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Romney on FEMA disaster relief: Get rid of it

Romney on FEMA disaster relief: Get rid of it | Upsetment | Scoop.it

While millions of Americans are bracing for damage and power outages from the wrath of Hurricane Sandy, they should know that this may be the last time they get...

As of a few hours ago his campaign said this was still the policy.

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Regional offensive against rebels trying to take over Yemen presses on

Regional offensive against rebels trying to take over Yemen presses on | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Airstrikes target presidential compound in the rebel-controlled capital and military installations.
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The overlapping of Sunni—Shia conflict, the concern of established governments versus threat of revolution, and the threat of "universal" movements such as the caliphate claims of ISIS and the Anti_Westernization emphasis of Al Qaeda combine to make Yemen one of the hottest spots in the world. Tikrit in Iraq is another. So why is the U.S. so present and involved in either of those places? Because we have decided that we are the policemen of the world, and just as our police at home have become militarized so has our foreign policy. God save us from the continued influence of the military-industrial-espionage complex.

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Arizona Wants Doctors to Tell Patients that Abortions Can Be “Reversed”

Arizona Wants Doctors to Tell Patients that Abortions Can Be “Reversed” | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Doctors in Arizona might soon be required to tell women that abortions can be "reversed." As the Washington Post reports, the Arizona legislature just passed a bill that is the latest in state-based attempts to ban women from using their own health insurance to pay for abortion. What makes this bill...
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In Arizona, we are living in an asylum where the madness is called the Republican party. If this isn't enough for the women of this state (and all the rational men) to vote these bums out, I don't know what will be. The worst part is that when some woman falls prey to this deception and hasn't taken the second medication and it leads to severe complications for her health and this douche bag and his cohort will have not a scintilla of responsibility.

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Has the Caliphate Come to Kabul?

Has the Caliphate Come to Kabul? | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Shortly after 5 p.m. on Feb. 24, Ismail Keyhan arrived at Kabul's central bus station to pick up his father, Amini, a day laborer working…
Kenneth Weene's insight:

The Islamic nations of the world cannot escape the threat of ISIS, because at the core of Islam is the yearning for the true leader, the prophet. That is why a protestant revolution in Islam will always involve a threat to the world. "The Caliph will come and lead the forces of Allah to victory," is the underlying dream and refrain to which the young and disaffected rally. The key difference between Islam and Christianity is that Christianity ultimately involved the individual's faith-relationship with Christ while Islam is about submission of the individual to leadership through the faith. The Shia have found that leadership primarily through scholarship (ayatollahs), who can operate individually. The Sunni are looking for a great leader who will lead them on to victory. And into this mix marches the madness of the American military-industrial-espionage complex, a greed driven machine incapable of recognizing or understanding the complexity of the situation. We pushed in and undermined the overall stability, albeit the stability of madness, at the behest of the Republicans who thought that with might we could remake the world. More fools us.

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Ronald Reagan’s genocidal secret: A true story of right-wing impunity in Guatemala

Ronald Reagan’s genocidal secret: A true story of right-wing impunity in Guatemala | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Here's the real story of how a genocide trial against former Guatemalan head of state Efraín Ríos Montt fell apart
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Sadly, the American government's predilection for supporting dictators and brutal dictators especially in Latin America continues into the present administration. Once the beacon for a world based on freedom and democracy, even if that beacon was tarnished by the blot of slavery and the maltreatment of Native Americans, the United States has over time found its worse nature, the greed and self-serving worship of property that was the roots of slavery and oppression. Every time I hear a politician say, "God save the United States," I take it a very different way. Assuredly, if there is a national soul this country is now teetering on the edge of the inferno. I hope that makes my fellow Americans as sad as it makes me.

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He was yelling for help, begging for the beating to stop. Now his classmates have his back.

He was yelling for help, begging for the beating to stop. Now his classmates have his back. | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A campus comes together in solidarity with their classmate after he was beaten by police.
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Meanwhile, of course, the police have made no admission of anything.  Assuming he had been using a false ID, which he wasn't, how would that justify a police assault?  He was turned away from a business; is that a violation of law? Ultimately, the greater question is what would have happened if this young man's skin had been a different shade. Sadly, most of us know the answer to that question, which is why every police department in the country becomes open to question.

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Kansas Schools Fight Plays Out Against Backdrop of Debate on Judiciary

Kansas Schools Fight Plays Out Against Backdrop of Debate on Judiciary | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A state appellate court has suggested that it might block a school financing plan that lawmakers passed; Republican leaders say the court is overstepping its bounds.
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And Dorothy says, "Toto, thank God we're not in Kansas anymore." Clearly, the separation of powers is a concept beyond Mr. Brownback and his TEA Party minions. How dare the courts find an act of the legislature unconstitutional? Anybody remember the New Deal striking down the N.R.A.? No, well how about the current court fight over Obamacare. Time for the good people of Kansas to rethink their political choices.

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The slave labor behind your favorite clothing brands: Gap, H&M and more exposed

The slave labor behind your favorite clothing brands: Gap, H&M and more exposed | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A new report from Human Rights Watch details the criminally abusive conditions in Cambodia's garment factories
Kenneth Weene's insight:

Garment workers have always been underpaid and ill-treated, in part no doubt due to the fact that so many of them are women. That is why the creation of the union in the U.S. was such a forward step. It is difficult today to buy clothes that are not made in a sweat shop by workers who are being exploited by both their employers and their government. While I know the answer cannot be to stop buing clothing, perhaps we can each find ways to pressure the clothing industry to adhere to higher standards. For my part, I try to buy less and send more to buy clothes that are made in reasonable settings. Does that solve the problem of poverty? Of course not, but for my part I don't want to be a contributor to the abuse.

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Kara Tippetts, a woman who wrote an open letter to Brittany Maynard, is about to die

Kara Tippetts, a woman who wrote an open letter to Brittany Maynard, is about to die | Upsetment | Scoop.it

Photo: "Kara Tippetts, a mother of four with terminal breast cancer, is in hospice care. (Jay “Napoleon” Lyons)" Mrs. Tippetts wrote to Brittany Maynard suggesting she reconsider her November decision to die through physician assisted suicide. 

Kenneth Weene's insight:

I applaud both women, Mrs. Tippetts and Ms. Maynard, for bringing this important debate to the public eye. While I am strongly in favor of physician assisted suicide, I also strongly respect the right of those who wish to die through the natural progression of their disease. Meanwhile, a special shout-out to the workers and volunteers who provide hospice care and to those physicians willing to take part in helping people to find peaceful passing.

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Louisiana Parish Fights Plan to Burn Tons of Propellant No One Wants

Louisiana Parish Fights Plan to Burn Tons of Propellant No One Wants | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Webster Parish residents and others said they would not shy from a confrontation if the authorities proceed with a plan to openly burn an abandoned stockpile of M6 propellant.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

So the military spends a fortune, making a private company rich, on materials it doesn't need. Then it wants to expose people and animals to toxic materials as those same materials are burned, again at government expense and my guess using private contractors. Somehow, this defines government waste and the problem with the military-industrial-espionage complex.

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Pentagon loses track of $500 million in weapons, equipment given to Yemen

With the country in chaos, the U.S. cannot account for guns, vehicles and other equipment, amid fears that it is at risk of being seized by rebels or al-Qaeda, according to officials.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

Just to remind you: "Washington spent $25 billion to re-create and arm Iraq’s security forces after the 2003 U.S.-led invasion, only to see the Iraqi army easily defeated last year by a ragtag collection of Islamic State fighters who took control of large parts of the country." Perhaps it's time to end the weapons for dictators and shaky regimes approach to foreign policy. Meanwhile the GOP wants to expand the Pentagon's budget. What an idiotic way to run the railroad. 

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Netanyahu Soundly Defeats Chief Rival in Israeli Elections

Netanyahu Soundly Defeats Chief Rival in Israeli Elections | Upsetment | Scoop.it
After a bruising campaign focused on his failings, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seemed all but certain to form a new government, though he offended many in the process.
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As an American of Jewish ancestry, I weep for Israel and for the Palestinian people. After all these years of the diaspora and the horrors of the Holocaust, Jews should be rejecting such racist and hate-filled politics in favor or peace and cooperation. Sure it won't be easy to make a workable peace and end the enmity of the Arab world, but is that not the proper goal? Is it not what the prophets of all religions would preach?

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Pardons Elude Men Freed After Decades in North Carolina Prison

Pardons Elude Men Freed After Decades in North Carolina Prison | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Henry L. McCollum and Leon Brown have clung to a minimal existence, absent substantive remuneration, counseling or public aid in transitioning back to society.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

The real question is not should these men be pardoned as much as how they should be treated by a state that has so harmed them. Financial remuneration to people who have no idea how to live in the modern world, while certainly appropriate is insufficient. There should be every attempt to provide them services and especially long-term protection, for example creating their pension and healthcare plans. I consider exonerated prisoners as being very much the same as returning P.O.W.s from our military. That the enemy who captured them was the American inJustice system does not make their suffering less but more. That it is so often a racial matter as well—that surely is unspeakably wrong.

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Netanyahu says no Palestinian state if he wins

Netanyahu says no Palestinian state if he wins | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The Israeli prime minister’s assertion appeared to reverse his previous declarations of support of a two-state solution to end the conflict.
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Hey, Republicans, you want to give him another standing ovation?

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Washington’s Big China Screw-up

Washington’s Big China Screw-up | Upsetment | Scoop.it
In March alone, France, Italy, Germany, and the United Kingdom have now all agreed to join a major, China-led initiative that could one day rival…
Kenneth Weene's insight:

It is time for the U.S. government and we the people to understand that we are not in charge of the world nor should we try to be. When I was a kid I learned that it was never a good idea to play with a kid who, because he owned the ball, always had to be captain. Sadly, those kids never got it that as soon as the other kids could buy their own ball they would and would not want to be friends anymore. A simple playground lesson lost on Washington.

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Arizona Legislature Passes Bill to Keep Cops’ Names Secret After They Shoot Civilians

Arizona Legislature Passes Bill to Keep Cops’ Names Secret After They Shoot Civilians | Upsetment | Scoop.it
On Tuesday the Arizona Legislature passed a bill that would forbid any state agency from releasing the name of police officers who shoot a civilian when that shooting results in death or “serious physical injury.” The act would bar law enforcement, as well as all government entities, from releasing an...
Kenneth Weene's insight:

I cannot imagine that this law will stand up to freedom or the press, nor does it stand up to my notion of transparency in government. While I do not support harassing of an officer whose actions are open to question, I do support making sure that the public is informed and knows what has gone on. I hope that the Republican voters or Arizona will join me in being offended by this travesty. 

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Yemen Was Washington’s Counterterrorism Success Story. Not Anymore.

Yemen Was Washington’s Counterterrorism Success Story. Not Anymore. | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The sudden departure of U.S. special operations forces from Yemen marks a devastating blow to a counterterrorism campaign that Barack Obama's administration had heralded as…
Kenneth Weene's insight:

Why had we invested so heavily in a corrupt, inept, and tyrannical regime? Oh, right, we're the U.S.A. and are always on the side of angels. While Mr. Obama's administration was foolish to continue this involvement and will be blamed for the loss of equipment and resources, the real mistake of getting involved in Yemen goes back to good old George W.. I wonder if Cheney hadn't been pulling him by the nose of the little Bush might have done less harm. Just a question I muse on while I see the Middle East fall apart.

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“Crack cocaine for the Pentagon”: Meet the secret slush fund that’s getting hawks high

“Crack cocaine for the Pentagon”: Meet the secret slush fund that’s getting hawks high | Upsetment | Scoop.it
While the right cuts tons of basic services, here's the secret slush fund the military doesn't want you to discover
Kenneth Weene's insight:

First created by the Bush fuck-everything-up team and then codified by the Obama let's-not-make-people-angry crew, the OCO is a great way for the military-industrial-espionage complex to lie to the American people. And only one politician is trying to blow the whistle. Bernie Sanders may be the last decent person in Washington. I wonder if anyone else will line up behind him in this battle with the Pentagon spenders.

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What Starbucks' Race Relations Stunt Can Learn From a Chipotle Burrito

What Starbucks' Race Relations Stunt Can Learn From a Chipotle Burrito | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Starbucks needs Chipotle's food-for-thought recipe: honest storytelling on cups and bags — and nothing more
Kenneth Weene's insight:

An interesting piece that asks a greater underlying question: Can literature matter? Will people think about the weighty words printed on coffee cups and take-away bags? Whatever one may think of Starbuck's or Chipotle, they are both expressing a belief in the worth and intelligence of their customers, a belief which, in itself, refreshes us as a people. 

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Prosecutor pens apology to innocent man he sent to prison for 30 years: ‘I wasn’t interested in justice’

Prosecutor pens apology to innocent man he sent to prison for 30 years: ‘I wasn’t interested in justice’ | Upsetment | Scoop.it

After apologizing to Ford and all involved in the trial, Stroud called for an end to  the death penalty saying it was “an abomination that continues to scar the fibers of this society.”

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Now, will the state of Louisiana take responsibility for doing something so wrong to an innocent man.

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Sheriff Arpaio admits to crimes in order to avoid trial. Victims: 'This won't fly' /UPDATE

Sheriff Arpaio admits to crimes in order to avoid trial. Victims: 'This won't fly' /UPDATE | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Yes I'm guilty. Can we move on now?

Very quietly this week, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's attorneys filed papers admitting that the ...
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Mr Arpaio needs to be removed from office and sued by the taxpayers of Maricopa  County for the costs he has created by his illegal and bigoted behaviors. Then, he should be ridden out of town. I don;t know who'd want him, perhaps the Taliban; I understand they like dumb.

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Lawyer: Martese Johnson is a respected leader, did not produce fake ID

Lawyer: Martese Johnson is a respected leader, did not produce fake ID | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Martese Johnson’s lawyer described his client as a well-respected leader at the University of Virginia.
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Meanwhile on Fox News an all white panel condemned teaching about police violence as part of Black History Month in a Virginia school district. Perhaps it's time for the fools on Faux to shut up and stop spewing their hate, which feeds racism and police violence.

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Virginia gov. calls for investigation into student's arrest

Virginia gov. calls for investigation into student's arrest | Upsetment | Scoop.it
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — About 1,000 students gathered at the University of Virginia campus Wednesday night to demand justice for a student who was injured during an arrest and appears in a photo with a bloody face as he is being held down by an officer.
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At least these overly zealous police have brought a greater awareness to the white students at UVA. They now understand that it police brutality towards Blacks is real and present in their community. The real problem is that these individual officers will probably suffer little of consequence. Oh, the young man will get some money, but that won't come from these cops. I applaud the governor for stepping in so quickly.

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Cyclone Pam: Supplies begin to reach survivors

Cyclone Pam: Supplies begin to reach survivors | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Emergency aid is beginning to reach some of the worst-hit islands of Vanuatu, after a cyclone tore through flattening entire villages.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

It amazes me that people still live in these remote South Pacific nations. I wonder what their lives are like—in the good times as well as in times like this when they are fighting to survive.

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Lucy Sullivan's curator insight, March 19, 10:25 PM

After seeing the damage of tropical cyclone Marcia I have recently made a goal to help with disaster relief either in Australia or overseas. The destruction that cyclone Marcia had on the cities and towns that were hit were devastating with some still recovering. It would be a passion of mine to be over in Vanuatu helping those people who lost far more than we did. 

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Netanyahu Warns Supporters That a Lot of Arabs Are Voting

Netanyahu Warns Supporters That a Lot of Arabs Are Voting | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Facing a potential defeat in Israeli elections, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned supporters in a video Tuesday that the country’s Arabs are voting in large numbers. “The right-wing government is in danger. Arab voters are coming out in droves to the polls,” said Netanyahu, per Haaretz. “Left-wing organizations are busing...
Kenneth Weene's insight:

Herein lies a big part of my problem with Netanahu; he sees democratic process as a threat. I think it is great that the Israeli Arabs are taking part in an election that will so greatly affect their lives.

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U.N. Orders Review of 1961 Crash That Killed Dag Hammarskjold

U.N. Orders Review of 1961 Crash That Killed Dag Hammarskjold | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The cause of the plane crash in September 1961 that killed the United Nations secretary general has never been established.
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To this day, Hammarskjold has remained one of my heroes. He believed not simply in the United Nations but in the rights of all people. I will be watching for the conclusions and hopefully the new information that will come from this long-overdue investigation.

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