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2014-07-09
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2013-11-28
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2013-09-30
Statement From The Whitehouse Regarding The Government Shutdown

2013-09-29
An Open Response To 'Organizing for Action'

2013-08-26
Bayou Corne: The Biggest Ongoing Disaster In The U.S. You Have Not Heard Of

2013-04-21
Boston Mayor Hopes Feds 'Throw the Book' at Marathon Bombing Suspect

2013-04-19
Boston Police Closing In On Suspects

2013-04-15
2 Explosions At Boston Marathon. 2 Dead, Many Injured.

2013-01-03
The Press vs Citizens Rights and Privacy - Act 3

2012-12-30
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2012-12-25
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2012-12-21
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2012-12-16
An Open Letter To United Health Care, Medcom, And The Medical Insurance Industry In General

2012-11-17
Whitehouse Petition To Remove "Under God" and "In God" From Currency And The Pledge.

2012-11-15
December 21, 2012

2012-11-11
If Hillary Clinton Ran For President, She Would Probably Be The Best-prepared Candidate In American History

2012-11-10
CIA Director David Petraeus Resigns After FBI Investigation Uncovers Affair With High-Profile Journalist

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2012-09-30
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2012-09-18
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After Obama’s green light, Afghan forces on the offensive
2016-07-24 04:42:47 (49 seconds ago) 

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — After two years of heavy casualties, the Afghan military is trying to retake the initiative in the war against militants with a new offensive next week against Islamic State group loyalists, an assault that will see American troops back on the battlefield working more closely with Afghan soldiers. Afghan President Ashraf […]
 
Swift’s huge win against haters
2016-07-24 04:42:33 (1 minutes ago) 
Taylor Swift has been handed a secret weapon other celebrities can only dream about: the right to censor comments about her on social media.
 
After Obama's green light, Afghan forces on the offensive
2016-07-24 04:40:17 (3 minutes ago) 
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- After two years of heavy casualties, the Afghan military is trying to retake the initiative in the war against militants with a new offensive next week against Islamic State group loyalists, an assault that will see American troops back on the battlefield working more closely with Afghan soldiers....
 
'You can't put it into words'
2016-07-24 04:30:15 (13 minutes ago) 
Young people in Munich have given their reaction after Friday's mass shooting that left nine people dead, seven of then teenagers.
 
Afghanistan Mourns 80 Killed in Suicide Attack on March
2016-07-24 04:21:22 (22 minutes ago) 
 
Police searching for missing Hawke's Bay man Jason Wright
2016-07-24 04:01:55 (42 minutes ago) 
Hawke's Bay Police are searching for a man who has not been seen since Friday night.
 
Turkey to disband elite guard after coup attempt
2016-07-24 04:00:44 (43 minutes ago) 
Turkey is disbanding its elite presidential guard unit following an attempted coup that left hundreds dead this month, the Prime Minister said.
 
Turkey to disband presidential guard unit following coup attempt
2016-07-24 03:40:42 (1 hours ago) 
Turkey is disbanding its elite presidential guard unit following an attempted coup that left hundreds dead this month, the Prime Minister said.
 
Dover traffic: 'We were stuck in traffic for 16 hours'
2016-07-24 03:30:15 (1 hours ago) 
Ollie Burroughs tells the BBC he and his family were stuck in traffic for sixteen hours waiting to board a ferry at Dover.
 
Baton Rouge to continue to mourn officers slain in ambush
2016-07-24 03:22:02 (1 hours ago) 

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The city of Baton Rouge will continue to memorialize officers slain in a shoot-out outside a convenience store just a week ago with funeral services planned Monday for police officer Montrell Jackson. Just days before he was shot and killed, Jackson posted an emotional Facebook message saying he was “physically […]
 
Tim Kaine gets a warm homecoming in Richmond
2016-07-24 03:22:01 (1 hours ago) 

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Sen. Tim Kaine received a hero’s welcome outside his Richmond home, capping off his debut as Hillary Clinton’s running mate. Hundreds of neighbors and other well-wishers greeted Kaine and his wife, Anne Holton, on their return to their home in Richmond on a hot and sticky Saturday night. The Kaines had […]
 
'They electrocuted me' say Indonesia's death-row prisoners nearing execution
2016-07-24 03:21:47 (1 hours ago) 
A Nigerian man facing imminent execution in Indonesia tearfully told a court that police electrocuted his genitals to force him to confess to possessing heroin.
 
Iraq: Suicide Attack in Baghdad Kills at Least 10 People
2016-07-24 03:21:37 (1 hours ago) 
Iraqi officials say a suicide bombing against a security check point in northern Baghdad has killed at least 10 people.
 
After week of doom and gloom in Cleveland, it's the Democrats' turn
2016-07-24 03:21:31 (1 hours ago) 
CLEVELAND - Before he can get about the business of making America great again, Donald J. Trump has decided to make Americans afraid again.
 
1970s science follies look groovy in a new light
2016-07-24 03:21:30 (1 hours ago) 
Why define science by its great works? Events taking place at its fringes are just as revealing
 
Robert Reich Is Furious with Debbie Wasserman Schultz After Alleged Email Leak: ‘Fire Her Now’
2016-07-24 03:10:13 (2 hours ago) 
The emails are being released from Wikileaks after the party’s servers were hacked.

Class warrior and former Labor Secretary Robert Reich is furious with Democratic Party chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz as alleged emails are being released from Wikileaks after the party’s servers were hacked by Guccifer 2.0.

The alleged leaks reveal emails from staffers questioning former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ faith, Wasserman Schultz contacting NBC political news director Chuck Todd questioning commentary on “Morning Joe” and calling Republican nominee Donald Trump names.

Reich wrote on a Facebook post Saturday that the alleged emails “clearly show the DNC tried to sandbag Bernie’s campaign. As such, he believes “Hillary should fire Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Now. Don’t wait until next week to replace her.”

Reich continues, giving examples of alleged Clinton preference when the party should have remained impartial. “When the director of communications wanted to complain to CNN about a segment the network aired in which Bernie said he would oust the chairwoman if he were elected, Wasserman Schultz emails back, ‘he isn’t going to be president,'” he wrote.

“Other emails show officials of the DNC using ‘us’ language when referring to Hillary supporters and ‘them’ language in reference to Bernie’s,” Reich believes this is further evidence that the DNC was secretly working behind closed doors to help Clinton in the primary over Sanders.

Reich was a supporter of Sanders during the primary, tweeting, “He’s leading a movement to reclaim America for the many, not the few.”

“It is imperative that the Democratic leadership, both nationally and in the states, understand that the political world is changing and that millions of Americans are outraged at establishment politics and establishment economics,” Sanders said in a statement after the Nevada caucus, where party leaders accused the Sanders campaign of having a “penchant for violence.”

“The Democratic Party has a choice. It can open its doors and welcome into the party people who are prepared to fight for real economic and social change – people who are willing to take on Wall Street, corporate greed and a fossil fuel industry which is destroying this planet,” the Sanders statement continued. “Or the party can choose to maintain its status quo structure, remain dependent on big-money campaign contributions and be a party with limited participation and limited energy.”

At a campaign stop in south Florida, Saturday, Clinton said from the stage that she was excited to have Wasserman Schultz’s help as the campaigns race toward November.

 
Are Trump Voters Aware That Mike Pence Might Be Running the Show?
2016-07-24 03:10:13 (2 hours ago) 
Reports note Pence will be in charge of domestic and foreign policy.

When he officially accepts the 2016 Republican nomination for president Thursday night, Donald Trump will do so as a different kind of Republican.

Or so the thinking goes.

A Trump presidency would be just like every other Republican presidency, arguably even worse.

We now know this for fact.

According to a story out today in the New York Times Magazine, when Donald Trump was looking for a running mate, he initially offered the job to one of his former opponents, Ohio Governor John Kasich.

And while that's interesting enough on its own, what's even more interesting is the offer the Trump campaign made to try to convince Kasich to join the ticket.

According to the New York Times, when Donald Trump, Jr. contacted a Kasich advisor about the running mate job, he told that adviser that his father wanted to make Kasich the "most powerful vice president in history."

What happened next reveals a lot about the real Donald Trump.

When Kasich's adviser asked how this would be the case Donald Jr. explained that his father's vice president would be in charge of domestic and foreign policy.

Then what, the adviser asked, would Trump be in charge of?

"Making America great again" was the casual reply.

Now, we have no explicit confirmation of this, but everything in the Times' report suggests that Trump made this exact same offer to Mike Pence before making him his running mate.

And if that's true, it reveals two very important things.

The first thing it reveals is Trump's management style. Like a lot of billionaire corporate executives, Trump is a delegator, which is fine for the business world, but poses some big problems for the presidency, a job that requires attention to detail and around-the-clock engagement.

So that's the first thing this Times story reveals. The second thing it reveals is a much bigger deal.

If Donald Trump really did offer Mike Pence complete control over domestic and foreign policy in return for serving his running mate, then that means that Donald Trump's entire campaign is a sham.

Unlike Donald Trump (or at least 2016 presidential campaign edition of Donald Trump), Mike Pence is a rock-solid, down-the-line all-for-the-billionaires-and-corporations Republican.

Pence voted for and supported the Iraq War.

Pence supports the Trans-Pacific Partnership, NAFTA, CAFTA, and all the rest of the so-called free trade agreements that have run the American middle-class into the ground.

Pence supports slashing Social Security, and Medicare, hates unions, and wants to cut taxes for the rich, and on and on.

So if Donald Trump really did offer Mike Pence complete control over domestic and foreign policy in exchange for being his running mate, then that means that a Trump presidency would really just be a Pence presidency.

In other words, if you're thinking of voting for Trump because you hate the TPP and NAFTA and want to bring the jobs home, what you're actually going to get is Mike Pence, who loves the TPP and NAFTA.

If you're thinking of voting for Trump because you're sick of us wasting all that blood and treasure in the Middle East, what you're actually going to get is Mike Pence, who was one of the biggest Iraq War boosters around.

If you're thinking of voting for Trump because you think he's going to protect Social Security, what you're actually going to get is Mike Pence, who's just another Republican who wants to throw granny off the cliff.

You get the idea.

Of course, the fact that his campaign is such a blatant scam doesn't matter one bit to Donald Trump.

He doesn't care about what Pence will do to the middle class, he doesn't care what Pence will do to the nation, and he certainly doesn't care what Pence will do to you and me.

All Trump cares about is inflating his personal brand, and getting elected president is the best way to do that.

But, just because Trump doesn't care, doesn't mean Republican voters shouldn't.

They should be outraged that their candidate is pulling a fast one on them.

Unfortunately, the media is so busy covering the Trump campaign like a reality show that it hasn't bothered pointing any of this out.

Hopefully they do before it's too late, because the last thing this country needs is another right-wing Republican president.

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Your Tim Kaine VP Primer: 7 Things You Should Know About Hillary Clinton’s Running Mate
2016-07-24 03:10:13 (2 hours ago) 
Lacking in name recognition, the center-left senator from Virginia is the safe pick for Clinton's VP running mate.

Presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton on Friday announced Tim Kaine as her vice presidential running mate. Kaine is a more traditional (read: less progressive) politician than some of the other top picks, but also significantly less controversial. Here are some things you need to know about him:

1. Kaine is currently the junior senator from Virginia, having been elected in 2012 after Jim Webb retired. Before that he served as the governor, lieutenant governor, and mayor of Richmond.

2. He’s Catholic, but interestingly, still pro-choice. While he has previously admitted to having “a faith-based opposition to abortion” he also says, “Roe vs. Wade is ultimately about saying that there is a realm of personal liberty for people to make this decision” and “I don’t think ultimately we ought to be criminalizing abortion.”

 

3. One of the things that put Kaine over the edge in terms of a strong VP pick is the fact that he’s from Minnesota, but has served Virginia, which should help strengthen Clinton’s position in battleground states in both the South and Midwest.

4. He speaks fluent Spanish — he has delivered speeches on the Senate floor in Spanish.

5. Kaine supports strong action on climate change, decrying both climate change deniers and what he has termed “leadership deniers,” politicians who believe in climate change but don’t believe the U.S. should take a leadership role in reducing the world’s carbon footprint. “They say look, even if we reduce U.S. emission to zero, it wouldn’t offset world emissions unless China or India did something, and so let’s just not do anything,” Kaine said. “That is just not the American way, folks, for us not to lead on something important like that.”

6.  He’s been married to his wife, Anne Bright Holton, since 1984. They met while at Harvard Law and she is currently serving as the Secretary of Education in Virginia. The couple has three children together.

7. Kaine is a member of the Senate Armed Forces Committee, and opposed the Obama administration’s efforts to use the existing Authorization for Use of Military Force to expand action against ISIS in Iraq. At the time, he wrote in the Washington Post, “Ultimately, the allocation of war powers is based on a value. The nation should not send U.S. service members into harm’s way unless there is a consensus among the civilian leadership — executive and legislative — that the mission is worth it. Ordering people to risk their lives without Washington doing the work necessary to reach a political consensus is immoral.”

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Iraq: Suicide attack in Baghdad kills at least 10 people
2016-07-24 03:02:05 (2 hours ago) 

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials say a suicide bombing against a security check point in northern Baghdad has killed at least 10 people. A police officer says a bomber on foot detonated his device Sunday morning at one of the entrances of the Shiite district of Kadhimiyah, killing at least eight civilians and two policemen. […]
 
Iraq: Suicide attack in Baghdad kills at least 10 people
2016-07-24 03:02:05 (2 hours ago) 

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials say a suicide bombing against a security check point in northern Baghdad has killed at least 10 people. A police officer says a bomber on foot detonated his device Sunday morning at one of the entrances of the Shiite district of Kadhimiyah, killing at least eight civilians and two policemen. […]
 
Stephen Donald the toast of fundraising Trade Me auction
2016-07-24 03:01:46 (2 hours ago) 
In 2011, Stephen Donald kicked a goal for the All Blacks that would make him a national hero.
 
Saudi official makes rare Jerusalem visit, meets Israelis
2016-07-24 03:00:19 (2 hours ago) 
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's Foreign Ministry says a senior official has met with a visiting former military general from Saudi Arabia. The meeting marks a rare public engagement between countries that have no official relations....
 
Craig Lowndes denies Jamie Whincup a century at Ipswich
2016-07-24 02:41:55 (2 hours ago) 
Holden veteran Craig Lowndes has revived his Supercars championship tilt with victory in Sunday's race at Queensland Raceway.
 
Global Sports Leaders Anticipate a Decision on Russia’s Participation in Olympics
2016-07-24 02:41:44 (2 hours ago) 
Olympic officials are meeting on Sunday to deliberate how and if to discipline Russian athletes in the wake of revelations of government-ordered doping.
 
LEADING OFF: Kluber vs O’s, Cards pitch rookie in primetime
2016-07-24 02:21:58 (2 hours ago) 

A look at what’s happening all around the majors today: ___ SEE YOU IN OCTOBER? AL Central-leading Cleveland plays its final regular-season game against AL East-leading Baltimore. Indians right-hander Corey Kluber (9-8, 3.42) threw seven scoreless innings in a 7-3 loss to Kansas City his last time out. Baltimore counters with Vance Worley (2-1, 3.16), […]
 
Op-Ed Columnist: Donald Trump’s Disturbia
2016-07-24 02:21:28 (2 hours ago) 
On display in Cleveland: The dissonant Trump worlds of dystopia and diss-topia.
 
Thousands attend funeral for slain critic of Cambodia leader
2016-07-24 02:02:09 (3 hours ago) 

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Tens of thousands of Cambodians marched Sunday in the funeral procession for a leading government critic who was fatally shot in an attack that raised suspicion of a political conspiracy. A farm worker who was caught red-handed told police he killed Kem Ley, 45, over a $3,000 loan. However, the […]
 
Thousands attend funeral for slain critic of Cambodia leader
2016-07-24 02:02:09 (3 hours ago) 

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Tens of thousands of Cambodians marched Sunday in the funeral procession for a leading government critic who was fatally shot in an attack that raised suspicion of a political conspiracy. A farm worker who was caught red-handed told police he killed Kem Ley, 45, over a $3,000 loan. However, the […]
 
‘Gay marriage vote within year’
2016-07-24 02:01:57 (3 hours ago) 
George Brandis is consulting the electoral commission about holding a plebiscite on same-sex marriage within 12 months.
 
Prosecutor: Venezuela first lady's nephews confess drug deal
2016-07-24 02:00:20 (3 hours ago) 
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Two nephews of Venezuela's powerful first lady allegedly confessed to trying to smuggle 800 kilograms (1,763 pounds) of cocaine into the U.S. following their arrest last year in Haiti, according to prosecutors in the politically-charged case....
 
The cream of New Zealand's Super Rugby crop has risen
2016-07-24 01:41:46 (3 hours ago) 
No surprises there, then.
 
Top DNC Official Apologizes for 'Insensitive' Email After Leak
2016-07-24 01:41:25 (3 hours ago) 
 
The Latest: Burned body found at California fire scene
2016-07-24 01:40:18 (3 hours ago) 
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) -- The Latest on California wildfires (all times local):...
 
The Latest: Burned body found at California fire scene
2016-07-24 01:30:13 (3 hours ago) 
Authorities say a burned body has been found at the scene of a wildfire that's threatening 1,500 homes north of Los Angeles. Los Angeles County sheriff's Lt. Rob Hahnlein says the body was reported shortly after 7:30 p.m. Saturday outside a home on Iron Canyon Road in Santa Clarita. He says the home also may have burned. Detectives will try to determine whether the person died from the fire or from other causes. The area is among those ordered evacuated because of a wildfi...
 
Reign FC beats Orlando Pride, 5-2
2016-07-24 01:22:09 (3 hours ago) 

Seattle moves to sixth in National Women’s Soccer League standings.
 
Secret 'Blair Witch' sequel reveled
2016-07-24 01:20:38 (3 hours ago) 
It's not easy to stand out during the hype machine that is San Diego Comic-Con. But Lionsgate found a way: The studio announced a surprise sequel to 1999's "The Blair Witch Project."
 
Why Germany—and the World—Is Arguing Over the Munich Shooter
2016-07-24 01:02:09 (4 hours ago) 
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IS shuns Manbij withdrawal
2016-07-24 01:01:51 (4 hours ago) 
The jihadist group has rebuffed an offer for its fighters to withdraw safely from the Syrian city.
 
Travel Tips: A Three-Step Guide to Tipping on Vacation
2016-07-24 01:01:37 (4 hours ago) 
Wondering how much to give your concierge? Your tour guide and driver? Here are some rules of thumb.
 
Michelangelo's mountain
2016-07-24 00:50:14 (4 hours ago) 
Diggers remove a million tonnes of stone a year from the place where Roman emperors, Michelangelo and Mussolini all went for their marble.
 
Thousands attend funeral for slain critic of Cambodia leader
2016-07-24 00:42:04 (4 hours ago) 

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Tens of thousands of Cambodians have marched in the funeral procession for a leading government critic who was fatally shot in an attack that raised suspicion of a political conspiracy. Kem Ley was shot on July 10, and a former government soldier told police he killed him over a money […]
 
Photos of the Day: July 23, 2016
2016-07-24 00:42:03 (4 hours ago) 

Explore the news of the day with these images from around the world.
 
As Democratic convention nears, excessive heat settles in
2016-07-24 00:42:03 (4 hours ago) 

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Hot and humid weather has settled over Philadelphia as delegates begin arriving for the Democratic National Convention. Officials are warning residents and visitors to take precautions. The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning through Monday, the first day of the convention. Meteorologists warn the heat index would be in […]
 
As Democratic convention nears, excessive heat settles in
2016-07-24 00:41:48 (4 hours ago) 
 
'King Arthur: Legend of the Sword' gets modern feel, lock, stock and throne - CNET
2016-07-24 00:40:39 (4 hours ago) 
In his signature style, director Guy Ritchie reimagines the legend of King Arthur as a rough-around-the-edges bloke who just wants what's rightfully his -- the throne.
 
AP EXPLAINS: For 69 years, Kashmir is torn by deadly strife
2016-07-24 00:40:18 (4 hours ago) 
SRINAGAR, India (AP) -- When news spread that Indian troops had killed 22-year-old Burhan Wani, a charismatic commander of Indian-controlled Kashmir's biggest rebel group on July 8, the public response was spontaneous and unprecedented. Tens of thousands of angry youths poured out of their homes in towns and villages across the Himalayan region, hurling rocks and bricks and clashing with Indian troops....
 
Airport expansion decision needed 'urgently' - MPs
2016-07-24 00:30:14 (4 hours ago) 
The government must make an "urgent and immediate decision" on airport expansion in south-east England, a group of cross-party MPs say.
 
Tim Kaine gets warm welcome from neighbors
2016-07-24 00:22:13 (4 hours ago) 

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Sen. Tim Kaine received a hero’s welcome Saturday night outside his Richmond home late Saturday, capping off his debut as Hillary Clinton’s running mate. Hundreds of neighbors and other well-wishers greeted Kaine and his wife, Anne Holton, on their return to their home in Richmond on a hot and sticky evening. […]
 
Tiger mauls woman to death in Chinese wildlife park
2016-07-24 00:22:11 (4 hours ago) 

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese state-run newspaper says Siberian tigers at a wildlife park in Beijing mauled a woman to death and wounded another when they stepped out of a car in an enclosure. The Legal Evening News said late Saturday that a tiger pounced on one of the women after she got out of […]
 
The Stone: Arendt, Schmitt and Trump’s Politics of ‘Nation’
2016-07-24 00:21:47 (4 hours ago) 
The Republican convention evoked two titans of 20th-century political philosophy, Carl Schmitt and Hannah Arendt.
 
Trump: France, others hit by terror may face more screening
2016-07-24 04:42:47 (49 seconds ago) 

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is asserting that countries like France that he says are compromised by terrorism may be subjected to the “extreme vetting” he proposes as a deterrent to attacks in the U.S. When asked if his proposal might lead to a point when not a lot of people from […]
 
Could NATO be the next alliance to unravel?
2016-07-24 04:40:40 (3 minutes ago) 
Last month it was Brexit, but could NATO be facing Amerixit or even Turkxit? Donald Trump even suggested the U.S. may not necesarily help a NATO ally in trouble.
 
After Obama's green light, Afghan forces on the offensive
2016-07-24 04:40:17 (3 minutes ago) 
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- After two years of heavy casualties, the Afghan military is trying to retake the initiative in the war against militants with a new offensive next week against Islamic State group loyalists, an assault that will see American troops back on the battlefield working more closely with Afghan soldiers....
 
Brexit heightens global economic risks, says G20
2016-07-24 04:30:15 (13 minutes ago) 
The UK's vote to leave the European Union adds to risks for the global economy, finance chiefs say at the G20 summit in China.
 
DC, Marvel take Comic-Con 2016 by storm with film announcements, trailers
2016-07-24 04:11:18 (32 minutes ago) 
 
Review: Duran Duran turns up the grooves after Chic turned it on early
2016-07-24 04:01:54 (42 minutes ago) 
The ’80s hitmakers followed their openers’ funky lead Saturday.
 
Rio 2016: Man arrested for trying to grab Olympic Torch
2016-07-24 03:50:14 (53 minutes ago) 
A man is arrested after trying to grab the Olympic Torch in Sao Paolo as the flame makes its way towards Rio de Janeiro for the opening of the 2016 Games.
 
Body discovered in wake of Sand fire in Santa Clarita
2016-07-24 03:31:07 (1 hours ago) 
 
German officials urge tightening of already strict guns laws
2016-07-24 03:22:07 (1 hours ago) 

German gun laws are some of the most restrictive in the world.

        
 
Tim Kaine gets a warm homecoming in Richmond
2016-07-24 03:22:02 (1 hours ago) 

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Sen. Tim Kaine received a hero’s welcome outside his Richmond home, capping off his debut as Hillary Clinton’s running mate. Hundreds of neighbors and other well-wishers greeted Kaine and his wife, Anne Holton, on their return to their home in Richmond on a hot and sticky Saturday night. The Kaines had […]
 
Cronulla Sharks rout Newcastle Knights to extend record winning streak to 15
2016-07-24 03:21:47 (1 hours ago) 
The Sharks extended their incredible club record winning streak to 15 games with a comprehensive 36-4 win over Newcastle on Sunday.
 
Baton Rouge to continue to mourn officers slain in ambush
2016-07-24 03:21:47 (1 hours ago) 
 
Who is Hillary Clinton?
2016-07-24 03:21:31 (1 hours ago) 
What you don't know about Hillary Clinton is a lot. She'd tell you herself: "I am a very well-known unknown person."
 
Demonstrations begin before Democrats gather in Philly
2016-07-24 03:21:31 (1 hours ago) 
A small group of antiabortion protesters marched Saturday to the notorious West Philadelphia abortion clinic once operated by Kermit Gosnell, where they chanted "DNC, defend unborn children" as a plane flew overhead carrying that message on an aerial banner.
 
WATCH: Los Angeles County Wildfire Engulfs Thousands of Acres
2016-07-24 03:20:02 (1 hours ago) 
Huge flames impinge on homes in L.A.'s Sand Canyon in this dramatic video.
 
Turkey's Erdogan Cashing in on a Failed Coup
2016-07-24 03:10:13 (2 hours ago) 
Erdogan is using the botched bid to unseat him to further his authoritarian agenda.

As if from nowhere, a section of the Turkish armed forces attempted a coup d’etat on July 15. At 10 p.m., reports of gunfire near the General Staff headquarters in Ankara, Turkey’s capital, began the barrage that lasted till 2.30 a.m. on July 16, when the national intelligence agency (MIT) said that the coup had been “thwarted”. Chaos reigned in the intervening hours. The soldiers and their heavy armour held sections of Ankara and Istanbul, including some media stations and parts of the transportation network. Two hours into the coup, the security services had begun to tell reporters that the unrest had been inspired by the U.S.-based Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen. Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan took to FaceTime, a videotelephony app, to ask people to go onto the streets to defeat the coup. From the mosques, imams also called for public action. By 12.35 a.m., the Special Prosecutor had already begun to frame charges against the coup leadership. It was clear that this coup — the sixth in Turkey’s modern history — had failed before it could be consolidated.

Coup as opportunity

Mr. Erdogan, who has long attempted to create pliable state institutions, said that the coup was a “gift from God to us because this will be a reason to cleanse our army”. The government arrested more than 6,000 people from the military and other state institutions. Saying that the Gülen movement had become a “cancer virus” on society, Mr. Erdogan pledged to purge its membership from positions of authority. The ultimate arbiter of who is or is not in the Gülen movement will be left to Mr. Erdogan’s own loyalists, who are likely to remove those who have long resisted the President’s own bid to monopolise power. Mr. Erdogan deliberately linked the Gülen movement to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which the Turkish army has attacked in its bases in south-eastern Turkey and in Iraq. To call both the Gülen movement and the PKK ‘terrorists’ is a convenient way to sweep up all Erdogan enemies into one target and use the coup — a “gift from God” — as the opportunity to go after them with vehemence.

Was the coup a plot by the followers of Mr. Gülen? So far he has denied responsibility for the coup, saying that a military coup cannot develop democracy. Indeed his own participation is not of the essence. What will be useful is that this coup will allow Mr. Erdogan to flush out some of Mr. Gülen’s followers and remove them from places of authority in the military and the judiciary.

The military’s disconnect

A senior military officer in Turkey told me that over the past half century the Turkish military has been increasingly isolated from society. It has built parallel institutions and believes in values — partly republican — that are at some remove from the Islamic piety and suffocation of Mr. Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP). It is likely, this officer said, that some military leaders felt that their putsch might inspire others to join in against the President’s centralisation of power. The amateur attempt to seize power suggests either that these soldiers had no idea what they were doing — and so had been set up — or that their officers believed that the propaganda of the deed would bring society and the rest of the military on their side. Nothing like this happened. Smatterings of soldiers on the Fatih Sultan Mehmet and Bosphorus bridges in Istanbul do not make much of an impression on the public. This was nothing like the 1980 military coup in Turkey, nor like the covert coup of 1993 or the post-modern coup of 1997. Only Mr. Erdogan has gained from it.

When Mr. Erdogan came to power in 2002, he worried about the power of the Turkish military. It had conducted hard coups in the past, and it had perhaps assassinated a President in 1993, and removed an Islamist coalition government in 1997. The AKP came from the Islamist tradition and was vulnerable before a military that had imbibed modern Turkish secularism. To earn immunity from coups, Mr. Erdogan put his party’s Islamism on mute, threw himself into providing for his Anatolian businessmen base and attempted to join the European Union as a full member — an affiliation that disallows military coups. In addition, he placed loyal Islamists into positions of authority in the military. Some of these men were also followers of Mr. Gülen. When Mr. Erdogan says that Mr. Gülen is responsible for the coup, he knows well the role the two of them played together to line the military with their kind of modern Islamist. Turkey’s military had increased its authority through the war on the Kurds, which Mr. Erdogan tried to bring to an end with a peace negotiation with the PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan. These steps disarmed the military for the first decade of Mr. Erdogan’s leadership of the country, first as Prime Minister and then as President.

The Syria impact

But everything unravelled with Turkey’s Syria policy. Mr. Erdogan’s aggressive push against the government of Bashar al-Assad in Syria pushed Turkey into a crisis. As a Kurdish leader told me a few years ago, Turkey began to resemble Pakistan, with Syria being the current Afghanistan. Extremists came across the Turkish-Syrian border, which became porous for arms and men to create mayhem in Syria and to enliven extremist cells inside Turkey. The war on the Kurds was reopened, since the Syrian Kurds on the border had begun to make gains towards a Syrian version of their homeland. This was intolerable to Mr. Erdogan, and to Ankara in general. Disgruntlement grew in the military due to the futile war on the Kurds and for the AKP’s duplicitous policies toward the Islamic State. Mr. Erdogan’s attempt to suffocate institutions of Turkish democracy for his own presidential ambitions took its toll. Turkish society became greatly polarised, with Mr. Erdogan’s supporters more arrogant about his gains and with his opponents bemoaning the lack of democratic space.

Not one Turkish political party backed the coup. Everyone opposed it, including the Republicans and the Left. The Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), which is the party of the Kurds and the Left, said that it is “against all kinds of coups. There is no way but democracy”. Turkish society should take comfort that there is little political appetite for a coup. Nonetheless, there is a great deal of concern at the use of the coup by Mr. Erdogan to push his agenda. The imams from the mosques, through the night of July 15, called upon their supporters to take to the squares. At the funeral service for those killed during the coup, Mr. Erdogan reiterated the call for people to occupy public spaces across Turkey. Violence against political opponents of Mr. Erdogan and the AKP have picked up in Turkey. It has meant little that the Opposition has been united. A generous president would have built national unity around that. Mr. Erdogan’s is a narrower game. He has used the polarity to his advantage. The coup failed this time. But it is not the end of violence. Turkey remains at the edge of the precipice.

 

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The Appalling Violence of the World's Three Superpowers
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Just ask Latin Americans, East Europeans, or Asians what they think of their powerful neighbors.

If asked to identify the world's superpowers today, most people would name the United States, Russia, and China. Although many citizens of these countries maintain that this status is based on the superiority of their national way of life, the reality is that it rests upon their nations' enormous capacity for violence.

Certainly none has a peaceful past. The United States, Russia, and China have a long history of expansion at the expense of neighboring countries and territories, often through military conquest. Those nations on their borders today, including some that have wrenched themselves free from their imperial control, continue to fear and distrust them. Just ask Latin Americans, East Europeans, or Asians what they think of their powerful neighbors.

Nor has there been any significant reduction of their military might in recent years. Despite their professions of peaceful intentions, all three nations maintain vast armed forces and a clear willingness to use them when it suits their rulers. According to the International Institute of Strategic Studies, in 2014 the United States had 2.3 million active duty military, reserve military, and paramilitary personnel, Russia had 3.4 million, and China 3.5 million. These figures do not include many other people they kept fully armed, such as China's 3 million-strong People's Liberation Army militia. In 2015, the combined military expenditures of the three superpowers constituted more than half the world total, with 36 percent ($596 billion) spent by the United States, 13 percent ($215 billion) by China, and 4 percent ($64 billion) by Russia.

Lest anyone think that Russia's low military expenditures -- at least compared to those of the United States and China -- indicate a collapse of its capacity for mass violence, it should be kept in mind that Russia continues to possess more nuclear weapons than any other nation. With an estimated 7,290 nuclear weapons in its arsenals, Russia is a formidable military power, indeed. The United States, a close runner-up, has some 7,000, giving these two superpowers possession of roughly 93 percent of the world's nuclear weapons -- more than enough to annihilate life on earth. China, by contrast, lags far behind as a nuclear power, with a mere 260. Even so, these Chinese weapons, if carefully directed, could kill about 52 million people.

As might be expected of countries that view themselves as the light of the world, each is dissatisfied with the nuclear status quo and is busy ramping up its nuclear arsenal at enormous cost. In the United States, a program is underway to spend $1 trillion over the next 30 years to build new nuclear weapons factories, new nuclear warheads, and upgraded delivery systems for the warheads via land-based missiles, submarines, and planes. Meanwhile, both Russia and China are building their own new generations of nuclear weapons. According to a recent New York Times report, Russia is developing "big missiles topped by miniaturized warheads," while "the Russian Navy is developing an undersea drone meant to loft a cloud of radioactive contamination from an underwater explosion that would make target cities uninhabitable." For its part, the Chinese military is flight testing a "hypersonic glide vehicle" that is fired into space "on a traditional long-range missile but then maneuvers through the atmosphere, twisting and careening at more than a mile a second," thus rendering missile defenses "all but useless." Americans can take heart, though, for the Obama administration "is flight-testing its own hypersonic weapon."

Nuclear weapons, of course, have not been used since 1945. But there is nothing to prevent their employment in the future, particularly as the superpowers continue to use their military power recklessly.  China, though not currently at war, is alarming its neighbors by building islands in disputed offshore waters and establishing military facilities on them. Russia is absorbing the Ukrainian territory it recently seized by military force and heavily bombing portions of Syria. And the United States is continuing its lengthy wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, while launching covert military operations in numerous other countries from its 662 military bases around the globe.

Not surprisingly, these are also violent societies at home. Although most nations of the world have abolished capital punishment, both the United States and China still put large numbers of people to death. Indeed, China is the world's most active executioner.

This state-organized violence is often accompanied by citizen violence. In 2015, the use of firearms in the United States resulted in the deaths of 13,286 people and the wounding of another 26,819. These figures include 372 mass shootings, but not suicides, of which there are many. In 2012 -- the latest year with comparative statistics -- the number of gun murders per capita in the United States was nearly 30 times that in Britain.

Murder rates are also high in the three superpowers -- though considerably lower in China than in the United States and Russia. When ranked by the lowest murder rates among the nations of the world, China was #28,the United States #96, and Russia #128. 

Overall, then, the three superpowers are unusually violent powers. An extensive study by the Institute for Economics & Peace, released recently, ranked 163 independent nations and territories according to their level of peacefulness. Examining 23 qualitative and quantitative indicators linked to domestic or international conflict, the degree of militarization, and the level of safety and security in society, the study concluded that, when it came to peacefulness, the United States ranked #103, China #120, and Russia #151.

Is this really the best that these large, economically productive, educationally advanced, and technologically sophisticated nations can do? If so, the world is in big trouble.

 

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12 Miraculous Beauty Treatments That Are Complete Bunk
2016-07-24 03:10:13 (2 hours ago) 
You might want to read this before signing up for your sheep placenta facial.

The beauty industry is huge; huge enough to merit the tag Big Beauty. Thanks to advertising fueled by celebrity endorsements promising all the glamor of Hollywood and using science-y sounding terms like “clinically proven” and “detoxification,” the skin care industry alone is estimated to be worth $80 billion worldwide. Add in all the other anti-aging products, and you are looking at a $300 billion industry.

The perfect storm of aging Baby Boomers desperate to reclaim their youth, Gen-Xers anxious to retain it, a well-funded industry happy to sell them products, and a celebrity-obsessed media allowing claims of efficacy with little or no scrutiny, has resulted in a glut of beauty products whose legitimacy is questionable at best. We hear that Kate Middleton uses a bee venom facial to keep her face young and wrinkle-free, with no evidence as to how that might be so. Ditto when we read about Demi Moore using leeches, or Katie Holmes using snails. And there is the poster child of celebrity beauty tips, Gwyneth Paltrow, founder of alt-beauty and health website Goop.com and famous proponent of master cleanses, detoxs and vaginal steams. Paltrow reportedly spends $21,000 a month to keep up her beauty regimen.

Big Beauty is a master of using pseudoscientific terms and clinical “studies” to validate its products. The truth is, there is next to no meaningful research out there on beauty products. The studies that are cited are usually from researchers funded by the industry itself. In place of real science we get testimonies and assurances from celebrities and paid spokesmodels, often reported by magazines that have a vested interest in distributing “tips” to their readers. Meanwhile, a recent study found that only 18% of all the claims made in commercials by cosmetic companies were accurate, and that fully half of the brands the researchers looked at made claims that were either false or entirely subjective.

But the weird thing about beauty is that most people know this and still buy the products. The University of Guelph in Canada did a study in 2010 in which women were asked about anti-aging products. The majority of the participants were skeptical of the effectiveness of the products, yet it made no difference. “So many of the women we spoke with were aware of the gimmicks and doubted the level of effectiveness of the products, but they still used them,” said Amy Muise, the study’s co-author.

The breadth and variety of bogus beauty treatments is impressive. Here are 12 of the most dubious.

1. Dry shampoo

Touted as a way to save time in the morning by skipping washing and drying your hair, while at the same time preventing overwashing, dry shampoos have been gaining in popularity. Just spray it on (most dry shampoos are rice or oat starch) and it soaks up the excess oil in your hair, leaves a pleasant just-washed smell, and out the door you go. One tiny problem: dry shampoo can cause your hair to fall out.

Sonia Batra, a Los Angeles dermatologist, told the Atlantic that dry shampoo, “deposits substances to coat the follicle that can build up. The resulting inflammation can weaken the follicles and increase shedding. These products can also cause hair follicles to stick together, so that a hair that would normally shed during brushing may take two or three strands along with it.” Then again, having no hair rids you of the problem of needing to wash it.

2. Semen facial aka the man moisturizer.

OK, so even Big Beauty isn’t touching this one, but actress Heather Locklear apparently swears by spreading a little man-juice on the face to rejuvenate the skin and eliminate wrinkles. Maybe this is how porn stars retain their youthful looks, either that or just being young. Popular beauty blogger Tracy Kiss concurs, and her YouTube video on the topic of semen facials has been viewed over a million times, veering into online porn viewership numbers. There is, you should know, no basis for this treatment.

“There is no evidence-based medicine behind it. No science at all,” Lisa Kellett, a Toronto dermatologist told the Toronto Star. It turns out that the molecular structure of semen prevents it from actually being absorbed by the skin. Stick to regular moisturizers, which are molecularly formulated to be absorbed.

3. Vampire facial.

First pump up the face with a dermal filler called hyaluronic acid. Then take some of your own blood, usually from the arm, use a centrifuge to extract platelet rich plasma (PRP), and in a series of injections, return that PRP back into your face. The theory is that the blood platelets contain growth factors that will repair your skin and restore your youthful glow. The treatment has been used in the past to accelerate the healing of burns and wounds, and athletes like Kobe Bryant and Rafael Nadal have undergone it to help recover from injuries. However, there is zero science behind its efficacy as a facial. Still, Kim Kardashian swears by it, so it must be true.

4. Fire facial.

The fire facial is popular in spas all over China, but hasn’t yet caught on in the U.S. Not surprising since it involves setting fire to your face. Well, not exactly. A towel is soaked in alcohol and a special beauty elixir, wrapped on to the face, and then lit on fire. The towel is then quickly extinguished with another cloth (before your face melts, presumably). The treatment allegedly “stimulates the skin and addresses dullness, sagging and wrinkles.” Other than the fact that there is no science behind these claims, the fact that you would be lighting a fire on your face should give anyone pause.

5. Sheep placenta facial.

Victoria Beckham is reportedly a big fan of the sheep placenta facial. In this treatment, stem cells from the afterbirth of an ewe are extracted and applied to the skin. Supposedly the stem cells spur our own stem cells into action, repairing our damaged skin. Never mind that we have barely scratched the surface of what we know about stem cells for actual medical use, and there is no credible knowledge of what they can do as a skin facial.

6. Snail facial.

Ask Katie Holmes how she stays so youthful and she might tell you about her snail facials. Popular in Southeast Asia, the snail facial involves applying live snails to your face and allowing them to crawl over the skin, depositing their slime (scientifically, helix aspersa muller glycoconjugates). The snails disperse their mucus when under stress, and the substance supposedly contains healthy nutrients that will alleviate acne, stretch marks, scars, and wrinkles.

"This clearly is not very scientifically done," said Stephen Mandy, a Miami Beach dermatologist, who pointed out that there is no evidence snail slime does anything to combat aging skin. Moreover, snail mucus can possibly trigger allergic reactions.

7. Oil pulling.

The Ayurvedic practice of oil pulling has been popularized of late by young actress Shailene Woodley, as well as the ever-present Goop-er, Gwyneth Paltrow. The treatment consists of swishing a tablespoon of oil, usually coconut, sesame or sunflower, around in your mouth for 20 minutes. Woodley and other proponents claim this will whiten your teeth (also, some claim, dubiously, it will cure diabetes, acne, hangovers, and other illnesses). While a few studies have indicated the treatment might reduce bacteria in the mouth about the same as a regular mouth rinse, dentists warn it is no replacement for regular dental care.

The oil supposedly removes plaque from the teeth because it is a fat and dental plaque is fat-soluble. However, Robert Collins, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, has noted that there is no evidence that plaque is fat-soluble, and, “Even if it was, it doesn’t mean that it would disrupt the plaque.”

8. Leech facial.

Leeches have been used medicinally for as long as there has been human civilization. Originally thought to balance the body’s “humors,” modern medicine continues to use them to help heal skin grafts, among other things. The saliva from the leech contains an anticoagulant that stops the blood from clotting, useful in skin graft surgery and limb reattachment.

The beauty industry has other ideas, though. The leech facial involves allowing leeches to attach and suck blood from the face, and then smearing the leech-ed blood back onto the face. This allegedly will give you smoother, younger looking skin. Adherents like Demi Moore claim that the proteins and lipids in the leech saliva act to moisturize the skin. Needless to say, no science has shown this to be a fact. And anyway, do you really want leeches sucking blood from your face?

9. Kitty litter facial.

Take a little kitty litter, add a splash of water and rub it on your face and thighs as a mask and skin defoliator. Reportedly Christie Brinkley has endorsed the kitty litter facial. While cat litter may act as a clay mask, the granules are sharp and can cause small tears in the skin. Additionally, some brands contain aluminum silicate, a known neurotoxin for humans. When you are tempted to raid the litter box, resist and stick to regular mud masks.

10. Geisha facial aka bird poop facial.

Japanese geishas used the feces of the nightingale to remove the heavy makeup they wore, and today the geisha facial has gained adherents around the world. The dung of the Japanese nightingale supposedly has restorative properties, smoothing the skin and giving it that Tom Cruise glow. Cruise, in fact, uses the dung, according to Now Magazine. “Tom doesn’t go in for Botox or surgery, but he does pay close attention to all the new and popular natural treatments. He recently started experimenting with the nightingale poo facial.”

True or not, dermatologists are not wowed by the geisha facial. There is little scientific study of feces as a skin conditioner, despite anecdotal acclaim. And while the ingredient in bird feces, urea, can indeed moisturize the skin, it is readily available in many other less expensive moisturizers (the geisha facial can cost around $200).

11. Bee venom mask.

We’ve heard of the “bee-stung lips” look, but how about the bee-stung face? Believers in this facial procedure claim that applying bee venom to the face fools the skin into thinking it has been stung, causing the body to direct blood to the face and producing collagen and elastin to smooth and soften the skin, while restoring elasticity. Among the proponents are Victoria Beckham, Kate Middleton and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. Because the venom is anaphylactic, it can relax the muscles in the face, which could theoretically contribute to a younger look. But, as dermatologist Jeannette Graf explained to Allure Magazine, “there haven’t been enough clinical trials to judge the effect of the venom.” Moreover, there is the possibility of an allergic reaction or damage to skin cell membranes.

12. Fish pedicure.

One of the latest spa crazes is removing dead skin cells from the feet by plunging them into fish tanks and letting the fish nibble away at the dead skin. The supposed benefits include improved circulation, reduced foot odor and softer and suppler feet. However, there is little real science behind these claims, and no guarantee that the fish won’t transmit disease, either from the nibbling, or from the dirty water in the tank. Moreover, there have been claims that the fish used in these treatments are kept hungry to assure they will go for their dead skin appetizer.

The takeaway from all of these examples is to approach claims of “clinically proven” and “dermatologist approved” with a jaundiced eye. The beauty industry is expert at making their treatments sound like science without actually employing science, or by employing very subjective science. Exotic-sounding and expensive procedures to make your skin soft and your face young are almost always no more effective than proven and more inexpensive products.

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4 Ways to Rid Your Home of Serious Health Hazards This Summer
2016-07-24 03:10:13 (2 hours ago) 
Your air conditioner could be bringing dust and pollen into your home.

When you’re out and about having some fun this summer, don’t overlook some serious health hazards that could be lurking in your home or yard. The hot summer months are a great time for outdoor enjoyment, but they can also be a time when your pool becomes a daily chore and your air conditioner could be spreading dust and pollen through dirty ducts. Make sure your home is a healthy one this summer by following these four tips.

1. Keep your pool clean.

Pools are a great way to cool down and have fun in the summer, but if you don’t take proper care of them, they can get dirty very fast. Make sure you are maintaining the proper chemical balance in your pool by testing each day, and invest in a high-quality filtration system as well; filters can help remove a lot of things from your pool that could compromise its safety.

Cost

The cost of a filter will run between $150 and $700 depending on the type of system you’re using.

Safety Tips

Check your filter daily to clean it out and make sure that nothing clogs it up.Have your pool tested at least once weekly for bacteria levels, and do not use the pool until it has been treated at the beginning of the season.Make sure that filters, pumps, and heaters have covers that are whole and unbroken to avoid injury.

Hiring Tips

Consider hiring a pool service to maintain your pool each week. Pool services will make sure your chemical balance is right, and will help maintain your filter as well.If having equipment installed, ask if regular maintenance is a service the company provides; you may be able to get a discount on future service by having a package deal.

2. Test for hazardous material.

How sure are you about the air quality in your home? Depending on the location of your home and its age, you could have some hidden dangers lurking in the air, your floor, your ceiling, and your pipes. If you’ve never had your home tested for asbestos, formaldehyde and radon, now is a good time to do so, so you can take steps to correct any issues before they begin to affect your health.

Cost

The average cost of a hazardous material test is around $299.

Safety Tips

If you suspect asbestos, radon or any other hazardous material in your home, do not disturb the area, as this could send the material airborne where it could affect your health.Never move or disturb an area with suspected hazardous materials on your own; always hire a professional.Make sure that your home is retested after removal of any hazardous material to ensure it was all removed, and that none has become airborne or settled on other surfaces.Have plans to move out of your home until after the abatement has been done.

Hiring Tips

Hire a company that specializes in these materials, not a general inspection company, as they may miss certain areas to be tested.Ask about abatement services at the time of the test so you can be prepared to take the next steps if necessary.

3. Remove asbestos ceilings.

If your home was built or remodeled prior to the 1979s, you could have asbestos in your ceilings. The once popular “popcorn ceiling” sometimes contained asbestos fibers in the mix. Over time, the ceiling could develop cracks, allowing those asbestos fibers to become airborne, which can seriously impact your health. Having the old ceiling removed is the only way to deal with the issue and ensure that your family will be free of asbestos related health problems.

Cost

The average cost of removing an asbestos ceiling is around $6.36 a square foot.

Safety Tips

While a popcorn ceiling is technically easy to remove, never attempt to remove one on your own if you suspect asbestos. Doing so could release the fibers into the air of your home where they can cause serious health problems.Make plans to move out during the abatement process to ensure that your home is clean before you reenter.Have your home retested before you return to make sure no asbestos remains or has become airborne.

Hiring Tips

Hire a specialized asbestos abatement team who can help contain the asbestos as they remove it for optimum safety.Find a team that can perform both the testing and the abatement as one package to help save money.

4. Install ductless air-conditioning.

You rely on your air conditioning a lot during the hot summer months. But how often are you dealing with your ducts, filters, and other related areas? Chances are, your ductwork is filled with dust, debris, pollen, and other contaminates that could be circulating through your home. If you or your family suffer from allergies or other respiratory problems, switching to ductless air conditioning can make a big difference.

Cost

The average cost of a ductless air conditioner is around $1416.

Safety Tips

Make sure the unit is completely supported from below on both sides if installed high up on a wall to prevent it falling out and harming someone standing below.Be sure to change the filter on your unit at least every three months, or more if recommended by the manufacturer, to keep it running well and filtering out particles properly.Have old ducts cleaned out before closing them off to prevent potentially hazardous materials form remaining in your home.

Hiring Tips

Hire a company to service or install your ductless unit before the peak heat days of summer, when installation costs will be lower.Make sure to get a unit that is properly sized to your home; units that are too large for your home will cost more to run, and will break down more frequently due to strain. Too small units may not provide you with enough cool air.

Stay Healthy This Summer

While you’re enjoying the great weather this summer, make sure that you also take the time to ensure your health and safety. Follow these tips to stay healthy at home, and enjoy more of the season. To find out more about what things cost, visit the Cost Guides.

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How I Survived My Father's Hateful Right-Wing Extremism
2016-07-24 03:10:13 (2 hours ago) 
My dad hates me. He hates me because I’m not like him. He hates me because I don’t hate others.

The following is an excerpt from the new book Hate or Be Hated by JG Daniel (2016): 

I was twelve years old, lying face down on my belly in the prone position in front of our old doublewide trailer which was situated in the woods of Western Washington. The nearest neighbor was nearly a half mile away. As usual it was wet outside and the ground was cold and soggy. The muddy driveway had a bend in it about fifty yards away, where at any moment the enemy could be coming right at me. In my hands was one of Dad’s converted, full auto AR-15’s and it was loaded.

The excited warning coming out of his mouth was, “Russian jeeps coming up the driveway!” This meant pull the trigger. I held my breath. I was poised on edge, my finger on the trigger, ready to fire. “Kill ‘em all! Kill ‘em all!” he yelled. Dad asked if I killed ‘em all. I said “I did. I killed them all.” The thirty round bullet clip was empty. Dad was happy. And so was I.

I was thirteen when I wrote my first “Letter to the Editor” to the local newspaper. It was my patriotic duty to correct the editorial board of The News Tribune regarding what form of government we had in the United States. Often the newspaper used the word “democracy” to describe America’s form of government and not only was this wrong, it was misleading. Democracies lead to dictatorships I was taught, and we were being duped by the media on a daily basis.

The United States was a “constitutional republic” — a government based on the principals of laws and it was my absolute duty to inform them of this. My letter was published.

The Editorial Board and all of their readers now knew the truth. Dad was happy. And so was I.

I took a copy of my published letter to school and showed it to my friends. You can imagine how awesome my classmates must have thought I was. I glowingly showed it to some of my teachers as well. Yes, I was that kid.

A year later I decided that I wanted to be a mercenary after I graduated so I could kill commies and dictators to ensure that America would never perish. I revealed this in my high school Careers class. My report discussed the pros and cons of killing people for a living. The only struggle I had with writing the report had to do with whether or not I could kill anyone. I concluded I could if the price was right. Killing a liberal would be easy. I got a C- on my report. Dad was happy. And so was I.

It was only a couple of years later when I received my formal “training” during the summer of 1985 at a John Birch Society summer camp located at the YMCA Campgrounds in Lake Wenatchee, WA., about three hours east of Seattle. I would be one among hundreds of teenagers sent to your not-so-average summer camp to learn the secrets of the Grand Communist Conspiracy. I would also learn how my own high school teachers were trying to brainwash me into becoming a liberal like them and then eventually a full-on commie.

The John Birch Society summer camp featured daily lectures about how rock and roll was going to make me love Satan and how the United Nations was created to take away our freedoms and ultimately destroy America with their New World Order, among other topics. I was taught that democrats, liberals, bankers, the government, celebrities and the media were all working together to trick us into becoming communist slaves. Most importantly, however, I was taught that the John Birch Society was the only organization which could ultimately save America from the communist threat and preserve our freedoms. I learned they were our only hope to make America great again. I didn’t believe everything I was taught, but a lot of it I did.

In a nutshell, the John Birch Society is by far the most radical anti-communist and anti-government organization on the planet. It was created by a few wealthy Americans who wish to preserve their wealth and their interpretation of the American Dream by putting the fear of totalitarian slavery and misery into the hearts and minds of gullible and illogical American fools.

While other kids were having fun in the early eighties, I was stressing out that America was going to be overrun by communists. Educating friends and others with the truth was awkward. To keep my mouth shut meant that I was “sitting on the fence,” as Dad would say, and that meant I was assisting the Conspiracy in its quest. Most American teenagers aren’t that concerned about the end of the world so my warnings often fell on deaf ears. Many times I wouldn’t say anything just to try to fit in and be somewhat normal, though when I did this I always felt like I was letting Dad down.

During these years of my upbringing we were prepping before they called it “prepping.” We were readying for a fight — an invasion from enemy troops, martial law, nuclear or chemical war or some other disastrous threat. It didn’t matter what the fight was or how or where it was coming from — we knew that the shit was going to hit the fan real soon and we’d rather fight and die than become communists.

Dad always said we’d be lucky to survive another year before something would destroy America. He’s been saying this every year for as long I can remember and of course still does to this day. For most of my early teenage years, due to the brainwashing and my naivety, I struggled against allowing myself to have any reasonable thoughts as I shared Dad’s sentiments.

Dad was the smartest person I’d ever known up to this point in my life, and he said the truth was always hidden, twisted or covered up by liberals, communists, the government or the media. No matter what obvious and reasonable facts were presented in any given situation, Dad always sided with the extreme right-wing conservative stance — even if it wasn’t true. The truth was irrelevant. Whatever he was told by the John Birch Society, the National Rifle Association or any other extreme right-wing organization was the absolute truth in his mind. He’d read their propaganda like a preacher reads his bible and nothing could ever be questioned.

If the John Birch Society said there were five hundred million Chinese soldiers hiding near the US/Mexico border getting ready to invade us, he’d believe it and would be warning you about it, without any proof or evidence. If you didn’t believe him, he’d think you were an idiot. His mind has been lost for decades to the propaganda of the extreme right which seeks nothing more than to scare the shit out of all of us by using conspiracy theories and deceptive ideas.

Dad’s a confused Vietnam Vet who hated the war and our government for sending him over there. He’s only alive because he came back to say goodbye to his dying father. While he was home his platoon back in Vietnam got wiped out. The Army didn’t send him back to Vietnam. It’s a horrible story that I can’t even begin to imagine. As war protests increased at home with the long hairs and intellectuals taking the lead, and with Dad’s unfounded hatred for hippies, smart people and anyone who didn’t share his thoughts, he began to defend the war. His failure to comprehend that these people were protesting the senseless deaths of his buddies is yet another manifestation of his hatred-driven actions.

Dad’s had a serious case of survivor’s guilt since the war, which has shaped his miserable existence. Many times when I was a kid, he’d tell me that he wished he was dead or wished he’d never married my mom. I always felt bad when he’d say that. I used to believe that I was the reason he was so lost and felt his life was wasted. This was in the eighties. He’s still alive today, still miserable and still wasting away.

I’ve tried so hard to make him happy that it consumes me. I’ve overachieved with most of the things that I’ve attempted in order to let him know that he was in some way successful with me. Making Dad proud of me has been the main motivator in my existence. My complete feeling of being a failure to him, however, came with the realization that there’s nothing I can do to make him proud of me. Anything I do that doesn’t replicate his own miserable existence is a waste of time in his eyes. By not being him, I’ve failed him.

He has accomplished little, if anything at all, in dealing with his survivor’s guilt from that stupid war. That, combined with his deep hatred for our government and his own personal shame, made him a horrific father and person. He was a scary, psychopathic husband with a wife who feared him and was careful not to do anything to upset him.

His distorted view of the world, much less America, is based upon his closed-minded fundamental belief that “they” are out to get us. “They” is everything and anything that has to do with destroying America: blacks, Jews, gays, communists, socialists, Marxists, humanists, liberals, democrats, environmentalists, educators, equal rights proponents, foreigners, people of color, rich people, happy people or anyone else who contradicted him. His anger made him a natural fit with the racist, right-wing conspiracy-minded militant nut jobs who believed Joseph McCarthy to be an honorable American while John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. were commies set out to destroy America.

Dad is a poor man who hates welfare and government, yet would be homeless without his disability pension, Social Security check, VA benefits and the under-the-table cash he receives for leasing out his property. Those who truly know him and aren’t like him see him as a self-righteous, racially bigoted man who lies, cheats and steals and is the biggest hypocrite they’ve ever known. He’s a miserable person and has been since the day I was born.

My dad hates me. He trained me to be just like him. He hates me because I’m not like him. He hates me because I’m open-minded and compassionate. He hates me because I don’t hate others. He hates me because by failing to program me he has assisted the Communist Conspiracy in its quest to overthrow America.

I’m not my dad. I’m an American and a veteran and not totally proud of either.

Mom says to me, “your father loves you, but just doesn’t know how to show it.” She’s been saying this for decades. She only says this because deep inside she knows that he’s never loved anyone including her, except perhaps his mother and Claymore, his dead Rottweiler. Mother is in complete denial that she wasted over forty years with a man who never loved her. By claiming “he just doesn’t know how to show it,” even years after divorcing him, she is still lying for him, to herself and me.

Since I was seventeen, I’ve worked hard to not be anything like my dad. I’ve countered much of the ideology and negativity that was ingrained in me, but it’s been a struggle overcoming the lack of reasonable and honest judgment that was omitted from my upbringing.

Had I stayed the course, been loyal to his ideals, there’s no question in my mind that I’d likely be dead or would have demonstrated a similar moronic and catastrophic terror like that of Timothy McVeigh, the “good son,” for example. If I hadn’t wrenched myself out of the deep end, I imagine I would’ve had some significant role with the Tea Party, Trump, and the current wave of right-wing extremism eroding and trying to take over this country. These are the only scenarios in my mind where I can think my father would actually be proud of me.

I am angered and embarrassed by who I was and how I was raised in an environment that didn’t value empathy, honesty and caring. I am angry and embarrassed that I still struggle with the impact of my upbringing. I am angry and embarrassed that on some level, I still want my dad to be proud of me.

Some might call the brainwashing I experienced a form of child abuse. For decades I thought I had a somewhat normal childhood. No child should experience the paranoia, despair and isolation that Dad instilled in me. No child should be taught that the only options in this life are to “hate or be hated.” 

JG Daniel was born at Fort Lewis, WA in 1968. "Hate or Be Hated: How I Survived Right-Wing Extremism" is his first book. Visit https://www.facebook.com/hateorbehated for more information.

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5 Appalling Right-Wing Moments This Week—the Crazy Bar Just Got Much Much Higher After the RNC
2016-07-24 03:10:13 (2 hours ago) 
Dr. Ben Carson is really serious about this Lucifer thing.

Thursday was a night of troubled sleep throughout the land. In his long-awaited keynote speech, Republican nominee Donald Trump managed not just to confirm all of our worst fears about him, but to amplify them, make them ten times darker and bigger, make them huuuuuuge! He got the fear job done. Better than anyone in the entire history of the country has gotten it done!

Let us just review what an amazing accomplishment this was. Rudy Giuliani kicked things off, commanding everyone to be much more terrified about crime, ISIS immigration and Black Lives Matter. Chris Christie roused the crowds with chants of “lock her up,” and “guilty as charged!” Ted Cruz delivered his same lizard-like stump speech, the one everyone assumed they’d be spared after he dropped out of the race. The accumulating horror was enhanced by the realization that the slick-backed Trump sons have themselves acquired a taste for politics and now feel qualified to bash teachers and environmental regulations, celebrate gun culture and espouse other tired conservative talking points.

But Trump took the crown! He patted his Ivanka on the butt, and then surpassed them all in 75 minutes of continuous bellowing horribleness. The moon was nearly full. A smoldering heat dome would come to blanket much of the country. Darkness descended. And the next day, the mainstream media sunnily gave him credit for his shout out to the LGBTQ community.

Fear works, and we are genuinely afraid.

1. Ben Carson’s star turn.

It was hard to stand out among all of the over-the-top Hillary bashing at the Republican National Convention, but somehow good ole Ben Carson—oh, how we have missed the antics of the good doctor—did everyone one better. While others merely called for a hanging at dawn, the former GOP front runner calmly drew the connection between Clinton and the Devil. Yeah. That guy. Lucifer.

Carson began his speech by impersonating a sane person, talking seemingly rationally about the brain. It was lulling, soothing even. Then somehow, in the same semi-somnambulent cadence, he segued, and before you knew it, Lucifer was in the house, linked to that other anti-Christ, Hillary. A hanging would no longer suffice. We’ll need an exorcism.

“So are we willing to elect someone as president who has as their role model somebody who acknowledges Lucifer? Think about that.” Carson said. He was referring to Saul Alinsky, author of “Rules For Radicals” who kiddingly mentioned Lucifer in his acknowledgements, and who Hillary Clinton studied in college, so nearly half a century ago. But there’s no joking when it comes to the Devil, and no connection too tenuous when it comes to taking down the Devil who wears if not Prada then Armani pants suits.

Think about that, the brain surgeon said, after rambling on about the connection that he alone has ferreted out. He then speculated that electing Clinton might really cause God to forsake America. The crowd cheered.

Anyone else relieved that at least he no longer practices medicine?

2. Rep. Steve King just doesn’t even bother to disguise his racism.

It’s very possible that Iowa rep, Steve King, has zero concept of white supremacy. It is simply the proverbial water in which this proverbial fish swims in. So perhaps it should not have been too much of a surprise this week when the rabid anti-immigrationist, tea partying congressman just came out and said during a live appearance on MSNBC that white people have basically been superior to all others throughout history and invented everything worthwhile.

His comments came about after host Chris Hayes asked a question about the racial makeup of the GOP.

Charles Pierce of Esquire was there and said: “If you’re really optimistic, you can say this was the last time that old white people would command the Republican Party’s attention, its platform, its public face.”

That did not sit well with King. “This whole ‘old white people’ business does get a little tired, Charlie,” he said, all buddy buddy. “I’d ask you to go back through history and figure out where are these contributions that have been made by these other categories of people that you are talking about? Where did any other subgroup of people contribute more to civilization?”

Co-panelists were stunned. Hayes asked for clarification. Did he mean what it sounded like he just said?

He did.

We know this, because, one, he said it really clearly, and two, he doubled down on his assertion of the superiority of the white European “sub-group” the next day. The man who tried to block Harriet Tubman from being on the $20 bill recently was a hundred percent on message for his party, as you'll see if you read on. .

3. Jeffrey Lord makes truly unhinged comment about Trump’s speech.

Of all the Trump sycophants that CNN has given journalistic validation to, pseudo-historian Jeffrey Lord doesn’t just take the cake—he jumps out of the damn thing. In a field that includes Corey Lewandowski, who is still on the Republican candidate’s payroll, Lord still trumps all. This is a man who consistently espouses the view that the Democrats are more racist than the GOP today because just bringing up race is inherently racist, and the KKK was originally Democratic. (Funny, neither he nor any other right-winger points out that the KKK was also Christian, therefore Christian terrorists.)

Leaving that aside, Lord was asked on CNN for his comments on Trump’s RNC speech Thursday night. There had been talk of Trump being Reaganesque, but somehow “Morning in America” had metasticized into “Armageddon in America.” The comparisons to Nixon’s “law and order” theme amongst the protests and social movements of the sixties seemed a bit more apt, but Lord is his own man—and a Trump-owned man—and he went for another dead president.

“To be honest, this reminds me of Franklin Roosevelt,” Lord said. “In 1932 Franklin Roosevelt gave a speech called the 'Forgotten Man Speech.' Which he, he went through a list of people in America that had been left out, that no one paid attention to. He even cited the banks and the sort of things Trump cited here too. It sounded to me much like that, FDR said that we need to get back to common sense and business sense.”

Say what?

Since no one on CNN reads history, no one questioned this on-its-face absurd comparison to a Democratic president’s speech in which he talked about his own military service and laid out specific economic proposals to help ordinary Americans, subsequently greatly expanding the role of government and social programs.

A tiny morsel of information in the hands of a Trumpian is both a dangerous and sometimes hilarious thing.

4. David Duke, Ann Coulter, Sarah Palin, Alex Jones—all weighed in.

In the new Trumpian era, every right-wing crackpot has a voice and none gets denounced (as long as they pass the loyalty test.) And so right-wing conspiracy theorist extraordinaire Alex Jones went to Cleveland, waylaid Karl Rove at the airport, crashed a Young Turks set, and denounced the officials who would not allow him to fly a “Hillary for Prison” banner over the entire city. (Compared to what was being said in the Quicken Loans Arena, that message now seems quaint.)

In the most Jonesian endorsement possible, Jones told the New Republic that Trump has long “been what you call a ‘closet conspiracy theorist’ for 50 years. I think he’s been a chameleon in the system, and now he sees the time to strike.”

And he's right, Trump is no longer in the closet with his conspiracy theories. His pivot to the general election included implicating Ted Cruz' father in Kennedy's assassination, because the National Enquirer said so.

David Duke and the rest of the White Supremacist set kvelled over Trump’s “America First” harangue. The RNC even displayed a White Nationalist tweet as Trump accepted the nomination. The next day David Duke felt so good about the general Trumpian political climate that he announced his intention to run for Senate.

Trump gal pals Coulter and Palin, while not on the all-star roster of speakers with Scott Baio, performed attack-dog duty on Ted Cruz for his refusal to endorse Trump.

So you see, Trump’s GOP really is pitching a big tent, albeit a circus tent, inclusive enough for some of the most heinously bat-sh*t performers on the planet.   

4. David Duke, Ann Coulter, Sarah Palin, Alex Jones—all weighed in.

In the new Trumpian era, every right-wing crackpot has a voice and none gets denounced (as long as they pass the loyalty test). And so right-wing conspiracy theorist extraordinaire Alex Jones went to Cleveland, waylaid Karl Rove at the airport, crashed a Young Turks set, and denounced the officials who would not allow him to fly a “Hillary for Prison” banner over the entire city. (Compared to what was being said in the Quicken Loans Arena, that message now seems quaint.)

In the most Jonesian endorsement possible, Jones told the New Republic that Trump has long “been what you call a ‘closet conspiracy theorist’ for 50 years. I think he’s been a chameleon in the system, and now he sees the time to strike.”

David Duke and the other White Supremacists set kvelled over Trump’s “America First” speech. The RNC even displayed a White Nationalist tweet as Trump accepted the nomination. The next day David Duke felt so good about the general Trumpian political climate that he announced his intention to run for Senate.

Trump gal pals Coulter and Palin, while not on the all-star roster of speakers with Scott Baio, performed attack-dog duty on Ted Cruz for his refusal to endorse Trump.

So you see, Trump’s GOP really is pitching a big tent, albeit a circus tent, inclusive enough for some of the most heinously bat-sh*t performers on the planet.

5. General Michael Flynn patiently explains to an actual Muslim that he is wrong about Islam.

On the short-list for vice president, Trump endorser General Michael Flynn was seemingly everywhere this week. The former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, and harsh Obama critic, was there at the RNC droning on disturbingly and tediously about how political correctness has impaired our country’s ability to fight and properly label terrorism. Delivery-wise, Flynn is similar to Trump. He simply stands there and yells at people for as long as he's at the podium.

The speech got almost no attention. As much as Flynn and Trump are a uni-mind when it comes to Muslim-bashing, political correctness, and Putin admiration, the general’s slot was not in primetime.

Later in the week, in the interest of balance, Brian Lehrer opened his NPR coverage of the RNC with some commentary and a call-in segment with the tightly wound General Flynn. Part of the discussion centered on the label that General Flynn and other Republicans insist on: "Islamic terrorism," which moderate Muslims, Obama and Clinton have said needlessly offends an entire religious group. But Flynn knows better than Muslims themselves. “Islamic terrorism,” he insists, is a cancer within the religion. He knows, because he just knows, and that’s what he told a caller who tried to explain the damaged feelings the label causes among moderate Muslims.

It was jarring on public radio where people at least attempt to listen to and learn from one another, and reminder that the general, to whom Trump is likely to give a prominent role if he gets elected, is not really going to listen to anyone he disagrees with.

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JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's Foreign Ministry says a senior official has met with a visiting former military general from Saudi Arabia. The meeting marks a rare public engagement between countries that have no official relations....
 
China rolls out world’s largest amphibious aircraft
2016-07-24 02:42:11 (2 hours ago) 

BEIJING (AP) — An official news agency says China has unveiled the world’s largest amphibious aircraft that Beijing plans to use for marine missions and fighting forest fires. The Xinhua News Agency said the AG600 rolled off a production line in Zhuhai in southern China on Saturday. It measures 37 meters (121 feet) in length […]
 
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2016-07-24 02:41:55 (2 hours ago) 
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2016-07-24 02:30:14 (2 hours ago) 
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2016-07-24 02:20:17 (2 hours ago) 
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AP EXPLAINS: For 69 years, Kashmir is torn by deadly strife
2016-07-24 02:02:09 (3 hours ago) 

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — When news spread that Indian troops had killed 22-year-old Burhan Wani, a charismatic commander of Indian-controlled Kashmir’s biggest rebel group on July 8, the public response was spontaneous and massive. Tens of thousands of angry youths poured out of their homes in towns and villages across the Himalayan region, hurling rocks […]
 
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2016-07-24 02:02:09 (3 hours ago) 

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2016-07-24 02:00:19 (3 hours ago) 
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2016-07-24 01:21:56 (3 hours ago) 
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Authorities Say Burned Body Found at Scene of Southern California Wildfire
2016-07-24 01:20:02 (3 hours ago) 
Authorities say burned body found at scene of Southern California wildfire
 
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2016-07-24 01:02:06 (4 hours ago) 

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2016-07-24 01:01:48 (4 hours ago) 
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2016-07-24 00:42:04 (4 hours ago) 

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2016-07-24 00:41:48 (4 hours ago) 
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2016-07-24 00:40:18 (4 hours ago) 
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2016-07-24 00:22:11 (4 hours ago) 

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Taylor Swift Is Summering in Rhode Island. Locals Just Shake It Off.
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2016-07-24 04:42:44 (52 seconds ago) 

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2016-07-24 04:40:17 (3 minutes ago) 
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2016-07-24 04:30:15 (13 minutes ago) 
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2016-07-24 04:30:15 (13 minutes ago) 
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UN: ISIS attack on rally a war crime
2016-07-24 04:00:44 (43 minutes ago) 
The United Nations described a joint suicide bombing that killed 80 people in Afghanistan as a "war crime," saying those responsible for the attack on a peaceful demonstration will be held accountable.
 
Valve Threatens Counter Strike Gambling Sites
2016-07-24 03:41:41 (1 hours ago) 
An anonymous Slashdot reader quotes a report from HNGN: Game maker Valve is threatening to shut down sites dedicated to gambling with add-ons to its popular Counter Strike game. On Thursday the company sent cease and desist letters to 23 sites, demanding that gambling operations be stopped, and that the sites had 10 days to comply. The row revolves around the software overlays that change the appearance of the characters people play in Counter Strike: Global Offensive (CSGO) and the weapons and other virtual items. Last week the company reiterated that its user agreements ban external sites from asking users to connect their Steam accounts in order to trade items for real money. The company added that it would use "all available remedies" against sites that did not stop players using virtual goods to gamble. Bloomberg reports that in June a class action lawsuit was filed against Valve "for its role in the multibillion-dollar gambling economy that has fueled the game's popularity" -- by a man who had been gambling on the site since 2014. This was followed in July by a second class action lawsuit by a mother on behalf of her son, reports ESPN. "The case alleges that the Valve knowingly allows and profits from teenagers participating in illegal, unregulated and underage gambling of in-game cosmetic weapon skins through third-party sites."

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2016-07-24 03:22:02 (1 hours ago) 

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Baton Rouge to continue to mourn officers slain in ambush
2016-07-24 03:22:01 (1 hours ago) 

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2016-07-24 03:21:47 (1 hours ago) 
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Tim Kaine gets a warm homecoming in Richmond
2016-07-24 03:21:47 (1 hours ago) 
 
Steady-as-it-goes Kenney aide key to labor peace
2016-07-24 03:21:31 (1 hours ago) 
In the middle of contract negotiations with AFSCME District Council 33, Richard Lazer, Philadelphia's point man in the talks, had to deal with another labor issue - his wife giving birth to their second child.
 
Career in teaching? College students turning away in droves
2016-07-24 03:21:31 (1 hours ago) 
Danielle Arnold-Schwartz, a teacher in the Lower Merion School District, considers education her calling. Yet, when her 16-year-old daughter began mulling the same career path, she advised her to choose a second major, just in case.
 
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2016-07-24 03:20:02 (1 hours ago) 
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How the New Civil Rights Movement Can Build on the Lessons of the Old
2016-07-24 03:10:13 (2 hours ago) 
Creating change requires understanding the power you have, and building a movement goes beyond protests.

We asked a number of contributors to share their reactions to a post by activist and author Michelle Alexander that we published earlier this month in the aftermath of the police shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. Here is a response from political organizer Marshall Ganz, a senior lecturer in public policy at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. You can view all other responses by clicking on the “Building a New America” tag.

Sixty years ago, the African-American bus riders in Montgomery, Alabama, recognized that they could turn their dependency on the bus to get to work into the bus company’s dependency on them for bus fare if they used a resource they had — their feet — to walk to work instead of getting on the bus. But it only worked when they all acted together.

There’s a lesson here about power that could be of value for participants in Black Lives Matter, the Dreamers and supporters of Bernie Sanders’ economic justice campaign, all movements that are welcome, long overdue and promisingly rooted in the moral outrage of a rising generation.

A major challenge for any social movement is equipping that energy with the strategic capacity and organizational structural that enables it to build the power it needs to achieve its goals — which would be of benefit all of us. These are lessons I was privileged to begin learning as an organizer with SNCC in Mississippi and UFW in California, both movements in which many of us benefited from excellent mentoring, coaching and training.

Social movements have expressive, instrumental and organizational dimensions — story, strategy and structure. In their expressive mode they begin to tell a new story that gives voice to moral claims at the heart of a movement: demands for dignity abused, injury unrecognized, hurt unhealed, justice denied. Because movements combine fresh understandings of oneself, of the conditions requiring change and of the values at stake, questions of identity, cultural resources and voice loom especially large. Movements that achieve success, however, are those in which participants have grappled successfully, at least for time, with those latter dimensions as well: strategy and structure.

Translating energy into outcomes requires strategizing on how to turn what you have into what you need to get what you want. In the political world this means understanding power — not only as a way of describing how things are, but also in creating the capacity we need to get what we want — or, as Dr. King described it, “the ability to achieve purpose.”

At one level, our understanding of power is intuitive: if you need resources I have more than I need resources you have, who’s got the “power?” I do. Turn it around and you do. But if we each need the other’s resources equally, to create a co-op day care for example, we can create more “power with” each other than we can access on our own. In the UFW for example, we first organized a credit union, a cooperative bank, to begin building the “power with” each other — interdependence, solidarity, confidence — to be able to take on the power that the grape growers exercised “over” us.

So the power question requires asking: First, who holds resources to effect the change we want, whether it’s changing a law, policy, practice, language? Second, what resources do our people have, whether it’s time, commitment, money, courage to go to jail, discipline? Third, how can we combine our resources to influence what those in power need, whether it’s business as usual, getting elected, staying out of court, keeping a reputation or just minimizing cost?

Who decides the policies and practices that shape the behavior of the local police, for example? Who hires them? Who appoints him or her? Who makes the rules? Who’s on the city councils? Do they have businesses? Do they need customers?

The fact of the matter is, when resisting change becomes more “costly” than accepting change, change happens. This is not to say that working for greater mutual understanding, having lots of “conversations,” and developing our capacity for empathy doesn’t matter. It does. But to create the conditions that enable real collaboration we have to find ways to balance the power. To change this world as it is into the world as it ought to be we have to be clear about how it works as it is. As Jesus said to his disciples in Matthew 10:16, “If I am to set you as sheep among wolves, you must be innocent as doves AND wise as serpents.”

Structure is the other major challenge because most social movements are born in resistance to the structure participants have experienced as oppressive. So movements at least as far back as the Exodus begin by fighting for “freedom from” oppressive structure. But then they discover a big difference between “freedom from” the oppressor, a kind of negative freedom, and “freedom to” create a new world, a positive kind of freedom. This freedom requires agreement about how to work together: how to make decisions, how to honor commitments, how to hold ourselves accountable.

Otherwise, and this will not be unfamiliar to anyone, constant internal struggle with these questions consumes much of the energy, imagination and determination needed to devise the strategy to turn the resources they do have into the power they need to actually change the world. Feminist sociologist and activist Jo Freeman described this as the “tyranny of structurelessness:” Opaque, unaccountable, personalistic, informal — and often — counterproductive structure appears in the absence of transparent, realistic and accountable structure needed to move forward.

This is critical in the US where political power is radically fragmented into the local, state and national in which local elites tend to dominate local power. But if a movement can overcome its fragmentation to learn, strategize and coordinate so as to combine national purpose with local action, it can leverage state fragmentation into real power. But it won’t happen without creating the structure that makes it possible. On the right — the Koch Brothers, for example — have been very effective at leveraging local and state successes into national power and vice versa. During its heyday, the civil rights movement of the 1960s created this capacity as well, operating through five national organizations which, even though they had their fights with each other, knew what each other were doing. They could coordinate support for critical local campaigns — e.g., Mississippi, Selma, Birmingham, and nationally focused mobilizations — e.g., the 1963 March on Washington. 
 SNCC and CORE, for example, disagreed with SCLC and the NAACP about the Mississippi Summer Project. The next year, however, everyone converged to support of the Selma campaign.

In the youthful energy of Black Lives Matter, the Dreamers and the Sanders movements — as well as in the possibility that we may elect the nation’s first woman president — there’s hope, especially if we come to realize that when it comes to the deep racial, gender and economic inequalities that cripple our country, none can really be eradicated unless they all are — in housing, health care, employment and education as well as criminal justice. Each has its own roots, history and power dynamics, and each requires its own focus, leadership and capacity. But the danger of exclusive focus on offering unique opportunities to particular individuals to ascend into the elite, while leaving whole communities behind, is that the former becomes a substitute for the later, often turning those who remain in need of change against each other rather than on those responsible.

When Dr. King was assassinated in 1968 it was when he was planning for the “Poor People’s Campaign.” In the end, we cannot hope to change the deep power inequalities that increasingly divide our country unless we recognize the need to change all of them for all of us.

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8 Reasons Why Police in America Keep Killing Civilians and Getting Away With It
2016-07-24 03:10:13 (2 hours ago) 
The system protects cops at the expense of civilians.

The question of why police can kill civilians and get away with it isn’t new and isn’t going away. Whether it was a grand jury's decision in late 2014 not to press charges against the cop who killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri or a prosecutor's decision a year later on the cops who killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice in Cleveland, or June’s acquittal in Baltimore of the latest officer facing charges for killing Freddie Gray in April 2015, or a video released this week by police in Fresno, Calif., where officers killed a mentally unstable Dylan Noble on June 25, the same questions, legal assessments and lack of accountability seem to recur—even as the victims' circumstances differ.

Noble was unarmed, but kept walking toward officers while hiding one hand even as the cops warned him and threatened to shoot. The police killings this month of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Philando Castile near Minneapolis, Minnesota, followed a similar script, in which the officers involved claimed they felt threatened. In all these cases, a complex and volatile mix of factors involving race, police fear, state-sanctioned power and weaponry, questionable training and unaccountable systems interacted.

In 2014, there were 444 “justifiable” homicides by law enforcement, according to FBI statistics. In 2013, there were 461 justifiable homicides, the FBI said. Academic criminologists say that number is closer to 1,000 annually, because not all local department report to the FBI. Between 2005 and 2015, 47 officers have been charged with murder or manslaughter, and 13 have been convicted of murder or manslaughter from fatal on-duty shootings.

There are many factors surrounding police killings and what’s almost always exoneration under America’s criminal justice system. Some are well-known and others less so, but all point to a police culture and criminal justice system that enables cops to target perceived threats, encourages the use of force and is reluctant to second-guess law enforcement when tragedy ensues.

Here are eight features of that system, compiled from testimonials by defense lawyers, reporters and academics.

1. Too many police departments and uneven training. There are 18,000 police departments across America, from local sheriffs and transit cops to state police and federal officers. Most western nations nationalize their policing, which means more uniform training and dealing with broader constituencies so that, one public defender said, it’s less likely local biases and prejudices can take hold.

2. Cops are overmilitarized and trained to be fearful. Police are more heavily armed today than they were 40 years ago. Departments are dumping grounds for surplus military gear from the Defense Department and also buy it from contractors. Police are often trained by private-sector consultants to adopt a warrior mindset, as was the case with the officer in Minneapolis who killed Castile. They are told to focus on perceived threats and react—and often overreact—by using firearms. The video released this week of two officers killing Dylan Noble showed little attempt on the part of the officers to deescalate and bring in mental health specialists, for example.

3. Cops have too much power, compared to judges. Police are allowed to detain civilians based on their suspicions, which can launch a downward spiral. That’s not the same standard as a judge uses to issue search warrants, where probable cause must be shown. As a practical matter, police can and do order people into the street, to lie down, etc., and if they resist, the system kicks into gear, allowing civilians to be arrested, jailed and charged with resisting arrest, even when it is the officer who lost control of the situation and overreacted.

4. Cops are disciplined and policed by their allies. States typically give the responsibility to investigate police shootings to local county attorneys; it’s a rare exception when the Department of Justice steps in. These state attorneys often have inspectors who are ex-cops, public defenders say. The state attorneys and prosecutors also have pre-existing relationships with local police, because they need them as witnesses in their cases. All of that leads to a bias favoring cops who invariably say they felt threatened and needed to shoot to retain control of the situation.

5. The law puts cops' rights above those of civilians. It’s one thing to say police have too much power and are encouraged to use it. But every state has laws, and the Supreme Court reaffirmed these statutes in a 1985 case allowing police to use deadly force if they have “probable cause to believe that the suspect poses a significant threat of death or serious physical injury to the officer or others.” One result of that standard is that police officers who are involved in shootings, the police unions defending them and their legal teams all predictably declare that the officer was justified in shooting. In other words, the law isn’t on the side of civilians when cops use their weapons.

6. Juries typically give cops the benefit of the doubt. Most jurors have no idea what it’s like to be a police officer or aggressive prosecutor, defense lawyers say. White jurors tend to believe that people have nothing to fear from police if they’ve done nothing wrong. People of color who have been racially profiled by police know that isn’t true, but can fear retribution if they testify in open court against police. As a result, public defenders say, it is very hard to get witnesses—especially other cops—to testify against the police. Part of that is police are trained to protect each other, one factor in what’s called the blue code of silence.

7. Mainstream media and politicians tend to side with police. While this is not always the case, especially in the nearly two years since Michael Brown’s killing in Ferguson and the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement, it’s still a truism that many politicians and the press want to be seen as allies of the police. In the same way prosecutors have to work with cops to obtain convictions, many reporters and politicians work with police as well. The press is always quoting police sources, and politicians like to have their endorsement as they seek office—even in red states where they may be attacking other public employee unions.  

8. Police officers almost never pay court costs or fines. Victims of police violence typically end up seeking damages in civil suits because they have lower standards of proof than convicting officers of murder or manslaughter. However, it’s usually police unions that end up covering the court costs, not the officers facing charges, and it is similiarly municipal governments that pay the settlements, academic researchers have found. Those factors work against changing police culture, because police and governmental systems end up insulating the involved officers from financial consequences.

Another Rigged System

It is not a new conclusion to say that policing in America and the criminal justice system are structured to protect cops who use deadly force. Police say they have to be armed because there are so many guns in America. They say the vast majority of police never use their weapons on civilians. But in Europe, in contrast, police don't kill hundreds of civilians year after year, with most getting away with it. Cops are not trained to fear the public and use their firearms when they feel threatened. They're not protected by a police culture and a system of legal precedents that exonerates officers who routinely claim their lives are in danger.

Despite all the public scrutiny and awareness that has come since Brown's death in Ferguson in 2014, police killings in America continue.    

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No Powerball Winner in Saturday's Drawing, Jackpot Grows to $422 Million
2016-07-24 01:40:03 (3 hours ago) 
The odds of a $2 ticket hitting the jackpot are more than 292 million to 1.
 
Stefen Romero’s three-run homer in 11th powers Rainiers
2016-07-24 01:22:09 (3 hours ago) 

Stefen Romero hit a three-run homer in the 11th inning to lift the Tacoma Rainiers to a 4-1 victory over the host Salt Lake Bees on Saturday night in a Pacfic Coast League game.
 
Mongrel mobster 'Fats' on a mission to get fit before diabetes claims his life
2016-07-24 01:21:56 (3 hours ago) 
Mongrel Mob member Anaru 'Fats' Moke might want to consider a new nickname.
 
Is Clayton emerging as the St. Louis region's new 'downtown'?
2016-07-24 01:20:02 (3 hours ago) 
A burst of construction activity is reshaping the once-sleepy county seat
 
Authorities say burned body found at scene of Southern California wildfire
2016-07-24 01:02:03 (4 hours ago) 

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities say burned body found at scene of Southern California wildfire.
 
Fed to the Lions, the Crusaders' Super Rugby run is over
2016-07-24 01:01:48 (4 hours ago) 
"It's just so bloody gutting to lose like that."
 
As Democratic Convention Nears, Excessive Heat Settles In
2016-07-24 01:00:02 (4 hours ago) 
Hot and humid weather has settled over Philadelphia as delegates begin arriving for the Democratic National Convention
 
Photos of the Day: July 23, 2016
2016-07-24 00:42:04 (4 hours ago) 

Explore the news of the day with these images from around the world.
 
As Democratic convention nears, excessive heat settles in
2016-07-24 00:42:04 (4 hours ago) 

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Hot and humid weather has settled over Philadelphia as delegates begin arriving for the Democratic National Convention. Officials are warning residents and visitors to take precautions. The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning through Monday, the first day of the convention. Meteorologists warn the heat index would be in […]
 
AP EXPLAINS: For 69 years, Kashmir is torn by deadly strife
2016-07-24 00:42:03 (4 hours ago) 

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — When news spread that Indian troops had killed 22-year-old Burhan Wani, a charismatic commander of Indian-controlled Kashmir’s biggest rebel group on July 8, the public response was spontaneous and unprecedented. Tens of thousands of angry youths poured out of their homes in towns and villages across the Himalayan region, hurling rocks […]
 
Access to Taranaki's iconic Whitecliffs walkway on shaky ground
2016-07-24 00:41:48 (4 hours ago) 
Public access to Taranaki's iconic Whitecliffs Walkway is in jeopardy because of a stoush between the Department of Conservation and landowner Russell Gibbs.   
 
Brie Larson is 'Captain Marvel'
2016-07-24 00:40:39 (4 hours ago) 
 
AP EXPLAINS: For 69 years, Kashmir is torn by deadly strife
2016-07-24 00:40:18 (4 hours ago) 
SRINAGAR, India (AP) -- When news spread that Indian troops had killed 22-year-old Burhan Wani, a charismatic commander of Indian-controlled Kashmir's biggest rebel group on July 8, the public response was spontaneous and unprecedented. Tens of thousands of angry youths poured out of their homes in towns and villages across the Himalayan region, hurling rocks and bricks and clashing with Indian troops....
 
California wildfires: Hundreds flee homes near Los Angeles
2016-07-24 00:30:14 (4 hours ago) 
Fast-moving wildfires have forced hundreds of people to leave their homes in mountains north of Los Angeles, California, authorities say.
 
Trump: France, others hit by terror may face more screening
2016-07-24 00:22:13 (4 hours ago) 

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is asserting that countries like France that he says are compromised by terrorism may be subjected to the “extreme vetting” he proposes as a deterrent to attacks in the U.S. When asked if his proposal might lead to a point when not a lot of people from […]
 
Tim Kaine gets warm welcome from neighbors
2016-07-24 00:22:11 (4 hours ago) 

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Sen. Tim Kaine received a hero’s welcome Saturday night outside his Richmond home late Saturday, capping off his debut as Hillary Clinton’s running mate. Hundreds of neighbors and other well-wishers greeted Kaine and his wife, Anne Holton, on their return to their home in Richmond on a hot and sticky evening. […]
 
Tim Kaine gets warm welcome from neighbors
2016-07-24 00:21:57 (4 hours ago) 
 
Op-Ed Columnist: Behind Hillary’s Mask
2016-07-24 00:21:47 (4 hours ago) 
How is it possible that we still don’t really know the most famous woman in America?
 
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