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"You have to wake the people up first, then you''ll get action."




The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H. L. Mencken

wakey, wakey everyone!!!

and peace, kp

Accused rapist has his dad send threatening note, police say

Accused rapist has his dad send threatening note, police say



According to an affidavit:

On July 27, the victim's daughter found a letter taped on their apartment door.

Ronnau wrote, "I told you what I would do if I ever lost you."

He also wrote, "There have better not be another man ever cuz when I get out all hell will break loose. I don't care how long it takes for me to get out. You don't want to know how or what I will do if I find out you've been with another man."

He added, "Please please don't take any of this as just words."

Police spoke to Ronnau's father, who confirmed he delivered the letter to the victim's residence for his son without knowing its contents, the affidavit states.


The victim requested an order of protection.

http://qctimes.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/accused-rapist-has-his-dad-send-threatening-note-police-say/article_72f4e0ab-4e39-5bb9-8e13-619c17952f6a.html

"Greetings Suspects! - D'oh" I Mean Citizens!" - The NSA comes clean --- by Tom Tomorrow









The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.
H. L. Mencken

The NSA & Anthony's Weiner

In Norway, Start-ups Say Ja to Socialism


In Norway, Start-ups Say Ja to Socialism
BY MAX CHAFKIN

We venture to the very heart of the hell that is Scandinavian socialism—and find out that it’s not so bad. Pricey, yes, but a good place to start and run a company.

"The tax system is good—it's fair," he tells me. "What we're doing when we are paying taxes is buying a product. So the question isn't how you pay for the product; it's the quality of the product."


Dalmo likes the government's services, and he believes that he is paying a fair price.



AN EXPANSIVE MOOD Jan Egil Flo (left), Simen Staalnacke (center), and Peder Børresen, the co-founders of Moods of Norway. In the early days of their $35 million company, they lived almost rent free, courtesy of the government


Norway, population five million, is a very small, very rich country. It is a cold country and, for half the year, a dark country. (The sun sets in late November in Mo i Rana. It doesn't rise again until the end of January.) This is a place where entire cities smell of drying fish—an odor not unlike the smell of rotting fish—and where, in the most remote parts, one must be careful to avoid polar bears. The food isn't great.

Bear strikes, darkness, and whale meat notwithstanding, Norway is also an exceedingly pleasant place to make a home. It ranked third in Gallup's latest global happiness survey. The unemployment rate, just 3.5 percent, is the lowest in Europe and one of the lowest in the world. Thanks to a generous social welfare system, poverty is almost nonexistent.

Norway is also full of entrepreneurs like Wiggo Dalmo. Rates of start-up creation here are among the highest in the developed world, and Norway has more entrepreneurs per capita than the United States, according to the latest report by the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor, a Boston-based research consortium. A 2010 study released by the U.S. Small Business Administration reported a similar result: Although America remains near the top of the world in terms of entrepreneurial aspirations -- that is, the percentage of people who want to start new things—in terms of actual start-up activity, our country has fallen behind not just Norway but also Canada, Denmark, and Switzerland.

If you care about the long-term health of the American economy, this should seem strange—maybe even troubling. After all, we have been told for decades that higher taxes are without-a-doubt, no-question-about-it Bad for Business. President Obama recently bragged that his administration had passed "16 different tax cuts for America's small businesses over the last couple years. These are tax cuts that can help America—help businesses...making new investments right now."


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read the rest:
(posting this especially for mr pete)

http://www.inc.com/magazine/20110201/in-norway-start-ups-say-ja-to-socialism.html/1

Even Orwell didn't go so far as to write:

"We've always been at war with (REDACTED)."


http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20130804/10100824058/funniestmost-insightful-comments-week-techdirt.shtml




Who Are We at War With? That’s Classified
http://www.propublica.org/article/who-are-we-at-war-with-thats-classified


Sunrise from space, with a late crescent Moon adding a poetic touch.



read about it (there is a surprise incl):
http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2013/08/04/iss_sunrise_sun_moon_and_two_planets_rise_over_the_earth_as_seen_from_space.html

Greenwald-The more NSA collects non-terrorist communications-The harder it is to detect actual plots

As Rush Holt and others have pointed out, the more the NSA collects non-terrorists' communications, the *harder it is to detect actual plots

http://inagist.com/all/364065469025619968/

Wuerker on handing the keys of the Federal Reserve to Summers

Greenwald Mocks NSA ‘Robust Oversight’ - Congress ‘Being Forced To Learn About NSA In Our Reporting'

Glenn Greenwald appeared on This Week With George Stephanopoulos to decry what he describes as the difficulty legislators have been experiencing in gaining details about NSA surveillance programs, telling guest host Martha Raddatz that far from being able to apply strict congressional oversight to the programs, some lawmakers have been getting their information about them from his articles.

“Members from both political parties came to us and showed us all kinds of letters and emails they’ve been exchanging, in which they’re trying to get the most basic information about what the NSA is doing, in spying on American citizens, and what the FISA court has been doing in terms fo declaring some of this illegal, some of it legal,” Greenwald said. “They’ve being blocked from getting it.”

“We keep hearing that there’s all kinds of robust oversight by Congress, and need not worry,” Greenwald continued, but alleged that the lawmakers who have contacted him “have said that they’re being forced to learn about what the NSA is doing from what they learn about in our reporting.”


Greenwald also referenced a secret FISA court opinion that called the expansive reach of the NSA’s data mining programs unconstitutional and illegal. The Guardian journalist said that the FISA court has no objection to releasing the decision, but that the Obama administration is keeping it classified.

“That’s extraordinary, to have a court opinion ruling that our government violated the constitution and the law, and not only can’t we read it, but neither can our representatives in Congress,” Greenwald said.

MORE (plus video):
http://www.mediaite.com/tv/greenwald-mocks-robust-oversight-of-nsa-spying-congress-being-forced-to-learn-about-nsa-in-our-reporting/
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