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New Mexico is quietly leading the way in limiting drone use.

Sen Gerald Ortiz Y Pino has introduced Senate Bill 303, which bans government agencies from using drones except in specific situations; there must be a warrant based on probable cause to track American citizens in The Land of Enchantment.

No such bill has been introduced in either Kansas or Missouri.

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Open Carry MoronsSee the jackanapes to the left?

They walked into the Washington State Legislature back in December, openly armed and heavily loaded for bear, after a “Rally for Your Rights” demonstration on the Capitol steps. During their time in the viewing gallery, the unmistakable sound of magazines being struck home and charging handles/bolts being slammed forward could be heard by…well, everyone, including the speakers on the dais.

So of course the heavyweights in Olympia decreed that  henceforth there would be a ban on open carry in the public viewing galleries.

So what is going to happen this coming Saturday? Why, yet another rally at the capitol, full of openly armed men. What could possibly go wrong?

Seriously, these guys need to just move to Rifle, CO.

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Heh heh heh…

Three years ago, a few dozen men and women gathered in a VFW hall outside of Ft. Wayne, NJ to attend what organizers billed as the first International Conference on Measles Issues. What the crowd lacked in size, it made up for in enthusiasm. The event was the first real-world gathering organized by the website A Voice for Measles, part of an informal collection of websites, chat rooms and blogs focused on what’s known as the Measles Rights Movement. Speaker after speaker insisted that history would remember this moment.

“It’s happening here. It’s happening now. It’s happening with us,” keynote speaker Ludovic Terwilliger told the crowd. Terwilliger, author of Measles Oppression in America, is often described as the intellectual father of the Measles Rights Movement.

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The billionaires and corporate oligarchs meeting in Davos this week are getting worried about inequality. It might be hard to stomach that the overlords of a system that has delivered the widest global economic gulf in human history should be handwringing about the consequences of their own actions.

But even the architects of the crisis-ridden international economic order are starting to see the dangers. It’s not just the maverick hedge-funder George Soros, who likes to describe himself as a class traitor. Paul Polman, Unilever chief executive, frets about the “capitalist threat to capitalism”. Christine Lagarde, the IMF managing director, fears capitalism might indeed carry Marx’s and warns that something needs to be done.

Long story short? We are all Greece now…

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On that overseas windfall tax proposed in Obama’s 2016 budget:

The proposal to tax offshore accounts to pay for a sweeping infrastructure building plan is among the highlights of a budget proposal Obama will use to urge a fundamental shift of the nation’s wealth, taxing the wealthy to help the poor and middle class who have stagnated even as the economy has rebounded.

“This budget shows what we can do if we invest in America’s future and commit to an economy that rewards hard work, generates rising incomes, and allows everyone to share in the prosperity of a growing America,” the budget will say. “It lays out a strategy to strengthen our middle class and help America’s hard-working families get ahead in a time of relentless economic and technological change.”..

One proposal will be the six-year, $478 billion infrastructure program focused on roads, bridges and transit systems.

About half, $238 billion would come from a one-time 14 percent tax on the roughly $2 trillion that U.S. companies have offshore, senior administration officials said Sunday.

Were those overseas monies here at home the tax would be 35%, so a one-time 14% tax seems reasonable to us.

We, however, aren’t bought and paid for GOP Congressional lackeys for the mega-corporations, so what do we know?
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