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Exile on Peachtree Street - Christmas Puzzle by Kenneth Weene

Exile on Peachtree Street - Christmas Puzzle by Kenneth Weene | Upsetment | Scoop.it

A short story of Christmas, puzzles, and noir.

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Hope you enjoy this piece of my noir.

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Scott Walker Supporter Charged With Major Voter Fraud Claims Amnesia

Scott Walker Supporter Charged With Major Voter Fraud Claims Amnesia | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A supporter of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) has been charged with over a dozen counts of election fraud -- though he reportedly claims a form of temporary amnesia has left him unable to recall his actions.
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What on earth would motivate somebody to do this? Interesting that it so often seems to be voters from the right who actually engage in voter fraud; I wonder why that is, too.

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If the Republicans Win Big on Tuesday, So Will the CIA

If the Republicans Win Big on Tuesday, So Will the CIA | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The intel community has spent years being bashed by Senate Democrats. Things will be very different if Richard Burr is in charge.
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If you don't think there are real differences between the two political parties, you should read this article. As my friends know, I am an outspoken critic of the Military-Industrial-Espionage Complex that has  its tentacles wrapped around Washington and is over-reaching throughout the world. If you agree with me, you really don't want a Republican Congress.

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Israel Blocks Access to Contested Holy Site in Jerusalem

Israel Blocks Access to Contested Holy Site in Jerusalem | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Authorities closed off all access to a holy site in the Old City on Thursday, a step that a Palestinian spokesman called “a declaration of war.”
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Perhaps this could be the beginning of Israeli-Palestinian cooperation instead of enmity. Have the Palestinian Authority provide some of the troops enforcing peace on the mount, enforcing it for both Arabs and Jews alike. As for those who would ultra-nationalist Jews who would deliberately provoke by trying to access the top of the mount, which is supposed to be reserved for Muslim worship, they should face serious criminal penalties. On the other hand, it might also help if the Palestinian authorities would also allow occasional (and only occasional) visits by Jews (and others) to the mosque where they might also pray. While this is going on, perhaps the Muslim community could also be given access to the Western Wall for shot periods, although I don't know that it has particular meaning to them.

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This Is What Happens When You Criticize Teach for America

This Is What Happens When You Criticize Teach for America | Upsetment | Scoop.it
An internal memo reveals how TFA’s obsessive PR game covers up its lack of results in order to justify greater expansion.
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The best of ideas once grown into a bureaucracy will lose its way.  It is the nature of bureaucracies that they defend themselves, expand themselves, attack their critics, and above all deny the realities which might lead to their change. That the goal of Teach For America was to improve the education of those most in need makes TFA's loss of direction all the worse, for that need is greater than ever. That TFA is an NGO only makes this story even sadder, for the people running it should be taking pains to look at themselves.

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Jose Canseco 'Loses Finger' in Gun Accident

Jose Canseco 'Loses Finger' in Gun Accident | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The former baseball star was reportedly cleaning his handgun
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If you must own guns, they need to be cleaned regularly. Dirt causes them to malfunction. However, it is advisable to make sure they are fully unloaded before cleaning. Now that isn't too confusing is it? I wonder if gun owners are taught basic care and safety; of course they aren't nothing should interfere with their right to carry around that weapon. Sorry, but my sarcasm cup runneth over.

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Profs Bumble Into Big Legal Trouble After Election Experiment Goes Way Wrong

Profs Bumble Into Big Legal Trouble After Election Experiment Goes Way Wrong | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Political scientists from two of the nation's most highly respected universities, usually impartial observers of political firestorms, now find themselves at the center of an electoral drama with tens of thousands of dollars and the election of two state supreme court justices at stake.

Their research experiment, which involved sending official-looking flyers to 100,000 Montana voters just weeks before Election Day, is now the subject of an official state inquiry that could lead to substantial
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That political science professors from two top universities saw nothing wrong with appropriating the official seal of a state without permission is very troubling. That the good people of Montana complained about this and that this "quasi experiment" is now being investigated is, however, very good news. We get so much junk mail before elections that I have learned to winnow it carefully before taking it into the house. Third party material automatically goes in the garbage unless it is non-partisan, e.g. the League of Women Voters. But this piece might have gotten by me because it appeared to be from the state.

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George F. Will: The nastiest political tactic this year

George F. Will: The nastiest political tactic this year | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The actions of a Democratic district attorney are taking a toll on the belief in government’s legitimacy.
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This is the kind of political tactic that is abhorrent no matter from what political side it is launched. No district attorney should be allowed to engage in such gangster tactics as Milwaukee Country's John Chisholm. That he is using cover of authority to harass and intimidate the supporters of a candidate he doesn't like is indefensible. This is the kind of political behavior at a state level that demands a federal investigation. Sadly, the candidate whom he has been trying to help, Mary Burke, Democratic candidate for governor, who is worthy of election, can only be tarnished by this lawless behavior.

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Egypt leader: 'Foreign hands' behind Sinai attack

Egypt leader: 'Foreign hands' behind Sinai attack | Upsetment | Scoop.it
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said Saturday that an assault on an army checkpoint in the Sinai Peninsula that killed 30 troops was a "foreign-funded operation" and vowed to take drastic action against militants.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

The goal of Muhammad was the integration of the Arab world into a common community based on faith. The actuality of the Muslim world is that it is a vipers' nest of intrigue and conflict. Often the worst of what is done there is done in the name of Allah, which goes to show that humankind is a nasty species for all our claims of contact with the divine.

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Special report: America's perpetual state of emergency

Special report: America's perpetual state of emergency | Upsetment | Scoop.it

States of emergency, warsThe United States is in a perpetual state of emergency. Thirty separate emergencies, in fact.

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States of emergency, wars on this and that, czars for one purpose and another and all that coupled with corporations becoming people and the end of limits on political spending:  the government of the United States has become a caricature of "1984." It is time for some serious rethinking of how we govern ourselves.

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Whistleblowers say USAID’s IG removed critical details from public reports

Whistleblowers say USAID’s IG removed critical details from public reports | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Auditors and employees have complained about negative findings being stricken from agency audits.
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This is an example of how bureaucracy dysfunctions in its attempts to protect itself. One of the greatest problems with government today is the creation of such self-protecting attitudes. If you are interested in how the USAID spends its allocated money, you may also want to look at http://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/where-usaid-funding-is-going/2014/10/22/2b49ef46-5a3d-11e4-b812-38518ae74c67_graphic.html ;

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Official autopsy shows Michael Brown had close-range wound to his hand, marijuana in system : News

Official autopsy shows Michael Brown had close-range wound to his hand, marijuana in system : News | Upsetment | Scoop.it
St. Louis County medical examiner's findings match private autopsy report in most ways but they vary on closeness of gun to wound on right thumb.
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Now there are two conflicting autopsies. The feds are doing a third. Whom to believe? What I do know is that marijuana and grabbing for the officer's gun are somewhat inconsistent. The location of the body and the blood on the ground don't seem consistent with the city's autopsy either. But we'll have to wait to hear all the information. One thing I would love to know, what did Wilson say to Brown and his companion that would have set off a battle; if Wilson's version is correct, why did this kid suddenly go into attack mode? If they had found amphetamines of Special K, maybe. Hyped on testosterone, perhaps. But pot? Not likely.

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Report: Brown's blood found in Mo. cop's car

Report: Brown's blood found in Mo. cop's car | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Forensic tests just released in the Ferguson, Mo., police shooting of an unarmed black teenager more than two months ago are shedding new light on the incident.
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If ever evidence sounded planted this is it. This major scuffle should have been obvious right off. For example, where were the fight marks on Brown? They had this ferocious scuffle and there was no bruise or cut? How about on Wilson; Brown attacked him but where are his bruises? Then shot Brown ran; where is the blood trail? This just stinks of lies.

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Hong Kong Leader: We Can't Let Poor People Dominate Elections!

Hong Kong Leader: We Can't Let Poor People Dominate Elections! | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The chief executive of Hong Kong on Monday dismissed protesters' demand to allow the public to directly nominate candidates for the city's top post as unacceptable because it would allow poor people to dominate elections.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

This is the clearest statement I have seen of the reality that China has given up the illusion of democracy that underlay the peasants' support of the revolution. It is time for the people there to retake possession of their country and their lives. This should also be a warning to Americans (and Europeans) that the wealthy and powerful are almost always looking to take control of everything. Democracy may not be perfect, but it is better than oligarchy.

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Les pauvres ne peuvent pas, selon le chef de l'éxécutif chinois, choisir et élire un représentant ... 

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Fact check: 2014 campaign whoppers

Fact check: 2014 campaign whoppers | Upsetment | Scoop.it
No shortage of tall tales in the midterm elections, from both parties.
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Wouldn't it be nice if politicians told the truth? Sadly, there are so many lies and distortions. Here are a few from both sides of the aisle. 

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At fast-growing Brookings, donors may have an impact on research agenda

At fast-growing Brookings, donors may have an impact on research agenda | Upsetment | Scoop.it
OUTSIDE IN | As the storied think tank increasingly emphasizes fundraising, donors — corporations, wealthy individuals and foreign entities — gain a voice in setting the agenda.
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Is this highly regarded think tank becoming another form of lobbyist? When did money become not just the root of all evil but the measure of truth?

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It Broke Her Heart Seeing Her Daughter's Facebook Page, Asking For Someone To Please Be Her Friend

It Broke Her Heart Seeing Her Daughter's Facebook Page, Asking For Someone To Please Be Her Friend | Upsetment | Scoop.it
If it can save even one life, let's get the word out.
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If you have a teenager in your home, make sure they see this. If you text and drive, please watch this. Most importantly remember, "If you're texting, you're not driving #justdrive"

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Jim Crow returns

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Double voting: Election officials in 27 states, most of them Republicans, may launch a massive purge of black, Hispanic and Asian-American voters.
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What the perpetrators of voter suppression forget is that those who are disenfranchised are in effect being told that they are not part of the social contract, which means they have no reason to cooperate with the system. If you take away a person's right to vote, why should they support your laws, your police system, even your personal rights? It seems clear to me that this is a disaster in the making. The right wing is justifying terrorism and lawlessness by in effect telling members of minorities that they are not Americans.

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3-Month-old Baby Shoots Texas Man In The Face

3-Month-old Baby Shoots Texas Man In The Face | Upsetment | Scoop.it
This totally never happens except when it does. After another apparent accidental shooting, Houston police are investigating. This time, the culprit is a 3-month-old baby. You see, the baby had acc...
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Obviously if the child had received intrauterine gun training this would not have happened. Sorry, but this guy shouldn't be allowed to have a weapon if he can't secure it properly.

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U.S. condemns Iran's hanging of alleged rape victim

U.S. condemns Iran's hanging of alleged rape victim | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Despite vast social media campaign, Reyhaneh Jabbari is hanged in Iran today for the self-defense killing of her rapist. Her Tehran execution is widely condemned by human rights organizations and the State Department
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This has the makings of a novel. Was he actually trying to rape her? Was he an espionage agent? What damning information did she have about him and the Iranian government? Did she have to be hanged for political or spy related reasons? Yep, I can imagine the novel; who will write it?

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Law Lets I.R.S. Seize Accounts on Suspicion, No Crime Required

Law Lets I.R.S. Seize Accounts on Suspicion, No Crime Required | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Using a law designed to help catch drug traffickers, racketeers and terrorists by tracking their cash, the government has gone after run-of-the-mill business owners and wage earners.
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Take the stupidity of the war on drugs, mix with the inhumanity of bureaucratic thinking, and add a healthy measure of law enforcement arrogance and this is the kind of injustice with which you end up. Note that those pro-business stalwarts on the right aren't fighting this injustice, after all these are the little businesses, the hard working folks. And dare we ask which drug dealers are so stupid as to fall into this trap anyway?

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Indiana dad cleaning gun shoots 9-month-old son in the head, and himself in the leg

Indiana dad cleaning gun shoots 9-month-old son in the head, and himself in the leg | Upsetment | Scoop.it
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Which is one example of why the man whom President Obama has nominated to be Surgeon General says that guns are a pediatric healthcare issue. Of course the Republican Party held hostage by the NRA and the far right sees that as a disqualification for the nominee rather than a simple recognition of the true issue.

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Alison Grimes doubles down on a 4-Pinocchio claim

Alison Grimes doubles down on a 4-Pinocchio claim | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Challenger Alison Grimes (D) puts her credibility on the line by asserting 4-Pinocchio claims herself.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

While I am no fan of Mitch McConnell, I can see why the Democratic Party has pulled back its support of Alison Grimes. It is very sad that our political parties come up with so many incompetent and mendacious candidates. Where are the real leaders—not just at the presidential level but throughout the system?

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A Hispanic man delivers absentee ballots, and now conservatives want him dead

A Hispanic man delivers absentee ballots, and now conservatives want him dead | Upsetment | Scoop.it
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While my wife and I personally mail our early ballots, I do know that representatives can bring them in for us here in Arizona. Clearly, this man is not breaking any law. My questions: 1) Does an elected or appointed official who knowingly misstates the law in order to distort the political climate thereby disqualify him(her)self from holding office? 2) Does the spokesman for a political party who does the same kind of distorting thereby cause you to question that party and its elected officials? 3) Why do people think Glenn Beck is more than an asshole?

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Jury to decide if Tsarnaev friend was liar or high

Jury to decide if Tsarnaev friend was liar or high | Upsetment | Scoop.it
BOSTON (AP) — A friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev told a string of lies to investigators, a prosecutor told a jury Tuesday, but a defense lawyer said the defendant was a frightened 19-year-old who couldn't remember certain details because he had smoked marijuana for at least 12 hours straight.
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How do we spell pathetic? How about Robel Phillipos? What a great defense: I was too stoned to know anything. He probably didn't have the mens rea necessary for conviction, but he sure has the mind stupid. My guess is that his best career choice will be a substance abuse counselor since nobody would ever hire him to do anything else that would require a brain.

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More Jewish Settlers Move Into East Jerusalem Neighborhood

More Jewish Settlers Move Into East Jerusalem Neighborhood | Upsetment | Scoop.it
An earlier influx of settlers to the Silwan area had been condemned by the Obama administration as “provocative.”
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This gets really messy. They bought the buildings, which makes it their property and they have every legal right to turn them into Jewish buildings. BUT! My first but is about the people who sold the buildings, presumably Palestinians themselves. Were I an Arab, I'd want their heads on a platter for this betrayal. My second but is about the people moving there. Clearly, they are expecting this to lead to trouble and the eventual use of Israeli military and police force to expand their presence, and that is disgusting. I don't know which group makes me angrier; it seems that there are always those who want to fan the flames of rage in Jerusalem.

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