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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

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Video: Lakota sixth grader: Hunger strike against pipelines
Mahpiya is a 6th grade student at Pahin Sinte Owayewa aka Porcupine School.Censored news reporter Brenda Norrell http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com
Tennessee legislature gives legal protection to teachers who want to teach antiscience
By Suzanne Goldenberg, US environment correspondent, www.guardian.co.uk21 March 2012 The state legislature of Tennessee has given legal cover to public school teachers to challenge the science of evolution and climate change, in a move that looks set to deepen a debate about politicisation of the classroom. The bill passed in the Tennessee Senate this week provides legal protection to teachers
The Safe Havens Problem
Like many people I’ve been following the shootings in France closely. From the NYT: A 23-year-old Frenchman of Algerian descent claimed responsibility on Wednesday for the methodical killings of four men and three children in this region over the past 10 days, officials said, after barricading himself in a small apartment building in Toulouse surrounded by hundreds of police officers. The French a


The Deplorax
My review of The Lorax (with apologies to Dr. Seuss)
“The Lorax” Marketing Campaign Misses the Forest AND the Trees
Mazda’s SUV Sales Pitch a Classic Case of Corporate Co-optation

Virginia Poll: 52% Oppose Ultrasound Law
Politico By TIM MAK | 3/21/12 8:04  AM EDT A majority of Virginians stand against the state’s new law that requires  women seeking an abortion to  undergo an ultrasound before the procedure, a new survey shows. Fifty-two percent of voters said they opposed the law, compared with 41  percent who support it, according to a Quinnipiac  University poll released Wednesday. Further, an overwhelming
Paul Ryan’s Dangerous, And Intentionally Vague, Budget Plan
The Washingon Post By Editorial Board, Published: March 20 The Washington Post THERE IS NO credible path to deficit reduction without a combination of spending cuts and revenue increases. This is the fundamental conclusion of every responsible group that has examined the issue, most prominently the Simpson-Bowles commission, and it is the fundamental failure of the budget blueprint released Tuesda
Mitt Romney Platform ‘Like An Etch A Sketch,’ Top Spokesman Says
Huff Post Sam Stein Posted: 03/21/2012 11:10 am Updated: 03/21/2012 11:19 am WASHINGTON — It’s hardly a secret that presidential candidates tack toward their base over the course of a primary and shift toward moderation once that primary is over. What’s rare is when a campaign admits as much publicly. In an appearance on CNN Wednesday morning, Mitt Romney’s top adviser Eric Fehrnstrom made this
Romney Econ Adviser Posts Deport-Seniors Joke On Blog
Politico By GLENN THRUSH| 3/20/12 7:17 PM EDT Greg Mankiw, the Harvard professor who serves as one of Mitt Romney’s top economic advisers, has managed to take a shot at two key constituencies – Hispanics and seniors – in a single linked post on his popular economics blog. Under the header “A Fiscal Solution,” Mankiw, who served as Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers under George W. Bush,
Fox News Lies; An Elderly Woman Dies
Crooks and Liars By karoli March 20, 2012 09:00 AM When I first saw this image on Facebook, I wasn’t sure how on earth Fox News could have killed someone’s mother. And then I read the message that went with the photo. Tracy Knauss posted it on his Facebook page along with a message which said in part: I know this personally. FOX News killed my precious mother, Hallie. She watched FOX religiously.

Meet the MEK: Washington’s Favourite Terror Cult
by James Corbett BoilingFrogsPost.com 21 March, 2012 The Mujahedin-e-Khalq–sometimes referred to as the MEK, the MKO, the PMOI, the NCRI  or, perhaps more fittingly, “The Cult of Rajavi”–is a strange terrorist group by anyone’s reckoning. They wear identical khaki uniforms and headscarves, singing songs to their cult leaders, Massoud Rajavi and his wife Maryam. They adhere to an eclectic mix of id
Interview 483 – Pepe Escobar on R2P and MEK
Today we talk to veteran investigative journalist about the “Responsibility to Protect” doctrine by which NATO has begun waging its “humanitarian” wars around the world. We discuss where this idea came from, how it has been used, and the way it is shaping international geopolitics. We also talk about the MEK, a bizarre terror cult that is increasingly popular inside the beltway in Washington.
Corbett Report Radio 093 – What is Revolution? with Aaron Franz
Aaron Franz of TheAgeofTransitions.com joins us tonight to discuss the concept of revolution. What does it mean? Is it inevitable? Are we being led to believe that revolution is our only option? Join us tonight on Corbett Report Radio as we explore these and other questions about the future of humanity. Works Cited: The Winding Stair by W.B. Yeats The Ultimate Revolution by Aldous Huxley Revolve b
Fast and Furious: The Hidden History of the Drug War
As US troops deploy to the Mexican border to deal with the fallout of Fast and Furious, details continue to emerge about this flagrantly illegal operation to arm Mexican drug lords in a supposed sting operation. But as veteran investigative journalist Bill Conroy points out, operations like this were going on years prior to Fast and Furious and this latest scandal is just another example of a drug
Damascus Terror Blasts Prove Outside Forces at Work in Syria
The Syrian opposition leaders are admitting some foreign governments are sending weapons to the rebels. Independent journalist James Corbett believes those outside forces have no thoughts about humanitarian aid and are only concerned with regime change.
Corbett Report Radio 092 – Intellectual Property and Internet Censorship
As copyright law becomes the battleground upon which internet censorship is fought, it is increasingly important to understand what copyright is, where it comes from, and where it’s going. Tonight on the program we explore the intellectual property paradigm and explore the libertarian fight against the ownership of ideas. Works Cited: American ISPs to launch massive copyright spying scheme on July

A Nuclear Coup
  If you liked reading Frederick Forsyth’s Day of the Jackal, wait until you see the new monograph by Bruno Tertrais, A “Nuclear Coup”? France, the Algerian War and the April 1961 Nuclear Test. Actually, it would make a great movie.  As much as I love The Battle of Algiers, Le Petit Soldat and Day of the Jackal – the collapse of French rule in Algeria and its impact on French identity is awfully
The Gift of Giving
Back in my youth, before thumbs were essential for home entertainment, some of us played a board game called Chutes and Ladders, where you could zoom way up and down the board, depending on where your piece landed after rolling the dice. Arms control isn’t like that. Big gains only happen when confident, courageous, risk-taking negotiating partners appear. This happens maybe once in a lifetime. Mo

UK teenager arrested for anti-war Facebook post
  March 17, 2012 A British teenager has been arrested and is expected to appear in a UK court after he posted about the injustice of the occupation of Afghanistan on his Facebook page. Following the death s of six UK soldiers in Afghanistan earlier this month, Azhar Ahmed from Ravensthrope left his comment on the social networking site in order to indicate the hypocrisy of praising the UK soldiers
“Canada”Trouble in Toryland: their Dirty Tricks catalogue Part Three
Time for a new page Be sure to check Part one and two “Canada”Trouble in Toryland: their Dirty Tricks catalogue “Canada”Trouble in Toryland: their Dirty Tricks catalogue Part Two Documents to be Procured/Search Warrant by Elections Canada as pertaining to Racknine Harpers hit list This is not about the Harper  but it is important. It is about a Conservative in Alberta. Seem a few have gotten paid
A Child’s Cry
A Child’s Cry Can you imagine how I see life? Can you understand what it feels like? Can you know the agony? Can you know how often I cry? Is it so much to want to be happy? Is it so much to want peace? Is it so much to ask for love? Is it so much trouble? My friends have died. My life is hopeless. My relatives are sick. My home is gone. I am just a little kid. I am so scared. I am not who you th

HUGE Win! Arysta pulls methyl iodide nationwide
After years of promoting their controversial pesticide in the face of scientific and public opposition, Arysta LifeScience has pulled cancer-causing methyl iodide off the U.S. market. The Tuesday evening announcement ends use in this country of what scientists have called "one of the most toxic chemicals on earth." read more
Rural families take on fumigant pesticides
A group of rural Californians made the trek to Sacramento Tuesday morning to tell lawmakers just how concerned they are about their families being exposed to cancer-causing soil fumigant pesticides. Many people in Tehama county live just feet from where fumigant pesticides are routinely applied. At the state capitol, community members presented officials with data showing high levels of a carg
PAN staff march for Fair Food with farmworkers in FL
Last Saturday, PAN staff marched alongside 700+ people who came out in support of Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) to participate in a 3-mile march to the headquarters of Florida grocery chain Publix. CIW and allies called on the retailer to sign the Fair Food Agreement. This agreement would guarantee farmworkers better, safer working conditions and an additional penny per pound of tomatoes
Farming for the future
Today, March 19, the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) released its platform for the 2012 Farm Bill — Farming for the Future: A Sustainable Agriculture Agenda for the 2012 Food and Farm Bill. This powerful document lays out a vision of agriculture where safe, nutritious and affordable food is produced by a legion of diverse family farmers. These farmers make a decent living pur

Mormon feminism
by liberal japonicus Given the exciting back and forth in the comments, I am rushing this post to the site, though I have a friday open thread ready to go as well. Earlier, I commented on the strange conjunction of immigration support and the Mormon church. Well, the Guardian had this about feminism and the Mormon church. A few grafs: In the US, Mitt Romney's Republican bid has placed a spotl
act 13
Pennsylvania Act 13 rewrites much of the PA Oil and Gas Act of 1984.  It is almost entirely addressed to natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale areas found within PA.  Among its provisions: Establish and/or strengthen environmental protections around well sites Require natural gas drilling companies to register the chemicals they use in their 'fracking' compounds with the state ** Re
Dame Edna retires
by liberal japonicus I tried posting this as a comment to my last post and it doesn't seem to go, so I'll make it a post This piece in the Guardian about Dame Everage and her creator, Barry Humphries might be of interest to people thinking about fame in our modern society. 2 grafs What began as a joke about Australian suburban delusion – Edna was initially a kind of Melbourne equivalent of Beverl
To every time there is a season
by Doctor Science Two seasonal or timely observations: A rare event: a Titan Arum flower opened yesterday at Cornell University: The bloom begins to open on Sunday, March 18, 2012. You can follow the flower's brief but pungent life via livestreamed video. They'll probably try to pollinate it sometime this morning. Meanwhile, far, far, FAR away ... Antarctic Sue is starting her fourth winter

Firedoglake Bans Anti-Zionist
UPDATE 3: firedoglake is apparently breaking new ground in dubious Marxist revisionism as well. In subsequent replies to comments in response to his diary about Professor Richard Wolff's lectures about Das Kapital, SouthernDragon states that the content of the The Communist Manifesto should be discounted because Marx wrote it under contract and that, after 1850, he limited himself to understandin
No One Asked Their Names
UPDATE: Did Staff Sergeant Robert Bales kill and wound all of the victims, or did other troops in his unit participate as well? Consider, for example, this troubling information: Residents of an Afghan village near where an American soldier is alleged to have killed 16 civilians are convinced that the slayings were in retaliation for a roadside bomb attack on US forces in the same area a few days
Six Month Anniversary of Occupy Wall Street
On Saturday, protesters observed the six month anniversary of Occupy Wall Street: . . . on the 6-month anniversary of the original Occupation of Wall Street, #OWS went back to our origins. After a weekend of marches on Wall Street complete with spring training exercises, a St. Patrick´s Day march, street theater, floating tents, and dancing in the intersections, Liberty Square was re-occupied by t

Karimovs Cash In
UK Defence Secretary Philip Hammond’s visit to Tashkent on 28 February was not covered in any UK mainstream media that I can find, which is peculiar, given the media’s obsession with covering anything to do with “Our heroes” in Afghanistan. It was not really the kind of visit the state would want to publciise, with Hammond in the rather unheroic position of having his knees firmly placed on the a
A New Goethe Needed
The Peacock Throne of the Mughal Emperors was set at the heart of beautiful gardens, fountains and elegant courtyards. Poetry was as important to them as warfare. On the throne was set the inscription: “If there be heaven on earth, it is here, it is here, it is here.” I am in Dubai. If there be hell on earth, it is here, it is here, it is here. Dubai. The land that taste forgot. Apparently d

India: the Biggest Arms Recipient
By Sajjad Shaukat In its report, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) disclosed on March 20 this year that volume of international transfers of major weapons was 24 percent higher in the period 2007-11 compared to the 2002-06 period. While indicating the purchases of arms and weapons by various countries, the report pointed out, “India is the world’s largest recipient of ar

Thiel Fellowship: right idea, wrong approach
I wanted to discuss the Thiel Fellowship and sort of run the idea among our readership to figure out if it was justified or not. Bay Area hedge fund manager Peter Thiel started a Fellowship program in his name about a year ago trying to capitalize not on start ups, but the smart kids who may actually come up with the next billion dollar idea. Let there be no mistake. Innovation solves problems. B

Upheaval within the Opposition: Defections, Terrorism, and Preparing for a Phase II Insurgency
The Syrian opposition is reshaping itself following its defeat in Homs. A new leadership seems bound to emerge. In all likelihood, in the new phase of the battle the is shaping up to combat the Assad regime, opposition leaders are likely to champion new tactics of militancy and Islamization. The opposition will have to rebuild itself to be more Islamic, militant and sectarian in order to take on

Treat Illegal Logging Like Organised Crime, Urges World Bank
With illegal loggers clearing the equivalent of a football field of the world's most valuable forests every two seconds, local and international law enforcement systems should target the criminal operations that profit most from the trade, according to a new report released here Tuesday by the World Bank.
Caribbean Farmers and Fishermen Feel Pains of Climate Change
James Nicholas has always made a living off the sea. A fisherman in the tri-island state of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique, he recalls the profitable business of selling his daily catch to residents and restaurants on the island and even exporting fish to luxury hotels in neighbouring ones.
World Water Forums Expose Large Dams as ‘Unsustainable'
Numerous non-governmental organisations used the World Water Forum (WWF) held in Marseille last week as an opportunity to remind the international community about the serious global impacts of large dams all over the world.
Caribbean Mobilises Funds for Ten-Year Climate Plan
Failure to adapt to climate change will derail the development aspirations of the 15-member Caribbean Community (Caricom), researchers warn, siphoning off an average of five percent of 2004 gross domestic product regionwide by 2025.
Q&A: Expo 2012 to Focus on Protecting World's Marine Resources
The United Nations, which is hosting a major international summit on the global environment in Brazil in late June, points out that while the world's oceans account for 70 percent of the earth's surface, only one percent of this area is protected.
‘Green Morocco Plan' Fails to Confront Climate Change
An unprecedented cold spell that struck Morocco in February and continues to linger well into March has raised serious questions about the country's national agricultural development programme, which will fail to achieve its desired results if climate change continues to be mismanaged.

Starship Surfing: Ride the Bow Shock
We’ve been looking at slowing down a starship, pondering ways the interstellar medium itself might be of use, and seeing how the stellar wind produced by the destination star could slow a magsail. A large solar sail could use stellar photons, but the advantage of the magsail is that it’s going to be effective at a greater distance, and we can also consider other trajectory-bending effects like the
Interstellar Space: Uses of the Medium
One of the first things we need to do in terms of interstellar exploration is to get a spacecraft built for the purpose to travel outside the heliosphere and give us solid measurements on the interstellar medium. The Voyagers are doing their best but they were never designed for what has become their interstellar mission, and while we can marvel at their longevity, it’s with the knowledge that the
Braking Against a Stellar Wind
This morning I want to pick up on the ‘problem of arrival’ theme I began writing about on Friday, and we’ll look at interstellar deceleration issues a good bit this week. But I can’t let Monday start without reference to the Icarus results from Gran Sasso that finds neutrinos traveling at precisely the speed of light. All of this adds credence to the growing belief that the earlier Opera experimen
Starships: The Problem of Arrival
You wouldn’t think that slowing down a starship would be the subject of a totally engrossing novel, but that’s the plot device in Poul Anderson’s Tau Zero (1970, though based on a 1967 short story called “To Outlive Eternity”). Anderson’s ramscoop starship, the Leonora Christine, can’t slow down because of damage suffered in mid-cruise. Edging ever closer to the speed of light, the crew experience
WISE: Into the Infrared Sky
As promised, we now have the infrared sky at a new level of detail thanks to the labors of the Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) mission, which has now mapped (with a few slight glitches) more than half a billion objects, from galaxies to stars to asteroids and comets. We can now expect a new wave of papers from the more than 2.7 million images WISE has delivered at four infrared waveleng
Thoughts on Antihydrogen and Propulsion
Normally when we talk about interstellar sail concepts, we’re looking at some kind of microwave or laser beaming technologies of the kind Robert Forward wrote about, in which the sail is driven by a beam produced by an installation in the Solar System. Greg and Jim Benford have carried out sail experiments in the laboratory showing that microwave beaming could indeed drive such a sail. But Steven

Marx was right - oh yeah
Never fearing to stumble, Chris put up a post yesterday making just that claim - that Marx was right. It's something going about lately. Last year Terry Eagleton published a book entitled Why Marx Was Right. Now, in fact, neither of these guys thinks that Marx was right about everything; they both acknowledge that he was also wrong. So why, then, the Marx-was-right-ism? Naturally 'Marx was
Books exploding out of buildings
Judy Berman says, 'these massive sculptures symbolize the boundary-busting, life-changing power of literature': As she also says, 'but we don't want to over-think them... because they're also just breathtaking to behold'. That's the one. Eight pictures here.
Natural goodness - and badness
In today's New York Times, David Brooks argues for the view that human beings are a mixture, combining compassionate, virtuous impulses with more depraved ones. Apart from straying towards the common but false thesis that everyone is a potential murderer, Brooks's view is unremarkable. However, one of the steps he takes on the way to it did rather surprise me:Any of us would be shocked if
Untold miseries in Kachin state
If, as a report I featured here last month suggested, there's now a ray of light in Burma, a new Human Rights Watch report - 'Untold Miseries': Wartime Abuses and Forced Displacement in Burma's Kachin State - makes it clear that all is still far from well in some areas of the country:Burmese security forces have committed serious human rights abuses in the northern Kachin state in
Writer's choice 342: Jane Rusbridge
Jane Rusbridge started writing in her forties after returning to university to study English and Creative Writing. Her first novel The Devil's Music was nominated for the 2011 International IMPAC Literary Award. Her second, Rook, is one of nine launch titles to be published in 2012 by Bloomsbury's new literary imprint, Bloomsbury Circus. Rook explores the mystery surrounding Harold II's burial pla
St Hilda's at the Oxford Literary Festival
As in previous years, The Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival, which begins this weekend, will include a set of events organized by St Hilda's College. These are scheduled for Saturday week, 31 March. I have two reasons for highlighting them. The first is as the proud husband of WotN, better known as Adèle Geras. Adèle is an alumna of St. Hilda's, where indeed she used to hang out when we first

National Lawyers Guild Fights for the Right to Occupy
Soon after the Occupy movement launched in Manhattan last September, the neon green hats of National Lawyers Guild (NLG) members became ubiquitous. As Occupy encampments proliferated across the country, volunteer lawyers in more than 70 locations came forward to bear witness to thousands of arrests. Authorities around the country have targeted Occupy protesters with selective enforcement of the l
Progress in the ‘World’s Greatest Deliberative Body’?
There's at least a fair chance of a new Democrat coming to power in 11 of the 33 Senate races this fall. Republicans are defending 10 seats this year, as opposed to the 21 Democratic seats that are in contention. The seats of two independents who caucus with the Democrats, Bernie Sanders and Joe Lieberman, are also in contention. Lieberman is retiring. Sanders is running again and is expected to
Battlefield Rust Belt
DETROIT--President Barack Obama won the industrial Midwest in 2008 with a message of hope and change, but he faces a much different political and economic re-election landscape. And with key congressional races looming in 2012, the beleaguered Rust Belt will be on the front lines of the battle over competing definitions of American capitalism and plans to restore the dwindling middle class. In st
Will Catholic Bishops Be GOP Pawns?
The GOP's base consists of five key constituencies bound together by a sense of being under siege -- culturally, economically, religiously or demographically. The first is the "silent generation" of seniors who preceded the Baby Boomers. Within their adult lifetimes, they've witnessed transformations in gender and racial relations, in attitudes about homosexuality and abortion, and in many other
The Banality of Corporate Evil
Were it not a matter of life and death, it would be amusing to watch the Supreme Court contort itself--and the Constitution--in slavish fealty to Corporate America. In June, the Court's Republican majority is expected to rule that, under international law, corporations are not people. And as such they cannot be held responsible for their complicity in the gross abuse of human rights. On February
The Layer Ploy
Of all the political tactics used to protect business interests, none is as powerful as the layer ploy—the one in which an ugly corporate giveaway is hidden one layer beneath something popular. It's the oldest trick in the book: Offer up Mom and apple pie, and few are likely to notice the noxious serving plate. Whether it's a lobbyist-written trade deal lurking beneath a bill extending unemployme

Firebombing Of Office Of Texas State Senator Wendy Davis An Act Of Brutality Consistent With The Enactment Of State-Mandated Rape In Texas
The Fort Worth office of Democratic Texas State Senator Wendy Davis was attacked with Molotov cocktails on Tuesday. (Above–The aftermath of the attack. Photo from the Facebook page of Anthony Spangler via the Burnt Orange Report.)  While two staffers were present in the office at the time of the attack, nobody was hurt. Senator Davis was not present when the Molotov cocktails were thrown at the o
Photos From Possibly Last Legal Sharing Of Food By Food Not Bombs In Houston—Annise Parker Says It Has To Stop
(Blogger’s update 3/21/12–Mayor Parker has changed the ordiance and the issue remains before Houston City Council. I’ll have more to say about this in the days ahead.)  This evening I attended that may be the last legal sharing of food here in Houston by Food Not Bombs. Houston Mayor Annise Parker and Houston City Council are considering a city ordinance that would criminalize some acts of sharin
In Virginia, The State Stops Just Short Of Rape—In Texas, State-Mandated Rape Is The Law
Below is a recent headline from a story in The Economist. McDonnell’s not-so-magic wand—Accusations of medical rape dog Virginia’s accident -prone governor  (Above–Bob McDonnell. Photo by Gage Skidmore.)  The story was about the effort to allow state-mandated rape in Virginia with a forced-sonogram bill for women seeking a legally protected abortion. People in Virginia saw that this was rape and
Mayor Parker And City Of Houston Considering A Third Restriction On The Homeless In Nine Months—Criminalizing Sharing
A broad cross-section of Houston is opposing Mayor Annise Parker’s proposal that would criminalize some acts of sharing food with the homeless in Houston. Below is a list of groups and community leaders that oppose this measure— American Rights Association • Casa Juan Diego • Casa de la Fuente • Central Canaan Christian Church • Christ the Servant Lutheran Church • Dominican Sisters of Houston • E
In Addition To Being State-Mandated Rape, The Texas Forced Sonogram Law Is About Humiliation—Texas Progressive Alliance Round-Up
At the end of this post you will find the weekly posting of the Texas Progressive Alliance round-up. The TPA is a confederation of the best political bloggers in Texas. TPA members are citizen-bloggers working for a better Texas. With the round-up this week is an account  from the Texas Observer about the new Texas forced sonogram law. The Texas forced sonogram law is many instances state-mandated
I Like The People My Friends Have Become—Every Day Has Value
On my recent visit home to Cincinnati, I met up with a number of friends. In some cases I took their pictures. These are the pictures you see above. I met some of these folks in the 1980′s. Two I have met since I left Cincinnati in 1998. Strong and long-lasting relationships make us better able to deal with the hardships of life. Also–if we pay attention– these relationships provide us with con

Classic Mail.
Today's Mail front page is a joy to behold:Yes, here's finally the truth about a how a THIRD of your tax bill is spent on welfare, but here's why the plan to remove child benefit from those earning over £42,000 a year is "insane" and "betrays families, aspiration and core Tory values". It's the most wonderful example of a newspaper coming right out and saying exactly why they think their readers
Not racially aggravated then.
The racially aggravated public order offence charge has then duly been dropped against Azhar Ahmed, who a couple of weeks back expressed in his own unique way that the sanctimony and mawkishness surrounding the deaths of the six soldiers in Afghanistan was just a little stifling. Well, OK, that doesn't quite cover it: he actually said all soldiers should die and that we should think just as much
Divide and rule.
I've mentioned David Cameron's new year message a couple of times now, mainly as a wonderful example of a politician imagining that what he thinks the year should be about is also what everyone else is looking forward to. The Olympics! The glory of the diamond jubilee! Many others stuck on benefits, without hope or responsibility! Oh, that last one doesn't quite work. Never mind, you can neve
With apologies to George Orwell.
Benjamin felt a nose nuzzling at his shoulder. He looked round. It was Clover. Her old eyes looked dimmer than ever. Without saying anything, she tugged gently at his mane and led him round to the end of the big barn, where the Seven Commandments were written. For a minute or two they stood gazing at the tatted wall with its white lettering."My sight is failing," she said finally. "Even when I was
Life as a dictator isn't all it's cracked up to be.
Everything you could have expected to be said about the supposed Assad emails very kindly provided to the Graun by the Syrian opposition has duly been said. At one end of the scale there's the obvious but not cliched banality of evil references, while at the other there's the most definitely cliched allusions to fiddling while burning and letting them eat cake. If anything, as Peter Beaumont has

Sentenced to Life, White Supremacist Faces More Charges in Murder Spree
It now appears likely that confessed hate killer David “Joey” Pedersen will next face federal charges in connection with a West Coast killing spree that left his father, stepmother and two strangers dead. The 31-year-old Pedersen, whose body is decorated with white supremacy tattoos,  was sentenced late last week in Everett, Wash., to life in prison [...]
What’s the Matter with Working for Kansas, Kris?
Anti-immigrant activist Kris Kobach draws a paycheck as the duly elected secretary of state in Kansas. But he sure spends a lot of time meddling in the business of other states. Kansans Count, a coalition of civil and voting rights groups, recently obtained copies of Kobach’s calendars, schedules and phone records through an open records request. [...]
Extremist Former SCV Commander’s Business Raided in Alleged Fraud
Yesterday evening, Secret Service agents raided former Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) Commander Ron Wilson’s business. They seized silver, files and computers from Atlantic Bullion & Coin, according to the Anderson, S.C., Independent Mail. The agents also seized items from his daughter Alison Shaum’s business, which is located next door. Wilson is accused by the South [...]
Man Indicted in Firebomb Attacks Aimed at NYC Muslims
Federal authorities in New York today unsealed an indictment accusing a 40-year-old man dubbed the “Frappucino firebomber” with hate crimes for New Year’s Day Molotov-cocktail attacks on a mosque and a Hindu temple in Queens. Ray Lazier Lengend, also known as Suraj Poonai, told police he intended to kill “as many Muslims and Arabs as possible” [...]
Kentucky Supreme Court Upholds SPLC’s Verdict Against Klan Leader
Ron Edwards has seen his once-sprawling Imperial Klans of America (IKA) dwindle to nearly nothing since the Southern Poverty Law Center won a $2.5 million verdict against him and a lieutenant in 2008. Now, Edwards sits in a federal prison on unrelated gun and drug charges. This week, he got more bad news. The Kentucky [...]
Tennessee House Falls Victim to ‘Agenda 21′ Conspiracy Theory
Editor’s Note: The Tennessee House of Representatives passed the resolution condemning Agenda 21 by a vote of 72-23 on March 15. In a new sign of antigovernment extremism creeping into the political mainstream, the Tennessee House of Representatives will vote tomorrow on a resolution condemning Agenda 21, a non-binding United Nations plan for sustainable development. In the [...]

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    From: Delice Calcote - Tribal Communities of Alaska, are precluded in so many aspects of Governance. Much of what the Tribal Governments stand for and protect are not given "media" coverage. I'm thankful to be able to reach out on this venue. The Senators for the STATE OF ALASKA and its people use verbage that notes that they work with the Tribal Governments, but in reality they work with the "NATIVE" CORPORATIONS who have many connections/partnerships/joint ventures to the mining industry (oil, gas, coal, gold, etc etc) and as our resources are tied up in these STATE CORPORATIONS it is really like agreements between state entities.... the largest newspaper was run/managed by Bill Allen... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alaska_political_corruption_probe Our comments on these development projects are minimalized by the Federal Oversight agencies. Censorship is rampant..... as well as "their side" of the expoiliation of Alaska's natural resources, without our consent, and many times with only a 30 day comment period.... some Tribes get mail once a month, there are about 40 Villages with no Internet in Alaska. And many that do have Internet have to dial up, pay for every minute they are in the internet.... and with the ECONOMIC GENOCIDE upon our Tribal Communities, lack of infrastructure even.... not much being said from the Tribal Community Leaders. We've taken these human rights issues beyond this venue to the International Arena. Alaska political corruption probe - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia like
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    WASHINGTON - U.S. President Barack Obama is ordering federal agencies to expedite the approval process for the southern leg of TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline. Keystone XL Pipeline: Big Oil Leans On Obama To Approve Entire Project like
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    President Barack Obama will issue a memo on Thursday directing federal agencies to prioritize permitting of TransCanada's southern leg of the Keystone oil pipeline, a senior White House official said on Wednesday. Cushing, OK: Obama To Push Agencies On Keystone XL Pipeline Permit like
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