The U.S. media coverage of the Israeli occupation and invasion of Gaza is grossly biased against Palestinians. The litmus test should be what would U.S. media coverage look like of a nearly 50 year Palestinian occupation of downtrodden Jews or massive Palestinian military massacres of innocent Jewish men, women and children in homes and hospitals backed by U.S. politicians, money and military technology?
Our moral and political response to the actual Israeli occupation and invasion should be the same as that of a non-existent Palestinian occupation and invasion. Our righteous indignation at the murder of hundreds of Palestinian babies should be the same as that of the murder of Jewish babies. Let us not forget that ugly war crimes of any occupying power always outstrip those of the occupied, yet every human life is precious and resistance to occupation is inevitable.
Pay close attention to how many children are from the same family.
Please keep in mind that the name, age, sex and location of only 132 of the 155 Palestinian children killed (correct as of 22 July 2014) was able to be gathered (collected by Al Mezan Centre for Human Rights).
What’s even more heartbreaking is that the speed of which Israel continues its ethnic cleansing of Palestine means death toll figures become outdated every hour.
To argue that Israel is employing legitimate “self-defense” when it militarily attacks Gaza affords the occupying power the right to use both police and military force in occupied territory. An occupying power cannot justify military force as self-defense in territory for which it is responsible as the occupant. The problem is that Israel has never regulated its own behavior in the West Bank and Gaza as in accordance with Occupation Law. […] Israel’s refusal to recognize the occupied status of the territory, bolstered by the US’ resilient and intransigent opposition to international accountability within the UN Security Council, has resulted in the condition that exists today: prolonged military occupation. Whereas the remedy to occupation is its cessation, such recourse will not suffice to remedy prolonged military occupation. By virtue of its decades of military rule, Israel has characterized all Palestinians as a security threat and Jewish nationals as their potential victims, thereby justifying the differential, and violent, treatment of Palestinians. In its 2012 session, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination described current conditions following decades of occupation and attendant repression as tantamount to Apartheid.
A Matter of Fractions
- Friend: by any measure republican states are shitty places to live
- yet their inhabitants line up to vote Rethuglican
- Friend: the voters are mad
- Friend: today on FB someone posted an old marketing study
- Friend: A&W put out a one-third pound hamburger meant to compete with McDees quarter pounder
- Friend: it tasted better in blind tests, was bigger, cheaper
- Friend: was McDee destroyer
- Friend: public spurned it
- Friend: why?
- Friend: because a significant section of the American public
- didn't know that 1/3 was bigger than 1/4
- Me: OMFG
- Friend: since the denominator has a four which is clearly bigger than 3
- Me: Fuck it ... we're doomed
- Friend: exactly, people are so fucking stupid you can't do anything with them
Members of Internet sites that allow law enforcement to air out issues are expressing outrage and offense over public reaction to last week’s death of a New York City man after police administered a chokehold, which is against police department policy.On PoliceOne.com, one person wrote, “Mayor you killed our effectiveness on the street, when you killed Stop and Frisk. Because of a few bleeding heart liberals and a few ethnic groups who believe they are the only ones being stopped. You shut down the whole system. Because now all those baggy … pants you see walking around are probably locked and loaded.”On a site called Thee Rant, someone wrote, “He probably never worked a legit job. The city will pay off the family and they will be in (racial epithet) heaven for the rest of their lives!”Wrote another, “ERIC GARNER? Yeah! Sure you are! A Nordic/Germanic given name and Anglo-Saxon surname! How dare you steal our names! You are hereby posthumously renamed MOBUTU TAKANUKU!”
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“Go to any online forum that serves police officers, find the Eric Garner story, and read the comments. Those are your police, America.” - Mike Riggs
Tell us how you really feel. And these are the motherfuckers swore to protect and serve us? Give me a break.
Media Framing Tells Its Own Story
- Americans flocking to fight for the IDF - “An interesting phenomenon - let’s discuss”
- Brits going to Syria to fight for rebels - “Mosque trained terrorists - let’s condemn”
A 76-year-old military veteran was arrested for disorderly conduct at a public county board meeting for asking officials to speak up when they refused to use the microphones. The hearing was over a controversial new plant in the area.
The contentious meeting involved a group fighting a proposed US Nitrogen plant and its plans to build a pipeline that would empty into the nearby Nolichucky River in Greene County, Tenn. The meeting - promoted as being a public one - was Friday at 8 a.m., which citizens complained was designed to keep them from attending
In the meeting room, the county’s board sat in a circle around a roped-off table at the front of the room, and did not use microphones or podium behind the table, several attendees said. At least four board members had their backs to the public viewing area.
Courtesy of Humane Borders
This new map charts migrant deaths along the U.S./Mexico border. The “death map" charts bodies found along U.S.-Mexico border with the hopes of improving knowledge of border traffic, influencing policy makers and helping humanitarian groups identify where resources should be targeted.
The Arizona OpenGIS Initiative for Deceased Immigrants may begin to reduce the deaths and help families of the missing recover the bones of their members. Aided by an anonymous $175,000 grant, the database based on information from the medical examiner, law enforcement agencies and research by Humane Borders took five years to develop. Advocates hope that by improving knowledge of border traffic they can influence policymakers and help humanitarian groups identify where they should target their resources.For
"Especially for the younger generation, the Internet is not some standalone, separate domain where a few of life’s functions are carried out. It is not merely our post office and our telephone. Rather, it is the epicenter of our world, the place where virtually everything is done. It is where friends are made, where books and films are chosen, where political activism is organized, where the most private data is created and stored. It is where we develop and express our very personality and sense of self.
To turn that network into a system of mass surveillance has implications unlike those of any previous state surveillance programs. All the prior spying systems were by necessity more limited and capable of being evaded. To permit surveillance to take root on the internet would mean subjecting virtually all forms of human interaction, planning, and even thought itself to comprehensive state examination.” - Glenn Greenwald (No Place to Hide, Pg.6)
"…the government has the capability to activate cell phones and laptops remotely as eavesdropping devices. Powering off the phone or laptop does not defeat the capability: only removing the battery does." - Glenn Greenwald (No Place to Hide, Pg.12)
"The first thing we did was go to a store to buy a laptop that would serve as my "air gapped machine," a computer that has never connected to the internet. It is much more difficult to subject an Internet-free computer to surveillance. To monitor an air gapped computer, an intelligence service such as the NSA would have to engage in far more difficult methods, such as obtaining physical access to the computer and placing a surveillance device on the hard drive. Keeping the computer close at all times helps prevent that type of invasion." - Glenn Greenwald (No Place to Hide, Pg.22)
"The true measurment of a person’s worth isn’t what they say they believe in, but what they do in defense of those beliefs, if you’re not acting on your beliefs, then they probably aren’t real." - Edward Snowden (via, No Place to Hide by Glenn Greenwald, Pg.45)
"What keeps a person passive and compliant is fear of repercussions, but once you let go of your attachment to things that don’t ultimately matter - money, career, physical safety - you can overcome that fear." - Edward Snowden (via, No Place to Hide by Glenn Greenwald, Pg.46)
"The entire intelligence community is able to access the information that the NSA collects: it routinely shares its vast trove of data with other agencies, including the FBI and the CIA. One principal purpose of the NSA’s great spree of data collection was precisely to boost the spread of information across the board. Indeed, almost every document pertaining to the various collection programs mentions the inclusion of other intelligence units." - Glenn Greenwald (No Place to Hide, Pg.116)
"Upstream" collection (from fiber-optic cables) and direct collection from the servers of Internet companies (PRISM) account for most of the records gathered by the NSA." - Glenn Greenwald (No Place to Hide, Pg.116)
"The NSA routinely recieves -or intercepts- routers, servers, and other computer network devices being exported from the United States before they are delivered to the international customers. The agency then implants backdoor surveillance tools, repackages the devices with a factory seal, and sends them on." - Glenn Greenwald (No Place to Hide, Pg.148)
"Contrary to the accepted premise - that radical dissent demonstrates a personality disorder - the opposite could be true: in the face of severe injustice, a refusal to dissent is the sign of a character flaw or moral failure." - Glenn Greenwald (No Place to Hide, Pg.228)
LOS ANGELES — Journalist Glenn Greenwald defended the value of digital privacy and slammed those who dismiss its importance during a stop on his national book tour Thursday.
“We all need places where we can go to explore without the judgmental eyes of other people being cast upon us,” he said. “Only in a realm where we’re not being watched can we really test the limits of who we want to be. It’s really in the private realm where dissent, creativity and personal exploration lie.”
He said that people who downplay the importance of privacy typically say, “I have nothing to hide.” But, he added, those people aren’t willing to publish their social media and email passwords.
Greenwald published a series of stories last year based on leaked documents on United States surveillance from former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden. He recently published the book No Place to Hide about the fallout from Snowden’s actions.
“When we think we’re being watched, we make behavior choices that we believe other people want us to make,” he said. “It’s a natural human desire to avoid societal condemnation. That’s why every state loves surveillance — it breeds a conformist population.”
Greenwald went on to lambaste journalists, politicians and business leaders who have said that digital privacy is unnecessary. He criticized Google chairman Eric Schmidt for saying on CNBC in 2008 that “if you have something that you don’t want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place.” Greenwald argued that it’s detrimental to assume that someone who wants privacy — say a person calling an HIV clinic or suicide hotline — should be treated with suspicion.
“There are all kinds of things we want to hide from other people — that we tell our psychiatrist, our lawyer, our doctor, our spouse or a stranger on the Internet — that have nothing to do with criminality,” he said.
Greenwald also took on Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) for her 2013 op-ed in USA Today, in which she said that collecting call records doesn’t count as surveillance if the actual conversations aren’t recorded. At the time, some people responded online by calling for her to publish a list of people whom she spoke to every day. “Of course, she would never do that,” Greenwald said.
He also scorched MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell, The Washington Post’s Ruth Marcus and The New Yorker’s Hendrik Hertzberg, who all said last year that they don’t feel threatened by the NSA’s surveillance.
“If you look at those people, they all have something in common. They wake up every day and defend the people with the most power,” he said. “Of course they’re not threatened. They’re right — they probably don’t have anything to worry about.”
“You will never hear, ‘Oh, I’m not interested in privacy’” among people who work for places like Wikileaks or the Occupy movement, he added. We all value privacy, he said, but it is especially crucial for dissidents and targeted groups — and anyone who might fall into those categories in the future.
via WorldPost News on The Huffington Post
Q:So you are a Jew correct? I love you and your people. I am fully aware that it is the muslims ultimate goal to destroy Israel and then America, then rule the world. Israel is not making up stories as Hamas has fired rockets throughout the years
- Not Jewish. Even I wanted to be Jewish I couldn’t because my mother is not Jewish.
- Who are ‘the Muslims’ you are refering to? There are billions of believers in a wide range of countries with different interpretations of the faith not to mention billions of opinions on the US and Israel. Would it amaze you to learn that there are many many muslims who don’t hate Israel and the USA let alone want to destroy them.
- Muslims no more want to rule the world than Christians or Jews or Mormons or Baptists or any other faith.
- Yes Hamas has fired the rockets. Can we have a proper discussion as to why and when it has done so? Do you think it fires them for fun? “Gee, I’m bored. Let’s fire some rockets and risk having a nuclear armed military regional superpower unload its expensive US built arsenal on our civilians who we can’t defend because we have no army, navy, or airforce. Hell, today is a good day for them to become martyrs anyway”. Do you really think that’s what Hamas does?
- I suspect you are a troll.
Only by taking back our food and our seeds can we rescue ourselves from the totalitarianism that is being put in place. We have a short window of time to reclaim our bread and our freedom. Otherwise, we will have neither bread nor freedom.