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Code Pink in the house!

Tonight's Colbert show with Jon Stewart should be EPIC!

Just sayin'.

Strong similarities to attack on Dallas police one year ago

I was reading an article about the ramifications of the use of a robot to kill the suspect in yesterday's shootings and saw this sentence:


Similar robots were used in the DPD’s showdown with a gunman who assaulted the department’s headquarters with guns and bombs almost exactly a year ago.

The link embedded in the above sentence led to this article from last year.

Saturday 13 June 2015 20.36 BST Last modified on Saturday 13 June 2015 23.07 BST


Dallas police attack: gunman confirmed dead hours after opening fire on HQ
Suspect who launched early-morning attack, which included planting bombs, was shot by police sniper after fleeing in armoured van

Dallas police on Saturday confirmed the death of a man suspected of launching an armed assault on the city’s police headquarters and leading officers on a chase that ended with an hours-long standoff in a suburban fast food restaurant’s parking lot.

The headquarters building was riddled by bullets in the attack, which happened at around 12.30am local time on Saturday morning. Police said they discovered multiple suspicious packages planted at the scene, one containing pipe bombs that detonated after being picked up by an anti-explosives robot, causing damage to cars.


Later on Saturday police said the vehicle was on fire, and ammunition rounds were going off inside it. Police said in a Twitter post that the fire started when they used robots to clear the van of weapons, including pipe bombs.

Initial reports suggested there were as many as four suspects but officials said they now believed that a lone suspect took shots from multiple locations. Brown declined to confirm the suspect’s identity.

Some of the points stand out as similar:

- Yesterday's attack occurred almost one year after the previous one

- The combination of guns and bombs. We don't yet know if bombs were planted in Dallas, but after last year the threat of that is notable. There is more info in last year's article about the bombs that were discovered last year.

- There were initially four suspects last year as well.

I'm not sure what to make of this yet. But it seems too similar to be coincidental.

One difference is the attacker last year was white.

I don't have cable, so I don't know if cable news is discussing the attack from last year and drawing comparisons yet. I think it does bear examining.

One civilian injured while shielding her children


At least one civilian was injured. She was identified by family as Shetamia Taylor, and she was shot while shielding her children from the gunfire, her sister told NBC 5. Taylor's condition is not known.

Jeremy Corbyn - Response to the Chilcot Inquiry report


On the eve of the Chilcot Report, a song and picture thread

On Wednesday, the massive Chilcot Report is finally going to be released.

To commemorate it, the lies that pushed us into the Iraq war and the many lifes lost, I though I would post a song and picture thread as a passionate reminder of the wrong done.

Please feel free to add any song that speaks to you about this.

Here to start, Jacob's Ladder (Not in My Name version)



PICTURES - Mar 19 Anti War Demo

Edited to add picture

More about Lord Ashcroft - a combo of Rove and Koch

He is as devious as they come and has used AstroTurf campaigns in the past to put the right wing in power and huge profits in his pocket, part of which he then uses to keep the right wing in power.


Lord Ashcroft, 62
Conservative Party deputy chairman
Education Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire. Mid-Essex Technical College
Wealth £1.1bn
Lord Ashcroft, the Tories' fairy godmother, has donated millions to the Conservative Party since the 1980s, personally guaranteeing its overdraft when it was reportedly £3m in the red. He makes a habit of political donation, and has been accused of wielding undue political influence in Belize, where he has extensive business interests. He does not say whether he pays tax in the UK, and the Electoral Commission is investigating whether his company fits strict rules on overseas donations.


The UK-born 63-year-old's fortune has enabled him to pay millions of pounds in donations to the Tories since the early 1980s.

He has been credited with helping to rescue the party's finances in the past, once stepping in to personally guarantee its overdraft when it was reportedly £3m in the red.

Lord Ashcroft's dealings in Belize have also generated controversy in the past, with some politicians in the central American country having suggested an influence that has been far from healthy.
The tycoon made large donations - rumoured to total about $1m - to the right-wing People's United Party (PUP) when it was in opposition.
In 1998 the PUP came to power after defeating the centre-left United Democratic Party (UDP), and subsequently introduced several pieces of legislation financially advantageous to Lord Ashcroft.


Who really did something really outrageous in the back in 1980s? Dave with a pig? My vote goes for Lord Ashcroft. Back then his main business, Hawley Group, was heavily into contract cleaning. Behind the scenes, Ashcroft funded a political lobby to privatize the cleaning of schools and NHS hospitals—until that point were run by the public sector. The lobby group he funded, called PULSE (the "Public and Local Service Efficiency" Campaign) was set up in 1985 to persuade the public sector to contract out services like cleaning and catering. Ashcroft gave PULSE around £500,000 . The campaign's advisory council included a handful of right-wing Tory MPs including Gerald Howarth, Neil Hamilton, and Michael Portillo, as well as former Westminster Council leader Lady Shirley Porter. It was very successful.

Peter Clarke, the man who ran the privatize-cleaning campaign told the Scotsman newspaper "nothing unlawful nor improper took place," but "this was very successful political engineering," because "Mr. Ashcroft's Hawley Services Group prospered in the new market created by PULSE's lobbying. PULSE appeared to be a popular campaign but in truth it was a money-making venture for Mr. Ashcroft."

Ashcroft's firm, Hawley Group, got a round a third of the new NHS contracts in 1983-1988. After privatization the number of hospital cleaners dropped massively. Their wages and conditions were also cut. Thanks to this privatization, we were left with dirty hospitals and MRSA—trade union Unison estimated the number of hospital cleaners dropped from over 100,000 in 1984 to around 55,000 in 2005, because of the privatization drive. Even the moderate Royal College of Nursing called for an end to the privatization that made Ashcroft rich, asking that cleaning should be brought back in-house to help stop the hundreds of deaths from MRSA and other infections every year.

Ashcroft's companies also moved into hospital catering, which was also privatized thanks to the political campaign he funded: the poor state of hospital food is one of his legacies.

Brexit vote shows deep divide

The closeness of the vote is striking.

The Brexit vote just tipped to leave. That means half of the UK were going to be on the other side no matter which way it came out.

Some of that division is in the loosening bonds of the UK itself. The people of England drove the leave vote while people in Scotland and Northern Ireland voted to remain.

Within England, there was a strong difference between large cities and smaller ones, with urban centers opting to stay in and rural areas demanding out.

Whatever direction this takes for the future, there is a deep divide within the UK itself that will need to be addressed.

Video from SPU shooting shows hero stopping shooter and motivation of hatred

from shooter's interrogation.

This newly released video is from the 2014 shooting at Seattle Pacific University.

Two points particularly struck me: that Meis was able to confront the shooter because he had to stop to reload and how clearly the motive was hatred. There's no doubt that Meis halted what would have been an even more tragic event that day.


Ex-wife of suspected Orlando shooter: ‘He beat me’


The ex-wife of the 29-year-old man suspected of killing 50 people in a Orlando nightclub early Sunday said that he was violent and mentally unstable and beat her repeatedly while they were married.


“He seemed like a normal human being,” she said, adding that he wasn’t very religious and worked out at the gym often. She said in the few months they were married he gave no signs of having fallen under the sway of radical Islam. She said he owned a small-caliber handgun and worked as a guard at a nearby facility for juvenile delinquents.

The ex-wife said her parents intervened when they learned Mateen had assaulted her. Her father confirmed the account and said that the marriage lasted only a few months.

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