Monthly Archives: July 2013

Tunisia – Is There A Way Out From Permanent Bloodshed In The Middle East And North Africa? – If So, It Will Be Discovered In Tunisia – 30 July 2013

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-23496929 Tunisia could end up being very important in the potential resolution of the conflicts threatening the Arab Spring movement in the Middle East and North Africa. As I’ve noted here before, unlike the case in Egypt, a broad “second” … Continue reading

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US – Part Of A Response To Poverty Must Include Admitting That Poverty Is Now A Good Deal More Mainstream Than It Has Been – 29 July 2013

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/exclusive-4-5-us-face-near-poverty-no-work-0 This is one of those articles that you know right off the bat will be read different ways by different people. The headline-grabbing part of this article is the “4 out of 5 U.S. adults struggle with joblessness, near … Continue reading

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US – Mitt Romney – Responsibility Is Also Owning Up To What You Say – 29 July 2013

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/29/mitt-romney-47_n_3670600.html?ncid=txtlnkushpmg00000037 Oh, I’ll never convince him to take personal responsibility and care for what comes out of his mouth…

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Syria – Okay, Don’t Send Weapons – But Don’t Think You Can Avoid Dealing With The Refugees, Then – 28 July 2013

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jul/24/syria-refugee-crisis-world I wonder how critics of sending Western military aid to rebels in Syria propose to deal with the extent of the refugee crisis caused by hundreds of thousands people fleeing Syria? It is sufficiently unnerving to me that military … Continue reading

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US – Some Guy Named Jimmy Says America Has No Functioning Democracy – Since That’s The Case, I Refuse To Call Him “President Carter” – 28 July 2013

http://www.care2.com/causes/pres-carter-says-america-has-no-functioning-democracy.html _America_ has no functioning democracy?! Said someone who was elected President? Shall we start by invalidating your election, Jimmy? (Since America has no functioning democracy, I have no need to call you “President Carter” any longer. I mean, it … Continue reading

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US – Bradley Manning – Yes, He Was Naïve – That’s Kind Of The Point – 27 July 2013

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/wikileaks-source-bradley-manning-a-naive-whistleblower-not-a-traitor/story-e6frg6so-1226686742728 This is the defence argument? If the defence wins, I would consider that an absolute vindication of my own view of the matter. Of course, Bradley Manning was naïve! That’s really kind of the whole point. If he were … Continue reading

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Egypt – Syria – How Is Sending Syrians Back To Assad The Spirit Of The Arab Spring? – We Need To Take A Much Closer Look At Tahrir II If That’s What It’s All About – 25 July 2013

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jul/25/syrian-refugees-suffer-backlash-egypt Unbelievable. Syrian refugees come to Egypt, home of the Arab Spring, thinking that will be the one place where they would be safe from the madman running their own country, who declared war on his own people for having … Continue reading

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US – Anthony Weiner Controversy – Remember Gary Hart? He Turned Out Not To Have A Lot To Offer America – So Maybe Anthony Weiner Can Too – And He Doesn’t Have To Be An Elected Official To Do It, As Hart Showed – 25 July 2013

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/24/opinion/mr-weiner-and-the-elusive-truth.html?_r=0 Okay, here we go with this stuff again. It seems to be the topic that will never go away, no matter how hard I try to make it do so. Exactly what is it about Anthony Weiner’s personal life … Continue reading

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UK – Royalists Harmless You Say? – Explain Why Its Enthusiasts Wax So Rhapsodic About Sexism, Then – 24 July 2013

http://www.thenation.com/blog/175421/royal-pain#axzz2aV46QJ6h This is something worth saying about the 24/7 royal birth media frenzy…did anyone stop to think about how bad the British monarchy is in terms of being a conduit for sexism? Tina Brown on MSNBC’s Morning Joe: “Although there’s … Continue reading

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US – NSA – Snowden – Ask For All The Poll Information, Otherwise You May Draw The Wrong Conclusions – 24 July 2013

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/most-see-nsa-snooping-want-snowden-charged-with-crime/2013/07/23/054899c0-f407-11e2-9434-60440856fadf_graphic.html Always ask for _all_ the poll information. You might think, reading this headline from the Washington Post, that the main news story resulting from its recent poll is that most Americans are now freaked out by the NSA and … Continue reading

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