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*** Mes Aynak Update ***

Sacking of Chinese Businessman Brings Hope to the Archeologists in Mes Aynak, Afghanistan

Elise BlanchardApril 13th, 2017
Last week, a Chinese businessman who, in 2007, won the right to extract copper, for thirty years, at Mes Aynak, Afghanistan, was expelled from the Chinese Communist Party for corruption. The sacking of Shen Heting, the former general manager of the state-owned China Metallurgical Group Corp (MCC), is potentially great news for Afghan archaeologist Qadir Temori and his team.

The MCC executive’s $3 billion project to build an open-pit copper mine will require the demolition of a 5,000-year-old, walled Buddhist city located in Mes Aynak. To save historical artifacts from imminent destruction, the archeologists have been racing against time to complete their excavation.

In an interview with CNBC last week, Brent Huffman, the director of “Saving Mes Aynak,” a documentary on the archeologists’ battle, said that Shen’s expulsion was a “huge development,” and that he hoped “the corruption charges mean the end of the mining project.”

The archeologists working at Mes Aynak, which is located in a district of Logar Province friendly to the Taliban, have already uncovered thousands of Buddhist statues, manuscripts, coins, holy monuments and entire monasteries and fortifications dating back as far as the third century a.d.


More at the link.

Special thanks to all of the wonderful DUers that supported this cause previously.

Many more photos here: http://www.savingmesaynak.com/photos/

Background history here: https://www.democraticunderground.com/10025147841

Thanks so much to everyone.

Posted by littlemissmartypants | Sat Apr 15, 2017, 01:28 AM (4 replies)

This looks like a lawsuit in the making.

We can always make calls to the bill founders.

If personally affected, by making complaints related to air, water, environmental quality issues to DEQ at

North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality 217 West Jones Street
Raleigh, NC 27603

Mailing Addresses
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Posted by littlemissmartypants | Tue Apr 11, 2017, 12:39 AM (0 replies)

Rat lung worm.

A new scourge to wish on the enemy. Yum.

Interesting post. Thank you DetlefK.


More here.


Posted by littlemissmartypants | Sun Apr 9, 2017, 08:05 AM (0 replies)

Seats: we could win these four states ...


We have the opportunity to gain CONGRESSIONAL SEATS in YOUR STATES in SPECIAL ELECTIONS coming up SOON!

So could you PLEASE drag your asses out to the polls? PRETTY PLEASE?

Special Congressional Elections Info - DATES, DISTRICTS, DEMOCRATS:

APRIL 11: Kansas 4th Democrat -JAMES THOMPSON
APRIL 18: Georgia 6th Democrat -JOHN OSSOFF
MAY 2: S. Carolina 5th Democrat -ARCHIE PARNELL
MAY 25: Montana's ONLY congressional district Democrat -ROB QUIST

Kansas Special Election needs EMERGENCY VOLUNTEERS
Election Date: April 11th

Democratic Candidate: Civil Rights Attorney James Thompson

Rhonda Cox is the Campaign Field Director for James Thompson. She can be reached at: rhondacox20@gmail.com or (316) 880-8156

As of March 6th: They have ONLY 50 volunteers and they are desperate for more. They have set up a virtual phone bank and are working on increasing their housing network for out-of-state volunteers from the 15 currently available.

We need to get them at least 1,000 virtual phone bank volunteers!
Please get on the phone and help them make the calls.

Share this with every anti-Trumper, democrat, progressive, liberal you know!


Democrats Elect Civil Rights Lawyer as Nominee for U.S. House
The Associated Press
Feb 12, 2017


I found these items on Facebook. Names of posters withheld for privacy.

Take voters in to the polls.

Thank you.

Posted by littlemissmartypants | Mon Mar 27, 2017, 02:59 AM (6 replies)

Find Your Government Reps by State


Drop down menu.

Select your state and find your reps.

U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515
TEL: (202) 224-3121
TTY: (202) 225-1904
Posted by littlemissmartypants | Tue Mar 21, 2017, 02:22 AM (3 replies)

I love them.

I love Afghanistan. Mes Aynak in particular. Thank you so much for this! ♡

Posted by littlemissmartypants | Fri Mar 17, 2017, 02:44 AM (0 replies)

Thanks for this post Zorro.

This gives me hope.

So does this. Grass roots organizing is in the air. Today for the first time in recent retrospective memory we had a community meeting in my area. The last meeting, of any consequence, held in the exact same spot, was 241 years ago and had something to do with a revolution.

It is never to early, or late, to talk about community and the needs of the community members. If you have a concern, it is most likely there is someone close to you that shares that concern. If you can, open your home and have a gathering. That gathering can become a movement and that movement, a wave.

Like the vision of the avalanche, it's why we should be proud to own, with indignation, the once derogatory slur, snowflake.

We have power. We have strength. We have righteousness on our side. Where one heart beats others hear the call. The snowflakes are coming. The snowflakes are coming. Light the lanterns. Lock the door. Revolution is the lager of the hour. This one's for you.

"Stop fretting, start fighting." Tom Perez

Posted by littlemissmartypants | Sun Mar 12, 2017, 02:55 AM (1 replies)

Ben Carson Unpacked

He's just another sociopath goon.

They come in all colors, shapes and sizes. Surgeons, in particular, are known for their enormous god complexes.

Surgeons—for some reason categorized separately from other doctors—are among the 10 most psychopathic professions, though they do get edged out by lawyers, media workers, and CEOs for the top three spots.


Kevin Dutton
The Wisdom of Psychopaths: What Saints, Spies, and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About Success
F First Edition Edition
ISBN-13: 978-0374291358, ISBN-10: 0374291357

Posted by littlemissmartypants | Tue Mar 7, 2017, 04:38 AM (12 replies)

The husband-and-wife team driving Trump's national security policy

The husband-and-wife team driving Trump's national security policy

By ELI STOKOLS, BRYAN BENDER and MICHAEL CROWLEY 02/13/17 05:05 AM EST Updated 02/13/17 11:51 AM EST


Before they became a Trump administration power couple, Sebastian and Katharine Gorka were prolific collaborators on research about the Islamic terrorist threat who built a fan base in far-right circles.

Business partners as well as published co-authors, the Gorkas made successful careers out of their shared passion. “Our pillow talk is the Islamic State and Al Qaeda,” Sebastian Gorka, now a senior White House aide, said during a talk in Florida last November.

At times it can even be difficult to tell which Gorka is doing the talking. Several passages of Sebastian’s 2007 dissertation, on the rise of radical Islam, appeared almost verbatim two years earlier in an article for the conservative journal Human Events. The byline over an online version of the article, “ccornell,” links to an author page for Katharine Cornell — the maiden name of Katharine Gorka.

The dissertation, written for Sebastian’s doctorate in political science from Corvinus University of Budapest, does not credit either a Katharine Cornell or Katharine Gorka in its endnotes.

“We write together all the time,” Gorka said during an hourlong conversation with POLITICO. He brushed off the overlapping passages as “probably something I dictated or that we came up with together.” Much of his writing and that of his wife, he explained, is the result of a “collaborative effort,” even if that’s not clear to readers. “She’s my wife and she’s my closest collaborator,” he said.

In the decade since earning his doctorate, Sebastian has vaulted into the heart of the American national-security apparatus. At the White House, Gorka — who was born in Britain and became a U.S. citizen in 2012 — is a deputy assistant to the president. He reports to strategist Steve Bannon and includes the Strategic Initiatives Group, Bannon’s in-house think tank, in his email signature.

That appointment, which includes a portfolio focusing on terrorism and national security, has befuddled mainstream counterterrorism experts, who recognize Gorka from his Fox News appearances but not as an influential thinker.

“He is hard core,” said retired Army Col. Joseph Collins, a professor at National Defense University who worked with Sebastian Gorka when he taught there. “He came at the issue from the ideological route.”

Joining Sebastian in Trump’s orbit is his wife, Katharine, who served on the Trump transition’s Department of Homeland Security “landing team,” focusing on plans to shift its “Countering Violent Extremism” programs to concentrate on Islamist extremism, according to a former DHS official. Sebastian Gorka declined to comment on his wife’s current role within the department, and calls and emails seeking comment from DHS were not returned.

Trump first summoned Gorka to Trump Tower in the summer of 2015. At the time, Gorka was national-security editor at Breitbart News, the right-wing website Bannon ran before joining Trump’s campaign. Long before most people took Trump’s candidacy seriously, Gorka wrote him a series of position papers.

Gorka’s biography at the Institute of World Politics, a Washington-based program that offers master's degrees and continuing education programs for military and other government officials, casts him as an “internationally recognized authority on issues of national security, irregular warfare, terrorism and democratization.” Gorka taught there as an adjunct before becoming a professor in 2016.

Several experts interviewed by POLITICO puzzled over the gap between the numerous military academic credentials listed by Gorka — a political science Ph.D. who unfailingly uses the title “Dr.” — and their unfamiliarity with his work and views.

In the decade since earning his doctorate, Sebastian Gorka has vaulted into the heart of the American national-security apparatus. Belowng the transition, I did a triple-take. I've been in counterterrorism since 1998, and I thought I knew everyone. But I'd never heard his name and couldn't recall anything he'd written or said,” said Daniel Benjamin, who served as counterterrorism coordinator under Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Retired Col. Peter Mansoor, a former top aide to Gen. David Petraeus in Iraq who helped rewrite the Army’s counterinsurgency manual, also said he’s never crossed paths with Gorka. “What I've heard has not been complimentary,” added Mansoor, who now teaches at Ohio State University and remains active in military circles.

In a subsequent email to POLITICO, Gorka said the two participated together on a panel discussion. Mansoor responded that he had forgotten about the event but said he remains critical of Gorka's recent views.

Gorka’s defenders dismiss such criticism. “Seb has never been in the traditional kind of academic world,” said James Carafano, a national security expert at the conservative Heritage Foundation. “There is a certain demonization that goes on against these guys.”

Trump’s rhetoric and actions since taking office reflect the influence of the Gorkas, who call for a tougher response to Islamist radicalism. In his Florida speech days after Trump won the election, Gorka showed what he acknowledged was a controversial PowerPoint slide featuring a dead ISIS fighter face down in the sand framed by a black background featuring white text that read: “Now we can win.” The Trump administration, Gorka told POLITICO, is committed to “crushing” ISIS “with partners in the region.”

Gorka was one of the few White House staffers consulted ahead of Trump’s controversial Jan. 27 executive order limiting arrivals into the U.S. from seven Muslim-majority countries. He told POLITICO that he believes “it’s absolutely watertight when it comes to the legality and the president’s right to do this.” Although two federal courts have halted the order, Gorka hasn’t changed his opinion. “It’s a fundamentally preventative measure,” he added. “Counterterrorism isn’t about responding afterwards.”

Katharine Gorka wrote in 2013 that the Obama administration “seems to be allowing Islamists to dictate national security policy.” And she criticized President Barack Obama’s DHS for allegedly changing its training protocols to include an “emphasis on Islam as a religion of peace.”

The Gorkas are also strong believers in changing official U.S. government rhetoric to include the phrase “radical Islamic terrorism,” which Obama, and George W. Bush before him, shunned. “We are prepared to be honest about the threat. We're not going to white it out, delete it as the Obama administration did,” Sebastian Gorka told NPR last month.

More at link.

If there are repetitions in the text, apologies. It was difficult to cut and past due to the underlying configuration of scripting on the web page. I'm also sleep deprived. Nevertheless, I hope you find parts of it interesting and informative.

I am of the strong opinion we need to keep a close eye on these two interlopers. I'm interested in what others think. Thanks.



Posted by littlemissmartypants | Tue Mar 7, 2017, 04:04 AM (4 replies)

The more he looks like a

Carnival Attraction the better.

I am having one of these to celebrate.

USS Russian Vodka on the rocks.
Posted by littlemissmartypants | Mon Mar 6, 2017, 04:43 AM (1 replies)
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