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      Robert Sterling
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      LOWFI seeks Nixon's spirit… are you up for a trip?

      SUNDAY, MARCH 1st: our next southern California excursion will be to
      the haunted Richard Nixon library in Yorba Linda. On deck will be a
      psychic medium to pick up the vibrations, Nixon's "ethereal conduit"
      Jeffrey Vallance and L.O.W.F.I.'s NorCal Bureau Chief, Adam

      $13, with an optional outing to a secret, undisclosed location in
      Whittier, a scant 23 minute drive from the Nixon library. The
      birthplace of Discordianism, a trip to this facility is as close to a
      religious pilgrimage as a Fortean can get. All hail Eris! (The
      birthplace of Kerry Thornley himself, Whittier also gave us Nixon and
      Tom Waits.)


      Stay tuned for details as the date looms near!


      Great Movie Dialogue: The Wrestler

      Randy 'The Ram' Robinson: Goddamn they don't make em' like they used

      Cassidy: Fuckin' 80's man, best shit ever!

      Randy 'The Ram' Robinson: Bet'chr ass man, Guns N' Roses! Rules.

      Cassidy: Crue!

      Randy 'The Ram' Robinson: Yeah!

      Cassidy: Def Lep!

      Randy 'The Ram' Robinson: Then that Cobain pussy had to come around &
      ruin it all.

      Cassidy: Like there's something wrong, why not just have a good time?

      Randy 'The Ram' Robinson: I'll tell you somethin', I hate the fuckin'

      - Mickey Rourke & Marisa Tomei, The Wrestler (2008)


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      War On Drugs DVD Combo

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      In the first and second volumes of his powerful Never Get Busted DVD
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      Watch Real Footage of former DEA Agent Barry Cooper Making Marijuana
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      Never Get Busted Volume 2: Never Get Raided (DVD)

      This newly released film is the second in Barry Cooper's' series of
      controversial NeverGetBusted videos. The title, NeverGetRaided,
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      NeverGetRaided promises to reveal all the latest drug enforcement
      tactics giving the viewer confidence in maintaining a cannabis
      culture lifestyle without ever being raided!

      Alongside the cannabis friendly citizens, the non-smoker will enjoy
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      tactics and gives the audience an insider's view into what caused one
      of America's top drug cops to "switch sides."


      "Cooper is a former narcotics officer once considered among the top
      cops in Texas, where more marijuana is seized each year than in any
      other state."

      ---USA Today

      This hard hitting film contains 90 minutes of non-stop instruction
      taught in the same "shocking but polite" teaching style delivered in
      Barry's first film, Traffic Stops that recently gained world

      "Totally amazing. It's incredible watching Barry and Candi sneak into
      the marijuana field. Barry will need an agent soon to help him manage
      becoming one of today's top documentary film makers."

      ---Jim Grimes, Channel 33 Dallas,Texas

      ""The audience laughed, cheered, cried and cursed. It was amazing.
      More than I could've ever imagined. Truly an educational experience
      for whomever watches it."

      --Mark Meisinger, Attorney At Law


      Chapter 1: Guerrilla Growing Undetected

      Barry teaches from the DEA training he received on how to spot
      marijuana fields from the air. He takes you on a helicopter ride over
      a genuine clandestine marijuana patch and then "creeps" you into the
      field while pointing out the grower's mistakes.

      Chapter 2: Spotting Undercovers and Informants

      Undercover officers and informants are perhaps the strongest and most
      dangerous tool used against American Citizens in the unjust War on
      Drugs. Barry points out only 28 officers have lost their lives in the
      War on Drugs in a ten year period (1996-2005) compared to millions of
      non-violent citizens who have lost their lives or have been placed in
      prisons to be raped or stabbed. Barry uses his experience as an
      undercover officer and interviews a seasoned drug dealer to teach you
      exactly how to detect these secret government agents.

      Chapter 3: Selling Marijuana Safely (Cops are more dangerous than

      Discover a GUARANTEED method to sell marijuana and NeverGetRaided.
      The alcohol dealers do not have police invading their homes in the
      middle of the night and neither should pot dealers. Barry explains a
      method to use that even he could not bust! It really works.

      Chapter 4: Growing Indoor Plants That Are Invisible To Law Enforcement

      Are you currently growing your medicine indoors? Do you want to grow
      indoors but haven't because you don't want to get raided? Heat from
      lights are the grower's worst enemy so Barry teaches how to beat the
      heat by explaining FLIR (Forward Looking Infra-Red Radar.) Walk into
      an actual grow room and witness real police FLIR footage of an indoor
      grow operation. Not only does Barry teach how to confuse these heat
      imaging video cams but he also explains how to obtain grow equipment
      undetected. You will also learn how to spot police surveillance,
      tails and stakeouts and learn how to counter these efforts.

      Chapter 5: Knock and Talks and K-9 Proofing.

      Learn tips that GUARANTEE how to win 100% of the time when facing a
      police encounter at your door. Learn how to fool the dogs in case you
      didn't listen to Barry's advice and you get raided.

      Chapter 6: A Message To DEA.

      Barry pulls no punches when outlining an effective way to conduct
      search warrants without the violence. The DEA and other drug
      enforcement agencies will owe an answer after Barry exposes this non-
      violent method to seizing persons and property.

      Chapter 7: Those Are Your Kids! Drugs Are Not Harming Them...The
      Police Are.

      This "no holds bar" chapter challenges government propaganda programs
      such as D.A.R.E and encourages parents to take charge of their
      families by teaching the truth about drugs. In this chapter, Barry
      says what the "closet smoking parents" can't say...highly charged and
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      one or both parents because of the Drug War.


      American Drug War DVD

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      Angered by the death of several family members from the "legal Drugs"
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      delves into a world of deceit and corruption controlled by a drug
      dealing government who's only allegiance is to its corporate masters.

      The official DVD contains over THREE HOURS of BONUS features.
      Including a sixty minute mini doc about Tommy Chong's arrest. Sheriff
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      Ruppert going into great detail about various CIA operations. Ricky
      Ross talking from a prison Pay Phone. And much much more making the
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      This final version of the film features extensive sound mixing and
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      Scientists unravel Neanderthal genome
      Extraordinary feat will shed light on what it means to be human
      Ian Sample, Chicago
      Thursday 12 February 2009

      Scientists have unravelled the genetic make-up of the Neanderthal,
      the long-faced, barrel-chested relative of modern humans.

      Anthropologists analysed more than a billion fragments of ancient DNA
      plucked from three Croatian fossils to reconstruct a first draft of
      the Neanderthal genome.

      The extraordinary feat gives scientists an unprecedented opportunity
      to clarify the evolutionary relationship between humans and
      Neanderthals that may ultimately shed light on the great mystery of
      how we became the most formidable species on the planet.

      Neanderthals were the closest relatives of modern living humans. They
      lived in Europe and Asia until they became extinct around 30,000
      years ago. The reason they died out is not clear, but likely factors
      are dramatic swings in the climate that affected the availability of
      food, and competition with early humans.

      By comparing the genomes of modern humans with Neanderthals and
      chimps, scientists hope to unravel the genetic differences that
      define what it is to be human.

      The Neanderthal genome was built up from strands of DNA, most of
      which came from a 38,000-year-old fossilised leg bone unearthed in a
      cave in Vindija, Croatia. Other material came from older remains
      dating back 70,000 years. Together, the fragments make up more than
      60% of the Neanderthal genome.

      Svante Pääbo, who led the project at the Max Planck Institute for
      Evolutionary Biology in Leipzig, Germany, said the team would spend
      the rest of the year analysing the DNA. They will focus on genes
      linked to modern human evolution, such as FOXP2, which is involved in
      speech and language.

      The draft genome was announced at the American Association for the
      Advancement of Science meeting in Chicago.

      Two years ago, the same group used the ancient DNA to pinpoint the
      moment, about 500,000 years ago, when modern humans split from

      The analysis should clear up once and for all the ongoing debate as
      to whether Neanderthals and modern humans continued to mate with each
      other after separating along the path of evolution.

      Remains of Neanderthals dating back to 400,000 years ago suggest they
      were proficient at crafting basic tools and weapons and buried their
      dead. The last Neanderthals died out shortly after Homo sapiens
      migrated to Europe and settled.

      Neanderthals were stocky and well-adapted to a cold climate, with
      brains that were on average larger than those of modern humans. Some
      fossil evidence suggests they were occasionally cannibalistic, though
      they more commonly hunted large animals including horses and mammoths.



      To Fix Detroit, Obama Is Said to Drop Plan for `Car Czar'
      February 15, 2009

      DETROIT — President Obama has dropped the idea of appointing a
      single, powerful "car czar" to oversee the revamping of General
      Motors and Chrysler and will instead keep the politically delicate
      task in the hands of his most senior economic advisers, a top
      administration official said Sunday night.

      Mr. Obama is designating the Treasury secretary, Timothy F. Geithner,
      and the chairman of the National Economic Council, Lawrence H.
      Summers, to oversee a presidential panel on the auto industry. Mr.
      Geithner will also supervise the $17.4 billion in loan agreements
      already in place with G.M. and Chrysler, said the official, who
      insisted on anonymity.

      The official also said that Ron Bloom, a restructuring expert who has
      advised the labor unions in the troubled steel and airline
      industries, would be named a senior adviser to Treasury on the auto

      The unexpected shift comes as G.M. and Chrysler race to complete
      broad restructuring plans they must file with the Treasury by
      Tuesday. The companies' plans are required to show progress in
      cutting long-term costs as a condition for keeping their loans.

      The administration official said the president was reserving for
      himself any decision on the viability of G.M. and Chrysler, both of
      which came close to bankruptcy before receiving federal aid two
      months ago.

      One of President Obama's top advisers said Sunday that the
      administration had not ruled out a government-backed bankruptcy as a
      means to overhaul the automakers.

      "We're going to need a restructuring of these companies," the
      adviser, David Axelrod, said on "Meet the Press" on NBC. He added
      that a turnaround of the companies would "require sacrifice not just
      from the auto workers but also from creditors, from shareholders and
      the executives who run the company."

      The automakers had been expecting the appointment of a car czar to
      break the logjam of negotiations with the United Auto Workers over
      the finances of a retiree health care trust, and with bondholders
      about reducing the companies' debt.

      Mr. Bloom is known for bringing his Wall Street experience as an
      investment banker to an advisory role as the "in-house" banker for
      the steel workers' union. With the auto union locking horns with
      bondholders in the G.M. revamping deliberations, Mr. Bloom appears to
      bring credibility with both the union and the debtors. Mr. Bloom
      could not be reached for comment Sunday night.

      Another senior administration official said that Mr. Obama had
      considered appointing a car czar, and among those considered for the
      job was the private equity executive Steven Rattner. It was not clear
      why the administration changed course or whether Mr. Rattner would
      have a role on the task force.

      The panel, called the Presidential Task Force on Autos, will draw
      officials from several agencies including the departments of
      Treasury, labor, transportation, commerce and energy, according to
      the administration official.

      Many members of the task force have already been working closely with
      G.M. and Chrysler on the viability plans they are preparing for the

      G.M. and Chrysler are both expected to request more loans to stay
      solvent during what is shaping up as another miserable year for auto

      Chrysler's chairman, Robert L. Nardelli, has said his company needs
      another $3 billion in addition to the $4 billion loan it received in

      G.M. originally asked for $18 billion in aid in December. G.M. has
      borrowed $9.4 billion so far and is scheduled to receive another $4
      billion, if the Treasury is satisfied with its revamping plan.

      G.M. said in a statement that it welcomed the new task force and that
      it looked forward to sharing its plan "to restore our company to
      viability and to meet the requirements of its loan agreements."

      Representatives of Chrysler could not be reached for comment on
      Sunday night.

      The administration official who disclosed the change in Mr. Obama's
      plans for oversight of the auto industry said the group would review
      the companies' submissions for a week or two before responding
      publicly. Until then, the auto makers are expected to continue talks
      with the union and other stakeholders.

      On Sunday afternoon, G.M. and the U.A.W. resumed discussions in
      Detroit about reducing the company's labor costs, a person with
      direct knowledge of the talks said. This person, who spoke on
      condition of anonymity because the discussions are private,
      characterized the talks Sunday evening as "intense" but did not
      indicate that an agreement was imminent.

      The U.A.W. had walked away from the bargaining table late Friday as
      the two sides clashed over how to cover retiree health care costs.

      U.A.W. leaders in December agreed to help the automakers by delaying
      when the companies are required to make multibillion-dollar payments
      into a new trust fund designed to pay for retiree health coverage.

      The Ford Motor Company is not taking federal aid, and therefore does
      not need to submit plans for approval. But Ford, which lost $14.6
      billion in 2008, the most in its history, is expected to ask the
      U.A.W. for whatever concessions are granted to G.M. and Chrysler.

      Both G.M. and Chrysler are likely to outline deep cuts in jobs,
      plants and models in their restructuring plans. One G.M. executive
      said the automaker is proposing a much smaller company with fewer
      brands and far fewer people.

      G.M. and Chrysler recently extended buyout and early retirement
      offers to nearly all of their 90,600 hourly workers as they try to
      eliminate factory jobs and replace older workers making about $28 an
      hour with new hires who can be paid half as much.

      G.M. announced plans last week to cut 10,000 white-collar jobs
      worldwide, including 3,400 in the United States. It said that
      salaries for those who remain on staff would be cut by as much as 10
      percent through at least the end of 2009.

      Over all, automakers are expected to sell between 10 million and 11
      million vehicles in the United States this year, far below the 16.2
      million they sold in 2007. G.M. said last week that the two-year drop
      is roughly equal to the capacity of 24 assembly plants.

      Jackie Calmes contributed reporting from Washington, and Nick Bunkley
      from Detroit.

      A version of this article appeared in print on February 16, 2009, on
      page A1 of the New York edition.



      Chavez Wins Venezuela Term Limit Vote, Opens Campaign for 2012
      By Matthew Walter and Daniel Cancel

      Feb. 16 (Bloomberg) -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez scored a
      victory in his drive to stay in power as voters scrapped
      constitutional term limits that would have forced him from office in

      The amendment carried with 54.4 percent of the vote to 45.6 percent,
      according to preliminary results, said Tibisay Lucena, president of
      the National Electoral Council, in comments carried on state
      television. The referendum marked the second time in 14 months that
      Chavez sought to remove the constitutional bar that kept him from
      seeking unlimited re-election.

      "I've received an injection of patriotic fire," Chavez, 54, said last
      night in a victory speech from a balcony at the Miraflores
      presidential palace, as thousands of supporters waved flags and
      cheered below. "I'll dedicate myself for life to the service of the
      Venezuelan people."

      Chavez now has a chance to extend his drive to turn the oil-
      exporting country into a socialist state, which he says will take
      until 2019. Without a constitutional check on his power, the former
      army lieutenant colonel may stay in office indefinitely, opposition
      leader Leopoldo Lopez said.

      Chavez already controls Venezuela's energy wealth through the state
      oil company, and holds sway over congress and the courts through
      supporters and appointees, Lopez said.


      The president, who celebrated 10 years in office on Feb. 2, announced
      he'll be a candidate in 2012 as fireworks were launched across
      Caracas. Chavez has spent billions of dollars in oil revenue to offer
      free health care, subsidized groceries and reading programs for the

      "He's clearly going to be very emboldened," said Michael Shifter,
      vice president of the Washington-based Inter-American Dialogue. "He's
      going to move ahead in radical fashion with his revolution."

      Voters narrowly rejected a bid to remove presidential term limits in
      2007, his first electoral defeat since winning the presidency in

      Chavez regained some of the support he lost in 2007, when the country
      suffered widespread food shortages. More than 6 million votes were
      cast in favor of the amendment yesterday, 1.6 million more than in
      the last referendum. Still, that's short of the 7.3 million votes
      Chavez won in the 2006 presidential elections.

      The opposition garnered 5 million votes yesterday, an increase of
      about 535,000 over 2007.

      `Passed the Barrier'

      "We've passed the barrier of 5 million," opposition leader Omar
      Barboza said last night, in comments broadcast by Globovision. "We'll
      continue with our proposal of a different country. Sooner or later
      we'll triumph."

      Chavez, known for his confrontational style, adopted a conciliatory
      tone toward the opposition in a press conference yesterday, and on
      the day before the vote offered to meet with U.S. President Barack
      Obama anytime. He regularly accused President George W. Bush of
      aiding Venezuela's opposition, and last year expelled the U.S.
      ambassador in Caracas.

      Chavez rushed to hold the referendum ahead of a looming economic
      recession. He proposed the vote the day after regional elections in
      November when the opposition won the three biggest states and
      Caracas, and instructed the National Assembly to act quickly.

      Venezuela, the fourth-largest supplier of crude oil to the U.S.,
      depends on oil for 93 percent of export revenue and half the
      government's budget. Crude prices have plunged 74 percent since
      touching a record in July.

      Recession, Inflation

      Caracas-based Banco Mercantil said in a Feb. 3 report that oil income
      will fall 66 percent this year, and Morgan Stanley forecasts an
      economic contraction of 1 percent, even as inflation accelerates.
      Consumer prices rose 30.7 percent in January from a year ago, the
      fastest rate in Latin America.

      The prospect of re-election may push Chavez to "needed but unpopular"
      measures to deal with the economy now, Goldman Sachs Group Inc.
      economist Alberto Ramos wrote in a note to investors yesterday,
      citing devaluation of the currency, which is pegged to the U.S.
      dollar, and slower government spending as possibilities.

      There are already signs the government is low on cash. Chavez ordered
      the central bank to transfer $12 billion of reserves into a
      development fund last month. Finance Minister Ali Rodriguez said
      yesterday the government may back out of a planned takeover of Banco
      de Venezuela, the local unit of Spain's Banco Santander SA.

      Unpaid Bills

      Service providers to Petroleos de Venezuela SA, the state oil
      company, have complained of unpaid bills and begun to take drilling
      rigs out of service.

      Still, Chavez may view the victory as a renewed mandate to crack down
      on the private sector, Ramos said.

      After his 2006 re-election, he took advantage of a five-year run-up
      in oil prices to fund nationalizations. He took over the biggest
      telecommunications and electricity companies, a steel mill and the
      cement industry. He also forced foreign oil companies Royal Dutch
      Shell Plc, Chevron Corp. and Repsol YPF into joint ventures as
      minority partners.

      The collapse of oil prices makes hard choices ahead more likely, said
      Carlos Luna, a professor of international relations at the
      Universidad Central de Venezuela.

      "He's going to have a clock running against him," Luna said. "People
      are expecting big things from him at the exact moment that the
      economic crisis is knocking at the door."

      To contact the reporter on this story: Matthew Walter in Caracas at
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