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Gov. Walker Says He Doesn't Know If Obama Loves His Country

Source: Associated Press

Gov. Walker says he doesn't know if Obama loves his country

FEB. 21, 2015 12:19 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin says he doesn't know whether President Barack Obama loves America.

The possible 2016 White House candidate says he's not qualified to judge Obama's patriotism — he's never asked the president about it.

Earlier in the week, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said at fundraiser for Walker that Obama doesn't love his country.

Walker — who's in Washington for a weekend meeting of governors — tells The Associated Press: "You should ask the president what he thinks about America."

Walker also said, "I've never asked him so I don't know."

Read more: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/b3d6f4ed5c8e4d85a67ea83f5f967b61/gov-walker-says-he-doesnt-know-if-obama-loves-his-country

What a sleazy slime ball. Why'd you get kicked out of college, Walker?

Phone chipmaker Gemalto probes report of hacking by U.S., UK spies

Source: Reuters

Phone chipmaker Gemalto probes report of hacking by U.S., UK spies

Fri Feb 20, 2015 4:20am EST

PARIS (Reuters) - Gemalto said on Friday it was investigating a report U.S. and British spies had hacked its systems to steal the privacy-protecting encryption keys in the chips it makes for mobile phones.

Citing documents provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden, the report said the hack allowed the agencies to monitor a large portion of voice and data mobile communications around the world without permission from governments and telecom companies.

Gemalto's shares sank as much as 10 percent in huge volumes in early trading after the news website Intercept reported the hack by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) and Britain's Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ).

"We take this publication very seriously and will devote all resources necessary to fully investigate and understand the scope of such sophisticated techniques," the company said in a statement.

The hack by the National Security Agency (NSA) and UK's Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) allowed the agencies to monitor a large portion of voice and data mobile communications around the world without permission from governments and telecom companies, according to the report.

Read more: http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSKBN0LO0K720150220

This Map Of Health Care Costs Around The World Will Make Your Blood Boil

February 16, 2015


This Map Of Health Care Costs Around The World Will Make Your Blood Boil

A map posted to Reddit by SwarlDelae shows the cost of healthcare around the world.

The map is created by using data from MGEN, France’s largest HMO and LMDE, France’s largest student HMO.

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That means it costs four times as much to be treated in the United States as it does in France. Black is the point where the chart ends and the United States. is just one giant black stain on the globe as far as health care costs are concerned. One of the major arguments against having a universal healthcare system in the United States is that it would raise taxes and make healthcare more expensive. As the map shows the exact opposite of this is true, a universal single-payer healthcare system would actually lower the cost of care in the United States.


TOM TOMORROW: The Unreliable Narrator (Remember That Time We Exposed The Lies...?)

DAILY KOS LINK: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/02/16/1364355/-Cartoon-The-unreliable-narrator

Here's Your Jane Curtin SNL40th Meme:

Share and Enjoy!

"Why Are You Unvaccinated?" (Matt Bors)

TOM TOMORROW: Valentine's Day Cards for 2015

Chris Christie Is Now Waging 23 Court Battles to Keep State Documents Secret


Chris Christie Is Now Waging 23 Court Battles to Keep State Documents Secret
There's a lot the New Jersey Republican doesn't want you to know.

— Molly Redden on Wed. February 4, 2015 6:30 AM PDT

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Stonewalled by the Christie administration, media outlets have been forced to sue to obtain even routinely disclosed information, such as payroll data. Rather than release documents connected to the George Washington Bridge scandal, pay-to-play allegations, possible ethics violations, and the out-of-state jaunts Christie has made while weighing a run for president, Christie's office and several state agencies have waged costly court battles. As the 2016 presidential primary race draws closer, and Christie considers jumping in, his administration is fighting 23 different open records requests in court.

"The track record is abysmal," says Jennifer Borg, general counsel for the North Jersey Media Group. Her organization, which publishes The Record, has sued the state for public documents a half-dozen times since Christie took office. When a judge determines that the state withheld records illegally—which happens frequently—her group wins legal fees. As of September 2014, Christie's administration had paid $441,000 to North Jersey Media Group and other media outlets for records. And that doesn't count the cost of government lawyers' time.

The fight has become so expensive for the state because when newspapers go to court for these records, they usually win. But winning doesn't automatically produce the sought-after records. "We can and do beat them in court. But as long as they're appealing—I don't want to call it a Pyrrhic victory, but we're not going to get the records," says Walter Luers, an attorney who helped a transparency project run by the state Libertarian Party sue for public access for Christie's travel expenses. "Appeals take two to three years. We're already into the presidential elections. By the time we get these records, Christie could have a new address."

Christie's reluctance to let these records go is understandable. On Tuesday, for example, The New York Times published an investigation of ritzy trips, underwritten by megadonors and foreign leaders, the governor has taken abroad. Some of those accounts were based on public documents that local newspapers obtained through lawsuits.


TOM TOMORROW: The Liberation of Biff

DAILY KOS LINK: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/02/02/1360911/-Cartoon-The-liberation-of-Biff

Chris Hedges: 'American Sniper' Caters to a Deep Sickness Rippling Through Society


Chris Hedges: 'American Sniper' Caters to a Deep Sickness Rippling Through Society

$200 million in box office receipts is a measure of how messed up this country is.

“American Sniper” lionizes the most despicable aspects of U.S. society—the gun culture, the blind adoration of the military, the belief that we have an innate right as a “Christian” nation to exterminate the “lesser breeds” of the earth, a grotesque hypermasculinity that banishes compassion and pity, a denial of inconvenient facts and historical truth, and a belittling of critical thinking and artistic expression. Many Americans, especially white Americans trapped in a stagnant economy and a dysfunctional political system, yearn for the supposed moral renewal and rigid, militarized control the movie venerates. These passions, if realized, will extinguish what is left of our now-anemic open society.

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“The movie never asks the seminal question as to why the people of Iraq are fighting back against us in the very first place,” said Mikey Weinstein, whom I reached by phone in New Mexico. Weinstein, who worked in the Reagan White House and is a former Air Force officer, is the head of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, which challenges the growing Christian fundamentalism within the U.S. military. “It made me physically ill with its twisted, totally one-sided distortions of wartime combat ethics and justice woven into the fabric of Chris Kyle’s personal and primal justification mantra of ‘God-Country-Family.’ It is nothing less than an odious homage, indeed a literal horrific hagiography to wholesale slaughter.”

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The book is even more disturbing than the film. In the film Kyle is a reluctant warrior, one forced to do his duty. In the book he relishes killing and war. He is consumed by hatred of all Iraqis. He is intoxicated by violence. He is credited with 160 confirmed kills, but he notes that to be confirmed a kill had to be witnessed, “so if I shot someone in the stomach and he managed to crawl around where we couldn’t see him before he bled out he didn’t count.”

Kyle insisted that every person he shot deserved to die. His inability to be self-reflective allowed him to deny the fact that during the U.S. occupation many, many innocent Iraqis were killed, including some shot by snipers. Snipers are used primarily to sow terror and fear among enemy combatants. And in his denial of reality, something former slaveholders and former Nazis perfected to an art after overseeing their own atrocities, Kyle was able to cling to childish myth rather than examine the darkness of his own soul and his contribution to the war crimes we carried out in Iraq. He justified his killing with a cloying sentimentality about his family, his Christian faith, his fellow SEALs and his nation. But sentimentality is not love. It is not empathy. It is, at its core, about self-pity and self-adulation. That the film, like the book, swings between cruelty and sentimentality is not accidental.

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