Saturday, July 22, 2017

Five Minutes Five Issues: Israel Boycott, Uruguay Marijuana, Revolving Door, NH Marijuana, RPI Conference

By Adam Dick - July 22, 2017 at 12:12PM

A new episode of Five Minutes Five Issues is out. You can listen to it, and read a transcript, below. You can also find previous episodes of the show at Stitcher, iTunes, YouTube, and SoundCloud.

Listen to the new episode here:



Read a transcript of the new episode, including links to further information regarding the topics discussed, here:

The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity welcomes you to Five Minutes Five Issues.

Starting in five four three two one.


Hello, I am Adam Dick, a Ron Paul Institute senior fellow.

Let’s start.

Issue one.

People say there is not enough bipartisanship in Washington, DC. But, Glenn Greenwald and Ryan Grim provide in a Wednesday The Intercept article an example of plenty of bipartisanship in the United States Congress. They note that 43 Senators — 29 Republicans and 14 Democrats — had cosponsored the Israel Anti-Boycott Act (S 720), which the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) has identified as a top legislative priority.

In the House of Representatives, a similar bill (HR 1697) has a majority of members as cosponsors. In the House, like in the Senate, the cosponsorship is bipartisan.

Greenwald and Grim explain that the legislation “would make it a felony for Americans to support the international boycott against Israel, which was launched in protest of that country’s decades-old occupation of Palestine” and that violators of the legislation’s prohibitions would face “a minimum civil penalty of $250,000, and a maximum criminal penalty of $1 million and 20 years in prison.”

Issue two.

This week, legal recreational marijuana sales began in the South American country of Uruguay where the first country-wide legalization of recreational marijuana cultivation, sale, and use had been approved in 2013.

In Uruguay legalization the government has maintained much restraint over the market. For example, Reuters reported Wednesday that in the Uruguay system purchasers have a choice of only two marijuana brands, both with “a relatively low content of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)” and produced by just two companies authorized by the government. Plus, purchasers have to give over their fingerprints.

Issue three.

The border-industrial complex is going strong in the Trump administration, just as is the more-well-known military-industrial complex. Part of the way the system works is by people moving back and forth between working in the government and working for companies that make money off the government.

Lee Fang reported last week at The Intercept on Thomas Blank being appointed to be the chief of staff at US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Fang notes that, prior to Blank’s appointment, Blank worked for over a decade as a lobbyist largely focused on helping companies offering security technology, including Taser International, now called Axon, that manufactures electronic shock weapons, Assuretec Inc. that “specializes in facial recognition and identity authentication,” and “Analogic Corp., a baggage screening company, which sought a bid for lucrative contracts with the Transportation Security Administration.” Fang relates that Blank’s pre-lobbying-days work in government included time as “a senior official in the George W. Bush administration” where he “assisted with the creation of the Office of Transportation Security Policy, the sub-agency that developed security procedures for the Transportation Security Administration after the attacks of September 11.”

Issue four.

On Wednesday, New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu signed into law HB 640, legislation decriminalizing possession of up to three-quarters of an ounce of marijuana. Under the new law, a $100 fine is the punishment that may be imposed on adults possessing this amount of marijuana on the first or second offense.

Reid Wilson reports in The Hill that New Hampshire is the 22ndstate to adopt marijuana decriminalization and that now marijuana is either decriminalized or legalized in all of New England, with legalization approved last year by popular vote in Maine and Massachusetts and decriminalization having been adopted in Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, and now New Hampshire.

Issue five.

The Ron Paul Institute’s second annual conference will take place on Saturday September 9. At http://ift.tt/28SbNsS you can find more information and purchase tickets for the event. The conference, to be held at the Washington Dulles Airport Marriott, features speeches by Ron Paul, Lew Rockwell, and more speakers yet to be announced. A limited number of rooms are available at the conference hotel at a special reduced rate. Again, the website address is http://ift.tt/28SbNsS.

-----

That’s a wrap.

Transcripts of Five Minutes Five Issues episodes, including links to related information, are at the Ron Paul Institute blog.

Five four three two one.



from Ron Paul Institute Peace and Prosperity Articles

via IFTTT

No comments:

Post a Comment

Merchandise



See other gifts available on Zazzle.

Ron Paul America Cloud

Site Credits

Ron Paul America

is voluntarily affiliated with

Liberty Operations Group

______________________________

Site created, maintained and hosted by

Liberty Web Services

Tags

#TurnOnTheTruth 2008 2012 4th amendment 911 ACTION Afghanistan war Agency Aggression Principle al-Qaeda Alan Colmes Alert America America's Fault Americans antigun AR 15 assault weapon Audit Authoritarian bailouts Believe Big Brother big government bill of rights Blame blowback bubbles Bush Campaign for Liberty Career Politician Eric Cantor Central Bank Charity China churches collapse Collectivism Commission committee Compassion Congress Conservative constitution Crash dangerous person Democrat Democrats Donald Trump Donald Trump. Planned Parenthood drones economic Economy Edward Snowden End the Fed European Union Federal Reserve Floyd Bayne floyd bayne for congress force foreign interventionism free market free markets GOP Nominee GOP Presidential Debates Government Great Depression gun control House of Representatives housing bubble HR 1745 I like Ron Paul except on foreign policy If ye love wealth better than liberty IFTTT Individual Individualism Institute Irag Iran Iraq war ISIL ISIS Judge Andrew Napalitano libertarian Liberty Liberty Letters Liberty Report Lost mass Media meltdown metadata Micheal Moore Middle East Mitt Romney nap National Neocons New Ron Paul Ad New York Times Newsletters Newt Gingrich No Non non-interventionism NSA NSA Snooping Obama Overreach overthrow Patriot Act peace politicians Pope Francis President Presidential Presidential Race programs prosperity Race Racist Racist Newsletters Rand Paul Read the Bills Act recessions redistribution of wealth refugee crisis Repeal Obamacare Report Republican Republican Nomination Republican Nominee Republicans Revolution Rick Santorum Rick Santorum Exposed Ron Ron Paul Ron Paul Institute Ron Paul Institute Featured Articles Ron Paul Institute for Peace And Prosperity Ron Paul Institute Peace and Prosperity Articles Ron Paul Next Chapter Media Channel Ron Paul Racist Newsletters ron paul's foreign policy Ronald Reagan ronpaulchannel.com ronpaulinstitute.org Rosa DeLauro russia Samuel Adams Saudi Arabia Second Amendment Security Senate Senator September 11th attacks Show Soviet Spying stimulate Stock Market surveillance Syria tech bubble terrorist The the Fed the poor US US foreign policy Us troops USA Freedom Act Virginia Virginia Republican Primary voluntarism. Liberty Voluntary Warner Warning warrantless wiretaps YouTube