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Mahalo for this, josh.. Look at the Putin Protector trying to distract with ugly RWingers in America

Facts and Myths of RTs Gay Rights in Russia: Facts and Myths


Like the head dictator in Russia isn't a homophobe himself.. whereas President Obama supports Gay Rights and Marriage.

"Matt Taibbi Is Out at First Look Media and Thatís a Good Thing (Updated x2)"


"Update 2 10.30.14: Alex Pareene, whom Taibbi brought in as his executive editor, is indirectly pissing all over the crew of The Intercept for pissing all over his former colleague. More than that, heís eviscerating Pierre Omidyar. All of it comes by way of an official response to the Intercept piece:

Working with Matt Taibbi was one of the best experiences of my career and Iíd be thrilled to have the opportunity to do so again. From my perspective, the management of First Look Media repeatedly took incidents that shouldíve been minor hiccups of the sort experienced at any media company or startup and, through incompetence, escalated them into full-blown crises. Having worked closely with Matt since he hired me, I witnessed no behavior on his part that I would characterize as ďabusive,Ē and his hostility was reserved for his superiors, not his subordinates. He certainly was no more ďcombativeĒ than any number of other editors Iíve worked with, including Intercept editor-in-chief John Cook. I also categorically reject the allegation that there was a gendered component to his managerial issues. We were successfully working to address those issues when First Look once again stepped in to fuck things up. I regret that the world wonít get a chance to see Matt Taibbiís Racket.

Adding: Youíve gotta love that this is the first interesting story The Intercept has published.

Bottom line: First Look Media is a fucking disaster. But itís admittedly kind of fun to watch this absurd soap opera. Also, if I were Taibbi Iíd have hired a lawyer by now to take on whatís being written about him. Maybe itís true, maybe it isnít ó but itís pretty defamatory.


Oh, and..

The 4 Questions Glenn Greenwald and Pierre Omidyar Still Havenít Answered


Pando Daily writers Paul Carr, Mark Ames and Yasha Levine have asked Greenwald to state whether he will hold Omidyar to the same standards he holds everyone else to, particularly given the fact his new boss supported going after journalists who leak documents from private companies. Back in 2009, Omidyar tweeted this after TechCrunch published leaked documents from Twitter:

To summarize, here are the questions Omidyar and Greenwald have yet to answer:

1. Will Greenwald accept that thereís a conflict of interest in entering into a business partnership with Omidyar whose existing business is in an alleged partnership with the NSA?

2. If so, will Greenwald release any and all documents pertaining to PayPalís collaboration with the NSA, if they do indeed exist?

3. Are there any contractual agreements with Omidyar about the release of the remaining NSA files and NewCo? Will Omidyar and Greenwald publish them for the public to see?

4. Will Greenwald pledge to cover any potentially corrupt Omidyarís business practices and hold him and his NSA collaborating business to the same standards he has everyone else?

Greenwald is an expert at applying ludicrously high standards of transparency and accountability to anyone he chooses to focus his laser-like attentions on. When it comes to himself, not so much evidently.

"Greenwald has repeatedly mocked criticisms aimed at his new organizationís apparent conflicts of interest, stating that all journalists make money and all media organizations have wealthy owners. This is true, but itís also a lawyerly trick to deflect attention away from himself and not answer any questions"


Brilliant.. mahalo yc! 'Hey, I'm not a scientist,' which really translates into: '

'I accept that man-made climate change is real, but if I say so I will be run out of town by a bunch of fringe elements,' " he said. "So I am just going to pretend likeóI don't knowóI can't read."

"I mean, I'm not a scientist either, but I've got this guy, John Holdren, he's a scientist. I've got a bunch of scientists at NASA and I've got a bunch of scientists at EPA."

"I'm not a doctor either, but if a bunch of doctors tell me that tobacco can cause lung cancer then I'll say, 'OK!' It's not that hard."

This goes with my reply on this.. down thread.


It's not freaking brain surgery, George p.

A beautiful tribute to your friend, William~ Such a Wonderful Poem for Friends..

Friends Are Like Rainbows.. and Stars.. You don't always see them but you know they're there.

The Blundering Rise And Epic Fall Of The Christie-Cuomo Ebola Quarantine

By Dylan Scott PublishedOctober 27, 2014, 2:18 PM EDT

"If anything is clear from the reporting of the nurse who was quarantined in a New Jersey hospital over Ebola fears, it's that the actual quarantine itself was handled miserably. Nurse Kaci Hickox, who returned to the U.S. via Newark airport Friday after treating Ebola patients for Doctors Without Borders in Sierra Leone, described her treatment as "a frenzy of disorganization." She was so flustered that a forehead reading showed her with a fever -- which was then used as reason to quarantine her. Later, they took her temperature again and no fever registered. She was kept in quarantine anyway.

Further reported details of Hickox's predicament made clear that, although New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo were anxious to show resolve and order the quarantine, their local health officials weren't ready to carry out the order in any way that resembled humane treatment.

According to CNN, Hickox was placed in a tent inside the isolation ward at University Hospital in Newark almost simultaneously to the quarantine policy being put in effect. She was not allowed to take her luggage with her into quarantine and was forced to wear paper scrubs. She had no shower or flushable toilet -- she also lacked any form of entertainment, no television and no reading materials. She had to speak with her lawyers through a narrow window in the tent.

She said she mostly spent her time staring at walls -- until she started to take her story national in a first-person narrative for the Dallas Morning News and in her Sunday interview with CNN.


New York Daily News ✔ @NYDailyNews
Prisoner Zero: http://nydn.us/1xvl00m
2:13 AM - 27 Oct 2014


Best Wishes to Nurse Kaci Hickox a real hero! Mahalo!

Edit: to add.. from the link..

"Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health

"I don't want to be directly criticizing the decision that was made. But we have to be careful that there aren't unintended consequences," he said on Meet The Press. "We need to treat them, returning people, with respect, and make sure that they're really heroes. So the idea that we're being a little bit draconian, there are other ways to protect."

Ages... well like

rotten fish.

Still bitter after all these years.. Tavis Smiley is another one who is advocating not to vote.. caught this snippet tonight..

"Not all African Americans leaders are encouraging black voter turnout, however, even in the shadow of Ferguson. Journalist and pundit Tavis Smiley said in a recent interview with ABC News that "if you're black or brown, other than helping to save the Democrats' hide," there are no good reasons to turn out to vote this November. Smiley claimed that Democratic appeals to black voters are more about election year politics than a genuine desire to change policies."

applegrove http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1002&pid=5720321

Good on you, demwing! Getting him to come around to see the light after being sucked into

apathy(Wrong Wrong Wrong).


"When that happens, politicians stop caring about what affects that age group, and they tailor their messages, platforms, and policies to age groups that ARE engaged."

My son and I were just talking about a thread on DU recently where the OP's daughter had broken her heart with a post on FB saying she wasn't voting this year. My son is older but just started voting after he saw what the bush coup did to our country. And, he does know there's a big difference between the two parties.. he's always posting the dif on FB. I'm proud of him.

Good to see, kentuck! 2 or 3 dead eye graphics to denote just what the Lexington Journal is sayin'

Exactly napkinz.. Thank YOU!

He doesn't want Any of their BULLSHITE

So, What the heck has Obama done so far?.. rofl..


Noam Levey: Number Of Latinos With Insurance Coverage Surges Under Healthcare Law

"The federal healthcare law has dramatically increased coverage among Latinos, according to a new report that provides a comprehensive look at the effects of the Affordable Care Act on a historically underinsured community. Overall, the percentage of Latinos ages 19 to 64 lacking health coverage fell from 36% to 23% between summer 2013 and spring 2014. That parallels a broader increase in coverage that has taken place since insurance marketplaces opened last fall and states began expanding Medicaid under the healthcare law.

The overall uninsured rate for U.S. adults under 65 plummeted from 20% to 15% in the same period, according to the Commonwealth Fund, a nonprofit group that studies U.S. and global health systems. Other surveys have shown similar declines. ďThe Affordable Care Act appears to be working for millions of Latinos who, as a group, have long faced the nationís highest uninsured rates,Ē said the Commonwealth Fundís Michelle Doty, the reportís lead author. ďThese substantial improvements will mean better health and healthcare for millions of people.Ē The Medicaid expansion proved particularly important for Latinos, the Commonwealth Fund report indicates. In states that expanded Medicaid, including California, the uninsured rate among working-age Latino adults dropped by about half, from 35% to 17%."


A year ago on this day..

On This Day Ė Pete Souza: ďA young girl captures the Presidentís attention as he greeted customers at Juniorís Cheesecake with New York City mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio in Brooklyn.Ē Oct. 25, 2013

Mahalo, she, for your OP~


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