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Syria's Al-Qaeda Leader Calls On Jihadists To Kill Russians At Home

Syria's Al-Qaeda Leader Calls On Jihadists To Kill Russians At Home | Upsetment | Scoop.it
In an audio recording reviewed by Vocativ, the head of Syria's al-Qaeda affiliate, also offered a $3.4 million bounty for anyone who kills Bashar al-Assad
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Russia is now part of the quagmire in Syria and with a sizable Muslim population at home this may be the time when Putin's militarism and arrogance creates hot water. What did Bernie Sanders say last night in the debate? Of course, I've been saying this for a while. 

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Baltimore Police investigating alleged spitting incident

Baltimore Police investigating alleged spitting incident | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The Baltimore Police Department is investigating an incident in which an officer allegedly spit on a suspect being arrested. A video of the arrest surfaced late last night on the Twitter account of activist Kwame Rose. Though the footage is dark, about five seconds in the video shows an officer...
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One of the reasons I wrote "Dew Drop" was to highlight the ways in which society looks down on and degrades the least among us. I didn't set it in Baltimore, but like the narrator says in the first chapters, "There's one in every town."

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Russia Is Repeating Cold War Mistakes in Syria

Russia Is Repeating Cold War Mistakes in Syria | Upsetment | Scoop.it
In 1957, the Soviet Union’s ally Egypt intervened in Syria’s messy politics. It didn’t go well. Why does Putin think this time will be different?
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The simple reality is that with Russia, Iran, and to some extent Turkey all trying to influence events in Syria, the bombs and bullets will fly. But in the end, that country, like any Arab nation, will prove intractable to outside domination. Meanwhile, Russia is opening itself to an existential threat from Islam, for in the end the bear will have to deal with IS and other such pan-Islamic yearnings.

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Boy, 12, dies in Carroll County target shooting accident

Boy, 12, dies in Carroll County target shooting accident | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The victim was visiting from South Carolina.
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So what's another dead kid? Got to protect the right to own a gun even if you don't have the sense to secure it around children.

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The Shady Group That Played Pope Francis

The Shady Group That Played Pope Francis | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The pontiff found his reformer image tarnished when it was announced he met with Kim Davis. The group behind the political coup? The Liberty Counsel.
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There is an American based theological system that accepts every lie as long as it is directed towards their goal of a reconstructed Christianity and an American theocracy based on that faith. They are among our greatest enemies. Luckily, their level of hate and deceit makes it easy to spot them.

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Forget Oregon’s Gunman. Remember the Hero Who Charged Straight at Him.

Forget Oregon’s Gunman. Remember the Hero Who Charged Straight at Him. | Upsetment | Scoop.it
No amount of murder seems likely to result in gun control soon. So let’s do what we can to stop the lunacy—by reserving the limelight for the vet who rushed the killer.
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Let us celebrate this young hero, Chris Mintz, a father, a student, a veteran and a good person.

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McCain: Ford-Class Overruns May Mean Fewer Supercarriers

McCain: Ford-Class Overruns May Mean Fewer Supercarriers | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday blasted the U.S. Navy's Ford-class aircraft carrier program as an acquisition debacle.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

In case you were wondering how our friends in the Military-Industrial Complex are doing, here's an answer. They are making lots of money while producing little of worth. Don't expect anything to change soon because there are military related jobs and contracts in almost every congressional district and those contractors sure know how to give political donations. I wonder what would happen if elections were publicly financed with no or minimal outside contributions. I bet the DoD would have a big problem floating such a boondoggle.

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Police: 13 Killed at Umpqua Community College

Police: 13 Killed at Umpqua Community College | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon has left more than 30 people dead or injured.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

Let's not attack gun rights. Let's not talk better background checks. Let's just thank the NRA for defending our second amendment right to shoot one another.

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Vladimir Putin’s Fierce Bark Isn’t Backed Up by Russia’s Feeble Economic Bite

Vladimir Putin’s Fierce Bark Isn’t Backed Up by Russia’s Feeble Economic Bite | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The Russian president was full of bravado in New York this week. But a closer look at his country’s economy shows the fiscal foundations that…
Kenneth Weene's insight:

One of the better parts of allowing Russia to participate in Syria is that the big bear doesn't have the money to truly buy in. Russia may yet crack apart under Putin's regime. Also, and this is important, other countries are learning that Russia is as nasty a friend as they ever were. For every country like Belarus that is in close alliance with Moscow, there are many others like Finland and Lithuania that see the danger and will draw closer to the U.S. and our allies. As for the hapless rebels in Syria, we can possibly serve them best by getting the heck out and letting Putin face IS. Does he remember Afghanistan? I bet his military do.

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From the Potomac to the Euphrates » Syria: Let Putin Bleed

From the Potomac to the Euphrates » Syria: Let Putin Bleed | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Early September brought the news that the Russians were deploying military forces to Bassel al-Assad International Airport near Latakia on ...
Kenneth Weene's insight:

Russia's intervention in Syria has all the possibilities of their intervention in Afghanistan years ago, an endless war draining their treasury, a cadre of disaffected veterans flooding their society, and the intensified expectations of their internal minorities. I could not agree more, let Russia do her thing in Syria and then let the bear and Iran reach an accord and then the two of them with Turkey. Of course, the best possibility would be for Assad to leave and allow the remnants of Syrian society to find its own way, but we know that won't happen; so please Washington, let the Russians do their stupidest.

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US-trained Division 30 rebels 'betray US and hand weapons over to al-Qaeda's affiliate in Syria'

US-trained Division 30 rebels 'betray US and hand weapons over to al-Qaeda's affiliate in Syria' | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Pentagon-trained rebels are reported to have betrayed US and handed weapons over to Jabhat al-Nusra immediately after entering Syria
Kenneth Weene's insight:

Will America ever learn to keep out of civil wars? In my lifetime we have made fools of ourselves in Nicaragua, Afghanistan, and now in Syria. We haven't done particularly well in Libya and of course we wreaked havoc in Cambodia and Laos, destabilized El Salvador and Guatemala. Caused the breakdown of Iran's careful balance of power, and the list marches on. Now we're giving arms to rebels in Syria; Charley Wilson's ghost must be laughing. Are we truly this stupid?

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Meet the Last Jews of Cairo

Meet the Last Jews of Cairo | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The Egyptian capital was once home to a vibrant Jewish population. But regional politics and demographics have left only a determined few
Kenneth Weene's insight:

When we discuss the Middle East, the history of Israel, and the rights of Palestinians, we should also remember the many thousands of Jews who for centuries had lived in Arab countries. Theirs has been a ceaseless diaspora: first cast out ancient Israel by the Romans, thence to Spain, driven out by the Inquisition and finding haven among Muslims who referred to them as people of the book, and then again pushed out in reaction to the creation of modern Israel. They, like way to many people on this earth, have been victimized by the hatred which is such an integral part of the human spirit. Sometimes I imagine that Moses, Jesus, and Muhammad are all watching from Heaven, shaking their heads, and saying, "Humans, they just don't get it. He sees us all with love." Other times, I imagine them holed up in their respective forts deep in Hell shaking their heads and saying, "We just didn't get it. He judges us all for our hate."

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Ahmed Mohamed swept up, 'hoax bomb' charges swept away as Irving teen's story floods social media

Ahmed Mohamed swept up, 'hoax bomb' charges swept away as Irving teen's story floods social media | Upsetment | Scoop.it
In the midst of a social media backlash joined by the likes of Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama, police announced Wednesday that the teen's arrest on Monday resulted from a "naive accident" that doesn't warrant prosecution.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

This version has a clear photo of the clock, it also has a clear timeline of the teachers, school administration, and police trying to make a bomb threat out of the clock. Most telling is what one police officer says when the boy is brought into the room. Look for that. Also, look at the time line for this supposed bomb hoax, it took four periods for the cops to get there. Yep, real sense of danger! Real fear of terrorism! I honestly don't know if this kid knows much about electronics; he sounds like a good kid who likes to tinker nothing more. The worst part for us is his takeaway lesson, "to never bring inventions to school again."

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Two Officers Were Shot; Wisconsin Store Liable for Gun Sale

Two Officers Were Shot; Wisconsin Store Liable for Gun Sale | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A Milwaukee County jury said Badger Guns must pay more than $5 million to two officers wounded by a man wielding a pistol that he had illegally gotten a friend to buy for him at the shop.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

Being in business is not a simple right but one that depends on the social contract. Therefore, responsible business practices are a reasonable expectation from society and failure to provide due diligence should create personal and corporate liability. Now about the Volkswagens and those bad loans?! 

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Amazon residents resort to militias to keep out illegal loggers

Amazon residents resort to militias to keep out illegal loggers | Upsetment | Scoop.it
In Brazil, militias of indigenous people take up arms against illegal logging, but their tactics raise fears of greater violence.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

Poachers in Africa and loggers in the Amazon, those who would despoil the treasure that is nature should face justice. Those who purchase the products of that despoiling should also be held accountable. There is no excuse for such selfishness.

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Matt Ramsdell's curator insight, October 12, 2015 3:31 PM

This is a prime example of a way to save a rainforest in a very aggressive way. This group is using tactics that uses torture. Because of the violence that they using it is causing unruly and unrest within the loggers of the nation. The loggers and people of other areas are making threats to this militia of 48 men. Although they are trying to protect the environmental rainforest and all is creatures they are doing this in the wrong way.

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Iran's supreme leader bans negotiations with the United States

Iran's supreme leader bans negotiations with the United States | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Wednesday banned any further negotiations between Iran and the United States, putting the brakes on moderates hoping to end Iran's isolation after reaching a nuclear deal with world powers in July. Khamenei, the highest authority in the Islamic Republic, already said last month there would be no more talks with the United States after the nuclear deal, but has not previously declared an outright ban.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

In case you don't know the history. Iran historically (say 1950s) had a tripartite process of governance in which the religious leadership, the civil leadership, and a monarch shared power. Without all three legs, there has always been a lack of moderation, be it the Shah's tyranny or the theocracy that preceded today's two-legged stool of a system. Can Iran develop a meaningful balance between mosque and state? That is the question that is most crucial. The best approach for U.S., having destabilized Iran years ago, is to treat the Iranian government with respect which includes a willingness to hear what the Supreme Leader is saying even while we reach out to the civil government.

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Oregon community college gunman 'left behind manifesto' - BBC News

Oregon community college gunman 'left behind manifesto' - BBC News | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The man accused of killing nine people at a community college in Oregon had left behind a manifesto detailing his grievances, US media report.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

I post this because it is important for people who oppose gun control to understand the need. We are not talking about taking guns away from normal people, we are talking about keeping weapons out of the hands of people who don't have the mental capacity or empathetic capacity to use them responsibly. In case you don't notice, this is another case with a protective mother trying to take care of her son's emotional distress by supporting his gun involvement. If you know a mother who might be doing the same "for" her child with emotional difficulties, tell her "She not guns might be responsible for the resulting deaths." She won't love you for it, but at least you won't have to condemn yourself for your silence. 

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Obama’s claim that ‘states with the most gun laws tend to have the fewest gun deaths’

Obama’s claim that ‘states with the most gun laws tend to have the fewest gun deaths’ | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The president made a sweeping statement but the evidence changes when suicides are removed from the gun-death data.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

Obviously, there should be a second factor considered, the rurality of the state. Guns make more sense in rural states than they do in more crowed and urbanized ones. Clearly, there is a trend for more restrictive laws to lead to fewer homicides. As for suicide, well people who want to kill themselves will go with what's easiest and most at hand, so it is to be expected that fewer gun laws will result in more gun suicides, but take away the guns and those people will do something else as they do in Japan.

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Merkel says can only end Syrian war with Russia's help

Merkel says can only end Syrian war with Russia's help | Upsetment | Scoop.it
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday that it would be possible to end to the civil war in Syria only with the help of Russia, which this week launched airstrikes in the war-torn country.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

Glad to see that at least one world leader has finally figured out what I've known all along. The Obama administration with Secretary of State Clinton, messed up. Perhaps they knew better, but they certainly didn't dare lead in the obvious direction. If the great powers don't work together, they will assuredly end up in perpetual low-level war until we are all prostrate and the cockroaches of the world take over.

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Russia bombs Syria for third day, mainly avoiding Islamic State

Russia bombs Syria for third day, mainly avoiding Islamic State | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Russia bombed Syria for a third day on Friday, mainly hitting areas held by rival insurgent groups rather than the Islamic State fighters it said it was targeting.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

As the insanity of Syria grows, we can only hope that Russia will continue to try and take control. At some point, there will be an attack by the rebels or IS on the Russian bases. When that happens, the bear will scream, and then it will be time to try to do what we should have done from the beginning, work together to contain the madness of Syria.

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Secret Service official wanted to embarrass congressman

Secret Service official wanted to embarrass congressman | Upsetment | Scoop.it
“Some information that he might find embarrassing needs to get out,” Assistant Director Edward Lowery wrote in an e-mail.
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The bureaucracy that is American government is often inept and sometimes corrupt. That;s part of the reason I wrote "Times to Try the Soul of Man". Sadly, now the Secret Service (motto: ‘Worthy of trust and confidence’) has shown it, too, is if not broken certainly cracked. The worst part is that they didn't actually have that much dirt to sling. Good Lord, if you must try to intimidate find real secrets to wield.

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The Secret Arms Deal Behind America’s Syria Fiasco

The Secret Arms Deal Behind America’s Syria Fiasco | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A multi-million-dollar deal with a minuscule arms dealer killed a US citizen, endangered the Syrian resistance, and violated an embargo — all for a pile of defective 30-year-old weapons.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

Wherever you find a civil war you find an arms dealer, that it is the United States employing such people, that they are buying guns from a dictator, that the guns are finding their way into the wrong hands: these are reflections of the same terrible judgment that led us into Afghanistan, that involved us in Nicaragua, and that generally reveal the absence of intelligence in the American "Intelligence" community. Does anybody in Washington ever stop to think that Assad might have been gone and ISIS never begun if we had used diplomacy instead of jingoism and war as our approach to the world?

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Israel's Soaring Population: Promised Land Running Out of Room?

Israel's Soaring Population: Promised Land Running Out of Room? | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Israel's birth rate, the highest in the developed world and once seen as a survival tactic in a hostile region, could be its undoing unless measures are taken to reverse the trend.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

So exactly what did they do with all those trees we sent money to plant? Seriously, Israel is a country that lives in denial. Whether it is the support of orthodox Jews who contribute little to the country while taking much, the oppression of Arabs and the resulting damage to the Jewish soul and the country's acceptance in the rest of the world, or the simple realities of ecology, Israel just goes on ignoring the issues. Why? Because deep in the religious heart of Judaism is the belief that God will send down manna as He did for Moses. Well, anybody who remembers World War II knows that such salvation is not part of the real world.

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These 5 Facts Explain Bashar Assad's Hold in Syria

These 5 Facts Explain Bashar Assad's Hold in Syria | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The Syrian dictator remains in power—and he's not likely to go anywhere
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Actually, these are all reasons why diplomacy and reaching out to Russia and Iran to find an agreeable solution should have been the first step for the U.S. and our allies. Assad cannot stay in power without being propped up, which means that the power brokers in that part of the world would happily replace him and opposes IS if the U.S. would give them the reins. The real fallacy of the American position is that we are supporting Turkey in its brutal suppression of the Kurds because we're afraid of Russia and Iran ending up battling over Syria without us. I have news for Washington, we should happily watch those two countries compete in Syria; they would get rid of Assad, stop IS, and still end up angry at each other. WIN, WIN, WIN for us.

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He blew the whistle on the VA — and then was almost sacked for eating stale sandwiches

He blew the whistle on the VA — and then was almost sacked for eating stale sandwiches | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Investigators say there is a pattern in the VA where whistleblowers who disclose wrongdoing face trumped-up charges, but employees who put vets' health at risk go unpunished.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

Nothing upsets me more than ongoing failure of the VA to clean its house. Our veterans deserve good and efficient healthcare in properly maintained facilities. In my opinion to do less is tantamount to going AWOL. There are those who would say we should privatize veteran health care; that is certainly an option, but I would prefer that we start paying the cost of hiring the physicians, nurses, and other professionals we need and the cost of support staff. Privatizing hides the real cost of war and worse it will interfere with the research needed to take proper care of vets. Then, too, it would mean discontinuous care for those coming home from the battlefield.

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