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Oregon Is First State to Charge Drivers for Each Mile They Drive

When he's not riding his bicycle, Rep. Earl Blumenauer, an Oregon Democrat, said he's driving a fuel-efficient hybrid, and that's a problem, because it means he's not paying his "fair share" for highway maintenance. Blumenauer says that's why he signed up for OReGO, the nation's first program to charge drivers based on the number of miles they drive.
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London Now the Global Money-laundering Centre for Drug Trade, Says Crime Expert

UK banks and financial services have ignored so-called “know your customer” rules designed to curb criminals’ abilities to launder the proceeds of crime, Roberto Saviano warned. Mr Saviano, author of the international bestseller Gomorrah, which exposed the workings of the Neapolitan crime organisation Camorra, said: “The British treat it as not their problem because there aren’t corpses on the street.”
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10 KILLED, 55 WOUNDED IN FOURTH OF JULY VIOLENCE IN CHICAGO

Toll lower than last year...
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Woolly Mammoth Clones Closer Than Ever, Thanks to Genome Sequencing

A new analysis of the woolly mammoth genome has revealed several adaptations that allowed the furry beasts to thrive in the subzero temperatures of the last ice age, including a metabolism that allowed them to pack on insulating fat, smaller ears that lost less heat and a reduced sensitivity to cold.
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ERIC HOLDER RETURNS AS HERO TO LAW FIRM THAT LOBBIES FOR BIG BANKS

After failing to criminally prosecute any of the financial firms responsible for the market collapse in 2008, former Attorney General Eric Holder is returning to Covington & Burling, a corporate law firm known for serving Wall Street clients. The move completes one of the more troubling trips through the revolving door for a cabinet secretary. Holder worked at Covington from 2001 right up to being sworn in as attorney general in Feburary 2009. And Covington literally kept an office empty for him, awaiting his return.
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Podcast: Blacklisted Radio - 7.5.2015

In this episode of Blacklisted News Radio, Doug Owen talks about his observations from Independence Day celebrations as well as the Greeks voting for independence over more IMF / Troika control. Great callers make this economically focused show a little livelier than it would have been otherwise!
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Food Fight! Congress, Consumers Battle Over GMOs

At the center of the conflict is a bill sponsored by Republican Rep. Mike Pompeo of Kansas that would block state and local laws from requiring food labels to disclose genetically engineered ingredients. So far, three states – Vermont, Connecticut and Maine – have passed mandatory labeling laws for genetically modified food. At least fifteen other states are considering similar regulations.
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New Zealand Parliament Overwhelmingly Decides Free Speech Must Take A Backseat To Cyberbullying Concerns

New Zealand is the latest country to "do something" about online trolling. A rather comprehensive anti-cyberbullying act passed its third reading in the Parliament by a significant margin (116-5) and is awaiting royal assent. The "Harmful Digital Communications Act" criminalizes plenty of speech, mainly through the use of broad wording.
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Chicago to tax Netflix and other online movies and music to help cover growing deficit created by failed policies

Politicians get elected by making expensive, grandiose promises that are virtually impossible to fund. The voters, excited by the politicians promises, elect said politician, who proceeds to gleefully waste the money of the taxpayers on frivolous things. Then, when the inevitable budget shortfall rears its ugly head, they strong-arm the public into supporting tax increases by blaming the deficit on those who are principally opposed to tax increases and by threatening to cut funding for more popular public programs like education and the fire department. You can watch this cycle play out again and again. Maybe one day we’ll break it, but that day isn’t today.
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GERMAN TROOPS HEADING FOR UKRAINE

German state news agency Deutsche Welle reported Sunday (July 05) that the German Army would participate in two military exercises in Ukraine. The soldiers, the number of which has not been disclosed, will be involved in the exercises Rapid Trident and Sea Breeze under the leadership of the United States. Rapid Trident supports interoperability among Ukraine, US, NATO and Partnership for Peace member nations.
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CHINA IS EXPANDING ITS MILITARY INTO AFRICA

China is steadily expanding its military footprint in Africa, highlighted by the recent deployment of 700 combat-ready troops to join a multinational peacekeeping operation in South Sudan. In all, the People’s Liberation Army and Navy now have an estimated 2,700 soldiers, sailors, engineers and medical staff stationed across the continent.
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Central Banks Scramble to Rescue… Stocks, Not Greece

Stocks are sacred. Except those in Greece where no one knows when banks will reopen and what currency or IOUs or whatever they will dispense when they do reopen, and no one knows how Greek businesses are supposed to function under these circumstances, how they’re supposed to pay their employees and produce and sell things and provide services. And no one knows what Greek stocks are worth because the Athens Stock Exchange remains closed.
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Just days after accusing the Troika of engaging in financial terrorism

Just days after accusing the Troika of engaging in financial terrorism, Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis has resigned, writing on his blog that he will “wear the creditors’ loathing with pride.” The day before the country’s crucial referendum, Varoufakis told Spain’s El Mundo newspaper that the Troika forced Greece to close its banks for a week in order to “instil fear” and force a ‘yes’ vote – a move that ultimately failed.
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Nuland’s Nemesis: Will Greece Be Destroyed to Save Her From Russia, Like Ukraine?

A putsch in Athens to save allied Greece from enemy Russia is in preparation by the US and Germany, with backing from the non-taxpayers of Greece – the Greek oligarchs, Anglo-Greek shipowners, and the Greek Church. At the highest and lowest level of Greek government, and from Thessaloniki to Milvorni, all Greeks understand what is happening. Yesterday they voted overwhelmingly to resist. According to a high political figure in Athens, a 40-year veteran, “what is actually happening is a slow process of regime change.”
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Numbered Man – An Analysis of The Prisoner (1967)

1960s spy fiction is some of my favorite fiction. Developing its own unique aesthetic, from Bond toThe Saint to Harry Palmer, the vivid, flamboyant style of both the spies and their cinema incarnations created an iconic pop phenomena that survives still (as 007 is still going strong). Everyone knows 007, but few are aware of the more philosophical, science fiction based British cult show, The Prisoner starring Patrick McGoohan. McGoohan not only starred in the show, but is also the series’ co-creator, following his successful Danger Man series, and reportedly passed over the role of Bond in Dr. Noand The Saint due to moral qualms with 007’s ethics(McGoohan was a professing Roman Catholic). Regardless, The Prisoner remains one of the most fascinating presentations of the dark side of international espionage, combining the esoteric, philosophical, geopolitical and the fantastical, as well as functioning as a critique of the most foundational assumptions of modern, “progressive” man. For this, it most certainly warrants an analysis.
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New Evidence Links Fluoride to Increasing Cases of ADHD More water fluoridation = more ADHD

The evidence from a new scientific research study shows that children who live in water districts where the water supply is systematically fluoridated suffer with ADHD at a significantly higher rate.
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The "Nightmare Of The Euro-Architects" Is Coming True: JPM Now Sees Grexit, Eurogroup "Split In Coming Days"

Perhaps the best summary - or epitaph, some would say - of the shocking events that took place in Greece this afternoon, and the resultant falling dominoes that are about to be unleashed, was given by Slovakia's finance minister Peter Kazimir, who summarized events as follows:
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Woman who died of measles WAS vaccinated: First patient to die of disease in U.S. for 12 years succumbed to disease because of other health problems

This is the 11th case of measles in Washington - and the sixth in Clallam County - this year, Moyer said. Measles is highly contagious and spreads when an infected person breathes, coughs or sneezes. However, dying from it is extremely rare, Moyer said.
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The Story Behind the Iconic Photo of the Man who Defied Hitler & the Nazis by Refusing to Salute

In what can only be described as one of the most iconic photos of World War II, a lone man, August Landmesser, is seen refusing to be caught up in tha nationalistic Nazi fervor, as he stands with his arms crossed, stone faced, as the rest of the crowd engages in the mandatory “seig heil” salute. The salute, meaning hail victory, was an exhibition of loyalty to Adolf Hitler and the Nazi party, and was mandatory for all German citizens.
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Nine myths about the Greek crisis

The citizens of Greece face a referendum Sunday that could decide the survival of their elected government and the fate of the country in the Eurozone and Europe. Narrowly, they’re voting on whether to accept or reject the terms dictated by their creditors last week. But what’s really at stake? The answers aren’t what you’d think. I have had a close view of the process, both from the US and Athens, after working for the past four years with Yanis Varoufakis, now the Greek finance minister. I’ve come to realize that there are many myths in circulation about this crisis; here are nine that Americans should see through.
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