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Report from the Koch's Creepy Carnival

by David Weigel

The stilt walker was the first clue that something strange had come to Washington. A few long blocks from the Capitol, with the dome in full view, a colorless midsize tent was ringed by circus performers, waving and beckoning tourists into something-or-other. It was Wednesday evening, and the street traffic was sparse, but a few tourists made it in, where they signed in with one of a dozen red-shirted, iPad-wielding libertarian millennials.

Then they were in—they’d made it to the Creepy Carenival. This was the big summer project of Generation Opportunity, the youth outreach group funded by at least $5 million from the Koch network to tamp down under-30 enrollment in health care exchanges. Over the fall and winter, they’d worked tailgates and raffled off iPads. Now, after weeks of promo, they’d find out if free food and circus games could be as popular as free beer. Perfect timing, too: The D.C. Circuit had just ruled their way the day before, arguing that Obamacare subsidies (which made health care plans affordable for middle- and lower-income people) were illegal in states that did not set up their own health care exchanges.

After a good-size crowd had found the tent, Generation Opportunity’s president, Evan Feinberg, took his place onstage. A tightrope-walking blade juggler took a respectful break behind him, straddling and listening, as Feinberg laid out the manifesto.

“Young Americans have been asked to pay as much as three times as much for their health care to get nothing out of it—to pay for an older, sicker generation’s health care,” said Feinberg. “To pay for an intrusive bureaucracy that we can’t trust.”

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http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2014/07/inside_the_anti_obamacare_carnival_libertarians_are_celebrating_halbig_and.single.html

Mr. Fish Toon- Cell Damage

Turkey to send another Freedom Flotilla to Gaza



The Turkish humanitarian relief organisation (IHH) is currently organising a "Freedom Flotilla II" which will carry humanitarian aid to the besieged Gaza Strip, IHH chairman Bulent Yildrim said Thursday.

In statements to Gulf Online, Yildrim said that his organisation has embarked on legal procedures and paperwork required to obtain a permit for the trip. As soon as a final permit is issued, the IHH along with other international organisations will immediately set up the convoy.

The chairman of IHH, a major organiser of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla I, said that Turkish army troops will accompany the ships to protect it from any potential attack, pointing out that his organisation demanded the government to provide protection for them as Turkish citizens.

Maze Keheil, the president of the European Campaign for Lifting the Siege on Gaza, confirmed his campaign's intention to take part in the new flotilla, as it did in first one in 2010.

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/news/europe/13059-turkey-to-send-another-freedom-flotilla-to-gaza

A USPS Worker Called 911, and Then His Bosses Called Him a Terrorist

Postal workers sometimes characterize the U.S. Postal Service as a vast bureaucracy indifferent to their gripes. But that’s not always the case. Consider what happened to Thomas Purviance, a longtime USPS employee in St. Louis, who complained about a potential safety hazard in one of the agency’s facilities: According to a recently filed lawsuit, his managers at the USPS responded by accusing him of being a terrorist.

On July 18 the U.S. Department of Labor sued the USPS, claiming the Postal Service retaliated against Purviance, a maintenance worker with 35 years experience on the job who had the nerve to call 911 after his superior dismissed Purviance’s concerns about what he feared was a carbon monoxide leak on the premises. The Labor Department says the alleged retaliation violated the Occupational Safety and Health Act, which permits employees to contact the authorities when they feel their working conditions are unsafe.

According to the suit, Purviance’s superiors didn’t appreciate his wish to put safety first:

“When the 9-1-1-dispatched response arrived at the , USPS managers immediately characterized Mr. Purviance to the responders as a ‘disgruntled employee,’ said that they suspected Mr. Purviance of making a false report, and that they suspected Mr. Purviance of being a threat to sabotage the NDC building, despite the lack of any factual basis for the allegation that Mr. Purviance was a threat in any way.”


That was only the beginning of Purviance’s troubles. According to the suit, the USPS tried to get the local prosecutor’s office to put him in jail, calling him “a drug user, dangerous, unstable and a ‘terrorist,’ all without any factual basis.” In April 2010, says the suit, Purviance was arrested and charged with making a terroristic threat and filing a false report. He spent 18 hours in jail before his attorney got him out. The USPS then tried to have Purviance fired.

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http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-07-25/a-usps-worker-called-911-and-then-his-bosses-called-him-a-terrorist#r=rss

Pope: World War I should teach us: No more war

Source: AP

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is marking the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I with an impassioned plea for people to "not repeat the mistakes of the past," urging them to embrace dialogue to overcome conflicts.

Francis cited current warfare between Israelis and Palestinians, as well as in Iraq and in Ukraine. He told pilgrims and tourists in St. Peter's Square Sunday that he was thinking of children — killed, maimed or orphaned by war — who "for toys, have the debris of war."

"I beg you, stop. I ask you with all my heart," Francis said.

He cited World War I-era Pope Benedict XV's denunciation of the Great War as a "useless massacre."


Read more: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/pope-world-war-i-should-teach-us-no-more-war

Official: Ebola Kills Senior Doctor In Liberia

Source: AP

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- A health official says a senior doctor working at Liberia's largest hospital has died of Ebola.

Tolbert Nyenswah, an assistant health minister, said Dr. Samuel Brisbane died Saturday at an Ebola treatment center on the outskirts of the capital, Monrovia.

He is the first Liberian doctor to die in an outbreak the World Health Organization says has killed 129 people in the country.

The WHO says the outbreak, the largest ever recorded, has also killed 319 people in Guinea and 224 in Sierra Leone.

Read more: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/official-ebola-kills-senior-doctor-liberia

Fast food workers vow civil disobedience

ILLA PARK, Ill. (AP) — Comparing their campaign to the civil rights movement, fast food workers from across the country voted Saturday to escalate their efforts for $15-an-hour pay and union membership by using nonviolent civil disobedience.

More than 1,300 workers gathered in a convention in center in suburban Chicago to discuss the future of a campaign that has spread to dozens of cities in less than two years. Wearing T-shirts that said "Fight for $15" and "We Are Worth More," the workers cheered loudly and said they would win if they stuck together.

"People are just fed up," said Cindy Enriquez, 20, of Phoenix.

The $8.25 an hour she makes working for McDonald's is not enough to go to college and become a police officer and barely enough to pay her rent, Enriquez said.

While the vote didn't list any specific acts of civil disobedience, Enriquez said some workers suggested sit-ins and perhaps blocking businesses. She said they need to keep pressure on owners even if it means sitting in front of restaurants "to make sure they do not sell anything."

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http://bigstory.ap.org/article/fast-food-workers-vow-civil-disobedience

Florida Lawmaker Trying To Force Students To Watch Conservative Campaign Fraud Felon's Film

Florida state Senator Alan Hays is trying to force every student in the Sunshine State to sit and watch a 105 minute right wing propaganda film that is currently in theaters. The filmmaker, Dinesh D'Souza, recently admitted to campaign finance fraud -- a felony -- and is awaiting sentencing, which could land him in prison for up to 16 months.

The film, "America: Imagine A World Without Her," is a conservative Tea Party attempt to erase from history five of America's greatest wrongs. The image, above, is a screenshot from the trailer, which "erases" America's icons, like the Statue of Liberty and Mount Rushmore, to get the reader to think what the world would be like without the United States.

The Hollywood Reporter writes that the "plan is sure to draw fire from liberals not only because D’Souza is a prominent conservative but because he is also behind the movie, 2016: Obama’s America, which is a profoundly negative take on Democratic U.S. president Barack Obama."

“I saw the movie and walked out of the theater and said, ‘Wow, our students need to see this.’ And it’s my plan to show it to my colleagues in the legislature, too, before they’re asked to vote on the bill,” Hays said.

The Hollywood Reports adds that "the bill could pass, given that Republicans hold a substantial majority in Florida’s Senate and House of Representatives, and Gov. Rick Scott is also a Republican."

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http://www.thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/florida_lawmaker_trying_to_force_students_to_watch_conservative_election_fraudster_s_film


I'm thinking this wouldn't have the effect they are hoping for...

Sunday's Non Sequitur- Is that too much to ask?

Saharan dust played a major role in the formation of the Bahamas islands

A new study suggests that Saharan dust played a major role in the formation of the Bahamas islands. Researchers from the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science showed that iron-rich Saharan dust provides the nutrients necessary for specialized bacteria to produce the island chain's carbonate-based foundation.

UM Rosenstiel School Lewis G. Weeks Professor Peter Swart and colleagues analyzed the concentrations of two trace elements characteristic of atmospheric dust -- iron and manganese -- in 270 seafloor samples collected along the Great Bahama Bank over a three-year period. The team found that the highest concentrations of these trace elements occurred to the west of Andros Island, an area which has the largest concentration of whitings, white sediment-laden bodies of water produced by photosynthetic cyanobacteria.

"Cyanobacteria need 10 times more iron than other photosynthesizers because they fix atmospheric nitrogen," said Swart, lead author of the study. "This process draws down the carbon dioxide and induces the precipitation of calcium carbonate, thus causing the whiting. The signature of atmospheric nitrogen, its isotopic ratio is left in the sediments."

Swart's team suggests that high concentrations of iron-rich dust blown across the Atlantic Ocean from the Sahara is responsible for the existence of the Great Bahama Bank, which has been built up over the last 100 million years from sedimentation of calcium carbonate. The dust particles blown into the Bahamas' waters and directly onto the islands provide the nutrients necessary to fuel cyanobacteria blooms, which in turn, produce carbonate whitings in the surrounding waters.

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http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/07/140724182933.htm
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