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Synthetic THC is safer than actual weed, according to the DEA

The DEA has officially decided that a notorious fentanyl manufacturer’s synthetic marijuana product is safer and more medically valuable than actual weed. In an announcement posted Wednesday in the Federal Register, the DEA announced that the drug Syndros, a liquid form of synthetic THC, will be classified as a Schedule II controlled substance, meaning it can be legally prescribed by doctors. Meanwhile, regular marijuana will continue to be listed alongside heroin in the more restrictive Schedule I category, which is reserved for drugs that have “no currently accepted medical use” and “a high potential for abuse.” The FDA has already approved Syndros…

Iconic radio giant Cumulus Media files Chapter 11

Troubled radio giant Cumulus Media Inc. said late Wednesday that it filed to reorganize in Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The Atlanta-based company (Nasdaq: CMLS), which is burdened with $2.4 billion in debt, owns and operates 446 radio stations broadcasting in 90 U.S. media markets. The company’s historical focus had been on mid-sized radio markets in the United States. But in 2011, believing that large radio markets provided an opportunity for future growth, particularly for emerging digital advertising initiatives, Cumulus bought rival Citadel Broadcasting Corp. for $2.5 billion. Cumulus said Wednesday it has entered a restructuring agreement with lenders to reduce the company’s debt by more…

END OF AN ERA: Sears’ loss narrows as same-store sales plunge

Sears Holdings Corp continued its streak of declining sales in the third quarter, reporting a double-digit drop in comparable sales at its Sears and Kmart chains. Sales at Sears stores open for more than a year fell 17 percent in the quarter ended Oct. 28, while comparable sales at Kmart fell 13 percent, hurt by closures of pharmacies within some Kmart stores and fewer electronic products available at the chains. Once the largest U.S. retailer, Sears has struggled as shoppers shift from the mall to the web and has closed scores of its weaker Kmart and namesake department stores, striking…

McDonald’s Bun-Supplier Loses 35% Of Staff To Immigration Raids

President Trump has made it widely known that he will not tolerate sanctuary cities like Baltimore, Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York. Since taking office, he has threatened to slash federal funding to cities who do not comply with federal immigrations laws, along with ICE agents circumnavigating local authorities in a nationwide federal operation to arrest undocumented immigrants. In the latest immigration raids, ICE agents targeted a Swiss supplier of hamburger buns for McDonald’s Corp., who said it’s Chicago bakery lost 35% or about 800 of its workers at the Cloverhill Plant. The company is owned by Zurich-based Aryzta AG, who makes baked products for fast-food chains…

Michigan to reinstate work requirements for adults receiving food stamps

By the end of next year, “able-bodied” adults in Michigan who currently receive food stamps will have to meet federal work requirements to continue receiving benefits. The federal work requirements have been waived since 2002 in Michigan due to high unemployment rates, but are being reinstated in waves across the state. An “able-bodied” adult, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is anyone who is between the ages of 18 to 49, does not have a disability and does not have dependents. They can meet the reinstated work requirements to receive food assistance by: Working an average of 20 hours…

In Louisiana, the Poor Face the Death Penalty Without a Lawyer

It has become an annual ritual in Louisiana: Nearly every winter, the state’s public defenders run out of money. Last year, 33 of the state’s 42 local indigent defense offices cut staff or placed thousands of poor defendants on a wait list. The New Orleans public defender’s office began refusing clients, leaving hundreds to sit in jail without representation. This year, there is another wait list. At least 11 Louisiana defendants facing the death penalty—including five who have already been indicted—have no defense team and may not have one until new money becomes available in July. The list is likely to grow. In…

Ammon Bundy to be released, Cliven Bundy choosing to remain behind bars

It was a big day in Courtroom 7C of the Federal Courthouse in Las Vegas, as changes were made to the release of all three Bundy defendants. Ammon Bundy will be released on Thursday from a federal detention center in Las Vegas. He was granted a supervised release after a judge verified evidence under certain conditions. He will be released under third-party custody, staying with a friend of the family in Las Vegas. Ammon’s release will be discussed in pretrial services on Thursday and he will be under 24/7 house arrest with certain exceptions. He must get approval in order…

Cummings asks FBI director to make Baltimore Police investigation a ‘top priority’

Rep. Elijah E. Cummings pressed the director of the FBI on Wednesday to make the investigation into slain Baltimore homicide detective Sean Suiter “a top priority” and called on the federal agency to “do everything” in its power to help. Cummings and other members of the Congressional Black Caucus held a closed-door meeting with FBI Director Christopher Wray to discuss concerns with an unrelated Aug. 3 report from the bureau that warned of a threat posed by “black identity extremists.” Cummings, a Baltimore Democrat, said he also wanted to raise the killing, which has shocked the police department and the city. Suiter was set…

How to Leave the 9-5 Job Behind for the Modern Economy

The 9-5 is on it’s way out. You can’t ignore the facts. That traditional model of employment so many Americans sought in the past, is giving way to something new. Fueling that change: dissatisfaction, loss of opportunities, and stagnation. Each forces people and the economy to adapt. The expectations people have for a job have changed as well. People want more than just a job. Yet many large businesses and corporations act as stewards of traditional employment. They push the same model of employment on people, but with fewer benefits than in the past. Job security? Not likely. Finding security within one…

Is Washington the Most Corrupt Government in History?

Robert Mueller, a former director of the FBI who is working as a special prosecutor “investigating” a contrived hoax designed by the military/security complex and the DNC to destroy the Trump presidency, has yet to produce a scrap of evidence that Russiagate is anything but orchestrated fake news. As William Binney and other top experts have said, if there is evidence of Russiagate, the NSA would have it. No investigation would be necessary. So where is the evidence? It is a revelation of how corrupt Washington is that a fake scandal is being investigated while a real scandal is not.…

3M named in massive contamination scheme that allegedly caused widespread cancer

According to Minnesota’s attorney general, chemicals that were dumped by 3M Co. in the Twin Cities metro area has caused cancer and infertility rates to rise, and has also resulted in the babies with low birth weights. In a court filing last week, Attorney General Lori Swanson alleged that the contamination resulted in $5 billion in health and environmental damage which, according to Swanson, 3M should be liable for. In addition, the court filing accused 3M of knowing that the groundwater was being contaminated for years, and that the company intentionally withheld important information from the Environmental Protection Agency. “3M, in…

Every news source considered “credible” by the establishment is RUN by the establishment

By this point it should be obvious to anyone who has been paying attention that when the liberals and left wing corporations claim to be launching various initiatives in the interest of combating “fake news” on the Internet, what they are really saying is that they want the power to determine which information is permitted and which information is to be suppressed. In recent months, companies such as Google, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter have all declared that they are taking a stand against the spread of fake news, but what always ends up happening is conservative voices become silenced while…

Wells Fargo Facing Penalties Over Ignoring Student Loan Included in Bankruptcy

One of our very own student loan attorneys, Austin Smith, recently scored an important victory on a Wells Fargo student loan. Austin said, “I confess when we filed this case, I was hoping Wells Fargo would quickly see that we were right, acknowledge the mistake, and fix it. And naively, I thought they might be willing to sit down and fix the problem for all their customers. Everybody makes mistakes, and this could have been a real opportunity for Wells to prove that they’ve changed their business culture. But now I fear that Wells Fargo has no intention of changing its…

Salmon processing plants are dumping diseased salmon blood into the migratory paths of other salmon

There’s a pipe spewing blood into the otherwise serene, salmon-filled waters of the Discovery Passage channel, off Vancouver Island in British Columbia. It’s extremely gross, and potentially bad for the wild fish of the channel and beyond, according to researchers. Videographer and photographer Tavish Campbell discovered the effluent pipe—a standard system for disposing of wastewater, but definitely not for churning out straight, gory fish guts—on a dive earlier this year, near an Atlantic salmon processing plant. Campbell told me in a phone conversation that he dove at that location after watching the fish farming and processing plants change the ecosystem…

Judge delays civil trial of PEDOFILE Jeffrey Epstein

What promised to be a salacious trial probing billionaire Jeffrey Epstein’s sexual relationships with underage girls won’t get underway next week as planned. Citing the many unanswered legal questions that still swirl around the 8-year-old civil lawsuit pitting attorney Bradley Edwards against the 64-year-old Palm Beach convicted sex offender, Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Donald Hafele agreed to delay the trial until March. “Under the circumstances of this unusual and relatively complex case, the court finds that there are simply too many significant, lengthy motions that are pending and need to be heard prior to December 5, 2017, the date that the trial was originally…

Baltimore Police refusing to let FBI join investigation of murdered detective scheduled to testify against officers

Police in Baltimore have made no arrests in the shooting death of homicide Detective Sean Suiter, who was slain with his own gun the day before testifying against fellow officers before a federal grand jury. Despite the lack of progress in the case and the clear conflict of interest, the Baltimore Police Department is refusing to allow the FBI to take over investigation, WBAL News reports. “I have a lot of confidence in the Police Commissioner, Kevin Davis, in Baltimore, but at some point, obviously, the more eyes we have on this, the better,” Governor Larry Hogan said Tuesday. Under federal…

Government Drug Dealing: from “Kill the Messenger” to “Pinocchio”

“For the better part of a decade, a San Francisco Bay Area drug ring sold tons of cocaine to the Crips and Bloods street gangs of Los Angeles and funneled millions in drug profits to a Latin American guerrilla army run by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, a Mercury News investigation has found. This drug network opened the first pipeline between Colombia’s cocaine cartels and the black neighborhoods of Los Angeles, a city now known as the “crack” capital of the world.  The cocaine that flooded in helped spark a crack explosion in urban America and provided the cash and…

Comcast deleted net neutrality pledge the same day FCC announced repeal

We wrote earlier this week about how Comcast has changed its promises to uphold net neutrality by pulling back from previous statements that it won’t charge websites or other online applications for fast lanes. Comcast spokesperson Sena Fitzmaurice has been claiming that we got the story wrong. But a further examination of how Comcast’s net neutrality promises have changed over time reveals another interesting tidbit—Comcast deleted a “no paid prioritization” pledge from its net neutrality webpage on the very same day that the Federal Communications Commission announced its initial plan to repeal net neutrality rules. Starting in 2014, the webpage, corporate.comcast.com/openinternet/open-net-neutrality, contained this statement: “Comcast doesn’t…

Bitcoin’s Wild Ride: A Rally, a Rout and Outages on the Exchanges

Bitcoin plunged as much as 20 percent hours after a rally past $11,000 generated a surge in traffic at online exchanges that led to intermittent outages. The plunge capped a wild day for the largest cryptocurrency that included a breakneck advance to a high of $11,434 before the reversal took it as low as $9,009. As of 3:36 p.m. in New York, it traded at $9,911.10, virtually unchanged from where it began the session. The heaviest selling came amid reports of service outages and delays on some of the largest online exchanges. The extent of the problems on platforms such as Coinbase…

Fake News Outlet BuzzFeed To Layoff As Many As 100 People

BuzzFeed will restructure its business team, resulting in layoffs of about 100 people, and the transition of the company’s president to the role of senior advisor. Company CEO Jonah Peretti said in a memo Wednesday that BuzzFeed needed to shift away from direct advertising sales to more diverse revenue streams. The company will search for a chief operating officer with that goal in mind, Peretti wrote. BuzzFeed News reporter Steven Perlberg first shared the memo. New leadership would come as President Greg Coleman transitions to an advisory role. He was president for 3½ years, Peretti wrote.

Libya: Ten Things About Gaddafi They Don’t Want You to Know

This article was first published by Global Research in November 2014. Today Libya as a Nation State has been destroyed by US-NATO. What do you think of when you hear the name Colonel Gaddafi? Tyrant? Dictator? Terrorist? Well, a national citizen of Libya may disagree but we want you to decide. For 41 years until his demise in October 2011, Muammar Gaddafi did some truly amazing things for his country and repeatedly tried to unite and empower the whole of Africa. So despite what you’ve heard on the radio, seen in the media or on the TV, Gaddafi did some powerful things that are not characteristic…

Hawaii police order medical marijuana users to ‘voluntarily surrender’ guns and ammo

Hawaiian police sent medical marijuana users a letter ordering them to “voluntarily surrender” their firearms and ammunition. According to federal law, patients who use medical marijuana are not allowed to own a gun. Federal law applies even in states that allow the medicinal or recreational use of the drug. The letter signed by Honolulu Police Chief Susan Ballard says those notified have 30 days from receipt to transfer ownership or turn in weapons and ammunition to the police, Leafly reported. What does the federal law say? In 2011, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives issued an open letter to federal firearm…

Banks warned of ‘regulatory action’ as climate change bites global economy

Australia’s financial regulator has stepped-up its warning to banks, lenders and insurers, saying climate change is already impacting the global economy, and flagged the possibility of “regulatory action”. Geoff Summerhayes from the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (Apra) revealed it had begun quizzing companies about their actions to assess climate risks, noting it would be demanding more in the future. Apra also revealed it has established an internal working group to assess the financial risk from climate change and was coordinating an interagency initiative with the corporate watchdog Asic, the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) and federal Treasury to examine what…

The Case for Not Being Born…The anti-natalist philosopher David Benatar argues that it would be better if no one had children ever again

David Benatar may be the world’s most pessimistic philosopher. An “anti-natalist,” he believes that life is so bad, so painful, that human beings should stop having children for reasons of compassion. “While good people go to great lengths to spare their children from suffering, few of them seem to notice that the one (and only) guaranteed way to prevent all the suffering of their children is not to bring those children into existence in the first place,” he writes, in a 2006 book called “Better Never to Have Been: The Harm of Coming Into Existence.” In Benatar’s view, reproducing is intrinsically…

Craigslist: Where Desperate Hawaii Renters Plead For Help

“I’m a single mother of two young children and am desperately in need of a place to stay. I can do $450 for rent. Please help us I can’t be homeless with my two kids.” “We have no bad habits. Please help us.” “In need of food fell into hard times and really need help.. anything helps we are looking for a tent and pop up tent because we are homeless and need shelter if anyone can help it would be such a blessing.” On any given day, Craigslist serves as a misery index of people searching for an affordable…

Uber used ex-CIA agents for espionage…

Federal prosecutors are investigating allegations that Uber deployed an espionage team to plunder trade secrets from its rivals. That has triggered a delay in a high-profile trial over whether the beleaguered ride-hailing company stole self-driving car technology from Google spinoff Waymo. The criminal investigation being conducted by the U.S. Justice Department centers on information contained in a 37-page letter describing allegations made by Richard Jacobs, Uber’s former manager of global intelligence. Jacobs had the letter sent in May to an Uber lawyer. The letter contended Jacobs was wrongfully demoted and then fired for trying to stop misconduct by the company. The investigation…

Bosnian Croat war criminal ‘takes poison’ in court

A war crimes appeal hearing in The Hague was cut short dramatically when one defendant drank what he said was poison upon hearing the verdict. Slobodan Praljak, 72, was one of six former Bosnian Croat political and military leaders up before the court. He was sentenced to 20 years’ imprisonment in 2013 for crimes in the city of Mostar. On hearing that his sentence had been upheld, he told the judge, “I have taken poison”. The six were attending the final appeals judgment to be handed down by the UN’s International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). Though allies…

Controversial bill would force business owners to take down bulletproof glass

A controversial bill is currently working its way through city hall designed to regulate ‘stop and go’ liquor stores. One part of the bill would force business owners to take down bulletproof glass inside their stores. But at what cost to their safety? Broad Deli sits on the corner of the 2200 block of North Broad, inside a wall of bulletproof glass separates customers from workers. “The most important thing is safety and the public’s safety,” owner Rich Kim said. Rich Kim’s family has run the deli, which sells soda, snacks, meals and beer by the can for 20 years.  He says the glass…

New Zealand cable provider seeks ability to censor websites from the public on demand

Sky Television is seeking the right to force the country’s top internet providers to block access to websites hosting pirated material. InternetNZ chief executive Jordan Carter said the move was “an extreme step” that was unprecedented in New Zealand. Taryn Hamilton, consumer manager of Vocus New Zealand, which owns the Slingshot and Orcon internet brands, said Sky’s demand was “something you would expect in North Korea, not in New Zealand”. “It isn’t our job to police the internet and it sure as hell isn’t Sky’s either. All sites should be equal and open,” he said. Sky TV has drawn up an application for a “site blocking…

Ex-Pink Floyd member’s concerts cancelled in Germany over support for Israel boycott

German public broadcasters have dropped plans to air concerts next year by ex-Pink Floyd musician Roger Waters, citing what they call “accusations of antisemitism against him”. Waters, part of one of the world’s most critically acclaimed and commercially successful rock bands from 1965 to 1985 before going solo, is a member of the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS) that targets Israel over its occupation of territories where Palestinians seek statehood. Five state television and radio affiliates of the national ARD network have pulled out of broadcasting concerts by the 74-year-old Waters in Berlin and Cologne scheduled next summer “in reaction to…

Reno gunman opens fire at high-rise with links to Vegas shooter…

 A gunman with a hostage opened fire from the eighth floor of a luxury high-rise condominium in Nevada onto the streets below, authorities said. No injuries were reported. The man died Tuesday after a SWAT team descended on him while he was barricaded at the Montage, Reno police Deputy Chief Tom Robinson told reporters. It wasn’t immediately clear whether he was killed by police gunfire or his own. No one else, including the hostage, was hurt. The gunman’s name has not been released. Robinson described him only as a young adult. The luxury high-rise is surrounded by some of…

Moody’s Warns Cities to Address Climate Risks or Face Downgrades

Coastal communities from Maine to California have been put on notice from one of the top credit rating agencies: Start preparing for climate change or risk losing access to cheap credit. In a report to its clients Tuesday, Moody’s Investors Service Inc. explained how it incorporates climate change into its credit ratings for state and local bonds. If cities and states don’t deal with risks from surging seas or intense storms, they are at greater risk of default. “What we want people to realize is: If you’re exposed, we know that. We’re going to ask questions about what you’re doing to mitigate…

ANOTHER ONE: NBC Fires Matt Lauer Over Sexual Misconduct Allegation

NBC has fired its leading morning news anchor Matt Lauer over a sexual harassment allegation, the network’s president for news said in a memo to staff on Wednesday. “On Monday night, we received a detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace by Matt Lauer,” Andrew Lack, the NBC News president, said in the memo. He said the allegation against Mr. Lauer “represented, after serious review, a clear violation of our company’s standards. As a result, we’ve decided to terminate his employment.” “While it is the first complaint about his behavior in the over 20 years…

“The Cover-Up Begins To End”: Judicial Watch Hints At Explosive New Clinton-Lynch Tarmac Docs

Back on June 29, 2016, Obama’s Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, tried to convince us that the following ‘impromptu’ meeting between herself and Bill Clinton at the Phoenix airport, a private meeting which lasted 30 minutes on Lynch’s private plane, was mostly a “social meeting” in which Bill talked about his grandchildren and golf game.  It was not, under any circumstances, related to the statement that former FBI Director James Comey made just 6 days later clearing Hillary Clinton of any alleged crimes related to his agency’s investigation. Not surprisingly, following the above media clip several concerned watchdog groups filed FOIA requests seeking any…

Obamacare Set To Drive New Wave Of Hospital Bankruptcies

Back in 2008, one of the biggest arguments in favor of Obamacare was that the legislation would help alleviate bad debt at hospitals created by people who required emergency care but didn’t have health insurance or the financial means to cover their treatment.  Of course, like most promises made about Obamacare, the exact opposite of the Left’s original theories has played out in reality as restructuring lawyers are now warning that the healthcare industry is about to experience a massive wave of hospital bankruptcies.  Per Bloomberg: A wave of hospitals and other medical companies are likely to restructure their debt or file…

PRIVACY ALERT: HP Quietly Installs System-Slowing Spyware On Its PCs Without Consent

On the heels of Lenovo’s massive $3.5 million fine for preinstalling adware on laptops without users‘ consent, Hewlett-Packard is jumping in with both feet when it comes to installing spyware on its PCs without the consumer’s permission. According to numerous reports gathered by Computer World, the brand is deploying a telemetry client (a system data that is uploaded by the Connected User Experience and Telemetry component), on customer computers without asking permission. The software, which was first identified on November 15 of this year, is called “HP Touchpoint Analytics Service” and appears to replace the self-managed HP Touchpoint Manager solution. According to the official productivity description, it features “the tools…

FACEBOOK MAY SOON ask you to “upload a photo of yourself that clearly shows your face,

FACEBOOK MAY SOON ask you to “upload a photo of yourself that clearly shows your face,” to prove you’re not a bot. The company is using a new kind of captcha to verify whether a user is a real person. According to a screenshot of the identity test shared on Twitter on Tuesday and verified by Facebook, the prompt says: “Please upload a photo of yourself that clearly shows your face. We’ll check it and then permanently delete it from our servers.” In a statement to WIRED, a Facebook spokesperson said the photo test is intended to “help us catch suspicious…

Former Israeli Minister ‘Proud’ of Killing CANCER Like Palestinians….

Known for his macabre statements, Ya’alon spoke to Haaretz newspaper back in August 2002 where he referred to Palestinians as harboring “cancer-like attributes.” Moshe Ya’alon, Israeli Defense Minister from 2002 to 2005, said that he is “proud” of being the official that killed the most Palestinians, according to Safa News agency. After characterizing Palestinians and Arabs as “terrorists,” according to the Middle East Monitor, Ya’alon added that he topped the list among all Israeli government officials in killings of Palestinians during a meeting held in Herzliya over the weekend. Former Israeli Prime Minister and Defense Minister Ehud Barak also boasted about…

Florida school to ban Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451….

A parent in Florida is citing profanity and violence in trying to get the local school to ban Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451” — itself a cautionary tale on the banning of books. Another wants to remove Walter Dean Myers’ “Bad Boy” for using the word “penis” and a homophobic slur. Elsewhere in Florida, some say global warming and evolution are a hoax and should not be taught in textbooks unopposed. Others say their local school’s textbooks shortchange Islam’s role in the world, while their opponents argue it’s the danger posed by Muslim terrorists that’s underexposed. Under a bill passed by the Florida…

Flu Vaccine is the most Dangerous Vaccine in the U. S. based on Settled Cases for Injuries

The last report issued in 2013 by the Department of Justice (Vaccine Court), for compensation made by the Health and Human Services for people injured or killed by vaccines, was released in December 2013, covering the period of 8/16/2013 through 11/15/2013. The report is available as a Power Point presentation here. There were 139 claims settled during this time period, with 70 of them being compensated. So, just over 50% of the claims filed for vaccine damages were compensated during this period. Once again, the greatest percentage of damages compensated were for the influenza vaccine, and most of those were for Guillain-Barré Syndrome…