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The Ukrainian government said on Saturday that it had proof that Russia had provided the surface-to-air missile system that shot down a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet over eastern Ukraine on Thursday, killing all 298 people aboard. . . .

Ukraine also accused Russia and separatist rebels in the east of trying to cover up their role by blocking recovery workers from the crash site, removing evidence and driving three missile launchers back to Russia just hours after the crash. . . .


Numbers that may surprise you

Numbers that may surprise you

by digby

Via Moyers:

51 percent

Of all pregnancies in America in 2008 were unintended, according to a study published this year in the American Journal of Public Health.

40 percent

Of those pregnancies ended in an abortion.

1 in 3

Women will get an abortion in her lifetime, according to a 2011 study published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology.

51 percent

Of women who get an abortion had used contraceptives in the month that they got pregnant.

18 percent

Of women who have abortions are teenagers.

61 percent

Of women who get an abortion have already given birth to at least one child.

9 in 10

Abortions occur during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. At 12 weeks of development, the average fetus is just over two inches in length and weighs just under a half-ounce.

84 percent

Of abortion providers have experienced a form of harassment or violence.

66 percent

Of abortion clinics don’t offer the procedure after 20 weeks of gestation.


The average cost of a surgical abortion at 10 weeks in 2012, the most recent year for which data is available.


Every last one of those millions of dizzy broads had no idea what they were doing. They need some decent people with morals to help them understand that they either need to "close their legs" or have many more children than they want.


Really Good News: Tesla Actively Recruiting Military Veterans

Veterans are viewed as an especially good fit for building electric cars, because many of them acquired relevant technical skills during their service. With that in mind, Tesla is making a concerted effort to hire veterans — and to make them feel comfortable in their new positions.

A former Army intelligence analyst in its human resources department focuses on recruiting veterans. Candidates are reached through word of mouth, partnerships with veterans groups, and recruiting events.

Tesla also holds informal monthly gatherings for its military employees, and has made Veterans Day a company-wide paid holiday. Management also makes efforts to accommodate employees still on active duty.


BATTLEFIELD: EARTH - Countries where McCain has called for U.S. military intervention

Yuma is dumping refugees in a Walmart parking lot and they're being left to fend for themselves...

Small Arizona congregation reaches out to women and children seeking refuge
Written by Emily Schappacher
July 17, 2014

At 7 p.m. on a recent Saturday evening, the Rev. Alberta Wallace received a text message that took her a few minutes to fully comprehend. Sent from the community organizer of Yuma County Interfaith, a coalition of churches and nonprofits in Yuma County, Ariz., the message said that 16 women and children seeking refuge in the United States had been dropped off by U.S. Border Patrol in the parking lot of a local Walmart with nothing but the clothes on their backs. Soon after, the pastor of Yuma United Church of Christ and six members of her small congregation were among a group of volunteers who provided much-needed assistance to these refugees well into the night.

"If I hadn't lived it, I wouldn't even believe it," said Wallace. "You immediately go into crisis mode. Looking at their faces, you know these people really needed our help."

The 10 women and six children were spotted by a member of a local Catholic church who was shopping at Walmart and knew that "something wasn't right," Wallace said. After speaking with the women, she alerted her priest, who contacted the Yuma County Interfaith community organizer, who then reached out to the rest of the coalition. Each organization rallied to provide the resources they had available – one church provided housing for the night, another group provided transportation, Yuma UCC provided clothing, toiletries, diapers, water and food. Individuals offered their cell phones so the women could contact family members in the U.S. who bought them bus tickets, and another organization provided access to the computers and printers used to print them.

Each woman and child had been apprehended, detained, processed and released, and had probation papers allowing them to stay in the U.S. until their scheduled court dates. But with court dates in places as far away as Chicago, Los Angeles and Miami, and with no money or access to phones or transportation, they had little chance of getting where they were required to be. It was clear they hadn't had a shower or a proper meal in days, Wallace said, adding that one woman's three-month-old baby had a 104-degree fever. But with the help of volunteers from Yuma County Interfaith, each person was fed, clothed, provided access to showers, medical care and a safe place to sleep, and were on their way to connect with family within 48 hours.


Heartbreaking Tribute To Four Boys Killed On Gaza Beach Created By Israeli Artist Amir Schiby


Israeli artist Amir Schiby, known for his politically satirical collages, created an image of Ahed Atef Bakr, Zakaria Ahed Bakr, Mohamed Ramez Bakr, and Ismael Mohamed Bakr, to honor their tragically short lives. It depicts a lone soccer ball in the surf, with the shadows of playing children nearby. He wrote on Facebook that the image was created "as a tribute to all children living in war zones."


Everybody Be Cool --- Share the chew toy, share the planet.


Elizabeth Warren Fires Up Netroots Nation: ‘We Will Overturn Hobby Lobby!’

“We believe that students are entitled to get an education without being crushed by debt, and we are willing to fight for it,” she said. “We believe that after a lifetime of work, people are entitled to retire with dignity. And that means protecting social security, Medicare and pensions, and we will fight for them!”

“I can’t believe I have to say this in 2014,” Warren said, echoing a speech she made on the Senate floor earlier in the week. “We believe in equal pay for equal work and we’re willing to fight for it. We believe that equal means equal and that’s true in marriage, it’s true in the workplace, it’s true in all of America.”

Finally, she ended her speech by taking on the recent Supreme Court ruling that gave corporations like Hobby Lobby the right not to cover certain contraceptives for their employees.

“Oh, and we believe that corporations are not people, that women to have a right to their bodies,” she said to escalating cheers. “We will overturn Hobby Lobby and we will fight for it!”


"What the hell, pal?" A letter to the editor from a friend of John Boehner's

Letter to Boehner: What the hell, pal?

OPEN LETTER TO JOHN BOEHNER (in response to op-ed "Obama is trampling the Constitution")

John, I consider you a friend of mine. We've known one another for well over 50 years. Our parents knew each other, were friends and neighbors in Reading. Our family businesses were directly across the street from each other for over 70 years. But John, what the hell are you doing?

You've got nothing more pressing to do than sue a president who was elected twice by the majority of voting Americans?

You say "the majority of Americans are frustrated." I agree, but not with this president. They're frustrated with the childishness of those purporting to serve all the American people.

The majority of Republicans are frustrated. Sure, I get that. But everything shouldn't come to a halt because you don't control the White House. By the way, you better get used to that too. You won't get that back by appealing to Old White Guys.

John, whatever time you've got left in Washington, roll-up your sleeves and get Washington moving in the correct direction. Not this "we block everything you want" and "you block everything we want" mentality.

Now, how about a round of golf at Sharon Woods on Sunday? On me. I'll need 2 a side.

Your pal, Mooch

Jerry Mouch, Wyoming


NBC Correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin Is Returned to Gaza

Source: New York Times

NBC Correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin Is Returned to Gaza
New York Times
JULY 18, 2014

Only days after NBC removed him from its coverage of the fighting in Gaza, the correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin will be reinstated and sent back into the region, the network said Friday evening.

The decision to pull Mr. Mohyeldin off the story, after he witnessed an Israeli air attack that killed four young Palestinians and then posted remarks on Twitter about it, prompted a round of questions, and much criticism of NBC among Internet commenters. Some accused the network of reacting to pressure from the Israeli side of the conflict. Mr. Mohyeldin is an Egyptian-American who previously worked for the cable news channel Al Jazeera English.


On Friday, NBC declined to give any explanation — official or not — for the sudden decision to send Mr. Mohyeldin back into Gaza. In a statement, NBC said only that its “deployments were constantly reassessed” in the region.Social-networking sites have given reporters in war zones the ability to immediately communicate their experiences. But those communications have also been closely examined by readers looking for bias.

In a Twitter posting on Friday evening Mr. Mohyeldin wrote: “Thanks for all the support. I’m returning to #Gaza to report. Proud of NBC’s continued commitment to cover the #Palestinian side of the story.”

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/19/business/media/nbc-correspondent-ayman-mohyeldin-is-returned-to-gaza.html?_r=2
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