This is the sort of idiocy that has given us the new aristocracy of capitol hill “royalty”.

The powers of this self-expanded royalty have their powers limited by the constitution, the result is we no longer teach the constitution to school children. No such things as civics and history only the amaphorous “Social Studies”. The Post Office is specifically authorized by the constitution but has been privatized because of “public sector” unionism, something that even the consummate socialist (he used to call mass-murderer Stalin “Uncle Joe”) FDR thought was an extremely bad idea, however however he didn’t forsee them becoming such an important funding mechanism for his party.

Remy updates the Alanis Morissette hit for a certain senior senator from California. Written by Remy. Video and animation by Meredith Bragg. Music performed, produced, recorded, mixed and mastered by Ben Karlstrom.Approximately 2 minutes.

Lyrics:

A Senator lady

Got the news one day

The country’s being spied onby the NSA

So she went out defendingon each TV set

but when she found out she’d been snooped on

she got all upset

And isn’t it ironic?

I mean, don’t you think?It’s like you’re at Chris Brown’s

and there’s punch in the fridge

or if The Bachelor passed a geography quiz

Learning Ted Kennedy happened to be good at bridge.

And who would have thought? It figures. Senator, this may surprise youa nd the irony bites but Congresspeople ain’t the only ones

with 4th Amendment rights

It’s like a minimalist

who does their laundry with All

or if Woody Allen liked to watch Kids in the Hall

it’s like FDR got locked in a Honda Accord

a cheap healthcare plan that you just can’t afford

If Oscar Pistorius really hated The Doors

and who would have thought?

It figures. I heard the government is sneaking up on you.

Life has a funny, funny wayof calling you out, calling you out.

via Isn't it Ironic: Government Surveillance Version with Remy – YouTube.

There’s a chronic organ shortage in the United States, with demand wildly outstripping supply despite every attempt to increase the number of donors. The disturbing result, says bioethicist Sigrid Fry-Revere, is that people waiting for kidneys account for 84 percent of the waiting list and “20 to 30 people die every day” while waiting for a new kidney.The Kidney Sellers: A Journey of Discovery in Iran is Fry-Revere’s riveting account of a market for organs that works far better than the broken one we have in the United States. After the Islamic revolution of 1979, Iran was cut off from Western organ-transplant networks and out of necessity began allowing donors to receive compensation. Now, despite political repression and economic malaise, Iran is essentially the only country in the world where there is a waiting list to give kidneys – and no waiting list to receive one. Although the donors receive payment, they also see themselves as acting charitably. Explains Fry-Revere: “Every single kidney seller I interviewed said, ‘The money is important, it’s what allows me to be altruistic.’” The Kidney Sellers is at once a deeply researched policy manifesto, a geo-political thriller, and an intense personal account. “Her subject matter may be somewhat controversial,” notes Kirkus, “but her analysis is undeniably worth reading.”Fry-Revere is founder and president of the The Center for Ethical Solutions, a nonprofit dedicated to “developing tools for patient empowerment.” Reason TV’s Nick Gillespie talked with her about her time in Iran and the continuing legal, philosophical, and cultural obstacles to developing effective solutions to America’s kidney shortage.

via How to Keep 30 People From Dying Everyday: Q&A with The Kidney Sellers' Sigrid Fry-Revere – YouTube.

Authorities destroy cameras to prevent account of raid…

When critics warn about the dangers of police militarization, this is what we\’re talking about. You’ll see the raid team, dressed in battle-dress uniforms, helmets and face-covering balaclava hoods take down the family’s door with a battering ram. You’ll see them storm the home with ballistics shields, guns at the ready. More troubling still, you’ll see not one but two officers attempt to prevent the family from having an independent record of the raid, one by destroying a surveillance camera, another by blocking another camera’s lens.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/op…

RAID FILMED: Ankeny Police ‘Traumatize’ Family in IowaANKENY,

IOWA WHOTV: New information regarding the story reported Monday night regarding a search warrant that was executed at a Des Moines home, looking for about $1000 worth of items purchased with a stolen credit card. Ankeny police spokeswoman Captain Makai Echer says officers consider several factors when deciding whether to send officers similar to a SWAT team to a house to serve a warrant, or simply knock on the door.In this case, Echer says, officers looked at suspect’s criminal histories and whether there could be firearms in the home. Of the three suspects that were present in the home, one has a violent arrest record for two assaults about 13-years ago and a domestic assault.Another suspect did have a permit to carry a weapon. Echer would not comment on whether that played a role in the decision. She would also not comment on whether it was appropriate for a police officer to rip a security camera from the front of the house after officers had already entered.

http://whotv.com/2014/02/04/new-detai…

via Scenes from Militarized America: Iowa family 'terrorized' – YouTube.

Question: Which American institution—one that prides itself on being open, democratic, and diverse—punishes its members severely for offering unpopular opinions, while it offers them a very narrow, limited worldview? Answer: Universities. Once the vanguard of open debate and free speech, colleges have become a place where alternative thinking goes to die. Students who speak out on behalf of traditional American ideals, unfortunately, are often silenced by college administrators. Learn how the college campus, a place that should be an intellectual melting pot, has turned into anything but, violating the rights of those who have alternate opinions.Lecturer: Greg Lukianoff, President at The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education. His book, \”Unlearning Liberty,\” is available on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Unlearning-Libe…

via The Least Free Place in America – YouTube.

I picked this because he makes a point about how the “scientific method” used to work in that “failed predictions” mandated an adjustment of the theory. Of course a theory that empowers government to seize control of anything and do its vampire act on the wealth of its citizens can never ever be disproven” as far as said government is concerned

http://youtu.be/INvlbY21G9M

via Top 10 FAILED Global Warming Predictions.mp4 – YouTube.