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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Thursday Morning News: Ukraine Kills More Protesters, Mayor Murray Can't Face the Music Commission, and Pussy Riot Rules the World

Posted by on Thu, Feb 20, 2014 at 9:23 AM

Horror in Kiev: A leading medic working with protesters says at least 70 protesters are confirmed dead (up from 25 yesterday). The AP also reports witnessing at least 21 bodies in Independence Square, the stronghold of demonstrations against President Viktor Yanukovich, who has partnered with Russia to prevent the former Eastern Bloc nation from becoming a trade partner with the European Union. The death toll is expected to rise today. Make no mistake: The government is out for a wholesale massacre at this point, seeking to declare protesters as terrorists, and gunning down innocent people in the crossfire. Exhibit A: A 21-year-old medic tweeted that she is dying after allegedly being shot (apparently in the neck) by a government sniper.

Mayor Murray's "Collaborative Style"? Mayor Ed Murray counted on music industry endorsements to help get elected, and he is using task forces and commissions to demonstrate he collaborates, but it turns out he ignored the city's music commission on a key decision. He fired former Mayor Nickels appointee James Keblas from the Arts + Culture office based on his "personality," without consulting these experts. As Anna Minard reports, the commission was furious with Murray last night (Murray didn't show up). Not only did Murray apparently make a emotionally-driven, unpopular decision, his "collaborative" ethos looks like theater.

More Mess at Fukushima: One-hundred tons of radioactive liquid reportedly spilled down a drainage pipe, but official promise that none of it leaked out into the ocean.

Text Message from Silicon Valley: Facebook agrees to buy WhatsApp for $19 billion.

More Pot Taxes in Colorado Than Expected: Governor Hickenlooper says the state will collect $98 million, not the $70 million their square, stoned state expected.

Fast Food Boycott: Today in Seattle, refuse to eat at fast-food giants as part of the push to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. What will that do? Small demonstrations of protest, on their own, rarely do anything. But that's a stupid debate. Collectively protests carried out well in the public eye identify victims of bad policy, perpetrators of bad policy, and establish society's dialogue for reform. There's zero doubt fast-food workers have been exploited for low wages while the fast-food giants responsible horde profits. Consider this bit of today's news:

A former McDonald’s franchisee will pay out a six-figure settlement after allegedly subjecting student guest workers to 25-hour shifts, substandard housing and repeated retaliatory threats. The settlement, announced Tuesday by the federal Department of Labor, includes $205,977 in damages and back pay to 291 workers, the majority of whom landed at McDonald’s under the State Department’s J-1 visa program for “cultural exchange.” Fifteen of those workers drew international attention and support after mounting a surprise strike last March.

Matt Taibbi Leaves Rolling Stone: The plucky li'l writer is leaving old media to put his paddle in the water for new media.

No Pussy Riot Control: It's official, they are the best thing in the world right now, crashing the Olympics with a new song that attacks Russian president Vladmir Putin on "human rights, media suppression, judicial and constitutional failures, and his use of police force to maintain order." Here's their new video, filmed in Sochi:

 

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Pope Peabrain 1
Does Putin think he can do to Ukraine what he does in his own country? Another generation will hate Russia.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on February 20, 2014 at 10:03 AM · Report this
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So you're saying Ed Murray is behaving more like McGinn than anyone expected. *cough* Bike lanes everywhere, even if it doesn't make sense */cough*

Not only did Murray apparently make a emotionally-driven, unpopular decision, his "collaborative" ethos looks like theater.
Posted by ChefJoe on February 20, 2014 at 10:10 AM · Report this
Original Andrew 3
WEE HAZ $19B 4 U

Sweet FSM, our lottery eCONomy has become so fucking stupid.
Posted by Original Andrew on February 20, 2014 at 10:22 AM · Report this
seandr 4
Those chicks are brave. They should release an English version of that song (or at least add subtitles) for the international community.
Posted by seandr on February 20, 2014 at 10:24 AM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 5
The only thing I know about "WhatsApp" is that I get endless spam telling me I've got messages waiting for me in WhatsApp and click here now to retrieve them.

I never signed up for them. I figured it was just another Nigerian bank scheme type thing.... apparently though, it's a real thing that exists? Whatever.
Posted by Urgutha Forka on February 20, 2014 at 10:28 AM · Report this
Will in Seattle 6
@1 yes. Yes he does. Russia thinks of the Ukraine as theirs. Where do you think all the farmers were killed by the Russians?
Posted by Will in Seattle http://www.facebook.com/WillSeattle on February 20, 2014 at 10:56 AM · Report this
treacle 7
Pussy Riot "horsewhipped by Cossacks" in the streets.

Posted by treacle on February 20, 2014 at 11:05 AM · Report this
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News From The NSA Crime Files:


Freedom of the press?

https://firstlook.org/theintercept/artic…

Who the fuck hires these people? Oh...yeah...the NSA!

http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/…

Posted by sgt_doom on February 20, 2014 at 11:07 AM · Report this
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Regarding the Ukraine, one map is worth quite a few words:

http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/f…
Posted by sgt_doom on February 20, 2014 at 11:21 AM · Report this
ɥsɐןɯouǝʌ 10
Ukraine getting screwed over as it's fought over by Russia and the Germanic/Western Europe sphere of influence? Never heard of such a thing.
Posted by ɥsɐןɯouǝʌ on February 20, 2014 at 11:24 AM · Report this
11
This is very interesting article at The Verge,but it is posited from studies from Yale (home to such personages as John "Death Squad" Negroponte, Gen. McChrystal and the guy the Mexican government recently attempted to extradite, Ernesto Zedillo) -- numerous sociological studies indicate that the super-criminals come from Yale, Harvard and Princeton, so following their advice could be deadly?

http://www.theverge.com/2014/2/19/541985…

And great video on the American intelligence establishment with great aerial views:

https://firstlook.org/theintercept/artic…
Posted by sgt_doom on February 20, 2014 at 11:58 AM · Report this
12
I already refuse to eat at fast food giants because they all suck ass. Red Mill or Dick's is the right way.
Posted by The CHZA on February 20, 2014 at 12:15 PM · Report this
venomlash 13
@12: Pretty much this. If I want a burger, I go to Five Guys, Portillo's, Johnny Rockets, or occasionally Steak & Shake. A burger that costs $1.50 isn't going to be worth eating.
Posted by venomlash on February 20, 2014 at 12:37 PM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 14
@13 When I was poor and living in the street, a $1.50 burger was a thing of beauty.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on February 20, 2014 at 12:53 PM · Report this
raindrop 15
Seattle liberals need to diet anyway.
Posted by raindrop on February 20, 2014 at 1:01 PM · Report this
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If more people would use WhatsApp rather than texting we could tell the cellular carriers to take their exorbitant texting fees and shove them.
Posted by bigyaz on February 20, 2014 at 1:12 PM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 17
@9 If Ukrainians wanted to, they could cause crippling sabotage and deny Russia its income.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on February 20, 2014 at 1:14 PM · Report this
biffp 18
Seattle liberals need to read about the Ukraine before commenting. You are being suckered by the White House, and embracing anti-Semitic fascists.
Posted by biffp on February 20, 2014 at 1:44 PM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 19
@18 Care to explain?
Posted by Pope Peabrain on February 20, 2014 at 2:23 PM · Report this
Catherwood 20
@19, according to Putin, the protesters are brown-shirted radicals. We're supposed to think that they're Nazis, I suppose. Because Putin's so devoted to the truth and hardly self-serving at all.
Posted by Catherwood on February 20, 2014 at 3:09 PM · Report this
Catherwood 21
To be fair, a very small component of the protestors ARE very right-wing nationalist sorts. But as with a lot of broad grass-roots protests, there are approximately one zillion groups involved. To tar them all with the broad brush of "anti-Semitic fascist" is simply stupid.
Posted by Catherwood on February 20, 2014 at 3:11 PM · Report this
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@20? Putin's accusing other people of acting like Nazis?

That's a joke.
Posted by GermanSausage on February 20, 2014 at 4:12 PM · Report this
kim in portland 23
No mention of Venezuela?
Posted by kim in portland http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2010/11/fast-paced_video_provides_a_fu.html on February 20, 2014 at 9:04 PM · Report this
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@5 Whatsapp is a fantastic app to message people over the data networks without paying SMS fees to your carrier. It's particularly fantastic if you travel internationally a lot. It's to SMS what Skype is to phone calls.

Forget about those spam mails you're getting. It's a spam trying to piggyback on the popularity of whatsapp. It's trying to get you to install maleware. It has nothing to do with whatsapp
Posted by Doot on February 21, 2014 at 6:39 AM · Report this

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