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To undermine Iran, which is predominantly Shiite, the Bush Administration has decided, in effect, to reconfigure its priorities in the Middle East. In Lebanon, the Administration has coöperated with Saudi Arabia’s government, which is Sunni, in clandestine operations that are intended to weaken Hezbollah, the Shiite organization that is backed by Iran. The U.S. has also taken part in clandestine operations aimed at Iran and its ally Syria. A by-product of these activities has been the bolstering of Sunni extremist groups that espouse a militant vision of Islam and are hostile to America and sympathetic to Al Qaeda.

The Redirection - The New Yorker

2007

Once again we see convincing arguments for devil’s advocate and contrarian teams in group assessments

Groups and herds: implications for the IPCC

Groups and herds: implications for the IPCC | Climate Etc.

Costs of War: $4.4 trillion, 350,000 lives | News from Brown

Updated figures for the direct costs of war in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan now stand at more than 350,000 lives lost and $4.4 trillion spent. Indirectly, another 250,000 lives have been lost to war-related causes like loss of civilian access to food and health care, and another $8 trillion in interest on war debt may come due during the next 40 years.

actual real threats to USA proper territory killed < 100? my estimate

maybe over my head

to tell the truth I found the article somewhat disingenuous

I am not sure that article says what he thinks it says

There’s no evidence of any way, shape, or form that there’s a shortage in the conventional sense,” says Hal Salzman, a professor of planning and public policy at Rutgers University. “They may not be able to find them at the price they want. But I’m not sure that qualifies as a shortage, any more than my not being able to find a half-priced TV.”...
The real issue, say Salzman and others, is the industry’s desire for lower-wage, more-exploitable guest workers, not a lack of available American staff.

The Tech Worker Shortage Doesn't Really Exist - Businessweek

There it is, six years of policy in one lousy picture. And don’t kid yourself, the IMF played a critical role in this wealth-shifting fiasco. It’s job was to push for less public spending and deeper fiscal cuts while the Central Banks flooded the financial markets with liquidity (QE). The results are obvious, in fact, one of the Fed’s own officials, Andrew Huszar, admitted that QE was a massive bailout for the rich. “I’ve come to recognize the program for what it really is,” said Huszar who actually worked on the program, “the greatest backdoor Wall Street bailout of all time.” There it is, straight from the horse’s mouth....
Funny how that works, isn’t it? Funny how it’s always the Elliot Spitzers, and the Scott Ritters, and the Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s who get nailed for their dalliances, but the big Wall Street guys never get caught.
Why is that?

Trotsky at the IMF » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names

http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/142202/richard-n-haass/the-unraveling?cid=nlc-foreign_affairs_this_week-111314-the_unraveling_5-111314&sp_mid=47406003&sp_rid=c2Nob2x6LWhqQGdteC5kZQS2

With regard to Russia, both internal and external factors have contributed to the deterioration of the situation. Putin himself chose to consolidate his political and economic power and adopt a foreign policy that increasingly characterizes Russia as an opponent of an international order defined and led by the United States. But U.S. and Western policy have not always encouraged more constructive choices on his part. Disregarding Winston Churchill’s famous dictum about how to treat a beaten enemy, the West displayed little magnanimity in the aftermath of its victory in the Cold War. NATO enlargement was seen by many Russians as a humiliation, a betrayal, or both.

interview with the leader (according to TV news) of Oakland protests in response to Ferguson

D'andre Teeter from april 2006

http://rusiriusradio.com/shows/rusirius-039.mp3

ironic Smile

can't keep a good Zombie terrorist down

nobody important

Shakes Tiny Fist of Fury

The study examines the cases of 41 people included on a Kill List—a classified U.S. assassination program personally approved by President Obama with no judicial or public oversight. According to the report's findings, up to 1,147 unnamed people were killed in pursuit of these 41 known individuals.
Furthermore, each of these 41 men was reported killed multiple times.

In 'Targeted' US Drone Strikes, Vast Majority Killed Are Those Not Targeted: Study | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

Linked this last night bold commnet is almost onionlike

Drone Strikes Never Kill 'Humans' - The Atlantic

we kill a lot of 'militants' and nobody complains because of the name

yet crudities abound

This is the reason the U.S. government spies on all of its citizens, has suspended habeas corpus, obstructs journalists, persecutes whistleblowers, and has moved to criminalize dissent. It is not because it fears terrorists. Rather, it fears its own people against the day when social order can no longer be maintained in the face of economic collapse. Since military power is ultimately founded on economic power, and since economic power depends on the vitality of the economy and the coherence of the society, this is not a good portent as the U.S contemplates Cold War 2.0.

Cold War 2.0 Not a Likely Win for the U.S. | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

making omelettes

He seemed to be arguing that we need to be more aggressive with Russia which i disagree with. I think we are pushing things in a dangerous direction. My sense is many disparate world events are aimed at displacing the existing Russian government to something more Western directed

No just watched/listened to his interviews the other night

he study examines the cases of 41 people included on a Kill List—a classified U.S. assassination program personally approved by President Obama with no judicial or public oversight. According to the report's findings, up to 1,147 unnamed people were killed in pursuit of these 41 known individuals.
Furthermore, each of these 41 men was reported killed multiple times.
"This raises a stark question," states the study. "With each failed attempt to assassinate a man on the Kill List, who filled the body bag in his place? In fact, it is more accurate to say ‘body bags’: many other lives are sacrificed in the effort to erase a name from the Kill List."

In 'Targeted' US Drone Strikes, Vast Majority Killed Are Those Not Targeted: Study | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

missed him by that much category

they should have waited until Thursday afternoon

I'm not sure she's got the the new car smell that he seemed to be hinting at

Obesity.

Hey we're just being good consumers

Saudi Arabia cracks down on its Twitter critics - Middle East Israel News | Haaretz

The rights group said Sunday that Saudi prosecutors and judges use "vague provisions" of a 2007 anti-cybercrime law to charge citizens for peaceful tweets and other comments posted on social media.

good thing we are supporting the overthrow of that unfreedom loving Assad as opposed to the freedom loving woman's right supporting wahhabism Kingdom

It would be difficult to answer in the affirmative. While the goals of the protesters in Kiev were indeed met, the aftermath suggests that an alternative solution similar to the one Vladimir Putin suggested to the German chancellor in the lead-up to the Vilnius summit could have and should have been pursued. On the one hand, Kiev got its Association Agreement. On the other hand, the costs of the ensuring crisis are staggeringly high: roughly 4,100 war dead, thousands more wounded, nearly 1 million people displaced, the loss of Crimea and the de facto partition of Ukraine. Further, a new Cold War between the U.S. and Russia is now well underway while intra-European comity is beginning to fray over whether or not to continue the sanctions regime against Russia.

Ukraine in the Aftermath of Maidan | The American Conservative

PUUUUTTTIIINN!!!!!!

That's terrific news

I wouldn't go that far but that's me

NO. I have no time for Malthusian miserables who God should have aborted anyway.

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Believe it or not, having a negative outlook may be the secret to living a longer life. Indeed, while it may not make for a happier life, a recent German study found that the more pessimistic people were about their future life satisfaction, the less likely they were to die early or become disabled.

The Virtues of Pessimism | Psychology Today

Maybe a variety of outlooks is good for the specie survival