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Apr 222014

Since Ronald Reagans supply-side tax cuts for the rich followed by other giveaways like eliminating the death tax so billionaires can pass on their fortunes tolucky heirs the United States has been on a mad dashto oligarchy, as Bill Moyers and Michael Winship note.

By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship

The evidence of income inequality just keeps mounting.According to Working for the Few, a recent briefing paper from Oxfam, In the US, the wealthiest one percent captured 95 percent of post-financial crisis growth since 2009, while the bottom 90 percent became poorer.

Our now infamous one percent own more than 35 percent of the nations wealth. Meanwhile, the bottom 40 percent of the country is in debt. Just this past Tuesday, the 15th of April Tax Day the AFL-CIO reported that last year the chief executive officers of 350 top American corporations were paid 331 times more money than the average U.S. worker. Those executives made an average of $11.7 million dollars compared to the average worker who earned $35,239 dollars.

Mr. Moneybags from the Monopoly game

As that analysis circulated on Tax Day, the economic analyst Robert Reich reminded us that in addition to getting the largest percent of total national income in nearly a century, many in the one percent are paying a lower federal tax rate than a lot of people in the middle class.You may remember that an obliging Congress, of both parties, allows high rollers of finance the privilege of carried interest, a tax rate below that of their secretaries and clerks.

And at state and local levels, while the poorest fifth of Americans pay an average tax rate of over 11 percent, the richest one percent of the country pay are you ready for this? half that rate.Now, neither Nature nor Natures God drew up our tax codes; thats the work of legislators politicians and its one way they have, as Chief Justice John Roberts might put it, of expressing gratitude to their donors: Oh, Mr. Adelson, we so appreciate your generosity that we cut your estate taxes so you can give $8 billion as a tax-free payment to your heirs, even though down the road the public will have to put up $2.8 billion to compensate for the loss in tax revenue.

All of which makes truly repugnant the argument, heard so often from courtiers of the rich, that inequality doesnt matter. Of course it matters.Inequality is what has turned Washington into a protection racket for the one percent.It buys all those goodies from government: Tax breaks. Tax havens (which allow corporations and the rich to park their money in a no-tax zone).Loopholes. Favors like carried interest. And so on. As Paul Krugman writes in his New York Review of Books essay on Thomas Pikettys Capital in the Twenty-First Century, We now know both that the United States has a much more unequal distribution of income than other advanced countries and that much of this difference in outcomes can be attributed directly to government action.

Recently, researchers at Connecticuts Trinity College ploughed through the data and concluded that the U.S. Senate is responsive to the policy preferences of the rich, ignoring the poor. And now theres that big study coming out in the fall from scholars at Princeton and Northwestern universities, based on data collected between 1981 and 2002.Their conclusion:

Americas claims to being a democratic society are seriously threatened. The preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy.Instead, policy tends to tilt towards the wishes of corporations and business and professional associations.

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Shiseido Co., Ltd. (TOKYO:4911) announces plans to open the Shiseido Cell-Processing and Expansion Center (SPEC) on May 1, 2014. The center, located in the in the Kobe Biomedical Innovation Cluster in Kobe, Japan, will centralize research and development on hair regenerative medicine with an aim toward commercialization.

Regenerative medicine in Japan is an emerging industry which the government aims to foster through new legislation and revisions to existing law as part of economic reform strategies, in order to advance in this field. Shiseido has a long history of conducting comprehensive research and working towards commercialization of the regenerative medicine for hair.

Shiseido’s hair regenerative medicine technology

With the goal of clinical application of regenerative medicine to treat alopecia and thinning hair, Shiseido concluded a technical collaboration agreement in July 2013 with a Canadian bio-venture company RepliCel Life Sciences Inc. (hereinafter referred to as “RepliCel”) acquiring an exclusive geographic license to use RepliCel Hair-01 (RCH-01) hair regeneration technology in Asia, including Japan.

RCH-01 has been developed over 10 years of scientific research, and safe application in humans has been validated by RepliCel’s phase 1 clinical trial. RepliCel has patents issued for hair follicle mesenchymal stem cells and their usage in Japan, the United States, Australia and the EU. RCH-01 is an “autologous cell transplantation technology,” in which specific cells(1) isolated from the hair follicles(2) taken from the scalp of a patient are cultured and implanted (injected) into the balding scalp area, potentially stimulating residing hair follicles and promoting new growth in the balding scalp area. (1) Dermal Sheath Cup cells, which are believed to play an important role in promoting hair growth (2) A hair follicle is a skin organ composed of various cell types that support hair growth and structure.

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Make No Law: A History of Free Speech in America – The Supreme Court Civil Rights (1991)
New York Times Co. v. Sullivan, 376 U.S. 254 (1964), was a United States Supreme Court case that established the actual malice standard, which has to be met …

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U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio speaks at Uber’s headquarters March 23, 2014 in Washington, DC.Getty

Sen. Marco Rubio is questioning why a key State Department position that promotes religious freedom around the world has been left vacant for months, calling the delay a concern.

In a letter to President Obama Tuesday, Rubio, R-Fla., said he finds it troubling that no new ambassador-at-large has been appointed for the Office of International Religious Freedom since Suzan Johnson Cooks resignation six months ago.

The office within the State Department develops policies regarding religious freedom and monitors religious discrimination and persecution worldwide. The department also releases an annual report on international religious freedom, which discusses the state of religious freedom in every country in the world.

Rubio said these important tasks require a highly-qualified individual be appointed to the post as soon as possible. He told Obama it is essential that the U.S. continue to be a beacon of hope for all persecuted religious minorities.

In your speech to the National Prayer Breakfast you explained that promoting religious freedom is a key objective of U.S. foreign policy because it is in Americas interest to promote universal human rights, including with our allies, Rubio said. In order to display the United States dedication to religious freedom, we must have an Ambassador-At-Large in place to lead our efforts around the world.

At the National Prayer Breakfast on Feb. 6, Obama said is he looking forward to appointing a new ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom, but gave no indication when he may do so.

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Strength of religious freedom must be built in US courts, LDS leader says

By Dave McCann

April 16th, 2014 @ 10:34pm

SALT LAKE CITY Elder Dallin H. Oaks, of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, will give the keynote address at Utah Valley University’s Spring Constitutional Symposium on Religious Freedom.

In an interview with KSL Newsradios Amanda Dickson and Grant Nielsen, he said he won’t be speaking as a leader of the LDS Church, but as an interested, knowledgeable citizen concerned about the condition of democracy and free speech in the United States of America.

The contention that comes from unresolved controversies in this area is poisonous to the civic atmosphere, and it is a disadvantage to all of us as citizens, Elder Oaks said.

Over the last century the U.S. has faced many challenges to religious freedom, but Elder Oaks says his concern now is how political and divisive they’ve become.

Specifically, weve got non-discrimination which is a very important civic value being set in opposition to religious freedom, and people are choosing up sides as if you couldnt have both of them, he said.

He believes some of the current contests also impinge on free speech, and that should concern all citizens.

Elder Dallin H. Oaks

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Apr 162014



U.F.O. Alien Demons
George Knapp interviews Nick Redfern on secret group Collins Elite a United States agency, Area 51 call and Demonic UFO/Beings Footage. What does the Bible s…

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ConLaw Class 22 – Individual Liberty III
Bowers v. Hardwick, Romer v. Evans, Lawrence v. Texas, United States v. Windsor.

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HONIARA, Solomon Islands A tsunami warning has been issued for some Pacific islands following a powerful magnitude-7.6 earthquake near the Solomon Islands.

The United States Geological Service said the quake struck around 7:14 a.m. local time Sunday. Its epicenter was 323 kilometers (200 miles) southeast of Honiara, the Solomons capital, and its depth was 29.3 kilometers (18.2 miles).

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has issued a warning for the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea. The center says it’s not known if the quake generated a tsunami but it was powerful enough to trigger one.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage from the temblor.

The Solomon Islands lies on the “Ring of Fire” an arc of earthquake and volcanic activity that stretches around the Pacific Rim.

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Magnitude 7.8 quake near Solomons triggers tsunami warning for some Pacific islands

HONIARA, Solomon Islands A tsunami warning has been issued for some Pacific islands following a powerful magnitude-7.6 earthquake near the Solomon Islands.

The United States Geological Service said the quake struck around 7:14 a.m. local time Sunday. Its epicenter was 323 kilometers (200 miles) southeast of Honiara, the Solomons capital, and its depth was 29.3 kilometers (18.2 miles).

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has issued a warning for the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea. The center says it’s not known if the quake generated a tsunami but it was powerful enough to trigger one.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage from the temblor.

The Solomon Islands lies on the “Ring of Fire” an arc of earthquake and volcanic activity that stretches around the Pacific Rim.

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The freedom and openness of the Internet are at stake after the U.S. government announced plans to end its contractual oversight of ICANN, some critics said Thursday.

The National Telecommunications and Information Administrations announcement last month that it will end its contract with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers to operate key domain-name functions could embolden other nations to attempt to seize control, some Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee said.

All hyperbole aside, this hearing is about nothing less than the future of the Internet and, significantly, who has the right, the ability and the authority to determine it, said Representative Bob Goodlatte, a Virginia Republican. Should it be decided by a few people in Washington, Beijing, Moscow, Sao Paolo or even Silicon Valley or should it be determined by those who use and stand to benefit from it?

Goodlatte suggested that other countries would try to control ICANN after the U.S. ends its contract. The U.S. can rightly take credit for the freedom that exists the Internet today, he said during a hearing. When we let go of that final link, will that institution be safer from those efforts to regulate the Internet, or will it be more exposed because it no longer has the protection of the United States?

The Internet engineers, companies and civil society groups involved in ICANN wouldnt allow a government takeover of the organization, supporters of the NTIAs plan said. I cannot imagine the Internet engineers that I know agreeing to do any of the parade of horribles that people are concerned about, said Representative Zoe Lofgren, a California Democrat.

Separately, the technology subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee voted Thursday to approve the Domain Openness Through Continued Oversight Matters (DOTCOM) Act, which would require a U.S. Government Accountability Office study about the effects of the transition before it happens. Members of that committee raised similar concerns in a hearing last week.

President Barack Obamas administration opposes the bill because it raises questions about the U.S. governments long-term support of a multistakeholder governance model at ICANN, said NTIA Administrator Larry Strickling.

Strickling assured Judiciary Committee members that the agency would not give up oversight of ICANN unless it is satisfied that the organization has a transition plan in place that prohibits a government takeover.

Several Republicans committee members questioned NTIAs move to end its contractual relationship with ICANN as soon as late 2015, but Strickling defended the plan, saying one of the main reasons for the change is to remove the perception in some countries that the U.S. has too much control.

While the NTIAs contract for ICANN to operate the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) functions is largely symbolic, the move would show the world that the U.S. supports a multistakeholder governance model at ICANN that it has advocated since 1998, Strickling said.

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Attorney Legal Analyst AnneElise Goetz on Free Speech and Campaign Contributions
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Second Amendment to the Bill of Rights
The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution, as stated in the Bill of Rights, protects American citizens' right to keep and bear arms to maintain a well regulated militia. Mike Swingley,…

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By Abigail Field, attorney. Cross posted from Benzinga

While Congress cowers before multinationals lobbyists and moves to re-enact loopholes that let corporations like GE and Apple hide their income from the IRS, the Maine Legislature decided it had had enough. On Friday, April 4,Maine passed legislation that will end some of the games.

I would like the Governor to sign the bill, said Rep. Adam Goode, the sponsor of the legislation. The bill is about huge multinational corporations that hide their income in off shore tax havens. Small businesses in Maine dont use these tricks. That puts Maines small businesses at a competitive disadvantage.

Governor LePage has ten days to sign the bill into law, veto it, or let it become law without his signature. According to Maine Revenue Services, closing the Waters Edge loophole will raise $10 million for every two year budget cycle.

In Maine $10 million is a lot of money, said Rep. Goode. If the Governor vetoes the bill, were sending a message that were prioritizing multinational corporations access to tax havens over kids access to head start or seniors access to prescription drugs. Those programs are routinely on the chopping block.

Companies can dodge taxes by shifting income to low-tax jurisdictions. Not only do they send the money to tax havens off shore, but they also set up companies to hide income in low tax states, such as Nevada and Delaware. Twenty-three states and the District of Columbia countered stateside tax avoidance by combined reporting.

Combined reporting requires companies to report their income in all states; then the combined income is taxed in proportion to the businesss activity in their state. That way, if large amounts of income that were produced by business activity in, say Maine, but were reported for tax purposes as belonging to Delaware, it would be included in the total income pie that Maine would proportionately tax.

But if combined reporting stops at the Waters Edge, it only includes income reported within the United States. To get at offshore tax havens, the states can require worldwide combined reporting, or Waters Edge plus a list of known tax havens.

Maine, like Montana and Oregon, has taken the latter approach. Rep. Goodes bill includes a list of 38 known tax havens. Goode noted that Maine already uses combined reporting to stop corporations from hiding their money in low tax states like Delaware or Nevada. If we wont let corporations hide their money in Delaware, why would we let them hide it in the Cayman Islands or Bermuda?

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The uncomfortable truth is that the entire banking system in the developed West is insolvent.This is not some wild, attention seeking headline. Rather, it is a carefully researched assertion based on fact.

Lets briefly examine the evidence in the United States, the worlds largest and most important banking system :

1. Some of the largest banks in the US (such as Citigroup, for example) have just failed their stress tests.

2. The FDICs insurance fund fails to hold anywhere near the amount that they are required by law to maintain in order to insure the US banking system.

3. The Federal Reserve is nearly insolvent. Its capital ratio now stands at just 1.35%. Lehman Brothers was at 3% when they went bankrupt.

4. The US governments net worth, i.e. all of its assets minus all of its liabilities, is NEGATIVE $17 trillion.

So you can see that in the US, you have poorly capitalized banks backed by a poorly capitalized insurance fund backed by a nearly insolvent central bank and an insolvent government. Hardly a beacon of stability.

Again, this is not some wild conjecture. This is all fact, backed by publicly available data. But its an incredibly uncomfortable conclusion for most people to stomach.

Lets face it we all grow up being told that banks are safe. It must be, after all its a bank!

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1:00 AM Also: Gov. Paul LePages opposition to overdose drug makes national news and Republicans honor anti-tax crusader.

By Steve Mistler smistler@pressherald.com Staff Writer

Its not every day that Liechtensteins ambassador to the United States her name is Claudia Fritsche writes a letter to the Maine Legislature to weigh in on a bill.

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But it happened March 4, when Fritsche urged state lawmakers to vote down L.D. 1120, a bill that would prohibit multinational corporations from using so-called offshore tax havens to avoid paying taxes in Maine.

Lawmakers also received a letter from Jean-Louis Wolzfeld, Luxembourgs ambassador to the United States, opposing the bill.

Both countries are among more than two dozen jurisdictions identified as tax havens in L.D. 1120. In their letters to the lawmakers, Fritsche and Wolzfeld explained why such a designation unfairly blacklisted the two countries and what the impact would be if the bill is enacted.

Fritsche touted Liechtensteins cooperation with the United States in fighting terrorist financing. (This was apparently a symptom of the countrys secretive banking laws until it began taking steps to improve them.) She added that Liechtenstein didnt have any investments in Maine, but L.D. 1120 could deter the prospect of future business.

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John Cinque of Branford recently claimed in a Hartford Courant essay that Connecticuts gun-control laws attack his rights as a gun owner. Cinque believes gun-control advocates are on a mistaken ideological crusade.

Cinques interpretation of the Second Amendment would give him an almost unlimited right to bear arms. He quotes Marko Kloos of New Hampshire, apparently a mentor of his philosophy, as saying that people can deal with each other only by reason or by force.

Therefore if reason does not work, does one have the right to use force?

Cinque goes on to say that the people will no longer allow further encroachment on our natural rights and an armed society is a polite society.

He should try telling that to opponents of the Taliban of Afghanistan, the opposition in Iraq, and people in a myriad other locations throughout the world where innocents are being politely killed within armed societies.

The Second Amendment is clear. Even the present justices of our Supreme Court who overruled predecessor courts, which held in United States vs. Cruikshank (1876) that the right to bear arms is not granted by the Constitution; neither is it in any manner dependent upon that instrument for its existence do not dispute that the Second Amendment requires a well regulated militia.

In another prior case, United States v. Miller (1939), the Supreme Court ruled that the federal government and the states could limit any weapon types not having a reasonable relationship to the preservation or efficiency of a well regulated militia.

So much for the concept of stare decisis that Judges Samuel Alito, John Roberts, Clarence Thomas, and Antonin Scalia swore to uphold when they were confirmed.

Even in the Heller case (District of Columbia v. Heller, 2008), the current court, in its controlling opinion, does not doubt that the words of the Second Amendment refer to a well regulated militia.

The exact language of the Second Amendment is this: A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

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This article appeared on Scotusblog.com on April 3, 2014. What kind of bizarro world do we live in where a near majority of Justices of the United States Supreme Court criticizes a First Amendment ruling for being overly concerned with the individuals right to engage in political speech?

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What Is Libertarianism? What Does the Libertarian Party Stand For? Ron Paul
1988 The Libertarian Party is the third largest and fastest growing political party in the United States. The political platform of the Libertarian Party reflects the ideas of Libertarianism,…

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