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A Response to AT's Comment Threads
American Thinker (blog)
Then, there are the nasty and unproductive comments, which most writers and readers ignore, but when they don't, the back and forth is sometimes endless and unpleasant. The comments I find most irksome ... Kudos to herfor having the guts to say it, but ...
Gatwick Airport: Man Held Over 'Terror Training' 06 Mar 2014 A 21-year-old man has been arrested at Gatwick Airport on suspicion of training for terrorism overseas, Scotland Yard said. Officers from the Metropolitan Police's Counter Terrorism Command arrested the man after he got off a flight from Istanbul at around 2pm on Thursday. He is being held in custody at a West London police station under section six of the Terrorism Act 2006.
International Business Times
US, European Union impose sanctions against Russia
World Socialist Web Site
And in criticizing “borders…drawn over the heads of democratic leaders,” Obama spoke as the chief executive of a state that has been engaged in endless war and has elevated the violation of national sovereignty to a principal of foreign policy ...
Ukraine: Eschewing of truth and obfuscation by the mediaThe Voice of Russia
Russia, Ukraine And Sanctions: A Double-Edged SwordInternational Business Times
Commentary: What's behind Russia's moves in Ukraine? Fear of NATOPalm Beach Post
Lankaweb -Center for Research on Globalization
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Idaho lawmakers pass bill allowing concealed guns on college campuses 06 Mar 2014 Idaho lawmakers on Thursday approved a measure allowing concealed guns to be carried onto university and college campuses. The legislation, which cleared the state House of Representatives by a 50-19 vote and was overwhelmingly approved by the state Senate last month, now heads to Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter for his signature. If the Republican governor signs the bill into law as expected, Idaho will be the seventh U.S. state that allows guns on college campuses, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
A Brooklyn Bakery Named for No One
New York Times
You may have spotted it on Atlantic Avenue on the way home from Kennedy Airport, a blocklong, bright red beacon among the endless string of collision repair shops. You won't find ... During World War II, Mr. Jograj said, the bakery secured a contract ...
South Carolina Democrat slams Christie as hypocrite on Medicaid expansion 04 Mar 2014 A Democratic candidate for South Carolina governor has called out Gov. Chris Christie as a hypocrite after the Republican Governors Associate attacked the candidate for his stance on Medicaid expansion - a stance Christie himself has taken in New Jersey. Democrat Vincent Sheheen is the presumptive Democratic nominee and is set to challenge Republican Gov. Nikki Haley in the general election. In a recent attack add, the Christie-led RGA slammed Sheheen for advocating for the use of government dollars to expand Medicaid. But the problem, according to Sheheen, is that last year, Christie, who is chairman of the RGA, actually made the decision to accept federal dollars for expansion in New Jersey.
Ah, then came the dawn. Ukraine signs $10 billion shale gas deal with Chevron --Agreement with Chevron, to extend for 50 years, foresaw an initial investment of $350 million by the U.S. major in exploratory work over two or three years 05 Nov 2013 Ukraine signed a $10 billion shale gas production-sharing agreement with U.S. Chevron on Tuesday, another step in a drive for more energy independence from Russia. The deal to develop its western Olesska field followed a similar shale gas agreement with Royal Dutch Shell in January and boosts Ukraine's leadership at a time of fraught relations with Moscow over gas supplies. "The agreements with Shell and Chevron...will enable us to have full sufficiency in gas by 2020 and, under an optimistic scenario, even enable us to export energy," President Viktor Yanukovich told investors shortly before the signing.
Obama's Foreign Policy Reality Check
Obama argued last September at the United Nations that America is “shifting away from a perpetual war footing” in a speech laying out his rules for Middle East intervention that both narrowed America's definition of its security interests and expanded ...
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Wake in Fright review – 'Lost weekend in the dark heart of white Australia'
The film is a lost weekend in the dark heart of white Australia, which it sees as a whole nation of booze, loneliness and anxiety in the endless outback: its title is a three-word haiku about the beginning of a hangover (although taken from the adage ...
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Obama: Crimea Referendum Would Violate International Law 06 Mar 2014 President Barack Obama said Thursday that there is a "path to de-escalation" for the crisis in Ukraine but that the United States and the international community believes that borders cannot "be redrawn over the heads of democratic leaders." "The proposed referendum on the future of Crimea would violate the Ukrainian constitution and violate international law," he said in remarks in the White House. [LOL! The *referendum* violates international law? How about invading, occupying, and droning Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen? Does *that* violation international law? Just curious.]
Edward Snowden exposed eroding civil liberties, former spy Christopher Boyce says 06 Mar 2014 When lawmakers in Norway nominated Edward Snowden for the Nobel Peace Prize this year, Christopher Boyce tweeted the news with this comment: "He has my vote." Snowden and Boyce share similarities. Both held top-secret security clearances and walked off with troves of U.S. files. Both gained a mix of fame and infamy. And both faced the government's wrath for their thefts and the exposure of government secrets.
Movie Listings for March 7-13
New York Times
'Endless Love' (PG-13, 1:43) This shallow, timorous and unbelievable adaptation of the 1979 Scott Spencer novel of the same tantalizing title stars Alex Pettyfer and Gabriella Wilde as teenagers who fall into the kind of feverish love that sends people ...
Pentagon wants to keep war chest despite Afghan exit 05 Mar 2014 The Pentagon wants to keep its US$80 billion war chest even though most or all US troops are to withdraw from Afghanistan by the end of this year, officials said on Tuesday. "Overseas contingency operations" [aka billions for 'Blackwater'] funds are separate from the main Pentagon budget and have financed wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and counter-terrorism efforts elsewhere for more than a decade. The Defence Department's proposed budget, released on Tuesday as part of the White House's annual spending plan, calls for US$79.4 billion in war funding for fiscal year 2015. That represents only a small cut in the overseas operations fund accorded US$85.2 billion this year.s main budget.
Russia hits back at US 'barefaced cynicism and double standards' over Ukraine 06 Mar 2014 The Russian Foreign Ministry has accused the US State Department of double standards and low-level propaganda after it published a list of President Vladimir Putin's "false claims" about the events in Ukraine. "The State Department is trying to play on a shamelessly one-sided interpretation of the events," ministry spokesperson Aleksandr Lukashevich said on Thursday. "Surely, Washington cannot admit that they were nurturing Maidan [protests], encouraging the violent overthrow of the legitimate government, and thus clearing the way for those who are now pretending to be a legitimate power in Kiev." The United States has "no moral right" to lecture about observing international laws and respecting the sovereignty of other states, the diplomat added.
Russia wants IMF to move ahead on reforms without U.S. - sources 06 Mar 2014 Russian officials are pushing for the International Monetary Fund to move ahead with planned reforms without the United States, which could mean the loss of the U.S. veto over major decisions at the global lender, sources said. Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov brought up the idea at a meeting of top finance officials from the Group of 20 nations in Sydney late last month, two G20 sources told Reuters this week. [*It's about time.*]
Crimean parliament votes to join Russia, hold referendum in 10 days on ratifying 06 Mar 2014 The Crimean parliament has voted for the region to join Russia. The decision will only come in force if approved by the Crimeans at a referendum which will be held in 10 days. Crimean MPs voted on Thursday for the region to "to become part of the Russian Federation as its constituent territory," says the text of the regional parliament's statement. 78 MPs said yes to Crimea joining Russia, while 8 abstained from voting.
Breaking: Congressional Black Caucus calls for removal of Issa after cutting Cummings's mic 06 Mar 2014 Chair of Congressional Black Caucus, Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, calls on House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, to remove Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., from House Oversight Committee after Issa cut off Rep. Elijah Cummings's microphone during Wednesday hearing.
Russia prepares bill on foreign asset freeze in reply to sanctions - senator 05 Mar 2014 A top Russian lawmaker has revealed he is working on a bill that would freeze the assets of European and American companies operating in Russia in reply to Western economic sanctions. [<g>] The chairman of the upper house committee for constitutional law, Andrey Klishas, is sure that Russia must have an enough leverage to deal with the threat of sanctions coming from foreign countries. A team of lawyers are currently preparing a separate federal bill that would allow the Russian president and government to confiscate foreign owned property in Russia, including assets belonging to private companies, the senator told the RIA Novosti news agency.
Private license plate scanners amassing vast databases open to highest bidders 06 Mar 2014 Automated license plate readers used by car repossession companies, for example, collect billions of personal records per year, which contribute to vast databases that can be used by law enforcement, insurance companies, banks, and the like, with few limits. BetaBoston, working with the Boston Globe, detailed one Boston company's data collection abilities, reporting that New England Associates Inc. can collect $200 to $400 for each vehicle found by an automated reader attached to an unmarked car. The company says it can typically add 8,000 license plate scans to its database in Texas each day. Digital Recognition Network, which works with New England Associates, says it collects plate scans of 40 percent of all US vehicles per year.
Ukraine crisis: EU leaders to hold emergency talks 05 Mar 2014 EU leaders are to begin an emergency summit to decide how strongly they should respond to Russia's troop deployment in Ukraine's Crimea region. Some members, particularly from Eastern Europe, press for tough sanctions, but others - led by Germany - stress mediation as way out of the crisis. The Brussels summit comes a day after high-level talks with Russia in Paris ended without significant progress.