Venezuela seeks protest leader’s arrest after unrest kills three

„There you have the face of fascism!“ Maduro said in a speech to the nation on Thursday night, showing photos and video of Lopez at Wednesday’s protest in the capital Caracas, some of the footage set to doom-laden music. „I tell these fugitives from justice: give yourselves up! … They should go behind bars,“ Maduro thundered, saying both the intellectual authors of the violence and those who fired shots had been identified by authorities.

Bad AT&T Ideas Are Contagious: UK’s Vodafone Wants To Try ‚Sponsored Data‘ Idea

AT&T poured napalm on the network neutrality debate here in the States back in 2005, when then CEO Ed Whitacre proudly proclaimed in an interview he „wasn’t going to let Google ride his pipes for free.“ Ed and most telco executives quite honestly believe that historically-pampered phone companies are entitled to an additional „troll toll“ by content companies simply for the honor of touching the ISP network. Never mind that consumers and content companies already pay for bandwidth and (like Google) invest in infrastructure of their own, telco logic dictates that content companies get a „free ride“ and must pay more. You know, because.

Report from the Office of the Inspector General: Global Climate Change Program Data May Be Unreliable

From the “we’ve told you so time and again” department comes this agreement with my assessment of the state of the climate programs as conducted by the US Government. Readers may recall this report from the GAO that was spurred by the work of the Surfacestations project: GAO report on the poor quality of the US climate monitoring network Now there’s another report, for the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) that not only looks into the problems with reporting climate data from such programs, but also accountability (or lack of it) with climate program money. Here’s the damning quote: Lack of oversight, non-compliance and a lax review process for the State Department’s global climate change programs have led the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) to conclude that program data “cannot be consistently relied upon by decision-makers” and it cannot be ensured “that Federal funds were being spent in an appropriate manner.”

Remarks John Kerry Secretary of State Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel Bayerischer Hof Hotel Munich, Germany February 1, 2014

SECRETARY KERRY: Well, Mr. Ambassador, I am willing to take risks, but I’m not willing to hang myself here. (Laughter.) So I’m not going to tell you how optimistic I am. I’m going to tell you that I’m hopeful. I believe in the possibility or I wouldn’t pursue this. President Obama believes in the possibility. I don’t think we’re being quixotic and un – I’m a little surprised by some of the articles that tend to write about an obsession or a fanatical effort to try to achieve this, et cetera. We’re just working hard. We’re working hard because the consequences of failure are unacceptable. I mean, I want you all to think about it. Ask yourselves a simple question: What happens if we can’t find a way forward? Is Fatah going to be stronger? Will Abu Mazen be strengthened? Will this man who has been committed to a peaceful process for these last years be able to hold on if it fails? What is the argument for holding on? Are we going to then see militancy? Will we then see violence? Will we then see transformation? What comes afterwards? Nobody can answer that question with any kind of comfort. By the same token, for our friends, I see good Minister Tzipi Livni here, who has been absolutely spectacular in this process, committed to it. Prime Minister Netanyahu has taken very tough decisions to move this down the road, very tough decisions, as has President Abbas, who had the right to go to the United Nations and has foresworn it in an effort to try to keep at the table and keep the process moving. For Israel, the stakes are also enormously high. Do they want a failure that then begs whatever may come in the form of a response from disappointed Palestinians and the Arab community? What happens to the Arab Peace Initiative if this fails? Does it disappear? What happens for Israel’s capacity to be the Israel it is today – a democratic state with the particular special Jewish character that is a central part of the narrative and of the future? What happens to that when you have a bi-national structure and people demanding rights on different terms? So I think if you – and I’m only just scratching the surface in talking about the possibilities, and I’ve learned not to go too deep in them because it gets misinterpreted that I’m somehow suggesting, “Do this or else,” or something. I’m not. We all have a powerful, powerful interest in resolving this conflict. Everywhere I go in the world, wherever I go – I promise you, no exaggeration, the Far East, Africa, Latin America – one of the first questions out of the mouths of a foreign minister or a prime minister or a president is, “Can’t you guys do something to help bring an end to this conflict between Palestinians and Israelis?” Indonesia – people care about it because it’s become either in some places an

Sheriff’s Dept. Hopeful Wishes A ‚Holocaust And Gas Chambers‘ On CopBlock.org’s Writers And Readers

„Your page is pathetic and offensive. The pictures you post and the comments you make seem like you’re trying to incriminate and deface ALL police officers, when 99% of them are great at what they do, it’s the 1% you should be posting about, not the vast majority you pathetic, ignorant, liberal pussy. You’re just like all the liberals striving for gun control because the actions of a few, insane individuals are fucking it up for the other 99% of gun owners who are responsible with their weapons. Or let me put it into perspective for a drug using, liberal, hippy pussy like yourself: 99% of people who smoke pot do it responsibly and safely, but 1% of the people who use participate in violent crime, or crash their cars when theyre high and kill others or themselves, but I don’t see you posting about how ALL pot smokers should be punished. If you were a law abiding citizen you wouldn’t have any problem with 5-0, but something tells me you were probably being a jackass towards a police officer and you got what was coming to you, and that inspired you to make a page giving a bad name to all law enforcement. You might as well bad mouth the military and veterans like myself because of those marine scout snipers that pissed on some dead Taliban a few years back. According to your logic that means ALL active duty and veterans are heinous heathens right? You’re a fucking bitch and I hope some cop beats your ass next time you’re „protesting“ or filming them or whatever. In fact I’m about to start the training academy for the washoe county sheriffs dept in reno, Nevada and I can’t wait to deal with punk ass bitches like you. I would beat your fucking liberal ass just for the sheer joy of it. Suck my fucking dick you waste of breathable air, you should have been aborted. But I guess your mother was a dumb ass waste of life like you. You’re the reason that there’s no hope for the human race, I can’t believe people like you exist, if I had my way, there would be another holocaust with camps and gas chambers full of fucking cunt scabs like you. I hope you die“

The Situation in Ukraine

(15.01.) I am pleased to provide additional context from my Bureau, the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor which, in partnership with the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, our Embassy in Kyiv, the Department of Justice and with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), has been in direct and frequent engagement during the past three years with the Government of Ukraine and Ukrainian civil society in bilateral dialogues on democracy and rule of law issues. As my colleague Assistant Secretary Nuland noted these are indeed challenging times for the people of Ukraine and for people everywhere who care about the future of Ukraine. Many of us continue to monitor the ongoing developments in the center of Kyiv on the “EuroMaidan” and in other cities across Ukraine that have come to symbolize a fundamental struggle for economic opportunity, political freedom, and personal expression. (..) Senators McCain and Murphy have shared their experiences in the days after they returned from their December 15 visit to Kyiv, which they described as “unforgettable and moving,” standing on the stage overlooking the Maidan and addressing a crowd estimated at 500,000 – some of whom shouted cheers of “Thank you, USA!”

Digging Music Documentaries #2

This series goes out to those of you who couldn’t be part of the 5. Norient Musicfilm Festival and missed the great variety of documentary films from all over the world. Here is a compilation of great films that we did not select but are available online

Remarks by the President on the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation

So a little over a year ago, we launched America’s first manufacturing innovation institute in Youngstown, Ohio. And what it was is a partnership; it includes companies and colleges. They came up with a joint plan. They were focusing on developing 3D printing technology and training workers with the skills required to master that technology. Now, that was a great start. We got one going and some of the folks from Youngstown are here today, and we congratulate them on the great work they’re doing. But here’s the problem: We created one; in Germany, they’ve already got about 60 of these manufacturing innovation hubs. So we’ve got some catching up to do. I don’t want the next big job-creating discovery, the research and technology to be in Germany or China or Japan. I want it to be right here in the United States of America

West Bank soldiers: We guard settlers; they spit us in the face

„When you see soldiers who serve with you not going home for the weekend and go to Yitzhar so they can meet with the settlement’s leaders and discuss ways to protect the settlement, and right there and then the brigade’s chief’s car is vandalized – no where is safe. Not a Palestinian village and not an isolated outpost,“ an IDF combat soldier told Ynet.

Interview: Steve Morell

Hello Steve. What an absolute pleasure to have you here with us today. How are you? What have you been up to recently? Hello Nina, It’s my pleasure as well and thank you for the kind words on me. To be honest, the last month was quite exhausting I have to say. Sometimes life is playing its bad tricks on us and we just have to stand it, go through it and have to deal with it. Authorities try to kill you or ram their knifes into your back, try to get you by the balls and it takes all your energy from being creative or basically doing the work you have to do as you have to take care and solve useless problems. But that’s life and we all know it. But in the end of the day we all go through it and we manage it.

Angry Dennis Rodman defends North Korea basketball game

„You’re the guy behind the mic right now. We’re the guys here doing one thing. We have to go back to America and take the abuse. Do you have to take the abuse that we’re gonna take? Do you sir, are you going to take the abuse? „One day, one day, this door is going to open because these 10 guys here, all of us, Christie, Vin, Dennis, Charles, … I mean everybody here, if we could open the door just a little bit for people to come here and do one thing.“

Wikipedia co-founder: ‚U.S. should be actually seeking out criminals, not wasting money on snooping‘

I think it’s a good thing, and I don’t think people stopped seeing each other, I think people see each other more often, they keep up with old friends, they keep up with family. It brings us together as a more interconnected society. It allows us to know people all around the world as people, not just as a vision of something. You know, when I grew up in a small town in Alabama, our idea of Russians and what Russians like was so far from the truth, but today this wouldn’t happen to people, because they would say, “Oh yeah, I actually know some Russians online, we’re playing this game together,” or “We chat,” or so forth. It’s allowing the globe to come together and view each other as human beings in a new way. There’s almost no downside to that.

Exclusive: Private talks between Tony Blair and George Bush on Iraq war to be published

On Sunday, a government source said that “good progress” had been made towards declassifying many of the records. “The intention is to be as open as possible,” they said. “There is an ongoing process of declassification, which is attempting to strike a careful balance to ensure that you are not setting a legal precedent that could oblige you to publish other documents in the future or damage national security.”

NSA’s Personal Propagandist For CBS Officially Takes Counterterrorism Job Everyone Knew He Was Getting

When 60 Minutes did its hack PR job for the NSA a few weeks ago, lots of people called out the fact that the reporter who handled the segment, John Miller, wasn’t just a former intelligence official working for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (which oversees the NSA), but that he was widely rumored to have worked out a deal for a new job for the NYPD, heading up „counterterrorism.“ Even though there were multiple reports at the time, including one that claimed it was a „99.44% done deal,“ when asked about it, Miller lied. He told a reporter, „you know as much about this as I do.“ That was clearly Miller lying — something that Miller has had an issue with in the past — as the „rumor“ is now confirmed and Miller has accepted his job doing „counterterrorism“ for the NYPD.

60 Minutes Continues Its Track Record Of Letting US National Security Officials Lie On Camera Without Challenge

Apparently, CBS News‘ 60 Minutes show is looking to end the year by being the choice of intelligence community propagandists everywhere, rather than listening to their well-respected colleague Morley Safer (still reporting at age 82) who once wrote a column quoting a US official telling him „look, if you think any American official is going to tell you the truth, then you’re stupid.“ Safer’s colleagues at 60 Minutes would do well to keep that in mind, but when it comes to national security issues, they seem to prefer, as „reporter“ John Miller has admitted, to be there solely to help the NSA get their side of the story out, no matter how bogus it might be.

Ricciardone refutes claims US ‚behind Turkey graft probe‘

U.S. officials who had spoken to the Hürriyet Daily News on Dec. 18 had strongly denied conspiracy theories suggesting Washington’s role in the ongoing struggle between the government and the powerful Gülen community that has exploded with a new corruption probe. “Please don’t draw us into your family fight here. We don’t want one side or the other to feed this conspiracy idea that we are against the prime minister or against Fethullah Gülen Hocaefendi,” U.S. officials had said.

Press Conference by the President

THE PRESIDENT: ..Over the next several weeks, I’m going to assess based on conversations not just with the intelligence community but others in government and outside of government how we might apply and incorporate their recommendations. And I’m going to make a pretty definitive statement about all of this in January where I’ll be able to say, here are the recommendations that we think make sense; here are ones that we think are promising but still need to be refined further; here’s how it relates to the work we’re doing not just internally but also in partnership with other countries. And so I’m taking this very seriously because I think, as I’ve said before, this is a debate that needed to be had. (…) There might need to be different checks on how those requests are made. There may be technological solutions that have to be found to do that. And the question that we’re asking ourselves now is, does that make sense not only because of the fact that there are concerns about potential abuse down the road with the metadata that’s being kept by a government rather than private companies, but also does it make sense to do it because people right now are concerned that maybe their phone calls are being listened to, even if they’re not? And we’ve got to factor that in. So my point is, is that the environment has changed in ways that I think require us to take that into account. But the analysis that I’ve been doing throughout has always been periodically looking at what we’re doing and asking ourselves, are we doing this in the right way? Are we making sure that we’re keeping the American people safe, number one? Are we also being true to our civil liberties and our privacy and our values? Question: I understand it’s a tough job, and, God forbid, there’s another terror attack, every one of us is going to be second-guessing you, and that is extremely difficult to be in the Oval Office. THE PRESIDENT: That’s okay. I volunteered.

Why outer space really is the final frontier for capitalism

The question is, why haven’t the moon’s resources been thoroughly plundered by now? Why hasn’t it provided us with the energy necessary to colonise the rest of space? I’ll tell you why: it’s because capitalism is weak and timid. In principle, it shouldn’t be this way. Capitalism, said Rosa Luxemburg, always needs a periphery. There needs to be a non-capitalist outside to appropriate – new land, new resources, to provide profitable investment opportunities. Whether it takes the form of colonisation, privatising public goods, turfing peasants off their lands or creating „intellectual property“, there is a need to accumulate beyond the existing realm of capitalist property relations.

Secret Information: The Currency Of Power

LS: The population around the world is more or less completely left in the dark when it comes to espionage by means of electromagnetic radiation and seeing through walls from the outside by means of mobile stationary and air- or space-based systems. Are such things not only technically possible, but are rather common practice nowadays? TD: Technically possible is an understatement. Yes, I’m certainly aware even from the time I was in NSA there were systems that would allow you to penetrate extraordinary types of surveillance that go far beyond what I call traditional, even in the electronic space, but when you’re talking about magnetic scanning systems yes, there’s a lot that can be detected. There are specialized vans that do that. Is it persistent, meaning is it everywhere? No. This technology is still kind of expensive, but where it’s employed, yes I can effectively see through walls. It’s sort of [like] radar – you have radar, ground penetrating radar; this is the electromagnetic version of that that allows you to basically – I’m familiar with technology that basically when it’s directed it can scan for any and all electronic devices. Let me give you one small example to illustrate what’s possible. When I used to live in England, you had to pay, when I used to fly in RC-135s [a large reconnaissance aircraft] – you had to pay [for a license] to listen to a radio [this was abolished in 1971] and watch television. They used to have vans that would drive around to detect whether or not the [TV] antenna was active, meaning it was actively receiving a signal, not transmitting actively receiving a signal and it could do geo-location. … if it detected an antenna that was actively receiving a signal then they would triangulate, they would find out did you have a license and if you did not have a license then you would be fined. Well take that to a much larger level, where I was aware in the military about equipment that would basically scan systems and it would pick up all, every signature it could find, both passive and active. So, yes it’s not just possible, it’s actual.

John McCain’s meddling in Kiev

In your report on John McCain’s speech in Kiev supporting the anti-government protesters (16 December) there is no suggestion that he might be sticking his nose in where it’s not wanted. Imagine if next year he addressed pro-independence rallies in Scotland and urged them to assert their own interests and rid themselves of the oppressive regime holding them back, concluding in his Kiev style: „People of Scotland, this is your moment. The free world is with you, America is with you, I am with you.“

USTR Says TPP Must Be Kept Secret, Because The Public Is Too Stupid To Understand It

While TPP negotiators had hoped to finish off the negotiations in Singapore over the past few days, it appears that did not happen, though they claim to have made substantial progress and will meet again next month. From the reports of people there, the negotiators made sure that public interest groups were excluded from even the press briefing about the negotiations, which should tell you all you need to know about what the negotiators think of the public. But, in case you weren’t sure, the USTR, Michael Froman, has finally explained why the TPP negotiating positions must be kept secret. Apparently, all of us in the public, are too fucking stupid to understand the important work that he’s doing, and we might „misunderstand“ it. Therefore, we peons must be kept in the dark, while important people like himself negotiate on our behalf.

Passaparola – The Italian Central Bank sell-off – Lucio di Gaetano

„My name is Lucio Di Gaetano and I have always worked in the banking world. I worked for the Italian Central Bank for five years, plus another seven years in the private sector and now I am a company consultant. I’m here today to tell you about the rip-off that the Letta Government has been perpetrating on all the Italians, all hush-hush while Berlusconi’s impeachment was being announced, via the decree concerning the revaluation of the Italian Central Bank shares so as to get its hands on 900 million Euro without overshooting the three percent deficit level. 450 million of that will be gifted per annum to the Italian Central Bank shareholders, which as you know, are private parties. But let’s take a step back here. Why does the Italian Central Bank have private shareholders anyway, you ask? How have we landed up in this land of Oz where a public institution is partly owned by private banks that are owned by foundations controlled by the political parties?“

Samantha Power’s case for striking Syria

(07.September) Good afternoon. I’m very glad to be back in Washington this afternoon and among so many friends here at the Center for American Progress. As you know, my topic today is Syria, which presents one of the most critical foreign policy challenges we face. Syria is important because it lies at the heart of a region critical to U.S. security, a region that is home to friends and partners and one of our closest allies. It is important because the Syrian regime possesses stores of chemical weapons that they have recently used on a large scale and that we cannot allow to fall into terrorists‘ hands.

Seymour Hersh: Obama „Cherry-Picked“ Intelligence on Syrian Chemical Attack to Justify U.S. Strike

„It got to the point where the American government, the military, the Pentagon, looked into the whole prospect of let’s go in and clean out all the—all the nerve gas on both sides. And they did what they call an ops study, operations study. It’s an ops order, really, it’s called. It’s a major, major study, 60 or 70 various sub-parts to it. You’re going to send — they concluded 70,000 American soldiers would have to go into Syria to clean out the chemical weapons on both sides. And that’s a big deal. You know, you’ve got to feed them. You’ve got to protect them. You’ve got to find out how much toilet paper you’re going to need. A major, major study was done over this summer. I think — I’ve been told it was supposed to — there was supposed to be what they call an NIE, a National Intelligence Estimate, on the capability of the opposition, the rebels, to manufacture sarin, but that never happened. And there we are. These reports were there. They were certainly known to the community. I can’t tell you that the president himself read those documents; I don’t know. But clearly, whether or not — if he didn’t, he should have.“

Astronaut Mark Kelly joins World View’s near-space balloon team

„There are very few people who have had the opportunity to see the Earth as a planet,“ he told NBC News. „We’re going to give a lot of people the opportunity to get to a vantage point that is incredibly unique. „To see the Earth as a round ball from the blackness of space. To be able to see what a sunrise and sunset looks like above the atmosphere. To see what the stars look like above the atmosphere. It is like nothing I’ve ever experienced before. … For some people, it’ll be probably one of the best experiences of their lives. I can guarantee you that.“

Tell the White House to Fix ECPA and Protect Our Electronic Privacy

The angry email you wish you didn’t send last spring where you said those unflattering things. That text message you sent a long time ago at 3:00 a.m. that you were horrified to remember the next day. Those links to those videos you shared a year ago on what you thought was your private Facebook account. Sorry to break it to you, but they’re all available to the government after 180 days. That’s because the law governing access to our online communications was written in 1986–before the age of Facebook, Twitter, and cloud computing. The Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) permits government and law enforcement officials to access private online information–emails, social media accounts, photos, and even online documents–without a warrant from a judge, once it reaches that ripe old age of six months. Under that outdated law, government agents can force the service providers we’re entirely dependent on for communicating–Verizon, Apple, Facebook–to turn over their customers‘ private data based on the government’s authority alone.

What Big Pharma is Afraid Diabetes Patients Will Find Out

Don’t allow Big Pharma to use you to inflate their stock holdings. In a popular pharmacy magazine, there was recently a slick, full-color, 4-page advertisement that said “The Diabetes Consumer: Shops More. Spends More. Shops the Whole Store.” Its disgusting the lengths these companies will go to in order to keep their profits high while caring so little about your health.

A Tour Through The Bizarre Mind Of An NSA Defender: Discrediting Activists By Using Their Porn Surfing Is Just Like Journalism!

Oh, Stewart Baker. It’s getting to the point where I feel like we may even need a „Oh, Stewart Baker“ topic here on Techdirt, given how often we seem to feel the need to utter that phrase. Baker, if you haven’t been playing along with the home version, is the former NSA and DHS official who really likes to support the ability of the government to spy on everyone and really seems to dislike civil liberties. Oh, and he has this incredible way of making statements so blatantly ridiculous that, personally, I find it scary that the government apparently trusted him in multiple really important positions. Let’s go through some of the examples before getting to the latest wacky claim.

Terms and Conditions May Apply

Now Available Internationally Here: vimeo.com/ondemand/termsandconditions Admit it: you don’t really read the endless terms and conditions connected to every website you visit, phone call you make or app you download. But every day, billion-dollar corporations are learning more about your interests, your friends and family, your finances, and your secrets… and are not only selling the information to the highest bidder, but freely sharing it with the government. And you agreed to all of it. With fascinating examples and so-unbelievable-they’re-almost-funny facts, filmmaker Cullen Hoback exposes what governments and corporations are legally taking from you every day – turning the future of both privacy and civil liberties uncertain. From whistle blowers and investigative journalists to zombie fan clubs and Egyptian dissidents, this disquieting exposé demonstrates how every one of us has incrementally opted-in to a real-time surveillance state, click by click- and what, if anything, can be done about it. (c) Variance Films

Dianne Feinstein Receives Three Times More Cash From Intelligence Contractors Than Patrick Leahy

While there are many bills that have been introduced in Congress in response to the revelations about the NSA (thank you, Ed Snowden), there really are only two that matter right now in terms of actually having a chance of moving forward. One is good, one is terrible. There is the USA FREEDOM Act, introduced in the Senate by Senator Patrick Leahy, which actually tries to rein in many of the abuses. It’s not perfect, but it’s a very good bill. Then there’s the fake reform bill, introduced by Senator Dianne Feinstein, officially dubbed the FISA Improvements Act, but which is really designed to legalize the NSA’s abuses and open the door to making it even worse.

Reclaiming Judaism from Zionism

When the Zionist movement appeared in Eastern Europe in the 1880s, it found it very difficult to persuade the leading rabbis and secular Jewish thinkers of the day to support it. The leading rabbis saw the political history in the Bible and the idea of Jewish sovereignty on the land of Israel as very marginal topics and were much more concerned, as indeed Judaism as a religion was, with the holy tracts that focused on the relationship between the believers themselves and in particular their relations with God. Secular liberal or socialist Jews also found the idea of Jewish nationalism unattractive. Liberal Jews hoped that a far more liberal world would solve the problems of persecution and anti-Semitism while avowed socialists and communists wished peoples of all religions, not just the Jews, to be liberated from oppression. Even the idea of a particular Jewish socialist movement, such as the Bund, was a bizarre one in their eyes. “Zionists who were afraid of seasickness” is how Russian Marxist Georgi Plekhanov called the Bundists when they wanted to join the international communist movement. The secular Jews who founded the Zionist movement wanted paradoxically both to secularize Jewish life and to use the Bible as a justification for colonizing Palestine; in other words, they did not believe in God but He nonetheless promised them Palestine. This precarious logic was recognized even by the founder of the Zionist movement himself, Theodore Herzl, who therefore opted for Uganda, rather than Palestine, as the promised land of Zion. It was the pressure of Protestant scholars and politicians of the Bible, especially in Britain, who kept the gravitation of the Zionist movement towards Palestine. For them it was a double bill: you get rid of the Jews in Europe, and at the same time you fulfill the divine scheme in which the second coming of the Messiah will be precipitated by the return of the Jews — and their subsequent conversion to Christianity or their roasting in hell should they refuse. From that moment onwards the Bible became both the justification for, and the map of, the Zionist colonization of Palestine.

Don’t Fear The Auto Update

I want to stress one really important thing here. The automatic background updates for WordPress are for minor updates only. We’re not talking about auto-upgrading people from 3.7 to 3.8, but just 3.7 to 3.7.1 – These are small, minor, updates. When someone comes to me and complains that major releases don’t always work, I have actually said, “So? We’re not talking about major releases.” And of course, “You are making good backups on these super important websites, right? Right?”

Discussion with Lavabit’s Ladar Levinson

You’re invited to join CNET at our headquarters in downtown San Francisco tonight to meet Ladar Levison, who created the Lavabit e-mail service that’s now at the center of a high-profile lawsuit over government surveillance and Americans‘ privacy rights. Please RSVP here.

Dianne Feinstein’s Bragging About NSA Surveillance Program May Finally Result In It Being Declared Unconstitutional

This is quite an incredible story that’s unfolding about a new opportunity for a Constitutional challenge to the FISA Amendments Act, which has enabled broad NSA surveillance. If you haven’t been following the details (and even if you haven’t been following all of this closely), the specifics may be a bit confusing, so we’ll try to go piece by piece through the history here to explain the events leading up to a new Constitutional challenge being placed on the law, which the Supreme Court had previously effectively wiped out — in large part due to false information presented by the Solicitor General, who now appears to be not at all happy the intelligence community led him to lie to the Supreme Court. And it may have all unravelled because of Dianne Feinstein’s gloating and bragging about how important the FISA Amendments Act is.

President Obama to Republicans: I won. Deal with it.

“You don’t like a particular policy or a particular president? Then argue for your position. Go out there and win an election. Push to change it. But don’t break it. Don’t break what our predecessors spent over two centuries building. That’s not being faithful to what this country’s about.”

From the Author of the Patriot Act Comes… The Freedom Act

It’s been almost 12 years since George W. signed the Patriot Act into law, and since then the federal government has gone a little power crazy on its hunt to sniff out terrorism through surveillance. There’s no need to tell you for the millionth time how the information collected through this federal spying program is not just about a war on terror anymore, as evidenced by Mr. Ed Snowden this summer.

Pope Francis urges prayer for peace in Syria, Iraq, Egypt, Lebanon and the Holy Land

Francis also recalled, during his greetings to Arabic-speaking faithful, that a year ago, on 10 October 2012, following his trip to Lebanon and his apostolic exhortation “Ecclesia in Medio Oriente: Communion and witness”, his predecessor Benedict XVI included Arabic among the languages of the general audience. The Synod Fathers had asked for this “to show to all Christians in the Middle East the closeness of the Catholic Church to its eastern sons”. “And today, talking about this expression, ‚I believe in the Catholic Church’”, he added, “I ask you to pray for peace in the Middle East: in Syria, in Iraq, in Egypt, in Lebanon and in the Holy Land, where the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ, was born. Pray that the light of Christ reaches all hearts and all places, unto the ends of the earth”.

What is it? A platform? A portal? No, it’s the M5S Operating System

The M5S Operating System has been under construction for two years. As of today there are nearly 90,000 certified members in the database and that has nearly doubled in a year. You can do the following stuff online and for free (you don’t have to pay two euro each time you want to vote! ): 1. Choose candidates for the national elections (used for Parliamentary elections) 2. Choose spokespersons for the region, town or main town in the province (used for the regional elections in Lombardy and for the local elections in Rome) 3. Choose candidate for nation-wide public positions (eg.. President of the Republic, Watchdogs, President of the Senate, etc.) (used for the presidential elections) 4. Immediate decisions on topics of national interest or of interest to the MoVement (used for considering the behaviour of two M5S parliamentarians) 5. Discussion among members of proposed laws in parliament (and in the future also in the regions) (now undergoing beta testing with some parliamentarians) 6. Creation of stands throughout the country for specific events – using Foursquare …

Deadly Riots Erupt After Kenya Cleric Killed

Like Rogo, Omar was popular among Muslim youths in Mombasa and along Kenya’s Indian Ocean coastline, where many Muslims feel marginalised by the predominantly Christian Nairobi government….Sheikh Abubaker Sharif, who was close to Rogo and Omar, and faces charges of inciting last year’s Mombasa riots, said: „They have killed Muslims again. We know it’s the police.“

The Pope: how the Church will change

Your Holiness, is there is a single vision of the Good? And who decides what it is? „Each of us has a vision of good and of evil. We have to encourage people to move towards what they think is Good.“ Your Holiness you wrote that in your letter to me. The conscience is autonomous, you said, and everyone must obey his conscience. I think that’s one of the most courageous steps taken by a Pope. „And I repeat it here. Everyone has his own idea of good and evil and must choose to follow the good and fight evil as he conceives them. That would be enough to make the world a better place.“

Passaparola – Escape from the Senate – Dario Fo

A word of welcome to you all. I am here today to unveil a book written by Franca, the woman with whom I spent almost all my life and who left me just a few months ago. Indeed she left us all, her children, her grandchildren and her friends …many, many friends, as well as leaving a huge vacuum which is truly impossible to fill. However, before she left us, Franca left us a memory of herself, a sort of diary that, in my opinion as well as the opinion of those who have read it recently, is truly excellent and more importantly is an important work. Why do I say it is important? Well, because in addition to the irony and sarcasm towards certain unmentionable personalities from our recent and not so recent history, she has also given us some previously unpublished essential information for understanding the crazy world in which we are living, particularly here in Italy.

Redefining English: Senator Feinstein Says The Press Needs To Stop Calling Patriot Act Surveillance Program A ‚Surveillance Program‘

It’s no secret that the intelligence community tries to give the „least untruthful“ answers by basically redefining the English language. In an open Senate Intelligence Committee hearing today, in which Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, NSA boss Keith Alexander and Deputy Attorney General James Cole all got to talk up how important spying on everyone is, there was an incredible moment in which Intelligence Committee boss Senator Dianne Feinstein scolded not these bosses of the surveillance program, but the press for calling it a surveillance program. Yes, you read that right.

Russians Censor Website About Russians Censoring Websites

There are a few things that seem fairly clear about the Russian government. First, it loves to censor stuff, preferring whitelists to blacklists. Secondly, the Russian government isn’t so big on this whole free speech thing, and it’s even less enthused about anonymous speech. Also, we know that the Russian government likes to limit what it calls „obscenities,“ which not only feature your common curse words and YouTube style internet comments, but also anyone who is gay and likes being gay enough to tell someone else that being gay ain’t so bad. And, finally, I now know the Russian government sucks at irony.

An interview with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov

Russia is still saying that it was the rebels who fired the chemical weapons on Aug. 21 — not the Assad regime? Yes, we believe there is very good evidence to substantiate this. Are you willing to present this evidence? Yes, I just presented a compilation of evidence to John Kerry when we met a couple of hours ago. This evidence is not something revolutionary. It’s available on the Internet.

FULL VIDEO: Obama talks economic progress at Ford stamping plant in Liberty

Now, let’s put this in perspective. The Affordable Care Act has been in law for three and a half years. It passed both houses of Congress. The Supreme Court ruled it constitutional. It was an issue in last year’s elections. The guy who was running against me said he was going to repeal it. We won. So the voters were pretty clear on this. And then, Republicans in Congress, they’ve tried to repeal or sabotage this — more than 40 times they’ve had these repeal votes. Every time they fail. This law that is in place is already providing people benefits. It’s not holding back economic growth; it’s helping millions of Americans, including some of you or your family members that you may not be aware of. You can keep your kid on your own health insurance plan — somebody is raising their hand right here — until they’re 26, because of the Affordable Care Act — (applause) — which is one of the main reasons why the number of uninsured among young people has gone down over the last three years.

Constitution Day

What are the three branches of government? How many senators are there? What are the four rights guaranteed by the First Amendment? Does the Constitution establish the United States as a Christian nation? Starting today, the ACLU is embarking on a mission to educate people, especially the younger generations, about the contents and contemporary relevance of the U.S. Constitution. Check out

US seeks Iraqi-style resolution on Syria: Pepe Escobar

What follows is an approximate transcription of the interview. Press TV: You know the United States says it is sure that the Syrian government carried out this chemical attack, Russia says the attack was falsified and now the UN says the attack site may have been manipulated. What really is happening here? Escobar: Manipulation. In short that is what is happening. The Americans have been saying from the beginning they had 99 percent certainty based on Israeli Intel which was probably compromised from the start. This is the Intel that they have from Benny Gantz, the IDF [Chief of Staff] passed to General Martin Dempsey of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. They stand by it.

Dear Mr. President: Declare Victory in Syria

There are a lot of things that this country desperately needs, and if you’re going to use your political capital, many of us would really like to see you do it on these issues, rather than on bombing a country most Americans can’t even find on the map.

Pope: Angelus appeal for peace (full text)

I appeal strongly for peace, an appeal which arises from the deep within me. How much suffering, how much devastation, how much pain has the use of arms carried in its wake in that martyred country, especially among civilians and the unarmed! I think of many children will not see the light of the future! With utmost firmness I condemn the use of chemical weapons: I tell you that those terrible images from recent days are burned into my mind and heart. There is a judgment of God and of history upon our actions which are inescapable! Never has the use of violence brought peace in its wake. War begets war, violence begets violence. With all my strength, I ask each party in this conflict to listen to the voice of their own conscience, not to close themselves in solely on their own interests, but rather to look at each other as brothers and decisively and courageously to follow the path of encounter and negotiation, and so overcome blind conflict. With similar vigour I exhort the international community to make every effort to promote clear proposals for peace in that country without further delay, a peace based on dialogue and negotiation, for the good of the entire Syrian people.

More NSA Spying Fallout: Groklaw Shutting Down

A few months ago, after the NSA spying stories first broke, we wrote about a bit from This American Life where the host, Ira Glass, was interviewing lawyers for prisoners detained at Guantanamo, about the impact of knowing that the government was listening in on every single phone call you made. The responses were chilling. The people talked about how it stopped them from being emotional with their children or other close friends and relatives. How they had trouble functioning in ways that many people take for granted, just because the mental stress of knowing that you have absolutely no privacy is incredibly burdensome.

How to trap a whistleblower

Last week, President Obama misled the public when he told a comedian Jay Leno that protected legal channels exist that Edward Snowden could have used to challenge government misconduct: I can tell you that there are ways, if you think that the government is abusing a program, of coming forward. In fact, I, through Executive Order, signed whistleblower protection for intelligence officers or people who are involved in the intelligence industry. This message is false. And the President repeated it at his press conference a few days later. Obama is referring to Presidential Policy Directive #19. If the President had bothered to read his own Executive Order, he would have known that it was not implemented at all when Snowden blew the whistle on the National Security Agency. Further, it fails to provide protected legal channels to contractor positions such as Snowden’s.

Letter to the masters of the world

My poor and desperate friends, I do not know or who you are or where you live. But I am certain that each one of you, current owners of the world, is at the forefront in the spectral scale of unhappiness and emptiness which, for your specific responsibility, currently invades our beautiful planet. Who decides regularly the fate of the whole world are, they say, a few hundred individuals. Some even argue that those who truly have the greatest decision-making power over all of humanity are no more than thirty. It is certainly no thanks to you that we will find out who you are and how you are. You, who leave traces everywhere, and yet you are impossible to identify. The miserable idea of existence that characterizes you, however, can be seen by observing the multitude servants you have, those who in the Governments, who manage the States with a political system unable to take account and to understand the immense value of every human being.

I have been forced to make a difficult decision: to become complicit in crimes against the American people or walk away from nearly ten years of hard work by shutting down Lavabit.

My Fellow Users, I have been forced to make a difficult decision: to become complicit in crimes against the American people or walk away from nearly ten years of hard work by shutting down Lavabit. After significant soul searching, I have decided to suspend operations. I wish that I could legally share with you the events that led to my decision. I cannot. I feel you deserve to know what’s going on–the first amendment is supposed to guarantee me the freedom to speak out in situations like this. Unfortunately, Congress has passed laws that say otherwise. As things currently stand, I cannot share my experiences over the last six weeks, even though I have twice made the appropriate requests. What’s going to happen now? We’ve already started preparing the paperwork needed to continue to fight for the Constitution in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. A favorable decision would allow me resurrect Lavabit as an American company. This experience has taught me one very important lesson: without congressional action or a strong judicial precedent, I would _strongly_ recommend against anyone trusting their private data to a company with physical ties to the United States. Sincerely, Ladar Levison Owner and Operator, Lavabit LLC Defending the constitution is expensive! Help us by donating to the Lavabit Legal Defense Fund here.

Time Warner CEO Says Having Game Of Thrones As ‚Most Pirated‘ Is ‚Better Than An Emmy‘

Because it’s so popular — and so pirated (in part because you can’t view it legally online if you’re not an HBO subscriber via cable/satellite) — the question of Game of Thrones and piracy is a story that just never dies. Many people have argued that it’s ridiculous that there are no legal options for cord cutters, and that just leads to more infringement — and, in turn, that’s resulted in people arguing that a good part of the show’s popularity is likely due to infringement.

Greenwald: Is U.S. Exaggerating Threat to Embassies to Silence Critics of NSA Domestic Surveillance?

GLENN GREENWALD: You know, it’s so ludicrous. For eight straight years, literally, Democrats, every time there was a terrorist alert or a terrorist advisory issued by the United States government in the middle of a debate over one of the Bush-Cheney civil liberties abuses, would accuse the United States government and the national security state of exaggerating terrorism threats, of manipulating advisories, of hyping the dangers of al-Qaeda, in order to distract attention away from their abuses and to scare the population into submitting to whatever it is they wanted to do.

FBI Has Used Drones On Americans To Save A Child… And The Rest Is Secret

You may recall a few weeks ago that FBI Director Robert Mueller admitted to using drones to spy on Americans (and that there were no rules about using those drones). In response, Senator Rand Paul asked Mueller for details and those have now been sent, saying that the drones have been used 10 times, though they’re very, very, very quick to play down the significance of this (and to highlight how they were used to recover a kidnapped 5-year-old — „for the children!“).

Muslim Brotherhood Statement Condemns New Dawn Massacre Tuesday, July 23

Murderous putschists continue to deliberately kill peaceful protesters every day. Spilling the blood of innocent Egyptians has become their established approach, which affirms the fascist nature of military regimes. Before dawn on Tuesday, July 23, 2013, hordes of thugs sponsored by the Ministry of Interior were ordered to murder, burn and vandalize. They did kill three citizens near the edge of the Nahda Square pro-legitimacy sit-in, then killed two others near the center of the sit-in who were shot in the head with live bullets. This indicates the presence of snipers on the buildings of some of the faculties of the university. Soon, the death toll rose to 10 martyrs, in addition to more than 100 people injured and dozens of protesters’ cars burned by coup thugs. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Interior assures all that it protects peaceful protesters. In fact, its men, agents and thugs are doing all the vengeful killings, arson and sabotage. We ask the putschists: Don’t you see the millions of people who fill the streets and squares to overflowing – marching in huge peaceful protests? Can’t you hear the roar of voices that reject your ruinous coup, telling you that the majority of the people adhere to constitutional legitimacy and the democratic path? We also ask them: How many massacres do you want? How many lives will you take? How much more blood are you willing to spill? Do you not fear God? Do you at all care for the interests of the homeland? Do you have any respect for the will of the people and their sovereignty? Or are there other interests you hold higher than all that?! The Egyptian people, who erupted on January 25, 2011 and regained their freedom, dignity and sovereignty, will continue along the path of this blessed Revolution until they wrest it from the putschists, who want to drag Egypt back to the repressive military rule Egypt suffered for over sixty years, and which committed the most horrid crimes including murder, torture, arbitrary arrests and detention, corruption, despotism and tyranny, looting, subservience and humiliation.

Helen Thomas dies at 92, reported on every president since Kennedy

Thomas announced in June 2010 that she was retiring from Hearst, effective immediately, after comments she made about Israel and the Palestinians, including that Israel should „get the hell out of Palestine“ (..) In 2009 she asked President Barack Obama, „When are you going to get out of Afghanistan? Why are we continuing to kill and die there? What is the real excuse and don’t give us this Bushism ‚If we don’t go there, they’ll all come here.’“

Alert to cut high overseas mobile phone bills

The government is also in international negotiations to control pricing regimens for data, starting with New Zealand, he added. „A lot of Australians who are in New Zealand (think) if you’re in Wellington it’s no different than if you’re in Perth. „Well there is a big difference,“ he said

Remarks by President Obama and President Kikwete of Tanzania at Joint Press Conference

Q: President Obama, President Kikwete, thank you very much. President Obama, the first question goes to you, and I want to get your reaction to a breaking news alert that just came in a few minutes ago. According to Reuters, a senior Russian security official says that you and President Putin have asked the FBI and FSB to seek a solution on Snowden, so can you confirm that report? Also, the latest leaks by Edward Snowden suggest the United States have been monitoring the phone and email records of its allies in the EU. So is the United States spying on its European allies? Also, France and other countries are demanding an explanation with France saying that free trade talks could be threatened. So how can you reassure your allies to make sure that free trade talks aren’t threatened and that your relations abroad are not threatened? (..) PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, I can confirm — because I said so I think at the beginning of this trip in one of the first questions that was asked — that we have gone through regular law enforcement channels in enforcing the extradition request that we’ve made with respect to Mr. Snowden. And that’s been true with all the countries that have been involved, including Russia. And so, there have been high-level discussions with the Russians about trying to find a solution to the problem. (..) Now, there’s a second set of issues that this article seems to be raising, and that is how our intelligence services operate generally around the world. And I think we should stipulate that every intelligence service — not just ours, but every European intelligence service, every Asian intelligence service, wherever there’s an intelligence service — here’s one thing that they’re going to be doing: they’re going to be trying to understand the world better and what’s going on in world capitals around the world from sources that aren’t available through the New York Times or NBC News; that they are seeking additional insight beyond what’s available through open sources. And if that weren’t the case, then there would be no use for an intelligence service.

Letta, looking like Tarzan!

Thus to get access to this possibility you have to be chronically unemployed (it’s no good if you’ve just been unemployed for 5 months), be semi-illiterate (if you’ve got qualifications it’s too bad), not live with parents but alone (in fact a young person without an income always leaves home) and have dependants like an old granny or a wife or children. Who, in God’s name fulfils all these conditions in Italy? If there’s a guy who’s chronically unemployed, semi-literate, and with dependants, then he can access Letta’s “ significant measure“

Pink Floyd – Mother

Hush now baby, baby don’t you cry. Mama’s gonna check out all your girlfriends for you. Mama won’t let anyone dirty get through. Mama’s gonna wait up until you get in. Mama will always find out where you’ve been. Mama’s gonna keep baby healthy and clean. Ooooh baby, oooh baby, oooh baby, You’ll always be baby to me.

Tomgram: Noam Chomsky, The Eve of Destruction

Noam Chomsky: It’s not that there are no alternatives. The alternatives just aren’t being taken. That’s dangerous. So if you ask what the world is going to look like, it’s not a pretty picture. Unless people do something about it. We always can.

Boycott Monsanto – A Simple List of Companies to Avoid

In light of the recent public anger over the Monsanto Protection Act, here’s a simple, printable list of companies that use Monsanto products. By avoiding products made by companies on this list, you can help ensure your money isn’t going to Monsanto and also watch out for the health of your family and yourself.

Priorities and emergencies

Emergencies are tackled with important and noble words „Work! Young people! Growth!“, whereas priorities are tackled with laws to be approved promptly and efficiently. The Single Government has its priorities: halve the penalties for those convicted of the crime of associating with the mafia, reform Justice “ad berlusconem”, delete the 5 Star MoVement from elections, have a building amnesty, go on with the tunnel for goods in Val di Susa, gagging law for the Internet, smoke in the eyes of the “ius soli” concept (not existing in Europe), the elimination of the crime of clandestinity, homosexual marriages (I agree on this – but they’re not a priority).

We are the country’s Civil Defence force

They know they won’t last. They’ve stolen time. They are stealing time. But now they no longer have a future. Things need calming down and they have to go home. Let’s send them ALL home, as we’ve always said. Here someone who is coherent is singled out as a terrorist. We we are simply being coherent. In our election campaign, we said “send them ALL home” and now that’s what we’re doing. We said no alliance. We are not making alliances. They are not going out and about. They are staying closed up inside the palaces. I’m out and about in the streets. I’m out in the streets with the people. Do you want to challenge me? OK, I’ll give you the microphone. They can’t possibly go out into the streets. They don’t know what’s out there.

How expats experience “three years Greece in the crisis” (Part X)

How does it feel to see the crisis hitting you and your family and you see your life turn upside down in just a couple of years? How does it feel to see your children without job or struggling for what I often call “bag of peanuts”? How does it feel to find yourself in a no way out situation? How does it feel to see no future for your children here in this country? It doesn’t feel good…. Below another expat story submitted by Lesley:

FBI Documents Suggest Feds Read Emails Without a Warrant

New documents from the FBI and U.S. Attorneys’ offices paint a troubling picture of the government’s email surveillance practices. Not only does the FBI claim it can read emails and other electronic communications without a warrant—even after a federal appeals court ruled that doing so violates the Fourth Amendment—but the documents strongly suggest that different U.S. Attorneys’ offices around the country are applying conflicting standards to access communications content (you can see the documents here).

Sen. Graham: ‚The dam’s about to break on Benghazi‘

VAN SUSTEREN: … we have information that people from the CIA want to come out and testify, but they’ve been told by the CIA director Brennan specifically they will be polygraphed if they are tied to this. Do you have any information to corroborate that? GRAHAM: I’ve heard that same story. I know there are some CIA agents reaching out. They feel frustrated. The CIA generally got this right, and they feel frustrated about what happened that night before and after. So we’ll see where this goes. VAN SUSTEREN: Are these CIA agents who are on the ground in Benghazi that night, or are these CIA agents — people — CIA here in Washington? GRAHAM: It’s my belief that at least one of them was on the ground, but time will tell. VAN SUSTEREN: All right, now… GRAHAM: The dam’s about to break on Benghazi.

May Day ostriches

May Day used to be the festival of the workers. Now it’s the festival of the unemployed and the big concert in Rome. Once upon a time there was „panem et circences“ {bread and circuses}, now we’ve only got the “circences”, but just once a year, and in pride of place, instead of Caligula or Diocletian, there’s the top brass of the Triple Trade Union. Companies are closing down every minute, and the „official“ figure for youth unemployment has reached 38.4%.

Massive explosion rocks Detroit refinery

Marathon, based in Findlay, Ohio, has 7 refineries. “Police have blocked Fort Street off by I-75 south … oh my goodness … there’s an ambulance out here, a fireman standing outside, you know, it doesn’t look like they are trying to get close. They are not trying to go in there,” one listener told the local radio station

Top Ten Albums of 2013 so far…

Anyway, here we go, and I would strongly advise you click on the links to go to the releases and listen for yourself, especially as a fair few of these are available for free and those that aren’t are offering a life-enhancing experience at a remarkably low price:

A Letter to Paul Wolfowitz

Twenty years ago, you became dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and hired me as a minor staff functionary. I never thanked you properly. I needed that job. Included in the benefits package was the chance to hobnob with luminaries who gathered at SAIS every few weeks to join Zbigniew Brzezinski for an off-the-record discussion of foreign policy.

World Banking System to Give Up the Ghost

„The Cyprus confiscation brings something to mind. For instance, the confiscation of foodstuffs by Bolsheviks in the times of Civil War in Russia. Or the order by Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1939 demanding all gold was to be given to the state by legal entities and individuals in a month. Actually, it is banking Bolshevism what we are facing“. There is a solid ground to believe the banksters have rushed to drastically reform world banking system to make it match the new world order. New world order could be compared to “organized capitalism”. Or camp socialism. Whatever you prefer.

Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney, 3/11/2013

Q(uestion): ..General Mattis last week testified on Capitol Hill that his recommendation for the President is 13,600 U.S. forces beyond 2014 when that ends. Where is the President in deciding all of this? And how does it impact it when your so-called partner on the ground, Karzai, is saying these awful things? That’s got to impact these negotiations, doesn’t it? MR. CARNEY: Well, we deal with, in these negotiations, with the Afghan government, and the President will review the options for post-2014.

Interview of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia S.Lavrov for the BBC,Moscow, March 7, 2013

Question: So, still, there’s no chance, at this stage, of Russia saying, “President Assad, look. If we want to get peace in Syria, then you have to take yourself out of the equation.” There’s still no question of that happening. Sergey Lavrov: Absolutely not. You know that we’re not in the regime-change game. We are against interference in domestic conflicts. And this is our position, which should be of no surprise to anyone. This is a point of principle, if you want. A practical point is that he is not going to leave. So we have to take it as a given.And instead of asking ourselves some hypothetical questions – whether he could, or whether he could not, I think if we want to save lives, and I reiterate once again that this is priority number one for Russia, then we should drop any preconditions and tell all those who are fighting, “Guys, we want you to sit down and talk.”

President Al-Assad’s Interview with The Sunday Times

Assad: „If you want to talk about the opposition, there is another misconception in the West. They put all the entities even if they are not homogeneous in one basket – as if everything against the government is opposition. We have to be clear about this. We have opposition that are political entities and we have armed terrorists. We can engage in dialogue with the opposition but we cannot engage in dialogue with terrorists; we fight terrorism. Another phrase that is often mentioned is the ‘internal opposition inside Syria’ or ‘internal opposition as loyal to the government.’ Opposition groups should be loyal and patriotic to Syria – internal and external opposition is not about the geographic position; it is about their roots, resources and representation. Have these roots been planted in Syria and represent Syrian people and Syrian interests or the interests of foreign government?“

Yair Lapid: An Interview with Israel’s New Power Broker

Lapid: ..you know what? Some of them will come to us and in other arenas, what we will do is influence other parties at least to talking about middle class problems: tax rate, housing, education – all those things that the Time magazine readers are not interested in because all they want to talk about is the conflict and what’s going to happen next. TIME: Exactly. No one here wants to talk about the peace process. They’re well past that.

Trance Forever

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Arab-Israeli woman a rising voice in the wind

Talking into her smartphone as she crosses the square in front of the city’s hip Cinematheque, one gets a sense of why this young Arab-Israeli woman is energizing liberals in a country where left-wing politics have little support these days. „Sorry I’m late; I just finished an interview with Ynet (the largest online Hebrew news outlet). Now I only have six more to go today,“ she says with a wide smile.

Israeli reporter admits suppressing images of ‘piles of bodies of civilians’ when Israel went ‘crazy’ in Gaza

„I safeguard myself, and I need to safeguard myself against a host of things. I will tell you something I have never told anyone, and I hope I will not regret telling you. During Operation Cast Lead I came into possession of material about very grim events relating to the idea that Israel was deliberately “going crazy.” Testimonies, images and much more. So many people were killed there. I took it all and put it in an envelope.“

Drones Over New York City?

In a world in which the NSA has access to everything, including – soon – one’s bank accounts, because „the government is there to protect you“, it was only a matter of time before the logical extension of abdicating all privacy was enforced in the city that never sleeps, and which ended up with 24/7 vigilant „alarm clocks“ in the form of unmanned aerial vehicles, aka drones, „for the sake of security.“

(17.12..2012) JCS Speech Gen. Dempsey’s town hall at Stuttgart, Germany

Q: I’m a civil affairs officer, sir, and I work at a fusion center. My question is about Africa, about the problem in Africa, about Mali. You know, according to the – according to the U.S. government policy, we cannot deal directly with the people of Mali or with the government of Mali.(…) GEN. DEMPSEY: Well, first of all, let me assure you that the situation in Mali – and really North and West Africa – is very – it’s very evident to us. We’re very engaged in it, both bilaterally in some cases, meaning nation-to-nation, also with some of our European partners and, probably most importantly, with some of the regional organizations, so up in Somalia, for example, AMISOM [African Union Mission to Somalia] and then in West Africa with ECOWAS [Economic Community Of West African States]. So that’s the first I want you to know is that nothing you said there surprised me. I’m – you’re probably – you should take some solace from the fact that I didn’t say, Mali? Where’s Mali? (Laughter.)

Some thoughts about 2012

Actually I know that the world really doesn’t need another 2012 list but to be honest: I don’t care and hope that you’ll read it with some interest anyway. The problem about these sort of lists never was as obvious as this year though. While I was thinking about my favourite albums of 2012 I realized that there were many releases from 2011 that I just discovered during the past months so that they have not been mentioned in last year’s list though they were good enough that they had deserved to be in it.

Running Still – Charlie Winston, 2013

„My sole objective on the album Running Still was to be able to engage people’s feet first and slowly rise to the mind,“ says Charlie Winston. „So by the time they get absorbed in the lyrics, they’re fully engaged but realize there’s something more going on.“ http://www.unblockyoutube.co.uk/

1/1/13 WorldTruth.Org Updates

First, HAPPY NEW YEAR — WT’ers!!!!! We are happy you are here with us on the Safest Social Network in the world, specifically designed to protect you; the end user. Let’s recoup some excellent videos & blog posts which can help with your experiences here on WT. Let’s start with the most eye opening video of the year. This video shows the difference between WorldTruth.Org and everyone else. Hence, we have No Data Mining, No Site Originated Tracking, No Algorithms, No Filters, and No Censorship guaranteed.

suRRism Visuals – Rekonfiguration nötig!

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Herbal Healing: 4 Little-Known Herbs and their Uses for Health

You might know that Echinacea is good for fighting a cold, chamomile can help you relax, and that dandelion is great for detoxification (and if you didn’t, now you do). But, there is a world of healing herbs and plants that we don’t commonly hear about. These herbs might not get as much air-time as the more common powerhouses, but they have wonderful benefits worthy of note. Here are 4 little-known herbs and their uses for health.

December Nightskies — Leaving Earth To Live In Space

this place isn’t my home i miss the times of old where did everything go i miss you i need you i love you i’m so sad those times are gone they flew away like feathers in the wind please come again my past isn’t too far away it’s still in reach never too far away my memories hopes and dreams my thoughts nostalgia and sadness the desire for happiness is gone because i have my memories the past is still in reach love is emotional poison — from lost infinite time within the void you have haunted my memories since that day i can’t forget or forgive you by giving me life then burning it away you’re like an uncurable disease giving me pain every moment i live love is an emotional poison that is slowly killing me © Kendall Keeler

The Petraeus Legacy: A Paramilitary CIA?

“every bureaucracy in the world is best at protecting itself. So once the CIA becomes a paramilitary organization, there’s going to be in-built pressure to keep going in that direction. Because you’ll have people at the senior levels in the organization who have come up that way and are protective of what they see as their turf,” he told me. “That’s the big danger.”

ACLU Asks Appeals Court to Require a Warrant for GPS Tracking

Yesterday we asked the Third Circuit Court of Appeals to consider our argument that law enforcement agents should have to obtain a warrant based on probable cause to attach a GPS tracker to a car and track its movements (you can read our amicus brief here). In the case, the government suspected that Harry, Mark and Michael Katzin had robbed a number of Rite-Aid pharmacies. To confirm their hunch they attached a GPS tracker—without first going to a judge and getting a warrant—to Harry Katzin’s car.

The Electro Compendium

Free download! You’ve forgotten what real electro sounds like. But that’s ok, because we’re here to remind you. Electro is the sound of robots dreaming of a science fiction future, making machine music in their bedrooms with pulsing drum machines, while their keytars gently bleep. OK, maybe not so much the keytars, but probably some squelching synths, and sci fi samples and even the occasional vocoder, all washed down with lashings and lashings of funk.

1+4+1 from Jean Detheux

This piece, „Toi qui cours avec les loups“ („You who run with the wolves“), was written for a string quartet, and it was recorded by the magnificent Belgian ensemble, the „Quatuor Danel“ quatuordanel.eu/ Here again, the challenge/goal is to find/create a dialog between the images and the music, without attempting to „show off“ technical „stuff,“ but rather, to let things happen as it were „on their own.“

Event: Will the UN Take Over the Internet? Previewing the World Conference on International Telecommunication

As you know, Eli Dourado and I have been keeping close tabs on the World Conference on Information Technology (WCIT), which will take place this December in Dubai. We started WCITLeaks.org in June to help bring transparency to the treaty negotiations because U.S. officials and others had warned that some member states, including Russia and China, had put forth proposals to regulate the Internet, and those proposals where not available to the public.

Angela Merkel wants clarity from David Cameron over Europe. She’ll have to join the queue.

Certainly, the signal being sent by many Conservatives these days couldn’t be clearer: we want out. Even members of the Cabinet are, sub rosa, declaring themselves ready to leave. Not unnaturally, you can barely open a newspaper or read a blog these days without coming across a prediction of inevitable exit. Still, there’s a fact in all this that gets curiously little attention. The Prime Minister doesn’t want Britain to leave the EU, and neither does his Government.

Syrian rebels seize Lebanese journalist over ‘incompatible’ reporting

“I was in Damascus and what I can say is that I met a lot of journalists who were not filing reports consistent with the official line of the Syrian government’s cause and they were not detained, they were not kidnapped, they were free to work in the country,” he said. “So, you see that there is a huge difference how journalists work in Syria and there is a monster huge difference in the risk.”

Embassy life like ‚a space station,‘ Assange says

„It’s a little like living in a space station, because there’s no natural light and you’ve got to make all your own stuff. You can’t go out to shops and so on,“ Assange told CNN in an interview Thursday. „But I have been in solitary confinement. I know what life is like for prisoners. It’s a lot better than it is for prisoners.“

Trent Reznor Talks To Techdirt About His Unconventional New Record Deal, And Why He Still Loves DIY

Contrary to what you may have been hearing lately, Trent Reznor still thinks there’s a big future in „do it yourself“ efforts for musicians these days (and he expects to do it again at some point). And, no, he doesn’t think that bands need a label. Nor did he go back to a major label because they wrote some huge check. It appears that there have been a lot of bogus stories floating around in response to the news that Trent Reznor signed a „major label“ deal with Columbia Records (part of Sony Music) for his new band, How To Destroy Angels.

someone else – fallacial ep

unfound70 sometimes a long-lasting producer may find a few unreleased tracks on the old hard drives. here is such a case with unfoundsound’s label owner, someone else. on fallacial ep, you get two solid dj-friendly tracks. „carbon’s fallacy“ is a quirky tech-house jam with a touch of acid. „freddy’s fallacy“ is a quirky minimal tune that gets heady and groovy. so go ahead. quirk it up!

Pirate Bay Founder Held In Solitary Confinement – Write Him a Letter Today

In late August Pirate Bay founder Gottfrid Svartholm was arrested in Cambodia. After being held by authorities there he was swiftly deported to Sweden. Once in his homeland he was hit with charges connected to an alleged hacking offense but since then the news trail has gone largely cold. Speaking with Gottfrid’s mother Kristina, TorrentFreak has learned that her son is being kept in solitary confinement, locked up for 23 hours a day. But he is allowed to read and hopefully, very soon, that will include your letters.

Fazal-ur-Rehman (politician)

Maulana Fazal-ur-Rahman( مولانا فضل الرحمٰن دامت برکاتہم), (born on June 19, 1953 in Abdul Khel, Dera Ismail Khan) is a right-wing politician[1] and cleric, currently serving as the General Secretary and the President of the Assembly of Islamic Clerics (F), and an extremely important ally of Prime minister Yousaf Raza Gillani’s led cabinet government. Rose to national politics in 1988, Rahman has been a traditionally strong ally of Benazir Bhutto since 1988 and considered to be influenced and assisted Benazir Bhutto to to help the regime of Taliban after which she helped established the Taliban’s Afghanistan in 1996. After Benazir Bhutto departed from Pakistan 1998, Rahman acted as interim Leader of the Opposition until 1999. After the 2002 elections, Rahman took the office of Leader of the Opposition where he worked with Benazir Bhutto to tackle down the government of General Pervez Musharraf and Prime minister Shaukat Aziz. Since the 2008 parliamentary elections, Rahman has been an integral personality in Yousaf Raza Gillani’s led cabinet government, and has extremely deep influence on Asif Ali Zardari’s and Gillani’s domestic policies on War on Terror.

Internal Memo 21581-2012

We were socialists under Nasser, capitalists under Sadat and Mubarak and we have no problem becoming islamists under Morsy, just as long as he doesn’t actually think that we will fight in any wars any time soon. But I am expecting people to continue making theories about how “SCAF” is doing this or the “Deep State” is doing that, like there is an entity that actually plans and really works in Egypt. Like we don’t have Egyptians running this Institution. Oh well, let them entertain themselves. The best analysis I’ve heard lately was that us going back to the shadows is to have morsy be totally responsible for the sad state of this country; like, Idiot, isn’t that what you wanted in the first place? To end military rule? Why are you complaining? Freakin political analysts. They are the worst. (…) Sincerely Yours, Abdel-Fatah El-Sissi Minister of Defense of Egypt

Video: Rep. Joe Walsh Accused of Racism, Refers to President Obama as ´Son´

At a campaign event, on Sunday, Rep. Walsh said: “There’s something different on the ground, and I think it’s going to overtake us all again, think it’s going to overtake the political class. I think it’s going to respectfully pick this president up and pat him on the head and say, ’son, son, son, Mr. President, you were never ready to be president, now go home and work for somebody and find out how the real world works.’”

Rede Ebbe Kögel bei der 134. Montagsdemo

Die älteren unter uns erinnern sich sicherlich noch an den 1980 erschienenen Film „Blues Brothers“. Dort wird gezeigt, wie die Brüder John und Elwood Blues von der Polizei durch Chicago und halb Amerika gejagt werden. Der Schlusspunkt der Jagd ist ein Konzert, bei dem Elwood vor dem Lied „Everybody needs somebody to love“ die im Saal Anwesenden – darunter zahlreiche Polizisten – mit den Worten begrüßt: „We are so glad to see so many of you lovely people here tonight. We would especially like to welcome all the representatives of the Illinois’ law enforcement community who have chosen to join us here… “ In diesem Sinne wollen wir auch mit einem großen Applaus unsere Stuttgarter und baden-württembergische „law enforcement community“ begrüßen: die einfachen Streifenpolizisten, die Sheriffs von der Bundespolizei, die bewaffneten Zivilpolizisten und natürlich die zahlreichen Spitzel vom Verfassungsschutz, die heute unter uns weilen.

Cyber Update: Do or Die Time

Cybersecurity legislation is on the Senate floor at this very moment, and critical votes could start as early as this evening. Here’s your primer on what’s at stake and how we expect things to go down. Where are we in the process?

Law Professor Questions The Absurd Secrecy Around The TPP Agreement

Levine is learning, first-hand, about „transparency“ — USTR style, where everything is kept secret, but you’re cheerful about telling people who actually would like to help and could provide valuable feedback to come along… but then they’re never allowed to actually see the document in question. This is a travesty. It’s certainly not democracy. It’s a joke carried out by a government department that appears to be out of control — focused mainly on helping a few industry groups with little concern about the public, despite how widely they’ll be impacted by such laws and rules

The End of the Neo-Liberal Age, or the Return to the Left

Since the fall of the communist regimes in Eastern Europe in 1990, we have been witnessing an unremitting offensive of liberalism, and in recent years, of neoliberalism. Liberal politi­cians the world over keep telling us that the government is a “poor administrator” and that liberalism is the solution for a prosperous state and for a better life for its citizens. Judging by what Romania looks like today, there is no doubt that “some citizens” live a plentiful life after being “stuck” to the public admi­nistration. So what else is new, you will say, this has been going on for 22 years.

Al Saud royal family suffers from internal instability

Q: It seems that there is a power struggle ongoing behind the scenes between the Saudi royals. Is this moving around of the intelligence chief to now Bandar bin Sultan further proof of that? Al-Ahmed: Yes, I think it is one of the ways that you can look at this as you have the king sacking one of his closest aides and brother, Muqrin, and replacing him with a younger person who is not going to be much more effective than him.

The debt from nothing

The Field of Miracles is near to the city of Catchfools. Here Pinocchio is persuaded by the two accomplices, the Cat and the Fox, to plant his gold coins. It’s said that the field has seen the growth of a tree full of coins in just one night. You know the rest of the story. The two swindlers steal the gold coins and run away. Collodi was prophetic. Substitute Pinocchio with the Italians (but also with the Greeks, the Irish, the Spanish, and the Portuguese) in place of the Cat and the Fox, place the ECB, Draghi, Monti, Passera and Merkel.

Divided Greece ´risks social explosion´

„My biggest fear is of a social explosion,“ said a senior adviser to the country’s likely next prime minister, New Democracy leader Antonis Samaras. „If there is no change in the policy mix, we’re going to have a social explosion even if you bring Jesus Christ to govern this country.“

The Politicians Who Cried ‚Cyber Pearl Harbor‘ Wolf

With all the talk lately about cybersecurity legislation, we’ve still yet to see anyone lay out an actual scenario for a real „cyber security“ threat (or, at least one that goes beyond your everyday malware or corporate espionage, which are covered by existing laws just fine). However, we have heard lots of fear mongering about planes falling from skies and electric grids being shut down — despite no evidence that there is any such threat (and, if there is, the concern should be focused on why those things are hooked up to the internet in the first place).

‚Harper is probably the worst thing that’s ever happened to Canada`

And where Canada had a definition and an identity at one time, with people like Pierre Elliott Trudeau, now it’s just like you’ve got this bird-eyed freak running the country – that’s just – he was in Bush’s pocket, he’s in the pockets of big business. He is the most insidiously conservative – eroding the liberties of Canadians at such an incredible rate that it would make Americans go to their cellars and get their muskets and start shooting. It’s unbelievable.”

Fiscal treaty compared to Titanic

„This is like being offered a ticket for the Titanic and saying if you don’t get your ticket now, you’re going to miss the boat,“ said Mr Ganley. „That’s one boat that there is no harm in missing.“

Merkel Stands Firm on Crisis Austerity, CDU Ally Altmaier Says

(24.04.) “The chancellor is pretty resistant to pressure,” Peter Altmaier, the chief whip of Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union, said in an interview today in Berlin. France’s presidential vote and the Dutch government’s fall don’t change the fact “there’s no money in Europe, only deficits everywhere you look.”

On the Presidential elections

In a few months, Egypt will undergo its first Post-Mubarak presidential elections. Barring no new entrants in the race after registration starts on the 10th of March, and everything else remaining constant, here is an analysis of how this thing will go down. The Candidates Categories: Ex-Mubarak Regime: Includes Ahmed Shafiq, the ex-Mubarak Prime Minister; Amr Moussa, the ex-Mubarak Foreign minister; Hossam Khairallah, an ex- high ranking official in Mubarak’s Intelligence. Islamists pretending to be liberals: Includes AbdelMoneim Aboulfotouh and Selim Elawwa , both ex-Muslim Brotherhood. The Salafis: Hazem Salah Abu Ismael. (..) Doesn’t that just leave you super excited for this election?

Pensioner shoots himself at Greek Parliament, refuses to ’search for food in garbage‘

Paul Craig Roberts: Omniscient and wise final note. We have all heard the news about the Greek pensioner that killed himself in public the other day. I wanted the entire text of the suspected suicide note and you can get it here. In part the essence of the note reminds me of Goldsmith’s prophecy, „That this will be handled in the streets.“. He also said he was too old to man the ramparts, just as this retired pharmacist iterated. The pensioner said youth who no longer had hope would lead the overthrow. We are not too far behind. Do you suppose our collapse will come quickly or in slow motion, like the EU?

Marijuana advocates blast Obama over Oaksterdam University raid

“Our frustration and confusion over your administration’s uncalled-for attacks on state-authorized medical marijuana providers was best summed up by John McCowen, the chair of the Mendocino County (CA) board of supervisors, who said, ‘It’s almost as if there was a conscious effort to drive [medical marijuana cultivation and distribution] back underground. My opinion is that’s going to further endanger public safety and the environment – the federal government doesn’t seem to care about that,’” the groups wrote.

An EU referendum is inevitable; its outcome is not

(25.03.) Which way will such a referendum go? It’s impossible to say. If a snap vote were held tomorrow, people would unquestionably opt for withdrawal. The polls have been consistent for the past five years: when you exclude the don’t knows, there is a solid 60:40 souverainiste majority. Whether that figure would hold throughout a lengthy campaign, in which the ‚Yes‘ side would enjoy a colossal financial advantage and the support of all the party leaderships, is a very different question.

Politics live blog: David Cameron’s speech on roads and peers debate health bill

12.17pm: Cameron is now taking questions. Q: Why are you scared of road tolling? For new roads there is a good case for tolling, he says. But for existing roads he is planning something different. He cites the water industry, and says that water privatisation enabled „massive investment“ to take place. The government’s review will look at a „regulated utility model“ for the roads.

It’s time to clean up the stock ‚casino‘

China’s stock market has long lost its role as an indicator of the country’s economic pulse. But its bad reputation does not stop there. Ten years ago, top economist Wu Jinglian described it as worse than a casino, because „in a casino at least you cannot see other people’s cards“. There has been improvement since then, but far from enough. Some of the listed companies have degenerated into „well-organized financial fraud syndicates“, as professor Zhou Xiaozheng from Renmin University of China put it. Their only goal is to round up as much money as possible through either insider trading or price manipulation, at the cost of the interests of small investors. There are a lot of companies that just tell stories and make up figures to fleece investors.

Να ποιοι είναι οι προβοκάτορες (Athens Riots February 12th)

The video was shot at about 21:00 (local time) outside the main cathedral of Athens. At that particular time thousands of people, after the initial brutal and unprovoked attacks by the riot police in the Constitution Sq. (Syntagma Sq.) a little bit afte 18:00, they simply refused to evacuate the city centre by force and flooded all the main and smaller streets around the Square (streets like of Ermou, K. Serbia, Mitropoleos and the nearby squares of Monastiraki and Mitropoli). Each time this „river“ of people attempted to approach the Syntagma Sq. in front of the parliament they suffered successive attacks by the riot police with asphyxiating gas and flash-noise grenades. It was amazing that the people stood their ground and refused to leave, while for at least 2 hours they were regrouping and attempting to approach the parliament again and again and again. At the same time people with smartphones or radios were informing the crowd that the greek mass media were falsely reporting that the demonstrators were just a handfull and even the last few were leaving the area. Some people laughed, some others got frustrated and angry by that fact, while realizing that the Police purpose was not to let people gather outside te parliament, because that was where all the TVcameras were positioned. It was to deter others to come and join the protesters. Suddenly and while nothing was happening at the spot, as you may see in the video, from the rear, we heard sirens and people initially stood aside thinking that it was an ambulance that was trying to make its way. The rest is clearly depicted in the video.

White House Comes Out Against The Approach In SOPA/PIPA In Response To Online Petition

Remember that big first petition to the White House against SOPA? As you may recall, that got enough signatures that it required a response from the White House… and that response has come out. It rejects the approaches found in both SOPA and PIPA. They say that „online piracy by foreign websites is a serious problem that requires a serious legislative response“ but that there are many things they will not support. They will not support a bill that has the potential to censor lawful activity or inhibit innovation:

The Author of SOPA Is a Copyright Violator

US Congressman and poor-toupee-color-chooser Lamar Smith is the guy who authored the Stop Online Piracy Act. SOPA, as I’m sure you know, is the shady bill that will introduce way harsher penalties for companies and individuals caught violating copyright laws online (including making the unauthorized streaming of copyrighted content a crime which you could actually go to jail for). If the bill passes, it will destroy the internet and, ultimately, turn the world into Mad Max (for more info, go here).

Remarks by the President on the Economy in Osawatomie, Kansas

And well into our third century as a nation, we have grown and we’ve changed in many ways since Roosevelt’s time. The world is faster and the playing field is larger and the challenges are more complex. But what hasn’t changed — what can never change — are the values that got us this far. We still have a stake in each other’s success. We still believe that this should be a place where you can make it if you try. And we still believe, in the words of the man who called for a New Nationalism all those years ago, “The fundamental rule of our national life,” he said, “the rule which underlies all others — is that, on the whole, and in the long run, we shall go up or down together.” And I believe America is on the way up. (Applause.) Thank you. God bless you. God bless the United States of America.

Violent Protest Tactical Guide – Defence Essentials

Before you enter the fight: 1. Plan your escape – Look for easy exit routes where you can run freely without getting stuck. 2. Plan your steps – Look around for areas where you can take cover and where people are getting hit to avoid ending up in the same place 3. Find the direction of the wind, this will be extremely useful when tear gas lands near you 4. Put your gas mask on, secure your scarf and clothes and go ahead.

Press Gaggle by Jay Carney en route Manchester, New Hampshire

Q: The selection of New Hampshire — MR. CARNEY: — well, wait, the President doesn’t have a primary. I will — well, I’ll confidently predict that he’ll win the primary in the Democratic Party. So there are a lot of states that matter in the political process in this country, and if you didn’t travel to any of them, you would severely limit your ability to travel around the country. The President has gone north, south, east and west, and will continue to travel around the country making the case for his agenda. Q: Do you have — just shifting to international affairs — do you have anything on Egypt? Fourth day of protests in Tahrir Square. What is the President’s level of concern? MR. CARNEY: Well, we are deeply concerned about the violence. The violence is deplorable. We call on restraint — we call on all sides to exercise restraint. We think it’s very important that the elections go forward. And, again, going back to the first point, the violence needs to stop. The Egyptians need to be able to decide their future and decide it in a peaceful manner. Q: Any anything on the prime minister-elect in Spain? …

The Last Choice

Well, as far as I see it, there is only one solution out of this: Our political and social leaders need to sit down with SCAF and deliver the following message to them: “If you keep this up you are walking the path of your own destruction. The old tactics won’t work. The people refused to turn sectarian, and your soldiers are no way near enough to take control of the country. So why not cut the crap and finish this? Tell us what you want, and get out of power immediately, because if you continue doing this you will break the country and your institution. Neither one of us wants to live in a broken country, and you can’t sustain this, so this needs to stop, now. What we want is a country with a future, and the only way to get there is together. This is the only choice you have, because the Price of the other choice is one that you cannot afford to pay, but we are starting to be willing to pay it. This is not a negotiation; this is the only road out, and you no longer have space to maneuver. We are stopping you from signing your own death warrant, so let’s end this now.”

Happy Birthday Freddie!

Today is Freddie Mercury’s 65th’s Birthday. As you are aware there are all manner of activities and releases going on today, be here we are just going to keep it simple and wish Freddie a great day with the following specially collated video. Happy Birthday Freddie.

The New Anti-Semitism

The Nazi Propaganda Minister, Dr. Joseph Goebbels, calls his boss, Adolf Hitler, by hell-phone. “Mein Führer,” he exclaims excitedly. “News from the world. It seems we were on the right track, after all. Anti-Semitism is conquering Europe!” “Good!” the Führer says, “That will be the end of the Jews!” “Hmmm…well…not exactly, mein Führer. It looks as though we chose the wrong Semites. Our heirs, the new Nazis, are going to annihilate the Arabs and all the other Muslims in Europe.” Then, with a chuckle, “After all, there are many more Muslims than Jews to exterminate.” “But what about the Jews?” Hitler insists. “You won’t believe this: the new Nazis love Israel, the Jewish State – and Israel loves them!”

Are These ´Safe Haven´ Bonds Actually Safe?

When you get right down to it, we’re all asking the same urgent question: Just where the %*/& can I go for a really safe investment? Fortunately, I have an answer for you. … – Norway isn’t an EU member, so nobody can make it bail out Greece. Now you’re talking! Plus, it’s a major oil exporter, with a huge ($570 billion), well-managed sovereign wealth fund.

Oslo explosion – live coverage

5.16pm: Neil Perry in Oslo just sent me this worrying development. I’ll try to get more details: A man disguised as a police officer began shooting where youth were attending a Labour party conference at Utoya, Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg has just confirmed. He said there is a ‚critical and serious situation‘ but he is safe. He was speaking on the phone to Norwegian TV station TV2. UPDATE: This post was amended as Stoltenberg was not present at the conference as previously stated. He had been due to attend it but did not go.

Boehner Exclusive: We Still Haven´t Seen Obama´s Plan

Well, I think the big issue for today was Mr. Cantor and I, the majority leader in the House, pressed, really pressed the president for, you know, where is his plan? We’ve talked about a lot of possibilities. I mean he and I had conversations for a couple of weeks. But we’ve never really seen the whole plan and what they’re really willing to do. You know, one of the problems that we got into late last week and that culminated on Saturday when I had finally decided that working with him privately wasn’t working, is that, you know, they’d have some ideas, but they never would quite put them on paper… And so I think it’s time for the president to put his plan on the table. And let’s let the American people see just what the president is proposing. You can’t go out there and talk about some $4 trillion deal, you know, an agreement to substantively change the fiscal situation here in Washington without any facts.

Phone-hacking scandal: live coverage

„Gordon insisted – despite a heavy brow-beating from Rebekah – that he was not willing to let his son’s medical condition be the stuff of a Sun exclusive,“ recalls this source. „So he put out a statement on PA to spike their scoop and make clear that despite his condition, Fraser was fit and healthy. The Sun were utterly furious, and Brown’s communications team were told that if Gordon wanted to get into No10, he needed to learn that was not how things were done.“ Yes, how DARE the then-chancellor refuse to accept that his child’s health was not technically a commercial Murdoch property? I’d like to tell you there’s a sick bag located in the rear pocket of the seat in front of you. But I’m afraid you’re on your own.

U.S. Underwrites Internet Detour Around Censors

(12.06.) The Obama administration is leading a global effort to deploy “shadow” Internet and mobile phone systems that dissidents can use to undermine repressive governments that seek to silence them by censoring or shutting down telecommunications networks. The effort includes secretive projects to create independent cellphone networks inside foreign countries, as well as one operation out of a spy novel in a fifth-floor shop on L Street in Washington, where a group of young entrepreneurs who look as if they could be in a garage band are fitting deceptively innocent-looking hardware into a prototype “Internet in a suitcase.”

Obama on bin Laden: The full „60 Minutes“ interview

KROFT: I mean it’s been reported that there was some resistance from advisors and planners who disagreed with the commando raid approach. Was it difficult for you to overcome that? And what level of confidence did you have? PRESIDENT OBAMA: You know one of the things that we’ve done here is to build a team that is collegial and where everybody speaks their mind. And there’s not a lot of snipin‘ or back-biting after the fact… And so very few people in the White House knew. The vast majority of my most senior aides did not know that we were doing this. And you know, there were times where you wanted to go around and talk this through with some more folks. And that just wasn’t an option.

CIA Chief Panetta: Obama Made ‚Gutsy‘ Decision on Bin Laden Raid

JIM LEHRER: Did you actually see – or did you actually see Osama bin Laden get shot? LEON PANETTA: No. No, not at all. We – you know, we had some observation of the approach there, but we did not have direct flow of information as to the actual conduct of the operation itself as they were going through the compound. JIM LEHRER: So do you think the – did the president see the shots fired at Osama bin Laden? LEON PANETTA: No. No, not at all. Once those teams went into the compound, I can tell you that there was a time period of almost 20 or 25 minutes where we – you know, we really didn’t know just exactly what was going on.

An interview with Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, son of the Libyan leader

you know what happened exactly? Maybe we will say this for the first time. On that Sunday, it was on [February] 17th, you know what happened? Libyans heard the British foreign minister say Gaddafi is on his way to Venezuela. Al-Jazeera breaking news, ‘Gaddafi left the country,’ and then another breaking news, ‘Saif got killed. His brother killed me.’ You know the story. It was two famous breaking news. ‘My father left the country. I got killed.’ It was a big conspiracy. We captured them now. They recruited some people here in the Libyan Post and Telecommunications Company, they created a false traffic, like millions of channels. Everything is fake. The whole network went down. You heard about the shutdown? You know, even my friends left the country at the time. You know why, because they said ‘Libyan TV was so stupid, playing music’. Jazeera breaking news, ‘the British foreign minister said Gaddafi left the country, Saif got killed,’ the network got shut down, the phone network got shut down, so everything is over. That’s why people, police escaped, soldiers escaped, and everyone went back home. And then you got those people who went to attack the ammunition sites, military barracks, and stole the ammunition, the arms and start the armed revolt. So everything was orchestrated.

Libya Live Blog – March 7

10:37am In the rebel stronghold of Benghazi, much of the euphoria and excitement that victory was close at hand had faded, said Al Jazeera’s Hoda Abdel-Hamid. Some feared that pro-Gaddafi forces had deliberately retreated to around Gaddafi’s Sirte, drawing the inexperienced and poorly-equipped rebel fighters forward and leaving rebel-held towns exposed to a possible counter-offensive. „Some people told me all the young people had gone to the front. There is no one left to protect the city,“ said Abdel-Hamid. „There is an understanding that [Gaddafi’s ousting] is not going to happen so easily.“

Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney, 2/24/2011

Well, as I think you heard the President say yesterday very clearly what our — what his position is towards the situation, towards the actions of the Libyan government, very clear condemnation of the violence against the protesters there, violence against Libyan citizens, he also is obviously very concerned about the safety of Americans, and that is a priority. That’s all I can say on that.

Protesters and Police Clash in Tunisia Following Self-Immolation

Week-long protests in Tunisia over the government’s poor handling of the economy are escalating after security forces fired into a crowd of protesters, killing at least one. The protest movement began in the city of Sidi Bouzid, where a young man named Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire in protest after police confiscated the fruits and vegetables he sold from a street stall.

STATE OF THE UNION WITH CANDY CROWLEY

(12.12.) CROWLEY: Joining me here in Washington is Dennis Blair, former director of national intelligence for President Obama. Thank you for joining us. BLAIR: Good to be here… CROWLEY: What does that mean exactly, when South Korea does lose patience, what does that mean? BLAIR: It means they will be taking military action against North Korea. CROWLEY: Do you see that happening? BLAIR: Yes, I do see that happening. Now North Korea knows that if it starts a big war with South Korea by artillery barrages against Seoul or a major aggression it will lose that war, it’ll be the end of the regime. So I don’t think a war is going to start but I think there is going to be a military confrontation at lower levels rather than simply accepting these, this North Korean aggression and going and bargaining.