This Map Shows Why The Plan To Split Up California Would Be A Dystopian Nightmare

I wonder why a billionaire would want to separate the state into rich and poor area? This is truly a rhetorical question. AVB
It woud be Ayn Rand’s dream come true: separate states for rich people and poor people.

A proposal to split California into six sates, introduced by billionaire investor Tim Draper in December, would formally create state lines between the have and the have-nots.

“You’d be creating one exceptionally wealthy state and others with dire poverty,” Corey Cook, a political science professor at the University of San Francisco, said to The Huffington Post. “You’d create massive inequality.”

While the plan has little chance of becoming a reality, it’s just the latest troubling sign that the rich are leaning in to the rising levels of inequality in the U.S. and increasingly seeking to break away from the middle- and lower-classes, depriving them of tax revenue and choking off much-needed resources.

Here’s how the plan looks:

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Poll Shows Good News For Democrats With Young Voters

Each time the Tea Party wing of the Republican Party opens its mouth it loses youth vote. Young people maybe be fiscally conservative, as they’ve gone through the closest thing to a depression we’ve had since the Great Depression. And like our parents generation they will be mindful of money and the need to be responsible with it. And this is getting where is the GOP loses there ear as in the past Democrats have brought fiscal responsibility and no wars of choice not the Republican Party. AVB

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3/7/14 6:56 PST
THE HUFFINGTON POST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Young adults like to think of themselves as independent, but when it comes to politics, they’re more likely than not to lean to the left.

Half of American adults ages 18 to 33 are self-described political independents, according to a survey out Friday, but at the same time half of these so-called millennials are Democrats or lean toward the Democratic Party, the highest share for any age group over the last decade. In addition, young adults tend to be single and churchless — turning away from their predecessors’ proclivity for religion and marriage, according the Pew Research Center survey. Almost two-thirds don’t classify themselves as “a religious person.” And when it comes to tying the knot: Only about 1 in 4 millennials is married. Almost half of baby boomers were married at that age.

The new survey shows how the millennial adults are “forging a distinctive path into adulthood,” said Paul Taylor, Pew’s executive vice president and co-author of the report.

This can especially be seen when it comes to politics. Fifty percent of the millennials identify themselves as political independents, while only 27 percent said Democrat and 17 percent said Republican. The independent identification for millenials is an increase from 38 percent back in 2004.

“It’s not that they don’t have strong political opinions, they do,” Taylor said. “It’s simply that they choose not to identify themselves with either political party.”

The number of self-described independents is lower among their predecessors. Only 39 percent of those in Generation X said they were independents, along with 37 percent of the boomers and 32 percent of the Silent Generation.

Pew describes Gen Xers as those from age 34-49, boomers as 50-68 and the Silent Generation as those 69-86.

When the self-identified Democratic millennials combined with the self-described independents who lean Democratic, half — 50 percent — of the millennials are Democrats or Democratic-leaning while 34 percent are Republicans or Republican-leaning.

“They don’t choose to identify, but they have strong views and their views are views that most people conventionally associate with the Democratic Party,” Taylor said. “They believe in a big activist government on some of the social issues of the day — gay marriage, marijuana legalization, immigration. Their views are much more aligned with the Democratic Party.”

Taylor said they don’t know whether millennial voting trends will stay the same as they get older.

“People can change over the course of their lifetimes,” Taylor said. “At the same time, the behaviors, attitudes, the voting patterns and experiences that generations sort of encounter as they come of age in their late teens and early 20s are important and this generation as political actors has come in three or four national elections in a row now as distinctively Democratic and liberal despite the fact they don’t want to identify that way.”

Millennials also haven’t bought into the idea that they should go to church or get married early.

Only 36 percent of the millennials said the phrase “a religious person” described them very well, compared with 52 percent of the Gen Xers, 55 percent of the baby boomers and 61 percent of the Silent Generation. And they’re significantly less religious than their immediately predecessors, the Gen Xers. When they were the same age, almost half of the Gen Xers — 47 percent — identified themselves as religious.

The 64 percent of the millennials who say that they are not religious “is the highest for any age group we’ve ever measured,” Taylor said.

The millenials were far less inclined toward marriage than the groups that preceded them. Only 26 percent of the millennial adults are married. When they were the same age, 36 percent of the Gen Xers, 48 percent of baby boomers and 65 percent of the Silent Generation were married.

The Pew study was based on interviews with 1,821 adults by cellphone or landline from Feb. 14-23. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.6 percentage points.
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Online:

Pew Research Center: http://www.pewresearch.org

Pew survey: http://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2014/03/07/millennials-in-adulthood/
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First LSD Study In 40 Years Shows Promising Medical Uses

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Emily Thomas
03/06/14 10:37 PM ET

After a decades-long pause on LSD medical research, the results of the first LSD study approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 40 years have put the drug’s potential medical benefits back in the spotlight.

Picking up where the medical community left off in the ’60s, scientists recently investigated the effects of LSD-assisted therapy on 12 terminally ill patients approaching death. The findings of this controlled study, published Tuesday in the peer-reviewed Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, showed that LSD paired with psychotherapy alleviated end-of-life anxiety in patients suffering from terminal illnesses.

Conducted in Switzerland, where scientist Albert Hoffman first synthesized LSD in 1938, the study separated the 12 patients into two groups that underwent two preparatory therapy sessions before being administered LSD. For the trial, patients stopped taking any anti-anxiety or antidepressant medications and avoided alcohol for 24 hours prior to the study. One group was administered 200 micrograms of LSD and the other group 20 micrograms (a barely noticeable dosing). Each individual underwent two dosing sessions separated by a few weeks and were assisted by therapists, who walked them through their experiences with the psychedelic’s effects. No prolonged negative effects of the drug were reported.

The low-dosage group reported that their anxiety got worse, while the higher-dosage group said their drug-therapy sessions had profound positive effects on their anxiety — a clinical indication that psychedelic therapy may have potential as a medical treatment. In follow-up sessions, patients reported their reduced anxiety levels were maintained.

“People are more scared of dying than they are of using drugs. That’s why we were able to start LSD research with people who were anxious about dying, that and the combination of Albert Hoffman and good contacts with the Swiss equivalent of the FDA,” Rick Doblin, founder of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, which largely funded the study, told The Huffington Post over the phone.

Neal M. Goldsmith, Ph.D., a New York-based psychotherapist and author of the book Psychedelic Healing, explained the significance of this research to HuffPost. “It has long-term implications for society. In the short term it’s going to help patients, people. So the question really becomes, what’s the benefit of a spiritual epiphany or relief or relaxation? And what’s the effect of that on a dying patient?” he said. “We’re going to be a better society once we learn to reintegrate psychedelics. It both requires changes in society and it creates changes.”

While it is unknown from a medical standpoint what exactly happens to the brain under the effects of LSD, Doblin said the psychoactive ingredients interact with the brain’s filtering system and allow for suppressed thoughts and feelings to reveal themselves, making way for confrontation and potentially for healing.

Doblin said LSD-assisted therapy is partly a cathartic and mystical experience, a transcendence of time and space that helps patients fearing death shift their thinking from focusing on the time they don’t have left to the time they do have.

“Something is fundamentally changed by successful LSD-assisted psychotherapy,” he said. “That’s not to say it works in everybody, but there can be permanent changes in people’s attitudes and in their brains.”

A patient named Peter, who was involved in the study, told The New York Times about his experiences. “I had what you would call a mystical experience, I guess, lasting for some time, and the major part was pure distress at all these memories I had successfully forgotten for decades,” he said. “These painful feelings, regrets, this fear of death. I remember feeling very cold for a long time. I was shivering, even though I was sweating. It was a mental coldness, I think, a memory of neglect.”

That sentiment of the psychedelic’s effects on the psyche is not isolated to this trial. A 2012 study, published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, showed that LSD had a “significant beneficial effect” on alcohol abuse. In that trial of 500 patients, 59 percent of those who were administered LSD showed reduced levels of alcohol misuse.

LSD was officially made illegal in the U.S. in 1966 as a result of “increased nonmedical use,” shutting down all research of its potential medical benefits. Now LSD is classified as a Schedule I substance alongside heroin and marijuana, meaning it is considered to serve no legitimate medical purpose and has a high potential for abuse.

As the FDA begins to loosen its restrictions on researching psychedelics’ therapeutic capabilities, studies are emerging from many major university medical research communities. Johns Hopkins University is conducting a study of psilocybin (the psychedelic compound found in certain mushroom species) and its effects on cancer patients to find out if the substance can produce personally and spiritually meaningful experiences. New York University’s Psilocybin Cancer Project is also investigating the psychedelic’s effect on reducing depression and anxiety in cancer patients. At Harvard Medical School, a study of MDMA sessions with cancer patients suffering from end-of-life anxiety is in the works.

“LSD was the last of the drugs to re-enter the lab, because it’s the quintessential symbol of the ’60s. So our ability to do this study and the publication of the article in The New York Times is the culmination of the end of the suppression of psychedelic research,” Doblin told HuffPost.

The Swiss group’s first clinical trial is just a small step toward what some scientists hope will bring psychedelic therapy to the mainstream through a medical route, following the decades-long halt in research. A larger study pool, Doblin said, would prove that LSD has a place in the medical community.

“Let’s say that we had the money to have studies that were just like we did that had 400 subjects, two large scale phase-three studies. The results of this study, if we could show with that many people, would be enough to prescribe [LSD] as medicine,” Doblin said. “The political suppression of this research is over. I don’t think the genie is going to be put back in the bottle.”

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Donald Trump Kills Off Jimmy Carter During CPAC Speech

Please , somebody take mike away from him forever, although there may be one in his hair. Once again I tried to find the most unattractive picture I could of Mr Trump. AVB

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By Erin Dooley
Mar 6, 2014 4:47pm

Donald Trump bumped off a living president today.

“I think by next month, we will have surpassed the late, great Jimmy Carter,” Trump said during his remarks to the Conservative Political Action Conference, a large annual gathering of conservative activists and political figures.

Carter’s grandson, James Carter, saw the quote and responded:

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During the mostly-meandering speech, Trump — who proudly announced he refused a Teleprompter — predicted an “economic catastrophe” in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

“Whoever’s president, good luck!” he shrugged. “We’re becoming a third world country!”

The real estate mogul, who has hinted he may run for president in 2016, touched on a laundry list of hot-button issues: Obamacare , instability in the Middle East, the rise of China, economic troubles at home and foreign aid, among others.

On the issue of immigration, Trump declared: “We’re either a country or we’re not. We either have borders or we don’t.”

“If we don’t have a border, what are we — just a nothing?” he added, noting that the 11 million people in the U.S. illegally are unlikely to vote the GOP ticket “no matter how nice you are.”

Trump also couldn’t resist plugging his resort and his popularity overseas.

China, he said, wants “anything Trump — they love me!”

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Russia Today’ Anchor Quits On Air Over Putin ‘Whitewash’

The Internet age has brought us some good and some bad. The Web makes it so difficult for dictator to hide behind propaganda as the people who are meant to distribute it know truth. AVB

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An anchor with the Russia-sponsored U.S. network RT — or “Russia Today” — dramatically quit on the air Wednesday afternoon, saying the Kremlin-funded television network “whitewashes” the actions of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
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AP NewsBreak: Big fine in coal-tainted water deal

In my opinion this fine is not big enough, someone needs to explain there is no such thing as clean coal, it’s a myth.

Associated Press By DINA CAPPIELLO37 minutes ago

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WASHINGTON (AP) — One of the nation’s largest coal producers will pay a $27.5 million fine and spend $200 million to reduce illegal toxic discharges into hundreds of waterways across five Appalachian states, according to a proposed settlement Wednesday.

The agreement includes the largest fine ever for violations of water pollution permits. The Associated Press obtained details about the settlement before it was filed Wednesday in federal court in West Virginia.

The discharges occurred in Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia,
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Hillary Clinton compares Putin moves to Hitler’s’

In my opinion he’s like a child who’s not getting his way and is holding his breath until he turns blue except this child has nuclear weapons. AVB
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AFP 3/5/14 09:29 PST

Washington (AFP) – Former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton has compared Russian President Vladimir Putin’s recent steps in Ukraine to aggression by Adolf Hitler in 1930s Nazi Germany, a local paper reported.

Clinton, speaking at a private event Tuesday in southern California, said Putin’s apparent deployment of Russian troops into neighboring Ukraine — a former Soviet satellite state — to protect Russian citizens and Russian-speakers recalls moves by Hitler to protect ethnic Germans living outside of Germany.

The Long Beach Press Telegram which reported the story said Clinton noted that Putin has sought to provide Russian passports to people in Ukraine with ties to Russia.

In the aftermath of the ouster of Ukraine’s pro-Moscow president Viktor Yanukovych, Kiev’s new authorities have accused Putin of inflaming tensions by sending troops into the Crimea, a majority-Russian peninsula in Ukraine.

“Now if this sounds familiar, it’s what Hitler did back in the 30s,” the Press Telegram quoted Clinton as telling attendees at a fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Long Beach, California.

“The ethnic Germans, the Germans by ancestry who were in places like Czechoslovakia and Romania and other places, Hitler kept saying they’re not being treated right. ‘I must go and protect my people,’ and that’s what’s gotten everybody so nervous,” she added.

Clinton is a potential 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, and she has generally shied away from much detailed public discussion of foreign policy since leaving the State Department early last year.

Her comments could be seen as offsetting her role in President Barack Obama’s much-publicized move to “reset” relations with Moscow in 2009 when she was chief US diplomat.

With pro-Kremlin forces seizing control of the strategic Crimea, Clinton said Putin “believes his mission is to restore Russian greatness,” in part by reasserting dominance over former Soviet states.

Clinton spoke of the hopes for a negotiation that will reduce tensions in what has become Europe’s worst security crisis since the end of the Cold War.

“So it’s a real nail-biter right now, but nobody wants to up the rhetoric,” she added. “Everybody wants to cool it in order to find a diplomatic solution and that’s what we should be trying to do.”

Event attendee Harry Saltzgaver told website Buzzfeed that Clinton “talked at length” on the Ukraine crisis, and that she compared issuing Russian passports to people with ties to Russia to early actions by Nazi Germany.

“She said, however, that while that makes people nervous, there is no indication that Putin is as irrational as the instigator of World War II,” Saltzgaver was quoted as saying.

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Kerry arrives in Kiev for talks with interim govt

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US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Kiev Tuesday for talks with Ukraine’s new interim government, amid an escalating crisis in Crimea. His visit came as the United States said it would provide $1 billion to financially-stricken Ukraine as part of an international loan. During his short stopover, Kerry was expected to meet with Ukraine’s interim president Oleksandr Turchynov and new Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk. US officials told journalists travelling with Kerry Washington would provide much-needed financial aid to the new government.
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Press release on Samsung Galaxy S5

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Barcelona, Spain, February 24, 2014 – Samsung Electronics today announced the fifth generation of the Galaxy S series, the Galaxy S5, designed for what matters most to consumers. The new Galaxy S5 offers consumers a refined experience with innovation of essential features for day-to-day use.

“With the Galaxy S5, Samsung is going back to basics to focus on delivering the capabilities that matter most to our consumers,” said JK Shin, President and Head of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung. “Consumers are looking for mobile tools that inspire and support them as they improve their everyday lives. The Galaxy S5 represents an iconic design with essential and useful features to focus on delivering the ultimate smartphone on the market today through people inspired innovation.”

The Galaxy S5 combines an advanced camera, the fast network connectivity, dedicated fitness tools and enhanced device protection features as consumers stay fit and connected in style.

Capture the moments that matter
Capturing and saving precious memories is one of the most important smartphone features today. The new Galaxy S5 offers superior camera functionality, featuring a 16 megapixel camera with an enhanced menu and user interface that allow consumers to effortlessly take, edit and share photos.

The Galaxy S5 offers the world’s fastest autofocus speed up to 0.3 seconds and the advanced High Dynamic Range (HDR), reproduce natural light and color with striking intensity at any circumstances. Also new Selective Focus feature allows users to focus on a specific area of an object while simultaneously blurring out the background. With this capability, consumers no longer need a special lens kit to create a shallow depth of field (DOF) effect.

Tap into the fastest connections
The Galaxy S5 offers the most advanced LTE experience and Wi-Fi performance available today, ensuring blazing fast data speeds for unrivaled media consumption and productivity.

The Galaxy S5 supports the fifth generation Wi-Fi 802.11ac and 2X2 MIMO, and supporting the large number of LTE frequency with LTE Category 4 standard. For consumers seeking an even faster connection, the Galaxy S5 now features Download Booster, an innovative Wi-Fi technology for boosting data speed by bonding Wi-Fi and LTE simultaneously. No matter where a consumer is, the Galaxy S5 will help ensure they have the fastest available connection.

Be more fit and active
With the enhanced S Health 3.0, the new Galaxy S5 offers more tools to help people stay fit and well. It provides a comprehensive personal fitness tracker to help users monitor and manage their behavior, along with additional tools including a pedometer, diet and exercise records, and a new, built-in heart rate monitor. Galaxy S5 users can further customize their experience with an enriched third party app ecosystem and the ability to pair with next generation Gear products for real-time fitness coaching.

Express modern, glam look
The Galaxy S5 blends iconic Samsung design with modern trends to appeal to a range of consumer tastes and interests. The Galaxy S5 features a perforated pattern on the back cover creating a modern glam look. Its new sleek, contoured shape comes in an array of vivid colors, including charcoal Black, shimmery White, electric Blue and copper Gold, to complement the style of the individual consumer.

Essential device protection
The Galaxy S5 is IP67 dust and water resistant. It also offers a Finger Scanner, providing a secure, biometric screen locking feature and a seamless and safe mobile payment experience to consumers. The Ultra Power Saving Mode turns the display to black and white, and shuts down all unnecessary features to minimize the battery consumption.

The device will be available globally through Samsung’s retail channels, e-commerce and carriers on April.

Full details and product images are available at www.samsungmobilepress.com

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