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Clinton plants seeds of doubt

Hillary plants a seed of doubt Speaking on the West Coast on Tuesday, Hillary Clinton once again was asked about whether shell run in 2016, but this time her answer contained a tiny seed of doubt. I am obviously flattered and deeply honored to have people ask me and people encourage me. And I am thinking about it, Clinton said in San Francisco, per NBCs Andrew Rafferty

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Rob Lowe: I Want the Government Out of Almost Everything

Hollywood has a reputation for being overwhelmingly liberal, but occasionally you hear an actor sounding off on views that dont line up with most of their peers. Rob Lowe made his views very well-known in an interview with The New York Times in which Lowe comes across very much like a libertarian.

Lowe elaborated on comments of his that belonging to a political party is a lot like recreational drug use, explaining that both are highly overrated and now just accepted in American society without much thought. He says, My days of just ticking the party box are long over. I judge the candidates for who they are.

And this is what he said when pressed on his specific beliefs.

My thing is personal freedoms, freedoms for the individual to love whom they want, do with what they want. In fact, I want the government out of almost everything.

Lowe has previously sounded off on political issues, saying last year people dont want another Hollywood actor telling them anything about guns and taking a shot at Erin Burnett two years ago for what he believed to be pro-Obama bias on her part.

[h/t Reason]

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Manuel Valls: The Man to Remake France

Frances embattled Socialist president, Franois Hollande, has crossed the Rubicon and named Manuel Valls to head his government as the countrys new prime minister.

Valls is a pro-market right-leaning Atlanticist who makes no secret of his admiration for Britains former leader Tony Blair.

Frances new prime minister believes the market, not the state, should shape economic growth, creating jobs and prosperity. His nomination could do more than just bring a tilt away from overdone Green politics in France.

If France under Valls tilts away from the statist camp, which the French have traditionally led, he would achieve much more than fulfill the classic French tradition of having France being a co-equal again with Germany in the modern concert of Europe.

Such a goal is a recipe for gaining status diplomatically, but not for generating growth. That can only be achieved if Valls path for France leads to a true rebalancing of economic forces inside Europe to strengthen proponents of market-based thinking all over.

This applies all the more so, as in Italy the other main laggard on Europes necessary road to economic reforms is now led by Matteo Renzi. He is making a similarly determined push, as Valls now seems to be preparing in France.

Getting that job done in either country isnt hard to do in terms of substance (its well known what needs to happen). The real challenge obviously concerns the politics of the situation.

One can only hope that the situation is like that in Germany in the mid-1990s that, in order to bring about the reforms that are necessary, major West European countries must have government that is considered left-of-center. That may well be the only way to make these reforms palatable to the constituencies that have long been opposed.

Even much more so than Germany under Gerhard Schroeder, France needs massive reforms. And it needs, Thatcher style, a revolutionary assault on vested trade union interests and old state-centered thinking.

Valls does not lack ambition, nor does he lack the will and energy. But it remains questionable whether he commands sufficient support in the French parliament and in the Socialist party.

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Hungarian prime minister seeks 3rd term as left-wing and far-right vie for second place

Hungarian President Janos Ader and his wife Anita Herczegh cast their vote at a polling station in Budapest during the parliamentary elections in Hungary, Sunday April 6, 2014. Hungary’s governing party is tipped to win parliamentary elections Sunday, while a far-right party is expected to make further gains, according to polls. Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s Fidesz party and its small ally, the Christian Democrats, are expected to win easily and they may even retain the two-thirds majority in the legislature gained in 2010 which allowed them to pass a new constitution, adopt unconventional economic policies, centralize power and grow the state’s influence at the expense of the private sector. (AP Photo/Laszlo Beliczay)The Associated Press

Hungarian President Janos Ader receives his ballot papers at a polling station in Budapest during the parliamentary elections in Hungary, Sunday, April 6, 2014. Hungary’s governing party is tipped to win parliamentary elections Sunday, while a far-right party is expected to make further gains, according to polls. Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s Fidesz party and its small ally, the Christian Democrats, are expected to win easily and they may even retain the two-thirds majority in the legislature gained in 2010 which allowed them to pass a new constitution, adopt unconventional economic policies, centralize power and grow the state’s influence at the expense of the private sector. (AP Photo/MTI,Laszlo Beliczay)The Associated Press

A nun exits a voting booth at a polling station in Budapest during the parliamentary elections in Hungary, Sunday, April 6, 2014. Hungary’s governing party is tipped to win parliamentary elections Sunday, while a far-right party is expected to make further gains, according to polls. Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s Fidesz party and its small ally, the Christian Democrats, are expected to win easily and they may even retain the two-thirds majority in the legislature gained in 2010 which allowed them to pass a new constitution, adopt unconventional economic policies, centralize power and grow the state’s influence at the expense of the private sector. (AP Photo/MTI,Bea Kallos)The Associated Press

Electoral officials seal a ballot box at a polling station in Budapest during the parliamentary elections in Hungary, Sunday April 6, 2014. Hungary’s governing party is tipped to win parliamentary elections Sunday, while a far-right party is expected to make further gains, according to polls. Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s Fidesz party and its small ally, the Christian Democrats, are expected to win easily and they may even retain the two-thirds majority in the legislature gained in 2010 which allowed them to pass a new constitution, adopt unconventional economic policies, centralize power and grow the state’s influence at the expense of the private sector. (AP Photos/MTI,Zoltan Mathe)The Associated Press

BUDAPEST, Hungary Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s Fidesz party is favored to win Hungary’s parliamentary elections by a wide margin on Sunday, with a left-wing coalition and the far-right Jobbik party vying for second place.

Orban, who is seeking his third term, said he hoped for a heavy turnout to give legitimacy and a clear mandate for the future.

“It allows the government to do a more vigorous job,” Orban told reporters after casting his ballot in a school near his home high in the Buda hills. “I hope very many people will vote so no matter what kind of government there will be, it will start its job with large popular support.”

Fidesz and its smaller ally, the Christian Democrats, won a two-thirds majority in 2010 which allowed them write a new constitution and pass legislation unchallenged. Orban has been asking supporters to ensure another super-majority for his government so it can continue with its policies unopposed.

Polls taken days before the elections showed Fidesz favored by up to 51 percent of likely voters. The party’s voters are also considered more disciplined and likely to vote.

Former Prime Minister Gordon Bajnai, now part of a five-party left-wing coalition, said the elections would determine whether Hungary “will again be a peaceful European country” and return to its past path toward Western values or drift further toward the East.

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As The Dollar Collapses The Next False Flag Falls Into Place — Episode 320 – Video



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The Monster On The Hill

THERE IS nothing better than a scandal every week.

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Labour nominee pulls out of Ilam

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BLOGGER: James Dann

INDECISIVE: Debbie Mora

Labour will stand left-wing blogger James Dann as its Ilam candidate to challenge Gerry Brownlee after the sudden withdrawal of a rival nominee.

Yesterday Labour held high hopes of gaining traction in the National stronghold of Ilam.

The day started off promisingly, with two nominees – Riccarton-Wigram Community Board member Debbie Mora and Left-wing blogger James Dann – set to contest a selection meeting next week.

Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee has held the Ilam seat since 1996 and, while Labour is unlikely to win the seat, the party had hoped to target it and make the contest there a referendum on the Government’s handling of the quake recovery and Brownlee’s role.

A week may be a long time in politics but try 17 hours.

That’s the time between Mora’s campaign team proudly announcing, through a press release, that she wanted to be the first female to represent Ilam and a brief email, from the same source, saying Mora was out of contention because of “unforeseen circumstances”.

Mora said her campaign manager, Luc Chandler, was “a bit over-eager” in sending out the first release last night.

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From Occupy Houston

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Occupy Houston activists demand FBI release assassination plot details We want to take a moment to thank everyone for your concerns regarding information released about the FBIs knowledge of assassination plans that targeted key participants in our movement. These plots involved the execution of members of Occupy Houston through coordinated sniper fire.

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March 31, 2014

The left wing of President Francois Hollande’s (pic) Socialist party urged him to take heed of a stinging defeat in local elections by abandoning pro-business reforms and public deficit targets imposed by the European Union.

Hollande’s Socialists lost control of some 150 towns in yesterdays elections marked by a record low turnout and strong gains by opposition mainstream conservatives and the far-right National Front.

An open letter addressed to Hollande by senior left-wingers called on him to return to Socialist basics and said his plan to boost investment and job creation by offering business some 30 billion euros in corporate charge cuts was “still-born”.

“Don’t be afraid to abandon this path,” said the letter, posted on the website of Paris Socialist senator Marie-Noelle Lienemann and signed by fellow left-wingers including Jerome Guedj and Emmanuel Maurel.

“Job creation comes from a re-launch of public investment and consumption,” it said, urging Hollande to end a freeze on public sector salaries, raise the minimum salary and pensions.

Weeks before France must present the EU with new details of plans to bring down its public deficit, the letter said the government should simply ignore the demands of the EU stability pact committing it to a deficit under 3% of output.

“Specifically, (France) must take on the European Commission and tell it that it refused to meet on time the impossibly restrictive deficit criteria which it has imposed,” it said.

Data released today showed it was 4.3% in 2013, above its 4.1% target.

Hollande is widely expected to announce a cabinet reshuffle at some point this week. His ministers have defended the reforms made by his 22-month-old government but have said there is a need to show more “social justice” for low-income earners. Reuters, March 31, 2014

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Do unto us, what we did unto Japan

What is abundantly clear is that there is NO IMPARTIALITY, NO TRANSPARENCY, NO FAIR PLAY and NO FAIR HEARING inside the halls of the UNHRC and a UNHRC head that does not say a word against US, UK and NATO crimes or even call for international investigations against them but goes after Sri Lanka showing her bias and vindictive agenda.

What countries like Japan may like to remember is how Sri Lanka defended Japan in 1951 so much to say that Sri Lanka announced that we would NOT REQUEST WAR REPARATIONS after World War because Sri Lanka wanted to allow Japan to rebuild itself.

This was a magnanimous gesture from Sri Lanka to Japan. Japan voted against Sri Lanka in 2012 and abstained in 2013.

In this hour of need it would be nice for countries to view the allegations and seek clarifications against the lies and hyped up media attention.

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To Japan that has been involved through the terror period, it is nice that Japan shows leadership.

Sri Lanka defended Japan at the Peace Treaty of San Francisco its Japans turn to reciprocate

On September 8, 1951, 51 nations gathered at the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco to officially end World War 2 and to formally end Japans position as an imperial power, and to allocate compensation to Allied civilians and former prisoners of war who had suffered Japanese war crimes. Powerful nations objected to Japan being set up as a US military base and coercing Japans to align to the West. Japan, would recall that it was little Sri Lanka that defended Japan before all the nations present and went a step forward by declaring that Sri Lanka would not accept any reparations from Japan as that would affect Japans economy. In Japans darkest hour and when Japan needed a friend, Sri Lanka came forward in 1951 without strings attached. Japan, with its history, ancient culture and Buddhist identity must realize the predicament Sri Lanka is in to come to Sri Lankas defence as Sri Lanka did when Japan needed support.

Sri Lanka was represented by J R Jayewardene as Finance Minister. His speech received resounding applause and was extensively quoted and appreciated. Excerpts from that speech are given below:

It was at the Colombo Conference of Commonwealth Foreign Ministers held in January, 1950, that for the first time the case for a completely independent Japan was proposed and considered. The Colombo Conference considered Japan not as an isolated case, but as part of the region known as South and Southeast Asia, containing a large proportion of the worlds wealth and population, and consisting of countries which have only recently regained their freedom, whose people were still suffering as a result of centuries of neglect. Two ideas emerged from that Conference – one, that of an independent Japan, and the other, the necessity for the economic and social development of the peoples of South and South-east Asia, to ensure which, what is now known as the Colombo Plan was launched. The treaty now before us is the result of those consultations and negotiations. It represents some of the views that my Government had The main idea that animated the Asian countries, Ceylon, India and Pakistan, in their attitude to Japan was that Japan should be free. Should reparations be exacted from Japan? If so, the amount. How is Japan to defend herself until she organizes her own defence?………… We feel that the allied matters I mentioned earlier are not insoluble if Japan is free, that they are insoluble if Japan is not free

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