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The Change Within: The Obstacles We Face Are Not Just External | The Nation -
Scientists are studying cases of climate-related mistiming among dozens of species, from Arctic terns to pied flycatchers. But there is one important species they are missing—us. Homo sapiens. We too are suffering from a terrible case of climate-related mistiming, albeit in a cultural-historical, rather than a biological, sense. Our problem is that the climate crisis hatched in our laps at a moment in history when political and social conditions were uniquely hostile to a problem of this nature and magnitude—that moment being the tail end of the go-go ’80s, the blastoff point for the crusade to spread deregulated capitalism around the world. Climate change is a collective problem demanding collective action the likes of which humanity has never actually accomplished. Yet it entered mainstream consciousness in the midst of an ideological war being waged on the very idea of the collective sphere. This deeply unfortunate mistiming has created all sorts of barriers to our ability to... more... - daveeza
Why Today Is All About Climate | The Nation -
Just in time for Earth Day comes a fresh sign of the growing strength of the grassroots climate movement: the Obama administration announced on April 18 that it would delay yet again a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline, probably until after the November elections. Delay is not victory, and Big Oil and its friends in high places will continue insisting that the project go forward. But make no mistake: Keystone XL would have been approved years ago if a feisty popular movement of farmers in Nebraska, indigenous peoples in Canada and environmentalists across the United States had not marched, filed lawsuits, gotten arrested and otherwise opposed a pipeline that would bring to market some of the most carbon-intensive oil on earth. The longer Obama’s decision on Keystone is delayed, the better. Delay gives activists more time to educate the public about this suicidal folly and above all to build an even larger, more cantankerous grassroots movement—which, as the unsung history of Earth... more... - daveeza
t-ra: lose,find,repeat
do ffolks have anything planned to recognize Earth Day tomorrow?
I'll go in the forest and hug a few trees. :) - Jenny H. from Android
That reminds me: I need to chop down the tree by my house. - Glen Campbell
I plan to wish Stephen Mack a happy birthday. Does that count? :) - Lisa L. Seifert from iPhone
HOLD THE PHONE! Earth Day is The Mack's birthday? Rites of appreciation are most definitely in order then. - t-ra: lose,find,repeat
It's lots of peeps birthday tomorrow. Helen (FF) and my hubs too. ;-) - Tamara J. B. from FFHound(roid)!
And Kelly's and Tudor's also. :) - Anne Bouey
I actually remember the very first earth day. A boy in my school had hippie parents and they always did really cool things. I think his family went to DC and he did a report on the experience. I would have been 11 so I will figure it was 6th grade. I plan to continue to lessen my carbon print. - Janet
I remember my first Earth Day, as well, Janet! I had a GREAT t-shirt! I might still have it in a box somewhere in my mom's garage. I hope so. The graphic was perfect. EDIT: I just realized that Janet said she remembers THE first Earth Day... That was 4 months before I was born. I was in 3rd grade when I took notice of Earth Day. - Lisa L. Seifert
i will be in my garden, as usual, maybe go rollerblading for carbon free transport self-sufficiency!! - daveeza
I'm going to be driving around more than usual. - Amit Patel
Patti Smith’s Advice on Life | Brain Pickings -
What should we aspire to as we go on our road? When I was in my early twenties, I was lucky to have William Burroughs as a friend and mentor. Once I was with him and I asked him this question: “What should I aspire to?” and he thought, and he said: “My dear, a gold American Express would be good.” But after that, he said very thoughtfully, “Build your name.” And i said, “William, my name is Smith.” And he said, “Well, you’ll have to build a little harder.” But what William meant when he told me to build my name. Build a good name — because a name is not to get famous. He wasn’t talking about celebrity — he was talking about let your name radiate your self, magnify who you are, your good deeds, your code of honor. Build your name and as you go through life, your name will serve you. She considers our most reliable anchors in life: We might ask ourselves, what tools do we have? What can we count on? You can count on yourself. Believe me, your self is your best ally. You know who you... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet
Environment Minister Polak warned about LNG greenhouse gas emissions - The Globe and Mail -
"Ms. Polak has also been told that while B.C. estimates that between 0.3 and 3 per cent of natural gas extracted is lost as fugitive methane emissions, other North American jurisdictions and scientific literature estimate that rate is between 7 and 8 per cent. The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration estimates between 4 and 9 per cent is lost. However, in B.C. regulations are significantly different, the briefing notes pointed out. Because B.C. gas contains toxic hydrogen sulfide, leaks are more tightly regulated. The province’s Climate Action Secretariat and Natural Gas Development Ministry are working with the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers to test technology to curb emissions, the internal documents said. “Though significant, this work does not address concerns about potential fracking-related emissions from geological formations, poor cement casing or produced water storage tanks,” said the briefing prepared last July. Ms. Polak declined a request for... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet
Stock Market And Investing Outlook - Business Insider -
"By the way, in case some of your bullish friends have convinced you that Professor Shiller's P/E analysis is flawed, check out the chart below. It's from fund manager John Hussman. It shows six valuation measures in addition to the Shiller P/E that have been highly predictive of future returns over the past century. The left scale shows the predicted 10-year return for stocks according to each valuation measure. The colored lines (except green) show the predicted return for each measure at any given time. The green line is the actual return over the 10 years from that point (it ends 10 years ago).  Today, the average expected return for the next 10 years is slightly positive — about 2% a year. That's not horrible. But it's a far cry from the 10% long-term average." - daveeza from Bookmarklet
Russia And China About To Sign “Holy Grail” Gas Deal -
Front Page Follow Us Trending Search Advertise Contact Blog Roll Black Listed News Russia And China About To Sign “Holy Grail” Gas Deal April 9, 2014 Share It | Print This Source: Zero Hedge Several weeks ago we reported that in response to ongoing alienation of Russia by the west Putin was aggressively setting the stage for Russia’s eastward expansion, set to culminate with a “holy grail” gas deal with China. We said that “while Europe is furiously scrambling to find alternative sources of energy should Gazprom pull the plug on natgas exports to Germany and Europe (the imminent surge in Ukraine gas prices by 40% is probably the best indication of what the outcome would be), Russia is preparing the announcement of the “Holy Grail” energy deal with none other than China, a move which would send geopolitical shockwaves around the world and bind the two nations in a commodity-backed axis.” Reuters added, reflecting on the recent trip of Rosneft executive chairman to Asia, that “the... more... - daveeza
Award-winning photographer captured war in her subjects’ eyes - The Globe and Mail -
"Anja Niedringhaus was one of the most talented, bravest and accomplished photojournalists of her generation,” said AP vice-president and director of photography Santiago Lyon. “She truly believed in the need to bear witness.” She didn’t stop caring when she put down the camera. In 2011, she photographed a Marine who had been evacuated from Afghanistan with severe injuries. She wanted to know what happened to him, and after six months of searching she found him. She showed him her photos from that day, and gave him a piece of wheat that had stuck to his uniform when he fell; she had plucked it and saved it when she was done taking photographs. “I don’t believe conflicts have changed since 9-11 other than to become more frequent and protracted,” she told The New York Times in a 2011 email exchange. “But the essence of the conflict is the same – two sides fighting for territory, for power, for ideologies. And in the middle is the population who is suffering.” There were many more close... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet
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رونوشت خانم پریماورا :) - Mahdi
واااای.بالاخره.به به.مبارکه آقای ابراهیمی.همین جور عکس باشه که آپلود می کنین و ما کیف می کنیم.چه اون تله کابینه خفنه - Primavera from Android
مبارکه ولی قبلا هم داشتن :دی - وارَش
شروع کردم خانم پریماورا :)) اون تله کابین هم خیلی هیجان انگیز و باحاله - Mahdi
وارش شروع کردم عکس جدید آپلود کردن :) - Mahdi
how do i point flikflu to my photostream, vizpix? - daveeza
You can see your flickr photostream with flickflu. Just take your account URL from flickr and search for it using flickflu. - Mahdi
AP PHOTOS: Wary Afghans register to vote -
The 11 presidential hopefuls in the April 5 vote are a mixed bag. They include Ashraf Ghani, an economist and former World Bank official — as well as Abdur Rasool Sayyaf, a friend of Osama bin Laden's and the inspiration for the Indonesian terrorist group Abu Sayyaf. Also among those running are: President Hamid Karzai's brother, a former foreign minister, a former defense minister, a former provincial governor and even the former lieutenant of Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, a wanted terrorist. Barred by the Afghan constitution from seeking another term, Karzai is not in the running. His successor will lead a hoped-for transition from war to peace as international troops leave, even as the insurgency rages in the east and south of the country. A first priority will be to work out a complex deal with Washington over keeping U.S. trainers for the Afghan military, a task Karzai has left to the next president. Afghans also worry the voting will see the same alleged widespread fraud that tainted the... more... - daveeza
This chart show how little faith Afghan people have in "democracy and elections: tumblr_n3lijqYqTH1qzzaoqo1_1280.png (PNG Image, 600 × 400 pixels) -
The chart above was made from yearly face-to-face interviews with about 1,000 Afghan citizens done by the Gallup Poll. The latest being done in April and May of 2013, with a margin of error of 3.8 points. Note that 70% (or about 7 out of 10 Afghans) have no confidence in the honesty of their elections. In spite of that lack of confidence in their elections, about 7 million Afghans (2/3 men and 1/3 women) turned out to vote yesterday in their presidential election. They have eight (American approved) candidates to choose from, but it is believed that only three have a real chance of winning -- Ashraf Ghani, Abdullah Abdullah, and Zalmai Rassoul. Current president Hamid Karzai is constitutionally prevented from running, since he has already served two terms. Some say the good turnout is indicative of a burgeoning democracy in Afghanistan. I doubt that. They are still a nation ruled by war lords (to which even the central government must pay homage), and there is a better than even... more... - daveeza
We have everything we need for pancakes except syrup.
Peanut butter! Butter and jelly! - Kirsten from Android
Butter and honey! - Katy S
We only have grape jam, that don't sound very good to me. Jayden claims he doesn't like the taste of honey. What I usually buy is not-great-tasting sugar free syrup but we ran out & I keep forgetting to get more. I'm making grilled cheeses instead. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Applesauce on top? - Katy S
Canned peaches are good, for future reference. :) - LB: Ratchet Bear from Android
frozen fruit, heated up in a pot. "compote" - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
I love grape jam on pancakes, especially corn pancakes. - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
Corn pancakes sound so good. We just have a box of bisquick :-) I love fruit of many kinds on pancakes, but Jayden ain't having that, with his picky self. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Karo - Christina Pikas from iPhone
^That's deep south style right there - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Because I'm a diabetic, we don't usually have sweet stuff on hand. Cheap grape jam & Splenda packets is about it :-) - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Pancakes, with peanut butter & jelly, like a sandwich. My daughter has done that before...but she prefers apple butter instead of jelly. And if you are a diabetic, you are better off making your own mix (very easy to make and I can provide you with a recipe, if you need one), rather than using Bisquick. That stuff has white flour in it. - April Russo
apples and apricot stewed slowly, add some orange, or rind, cinnamon! - daveeza
Thanks April. I actually rarely make pancakes these days. Today's payday, so it's been one of those lean weeks where the larder's almost empty & I'm eying things I don't normally use, like that box of bisquick :-) - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Well, to make your own mix, the simplest and cheapest recipe is 2 cups whole wheat flour, 2 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp baking soda...mix together and store in airtight container. When you want to make pancakes, use 1 cup mix, 3/4 cup milk, and 1 egg. That will make enough pancakes for about 2 people, unless they are really hungry. You'll get 2 batches of batter from 1 batch of mix. And I... more... - April Russo
Got it, awesome! - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
I watched a few foreign films yesterday. Two were French, with English subtitles. My two years of college French were absolument sans valeur with spoken dialogue. Use it or Lose it, as they say. But it's fun to see some of the subtle differences that (I assume) arise from cultural differences. Also, Isabelle Huppert may be my new crush.
"My Worst NIghtmare" stars Isabelle Huppert as an aloof (well, she's French, after all) demanding and most likely frigid head of an art gallery. Through various plot twists she gradually thaws, and tense-yet-humorous events ensue. But the main thing is that the movie stars Isabelle Huppert. Did I mention that I have a crush on Isabelle Huppert. She might force Helen Mirren to share the podium in my "middle-aged women who are hot" shrine. - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
The second French film was "Romantics Anonymous" starring the guy who ends up with Isabelle Huppert in the first movie. He played an uncouth slob in the first film. In this one he was the complete opposite, but not in a good way. His character had a severe case of shyness, which people around him interpreted as meanness and arrogance. Meanwhile, an attractive woman is dealing with... more... - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
The third was an Italian film, called "Bread and Tulips," about a dysfunctional family on a bus tour to Rome. The wife gets separated from the rest of the tour when she drops an earring in a public toilet and the bus leaves when she is trying to figure out a way to fish it out. Because her husband is a jerk (he's an Italian male husband, after all unlike Italian female husbands)) and... more... - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
These might sound like "chick flicks" and I suppose they are, but they are fun films as well. Sometimes even macho men like myself can enjoy that sort of thing, especially if they star Helen Mirren or Isabelle Huppert. - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
Also, the other actors had names, but I can't remember them at the moment, because they aren't Isabelle Huppert. But they were good also. - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
Oh, and I also recently watched another French film called "Queen to Play" which was about a wife and mother who worked as a cleaning lady for a hotel and also for an retired American professor who lives in a large "villa" outside of town. People (especially her husband) begin to think they are having an affair, but she had asked him to teach her chess. So they began to utilize her... more... - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
I really liked Romantics Anonymous! - Kirsten
Me too, Kirsten. :Let's just say that I could relate. - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
YOU RUN A CHOCOLATE COMPANY AND YOU NEVER TOLD US?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?! - Kirsten
I wish, Kirsten. I wish. - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
and now i want chocolate. - Big Joe Silence
so where did you find these, on amazon, or netflix? - daveeza
Mostly freebies on Amazon's Instant Video, daveeza. I think one may have been on daughter' Netflix account (also a free movie.) - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
I've seen all of them listed on Netflix streaming at one time or another, but I don't know whether they're currently available. - Kirsten
Jason Hill
Oh, Oilers! Somehow you find a way to come from in front and lose. I don't know how you do it. It's actually rather impressive.
karma, my friend, you heard the meme "the ugly canadian"? - daveeza
beesbehind and carrying pollen | Flickr - Photo Sharing! -
i wonder why my photos do not display... - daveeza
Who has poorer judgement - Trudeau or Harper? | Canada Politics - Yahoo News Canada -
While it's difficult to dub one of these leaders more egregious than the other, it's clear that both are guilty of misjudgments. If the 2015 election is fought on judgement, voters will have to decide what's worse: a prime minister who has a significant record of handpicking the wrong people, or a prime minister who occasionally says some really dumb things. - daveeza
Swiss regulators step up scrutiny of foreign exchange markets | World news | The Guardian -
"Swiss regulators stepped up their scrutiny of alleged manipulation of foreign exchange markets yesterday. Switzerland's competition commission Weko said it opened an investigation into several Swiss, US and British banks including Barclays and Royal Bank of Scotland, over potential collusion to manipulate currency rates. The UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), meanwhile, said it will assess if banks have cut the risk of traders manipulating benchmark rates in the coming year, to see if lessons have been learned from the scandal over benchmark rate rigging. In addition to Barclays and RBS WEKO said it is investigating UBS, Credit Suisse , Zuercher Kantonalbank (ZKB), Julius Baer, JP Morgan and Citigroup. "Evidence exists that these banks colluded to manipulate exchange rates in foreign currency trades," Weko said, adding it assumed the most important exchange rates were affected. Regulators around the world are looking closely at traders' behaviour on a number of key benchmarks,... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet
Finland and American intelligence: Secret history | The Economist -, readers might be interested in this interesting historical take on Finnish neutrality. It's by Jukka Rislakki, a Finnish author now based in Latvia. It won a prize in an American essay...
In October 1952, the USAF chief of intelligence, general James Walsh sent a letter the Air Attaché in Stockholm thanking him for valuable information and asking for more details on the Soviet air defense system ”on the Karelo-Finnish border”. The information on radars and command centers had already helped in understanding the system. The general went on: ”We cannot overestimate the importance of this area”. He asked to pay ”maximum attention” to command centers and communication channels. Their coordinates had to be precisely known, and photos of them were needed. Also Murmansk was interesting – and generally ”all of this area”.41 In the morning of 8th May, 1954, only a few minutes apart, two Boeing RB-47E Stratojets flew into northern Finnish airspace from the east. It was one of the most dangerous intelligence operations in the Cold War. SAC had sent the planes to photograph military bases in the north-west of the Soviet Union. The other RB-47 was followed and fired at by MiG... more... - daveeza
Panel’s Warning on Climate Risk: Worst Is Yet to Come - -
Climate change is already having sweeping effects on every continent and throughout the world’s oceans, scientists reported Monday, and they warned that the problem is likely to grow substantially worse unless greenhouse emissions are brought under control. - daveeza
RT @billmckibben: One of the authors of magisterial new climate report from IPCC sums it up: 'We're all sitting ducks.'
or as someone described it, "you ain't seen nothing yet" - daveeza
Local currency - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia -
Theory Local currency is based on a local form of monetarism and mercantilism: it establishes an internal trade barrier, as the local currency cannot be used externally, and allows the area to have a different (presumably lower) interest rate than the national currency's — in the Wörgl experiment, a negative interest rate, known as demurrage. Advocacy and criticism of local currencies is based partly on general attitudes towards monetarism and mercantilism, and partly on opinions of the desirability of having internal variations in currency and trade. Advocates[who?] of local currency in effect argue that, in certain circumstances, an entire country is not an optimum currency area, and that various regions should have different currencies. Compare with the Eurozone in Europe. Benefits The Wörgl experiment dramatically illustrates some of the common characteristics and major benefits of local currencies.[1] Local currencies with negative interest rate tend to circulate much more... more... - daveeza
Please support the Gelre! | Real Currencies -
Free market currencies directly competing with the Banks are the way forward. That is the basic premise of Real Currencies as we have put forward. But we don’t stop there: the Gelre offers a revolution in interest free currency and we need your help in building it. The Gelre is the first Regional Currency (RC)in the Netherlands. But it is so much more than that: it is the first interest free, free market currency in the world that provides both convertibility to Euro and interest free credit. The point is this: there are basically two classic models for free market currencies: The first method is Mutual Credit. Barters around the world operate in this way. The famous Swiss WIR is Mutual Credit based. The main limitation of this model is that there is no convertibility to other units. This means that participants are forced to limit their acceptance of the unit, to avoid being saddled with units they cannot spend plausibly. This is very damaging for the liquidity (what the currency... more... - daveeza
Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
Can you dance in zero gravity? Like, in space. I guess there isn't much to push against though. #random
I think it would just mean re-imagining dances: like less footwork and more turns that could be done while floating. - John (bird whisperer)
What a fantastic question. I'm now imagining zero-g ballet and how it might be achieved. - Steel Penguin Slippy from Android
in the book "enders game," they danced in zero-g - chaz2b
my knees would never hurt! - daveeza
(but when your partner shots you with their stun gun, and then uses you for a shield, well, that may complicate the relationship, :/) - chaz2b
You could never let go :D If you did, you'd fly off into space (or launch yourself into the nearest wall.) - Victor Ganata
Can you move in zero g though? Because muscles basically move against gravity right? And in water it's gravity plus the mass the water has that you can use to push against right? So let's assume in zero g enviroment with air so no need for a space suit... yeah, you'd need someone or something to move with or against. Lame. Haha! - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
You only have each other to push and pull against :D Translational motion in vacuum is very difficult without thrusters, but you can always spin. - Victor Ganata
Is dance a euphemism? - Todd Hoff
I can spin in zero g? So basically dancing in zero g is just a lot of spinning. Haha! Doesn't sound like much fun. I'd just get dizzy! - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
Guess you don't need much force though: Astronaut Uses Single Hair To Show Newton's Laws …: - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
(thats what they did in enders game, allot of spinning/tumbling) - chaz2b
Kale causes controversy in New Orleans | Al Jazeera America -
The story, which surveyed how recently arrived “creative types” are adapting to the city’s peculiarities, inevitably aroused anger among many residents over the rapid change taking place in New Orleans. But there was one choice line that seemed especially designed to provoke debate about a hot-button issue of gentrification. “New Orleans is not cosmopolitan,” said one actress quoted in the Times piece. “There’s no kale here.” The quote has so far inspired no fewer than five op-eds, several think pieces and take-downs on various local blogs, hundreds of tweets and Instagram photos tagged with #KaleGate, and even a tongue-in-cheek plan for novelty kale-flavored beer (it’s not clear if the beer was actually ever made). But beyond the online fervor, New Orleans residents say there are real reasons the article made them feel so indignant. They say their anger isn’t so much about the kale line, or even the article as a whole, but about a pervasive sense that the power to define New Orleans increasingly lies out of the reach of native New Orleanians. - daveeza
Malaysian Flight 370: Canadian pilot’s analysis goes viral | Toronto Star -
All of the major American television networks have come calling to Canadian Chris Goodfellow for his theories on the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 — and he continues to turn them away. Instead, he updates his Google Plus blog and watches for more clues. “I didn’t put it out to get my 15 minutes of fame,” said Goodfellow, 66, in an interview with the Toronto Star on Wednesday from Florida, referring to his blog. Goodfellow is a McGill University economics graduate with an MBA from Cornell. He’s also a former Class 1, instrument-rated, multi-engine pilot who was licensed to fly in all weather conditions and used to fly his own high-performance aircraft. Goodfellow said he posted his thoughts because he was concerned the search wasn’t taking place in the right area. He was also concerned the pilots were being vilified as terrorists or suicidal, with no information to support this. He sees the possibility of an on-board fire making more sense than terrorism or pilot... more... - daveeza
The Drone That Will Sail Itself Around the World | Autopia | -, : News broke that a startup called Liquid Robotics had already launched an oceangoing drone. The company had developed a line of boats it called Wave Gliders, which harvest their energy from the up-and-down movement of waves in...
Saildrone may not have had a chance to best Liquid Robotics on the water, but a head-to-head comparison of the two companies is no contest. Liquid Robotics is seven years old, employs 110 people, and has now raised more than $77 million in venture capital. The total bill for Saildrone, three years into the project, including what Jenkins and Owens pay themselves and their two helpers? “Less than $400,000,” says Wendy Schmidt, wife of Google executive chair Eric Schmidt. (The couple funds the Marine Science and Technology Foundation.) - daveeza
Bloomberg Reports London Gold Fix Is Manipulated Although Evidence Exists For Many Years | Gold Silver Worlds -
"loomberg comes indeed very late with the “discovery” of gold price manipulation. Ironically, just two weeks ago, precious metals analyst Ted Butler explained here that Bear Stearns went bankrupt mainly because of excessive short positions on gold and silver in 2008. Butler wrote “What baffles me today is that no well-known journalist from outside the gold and silver world has yet picked up on what is an easy-to-document story of epic historical proportions. It’s the story of why Bear Stearns went under, and how the gold and silver price manipulation continued since the day JPMorgan took over Bear.” Butler has provided evidence of gold and silver manipulation for several years. The key findings of Butler are based on COMEX gold and silver dominant positions by Bear Stearns and JP Morgan. Since the fall of Bear Stearns, JP Morgan has taken over those dominant positions in the futures markets, allowing them to set the direction of the price. Backed by evidence and facts from the... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet
More Than 900 Workers Have Already Died Building Qatar’s World Cup Facilities | Smart News | Smithsonian -
"Last month, the Guardian reported that over 400 Nepalese migrant workers had already died at building sites. Between 2010 and 2012 more than 700 workers from India lost their lives working on construction sites in Qatar, too. A report by the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) says that if conditions don’t get any better, by the time the World Cup kicks off, at least 4,000 migrant workers will have died on the job. For comparison, 25 construction workers died during the preparations for Sochi. Only six workers have died during construction for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil that starts this summer. Only eleven men died during the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge in the 1930s. By all measures, the death count in Qatar is extreme. Robert Booth at the Guardian explains why Qatar is so unusual: Workers described forced labour in 50C (122F) heat, employers who retain salaries for several months and passports making it impossible for them to leave and being denied free... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet
Holy cow. How is FIFA still allowing these slave-like conditions? - Anika
They're pressuring a little, and Qatar has proposed a bunch of changes to make it better, but they still leave people without an evaluation process outside of the contractors, and their passports are still held by others. - Jennifer Dittrich
BBC News - Snowden leaks: NSA 'can collect all calls in foreign nation' -
"The US government has reportedly built a system that can record every phone call made over a month in an undisclosed foreign country. The National Security Agency (NSA) programme was created in 2009, the Washington Post reported. Fugitive intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, who leaked details of the system, promised more revelations. Civil liberties groups called the report "chilling", but US officials would not comment. An NSA cover slide used for an internal briefing on the system, known as Mystic, shows a cartoon wizard wielding a staff with a mobile phone at the top. 'Time machine' Mystic is the only known US surveillance programme to capture every single call across a nation's telephone network, according to the Washington Post. Edward Snowden promised more revelations, as he appeared remotely at a conference in Vancouver The newspaper said that, at the request of US authorities, it would not name the foreign country, or others where the system's use was envisaged. It... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet
Sean McBride
What Neocons Want from Ukraine Crisis | Consortiumnews (Robert Parry) -
"President Barack Obama has been trying, mostly in secret, to craft a new foreign policy that relies heavily on cooperation with Russian President Vladimir Putin to tamp down confrontations in hotspots such as Iran and Syria. But Obama’s timidity about publicly explaining this strategy has left it open to attack from powerful elements of Official Washington, including well-placed neocons and people in his own administration." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
"The gravest threat to this Obama-Putin collaboration has now emerged in Ukraine, where a coalition of U.S. neocon operatives and neocon holdovers within the State Department fanned the flames of unrest in Ukraine, contributing to the violent overthrow of democratically elected President Viktor Yanukovych and now to a military intervention by Russian troops in the Crimea, a region in southern Ukraine that historically was part of Russia." - Sean McBride
This article deserves more attention. - Sean McBride
"Though I’m told the Ukraine crisis caught Obama and Putin by surprise, the neocon determination to drive a wedge between the two leaders has been apparent for months, especially after Putin brokered a deal to head off U.S. military strikes against Syria last summer and helped get Iran to negotiate concessions on its nuclear program, both moves upsetting the neocons who had favored heightened confrontations." - Sean McBride
This is single best article I've been able to turn up on the subject. The mainstream media are of course discussing none of these issues -- they are part of the neocon political and propaganda machine. - Sean McBride
"Without doubt, the neocons’ most dramatic – and potentially most dangerous – counter-move has been Ukraine, where they have lent their political and financial support to opposition forces who sought to break Ukraine away from its Russian neighbor. Though this crisis also stems from the historical division of Ukraine – between its more European-oriented west and the Russian-ethnic east... more... - Sean McBride
"Nuland was soon at work planning for “regime change,” encouraging disruptive street protests by personally passing out cookies to the anti-government demonstrators. She didn’t seem to notice or mind that the protesters in Kiev’s Maidan square had hoisted a large banner honoring Stepan Bandera, a Ukrainian nationalist who collaborated with the German Nazis during World War II and whose militias participated in atrocities against Jews and Poles." - Sean McBride
"The Ukraine crisis has given Official Washington’s neocons another wedge to drive between Obama and Putin. For instance, the neocon flagship Washington Post editorialized on Saturday that Obama was responding “with phone calls” when something much more threatening than “condemnation” was needed. It’s always stunning when the Post, which so energetically lobbied for the U.S. invasion of... more... - Sean McBride
Has Obama lost control of his own State Department? Is Kerry a rogue? - ChasMark
"The reality, however, appears to have been that neocon elements from within the U.S. government encouraged the overthrow of the elected president of Ukraine via a coup spearheaded by neo-Nazi storm troopers who then terrorized lawmakers as the parliament passed draconian laws, including some intended to punish the Russian-oriented regions which favor Yanukovych." - Sean McBride
"The Post editors are fond of calling for ultimatums against various countries, especially Syria and Iran, with the implication that if they don’t comply with some U.S. demand that harsh actions, including military reprisals, will follow. But now the neocons, in their single-minded pursuit of endless “regime change” in countries that get in their way, have taken their ambitions to a dangerous new level, confronting nuclear-armed Russia with ultimatums." - Sean McBride
Did you hear Josh Landis discuss Syria on C Span Washington Journal this morning? - ChasMark
"The madness of the neocons has long been indicated by their extraordinary arrogance and their contempt for other nations’ interests. They assume that U.S. military might and other coercive means must be brought to bear on any nation that doesn’t bow before U.S. ultimatums or that resists U.S.-orchestrated coups. Whenever the neocons meet resistance, they don’t rethink their strategy;... more... - Sean McBride
# The villains in this narrative: 1. Carl Gershman 2. David Petraeus 3. Frederick Kagan 4. Hillary Clinton 5. John McCain 6. NED (National Endowment for Democracy) 7. neoconservatives 8. Robert Gates 9. Victoria Nuland 10. Washington Post - Sean McBride
Obama's cooperation with Putin has driven the neocons completely crazy -- it has been an obstacle to them getting on their war with Iran and torpedoing negotiations with the Palestinians. - Sean McBride
I'm not sure where Kerry stands on these issues -- one detects ambivalence. I didn't see the Josh Landis segment. - Sean McBride
One should be worried about a possible anti-Obama coup by the neocons within his own administration. - Sean McBride
Flushing the neocons completely out of the American political system should be a top priority -- they are definitely not going to abandon power on their own, no matter how many catastrophes they create. De-neoconizing American politics would be somewhat equivalent to de-Nazifying German politics. They are beyond the pale. - Sean McBride
Regarding Hillary Clinton being "neocon-lite": she threatened to "totally obliterate" Iran and compared Putin to Adolf Hitler -- nothing "lite" about that. - Sean McBride
Once again, the neocons are trying to set the world on fire -- this time by provoking a war between the United States and Russia. They are incredibly irresponsible and dangerous. - Sean McBride
[sort; American political leaders and pundits by number of anti-Russia statements for the first quarter of 2014] Notice how many of them were ringleaders of the Iraq War, have been ringleaders of the campaign to go to war against Iran, and who are perpetually worked up about Israel. - Sean McBride
The neocons are hoping that John Kerry will be so distracted by the crisis they have manufactured in Ukraine that he will be unable to focus on pressuring Netanyahu to achieve a peace agreement with the Palestinians. If the world goes up in flames, so be it. - Sean McBride
I read that article and thought it interesting. It comported with my impression of Obama as surrounded by interests far more radical than he likes. I thought the idea of him finding common cause with Putin, as fellow pragmatists made sense. Unfortunately for Obama, it looks like the neocon wing around him has him practically encircled. - Danaa
Obama, however, still holds considerable power in this game: he can choose to drag his feet under heavy neocon pressure from within his own administration. He chose to back off from bombing Syria. He has refused to attack Iran. - Sean McBride
I was wondering why that steven harper flew to Kiev, why his foreign minister was there, now i it as more evidence what a tool he is, this fits in the neo constrategy! - daveeza
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