Hater Be Gone
The IMF and World Bank were originally designed to promote international economic cooperation and provide member countries with loans so they could trade with other countries.
But since the debt crisis that really started in the 80's, they have been acting like global loan sharks, exerting enormous leverage over the economy and politics of many of their member countries across the globe.
I did NOT AUTHOR this short opinion piece, but happened upon it and felt nudged to point it out. Pittsburgh is a heavily democrat town, as is all of NW PA. Seeing this I. The Trib-Review shows me this world is not only waking up fast, but is finding her voice.
Republic no longer | By The Tribune-Review
Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014
Why is it so difficult for our congressional representatives and leaders to restrain the president? James Madison explained it years ago when he wrote:
Not the usual "power." A very interesting clip.
By the way, I am not a big Duff fan, but the clip is what it is.
Researchers at MIT’s Lincoln Lab have developed technology that may someday cure the common cold, influenza and other ailments.
Most bacterial infections can be treated with antibiotics such as penicillin, discovered decades ago. However, such drugs are useless against viral infections, including influenza, the common cold, and deadly hemorrhagic fevers such as Ebola.
Here is to Flemming Rose. His actions had global impact, burning of our flag, burning of our consulate, boy-cut of our goods. People died, tragically.
While I don't agree with any of the consequent violence, I think it was necessary for someone to address this issue of fear and censorship.
Another Dane, Kåre Bluitgen, had written a book about the life of Muhammad. He had asked 3 artists to make illustrations for the book, but they turned him down, fearing reprisals.
This was one year after Theo van Gogh was murdered in Amsterdam, for his work with Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Same year, a lecturer was attacked on open street in Copenhagen, by 5 attackers, who had taken offence from his reading of the Quran, in a lecture at the university.
The 8 biggest lies the CIA told about torture
By Russell Brandom on December 9, 2014 02:56 pm
The newly released Senate report has already drawn attention for its harrowing view of the details of US torture, but it also comes at the end of a long and frightening effort to keep those details secret. As the new report makes clear, CIA officials lied to Congress over and over in defense of the program, whether it was to make torture seem more effective, less brutal, or more legally sanctioned than it really was, making it impossible for the legislature to provide effective oversight. Here are the eight biggest lies, noted with frustration over and over again throughout the report. It's an incomplete list, but an important one to keep in mind if there's ever going to be a meaningful check on the power of US intelligence agencies.
Lie: There are no detention sites
The Senate first started asking questions about CIA detention sites after 9/11, when rumors started circulating about plans for an unorthodox interrogation program. In the first briefing, on November 13, 2001, Deputy Director of Operations James Pavitt "assured the [Senate Intelligence] Committee that it would be informed of each individual who entered CIA custody." Pavitt also disavowed the use of torture. The following April, the CIA told the committee on the record that the agency "has no current plans to develop a detention facility." In fact, the CIA was already holding Abu Zubaydah at a detention site in a still-undisclosed location.
Lie: Fewer than 100 people are held by the CIA
After the House voted to limit CIA interrogations to only previously authorized techniques in February of 2008, Hayden told the committee that the CIA had detained fewer than 100 people. The report now names 119 people detained from 2002 to 2008.
Lie: The CIA does not videotape interrogations
Here's a list of everyone killed by police so far this year. This is a great resource and includes stats of the victims as well as links to news stories to document the deaths.
VIDEO: Senator Rand Paul Questions Sec. Kerry on the Constitutional Authority to go to War with ISIS - 12/09/14Submitted by emalvini on Tue, 12/09/2014 - 21:53
he Boston Marathon bombing is much more important than has been acknowledged, principally because it is the defining domestic national security event since 9/11—and has played a major role in expanding the power of the security state. For that reason, WhoWhatWhy is continuing to investigate troubling aspects of this story and the establishment media treatment of it. We will be exploring new elements of the story regularly as the January trial of accused co-conspirator Dzhokhar Tsarnaev approaches.
For nearly any crime requiring a “Whodunnit” answer in Boston around the time of the April 15, 2013, Marathon bombing, the authorities answered: The Tsarnaev brothers.
One egregious crime pinned on them was a grisly Sept. 11, 2011, triple murder in Waltham, Mass.
Now, prosecutors in the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev have delivered a shocking reversal. They admit to having no evidence that his dead brother, Tamerlan, was involved in the slayings.
That wasn’t the case right after the bombing: law enforcement fingered Tamerlan as the perpetrator, and suggested Dzokhar may have been involved. Much of the media has presented it as fact ever since.
This is a pattern we’ve seen since the bombing: The government feeds prejudicial information (usually anonymously) to the press, implying Tamerlan and Dzhokhar’s guilt, despite having flimsy or no evidence. In the most extreme example, prosecutors had to completely recant their accusation that the brothers robbed a 7-Eleven.
Travelers have also reported seeing the billboards in Indiana, Michigan, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama and Florida.
Next time a person of politically preferred pigmentation commits suicide by cop, Obama, Al Sharpton, and the “mainstream” media won’t have to worry about eye witnesses testifying that the shooting was in self-defense. They will be too terrified, if this source is to be trusted:
Another witness of the shooting of Michael Brown has been found dead in a dry channel near River Des Peres in Misssouri, local authorities confirmed.
“We are confident that these loans can be good business for lenders, safe and sound for Fannie Mae and an affordable, responsible option for qualified borrowers.”
Today I asked Professor Jonathan Gruber about the ethics of lying to people for their own good, and his 1997 study that concluded that increasing the number of abortions in poor communities would save the government money and improve circumstances for the rest of us still living.
Give him his award... I think he deserves "style" points.
Nice tribute to Lennon, I suppose.