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Saturday, June 21, 2014

The Saturday Morning News

Posted by on Sat, Jun 21, 2014 at 10:01 AM

Presbyterian Church Divests From Israeli Occupation: This is huge for the Boycott Divestment Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel. The vote was 310 to 303. "After a decade of corporate engagement with Caterpillar, Hewlett-Packard, and Motorola Solutions, these companies have failed to modify their behavior and continue to profit from Israeli human rights abuses and non-peaceful pursuits," said divestment supporter Rev. Dr. Walt Davis.

Here's Why: Israeli troops killed a Palestinian teenager yesterday and earlier this week harassed a shop owner whose security cameras showed them firing live rounds and killing two other teenagers this month, earning a rebuke from Human Rights Watch.

Traffic: There will be a lot of it this weekend. Seattlish has the lowdown.

Thank YouTube: In particular, thank YouTube commentator Jordan Owen for tipping off UW to threats against women made in the comments of one of his videos.

Seriously?! US soccer star Hope Solo has been arrested for alleged domestic violence.

Prison Escape by Hot Air Balloon? Nope. A festival balloon pilot let strong winds and low fuel get the better of him, and landed in a prison parking lot.

Trust In the Media: It's at an all-time low (on par with "The Internet"), according to a new Gallup poll.

Boston: letting young people determine how to spend $1 million of its city budget. Can we do this here? Because it sounds awesome.

Three Ways: Glenn Greenwald changed how local tech journo Monica Guzman looks at digital privacy with his talk at Town Hall last week. Here's another insight Greenwald offered: the reason the national security establishment has argued over and over, without a shred of evidence, that Snowden is a spy (first for China, then Russia) is that they can't fathom someone acting out of conscience rather than self-interest. The accusation reveals far more about them than it does Snowden.

The Latest NSA Scoop: RAMPART-A is the name of the program. It allows the NSA, with the cooperation of numerous foreign governments, to "tap into three terabits of data every second as the data flows across the compromised cables—the equivalent of being able to download about 5,400 uncompressed high-definition movies every minute."

Feels like a good morning for Chance The Rapper ("please say the rapper!"):


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Max Solomon 1
Did you miss this part of the article on Solo?

"Hope Solo last had contact with the Kirkland Police back in 2012, when her husband, former UW football player, and Seahawk, Jerramy Stevens was arrested for assaulting her at another gathering at the home. The couple later got married."

Wasn't the 1st time, won't be the last. She and Stevens are a match made in hell.
Posted by Max Solomon on June 21, 2014 at 10:13 AM · Report this
Gern Blanston 2
Hope Solo is not the most gracious hostess in the world apparently.
Posted by Gern Blanston on June 21, 2014 at 10:22 AM · Report this
When you scare your own brother and there's stun guns involved rather than real guns, the stranger is incredulous.…
Posted by ChefJoe on June 21, 2014 at 10:22 AM · Report this
It been a busy General Assembly for the Presbyterians.…
Posted by Machiavelli was framed on June 21, 2014 at 10:28 AM · Report this
Hernandez 5
Jerramy Stevens is a garbage human being who would gave been in jail since his late teens to present day if not for his football skills. Hope Solo married the douche after he assaulted her. Doesn't surprise me that she's apparently cut from the same cloth.
Posted by Hernandez on June 21, 2014 at 10:33 AM · Report this
rob! 6
Ha, the Presbys may be trying to out-do the Unitarians after the former made a strong move toward final approval of same-sex marriage (joining the Episcopal Church, Evangelical Lutherans, and the United Church of Christ) a couple of days ago.
Posted by rob! on June 21, 2014 at 10:34 AM · Report this
Supreme Ruler Of The Universe 7

Youth spending tax money...

Went through the links to try and find the mechanisms with which the decision are made. Found a custom built (by Boston) site called Citizinvestor:

Which looks like a form of Kickstarter.

I'm all for this type of participation, and I would hope there could be social media broadcast follow up details like which projects got funding, and what items were purchased, and so on for transparency.

I remember that during the first Obama term there was quite a bit of action to build websites that offered citizens the chance to suggest policy and funding directions. Not sure where it all went.
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe on June 21, 2014 at 10:43 AM · Report this
That's a nice turnaround from Guzman's days of trading privacy for shoe store coupons.
Posted by Phil M http:// on June 21, 2014 at 10:46 AM · Report this
seatackled 9
@1 She was (allegedly) assaulted at that time. She's charged as the assailant this time.

So yeah, it can be a surprise.
Posted by seatackled on June 21, 2014 at 10:46 AM · Report this
Thank God they kept their investments in Syria, that would have a bridge too far to divest from as well. I mean only a quarter million have died there, it's not a crisis yet.
Posted by Azzam on June 21, 2014 at 11:03 AM · Report this
@6 The Methodist church may well be next.

They will know we are Christians by our Love.…
Posted by Machiavelli was framed on June 21, 2014 at 11:34 AM · Report this
Matt from Denver 12
@ 10, what current investments in Syria are worth more than the paper they use for printing the stock certificates?
Posted by Matt from Denver on June 21, 2014 at 11:49 AM · Report this
@12, that wasn't @10's point, which you surely know.
Posted by sarah70 on June 21, 2014 at 1:46 PM · Report this
Matt from Denver 14
@ 13, but it addressed it. If Syria is a terrible place to invest, most investors and institutions have divested already. There may be no Presbyterian investment there now - and if there is, it's probably losing money.

Sometimes the right thing happens for practical reasons.
Posted by Matt from Denver on June 21, 2014 at 2:07 PM · Report this
rob! 15
@11, the Methodist church in my little backwater is actually more lefty, rubber-meets-the-road in real life than the Presbyterians. They've been welcoming and affirming of the very few same-sex couples here, though not allowed to perform marriages; they host the Alzheimer's day-care program, they have a seniors-and-homeless soup kitchen, and they took over the community Christmas dinner (open to all) when the county-funded senior center was forced to drop it by the drown-government-in-a-bathtub fucks on the County Commission. In fact, they do more by far than any other denomination in town, and without regard to anything but need.

This anti-Islam group of RWNJ's in New England also loves to bash any denomination that 1) cares about leftist social causes or 2) doesn't blindly support the state of Israel in every respect. I particularly relish their description of UU's:
The Unitarian Universalists are a far left bunch of hippies from the 60's who take every liberal stance they can get their hands on from illegal immigration, to sexual deviancy, to anti Israel rhetoric.
Posted by rob! on June 21, 2014 at 2:36 PM · Report this
That's a quote from you.
Posted by caution&daring on June 21, 2014 at 2:45 PM · Report this
Matt from Denver 17
Link back to it or GTFO, &16.
Posted by Matt from Denver on June 21, 2014 at 3:28 PM · Report this
sperifera 18
I wonder how the 1,137 Israelis killed by Palestinians during the Second Intifada feel about the divestment.
Posted by sperifera on June 21, 2014 at 4:44 PM · Report this
Two really important articles (and yes, one of them is the recently published one by WikiLeaks):…

(The silliest question posed by Eli Sanders to Glenn Greenwald was asking him if Edward Snoweden should be pardoned --- the intelligent and adult question to have been posed would be to ask if George W. Bush and Barack Obama should be pardoned?)
Posted by sgt_doom on June 21, 2014 at 4:59 PM · Report this
Pertaining to comment @19, this article nicely explains the just WikiLeaked document:…

WikiLeaked Doc Reveals Wall Street Plan for Global Financial Deregulation
Posted by sgt_doom on June 21, 2014 at 5:11 PM · Report this
@15 I meant no offense, there are deep links in my family with the Methodists communion just as there are with the Presbyterian communion. It is not a competition we're Working on a Building.…

I'm proud of my birth church today, and know in my heart that the Methodists church in which my father was first ordained* is walking the same path with us.

*Dad later switched denominations, its complicated but not acrimonious.
Posted by Machiavelli was framed on June 21, 2014 at 6:13 PM · Report this
rob! 22
@21, no offense taken whatsoever; that was an enthusiastic rejoinder. I have Methodists, Presbyterians, Catholics, and a few others in my roots. Even a Jehovah's Witness. No Episcopalians or Mormons, though. All Irish, Scots, German working-class ancestry.
Posted by rob! on June 21, 2014 at 11:28 PM · Report this

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