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Senator Walsh says he had PTSD when he wrote plagiarized thesis

Sen. Walsh (with an admirer) flicking us off

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Appointed Sen. John Walsh of Montana said Wednesday his failure to attribute conclusions and verbatim passages lifted from other scholars’ work in his thesis to earn a master’s degree from the U.S. Army War College was an unintentional mistake caused in part by post-traumatic stress disorder. Yeah, sure—just another Washington crook.

The plagiarism first reported by The New York Times was the second potentially damaging issue raised this year involving Walsh, who was not elected to the Senate, but appointed by cronies.

National Democrats, fellow crooks, have stated that they remain “100 percent behind Sen. Walsh” in his campaign against Republican Rep. Steve Daines.

“I don’t want to blame my mistake on PTSD, but I do want to say it may have been a factor,” Walsh said. “My head was not in a place very conducive to a classroom and an academic environment.” And neither were your core values.

Walsh submitted his thesis, titled “The Case for Democracy as a Long Term National Strategy,” for his Master of Strategic Studies degree in 2007. His plagiarized thesis contains a series of unattributed passages taken from the writings of other scholars. You know—cut and paste.

One section of Walsh’s thesis is nearly identical to about 600 words from a 1998 paper by Sean Lynn-Jones, a scholar at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, a research institute at Harvard.

Others plagiarized by Walsh, Carothers and Dermer declined to comment—probably for fear of being investigated by the IRS or some other federal agency.

Walsh has declined to answer repeated questions about whether he believed he earned the degree if the thesis’ conclusions were not his own—except to say, “I know about war strategy and defense because of firsthand experience leading a battalion and the Montana National Guard.”

Justin Barasky, spokesman for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, said, “John Walsh is a decorated war hero, and it’s disgusting that Steve Daines and Washington Republicans are going to try denigrate John’s distinguished service after multiple polls show him gaining.” Apparently, for Barasky and the Committee, cheating is OK if you are important enough.

Walsh’s military record was first questioned in January when records revealed the Army reprimanded him in 2010 for strong-arming guardsmen to join a private association for which he was seeking a leadership role. More money and votes for Walsh?

Walsh was adjutant general at the time and wanted to become vice chairman (or chairman of vice) of the National Guard Association of the United States. In its reprimand, Army Vice Chief of Staff Peter Chiarelli said he questioned Walsh’s ability to lead.

Political scientist David Parker of Montana State University said Walsh’s thesis combined with the reprimand raise questions about the senator’s integrity. Well, really?

Looks like Walsh could be perfect company in Washington for the crooks in the U.S. Senate.

All Employment Growth Since 2000 Went to Immigrants and Not to Native-Born Americans

Sinking Incomes for America

Sinking Incomes for Americans

The Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) reports that job growth in the United States since 2000 has gone entirely to immigrants, instead of to native-born Americans.

That is 100% of job growth going to immigrants and nothing, zero, to native-born Americans.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 127,000 fewer working-age native-born Americans holding a job in the first quarter of 2014 than in 2000, while the number of immigrants with a job was 5.7 million above the 2000 level.

While the American-born population grew significantly, the number of Americans working actually fell.

There were 17 million more working-age native-born Americans not working in the first quarter of 2014 than in 2000.

Unlike the native-born Americans, immigrants have made huge gains in the labor market.

Currently, 8.7 million native-born American college graduates are not working. This includes 17 million native-born Americans with some college, and 25.3 million with no more than a high school education. This brings us to a total of 58 million working-age native-born American being out of work—due entirely to the hiring of immigrants.

The long-term decline in the employment for native-born Americans across all age and education levels is a clear sign that there is no general labor shortage. This exposes as a lie that the primary justification for the large increases in immigration in the Schumer-Rubio bill and similar House proposals.

The steep decline in work among the native-born Americans over the last 14 years of high immigration proves that immigration reduces employment for native-born Americans.

Employment trends since 2000 give lie to the argument that immigration on balance increases job opportunities for native-born Americans—when the opposite is true.

Here is one of the concrete effects of jobs going to immigrants, illegal and other.  The typical American household has been getting poorer.

The inflation-adjusted net worth for the typical household was $87,992 in 2003. Ten years later, it was only $56,335, or a huge 36% t decline, according to a study financed by the Russell Sage Foundation.

The U.S. Congress continues to lie to the American people about this. Why? Because politicians are working for big business who want cheap labor and not from the American people.

How long are native-born Americans going to put up with the invasion of the United States by immigrants?

How long are native-born Americans going to elect a government that wants only cheap and inferior labor from immigrants?

How long before the revolution?

Vive la République !

Vive la République !

Is Hillary Dying?

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Hillary Clinton

According to Blood Feud by bestselling author and former New York Times Magazine editor-in-chief Edward Klein, Hillary Clinton’s health problems disqualify her from becoming president. Her health problems are much more severe than she has publicly revealed—even life threatening!

Below are two excerpts from Klein’s book, Blood Feud:

Page 193

The true story of what happened to Hillary, which is being recounted in these pages for the first time, was radically different from Reines’s version.

To begin with, Hillary fainted while she was working in her seventh-floor office at the State Department, not at home, as Reines told the media. She was treated at the State Department’s infirmary and then, at her own insistence, taken to Whitehaven to recover. However, as soon as Bill appeared on the scene and was able to assess Hillary’s condition for himself, he ordered that she be immediately flown to New York–Presbyterian Hospital in the Fort Washington section of Manhattan. When Reines subsequently released a statement confirming that Hillary was being treated at the hospital over the New Year’s holiday, it naturally intensified speculation about the seriousness of her medical condition.

While she was at the hospital, doctors diagnosed Hillary with several problems.

She had a right transverse venous thrombosis, or a blood clot between her brain and skull. She had developed the clot in one of the veins that drains blood from the brain to the heart. The doctors explained that blood stagnates when you spend a lot of time on airplanes, and Hillary had clocked countless hours flying around the world.

To make matters worse, it turned out that Hillary had an intrinsic tendency to form clots and faint. In addition to the fainting spell she suffered in Buffalo a few years before, she had fainted boarding her plane in Yemen, fallen and fractured her elbow in 2009, and suffered other unspecified fainting episodes. Several years earlier, she had developed a clot in her leg and was put on anticoagulant therapy by her doctor. However, she had foolishly stopped taking her anticoagulant medicine, which might have explained the most recent thrombotic event.

“The unique thing about clotting in the brain is that it could have transformed into a stroke,” said a cardiac specialist with knowledge of Hillary’s condition.

Page 195

According to a source close to Hillary, a thorough medical examination revealed that Hillary’s tendency to form clots was the least of her problems. She also suffered from a thyroid condition, which was common among women of her age, and her fainting spells indicated there was an underlying heart problem as well. A cardiac stress test indicated that her heart rhythm and heart valves were not normal. Put into layman’s language, her heart valves were not pumping in a steady way.

When the author attempted to contact the Clintons’ cardiologist, Dr. Allan Schwartz, he refused to comment, which made it impossible to determine the exact nature of Hillary’s medical status or its long-term significance. However, sources who discussed Hillary’s medical condition with her were told that Hillary’s doctors considered performing valve-replacement surgery. They ultimately decided against it. Still, before they released Hillary from the hospital, they warned Bill Clinton: “She has to be carefully monitored for the rest of her life.”

Blood Feud recounts the events of the Clintons versus the Obamas. Given the revelations in Blood Feud, it appears that the author favors the Obama side of the feud.

Aside from Hillary’s health, Blood Feud answers a lot of other questions about the Clintons and the Obamas—it’s not just Bill and Hillary, but Barack and Michelle also lead largely separate lives and how Michelle’s best friend controls the White House. Blood Feud is a stunning exposé of the animosity and competition between America’s two most powerful political couples. It is filled with a wealth of insider information involving Oprah Winfrey and Valeria Jarrett who shot her down as a force during the election. Oprah did not like how Michelle always was one up on Barack.

This book is an entertaining look into the powers surrounding the White House, the Obamas and the Clintons.


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Failed States, thanks to the U.S.

The actions of the United States and its leaders has resulted to the creation of three failed states—Iraq, Syria and Libya.

What, me worry?

What, me worry?

In the battlefield, which was once Iraq, President Obama has few options, as his only ally appears to be Iran. Since, however, this is not a viable option (or is it?) Obama is chilling in the White House—as he did high on weed in his high school days.

In Syria, Senator McCain is backing the rebels—the very people that Obama and Iran are against in Iraq. McCain, who made it by marrying a very rich woman, wants to arm the Syrian rebels, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, who made it by marrying two very rich women, is staying out of the picture entirely.

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has accused critics of the war in Iraq of trying to “willfully” claim the current crisis in the country is a result of the original invasion.

Mr. Blair rejected claims that he was to blame, saying that if the West had not rid Iraq of Saddam Hussein, the crisis in the Middle East would be worse. In addition, Blair would not have received the reported $19 billion that the Bush administration paid him for England’s joining the war in Iraq.

Iraq

Islamist militants, the ISIS, have seized major cities in Iraq and are marching on Bagdad as Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s military lays down their weapons to avoid beheadings, crucifixions and worse.

The surge in violence across northern and central Iraq, only three years after the U.S. troop withdrawal, is a civil war in what was OPEC’s second-biggest oil producer. Iraq’s main oil fields and refineries have fallen to the Sunni rebels of ISIS.

In addition, ISIS fighters have taken control of two big weapons depots holding some 400,000 items, including AK-47 rifles, rockets Stinger anti-aircraft missiles and rocket-propelled grenades, artillery shells and mortars. A quarter of these weapons were quickly sent to Syria in order to help the ISIS (and Senator McCain) overthrow the al-Assad regime.

The New York Times reports that army commanders from the Saddam era joined forces with the Islamists to rout the government including General Sultan Hashim, Iraq’s defense minister under Saddam Hussein during the U.S. invasion in 2003.

The U.N. refugee agency reported that nearly 480,000 people had been driven from their homes by fighting since January between government forces and rebels in western Iraq’s Anbar province.

The U.S. embassy in Bagdad is closing down as its staff flees the country. Obama announced today that he is sending a mere token of only 275 troops to assist with the effort—fleeing boots on the ground.

Three Republican congressmen who served in Iraq—Scott Perry of Pennsylvania, Doug Collins of Georgia, and Brad Wenstrup of Ohio—said it feels like the progress they made has been thrown away.

Syria
Hundreds of thousands have died in Syria as Iranian forces battle Sunni fighters in Syria. Both Sunni and Shia fighters believe the battle was foretold in Islamic 7th Century prophecies which sayings of the Prophet Mohammad and his followers that started it all some 1,400 years ago when Islam split into its Sunni and Shia branches starting the war between the two that followed the Prophet Mohammad’s death in 632 Does Senator McCain understand that this is a Holy War?

Libya
United States led NATO launched a war in which rebel militiamen played a supportive role and ended with the overthrow and killing of Gaddafi.

The NATO powers that overthrew Gaddafi and by many accounts gave the orders to kill him – did so not because he was a tyrannical ruler—but because he was going to sell oil to the Chinese. Big Oil would have been very unhappy with that.

The Libyan former Prime Minister Ali Zeidan fled after parliament voted him out of office. Militias based in Misrata, western Libya, notorious for their violence have launched an offensive against the eastern rebels in what could be the opening shots in a civil war between western and eastern Libya.

A striking feature of events in Libya was when the militiamen, whose victory NATO had assured, killed the U.S. ambassador; no action was taken by Washington, London or Paris.
Libya’s oil exports have fallen from 1.4 million barrels a day in 2011 to 235,000 barrels a day.

This is good for Big Oil as it provides the opportunity for them to raise their prices.

7/26/2014 Update:

The United States shut down its embassy in (failed state) Libya on Saturday and evacuated its diplomats to neighboring Tunisia under U.S. military escort F-16 fighter jets and other U.S. aircraft providing security. This is amid a significant deterioration in security in Tripoli as fighting intensified between rival militias, the State Department said.

Ambassador Deborah Jones with her personal belly-dance instructor.

Ambassador Deborah Jones with her personal belly-dance instructor.

“With all the free-wheeling militia violence, we are suspending our current diplomatic activities at the embassy — not closing the embassy — but suspending the activities … ,” Kerry said. Huh? How do you suspend your activities by not closing the embassy?

On Friday, U.S. Ambassador to Libya Deborah Jones (known for her short skirts) appealed for fighting near the embassy to stop. “We have not been attacked but our neighborhood a bit 2 close to the action,” she tweeted. “Diplomatic missions 2 B avoided pls.”

On Sunday, Jones tweeted about “heavy shelling and other exchanges” of fire in the vicinity of the embassy and speculation about the potential evacuation had been rife at the State Department for more than a week.

Prior to her appointment in Libya, Deborah Jones was the United States Ambassador to Kuwait from 2008 to 2011.

She graduated from Brigham Young University, but even though a fervent Mormon is an accomplished belly dancer.

Jones is “married” to Richard G. Olson, the United States Ambassador to Pakistan even though she doesn’t live with him or even share his last name.

Deborah Jones is a great example of American insensitivity to other cultures. Her presence alone is enough to destabilize Libya.

 

George Clooney, a Muslim?

George Clooney

Girgis al Clooney (Muslim name)

The lady that George Clooney  intends to marry, Amal Alamuddinan, an Arab from Lebanon, is of the Islamic Druze religion as are her parents. Although her name, “Amal,” is of ancient origin, it is one of the few unisex names in Arabic.

Druze elders in traditional attire

Druze elders in traditional attire

Amal’s sect, the Druze, are from a larger Muslim group, the Shia. As such, the Druze are in the same camp as President Bashir Al Assad of Syria, Iran, and Lebanon’s Hezbollah.

For any Muslim, including the Druze, it is forbidden for a woman to marry a man who is not of the Islamic faith.

Moreover, for the Druze, the groom must also be a Druze. Unfortunately, the Druze do not allow conversion to their religion.


Consequently, at the very minimum, to have a lawful marriage, George Clooney must convert to Islam even a non-Druze sect—most likely choice being the Shia.

Male Druze infants are usually circumcised shortly after birth. Consequently, Clooney’s conversion may also require a circumcision, which, for a man of Cloony’s age, could seriously curtail, or even end his sex life.

Naturally, this would not be publicized, and Clooney’s career could continue “as normal.”

Clooney’s new name in Arabic is Girgis al Clooney (coming to your local movie theater).

Al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah the Druze God incarnate

Al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah the Druze God incarnate

Certainly, Clooney has taken all this into careful consideration.

Once converted, Clooney must appear in traditional garb when among his Druze community and in decent clothing when outside with freedom to wear what others wear.

In addition, as a Druze, Clooney should never fill his stomach when eating, or sleep all the night without praying.

Clooney must accept the Druze belief that Al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah was God incarnate. (Bow down Girgis.)

So why doesn’t Clooney’s future wife simply convert to Christianity?

Wouldn’t that be simpler?

Probably not—it might be too risky as the penalty for leaving Islam is death.

It has been reported that Amal’s mother Baria Alamuddin is ‘unimpressed’ with George’s Hollywood pedigree, and would rather have her daughter marrying someone in their Druze Lebanese religious sect.

In fact, Baria has reached out to George and asked him to consider becoming Muslim and converting to Druze. Baria (بارعه) is an Arab name for women meaning, “one who escels.”

However, George Clooney is apparently not considering the option of converting to Islam. It is worth noting that in George and Amal’s recent trip to George’s fabulous villa in Lake Come, that George’s parents joined them, but Amal’s did not.

Out of desperation, in an op-ed in the Daily Mail, George has claimed that Amal’s mother is not a Druze—Clooney didn’t mention Amal’s father. If the father is a Druze it is virtually certain that the mother is as well—that’s how it goes in Islam.

Only Muslim men can marry Muslim women, while a Muslim man can marry any of what Islam calls “people of the book,” being Christians, Muslims, or even Jews.

Although a native-born U.S. Citizen, I have lived and worked in Saudi Arabia for nine years, speak Arabic, and know the facts of Islam.

Kerry, Heinz, Assad, and Shia Islam

Faleh al-Khazali, Iraq Prime Minister Nouri al-Malikim Kerry, Teresa Heinz, Faleh al Khazali Assad’s fighter.

Faleh al-Khazali, Iraq Prime Minister Nouri al-Malikim Kerry, Teresa Heinz, Faleh al Khazali Assad’s fighter.

A U.S-backed Iraqi Shiite politico who proudly fought for Syrian President Bashar Assad against Sunni rebels in Syria’s civil war is now running for parliament in his home country, where the conflict has raised already-high sectarian tensions. To be in parliament or even to run for office in Iraq you must have the backing of the U.S. which has put the Iraqi Shiites in power.

Faleh al-Khazali is one of an unknown number of Iraqi Shiites who have gone to fight on the side of Syrian President Bashar Assad against a Sunni-led rebellion. This could not have happened without the backing of the U.S., specifically U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry.

Khazali, a 39-year-old father of four, commanded the first group of Iraqi Shiite forces that traveled to Syria “to free the area surrounding the Sayyida Zeinab [shrine] from the takfiris,” he told AFP in the southern port city of Basra, referring to Sunni extremists.

The shrine to the daughter of Imam Ali, located near Damascus, is a revered site for Shiites, which Iraqis who go to Syria say they are fighting to defend.

“We entered Syria a year and three months ago … in a preemptive war to eradicate” the extremists, said Khazali, who is running on Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s State of Law list in the April 30 parliamentary election.

Iraq’s Shiite-led government has favored Assad, who is a member of the Alawite sect, an offshoot of Shiite Islam.

“I was wounded in my eye in front of Sayyida Zeinab and lost it, and I am delighted and proud of this, and I will return to Syria as the situation requires,” Khazali said.

Khazali, a government employee, was also wounded in his right leg while fighting in Syria.

His public Facebook page makes no secret of his involvement in Syria, featuring pictures of him clad in camouflage, including one slightly blurred shot that appears to show him holding a Kalashnikov assault rifle in each hand.

Other pictures include a montage of the Sayyida Zeinab shrine, Khazali in battle dress giving a victory sign and a campaign poster with pictures of him and Maliki and the slogan: “We build Iraq.”

He is also shown lying in a hospital bed with a bandage over his right eye.

“Our national security, as Iraqis, requires that we go there [to Syria] to defend the holy places first, and second to defend Iraq,” Khazali said.

In addition, Kerry has torpedoed the Israeli/Palestinian peace process by accusing Israel of apartheid. This is not the only anti-semitic pro-Arab act that Kerry has produced. Kerry is himself of Jewish descent, but his family has changed their name from Kohn to Kerry and their religion from Judiasm to Catholicism.

 

America, self-appointed conscience of the world

Viewpoint by Conrad Steinhoff

Viewpoint by Conrad Steinhoff from the Lebanon Il  Advertiser

President Obama can’t seem to get anything right. He’s naive. He lives in a fantasy world. He’s weak and vacillating. Have I covered it all? Oh, and he’s deceitful. He lies to cover up his blunders. What else? There’s more, I’m sure, but you get the picture. The picture, that is, according to Republicans and a few Democrats in Congress, and the Neocon conservative pundits in the press. A lot of the vitriol is directed to Obama’s conduct of foreign affairs, going back to the Arab Spring” when he “bungled” the Benghazi affair in Libya. He is personally responsible for the death of our ambassador and three other Americans in that incident, they claim.

The House Foreign Affairs Committee has been determined to prove that. They have held—I’ve lost count how many—hearings to uncover the “truth” about Benghazi, without success. “Getting at the truth” means getting somebody to corroborate their every problem. They are so frustrated they are reduced to throwing tantrums.

The next big blunder is Syria. Obama drew a line in the sand—or rather a red line. Any use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government would result in an attack on their chemical weapons facilities, said President Obama. President Assad stepped over the prompted by public opinion polls that showed the American people strongly opposed to bombing. Into the space thus created stepped Vladimir Putin, Russian President, to offer a deal where the Syrians (who he has been arming) would give up their chemical weapons. Obama jumped at the deal. Immediately, conservatives howled in protest. “You said you would attack. Now you have made us look weak, and a sucker for the Russians.” In my view, President Obama’s mistake wasn’t his “failure” to bomb Syria, but rather in drawing the red line in the first place. Games of chicken should stay on the school playground.

Neocon pundit Charles Krauthammer has been all over Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry on foreign affairs for a long time. He never lets up. Recently he has written of nothing else. George Will, a fellow conservative pundit, is more “intellectual,” and therefore a bit more subtle, but his disdain for this weakling president is palpable. Krauthammer roundly condemns Obama’s weakness, his failure to be tough, his naive belief that talking can solve been determined to prove that. He is particularly contemptuous of the negotiations with Iran over their nuclear program. His latest onslaught is about Ukraine.

The Senate warriors, led by John McCain, along with the neocons in the media, howl in outrage that Obama’s lack of resolve throughout his presidency is the cause of the present situation. Putin has decided (correctly, they assure us), that he can take the Crimea, and amass troops on Ukraine’s eastern border and likely seize more Ukrainian territory, all because Obama won’t stop him.

An interesting bit of history throws a spotlight on what is happening in Ukraine. Steve Weisman of Reader Supported News (RSN) has done an extensive three-part piece of investigative reporting on Ukraine, going back to the Cold War era. He traces the strong strain of anti-Semitic fascism that dominated the politics of the Ukraine region of the Soviet Union and which is still operative in Ukraine today. Along with this is the well-documented record of American meddling, much of it by non-governmental but highly political groups, in Ukrainian politics over many years with the goal of drawing Ukraine into the European sphere and away from Russia. Bill and Hillary Clinton were active players in this enterprise. Their meddling included collaboration with the neo-Nazi government and wealthy oligarchs prominent in Ukrainian politics and society. The culmination of their machinations was the economic agreement with the European Union that Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych was about to sign. That is where Putin stepped in with his offer of $15 billion in exchange for not signing. Yanukovych went for the offer and from there everything unraveled. Now Yanukovych has fled to Russia, the corrupt oligarchs and reactionary politicians are running the government, and Putin has seized the Crimea.
While all this is going on, Obama’s critics are blaming him for the mess. As with Syria, as with Iran, the mess is his fault because he wasn’t tough enough. But the silence is deafening when one asks these folks what Obama should have done, or what they would have done if they had been in charge. Send troops, bomb the place, send our Navy into the Black Sea and shell the Russian base at Sevastopol? How about a bombing campaign to take out the Iranian nuclear centrifuges? A Navy Seals team to take out Putin? They have nothing to suggest.

Much of the mess in the Middle East and Ukraine is in significant part the outcome of our misguided belief that we somehow we are not only the right but the responsibility as the world’s shining city on a hill, to involve ourselves, sometimes behind the scenes, sometimes out there with our bombs and troops, in making the world over in our image. The real failing of President Obama in all this is endorsing the neocon worldview with his rhetoric while doing something else. He does appear to vacillate. He vacillates while poll after poll shows a huge majority of Americans, Republicans as well as Democrats and Independents, want no part of foreign meddling and military ad• ventures. The tragic fiascos of Viet Nam, Iraq and Afghanistan have convinced most of us that enough is already too much. The President would do well to firmly and clearly side with us, the American majority.

Americans suffer brain damage from marijuana

Researchers from Northwestern University, Harvard Medical School, and Massachusetts General Hospital used MRI scans to compare the brains of 20 18- to 25-year-olds who smoked at least once a week to those of 20 individuals who had little or no history of using the drug. Though the low to moderate marijuana users were not addicted to the drug, imaging data showed that their brain anatomy had changed irreversibly.

The nucleus accumbens, a part of the brain linked to reward processing, was larger and had changed shape in casual smokers compared to non-users. The researchers also found that the amygdala, which helps to regulate emotions, had also changed in shape and density in those who smoked the drug.

“While I don’t think anyone has directly contrasted recreational with dependent users, it is pretty clear from our data that the more you use, the more the brain is impacted,” said Anne Blood, Ph.D., who leads the Laboratory for Mood and Movement Disorders at Massachusetts General Hospital.

“This study raises a strong challenge to the idea that casual marijuana use isn’t associated with bad consequences,” added Dr. Hans Breiter, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Northwestern University, who was also involved with the study.

Blood said that any brain changes have the potential to cause behavioral and neurological changes as well. The parts of the brain where they detected structural differences are “powerhouses of function.”

“These are not brain regions that you want to alter,” she said, calling for more studies that target recreational marijuana users. “There is no doubt that we will find these structural changes have some impact on these individuals’ neurological or psychiatric and behavioral function.”

So much for Obama’s “American Exceptionalism.”

Cannabis Use Is Quantitatively Associated with Nucleus Accumbens and Amygdala Abnormalities in Young Adult Recreational Users

The Journal of Neuroscience, 16 April 2014, 34(16): 5529-5538; doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.4745-13.2014

Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug in the United States, but little is known about its effects on the human brain, particularly on reward/aversion regions implicated in addiction, such as the nucleus accumbens and amygdala. Animal studies show structural changes in brain regions such as the nucleus accumbens after exposure to ?9-tetrahydrocannabinol, but less is known about cannabis use and brain morphometry in these regions in humans. We collected high-resolution MRI scans on young adult recreational marijuana users and nonusing controls and conducted three independent analyses of morphometry in these structures: (1) gray matter density using voxel-based morphometry, (2) volume (total brain and regional volumes), and (3) shape (surface morphometry). Gray matter density analyses revealed greater gray matter density in marijuana users than in control participants in the left nucleus accumbens extending to subcallosal cortex, hypothalamus, sublenticular extended amygdala, and left amygdala, even after controlling for age, sex, alcohol use, and cigarette smoking. Trend-level effects were observed for a volume increase in the left nucleus accumbens only. Significant shape differences were detected in the left nucleus accumbens and right amygdala. The left nucleus accumbens showed salient exposure-dependent alterations across all three measures and an altered multimodal relationship across measures in the marijuana group. These data suggest that marijuana exposure, even in young recreational users, is associated with exposure-dependent alterations of the neural matrix of core reward structures and is consistent with animal studies of changes in dendritic arborization.

MH370 – Maldives residents claim spotting plane

Haveeru OnlineAs multiple nations search for the missing Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 frantically, reports are emerging that the plane was spotted by some people near the Maldivian islands. Maldivian news website Haveeru Online reported that residents of the remote Maldives island of Kuda Huvadhoo in Dhaal Atoll said they saw a “low-flying jumbo jet” around 6.15 am ( Maldivian time) on March 8, the day when the flight disappeared. It also said the residents reported that it was a white aircraft, with red stripes across it like the planes operated by Malaysian Airlines.

There are billions of dollars worth of U.S. military equipment at Diego Garcia. It is difficult to believe that MH370 did not appear on the Diego Garcia radar, or on U.S. Awacs in the area.

From Haveeru Online

Mar 18, 2014 – 02:55

B52s and Stealth Bombers on Diego Garcia

B52s and Stealth Bombers on Diego Garcia

Residents of the remote Maldives island of Kuda Huvadhoo in Dhaal Atoll have reported seeing a “low flying jumbo jet” on the morning of the disappearance of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Whilst the disappearance of the Boeing 777 jet, carrying 239 passengers has left the whole world in bewilderment, several residents of Kuda Huvadhoo told Haveeru on Tuesday that they saw a “low flying jumbo jet” at around 6:15am on March 8.

They said that it was a white aircraft, with red stripes across it – which is what the Malaysia Airlines flights typically look like.

Eyewitnesses from the Kuda Huvadhoo concurred that the aeroplane was travelling North to South-East, towards the Southern tip of the Maldives – Addu. They also noted the incredibly loud noise that the flight made when it flew over the island. “I’ve never seen a jet flying so low over our island before. We’ve seen seaplanes, but I’m sure that this was not one of those. I could even make out the doors on the plane clearly,” said an eyewitness. “It’s not just me either, several other residents have reported seeing the exact same thing. Some people got out of their houses to see what was causing the tremendous noise too.”

Mohamed Zaheem, the Island Councilor of Kuda Huvadhoo, confirmed that the residents of the island had spoken about the incident.

Mar 18, 2014 – 04:13

In reference to investigative teams, some Malaysian news have written that the Captain of the missing Malaysian Airlines MH370 Zaharie Ahmad Shah had been practicing landing at Ibrahim Nasir International Airport (INIA) of Maldives in the flight simulator he had built at his own home. Investigations into the flight simulator taken from the missing pilot’s home showed a software for five practice runways, including INIA: three airports in India and Sri Lanka, and one belonging to the US military base in Diego Garcia. “Among the software we checked so far is the Male International Airport in Maldives, All,” a source told the Malay daily. Malay Daily has written that all of these airports have a runway length of 1,000 metres, which is suitable to land a Boeing 777 plane. US had previously stated that the plane could not have landed at their base, Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean.

Mar 18, 2014 – 09:44

Maldives police on Tuesday announced an investigation into reports that residents of the remote Maldives island of Kuda Huvadhoo in Dhaal Atoll have seen a “low flying jumbo jet” on the morning of the disappearance of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. But the police did not reveal any details.

Free Medi-Cal for Mexicans thanks to Imperial County Social Services?

Republican Rep. Jeff  Denham of California is pushing to get his Enlist Act into the National Defense Authorization Act, coming to the House floor very soon.

The Enlist Act will give U.S. citizenship to aliens who enlist in the U.S. military, and who serve honorably.

Fortunately, not everyone in the House supports this effort.

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) stated, “When someone goes into the military they take an oath to protect and defend the United States of America. How can you raise your right hand and promise to defend the U.S. Constitution, while you are breaking the very laws you are sworn to defend?”

Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King said, “As soon as they raise their hand and say ‘I’m unlawfully present in the United States,’ we’re not going take your oath into the military, but we’re going to take your deposition and we have a bus for you to Tijuana. That’s the law. Are they going to then suspend the law that requires ICE to place people into removal proceedings that are unlawfully present?”

Even if the Enlist Act does not go through, it is expected that President Obama will enact amnesty by executive fiat—legal or not.

In contrast, legal permanent residents must wait five years to apply for citizenship or three if they are married to a U.S. Citizen. Once they apply, however, it can take up to ten or twelve years to achieve citizenship.

Thanks either to Obama or to Denham, the illegals will have a much faster path to U.S. Citizenship.

Who says crime doesn’t pay?

Fortunately, the Enlist Act has been killed on the House floor, but attempts will be made to revive it. After all, Big Business needs cheap labor, and the illegals want even more illegals to invade the U.S.

Vast areas of the U. S. are turning Hispanic. Go to Imperial County in California. There you can’t get a job unless you speak Spanish, and even then, you had better be Hispanic to be employed.

Imperial County is dominated by Mexicali right on its border. Mexicali is a peaceful city between the drug wars of Los Algodones to the east and Tijuana to the west. Mexicali has a population of one million. Thousands, most likely tens of thousands, of Mexicans from Mexicali are getting their U.S. paid Medi-Cal (California’s Medicare) thanks to the Imperial County Social Services. They will get free medical services thanks to U.S. taxpayers.

From what I hear and understand, all the Mexicans need is someone who will lend them a U.S. address, and the Mexican gang controlling Imperial County Social Services will process them right through the system.