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Amazing Dogs Surf for Charity

HooplaHa·Published on Jul 1, 2014

Loews Coronado Bay Surf Dog Competition sponsored by Unleashed by Petco held its 8th annual event, benefiting the ASPCA for the second year in a row. We met up with some of the fierce competitors and their owners about the competition, surfing, and giving back!

- The one day when smelling like a wet dog is a good thing!

UK Oil: Cashing in on Iraq collapse

RT · Published on Jul 1, 2014

The bloodshed is fracturing Iraqi society, with the Kurd minority reportedly planning to hold an independence referendum in the coming months. As RT's Polly Boiko reports, some western energy companies are ready to cash in on the divisions and violence.

- If there's oil involved and something nefarious is underway, you know that Tony Hayward can't be too far off.....

WE'RE #1, WE'RE #1, WE'RE #1, WE'RE #1, WE'RE #1, WE'RE #1!!!

Why Even the US Government is Afraid of Blackwater's Mercenaries | Brainwash Update

breakingtheset · Published on Jun 30, 2014

Abby Martin discusses a New York Times revelation concerning officials at Blackwater threatening to murder State Department officials, and how this is just the latest example of Blackwater's criminal, murderous and unaccountable legacy.

- Toward the end, Rome used mercenaries to fight because the corruption at the top of the Patrician class was complete. The mercenaries would do things the professional soldiers of the Roman Legion would not.

Of course that ended well......

Keiser Report: Russell Brand talks revolution with Max & Stacy (E620)

RT · Published on Jun 28, 2014

In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert are joined in the first half by Russell Brand to talk about the austerity headlines. They chat about the UK government's expanding debt and growing deficit, despite the alleged austerity and GDP expanding thanks to heroin addiction and prostitution. Russell learns about the water cannons bought for use against anti-austerity protests which the government itself will stoke. Finally, they talk about the people revolting as they must do when the social contract has been broken: and crypto currencies are one of the most visible revolts. In the second half, Max interviews Russell Brand further about his independent media outlet - The Trews; they discuss revolution and spiritual journeys.

''Society will develop a new kind of servitude which covers the surface of society with a network of complicated rules, through which the most original minds and the most energetic characters cannot penetrate. It does not tyrannise but it compresses, enervates, extinguishes, and stupefies a people, till each nation is reduced to nothing better than a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is the shepherd.'' ~Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America - 1840

The Daily Show: Recap - Week of 6/23/14

The Colbert Report: Recap - Week of 6/23/14

Lobby Pushback: US businesses run ads against sanctions on Russia

RT · Published on Jun 26, 2014

America's top business lobbies are ready to launch an ad campaign to stop the US and Europe from slapping a fresh round of sanctions on Russia. While these new measures are designed to damage Russia's economy, they are also sending shivers through American companies. Economic expert from the University of Massachusetts Richard Wolff says American companies have good reasons to be worried. RT's Marina Portnaya has more.

- ''It's the just the economy, stupid.''

Japanese Lawmaker Apologises after Sexist Remarks in Government Assembly

NTDTV * Published on Jun 24, 2014

Japanese lawmaker apologises after sexist remarks in government assembly and has eggs thrown at his office.

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The office of a Japanese lawmaker who yelled at a female Tokyo assembly member to "hurry up and get married" was pelted with eggs on Monday night, after he apologised in an incident that embarrassed the government as it makes a major push to increase women in the workforce.

City assembly member Ayaka Shiomura, 35, was talking about measures to support child raising and boost fertility during a session last week when male lawmakers interrupted her with cries of "Hurry up and get married" and "Can't you give birth?"

Lawmaker Akihiro Suzuki on Monday bowed deeply at a hastily-called news conference to apologise for what he called an "inappropriate" remark. "I am really sorry for saying 'You should hurry up and get married' and for causing anguish to you," Suzuki said to Shiomura.

Later that evening, his office was found covered with eggs. "I apologise from the bottom of my heart for causing anguish to assembly member Shiomura, to the Tokyo assembly and to the people of Tokyo by saying 'You should hurry up and get married' which was totally inappropriate. I am really sorry," Suzuki reiterated at a news conference.

Shiomura had said most of the calls came from the direction of seats where majority assembly members, including those from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Liberal Democratic Party, were sitting. Just days earlier, Suzuki denied the allegations and said he was surprised he would have made such comments.

"It wasn't me who said it. I denied it the other day as well. This really comes as a surprise to me," said Suzuki last week.

The heckling prompted a flood of complaints to the government of Japan's capital, which will host the Summer Olympic Games in 2020. Abe has long vowed to take steps to mobilise the working power of women to revitalise the economy and offset a big, looming labour shortage.

The incident comes amid a push by the government to increase the number of working women as a way to boost the economy and illustrates deep-seated conservative attitudes in Japan, where many men still believe that a woman's place is in the home.

His economic reform plan, due out next week, calls for raising the proportion of women corporate managers to 30 percent by 2020 from last year's 7.5 percent as well as creating 400,000 new day care places to enable women to raise children and work. But women in Japan are often encouraged to leave their jobs after having children. Many working women face menial demands such as serving tea to male colleagues.

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- Now I kinda see why Japan's birth rate is doing a nosedive. Who would want to procreate with this guy?

Iraq Would Be Full Of American Troops If Hillary Had Her Way

The Young Turks * Published on Jun 23, 2014

"Hillary Clinton today portrays her stance on Iraq as being the same as President Obama's. But when she was Secretary of State, she pushed hard for keeping troops in Iraq—despite the fact that the White House was looking to bring all the troops home.

"Hillary Clinton was a lion for keeping troops there," James Jeffrey, who was the U.S. ambassador to Iraq in 2011, told The Daily Beast in an interview. "She was a strong advocate for keeping troops there past 2011," when American forces eventually withdrew.

At a CNN Town Hall on Tuesday, Clinton unveiled what is now her official accounting of what happened in 2011, when the Obama administration was negotiating to keep troops in Iraq with the government of Nouri al-Maliki. "* The Young Turks hosts Cenk Uygur and John Iadarola break it down.

Read more here from Josh Rogin / The Daily Beast: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/06/18/hillary-clinton-pushed-obama-to-keep-troops-in-iraq.html

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