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Thomas Paine

To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

17 October - Late Links

Pre Carn-evil Party
Pre Carn-evil Party (Photo credit: emdot)
Hong kong to celebrate  the 14th anniversary o...
Hong kong to celebrate the 14th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong (Photo credit: davidyuweb)
The Establishment (comics)
The Establishment (comics) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Establishment in the 70s
Establishment in the 70s (Photo credit: YardSale)
Israel-News Today ... UK expects Israeli attac...
Israel-News Today ... UK expects Israeli attack on Iran next month with US logistical support (DEBKAfile) Special Report 11/10/11 9:04 AM (GMT+02:00) -- November 10, 2011 ... (Photo credit: marsmet542)
Knowledge of Today shared their own photo.
www.knowledgeoftoday.org/2012/07/g-edward-griffin-collectivist.html — The Establishment creates the ILLUSION of Choice ('left' vs. 'right') to trick voters int...
Mitt Romney is dangerous. Barack Obama is dangerous. Neither of them want to leave you alone. Neither of them want to end needless and atrocious wars overseas. Neither of them will dare espouse an original thought. Both are pawns. Both want to use government force to their advantage.

But go on, get emotionally attached and vote for one of these stooges who couldn’t care less about you. Oh and, of course, blame those of us who resist the nonexistent urge to cast a vote for Tyrant A or Tyrant B.


Pentagon Confirms US Military Forces Deployed Along Syria Border

Pentagon Confirms US Military Forces Deployed Along Syria Border
US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta has confirmed that US troops have been dispatched to the Jordan-Syrian border using WMD concerns as an excuse.
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The War On The Constution

Obama's War On The constitution
As the Obama administration continues Bush’s war on the Constitution a grass roots effort to fight the destruction of our civil liberties is under way.

White House Lied: No Protest Prior To Benghazi Libya Attack

White House Admits They Lied There Was No Protest Prior To Libya Attack
ABC reports The White House is admitting there was no protest at all prior to the attack on the Benghazi Libya consulate that killed the US Ambassador.

Sources: US And Israel Close To Approving Iran Strike

October surprise: US and Israel prepare to strike Iran
A source tells Foreign Policy magazine the US and Israel are close to signing off on plans to strike Iran.

Spain Protestors Evict Police Amid Wave Of Brutality

Spain Protestors Expel Police
In a rare scene during days of unchecked police brutality a crowd of protestors force Spain police to leave a protest against the banker bailout in front of Congress.

Turkey PM Threatens To Declare War As Bombing Of Syria Enters 5th Day

Turkey Bombardment Of Syria Continues Into Fifth Day
Turkey’s Prime Minister threatens to declare war as the bombing of Syria continues for a fifth day and the UN and NATO mull plans for intervention.

Americans March Against Drones With Families Of Victims Obama Denies Exist

Americans Families of Pakistan Drone Victims Obama Says Dont Exist
Western activists and march with thousands of Pakistanis to stop US drone strikes after meeting the families of victims Obama claims don’t exist.

Obama orders targeted assassination of another U.S. citizen?

Study: GMO Toxins Found in Nearly All Pregnant Women, Unborn Babies
National Post.
Calgary shouldn’t be in the business of subsidizing golf courses | Full Comment | National Post
Why would a city like Calgary be considering using tax dollars to fund recreational activities that can easily be 
FOCUS: Robert Reich | Memo to the President: Your Next Debate
Portrait, Robert Reich, 08/16/09. (photo: Perian Flaherty)
Robert Reich, Robert Reich's Blog
Reich writes: "Your passive performance in the last debate was damaging because it reenforced the Republican claim that you've been too passive in getting jobs back and in responding to terrorism abroad."
Live Coverage: Occupy Worldwide
Reader Supported News Special Coverage
The seed planted on September 17, 2011, in New York City has grown into a national and international movement. Occupy Wall Street has branched out with hundreds of groups organizing Occupy protests in their own communities. Reader Supported News highlights some of the more significant actions from around the country here. Share this page with your friends and associates and check back often for the latest developments.

Maude Barlow

The Federal Court rejected the Conservative Party MPs' motions on security for costs against the ongoing legal challenges in the robocall scandal.

You'll remember the Conservative Party MPs called for the nine individual applicants to put up a total of $260,409 as a security deposit � an outrageous 3620% increase above the $1,000 per application required under the Canada Elections Act. "The respondent MPs have failed to raise grounds or bring to bear evidence that would justify any further payment of security for costs, let alone in the amount requested," Madam Prothonotary Roza Aronovitch wrote in her ruling.

For the applicants and Canadians everywhere, this is tremendous news! Not only has the Federal Court rejected yet another shameful Conservative obstruction, this ruling clears the way for the cases to proceed to full hearings this December.

Think for a moment about the significance of what's been achieved here. It's because of Council of Canadians supporters like you that the applicants and their landmark legal cases will now have their day in court.

But the news isn't all rosy. Significant legal costs have depleted The Democracy 24/7 Legal Fund and an influx of new donations is needed urgently.

You have the Conservative Party MPs and their lawyers to thank for that. Months of their relentless obstructions have needlessly dragged out the process, forced the applicants to respond vigorously at every turn and driven costs up significantly. Prothonotary Aronovitch spoke to this very issue in her ruling, stating that "these motions have unnecessarily delayed and encumbered these proceedings."

Even with a legal team slashing fees and providing hours of pro bono work, these needlessly mounting costs have outstripped the generous donations people have made.

Consequently, another $240,000 must immediately be raised for the crucial next stages of the applicants' cases, including the remaining preliminary issues, preparation of documentation, the Federal Court hearings and possibly a Supreme Court appeal that could follow the decision.

We all underestimated the extreme lengths the Conservative MPs and their lawyers would go to prevent the court from examining the applicants' powerful evidence.

But they underestimate the passion with which Canadians will defend our democracy 24/7 from any attempt to undermine it.

With this firm belief in mind, today I'm proud to announce the Council of Canadians is redoubling our fundraising efforts. Our goal? To raise the $240,000 the applicants need in just eight short weeks. With the full hearings set for December 10-14, there's no time to waste.

We can do this people!

Can I count on your support with a $24, $52 or $365 contribution to The Democracy 24/7 Legal Fund right now? You can also help by telling your friends and family to chip in their donation to the Legal Fund too � forward this message on to them!

It's a small price to pay to restore voters' rights and defend our democracy.

John, we're on the verge of a potential game-changing moment in our country's history. Now is when we must come together like never before.

With hope and resolve,


Maude Barlow
National Chairperson, The Council of Canadians

PS – These landmark legal cases are being funded by public donations from ordinary people like you who believe in democracy and that election fraud cannot be tolerated. Conservative Party lawyers have driven court costs up and donations are urgently needed for the upcoming Federal Court hearings. Your donation of $24, $52 or $365 will directly help the applicants pursue their legal actions for as long as it takes to restore the integrity of our democracy.

Click here to donate to the Democracy 24-7 Legal Fund now!

Donations by mail: The Council of Canadians, 700-170 Laurier Ave W, Ottawa, ON K1P 5V5 (Memo: Democracy 24-7)

Donations by phone: 1-800-387-7177 x233

Help spread the word! Forward this email on to family and friends. Share the link to the Council's election fraud webpage (www.canadians.org/democracy247) on Facebook and tweet why this is important to you using the hashtag #Democracy247.

The Council of Canadians does not accept money from corporations or governments. Our work is sustained by the volunteer energy and generosity of concerned individuals like you. Due to our strong advocacy role, the Council of Canadians is not a registered charity and is 
unable to issue charitable tax receipts for donations.
Clancy Sigal | WHY Is Mitt Romney Trying to Kill Me
Mitt Romney has pledged to repeal Obamacare; Paul Ryan wants to replace Medicare with a voucher system. (photo: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters)
Clancy Sigal, Reader Supported News
Intro: "Under the influence of the painkiller Dilaudid, and dog-tired after another day of fighting for my life with my private health insurance company, I glimpsed Mitt Romney and his running-mate, Paul Ryan, entering my Los Angeles hospital room dressed in surgical gowns with scalpels in their hands ready to fatally operate on me."
Will Ohio's H.I.G.-Owned E-Voting Machines Give Romney the White House?
Bob Fitrakis, Harvey Wasserman, OpEdNews
Intro: "Electronic voting machines owned by Mitt Romney's business buddies and set to count the votes in Cincinnati could decide the 2012 election."
Brad Pitt Blasts US 'War on Drugs'
Zorianna Kit, Reuters
Excerpt: "It's such bad strategy. It makes no sense. It perpetuates itself. You make a bust, you drive up profit, which makes more people want to get into it. To me, there's no question; we have to rethink this policy and we have to rethink it now."
Koch Brothers Threaten Employees If Obama is Reelected
Dylan Stableford, Yahoo! News
Employees of Koch Industries have received a letter stating, "many of our more than 50,000 U.S. employees and contractors may suffer the consequences" of voting for President Obama and other Democrats in the 2012 elections."
Huge Rise in Iraq Birth Defects Linked to US Cluster Bombing
Sarah Morrison, Independent UK
Excerpt: "The United States launched two massive military campaigns eight years ago. Now, one month before the World Health Organization reveals its view on the legacy of the two battles for the town, a new study reports a "staggering rise" in birth defects among Iraqi children conceived in the aftermath of the war."
Live Coverage: Occupy Worldwide
Reader Supported News Special Coverage
The seed planted on September 17, 2011, in New York City has grown into a national and international movement. Occupy Wall Street has branched out with hundreds of groups organizing Occupy protests in their own communities. Reader Supported News highlights some of the more significant actions from around the country here. Share this page with your friends and associates and check back often for the latest developments.
The surprise theory of everything
Forget quantum physics, forget relativity. Inklings of an ultimate theory might emerge from an unexpected place - find out where in this week's cover story. Also on newscientist.com this week (or right now for subscribers): the five most promising new cancer treatments; a practical travel guide for space tourists; and how lethal weapons, from the first spear to nuclear bombs, have directed the course of our cultural evolution.
Julian Richards, deputy online editor, newscientist.com

New Scientist TV
You've seen straight waves coming in to shore, and circles rippling out from a stone thrown into a pond - but how would you make waves in the shape of a star? Take a tray, fill it with oil, shake, and see the results. When it comes to getting oil off waves, watch how a new technique uses a super-absorbent polymer to turn a slick into a gel that could be scooped up from the sea surface. And there's more slippery business to be seen in our Friday Illusion - a snake that appears to move though in fact it stays deathly still.
Sandrine Ceurstemont, editor, New Scientist TV

Terms of Service Explained

When you install an app, play a game, or sign up for a new account online, there's a set of conditions you agree to first known as "terms of service." These are rules that typically describe how your money or data is collected and what you can expect in return.
Because terms of service are essentially legal documents, they're not the easiest - or shortest - documents to read (but that doesn't mean you shouldn't!)
Now there's an extension in Opera that helps you understand the terms you're agreeing to. Called Terms of Service; Didn't Read, this add-on to our desktop browser provides a simple summary of any given website's terms and privacy policies, along with a rating from A to E. Here's what it looks like for the search engine DuckDuckGo:
Try it on some of the websites you use most often, and be a more informed browser.

Try new version of Opera for your Android

Opera Android Opera Mobile on Android has been updated today which brings new features and improvements to your smartphone. Some of the new changes include:
  • CSS features, CSS Animation and Flexbox Support
  • WebSockets, improves two-way communication between your mobile and other web server applications
  • Fraud Protection, you will get a warning if a webpage has been marked as suspicious or used for illicit activity
  • SPDY protocol, makes fetching webpages more efficient
  • Added HTML5 features, Drag & Drop and Clipboard API
For the full changelog, check out the Opera Mobile team blog.
You can download Opera Mobile for free from the Google Play store or visit m.opera.com with your Android device.
It's one of the nastiest voter suppression schemes we've seen: This week, in Black and Latino neighborhoods in Ohio and Wisconsin, an anonymous group started running outrageous billboards that try to scare people away from voting.1
Allowing an anonymous advertiser to create an atmosphere of fear around voting just as the early voting period begins is unacceptable. Please join us in demanding that Clear Channel immediately take down these offensive and dangerous billboards (and please ask your friends and family to do the same):
These billboards are clearly designed to intimidate voters, and they're part of a coordinated right-wing attack on the voting rights of people of color. The billboards are hosted by Clear Channel, a media conglomerate owned by Bain Capital — the same company that Mitt Romney co-founded.2 Clear Channel has tried to avoid any responsibility for the ads, saying that the group who paid for them is responsible for the content. But Clear Channel has rejected billboard ads many times in the past.3,4,5
The myth of widespread "voter fraud" has been used to justify voter suppression efforts again and again. As a result, we've seen new restrictions on voting and voter registration, including discriminatory voter ID laws and voter roll purges. The fact is that voter fraud rarely occurs. In fact, voter fraud happens as infrequently as death by lightning.6
Clear Channel syndicates some of our country’s most conservative commentators like Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh, and now it is allowing the myth of voter fraud to intimidate Black and Latino voters. Please join us in demanding that Clear Channel immediately remove the billboards, it only takes a moment.
Thanks and Peace,
-- Rashad, Arisha, Dani,Charlene, Aimée and the rest of the ColorOfChange.org team
   October 16th, 2012
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