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Environmentalist Writer Claims Military Saves Lives

Jeremy Deaton seems to be a fine writer on the subject of climate change right up until he stumbles across the propaganda of the U.S. military. I highlight this as the latest example of something that is so typical as to be nearly universal. This is a pattern across major environmental groups, environmental books, and environmentalists by the thousands. In fact, it's in no way limited to environmentalists, it's just that in the case of environmentalism, blindness to the damage done by the U.S. military is particularly dramatic in its impact.

Focus: Hillary Clinton - Aug 22, 2015


Exclusive: Dozens of Clinton emails were classified from the start, U.S. rules suggest - Reuters


Declassify Dates of Some Clinton's Emails Raise Questions - VOA


Snipers, vehicle moves among classified data emailed to Clinton - Bloomberg


U.S. said to probe how classified data got on Clinton’s Server, blending info from multiple sources that included classified content - Bloomberg


Court says Clinton emails broke 'government policy', orders State Department to get FBI findings on Clinton e-mails - Washington Times


State Department did nothing to protect Clinton emails after hack - McClatchy DC


Critics say new State Department guidelines meant to 'chill' employee speech - Fox News


Denver-based Platte River Networks questioned by U.S. Senate over Hillary Clinton email server - 7NEWS Denver


Clinton’s Email Server Firm Scrubs ‘Data-Disposal’ References from Website, Hiding a Partnership with a Company Specialized in '100 Percent Data Destruction' - Washington Free Beacon


VIDEO: The IT Firm That Managed Hillary Clinton's Private Server Speaks Out - Fox News


Clinton Blames The Fed's 'Ridiculous Classification Rules' - The Daily Caller


The Real Clinton Email Scandal: Our Ridiculous Classification Rules - POLITICO Magazine


Intel, Military Officials Fire Back At Hillary’s Over-Classification Tweet - The Daily Caller


Watchdog: Two National Security Laws Appear Broken in Clinton Email Scandal - Washington Free Beacon


Everything you need to know about how the State Department classifies information - The Washington Post


VIDEO: Hillary For America's campaign Press Secretary, Brian Fallon, is here to fact check tweets about the emails controversy - YouTube


Déjà Vu: When Bill Clinton Pardoned His Former CIA Director over Classified Documents on His Home Computer - National Review Online

 

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Decision nearing, Biden games out mechanics of a 2016 run - Chicago Tribune


Biden buzz grows amid new polling, ‘draft’ movement picks up key adviser - Fox News


VIDEO: Draft Biden movement gains momentum, Interview with former Obama campaign adviser Steve Schale - MSNBC


Hollywood Panic: Hillary Clinton's Email Scandal Has Some Donors Whispering, 'Joe Biden' - thewrap.com


Swing-State Quinnipiac Poll Suggests Joe Biden Opening - Bloomberg Politics


POLL: Quinnipiac: Clinton Has Nearly 2-to-1 Dishonesty Ratings in Key Swing States - Washington Free Beacon


Full text of results of the 2016 Presidential Swing State Polls Poll - Quinnipiac University 

 

POLL: A Fox 2 Detroit/Mitchell Research poll shows Republicans beating Clinton in Michigan - Washington Examiner


Democrats urge Clinton to offer better explanation of emails - AP


NBC: Democrats Think the Clinton Campaign Is ‘In Denial’ Over Email Scandal (VIDEO) - Washington Free Beacon

 

Fellow diplomats question Clinton's email defense - POLITICO


VIDEO: Email controversy sheds lights on Clinton's confidante Huma Abedin - CNN


Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin tried to force past Secret Service without ID - Daily Mail Online


Bernie Sanders Draws Big Crowds to His ‘Political Revolution’ - The New York Times


Martin O’Malley puts pressure on Clinton with new Social Security plan - POLITICO


Clinton Campaign On Alert For Undercover Conservative Sting - time.com


The Hamptons where Hillary feels at home, Clintons prefer to vacation next to the rich one percent - POLITICO


The joke third-party presidential candidate Deez Nuts tops Trump, Clinton in Internet traffic - TheHill


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When $8.5 Trillion is Chump Change

Three cheers for Reuters pointing out that the Pentagon can't explain what it did with $8.5 trillion that taxpayers gave it between 1996 and 2013.

Three trillion cheers for a blogger who is pointing out that this fact renders many other concerns ludicrous, and recommending that people bring it up at every opportunity:

"What's that? Body cameras for all cops will be too expensive? How about we find 1/10,000th of the money we sent to the Pentagon."

"Oh really? There's 500 million in provable food stamp fraud going to poor people how about the $8.5 TRILLION the pentagon can't account for?"

"Oh really? You think Obamacare is going to cost us almost a trillion dollars over 15 years? How about the 8.5 Trillion that just disappeared into the ether at the Pentagon? What's your take on that?"

"Oh really, you're concerned about deficit spending and the debt? Fully 1/3 of the national debt is money we sent the Pentagon and they can't tell us where it went. It's just gone."

"College for everyone will cost too much? You must be really pissed at the 8.5 Trillion, with a 't', dollars the pentagon's spent and can't tell us where it went."

This is all very good as far as it goes, whether you like the body cameras or corporate health insurance or other items or not. We could add an unlimited number of items including some expressing our concern for the other 96% of humanity:

"You can end starvation and unclean water for tens of billions of dollars; what about that $8.5 trillion?"

Et cetera.

But here's my real concern. The $8.5 trillion is just the bit that the Pentagon can't account for. That's far from all the money it was given. U.S. military spending, spread across several departments with the biggest chunk of it to the Department of so-called Defense, is upwards of $1 trillion every year. Over 17 years at the current rate, which rose sharply after 2001, that's upwards of $17 trillion.

Imagine that the Pentagon accounted for every dime of that missing $8.5 trillion, named every profiteer, documented the life history of every man, woman, and child killed, and passed the strictest audit by an independent team of 1,000 accountants reporting to 35 Nobel Laureates -- if that happened, I ask you, exactly what difference would it make?

Why is the $8.5 trillion that went to unknown purposes worse than the other trillions that went to known and named weapons and dictators and militants and recruitment campaigns? The documented and accounted for spending all went to evil purposes. Presumably the unaccounted for "waste" did the same. What's the difference between the two?

As World Beyond War points out, war has a huge direct financial cost, the vast majority of which is in funds spent on the preparation for war — or what's thought of as ordinary, non-war military spending. Very roughly, the world spends $2 trillion every year on militarism, of which the United States spends about half, or $1 trillion. This U.S. spending also accounts for roughly half of the U.S. government's discretionary budget each year and is distributed through several departments and agencies. Much of the rest of world spending is by members of NATO and other allies of the United States, although China ranks second in the world.

Wars can cost even an aggressor nation that fights wars far from its shores twice as much in indirect expenses as in direct expenditures. The costs to the aggressor, enormous as they are, can be small in comparison to those of the nation attacked.

It is common to think that, because many people have jobs in the war industry, spending on war and preparations for war benefits an economy. In reality, spending those same dollars on peaceful industries, on education, on infrastructure, or even on tax cuts for working people would produce more jobs and in most cases better paying jobs — with enough savings to help everyone make the transition from war work to peace work.

Military spending diverts public funds into increasingly privatized industries through the least accountable public enterprise and one that is hugely profitable for the owners and directors of the corporations involved -- thus concentrating wealth.

While war impoverishes the war making nation, can it nonetheless enrich that nation more substantially by facilitating the exploitation of other nations? Not in a manner that can be sustained.

Green energy and infrastructure would surpass their advocates’ wildest fantasies if the funds now invested in war were transferred there.

Tomgram: Noam Chomsky, Rogue States and Nuclear Dangers

 This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com.

Most Disgusting Game Ever

IMG_3703-v01No, I’m not referring to the U.S. election. I’m referring to “Bycatch.” The name refers not to fish accidentally caught and killed while trying to catch and kill other fish, but to humans murdered in a game in which the player hopes to murder certain other humans but knows that he or she stands a good chance of murdering some bycatch.

The Nazis never reached this height of banality in the general German public, but had they done so it would be a sinister feature of tens of thousands of Hollywood movies. If Russians sat around playing a board game that involved blowing up Ukrainian children, the Washington Post would have already published several front-page articles.

This is a game that puts you in the shoes of one particular human being, thus far, but imagines several engaging in the same activity in competition. In Bycatch you become Barack Obama going through his Tuesday murder list. But Bycatch imagines as many nations as people playing the game, each engaging in a drone murder spree against the others. Here’s an excerpt from the rules:

“How to strike

“Suspects hiding in other nations can be eliminated by means of a strike. You choose the opponent you wish to target and go through these steps:

“Discard two identical citizens who are not suspects from your hand.

“Remove three consecutive citizens from your chosen opponent’s hand.

“Show these cards to the other players.

“Place them face down in front of you.

“Failed Strike: If none of the eliminated citizens are suspects, they are all collateral damage.

“Successful Strike: If at least one eliminated citizen is a suspect, do the following:

  • Place the current intelligence card face 
down on top of the eliminated citizens.
  • Reveal a new intelligence card.

“The remaining citizens are collateral damage.”

IMG_3688-v01Thrilling! I wonder how one wins such a game of easy murder?

“Add 100 points for each suspect eliminated by a strike. Use the intelligence cards to identify eliminated suspects.

“Collateral Damage: Detract 10 points for each citizen in a strike who was not a suspect.”

So, if you casually murder three “wrong” people, you lose 30 points. But if you only murder two “wrong” people and murder one “right” person, you gain 80 points. I wonder what people will do?

This is a game to be played by well-off people who can afford to purchase such crap and to sit around playing with it. And it’s being marketed to them with a wink by people who know better. The game’s would-be profiteers have this to say about it:

“Appealing artwork helps you empathize with your citizens and the horrors of drone strikes and collateral damage.”

Right. Because tossing lives around on playing cards and making more points the more you murder is a well-established path to empathy.

I thought I couldn’t grow any more disgusted with the human race. I was wrong.

Focus: Hillary Clinton - Aug 20, 2015


Hillary Clinton Email Scandal: State Department Allowed Clinton to Use Personal Device - National Review Online


Judicial Watch Statement: State Department Did Not Provide Secure BlackBerry to Hillary Clinton - Judicial Watch


State Department admits it wiped clean and likely DESTROYED Blackberry devices used by top Hillary Clinton aides - Daily Mail Online


Hillary Clinton E-Mail Scandal: Federal Judge Expresses Frustration with State Department - National Review Online


Judicial Watch Statement: Federal Judge Orders State Department Early Hearing for Hillary Email Case - Judicial Watch


Attorney overseeing the State Dept's handling of Hillary emails worked for law firm representing Hillary over her same emails - Washington Examiner


State Department issuing new policy designed to keep employees from freely speaking to Congress or press? - dailysignal.com


FBI optimistic it can recover some deleted data from Clinton server - MSNBC


Besides emails, forensic exam of Clinton's server may yield security, access clues - AP


Records of Clinton aides' travel to Chappaqua, Denver sought - Washington Examiner


Hillary Clinton's email firm Platte River Networks was run from a loft in Denver with its servers in the BATHROOM closet - Daily Mail Online


With unsecured Hillary emails, hackers worry Senate Homeland Security Chairman - The Daily Caller


As the intelligence community officials pour over thousands of Clinton unreleased emails, the overclassification issue could become a political problem - NationalJournal.com


VIDEO: Former CIA Director: Clinton Server ‘Dangerous to the Republic and to State Secrets’ - Washington Free Beacon


VIDEO: This Aspect of Hillary Clinton Email Scandal That Has Left Even Former NSA Director Stunned: ‘I Don’t Even Think It Was Legal’ - TheBlaze.com


VIDEO: Giuliani: Hillary Should Be the Subject of a Criminal Investigation - Fox News Insider


VIDEO: Clinton pulls plug on testy presser over emails questions - TheHill


James Carville Blames Email Scandal on 'Stupid Media People’ (VIDEO) - Mediaite

 

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POLL: Hillary Clinton losing ground to Bernie Sanders, Trump trails her by just 6 points in CNN poll - POLITICO


POLL: More on the CNN Democratic polling - newsmax.com


POLL: Full text of the results for CNN Democratic polling - CNNPolitics.com


POLL: Hillary Clinton's Mentions Online Are Running 75% Negative - breitbart.com


POLL: Hillary trails Trump in North Carolina - TheHill


Some Hillary Clinton supporters in South Carolina are starting to get nervous - The Washington Post


Has Clinton's email controversy impacted her donors? - CBS News


Clinton camp warns Democrat donors: keep checkbook closed for Joe Biden - Boston Herald


Hillary Clinton Wants Donors to Pay for Food and Drinks at Her Fund-Raisers - The Washington Post


Huma Abedin Received Over $40K From Hillary’s Former Leadership PAC - Washington Free Beacon


Donald Trump Blasts Hillary Clinton 'Deleter of the Free World' in New Attack Ad over Email Issues (VIDEO) - thewrap.com


VIDEO: Trump: Hillary emails 'devastating' for election - CNNPolitics.com


Black Lives Matter Activist Tells Hillary to Her Face That She's Responsible for Mass Incarceration - theantimedia.org


Hillary Clinton Addresses Her Husband's Crime Policies And Mass Incarceration - huffingtonpost.com


VIDEO: Hillary Clinton Talks With BlackLivesMatter (Part 1) - YouTube


VIDEO: Hillary Clinton Talks With BlackLivesMatter (Part 2) - YouTube


'Do not vote for Hillary': NJ woman makes last request in obit - Fox News


How Hillary Clinton plans to spend campaign break in $50k-a-week Hamptons home - Daily Mail Online


Hillary Clinton Is Hiding Multiple Sclerosis And A Series Of Strokes, The National Enquirer Claims - Radar Online


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Redemption Remains

It is possible for people to behave well in a crisis. It is possible for people to maintain their dedication to good and kindness in the face of fear and horrific loss. The loved one of a murder victim can love and comfort the murderer. This fact is going to become ever more crucial to understand and demonstrate as the crises of a collapsing climate engulf us.

In 1943 six residents of Coventry, England, bombed by Germany, wrote a public letter condemning the bombing of German cities. Imagine if they — and what they asserted was the general view of their neighbors — had been listened to. We’ve had seven decades of endless revenge, including a particular new burst of it that began around September 12, 2001. But some have pushed back.

A new film called In Our Son’s Name provides a powerful example. Phyllis and Orlando Rodriguez, whose story the film tells, published a letter shortly after September 11, 2001, that read:

“Our son Greg is among the many missing from the World Trade Center attack. Since we first heard the news, we have shared moments of grief, comfort, hope, despair, fond memories with his wife, the two families, our friends and neighbors, his loving colleagues at Cantor Fitzgerald/ESpeed, and all the grieving families that daily meet at the Pierre Hotel.

“We see our hurt and anger reflected among everybody we meet. We cannot pay attention to the daily flow of news about this disaster. But we read enough of the news to sense that our government is heading in the direction of violent revenge, with the prospect of sons, daughters, parents, friends in distant lands, dying, suffering, and nursing further grievances against us. It is not the way to go. It will not avenge our son’s death. Not in our son’s name.

“Our son died a victim of an inhuman ideology. Our actions should not serve the same purpose. Let us grieve. Let us reflect and pray. Let us think about a rational response that brings real peace and justice to our world. But let us not as a nation add to the inhumanity of our times.”

That was their immediate response when it mattered, and of course it ought to have been heeded. Orlando Rodriguez taught a course on terrorism at Fordham University after the death of his son, trying to reach at least a small number of people drowning in the sea of patriotism and militarism.

Phyllis Rodriguez wanted to meet Aicha el-Wafi, the suffering mother of the indicted Zacarias Moussaoui; and when they met they helped each other through their grief. Phyllis comforted Aicha during her son’s trial, at which Orlando and a dozen others testified for the defense.

“Our son’s life is not worth more than her son’s life,” said Phyllis, articulating both an obvious truth and an idea that millions of people would find incomprehensible, due to the power of nationalism and hatred.

The Rodriguezes began speaking publicly. Phyllis and Aicha spoke at events together.

Zacarias Moussaoui was reportedly amazed that any American would speak up for him. If he were to meet with and get to know people like Orlando and Phyllis he might come to oppose the ideology he had embraced. But that might not happen any time soon. He’s locked away for life, and the judge reportedly told him as he left court that he would “die with a whimper” and “never get a chance to speak again.”

As a substitute for meeting with people responsible for their son’s death, the Rodriguezes met at Sing Sing prison with five men convicted of kidnapping and murder. The men expressed their desire to meet with their victims and apologize, something they are denied the right to do. They also expressed the need to tell their stories and have someone listen. Phyllis and Orlando understood this perfectly, going into the meeting with the belief that while they had had ample opportunity to tell their story, these men hadn’t.

Orlando said the meeting with prisoners helped release some of his anger. He began teaching in prison, wishing he could teach the people who killed his son, wishing he could teach them not to do it. Of course that’s not really possible, but we can collectively compel the U.S. government to end policies that “create further grievances against us.”

What if every dead child were, in some sense, our son or daughter? Can we allow ourselves to think like that? Can we understand the grief and pain? Can we respond collectively with the wisdom and magnanimity that we long to see and occasionally do see in individuals.

Here’s a way to start. Buy a giant popcorn to share and show In Our Son’s Name to everyone you can.

The Mystery of Maylasian Airlines Flight MH17

 

 


Propaganda, Intelligence and MH-17

 

 

Editor Note: Propaganda is the life-blood of life-destroying wars, and the U.S. government has reached new heights (or depths) in this art of perception management. A case in point is the media manipulation around last year’s Malaysia Airlines shoot-down over Ukraine.

By Ray McGovern

During a recent interview, I was asked to express my conclusions about the July 17, 2014 shoot-down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine, prompting me to take another hard look at Official Washington’s dubious claims – pointing the finger of blame at eastern Ukrainian rebels and Moscow – based on shaky evidence regarding who was responsible for this terrible tragedy.

Focus: Hillary Clinton - Aug 18, 2015

 

60 Clinton emails reportedly containing classified data - Fox News


Official: More than 300 Clinton emails flagged for potentially classified info - Fox News


Text of the State Department status report on Clinton emails to a federal court - scribd.com


State Dept.: 'No doubt' more Clinton emails will be classified - Washington Examiner


Report: State officials hiding extent of classified info on Clinton servers - Washington Examiner


VIDEO: State Dept. Undermines The Importance Of The Classified Emails On Clinton Server - YouTube


Hillary Clinton emails: Safe provided to lawyer among irregularities seen in review - Washington Times


VIDEO: State Dept. Unable To Answer Whether Clinton Aides Devices Were Secure - YouTube


Hillary Clinton IT firm Platte River says email backups are likely - Business Insider


Clinton’s IT Email Contractor: The Unraveling Continues - Breitbart


State Department Finds Thousands of Clinton Aide Philippe Reines Emails It Claimed Did Not Exist - gawker.com


POLL: Only 2% of Americans Think Hillary Clinton Told the Truth About Her Emails Not Containing Classified Information - The American Spectator

 

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GOP senator Grassley questions Clinton attorney on security clearance - TheHill


Text of GOP senator Grassly’ letter to Clinton attorney on security clearance - grassley.senate.gov


VIDEO: Gowdy: Clinton to testify in October before Benghazi panel, all questions ‘asked’ and ‘answered’ - Fox News


GOP group releases video blasting Clinton for classified email controversy (VIDEO) - Washington Examiner


Former U.S. Attorney General Mukasey: Clinton Defies the Law and Common Sense - WSJ


Hillary Clinton email scandal prompts Chris Christie to call for criminal investigation - POLITICO


VIDEO: Chris Christie on Clinton: What if I'd deleted Bridgegate emails? - CNNPolitics.com


VIDEO: Bob Woodward compares Clinton emails to Nixon tapes - TheHill


Ex-officials prosecuted for mishandling gov’t info see ‘double standard’ in Clinton case - Fox News


Hero Marine Nailed for Secret Email: What Did He Do That Hillary Didn’t? - The Daily Beast

 

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POLL: Hillary Clinton loses ground to Sanders nationally, trails Bush and Rubio in head-to-head match-ups - Washington Times


POLL: Iowa State Fair attendees pick Sanders over Clinton - TheHill


POLL: Clinton’s Lead Slips as Voters Question Email Server Explanations - Morning Consult


Advisers prepare a campaign strategy and tell Biden: Decide by October 1 - CNN


South Carolina in Focus as ‘Draft Biden’ Gains Steam - Bloomberg Politics


Facing Money Gap, Hillary Clinton Slowly Warms to ‘Super PAC’ Gifts - The New York Times


Pro-Clinton super PAC gets $1 million secret contribution - CBS News


CNN Forgets to Mention Op-Ed Writer Is a Million Dollar Bundler For Hillary - Power Line


Bernie Sanders Campaign Calls Out Hillary's College Plan: 'Disappointment' - Alternet


Hypocrisy: Hillary Clinton offers free coffee to campaign interns, no pay - Examiner.com


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Take No War Message to Senator Warner Today in VA Beach

Tell Senator Warner: SECURITY WITH DIPLOMACY! NO WAR WITH  IRAN!

WHERE: Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce Forum
               TODAY
               FOUNDERS INN and SPA
               5641 Indian River Road
               Virginia Beach, VA 23464

WHEN: Noon until 2pm

WHY: Warner is ON THE FENCE. Obama needs  his support. Without this agreement, we are headed into WAR WITH IRAN. The warmongers are pouring millions into defeating diplomacy.

Sen. Kaine will also attend the forum. He already announces he will support the plan. We can thank him.

HOW: Non-violent peaceful presence outside the forum.

BRING: Signs saying "No War With Iran!", "Thank You, Sen. Kaine!", "Sen. Warner: Do You Want Another War?"

Thanks!
Kim Williams for Norfolk Catholic Worker/
williamsbaggarly@gmail.com

Talk Nation Radio: Inder Comar on Prosecuting Bush for War

https://soundcloud.com/davidcnswanson/talk-nation-radio-inder-comar-on-prosecuting-bush-for-war

D. Inder Comar is legal director at Comar Law, a boutique law firm in San Francisco. We discuss the case of Saleh v. Bush in which he is lead counsel, currently in the 9th Circuit, seeking to hold George W. Bush, Richard Cheney, and others responsible under the laws of Nuremberg for the invasion of Iraq in 2003. See: http://witnessiraq.com

Total run time: 29:00

Host: David Swanson.
Producer: David Swanson.
Music by Duke Ellington.

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Focus: Hillary Clinton - Aug 15, 2015

 

Hillary's IT Firm Lacked Security Clearance, Gov't Confirms - The Daily Caller


Hillary Clinton's servergate IT company accused of illegal actions - Daily Mail Online


Executive at Hillary Clinton's IT company sued after getting money from Backstreet Boys' Ponzi scheme - Daily Mail


IT company That Stored Hillary Clinton's Email Server Shared Confidential Info - Breitbart


FBI to start recovery of Hillary Clinton's email server - Washington Times


FBI Said to Examine Whether Hillary Clinton E-Mail Was Backed Up - Bloomberg Politics


David Petraeus Prosecutor on Hillary Clinton's Tail - Breitbart


If Hillary's Server Was 'Blank,' Why Did She Keep It? - The Daily Caller


Where did Hillary's personal emails go? - Washington Examiner


State Dept Gave a Safe to Hillary Clinton's Attorney for Emails - Breitbart


Judge Orders State Department to Report on Hillary Server Search - newsmax.com


State Department Tells Judge: Not Our Job to Search Hillary Clinton's Server - National Review Online


Bryan Pagliano: Man Who Ran Clinton’s Personal Email Server Worked for State Department - Peter Van Buren


RNC Releases Statement on Hillary Clinton Turning Over Her Private Email Server to DOJ - goldrushcam.com


POLL: Voters say Clinton lied about emails, put US at risk - Fox News


Tips on Deleting Emails From Email Book Hillary Clinton Wanted to Read - ABC News


The Hillary Clinton Email Investigation May Offer a Crash Course in Computer Forensics - huffingtonpost.com

 

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Clinton aides agree to preserve emails after judge's order - The Denver Post


Hillary Clinton aides had other unreported email accounts: State Dept. - Washington Times


Hillary Clinton email probe turns to her aide Huma - POLITICO


Official: Clinton ‘inner circle’ may have stripped email classification markings - Fox News


State Dept. Shuts Down Fox's Anonymous Speculation Of Clinton Aides Stripping Email Classification Markings - Media Matters for America


Classified data found on emails in May; Clinton camp slow to protect secrets - McClatchy DC


Influential people worldwide wrote Clinton on her personal email address - The State


Lindsey Graham: 'Impossible' That Hillary Had No Benghazi Emails - newsmax.com


VIDEO: Lindsey Graham: Where are Clinton's Benghazi emails? - Fox News Video


Feinstein Statement Defending Clinton Email Practices - Senator Dianne Feinstein


Hillary Clinton emails: Intelligence community wants security clearance suspended - Washington Times


POLL: 60% don't trust Hillary, 62% say she'll 'do anything' to be president - Washington Examiner


POLL: Hillary way under water in swing states - Fox News


As Clinton touts student debt bailout plan, critics point to $2M in college speaking fees - Fox News


Clintons Spend $110K for Two Weeks 'Working Vacation' in the Hamptons - People.com


Clinton Endorser Former Senator Tom Harkin Sought Out State Department Job For His Kid While HIlary Was Secretary Of State - The Daily Caller


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Nobel Peace Laureates Endorse Violence

In a recent letter to US President Barack Obama twelve Nobel Peace laureates declared their support for the long history of US elite violence against Native Americans and enslaved Africans, as well as the US imperial violence around the world that has butchered tens of millions of people over the past 200 years. See ‘US: An End to Torture: Twelve Nobel Peace Prize laureates write to President Barack Obama asking the US to close the dark chapter on torture once and for all. Obama responds’.

Judges Nixing Keystone XL South Cases Had Tar Sands-Related Oil Investments

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog

On August 4, the U.S. Appeals Court for the 10th Circuit shot down the Sierra Club's petition for rehearing motion for the southern leg of TransCanada's Keystone XL tar sands export pipeline. The decision effectively writes the final chapter of a years-long legal battle in federal courts. 

Corporate Media Crap Coverage of Sanders Is Norm

There are now articles about the predictable fluff BS horserace personality lifestyle crap coverage by the corporate media of the Bernie Sanders for president campaign (and articles about the predictable non-coverage of the Jill Stein for president campaign).

I wish it would all go away, as I think having no election would be preferable to holding such a broken one, and I'd limit even an open, free, credible, functioning, publicly-funded, fairly reported election to something under 6 months in duration.

But the Sanders coverage is actually far better, not worse, than I would have predicted. And its awfulness is par for the course, as is perhaps pointed out by this exchange I had recently with a reporter from Politico, who addressed me as Congressman Kucinich's former campaign manager, even though I never was that:  

"Hi David,
"My name is --------------- and I’m a reporter at Politico. I'm working on a story about the presidential candidates and how they can stay fit and stay on their diets on the campaign trail. I know that Rep. Kucinich was a vegan when he ran for office and I was hoping you could share your experiences on what it was like on the trail for him. As the Iowa fair heats up candidates will be offered lots of fried food and I just wanted to know how candidates are able to stay on diets, and keep fit. I would really appreciate your insight on this. Please feel free to call my cell phone ----------------. My deadline is tomorrow at noon EST."

I wrote back:

"Supporters were more than happy to prepare and provide vegan food, and I think I understand why they were. If Congressman Kucinich had been elected president in 2005, there's a decent chance that this past decade of wars and environmental destruction and advancing plutocracy and increasing violence and hatred would have moved us, instead, in a far better direction, a direction unimaginable to media consumers who -- the day after Kucinich won the most applause in a debate -- were typically told little more than that he was also there and, of course, what he fucking had for dinner. Do you have a serious question? I would be more than happy to answer one.
David"

The reporter replied:

"The story is about how candidates balance using food on campaign stops to portray a certain image while maintains lifestyle and health restrictions. I was looking for someone who had experience managing it, if you're not interested in an interview, no problem, thanks for your time."

I replied again:

"I was press secretary, not campaign manager, and yet I can assure you that Congressman Kucinich -- in what you may find an interesting twist -- didn't use food to create an image of any sort ever. He used food to fuel his health and his energy, and to ethically relate to a world being ravaged by industrial carnivorism. You can imagine that I'm not interested in an interview if it helps you feel better about the fluff you've been assigned to produce, but please understand my sincere interest in any meaningful, non-'lifestyle' discussion of the U.S. presidency, its candidates, and what we so grandiosely mischaracterize as our democratic elections."

Mark Warner Hides From Virginia Public

Senator Mark Warner's staff says he's holding only unannounced, closed-door meetings in Virginia this summer.

It's a good thing he doesn't have a job that requires knowing what the people of Virginia think about anything.



Virginians can click here to ask Warner by email to appear in public.

It's hardly an unreasonable demand. While Congress is on summer break, most senators and representatives attend publicly announced public meetings at which they speak about their work and hear comments from, and answer questions from, their constituents.

Warner could play a decisive role in upholding or rejecting the Iran deal (on which he has taken no public position), the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, and all sorts of other projects of critical interest to the people of Virginia.

On the Iran agreement, Warner is on a shrinking list of Democratic senators who continue to maintain the pretense that they're carefully reviewing the data on whether peace or war is preferable.

On the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, rumor has it that Warner will be meeting behind closed doors to discuss imposing that inevitable disaster on Virginians.

The TPP itself is secret because, in the view of several who have seen it, if it were to appear openly the public would never stand for it. Maybe Warner has the same idea for himself.

Shouldn't he want to know what Virginians think?

Please forward this message to your friends in Virginia. Please phone and tweet Warner if you're from Virginia, and email him here.

Could a Plant Win a Presidential Debate?

I don't mean an infiltrator planted in a nefarious plot to throw an election. I mean a green, soil-rooted, leafy plant.

I've been reading Brilliant Green: The Surprising History and Science of Plant Intelligence by Stefano Mancuso and Alessandra Viola. It is at the very least a suggestive treatise.

Imagine that astronauts discover life on another planet, and that the life discovered there is very different from humans. It doesn't use our sort of language or engage in our sort of thought. Yet it senses the world with many more senses than our pathetic little five. It communicates with others of its type and other types of life on the planet. Its individuals learn quickly through experience and adjust their behavior accordingly, strategizing and planning based on experience. It lives sustainably, adapts, and thrives for periods of time that make the existence of humanity seem momentary.

We might not choose to call that newly discovered life "intelligent" or "thinking." We might puff our chests out proudly, realizing that while we have arrived from afar to study it, it will never study us, at least not in a way we can recognize. But wouldn't much of our pride and excitement come from recognizing the impressive accomplishments and abilities of the novel life forms? Like a prophet outside his hometown, wouldn't those alien life forms become the focus of admiring academic disciplines?

Let's come back to earth for a minute. On the earth, 99.7% of the mass of living beings is plants. All animals and insects are negligible in those terms, and also in terms of survival. If plants vanished, the rest of us would be gone in a week or two. If we vanished, plants would carry on just fine thank you. When I say "we," you can imagine I mean "mammals" or "animals" because during the past several decades Western people have begun to return to believing that animals can feel and think and in other ways be like humans. A century ago non-human animals were thought to have no more awareness than plants or rocks.

If life forms on another planet were mysterious to us because they moved very quickly or very slowly, we would laugh at the Hollywood movies that had always imagined that aliens must move at more or less our speed. Yet, we film plants' movements, make them recognizable by speeding up the film, and go right on supposing that plants don't move.

Plants detect light above the ground and move toward it, and below the ground and move away from it. Plants detect nutrients below the ground and move toward them. Plants detect other plants closely related to themselves and leave them room, or detect unrelated competitors and crowd them out. Plants persuade insects to do their bidding. Plants hunt and dine on insects, mice, and lizards above ground, and worms below. Plants warn other plants of danger by releasing chemical messages.

A plant that closes its leaves up when touched by a hand, though not by wind or rain, if rolled on a cart along a bumpy road, will at first close up with each bump, but quickly learn not to bother, while still continuing to close up if touched by a person or animal.

Plants see light without having eyes. Plants hear sounds as snakes and worms do, by feeling the vibrations -- there's no need for ears. Plants that are played music between 100 and 500 Hz grow larger and produce more and better seeds. Plant roots themselves produce sounds, which conceivably may help explain coordinated movements of numerous roots. Plants sense and produce smells. Plants detect the most minute presence of countless substances in soil, putting any human gourmet chef to shame. And plants reach out and touch rocks they must grow around or fence posts they must climb.

Plants have at least 15 additional senses. They detect gravity, electromagnetic fields, temperature, electric field, pressure, and humidity. They can determine the direction of water and its quantity. They can identify numerous chemicals in soil or air, even at a distance of several meters. Plants can identify insect threats and release substances to attract particular insects that will prey on the undesired ones.

Plants can manipulate insects into assisting them in numerous ways. And if we weren't humans, we could describe the relationship between certain food crops and flowers and other plants, on the one hand, and the humans who care for them on the other, in similar terms of plants manipulating people.

In 2008, the Swiss Federal Ethics Committee on Non-Human Biotechnology recognized plants as possessing dignity and rights. Also in 2008, the Constitution of Ecuador recognized nature as a whole as possessing "the right to integral respect for its existence and for the maintenance and regeneration of its life cycles, structure, functions and evolutionary processes."

In 2008, the United States endured what at that point amounted to a truly outrageous presidential election circus. That was then. This is now. Imagine that scientists discovered the Fox News Presidential Primary debate. Here, they might observe, are life forms that wish to destroy life, detest the females of their own species, seek out violence for its own sake, reject learned experience through the bestowing of value on ignorance and error in their own right, and generate ill will in an apparent attempt to shorten and worsen their existence. Tell me honestly, would you be more impressed and pleased to stumble upon such a thing or to walk into a garden?

The most draconian information-gathering law yet: The Senate Wants to Make Internet Providers Spies

By Alfredo Lopez


How much noise does the other shoe make when it drops? If the shoe is a law that would complete the development of a police surveillance state in the United States, it's almost silent.

Focus: Hillary Clinton - Aug 13, 2015


Turmoil mounts surrounding Clinton emails containing top secret information - TheHill


Hillary Clinton to turn on her private server to the Justice Department - POLITICO


Grassley Statement: Intelligence Community Inspector General Confirms Highly-Classified Emails Stored on Clinton’s Server - Chuck Grassley


Memorandum from intel Inspector General stating that two Clinton emails contain information that was classified as Top Secret - Chuck Grassley


The Spy Satellite Secrets in Hillary’s Emails - The Daily Beast


State Dept disputes the intel Inspector General determination that Clinton emails were classified at the time they were sent - Fox News


The Hillary Email Server Scandal Runs Deeper at State Dept. - founderscode.com


Gabriel Malor counters State Dept spin that classified info was sent to Hillary Clinton, but not by her - Twitchy


Boehner: Clinton’s email statements shown ‘patently untrue’ - TheHill


Gowdy: Hillary Clinton Should Be Treated As David Petreaus Was, Equal Under The Law - townhall.com


Top Clinton Aides’ Unauthorized Possession Of Classified Info A Growing Concern - GOP


OPSEC calls upon John Kerry to immediately suspend all security clearances presently held by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her aides - MarketWatch


Hillary Clinton's campaign just sent out this 13-paragraph message explaining her 'complicated' email controversy - Business Insider


Pro-Clinton Research Center: Myths And Facts On Hillary Clinton's Email And Reports Of "Top Secret" Materials - Media Matters for America


Clinton Spokesman Won't Say if FBI Ordered Her to Hand Over Email Server - Breitbart


Hillary Clinton certifies email handover, but aides demur - POLITICO


Did Hillary Clinton emails reveal location of ambassador killed in Benghazi attack? They are vague and don’t reveal much more than what was publicly known at the time - PunditFact


POLL: Hillary Clinton Email Criminal Investigation Should Happen, Most American Voters Say, Monmouth University Poll Finds - IBTimes


POLL: Full text of Monmouth University Poll on American voters supporting criminal investigation of Clinton emails - Monmouth University Poll

 

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POLL: Sanders surges into lead over Clinton in New Hampshire, 44 percent to 37 percent - Fox News


POLL: Full text of Franklin Pierce-Boston Herald poll on Sanders leading Clinton in New Hampshire - Franklin Pierce-Boston Herald


POLL: Hillary Behind 4 Republicans in Iowa - newsmax.com


Bernie Sanders Draws Crowd Five Times Larger Than Audience at Hillary Clinton Campaign Launch - Washington Free Beacon


Joe Biden Is Sounding Out Allies About a 2016 Bid - WSJ


Judge appointed by Clinton tosses case against … Clinton Fondation - WND


Hillary ignores charges of sexual harassment against Clinton Foundation donor - Power Line


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Syria/Turkey News - Aug 12, 2015


U.S. denies reaching agreement with Turkey on Syria 'safe zone' - Reuters


VIDEO: US denies any Pact with Turkey on Safe Zone in Syria - YouTube


Turkey PM: Syria no-fly zone needed - BBC News


VIDEO: Turkey PM Ahmet Davutoglu pledges Syria 'safe zone' - BBC News


Ankara says Turkish, US forces to hit ISIL, Kurdish militants if entered ’safe zone’ - todayszaman.com


State Dept: US will not allow Turkey to attack PYD in Syria - Rudaw


U.S. Shelves Its $500M Syrian Rebel Army - The Daily Beast


Islamic State attacks Syrian rebels near Turkish border in an area where Turkey and the United States aim to create an area free of the jihadist group - Reuters


Al-Qaida affiliate ceases fighting ISIS in parts of Syria, orders fighters to stand down in parts of the country where Turkey intends to create a 'safe zone’ - The Guardian


Ahrar al-Sham announces support for ISIS-free Syria zone - Middle East Online


Ahrar al-Sham’s Political Office has posted an English version of its statement on Turkey’s “safe zone” in N Syria - Charles Lister on Twitter


Turkmen fighters arrive in Syria to launch the first phase of a joint U.S.-Turkish initiative to establish an Islamic State-free zone - IBTimes


Syrian Rebels Are Using Turkish Lira In ISIS-Free Zone - vocativ.com


New Coalition Airstrikes Destroy ISIL Infrastructure in Syria, Iraq - Defense.gov


Source on ground, who listened in to Nusra walkie talkie, tells me Nusra said 50 fighters dead after coalition strikes. 20 injured - Jenan Moussa on Twitter


As Rifts Open Up in Syria’s al-Qaeda Franchise, Secrets Spill Out - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace


ISIS Takes Aim at Its Toughest Foes in Southern Syria- The Daily Beast


Two days ceasefire agreed between Syrian army and rebels in three Syrian towns - sources - Reuters

 

Saudi Arabia rejects Russian calls to work with Assad against IS - Yahoo News


VIDEO (English): Lavrov and Saudi's al-Jubeir disagree about Syria and Assad - YouTube


Proposed UN Statement Would Back Preparatory Talks on Syria - ABC News

 

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Turkey's strikes on Kurds could drag US into new front, Pentagon sources fear - Fox News


Report claims Turkey gave US only 10 minutes warning before strikes on PKK - Middle East Eye


PKK should bury arms, ceasefire not enough: Erdoğan - hurriyetdailynews.com


VIDEO: Erdoğan: PKK should bury arms, ceasefire not enough, airstrikes will continue until 'not one terrorist is left' - YouTube


PKK claims responsibility for Monday's suicide bombing and a subsequent armed attack on a police station - Anadolu Agency


Swaggering Gunmen on Camera as PKK Targets Turkish Towns - Bloomberg Business


Turkish warplanes strike PKK targets in southeast - US News


Erdoğan seeks damages from HDP leader Demirtaş - .todayszaman.com


HDP deputy claims Turkey handed over YPG fighters to al-Nusra-allied group - hurriyetdailynews.com


Diplomatic crisis between Ankara, Tehran as FM's visit delayed - Cihan Politics News

 

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Tomgram: Engelhardt, What It Means When You Kill People On the Other Side of the Planet and No One Notices

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Cat J. Zavis is the Executive Director of the Network of Spiritual Progressives ( http://spiritualprogressives.org ). We discuss their proposed Enviroinmental and Social Responsibility Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (ESRA) ( http://spiritualprogressives.org/newsite/?page_id=117 ). Zavis is a Collaborative Divorce Attorney, Mediator, Child Advocate, Coach for Parents co-parenting their children after divorce and Author of the upcoming book, Parenting with Your Ex: Another F***ing Growth Opportunity. She is also a sought after trainer in empathic communication, having trained hundreds of Collaborative Attorneys, Coaches, Therapists, Mediators, spiritual practitioners and parents. In 2009, she was awarded a Peace Builder Award for her business.

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SYRIA After the Iran-U.S. Sanctions Agreement: What’s Ahead – Diplomacy or Military Escalation?

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An ALERT on Dangerous U.S. War Moves – U.S. bombing to support “moderate rebels” new inspections for chemical weapons, “Safe Zone” on Turkish border, new U.S. bases in Turkey… 

 

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Exclusive: Hillary Clinton State Department Emails, Mexico Energy Reform and the Revolving Door

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog

Emails released on July 31 by the U.S. State Department reveal more about the origins of energy reform efforts in Mexico. The State Department released them as part of the once-a-month rolling release schedule for emails generated by former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, now a Democratic presidential candidate.

Hillary Clinton Emails

Turkey News - Aug 10, 2015


Kurdish rebels attack police, military in Turkey, policeman killed - Reuters


Report: 7 hurt in bomb attack at Istanbul police station - The Sun Herald


VIDEO: 5 police, 2 civilians injured in blast at Istanbul police station, protest against PKK ensues - YouTube


Anti-goverment protests in Cizre turn violent after three people killed and seven wounded in clashes between Turkey police and PKK - Aganecy


VIDEO: Pro-Kurdish protesters clash with Turkey police in Cizre (Part 1) - YouTube


VIDEO: Kurds clash with Turkey police in Cizre (Part 2) - YouTube


Nearly 400 Kurdish rebels killed in 2 weeks of Turkey airstrikes: report - Yahoo News


Turkish authorities launch probe into video of handcuffed Kurdish villagers lying face down - todayszaman.com


VIDEO (English Subs): Turkish police chief shouts Kurdish villagers handcuffed and lying face down - YouTube


Thousands attend demonstration in Istanbul calling on peace between Turkey and PKK - hurriyetdailynews.com


VIDEO: Thousands gather in Istanbul to protest against the Turkish government's intensified military offensive on PKK targets (Part 1) - Reuters


VIDEO: Istanbul peace protest calls for end of hostilities with PKK (Part 2) - video.news.com.au


Thousands of Kurds in Germany march against Turkish air strikes - Yahoo News


VIDEO: Kurds in France and Germany protest Turkish military actions - YouTube


Brussels rally calls on US, Europe to help stop Turkish attacks - Rudaw


German FM: End of Turkey’s peace process would be fatal - todayszaman.com


Europe 'rejects' extradition of nearly 650 PKK and leftish suspects - middleeastmonitor.com


Turkey's pursuit of Kurdish rebels threatens to further destabilize the region - The Washington Post


Minister: Turkey will not give Syrian refugees right to work - todayszaman.com


Turkey faces credit downgrade risk by year end - todayszaman.com

 

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Pro-Kurdish party leader Demirtas urges the PKK to 'remove its finger from the trigger' and the government to launch peace talks - Yahoo News


Demirtaş visits family of slain soldier, calls for peace - todayszaman.com


HDP says negotiations for settlement should be with Öcalan-led delegation - todayszaman.com


Öcalan demands PKK and Turkey to stop the fighting, return to the table of negotiations - ARA News


Peshmerga chief urges PKK to leave Iraq’s Kurdish region - Anadolu Agency


VIDEO: Rifts among Kurdish parties over KRG call on PKK to leave Iraq's Kurdistan - YouTube


VIDEO: PKK leader: Turkey is protecting IS by attacking Kurds - BBC News


Ambulances ferry ISIL terrorists between Turkey and Syria, CHP report says - todayszaman.com


Kurdish Forces Discover Network of Tunnels Connecting Towns on Opposite Sides of the Syrian-Turkish Border - BasNews


Turkey intentionally late in action against ISIL recruiters: Report - hurriyetdailynews.com


YPG accuses Turkey of handing over six Kurdish fighters to Nusra Front, facing the risk of execution - ARA News


Another Jabhat al-Nusra judicial document for execution of individuals for fornication and homosexuality - Aymenn J Al-Tamimi on Twitter


US deploys six F-16 jets with 300 personnel to Turkey for IS fight - Yahoo News


Russia's Lavrov says U.S. must work with Assad to fight Islamic State - Yahoo News


Islamic State kills 37 rival insurgents in Syria's Aleppo province: monitor - Reuters


ISIS battles Syria rebels for key supply lifeline near Turkey border crossing: activists - THE DAILY STAR


Islamic State is led by more than 100 of Saddam's former officers - AP


Terra Incognita: Are Saddam-era soldiers secretly behind the rise of Islamic State? No. - Jerusalem Post


REPORT: A Snapshot of the Islamic State's Official Media Output - The Washington Institute for Near East Policy


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