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Sunday, July 27, 2014

27 July - Blogs I'm Following

10:25pm MDST

Movie Watch: "Calvary" at MoMI -- first watch the movie, then watch the writer-director and principal actor talk about it

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 25 minutes ago
*Brendan Gleeson as Father James Lavelle* *by Ken* Here's something to imagine. Imagine that you've just seen a movie that so overwhelmed and shocked you that at the end you hadn't yet had time to piece together how you felt -- a film that is so centrally built around its central character that he's a central piece of the architecture of the film (into which he had substantial input) -- and you knew that when the lights went up, the film's writer-director and principal actor would be coming onstage to talk about it! Regular readers have probably guessed that the setting was the Mu... more »

Are there exceptions to green living?

Small Footprints at Reduce Footprints - 25 minutes ago
Earlier this month, we asked if there are times when you ignore your green living rules. Here are the answers: Survey Results [image: Are there exceptions to green living?] Individual Responses - When dealing with hospitals, which is what we do all to frequently,We are given plastic plates covered in cling film with plastic cups etc but we are not allowed to take in food and drink from home. Also all the medical gear and cloths are disposable. All tablets come in blister packs , in the EEC this or disposable weekly trays are all that are allowed. Also unfortunatel... more »


Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 27 minutes ago
*HILARION's WEEKLY MESSAGE* by Marlene Swetlishoff ~ July 27, 2014 Love is the greatest force in the universe and this force will have its effect within and upon the planet. Beloved Ones, The pressure within increases as the energy intensifies from the cosmos. The activity of purification is intensifying in all quarters of life. There is no escape for anyone or anything upon the earth plane. All are as one in the eye of the cosmic storm that is passing through. *The energy sensitive among you will find yourselves moving into the next step of your journey in wonderful and unexpec... more »

Peak politician

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 hour ago
You don’t hear the Greens talking about “peak oil” anymore, and there’s a simple reason for that. The simple reason is that even the Greens now realise “peak oil” is bollocks. Fracking changed all that. So now, they’re against that. So we are still nowhere near peak oil, and given how resource economics work, unlikely ever to approach it. However, we’re a small country, with few naturally occurring sources of hot air and blowhard, and it looks like we might have now approached peak politician. The evidence for this frightful state of affairs grew even greater over the weekend, ... more »

If Gaza Isn’t a Genocide, What Is?: discourse as resistance

Megan MacKenzie at Duck of Minerva - 1 hour ago
At the moment many of us are watching the news with bated breath. New sites, facebook and twitter feeds are filling with images of civilian deaths and the leveling of Gaza. There is growing sentiment that the ‘targeted’ operations in Gaza by the IDF have been willfully indiscriminate- with example upon example of civilian safe Continue reading

Flight MH17 - What You're Not Being Told

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 1 hour ago
SCGNEWS Please visit SCGNEWS today for full story, sources, transcript and bonus clips. *You can visit our MH17 article archive here. * *Poll: Who do you think shot down Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17?* Be the Change! Donate Today! Enter your email address to subscribe to our newsletter: Delivered by FeedBurner

The Isreali Genocide Of Gaza Continues: WHY Do Israelis Continue To Kill Palestinians?

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 1 hour ago
The Israeli onslaught and massacre in the Gaza Strip against innocent people continues... The laughable ceasefire is now over and Israel is again killing Palestinians in what is in reality the world's largest concentration camp with impunity. It is so disgusting that our own governments continue to turn their backs on this slaughter and cold blooded genocide of innocent people. There has always been one very nagging question that everyone should be asking, and it is : WHY in the HELL do the Israelis continue to kill Palestinians?. I have long been troubled by this sickness and h... more »


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 2 hours ago
Post by Channel 4 News.

Can Anyone Trust Pete Aguilar?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
Substance abuser and New Dem Petey-Pie lets his hair down I don't think even someone as astoundingly incompetent as Steve Israel could lose CA-31-- the Inland Empire congressional district-- for the Democrats again this year, despite having maneuvered to get an ethics-free, corrupt ex-lobbyist, Pete Aguilar, the nomination. After all, the district has a PVI of D+5, Obama won it both times with 57% and the Republican incumbent Israel allowed to slip in in 2012, Gary Miller, is retiring. Almost nothing short of a coke bust-- always possible considering the photo above-- or a rape will... more »


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 3 hours ago
The Vineyard of the Saker writes: For a couple of days now, I have posted various items showing the large number of casualties amongst the Ukie forces fighting against Novorussia, and I have observed with some amusement how many of you have expressed doubts about the veracity of these figures. Today Nora drew my attention to a short video of a Ukie army recruiting officer being confronted by a crowd of civilians, mostly women, mostly mothers. The video is a few days old, but this version is subtitled in English, so please watch it now.

Duff: "Video shows Kolomoisky forces firing on MH17. These units are led by Israeli volunteers."

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 4 hours ago
[image: Accused Israeli - Cypriot Terrorist Leader Kolomoisky] *"Ihor Valeriyovych Kolomoyskyi is an Ukrainian-Cypriot-Israeli business oligarch of Jewish descent and the current Governor of Dnipropetrovsk Oblast." (Wikipedia). The people of Ukraine and the international community must bring this psycho son of a bitch to justice for his crimes.* An excerpt from, *"Breaking: Russian Satellite Imagery on MH17"* by Gordon Duff, Veterans Today, July 27: The Russians have finally allowed someone to send us their video of MH17. Judge for yourself. We stick to “bomb” but are taking this u... more »

things i heard at the library: an occasional series: #15! one that makes me very happy!

laura k at wmtc - 4 hours ago
The conversation was simple enough. Teenage girl: "Where is the nonfiction?" Me: "Nonfiction is upstairs, but it's organized according to subject. There should be some nonfiction books on the Bingo display." Teen: "I think they're all gone." Me: "OK, we'll find you something. What would you like to read about?" Teen: "So far I've read one nonfiction book. It was about a man who left the war in Iraq. It was called *The Deserter's Tale*. I loved it." !!!!!!!!!!! Why did this make me so unreasonably happy? 1. War resisters! Teens reading about moral choices! Teens reading about c... more »

the decision "you'll regret for the rest of your life": the reality gap in fictional abortions

laura k at wmtc - 4 hours ago
The conversation around the movie "Obvious Child" has prompted me to re-visit a long-standing interest of mine, one I share with many other reproductive rights activists: the portrayal of abortion in the mainstream media. I haven't seen "Obvious Child" (I wait for DVD or Netflix, as always), but I've heard that it includes a rarity: an honest and positive portrayal of the choice to terminate a pregnancy. Considering how many women do have abortions - and considering that the choice is usually met with relief and happiness - this shouldn't be exceptional. Yet it is. On fictional TV ... more »

More Twitter folly from another BBC reporter

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 5 hours ago
DB at *Biased BBC* has noted an intriguing change of header on BBC journalist Julie Macfarlane's Twitter feed. It now shows "gun-toting pro-Palestinian flag-wavers", says DB, quipping, "But she’s not trying to make a statement, honest. Just a coincidence". Now, why would DB read anything into that change of header? Well, probably because he's been following her incredibly biased Twitter feed. Please read it for yourselves and see what you think. I think it shows a one-sided BBC journalist in action, albeit the kind of BBC journalist whose bias lies in her re-tweets rather than i... more »


Such is the small size of the Gaza Strip, together with the extremely dense way the enclave is populated, and coupled with the devastating way the Israelis have destroyed entire neighbourhoods including homes, hospitals, schools, government buildings and infrastructure as well as the huge loss of civilian life across much of the entire Strip, the Palestinians can be forgiven for thinking that total war is being waged against them. And, as the entire world can see in this day and age of social media, total war, contrary to anything the Israeli propaganda machine is saying, is indeed... more »

Planning for the Unpredictable

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 5 hours ago
*Guest post by Randal O’Toole* How do you plan for the unpredictable? That’s the question facing “planning” organisations writing transportation plans for their regions. Self-driving cars will be on the market in the next 10 years, are likely to become a dominant form of travel in 20 years, and most people think they will have huge but often unknowable transformative effects on our cities and urban areas. Yet not a single regional transportation plan has tried to account for, and few have even mentioned the possibility of, self-driving cars. Instead, many of those plans propose o... more »

15 Killed After Israel Bombs UN School in Gaza

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 5 hours ago
* In total war, nothing is off limits.* Video Title: 15 Killed After Israel Bombs UN School in Gaza. Source: The Real News. Date Published: July 27, 2014. Description: TRNN speaks with UNICEF’s Gaza Field Chief Pernille Ironside about Israel’s bombing of a UN-school that killed women, children and UN staff and the realities of humanitarian relief in Gaza.

In Search of a New Warrior Ethos

Edward H. Carpenter at Duck of Minerva - 6 hours ago
It’s not often that a Marine officer writes a book that goes head-to-head with a title currently listed as “Commandant’s Choice” book by the Marine Corps, but in this case, I had little choice but to lay down the sword and take up the pen in order to debunk the honor-bound, shame-based relic of dead Continue reading

In A land where corporations are citizens will i get an equal vote?

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 6 hours ago
*Image provided by corporations for Soylent Green! * *no **wasted **protein is a legitimate precept* The idea that corporations should have human rights should be laughable not law. This is dehumanization full scale. They can pack the courts they can arm the police but there will come a time, that no human corporation can flee the long arm that humans have. You got to bleed to be human!

Why Did God not Give Jesus a Nuke

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 6 hours ago
Would have save him without the drama. Just Saying.

August Primaries

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 6 hours ago
There are quite a few of them but the ones progressives have a stake in, in chronological order, are Hawaii (August 9), Wisconsin (August 12), and then a late super-Tuesday on August 26 for Arizona, Florida and Oklahoma. That same day has primaries in Alaska, Missouri, Oregon and Vermont with interesting races but no races that pit a progressive against a shill from the Republican wing of the Democratic Party. Up top is the brand new video from one of the most grassroots campaigns anywhere, the Tom Guild campaign for the open Oklahoma City congressional seat. Guild came in a stro... more »

Life's a piece of shit/When you look at it...

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 6 hours ago
*Some things in life are bad* *They can really make you mad* *Other things just make you swear and curse* *When you're chewing on life's gristle* *Don't grumble, give a whistle* *And this'll help things turn out for the best...* *And...* The guests on this morning's *Broadcasting House *press review focused on the brighter side of life, which, given all the depressing news there's been in the past couple of weeks or so, is pretty understandable. An entertaining romp through the Sunday papers ensued (more about which later). I'm guessing that some of you might just be feeling the sa... more »

Mahmoud Abbas's Son: "We Will Not Forget. We Will Only Become More Extremist"

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 6 hours ago
*Photo: Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian National Authority, speaking with President Barack Obama at the White House. * "We walked outside, Ben-Gurion accompanying us. Allon repeated his question, What is to be done with the Palestinian population?' Ben-Gurion waved his hand in a gesture which said 'Drive them out!'" Yitzhak Rabin, leaked censored version of Rabin memoirs, published in the New York Times, 23 October 1979. Video Title: Son of Mahmoud Abbas Criticizes Obama, Compares Israel to Nazis. Source: MEMRI TV. Date Published: July 27, 2014.


Steve at Thinking Aboot - 6 hours ago
The Globe and Mail likes to think its Canada's Grey Lady. Well its never been that and now the Grey Lady is obviously as mixed up with strange fruit as any tree rooted in journalism. Dear Leader Harper prints a heroic message. Oh how I struggle to withhold the volcanic puke because I love this country too much to damage it further with my bile. Waging a finger at Russia, and Palestine may buy you some votes from the stupid Jews and ignorant Ukrainians, but they will not save you from the avalanche of Canadian who are seeking relief from your misguided missiles. If only to stop the o... more »

Love the Sunday Papers

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 6 hours ago
Print media is buggy whipped. The page will not survive this decade. The news will devolve into enformiamment. New York to nite for those who find Hollywood tonite so star centered. I will struggle without reading pretentious or ancient to describe the joy of reading a great newspaper. It was only about twenty years ago you could find one everywhere in the civilized world you might go. Today I found that Carbon Fiber bikes are not all they are cracked up to be. That fighting the Taliban is hopeless. A great bratwurst is not to be trifled with. Many Bond girls stand close to two m... more »

CBC-Ottawa's biased reporting of a pro-Palestine rally -- Not good

Denis Rancourt at Activist Teacher - 7 hours ago
By Denis G. Rancourt On July 26, 2014, I was there. I took more than 250 pictures and 8 videos. I followed the demo from start to finish. It was the most vibrant, humanistic, family-oriented demo that I have ever seen in Ottawa. There were more than 2000 participants, possibly as many as 5000 or more, counting those who did not stay the whole time and did not walk to the end-destination. Then

Begin's Devils

Spike EP at News Spike - 8 hours ago
*"Our race is the Master Race. We are divine gods on this planet. We are as different from the inferior races as they are from insects. In fact, compared to our race, other races are beasts and animals, cattle at best. Other races are considered as human excrement. Our destiny is to rule over the inferior races. Our earthly kingdom will be ruled by our leader with a rod of iron. The masses will lick our feet and serve us as our slaves."* If I asked you what group of people embrace a set of doctrines like this, what would your answer be? Most of you would probably answer, "The Naz... more »

NSA Partners With Saudis in Classic Deal With the Devil

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 8 hours ago
In another astounding piece of evidence of the insane levels of corruption that have metastasized throughout the US government a new story reveals that the NSA Stasi has entered into a partnership with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the debauched land of the brutal monarchy from which fifteen of the nineteen September 11, 2001 hijackers hailed from. In the latest story by Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Glenn Greenwald based on documents that were obtained by former government contractor turned NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, the NSA has entered into a cooperative relationship wi... more »

Zapatistas 'Just so you know' July 26, 2014

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 10 hours ago
ZAPATISTA ARMY FOR NATIONAL LIBERATION MEXICO. July 2014 http://enlacezapatista.ezln.org.mx/2014/07/26/just-so-you-know/ By Subcomandante Moises Trucking to La Realidad photo by Brenda Norrell Indigenous Resistance To the compañer@s of the Sixth in Mexico and in the world: To all those who supported us in the reconstruction of the school and the clinic that belong to thecompañeros


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 10 hours ago
- I am sick at heart about what Israel (with full US backing) is doing to the people in Gaza. It is more than cruel and shameful beyond imagination. The souls of Israel and the USA are showing to be hollow. There have been many determined protests across this nation in support of the Palestinians. Corporate dominated media though covers all the bases and ensures that the whores in Washington remain submissive and supine. None of us are doing enough to help. - Ukraine is another great travesty, so well scripted that Kiev and Tel Aviv march in l... more »

Grey Lady ok with getting high

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 10 hours ago
The New York Times. The paper of record in the world yesterday and arguably still today. If your works are published by the New York Times they are tacitly legitimized. Little story here, I once advocated hard on for my writing to be an op ed. This went on for years. One day I got an email from Paul Krugman saying we looked but did not receive. Thats one of my life's proudest moments to be refused by Paul Krugman. Old media dies hard. Media and propaganda are universally not exclusive. The New York times would never publish something absurd. So I alleged they coached the nuclear t... more »

Northerntruthseeker Rant For Sunday, July 27th, 2014

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 11 hours ago
[image: rant-jpeg-b] It is Sunday… I am back from a much needed vacation… And it is time to get back to my weekly rants… First of course, I do again want to thank my great friend, Whitewraithe, for her efforts in putting up rants for me over the last two weeks… I did read them and I found them to be both outstanding and in many ways better than some of my own!!! The lady does know how to write beautifully, and she is a brilliant thinker…. It is just too bad that right now she is in financial dire straits living in Tennessee where she has been unable to obtain full time work for y... more »

Ghost of Sunday Classics: Yes, it's more Donald Adams!

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
*Princess Ida's three "hulking brothers" are bested by Prince Hilarion and his friends Cyril and Florian in Act III of the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players' Princess Ida.* Politics we bar, they are not our bent! On the whole we are not intelligent! *-- Ida's brother Arac, in Act I of Princess Ida* *by Ken* So far in this series we've heard our Donald as the army-besotted landlord Sergeant Bouncer in Burnand and Sullivan's *Cox and Box* and as the Usher in *Trial by Jury*, and most recently as the specter of the late Sir Roderic Murgatroyd in *Ruddigore*. And I thought we shoul... more »

Is the Common Spent Fuel Pool the Source of Emissions?

Majia's Blog - 11 hours ago
I'm not sure whether the recent Fukushima Daiichi emissions are primarily coming from the common spent fuel area or from somewhere else, off screen of the TEPCO cams. If you look at my screenshots below and here: http://majiasblog.blogspot.com/2014/07/fukushima-emissions.html you will notice that the emissions seem to be coming up from the common spent fuel pool building or an offscreen building in that vicinity. This morning the emissions are full of red and purple blotching: <img alt="" height="277" src="data:image/png;base64,iVBORw0KGgoAAAANSUhEUgAAAeEAAAFOCAIAAAA+YjJiAAAgAElEQV... more »


liberalandlovingit! at liberalandlovingit! - 11 hours ago
...let the words of our mouth and the meditations of our heart, be acceptable in Thy sight... LJ

Now That Education Has Been the "Civil Rights Issue of Our Generation" for a Generation . . .

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 12 hours ago
. . . it's worth asking how's that working out for those duplicitous policy elites who pretend to believe such nonsense. Apparently, much more grit is going to required to grind poor and brown children down into that magical stuff that high test scores are made from. From Kids Count 2014:

Kauilapele's Blog: Let Me Say This about That…

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 12 hours ago
* I like this post, I am tired of people giving reasons to judge other people based on trivial choices in their own private lives... and the burdens of expectations they try to instill in others. -AK* *Let Me Say This about That… * Posted on 2014/07/26 by kauilapele As I feel it right now, at this moment (0130 HST), there are certain things that rankle from time to time, and that means I’m to pay attention to what “the rankling” is all about. First off, we all have our own backgrounds, our own views, and all this and all that. My deal is that I BE and DO my ... more »

As $15 Trillion Slated To Be Dumped in Laps of Wealthy Offspring, You Need To Make Your Plans On How You'll Live (The Children of the Porn?)

So, after all the lights, action(!), and frenzied shouting, it's agreed that Thomas Piketty was just publishing another dull recitation of what everyone respectfully accepts as the current (and likely to continue indefinitely) economic conditions, which we at the bottom of such must deal with to our vast financial delegitimization. What’s so interesting about this Kabuki dance is just how few

"Washington now has in motion the wheels of war. Once the wheels of war begin to turn, momentum carries them forward. The foolish, indeed utterly stupid, governments and media in Europe seem unaware of Washington’s orchestration of their future or lack thereof, or they are indifferent to it. They are dooming themselves and all of humanity by their insouciance." "The only possibility of avoiding war is that Putin take his case to the UN. If Washington can send Colin Powell to the UN unarmed with any truth to make Washington’s case for war against Iraq, Putin should be able to take his case to the UN against Washington’s war against Russia." -- Paul Craig Roberts

David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 12 hours ago
------------------------------ *The World Is Doomed By Western Insouciance — Paul Craig Roberts* ------------------------------ July 26, 2014 | Original Here Go here to sign up to receive email notice of this news letter *The World Is Doomed By Western Insouciance* *don’t expect to live much longer* Paul Craig Roberts European governments and the Western media have put the world at risk by enabling Washington’s propaganda and aggression against Russia. Washington has succeeded in using transparent lies to demonize Russia as a dangerous a... more »

"Peace in the Middle East"

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 13 hours ago
Peace in the Middle East: http://youtu.be/sNNhG0zDtA8

If the U.S. and its vassals truly wanted to know what dastardly deeds Russia is pulling against "innocent" Ukraine, they would either send observers ...or take advantage of unbiased observers such as Human Rights Watch. Here below Human Rights Watch members on the spot have not only found no Russian troops in the Russian-speaking province of Donetsk, or firing across the Russia-Donetsk border at these innocent civilians (as the U.S. alleges), but they have painstakingly determined that rockets that have been destroying buildings and murdering inhabitants of Donetsk have been fired from areas under the control of the neocon/neo-Nazi Ukrainian government (which the U.S. supports). Clearly Russia is innocent of what the U.S. and its vassals allege justifies nuclear war against Russia. Is all human life on earth to be eradicated due to the lies of Washington as promulgated by the despicable "mainstream media" and blindly accepted by the gullible American people?

David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 13 hours ago
------------------------------ Ukraine: Unguided Rockets Killing Civilians Stop Use of Grads in Populated Areas *JULY 24, 2014 Original Here* (Donetsk) – Unguided Grad rockets launched apparently by Ukrainian government forces and pro-government militias have killed at least 16 civilians and wounded many more in insurgent-controlled areas of Donetsk and its suburbs in at least four attacks between July 12 and 21, 2014, Human Rights Watch said today. The use of indiscriminate rockets in... more »


liberalandlovingit! at liberalandlovingit! - 13 hours ago
Remember, kids.... We can burn them; build them; or *blow* the mofo's up; but we cannot win the war- without them. LJ


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 13 hours ago
*Can K-Rob Be the “Alpha-Dog” in a Pack of Saints RB’s? ~Barry Hirstius, WhoDat Dish*


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 14 hours ago

He Must Be Laughing

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 14 hours ago
An op-ed appeared in yesterday's *Globe and Mail* under Stephen Harper's name. Whoever wrote the piece claims that,"Our duty is to stand firm in the face of Russian aggression." On the same day, in *The Tyee*, Tom Henheffer also wrote an op-ed, on the subject of the CRA's audits of Canadian non-profits, like PEN: In effect, our government is censoring an anti-censorship organization. It makes me wonder, is this really Canada? If so, it’s a country I'm having a hard time recognizing. So what is the justification for creating this clear chill on free speech? Well, no one really... more »

Haslam Continues Ed Policy Based on Secrecy, Favoritism, and Dupliicty

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 15 hours ago
[image: Core concerns: Legislators, educators gather as Haslam meets with county school staff] Washington County School Board member Jack Leonard speaks Friday outside the district's central office as state Reps. Matthew Hill, Micah Van Huss and Tony Shipley listen. (Nathan Baker/Johnson City Press) Bill Haslam is up for re-election this year, and if Tennesseans can see beyond the ends of the Obama-hating noses, they will send this anti-democratic oligarch back to the corporate offices of Pilot Oil. His ongoing efforts to go around the public to implement CorpEd's privatization sc... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 15 hours ago
*Wave-control devices being tried near Shark Island ~Amy Wold* *Bubba Watson visits New Orleans Saints training camp ~Kyle Porter* *West Nile death reported in Caddo Parish ~WDSU* *Dozens march through St. Roch to curb violence ~Jessica Shaw, WVUE* *Cut glass exhibit honors convention’s return to Louisiana ~Robin Miller*

Boehner Still Afraid To Whip His Obstructionist Caucus Into Line On Fixing The V.A.

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
Almost every Senate Republican-- even extremist obstructionists like Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Mike Lee and Richard Burr-- followed Bernie Sanders' lead last month to pass a bill to address the sordid situation at the V.A. It passed 93-3 with the only dissections from mentally unstable right-wingers Ron Johnson (R-WI), Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III (R-KKK) and Bob Corker (R-TN). The House Republicans can't quite get their shit together on the whole V.A. mess they've been desperately trying to turn into a talking point. Talking points are a lot easier for them than actually *doin... more »

Hillel Neuer schools PLO's Diana Buttu & a HRW representative

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 15 hours ago


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 15 hours ago
*Affirmative Action = Discrimination Against Asians, NYC Schools Edition* New York City politicians—including Mayor Bill de Blasio—want to change the admissions system for the city's nine highly-selective premiere public high schools, including nationally-renowned Stuyvesant High School. The schools currently use a single exam, the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test, to determine admittance. Less than three percent of applicants are admitted to Stuyvesant. The problem, in the eyes of some, is that black and Latino students are increasingly underrepresented at the elite school...more »

HRW's definition of "human shields" changes when Israel is involved

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 15 hours ago
Human Rights Watch seem to have a very fluid definition of 'human shields' depending on Israel's involvement... 'HRW, instead of condemning what are clearly cases of human shielding under international law and under their own definitions, is going out of its way to excuse Hamas, downplay their war crimes - and endanger Gazans. In this case we see that twice HRW changed their definition deliberately to excuse first Hezbollah and then Hamas - moving the goalposts as each terror group gets more depraved. What kind of a "human rights" group tries so hard to excuse violations of huma... more »

Harpers “Democracy”

Rural at Democracy Under Fire - 15 hours ago
With the Harper Regime loosing a series of rulings in the Supreme Court of Canada from their plans for the senate to prostitution laws to his nomination to the court it should be no surprise that as well as Harpers direct attack upon Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin he now has set his minions out to attack the Supreme Court in general. It would seem that the Court making rulings that follow the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms is now a “problem” and that groups using the Charter to defend their rights when a new attack upon our democracy issues from the Con Oligarchy is someh... more »

When Burying a Terrorist, You Might Want to Remove the Suicide Vest First...

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 15 hours ago

Our Colonial Administration

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 16 hours ago
*A spider protects its hatchlings.* A while back I wrote on how the north of Taiwan is the center of a colonial state, whose periphery is essentially everything south of Hsinchu. The reflexive nature of this state is apparent even in the small stuff. Let us recall that "independence" is in part a regional response to the way the north parasitizes the rest of the nation, sucking up its development money, exploiting its resources, impoverishing its governments, and eating up its promising young people. What people in the south want independence from is the colonial government in Taip... more »

Lauren Goodger: Against Revenge Porn

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 16 hours ago
Another Sunday, another case of celebrity revenge porn. This time Lauren Goodger from *The Only Way is Essex* is the victim and the piece itself is said to be a six second clip of her performing "a sex act". You don't need a particularly filthy imagination to work out what that might be. The alleged culprit is apparently an ex-partner, Goodger's "co-star". As I've argued before, 'revenge porn' is something of a misnomer. Porn, regardless of content, is performed by willing participants who also consent to its dissemination. Performers might be professional and do it for payment, or... more »

"#Gaza politicians have no soul as they can be bought & sold by u know who.”

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 18 hours ago
Well, we didn't have to wait told for another BBC journalist to open his big mouth on Twitter. This one looks particularly bad. According to the *Sunday Times*: A BBC journalist has been reprimanded after appearing to suggest that western politicians had failed to intervene in the Middle East crisis because they had been “bought” by the Jews. David Ward, the Liberal Democrat MP for Bradford East, was forced to apologise last week after saying he would “probably” fire rockets at Israel if he lived in Gaza. The row prompted a Muslim producer at the BBC to leap to Ward’s defence on... more »

Catholic child abuse, Christians in Iraq, Sikhs in WW1, Roman Britain, black participation, Gaza, and Twitter

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 18 hours ago
This morning's *Sunday *was presented by Edward Stourton and pursued the subjects listed in the title of this post. Here's how it went, complete with quotes from the *Sunday *website (by way of introduction): *1. We review of the latest statistics from the National Catholic Safeguarding Commission and ask why there has been an increase in the number of parishes without a representative in place to monitor child safety.* This took the form of an interview with Danny Sullivan of the National Catholic Safeguarding Commission. According to their statistics, 52 Catholic priests in Eng... more »

MiG-29 fighter crashes in Astrakhan region, killing pilot

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 18 hours ago
[image: MiG-29 Fulcrum]A MiG-29 fighter of the Russian Air Force crashed near Astrakhan on Sunday. The fighter’s pilot was killed in the crash, Air Force Commander-in-Chief Lieutenant General Viktor Bondarev told reporters. “A pilot has been killed in a fighter crash,” the commander said. “We are investigating this incident and, according to preliminary data, the crash was caused by air equipment failure,” General Bondarev added. There has been no destruction on the ground as a result of Sunday morning crash of a MiG-29 fighter near Astrakhan, spokesman for the Russian Defence Minis... more »

China Announces Live Fire Drills in the East China Sea

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 18 hours ago
China today announced that it will conduct a series of live fire training drills next week in the contested waters of the East China Sea, where it is locked in a bitter maritime dispute with Japan. The five-day exercise from July 29-August 2 comes even as air traffic at various Chinese airports went haywire due to the ongoing air-exercises, the Maritime Safety Administration said. It warned ships to stay away from the region and asked authorities to ensure safety during the training, which is scheduled to last from midnight to 6 pm each day, state-run Xinhua news agency reported. R... more »

Russia’s Sevmash shipyard lays down 5th Borei-class nuclear sub

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 18 hours ago
[image: Borei class SSBN]Russia’s major defence shipyard Sevmash on Navy Day has laid down another Borei class strategic nuclear-powered submarine - Knyaz Oleg, shipyard sources told Itar-Tass on Sunday. This strategic underwater missile cruiser is the fifth submarine to be built under the Borei project and the first series sub of the modernised 955A project. Modernised Borei-class submarines have state-of-the-art equipment and considerably improved stealth and other characteristics. Source

Retiring frigates may leave some missions unfilled

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 18 hours ago
[image: USS Taylor]The Navy may be shedding all its frigates by the end of next year, but the ships are still busy and in high demand — creating a dilemma for the Navy over which ships will pick up their missions. Defense experts say that it’s an open question of when the littoral combat ships joining the fleet will be ready to take on challenging missions like counterdrug operations and sub-hunting — frigate mainstays that have pushed their deployment pace. Some anticipate that Military Sealift Command ships and other auxiliaries may pick up some of the slack. “There is a big unkno... more »

More Russian naval ships observed near Latvian waters

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: RFS Soobrazitelny]Russian naval ships observed near Latvian waters recently is an attempt to test Latvia's reaction capabilities, The Latvian Defense Ministry has said. A Russian naval ship was observed near Latvian territorial waters earlier this week, LETA reports. Defense Ministry spokesman Kaspars Galkins explained that Russia had been regularly attempting to show its military might' over the past several months with flights of military aircraft near Latvian borders, and obviously wants to show its naval might as well. Read more

The Propaganda and Politics of MH17

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 19 hours ago
*July 27, 2014* (Eric Draitser - NEO) - The downing of Malaysian Airlines flight 17 (MH17) is a tragedy that will be remembered for years to come. However, the way in which the West has distorted the facts about what happened is no mere accident. Rather, it is a clear attempt by Washington and its allies and proxies to capitalize on the incident, using it as a weapon in their continued belligerent and aggressive policies toward Russia. Recent days have seen a deluge of propaganda from both the US Government and the western media (especially US media) which, despite being short on f... more »

Stephen Moore (Heritage, of course) can't even get his cherry-picked data right

Kenneth Thomas at Middle Class Political Economist - 19 hours ago
If you have had the stomach to read the malarkey that the Heritage Foundation puts out, you have no doubt noticed that many of their publications are, well, fact-challenged. Just looking back at this blog, there are stories on how Heritage wants us to think poverty is swell, and multiple versions of how Heritage did not pioneer the ideas underlying the Affordable Care Act. Today, I turn from Obamacare godfather Stuart Butler to the new Heritage chief economist, Stephen Moore. In a great diary at Daily Kos, SantaFeMarie sums up the sordid story of Moore's July 7 column in the *Kansas... more »

Fun and games with transfer pricing

Kenneth Thomas at Middle Class Political Economist - 19 hours ago
ProGrowthLiberal in his comments on my last post and in his own post at EconoSpeak highlights the fact that drug-maker AbbVie already makes most of its profits outside the United States, about 87% in fact over 2011-2013 by his calculation. For PGL, then, AbbVie is not the best example of an inversion because the horse is already out of the barn in terms of escaped profits. I see things a little differently on this, but the case is also highly illustrative of a principle we have discussed before, transfer pricing. Let's take a look at AbbVie's Form 10-K Annual Report, downloadable her... more »

BBC VIDEO: ISIS Blows Up Iraq Shrine

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 19 hours ago

Musings On Iraq In The News

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 19 hours ago
I was interviewed for this Al Arabiya article “Iraq’s crisis of confidence, what can the U.S. do about it?”

Sony DSC RX100 Mk 2 is in the house!

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 19 hours ago
*Our dog is totally excited to be going on a walk with the new Sony DSC RX100 II. He scratched a huge hole in the skin on his head so we have to make him wear that til it heals. Annoying for all parties.* A couple of years ago I bought a Canon Powershot SX260 (post). I ended up scratching the lens and rendering it useless, so I returned to using my venerable old Canon Powershot S95, which is a fantastic camera that I still love. Perfect in conception, easy to use, that camera is a dream. But unfortunately it is old.... Last year I started reading about the Sony DSC RX100. In Jan I... more »

Libya's Destruction a Warning to Egypt, Syria, & Ukraine

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 20 hours ago
*July 27, 2014* (Tony Cartalucci - NEO) - RT's article, "90% of aircraft destroyed at Tripoli airport, Libya may seek international assistance," reported that: *Libya is considering a deployment of international force to re-establish security amid a flare-up of violence in Tripoli which saw dozens of rockets destroy most of the civilian aircraft fleet at its international airport.* *“The government is looking into the possibility of making an appeal for international forces on the ground to re-establish security and help the government impose its authority,” a government spokesman,... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 21 hours ago
*Half of Britain to be opened up to fracking* Ministers are this week expected to offer up vast swathes of Britain for fracking in an attempt to lure energy companies to explore shale oil and gas reserves. The Department for Energy and Climate Change is expected to launch the so-called “14th onshore licensing round”, which will invite companies to bid for the rights to explore in as-yet untouched parts of the country. The move is expected to be hugely controversial because it could potentially result in fracking taking place across more than half of Britain. Industry sources said t... more »

Be At Peace This Sunday, 27 July 2014

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 21 hours ago
*Take a break *

Liberal Fascism?

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 22 hours ago
This is old, but still relevant. If anyone of the usual suspects gives you any trouble, just make 'em read this.

What Does It Say About The 25 Democrats Who Crossed The Aisle To Vote With The GOP To Amend The Internal Revenue Code Of 1986

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
The whole purpose of the vote Friday afternoon was, euphemistically called the Child Tax Credit Improvement Act of 2014-- and sponsored by 4 corporate shills, Lynn Jenkins of Kansas, Mike Kelly of Pennsylvania, Devin Nunes of California and Tom Reed of New York-- was to expand tax credits for wealthy families while leaving kids from poor families behind, standard operating procedure for Republicans, of course. But 5 Republicans opposed the grotesquely unfair bill and 25 of the worst conservatives from the Republican wing of the Democratic Party in the House voted for it. Let me pr... more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"Over 400,000 light years across NGC 6872 is an enormous spiral galaxy, at least 4 times the size of our own very large Milky Way. About 200 million light-years distant, toward the southern constellation Pavo, the Peacock, the remarkable galaxy's stretched out shape is due to its ongoing gravitational interaction, likely leading to an eventual merger, with the nearby smaller galaxy IC 4970. IC 4970 is seen just below and right of the giant galaxy's core in this cosmic color portrait from the 8 meter Gemini South telescope in Chile. *Click image for larger size.* The idea to image th... more »

"The Solitary Mind And Soul..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"The whole course of human history may depend on a change of heart in one solitary and even humble individual- for it is in the solitary mind and soul of the individual that the battle between good and evil is waged and ultimately won or lost." - M. Scott Peck

Chet Raymo, "Cultivating Amazement"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Cultivating Amazement"* by Chet Raymo "There is only one question, says the poet Mary Oliver: "How to love this world." So here I am scanning a recent copy of the journal "Nature," with articles titled "Parvalbumin neurons and gamma rhythms enhance cortical circuit performance" and "F-box protein FBX031 mediates cyclin D1 degradation to induce G1 arrest after DNA damage." What is this stuff to me, and how does it help me love the world? In her poetry, Oliver brilliantly evokes the sensate stimuli of love: the "lapped light" of pond lilies in the black pond, the goldfinch hatchlin... more »

The Poet: Linda Pastan, "What We Want"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"What We Want"* "What we want is never simple. We move among the things we thought we wanted: a face, a room, an open book and these things bear our names- now they want us. But what we want appears in dreams, wearing disguises. We fall past, holding out our arms and in the morning our arms ache. We don't remember the dream, but the dream remembers us. It is there all day as an animal is there under the table, as the stars are there even in full sun." - Linda Pastan

"The Consequences You Sow: Action and Effect"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"The Consequences You Sow: * *Action and Effect"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM "We should strive always to speak, think, and behave with great thoughtfulness and compassion. All motive and action affects the cosmos in some way. The principle of cause and effect is the truth that allows us to change ourselves and the world around us for the better. However, this same universal law is also at work when change is not at the forefront of our minds. Our intentions flow forever outward in the form of energy, affecting both the people closest to us and billions of individuals we will li... more »

sweet love

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 day ago


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago
Hundreds of Kiev's soldiers have streamed across the border into Russia - abandoning their US-NATO backed army that is killing its own citizens in eastern Ukraine. Does this mean that the US-NATO will have to send in troops to Ukraine to rescue the Kiev regime? Already there are many rumors that Polish soldiers could be fighting in the east on behalf of Kiev.

Genital Mutilation: Facts, Fictions, Faux-Feminism and Fortitude

Charli Carpenter at Duck of Minerva - 1 day ago
Although I’m technically off the grid, the news that ISIS proclaimed women and girls in Mosul should submit to genital mutilation (FGM), and the report’s subsequent debunking, compel me to emerge from hiatus. Leaving aside why a fake report on FGM should be viewed as needed to discredit a group who is executing civilian, forcibly displacing minotiries and destroying Continue reading

TV Watch: There's something going on in "Jennifer Falls," which makes it something of a miracle in today's TV world

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*"Here it comes -- blame the mother!"* *Jennifer's psychiatrist (Kurt Fuller) tries to conduct a repeat session with his patient, Jennifer (Jaime Pressly), and her family -- psychologist mom Maggie (Jessica Walters), brother Wayne (Ethan Suplee), sister-in-law Stephanie (Nora Kirkpatrick), and, ever so briefly, daughter Gretchen (Dylan Gelula), in last week's episode of Jennifer Falls, "Three Dates With My Mother."* *by Ken* The problem with trying to write a regular "TV Watch" feature is that the powers that be seem determined to make sure they're dishing out next to nothing wort... more »


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago
This is an ugly piece of American history that has been swept under the rug. Very few people know about this shameful event where the US Army, led by some of the most revered heroes of WWII, were turned on the veterans of WWI in the streets of Washington, DC. So all the talk about "support our troops" is actually a crock of bullshit.

Israel's Weapons of Mass Deception

Alison at Creekside - 1 day ago
Three days ago, the *United Nations **Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs* replaced their usual map of the Gaza Strip with one featuring a Christo-like pink skirt inside Gaza. The printing inside the accompanying tiny info box reads : "The Israeli military has declared an area 3 kms from the fence separating Israel and Gaza as a "no go" zone, sending evacuation warnings to many communities located there. This area covers 162 km sq. (44% of the Gaza Strip) Around 250,000 people were residing in this area prior to its declaration." *44% of the Gaza Strip and a quart... more »

Anti-American Commie losers support illegal invasion of America

John Friend at John Friend's Blog - 1 day ago
Earlier today, I drove to Ramona, California to attend the *Ramona TEA'd* monthly Saturday event, which featured Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Arizona. The event was held at Ramona Mainstage, on Main Street in the heart of downtown Ramona, a small town in northeast San Diego County. Sheriff Arpaio is a well-known and respected figure in the American patriot community. The venue was overflowing, and by the time I arrived at 11:30 this morning, I wasn't even allowed to enter. Sheriff Arpaio was going to be addressing the illegal invasion of America, sponsored and facilitated b... more »

The Israeli Genocide Of Gaza Continues: Insane Israeli Prime Minister States That Hamas Is Using Rising Death Toll To Make Israel Look Bad (The Man Is A Lunatic!)

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 1 day ago
The slaughter in Gaza continues…. Right now we are approaching the end of a "ceasefire" that will indeed see Israel continue their onslaught on the innocent people of Gaza using US made and US taxpayer bought and paid for weapons of mass destruction…. The death toll so far is well over "1000" including hundreds of innocent women and children, and I have long claimed that due to the population density of the Gaza Strip itself the actual death toll is actually over 20x the reported figure.. It is indeed genocide…. It has been remarkable to watch and read all the lies coming out of the... more »

Panthers in the Hole: French Angola 3 Book Illustrates US Prison Crisis --An interview with Nicolas Krameyer of Amnesty International France

angola3news at Angola 3 News - 1 day ago
*(You can buy *Panthers in the Hole*, the new graphic novel about the Angola 3 here.)* *Panthers in the Hole: French Angola 3 Book Illustrates US Prison Crisis* *--An interview with Nicolas Krameyer of Amnesty International France* *By Angola 3 News* Amnesty International France and La Boîte à Bulles have published a 128-page French language graphic novel entitled *Panthers in the Hole.* The book's co-authors David Cénou and Bruno Cénou present with visual art what Amnesty France describes as "la tragique histoire des Trois d'Angola" (the tragic story of the Angola 3). Robert H.... more »


Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 1 day ago
Taiwan consumer complaints from the Consumer Protection Agency of the Executive Yuan. Number 1 and number 2 [shakes head]. ________________________ *Daily Links*: - Pro-China WantWant on the Taichung mayor election: everyone is tired of Hu. - Bruce Jacob's piece at AEI from last month on China's bogus historical claims to the South China Sea and the Senkakus. - Taiwan-India links continue to grow/Looking at Taiwan from India - China reduces airline activities for three months due to military exercises. *EVENTS*: 2014 The International Conference on Formosan Indig... more »

The Israeli Genocide Of Gaza: Official Israeli "Excuse" For Mass Murder Of Gazans Falls Apart, Israel Finally Admits Hamas Had NOTHING To Do With "Murder Of 3 Israeli Youths" !

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 1 day ago
Yes, the death toll in the criminal and homicidal Israeli assault on the innocent people of Gaza is now well above "1000" as reported by the Jew spew press… In my last night discussion with Whitewraithe, I laid it out clearly that since Gaza is so heavily packed with people almost wall to wall, I said that the death toll is actually right now in the tens of thousands. It is a slaughter of innocent people and it is so troubling that many of the people are still brainwashed by the lies that Israel is somehow doing this genocide as a means of "self defense". We all know by now the fa... more »

Karen Dover: Movement into SOUL frequency realities

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 1 day ago
http://truthcodes.wordpress.com/2014/07/21/movement-into-soul-frequency-realities/ *Movement into SOUL frequency realities* Posted: July 21, 2014 Author: Karen Dover The New Earth frequency realities are realities that are created by your SOUL in the dreamtime platform as you exit the old 3D Earth frequencies. As many of you are now experiencing these are now fully accessible at a human conscious waking mind level. As you now release fully the frequencies of the old 3D earth created construct you allow the FLOW of the LOVE that IS naturally. This flow seeks balance at all moments ... more »

New Jersey's Hedge Fund Guru In Indiana

Doug Martin at Schools Matter - 1 day ago
By Doug Martin Even though New Jersey hedge fund guru Sean Fieler likes to fight gay-marriage equality and women’s reproductive rights on the national arena, he spends a good deal of his leisure time buying Indiana politicians. Fielder is a big honcho in the school privatization movement in the Hoosier state, although you will never hear a whisper about him in the papers. Here is the nitty-gritty: On September 21, 2012, hedge fund manager Sean Fieler tossed district 30 Republican Mike Karickhoff $15,000 (page 10)for his campaign. A few days earlier, Fieler dished out another... more »

British MP Stands up for #Gaza 100,000 show up

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 day ago
British MP Stands up for #Gaza 100,000 show up. Source: We Are Change. Date Published: July 26, 2014. Description: In this video Luke Rudkowski talks to British MP Jeremy Corbyn about the current situation in Gaza and how to deal with Israel.

Israel and Gaza

theozarker at The Conflicted Doomer - 1 day ago
July 26, 2014 Since I am sometimes an opinionated old lady and this is my blog, right off the bat I will tell you that, in my opinion, what is being done in Gaza (and has been done, periodically and … Continue reading →

New Jersey's Arrogant, Tyrannical Slob

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
If you''ve been following the narrative over the last couple of weeks here at *DWT* you may have figured out that my new favorite book-- after Elizabeth Warren's A Fighting Chance-- has been The Invisible Bridge by historian Rick Perlstein. Maybe I'm so fascinated by it because I was living overseas for so much of the time he was writing about-- having felt living in a Nixon-led America not compatible with my personal sense of dignity or honor. I remember reading about some of the events he describes in the *International Herald Tribune* at the cafe in front of the Ministry of Fi... more »

Irresponsible reporting

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 1 day ago
The first shot from the BBC was fired on the Today programme, when for no obvious reason we were treated to the staggering information that Mira Bar-Hillel. “Is never going to go back to Israel.” “What a calamity” is what I don’t think many Israelis will be saying. Paul Adams began an episode of From Our Own Correspondent by painting an emotive picture. His impression of leaving Gaza was reminiscent of a mawkish article by the unequivocally pro Palestinian Jon Snow. A piece of sentimental propaganda so flagrant that it prompted Harry’s Place’s excessively tolerant Sarah AB to make... more »

BBC reporter says Gaza is "a giant prison" and Palestinians are subject to "collective punishment" from Israel

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 1 day ago
Following on from the previous post, there was a *From Our Own Correspondent *report today from Paul Adams, leaving Gaza after a week's reporting there on the present conflict. Though a radio piece, it contained just the kind of imagery that Brendan O'Neill and Hadar Sela were talking about - graphic descriptions of the dead in Gaza - that will have left quite a few listeners Radio 4 listeners gasping (or retching). Now, Paul Adams is a very experienced BBC reporter. He added some careful nods towards the Israeli perspective, but he buried them up to their necks in imagery of d... more »

Helping Hamas?

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 1 day ago
The Israel-bashing *Independent *columnist Mira Bar-Hillel has been gloating this weekend: ...a YouGov poll this week found that only 15 per cent of Britons support Israel’s actions in Gaza. The credit for that goes to brilliant, brave reporters who have brought graphic images of the Gaza atrocities to our newspapers and television screens. Mira forgets to mention that those those YouGov results show even less support for Hamas' rocket attacks on Israel (with 7% taking the David Ward line) and that more British people blame Hamas than Israel for the civilian casualties in the Gaza... more »

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