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This Smacks of Disinformation. If Real. WTF?

Antisemitism is forever descending on America and landing on Europe.

World leaders and Jewish groups condemned a leaflet handed out in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk in which Jews were told to “register” with the pro-Russian militants who have taken over a government office in an attempt to make Ukraine part of Russia, according to Ukrainian and Israeli media.

Jews emerging from a synagogue say they were handed leaflets that ordered the city’s Jews to provide a list of property they own and pay a registration fee “or else have their citizenship revoked, face deportation and see their assets confiscated,” reported Ynet News, Israel’s largest news website, and Ukraine’s Donbass news agency.

Secretary of State John Kerry said the language of the leaflets “is beyond unacceptable” and condemned whomever is responsible.

“In the year 2014, after all of the miles traveled and all of the journey of history, this is not just intolerable — it’s grotesque,” he said. “And any of the people who engage in these kinds of activities — from whatever party or whatever ideology or whatever place they crawl out of — there is no place for that.”

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Is It Wrong To Get Angry About This?

I was in the local telecom store, getting service for my company apartment today. While I was standing there a woman walks in and yells to her friend, the bright-eyed young cashier next to the on who was helping me, that her mom needs her “lifeline”, and apparently remembered to bring her food stamp card this time.

Our female antagonist had likely $1000+ in tattoos on the portions of her skin that were visible. As her her tribe of savages set about the store like a drunken Mongol horde, she continued to discuss her life with all who were in earshot. As she did so, savage #1, who is apparently 7 years old, has an iPad mini, but wanted her to buy him a shitty windows phone.

After quietly extolling the virtue and value of his iPad mini, as opposed to her run-of-the-mill iPad 3 or 4, she directed the conversation back to her taxes and the fact that she’d already filed them, received her slave’s wage, and promptly blown it, like it was a drunken baby daddy with a wad of crisp $20 bills.

She then figured she had to explain the jewel encrusted case she has on her shitty iPhone 4. It’s apparently a “Chanel”. Oh, and Mom gets free unlimited texting and an annual upgrade, too! She then discussed how uncomfortable the movie theater was because the thermostat was broken and the heater raged, like my mind during this exercise.

As she did continued, Savage #2 was better behaved, but still unruly and completely unsupervised. Savage #1 then interrupted the cashier who was helping me, to find out which free phone Grandma was getting. Our tattooed queen, then seized the opportunity to emphasize the success of her recent foray in parenting, whereby she decided that “We’re teaching him manners. See how polite he is?”

She spoke of Alaskan King Crab dinners and her fear of additional pounds before summer. Of days, gone by when one could buy so much more with the money her magic card gives her. Upon completion of my paid transactions, I swiftly set out toward my truck. Having just bought her another round of crab dinners, through the IRS last week, I went to the grocery store and purchased Manager’s Special (30% off) meats and tuna fish, to keep my expenses low…

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The War Never Ended…

Looks like fat boy got turned down by a girl.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North and South Korea fired hundreds of artillery shells into each other’s waters Monday in a flare-up of animosity that forced residents of five front-line South Korean islands to evacuate to shelters for several hours, South Korean officials said.

The exchange of fire into the Yellow Sea followed Pyongyang’s sudden announcement that it would conduct live-fire drills in seven areas north of the Koreas’ disputed maritime boundary. North Korea routinely test-fires artillery and missiles into the ocean but rarely discloses those plans in advance. The announcement was seen as an expression of Pyongyang’s frustration at making little progress in its recent push to win outside aid.

North Korea fired 500 rounds of artillery shells over more than three hours, about 100 of which fell south of the sea boundary, South Korean Defense Ministry spokesman Kim Min-seok said. South Korea responded by firing 300 shells into North Korean waters, he said.

I have known some Korean War vets who would still go back over there to take this prick on. Let’s hope someone poisons the little rat bastard, or that he finds Jesus.

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Vaccine Skepticism: Not Just For Kooks

I am a skeptic. Not about vaccines, per se, but moreso the safety, utility, or efficacy of many of them. Without any scientific evidence to back my concerns, I am also concerned about the sheer quantity of dosings we give to developing young bodies. I was concerned about the preservative (thiomersol – an organomercury compound), but is no longer used in childhood vaccines in the U.S.

I do not, in any way, discount the great progress made in human health, which is directly attributable to vaccination programs. That said, I think all questions are worth asking and the wholesale dismissal of anyone who questions a topic is purely leftist in nature and should not happen. Intelligent adults can disagree and debate and remain civilized. This is only possible, however, when both sides are actually seeking the truth and willing to let go of ideas which have proven incorrect.

Those who question vaccination programs are kooks or quacks, the press repeatedly tells us. The Globe and Mail, CBS News, Mother Jones and even scientific journals like Nature label skeptics as “vaccination deniers,” much as global warming skeptics are called “deniers.”

Slate magazine, citing the medical journal Vaccine, deplores “the global anti-vaccination movement [as] a loose coalition of rogue scientists, journalists, parents, and celebrities, who think that vaccines cause disorders like autism – a claim that has been thoroughly discredited by modern science.” Commentary, a serious publication that covers politics, refers to skeptics as “vaccination truthers.”

This wholesale demeaning of vaccine skeptics defies explanation. Granted, kooks and quacks exist in the vaccination field, just as they exist elsewhere. But why taint the skeptics as a whole, and fail to respectfully report dissenting views? No journalist would have had any difficulty finding dozens of distinguished skeptical scientists for the very few “rogue” scientists that the press has vilified.

How hard, for example, should it have been for the press to notice the views of Dr. Bernadine Healy, the former head of the National Institute of Health, the former head of the American Red Cross, and the former Chair of the White House Cabinet Group on Biotechnology, one of several White House positions she held in service to three U.S. presidents.

Dr. Healy criticized the public health establishment for being “too quick to dismiss [vaccine concerns] as irrational[...]

Journalists should also have had no trouble finding Dr. Diane Harper, a lead developer of the controversial Gardasil vaccine and another interviewee of Attkisson’s. [...]

Journalists might have sought the views of skeptics among academics. At the University of British Columbia, for example, researchers Chris Shaw and Lucija Tomljenovic in the Faculty of Medicine state that the cervical cancer vaccine may lead to death among susceptible members of the population.

Their views have been quite public, as were those of Professor Walter Spitzer of McGill University, considered Canada’s “dean” of epidemiology. In 2002 testimony to a U.S. Congressional committee hearing into the safety of various childhood vaccines, he matter-of-factly stated that, based on the evidence to date involving one of the vaccine combinations under scrutiny, “I cannot recommend it … for my own grandchildren.”

Finally, journalists who place special stock in the credibility of government scientists might have noticed the views of none other than Peter Fletcher, former Chief Scientific Officer at the UK’s Department of Health.

Dr. Fletcher was also the Medical Assessor to the Committee on Safety of Medicines, [...]

Those who are labelled as anti-vaccination rogue scientists are hardly rogues — they are found at the pinnacle of the medical establishment. And they are hardly anti-vaccination. All of the scientists that I mention in this article value vaccines for the great good that they can do. Their opposition is to mass vaccination of the population, which discounts the risk that people with certain predispositions can react badly to various vaccines, just as people with certain predispositions can react badly to various prescription drugs.

Identify the vulnerable populations, the skeptics say, so that all can be confident when vaccines are administered. For this, they deserve our appreciation, not our ridicule.

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Thrusting Back & Forth: Russia Imposes Sanctions, Too!

Okay, now it’s just getting weird.

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia imposed retaliatory sanctions on nine U.S. officials and lawmakers on Thursday as tension over Moscow’s annexation of Crimea mounted, warning the West it would hit back over “every hostile thrust.”

U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner was also on the list.

“We have repeatedly warned that sanctions are a double-edged instrument and would hit the United States like a boomerang,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said. “There must be no doubt: We will respond adequately to every hostile thrust.”

I’ll see your sanctions and raise you a “ban on vacations in Leningrad”.

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Obama’s War On Women In The Workplace

How long will feminists suffer the misogynist presidency of the Chosen One?

“Women are still the ones that are carrying the greatest burden when it comes to trying to balance family and work,” President Obama said last week to a group of women who serve in the U.S. Congress.

With this in mind, he is now planning a “White House Summit on Working Families” to take place this summer.

Obama is no doubt preparing to cast stones at the private sector. He really ought to look at his own administration.

Since Obama has been in office, according to data from the Office of Personnel Management, the percentage of women in the civilian federal work force has been shrinking. Before Obama took office, it was already smaller than the percentage in the overall national civilian labor force. Under Obama, it has gotten smaller still.

OPM maintains a database called FedScope that contains historical information going back to 1998 on much of the federal civilian labor force (but excludes, for example, the Judiciary, the White House, the Office of the Vice President, several intelligence agencies and the legislative staff of Congress). According to this database, about 44.4 percent of civilian federal workers were female in 1998.

In 2013, only about 43.5 percent were female — the lowest percentage in the sixteen years available.

In 1998, nationwide, about 46.3 percent of the civilian labor force was female — about 1.9 points more than the female share of the federal civilian labor force. In 2013, about 46.8 percent of the nationwide civilian labor force was female — about 3.3 points more than the female share of the federal civilian labor force.

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Police Raid: Stupid Gone To Seed

Dumbass could’ve been killed because the tree guy thought he was armed.

NORRIDGEWOCK, Maine (AP) — Police armed with assault rifles descended on a Maine man’s home after members of a tree removal crew he’d told to clear off his property reported that he had a gun.

Turns out the “gun” the tree crew had seen on Michael Smith of Norridgewock was just a life-sized tattoo of a handgun on his stomach.

Smith, who works nights, was asleep when the tree crew contracted by a utility to trim branches near power lines, woke him up at about 10 a.m. Tuesday.

He went outside shirtless and yelled at the workers to leave.

When he’s not wearing a shirt, the tattoo looks like a gun tucked into his waistband.

Smith tells the Morning Sentinel the tattoo has never been a problem before.

Police didn’t charge him.

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When Is It Okay To Kill An Agent Of The Govt?

We’ve had a bit of revolutionary-rousting from a regular reader lately. Occasionally we get similar sentiments from trolls or lurkers. Anyone even remotely involved in social media sees it all the time. The comments are usually a variation of “When will we say enough?” or “It’s time to put these people in their place.” or “Why don’t they stand up for what’s right?” all the way up to and including violent, inflammatory rhetoric involving the fantasies of internet patriots other armchair warriors.

If you look at debate.org, you will see arguments from both left & right calling for revolution, but for vastly different reasons.

I have gone on record many, many, many times as being against the idea until there is no longer a choice. Prudence and temperance are the bedfellows of wisdom. Are there times when I’m angry and want to lash out in death-dealing fashion? Yep. Should secession or revolution ever be taken off the table as an option? Nope.

Are there times when the people of a nation should stand and fight? Hanging the leadership of their nation from the street lamps? Abso-f-king-lutely! Are we anywhere near those times? Absolutely not. It’s frustrating to sit, as a frog, and watch the thermometer rise. We all get that, but the alternate is a costly, deadly, and extremely uncertain alternative.

Suppose the fantasies came true and next week I were leading young men and women on sniper missions against an openly tyrannical government. Our supply chain destroyed – or massively disrupted – your neighbor’s kids are now hungry. Your neighbor’s wife is begging him to find food from somewhere…anywhere. She doesn’t care where it comes from, or what it takes to get it, so long as her babies don’t starve to death.

The city you live in is all but destroyed. Your kids finding chances to play, between shellings. The ever present fear of jack-boots stealing your young women, or rebels stealing your home as a base of operations. Hey, it’s war, man… Your 7, 10, 15 year old child no longer living in a nation of peace and relative prosperity, but in constant fear of an untimely death from malnutrition, bombs, bullets, or worse.

Is this the world in which you want to live, to keep the police out of your trunk? Is this the world you see, when an unarmed man is killed by an agent of the govt? Is this the world you envision when you see SWAT teams in MRAPS?

If it is, you can have it. On top of that, I have to question your stomach for such things, since last time I saw, almost 50% of the precinct committee seats in the Republican party remain empty. If you lack the stomach to get involved in meaningful ways, or are “just too busy” – I’d say your claims of wanting to fight a hot war are dubious, to say the least.

We are pushing ever closer to the boundary, at which there will be no return. There are a hundred candles burning in the global haystack. If any one of those tips over and catches, we will be neck-deep in more shit than you ever want to see. Why would you want to press the issue, at a point when most aren’t even willing to take the time to get involved for real effort?

You are always free to engage your enemy – and an over-reaching state is absolutely your enemy. I’ve said it before and it’s just as true today: The problem is that no man wants to be the lone nutjob of the revolution.

There are people who want to act, but they want to see others act too. They are afraid to act alone. That is because they recognize the futility of a few individuals facing down a larger, better-financed, more-organized enemy. They want to goad others into acting, as well. I categorically reject that.

If the time has not come for me to get involved in the politics of my nation, in a manner that affects real, meaningful change – then the time has not yet come, to take up arms. Should black-clad men invade my home and find themselves at the business end of my weaponry, I will find out just what I’m made of. So will they.

If the police set up a mass roadblock and ask to see in my trunk because they are searching for a violent criminal, I will most-likely comply. Depending upon my mood, I may refuse and declare my 4th Amendment right against search & seizure, demanding that they get a warrant. I’m unpredictable that way… it keeps the terrorists on their toes (middle east joke).

What I won’t do, however, is incite the end of life as we know it due to what amounts to minor over-reach by various – disparate – government agencies, acting independently… in the hope that what emerges on the other side will be anything remotely resembling what you were hoping for.

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Survival Tips: How To Hide Sensitive Electronic Files

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The topic recently came up regarding the security of your records.
RD’s comment about hiding copies on CD, betrayed his age, and got me to thinking. Wouldn’t it be better to hide those records electronically, in plain sight? To wit:

World’s smallest thumb drive.

How to best hide your electronic records.

You can pretty much hide an SD or Micro SD card anywhere. Think about it for a minute, You could make multiple copies of your records and hide them inside your remote control, taped inside a magazine, inside the toilet paper roll in your guest bath, under a sticker on the back window of your pickup, or just about anywhere.

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Let Freedom Ring!

A little advanced Weekend Tomfoolery on a Freaky Friday.

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Gun Dealer Tells BATFE To Shove It!

When your time comes, will you stand up to the giant? Dmitrios Karras is a real American hero.

OCEANSIDE, Calif. – The owner of an Oceanside store that sells various gun parts to build a rifle from scratch refused to turn over his customer list to federal agents.

Dimitrios Karras, owner of Ares Armor, said the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents were investigating their business, not for what they sell, but for the people who purchase their products.

Karras said the ATF threatened to shutter their business if they didn’t hand over the names of 5,000 customers who have purchased an 80 percent lower receiver (the base) for building an AR-15.

It is legal to build a rifle from scratch without serial numbers only if the base is manufactured to ATF specifications.  The base is not considered a firearm if it’s sold separately.

A manufacturer made an 80 percent receiver in plastic with a different material and colors which show exactly where the customer can drill making it easier and cheaper to build.  The ATF said it is illegal.

The ATF sent stores, including Ares Armor, letters demanding they turn over the products and names of customers who purchased them.

“They said either give us these 5000 names or we are coming in and taking pretty much anything – which is a huge privacy concern and something we are not willing to do,” said Karras.

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In anticipation of a raid, they filed a temporary restraining order against the ATF, stopping them from confiscating their property, Karras said.  The ATF has a certain amount of time to respond. If the two parties do not reach a compromise, they will be in court for a preliminary hearing March 20.

I love when folks stand up to the Feds!

Dmitrios Arras also owns this store, which is under attack by local Progressives. He told them to shove it, too!

NSFW:

Dimitri, a USMC infantry combat veteran of both OIF & OEF, stands in defiance of this attack on both his 1st and 2nd Amendments rights. Love it and learn from this great American.

If you’d like to contact the tools at the City Council of National City, CA – feel free:

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They Exist & They Vote – For Democrats

The setup:

This turd started a crowd-sourcing campaign to assemble a book of his comics. He then got mad that he had to ship the books, so he burned them and went on an anti-capitalist rant and decided to look for benefactors to support him, so he can live the life of Julia.

 

Your future, America:

I got a lot of requests from backers to get books sent before Christmas, which I was able to do for some people. I could not do this for other people before leaving for the holidays, and many of them asked for refunds.

I refunded them with money I got from selling the original art I made for my webcomic from 2009-2012. This was money I planned to ship orders with. After this happened, I could have made another update explaining I had issued refunds and then tried to sell more things or asked for more shipping money. Instead I thought for a long time about what has been happening…

If you would like a refund, please contact a fan of my work directly for your money. This is where the money would come from anyway. I am cutting out the middle man.

I refunded some of the preorders I received through paypal in addition to the kickstarter orders, but I will not be refunding any more….

You could try to obtain refunds through kickstarter or paypal, through your bank or credit card company. You could try to harass me or inconvenience me or tell other people negative things about me or this kickstarter in the hope that this will affect me negatively. Be aware that each attempt to contact me about this book will individually result in the burning of a book until the books are gone…..

All right: I want direct funding for my living necessities. I want to establish relationships with a group of people who can pay for my baseline needs like food and rent. I am looking for people who do not feel they need to see any “return” on their “investment.” I am looking for people who understand that money is a bad joke we use to hurt each other. I’m looking for people who like me were born with a lot of privileges but who have had the awareness and emotional stability to keep their bucket under the faucet when the money comes out.

I am not looking for the support of anyone who wants a book, or wants to see me put stick figure comics on the internet. I do not need the support of anyone who thinks that I will deserve to eat and sleep only after I have fulfilled some standard they’ve chosen to hold me to. I am looking for people who believe that if you spend your life in a small room thinking, you deserve to live and breathe the same amount as someone who spends their life doing intense physical or mental labor, or who has money that “makes money.”

When I have established a means for a small group of people to directly meet my needs, and I know that the people involved understand the value of what they are doing and would continue without me, I will transfer these relationships to someone else. This will provide for the basic living necessities of a person who would not usually have the opportunity for their needs to be met by strangers on the internet. They will not be asked to do anything to keep these relationships going. They will simply have their needs met.

I am confident that I can find a handful of people who will help meet my needs, and then someone else’s needs. Because the truth is, that is not very much money, for a lot of people. We don’t need much. The truth is there’s more than enough money and resources for everyone to have their needs met, without worry, every day….

….if I can’t find people who want to make this happen, why would I continue to interact with the internet? I put stick figure comics on the internet for about a decade, and now I won’t. If I make stick figure comics, then I should….live? If I ship your book, then I deserve to eat and sleep? If I don’t interact in a particular way with the post office, that makes me immoral?

Hat-tip to Dave J

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No Nefarious Intent Here

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The Georgia Tech graduate student burned over 90 percent of his body last month died Thursday, the Institute said.

Saamer Akhshabi was burned in a Feb. 4 explosion inside his apartment, where investigators found a suspected Molotov cocktail and several plastic bottles filled with gasoline and kerosene.

Akhshabi, 26, was transported in critical condition to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he died early Thursday, Georgia Tech shared with the campus.

“We have worked closely with other law enforcement agencies during the investigation of this tragic incident,” Robert Connolly, interim police chief for Georgia Tech, said in an emailed statement.

“The FBI has relayed that, to date, they have not developed any information or evidence indicating criminal intent in this investigation.”

Investigators determined that Akhshabi was not a threat to the Georgia Tech community, Connolly said. But no information was released regarding why Akhshabi had the explosive materials.

 

An Iranian citizen with an apartment full of Molotov cocktails? What’s to suspect? I figure he was going camping and just wanted to make sure he could get his fires lit. Enjoy hell, Muj.

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I Get No Rspect, I Tell Ya. No Rspect At All.

WASHINGTON (AP) — He bobbled the spelling, but President Barack Obama had nothing but R-E-S-P-E-C-T for the “women of soul” who shook and rattled the rafters of the White House on Thursday night.

“What a lineup!” Obama declared at the outset of a concert that featured a generations-spanning array of soul singers that stretched from musical legends Aretha Franklin and Patti LaBelle to 20-year-old Ariana Grande.

Obama paid tribute to Franklin for turning her signature song “Respect” into “a rallying cry for African-Americans, women and then everyone who felt marginalized.”

The pumped-up audience gave a hearty laugh but was more than willing to forgive the president for spelling it “R-S-P-E-C-T.”

Just remember, Dan Quayle is still harassed about the potato, and this tool bag is reading it from a teleprompter.

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Russia Threatens To Drop The Dollar

It would hurt them considerably, but provoked to action, they may just consider. You know damned well that this guy wasn’t speaking as an academic. He was issuing a threat – however dubious – from Moscow. Our imbecile-in-chief is just dumb enough to keep poking. Hell, it’s what he wants – the fundamental transformation of America. Dangerous game we’re playing here.

Moscow (AFP) – Russia could reduce to zero its economic dependency on the United States if Washington agreed sanctions against Moscow over Ukraine, a Kremlin aide said on Tuesday, warning that the American financial system faced a “crash” if this happened.

He told the RIA Novosti news agency Russia could stop using dollars for international transactions and create its own payment system using its “wonderful trade and economic relations with our partners in the East and South.”

Russian firms and banks would also not return loans from American financial institutions, he said.

“An attempt to announce sanctions would end in a crash for the financial system of the United States, which would cause the end of the domination of the United States in the global financial system,” he added.

He said that economic sanctions imposed by the European Union would be a “catastrophe” for Europe, saying that Russia could halt gas supplies “which would be beneficial for the Americans” and give the Russian economy a useful “impulse”.

Glazyev has long been seen as among the most hawkish of the advisors to President Vladimir Putin but many observers have seen his hand in the apparent radicalisation of policy on Ukraine since the overthrow of president Viktor Yanukovych.

Economists have long mocked his apocalyptic and confrontational vision of global economics but also expressed concern that he appears to have grown in authority in recent months.

A high ranking Kremlin source told RIA Novosti that Glazyev was speaking in the capacity of an “academic” and his personal opinion did not reflect the official Kremlin policy.

 

On the flip side of this threat, the UK Telegraph throws a bullshit flag:

 

I’ve written before about the inevitability of decline for the dollar as the world’s major reserve currency, but this process is on a very long fuse and basically depends on China eventually displacing the US as the world’s largest economy.

That’s not going to happen any time soon. In the meantime, the dollar remains overwhelmingly the currency of choice for international transactions, and is the middle currency in virtually all transactions. For instance, if you were looking to buy Singapore dollars with Russian roubles, you would typically first buy US dollars with your roubles and then swap them into Singapore dollars. The US dollar is also the pricing currency for virtually all commodity transactions, including crucially, oil. Repeated attempts to set up alternative pricing arrangements have all come to nothing.

Then finally, more than 60 per cent of the world’s central bank foreign currency reserves are held in dollars. The euro, the next biggest reserve currency, comes nowhere close. This is not about to change. In other words, Russian threats are as vacuous as Western ones. Hey ho.

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Everybody Panic! We’re All Gonna Die!

Maybe not, but who’s keeping track of these numbers anyway?

“Millions are already dying, or have died, as a result of changes in the climate,” Rep. Rush Holt, D-N.J., told Salon.

Holt, a plasma physicist and eight-term congressman (and five-time “Jeopardy!” champion), last month announced he’ll leave the House in January. For “future generations, who will pay an even greater price than the current generation from climate change,” Holt told Salon late last week, “it will be hard to explain to them the inaction of America and the U.S. Congress.” A condensed version of our conversation – on climate change, the Keystone Pipeline and colleagues who “don’t really have a clue of how you sustain a productive science enterprise” – follows.

By “sustain a productive scientific enterprise” I believe he is referring to the modern scientific method, whereby:

1) Develop a scary yet educated-sounding conclusion.

2) Create models and adjust variables within, until the results agree with the conclusion.

3) Receive funding from taxpayers, in perpetuity, for your scary models.

4) Demagogue the idea until there is no longer resistance from actual scientists.

5) Suggest the death or imprisonment of all who disagree with your pre-drawn conclusions.

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President Candy Ass Says No Delegation For You!

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That’ll teach em! Way to send a strong signal. Up next? An ambiguously worded letter of disapproval.

The White House says the United States has decided not to send a presidential delegation to the Paralympic Games in Sochi, Russia.
The move is in retaliation for Russia’s military advances in Ukraine.

White House spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden says President Barack Obama still supports the U.S. athletes participating and wishes them success.

The U.S. and its allies are weighing sanctions and other potential consequences to persuade Russia to reverse course in Ukraine. Britain has also decided not to send ministers to the Paralympic Games, which start Friday.

“Today we were advised of the decision to not send a Presidential delegation to the Paralympic Games,” U.S. Olympic Committee spokesman Patrick Sandusky said in a statement.

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$1000/Yr To Live As A Slave?

Can You say “I guess-the-f-ck not?”

The city of Raqqa in northern Syria was once the residence of Harun al-Rashid, the famed fifth caliph of the Abbasid empire. That was the golden age of Islam, which produced the poetry, scientific thought and philosophy in which the moderate Hanafi stream flourished. The city subsequently went through centuries of ups and downs, through times of ruin and of prosperity, until last week it seemed to return to days of old, to the era of the great Islamic conquests, when a radical Islamist organization seized control of it.

For the first time in many generations, a dhimma (protection agreement) was signed between the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) – an Islamist branch of Al-Qaida – and leaders of Raqqa’s several thousand Christians. Members of ISIS gave the latter three options: accepting the agreement, converting to Islam, or risking death.

According to the 12 clauses in the accord, the Christians will commit to pay a twice-yearly poll tax of “four gold dinars” – which at today’s rate, comes to about $500 per person – with the exception that members of the middle class will pay half this amount, and the poor will pay a quarter of it, on condition they do not conceal their true financial situation.

The agreement permits the Christians to follow their religious practices, but they are prohibited from building new churches or rebuilding destroyed ones.

Furthermore, the accord states that Christians may not prevent members of their community from embracing Islam if they so desire. They are forbidden from bearing arms, from engaging in commerce involving pork with Muslims, and from acting against Muslim interests – for example, by giving shelter to spies or persons wanted by ISIS. Moreover, if Christians learn of a plot against the Islamic State, they must report it.

In return, the Christians are to be granted protection of life and property, but should they violate the terms presented, this protection is revoked.

The agreement is based on and accompanied by citations from Koranic texts and Islamic religious rulings, and includes threats and warnings which make it abundantly clear that ISIS is the dominant force to reckon with.

This is a model that the radical organizations seek to impose on all of Syria – a concept that strikes fear not just among Syrian Christians, but even among Sunni Muslim organizations not known for their ideological moderation.

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Getting Served: Obama’s Chicken Kiev Moment

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In the dying days of the Soviet Union, President George H W Bush gave a speech in Kiev urging Ukrainian nationalists not to provoke Moscow. US conservatives dubbed it his “chicken Kiev” speech. Having long since been branded America’s appeaser-in-chief, President Barack Obama now confronts his own chicken Kiev moment. Can Mr Obama stand up to Vladimir Putin, the Russian fox circling the chicken coop? It is unclear whether he has the will and the skill – let alone the means – to do so. Yet the future of his presidency depends on it. There can be little doubt that Mr Putin wants to restore the boundaries of the Russian empire. Mr Obama must somehow find a way to frustrate him.

It will require a very different Mr Obama from the semi-detached one the world has grown used to. Even before Mr Obama became president, critics accused him of appeasing a revanchist Russia. John McCain, his Republican opponent, seized on Russia’s semi-invasion of Georgia in 2008 as an example of where he would draw the line against Moscow’s expansionist creep. Mr Obama’s unwillingness to match his opponent’s hawkishness chimed far better with the US public mood. Americans were tired of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and Mr Obama promised to end them. He has done so.

If anything, Americans are even warier of entanglements today. Yet Russia’s occupation of the Crimea dramatically changes the landscape. Everything that Mr Obama wants – nation building at home, a nuclear deal with Iran, a quiescent Middle East and the pivot to Asia – hinges on how he responds to Mr Putin. At the start of his presidency, Mr Obama offered to “reset” US-Russia relations. That is now in tatters. Along with many others, Mr Obama has consistently underestimated Mr Putin’s readiness to challenge the status quo. As recently as last Thursday, the White House dismissed predictions of a Russian incursion into Crimea. In a 90-minute phone call on Saturday, Mr Putin hinted to Mr Obama he was prepared to extend Russia’s Crimean occupation into eastern Ukraine. It would be naive to assume he will not.

Isn’t it awesome having a limp-wristed bitch for a President?

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If You’re A Climate Denier, Don’t Invest In Our Stock

He leads a company that some would consider the epitome of ruthless global capitalism. But Apple chief executive Tim Cook has shocked some in the US with an impassioned attack on the single-minded pursuit of profit – and a direct appeal to climate-change deniers not to buy shares in his firm.

Eyewitnesses said Cook, who succeeded Steve Jobs as boss of the technology giant in 2011, was visibly angry as he took on a group of right-wing investors during a question-and-answer session at a shareholders’ meeting.

Responding to calls from the National Centre for Public Policy Research (NCPPR), a conservative think tank and investor, for Apple to refrain from putting money in green energy projects that were not profitable, he shot back that Apple did “a lot of things for reasons besides profit motive”. The chief executive added: “We want to leave the world better than we found it.”

Addressing he NCPPR representative directly, he said: “If you want me to do things only for ROI [return on investment] reasons, you should get out of this stock.”

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Cook has also taken action to improve the conditions at the Foxconn plants in China where iPhones and iPads are made, after widespread criticism about high rates of worker suicide and claims of exploitation.

“We believe that workers everywhere have the right to a safe and fair work environment,” he has said.

In related global warming news:

Record Subzero Days in Midwest…

Great Lakes Approaching 100% Ice Cover…

Billings crushes previous February snow record by more than 50%…

In TX, temps plunge 60 degrees in one day…

ANOTHER Storm: Up to Foot of Snow Across 1,300 Miles… Developing…

6,500 Flights Canceled, Delayed…

Another day off for federal workers…

WATCHES/WARNINGS…

Chill Map…

Wicked Winter Weather Spurs Summer-like Spike In Gas Prices...

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A Pictographic Lesson In Geopolitics

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Social Media has done things for dissent that no one could have ever imagined. I don’t see how this can be allowed to continue.

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Not Kidding; Not Even A Little Bit

That’s not an invasion, it’s an uncontested arrival!

Drowning in jackassery.

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Personal Responsibility Is For White People

Idiot:

MSNBC host Touré tore into President Barack Obama over his announcement on Thursday of a program to address disproportional rates of poverty and crime among African-American youth. The MSNBC host insisted that Obama was misguided to focus on the family and “personal responsibility” as ways to address those issues.He insisted “structural racism” was to blame for crime and poverty in the African-American community.

Touré began by praising the president for speaking to black youths in a way “only a black president could.” However, he said he was “depressed” by Obama’s outreach because even he would be unable to address many of the problems facing the black community.

“But when the president speaks to the black community, there’s often a dive into the politics of personal responsibility,” he continued. “I cringe at that, as if effort and excuses have been the problem.”

“No,” Touré asserted. “It’s been structural racism.”

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National Museum Of The United States Army

I’m a huge military history nerd. I’ll just get that out of the way, for those of you who haven’t figured it out, yet. Our esteemed Ray Davies posted a link to an incredible collection of militaria in the possession of the people of the United States of America. The collection is quite impressive… and it’s just sitting there, collecting dust.

From the largest collection of historical U.S. Army firearms, to paintings made by soldiers during wartime, to Uniform items from Patton & Ulysses Grant, these items sit in a warehouse, awaiting a home that will allow the public to access these amazing artifacts.

If you can spare some change, for this worthwhile effort, it will help to keep our history alive and to honor the sacrifice of the nearly 1,000,000 U.S. soldiers who gave their lives, for your liberty.

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TAKE A LOOK AT SOME OF IT BELOW THE FOLD:
More below the fold…

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Climate Deniers Are Nazi’s & Must Be Charged!

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It would be laughable, if they weren’t so dangerous:

An epic struggle is currently taking place that will determine the fate, and perhaps the survival, of our species. It is a collision between natural limits and rational awareness of the need to respect those limits, on the one hand, and the forces of blind greed, on the other.

Over the next few years, fundamental questions about who we are as a species really will be answered: Are we fundamentally sane, rational? Or are we a self-destructive failure that will end in the evolutionary dustbin?

As former Conservative energy minister Charles Hendry says, the recent UK floods “have ended political debate about climate change impacts”. Indeed, recent global weather extremes suggest that something of “enormous magnitude is happening”. [...]

As NASA climate scientist James Hansen has suggested, Nuremberg-style trials must be held for senior corporate (including corporate media) and political executives responsible for crimes against humanity and planet that almost defy belief. They must be held to account for their crimes.

But much more importantly, of course, we must act – now – to save ourselves from utter disaster.

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