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President Obama: Robin Williams was an airman, a doctor, a genie, a nanny, a president, a professor,

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 11, 2014

Statement by the President on the Passing of Robin Williams

Robin Williams was an airman, a doctor, a genie, a nanny, a president, a professor, a bangarang Peter Pan, and everything in between. But he was one of a kind. He arrived in our lives as an alien – but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit. He made us laugh. He made us cry. He gave his immeasurable talent freely and generously to those who needed it most – from our troops stationed abroad to the marginalized on our own streets. The Obama family offers our condolences to Robin’s family, his friends, and everyone who found their voice and their verse thanks to Robin Williams.



http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/11/obama-robin-williams_n_5670241.html

Noam Chomsky: Israel’s Actions in Palestine are "Much Worse Than Apartheid" in South Africa

AMY GOODMAN: And yet, Noam, you say that the analogy between Israel’s occupation of the terrories and apartheid South Africa is a dubious one. Why?

NOAM CHOMSKY: Many reasons. Take, say, the term "apartheid." In the Occupied Territories, what Israel is doing is much worse than apartheid. To call it apartheid is a gift to Israel, at least if by "apartheid" you mean South African-style apartheid. What’s happening in the Occupied Territories is much worse. There’s a crucial difference. The South African Nationalists needed the black population. That was their workforce. It was 85 percent of the workforce of the population, and that was basically their workforce. They needed them. They had to sustain them. The bantustans were horrifying, but South Africa did try to sustain them. They didn’t put them on a diet. They tried to keep them strong enough to do the work that they needed for the country. They tried to get international support for the bantustans.

The Israeli relationship to the Palestinians in the Occupied Territories is totally different. They just don’t want them. They want them out, or at least in prison. And they’re acting that way. That’s a very striking difference, which means that the apartheid analogy, South African apartheid, to the Occupied Territories is just a gift to Israeli violence. It’s much worse than that. If you look inside Israel, there’s plenty of repression and discrimination. I’ve written about it extensively for decades. But it’s not apartheid. It’s bad, but it’s not apartheid. So the term, I just don’t think is applicable.

the rest:http://www.democracynow.org/blog/2014/8/8/noam_chomsky_what_israel_is_doing

KRUGMAN: In short-we’re giving huge sums to the financial industry while receiving little or nothing

Three Expensive Milliseconds
Paul Kriugman
April 13, 2014 (April 14th, 2014 Edition)

…Mr. Philippon starts with the familiar observation that finance has grown much faster than the economy as a whole. Specifically, the share of G.D.P. accruing to bankers, traders, and so on has nearly doubled since 1980, when we started dismantling the system of financial regulation created as a response to the Great Depression.

What are we getting in return for all that money? Not much, as far as anyone can tell. Mr. Philippon shows that the financial industry has grown much faster than either the flow of savings it channels or the assets it manages. Defenders of modern finance like to argue that it does the economy a great service by allocating capital to its most productive uses — but that’s a hard argument to sustain after a decade in which Wall Street’s crowning achievement involved directing hundreds of billions of dollars into subprime mortgages.

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In short, we’re giving huge sums to the financial industry while receiving little or nothing — maybe less than nothing — in return. Mr. Philippon puts the waste at 2 percent of G.D.P. Yet even that figure, I’d argue, understates the true cost of our bloated financial industry. For there is a clear correlation between the rise of modern finance and America’s return to Gilded Age levels of inequality.

So never mind the debate about exactly how much damage high-frequency trading does. It’s the whole financial industry, not just that piece, that’s undermining our economy and our society.

MORE:http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/14/opinion/krugman-three-expensive-milliseconds.html?action=click&contentCollection=Opinion%C2%AEion=Footer&module=MoreInSection&pgtype=article&_r=0

Cartoon: Press conference: "We Tortured Some Folks" - byTom Tomorrow

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http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/08/11/1320455/-Cartoon-Press-conference

We finally know why John McCain is invading our TV every Sunday

MON AUG 11, 2014 AT 07:30 AM PDT
We finally know why John McCain is invading our TV every Sunday
by Barbara Morrill

US Republican presidential nominee Senator John McCain (R-AZ) reacts to almost heading the wrong way off the stage after shaking hands with Democratic presidential nominee Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) at the conclusion of the final presidential debate at H

John McCain, expressing his views quite clearly

It has long been noted that you can't swing a dead cat without hitting a Sunday talk show featuring John McCain as a guest. And now we know why:

On her latest show, CNN's Candy Crowley tried to explain why it is that her program turns to McCain so often ("State of the Union" has now had McCain on 6 times this year alone).

"Senator McCain, lots of people, when we have you on, often say, why do you have him on so often?" she told McCain. "And we say because he answers our questions, because he expresses his views quite clearly."


Or put another way, President Wannabe McBitter is always available to tell you just how much the current president sucks. He is pretty clear about that.



MORE:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/11/candy-crowley-john-mccain-sunday-shows_n_5667713.html
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/08/11/1320656/-We-finally-know-why-John-McCain-is-invading-our-TV-every-Sunday

Bernie Sanders: 'Don't Just Anoint Hillary-I have a damn good platform to run for president in 2016'

Bernie Sanders says he has a ‘damn good platform’ to run for president in 2016


“You have today in America more income and wealth inequality than any time in this country since 1928 and more than any major country in the world,” Sanders said. “So, you got the top one percent owning 38 percent of the wealth in America. Do you know what the bottom 60 percent own? 2.3 percent.”

“You know what that is?" he said. "That's called oligarchy."

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One of Sanders’ most likely competitors, should he choose to seek the Democratic nomination, is Hillary Clinton. And while Sanders praised Clinton for a successful career, he was critical of the Democratic Party’s seeming coronation of the former secretary of state.

"She has accomplished a lot of very positive things in her career, but I'm not quite sure that the political process is one in which we anoint people,” Sanders said.

Though he stopped short of criticizing Clinton directly, he said she is not a sufficient champion of his message for the middle class.

“What I'm telling you is that this country has more serious problems today than any time since the Great Depression,” he said. “Those are the real issues that we've got to start dealing with.


Video & more:
http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/power-players-abc-news/bernie-sanders-says-he-has-a--damn-good-platform--to-run-for-president-in-2016-212513869.html

Knowing the Enemy (And It is Not Obama) By Larry Johnson

Knowing the Enemy (And It is Not Obama)
By Larry Johnson on August 10, 2014 at 5:41 PM in Current Affairs

Bush’s idiotic invasion of Iraq in 2003 sowed the seeds for what ISIS now is. But the fault is not solely with Bush. Obama’s pursuit of the Arab Spring and his meddling in Syria, which included helping arm the Syrian rebels, have fueled the rise of ISIS.

If you have the chance, please take time to read a recent ISIS publication. You will begin to appreciate their fundamentalist mentality and sincere belief that they are doing the will of God. You can find it here.
https://azelin.files.wordpress.com/2014/07/islamic-state-e2809cdc481biq-magazine-2e280b3.pdf

Take a look at page 31. The ISIS editors praise John McCain in a backhanded way:

On “12 June 2014,”the crusader John Mc-Cain came to the senate floor to rant irritably about the victories the Islamic State was achieving in Iraq. He forgot that he himself participated in the invasion of Iraq that led to the blessed events unfolding today by Allah’s bounty and justice.


Did you catch it? The ISIS crew believes that the US innovation of Iraq opened the way for them to grow and succeed.


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MORE:
http://www.noquarterusa.net/blog/77347/knowing-the-enemy/#more-77347

The Weapon The NRA Feared Most...

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New Oval Office Surveillance Pic...

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"I’m tired of smiling-tired of having to worry about some stranger feeling uncomfortable..."

Don
August 10, 2014 at 9:04 am

It is amazing how black men can keep their sanity despite the insanity that happens to them. I remember one time I took my wife to a medical appointment at an office building, usually I drop her off at the entrance and I wait in my car in the parking lot usually listening to music or talk radio. Anyway this one time I decided to go in the lobby to use the rest room. As I exited my car this white lady was walking towards me, the look of fear she had or her face was palpable, she clutched her purse so tight her hands turned red. As usual I smiled at her to ease her fears, see I’ve discovered that when I run into white people on a one on one situation I smile just so they will feel comfortable. I’m tired of smiling; I’m tired of having to worry about some stranger feeling comfortable or uncomfortable in my presence. Why is it that when I’m the only black person in an elevator with a bunch of white peoples, nobody smiles to make me feel comfortable? Why is it that when I’m anywhere and I’m the only black person there, nobody smiles at me to make me feel comfortable? The average black man will tell you, if he’s lived long enough, that he’s discovered certain mechanisms he uses to make people feel comfortable in his presence. So now another black kid is dead under unclear circumstances, another black community is in pain, and another policeman is on paid administrative leave. By this time tomorrow we’ll know everything this young black kid has done since he left his mother’s womb, the good and the bad, the right and the wrong. I’ve got an eight year old son; I used to wonder about what college he will attend or what does he want to do when he grows up. As black men we’ve learned to focus our thinking on the present more so than on the future when it comes to our black boys./blockquote]

http://theobamadiary.com/2014/08/10/early-bird-chat-321/#comment-1105038
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