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John Taylor Gatto needs our help


John Taylor Gatto needs our help.

On July 29, 2011 John had a stroke which left him hospitalized for months and mostly paralyzed on his left side and bedridden ever since. His brain is working well, he believes he has much more to accomplish and contribute, and he is slowly gaining his strength. Over the last several months we have raised enough money to help John and Janet in big and demonstrative ways... let's keep it up and get him back on his feet and ready to share his next round of intelligent discourse with us! We love you John!

John has no income aside from a rapidly diminishing small pension and the contributions
folks like us are making to support him until he is recovered.


The Lions of Liberty 100th Episode Extravaganza!

In this episode of the Lions of Liberty podcast, I forget any semblance of order and celebrate the 100th episode the only way he knows how – by throwing a party! The champagne and whiskey flow freely, as I am joined by a variety of guests from the past, present, and future of the Lions of Liberty Podcast! If you’re looking for the insightful interviews of libertarian leaders and thought-provoking analysis of current events that you’ve come to expect from this show…well this might not be the episode for you. But if you’re looking to drink along with some of your favorite “Libertarians in Living Rooms Drinking Liquor” as they wax and reminisce about the episodes that did have those qualities, then look no further than this, the Lions of Liberty Podcast 100th Episode Extravaganza!


Ted Cruz’s Campaign Chairman Profited from TSA Nude Body Scanners

Politico ran an article last week profiling the key players behind Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign. Right at the top of the list was Chad Sweet, the campaign chairman.

Sweet has a long and diverse career in security and investment banking. He was the Director of Operations for the CIA from 1990 – 1993. He then moved on to Wall Street where he was an investment banker at Morgan Stanley from 1994-1996 and a Vice President at Goldman Sachs from 1996 – 2006. Sweet then returned to government work serving as the Chief of Staff of the Department of Homeland Security from 2007 to 2009. During his time at DHS Mr. Sweet helped Department Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff manage one of the largest federal agencies.

Sweet’s name might not be recognizable, but he has ties to some serious cronies in the investment banking and security sector. Sweet’s most controversial dealings occurred during his time at The Chertoff Group, a group co-founded by Sweet and Chertoff.


Awake, But Never Alone

These are the last few paragraphs of "Zen Gardner's" most recent post, under the subtitle Awake, But Never Alone

A sense of isolation following the initial awakening is natural. It’s foreign to everything we’ve been taught, with implications that can be mind-boggling as well as heart breaking. However, we are very much connected and sharing a profound common experience. Knowing we are not alone is very important to keep in mind.

Building community also becomes a priority, where we can contribute to the healing of the planet at every level possible. Whether it’s activist or spiritual associations these are very important. It may only be on-line at first, that’s fine. Find kindred spirits and empowering and informative websites and blogs and even attend meet up events in your area on some of these subjects of concern.


Chipotle to stop serving genetically altered food

In a first for a major restaurant chain, Chipotle Mexican Grill on Monday will begin serving only food that is free of genetically engineered ingredients.

In 2013, Chipotle was the first restaurant chain to indicate which items contained genetically modified organisms, and a small but growing number of restaurants, largely in fine dining, also now label their menus.


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Battle Lines Drawn Around the Legality of 'Killer Robots'

Battle Lines Drawn Around the Legality of 'Killer Robots'
Sean Welsh, University of Canterbury | April 24, 2015 01:44pm ET

This article was originally published on The Conversation. The publication contributed this article to Live Science's Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights.

The future of lethal autonomous weapon systems (LAWS) – often referred to in the popular press as “killer robots” – remains uncertain following a week-long meeting in Geneva to discuss their legality.

While the LAWS debate in Geneva was deeper and richer than previous discussions, key definitions – which are needed to word a protocol to restrict them – remain unclear and up for continued debate.

And with nations like the United Kingdom openly opposed to a ban, a protocol may end up being blocked entirely, much to to the chagrin of activists.


Utah couple married 74 years dies within hours of each other

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Just after her mother died at age 94, Carol Bradford went to see her 95-year-old father and told him the news.

"I leaned over and whispered in his ear, 'Mom has passed, and she's waiting for you in heaven.' I think after that, he knew he had accomplished what he needed, and he felt that he could let go," Bradford said.


Noam Chomsky: Every Word in the Phrase ‘Free Trade Agreement’ Is False (Video)

Noam Chomsky: Every Word in the Phrase ‘Free Trade Agreement’ Is False
At 7:17

Posted on Apr 22, 2015

Noam Chomsky discusses how so-called free trade agreements, such as the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership, enrich corporations while creating migration crises. Other topics include the Islamic State group and the media. The video conversation occurred at an event hosted by acTVism Munich in Munich.


Trans Pacific Partnership: Goodbye, U. S. A.

Here is a Washington Post editorial by Elizabeth Warren, Democrat from Massachusetts.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership clause everyone should oppose.

The United States is in the final stages of negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a massive free-trade agreement with Mexico, Canada, Japan, Singapore and seven other countries. Who will benefit from the TPP? American workers? Consumers? Small businesses? Taxpayers? Or the biggest multinational corporations in the world?

One strong hint is buried in the fine print of the closely guarded draft. The provision, an increasingly common feature of trade agreements, is called “Investor-State Dispute Settlement,” or ISDS. The name may sound mild, but don’t be fooled. Agreeing to ISDS in this enormous new treaty would tilt the playing field in the United States further in favor of big multinational corporations. Worse, it would undermine U.S. sovereignty.

ISDS would allow foreign companies to challenge U.S. laws — and potentially to pick up huge payouts from taxpayers — without ever stepping foot in a U.S. court. Here’s how it would work. Imagine that the United States bans a toxic chemical that is often added to gasoline because of its health and environmental consequences. If a foreign company that makes the toxic chemical opposes the law, it would normally have to challenge it in a U.S. court. But with ISDS, the company could skip the U.S. courts and go before an international panel of arbitrators. If the company won, the ruling couldn’t be challenged in U.S. courts, and the arbitration panel could require American taxpayers to cough up millions — and even billions — of dollars in damages.


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