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Philippines President Duterte insults UN, and threatens to leave UN over criticism of his brutal drug war, and extrajudicial death squad killings of alleged drug users or dealers.  . See . And: maps, charts, lists of dead 5 Olympians Who Smoke Weed & Win Gold Medals. Much more THC now allowed in blood tests.
Above chart is derived from Canadian single-payer healthcare and Portuguese decriminalization. Wikipedia: Health care in Canada. And: Single Payer. Developed world paying half of what USA spends on healthcare. And: Kentucky's Republican governor wants to eliminate health insurance for over 400,000. Like the rest of the Republican South. In contrast: . Patients can grow their own medical pot in Canada under new rules  . And: Marijuana Growers' Fair Opens in Oregon. First time at a state fair.
Justice Department blasts ‘unconstitutional’ fixed bail schedules. Keeps poor people accused of minor crimes in jail. And: Sanders Says DOJ Ban on Private Prisons Doesn't Go Far Enough. And: DEA Stops Calling Marijuana One Of The 'Most Dangerous Drugs'.
, 1980 Ronald Reagan campaign speech "Leading medical researchers are coming to the conclusion that 1: whatever you want to call it, is probably marijuana, pot, grass, and we haven't begun to find out all of the ill effects, but they are permanent ill effects. The loss of memory for example."
the most dangerous drug in the United States, Republican leaders losing war to impoverish, enslave, and disempower the poor. Nation’s first memorial to commemorate victims of lynching and mass incarceration. . Republican state senator opposes "more race talk". And: Republican Chris Christie Vetoes Automatic Voter Registration Bill Again. But 5 other states have it. And:
86% of eligible Coloradans are registered to vote. Text voter registration, too. Sanders Condemns Obscene Levels of Inequality Documented in New CBO Report. And: Judge rules in favor of minimum wage. And: Baltimore votes for $15 minimum wage by 2022. And: Trumponomics: Off-The-Shelf, Warmed-Over Trickle-Down Policies. Newsweek. And: - . 5 States Voting on Recreational Marijuana This Election. . 2. 3. . 4.
Duterte’s Brutal Drug War Skyrockets Killings In The Philippines.
Richard Branson asks President Duterte to stop murderous Philippine drug war.  . And: Washington Post editorial board: Death squads in the Philippines. And: PHOTOS. Dead bodies and hellish prisons on Philippines police graveyard shift. .
Duterte wants martial law.
Bodies pile up in Philippine drug war. AFP. See maps, charts, lists of dead. And: . Jennelyn Olaires hugs murdered partner Michael Siaron, 30, killed by presidential Philippines death squad in July 2016. Hundreds of alleged drug users killed with approval of President Duterte . See: Kill List. And: "Olaires insists that he was just a pedicab driver and had no ties to the drug trade." - CNN. Wikipedia: Philippine Drug War. And: Rodrigo Duterte.
Says President Duterte. CNN.
At least 704 people have been killed since May 10, when Duterte’s election win became clear. And: Choirgirl, 22, killed with a bullet to the head during Duterte's 'state-sponsored butchery'. And: Human Rights Watch: Duterte’s drug war packs jails to ‘breaking point’. And: Philippines President Vows ‘No Mercy’ In Drug War; Estimates 100,000 Will Be Killed. And: Seeks even more Presidential power, though public opinion turning against giving it to him.
Time magazine. Can Medical Marijuana Help End the Opioid Epidemic?
Philadelphia during the Democrat Convention. 26 July 2016. Part of "the 'Great Wall of Love' with our LGBTQ friends to keep out the hate spewing bigots from the Westboro Baptist Church." .
In a first, Oregon State Fair to feature marijuana plants. And: If You Are Succeeding in the Cannabis Industry, Thank an Activist.
Philadelphia. 25 July 2016.        .
Medical marijuana has potential as Alzheimer's treatment, study says. And: Republicans block it?: Senate Bill Would End Massive Tax Breaks for Private Prisons. . And: Legal medical pot nationwide would save Medicare $468 million. .
. And: Pot activists meet with cops to prep for Democrat Convention Restorative justice. An alternative to mass incarceration. . Versus $31,000 a year for prison. Florida: More high-THC medical marijuana available if 2016 ballot issue passes. And: .
Police head wants less limits on past marijuana use of police recruits
Michael Moore Thinks Donald Trump Will Win Presidential Election: Find Out Why! And: Italian Parliament To Consider Marijuana Legalization. . And: Italian farmers are planting hemp to decontaminate polluted soil. And: Latin American Medical Cannabis Conference in Costa Rica – July 27-29. And: MP to move bill in Indian Parliament to legalize common recreational drugs like pot.
Florida police shoot black man with his hands up as he tries to help autistic patient. And: Trump campaign channels Nixon "law-and-order" strategy (and war on drugs?). And: Politifact agrees that Nixon's drug war led to a massive increase in incarceration. See Wikipedia: War on drugs. See: Drug war causes high U.S. incarceration rate. And: . And: Lancet: Mass imprisonment of drug users driving global epidemics of HIV, hepatitis, and tuberculosis Pot Vs. Pills: Can Marijuana Help Cure The Opiate Crisis?
More current and former Canadian cops are using medical marijuana. Veterans too
After Democrats back marijuana rescheduling, Republicans vote against medical pot. .
Incarceration gap widens between whites and blacks.
Above table: 2010 incarceration by race and ethnicity.
Kansas City Marijuana Reform Advocates Launch Decriminalization Ballot Initiative. .
: "Because of conflicting laws concerning marijuana, both on the federal and state levels, we encourage the federal government to remove marijuana from its list as a Class 1 Federal Controlled Substance, providing a reasoned pathway for future legalization." See: Democratic Party platform on marijuana .
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The Netherlands has a strange problem: Empty prisons. 2nd lowest incarceration rate in Europe Radical Republicanist leaders fear and direct democracy for these issues: high voter turnout by Bernie supporters Colorado will vote on single-payer healthcare.  . It will cover everybody, and cost less. Republican Koch Brothers, and health insurance companies, oppose it.
GOP mass incarceration
Tony Blair, like Republican Bush in the past, blasted by UK Chilcot Report on the Iraq War.  . And: House Republicans Buy the Navy a $400 Million Pork Ship the Secretary of Defense does not want. And: New Mexico (Republican governor) Defrauds The Poor Out Of Food Stamps, Whistleblowers Say
The Republican War on Voting Is Working. . Part of the War on the Poor, drug users, and the 99%. Historic discontent related to more than a decade of declining bottom-quartile wages. And: Income Inequality Is At The Highest Level In American History. "Incomes for the 99 percent have only recovered about 60 percent of what they lost. But the rich are doing great. ... They captured more than half of all the income growth in the country."
Republican leaders are ecstatic.
Survivors are fed up.
Murder in Western nations. USA on top. See above . Homicide rates of USA (top line), Australia, Canada, Spain (ESP), Great Britain, and the Netherlands. From: 1950-2010 chart OECD "How Was Life?", page 147.
. More people killed by US domestic gunmen (1,516,863) since 1968 than in all wars fought by America (1,396,733) . And: . Incarceration rate of Mass Incarceration and high murder rate damage U.S. Global Peace Ranking. - U.S. News and World Report. 693 per 100,000. .
Most firearm deaths in the USA
are from handguns.  . Canada has a much lower rate of handgun ownership than the USA. See See: And Canada has a . chart and , much lower murder rate . little mandatory sentencing And: NRA's high murder rate, and mandatory sentencing A ten-round magazine is sufficient for semi-auto rifles in the real world. And: What a semi-auto rifle can do to the human body. And: Congress Refuses, So California Funds Its Own Gun Violence Research Center.
Tipping point? Ohio is 25th state to legalize medical marijuana.  .
Maryland repealed mandatory minimum drug sentencing despite initial Republican opposition.
“We have an under-incarceration problem.” Republican Senator Cotton.
Trillions of dollars.
What are the chances Democrats will gladly change all states to open primaries? Then ask what are the chances independents will gladly vote for Clinton in November.
Democrats want independents to vote for them, but NOT in the primaries.
Bill Maher And Bernie Sanders Take Down ‘Chicken’ Donald Trump.  . Presidents have too much power. Canada elects a prime minister who can be removed by a majority vote. In the USA Republicans and Democrats are often closed political cults. Wikipedia: Results of the Democratic presidential primaries, 2016. Many Democrat primaries lock out independents.
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Gallup poll: Majority in U.S. Support Single Payer Healthcare. As do doctors. . And: Polling shows the majority of Americans agree with Bernie Sander's views: Single payer healthcare ( which costs less per person), income inequality, progressive taxation (it does not increase total taxes; it assigns higher and lower tax rates depending on income), minimum wage, cannabis reform . See Wikipedia: List of countries by total health expenditure per capita.
. And: Women who smoke weed are smarter than those who don’t Republicans block drug law reform unless their criminal friends allowed to thwart environmental and business regulation. And: E-cigarettes should be offered to smokers, say doctors - BBC News. .
Happy 4/20! NORML Unveils Our 2016 Congressional Scorecard. And: A or F? How Congress scores on marijuana. Grading based upon members' 2015 voting records.
"Of the 233 Democrats in Congress, 208 members (89.3 percent) received a passing grade of a 'C' or higher. Of the 302 Republicans in Congress, 102 members (33.8 percent) received a passing grade of a 'C' or higher."
Mexico proposes legal medical marijuana, and increasing legal recreational possession from 5 to 28 grams (1 ounce).    . And: White House to meet with cannabis activists.
Bernie can pay for 2 years of public college by making 16 the legal age of adulthood. Freeing up 2 years of
average public high school costs of $12,000 a year. Plus room and board costs. .
Bernie Sanders Pulls Ahead Of Hillary Clinton In New Poll. Bernie wins in all national matchups.
Maryland Ends Mandatory Minimums For Drug Users, Lets Non-Violent Offenders Out Early. And: Medical Marijuana Legalized in Pennsylvania  . But also building prison. And: Victoria becomes the first Australian state to legalize medical cannabis.  . And: DEA could soon announce a major decision on rescheduling marijuana. And: Whoopi Goldberg founds medical marijuana company for women. And: Cancer patient shares graphic photos in call for pot to be legalized in Australia.
Republican system of
inequality, endless drug war, and mass incarceration being crushed by independents from within and without. The GOP house continues to block veterans from using cannabis -- by denying prescription VA painkillers if they use cannabis. Idiotic and cruel, since cannabis is much safer. .
Total arrests down in legal states, but blacks arrested for marijuana at twice the rate of peers. And: Trump and Cruz: Huge tax cuts for the rich paid for by tax increases on lower incomes.
Rally against Republican committee leaders refusing to allow vote to reschedule cannabis. High Times: "it will be helpful, and indeed crucial, for advancing legalization for Democrats to take control of the Senate"
2016 Calendar of American cannabis events and cups. Including GMM and 420 events.
War on Drugs 'Is an Unmitigated Disaster': Former Latin American Heads of State.
Bernie Sanders won the Colorado primary.
His cannabis views helped. And: And: CNN poll! Bernie crushes Trump, Rubio, or Cruz. Hillary loses to Rubio or Cruz. Wins against Trump.
Independents greatly outnumber Democrats or Republicans.
True compassionate conservatism saves trillions of dollars:
Al Franken (Senator and SNL comedian) about Republican "Big Idea" on health insurance. .
Maryland Lawmakers Override Republican Veto of Marijuana Paraphernalia Decriminalization. . Existing pot decrim meant a fine for possession, but jailed for the joint paper or baggie.
Clinton fails to mention that 'Medicare for all' (Single Payer) saves families about $5000 a year in premiums, deductibles, and co-pays.
think they can spend an infinite amount of money Republicans on health-insurance-company-based healthcare, and have an (many trillions of dollars) to feed their appetite for infinite number of babies, and for more inmates for more prisons for endless ground wars,
more drug war.
Cannabis is safer and cheaper.
Lawmaker in Poland Introduces Bill to Legalize Medical Marijuana. And: Republican governor rejects vets, PTSD, and new medical marijuana conditions. .
Oklahoma, Nebraska Republicans again suing Colorado over marijuana in Supreme Court . And: Democrat governor of Pennsylvania makes medical marijuana a top priority.
Vermont may be the first state to legalize recreational cannabis via the legislature. Vermont has Democrat governor and legislature    .