Items tagged with: US

Prisons in the #us - like #police departments (PDs) - encourage or foster a culture of abuse, coverup, retaliation and worse. Basically like Mafia...
House Subcommittee Report Highlights ‘Culture Of Fear And Retaliation’ In Federal Prisons
#Germans Look to Import More Gas From #Russia. #US Threatens Sanctions
Orwellian Misnomer: '#US Institute for Peace' Promotes Endless #Syrian War
The #US Media has Lost One of Its Sanest Voices on Military Matters

William Arkin left MSNBC in protest over the network becoming the central propaganda arm of the warfare state
The US Media has Lost One of Its Sanest Voices on Military Matters

Sarah Sanders alleges dem Dems for having caused this nasty dinner with #Clemson

Drumpf proudly served stacks of burgers from McDonald’s, Wendy’s and Burger King, fries, Domino’s pizza, and some salads to the national champions and their coach on Monday when they visited the White House. (The Clemson Tigers beat the Alabama Crimson Tide 44-16 last week to capture the 2019 College Football Playoff National Championship.)

“Because the Democrats refuse to negotiate on border security, much of the residence staff at the White House is furloughed—so the president is personally paying for the event to be catered with some of everyone’s favorite fast foods,” Sanders said in a statement, reported The New York Times. The shutdown hinges on Drumpf's demand for $5.8 billion in funding for his long-pledged U.S. Mexico border wall.

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Hail Drumpf - Donald Trump and his entire administration turns the US into Third Reich

Barr did not reject the possibility of jailing journalists outright. Instead, he said that it would likely be a “last resort,” but noted that there were situations where he could envision it happening.

To me, this is already too much. Journalists, committing us an honourable favour to maintain something we can call a free society of the people, shall never ever incarcerates those guardian angels in trying times of fascists occupying our administrations. If William Barr will let this happen, we know that Jeff Sessions was only the peak of a deeply ranging iceberg.

“Uhh,” he said, after a pause, “I know there are guidelines in place, and I can conceive of situations where, as a last resort, and where a news organization has run through a red flag or something like that, knows that they’re putting out stuff that will hurt the country, there could be a situation where someone would be held in contempt.”

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#Alabama judge overturns law to protect Confederate monuments

The 10-page ruling issued late Monday by Jefferson County Circuit Judge Michael Graffeo said a 2017 state law barring the removal or alteration of historical monuments wrongly violated the free speech rights of local communities.

You may hear my opinion on Confederate monuments in public places on demand. I'm not in the mood to repeat myself to an audience that won't listen. It gets boring.

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The last of the Navajo Code talkers, Afred Newman, dies at 94

Newman was among hundreds of Navajos who served in the Marine Corps, using a code based on their native language to outsmart the Japanese in World War II.

During World War II, Newman served from 1943-45 in the 1st Battalion, 21st Marine Regiment and 3rd Marine Division and saw duty at Bougainville Island, Guam, Iwo Jima, Kwajalein Atoll, Enewetak Atoll, New Georgia and New Caledonia.

What is funny about it all is that a Japanese news site has shared the news as well, and waso ne of the first sources I found on his decease. Glad to see that the Japanese people wore off their hatred on the US Americans for what they did in World War II and what led to their surrender. :-)

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On the origin of the Goose Brand

The family originally made the sauce just for themselves and their friends. Then her grandmother's sister and brother started selling their own versions in Si Racha, where it's harmonious blend of chilis, garlic, salt and vinegar appeals to both locals and tourists from nearby Bangkok. But the family never patented the name.
"We didn't want to keep it to ourselves," she says, adding that it wasn't much of a secret anyway — the ingredients were there on the side of the bottles for everyone to see. Soon there were dozens of imitators in Si Racha and beyond. Including, eventually, the Terminator of Srirachas, David Tran's famous Rooster brand.

"It's not tasty," she says, taking a sip of water. "It's not mixed together properly. There's only one taste." Saowanit says a proper Sriracha sauce needs to be what Thais call klom klom — the hotness, the sour, the sweet and the garlic all blending together seamlessly, none overpowering the other. The American version, she says, just brings heat.

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Loose Tweets Sink Fleets

I stumbled across an old poster from WW II, and the second scheme of it kind of reminded me of The Don. Maybe it's just my disability of the English language that first let me think of twitter rather than colloquial language that called loose chatter as tweeting, but somehow, the sense of what the two posters were trying to tell the people reading it could easily be refletected to the tweeting president-elect who never recognises when it would be better for him to shut his mouth, turn off his phone and get to work at last, like what the people hoped to see sitting in the White House, handling the country's subjects; like, real statesmanship. One may dream...

#US #USA #Trump #DonaldTrump #GovernmentShutdown #GovernmentFunding #FederalEmployees #FederalBranches #Politics #News #BuildTheWall #ShutItDown

Poll shows that majority of people blame Founding Fathers for #US' state of art

“As many as 75 percent of voters blame the country’s issues on the leaders of the American Revolution for bringing the United States into existence, representing a 20 percent increase from a survey conducted last year,” said lead researcher Harriet Zipperman, noting that a majority of the electorate feels that matters ranging from presidential overreach, illegal immigration, wealth disparity, and governmental dysfunction can be traced directly to individuals including George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison for drafting the Declaration of Independence and ratifying the Constitution, which 62 percent of voters now view as a mistake.

Makes total sense to me.

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#Kilimnik becomes focus on grand jury investigation

_The 31-page filing gives an unprecedented window into Mueller's work with the grand jury, which is typically secret. It's also the first confirmation from prosecutors that Kilimnik is still central to the grand jury's efforts.__

Despite being heavily redacted, some details of the communications are discernable. Manafort tried to get people appointed to the administration at the start of Drumpf's presidency, according to Gates, and was talking to someone whose name is redacted through February 2018 when Gates pleaded guilty.

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Totally not racist comment about Rashida #Tlaib

The comments were made by Annabelle Lima-Taub, a city commissioner in the south Florida city of Hallandale Beach, in the aftermath of Tlaib saying she wanted to "impeach that motherf----," a reference to President Donald Drumpf.

"Proudly signed," Lima-Taub wrote, according to a screen grab of the post. "A Hamas-loving anti-Semite has NO place in government! She is a danger and [I]would not put it past her to become a martyr and blow up Capitol Hill."

Oh look! Her comment was even less subtle than I first thought it was. How grateful by our hicks of the deep south. My darling was right - all the clichés are right about the Deep South, and they seemingly love them.

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IRS planning to reopen

In a revised shutdown plan released Tuesday, the agency said it expects to have 46,052 employees, about 57 percent of its total workforce, on the job. Currently, only 12.5 percent are working.

It will not be conducting audits, and collection activities will be generally limited to ones that are automated. The agency says it will have some people who can answer phone calls with questions, though the public should be prepared for longer wait times.

So, people will be taxed as usual, but other governmental branches are still not going to be opened due to a current stalemate between the Democrats and the Republicans, namely Donnie and Chuck and Nancy? Oh, very great, you surely make yourself a lot of friends.

“They’ve already missed a paycheck and soon they’ll be asked to work for free for as long as the shutdown lasts,” said Tony Reardon, head of the National Treasury Employees Union. “I’m worried that highly trained IRS employees will consider quitting so they can get a job... show more

Barr announced to declare #Mueller's final report to "confidential

But Barr, testifying at his confirmation hearing, said that under his interpretation of the special counsel regulations, he didn’t believe that Mueller’s final report was required to be made public. Barr said he believed Mueller’s report would be “confidential,” but that as attorney general he would issue a public summary of its findings.

Why wouldn't he like to see the report to be available to everyone interested, especially the press? Press members may be able to read it, but not to publish it. I think that it would be nicer to know that Trump's betrayal on the American people should be visible to all of us.

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El Chapo accused of having bribed former Mexican president Peña Nieto

After the a former top lieutenant for El Chapo testified of an alleged bribe to the former Mexican president, reporters rushed out of the courtroom, heading to file their stories.

Just imagine it was true. Then, Peña Nieto was shown to be buyable. It would be funny to imagine...

He claims Mr Zambada has survived prosecution by bribing the "entire" Mexican government, including Mr Peña Nieto and former president Felipe Calderón.

A weak claim, I guess. But it's worth the try.

#ElChapo #News #Politics #US #USA #Mexico DrugTrafficking #Heroin #Cocaine #Legend #PenaNieto #EnriquePenaNieto #Bribery #Cartel

Eat the Rich! (59 % of the people approve of it)

Women support the idea by a 62-38 percent margin. A majority of men back it as well, 55 percent to 45 percent. The proposal is popular in all regions of the country with a majority of Southerners backing it by a 57 to 43 percent margin. Rural voters back it as well, 56 percent to 44 percent.

In her comments to the CBS show, Ocasio-Cortez referenced tax rates that had once been in place during the mid-20th century. During the 1950s and 60s, the wealthiest Americans were once taxed at a rate in excess of 90 percent.

#US #USA #News #Politics #Poll #Survey #Pollster #OcasioCortez #AlexandriaOcasioCortez #AOC #Socialism #TaxTheRich #SocialGap #Economy #Economics #SocialDarwinism #DogEatDog

Shall we contemplate subpoenaing the principal witness in the Russian affaire?

Concern focuses most on Drumpf’s meetings with Putin at the Helsinki summit in July 2018. The Russian president, and the American president helped into office by the Russian president, met for two hours with no aides. No agenda was published before the meeting, no communiqué issued afterward. The Russian side later claimed that a number of agreements had been reached at the summit. Nobody on the American side seemed to know whether this was true. At a press conference four days after the meeting, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said, “I’m not in a position to either understand fully or talk about what happened in Helsinki.”

We are facing very possibly the worst scandal in the history of the U.S. government. Previous high-profile cases of disloyalty to the United States—Julius and Ethel Rosenberg’s betrayal of atomic secrets to the U.S.S.R.; Secretary of War John B. Floyd’s allowing federal arsenals to fall into sec... show more

On the government shutdown, what else?

_The Washington Post and ABC News found that 53 percent of respondents blamed Drumpf and Republicans in Congress for the shutdown, 29 percent blamed Democrats, and 13 percent blamed both sides.__

Drumpf promised his base a wall, and the GOP is increasingly getting on board even when construction seems impossible. As the Washington Post reports, support for the wall jumped 16 percent in the last year from 71 to 87 percent.

So, as we can tell, the shutdown is really not going to end until Donnie is getting his wall, why the Atlantic wrote that the Democrats are not going to give it in because then, Donnie knew that he could get whatever he wanted if he was just pig-headed enough about it and didn't give in on his behalf, even if it meant that he had to shut down the government and let federal workers run into poverty.

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Who's running for president (on the sides)?

On Republican side:
  • Donald Trump (of course)
  • (No-one else officially announced yet, or even spoke publicly about probably running for president)
On Democratic side:
  • Julian Castro (D - TX)
  • Tulsi Gabbard (D - HI)
  • John Delaney (D - MD)
  • Richard Ojeda (D - WV)
Rumoured to be running (only Democrats):
  • Elizabeth Warren (D - MA) (I thought she already announced her candidacy)
  • Kirsten Gillibrand (D - NYS)
  • Michael Bloomberg (D - NYC) (He's later, he could've run earlier)
  • Kamala Harris (D - CA)
  • Cory Brooker (D - NJ)
#US #USA #GeneralElection #Election2020 #Republicans #GOP #Democrats #BlueWave #RedWave #News #Politics #Trump #DonaldTrump #DontBooVote #GetOutAndVote


#Trump - not the man to call for motivational services

The truth is, for the past two years, American family farmers have taken the brunt of the administration’s trade wars. Retaliatory tariffs, lost trade relationships and unstable markets have pushed the American farm economy to its brink. In fact, the majority of farms have earned negative farm income in recent years, and many are being forced to sell the farm. The president must right the ship immediately, as farmers can no longer afford to hold out hope for “the greatest harvest.”

Rather than work with our top trading partners like Canada, Mexico, Japan and the European Union to address common grievances with China, we’ve offended all of our allies. Not only has this ruined positive trading relationships with trade allies, it has weakened our leverage to deal with the world’s shared trade aggressor, China.

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The difference between cider and (apple) cider

(Beside the pronounciation difference)

In the American state of New Hampshire, the state beverage of apple cider is like unfiltered apple juice. Usually, mulled spices are added, turning it into a spiced, piping hot drink. But in the famed cider-growing region of Britain’s West Country, cider is a fermented, alcoholic beverage. Look further across Europe and you’ll find that America’s version of apple cider is the outlier—cidre in France and sidra in Spain are both akin to British hard cider, rather than the American mulled beverage. So, how did Americans end up with such a unique form of apple cider?

Post-Prohibition, the cider industry never recovered, but it did evolve. Although Prohibitionists deemed fermented cider “the devil’s brew,” writes cider chronicler Ben Watson, “fresh apple juice was being recognized and marketed as a healthful drink.” This led to the development of “sweet cider”—a non-alcoholic beverage with conno... show more
How #Israel got caught attempting to manipulate #US foreign policy in #Syria and how #Bolton, #Mattis, and Pompeo are in the pocket of #Netanyahu!


#news #Trump #war #peace #Russia #GarethPorter #MiddleEast #Iran
How Trump Thwarted Calculated Israeli Effort to Keep U.S. in Syria

The American Conservative: How Trump Thwarted Calculated Israeli Effort to Keep U.S. in Syria (Gareth Porter)


Second migrant caravan underway to US-Mexican border

Television footage on Monday showed several hundred people in the violent city of San Pedro Sula huddled together and waving Honduran flags as they began a journey that will likely take weeks or even months to reach the U.S.-Mexico border.

Perhaps, they didn't choose the best date to commence their voyage towards the USA. I mean, just today, the Pentagon approved a prolonging of US military to enforce the border, and the situation is already heightened up to the boiling point thanks to the never-ending government shutdown.

“It’s a difficult road ahead but I hope President Drumpf’s heart might soften, and that he won’t be so hard and will let us enter,” he added.


#RefugeesWelcome #US #USA #Mexico #Honduras #Trump #DonaldTrump #MigrantCaravan #Poverty #CivilWar #Corruption #News #Politics

Los Angeles' homeless' crisis grows uncontrollably

Los Angeles is grappling with a homeless epidemic. "It's the worst human catastrophe in America," says Andy Bales, a pastor who runs the Union Rescue Mission on Skid Row.

Think about it again. You live in the country which is also confronted with the so-called opioid crisis. Do you think that Hollywood'ss homelessness crisis is the country's biggest, or a crisis that is related to drug abuse and goes beyond states?

And nowhere have the twin forces of inaccessible housing and inequality created a more explosive mix than in Venice Beach, a hotbed of entertainment executives and talent where the median home price is $1.9 million. Many of these residents are now grappling with a quality-of-life issue that defies their own liberal ideals.

I hope that the liberal factor will appear soon enough. Because so far, I can only see the aftermath of uncontrolled capitalism that has since not abolished the use of currencies as a neutral device to trade. Because this was obvious to happen: The more... show more

Matt Whitaker really not going to be confirmed

Opponents of his appointment said he was not qualified for the position because he had not been subject to Senate confirmation. Their vehicle for the challenge was a pending case against the attorney general, who was Sessions when the case was filed in June. The challengers asked the justices to rule that the name on the case should be changed to Rod Rosenstein, who they said is actually the acting attorney general.

Why was this even being conversed about after William Barr's appointment? I mean, did he still stand a chance to overcome Barr and become the official Attorney General? Or has it been as I understood it: Was he down and out and not a topic anymore? It was weird enough to hear that he overheard his own case when he was still the acting AG.

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Conspirative breakfast targeted by Special Counsel Robert #Mueller

Now Nunes—a key figure behind the right-wing counter narrative that Drumpf is at the mercy of a “Deep State” conspiracy—finds at least one meeting that he himself attended under the special counsel’s scrutiny.

Some of those who attended the dinner also attended the Drumpf Hotel breakfast, two individuals with direct knowledge of the events told The Daily Beast. Country officials invited to the breakfast included Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Israel, Lithuania, Estonia, Denmark, Japan, Angola and others. Former Kazakh Ambassador Kairat Umarov attended the breakfast, as did two senior Qatari officials.

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How drugs enter the #US illegally (spoiler: A wall won't stop'em)

“The majority of the illegal drugs that enter the United States through the U.S.-Mexico border cross through formal Points of Entry,” said Joel Martinez, a Mexico research associate for the Center for American Progress (ThinkProgress is an editorially independent newsroom housed within CAP). “The drugs that cross in between are very minimal and non-expensive products like marijuana. All the cocaine, fentanyl and methamphetamine — they cross through formal ports because they’re easier to hide […in] freight comp and assorted vehicles.”

Cocaine seizures on U.S. borders, for instance, regularly measure in tons, making it impractical to have individual migrants ferry it across. Instead, dealers prefer to smuggle drugs into the country via legal ports of entry, which allow them to bring in high-value substances that are more easily hidden.

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Rhode Island Gov. #Raimondo to support legalisation of #marijuana

Several of Rhode Island’s New England neighbors, including Maine, Massachusetts, and Vermont, have already legalized marijuana to some degree. Connecticut and Vermont, the latter of which legalized possession but not sales, are considering full legalization as well. And nearby, New York and New Jersey are pursuing the policy change.

So, the northern part of New England is almost through entirely with the legalisation of marijuana, so that Rhode Island feels urged to break through as well. I hope that this is going to spread like a wildfire across the #US.

#NewEngland #EastCoast #USA #Weed #Marihuana #News #Politics #GinaRaimondo #RhodeIsland #LegalizeIt

#TheIntercept: Democrats are becoming far more militaristic and pro-war than Republicans

– by #GlennGreenwald

#President #DonaldTrump's December 18 announcement that he intends to #withdraw all #US #troops from #Syria produced some isolated support in the #... show more
#iran wastes its limited budget on #patents in the #us and corrupt #epo
Iran Ranks 21st in Nanotechnology Patent Registrations in 2018
What is it about media barons, both in #us and #russia in this case, that compels them to think they have sexual authority over attractive women they employ?
Same #putin who proudly high-fived (to the cameras) Mo Bin Salman while all of #us #politics (debate) was about him murdering a journalist in #turkey
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#PragerU sues Youtube over censorship

(Although it normally opines that the state (who owns the courts) should not conduct companies' practices)

The suit claims that YouTube’s restrictions on many of Prager’s videos violate California law in four ways: Restricting the nonprofit’s freedom of speech contrary to the state constitution; discriminating against Prager on a religious and political basis in violation of the state’s civil rights act; “engaging in unlawful, misleading, and unfair businesses practices” contrary to the state’s unfair competition laws; and breach of contract for violating YouTube’s own terms of service.

“We originally filed a lawsuit that had two federal claims, one under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and the other for unfair competition and advertising under the Lanham Act,” said lead PragerU attorney Peter Obstler. “We also filed five claims in that lawsuit under ... show more

Incarcerated ex-marine and tourist Paul #Whelan officially charged with espionage two days ago

“I don’t speak Russian but reports of Ms. Zakharova’s press briefing today suggest she made the first official confirmation that Paul was charged with espionage since the December 28 press release [announcing his arrest],” said an email sent to reporters by Whelan’s brother David. Indeed, charges were laid under Article 276 of Russia’s criminal code, Zakharova told reporters at a televised news conference Friday (Jan. 11), which was confirmed by ABC News.

Zherebenkov is on vacation in the Dominican Republic at the moment, as reported by the Daily Beast, and said there isn’t much he can do for his client just yet. “The prison is closed for the holidays, anyway; the investigators will begin introducing us to the case on January 14,” Zherebenkov told the Daily Beast.

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State Sec. Mike Pompeo to visit S.-A., cut short rest of Middle East trip

Pompeo will return home after meetings in Oman instead of travelling on to Kuwait, deputy spokesman Robert Palladino said. U.S. officials said the death was in the family of his wife, who accompanied him on the trip and will return with him.

My condolences to his wife's family and the bereaved.

The U.S. Embassy in Riyadh tweeted that Pompeo and the crown prince had agreed on the need for a continued de-escalation in Yemen and adherence to agreements made last month at talks in Sweden to end a nearly four-year civil war between Yemen's Saudi-backed government and the Iranian-aligned #Houthis.

#US #USA #Pompeo #MikePompeo #MBS #MrBoneSaw #MohammedBinSalman #SaudiArabia #SA #Yemen #War #NoWar #Kuwait #news #Politics SecretaryOfState #MIddleEast

On Donnie and the #FBI's Russia investigation

The reports -- from The New York Times, CNN and The Washington Post -- took intrigue about Drumpf and Russia to a surreal new level, even after two years of shocking developments borne out of Moscow's election meddling in 2016.

_"I'm not keeping anything under wraps. I couldn't care less. I mean, it's so ridiculous. These people make it up," Drumpf said.__

No, we don't. It's all real, the entire mess is real.

If, as the White House says, Drumpf has no compromised relationship with Russia, why does he go out of his way to hide his interactions with Putin? Does he perhaps not trust his own team not to leak details of their meetings?

Two things are necessary to understand it: First of all: He doesn't trust his team because even his own adminisitration doesn't trust him anymore. He believes that all of his people surrounding him are under cahoots with the investigation, so he avoids interacting with them. Seco... show more

Donnie doesn't like secretaries willing to compromise in sake of government's reopening

Describing the scene, one of the sources told Axios that Mulvaney had indicated “that if Dems weren’t OK with $5.7 [billion]and the president wasn’t OK with $1.3 [the Democratic offer] ... he was trying to say we should find a middle ground.”

There's no middle ground for Donnie - it's either the 5.7 billion dollars, or further unpaid working days for federal employees. I mean, we're talking about the guy who called himself the world's best dealmaker, if not the universe's. Of course he knows that those who try to make compromises with their buyers are those who are going to lose. It's been like this for all the time, wasn't it? No? Then, I think Donnie is just a turd who is ready to condemn us all to death.

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Like #china and the #us the Federation [sic]of #russia wants a piece of #imperialism in #africa
#us #politics so highly divisive right now that if you're identified as having "right" or "left" view on some aspect, you're "nazi" or "traitor"; couples cannot even get along barring this polarity. This is how a foreign enemy fractures nations from within.

Secretary of State Pompeo Calls Removal of U.S. Troops from Syria ‘Tactical Change’


#america #calls #change #donald trump #interview #kurdish #maga #make america great again #middle east #mike pompeo #oan newsroom #pompeo #president donald trump #president trump #pulling troops #removal #remove troops #secretary #secretary of state #secretary of state mike pompeo #state #sunday #syria #tactical #tactical change #troops #trump #trump administration #turkey #united states of america #us troops #usa
Secretary of State Pompeo Calls Removal of U.S. Troops from Syria ‘Tactical Change’
#us #militarism viewed as a game and the #blowback impact of #imperialism is disregarded, ignored
Game of Drones: What Experimental Wargames Reveal About Drones and Escalation
#russia state media takes advantage of #us #drone strikes to discredit objectives in that region https://sputniknews.com/military/201901081071285670-2018-US-Killed-Dozens-Drone-War-Yemen/ when will "Saudi-led" massacre end? Quit Yemen.
#idg in #india says, " #IBM tops #US #patent list for 26th year running"

Well, actually....
No, there is no "Resurgence And Revaluation Of US Patents"; if anything #us #patents significantly lost value; that's the very >opposite< of resurgence, Mr. West (Oblon, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt, L.L.P) http://www.mondaq.com/unitedstates/x/771432/Patent/The+Resurgence+And+Revaluation+Of+US+Patents
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