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By michael payne
The Middle East; a Boiling Cauldron of Hate and Vengeance

Syria, caught up in a bloody state of civil war, Iraq being torn apart by internal strife, Israel devastating the city of Gaza; a large portion of the Middle East has become a boiling cauldron of extreme hate and violence. And, so far Hezbollah, the Lebanese militant force and fierce arch enemy of Israel, silently watches and waits, ready to immediately retaliate if provoked.

By The American Prospect
Why the Democrats Need to Take Sides

Taking sides has never come naturally to the Democrats. Throughout its long history, the party has not merely contained multitudes but contradicted itself, frequently and ferociously. Democrats now find themselves in an unfamiliar world--not of their making, exactly, but one whose creation they didn't do much to retard.

By earl ofari hutchinson
The Tale of two Police Abuse Cases
If there was ever a contrast in the way two separate and seemingly removed from each other police abuse cases were handled, the New York Police Department and the California Highway Patrol cases fit the bill. First there's the CHP.

By Eric Zuesse
Obama Leads Republicans' War Against Russia:

It's Obama and the Republicans, versus congressional Democrats.

By Robert Parry
The Mystery of a Ukrainian Army "Defector"

U.S. intelligence officials suggest that the person who fired the missile that downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 may have been "a defector" from the Ukrainian army, an apparent attempt to explain why some CIA analysts thought satellite images revealed men in Ukrainian army uniforms manning the missile battery, writes Robert Parry.

By Mike Whitney
Putin Knows What Happened to MH17, But He's Not Saying -- Yet ...

The reason Putin hasn't deployed Russian troops to stop the violence in east Ukraine is because the EU is his biggest trading partner and he doesn't want to do anything that will put the kibosh on their business dealings. Russia needs Europe just like Europe needs Russia.

By Glenn Greenwald
Netanyahu's "Telegenically Dead" Comment Is Grotesque but Not Original

American journalism is frequently criticized with great justification, but there are a number of American journalists in Gaza, along with non-western ones, in order to tell the world about what is happening there. That reporting is incredibly brave and difficult, and those who are doing it merit the highest respect.

By Eric Zuesse
Obama Goes All-Out Nazi as He Races to His Presidency's Finish-Line

why Obama must be impeached by Democrats

By Richard Turcotte
Denial Tricks of the Trade

It should come as no surprise at all that we have a dedicated cottage industry working double-time to dispute any concerns that the rate of oil production has peaked (or at least leveled off for about a decade).

By Abdus-Sattar Ghazali
Arab Collusion in Israeli Massacre of Palestinians in Gaza

Egypt, Saudi Arabia and other Arab states may be colluding with Israel, against Hamas

By Robert S. Becker
Mocking Literalists Defy 'Literal' Science For 'Creation Myth'

My issue isn't that such fundamentalists are stupidly literalist (despite the ambiguity that is language), but that they embrace unreliable, transparently outdated literalism. Fundamentalists galore make their cosmic blunders worse by worshipping overtly child-like fables. If prudent literalism is your thing, why not instead go for something substantial, like the Principle of Conservation of Energy

Therapeutic bacteria prevent obesity in mice, study finds -- ScienceDaily

A probiotic that prevents obesity could be on the horizon. Bacteria that produce a therapeutic compound in the gut inhibit weight gain, insulin resistance and other adverse effects of a high-fat diet in mice, investigators have discovered. Regulatory issues must be addressed before moving to human studies, but the findings suggest that it may be possible to manipulate the bacterial residents of the gut -- the gut microbiota -- to treat obesity and other chronic diseases.

By Michael Byron
Revolution Begins With You!

Given the vast existential problems of our civilization, we usually feel overwhelmed and powerless. While understandable, this is not necessary. There ARE actions we can undertake at our personal individual level which offer the prospect of revolutionary change at the societal level...

By Thomas Farrell
Ong + Jung = New Insights about Tradition in the Roman Catholic Church
The Roman Catholic bishops in the U.S. are notorious. They are anti-abortion zealots (they are even against legalized abortion in the first trimester), anti-gay-marriage zealots, and anti-contraception-mandate zealots (for Catholic institutions that they claim are part of their church). But their zealotry is based on their disordered Tradition of thought. So why don't they change their way of thinking?

By Burl Hall
Charles Eisenstein Speaks to A More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible

This article is in regards to the work of Charles Eisenstein. Charles is probably one of the greatest change agents of this era. His work speaks to deep and profound change, not just in politics or economics, but in ourselves.

By Richard Aberdeen
Is Atheism Scientific?

Those saying there is no God or might be no God, are trying to sell the rest of us the greatest of all known human superstitions, that the universe either did or could have magically randomly appeared. Such positions, however far-fetched, require supporting evidence within a legitimate scientific discussion, the same as any other position.

Inside Anonymous' Cyberwar Against the Israeli Government

The shadowy hacker collective known as Anonymous has announced it will launch a round of cyber-attacks this Friday against the Israeli government, in retaliation for Israel's ongoing military intervention in Gaza. This onslaught would add to a wave of cyber assaults staged in recent weeks by hackers largely from the Middle East, Asia, and South America, who are supporting "OpSaveGaza." The Anonymous spokesperson declined to provide details about what the group has in store on Friday: "People like surprises, right?"

By Daily kos
McDonald's fires woman arrested for letting her kid go to the park alone

It's a vicious catch-22 laid on top of an oppressive ethic of parenting that has mysteriously taken over the country during the past decade or two. And now this woman who was clearly fighting like hell to take care of her daughter the best she could has been arrested, has lost her job, and is under investigation by the Department of Social Services.

In Washington, hundreds protest Israeli violence in Gaza

Hundreds of peaceful protesters gathered in Washington on Sunday to demonstrate against Israeli violence in Gaza, with many expressing frustration with what they see as unconditional U.S. support for Israel. "The U.S. is the primary patron of Israel and provides unequivocal diplomatic and military support," said Noura Erakat, a Palestinian lawyer and professor at George Mason University. "It's a complicit third party in what amounts to a massacre of the Palestinian population entrapped within the Gaza strip."

Flight MH17: Are we stumbling into world war like 100 years ago? - Stop the War Coalition

Matt Carr dubs the MH17 crash a potential catalyst to world conflict, in the manner of Archduke Ferdinand's assassination a hundred years ago. In light of the other unnerving similarities between the international stages of then and now, such as the development of prominent alliances between powers, Carr warns that every party involved should take a good, long look at history before launching into wild, inflammatory accusations.

US escalates threats against Russia over Ukraine crash
The Obama administration is intensifying its propaganda campaign against Russia and pro-Russian separatists over the shooting down of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17. Even as it is clear that the US does not know how MH17 crashed or what role Russia played in the tragedy, top administration officials are using the crisis to issue repeated ultimatums against the Russian government.

By John Whitehead
The Stealing of America by the Cops, the Courts, the Corporations and Congress

What Americans don't seem to comprehend is that the police state with all of its trappings is little more than a front for a high-dollar operation aimed at laundering as much money as possible through government agencies and into the bank accounts of corporations.

By Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich
Passenger Plane Shootings

Shooting down of MH airline and the reaction to the horror versus giving a medal to the perpetrator of the shooting down of Iran Air passenger plane.

By Radh Achuthan
'Partial' Responsibility: Russia in Eastern Ukraine and USA in the Gaza Strip?

Given that today foreign policy is domestic policy, we must assume responsibility for it. We must be impartial in assigning 'partial' responsibility for global events and examine its implications.

By Lila Garrett
Does Israel Speak For The World's Jews?

We are the Jews who Israel does not represent. We are progressives, obviously. We are supporters of peace movements, determined to convert America's (and Israel's) permanent war economies into green and consumer economies. We are supporters of enhancing the social programs for which our taxes pay, and we are champions of our Constitution which is in severe danger of being ravaged by our own right wing Supreme Court...

By Patrice Greanville
Malaysian liner down--cui bono?

The American media is already accusing Russia and the Ukrainian rebels for the shooting down of the Malaysian airliner, and the mass public is likely to buy into that view of events. But this incident is just beginning to show its ultimate truth and we should look at the event in broader terms.

By Donn Marten
The Sunday Morning Television Orgy of John Kerry

In the aftermath of Thursday's apparent shoot down of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 the entire US political establishment and it's bought and paid for media have been frantically selling the big lie to blame it all on Putin. No independent, objective investigation has yet been conducted yet the certainty with which the judgment has already been made indicates the degree of contempt that truth is now viewed in the Homeland.

By Dave Lefcourt
Israeli's "Cheer, Whoop and Whistle" as Bombs Rain Down on Palestinian's in Gaza

In an article originally published in the Guardian titled "Israeli's Gather on Hillsides to Watch and Cheer as Military Drops Bombs on Gaza" by Harriet Sherwood, she relates "groups of Israeli's gather each evening on hilltops close to the Gaza border to cheer, whoop & whistle as bombs rain down on" Palestinian's while some Israeli's take in the "festivities" & cheer. It's unconscionable.

By Dave Johnson
5 Giant Un-American Corporations Trying to Bolt U.S. to Avoid Taxes

A number of American corporations are so fed up with the idea that they should pay their taxes that they are actually renouncing their U.S. citizenship. These corporations are "leaving" the U.S. to dodge taxes--but their executives, employees, offices, stores, customers etc. are still here. The only thing that is really leaving the country is the requirement to pay U.S. taxes.

 

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DOJ Trains AUSAs to Chase Mice While Lions Roam the Campsite

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The Russian Military Finally Speaks! - The Saker with Comment

Russia's military upped the ante on Monday in the controversy over the downing of the Malaysian passenger jet over Ukraine. The Russian military provided their evidence that a Ukraine fighter jet was near MH17 just before it went down. Will the Obama administration just ignore this or is the end of the latest chapter in Orwellian propaganda.

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The New Republic Is Queen of the Presstitutes

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Secretary of State John Kerry has been dispatched to the Mideast to see what he can do (insert joke here) to quell the latest violence in Gaza. Good luck with that. he must not be feeling too optimistic about the situation, given that he was caught in an open-mic moment on Fox "News" Sunday describing -- sarcastically -- the Israeli shelling as a "hell of a pinpoint operation."

Kerry's Unenviable Record for Veracity

Still arguing for war on Syria, Kerry was asked at the end of a Sept. 9 press conference in London whether there was anything at all that Assad could do to prevent a U.S. attack. Kerry answered (quite dismissively -- particularly in view of subsequent events) that Assad could give up all his chemical weapons, but "He isn't about to do that; it can't be done."

"Indiscriminate" Bombing in Gaza Pushes Death Toll Beyond 500

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Guilt By Insinuation -- How American propaganda works

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Kerry's Latest Reckless Rush to Judgment

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Editorial Position of the New York Times: "Thumbs Up for Gaza Slaughter"

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Mysterious White Flags Fly on Brooklyn Bridge

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Federal appeals court panel deals major blow to health law

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Chris Dodd Warns Of Coalition Between Populist Democrats And Republicans

The rise of anti-corporate conservatives is a significant threat to the American banking establishment, according to former Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.), who warned a gathering of Beltway centrists on Tuesday about a potentially formidable coalition between hard-line banking critics in both parties. "'Crony capitalism' is not a word just used by the left anymore. There's a new right emerging in the country which is as hostile, in my view, to financial services, as many on the left have been over the years," Dodd told an audience at a Bipartisan Policy Center event Tuesday.

Koch Brothers Pay Greg Abbott to Play Chemical Russian Roulette With Texas Residents

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HIV, malaria, and tuberculosis: Success of the Millennium shown in most comprehensive study to date -- ScienceDaily

Accelerated progress against the global burden of HIV, malaria, and tuberculosis (TB) has been made since 2000 when governments worldwide adopted Millennium Development Goal 6 to combat HIV/AIDS, malaria, and TB. New estimates from a major new analysis show that worldwide, the number of people living with HIV has risen steadily to around 29 million people in 2012. The data also show that malaria is killing more people than previously estimated, although the number of deaths has fallen rapidly since 2004. Progress for TB looks promising.

Global temperature reaches record high in June following record warmth in May -- ScienceDaily

According to NOAA scientists, the globally averaged temperature over land and ocean surfaces for June 2014 was the highest for June since record keeping began in 1880. It also marked the 38th consecutive June and 352nd consecutive month with a global temperature above the 20th century average. The last below-average global temperature for June was in 1976 and the last below-average global temperature for any month was February 1985.

Study reveals 'unhappiest' cities in the U.S. -- ScienceDaily

New research identifies the unhappiest cities in the U.S., but finds that some young people are still willing to relocate to them for a good job opportunity or lower housing prices. The analysis suggests people may be deciding to trade happiness for other gains.

Will the Current Generations of Americans Betrayal Every Preceding and Future Generation?

The linked article highlights how the normalize relations with the People's Republic of China, during President Nixon's first term, has been an unmitigated disaster, with one of the worst political systems in the world and China's growth coming at America's expense. Nixon's discussion to float the U.S. Dollar, has led to our increasing trade deficit and ongoing currency manipulation by China since 1994, which has structurally weakened our economy. One of Nixon's Supreme Court appointees, Louis Powell, has been highly instrumental in hijacking Our Democracy from "We the People". But it's the current generations that is allowing the legacy of a disgraced U.S. President to go unchallenged into the 21st Century, thereby betraying every past and future generation of Americans with our current poor economic performance and failing Democracy.

Steam from the sun

New spongelike structure converts solar energy into steam with 85% efficiency. What's more, the setup loses very little heat in the process, and can produce steam at relatively low solar intensity. This would mean that, if scaled up, the setup would likely not require complex, costly systems to highly concentrate sunlight.

Paul Horton: Will the Market Destroy Public Education?
The End of Public Schools: "Paul Horton, who teaches history at the University of Chicago Lab School, here analyzes the origins of neoliberalism and its attack on the public sector. The "rhetoric of economic freedom" has put a price tag everything. Self-interest and me-first have become the ideology of the day, and

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