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The deadliest Ebola outbreak in history - Vox
Ebola: what you need to know - Vox

CIA initially 'kept Colin Powell in the dark' about torture prractices | World news | - It’s not entirely clear exactly which US officials knew about the practices at the time they began, a Senate report concludes (comment: This article is about the person who tried to cover up the My Lai atrocity, later moving on to fame and fortune and proving to the UN that Saddam had WMDs)

The NSA Is Being Sued for Keeping Keith Alexander's Financial Records Secret | Motherboard
WikiLeaks publishes 'unprecedented' secret Australian court suppression order - The suppression order is itself suppressed. No Australian media organisation can legally publish the document or its contents.
Australia bans reporting of multi-nation corruption case involving Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam

Iraqi Anger Rises as Militants Attack Mosul’s Cultural History -

'World stands disgraced' as Israeli shelling of school kills at least 15 | World news | The Guardian - UN condemns IDF attack on sleeping children as violation of international law • Strike on crowded market in Shujai'iya during ceasefire kills 17 • Death toll now more than 1,300 after three weeks of fighting
How the world sees Israel, in one chart - Vox

The Toll in Gaza and Israel, Day by Day -
U.S. close to sending largest ever Hellfire missile order to Iraq - The Washington Post (your tax dollars at work killing children)
Gaza: at least 15 killed and 90 injured as another UN school is hit | World news | - UN official condemns ‘in the strongest possible terms this serious violation of international law by Israeli forces’
Arab Leaders Silent, Viewing Hamas as Worse Than Israel -

Why I have become more pessimistic about Israel - Vox - Ezra Klein on July 30, 2014 (first Chait, now Klein)
David Frum Retracts Claim That NYT Ran Faked Gaza Photo
NYT says its Gaza photos are real | Poynter.
Photographing on the Ground in Gaza
Familiar Bedfellows - Esquire - The Israeli ambassador to the United States used to work for Frank Luntz. Wonderful. Just what this whole mess needed -- some good old-fashioned propaganda and ratfking.

As Sanctions Pile Up, Russians’ Alarm Grows Over Putin’s Tactics - - with President Vladimir V. Putin emphasizing the importance of self-reliance and a new poll released Tuesday indicating a “What, me worry?” attitude among the bulk of the population.

House Authorizes Lawsuit Against President Obama - Republicans in the House of Representatives passed a resolution Wednesday authorizing Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to sue President Barack Obama for what they say has been inadequate enforcement of the health care law they oppose. (read that again, slowly)

"Hahaha Congress Thought the States Were Competent to Do Anything. What a Bunch of Clowns. In Conclusion, Let's Give More Power to the States." - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Paul Ryan, as you may have heard, has yet another “let them eat states’ rights” anti-poverty plan out. I note that this very old and very terrible idea is a source of grim amusement, given the latest conservative legal theory being used against the ACA:
Only One Thing The Poor Did Wrong, Stayed In Mississippi a Day Too Long - Lawyers, Guns & Money : What can you say at this point? Republican politics circa 2014 seems to consist exclusively of pissing in someone else’s punchbowl and then blaming the host for inviting them.

US economy bounces back with 4% GDP growth in second quarter | Business | - Economy rebounds from rough winter with better-than-expected growth as first quarter numbers revised upwards

Water floods Los Angeles after burst main opens sinkhole near UCLA | World news | (the rich and the stupid hate your infrastructure)

Eschaton: Justice - Maybe we shouldn't open that box...
Federal review stalled after finding forensic errors by FBI lab unit spanned two decades - The Washington Post - Federal review stalled after finding forensic errors by FBI lab unit spanned two decades - The Washington Post - Nearly every criminal case reviewed by the FBI and the Justice Department as part of a massive investigation started in 2012 of problems at the FBI lab has included flawed forensic testimony from the agency, government officials said. The findings troubled the bureau, and it stopped the review of convictions last August

Report: ‘Irreversible harm’ when FBI didn’t reveal flawed lab work in death-row cases - The Washington Post - The report said that even more defendants’ cases should have been reviewed but were omitted for inappropriate reasons, and the scope of errors never would be known. For many defendants, it said, “delays were very prejudicial and, for some, they caused irreversible harm.”

Evolving on Marijuana -
The Injustice of Marijuana Arrests -
The Required White House Response on Marijuana -
The Federal Marijuana Ban Is Rooted in Myth and Xenophobia -

Conservative group Alec devises offshoot ACCE to lobby at local levels | World news | - As Republicans debate party future, aggressive ‘corporate dating service’ launches new group to push for conservative policies

Why Bad New York Cops Can Get Away With Abuse - A bystander caught the entire thing on video, and Pantaleo was stripped of his badge and gun. As authorities investigate the incident, some people are wondering why a cop with Pantaleo’s history is only now facing disciplinary measures.
Abigail Hernandez, alleged captor in court - Metro - The Boston Globe - Kibby later protested the bail conditions in a court filing, saying his firearms were “of immense equitable value” and that he was not a threat because he lived by an “objectivist libertarian moral code.”

Campus sexual assault bill unveiled with bipartisan backing in Senate | World news | - Law would require colleges and universities to create a confidential adviser to guide victims through reporting process
Richard Dawkins, what on earth happened to you? | Eleanor Robertson | Comment is free | - Dawkins in 2014 is a man so convinced that he possesses God-like powers of omniscience that he can’t understand why everyone is angry at him for pointing out the obvious

Running 5 Minutes a Day Has Long-Lasting Benefits -

Is Race Plastic? My Trip Into the ‘Ethnic Plastic Surgery’ Minefield - The Cut
Michael Behenna: Once-imprisoned soldier looks ahead to his future | News OK - He started with Nelson Mandela’s memoir. He learned Spanish. He developed a passion for agriculture. But it was the works of two mid-20th Century philosophers and spiritualists, G.I. Gurdjieff and P.D. Ouspensky, that Behenna says saved him. The two men preached about the importance of being self-aware, of probing one’s own mental consciousness to gain a better understanding of the world.

Top Ebola Doctor Dies Of Disease
'Milestone' for child malaria vaccine

Impact of Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill on Coral Communities Is Deeper and Broader than Predicted — Eberly College of Science

New photo from Gaza today looks like actual hell on earth : pics
PLO announcement of 24-hour Gaza ceasefire disavowed by Hamas | World news | The Guardian - Militant groups reject claim of agreement to pause fighting, as Palestinian delegation meet in Cairo aiming to end war
Gaza Official: At Least 100 Palestinians Dead After Day Of Israeli Airstrikes
Gaza Power Plant Attacked By Israeli Tank Fire, Knocking Out Electricity To Gaza City
Chait on Israel - Lawyers, Guns & Money
Total Immigration to Israel, by Country per Year | Jewish Virtual Library
Lawmakers struggle to seal $225M Iron Dome package - "Let's stop playing games," said Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., calling the assistance a necessity for the "life-or-death struggle Israel faces."
David Frum Accuses NYT and Reuters of Staging Gaza Hospital Photos (GRAPHIC) — BagNews

Obama announces expanded sanctions against Russia as E.U. aligns - The Washington Post
All There Is To Do - Esquire - Further, the president was right in knocking down the notion that this represents a new Cold War. First of all, there's no Russian bloc this time. There's just Vladimir Putin, who is a Russian nationalist and an autocrat, but not a Tsar or a General Secretary, who fights his proxy wars on his own borders, and not around the world
x Sweeping economic sanctions imposed on Russia by EU | World news | The Guardian - European capital markets to be closed to Russian banks
Ukraine rebel chief Igor Bezler: 'I won't hesitate to have you shot' | World | The Guardian - Nicknamed the Demon, leader said to be behind the downing of MH17 ends rare interview by exploding into rage and threatening journalists

Chinese hackers steal Israel’s Iron Dome missile data | Technology | - Hacking group previously linked to hacks on US defence contractors steals detailed missile schematics
Argentina on brink of second debt default in 12 years | Business | The Guardian - Talks with vulture funds fail in case campaigners say could set precedent for investors to wreck other countries' debt deals

Senators consider obscure rule in CIA torture report declassification debate | World news | - Mark Udall said procedure could be invoked to compel Obama administration to release more of landmark Senate report (Obama still covering up)
Obama-backed surveillance reform bill introduced in US Senate | World news | - Patrick Leahy’s popular bill contains stricter privacy measures than the USA Freedom Act, which the House passed in May (Freedom! for the USA to spy on you!)

The Snowden Effect: This Is Still Not America - Esquire - What's happening to the journalists is bad. What's happening to the lawyers is worse.

Former NSA chief makes up to $1 million a month selling cybersecurity services | The Verge - General Keith Alexander was in charge of the National Security Agency when all hell broke loose and former security contractor Edward Snowden leaked documents showing the organization was spying far beyond the extent to which most people were aware (or comfortable with). But he's not letting that episode stop him from launching what looks to be an exceptionally lucrative private career guessed it, cybersecurity software.

Peter Nathan Steinmetz, Barrow Brain Scientist, Arrested at Airport With AR-15 | Phoenix New Times - . Police tell New Times that, in general, it's not illegal to carry a semiautomatic rifle into an airport terminal. In this case, the problem was "the way he was carrying it," says Phoenix police Sergeant Steve Martos.

Americans In Debt: 35 Percent Have Unpaid Bills Reported To Collection Agencies

Can Democrats Flip Texas, Arizona and Georgia? | RealClearPolitics - Democratic political strategist David Plouffe made waves a few weeks back when he suggested that Texas, Arizona and Georgia would soon become blue-ish states. His analysis is here and also reflected below (sometime in the next 100 years)
Break up the states! The case for the United Statelets of America -

New York Times Co. Gains Circulation, but Profit Falls 21% -

The NRA's Murder Mystery | Mother Jones
New Hampshire man charged with kidnapping 15-year-old girl | World news | - "I can see his trailer from mine, and I had no idea," she said.

Newest anti-vaxx trend causes babies’ brains to bleed - - Parents are now denying newborns important Vitamin K injections to avoid unnecessary "toxins"
Federal marijuana bill would legalize some cannabis strains : news

? Sadie doesn't want her brother to grow up - YouTube - Typical struggles of a 5 year-old

Twitter's growth problem in focus as Wall Street watches closely | Technology | - Can the social network convince investors that the future's bright – or is the 'Twitter quitter' becoming a real headache? (Facebook booker?)

The Shadow Apocalypse - Esquire - Not in Gaza, and not on the ill-fated Malaysian airliner. Now there are American casualties in another war very far away so maybe, goddammit, somebody should start paying more attention to it.

Israel says Gaza campaign will continue 'until mission is accomplished' | World news | - Binyamin Netanyahu makes vow as nine children are killed in Gaza refugee camp and four Israelis die in mortar attack
Netanyahu: Israelis Must Be 'Ready For A Prolonged Campaign' In Gaza
Gaza's Al-Shifa Hospital Compound, Nearby Park Hit In Attack (UPDATED)
'There's Really Nowhere Safe To Go' In Gaza
Fault - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Lawyers, Guns & Money - The reality is that Israel is indeed a colonial power and acts as such toward its subjugated peoples. That the Israeli state evolved in response to one of the greatest acts of horror ever committed in the human race is especially ironic given the nation’s behavior toward the Palestinians.
With 1,000 Dead in Gaza, Rightbloggers Claim Obama's Peace Process Threatens Israel - Page 2 | Village Voice
Gaza: Israel puts paramedics in its crosshairs | Al Akhbar English (remember last time?)
Twitter / StanleyCohenLaw: Israel is always the victim. ... - When Sharon murdered thousands of defenseless in women & children in Sabra Shatilla, it was not enough.
Twitter / StanleyCohenLaw: When Israel occupied Lebanon ... - and murdered thousands, it was not enough.
'We are looking at the beginnings of a Holocaust' | JPost | Israel News - Danish Ambassador Jesper Vahr warns MKs against linking anti-Semitism and Gaza operation. (because their couldn't be any connection)
Dangerous Game - there's a deeper backstory. Nothing gets the Obama administration's ire up like the perception (very often grounded in reality) that Netanyahu and his government ministers are trying to scuttle his initiatives by inveigling themselves into domestic partisan conflict in the US (begins with A)
Debunking the myths about Gaza: The truth behind Israeli and Palestinian talking points - - Why this fight now? Who started it? What happened with the kidnapped Israeli teens? Getting to the bottom of myths

The West Agrees To Wider Sanctions On Russia Over The Crisis In Ukraine
US will follow EU in likely escalation of Russia sanctions, says White House | World news | - Announcement of impending measures follows conference call between Obama and leaders of UK, France, Italy and Germany
US: Russia Violated 1987 Nuclear Missile Treaty - by testing a new ground-launched cruise missile.
Hague Court Rules In Favor Of Yukos Shareholders vs. Russia, Awards $50 Billion

Nine Months in, First Look is Still Very Much a Startup - First Look Media - Pierre Omidyar July 28, 2014

Eschaton: What Could Go Wrong - Over the past decade, the U.S. has poured unimaginable amounts of money into training and equipping Afghanistan’s army. Now, the Department of Defense office in charge of auditing the process is saying many of the 747,000 weapons given to the ANSF have gone missing and could end up fueling escalating attacks by Taliban insurgents if they fall into the wrong hands. (because they were always going to win)
Huge blaze out of control in Tripoli battle as Libya slides into chaos | Reuters (more what could go wrong)
Pakistan Mob Kills Woman And 2 Girls Over 'Blasphemous' Facebook Post, Police Say - The dead, including a seven-year-old girl and her baby sister, were Ahmadis, who consider themselves Muslim but believe in a prophet after Mohammed. A 1984 Pakistani law declared them non-Muslims and many Pakistanis consider them heretics.
Boost for Scottish independence as undecided voters switch to yes camp | Politics | - A quarter of voters who were undeclared in March have since said they will be voting yes, survey finds
Qatar World Cup: migrants wait a year to be paid for building offices | Global development | The Guardian - Workers who fitted out lavish offices used by tournament organisers say they are trapped after collapse of contractor
US climber condemned for filming his children in Mont Blanc avalanche | World news | - He denounced Sweeney's "recklessness" and the promotion of the incident in the media, and told FranceInfo radio that Europe's highest peak was "becoming an amusement park where we're going to have gendarmes, rescuers and Pamela Anderson to save us". (very good, mayor)

Top Journalists and Lawyers: NSA Surveillance Threatens Press Freedom and Right to Counsel - The Intercept (your so-called Constitution is so over)

Conservatives Blame Democrats For Conservative Impeachment Threats | Blog | Media Matters for America (of course they do)
The Absurd Impeachment Feedback Loop - The Daily Beast - Impeachment is the final fantasy for obsessive hyper-partisans. But some Democrats are exploiting the craziness as a fundraising call to arms.

Poll: Hillary Clinton does better with white voters than any Democrat since Jimmy Carter in 1976.
No Labels? No results? No problem. - Yahoo News - How a bipartisan group that hoped to make Washington more functional became yet another cog in the D.C. moneymaking machine — and infuriated Democrats ("bi-partisan" un-huh grifters)

Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage ruled unconstitutional | World news | - Federal appeals court strikes down ban, in case that is likely to end up before US supreme court

Satanists Cite Hobby Lobby For Exemption From Anti-Abortion Laws

Has Tyrone Hood Spent Twenty-One Years in Prison for a Murder He Didn’t Commit? - Did the Chicago police coerce witnesses into pinpointing the wrong man for murder?

Your Life in Weeks | Wait But Why

Official: Ebola Kills Senior Doctor In Liberia - Dr. Samuel Brisbane, a top Liberian health official, was treating Ebola patients at the country's largest hospital, the John F. Kennedy Memorial Medical Center in Monrovia, when he fell ill. He died Saturday
Ebola crisis: infected US doctor receives intensive treatment in Liberia | World news | - Dr Kent Brantly working at computer but 'not out of the woods' The deadly disease has killed at least 672 people in several African countries since the outbreak began earlier this year

2,500 Ground Zero workers have cancer | New York Post - The grim toll has skyrocketed from the 1,140 cancer cases reported last year.

Twitter / dellcam: A tweet by Israeli government ... - officials comparing Palestinians to Hitler. #GazaUnderAttack
Twitter / YourAnonNews: "The most dangerous creation ... - of any society is the man who has nothing to lose" --James A. Baldwin #Israel what have you created? (good question, see what has America created?)
Gaza fighting continues as both sides reject others' ceasefire announcements | World news | The Guardian - Death toll rises to more than 1,030 as Unicef says 218 children have been killed, two-thirds of them under the age of 12
Poll: 86.5% of Israelis oppose cease-fire | JPost | Israel News - Survey says that should Netanyahu choose to end Gaza operation at this time, he would be confronting the overwhelming majority of the nation. (who want to bomb the shit out of them)
Israel Acknowledges Mortar Shell Hit UN School - but said aerial footage shows the yard was empty at the time and that the shell could not have killed anyone.
Israel PM Netanyahu tells US talkshows Hamas violated own ceasefire | World news | - PM: 'If America was attacked … you would take action' Netanyahu tells CNN, CBS, NBC and Fox of 'terror tunnels'
Israel-Palestine: The History Behind their New War | New Republic - Israel is one of the world’s last colonial powers, and the Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza are its unruly subjects (take a guess)
Israel’s Other War - In each of these operations there have been right-wing politicians and military commentators who pointed out that “this time we’ll have to pull all the stops, take it all the way, until the end.” Watching them on television, I can’t help but ask myself, What is this end they’re striving toward?
America's Israeli Jihadists | Clayton Swisher - For those American volunteers in Israel, there will be no FBI dragnet back home to trace their voyages from Newark to Tel Aviv. No interviewing of neighbors to understand what motivated the departed to don foreign fatigues and raise a rifle at someone they've never met. Not to mention being placed on the mother of all no's--the "no fly" list. Definitely no monitoring synagogue sermons or AIPAC conventions, unless they're invited speakers and they're up next.
The War Between Israel and Hamas is a Story with Only One Side. | New York Observer (NYT is anti-Israel, ha-ha)
The Gaza massacre is the price of a “Jewish state” | The Electronic Intifada

MH17: Dutch and Australian experts forced to delay mission due to fighting | World news | - Netherlands-led group of 49 investigators that will attempt to recover bodies and examine site in eastern Ukraine delayed
Police Visit To MH17 Disaster Site Canceled - Ukrainian armed forces mounted a major onslaught against pro-Russian separatist fighters Sunday in an attempt to gain control over the area where a Malaysia Airlines plane was downed earlier this month.
U.S. releases images it says show Russia has fired artillery over border into Ukraine : worldnews
U.S. Releases Satellite Images To Back Up Claims Russia Fired Rockets Into Ukraine

Taliban Making Military Gains in Afghanistan - - inflicting heavy casualties and casting new doubt on the ability of Afghan forces to contain the insurgency as the United States moves to complete its withdrawal of combat troops, according to Afghan officials and local elders. (a trillion dollars down the drain; who could have predicted?)
Report: Boko Haram Militants Seize Cameroon Vice PM's Wife
Mecca’s changing face matches the needs of its Muslim pilgrims | Nesrine Malik | Comment is free | The Guardian - Every Ramadan Mecca and the Grand Mosque, which lies is at its centre, look different: bigger, brighter, shinier. The Kaaba, the small shrouded building at the centre of the mosque, which could once be seen from any of the hills around it, is now obscured. I order to make way for these new developments, historic sites – such as the prophet’s house and his wife’s houses – have been razed. (Disneyfication of Mecca but no non-Moslems can buy tickets)

America Is Not Superman | Ten Miles Square | The Washington Monthly - What, we’re entitled to ask, drove some of these same pundits to urge the United States to arm mujahedeen against the Soviets in Afghanistan, thereby empowering the Taliban and Osama Bin Laden? What drove some of them to agitate for war with Iran? What drove some of them even to justify the Vietnam War, even retroactively, against its obvious folly? (neocons need their wargasms)

NSA: Less need now for Snowden deal - - A top National Security Agency offficial says there's less need now for the U.S. Government to cut a deal with leaker Edward Snowden than there was after his wave of surveillance disclosures began more than a year ago. (now that they know they can do anything and we can't stop them muhahah)
4 senators raise alarm about NSA collection of Americans’ e-mails, phone calls - The Washington Post - expressing concerns about the scope of the collection of Americans’ e-mails and phone calls under a National Security Agency program that targets foreigners overseas.
Report: FISC judges own stock in telecoms they let NSA access | Ars Technica - Disclosures given to Vice show two judges with Verizon shares, but the ethics are gray.
A new generation of ransomware - Securelist
Proliferation of new online communications services poses hurdles for law enforcement - The Washington Post

Paul Ryan Accuses Obama Administration Of System That 'Perpetuates Poverty' (instead of letting the moochers just starve to death)
New GOP Leader Won't Take Impeachment Off The Table - "The White House will do anything they can to change the topic away from the president's failed agenda," Scalise said. (a double wordflip)

Detroit Shuts Off Water to Residents but Not to Businesses Who Owe Millions - The Daily Beast
Selling water for profit during a record drought? by David Atkins | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - Someone will have to explain why a sane society would still allow this to be legal, because I can’t figure it out: (just the beginning)
Paul Ryan’s anti-poverty plan: The House Budget chairman’s paternalistic proposal misunderstands America’s poor. - House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan, who in his new anti-poverty plan wants poor families to work with government agencies or charitable nonprofits to craft “life plans” as a condition of receiving federal assistance under his proposed “opportunity grants.

Can Someone Tell Homebuilders How to Raise Wages? | Beat the Press - The Washington Post told us that homebuilders are having a hard time attracting workers, which is keeping construction of new homes down. (because they pay like shit)
Journalists subpoenaed in 'pink-slime' suit : Columbia Journalism Review - BPI wants emails from NYT’s Michael Moss, public-health lawyer Michele Simon, and others

New York State of Mind by D.R. Tucker | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - I wish I had the chance to thank her in person for her segments today on the death of Eric Garner after a confrontation with New York Police Department earlier this month. The segments moved me to tears. Five summers after the bizarre arrest of Henry Louis Gates Jr. in Cambridge, Massachusetts,

The New York Times Calls for Marijuana Legalization - - It has been more than 40 years since Congress passed the current ban on marijuana, inflicting great harm on society just to prohibit a substance far less dangerous than alcohol. (but the cop industry thrived! and blacks break windows!)
The New York Times Will Continue Drug Testing Despite Pot Legalization Stance
The 7 Most Ridiculous Things Said on Meet the Press’ Panel on Pot Legalization | Mediaite (Judy Woodruff is a fucking idiot)
Eschaton: No One I Know Will Ever Be Arrested For Smoking Pot - Wealthy pundits think pot being "illegal" is good because maybe pot is bad and they'll never have to even worry their beautiful minds about what it being illegal actually means.
Among the Dead-Enders - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Lawyers, Guns & Money - Shorter Ann Althouse: We must maintain a horribly costly, arbitrary, racially discriminatory drug prohibition regime…for the children!!!!!! And…science!!! (Conservatives)

Hack List No. 3: Benny Johnson - - Our annual list is here! This time, we channeled each hack's unique voice -- and let them "write" their own entries

‘The Wherewithal,’ by Philip Schultz -
"Failure" - Click here to listen to Philip Schultz read this poem.
Guy Walks Into a Bar - The New Yorker - Simon Rich
March of the Juggalos : videos

All the New Yorker Story Roundups You Should Read While the Stories Are Still Unlocked, As Well As All the New Yorker Stories They Link To - The Awl
Reflections of a Newsosaur: The newspaper crisis, by the numbers

Review - Seeds of Hope - General Topics - Wisdom and Wonder from the World of Plants by Jane Goodall
Experts Say Autonomous Cars Are Unlikely to Master Urban Driving Anytime Soon | MIT Technology Review - It may be decades before autonomous vehicles can reliably handle the real world, experts say.
1-Million-Year-Old Artifacts Found in South Africa | Archaeology | - a large number of Early to Middle Pleistocene stone artifacts including hand axes, flakes and other tools at an archaeological site near the town of Kathu in Northern Cape Province, South Africa.

28 Lesbian Sex Positions to Blow Your Mind (rated by difficulty level)

Vaping is ever more popular, but is it a smoking cure or a new hazard? | Society | The Observer

Charlie Crist On Climate Change: I'm Not A Scientist Either But I Can 'Use My Brain' And 'Talk To One'

Hamas Rejects Brief Cease-Fire Extension and Resumes Rocket Attacks - - Families across the Gaza Strip emerged from shelters and returned to their homes during a 12-hour cease-fire on Saturday to survey the damage to their neighborhoods, collect belongings and help dig bodies from the rubble.
A pause in the bombing by Israeli forces – and the ruins of Gaza are laid bare | World news | The Observer - Repeated shelling has inflicted a terrible reality on Palestinians as they try to salvage something from shattered homes and lives
Israel’s fears are real, but this Gaza war is utterly self-defeating | Jonathan Freedland | Comment is free | The Guardian - Palestinians and Israelis are saddled with leaders who with every move make their people less, not more, secure
Hamas Didn’t Kidnap the Israeli Teens After All -- NYMag ("lone cells" on both sides; 3 guys can start a war)
Cut Foreign Aid to Israel | We the People: Your Voice in Our Government - On July 23, 2014 the United Nations human rights Council passed a motion to initiate an investigation of possible Israeli war crimes since June 13th, 2014.
Racist Zionists Spew Hatred at Protestors in NYC » Existence is Resistance

AP Journalists Saw Rebels With BUK Missiles Hours Before MH17 Crashed - Three hours later, people six miles (10 kilometers) west of Snizhne heard loud noises. And then they saw pieces of twisted metal — and bodies— fall from the sky.
Effort to Secure Malaysia Airline Crash Site Falters in Eastern Ukraine -
Pentagon Plan Would Help Ukraine Target Rebel Missiles - - enable the Obama administration to provide specific locations of surface-to-air missiles controlled by Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine so the Ukrainian government could target them for destruction, American officials said.

Facing Escalating Violence, U.S. Evacuates Staff From Its Embassy in Libya - - The United States closed its embassy in Libya on Saturday and evacuated the embassy’s staff under military guard, in what the State Department said was a response to escalating violence in the Libyan capital, Tripoli.
Barack Obama banned from entering Chechnya | World news | - Chechen president cites US and EU 'state terrorism' (that's gotta hurt)
Venezuelan ex-general wanted by US over drug trafficking held in Aruba | World news | - Dutch island awaits US extradition request for Hugo Carvajal • Venezuela protests at 'kidnapping' of former Chávez ally

Press Release: Courage campaigns for Snowden’s continued protection in Russia | Courage Foundation - With Edward Snowden’s Russian asylum expiring in one week, Courage campaigns for his continued safety

WASHINGTON: After CIA gets secret whistleblower email, Congress worries about more spying | National | McClatchy DC - The CIA obtained a confidential email to Congress about alleged whistleblower retaliation related to the Senate’s classified report on the agency’s harsh interrogation program, triggering fears that the CIA has been intercepting the communications of officials who handle whistleblower cases. (oh look spying on their oversight body! Obama says "what's the problem?")
Ex-Chief of C.I.A. Shapes Response to Detention Report - - The spies, past and present, faced each other around the long wooden conference table on the seventh floor of the C.I.A.’s headquarters in Northern Virginia (George "Slam-dunk" Tenet; time for war crimes trials)
Dispute over ex-CIA officials' access to Senate 'torture report' highlights feud | World news | - Retired officials invited, then barred from reading document • 6,300-page report examines post 9/11 interrogation practices

The End of the Death Penalty - The state prison chief's new claim that, in fact, "parts" of the execution went "perfectly" only underscores what increasingly looks to be the freakish and chaotic end-state of capital punishment in America.

A Drop in the Long-Term Unemployed - - The proportion of the work force that has been unemployed for at least 27 weeks has fallen to 1.98 percent, less than half the record high of 4.4 percent reached in 2010.
The Typical Household, Now Worth a Third Less -

Chamber of Commerce Lost Its Way in Right Turn - - As it turns out, the 2012 strategy was a flop. According to The Washington Post, the chamber’s candidates lost in 13 of the 15 Senate races it poured money into. On the House side, the chamber went four for 22. Thus did the chamber find itself in the worst of all worlds. It had alienated Democrats, including the kind of pro-business Democrats who believe in the sort of practical politics that business prefers. Yet it had also helped usher in the Tea Party, only to discover that its strain of right-wing populism was as disdainful of business as it was of government. (elect the crazies, what could go wrong?)

Hullabaloo - Republicans overreaching again - If anything may save Democrats in 2014, it could be Republicans. The president's approval ratings may not be terribly high, but the public doesn't like the GOP approach to the situation:

Women Against Feminism show how bad arguments against feminism really are
confused cats against feminism

Central American leaders meet Barack Obama to criticise US border policy | World news | - Presidents of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador say combination of US policies is seriously harming their countries (destroy their countries with guns and drugs, shoot the refugees)

BuzzFeed sacks editor Benny Johnson over plagiarism | Media | - Viral politics editor fired for 41 instances of plagiarism after Twitter users brought copying of phrases and sentences to light
The Emoji Have Won the Battle of Words - - an emoji-only version of “Moby Dick,” called “Emoji Dick,

Study: Colorado River Basin drying up faster than previously thought - The Washington Post (oh look: Los Angeles)

First Ebola Patient From Sierra Leone Capital Is On The Run - "The family of the patient stormed the hospital and forcefully removed her and took her away," Tunis said. "We are searching for her."
In China, a single plague death means an entire city quarantined | Cities | - Tens of thousands of people were trapped in Yumen when officials swiftly locked down the city after a man died of plague, highlighting China's severe approach to the threat from disease (impressive they could do that so easily)

Israeli cabinet rejects US proposal for 'humanitarian pause' in Gaza fighting | World news | The Guardian - Binyamin Netanyahu's ministers turn down ceasefire plan on day when Gaza's death toll passes 820
Gaza Death Toll Soars Past 800

15,000 Russian Troops Amassed Along Ukraine Border: U.S. Ambassador To NATO
Russian Newspaper Runs Front Page Apology For MH17 - Novaya Gazeta, a liberal newspaper, is well known for its anti-Putin position. The front page will certainly spark a reaction as Russia continues to deny that it had any role in shooting down the plane.
How An Su-25 Can Shoot Down A Faster, Higher-Flying Aircraft | Ares (not)

US diplomats admit contact in Yemen with missing citizen Sharif Mobley | World news | - Embassy ends silence but refuses to reveal location Attorney: 'US officials are mixed up in this detention' (Obama secretly rendited another American)

Ezra Klein Asks the Wrong Question - - He asks, Why should anyone trust Paul Ryan’s poverty plan? That’s easy: nobody should. This has been another edition of simple answers to simple questions.
Left Coast Rising -

Dan Pfeiffer: White House Expects John Boehner To Try For Impeachment
CNN/ORC Poll: Majority say no to impeachment and lawsuit – CNN Political Ticker - Blogs (it's always been about the 35%)

Nobody Knows What Makes a Good CEO | Mother Jones - the scattering of data looks pretty random, as though performance doesn’t matter. The comparison makes it look as if there is zero relationship between pay and performance. (besides exteme sociopathy)

Experts decry 'failed experiment' with new death penalty drug combinations | World news | - Recent prolonged executions left prisoners in apparent distress • 'Irresponsible' to continue with midazolam-hydromorphone mix (Rick Perry and Jan Brewer should have to personally strangle them)

Gun Violence May Cost America's Most Famous Mayor His Job - Two polls this month show Emanuel's approval far below potential challengers. The headlines practically wrote themselves: "Rahmbo" is in trouble. (everyone hates him, sound familiar?)

The CIA’s ‘Zhivago’ by Michael Scammell | The New York Review of Books - The authors of both books describe in great detail the way the CIA successfully covered its tracks and the mechanisms it used to get a Russian-language edition of Doctor Zhivago published in Europe with great speed, but Finn and Couvée have a trump card in the form of a collection of “approximately 135” declassified CIA documents that reveal the thinking behind the operation and the many missteps in carrying out what was till then a completely unfamiliar enterprise.
The Lies We Tell About Lenin | Jacobin

Decriminalising sex work would cut HIV infections by a third (but that would be ... smart)

First Take Discusses A Woman's Responsibility To Avoid Being Beaten

Bride of Deconstruction | The Los Angeles Review of Books - Within the American academy, where recognition of Mary Shelley’s literary reputation was certainly long in coming, we can thank both feminism and deconstruction for fully bringing this novel to life in the 1970s and 1980s ... Passion, despair, incest, and infidelity were no strangers to this crowd, the free-love libertarians of their day.

Bizarre shooting rattles Bemidji: Neighbor shoots teen 3 times | Star Tribune - The girl’s dog wouldn’t quit barking Monday night, so she let him outside. Chad Eric Pickering, 40, was there waiting, crouched beneath a pine tree, prosecutors say. She glimpsed a shadow before she was shot three times. (if the dog had been armed it would have been different)

ELI5: Why does Islam seem to have more violent fanatics than other religions? : explainlikeimfive ... The search for a heretic, an outcast to sacrifice where one can prove one’s worthiness to a deity is beyond delicious in this mindset. (identity core and enemy image)

More Plagiarism From “One Of The Web’s Deeply Original Writers” | Our Bad Media
Who’s banned from editing Wikipedia this week? Congress | Ars Technica - 9,000 House staffers can't touch the site, at least not for anonymous edits.

Air Algérie flight AH5017 crash brings week's air death toll to 450 | World news | - François Hollande summons key ministers to crisis meeting after plane comes down with 116 people on board, 51 of them French
Air Algerie Plane Missing: Flight AH5017 Disappears From Radar - Burkina Faso airport official confirms wreckage from Air Algerie plane with 116 on board found in Mali
Air Algérie flight AH5017? disappears from radar in sandstorm | World news | - Rebels who have seized the northern fringe of Mali do not have weapons capable of bringing down a commercial jet at cruising altitude, a Malian official told the Guardian. "What they have is shoulder-fired weapons, and rocket-propelled grenades."

Russia Fired On Ukraine, U.S. Says
Ukraine's Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk Resigns - opening the way for new elections that would reflect the country's starkly changed political scene after the ouster of pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych in February.
CNN Freelancer Abducted By Pro-Russian Separatists In Ukraine
Vladimir Putin’s war on the West: The Malaysia Airline Flight 17 disaster will not change the Russian president’s strategy. - The Flight 17 disaster is just one misstep in the Russian president’s wider war on the West.
Opinion: Russia shoot-down has happened before -

In Gaza, at Least 16 Die at U.N. School Used as Civilian Shelter -
Israeli strike on Gaza school kills 15 and leaves 200 wounded | World news | The Guardian - UN condemns shelling of UNRWA school, saying it asked IDF for time to evacuate civilians, which was not given
Israeli air strikes and gun battles with Hamas shatter Gaza frontline village | World news | The Guardian - Less than two miles from Israeli border Zanna residents mourn the dead and dig out bodies from homes reduced to rubble
Israeli Fire Hits UN School In Gaza, At Least 7 Dead

Isis denies ordering that all girls in Mosul undergo FGM | World news | The Guardian - Doubts grow over UN report, seemingly reliant on year-old document from Syria thought to have been doctored

European Court Finds Poland Violated Human Rights By Allowing Secret CIA Detention

Afghan Officer Charged With Killing AP Photographer Receives Death Sentence
The U.S. Wasted $34 Million TryingTo Make Soybeans Happen In Afghanistan | ThinkProgress

Forget too big to fail. Banks bro-down to borrow, and it may cause a new crash | Heidi Moore | Comment is free | - It's hard not to feel for Barney Frank. In four stultifying hours of dead-eyed posturing, it became clear that the Congressional talk about financial reform is not a debate any more; it's a ritualistic chanting of calcified ideas. (Obama hated reform)
Deficit scolds are the most crazed ideologues in America - The Week - Ron Fournier's economics are garbage. But that won't stop him and his ilk from banging the deficit drum.
The weird obsession that's ruining the GOP - The Week - Benghazi? ObamaCare? Hillary Clinton? No — it's inflation.

Halbig and King Rulings: What They Mean for Obamacare | New Republic - They probably won't succeed, but what if they do?

My son has been suspended five times. He’s 3. - The Washington Post - Black families fight entrenched prejudices to get fair discipline for their children in schools. (post-racial, according the Supreme Court America)

alicublog: First They Came For The Gay-Bashers, And I Did Not Speak Out, Because I Was Not A Gay-Basher....

Rachel Maddow's Harrowing Description Of Botched Arizona Execution
Killing Time - Esquire - If we're going to be the only purportedly advanced Western nation that allows our government to kill people, we really ought to stop the pretense that we're doing it because we are just, and because our methods are more civilized.
TRANSCRIPT: Lawyer's Frantic Call To Judge During Arizona's Botched Execution
McCain Calls Botched Arizona Execution 'Torture'

Not Sure That Works - Glenn Beck: That innocent Boston Bombing bystander I called a terrorist can't sue me for libel because he became a public figure when I accused him of being a terrorist.

Walmart U.S. CEO Bill Simon Is Out - The reason for his departure is not clear.

7 language habits that reveal your age - The Week

The One Thing To Know If You Think Women Make 'Excuses' For Not Having Sex
My husband [M26] sent me [F26] an immature, inflammatory email as I was driving to the airport for a 10-day work trip. Now he has cut contact. : relationships
Man Sends Wife Spreadsheet Of All Her Excuses Not To Have Sex
This Guy Also Made A Spreadsheet Of His Wife's Excuses Not To Have Sex
/r/DeadBedrooms - There's only one Love Language, those other four things are *Like* Languages
Yes, Sexually Frustrated Wives Can Make Sex Spreadsheets Too

Jacqueline Bisset: 'Older women continue to want sex but men don't want to sleep with them' | Film | The Guardian - In Welcome to New York, she plays the long-suffering wife of an adulterous financier, based on Dominique Strauss-Kahn. Here she talks about sexual desire and what divides men and women (men don't care how you smell when having sex with you)

Earth Dodged Massive Solar Storm In 2012 That Could Have Wiped Out Power Grid - An extreme solar storm in July 2012 just missed Earth's atmosphere, and we're all lucky it did, as it could have seriously damaged the planet's electric power sources, according to University of Colorado scientist Daniel Baker. there is a 12 percent chance that a solar storm as powerful as the Carrington event could hit Earth in the next ten years.
Nokia Lumia 930 review: the best Windows Phone yet | Technology |

World Breaks Monthly Heat Record 2 Times in a Row - (Repubicans don't believe in "temperature")
This wonder of the world has turned off. Are you worried about the climate yet? | Hugh Ryan | Comment is free | - The mystery at magical Mosquito Bay is a warning: we must connect our environments, or else we're doomed to darkness
Neil deGrasse Tyson: America Will 'Sink Lower' Before Congress Acts On Climate Change (because Republicans)
Kevin McCarthy Bashes Obama's 'Climate Change Agenda,' Ignores Link To State's Severe Drought - House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) on Tuesday accused President Barack Obama of using a trip to the West Coast to "push his climate change agenda" instead of addressing the California drought.

Doctor Contracts Ebola After Treating Dozens Infected With The Deadly Virus

Taiwan Plane Crash: At Least 51 Reportedly Dead As TransAsia Plane Makes Emergency Landing
Why The World Is Spinning Into Crisis Everywhere - “I’m updating the piece,” he said, for a world that is now at nonpolarity plus. (non-state actors)

Ukraine Rebel Leader Admits Fighters Did Have BUK Missile - He also indicated that the BUK may have originated in Russia and could have been sent back to remove proof of its presence.
Ukrainian Military Fighter Jets Shot Down In Eastern Part Of Country - Kiev said two of its fighter jets were shot down over the rebel-held territory in eastern Ukraine on Wednesday, and the missiles that brought them down might have been fired from Russia.
U.S. intelligence states its case on the shoot-down of MH17 - The Washington Post - The Office of the Director of National Intelligence released various images and maps purported to show the movements of a surface-to-air missile launcher as well as evidence of a buildup of Russian military activity across the border.
Rebels' MH17 Site 'Sabotage Plan' Intercepted - British intelligence has evidence to suggest pro-Russian separatists discussed scattering other plane parts at the crash site. Sky sources in Whitehall added that the rebels also considered sending the black boxes to Moscow.
U.S. Intelligence: Separatists, Not Russians, Killed MH17 - The Daily Beast - Moscow has been lying about what happened to the airliner but one thing it is saying may actually be true: it wasn’t a Russian who pulled the trigger. (a "drunken" "separatist" with high-tech weapons he made in his backyard)
Russia Still Sends Military Gear to Rebels After MH17 Downing, U.S. Says - NBC

Ukrainian Military Fighter Jets Shot Down In Eastern Part Of Country
MH17 Found Sawed In Half - Parts of the Malaysia Airlines plane shot down over Ukraine were found sawed in half, USA Today reported.
Rebels' MH17 Site 'Sabotage Plan' Intercepted - British intelligence has evidence to suggest pro-Russian separatists discussed scattering other plane parts at the crash site.
Putin's Tipping Point? Remembering What Happened When the Soviets Shot Down a Plane | Nina L. Khrushcheva - people with a long memory recalled the Soviet Union's attack, 31 years ago this September, on Korean Air Lines Flight 007, and its political consequences.

More Than 600 People Have Now Died in Gaza | VICE News
Children paying a terrible price in Gaza - Washington Post - Palestinian civilians continue to make up the largest share fo casualties in the Gaza conflict.
Jeremy Scahill: Media Has Failed to Cover ‘Massive Massacre’ in Gaza | Mediaite
UN Launches Probe Into Israeli Violations In Gaza
Mideast Conflict 2014: Israeli Military Pummels Gaza, Sending Thousands Of Residents Fleeing - Navi Pillay, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, said on Wednesday that Israel may be committing war crimes with its incursion in Gaza.
AIPAC Is the Only Explanation for America's Morally Bankrupt Israel Policy | Stephen M. Walt (time to classify AIPAC as a terrorist organization) - Netanyahu's real purpose was to undermine the recent agreement between Hamas and Fatah for a unity government. Given Netanyahu's personal commitment to keeping the West Bank and creating a "greater Israel," the last thing he wants is a unified Palestinian leadership that might press him to get serious about a two-state solution.
Israeli air strikes and gun battles with Hamas shatter Gaza frontline village | World news | The Guardian - Less than two miles from Israeli border Zanna residents mourn the dead and dig out bodies from homes reduced to rubble
France's Jews Flee As Rioters Burn Paris Shops, Attack Synagogue
Twitter / ggreenwald: Is this, by the way, the ... - definition of "rogue nation"? …
Twitter / APDiploWriter: "We will stand up for #Israel ... - even if it means standing alone, and I think you saw that today," (pariah nation, plus America)
Ted Cruz Questions Whether Obama Is Boycotting Israel By Grounding Flights (Israel: "terrorists' victory")

Uproar over Hindu nationalist MP 'force-feeding' Muslim during Ramadan | World news | - Angry scenes in Indian parliament over footage of Rajan Baburao Vichare trying to push chapati into fasting man's mouth

I, spy: Edward Snowden in exile | World | The Guardian
Snowden - Ellsberg - Timm - HopeX 2014 - YouTube - Published on Jul 20, 2014

Hullabaloo - "Minority Report" for dummies - Jeremy Scahill is out with a blockbuster story about the criteria the government uses to put you on a list of suspected terrorists. It's terrifying, all right. The rules are so loose and contradictory it basically can put anyone on there it chooses:
Blacklisted: The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a TerroristThe Intercept - The Obama administration has quietly approved a substantial expansion of the terrorist watchlist system, authorizing a secret process that requires neither “concrete facts” nor “irrefutable evidence” to designate an American or foreigner as a terrorist, according to a key government document obtained by The Intercept.
Watch This: The Intercept Publishes The Government's Guide To The No-Fly List - In order to make the watchlist, neither "concrete facts" nor "irrefutable evidence" are required, and a wide loophole exists that allows a single White House official to add entire "categories" of people unilaterally
Twitter / jeremyscahill: hahaha. "Glenn Greenwald's ... - Blog..." … // Should we call NBC, "Barack Obama's YouTube channel?"

Here's Some Stupid For Afternoon Tea - Esquire - having already sued the president for doing what they'd begged him to do for six months, the Republicans are now warming up the narrative by which the president gets blamed if people lose their health insurance because conservatives have sued against the implementation of the law. (no insanity too far)

Cuomo’s Office Hobbled Ethics Inquiries by Moreland Commission - - Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo set up a high-powered commission last summer to root out corruption in state politics. (his commission was corrupt, big surprise)

Gangs, guns and Judas Priest: the secret history of a US-inflicted border crisis | Michael Paarlberg | Comment is free | - Central America didn't always have a gang epidemic. We exported that (and 300,000 guns; love the children)
Border Patrol agents hold Iowa Boy Scouts at gunpoint for taking a picture of them - A Border Patrol agent allegedly held a member of an Iowa Boy Scout troop at gunpoint while another threatened another boy with arrest and a 10-year prison term for taking a picture of him, KCCI-TV reported. - “He hears a snap of a holster, turns around, and here’s this agent, both hands on a loaded pistol, pointing at the young man’s head.” (borderline insanity)

More Than 10 Million People Got Insurance Because Of Obamacare, Feds Say
In a Year, Child Protective Services Checked Up On 3.2 Million Children - Conor Friedersdorf - The Atlantic - 2.5 million of those kids were declared 'non-victims.' Another 686,000 were 'abused' or 'neglected.' And an estimated 1,640 kids died as a result.

Federal Judge Rules Colorado Gay Marriage Ban Unconstitutional, Orders Temporary Stay

Supreme Court denies Arizona inmate's final appeal - - The Supreme Court cleared the way to carry out the execution of Arizona murderer Joseph Rudolph Wood, who was scheduled to be put to death at the state prison amid new scrutiny nationwide over lethal injections after several controversial executions.
Arizona Execution: Joseph Wood 'Gasping And Snorting For More Than An Hour,' Lawyers Say (no cruel and unusual punishment there)
That's Horrific - As much as it's treated as sick or a joke, firing squad really would be a vastly more humane form of execution than the one we now have. (but you see, Josh, then someone would have to pull the trigger and Jesus would be mad)
NYPD Chokehold Cop Had Two Previous Civil Suits Filed Against Him - Daniel Pantaleo, the NYPD officer who can be seen wrapping his arm around Eric Garner's neck before the Staten Island man's death in a video that went viral last week, has been the target of two previous civil rights lawsuits, the Staten Island Advance reports. (killer cops)
Fox & Friends Seems Concerned That Emergency Services Respond To 911 Calls From Non-Citizens | Blog | Media Matters for America (show your papers and maybe we'll respond)

TN Woman Pulls Out Gun When Asked To Slow Down In Wal-Mart Parking Lot - Angela Scruggs told police that after a man in the parking lot told her to "stop speeding ... A witness told police that Scruggs told Hill she would shoot him, according to WGNS. (give everyone guns, what could go wrong?)
Woman Waves Gun Around After Verbal Fight With Grocery Store Employee - A Nashville, Tenn. woman was charged with aggravated assault on Tuesday after waving a gun at a Kroger grocery store employee and threatening to kill her, according to WKRN-TV.

Senator John Walsh of Montana Confronts Questions of Plagiarism - - Senator John Walsh of Montana Confronts Questions of Plagiarism
How Senator John Walsh Plagiarized a Final Paper -

Breathtaking Photos Of Witch Doctors And Healers Reveal The Spiritual Diversity Of Bolivia

Health: Temple University Researchers Successfully Eliminate HIV Virus In Human Cells « CBS Philly - Now the next step is to find a way to move the discovery from the lab into animals then people, the groundwork being set for curing HIV.

Apple Treats Labor Like Dirt - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Given that Steve Jobs was a sociopath and given the labor conditions at overseas factories where Apple products are made, it’s not at all hard to believe that the company would treat their U.S. labor horribly:
Why People Aren't Buying iPads Anymore - Simply put, Apple refuses to budge on pricing, said Tero Kuittinen, managing director at Frank N. Magid Associates, a consulting firm. Compared to other tablets, iPads are really expensive, and that's a sticking point.
Apple Confirms “Back Doors”; Downplays Their Severity | Jonathan Zdziarski's Domain - Apple responded to allegations of hidden services running on iOS devices with this knowledge base article. In it, they outlined three of the big services that I outlined in my talk. So again, Apple has, in a traditional sense, admitted to having back doors on the device specifically for their own use.

US subjects the world to the most spam of any country | Technology | - Bulgaria tops the spam-per-person league table, but US inflicts more spam on the globe than any other nation

China 'seals off' town after man dies of bubonic plague - Yahoo News - The 30,000 people living in Yumen in the northwestern province of Gansu are not being allowed to leave, and police at roadblocks on its perimeter are telling motorists to find alternative routes, state broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) said.

7 Foreign Policy Crises That Show Republicans Prefer Disaster to Solutions - Leaders like Cheney seem more concerned with appearing muscular than solving global conflicts. In fact, attempt a solution, and you'll be called weak.

MH17: Rebels likely shot down plane 'by mistake' – live updates | World news | - US says ‘no evidence of Russia’s direct involvement’ Eyewitnesses tell the Guardian of likely Buk system in Torez
White House Blames Russia For MH17 Crash, Saying There's No Believable Alternative
MH17: witnesses confirm missile system in rebel-held territory – live updates | World news | - Eyewitnesses tell the Guardian of likely Buk system - EU foreign ministers refrain from new sanctions on Russia
Ukrainians report sightings of missile launcher on day of MH17 crash | World news | - In Torez, some say missile's journey through town has been a hot topic but people are scared of talking to outsiders
New European Sanctions On Russia Over MH17 Seem Unlikely For Now
EU Weighs Deeper Sanctions If Russia Fails To Resolve Crisis In Ukraine
Jet Wreckage Bears Signs of Impact by Supersonic Missile, Analysis Shows - (shredded the passengers)
Truth and the Russian media : Columbia Journalism Review - Unhinged claims about the Malaysia jet are part of a broader propaganda campaign

Israel hits hundreds of targets in Gaza as soldier is confirmed missing | World news | - Israeli soldier captured during intense battle in Shujai'iya • Palestinian death toll nears 600, with 27 Israeli soldiers killed
International flights to and from Israel suspended over security concerns | World news | - Move likely to alarm Israeli government as Ban Ki-moon says end to fighting in Gaza could be 'very near'
Gazans flee Israeli bombardment – into the path of more bombs | World news | The Guardian - Thousands of Gazans attempt to find shelter as the UN estimates that more than 100,000 are displaced
Gunshots fired at Al Jazeera bureau in Gaza - Middle East - Al Jazeera English - Shots fired into Al Jazeera's office in Gaza, a day after Israeli FM said Israel will work to close down the network.
Twitter / charliearchy: The full text of the resolution ... - on Gaza backed by Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Rand Paul and 97 other senators.
A Devastating Loss | Palestinian History Tapestry Project
Why Israel and other foreign militaries — not the global poor — get the biggest US aid packages - Vox ($378/capita Israel)
Inside Anonymous' Cyberwar Against the Israeli Government | Mother Jones - The shadowy hacker outfit vows to make Israel "feel fear tingling in their servers."
CNN Poll: Liberals, Democrats, Poor, Women Most Likely To Oppose Israeli War, White Men Most Supportive » Balloon Juice

Osama bin Laden in the Wall Street Journal | MattBruenig | Politics - The argument is this: Are Gazan civilians really innocent in all of this? After all, they voted for Hamas, didn’t they? Aren’t they therefore responsible for the actions of that government? Do they really have a rightful claim to innocence and the usual civilian immunity from military attack? I’ve read this argument before. Osama bin Laden himself made this argument in response to those who said that 9/11 was an unjust attack because it targeted civilians:

The United States Wants the World to Forget These Prisoners | Creative Time Reports - A product of the war on terror, Communications Management Units (CMUs) have cut hundreds of Americans—most of whom are Muslim—off from the outside world, often by labeling their acts of dissent "terrorism."

Twitter / ggreenwald: Most of the "Terror Plots ... - Thwarted" boasts were about plots planned, funded & fueled by the FBI …

Federal appeals court rules against Affordable Care Act exchange subsidies | World news | - Ruling would effectively make insurance much more expensive for people who bought coverage through Obamacare exchanges (attack of the Republican judges)
Two Republican Judges Gut Obamacare, Threatening Health Care For Millions
Judge Harry Edwards Issues Blistering Dissent Slamming 'Nonsense' Obamacare Decision
A Court Ruling Just Blew a Huge Hole in Obamacare - - Opposite court rulings leave the future of Obamacare subsidies in 36 states unknown.
Corruption - If you're looking for a silver lining to this morning's ruling dealing a major blow to Obamacare (or rather a major blow to people getting subsidized policies in the states that didn't adopt exchanges), look to the full DC Circuit Court.
Halbig v. Burwell Ruling: Anti-Obamacare Lawsuit Could Backfire on GOP | New Republic

Obama Opens East Coast to Oil Drilling - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Lawyers, Guns & Money - My dismay toward President Obama’s decisions to open the ocean off the east coast to oil drilling cannot be overstated.
Oil Crazy - Esquire - So many dolphins will die before they get the opportunity to choke to death on oil from the inevitable spills. (Obama decides to use WMDs on fish and dolphins)

Person Of Paradox - Esquire - However, on the issue of the economy, and the people who wrecked it and then sold off the pieces, and then, by and large, got away clean, there were some things the president could have done, and didn't do, that lead me to believe that, on this issue, Frank is more right than he is wrong

Eschaton: I'll Stop Right There - Chuck Schumer, calling for "top two" primaries (because Dems are united; what a fuck Schumer is) )

NYPD Internal Memo Says Chokehold Victim Was Not 'In Great Distress' (if you don't call "dead" "distress")

A Sleep Apnea Test Without a Night in the Hospital - - Insurers prefer it because it costs only about $300, about one-tenth that of a hospital test, and many patients like it, too. (end of a big medical racket)

How Scientologists Are Sneaking Their Way into Schools to Spread Their Propaganda | Alternet - A drug education program is functioning like a Trojan Horse.

Mideast Conflict: Palestinian Death Toll In Gaza Fighting Tops 500 - he daily Palestinian death toll surpassed 100 on Monday, pushing the total number killed since the new round of fighting began on July 8 to at least 566, Palestinian officials said, adding that some 3,350 have been wounded.
Pro-Palestinian Protesters And French Police Clash Amid Gaza Conflict
Five dead in Gaza hospital shelling while air strike kills 28 family members | World news | The Guardian - 'We don't want to see any more civilians killed' says Barack Obama as IDF attacks intensive care unit in day of bloodshed
Gaza crisis: Barack Obama and UN call for immediate ceasefire | World news | - Israel launches fresh air strikes after bloodiest day UN security council holds emergency meeting
MSNBC Contributor Accuses Network Of 'Biased' Coverage Toward Israel
64 public figures, 7 Nobel laureates, call for arms embargo on Israel - Diplomacy and Defense Israel News | Haaretz - Tutu, Chomsky, Waters, Pappe, others accuse country of 'war crimes and possible crimes against humanity.'
The Arrest and Detention of Amer Jubran » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names - This isn’t news, because the country is Jordan, the orders come from the US or from Israel, and the man is an Arab, a Palestinian.
MythHistory.pdf - A Short History of the Colonization of Palestine

Malaysia Flight Was Hit by Shotgun-Like Missile, Analysis Shows - Asia news -
Obama: What Are Russian Separatists Trying To Hide At Malaysian Plane Crash Site? - "What are they trying to hide?" Obama asked.
Ukraine Separatists Yield, Allowing Bodies to Depart and Agreeing to Hand Over Black Boxes -
Malaysia Airlines Plane Crash: Ukraine Workers Find More Bodies Amid Debris
MH17's Black Boxes To Be Handed Over To Malaysia: Prime Minister
Obama: What Are Russian Separatists Trying To Hide At Malaysian Plane Crash Site?
Netherlands opens war crimes investigation into airliner downing - Yahoo News
Russia hits back at claims it supported rebels suspected of downing MH17 | World news | The Guardian - Vladimir Putin still blames Kiev for disaster in eastern Ukraine and claims west is using air atrocity for political gain (rebels? what rebels? missles? what missles?)
MH17 victims' bodies are finally moved out of conflict zone | World news | The Guardian - Train carrying bodies of victims leaves Torez as plane's black box recorders were due to be handed to Malaysian delegation
MH17: Obama says Putin 'directly responsible' for investigators' safety | World news | - Russian leader must 'compel separatists to cooperate' • Secure recovery of bodies is 'least that decency demands'
Malaysia Airlines crash: families fear dead being held as bargaining chips - As David Cameron tells Vladimir Putin he is partially responsible for MH17 catastrophe, relatives of victims describe treatment of their loved-ones' bodies as 'horrific'
Ukraine: Rebels Took All Bodies From Plane Crash
MH17: world's anger at Russia grows as bodies pile on to train at crash site | World news | The Guardian - Experts fear clues as to why Malaysia Airlines plane was brought down could be lost for ever as chaos at scene persists
Dutch tell rebels: Train full of bodies must leave
Fighting Flares In Ukraine As Crash Investigators Arrive
U.S. Presses Case Against Russia On Downed Jet
Father Of Passenger Aboard Downed Malaysia Airlines Flight Writes Putin Angry Letter - "Thank you very much, Mr. Putin, separatist leaders and Ukrainian government! For murdering my sweet and only child," Hans de Borst starts his letter, published on his Facebook page and in the Hart Van Nederland newspaper on Monday.
Russia Conspiracy Theories Trap Putin Malaysia Airlines MH17 | New Republic - And it's more of a problem than you think.

Government agents 'directly involved' in most high-profile US terror plots | World news | - Human Rights Watch documents 'sting' operations • Report raises questions about post-9/11 civil rights - not just the sting operations but secret evidence, anonymous juries, extensive pretrial detentions and convictions significantly removed from actual plots. (be very afraid of your government)
New Surveillance Whistleblower: The NSA Violates the Constitution - Conor Friedersdorf - The Atlantic - A former Obama administration official calls attention to unaccountable mass surveillance conducted under a 1981 executive order.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev friend found guilty of conspiracy charges | World news | - Azamat Tazhayakov found to have impeded investigation into Boston bombing after removing backpack from suspect's room

Net Neutrality Kabuki Theater: How Cable Companies Dominate the Debate | VICE United States - Take Daniel Alvarez, an FCC attorney hired by Wheeler. As we reported in April, Alvarez worked in 2010 for Comcast to lobby against the first effort to enact net neutrality.

Chokehold Death Puts New York's Controversial Police Chief Back In The Spotlight - Bratton hailed Kelling as an "intellectual mentor" and invoked his "broken windows theory" as a justification for getting tough on turnstile hoppers and dime-bag peddlers back in the '90s. (but) "No one has produced a real academic study showing how enforcement of low-level crimes has resulted in a drop in major crime,"

Further Adventures of the Welfare Queens - FIRST DRAFT - I like Millennium Park fine, but we could have had 60 fantastic neighborhood parks for that money, and they would have gotten as much use. I know the people who live in neighborhoods that need parks don't take pictures for postcards.
Water department: Detroit shut-offs just on pause | The Detroit News (don't read the comments)

Johns Hopkins To Pay $190 Million For Gynecologist Who Secretly Recorded Women's Exams - A "rogue" gynecologist who used tiny cameras to secretly record videos and photos of his patients has forced one of the world's top medical centers to pay $190 million to 8,000 women and girls.

Did Police Exaggerate Account of Child’s Death in Hot Car? - Nation - - For instance, a thorough reading of the transcript suggests that prosecutors may have created a false impression by claiming that he searched the Internet for information about children and pets dying in hot cars.

Market Basket Meltdown Continues as Company Fires Employees, Shelves Go Empty and Customers Tweet it All - Business news -

A relaunch for The New Yorker, with high stakes | Capital New York - The New Yorker will debut its long awaited, revamped website today, about which you’ll see plenty of commentary and criticism.

California drought will only get worse, experts say - LA Times - California is probably headed into a deeper drought this summer, making it harder to escape in the future, an expert says.

MH17: Kerry says all evidence points to separatists and urges Russia to 'step up' | World news | - Kerry 'We have enormous input about this that points fingers' (Graun's comments full of comsymps)
Ukraine Says It Can Prove Russia Supplied Arms System That Felled Jet -
Separatists Said to Seize Control of Crash Victims’ Remains -
U.S. Points to Russian Missile Connection in Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 Crash - WSJ - Further, U.S. officials believe the systems were moved back across the border into Russia following the shoot down of the jetliner, buttressing what Ukraine charges is an attempt by the rebels and their Russian advisers to cover up their involvement in the crash.
Video - MH17 Crash: Where Rebels Got Their Missiles | #TheShortAnswer w/Jason Bellini - - U.S. officials say they believe rebels in Ukraine are responsible for shooting down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. How did Russian separatists get their hands on such a sophisticated missile system? How did they know how to use it? (rootin' shootin' tootin' Putin)
MH17 victims put on refrigerated train bound for unknown destination | World news | - International monitors arrive in Torez to inspect wagons accompanied by convoy of heavily armed and nervous rebels
Russia supplied missile launchers to separatists, U.S. official says - The Washington Post - and that attempts were made to move them back across the Russian border after the Thursday shoot-down of a Malaysian jet liner, a U.S. official said Saturday.
Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17: Ukraine Accuses Rebels Of Destroying Evidence - "He has one last chance to show he means to help," Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said after a telephone call to Putin ... Cameron: only a "very professional" crew could have brought down the speeding jetliner from 33,000 feet (10,000 meters) - not "drunken gorillas"
Ukraine Accuses Russia Of Destroying Evidence At Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 Crash Site
David Cameron: Russia To Blame Over Malaysia Airlines Crash If Rebels Responsible
John Kerry: Drunken Soldiers Unceremoniously Piling MH17 Bodies - "Drunken -- I mean literally, drunken -- separatist soldiers are piling bodies into trucks unceremoniously and disturbing the evidence," Kerry said
Ukraine: Rebels Took All Bodies From Plane Crash - "There's a stacking up of evidence here, which Russia needs to help account for. We are not drawing the final conclusion here. But there is a lot that points at the need for Russia to be responsible," U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on NBC's "Meet the Press" television show.
Seeing the Big Picture on Russia and the Shootdown (Putin's dick)
Rebel Leader: Malaysia Plane Filled with Already Dead Bodies
Lindsey Graham Calls John Kerry 'Delusional,' Obama 'King Of Indecision' - Graham said it's "indispensable" that the U.S. lead because the Europeans "never" will. Kerry expressed hope that the incident would serve as a "wake-up call" to some European nations. (ButchMeUp wants moar woars)

Both Sides Report Deadliest Day in Gaza War -
Obama Raises Concerns On Growing Casualties In Call With Netanyahu
Civilians Fleeing Gaza City Neighborhood After Israeli Strike Say They Have Nowhere To Go - The Palestinian Health Ministry reported that 87 Palestinians were killed in the attack. At least 420 Palestinians, most of them civilians, and seven Israelis have been killed in the two weeks of fighting.
Unguarded comments suggest Kerry frustration at civilian toll in Gaza | World news | - It's a hell of a pinpoint operation' captured on open microphone
Thousands Flee Major Battle In Gaza - Palestinian health officials reported at least 65 people killed by the air and artillery strikes that echoed across the city for hours. They put the number of displaced at 35,000.
Anti-Israel protesters rally across France, defying ban imposed after synagogue clash - Diplomacy and Defense Israel News | Haaretz - Thousands march through French cities in protest of Israeli operation in Gaza Strip; French president says will not allow violence to spill over into France.
Rich Lowry: Boys Killed By Israelis On Gaza Beach Should Have Gotten Out Of The Way | Crooks and Liars - National Review Editor Rich Lowry asserted over the weekend that Israelis were not at fault for the deaths of four boys who were killed while playing on a Gaza beach last week because Hamas should have told them to move out of the way.
Israel’s Warnings Don’t Make Their Bombings Right by Martin Longman | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - And, so, they wind up in a situation where they have a policy of blowing up families and apartment buildings while trying to make it okay by warning everyone they are about to be bombed.
Israel using flechette shells in Gaza | World news | - Palestinian human rights group accuses Israel military of using shells that spray out thousand of tiny and potentially lethal darts

US drone strike kills several militants in Pakistan | World news | - Eleven dead in remote-controlled attack on a compound in north Waziristan, the second this week
Afghan presidential vote audit halted over which ballots to throw out | World news | The Guardian - Deal to resolve political crisis in jeopardy after election workers walk out just days after large-scale audit of disputed poll begins
Clashes between Libyan militias near Tripoli airport leave three dead | World news | - Week-long battle for control of Libya's main international airport resumes after ceasefire efforts fail

Conflict translates environmental and social risk into business costs - Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining
Local Protesters Are Killing Big Oil and Mining Projects Worldwide | Motherboard

Addicted to Inflation - (addicted to voices in their heads)
Congress Fawned Over Bernanke, But It Mansplains To Janet Yellen, The First Woman Fed Chair - committee Chair Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) (R-Idiot)

Comcast Corp: All Recipients | OpenSecrets - Among Federal Candidates, 2014 Cycle Total: $1,986,060

The Rise of the Non-Working Rich | Robert Reich - In a new Pew poll, more than three quarters of self-described conservatives believe "poor people have it easy because they can get government benefits without doing anything."

Complaints About Chokeholds Are Focus of Study - - The city agency that investigates allegations of police misconduct is studying the more than 1,000 complaints it has received in recent years about police officers using chokeholds (Bloomberg's legacy)
New Raw Video Surfaces In NYPD Chokehold Death (GRAPHIC)

The 'Facebook Cop' and the Implications of Privatized Policing - Joe Pinsker - The Atlantic - The tech company agreed to pay the officer’s salary and benefits, which totaled roughly $200,000, even though she’s officially part of a government organization, the Menlo Park Police Department. “It's not the 'Facebook officer,’” a company spokesperson insisted in the Wall Street Journal article (this is how it starts, but they will have to wear advertising)
At Least 40 Shot In Chicago Weekend Wave Of Violence - An 11-year-girl was shot and killed during a slumber party as violence struck Chicago over the weekend, local media outlets reported on Sunday.

Pathogen Mishaps Rise as Regulators Stay Clear - - Spurred by the anthrax attacks in the United States in 2001, an increase in “high-level containment” labs set up to work with risky microbes has raised the number to about 1,500 from a little more than 400 in 2004 (Cheney's anthrax attacks spurred another arms race, of course, with no regulation because terror)

Debunking the right’s enduring myth: The truth about Richard Nixon and the fight to overturn the 1960 election - - Nixon's allies and aides contested the '60 presidential election fiercely -- no matter what Ann Coulter says

The Trials of Graham Spanier, Penn State’s Ousted President -
Great Moments In Post-Accountability - Lawyers, Guns & Money : For those who have already read Sokolove applying somewhat less of a critical eye to Spanier’s story than Richard Cohen applied to Colin Powell’s UN speech, the mystery will vanish.

Guarded optimism as HIV infections in US fall by a third over 10 years | Society | - 16 out of every 100,000 people infected by Aids virus in 2011 • Fall in new infection rate occurs despite rise in testing
What he said before he died -

7 biggest myths about big penises - - Bigger may be better, but when it comes to a partner's sexual satisfaction, size is pretty low on the priority list
Vagina selfie for 3D printers lands Japanese artist in trouble | World news | - Megumi Igarashi, aka Rokudenashiko, arrested for emailing digital template of her genitalia to supporters of her art

Why the internet of things could destroy the welfare state | Technology | The Observer - Tech pioneers in the US are advocating a new data-based approach to governance – 'algorithmic regulation'. But if technology provides the answers to society's problems, what happens to governments? (Zuckerpres for life!)
Fossils show sea creature's half-billion-year-old brain › News in Science (ABC Science) - Spectacular fossils unearthed in China show detailed brain structures of a bizarre group of sea creatures that were the top predators more than half a billion years ago.
What is the most jaw-dropping TED talk ? : AskReddit - water
bleepblopbloop comments on My husband was diagnosed with ADD because he can't focus on reading or similar tasks. I can read a book all day but simply *cannot* focus on a movie or a TV show. My mind will not stay focused. How come he has ADD and I don't?


Cover-up: Ukraine rebels destroying all links to MH17 air atrocity | World news | The Guardian - UN demands full inquiry but armed Russian separatists block access to crash site amid confusion over black boxes - Postings on rebel websites immediately after the crash boasted of having shot down what they claimed was an Antonov Ukrainian military transport plane, but these have since been deleted.
Bodies rained down on Ukraine village after plane disaster | Reuters - First came the loud explosion that made buildings rattle: then it started raining bodies.
Exclusive Footage of MH17 Aftermath: Russian Roulette (Dispatch 60) | VICE News
Looters Stole Cash, Credit Cards, and Jewelry from Flight MH17 Crash Victims - The Wire
Looters Stole Cash, Credit Cards, and Jewelry from Flight MH17 Crash Victims : news - the seperatists are already saying this was actually the last Malaysian plane MH370 that went down near the coast of Australia and the bodies were people dead a long time and the whole thing is fake.

NBC News Correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin Returning To Gaza - NBC News correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin will return to Gaza to cover the Israeli invasion, an assignment that comes two days after he was mysteriously removed by the network - fueling speculation that the removal had to do with Mohyeldin's coverage of the civilian casualties or a couple of deleted posts on social media. (AIPAC at work)
Committee To Protect Journalists Urges Israeli Military To Stay Away From Media Buildings
Israeli Army Is Requiring Journalists To Sign Waiver In Case Of Injury Or Death (in case we kill you)

More people than ever oppose the NSA practices Edward Snowden revealed. Why should he spend his life in prison? | Trevor Timm | Comment is free | - The justice system would never allow Snowden to present a real defense at trial. That's just one reason to give him amnesty
A Judge Just Gave Prosecutors Access To Someone's Gmail

US terrorist database growing at rapid rate - Yahoo News - The U.S. government is rapidly expanding the number of names it accepts for inclusion on its terrorist watch list, with more than 1.5 million added in the last five years, according to numbers divulged by the government in a civil lawsuit. (Obama created a million and a half American terrorists!)

Meet Executive Order 12333: The Reagan rule that lets the NSA spy on Americans - The Washington Post
Republicans Freak Out At Learning Reagan Decree Protects Lois Lerner

For the G.O.P., Fine Line Seen on Migration - - In 1996, when a surge in illegal immigration collided with the overheated politics of a presidential election, Republicans demanded a strict crackdown

Some girls are bigger than others » Balloon Juice (TBogg picks Hilliary; Liz for SC)

Here Is The Income Level At Which Money Won't Make You Any Happier In Each State (the South/West pretty much sucks; Ma 9th happiest)

Could southern black voters save the Senate for Democrats? - The Washington Post
Black Southern Voters, Poised to Play a Historic Role -
How Turbans Helped Some Blacks Go Incognito In The Jim Crow Era : Code Switch : NPR

Airbus files patent for saddle seats on planes -

Men aren’t entitled to women's time or affection. But it's a hard lesson to learn | Cord Jefferson | Comment is free | - Beware a bro who knows what he 'deserves': the friendzone is only purgatory if women's decisions are less valid

From prey to predator: how I got justice after sexual assault | World news | The Guardian - In Massachusetts at the time, the minimum sentence for rape was probation. But the judge sentenced Duncan Purdy to seven to 10 years. (Cambridge MA: About Hair)

Chattanooga Tennessee municipal broadband restrictions defended | BGR - However Ars Technica points us to a new quote from Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), whom we last saw slamming Google and Netflix for supposedly mooching off of Comcast, and who is now defending incumbent ISPs’ rights to offer her constituents inferior broadband service without having to face any competition from anyone.

ELI5:What is 4chan and why is it being banned in so many places? Isn't 4chan just like reddit? : explainlikeimfive

President Obama Weighs in on the Malaysian Airliner Crisis -
Obama Points to Pro-Russia Separatists in Downing of Malaysia Airlines Plane -
Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash: world demands answers from Russia | World news | - US criticises Kremlin's arming of rebels and Hillary Clinton says 'Putin has gone too far' after 298 die in missile strike
MH17: recording shows Russian colonel and rebels 'discussing disaster' – video | World news |
Malaysia Airlines Crash: World Demands Answers After Plane Downed Over Ukraine
Hillary Clinton to Charlie Rose on Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17: ‘Should be outrage in European capitals’ if Russia shot down plane over Ukraine  - NY Daily News - there’s a lot more that needs to be done,' Clinton said, 'and to put Putin on notice, that he has gone too far, and we are not going to stand idly by.'

Game Changer - Were it not for the hundreds killed, it would also be comical the ridiculous series of events Vladimir Putin's reckless behavior led up to this morning. For months Putin has been playing with fire, making trouble and having it work mainly to his advantage ... But having a passenger plane, filled with EU citizens, shot out of the sky above what is presumed to be the bubble of first world safety that is "Europe" is a game changing event not only in the Ukraine crisis but much more broadly about Putin's role in Europe generally.
Why Airlines Didn't Avoid Risky Ukraine Airspace - Rerouting planes around war zones costs airlines money, as the planes burn more expensive jet fuel. Aviation expert Norman Shanks said many airlines continued to fly over Ukraine despite warnings because it offered a shorter route that saved money on fuel.
Just With Real Weapons - So that's who you're dealing with: some mix of civil war reenactor or Tea Partier decked out in revolutionary garb, with a mix of reckless aggression and comical incompetence.

Putin and the Crash of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 : The New Yorker

What Happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 - - A summary of what is known and not known about the crash. UPDATED 5:43 PM ET
U.S. diplomat points finger at pro-Russian rebels -
Malaysia Plane Crash Victims Included About 100 AIDS Conference Attendees, Report Suggests
Russia Lays Blame for Malaysia Airlines Crash on Ukraine - - and rejected accusations that Russia was involved,
World Leaders Match Anger With Calls for Inquiry Into Ukraine Plane Crash - - But beyond calls for an international inquiry, they showed few signs of immediately following the United States in imposing harsher sanctions on Russia.
Leading AIDS Researcher Killed in Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 Crash -
Russia Today Anchor Resigns, Admits To Spreading 'Lies' For Putin - Firth said that if she was "asked to burn the facts and not tell the truth" then she would "be a goner." "And so I’m gone," she said, adding, "it's not a nice organisation either." (Putin runs the show)
Blown Out Of The Sky - Esquire - Mr. McCain said that Mr. Obama is running a "cowardly administration that failed to give the Ukrainians weapons with which to defend themselves." - More guns. More war. That's what we need. (McCain is really evil + over 350,000 guns have been trafficked from the US to Mexico and Central America since 2007, and we wonder why people want to get out of there.)
UN Security Council Sets Emergency Meeting On Ukraine - Britain's U.N. Mission said Thursday it requested the meeting and later tweeted that it is set for 10 a.m. Friday.
Downing of Malaysia Jet Is a Call to End Ukraine Conflict - - Downing of Malaysia Jet Is a Call to End Ukraine Conflict

No More Mister Nice Blog - Compare Obama To Reagan After An Airliner Shootdown? Yes, Let's Do That
NRA Calls For Missiles on Passenger Jets - The Daily Currant (if every passenger had a missle launcher this wouldn't have happened)

Netanyahu Warns of Wider Israel Operation in Gaza -
Gaza and Israel: The Road to War, Paved by the West - - The current escalation in Gaza is a direct result of the choice by Israel and the West to obstruct the implementation of the April 2014 Palestinian reconciliation agreement. The road out of the crisis is a reversal of that policy.
"And Does Someone Have Judy Miller's Number if the Replacement Doesn't Work Out?" - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Lawyers, Guns & Money - In fairness, Mohyeldin was naive to think that reporting actual news was a way to advance your career working for a major network newscast.
CNN Removes Reporter Diana Magnay From Israel-Gaza After 'Scum' Tweet - “After being threatened and harassed before and during a liveshot, Diana reacted angrily on Twitter,” a CNN spokeswoman said in a statement to The Huffington Post.
Twitter / YourAnonNews: US Senate subcommittee approves ... - using $621 million taxpayer dollars to ensure Israel can safely colonize Palestine
Israel, not Hamas, turns Palestinians into 'human shields'

Holding Peacekeepers Responsible - Room for Debate - - A Dutch court took the unusual step of holding its government responsible for the deaths of hundreds of Bosnians whom Dutch soldiers in a United Nations peacekeeping force let Bosnian Serbs slaughter.
Pope Francis and the Bishops Who Hid Pedophile Priests - - Pope Francis and the Bishops Who Hid Pedophile Priests

Nude photos of strangers are a 'fringe benefit' for NSA employees, says Snowden - Gadgets and Tech - Life and Style - The Independent - “So what do they do? They turn around in their chair and show their co-worker and their co-worker says: ‘Oh hey, that's great. Send that to Bill down the way.’ And then Bill sends it to George, George sends it to Tom and sooner or later this person's whole life has been seen by other people. It's never reported. Nobody knows about it because the auditing of these systems is incredibly weak.
General Atomics Unveils Enhanced Drone Cockpit | Defense Tech (how remote murder looks)
How to Bypass Internet Censorship

Addicted to Inflation - - I’ve had conversations with investors bemused by the failure of the dollar to crash and inflation to soar, because “all the experts” said that was going to happen

What Do the Recent Supreme Court Decisions Mean for Women’s Economic Security? | The Nation
Faith-Based Fanatics - - The founders were explicit: This country would never formally align God with one political party, or allow someone to use religion to ignore civil laws. At least that was the intent. In this summer of the violent God, five justices on the Supreme Court seem to feel otherwise.

Obama to Extend Protections for Gay Workers, With No Religious Exemption -

Cheers for Warren at Conference Offer Peek at Democrats' Mind-Set -
Elizabeth Warren should run for president: It would be good for Hillary Clinton, Democrats, and even Republicans. - Why an Elizabeth Warren presidential bid would be good for all Americans.
This voter guessed how old Elizabeth Warren is. The answer may surprise you. - Other voters guesstimated that Warren was around a decade younger than Clinton. She's actually only 18 months younger, born in 1949, 12 years before the current president of the United States, and four years before the current dynastic hope of the GOP, Jeb Bush (Hilliary is so 20th Century)

U.S. Steps Up Deportation of Central American Child Migrants -

Appeals Court Overturns Oklahoma’s Ban on Gay Marriage - (the beat goes on)

Obama approves sonic cannons for use in east coast gas and oil exploration | Environment | - Decision opens an area of the eastern seaboard larger than two Californias to exploration for the first time in decades

Out On The Weekend - Esquire - "They call this The Snake Line," Barber said. "We have got to get America back above The Snake Line."
Walk On The Water - Esquire - But, seriously, water? We are litigating whether citizens have a right to water?
Today's Lesson - Esquire - Most significantly, the speech now contains a pointed passage on international trade, in which deals like NAFTA and the upcoming TPP deal are framed as yet another way the dice are loaded, and another example of there not being any pea under any of the shells. (Obama's favorite thing - beside drones and spying - is secret trade deals)

The World Health Organization calls for the decriminalisation of drug use | Transform: Getting Drugs Under Control

Staten Island Man Dies After He Is Put in Chokehold During Arrest - - a 43-year-old man whose final moments were captured in a video in which he can be heard gasping “I can’t breathe” over and over again after an officer is seen placing him in a chokehold, officials said.
Man Dies After He Is Put in Chokehold During Arrest: a 43-year-old man whose final moments were captured in a video in which he can be heard gasping “I can’t breathe” over and over again : news

31 Adorable Slang Terms for Sexual Intercourse from the Last 600 Years | Mental Floss

This Is How Comcast Is Astroturfing the Net Neutrality Issue - Esquire - By its own admission, Comcast is working with think tanks like the American Enterprise Institute. Fellows at the Institute are printing op-eds all throughout the media in support of killing Net neutrality--without disclosing the think tank's ties to Comcast.

Carbon tax is gone: Repeal bills pass the Senate - Australia on Thursday became the first country in the world to abolish a price on carbon, with the Senate passing the government’s repeal bills 39 votes to 32. After two weeks of negotiations, and several false starts, the Abbott government achieved its long-held ambition to axe the tax, to applause from government senators. (burn in climate hell, Oz)

Malaysia Airlines passenger plane crashes in east Ukraine, reports say | World news | - Flight MH17 believed to be carrying 295 people on board goes down near town of Snizhne, says Russian news agency - in an area where separatist rebels have been engaging Ukrainian military forces in recent weeks. (just happened to crash there, Russian-backed rebels say)
Malaysia Airlines plane MH17 'shot down' in Ukraine - live updates | World news |
? [LATEST FOOTAGE] Malaysia flight MH17 Crash Site Dead Body'S And Passports Live News - YouTube
Downed Malaysia Airlines plane: how did it go wrong for flight MH17? | World news | The Guardian - "The aircraft was flying at Flight Level 330 [approximately 10,000 metres/33,000 ft] when it disappeared from the radar," said Eurocontrol. "This route had been closed by the Ukrainian authorities from ground to flight level 320 [32,000ft] but was open at the level at which the aircraft was flying."
Malaysia Airlines (MH) #17 ? 17-Jul-2014 ? EHAM / AMS - WMKK / KUL ? FlightAware
Pro-Russian separatist's online boasts about shooting down plane | The Security Service of Ukraine Published Talks between Terrorists and Their Curators from Moscow
? Pro-Russian rebels discuss the shooting down of the Malaysian Airlines airliner - YouTube
Malaysian Passenger Plane Crashes in Ukraine Near Russian Border - The Wire
The forgotten story of Iran Air Flight 655 - The Washington Post

Israeli military begins ground offensive in Gaza – live updates | World news | - Ceasefire talks ongoing despite reports of agreement
Israel seeks ceasefire that will restore authority to Abbas, says official | World news | - Negotiations between Israel and Hamas reach 'critical 24 hours' after Cairo talks during brief humanitarian ceasefire
Military Official Says Israel Invasion of Gaza Is Likely -

Edward Snowden: 'If I end up in chains in Guantánamo I can live with that' - video interview | World news |

Biden: His Time? - Esquire - The general feeling here is that Biden will not run for president if Hillary Clinton does. This is unfortunate. If there was ever a contrast to be made with the dour, mechanized, winning-through-effort style of the former Secretary of State, it is Biden's Humphrey-esque joie de pancake breakfast.

Georgia Out Of His Mind - Esquire - The fact is that impeachment -- or to be more precise, the threat of impeachment -- was a political tactic already at hand to the Republicans any time they wanted to use it. Criminalizing the simple election of a Democratic president was a club that was already in the bag.

Who Will Win The Senate? — The Upshot Senate Forecasts — - Republicans have a slight edge, with about a 58% chance of gaining a majority.
1980 and All That by Ed Kilgore | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - something interesting: Democrats seem to be significantly better than Republicans in flipping Senate seats held by incumbents.
Why Democrats Need to Take Sides in America's Class War - Straddling class divisions so last century. There's a new base in town, and it includes a lot of people who used to be middle-class but aren't anymore.
Class War: Yes Please - Lawyers, Guns & Money : A plutocratic white supremacist nation is what Republicans want. Democrats need to recognize this for what it is and aggressively organize the vast majority left out of Republicans’ vision.

“Religious Liberty” Campaign Not Working Out That Well by Ed Kilgore | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - Republicans are publicly complaining that Democrats are trying to “change the subject” from this or that issue (real or imaginary) they want to talk about, but are privately conceding the peril for their team of any extended conversation involving reproductive rights.

Towns Fight to Avoid Taking In Migrant Minors -
O’Malley , Obama aides spar over unaccompanied immigrant children - The Washington Post - It started Friday, when O’Malley declared that returning the children to their home countries, as Obama has suggested, would send them “back to certain death.” That prompted an angry response from White House officials and accusations of hypocrisy when O’Malley opposed locating a shelter for the children in a Maryland county.
How Conservative Media Killed A Charity's Plan To Help Migrant Children In Crisis | Blog | Media Matters for America - after conservative media outlets used misleading images to suggest displaced children would be living there in luxury conditions
Today in American Racism - Lawyers, Guns & Money - Rather, it seems to be just a small group of racists who already hate Obama and oppose immigration anyway
Immigration Lunacy Down in Arizona - Esquire - Adam Kwasman, right, who confused a bus full of YMCA campers for undocumented immigrant children.
Potential Jewish GOP House Members: And Then There Was One by Ed Kilgore | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - Well, Zeldin must be feeling lonely today after Kwasman conducted one of the most efficient acts of political self-destruction since Todd Akin decided to talk about rape:

Darrell Issa Abruptly Ends Hearing Before Witness Can Debunk His White House Attacks (attack of the clowns)

Wilmington Trust: Failed bank's lender faked loans, feds say - Compare that to the government's $7 billion cash settlement with Citigroup, where billions in bad loans were falsely called good ones and sold to investors, and individuals aren't being held responsible. (too big to jail)

The Goal of "6 Californias" Remains a Mystery | Mother Jones - Even if his initiative passes, he knows perfectly well it's going nowhere since Congress will never approve it. So either (a) he's just a crackpot or (b) he has some clever reason for doing this that's going to make him even richer. It's a mystery. (billionairetechdudebroasshole)

Limbaugh Claims He Hasn't "Spoken In Favor Of Impeachment" Just Weeks After Saying Obama "Needs To Be Impeached" | Blog | Media Matters for America (Satan always lies)

Rove’s Brilliant Health-Care Plan Foiled -- NYMag - by Lack of Space

The Trouble With Floyd Mayweather - Floyd Mayweather is a misogynist. And not just a misogynist, but a batterer, and a serial batterer at that

"Sex Demons" - Lawyers, Guns & Money : If you enjoy bad things happening to bad people as much as I do, you should be following the implosion of the Seattle-based Mars Hill Church
Inside Mars Hill's massive meltdown | - How narcissism, misogyny and Mark Driscoll's own troubled past led to the mega-church mass exodus his flock was too scared to talk about.
We Love Mars Hill - These are stories by people who once went to Mars Hill Church. People are often hurt from their experience at the church and we hope to provide a platform for healing and change.
Mars Hill Church Says "God Wants" Them to Have Sound Transit Property | Slog

Carbon Dioxide Suffers Just Like Jews In Nazi Germany, 'Expert' Says On CNBC - Princeton University professor William Happer while being interviewed on "Squawk Box" on CNBC. Before host Andrew Ross Sorkin could respond in incredulity, Happer went on to say, "Carbon dioxide is actually a benefit to the world, and so were the Jews." (logic at work) When ExxonMobil donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to Happer's organization, the Marshall Institute, they probably didn't expect him to make such haphazard comments.

Ebola Death Toll In West Africa Jumps To 603

Israeli naval ship bombs Palestinian children on Gaza beach, killing four - Group of young children reportedly attacked by shellfire from Israeli navy ship in Gaza City harbour area close to hotel at which journalists staying, with four dead (what you have wrought, AIPAC-friendly Dems)
Witness to a shelling: first-hand account of deadly strike on Gaza port | World news | The Guardian - There is a deafening explosion, then a second. Four children are dead. Four survivors reach the safety of our hotel
Israel firing experimental weapons at Gaza's civilians, say doctors | The Electronic Intifada

Pentagon: More Russian Troops on Ukraine Border - ABC News
As Fighting In East Ukraine Intensifies, Hundreds Of Bodies Of Rebels Found In Shallow Graves
Nigerian President Accuses 'Bring Back Our Girls' Activists Of 'Psychological Terrorism' | ThinkProgress - Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has never been a fan of activists demanding his government focus more efforts to retrieve more than 200 kidnapped schoolgirls

The Iraq That Dick Cheney Actually Left Behind | ThinkProgress

US government says online storage isn't protected by the Fourth Amendment (contra Supremes who implied cloud was private; this is Obama at work destroying your privacy)
Some Lucidity On What Is Wrong With The World, From r/Conspiracy Of All Places. : bestof (comment and account deleted, read down for copy from doppelgin)
UN: Nations hide rise in private digital snooping - The Washington Post - Governments on every continent are hiding an increasing reliance on private companies to snoop on citizens’ digital lives, the U.N. human rights office said Wednesday.
The airborne panopticon: How plane-mounted cameras watch entire cities | Ars Technica - Persistent Surveillance Systems can watch 25 sq. miles—for hours.

Federal judge rules California death penalty is unconstitutional - LA Times

Getting the Government Out of Your Wedding - A federal appeals court says its time for the state to stop saying what kind of clergy can perform your ceremony.
Jennifer Haselberger, Church Lawyer, Alleges Sex Abuse Cover-Up In Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis - Jennifer Haselberger, who spent five years as Archbishop John Nienstedt's archivist and top adviser on Roman Catholic church law, also charged that the church used a chaotic system of record-keeping that helped conceal the backgrounds of guilty priests who remained on assignment.

Austerity Is Poisoning The Economy, In 2 Charts - The broad spending cuts that were the fruits of the Republican Congress' budget obsession of the past few years have already cost the U.S. economy $351 billion in lost economic activity (Republicans are evil)
Americans Have Spent Enough Money On A Broken Plane To Buy Every Homeless Person A Mansion | ThinkProgress - he F-35 II Lightning, or the Joint Strike Fighter — has been grounded, highlighting just what a boondoggle the project has been. With the vast amounts spent so far on the aircraft, the United States could have worked wonders, including providing every homeless person in the U.S. a $600,000 home.

Elizabeth Warren: The government shutdown was over birth control | (think about that; Talibanical Republicans)
Democrats fail in attempt to reverse Hobby Lobby contraceptive ruling |

Pelosi, in Reversal, Says She Opposes Speeding Child Deportations -
Ariz. Protestors Mistakenly Blockade YMCA Bus Instead Of Migrants
Crisis management guy not very good at crisis management, kind of dumb about law too - It should be noted that those few passionate ‘bad apples’ were invited to foam at the mouth and block the roadway for the cameras by … Mayor Alan Long.
GOP Congressman: Kids At Border "Gang Members" From Culture Of "Rape" - “A lot of these children … quote-unquote … ya know, the first caller mentioned it, ya know, they’re gang members. They’re gang-affiliated.”

The Continuing Agonies of the Super-Rich - Republican fundraising is suffering because their big donors are worried they'll be "demonized." Can't this nation spare some compassion for them?
University at Buffalo paid $275,000 for Hillary Clinton speech - The Washington Post

Decriminalization arrives, and D.C. police prepare for sea change in marijuana laws - The Washington Post (their main job was smelling weed; what will they do now?)

The Billionaire Who Wants to Split California Into 6 States Has the Most Embarrassing YouTube Feed Ever | Mother Jones (dudebro billionaires at work)

How Americans Feel About Religious Groups | Pew Research Center's Religion & Public Life Project - Jews, Catholics & Evangelicals Rated Warmly, Atheists and Muslims More Coldly (Jews have highest self-regard but love White Evangelicals; everyone hates Atheist Ragheads)
U.S. Christians are chilly toward atheists, and the feeling is mutual | Pew Research Center

NASA: Humans Will Prove ‘We Are Not Alone In The Universe’ Within 20 Years : worldnews

FBI warns driverless cars could be used as 'lethal weapons' | Technology | - Internal report sees benefits for road safety, but warns that autonomy will create greater potential for criminal 'multitasking' (road drones)

Google Drops All Real-Name Restrictions for Google+ - The company apologized for the “unnecessarily difficult experiences” the rules had created.

Japan earthquake has raised pressure below Mount Fuji, says new study | World news | Guardian Weekly - Geological disturbances caused by 2011 tremors mean active volcano is in a 'critical state', say scientific researchers

Israel resumes air strikes after Hamas ceasefire rejection kills civilian | World news | The Guardian - First Israeli killed in conflict by one of 50 rockets fired from Gaza during halt in Israeli bombardment, which has killed almost 200
A knock on the roof, then another Gaza home destroyed by Israeli missile | World news | The Guardian - A Palestinian group says 869 homes been ruined or damaged in Israeli attacks. In Shati, a crowd witnesses one such strike
Thank You, President Obama. Love, Israel by Chris Ernesto --
Florida Congresswoman Sides with Israeli Police Over Her Own Brutalized Teenage Constituent | Alternet - Rep. Kathy Castor has done nothing for a Tampa teen who was beaten by Israeli cops.

Germany 'may revert to typewriters' to counter hi-tech espionage | World news | The Guardian - NSA inquiry head Patrick Sensburg claims communications technology mistrusted in wake of US spying allegations

Cowardice meets arrogance in UK surveillance stitch up - Boing Boing
A Zombie Bill Comes Back to Life: A Look at The Senate's Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2014 | Electronic Frontier Foundation

For the Record: Yes, the Government Really Did Trash-Talk Our FISA Story - The Intercept
Twitter / gadeirabbas: @johnjcook is right. On 3 ... - occassions feds smeared @ggreenwald & @MazMHussain's reporting even before they published. …
NSA Surveillance: Q&A with reporter Barton Gellman - The Washington Post - Holding our own government to account for the use of its power is, in my view, the highest mission of a U.S. news organization.

All Wars Are Bankers' Wars! | What Really Happened

Suing Corporations: Now Almost Impossible - Lawyers, Guns & Money
Thrown Out of Court by Lina Khan | The Washington Monthly - How corporations became people you can't sue.

Conservative Groups Move To Kill GOP's Highway Trust Fund Bill, But Republicans Aren't Nervous (while they dismantle America)

Atheist To Open New York Town Meeting After Supreme Court OKs Prayers

Four states were responsible for half of US wiretaps last year | The Verge - Nevada leads the country in phone taps per citizen

Things In Politico That Make Me Want To Mainline Antifreeze, Part The Infinity - Esquire - Dick Cheney sat silently through the whole exchange, taking it all in without saying a word.
Santelli Meltdown On CNBC - Business Insider

Slavoj Žižek Sorta Kinda Admits Plagiarizing White Supremacist Journal

Charles Darwin's evolutionary reading: HMS Beagle's library goes online | Science | - The Beagle's library of more than 400 books has been reconstructed and made freely available in digital form

Rupert Murdoch Thinks You're Overreacting About Climate Change
Yellowstone National Park limits visitor access because roads are melting | News | - For the past ten years, the magma pocket that’s responsible for heating the water in Yellowstone has been swelling and causing the ground above it to steadily rise. By 2010, some spots had risen by nearly a foot. Though the rate has slowed somewhat, the ground continues inching upward.

Egypt calls on Israel and Hamas to agree ceasefire | World news | The Guardian - Statement urges Israel to refrain from ground invasion and for Palestinian factions in Gaza to stop firing rockets
U.S. Sees Risks in Assisting a Compromised Iraqi Force - (all that money and blood for nothing)
A Tiny Revolution: Jesus Fucking Christ Jeffrey Goldberg Is an Idiot (No, ISIS Hasn't Captured Saddam’s Hidden WMD) - Jesus Fucking Christ Jeffrey Goldberg Is an Idiot (No, ISIS Hasn't Captured Saddam’s Hidden WMD)

Lady Butler-Sloss stands down from child-abuse inquiry | Society | - Judge, whose brother was attorney general in 1980s, withdraws from inquiry after mounting criticism of appointment

GCHQ has tools to manipulate online information, leaked documents show | UK news | - Documents leaked by Edward Snowden reveal programs to track targets, spread information and manipulate online debates
Edward Snowden condemns Britain's emergency surveillance bill | World news | The Guardian - Exclusive: NSA whistleblower says it 'defies belief' that bill must be rushed through after government ignored issue for a year

/u/161719 Explains the harmful effects of government surveillance and dispels the "i have nothing to hide" argument. : bestof

The American Century is over: How our country went down in a blaze of shame - - We face a triple crisis in foreign policy, economics and democracy. Here's how it all went to hell

One third of Americans want to impeach Obama (and Bush)

Infrastructure - Lawyers, Guns & Money : government spending on infrastructure, which is at its lowest levels on record, with data going back to 1947: (Republicans hate infrastructure)
The GOP self-destruction is complete: millennials officially hate conservatives | Ana Marie Cox | Comment is free |

Disease Threat From Immigrant Children Wildly Overstated | The Texas Observer - The Central American kids arriving in Texas are likely to be better-vaccinated than children in Texas.

Voodoo Economics in the Sunflower State - Lawyers, Guns & Money : The impact on overall state revenue has been devastating. Despite Laffer’s prediction, the state ended fiscal 2014 with a shortfall of $338 million. - In conclusion, upper-class tax cuts cannot fail — they can only be failed.
How Tea Party tax cuts are turning Kansas into a smoking ruin - LA Times

Michelle Rhee’s minions meet their match: New anti-charter group declares war - - High-profile Democrats -- from Donna Brazile to Jennifer Granholm -- are saying enough is enough re: charter-mania

On MoDo And Chelsea Clinton - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Does Dowd donate her own speaking fees to charity?

The Tea Party Isn’t a Political Movement, It’s a Religious One - The Daily Beast - Obama is the Antichrist, Republicans are heretics, and compromise is unholy. Politics can’t explain how the right acts.
Republicans confuse “Atlas Shrugged” for the Bible - - A new poll suggests a majority of party members think Jesus would have denounced universal healthcare (he came to save the rich, was anti-gay, pro-gun)

Bookstore Owner Takes On a Union, Shocking a Liberal Bastion - - “I think I’m probably not a very good manager,” Mr. Doeblin said

A Nice Jailing Should Teach This Terrible Mom To Let Her Nine-Year-Old Daughter Go To Park By Herself

The secret to successful flirting - - New research suggests that it's not what you say that attracts the opposite sex but how you say it (thanks, science)

The universe according to Nietzsche: Modern cosmology and the theory of eternal recurrence - - The philosopher's musings on the nature of reality could have scientific basis, according to a prominent physicist

Economist Koleman Strumph: File Sharing's Impact On Movies Is Modest At Most | Rife Mob

Why the next climate treaty is vital for my country to survive | Environment | - The Marshall Islands minister stresses the importance of forthcoming emissions targets, especially for countries less than two metres above the rising oceans

Israel Widens Gaza Bombing Targets, Deploys Ground Troops
"The current death score is 159-0." - Lawyers, Guns & Money : the Netanyahu government has partially contrived and partially been trapped by a domestic political climate that requires them to kill numbers of Palestinians in order to satisfy the Israeli electorate. Of course there’s the usual blather about “operatives” and “terrorist infrastructure”, but it is hard to take seriously the idea that anyone believes this as a description of Israeli aims.
Bullshitting about Gaza — Crooked Timber - I wonder if Israel’s cheerleaders realize the damage they do their own cause when they write things like “Israel, unlike Hamas, isn’t trying to kill civilians. It’s taking pains to spare them”
How Politics and Lies Triggered an Unintended War in Gaza – - Kidnap, Crackdown, Mutual Missteps and a Hail of Rockets (Netanyahu knew they were dead, played it for politics)
Netanyahu government knew teens were dead as it whipped up racist frenzy | The Electronic Intifada
How the public was manipulated into believing the teens were alive | +972 Magazine - The government-led campaign calling for their release helped the legitimacy of Israel’s military operation in the West Bank.
MEI Editor's Blog: Guest Post: William R. Polk Offers a Grim Assessment of Prospects for Israel and Palestine (not looking good)

Merkel doubts whether US will stop spying on Germany | World news | - Chancellor: 'We are not living in the Cold War anymore'' (Obama: "you're our bitch, bitch")

Emails shed new light on UK link to CIA 'torture flights' | World news | The Observer - Police given crucial logs about Diego Garcia's role in rendition programme when it was allegedly used as a secret prison (oh, they lied!)

The Senate is giving more power to the NSA, in secret. Everyone should fight it | Trevor Timm | Comment is free | - Politicians are still trying to hand over your data behind closed doors, under the guise of 'cybersecurity' reform. Have we learned nothing?

Tomgram: Rebecca Gordon, A Nation of Cowards? | TomDispatch - The 25th Hour - Still Living With Jack Bauer in a Terrified New American World (always be very terrified)

Elizabeth Warren Hits The Campaign Trail For Fellow Democrats

This Road Work Made Possible by Underfunding Pensions - - The Federal Highway Trust Fund is expected to run out of money in August. So, naturally, Congress is debating a temporary fix that involves letting corporations underfund their pension systems. (because raising the gas tax by a dime is impossible!)

Eschaton: Gambling Our Way To Prosperity - Another casino closing in Atlantic City. They had 30 years to figure out how to use gambling money to make it a nice place and they didn't. Roughly, anti-urbanism generally combined with a desire to cocoon off the tourist bits -especally the casinos - was the problem. And now with casinos everywhere ... (who could have pedicted?)

Bird decline 'smoking gun' for pesticide's effects (who could have predicted that would happen?)
The Fourier transform lets you have your cake and understand it | Science | The Observer - Teasing apart the ingredients of a jumble helps scientists to study complex things that change over time or space

How One College Handled a Sexual Assault Complaint - - How One College Handled a Sexual Assault Complaint

iOS 8: will Apple's new Message leave users confused? | Technology | The Observer

Miami, the great world city, is drowning while the powers that be look away | World news | The Observer - Low-lying south Florida, at the front line of climate change in the US, will be swallowed as sea levels rise. Astonishingly, the population is growing, house prices are rising and building goes on. The problem is the city is run by climate change deniers
South Miami Mayor: Marco Rubio Is An 'Idiot' - Sen. Marco Rubio's (R-FL) views on climate change have apparently not won him any favor in Miami. (tie him to Miami Beach)

Israel continues Gaza bombardment, pushing death toll past 120 | World news | - Palestinian mosque hit and two people at charity for disabled reported to be among latest victims of Operation Protective Edge
Terrified Families Fleeing Northern Gaza Airstrikes Seek Refuge With UN
Israel strikes Gaza mosque as death toll tops 120 - Yahoo News - and a center for the disabled where two women were killed
Twitter / YourAnonNews: RT @Elizrael IDF sending recorded ... - messages 2 eastern neighborhoods in Gaza strip: "Shuja'iyya will be erased in coming hours like Dahya was"
Israeli commander declares “holy war” on Palestinians | The Electronic Intifada - the commander of the Israeli army’s Givati Brigade has told his soldiers that they are engaged in a war to “wipe out” an “enemy who defames” God. (religious apartheid state)
As Gaza burns, it is clear two states would only cement Israel’s apartheid | The National - Apartheid domination was never the goal of political Zionism in Palestine. The objective was, simply, a Jewish state, and to realise this aim required the removal of the land’s pre-existing, non-Jewish majority. But it did not turn out to be so simple, and the Palestinian people can point to decades of resistance and steadfastness in the face of efforts to reduce them to “resettled” refugees and obedient minorities.
Jerome Slater: On the US and Israel: History vs "History."
MEI Editor's Blog: Guest Post: William R. Polk Offers a Grim Assessment of Prospects for Israel and Palestine - It is time to drop the nonsense and face the simple facts. They are these:

Mysterious man in Canadian jail is Mbuyisa Makhubu, says brother of anti-apartheid icon | Toronto Star - South African man who has been detained in Canada for 10 years has the same moon-like birth mark on left chest and knows details of family history. (no "papers")

Germany demands public promise from US to end spying | World news | - Scheduled talks with John Kerry over Ukraine and Iran to be overshadowed by concerns over recent espionage allegations

Maher Blasts ‘Useless Obama Hacks without a Shred of Intellectual Honesty’ | Mediaite - Bill Maher went after the left over NSA spying on Friday night; specifically, liberals who have refused to criticize surveillance under President Obama as opposed to, you know, when George Bush did it. (remember, Maher wanted Snowden in prison, talk about hacks)
Beware the Dangers of Congress’ Latest Cybersecurity Bill | American Civil Liberties Union - A new cybersecurity bill poses serious threats to our privacy, gives the government extraordinary powers to silence potential whistleblowers, and exempts these dangerous new powers from transparency laws. (Obummer and DiFucker at work)

Eschaton: Sophisticated - What's the evidence for that? - But the assault on one of the nation’s most sophisticated military contractors is a reminder that even seemingly safe computer systems are vulnerable. (Boeing is "sophisticated)
Teenager set off major cyber attack (and made fools of "cybersecurity professionals)

Congressman Goes On Diatribe Against Migrant Children, Urges Texas To Unilaterally Declare War | ThinkProgress (Louie Gumball wants to bomb the little brown terrorists)

Hullabaloo - Protecting the delicate sensibilities of the religious corporation - Basically the court says to non-Christian humans that the world is full of unpleasantness, just man-up and deal with it. But Christian corporations are delicate creatures whose sensibility is so fragile they must not even be required to have one penny of their precious money flow to a practice they find offensive.

Isolationist policies make the threat of terrorism even greater - The Washington Post (Gov Goodhair Loser wants more wars)

In States That Didn't Expand Medicaid, It's As If Obamacare Doesn't Even Exist For The Poor (the usual states screwing their citizens)
Christie agency awarded $260m to politically connected New Jersey firm | World news | - Mayor's administration gave tax break to firm headed by Democratic rival with whom Christie signed non-aggression pact – the third-biggest corporate subsidy that the state has awarded.

Hullabaloo - Chart 'O the Day (the decline of the "superpredator" because lead)

The Art of Water Recovery - - t public water systems lose, on average, one-sixth of their water — mainly from leaks in pipes
Vasectomy raises risk of lethal prostate cancer, study shows | Society | - those who had the operation were 10% more likely to be diagnosed with the disease. (men under 38 more at risk)

Linux for Lettuce | VQR Online - Myers contends that, when applied to plants, patents are stifling.

Losing Sparta | VQR Online - The Bitter Truth Behind the Gospel of Productivity (we are all Chinese)
NPF: Paid In Full | Gin and Tacos (compensation for work is so 20th century)
COL209 | News From ME - the call I really dislike is the one from a total or near-total stranger who is searching for a talented professional writer or artist who will work for free

Target security officer fired after reporting shoplifting - The Washington Post - But the man in the video may have been a Fairfax County sheriff’s deputy, Northington said he soon learned. And within days, two things happened: The deputy retired from the sheriff’s office and Target fired Northington, 29, a married father of two with a third child on the way.
D.C. family homeless shelter beset by dysfunction, decay - The Washington Post (anything for the children)

Grand Unified Theory of Female Pain | VQR Online

Miami Finds Itself Ankle-Deep in Climate Change Debate - - , Eliseo Toussaint looked out the window of his Alton Road laundromat and watched bottle-green saltwater seep from the gutters, fill the street and block the entrance to his front door. (tie Marco Rubio to Miami Beach)
Heartland Institute climate change conference: Optimism is the new denial. - Conservatives have a new line on climate change: “It’s real, but it’s nothing to worry about!”
Polar vortex weather: Mid-July will be as cool as mid-September in East and Midwest. - Well buckle up, America. We’re getting another dose of polar air next week, and just in time for what is normally the hottest week of the year.

Israeli PM vows there will be more air strikes on Gaza | World news | The Guardian - . So far more than 100 Palestinians have been killed, mostly civilians, including at least 23 children. More than 670 have been injured. There have as yet been no Israeli fatalities.
Israel's Gaza campaign may violate international law, says UN official | World news | - High commissioner for human rights says reports of civilians killed in strikes on homes raise doubt over legality of action
Israeli PM vows there will be more air strikes on Gaza | World news | The Guardian - Netanyahu shrugs off foreign criticism after top UN human rights official warns that air strikes could violate international law (Netanfuckyu)

Chalabi’s Back by Ed Kilgore | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - If you want to understand how tangled Iraqi politics have become now that Americans are paying attention once again, the must-read is a piece in Foreign Policy by Jane Arraf suggesting that Ahmad Chalabi—yes, that Ahmad Chalabi—is a good bet to succeed the failed Nouri al-Maliki as prime minister of that country.
Ahmad Chalabi Still Wants To Lead Iraq | FDL News Desk - Call in the clowns. If the disgraced so-called “journalists” who peddled Ahmad Chalabi’s lies are still allowed in the debate over the future of Iraq, why not Chalabi himself?
Bahrain’s Bad Decision - - The ruling family need only look to Iraq to see what can happen when authoritarian governments inflame sectarian tensions and do not embrace political transition when they still have time. (they all have a psychotic core)
Report: Indian Girl Raped On Orders Of Village Council - A 14-year-old girl was dragged into a forest and raped on the orders of a village council in remote eastern India in retaliation for a sex assault blamed on her brother, her family and police said Friday.

Drone kills six in northwest Pakistan, army seizes most of key city from Taliban
Officers say no 'stand-down order' for Benghazi - Associated Press - - Military officers testified that there was no "stand-down order" that held back military assets that could have saved the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans killed at a diplomatic outpost and CIA annex in Benghazi, Libya. Their testimony undercut the contention of Republican lawmakers.

The ultimate goal of the NSA is total population control | Antony Loewenstein | Comment is free | - At least 80% of all audio calls, not just metadata, are recorded and stored in the US, says whistleblower William Binney – that's a 'totalitarian mentality' (Obama, most authoritarian/totalitarian Pres in US history; way beyond Nixon's wildest dreams)

German spy agency searches for more moles after US breach | World news | The Guardian - BND president orders analysis of agency's communications for irregularities, and foreign minister to meet John Kerry

How 160,000 intercepted communications led to our latest NSA story - The Washington Post - The story, based on 160,000 intercepted communications I received from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, has provoked a lot of questions, objections, and, I think, misunderstandings. (Gellman)

NSA chief knew of Snowden file destruction by Guardian in UK | World news | - Revelation contrasts markedly with White House efforts to distance itself from UK government pressure to destroy disks - "What's perhaps most concerning is that the disclosure of these emails appears to contradict the White House's comments about these events last year, when they questioned the appropriateness of the UK government's intervention." (Obama's trail of lies)
Twitter / trevortimm: "Good news," said NSA's deputy ... - director when he learned the UK would force the Guardian to destroy the Snowden files. …
Newly Obtained Emails Contradict Administration Claims on Guardian Laptop Destruction - The Intercept

Waiting for Dark: Inside Two Anarchists’ Quest for Untraceable Money | Threat Level | WIRED
NSA surveillance data: UK access to information faces legal challenge | World news | The Guardian - Case brought by alliance of privacy groups to be heard by IPT, the security services oversight body that normally deliberates in private

Two Animal Rights Activists Indicted Under Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act | Earth First! Newswire - violating the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act and committing “animal enterprise terrorism.” (if you have enough money, you can label anything "terrorism")

Inquiry into US government labs finds flu virus cross-contamination | Science | - Two labs shut down as CDC reveals findings of inquiry prompted by anthrax exposure and discovery of insecure smallpox vials - cross contamination in one of the CDC's influenza laboratories led to a highly pathogenic strain of "bird flu", or H5N1, to be accidentally shipped to a Department of Agriculture lab that was expecting a safer strain. (this is how it will start)

Eschaton: They Controlled This - Plenty of things are genuinely beyond Obama's control, but we have an example of something which was 100% in his control. And it was horrible.
The Costs of Obama’s Housing Mistakes Keep Piling Up | The Fiscal Times (Obama's Program Designed to Fail Homeowners)

Eschaton: Don't Assume They Know What They're Doing - That rich elites weren't begging the government to take the health care nightmare off their hands taught me that they often don't have any idea what they're doing. The truth is that in a society as unequal and polarized as ours has become, almost everything is political. Get used to it.
Who Wants a Depression? - - “sadomonetarism,”

North Carolina Will Determine the Future of the Voting Rights Act | The Nation
Florida Illegally Drew Congressional District Boundaries To Benefit GOP, Judge Rules - Court documents filed in December revealed that many of the Legislature's redistricting records, including emails and other documents, were destroyed.

Older women don't need mansplaining boner prose in praise of their sexiness | Jessica Valenti | Comment is free | - Junod, careful to qualify that the 42-year-old women worthy of praise are those who "have armored themselves with yoga and Pilates even as they joke about the spectacle", seems to believe that he has done women a great kindness with this piece. (Tom Junod, Esquire bro-culture)

Nixon Tapes: Mideast Worries and ‘Girls’ Swearing - Washington Wire - WSJ (smart girls don't swear, motherfucker)

Is Religion 'Old-Fashioned' and 'Out of Date'? - Emma Green - The Atlantic - The downsides of using poll data to understand the arc of history
Crack Down on Scientific Fraudsters - - So Dr. Han did what many scientists are probably tempted to do, but don’t: He faked the tests, spiking rabbit blood with human proteins to make it appear that the animals were responding to the vaccine to fight H.I.V.
Earth's Magnetic Field Is Fading & May Be Ready To Flip - Earth's magnetic field, which protects the planet from huge blasts of deadly solar radiation, has been weakening over the past six months, according to data collected by a European Space Agency (ESA) satellite array called Swarm. the new data revealed the field is actually weakening at 5 percent per decade, or 10 times faster than thought. (if climate change doesn't get you)
Deadliest, Rarest Form of Plague Contracted Near Denver - Bloomberg - It is the first case of pneumonic plague seen in the state since 2004

Book Review: The Whore of Akron, by Scott Raab |

Vaporizers: How the new high-tech devices are changing marijuana culture.
Vaporizer Reviews by The Vape Critic | Find The Best Vapes for You

Female Yahoo Exec Sued By a Female Employee for Sexual Harassment - In her complaint, Nan Shi says she was working as a principal software engineer when the supervisor, industry veteran Maria Zhang, forced her to have sex against her will on multiple occasions, promising her "a bright future at Yahoo'' if she acquiesced.
What about sex did you not know about until it happened? : AskReddit
Study: Some E-Cigs Put Out Tobacco-Like Levels of Carcinogens - The problem seems to be that some tank-style e-cigarettes (the larger, refillable style that vaporize liquid nicotine) get so hot, they cause formaldehyde to form in the vapor they put out.
Home - Switching from a cigarettes to e-cigarettes has significant health benefits, according to a survey of more than 19,000 users
Efficacy and Safety of an Electronic Nicotine Delivery Device (E-Cigarette) - Full Text View -
What Chemicals Are In Tobacco Smoke? What Is Cigarette Smoke? - Medical News Today
What's Really in E-Cigarette Liquids & Vapor | Cig
electronic cigarette - Google Scholar


Gaza crisis: Obama says US willing to broker ceasefire as death toll mounts – live | World news | - Death toll from Israeli assault on Gaza hits 90, ministry says 22 children among dead, ministry says
How U.S. Taxpayers Are Subsidizing The Defense Of Palestinian Teen’s Alleged Killers - The Daily Beast - An Israeli group is raising tax-exempt money in the U.S. to support Israelis charged with or convicted of violence against Palestinians.
Eagle-Eye-Smith comments on Discussion: Palestinian death toll in the Gaza Strip reaches 48 with another 370 injured and Netanyahu promises further escalation

Nuclear materials seized by Iraq insurgents believed to be 'low grade' | World news | - International Atomic Energy Agency says materials 'would not present significant safety, security or nuclear proliferation risk' (ISIS on the way to becoming a nuclear power, thanks, neocons)
Russia Blocks Ukrainian Rebels From Crossing Border Into Russia | New Republic

Chinese hackers break into US federal government employee database | World news | - News of attempt to target people who had applied for security clearances comes as John Kerry attends Sino-American summit

Government pushes emergency law to allow data snooping | IT PRO (UK - "emergency")

Germany asks CIA station chief to leave over spying allegations - The Washington Post
Germany asks top US intelligence official to leave country over spy row | World news | The Guardian - Move comes in response to two reported cases of suspected US spying in Germany - after a year-long dispute triggered by the revelations of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, Merkel seems to have finally run out of patience with Washington's failure to explain itself.

WASHINGTON: Justice declines to pursue allegations that CIA monitored Senate Intel staff | DC Declassified | McClatchy DC (way above the law)

Eschaton: They Always Lie - We're at like the 57th stage of the "they don't do that/why are you surprised they do that" game.
Hullabaloo - Spying on Americans
Check Your Privilege | Cato Unbound - Ben Wittes begins his essay by observing that, just as he takes on faith that government agencies are not currently raiding his house, he is “remarkably confident” that the NSA is not illicitly wiretapping him. (privileged tool)
FBI monitored Nelson Mandela in 1990s over perceived communist threat | World news | - Previously classified documents show federal agents continued to monitor Mandela and ANC even after his release from prison
Five plaintiffs sue after being targeted in US 'suspicious activity' database | World news | - James Prigoff one of the people suing over 'McCarthy era' tactics after the FBI monitored him for photographing public art (Ho Chi Minh in Dorchester / you are the enemy)
Spying Case Left Obama in Dark, U.S. Officials Say - (that's where he lives)

Google admits to errors over Guardian 'right to be forgotten' link deletions | Technology | The Guardian - David Drummond, chief legal officer of internet search firm, says adjusting to EU rule on removing content is 'work in progress'

White House faces Senate opposition over $3.7bn for child migrant crisis | World news | - Bipartisan criticism of attempts to tackle immigration crisis • Obama uses Texas speech to say: 'I'm the guy doing his job'

Gaining Ground: Americans' Health Insurance Coverage and Access to Care After the Affordable Care Act's First Open Enrollment Period - The Commonwealth Fund
In U.S., Uninsured Rate Sinks to 13.4% in Second Quarter - Significant decline in uninsured rate across age groups since the end of 2013
Obamacare Reduced Uninsured by 9.5 Million, Close to CBO Target | New Republic - New report suggests number of uninsured declined, just as expected
Survey Estimates Net Gain of 9.3 Million American Adults with Health Insurance | RAND
Survey of Non-Group Health Insurance Enrollees | The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation
Republicans Who Signed Up For Obamacare This Year Are Pretty Happy - 74 percent of newly insured Republicans are happy with the plans they bought. Overall, 77 percent of people who had insurance prior to the rollout of the Affordable Care Act said they are pleased with the new coverage they obtained in the last year.
Libertarian Accidentally Shows Obamacare Success -- NYMag - it’s fair to say that the broader narrative conveyed by his work, which certainly lies on the sophisticated end of the anti-Obamacare industry, has utterly failed to prepare his libertarian readers for the possibility that the hated health-care law will actually work more or less as intended.

The GOP is calling women 'sluts' again. Now Democrats better do something | Jessica Valenti | Comment is free | - Let's be honest: trying to overturn Hobby Lobby won't work. Let's get optimistic instead: Republicans have ventured into the feminist minefield of 2014
Sons Of Birchers - Esquire - The Progressive has come up with some interesting information about Charles Koch and his involvement with the John Birch Society, in which young Charles apparently was following in the family crazy. This appears sadly to be relevant to our current political situation.

Denver will follow Boulder on licenses as gay marriage gains momentum | World news | - Decision follows ruling that federal stay can be ignored • Republican attorney general fights 'legal chaos
Bloomberg: Colorado Gun Recall Towns So Rural, They Don’t Have Roads | The Colorado Observer - In what may come as a surprise to residents of Colorado Springs and Pueblo, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg doesn’t think those cities have roads.

Jill Abramson Talks Obama Secrecy and Her New York Times Firing - The Daily Beast - Two months after her abrupt exit from the Gray Lady, the former executive editor delivered a speech about how different Obama is from Bush—and why she was dismissed from her post.

Donald Sterling calls wife a 'pig' in Clippers court case outburst | World news | - Owner shouts 'Get away from me, you pig!' as wife approaches • Case may run close to Tuesday deadline for $2bn Ballmer deal

New Yorker offers three-month online free-for-all before a paywall goes up | Media |

Dinesh D’Souza’s paranoid nightmare: Everything is a vast conspiracy against him - - Dinesh D'Souza has legal troubles, Costco's pulling his books, Google's hiding his movie. He shall not be silenced!

Claiborne Richardson Wants Pictures of a Kid's Cock | Slog
Virginia police will not take sexually explicit photos of teen in 'sexting' case | World news | - Warrant authorising shots of erect penis had been obtained • Teenager in juvenile court on child pornography charges
Cop shoots dog in parked car, claims "vicious pitbull" lunged at him. Video shows it's a lab and the cop shot through a half-rolled down window... : news

The Best Birth Control Might Be For Men, And No One Can Have It | VICE Canada - The original name for Vasalgel is RISUG (Reversible Inhibition of Sperm Under Guidance) and it was discovered in the 1970s by an Indian doctor named Sujoy Guha
Academic journal retracts articles over 'peer review ring' with bogus scholars | Media | - Journal of Vibration and Control says 60 articles published over last four years cited academics with 'assumed identities'
The Chronic Chronicles: A History of Pot - The Daily Beast

The 17 Dirtiest Excerpts From James Joyce's Letters
Elisabeth Hasselbeck Is Livid About Rosie O'Donnell's Return To 'The View' - and said that she thought O'Donnell has been planning her much-rumored return to the show for a "long time."

What secrets do you know about your SO (past or present) that nobody else knows? [NSFW] : AskReddit

Republican Calls Climate Change A Hoax Because Earth And Mars Have 'Exactly' Same Temperature - Kentucky state Sen. Brandon Smith (R) - According to NASA, the average temperature on Earth is 57 degrees Fahrenheit -- 138 degrees above Mars' average of -81 degrees.

Iraq: 50 Bodies, Many Blindfolded, Found South Of Baghdad

Israeli army says the killing of 8 Gazan family members was in error - Diplomacy and Defense Israel News | Haaretz - According to the military relatives of Odeh Kaware were warned of air strike and left the home but returned too soon; pilot was unable to divert the bomb. (what bullshit)
Palestine News & Info Agency - WAFA - Britain’s Largest Trade Union Slams Israel as Apartheid State (Abe Foxman and AIPAC stick their fingers in their ears)

Second German government worker suspected of spying for US | World news | The Guardian - Accused reportedly works 'in military', as Berlin still reels after intelligence agent was accused of working for CIA last week
Germans Probe 2nd Spy Case Reportedly Involving U.S.

Meet the Muslim-American Leaders the FBI and NSA Have Been Spying On - The InterceptThe Intercept
Latest Snowden Leaks: FBI Targeted Muslim-American Lawyers | Threat Level | WIRED
Asim Ghafoor on Vimeo - Asim Ghafoor, an attorney who has represented clients in terrorism-related cases, was one of five prominent Muslim-Americans whose emails were covertly monitored by the National Security Agency and FBI under a secretive judicial process intended to target terrorists and foreign spies.
We are Glenn Greenwald & Murtaza Hussain, who just revealed the Muslim-American leaders spied on by the NSA & FBI. Ask Us Anything. : IAmA - What caused us to hold our story last week is that DOJ and other officials began whispering to another news agency that at least one of the people we named (Nihad Awad) was monitored without a FISA warrant ... Do you think there is another NSA leaker? Yes, for multiple reasons, I do believe there is - though that had nothing to do with the Gellman story. Snowden docs were clearly the basis for that WashPost article.
heise online Timeline – NSA-Skandal: Was bisher geschah

Snowden applies to extend asylum in Russia - lawyer — RT News

White House: racial slurs in NSA intelligence material 'unacceptable' | World news | - FBI and NSA to review policy after leaked documents suggest training materials referred to targets using offensive language
Files on UK role in CIA rendition accidentally destroyed, says minister | World news | - Rights groups say FCO claim records of flights in and out of Diego Garcia missing due to water damage 'smacks of cover-up' (yeah, sure)

Alleged Anonymous hacker Matt DeHart put on suicide watch and his refugee hearing postponed | National Post
Matt DeHart claims he’s wanted for working with Anonymous | National Post - Matt DeHart, a former U.S. soldier seeking asylum in Canada, claims he’s wanted for working with Anonymous. The U.S. says he may be a spy — and more

The Kingdom and the Towers | Vanity Fair - Was there a foreign government behind the 9/11 attacks? A decade later, Americans still haven’t been given the whole story, while a key 28-page section of Congress’s Joint Inquiry report remains censored (the Saudi/Israel connection to 9/11 from 2011)
The NSA Isn't Spying on Enough People - I'm specifically talking about former President George W. Bush and the former director general of Saudi intelligence, Prince Bandar. The NSA should be spying on them, their acquaintances, and their families, day and night, until we get to the bottom of this.
DHS social media hearing reveals how secretive, unaccountable is the agency | Privacy SOS

Google's Growing Silence on Saving Open Internet Leaves Fight to Startups - Bloomberg
FAKE Google web SSL certificates tip-toe out from Indian authorities • The Register - Google is warning that dodgy SSL certificates have been issued by India's National Informatics Centre (NIC): these certs can be used by servers to masquerade as legit Google websites and eavesdrop on or tamper with users' encrypted communications.

ACLU and partners sue federal govt over failure to provide legal representation for children placed into deportation proceedings | ACLU of Southern California

Government lies : Columbia Journalism Review - Charles Lewis’ new book says nonprofit journalism is the answer to government lying and corporate bullying—but we have to figure out how to pay for it - 935 Lies, the new book about government dissembling and media enabling from veteran investigative journalist Charles Lewis, starts with the Gulf of Tonkin and wends its way through one shameful episode after another, culminating with the arguments justifying the 2003 US invasion of Iraq

Manhattan just another island haven for dirty money | Center for Public Integrity - How shady characters are using lax rules to funnel wealth through high-end New York apartments (Bloomfuck's cop-state for billionaire tax-dodgers)

Faith Groups Seek Exclusion From Bias Rule -
ACLU, LGBT Rights Groups Drop ENDA Support Over Religious Exemption | Religion Dispatches

In Kentucky's Senate race, coal is where the heart is | World news | - Coal has assumed out-sized importance in the upcoming election as a devastating sequence of mine shut downs and job losses in eastern Kentucky have put the region up for grabs - Coal mining is locked in a death spiral in eastern Kentucky, but there is still a huge emotional and cultural attachment to the industry.xs

Is Ratfucking Journalism Dead?

One percent’s rental nightmare: How Wall Street scheme blew up in its face - - Big Money investors thought they had the perfect plan to buy up rental properties. There was just one huge problem - turns out that institutional investors have no idea how to manage rental properties.

Eschaton - The Washington Post manages to be awful about basically everything: It’s a $500 fine for a motorist to hit a bicyclist in the District, but some behaviors are so egregious that some drivers might think it’s worth paying the fine.

What Happens When A Prep School's Black Student President Mocks Her White Male Classmates - An Instagram photo allegedly led the country’s most expensive boarding school to strip its first black female student body president of her role.

Photographing a Teen's Boner to Prove He's Sexting Is Way Worse Than Sexting | Motherboard - Virginia police asked a judge for a warrant to take pictures of the erect penis of a teenager facing felony charges for sending video to and receiving photos from his 15-year-old girlfriend.
In ‘sexting case’ Manassas City police want to photograph teen in sexually explicit manner, lawyers say : news (compelling his dick to testify against him)

TIFU: secretly eating mushrooms while my wife was asleep in a house full of cats : tifu
Erowid Experience Vaults: 2C-B & Alcohol - Should I Live as Thomas Aquinas or as Socrates? - 72502

Reddit's moderator system is broken—but here's how to fix it
glenngreenwald comments on We are Glenn Greenwald & Murtaza Hussain, who just revealed the Muslim-American leaders spied on by the NSA & FBI. Ask Us Anything. - Reddit is practicing censorship, pure and simple.

News Releases - Study Results Published in the Journal of Neuroimmune Pharmacology

UN issued with roadmap on how to avoid climate catastrophe | Environment | - Report is the first of its kind to prescribe concrete actions that the biggest 15 economies must take to keep warming below 2C
BBC staff told to stop inviting cranks on to science programmes - BBC Trust says 200 senior managers trained not to insert 'false balance' into stories when issues were non-contentious (hello, CNN)
Why haven't we encountered aliens yet? The answer could be climate change
Nearly 80% of California now under 'extreme' drought conditions - Los Angeles Times (and when a major city runs out of water ...)
8 Shocking Infographics That Show Where Animals Once Lived -- And Where They Live Now

Israel pounds Gaza with air and naval strikes in move against Hamas | World news | The Guardian - Thirteen killed and 90 injured in first salvoes of Operation Protective Edge as Netanyahu sends tanks to Gaza border
Three Israelis 'confess to killing Palestinian teenager' | World news | The Guardian - Reported admissions of guilt come after days of clashes across Israel, following death of Mohammed Abu Khdeir

Why the White House Ignored All Those Warnings About ISIS - The Daily Beast - Team Obama was told, over and over, that the Iraqi army couldn’t stop a terror group that was ready to pounce. But Washington was a prisoner to its paradox of an Iraq policy. (Hilliary said they were fine)
ISIS Is About to Destroy Biblical History in Iraq - The Daily Beast - “The Iraqi army will be obliged to conduct operations next to these archeological sites,” said Qureishi. The jihadists “will destroy them and say the Iraqi army bombed these sites.”
Syrian conflict: Key sarin ingredients sold by UK firms
US attorney general wades into debate on westerners fighting in Syria | World news | The Guardian - Eric Holder advises European countries to adopt similar approach to US and to conduct undercover operations (oh, that will work)

Sex-Abuse Victims to Pope: Stop Begging for Forgiveness and Just Stop the Abuse - The Daily Beast - Francis met with rape victims Monday and begged for their forgiveness. The head of the world’s largest survivor network has 15 better ways for him to act.

Angela Merkel says allegations of US spying on Germany are 'serious' | World news | - The German chancellor says if the allegations prove true it would breach expected levels of cooperation between partners
White House on the back foot over CIA role in German spying scandal | World news | - Germany already taking counter-measures as CIA maintains silence over alleged recruitment of German intelligence official (that just keep doing it because they could)
Germany to escalate counter-espionage efforts in wake of US spying allegations | World news | The Guardian - Bild newspaper says interior ministry emphasising the need for effective counter-intelligence in wake of arrest of BND staffer
The NSA, the silent chancellor, and the double agent: how German ignorance left us vulnerable to the US spy game | Malte Spitz | Comment is free | - To credibly demand change from the Americans, Merkel's government must come clean about its own mass surveillance (there's the problem)

The Snowden Effect, Cont'd - Esquire - There is absolutely no reason to believe anything these people say any more. Any story that assumes the NSA is telling the truth is prima facie flawed.
The Latest Snowden Leak Is Devastating to NSA Defenders - Conor Friedersdorf - The Atlantic - The agency collected and stored intimate chats, photos, and emails belonging to innocent Americans—and secured them so poorly that reporters can now browse them at will.
NYT Mischaracterizes PCLOB Report While Transcribing NSA Pushback to WaPo | emptywheel (oh, look: Times taking steno from NSA; ES was right)

US military studied how to influence Twitter users in Darpa-funded research | World news | - Defense Department spent millions to research social networks • Studies focused on Occupy and Middle East protests • Projects also analysed memes, celebrities and disinformation
Russia hits out at 'kidnapping' of MP's son by US secret service | World news | The Guardian - Roman Seleznev, son of politician known for anti-American outbursts, arrested in Maldives on suspicion of hacking activities
? Theater of Justice - Cecily McMillan on her release and conditions at Rikers Island - YouTube
Computing student jailed after failing to hand over crypto keys • The Register - Sledgehammer once again used to crack a nut
Crypto weakness in smart LED lightbulbs exposes Wi-Fi passwords | Ars Technica - More evidence the Internet of things treats security as an afterthought.
LAPD Exposes Login To Data Harvesting Software During Interview With CNN | Techdirt - from the as-secure-as-Darth-Helmet's-luggage dept

Remembering Alexander Bickel’s passive virtues and the Hobby Lobby cases « Hercules and the umpire. - In the Hobby Lobby cases, five male Justices of the Supreme Court, who are all members of the Catholic faith and who each were appointed by a President who hailed from the Republican party, decided that a huge corporation, with thousands of employees and gargantuan revenues, was a “person” entitled to assert a religious objection to the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate because that corporation was “closely held” by family members. To the average person, the result looks stupid and smells worse.
Federal Judge Blasts Hobby Lobby Decision: Supreme Court Should 'STFU' | ThinkProgress
The Most Partisan Supreme Court Justice Of All | ThinkProgress - [Alito] wanted Obamacare gone.
The Fraudulent "Minimalism" of the Roberts Court - Lawyers, Guns & Money : First, I’m just amazed that anyone could have been fooled by Alito’s fauxminimalism at this late date. This strategy has been evident since before Alito joined the Supreme Court
Wheaton College injunction: The Supreme Court just sneakily reversed itself on Hobby Lobby. - While you were sleeping, Hobby Lobby just got so much worse.
Hobby Lobby: We Will Never Hit Peak Derp - Lawyers, Guns & Money : In point of fact, asking some entity to comply with the generally applicable, neutral regulations everyone else has to comply with is not “vilification.” (see Derpthat

Forget Red State, Blue State: Is Your State "Tight" or "Loose"? | Mother Jones - A new theory about the cultures of different regions could go a long way toward explaining why the United States is so polarized - the researchers show a very strong correlation between the percentage of slave-owning families that a state had in the year 1860, and its "tightness" measurement today. (oh, look: slave-owning "Christians")
1-in-10 Americans don’t give a hoot about politics | Pew Research Center - Bystanders are young (38% are under 30), and nearly a third (32%) are Hispanic. A third of Bystanders are foreign born, a higher share than any of the other typology groups, including 29% total who are not citizens.

82 shot, 14 fatally, in Chicago over July Fourth -
12 shot in 5 bloody hours in NYC | New York Post

No, I’m not playing the ‘six degrees of Adolf Hitler’ game - The Washington Post - Last Thursday, Michael Goldfarb, the head of the Center for American Freedom, which publishes the Washington Free Beacon, tweeted the following accusation: (Freedom!)

Hillary Clinton Begins to Move Away From Obama Ahead of 2016 - WSJ - Hillary Clinton has begun distancing herself from President Barack Obama, suggesting that she would do more to woo Republicans and take a more assertive stance toward global crises, while sounding more downbeat than her former boss about the U.S. economic recovery. (more Republicanism, more wars, says Hills)

Cuba Might Have Planted Menendez Prostitute Tale -- NYMag - Eventually the women recanted their story, and Tucker Carlson was forced to deny that his website paid for the story.
The Strange Trials Of Bob Menendez - Esquire - Well-played, Cuban spies. Very well-played indeed. - Bob Menendez, the Zelig of weird political demi-scandals.

Throwing The Pamphlet At Them - Esquire - Poison the water for 300,000 and pay $11,000. Or not. (because Freedom! Industries)

Court Blocks Arizona From Denying Driver's Licenses To Young Immigrants
Crazy Land - Esquire - It seems almost pointless to mention this but there is simply no state Democratic party in any of the 50 states that is so clearly, obviously demented. (they have already seceded)
History Goes Into Reruns - Esquire - The A passages are from the Texas Republican platform. The B passages are from the Constitution. Of the Confederate States Of America. (Just sayin')

The Meddler - Esquire - It's apparently because Those People in D.C., and we know who They are, cannot be trusted to take care of the welfare of their own children, and need the firm direction of a suburban foof from Maryland who takes a whopping amount of his campaign money from various drug companies. (the oxycontin corps hate weed)
Marijuana sales kick off in Washington state – but sellers are in short supply | World news | - Customer demand for legal, recreational marijuana looks set to exhaust retail stores' small supply of state-sanctioned pot
Sonoma County D.A.: No criminal charges for sheriff’s deputy in Andy Lopez shooting | FireWorks - Ravitch released a 52-page summary of her findings that includes several new details about the shooting, including that Lopez was likely high on marijuana at the time he was killed. (he was high so the cop killed him)

Madonna shows up for jury duty in Manhattan, released to prevent ‘further distraction’ - NY Daily News - But she was soon gone. While regular folks summoned to do their civic duty sat through hours of waiting, Madonna was sprung after an hour and a half.

Forgotten smallpox vials found in cardboard box at Maryland laboratory | Science | - US government scientist clearing out old storage room found decades-old vials, but CDC does not yet know if virus is live


Israeli police arrest six over Mohamed Abu Khdeir killing | World news | - Suspects held after death of 17-year-old Palestinian belong to extremist Jewish group, according to sources

Germany demands answers from US after arrest of suspected double agent | World news | - Case risks further straining ties with Washington in wake of last year's revelations of NSA's monitoring of Angela Merkel's phone

The NSA Said Edward Snowden Had No Access to Surveillance Intercepts. They Lied. | Mother Jones (they always do, don't they)
In NSA-intercepted data, those not targeted far outnumber the foreigners who are - The Washington Post - Files provided by Snowden show extent to which ordinary Web users are caught in the net
NSA intercepts: ordinary internet users 'far outnumbered' legal targets | World news | - Washington Post report says half surveillance files collected between 2009 and 2012 belonged to US citizens or residents
Report: Ordinary Americans Caught Up In Data Sweep
Eschaton: Also, Fingers Crossed Behind Backs - Just revisiting this, but it's amazing how if we just add meaningless distinctions retroactively then we aren't liars after all!!! Nor are we a completely unaccountable agency with totalitarian powers that we would never abuse!!! God Glenn Greenwald is a dick.

Interview with NSA Experts on US Spying in Germany - SPIEGEL ONLINE - In a SPIEGEL interview, Edward Snowden's lawyer, Jesselyn Radack, and former NSA contractor Thomas Drake discuss the reasons behind the American spying agency's obssession with collecting data.

TSA targets mobile phones and electronics in new security policies | World news | The Guardian - Some direct flights to US will require passengers to show cellphones to security as authorities work to counter threat of explosives

Corporations, 'artificial people' and the unintended risks of Hobby Lobby | Money | - The supreme court decision on corporations' religious rights could open the door for the outsize influence of business across American life

College Students Claim Voter ID Laws Discriminate Based on Age - - College Students Claim Voter ID Laws Discriminate Based on Age

Here are the highlights of Justice Ginsburg’s fiery Hobby Lobby dissent - - The iconic member of the Supreme Court's liberal wing argues the majority "has ventured into a minefield"

Hullabaloo - Regardless of how the voters answer the questions in Washington polarization is clearly driven by conservatives. It just isn't a matter of dispute:

North Carolina voter law challenged: 'the worst suppression since Jim Crow' | World news | - New voter ID law, seen by many as unduly affecting African Americans, to be challenged in court by civil rights group and NAACP

Eschaton: Teabagged - Major Major’s father was a sober God-fearing
Cliven Bundy Must Be Held Accountable For Standoff, Officials Say - Bundy crossed the line when he allowed states' rights supporters, including self-proclaimed militia members, onto his property to aim guns at police.

Genetic Material Of Deadly 1918 Influenza Is Present In 8 Circulating Strains Of Bird Flu | Neomatica

Palestinian boy Mohammed Abu Khdeir was burned alive, says official | World news | The Observer - Mohammed al-A'wewy, attorney general for Palestine, makes claims as violence continues in West Bank and East Jeruslaem
Autopsy Results Show Mohammed Abu Khdeir Was Burned To Death
Israel holds US boy without charge after police nearly beat him to death | Dispatches from the Underclass
Twitter / haaretzcom: U.S. confirms beaten Palestinian ... - boy is American; calls for 'full accountability for any excessive use of force'
Ukrainian troops retake key city of Slavyansk from rebels in east | World news | The Observer - Kiev government offensive against pro-Russia forces achieves first significant victory in restoring state control
Taliban destroy oil tanker lorries in Afghanistan | World news | - Militants set fore to around 200 trucks carrying fuel for Nato forces in country, say officials
'Arrest us all': the 200 women who killed a rapist | World news | The Guardian - When hundreds of women descended on Nagpur district court armed with knives, stones and chilli powder, within minutes the man who raped them lay dead. Raekha Prasad reports

U.S. and Canada knew charges against Omar Khadr were bogus | FREE Omar Khadr NOW

Twitter / ggreenwald: Here's what happens to people ... - in the intelligence community when they use "proper procedures" to disclose information …
CIA employee’s quest to release information ‘destroyed my entire career’ - The Washington Post - His CIA career included assignments in Africa, Afghanistan and Iraq, but the most perilous posting for Jeffrey Scudder turned out to be a two-year stint in a sleepy office that looks after the agency’s historical files.

Get ready for an even bigger threat to Obamacare - Los Angeles Times - Obamacare's next hurdle: A fundamental challenge to the Affordable Care Act is about to be decided by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circui
Decision Looms In Lawsuit That May Actually Crush Obamacare

Living Without Water in Detroit – Next City

Take Away the Entire Welfare State From Employers | Demos - In the wake of the Hobby Lobby decision, numerous writers have noted that we shouldn't have employer-provided health care at all (I, II). Instead, they argue, it should be done publicly. These arguments don't go far enough though. We shouldn't move just health care away from employers; rather, we should take away the entire employer-provided welfare state.
Guaranteed Income & Choose Your Boss  — Medium - Uber for Welfare

BBC World Service - Boston Calling, Immigration Crisis , Charles Horman - The US government’s role in the murder of an American journalist in Chile

The Town Where Immigrants Hit a Human Wall - - Influx of Central American Migrants Roils Murrieta, Calif.
Six arrested as Southern California demonstrators clash over immigration | World news | - Protesters on both sides of debate clashed outside US border partrol station where Central American migrants expected to arrive (America, land of the haters)

Twitter / billmon1: The Wa Post’s Dan Balz think ... - this shows Obama is “angry,” “boiling over,” & doesn’t really want to work with the GOP:
alicublog: Wonks Propose And Mobs Dispose. - As part of the mainstream media campaign to drown America in liberal lies, the New York Times prints Sam Tanenhaus' long, loving article on "reformicons" -- the Republican New Ideas grifters
Mouseketeer Roll Call - Esquire - Sam Tanenhaus apparently has a longform burst of optimism in the New York Times - what are now being called "reform conservatives" by many people who maybe should know a little better.
Quote Details: Dorothy Parker: She runs the gamut... - The Quotations Page - She runs the gamut of emotions from A to B. Dorothy Parker, speaking of Katharine Hepburn | Dorothy Parker - Wikiquote ("You can't teach an old dogma new tricks.")
After ‘Harris v. Quinn’: The State of Our Unions | The Nation - After one of Supreme Court’s most anti-union rulings in recent years, is there still time for organized labor to save itself?

Booman Tribune ~ A Progressive Community - Dana Milbank needs to lay off the Knifey Moloko. I mean, what in the hell? (Republican controlled Congress would be just great)

Twitter / Mobute: Richard Mellon Scaife died ... - on July 4, 2014. His last words were, "William Jefferson Clinton lives."
Richard Mellon Scaife, Fortunate Son » Balloon Juice - fueled the 1998 impeachment of President Bill Clinton, died on Friday at his home in Pittsburgh. He was 82…
Richard Mellon Scaife, Influential U.S. Conservative, Dies at 82 -

Shocking but true: students prefer jolt of pain than being made to sit and think | Science | The Guardian - Report from psychologists at Virginia and Harvard Universities tackles question of why most of us find it so hard to do nothing
Why is thinking such a pain? | Anouchka Grose | Comment is free | - Tasked with sitting in a chair and doing nothing but thinking, two-thirds of men and a quarter of women chose to give themselves electric shocks to pass the time. Most people will do anything to avoid their internal voices. (men think less than women)

Report on NJ Transit’s gridlock at Super Bowl is overdue - News - - It’s been about five months since hordes of Super Bowl fans found themselves stuck on train platforms for hours, waiting for NJ Transit to get them home from the big game. why, after more than a year of planning, NJ Transit was ill-prepared to handle the 33,000 football fans who took its advice to “take the train” to the big game, only to end up trapped for hours in a crush of people trying to get home. ($1.2 million for flowcharts and Christie kickbacks)

Another Day, Another 124 Violent SWAT Raids | American Civil Liberties Union

States That Drink the Most Beer - 24/7 Wall St. (Maine, Vermont, NH are drunk)
Yet Another 12 Mind-Blowing Documentaries To Watch On Netflix
Psychedelic mushrooms put your brain in a “waking dream,” study finds - The Washington Post - But some patients seem to benefit from having their emotions “unlocked” instead. “It would really suit the style of psychotherapy where we engage in a patient’s history and hang-ups,” Carhart-Harris said. “Instead of putting a bandage over the exposed wound, we’d be essentially loosening their minds—promoting a permanent change in outlook.”
Scientists figured out how shrooms open your mind | The Verge - "It’s like someone’s turned up the volume there, in these regions that are considered part of an emotional system in the brain,"
News releases - New tests find bee-killing pesticides in 51% of “bee-friendly” plants from garden centers across U.S. and Canada

What's a Writer Gotta Do To Get Banned Around Here? | Tiffany Reisz - 13 Controversial Books By Women Writers
? The Holographic Disclosure 1 of 7 - YouTube

To Be Self Evident - Esquire - The greatest time bomb ever laid beneath history was laid 238 years ago today. (At his most acidic, Samuel Johnson wondered, ""How is it that we hear the loudest yelps for liberty among the drivers of negroes?")
? Fireworks filmed with a drone - YouTube
Younger Americans Are Less Patriotic. At Least, in Some Ways. - - 81 percent of the Silent Generation (those who are 69 to 86 years old in 2014) love America while only 58 percent of millennials (18 to 33 years old) feel the same. (substance, not symbols)
Different Kind of Patriotism by Ed Kilgore | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - So are the millenials more or less patriotic than their predecessors? It depends on whether you consider equality essential to what it means to be an American. The Tea Folk clearly don’t.
American Independence Myths: Lies May Comfort, But Facts Matter | New Republic - Myths may comfort us, but facts are our best weapon against Tea Party perversions
Hobby Lobby and the cultural divide: Is America in danger of fracturing into two countries, one secular, one religious? - Could America break apart along religious lines, with devout Christians going one way and the rest of us going another?
Time Bomb - POLITICO Magazine - Can’t we all just get along? (no, the South must go)

Why we stuck with Maliki — and lost Iraq - The Washington Post - By 2010, however, I was urging the vice president of the United States and the White House senior staff to withdraw their support for Maliki. I had come to realize that if he remained in office, he would create a divisive, despotic and sectarian government that would rip the country apart and devastate American interests. (you can guess which side Hilliary was on)
Twitter / abuaardvark: Very revealing how "Why we ... - stuck with Maliki" account simply assumes Iraq's leaders should be America's to choose …
Eschaton: God Emperor Of Iraq - Ahmed Chalabi, the Iraqi who helped spur the U.S. invasion of his country, would be viable as its next prime minister though close ties he established with Iran pose an impediment, said Paul Wolfowitz, a top American national security official when the war launched.
Israel Defense Forces warns of Possible Nuclear Leak in Dimona after 2 rockets hit the facility | Cyberwarzone - It looks like that the Syrian Electronic Army has hacked the official IDFspokesperson account on Twitter.
Twitter / ggreenwald: The @IDFSpokesperson seems ... - to regard his Twitter account being hacked as "terrorism" … #TheMostMeaninglessWord
Former Blackwater guard testifies against friends

A look at the last nine US reporters who faced the possibility of jail time : Columbia Journalism Review - Each protected sources while under threat of imprisonment

Eschaton: Stupid Or Evil - Not that they're mutually exclusive, of course, but I think we have our answer : As chancellor of the exchequer, George Osborne, has faced many a tough question relating to figures but that did not stop him dodging a simple multiplication calculation put to him by a seven-year-old. (the chancellor of the exchequer, George Osborne, can't multiply 8x7, so both)

Twitter / ggreenwald: Seems clear at this point RT ... - @ageis @vruz Bruce Schneier: "I think there's a second [NSA] leaker out there." … (GG RTs Schneier's comment, hmmmm)
[tor-dev] XKeyscore rules probably are from Snowden, after all

Twitter / ggreenwald: That'd be the ultimate irony: ... - US Govt spied on German parliamentary investigation into US Govt spying on Germans …
Germany arrests BND member on suspicion of spying for US | World news | - Media says alleged double agent may have been tasked with spying on committee investigating NSA's activities in Germany (Obama just can't help himself)
Germany summons US ambassador over spy allegations | TheHill
German Intel Worker Suspected Of U.S. Spying: Report - "If the media reports (about the case) are confirmed then there can't just be a legal response, there also has to be a political response," she said.

Drone memo should reverse Gitmo convictions, attorneys claim — RT USA - Omar Khadr was only 15 years old when he was captured by American forces in Afghanistan in 2002 and taken to the Bagram Air Base, then Guantanamo

Edward Snowden should have right to legal defence in US, says Hillary Clinton | World news | - Former secretary of state tells Guardian that NSA whistleblower should return to US if he is serious in engaging in debate (she would let him turn himself in and "be held accountable" - Hilliary is really into queen-speak)
Twitter / ggreenwald: Dear Ed: You should come back ... - to US just because I want there to be a real & healthy debate. With sincerity, Hillary …

? 'NSA is corrupt. If WE did that we'd be thrown in jail' - YouTube
NSA Whistleblowers Testify on ‘Totalitarian Mentality’ of NSA at German Parliamentary Committee Hearing | The Dissenter
ACLU Chief: Greenwald Will Reveal Spying on U.S. Muslims - Conor Friedersdorf - The Atlantic - The civil-liberties advocate Anthony Romero said new information about NSA surveillance will be exposed in a forthcoming article. Glenn Greenwald will reveal that Muslim Americans in public life were "subject to the kind of surveillance that Hoover did on Martin Luther King."
CARAS Mobile (the guys and the pooches)

Twitter / YourAnonNews: Happy birthday, Julian Assange. ... - Sorry about the whole being-stuck-indoors-indefinitely-because-the-world-hates-truth thing. @WikiLeaks
Swedish court sets date for Julian Assange rape case hearing | Media | The Guardian - 16 July hearing is first legal battle in the case since WikiLeaks founder sought asylum in the Ecuadorean embassy in London

Police were warned during hacker attack - News - The Copenhagen Post - Rigspolitiet ignored cybercrime risk report while hackers were stealing from their databases
Sophisticated 'MiniDuke' hackers start hunting governments and drug dealers | Technology | - Researchers at Kaspersky have identified a mysterious group of hackers that could be cyber-mercenaries, rival drug dealers or even law enforcement
EPIC - Congress May Cut Funding For Surveillance Blimps Over DC - The Army wants to test the system in Washington, DC, but the program has come under scrutiny by Congress because of cost overruns.
BlackHat2014: Deanonymize Tor for $3000
Is Your Android Device Telling the World Where You've Been? | Electronic Frontier Foundation

Tor Project: Anonymity Online
Twitter / YourAnonNews: If you ever searched for Tor ... - or Tails, you are a permanent NSA target
NSA targets the privacy-conscious (Seite 2)| Das Erste - Panorama - Meldungen
If you read Boing Boing, the NSA considers you a target for deep surveillance - Boing Boing
NSA: Linux Journal is an "extremist forum" and its readers get flagged for extra surveillance | Linux Journal

Going Without Water in Detroit - - A FAMILY of five with no water for two weeks who were embarrassed to ask friends if they could bathe at their house. A woman excited about purchasing a home who learned she would be held responsible for the previous owner’s delinquent water bill: all $8,000 of it. A 90-year-old woman with bedsores and no water available to clean them. (meanwhile, in Detroit)
Twitter / YourAnonNews: Hey @detroitwaterdep, how are ... - 120,000 people supposed to live in #Detroit without water? #DetroitWater

US supreme court's female justices issue fierce dissent on contraception ruling | World news | - Supreme court granted a Wheaton College, a Christian institution, a temporary exemption from having to provide full contraception coverage to its employees and students - Sotomayor said. “But thinking one’s religious beliefs are substantially burdened – no matter how sincere or genuine that belief may be – does not make it so.” (if Christians believe something, it is so)
"Substantial": A Word That Means Something - Lawyers, Guns & Money : The Supreme Court has granted an injunction to Wheaton College, which argued that even having to fill out a form to exempt itself from the contracpetive coverage requirement violates its RFRA rights. The dissent, by Sotomayor and joined by Ginsburg and Kagan, notes what should be obvious: (their claim was insubstantial, but no problem)
15 Major Decisions This Year From a Partisan Supreme Court - From here on out, nominees from either party will be utterly predictable, which isn't necessarily a bad thing.
Should Liberals Be Applauding Hobby Lobby? (SPOILER: No.) - Lawyers, Guns & Money : You will be highly unsurprised that Damon Linker has once again done his “liberalism, properly understood, compels agreeing with conservatives” routine:
What You Need to Know About the Hobby Lobby Billionaires - ABC News (scary)
This Map Shows All the Countries Where Women Can Get Birth Control for Free - Mic
Abortion and birth control: A global map.

4 protesters awarded $185K over 2004 RNC arrests - Four people arrested at an anti-war march during the 2004 Republican National Convention have been awarded $185,000 in the first trial stemming from lawsuits over protest arrests surrounding the GOP gathering.

Tea Party Forces Still Control The Republican Agenda

The Price of Prevention: Vaccine Costs Are Soaring - - Vaccination prices have gone from single digits to sometimes triple digits in the last two decades

Redondo Beach Police Violently Attack Female Bike Theft Victim | The Free Thought Project - “He was stealing my bike! I’m not doing anything!”
Police officer who pushed paraplegic man out of his wheelchair keeps job | Mail Online - Indiana Lieutenant Tom Davidson was caught on film pushing Nicholas Kincade from his wheelchair
Police To Use New High-Tech Surveillance At Fourth Of July Celebration « CBS Boston - Police from different agencies have the ability to call up live surveillance feeds from hundreds of different sources worldwide. They can even link into private security cameras like those at Copley Place.

?The "Nanny From Hell" Is an American Hero - So it goes for the Bracamonte family of Upland, California. The Bracamontes decided they needed a live-in servant to help care for their children, but they did not want to pay wages for that labor. Through some combination of greed, stupidity, and self-regard, they believed that in lieu of paying for the work, they could simply give the person they hired meals and a place in their house to sleep.

8 Great New Books You Might've Missed This Year

The Underground Stream: April 2014

Google and Big Tech Companies Sit Out Net Neutrality Fight? | Re/code - Federal regulators have received more than 625,000 comments about a controversial proposal to allow broadband providers to offer fast-lane service on the Internet. None, so far, has been from Google.

12 simple steps to safer social networking - PC Advisor - Follow our privacy tips for Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Instagram to ensure that you're not oversharing.
Qualcomm Takes Down 100+ GitHub Repositories With DMCA Notice - Slashdot
5 Ways the Internet Steals Your Soul |

Hurricane Arthur Forms In Atlantic, Threatens North Carolina
The Disaster We’ve Wrought on the World’s Oceans May Be Irrevocable (the "hoax" is getting hoaxier)

Russian Jets and Experts Sent to Iraq to Aid Army -
Inside the Collapse of the Iraqi Army’s 2nd Division - Corruption, neglect, and a shortfall of combat-effective resources and personnel crippled the Iraqi military’s capability
Iraq crisis: ISIS social media blitz could be its downfall - World - CBC News - As ISIS fighters tweet out maps and share tips online, intelligence ops may want them to keep it coming

Almost 1 in 5 websites now blocked by censorship filters in the UK (it was always about political dissent, not child porno or drugs)

FBI records: Chilling find in Bradenton dumpster - Florida - - In all, the FBI released 11 pages Monday. They contain statements reiterating that the al-Hijjis had departed the United States in haste shortly before 9/11 and that “further investigation” had “revealed many connections” between them and persons associated with “attacks on 9/11/2001.” (now for the Israel connection)
Freshly released but heavily censored FBI documents include tantalizing new information about events connected to the Sarasota Saudis who moved suddenly out of their home about two weeks before the 9/11 terrorist attacks, leaving behind clothing, jewelry and cars : news

What Happened to Glenn Greenwald's Big Scoop?
Cryptome claims all Snowden files will be published in July to avert a war — RT USA
Text of State Department letter to Wikileaks | Reuters (Obama still trying to rendite Wikileaks)

New Snowden Docs Show How FISA Court Gave NSA Ridiculously Broad Spying Powers | Techdirt (because terror)
NSA reformers dismayed after privacy board vindicates surveillance dragnet | World news | - Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board endorses agency's so-called '702' powers, plus backdoor searches of Americans' information (Obama's "Civil Liberties" board at work)
The surveillance state can't even keep track of how many people it's spying on anymore. Time to close the loopholes | Trevor Timm | Comment is free | - A government authorized to search innocent people. Multiple agencies seeking a backdoor into your data. It's all coming to a head – and internal reports aren't going to cut it
NSA admits it lets the FBI access its warrantless spying database - Vox
EFF Sues NSA, Director of National Intelligence for Zero Day Disclosure Process | Electronic Frontier Foundation - Government Needs to Reveal Decision-Making Process for Publicizing Vulnerabilities

EU's right to be forgotten: Guardian articles have been hidden by Google | James Ball | Comment is free | - Publishers must fight back against this indirect challenge to press freedom, which allows articles to be 'disappeared'. Editorial decisions belong with them, not Google
Goldman Sachs demands that Google "unsend" a fatfingered email to avoid "reputational damage" - Boing Boing - So now they're demanding that a judge order Google to "unsend" the message, deleting it from Gmail users' inboxes.
The Military Is Already Using Facebook to Track Your Mood - Defense One
CIA and Behavior Control Research - RTICHOKE methods has having included "the use of drugs and chemicals, hypnosis, and 'total isolation,' a form of psychological harassment." Another major component of the CIA's program, called MKULTRA, explored, according to a memo of August 14, 1963, "avenues to the control of human behavior," including "chemical and biological materials capable of producing human behavioral and physiological changes," "radiology, electro-shock, various fields of psychology, psychiatry, sociology and anthropology, graphology, harassment substances, and paramilitary devices and materials."
Private crypto key stashed in Cisco VoIP manager allows network hijacking | Ars Technica - Update closes backdoor allowing unauthorized control of sensitive messaging gear.

Airport security may be tightened permanently after US warning – Clegg | UK news | - US officials believe terrorists in Syria and Yemen could be developing explosives that could be smuggled on to planes (Obama's wars, keeping you terrorized)

Schneier on Security: NSA Targets Privacy Conscious for Surveillance - And, since Cory said it, I do not believe that this came from the Snowden documents. I also don't believe the TAO catalog came from the Snowden documents. I think there's a second leaker out there. (if you want your privacy or are interested in encryption or God forbid, use Linux, you are an "extremist" in Obama's eyes)(or, of course, read Bruce Schneier)
NSA targets the privacy-conscious | Hacker News
holzerabuse.jpg (Abuse of Power Comes as No Surprise)

NSA targets the privacy-conscious (Seite 1)| Das Erste - Panorama - Meldungen - Merely searching the web for the privacy-enhancing software tools outlined in the XKeyscore rules causes the NSA to mark and track the IP address of the person doing the search.
If you read Boing Boing, the NSA considers you a target for deep surveillance - Boing Boing
XKeyscore exposed: How NSA tracks all German Tor users as 'extremists' : worldnews
NSA's XKeyscore Source Code Leaked! Shows Tor Users Classified As 'Extremists' | Techdirt
?XKeyscore exposed: How NSA tracks all German Tor users as 'extremists' — RT News - An interest in Tor is not the only way to make it to NSA’s watch list. Even web searches for other encryption software makes you a target as well, the report said.
To Whom It May Concern – English version | Blackout Austria - The accused was operating a TOR exit node which was being used fraudulently by a third party to transmit content of an illegal nature. (Austria makes TOR exit nodes illegal because something)

US adds 288,000 jobs in June as unemployment rate drops to 6.1% | Business | - Figure far exceeds analysts' expectations as US economy posts fifth straight month of job growth
Fox News Really Doesn't Want To Talk About The Good Jobs News
Dow Jones index soars to record high after US data shows job creation surge | Business | The Guardian - Official figures reveal an extra 288,000 posts created in June with jobless rate falling to 6.1%

Chris Matthews schooled by Elizabeth Warren on politics and the Democratic message

Comcast TWC merger: DOJ emails show cozy relationship | BGR - Comcast invited Deputy Assistant Attorney General Renata Hesse to attend a party to celebrate the opening of the 2014 Winter Olympics, an invitation that Hesse regretfully declined because the “rules folks” at the DOJ would likely object.

15 Charts That Prove We're Far From Post-Racial (tell that to those white guys on the SC)
How Partisan Battles Over God, Guns And Gays Infiltrated Corporate America

Hobby Lobby Is Already Creating New Religious Demands on Obama - Molly Ball - The Atlantic - Faith leaders friendly to the administration are asking for an exemption from a forthcoming gay-rights order.
Why the Hobby Lobby Ruling Is Your Problem and My Problem - Esquire - Brace yourself for some cost-cutting, suddenly religious CEO to use today's decision to justify all kinds of exploitative practices. Or now that a corporation can be religious, something Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and I thought was limited to people, will we have boards of directors meetings where they vote on the company's official religion? (Church of Satan is waiting)
This organic food company is refusing to pay for employees’ birth control | Grist - Just because a company is organic doesn’t mean it’s progressive. Exhibit A: Eden Foods.

The South Is Essentially A Solid, Grim Block Of Poverty (and Republican voters screwing themselves)

Man Sues NYPD for Snatching Camera and Arresting him | Photography is Not a Crime: PINAC - So let’s stop buying into the myth that it’s only a matter of training because the truth is, they are trained to do exactly what they’ve been doing, which is violating citizens’ rights any chance they get. ($1Bn in law suits; just one of the costs of the Guiliani-Bloomberg fascist spy-state)

Nine States Join Climate Denier's Lawsuit Seeking To Dismantle EPA Carbon Rule | ThinkProgress - West Virginia, Wyoming, South Carolina, Ohio, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Alaska, Alabama, and Kentucky — argued that the EPA is not allowed to regulate carbon from existing coal plants (Murray Energy owns these states)

Timeline: A Year and a Half of Irresponsible Gun Owners - Esquire - Eighteen months of idiots and deadly power working in tandem.
Booman Tribune ~ A Progressive Community - Look at the dazed look in these men's eyes and the way that "Hope for Bacon" clutches his blessed Oreo cookies. These men are not only heavily armed, they are heavily drugged.

River Thames panorama history: Image of 19th-century London. (don't read before breakfast)
Hybrid Nature: Sewage Treatment and the Contradictions of the Industrial ... - Daniel Schneider - Google Books ("dutch butter")

162 Reasons It's Good to Be an American Man - Esquire
4-Year-Old Singing With Her Dad Is The Epitome Of Cute

corpuscle634 comments on ELI5 Why does light travel?

The Most Ambitious Artificial Intelligence Project In The World Has Been Operating In Near-Secrecy For 30 Years | Business Insider - “We’ve been keeping a very low profile, mostly intentionally,” said Doug Lenat, President and CEO of Cycorp. “No outside investments, no debts. We don’t write very many articles or go to conferences, but for the first time, we’re close to having this be applicable enough that we want to talk to you.”

GOP Lawmaker Says Climate Change Is 'The Greatest Deception In The History Of Mankind' - Louisiana state Rep. Lenar Whitney (R) is accusing liberals, such as former Vice President Al Gore, of advancing "the greatest deception in the history of mankind" -- man-made climate change -- in a scheme to empower the executive branch and increase taxes. (the state that will mostly disappear along with their stupids)

Iraqi parliament session collapses amid political standoff | World news | The Guardian - Shia, Sunni and Kurd politicians fail to begin process of electing new leaders, as UN reveals death toll since Isis insurgency - , lurching the country ever closer to partition and defying desperate calls for unity from regional and global powers (they had years to do that)
Eschaton: Ahmad's Puppets - He found his marks and pulled off the greatest con of all ... Now, in an improbable twist of fate, Mr. Chalabi is being talked about as a serious candidate for prime minister. He has also been back to the embassy.
This Map Should Scare Everyone Who Sees It | Rife Mob - . This group has taken a large amount of land from both Syria and Iraq to create what they are calling a new Caliphate. The maps below show their actual intentions to build out the Caliphate across all of northern Africa, the Middle East, and quite a lot of Europe. (ambitious)

Ukraine fighting intensifies as Poroshenko ends ceasefire | World news | - President in Kiev vows to retake land from pro-Russian separatists with clashes in Donetsk and Lugansk regions
Ukraine Forces Attack Rebel Positions After Ceasefire Ends
Nigeria bomb rips through marketplace | World news | - Dozens feared dead after car bomb attack in north-eastern city of Maiduguri, the birthplace of Islamist militants Boko Haram
France's burqa ban upheld by human rights court | World news | - European judges declare that preservation of a certain idea of 'living together' was legitimate aim of French authorities.
Nicolas Sarkozy detained for questioning over alleged corruption | World news | The Guardian - Unprecedented move against a former French president as investigators also question his lawyer and two magistrates

Court gave NSA broad leeway in surveillance, documents show - The Washington Post - Virtually no foreign government is off-limits for the National Security Agency, which has been authorized to intercept information “concerning” all but four countries, according to top-secret documents. (your "courts" at work)

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Writes Scathing 35-Page Dissent In Birth Control Case
Much depends on Ginsburg - Los Angeles Times
Echidne Of The Snakes: Meet Hobby Lobby, A Corporate Person with Religious Rights (but can they open-carry?)
8 Other Laws That Could Be Ignored Now That Christians Get To Pick And Choose (looks a lot like ... Islamistan!)
The GOP wants the ladies to love them (just not enough to need birth control) | Ana Marie Cox | Comment is free | - Don Draper's psyche is nothing to base a political strategy on
After Hobby Lobby, These 82 Corporations Could Drop Birth Control Coverage - The Daily Beast - From Notre Dame to manufacturers, dozens of companies were waiting for the Supreme Court’s decision in order to opt-out of Obamacare’s contraception mandate.
Eschaton: What's It All About Then - The Lords of Slate and others told us we were crazy, that if only Teh Left could admit that abortion was icky then Teh Right would support all kinds of awesome measures to help ensure that the wimmenz would not have unwanted pregnancies, and we could all get together and have a toast like tipandronnie used to do and live happily ever after. (Erick, son of douche-bag: "my religion trumps your "right" to employer-subsidized consequence free sex")

Federal judge strikes down Kentucky's gay marriage ban | World news | - Prohibition on same-sex couples being wed violates equal protection clause, judge rules, but ruling put on hold temporarily (another hate-state falls)

New York police to city's subway acrobats: siddown | World news | - Officers cracking down on subway showmen over fears low-grade misdemeanors can cultivate a greater sense of disorder (the long-discredited "broken windows" theory that Guiliani hyped to lay the ground for Bloomberg's fascist cop-state)

EMSK why the "Red Pill" will kill you inside : everymanshouldknow

Facebook Added 'Research' To User Agreement 4 Months After Emotion Manipulation Study - Forbes (you've been Zuckerfucked once again; DTMFAs)
Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Review - HotHardware
Langhorne woman injured by exploding laptop - Then, said Luff, 72, her Dell Inspiron exploded, spraying battery acid and computer parts all over her and the carpet, as far as eight feet behind her.