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  • Lost & Alone

    06/23/2017 8:55:45 AM PDT · by patton · 41 replies
    6/23/2017 | Patton
    Curled up & shivering under a bridge one ear frozen the other, speckled brown with frost Where is home?
  • U.S. Defense Contractor Charged With Passing Top Secret Info to China

    06/22/2017 7:05:17 PM PDT · by Rabin · 9 replies
    Freebeacon ^ | June 22, 2017 4:37 pm | Adam Kredo
    Kevin Mallory, was arrested Thursday morning and charged with transmitting top secret and secret classified documents to an agent of China's security services.
  • Letter: Trump, other rich oppress the poor ("One out of four children homeless and/or hungry")

    06/21/2017 5:52:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 79 replies
    The Register-Guard ^ | June 21, 2017 | Robert Rubinstein
    CEOs receive $38 million to $70 million per year and more, plus benefits. (We don’t know, of course, what President Trump “earns.”) Then, these CEOs fire thousands of their employees. Companies are closing. People continue losing jobs. Others remain unemployed. Nearly one out of four children in the U.S. are homeless and/or hungry. This extreme wealth is truly obscene. How many cars, houses, boats and $50,000 coats do the 1 percent need to maintain their status and rip off everyone else, as Trump has? A mean-spirited Trump and Congress now propose a budget that would sharply reduce health care for...
  • LGBT activists on Trump's impact: 'We are at war'

    06/19/2017 3:40:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    AOL News ^ | June 19, 2017 | William Steakin
    President Donald Trump's relationship with the LGBT community is complicated. During last year's election Trump positioned himself as a pro-LGBT Republican. On the campaign trail Trump promised he'd be "better for the gays" than his 2016 election opponent Hillary Clinton. The president even made history by mentioning LGBT issues during his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. But since Trump took office many voices in the community say their rights and livelihood have come under fire. "We are at war," Ken Kidd, an organizer with direct action group Rise and Resist, tells AOL.com. "We are under...
  • Son tried to save Navy shipmates...

    06/18/2017 8:51:55 PM PDT · by Rabin · 33 replies
    Japan Times ^ | JUN 19, 2017 | MARI YAMAGUCHI AND TAMMY WEBBER
    YOKOSUKA, KANAGAWA PREF. – The mother of a U.S. Navy sailor who survived. Brayden Harden, was knocked out of his bunk by the impact, water immediately began filling the berth. Sykes says her son told her that four men in his berth, including those sleeping on bunks above and below him, died, while three died in the berth above his. Her son kept diving to try to save his shipmates until the flooded berth began running out of air pockets, while others — believing the ship was under attack — hurried to man the guns. The ships collided about 2:20...
  • US Foreign Policy Is For Sale: Our Indian Friends Should Be Buying

    06/17/2017 3:48:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Quint ^ | June 17, 2017 | C Christine Fair
    On 26 June, Donald Trump and Narendra Modi will meet in Washington. While the two have spoken at least three times since Trump’s election, this will be their first meeting. Many Hindu nationalists in India and the United States supported Donald Trump’s candidacy, at least in part, because they applauded his anti-Muslim campaign rhetoric and hoped that, if elected, he would adopt harsher policies towards Pakistan and other Muslim states supporting or exporting Islamist violence. For Hindu nationalists, Trump seemed like an obvious partner for Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party, which has sustained criticism at home and abroad for...
  • 'Expletive!' Broadway bleater Patti LuPone unloads on President Trump

    06/15/2017 3:55:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Metro ^ | June 15, 2017 | Michael Martin
    The legendary star of musicals 'Evita', 'Sweeney Todd' and 'War Paint' plays to the cheap seats with a loud assessment of the president. Patti LuPone has been heard and understood. The Broadway legend has been venerated for her wall-rattling belt and criticized for her often-unintelligible diction. But there was no mistaking what she said on the Tony Awards red carpet Sunday, when didn't hold back about her feelings for President Trump. The Tony-winning star of "Sweeney Todd" and "Evita," who is currently appearing in "War Paint," was being interviewed by a TV reporter for “Variety.” He asked, "Why should President...
  • Suit: Man Died After Falling Into Deep Fryer at Gwinnett Publix

    06/14/2017 10:34:33 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 32 replies
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | Wednesday, June 14, 2017 | Amanda C. Coyne
    A Commerce woman has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Publix, claiming the grocery chain was at fault when her husband fell into a deep fryer, leading to his 2015 death. Mansur Blount was a vent hood technician. Part of his job was to clean vent hoods at client businesses, including a Publix location in Dacula, where he was doing that work on June 25, 2015, according to the lawsuit. A Publix spokeswoman said it is the company’s policy not to comment on open lawsuits.
  • JAMES T. HODGKINSON - DECEASED

    06/14/2017 7:46:04 PM PDT · by Rabin · 55 replies
    fbi ^ | June 14, 2017 | Alexandria, staff
    James T. Hodgkinson, deceased, is believed to be responsible for the shooting in the 400 Block of E. Monroe Avenue in Alexandria, Virginia, around 7:09 a.m. on June 14, 2017. The FBI is asking for the public's assistance with any information regarding Hodgkinson.
  • How Trump Can Win — and We Can Lose — the Media War

    06/14/2017 1:52:22 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    Bill Moyers & Company ^ | June 13, 2017 | Neal Gabler
    There are more potential truth deniers than you might think: Whites without higher education are potential soldiers in Trump’s anti-truth army. In the dust storm kicked up last week over former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, a big story seems to have been obscured: that of Reality Winner, the young defense contractor who slid a classified National Security Agency document to The Intercept website. Putting aside Winner’s motives, of which I haven’t a clue, the document described an effort by Russian military intelligence hackers not just to steal and float negative information about Hillary Clinton,...
  • Chicago Equality Rally unites Midsommarfest in defiance (Mass lunacy)

    06/12/2017 12:31:50 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Windy City Times ^ | June 11, 2017 | Gretchen Rachel Hammond
    While thousands joined the Equality March for Unity and Pride June 11 in Washington, D.C., Chicago was one of dozens of cities nationwide to hold its own rally as part of Pride Month and in honor of the 49 people who were killed at the Pulse Nightclub shootings in Orlando one year ago. The venue for the Chicago Equality Rally was the Pride Stage at Midsommarfest in the heart of Chicago's Andersonville neighborhood. Celebrated actor, writer and producer Fawzia Mirza served as the rally's emcee. Her powerful, exuberant voice was echoed by a crowd whose raucous enthusiasm was unencumbered by...
  • Why Did James Comey Delete the Memo?

    06/11/2017 9:30:23 PM PDT · by Rabin · 47 replies
    iotwreport ^ | June 10, 2017 | Mr.Pinko
    He felt he needed to take notes to protect himself. (snipp). Being much concerned he had Richman spill to the NY Times. Richman swears (he) never has seen the memo, he was just remembering what he “had been told” about it. (snipp) Muller, after a full day of book baking, re-create “Comy’s dream memo, extemporaneous. Rev 1”.
  • Trump ascension corporate coup: Naomi Klein (Unintentionally funny)

    06/11/2017 3:50:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Goodiwindia Argus ^ | June 12, 2017 | Deborah Snow
    Author and activist Naomi Klein was on a visit to Sydney last November when Donald Trump shocked the US and Western political establishment by taking the White House. "I think a great many of us felt that the world had just turned upside down, but [in Australia] I literally felt the world had turned upside down," she says, recalling that moment of supreme disorientation. Since then, unlike many American liberals, Klein has been fixated less by the drip-drip of revelations about the Trump campaign's murky links to the Kremlin, and more with what she calls the "corporate coup" taking place...
  • Is Reality Leigh Winner a National Hero? (Here it is, just as predicted)

    06/10/2017 10:50:07 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Nation ^ | June 9, 2017 | Joshua Holland
    The value of the information she made available is great—but real-world news events may have gotten ahead of her. Some people have a fixed, principled stance on intelligence leaks—transparency in government is always for the good, for example, or releasing classified intelligence is never appropriate. But for most of us, the difference between a courageous whistle-blower—who risks their career and freedom to expose some dark secret the government doesn’t want us to know—and a leaker—who undermines national security, may put people at risk and gives comfort to our adversaries—is a subjective one. Most people celebrate the release of information they...
  • Thousands of Hanford workers take cover after cave-in of tunnel with radioactive waste

    06/08/2017 12:45:48 AM PDT · by Rabin · 7 replies
    Seattle times ^ | Originally May 10, 2017 | David Gutman
    Some time in 1956 and 1957, (PUREX), Sixty eight railroad flat cars, loaded with un contained processing plant equipment and refuse, laden with, extremely high levels of Plutonium contamination were rolled into temporary earth covered storage. Sometime in late June or early May, thousands of cubic feet of this storage collapsed, squirting some of the worlds most contaminated “air” into the Colombia basin. Technicians doing radiation monitoring Tuesday morning observed, “some readings were much higher than expected, they began checking around for the cause and found an anomaly. Nearly 4,800 workers at the nuclear waste site were ordered to take...
  • Michael Moore launches TrumpiLeaks for ostensibly damaging Trump info

    06/06/2017 9:46:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    A.V. Club ^ | June 6, 2017 | Sean O'Neal
    The presidency of Donald Trump seems to have newly energized the man from whose mind it seems to have sprung, fully formed, as a nice broad target to take on in his august years, with Michael Moore already producing the films Michael Moore In TrumpLand and the upcoming Fahrenheit 11/9, directing the Trump-filled “Unf--- The World” clip for hip-hop supergroup Prophets Of Rage, and announcing the Broadway play The Terms Of My Surrender. But just in case documentaries, rap videos, and one-man shows aren’t enough to dissuade Trump’s supporters, Moore has another plan: He’s launched TrumpiLeaks, a website that encourages...
  • Prediction: On July 4, Trump Will Pardon Everyone, Dare Republicans to Hold Him Accountable (Laffer)

    06/05/2017 4:44:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | June 5, 2017 | Paul Abrams, Contributor
    The following paints a grim scenario. As you consider it, remember that sociopaths have no empathy. Thus, they have no gut feelings, no inner voice, to guide them about right or wrong, good or bad, wise or unwise. If you try to put yourself in Trump’s shoes, and conclude that you would never, could never, do such things, as a human being or as an American, you are using the wrong yardstick. Trump’s yardsticks are his own malignant narcissism first and Steve Bannon second. Rubles-to-doughnuts, Steve Bannon is painting this picture for Trump right now: With the appointment of Robert...
  • Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt, Bahrain cut ties to Qatar

    06/04/2017 10:18:49 PM PDT · by Rabin · 31 replies
    Aljazeera ^ | 4 June 2017 | Staff
    Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain cut relations with Qatar for supporting the Muslim Brotherhood. The Saudi-led Arab coalition fighting Yemen's Houthi rebels also expelled Qatar from its alliance because of Doha's practices of strengthen terrorism. Qatar has categorically denied supporting; Iran, Hamas, Hezbollah, and is confidant US President Donald Trump will not last in power.
  • Why Do They Hate Her? Hillary Clinton is the most maligned presidential loser in history.

    06/04/2017 12:56:39 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies
    The Politico Magazine ^ | June 3, 2017 | Joshua Zeitz, contributing editor
    On January 20, 1961, Richard Nixon retired from public life. After losing a painfully close race for the White House, the former vice president relocated his family to California—his home state and scene of so many early political triumphs, where he and his wife, Pat, now planned to build a handsome, four-bedroom ranch house in an exclusive subdivision in Bel Air. For the first time in his life, Nixon was earning real money—roughly $3 million annually in today’s dollars—as a lawyer, syndicated columnist and book author. So it gnawed at his ego when the Los Angeles Times ran a sensational...
  • Kerry: World laughing, crying at Trump on climate science Politics

    06/03/2017 9:06:55 PM PDT · by Rabin · 68 replies
    Tehran Times ^ | June 3, 2017 | Staff
    On Thursday, President Donald Trump announced that the U.S. would withdraw from the Paris climate agreement… The world is "laughing at the president of the United States, who clearly doesn't know what he's talking about," former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told CNN... "I would ask, does he think Xi, Macron, May, and Merkel, don't know? Are they stupid? Is he accusing them of joining on the hoax?". "This is one of the most cynical and frankly ignorant and dangerous, self-destructive steps that I've seen, ever, ever, ever in my entire lifetime and in public life," said the frantic,...