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George W. Bush's CIA Briefer: Bush and Cheney Falsely Presented WMD Intelligence to Public
On "Hardball," Michael Morell concedes the Bush administration misled the nation into the Iraq War.
—By David Corn | Tue May 19, 2015 7:25 PM EDT
MATTHEWS: Well, why'd you let them get away with it?
MORELL: Look, my job Chris—
MATTHEWS: You're the briefer for the president on intelligence, you're the top person to go in and tell him what's going on. You see Cheney make this charge he's got a nuclear bomb and then they make subsequent charges he knew how to deliver it…and nobody raised their hand and said, "No that's not what we told him."
MORELL: Chris, Chris Chris, what's my job, right? My job—
MATTHEWS: To tell the truth.
MORELL: My job—no, as the briefer? As the briefer?
Posted by xocet | Tue May 19, 2015, 10:11 PM (1 replies)
Family 'horrified' when nine ducklings were killed with lawnmower
By Kate Jacobson | Sun Sentinel
May 14, 2015 7:26 PM
Like any normal day, Boyd Jentzsch and his son, Kai, put out food for the family of Muscovy ducks that lived outside their Wellington home.
But on May 2 as they watched out their patio door at the mother duck and her 11 ducklings peck at their food, a lawn worker plotted a different fate for the birds, according to an arrest report.
He gunned his riding lawnmower toward the ducks, which were perched on the grass near a tree in the family's yard, and swerved his blades over them, the report stated. Inside, the family of three watched and screamed at what they had just witnessed.
"We were horrified," said Jentzsch. "I couldn't believe it was happening. It was totally disgusting."
Posted by xocet | Fri May 15, 2015, 01:40 PM (20 replies)
as should the subsequent VEISHEA riots of 1992, 1994, 2004 and 2014, the last of which led to the termination of the VEISHEA celebration. Of course, this list leaves out the 1997 VEISHEA murder, since it was not a riot.
Veishea ends at Iowa State; new traditions will begin with 'thoughtful approach'
Posted Aug 7, 2014 9:24 am
AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University President Steven Leath today (Aug. 7) announced his decision to permanently discontinue Veishea, supporting the recommendations of the 2014 Veishea Task Force and ending a celebration that has been overshadowed by destruction and violence over the past three decades.
“I understand that it is very sad and disappointing to see this 92-year tradition come to an end, and there may be some who are upset with this decision, but I am not going to continue to put students at risk so that we can preserve what, to many, has become a week-long party,” Leath said at a news conference. “I will not be the president who has to call a student’s parents in the middle of the night to say your child has been critically injured in another Veishea-related disturbance.”
Leath suspended Veishea 2014 in the aftermath of an April 8 late-night disturbance in Campustown. He appointed a task force, led by Senior Vice President for Student Affairs Tom Hill, to examine the celebration's future. The task force submitted its final report and recommendations to the president on July 11.
Leath acknowledged numerous changes to Veishea and attempts to prevent related disturbances since 1992 – efforts that ultimately did not succeed. Citing student safety as his No. 1 priority, a somber Leath said his decision was a difficult one, but it is the right one for Iowa State.
An unclear future: Evolution of Veishea from peaceful to unpredictable
By Katelynn McCollough, email@example.com
It could be said that 1988 was the year that started it all for Veishea.
“The first time that we got this wake-up call that Veishea was not the Veishea we had known since 1922 came in 1988,” said Mayor Ann Campbell, who was a city council member in 1988. “We saw the first Veishea riot, and it was a very major one.”
The 1988 Veishea celebration was marked with a full riot that included a bonfire in the middle of the street that resulted in a hole “several feet deep in the asphalt” according to ISU special collections records on the history of Veishea.
The riot was put to a stop with the help of then-head basketball coach Johnny Orr and football coach Jim Walden.
Posted by xocet | Tue May 5, 2015, 11:52 AM (0 replies)
Source: New York Daily News
BY Nina Golgowski | Friday, May 1, 2015, 2:16 PM
A registered sex offender is believed to be on the run in Missouri while accused of holding his girlfriend captive in a wooden box for four months.
James B. Horn, Jr., 47, is wanted by Sedalia police ever since a "hysterical" woman escaped from her home Thursday evening and made a beeline to a neighbor's home for help, KCTV reported.
There the woman called 911 and reported Horn as having "routinely locked her in a wooden box inside the residence where they lived," according to a news release.
"Upon responding to her residence, officers did observe a large wooden box consistent with what the female described," it continued.
Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/wanted-mo-sex-offender-locked-woman-box-months-cops-article-1.2206936
Posted by xocet | Fri May 1, 2015, 07:55 PM (4 replies)
At time index 2:20 in the video -
Chief Allen Banks (Round Rock Police Dept., Round Rock, Texas) explains: "...The officer was very professional, was...uh...um...talking to her calm. He wasn't excited. He wasn't angry. It's unfortunate the fact that...um...this lady did...would appears to hit her head and was knocked unconscious. But I'll tell you...the officer did what he was supposed to do in a situation like that."
Round Rock Police Department
2701 N. Mays Street
Round Rock, Texas 78665
Phone: 512-218-5500 | Fax: 512-218-7060
Non-Emergency Information Line
Police policies need to be changed or they will eventually kill more people with their proper procedures. This lady is lucky that she was not severely injured by the impact and torque to her head.
Posted by xocet | Thu Apr 30, 2015, 12:11 AM (18 replies)
Ted Cruz To 'Global Warming Alarmists': Galileo Was 'Branded A Denier' Too
"Today the global warming alarmists are the equivalent of the flat-earthers," Cruz continued. "You know it used to be: 'It is accepted scientific wisdom the Earth is flat.' And this heretic named Galileo was branded a denier."
Ted Cruz apparently cannot distinguish the incorrect idea that the Earth is flat from the incorrect idea that the Sun along with every other heavenly body (excepting naturally that the Moon does orbit the Earth) orbits the Earth.
The Greek philosopher Eratosthenes demonstrated scientifically that the Earth is curved by measuring said curvature approximately during the 3rd century B.C.E.:
The Catholic Church's problem with Galileo had to do with Galileo's support of the idea of heliocentrism instead of the Church-supported idea of geocentrism:
So, to place Ted Cruz's above remarks in proper context, his remarks should be annotated:
Ted Cruz To 'Global Warming Alarmists': Galileo Was 'Branded A Denier' Too
"Today the global warming alarmists are the equivalent of the flat-earthers," Cruz continued. "You know it used to be: 'It is accepted scientific wisdom (This is not true and never was true. Since simple experiments do not show that the Earth is even locally flat (i.e., Himalayas, Grand Canyon), Cruz's accepted 'wisdom' cannot be scientific in origin.) the Earth is flat (accepted 'wisdom' until about the 3rd century BCE when the Earth's curvature was scientifically demonstrated by Eratosthenes).' And this heretic (due to his support of heliocentrism) named Galileo was branded a denier (of geocentrism)."
Posted by xocet | Wed Mar 25, 2015, 07:28 PM (7 replies)
Watching Fox News is similar to being in a theater with someone constantly screaming - "The theater is on fire!" - while lighting matches. No matter how calm one is when one takes one's seat, eventually the warning will be heard, the smoke will be smelt, the fear will be felt and the exit will be run for. (How many stochastic terrorists have been motivated by Fox? The number seems likely not to be zero.)
Here are just a pair of examples of the propaganda spread by Fox News:
REPORT: Fox Promotes Birther Myth In At Least 52 Segments
April 27, 2011 8:53 AM EDT ››› JUSTIN BERRIER, MELODY JOHNSON, JULIE MILLICAN, CHELSEA RUDMAN, & ERIC SCHROECK
Following potential Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's embrace of theories regarding President Obama's birthplace, Fox News has significantly ramped up its coverage of birther conspiracies. A Media Matters review of Fox News' opinion programs found that in recent weeks, the network devoted nearly two hours and 20 minutes to the issue, and in the vast majority of the cases, the hosts either espoused birther conspiracies or did not challenge or correct false claims about Obama's birth that aired on their shows. By contrast, when possible GOP presidential candidate and Fox News host Mike Huckabee similarly questioned -- but subsequently walked back -- Obama's origins, Fox devoted just over five minutes of coverage to Huckabee's false claim that Obama was raised in Kenya.
In Recent Weeks, Fox Has Dramatically Increased Its Coverage Of The Birther Conspiracy
As indicated below, in recent weeks, Fox News has significantly increased its coverage of those who falsely claim that President Obama may have been born outside of the United States. In fact, Obama was born in Hawaii -- a fact that has been repeatedly confirmed by official records and Hawaii Department of Health officials. As Media Matters has noted, several Fox News figures have embraced the birther conspiracy theory, while others have repeatedly failed to debunk false claims about Obama's birth. So widespread was Fox's coverage of Trump's embrace of birtherism that some Fox News hosts reported on and joked about the birther conspiracy theory in segments not relating to Trump.
A History Of Death Panels: A Timeline
March 22, 2011 10:17 AM EDT ››› KAREN FAMIGHETTI
In honor of the one year anniversary of the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Media Matters presents a timeline of one of the most disgraceful and pernicious myths about the law--death panels.
Betsy McCaughey Launches Health Care Debate With A Lie
McCaughey Helps Spread Falsehood Through Conservative Media
PolitiFact Debunks McCaughey's Claim
Fox News, Right-Wing Figures Continue To Push False Claim
A person in a theater would be stopped if there were no fire, so should Fox News be regulated as there seems to have yet to have been an actual fire.
On Edit: It is interesting to observe the responses to this OP. Regulation can have a broad meaning. No one has addressed the idea of regulating the yelling of "Fire!" in a theater where there is no fire. How is that regulation justified? I see complete silence on that topic and a plethora of attacks.
Suppose that Fox News decided to broadcast in the fashion of Radio-Télévision Libre des Mille Collines (RTLM). Would that be acceptable? Does the following statement hold any merit?
The use of propaganda in the Rwandan genocide : a study of Radio-Télévision Libre des Mille Collines (RTLM)
Gulseth, Hege Løvdal
Genocide does not start with the murder of masses of people, it starts in peoples’ mind. Before the weapons comes the image, before you can eliminate your enemy, you must define it. Both prior to and during the Rwandan genocide, the radio station Radio-Télévision Libre des Mille Collines (RTLM) was used as an instrument to create a Tutsi enemy image. This thesis demonstrates that this enemy image was created through the use of different propaganda techniques that resemble the seven characteristics that Spillman and Spillman (1991) connect to the syndrome of the enemy image.
Fox News has done an exceptional job of painting liberals, progressives, President Obama et al as the enemy.
Is there a creative solution that can maintain free speech, but restrict not necessarily the use but the effectiveness of pure propaganda?
Fox News is a corporation. Are corporations people? Do corporations deserve free speech in the same way that citizens do? Is it that subconsciously we essentially all accept the idea that corporations are people even though when asked directly we would deny that corporations are people? These are merely questions for discussion. It would be interesting to read your responses.
Posted by xocet | Mon Mar 9, 2015, 01:42 AM (46 replies)
World Pangolin Day
The fourth annual World Pangolin Day will be celebrated on 21 February 2015!
World Pangolin Day is an opportunity for pangolin enthusiasts to join together in raising awareness about these unique mammals — and their plight. Pangolin numbers are rapidly declining, particularly in Asia. Pangolin trafficking is now recognized as a serious problem in Africa.
In 2013, an estimated 8,125 of these shy creatures confiscated in 49 instances of illegal trade across 13 countries. Because seizures represent just 10 to 20 percent of the actual illegal trade volume, this strongly suggests that approximately 40,625 to 81,250 pangolins were killed in just one year
The demand for pangolins comes mostly from China, where pangolin scales are unfortunately believed to be a cure-all of sorts and pangolin flesh is considered a delicacy. In Vietnam, pangolins are frequently offered at restaurants catering to wealthy patrons who want to eat rare and endangered wildlife. There is no evidence to support claims regarding medicinal properties of pangolin scales or any other part of the pangolin.
Connect, get updates and share ideas for #worldpangolinday at facebook.com/WorldPangolinDay
Critically endangered pangolins rescued, then sold as food
Vietnamese officials illegally trade 42 protected pangolins, placing a spotlight on the creatures, which are the most trafficked wild mammals in the world
In some of the more bizarre food news this month: Police in Vietnam’s northern Bac Ninh province recently seized 42 live, critically endangered Sunda Pangolins from poachers, fined the culprits, and delivered the animals to forest rangers for safekeeping—at which point those forest rangers proceeded to undo all this valiant action by selling the animals off to local restaurants. They secured almost $12,000 for the illegal meat, leaving the creatures to have their tongues cut out and their scales plucked off.
That’s the fate of poached pangolins, also known as ‘scaly anteaters’. Although, perhaps surprisingly, many people don’t seem to know what these creatures are, the prehistoric-looking mammals feel the brunt of a trade that makes them the world’s most trafficked mammals on earth, says the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Over a million animals have been taken from the wild in a decade, upholding a thriving trade primarily in China and Vietnam, that continues to supply chefs with the animal’s meat.
Armed with our bottomless appetites, humans have converted every feature on this animal into a highly marketable delicacy: The pangolin’s tongue is incorporated into special soups, its blood is drained for drinking, and some animals are preserved whole in alcohol, used to brew a kind of tonic wine. Finally, the scales, which give the animal its almost mythical body armour, are sold on the blackmarket for traditional medicine, or as jewelry. The pangolin’s body parts, which can fetch hundreds of dollars per kilo, are believed to have a range of (scientifically unproven) qualities, from nourishing the kidneys, treating psoriasis, and, of course, working as an aphrodisiac. Last year the IUCN issued a report on pangolin poaching and found that as a result of this enthusiastic appetite, the creature “is literally being eaten out of existence.”
That brings us back to the Vietnamese officials who capitalised on that appetite instead of trying to plug it. According to Thanhnien News, the head of Bac Ninh’s forest management department vouched for the forest rangers by saying that the animals were too weak to be rescued anyway. Besides, the official reasoned, limited trade of pangolins is allowed in Vietnam—although it turns out that he was citing an old law that changed over a year ago.
All 8 species of pangolins being eaten to extinction
The IUCN Red List has changed the Ground Pangolin in Africa from Least Concern to Vulnerable, highlighting the threat of extinction to this and the 7 other species of pangolins.
New findings reveal that all eight species of pangolin, the world’s only scaly mammal, are now threatened with extinction. According to the latest update of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, the pangolin is literally being eaten out of existence.
More than one million individuals are estimated to have been poached from the wild over the past decade, which makes pangolins the most illegally traded mammal in the world, warns the IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) Pangolin Specialist Group.
Despite a commercial trade ban for wild-caught pangolins in Asia, the illegal trade is thriving. Consumers are willing to pay increasingly high prices for their meat, which is being served as a luxury food across many countries in Asia. In traditional Chinese medicine, pangolin scales are also believed to treat a wide variety of conditions including psoriasis and poor circulation.
TV news anchor Hoai Anh calls on the public to protect pangolins
Posted by xocet | Sat Feb 21, 2015, 06:46 PM (4 replies)