Friday, November 30, 2012
Israel to expand settlements after UN's Palestine vote
Israel plans to build thousands of new homes for its settlers in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, defying a UN vote.
The President and the Fatal Trilateral Logic of US, Egyptian and Israeli Relations
The spirit (whatever that originally meant) of Camp David was quashed from its early days when two consecutive bombing raids were conducted by the Israeli airforce, one on an Iraqi nuclear reactor in early June 1981, and the other in mid-July on Beirut in which hundreds of civilians were killed. Both incidents happened within 48 hours of face-to-face meetings between Sadat and Israeli leader Menachim Begin. Most observers argued the timing of both events were intended either to make the Egyptian leader look complicit in the bombings or like a fool. Yet the Sadat regime's unwillingness to respond in any meaningful way set a dangerous precedent that was swiftly digested by elite actors, foreign and domestic, and taken for permanent Egyptian acquiescence. Sadat did not want to do anything to jeopardise the return of the Sinai, yet such aloofness had longer term consequences. The paradox of Camp David
Quantico Psychiatrist: Military’s Mistreatment of Pfc. Manning ’Unprecedented’
Ed note: without Manning, you would never have even heard of Assange
Goldman Sachs' Global Coup D'etat
In 2001, Goldman Sachs secretly helped Greece hide billions of dollars through the use of complex financial instruments like credit default swaps. This allowed Greece to meet the baseline requirements to enter the Eurozone in the first place. But it also created a debt bubble that would later explode and bring about the current economic crisis that’s drowning the entire continent. But, always looking ahead, Goldman protected itself from this debt bubble by betting against Greek bonds, expecting that they would eventually fail.
Corporate Media Uses False Graph to Sell Iran Nuke Threat 'It has now been well established that the coordinated lies and distortions centered on WMDs that led to wars in the Middle East was sold to the American people and the world by the corporate media arm of the military-industrial complex. Perhaps the success at hoodwinking the general public has led to even more brazen attempts to implicate Iran as the planet's latest ultimate threat to peace and civilization
NYPD Officer Photographed Giving Boots to Barefoot Homeless Man Melts Icy Hearts Online
"The officer said, 'I have these size 12 boots for you, they are all-weather. Let's put them on and take care of you,'" Foster wrote . "The officer squatted down on the ground and proceeded to put socks and the new boots on this man.
Alledged Benefit Cheats to Face Lie Detector Tests
Widely discredited technology, except in the movies
British print media to be state-controlled (everything else is smokescreen and spin)
Ah, the outcome: more control, less freedom, surprised there is no new tax
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
"Yesterday's elections have forever changed the playing field regarding cannabis prohibition laws in America (and probably in large parts of the world, too)," Allen St. Pierre, executive director of NORML, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, wrote in a celebratory blog Wednesday.
But Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper warned it's too soon to "break out the Cheetos," because his state must still navigate federal laws before citizens can legally buy and sell cannabis.