New York Times columnist Charles Blow was fuming on Twitter Sunday night after he tweeted to his 121,000 followers that his son had been stopped by Yale cops because he fit the description of a suspect they were looking for. Blow referenced the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases, about which he has written extensively in his Times columns.
New laser-driven compression experiments reproduce the conditions deep inside exotic super-Earths and giant planet cores, and the conditions during the violent birth of Earth-like planets, documenting the material properties that determined planets' formation and evolution processes. The experiments, reported in the Jan. 23 edition of Science, reveal the unusual properties of silica - the key constituent of rock - under the extreme pressures and temperatures relevant to planetary formation and i
One danger of lying is that you must then incorporate the falsehood into the longer narrative, somehow making the lies fit. The same is true of propaganda as the New York Times is learning as it continues to falsify the narrative of the Ukraine crisis, writes Robert Parry.
Enrique Ferro's insight:
Possibly the worst purveyor of this Cold War-style propaganda has been the New York Times, which has given its readers a steady diet of biased reporting and analysis, including now accusing the Russians for a resurgence in the fighting.
One way the Times has falsified the Ukraine narrative is by dating the origins of the crisis to several months after the crisis actually began. So, the lead story in Saturday's editions ignored the actual chronology of events and started the clock with the appearance of Russian troops in Crimea in spring 2014.
Murder at Camp Delta is a new book by Joseph Hickman, a former guard at Guantanamo. It's neither fiction nor speculation. When President Obama says "We tortured some folks," Hickman provides at least three cases -- in addition to many others we know about from secret sites around the world -- in which the statement needs to be modified to "We murdered some folks."
What a spanner in the works of international relations he proved to be. The late King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al Saud of Saudi Arabia was always the spoiler in the morality plays of Western powers k...
Enrique Ferro's insight:
The gender side of the commemorations were also somewhat skewed. Head of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde, was a test case that silence can, indeed, prove golden – when exercised with judiciousness. Instead, she decided to volunteer a view that King Abdullah had been “a strong advocate for women. It was a very gradual, appropriately so probably for the country.” The great moderniser was, after all, averse to letting his daughters out, keeping them under lock and key for taking issue with stifling, and overwhelming male guardianship.
It all proved a bit much for the former British MP and conservative Louis Mensch, who made a few ripples with a resounding, albeit social media driven “F***K YOU” to Cameron’s ingratiating behaviour to the House of Saud.
Pope Francis has increased the church's emphasis on social justice issues and its critique of capitalism, which threatens to drive a wedge between the GOP and Catholics. [Any progressive looking at this guiding light and not reacting, via spreading the word, is no longer a progressive. DG, voteutah.us]
BELIEF This Week in Religion: Pope Francis Tells His Flock to Stop Breeding Like Rabbits The Pontiff also implies that those who insult religions should "expect a punch" in return. By Dan Arel / AlterNet January 23, 2015 Print 39 COMMENTS
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Pope Francis remains as busy as ever. This week he announced it was time for his flock to stop the rapid-fire procreation Catholics are known for. During a news conference the Pope said, "Some think, excu
American Sniper vs. Savages is a book written with the depth and mental alacrity of perhaps a George W Bush; and the movie a distortion of even that. In all, a tribute to hatred and racism that only the Iraq-Afghan debacle could merit. To our brave troops and "vanquished" savages, in the words of Chris Kyle, "War is hell."
America is now a closed-mind country. Minds are closed by ideological agendas, by narrow private interests, and by the view that only conspiracy kooks dissent from official explanations. Dissent and protest are gradually being criminalized. The government does not succeed all at once, but gradually step by step.
The Yellowstone River pipeline break on Jan. 17, which saw an estimated 40,000 to 50,000 gallons of crude oil seep into the public waterway, is only an example of more disaster to come. Stiffer criminal penalties need to be levied against those involved with such acts of what many environmentalists consider to be acts of eco-terrorism.
The projected victory, by a wider margin than polls predicted, may be enough for Syriza to govern alone. It hands the party head, Alexis Tsipras, 40, an overwhelming mandate to confront Greece's program of austerity imposed in return for pledges of 240 billion euros ($269 billion) in aid since May 2010. The challenge for him now is to strike a balance between keeping his election pledges including a writedown of Greek debt and avoiding what Samaras repeatedly warned was the risk of an accidental