Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011”—was passed by unanimous consent in the Senate, while only Ron Paul and two other Republicans voted against the bill in the House of Representatives (the bill passed 388-3).

H.R. 347 expands an existing federal criminal statute – Title 18, Section 1752 of the United States Code, or the “restricted buildings or grounds” law. Under existing law, the areas that qualify as “restricted” are defined in extremely vague and broad terms. The timing of the bill is significant. Federal Judge: FDA Has No Authority Over Electronic Cigarettes. Judge Leon has ruled in the Smoking Everywhere and Njoy lawsuit against the FDA. He found that the electronic cigarette suppliers “are substantially likely to succeed on the merits and are likely to suffer irreparable harm if I do not return the parties to the status quo ante, their respective motions for preliminary injunction are GRANTED pending a final disposition of this case.” Judge Leon goes on to say, “This case appears to be yet another example of FDA’s aggressive efforts to regulate recreational tobacco products as drugs or devices under the FDCA.”

This means the FDA can not legally stop the importation of electronic cigarettes in to the United States by Smoking Everywhere or NJoy. Here is the full text of the Judge’s opinion: UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA SMOKING EVERYWHERE, INC., ) Plaintiff, ) and ) SOTTERA, INC., d/b/a NJOY, ) Intervenor-Plaintiff, ) v. ) Civil Case No. 09-771 (RJL) ) U.S. MEMORANDUM OPINION (January H,2010) [# 2 and 24] I. II. I. Ross Perot. With an estimated net worth of about US$3.5 billion in 2012, he is ranked by Forbes as the 134th-richest person in the United States.[1] Early life[edit] From 1947 to 1949, he attended Texarkana Junior College, then entered the U.S.

Ross Perot

Naval Academy in 1949 and helped establish its honor system.[8][10] Perot said his appointment notice to the academy—sent by telegram—was sent by W. Lee "Pappy" O'Daniel, Texas' 34th governor and former senator.[11] Perot married Margot Birmingham of Greensburg, Pennsylvania, in 1956. Business[edit] In 1974 Perot gained some press attention for being "the biggest individual loser ever on the New York Stock Exchange" when his EDS shares dropped $450 million in value in a single day in April 1970.[13] In 1984 Perot bought a very early copy of the Magna Carta, one of only a few to leave the United Kingdom.

As Steve Jobs lost the original power struggle at Apple and left to found NeXT, his angel investor was Perot who invested over 20 million dollars. Griswold v. Connecticut. Griswold v.

Griswold v. Connecticut

Connecticut, 381 U.S. 479 (1965),[1] is a landmark case in which the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that the Constitution protected a right to privacy. The case involved a Connecticut statute that prohibits any person from using "any drug, medicinal article or instrument for the purpose of preventing conception. " By a vote of 7–2, the Supreme Court invalidated the law on the grounds that it violated the "right to marital privacy". Although the Bill of Rights does not explicitly mention "privacy", Justice William O. Douglas wrote for the majority that the right was to be found in the "penumbras" and "emanations" of other constitutional protections, such as the self-incrimination clause of the Fifth Amendment.

Two Justices, Hugo Black and Potter Stewart, filed dissents. Since Griswold, the Supreme Court has cited the right to privacy in several rulings, most notably in Roe v. History[edit] Griswold v. Subsequent jurisprudence[edit] Later decisions by the U.S.


Personhood: Is a Fetus a Human Being? Chlorine - Why is Chlorine Added to Tap Water? Dear EarthTalk: Why is chlorine added to tap water?

Chlorine - Why is Chlorine Added to Tap Water?

Do water filters effectively filter it out? -- J.P. Miller, Hudson, WI Chlorine is a highly efficient disinfectant, and it is added to public water supplies to kill disease-causing bacteria that the water or its transport pipes might contain. “Chlorine has been hailed as the savior against cholera and various other water-borne diseases, and rightfully so,” says Steve Harrison, president of water filter maker Environmental Systems Distributing. The Pros and Cons of Chlorine But Harrison says that all this disinfecting has not come without a price: Chlorine introduced into the water supply reacts with other naturally-occurring elements to form toxins called trihalomethanes (THMs), which eventually make their way into our bodies.

A recent report by the non-profit Environmental Working Group concluded that from 1996 though 2001, more than 16 million Americans consumed dangerous amounts of contaminated tap water. U.S. Office of Personnel Management. Understanding the Constitution of the United States Presented to the Leadership Conference of the Office of Personnel Management By The Hon.

U.S. Office of Personnel Management

John Charles Thomas* We are going to have some fun today talking about the Constitution of the United States. We will try to make you see that in your daily living as officers of the United States Government and as citizens of this nation, the Constitution is something worth thinking about. We will proceed as if we are in law school by going through the Constitution section by section to focus on salient provisions. But before we delve into the Constitution, it is worth noting that those of you assembled here are part of the very backbone of the United States Government. In all that you do, it is crucial to keep in mind that your are part of a government under law. The very structure of the Constitution gives us profound insights about what the founders thought was important. The Founders were hoping for justice. Here is why I say that. 'Charleston Dandy' Stephen Colbert not South Carolina moms' favorite son (video) Jan 17, 2012 Stephen Colbert brought his ongoing and ingenious presidential political theater to a CafeMom-sponsored “coffee break” town hall in South Carolina yesterday, and the reception was less than congenial.

'Charleston Dandy' Stephen Colbert not South Carolina moms' favorite son (video)

In addition to hosting a weepy Rick Perry and his wife, Anita, the CafeMom event also featured Republican pollster Frank Luntz asking the women to weigh in on Colbert, the Comedy Central host whose satirical presidential campaign shines a hard light on the incestuous relationship between corporate money and the ballot box. Though many of the attendees admitted not knowing him, those who did were less-than-enthusiastic about the cable funnyman. One woman described him as “wacky.”

Another used the phrase “very liberal.” The most unique, and popular, description, however, was “Charleston dandy,” a term that one imagines is a Southern fried version of its British cousin and perhaps harks back to old class divisions in the Palmetto State. SOPA initiative/Learn more. How PIPA and SOPA Violate White House Principles Supporting Free Speech and Innovation. Over the weekend, the Obama administration issued a potentially game-changing statement on the blacklist bills, saying it would oppose PIPA and SOPA as written, and drew an important line in the sand by emphasizing that it “will not support” any bill “that reduces freedom of expression, increases cybersecurity risk, or undermines the dynamic, innovative global Internet.

How PIPA and SOPA Violate White House Principles Supporting Free Speech and Innovation

" Yet, the fight is still far from over. Even though the New York Times reported that the White House statement "all but kill[s] current versions of the legislation," the Senate is still poised to bring PIPA to the floor next week, and we can expect SOPA proponents in the House to try to revive the legislation—unless they get the message that these initiatives must stop, now. So let’s take a look at the dangerous provisions in the blacklist bills that would violate the White House’s own principles by damaging free speech, Internet security, and online innovation: The Anti-Circumvention Provision The “Vigilante” Provision.

Cyber Letters > Lecithin and Ginkgo Biloba. Date: April 8, 2004 Jack Wu Golden Creek LLC 5250 East Arapahoe Road F7-225 Littleton, Colorado 80122 Ref. No. CL-03-HFS-810-59 Dear Mr. This is to advise you that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has reviewed your web site at the Internet address and has determined that the products “Lecithin” and “Ginkgo Biloba” being offered are promoted for conditions that cause the products to be drugs under section 201(g)(1) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the Act) [21 USC 321(g)(1)]. Examples of some of the claims observed on your web site include: Ginkgo Biloba (Dr. Lecithin (Dr. Furthermore, FDA has no information that your products are generally recognized as safe and effective for the above referenced conditions and therefore, the products may also be “new drugs” under section 201(p) of the Act [21 USC 321(p)]. FDA is aware that Internet distributors may not know that the products they offer are regulated as drugs or that these drugs are not in compliance with the law.

/s/ Dietary Supplements. FDA regulates both finished dietary supplement products and dietary ingredients. FDA regulates dietary supplements under a different set of regulations than those covering "conventional" foods and drug products. Under the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA): Manufacturers and distributors of dietary supplements and dietary ingredients are prohibited from marketing products that are adulterated or misbranded. That means that these firms are responsible for evaluating the safety and labeling of their products before marketing to ensure that they meet all the requirements of DSHEA and FDA regulations. FDA is responsible for taking action against any adulterated or misbranded dietary supplement product after it reaches the market.

This section provides detailed information about: Q&A on Dietary Supplements Frequently asked questions about dietary supplements, including definitions, labeling requirements, and regulatory roles and responsibilities. The Siege of Planned Parenthood. When the Government bans Pimps selling Women, aren't they crushing the entrepreneurial spirit of Job Creators. Just another onerous regulation that trickles down and hurts communities and small businesses! THINK, liberals!! If the pimp is shut out of business, then life becomes more dangerous for the vulnerable young woman. And if she has a family to feed, those family members starve. And if she can't buy groceries, then H-E-B shuts down. Do you LEFTISTS hate H-E-B or something??

If a business wants something, you do it! Update 1: @ Lib Nemesis: Indeed it did. Arab Spring. The protests have shared some techniques of civil resistance in sustained campaigns involving strikes, demonstrations, marches, and rallies, as well as the effective use of social media[20][21] to organize, communicate, and raise awareness in the face of state attempts at repression and Internet censorship.[22][23] Many Arab Spring demonstrations have been met with violent responses from authorities,[24][25][26] as well as from pro-government militias and counter-demonstrators.

These attacks have been answered with violence from protestors in some cases.[27][28][29] A major slogan of the demonstrators in the Arab world has been Ash-sha`b yurid isqat an-nizam ("the people want to bring down the regime").[30] Etymology[edit] The term "Arab Spring" is an allusion to the Revolutions of 1848, which is sometimes referred to as "Springtime of the People", and the Prague Spring in 1968.

Background[edit] Causes[edit] Recent history[edit] Overview[edit] Summary of conflicts by country[edit] We the People: Your Voice in Our Government. About > SOPA. Political Activity (Hatch Act) The Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Information theory. Republican democracy. Subsidiarity. Grassroots democracy. Cybernetics. Sociocracy.