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At least two people were killed in violent anti-American demonstrations in Pakistan.
Actors in anti-Muslim Film Weighing Options to File Lawsuit
Actors say they were duped by a man with a criminal past.Actors in anti-Muslim Film Weighing Options to File Lawsuit Actors say they were... more
When your whole political and social structure undergoes a sudden and dramatic change it shouldn't be a surprise to anyone that violence can result. And although it would be nice to think that the Arab Spring suddenly changed the world and that there would be no more violence it is a bit naive to think that a change that earth shattering could happen overnight. All you have to do is remember that the American Revolution did not happen in a day and that even when that ended to this day there are still Americans who would rather resort to violence to change the system to fit their own views of the world than abide by the Constitution. The Arab world is more complicated and nuanced than the so called experts and talking heads can even begin to explain in an hour news program. It's easy to see how people can be convinced that when a group of radicals start burning down embassies and killing people that they are representative of the whole Arab world. Change is rarely ever easy and in the case of the ARAB spring I'm afraid it may get a whole lot worse before it changes into anything anyone can peacefully live with and even then there will still be people who thrive on chaos.When your whole political and social structure undergoes a sudden and dramatic change... more
MSNBC's Joe Scarborough created a controversy on Monday by suggesting Muslims and Arabs protesting the infamous, and infamously bad, anti-Islamic video hate America because of their religion and culture. "You know why they hate us?" he said. "They hate us because of their religion, they hate us because of their culture, and they hate us because of peer pressure. And you talk to any intelligence person, they will tell you that's the same thing, and all those people who think we're going to go over there and change them are just naive." Joe is specifically blaming Islamic religion and Arab culture, which isn't necessarily true, but there are some connections - just not the type he's suggesting. Before throwing his baby out with the bathwater, consider this:MSNBC's Joe Scarborough created a controversy on Monday by suggesting Muslims and... more
Violence in Afghanistan as NATO strike hits civilians and four NATO soldiers are killed in in suspected "insider" attack. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.Violence in Afghanistan as NATO strike hits civilians and four NATO soldiers are... more
The Campaign Against Female Genital Mutilation (CAGeM) is an international nonprofit group started by African female physicians in 1998. They are the oldest international organization to work exclusively on the eradication of female genital mutilation, often referred to as FGM. Some who wish to appear neutral on the issue use the phrase female genital cutting. Whatever it is called, we are working hard to eliminate it.
Last year they established an office in New York, for good reason. More than 140 million women around the world have been genitally mutilated and each year families afflict the procedure on 3 million girls and women.
In 2000, Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital reported that 227,887 females in the United States were genitally mutilated or are at risk of it, a 35 percent increase from 1990. The New York metropolitan area has the highest number, at 40,813.
On Sept. 15 CAGeM will be flagging the risks to inform New Yorkers about FGM in their home town and raising funds for their program in Egypt, where FGM is near universal. The "Restoring the Rose" walkathon in Riverside Park to promote eradication will also give survivors a chance to speak to the New York City community and describe the horrors that many girls, we must assume, have just endured.
Read more about FGM in New York at http://womensenews.org/story/genital-mutilation/120911/new-yorkers-walk-end-ritual-cutting-girlsThe Campaign Against Female Genital Mutilation (CAGeM) is an international nonprofit... more
Chicago Police Chief in up over his head as crime escalates in the streets with crack, guns and gangs.Chicago Police Chief in up over his head as crime escalates in the streets with crack,... more
“Fjögur Píanó” is a thoughtful, haunting short film/music video created by Israeli director Alma Har’el, set to music by the acclaimed Icelandic band Sigur Rós. The band recently asked a dozen filmmakers to each choose a song from its new album, “Valtari.” Given complete creative freedom, filmmaker Alma Har’el produced a seven-minute video that at first appears to be more of a dream sequence than a narrative. “Fjögur Píanó” is a wordless song comprised of four piano pieces that features actor Shia LaBeouf and actress Denna Thomsen in a stormy relationship, caught up in a destructive spiral, possibly revolving around mind-controlled drug addiction, lovesick co-dependence and sordid sexuality mixed with dominance and violence.
It is evident throughout the film that the couple is very confused, not in control of their destiny and hopelessly trapped in a state of virtual imprisonment. Much of the film’s symbolism hints at the concept of Monarch Mind Control. Monarch Mind Control is named after the Monarch butterfly, a genetically programmed insect that begins its life as a worm (representing undeveloped potential) and, after a period of cocooning (biological programming), is reborn as a beautiful butterfly (the Monarch slave).
From this perspective, “Fjögur Píanó” can be viewed as a dark commentary on a world of increasingly abusive totalitarian domination. Every aspect of Shia and Denna’s lives is manipulated by outside forces. Their living environment is controlled and modified by their handlers: they are drugged, blindfolded and forcibly taken on weird, dissociative trips. Attempts to break free from the cruel domination are useless. The couple is utterly powerless when confronted by the world around them, and in the end the only thing Shia can do is cut another bloody tally mark into Denna’s back.
This piece includes photographs and the darkly haunting short film/music video.
http://disembedded.wordpress.com/2012/08/31/fjogur-piano-mind-controlled-slavery-addiction-drugs-and-violent-sex/“Fjögur Píanó” is a thoughtful, haunting short... more
Wendy Murphy offered The National Collegiate Athletic Association a policy for sexual assault/harassment two years ago on behalf of the National Coalition Against Violent Athletes. They turned it down, but the sanctions levied post Penn State finally got the ball rolling.
The National Collegiate Athletic Association's recent sanctions against Penn State don't fit the crime given how much harm was done to so many victims. The systematic abuse of children should have caused long-term intense pain for a university that knowingly allowed Jerry Sandusky to use Penn State as a virtual torture chamber.
Some assumed and feared that Emmert's get-tough approach with Penn State was a flash-in-the pan. But the NCAA signaled otherwise two weeks ago with yet another announcement that the Division 1 board of directors had crafted bold new rules--no details available yet--to better address misconduct.
Some say sexual misconduct, even by athletes, isn't the NCAA's responsibility because the organization is only supposed to address sports-related issues. But the NCAA requires member schools to comply with standards of fair play, sportsmanship and good character. Criminal conduct is clearly inconsistent with any of that.
Read the full story at http://womensenews.org/story/sexual-harassment/120827/penn-state-sanctions-too-little-good-startWendy Murphy offered The National Collegiate Athletic Association a policy for sexual... more
I deleted my original submission because the blogger had made a mistake on the settler's translation. I should have corrected the post, but I didn't think about it until after I deleted it.
While what is now being claimed to have been said in the video is not really anything better, (threats of violence), apparently rape is not implied.
There is still a debate among what was actually said in the comment section, and lot's of people are posting corroborating evidence from Facebook of settlers raping Palestinian girls, so you be the judge:
http://mondoweiss.net/2012/08/israeli-settler-if-i-see-her-coming-no-matter-what-age-she-is-3-4-7-ill-fck-her-israeli-soldier-no-problem.htmlI deleted my original submission because the blogger had made a mistake on the... more
Authorities found 50 additional rounds of ammunition and 15 Chick-fil-A sandwiches in a backpack belonging to Floyd Lee Corkins II.Authorities found 50 additional rounds of ammunition and 15 Chick-fil-A sandwiches in... more
Well, the suspense has ended and we all know who Mitt Romney’s pick for VP is. Lo and Behold… It’s Paul Ryan, who would have guessed? Now the stage is set, these two draconian ideologues haven’t a clue as to what it’s like to be born into poverty (or for that matter, windup in poverty due to unforeseen circumstances). They speculate, theorize and guesstimate what it’s like and come to a conclusion… They’re poor because they are lazy, or foolish, or they rather take hand-outs, than work. This plays well to their low information base but how can they truly believe the crap they spew? IMAO, I believe they half believe it because they’ve never experienced being poor in any shape or form. Their motto is… HEY LOOK AT ME, I’M ON TOP AND I DID IT ALL BY MYSELF. TOO BAD FOR YOU, IF ONLY YOU WERE LIKE ME AND NOT LAZY YOU WOULD BE ON TOP TOO!
OK, maybe that’s a bit farfetched but if they know better, even if it's only a half-assed "guesstimation" their base does not. On Facebook, I see this a lot… Soon as a Liberal image is posted the comments always circle around the worn-out THEY’RE POOR BECAUSE THEY’RE LAZY. THE POOR RATHER RELY ON HAND-OUTS THAN WORK.
These opinionated right-wing cruel comments are tragic, from a societal view, the bashing of poor and working poor people for society's ills is so cowardly and is downright bullying. I am so sick of hearing their nasty rhetoric of how "certain people" want to depend on hand-outs. Why don't they do a little research before they spew forth their hatred of people who find themselves in situations not of their choosing? Oh, I know that’s too difficult it’s better to offer up rationalizations that point judgmental fingers that in turn triggers derogatory name calling of people who do not fit their right-wing idea of “respectable, pulling up bootstraps, Americans”. One of Ghandi's memorable quotes sums it all up perfectly: "Poverty is the worst form of violence." ~ Mahatma Gandhi
Well anyway, maybe the right-wing hate to research the truth but I don't… Here is a bit of fact checking on POVERTY and Paul Ryan's heavy-handed budget plan: thinkingblue
EXCERPT: Hurricane Katrina rolled over the Gulf Coast and unearthed an unpleasant truth about the state of poverty in this country: concentrated poverty still exists. Isolated deep in inner-city neighborhoods were hundreds of thousands of poor households that lacked the means to evacuate or weather the storm. But even without hurricanes, the problems associated with concentrated poverty affect more than 3.5 million poor people – 8 million total, if you include the non-poor – who live in such neighborhoods.
As of the year 2000, about one-tenth of the nation’s poor lived in neighborhoods with poverty rates of 40 percent and higher. Among poor minorities, the share was an even greater 15 percent, including 19 percent of poor African Americans. The problems that arise from concentrated poverty are not just limited to those that occur after natural disasters. A number of economic and social ills prevail, including the ABSENCE of quality education and work opportunities, which can lead to high rates of unemployment, crime and school dropouts. From a housing perspective, high poverty areas are more likely to have deteriorating and/or abandoned properties, which discourage investment in the area. This leads to a downward spiral for the neighborhood, from which it is costly and difficult to recover. Thus, it is not just the poor who live in concentrated poverty that suffer, but all households in these neighborhoods.
Residents of high poverty areas often earn incomes so low that they cannot afford even the rents and housing costs on the dilapidated units in their neighborhoods. In 2000, almost a third of households in these areas still paid at least half their income for housing, in spite of living in some of the worst housing conditions.
While still high for residents, these rents are often not enough for many landlords to cover the maintenance and operating costs on their properties. A number of property owners in these neighborhoods neglect their buildings, leaving them to deteriorate to near-uninhabitable conditions. Spread over an entire neighborhood, such abandonment of property can destabilize an area, by discouraging other owners and would-be investors from spending money to improve and bring services to the area.
PS: If you care to read more truth about poverty click here or forever go on bashing those who may need help and hope one day it won't be your right-wing self or one of your loved ones.
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A little Paul Ryan 101
Budget hawk: A closer look at the Ryan plan
EXCERPT: A $5.3 trillion cut from essential social programs that effect everyone from the working poor to senior citizens. While at the same time, Ryan’s plan gives a total of $4.3 trillion in tax cuts to the wealthy 1% in America. In other words, if you’re not as fortunate as Paul Ryan and his fat-cat handlers, then you are royally screwed.
And what is Paul Ryan’s defense for such drastic cuts to the poor while giving additional handouts to the rich? He wants to help the poor by stomping on them…
“If we have a debt crisis, then the people who get hurt the first and the worst are the poor and the elderly.”
That’s all you need to know to understand how and why Ryan came up with his budget plan. But here are the specifics.
After recalling his family’s immigration from Ireland generations ago, and his belief in the virtue of people who “pull themselves up by the bootstraps,” Ryan warned that a generous safety net “lulls able-bodied people into lives of complacency and dependency, which drains them of their very will and incentive to make the most of their lives. It’s demeaning.”
HOW VERY KIND OF MR. RYAN: To protect poor Americans from being demeaned, Ryan is cutting their anti-poverty programs and using the proceeds to give the wealthiest Americans a six-figure tax cut.
The Ryan budget plan is full of holes and missing key explanations for his wacky math. In one instance, Ryan proposes putting financial aid for college on “a sustainable funding path” instead of admitting that he completely slashes most financial aid for higher education. His plan states giving average workers “the tools to thrive in the 21st century” instead of saying that he’s cutting most job-training programs.
Other highlights of Ryan’s budget plan:
Cut 25% from transportation and infrastructure spending (including cuts to Air Traffic Control
Cut 13% on spending for Veterans
Cut 6% on spending for “general science, space, and basic technology”
Cut 33% on spending for “education, training, employment, and social services”
Cut 14.6% on spending for protecting the environment (including cuts to weather forcasting related to emergency warnings and hurricane response)
Cuts to EPA and Food Safety
It’s estimated that Ryan’s plan would grow the national debt by $4 trillion over his 10-year plan. That’s because he’s going to give additional tax cuts to the wealthy, lower the already basement level corporate tax rate, and allow all those corporations and wealthy individuals to bring their money home from offshore and foreign accounts without having to pay taxes.
MORE HERE: http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/closer-look-ryan-budget-170813588.htmlWell, the suspense has ended and we all know who Mitt Romney’s pick for VP is.... more
A teenager has been arrested after killing nine people and wounding four others in a knife attack in northeast China, state media reported Thursday.
The 17-year-old, who was identified only by his surname Li, barged into the home of his girlfriend armed with a knife following an argument and killed two relatives of the girl, the Legal Daily said.
As he left his girlfriend's home in Liaoning province's Xinbin county, he stabbed six more people to death and wounded five, it said.
One of the injured died Thursday in hospital, the paper said.
Li was arrested near the scene of the attack, late on Wednesday night, and was taken into custody, the official Xinhua news agency reported.
Police had nabbed him as he was preparing to jump from a building in an apparent suicide attempt, it added.
No other details were immediately available. Calls made to local authorities and police in Xinbin county went unanswered.
Violent crime has been on the rise in China in recent decades as the nation's economy has boomed and the gap between rich and poor has expanded at an alarming rate.
Experts say the increase in assaults shows that China is paying the price for focusing on more than 30 years of economic growth while ignoring problems linked to rapid social change.
Studies have described a rise in the prevalence of mental disorders in China, some of them linked to stress as the pace of life becomes faster and socialist support systems wither.
However, authorities stress that murder, which carries the death penalty, remains far less common than in most Western countries.http://news.yahoo.com/chinese-teen-kills-eight-knife-attack-reports-102629246.html... more
From the youtube description: The issue of whether it is legit to film police at work or not has been causing a lot of discussion lately, before DC police chief put it blunt in a statement RT obtained from the Police Department, that it was allowed to do so in public places.
http://youtu.be/B6KL9YYX5nIFrom the youtube description: The issue of whether it is legit to film police at work... more
First off let me say I am more than heart broken about the shooting in Colorado and the only one I think deserves the blame is the shooter. Despite what all the talking heads and informed experts will say in their endless hours of over analysis he was well aware of what he was doing and acted in a calculated way and should be punished for his crime to the full extent of the law. Even though many people would most certainly like to see him put down like a mad dog and the fact that the legal system in this country is in some peoples minds a mess he still will have his day in court. Let's just hope it isn't dragged on for years. Of course the issue of Gun Control will once again become the topic of the moment and both sides will do their best to forget the victims and like most issues in this country reach an impasse. They will blame each other for being unwilling to compromise and until another similar event happens focus on more important issues like who's Birth Certificate is or isn't real and why a Presidential Candidate has to hide his fortune in offshore accounts. Our national obsession with Guns and violence and the bizarre assertion by a portion of society that owning a weapon is a birthright will be the death of us all. Literally. Guns are not a God given right they are a Man made right. Guns are not inherently evil and I don't want to take them all away and melt them down. What I do want is for the inmates not to have them. Then again I suppose that wouldn't be fare to the inmates and someone somewhere would sue someone furthering our decent in to complete self destruction.First off let me say I am more than heart broken about the shooting in Colorado and... more
What drove a young man to kill 20 and wound 60 people at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado last night?
The song ‘Tucson, Arizona (Gazette)’ by Dan Fogelberg explores why. He calls it "My all-time favorite track. The critics dismissed it because of its length but I am still fiercely proud of it. It was an immense undertaking and took months to complete. I consider this probably my best journalistic lyric writing. A movie for the ears, all it lacks is the popcorn."What drove a young man to kill 20 and wound 60 people at a movie theater in Aurora,... more
Never ending. Perpetual always.
Granted, this did give me pause for a moment of schadenfreude. I imagined the embarrassment to the Romney campaign and the GOP and I was happy about that.
Then I thought ahead to the GOP convention in Tampa and the influx of Ron Paul supporters, and the tensions and passions that will be fanned to a fever pitch and I laughed out loud. “This is going to be fun to watch, ” I thought, “Maybe there will be punches thrown on live TV and streaming video.” No wrestling, unfortunately, as Linda McMahon is not attending the convention.Granted, this did give me pause for a moment of schadenfreude. I imagined the... more