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Friday, December 31, 2010

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Unemployed Father Takes In Homeless Family For Christmas

Earlier this month, Gregory Schauer, 50, says he looked around his large, one-bedroom apartment in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and realized that he was barely using his master bedroom. Since he slept on the couch most nights anyway, he decided...

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Sunday, December 19, 2010

The Private War of Anthony Shaffer

An interesting article that reveals what the Defence Intelligence Agency tried to redact from Anthony Shaffer's memoir of Operation Dark Heart and Operation Able Danger.

In October 2003 Major Anthony Shaffer was on an MH-47 Chinook helicopter roaring toward a rendezvous with a Ranger assault team near Asadabad, Afghanistan about eight kilometers from the Pakistan border. Wearing 40 pounds of body armor and brandishing an M-4 carbine and an M-11 pistol, Shaffer was hunting Taliban insurgents as part of an aggressive new initiative called Winter Strike. CIA intelligence suggested that...

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Here is a link to some of the most stunning photography available from the Afghan Conflict:


Friday, December 17, 2010

Bradley Manning's health deteriorating in jail, supporters say

You can draw many parallels between the jailed Chinese Nobel Prize winner Liu Xiaobo and the detention of whistleblower Bradley Manning--both are in jail for exposing government wrongdoing, both are denied contact and their friends and family are routinely harassed...read more here...

The intelligence analyst suspected of leaking US diplomatic cables is being held in solitary confinement.


According to David House, a computer researcher from Boston who visits Manning twice a month, he is starting to deteriorate and many people were reluctant to talk about Manning's condition because of US government harassment, including surveillance, warrantless computer seizures, and even bribes. "This has had such an intimidating effect that many are afraid to speak out on his behalf," House said.

Some friends report being followed extensively. Another computer expert said the army offered him cash to – in his words – "infiltrate" the WIKILEAKS website. He said: "I turned them down. I don't want anything to do with this cloak and dagger stuff."

"If Manning is convicted, it will be because his individual dedication to human ethics far surpasses that of the US government."

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Read about Liu Xiaobo here:

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

We might not like Mark Zuckerberg or Julian Assange—but we’re going to have to learn to live in the world they’re making.


"These reactions are understandable and, in some cases, warranted. But they are largely beside the point. In a digitized and networked world, Zuckerberg, Assange, and their outfits are merely avatars of the inexorable march toward a radically greater degree of transparency in our personal, cultural, and political spheres. The question about the new transparency isn’t how to thwart it—because we can’t. The question is how we live with it."

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Monday, December 13, 2010

Similar traits don't always lead to a happy marriage

On the first day of class every semester, Portia Dyrenforth asks the students taking her psychology course whether they think couples with similar personalities are more likely to be happy together.

Inevitably, she says, they nod.

Then she asks whether they know any couples who are very different from each other but still seem quite content in their relationships.

They nod at this one, too.

Dyrenforth, working with three other psychologists, examined the data with a few questions in mind: Do personality traits influence a person's own happiness in general and in the context of a relationship? Can a spouse's personality affect the happiness of his or her partner? And does having similar personalities affect the couple's relationship satisfaction?

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Sunday, December 12, 2010


Easily the best documentary of the year and one that will stay with you long after the credits have rolled. Definitely moving...

Watch Part One here:

Watch Part Two here:

Here are more links to other web pages hosting "Restrepo"

And if you're more of a downloader like me...here's a good torrent:



Friday, December 10, 2010

Ron Paul Defends WikiLeaks "Killing The Messenger For Bad News"


WikiLeaks release of classified information has generated a lot of attention in the past few weeks. The hysterical reaction makes one wonder if this is not an example of killing the messenger for the bad news. Despite what is claimed, the information that has been so far released, though classified, has caused no known harm to any individual, but it has caused plenty of embarrassment to our government. Losing our grip on our empire is not welcomed by the neoconservatives in charge.
There is now more information confirming that Saudi Arabia is a principal supporter and financier of al Qaeda, and that this should set off alarm bells since we guarantee its Sharia-run government. This emphasizes even more the fact that no al Qaeda existed in Iraq before 9/11, and yet we went to war against Iraq based on the lie that it did. It has been charged by experts that Julian Assange, the internet publisher of this information, has committed a heinous crime, deserving prosecution for treason and execution, or even assassination.
But should we not at least ask how the U.S. government should prosecute an Australian citizen for treason for publishing U.S. secret information that he did not steal? And if WikiLeaks is to be prosecuted for publishing classified documents, why shouldn't the Washington Post, the New York Times, and others also published these documents be prosecuted?
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While all this is going on Senators, like Joe Lieberman, are not only pressing for the arrest of Julian Assange and Wikileaks under the Espionage Act, but they are also inditing news organizations like The Guardian and the New York Times....absolutely shameful in my opinion...

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And here's another great article regarding the extradition of Julian Assange...

Julian Assange extradition attempt an uphill struggle, says specialist.


Monday, December 6, 2010

The Doomsday Files

Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder, has circulated across the internet an encrypted “poison pill” cache of uncensored documents suspected to include files on BP and Guantanamo Bay.

One of the files identified this weekend by The Sunday Times — called the “insurance” file — has been downloaded from the WikiLeaks website by tens of thousands of supporters, from America to Australia.

Assange warns that any government that tries to curtail his activities risks triggering a new deluge of state and commercial secrets.

The military papers on Guantanamo Bay, yet to be published, have been supplied by Bradley Manning, Assange’s primary source until his arrest in May. Other documents that Assange is confirmed to possess include an aerial video of a U.S. airstrike in Afghanistan that killed civilians, BP files and Bank of America documents.

One of the key files available for download — named insurance.aes256 — appears to be encrypted with a 256-digit key. Experts said last week it was virtually unbreakable.

The U.S. Department of Defense says it is aware of the WikiLeaks insurance file, but has been unable to establish its contents. It has been available for download since July.

Assange has warned he can divulge the classified documents in the insurance file and similar backups if he is detained or the WikiLeaks website is permanently removed from the internet. He has suggested the contents are unredacted, posing a possible security risk for coalition partners around the world.

Assange warned: “We have over a long period of time distributed encrypted backups of material we have yet to release. All we have to do is release the password to that material, and it is instantly available.”

The “doomsday files” are part of a contingency plan drawn up by Assange and his supporters as they face...

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2010/12/05/wikileaks-ready-release-massive-insurance-file-shut/#ixzz17K34kFyv

The Shameful Attacks on Julian Assange


New Wikileaks website:


All Wikileaks files:


Julian Assange answers your questions: