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

http://www.naturalnews.com/046994_cannabis_cancerous_tumors_miracle_baby.html

Natural News:

(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

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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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http://us2.campaign-archive1.com/?u=05335b4d73cdc4aef0e54bd73&id=154ac60ec2&e=4dd7f577ac

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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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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How Insurers Are Finding Ways to Shift Costs to the Sick

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California City Mandates Free Medical Marijuana for Low-Income Residents

http://www.myfoxorlando.com/story/26448599/california-city-mandates-free-medical-marijuana-for-low-income-residents

Posted: Sep 04, 2014 8:50 AM PST Updated: Sep 04, 2014 8:50 AM PST

Weed welfare?

That’s what the Berkeley City Council in California has unanimously approved, ordering medical marijuana dispensaries to donate 2 percent of their stash to patients making less than $32,000 a year.

The new welfare program in the liberal-leaning city is set to launch in August 2015.

The ordinance, which passed in August and is the first of its kind in the country, comes at a time when several states are debating how to handle a growing movement to legalize marijuana for both medical and recreational use.

But Berkeley’s decision to effectively order weed redistribution is prompting a vocal backlash.

Bishop Ron Allen, a former addict and head of the International Faith Based Coalition, told Fox News he doesn’t understand why the California city would want to dump pot on the impoverished.

“It’s ludicrous, over-the-top madness,” Allen said. “Why would Berkeley City Council want to keep their poverty-stricken under-served high, in poverty and lethargic?”

John Lovell, a lobbyist for the California Narcotic Officers’ Association, agrees.

“Instead of taking steps to help the most economically vulnerable residents get out of that state, the city has said, ‘Let’s just get everybody high,’” Lovell told The New York Times.

But others, like Mason Tvert, director of communications at the Marijuana Policy Project, say it’s a community program.

Tvert told Fox News that the decision to provide the drug to some of its low-income residents is up to the community.

“So it’s a matter of the democratic process, people following the state’s laws, and this law appears to accommodate both of those,” he said.

California was the first state to legalize medical marijuana nearly 20 years ago.

California dispensaries are prohibited by law from turning a profit. But some places have been giving pot away to patients who couldn’t pay for years.

One of Berkeley’s largest dispensaries, Berkeley Patients Group, has been doing it for a decade, The New York Times reports. One recipient, Arnie Passman, a poet and activist, said he’s couldn’t remember exactly how long he had been given medical marijuana or why.

“It could be for my allergies, or my arthritis — you know what happens to us folks: We forget,” Passman, 78, told the newspaper.

***Note from Anna: That is the way you create total legalization for the United States.

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July 2014 in Fukushima 98,000,000 Becquerels Leaked from Radioactive Water Tanks

98,000,000 Bq of all β leaked from contaminated water tank

  Fukushima Diary 

On 9/4/2014, Tepco reported they found highly contaminated water leaking from the joint part of two tanks.

 

It was desalinated concentrated water. Cs-134/137 density was 9,800,000 Bq/m3, All β nuclide density to include Sr-90 was 98,000,000,000 Bq/m3.

They found the crack on the joint part. It became clear that contaminated water facilities are being deteriorated.

 

Tepco fixed the crack with bonding agent and plastic bag for emergency measure, however they haven’t announced any fundamental resolution for the deterioration of the entire facilities.

They comment the leaked volume was only 1L.

 

2 98,000,000 Bq of all β leaked from contaminated water tank

 

98,000,000 Bq of all β leaked from contaminated water tank

 

 

http://photo.tepco.co.jp/date/2014/201409-j/140904-01j.html

http://www.tepco.co.jp/cc/press/2014/1241395_5851.html

http://www.tepco.co.jp/cc/press/2014/1241399_5851.html

http://www.tepco.co.jp/cc/press/2014/1241410_5851.html

http://www.tepco.co.jp/cc/press/2014/1241411_5851.html

 

 

 

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Français :

98 milliards de Bq de radioactivité β ont fuit d’une citerne

 

Le 4 septembre 2014, Tepco rapporte qu’ils ont découvert une fuite d’eau extrêmement radioactive à la jointure entre deux citernes.

 

Il s’agit d’eau concentrée et désalinisée. La radioactivité en Cs 134/137 était de 9,8 millions de Bq/m³, La radioactivité β, dont du Sr 90 était à 98,000,000,000 (98 milliards) Bq/m³.

Ils ont découvert une fissure sur la partie jointive. Il est devenu clair que les équipements de stockage des eaux extrêmement radioactive se détériorent.

Tepco a réparé la fissure en urgence avec du mastic et des sacs en plastique, ils n’ont néanmoins pas présenté de direction fondamentale à suivre contre la détérioration de tous les équipements.
Ils ont déclaré quel le volume de la fuite n’a été que de 1 litre.

2 98,000,000 Bq of all β leaked from contaminated water tank
98,000,000 Bq of all β leaked from contaminated water tank

http://photo.tepco.co.jp/date/2014/201409-j/140904-01j.html
http://www.tepco.co.jp/cc/press/2014/1241395_5851.html
http://www.tepco.co.jp/cc/press/2014/1241399_5851.html
http://www.tepco.co.jp/cc/press/2014/1241410_5851.html
http://www.tepco.co.jp/cc/press/2014/1241411_5851.html

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***NOTE FROM ANNA: Is is very simple. Fukushima nuclear power plant has been saturating the Pacific Ocean with radioactive mixed oxide fuels. It is rapidly spreading to the Atlantic Ocean. No sea water=NO FARMS=no life. PAY ATTENTION!!!

Fukushima/Becquerel radioactivity exposure information:

Conversion chart: http://www.asknumbers.com/RadioactivityConversion.aspx

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henri_Becquerel

http://www.oasisllc.com/abgx/effects.htm

http://orise.orau.gov/reacts/guide/measure.htm

http://www.epa.gov/rpdweb00/understand/health_effects.html

http://www.healthguidance.org/entry/14928/1/Neglis-Aplastic-Anemia.html

http://www.newsweek.com/near-fukushima-report-exclusion-zone-66453

 

 

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LEAF [ The Health Benefits of Juicing Raw Cannabis ]

From Medical Jane Zach Reichard  

January 19, 2013

http://www.medicaljane.com/2013/01/19/cannabis-the-foundation-of-health/#

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Arizona Facing New Medical Marijuana Legal Challenge

http://azdailysun.com/news/local/state-and-regional/state-facing-new-medical-marijuana-legal-challenge/article_57453c0c-3005-11e4-b6c3-0019bb2963f4.html
PHOENIX — State health officials are facing a new legal challenge over a provision in the voter-approved Medical Marijuana Act that bars those who live within 25 miles of a dispensary from growing their own plants.

The lawsuit filed in Maricopa County Superior Court contends that giving some the right to grow but not to others is a violation of the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution.

http://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/equal_protection

Billy B. Hayes, who is not at attorney but filed the legal papers on behalf of himself and others, also contends the system gives dispensary operators a monopoly in violation of state constitutional provisions.

Hayes, a resident of El Mirage, wants Judge Arthur Anderson to rule that all of the more than 50,000 medical marijuana patients in Arizona are eligible to grow their own plants without fear of prosecution. And recognizing the case could take months, if not longer, Hayes is asking Anderson to block state health officials from enforcing the no-grow provisions while the lawsuit is proceeding.

The 2010 voter-approved Arizona Medical Marijuana Act allows those with specified medical conditions and a doctor’s recommendation to obtain up to 2 1/2 ounces of the drug every two weeks. And the law required the state to set up a system of privately run but state regulated dispensaries to sell the drug.

But the law also says those not within 25 miles could grow up to 12 plants of their own. Initially, that meant all marijuana patients, as there were no dispensaries when the law was approved. But state health officials, in renewing the annual permits for users, have rescinded their growing privileges when a dispensary opened nearby.

Health Director Will Humble acknowledged the law does create a disparity between those who can continue to grow their own drugs and those forced to purchase what they need from a dispensary. But he said the argument is not with him or his department, but with the people who crafted the 2010 initiative — and the voters who decided they wanted a restrictive system limiting use for medical purposes.

“The voters were told that this is a dispensary-based system that has inventory controls to prevent diversion of marijuana to non-cardholders,” he said. “That the program we delivered.”

Humble said this lawsuit seeks to undermine that with more of a free-for-all approach.

“One of the fundamental things that you lose in that kind of a system are the inventory controls that prevent diversion of marijuana to non-cardholders,” he said.

“When somebody’s growing 12 of their own plants in their own house, they could share it with anybody, not legally,” Humble continued. “But for all practical purposes, the inventory controls are lost.’

Humble said he’s not a lawyer and cannot address the legal questions being raised.

“But I can tell you we’re going to go toe-to-toe with the plaintiffs on this case and defend the law that the voters approved,” he said.

This is not the first challenge to the 25-mile restriction.

Last year Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Katherine Cooper rejected arguments by two men that the limit on growing marijuana violated a state constitutional provision which guarantees patients the right to decide their own health care. She also said nothing in the law forces them into any compulsory program.

But Cooper may have provided the roadmap for this lawsuit.

“The 25-mile provision does appear to create two groups of Arizona Medical Marijuana Act participants based on residence,” she wrote. But Cooper said the two men never raised that issue and she would not rule “in a vacuum as to its validity.”

No date has been set for a hearing.

 

***Note from Anna: Arizona voters you have been flat-out betrayed. Don’t get mad, get even. Vote out the traitors.

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