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If at first you do not succeed…keep trying to bury them

By: Tuesday September 30, 2014 1:30 am

George Osborne, Great Britain’s (still united since late September 2014) most popular monster, is determined to drive the poor into a fine powder.

George Osborne took a calculated political gamble on Monday when he spurned the chance to ease austerity and instead announced that a re-elected Tory government would hit 10m households with a two-year freeze on benefits and tax credits.

The chancellor’s move, which will cut £3bn a year from the welfare budget, is designed to cement the Conservatives’ reputation as the party willing to take tough long-term economic decisions, even at the cost of hitting more than 5m families characterised as working poor.

Nothing in the UK, or America for that matter, is more popular than kicking people who will not vote, or who will not be allowed to vote.​


 

Late, Late Night FDL: Be Lucky

By: Monday September 29, 2014 10:00 pm

The Who – Be Lucky

The Who release first new song for 8 years ‘Be Lucky’

The Who will append their first new music in eight years to a forthcoming 50th anniversary compilation. ‘Be Lucky,’ recorded this summer, features surviving members Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey, as well as their longtime touring band members Zak Starkey on drums and Pino Palladino on bass.

The track will close out a career-spanning two-disc set called ‘Who Hits 50,’ due on Oct. 27. All of the Who’s biggest hits are here, as well as often lesser-heard fare from both the Keith Moon era (1968′s ‘Dogs,’ 1974′s ‘Postcard’) and post-Moon period that followed (1981′s ‘Don’t Let Go the Coat,’ 2004′s ‘Real Good Looking Boy’). You can see the complete track listing below.

‘Be Lucky’ also includes keyboard work by Mick Talbot of the Style Council and Dexys Midnight Runners. It’s produced by Dave Eringa, who most recently worked with Daltrey on his gritty collaboration with Wilko Johnson.

All royalties from the new song will go to Teen Cancer America, a charity founded by Daltrey and Townshend in 2011. An anniversary tour will follow, beginning in Dublin on Nov. 26.

What’s on your mind tonite…?

MENA Mashup: Abbas, Bibi, and ISIS

By: Monday September 29, 2014 8:00 pm

Seriously, why won’t Abu Mazen sign the Rome Statute…?

This is the question that is etched on everyone’s mind. If there is only one issue that Palestinians agree upon today it is the need for President Mahmoud Abbas to sign the Rome Statute. That would clear the way to file charges in the International Criminal Court (ICC) against Israeli officials for alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity.

By stalling the process Abbas has committed three cardinal errors. First, he has enabled Israelis to escape punishment; second, he has undermined and squandered the international support for Palestinian rights; and third, he has failed to answer to the call of the ICC and the Assembly of States Parties (ASP) issued one year after Palestine became a non-member state of the UN…

In an obvious attempt to clear the air once and for all, the ICC’s Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda wrote on the Guardian’s Comment is Free pages an article headed “The truth about the ICC and Gaza”. She confirmed that “Palestine could now join the Rome Statute” after the UN General Assembly had formally recognised it as a non-member state on 29 November 2012.

As it stands, the onus is squarely upon Abbas personally. In a letter to the Paris-based legal firm Gilles Devers & Associes, which is acting on behalf of the Palestinian Authority, Bensouda said on 14 August, “In accordance with article 7 of the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties (VCLT), only the Head of State, Head of Government and Minister of Foreign Affairs are considered lawful representatives of a State by virtue of their functions and without having to produce full powers, for the purpose of expressing a State’s consent to be bound by a treaty.”

Despite the overwhelming support among Palestinians, the Director-General of the human rights organisation Al Haq, Shawan Jabarin, explained that in the past the PA had deferred its signing of the Rome Statute because it was unwilling to anger Israel, America and some European countries. At other times it claimed that it was awaiting the agreement of the Palestinian factions, particularly Hamas. Abbas insisted that the resistance movement should give a written undertaking of support to approach the ICC, acknowledging that it bears full national and international responsibility for the consequences…

As Ali noted in the TRNN clip… PLO officials divided before Abbas UN speech

Talk surely is cheap, Abu Mazen…!

How We Win on Climate Change

By: Monday September 29, 2014 7:05 pm

Okay, so we had this historic march a little while ago. It was….

…joyous, beautiful, exhilarating, inspiring, life-confirming…and in many ways turning point.

Can John Oliver Writer Scott Sherman Help Expose Gen. Keane’s General Dynamics Connection?

By: Monday September 29, 2014 6:10 pm

Hey Scott,

I’d love you to do a segment for John Oliver about how the network TV shows aren’t telling the public that the retired generals selling the Syrian bombing and ISIS war actually work for the military contractors who profit from the war.

US Air Travel Snarled by One Guy Not a Terrorist

By: Monday September 29, 2014 5:15 pm

Luckily ISIS has never thought to employ psychotic contractors in a bid to mess with America. ‘Cause that apparently works.

California Adopts Law Ending Disparity Between Crack and Cocaine

By: Monday September 29, 2014 4:15 pm

California took an important step last night in reducing the inherent racism in its drug laws and how they are enforced. Among the dozens of bills signed by California Governor Jerry Brown (D) on Sunday was SB 1010, The California Fair Sentencing Act, sponsored by State Senator Holly Mitchell (D).

Most Americans Unaware How Rich 1% Are

By: Monday September 29, 2014 3:00 pm

As evidence showing more and more of America’s wealth is being snatched by the rich compounds, a survey shows Americans are still unable to grasp how truly rich those at the top are. The 400 wealthiest Americans now control $2.3 trillion worth of wealth while the American middle class not gotten a raise in 15 years according to the US Census.

Documents Reveal More Details on How US Intelligence Gets Around Regulations Against Spying on US Persons

By: Monday September 29, 2014 1:45 pm

The American Civil Liberties Union posted a trove of documents obtained in their Freedom of Information Act lawsuit for information about an executive order President Ronald Reagan signed, which gives the government broad authority to engage in surveillance of international communications, including the communications of numerous Americans. One key “exemption” gives intelligence agencies the ability to get around regulations intended to protect privacy.

Executive Order 12333 “governs” most of what the National Security Agency does, when it comes to collection of information on “Americans’ cellphone and Internet usage.”

First Ad Released for Medical Marijuana Campaign in Florida

By: Monday September 29, 2014 12:43 pm

The fight over Amendment 2, Use of Marijuana for Certain Medical Conditions, has surprisingly become one of the most hotly contested marijuana related ballot initiatives, thanks is large part to conservative mega-donor Sheldon Adelson spending millions against it and the unusual rules governing Florida’s initiative process.

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