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082114
World's Largest Ice Sheets Melting At Fastest Rate Ever Recorded - western Antarctica and Greenland are losing massive amounts of ice.

US concerned by Israeli arrests of killed teenager's family members | World news | theguardian.com - State Department says Israel never notified it of arrest of a US national related to Muhammed Abu Khdeir, a teenager burned alive by extremists
The U.S. are involved with most Israeli attacks including Gaza AnonHQ - The new leaked NSA document released on The Intercept informs us how the US government is and has been long supporting Israel with weapons, cash and surveillance used in almost all Israeli attacks in the last decades.

Syria war toll over 180,000: activist group | News , Middle East | The Daily Star
Halting ISIS Would Require Attacks in Syria, Top General Says - NYTimes.com
Pentagon: Islamic State Militants Will Regroup - The Islamic State "clearly poses a long-term threat," Hagel said in a Pentagon briefing Thursday, saying the group poses a threat "beyond anything we've seen."
Obama’s Mission Creep in Iraq | TIME - For George W. Bush it was "Mission Accomplished." For Barack Obama, it may be "mission creep."
The Men Who Killed James Foley - The New Yorker
From Electricity to Sewage, U.S. Intelligence Says the Islamic State Is Fast Learning How to Run a Country
ISIS Spokesperson Reportedly Killed By Syrian Army
James Foley Kept His Courage Through Harrowing Time In Captivity
ISIS Believed To Be Holding Many More Journalists In Captivity

Exposed: Pentagon Funds New Data-Mining Tools To Track and Kill Activists, Part I | Occupy.com

NSA and GCHQ agents 'leak Tor bugs' alleges developer - Some US and UK cyberspies are deliberately undermining their workmates' "dark web" surveillance efforts, according to the leading developer of software used to access hidden parts of the internet.

By Any Means Necessary - NYTimes.com
Balkinization: Taking Liberties with the Last Word - Halbig (Trooferism and the breakdown of logical thought)

The Euro Catastrophe - NYTimes.com - Europe really is doing worse than it did in the Great Depression - macroeconomics as Anglo-Saxon economists understand it never had a real constituency in Europe’s corridors of power. Whatever the explanation, we are now, as O’Brien says, looking at one of the great catastrophes of economic history. ("austerity can only be failed")

Why the conventional wisdom in the Rick Perry indictment story might be incomplete | Dallas Morning News (it's moe complicated than Chait said +Jennifer Rubin thinks indictment will be good for Perry)
Florida Gay Marriage Ban Ruled Unconstitutional - A federal judge on Thursday declared Florida's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, joining state judges in four counties who have sided with gay couples wishing to tie the knot.

National Guard Pulled From Ferguson After Night of Relative Calm | TIME
Why Won't Ferguson Police Release Michael Brown Incident Report? - The department also did not respond to questions from HuffPost about why the Brown incident report or Brown's autopsy have not been released.
Sean Hannity Guest Has The Perfect Reaction To His Condescending Ferguson Question - Hannity: "Let me educate you about the legal system in America." Bynes: "I don't need your kind of education."
'Support Officer Darren Wilson' GoFundMe Raises Over $137,000 For Cop Who Shot Michael Brown

Ferguson’s constitutional crisis: First Amendment violations are only part of the story. - On the streets of Missouri, it’s not just the First Amendment that’s being violated.
Militarization of the Police, Fargo Edition - The Atlantic - We thought North Dakota was too sensible for this.
Compton School Board Approves AR-15 Rifles for Campus Police - The Atlantic - Military-grade weapons should not be on law enforcement's list of back-to-school supplies.
Woman shot at Ferguson protest: Police took the bullet and now claim they don't have it | Privacy SOS
It’s racism, not “principled conservatism”: The South, civil rights, GOP myths — and the roots of Ferguson - Salon.com - True GOP believers insist their small government beliefs have nothing to do with race. They're deluding themselves
“Just do what I tell you”: Why cops’ tasing people is nothing to laugh at - Salon.com
The ultimate white privilege: Darren Wilson and being “afraid for your life” - Salon.com - Claiming you shot someone out of fear of your life can be a "get out of jail free" card -- depending on who says it

We're Compiling Every Police-Involved Shooting In America. Help Us.

alicublog: The Day The Clown Cried. - When we last paid attention to Robert Tracinski in 2013, he was telling the GOP how to be winners again. The whole piece is ridic, but Tracinski got a little interesting (that is to say, heated) when he talked about a certain author: (Libertarians just need love ... and all your money)

Daily Politics Blog - Charles P. Pierce - Political Blogging - Esquire - These California-based companies - Soylent, named after the 1973 science fiction film "Soylent Green," and Ambronite - have both developed meal replacement mixes that are intended to free you from the burden of cooking. Simply mix the powder with water or any liquid and, in the case of Soylent, a little oil, and you have a ready-to-drink nutritious breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Crazy Racist Alaskan Lady Goes On Amazing Racist Roadrage Rant ("I'm so sorry you're so full of hatred")

A Strange Bit Of Film History - Esquire ("Suddenly" - the movie Frank wanted Mia to quit her job for)

Why Access to Screens Is Lowering Kids’ Social Skills | TIME

Dear Cortana, do you love me? | Windows Phone Central
Cortana's witty replies - Windows Phone Central Forums

082014
Canadian government orders scientists not to disclose extent of polar melting - Boing Boing

Liberia Seals Off Slum To Control Ebola, Angry Residents Clash With Troops - Liberia has the highest death toll, and its number of cases is rising the fastest

Hiroshima landslides leave dozens dead and several missing | World news | The Guardian - Hillsides and slopes rapidly swept away in torrents of rock, mud and debris in at least five valleys in Hiroshima city suburbs

Obama urges action to halt Isis 'cancer' as UK steps up fight against jihadis | World news | The Guardian - David Cameron admits Isis fighter who beheaded James Foley appears to be British, while Obama calls on allies for support
Obama Denounces James Foley's Execution: 'Today The Entire World Is Appalled'
How Did ISIS Kidnap James Foley? - Business Insider - Following the grisly murder of an American journalist by extremist militants, one key question remains: How did ISIS abduct James Foley, who was widely considered to be in the custody of groups loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad?
British Isis militant in James Foley video 'guards foreign hostages in Syria' | World news | theguardian.com - The English jihadist who beheaded the American journalist James Foley is believed to be the leader of a group of British fighters holding foreign hostages in Syria, sources have told the Guardian.
Military Considering Sending Additional Troops To Iraq, Officials Say

Air strikes again batter Gaza as peace negotiations collapse | World news | The Guardian - Binyamin Netanyahu compares Hamas to Isis, following a strike which killed the wife and son of Hamas's military wing chief

Afghan Officials Delivered Expulsion Order To NYT Reporter With AK47s - New York Times reporter Matthew Rosenberg has just been given 24 hours to leave Afghanistan after the paper published an article Monday that discloses the country may impose an interim government.

Changes to Australian Security Laws Will Make Illegally Obtained Evidence Permisable in Court | VICE United States
U.S. Military Bans The Intercept - The Intercept
What You Need to Know About the FISA Court—and How it Needs to Change | Electronic Frontier Foundation
Boston Police Used Facial Recognition Software To Grab Photos Of Every Person Attending Local Music Festivals | Techdirt

US supreme court delays same-sex marriages in Virginia | World news | theguardian.com - Agreeing with an appeal from a county clerk, the highest US court delays a decision that would have allowed gay couples to marry imminently

The Real Death Valley -

Six Consistently Close Races Will Probably Decide Control Of The Senate | FiveThirtyEight - The map right now is simple: Control of the Senate will be decided in Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Louisiana and North Carolina. Republicans must win at least half of these races.

Shooting Accounts Differ as Holder Schedules Visit to Ferguson - NYTimes.com
US attorney general vows swift investigation into Michael Brown killing | World news | The Guardian - Eric Holder leads federal response as he arrives in Ferguson amid controversy over St Louis County prosecutor
Ferguson's tragedy is a wakeup call for the world. Now Eric Holder must lead | St Louis Post-Dispatch editorial board | Comment is free | theguardian.com - If Ferguson is the spark that lights a blaze of civil rights revival, it’s going to need a champion. Welcome to Missouri, Mr Holder. You’ve got your work cut out for you
Cop In Ferguson To Protestors: 'I Will F**king Kill You' (VIDEO) - Video taken Tuesday night during protests in Ferguson, Missouri, show an officer pointing his weapon at civilians, shouting: "I will fucking kill you."
Twitter / occbaystreet: Fox says man in this picture ... - is beaten nearly unconscious w/broken eye socket. No really, the white dude
What libertarians and conservatives get wrong about Ferguson - The Washington Post - But there’s another lesson emerging, one that isn’t going to make those libertarians pleased: sometimes, big government isn’t the problem, it’s the solution — to the problem of small government.
Ferguson protests over Michael Brown won’t end soon: The black community’s anger is rooted in a history of racism. - The tensions have been building for a long time, and even justice for Michael Brown won’t change that.
Mya Aaten-White, Ferguson Shooting Victim, Says Police Have Not Interviewed Her | Riverfront Times - "It almost seems like, if, you know, if I did not follow up with this, they were hoping it would disappear," says Porter. "I don't know what the reasons are."
Darren Wilson Support Movement Grows (Free Darren!)
alicublog: It Only Takes A Moment. - This week has pretty much clarified what "the libertarian moment" really is: While that Times article portrayed it as a historical moment, events show that it has become an actual moment -- something lasting only briefly, but calculated to have a long-term effect.
New Data Show Police Rarely Arrested For Killings On The Job - "It is really hard to convict a police officer," Laurie Levenson, a former federal prosecutor who is now a law professor at Loyola University in Los Angeles, said. "They get a super presumption of innocence."
St. Louis Police Release Video Of Kajieme Powell Killing That Appears At Odds With Their Story - But the newly released cell phone footage undermines the statement, showing Powell approaching the cops, but not coming as close as was reported, with his hands at his side. The officers began shooting within 15 seconds of their arrival, hitting Powell with a barrage of bullets.

Expert witness in US execution cases will no longer defend states' methods | World news | theguardian.com - Anesthesiologist Mark Dershwitz was the expert called in controversial Ohio case that used two-drug lethal injection

America’s Progress on Street Safety Is Pathetic | Streetsblog USA (Argentina almost as safe as America)

The Sexist Facebook Movement The Marine Corps Can’t Stop | Task & Purpose - “Smash or pass?” the caption will usually read, asking the fans of the page to comment on the attractiveness of the woman in the picture, and whether they would have sex with her.
NY Post writer Doree Lewak: Catcalls make me feel great! - New York Post writer Doree Lewak has graced us with a piece on the totally flattering practice of men catcalling women.

081914
Earth sliding into ‘ecological debt’ earlier and earlier, campaigners warn | Environment | theguardian.com - World has already exhausted a year’s supply of natural resources in less than eight months, Global Footprint Network says
Iceland volcano eruption risk level raised to orange for aviation | World news | The Guardian - Intense seismic activity at the Bardarbunga volcano indicates the potential for a disruptive ash event similar to 2010

World leaders 'failing to help' over Ebola outbreak in Africa | Society | The Guardian - Médecins Sans Frontières chief claims response to catastrophe is 'almost zero', with nations most concerned with self protection
Patients Missing From Looted Liberia Ebola Clinic Return To Hospital - "I think now there is a high vigilance in all countries," Fadela Chaib, a WHO spokeswoman told reporters in Geneva. "I can't remember the last time we fed 1 million people in a quarantine situation."
Air France staff object to flying to Ebola countries - The Local - Air France cabin crew are so concerned about the threat of the Ebola epidemic that unions have started a petition calling for flights to be stopped to those West African countries most affected by the disease.

‘Evil straight from the pits of hell': American journalist James Foley reportedly beheaded by ISIS | Twitchy
US Journalist, James Foley, beheaded by ISIS "Warning to America". : worldnews
Isis fighters show strength as they repel Iraqi army's attempt to retake Tikrit | World news | The Guardian - Iraqi military fails in third attempt to take town 80 miles north of Baghdad after coming under sustained mortar and gunfire

Israel and Hamas blame each other as rockets and air strikes end Gaza truce | World news | The Guardian - Israel says air strikes are in response to rocket attacks but Hamas claims raids are bid to sabotage Cairo negotiations

Ukraine crisis: 15 bodies found after strike on refugee convoy | World news | theguardian.com - Military spokesman says search continues after convoy of buses and cars was hit by rocket fire near Luhansk on Monday
Protesters march on Pakistan parliament | World news | The Guardian - Troops take up positions in red zone protecting parliament as 30,000 supporters of Imran Khan and Tahir-ul-Qadri hold rally
Beijing arrests nearly 1,000 members of Christian sect accused of brainwashing | World news | theguardian.com - China crackdown on Church of Almighty God over three months precedes 'cult' members' trial for woman's murder at McDonald's
Russia Wants Bulgarians to Stop Vandalizing Soviet Monuments | News | The Moscow Times (to look like America superheros)

Intended Consequences - Esquire - At least five, perhaps as many as 10, of the 42 children slain here since February had been recently deported from the U.S., Hernandez said. It is now the stated position of most of the Republican party in this country, and of Republican politicians like Steve King and most of the prospective 2016 presidential field, that more children must be sent home to die this way. People should remember that.
Five Children Murdered After They Were Deported Back To Honduras | ThinkProgress
Congratulations, Deport-The-Kids Patriots! Kids Returned To Honduras, Killed. | Wonkette


The right’s “bombshell” deceit: Why the left’s defense of Perry reveals so much - Salon.com - Tons of big-time liberals are saying Rick Perry's indictment looks weak. Can you imagine the right ever doing that?

In Washington, Little Appetite for a Vote on Iraq - NYTimes.com
Obama Is Seen as Frustrating His Own Party - NYTimes.com
Latest Senate Forecasts - The latest Monkey Cage forecast gives Republicans an 86% chance of winning control of the U.S. Senate after the midterm elections. The Upshot gives Republicans a 58% chance.

St Louis police fatally shoot man near Ferguson – live updates | World news | theguardian.com - Chaos continues despite national guard intervention Arrested include people from New York and California
National Guard Arrives In Ferguson, But Clashes Continue - "Air smells like gun powder," the Washington Post's Wesley Lowery tweeted. "Not like tear gas. Gun powder."
78 Arrested Overnight, Most From Missouri, Arrest Records Show - NBC News.com - 78 Arrested Overnight, Most From Missouri, Arrest Records Show
‘Somebody Else Needs to See This’: New Video Emerges of Brown Shooting Aftermath | Mediaite - Crenshaw said there was a struggle at the police car in which it seemed Wilson was trying to draw Brown in. Brown took off running, and Crenshaw said Wilson began firing; when Brown turned around, he was shot multiple times
Photo Emerges Of Darren Wilson, Cop Who Fatally Shot Teen Michael Brown
Bar Association Calls On Prosecutor To Recuse Himself From Ferguson Investigation - "Mr. McCulloch has shown that he is emotionally invested in protecting law enforcement, and therefore should immediately step aside and allow the Justice Department to investigate the death of Michael Brown. The only way we can ensure trust is for the Justice Department to take over the investigation."
Ferguson Police Shooting Grand Jury Probe Starts Tomorrow - Bloomberg
History Says Ferguson Police Officer Likely Won't Be Charged For Shooting
Eschaton: Just Obey, Citizen - Respect his authoritah. He's not just a cop, but a "professor of homeland security at Colorado Tech University." It's all good people.
Under What Conditions Can The US Army Engage American Citizens: The Army's "Civil Disturbances" Primer | Zero Hedge
Tear Gas Is A Banned Chemical Weapon, But US Lobbying Made It Okay For Domestic Use... And, Boy, Do We Use It | Techdirt

To Be Wrong Or To Be Chicken - Esquire - I will have something regarding the comments made by the Democratic frontrunner on the subject as soon as she bestirs herself sufficiently to give enough of a shit to mention it in public.
Hillary Clinton Is Everywhere, But Still Nowhere To Be Found On Ferguson

Nothing works in Ferguson. Here's how to fix a police force – and punish cops | Norm Stamper | Comment is free | theguardian.com - I ordered military gear against protesters, and it failed. Ferguson needs to cut back on Swat, step up discipline and trust citizen leaders to bring justice. So does every police department
Missouri Cop Investigated For Offensive Ferguson Facebook Post - The photo depicted a black man with a wad of money in his mouth, pointing a gun at the camera. But the photo wasn't of Brown at all. It was of a man in Oregon accused of murder.
'Say That S**t!' Fox Reporter Gets Cursed Out On-Air By Ferguson Protestor (VIDEO)
Ray Kelly Thinks Ferguson Police In Ferguson Are Out Of Hand (he should know)
"just do what I tell you" - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Evidently the Washington Post doesn’t employ editors, because if they did, Professor Dutta would have been asked to clarify which of the above statements he’s actually serious about. I have a pretty good guess.
Twitter / marg1nal: "If a cop shoots at you for ... - o reason, don't argue. Don't try to get away. Just let the courts and the coroners sort it out."

Intercept Reporter Shot With Beanbags and Arrested While Covering Ferguson Protests - The Intercept (cops are targeting reporters)
Ferguson police will keep arresting reporters - POLITICO.com - Police in Ferguson, Missouri, are continuing to arrest journalists and have said that they will continue to do so because of safety concerns, despite condemnation from media organizations that say such detentions are unwarranted.
WATCH: Ferguson Protesters Throw Rocks at Chris Hayes’ Head | Mediaite
Jake Tapper Denounces Militarized Police Response In Ferguson

Why Isn’t the NRA Defending Ferguson’s Blacks? - The Daily Beast - Their leader, Wayne LaPierre, even referred to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms as "jack-booted thugs."
Grand Jury To Be Convened In Eric Garner Death Case
Man Savagely Beaten By Police On Video May Now Be Deported - In the video, two officers on the opposite side of the fence look up and appear to notice the surveillance camera, then say something to the officers beating Arzate, who quickly move him out of view of the camera.
LAPD Puts 'Investigative Hold' On Release Of Ezell Ford Autopsy
Sheriff Clarke confronted after FOX6 investigation prompts federal lawsuit | FOX6Now.com - When a Sheriff’s deputy T-boned her car last year, Tanya Weyker suffered more than a broken neck. She suffered the indignity of a false arrest for driving while intoxicated.

Fareed Zakaria Accused Of Rampant Plagiarism By Twitter Duo Who Busted BuzzFeed - The pair of anonymous Twitter users who last month exposed a BuzzFeed editor's plagiarism came out with new accusations Tuesday against journalist Fareed Zakaria.


Is the era of the virgin over? | Jessica Valenti | Comment is free | theguardian.com - Making women feel dirty or somehow tainted by sex has been a linchpin in conservative efforts to roll back women’s rights and maintain traditional gender roles

Satire is dying because the internet is killing it | Arwa Mahdawi | Comment is free | theguardian.com - Facebook’s [satire] tag may prevent people believing Kim Jong-un was voted the sexiest man alive, but the damage is done


081814
Global warming denial rears its ugly head around the world, in English | Dana Nuccitelli | Environment | theguardian.com - In Australia, USA, UK, and Canada, politicians are rejecting evidence and expert opinion about climate change - These four countries also share the commonality of highly influential fossil fuel industries, and the wide reach of the Murdoch media empire, known for its global warming denial.
West’s historic drought stokes fears of water crisis - The Washington Post

Another Chapter In The Ongoing Nightmare - Esquire - This is the same as Fukushima; both are ongoing disasters beyond the ability of local government to control, but genuinely dangerous to the wider world. Things are coming apart in west Africa. Things are coming apart fast.

Palestinian and Israeli talks in Cairo lead to 24-hour ceasefire extension | World news | theguardian.com - The ceasefire extension is made in the hope that a lasting deal will be negotiated on Tuesday covering a range of issues

Iraq Security Forces, Kurdish Fighters Retake Control Of Mosul Dam From Islamic Militants
Obama hails 'recapture' of Mosul Dam from Isis | World news | theguardian.com - US President declared ‘major step forward’ in Iraq, as he defended his administration from charges of mission creep

Dozens die as Luhansk refugee convoy hit by rocket and mortar fire | World news | theguardian.com - Ukraine government and rebels blame each other for attack, which has killed evacuees trying to escape the conflict

Saudi prince's motorcade held up at gunpoint in Paris | World news | The Guardian - French detectives investigating whether gunmen wanted money or sensitive diplomatic documents
A pregnant, suicidal rape victim fought Ireland's new abortion law. The law won | Jessica Valenti | Comment is free | theguardian.com - Anti-abortion activists claim that legal restrictions are in the best interests of women, but they never are

Julian Assange Plans To Leave Ecuadorian Embassy - "No woman has done so," he said. "In fact, the women in Sweden explicitly deny having done that."

Why We Fight Wars - NYTimes.com

Michael Brown shooting: family says autopsy shows teenager was surrendering when killed | World news | theguardian.com - Doctor says no signs of a struggle on Brown’s body Governor abandons Ferguson curfew as national guard arrives
Ferguson officer's account of Michael Brown shooting: 'He just kept coming' | World news | theguardian.com - Darren Wilson’s version of events, as told through his girlfriend to a friend, contradicts aspects of other eyewitness accounts
Autopsy Shows Michael Brown Was Struck at Least 6 Times - NYTimes.com - was shot at least six times, including twice in the head
Police Threaten To Shoot, Mace Reporters In Ferguson
Police in Ferguson arrest Getty photographer Scott Olson | World news | theguardian.com - Arrest marks the second time that police have arrested journalists covering the Ferguson protests
Michael Brown's Family: What Else Do They Need To Arrest Killer Of Our Son?
Ferguson police department: The economic incentives that make cops harass black residents.
The Limits Of Everything - Esquire - Enough agendas have already collided on the ground there. We will have one, two, three, many investigations, and now the various police agencies, up to and including the Department of Justice, seem to be going to war with each other.
How we'd cover Ferguson if it happened in another country - Vox - The crisis began a week ago in Ferguson, a remote Missouri village that has been a hotbed of sectarian tension. State security forces shot and killed an unarmed man, which regional analysts say has angered the local population by surfacing deep-seated sectarian grievances. Regime security forces cracked down brutally on largely peaceful protests, worsening the crisis.

Wingnuts’ sad dream to be cool: Why they worship Reagan and the military - Salon.com - From seeing Ted Nugent as a counterculture hero to their love of the Gipper, here's what drives the wannabe rebels


081714
Early winter hits Britain as temperatures plunge - UK - News - London Evening Standard
Nepal flooding and landslides kill scores | World news | The Guardian - Rain damages roads across the Himalayan country's western plains, forcing officials to use helicopters to rescue stranded people
Why Bottled Water Comes From California, Which Can't Spare Much - CityLab - Dasani, Aquafina, and Crystal Geyser all dip into the Golden State's limited supply .. California happens to be the only Western state without groundwater regulation or management of major groundwater use. In other words, if you're a water company and you drill down and find water in California, it's all yours.

Ebola outbreak: 'At least 20' patients flee Liberia quarantine clinic after protesters break down door and loot building - Africa - World - The Independent - Blood-stained bedding was among items reportedly taken from the centre ... "the whole of West Point will be infected." West Point is home to at least 50,000 people. The patients' whereabouts remain unknown.
Report: Armed men attack Liberia Ebola clinic, freeing patients : news

Israeli ship remains at sea as thousands of protesters gather in Oakland | World news | theguardian.com - Blockade delayed as word spreads that ship is off the coast of California, closer to Santa Cruz, and won’t be docking that day (Netanyahu gave a huge boost to BDS)
Gaza protesters storm Tesco store and 'assault police' during Birmingham demonstration - Crime - UK - The Independent

US uses bombers as air strikes support Kurdish attack on key Iraq dam | World news | theguardian.com - US military report 14 air attacks on Sunday • Kurds say they control eastern end of Mosul dam
On a Helicopter, Going Down: Inside a Lethal Crash in Iraq - NYTimes.com

Woman refused abortion under new legislation - RTÉ News

Julian Assange has had human rights violated, says Ecuador foreign minister | Media | The Guardian - Ricardo Patino says British government has no will to find a solution to stalemate that has confined WikiLeaks founder to London's Ecuadorean embassy for more than two years

Where’s the Justice at Justice? - NYTimes.com - Attorney General Eric Holder wants to force Risen to testify and reveal the identity of his confidential source on a story he had in his 2006 book concerning a bungled C.I.A. operation during the Clinton administration in which agents might have inadvertently helped Iran develop its nuclear weapon program. The tale made the C.I.A. look silly, which may have been more of a sore point than a threat to national security.
James Risen: Obama Is 'Greatest Enemy To Press Freedom In A Generation' (ironic, isn't it?)


Felony indictment challenges Rick Perry's pre-2016 image makeover | World news | theguardian.com - Texas governor has hinted that his actions were political business as usual but a trial could be fatal to his ambitions

Some evangelicals in Republican Party are feeling left out, see no standard-bearer - The Washington Post - Many social conservatives say they feel politically isolated as the country seems to be hurtling to the left, with marijuana now legal in Colorado and gay marriage gaining ground across the nation. They feel out of place in a GOP increasingly dominated by tea party activists and libertarians who prefer to focus on taxes and the role of government and often disagree with social conservatives on drugs or gay rights. (the fall of the religious right)

Missouri governor points finger at Ferguson police chief for new violence | World news | theguardian.com - Jay Nixon says release of security footage was ‘incendiary’ Actions of Ferguson chief ‘tarnished’ Michael Brown
Ron Johnson: Ferguson cop who walked middle of road finds critics coming both ways | World news | theguardian.com - Local police and protesters alike turn on state highway patrol captain Ron Johnson, brought in to give a softer face to law enforcement
In Ferguson, three minutes — and two lives forever changed - The Washington Post - By Manuel Roig-Franzia, DeNeen L. Brown and Wesley Lowery
Militarized Policing: One Nation Under SWAT | naked capitalism - As the number of SWAT teams has grown nationwide, so have the raids. Every year now, there are approximately 50,000 SWAT raids in the United States, according to Professor Pete Kraska of Eastern Kentucky University’s School of Justice Studies. In other words, roughly 137 times a day a SWAT team assaults a home and plunges its inhabitants and the surrounding community into terror.
Ferguson On Edge On First Night With Curfew - Missouri State Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson said that tear gas was deployed not to enforce the curfew, but in response to a person believed to be armed. (new rules: teargas gunshots; only applies to black communities)
Washington Post National News - ‘I just kept asking: Why am I being arrested for sitting in my aunt’s driveway?’ - The Washington Post ("failure to disperse" into thin air)
Eric Holder Authorizes Second Autopsy Of Michael Brown - Preliminary results of the first autopsy showed that Brown had died of gunshot wounds. However, the report did not specify the number of times Brown was shot.
Melissa Harris-Perry's Searing Tribute To Black Men Killed By Police - "From 2006 to 2012 a white police officer killed a black person at least twice a week in this country," she said.
News Coalition Condemns Police Treatment Of Journalists In Ferguson - "Officers on the ground must understand that gathering news and recording police activities are not crimes," the organizations wrote. (until they jail the offenders, it will be a crime)
Why What Happened To Reporters In Ferguson Matters So Much - So it was that what happened to journalists in Ferguson—the violence and the teargas and the arrests—became an acute symbol of the shabby regard that the police there seemed to have for peoples' First Amendment rights.

‘Help, help, I’m being repressed!’: How conservatives make a mockery of the oppression of religious minorities | Adam Lee | Comment is free | theguardian.com - Some Christians equate not getting their own way in the political sphere with brutal and unjust persecution





Lutheran Social Services of Illinois - The Journey Through Trauma and Loss: A Refugee's Story
sketches - KuKu Camp
Refugee Camps - Kuku Refugee Camp - 1990

On Demand News » More than five fruit and veg a day has 'no effect' - Consuming five portions of fruit or vegetables each day is linked to a lower risk of premature death but eating more portions appears to have no further effect, their study concluded.

Kim Dotcom: from playboy entrepreneur to political firebrand | Technology | The Observer - He was the flamboyant founder of the popular Megaupload site. But when the US got New Zealand police to arrest him on charges of internet piracy, Kim Dotcom began a remarkable fightback
50 Craigslist Meet Ups You’re Really Glad You Weren’t A Part Of | Thought Catalog
081614
In Australia, Businesses Are Getting Hit With A $500 Fee Designed To Kill Solar Power | ThinkProgress
Germany Reaches New Levels of Greendom, Gets 31 Percent of Its Electricity From Renewables - Businessweek

Iraq voices anger as US air force defends Irbil – but not Baghdad | World news | The Observer - Resentment grows in capital over perceived American preference to fight for Kurds rather than ousted Maliki (whut? +after a $trillion, Iraq doesn't have an airfoce)

The Middle East Friendship Chart

UK ambassador 'lobbied senators to hide Diego Garcia role in rendition' | World news | The Observer - Rights groups claim that top-level talks were part of bid to redact link to Diego Garcia from report - to keep its role in the CIA's torture and interrogation programme out of what is expected to be a damning Senate report.

Iranian president tweets uncovered head of first woman to win Fields medal | Media | theguardian.com - Hassan Rouhani posts photo congratulating Maryam Mirzakhani and says she makes ‘us Iranians very proud’

Sen. Wyden: Your data’s yours no matter on whose server it lives - The Washington Post - "When I send an e-mail to my wife, or store a document in the cloud so I can review it later, my service provider and I have an agreement that my information will stay private. Neither of us have invited the government to have a peek."

German Intel Spied On Hillary Clinton, John Kerry: Der Spiegel

Court: Silence Can Be Used Against Suspects - ABC News (no, you don't have that right ...)


Missouri governor declares state of emergency and curfew in Ferguson | World news | theguardian.com - Jay Nixon: ‘We must have and maintain peace’ • Curfew will run from midnight to 5am (promises not to use tanks)
Ferguson’s citizen journalists revealed the value of an undeniable video | Dan Gillmor | Comment is free | theguardian.com - Until the police stops treating communities as war zones and people as enemy combatants, keep your phone handy
Ferguson Erupts Again; Tear Gas Fired
Michael Brown Stopped By Ferguson Police Officer Over Walking In Street
Ferguson Police Released Robbery Video Despite DOJ Concerns
Michael Brown shooting: Missouri governor ‘thunderstruck’ by images of riot police in Ferguson - Americas - World - The Independent - The Governor of Missouri has criticised police in the town of Ferguson for their “over-militarised” response to protests following the death last week of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager fatally shot by a white officer.
After A Traffic Stop, Teen Was 'Almost Another Dead Black Male' : NPR - Alex Landau, who is African-American, was adopted by a white couple as a child and grew up in largely white, middle-class suburbs of Denver.
Mapping the Spread of the Military’s Surplus Gear - NYTimes.com (oh, look what they did: we're fighting a war on terror and drug cartels everywhere in the country)

Cigars, But Not Close :: SteynOnline - The most basic problem is that we will never know for certain what happened. Why? Because the Ferguson cruiser did not have a camera recording the incident. That's simply not credible. "Law" "enforcement" in Ferguson apparently has at its disposal tear gas, riot gear, armored vehicles and machine guns ...but not a dashcam. That's ridiculous. I remember a few years ago when my one-man police department in New Hampshire purchased a camera for its cruiser. It's about as cheap and basic a police expense as there is.

What the Hell Just Happened in Texas, and Why Was Rick Perry Just Indicted? - The Daily Beast
On Rick Perry’s Indictments by Martin Longman | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - In the meantime, Rick Perry’s presidential aspirations just took a major blow.
Governor Rick Perry calls indictment a farce, vows to fight back. (could face 109 yrs in prison)
Rick Perry Indictment Is Unbelievably Ridiculous -- NYMag
Chris Christie Faces Mounting Suits Over Public Records - "The quality of the denials are getting dumber," said lawyer Walter Luers, who specializes in such cases. "They're just kind of making reasons to not give us stuff."


The sad devolution of Discovery Channel - Quartz (sharks!)

Truth We Won’t Admit: Drinking Is Healthy - Pacific Standard: The Science of Society - The real mystery is why an intelligent man receiving the best health care advice money can buy thinks that not drinking makes it less likely he will succumb to coronary artery disease (which also includes strokes and dementia).
Poached Partners Make Unreliable Mates - Pacific Standard: The Science of Society - New research finds relationships that begin when one person coaxes another to leave his or her partner aren’t very stable or satisfactory. (thanks, science)
Poached Partners Make Unreliable Mates: New research finds relationships that begin when one person coaxes another to leave his or her partner aren’t very stable or satisfactory. : science
The Painful Paradox of Coercive Sexuality - Pacific Standard: The Science of Society - “few young men or women reported finding anal sex pleasurable, and both expected anal sex to be painful for women.”
How the Sexes Evolved - Pacific Standard: The Science of Society

Teachers/Counsellors of Reddit - what's the worst case of 'helicopter parenting' you've ever encountered? : AskReddit
Reddit, what's your family's dark secret? [NSFW] : AskReddit


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Ebola outbreak ‘vastly underestimated’, WHO warns | Global development | theguardian.com - Aid agencies ask for global response as WHO admits extraordinary measures needed to contain disease in atmosphere of rampant fear

Ukraine says it has destroyed Russian vehicles that entered territory | World news | theguardian.com - Ukraine claims to have destroyed Russian military vehicles in the country's east, a day after a column was spotted moving across the border.

Maliki and the Futility of Regime Change - NYTimes.com - Eight years ago, the United States worked to install Mr. Maliki as prime minister of Iraq in place of Ibrahim al-Jaafari, who was said to favor fellow Shiites over Sunnis or Kurds in the government
Baghdadi of ISIS Pushes an Islamist Crusade - NYTimes.com - Baghdadi of ISIS Pushes an Islamist Crusade
Retired army general Jay Garner: 'The Iraq that we knew no longer exists' | World news | theguardian.com - Former occupation chief says ‘I think Iraq is now partitioned, and we ought to accept that’ and urges Obama to arm Kurdish forces

Chris Hondros Brooklyn Brewery video: How one photograph changed U.S. military policy. (in your name)

U.S. firm helped the spyware industry build a potent digital weapon for sale overseas - The Washington Post - The report calls that “hacking on easy mode,” in which “compromising a target becomes as simple as waiting for the user to view unencrypted content on the Internet.”
Schrodinger's Cat Video and the Death of Clear-Text

Governor Goodhair Agonistes » Balloon Juice - A grand jury indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Friday for allegedly abusing the powers of his office by carrying out a threat to veto funding for state prosecutors investigating public corruption — making the possible 2016 presidential hopeful his state’s first indicted governor in nearly a century.
Texas' Perry charged with coercion for veto threat (and gratuitous dickatude)

Eschaton: (G)Libertarianism - The thing is that liberals see most self-identified libertarians as being completely full of shit. At best, they're in the "I've got mine screw you" and "freedom for me but not for thee" crowds, at worst they're complete sociopaths.
Trying to Learn From Criticism, Even When It's Misguided or Rude - It's never easy to get past one's own defensiveness. But if you want someone to listen to you, invective is the worst way to go about it.
The Proper Libertarian Position on Child Licenses | MattBruenig | Politics - Folks at Bleeding Heart Libertarians are debating whether to make parents have licenses in order to raise children (I, II) A proper respect for personal liberty demands that parents be allowed to neglect their children, even to the point of death (because Freedom! and Property!)

The Forever Slump - NYTimes.com

Darren Wilson Identified As Officer Who Fatally Shot Michael Brown
'Beyond Outraged' Family Of Michael Brown & Their Attorneys Release Statement
Ferguson crisis: Michael Brown family 'beyond outraged' at police handling of case – live | World news | theguardian.com - Ferguson police chief Thomas Jackson’s statement Friday afternoon that Officer Darren Wilson did not stop Michael Brown in connection with an alleged robbery minutes early seems clearly to contradict an account of the stop earlier Friday by... Ferguson police chief Thomas Jackson.

Ferguson Police's Handling of Michael Brown Shooting Gets Worse | New Republic - Was Johnson lying when he claimed that Wilson approached him and Brown not to question or arrest them for robbery but to tell them to “get the fuck onto the sidewalk”?

Twitter User Appears To Provide Eyewitness Account Of Teen Shooting
Twitter / TheePharoah: I JUST SAW SOMEONE DIE OMFG
Ferguson police nametags: Reportedly haven't been worn.
White supremacy’s latest round: Retracing the real history of Ferguson - Salon.com - The Ferguson nightmare is just another reminder of a world exemplified by slavery, Jim Crow and "stop and frisk"
The Day Ferguson Cops Were Caught in a Bloody Lie - The Daily Beast - The officers got the wrong man, but charged him anyway—with getting his blood on their uniforms. How the Ferguson PD ran the town where Michael Brown was gunned down. (pathological liars)
'The Onion' Comments On Ferguson Tragedy With Striking 'Unarmed Teen' Cover
Mike Allen Has Some Fact-Free Smarm-Thoughts For Wesley Lowery

Hullabaloo - The fact is that civil liberties are rarely a priority in either political party. The libertarians in America tend to gather in the GOP while the civil libertarians like me tend to vote Democratic. We're a minority either way, but the civil libertarian liberals outnumber the libertarians substantially.

Who Should Resist Arrest? - NYTimes.com - By Jesse Wegman (400,000 arrests/yr in NYC)
Mall Cop Reportedly Pepper-Sprays Black Man, Ignores Racist Heckler At Pro-Palestine Protest - Westlake security pepper spray & arrest innocent bystander after he's harassed by pro Israel supporter during protest

Officials: Loudoun deputy shot daughter he thought was intruder; teen in hospital - The Washington Post - “At that particular point, he discharges his firearm and strikes the person in the torso area,” Lang said. “Then he hears her voice and recognizes that it’s his daughter.” (always shoot what you can't see!)

14 Notes Calling Out Neighbors On Their Loud Sex - CollegeHumor Post (especially #14)

Why I want my articles removed from Thought Catalog - Salon.com - “all thinking is relevant” (except the irrelevant and stupid)
A plea to Thought Catalog to remove Gavin McInnes’ transphobic essay from its site - Salon.com

Market Basket transcripts: They sound like scenes from The Godfather.

JustOneMinute: Salt - The Science Was Settled! (salt wars)

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Embattled Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki to step aside | World news | theguardian.com - Maliki says he has accepted the candidacy of Haider al-Abadi, nominated by the president to form a government
US to supply more weapons to Lebanese military over Isis threat | World news | theguardian.com - US ambassador said deliveries come in response to request from armed forces who face growing threat from Isis

Israel Hayom | Israel-US ties hit new low as White House halts missile shipment - White House reportedly puts military assistance to Israel under close scrutiny after learning that Israeli requests for munitions were approved in military-to-military channels. (the Pentagon was shipping missiles to Israel without telling anyone because their are owned by Israel) )
Hamas talks of 'real chance' for Gaza agreement with Israel | World news | theguardian.com - As truce is extended, negotiator says Hamas doesn't want more death but will only sign deal that meets Palestinian demands

Russian military vehicles enter Ukraine as aid convoy stops short of border | World news | The Guardian - Armoured personnel carriers and support vehicles cross the border, while the 280-truck convoy comes to a halt separately - incontrovertible evidence of what Ukraine has long claimed – that Russian troops are active inside its borders.

Tiffany Mitchell On Witnessing Michael Brown Shooting: Police 'Showed No Kind Of Remorse' - Mitchell clarified she heard a shot after she saw Brown trying to pull away from the cop, and said even after Brown turned to face the cop and put his hands in the air, "the cop continued to come up on him and shoot him until he fell down to the ground." She said she counted "more than about five or six shots." (execution by psycho racist cop)
Another witness to Brown shooting comes forward; video shows graphic scene | KMOV.com St. Louis

Jay Nixon: Missouri Highway Patrol Will Take Over Supervision Of Security In Ferguson
Rep. John Lewis On Ferguson: 'Declare Martial Law'
Ferguson crisis: Missouri governor says police will present 'softer front' – live | World news | theguardian.com - County police rotated out after sharp criticism of tactics
Ferguson is an occupation in plain sight and words aren't enough to change that | Roxane Gay | Comment is free | theguardian.com - Obama called for peace and calm. But we are beyond peace and calm. Silence is not an option
Congressman wants to stop transfer of weapons to police | KTRS | St Louis News and Talk Radio | - A Democratic congressman is introducing a bill to curb a Defense Department program that provides machine guns and other surplus military equipment for free to local law enforcement agencies across the country.

Missouri Guv: Officer Who Shot Teen Should Be Named As Soon As Possible
Ferguson's Police Got Free Military Gear Straight From The Pentagon

The Militarization of U.S. Police: Finally Dragged Into the Light by the Horrors of Ferguson - The Intercept - By Glenn Greenwald
Rand Paul: We Must Demilitarize the Police | TIME
Police in Ferguson: Military weapons threaten protesters. - It’s dangerous and wrong to treat Ferguson, Missouri, as a war zone.
Twitter / JeffSharlet: Today. Requires no comment. ... - MT @GovJayNixon: Touring the new Joplin High
Ferguson - Lawyers, Guns & Money : I assume most of you are following what is going on in Ferguson, Missouri tonight, with the heavily armed police (thanks to excess military materiel from Iraq and Afghanistan) violating the civil rights of both reporters and citizens and generally using the Constitution as toilet paper.
Ferguson Police Use Tear Gas On Al Jazeera America Team
Ferguson Protests Met With Heavy Police Response, 2 Reporters And Alderman Arrested - "They essentially acted as a military force. It was incredible," Reilly said.
Ferguson Police Are a Small Army, and So Are Thousands of Other Police Departments - ABC News
Is this how a dystopia starts? | The Verge - Ferguson, Missouri, is a stark reminder of the risks of the increasing militarization of American police

You have a right to record the police | The Verge
After Ferguson, police should be wearing on-body cameras | The Verge - Civil rights attorney and others suggest more transparency is key to avoiding another tragedy

How Police Are Keeping Journalists From Doing Their Jobs in Ferguson - NationalJournal.com
Ferguson Police Chief: If You Get Tear-Gassed, It's Your Own Fault
Obama On Ferguson: 'No Excuse For Police To Use Excessive Force'
MrDominus7 comments on "Weapons of war have no place on our streets" - Barack Obama (Picture from St.Louis, MO)
In Ferguson, the blurred line between law enforcement and combat | MSNBC - According to the American Civil Liberties Union, the Department of Defense has transferred $4.3 billion in military equipment to local and state police through the 1033 program, first enacted in 1996 at the height of the so-called War on Drugs. ("drugs" = "blacks")
Sheriff’s probe in-custody death - News - VVdailypress.com - Victorville, CA - Deputy tased Daily Press employee multiple times (riding a bicycle while black)
In Ferguson, Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery gives account of his arrest - The Washington Post - He was illegally instructed to stop taking video of officers. Then he followed officers’ instructions to leave a McDonald’s — and after contradictory instructions on how to exit, he was slammed against a soda machine and then handcuffed. That behavior was wholly unwarranted and an assault on the freedom of the press to cover the news. The physical risk to Wesley himself is obvious and outrageous.
Joe Scarborough- Still an Asshole » Balloon Juice - Wesley Lowery is quickly becoming my favorite reporter. Here he is responding to Joe Scarborouogh, who earlier chided Lowery for not being more compliant with the cops as they illegally detained him for sitting in a McDonalds:
Even before Michael Brown’s slaying in Ferguson, racial questions hung over police - The Washington Post

HuffPost Reporter: I Was Arrested By Guys Who 'Like Playing Dress Up'
Politico's Media Reporter Says Arrested Journalists 'Aren't Heroes' - Politico's media reporter Dylan Byers
NR ‘Days Since Last Racist Rant’ Sign Back to 0 -- NYMag
The disparaging stranger: Kevin Williamson visits East Saint Louis (Dave Weigel: is racism ever gone from the libertarian mindset? as pundits show their true colors)

The South’s Lesson for the Tea Party - NYTimes.com - The movement’s success, with its dangerous froth of anti-Washington posturing and barely concealed racial animus, raises an important question for Southern voters: Will they remember their history well enough to reject the siren song of nativism and populism that has won over the region so often before?
Pro-Confederate group protests ‘Ole Miss’ rebranding efforts, urge secession (proving it wouldn't have worked anyway)


In most states, marijuana is a bargain compared to beer (The Washington Post) | Marijuana Monitor

New Revelations in the Salaita Affair; Two New Statements of Refusal | Corey Robin (oh look, UIUC lied, a lot, because AIPAC was pulling their strings for academic Freedom!)

Robin Williams' wife reveals actor was in early stages of Parkinson's disease | Film | theguardian.com - Susan Schneider says Williams was sober at time of his death on Monday and that he was not ready to disclose diagnosis

Scientists think they've discovered an entirely new mode of plant communication | The Verge - And parasitic species might be using it for espionage


Slack is killing email | The Verge (everything has killed email)

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Heavy rain causes flash flooding in northern US - video | World | The Guardian

Nigeria fears fourth Ebola frontline after infected man lands in Lagos | World news | The Guardian - Officials in Africa's most populous city are scrambling to avoid mistakes that have helped fuel biggest Ebola epidemic in history

US troops land on Iraq's Mt Sinjar to plan for Yazidi evacuation | World news | theguardian.com - US marines and special forces to assess options for rescue of 30,000 refugees stranded on mountain by militant group Isis
ISIS Commander: Fighters Abducted Over 100 Yazidi Women, Children
The power struggle in Baghdad and Nouri al-Maliki's fight for survival | World news | theguardian.com - Though his ruling coalition has fractured and Iran and the US support his new rival, Haider al-Abadi, the sitting prime minister is angling to retain power
Cops Order ISIL Flag Removed from New Jersey Home | Washington Free Beacon - Police in Garwood, New Jersey, confirmed that a militant flag associated with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) was removed from the front of a local home after hundreds of online activists expressed fear and revulsion.

Hamas, Israel To Extend Truce: Palestinian Official
Israeli Media Blaming Kerry Reflects the Tortured Logic That Started the War in the First Place | Bernard Avishai
Hillary Clinton Twists Herself In Knots To Avoid Blaming Israel For UN Bombing (neo-con Hillary)
HRC & “DDSS” by Ed Kilgore | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly

UN: Ukraine Crisis Death Toll Has Doubled In The Past Two Weeks

Edward Snowden: The Untold Story | Threat Level | WIRED | James Bamford
Call Me Ed: A Day With Edward Snowden | Magazine | WIRED - Platon said. “I hope I get to see you back at home, in the US.” Snowden looked straight at him as he threw his backpack over his shoulder and said, “You probably won't.” With that, he closed the door and was gone.
Wired's Edward Snowden Cover Shows Him Holding The American Flag
Snowden casts doubt on NSA investigation into security disclosures | World news | theguardian.com - NSA whistleblower says he left detectable digital traces of his removal of documents which the agency did not pick up on - He also alleged that a 2012 incident that took Syria’s internet offline was the fault of the NSA.
Glenn Greenwald Criticizes NPR for Relying on CIA-Linked Firm in Report on Impact of Snowden Leaks | Democracy Now! (never trust NPR on nat sec)

How Libertarians Snookered The Times Magazine -- NYMag

On Immigration, G.O.P. Starts to Embrace Tea Party - NYTimes.com


Cool Robin Williams Story, Maureen Dowd | Wonkette (Hillary +full list of D Senators who voted for Iraq War +Modo's thought process is ... interesting)
After This Strained Comparison, Ms. Dowd Was Put on the 60-Day DL - Lawyers, Guns & Money
Roger Ailes: 1-900-SOT-MODO - Great minds think Dowd is a dishonest hack.
Two Ways of Looking at the Hillary Clinton Interview - The Atlantic - Whichever way you see it, the presumptive Democratic nominee has shown us something significant. - That impression is a faux-respectful but pointed dismissal of Obama's achievements and underlying thought-patterns. It's a picture of the president approximating that of a Maureen Dowd column.

Childhood Lead Exposure Causes a Lot More Than Just a Rise in Violent Crime | Mother Jones - But she also finds something else: a strong link between lead and teen pregnancy. (how corporate America created a crime wave for more profit! +stupidity)

Twitter / YourAnonNews: SWAT police just entered a ... - cDonald's in #Ferguson and started asking journalists for ID
Twitter / YourAnonNews: Journalists being arrested ... - in #Ferguson. This aggression will not stand, man RT @jonswaine: Just saw two reporters in ferguson cuffed
Twitter / YourAnonNews: Moments ago, in #Ferguson RT ... - @BmoreConetta: State senator Maria Chapelle Nadal taken into police custody
Twitter / Anon_GovWatchCA: No-Fly Zone over #Ferguson ... - MO bans News Copters from Reporting on Protests - anyone gotta drone?

Ferguson, Missouri Protest Of Michael Brown Death Swarmed By SWAT Team
Witness To Michael Brown's Shooting Opens Up: He Was 'Shot Like An Animal' - Ferguson police have yet to speak with witness Dorian Johnson, Michael Brown's friend who was with him at the time of the shooting, however NBC News interviewed the 22-year-old about the events leading up to Brown's death.
What in the Hell is Wrong with this Country? » Balloon Juice - The cop pulled up, told them to get the fuck on the sidewalk, they said something to the effect of they were almost to their destination, cop backed the truck up, asked “what did you say?” and reached through the driver side window and pulled Brown in, Brown tried to get away, cop pulled his gun and shot once from the car, then hunted down and executed him. And I bet the forensics will demonstrate the distances from which Brown was shot, which is why they have not released the autopsy report.
Police Militarization In Ferguson - Business Insider - On Saturday, a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown, an unarmed black man. In the days that have followed, the town with a population of about 21,000 has seen massive protests in response to the shooting, as some witnesses said Brown had his hands up when he was killed.
Livestream of Ferguson Protests » Balloon Juice - There are rumors that reporters Ryan J. Reilly and Wesley Lowery have been detained by the Police. (cops assault and arrest HuffPo reporter)

America Is Not For Black People - If officers are soldiers, it follows that the neighborhoods they patrol are battlefields. And if they're working battlefields, it follows that the population is the enemy. And because of correlations, rooted in historical injustice, between crime and income and income and race, the enemy population will consist largely of people of color, and especially of black men.
Second Police-Involved Shooting Reported In Ferguson, Missouri
LAPD Suggests Mentally Disturbed Man They Killed Was In A Gang, Maybe

Pay up or pay time: Alabama’s private probation industry | Al Jazeera America - Alabamians who can't pay a fine may end up in a vicious cycle of fees and even jail time – and someone's profiting

GOP Candidate: I Had An Affair Two Weeks Ago, Am Quitting My Campaign (oh, isn't her ammo clip necklace just so cute!)

Diabetes Rate Soars, Especially Among Blacks And Hispanics

Anti-Gay Crusader Jonathan Saenz's Ex-Wife Left Him For A Woman - Court documents reveal the wife of an anti-gay extremist left him for a woman months before he became the head of an anti-gay Texas group. (sore loser)
Gilbert Gottfried Reads Fifty Shades of Grey - YouTube

What Gawker Media Is Doing About Our Rape Gif Problem
Trolling And The Confessional Essay « The Dish - Alyssa Rosenberg looks at the implications of Jezebel’s troll crisis:

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Americans Don't Care about Climate Change - Lawyers, Guns & Money

US likely to arm Iraq's new government with weapons to fight Isis | World news | theguardian.com - Obama administration is ‘looking to accelerate’ shipments in the post-Maliki government as Iraqi ambassador seeks ‘drastic actions’ (Obama considers dropping Hillary on ISIS)
Australian Boy, 7, Poses For Photo With Severed Head In Syria (Graphic Image)

Ukraine: Russia Has Massed 45,000 Troops On Joint Border
Russian Humanitarian Convoy Will Not Be Allowed Across Border, Ukrainian Official Says - A Russian convoy carrying food, water and other aid set off on Tuesday for eastern Ukraine, where government forces are closing in on pro-Russian rebels, but Kiev said it would not allow the vehicles to cross onto its territory.

Gaza: hopes rise of end to war as Hamas 'optimistic' of deal with Israel | World news | The Guardian - Smaller Palestinian groups also confident peace agreement can be reached in Cairo talks before ceasefire ends on Wednesday
Israel: Gaza War Talks See Little Progress
Israel’s new lawyer: Hillary Clinton - Opinion Israel News | Haaretz - She sees the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through Bibi’s eyes, which could be the reason she gets so much wrong. (Hillary's true neo-con colors)
David Axelrod swipes at Hillary Clinton over Iraq - Maggie Haberman - POLITICO.com - “Just to clarify: ‘Don’t do stupid stuff’ means stuff like occupying Iraq in the first place, which was a tragically bad decision,” - the former secretary of state also allied herself tightly with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and called Obama’s decision to not assist Syrian rebels early on a “failure.”
Unity Trip - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Andrew Cuomo, fleeing scandal that is torpedoing his presidential ambitions (world’s smallest violin playing) decides to visit Israel in a show of support of that nation’s racist indiscriminate killing of civilians of Gaza as it seeks to double down on its apartheid policies. Jerks of the World, Unite!
Cuomo Campaign Volunteers Staged Mysterious Protests - Business Insider - Protesters who have been hounding longshot New York gubernatorial candidate Zephyr Teachout at her events have been working with the campaign of her rival in the Democratic primary, incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo (what.a.dick. and a lot in common with Christie-fuck)

Tea Party’s horrifying cousin: Here comes “constitutional conservatism” - Salon.com - The sad club of dupes known as the Tea Party is not the real problem. This scary ideological undercurrent might be
What Digby Said by Ed Kilgore | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - “The line between theocrats and libertarian Republicans is very, very faint.”
Hullabaloo - Pand(er)with Rand - Why do you think they've bastardized the concept of "Religious Liberty" to mean the right to inflict your religion on others? (Liberty! for non-women)

Obama Immigration Policy Critics Have an Irrational Fear of Precedent | New Republic - Sometime between the end of last week and the beginning of this one, the worm turned against a handful of conservatives—the New York Times’ Ross Douthat, most prominently—who had launched a pre-emptive effort to characterize as “lawless” a deportation policy that President Barack Obama hasn’t even drafted yet.

Eschaton: Extraction - Atlantic City is failing because they had 40 years to take all of that money they were vacuuming up and use it to create a nice place and they didn't. (Christie-fucks money-hole)
Eschaton: Nice Work - Never screw up, always screw down... A former Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor and his son agreed to plead guilty to charges stemming from a scheme to lure investors to their hedge fund with false promises about investment strategies, according to federal prosecutors.

Margaret Sullivan - Public Editor's Journal Blog - NYTimes.com - There aren’t too many worse things you can suggest about an author than that his or her work is plagiarized.

Booman Tribune ~ A Progressive Community - Both Florida and Texas will lose out on over 65 billion dollars of federal funding over the next decade. They will do this, mainly, to prevent their poorest citizens who are disproportionately black and Latino from getting access to health care. They will see many of their hospitals close, they'll miss out on the creation of tens of thousands of jobs, and they'll lose out on a lot of tax revenue. For what purpose?
How We Imprison the Poor For Crimes That Haven't Happened Yet - "Evidence-based sentencing" describes the use of data-driven "risk assessments" in the sentencing phase of criminal trials. (bizspeak meets copspeak)

Michael Brown shooting: 'They killed another young black man in America' | World news | The Guardian - African American teenager's killing by police puts Missouri city on edge after another night of protests
Lawyer: Police Haven't Talked To Michael Brown Shooting Witness
Eyewitness to Michael Brown shooting recounts his friend's death | MSNBC - Johnson says he feared for his life as he watched the officer squeezing off shot after shot. (the guy the cops aren't interested in talking to)
Some Pictures Say a Lot - We can only infer so much from photographs. There's clearly been looting and an element of crowd violence in Ferguson, Missouri. But there are quite a few photos and videos of heavily armed and armored police facing clearly unarmed civilians who often have their hands in the air to show they are not armed. (the result of the copification of America)
Ferguson Police Department Will Not Release Name Of Officer Involved In Michael Brown Shooting
It’s Like They Want a Riot » Balloon Juice - NWA had it right. I guess when these neanderthals get their toys, they want to use them, and use them they did. Can the feds just take over the entire Ferguson police department?
John Crawford III's Family Seeks Video Of Fatal Shooting At Wal-Mart - "We don't believe a Wal-Mart customer should be holding a BB gun they sell and get killed."

Hint for Sarah Palin: don’t include Elizabeth Warren in your videos - The contrast is agonizing. Palin tries to dismiss Warren’s comment about supporting fast food workers by claiming liberals think fast food is “of the devil”. (whoah, that's painful)

Corporate Bullshit Generator

BuzzFeed valued at more than three times the Washington Post | Media | The Guardian - Viral internet site set up by Jonah Peretti in 2006 now employs 550 staff in New York, London, Sydney, Paris and elsewhere
Over 4,000 BuzzFeed Posts Have Completely Disappeared - Permanently erasing thousands of specious, staff-written posts. (remember when they used to steal everything?)
Gawker Media Staffers Are Still Ambivalent About Kinja ("ambivalent" = "hate it")


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The Empiricist Strikes Back - NYTimes.com - If climate change doesn’t scare you, and our failure to act doesn’t inspire despair, you’re not paying attention. And the great sin of the climate deniers is their role in delaying action, quite possibly until it’s too late.
Conservatives Distort Climate Scientist, Say Global Warming on Hiatus | New Republic - The Right-Wing Press' New Climate Change Lie

PM Maliki Refuses To Be Replaced As Power Struggle Erupts In Iraq
Nouri al-Maliki set to be replaced as Iraq's prime minister | World news | theguardian.com - Coalition of Shia parties nominate Haider al-Abadi to form new government, a move likely to deepen Iraq's political turmoil
US denies role in plot to oust Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki | World news | theguardian.com - American officials say US is merely supporting constitutional process in offering full backing in selection of new prime minister
US to directly arm Kurdish peshmerga forces in bid to thwart Isis offensive | World news | The Guardian - Weaponry, said to be light arms and ammunition, to be brokered though CIA who are better positioned to supply militia

Gaza homes 'uninhabitable' as tens of thousands come back to rubble | World news | The Guardian - United Nations says the level of destruction is 'unprecedented' as 30,000 people in Beit Hanoun alone need rehousing
Hamas said to have executed dozens of tunnel diggers | The Times of Israel - Any excavator who was suspected of collaborating with Israel was killed, Israeli website reports

More Than a Dozen Pulitzer Winners Call on the Justice Dept to End its Pursuit of James Risen | Freedom of the Press Foundation

DEA improperly paid $854,460 for passenger lists - The Drug Enforcement Administration paid an Amtrak secretary $854,460 over nearly 20 years to obtain confidential information about train passengers, which the DEA could have lawfully obtained for free through a law enforcement network

Obama vow to speed deportation of children at odds with public opinion | Reuters - President Barack Obama's pledge to fast-track the deportation of migrant children from Central America is out of step with the opinion of a majority of Americans, who say the children should be allowed to stay in the United States, at least for a while (Deporter in Chief playing to his base)


Cuomo’s Slow-Mo Disaster - Jeff Smith - politico Magazine - The New York governor is in deeper legal trouble than he realizes.

“Democrat” and “Republican” As Racial Code Words in the Deep South by Ed Kilgore | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - the raw exercise of power by southern Republicans is creating a governing environment where African-Americans are as locked out of any political influence as thoroughly as they were in the Jim Crow era.

Vandalism, Looting After Vigil For Black Teen Killed By Police - Brown "was giving up in the sense of raising his arms and being subdued," Walker told The Associated Press on Monday. The officer "had his gun raised and started shooting the individual in the chest multiple times." The officer then "stood over him and shot him" after the victim fell wounded.
St Louis protesters demand murder charges for police officer who shot teen dead | World news | theguardian.com - Largely peaceful protests in suburb of Ferguson took place after riots that followed death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown

Mom sues after cops tased her 8-year-old - CNN.com - "Four trained police officers surrounding a 70-pound, 8-year-old Indian girl," should have used less risky tactics, Hanna said.
Chief: Police killed California robbery hostage - that police in the city of Stockton fired the 10 bullets that struck Misty Holt-Singh, 41, and all her wounds likely came during a final burst of gunfire,

The New York Times Company - Maureen Dowd Joins The New York Times Magazine as Staff Writer - She Will Continue to Write Sunday Opinion Column

No, You Can't Just Pull Your Kids Out of School to Wait for the Rapture - A Texas court ruled last week that a pair of Christian homeschooling parents who stopped teaching their nine kids because they believed the Rapture was imminent (and everyone knows that the best thing about heaven is NOBODY QUIZZES YOU ABOUT THE BATTLE OF HASTINGS) are not, in fact, allowed to just do that.

We Have a Rape Gif Problem and Gawker Media Won't Do Anything About It

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The carbon tax: why a bipartisan idea is still held up - Ideas - The Boston Globe
Everything Changes, Part II by D.R. Tucker | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - The Boston Globe notes that despite its obvious economic and moral merits, there are certain individuals who haven’t—yet?—embraced the idea of putting a price on carbon through a revenue-neutral carbon tax or, more precisely, a rebated carbon fee:

Obama on the World - NYTimes.com - President Obama Talks to Thomas L. Friedman About Iraq, Putin and Israel

Video: Helicopter carrying aid reaches Yazidis stranded on Mount Sinjar - The Washington Post
Islamic State Killed 500 Yazidis, Buried Some Victims Alive
US air strikes hit Isis again as efforts intensify to evacuate Yazidi refugees | World news | theguardian.com - Five more air raids in Iraq destroy vehicles and artillery • Kurds say they have retaken two towns from Islamists
This is what could happen if the Islamic State destroys the Mosul Dam - The Washington Post - “If the dam fails, scientists say, Mosul could be completely flooded within hours and a 15-foot wall of water could crash into Baghdad,”
Shock and Awe - A massive defeat on ISIL could decimate their professional spearhead of veterans and break the image of invincibility. Just one drone and a Special Forces forward control team with a B-1 bomber package with could do that with ease.
How tough really are the Peshmerga? | Editorial | Saudi Gazette

Troops surround Baghdad ‘Green Zone’ as embattled Prime Minister Maliki appears to cling to power | News.com.au
Iraq Special Forces Of Maliki Deployed In Baghdad
Iraq PM to sue president, security forces deploy across Baghdad - The West Australian
Omar Al-Nidawi | How Maliki Lost Iraq | Foreign Affairs | Foreign Affairs - The Slow Motion Collapse of a Sectarian Truce

China’s far west: A Chechnya in the making | The Economist - An iron fist in Xinjiang is fuelling an insurrection. China’s leadership must switch tactics - > THE Uighurs have never been particularly comfortable in China. Xinjiang, the region where these Turkic Muslims once formed the vast majority, came unwillingly into the Chinese empire

Israel and Hamas agree Egyptian proposal for 72-hour Gaza ceasefire | World news | The Guardian - Ceasefire to due to begin at midnight welcomed by people in Gaza, but experts fear long war ahead with sporadic truces

The CIA isn’t reporting any data to federal transparency site - The Washington Post (opaque is not transparent)

The Nixon Memorial - The New Yorker
Watergate and How the Presidency Really Works - Bloomberg View - Don’t be fooled by those who consider Watergate a minor matter. It contained major and minor crimes, and proved the president absolutely unfit for office.
The Weird Minutes Before Nixon’s Resignation - The New Yorker - “Have a Merry Christmas, fellas!”

Clinton Knocks Obama's 'Don't Do Stupid Stuff' Foreign Policy Approach (perfectly willing to do stupid stuff)
Barack Obama rebukes Syrian ‘fantasy’ - Nick Gass - POLITICO.com - In Syria, Obama said the idea that arming rebels would have made a difference has “always been a fantasy.” (see, Hillary was a "hard-liner" who wanted to arm the "good" rebels)
Lindsey Graham: If Obama Doesn't Go On Offense, Terrorists Are 'Coming Here' (they will invade South Carolina in the Toyotas)
Obama's 'lid' theory of conflict in Iraq | WashingtonExaminer.com - "Our military is so effective that we can keep a lid on problems wherever we are, if we put enough personnel and resources into it," Obama told reporters Saturday morning.
Democrats Share the Blame for Tragedy of Iraq War - As a result, support for the resolution authorizing the Iraq War is not something that can simply be forgotten. There is no reason to be any more forgiving of Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, or Harry Reid than we are of George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, or Condoleezza Rice.

In Surprising Defeat, Hawaii Governor Loses Primary - NYTimes.com - After nearly four decades in elected office in Hawaii, Gov. Neil Abercrombie was dealt a stunning defeat

Ron Paul’s no Nirvana, and this isn’t the “Libertarian Moment” - Salon.com - Does disgust with Republicans and Democrats automatically mean Libertarians are the next hot thing? Oh God no
Libertarian Fantasies - NYTimes.com - But there’s what I would consider an even bigger problem: when it comes to substance, libertarians are living in a fantasy world. Often that’s quite literally true: Paul Ryan thinks that we’re living in an Ayn Rand novel.
The Pragmatic Libertarian Case for a Basic Income Doesn't Add Up | Next New Deal


Anger, confrontation after fatal shooting of teen by Ferguson police officer : News - She then said she saw the teen, hands in the air, attempt to flee. Several shots hit Brown as he ran, Crenshaw said. She complied with a request that she give photos of the scene to authorities.
Missouri Rages After Police Shooting of Unarmed Black Teenager Michael Brown | The Daily Banter
Two men sought in fatal shooting of Orthodox rabbi in Northeast Miami-Dade - Miami-Dade - MiamiHerald.com - A 60-year-old Orthodox rabbi from Brooklyn on his way to a Northeast Miami-Dade synagogue was gunned down Saturday morning during a likely random robbery attempt, according to Miami-Dade police and local Jewish community leaders.

Southeast could become an overdeveloped ‘megalopolis’ in the next half century - The Washington Post - Giant urban sprawl could pave over thousands of acres of forest and agriculture, connecting Raleigh to Atlanta by 2060 ("Urban" = "Suburban")

Colorado teen birthrate drops 40% - CNN.com - Colorado's Family Planning Initiative provided funding for 68 family clinics across the state to offer around 30,000 intrauterine devices and implants to young women at low or no cost.
PLOS ONE: Modifications to the Aesop's Fable Paradigm Change New Caledonian Crow Performances - Rook, Eurasian jay, and New Caledonian crow performances are similar to those of children under seven years of age when solving this task

Yes, Steven Salaita Was Fired, And No, It's Not Defensible - Lawyers, Guns & Money (for this tweet: "Zionists: transforming ‘anti-Semitism’ from something horrible into something honorable since 1948.")


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Everything Changes by D.R. Tucker | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - The most anticipated book of the fall is undoubtedly Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate, in part because Klein apparently calls out certain environmental organizations for playing pattycake with the fossil-fuel industry instead of taking a firm, principled stand against carbon pollution.

Ebola crisis: Guinea closes borders with Sierra Leone and Liberia | Society | theguardian.com - Authorities said the decision was taken primarily to prevent infected people crossing into Guinea, where hundreds have died of Ebola virus disease

US and Germany threaten Russia with 'additional consequences' over Ukraine | World news | theguardian.com - Moscow told it must not intervene without Kiev’s permission • Obama talks to Merkel on busy day for diplomacy

Israeli Violations of U.N. Security Council Resolutions
Hamas threatens major escalation in rocket strikes on Israel | World news | The Observer - Officials in Gaza say fighting will continue unless demands for lifting of blockade and prisoner release are met

Twitter / antifa_jlm: In defiance with govt silencing ... - attempts, hundreds currently protesting in Tel Aviv against the Gaza massacre
Twitter / YourAnonNews: Largest protest in #SouthAfrica ... - since fall of apartheid. 200,000 in #solidarity with #Gaza (meanwhile, in the rest of the world)
Twitter / YourAnonNews: .@IDFSpokesperson Are you getting ... - it yet? The people of this world are not at all happy with you.


Preventing a Slaughter in Iraq - NYTimes.com
Obama pledges long-term campaign to fight Iraq's spreading jihadist crisis | World news | The Observer - US president admits there is no 'quick fix', as minorities flee Isis onslaught in northern Iraq and British aircraft join relief efforts
David Miliband: the Iraq war and its aftermath contributed to current crisis | Politics | theguardian.com - Former foreign secretary accepts responsibility for leaving many people in the UK unwilling to support other military interventions ... contrast with those offered by Tony Blair, his political mentor, who has strongly rejected claims that the 2003 US-UK invasion is to blame for the terrorism gripping Iraq. (the Poodle is proud of his killings and destruction)
Getting Dragged Back Into Iraq | The American Conservative
Iraq Arms Kurds Against ISIS
Islamic State militants tell 300 Yazidi families: convert or die | Reuters

Obama: U.S. Airstrikes, Aid In Iraq Continues With No Set 'Timetable'
Eschaton: War Is The Answer - WaPo says that after we finish destroying all of the American weapons we need to supply more weapons - "The primary aim should not be to minimize U.S. involvement — as Mr. Obama would have it — but to defeat the forces that are destroying the region." (neocon WaPo wants more war)
The chilling irony of the first US strikes on Iraq - Quartz - To put it bluntly: It appears that the US is destroying artillery the US paid for, after it was abandoned to its enemies by troops the US paid to train
Why ISIL is worse than al-Qaeda—and any other terrorist group that came before - Quartz - Simply put, ISIL is an unholy combination of al-Qaeda, the Khmer Rouge, and the Nazis.
Thousands Of Iraqi Yazidis Flee To Syria After Kurds Open Safe Passage
Women Stoned To Death In Syria For Adultery

Daylight Video by D.R. Tucker | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - I’ll say this about Nixon: he was wrong, crooked, and vile in a great many ways—but on his worst day, he was better than George W. Bush.



Fools at the Fire - NYTimes.com - With this kind of loss comes blame. It’s President Obama’s fault. Why? Because everything is his fault in the inland West, where ignorance rides the airwaves of talk radio. Amid the conservative cant, a great irony: People who hate government most are the loudest voices demanding government action to save their homes.

Multi-Year Observations Prove Cosmic Dust, Building Block Of Planets, Are From Supernovas | Neomatica

Louisiana hospital unwittingly supplied execution drug to prison | World news | theguardian.com - Corrections department did not reveal drug’s intended use • ‘Had we known we never would have done it’

Tennessee Supreme Court Justices Survive GOP Attempt To Kick Them Out

Americans Say No To Guns For Blind People - only 23 percent of Americans said it should be legal for the blind to own guns at all, while 51 percent said it should be illegal (next: blind driving)

The War Photo No One Would Publish - The Atlantic - Let me say up front that I don’t like the press,” one Air Force officer declared, starting a January 1991 press briefing on a blunt note ... (hence) ... “It was one picture after another of a sunset with camels and a tank.” (how the miliary and TV sold the first Iraq war with no casualties)

Witnesses upset over Antioch arrest, police confiscating cellphone videos | abc7news.com

Papers, Please! - NYTimes.com - The irony of the domestic passport system was that, although it had been established as part of the effort to defend the slaveholders’ republic, it quickly evolved into an early harbinger of the old order’s impending doom

Amway Journalism | The Baffler - The grand poobah of the journopreneurship society is “hyperglocal thinkfluencer” Jeff Jarvis, who in the mid-aughts parlayed his popular, Iraq war-boosting blog into a professorship at the City University of New York graduate school of journalism.

NYC District Attorney Seriously Subpoenas Parody Bike Twitter Account - We have Barack Obama's birth certificate hidden in a pannier. (because they don't understand humor)

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Four new Ebola cases in Nigeria, all related to American who brought virus there - The Washington Post

Iraqi Official: Hundreds Of Yazidi Women Held Captive By Islamic State (child brides of Allah)
US forces bomb Isis militant positions in northern Iraq | World news | The Guardian - Air strikes target frontlines around Kurdish capital of Irbil • Deployment of US combat troops on ground ruled out
Never Can Say Goodbye - Esquire - With which long-term moral debt of the extended Bush family would you like to discuss first? The one that Junior locked the country into by kicking over the hornet's nest in order to drain the swamp, or the one Poppy ran up by selling the Kurds down the river in 1991? ... "This is murderous religious fanaticism run amok, and the modern mind occasionally fails to grasp what that's all about, since it seems to the modern mind to be a relic of distant times."
Wolfowitz: We 'won' the Iraq War | TheHill
ISIS: 'We Will Raise The Flag Of Allah In The White House' | The Daily Caller
The Islamic State (Part 1) | VICE News
Israel's atrocities in Gaza prompt unprecedented political fallout

Gaza conflict: talks continue in Cairo as rockets fly in both directions | World news | The Guardian - Five Palestinians have been killed since the 72-hour ceasefire ended on Friday morning
Palestinians returning home find Israeli troops left faeces and venomous graffiti | World news | The Guardian - Ahmed Owedat also found soldiers had thrown his TVs, fridge, and computers from upstairs windows and slashed furniture
The Contemporary Condition: Diasporic Politics Boomerang (how young American Jews are captured by Zionist nationalism)

Malaysia Airlines shares suspended as state buyout is announced | Business | theguardian.com - Beleaguered company to be taken fully into state hands for restructuring in wake of MH370 and MH17 disasters
China Will Install More Solar This Year Than The U.S. Ever Has | ThinkProgress

Spy court orders release of phone surveillance opinion | TheHill - The government needs to release a partially declassified opinion from the federal court overseeing surveillance activities about its bulk collection of phone records, the court said.
Leaked Docs Show Spyware Used to Snoop on U.S. Computers - ProPublica - Software created by the controversial U.K. based Gamma Group International was used to spy on computers that appear to be located in the United States.
Numbers Tell the Story of Our Government's Watchlisting Binge | American Civil Liberties Union
Anonymous Emailing Service Leak Shuts Down | TechCrunch

The Lie Behind 1.2 Billion Stolen Passwords

Inequality Is a Drag - NYTimes.com
The Big, Long, 30-Year Conservative Lie - The Daily Beast - Inequality, conservatives insist, is natural. Trying to combat it will slow growth. Well, guess who now says otherwise? Standard and Poor’s. (St Ronnie's big lie)

Morning Plum: As GOP lurches right on immigration, sane Republicans watch in horror - The Washington Post (fueling the hated)

Hullabaloo - What can we do about these right wing scam artists? One activist has an idea.
Wingnut scams the troops: How Tea Party quack uses fake charities to get rich - Salon.com - Meet Sal Russo, the man accused of running a faux veterans charity and Tea Party PAC -- to shadily pocket millions
Exclusive: ‘Pro-Troop’ Charity Pays Off Tea Party Cronies Instead - The Daily Beast - Move America Forward has collected millions to send care packages to U.S. troops. But its assets have been used to benefit conservative political consulting firms close to its Tea Party founder.
How the Tea Party became as corrupt as the Beltway it loathes - The Week - The Tea Party movement started in opposition to Washington's self-dealing. But the sad irony is that they have become mirror images.
alicublog: Fake It Till You Make It. - There are plenty of yuks -- in both the vaudeville and the visceral sense --in the NYT Magazine story, "Has the ‘Libertarian Moment’ Finally Arrived?
No, America Is Not Turning Libertarian -- NYMag

Human exodus may have reached China 100,000 years ago - life - 08 August 2014 - New Scientist - OUR direct ancestors may have found their way out of Africa much earlier than we think. As new fossil remains emerge from China and south-east Asia, the traditional story of how we left Africa is being challenged. (130,000BCE early exodus from Africa)

Judge strikes down Techtopus wage theft settlement | PandoDaily - As we’ve reported earlier, this is the first case experts know of in which antitrust law was used to successfully certify a class action wage theft lawsuit. (Apple and Google are evil)
Judge orders rape victim to hand over access to Facebook page | World news | theguardian.com - Defence compares allowing access to undergoing eye exam • NJ judge will review postings for hints sex was consensual
Are there any cool hidden pages on well-known sites you can't get to via hyperlink? : AskReddit (konami codes)
What's a question there is no answer to? : AskReddit

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If We Release a Small Fraction of Arctic Carbon, 'We're Fucked': Climatologist | Motherboard - This week, scientists made a disturbing discovery in the Arctic Ocean: They saw "vast methane plumes escaping from the seafloor" (Republicans have already killed the planet)
Meet The Methane - Esquire
Fresh Focus on Siberian Permafrost as Hole Count Rises - NYTimes.com

Hawaiians prepared but not panicked as Hurricane Iselle approaches | World news | theguardian.com - Approach of Iselle and trailing Julio has disrupted some tourism and travel, and led to the closure of some schools
Against Earlier Predictions, Hurricane Iselle Isn't Slowing Down - Hawaii has been directly hit by hurricanes only three times since 1950

White House Must Decide Who Will Be Named in the CIA ‘Torture Report’ - The Daily Beast - The CIA and the Senate can’t agree on how to mask the identities of those who helped the U.S. in its secret detention. Whose identities will Obama protect? (all the evildoers)
The CIA is getting away with keeping every important secret about torture | Trevor Timm | Comment is free | theguardian.com - A definitive Senate report about one of America’s darkest periods continues to be withheld – precisely because the agency behind it refuses to come clean
NYT Will Use The Word Torture, Finally - The New York Times announced on Thursday that it will use the word torture to describe the United States' controversial interrogation tactics on terror suspects.

Campaign Mounts to Declassify 9/11 Report’s References to Alleged Saudi Involvement | VICE News - Nearly 13 years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the extent of Saudi involvement in the deaths of almost 3,000 people remains unclear — but according to members of Congress and the families of victims, information about this has been suppressed ever since the publication of a 2002 congressional investigation into the plot. (the camel in the room)

Airstrikes on ISIS Militants Have Begun, Kurds and Iraqis Say - NYTimes.com
IRBIL, Iraq: Jets, explosions reported near Islamic State lines as Kurds beg for U.S. help | Iraq | McClatchy DC
Iraq’s Religious Minorities are Being Slaughtered and ISIS Just Captured the Last Town Giving Them Shelter - The Daily Beast - ISIS just captured the Iraqi town of Sinjar in the first major defeat of Kurdish forces. Religious groups that had taken refuge there are in imminent danger of being massacred. (mission accomplished)
US considers air strikes and air drops to help Iraqis trapped on mountain by Isis | World news | theguardian.com - Move comes as Iraq's largest Christian city was abandoned as jihadist militants advance through country's north-west
Rebels Capture Iraq’s Largest Dam - NYTimes.com
Mosul Dam: Why Control of a Terrifying Dam in Iraq Is Life or Death for Half Million People - ABC News - The question of control is a critical one for the millions of Iraqis who live downstream of the Mosul Dam all the way down the Tigris to Baghdad, because if the dam was taken over, ISIS would be in control of what effectively could be a major weapon of mass destruction – one that the U.S. military said in 2006 was, without the help of brutal jihadists, already “the most dangerous dam in the world.”
The Islamic State’s bloody campaign to exterminate minorities: ‘Even Genghis Khan didn’t do this’ - The Washington Post

Hamas says Israel must lift blockade to stop Gaza war restarting as talks flag | World news | theguardian.com - Reopening Rafah crossing most likely area for agreement in Cairo talks as Hamas rejects Israeli demand to disarm
Obsessive Gaza coverage is fanning antisemitism | Eylon Aslan-Levy | Comment is free | theguardian.com (here's a propaganda piece that really did go over very well with the commenters: "Criticising the killing of over 400 children is considered anti- semitism then truly the world has gone mad")

Russia Extends Ban On Food Products From U.S., Europe, Canada And Australia Over Ukraine Sanctions

Argentina files legal action against the US at The Hague over debt default | World news | The Guardian - Argentina asks the international court of justice to act over an alleged breach of its sovereignty after hedge funds dispute

Edward Snowden given permission to stay in Russia for three more years | World news | The Guardian - NSA whistleblower's lawyer tells Russian news agency Snowden has been granted three-year residency after year's asylum ran out
WASHINGTON: Since its founding, the CIA rarely has met a secret it doesn’t like | National Security & Defense | McClatchy DC
The Line Between FBI Stings and Entrapment Has Not Blurred, It's Gone | VICE News
Leaked Files: German Spy Company Helped Bahrain Hack Arab Spring Protesters - The Intercept

Fewer Americans seek unemployment benefits on heels of strong jobs report | Business | theguardian.com - Weekly applications for unemployment aid drop to bring average to the lowest level since before recession began

Va. GOP official resigns after controversial Facebook post - The Washington Post - A Virginia GOP official who posted a message on his Facebook page that questioned whether Muslim Americans have made positive contributions to U.S. society has resigned.
Local Kansas GOP official: ‘Offending Muslims is the duty of any civilized person. Especially with a .45.’ | The Kansas City Star

What do Americans say should happen to child border crossers? - CBS News

War Against Whites? I Think Not - NYTimes.com

The Plagiarism Dead-Enders - Perhaps the strangest part of the New York Times' story on Rick Perlstein's "plagiarism" accusers was the reference to a review that had yet to be published.
On what academic planet does a 14 page paper merit John Walsh an M.A.? - The Washington Post (it was just the tip of the iceberg)
No. (what's wrong with the NYT in one sentence)

Tennessee Drug Tests Welfare Applicants, Discovers Less Than One Percent Use Drugs | ThinkProgress

Featured news - Link between vitamin D and dementia risk confirmed - University of Exeter - Vitamin D deficiency is associated with a substantially increased risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease in older people, according to the most robust study of its kind ever conducted.

Mom Calls Cops After Discovering Son, 15, Was Watching Porn On Living Room TV | The Smoking Gun - The report does not indicate what the teen was doing in his room.

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Climate scientist drops the F-bomb after startling Arctic discovery - Salon.com - If even a small fraction of Arctic sea floor carbon is released to the atmosphere, we're f'd.
Oil refinery threatened by sea-level rise, asks government to fix problem | Grist - An oil refinery in Delaware is asking taxpayers to pay for protecting it from rising sea levels. The refinery is on the waterfront, and rising tides and extreme storms could threaten it.
Did I ever tell you how much I despise Ronald Reagan? - Then…fucking Ronald fucking Reagan fucking fucked everything up. Trees cause pollution. Regulation is bad for the economy. And every Republican since has followed the same script, right up to “drill baby drill”. Even the Democrats are getting in the act. And the end result is that everything is turning to shit again.

Ebola outbreak: nurse who treated first victim in Nigeria dies | World news | theguardian.com - Nurse and five other people now battling the virus had helped care for Liberian-American Patrick Sawyer, who died from Ebola
Ebola in west Africa: the outbreak country by country | Society | theguardian.com - The outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus currently sweeping through parts of west Africa has so far killed an estimated 673 people. As of 23 July there had been a total of 1,202 confirmed, probable or suspected infections

MH17: Dutch prime minister calls halt to search for victims | World news | theguardian.com - Mark Rutte praised the effort of the recovery mission but said that it was too dangerous to continue at this time
Hagel: Growing Threat Of Russia Invading Ukraine
ISIS, the Yazidis, Kurdistan, and the Threat of Massacres in Iraq
40,000 Iraqis stranded on mountain as Isis jihadists threaten death | World news | theguardian.com - Members of minority Yazidi sect face slaughter if they go down and dehydration if they stay, while 130,000 fled to Kurdish north
Govt bans support, endorsement of ISIL | The Jakarta Post
Indian teenager cuts man's penis off after he attempts to rape her - Asia - World - The Independent - An Indian teenager took a knife to a so-called tantric who allegedly tried to rape her for a second time and cut off his penis.

Gaza ceasefire enters second day as delegations prepare for Cairo talks | World news | theguardian.com - Israeli and Palestinian representatives set for tough talks aimed at securing permanent ceasefire after 72-hour truce ends
After the genocide: What’s next for Gaza and the hope for Middle East peace? - Salon.com - Nearly 2,000 are dead and a cease-fire brings little peace of mind. But there may be glimmers of hope after tragedy (hard to see this as anything but a complete disaster for Netanfuckyu and Israel)
Millennials are over Israel: A new generation, outraged over Gaza, rejects Washington’s reflexive support - Salon.com - Angered by the immoral and inhumane assault on Gaza, Gen Y is shaking up the conventional view of Mideast politics
Israel has broken my heart: I’m a rabbi in mourning for a Judaism being murdered by Israel - Salon.com - I've always been proud of Israel, but the brutal Gaza assault requires Jews worldwide to be honest, not nationalist (can American Jews break with Likud?)

@Congressedits nabs Wikipedia change calling Snowden “American traitor” | Ars Technica - Brouhaha comes as "Right to be Forgotten" promises to delete Wikipedia pages in Europe.
As Evidence Mounts, It's Getting Harder to Defend Edward Snowden | Steptoe Cyberblog (Stewart Baker, NSA propagandist)
How Al-Qaeda Uses Encryption Post-Snowden (Part 2)

Top gov't spyware company hacked; Gamma's FinFisher leaked | ZDNet - The maker of secretive FinFisher spyware -- sold exclusively to governments and police agencies -- has been hacked, revealing its clients, prices and its effectiveness across an unbelievable span of apps, operating systems and more.
Anonymous Says It Hacked the US Government Personnel Database Before China | Motherboard

Aaron's Law Is Doomed Leaving US Hacking Law 'Broken' - Forbes - A bill named after the late internet activist Aaron Swartz that was supposed to update much-criticized US hacking law is almost certain to be left to wither in Congress (or, "blocked by Republicans" like everything else)

Justin Amash’s absolutely amazing victory speech - The Washington Post

Beyond the border | World | The Guardian - Texas has become the deadliest state in the US for undocumented immigrants.

Gay marriage fights from four US states set for federal court hearing | World news | theguardian.com - Large demonstrations expected outside historic session on gay marriage in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee

Why I Want Elisabeth Warren in the Senate for the Next Hundred Years » Balloon Juice
A New Report Argues Inequality Is Causing Slower Growth. Here’s Why It Matters. - NYTimes.com

In States Where It's Wanted, Obamacare Is Working Well

White House Weighs Actions to Deter Overseas Tax Flight - NYTimes.com

Since marijuana legalization, highway fatalities in Colorado are at near-historic lows - The Washington Post (potheads stay home and eat fritos)

Democrats’ White Working Class Problem Not Just a “Southern Thing” (it's the stupidity problem)
Democrats' White Working Class Problem Isn't Just in the South | New Republic
Battles and Wars in the GOP by Ed Kilgore | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly
To pick staff, Scalise turns to lobbyist - Anna Palmer and Jake Sherman - POLITICO.com - House Majority Whip Steve Scalise got some help interviewing potential new hires for his press shop from an unlikely source: a federal lobbyist.
Here's Some Stupid For Lunch - Esquire - We're going to have to open the big function room at the cafe on the day when we have everyone over to say bon voyage to Dinesh D'Souza, when he begins his long-scheduled journey Up the River. (grifters)
63 Texas Republicans Sign Court Brief Saying Marriage Equality Could Lead To Legal Incest, Pedophilia
Former Top NYT Editor Calls Paper's Drug Testing Policy 'Increasingly Difficult To Defend' - Former NYT Executive Editor Bill Keller said the company's internal pot policy "proves that reports of the death of irony are much exaggerated."

Scientists introduce new cosmic connectivity: Quantum pigeonhole paradox -- ScienceDaily - One of the most exotic aspects of nature is quantum non-locality which was first discovered more than four decades ago. It is referred to as "the most profound discovery of science." a new kind of quantum connectivity between particles which transcends these limitations. This connectivity is happening all the time on a much bigger, cosmic scale. the present is not only affected by the past but it is also affected by the future.
Paradoxical pigeons are the latest quantum conundrum - physicsworld.com - "You can put an infinite number of pigeons in two boxes, and no two pigeons will be in the same box

Aspirin a day could dramatically cut cancer risk, says biggest study yet | Science | The Guardian - Daily pill for middle-aged could save 130,000 lives over 20 years in Britain alone, scientists suggest ...
Could aspirin be the simple and effective way to beat deadly diseases? | Health | Life & Style | Daily Express - OLDER people can fight dementia and cancer with a daily dose of the humble aspirin, scientists say.
Aspirin for heart attack: Chew or swallow? - By all three measurements, chewed aspirin worked fastest

Bold Obama Stand Shakes Up Net Neutrality Debate - And I personally -- the position of my administration, as well as I think a lot of companies here is you don’t want to start getting a differentiation in how accessible the Internet is to various users."
Obama on net neutrality: My administration is against Internet fast lanes : technology (reddit is not impressed; Obama is extremely unpopular)

The Internet Is Losing Its Shit Over Moms Losing Their Shit at Skate Parks | Motherboard - The nascent community is a spinoff of r/publicfreakouts— which you should go to immediately, if you're looking for a real K-hole plunge into the entitlement and downright assholery of a huge swatch of the sub/urban human condition—and is already a telling case study on authority and the diffusion of responsibility in public spaces, like skate parks.

“Memory holes” blanket Wikipedia as links disappear in search results | Ars Technica - "In doing so, the European court abandoned its responsibility to protect one of the most important and universal rights: the right to seek, receive, and impart information,"
Artist uses DMCA to remove criticism of his impossibly shaped female characters | Ars Technica - Randy Queen has apologized and says he will no longer attack critics of his work. You can read about it here.
Whitehats recover, release keys to CryptoLocker ransomware | Ars Technica
REPORT: Russian Hackers Stole 1.2 Billion Internet Credentials - “Hackers did not just target U.S. companies, they targeted any website they could get, ranging from Fortune 500 companies to very small websites. And most of these sites are still vulnerable,”

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Top senator rejects CIA torture report redactions ahead of public release | World news | theguardian.com - Senate intelligence committee chair Dianne Feinstein threatens to delay release in an attempt to reverse deletion of ‘key facts’ - an attempt to reverse redactions that “eliminate or obscure key facts that support the report’s findings and conclusions”. (Obama in the WH basement with his magic marker could give a shit about your so-called "right to know")

Soldiers deployed in Sierra Leone and Liberia to contain Ebola outbreak | World news | The Guardian - Troops set up roadblocks to ensure that only health personnel can move in and out of the hardest-hit communities
Bangladesh Ferry Sinking Kills At Least 125
Ukraine's revolution dream stalling due to war in the east and political stasis | World news | The Guardian - President Yanukovych is long gone, but war-weariness and a sense of politics as usual are fostering whispers of a 'new Maidan'

Afghan soldier kills US general in attack on military academy outside Kabul | World news | theguardian.com - Attack at British-run facility wounds 15 and claims life of US major general, highest-ranking American casualty of 13-year war

Relief among Israelis as troops pull out of Gaza – but no sense of victory | World news | theguardian.com - Israelis living near the Gazan border are uncertain whether the four-week war will bring security and stability, let alone peace
Israel: We caught kidnapper behind murder of the 3 teens | Jewish Telegraphic Agency - A West Bank man said to be the leader of the terrorist cell that kidnapped and killed three Israeli teenagers in June was arrested ... A gag order on reporting the arrest, which took place more than three weeks ago, was lifted Tuesday evening, according to Israeli media. (oh, that means ...)
Lady Warsi resigns over UK’s ‘morally reprehensible’ stance on Gaza | Politics | The Guardian - Foreign Office minister announces on Twitter that she is standing down because she can no longer support government policy
Professor Ilan Pappé: Israel Has Chosen to be a "Racist Apartheid State" with U.S. Support | Democracy Now! - Israeli professor and historian Ilan Pappé. "I think Israel in 2014 made a decision that it prefers to be a racist apartheid state and not a democracy," Pappé says. "It still hopes that the United States will license this decision and provide it with the immunity to continue, with the necessary implication of such a policy vis-à-vis the Palestinians wherever they are
Part 2: Weapons Expert Theodore Postol Asks, Is Israel’s Iron Dome Really an Iron Sieve? | Democracy Now! - He estimates the Iron Dome, which is partially built by Raytheon, intercepts just 5 percent of rockets fired at Israel. (but Star Wars! and military contractors!)
Terrorism in the Israeli Attack on Gaza - The Intercept
Ari Kohen's Blog — When Genocide is Permissible | Yochanan Gordon - Let’s say you’re a nice Jewish boy and you’re thinking about writing a post for your Times of Israel blog in which you argue in favor of committing genocide. Let’s say you actually go so far as to title your post “When Genocide is Permissible” and you write this paragraph:
What's different this time? - Lawyers, Guns & Money : I’m intrigued by the number of pundits who previously professed strong support for Likud’s policies are experience a crisis of faith this time around. (Prominent examples: Linker, Sullivan, Chait, Klein.) (the instatwitterfacenets)

New leaker disclosing US secrets, government concludes - CNN.com - there's a new leaker exposing national security documents in the aftermath of surveillance disclosures by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, U.S. officials tell CNN.
Spy Agency Stole Scoop From Media Outlet And Handed It To The AP - The government, it turned out, had "spoiled the scoop," an informally forbidden practice in the world of journalism. To spoil a scoop, the subject of a story, when asked for comment, tips off a different, typically friendlier outlet in the hopes of diminishing the attention the first outlet would have received. (watch how they rewrite the truth)
Barack Obama's Secret Terrorist-Tracking System, by the Numbers - The InterceptThe Intercept - By Jeremy Scahill and Ryan Devereaux
US terrorism database has doubled in size since near-miss attack in 2009 | World news | theguardian.com - Number of names on ‘Tide’ database has grown from 550,000 to 1.1m in years since failed Christmas Day bombing - "The government does not need evidence that links someone to terrorism in order for the person to be included in the database." (terrorists are winning)


Arkansas, Kentucky Report Sharpest Drops in Uninsured Rate - Medicaid expansion, state exchanges linked to faster reduction in uninsured rate

The Noisy, Quixotic, Delusional Tea Partiers of August - The Atlantic - Republican insurgents have caused lots of trouble but won few victories this year. But GOP incumbents aren't out of danger yet.

Sliming Rick Perlstein - NYTimes.com - OK, this is grotesque. Rick Perlstein has a new book, continuing his awesomely informative history of the rise of movement conservatism — and he’s facing completely spurious charges of plagiarism.
Ratfcking For Fun And Profit - Esquire - Big ups to Dr. K, for his stalwart defense of Rick Perlstein, whose latest book is under pre-emptive assault by various members of the Reagan Undead (NYT: "two sides")
George Packer on Rick Perlstein’s “The Invisible Bridge” - Rick Perlstein chronicles the fall of the American consensus and the rise of the right.
Craig Shirley, Rick Perlstein: Read the letters at the center of the new Reagan book "plagiarism" controversy.

Rick Perry’s deadly “charm”: May have executed innocent man … but dopey press loves his new glasses! - Salon.com - The evidence keeps building that Texas covered up its execution of an innocent man. Oh well! Isn't he dreamy?
Police Commissioner attacks City Paper article and reporters :: Blogs :: The Naked City :: Philadelphia City Paper

Exclusive: ‘Pro-Troop’ Charity Pays Off Tea Party Cronies Instead - The Daily Beast - Move America Forward has collected millions to send care packages to U.S. troops. But its assets have been used to benefit conservative political consulting firms close to its Tea Party founder.

Her Throne Defunct, a Princess Fights Eviction From Her Manhattan Walk-Up - NYTimes.com - her new landlord, Avi Dishi, paid a visit to the 1,600-square-foot apartment that October. (breeding shows)

Rosetta spacecraft set to rendezvous with rubber-duck comet | Science | The Guardian - European probe due to catch up with oddly-shaped comet 67P/CG on Wednesday and prepare to make history by going into orbit around it

Rules for the Marijuana Market - NYTimes.com

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WASHINGTON: Obama officials, Senate intelligence panel spar over deletions from torture report | National Security & Defense | McClatchy DC (President "Torture Coverup" ensuring his legacy)
Senate Republicans to issue minority report on CIA 'torture' techniques | World news | theguardian.com - Saxby Chambliss: ‘information gleaned took down Bin Laden’ • Majority to allege techniques were unnecessary and unhelpful (the torture caucus repeating Cheney's lies)

Questions of Weapons and Warnings in Past Barrage on a Gaza Shelter - NYTimes.com - An examination of an Israeli barrage that put a line of at least 10 shells through a United Nations school sheltering displaced Palestinians here last week suggests that Israeli troops paid little heed to warnings to safeguard such sites and may have unleashed weapons inappropriate for urban areas despite rising alarm over civilian deaths.
UN chief Ban Ki-moon condemns shelling of Gaza school as 'criminal act' - Middle East Israel News | Haaretz - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon demands those responsible for the 'gross violation of international humanitarian law' be held accountable. (Netanyahu to the Hague!)
State Department Condemns 'Disgraceful' Shelling Of U.N. School In Gaza
Israel calls partial truce amid outrage at third strike on UN school | World news | The Guardian (read the comments: Israel seems to have completely lost the PR war)
Twitter / YourAnonNews: Understanding genocide can ... - be hard, but these colorful charts about the monstrosity happening in #Gaza might help pic.twitter.com/yzCezc9QnE
Twitter / wikileaks: US docs show the secret birth ... - of Hamas; how #Israel let #Hamas grow while cracking down on the secular #PLO https://wikileaks.org/plusd/cables/88JERUSALEM3168_a.html#efmA8dA9H … #gaza
Moshe Feiglin calls for concentration camps in Gaza and 'conquest of Gaza Strip' | Mail Online
Glenn Greenwald: U.S. Media Coverage Of Israel-Gaza Conflict Gets An 'F'

Russia holds huge military exercises near Ukraine border | World news | theguardian.com - War games begin as Ukrainian army advances on rebel-held Donetsk and Kiev accuses Russia of cross-border artillery fire
Obama Dismisses Russia: It 'Doesn't Make Anything' - President Barack Obama dismissed Russia as a nation that "doesn't make anything" and said in an interview with the Economist magazine that the West needs to be "pretty firm" with China as Beijing pushes to expand its role in the world economy ... Russia is the world's third-largest oil producer and second-largest natural gas producer. (that was McCain's line: just a giant gas station)
To Evade Russians, Plane Crossed Into Sweden - NYTimes.com - In an encounter reminiscent of the Cold War, an American reconnaissance plane crossed into Swedish airspace last month as it sought to avoid being intercepted by Russian fighters, American military officials said on Sunday.
USAID programme used young Latin Americans to incite Cuba rebellion | World news | theguardian.com - HIV workshop was ‘perfect excuse’ for political goals • Revelations follow failure of ‘Cuban Twitter' effort (to "foment rebellion" - Obama blunder program screwed up health care again)
WikiLeaks reveals Australian gagging order over political bribery allegations | Media | The Guardian - Superinjunction reported to have been issued on 19 June to block reporting of claims involving international politicians

The Fourth Branch | Tom Engelhardt (spies)
'Torture report' delayed in redaction fight | TheHill (Obama still hiding big pieces of the truth)

Mayor Collins: 'Our water is safe' - Toledo Blade - Residents were told to flush their water systems if they had not used water since Saturday. Directions on how to flush homes and businesses would be put on the city‘?s Web site.
A toxic algae scare has left 500,000 people in Ohio without drinking water - Vox - That phosphorus can come from fertilizer runoff from farms and lawns as well as from livestock pens or malfunctioning septic systems. A bout of strong sunshine this summer also appears to have helped the algae bloom grow.

The Presidency and the Press | Rolling Stone (origin of "Don't do stupid shit.")

Alabama GOP congressman tells Laura Ingraham: Democrats are waging ‘war on whites’

The Prosecutor and the Snitch | The Marshall Project - Did Texas execute an innocent man? (yes, and they knew it)
A Reminder: Texas Murdered An Almost Certainly Innocent Man - Lawyers, Guns & Money


Charting culture - YouTube - This animation distils hundreds of years of culture into just five minutes. A team of historians and scientists wanted to map cultural mobility, so they tracked the births and deaths of notable individuals like David, King of Israel, and Leonardo da Vinci, from 600 BC to the present day.




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State of emergency in California as wildfires spread from Oregon | World news | theguardian.com - Governor Jerry Brown declare state of emergency Lightning, high temperatures and drought increase threat
Lightning at Venice Beach? California faces really weird – and deadly – weather — The Daily Climate - Doorstep logoSouthern California's coast rarely sees lightning storms, because the weather is so stable. Could drought be destabilizing things?

Earthquake kills hundreds of people in south-west China | World news | The Guardian - At least 1,400 injured and 180 missing after thousands of homes collapse in 6.1\-magnitude quake in Yunnan province

Condition of Ebola-infected US doctor has improved, says CDC director | Society | theguardian.com - it was encouraging to see Dr Kent Brantly walk out of an ambulance unassisted when he arrived at Atlanta’s Emory University hospital from Liberia on Saturday. (Trump asks for him to be deported)

IDF to complete destruction of Hamas tunnels by Sunday; Troops begin withdrawal | JPost | Israel News
Strike Near UN School In Gaza Leaves 10 Dead
State Department Condemns 'Disgraceful' Shelling Of U.N. School In Gaza
Why Americans See Israel the Way They Do - NYTimes.com
Hiding War Crimes Behind a Question | Consortiumnews - Doesn’t Israel have a right to defend itself?
Oz: 'Lose-lose situation for Israel' | World | DW.DE | 30.07.2014 - Israel's ground offensive against Gaza is excessive, Israeli writer Amos Oz tells DW. But he also criticizes Hamas' strategy, in which both Israeli and Palestinian victims boost the organization's standing in Gaza.
Twitter / GracchusX: Grosse manifestation de soutien ... - aux Palestiniens devant la Maison Blanche.
Twitter / DrBasselAbuward: This pic made me CRY No place ... - for him in morgues so they put him the ice cream refrigerator
Twitter / Op_Israel: @YourAnonNews Israel lost the ... - social media war. #GazaUnderAttack #IsraelUnderFire
Twitter / DrBasselAbuward: UN spokesperson: We need 30 ... - years to rebuild #Gaza.
Twitter / YourAnonNews: We have it on good authority ... - that "I killed 13 Palestinian kids in a day": Israeli sniper is in permanent hiding:
IDF Sniper Admits On Instagram To Murdering 13 Gaza Children
Gaza Strip: Did Israel Defence Forces Soldier David Ovadia Really 'Kill 13 Children?' - Sparking outcry, Ovadia is alleged to have written: "I killed 13 children today and you are next f*****g Muslims go to hell b*****s." (but IBT says it's "fake")
Israeli soldiers pose for photos while abusing Palestinian child | The Electronic Intifada

Ukrainian army closes in on Donetsk as rebel fighters call on Russia for help | World news | theguardian.com - Advances by Ukrainian army lead to intense fighting as separatists renew calls for Moscow to send troops (more troops)
Libya violence escalates with 22 killed in battle for Tripoli airport | World news | theguardian.com - Royal Navy reported to be preparing evacuation of Britons as heavily armed rebels shell ‘civilian targets’

Israel spied on John Kerry during failed peace talks – report | World news | theguardian.com - Der Spiegel says Israelis eavesdropped on phone calls State Department offers no comment (oh, the ironies)
Israel Intelligence Eavesdropped on Phone Calls By John Kerry - spiegel online

Liz Cheney Calls Obama A 'Disgrace' For Discussing Post-9/11 Torture (team torture fires back)

Sovereign Citizens Now Considered Top Terrorist Threat In United States | Crooks and Liars - Forget Islamic extremists! A consortium of law enforcement agencies ranks sovereign citizens as the highest national security threat.

Toledo state of emergency leads to stores emptied of bottled water | World news | theguardian.com - Long lines at distribution centres in Ohio’s fourth-largest city • 400,000 affected after toxins discovered in water supply - after Ohio’s fourth-largest city told residents not to drink from its water supply that was fouled by toxins possibly from algae on Lake Erie.
Toledo water test results are improving but region still has a long way, mayor says. - Toledo Blade

The middle class is 20 percent poorer than it was in 1984 - The Washington Post - Nostalgia is just about the only thing the middle class can still afford. That's because median wealth is about 20 percent lower today, in inflation-adjusted dollars, than it was in 1984. Yes, that's three lost decades. (Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush, Obama)

Hullabaloo - This is why we need a fighter, not a conciliator, in the White House - Republicans can basically do anything they want and never get blamed for it. Most voters don't even know who's in control of Congress anyway. When something goes wrong, all they know is (a) something went wrong, and (b) Barack Obama is the president and he should have done something about it.

After Border Bill Passage, Conservatives Crow About New House Leadership | TIME - The new House Republican leadership woos the party of 'Hell No'
Today in Republican Minority Outreach - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Steve King threatens that if Obama delays deporting undocumented immigrants, Republicans will impeach him.
Honduras - Lawyers, Guns & Money : When Republicans want to send children back to Central America, this is the horror they want to send them back to. (GOP face of evil)
The Honduran Coup And US Involvement | Global Research (we supported the oligarchy in their overthrow of democracy as usual and it's not our responsbility the country went to hell)

Arizona inmate Joseph Wood was injected 15 times with execution drugs | World news | theguardian.com - Convicted murderer took nearly two hours to die • Executioners used experimental drug combination (very cruel and unusual)

Scientists discover why some thrive on less sleep than others - Yahoo News - The gene in question is called BHLHE41 and the variant is called p.Tyr362His for identification purposes, and individuals with the variant slept just five hours per night on average.

Please Allow Myself to Introduce… Myself » Balloon Juice (John Cole in detox and recovery)

The Abortion Ministry of Dr. Willie Parker - Esquire - In Mississippi, there is only one clinic where a woman can go if she needs an abortion. The state is trying to close it down. At that clinic, there is a doctor who tends to the needs of these women, and he has to fly in from out of state to do it. There is no shutting him down.

Pro-marijuana company Leafly takes out full-page New York Times ad | World news | theguardian.com - Ad follows Grey Lady editorial for federal legalisation Leafly chief operating officer cites ‘tipping point’

Twitter / rebeccaonion: Handy quiz for wives, from ... - Ladies' Home Journal (May 1957, Patriarchy)
KlausFenrir comments on Wife is away from home and has her husband on the phone. In the background, she heard "What can I do for you, sir?" He then hung up. Wife immediately assumes he is with a hooker and literally rallies the neighbourhood to knock on her door to check on him.

Ex-Facebook President Sean Parker Donating Millions to Anti-Gay, Far Right Candidates | Breitbart Unmasked (technodudebro superrichguy is afraid of his inner gay)

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Superstitions Are Helping Ebola Spread -- Science of Us - In the West African nations in the midst of the outbreak, shame and magical thinking may be hindering some people from getting the care they need
5 things to know about Ebola outbreak in W. Africa
Trump Goes On Ebola Rant: The Plague Will Spread Inside Our Borders! - "People that go to far away places to help out are great," Trump wrote in one tweet, "but must suffer the consequences!" (by dying not here)

Nathan Thrall · Hamas’s Chances · LRB 21 August 2014 - This solution would of course have been available to Israel, the US, Egypt and the PA in the weeks and months before the war began, before so many lives were shattered. (v good history)

Netanyahu Tells U.S. 'Not To Ever Second Guess Me Again' On Hamas - The Obama administration on Friday condemned "outrageous" violations of an internationally brokered Gaza cease-fire by Palestinian militants and called the apparent abduction of an Israeli soldier a "barbaric" action.
The Heartbreaking Image of a Newborn in Gaza -- NYMag
Gaza Strip: 'Palestinian Genocide is Permissible' Claims Israeli Writer
Chinese Hackers Did Not Steal Israel's Iron Dome Blueprints Claims Former Israeli Intelligence Officer

It’s Not Easy to Hold the CIA Accountable by Martin Longman | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - Shortly before he died in July 1988, former CIA officer David Atlee Phillips said that “My final take on the assassination [of JFK] is there was a conspiracy, likely including American intelligence officers.” (the deselected fact of Obama's total capture by the CIA: danger to him personally, not "sanctimoniousness" (!) about torture because no one would ever be sanctimonious about torture: Obama is going around his own bend)

Obama admits CIA 'tortured some folks' but stands by Brennan over spying | World news | theguardian.com - Obama has not apologised for torture. He's rationalised it and refused to punish it. His attitude is basically 'stuff happens but let's move on'.
Barack Obama: ‘We Tortured Some Folks’ -- NYMag - We brutalized some dudes. We put some of y’all in stress positions
CIA Torture Was Unnecessary, Senate Report To Conclude (but America is a bunch of fucking sadists)

News from The Associated Press - TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) -- Toxins possibly from algae on Lake Erie fouled the water supply of the state's fourth-largest city Saturday, forcing officials to issue warnings not to drink the water and the governor to declare a state of emergency as worried residents descended on stores, quickly clearing shelves of bottled water.

Alabama Congressman Mo Brooks: All 500,000 DREAMers, '8 Million' Undocumented Immigrants Should Be Deported

Everything Reminds WSJ Columnist of Hitler -- NYMag - Stripped of any pretense to prescriptive analysis or specific policy goals, Henninger has instead opened a window into the underlying pathology of his worldview. Reading the column is like listening to Dick Cheney mutter in his sleep.

How House Republicans Sabotage Their Presidential Candidates - NationalJournal.com - Friday's immigration vote and others like it are repelling the voters a GOP nominee will need to take the White House.

Proof the GOP’s newfound “libertarianism” is a big ol’ sham - Salon.com - How the Koch brothers and their conservative allies are using the "L" word to disguise their latest schemes

Eric Garner's Chokehold Death Leads To Push For Criminal Charges - "I knew that was the cause because I saw it," he said. "Now somebody should get charged." (killer cops always walk)

Secret founder doesn’t care if teenagers kill themselves, as long as they don’t cause a PR headache | PandoDaily (technodudebrorapeisok and HuffPo is a content-stealer)
SERIOUSLY? Secret’s PR head complains about people writing horrible things without accountability | PandoDaily (which is Secret's reason for being, where was their hypocisy detector?)

How Did Bob Dylan Get So Weird? -- Vulture

Did Lower Testosterone Help Civilize Humanity? | University of Utah News

BadUSB Exploit: Exposes Unpatchable Security Flaw and Hacks USB-Devices Undetected - BadUSB infection alters USB firmware and wreaks havoc on affected systems

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California Is Now Experiencing Its Most Severe Drought Ever Recorded | ThinkProgress
Food Bets Dwindle as El Niño Disappears - MoneyBeat - WSJ

Atlanta's Emory University Hospital to receive patient infected with Ebola | Society | theguardian.com - The patient is expected to arrive ‘within the next several days’, the university said in a statement

Israeli military announce they will bomb al-Shifa hospital in Gaza | Mondoweiss
Gaza crisis: Obama sees 'very hard' path 'to put a ceasefire back together' - live | World news | theguardian.com - President says Israeli soldier ‘needs to be unconditionally released’ Ceasefire crumbles as Israeli army reports soldier ‘suspected’ captured
Israel & Palestine - An Eye for an Eye? | RefractoryRefractory
Times Of Israel Publishes Op-Ed About 'When Genocide Is Permissible', Then Deletes It (American opinion - not Congress - has turned, and AIPAC can't change it back)
On David Frum, The New York Times, and the Non-Faked 'Fake' Gaza Photos - The Atlantic - What they reveal about the three words that are journalists' only source of self-respect

Fighting near site of downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 leaves 14 dead | World news | theguardian.com - Deaths shatter brief lull across war-torn region as international experts head to wreckage of downed plane

Afghanistan to cost more than Marshall Plan, watchdog says - News - Stripes (we could have fixed America)
Syrian city of Homs shows signs of life amid moonscape of devastation | World | The Guardian - Ian Black finds whispers of normality, stability and a few returning residents in ex-rebel bastion laid siege by Assad forces for two years
Uganda anti-gay law declared 'null and void' by constitutional court | World news | The Guardian - Judges strike down legislation on a technicality, but activists say homosexuality remains criminal offence under colonial-era laws

Eschaton: Surprising Nobody - And if they'd do this, what wouldn't they do.
It's About the Lying - The Intercept - By Dan Froomkin (Obama, never fond of the truth, has "full confidence" in Brennan; it's always been about the lying)
Obama Says He Has 'Full Confidence' In CIA Chief John Brennan

Obama: 'We Tortured Some Folks' (why has he been suppressing this report for at least four years? +"some folks" and "some things contrary to our values" are very Bush-like-speak)
Obama: 'We Tortured Some Folks' After 9/11 And We Have To Take Responsibility For It
Obama Says America Tortured, but That's Not Enough - The Atlantic - If the president really believes that, will he take legally required actions to respond to it?
Senator: The White House Should Launch a Criminal Probe of the CIA - The Atlantic - The agency spied on a congressional investigation into the torture of prisoners, then claimed it hadn't.
So What? - Esquire - "We tortured" - And then he expressed full confidence in John Brennan, who was hip-deep in the torture regime, and under whose auspices the CIA hacked into the computers of the Senate committee
Clemency for Torturers, but Not for Edward Snowden - The Atlantic - Why pardoning the whistleblower would be more moral and legal than Team Obama's treatment of Bush-era interrogators

The Primary Authority On Who Was Supposed to Qualify for Obamacare Subsidies by Ed Kilgore | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - No one person or institution was more central to the debate over Obamacare than the CBO.
Balkinization: The CBO Score and the Made-Up Narrative of the Obamacare Subsidies Case
Today Among the Halbig Troofers - Lawyers, Guns & Money : the troofer argument is that a single cherry skin on the ground makes an apple orchard a cherry tree
Suddenly, Obamacare is more unpopular than ever - The Washington Post

Knowledge Isn’t Power - NYTimes.com - One of the best insults I’ve ever read came from Ezra Klein, who now is editor in chief of Vox.com. In 2007, he described Dick Armey, the former House majority leader, as “a stupid person’s idea of what a thoughtful person sounds like.”

Florida Judge Orders Special Session To Adopt New Voting Map

This Is How We Know DACA Didn't Cause The Border Crisis (Republicans lie, apparently)
Messing With DACA Will Not Go Over Well With Latinos by Ed Kilgore | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly
House GOP Aims To Pass Funding For Border Crisis, Then Gut Dreamer Protections

Female supreme court justice defends ruling criticised by women's groups | Law | theguardian.com - Unanimous decision rejected abortion clinic buffer zone • Ruth Bader Ginsburg: decision balanced access and speech
This is the next Hobby Lobby | MSNBC

Eric Garner's Death By Police Chokehold Ruled A Homicide - Police Commissioner William Bratton has said the officer appeared to have placed Garner in a chokehold and has ordered a top-to-bottom redesigning of use-of-force training in the NYPD.

alicublog: Today In MRA Ragewanks. - Shorter Glenn Reynolds: You just don't like #WomenAgainstFeminism cuz you're old and ugly, bitch. " To a certain class of women in the media, it’s always about them, and their various mucous membranes." (women: snotty membranes from hell - is there a theoretical limit to idiocy?)




The wife zone : videos : This is the danger zone. This is your strippers, redheads, women named Tiffany.


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California Drought Reaches A Terrifying Milestone - 58 percent of California is facing “exceptional drought,” the most severe condition on the center’s scale and the worst ever recorded in the state.
Senator Denies Climate Change On Senate Floor And Gets A Science Lesson From His Colleague | ThinkProgress - “I appreciate very much having had the opportunity to hear those words, from what I can only describe as an alternate reality,” Whitehouse began, before getting into detailed specifics rebutting each one of Inhofe’s points. (alternate un-reality)
CNN Anchor Lashes Out At Fox: 'You Willfully Ignorant F**ksticks’ - CNN anchor Bill Weir lashed out at an arm of Fox News on Wednesday after it posted a tweet mocking Al Gore's efforts to combat global warming, calling the writers “willfully ignorant f**ksticks.” (denying reality on all fronts)

Sierra Leone declares emergency as Ebola death toll hits 729 | Reuters
Ebola rages in Africa as west agonises over ethics of vaccine and drug testing | Society | The Guardian - If there are to be vaccines and drugs against Ebola, trials in outbreaks will have to be done

Gaza 'faces precipice' as death toll passes 1,400 | World news | The Guardian - Israeli military losses rise and number of Palestinian deaths now greater than tolls of both previous conflicts (the extermination of the "cockroaches" continues)
Why Don't Palestinians Just Leave Gaza? They Can't. (Jews stole their country)
Gaza: Israel calls up more reservists after rejecting calls for ceasefire | World news | The Guardian - Official says move will allow Israel Defence Forces to expand attacks ‘against Hamas and the other terror organisations’
American media's new pro-Israel bias: the same party line at the wrong time | Chris McGreal | Comment is free | theguardian.com - Evolving conversations on the ground demand probing questions on-air. So why does TV news look like a Netanyahu ad? Here are a few questions you won’t hear asked of the parade of Israeli officials crossing US television screens during the current crisis in Gaza: Binyamin Netanyahu, who as opposition leader in the 1990s was found addressing rallies under a banner reading “Death to Arabs”?
Twitter / amnesty: Deeply cynical for @WhiteHouse ... - to condemn killings of Palestinians while US continues to arm Israeli armed forces to the teeth
Democrats’ Unapologetic Support for Israel Enables Daily War Crimes Against Palestinians | The Dissenter
Air strike about to hit a gray, concrete building of moderate height in Gaza City. : pics
Don't Over-Stupid an Already Stupid Conversation - Lawyers, Guns & Money : And with respect to “But but but Hamas is BAAAD!!”, I agree that this might matter if we were talking about justice. What we’re talking about, however, is the politics and psychology of vengeance.
Author Reza Aslan Defends The Right Of Celebrities To Speak Out About Gaza
David Frum's Apology for His Nutty Theory Links to More Nutty Theories - On the other hand, Frum's celebrity is based on his role as one of the Iraq War's original cheerleaders and as the creator of the "Axis of Evil" meme, so if anybody should fall for bullshit on the internet, it's him.

Nato unprepared for potential threats from Russia, say MPs | World news | The Guardian - Cross-party report issued as group of former Russian and European defence ministers warn of risk of accidental war
Foreign investigators reach MH17 crash site in Ukraine | World news | theguardian.com - Dutch and Australia experts expected to focus initially on retrieving bodies still on site and collecting victims' belongings

Suicide Bomber From U.S. Came Home Before Attack - NYTimes.com - Mr. Abusalha, 22, chose to carry out his attack in Syria rather than in the United States (whut?)

Billionaire Republican Donor Pushes Argentina Into Default
Greek court acquits farmers who shot 28 Bangladeshi strawberry pickers | World news | The Guardian - 'Scandalous' verdict condemned by politicians and anti-racist groups after case that revealed migrant workers' plight

Twitter / RonWyden: .@CIA broke into Senate computer ... - files. Then tried to have Senate staff prosecuted. Absolutely unacceptable in a democracy.
Twitter / ggreenwald: Can't believe that the agency ... - that tortured, kidnapped, rendered, drones wedding parties, & destroys evidence would hack Senate & then lie.
CIA Chief Apologizes To Sens. Feinstein, Chambliss Over Computer Intrusion : The Two-Way : NPR
CIA admits to spying on Senate staffers | World news | theguardian.com - CIA director apologises for improper conduct of agency staff One senator calls on John Brennan to resign in wake of scandal
CIA director John Brennan lied to you, to the Senate and to the world. Fire him | Trevor Timm | Comment is free | theguardian.com - Private apologies are not enough for a defender of torture, the architect of America’s drone program and the most talented liar in Washington. The nation’s top spy needs to go - it now appears Brennan was forced to privately apologize to intelligence committee chairs in a “tense” meeting earlier this week
Former NSA director will file “at least” 9 patents to detect malicious hackers | Ars Technica - Foreign Policy reports some patents will involve “behavioral models” to predict attacks. (on the Constitution?)

The Snowden Effect: Who Ever Could Have Predicted? Cont'd - Esquire - It's a good thing that Edward Snowden is an International Man of Luggage and really bad on TV, and that Glenn Greenwald is unpleasant and not to be invited to dinner in good company, because, if those two things weren't the case, I might think that the all-too-human, but curiously error-prone, heroes of our intelligence community are completely out of control. (the black hole of ridiculousness sucking democracy into the singularity)

Microsoft ordered to produce overseas customer email addresses by US judge | Technology | theguardian.com - Microsoft and others had challenged a criminal search warrant for the emails, in case that drew concern from privacy groups

? Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Nuclear Weapons (HBO) - YouTube - America has over 4,800 nuclear weapons, and we don’t take terrific care of them. It’s terrifying, basically.

House Scraps Vote On Bill To Address Border Crisis

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: 5 Male Justices Have A 'Blind Spot' On Women's Issues (their dicks)

Words Matter - Esquire - . In doing so, the members of the House majority argued that the president had become a tyrant for doing what Republicans wanted him to do in the first place.

Stealth Single Payer - NYTimes.com - on Obamacare in California, and it’s full of remarkably good news.
Kentucky's uninsured rate, before and after Obamacare - Vox (Repubicans want you to fuck off and die)

Eschaton: That's A Bit Of A Problem - But in recent years, L.A.'s elected leaders have been unwilling to hike water rates enough to fix them more rapidly. As it stands, the city-owned Department of Water and Power is on track to replace main water lines only once every 300 years.

Here's Some Stupid For Lunch: isit Mississippi. Where Parody Goes To Die. (critical thinking fail, especially on the part of the stupid voters who elected these idiots, especially in the South)

New York Times Editorial Writer Brent Staples Responds To White House Marijuana Opinion: I'm ‘Not Impressed' - In a blog post response to the editorial Monday, The Office of National Drug Control Policy staff acknowledged the need for criminal justice reform, but remained committed to its official stance on marijuana, saying the drug presents a “cascade of public health problems.” (like crooked cops and prosecutors, so ...)
Six cops charged with robbery, kidnapping, extortion - Between February 2006 and November 2012, it states, they stole more than $500,000 in cash, drugs, and personal property - all while using extreme force, and falsifying police reports to downplay their takes.

Catastrophically Wrong Forecaster Dick Morris Is Reinventing Himself As A Financial Expert | Blog | Media Matters for America - Following Years Of Awful Predictions, Morris Now Giving Investment Advice (grifters ...)

U.S. Attorney Warns Cuomo on Moreland Commission Case - NYTimes.com - Mr. Bharara has threatened to investigate the Cuomo administration for possible obstruction of justice or witness tampering. (Cuomo, crooked)

Congressional Republicans Rail Against Legalization Of Marijuana - Congressional Republicans on Thursday railed against states that have legalized marijuana, citing its connection to auto accidents. (staying home stoned is much more dangerous than driving home drunk)

The Sad Clownhood Of John Boehner - Esquire - There were those of us who thought that when Eric Cantor was defeated in his primary for re-election that he would leave office without ever telling John Boehner the location of the Mason Jar in which Cantor had buried the Speaker's balls ... He passed along the secret of where the Mason Jar is buried. He passed it along to Ted Cruz. (the contradictions are getting closer to a singularity)
This Week In The Laboratories Of Democracy - Esquire - "This blog about homophones was the last straw. Now our school is going to be associated with homosexuality," Woodger allegedly told Torkildson before letting him go ... As everyone in Utah knows, the homophone is what you use to call your decorator. I don't mind life imitating art, but I do mind life imitating old Designing Women episodes. (oh, Utah, you so stupid +homogenized milk)

Anyone Can Master This Genius Way To Cut A Watermelon Into Cubes

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