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Amending constitution to better serve the rich?
It's time to have an amendment that explicitly defines 'military force' and codifies what qualifies as such, and restrains the right of the government to wage endless war. It's time to have an amendment that guarantees the rights of individual citizens ...
Fear of Christie's ties to U.S. Attorney kept Hoboken mayor from reporting alleged Sandy Aid threats - letter
Fear of Christie's ties to U.S. Attorney kept Hoboken mayor from reporting alleged Sandy Aid threats - letter 22 Apr 2014 Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer has often been questioned as to why she didn't come forward last year when threats she says were made by the Lt. Governor over her Sandy Aid occurred. This week, Zimmer attempted to explain her reasoning in a letter to the Democratic leaders of the legislature. In what she says are previously unreported entries to her personal journal, Zimmer says she discussed coming forward with the city's redevelopment attorney, but ultimately decided it was pointless.
USociopaths hit new low: US Navy to deploy combat dolphins for Black Sea military drills - report 22 Apr 2014 American combat dolphins and sea lions will undergo a lengthy plane flight in order to participate in NATO war games in the Black Sea, a spokesman for the US Navy's marine mammals program reportedly said. Twenty dolphins and ten sea lions will take part in the drills, which will last between one and two weeks, spokesman Tom LaPuzza said, as cited by Izvestia newspaper. The war games are one of eight joint NATO-Ukrainian military exercises scheduled to take place this year. [US nutjobs: STOP using animals in your perverted, psycho war games. WHO can rid us of this miserable regime?]
US responsible for Ukrainian crisis after investing $5bn in regime change - Russia's envoy to UN 23 Apr 2014 The US is to blame for the events in Ukraine as it invested $5 billion in regime change in the country, taking a more radical stance that its EU allies, Vitaly Churkin, Russia's envoy to the UN, said. "It seems it was the Americans, who tried to push through the most radical scenario," Churkin said in an interview with Rossiya 24 channel. "They didn't want any sort of compromise between [ousted President Viktor] Yanukovich and the opposition. And, I think, they came to the conclusion that it was time to cash in those $5 billion and handle the matter towards abrupt regime change, which, eventually, happened." This explains why the US, but not the European Union, took center stage when the coup resulted in legal vacuum in Kiev, he added.
MH370 Relatives In Death Certificate Fury 22 Apr 2014 Relatives of flight MH370 passengers have expressed outrage after the Malaysian government suggested it was considering issuing death certificates for those on board the missing flight. "We, the families of MH370, believe that until they have conclusive proof that the plane crashed with no survivors, they have no right to attempt to settle this case with the issuance of death certificates and final payoffs," said the statement from the United Families of MH370 group.
U.S. says will act 'in days' if no Russian action in Ukraine 21 Apr 2014 The United States government said on Monday it will decide "in days" on additional sanctions if Russia does not take steps to implement an agreement to ease tensions in Ukraine reached in Geneva last week. The steps include publicly calling on pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine to vacate occupied buildings and checkpoints, accept an amnesty and address their grievances politically, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.
NYPD's Twitter Request for Photos Backfires 23 Apr 2014 A request by the New York City Police Department has backfired -- in a very public way. Its request that Twitter users share pictures of them posing with police officers has caused people to start sending in photos of police brutality...Other photos included an elderly man bloodied after being arrested for jaywalking.
'Hair' still growing on young actors, audiences more than 40 years after debut
HUNTSVILLE — War, peace, racism, sexism, mistrust of the government, radical change, social and sexual revolution, freedom of expression, scandal, civil liberties, sex, drugs, rock 'n' roll, turning on, tuning in, dropping out, but never fading away ...
Govt must turn over info on CIA prisons to defense 22 Apr 2014 Prosecutors must turn over never-revealed details about the time a Guantanamo Bay detainee spent in secret CIA prisons after his arrest in connection with the deadly attack on the USS Cole in Yemen, according to a military judge's order released Tuesday. The five-page order was a victory for defense lawyers representing Abd al Rahim al-Nashiri, accused of orchestrating the Oct. 12, 2000, bombing of the USS Cole. Prosecutors, who can appeal the judge's ruling, had argued that information about his time spent [being tortured] CIA custody was irrelevant to the case.
US sends 600 troops to Eastern Europe, warship USS Taylor enters Black Sea 22 Apr 2014 US frigate USS Taylor (FFG 50) has entered the Black Sea, according to the US Navy, as the Pentagon announces plans to dispatch some 600 troops to Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia for military exercises. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has previously stated that the US has been violating the Montreux Convention which restricts the number of US vessels operating in the Black Sea and sets a time limit of 21 days for each one...The 600 troops are to be sent to Poland and the Baltic states in the coming days in order to offer support to NATO allies which have expressed concern following Crimea’s accession to Russia, the Pentagon stated on Tuesday.
First PLO Delegation Since 2007 War Arrives in Gaza for Unity Talks
Few Palestinians expect a breakthrough in the deadlock that has paralyzed Palestinian politics, and many have low expectations of any resolution to the seemingly endless duel. A deal could restore a measure of sovereignty to Abbas in Gaza and boost his ...
Netanyahu tells Abbas to choose peace partner: Hamas or IsraelThe Star Online
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Visiting Poland's Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum
As the war went on, prisoners-of-war, gypsies and Jews from Nazi-occupied countries found themselves deported here. The camp grew in size and population, at one point housing as many as 20,000 prisoners ... Thousands of spectacles, a seemingly endless ...
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If Aereo wins at the supreme court and broadcasters pull TV off the air, so be it
In the endless war of incumbents versus insurgents, Tuesday's oral arguments at the US supreme court – America's broadcast TV networks against a video-streaming startup called Aereo – will ultimately be one small battle. But they remained a useful, ...
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U.S. offers Ukraine $50 million aid package 22 Apr 2014 The United States has offered Ukraine a new $50 million aid package to help with 'economic and political reform,' the White House said on Tuesday during a visit to Kiev by Vice President Joe Biden. It also offered an additional $8 million in non-lethal military aid, including radios and vehicles, according to a statement issued by Biden's staff in Kiev. Small in terms of Ukraine's needs and in relation to the $1 billion loan guarantee already signed with Washington, the package, along with Biden's visit, was a clear show of support for the new authorities following the [CIA-backed] overthrow of the Kremlin-backed president and continuing confrontation with Russia. [There's $58 million to give the unelected Nazi government in the Ukraine--but there's no money for food stamps or to extend unemployment insurance, though, right? And these potholes on the Interstates are beginning to rival the Mariana Trench in their depths--they should check to see if Flight MH370 is in one of them--but Congress won't appropriate one cent for their repairs. Too bad we can't get Cliven Bundy's militias to show up to fight *this* insanity. --LRP]
Law firm hired by Christie for internal probe donated $10K in 2014 to RGA 15 Apr 2014 Nine days before a team of its top lawyers made public a report clearing Governor Christie in the George Washington Bridge scandal, the law firm donated $10,000 to the Republican Governors Association, a group he heads. Gibson Dunn & Crutcher made its donation March 18. The law firm's California office appears to make regular contributions to the GOP group, which Christie has credited with helping him get elected in 2009.
Why Is the Post Office Buying Bullets? 21 Apr 2014 The U.S. Postal Service has become the target of gun enthusiasts, who are accusing the agency of stockpiling ammunition as part of a broader government plot to deprive Americans of their liberties. On April 14, Newsmax reported that the USPS was seeking to buy a large amount of ammunition on the heels of similar purchases by the Social Security Administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. If this sounds vaguely familiar, it might be because last February, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security posted a solicitation to federal suppliers for a potential purchase of 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition.
Earth Day and the Arctic, Where Global Warming Is Up Close and Personal 21 Apr 2014 As the world celebrates Earth Day, the top of the world [the Arctic Circle] offers a unique window on the sometimes unforeseen consequences of global warming, in which familiar meteorological patterns no longer apply. In the Arctic, which due to its sensitivity to temperature is on the front lines of climate change, the result is an unfamiliar cycle of thawing and freezing that would have been unthinkable a decade ago, and which is affecting life in large and small ways...Making matters worse, polar bears stalk beaches where they have never been seen before, and are soon expected to begin hunting reindeer, and warm-climate brown bears are moving farther north into reindeer territory to cool off.
Palestinians Push for Unity in Gaza
Jewish Daily Forward
Few Palestinians expect a breakthrough in the deadlock that has paralysed Palestinian politics, and many have low expectations of any resolution to the seemingly endless duel. A deal could restore a measure of ... Islamist Hamas refuses to renounce ...
First PLO delegation since 2007 war heads to Gaza for Palestinian unity talksReuters Canada
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U.S. Supreme Court upholds anti-affirmative action law, California's Prop. 209 stands 22 Apr 2014 In a decision that likely makes California's Proposition 209 bulletproof against legal attack, the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld an identical Michigan law that bans affirmative action in public programs such as university admissions. The Supreme Court, while splintered in its legal reasoning, determined that voters had a right to enact Michigan's law in 2006 and make a choice to outlaw race and gender preferences. The majority decision, written by Justice Anthony Kennedy, based the outcome on a states' rights argument, steering clear of whether Michigan's law violated the constitutional rights of minorities in the state.
US Supreme Court upholds Michigan law that bans affirmative action 22 Apr 2014 The US Supreme Court has upheld Michigan's ban on using race as a factor in college admissions. The justices [sic] said in a 6-2 ruling on Tuesday that Michigan voters had the right to change their state constitution to prohibit public colleges and universities from taking account of race in admissions decisions. The justices say that a lower federal court was wrong to set aside the change as discriminatory.