Vengeancia (Monday, May 12, 2014) Originally scheduled for May 10th at the The Pauley Pavilion, festival organizers at the last minute sent an email to supporters and moved the United We Stand Festival to The Belasco Theater, 1050 S Hill Street in Downtown Los Angeles. More here.
I didn’t attend, so I can’t give you any first-hand information. Hey, check out Featured Filmmaker Joel Gilbert’s latest film; also will Coloradans see the end to debtors’ prisons thanks to efforts by the ACLU? Read more.
Happy Mother’s Day! According to the folks at the Free and Equal Elections Foundation, “Southern California’s #1 medical marijuana lifestyle magazine, Culture Magazine, wrote a bunch of articles about the United We Stand Festival in their May issue!” Read more. Also check out the upcoming No GMO Show, featuring the Wandering Monks, brought to you by our many friends at We are Change Colorado, May 22, 2014; read here.
“Free and Equal is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating voters on all political matters, and thereby helping to empower the individual and create a stronger local and national community. This grassroots organization has been reaching out to the public since 1982, by American activist Christina Tobin, and still strives to help create a system in which all citizens are equal in their ability to participate in politics.
“Free and Equal has paid particular attention to drug policy and the cannabis legalization movement, using their annual United We Stand Fest to not only educate, but also engage the public through musical activism, popular celebrity appearances and outreach, as well as popular business owners’ speaking engagements.” Read more.
“Christina Tobin loves to fight the good fight… for US voters. She’s making a career of helping honest, earnest candidates to run for political office.
“In the course of her work, she decided to mainstream her efforts. In order to shift power back to individual voter, Tobin founded The Free & Equal Elections Foundation, a non-partisan, 501(c)3 non-profit organization, dedicated to creating open and transparent elections in 2008. Free and Equal is the platform that’s helping thousands of citizens work together, who want to clean up politics for once and for all. A bit of background about Tobin.
“In the 2004 presidential election, Tobin defended 29,000 signatures in Illinois for Ralph Nader when he ran as an independent, while still in college. Through this, she’d had a strong taste of politics. She wondered if there wasn’t a better way.” Read more.
“Larry King began as a local Florida journalist and radio interviewer in the 1950s and 1960s and became prominent as an all-night national radio broadcaster starting in 1978. From 1985 to 2010, he hosted the nightly interview television program Larry King Live on CNN. He currently hosts Larry King Now on Hulu and RT America Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday evenings. He also hosts “Politicking with Larry King,” a weekly political talk show Thursday evenings on RT America.” Read more.
“As mainstream airwaves are dominated by a brand of rap music that celebrates ignorance and indulgence, one might be surprised to learn that once upon a time, back before the 2000s, these same airwaves were filled with hip-hop which inspired awareness, education and bettering oneself, even in the face of social and political opposition.
“Of the groups that existed in this period during the mid-to-late‘80s and early ’90s, perhaps none were as radical, had the mainstream success or are still revered to the extent of Public Enemy.
“Since the group’s beginnings in New York in 1986, Public Enemy has proven themselves to be one of the of the hip-hop genre’s most powerful forces of nature and tireless innovators. The band released a string of seminal, platinum-selling albums through the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, including their debut, Yo! Bum Rush The Show, and subsequent follow-ups, It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back, Fear Of A Black Planet, and Apocalypse ’91… The Enemy Strikes Back. During this time Public Enemy would cross musical and cultural barriers, enjoying an unprecedented amount of crossover success with rock audiences, and spreading its progressive political messages which championed minorities, the working class and social and political reform, far and wide.” Read more.
“Some of the musical activists set to speak or perform at the upcoming annual event include Public Enemy, members of Wu-Tang Clan, Immortal Technique, Luminaries, The Siren and many more.
“These musicians have paved the way for political activism through music, and inspire many generations to take a stand in what they believe in. Other speakers include the famed Larry King (Key Note Speaker for the festival), former U.S. Representative Dennis Kucinich, best-selling author and Congressional Candidate 2014 (Independent, CA-33) Marianne Williamson and the Emmy Award-Winning journalist and whistleblower Amber Lyon.
Many of these professionals use products, media, journalism and social engagement to catch the eye of the public and inspire social and political consciousness. David Bronner, the creator of Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps will be speaking out in support for political activism, as will Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield from Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream.
“Events like this are vitally important to educating the youth cultures of America, connecting with them on multiple levels to inspire participation and further self-education. Journalist Amber Lyon has spent her career traveling the world and truly values the importance of participation and activism. “My travels have taught me that we are not divided by borders, race, religion—as those in power want us to believe. We are truly all one. We all have the same basic needs, human rights and desires, and we must unite to help one another and to catapult this incredible revolution of human consciousness,” Lyon explains.
“David Bronner of Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps also feels compelled to support political activism and social consciousness.” Read more.
“We have an amazing inheritance which we honor by being activists on behalf of causes we care about, such as organic and fair trade agriculture, re-commercializing industrial hemp, labeling GMOs and integrating cannabis and psychedelic medicine responsibly into American and global culture.” David Bronner
“Bronner has been fighting for cannabis legalization through his own products and his company’s own activism for over 10 years. He coordinated a multi-year litigation against the DEA 10 years ago that kept hemp seed imports flowing into the U.S. market. He’s pleased to see the huge progress of actually being able to grow and cultivate hemp on U.S. soil.
“GMO labeling is a big issue that Dr. Bronner always wants to stress. “On the GMO tip, people need to wake up to the fact that just six chemical companies (Monsanto, Dow, Dupont, Syngenta, BASF and Bayer) control the seed industry in this country, and are engineering crops to resist huge doses of their pesticides. The negative impact on our health and environment, and we have to fight them to enact mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods so people can know what they’re buying and opt out of this huge experiment on the American people.”
“Lyon has also been active in the cannabis legalization battle for some time, and hopes that this United We Stand Festival by Free and Equal will aid their fight.
“Cannabis is Mother Nature’s gift to man.” Amber Lyon
“The plant shows miraculous effects in treating PTSD, glaucoma and even cancer. It’s a human rights tragedy that medical marijuana is not readily available to all those in need worldwide.”
“Her stance on medical cannabis shouldn’t surprise you since she has created www.reset.me to investigate extreme therapies and alternative medicines to cure anything from depression to cancer. She has researched many alternative and natural medicines throughout her travels, everything from a psychoactive brew to medicinal mushrooms.
“Other passionate advocates speaking at the fest include Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP)’s Executive Board Member Diane Goldstein, as well as 2012 Green Party presidential nominee and physician Jill Stein. Hundreds of passionate social and political advocates will be participating in this and many more festivals like this in the near future, and hope inspire new generations of voters to not just vote, but to help educate and engage others.” Read more.
According to Free and Equal, musical headliners at UCLA include Public Enemy (Chuck D, Professor Griff, Jahi, and DJ Lord), founding members of Wu-Tang Clan, Immortal Technique, Brother Ali, The Siren, Paul Masvidal of Cynic, Tatiana Moroz, Rooftop Revolutionaries, A-Alikes, Luminaries, Kellee Maize, Jon Goodhue, Sounds of Solidarity, and more.
Speakers include Larry King (media legend), Ben Cohen & Jerry Greenfield (Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream; via video), Dennis Kucinich (former Ohio Representative), Marianne Williamson (New York Times bestselling author & independent congressional candidate, CA-33), David Bronner (CEO of Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps), and Sean Stone (son of Oliver Stone, host of Buzzsaw).
Other notable figures include Dr. Jill Stein, Gov. Gary Johnson, Amber Lyon (Emmy-winning journalist/whistleblower), Ben Swann (Emmy-winning journalist), Diane Goldstein (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition), Mnar Muhawesh (Mint Press News), Abby Martin (Breaking the Set on RT), Pamela Donnelly (Amazon bestselling education author), comedian Lee Camp, Rosa Clemente (2008 Green Party vice presidential candidate), Josh Tolley (syndicated talk show host), Brad Friedman (KPFK 90.7FM Los Angeles), and many more.For a full list of performers and speakers, click here. Tickets are on sale now at UCLA Central Ticket Office and Ticketmaster.com; click here.
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Police State USA | Stone cold sober woman arrested for DWI after being horribly injured in wreck caused by cop.
Daily Caller | In response, Tea Party groups plan to protest.
gothamist.com | Citizens continue to be arrested and harassed by camera-shy NYPD officers.
Nick Baumann | To someone not facing criminal charges, the FBI doesn’t have much to offer by way of enticement.
Daily Caller | Family and friends of 19-year-old Samantha Ramsey are overcome with grief — and demanding answers.
Steve Watson | Agency head blames lack of funding, despite having $7 billion budget.
Lew Rockwell Blog | Sheriff Ed Brown considers himself to be the owner of every human being residing in North Carolina’s Onslow County.
Michael Krieger | Two very important cases related to the 4th Amendment protection of cellphone data went before the Supreme Court yesterday.
Tech Dirt | Age-old story of a person who couldn’t handle losing in Call of Duty calling in a double murder and getting SWAT to visit the winner’s home.
Adan Salazar | Eyewitness footage contradicts police statement.
Mikael Thalen | Driver told to give up cash or have car towed after illegal search.
KVUE | Sometimes reversals were the result of private negotiations between the officers and Police Chief Acevedo.
Neil Foster | My trouble started almost immediately as I made my way to the departure gates.
Adan Salazar | “I can tell you that citizens got tickets they didn’t deserve.”
Courthouse News | Officer’s second in-custody killing in a year, the man’s family claims in court.
Reuters | Frank Phillips, 47, was found ‘unsuitable for continued employment’ by Knox County Sheriff J.J. Jones.
Tech Dirt | Automatic license plate readers can scan plates at a rate of one per second.
Jordan Pearson | Police departments in New York City may soon be using geo-tagged tweets to predict crime.
Erin Fuchs | Coerced into confessing to gruesome child murders he didn’t commit.
Adan Salazar | Young mother says her children are traumatized and have had nightmares since the raid.
The Daily Caller | Original case thrown out after police made false statements about arrest.
Tech Dirt | “Normally if a police officer pulls up, in my opinion, it’s awful odd for somebody just to take off and not want to speak to the police officer.”
Adan Salazar | Users hijack hashtag meant to portray cops as good guys.
Kit Daniels | Officer left dog “yelping and thrashing in unbearable pain,” according to owner.
Mikael Thalen | “He never said I’m sorry, never apologized… he said you got to get someone to fix that door.”
Los Angeles Times | Two former L.A. County sheriff’s deputies accused of planting guns inside marijuana dispensary to justify two arrests in 2011.
NWI Times | Petition started with belief that MRAP represents too much of a military presence in grassroots law enforcement.
RT | 19-year-old woman shot and killed by police in Albuquerque, New Mexico early Monday.
thefreethoughtproject.com | It is a good thing that no one else was killed by this aggressive show of force.
Mikael Thalen | “It’s sad to think he will probably get away with it too.”
Adan Salazar | Amateur footage catches mischievous cop lashing out at people.
Kurt Nimmo | The state considers the American people the enemy.
The Daily Caller | Man received stitches for his injuries.
Courthouse News | Woman claims dash cam footage will show officer plotted to plant drugs in her home after an illegal search.
Police State USA | A dozen wedding guests were beaten, tased, pepper sprayed, and arrested.
Martin Armstrong | Is it true that nearly 80% of Nevada is still owned by the Federal Government who then pays no tax to the State of Nevada?
Fox News | Rand Paul and Cliven Bundy respond to the Senator’s outburst.
Reason | If you have all that power, why bother letting insults roll off your back?
Adan Salazar | Footage shows docile canine playing with children.
National Review | Military-style units from government agencies are wreaking havoc on non-violent citizens.
Time | Knightscope K5 promises enhanced policing capabilities, courts controversy.
Mikael Thalen | Homeland Security campaign to demonize veterans continues.
Kare11 | One officer reportedly kicked and punched suspect.
Indy Star | Officer was jealous of firefighter who had a date with his ex-girlfriend.
Mlive.com | Officer was crossing into the U.S.
The News Dispatch | Will be used for training, incident command, active shooter events and high-risk warrant services.
Watchdog.org | The police know exactly where my car has been — and when — during the past few months
Gizmodo | Cops want to watch people in real time.
KPHO | Died at a hospital after a Phoenix police officer shot him with a Taser.
Adan Salazar | Incident leaves woman traumatized.
Alton Parrish | Million tons of litter are dumped into the sea every year.
Tech Times | The day on the exoplanet is only eight hours long.
London Telegraph | Throughout history, cultures across the globe have extolled the properties of youthful blood.
Los Angeles Times | Researchers from the University of Delaware develop new breeds of farm animals that can stand up to the hazards of “global warming.”
Jon Rappoport | In other words, it’s all promotion and hype.
Business Insider | Few specimens have ever been caught making the goblin shark one of the rarest species of sharks.
MaineNews.net | Chances of an eruption in near future are very slim.
Space.com | Zipped by Earth at a range closer than the moon early Saturday, but posed no threat to our planet.
slashdot.org | And the one after that, ad infinitum?
The Independent.co.uk | Success in creating AI would be the biggest event in human history… Unfortunately, it might also be the last..
RT | Memory loss could soon be a thing of the past.
CNET | Alien pyramid-building theories take a blow as a new study shows Egyptians may have used water to help move the massive stones.
Peter Suciu | Heartbleed security flaw currently only affects a very small portion of the Internet.
NASA | Work to develop the technologies astronauts one day will use to live and work on Mars has already begun.
CBS Minnesota | The myth of global warming debunked once again.
Mac Slavo | Earth is one X-Class solar flare away from a situation that would completely alter life on earth as we know it today.
Michael Snyder | Scientists have found that our bodies and our minds have both deteriorated significantly compared to our ancestors.
Science Daily | The findings could lead to new treatments for chronic wounds.
slashdot.org | Communication system that delivers launch commands to US missile forces run with floppy disks.
Infowars.com | The Google self-driving car navigates some common scenarios on city streets near the Googleplex.
Stephen Luntz | LIPUS has not been widely adopted, partly because the measured benefit has varied across trials.
Market Watch | What you need to know about the latest Internet security threat.
Phys.org | Its real purpose is a mystery.
AFP | Internet fast lanes that seemingly run counter to the concept of “net neutrality” would be allowed under rules proposed by US regulators.
CBS DC | He also made comments about Russia’s biggest search engine Yandex, sending the company’s shares plummeting.
The Verge | Amazing to see how a disciple of the notorious Aleister Crowley contributed to space technology.
huffingtonpost.com | Solar eclipses only happen during a new moon.
Warner Todd Huston | Likens today’s global warming alarmists to those moralists and abolitionists of old.
NASA | Short spacewalk aims to replace a failed Multiplexer/Demultiplexer (MDM) back up computer.
theguardian.com | Many explosions stronger than Hiroshima bomb but most occur too high above ground to cause serious damage.
USA Today | At Yale University, researchers recently used a brain scanner to identify which face someone was looking at — just from their brain activity.
Fast Company | Disruptive technologies are all well and good, but being totally out of touch with what people actually want may not be the best innovation strategy.
Mike Masnick | Clapper insists Snowden had legitimate paths to go down.
Daily Mail | Imagine call centers staffed by droids.
Watchdog.org | People are unprepared for real danger.
AP | No surprise there.
Ethan Gilsdorf | Welcome to the not-so-brave world of the new Johnny Depp anti-technology thriller.
Motherboard | The top opens like a flower, or like a nuclear launch silo, whatever simile you prefer.
Defense One | Computer scientist says “anti-social” artificial intelligence in the future is not only possible, but probable..
En/code.net | Ant-like robots that can work as a coordinated swarm of miniature builders.
The Wall Street Journal | Google Glass now more intrusive than before.
Mac Slavo | A French research institute working on various deadly viruses, including SARS, has apparently misplaced thousands of tubes and no one is quite sure where they went.
London Telegraph | Computer devices change connections in brains.
The Verge | “”We’re pleased with the technical achievements we’ve seen so far.””
London Independent | Saturn already has 62 moons, but the new addition could be its last.
Daily Mail | If successful, artificial blood could replace donated blood in 20 years.
UK Daily Mail | Google has patented a smart contact lens that could see its Glass wearable computer fit inside a smart lens.
RIA Novosti | The import of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) into Russia could be prohibited.
Accuweather.com | 20 to 30 degrees to be shaved off high temperatures.
Cheryl K. Chumley | Tax emissions around the globe.
jaysanalysis.com | US-backed oligarchs stripped Russia’s industrial assets, with the effect that the corruption scheme cut national output nearly in half causing depression and starvation.
Fox News | The Pentagon moves to protect the banking cartel.
Ron Paul | Last week World Bank economists predicted that China would soon displace the United States as the world’s largest economy.
Michael Snyder | Did you know that there are nearly 102 million working age Americans that do not have a job right now?
Mac Slavo | The key is to take profits, reduce your risks, mitigate your risks.
Washington Free Beacon | IG report found unauthorized retention bonuses doled out between 2006 and 2013.
Mac Slavo | The devil’s in the details.
Washington’s Blog | The Department of Justice is “considering” initiating criminal charges against 2 banks.
netnebraska.org | Since 2007, the U.S. lost 95,000 farms, or about 4 percent.
Mac Slavo | as is generally the case with mainstream assessments and government statistics, the devil’s in the details.
AP | Gold for June delivery climbed $19.50 to settle at $1,302.90 an ounce.
Washington’s Blog | For More Than 30 Years, the Big Banks Have Been Key Players In the Drug Trade.
Tony Lee | Said on MSNBC that Jeb Bush could win the GOP presidential nomination in 2016.
Fox News | Sen. Kelly Ayotte: “Federal employees who have disciplinary problems or who haven’t paid their taxes shouldn’t be getting bonuses.”
Paul Craig Roberts | The US economy is a house of cards. Every aspect of it is fraudulent, and the illusion of recovery is created with fraudulent statistics.
Washington Examiner | The travel costs to golf in Palm Springs, Calif. was $2,066,594.
Kit Daniels | Plan would damage the economy and allow the government to track motorists using toll tags.
Michael Snyder | No, the economy is most definitely not “recovering”.
zerohedge.com | “Oh and tomorrow is FOMC.”
Michael Snyder | 20 percent of American families do not have a single person that is working.
Wall St On Parade | Beginning late last year, a rash of suspicious deaths started to occur among current and former bank employees.
AFP | Ex-employees charged “for conspiracy to defraud in connection with its investigation into the manipulation of Libor”.
Washington’s Blog | Banks Create Money Out of Thin Air … Conferring Enormous Windfall Profits At the Expense of the People.
Opposing Views | The drought in California has caused 45 water agencies in the state to enforce mandatory limits on water use.
David Stockman | In comparison to the pre-collapse portion of the Great Recession, current results are much worse.
L.A. Times | 2014 is starting to look a lot like 2007.
Reuters | Down, down, down…
Reuters | Lawsuit accused tech giants of conspiring to hold down salaries in Silicon Valley.
Reuters | Precious metal rose on geopolitical tensions.
Michael Snyder | The similarities between 2007 and 2014 continue to pile up.
Washington’s Blog | Top Economists Say War Is Bad for the Economy.
Mother Jones | Loophole has proven lucrative for CEOs of all stripes.
Michael Snyder | For most of Canada’s existence, it has been regarded as the weak neighbor to the north by most Americans.
Zero Hedge | It appears the US military is preparing for the potential collapse of the US dollar.
CNS News | Obama called for what would be the highest level of sustained taxation ever imposed on the American people.
Zero Hedge | Ah, the miracles of positive cash flow…
Michael Snyder | What would you do if you suddenly walked into the grocery store and everything was twice as much?
NBC News | “It seems to be the new norm in the working world,” says one.
Washington’s Blog | Why Jesus Was Killed.
CNBC | Prices to remain high for the foreseeable future.
USA Today | Investors dial back risk-taking.
Michael Snyder | Did you know that Family Dollar is closing 370 stores?
Michael Snyder | When it comes to the transfer of wealth, nobody does it on a grander scale than the U.S. government.
Forbes | Used car market triple the size of new car market.
Business Insider | Former congressman says Bitcoin is an introduction to competition for the dollar.
mises.org | There is a good Irish word to describe this story: baloney.
Huffington Post | Department of Education is forecast to generate $127 billion in profit over the next decade.
Zero Hedge | The BLM land grab doesn’t help.
CNS News | $779,547,834,000 in taxes came from those taxpayers earning six figures or more.
Fox News | Acting Social Security Commissioner said she has directed an immediate halt to the three-year-old program while the agency does a review.
Tech Dirt | The negotiations continue in secret, and the president gets frustrated about a lack of knowledge and conspiracy theories? Really?
AP | “If we do not take urgent action, all our plans for increased global prosperity and security will be undone.”
AP | Will develop “clear and effective” protocols to hold bishops and other church authorities accountable.
Paul Joseph Watson | Not a single member of the press challenges blatant deception.
Bloomberg | Miami’s economic plight is a microcosm of America.
Zero Hedge | Totally manipulated “markets” have no indicators of reality.
RT | America’s war on drugs is failing in Afghanistan.
Tina Nguyen | The psychological warfare between Ukraine and Russia went to a totally different level today.
London Guardian | The risk of potentially catastrophic accidents is higher than previously thought.
Washington’s Blog | China May Actually Have Surpassed U.S. in 2010 or 2011.
Statesman Journal | Radiation in some albacore tuna caught off the Oregon coast tripled after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear meltdown in Japan.
rt.com | Duran took out 68 commercial and personal loans from 39 banks in Spain and gave the money to social activities.
Reuters | Asset freezes and travel bans on 15 Russians and Ukrainians.
Infowars.com | It must mean they want war, why else would they engage in such provocative behavior?
Reuters | Malady has wiped out more than 10 percent of the nation’s pig population and helped send retail pork prices to record highs.
Pravda.ru | Mainly imported products that become more expensive.
Truth Revolt | Gore blamed global warming for the devastating natural disasters in the Philippines and northeastern U.S. in a Politico interview.
Fox News Business | Many felt rate increases wouldn’t be seen until around July or August.
Zero Hedge | Cyprus and Russia – what’s the difference (aside from the fact that the former was a money laundering offshore center of the latter until last year of course)?
CBS Sacramento | Fossil evidence shows the Antarctic coastline averaged 57 degrees some 40-50 million years ago.
Bloomberg | The plundering of the country commences.
lifesitenews.com | Canadian babies destroyed by abortion shipped to “waste-to-power” facility.
Kit Daniels | More Americans now realize that Agenda 21 expands government power at the expense of individual liberties.
Zero Hedge | Ah, the miracles of positive cash flow…
RT | Study entitled “The Impact of Fiscal Austerity on Suicide: On the Empirics of a Modern Greek Tragedy.”
reuters.com | An international agreement to avert wider conflict in Ukraine was faltering on Monday.
Kit Daniels | Misplaced priorities were commonplace in ancient civilizations before they collapsed.
AP | Biofuels made with corn residue release 7% more greenhouse gases than conventional gasoline, study says.
Zenon Evans | Bloody situation stirred by pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine.
Reuters | Researchers conclude disease did not originate in Central Africa.
Reuters | Oil still washing ashore and some residents are fed up with hearing from BP that the crisis is over.
Pater Tenebrarum | So-called ‘BRICS’ (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) want to set up ‘their own IMF’.
Kurt Nimmo | Mission accomplished: Baghdad world’s worst city.
AFP | A rising tide of forced evictions in Italy due to the economic crisis.
RT | Latest mishap follows a far more worrying discovery about one last year’s leak.
Paul Joseph Watson | Corpse of Cold War propaganda enthusiastically resurrected by mainstream media.