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The community that began with Southern Dragon’s Lakeside Diner continues. Today we collect news from outside the usual, and renew the discussion.

Another anniversary of September 11th, originally Patriot Day after the date of the Battle of Lexington and Concord,  occurs today, with the hope that further atrocities can be avoided.

In the Pretorius trial, the Judge has delivered this opinion; ‘In the charge of premeditated murder, the evidence is purely circumstantial, the judge says.’  The finding is error, not intentional homicide.   Final verdict has not yet been announced as of this time.

“How could the accused have reasonably foreseen the shot he fired would have killed the deceased? Clearly he did not subjectively foresee this, that he would have killed the person behind the door, let alone the deceased,” says Judge Masipa…The only two remaining charges are either culpable homicide or acquittal.

Reports of al Jazeera insistence that the beheading of U.S. journalists was staged and provided the basis for U.S. intervention appeared in other media from the area, criticizing the report’s accuracy and sensitivity.

“Perhaps the first thing that draws the attention of the viewer” in the first beheading video is that “Foley was playing the role of champion not the victim only, for he recites a lengthy statement in peerless theatrical performance, and it seems from tracking the movement of his eyes that he was reading a text from an autocue,” the Al Jazeera report said.

The report even expressed doubts over the identity of the masked killer, saying: “he does not have the features of common jihadist figures, but he was rather similar to a Hollywood actor.”

Muslim groups called for a meeting to organize against the ISIS killings and their self-proclaimed. association with Islam.  Maha Akeel of the Saudi-based Organization of the Islamic Conference pointed out that the killings have nothing to do with the Muslim religion.

“We can’t call them an Islamic group, but a criminal one,” she explained, emphasizing Al-Azhar’s online campaign, which urges people and news outlets to stop calling ISIS Islamic.

A go-slow demonstration by leading internet firms was started Wednesday to show the effects of an end that is threatened to net neutrality.

Tech firms including Netflix, Etsy, FourSquare, KickStarter, Mozilla, Reddit, PornHub and Vimeo installed a widget on their sites to show how they believe the internet would look if the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) overturns “net neutrality” rules.

The FCC has been forced to rewrite its rules on governing the internet after a series of court defeats at the hands of cable and telecom companies. Wednesday’s protests are against one proposal that would allow cable firms to create “fast lanes” for paying customers who use a lot of bandwidth. Critics charge that move would end net neutrality – the concept that the internet is a level playing field and internet service providers can not discriminate against any individual, organisation or company.

Rights groups urged Gambian President Jammeh to reject proposed law to further criminalize homosexuality by making continuing gay behavior subject to imprisonment and establishing a new charge of “aggravated homosexuality” targeting repeat offenders.

“Gambia’s national assembly and the president should not endorse state-sponsored homophobia,” said Stephen Cockburn, Amnesty International’s deputy regional director for west and central Africa.

He described the proposal as a “profoundly damaging act that violates international human rights law.”

But Jammeh, a former military officer who seized power in a 1994 coup, has shown few signs of bowing to pressure on Gambia’s anti-gay laws in the past. He has repeatedly denounced homosexuality and once vowed to behead gays, although he later retracted the threat.

Never.Give.Up.

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Ruth Calvo

Ruth Calvo

I've blogged at The Seminal for about two years, was at cabdrollery for around three. I live in N.TX., worked for Sen.Yarborough of TX after graduation from Wellesley, went on to receive award in playwriting, served on MD Arts Council after award, then managed a few campaigns in MD and served as assistant to a member of the MD House for several years, have worked in legal offices and written for magazines, now am retired but addicted to politics, and join gladly in promoting liberals and liberal policies.

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