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The Shutdown: The Price of Political Posturing Part 1

This is a rather good first vlog from our pal Miguel Fernandez.

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Will You Be A Refugee In The Climate Disaster?

The Intergovernmental panel On Climate Change (IPCC) has finished its fifth report, and more scientists than ever now agree that climate change is real, is caused primarily by humans and is going to create massive problems in the latter half of this century. Richard Schiffman at The Atlantic writes: The polar icecaps are melting faster […]

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Is It Time for the World to Intervene in America’s Bloody Civil War?

Heh: That’s America, we say, as news of the latest massacre breaks – last week it was the slaughter of 12 people by Aaron Alexis at Washington DC’s navy yard – and move on. But what if we no longer thought of this as just a problem for America and, instead, viewed it as an […]

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Syrian Rebels Shift Towards Peace Conference, Russia Offers Troops For Chemical Cleanup

It’s very early days yet but I’m beginning to think peace in Syria may, like the war has had until now, have a momentum all of its own. The first encouraging sign comes from the main rebel group. The President of the opposition Syrian National Coalition, Ahmad Jarba, has said the Coalition is ready to attend an […]

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Assad Fully Complies With Call To Detail Chemical Arsenal – Report

Here’s some good news for a change. (Reuters) – Syria has handed over information about its chemical arsenal to a U.N.-backed weapons watchdog, meeting the first deadline of an ambitious disarmament operation that averted the threat of Western air strikes. The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said on Saturday it had “received the expected […]

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Chuck Todd, Food Stamps, and the Media

Chuck Todd’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day (which he brought on himself by saying that it isn’t the media’s job to correct Republican lies about Obamacare) hasn’t ended yet: Unfortunately for Todd, the controversy isn’t going away. The latest salvo: a petition on the website Credo Mobilize, which had drawn 50,000 signatures by […]

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NSA corrupts everything it touches, is hurting US companies

A stated goal of Al Qaeda is to damage the economy of the US. Al Qaeda must be quite happy at how NSA, by corrupting and compromising US companies, is helping achieve their goal. After all, it is now apparent that software from Microsoft and Apple plus all the social media sites cannot be trusted. […]

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On Francis and the Pedophiles

I converted to Buddhism several years ago for a number of reasons, one of which was my growing disgust at how large and ugly the pedophile scandal truly was and how terribly mismanaged it had been by Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI. And yes, John Paul II played a large part in the […]

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Halliburton Gets Tiny Slap On Wrist For Destroying Gulf Disaster Evidence

It’s not just Wall Street that is immune to serious consequences for illegality. Halliburton Co pleaded guilty on Thursday to federal charges of destroying evidence, stemming from its role in the 2010 BP oil disaster that killed 11 men and sent more than 4 million barrels of oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico. …U.S. […]

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Ted Cruz: Best Thing That Ever Happened to the Democratic Party

When Karl Rove has an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal scolding Republicans for their newest self-destructive strategy of shutting down the government over funding for Obamacare, you know the Grand Old Party is in deep trouble. Today, Sen. Ted Cruz threatened a filibuster over Obamacare funding. … “I will do everything necessary and anything […]

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