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The 2016 U.S. presidential election has proven worrisome. Corruption lurks around every corner, and while there are far too many people in power willing to protect it, there are enough hackers and researchers willing to uncover it.

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Bernie Sanders knew DNC staff members were plotting against him, but it took a lot more than giving people his word to truly expose the truth. When the “Hillary Leaks” came to be, major news outlets jumped all over the fact that DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and other officials were involved in an email that sought to question Bernie Sanders’ religion as a means to tear away his voters.

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But WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was careful to point out that people were truly missing some valuable information in the emails. This provoked the good people at Marijuana.com to sift through the WikiLeaks dump of the DNC emails, discovering a paid segment by the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA) that created fear within Washington and encouraged politicians to be wary of marijuana legalization.

In the May 24, 2016 edition of Huddle, a daily Politico newsletter for Capitol Hill insiders, the WSWA’s advertisement reads:

While neutral on the issue of legalization, WSWA believes states that legalize marijuana need to ensure appropriate and effective regulations are enacted to protect the public from the dangers associated with the abuse and misuse of marijuana.

23 states and the District of Columbia have legalized medicinal marijuana while Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, Washington and D.C. have legalized possession and recreational use. In the years since the state legalized medicinal use, Colorado law enforcement officials have documented a significant increase in traffic fatalities in which drivers tested positive for marijuana.

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Congress should fully fund Section 4008 of the FAST Act (PL 114-94) in the FY 2017 Appropriations process to document the prevalence of marijuana impaired driving, outline impairment standards and determine driving impairment detection methods.

Tom Angell of Marijuana.com, who is responsible for finding the specific email, says that while the email itself isn’t nearly as secretive and deceptive as the internal DNC messages, it does show the growing concern over marijuana competing with the alcohol industry, with more states continuing to pass reform laws in retaliation.

Morgan Fox of the Marijuana Policy Project opened up on the subject, saying that the alcohol industry ought to pay closer attention to drunk driving as opposed to pot legalization.

“Given that driving under the influence of marijuana is already illegal and that the existing research shows marijuana’s effect on driving ability is significantly less than alcohol, it is difficult to see a legitimate reason for the alcohol industry to be taking up this issue,” Fox said. “They would do better to fund research on how to decrease drunk driving.”

In May, AAA’s safety foundation released a report that proved blood testing drivers for THC should be abandoned, as it holds no scientific validity, but a second part of the report discovered that car crashes involving drivers who had consumed cannabis were increasing.

According to the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, of 592 drivers involved in fatal crashes in 2013, 38 tested positive for cannabis, and 2014 showed 619 deadly crashes, with the number testing positive for cannabis rising to 75. But Staci Hoff, Research Director for WTSC, explained:

[I]n our study, we looked at all five years of date, 2010 to 2014, and there were never 3,000 drivers involved in these fatal crashes during that time period. Only 56 of them had THC and only THC, nothing else.

Law enforcement, mainstream media, and the alcohol lobby have taken advantage of this skewed statistic to instill fear in people about legalizing weed. This has resulted in both politicians and the public demanding that we have something that can measure “how high” someone is while driving.

While the alcohol industry doesn’t make money by trying to decrease instances of drunk driving, by keeping their direct competition, marijuana, illegal, they inadvertently will, and this email is evidence that this is their motive.

 

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Abductions & Car Vandalism – Startling Australian UFO Report Unclassified

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An uncovered Australian report performed by their Department of Defence. “Scientific Intelligence — General — Unidentified Flying Objects” is trending again. Those who have done extensive research on UFOs will find the Australian version of disclosure to be far more intellectually honest than the American version. Albeit it was conducted decades ago.

According to ex-US intelligence official Luis Elizondo, the Defense Department’s Inspector General is presently conducting three reviews. The inquiries vary from the Department of Defense’s handling of UFO claims to Elizondo’s alleged whistleblower retribution. The open IG cases are crucial to Australia’s report because they establish beyond a shadow of a doubt that the US Department of Defense is being dishonest and shady when it comes to the UFO subject. For decades, Australia has been a loyal friend of the United States. Within Australia’s boundaries, they share a military installation (Pine Gap). When a close defense ally’s intelligence agencies determined that the US was not being intellectually honest in its approach, perhaps it is reasonable to conclude that there is more to the tale than the 144 incidents studied since 2004 by the UAPTF.

The CIA became alarmed at the overloading of military communications during the mass sightings of 1952 and considered the possibility that the USSR may take advantage of such a situation.

Australian UFO study.

According to the summary, OSI, acting through the Robertson-Panel, encouraged the USAF to use Project Blue Book to publicly “debunk” UFOs. In a tragic twist of fate, when Australian authorities sought explanations from the US Air Force, the allegation was debunked. The authors of the study were depicted as conspiratorial and even crazy by the US Air Force. Ross Coulthart reported this, and it may be heard in a recent Project Unity interview. Courthart is an award-winning investigative journalist who is drawn to forbidden subjects. He also stated on the same podcast that a senior US Navy official identified as Nat Kobitz told him that the US had been in the midst of reverse-engineering numerous non-human craft. According to his obituary, Mr. Kobitz was a former Director of Research and Development at Naval Sea Systems Command.

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New UFO Film Questions What The US Government Is Hiding

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The US recently released its highly anticipated Pentagon UAP report, but it wasn’t much more than a 9 page rundown of what has been known for decades. Regardless, for many, what was promising was that the UFO subject was being taken seriously again – and perhaps many more scientists might get involved.

For decades many have been warning about leaving UFO disclosure in the hands of a government that likes to use crisis’ or current events to expand its defense budgets. Further, why would we suddenly expect a government, who has been lying about this subject for 70 years, to suddenly come forth with the truth? What would inspire them to suddenly change their mind?

Perhaps it’s because the search for ET is an idea who’s time has truly come. We’ve reporting on this for over 13 years, and are mongst a community of researchers who have been encouraging humanity to look at the evidence for more than 70 years. It feels like an idea that human collective consciousness is more than ready to explore.

The impact the ET question has on our individual and collective worldview has the power to truly change the way we view ourselves and the meaning of life here on earth. Think of the implications answers to this question could have on how we set up and run our society as well. Technology, culture, collaboration etc – I spoke about this more in great detail in my extended interview for Greer’s. prior film Close Encounters of The Fifth Kind here.

Now, a new documentary from Dr. Steven Greer, directed by my good friend Michael Mazzola, seeks to explore what the films calls “the current government and media disinformation campaign promoting 3 big lies:”

1. We do not know what these UAPs/ UFOs are. WE DO.
2. Humans cannot make craft that can maneuver like UFOs. WE CAN and WE DO.
3. The UFOs are a threat. THEY ARE NOT.

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