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Was Orwell prescient? or are we just following his script?

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The FAA Is Trying to Erase the 1981 Document That Legalized Hobby Drones

Note: This is the Obama administration. It will get worse. But the secrecy’s in place. Police seem now to be trained on the military model (and/or are hiring many ex-servicement and training them poorly for police work), and some clearly feel they have the right to shoot civilians. Police stations have been up-armored with armored personnel carriers, military-grade weaponry. (“Protect and serve,” my ass—just recently a homeowner was shot to death because a SWAT team decided to serve a search warrant in the middle of the night—isn’t that like the Gestapo? the NKVD? Haven’t we seen this in other places? What did we think of it there? Something you get used to? and they had it coming? No. We in general were outraged that a government would treat it citizens like that. Spy on them. Lock them up on no charges.

And convicting innocent people? with trumped-up evidence? and prosecutors never facing sanctions?

It really does not look good.

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10 October 2014 at 3:38 pm

Doesn’t this happen a lot: an innocent person freed after years (sometimes decades) in prison?

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Here’s the latest. And she served 17 years in prison for something she didn’t do! You think that if you don’t do something wrong, you’ll be fine, but (obviously) not so. I imagine they must be thinking, “What more could I have done than by NOT DOING IT?” Isn’t that enough? Nope.

This is behind the idea of better to let 10 guilty go free than to imprison an innocent man. Because if innocence is not enough, then we’re all in trouble. Rather overtly.

And there have been an awful lot of these, it seems to me.

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10 October 2014 at 2:31 pm

Reza Aslan makes a good case

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Elias Isquith interviews him for Salon:

As I’d imagine anyone with an Internet connection and even a marginal interest in current events knows by now, HBO comedian and pundit Bill Maher has been engaged in an ongoing debate (through the media) over the nature of Islam. And while Maher’s not lacked for volunteers willing to criticize his arguments and question his level of knowledge about one of the world’s largest religions, Reza Aslan, the popular religious scholar and author of the best-selling “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth,” has been Maher’s most prominent and scathing foil.

After noticing him tweet out our recent interview with Maher, Salon decided to give Aslan a call and chat about Maher, Islam, media ignorance and why it is that American society is so comfortable making sweeping generalizations about a faith that counts more than a billion human beings among its members. Our conversation is below, and has been lightly edited for clarity and length.

So I saw you tweet out my earlier conversation with Bill Maher. And I know you guys have tussled on this issue before —

I’ve actually been on the show four times. It’s funny, because a number of people have lambasted Bill Maher and said, “Why don’t you have Reza on your show!?” and I always tweet back saying, “I’ve done it four times now!” [Laughs]

He’s very open to having to having me on the show and, to his credit, he and I openly disagree with each other, and he knows that we come from completely different viewpoints on this, and yet every season he invites me back. So, that’s the kind of guy that he is.

Well, was there anything that he said during his conversation with me that you felt was new?

I suppose I would say that what’s different is that Bill Maher’s usual critique of religion in general has morphed into a real crusade against one religion in particular — Islam — which he has on repeated occasions said is worse than the other religions [and] not like other religions; other religions are bad, but Islam is far, far worse.

And I would say that the other thing that’s a little bit different is that the criticism of Islam has really crossed the line into what can only be described as frank bigotry. When he starts decrying how many babies born in Europe are named Mohammad, says things about Muslims in America “bringing that desert stuff into our world” — that is no longer just simple criticism of religious doctrine or practice. That’s a very specifically targeted animosity towards a particular group of people. You don’t see him saying things like that about other religious groups — though, again, in his defense, to him the problem is religion in general.

Do you feel like that shift — from being critical of all religions, including Islam, to being especially critical of Islam, specifically — is something we’re seeing elsewhere in the media? . . .

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10 October 2014 at 1:38 pm

Posted in Religion

Findings from the Great Kansas Experiment

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According to Gov. Sam Brownback, the finding is that if it all goes wrong, you’ve just not done it enough.  Heather Digby Parton has a terrific column in Salon:

Some years back, Salon’s Thomas Frank wrote a highly regarded book called “What’s the Matter with Kansas” in which he pondered why people who have so much to gain from the various government policies to redistribute wealth and provide some security in an insecure world would vote against their own self-interest and elect people who promised to reverse all the policies and programs that provided those things. Basically Frank observed that the Republicans were able to get people to vote for them on social issues, implement conservative economic policies and blame the “liberal elites” when they failed. He famously described it like this:

Out here the gravity of discontent pulls in only one direction: to the right, to the right, further to the right. Strip today’s Kansans of their job security, and they head out to become registered Republicans. Push them off their land, and next thing you know they’re protesting in front of abortion clinics. Squander their life savings on manicures for the CEO, and there’s a good chance they’ll join the John Birch Society. But ask them about the remedies their ancestors proposed (unions, antitrust, public ownership), and you might as well be referring to the days when knighthood was in flower.

As Frank wrote here in Salon just a couple of weeks ago, in 2014 the chickens all came home to roost — and they settled right on the big comfortable lap of Governor Sam Brownback, the firebreathing Christian conservative and far right economic zealot. Brownback was the perfect realization of Frank’s thesis, a hard edged social conservative who, after an aborted presidential run in 2008, swept into office on the 2010 GOP tsunami and immediately announced he was going to do God’s work by turning Kansas into a giant GOP petrie dish:

Appearing on Morning Joe on MSNBC in New York, Brownback was interviewed about the recent tax cuts he signed into law that will reduce individual rates and eliminate income taxes for the owners of 191,000 businesses. “On taxes, you need to get your overall rates down, and you need to get your social manipulation out of it, in my estimation, to create growth. We’ll see how it works. We’ll have a real live experiment,” Brownback said, “you’ll get a chance to see how this impacts a particular experimental area, and I think Kansas is going to do well,” he said.

How’d that work out for him? As Frank explained in his recent update on Kansas, he blew up the lab:

It is as though Jack Abramoff and Tom DeLay had been transplanted to Topeka and given a free hand to sculpt the state however they chose. You’ve got runaway incompetence in the state administration; heavy-handed partisanship, with conservative Republicans crushing moderate Republicans after the familiar pattern; corporate money—Koch Industries is based in Wichita—sloshing around like a vast underground aquifer. You’ve got privatization, deregulation, and an enthusiastic race to the bottom. (Gotta be more business-friendly than those people in Missouri!) You’ve got tax cuts so severe they’ve brought on fiscal catastrophe and thrown the state’s school system into crisis. You’ve got bullying by state legislators against organizations that criticize Brownback’s healthcare plans, and hints of pay-to-play corruption just under the surface. And, of course you’ve got credit downgrades as all this becomes known to the outside world.

But never let it be said that Brownback is throwing in the towel. You see, conservatism can never fail, it can only be failed. And in this case it’s been failed miserably by other Republicans and, needless to say, Democrats. He went back to his roots this week and spoke to John Brody at the Christian Broadcast network and explained what was really going on. (It’s possible he was speaking in tongues at least half the time since it made no sense at all):

I think they (the mainstream media) want what’s happening in this state to fail that they’re shopping for a factual setting to back that up because it’s working…I think the left is just so desperate. They want this model to fail so bad that they can’t wait for it to and they just want to get me electorally before we get on through this and prove that this is working.

The fact that the entire state is falling apart at the seams is no indictment of his policies. It’s an indictment of the left. And the media. If they’d stop wanting it to fail it wouldn’t fail. Or something. Brownback’s in serious trouble and may lose the seat he won four years ago by 30 points. On the other hand, the Governor does have a secret weapon. Kris Kobach, the Secretary of State and hardcore conservative I wrote about a while back may get the job done by employing the best electoral strategy they have going for them: vote suppression. Just today the GAO released a study showing that where these Republicans have managed to pass these onerous Voter ID laws, they’ve managed to suppress the Democratic vote substantially and Kansas was one of the most successful:

Age. In Kansas, the turnout effect among registrants who were 18 years old in 2008 was 7.1 percentage points larger in size than the turnout effect among registrants between the ages of 44 and 53. ….Race or ethnicity. We estimate that turnout was reduced among African-American registrants by 3.7 percentage points more than among Whites in Kansas. ….Length of registration. In Kansas, the reduction in turnout for people registered to vote within 1 year prior to Election Day 2008 was 5.2 percentage points larger in size than for people registered to vote for 20 years or longer prior to Election Day 2008. . .

Continue reading. It just gets more amazing.

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10 October 2014 at 1:20 pm

Publishing names of public officials when they get it wrong

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Everyone was annoyed when the name of the officer who shot Michael Brown to death was not quickly released. Eventually it was, and I think the understanding is that those who are on the public payroll should be identified by name when they are acting in the name of the public—i.e., you and me. That’s pretty well settled, though of course public officials hate it, and so they work hard not to make mistakes (good) and to cover up and conceal mistakes when they do make them (bad—and often leads to serious trouble when discovered, though sometimes not: cf. Andrew Cuomo, Chris Christie).

But what about people acting in a capacity that has a public impact? Particularly if it is revealed that they lied in making the record? Shouldn’t we know their names?

Take this example about the first ER visit by the man from Liberia who died of ebola: during that visit his temperature spiked to 103ºF. The Associated Press reports:

The medical records of the Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan showed that his temperature spiked to 103 degrees during his initial visit to an emergency room — a fever that was flagged with an exclamation point in the hospital’s record-keeping system.

Despite telling a nurse that he had recently been in Africa and displaying other symptoms that could indicate the Ebola virus, Mr. Duncan, the only person to die from the disease in the United States, underwent a battery of tests and was sent home. . .

. . . Mr. Duncan landed in Dallas on Sept. 20, and went to the emergency room at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital feeling ill on Sept. 25.

At that time, Mr. Duncan complained of abdominal pain, dizziness, a headache and decreased urination, the records indicate. He reported severe pain, rating it an eight on a scale of 10. Doctors gave him CT scans to rule out appendicitis, stroke and numerous other serious ailments. Ultimately, he was prescribed antibiotics and told to take Tylenol, then returned to the apartment where he was staying with a Dallas woman and three other people, according to the records.

Despite his fever, a physician’s note dated Sept. 26 said Mr. Duncan was “negative for fever and chills.” . . .

I think that physician’s name should be made public. If I lived in Dallas, I sure would want to know his name.


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10 October 2014 at 1:16 pm

Posted in Medical

Feeling sad? Take an aspirin.

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It turns out that emotional pain activates the same receptors as physical pain, so anything that helps with latter (aspirin, ibuprofen, acetaminophen, etc.) will also help with the former. I suppose we knew this, in a way: abuse of alcohol and opiates has traditionally been associated with deadening emotional pain (e.g., a sense of failure). But I don’t recall taking it to the level of popping a couple of aspirin if you’re feeling depressed or rejected or whatever.

More here.

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10 October 2014 at 12:36 pm

The most-used weapon in defending the indefensible Iraq war: The non-denial denial

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Dan Froomkin writes at The Intercept:

After launching a war under false pretenses, and then botching its execution, George W. Bush and Dick Cheney had a lot of denying to do.

Some they achieved by vaguely asserting a completely false counter-narrative and sticking to it. (Something like: “We got it wrong, but in good faith.”)

And the elite Washington media, which had so eagerly served as  complicit enablers during the run-up to war, was hardy in a position to push back very hard.

But every so often, a very specific, detailed charge would emerge, with the potential to trip up that false narrative — and that’s when the non-denial denials flew fast and furious.

For instance, when it was first published in May 2005, the Downing Street Memo was considered a “smoking gun” by critics of the Iraq war who had concluded – quite correctly – that Bush and Cheney never had any intention other than invading Iraq.

The memo, the report of a high-level meeting in July 2002, quoted one British official just back from Washington as saying the Bush White House was set on invading Iraq long before it was ready to say so publicly, and that it was in fact “fixing” the intelligence around its policy goals.

(Bush invaded Iraq in March 2003; even in his autobiography “Decision Points,” he does not cite a “decision point” for going to war – because there wasn’t one. It was all a charade.)

Soon after the Downing Street Memo’s publication, then-White House press secretary Scott McClellan issued a passionate but generic non-denial denial.

I don’t know about the specific memo. I’ve seen the reports, and I can tell you that they’re just flat out wrong. The president of the United States in a very public way reached out to people across the world, went to the United Nations, and tried to resolve this in a diplomatic manner.

It took fully six weeks – and the offer of a $1,000 reward from liberal activists – before the White House press corps even asked Bush about the memo, and before the elite Washington media would pay it any attention.

When asked, Bush said he had read a “characterization” of the memo, which he described as “somebody” saying “we had made up our mind to go to use military force to deal with Saddam.”

“There’s nothing farther from the truth,” Bush said. (Much like CIA DirectorJohn Brennan would say years later, about his agency breaking into Senate computers.)

I don’t recall anyone in the U.S. government ever denying the authenticity of the memo, or addressing how the British official could have come to such a conclusion.

Bush and Plame

The Valerie Plame case was also sparked by a specific, documented claim of how the White House had intentionally misused intelligence findings in the run-up to war.

The White House was so intent on smacking that claim down that it led to a rare potential moment of accountability – averted by some plain old out-and-out lies. But along the way, the non-denial denials flew fast and furious. . .

Continue reading. As Foomkin notes: “This is the fifth post in a series on non-denial denials; see also parts onetwo, three, and four.”

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10 October 2014 at 9:27 am

Evolution of genes (in leaves) and memes (in violins)

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Very interesting article that rather clearly lays out an example of the evolution of a meme and compares that to the evolution of leaves.

“Meme” is a useful concept because we have always seen how our culture and cultural artifacts have changed over time—evolved—we had now word for the general phenomenon of cultural evolution. We could talk about the evolution of the violin or of neckties or of writing pens, but no name to lump all those instances under. Now we can talk about each as being memes—replicatable ideas—that evolve over time.

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10 October 2014 at 9:14 am

Posted in Evolution, Science

The world does not have a “Muslim problem,” it has a Saudi Arabia problem

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Kevin Drum makes a very salient point in response to this column by Fareed Zakaria, which begins:

When television host Bill Maher declares on his weekly show that “the Muslim world . . . has too much in common with ISIS ” and guest Sam Harris says that Islam is “the mother lode of bad ideas,” I understand why people are upset. Maher and Harris, an author, made crude simplifications and exaggerations. And yet, they were also talking about something real.

I know the arguments against speaking of Islam as violent and reactionary. It has a following of 1.6 billion people. Places such as Indonesia and India have hundreds of millions of Muslims who don’t fit these caricatures. That’s why Maher and Harris are guilty of gross generalizations. But let’s be honest. Islam has a problem today. The places that have trouble accommodating themselves to the modern world are disproportionately Muslim.

In 2013, of the top 10 groups that perpetrated terrorist attacks, seven were Muslim. Of the top 10 countries where terrorist attacks took place, seven were Muslim-majority. The Pew Research Center rates countries on the level of restrictions that governments impose on the free exercise of religion. Of the 24 most restrictive countries, 19 are Muslim-majority. Of the 21 countries that have laws against apostasy, all have Muslim majorities.

There is a cancer of extremism within Islam today. A small minority of Muslims celebrates violence and intolerance and harbors deeply reactionary attitudes toward women and minorities. While some confront these extremists, not enough do so, and the protests are not loud enough. How many mass rallies have been held against the Islamic State (also known as ISIS) in the Arab world today?

Continue reading.

Drum’s point is that the epicenter of the cancer is Saudi Arabia.

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10 October 2014 at 9:02 am

Posted in Government, Religion

The Horror of a ‘Secure Golden Key’

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Chris Coyne clearly explains the problem with the Washington Post editorial board’s infantile idea:

This week, the Washington Post’s editorial board, in a widely circulated call for “compromise” on encryption, proposed that while our data should be off-limits to hackers and other bad actors, “perhaps Apple and Google could invent a kind of secure golden key” so that the good guys could get to it if necessary.

This theoretical “secure golden key” would protect privacy while allowing privileged access in cases of legal or state-security emergency. Kidnappers and terrorists are exposed, and the rest of us are safe. Sounds nice. But this proposal is nonsense, and, given the sensitivity of the issue, highly dangerous. Here’s why.

A “golden key” is just another, more pleasant, word for a backdoor—something that allows people access to your data without going through you directly. This backdoor would, by design, allow Apple and Google to view your password-protected files if they received a subpoena or some other government directive. You’d pick your own password for when you needed your data, but the companies would also get one, of their choosing. With it, they could open any of your docs: your photos, your messages, your diary, whatever.

The Post assumes that a “secure key” means hackers, foreign governments, and curious employees could never break into this system. They also assume it would be immune to bugs. They envision a magic tool that only the righteous may wield. Does this sound familiar?

Government or Apple employee in the year 2015

Practically speaking, the Washington Post has proposed the impossible. If Apple, Google and Uncle Sam hold keys to your documents, you will be at great risk.

In case you’re not a criminal

Perhaps the reason the WaPo is so confused is that FBI Director James Comey has told the media that Apple’s anti-backdoor stance only protects criminals. Unfortunately he’s not seeing beyond his own job, and WaPo didn’t look much further.

Apple’s anti-backdoor policy aims to protect everyone. The following is a list of real threats their policy would thwart. Not threats to terrorists or kidnappers, but to 300 million Americans and 7 billion humans who are moving their intimate documents into the cloud. Make no mistake, what Apple and Google are proposing protects you.

Whether you’re a regular, honest person, or a US legislator trying to understand this issue, understand this list.

Threat #1. It Protects You From Hackers

If Apple has the key to unlock your data legally, that can also be used illegally, without Apple’s cooperation. Home Depot and Target? They were recently hacked to the tune of 100 million accounts.

Despite great financial and legal incentive to keep your data safe, they could not.

But finance is mostly boring. Other digital documents are very, very personal.

Hack twitter
Consider: she deleted her pics long ago…we’ll get to data permanence in a bit.

So hackers have (1) stolen everyone’s credit cards, and (2) stolen celebrities’ personal pictures. Up next: your personal pics, videos, docs, messages, medical data, and diary. With the Washington Post’s proposal, it will all be leaked, a kind of secure golden shower.

There is some hope. If your data were locked with a strong password that only you knew, only on your device, then the best hackers could get nothing by hacking Apple’s data servers. They’d look for your pictures but find an unintelligible pile of goops instead.

To begin to protect yourself, you need the legal right to a real, working password that only you know.

Threat #2. . .

Continue reading. There’s a lot more and it’s quite good.

The WaPo editorial board are idiots, but we knew that already.

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10 October 2014 at 6:38 am

A fast way to help profits: don’t pay employees their full wage

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Simply keep some of the money the employee has earned—that drops right to the bottom line. Naveena Savasidam reports for ProPublica in the Pacific Standard:

A ProPublica review of U.S. Department of Labor investigations shows that oil and gas workers—men and women often performing high-risk jobs—are routinely being underpaid, and the companies hiring them often are using accounting techniques to deny workers benefits such as medical leave or unemployment insurance.

The DOL investigations have centered on what is known as worker “misclassification,” an accounting gambit whereby companies treat full-time employees as independent contractors paid hourly wages, and then fail to make good on their obligations. The technique, investigators and experts say, has become ever more common as small companies seek to gain contracts in an intensely competitive market by holding labor costs down.

In the complex, rapidly expanding oil and gas industry, much of the day to day work done on oil rigs and gas wells is sub-contracted out to smaller companies. For instance, on one gas rig alone, the operator might hire one company to construct the well pad, another to drill the well, a third company to provide hydraulic fracking services and yet another to truck water and chemicals for disposal.

But for the thousands of workers in the hundreds of different companies, a single standard is supposed to apply: by law, they must be paid more than minimum wage and they must be fairly compensated for any overtime accrued.

In 2012, the DOL began a special enforcement initiative in its Northeast and Southwest regional offices targeting the fracking industry and its supporting industries. As of August this year, the agency has conducted 435 investigations resulting in over $13 million in back wages found due for more than 9,100 workers. ProPublica obtained data for 350 of those cases from the agency. In over a fifth of the investigations, companies in violation paid more than $10,000 in back wages.

One of those companies was Morco Geological Services, a company providing mud logging services for other oil and gas drilling companies. In 2013, the DOL found that Morco was paying some workers $75 daily for working virtually round-the-clock shifts. The company eventually agreed to pay $595,737 in back wages to 121 workers following the DOL’s investigation. In another significant case, Hutco, a company providing labor services to the oil and gas industry, ended up paying $1.9 million to 2,267 employees assigned to work in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas.

“The problem of misclassification has become pervasive,” said Dr. David Weil, a former economics professor at Boston University who today heads the DOL’s Wage and Hour Division. “Employers are looking for opportunities in a changing business landscape at the employee’s expenses to cut corners as much as possible, leaving room for wage and hour violations.”

Over the last decade, the oil and gas industry has seen tremendous growth. Between 2007 and 2012, when average employment in all U.S. industries fell by 2.7 percent, employment in the oil and gas industryincreased by over 30 percent. According to research conducted by Annette Bernhardt, a scholar on low-wage work, 84 percent of workers in the oil, gas, and mining industry were employed by contractors in 2012.

At the same time, the industry has also seen an increase in fatalities and injuries on the job. There is, so far, no evidence to suggest that these accidents are a result of inadequate training or overworked laborers. But accounts from other industries that heavily outsource work suggest those risks could be present.

For example, a 2012 investigation by ProPublica and PBS Frontlineshowed that cell phone carriers often contract out the dangerous job of climbing towers to smaller firms, which don’t provide the necessary training and equipment to climbers. As a result, the death rate was 10 times higher among cell tower climbers than other construction workers. . .

Continue reading.

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10 October 2014 at 5:38 am

Posted in Business, Daily life, Law

Gaza without power as part of Israel’s war with Gaza civilians

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The fact is that Israel doesn’t just attack terrorists from (and in) Gaza; rather, the entire civilian population is the target. Israel was no more Palestinians, and they are working to achieve that: slaughtering thousands when the opportunity presents, stealing Palestinian land as fast as they can, cutting down Palestinian orchards, and attacking Palestinian civilian infrastructure. Sam Bahour of the Ma’an News Agency reports:

When I asked my colleague in Gaza about her biggest dream, her answer made an impression on me: “I dream of what life would be like with 24-hour electricity.”

This was the answer of a single, mid-career, Western-educated, professional woman who lives in the more affluent part of Gaza City. Her response suggests the depth of despair among Palestinians throughout Gaza.

Day-to-day life in Gaza between Israeli attacks is unworthy news for Western mainstream media. As a result, few people are aware that electricity in Gaza is a luxury, with blackouts lasting 16-18 hours — every day.

This bitter reality has warped people’s lives for years now, as they must plan their daily activities around the 4-6 hours when they anticipate electricity, even if that means waking up to put laundry in the washing machine in the middle of the night.

Contrary to common belief, the severe under-supply of electricity in Gaza is not new, and not a result of the latest military aggression.

Gaza has not had uninterrupted electricity since the establishment of the Palestinian Authority in 1994. In an attempt to compensate for the Israeli disruption of Gaza’s power supply, the Palestinians established their first power generation plant in 2004.

Ever since, Israel has regularly limited the supply of electricity and industrial fuel needed to operate this only power plant in Gaza. Israel’s ability to deny families in Gaza the energy they need is nothing less than collective punishment of Palestinians — punishment whereby an entire community is made to pay for the acts of a few.

Separating Gaza’s electricity supply from the political conflict is a step long overdue. Access to electricity — a basic necessity that much of the world, including Israeli citizens can take for granted — should not be conditional upon outcomes of future negotiations.

Continued darkness in Gaza serves no one.

During Israel’s military aggression on Gaza this past summer, Israel again bombed the sole power plant in Gaza. (Israel bombed the same plant on June 28, 2006.)

In a July 29, 2014 article about the latest destruction, the Guardian quoted Amnesty International which stated, “the crippling of the power station amounted to collective punishment of Palestinians.”

Amnesty went on to note that, “the strike on the plant will worsen already severe problems with Gaza’s water supply, sewage treatment and power supplies to medical facilities.” . . .

Continue reading.

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10 October 2014 at 5:16 am

Posted in Mideast Conflict

Good shave from yesterday’s comments

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SOTD 10 Oct

Up early to take The Wife to the airport. Her plane left at 9:00 a.m. with a short layover, so she booked the flight early to seize the opportunity. That meant the ticket was non-refundable, so after the airline (United) had raked in enough non-refundable fares it switched the departure time to 5:40 a.m. with a 4.5 hour layover in SFO. Bait-and-switch. You can be sure that my letter of complaint went to the FAA, my Representative and two US senators, and to the airline. The letter listed all recipients. It will do no good, but it made me feel better.

Now: the shave. I discussed whether or not to soak a horsehair brush with someone on Wicked Edge. (The answer: try soaking it a week, not soaking it a week, and then soaking another week and decide what works best for you. I soak.) The asses’-milk shaving soap made its usual superb lather, and the razor is an Edwin Jagger head on an iKon Bulldog handle, a very nice combination. The Lab Blue blade was too old, however, and BBS escaped me. Blade now replaced with SuperMax Titantium, but that’s after the fact.

A good splash of the very pleasant Shaving Shop aftershave from TOBS, and we’ll soon leave for the airport.

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10 October 2014 at 4:35 am

Posted in Shaving

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