14 Mar 2015

US To Venezuela “Resistance is Futile”

Glenn Greenwald does an excellent analysis of President Obama’s declaration, to bring punitive sanctions, that Venezuela is a grave threat to US security interests. From the Intercept: by Glenn Greenwald The White House on Monday announced the imposition of new sanctions on various Venezuelan officials, pronouncing itself “deeply concerned by

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08 Mar 2015

Review of ‘Confessions of a Terrorist – A Novel’

Guest post: Anita McKone If you have ever asked ‘Why?… How could they do this?’ in response to the latest report of terrorism, then Confessions of a Terrorist is the novel for you. But only if you genuinely want to find out the answers. Reliable factual information gathered by terrorism

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07 Mar 2015

Binyamin Netanyahu is Sheldon Adelson’s puppet

There is a lot of talk about Binyamin Netanyahu these days, but Bibi is just a figurehead, the real operator in this whole story is the American casino billionaire, Sheldon Adelson, who is going about proving beyond any reasonable doubt (if anybody still doubted it) that the American political system is for sale. In fact, he has been doing the same thing in Israel.

Since in his mind, Israel and the USA seem to be of one flesh, it might be interesting to visit Sheldon Adelson’s view of democracy in Israel:

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03 Mar 2015

Mining & Fracking World Whirl: 3 Mar 2015

Our sun over the past five years. *Worldwide. Destroying the world that feeds us: shellfish are now threatened. Ocean acidification (OA) is increasing as the oceans try to absorb all the carbon we produce, thus endangering much ocean life. Most vulnerable US coastal areas affected are identified, along with OA

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01 Mar 2015

ISIS Derangement Syndrome

Here’s Time Magazine‘s David von Drehle: “The greatest threat that ISIS poses — even to the poor souls living under ISIS rule — is the unintended damage that might follow from the effort to eradicate the group. . . . As dangerous as it is to have a terrorist kingdom in

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01 Mar 2015

Camera Work: Mirrors and Mandala

Some ten years ago or so, I accidentally became aware of the possibility that single images contained information that, to the eye, in a single image, was not particularly visible, and that is what’s happening at the edges of a photo. Second to that is what incomplete shapes take on

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01 Mar 2015

Kerry Compares ISIS’ Destruction of Priceless Art to Rampage by Tamerlane & Genghis Khan

http://youtu.be/fwC32ZMTM6k On ABC’s This Week today, American Secretary of State John Kerry said that the recent destruction of priceless Assyrian works of art by the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq(ISIS) was a “rampage reminiscent of Tamerlane and Genghis Khan.” Tamerlane? Genghis Khan? Wow. These ISIS guys must be really bad ass.

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28 Feb 2015

TODAY 3PM (CST): Shut Down #HomanSquare – @Chicago_Police Black Site

TODAY 3PM: Shut Down #HomanSquare – @Chicago_Police Black Site https://t.co/QMhFUpYV7H | #Gitmo2Chicago pic.twitter.com/cFFjV7z75M — Chicago Rising (@ChicagoRising) February 28, 2015 Some background from Spencer Ackerman and Vic Suter on Deomcracy Now! This is the transcript.   Spencer Ackerman’s Homan Square ouevre at the Guardian is here. Marcy Wheeler, writing for

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27 Feb 2015

Socialism is American as Apple Pie

Rudy Giuliani’s recent rant questioning President Obama’s love for his country has drawn severe criticism. While the defense of the President’s commitment to his country is laudable, there has been scant comment on Giuliani’s clarification, which was directed at Obama’s supposed socialist leanings. Giuliani’s charge that President Obama is a

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27 Feb 2015

Mister Spock Has Died

Leonard Nimoy, Spock of ‘Star Trek,’ Dies at 83. Leonard Nimoy, the sonorous, gaunt-faced actor who won a worshipful global following as Mr. Spock, the resolutely logical human-alien first officer of the Starship Enterprise in the television and movie juggernaut “Star Trek,” died on Friday morning at his home in

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