Friday, September 30, 2011

Will you join me?

Dear friends,

I just signed a statement of support for the protests on Wall Street and beyond. Would you take a moment and add your voice? We need to build on the momentum to have our voices heard. Just go here: http://bit.ly/nsn0VZ

Thank you!

Wow -- he maced them again

Friends, He did it again. Footage has emerged of a second macing of nonviolent protesters by NYPD officer Anthony Bologna (below). The NYPD is claiming it's going to investigate, but Commissioner Raymond Kelly is skeptical that Bologna did anything wrong! He said of the footage of the incident: "In my experience, proponents of a certain position would show you just what they want to show you."

That's not a good sign: We need to make sure the NYPD holds a legitimate investigation, and that this doesn't just get swept under the rug like so many other instances of police abuse.

Will you click here to watch the new footage and demand a complete investigation?

http://act.demandprogress.org/sign/nypd_bologna?referring_akid=894.45919.xM5t...

Thanks.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Please join me in protecting honey bees

In the last four months, 1.2 million people around the world have raised their voices on behalf of bees – urging officials to take decisive, precautionary action by suspending a class of pesticides (neonicotinoids) known to undermine honey bee immunity.

Please join this global movement on behalf of honey bees by signing this petition to EPA. We are asking for decisive action on a timeline that is meaningful for bees and beekeepers.

Sign the petition: http://action.panna.org/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=6547

Mirror Mirror On the Wall, Who Are the Most Ruthless Terrorists of Them All?

via OpEdNews on 9/29/11

Most Americans have yet to even acknowledge the ruthless terror America unleashed on Iraq eight years ago. Yet this, too, is America. America at its worst. America taking what was very obviously a great evil and creating from it a far greater evil.

Defiance

Friends-

>From Senators Ron Wyden and Mark Udall: Law enforcement is using a secret interpretation of the PATRIOT Act to spy on people who aren't connected with terrorism. The FBI operates under a cloak of secrecy, so we only know about this because these two courageous senators are defying the intelligence agencies and speaking out. Will you click here to support their call for the FBI to come clean?

http://act.demandprogress.org/sign/holder_patriot_act/?referring_akid=883.459...


Here's the New York Times:

Mr. Wyden and Mr. Udall have for months been raising concerns that the government has secretly interpreted a part of the Patriot Act in a way that they portray as twisted, allowing the Federal Bureau of Investigation to conduct some kind of unspecified domestic surveillance that they say does not dovetail with a plain reading of the statute.

In particular, some -- including Wired -- think the government's probably created a massive GPS tracking dragnet:

“It is notable that Sen. Wyden singles out pen registers and [the Patriot Act's] business-records orders as provisions that may not be used to get geolocation data,” says Julian Sanchez, a privacy and technology researcher at the libertarian Cato Institute. “It’s highly suggestive that the secret ‘interpretation’ of the Patriot Act that Wyden has been warning about may involve allowing the use of these broader intelligence tools for some sort of potentially very large-scale location tracking.”

Wyden and Udall deserve our support. They just wrote a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder demanding that he come clean -- will you join them? Just click here:

http://act.demandprogress.org/sign/holder_patriot_act/?referring_akid=883.459...

Thanks.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Help protect our online privacy!

Each day it seems there is another attack on our privacy.

Hidden cookies get placed in our computers to track what
we buy online or the websites we visit. Our smartphones may be secretly logging all the places we go. And companies that aggregate all the personal information they can find into reports that they will sell to anyone with a credit card are sprouting up all over the Internet.

If you are as frustrated as I am over this lack of online privacy,
tell your members of Congress, too. Join me. It only takes a
moment. http://cu.convio.net/site/Advocacy?pagename=homepage&page=UserAction&...

Monday, September 26, 2011

Don't Let Privacy Law Get Stuck in 1986: Demand a Digital Upgrade to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act

I just signed a petition and sent a note urging Congress to update the Electronic Communications Privacy Act. ECPA, which was originally passed in 1986, is the primary law governing when law enforcement can access our digital data--but it's woefully outdated and unclear. Join me in telling Congress that if the government wants to track our cell phones, or see what web sites we’ve visited, or rummage through our Gmail, or read our private messages on Facebook, it should first be required to go to a judge and get a search warrant based on probable cause. Please join me in signing this petition and demanding a digital upgrade to our electronic privacy laws:
http://ping.fm/eDyCj

Action: Free Bradley Manning. Please sign. http://wh.gov/gDL

Action: Free Bradley Manning. Please sign. http://ping.fm/nzsjO

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Evict NYSE! #nypd #occupychicago #occupyla #occupynola #occupywallstreet #p2 #takewallstreet #weloveyou

Evict NYSE! nypd occupychicago occupyla occupynola occupywallstreet p2 takewallstreet weloveyou

Occupy Wall Street: Day 9 - 200+ Arrested - MSM Finally Wake-up

via OpEdNews on 9/24/11

Yesterday between 121 and 200 protesters were arrested when a peaceful march of approximately 2,000 headed to Union Square to spread the word about their occupation for emancipation from a corrupt economic and financial system. The events made news in many national MSM publications.

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: *http://wireless-x.com/ United Nations, law enforcement, drug war, illegal immigrants, body scanner, social media

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Saturday, September 24, 2011

Last chance: Tell the State Department to reject the Keystone XL Pipeline

Dear Friend,

The State Department is collecting it's final round of public comments on whether the dirty and dangerous Keystone XL Pipeline is in our national interest.

It is not. And they must reject the permit to build this pipeline.

These comments are especially important right now, because of new evidence of a shockingly cozy relationship between State Department Officials and lobbyists for the Canadian pipeline company TransCanada.

The State Department may not be taking seriously it's obligation to to conduct an impartial evaluation of the impacts of this pipeline, but this decision is ultimately still up to the President.

I just submitted a public comment to send a strong message to President Obama and the State Department, and I hope you will too. Learn more and submit a comment at the link below:

http://ping.fm/lS9yf

Don't Punish the Palestinians for Free Speech at the U.N.

As the expected U.N. vote on recognizing Palestine as a state nears, threats of retaliation against the Palestinians for taking their case to the United Nations are increasing. A House appropriations subcommittee has already passed a bill that could cut off U.S. aid to the Palestinians if they refuse to drop their U.N. bid.

There should be no dispute among fair-minded people that the Palestinians, like every other people, have the right to take their case to the United Nations., and that U.S. aid to the Palestinians should not be conditioned on giving up free speech rights at the U.N.

Will you join me in telling President Obama and your representatives in Congress that you oppose punishing the Palestinians for speaking their truth at the United Nations?

http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/nopunishment

Thanks!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Cut the War Budget Not Medicare Benefits

President Obama has proposed to cut Medicare spending by $248 billion over ten years. While the majority of cuts would come from overpayments to drug companies, the President's plan also includes cuts to Medicare benefits for consumers. Meanwhile, the President hasn't proposed any new cuts to the Pentagon's budget for war, even though the Pentagon wants to keep thousands of troops in Iraq and tens of thousands of troops in Afghanistan indefinitely. Moreover, the costs for these war proposals outstrip the savings that would be rendered by the proposed cuts to Medicare benefits.

Will you join me in urging the President and your representatives in Congress to cut the Pentagon's war budget, not Medicare benefits?

http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/cutwarnotmedicare

Thanks!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Going forward after the murder of Troy Davis

Many thanks to ANSWER for this action!

Regards,
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The state of Georgia murdered Troy Davis last night. People all over the country and the world mobilized to stop this legal lynching. There was no doubt that Troy Davis’ execution was the result of racist police forces coercing and intimidating witnesses. Police and prosecutorial abuse was widespread and recognized everywhere.

Save Troy Davis rally at White House, 09-21-2011 Save Troy Davis rally at White House, 09-21-2011
Demonstrators gather outside the White House at a rally to save Troy Davis' life just hours before his scheduled execution. Similar actions took place across the country and around the world.

Based on an urgent appeal issued by the ANSWER Coalition at 11am Eastern Time yesterday, people sent more than 13,000 letters in the first seven hours to the Obama administration demanding that it initiate a federal civil rights investigation into the Troy Davis case and seek a stay of his execution.

That was a straight forward and simple method for the president to intervene and prevent a gruesome and irreversible miscarriage of justice. He had the power to do it.

Obama refuses to act

At 6:30pm last night, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney released a statement to the media announcing that President Obama would not intervene. And why not? Carney explained that “it would not be appropriate for the president of the United States to weigh in on specific cases like this one, which is a state prosecution,” according to the Boston Globe.

The president does not feel constrained from speaking out about executions in Iran and other sovereign countries. In fact, the White House regularly poses as the “human rights” champion of “specific cases” in other countries. Why must the White House remain mute when it comes to an obvious Jim Crow-type miscarriage of justice within the boundaries of the United States?

The New York Times lead editorial yesterday was entitled “A Grievous Wrong” and called the planned execution of Troy Davis “a tragic miscarriage of justice.” The Pope, Bishop Desmond Tutu and even former FBI Director William Sessions were among the 1 million people who demanded that the execution not go forward.

But President Obama and the Holder Justice Department turned their backs and consciously let Mr. Davis be murdered.

President Obama's political strategy as he heads into the next election cycle is to endlessly placate rather than confront the political base of the Republican Party. He knows Troy Davis' execution was a racist murder. But he and his advisors didn't want to spend one penny of political capital. In essence, his strategy from the day he took office has been to embrace the institutions, programs and policies that had been previously identified with the hated Bush administration.

Moving steadily to the right

During the budget deficit debate in July, President Obama surprised even the Republicans by going beyond their anti-people proposals and calling for deep cuts in Social Security and Medicare.

When he finally came to a closed-room budget deal with Republican House leader John Boehner in March, he privately gave the Tea Party an extra bonus by depriving low-income women in Washington, D.C., of the full range of health care services.

“'John, I'll give you D.C. abortion', Obama reportedly told House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) before reaching a deal, effectively trading away the city’s right to fund abortions for low­-income women,” the Washington Post reported on April 16.

As we head into the next election cycle, many in the progressive movement and in the unions are starting to fuel up the efforts to re-elect the Democrats so “we won’t face a right-wing Republican government.” They will continue to let the White House off the hook. Numerous liberal organizations played a central role in bringing the case of Troy Davis to national and international attention. Those efforts should be saluted. It is important to note, however, that only a few groups, with ANSWER among them, demanded that the White House take action to prevent the execution.

This political syndrome needs to end. Civil rights, union rights, women’s rights are being crushed by an assault from the capitalist political system.

These rights were not a gift from Democratic politicians. They were the result of fierce, militant struggles. The leaders of those movements were self-sacrificing and determined. They didn't function as an appendage to the Republican or Democratic Party leaderships.

Troy Davis and the tradition of struggle

Whining and hand wringing about the awful Tea Party and the refusal of the Democrats to stand up to them is just a big dead end. What is needed is a new, powerful grassroots movement for justice.

Troy Davis was not only a victim; he was a leader. He demonstrated courage in the face of his executioners. His spirit will be formative in the creation of a new people's movement that is coming into existence. In fact, millions of people took action together in a massive but unsuccessful effort to prevent his legal lynching. This is the important legacy that Troy Davis has given us. The movement to save Troy Davis needs to grow in support of all those who are the victims of racism and injustice.

A new generation of leaders will take the helm. Rather than function as a tail to the Democratic Party, they will be guided by the famous words of Frederick Douglass:

If there is no struggle there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom and yet deprecate agitation are men who want crops without plowing up the ground; they want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters.

This struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, and it may be both moral and physical, but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.

We have volunteer meetings around the country. If you have been part of this struggle, please join us in working to fight racist injustice. Call any of the ANSWER Coalition offices listed below.

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Murder Is Good Politics, Bad Justice

via OpEdNews on 9/22/11

This case was so freighted with contradictions that a stay of execution was clearly in order. As Amnesty International spokesperson Laura Moye stated: "Today Georgia didn't just kill Troy Davis, they killed the faith and confidence that many Georgians, Americans, and Troy Davis supporters worldwide used to have in our criminal justice system."

Expanding Network of Drone Bases to Hit Somalia, Yemen - US #DRONES

via (title unknown) by andrea on 9/22/11

WASHINGTON - As Somalia undergoes its worst famine in six decades and Yemen slides into civil war, the administration of President Barack Obama is expanding its network of bases to carry out drone strikes against suspected terrorists in both countries, according to reports published in two major U.S. newspapers Thursday.

Based in part on newly disclosed U.S. diplomatic cables recently posted by Wikileaks, the Washington Post reported that the U.S. military has been flying armed drones over both countries from a base in Djibouti and is planning to build a second base in Ethiopia.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Tell Pres. Obama and Attorney General Holder: Save Troy Davis!

I just sent a letter to Pres. Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder demanding that they launch a federal civil rights investigation right now into the case of Troy Davis and seek a stay of his execution that is scheduled for tonight at 7pm.

More than 1 million people have signed a petition in support of Troy Davis. Demonstrations have taken place around the country and the world. Even the former director of the FBI has said that this execution is an injustice and should not go forward. Seven out of nine witnesses recanted. The real killer was named by three people.

Absolutely no physical evidence has been found that implicates Davis in the killing. No murder weapon has ever been found, exposing yet another major gap in the prosecution's case. This is the fourth time the state of Georgia has set an execution date for Davis, who was wrongly convicted of killing a police officer in 1989.

Of the nine witnesses, seven have recanted or altered their version of events. Five have signed statements saying they were coerced by police to testify against Davis, a common element of many racist "legal lynchings" targeting Black people. Three witnesses said that another man confessed to them that he killed the police officer.

Time is running out. Please take a moment to send a letter to Pres. Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder to save Troy Davis's life. A sample letter is provided for you--it only takes a couple of minutes.

http://ping.fm/7AxR5

Regards,
proclus
http://www.gnu-darwin.org/

Keep Monsanto's sweet corn off your plate - #gmo #monsanto

Dear Friend,

This fall, Monsanto, the corporation who produces roughly 90% of the world's genetically modified seeds, will try to bring their new, GMO sweet corn to a grocery store aisle or farmer's market near you.

Unlike Monsanto's other GMO crops -- which are primarily fed to animals -- this sweet corn is intended for direct human consumption.

This is the first time Monsanto has engineered a vegetable that could be served straight to your dinner table. And if this unlabeled, and potentially toxic crop succeeds, Monsanto is sure to bring us even more.

As an activist and consumer, we are in a powerful position to pressure leading U.S. grocery stores to reject Monsanto's new GMO corn.

I just signed a petition telling major grocery stores around the country that I don't want Monsanto's sweet corn on the shelves. Will you join me and help stop this unsafe food?

http://act.credoaction.com/campaign/monsanto_sweet_corn/?r_by=27573-3052123-zmE3ZNx&rc=paste2

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

LYNCH LAW JUSTICE ALIVE AND WELL IN THE USA Send a free fax right now to the Chatham County District Attorney:

I just sent a letter to the Chatham County District Attorney in Georgia to demand that the execution of Troy Davis be halted. Davis is scheduled to be executed this Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 7pm ET.

More than 1 million people have signed a petition in support of Troy Davis. Demonstrations have taken place around the country and the world. Even the former director of the FBI has said that this execution is an injustice and should not go forward. Seven out of nine witnesses recanted. The real killer was named by three people.

Absolutely no physical evidence has been found that implicates Davis in the killing. No murder weapon has ever been found, exposing yet another major gap in the prosecution's case. This is the fourth time the state of Georgia has set an execution date for Davis, who was wrongly convicted of killing a police officer in 1989.

Of the nine witnesses, seven have recanted or altered their version of events. Five have signed statements saying they were coerced by police to testify against Davis, a common element of many racist "legal lynchings" targeting Black people. Three witnesses said that another man confessed to them that he killed the police officer.

Time is running out. Please take a moment to send a letter demanding justice for Troy Davis. A sample letter is provided for you--it only takes a couple of minutes.

Regards,
proclus
http://ping.fm/ZTAxC

Monday, September 19, 2011

: #Anonymous joins Adbusters: Operation - #sept17 #OccupyWallStreet

Hats off to the encampment that braved the city cold. You have my gratitude, solidarity, and best wishes. You are inspiring!

Regards,
proclus
http://www.gnu-darwin.org/

via Examiner National Edition Articles by Michael Stone, National Anonymous Examiner on 9/18/11

#OccupyWallStreet This weekend Anonymous joined Adbusters in Operation “Occupy Wall Street,” an ongoing nonviolent demonstration opposing corporate influence over U.S. politics. Inspired by the Arab Spring, the aim of the demonstration...

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Instead of Attacking WikiLeaks, Fix What It Exposed

via (title unknown) by jon on 9/15/11

Ann Wright

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates was right when he suggested that the WikiLeaks revelations were “embarrassing” and “awkward.” But his assessment — and that of so many other government officials — stems from the magnitude of what he left unsaid.

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Netzwelt-Ticker: Hacker plazieren Erpressersoftware auf Torrentseite


Eineinhalb Stunden lang verbreitete die Website eines sehr erfolgreichen Bittorrent-Programms bösartige Software anstelle des Datentausch-Helfers. Außerdem im Nachrichten-Überblick: Berlin eröffnet ein Open-Data-Portal und angebliche FBI-Profile der Anonymous-Anführer.

Tell Oprah: Stop promoting dirty tar sands lies on your network

Dear Friend,


Oprah Winfrey is a respected voice who has fought hard to advance the rights and lives of women all over the world.

But now she's allowing that work to be co-opted, by validating on her tv network a dangerous campaign of flat out lies that promote the development of the Canadian tar sands.

The astrotruf group 'Ethical Oil' ran an ad last week exclusively on Oprah's Canadian TV station, pushing the lie that developing the tar sands will aid the plight of women living in the oppressive Saudi regime, by reducing demand for Saudi oil.

The ad is the worst kind of propaganda that manages to exploit both women and our environment. Oprah shouldn't let a legitimate concern for the rights of women be co-opted to promote the dirtiest oil in the world that only keeps us addicted to the oil that fuels the Saudi regime.

I just signed a petition asking Oprah to renounce the ads and stop airing them. You can learn more and take action here:

http://ping.fm/jIa71

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

The Soldier Who Killed Herself After Refusing to Take Part in Torture

Loved your Wikileaks and Bradley Manning books. Thanks for reminding us of this important story. What the US is doing in South Asia is giving no one a reason to live.



Regards,

proclus

http://www­.gnu-darwi­n.org/
Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

Monday, September 12, 2011

Military first, women and children last?

You won't believe this:

Senator Jon Kyl (R–AZ) is the leading Republican Senator on the "Super Committee" charged with making deficit reduction recommendations. The committee has met only ONE TIME and already Sen. Kyl is pitching a fit, threatening to take his toys and go home if any cuts to Pentagon spending are considered by the committee.

It's outrageous: Spending on war and the military accounts for 50% of all the money Congress spends. If this super committee can't tackle military spending, there's no sensible way for them to reduce the deficit.

I just signed an open letter to the other 11 Supercommittee members asking them to ignore Kyl, and focus on cuts to the Pentagon budget FIRST. Can you do the same thing?

http://act.truemajorityaction.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=254...

Was President Bush Complicit in 9/11?

via OpEdNews on 9/11/11

If former President George W. Bush was not complicit in the 9/11 attacks, there is ample evidence that some of the information about them was suppressed on his authority.

Was President Bush Complicit in 9/11?

via OpEdNews on 9/11/11

If former President George W. Bush was not complicit in the 9/11 attacks, there is ample evidence that some of the information about them was suppressed on his authority.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Some pictures from druid hill park, baltimore md

Lately I have been running and bicycling in the park as an adjunct to my exercise training. I also got a fanny pack to lighten my load. As a result, I am experiencing much less back pain. My old cross-country running 180/min stride rate returned to me very quickly, and I am expecting steady improvement in endurance.

This is my first time running in decades, but I am managing a steady running pace in 2km.  It is a very gratifying experience to do this at age 50+.

Regards,
proclus
http://www.gnu-darwin.org/

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Disgusting

Friends,

Disgusting. Check out this ad the Recording Industry Association, the Motion Picture Association, and others just took out as they try to push their Internet censorship legislation -- They think their customers should be treated like criminal suspects:

http://act.demandprogress.org/sign/pipa_letter/?referring_akid=858.45919.3-NY...

Under the Internet Blacklist Bill -- S.968, formally called the PROTECT IP Act -- the Department of Justice would force search engines, browsers, and service providers to block users' access to websites that have been accused of copyright infringement -- without even giving them a day in court. Will you urge your lawmakers to to oppose the Internet Blacklist Bill? Just click here:

http://act.demandprogress.org/sign/pipa_letter/?referring_akid=858.45919.3-NY...

Thanks!

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proclus - FriendFeed - #cablegate #history #leakspin #oilspill #psilocybin #wikileaks

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Friday, September 9, 2011

Sept. 11: The main lesson of 9/11 is that we should never ever let the US do this again.

Over 1 million people have died in South Asia defending their home countries from greedy and ruthless invaders. They are South Asians. This is the meaning that the US has made out of 9/11. When the US finally realizes the enormity of their mistake, this is the meaning that will be remembered. The number might as well include the dead US soldiers as well. It is sufficiently large.

Another attack on US soil would be no surprise at all. Fortunately, we will be wise to US exploitation of the memory of the dead next time. We will honor the 9/11 dead by preventing our country from making the same mistakes next time. Next time we will be ready to oppose greedy bellicose strategies that only make matters worse.

US actions in South Asia are not protecting our freedoms. Far from it. They are endangering our freedoms, and all of our lives. 9/11 is not at all significant compared to the harm that the US has done in South Asia, and the people there are rightly outraged by the actions of the US government. I am outraged that the people of this country continue to tolerate such things.

End the war now is the only 9/11 lesson that really matters. Perhaps there are still bloodthirsty and greedy men who want more dead South Asians. 1 million dead is not enough? US out of South Asia!


Regards,
proclus
http://www.gnu-darwin.org/

Sept. 11: The 9/11 lesson is that the war should be ended now. 1 million dead in South Asia not enough? US out of South Asia!

Sept. 11: The 9/11 lesson is that the war should be ended now. 1 million dead in South Asia not enough? US out of South Asia!

Why is a #Monsanto lobbyist serving as the #FDA #Food Safety Czar? - #gmo

Dear Friend,

While factory farm operators are getting away with serious food safety violations, raw milk dairy farmers and distributors across the country have been subjected to armed raids and hauled away in handcuffs.

Not surprisingly, the person responsible for prioritizing armed raids on small dairies over holding agribusiness accountable is a former Monsanto attorney and chief super lobbyist. Monsanto's Michael Taylor is the second highest-ranking official at the FDA, and as Food Safety Czar is responsible for implementing the day-to-day policies that govern the food safety laws for the U.S.

Join Food Democracy Now! and CREDO in asking President Obama to fire FDA Food Safety Czar and former Monsanto lobbyist Michael Taylor. Click here to sign the petition.

http://ping.fm/Y3cbc

Thursday, September 8, 2011

: #Bowflex #training lesson number 5 - #strength #fitness #weightlifting #health

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If you have questions about this gear, please feel free to ask.

Regards,
proclus@gnu-darwin.org
http://www.gnu-darwin.org/

Syria: What Kind of Revolution?

via Al Akhbar English by Adel on 9/7/11

Unlike the Egyptian or Tunisian revolutions, the uprising in Syria has created a great deal of controversy among activists here in Lebanon.
Unlike the Egyptian or Tunisian revolutions, the uprising in Syria has created a great deal of controversy among activists here in Lebanon.

The Syrian uprising which erupted nearly six months ago seems to be settling into a dangerous deadlock with neither side—the regime or the opposition—willing to budge from its stated position. The daily toll of deaths and injuries climb ever higher with no resolution in sight. The regime seems insistent on going all the way with its crackdown, fearing that if it concedes any city or town to the protesters, it will lead to a repeat of the Libyan scenario. For the protesters, the regime lost all legitimacy from the moment it decided to use bullets and tanks to besiege and kill its own citizens.

Bilal El-Amine

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Discovered Files Show U.S., Britain Had Extensive Ties with Gaddafi Regime o...

via Democracy Now! by mail@democracynow.org (Democracy Now!) on 9/7/11

Libya_cia

Human Rights Watch has uncovered hundreds of letters in the Libyan foreign ministry proving the Gaddafi government directly aided the extraordinary rendition program carried out by the CIA and the MI6 in Britain after the 9/11 attacks. The documents expose how the CIA rendered suspects to Libyan authorities knowing they would be tortured. One of the most prominent suspects rendered to Libya was an Islamic militant named Abdelhakim Belhaj, who is now the military commander for the Libyan rebels. At the time of his capture in 2004, Belhaj was a member of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, a group that had ties to al-Qaeda. We speak to Peter Bouckaert, the emergencies director at Human Rights Watch, who helped find the documents in Tripoli; and Gareth Peirce, a well-known British human rights attorney who has represented numerous Guantánamo prisoners as well as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. [Transcript to come. Check back soon.]

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Anonymous success frightens Homeland Security

via Examiner National Edition Articles by Michael Stone, National Anonymous Examiner on 9/5/11

The Department of Homeland Security is frightened by the success of the notorious and nebulous international Internet hacktivist collective known as Anonymous. DHS worries Anonymous hacktivism has “the potential to result in serious harm,...

Monday, September 5, 2011

In Defense Of WikiLeaks: Looking At Cables On Pharmaceutical Drugs And Trade Pressures #wlfind http://ping.fm/oYfj6

In Defense Of WikiLeaks: Looking At Cables On Pharmaceutical Drugs And Trade Pressures wlfind http://ping.fm/oYfj6

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Tell President Obama: Stop the Keystone XL Pipeline

Dear Friend,

"Essentially game over" for the climate.

That's what climate scientist James Hansen calls the proposed Keystone XL pipeline -- which would carry oil out of Canada's vast tar sands oil fields to Texas, where it will be refined, then burned across the globe, dealing a catastrophic blow to our chance of returning earth to a stable climate.

This project requires a presidential permit to start building -- and it is President Obama's decision alone to grant or deny that permit.

I just signed a petition to President Obama asking him to deny the permit for the disastrous Keystone XL pipeline.

This is a fight we can not lose. Please join me in taking action now:

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In Defense Of WikiLeaks: Looking At Cables On Pharmaceutical Drugs And Trade Pressures

#wlfind - I have been eagerly awaiting the release of the full uncensored cables. Other than that, I think you were right on target, and I always appreciate your insights on drug related patent abuse. It is lovely to see this topic getting the attention that it deserves with respect to the cables. Thanks for this article.



Regards,

proclus

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WikiLeaks: Iraqi Children in U.S. Raid Shot in Head, U.N. Says

via (title unknown) by andrea on 9/1/11

A U.S. diplomatic cable made public by WikiLeaks provides evidence that U.S. troops executed at least 10 Iraqi civilians, including a woman in her 70s and a 5-month-old infant, then called in an airstrike to destroy the evidence, during a controversial 2006 incident in the central Iraqi town of Ishaqi.

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Thursday, September 1, 2011

250.000 fortrolige Wikileaks-dokumenter lækket

via Politiken.dk Seneste nyt by on 9/1/11

Uforsigtighed hos Wikileaks bringer diplomater verden over i fare.

WikiLeaks documents circulate freely


WikiLeaks sier at alle de lekkede dokumentene fra det amerikanske utenriksdepartementet har lekket ut på Internett i uredigert versjon, skriver nyhetsbyrået AP.

WikiLeaks blames Guardian newspaper for leaks


Whistleblowing website says unfiltered US cables available online in security breach blamed on UK newspaper's reporters.

WikiLeaks: Iraqi Children in U.S. Raid Shot in Head, U.N. Says

via (title unknown) by andrea on 9/1/11

A U.S. diplomatic cable made public by WikiLeaks provides evidence that U.S. troops executed at least 10 Iraqi civilians, including a woman in her 70s and a 5-month-old infant, then called in an airstrike to destroy the evidence, during a controversial 2006 incident in the central Iraqi town of Ishaqi.

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