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Man wins battle to wear pasta strainer on his head



Lukas Novy says he’s a member of the “Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster,” a satirical faith which teaches that a creature composed of pasta and meatballs “created the world much as it exists today,” that pirates “were peaceful explorers and it was due to Christian misinformation that they have an image of outcast criminals today,” and that beer is good. In observance of this faith, Novy, a resident of the Czech Republic, insisted that he be allowed to wear a pasta sieve on his head while being photographed for an official government ID. And he succeeded:

MORE:
http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/08/02/2399191/pastafarian-man-wins-religious-liberty-battle-to-wear-a-pasta-sieve-on-his-government-id-card/

This is NOT good folks:


http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2013/07/30/business/Measuring-Us-Against-the-World.html?ref=economy&_r=1&
http://www.ritholtz.com/blog/2013/08/income-inequality-measuring-us-against-the-world/

Exclusive: Dozens of CIA operatives on the ground during Benghazi attack-CNN has uncovered exclusive

Source: cnn

Exclusive: Dozens of CIA operatives on the ground during Benghazi attack
CNN has uncovered exclusive new information about what is allegedly happening at the CIA, in the wake of the deadly Benghazi terror attack.

Four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens, were killed in the assault by armed militants last September 11 in eastern Libya.

Programming note: Was there a political cover up surrounding the Benghazi attack that killed four Americans? Watch a CNN special investigation — The Truth About Benghazi, Tuesday at 10 p.m. ET.

Sources now tell CNN dozens of people working for the CIA were on the ground that night, and that the agency is going to great lengths to make sure whatever it was doing, remains a secret.

CNN has learned the CIA is involved in what one source calls an unprecedented attempt to keep the spy agency's Benghazi secrets from ever leaking out.

Read more: http://thelead.blogs.cnn.com/2013/08/01/exclusive-dozens-of-cia-operatives-on-the-ground-during-benghazi-attack/?on.cnn=1

Amid grading controversy, Florida education chief Tony Bennett to resign

Source: Miami Herald

Amid grading controversy, Florida education chief Tony Bennett to resign


Tony Bennett, who came to Florida from the Hoosier State last January, has faced mounting calls for his resignation in the wake of revelations, first reported by The Associated Press, that he interceded on behalf of an Indiana charter school run by a prominent Republican Party donor.


BY STEVE BOUSQUET, KATHLEEN MCGRORY AND JEFFREY S. SOLOCHEK
HERALD/TIMES TALLAHASSEE BUREAU
Bennett has faced mounting calls for his resignation after revelations, first reported by The Associated Press, that he interceded on behalf of an Indiana charter school run by a prominent Republican donor.

Tony Bennett is expected to resign Thursday as Florida education commissioner following two days of controversy over school grades in his home state of Indiana.

He is expected to hold a news conference in Tallahassee late Thursday morning to make the announcement.

Bennett, who came to Florida from the Hoosier state last January, has faced mounting calls for his resignation in the wake of revelations, first reported by The Associated Press, that he interceded on behalf of an Indiana charter school run by a prominent Republican Party donor.


Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/08/01/3535902/amid-grading-controversy-florida.html

Russia Grants Snowden Asylum


http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/08/01/nsa-edward-snowden-russia-temporary-asylum/2607737/

Yogi and his pick-a-nick basket!

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=4449454493728
a bear stealing a dumpster outside a restaurant in Colorado Springs

Documents Show NSA Violated Court Orders (Back to sleep America, nothing to see here)

Documents Show NSA Violated Court Orders
http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2013/07/31/198229/documents-show-nsa-violated-court.html#.UfpkRNJzGpB


One of the key deflections over the ethical questions related to domestic spying by the government is “it’s legal.” Stated ad nauseum this defense was supposed to reduce violations of Fourth Amendment protected privacy to technical misunderstandings. But it turns out the NSA did, in fact, go beyond technical limits by violating court orders. http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2013/07/31/198229/documents-show-nsa-violated-court.html#.UfpkRNJzGpB

National Security Agency officials violated secret federal court orders authorizing the daily collection of domestic email and telephone data from hundreds of millions of Americans, according to previously top-secret documents made public Wednesday by the Obama administration.

The documents didn’t disclose specific details of the violations. But they said that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court imposed temporary restrictions on the programs after it learned of the violations until it was satisfied the NSA had revamped its procedures to conform to court requirements.

http://news.firedoglake.com/2013/07/31/nsa-and-fisa-court-documents-to-be-selectively-declassified-to-win-back-public-suppport/

The NSA could not even comply with a secret court that rarely, if ever, does not grant the government’s request to transgress on Constitutionally protected liberties.The information comes from the selectively declassified documents on the NSA spying program.

The letter, one of the three documents that the administration declassified and released on Wednesday, revealed that an undisclosed number of “technical compliance problems and human implementation errors in these two bulk collection programs were discovered as a result of Department of Justice reviews and NSA oversight.

“Neither the Department, NSA nor the FISA court has found any intentional or bad-faith violations,” the letter said.


Don’t panic. The secret Unconstitutional program the NSA is running that is overseen by a secret panel of right-wing judges only had a few technical compliance problems. Back to sleep America, nothing to see here.

http://news.firedoglake.com/2013/08/01/documents-show-nsa-violated-court-orders/



a little more here:
NSA and FISA Court Documents To Be Selectively Declassified To Win Back Public Support
http://news.firedoglake.com/2013/07/31/nsa-and-fisa-court-documents-to-be-selectively-declassified-to-win-back-public-suppport/

Why we are screwed:

ACLU's Favorite Page From Recently Declassified FISA Court Order

ACLU Action
‏@ACLU_Action
Here's our favorite page from the recently declassified FISA Court Order. #NSA #Transparency pic.twitter.com/8juJrHbSiZ



https://twitter.com/ACLU_Action/status/362632821438824448
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