Radical Rant: Bernie Sanders vs. Hillary Clinton on Marijuana

From High Times:  http://www.hightimes.com/read/radical-rant-bernie-sanders-vs-hillary-clinton-marijuana

By Russ Belville
Tue Feb 02, 2016

The first of the presidential nominating contests is complete. The Iowa Caucus was held last night and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton eked out a 0.3 percent win over her challenger, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. Clinton picked up 28 delegates to Sanders’ 21 delegates, with three of those delegates coming by way of Hillary winning three coin flips in three precincts that had come up tied.

The real winner last night, though, was marijuana consumers who would be far better off under a President Sanders, who now has the political momentum, than under a President Clinton.

Hillary Clinton maintains a perspective on marijuana better suited for 2000 than 2016. She still believes the jury is out on medical marijuana, saying, “I don’t think we’ve done enough research yet.”

Apparently over 29,000 studies on the government’s PubMed database just aren’t “enough research yet.”

Though she’s warmed up a bit to medical marijuana, her idea of reform is to move cannabis from Schedule I (a deadly dangerous drug with no medical use and high potential for abuse, like LSD and heroin) down to Schedule II (a deadly dangerous drug with medical use and high potential for abuse, like cocaine and meth).

Senator Sanders, meanwhile, has a perspective on marijuana suited for 2016 and beyond. “The time is long overdue for us to remove the federal prohibition on marijuana,” Sanders told students at George Mason University last year.

More than three-in-five (77 percent) of Millennial Democrats (born ’81-’96) agree with Senator Sanders, as do almost two-thirds (63 percent) of Millennial Republicans. Three-in-five Gen-X Democrats (’64-’80) and two-thirds (66 percent) of Boomer Democrats (’46-’64) also agree that marijuana ought to be made legal.

Hillary Clinton is also the Democrat in the pocket of the pharmaceutical industry, as noted by Marijuana Politics blogger Romain Bonilla:

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Senator Warren: Fix America’s Rigged Justice System

Top US generals: Women should have to register for the draft, too

Back in the 1960s I used to think the Draft was wrong, but now I see everyone having to take their chances at being drafted as fairer than the Economic Draft we currently have where the poor “volunteer” in order to get the benefits they would otherwise be denied due to their economic status..

And yes women should be drafted too along with LGBT folks.

From Raw Story:  http://www.rawstory.com/2016/02/top-us-generals-women-should-have-to-register-for-the-draft-too/

02 Feb 2016

The top U.S. Marine Corps and Army generals said on Tuesday that women should be required to register for the military draft, along with men, as the armed forces move toward integrating them fully into combat positions.

“I think that all eligible and qualified men and women should register for the draft,” General Robert Neller, the commandant of the Marine Corps, told a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on women in combat.

General Mark Milley, the chief of staff of the Army, also backed registration for women, although two other witnesses, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus and Acting Army Secretary Patrick Murphy, said only that there should be a discussion of legislation requiring women to register for the Selective Service.

The U.S. military is currently an all-volunteer force, but young men are required to register in case the draft is reactivated.

The military leaders said it would take years for women to be fully integrated into combat units, although they generally voiced strong support for the plan to skeptical committee members.

Milley estimated full integration would take “no less than one to three years of deliberate effort.”

President Barack Obama’s defense secretary, Ash Carter, announced in December that the military would let women serve in all combat roles. The historic announcement was greeted with intense skepticism by many Republican members of Congress, as well as expectations it would require women to register for the draft.

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Bernie Sanders is the only presidential candidate to oppose fracking

From Grist:  http://grist.org/article/bernie-sanders-is-the-only-presidential-candidate-to-oppose-fracking/

28 Jan 2016

This story was originally published by The New Republic and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.

There isn’t much daylight these days between the Democratic candidates on the environment. Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, and Martin O’Malley all agree that humans are responsible for climate change and that it’s one of the world’s most pressing problems. To that end, they support clean energy tax breaks, reject drilling in the Arctic, and oppose the (now-rejected) Keystone XL pipeline.

But there’s one environmental issue where Sanders truly stands apart: He wants to ban hydraulic fracturing outright. Clinton and O’Malley have proposed lesser measures, and show no sign of going further. That’s an indication of just how radical Sanders’ stance really is, but it also raises an important question: Is a fracking ban remotely plausible?

There used to be more daylight between the candidates, especially Sanders and Clinton. The Vermont senator has long called for “a political revolution that takes on the fossil fuel billionaires, accelerates our transition to clean energy, and finally puts people before the profits of polluters” — and he’s taken early, decisive stances in support of many of the environmental movement’s top demands before he ever launched his presidential campaign.

Clinton has followed Sanders’ lead to the left. She came out against the Keystone XL pipeline just months before President Barack Obama rejected it. She knocked the dangers of Arctic drilling last August, as Shell faced increasing scrutiny and abandoned its exploratory drilling just one month later. And she opposed Obama’s Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal on the grounds it would hurt American jobs and wages, but the move earned her points with green groups who opposed the deal for other reasons. That’s not an exhaustive list of every issue environmentalists care about, but it was enough to earn the Clinton campaign an endorsement from the League of Conservation Voters.

Continue reading at:  http://grist.org/article/bernie-sanders-is-the-only-presidential-candidate-to-oppose-fracking/

The Creating Change Protest Was Pure Anti-Semitism

From Out Magazine:  http://www.out.com/2016/1/27/op-ed-creating-change-protest-was-pure-anti-semitism

A protest of an Israeli group at the Task Force’s Creating Change Conference in Chicago was not the safe place it was promised to be, but dangerous and intimidating and subject to mob rule

By Michael Lucas
Wed, 2016-01-27

It could have been a scene from the early days of Nazi Germany: a raucous mob surrounding a gathering of Jews, chanting vicious slogans, screaming epithets, all the while their faces distorted by a hatred that is as irrational as it is stunning.

But this was not 1930s Berlin; it was the Hilton Chicago hotel just last week. Perhaps the so-called “progressive” liberal Jews and Israelis at the LGBT rights conference there thought that their prior public criticism of Israel would protect themselves from attack—a kind of verbal “Iron Dome” similar to Israel’s ingenious missile defense system.

They were sadly mistaken. The 200 thugs who showed up Friday at a Jewish reception were not interested in dialogue. They comprised an enraged gang filled with Jew-hatred, bent on intimidating and silencing LGBT Jews who have any connection to the state of Israel. And the sponsor of the “Creating Change Conference,” the National LGBTQ Task Force, knew full well the potential for violence, and did absolutely nothing to safeguard the lives of more than 100 participants at the reception.

The back-story is known to those who’ve been following the saga. One of the events at the 28th annual conference was a reception created by the Jewish LGBT group known as “A Wider Bridge.” It was to feature leaders of “Jerusalem Open House,” a left-wing organization whose then-leader, during the 2014 war in Gaza, called on Israeli soldiers to disobey their orders.

Despite those leftist bona fides, anti-Semitic radicals convinced the Task Force to cancel the event. The ensuing uproar over that decision prompted Task Force executive director Rea Carey to apologize for and reverse the cancellation.

But that humiliating debacle was soon overshadowed by the assault that took place against those at the Wider Bridge reception. As wild-eyed as they were ignorant, those in the horde cheered in support of one leader of the attack who yelled “We’re going to challenge these Zionist racist motherfuckers!”

They blocked those who wanted to attend the reception from entering, and held prisoner those already inside the conference room. Several entered the room and commandeered the stage.

Despite that, A Wider Bridge’s director of programs, Tyler Gregory, courageously tried to speak about the links between Israel’s LGBT community and those around the world. As can be seen near the end of this video, however, he was shouted down by the hysterical screaming of an anti-Israel hater.

Continue reading at:  http://www.out.com/2016/1/27/op-ed-creating-change-protest-was-pure-anti-semitism

Rea Carey ‘wholeheartedly’ condemns anti-Semitism at conference

Anti-Zionist is just another term for antisemite.  These assholes acted like junior grade Nazis.

From The Washington Blade:  http://www.washingtonblade.com/2016/01/25/rea-carey-wholeheartedly-condemns-anti-semitism-at-conference/

by Michael K. Lavers

January 25, 2016
National LGBTQ Task Force Executive Director Rea Carey on Monday issued a lengthy statement in which she “wholeheartedly” condemned anti-Semitism.“I want to make this crystal clear: The National LGBTQ Task Force wholeheartedly condemns anti-Semitism and anti-Semitic statements made at any Task Force event, including our Creating Change Conference,” she said. “It is unacceptable.”

Carey issued her statement three days after hundreds of protesters forced the cancellation of a reception at the Creating Change Conference in Chicago that was to have featured two LGBT rights advocates from Israel.

A Wider Bridge, an organization seeking to bolster “LGBTQ connections with Israel,” organized the reception.

Sarah Kala-Meir and Tom Canning of the Jerusalem Open House for Pride and Tolerance were scheduled to speak. They left the room in which the reception was taking place through a back door as protesters began shouting.

Those who protested the reception held signs with slogans that expressed their opposition to “pinkwashing,” which they describe as the promotion of Israel’s LGBT rights record in an attempt to deflect attention away from its controversial policies towards the Palestinians. A video that the Windy City Times shot shows some of protesters chanting “Palestine will be free, from the river to the sea” as they marched towards the room in which the reception was taking place.

Those who describe themselves as pro-Israel note the slogan has been used by those who support the destruction of the Jewish state. The Guardian reported that Khaled Meshaal, the leader of Hamas, a militant group the State Department has designed as a terrorist organization, used a variation of this chant during a 2012 rally that marked his return to the Gaza Strip.

Hamas has governed the Gaza Strip since 2007.

Carey: Police called ‘without consulting us’

A second video of the Creating Change Conference protest the Windy City Times captured shows someone placing a Palestinian flag over the head of a man who was trying to enter the reception. The protesters began chanting “shame on you!” after he ripped it down and began yelling into the crowd.

Carey in her statement noted the National LGBTQ Task Force “acted to defuse the situation to the best of our ability.” She said security personnel at the Chicago Hilton where the Creating Change Conference took place called the police “without consulting us.”

“We are deeply concerned about how the events of the evening unfolded,” said Carey.

Tony Varona, a professor at American University Washington College of Law in D.C. who is a former member of the Human Rights Campaign board of directors, attended the reception.

He told the Blade on Monday that he heard “verbal attacks” from some of the protesters “about how the organizers and the attendees had blood on our hands, how we were celebrating over dead bodies, didn’t care about people of color, etc., etc., and that Israel had to be destroyed.” Varona said he did not personally hear any protesters use anti-Semitic slurs, but “heard that others did.”

Continue reading at: http://www.washingtonblade.com/2016/01/25/rea-carey-wholeheartedly-condemns-anti-semitism-at-conference/

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Bill Nye’s Change of Heart on GMOs Is in the Best Scientific Tradition

What changed my opinion?  Awareness of the 2-3 billion people currently on the planet who would starve to death without GMOs and how genetically modifying plants is necessary due to climate change.

From Huffington Post:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-robert-t-fraley/bill-nyes-change-of-heart_b_9055296.html

“The first principle [of science] is that you must not fool yourself, and you are the easiest person to fool.” – Richard Feynman, winner of the Nobel Prize for physics, 1965.

When Bill Nye (“The Science Guy”) publicly changed his mind recently about genetically modified organisms − he now says they “are an important, and perhaps, essential component of modern farming” − many were quick to pounce.

Besides attacking his reasoning and his credentials, some of his critics even alleged – with absolutely no evidence or justification – that Bill’s change of position must have involved a payoff by my company, Monsanto.

The simple, innocent truth, however, is laid out plainly in the recently published revised edition of Bill’s book “Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation.” In a new chapter, Bill explains that after publishing the first edition of the book, in 2014, he “has spent a great deal of additional time investigating the issues surrounding GMFs (genetically modified foods).” His investigation, he explains, included a deeper exploration of the scientific literature, as well as a visit to our company.

“I was not there to be charmed,” he comments on that visit. “I was there to see if Monsanto scientists had hard data to address the issues about GMFs and the ecosystems in which they grow. I now believe they do.”

In other words, Bill dug deeper into the issue and then recognized he’d been mistaken. And then he had the courage to admit it.

Who else has trod this path? Well, lots of people. After all, to err is human, and scientists and those who, like Bill, study and write about science, are human. For science to move ahead, therefore, it’s critical that the people who pursue it be willing to recognize and correct their mistakes. Otherwise science – and humanity – get stuck.

I know I’ve made mistakes as a scientist – for example, in being slow to recognize the seriousness of climate change. When the data documenting this trend became overwhelming, however, I studied it – and shifted my position – because I knew that for a scientist, the real sin is not in making a mistake, but in refusing to acknowledge it. That’s all Bill has done in this case.

Continue reading at:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-robert-t-fraley/bill-nyes-change-of-heart_b_9055296.html

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