The Evening Blues - 12-23-15



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Pacific Gas & Electric - Are You Ready?

“If you think atomic explosions in Asia wouldn't affect Americans, consider this. A study published in Scientific American in 2010 looked at the probable impact of a "small" nuclear war, one in which India and Pakistan each dropped fifty atomic bombs. The scientists concluded that the explosions would ignite massive firestorms, sending enormous amounts of dust and smoke into the atmosphere. This would block some of the sun's light from reaching the earth, making the planet colder and darker - for about ten years. Farming would collapse, and people all over the globe would starve to death. And that's if only half of one percent of all the atomic bombs on earth were used.

In the end, this is a difficult story to sum up. The making of the atomic bomb is one of history's most amazing examples of teamwork and genius and poise under pressure. But it's also the story of how humans created a weapon capable of wiping our species off the planet. It's a story with no end in sight.

And, like it or not, you're in it.”

-- Steve Sheinkin


News and Opinion

U.S. Cold War Nuclear Target Lists Declassified for First Time

Plans to Target People (“Population”) Violated International Legal Norms

The SAC [Strategic Air Command] Atomic Weapons Requirements Study for 1959, produced in June 1956 and published today for the first time by the National Security Archive, provides the most comprehensive and detailed list of nuclear targets and target systems that has ever been declassified. As far as can be told, no comparable document has ever been declassified for any period of Cold War history.

The SAC study includes chilling details. According to its authors, their target priorities and nuclear bombing tactics would expose nearby civilians and “friendly forces and people” to high levels of deadly radioactive fallout. Moreover, the authors developed a plan for the “systematic destruction” of Soviet bloc urban-industrial targets that specifically and explicitly targeted “population” in all cities, including Beijing, Moscow, Leningrad, East Berlin, and Warsaw. Purposefully targeting civilian populations as such directly conflicted with the international norms of the day, which prohibited attacks on people per se (as opposed to military installations with civilians nearby). ...

The SAC document includes lists of more than 1100 airfields in the Soviet bloc, with a priority number assigned to each base. With the Soviet bomber force as the highest priority for nuclear targeting (this was before the age of ICBMs), SAC assigned priority one and two to Bykhov and Orsha airfields, both located in Belorussia. At both bases, the Soviet Air Force deployed medium-range Badger (TU-16) bombers, which would have posed a threat to NATO allies and U.S. forces in Western Europe.

A second list was of urban-industrial areas identified for “systematic destruction.” SAC listed over 1200 cities in the Soviet bloc, from East Germany to China, also with priorities established. Moscow and Leningrad were priority one and two respectively. Moscow included 179 Designated Ground Zeros (DGZs) while Leningrad had 145, including “population” targets. In both cities, SAC identified air power installations, such as Soviet Air Force command centers, which it would have devastated with thermonuclear weapons early in the war.

According to the study, SAC would have targeted Air Power targets with bombs ranging from 1.7 to 9 megatons. Exploding them at ground level, as planned, would have produced significant fallout hazards to nearby civilians. SAC also wanted a 60 megaton weapon which it believed necessary for deterrence, but also because it would produce “significant results” in the event of a Soviet surprise attack. One megaton would be 70 times the explosive yield of the bomb that destroyed Hiroshima.

It looks like "international norms" against attacks on civilian populations are still something that the US and its military believes are to be upheld by other (less exceptional) militias.

Officials Seek to Ditch Restrictions on Bombing Targets in Syria

Pentagon and White House officials continue to try to present the ongoing ISIS war as being conducted with excessive care, attributing the lack of admitted civilian casualties to this. Of course, rights groups have reported large civilian casualties in several US airstrikes, but the Pentagon has simply refused to admit it.

Either way, there are growing calls, particularly from the military, to ratchet up the strikes in Syria, and ditch the efforts to be precise in the name of escalation, a move that would then justify a further increase of civilian casualties that would be even harder to deny. ...

The US had actually ditched a lot of the restrictions meant to avoid civilian casualties in Iraq and Syria years ago, however, and has been targeting civilian infrastructure ever since.

Secret Norwegian Government Report Confirms Turkey Helping ISIS Sell Its Oil

A new “secret” report [has been] prepared on behalf of the Norwegian foreign ministry by Rystad Energy. According to Dagens Næringsliv (translated), the report shows that “large quantities of oil have been smuggled across the border to Turkey from IS-controlled areas in Syria and Iraq.” The “oil is sent by tankers via smuggling routes across the border [and] is sold at greatly reduced prices, from 25 to 45 dollars a barrel,” the report says.

Dagens Næringsliv goes on to implicate the same network of traffickers who helped Saddam avoid international sanctions, in helping ISIS export crude and import cash.

Turkey: Mounting Security Operation Deaths

Kurdish civilians, including women, children and elderly residents, have been killed during security operations and armed clashes since July 2015 in southeastern Turkey. Local human rights groups have recorded well over 100 civilian deaths and multiple injuries. After unprecedented military deployments to the region in recent days, several cities are under curfew and some of their neighborhoods the scenes of shelling by the military and heavy clashes with armed Kurdish groups. The civilian death toll is likely to rise steeply in the coming days.

Human Rights Watch focused on police and military operations during three extended curfews in September and November, documenting 15 of the killings of civilians in detail through interviews with relatives and witnesses as well as the accounts of eight civilians injured with gunshot wounds and shrapnel, and three cases of serious ill-treatment in detention. Wounded people have been denied access to medical treatment. The populations of entire neighborhoods have had their water and electricity cut during state-imposed curfews and have been left without access to food. Many have fled their homes to escape fighting.

“The Turkish government should rein in its security forces, immediately stop the abusive and disproportionate use of force, and investigate the deaths and injuries caused by its operations,” said Emma Sinclair-Webb, senior Turkey researcher at Human Rights Watch. “To ignore or cover up what’s happening to the region’s Kurdish population would only confirm the widely held belief in the southeast that when it comes to police and military operations against Kurdish armed groups, there are no limits – there is no law.”

Witnesses told Human Rights Watch that security forces repeatedly opened fire on anyone on the streets or who left their homes, failing to distinguish between people who were armed and those who weren’t and making no assessment of the threat an individual posed or the necessity of using lethal force.

Kurds brave gunfire to get to the grocery store

Syria’s Kurds Have Nearly Tripled Their Territory Fighting the Islamic State in 2015

Amid the chaos in Syria, the country's Kurds have managed to resist the advances of the Islamic State and carve out a zone of unprecedented autonomy in their own lands.

Over the past year, the YPG Kurdish militia beat back the Islamic State (IS) and nearly tripled the size of Kurdish-controlled territory in Northern Syria, all the while helping shrink the size of the IS caliphate by around 14 percent.

That's according to a new report by the IHS Jane's, a private intelligence company that analyzes international security issues, and has been tracking the ground war in Syria.

As a result, the Kurds are essentially in control of their own mini-state — which they call Rojava — that runs across the Turkish-Syrian border. Administered by the Democratic Union Party (PYD) the political arm of the YPG, the government in Rojava has reached an understanding with the Assad regime that allows the Kurds to govern their own territory, while beating back IS from the borders.
"The Kurds have had autonomy thrust upon them," explained Michael Gunter, a professor of political science at Tennessee Tech University, and the author of Out of Nowhere: The Kurds of Syria in Peace and War, a recent study of Kurdish politics in Syria. "There's no way they will go back to a subservient position of not controlling their own lands anytime in the future."

New ISIS Radio Station Fuels Fear of Their Growth in Eastern Afghanistan

For most people, the impression of ISIS’ scope in Afghanistan is a purely theoretical thing, to be determined from Pentagon reports of them achieving “operational” status, or local reports of them fighting Taliban leaders over rural territory. For people in Jalalabad, the signs of growing ISIS influence are as close as their radio.

Over the past week, ISIS has begun broadcasting “caliphate radio” which can be picked up in and around the eastern city, admonishing locals to reject the “infidel government” and to avoid interaction with all non-Muslims.

Evolution of US position on Assad's role in Syria

White House Schizophrenia – Kerry: ‘Assad Can Stay’; Obama: ‘Assad Must Go’

Just three days ago, emerging from Moscow meetings with Russian foreign minister Lavrov and president Putin, US Secretary of State John Kerry signaled a major shift in US foreign policy toward Syria. “The United States and our partners are not seeking so-called regime change,” he told the media. The media rightly reported the apparent US about-face as, “Assad can stay.”

The shift was seen as paving the way for the adoption of a UN Security Council Resolution calling for a ceasefire and political solution to the nearly five-year old brutal war in Syria. ...

But then President Obama opened his mouth at his end-of-year press conference this afternoon and hung his Secretary of State and entire foreign policy apparatus out to dry.

No, Obama decided this afternoon, Assad cannot stay. Assad must go.

Humanitarian Pandora Samantha Power is immune to irony.

UN Says the US-backed Saudi Campaign in Yemen Has Disproportionately Targeted Civilians

Two days after peace talks adjourned with little sign of progress, the UN's human rights chief told Security Council members on Tuesday that an inordinately high percentage of attacks on civilians in Yemen's 9-month civil war can be attributed to a Saudi-led and US-backed coalition fighting there.

According to figures presented by High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al Hussein at the council's first open session on the conflict, more than 2,700 civilians have been killed, and more than 5,300 injured since late March, when Riyadh's coalition began bombing Yemen.

"I have observed with extreme concern the continuation of heavy shelling from the ground and the air in areas with high concentration of civilians as well as the perpetuation of the destruction of civilian infrastructure — in particular hospitals and schools — by all parties in the conflict," Zeid told the council. He added, however, that "a disproportionate amount appeared to be the result of airstrikes carried out by Coalition forces." ...

For the US, and Samantha Power, the war and their initially blanket support of the Saudi coalition has in recent months come under heavy criticism from human rights groups. Not a month goes by without reports from the likes of Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International implicating the US, as well as the UK, in arms sales to the Saudis -— and in the case of Washington, directly offering services to Riyadh without which the coalition would likely falter. Saudi strikes, say both groups, have been directly tied to hundreds of civilian deaths, and could constitute war crimes. ...

All this makes for an awkward spectacle at the UN, where Power was able to conclude her remarks on Tuesday by saying "the parties have a chance to end the conflict, and the United States joins the other members of this Security Council in urging them to do so," — evidently not considering her own government's role in the war.

Researchers Solve Juniper Backdoor Mystery; Signs Point to NSA

Security researchers believe they have finally solved the mystery around how a sophisticated backdoor embedded in Juniper firewalls works. Juniper Networks, a tech giant that produces networking equipment used by an array of corporate and government systems, announced on Thursday that it had discovered two unauthorized backdoors in its firewalls, including one that allows the attackers to decrypt protected traffic passing through Juniper’s devices.

The researchers’ findings suggest that the NSA may be responsible for that backdoor, at least indirectly. Even if the NSA did not plant the backdoor in the company’s source code, the spy agency may in fact be indirectly responsible for it by having created weaknesses the attackers exploited.

Evidence uncovered by Ralf-Philipp Weinmann, founder and CEO of Comsecuris, a security consultancy in Germany, suggests that the Juniper culprits repurposed an encryption backdoor previously believed to have been engineered by the NSA, and tweaked it to use for their own spying purposes. Weinmann reported his findings in an extensive post published late Monday.

, a pseudo-random number generator that Juniper uses to encrypt traffic passing through the VPN in its NetScreen firewalls. But in addition to these inherent weaknesses, the attackers also relied on a mistake Juniper apparently made in configuring the VPN encryption scheme in its NetScreen devices, according to Weinmann and other cryptographers who examined the issue. This made it possible for the culprits to pull off their attack. ...

Although the party behind the Juniper backdoor could be the NSA or an NSA spying partner like the UK or Israel, news reports last week quoted unnamed US officials saying they don’t believe the US intelligence community is behind it, and that the FBI is investigating the issue. Other possible culprits behind the sophisticated attack, of course, could be Russia or China.

If someone other than the US did plant the backdoor, security experts say the attack on Juniper firewalls underscores precisely why they have been saying for a long time that government backdoors in systems are a bad idea—because they can be hijacked and repurposed by other parties.

Apple's Tim Cook defends encryption. When will other tech CEOs do so?

It seems everywhere he goes these days, Apple CEO Tim Cook is out there forcefully and publicly defending his company’s decision to provide iPhone users with end-to-end text messaging and FaceTime encryption to protect against the constant threat of criminal hackers and foreign governments. The question is: when will other tech company leaders follow his lead?

If we’re going to avoid having a horrible law banning encryption passed in the next year, more of the tech company giants’ high-profile representatives – the Mark Zuckerbergs, Marissa Mayers and Eric Schmidts – need to use their platforms as the world’s most well-known technology chiefs to make crystal clear how important encryption is to users everywhere. ...

Unfortunately, Cook is badly outnumbered by an onslaught of ignorant politicians making misleading and false statements about how encryption works and why we should ban it. ...

But this is much more than an engineering fight – it’s a political one where public opinion is crucial. And if the CEOs of these tech companies and their highest-profile representatives aren’t out there every day loudly fighting for our right to encryption where millions of people can hear them, then it’s quite likely we might wake up one day and find that the US or UK has passed some awful bill, which will only encourage China to do the same – and very soon half the world may try to outlaw encryption in some way, shape or form.

Error 451: A New Dystopian Internet Code With a Very Important Meaning

A new internet code inspired by the dystopian writings of Ray Bradbury aims to let users know when websites are unavailable because they have been censored by the state—Error Code 451.

The Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG), a global body which reviews internet standards, on Monday approved the XML specification, which can be used to alert users when requested content has been blocked by "legal obstacles," typically government censorship. Tim Bray, a former Google engineer and co-author of the code, suggested the term in 2012 as a reference to Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451, a 1953 novel in which books are outlawed and burned—an allegory for state suppression of free speech.

Black Lives Matter organizers to protest at Mall of America despite judge's order

Organizers expect to draw hundreds of protesters at the Minneapolis mall on the day before Christmas Eve, to draw attention to the police shooting of Jamar Clark, a black man who died the day after he was shot in the north of the city.

Organizers expect to draw hundreds of protesters at the Minneapolis mall on the day before Christmas Eve, to draw attention to the police shooting of Jamar Clark, a black man who died the day after he was shot in the north of the city.

Earlier this week, the mall sought a court order blocking the planned protest. On Tuesday, a judge barred three organizers from attending the demonstration but said she doesn’t have the power to prevent others from showing up to demonstrate. The privately owned mall had sought to block the entire Black Lives Matter group from protesting, saying the action would result in lost sales.

“The court does not have a sufficient basis to issue an injunction as to Black Lives Matters or to unidentified persons who may be acting as its agents or in active concert with the Black Lives Matters movement,” Hennepin County district court judge Karen Janisch wrote.

The judge also denied the mall’s request to order the organizers to remove posts about the protest from social media and to alert followers that the demonstration had been canceled. The organizers’ attorney argued during a Monday hearing that those demands were clearly unconstitutional.

Free Speech Not Allowed? Mall of America Can't Stop Black Lives Matter Rally over Jamar Clark Death

The US Stopped a British Muslim Family From Visiting Disneyland — With No Explanation

A British family on their way to Disneyland were barred by US officials from boarding a plane at London's Gatwick airport and removed from the airport.

The news that the family of 11 was removed with no explanation and no refund for tickets costing more than $13,000 has sparked accusations of Islamophobia and calls for the UK prime minister to step in.

The group had been granted the travel authorization required for all British citizens to travel to the US ahead of a planned trip to visit family and theme parks in southern California.

But while they were waiting in the departure lounge — and after they had checked in — US Department of Homeland Security officials told them they would not be allowed to travel, while providing no explanation as to why.

Mohammad Tariq Mahmood, one of the family members who was turned away, told the Guardian the reason it happened was "obvious." "It's because of the attacks on America — they think every Muslim poses a threat," he said.

Didn't somebody tell Obama that the propaganda is a feature, not a bug? How else are we to preserve the purity of Disneyland?

Obama Is Right: Terrorism Has Taken Over Cable News

In an interview with NPR this week, President Obama complained that the media is oversaturated with coverage of terrorism.

The Intercept analyzed network news coverage of various topics, using Internet Archive’s TV News Archive search of television captions, and found that terrorism did dominate news. ... A search of CNN coverage between November 21 and December 21 of this year yielded 427 hits (instances where an individual show mentioned the word at least once) for the search phrase “terrorism” and 404 hits for “ISIS”; the same search for “poverty” yielded only 34 hits.

Kim Dotcom's Extradition to the US Has Now Been Cleared by a Judge

German tech entrepreneur Kim Dotcom has lost a bid to block his extradition from New Zealand to the United States to face charges including copyright infringement and money laundering — a major victory for the US Department of Justice in the long-running case.

The decision on Wednesday by a New Zealand court comes almost four years after police raided Dotcom's mansion west of Auckland at the behest of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation and shut down his popular file-sharing website, Megaupload.

"I'm disappointed," Dotcom told reporters as he left the court, promising to fight the ruling and wishing onlookers a Merry Christmas.

The US has stopped a British Muslim family from going on holiday – we can’t look the other way

As a young girl I dreamed of going to Disneyland. Like many of my friends I hoped to one day visit places I’d only seen on television shows and in films. That’s why when I heard from a family of 11 from my Walthamstow constituency whose holiday to LA had had to be abandoned, my first thought was for their kids. How long they had watched their parents save for the trip; how excited they must have felt telling their friends they would see Mickey Mouse, and how upset they must have been at Gatwick airport to watch their dad being taken aside by officials and told that their right to travel was being revoked. Instead of heading to Universal Studios for two weeks of fun, they were told to go back home and unpack.

This is more than a sad consumer affairs story about missed gate numbers or paperwork problems. The official who stopped them was from the US Department of Homeland Security – and in the ensuing furore other local residents have come forward to say that they, too, have been summarily refused entry to America.

What is the one thing these stories have in common? Religion. A growing number of UK Muslim citizens say they have been similarly treated. This raises troubling questions well beyond how to diffuse the heartache of small children unable to meet Elsa from Frozen. Indeed, if the US thinks it has good grounds for stopping people going there, we cannot be contented that the UK does not take any action to follow this up here.

Will Sandra Bland Get Justice? Family Speaks Out After Grand Jury Won't Indict in Her Death

As Commondreams' headline for this story states, "Nothing says `Happy Holidays' like an illegal occupation."

Israeli ambassador to US sends festive presents from occupied territories

Ron Dermer sends holiday gifts sourced in the occupied territories in order to combat the boycott, divestments and sanctions (BDS) campaign

Holiday gifts from the Israeli embassy in the United States this year will be deliberately sourced from settlements in the occupied territories of the West Bank and Golan Heights, the country’s US ambassador has announced.

Ron Dermer said in a letter posted to social media on Tuesday that the gesture was intended to combat the boycott, divestments and sanctions (BDS) campaign, which he described as “the latest effort by Israel’s enemies to destroy the one and only Jewish state”. ...

Dermer, who formerly worked for US Republicans, has been a controversial figure in Washington since he took up the ambassador’s post in 2013.

Private Prison Exec Waves Off Criminal Justice Reform, Predicts More Profits

A senior executive with the second-largest for-profit prison company in America assured investment bankers last summer that despite talk of drug policy and criminal justice reform, the country will continue to “attract crime,” generating new “correctional needs.”

“The reality is, we are a very affluent country, we have loose borders, and we have a bad education system,” said Shayn March, the vice president and treasurer of the Geo Group. “And all that adds up to a significant amount of correctional needs, which, thankfully, we’ve been able to help the country out with and states with by providing a lower cost solution.”



the horse race



In blockbuster poll, Sanders destroys Trump by 13 points

Stop the presses! According to a new poll by Quinnipiac University on Tuesday, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) destroys Republican candidate Donald Trump in a general election by 13 percentage points. In this new poll, Sanders has 51 percent to Trump's 38 percent. If this margin held in a general election, Democrats would almost certainly regain control of the United States Senate and very possibly the House of Representatives. ...

It is noteworthy that in this Quinnipiac poll, Sanders runs so much stronger than Clinton against Trump. It is also noteworthy and important that both Sanders and Clinton run so far ahead of Trump in general election match-up polling. And it is profoundly important and revealing that Sanders would defeat Trump by such a huge margin — 13 points in this poll — that analysts would be talking about a national political realignment and new progressive era in American history if an enlightened candidate such as Sanders would defeat a retrograde race-baiting candidate such as Trump by a potentially epic and historic margin.

What Influence Does Wall Street Have Over Candidates Clinton and Sanders?

NOOR: And Bill, I wanted to ask you one last quick question. You know, one of the criticisms that the Sanders campaign has received is that with a Republican-controlled Congress, you know, what he's--even if he's elected, how much of this, how much of these policies can he push, you know, how much of these policies can he get passed? And it's likely that if Obama can't pass, won't pass Glass-Steagall through this Congress--or I guess he didn't even want to. But the question is, what unilateral action can Sanders take to rein the banks in?

BLACK: Okay. So there's a 100 percent failure rate if you don't try.

NOOR: Right. Exactly.

BLACK: And that's what Obama did, and that's what Hillary Clinton [is] promising to do. You can bring back much of Glass-Steagall by regulation. And Bernie Sanders is the only candidate, period, from any party that is pledged to do that. The other thing is simply the too big to fail banks and Hillary Clinton wants to keep them, and Senator Sanders says this is insane. We are rolling dice. I mean, the definition of one of these banks is when, not if, when the next one fails, it will likely cause a global financial crisis.

So why not shrink them to the point where they no longer pose a global crisis when they fail? We know that when you make them this big they get another implicit federal subsidy, which makes life bad, and we know that they make true democracy impossible for the reasons we've talked about earlier, in terms of the inevitable political power when you allow entities to become this large. So that's the other major difference.



the evening greens


More Than Exxon: Big Oil Companies for Years Shared Damning Climate Research

It wasn't just Exxon that knew fossil fuels were cooking the planet.

New investigative reporting by Neela Banerjee with Inside Climate News revealed on Tuesday that scientists and engineers from nearly every major U.S. and multinational oil and gas company may have for decades known about the impacts of carbon emissions on the climate.

Between 1979 and 1983, the American Petroleum Institute (API), the industry's most powerful lobby group, ran a task force for fossil fuel companies to "monitor and share climate research," according to internal documents obtained by Inside Climate News.

According to the reporting:

Like Exxon, the companies also expressed a willingness to understand the links between their product, greater CO2 concentrations and the climate, the papers reveal. Some corporations ran their own research units as well, although they were smaller and less ambitious than Exxon's and focused on climate modeling, said James J. Nelson, the former director of the task force. 

"It was a fact-finding task force," Nelson said in an interview. "We wanted to look at emerging science, the implications of it and where improvements could be made, if possible, to reduce emissions."

The 'CO2 and Climate Task Force,' which changed in 1980 its name to the 'Climate and Energy Task Force,' included researchers from Exxon, Mobil, Chevron, Amoco, Phillips, Texaco, Shell, Sunoco, and Sohio, among others.

Maryland accused of race discrimination over scrapping of Baltimore rail project

Republican Governor Larry Hogan faces a civil rights lawsuit after axing plans for a light rail line serving African American areas and switching funds to roads in the suburbs

Civil rights groups are alleging Maryland violated federal discrimination laws when it canceled plans for a long-considered Baltimore transit line that would have benefited predominantly African American neighborhoods.

In a Title VI civil rights complaint filed this week against Maryland, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund (LDF) charges that the decision by the Republican governor, Larry Hogan, to eliminate the plans for an east-west light rail line in Baltimore – and transfer the state funds slated for it to road projects in largely white suburban and rural parts of the state – discriminates against the city’s black residents.

“Maryland’s cancellation of the Red Line is the latest chapter in a long history of racially discriminatory decisions regarding the allocation of transportation and housing resources in the state,” said the complaint, filed with the US Department of Transportation on behalf of a coalition of civil rights groups and the African American residents of Baltimore.

A transportation economist cited in the complaint found that the switch from a subway line to the new highways initiative would cost African Americans $19m in user benefits by 2030, while white Maryland residents will gain more than $35m in user benefits during that period.

Wind Energy Is Actually Booming in the US. You Just Have to Look for It.

The amount of electricity generated from wind-powered turbines reached new heights in 2015, buoyed by plummeting costs, according to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), the industry's leading trade group. And that's good for prospects of transitioning the nation away from the fossil fuels that cause air pollution and contribute to climate change.

Wind now accounts for 70 gigawatts of the nation's generation capacity, which is enough to power 19 million households. Fifty thousand turbines are now in operation in the United States and costs have dropped 66 percent in the last six years. ...

Wind energy contributes as much as 5 percent of the nation's electrical supply and Hunt pointed to the number of jobs that the industry supports in manufacturing, construction, development, and operations.

"At the end of 2014, we found that the wind industry was recording 73,000 jobs across 50 states," Hannah Hunt, a senior research analyst at AWEA, said.


Also of Interest

Here are some articles of interest, some which defied fair-use abstraction.

Federal Court Gives Blessing to Cross-Border Tar Sands Pipeline Expansion

Your Business Been Hacked? Thanks NSA!

Challenging US Overseas Military Bases

U.S. Officials Warned of Mali Terror Strike Prior to November Attack

What really happened to the U.S. train-and-equip program in Syria?

Joint Chiefs Worked To Undermine ‘Special Relationship’ with Al Qaeda in Syria

A Call for Proof on Syria-Sarin Attack

Clinton Lies (Again)

I was locked up because I went to a Texas national park without my papers


A Little Night Music

Pacific Gas and Electric - Stormy Times

Pacific Gas and Electric - Motor City's Burning

Pacific Gas And Electric - Staggolee

Pacific Gas and Electric - Wade In The Water

Pacific Gas And Electric - She's Long And She's Tall

Pacific Gas And Electric - Heat Wave

Pacific Gas & Electric - Dirty Mistreater

Pacific Gas & Electric - The Hunter

Pacific Gas and Electric - Jelly Jelly

Pacific Gas and Electric - Long Handled Shovel



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A member of the Syrian parliament said on a recent visit to Erbil that Syria’s Kurdish YPG forces, which currently control their own self-declared and semi-autonomous enclave, have no future in the country.

Sharif Shahada, who has close relations with Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime, told Rudaw that Kurdish efforts to break away from Syria will not succeed, because Damascus is unlikely to allow a possible Kurdish state on its soil.

“Neither the YPG or the PKK have any place in (the future) Syria,” said Shahada. ”If Kurds really plan to create a state inside Syria, let me be clear: it won’t happen,” he added.

Meanwhile in reality

Regime fighters exchanged fire with Kurdish forces on Wednesday in northeastern Syria in a rare clash between the two sides, which usually collaborate in the fight against jihadists.
The Syrian Kurdish internal security service, known as the Asayish, said tensions erupted late Tuesday when a drunk regime fighter began shooting at Kurdish traffic police in the city of Qamishli.

He was arrested along with nine other pro-regime fighters, it said.

But when the National Defence Forces, a pro-regime militia, arrested two Asayish members early Wednesday, "a clash took place between the two sides," it said.

Almost forgotten

Ever since they took up arms against the Damascus regime in 2011, the villagers of Jabal Akrad near Latakia in northwestern Syria have been fighting for survival.

But that is getting harder, now that Russian planes and helicopters have joined the war on the side of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, said Firas al-Omar, a Syrian Kurd who leads 200 rebels on Jabal Akrad – or the Mountain of Kurds.

“The Russians drop cluster bombs that destroy an entire village or area,” Omar said this week in Erbil, where he came to talk to the media and convey his people’s cry for help against the relentless Russian air raids.

“We know the difference between Syrian and Russian bombing patterns,” he claimed, moving his hands in the air like an airplane.

“The Syrian planes fly low and often drop barrel bombs. But the Russian jets fly very high and are invisible, and their helicopters fly almost at ground level.”

This Kurdish fighter said that the people of 64 villages have taken up arms against the Syrian regime since the start of the war, which is now in its fifth year. But they are isolated on a range of mountains and under constant attack from government forces, Russian jets and the Shiite Hezbollah militia.

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i think that it is a fair bet that when this current conflagration is over and the lines are redrawn (and i'm pretty sure that this is a line-changing event), the kurds will be screwed again. everybody wants them to (selflessly) fight for their cause, but nobody wants to cede them land.

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... and Kurds will be stateless.

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The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself. - Friedrich Nietzsche -

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The Cruz "rise" is pretty much a "maybe this guy" sort of thing and the chart shows that Cruz' numbers are lower than Carson's peak. It'd be interesting to see how many Carson abandoners are going to Cruz. The ex-Carsonites are probably splitting between Cruz and Trump. The Rubio dip is meaningless at this point, just a couple of points.

As for Trump, this stupid "schlong" thing is a problem. Democrats will think he's insulting Hillary (he is) and Republicans will remember he's from New York which can't be good for him.

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and headlines about Trump pulling ahead, tempt me to call Trump a habitual self stimulator.

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The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself. - Friedrich Nietzsche -

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Nellie the Elephant packed her trunk
And said goodbye to the circus
Off she went with a trumpety-trump
Trump, Trump, Trump

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I heard the Sierra is getting a couple of feet of snow!

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The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself. - Friedrich Nietzsche -

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There are predictions that the backwoods of Lake County, California might also get some snow on Christmas Eve.

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Crime is rising, home prices are falling and food banks are overwhelmed in Calgary as job losses spread. And the worst isn’t yet over in the heart of Canada’s oil patch.

Some of the city’s largest employers are poised to cut more jobs in 2016 as they reduce spending for a second straight year, adding to an estimated 40,000 oil and natural gas positions lost across the nation since the crude price rout began 18 months ago.

“We all know someone who has lost a job,” Naheed Nenshi, the city’s mayor, said in a speech this month, lamenting the “funeral"-like atmosphere in the business community.

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I never realized what a seriously angry racist BBB is until your diary. He is no different than the Trump supporters. His target is just different. lol - jesus gets to decide who gets to hate. Merry Christmas gjohnsit.

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"Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

It helps if you know who you are talking to. Read the comments in Kos' diary.

http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2015/12/21/1461170/-I-was-a-lucky-one-ac...

Here is where BBB starts.
http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2015/12/21/1461170/-I-was-a-lucky-one-ac...

I am going to bed.

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We built SB Nation around the same idea of Daily Kos—the importance of building community around a partisan topic, in this case, teams. Democrats vs Republicans wasn’t much different than Chicago Cubs vs St Louis Cardinals. Or Boston Red Sox vs New York Yankees.

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doary. That diary including its comment is shock full of and oozing out "meaning" all over the place, worth a study in a decade or so. That's why I twittered it. To find it back one day.

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I guess he was drunk or high on drugs. Haven't seen him that badly commenting. The place has become a joke when it comes to "community self-censoring" efforts.

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one of these categories:

They can vote. I respect their right to vote. They can go vote for the goddamn Klan for all I care. That’s their ilk anyway. But I’m not going to try and make nice with a bunch of bigots, gun-nuts, white supremacists, and pampered ‘bros.’ And I’m certainly not going to turn on Hillary Clinton because they don’t like her. Their not liking her makes me like her a A LOT.

Pampered bros - sound familiar??? "white liberals" are in the same class as the Klan, bigots, gun-nuts, and white supremacists. gjohnsit did point out BBB sounded like he belonged at a Trump rally. "pampered bros" from one of the guns in the Kos thread talking about their Teslas, retro-fitted mansions, and lord knows what else.

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DKOS as a front-pager. Libya comes to mind. And he had a funny writing style too which I enjoyed. But once Ghadaffi was murdered, he changed tune & was vowed about how short & swift Obomba was. And then came the smearing of OWS - supposedly some Bircher was present along with OWS-ers at a protest in Harlem at a venue where Obomba was speaking inside. He tarred the whole movement because of one bircher. That diary got many recommends including from Meteor Blades. That was it. And then it was rapid downhill.

Something about MB - when he was the moderator he was squishy. He came down hard on badabing when she posted a racist video by mistake. she used to hard-hitting posts esp on O's wall street coddling policies and the O-pologists just pounced on this one and got her banned. But when O-pologists cry "racism" for legitimate policy criticisms, I didn't see him rein them in. Finally Kos came down hard and banned a bunch of those O-pologists when he substituted for MB briefly as moderator and this after warning them . Those bunch called for a boycott of DKOS for a week or 10 days IIRC but it didn't make a difference. Credit where credit is due - to Kos. For once.

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history of reading all of it and seem to be "in the know", I am supposed to have read a lot (at least it felt to me that way), but I read very selectively and missed tons of stuff, even the EB, believe it or not. I don't know those details, I think a lot of stuff I didn't and often still don't understand and usually had no time to research or learn later on (for me sarcasm and "cool" slangy comments, or jokes, are hardest to understand and I also have low political and historical knowledge and a low ceiling with regards how much I can absorb), a lot of stuff didn't interest me and other things rubbed me in the wrong way. I also scanned more than did real reading, I worked in an environment, where I could scan the material, but not really absorb it and reread to get a better understanding of the issues. I don't even remember BBB was a frontpager. It's only since the whole thingy of Obama rocks/sucks and Hillary rocks/sucks and since I read more of the writers from the Blackkos community, that I started to realize BBB as being "different" and some other stuff I never realized in the first years.

I remember Meteor Blades as a moderator and found he did a pretty good job to be fair, later I saw different things in his way as to what he commented on and as to what he did not. I understand what you are saying about O-pologists cry "racism" and it be tolerated or better, people who didn't believe it was "racism" got pretty heavily manipulated.

I kind of don't care much about how someone voices his criticism or opinions. Discussions about racism and sexism get a bit on my nerves. What can I say, I experienced racism in my life (several kinds of racism) and am pretty selective in my view points about it. Obviously a lot of stuff gets on my nerves. Usually I try to not get drawn into it, but I still have read there for a long time. Til I didn't. It's over. I don't need most of the discussions about racism the way they are done on the gos. But I enjoy all the diaries that are highly educative with regards to race relations and its history in the US, be it Afro-American, American Indian or other ethnic minorities related. I would need many more diaries about Latin America and its historical relations to the US, as my educational knowledge on those are nil.

It's obvious I don't come from your country and have a different cultural background and upbringing and different exposures in my adult life than most Americans. My sensibilities are probably on other issues than for many on the gos. I don't want to say really what I think about some famous people's political opinions on the gos. I changed from fan status for some to "you are a mean idiot" status for others to "gosh, can't you all be silent for a while" for quite a bunch. Some diaries I loved to read just for their own "chatting along enjoyment". Who cares, I am glad, if I can read lists like the EB and basically articles that are so clearly written that I understand them, if I concentrate on them. That's basically all I want and I learn here more and find other places from here to somewhere else. That is really helpful and interesting for me. I start to go on my own to other places, which I didn't do years ago. That's thanks to what I am exposed to through the EBs. And I always find people with tons of knowledge about things I have no clue about. That makes it really fun.

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Quick to judge and anger. Slow to understand.
Convinced that her opponents have roughly the same experiences as her, and simply holds very different values.

This quote is for BBB:
"It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so."
- Mark Twain

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like much about the anonymous blog community.

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if it could cause us to go extinct then you know we'd doom others too. The idea that a "small atomic war" would be exploding 50 (!) a-bombs is terrifying, not just because that's 48 more than World War II but because it allows us to imagine a large atomic war with thousands of those bombs. In such a war each major target would have multiple mushroom clouds. Eight? Ten? Twenty? Then it'd be back to the Stone Age for any survivors...if there are any.

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sure it would, but, obama says that we have to spend a trillion dollars to "modernize" our nuclear arsenal so that we can win.

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just wow

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My next two days are so focused on food, I feel like I will have to roll everywhere I go.

Hope you all have a safe and happy holiday.

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it's supposed to reach the 70's here tomorrow, if the rain holds off, perhaps we'll have christmas dinner on the picnic table this year. they say we might get some seasonably cool weather by the end of next week.

have a great holiday! i expect to be pretty busy over the next couple days with family, so i'll be scarce and the next couple nights will be music-only ebs.

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close to seasonal (slightly warmer) weather here in MN.

One thing I have noticed here is if there is an unseasonal weather pattern, crazy weather soon makes up for it. Guess it is the "correction".

Safe, happy holidays to all c99%-ers.

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Say hey to Drew.

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south-blowing wind.

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Yesterday it was wet and heavy because it rained first then turned to slush. It clogged my snowblower which I have to use because of my back.
Then last night it came down hard. I was watching tv and heard noises outside. When I looked there were 3 people I didn't know shoveling my loooong driveway and walks. I offered to pay them but they said no. What an amazing kindness.
Then this morning there was another 5 inches of snow. The blower is a gas hog and between that and the cold it's eating through my measly funds fast trying to stay warm.
It's going to be a long winter from what I have heard.

And you're right BBB was a total dick in that diary. As were a few others IMO rubbing in how rich they are.
I wonder if any of them donate to a food bank or any other program to help out the less fortunate?

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It is not until the tide goes out that you discover who has been swimming naked.

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I am care giving for a sick spouse and some chores/maintenance just doesn't get done. About a month ago, I heard a lawn mower ~8:30 AM on a weekday. I thought it was a little early and went about the morning routine of getting my spouse up, bathed and dressed. Once I got her to the breakfast table, I went to get the newspaper. Low and behold, someone had cut my grass!

It would be nice to have a white Christmas. I know so many people that vow never to go back north. I have been thinking about going back.

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i hope that the weather treats your wallet well. i am delighted to hear that you have kind people in your neighborhood that pitch in to help. it's that kind of thing that gives you hope for humanity despite the corrupt and bestial nature of those that rise to rule us.

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Speaking of which, I was just styling a year-end essay a few minutes ago, and when I "Previewed" it again before publishing, it disappeared.

That happen to anyone else recently?

I think I may know the glitch that caused it, but I must say, it's discouraging. I doubt I will redo the effort if It cannot be found, unlinked and salvageable, on the server. jtc? (Title begins "The Year That Was…") Sigh.

Evening Blues, as always, a winner.

** Now that I think of it, is the site loading slow or partially loading for anyone else? I see a real drop in performance.

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The back button often gets me to a cached copy.

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sorry to hear about your loss of data (i hope that it is not really lost and jtc can recover it). i haven't experienced anything like that in quite a while apart from during the recent fiasco with bluehost moving the site to another server.

thanks for the kind words.

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on my save button to post the comment and it didn't take it. Later I saw my comment showing three times.

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I just got home a few minutes ago. I checked and couldn't find it anywhere, sorry about that.

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... but it's a polite society.

Guns are now killing as many people as cars in the U.S.

For the first time in more than 60 years, firearms and automobiles are killing Americans at an identical rate, according to new mortality data released this month by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In 2014, the age-adjusted death rate for both firearms (including homicides, suicides and accidental deaths) and motor vehicle events (car crashes, collisions between cars and pedestrians, etc) stood at 10.3 deaths per 100,000 people.

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the dream of the elites is realized. the global underclasses are encouraged to die politely. guns are available at deep discounts and grants are available from various national governments for volume death dealers.

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As long as they can get the underclasses to fight each other while they pillage.

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Warning: your festive meal could be more damaging than a long-haul flight

We miscalculate environmental risk: eating certain meats is about the worst thing you can do to the planet

The figures were so astounding that I refused to believe them. I found them buried in a footnote, and assumed at first that they must have been a misprint. So I checked the source, wrote to the person who first published them, and followed the citations. To my amazement, they appear to stand up.

A kilogramme of beef protein reared on a British hill farm can generate the equivalent of 643kg of carbon dioxide. A kilogramme of lamb protein produced in the same place can generate 749kg. One kilo of protein from either source, in other words, causes more greenhouse gas emissions than a passenger flying from London to New York.

This is the worst case, and the figure comes from a farm whose soils have a high carbon content. But the numbers uncovered by a wider study are hardly reassuring: you could exchange your flight to New York for an average of 3kg of lamb protein from hill farms in England and Wales. You’d have to eat 300kg of soy protein to create the same impact.

In choosing our Christmas dinner – or making any other choice – we appear to take informed and rational decisions. But what looks and feels right is sometimes anything but. In this case, the very features we have been led to see as virtuous (animals wandering freely across the mountains tended by horny-handed shepherds, no concrete and steel monstrosities or any of the other ugliness of modern intensive farming) generate astonishing impacts.

The figures are so high because this form of husbandry is so unproductive. To produce one lamb you need to keep a large area of land bare and fertilised. The animal must roam the hills to find its food, burning more fat and producing more methane than a stalled beast would.

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/dec/22/festive-christmas-m...

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I have been working on getting an organic garden together and ran into an interesting concept.

WHAT IS BIOCHAR?

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Olmecs, Toltecs and Maya. Coming soon to a nursery near you as soon as we figure out how to monetize it.

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using biochar, coco noir, vermicompost, ground oyster shells, kelp, alfalfa, glacial rock dust and pumice. It is like magic. Extended watering cycles, microbes, fungi and happy plants.

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I have never heard of. I hope I will find your comment when I start container veggies.

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coco noir is coconut husks. They have no nutrient value, but hold lots of water. Same with pumice, plus the pores provide space for microbes and nutrients. The idea is to keep the soil from compacting and keep the water from running straight through.

Crushed oyster shells provide calcium and other trace elements, plus they help keep pH nuetral.

Worm poop, vermicompost, is loaded with nutrients. Alfalfa contains plant hormones that stimulate photosynthesis. Kelp is very fast growing and contains loads of growth hormones. Glacial rock dust is loaded with micronutrients (minerals).

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coconut husks ... forwarded to my son, probably he knew already. Thanks and delicious holiday dinner enjoyment for you.

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i haven't got data for this, but it occurs to me that eating industrial vegetables may not really be much better, environmentally speaking, than eating meat. given the enormous petroleum inputs, the toxic chemicals and pesticides and the destruction of the soil that industrial agriculture creates, i wonder if it's any less destructive than eating meat.

perhaps we should all become breatharians. Smile

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have to factor in the costs of destruction of habitats for wildlife, birds etc, loss of soil fertility, loss of nutrition etc. Yogic new age white liberals drive me nuts with the "vegetarianism=non-violence" nonsense. I am a vegetarian for the most part but not because of the NV nonsense.

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Two billion people in India and China combined are eating more and more animal products due to their recent affluence. Rice and other grain consumption is down in those countries, while meat and other animal product consumption has risen. And it's making them fat and sick — the global diabetes epidemic has visited both of those countries.

I'm happy to be vegan but we're only about 2% of the American population. Ever see the film Cowspiracy?

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Humanity has maybe 150 years left. With the last half of those years being a really miserable existence.

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Joe, great quote to adorn the EB edition. Reminds me of a quote I read by some Amish person - paraphrasing : "it is not that we can't launch rockets. We just think it is unnecessary & plain stupid".

This is how it starts. First, a Muslim family is banned from entering the country. Then it expands to people who look/dress like them.... And it keeps creeping on & on.
Wowza! Didn't know we have to carry the permanent resident card all the time. Back when I was a PR, I never did unless I was traveling abroad. I did carry it once when I was going near the Canadian border, just in case I took the wrong road & entered Canada by mistake. luckily I got away with my blissful ignorance. Why can't those morons put up a sign about the border zone or whatever crap it is?

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the amish are in many ways a remarkably advanced culture. when you consider the stupidity of the great mass of humanity which has bent its back and its minds to the task of eternally "improving" its technologies of mass death.

um, happy holidays?!?

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year almost is done and ISIS haven't come & got us.

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Nothing makes the lamestream media notice like stopping shoppers at the Mall of America it seems. Here is an interesting tidbit :

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/f5a6dcdf6996456083f2e051a2de6c2e/organize...

"The mall was a decoy," said Black Lives Matter organizer Miski Noor, who protested at the airport. "I think it was really effective."

Hahahaha!

Susan Gaertner mentioned in the Guardian article was a county attorney who made lives miserable for the RNC-8 (who were the victims of entrapment connected to RNC held in St.Paul in 2008). And.... she is a Dem. Great performance by mealy-mouthed Gov.Mark Dayton .

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the only thing truly held sacred in america is commerce.

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obscene - very symbolic of the obscenity that is Amureeka. I don't get why people coming to town want to go there. If you find shopping malls obscene, multiply that 50-100 times and you get MoA. Have heard about airlines offering special Holiday season deals for airfare+hotel stay just to go shop there.

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passport and resident card, when if I ever should drive through a Texas national park That story makes me as angry as all the damn "See something, hear something? Tell us and report it" signs hanging from the highway bridge's pathovers. I could report "suspicious" behavior all day long and surely paralyze the whole police force of the Metropolitan area, if I were an evil oneand up to it. Crazy times.

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I understand the cable news networks have been ginning up the fear lately.

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that's a good one. i wish that sign was wheat pasted to real walls all around the country for the edification of the pants-wetting majority.

have a great holiday!

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i remember the first time i saw one of those signs over the highway suggesting the reporting of suspicious looking people. it struck me at the time that there were going to be an awful lot of spurious reports and the whole thing was going to be a big waste of time and money. what i didn't take into account was the the government has endless money to spend on stupid crap.

have a great holiday!

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of the Christmas cookie dough your wife prepares. As kids we were some very good tasting assistants to my mom's and nanny's baking endeavours, we ate so much dough that nothing was left to bake with. Smile And then our bowels revolted....

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(I know. No one was.)

I just heard on the radio that he may have broken President Obama's record for small-donor campaign funding this week.

That speaks.

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"The system's return of error code 451 has been censored because state sekrets"?

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