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Sunday, July 13, 2014

The Sunday Morning News

Posted by on Sun, Jul 13, 2014 at 10:24 AM

Horrific NYT Investigation Into Campus Rape: Read it.

Wildfire in Central Washington: According to firefighters, the blaze is one-fifth contained and smoke is affecting air quality in towns like Entiat. Authorities asked several dozen homeowners to evacuate and they say hot weather plus thunderstorms could start more fires over the next few days.

Seattle Joins Gay Blood Drive to Protest FDA: The Food and Drug Administration banned blood donations from gay and bisexual men in 1983. Local public health officials recently called on the FDA to change its policy, and at Seattle Central College, protesters donated blood and signed a White House petition against the ban. “It goes a long way to lifting a certain kind of stigma about gay men being unhealthy or sick, so I think that’s important," said one participant.

Sea-Tac Prisoner Found Dead in Cell: "A convicted sex offender who was caught taking photos of young girls while working on a Washington state ferry was found dead in his jail cell Saturday, the result of an apparent suicide."

Election Recount in Afghanistan: "Washington hopes to settle the dispute quickly so it can sign a crucial security pact with Afghanistan allowing a small contingent of U.S. troops to stay in the country beyond this year."

Human Rights Watch Says Iraqi Forces Executed 255 Prisoners: The group says the executions could constitute war crimes.

Matt Stoller Reflects on the Death of Aaron Swartz, Who He Knew: "It demands deep moral compromise just to live with minimal interference from authority."

Dwight Howard Tweets "#FreePalestine": Then deletes and apologizes for it within minutes.

UN Security Council Calls for Israel-Gaza Ceasefire: "The UN has estimated that 77% of the people killed in Gaza have been civilians."

Brooklyn Youngsters' Metal Band Lands Sony Record Deal: "The boys have a chance of becoming the new face of rock because they are unique—black artists excelling in heavy metal, a genre typically dominated by white musicians," according to Alan Sacks, their band manager.

Maureen Dowd on the Clintons: "Hillary doesn’t see the disconnect between expressing grave concern about mounting student loan debt while scarfing six-figure sums from at least eight colleges, and counting."

World Cup Final: It's today at NOON and I'll be live-blogging it here on Slog. Argentina versus favorites Germany. Come onnnnn Messi. Here's what happened last time they played each other:


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Fnarf 1
I'll be regretfully rooting for the Argies, but if you haven't read this really interesting article about racism in Latin America you should:…
Posted by Fnarf on July 13, 2014 at 11:02 AM · Report this
JonnoN 2
the world cup is at NOON.

Actually I don't think it will be a very exciting game, let's say 3-1 Germany.
Posted by JonnoN on July 13, 2014 at 11:06 AM · Report this
Yeah wanted to chime in cause I'm almost positive the game starts at noon PST.
Posted by BusyB on July 13, 2014 at 11:15 AM · Report this
I can't root for the Argies, it's a Brit thing (the Falklands).
Posted by originalcinner on July 13, 2014 at 11:16 AM · Report this
MacCrocodile 5
@4 - But you're okay, as a Brit, rooting for the Germans? Is it determined by how recent the fight was?
Posted by MacCrocodile on July 13, 2014 at 11:26 AM · Report this
@4 Not every Brit......
Posted by Foonken2 on July 13, 2014 at 11:32 AM · Report this
@5 The Royal Family is German...
Posted by House of Saxe-Coburg name changed to Windsor in 1917 on July 13, 2014 at 11:37 AM · Report this
Fnarf 8
Brits can't be serious about the Falklands, really? Really? Maggie Thatcher's trumped-up fake war?
Posted by Fnarf on July 13, 2014 at 11:38 AM · Report this
@2: Fixed, dudes, and thanks.
Posted by Ansel Herz on July 13, 2014 at 11:38 AM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 10
Maureen Dowd's media has little credibility of it's own.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on July 13, 2014 at 11:49 AM · Report this
Fnarf 11
@2, 3-1 would be tremendously exciting compared to the 0-0 we're going to see today.
Posted by Fnarf on July 13, 2014 at 11:50 AM · Report this
Speaking of your disconnects: "Human Rights Watch Says Iraqi Forces Executed 255 Prisoners: The group says the executions could constitute war crimes."

Mission Accomplished

The other day I overheard several middle-aged men discussing the latest nightmare in Iraq, with one of them stating that: "It is too bad about all that money wasted."

What waste? Many billionaires were made on the deaths of Iraqis and American (and British) soldiers, as well as all those displaced Iraqis due to the illegal invasion.

The real goal was successfully accomplished: over the past several years, terrorists trained by America at a Jordan training camp, then called the Free Syrian Army, now called ISIS, successfully split up both Syria and Iraq. At this moment Iraq is partially controlled by ISIS (the Sunnis), partially controlled by the Kurds, with the remaining land controlled by the Shia.

And thousands have died.

Originally, the mission goals of the illegal invasion of Iraq was to insure that the oil trading resumed in US dollars (Saddam had switched to other currencies), that Iraq would sign on to the WTO's Financial Services Agreement (thus allowing for foreign ownership of their banks and their acceptance of credit derivatives, i.e., structured finance, as valid financial instruments) and directing the majority of their oil to China in support of the factories and facilities of the multinationals.

Those objectives were accomplished, and this last objective, splitting Iraq into three separate entities, diminishes the influence of Iran.

Back in 2000, there were four countries in that area of the world which had yet to sign the WTO's Financial Services Agreement, three of them being major oil producers: Iraq, Libya, Syria and Iran.

Today only two remain: Syria and Iran.

Back around 2000, it was officially "leaked" by a highly placed source (Chris Mellon, of the fabulously wealthy Mellon family) at the Defense Intelligence Agency that Iran was just about to have the nuclear bomb. Now that was fourteen years ago, and they still don't have it; some "leak," huh?

Of course, that was the excuse to enact the beginning of various sanctions, or economic warfare, against Iran, up until that day they acquiesce and sign the WTO's Financial Services Agreement, fully embracing fantasy finance, also called structured finance, the belief in the scam of credit derivatives. (Chris Mellon would leave the DIA around the time of the merger of the Bank of New York with the Mellon Bank, making it then the largest depository bank in existence.)

One day it's called the Free Syrian Army, the next day it's called ISIS.

One day it's called credit derivatives, the next day it's called toxic assets.

On the Big Picture, or macro level, the actions are taken to force world financial domination, enforced by military and various other covert military actions.

On the local level, it's called fraudclosure or illegal foreclosures, student debt, forced unemployment when a private equity/leveraged buyout firm offshores you job, while other private equity firms do leveraged buyouts on apartment buildings you live at, doubling and tripling your rents to compensate themselves.

All these nefarious and murderous schemes all have the same common point of impingement: fantasy finance which they refer to as structured finance; the use of securitized financial instruments. That evil old swine, Warren Buffett referred to them as "weapons of economic destruction" yet we can readily observe that they are "weapons of murderous destruction" --- destroying lives and livelihoods, both in America, and throughout the planet.

Posted by sgt_doom on July 13, 2014 at 11:52 AM · Report this
Fnarf 13
Um, Ansel? Liveslog? LIVE slog? They're singing the anthems.
Posted by Fnarf on July 13, 2014 at 11:56 AM · Report this
Fnarf 14
I remember four years ago watching the final in that horrible bar in Pacific Place with the 3D TVs (and accompanying salesmen) and all the Stranger staff, live-slogging. Now they're not even covering it in time for kickoff.
Posted by Fnarf on July 13, 2014 at 12:01 PM · Report this
They had to hound Aaron Swartz to death, as he was a major thorn in their side in their ongoing destruction of what remains of Network Neutrality.

As NSA whistleblower, and former career NSA analyst, Bob Binney says,

“The ultimate goal of the NSA is total population control”, Binney said, “but I’m a little optimistic with some recent Supreme Court decisions, such as law enforcement mostly now needing a warrant before searching a smartphone.”…
Posted by sgt_doom on July 13, 2014 at 12:19 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 16
@4 has a good point. My unit was about to be shipped off to the Falklands, so I'm kind of neutral on who should win.
Posted by Will in Seattle on July 13, 2014 at 12:54 PM · Report this
The interesting point about that excellent article by Matt Stoller on Aaron Swartz is what has occurred since:…

Posted by sgt_doom on July 13, 2014 at 1:00 PM · Report this
scary tyler moore 18
i was at that horrible bar with you, fnarf, and i had the merriest time imaginable with you and the lovely mrs. fnarf, frizzelle, sean nelson, tim keck and abby waysdorf.

and yay for Unlocking the Truth's record deal. they ROCK!!!!
Posted by scary tyler moore on July 13, 2014 at 2:37 PM · Report this
Why aren't colleges legally required to involve the police in all rape allegations?
Posted by Spike1382 on July 13, 2014 at 4:15 PM · Report this
And speaking of Human Rights Watch:…
Posted by sgt_doom on July 13, 2014 at 4:55 PM · Report this
The Cloud, and why it appears thunderously dark

Over my lifetime I have constantly been greatly disgusted and annoyed at the revision of various facts, be they about the Kennedy brothers, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., or any number of other subjects.

Was R. Buckminster Fuller really the genius behind tensigrity?

Not according to people who actually read history.

And our local and latest example of cloud contamination, the Seattle's City Light director and his crusade to reinvent himself on the web!…

Regarding Buckminster Fuller:


Bucky was a strange man, obviously. A very brilliant man, but a very strange man, and he was very aggressive about taking people’s ideas. Five years after he started talking about tensegrity, he started talking about his early tensegrity structures going back to 1928! He had never done anything like the thing that I had showed him, but he began to apply the name to things that had already existed. So now it’s just a horror! If you google the word “tensegrity” you find everything: a model airplane, a kite, an exercise system … The word has become meaningless. In fact Fuller garbled it even more by declaring that, if examined properly, every structure in the universe is tensegrity. Well, what the hell do you need a word for? If everything is tensegrity then nothing is tensegrity!…

About five years or so ago, there appeared a news article in European newspapers (for some curious reason this article never appeared in any American newspapers or outlets) concerning a lawsuit brought by several attorneys and their firm against one of the two major legal database companies in America. They had amassed a number of cases where false precedents had been used, said falsified precedents originating on the legal database residing on the Web, i.e., The Cloud.

Try and Google that and see if you can find anything!

Of course, with Amazon now aiding the intel agencies of America with their cloud presence, we can only expect much worse. . .…
Posted by sgt_doom on July 13, 2014 at 5:22 PM · Report this
seatackled 22
That's a good question. Granted, they're generally dealing with students who are legally adults and not minors, but if we even suspect that a child is being sexually abused, we're legally obligated to report. Hobart and William Smith basically covered it up. I didn't read anything about any lawsuits, but Anna seems determined, so I hope she pursues legal action against the rapists and the college.
Posted by seatackled on July 13, 2014 at 7:35 PM · Report this
Dear Hobart and William Smith Colleges,
I write a public education blog. Understand that those of us who write about education, both elementary/secondary/higher, WILL write about this and warn our readers about how little you care about your students. This investigation? Bullshit. Your concern? Bullshit.

Good luck.
Posted by westello on July 13, 2014 at 9:59 PM · Report this
seatackled 24

Thank you.
Posted by seatackled on July 13, 2014 at 10:29 PM · Report this
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Maureen Dowd doesn't see the disconnect between talking to a professional for over 45 minutes about edibles and her claim that she never received any sort of warning about them.
Posted by treehugger on July 14, 2014 at 8:34 AM · Report this
@23: Thank God you will be blogging about this so it gets the publicity it deserves. Because heaven knows nobody saw this story in THE NEW YORK TIMES.
Posted by bigyaz on July 14, 2014 at 2:26 PM · Report this

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