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Catholics don't need to breed like rabbits, says Pope from the papal plane

Pope Francis says Roman Catholics don't need to breed like rabbits. Speaking to reporters on the papal plane on his way back from the Philippines, the Pope upholds Vatican teaching banning contraception, and says good Catholics do not need to be 'like rabbits' but should practice responsible parenting


Cover of USA TODAY: "Police can SEE through walls"


France begins jailing people for ironic comments

France begins jailing people for ironic comments
Submitted by Ali Abunimah on Mon, 01/19/2015 - 13:36

Mock Charlie Hebdo cover circulated after the murder of the magazine’s cartoonists. The text says “Charlie Hebdo is shit. It doesn’t stop bullets.”


It may sound like an ironic joke, but it isn’t. Less than a week after the massive rallies in defense of “free expression,” following the murders of the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists, French authorities have jailed a youth for irony.

The arrest is part of a harsh crackdown on free speech in the country that has prompted criticism from national and international human rights organizations.

A 16-year-old high school student was taken into police custody on Thursday and indicted for “defending terrorism,” national broadcaster France 3 reports.

His alleged crime? He posted on Facebook a cartoon “representing a person holding the magazine Charlie Hebdo, being hit by bullets, and accompanied by an ‘ironic’ comment,” France 3 reports.


Supporting Martin Luther King


Huge Snowden story:British spy agency intercepted emails from journalists at NYT, WaPo, Reuters, BBC

GCHQ captured emails of journalists from top international media
• Snowden files reveal emails of BBC, NY Times and more
• Agency includes investigative journalists on ‘threat’ list
• Editors call on Cameron to act against snooping on media

GCHQ’s bulk surveillance of electronic communications has scooped up emails to and from journalists working for some of the US and UK’s largest media organisations, analysis of documents released by whistleblower Edward Snowden reveals.

Emails from the BBC, Reuters, the Guardian, the New York Times, Le Monde, the Sun, NBC and the Washington Post were saved by GCHQ and shared on the agency’s intranet as part of a test exercise by the signals intelligence agency.

The disclosure comes as the British government faces intense pressure to protect the confidential communications of reporters, MPs and lawyers from snooping.

The journalists’ communications were among 70,000 emails harvested in the space of less than 10 minutes on one day in November 2008 by one of GCHQ’s numerous taps on the fibre-optic cables that make up the backbone of the internet.

The communications, which were sometimes simple mass-PR emails sent to dozens of journalists but also included correspondence between reporters and editors discussing stories, were retained by GCHQ and were available to all cleared staff on the agency intranet. There is nothing to indicate whether or not the journalists were intentionally targeted.


The Story of Martin Luther King Jr. --- by Kid President

Once upon a time, there was a man named Martin Luther King, Jr. He taught us that things won't always be awesome, but your response can be. Remember, things don't always have to be the way they are. We can change them! Kids can change them. This Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, celebrate the promise of change with Kid President.

Arkansas 2015


Unanimous Goldmine - All Coltrane solos at once.

Read An Essay And Hear A New Song From Saul Williams In Honor Of MLK Day


To the powers that be, we say "fuck u" and to those who, like police, follow orders, fight or work to maintain a system that does not keep their best interest, nor the overwhelming majority's at heart we say "understand me."
Understand, what made Egyptian soldiers lay down their arms and join protestors during the Arab Spring. Understand what made communities across America take to the streets, storm highways & shopping centers, peacefully. Understand that although the divide and conquer tactics of pitting black against white, christian against muslim against jew, can bring worthwhile debate and heightened understanding, it doesn't take much to realize that the true and only fight is against that which has kept women subjugated to men, and poor subjugated to rich. The sooner we understand this without brandishing overtly blind-siding terms like "terrorist" "lazy" the sooner we realize that we are all, in fact, on the same team and that the movement towards a more educated, better fed society should not be side-lined by such petty constructs as race, identity, and that which has kept many groups disenfranchised, silenced, and in debt.


Unanimous Goldmine
All Coltrane solos at once.

Twist them horns
'round the necks
of each equation
& expand
upon multiples
of death.

We were crowded
into the shitbins
of a floating toilet
dreaming of an Afterlife.

Memory stored in a cloud.

in sea-major.

The winners
of religious thinking
praise books
for bookends.

Here, is the invention
of the astronaut.

First Nation
Sweat ceremony
in a spaceship.

To imagine hell
is privilege.

Paint a dreamworld
solid enough
to hold us.

Held by
blocks of time,
margins & calendars,
divisions of labor
contracts: social & otherwise.

With each kiss
in direct co-relation
to stars & seasons,

the ability to
calculate distance,
harness power,
stem cells,
erect mobile mansions
capable of projecting destruction
at greater & greater will,

what could be keeping us here?

Here is what death is like:
Life without fear.

MORE understanding:

DAVOS: ‘It is profitable to let the world go to hell’

‘It is profitable to let the world go to hell’
As politicians and business leaders gather in Davos, climate expert Jørgen Randers argues that democracy will continue to hamper climate action


In a newly published paper in the Swedish magazine Extrakt he writes:

It is cost-effective to postpone global climate action. It is profitable to let the world go to hell.

I believe that the tyranny of the short term will prevail over the decades to come. As a result, a number of long-term problems will not be solved, even if they could have been, and even as they cause gradually increasing difficulties for all voters.

Randers says the reason for inaction is that there will be little observable benefit during the first 20 years of any fiscal sacrifice, even though tougher regulations and taxes will guarantee a better climate for our children and grandchildren.



"I still HAVE A DREAM"!

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