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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

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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

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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.

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http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/1717747/Egypt-protest-turns-violent


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."

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



Anonymous Statement

#Parastoo #OpIsrael #IAEA #NoMoreNukes

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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.

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http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/29/net-us-nuclear-iaea-hacking-idUSBRE8AQ0ZY20121129

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...

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http://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/10/14-0

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.

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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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http://www.exploratorium.edu/cooking/candy/sugar.html

I can't wait to try this. It sounds and looks wonderful!


Mayo variations, please? Clockwise from top right: cilantro-ginger, curry, anchovy, sun-dried tomato.

Milk Mayonnaise Recipe

Ingredients

1/3 cup very cold milk
3/4 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1 small garlic clove, peeled
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground white pepper
About 3/4 cup vegetable oil, or 1/2 cup vegetable oil plus 1/4 cup olive oil
Kosher salt

Directions

1. Combine the milk, lemon juice, garlic, and pepper in a 2-cup glass measuring cup. Using a handheld blender (or a blender), buzz on high for 30 seconds until frothy. With the motor running on high, slowly pour in the oil a few drops at a time, and gradually increase this to a fine thread, moving the blender up and down, until the mixture thickens lusciously and resembles a soft mayonnaise. You may need more or less oil. Season with salt to taste. The mayonnaise will last up to 1 week in the fridge.

Variations

Cilantro and Ginger Mayonnaise | Maionese de Leite com Coentros e Gengibre
Add 1 loosely packed cup of well-dried fresh cilantro leaves and tendril-soft stems and a 1 1/2-inch peeled and grated thumb of fresh ginger to the cup along with the milk, 1 3/4 teaspoons of lemon juice, and the pepper. Omit the garlic. Whir in the oil as directed above. Stir in 1 scallion cut into thin slices on the diagonal.

Anchovy Mayonnaise | Maionese de Leite com Anchovas
Add 6 anchovy fillets (generous 1 tablespoon) packed in oil to the cup along with the milk, lemon juice, garlic, and pepper. Whir in the oil as directed above. Omit the salt.

Curry Mayonnaise | Maionese de Leite com Caril
Add 2 teaspoons of your favorite curry powder to the cup along with the milk, lemon juice, garlic, and pepper. Whir in the oil as directed above. Before using, let this sit for an hour or so in the fridge to bloom.

Tomato Mayonnaise | Maionese de Leite com Tomate
Add 1 1/2 tablespoons of double-concentrate tomato paste to the cup along with the milk, garlic, and pepper. Omit the lemon juice. Whir in the oil as directed above. Stir in 1 tablespoon minced oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes.

http://leitesculinaria.com/32983/writings-milk-mayonnaise.html

Rest in peace Amanda. Bullied Teen Commits Suicide After Posting Last-Ditch Cry for Help on YouTube




Bullied Canadian Teen Commits Suicide After Posting Last-Ditch Cry for Help on YouTube




A 15-year-old girl from Metro Vancouver reportedly committed suicide last night, just over a month after posting a YouTube video recounting how bullying forced her to switch schools and drove her to drugs, alcohol, and self-harm.

In the video, Amanda Todd describes on cue cards her experiences with both real-world and online bullying. She says she recalls being severely beaten by classmates and having nude photos of her circulated on the web.

"I'm struggling to stay in this world, because everything just touches me so deeply," Todd says. "I'm not doing this for attention. I'm doing this to be an inspiration and to show that I can be strong."

Sadly, police in Coquitlam confirmed this morning that Todd committed suicide on Wednesday, though would not elaborate. An investigation into her "sudden death" is ongoing.

...

http://gawker.com/5951070/bullied-canadian-teen-commits-suicide-after-posting-last+ditch-cry-for-help-on-youtube




Rest in peace Amanda Michelle Todd

I can't say what I want done to the slime who did this to a 7th grader. I can't stop crying.


On Facebook: "Rest in paradise Amanda Michelle Todd" but there are several more, you can find them easily. Sadly her personal page is still up with a few of her public pictures and some pictures, including this one




Twitter hashtags #RIPAmanda and #RIPAmandaTodd

Luka Rocco Magnotta alleged killing video shows need for new Internet surveillance laws: Vic Toews

Source: National Post Staff (Canada)

National Post Staff Jun 11, 2012 – 12:12 PM ET

Public Safety Minister Vic Toews says a video of a gruesome killing allegedly at the hands of Luka Rocco Magnotta which made its way online shows the need for the modernizing of Canadian criminal code in order to make obscenity charges stick.

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“It’s difficult making those charges stick when the law doesn’t really correspond to the modern technology,” he said.

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Many had written off as dead after the massive online backlash against it, which included the public posting of Toews’ nasty divorce proceedings.

Bill C-30 would create additional requirements for Internet service providers (ISPs) and expanded police powers. ISPs would be required to install surveillance equipment on their networks and keep records of what their customers are doing online and police would be allowed to obtain some of this information without any judicial oversight.

Read more: http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/06/11/luka-rocco-magnotta-alleged-killing-video-shows-need-for-new-internet-surveillance-laws-vic-toews/



Internet surveillance bill not dead, Toews says

May 16, 2012

Public Safety Minister Vic Toews is denying reports that the Harper government intends to quietly shelve its controversial online surveillance bill, C-30.

Speaking to reporters on Wednesday morning, Toews insisted the legislation was moving ahead.

...

When the bill was introduced in February, Toews said the legislation was necessary to protect Canadians from child pornography and organized crime. But although it mentions protecting children from predators in its title, there's no mention of child pornography in its actual text.

In the heat of the early debate on the bill, Toews told Liberal public safety critic Francis Scarpaleggia he could "either stand with us or with the child pornographers."

...



Canada's warrantless surveillance bill is back, and bigger than ever, with surveillance powers for US gov't, too

Friday, Jun 8

...

Vic Toews, far from backing down, is pushing for a renewed multi-faceted scheme to erode Canadians’ online privacy rights: Toews has been working on a deal with the U.S. known as “Perimeter Security”, which could lead to the U.S. government having access to your private data.2 Additionally, the Federal Budget for this year includes a plan to cut funding to the watchdog responsible for overseeing Canada's spy agency, CSIS.

All in all, Toews’ actions could lead Canada to become a large, recklessly-governed surveillance society.

2012 National Call To Action Institute & Conference, July 9-13, St Paul, MN.

(White sisters and brothers are invited too)

2012 NATIONAL CALL TO ACTION INSTITUTE AND CONFERENCE
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

The Women of Color Network (WOCN), in partnership with A CALL TO MEN, Share Time Wisely Consulting Services, and Clarina Howard Nichols Center, is excited to OPEN REGISTRATION for the 2012 National Call to Action Institute and Conference on July 9-13, 2012 in St Paul, MN.

The theme for this ground breaking experience is "Collective Empowerment, Collective Liberation". The framework for the NCTA Institute and Conference is based on the following guiding principles:

* Uniting women of color across ethnicity, race, age, citizenship, sexual orientation, disability, body type, faith, discipline, and locality for collective survival.

* Inspiring those working to be allies to aim for collective liberation in challenging racism, classism, sexism, homophobia, heterosexism, transphobia, ableism, xenophobia, ageism and other forms of oppression and bias.

The 2012 National Call to Action offers 2-Day Institute (one for Women of Color, one for Men, and one for White Women Aspiring Allies) with joint keynotes throughout, and a 2-Day Conference bringing all groups together for workshops, plenaries, and a Cultural Cabaret and Marketplace.

This unique Institute and Conference will feature 5 Major Topics Impacting Women of Color:
Tribal Sovereignty
Trafficking
Homicide
Gender Identity
Immigration
Additional subjects include self-care, economic justice, anti-oppression, building multicultural alliances, leadership and capacity building, and other key topics.


http://womenofcolornetwork.org/news/index.php


If you don't know what a Call To Men, which I didn't until recently, this explains it:

Tony Porter: A call to men



Vanessa A Williams Presents A Call to Men





Highlights from the 2010 National Call To Action


In 2010, the Women of Color Network held a National Call to Action in New Orleans. This video shares some images from this event. We hope to see you in St. Paul, Mn this July. Save the Date! July 9-13, 2012!

The Women of Color Network (WOCN), a project of the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV) and the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence (PCADV), hosted their second national conference, National Call to Action Institute and Conference: Supporting Women of Color Advocates and Activists Working to End Violence Against Women and Families, on May 10-14, 2010 at Westin Canal Place in New Orleans, Louisiana. With key sponsorship from the Office for Victims of Crime, and core partnership with A CALL TO MEN, Share Time Wisely Consulting Services, and Clarina Howard Nichols Center, the National Call to Action Institute and Conference was a historic success as one of the few conferences bringing both women of color, men of all races, and white women together to promote the importance of women of color in leadership and examine the barriers that women of color often face within antiviolence programs in reaching and serving their communities

2012 National Call To Action Institute & Conference, July 9-13, St Paul, MN.

(White sisters and brothers are invited too)

2012 NATIONAL CALL TO ACTION INSTITUTE AND CONFERENCE
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

The Women of Color Network (WOCN), in partnership with A CALL TO MEN, Share Time Wisely Consulting Services, and Clarina Howard Nichols Center, is excited to OPEN REGISTRATION for the 2012 National Call to Action Institute and Conference on July 9-13, 2012 in St Paul, MN.

The theme for this ground breaking experience is "Collective Empowerment, Collective Liberation". The framework for the NCTA Institute and Conference is based on the following guiding principles:

* Uniting women of color across ethnicity, race, age, citizenship, sexual orientation, disability, body type, faith, discipline, and locality for collective survival.

* Inspiring those working to be allies to aim for collective liberation in challenging racism, classism, sexism, homophobia, heterosexism, transphobia, ableism, xenophobia, ageism and other forms of oppression and bias.

The 2012 National Call to Action offers 2-Day Institute (one for Women of Color, one for Men, and one for White Women Aspiring Allies) with joint keynotes throughout, and a 2-Day Conference bringing all groups together for workshops, plenaries, and a Cultural Cabaret and Marketplace.

This unique Institute and Conference will feature 5 Major Topics Impacting Women of Color:
Tribal Sovereignty
Trafficking
Homicide
Gender Identity
Immigration
Additional subjects include self-care, economic justice, anti-oppression, building multicultural alliances, leadership and capacity building, and other key topics.


http://womenofcolornetwork.org/news/index.php




Highlights from the 2010 National Call To Action


In 2010, the Women of Color Network held a National Call to Action in New Orleans. This video shares some images from this event. We hope to see you in St. Paul, Mn this July. Save the Date! July 9-13, 2012!

The Women of Color Network (WOCN), a project of the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV) and the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence (PCADV), hosted their second national conference, National Call to Action Institute and Conference: Supporting Women of Color Advocates and Activists Working to End Violence Against Women and Families, on May 10-14, 2010 at Westin Canal Place in New Orleans, Louisiana. With key sponsorship from the Office for Victims of Crime, and core partnership with A CALL TO MEN, Share Time Wisely Consulting Services, and Clarina Howard Nichols Center, the National Call to Action Institute and Conference was a historic success as one of the few conferences bringing both women of color, men of all races, and white women together to promote the importance of women of color in leadership and examine the barriers that women of color often face within antiviolence programs in reaching and serving their communities

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