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Sunday, October 04, 2015

In August, The Intercept revealed that Alpha Natural Resources, one of the largest coal mining companies in America, has been secretly financing think tanks and political organizations that deny climate change. One of the people they funded, attorney Chris Horner, is well known for hounding climate scientists across the country.

The payments were exposed in the firm's bankruptcy filings last month.

On Monday, when I asked Kevin Crutchfield, the chief executive officer of Alpha Natural Resources, about his company's support for Horner and his aggressive investigations of climate scientists, he was unapologetic.

"It should come as no surprise to you that we support those with like-minded philosophies," Crutchfield said. read more

One Day After Warning Russia of Civilian Casualties, the U.S. Bombs a Hospital in Afghanistan

Yesterday afternoon, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power marched to Twitter to proclaim: "we call on Russia to immediately cease attacks on Syrian oppo[sition and] civilians." Along with that decree, she posted a statement from the U.S. and several of its closest authoritarian allies – including Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the UK – warning Russia that civilian casualties "will only fuel more extremism and radicalization."

Early this morning, in the Afghan city of Kunduz, the U.S. dropped bombs on a hospital run by Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)). The airstrike killed at least 9 of the hospital's medical staff, and seriously injured dozens of patients. "Among the dead was the Afghan head of the hospital, Abdul Sattar," reported The New York Times. read more

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Jenna McLaughlin, The Intercept: Despite promises to allow Guantanamo prisoners to speak more freely about their experiences there, the U.S. government is still blocking the release of over 100 pages of notes and diaries from torture victim Abu Zubaydah. The U.S. had for many years taken the position that the prisoners could not describe their own experiences of torture and confinement because those activities were classified. But in January, after the release of the Senate Intelligence Committee's torture report, the government changed its classification rules. In a brief filed in a military commission case, the government wrote that "general allegations of torture" minus specific details about the CIA agents involved or the location, were now unclassified. ... However, as [Zubaydah attorney Joe] Margulies first told Reuters, the government has responded with an almost blanket refusal: "We submitted 116 pages in 10 separate submissions. The government declared all of it classified." read more

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

"We've ended two wars." -- Barack Obama, July 21, 2015, at a DSCC fundraiser held at a "private residence"

"Now that we have ended two wars responsibly, and brought home hundreds of American troops, we salute this new generation of veterans." -- National Security Adviser Susan Rice, May 20, 2015

"His presidency makes a potentially great story: the first African-American in the White House, who helped the country recover from recession and ended two wars." -- Dominic Tierney, The Atlantic, January 15, 2015, "America Will Miss Obama When He's Gone"

Report from Airwars, August 2, 2015, detailing civilian deaths from continuous U.S.-led airstrikes in Iraq and Syria: read more

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Pope Francis on Thursday gently scolded Congress on a variety of issues, from immigration to foreign policy, but on one unexpected topic -- the weapons sales that fuel armed conflicts around the world -- he couldn't have been much more blunt. He was speaking about his determination "to minimize and, in the long term, to end the many armed conflicts throughout our world," when he said this: Here we have to ask ourselves: Why are deadly weapons being sold to those who plan to inflict untold suffering on individuals and society? Sadly, the answer, as we all know, is simply for money: money that is drenched in blood, often innocent blood. In the face of this shameful and culpable silence, it is our duty to confront the problem and to stop the arms trade. read more


--Over a solid decade of effort. We've VASTLY exceeded 'due diligence'. The locals are not interested in anything except some sort of gay killing, child raping Sharia.

--A solid decade of effort. We've VASTLY exceeded 'due diligence'. The locals insist on infighting. Plenty of imported muscle involved to 'help' with the infighting.

--Group effort by 'the west' to cut out support of government. Almost another Islamist disaster, but Egyptian military saved the day.

--Group effort by 'the west' to help take down government. Interestingly, Obama got enough push back from people who had learned about the pointless of helping Muslims, that he had to have the U.S. take a solid back seat, although still involved sadly. Results in Libya were predictable, just like in Syria.

--Group effort by 'the west' to help take down government. Interestingly, Obama got enough push back from people who had learned about the pointless of helping Muslims, that involvement has been minimal. Although actual Euro involvement is even less, even if they are even more anti-Assad than we are.
Probable results in Syria predictable.
If Assad wins, he will kill A LOT of people, than go back to business as usual.
If Islamists win (the ONLY other faction, even if not unified, and even fights itself), then even MORE people will be murdered, and the hell hole will be vastly worse than Assad.


Afghanistan = the American empire broke it on purpose, and is continuing to do so intentionally.

Egypt = American military coup.

Iraq = American imperial invasion.

Lybia = see Iraq

Syria = see Iraq by proxy.

Hope and change = fascist imperialism.

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