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‘Major setback’ in cliff talks

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The Republican party is marching itself off another kind of cliff.

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United States' Highest-Paid CEO Works for Company That's Never Turned a Profit

United States' Highest-Paid CEO Works for Company That's Never Turned a Profit | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Here's something fun I saw on Bloomberg TV (whose Market Makers is truly the morning show of champions and/or people who are really interested in the bond market) earlier today: The highest-paid CEO in the United States, Charif Souki, works for a company that has never turned a profit. Souki...
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Two things seem obvious to me. One is that executive compensation should be tied to realities of production and function not to the creation of market fantasies. The other is that a system of taxation which makes it meaningful to just suck a company dry is not good for the economy in the long term.

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Israeli Strike in Gaza Strip Kills 3 Top Hamas Commanders

Israeli Strike in Gaza Strip Kills 3 Top Hamas Commanders | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The strike early Thursday was the most significant blow to the armed wing of Hamas’s leadership since Israel’s Gaza operation began six weeks ago.
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Of one thing I am fairly sure: the people of Gaza will not be quelled by killing the Hamas leaders. New leaders will come along, probably even more militant. And more people willing to die for their cause will grow from the sorrow and the rage generated by such killings. This continuing cycle of violence in Gaza is truly madness. Isn't it time for the world community to come together and demand that it stop? Isn't it time for the world community to demand that the superpower most influential in Israel, namely the United States, take some responsibility just as it is time for Russia to take responsibility in Syria?

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Police Shoot Black Lab, Through Window, Claimed it Was a “Lunging Pit bull”

Police Shoot Black Lab, Through Window, Claimed it Was a “Lunging Pit bull” | Upsetment | Scoop.it
"We came outside and saw a police officer with a gun in his hand..."   An Idaho police officer who shot and killed a small black lab sitting inside a vehicle this week has been telling investigators that the dog was a “vicious” pit bull.   Infowars.com Mikael Thalen July 10, 2014   According to…
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These vicious animals have to be controlled. I'm talking about gun-happy cops, not dogs barking in cars.

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Different rules apply | MZS | Roger Ebert

Different rules apply | MZS | Roger Ebert | Upsetment | Scoop.it

"I want to tell you a story about the difference between knowing and understanding." With those words, the author begins one of the best pieces I have read about Ferguson and what it means to be white in America. 

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An incredibly powerful personal reflection on white privilege in America.

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Pope lifts ban on 'left-wing' bishop

Pope lifts ban on 'left-wing' bishop | Upsetment | Scoop.it
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It is about time that the Catholic Church recognizes the Christian value of Liberation Theology. The beatification of Oscar Romero  is long overdue if you want the Church to represent the striving of decent, hard-working, but often poor people throughout the world. Next, perhaps we can have some recognition of the need for birth control. I have no doubt that were Jesus alive today and concerned as he was for people and especially those in need, he would be supporting Planned Parenthood and the use of prevention.

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Suspect in revenge killing of Palestinian teen hunted victim, prosecutors say

Suspect in revenge killing of Palestinian teen hunted victim, prosecutors say | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Man charged with killing Arab teen went on "hunting expedition"
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These scum deserve no mercy. Young? Insane? They are the dregs with neither the capacity for justice towards others nor empathy. Perhaps they could be sent to Guantanamo. Now, that might be a reasonable use for that cancer.

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Hamas says Israel must accept Palestinian demands or face long war

Hamas says Israel must accept Palestinian demands or face long war | Upsetment | Scoop.it
By Asma Alsharif and Dan Williams CAIRO/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Hamas rejected on Saturday as insufficient offers made in Cairo to Palestinian negotiators seeking to end Israel's offensive in the Gaza Strip, and raised the possibility of renewed fighting when the current truce expires. Israel said it had also not yet accepted any proposals made in the Egyptian-mediated talks but, like the Palestinians, its envoys would continue attending them on Sunday. Hamas, Gaza's dominant Islamist group, wants an Israeli-Egyptian blockade on the coastal enclave lifted, as well as the establishment of a seaport and airport, as part of any enduring cessation of hostilities with the Jewish state. "Israel must accept the demands of the Palestinian people or face a long war," Osama Hamdan, the head of Hamas's foreign affairs, said on Facebook.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

Israel cannot give up security and the Palestinian people cannot give up their freedom and economic self-determination. Both will have to recognize the legitimacy of the other is any peace is to come. A two state solution requires recognition that there are in fact two states, both worthy of respect and of safe borders.

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Pope Francis Visits 'Cemetery For Abortion Victims' in South Korea

Pope Francis Visits 'Cemetery For Abortion Victims' in South Korea | Upsetment | Scoop.it
It's a strong anti-abortion gesture
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I visited the U.S. military cemeteries in Belgium; they are much bigger, the crosses and stars much more substantial, but the existence of those fields of death do not deter us from making war. This maudlin gesture will not stop a single abortion. What stops abortion? Better sex education, better availability of contraception, clearer support of the sexual rights of women and especially their right to say no, and the best possible role-modeling from the community about how to be sexually responsible adults.

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Child's detention despite citizenship reveals immigration case woes

Child's detention despite citizenship reveals immigration case woes | Upsetment | Scoop.it
An 11-year-old boy — one of hundreds who have been shuttled to an immigration detention facility in the middle of the New Mexican desert — was released this week after it was discovered that he is a U.S. citizen, according to the child's attorney.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

When you tell a bureaucracy to hurry, this is the kind of mistake that is going to happen. Is this our better natures? Is this the shining city on the hill? While I believe have to protect our borders and to stop illegal immigration, the way to do it is through the best practices and with care and compassion.

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U.S. says siege of Iraqi mountain is over

U.S. says siege of Iraqi mountain is over | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Further intervention by U.S. forces is now far less likely
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This may be the dumbest move possible. It is only a matter of time before the ISIS inspired mobs return to their objective. Isn't anybody in Washington smart enough to recognize good tactics? "If they Americans are willing to use their power here, we'll forget about it for now and come back when they aren't looking." It doesn't get much simpler than that. If we wait until ISIS returns to the scene of the potential crime, it will be way to late. Does the U.S. ever finish anything? Even something that is just plain humanitarian?

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House GOP Campaign Arm Created Misleading Fake News Sites

House GOP Campaign Arm Created Misleading Fake News Sites | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The National Republican Campaign Committee has created fake news sites about House candidates, presumably to take advantage of readers who don't pay close attention to what news sources they read, National Journal reported.

Earlier this year, the NRCC got in some trouble for creating deceptive fake campaign sites for Democrats that ask people to contribute in order to help "defeat" the candidate.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

Partisan reporting has always been a staple of American politics. However, never before the Internet was it so easy to hide the funding and the bias of a source. My assumption is that if I agree with the vast majority of the material from one source, it is probably skewed. That's why I use so many sources. Do you?

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Here’s How to Dig Out of This Stupid Sh*t U.S. Foreign Policy

Here’s How to Dig Out of This Stupid Sh*t U.S. Foreign Policy | Upsetment | Scoop.it
There’s a lot of trash talk at the top (Obama, Hillary, McCain) about what to do in the Middle East. Unfortunately it reflects shoddy leadership at every level.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

The most important simple fact Mr. Gelb addresses is that the U.S. cannot run the world on its own. It is time to recognize the legitimate interests of other large and powerful countries. A second fact is that unity of purpose among nations can only be accomplished when there is an agreed upon great enemy and an agreed clear way to avoid greed in the outcome. To have that second agreement is the task of great diplomacy, which can never come from a country driven by lobbyists. We need a modern-day Cardinal Richelieu, somebody who can see the big picture and work unceasingly towards it. 

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“I just wish I could have been there to help him"

“I just wish I could have been there to help him" | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Mother of Missouri teen killed by police opens up
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If it turns out that the young man did nothing of significance to elicit this brutality, then it will not be enough to punish the cop(s) who pulled the trigger(s). The moment that somebody started the attempt to cover up the truth, they were complicit in the events. Somehow, his wrestling for a police weapon doesn't sound like the truth.

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Mike Rogers Urges Obama to Cut Short Vacation

Mike Rogers Urges Obama to Cut Short Vacation | Upsetment | Scoop.it
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers has denounced President Barack Obama for not cutting his vacation short to deal with the crisis in Iraq.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

I think every leader needs time to unwind and relax. The real problem is that other than Camp David, it is impossible for any POTUS to get away from the cameras. Meanwhile Mr. Obama has ordered the rescue attempt, sent Mr. Holder to Ferguson, monitored and regulated the military activity in Iraq, and done all the other tasks necessary from his vacation. Meanwhile, the Republicans of the house have done nothing bu obstruct for the past years of Mr. Obama's presidency. The house has seldom be in session, and when it has, what have they brought up, how to kill Obamacare..

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Alone Again, Naturally

Alone Again, Naturally | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The rock-star candidate who got elected on his electrifying promise has become a bored bird in a gilded cage.
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A powerful critique of Mr. Obama. He has certainly failed to work on the relationships necessary for the job.

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The Soldiers of Sinjar

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Portraits of ragtag fighters from Sinjar, Iraq,
rallying to protect their homeland.
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It is sad that the Kurdish people have to fight for the freedom of their land and people from those who would tell them how and what to believe. It is inspiring that they are willing to die together no matter what their individual faiths for the freedom of their homes.

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Missouri GOP Outraged About Voter Registration Booths In Ferguson

Missouri GOP Outraged About Voter Registration Booths In Ferguson | Upsetment | Scoop.it
It seems that some citizens of Ferguson want to increase the extremely low voter participation rate in Ferguson, and the Missouri GOP (or, at least the leadership) is not happy about that effort ...
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How does it fan racial tensions to suggest that the community register to vote? Why isn't the GOP suggesting that is the correct way to respond to injustice, to take control via the ballot box?

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Have You Ever Heard Of The Ludlow Massacre? You Might Be Shocked When You See What Happened.

Have You Ever Heard Of The Ludlow Massacre? You Might Be Shocked When You See What Happened. | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Here’s a bit of history that you probably never learned in school.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

When we think of Ferguson, it may be a good idea to remember how many Americans have died as a result of similar social issues. Be sure to join us on It Matters Radio Aug 28, when we'll be talking about the role of Africans at the time of the American Revolution. You may be very surprised.

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Mom seeks change after gay son rejected as eye donor

Mom seeks change after gay son rejected as eye donor | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A.J. Betts' heart, lungs and kidneys all went to needy recipients for lifesaving surgeries. But other tissues — such as bone, tendons and the corneas of his eyes — were rejected because A.J. was gay and had an unknown sexual history.
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The sickness of homophobia will take years to eradicate. How sad a story.

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Transplant Brokers in Israel Lure Desperate Kidney Patients to Costa Rica

Transplant Brokers in Israel Lure Desperate Kidney Patients to Costa Rica | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Facing the prospect of impossibly long waiting lists for organs, some have turned to an underground trade that pairs them with people willing to sell an organ.
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If you listened to It Matters Radio this past Thursday, you would know about the Iranian system which not only provides more than enough kidneys but also makes it affordable to donate. You would also know that the U.S. makes it extra difficult to donate kidneys, which is why this black market exists.

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Libertarians make their voices heard on police in Ferguson, Mo.

Libertarians make their voices heard on police in Ferguson, Mo. | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo., has produced a rare and surprisingly unified response across the ideological spectrum, with Republicans and Democrats joi...
Kenneth Weene's insight:

While Mr. Paul has articulated the issues quite well, I think this is almost a universal concern in America today. The bureaucratization of government in general and the application of that unthinking bureaucratic dictum -- we must expand the growth of our role -- approach to law enforcement has made this moment, at which American values come into conflict with policing, inevitable. The best side libertarianism is the aversion to bureaucratic thinking. How do we make government more responsive to the people without losing those functions we need? It is time for a new management approach to public administration. Any suggestions for a better paradigm? I wish I had a simple answer. What I do know is that a police force which is measured by the number of arrests it makes will make arrests and the one that is measured by the number of false arrests it corrects will have fewer arrests but perhaps more justice. Funding should be based on performance, but performance has to be properly measured using appropriate metrics.

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In Ferguson, Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery gives account of his arrest

In Ferguson, Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery gives account of his arrest | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Wesley Lowery, in Missouri covering the aftermath of a teen’s shooting, was detained by police Wednesday.
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This kind of abuse of police power should be a central concern to the people of America. It is becoming more and more apparent that there is a cancer in the Feguson PD. At what point is the governor of Missouri going to step in and demand a proper investigation? At what point is Gov. Jay Nixon going to take the situation in hand? At least he's talking about making a visit to the community, but will that include bringing state police in to oversee?

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Saudis Give $100 Million to U.N. Fight on Terrorism

Saudis Give $100 Million to U.N. Fight on Terrorism | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A large gift to the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Center as Islamist militant extremism hits ever closer to home.
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Apparently, the royal house of Saudi Arabia continues to follow that fine line which allows it to continue as a "modern state" and to resist Islamic fundamentalism, much of which is germinated and expressed intellectually within the country's borders. So they help to fight ISIS and terrorism in general, stay mute on Gaza, but refuse to crackdown on the crackpot mullahs who want to bring the world back to false "traditional" values such as not allowing women any rights or respecting rights of other religions.

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LAPD fatally shoots man; family calls it unjustified

LAPD fatally shoots man; family calls it unjustified | Upsetment | Scoop.it
An unidentified person shot Monday night by a Los Angeles police officer in the Florence neighborhood has died, authorities said Tuesday.
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How often are the people who are killed by the police mentally challenged or mentally ill? Is there a reason that police cannot identify those whose erratic behavior may be without malice, criminality, or serious drug involvement? In point of fact, do those cops who do shoot (or use lasers on little kids or epileptics) care? It is a sad commentary on what is happening to our nation that the compassion of the cop on the beat has been replaced by the thuggery of the officer in a patrol car. The remedy would include more than just better training; it would mean spending more money on police salaries and the size of forces and stopping the crazy preoccupation with violence that starts with the War on Drugs and its creation of gangs and law enforcement-gang violence. We have convinced those who are there to protect and serve that they are in a struggle to save their own lives.

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Police Reportedly Refused Offer to Interview Man Who Was With Michael Brown During Shooting

Police Reportedly Refused Offer to Interview Man Who Was With Michael Brown During Shooting | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Early this morning, MSNBC posted an interview with Dorian Johnson, a 22-year-old from Ferguson, Missouri who says he was the other man walking with Michael Brown before the incident that led to Brown's death. The officer demanded that the two “get the f—k on the sidewalk,” Johnson says. “His exact...
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This is beginning to look very bad for the police involved. If they refuse to interview witnesses, they have in effect said they don't want to know the truth.

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