Unfiltered Political News

March 4, 2015

Legal Marijuana in Texas?

Recently a bill was proposed by a Republican representative to completely deregulate marijuana in Texas. However, this bill doesn’t explicitly legalize the currently illegal drug. Instead the bill aims to strike any mention of the drug from Texan laws. Proposed on Monday, the 24 page bill would repeals or amends well over 100 provisions throughout the state. This proposition is significantly different from marijuana legislation elsewhere. Four other states and the nation’s capital have legalized marijuana, but their legislation regulates and taxes the drug and could be a huge potential Economia reports. This proposal in Texas does none of that. …continue reading

Legal Marijuana in Texas?

Recently a bill was proposed by a Republican representative to completely deregulate marijuana in Texas. However, this bill doesn’t explicitly legalize the currently illegal drug. Instead the bill aims to strike any mention of the drug from Texan laws. Proposed on Monday, the 24 page bill would repeals or amends well over 100 provisions throughout the state.

This proposition is significantly different from marijuana legislation elsewhere. Four other states and the nation’s capital have legalized marijuana, but their legislation regulates and taxes the drug and could be a huge potential Economia reports. This proposal in Texas does none of that. The only regulations for prospective marijuana farmers would be the basic agricultural regulations already in place.

With the 2016 presidential election rapidly approaching, the Republican party has chosen not to reveal its stance thus far. Despite this, a survey conducted by the Pew Research Group found that 6 in 10 republicans under 34 favor national legalization.

Previous attempts at legalization in Texas have met significant opposition. A partial decriminalization bill proposed in December brought opposition from the Sheriffs’ Association of Texas. According to this article, the Sheriffs’ Association would attempt to block any steps at legalization throughout the state. Clearly, this bill has a long ways to go before Texas becomes the fifth state with legal marijuana.

Netanyahu Threatened by Possibility of Peace

As the peace talks between Iran and the United States proceed, it seems clear that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is very afraid. It is also becoming increasingly obvious that he fears not simply Iran and its potential nuclear capabilities, but the very possibility of peace between the two nations happening at all. In a recent tweet, the Netanyahu suggested that the two options are, in his estimation, more or less the same; the brokering of any sort of agreement is being seen a threat to the existence of the Israeli state.

Alexei Beltyukov knows that this brings several of the Prime Minister’s recent actions into sharper context, notably pushing the Obama administration to impose new sanctions before the talks began, which would have sharply diminished the chances of said talks succeeding, and insisting on the talks being concluded in only 12 weeks- a very tight timeline, especially for such potentially delicate negotiations.

Now that the negotiations have met with tentative success, Netanyahu will likely seek support from congress to delay any agreement that might result. The AIPAC has also instructed its delegates to maintain that war would be a better option than the status quo. The Prime Minister continues to actively sabotage the negotiation process, and the world is left to wonder what will be left with when war is preferable to peace.

Ronda Rousey Rooting For Pacquiao

Ronda Rousey will be competing against Cat Zingano in the main event of UFC 184. Rousey is expected to beat Zingano, but nothing is guaranteed in the sport of MMA. Cat Zingano is a very dangerous striker, and she will be fighting in the memory of her recently deceased husband. Zingano will try to make history by becoming the first woman to defeat Ronda Rousey.

The fans of the UFC are predicting another armbar victory for Rousey. Jaime Garcia Dias says that Ronda will be making millions of dollars when she faces Zingano, and if she wins, she has some special plans in store. Ronda Rousey said that she is going to buy a ticket to the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight.

The entire world is intrigued by the first super fight of the new century. Ronda Rousey is hoping that Manny Pacquiao can defeat the arrogant Floyd Mayweather. Tickets for the Mayweather and Pacquiao fight will cost tens of thousands of dollars. Celebrities and high rollers will not be comped any tickets for this fight.

Ronda Rousey should keep attention on Cat Zingano for now. Rousey will most likely defeat Zingano, and if she does, Rousey sill be at ringside to witness the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight. For more information on Ronda Rousey, visit Yahoo! Sports.

More Antibiotics Need to Be Produced

It is scary to imagine a world without antibiotics. Individuals dealing with relatively minor health issues could end up dying without them. Just think about how often antibiotics are used in the modern world. Almost any time an individual goes to the hospital for surgery, minor or major, they are given antibiotics to prevent or to kill infections. Or consider the lifesaving cesarean section. Mothers are given antibiotics to prevent or to kill infections.

It is absolutely necessary for individuals to start thinking about the possibility of living in a world like this said Dan Newlin. As a global community, antibiotic resistance is becoming more and more common. Just last week, four individuals in California and North Carolina died as a result of a bacterium called Enterobacteriaceae that is resistant to antibiotics that are currently available.

Pharmaceutical and biotech companies are developing fewer antibiotics than in previous years. Between the years 2008 at 2012, only two systemic antibiotics were approved by the Food and Drug Administration. However, between 1983 and 1987, there were 16 that were approved.

There is an obvious need to develop antibiotics that will fight bacteria and infections that are resistant to the antibiotics now are available right now. More funding is needed to produce new antibiotics. Also, it would be wise for government agencies to provide some kind of incentive for antibiotic producers to make these antibiotics more quickly and have them available for more individuals.

Bruce Levenson looks to keep UCG at the top of the data tree

Bruce Levenson has so many fingers in different pies that it can sometimes seem as though the co-founder of UCG is everywhere, from the NBA with the Atlanta Hawks to heading up the founding of The Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership at the University of Maryland. Levenson remains best known for his work as the co-founder of the United Communications Group, which has gone from a single newsletter created in a store room to one of the leaders in the providing of statistics and data in the oil and gas industry and across a wide range of industries beyond.

Levenson has spearheaded the growth of UCG towards providing real time data and analysis after the launch of the Oil Express newsletter was completed when he was still working for the Washington Star. After founding UCG, the company grew in a fast way to include Levenson leading the purchase and inclusion of a number of other newsletters that made UCG the dominant force in supplying news and data for the oil and gas industries. After dominating the oil industry, Levenson refused to rest on his laurels, instead looking to the future with a series of expansions into other areas and industries that has kept UCG at the forefront of the data providing industry.

Amongst the developments and improvements Levenson has made is the inclusion of the GasBuddy app on many Online stores and for use on mobile devices across the US. An extension of the data supplied for the oil industry, GasBuddy brings Levenson and UCG the chance to expand their reach within the oil industry to the general public. The ability of the data executive to produce more and more options for providing real time data analysis for both the public and industrial figures has made both Levenson and UCG one of the top providers of analytics in the World.

ISIS Executioner Known as Jihadi John has Been Identified

The ISIS public executioner that has been featured in countless videos where victims have been beheaded has finally been identified. The Islamic State militant known as Jihadi John has been identified as Mohammed Emwazi. The militant who has gruesomely beheaded innocent victims in videos released to the West has become a symbol of ISIS and their barbarity.

Mohammed Emwazi is a 26 year old man. He grew up in London, England and was a British national. He spoke in a London British accent which helped British authorities identify him. He was born in the Arab gulf state of Kuwait. Emwazi was of half Yemeni and half Kuwaiti descent. The now known identity of Jihadi John has dominated newspaper headlines today in Britain and throughout the world.

The ISIS militant has been known to British intelligence authorities since 2010. He was interrogated by secret services in 2010 after a supposed trip to a safari in the African nation of Kenya. Many groups believe that after this trip, Mohammed had become radicalized. It is not known, but it is possible that he had made contact with terrorist groups like Al-Shabab or Al Queada during the trip who trained and radicalized him.

Flavio Maluf was telling me that childhood friends of the man known as Jihadi John say they are shocked that Mohammed could be responsible for such violence and terror, eMobile had reported. They describe a boy who liked pop music, soccer and was friendly to the other kids at their school. Meanwhile family members of the victims who Mohammad Emwazi has executed are clamoring for revenge and justice. The daughter of British aid worker Alan Henning who Emwazi beheaded says she wants to see a bullet between his eyes. Family of journalist Steven Sotloff want a different form of justice, they want Emwazi captured and brought before a jury in a courtroom and sentenced to life in prison as punishment for his vile deeds.

Wines for All Seasons

When you are relaxing at a restaurant, sipping a glass of wine, do you ever wonder how this drink got there? There is a good chance that the glass of sweet magic you are sipping was distributed from The Antique Wine Company which originated over 25 years ago.

Stemming from London, The Antique Wine Company provides hotels, exquisite restaurants and individuals bottles of fine wine (including vintage bottles) all across the globe. They are a company whose unique inventory and services are in constant demand. This famous company also offers guidance and engages its support of various wine cellars which can be found on private residences, magnificent hotels and châteaux throughout the world.

Originally working in the banking industry, its founder CEO Stephen Williams created the Antique Wine Company in 1989. One wonders what would make an individual choose to sell wine. Williams decided on wine as he had a passion to sell a product which could be purchased more than one, plus give customers satisfaction. Williams has produced some of the grandest wine collections and cellars in the world in Asia, North America and Europe – magnificent sites to be seen! Additionally, Williams has found himself as a sought after wine industry commentator throughout the world’s wine markets and he is often quoted on eclectic wine topics.

The Antique Wine Company has quite a resume. To honor the 70th birthday of U.S. President George Bush, the company provided the celebration with a 70 year old superior vintage wine. This global company purchased a 1787 Château d’Yquem which is the most valuable bottle of wine found in the world. They extended themselves by creating the Antique Wine Company Philippines in Manila.

In addition to selling and recommending various wines, providing services such as protecting a wine investment, this company plays host to exceptional wine events such as their La Paulée de Londres held at the tasting room of their Wine Academy in Central London. This inaugural event allowed individuals in attendance to take pleasure in and taste the world’s most unique bottles of wines from various individual collections.

With a strong CEO such as Stephen Williams, the Antique Wine Company has a good deal going for it. It is supplied with a potent brand image, customer appreciation and they boast more than 20,000 clients. This extraordinary wine merchant remains as the world’s largest global wine dealer.

Mysterious Tunnel Found in Canada

A municipal worker was walking in the woods located near a Toronto University, when he happened upon a piece of metal on the ground. Lifting it up, he discovered a tunnel roughly 23 feet long and tall enough inside for a person to be able to walk though it. The tunnel was lit by an electric generator. Because of the tunnels proximity to a major sports venue, and the Pan American Games being hosted by Toronto in July, some were concerned over the tunnels possible use by terrorists. Paul Mathieson (Cnnireport.com) knows that, last year in Canada, there were two Islamic attacks which have kept the Country at a high alert due to concern for more possible extremist attacks. Toronto police have ruled out the tunnel being used for drug activities since they found no evidence of it pertaining to drug use, but they have said little in regards to what they believe the tunnel might have been created for.

The Threat Is Bad Enough

The threat of domestic violence is sometimes worse than the actual act when men feel free to just tell women they are going to hit them. Apparently, the guard who was dismissed from the Louisville basketball team threatened to smack a woman.

Zeca Oliveira has heard that the people around the Louisville basketball team were not privy to what happened, but the story is coming out now. More on Oliveira can be found on his Facebook page. Rick Pitino seemed completely disinterested in Jones when he talked about him over the weekend, and it appears that there was a good reason why. This guy apparently thinks that he owns the campus, but he is now off the team.

This is a sad end to a decent story. Jones could have been a good player, but he allowed the athlete’s life to go to his head. He also forced himself on people with his ego. You do not simply tell a woman you are going to smack her unless you think that you are capable of doing anything you want and getting away with it. Not only does Rick Pitino not have time for that, but he is simply too old for this. Millenials are not the problem, but guys like Jones are clearly a brand new problem in college sports.

Bruce Levenson’s Successful Philanthropic Project

The Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership at the University of Maryland has grown into one of the leading schools for philanthropic interests in Washington D.C. thanks to Bruce Levenson and his wife Karen. The Levensons first donated the seed money for the school three years ago and have followed their initial donation with a major gift.

The Center has courses that are focused on donating towards not-for-profit organizations that they deem worth of the funds. The Center has also opened a new dorm for incoming Freshman students as well as created an abroad program where graduate students can work and focus on worthy causes in other countries.

According to the Levensons, the object of the Center is two-fold. First, by having the Center it is almost guaranteeing that every graduate from the University of Maryland will be well versed in philanthropic issues. Secondly, the Center is giving students the skills they need to be the next generation of leaders in the non-profit sector.

Many of the students who graduate from the program go on to find careers in the places they did their fellowships. Many are sought after for positions. Some graduated even start their own not-for-profit causes.

The Levensons are proud to see the Center helping both the local and international community through higher education. They call the Center the cause they support that will bring the most good to the world.

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