23 Sep 2014

Boston Bombing News: Whistleblower Whitehurst and Other FBI Problems

A few threads back we were discussing the Tsarnaev defense’s Motion for Continuance. In Exhibit G attached to this motion, explosives expert Frederic Whitehurst stated that the thousands of photos and video he had been given “did not appear to depict all of the evidence from the crime scene.” (Certainly

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22 Sep 2014

Former Obama and Bush Undersecretaries for Imperialism Agree, the U.S. Needs More Military and Weapons.

In the bipartisan fashion we’ve come to expect from both major parties when it comes to war, imperialism and the Military Industrial Complex, the former undersecretaries for defense under Bush (Eric Edelman) and Obama (Michele Flournoy) have written a joint letter begging for more tax dollars for the U.S. imperialist

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22 Sep 2014

Texas Wants to Execute This Mentally Ill Man: Will SCOTUS Step In?

Ron Honberg of the National Association of Mental Illness begins his recent op-ed for the National Law Journal describing a situation so strange that one assumes it is fiction: A person diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia is accused of murdering his in-laws. He insists on defending himself without counsel and wears

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22 Sep 2014

Over Easy: Monday Science

Good Morning All! Fukushima Update: Some additional diaries from Fuku workers at the time of the accident. It’s clear that the JG had information regarding meltdowns WAY before they admitted it publicly. It further seems likely that there were quite  a few deaths reported, but covered up. The JG’s official

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21 Sep 2014

Climate Change Protest a Success!, Peace and Antiwar Not So Much.

Here we have Obama restarting the war in Iraq, escalating his proxy war in Syria, while threatening WWIII with Russia, and we’re having a climate change protest march. A protest march led by corporate interests. Sure, the people mean well, but the thing is led by the damn establishment man.

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21 Sep 2014

A Bottom-Up Solution to the Global Democracy Crisis

Before the “no” vote on Scotland’s independence, The New York Times, carried a post by Neil Irwin in the Upshot making the point that the then upcoming vote “shows a global crisis of the elites.” He argues that the independence drive reflects “. . . a conviction — one not

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21 Sep 2014

Video: Rand Paul Impressive on Syria, ISIS

http://youtu.be/bZ6zK9CLkDw Not a Rand Paul supporter but his citation of the facts demonstrating why it is insane to send more arms to the Syrian moderates/ISIS. The Senate chamber is empty, they are only debating war-making.

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21 Sep 2014

Sunday Food: Pickles

  (Picture courtesy of christine at flickr.com.) Since we’ve talked about the various relishes for sandwich making, it seems only natural that we conclude with a mention of the many added tangy pickles that make a sandwich more interesting yet.  There are so many varieties, I doubt any of us

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21 Sep 2014

Sunday Talking Heads: September 21, 2014

A Survey of Open Space, Movie Night Monday Brisk is upon us, good morning. Today it’s ISIS, with a dash of Ebola. Bob Schieffer’s broadcasting live from under the covers with Joe Lieberman, Jane Harman, Robert Kagan, and Mike Morell, so now I’m under the bed. WASHINGTON JOURNAL: 7:45am –

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20 Sep 2014

Thrawn Janet

Dakine featured Robert Louis Stevenson today and in comments Jon73 told us he thought Stevenson’s “Thrawn Janet” was one of the best horror stories ever written. Unfamiliar with it (and with Hallowe’en drifting closer), I went in search of “Thrawn Janet.” I was thinking Janet gets thrawn off a cliff

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