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Missouri High School to Collect Students’ Hair for Mandatory Drug Testing

In News on February 1, 2013 at 11:25 PM



The new drug testing policy at one local high school has sent a ripple through Kansas City.

Starting with the 2013-2014 school year, Rockhurst High School will be collecting hair samples from students for random drug testing – and participation is mandatory.

Officials at the Jesuit school tell 41 Action News approximately 60 strands of hair will be cut from the selected students’ heads or bodies (private areas excluded) and sent off for testing by a company called Psychemedics. A staff member at Rockhurst is a barber and will be handling the hair collection.

The school will test for the use of a variety of substances over the previous 90 days, including cocaine, PCP, opiates, methamphetamine, marijuana and binge alcohol.

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“Our point is, if we do encounter a student who has made some bad decisions with drugs or alcohol, we will be able to intervene, get the parents involved, get him help if necessary, and then help him get back on a path of better decision making, healthier choices for his life,” Rockhurst Principal Greg Harkness said.

According to the new policy, if a student tests positive for any of the substances, the guidance counselor assigned to that student is notified. The counselor will then bring in the parents and the student to have a conversation about how to best get the student help.

The student is given 90 days to be drug free. No administrative personnel are ever told, and the incident is only noted in the student’s guidance file. That file is destroyed upon graduation and never sent to any college or university. The only way anyone would ever see the documents is if files were subpoenaed.


UK Spends £160 Billion on Weapons

In News, Other Leaks, UK on February 1, 2013 at 10:46 PM



For the next ten years, Britain will be cashing in on military equipment worth £160 Billion. The UK government hopes to increase its war capabilities in what is being seen as an effort to prepare for further military action. Missiles, fighter jets, helicopters and drones are one of many items on their list, including the controversial trident submarine facility, which is to receive a new fleet of nuclear missiles.

Britain is facing a financial crisis and potentially a triple-dip recession. Just when the government needed to save money and cut the deficit, they instead have splashed billions of pounds on military equipment. Experts say this money on military equipment is not needed; instead it should be spent in the public sector to help society.

Chris Coverdale, an anti-war activist and lawyer says that military spending is only lawful for purposes of defence, but he sees that Britain is currently involved in aggressive wars.

Already involved in Afghanistan, Britain stepped up its military efforts by sending warplanes to assist the French in their offence on Mali. It’s the UK’s latest move of what could become a bigger military plan in North Africa.

The government’s spending plans have been constantly criticised by many analysts who believe the latest military spending is not helping the country out of recession. I asked members of the public if they thought the government made the right move. There were mixed responses.

The UK National Audit Office, which reviews public spending, warns that the costs for such equipment could be £12.5 billion higher than initially planned. Although the Defence Budget could be cut in the next few years – expenditure on military equipment will continue.

Via PressTV

Time Warner Deletes Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura Facebook Page

In Censorship, Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura, News, Other Leaks on February 1, 2013 at 10:30 PM



The Facebook page for Jesse Ventura’s show on TruTV was started years ago by fans and accumulated almost a quarter million “likes” but the page was just taken over by the network and all the content and comments were deleted because it obviously is too controversial for the network.


Growing Number of Sheriffs Saying They Won’t Enforce Federal Laws Violating Second Amendment

In Barack Obama, Gun Control, News, Politics, USA, USA, World Revolution on February 1, 2013 at 9:00 PM



Earlier this week President Obama met with law enforcement from around the nation to talk about stricter gun control laws.

The hope is that with the backing of law enforcement, Congress will push through new laws the President has been calling for.

But what about law enforcement not behind the President’s plan?

There is a growing movement of county sheriffs saying they will not enforce any federal laws that violate the Second Amendment.

List of County Sheriffs That Won’t Enforce Federal Laws Violating Second Amendment


Related Link: National Sheriffs’ Association Announces They Will Not Enforce Gun Control Laws That Violate Second Amendment

Birgitta Jónsdóttir, Bitcoin, The Economist, Dr. John Parkinson & Occupy: Can We Govern Ourselves In A Digital Age?

In Bitcoin, Ecuador, News, Politics, Science & Technology, World Revolution on February 1, 2013 at 5:58 PM



@Truthloader Debate: Can We Govern Ourselves In A Digital Age?

Iceland MP and WikiLeaks activist Birgitta Jónsdóttir, Lead Developer of The Bitcoin Project Gavin Andersen, Community Editor at The Economist Mark Johnson, Dr. John Parkinson, and Occupy’s Naomi Colvin debate whether we can shift to direct democracy in a digital age.

Follow our guests on Twitter:

Birgitta Jónsdóttir @birgittaj

Gavin Andresen @gavinandresen

Dr. John Parkinson @drjohnparkinson

Mark Johnson @majohns

Naomi Colvin @auerfeld

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