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Friday, August 31, 2012

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America’s Vassal Acts Decisively and Illegally

I returned to the UK today to be astonished by private confirmation from within the FCO that the UK government has indeed decided – after immense pressure from the Obama administration – to enter the Ecuadorean Embassy and seize Julian Assange.
This will be, beyond any argument, a blatant breach of the Vienna Convention of 1961, to which the UK is one of the original parties and which encodes the centuries – arguably millennia – of practice which have enabled diplomatic relations to function. The Vienna Convention is the most subscribed single international treaty in the world.
The provisions of the Vienna Convention on the status of diplomatic premises are expressed in deliberately absolute terms. There is no modification or qualification elsewhere in the treaty.
Article 22
1.The premises of the mission shall be inviolable. The agents of the receiving State may not enter
them, except with the consent of the head of the mission.
2.The receiving State is under a special duty to take all appropriate steps to protect the premises
of the mission against any intrusion or damage and to prevent any disturbance of the peace of the
mission or impairment of its dignity.
3.The premises of the mission, their furnishings and other property thereon and the means of
transport of the mission shall be immune from search, requisition, attachment or execution.
.......There appears to have been no input of any kind from the Liberal Democrats. That opens a wider question – there appears to be no “liberal” impact now in any question of coalition policy. It is amazing how government salaries and privileges and ministerial limousines are worth far more than any belief to these people. I cannot now conceive how I was a member of that party for over thirty years, deluded into a genuine belief that they had principles.

 But he can promulgate the idea that the UK is the vassal of Britain - rather than perhaps the opposite. In truth, the limits of secret linking of countries are scarcely public knowledge. Here's one indication : ABCA Armies  
NATO takes this to a new level, as does the UN and police consolidations and interactions including and especially training doctrines, some of which is hosted by the military. And we  should not accept assurances that psyops do not occur domestically...any of us. Or that secret police might mean that the very existence of a police is secret.

20 Aug, 2012 - 5:04 am
Chris: What I don’t understand is why the US didn’t ask the UK government to extradite Assange directly without sideslipping him through Sweden
Probably because the US decided to set up the CIA sting operation in Sweden, which is where Assange was living at the time. The hope was that Sweden would detain Assange, investigate the sting (the trumped up sex charges) “decide” not to prosecute, and then extradite Assange to the US. But Obama’s plan went wrong. By the time Assange landed in Britain, it was too late…Britain would legally have to deal with the Swedish charges first.

Nafissatou Diallo and Anna Ardin – Why Opposite BBC Policies?
The BBC repeatedly named Nafissatou Diallo, the alleged rape victim of Dominique Strauss Kahn, while the criminal investigation into the alleged rape was still in progress. Yet they have a policy that Anna Ardin, the accuser of Julian Assange, must not be named - or investigated. Why the contradiction? Nafissatou Diallo and Anna Ardin had both gone public and given statements to the media in supp

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Naming Anna Ardin on Newsnight
Anna Ardin herself went to the media, under her own name, as long as two years ago to publicise her allegations against Assange. From the New York Times, 25 August 2010: Anna Ardin, 31, has told the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet that the complaints were “not orchestrated by the Pentagon” but prompted by “a man who has a twisted attitude toward women and a problem taking no for an answer.” The fu
Murray vs Aaronovitch on Assange
Newsnight tonight, BBC2, live.


A Better Way to Practice

While it may be true that there are no shortcuts to anywhere worth going, there certainly are ways of needlessly prolonging the journey. We often waste lots of time because nobody ever taught us the most effective and efficient way to practice. Whether it's learning how to code, improving your writing skills, or playing a musical instrument, practicing the right way can mean the difference between good and great. More »
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Dramatic New Video Brings You to the Dazzling Lunar Surface
This video has been in production for a while and was not meant to honor Neil Armstrong, but it very well could memorialize the first human explorer to set foot on the Moon. This short video titled “From the Earth to the Moon” provides a stunning and inspirational view of the lunar surface, and “highlights vast portions of the lunar surface that have yet to be explored, and demonstrates how new images are revealing dramatic details of future landing sites suitable for both robotic and human missions,” writes lunar scientist David Kring, one of the researchers behind creating this video.All of

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Earth First! Blockades Florida’s Dirtiest Power Plant on the Heels of Romney's RNC Acceptance Speech
Earth First! Blockades Florida’s Dirtiest Power Plant on the Heels of Romney's RNC Acceptance SpeechAPOLLO BEACH, Florida -- In the climax of the 2012 Republican National Convention, protestors with Earth First! have blocked access roads to TECO’s Big Bend coal plant on the eastern shore of Tampa Bay. The environmental action group is citing corporate influence in politics and ecological impacts o
Israel'S Plan For The Moslem World, And Beyond
Oded YinonRememeber how the West wrecked Yugoslavia?The West is now wrecking various Moslem countries, by causing ethnic and religious conflicts.Think of Syria, Iraq, Libya, Egypt, Pakistan...The plan is an Israeli one. (A Strategy for Israel in the Nineteen Eighties, by Oded Yinon.)The West is trying to break up the 'Greater Middle East', according to Knut Mellenthin.31 August 2012: Junge Welt - 
#virtualAPSA2012 - Issues of and Responses to Internet Governance
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If You Are An Intoxicated Police Officer ... Please Feel Free To Drive On Saskatchewan Roadways
An off-duty Edmonton police officer who was caught driving with alcohol in her blood in Saskatchewan was able to walk out of court without a criminal record. Sgt. Cheryl Wallin had open alcohol in her SUV and a blood alcohol level that was twice the legal limit — but she left a Humboldt courtroom with an absolute discharge. The incident took place in July, 2010. While off duty, Wallin was pulled


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The Corbett Report
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Corbett Report Radio 208 – Solutions: Hacking the Matrix
We have outlined the global spy grid that is the world wide web and the pipe dream of online anonymity. But there are safer ways to browse online, just as there are ways to fight back against the system using the same technology that the would-be elite are using to track and control us. Tonight on the program, James outlines some tips and tricks for hacking the matrix. Resources: NoScript Why Shou

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270 South African miners charged with murder of their 34 collegues killed by the police
This is outrageous! How far the ANC has fallen! Murder charges stun and enrage South African miners South Africa’s Mine Massacre Reveals Ugly Realities Squalor surrounds South Africa’s platinum treasure chest Lonmin

Texas Liberal
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Considering It All In Cincinnati
In Cincinnati, Ohio this week I’m taking a look at the big picture. Here is Cincinnati yesterday from one of the many overlook parks in the city. Cincinnati and the Ohio River Valley is a place of geological history and of human history both collective and for individuals. All these histories are connected. Everything is connected

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Bits and Pieces - Republican Climax Version
The climax of the last night of the Republican Convention was Clint Eastwood's appearance. The audience applauded much more ehthusiastically than they did for Mitt Romney's almost equally disjointed snoozer. Especially for "I would just like to say something, ladies and gentlemen. Something that I think is very important. It is that, you, we -- we own this country." That got the wildest applause

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Worth the Wait
Big Brother and the Holding Company I could do without, but I’ve been waiting four decades for someone with Janis Joplin’s raw talent and intensity. Finally, along comes Brittany Howard of the Alabama Shakes. Patience can sometimes be rewarded. There is now considerable impatience directed at President Obama for not doing more and working faster to achieve a world without nuclear weapons. Will it

Obsidian Wings
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Your Turnabout is fair play Friday open thread
by liberal japonicus This is nice In December, a judge ordered the bank to pay the couple $2,500 in attorney fees. But months went by and the bank never cut a check. So, the Naples Daily News reports, Nyerges hired a lawyer, who pursued a levy, and this past Friday the showdown was on: The Nyergeses showed up to a local branch of Bank of America with the sheriff, the media and some movers with a

News Center PK
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Need for Dialogue with the Haqqani Militants
by Sajjad Shaukat It is of particular attention that on September 17, 2012, in a rare interview by telephone from an undisclosed location, leader of the Haqqani militant network In the past few years, a number of regional and international conferences held with a view to bringing stability and peace in Afghanistan before the foreign troops complete withdrawal from that country in 2014. Another maj
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Make breast size attractive
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What Bain Capital Owns
by Bill Gee:    What sort of "Business experience" will Mitt Romney bring to the White House? A look into Bain Capital's portfolio provides the answer.

Centauri Dreams
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Tau Zero: The Steps Ahead
by Marc Millis Recently I asked you, our readership, what you want from an interstellar organization, given the emergence of Kelvin Long’s Interstellar Institute and the pending symposium of the 100 Year Starship Organization. How to sort out which organization does what? I suspect that the 100YSS will start inviting memberships (fee-based) at their Sept 13-16 symposium. Unfortunately, we will not

In These Times
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The Climate Bites Back
As a wildfire/flash flood cycle ravages the American heartland, "the climate bites back" may be the 21st century's karmic rejoinder to the hysterical screams of "freedom!" and "property rights!" when it comes to urban sprawl. No doubt, we've long understood the invisible dangers of such sprawl. For years, we've been warned by researchers of the direct

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Straight Talk From Occupy News Network
Here’s my interview with Straight Talk. Update: it appears to have disappeared from it’s original location; we’ll update here when we find a working copy.
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