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This is sadness personified.

Vanity Fair did a piece a while back on sex trafficking.

Sex Trafficking of Americans: The Girls Next Door

It is a heartbreaking story no matter who it happens to. The most troubling thing is that these young women are sometimes betrayed by the very people who should be protecting them. The degradation and betrayal is horrifying; and it is something that is done over and over so that the victims never know who to trust. It breaks the psyche into tiny compartments of pain. Life becomes a harrowing nightmare.

I wish I did not know that this is a real problem. It is heartbreaking.

"There was no single person who had a complete technical understanding," The NSA machine: Too big fo

The NSA machine: Too big for anyone to understand

More yahoo woo for the masses...

WASHINGTON (AP) The surveillance machine grew too big for anyone to understand.

The National Security Agency set it in motion in 2006 and the vast network of supercomputers, switches and wiretaps began gathering Americans' phone and Internet records by the millions, looking for signs of terrorism.

But every day, NSA analysts snooped on more American phone records than they were allowed to. Some officials searched databases of phone records without even realizing it. Others shared the results of their searches with people who weren't authorized to see them.

It took nearly three years before the government figured out that so much had gone wrong. It took even longer to figure out why.

Newly declassified documents released Tuesday tell a story of a surveillance apparatus so unwieldy and complex that nobody fully comprehended it, even as the government pointed it at the American people in the name of protecting them.

"There was no single person who had a complete technical understanding," government lawyers explained to a federal judge in 2009.

The only people who did not understand what was going on was Congress and The American People. The techno gear heads in charge knew what was going on. The people setting this up new what was going on. It is ridiculous to think government lawyers were being honest when they said: "There was no single person who had a complete technical understanding,"

That is complete Bullshit. The spooks in charge knew exactly what they were creating.

Ma'loula or Maaloula is a village in Syria with historical and archeological significance...

Ma'loula or Maaloula ( Aramaic: ܡܥܠܘܠܐ‎, Maʿlūlā; Arabic: معلولا‎ Maʿlūlā ) is a village in the Rif Dimashq Governorate in Syria.

It is known as one of three places where Western Aramaic is still spoken, the other two being the nearby villages Jubb Adin and Bakh'a.

Regardless of faith and politics there are historical sites there that do indeed have archeological significance.
The village is on a UNESCO list of tentative world heritage sites. http://news.yahoo.com/activists-syrian-rebels-christian-village-093722827.html

I hope the rebels respect the history of that place and do not behave like the marauders who destroyed tombs in Timbuktu.

One of the problems with the Syria conflict is that the "Bad Guy" is protecting minority faiths from the "good guys"... and even that is overly simplistic. There is so much going sideways in that country that if there is indeed one place where we do not need to be picking sides, it is this place.

I get it that we can not just sit on our hands while people suffer. So let's make sure that those neighboring countries that are getting tremendous amounts of refugees, also get tremendous amounts of real support. We as a country should be sending cargo planes full of clean water, clothing, and food. How many meals could we serve for a million dollars.

We are ready to spend at least a billion dollars bombing Syria. Why can't we leave the bombs at home and spend a billion dollars trying to help the people fleeing that mess?

I wish the President would go to congress to ask them to vote for massive amounts of humanitarian aid for the host countries that are resettling so many millions of people trying to flee the madness that is going on on Syria.

Why can't we. instead of bombing Syria, send aid and support to Jordan, Turkey, and Iraq?

I would like the precedent.

It would be nice to get back to having elected representatives actually considering the will of the people who voted them into office.

I do not want any President to have Carte blanche in launching "kinetic military engagements." I want my country to have a deliberate and vigorous debate before we as a country commit to an act of aggression towards another country. The euphemisms suck. When you launch a missile or bomb at another country it is an act of war. And it just so happens, our Constitution has a solution for this!


Even has a name: "The War Powers Clause" ... huh... who knew?
Article I, Section 8, Clause 11

Section 8

1: The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;

11: To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water;

And, the framers of our Constitution apparently never saw a semicolon they didn't love. Anyways...

Yeah... debate that shit! Engaging our military apparatus should not be a convenient solution. It should be an abject pain in the ass to accomplish.

Every minute, 8 people around the world are forced to flee their homes due to war and persecution.

UNHCR's Representative to Jordan, Andrew Harper, explains the reality for Syrian refugees in Jordan and thanks Syria's neighbors for taking in millions of displaced citizens.


He also thanks the US for its generosity. This is what Syria needs instead of bombs.


Every minute, 8 people around the world are forced to flee their homes due to war and persecution.

That adds up to 43 million children and their families who have sought safety from the threat of war, persecution, natural disasters, and famine. Many travel hundreds of miles to find security, leaving everything behind -- their homes, their possessions, their livelihoods and even loved ones -- just to save their own lives.

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)'s mission is to provide protection, education, shelter, food, water, medical care and life-saving assistance to some 34.5 million refugees and forcibly displaced people worldwide.

Since its formation in 1950, UNHCR has helped an estimated 50 million refugees restart their lives, receiving 2 Nobel Peace Prizes for its lifesaving work in some of the world's most dangerous regions. The agency is the lead humanitarian organization on the scene, with 6,000 staff members in 126 countries around the world.

UNHCR depends on voluntary contributions from people like you to provide these critical refugee assistance programs. With your support to USA for UNHCR, we can ensure that innocent men, women, and children receive the help they need.

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