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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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Blood feud: Senate leaders can’t stand each otherTitle goes here

Blood feud: Senate leaders can’t stand each otherTitle goes here | Upsetment | Scoop.it

A well researched piece on the dysfunction of the U.S. Senate and the personal rivalry that has developed between Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell.

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Slowly, inexorably, the growing enmity of American politics has crept into the Senate making that once genial club now a place of conflict and dysfunction. Meanwhile, most of us Americans are fed up with both sides and want rational discussion and reasonable solutions instead of bickering and blocking one another.

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NSA, FBI Spied on Muslim Public Figures' Email, Used "Raghead" Slur in Internal Document

NSA, FBI Spied on Muslim Public Figures' Email, Used "Raghead" Slur in Internal Document | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The biggest news of the day is from Glenn Greenwald's new site, The Intercept, in a story co-written by Greenwald and Murtaza Hussain: The National Security Agency and FBI have covertly monitored the emails of prominent Muslim-Americans—including a political candidate and several civil rights activists, academics, and lawyers—under secretive procedures...
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This is not only profoundly disturbing and disgusting, it is also so anti-American as to make me question what has happened to the country I grew up loving.

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CA pastor and parishioners plead guilty to forcing 13-year-old boy to dig his own grave

CA pastor and parishioners plead guilty to forcing 13-year-old boy to dig his own grave | Upsetment | Scoop.it
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When you wrap sadistic pathology in the guise of Christianity, you get this vile creature. I can only hope that his fellow prisoners help him to relive every moment of his "fun." Meanwhile, we can only pray for the youngster whom these idiots tortured.

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Bankers warn over rising US business lending - FT.com

Bankers warn over rising US business lending - FT.com | Upsetment | Scoop.it

 

US lending to businesses is reaching record levels but banks are privately warning that the activity should not be seen as evidence of an economic recovery. Much of the corporate lending is going to fund payouts to shareholders, finance acquisitions and fuel the domestic energy boom rather than to support companies' organic growth.

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In other words, the banker driven Ponzi scheme is continuing. It shows up as profits, which means bonuses, which are then siphoned off while the money goes round and round. I see another debacle coming.

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Syria's female refugees facing poverty, harassment and isolation

Syria's female refugees facing poverty, harassment and isolation | Upsetment | Scoop.it
UN report reveals toll of war on women as the sole providers for a quarter of the families who have fled the fighting
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Wherever there is internal unrest it is the women and children who suffer most. Whether it is these hapless victims of the civil war in Syria or the children being sent by their families to escape the upheaval in Guatemala, the story of suffering and misery is in their eyes and will unquestionably come back to haunt another generation and another. Humans, we are often a disgusting species, given to killing one another for what -- so our leader can be more important than the other group's leader? Shame on us.

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3 Israeli Suspects Confess Killing Palestinian Teenager

3 Israeli Suspects Confess Killing Palestinian Teenager | Upsetment | Scoop.it
JERUSALEM (AP) — Three Israeli suspects in the vigilante-style killing of a Palestinian teenager who was abducted and burned to death last week confessed to the crime on Monday and were re-enacting the incident for authorities, an official said...
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There is no place in the human community for such behavior. It was below contempt and there is no punishment that is appropriate. That said, can we also recognize that those who bomb and shoot rockets and those who use drones and mortars are also hoping to burn innocent people to death as well. Removing it themselves from the crime makes it no less despicable--be they Palestinians, Israelis, Americans, Syrians, Sunni, Shia, or whatever. Shame on our species.

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Where Do Borders Need to Be Redrawn? - Room for Debate - NYTimes.com

Where Do Borders Need to Be Redrawn? - Room for Debate - NYTimes.com | Upsetment | Scoop.it
What parts of the world should rethink their maps? Why and how?
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An interesting set of discussions. Of course, what might be better is a world without borders, but that is for another time and perhaps a better species.

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Liberty, equality and Lincoln’s legacy: Is America doomed?

Liberty, equality and Lincoln’s legacy: Is America doomed? | Upsetment | Scoop.it
With Obama's dreams of being a second Lincoln ruined by a new civil war, how long can our paralyzed country last?
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What do you thing: Is our nation doomed? Will the U.S.A. go the way of the Soviet Union? Or can we save ourselves? An excellent think piece. By the way, did you catch my interview of John McKee Barr on It Matters Radio? He is the author of "Loathing Lincoln."

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We’re not that polarized. Oh yes, we are.

We’re not that polarized. Oh yes, we are. | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A new study concludes there is less polarization that advertised. Not everyone agrees.
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What do you think? Is the U.S. polarized? Too polarized to function? Some questions I wish had been asked: 1) Is it okay for people to disagree on issues of government, or is there just one correct answer? 2) If people disagree, should the majority position be accepted even while the minority try to change that majority opinion? 3) Do politicians do enough to explain and clarify the positions on which there is disagreement?  4) Is the messiness of government and politics is okay, but politicians should stop trying to hold programs, laws, and appointments hostage; do we need to get more things done.

What about you? Any questions you'd want discusses?

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Supreme Court OKs another religious birth control exemption

Supreme Court OKs another religious birth control exemption | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A divided Supreme Court gave a small Christian college in Illinois a temporary exemption Thursday from the “contraceptive mandate” in President Obama ’s healthcare law, renewing questions about how the justices will handle religious requests to opt out of the rule.
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Has the Supreme Court lost its way? While I disagreed with the Hobby Lobby decision, it at least offered a path forward using a compromise, but this decision not only puts that path forward at risk but also apparently flies in the face of the process by which the court functions, one of agreement and discussion.

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WASHINGTON: As federal highway fund nears empty, DOT warns states to expect less | Congress | McClatchy DC

WASHINGTON: As federal highway fund nears empty, DOT warns states to expect less | Congress | McClatchy DC | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The U.S. Department of Transportation said Tuesday that it would start limiting payments to states for road and transit projects next month in an attempt to conserve the federal Highway Trust Fund’s rapidly diminishing cash balance.
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Infrastructure deterioration -- Brought to us by the never-ending constipation of this Congress and the Republican Party. Here in Arizona the GOP has set up the road funds such that every road can be maintained about once every 78 years -- now that means disaster.

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Study: Muslims hate terrorism, too

Study: Muslims hate terrorism, too | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A new Pew survey finds growing anger and fear of extremist threats in the Muslim world
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It is too easy for other people, especially Americans, to forget the average Muslim values a stable and safe life. Extremism and militancy are not what they want in their countries.

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U.S. Visas Helped Fuel the Juarez Drug Wars

U.S. Visas Helped Fuel the Juarez Drug Wars | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The ICE informants didn’t just go ‘sideways’ in Ciudad Juárez, they shipped drugs and waged a savage war with U.S. help.
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Is the War on Drugs corrupting our bureaucracy? Of course it is. So what do we do? Most of us say stop the damn war. It isn't working, but it is doing incredible harm.

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America’s Only Pot Researcher Fired Before She Could Help Vets

America’s Only Pot Researcher Fired Before She Could Help Vets | Upsetment | Scoop.it
After years of trying, Dr. Sue Sisley got approval for a groundbreaking study of marijuana as a treatment for PTSD. Three months later, she was out of a job.
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Once again Arizona's Republican politicians show they are more concerned with kowtowing to their right wing base than they are in doing the right thing, even when that right thing is proper research designed to help veterans. I have said this before and I will keep saying it: If we want intelligent government in Arizona, we have to stop giving the GOP the reins.

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Man Killed By Grandson After He Shoots Son In Family Dispute

Man Killed By Grandson After He Shoots Son In Family Dispute | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A North Carolina man was shot to death allegedly by his 11-year-old grandson Monday night after the man shot his son during a family dispute, Raleigh TV station WRAL reported.
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I know Joe Biden was right. Just use that shotgun, for get about those other weapons. Seriously, how sad a family dynamic is this? What are these people doing with weapons at the ready to kill one another?

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Chris Christie Defends Refusal To Meet With Sandy Hook Parents

Chris Christie Defends Refusal To Meet With Sandy Hook Parents | Upsetment | Scoop.it
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) defended his decision not to meet with the families of the children killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School before vetoing gun control legislation last week, saying during a press conference Monday that there was not...
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And it would have taken less time to meet with them, explain his position, and express his grief for their loss than it will take for him to bluster about why he didn't want to seem hypocritical. The man just lacks a sense of the worth of others, which should exist even if he disagrees with them.

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Here's The Crime-Ridden Hellscape That Is Colorado After Legal Weed

Here's The Crime-Ridden Hellscape That Is Colorado After Legal Weed | Upsetment | Scoop.it
By Daniel Wallis DENVER, July 3 (Reuters) - At the Native Roots Apothecary, a discreet marijuana shop in a grand old building in Denver's busy 16th street shopping mall, business is so brisk that customers are given a number before ...
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Whatever. Seriously, this suggests that ending at least some of the war on drugs will result in less crime, more state services, and meaningful discussion with young people about the effects on developing brains. Sounds like we should call in the troops.

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Germany to spy on US for first time since 1945 after ‘double agent’ scandal

Germany to spy on US for first time since 1945 after ‘double agent’ scandal | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government is planning to scrap a no-spy agreement Germany has held with Britain and the United States since 1945 in response to an embarrassing US-German intelligence service scandal which has deeply soured relations between Berlin and Washington.
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Obviously, the CIA doesn't understand the word mutual. I have said it many times before, our espionage industry is running amok and worse is incompetent. 

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The political motives of mass killers | Al Jazeera America

The political motives of mass killers | Al Jazeera America | Upsetment | Scoop.it
What a lack of mental health services and gun control doesn’t explain about mass violence in America
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This is an incredibly important piece. I would only add that those who see themselves as losing the race and who feel that they have never had a fair chance in the game, will necessarily be angry. They will hit out, usually not at those who are winning but at those who are more vulnerable. If the distress of feeling that one is a loser also loosens the internal controls, what we call mental health, well that makes the potential for danger even greater.

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IRBIL, Iraq: Islamic State releases video of Baghdadi in Mosul in new assertion of authority | Iraq | McClatchy DC

IRBIL, Iraq: Islamic State releases video of Baghdadi in Mosul in new assertion of authority | Iraq | McClatchy DC | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The Islamic State on Saturday released a video of what it said was its leader, Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, directing Friday prayers in one of Mosul’s oldest mosques, an event that not only displayed the group’s military control over Iraq’s second largest city but also served as a bold assertion of religious authority.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

I read this an am transported back to the Middle Ages. If God is speaking though this man, through the Pope, through the Head Rabbi in Jerusalem, or anyone else, I'll surely go to hell; but I think that all such claims are full of shit. If there were a God, I don't think that God would pick one spokesperson and give him or her the truth. Nope, just another hot air balloon full of himself and wanting to run the world.

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Palestinians: Arab teen was burned to death

Palestinians: Arab teen was burned to death | Upsetment | Scoop.it
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Palestinian attorney general says autopsy results of an Arab teenager who Palestinians say was killed by Israeli extremists in a revenge attack show he was burned to death.
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An eye for an eye and we all end up blind. Isn't it time for peace between Israelis and Palestinians? Time to stop the illegal settlements (and the legal ones)? Time to stop the rockets and the bombs? Time to recognize the right of everyone to live and seek happiness?

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The Founding Fathers backed Thomas Piketty – and feared a powerful 1 percent

The Founding Fathers backed Thomas Piketty – and feared a powerful 1 percent | Upsetment | Scoop.it
This 4th of July, remember the truth about founding fathers, and their prescient warnings about income inequality
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If you don't know who Thomas Piketty is; no, he was not a founding father. He is a modern French economist who proposes a worldwide tax on wealth to stop the growth of inequality. Meanwhile, the review of the thought of some of our great American heroes is very instructive and interesting.

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Will the Palestinian Unity Government Survive?

Will the Palestinian Unity Government Survive? | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Fundamental flaws in the Hamas-Fatah reconciliation deal, including disputes over security cooperation with Israel, may lead to the fall of the unity government.
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It behooves all sides to work towards creating such a unity government and helping the Palestinian state forward. The efforts of those who would gin up anger and conflict be it through kidnappings or weapons must be resisted. Could the four dead teenagers perhaps become the symbol of a new effort for reconciliation and joint effort? We can always pray.

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A California City Revolts Against Undocumented Immigrants

A California City Revolts Against Undocumented Immigrants | Upsetment | Scoop.it
What one California city's struggle means for the rest of the country
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I wonder what these protestors want done. These undocumented people arrive in the U.S. and the Border Patrol takes them into custody. Should we just dump them back on the other side of the border? Many would die (shame on us) and others would just come back into the states - they have no other place to go. So they have to be "storaged" someplace for processing. That place will have an infusion of workers and jobs. Sounds like a good money deal for a town. Okay, let's find another town, one which won't be as convenient but which will want those jobs and money. But let's not waste our energies on arguing about that; let's figure out how to fix immigration. Meanwhile, I would ask this bunch one  question: How many of their grandparents came through Ellis Island?

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Fox Host: Hobby Lobby Decision Sends 'Shrieking' Feminists Into 'Hysterics' (VIDEO)

Fox Host: Hobby Lobby Decision Sends 'Shrieking' Feminists Into 'Hysterics' (VIDEO) | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Fox News host Greg Gutfeld had some choice words Tuesday for women who opposed the Supreme Court's ruling against the Obamacare contraception mandate.
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I find this behavior by Faux News objectionable. Even if I were to agree with the BL decision, and I don't, I find this condescending and pejorative comment an insult not simply to those women who disagreed with SCOTUS majority but to all women. Does a woman exercising her right to free speech equal hysteria, begging, and screeching? I think not. Oh, and his analogy is totally dumb; his behavior on air is part of his job performance, a woman's choice of contraception is not part of hers.

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