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Afghan Poppy Cultivation at ‘All-Time High’

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Cultivation of the illegal poppy plant in Afghanistan has reached an “all time high” following a $7.6 billion counternarcotics campaign paid for by the United States, according to government overs
Fyyst’s insight:
Americans are dying on U.S. streets from heroin overdoses because of the failure to destroy poppy crops in Afghanistan. That is the greatest consequence of that war and the failure of two Presidents to fight it successfully.

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Chris Christie Blocks Release Of Pay-To-Play Probe Of Charlie Baker, Massachusetts GOP Nominee

Obviously Christie doesn’t fear the laws. They don’t apply to him, apparently. Then again, the laws don’t seem to matter to the politicians:

As chairman of the Republican Governors Association, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has helped Charlie Baker with millions of dollars worth of ads supporting his Massachusetts gubernatorial campaign. But that’s not the only way he may be boosting the GOP candidate in the final weeks of a close election: Christie officials are blocking the release of the findings of New Jersey’s pay-to-play investigation into Baker.

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Warming Earth heading for hottest year on record

Earth is on pace to tie or even break the mark for the hottest year on record, federal meteorologists say.

That’s because global heat records have kept falling in 2014, with September the latest example.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Monday that last month the globe averaged 60.3 degrees Fahrenheit (15.72 degrees Celsius). That was the hottest September in 135 years of record keeping.

It was the fourth monthly record set this year, along with May, June and August.

via Warming Earth heading for hottest year on record | The Miami Herald.

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