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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Pakistan has played an outsized role in America's strategy throughout the Afghan War. Since the U.S. invaded Afghanistan in October 2001, the United States has given more than $20 billion to Pakistan, mostly in military aid.

But the U.S.-Pakistan relationship has never been a straightforward alliance, and it's changed in recent years, particularly after the White House realized that Osama bin Laden had been hiding in Abbottabad, Pakistan for years.


Friday, May 16, 2014

Glenn Greenwald's new book, No Place to Hide, has brought plenty more Snowden leaks, and one document is particularly mind-blowing. The photo above shows an NSA team intercepting and bugging a Cisco router before it's sent to a customer who's been targeted for surveillance. In the document, an internal newsletter from June 2010, the chief of the NSA's Access and Target Development department explains the process of intercepting routers, servers and other internet hardware to install beacon implants, then resealing them and sending them on to targets.


Tuesday, May 13, 2014

The artist H.R. Giger, designer of the look of the monster in the Alien series of movies, died Monday in a hospital after suffering injuries in a fall, the administrator of his museum in Switzerland said. Giger was 74. Giger's works, often showing macabre scenes of humans and machines fused into hellish hybrids, influenced a generation of movie directors and inspired an enduring fashion for "biomechanical" tattoos. "My paintings seem to make the strongest impression on people who are, well, who are crazy," Giger said in a 1979 interview with Starlog magazine. "If they like my work they are creative ... or they are crazy."


Friday, May 02, 2014

Nintey days ago, President Obama ordered a review about internet privacy, data use and other concerns sparked by the NSA spying revelations. Following a public consultation, the report has now been released by White House counselor John Podesta. Though flawed -- there's no mention of NSA spying activities, for instance -- it's already being lauded by consumer advocacy groups. The 85-page document notes that while the mountains of data collected by government and corporations like Google and Apple are incredibly useful, much more needs to be done to protect civil rights. read more


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With some irony, I was pondering the wisdom of home schooling while driving this weekend. I say irony because cases like this would be exposed much much earlier if public schooling was mandatory. The reason I was thinking about it was an article and discussion on the melting pot effect and of immigrants of "integrating" into society.

In the end I think I am against both home schooling and private schools. It is for the best interests of society to insist on public secular schooling for many reasons. Certainly you can obtain a better education than in public schools by home schooling or private schooling. It is also certainly not guaranteed. The thing that bothers me most is the same people that make the rules for public schools then proceed to send their kids to private schools or home school.

Many of private schools today serve no purpose other than segregation and indoctrination and contribute to the continued trend toward poor quality educations from public schools. Basically - teach religious beliefs at home and teach facts in school. Every religion has their own flavor of "the facts", which is fine if you believe to teach them and disadvantage your children it is your option. (Just a simple example I have home schooling co-workers that actually believe the earth is not much over 4000 years old. I am sorry if you believe this...) In my mind society owes your children the opportunity to actually learn language, math and science so they can compete in marketplace for good jobs. It also benefits society for your children to mingle with other flavors of religion and learn to respect each other. I feel the direction we are going in this country with home schooling and religious schooling is toward intolerance and not for a harmonious society. As for other types of private schools it is a case of the rich get richer. It costs college tuition to get in (and the education is in general good) but it is again a prime example of it's not what you know but who you know.

Really? I thought what you said was pretty obfuscated to begin with.

What did you say? You stated some opinions but didn't back them at all.

Israel held back as Hamas continued to pound them - so you are right there was no ceasefire. It was a one sided attempt at it.

Israel apparently would like one as they ceased attacking while getting hit with at least 47 mostly ineffective rockets. So it isn't that BOTH sides want this. They know each other so well at this point Israel knows Hamas isn't ready to stop so they will continue to destroy everything as punishment of the Palestinian people. That isn't right in my book - but the Palestinians know it is coming and they allow it anyhow.

So the ludicrous comment about being "murdered out of existence" and genocide is based on what exactly? Are You saying Israelis are actively seeking out Palestinians to murder just and have been doing so because they are Palestinians and they plan to keep doing this just because they are Palestinian until none exist and that the actions of Hamas are somehow preventing this????? I mean correct me if I am wrong but wasn't it the murder of 3 teens by Hamas that triggered the start of this current conflict? Weren't the Israelis who reacted by killing a Palestinian teen caught and jailed by Israeli police? What happened to the Hamas members who killed the Israelis? Palestinian police catch them?

So what's the marketing ploy? Never understood that the whole comment is obfuse. Is the "marketing ploy" that Israel made an 'attempt' at stopping the violence while Hamas kept right on going? I guess I see it a bit like what is going on in the Ukraine. Unilateral Ceasefire? Well if the enemy keeps attacking you it's not much of a ceasefire... To ---- with it - pound them into the ground.

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