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07/27/2014 01:25:27

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07/27/2014 00:34:49

retroreverbs:

The Conversation (1974) - film poster.

retroreverbs:

The Conversation (1974) - film poster.

(via wordbomb)

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07/27/2014 00:24:57

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07/26/2014 23:40:47

 INFORMATION CLEARING HOUSE. NEWS, COMMENTARY & INSIGHT

phoxbox:

This is a good website and aggregator. 

There is all kinds of news and views on here. From the writings of war criminals to activists and official propaganda. It is packed full of stuff. Wall to wall headlines.

It has a very simplistic layout as well which I do greatly appreciate.

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07/26/2014 23:38:00

Full-Spectrum-Dominance.com

This site loads images instead of text links to content. So, it can be a bit heavy, it eats up bandwidth, and you can’t really scrape it very well.

The RSS feed is easier to parse however. Card format is very similar to tumblr as well.

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07/26/2014 23:31:00

Articles | Ground Zero with Clyde Lewis

Alternative Radio in Art Bell style. Bumper “music” is the best on the planet. Harder than Coast to Coast, less schizophrenic than Jones. 3 Hours of aliens, comic books, conspiracy or whatever.

Very long setup and delayed punch line. There is a method to the madness. :)

Podcasts on SoundCloud

RSS feed for full text articles (shownotes, very extensive)

SoundCloud RSS feed just for podcasts (MP3 downloads)

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07/26/2014 23:08:58

"In the end, we will not remember the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends."

--Martin Luther King Jr.

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07/26/2014 22:34:00

More people than ever oppose the NSA practices Edward Snowden revealed. Why should he spend his life in prison?

Trevor Timm: The justice system would never allow Snowden to present a real defense at trial. That’s just one reason to give him amnesty

[…] The near reversal in public opinion comes after Snowden’s revelations revealed multiple intelligence officials lying to Congress and the Justice Department lying to the Supreme Court. They led to a slew of privacy and transparency lawsuits and pushed the House of Representatives to directly reject one of NSA’s formerly-secret loopholes. They even sparked a mini-revolution at the tech companies – many of whom were accused of previously colluding with the NSA – causing them to significantly reform encryption protections for their users. Snowden’s biggest detractors – including FISA court judges and Director of Intelligence James Clapper – have come out and admitted that the debate stemming from his leaks was important. President Obama remarked, “One thing I’m certain of: this debate will make us stronger.”

Yet amazingly, if Snowden came back to the US for a trial, none of those facts would likely be heard by a jury of his peers. Thanks to several lower court ruling and the incredibly broad nature of the Espionage Act – and like Chelsea Manning before him – Snowden would not be allowed to: tell any jury about his intent to inform the American public; make the government prove that his leaks actually harmed national security; or explain a single way in which the public has benefitted from his actions. And any remaining issues that he would be able to raise in his defense would likely be shrouded in deep secrecy, shielded from the public eye (and possibly the jury’s) by the Classified Information Procedures Act.

Despite his likely inability to mount any meaningful defense to the government’s charges – a fact acknowledged even by legal experts that are highly critical of Snowden’s actions – prominent public officials like Secretary of State John Kerry and his predecessor Hillary Clinton have repeatedly stated that, if Snowden truly believes that he is a whistleblower, he should come back to the US and tell his story to a jury. (It’s difficult to determine whether such statements are simply ill-informed or deliberately deceptive, but the first whistleblower in US history to be charged under the Espionage Act, the legendary Daniel Ellsberg, vehemently disagrees with them and has condemns their fundamental misreading of the law.)

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07/26/2014 22:22:00

Blockading the Truth: Obama's Big Lie About Gaza

[…] These are all undisputed facts. The narrative that dominates the Washington media and political discourse — “plucky Israel attacked without motive by demonic foes” — is, again, an obvious lie. But that has not stopped it from being repeated endlessly, all across the political spectrum and in every form of media, day after day after day.

It is impossible that Barack Obama does not know these undisputed facts. Standing at the apex of history’s most all-pervasive intelligence system — and receiving daily digests of news reports on volatile areas like the Middle East — he of all people knows that the Hamas rocket fire was a response to an Israeli military action, an Israeli violation of a long ceasefire.

[…] Yet day after day after day, from the commanding heights of our “culture” (if the debased goon show of our public discourse deserves such a word), the Big Lie thunders forth. What’s more, Obama is putting his money (or rather, our money) where his mendacious mouth is, tacking $225 million for Israel’s “Iron Dome” missile defense system into a bill ostensibly meant to deal with the influx of child immigrants. Obama and the Senate Democrats are making political pawns out of these children — most of whom are fleeing Central American hellholes created in no small part by decades of bipartisan military and political backing for repressive oligarchs. (Including, of course, Obama’s support for an oligarch-militarist “regime change” coup in Honduras early in his presidency.)

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07/26/2014 22:13:14

Hillary’s Candid Motto for Democratic Party: “Represent Banks”

[…] More importantly, Clinton’s comment speaks to the decline of the Democratic Party as a force that identifies with the broad public, those who often get stepped on by big banks and unbridled greed. Her remark is an apt credo for a party leadership that has spent the last quarter-century serving corporate power (through Wall Street deregulation, media dereg, NAFTA-style trade pacts, etc.) as persistently as it spews out empty rhetoric about “the needs of working families.”

Back then, it was a minor controversy that Hillary Clinton had represented a shifty S&L. Today’s Democratic elite is inextricably tied to far more powerful interests – Wall Street, big pharma, giant insurers and other pillars of the corporate 1-percent.

(Source: phoxbox)

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07/26/2014 22:08:33

Hillary Clinton’s Real Scandal Is Honduras...

Clinton’s Central American foreign policy blunder ought to darken her presidential prospects.

[…] What beats me is why more Democrats aren’t deeply troubled by the legacy of Clinton’s foreign policy blunder in Honduras.

Maybe you’ve forgotten what happened in that small country in the first year of the Obama administration — more on that in a moment. But surely you’ve noticed the ugly wave of xenophobia greeting a growing number of Central American child refugees arriving on our southern border.

Some of President Barack Obama’s supporters are trying to blame this immigration crisis on the Bush administration because of an anti-trafficking law George W. signed in 2008 specifically written to protect Central American children, which preceded the uptick in their arrivals. But which country is the top source of kids crossing the border? Honduras, home to the world’s highest murder rate, Latin America’s worst economic inequality, and a repressive, U.S.-backed government.

When Honduran military forces allied with rightist lawmakers ousted democratically elected President Manuel Zelaya in 2009, then-Secretary of State Clinton sided with the armed forces and fought global pressure to reinstate him.

Washington wields great influence over Honduras, thanks to the numerous military bases built with U.S. funds where training and joint military and anti-drug operations take place. Since the coup, nearly $350 million in U.S. assistance, including more than $50 million in military aid, has poured into the country.

That’s a lot of investment in a nation where the police, the military, and private security forces are killing people with alarming frequency and impunity, according to Human Rights Watch.

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07/26/2014 21:51:00

Court: Poland violated human rights in CIA case

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07/26/2014 21:08:00

Dutch government can use spy data gathered illegally, court rules | ZDNet

Data collected by the likes of the NSA in a manner that would be forbidden in the Netherlands can still be used by the country’s government, according to a recent court ruling.

The Netherlands’ Supreme Court has ruled that the country’s government can continue using data collected by foreign intelligence agencies, even if the information in question was gathered in violation of Dutch law.

A coalition of organisations and citizens had brought a case against the state in an effort to force it to destroy the illegally obtained data. The coalition — which includes lawyers, journalists, and privacy groups — felt that it was unjustifiable for the Dutch government to use information received from agencies such as the US intelligence organisation, the NSA, while being aware that the information was obtained through methods deemed illegal in the Netherlands.

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07/26/2014 19:43:00

British Police Used A Secret Unit To Spy On Activists For 40 Years

The U.K.’s Metropolitan Police Service is the subject of a report describing a secret organization within Greater London’s police force that spied on activists and families who campaigned against miscarriages of justice, often following deaths in police custody.

The report was written by Derbyshire Chief Constable Mick Creedon, who is tasked with investigating The Met.

The Special Demonstration Squad (later renamed Special Duties Squad) was formed in 1968 and disbanded in 2008. It had one main task, the report says: To secretly infiltrate political or “justice campaign” groups it suspected might pose a threat to public order, and spy on them. “Justice campaigns” included family and supporters of Jean Charles de Menezes, who was shot dead by Met officers at a London Underground station in 2005 after they mistakenly believed he was a suicide bomber. He was actually an electrician who was on his way to fix a broken fire alarm.

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07/26/2014 19:06:29

presstvchannel:

Shejaiya residential district in #Gaza Strip (July 26, 2014) #GazaUnderAttack

presstvchannel:

Shejaiya residential district in #Gaza Strip (July 26, 2014) #GazaUnderAttack

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