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\"Indeed, in my four-plus decades in journalism, I have never seen a more thoroughly biased and misleading performance by the major U.S. news media. Even during the days of Ronald Reagan – when much of the government’s modern propaganda structure was created – there was more independence in major news outlets. There were media stampedes off the reality cliff during George H.W. Bush’s Persian Gulf War and George W. Bush’s Iraq War, both of which were marked by demonstrably false claims that were readily swallowed by the big U.S. news outlets. But there is something utterly Orwellian in the current coverage of the Ukraine crisis, including accusing others of “propaganda” when their accounts – though surely not perfect – are much more honest and more accurate than what the U.S. press corps has been producing. There’s also the added risk that this latest failure by the U.S. press corps is occurring on the border of Russia, a nuclear-armed state that – along with the United States – could exterminate all life on the planet. The biased U.S. news coverage is now feeding into political demands to send U.S. military aid to Ukraine’s coup regime. The casualness of this propaganda – as it spreads across the U.S. media spectrum from Fox News to MSNBC, from the Washington Post to the New York Times – is not just wretched journalism but it is reckless malfeasance jeopardizing the lives of many Ukrainians and the future of the planet.\" Robert Parry, Ukraine, Through the US Looking Glass, April 16, 2014 http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/04/16-6

Journal Archives

Highlights from Egypt, Dec 6 2012 (Part 1)

Previous thread is "Highlights from Egypt, Dec 5 2012 (Part 3)" here: http://www.democraticunderground.com/10021933535

When I went to bed last night, Morsi's Presidential Advisors were bailing on him in horror and resigning publicly live on the air or via twitter. 6 were dead, over 350 injured, many young activists detained and severely beaten up to include one poor girl whose face was black and blue. Now the number of injuries is "officially" lowballed at 700+. Morsi is circulating that this is a Zionist plot to overthrow him because he's keeping the revolution "safe" (how sick is that?) and trying to beat "confessions" out of protesters that they're being paid to protest him. And the entire presidential palace is surrounded by a ton of barbed wire, tanks and APCs. The Central Security Forces are providing protection/physical cover for the well-armed Morsi MB militia to shoot at the protesters. It needs to be said that the entire Muslim Brotherhood is not supporting this and that some of those who are attacking the protesters aren't MB either but that's his faction and that's where he's getting much support. Many of the younger MB are horrified.

No one saw or heard from Morsi for days except when he was sneaking out of the palace through the back door. Was he stuck in an elevator or what? Today he will make a speech. Yesterday he promised it would include "good news". No one is holding their breath.

There are marches taking place right now but I'm just now catching up with the events.

Sherine Tadros ‏@SherineT

Al Jazeera : #Morsi has gone to the headquarters of the Republican Guard to deliver TV speech #Egypt


Al Jazeera: Egypt official sources: 7 dead as 771 injured in clashes near the presidential palace in Cairo

Highlights from Egypt, Dec 5 2012 (Part 3)

Highlights from Egypt, Dec 5 2012 (Part 2) is here: http://www.democraticunderground.com/10021931254

Links to previous threads there also. //////////////////////////

You can WATCH what's happening in #Egypt here: http://www.livestream.com/ontveg . This is really bad...

Leil-Zahra ‏@LeilZahra

Here are #MB #Ikhwan attacking us close to #Itihadiya with the help of the riot police IN VIDEO via @mosireen

Ahmed Ateyya ‏@Ateyya

Video: MB members torturing a protester, saying "say u got money from NDP to beat us and we will set u free"

Loay El Biritaany ‏@ElBiritaany

MB scum threatening to kill protestors if they don’t own up to taking money fem somebody. Including child. CSF present (same video as above)

Highlights from Egypt, Dec 5 2012 (Part 2)

Highlights from Egypt, Dec 5 2012

Part 1 from today here: http://www.democraticunderground.com/10021930540

Yesterday's threads linked in Part 1

One martyr already. Muslim Brotherhood firing teargas on protesters and shooting. MB side far outnumber anti side. Ultras are there with the protesters

marlyn ‏@virtualactivism

Ambulances unable to enter into areas of clashes near pres palace. #ontv #almogaz

Highlights from Egypt, Dec 5 2012

Continuation of yesterday's threads about the Egyptian People's fight to secure their revolutionary gains and fight Morsi's self coronation to Pharaoh of Egypt

part 1: http://www.democraticunderground.com/10021926897

Part 2: http://www.democraticunderground.com/10021928582

Something big just happened in Egypt right now. Something very big. (Pt 2)

100s of Thousands of Tahrir Protesters are back (the last estimate I saw in a news article was 200,000+), President Morsi has fled the Palace, the Central Security Forces abandoned their posts and many removed their uniforms and joined the people to protest.

It's 3am there now but a vigilant contingent has erected tents in Tahrir and in front of the palace again.


ONtv Live from #Cairo. Thousands in Tahrir Sq. http://www.livestream.com/ontveglive #Anonymous #OSF #OO #OWS #OpGlobalSpring engaged!

PS, Dear God, please don't let this turn into another one of those 2 week running, 1001 part threads. Please.

Link to Part 1: http://www.democraticunderground.com/10021926897

Something big just happened in Egypt right now. Something very big.

Something big just happened in Egypt right now. Something very big. This is the second wave of the Egyptian revolution.

There are many tens of thousands in the streets (who can count such numbers?) all over Egypt.

The Presidential Guard has fled. The CSF (Central Security Forces) has deserted its posts around the palace. Sh*t is going down in Egypt. And don't even bother with Al-Jazeera. It fast lost its last shreds of credibility in the Middle East. Only RT is reporting this honestly.

Tents are going up in front of the people's palace right now.

Morsi flees as angry crowd storms palace in Cairo, battles riot police

This article is from before that:

Egypt protest turns violent
5 Dec 2012


n a brief outburst, police fired tear gas to stop protesters approaching the palace in the capital's Heliopolis district. Morsi was in the palace conducting business as usual while the protesters gathered outside. But he left for home through a back door when the crowds "grew bigger," according to a presidential official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak to the media.

The violence erupted when protesters pushed aside a barricade topped with barbed wire several hundred yards from the palace walls. Police fired tear gas, and then retreated. With that barricade removed, protesters moved closer to the palace's walls, with police apparently choosing not to try and push the crowds back.

Protesters also commandeered a police van, climbing atop the armoured vehicle to wave Egypt's red, white and black flag.

In the coastal city of Alexandria, some 10,000 opponents of Morsi gathered in the centre of the country's second largest metropolis. They chanted slogans against the leader and his Islamic fundamentalist group, the Muslim Brotherhood.



A thing of beauty. And it's the same young Egyptian Socialists at the forefront again.

Edit: If you don't want to believe me about AJE, neoliberal and complicit to its bones, maybe you'll believe this guy:

سلطان سعود القاسمي ‏@SultanAlQassemi

Is there anyone out there who thinks Al Jazeera has one iota of credibility when it comes to Egypt and the Muslim Brotherhood, one iota?!

REPORT: Anonymous Hacks Top Nuclear Watchdog Again To Force Investigation Of Israel

Source: Business Insider

REPORT: Anonymous Hacks Top Nuclear Watchdog Again To Force Investigation Of Israel
Michael Kelley | Dec. 3, 2012, 10:55 AM

Anonymous Hacks Top Nuclear Watchdog Again To Force Investigation Of Israel

It appears the hacking collective Anonymous has compromised the internal computer systems of the world's top nuclear watchdog for the second time in two weeks, Adam Kredo of The Washington Free Beacon reports.

The hackers claim to have seized “highly sensitive” nuclear data and satellite imagery from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and threaten to publish the confidential information if the IAEA does not investigate Israel's unofficially acknowledged nuclear program.

The group, called Parastoo (Farsi for bird), declared that it obtained documents from the IAEA's internal “nuclear data section”—including " Confidential ‘SafeGuard’ Documents, Satellite Images, Official letters, Presentations”—and published a couple of satellite images, screenshots of the IAEA's internal system, an internal IAEA letter as well as the names and emails of IAEA judges and IAEA auditors.

"IAEA cannot just keep us away by turning off their Servers (either old or new ones!)," the group said in a statement, which also lists parts of the IAEA system it says is under its control. "There are plenty more of where this information came from but we guarantee that these information will stay in a very safe place with us. This information only released to open eyes of IAEA and independent media to real threat of world peace, Israel."


Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/anonymous-hack-iaea-nuclear-weapons-israel-2012-12

Anonymous Statement

#Parastoo #OpIsrael #IAEA #NoMoreNukes


We are demanding IAEA to start an INVESTIGATION into activities at Israel's secret nuclear facilities.

In response to IAEA's last official statement, we're now publishing additional information to prove our ability to gain access to highly sensitive information, Including Confidential 'SafeGuard' Documents, Satellite Images, Official letters, Presentations and etc. We hope positive IAEA's decision as an independent international organization doesn't allow this to happen again.

IAEA cannot just keep us away by turning off their Servers (either old or new ones!). There are plenty more of where this information came from but we guarantee that these information will stay in a very safe place with us.
This information only released to open eyes of IAEA and independent media to real threat of world peace, Israel. Our intentions are not to sabotage or misuse such data for any purposes what so ever.

Information listed below was extracted from one of IAEA's new servers that we have access to (“Nuclear Data Section, NDS“):

1 – IAEA's Vulnerability to prove our goodwill

Read the rest here: http://pastebin.com/s96K4D6j

"We are Anonymous.
We are Legion.
We do not forgive.
We do not forget.

Your next move, what is it going to be?"

Last week IAEA chief Yukiya Amano recognized the first hack:

VIENNA | Thu Nov 29, 2012 10:30am EST

(Reuters) - The head of the U.N. nuclear agency said on Thursday a hacking incident involving one of its servers was "deeply regrettable" but suggested that no sensitive information related to Iran's atomic activities had been stolen.

Yukiya Amano said the hacking - first reported by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Tuesday - had happened several months ago and that the server concerned had been closed down.

The hackers - a group using an Iranian-sounding name - on Sunday posted scores of email addresses of experts who have been working with the U.N. agency on a website, and urged the IAEA to investigate Israel's nuclear activity.



Will the Real Mitt Romney Please Stand Up?

Just brilliant. Between this and Bindergate, I'm ROFL! Whoever made this is a video genius.

Meet the Crawfish-Peeling Guestworkers Who Inspired Walmart Walkouts

Meet the Crawfish-Peeling Guestworkers Who Inspired Walmart Walkouts

How a few courageous workers in small-town Louisiana sparked nationwide actions demanding better wages and working conditions for those who pick, pack, stock, and sell the mega-retailer’s products.
by Cecilia Garza

Guestworkers at Walmart supplier C.J.'s Seafood, where they were forced to work up to 24-hour shifts with no overtime pay and locked into the plant to prevent them from taking breaks. Photo courtesy of the National Guestworker Alliance.

In the small town of Breaux Bridge, La., Martha Uvalle and her co-workers at C.J.'s Seafood, a Walmart supplier, faced abuses many Americans imagine only take place in poorer, faraway countries: They were forced to work shifts of up to 24 hours, with no overtime pay; threatened with beatings if their breaks lasted too long; and, on at least two occasions, locked inside the facility to work. Some fell asleep at their workstations from exhaustion.

Uvalle had heard that there were organizations that defended the rights of immigrant workers like her. In 2011, someone had mentioned a group called the National Guestworker Alliance (NGA).

So when Uvalle gave the NGA's number to her feisty co-worker, Ana Rosa Diaz, it was an act of tremendous courage. Diaz then actually called the NGA to report the working conditions at C.J.'s.

“Apart from the fact that he (general manager Michael LeBlanc) screams at us, he humiliates us all the time, apart from the fact that we were being made to work these excessive hours, this year the supervisors blocked the doors to the plant so we couldn’t take breaks,” Diaz told YES! Magazine of her C.J.'s experience. “One supervisor threatened to hit us with a shovel. And finally the thing that pushed us over the edge was that the employer threatened our families if we reported him.”


A climate of intimidation...



There's no corn syrup where I am, so here's my substitute

This makes about 2 cups and takes about an hour

2 cups white sugar
1 1/2 cup water
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 pinch salt

Place all the ingredients in a large saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring constantly.

Reduce heat to a simmer and put cover for a few minutes so sugar crystals won't form on the sides of the pan. This is very important.

Uncover, keep stirring on a simmer until it reaches the soft ball stage.

Cool and store in a covered container at room temperature.

Whatever you do, don't skip the cream of tartar because that's what breaks down the sugar into fructose and glucose:

Sucrose is actually two simpler sugars stuck together: fructose and glucose. In recipes, a little bit of acid (for example, some lemon juice or cream of tartar) will cause sucrose to break down into these two components.


One way to prevent the crystallization of sucrose in candy is to make sure that there are other types of sugar—usually, fructose and glucose—to get in the way. Large crystals of sucrose have a harder time forming when molecules of fructose and glucose are around. Crystals form something like Legos locking together, except that instead of Lego pieces, there are molecules. If some of the molecules are a different size and shape, they won’t fit together, and a crystal doesn’t form.

A simple way to get other types of sugar into the mix is to "invert" the sucrose (the basic white sugar you know well) by adding an acid to the recipe. Acids such as lemon juice or cream of tartar cause sucrose to break up (or invert) into its two simpler components, fructose and glucose. Another way is to add a nonsucrose sugar, such as corn syrup, which is mainly glucose. Some lollipop recipes use as much as 50% corn syrup; this is to prevent sugar crystals from ruining the texture.


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