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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
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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.


What's the Difference Between Cannabis Oil, Marijuana Oil, Hemp Oil, and CBD Oil?

DISCLAIMER FOR LIBERTY CROWD: I think this is a really important topic because as we see more and more States "legalize" cannabis' use, as well as more and more arrests and other accusations from the government against people's right to medicine freedom - understanding the differences of these terms is incredibly important for educating not only consumers - but also people in government and law enforcement. I posted this originally at: http://thatsnatural.info/2015/04/24/whats-the-difference-between-cannabi...

Let us start by saying that there are definitely individuals and companies that use some of these different terms interchangeably - and that the difference is really something that should be investigated by the consumer. There are many different schools of thought, and certainly some mis-information that is either intentionally or mistakenly placed about. We are all in a learning curve when it comes to the world of cannabis, and what this plant brings for human health.

We have written before about the difference between marijuana and hemp. It is important to note, however, that all of these products do come from the cannabis plant. So marijuana is not the same as hemp, however, both hemp and marijuana are a form of cannabis.

This information comes from our own gathering of various resources, and is open to the debate and interpretation of others, who may see and find nuances in what they consider correct. However, we hope to bring more information to the table, to help you do your own research and find out what is best for you as a supplement or a treatment option.



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