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Gaza’s Crisis, Israeli Ambition, and US Decline

July 22nd, 2014 · No Comments

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http://original.antiwar.com/Leveretts/2014/07/20/gazas-crisis-israeli-ambition-and-us-decline/

Antiwar.com July 21, 2014
Gaza’s Crisis, Israeli Ambition, and US Decline

by Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann Leverett

As Israel’s military kills and injures hundreds of civilians in Gaza – whose population Israel is legally obligated to protect as an occupying power – people around the world, including in the United States, wonder why official Washington appears so indifferent to even the most graphic instances of “collateral damage.”

The primary reason is that most American policy elites still believe the United States needs to dominate the Middle East, and that Israeli military assertiveness is instrumentally useful to this end – a mindset the Israel lobby artfully reinforces.
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People Are Mobilizing to Finally Put an End to the Disastrous U.S. Empire

July 22nd, 2014 · No Comments

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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article39177.htm

People Are Mobilizing to Finally Put an End to the Disastrous U.S. Empire

The US Empire is the largest in world history with more than 1,100 military bases and outposts around the world. To put that in perspective, compared to two other large empires, there were 37 Roman bases at that empire’s peak in AD 117 and 36 British bases at empire’s peak in 1898.

By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers
July 21, 2014 “ICH” – The historian who chronicles US Empire, William Blum, issued his 130th Anti-Empire Report this week. In it he notes that the US, by far, is seen by the people of the world as “the greatest threat to peace in the world today” with 24% taking that view. Only 2% see Russia as such a threat, and 6% see China.
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singularityhub.com/

July 22nd, 2014 · No Comments

http://singularityhub.com/

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inequality.org/

July 22nd, 2014 · No Comments

http://inequality.org/

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Women and the War In Syria

July 22nd, 2014 · No Comments

https://portside.org/2014-07-21/women-and-war-syria

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Beef Environment Cost 10 Times That of Other Livestock

July 22nd, 2014 · No Comments

Beef Environment Cost 10 Times That of Other Livestock

Cattle need 28 times more land than other livestock, according to a new study.
Matt McGrath, Environment correspondent
BBC News
July 21, 2014
https://portside.org/2014-07-21/beef-environment-cost-10-times-other-livestock

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Ken Ham calls U.S. space program a waste, since the Bible tells us that alien life doesn’t exist (and would be damned anyway)

July 22nd, 2014 · No Comments

http://whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com/2014/07/22/ken-ham-calls-u-s-space-program-a-waste-since-the-bible-tells-us-that-alien-life-doesnt-exist-and-would-be-damned-anyway/

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Nicholas Wade’s Troublesome Inheritance: Everyone seems to have missed the Dark Enlightenment

July 22nd, 2014 · No Comments

http://www.uncommondescent.com/intelligent-design/nicholas-wades-troublesome-inheritance-everyone-seems-to-have-missed-the-dark-enlightenment/

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BHA welcomes Equality and Human Rights Commission guidelines on gender segregation

July 22nd, 2014 · No Comments

http://richarddawkins.net/2014/07/bha-welcomes-equality-and-human-rights-commission-guidelines-on-gender-segregation/

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Spider gene study reveals tangled evolution

July 22nd, 2014 · No Comments

http://www.nature.com/news/spider-gene-study-reveals-tangled-evolution-1.15578

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Global temperature reaches record high in June

July 22nd, 2014 · No Comments

Global temperature reaches record high in June following record warmth in May
Date:
July 22, 2014
Source:
NOAA/National Climatic Data Center
Summary:
According to NOAA scientists, the globally averaged temperature over land and ocean surfaces for June 2014 was the highest for June since record keeping began in 1880. It also marked the 38th consecutive June and 352nd consecutive month with a global temperature above the 20th century average. The last below-average global temperature for June was in 1976 and the last below-average global temperature for any month was February 1985.
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/07/140722095652.htm

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It’s Putin’s Missile!

July 22nd, 2014 · No Comments

http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/07/22/its-putins-missile/

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[Marxism] Israel is being defeated in Gaza as it was in Lebanon

July 22nd, 2014 · No Comments

“Israel could have had “security” by sticking to the November 2012
ceasefire agreement it signed, which includes the requirement to lift the
siege.”

http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abunimah/israel-being-defeated-gaza-it-was-lebanon?utm_source=EI+readers&utm_campaign=e8c6705c0b-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e802a7602d-e8c6705c0b-290662377

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California Halts Injection of Fracking Waste

July 22nd, 2014 · No Comments

California Halts Injection of Fracking Waste, Warning it May Be Contaminating Aquifers
California’s drought has forced farmers to rely on groundwater, even as aquifers have been intentionally polluted due to exemptions for the oil industry.
http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2014/07/california-halts-injection-fracking-waste-warning-may-contaminate-aquifers

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Conservative Federal Appeals Court Strikes Huge Blow to Obamacare

July 22nd, 2014 · No Comments

Conservative Federal Appeals Court Strikes Huge Blow to Obamacare
The 2-1 ruling was expected. But it’s not likely to be the last word.
http://www.alternet.org/economy/conservative-federal-appeals-court-strikes-huge-blow-obamacare

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“Cease Fire Is Not Near”

July 22nd, 2014 · No Comments

Published on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Common Dreams
http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/07/22-1
“Cease Fire Is Not Near”: Over 100 Children Among 600 Dead in Gaza
Bombardment off sealed-off enclave shows no sign of easing

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Soaring Meat Consumption Bigger Problem Than Thought

July 22nd, 2014 · No Comments

Published on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Common Dreams
http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/07/22-0
Soaring Meat Consumption Bigger Problem Than Thought: Study
New research suggests giving up red meat in particular would be more impactful environmental choice than giving up your car

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Degeneration of American system resulting in a new ironic convergence vis a vis (a new) communism

July 21st, 2014 · No Comments

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/75650151/Introduction_LFM.pdf

Much promotion of communism has foundered in the illusory claims rendered false with the example of Bolshevism. But the situation is changing: the idealistic claims of democracy were effective (and still are) for those who could trust the American vision. But the rapid degeneration of the American system is moving to put the American system up to the same, or similar judgements. Thus a completely refurbished idea of a New Communism becomes a believable option, as the propaganda of the American elites is beggared by reality.

The clue is obvious: the dialectic of capitalism/communism must find a new resolution, a New Communism as the realization of democracy beyond capitalism’s tyranny.

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Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies, by Nick Bostrom

July 21st, 2014 · No Comments

Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies, by Nick Bostrom

I think that basic techology of the machine age is a passing phase, and can never achieve the potential of biochemical life, which has an unseen dimension lost to ‘metallic’ constructs???

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‘Algorithmic regulation’ ???

July 21st, 2014 · No Comments

The rise of data and the death of politics
Tech pioneers in the US are advocating a new data-based approach to governance – ‘algorithmic regulation’. But if technology provides the answers to society’s problems, what happens to governments?
http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/jul/20/rise-of-data-death-of-politics-evgeny-morozov-algorithmic-regulation

This technology is going to do all sort of irrelevant things, but the basics of capitalism will receive none of it.

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[rad-green] Israeli fascists target anti-occupation activists in Tel Aviv

July 21st, 2014 · No Comments

http://mondoweiss.net/2014/07/fascists-occupation-activists.html

Mondoweiss July 18, 2014

‘Are you a fucking leftist?’ – Israeli fascists target anti-occupation activists in Tel Aviv
Bekah Wolf

Right wing protesters attacking an anti-war on Gaza demonstration in Tel Aviv. (Photo: Twitter/ActiveStills.org)
Right wing protesters attacking an anti-war on Gaza demonstration in Tel Aviv. (Photo: Twitter/ActiveStills.org)
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It was Putin’s missile?

July 21st, 2014 · No Comments

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http://rt.com/op-edge/174088-was-it-putin-missile/

?RT July 19, 2014

It was Putin’s missile?
Pepe Escobar is the roving correspondent for Asia Times/Hong Kong, an analyst for RT and TomDispatch, and a frequent contributor to websites and radio shows ranging from the US to East Asia.

Here’s the spin war verdict: the current Malaysian Airlines tragedy – the second in four months – is “terrorism” perpetrated by “pro-Russian separatists” armed by Russia and Putin is the main culprit. End of story. Anyone who believes otherwise, shut up.
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The fiasco called ‘Israel’

July 21st, 2014 · No Comments

This article below exposes the complete insanity of the basic Israeli position. It is a completely irrational ideology based on confused combination of religion, Zionism, and secularism, and the result is closer to the Yankee cowby extermination mentality of the American West than to anything in the Biblical legacy (which however contains the seeds of that mentality in disguise, via the invented propaganda of Joshua, etc…)

We need to try and bring compassionate perspectives to this hopeless tragedy, yet we must not yield to Jewish/Israeli fanaticism that has created a fiction of the Jewish right to the lands of greater Israel. It seems too late to point it out, but we should at least attempt to expose Xtian complicity here on the Right.

The question is simple, and the Jewish/Israeli cultures can fight it as many centuries as they wish, and then lose at the end: the Biblical legacy of Jews does not grant any right whatsover to the lands of inner or greater Israel. That is the reality. That is the basis for sanity. It is probably too late for that, and thus the tragedy could go on for centuries. Americans at least must show the courage to stand back and warn their Jewish brethren to face this reality. In fact, this question will end up destroying American politics. It is beyond belief.

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http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/15326#.U8wGxi-0Y2E

Arutz Sheva July 15, 2014

My Outline for a Solution in Gaza

Clear and concise, the steps towards achieving quiet in Gaza. Gaza is part of our Land and we will remain there forever. Liberation of parts of our land forever is the only thing that justifies endangering our soldiers in battle to capture land. Subsequent to the elimination of terror from Gaza, it will become part of sovereign Israel and will be populated by Jews. This will also serve to ease the housing crisis in Israel. The coastal train line will be extended, as soon as possible, to reach the entire length of Gaza.

– MK Moshe Feiglin
Feiglin is head of the Manhigut Yehudit [Jewish Leadership] faction in the Likud party and deputy speaker of the Israeli Knesset.

Ultimatum – One warning from the Prime Minister of Israel to the enemy population, in which he announces that Israel is about to attack military targets in their area and urges those who are not involved and do not wish to be harmed to leave immediately. Sinai is not far from Gaza and they can leave. This will be the limit of Israel’s humanitarian efforts. Hamas may unconditionally surrender and prevent the attack.

Attack – Attack the entire ‘target bank’ throughout Gaza with the IDF’s maximum force (and not a tiny fraction of it) with all the conventional means at its disposal. All the military and infrastructural targets will be attacked with no consideration for ‘human shields’ or ‘environmental damage’. It is enough that we are hitting exact targets and that we gave them advance warning.

Siege – Parallel to the above, a total siege on Gaza. Nothing will enter the area. Israel, however, will allow exit from Gaza. (Civilians may go to Sinai, fighters may surrender to IDF forces).

Defense – Any place from which Israel or Israel’s forces were attacked will be immediately attacked with full force and no consideration for ‘human shields’ or ‘environmental damage’.

Conquer – After the IDF completes the “softening” of the targets with its fire-power, the IDF will conquer the entire Gaza, using all the means necessary to minimize any harm to our soldiers, with no other considerations.

Elimination- The GSS and IDF will thoroughly eliminate all armed enemies from Gaza. The enemy population that is innocent of wrong-doing and separated itself from the armed terrorists will be treated in accordance with international law and will be allowed to leave. Israel will generously aid those who wish to leave.

Sovereignty – Gaza is part of our Land and we will remain there forever. Liberation of parts of our land forever is the only thing that justifies endangering our soldiers in battle to capture land. Subsequent to the elimination of terror from Gaza, it will become part of sovereign Israel and will be populated by Jews. This will also serve to ease the housing crisis in Israel. The coastal train line will be extended, as soon as possible, to reach the entire length of Gaza.

According to polls, most of the Arabs in Gaza wish to leave. Those who were not involved in anti-Israel activity will be offered a generous international emigration package. Those who choose to remain will receive permanent resident status. After a number of years of living in Israel and becoming accustomed to it, contingent on appropriate legislation in the Knesset and the authorization of the Minister of Interior, those who personally accept upon themselves Israel’s rule, substance and way of life of the Jewish State in its Land, will be offered Israeli citizenship.

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