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Archive for July 30th, 2014

Can Congress Rein In the Spies?

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David Cole asks the question and has an answer worth reading at the NY Review of Books.

Written by LeisureGuy

30 July 2014 at 12:21 pm

Terrorism in the Israeli Attack on Gaza

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Glenn Greenwald writes at The Intercept:

As I’ve written many times before, “terrorism” is, and from the start was designed to be, almost entirely devoid of discernible meaning. It’s a fear-mongering slogan, lacking any consistent application, intended to end rational debate and justify virtually any conduct by those who apply the term. But to the extent it means anything beyond that, it typically refers to the killing of civilians as a means of furthering political or military goals.

Below are two charts reflecting the deaths of civilians, soldiers and “militants” in both Gaza and Israel since the July 8 Israeli attack began. The statistics used are unduly generous toward Israel, since “militants” in Gaza are often nothing more than residents who take up arms to defend their homes against an invading and occupying army. Even with that generous interpretation, these numbers, standing alone, tell a powerful story:

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If you landed on earth from another planet this week, knowing nothing other than the most common use of the word “terrorism,” which side do you think would most frequently be referred to as “terrorists”?

Often, the most vivid illustration of the criminality of this attack comes not from data but from isolated stories. Yesterday, for instance, “in Khan Younis, five members of the Najjar family, which lost 21 people in a previous strike, were killed.” Meanwhile, “in the Al Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza, an airstrike from an F-16 killed the mayor, Anis Abu Shamala, and four others in his home, some of whom had taken refuge there from intense artillery shelling nearby.”

At the same time, the Israeli government’s messaging machine quickly switched from hyping rocket attacks, which were causing relatively little damage, to featuring what it began calling “terror tunnels”. The U.S. media dutifully followed suit, with CNN anchor (and former AIPAC employee) Wolf Blitzer touring a “terror tunnel” led around by the IDF and his flashlight, while the New York Times’ Jodi Rudoren did the same in an article headlined “Tunnels Lead Right to the Heart of Israeli Fear,” quoting “Israeli military officials”, “an Israeli military spokesman”, and “Israeli experts”. But a separate article in the NYT highlighted how these “terror tunnels” are actually used:

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Written by LeisureGuy

30 July 2014 at 11:58 am

The Only Job With an Industry Devoted to Helping People Quit

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People who got a law degree only to discover that they hate practicing law now have quite a bit of help in getting out of the field.

Update: Link fixed. Thanks to Justin Dearing.

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30 July 2014 at 9:51 am

Posted in Business, Law

GOP willing to seriously damage Federal government

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Because the president is a Democrat—and perhaps also for racist reasons—the GOP in Congress has deliberately tried to sabotage the Federal government. Words fail me, but the evidence is hard to deny. Read this Kevin Drum post. “Mean-spirited” doesn’t touch it. The GOP is deliberately damaging the country simply because they failed to win the presidency. And/or because the GOP is overrun with racists.

In the meantime, Sam Brownback continues to destroy Kansas.

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30 July 2014 at 9:50 am

Posted in Congress, GOP, Government

New brush, great lather, terrific shave

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STOD 30 July 2014

A new brush. The knot, I believe, is 19mm, so toward teh small size, but it really does the job, particularly with the asses’ milk shaving soap, which once again produced a terrific lather. I do like the brush’s handle, as well: obviously striking, and also very comfortable.

The Standard razor arrived in my Bespoke.com Barber Package, which is actually an extremely good deal, especially if you use the discount code LONELY and join the club (which you can then immediately quit). Kit/deal is highly recommended.

A good splash of Saint Charles Shave’s Very V aftershave, and the middle of the week is already here.

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30 July 2014 at 9:34 am

Posted in Shaving

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