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After May 9, it will be punishable by 5 years in Russian prison to talk about ‘Ukrainian Crimea’

The online newspaper Ukrayinska Pravda (literally “Ukrainian Truth”) reported Monday that soon, it will cost Russians up to five years in prison if they “violate the territorial integrity” of their country — which just grew after it annexed Crimea from Ukraine in a controversial referendum.

We checked, and sure enough, in December, the Russian parliament, the State Duma, adopted a new law that was signed by Vladimir Putin on December 28.

On May 9, the law goes into effect, and it will become a crime in Russia to make “public calls for action to violate the territorial integrity” of the country.

Doing so is punishable by a fine of 300,000 rubles — about $8,400 — or imprisonment up to three years.

oh my:

"Birth control is for people who don’t necessarily want to act responsibly."

Here’s some Grade-A mansplaining from Alaska State Senator Pete Kelly, who thinks the way to battle Fetal Alcohol Syndrome is to distribute pregnancy tests in bars:

Q. Would you support doing the same thing with birth control? Making free birth control available in the bars?

A. No. Because the thinking is a little opposite.

This assumes that if you know (you are pregnant) you’ll act responsibly. Birth control is for people who don’t necessarily want to act responsibly.

I’m not going to tell them what to do. Or help them do it. That’s their business. But if we have a pregnancy because someone just doesn’t know, that’s probably a way we can help.

Q. But isn’t the act of using birth control, in itself, acting responsibly?

A. Maybe, maybe not.

…That’s about a level of social engineering that we don’t want to get into. All we want to do is make sure people are informed. They’ll make the right decision.



For MS patients, medical marijuana succeeds where other alternative medicines fail

Marijuana May Ease Some Symptoms of MS, New Guidelines Find

For MS patients, medical marijuana succeeds where other alternative medicines fail
Maggie Koerth-Baker at 7:14 am Tue, Mar 25, 2014

A review of alternative treatments for multiple sclerosis found that most don't actually work. One that does: An oral cannabis spray that seems to help reduce muscle spasms.


Sativex, a drug derived from cannabis used to treat multiple sclerosis (MS) symptoms. It;'s not available in the United States but new American Academy of Neurology guidelines say there is evidence it can help.


Great. Kick the people getting laid off: SCOTUS Rules Severance Payments Are Taxable

US Supreme Court rules severance payments are taxable wages in a win for the IRS - @Reuters

Obama: Tacos And Tequila Are 'Not Punishment'

The World Cup has a way of bringing out the patriot in most people. So when President Barack Obama spoke with Univision’s radio program "El Bueno, La Mala, y El Feo" ("The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly" on Monday, interviewer Andrés Maldonado made a proposition:

AM: Mr. President, I just have got two things to tell you. If Mexico and the United States go to Brazil and we win, you’re going to have to do tacos and tequila with us. Okay?

PBO: Let me say, first of all, that that’s not punishment to do tacos and tequila. I should get that if the Americans win. You have to give me tacos and tequila. You’ll have to send them here to the White House.

AM: And another thing, just because you’re cool and you give us a “Reforma Migratoria” (Immigration Reform), I’m going to vote for you in the next elections too.

PBO: Well, you know what? Michelle is not going to let me run anymore. She says, it’s time for me to spend more, give her more attention and take her on nice trips. And…

AM: Give her tequila shots and she’ll be relaxed.

PBO: Yeah, you know, things like that.

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The NRA interviews Surgeon General candidates


25 Years After Exxon Valdez, BP Was the Hidden Culprit - By Greg Palast

25 Years After Exxon Valdez, BP Was the Hidden Culprit

By Greg Palast — Two decades ago I was the investigator for the legal team that sold you the bullshit on the crackup of the Exxon Valdez. Now, on the 25th anniversary of that disaster, it's all set to happen again.


Two decades ago I was the investigator for the legal team that sold you the bullshit that a drunken captain was the principal cause of the Exxon Valdez disaster, the oil tanker crackup that poisoned over a thousand miles of Alaska’s coastline 25 years ago on March 24, 1989.

The truth is far uglier, and the real culprit—British Petroleum, now BP—got away without a scratch to its reputation or to its pocketbook.

And because BP’s willful negligence, prevarications and fraud in the Exxon Valdez spill cost the company nothing, its disdain for the law, for the environment and for the safety of its workers was repeated in the Gulf of Mexico with deadly consequences, resulting, two decades later, in the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

Just this month, the Obama administration authorized BP to return to drilling in the Gulf.

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It Saves Millions To Simply Give Homeless People A Place To Live

It is cheaper to give homeless people a home than it is to leave them on the streets.

That’s not just the opinion of advocates working to end homelessness, nor is it the opinion of homeless people themselves. It is a fact that has been borne out by studies across the country, from Florida to Colorado and beyond.

The latest analysis to back up this fact comes out of Charlotte, where researchers from the University of North Carolina Charlotte examined a recently constructed apartment complex that was oriented towards homeless people.

Moore Place opened in 2012 with 85 units. Each resident is required to contribute 30 percent of his or her income, which includes any benefits like disability, veterans, or Social Security, toward rent. The rest of the housing costs, which total approximately $14,000 per person annually, are covered by a mix of local and federal government grants, as well as private donors.

In the first year alone, researchers found that Moore Place saved taxpayers $1.8 million. These savings comes from improvements in two primary areas: health care and incarceration.


Rumsfeld bashes Obama on Afghanistan, says ‘a trained ape’ could do better

Rumsfeld bashes Obama on Afghanistan, says ‘a trained ape’ could do better

"A trained ape could get a status of forces agreement. It does not take a genius. And we have so mismanaged that relationship."

-- Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, quoted by the Washington Post, attacking President Obama for failing to secure a status of forces agreement with Afghanistan.


Blaming poverty on the mysterious influence of “culture” is a convenient excuse for doing nothing

Paul Ryan’s culture attack is an excuse to do nothing about poverty
It’s much easier to say that culture is ultimately to blame. But since there’s no step-by-step procedure for changing a culture, we end up not doing anything./blockquote]

BY: Eugene Robinson

Blaming poverty on the mysterious influence of “culture” is a convenient excuse for doing nothing to address the problem.

That’s the real issue with what Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said about distressed inner-city communities. Critics who accuse him of racism are missing the point. What he’s really guilty of is providing a reason for government to throw up its hands in mock helplessness.

The fundamental problem that poor people have, whether they live in decaying urban neighborhoods or depressed Appalachian valleys or small towns of the Deep South, is not enough money.

Alleviating stubborn poverty is difficult and expensive. Direct government aid — money, food stamps, Medicaid, housing assistance and the like — is not enough. Poor people need employment that offers a brighter future for themselves and their children. Which means they need job skills. Which means they need education. Which means they need good schools and safe streets.

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