Oregon Gubernatorial Candidate Bud Pierce says State Mask Mandates for Students is an Overreach

Dr. Bud Pierce, Republican Candidate for Oregon Governor at his office, learning against the wall,  in his white physican coat, light blue shirt, blue tie with white spots, picture of a creek inthe back. He has a serious look on his face.

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Dr. Pierce believes that local jurisdictions, elected school board members, and parents should make those decisions for their students.

Local officials and parents know their children and communities the best.”

— Dr. Bud Pierce, Oncologist and Candidate for Oregon Governor

SALEM, OR, UNITED STATES, July 31, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Republican candidate for Oregon Governor, Dr. Bud Pierce criticized Kate Brown for overreaching with her mask mandate for K-12 students. Dr. Pierce believes that local jurisdictions, elected school board members, and parents should make those decisions for their students.

On July 29, Brown released a statement directing the Oregon Health Authority and the Oregon Department of Education to create a rule that requires masks indoors for students in the upcoming school year.

Dr. Pierce has been a strong advocate for vaccinations and has carefully followed the science. He has repeatedly said that our children “should return to an in-class learning environment.”

In response to the mandate, Dr. Pierce said, “Science has demonstrated that children are resilient if they contract COVID-19. The two-shot vaccines have demonstrated a 99.9% effectiveness rate in preventing COVID-19 infection in immunized adults. I have many concerns about Gov. Brown creating this mandate, at this time, for every student in the state. We need to trust our local elected officials and parents. We should not have our children learning in a fear-based environment.”

Not all communities have the same level of risk. Dr. Pierce believes that regulations should be based on actual vaccination rates, the number of students in a given school district, and the area’s population size.

“Local officials and parents know their children and communities the best. A COVID-19 safety plan driven by local officials increases community buy-in and more accurately reflects a community’s actual safety needs,” Dr. Pierce said.

Dr. Pierce added, “My concern is that the Governor will put the burden on teachers to be ‘mask enforcers’ instead of educators. Governor Brown has failed to provide clear leadership, consistent messaging, and practical advice throughout this entire pandemic.”

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(Video) Iran’s Regime Remains Committed to the Fatwa Behind Its 1988 Massacre

July 31, 2021 - On June 18, the Iranian regime appointed a notorious violator of human rights as its next president. Ebrahim Raisi has played a key role in a historic massacre of political prisoners, serving on the “death commission” tasked with implement

(PMOI / MEK Iran) and (NCRI): Ebrahim Raisi has played a key role in a historic massacre of political prisoners, serving on the “death commission” tasked with implementing then Supreme leader Rohullah Khomeini’s fatwa against the main opposition, the MEK.

June 16, 2021 - Ebrahim Raisi, a member of the 1988 Massacre’s “Death Commission” assigned as the highest judicial position within the regime.

(PMOI / MEK Iran) and (NCRI): Ebrahim Raisi, a member of the 1988 Massacre’s “Death Commission” assigned as the highest judicial position within the regime.

June 17, 2021 - Iranian people are ripping posters of Ebrahim Raisi, the leading candidate for the regime’s sham presidential election.

(PMOI / MEK Iran) and (NCRI): Iranian people are ripping posters of Ebrahim Raisi, the leading candidate for the regime’s sham presidential election.

June 21, 2021 - Iranian regime’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei and Ebrahim Raisi.

(PMOI / MEK Iran) and (NCRI): Iranian regime’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei and Ebrahim Raisi.

June 21, 2021 - Ebrahim Raisis record oppression of women.

(PMOI / MEK Iran) and (NCRI): Ebrahim Raisis record oppression of women.

June 21, 2021 - Ebrahim Raisi, a member of the 1988 Massacre’s “Death Commission” assigned as the highest judicial position within the regime.

(PMOI / MEK Iran) and (NCRI): Ebrahim Raisi, a member of the 1988 Massacre’s “Death Commission” assigned as the highest judicial position within the regime.

June 23, 2021 - Ebrahim Raisi, a member of the 1988 Massacre’s “Death Commission” assigned as the highest judicial position within the regime.

(PMOI / MEK Iran) and (NCRI): Ebrahim Raisi, a member of the 1988 Massacre’s “Death Commission” assigned as the highest judicial position within the regime.

July 30, 2021 - Iran - Activities of defiant youths and MEK Supporters commemorating 33rd Anniversary of the 1988 Massacre.

(PMOI / MEK Iran) and (NCRI): Iran – Activities of defiant youths and MEK Supporters commemorating 33rd Anniversary of the 1988 Massacre.

Khomeini’s fatwa: any political prisoners who “remain steadfast in their support for the MEK are waging war on God and are condemned to execution.”

Ebrahim Raisi, the man who had been appointed to lead the Judiciary in 2019 by Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, as part of an ongoing series of rewards for those who helped to carry out the 1988 massacre.”

— NCRI

PARIS, FRANCE, July 31, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), reported that on June 18, the Iranian regime appointed a notorious violator of human rights as its next president. Ebrahim Raisi has played a key role in a historic massacre of political prisoners, serving on the “death commission” tasked with implementing then Supreme leader Rohullah Khomeini’s fatwa against the main opposition, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK).

The MEK was the prime target of the massacre between July and September of 1988, and it comprised the overwhelming majority of 30,000 political prisoners who were massacred during that period.

The death toll has naturally never been confirmed by Iranian authorities. Indeed, they have made every effort to cover up the details of the massacre in the ensuing three decades, by paving over and building upon the mass graves in which many victims are secretly interred. But contemporary evidence, including communications among the regime officials, make the MEK’s own estimates inherently plausible.

On July 31, 1988, with the massacre in full swing, Hossein Ali Montazeri, then the heir to the supreme leader, wrote to Khomeini in order to protest the indiscriminate nature of the killings, both on moral grounds and on the grounds that continuing along that path would inevitably foster greater resentment against the clerical regime both at home and abroad. In that letter, Montazeri appealed to the supreme leader to at least direct death commissions to “spare women with children.” He then suggested that in absence of such restraint, the effects of the ongoing proceedings could include “the execution of several thousand prisoners in a few days.”

This appears to be exactly what happened in the wake of Khomeini’s decision to ignore the first letter and then reply to a follow-up by writing only, “I am religiously responsible for the said verdict. You should not be concerned. May God obliterate every one of the MEK.” This remark was hardly more extreme than the language of the fatwa itself, which decreed that any political prisoners who “remain steadfast in their support for the MEK are waging war on God and are condemned to execution.”

The fatwa concluded by stating that it is “naïve to show mercy” to its targets and that the bodies tasked with carrying out the executions “must not hesitate, nor show any doubt or be concerned about details” of the decree’s implementation. This point was reiterated in Khomeini’s reply to an early request for clarification from Chief Justice Moussavi Ardebili.

Whereas the head of the judiciary questioned whether capital punishment should be meted out to persons who had already received lesser sentences and had committed no further crime, the supreme leader merely commanded Ardebili to “annihilate the enemies of Islam immediately,” then declared that in each individual case, the judiciary’s procedure should be whatever most “speeds up the implementation of the verdict.”

Khomeini’s letters to Ardebili and Montazeri directly contradict the descriptions of the proceedings that some Iranian officials have offered in recent years. In an interview with Fars News on August 4, 2016, for instance, a judiciary official named Ali Razini insisted that all of the executions were justified not just on the basis of the defendants’ membership in the MEK but also on the basis of unspecified crimes.

While Razini acknowledged that many prisoners were executed in the summer of 1988 after serving out lesser sentences, he proceeded to claim that all of them were guilty of “new crimes” either committed while in prison or committed earlier and discovered after the fact.

By all accounts, most regime authorities believed that any statement or the mere suggestion of continued support for the MEK was, in effect, a “new crime.” In one of his letters from the time of the massacre, Montazeri pointed out that some political prisoners had been asked to condemn the MEK and to affirm their willingness to fight in the war with Iraq, and had complied in both cases.

But some were then confronted with follow-up questions about whether they would be willing to walk through minefields on behalf of the supreme leader. Anything less than enthusiastic acceptance of that scenario was generally deemed to be evidence that the subject was still holding onto MEK political beliefs, and was grounds for execution.

In July 2017, Ali Fallahian, Iran’s Intelligence Minister in the period immediately following the massacre, gave an interview with state television in which he defended other, similarly arbitrary statements and behaviors that were deemed by the death commissions to be justification for capital punishment.

When challenged by the interviewer about whether anyone had been killed simply for being in possession of a MEK newspaper at the time of their arrest, Fallahian proudly answered in the affirmative. Such reading material, he explained, meant that the person in question was “part of that organization” and thus part of the population targeted by the fatwa.

The former Intelligence Minister went on to say that even buying bread to share with MEK activists could be grounds for execution. Such statements should leave no doubt about the fact that the 1988 massacre was specifically intended to wipe out the country’s leading Resistance group in its entirety. Then again, there should never have been any doubt on this point, since that intention was made clear by the fatwa itself, and especially by Khomeini’s follow-ups to it.

Even though the regime has attempted to cover-up the details of the massacre, officials have never been overly cautious about acknowledging its true intentions. Whatever caution they did hold seems to have evaporated since 2016, the year Montazeri’s son released an audio recording of the late ayatollah’s 1988 conversation with the members of the “death commission”, in which he condemned their participation in the “worst crime of the Islamic Republic.”

In August of that year, an official statement by the regime’s Assembly of Experts praised Khomeini’s fatwa for being “decisive and uncompromising” and for supposedly bringing the MEK “to the brink of complete annihilation.” Mostafa Pourmohammadi, then Iran’s Justice Minister and a former member of the death commissions himself, told state media that it was “God’s command” for the MEK to be executed and that those who carried out the mass killings were “proud” to do so.

The following month, the fatwa’s assertion that MEK members were “enemies of God” was reiterated by Ahmad Jannati, the head of the Guardian Council. Religious duty, he argued, “commands that we amputate their hands and legs, exile them, hang them.”

The Guardian Council would go on, in 2021, to exercise its vetting power in order to remove all viable candidates for the Iranian presidency other than Ebrahim Raisi, the man who had been appointed to lead the Judiciary in 2019 by Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, as part of an ongoing series of rewards for those who helped to carry out the 1988 massacre.

Raisi’s ascension to the presidency reinforces the culture of impunity surrounding the 1988 massacre and other crimes against humanity, but it also threatens to bring even more attention to the massacre than Montazeri’s recording did in 2016. However, it is the moral and humanitarian responsibility of the international community to respond in a more assertive and coordinated fashion this time around, so as to bring accountability to Iran’s new president, Ebrahim Raisi, and those who have faced no consequences for this crime after more than 30 years.

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Cubaocho Art Museum, Inc. recibe financiación de parte del programa SVOG

Cubaocho Art Museum

Cubaocho Art Museum

Cubaocho Art Museum

Cubaocho Art Museum

Roberto Ramos

Roberto Ramos

Roberto y Yeney

Roberto y Yeney

Dr. Rafael Marrero

Dr. Rafael Marrero

Gracias a este subsidio federal, otorgado a pequeños negocios afectados por la pandemia de COVID-19, la reconocida firma podrá recuperarse y seguir adelante.

Este dinero ha llegado en un momento crítico. Aparte de ayudarnos a sobrevivir a la pandemia, también nos permitirá mejorar el negocio, darles trabajo a más empleados y salvar a varias familias.”

— Roberto Ramos, fundador/presidente de Cubaocho.

MIAMI, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, July 30, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Cubaocho Art Museum, Inc. ─firma que cobija al emblemático Cubaocho Museum & Performing Arts Center, de la Calle 8, en el famoso vecindario miamense de Little Havana─ acaba de obtener más de medio millón de dólares de parte del programa de Subvenciones para Operadores de Locales Cerrados (SVOG, por sus siglas en inglés).

«Este dinero ha llegado en un momento realmente crítico. Aparte de ayudarnos a sobrevivir a la pandemia, también nos permitirá mejorar el negocio, darles trabajo a más empleados ─principalmente, músicos, artistas─ y salvar a varias familias, ya que mucha gente depende de nosotros», dijo, entusiasmado, el presidente de la firma, Roberto Ramos.

Su esposa y vicepresidenta de la compañía, Yeney Fariñas-Ramos, por su parte, compartió el criterio de que la financiación «no pudo llegar en un mejor momento, justo cuando pensábamos que íbamos a perderlo todo. En realidad, no creímos que fuera a suceder, pero, evidentemente, hay un Dios mirando por nosotros y un team de expertos que son los mejores».

La ejecutiva se refiere a Rafael Marrero & Company, prestigiosa firma de gestión y consultoría empresarial, también afincada en la ciudad de Miami, que estuvo a cargo de tramitarles la financiación del SVOG de principio a fin.

«Estamos muy agradecidos con Marrero, y reconocemos la actitud tan linda y tan positiva de su equipo de especialistas. Es más: aunque no nos hubieran aprobado la ayuda, igual les hubiéramos agradecido por el excelente trabajo que han hecho con nosotros», recalcó Yeney.

En esa misma posición de gratitud se encuentra el fundador de Cubaocho, para quien Marrero es el salvador de la comunidad. «Realmente, Marrero salva a los negocios que más lo necesitan, a los empleados… En nuestro caso, ha ayudado a salvar a más de 20 familias, principalmente, familias de músicos, que son los que alivian el corazón», puntualizó.

Concedido por la Administración de Pequeñas Empresas (SBA, por sus siglas en inglés) a raíz del impacto del coronavirus, el SVOG brinda ayuda económica a los pequeños negocios del sector del entretenimiento en vivo que han resultado más perjudicados por la pandemia. Cubaocho, pilar del arte cubano del siglo XIX e inicios y mediados del siglo XX, fue uno de ellos.

Hasta la fecha, el programa ha otorgado $7,5 mil millones de dólares en subvenciones a más de 10,000 pequeñas empresas vinculadas con el mundo del espectáculo en directo. Según anunciara la SBA esta semana, más de dos tercios de los subsidios se han otorgado a negocios con menos de 10 empleados, cumpliendo así con el objetivo de darles prioridad a las firmas más pequeñas.

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Considerado por muchos como un sitio de obligada visita en la Pequeña Habana, este espacio de galería y reunión alberga una gran colección de arte cubano, una biblioteca de investigación y un bar-cafetería distinguido por su variada selección de rones. Asimismo, cuenta con una importante colección de revistas cubanas previas a 1959, entre ellas, “Carteles”, “Vanidades”, “Bohemia” y “El Fígaro”.

Quienes aman la cultura, en general, y el arte cubano, en particular, llegan allí para apreciar las obras expuestas, asistir a espectáculos en vivo y cubanísimas descargas, así como también para degustar los famosos puros y mojitos del lugar.

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En 2016, el Dr. Marrero recibió el máximo galardón otorgado a negocios minoritarios del país por parte del Concilio Nacional del Desarrollo para Empresas Minoritarias. En 2019, ganó el Premio Sunshine en la categoría de Small Business del año, que otorga la Cámara de Comercio Hispana del Sur de la Florida, y en ese mismo año, publicó el bestseller de Amazon La salsa secreta del Tío Sam, primer libro sobre contratación federal especialmente dedicado a la comunidad hispana.

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Klamath River Dams: KRRC says 'Drain 45-Billion Gallons of Fresh Water From Lakes During Extreme Drought and Wildfires'

Copco (seen in photo) and Iron Gate Lakes hold 45-billion gallons of fresh water that is desperately needed for domestic, agricultural and wildfire suppression uses under the Klamath River Basin Compact Act

Copco (seen in photo) and Iron Gate Lakes are full, and hold 45-billion gallons of fresh water that is desperately needed for domestic, agricultural and wildfire suppression uses under the Klamath River Basin Compact Act. Photo (July 20, 2021): William E. Simpson II

A drawing from 1913 by famous engineer/dam builder J.C. Boyle that shows the naturally-formed 31-foot-tall lava dam holding back the Klamath River creating 'Clammittee Lake', which was present when construction on Copco 1 dam began. Migratory fish didn't

Drawing by engineer/dam builder J.C. Boyle that shows the naturally-formed 31-foot-tall lava dam holding back the Klamath River creating ‘Clammittee Lake’, which was present when construction on Copco 1 dam began in 1911, Nature barred fish migration past this lava dam

A CAL-FIRE water tanker drafting water from Iron Gate Lake to fight wildfire

‘Beneficial Use’: CAL-FIRE drafted over one-million gallons of water from Iron Gate Lake to battle the 38,000 acre Klamathon Wildfire that was stopped before it incinerated the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument and Ashland OR: Photo by; William E. Simpso

Firefighting helicopter draws water from Iron Gate Lake on the Klamath River to fight the Klamathon Wildfire

Firefighters drew over 1-million gallons of water from Iron Gate Lake (one of the lakes behind the Klamath River dams) to fight the 38,000-acre Klamathon Fire that threatened Ashland Oregon and the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument – Photo: William E. Si

A Golden Eagle is seen fishing on Copco Lake. Both Bald and Golden Eagles, being large raptors require areas of open-water to catch the fish they eat. Photo: M. Gough

A Golden Eagle is seen fishing on Copco Lake. Both Bald and Golden Eagles, being large raptors require areas of open-water to catch the fish they eat. Photo: M. Gough

In the midst of Climate Change, Klamath River Renewal Corporation (KRRC) proposal will drain 45-billion gallons of fresh water from Copco and Iron Gate Lakes

In the midst of extreme drought and catastrophic wildfires, Klamath River Renewal Corporation ('KRRC') is proposing what is tantamount to draining our canteens before we cross a massive desert”

— William E. Simpson II – Naturalist

YREKA, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, July 30, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — It's no secret that the west coast of America is gripped by extreme drought that is forecast to continue into the foreseeable future.

According to experts, Climate Change is driving the weather patterns that are now depriving the western U.S. of normal annual precipitation, as well as the snow-pack that is critical for water storage into spring and summer.

The results of Climate Change are drier, hotter and longer summers. And with that comes the extreme drought and catastrophic wildfires.

The Dumbest Idea Ever?

A shell corporation going by the name of the 'Klamath River Renewal Corporation' (KRRC) wants to remove the dams on the Klamath River that hold 45-billion gallons of fresh water.

Copco and Iron Gate lakes are two large lakes that hold 45-Billion gallons of water. More here: https://www.einnews.com/pr_news/544283346/klamath-dams-removal-in-the-midst-of-water-crisis-antithesis-of-water-and-wildlife-conservation

These two lakes are formed by two of the 4-dams on the Klamath River.

Draining the 45-Billion gallons of water from Copco and Iron Gate Lakes and destroying structurally sound water-storage dams during a water crises that is combined with catastrophic wildfires is just insane.

Western states, especially California and Oregon, are facing evolving extreme drought resulting from Climate Change, that according to some climate models may last for a decade or more.

California desperately needs more dams, not less.

The insane level of irony in KRRC's proposal to drain the 45-billion gallons of fresh water from Iron Gate and Copco Lakes, and also destroy their dams, which are structurally sound, that today would cost about $1-billion dollars just to replace them, is that they are also planning to charge Californians and Oregonians close to a $1-Billion dollars to destroy the Klamath River dams and drain that precious water, destroying that water storage and management system!

And instead of burning fossil fuels to make the replacement energy for about 80,000 homes and businesses if the dams are removed, by keeping them, electrical consumers can take comfort in knowing the energy they are using is clean hydro-electric power.

No water to drink, shower or flush toilets!

In Southern Oregon and Northern California, domestic and municipal wells have gone dry, or will soon be dry.

Thousands of people in several counties in Northern California and Southern Oregon are suffering severe water shortages. In the Klamath Basin, residents are already having to bucket borrowed water just to have some drinking water and flush toilets, as over 100 domestic wells have gone dry, with hundreds more at risk of going dry..

And according to some long-range forecasting models, we are in a long period of extreme drought that could last for a decade or more!

In the midst extreme drought and catastrophic wildfires incinerating the west, the Klamath River Renewal Corporation ('KRRC'), a non-profit shell corporation is proposing what is tantamount to draining our canteens before we cross a massive desert.

Draining 45-Billion gallons of stored fresh water during an extreme drought has to be the dumbest idea ever!

Why would anyone even suggest such a crazy concept?

Well, Mr. Glen Spain, a member of KRRC's board of directors may have said it best, when he said it's about money, not salmon!

Read more here: https://www.einnews.com/pr_news/546897224/klamath-river-dams-krrc-s-proposed-dam-removal-project-minority-consensus-for-environmental-and-ecological-disaster

The False Premise

The key premise that has been served-up to the public and legislators is that removing the dams supposedly will restore a mythical salmon migration. And even if that was a good trade-off and exchange for people going without water to drink, bath and flush toilets, and having ample water to fight catastrophic wildfires, facts prove their 'premise' for dam removal is a fake!

A 1913 drawing by the famous engineer/dam builder J.C. Boyle shows that a naturally-formed 31-foot-tall lava dam was holding back the Klamath River creating 'Clammittee Lake', and was present when construction on Copco 1 dam began!

In fact, according to engineering drawings, the 132-foot-tall Copco 1 dam was built about two-tenths (2/10) of a mile downstream from the natural 31-foot-tall lava dam and Clammittee Lake. (SEE IMAGE of J.C. Boyle's drawing)

And when the Klamath River filled-in behind the larger man-made dam, the smaller dam and its natural lake were covered under the waters of the new larger lake, which is very similar in size to an even older lake that was formed in the same location by an ancient 130-foot-tall lava dam that stood for millennia, before finally eroding. When that ancient 130-foot-tall dam eroded, it allowed Clammittee Lake to then settle behind the remaining 31-foot-tall natural lava dam holding back the Klamath River, and barring upstream fish migration.

Nature, not man, had ordained that fish could not migrate past this point of multiple large lava dams for millennia!

Hard geologic and engineering evidence proves there was no fish migration past Ward Canyon the series of natural lava dams that blocked fish migration for many millennia.

Extreme Drought and Water Crises Amidst Catastrophic Wildfires

Medford is running out of water as are many surrounding towns. Hornbrook, CA is 'out of water'!

In Klamath Falls, hundreds of domestic wells are already dry, and more are expected to fail in the coming days and weeks.

Bend has its tourists on water rations. Ashland Oregon and Yreka, CA are next, as are other towns in Oregon and CA!

Firefighters are now having trouble fighting catastrophic wildfires due to limited water!

Showing up at a wildfire with a 'dry hose' is a recipe for more towns and cites getting burned to the dirt!

Amazingly, with all that's going-on, there are some people who think draining lakes is a 'good idea'… yes, it's true, there are people who are that poorly informed.

It's primarily uncaring people who reside outside the region, and the misinformed locals, who want to drain Billions of gallons of water into the sea!

And that idiotic agenda is driven by misleading propaganda fed into the media by KRRC, a non-profit shell company originally formed in an office in New York City.

Considering these intolerable conditions, which are predicted to get worse in the coming years, must we also suffer KRRC's plan to charge Oregon and California taxpayers $1-Billion to remove the Klamath dams and drain 45-billion gallons of precious fresh water from Copco and Iron Gate Lakes into the sea?

And shockingly, at the same time as promoting the removal of the Klamath River dams, California governor Gavin Newsom, is tapping the wallets of Californian taxpayers $5.1-Billion for a water bill to, now get this, 'build dams' !

Does the movie 'Idiocracy' come to anyone's mind? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sP2tUW0HDHA

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CAL-FIRE Fresno Battalion Chief Mike Alforque discusses the critical importance that water from Iron Gate Lake played in stopping the deadly Klamathon Fire


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U.S. House Appropriations Bill Signals Sea Change in Psychedelic, Cannabis Research

Bill directs NIH to undertake and fund research into psychedelic-assisted therapies and potential benefits of cannabis, could accelerate the pace of research

Interest in psychedelic substances as potential treatments continues to grow alongside the body of evidence supporting their safety and efficacy for challenging mental health conditions.”

— Ismail Lourido Ali, J.D.

UNITED STATES, July 30, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a consolidated appropriations package¹ funding the Department of Health and Human Services, among other agencies. The bill will next be sent to the Senate Appropriations Committee and, if passed and enacted, will mark a significant shift in Congressional support for research of psychoactive substances, a primary project of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (https://maps.org/) and its wholly-owned subsidiary, MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (https://mapsbublicbenefit.com).

While the bill text does not expressly mention psychedelic research, the accompanying report² clearly states that Federal agencies should undertake research of psychedelic-assisted therapies, particularly in support of mental health for Veterans:

"Psychedelic Treatments.—Despite the recent Department of Veterans Affairs’ 2020 National Veteran Suicide Prevention Annual Report that showed there were no significant increases in the veteran suicide rate from 2017 and 2018, the Committee is concerned that over 17 veterans on average continue to commit suicide each day, which is a number that has remained persistent over the past decade. There have been many recent studies and clinical trials demonstrating the positive impact of alternative therapies, including psychedelics, for treatment resistant post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and major depressive disorder, particularly for veteran participants. In light of growing interest in this area, the Committee encourages NIH and other relevant Federal agencies to undertake, and where appropriate expand, research to evaluate the effectiveness of psychedelic therapies in treating PTSD, major depressive disorder, and other serious mental health conditions."

MAPS recently released the results of a Phase 3 clinical trial³ demonstrating that MDMA-assisted therapy may be a safe and efficacious treatment for PTSD. When considered alongside analyses that it may also be a highly cost-effective⁴ treatment with long-lasting benefits⁵, the treatment is positioned to quickly become a front-line response if approved.

In the United States, MAPS has sponsored 10 completed FDA-authorized clinical trials⁶ of MDMA-assisted therapy for PTSD and other conditions; MAPS PBC is currently administering another seven MAPS-sponsored trials⁷. Since 2013, the NIH has allocated more than $821 million⁸ to research for PTSD treatments, yet essentially all funding for breakthrough-designated⁹ MDMA studies has been provided by philanthropic donors¹⁰. If passed, H.R. 4502 could provide critical funding to advance research of this treatment and other promising psychedelic-assisted therapies.

Ismail Lourido Ali, J.D., MAPS’ Interim Director of Policy & Advocacy for the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), notes, “Though Congress still needs significant education and demystification regarding psychedelics, interest in psychedelic substances as potential treatments for mental health disorders continues to grow alongside the body of evidence supporting their safety and efficacy for challenging mental health conditions. MAPS is encouraged that the issue of psychedelic care continues to cut through partisan lines, and we look forward to continuing to work with and educate Congress about psychedelic research, therapy, and the harms of the War on Drugs.”

An amendment to remove barriers to “any activity that promotes the legalization of any drug or other substance in Schedule I” of the Controlled Substances Act received a 60% increased share of support. Though the amendment failed, it gained 50 votes, for a total of 140 yes votes, as compared to a vote on the same amendment taken two years ago.

The bill and report language also contained moves to align Federal policy with state laws legalizing marijuana for medical or social use; increase funding for research into the potential benefits of marijuana, assessing impairment, and the impacts of legalization; and policies to protect cannabis users in matters of housing, employment.

¹ https://www.congress.gov/bill/117th-congress/house-bill/4502
² https://www.congress.gov/117/crpt/hrpt96/CRPT-117hrpt96.pdf
³ https://maps.org/news/media/9122-maps-phase-3-trial-of-mdma-assisted-therapy-for-ptsd-achieves-successful-results-for-patients-with-severe-chronic-ptsd
https://maps.org/news/media/8363-press-release-study-mdma-assisted-psychotherapy-will-be-cost-effective-in-the-treatment-of-ptsd
https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00213-020-05548-2
https://maps.org/research/mdma
https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/results?term=mdma+maps&Search=Apply&recrs=b&recrs=a&recrs=f&recrs=d&age_v=&gndr=&type=&rslt=
https://report.nih.gov/funding/categorical-spending#/
https://maps.org/news/media/6786-press-release-fda-grants-breakthrough-therapy-designation-for-mdma-assisted-psychotherapy-for-ptsd,-agrees-on-special-protocol-assessment-for-phase-3-trials
¹⁰ https://maps.org/news/media/8276-press-release-psychedelic-research-fundraising-campaign-attracts-$30-million-in-donations-in-6-months,-prepares-mdma-assisted-psychotherapy-for-fda-approval

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(Video) Iran – Activities of Defiant Youths and MEK Supporters Commemorating 33rd Anniversary of the 1988 Massacre

July 30, 2021 - Iran - Activities of defiant youths and MEK Supporters commemorating 33rd Anniversary of the 1988 Massacre.

(PMOI / MEK Iran) and (NCRI): Activities of defiant youths and MEK Supporters commemorating 33rd Anniversary of the 1988 Massacre.

July 30, 2021 - Shiraz – Activities of Resistance Units and MEK supporters in commemoration of the victims of the 1988 massacre – July 29, 2021

(PMOI / MEK Iran) and (NCRI): Shiraz – Activities of Resistance Units and MEK supporters in commemoration of the victims of the 1988 massacre – July 29, 2021

July 30, 2021 - Shiraz, Mashhad, Tehran, and Isfahan– Activities of Resistance Units and MEK supporters in commemoration of the victims of the 1988 massacre – July 29, 2021.

(PMOI / MEK Iran) and (NCRI): Shiraz, Mashhad, Tehran, and Isfahan– Activities of Resistance Units and MEK supporters in commemoration of the victims of the 1988 massacre – July 29, 2021.

July 30, 2021 - Tehran and Gorgan – Activities of Resistance Units and MEK supporters in commemoration of the victims of the 1988 massacre – July 29, 2021.

(PMOI / MEK Iran) and (NCRI): Tehran and Gorgan – Activities of Resistance Units and MEK supporters in commemoration of the victims of the 1988 massacre – July 29, 2021.

July 30, 2021 - Tehran, Ahvaz, and Tabriz – Activities of Resistance Units and MEK supporters in commemoration of the victims of the 1988 massacre – July 29, 2021.

(PMOI / MEK Iran) and (NCRI): Tehran, Ahvaz, and Tabriz – Activities of Resistance Units and MEK supporters in commemoration of the victims of the 1988 massacre – July 29, 2021.

July 30, 2021 - Tehran, Amol, and Shahriar – Activities of Resistance Units and MEK supporters in commemoration of the victims of the 1988 massacre – July 29, 2021.

(PMOI / MEK Iran) and (NCRI): Tehran, Amol, and Shahriar – Activities of Resistance Units and MEK supporters in commemoration of the victims of the 1988 massacre – July 29, 2021.

July 30, 2021 - Tehran, Isfahan, Rasht, Qazvin, and Anzali – Activities of Resistance Units and MEK supporters in commemoration of the victims of the 1988 massacre – July 29.

(PMOI / MEK Iran) and (NCRI): Tehran, Isfahan, Rasht, Qazvin, and Anzali – Activities of Resistance Units and MEK supporters in commemoration of the victims of the 1988 massacre – July 29.

July 30, 2021 - Tehran, Yazd, Rasht, and Bandar Abbas – Activities of Resistance Units and MEK supporters in commemoration of the victims of the 1988 massacre – July 29, 2021.

(PMOI / MEK Iran) and (NCRI): Tehran, Yazd, Rasht, and Bandar Abbas – Activities of Resistance Units and MEK supporters in commemoration of the victims of the 1988 massacre – July 29, 2021.

The thirty-third anniversary of the 1988 massacre of more than 30,000 political prisoners, more than 90% of whom are supporters and members of the MEK.

MEK supporters carried out these activities in harsh-security conditions and while the State Security Force was on high alert. Local communities welcomed the activities with enthusiasm.”

— NCRI

PARIS, FRANCE, July 30, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — On Thursday, July 29, 2021, on the thirty-third anniversary of the 1988 massacre of more than 30,000 political prisoners, more than 90% of whom were supporters and members of the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (AKA, Mujahedin-e Khalq, MEK, PMOI),

Resistance Units and supporters of the MEK reiterated the need for justice and prosecution of the perpetrators of this great crime, especially Ebrahim Raisi, known as the henchman of the massacre. He is scheduled to take office as the regime’s president next week.

Defiant youth and MEK supporters held pictures of the victims of the 1988 massacre, who were executed because they chose to remain steadfast in their commitment to Iran's freedom and refused to denounce the MEK.

By these acts, they called for justice to be imposed on those responsible for the massacre.

They also carried placards with slogans such as:

"The murderer [Ebrahim] Raisi must be prosecuted,”

“The criminal Raisi (should know), he will be held accountable,”

“we will neither forgive nor forget the 1988 massacre,”

“Death to Raisi, the henchman of 1988 massacre – hail to Rajavi.”

Resistance Units and Mujahedin-e Khalq supporters also hanged banners on overhead paths on major motorways in Tehran and other cities.

The banners quoted speeches by Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), on the 1988 massacre, and Ebrahim Raisi’s role in that crime against humanity.

The banners read:

"Maryam Rajavi: Raisi is guilty because even today he is still defending all his past crimes,"

"Maryam Rajavi: The 1988 massacre is one of the darkest moments in contemporary Iranian history,"

"Maryam Rajavi, today, the justice movement for the massacred victims is part of the movement of all Iranians to overthrow the regime,"

“Neither hiding the truth, nor destroying mass graves of the martyrs, or hiding their political tendencies (MEK), can stop the justice movement.”

Resistance Units and MEK supporters carried out these activities in harsh-security conditions and while the State Security Force and the Basiji militias were on high alert.

Local communities welcomed the activities with enthusiasm.

These activities took place in Greater Tehran, Isfahan, Ahvaz, Lahijan, Shahriar, Amol, Shiraz, Babolsar, Tabriz, Khorasan, Rasht, Kerman, Torbat-e Jam, Karaj, Khorramabad, Mashhad, Bandar Abbas, Yazd, Anzali, and Qazvin. Pictures of some of these activities could be seen below.

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Further Allegations the EU's court in The Hague is Politically Motivated

EU's court in The Hague is accused of being politically motivated as defence counsel seeks recusal of President Ekaterina Trendafilova and Judge Charles Smith

The EU's Controversial Court in The Hague Attracts Further Criticism”

— Charles Simpson

LONDON, LONDON, UK, July 30, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — On 26 July 2021 defence counsel in the case of Nasim Haradinaj sought the recusal of the President and Vice President of the Kosovo Specialist Chambers.

The recusal of President Trendafilova from exercising any judicial, administrative or case-management decision-making function in the instant case, on the grounds that President Trendafilova’s statements at a confidential diplomatic briefing undermine her independent and impartial judicial decision-making and representation of the Kosovo Specialist Chambers and seriously harm the proper administration of justice before the Specialist Chambers or the proper internal functioning of the Specialist Chambers and that President Trendafilova’s conduct may have caused harm to the standing of the Specialist Chambers.

Defence counsel averred the Defendants’ rights and interests are substantially affected by the presence of the President at the Specialist Chambers, in her representative capacity as well as in her judicial capacity. There is a risk of that abuse of authority, misrepresentations of Defendants and promoting the cause of another party continuing, if she is not recused or disqualified from any judicial, administrative or case-management function in the instant case.

The recusal of Vice President Smith on the grounds of Vice President Smith’s prior conduct in a high judicial office in the European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (“EULEX”), including alleged demonstrated abuse of judicial authority and exercise of political pressure that undermines his judicial decision-making and risks seriously harming the proper administration of justice before the Specialist Chambers or the proper internal functioning of the Specialist Chambers and further that Vice President Smith’s conduct may have caused harm to the standing of the Specialist Chambers.

Defence counsel averred the Defendant’s rights and interests are substantially affected by the appointment of the Vice President as Presiding Judge on Trial Panel II. There is a risk of that abuse of authority by the Vice President continuing if he is not recused or disqualified from serving as Presiding Judge on Trial Panel II and from exercising any judicial, administration and case management function in the instant case. The Defence seeks the recusal or disqualification of the Vice President from all judicial, administration and case management function in the instant case on the basis that his prior conduct, as alleged, would cause any objective observer or bystander to apprehend, that there is an appearance of judicial bias or impropriety and a distinct lack of impartiality and independence, that cannot be restored.

The Kosovo Specialist Chambers has been mired in controversy since its creation. It is widely viewed in Kosovo as being an ethnic court.

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Oklahoma State Sen. Nathan Dahm: Conservatives Need to Take a Stand Against Socialism

Oklahoma State Sen. Nathan Dahm

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"America needs like-minded member of the legislators of all our states," said Richard Harris, Truth & Liberty Coalition executive director

This generation has no clue about communism or socialism. Most of them think ‘socialism’ means ‘social media’ – they have no idea what it truly entails.”

— Oklahoma State Sen. Nathan Dahm, R-Broken Arrow

WOODLAND PARK, COLORADO, UNITED STATES, July 29, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Oklahoma State Sen. Nathan Dahm, R-Broken Arrow, warns socialism is far more dangerous than it is currently portrayed in American popular culture and politics.

“This generation has no clue about communism or socialism,” said Dahm. “Most of them think ‘socialism’ means ‘social media’ – they have no idea what it truly entails.”

Dahm recently joined the Truth & Liberty Coalition livecast to discuss a number of issues, including how to respond to socialism by fighting for conservative values.

Dahm’s missionary parents moved their family to Romania in 1994. As an American boy in a former communist nation, Dahm witnessed the destructive nature of socialism in real life. During the family’s time there, Romanians suffered from substandard healthcare, limited food supplies, and skyrocketing inflation.

“Their currency became so worthless that, at one point, they dropped four zeros off of their currency because it had just been so devalued,” said Dahm. “It was the second-worst inflation in the world.”

When Dahm returned to Oklahoma as an adult and saw the rising popularity of socialism in America, he became involved in government. For Dahm, legislating against socialist policies – especially in the wake of government lockdowns and the restriction of rights – is part of a larger battle. Over his nine years in the state Senate, Dahm routinely championed constitutionally conservative legislation, even when some members of his party would not.

“So many of them have this idea of ‘That's not the hill to die on; that's not our battle,’” said Dahm. “Well, if you don't engage in those battles – if you don’t fight a battle on that hill that the Left is trying to take over – they will take it over because you’ve ceded that ground.”

According to Richard Harris, Truth & Liberty Coalition executive director, “Sen. Dahm’s tenure in the Oklahoma Legislature has been a faithful and vigorous stand for the principles of freedom and limited government. America needs like-minded member of the legislators of all our states."
Learn more about Dahm by visiting his website.

About the Truth & Liberty Coalition:
Established in 2019 by Andrew Wommack, founder of Andrew Wommack Ministries, and other Christian leaders, the Truth & Liberty Coalition offers a variety of programs, tools and resources to be able to focus on conservatism in the United States. Visit the Truth & Liberty website to learn about becoming a member.

About Andrew Wommack:
Andrew Wommack is president and founder of the Truth & Liberty Coalition, Andrew Wommack Ministries, and Charis Bible College. He and other Christian leaders established the Truth & Liberty Coalition to educate, unify and mobilize believers in Jesus Christ to affect the reformation of nations through the seven mountains of cultural influence. Since 1968, he has taught God’s Word with clarity and simplicity, emphasizing the unconditional love and grace of God. His vision is to spread the Gospel as far and deep as possible through his daily Gospel Truth television program, broadcast nationally and internationally, as well as through GospelTruth.TV, his internet television network.

About Executive Director Richard Harris:
Richard Harris graduated from the Charis Bible College School of Ministry in 2015. Before coming to Charis, he earned a degree in political science from Oklahoma State University in 1987, and a Juris Doctorate degree from Cornell Law School in 1994, magna cum laude. He practiced law at all levels of state and federal courts for 20 years, including a case before the United States Supreme Court. Richard served for several years as the legal counsel for the Oklahoma Conservative Political Action Committee.

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Lombardi Joins House Republican Freedom Caucus In Urging Kinzinger To Be Expelled From House Republican Caucus

Says Kinzinger Is A Party Of One

Adam Kinzinger cares only about his political standing with Nancy Pelosi, CNN, and MSNBC”

— Jack Lombardi

MANHATTAN, IL, UNITED STATES, July 29, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Today Jack Lombardi, Republican Candidate for Congress in Illinois’ 16th Congressional District, joined the House Republican Freedom Caucus in calling for House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to expel Adam Kinzinger from the House Republican Caucus. Lombardi had previously called for McCarthy to strip Kinzinger of his committee assignments. He said Kinzinger with his performance on the January 6th Commission is a political party of one – Adam Kinzinger.

“Adam Kinzinger cares only about his political standing with Nancy Pelosi, CNN, and MSNBC,” said Jack Lombardi. “He does not represent the 16th District. He cannot be found at District events but only on CNN. He does not represent the Republican Party. Kevin McCarthy must end the charade and expel him from the House Republican caucus.”

Lombardi Background
Born and bred on Chicago's southwest side, Lombardi went to nearby St. Laurence High School and later attended Northwestern Business College. He is proud to be the husband of Sharon Lombardi and father of his son Jack III and daughter, Summer.

A natural entrepreneur, Lombardi earned his first money at age 8 selling soda on a neighborhood street corner. He started his first business, Lombardi Trucking, by age 22 and has never looked back. Currently, Lombardi owns Chicago's premiere digital marketing company and runs multiple internet companies.

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United States House Passes Funding Package with Multitude of Pro-Animal Provisions

WASHINGTON, DC, UNITED STATES, July 29, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

United States House Passes Funding Package with Multitude of Pro-Animal Provisions

July 29, 2021 – The Humane Society Legislative Fund commends the U.S. House of Representatives for passing an appropriations package that features numerous animal protection provisions, including directives for better enforcement of laws that target horse soring and other animal cruelty, expanded shelter options for domestic violence survivors with pets, and measures to prevent horse slaughter on U.S. soil, enhance U.S. Department of Agriculture laboratories’ compliance with animal welfare standards, and encourage the transition of egg farmers to cage-free operations.

Other animal welfare provisions approved include funding increases to implement a humane, long-term management regime for wild horses and burros on federal land, combat wildlife trafficking, protect endangered and threatened species, and address the dangers of live wildlife markets and zoonotic disease spillover, along with directives to reduce animal testing and to promote federal building designs and materials that reduce bird mortality from collisions.

“These extraordinary gains are a testament to the power of the purse, and the clearest possible indication that animal protection enjoys strong support from the majority of House members,” said Sara Amundson, president of Humane Society Legislative Fund. “We’ll move right into gear to press the Senate to follow suit, because these are all important measures that deserve to be enacted.”

The bill also prohibits funds from being used by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to issue permits for the import of a sport-hunted trophy of an elephant or lion taken in Tanzania, Zambia or Zimbabwe – three countries where the species populations are in severe decline. Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., led a letter seeking this prohibition signed by a bipartisan set of 33 representatives. An amendment to strike this important provision was defeated.

Additional amendments approved by a vote of 371 to 55 authorize the transfer of $2 million to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to study the plight of the West Indian manatee in Florida and potential remedies, championed by Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., and direct the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to use $5 million for equine assisted therapy within the VA's Adaptive Sports Program, which was advanced by Rep. Andy Barr, R-Ky.

The measures are part of H.R. 4502, “Minibus #1”, which passed by a vote of 219 to 208. This package of seven appropriations bills funds several federal departments including Agriculture, Interior, and Health and Human Services, and contains many pro-animal provisions approved by earlier committee action, highlighted here and here.

House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Sanford Bishop, D-Ga., proved a strong champion of animal provisions in his bill, many of which were requested by a bipartisan set of 204 Representatives and 43 Senators led in the House by Reps. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., and Christopher Smith, R-N.J. Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., led a committee amendment to limit higher-speed slaughter lines.

“The way we treat animals reflects the values we hold. I’m thrilled to see so many of our bipartisan animal welfare provisions reflected in the appropriation bills moving forward in Congress,” said Rep. Earl Blumenauer, co-chair of the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus. “From supporting cage-free egg laying facilities to strengthening the humane handling requirements for poultry plants to stopping horse soring, we are taking critical steps to ensure better treatment of wild and domestic animals.”

By a vote of 217 to 212, the House also passed a separate appropriations bill, H.R. 4373, funding the State Department, U.S. Agency for International Development, and other agencies that adds tens of millions of dollars and key provisions to tackle the combined threats to human health and animal welfare worldwide from wildlife trafficking and live wildlife markets that are associated with zoonotic disease transmission. During debate on that bill, the House approved a good amendment on combatting the trafficking of endangered species, which was offered by Rep. Jackson Lee, D-Texas.

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