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Ida B. Wells: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

A pioneering African-American woman who used journalism to stand up against white supremacy and segregation and who led an anti-lynching crusade in the 1890s is celebrated on her birthday with a Google Doodle.

Ida B. Wells-Barnett would have turned 153 on July 16. She was a writer and editor, a suffragist and an early leader in the civil rights movement.

“We salute Ida B. Wells with a Doodle that commemorates her journalistic mettle and her unequivocal commitment to the advancement of civil liberties,” Google says.

Wells-Barnett is also known for her rally cry, “The way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth upon them.”

Here’s what you need to know about Wells-Barnett:


The most successful female athlete of all time just got body shamed in the New York Times

As a woman in the public eye, it seems like even being one of the most gifted athletes isn't enough to stop the media from calling you fat.
On Friday, just as Serena Williams was preparing to clean up her historic sixth Wimbledon victory, the New York Times decided it was a good time to critique her body:

Williams, who will be vying for the Wimbledon title against Garbiñe Muguruza on Saturday, has large biceps and a mold-breaking muscular frame, which packs the power and athleticism that have dominated women’s tennis for years. Her rivals could try to emulate her physique, but most of them choose not to.

The real disgusting part of this, though, is that the Times didn’t really critique Williams. Instead, it let her competitors do it by explaining that they don't envy Williams' physique even as she uses it to dominate them.

In the story, the Times printed the words of several top female tennis players unloading about their body image issues and describing their wish to be seen as small.

“People say, ‘Oh, you’re so skinny, I always thought you were huge,’ ” said. “And then I feel like there are 80 million people in Germany who think I’m a bodybuilder. Then, when they see me in person, they think I’m O.K.”


Obama's clemency grant largest since the 1960s

Source: USA today

WASHINGTON — President Obama granted clemency Monday to 46 men and women who faced decades in prison for non-violent, drug offenses, part of an overall effort to address sentencing disparities nationwide.

"Their punishments didn't fit the crime, and if they had been sentenced under today's laws, nearly all of them would have already served their time," Obama said in an announcement video posted on the White House website.

The 46 commutations — the most granted by a president in a single day since at least the Lyndon Johnson administration of the 1960s — all involved drug crimes, mostly cocaine trafficking.

The prisoners will all be released by Nov. 10.

In the video message, Obama said the people whose sentences he commuted were not "hardened criminals," but "the overwhelming majority had been sentenced to at least 20 years," while 14 of them received life sentences for non-violent drug offenses.

Read more: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2015/07/13/obama-clemency-46-men-and-women-facebook/30086127/

Henry Woods Bowman, former Cook County finance chief, dies in crash

Source: Chicago Tribune

H. Woods "Woody" Bowman, a former state representative, Cook County finance chief and college professor, was killed Saturday in a car crash in southwest Michigan.

Bowman, 73, and his wife, Michele Thompson, were driving on Interstate 94 near Mattawan when a semi truck rear-ended the couple's Cadillac around 1:30 p.m. Friday, according to local fire officials. The truck driver might have been distracted by the sight of fire crews extinguishing a grass fire in the highway median, official said.

"Apparently he was looking at the fire or the units clearing the fire and didn't see the car in front of him," said Mattawan Fire Department Lt. Kenneth King.

Bowman, professor emeritus with DePaul University's School of Public Service, was Cook County's chief financial officer under former County Board President Richard Phelan in the early 1990s.

Read more: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-henry-woods-bowman-obit-met-0714-20150713-story.html

Son of Boston Police Captain Arrested as Possible Terrorist

Source: ABC News

The estranged son of a respected Boston police captain was arrested July 4 by FBI agents as part of a counter-terrorism operation against alleged ISIS-inspired domestic terrorists, federal officials told ABC News today.

Alexander Ciccolo, 23, of Adams, Mass., was taken into custody on gun charges after buying two pistols and two rifles from an undercover FBI confidential informant, federal officials said. In a search of his apartment, officials reported they found it loaded with possible bomb-making equipment including a pressure cooker, a variety of chemicals, an alarm clock, along with “attack planning papers” and “jihad” paperwork. FBI agents said he used the name Abu Ali al-Amriki and neighbors said he was a recent convert to Islam.

“This is a very bad person arrested before he could do very bad things,” one senior federal official briefed on the arrest told ABC News.
According to the FBI, Ciccolo attempted to stab a nurse in the head with a pen during a routine screening, “leaving a hole in the nurse’s skin.”

An FBI affidavit said Ciccolo initially planned to travel to “another state” and used a pressure cooker bomb “to conduct terrorist attacks on civilians, members of the U.S. military and law enforcement personnel.” The FBI said the attack location was later changed to a town with a state university and would be concentrated on “college dorms and cafeteria, to include executions of students, which would be broadcast live via the internet.”

Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/US/officials-son-boston-police-captain-arrested-terrorist/story?id=32414150

How does someone go from peace protestor to jihadist in just a few years?

Anger still crackles 30 years after France bombed Greenpeace ship

Wellington (AFP) - Thirty years after France's deadly bomb attack on the Rainbow Warrior in New Zealand, anger still crackles in Pete Willcox's voice when he discusses the sinking of the Greenpeace flagship.

Willcox was captain of the environmental group's converted trawler when frogmen working for French intelligence slipped into Auckland Harbour late on July 10, 1985, and fixed two large limpet mines to its hull.

Portuguese photographer Fernando Pereira died in the subsequent blasts, which New Zealand's then-prime minister David Lange described as "a sordid act of international state-backed terrorism".

"Fernando had two children and his murder blew a hole in their lives that can never be patched up," Willcox told AFP ahead of the anniversary.

"And as a captain, the worst thing you can do is lose a crew member. It was hard."

The Rainbow Warrior had docked in Auckland on its way to protest French nuclear testing at Mururoa Atoll, about 1,200 kilometres (750 miles) southeast of Tahiti.

But France's spy agency, the DGSE, had other ideas, launching the ominously titled "Operation Satanique" to stop it.


Shillers for killers

If you want an unvarnished, raw peek at the pig trough of corruption and sleaze, it’s all there in the 88 million-plus pages of once-secret tobacco industry documents, online and searchable in the University of California at San Francisco’s online tobacco library.

In my last article, I gave some background on both the tobacco industry’s deadly conspiracy against humanity, and on UCSF’s new 3.0 version of its online searchable tobacco documents library.

Now it’s time to look at some of the accessories to the greatest crime in human history: 100 million people killed last century, one billion expected to die this century from smoking. Every one of those deaths preventable.

To rack up this many human kills for so many tens of billions of dollars in profits over so many decades and not wind up in prison, the tobacco industry has had to pay off an incredible number of people and institutions over the years.

As the documents (some embedded below) show, many of those people were paid under the table, to better confuse, deceive, and continue plundering the public. Those covert tobacco shills are easily the worst and most offensive, because they commit fraud on a public that trusts them.


Greece: Journalists under investigation for promoting "yes" vote in the referendum

Greek journalists who criticised the Syriza administration and promoted a “yes” vote ahead of the referendum on the country's economy have come under investigation by the public prosecutor, the government media watchdog and the Journalists' Union of Athens Daily Paper (ESIEA) reports.

Nine of the country's most visible anchors and news directors from the three biggest TV channels -- Mega, Ant1 and SKAI -- have been called to answer to the ethics board of the ESIEA.

The public prosecutor's office claimed it was responding to "viewer complaints". Allegedly, the reporters under investigation breached electoral law by not allowing fair and equal time to all sides of the debate. As a result, they were accused of misinformation and one-sided coverage of the referendum.

SKAI released a statement on Wednesday defending its reporters: "All these actions have one purpose: the silencing of the 'other', any 'other' views and opinions, and to hide 'annoying' news reporting and the truth."


Greenwald was unavailabe for comment...

Federal attorney general opens criminal charges against blog

Germany's federal attorney general opened criminal charges against the blog Netzpolitik, radio station Deutschlandfunk reported on 4 July.

The director of Germany's domestic intelligence service (Verfassungsschutz), Hans-Georg Maaßen, filed three charges against Netzpolitik for publishing classified information.

In February and April of this year, the blog published classified details about the Verfassungsschutz's budget planning, which included information about the agency's operations.

The federal attorney general opened the two charges against Netzpolitik for betrayal of state secrets.

The newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung also reported on the same documents about the Verfassungsschutz's budget plans. Deutschlandfunk reported the attorney general is still investigating whether it will press charges against the newspaper for betrayal of state secrets.


Oddly enough, Glenn Greenwald doesn't seem to be up in arms about this...Wonder why...

David Frum is a piece of shit

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