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Oscar Pistorius Found Guilty of Culpable Homicide

Source: BBC News / CBS News

@BreakingNews: Oscar Pistorius found guilty of culpable homicide in death of Reeva Steenkamp - @BBCNews live video http://t.co/vefC09FTsj/s/_2N2

"Blade Runner" Oscar Pistorius learns his fate

Last Updated Sep 12, 2014 4:30 AM EDT

PRETORIA, South Africa -- Oscar Pistorius sat down in a Pretoria court Friday and within an hour, he learned his fate.

After a rocky day in the same room on Thursday, the double-amputee track star knew he would not be convicted of the most serious charges he had faced in the killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp; premeditated murder or murder.

Judge Thokozile Masipa resumed reading her approximately 100-page ruling Friday morning, and she didn't take long to get to the point.

She declared Pistorius guilty on the charge of culpable homicide, which could still see him hit with a lengthy prison sentence.

The ruling means Masipa deemed the runner negligent in causing Steenkamp's death. It is a charge roughly equivalent to manslaughter in the U.S. legal system.

Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/oscar-pistorius-blade-runner-verdict-reeva-steenkamp-day2

Rejected Professor Salaita Wants U. of I. Job or Else He'll Sue

Source: Chicago Tribune

Rejected professor Salaita wants U. of I. job or else he'll sue

By Jodi S. Cohen,
Tribune reporter

URBANA — Controversial professor Steven Salaita, whose job was revoked just before he was to start at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, appeared on campus today to urge officials to give him his job back.

His first public comments since his job offer was rescinded come two days before the board of trustees is to meet and a day after the chancellor said there is “no possibility” that he will teach on campus.

Salaita’s attorney said today that if he is not reinstated, he will pursue legal action.

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Supporters in the back of the room shouted: "What do we want? Reinstate. When do we want it? Now.”

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“Even worse, the administration’s actions threaten the principles of free speech, academic freedom and critical thought that should be the foundation of any university,” he said.

Read more: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-steven-salaita-illinois-protest-20140909-story.html

Breaking: WHO: Ebola virus spreading exponentially in Liberia, many thousands of cases expected

Source: Reuters

@BreakingNews: WHO: Ebola virus spreading exponentially in Liberia, many thousands of cases expected in coming 3 weeks - @Reuters http://t.co/m1ka1FfjtN/s/51Xr

Ebola spreads exponentially in Liberia, many more cases soon : WHO

By Stephanie Nebehay and Umaru Fofana
GENEVA/FREETOWN | Mon Sep 8, 2014 4:13pm EDT

By Stephanie Nebehay and Umaru Fofana

GENEVA/FREETOWN (Reuters) - Liberia, the country worst hit by West Africa's Ebola epidemic, should see thousands of new cases in coming weeks as the virus spreads exponentially, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday.

The epidemic, the worst since the disease was discovered in 1976, has killed some 2,100 people in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria and has also spread to Senegal.

The WHO believes it will take six to nine months to contain and may infect up to 20,000 people. In Liberia, the disease has already killed 1,089 people - more than half of all deaths reported since March in this regional epidemic.

"Transmission of the Ebola virus in Liberia is already intense and the number of new cases is increasing exponentially," the U.N. agency said in a statement. "The number of new cases is moving far faster than the capacity to manage them in Ebola-specific treatment centers."

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSKBN0H324U20140908

TOM TOMORROW: Capt. Kirk Vs. The Internet


Captain Kirk wants you to order a…signed…print…of this cartoon. And Mr. Spock believes it would be logical to join Sparky's List.

Breaking: Official: US military aircraft begin strikes on Islamic State militants near Haditha Dam

Source: NBC News

@BreakingNews: Official: US military aircraft begin strikes on Islamic State militants near Haditha Dam in northern Iraq - @Reuters http://t.co/4g0XJ8NmNI/s/6JN8

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Confusion As to Which Countries USA is Bombing



by Peter Moore in Front Page and Politics
Thu September 4, 2014 10:25 a.m. PDT

There is a great deal of confusion as to where, exactly, the US is conducting air and drone strikes, though the public does tend to support ongoing campaigns

On Tuesday this week the Pentagon revealed that it had launched air and drone strikes aimed at killing the head of the Somali Islamist group al-Shabaab, Ahmed Abdi Godane. While it is still unclear whether the operation was successful, it does not mark a major shift in US policy, which has seen the US launch attacks on al-Shabaab in Somalia before. US military action in Somalia is ongoing alongside the the US presence in Afghanistan, the continued drone strikes in Yemen and Pakistan and the recent decision to begin bombing ISIS militants in Iraq.

YouGov's latest research shows that many Americans are confused about where, exactly, the US is bombing. Most Americans are aware of the ongoing campaign in Iraq, and people tend to be aware of the strikes in Afghanistan. Less than a quarter of the public are aware that the US has recently launched strikes in Somalia, Pakistan or Yemen. 30% also say, incorrectly, that the US has recently conducted bombings in Syria and only 32% of Americans know that the US has not in fact launched air or drone strikes in Syria.


Media Should Be Challenging Arguments For War, Not Baying For Blood

Apparently there is a real need for this to be posted here...




Washington’s elite media, as usual, is doing its job exactly wrong.

They are baying for war.

Pundits and reporters are seemingly competing for who can be more scornful of President Obama for his insufficiently militaristic response to the brutal Sunni militants who call themselves the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

They are gleefully parsing Obama’s language for weakness, and essentially demanding a major military assault — while failing to ask the tough questions about what if any good it could actually accomplish.

It’s not just that the lessons of the abject failure of the press corps in the run-up to war in Iraq seem to have been forgotten. Watching post-invasion reality in the region should have made it clear to anyone paying any attention at all that America is not omnipotent, and that military action kills not just enemies but innocent civilians, creates refugee crises, can spawn more enemies than it destroys, further destabilizes entire regions, and alters the future in unanticipated and sometimes disastrous ways.

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In a nation that considers itself peaceful and civilized, the case for military action should be overwhelmingly stronger than the case against. It must face, and survive, aggressive questioning.

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In the absence of a coherent opposition party or movement, it’s the Fourth Estate’s duty to ask those questions, and demand not just answers, but evidence to back up those answers.

The press corps shouldn’t be asking: Why isn’t Obama sounding tougher? It should be asking: What is he considering, and why the hell does he think it has any chance of working?

I asked a few experts who I respect and trust to propose some of the specific questions that the Obama administration should have to answer. (As I wrote in my inaugural blog post, one of my goals here it to serve as a megaphone for people who a) know what they’re talking about and b) have gotten things right in the past.)

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Retired Army Col. Douglas Macgregor, now a military scholar and author, summed up his questions in three words: “Purpose? Method? Endstate?”



Sam Stein

The Debate Over What To Do About ISIS Isn't Much Of A Debate

Posted: 09/03/2014 3:49 pm EDT Updated: 09/04/2014 10:59 am EDT

WASHINGTON -- The predominant feature in the debate over what, exactly, the U.S. should do about the threat of the Islamic State is that there really isn't much of a debate.

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“It seems unlikely that U.S. military action, even if assisted by surrogates on the ground, can ‘kill’ ISIS. At best, we will be able to significantly reduce its capabilities. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but then what?” said Andrew Bacevich, a professor at Boston University who was an outspoken critic of the Iraq war. “If the basic problem is instability — a problem extending far beyond Iraq/Syria, of course — then the big question is what if anything the U.S. and its allies can do to restore stability to the region. That’s where the debate ought to focus. I don’t get much sense of people taking on that issue, perhaps because it is truly a daunting one.”


Michael Katz, 75, Who Challenged View of Poverty, Dies

Source: New York Times

Michael Katz, 75, Who Challenged View of Poverty, Dies


Michael B. Katz, an influential historian and social theorist who challenged the prevailing view in the 1980s and ’90s that poverty stemmed from the bad habits of the poor, marshaling the case that its deeper roots lay in the actions of the powerful, died on Aug. 23 in Philadelphia. He was 75.

His wife, Edda Katz, said the cause was cancer.

Professor Katz, who taught history at the University of Pennsylvania for the last 36 years and was a founder of its urban studies program, wrote more than a dozen books chronicling public welfare policies in the United States from the start of the republic through the 20th century.

The limited success of those efforts, he said, argued for adoption of a universal minimum-standard-of-living policy, sometimes known as the guaranteed minimum income. (Its supporters, on both sides of the political spectrum, included President Richard M. Nixon.)

Michael B. Katz marshaled the case that poverty's deeper roots lay in the actions of the powerful.
Professor Katz’s best-known books, “In the Shadow of the Poorhouse: A Social History of Welfare in America” (1986) and “The Undeserving Poor: From the War on Poverty to the War on Welfare” (1990), examined American policy as it evolved from the poorhouses of the 18th century to the humanitarian reforms of the Progressive era; from the heavy-handed 1920s prescriptions for curing “behavioral dysfunction” in the poor (inspired by Freud) to the broad-based social safety-net measures of the New Deal.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/05/us/michael-b-katz-historian-who-challenged-views-on-poverty-dies-at-75.html

Breaking: Former Va. Gov. Bob McDonnell Found Guilty in Corruption Trial

Source: CBS News

@maddow: RT @PostRoz: Bob McDonnell guilty of 11 counts--all corruption counts.

@BreakingNews: Ex-Virginia Gov. McDonnell found guilty on 11 counts in corruption case; wife guilty of 8 counts - @washingtonpost http://t.co/hFqgbIRV8k/s/LQFU

Former Gov. Bob McDonnell found guilty in corruption trial

Sep 4, 2014 3:05 PM

Former Gov. Bob McDonnell, R-Va., and his wife, Maureen, have been found guilty on multiple counts of conspiracy, corruption and bribery, according to various news reports.

The McDonnells were indicted in January and charged with accepting more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from Jonnie Williams, the CEO of Star Scientific Inc., in exchange for promoting Williams' anti-inflammatory vitamin supplement called Anatabloc.

The jury reached the verdict after three days of deliberations.

Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/former-gov-bob-mcdonnell-found-guilty-in-corruption-trial

@ABC: BREAKING: Joan Rivers has died at age 81, daughter confirms in statement to @ABC News. http://

Source: ABC News

@ABC: BREAKING: Joan Rivers has died at age 81, daughter confirms in statement to @ABC News. http://t.co/qj3rKD9x31

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