Attorney General Eric Holder to Step Down

http://www.digitaljournal.com/news/politics/eric-holder-resigning-as-attorney-general-breaking-news/article/405346

By Brett Wilkins     11 mins ago in Politics

Washington – United States Attorney General Eric Holder announced his resignation on Thursday, ending a tumultuous six-year tenure marked by progress as well as by heated partisan controversy and constant battles with conservatives over his policies and actions.

The nation’s first black attorney general said he will remain in office until a successor is nominated and confirmed, the New York Times reports.

The Justice Department said Holder, 63, finalized his plan to step down during an hour-long conversation with President Barack Obama. Holder is one of the longest-serving members of the Obama cabinet and the fourth-longest tenured attorney general in US history.

Holder’s legacy includes historic progress on civil rights and criminal justice reform issues. He refused to defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), a discriminatory federal law defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman. He sued North Carolina and Texas over restrictive voter identification laws which disproportionately disenfranchised minority, student and elderly voters.

Holder also launched some 20 federal probes targeting police brutality and other misconduct, most recently in Ferguson, Missouri, where a long legacy of mistrust between the St. Louis suburb’s black residents and nearly all-white police force came to a boil following the recent police shooting of unarmed black teen Michael Brown. He also pressed for a reduction in prison sentences for nonviolent drug offenders and an end to mandatory minimum sentences for some low-level drug offenders.

Under Holder’s tenure, the federal prison population decreased for the first time since President Ronald Reagan ramped up the ‘War on Drugs’ and ushered in the era of mass incarceration in the 1980s.

But Holder was also a tremendously controversial and polarizing figure. Some of his actions infuriated conservatives, including his initial decision to try the alleged September 11 plotters in a New York civilian court just blocks from Ground Zero, a decision that was later reversed under intense pressure. He sent the cases back to the Guantánamo Bay military commission system, which has been described as “rigged” by numerous military justice officers who have resigned their posts in protest.

As is the case with President Obama, there is a racial element to at least some of the animus against Holder. He inflamed many conservatives when he delivered a Black History Month address in which he called America a “nation of cowards” for its failure to honestly confront enduring race relation issues.

Holder’s actions often did not help him win conservative friends. His refusal to hand over documents related to the Fast and Furious gun trafficking scandal, for example, resulted in a contempt vote by the Republican-controlled House of Representatives.

Even among some progressives, Holder was considered a disappointment on issues including the DOJ’s targeting of state-legal medical marijuana, his 9/11 trials reversal, the government’s refusal to prosecute or even adequately investigate Bush-era torturers, its aggressive prosecution of whistleblowers and his refusal to prosecute Wall Street banker for the systemic fraud which precipitated the 2008 global financial crisis.

Holder still has work to do before stepping down. NPR reports he is expected to release long-awaited racial profiling guidelines for federal agents. He is also expected to notify federal prosecutors that the DOJ will no longer require defendants who plead guilty to waive their right to appeal due to ineffective legal counsel.

Holder has served 26 years at the DOJ, working at nearly every level. He has served as a corruption prosecutor, and was appointed US Attorney for Washington DC by President Bill Clinton. In 1997, he was named deputy attorney general.

“I hope I’ve done a good job,” Holder said in a recent ABC interview. “I’ve certainly tried to do as good a job as I can. There are sacrifices that I’ve had to make, that my family has had to make.”

President Obama is expected to make a statement about Holder’s resignation at the White House Thursday afternoon.

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FBI Forces Police Departments Across The US to Keep Quiet About Cellphone Spying Gear

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FBI Forces Police Departments Across The US to Keep Quiet About Cellphone Spying Gear

Originally posted on Nevada State Personnel Watch:

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Not only are local police departments across the United States increasingly relying on so-called StingRay devices to conduct surveillance on cell phone users, but cops are being forced to keep quiet about the operations, new documents reveal.

Recent reports have indicated that law enforcement agencies from coast to coast have been turning to IMSI-catcher devices, like the StingRay sold by Florida’s Harris Corporation, to trick ordinary mobile phones into communicating device-specific International Mobile Subscriber Identity information to phony cell towers — a tactic that takes the approximate geolocation data of all the devices within range and records it for investigators. Recently, the Tallahassee Police Department in the state of Florida was found to have used their own “cell site simulator” at least 200 times to collect phone data without once asking for a warrant during a three-year span, and details about the use of StingRays by other law enforcement groups…

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Cannabis Dissolves Cancerous Tumor in Young Infant, Deemed A ‘Miracle Baby’ by Physician

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(NaturalNews) Instead of opting for chemotherapy and radiation in an attempt to shrink an inoperable brain tumor, the father of an eight-month-old baby pushed for alternative treatment with cannabis oil.

The baby’s physician, Dr. William Courtney, was initially skeptical early in his career about cannabis as medicine but has since seen such impressive results that he’s now a staunch advocate for its use.

“They were putting cannabinoid oil on the baby’s pacifier twice a day, increasing the dose… And within two months there was a dramatic reduction, enough that the pediatric oncologist allowed them to go ahead with not pursuing traditional therapy,” said Dr. Courtney in an interview with The Huffington Post.

At four months, the tumor was completely gone. And after eight months of treatment, the brain tissue was considered completely normal.

Dr. Courtney notes that the successful application of cannabis to heal means that “this child, because of that, is not going to have the long-term side effects that would come from a very high dose of chemotherapy or radiation… currently the child’s being called a miracle baby, and I would have to agree that this is the perfect response that we should be insisting is frontline therapy for all children before they launch off on all medications that have horrific long term side effects.”

A healing phenomenon
Cannabis has a wide range of reported therapeutic uses — from cancer to asthma, as well as from neurodegenerative diseases to autoimmune disorders. Several U.S. states have recognized the beneficial healing aspects of cannabis and have therefore made it available for medicinal purposes. On the other hand, two states, Washington and Colorado, have taken this a step further and legalized cannabis for recreational use.

Numerous studies support the incredible healing capacity of cannabis, especially regarding cancer. The National Cancer Institute alone has documented 25 studies on the exceptional power that cannabis possesses to halt the progression of cancer. In animal tests, two forms of liver cancer — hepatic adenoma tumors and hepatocellular carcinoma — decreased when cannabis was given. Benign tumors in other organs, such as the pancreas, testes, uterus and mammary and pituitary glands, were diminished as well. Several reviews also found that cannabinoids appear to encourage cancer cell death (apoptosis), while preserving normal cells. Moreover, cannabis induces programmed cell death in breast cancer cell lines and offers protection against both colorectal and lung cancer.

The list of benefits could seemingly go on forever. To learn more about the wonder of cannabis, have a look at this comprehensive documentary by leading researchers and physicians in the field.

Sources for this article include:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com

http://www.collective-evolution.com

http://www.cancer.gov

http://tv.greenmedinfo.com

http://www.nature.com

http://michiganmedicalmarijuana.org

http://www.sciencedaily.com

http://science.naturalnews.com

About the author:
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***Note from Anna: What else does the government need to know about medical marijuana for them to consider it valuable enough to take of the DEA schedule?

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Medical Jane Needs Patient Stories

September 24, 2014  Medical Jane:

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With the upcoming release of Medical Jane’s website redesign, we will be launching a new section featuring success stories from real MMJ patients. If you would like to share your experience with medical cannabis, here is your chance. In doing so, you will be doing your part to help motivate others to see the power of cannabis as a medicine.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/19G7wbW9zYWDRnqL_UzLrjXD466dpydm9TFsVBzQhmo8/viewform

 

 ***Note from Anna: When citizens don’t speak up for their friends and families, global medical marijuana legalization is critically delayed. Don’t watch people suffer and die needlessly, legalize all forms of marijuana. I can write patient stories anonymously for submission to Medical Jane for the sake of patient discretion. My email address is annajaya67@yahoo.com. Please allow 24 to 48 hours for me to get back in touch with you. Thank you~

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Texas Mothers Seek Marijuana to Treat their Children’s Seizures

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Texas Mothers Seek Marijuana to Treat Their Children’s Seizures

Originally posted on Texas Cannabis Report:

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Two mothers in Texas are now lobbying for medical marijuana after seeing positive results in other states which have allowed children with seizures to be treated with cannabis.

Jeannie Camp and Michelle Bartlett are two mothers who are hoping cannabis oil might be the treatment that, if it doesn’t bring an end to their sons’ seizures, could at least reduce the frequency.

Camp and Bartlett recently traveled to Austin to speak with the staff of Sen. Roy Fraser, R-Marble Falls. They talked about seizures and the relief their children and others could experience if cannabis oil were legal in Texas.

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History of the Cultivation of Hemp in the U.S. (article)

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History of the cultivation of hemp in the U.S. (article)

Originally posted on Alcohol and Drugs History Society:

“The Smothered History of Hemp.” American History 49, no. 3 (August 2014): 10–10. Discusses the history of the cultivation of hemp in the U.S. from about 1701, with attention to Texas agricultural commissioner candidate Kinky Friedman and botanist Lyster Dewey.

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Herbal Healing as a Fundamental Human Right & Religious Freedom

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Herbal Healing as a Fundamental Human Right & Religious Freedom

Originally posted on Garden Healing Church:

Thank you, Sayer Ji of GreenMedInfo, for this excellent article:
http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/why-cannnabis-future-medicinecannabis_the_future_of_medicine

The future of medicine rests on the the fundamental right we all have to use things that spring from the Earth naturally as healing agents. Why should cannabis, used for at least 10,000 years by humankind to alleviate suffering, be excluded from this inexorable mandate?

The politics of cannabis are exceedingly complex, and yet the truth is simple: this freely growing plant heals the human body – not to mention provides food, fuel, clothing and shelter, if only we will let it perform its birthright. In a previous article, we investigated the strange fact that the human body is in many ways pre-designed, or as it were, pre-loaded with a receptiveness to cannabis’ active compounds — cannabinoids — thanks to its well documented endocannabinoid system….

The notion that marijuana has no ‘medicinal benefits’ is preposterous, actually. Since time…

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Cannabics Pharma (CNBX): Breakthrough in Medical Marijuana Industry

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Cannabics Pharma (CNBX): Breakthrough in Medical Marijuana Industry

Originally posted on Cannabis Stock Reports:

Cannabics Pharmaceuticals Inc. (CNBX) headquartered in Maryland and founded in 2012 by Dr. Zohar Koren and Dr. Eyal Ballan, is quickly becoming a dominant player in the fast-growing medical marijuana industry.  The company’s flagship patent-pending product, Cannabics SR, is a sustained release capsule containing a pure concentrate of cannabinoid extract that is specifically designed as a palliative care treatment for cancer patients.  This amazing medical breakthrough provides relief for 10-12 hours and only needs to be taken once per day.  Cannabics SR will be available in 4 strengths including 6.5mg, 10mg, 25mg, 40mg with doses based on severity of symptoms and tolerance levels.

The genius behind Cannabics Pharma lies in Dr. Koren (CEO) and Dr. Eyal (CTO), reknowned experts in their fields and highly seasoned entrepreneurs.  Dr. Koren holds a Ph.D.  in Computational Biology and a M.Sc. in Evolutionary and Environmental Sciences from the University of Haifa…

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California Governor Vetoes Bill to Revise School Textbook Content Standards

http://www.hinduismtoday.com/blogs-news/hindu-press-international/california-governor-vetoes-bill-to-revise-school-textbook-content-standards/13910.html

http://gov.ca.gov/docs/SB_1057_Veto_Message.pdf

SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA, September 19, 2014 (HPI): California governor Jerry Brown vetoed Senate Bill 1057 which would have called for the revision of the “Content Standards” which guide the creation of the state’s history-social science books for grades K-12. The Hindu-American community was disappointed with the veto as the bill could have improved the presentation of Hinduism and Indian history in the state’s school system.

In vetoing the bill, the governor said, “This bill would require the State Board of Education to adopt history-social science content standards by July 30, 2018. I agree that providing up to date instructional guidance to educators for use in their classrooms is important. This is precisely why the State Board of Education is currently updating the history-social science framework which is on track to be adopted next spring. I am concerned that this bill may slow progress that is already underway, and does not include a role for the Instructional Quality Commission. For these reasons, I am unable to sign this bill.”

For the full text of the original bill, go to:
http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/fac … l?bill_id=201320140SB1057

***Note from Anna: When a governor regularly and deliberately strives to keep his citizens uneducated it’s always for the purposes of making sure they are never smart enough to fight back when they have been abused. States with more educated people means more states with healthier, stronger, crime-free communities.vote out the politicians who seek to harm their constituents.

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American CEOs Earn *354* Times More Than Their Average Workers

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Chief executives of the nation’s largest companies earned an average of $12.3 million in total pay last year — 354 times more than a typical American worker, according to the AFL-CIO.

 

The average worker made $34,645 last year, according to the group that represents over 50 trade unions.

Oracle(ORCL) CEO Larry Ellison’s $96.1 million pay package topped the list, followed by $54.3 million earned by Credit Acceptance Corp (CACC).’s Brett Roberts and Discovery Communications (DISCA) CEO David Zaslav’s $50 million, according to the union’s pay project.

The one stand out was Apple (AAPL) CEO Timothy Cook, whose pay dropped to $4.2 million from $376 million in 2011, when his compensation package got a boost from long-term stock awards.

The dip in Cook’s pay was enough to lower the overall average for CEOs of top companies by 5% from 2011.

Related: 20 top-paid CEOS

The discrepancy in pay between CEOs and the average worker has skyrocketed over the years, peaking in 2000, when the gap was 525 times. In 1980, CEO pay was 42 times that of the average worker.

The AFL-CIO each year highlights the pay disparity between workers and chief executives from companies that are part of Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index.

Did Apple’s CEO really get a 99% pay cut?

Richard Trumka, AFL-CIO president, said he hopes the project will remind Washington leaders that most workers “continue to struggle.”

“They struggle every day to make ends meet, their wages are stagnant, their companies are trying to take away their health care and pensions, and they’re angry,” Trumka said. “And very few them know what’s happening with CEO (pay).”

The union wants regulators to enforce an outstanding rule from Wall Street reforms for publicly traded companies to reveal CEO pay compared to their average employees. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has delayed efforts to craft that rule, in part because of heavy lobbying by companies.

The labor group unveiled an updated website database on Monday compiled from 327 companies based on SEC filings. The site will post CEO pay for all 500 companies as the data is made public.

Trumka himself makes $302,000 in total compensation, according to federal records, or 8.7 times the average worker.

Tita Freeman, spokeswoman for CEO lobbying group The Business Roundtable, would not comment on the pay gap. She said CEOs represented by her group support efforts to tie executive pay to performance.

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