From Dick Atlee:

Listening to James Corbett’s latest podcast, on the Ebola scare, is very enlightening. He feels this kind of claim is overreaching—that the CDC’s claim that it wants the patent to keep private entities from grabbing it and locking it out of the public domain is entirely possible. He by no means leaves the CDC guiltless in any of this, but feels this particular meme grabbed by the alternative media is missing the larger picture.

From Richard Tamm:

This is a very long article with many video clips, and also, very early on, a long audio you could listen to as well.  This is the best and most detailed evidence I’ve seen yet about what happened to MH17.

The best video clip is an approximately half-hour press conference by high Russian military speaking in Russian, followed by an English translator, describing and showing satellite pictures of 4 BUK ground-to-air missile systems in the Kiev-government-controlled area near Donetsk, and radar tracking of 4 airliners, one of which was the MH17 Malaysian airplane, and the appearance of one/more Kiev fighter jets near the MH 17 flight just minutes before the plane disappeared from radar.
If the U.S. and Kiev are using this crash as a pretext to ramp up military interference in Ukraine, it is worth our time to check this out.

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Dear Friends,

Please continue to sign and disseminate the above petition.  

TEPCO’s plan for handling the radioactive groundwater has failed.

Huge amounts of contaminated water continue to spread through the aquifer, which connects to the Tokyo aquifer, and to spew into the ocean.

The very costly system to clean the ground water has also failed.
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Exactly How Often Do Police Shoot Unarmed Black Men?

The killing in Ferguson was one of many such cases. Here’s what the data reveals.

The killing of Michael Brown by police in Ferguson, Missouri, was no anomaly: As we reported yesterday, Brown is one of at least four unarmed black men who died at the hands of police in the last month aloneThere are many more cases from years past. As Jeffrey Mittman, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Missouri chapter put it in a statement of condolence to Brown’s family, “Unarmed African-American men are shot and killed by police at an alarming rate. This pattern must stop.”

But quantifying that pattern is difficult. Federal databases that track police use of force or arrest-related deaths paint only a partial picture. Police department data is scattered and fragmented. No agency appears to track the number of police shootings or killings of unarmed victims in a systematic, comprehensive way.

Here’s some of what we do know:

Previous attempts to analyze racial bias in police shootings have arrived at similar conclusions. In 2007, ColorLines and the Chicago Reporter investigated fatal police shootings in 10 major cities, and found that there were a disproportionately high number of African Americans among police shooting victims in every one, particularly in New York, San Diego, and Las Vegas.

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What Happens to #Ferguson Affects Ferguson: Net Neutrality, Algorithmic Filtering and Ferguson

Ferguson is about many things, starting first with race and policing in America.

But it’s also about internet, net neutrality and algorithmic filtering.

It’s a clear example of why “saving the Internet”, as it often phrased, is not an abstract issue of concern only to nerds, Silicon Valley bosses, and few NGOs. It’s why “algorithmic filtering” is not a vague concern.

It’s a clear example why net neutrality is a human rights issue; a free speech issue; and an issue of the voiceless being heard, on their own terms.

I saw this play out in multiple countries — my home country of Turkey included — but last night, it became even more heartbreakingly apparent in the United States as well.

For me, last night’s Ferguson “coverage” began when people started retweeting pictures of armored vehicles with heavily armored “robocops” on top of them, aiming their muzzle at the protesters, who seemed to number a few hundred. It was the fourth night after an unarmed black man, Michael Brown, was shot by a — still unnamed — police officer after a “jaywalking” incident. Witnesses say he died hands in the air, saying “don’t shoot”.

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What is happening in Ferguson, Missouri is deeply disturbing and all of us have a responsibility to speak out.

On Saturday, Ferguson police shot and killed a young, un-armed, black man named Michael Brown. Eyewitnesses say that Brown had his hands in the air, declared he didn’t have a gun and pleaded “stop shooting” when Ferguson police fired the shot that killed him.1

Since then, members of the community have stood with Brown’s family demanding justice for Michael.

And every day since the Ferguson and Missouri authorities have escalated their responses to peaceful protests using increasingly militarized tactics. Last night they fired tear gas at peaceful protestors, used rubber bullets on the crowd and arrested countless citizens–including journalists from around the nation who are covering the incredible injustice that is happening on our own soil.2

That’s why we’re joining Civil Rights leader Congressman John Lewis to call on President Obama to intervene in Ferguson to protect peaceful protestors demanding justice for Michael Brown. No more innocent families should be terrorized by militant police forces for exercising their right–their responsibility–to protest injustice. Can you add your voice?

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by Stephanie Crets

Net Neutrality has been the topic of intense conversation recently, as the FCC solicits and considers public comments about how to regulate Internet traffic. We’ve put together the overview below to help you understand the issues and players that influence the way we use the Internet daily for business, research, entertainment, and social activities.

Net Neutrality Overview

Net Neutrality refers to the idea that all data on the Internet should be treated equally by Internet Service Providers (ISPs). For most of the Internet’s history, ISPs generally did not distinguish between the various types of content that flow through their networks, whether web pages, email, or other forms of information. In the 1990s and early 2000s, the few ISPs that tried to block certain types of data faced strong opposition from consumers, tech companies, and regulators.

With the rise of bandwidth-heavy services such as Netflix, ISPs have increasingly sought to sell more bandwidth, or “fast lanes,” to companies willing to pay for it. Other traffic would move through their networks at a slower pace.

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On The False Arrest Of Reporters Ryan Reilly And Wesley Lowery

 One of our reporters, Ryan Reilly, was arrested this evening in Ferguson, Mo., along with a Washington Post reporter, because that’s the kind of thing that happens now, apparently. He is there covering the protests in response to the killing of Michael Brown. Below is a statement we put out condemning the arrest, and here’s our report on it. Meanwhile, both of our reporters there are now stranded at the police station, a long way from their rental car. If anybody on this list lives in the St. Louis area and feels like giving them a lift, shoot me a note.

“We are relieved Ryan Reilly and Wesley Lowery are safe, but we are disturbed by their arrest and assault.
“Ryan was working on his laptop in a McDonald’s near the protests in Ferguson, MO, when police barged in, armed with high-powered weapons, and began clearing the restaurant. Ryan photographed the intrusion, and police demanded his ID in response. Ryan, as is his right, declined to provide it. He proceeded to pack up his belongings, but was subsequently arrested for not packing up fast enough. Both Ryan and Wesley were assaulted.

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The Hidden History of the JFK Assassination

The Hidden History of the JFK Assassination

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