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Outrageous HSBC Settlement Proves the Drug War is a Joke

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Massey Energy’s Negligence Led to Mine Blast, Study Finds The report, released on Thursday by an independent team appointed by former Gov. Joe Manchin III of West Virginia and led by J. Davitt McAteer, a former federal mine safety chief, echoed preliminary findings by federal officials that the blast could have been prevented if Massey had observed minimal safety standards. But it was more pointed in naming Massey as the culprit, using blunt language to describe what it said was a pattern of negligence that ultimately led to the deaths of 29 miners on April 5, 2010, in the worst American mining disaster in 40 years. “The story of Upper Big Branch is a cautionary tale of hubris,” the report concluded.

Active ingredient in pot sets off a feedback that reduces intoxication As far as marijuana is concerned, most of the attention has recently focused on the start of commercial sales of the drug. But this week, the mediator of pot's mind-altering effects, the chemical THC, also graced the pages of Science, and not simply because it's easier to obtain in Colorado. As with many other illicit drugs, THC can be used to tell us about how the brain works. And, in this case, it has identified an entirely new bit of signaling that normally helps limit the drug's intoxicating effects. Colombia Nationwide Strike Against 'Free Trade,' Privatization, Poverty Protests in Sincelejo (Photo: Marcha Patriotica)A nationwide strike in Colombia—which started as a rural peasant uprising and spread to miners, teachers, medical professionals, truckers, and students—reached its 7th day Sunday as at least 200,000 people blocked roads and launched protests against a U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement and devastating policies of poverty and privatization pushed by US-backed right-wing President Juan Manuel Santos. "[The strike is a condemnation] of the situation in which the Santos administration has put the country, as a consequence of its terrible, anti-union and dissatisfactory policies," declared the Central Unitaria de Trabajadores (CUT), the country's largest union, in a statement. Protesters are levying a broad range of concerns about public policies that devastate Colombia's workers, indigenous, and Afro-Colombian communities. "This is the third or fourth large-scale non-military rural uprising this year," Martin told Common Dreams.

Britain spending 11,000 pounds a day to keep WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange holed up PTI Oct 2, 2012, 02.15PM IST (It is costing a whopping…) LONDON: It is costing a whopping 11,000 pounds a day for Britain to ensure that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, holed up in the Ecuadorean embassy here, does not flee the country. The final bill could be much more as the 41-year-old continues to defy extradition to Sweden where he is suspected of sexually assaulting two women. Scotland Yard confirmed it costs 11,000 pounds every day to ensure that the Australian does not flee his bolthole at the Ecuadorean Embassy, the Daily Mail reported.

White Collar Crime Prosecutions for March 2014 White Collar Crime Prosecutions for March 2014Table 1. Criminal White Collar Crime Prosecutions The latest available data from the Justice Department show that during March 2014 the government reported 565 new white collar crime prosecutions. According to the case-by-case information analyzed by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), this number is down 6.9 percent over the previous month. The comparisons of the number of defendants charged with white collar crime-related offenses are based on case-by-case information obtained by TRAC under the Freedom of Information Act from the Executive Office for United States Attorneys (see Table 1). When monthly 2014 prosecutions of this type are compared with those of the same period in the previous year, the number of filings was down (-6.9%).

Cutest Grandma Ever Goes To Colorado Marijuana Shop Just To Witness History History was made in Colorado on Wednesday when recreational marijuana was legally purchased by throngs of eager pot enthusiasts for the first time in U.S. history. But one adorable 83-year-old grandma from Chicago, who wishes to only be identified as "Nana Perry," visited a Colorado retail marijuana dispensary not to buy weed, but just to witness the history unfold. "You're lucky to be living in this state that you're in," Nana Perry says in the video that dispensary locator WeedMaps.com posted to their Instagram page.

COLOMBIA: 'Impunity' Keeping the 'Black Hand' Anonymous BOGOTA, Jun 30, 2011 (IPS) - The film "Impunity" has only just now arrived in Colombia, although the filming was completed a year ago and it was first shown to the public in Geneva in January. But the wait was apparently worth it because the documentary contributes key elements to the heated debate on the so-called "black hand" behind many of the atrocities committed in this South American country. Impunity, directed by Colombian investigative journalist Hollman Morris and Colombian-Swiss filmmaker Juan José Lozano, takes a close look at how the paramilitary demobilisation process worked. The documentary shows members of the far-right paramilitary militias talking in judicial hearings about what they claim to remember. As they make their confessions in one room, the relatives of victims watch them on screens in another room, and ask them questions by teleconference, seeking kernels of truth about their loved ones: "Where is he?", "What did you do to him?"

Drug legalization ‘worst thing that could happen’ to organized crime, say advocates By Samantha KimmeyFriday, December 7, 2012 20:29 EDT In light of the recent legalization of marijuana in Colorado and Washington, the BBC interviewed two advocates of further reforms, both in the U.S. and world-wide. The BBC sat down with Ethan Nadelmann, founder of the N.Y.C.-based Drug Policy Alliance, and Richard Branson, chair of Virgin Group. His son produced the documentary “Breaking the Taboo,” which critiques the costs and strategies of enforcing current drug laws. “Countries that are oppressive about drugs are suffering, and the people in particular are suffering.

Power crime Introduction Despite making strides in scrutinizing crimes committed by economically and politically powerful actors, organizations, and even states, the field of criminology remains disproportionately preoccupied with socially vulnerable offenders involved in street crime. This observation is more than just a vague impression. Examinations of the major US and British journals of criminology and criminal justice reveal that a mere 3% of research articles focus on the criminal activities of corporations and governments [2]. This special issue offers more than just another round of discussion pertaining to so-called white collar criminals. By concentrating on what we call power crime, essays delve into the theoretical and conceptual underpinnings of grave breaches of domestic and international laws.

TEDification versus Edification Essay: Simon Sadler Top left: Buckminster Fuller. [Image via Wikimedia]. Top right: TED stage. Bottom left: Russell Brand, 2013. Give Pot a Chance Timothy Egan on American politics and life, as seen from the West. SEATTLE – In two weeks, adults in this state will no longer be arrested or incarcerated for something that nearly 30 million Americans did last year. For the first time since prohibition began 75 years ago, recreational marijuana use will be legal; the misery-inducing crusade to lock up thousands of ordinary people has at last been seen, by a majority of voters in this state and in Colorado, for what it is: a monumental failure.

The Network of Global Corporate Control Abstract The structure of the control network of transnational corporations affects global market competition and financial stability. So far, only small national samples were studied and there was no appropriate methodology to assess control globally. We present the first investigation of the architecture of the international ownership network, along with the computation of the control held by each global player. We find that transnational corporations form a giant bow-tie structure and that a large portion of control flows to a small tightly-knit core of financial institutions.

Search a database of the Power Elite Welcome to the Power Elite portal on WhoRulesAmerica.net. Included here is a database of the "Power Elite" in the U.S. as of 2011-2012, defined as the intersection of the boards of directors of the corporate community, the extremely wealthy and well-connected, and the boards and trustees of the policy-planning network. Note that this definition does not include politicans; you will not find any current or former presidents in the database. (See "The Class-Domination Theory of Power" for more information.) There are four different kinds of searches you can do, each of which yields slightly different results. If you search for a person's name and set the results type to People, you will receive information on each person whose name matches the pattern you entered.

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