Blinken: U.S. would not recognize Crimea secession

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Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken said Sunday that if Crimea votes to join Russia in a referendum next week, the United States would not recognize it.
“If there is a referendum and it votes to move Crimea out of Ukraine and to Russia, we won’t recognize it and most of the world won’t either,” Blinken said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
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Ted Cruz: ‘I don’t agree’ with Rand Paul on foreign policy

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When Santa Claus came this Christmas we did not know that stomach wraps that his name would be Santa Cruz. AVB

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) said in an interview broadcast Sunday that he disagrees with Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on foreign policy, stoking an emerging divide between the tea party favorites ahead of a possible 2016 presidential primary.
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Wealthy Americans not immune to economic worries

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Many Americans — even in the highest-income households — were anxious about their finances last year.
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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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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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