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The CIA hatched two plots to assassinate Nixon and sabotaged the Watergate break-in Read more: http

The CIA hatched two plots to assassinate Nixon and sabotaged the Watergate break-in because they didn't want the Vietnam war to end, claims explosive new book

CIA and military Joint Chiefs infiltrated the White House and spied on Nixon, the late former president's longtime confidant Roger Stone writes

The agencies wanted room to run in Vietnam but Nixon turned dovish and began a troop withdrawal after his stunning White House victory in 1968
Two separate plans were drawn up to kill him

One, quickly dismissed, was a plot to fire a missile at Nixon's vacation compound in Key Biscayne, Florida

The other involved a staged gunfight at an anti-Vietnam War convention where Nixon was to speak, with an assassin shooting him in the chaos

The CIA obtained a gun and hired an assassin, but he refused to proceed when he found out who his target was


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2719226/CIA-hatched-two-plots-assassinate-Nixon-sabotaged-Watergate-break-didnt-want-Vietnam-war-end-says-explosive-new-book.html

USA USA USA



We as Americans are fortunate.

We live in a country with more freedoms than many and a vastly higher standard of living than most in the world. We waste more resources than many people have the opportunity to use, we have more cars than drivers, and we turn food crops into fuel while people go hungry. Our priorities are based on convenience and our leaders appear to make decisions based on financial and political gain. We as a disgruntled public stand by and allow it. We need to do something other than watch.

My goal for this pamphlet is to honor the legacy of printers and activists from the past, such as Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Paine, who saw issues of the day and did their part to bring them to the attention of others. This information isn't new. It's readily available. These sobering facts and figures are thoroughly researched and cited. Originally, this pamphlet was planned as a satirical statement about the issues of our day, but in the end, the weight of this material was far too great to treat lightly. My hope is that it promotes a discourse with the readers and the desire to learn more and become more involved. Our democracy only works as well as the people involved in it. We as Americans have the responsibility to live up to our claims of being the greatest country on earth. If we don't step up to the plate, then that's not a claim we have the right to make.
AMERICA
#1 COUNTRY IN THE WORLD


BUT ARE WE REALLY?
Our leaders love to pontificate about America being the greatest country on earth, and we the masses love to wear our foam finger proudly and shout “We're Number One!” to the rest of the world. But what are we really?









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http://boingboing.net/2014/08/09/american-manifesto.html

McDonald's monthly sales worst in more than 10 years

McDonald’s Corp. served up a disappointing July, largely due to food-safety concerns in Asia as well as widespread problems in the United States, the world’s largest restaurant company said on Friday.

For the second time this week, McDonald’s said that this year’s sales forecast “is now at risk” to be reduced further.

Sales at longstanding McDonald’s restaurants around the globe fell 2.5 percent last month, the company said. Same-store sales, or sales at restaurants open at least 13 months, fell 3.2 percent in the United States and fell 7.3 percent in the Asia/Pacific, Middle East and Africa region, or what the company calls APMEA.

Analysts had anticipated a 1.1 percent decline overall, with a 2.6 percent drop in the United States and a 0.5 percent decline in APMEA, according to Consensus Metrix.
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http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/breaking/chi-mcdonalds-sales-slide-25-july-20140808-story.html

Pennsylvania Dog Owners Hold Protest at Police Station After Officer Kills Another Canine

Around a hundred dog owners attended a protest rally at the Lancaster City police station in Pennsylvania Thursday, attendee Vanessa Horne, who spoke with Police State Daily, said.

Protestors assembled after a pit bull was shot and killed by an Lancaster Police Officer in an arcade parking lot the day before.

Officers say they received a call about an “aggressive dog” loose in the parking lot of Hager Arcade located at 25 W. King St, Wednesday. Police say the caller claimed the canine jumped out of the back of its owners truck before he tried to capture it, but could not.

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“During the rally, protesters were on hand with sings and their canines to voice their concerns about how dogs are being treated by police, not only in Lancaster, but around the country,” Vanessa Horne said in an email interview. “We want police departments to improve how they handle animal situations by providing appropriate training to their officers.”




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http://policestatedaily.com/pennsylvania-dog-owners-hold-protest-police-station-officer-kills-another-canine/

Weekend Toon Roundup 2- The Rest

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Weekend Toon Roundup 1- Back in Iraq
















I have to say, this is what the latest from Iraq feels like to me



Charles P Pierce- Never Can Say Goodbye

With which long-term moral debt of the extended Bush family would you like to discuss first? The one that Junior locked the country into by kicking over the hornet's nest in order to drain the swamp, or the one Poppy ran up by selling the Kurds down the river in 1991? I know, I know, there's a lot more that went into the president's decision to drop humanitarian aid to the Yazidi people stuck on a mountain in northern Iraq, and into the president's decision to drop a couple of 500-pound bombs on the genocidal barbarians who have surrounded the mountain with the intent of killing everybody on it. But if there's one family that best symbolizes the historic price paid by the people of Iraq by a century of Western bungling in that part of the world, it's the Habsburgs Of Kennebunkport. Or, I guess, you can blame the Treaty Of Versailles and/or the League of Nations for helping to create the country of Iraq in the first place and guaranteeing that, one day, its basic ethnic instability would erupt into savagery. See also: Yugoslavia. The Great Game never was so Great for the people whom expiring empires used as chips. I would be surprised if, in five years, there's even a country called Iraq any more.

(And not for nothing, but whatever happened to the ferocious Kurdish fighters about whom we were told so much down through the years? They seem to have gotten rolled up as easily as the Iraqi army was. Perhaps the real strength of the Peshmerga was as a guerrilla fighting force and not as a standing army.)

What the president announced last night, and what the president did today, strikes me as being beyond reproach. ISIS is a legitimately scarifying group, death-maddened fanatics with a taste for religious insanity and public executions. There is little doubt that they would make bloody shrapnel out of every man, woman, and child on that mountain. Every other alleged power in the region -- including al Qaeda -- are scared witless of these people and of what they are seeking to create.

"Al Qaeda will now want to challenge ISIS's appropriation of its key objectives and tactics. The only way for al Qaeda to stay relevant now is through a violent and spectacular attack. Although ISIS may eventually be a victim of its own success, the real victims will be the thousands of innocent Muslims and non-Muslims caught in the crossfire of this millennarian struggle."

They may be medievalist in their religious outlook, and in their military tactics, but they're also shrewd hustlers. They seize dams and hold them, realizing that dams are more valuable when you can threaten to blow them up than when you actually do it. They have put to good use the arms they captured from the disintegrating Iraqi army. Their original financing came from extorting businessmen in Syria and Iraq. Now, they're said to be selling bootleg oil through various middlemen in the region. They are paying their own civil servants in the areas they have already conquered. Al Qaeda seeks to create chaos. ISIS seeks to create something resembling a country. It also seems that every other actor in the region, and every other actor who has a stake in the region, is waiting for the United States to bail them out. Sooner or later, every nation has an obligation to self-defense. So, when Andrea Mitchell meeps away on TV that Jordan and Saudi Arabia are reluctant to provide military aid in a crisis right in their own neighborhood because the president won't "lead," she's letting those two countries off a pretty enormous hook. If "our allies" are threatened, as I keep hearing over and over, then "our allies" need to fking do something.

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http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/Back_To_Iraq

Human exodus may have reached China 100,000 years ago

OUR direct ancestors may have found their way out of Africa much earlier than we think. As new fossil remains emerge from China and south-east Asia, the traditional story of how we left Africa is being challenged.

The accepted view is that Homo sapiens evolved in Africa 200,000 years ago and stayed there until 60,000 years ago, when they struck out through the Middle East and spread around the world. Any older hominin bones found outside Africa are deemed dead ends. So although the more primitive Homo erectus made it all the way to Indonesia, and probably gave rise to the Neanderthals and the Denisovans, all of these lines eventually died out. Our own species evolved solely in Africa.

The evidence for this comes partly from dating bones to specific periods, but also from genetics. As you move further away from Africa, across Asia and then the Americas, the genetic diversity of indigenous populations drops. This implies that the source population was in Africa and gradually lost diversity as it expanded. The genetics suggest that human genes went through this bottleneck 60,000 years ago.

The "out of Africa at 60,000 years ago" scenario remains the majority view. But the orthodoxy is slowly being challenged as ancient bones are uncovered in the east. As yet, though, they remain few and far between.


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http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg22329813.000-human-exodus-may-have-reached-china-100000-years-ago.html

What’s 250 Million Light-Years Big, Almost Empty, and Full of Answers?

BY MATTHEW R. FRANCIS

The darkest hole in the universe lies near the constellation Boötes, the plowman of the northern sky. This region, called a void, is 250 million light-years across and is almost entirely bereft of matter. If you centered a region of the same size on the Milky Way, you’d find thousands of galaxies. The Boötes void has only 60. Looking in all directions from its center, the cosmos would appear dark and empty.

If galaxies are cities, then the edges of a void are the suburbs, and the center is the deepest wilderness. But an atlas isn’t complete if it includes only cities and roads; it also needs the empty spaces in between. Scientists are increasingly entering the deep, dark wilderness of the void to complete their atlas, and in doing so are learning about other, greater dark presences in our universe.

Dark matter, for example, makes up 80 percent of the matter in our universe, but neither emits nor absorbs light. Because its gravitational force gathers together atoms to make galaxies and clusters of galaxies, though, the stars, gas, and dust that constitute the visible stuff of the cosmos reflect the underlying dark matter distribution. Where galaxies are thickest, dark matter is densest. The reverse is also true: In a region empty (or nearly so) of galaxies, dark matter should be sparse.

“Voids are vast, shallow troughs in the dark matter ,” explains Joseph Clampitt, a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Pennsylvania. “Galaxies sit at the center of narrow, towering peaks.” If you use height as a stand-in for density, “a typical galaxy has the same height and footprint as the Empire State Building a medium-size void would be a 3-foot-deep hole three times the size of Manhattan.” Find the voids, fill out your dark matter map.

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http://nautil.us/issue/16/nothingness/whats-250-million-light_years-big-almost-empty-and-full-of-answers
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