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The Bloody Origin Of Labor Day - "Workers were mad about their situation," Papke wrote. "They were angry about their limited opportunities and about what they took to be the mean and arbitrary treatment they received from the distant owners of the industries in which they worked." (well, a lot has changed since then)
This Day in Labor History: A Digest - Lawyers, Guns & Money
Worker Solidarity, Eugene Debs and Why Labor Day isn’t International Workers' Day | MyFDL
The True Story Of How One Man Shut Down American Commerce To Avoid Paying His Workers A Fair Wage | ThinkProgress
More Workers Are Claiming ‘Wage Theft’ - NYTimes.com
The 1 percent’s long con: Jim Cramer, the Tea Party’s roots, and Wall Street’s demented, decades-long scheme - Salon.com - Wall Street has the most to lose from real democracy. Which is why they posture as rebels and not The Man
Joe Biden: American Workers Don't Want A Handout, 'Just Give Them A Chance'
$28.25: the minimum wage D.C. would need to support a modest 2-bedroom - The Washington Post


Merkel: ISIS Poses Major Risk To Europe
UN to send investigators to Iraq over allegations of Islamic State 'atrocities' | World news | The Guardian - Jihadis and Iraqi government forces both carried out 'acts of inhumanity', says human rights commissioner

Israel Announces Massive West Bank Land Grab - Israel announced on Sunday a land appropriation in the occupied West Bank that an anti-settlement group termed the biggest in 30 years, drawing Palestinian condemnation and a U.S. rebuke. (Netanfuckyu with your tax dollars)
Huge new Israeli settlement in West Bank condemned by US and UK | World news | The Guardian - British foreign secretary urges Israel to reverse decision to seize 990 acres of Palestinian land near Gvaot to create new city (whine, whine, fat chance)
Video: Palestinians cheer as Israeli “skunk” truck crashes into ravine | The Electronic Intifada - It has been described as smelling like “a chunk of rotting corpse from a stagnant sewer” placed in a blender. It is the foul-smelling liquid the “skunk” truck, one of Israel’s weapons of occupation and oppression, routinely sprays at Palestinians.
Being Palestinian Got Me Barred from Visiting Palestine | Alternet - Not just barred—banned for five years—no explanations given.

Ukraine clashes force troops to abandon airport before crisis talks | World news | theguardian.com - Latest discussions to end crisis to include Russia-backed separatists, as Luhansk and Donetsk airports come under fire ... by a Russian tank battalion.
Nato to create high-readiness force to counter Russian threat | World news | The Guardian - Spearhead force will be made up of around 4,000 troops with capacity to 'travel light but strike hard', according to Nato
Putin Threatens Nuclear War Over Ukraine - The Daily Beast - Raising the spectre of nuclear war over Ukraine, Russia’s Vladimir Putin is playing a new, and dangerous, game ... That same day, Putin used a term for eastern Ukraine meaning “New Russia.”
Rationality Is Overrated - Strategies of the Artificial - Altman (an economics and business specialist), like the textbook social science villain in many anti-quantitative polemics, sees Putin as a mixture between ChuckNorrisFacts.com, the Dos Equis Most Interesting Man in the World, and a Deep Blue-esque computer program.
Everything Becomes Crystal Clear... - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Lawyers, Guns & Money - Did Putin and Obama meet secretly at the G-20 in September 2013, arranging a plan by which Putin could carve up Ukraine and Obama could carve up our Second Amendment rights? It would be irresponsible not to speculate!
Banning Russian-made AK-47s sets off a U.S. buying frenzy - The Washington Post - Imports of the weapon were halted as part of sanctions against Moscow

Court upholds ten-year sentence for award-winning photographer - Reporters Without Borders - Reporters Without Borders is shocked that a Manama appeal court yesterday upheld the ten-year jail sentence that the internationally renowned young photo-journalist Ahmed Humaidan received on 26 March in connection with an attack on a police station in 2012.
Militias swim at vacant U.S. Embassy in Libya - CNN.com
At least 59 Boko Haram militants have been killed in a clash with the Nigerian troops in Bama, Borno State - Nigeria Newsdesk -

Study: Citizens United elected more Republicans - The Washington Post - The 2010 Supreme Court decision that helped usher in a new era of political spending gave Republicans a measurable advantage on Election Day, according to a new study. (o rly)
The Dubious Sources of Some Supreme Court ‘Facts’ - NYTimes.com (not the brightest bulbs in the Repubican chandelier)



Louisiana's restrictive abortion law blocked by federal judge | World news | theguardian.com - Abortion providers given temporary reprieve from law requiring them to obtain admitting privileges at local hospitals

Police: Md. Teacher Placed on Leave for Authoring Fictional Book of the ‘Largest School Massacre’ « CBS DC (apparently thrown into a mental hospital for the crime of writing fiction)

What's going on at Suffolk? - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Lawyers, Guns & Money - Just days before the start of the new school year, Suffolk University Wednesday abruptly replaced president James McCarthy with a year remaining on his contract - The law school seems to be at the center of the school’s financial problems:

Leafy-green better than lean - UQ News - The University of Queensland, Australia - An office enriched with plants makes staff happier and boosts productivity by 15 per cent, a University of Queensland researcher has found.

After leaving a cult, I was reunited with my old, unfinished book from childhood : books
? some people still care. - YouTube (watch his channel)

Apple quiet on iCloud exploit after celebrity nudes leak (Wired UK) - The nude photos of the celebrity victims -- 101 in total -- were posted on image-sharing forum 4chan
iCloud Naked Celebrity Photo Leak - Business Insider
Apple Fixes Security Flaw in Find My iPhone Software - Business Insider

Don’t listen to e-cig companies that claim you can vape vitamins | The Verge - Vitamin-enhanced vapor is all the rage in the loosely regulated e-cig industry. Too bad it doesn’t work

Tell creepy men on the internet how you really feel | The Verge
Why Uber must be stopped - Salon.com - The touted start-up is proving to be the embodiment of unrestrained hyper-capitalism. What happens when it wins?
Online Privacy & Security - Another example of why privacy friendly alternatives to the Play Store are critically important (google is evil and hates your privacy)
Google Trends: Surface Pro 3 vs. MacBook Air | Microsoft Surface Forums

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How the NSA Helped Turkey Kill Kurdish Rebels - The Intercept (has the US done anything in the M.E. that wasn't a disaster?)
'Too cautious' Obama urged to get tough on Russia and Isis | World news | theguardian.com - Republicans and Democrats call on president to take harder approach on Russian intervention in Ukraine and Isis in Syria - Kerry: ‘airstrikes alone’ will not defeat ‘genocidal’ Isis Obama’s foreign policy: realist or isolationist?
Iraqi Forces Break Militant Siege Of Shiite Town - the northern Shiite Turkmen town of Amirli
Maybe YOU Should Do Something About It? » Balloon Juice - Reminds me of the joke from the first Gulf War: Q: “What’s the national anthem of Saudi Arabia?” A: “Onward Christian Soldiers.”

Stop Hiding Images of American Torture - NYTimes.com
The Washington Monthly - The New York Times’ Editorial Board has rather suddenly found the boldness to call torture “torture” and is now calling on the government to release the “bad” photos from the Abu Ghraib prison scandal. Shall we forget the past and reward good behavior going forward? (releasing the pics will cause anti-Americanism, hows that for logic?)

Vladimir Putin calls on Kiev to enter 'statehood' talks for south-east Ukraine | World news | The Guardian - Russian president's spokesman plays down interview remarks as key port city of Mariupol prepares for possible rebel assault ("rebel" = "Russian")
Putin Calls For Talks On Eastern Ukraine 'Statehood'
Irak: Deutschland schickt Kurden Panzerabwehrraketen - SPIEGEL ONLINE - 10.000 Handgranaten, 16.000 Gewehre, 240 Panzerfäuste: Deutschland schickt Kriegsgerät für 4000 kurdische Kämpfer in den Nordirak. Das hat am Sonntagabend die Bundesregierung entschieden.
EU Gives Russia Ultimatum: Pull Back In Ukraine Or Face Sanctions
We need to tell the truth about what Russia is doing in Ukraine | Wesley Clark | Comment is free | The Guardian - Nato must face up to the realities of Putin’s war of aggression in eastern Europe – and take material steps to support Ukraine
Food imports ban backfires on Russia's economy | Europe | DW.DE | 29.08.2014 - An embargo on food imports from the West has sent grocery prices in Russia soaring and greatly worsened inflation. The move is seen as a severe blow to the country's stagnating economy.

Israel estimates cost of Gaza conflict at £1.5bn | World news | theguardian.com - Education sector likely to be hardest hit as Binyamin Netanyahu seeks 2% cut to government spending to offset cost of Gaza war (plenty more where that came from)
Tripoli residents face dilemma after Libya Dawn take control of capital | World news | The Guardian - Locals say their homes could be robbed if they leave, and if they stay they risk being rounded up by Islamist militias
China: No Open Nominations For Hong Kong Leader (oh, we lied?)
At Least 3 Killed As Protesters Clash With Pakistan Police - At least three people were killed and nearly 400 admitted to hospitals in clashes that started Saturday night and continued to boil over Sunday, officials said.

Footage: The War in Afghanistan Through The Eyes (and GoPro) of a Soldier - Esquire - One soldier taped a firefight to show the terrifying reality of modern war.

Exclusive: GOP poll of women: Party 'stuck in past' - POLITICO.com - Married women without a college degree view Republicans favorably, the poll shows. Married women prefer a Republican over a Democrat, 48 percent to 38 percent.

At least 6 Ferguson officers apart from Brown shooter have been named in lawsuits - The Washington Post
Man Arrested While Picking Up His Kids: 'The Problem Is I'm Black' - The Atlantic - A controversial video documents the St. Paul resident being harassed and tased.

Mayor Forces Man To Leave Public Meeting Because He Won't Stand During Prayer | ThinkProgress - Winter Garden Mayor John Rees, a nonpartisan official leading an Orlando suburb of about 37,000, was caught on video demanding that an audience member stand for a prayer, which thanked God for “allowing us to live in a country where we’re free to believe, think, and pray.”
Florida Mayor Kicks Atheist Out of City Commission Meeting After He Doesn’t Stand for the Invocation or Pledge (religious tinpot dictator suddently famous on internets, attracts protesters)


The Dark Side of Almond Use - The Atlantic - People are eating almonds in unprecedented amounts. Is that okay? - The drought is so dire that experts are considering adding a fifth level to the four-tiered drought scale. That's right: D5. But each almond requires 1.1 gallons of water to produce

Prostitution and the internet: More bang for your buck | The Economist - How new technology is shaking up the oldest business
Hide the Husbands, Prostitution’s on the Interwebs | The Baffler - It is beyond the scope of this post to point out all of the ways that this narrative is a misrepresentation of how sex workers and clients operated before widespread Internet access. I

New Temporal Cloaking Method Hides Communication Signals | Neomatica - When the cloak is on, attempts to read a signal being transmitted through a path will show nothing is being transmitted even though tens of gigabits per second of information are passing through the point of reading - Omnipolarizers, nonlinear optical effects.
Massive Early Galaxy And Stellar Nursery Caught During Core-Formation For The First Time | Neomatica

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John Kerry says 'airstrikes alone' will not defeat 'genocidal' Isis militants | World news | theguardian.com - Secretary of state will use Nato summit to seek ‘world coalition’
UN is told peacekeepers detained in Syria are safe, but no release in sight | World news | theguardian.com - Secretary-general’s spokesman says the situation surrounding Fijian and Filipino peacekeepers is still ‘very fluid’
Pentagon has spent an average of $7.5 million per day in Iraq for last three months - The Washington Post - After more than three weeks of airstrikes and humanitarian operations in Iraq, that likely easily exceeds $600 million.
Weapons Expert Warns About ISIS Militants' Supply Of Guns And Ammunition - After the Islamic State captured a major military air base in Syria last week, the extremist group was quick to broadcast its war booty, posing in Syrian fighter jets and posting images of the air squadrons and missiles it claimed to have secured.
The Woman In Jail - Esquire - Apparently, the strange tale of Aafia Siddiqui is about to get even stranger, still - Siddiqui spent the missing five years at the dreaded Bagram detention centre (could have saved Foley for $6mil +so much fucked-up bullshit still buried)
This Is How People In The Middle East Are Making Fun Of ISIS - Girls just want to have fundamentalism #ISISmovies

With Allies Like These, Who Needs Enemies? by Martin Longman | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - So, the king let Bandar Bush create this problem and now he warns us that we’re going to be the victims of his creation if we don’t bring some serious violence to the situation. Nice.
Dumbest Iraq Quotes by Bush Officials - 25 Mind-Numbingly Stupid Official Statements About Iraq
IRBIL, Iraq: Syria’s violence prompts worst humanitarian crisis in a century | Syria | McClatchy DC
Actually, Obama Does Have a Strategy in the Middle East - The Atlantic - The president is neither a dove nor a hawk. He’s a fierce minimalist. (and is trying to avoid US casualties, abroad and here)

Are American Jews Turning Against AIPAC? - The lobbying group AIPAC has consistently fought the Obama Administration on policy. Is it now losing influence?
AIPAC Is in Decline—But So Are Hopes for a Two-State Solution | New Republic
Israel tech site paying “interns” to covertly plant stories in social media | The Electronic Intifada

Ukraine president warns Europe nearing 'point of no return' | World news | theguardian.com - European commission president insists it isn't too late for a political solution but tells Russia not to underestimate the EU

Rebuilding Gaza Will Take 20 Years, Housing Group Says (don't worry, Israel will invade again next year)

The untold story of how a culture of shame perpetuates abuse. I know, I was a victim | Society | The Guardian - During our investigation it became clear that for three decades many other women had suffered at the hands of our abuser, but they had refused to testify against him because of the indelible stigma it would bring (Pakistani culture supports child abuse in England)

The US government can brand you a terrorist based on a Facebook post. We can't let them make up the rules | Arjun Sethi | Comment is free | theguardian.com - Innocent people’s lives are being ruined. Why isn’t anyone watching the watchlist?

Obama Weighing Delay in Action on Immigration - NYTimes.com (because Repubicans would get mad and stomp their feet and not vote for him)

Obama vs. Bush: Who Took More Presidential Vacations? - Before his two-week trip to Martha’s Vineyard in August, Obama’s count was 125 full or partial days and Bush’s total at the same point in his presidency was 407. (but golf!)

Jesse Benton, Mitch McConnell's Campaign Manager, To Resign Amid Bribery Scandal

UN Condemns U.S. Police Brutality, Calls For 'Stand Your Ground' Review (threatens to take away gold courses)
Ferguson Police Chief, Now An International 'Bad Guy,' Wants To Help His City Move Forward - Nearly three weeks after 18-year-old Michael Brown was killed by one of his police officers, Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson is a man under a lot of pressure.
St. Louis County Police Officer Dan Page Retires Following Inflammatory Video - The St. Louis County police officer who pushed a CNN journalist on live television in Ferguson, Missouri, and was earlier suspended from duty after a videotape surfaced in which he threatened to "kill everybody," has retired. (psycho-cop gets full pension)
Ferguson isn’t about black rage against cops. It’s white rage against progress. - The Washington Post (i.e., the progress of treating blacks equally)
Border Patrol Agent Fires At Armed Militia Member Near Rio Grande - The agent fired four shots but did not hit the man, Zamora said. The man then dropped his weapon and identified himself as a militia member.
Bundy Supporter Won't Align With 'Two Pimps In A Pod' Over Ferguson - "Like two pimps in a pod, Sharpton and Obama have collaborated to keep racial grievance going," Mercer wrote.
Minnesota Police Allegedly Use Stun Gun On Black Father Waiting For His Kids (VIDEO) - Lollie was initially charged with trespassing, disorderly conduct and obstructing the legal process. The charges were dropped in July. Police didn't return his cell phone until that time, according to the Minneapolis City Pages, "meaning Lollie wasn't able to upload his footage to YouTube until quite recently." (waiting for his kids while black)

US federal judge strikes down Texas abortion restriction | World news | theguardian.com - A federal judge on Friday threw out Texas’ new abortion restrictions that could have left women living in the second largest state in the US with only a handful of clinics.

Abercrombie Blames Historic Primary Loss On Gay Marriage - Republicans are allowed to vote for Democrats in Hawaii's open primary, and Abercrombie said they chose to vote against him because of his support for gay marriage and because they think his party rival, state Sen. David Ige, is an easier target to beat in the general election.

Right wing launches misguided protest against Labor Day | Seattle Times Mobile - Just when it seemed the right wing couldn’t get any more divorced from reality around here, a local conservative group has launched a protest against what it sees as a pernicious cultural touchstone.
State Representative to Legislature: hospitals can be dangerous | fox13now.com - “Sometimes access to health care can be damaging and dangerous. And it’s a perspective for the [Legislative] body to consider is that, I’ve heard from National Institutes of Health and otherwise that we’re killing up to a million, a million and a half people every year in our hospitals. And it’s access to hospitals that’s killing those people.” (well, then ...)
Considering Catcalls | National Review Online - In fact, if you end up like some of the Alzheimer’s patients I have known, hungry for human connection and sexual vitality, being catcalled might even make your day. (read the comments too: "Next week we'll cover onomatopoeia.")
Going to a For-Profit College Doesn’t Help at All When Looking for Job by Daniel Luzer | College Guide | The Washington Monthly - In fact, for-profit graduates don’t even gain a job hunting advantage over applicants with no college experience at all.

Tax Breaks for Tesla? States Should Think Twice | The Fiscal Times

Here's How Americans Spend Every Minute Of Their Days (working, doing household chores and watching TV)
Seven Days And Nights In The World's Largest, Rowdiest Retirement Community - Orgies are said to be a regular occurrence.

Study: New Heart Failure Drug Shows Big Promise - Doctors say the Novartis drug — which doesn't have a name yet — seems like one of those rare, breakthrough therapies that could quickly change care for more than half of the 6 million Americans and 24 million people worldwide with heart failure.

Chattanooga's Gig: how one city's super-fast internet is driving a tech boom | World news | theguardian.com - The city is one of the only places on Earth with internet as fast as 1 gigabit per second – about 50 times faster than the US average. Despite Big Cable’s attempt to block the Gig’s expansion plans, money keeps flowing into Chattanooga (coulda been Boston or Cambridge, but Menino and Healy)

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Senegal Confirms First Case Of Ebola

US rendition survivors urge Obama to declassify torture report | World news | theguardian.com - Ten survivors write open letter to president and say disclosure of report is ‘necessary part of correcting America’s own history’
No Explanation Necessary - Esquire - Who could have predicted this? Besides, you know, everybody. - "They knew exactly how it was done," a person with direct knowledge of what happened to the hostages said of the Islamic State militants. (they claim it was just "enhanced interrogation")

Syrian rebels surround Filipino UN peacekeepers in Golan Heights | World news | theguardian.com - Rebels have surrounded peacekeepers and demanded they give up their weapons, hours after taking 43 Fijian soldiers hostage
US operations in Iraq costing $7.5m a day as Obama deliberates strategy | World news | theguardian.com - Since 16 June, panoply of US operations in Iraq have expanded to include around 60 surveillance flights over Isis territory

Putin Says Russians And Ukrainians 'Practically One People'
Putin Urges Release Of Ukrainian Soldiers
Nato faces critical test of credibility | World news | theguardian.com - Summit agenda ranges from red lines for Russia to defence expenditure, but don't expect too much
Putin likens Ukraine's forces to Nazis and threatens standoff in the Arctic | World news | theguardian.com - Russian president hits back at invasion accusations as Nato accuses Kremlin of 'blatant violation' of Ukraine's sovereignty (threatens to invade North Pole)

Is Elizabeth Warren Just an Ordinary Politician? - With some comments on Israel, she'll disappoint many liberals. But it probably would have happened eventually.
Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters: Why moral perversity of U.S. position in Gaza is stunning - Salon.com - I think it's safe to say that if U.S. neighborhoods were living under siege, folks like Rand Paul wouldn't take it

Swaziland king's Facebook exposure of party lifestyle could lose him friends | World news | The Guardian

Why Are We Waiting For A Wave? - Voters gave Democrats the benefit of the doubt in 2006 and 2008 only to be disappointed by the overreach of Democrats on everything from Obamacare to the environment. (yeah, real "overreach")
Will 2014 Midterms Be a Wave Election? | RealClearPolitics

This Is Mighty White Of You - Esquire - Hillary Clinton finally said something about recent events in Ferguson, Missouri. What she said appears to have been written by nine consultants, eight people from marketing, seven lawyers, six ESL valedictorians, and Mark Penn. She feels very bad about the stuff that happened, as stuff sometimes will happen, because it is stuff, and it happens. Or something. (+"At the Clinton Foundation, we say, we're all in this together." she put an ad on it)

Ray Albers, Cop Who Threatened Ferguson Protesters, Resigns ("Officer Fuckyou")
White privilege: An insidious virus that’s eating America from within - Salon.com - Ferguson offers white people a chance to understand the price of our privilege
Fox's Geraldo: Obama Should Encourage American Muslims "To Be Americans First" | Video | Media Matters for America - Rivera: Obama Should Tell American Imams To "Begin Preaching American Patriotism"


New Study Reveals Interesting Link Between Men's Height And Divorce - Short men were found to marry later in life than average or tall men, but were 32 percent less likely to divorce. They were also more likely to marry less educated and younger women. Once married, they did less of the housework and earned a much higher income than their spouse.

WATCH: Family Has Horrifying, Violent Reaction To Son's Coming Out As Gay (GRAPHIC CONTENT) - Daniel Ashley Pierce, a 20-year-old from Georgia

The one fight to have before your wedding - The Washington Post - But guess what form of address was on the envelopes that my married friends received? “Mr. and Mrs. Robert Smith.” Even, in at least one case, where the wife had kept her maiden name. (property)


Freaky Physics Experiment May Prove Our Universe Is A Two-Dimensional Hologram (is space-time quantized? is there holographic jitter? lasers!)

The Big Picture: a heat map of the 'entire' internet
This Map Shows Every Connected Device On The Internet
I Pinged All Devices on the Internet, here's a Map of them [OC] : dataisbeautiful
A Geography of Hate (Geotagged Hateful Tweets in the United States) | Planet Infowars - the majority of hate-filled tweets come from small towns or more rural areas. Homophobic tweets are more common along the border of Oklahoma and Texas whereas the hub for racism seems to lie somewhere in western Indiana.
Hate Map - Geography of Hate - Geotagged Hateful Tweets in the United States
Hate Map | Southern Poverty Law Center - The Southern Poverty Law Center counted 939 active hate groups in the United States in 2013. Only organizations and their chapters known to be active during 2013 are included.

US cable giants calls on FCC to block cities' expansion of high-speed internet | Business | theguardian.com (their right to be monopolies and screw you)

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Losing Ground - In 50 years, most of southeastern Louisiana not protected by levees will be part of the Gulf of Mexico. (tie Bobby to the levy and read Bruce Sterling's prescient Distraction)

UN: Ebola Could Eventually Infect 20,000 People

Scientists find evidence of underground eruption in Iceland | World news | The Guardian - Line of giant craters in glacier suggest possible eruption as earthquakes continue around Bardarbunga volcano

Ukraine: emergency UN, Nato, EU meetings after Russian invasion claim | World news | The Guardian - Nato says 1,000 Russian troops fighting in Ukraine as Kiev accuses Moscow of de facto invasion and opening second front
Let's be clear about this: Russia is invading Ukraine right now - Vox - Getting Russia to agree to a peace deal on Ukraine requires lots of careful diplomacy, and that means that no one wants to formally acknowledge Russia's invasion of Ukraine, even though Russia is definitely invading Ukraine right now.
NATO Military Officer: More Than 1,000 Russian Troops Operating Inside Ukraine
U.S. says Russia has 'outright lied' about Ukraine
Third Russian airspace violation in a week; Finland steps up air surveillance | Yle Uutiset | yle.fi - Yet another Russian aircraft has strayed into Finnish airspace (Putin getting ready to invade Finland)

Obama: 'We don't have a strategy yet' to combat Isis militants | World news | theguardian.com - Pushing back against fervent speculation that he is preparing to bomb Isis in Syria, Obama said plans limited to Iraq
Questions on Airstrikes in Syria - NYTimes.com (buried the lede: CIA failure to have a clue about ISIS)
Captives held by Islamic State were waterboarded - The Washington Post

Binyamin Netanyahu faces political turbulence after Gaza war | World news | The Guardian - Israel observers predict election next year after ceasefire deal this week gave no definable gains to either side in conflict (the bombing of Gaza was supposed to solve that problem)

Rotherham abuse scandal: South Yorkshire police face tough questions | UK news | theguardian.com - No officers charged over 'blatant' failures as force accused of attempting to disprove rather than report victims' allegations - So far, not one officer has been disciplined for misconduct relating to the investigation of CSE in Rotherham in the past 17 years.
MH370: satellite phone call revealed as Australia gives update on search | World news | theguardian.com - Failed call placed by Malaysia Airlines ground staff has been traced and supports Indian Ocean crash theory, say authorities - Malaysia Airlines staff: "Oh I think we might just have tried to contact them by satellite phone" ... Five months after the event.

Vermont Is Leading the Race to End the War on Drugs - Esquire - On a national level, the War on Drugs costs over $51 billion of taxpayer’s money every year. The United States holds 5 percent of the world’s population but almost 25 percent of the world’s prison population, and 51 percent of federal prisoners are incarcerated for drug offences.
Smoking Weed Together Makes Couples Fight Less - Esquire - A new study shows that potheads have less violence in their marriages.

St. John Parish drinking water tests positive for brain-eating amoeba | WGNO

US economy forecast to grow by 1.5 percent in 2014

Medicare: Not Such a Budget-Buster Anymore - NYTimes.com
Pennsylvania’s GOP governor will expand Medicaid to 300,000 poor people - Vox
The White Flag - Esquire - Ol' Tom Corbett there, the soon-to-be-ex-governor of the Commonwealth of Fracksylvania, has struck his colors because, really, what else does he have to lose?

Senate Update: Republicans Cross a Threshold - NYTimes.com - Thus, with every passing day, in the absence of new information, we’d expect the given probabilities to move in the direction of whichever candidate is leading
Barack the Barbarian Returns From the Links by Ed Kilgore | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - it’s interesting to see how rapidly the image of Obama as a checked-out golfer not bothering to show up for work has been replaced by the specter of Barack the Barbarian, the brooding Third World despot seizing the moment to tear down the borders so his dusky brethren can permanently despoil the land in exchange for votes.

The Extreme Partisanship of John Roberts's Supreme Court - The Atlantic - Like Barack Obama, the chief justice came into office promising an age of apolitical comity. And like the president, he has seen his dream die.

Gillibrand’s Colleagues Called Her Fat -- NYMag - “Don’t lose too much weight now. I like my girls chubby.” – one of her favorite members, while squeezing her waist
Andrea Mitchell Recalls Senators 'You'd Not Get In An Elevator With'
CNN's Dana Bash Reveals Male Senators Have Creepily Discussed Her Weight Too
Does Gillibrand Have A 'Responsibility' To Name Her Harassers? - Confessore and Burns say yes, Sarlin says no ... It’s like no one has ever heard of Anita Hill.

Exclusive: GOP poll of women: Party 'stuck in past' - politico.com - The report is blunt about the party’s problems. It says 49 percent of women view Republicans unfavorably, while 39 percent view Democrats unfavorably.
Wisconsin Governor's Race Remains Extremely Close - Forty-nine percent of individuals considered likely to vote in November said they would support Burke, compared to 47 percent who plan to vote for Walker. (half the state would vote for the crook)
Gillibrand To Male Colleague Who Called Her 'Porky': 'Thanks A--hole'
F&M College Poll: Corbett failing to gain ground in race with Wolf - LancasterOnline: Local News
Schauer edges ahead of Snyder, 45% to 43%, in new governor race poll | Detroit Free Press | freep.com
Chuck Todd Pushes RNC Chair: 'Too Many Crazy White Guys'? - those same women voters who may like your economic proposals but say, you know what, there's just too many crazy white guys who have crazy theories about my reproductive system?" Todd asked,
Those “Libertarian Kids” Already At the GOP Punchbowl by Ed Kilgore | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - So the claim that the GOP can expand its vote and overcome the deadly demographic trends that appear to doom its future by rebranding itself as “libertarian” is sorta like the earlier belief the Tea Party Movement represented some new and powerful constituency outside but potentially aligned with the GOP: it’s largely an illusion.

Michael Brown's Mom Laid Flowers Where He Was Shot—and Police Crushed Them | Mother Jones - New details emerge about callous tactics that fueled anger in Ferguson - Several officers emerged with dogs. What happened next, according to several sources, was emblematic of what has inflamed the city of Ferguson, Missouri, ever since the unarmed 18-year-old was gunned down: An officer on the street let the dog he was controlling urinate on the memorial site. (they don't know how not to be total assholes)
Michael Brown Shooting Audio Accurate, Company Says - n it, six shots can be heard, followed by a pause and least five more shots. The audio was allegedly recorded by accident on a video chat service called Glide by a man who lives near the scene of Michael Brown's death. (eleven shots)

The Literal War on Drugs - Reason.com - The promiscuous use of SWAT teams is a bigger menace than armored vehicles on our streets.
Is Everyone a Little Bit Racist? - NYTimes.com - Young black men in America suffer from widespread racism and stereotyping, by all society — including African-Americans themselves.
Bill O’Reilly and White Privilege - NYTimes.com - Is white privilege real? Not according to Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly. (renowned expert of black people)
Denying White Privilege by Ed Kilgore | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - But it’s not surprising that some white people—and more particularly white men—have trouble accepting that they have been personally “privileged,” because they view it as devaluing their own hard work and talent
White privilege, in one Fox News screen grab - Vox
If You Want to See Inequality in the U.S. at Its Worst, Visit an Impound Lot | TIME - For millions of Americans a towed car can lead to a crippling spiral of stress, debt, joblessness, illness and, in many cases, incarceration.
Cambridge Mace's Lane Middle School Teacher on Administrative Le - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 - - He's a man with many names, and the books he has written have raised the concerns of the Dorchester County Board of Education and the Dorchester County Sheriff's Office. (writing while black with an alias gets him arrested, committed to mental hospital for "evaluation")
'Gathering storm': The Philly riots of '64

LONDON, Ky.: For Kentucky town that gave much, new worries over Iraq | National Security & Defense | McClatchy DC - “I honestly feel we pulled out of Iraq too soon,” he said. “It was something done to gain political favor. All the loss we had, all the guys who made tremendous sacrifices. And for what?” (for Bush's lies, you idiots)
? American College Football - YouTube - From Stephen Fry's documentary about the US, this part especially struck me as really amazing and crazy

America: where you need to be 21 to drink a beer but only 9 to handle an Uzi - Vox
Bundy grandkids pulled from schools after pocketknife dispute - Las Vegas MyNews3 - KSNV - Bundy doesn’t see a knife as a weapon and explained he’s taught his children it is essential to always have a knife with them.

Market Basket's Board Announces Deal to Reinstate Ex-Chief - NYTimes.com
Workers cheer restored Market Basket CEO

Former GWU President’s Solution for Sexual Assaults on Campus? Stop Drinking, Ladies - City Desk - Stephen Joel Trachtenberg, the former president of George Washington University and a current professor of public service at the school, offered this backward answer in defense of Greek life
Rush Limbaugh Laments That Businesses "Must Service Anybody Who Walks In The Door" | Video | Media Matters for America

No-fault divorce - domestic violence and female suicide decline in states that legalize no-fault divorce.[7] Specifically, they report that "states that adopted no-fault divorce experienced a decrease of 8 to 16 percent in wives’ suicide rates and a 30 percent decline in domestic violence."[8] They also argue that their research proves there is no permanent effect of no-fault divorce laws on divorce rates.[7]

Why are there more right handed people than left handed people? : askscience
Understanding Genetics - Your teacher was close in that handedness is like eye color. Except that what makes them similar is that neither is a simple Mendelian trait.
Scientists agree: Coffee naps are better than coffee or naps alone - Vox - It might sound crazy: conventional wisdom is that caffeine interferes with sleep. But if you caffeinate immediately before napping and sleep for 20 minutes or less, you can exploit a quirk in the way both sleep and caffeine affect your brain to maximize alertness. Here's the science behind the idea.

The Disengagement Economy, by Robert Hall, Huffington Post - Thirty-five percent of workers say they would forego a significant pay raise in exchange for having their boss fired — permanently disengaged.
Trolls drive Anita Sarkeesian out of her house to prove misogyny doesn't exist | The Verge

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Obama Pursuing Climate Accord in Lieu of Treaty - NYTimes.com

Syria and Isis committing war crimes, says UN | World news | theguardian.com - Report by United Nations commission says both Damascus government and Islamist militant group should face trials at ICC
You Can't Understand ISIS If You Don't Know the History of Wahhabism in Saudi Arabia | Alastair Crooke
The Men Who Killed James Foley - The New Yorker

Ukraine Reports Russian Invasion On a New Front - NYTimes.com
Russia accused of new military incursions into Ukrainian territory | World news | theguardian.com - Putin denies discussion of 'peace plan', saying Ukraine is 'not our business'; Russians demand to know – are we at war?
NATO Plans More Visible Presence in Eastern Europe - NYTimes.com
Invasion - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Putin will not allow the restoration of control over eastern Ukraine by the current Ukrainian government by peaceful means and is clearly willing to directly involve Russian forces in military action to ensure that it doesn’t happen through a Ukrainian military victory.
Has Germany sidelined Poland in Ukraine crisis negotiations? | European Council on Foreign Relations

Tony Abbott to keep secular workers out of school chaplaincy program - The government was forced to redesign the $244 million scheme after the High Court ruled it invalid in June for the second time in two years. The court found the Commonwealth had over-reached its funding powers by providing direct payments to chaplain providers.

Feds warn first responders of dangerous hacking tool: Google Search | Ars Technica - “Google dorking” warning from DHS and FBI calls out “advanced search” as a threat.

Hospitals See Troubles In Red States That Snubbed Obamacare's Medicaid Deal (red states screwing their citizenss)
Reading Reihan Salam's "Why I signed up for Obamacare": The Honest Broker for the Week of May 10, 2014 (DeLong: Long Form)
Red States Inflict Suffering on Their Citizens to Spite Obama - Lawyers, Guns & Money
Cruel And Stupid Are No Way To Go Through Life, Son - Esquire - Over at that well-known socialist pamphlet, Forbes.com, we have an interesting report about what's happening in those states in which the governors turned down FREE MONEY (!) because it came shot through with Obama cooties and liberal fascism. One of the things that's happening is that hospitals in rural areas are going broke. (the problem with electing really stupid people)
The Expanding World of Poverty Capitalism - NYTimes.com

Don't vote for Andrew Cuomo - The Week - It's time for Democrats and progressives to get rid of this toad

U.S. court will not block lawsuits over Connecticut SWAT raid - Yahoo News (tipping point?)
Senator wants all US cops to wear video cameras | Ars Technica - Claire McCaskill, the Democratic senator from Missouri, says police departments nationwide should require their officers to wear body cameras in order to qualify for the hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding they receive each year.
In wake of Ferguson shooting, calls escalate for cops to wear body cams | Ars Technica - Cameras serve as a "check against the abuse of power by police officers," says ACLU.
Why Are People So Damned Unreasonable? - Esquire - "They spelled out his initials with rose petals over the bloodstains," Pace recalled. By then, police had prohibited all vehicles from entering Canfield Drive except for their own. Soon the candles and flowers had been smashed, after police drove over them. "That made people in the crowd mad" - Some people belong in caves. Many of them wear badges. (cops learned absolutely nothing)
REPORT: New York City Television Stations Give Lopsided Coverage To Black Crime | Research | Media Matters for America
Police Militarization meets Hacker Culture: Swatting - YouTube
Black TV Producer, Charles Belk, Arrested By Beverly Hills Cops Who Thought He Robbed A Bank
It Is Never About Race: A Continuing Series - Esquire
Cops Who Killed John Crawford III At Ohio Walmart Shot Him 'On Sight': Attorney - Surveillance video from an Ohio Walmart shows that a man fatally shot by police earlier this month had his back to officers and was talking on a cell phone, an attorney for the man's family says. he had a pellet gun with him, which he had picked up in the store's toy department.
“You Really Have No Idea, Do You?” by Ed Kilgore | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly (Jon Stewart gets it better than anyone else)

Amish hair-cutting convictions overturned by appeals court | World news | theguardian.com - Court in Cincinnati sides with attorneys for men found guilty in five attacks in Amish communities in Ohio in 2011

Reagan Appointee 'Unravels FedEx's Business Model' In Court Ruling - In a decision that one judge wrote "substantially unravels FedEx's business model," a panel of federal judges ruled Wednesday that FedEx Ground and FedEx Home Delivery drivers are employees of the company, rather than the "independent contractors" that FedEx characterizes them as. (yeah, isn't that crazy?)
Bertha’s Future | The Urbanist ("sunk" costs)

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge: Giving money to disease-specific charities is a bad idea. - But giving money to disease-specific charities is still a bad idea - wouldn’t it make sense to include the vastly greater number of people with, say, multiple sclerosis as well? ALS is so rare—the association estimates that 5,600 new cases are diagnosed in the U.S. each year—that it seems a bit odd as the focus of a major national philanthropic phenomenon

World Health Organization Urges Stronger Regulation of Electronic Cigarettes - NYTimes.com
HIV & AIDS Information :: Novel immune-suppressant vaccine completely blocks HIV infection in monkeys: human trials planned

Love is strange, says the US film board, but violence and torture are fine | Ryan Gilbey | Comment is free | theguardian.com - The R rating given by the Motion Picture Association of America to Love is Strange is a shocking reflection of its homophobia (apparently run by the Christian right)


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U.N. Draft Report Lists Unchecked Emissions’ Risks - NYTimes.com
Draft Of Upcoming IPCC Report Presents Stark View Of The Future As Climate Change Rages On
Cities’ Air Problems Only Get Worse With Climate Change - NYTimes.com

40km Long Fissure Is Ripping into Violent Askja, Linking Iceland's 3 Largest Volcanoes: Updated
Photographer Captures Scientists' Frightened Responses To Climate Change Discussions (but Repubicans don't believe in "scientists")
Drought leaves California homes without water - Government officials and community groups say hundreds of rural San Joaquin Valley residents no longer can get drinking water from their home faucets because California's extreme drought has dried up their individual wells.

Captured Russian troops 'in Ukraine by accident'
Ukraine Releases Footage Of Captured Russian Soldiers - Ukraine said on Tuesday its forces had captured a group of Russian paratroopers who had crossed into Ukrainian territory on a "special mission" - but Moscow said they had ended up there by mistake.

Fears Run High That Yazidis’ Betrayal Portends Renewed Sectarian Horrors - NYTimes.com
One in six French people say they support ISIS - Vox - 85 percent of polled Gazans said they oppose ISIS. (in other words ...)
Americans oppose paying ransom for hostages: Reuters-IPSOS Poll | Reuters - Nearly two out of three Americans say governments should not pay ransom to terrorists in exchange for hostages,
Iraq crisis: Islamic State savagery exposes limits to Kurdish authority | World news | The Guardian

French PM to reveal new government | World news | theguardian.com - Manuel Valls due to announce appointments on Tuesday a day after dissolving the cabinet on François Hollande's orders
François Hollande shuffles in shadow of Angela Merkel and Charles de Gaulle | World news | The Guardian - The French leader came into office in 2011 as the anti-Merkel. Now she is as strong as ever and he has never looked weaker

Constitutional Amendment: End Citizens United

Republicans Open Up Wider ‘Expectations Gap’ Ahead of Midterms | Pew Research Center for the People and the Press - About six-in-ten (61%) Republican and GOP-leaning registered voters think their party will do better than in recent elections — roughly double the share of Democrats (32%) who feel similarly about their party’s chances.
Surf's Up - Larry J. Sabato and Kyle Kondik and Geoffrey Skelley - Politico Magazine - In every single one of the Crystal Ball’s toss-up states, (Alaska, Arkansas, Iowa, Louisiana and North Carolina), the Republican Senate candidate has not yet opened up a real polling lead in any of them.
Is The Polling Industry In Stasis Or In Crisis? | FiveThirtyEight
Scott Walker, Mary Burke Governor Race May Shape Future U.S. Politics | New Republic - To see why doing this is so worth Democrats’ while, first consider a world in which Republicans win the Senate, which the Times gives a 64 percent chance of happening ... Republicans in Washington will almost certainly take it as an invitation to double-down on Walker’s slash-and-burn tactics on a national level
Cornel West and the Insular, Obama-Hating Left -- NYMag - Tom Frank, an anti-Obama leftist, interviews Cornel West, another anti-Obama leftist, in a conversation so deeply marinated in shared assumptions that, at one point, both interviewer and interviewee agree that nobody disagrees with them.

Grain Piles Up, Waiting for a Ride, as Trains Move North Dakota Oil - NYTimes.com
Burger King Fans Call For Boycott Over Tax Dodge

Kansas Teen with Mental Health Issues Shot and killed by 15-16 Police Officers (Updated)

Arkansas police chief resigns after calling reporter 'smelly' | Reuters - , Yates posted comments suggesting she had an arrest record and had been suspended from the practice of law. His Facebook postings described Crump as "pro-dope smoking," a "left-wing liberal" and "smelly."
Judge: I Gave a Child Molester Custody of His Daughter
'Sons of Guns' Star -- Arrested Again ... Child Rape Charge Added (UPDATE) | TMZ.com - the "Sons of Guns" cast member was busted 2 weeks ago in Louisiana for allegedly molesting his 12-year-old daughter. Hayden was released after posting bail -- but we've learned he was picked up again today.
How the Supreme Court Protects Bad Cops - NYTimes.com

Moving Out of Brooklyn Because of High Prices - NYTimes.com - Moving Out of Brooklyn Because of High Prices

Archaeologists Discover 15 Previously Unknown Monuments Buried Around Stonehenge

States with medical marijuana record fewer opioid-related deaths, study finds - Quartz

? Chinese lanterns above Poznan June 2011 - YouTube
Hyperlapse, Instagram’s New App, Is Like a $15,000 Video Setup in Your Hand | Design | WIRED
The Times of India just instituted a bizarre Twitter and Facebook policy - Quartz - Hundreds of journalists working at the Times of India and its sister publications have received a peculiar request from their employer: hand over your Twitter and Facebook passwords and let us post for you. Even after you leave the company.

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Egypt and United Arab Emirates Said to Have Secretly Carried Out Libya Airstrikes - NYTimes.com - Twice in the last seven days, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates have secretly teamed up to launch airstrikes against Islamist-allied militias battling for control of Tripoli, Libya, four senior American officials said, in a major escalation between the supporters and opponents over political Islam.
Libya needs help to defeat Islamist militias, says foreign minister | World news | The Guardian - Foreign minister Mohamed Abdel Aziz warns against factions 'who are now stronger than the government itself'
Isis accused of ethnic cleansing as story of Shia prison massacre emerges | World news | The Guardian - As many as 670 prisoners thought killed in Mosul with other abuses reported in Iraq amounting to 'crimes against humanity'
US journalist held hostage in Syria taken to Tel Aviv after release | World news | The Guardian - Peter Theo Curtis undergoing medical checks after being held by Jabhat al-Nusra, an affiliate of al-Qaida, since autumn 2012
Avenging James Foley: Tit for Tat Is Not a Solution | Graham E. Fuller
Club Med for Terrorists - NYTimes.com

Ukraine troops battled Russian armoured column, claims Kiev | World news | The Guardian - Russia plays down hopes for breakthrough at Minsk talks as tensions rise with plans to send second aid convoy into Ukraine

Israeli Airstrikes Level High-Rise Buildings In Gaza
LIVE BLOG #IsraelunderFire: Photo: Before and After of 15-Story High-riser Leveled In Gaza - JP Updates | JP Updates

ICREACH: How the NSA Built Its Own Secret Google -The Intercept
NSA Makes Metadata (Including Info On Americans) Available To Domestic Law Enforcement Via 'Google-Like' Search | Techdirt
For sale: Systems that can secretly track where cellphone users go around the globe - The Washington Post

France thrown into political turmoil after government dissolved | World news | theguardian.com - PM Manuel Valls told to form new government after minister's call to end austerity policies imposed by Germany triggers crisis (Merkel's austerity pretty much fucked over all of Europe)
Majority of economists back Federal Reserve policy on US economy | Business | theguardian.com - NABE interviewed 257 economists on Fed policy 53% said Fed stimulus programmes on right track (not exactly overwhelming majority; 25% want pure austerity)

Libertarians Not Really “Libertarians” by Ed Kilgore | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - But now comes the Pew Research Center with a more fundamentally devastating finding: self-identified libertarians aren’t much “libertarian,” either. Pew says it could find no larger than a 5% cluster that sorta kinda adheres to what we’re told “libertarianism” is a about (that was a short-lived "moment")
In search of libertarians | Pew Research Center
It’s cool to be a libertarian — whatever that means - The Washington Post (3% think Unitarianism is libertarian)

Wrong Way Nation - NYTimes.com - The average job in greater Houston pays 12 percent less than the average job in greater New York; the average job in greater Atlanta pays 22 percent less.

Al Sharpton at Michael Brown funeral: 'Something is wrong in America' | World news | theguardian.com - Funeral for unarmed black teenager shot dead by police concluded with powerful eulogy by civil rights campaigner
Don't Forget That Troubling Jaywalking Incident! - Lawyers, Guns & Money : I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty confident that if a unarmed white kid from suburbs was shot dead by the police we wouldn’t be informed by the Paper of Record that he was “no angel” because of a minor alleged shoplifting. And this! : He had taken to rapping in recent months, producing lyrics that were by turns contemplative and vulgar.
New York Times defends Michael Brown Jr. ‘no angel’ characterization - The Washington Post
Every Time A Bell Rings - Esquire - Here's a hint for The New York Times -- nobody who dies is "an angel." In fact, there's a substantial body of opinion that holds that there are no such thing as angels. But, metaphorically, none of us are "angels."
New York Times Catching Hell For Saying Michael Brown Was 'No Angel'
Officer Darren Wilson Began Career At Disgraced Police Department: Report
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon Won't Budge On Darren Wilson Prosecutor - St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch (D) has been criticized by many in Ferguson and beyond for his close ties to the police. His father was a police officer killed in the line of duty by a black man.
Fox News Wonders If Calling Michael Brown An 'Unarmed Teen' Is Biased
Two shot dead by Chicago police on Sunday - Chicago Tribune
Ferguson Police Officer Justin Cosma Hog-Tied And Injured A Young Child, Lawsuit Alleges
Second family says Petersburg Police went too far - NBC12 - Richmond, VA News - "Let's be real clear. You have the absolute right to stand on your front porch and record what's going on in your front yard," Benjamin said.
Legally blind man shoots teen nephew during break-in - FOX 13 News
Video Spurs Questions Of Arresting Methods After Deputies Tase M - WSPA.com
Georgia Restores Gun Rights To Ex-Cop Who Tried To Sexually Assault A Woman With His Gun | ThinkProgress

The FBI's Criminal Database Is Filling Up With Non-Criminals And No One In Law Enforcement Seems To Care | Techdirt - As a result, the FBI currently has 77.7 million individuals on file in its master criminal database—or nearly one out of every three American adults.


Flubbing the details on Perry's indictment | MSNBC - NOONAN: I think, yes, it was local Democratic overreach ... STEPHANOPOULOS: But the prosecutor is a former Republican, I think. (note the "I think" instead of "you should know")
Booman Tribune ~ A Progressive Community - You ought, O Maureen, long ago to have been led to retirement by command of the Ochs-Sulzbergers. That destruction which you have been long plotting against us ought to have already fallen on your own head.

Donald Teeters, 77; inspiring conductor revitalized Boston Cecilia - Metro - The Boston Globe

Everett Mayor DeMaria faces allegations of sexual harassment from four women - Metro - The Boston Globe - DeMaria had ordered her to remove her uniform top while they were alone in the Revere store and, when she refused, DeMaria pulled out scissors and suggested that he cut off the shirt, claiming he had medical training. He eventually “pulled down his pants, exposing his penis,” according to the police report. Later, after DeMaria had pulled his pants back up, he pulled on the woman’s right wrist “until her hand was placed against his penis,”

TV Expert: No Kid Should Go Outside Alone Till Age 11, And Then Only in “Short Spurts.” Update, Below : Free Range Kids

Dash of Salt Does No Harm. Extremes Are the Enemy. - NYTimes.com
‘Sex superbug’ fears over powerful new drug resistant strain of gonorrhoea | Society | theguardian.com - Sexual health clinics on alert after patient treated in Cairns found to have the highest level of drug resistance reported in Australia
Robert Lustig: the man who believes sugar is poison | Life and style | The Guardian - The maverick scientist has long argued that sugar is as harmful as cocaine or tobacco – and that the food industry has been adding too much of it to our meals for too long

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6.0 magnitude earthquake hits California’s Bay Area - Salon.com
California Hit With Earthquake Of 6.0 Magnitude - A large earthquake rolled through California's northern Bay Area early Sunday, damaging some buildings, igniting fires, knocking out power to tens of thousands and sending residents running out of their homes in the darkness.

Climate change’s deadly new threat - Salon.com - Scientists say harmful algal blooms like the ones currently affecting Lake Erie could be a sign of things to come
Why Michael Mann's Defamation Suit Against Climate Denialists Is the Right Move | Legal Planet
Media gets it wrong on Mann suit
Lyons: Climate change deniers resort to character attacks | TheUnion.com
The Empiricist Strikes Back - NYTimes.com
Speak Softly, and Carry A Big Stick by D.R. Tucker | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly
Fire and Ice: What I Did On My Summer Vacation » EcoWatch - Michael Mann
The Powell Doctrine by D.R. Tucker | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - Was Justice Lewis Powell as good as he was evil? (interesting background to Citizens United, among other things)
Leonardo DiCaprio voices climate change film - Lucy McCalmont - POLITICO.com
Ozone-Depleting Compound Found In Unexpected Concentrations Despite Ban - New research from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center shows that large quantities of a chemical responsible for depleting the ozone layer are still being emitted, even years after an international ban.

Catch of the Day: Who Believes in Crazy Conspiracy Theories? | Ten Miles Square | The Washington Monthly
No, all Americans are not created equal when it comes to belief in conspiracy theories - The Washington Post
www.culturalcognition.net - Cultural Cognition Blog - Climate science literacy, critical reasoning, and independent thinking ...
www.culturalcognition.net - Cultural Cognition Blog - "Bounded rationality": the Grigori Rasputin of explanations for public perceptions of climate change risk
www.culturalcognition.net - Cultural Cognition Blog - They've already gotten the memo! What the public (Rs & Ds) think "climate scientists believe" (they believe climate scientists believe in climate change but they don't believe climate scientists will go to heaven)

Ebola: life and death on the frontline | Society | The Observer - Ebola has now claimed more than 1,000 lives and infected over a thousand more across West Africa
15 numbers that explain the Ebola outbreak - Salon.com - Health workers predict it will continue for at least another six months, making it the deadliest outbreak on record

As Casualties Rise, Egypt Urges Israel, Palestinians To Return To Ceasefire Talks - Initial reports said 17 people were wounded in the attack on the 13-story Gaza building, local health officials said.
Holocaust survivors condemn Israel for 'Gaza massacre,' call for boycott - Diplomacy and Defense Israel News | Haaretz - In response to Elie Wiesel advertisement comparing Hamas to Nazis, 327 Jewish Holocaust survivors and descendants publish New York Times ad accusing Israel of 'ongoing massacre of the Palestinian people.'
Selfhaters, Obviously - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Obviously these are not kind of Jews Elie Wiesel or Bibi Netanyahu want speaking out:

US, UK eye rapper as British-born militant who beheaded journalist James Foley | Fox News
Islamic State militants seize Syrian airbase | World news | The Guardian - Tabqa base almost entirely controlled by Isis, while in Iraq the Shia Turkoman community north of Baghdad remains under siege
Islamic State Fighters Capture Syrian Air Base
Bombings Hit Iraq's Kirkuk, Baghdad, Dozens Dead - Bombings in Baghdad and the northern city of Kirkuk killed at least 42 people in Iraq on Saturday as the government investigated a deadly attack on a Sunni mosque the day before that has heightened sectarian tensions amid a fragile political transition.
Kerry confirms release of US journalist Peter Theo Curtis from Syria captivity | World news | theguardian.com - US using ‘every tool’ to secure other journalists held Family thanks Qatar and says no ‘payment of money' involved
Eschaton: Intelligence - What, you mean the data center that stores all your sexts doesn't tell us who to bomb in Syria? weird. (CIA didn't have a clue about ISIS)

In Afghan Election, Signs of Systemic Fraud Cast Doubt on Many Votes - NYTimes.com - In one polling center, Mr. Shah said, they saw just 500 voters and election officials casting multiple ballots, for a total of 10,531 votes.
Libyan capital under Islamist control after Tripoli airport seized | World news | The Guardian - Operation Dawn captures airport in fierce fighting against pro-government militias after five-week siege in the capital

? Jacob Appelbaum - People Think They're Exempt From NSA (2014) - YouTube
How to Bypass Internet Censorship
U.S. undercover investigators among those exposed in data breach
Digital Security and Privacy for Human Rights Defenders | Front Line

Mexico Blasts Rick Perry Comments About Islamic State Border Threat - Meade said in a statement Saturday that Perry's statements during a Thursday speech were based on "beliefs, speculation and absolutely unfounded and absurd analysis." (his smart glasses aren't working)

Cornel West: “He posed as a progressive and turned out to be counterfeit. We ended up with a Wall Street presidency, a drone presidency” - Salon.com - Cornel West talks Ferguson, Hillary, MSNBC -- and unloads on the failed promise of Barack Obama ... And we ended up with a brown-faced Clinton ... “He pimped us.” (who wanted to privatise Social Security and spy the shit out of you)
So extreme they won’t even use a Democratic POTUS as cover to cut Social Security by David Atkins | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - Many progressives have been thanking our lucky stars for years now that conservatives have failed time and again to make a “Grand Bargain” with the President to enact brutal cuts to earned benefit programs, particularly at a time of economic malaise and record income inequality. (in case you've forgotten what Obama's Grand Plan was all about; he's a Moynihan conservative)

The Scott Walker documents: 6 must-read passages - James Hohmann - politico.com

Timeline for a Body: 4 Hours in the Middle of a Ferguson Street - NYTimes.com
"Josie" Story of Brown Shooting Lifted From Fake Facebook Page - See Updated Timeline Below - Little Green Footballs - The anonymous caller “Josie”, who supposedly gave Officer Wilson’s version of the story was very obviously just repeating a Facebook post. A Facebook post that even breitbart.com admits is a Hoax. Compare for yourself. Dana Loesch (got played)
CNN's Brian Stelter Rips Fox News for Hyping Jim Hoft's "Fractured Eye Socket" Hoax - Little Green Footballs - Jim Hoft’s ugly dishonesty makes it to Fox News — again
Stupidest Man On Internet Proves Michael Brown Autopsy Is Complete Fraud | Wonkette - Jim Hoft, the Stupidest Man on the Internet, is now trying to prove that the privately arranged second autopsy of Brown is a complete fraud, somehow, which proves that Officer Darren Wilson did not really kill him or maybe he is not even really dead.
Darren Wilson’s first job was on a troubled police force disbanded by authorities - The Washington Post
Darren Wilson’s former police force was disbanded for excessive force and corruption - Salon.com
Eschaton: What Could Possibly Go Wrong - First we give them the death toys, then they use the death toys... President Obama has ordered a comprehensive review of the government’s decade-old strategy of outfitting local police departments with military-grade body armor, mine-resistant trucks, silencers and automatic rifles, senior officials say.
What I Did After Police Killed My Son - Michael Bell - politico Magazine

Can the post office save itself by becoming a bank? - Vox (yes, but Repubicans hate good things for common people)

New enzyme targets for selective cancer therapies -- ScienceDaily - In a new study, a team from the University of Milan tested Cairo's enzyme inhibitor and found that it turned glioblastoma cancer stem cells -- found within a tumour and believed to drive cancer growth -- into normal cells.

Teen births: Most are in the South and Southwest

Furious trolls are everywhere: Even Internet moms are angry — and they hate you - Salon.com
How the web lost its way – and its founding principles | Technology | The Guardian

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Ebola: research team says migrating fruit bats responsible for outbreak | Society | The Observer - A toddler's chance encounter with one infected bat in Guinea led to west Africa's present epidemic

US 'set to launch air strikes' on senior Isis terror chiefs in Syria | World news | The Observer - US officials said that there was now a "new context" for confronting Isis – and cutting off its supply routes – following the beheading of US journalist James Foley.
The terrorists fighting us now? We just finished training them. - The Washington Post - No, the enemy of our enemy is not our friend.
First Syria rebels armed and trained by CIA 'on way to battlefield' - 03 Sep 2013 (those ... so hard to connect)

Unidentified Warplanes Attack Militia In Libya's Capital - The mysterious airstrikes Saturday were the second this week to target Islamist militia posts in the capital.
Israeli military retracts claim that fatal mortar bomb was fired from UN school | World news | The Observer - IDF spokesman says shell that killed four-year-old boy was launched from shelter maintained by Hamas authorities
Boat Carrying Nearly 200 African Migrants To Europe Sinks Off Libyan Coast

Microsoft ordered to hand over overseas email, throwing EU privacy rights in the fire | ZDNet - US law can apply anywhere in the world, so long as a technology company has control over foreign data, a court rules. (no privacy for you, Eurozone)

Moynihan and the Overton Window - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Today’s reminder that Daniel Patrick Moynihan was awful ("liberals" in their day)

Obama Orders Review Of Police Use Of Military Hardware
Darren Wilson supporters rally while police lead Ferguson NAACP march | World news | theguardian.com - Spokeswoman at St Louis event denies links to hate groups Senior police officer leads NAACP march in Ferguson Obama orders review of military hardware for police
Awful Racism Prompts Organizers To Shut Off Comments On Darren Wilson Fundraising Site - Despite the majority of Americans feeling Wilson's actions were unjustified, according to a recent NYT/CBS poll, the minority that supports Wilson has been vocal and active.
Police Violence Has Been Going On Forever. No Wonder People Are Fed Up With It - Missouri congressman Lacy Clay (D) said on Thursday that he had "serious concerns" about the prosecutor in charge of Michael Brown's case.
St. Louis County Police Officer Dan Page Suspended Following Inflammatory Video - "Policemen are very cynical. I know I am," Page says from a podium on the video. "I hate everybody. I'm into diversity. I kill everybody." (they thought he was funny)
Escalating Tensions in Ferguson, Missouri | MetaFilter - So the FPD's public affairs officer, in his official capacity and using his city-provided email, is fund-raising for the defense of an alleged murderer. Man, this civil rights complaint is going to write itself!
– Another Ferguson Cop Goes Off On Social Media; Threatens To Punch The US Attorney General - Another St. Louis County police officer is under fire over a racist photo and offensive remarks he posted to twitter. In one post officer Mike Weston, who used the twitter address @officeranon2 threatened to punch the Attorney General of the United States.
St. Louis Blues » Balloon Juice (in case you had any doubts)
Database Shows What Military Equipment Your Local Police Department Has Been Stockpiling

Victor White autopsy findings released - KLFY News 10 - t happened while handcuffed in the backseat of an Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office patrol car, during a drug arrest. According to State Police, who are handling the investigation, once at the jail, White refused to exit the vehicle. As the arresting deputy requested assistance, they say white produced a handgun he had been hiding in his pants, and shot himself in the back.
Autopsy of 22 year old man that was handcuffed and shot in the chest in the back of a cop car is ruled a suicide : news
Autopsy Contradicts the Police's Account of Victor White III's Shooting in the Back of a Cop Car | VICE United States - They alleged that White III shot himself—in the backseat of a police car, while his hands were cuffed behind his back, with a gun that mysteriously appeared after they had searched and arrested him.

Documents Allege Scott Walker Pressured Groups To Donate To Campaign
House Candidate Called Female Senators "Undeserving Bimbos in Tennis Shoes" | Mother Jones - . "I understand that some of the folks on the left aren't going to like what I write," (everyone I care about thinks like me)

Lesbians know the secret to the best orgasms you’re not having | Nichi Hodgson | Comment is free | theguardian.com

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Nigeria Confirms New Ebola Cases, Boy Killed In Liberia Quarantine Zone
Shocking Photos Of A Slum On Lockdown Amid Ebola Fears

How serious is California drought? Check out these before and after pictures, taken only three years apart. - Imgur

Isis gains in Syria put pressure on west to deliver more robust response | World news | The Guardian - US looks at options for action in Iraq as Islamic State ramps up attacks while senior Tories call for UK to join in air strikes - "The Islamic State is now the most capable military power in the Middle East outside Israel," a senior regional diplomat said on Friday.
Obama vs. ISIS: This Time It's Personal - The Daily Beast
Families of Italian Aid Workers Held by ISIS Fear for Their Lives After Foley’s Death - The Daily Beast
Shiite Militia Attack Sunni Mosque In Iraq, Dozens Killed: Officials - Attacks on mosques are acutely sensitive and have in the past unleashed a deadly series of revenge killings and counter attacks in Iraq, where violence has returned to the levels of 2006-2007, the peak of a sectarian civil war.
Iraqi and Kurdish forces launch attacks to recapture towns from Isis | World news | theguardian.com - Kurdish peshmerga fighters take district near Jalawla • Iraqi troops advance towards nearby Saadiya
Eschaton: I Wonder Where They Got Their Cash And Weapons - Total mystery - He said the group was "as sophisticated and well-funded as any organization we've seen. "Oh, this is beyond anything we've seen," he said emphatically in response to a question as to whether the Islamic State represented a "9/11-level threat" to the U.S.
Saudi Arabia executes 19 during one half of August in 'disturbing surge of beheadings' - Middle East - World - The Independent (and one for sorcery)

Who Leaked Israel's Top-Secret Briefing About Reoccupying Gaza? – Forward.com - Prime Suspect? Prime Minister.
Gaza counts cost of war as more than 360 factories destroyed or damaged | World news | theguardian.com - Thousands of acres of farmland and cattle also wiped out with damage estimated at three times that of 2008-9 conflict (Israel targeted terrorist Palestinian cows)
It's Time To Stop 'Managing' the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict and Just End It - Netanyahu appears to truly not believe that a negotiated agreement can end a conflict with a dedicated opponent, but there's really no other way.

Russian Aid Convoy Drives Into Ukraine Seemingly Without Kiev's Approval - Ukraine called the move a "direct invasion."
NATO: Russian Forces Provide Artillery Support To Rebels In Ukraine

Chinese Jet Flew Within 30 Feet Of U.S. Military Plane, Pentagon Says

Worse than the 1930s: Europe’s recession is really a depression - The Washington Post - As I was arguing last week, it's time to call the eurozone what it really is: one of the biggest catastrophes in economic history. (austerians wrecked Europe, Repubicans tried to do the same to America)
Hawks Crying Wolf - NYTimes.com - That “vocal minority” has been warning about soaring inflation more or less nonstop for six years. (there you go)

Not a Tea Party, a Confederate Party | The Weekly Sift
Tea Party: Paul Ryan Has Betrayed Us | New Republic
Obamacare Challengers' 7 Most Desperate Moves
Flushing Money Down the Tea Party Toilet - The Daily Beast - Do you know where your donations go? Not to candidates, if you give to these five Tea Party organizations. (grifters will grift)

EFF, ACLU Demolish “It’s Just Metadata” Claim in NSA Spying Appeal | Electronic Frontier Foundation - Americans Deserve Full Protection of the Fourth Amendment for their Telephone Records, Groups Argue

The Paste-American World: How Fareed Zakaria Plagiarized In His International Bestseller (And The Magazines He Used To Run) | Our Bad Media (they are incapable of an original thought)

Fascism in America - The Unz Review

Obama Cares. Look at the Numbers. - NYTimes.com - A true measure of a president’s priorities lies hidden in plain sight in his budget proposals. Under that standard, Mr. Obama has been more committed to communities like Ferguson than any Democratic president in the past half century.
The Leftward Drift of the Democratic Party - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Lawyers, Guns & Money - ) But for people actually interested in the question, I find the idea that the Democratic Party is to the right of where it was in 1975 — let alone 1994 — incomprehensible.

The Body in the Street - Esquire - They left the body in the street. Dictators leave bodies in the street. Petty local satraps leave bodies in the street. Warlords leave bodies in the street.

Ferguson Police Report Raises More Questions Than It Answers - It’s been nearly two weeks since a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, shot and killed an unarmed teenager, but the police department has yet to offer a full account of the hazy circumstances surrounding Michael Brown’s death. ("report" is two blank pages)
Supreme Court Case Could Shape Ferguson Shooting Investigation - To most people, an 18-year-old unarmed man may not appear to pose a deadly threat. But a police officer's perspective is different. And that is how an officer should be judged after the fact, Chief Justice William Rehnquist wrote in the 1989 opinion. (reality doesn't matter, it's was the killer cop "believes" - sound familiar?)
Ferguson shooting: Where's Officer Darren Wilson? - CNN.com
Justice Ginsburg: Ferguson Highlights 'Real Racial Problem' In America (five white male judges)
Time And Businessweek's Ferguson Covers Are Stunning For More Than One Reason
New Yorker Cover Makes Powerful Statement About What's Happening In Ferguson
The Most Important Commentary You'll Read About Ferguson
'Would Michael Brown still be here if we voted for the right people?' | World news | theguardian.com - Ferguson was ‘asleep at the wheel,’ with residents not bothering to vote, often because they did not believe elections would change anything. Michael Brown’s death has changed all that

I will not be returning to Ferguson | Ryan L. Schuessler (dumb, but comments point that out)
Oklahoma City policeman arrested for raping women while on patrol | Reuters - An Oklahoma City police officer was arrested on Thursday on suspicion of sexually assaulting at least six women while on patrol, police said.
Officer in fatal Ohio Walmart shooting involved in prior in 2010 killing | World news | theguardian.com - “Apparently Beavercreek concluded its investigation,” Wright said. “Otherwise, Officer Darkow would still be on leave.”
Journalists in Ferguson: Know your rights : Columbia Journalism Review - The First Amendment affords reporters broad but not perfect protection
Cops don’t know how to deal with mental illness, and it’s a huge problem - Salon.com - Half of all Americans killed by police every year are mentally ill
Canadian police forces bulking up with armoured vehicles - Growing numbers of Canadian police agencies in recent years have added armoured vehicles to their crime-fighting arsenals — beasts on wheels that go by such names as Thunder 1, BearCat and Grizzly.

Booman Tribune ~ A Progressive Community - It seems to be hugely important to gun rights supporters that people understand the difference between fully automatic and semiautomatic weapons.

The Intersection of Social Liberalism and Social Media is Brutal | Mother Jones - I think it's safe to say that Freddie deBoer is considerably to my left. But even he finds much of contemporary social liberalism dispiriting and self-righteous:
At Burning Man, the Tech Elite One-Up One Another - NYTimes.com - At Burning Man, the Tech Elite One-Up One Another - Now the rich are spending thousands of dollars to get their own luxury restroom trailers, just like those used on movie sets. (techbrobillionairedudes at play)

Veiled Pensioners of the Mystic Sofa | The Baffler (what happened to the fez guys and the Masons?)
Jell-O Can't Stop Slippery Sales Slide - DailyFinance - Jell-O has lost its jiggle and nobody knows how to fix it.

Add These 3 Letters to Any YouTube Clip to Transform Video to GIF

India makes 'liking' blasphemous content illegal

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
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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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