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Pronounced and hidden aims of Trident Juncture 2015 [06 Oct 2015|11:26am]

Originally posted by wiktorkovalski at Pronounced and hidden aims of Trident Juncture 2015
NATO started the biggest and most ambitious exercise in more than a decade. The Trident Juncture 2015 exercise, which kicked off on September 28 to run until November 6 and involves 36,000 personnel from more than 30 Allied and Partner Nations, is taking place throughout Italy, Portugal, Spain, the Atlantic Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea and also Canada, Norway, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands.

The first stage of the exercise starts with the Command Post Exercise for Strategic and Operational level staff on Saturday 3 October in Zaragoza, Spain.
The pronounced aim of the Trident Juncture drills is to train and test the NATO Response Force, a technologically-advanced high-readiness unit comprising land, air, maritime forces. It is reported also, that TRJE15 has been designed to ensure that NATO concepts and procedures will work in the event of a real crisis.
NATO also claimed that its exercises are transparent, giving a link to what appears to be a partial list of exercises which are conducted by US and other NATO members. But on the official The Trident Juncture 2015 exercise Website there are no data about the involved units. So the transparency is only partial and such covering of the event arises a lot of questions.
Many European media outlets believe the large-scale drill is aimed against Russia. And they really have serious reasons for such point of view.
Though NATO is keen to emphasize that this exercise is defensive in nature, many experts consider it as a nonsense statement since the drills are conducted in Europe, at the Russian or proximity of the border. This would make sense if the military exercise was near, for example, US or Canada borders.
It should be said that not all of the participating countries share the organizers’ anti-Russian slant.
For example, Massimo Zuchhetti, a prominent Italian scientist and peace activist pointing to NATO’s ongoing Trident Juncture 2015 war games is sure, that “it is NATO, not Russia which poses the biggest threat to European peace.” “As a nuclear scientist, I think that Italy is violating the nuclear proliferation treaty by having 80 nuclear bombs stored at the Ghedi and Aviano airbases used by the Americans”, he said.
“What we see now is the militarization of Italian territory with military bases scattered all over the country and one-third of Sardinia set aside for military purposes… That’s why we believe that Italy should pull out of NATO. It’s not an equitable alliance, it’s all about making this country an underdog,” Massimo Zuchhetti, a Turin-based nuclear physicist and founder of the No War, No NATO movement added. Massimo Zuchhetti as many others scientists and activists fears that Italy could be drawn in NATO’s future military adventures, which are totally at variance with the country’s national interests.
In his turn Miguel Martinez Tomey, responsible for EU affairs in the Chunta Aragonesista political party, said, that “the deployment of the NATO troops in the Spanish city of Zaragoza entails risks for the local population and the environment, that is being concealed from the public.”
Obviously not all NATO members support such exercises but they just have no possibility to oppose US because it is US who mainly pays for collective defense and choose the common enemies.
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Bangkok was covered with blood [18 Aug 2015|10:23pm]

Оригинал взят у politic_zone в Bangkok was covered with blood
This sorrowful Mondy can't be forgotten in Thailand. There were several explosions in the Kingdom. It is known 27 people to be killed.
The tragedy happened in Bangkok in a business quarter. TNT was put close to the Hindu sanctuary Erawan. The Investigators could find out, that the bomb was hand-made. Its type was radiocontrolled.
Police also could capture a suspect from one of the cameras. It is supposed him to be a memeber of the opposition.
On Tuesday another person threw a small bomb in a subway. Fortunately no victims.
The investigators now are looking for the suspect.
(photo Ria.ru)
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New Zealanders are against secret agreement [15 Aug 2015|05:20pm]

Оригинал взят у politic_zone в New Zealanders are against secret agreement
A lot of people, who live in Auckland, went out for protest. Kiwis did not appreciate SECRET governmental agreement with the USA. People were carring posters against this document - TPPA.

There were some inscriptions, slogans like: Protect our sovereignty! We dont not want to be slaves.
People are also afraid of limit internet freedom and restrictions of environmental protection.
They consider it was done for the US business.

The main street - Queen street was closed for cars. It should be noted, that meeting was peaceful, with music and dancing.
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ISIS frightens China? [12 Aug 2015|09:17pm]

Originally posted by politic_zone at ISIS frightens China?
Even powerful sees threat for Asia region. I found a chinese magazine in NZ. According to the translation, it is talked about possible invasion of ISIS in asian territories.
As we know there are several reasons of being afraid. China has problems with Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. . And China's authorities may be think the same way.
This region is a place of
East Turkestan Islamic Movement activities. This group is fighting for creation Sharia islamic state. I guess, there will be a lot of interested in supporting this idea. In 2008 there were demonstrations and terrorists attacks in China. Fighters  claimed independence. China saw how ISIS become a real state. So,
the Celestial Empire does not want it's part to become a new caliphate.
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"The Poll Trolls: How the Democrats REALLY Lost the Midterms" [06 Nov 2014|02:14pm]

Originally posted by ricomsmith77 at "The Poll Trolls: How the Democrats REALLY Lost the Midterms"
I admit that I watch way too much news and internet media.  I especially watch WAAAAY too much MSNBC on a daily basis. I admit that I drink too way much coffee and smoke way too much weed......ok not really not that much!  I also admit.....that I was wrong about this year's midterm election results.  I admit that I had more confidence in the Democratic electorate to get out and vote this year, and that they would win the races they were supposed to.  I admit I was wrong.........REALLY wrong!

But I have to admit I was right about one thing:  The elections were fixed in the GOP's favor due to the Poll Trolls. Oh yes, they are REAL.....and the reason the Democrats lost the midterms this year.

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"Miss Sunland I". An inimitable beauty contest. [26 Sep 2010|09:42pm]


Sunland crew is glad to officially announce beauty contestDear girls!

Sunland crew is glad to officially announce beauty contest "Miss Sunland I". The main idea of this contest to give you the opportunity to demonstrate your beauty, and more over, to show all that Sunland idea is modern and quite interesting to the young people. So, we can attract the young to the Sunland.

Well, conditions of the contest is following:

You send to the contest's jury at least three photo via email contestsunland@mail.ru
We will make a poll on the our site http://new-libertalia.co.nr/ Any visitor may vote for you. Note: if you wish you may specify that you want to be under the pseudonym (nik).

Deadline receiving the photo - 1 month from this day XXVI Virt, I Year S.E.

Outcome of the contest will be announced in two months - in the end of Creat.

The winner will be awarded by a grand prize. It is a fashion beach bag with Sunland symbols and a nice surprise inside it.

Moreover, the three girls who collect maximum votes will be awarded by special prizes. It T-shirts and cups with Sunland symbols.

So, take a part in this enjoyable contest and show your beauty.

With best greetings,
Sunland crew.

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OIL DISASTER LINKS! [19 May 2010|02:17pm]




HOTLINES: CLEAN-UP JOBS, BP, LIASONS - www.oilspillrecovery.org


DONATE HAIR, PANTY HOSE (lint, etc.) TO HELP SOP UP THE OIL!!! - (About hair mats)

If you have a good engineering idea as to how to stop the oil spill at the source, BP has a special hotline for that - However, I'm not sure which one it is, as of yet.
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Anne & Michael & Cindy & Meghan [07 Feb 2010|06:27pm]

Ann & Michael Hathaway
Actress Anne Hathaway (of Brokeback Mountain and The Devil Wears Prada) has revealed that, after her brother, Michael, came out as gay, her family basically excommunicated themselves from the Catholic Church, and most of them have since taken up with the Episcopalians.

Anne, who is a longtime GLBTQI rights supporter, said basically that she cannot support a church that cannot support her "beloved brother" (Anne's words).

Anne and the rest of the Hathaway clan may have ditched Catholicism but Anne, herself, apparently is in no hurry to find a pew with a more gay-friendly view, saying that--where faith is concerned--she is ...a work in progress.

I know whereof you speak, my sister!

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Interview questions for finance experts [20 Jan 2010|01:19pm]

I'm interviewing a guy tonight who makes his living teaching couples how to manage and communicate about their family finances.

What are common financial pitfalls middle class couples have that I should ask about? What question do *you* most want answered?

Posted via Journaler.

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Massachusetts, for the fail [19 Jan 2010|10:01pm]

I have never been more ashamed to call this state home.

Posted via Journaler.

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Haiti Earthquake Relief [14 Jan 2010|03:41pm]

Please join to discuss Haiti earthquake, news and relief efforts here:
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Haiti Earthquake Donations [13 Jan 2010|09:54pm]

as you may or may not know I am the webmaster of servehaiti.org I am quite confident that all funds donated to them will go toward continuing to fund their currently existing and undamaged clinic in grand-bois Haiti which is currently treating earthquake survivors. If you are wanting to donate to assist earthquake survivors in Haiti or know someone who is I strongly suggest this organization. They have been on the ground with their clinic for years, and currently guarantee that ALL donated funds will go to maintaining the clinic or to other organizations that are reputable and have people on the ground there helping folks in need.
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Watch Out! Here Come The Chickens! [07 Jan 2010|06:49pm]


I'm new to this community, but you seem like my kind of folks! :-)

This is my first (but hopefully not last) post here!

I don't get to use the word schadenfreude anywhere near enough, because I just don't usually get my kicks out of someone else's misfortune, but I can genuinely say that this bit of news made me giggle like a schoolgirl! It really couldn't happen to a more deserving guy than John McCain's BFF!

I believe this is what farmers would call a case of chickens coming home to roost!
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some perspective on Health Care Reform [19 Dec 2009|12:08pm]

I've been as upset as most of my other progressive friends about the changes that have been imposed on the health care reform bill in the senate, and over how the most important measures seem to keep getting stripped out in order to please "moderates", insurance & pharmaceutical industry shills, abortion opponents and, of course, Joe "Look-At-Me-I'm-A-Pompous-Little-Man-With-Shit-for-Brains" Lieberman. But, I have to say that once I took a few deep breaths and did some reading, this is actually exactly par for the course when major social legislation is enacted. I find that a historical view is essential to keep things in perspective:

1) The Civil Rights Act of 1957:

- When Lyndon Johnson (as senate majority leader) passed the Civil Rights Act of 1957, he faced all the same shamelessly hypocritical opposition that health care reform faces today, including hysterical claims that civil rights represented a takeover of states rights by the federal government, etc. This was the legislation that Strom "I Love Black Women" Thurmond filibustered for 24 hours straight, setting a record that sill stands. LBJ had to make so many compromises to win the support of southern dixiecrats, including stripping out anti-lynching provisions, that the final bill was almost completely ineffective. In fact, fewer african americans were registered to vote in 1960 than had been registered in 1956. But, the logjam had been broken, and "It did however open the door to later legislation that was effective in securing voting rights as well as ending legal segregation and providing housing rights. In particular, it established both the Commission on Civil Rights and the office of Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights. Subsequently, on December 9, 1957, the Civil Rights Division was established within the Justice Department by order of Attorney General William P. Rogers, giving the Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights a distinct division to command." (wikipedia). By passing an imperfect bill, LBJ established the framework for later improvements and expansions that provided true civil rights.

2) Social Security:

- When Franklin Roosevelt passed Social Security, it had to be watered down so severely in order for him to get it passed that at first it didn't even cover african-americans. Republicans screamed that social security was socialism and that it would cause the loss of millions of jobs. In the version that was finally passed, women and minorities were excluded from unemployment insurance and old age pensions. Jobs that employed mostly women and minorities were also excluded, including workers in agricultural labor, domestic service, government employees, and many teachers, nurses, hospital employees, librarians, and social workers. "Nearly two-thirds of all African Americans in the labor force, 70 to 80% in some areas in the South, and just over half of all women employed were not [initially] covered by Social Security" (Wikipedia). But, as Paul Krugman wrote in yesterday's New York Times "Social Security originally had huge gaps in coverage — and a majority of African-Americans, in particular, fell through those gaps. But it was improved over time, and it’s now the bedrock of retirement stability for the vast majority of Americans."

3) The Emancipation Proclamation:

- Finally, when Abraham Lincoln enacted the Emancipation Proclamation, it was also a very circumscribed piece of legislation that disappointed many abolitionists of the day. Josh Marshall discussed this yesterday in Talking Points Memo (www.tpm.com) and is worth quoting at length:

"Like President Obama, President Lincoln was seen by many of his supporters as something of a disappointment once in office. This was largely due to the number and types of compromises he needed to make, most notably with the institution of slavery. In his first inaugural address, Lincoln came out and said that he was not bound and determined to end slavery, that the President does not in any case have the power to unilaterally change the law of the land, and that his first priority was the preservation of the Union, even if the price of that preservation was to accept the continuation of slavery. During the war, when pressed by a group of ministers about why he had not more forcefully worked to end slavery, he reiterated that his overriding priority was to preserve the Union, and added that there were four slave states which had stayed loyal and which were currently contributing 50,000 soldiers to the war effort; these, he pointed out, were states and soldiers which he could not afford to lose in a dispute over slavery.

"When Lincoln finally issed the Emancipation Proclamation, its scope was remarkably circumscribed: it did not call for the emancipation of slaves in loyal states (for this, Lincoln would need the participation of Congress, and in any event, as described above, he did not seek such an act for fear of worsening the Union's position in the war); it did not call for the emancipation of slaves in those areas under military control by the Union; it limited emancipation to those areas which would be brought under military control subsequent to January 1, 1863, which was about 3 months after the Proclamation itself was issued. As one historian noted, this meant the Proclamation carefully excused all of the slaves which the United States actually had any authority over at the time of issuance! As another historian noted, the Proclamation was in essence the offer of a bribe: any state then in rebellion which would lay down its arms and return to the Union would not be compelled to give up its slaves; any state conquered by force of arms after January 1, 1863 would be so compelled.

"Needless to say, the Proclamation was seen by anti-slavery partisans of the time as wholly unacceptable, a compromise too far, and yet more evidence of the unfitness of their elected standard-bearer in the White House. And yet, as Foote points out, Lincoln is today hailed as the preserver of the Union, which he was, but as The Great Emancipator, which he was not. This is because the Proclamation, while useless in a practical sense at the moment of issuance, was the crucial starting point for the abolition of slavery, a project which was completed just a few years later." (http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/2009/12/pt_appeals_to_history.php#more?ref=fpblg)

Final thoughts:

So - my view, and the view of many people who I respect, is that many, if not all, social insurance programs tend to start out highly compromised, imperfect and incomplete. But, one the precedent has been set, and a framework is in place, then the programs can get better and more comprehensive with subsequent revisions and expansions.
- Obama knows this, he takes a long-term view to these issues, which is why he can maintain such calm and equanimity throughout the process.
- The republicans know this, and they know that social programs tend to be quite popular once they are enacted (you don't see many of the older tea-baggers volunteering to give up medicare, do you?), so they are fighting tooth and nail to deny Obama and the democrats a victory.
- The insurance and pharmaceutical companies know this too - even if there is a short term benefit to them, the longer term trend will be to reduce costs and improve coverage, which will ultimately force change to their industries.

By passing the bill, universal coverage will be established as a goal and the process of cost containment will begin. The internet and 24 hour news coverage allow us unprecedented views of the nitty-gritty of the legislative sausage-making process, and it's ugly up close, but if health reform passes, and I pray with every cell in my resolutely atheist heart that it does, Obama will be on track to be the greatest president since FDR.
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Declaration of Sunland sovereignty. [23 Nov 2009|08:18pm]

Despite the enormous potential of knowledge and technologies, humanity is faced with challenges that threaten its very existence. Scarcity and exhaustion of natural resources, the threat of world war, global climate change - these and other risks make us look to the future with alarm. More and more people around the Globe realize that the only way to change things for the better is to change our world-view approaches, changing of our thinking.

Motivated by the desire to contribute to new thinking of mankind, people of goodwill from every corner of the world have united around the Sunland idea. Relying on the natural right of people to be masters of their own fate, like all other nations, in their own sovereign State,


We know that the Kingdom of Norway is asserting its territorial claims to the island. However, these claims are unfounded from the standpoint of international law. Peter I Island was discovered on January 10, 1821 by Fabian von Bellingshausen, Russia’s Admiral. Only 108 years later the Norwegians landed on it. They were searching for new waters for whaling; rumors were that there should be a lot of whales in the ocean around this desolate and unknown island. Therefore, Lars Christensen, Norwegian ship-owner and whaling magnate was the organizer of that expedition. However, the Norwegian richman and killer of the whales lost his interest because of lack of whales in the surrounding waters. Then, within 80 years, Norway has failed to implement the development of the island and it is currently uninhabited. The island is situated at the other end of the Globe, many thousands miles off the coast of Norway.

According to Article IV of the Antarctic Treaty: "No acts or activities taking place while the present Treaty is in force shall constitute a basis for asserting, supporting or denying a claim to territorial sovereignty in Antarctica or create any rights of sovereignty in Antarctica. No new claim, or enlargement of an existing claim, to territorial sovereignty in Antarctica shall be asserted while the present Treaty is in force". However, this treaty points to territorial claims of existing States, which are already recognized by the international community (as it indicated by the very meaning of the term "claim"). But we are creating a new nation. We fully support the principles of the Antarctic Treaty - freedom of scientific research and equitable international cooperation in Antarctica, the demilitarization of the Antarctic region and its use for peaceful purposes for the benefit of all mankind.

The Republic of Sunland is based on the principles of freedom, justice and peace; it will ensure complete equality of social and political rights for everyone irrespective of religion, race or sex; it guarantees freedom of conscience, language, education and culture; and it will respect universally recognized norms of international law.

We extend our hand to all states and their peoples in an offer of peace and good neighbourliness, and appeal to them to establish bonds of cooperation and mutual help with the Republic of Sunland. The Republic of Sunland is prepared to do its share in a common effort for the exploration of the Antarctic Region.

Following the procedures of the Antarctic Treaty, we intend to organize an expedition on Peter I Island and arrange a settlement there.

According to the will of the people of Sunland the Secretariat for External Relations is authorized to represent the country in the world.

With faith in the bright future of all mankind, we affix our signatures to this Declaration at the meeting of the Council of authorized persons, in the twenty-third day of November, in the year two thousand and nine.

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Gay Men Face Discrimination Over Kiss in El Paso [08 Jul 2009|10:55pm]

A group of gay men are claiming they were subject to unfair treatment at the Chico's Taco's restaurant chain in El Paso, Texas. Two of the men were kissing, and were told to leave by security guards.

Full story and ways to take action: http://queersunited.blogspot.com/2009/07/gay-men-face-discrimination-over-kiss.html
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An Interview with Avery and Lauren Doninger [02 Jul 2009|06:43pm]

An interview with Avery Doninger (and her mother, Lauren) - the teenager whose First Amendment rights were trashed by her school - and Sonia Sotomayor's Appellate Court, which upheld the school's actions....
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marriage equality news [02 Apr 2009|11:28am]

Sweden's parliament passes gay marriage bill

VT's Republican governor threatens to veto marriage equality bill

WVA Dems defeat proposed constitutional amendment to define marriage as solely btw a man & a woman

Afghanistan bill would legalize marital rape and severely restrict rights of wives
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Did Obama Team Play us On Bishop Robinson? [19 Jan 2009|01:21pm]

During the inauguration kick off party at the Lincoln Memorial, openly gay Bishop Gene Robinson of the Diocese of NH gave the opening prayer.

The problem is it was not televised by HBO or NPR and there were 'technical difficulties' making it nearly impossible for the crowd of 500,000 to hear a word.

Demand to know why Bishop Robinson was part of the "pre-show" and therefore not taped.

More info and contact info at http://queersunited.blogspot.com/2009/01/did-obama-team-play-us-over-bishop.html
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Officer in BART shooting quits force, avoids internal affairs quizzing [07 Jan 2009|04:38pm]

[ mood | angry ]


San Francisco Chronicle
Demian Bulwa,Henry K. Lee, Chronicle Staff Writers
Wednesday, January 7, 2009

(01-07) 15:59 PST OAKLAND -- The BART police officer who shot an unarmed man to death on the platform of the Fruitvale Station in Oakland early New Year's Day resigned from the force today, avoiding an interview with police internal affairs investigators about the incident.

Officer Johannes Mehserle, 27, was supposed to have been questioned today by internal affairs about why he shot Oscar Grant, 22, of Hayward as Grant lay face down on the station platform, BART spokesman Linton Johnson said.

However, Mehserle did not show up for the interview. Instead, his lawyer and union representative appeared and handed over a short resignation letter, Johnson said.

Mehserle's resignation is effective immediately. BART said its investigation of the shooting would continue, as will a separate investigation by the Alameda County district attorney's office.

BART had come under fire from John Burris, the attorney for Grant's family, for not having forced Mehserle to talk with internal affairs investigators since the shooting. Unlike in criminal investigations, in which a suspect has the right not to talk to police, officers involved in on-the-job shootings must talk to inspectors as part of administrative inquiries or risk being fired.

Mehserle's resignation means he does not have to talk to BART investigators.

"I'm not surprised," Burris said of Mehserle's departure. "It should have happened long ago. It's not the end, of course, for the family. They would prefer that he be prosecuted and sent to jail."

Johnson said today that Mehserle's attorney, David Mastagni, had postponed a meeting between the officer and internal affairs investigators that had been set for Tuesday and wanted to reschedule it for next week. Instead, BART told Mehserle to show up this morning, Johnson said.

Mehserle resigned the same day that Grant's family gathered in Hayward for his funeral. Burris has filed a $25 million claim against BART on behalf of Grant's mother and 4-year-old daughter, the likely precursor to a lawsuit.

In the claim, Burris said Mehserle "mercilessly fired his weapon" at Grant after the supermarket butcher and several friends were pulled off a train at the Fruitvale Station following a reported dispute with another group of passengers.

Grant was unarmed when he was shot in the back; the bullet went through him and ricocheted off the platform, then hit him again in the torso.

BART, Mehserle and the officer's lawyer have all been silent about why Mehserle opened fire, but BART has said one possibility it is investigating is that Mehserle mistook his service weapon for a Taser stun gun.

Mehserle was a BART police officer for two years. He and other BART officers were equipped with stun guns only within the past few weeks.

Grant's death has attracted attention well beyond the Bay Area, driven in part by the fact that the shooting was filmed by at least two cell phone video cameras. Footage has been widely aired on television stations.

An official of the human rights group Amnesty International USA, Dalia Hashad, said today before Mehserle resigned that BART's delay in interviewing the officer "hints at the callousness to the worth of human life to a public that is all too familiar with racial profiling, police brutality and cover-ups."

E-mail the writers at dbulwa@sfchronicle.com and hlee@sfchronicle.com.

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