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  • "Rape Culture Claims Another Victim: Teen Ends Life After Photo Of Her Alleged Gang Rape Goes Viral"   15 hours 49 min ago

    Thanks Drc, for your long and thoughtful response. I knew the “better dead than co-ed” mantra was about much more than rape. Since this thread is about rape, I couldn’t resist throwing in that rape comment as an afterthought. But my reference to a safer learning environment was actually about classroom dynamics, although I could have communicated that better.

    Anyway I congratulate you for winning the battle against Mills College going co-ed. How nice it must have been for the girls to just concentrate on their education, not having to exert all that effort demoting boys to mere equal status! Kudos to you and your family by the way, for being on the right side of that issue and fighting the good fight. If I were you Drc, I’d treat that “Better Dead Than Co-Ed” tee shirt like an heirloom treasure.

    As to your question (changing the subject) of why talented kids don’t practice, I can tell you why this talented kid didn’t. And it had everything to do with “Mommy Dearest”.

    My mother happened to be a narcissistic control freak. Our power struggles go back to the moment I first crawled out of the crib. Unfortunately those dynamics are what spoiled piano lessons for me. Once I’d started lessons, practicing quickly became a chore.

    Mom loved music with a passion, her entire life. She’d played piano herself since childhood, but I’m aftraid that’s where the similarity ends. It was like our brains were wired differently for musc, because the way we learned and absorbed it was polar opposite. Unless she’d spent long hours memorizing a piece, she was lost without the sheet music.

    Around age six (relatively late I suppose), I started picking out melody lines of Bach’s and Mozart’s by ear. But this did not suit my mother, once she’d started me on lessons. When I practiced, she’d sit right beside me on the piano bench, watching my every move. Naturally my eyes kept gravitating down to the keys. Mama wanted them glued to the manuscript instead, following the fingering as written out for me in the book. Whenever the wrong finger hit a note or my eyes strayed from the manuscript, I’d catch hell for it, sometimes hit. The piano bench became tantamount to a war zone. Our battles that summer would begin in the late morning, sometimes not letting up ’til early evening. It got pretty ferocious. I remember being dragged down the hall and locked in my bedroom for noncompliance. This went on for quite some time. What an ordeal it was. From then on, my general attitude about lessons and practicing was pretty negative. At that age I preferred the outdoors anyway. (Summers in rural Oakland were so beautiful, back in those days.) Chasing butterflies and climbing trees was way higher on my list of extracurriculars than practicing the goddam piano.

    Had I not inherited the composer’s genes, I would have dropped piano like a lead balloon.

    Were I to claim no regrets, I would be lying. I never became a piano virtuoso; to this day I must look at the keys, a terrible handicap for a pianist. I never learned to read music very well either. I can write music way better than I can read it, strange as that might sound. And I’ve composed hours & hours worth of material spanning many genres, from baroque to jazz. But I still can’t read worth a damn. Just a simple chord chart presented to me at a jam session is enough to trigger a panic attack. Oh well… taking my own approach through the years has turned out to be both a blessing and a curse. However despite all that, I have acquired enough chop at the keys to do quite a lot, as my recordings will show. But I would be much better off had I practiced my scales and learned to read. Having both the reading thing and the ear thing down could have availed me the best of both worlds. (SIGH)

    If any of you have talented kids, I implore you NOT to repeat my mother’s mistakes.

    Sorry for going off topic, folks, but Drc’s question got me on a roll. To tie things more together in closing, I’ll just say that bullying and power trips suck. They batter the spirit. There has to be a better way. - AIW

  • W.H. Intruder   17 hours 1 min ago

    The intruder, Omar J. Gonzalez, was suffering from PTSD and wanted to warn the President that "the atmosphere was collapsing". Not too far from what many liberals believe when they warn of Global Warming or Global Weather Change or whatever it's been called. I'm sure that we are all suffering from a bit of PTSD since Reagan and the Bushs and the realization that Obama was just an extension of the lies of WMD, terrorists, 9/11, and the rape of our economy by Ivy league educated "bad boys".

    The WH is lucky, so far, that it has only been a couple of intruders. Perhaps, one of these days, it might be mobs of angry citizens who are tired of the lies and manipulations. So far, it has just been a few groups that stay outside of the fence. I think during the Vietnam war, that some did jump over the fence. But, then, that's another movie! So far, it's been either the bad old Chinese, Arabs, or right wing extremists who have appeared in those kinds of movies. They dare not show a movie where hordes of John (or Jane) Q Citizens (ticked off at the current fake democracy, the lies, and being screwed by the ruling elite) invade and occupy the WH and other places of capitalist reek, while they sharpen their Guillotines.

    But some people may just start to believe that in order to fix our problems they would have to lop of the heads of the top 2% of our country...the ones that make over $250,000 per year. I suppose it would suffice to duly select a few obscene representatives from the top 1% to make that not such a cherished place to be in the eyes and minds of those in the penultimate socioeconomic spot (ie: the ones who are predominantly right wing). They might just be less Ayn Randian, perhaps.

    There are, of course, a few of those top 1% and even in the 2% that are conflicted with their liberal religions that preach "do unto others as you would have other do unto you" and their current privileged economic status and who may actually think of themselves as "liberal". Many may be so conflicted that they actually give away some of their fortunes. I don't know about very many that will actually go so far as to give away most, or all, of their good fortunes to the poor, though. But, if they give away a little bit..they can still live a very good and secure life and still have a good psychological feeling about themselves. But, most of all, they do it for tax breaks or for the purpose of looking like they are magnanimous. They can still believe that they, the good, are up against the selfish super wealthy, the bad....the ones that always vote for Republicans.

  • Dr. Doom, Karl Marx and Socialism   17 hours 21 min ago

    Pretty cheap compared to the highest tax bracket in the U.S. under Republican Pres. Eisenhower....91%. The U.S., like France, wasn't socialist either.

    Elements of a social democracy (like fire departments and public education) aren't socialism... though socialism may contain elements of a social democracy.

    A government-owned enterprise isn't a socialist enterprise. People can't seem to comprehend that. Let me give you a clue: a monastery is a socialist enterprise and has no outside ownership.

    Mexico's highly successful Blackstone Tire co. is a socialist enterprise. It's owned/operated by the workers. Mexico's government-owned oil co. is not a socialist enterprise. It's owned/operated by an outside entity.

    There is not now and never has been a government in my lifetime that encourages worker ownership of their workplace... as its working model.

    Retired Monk - "Ideology is a disease"

  • The banned   17 hours 31 min ago

    Thaneone commercial troll

  • Declining Corporate Tax Revenue Hampers Deficit Reduction   17 hours 40 min ago

    Thats sounds quite annoying that corporate tax has revenue hampers deficit reductions. But why is that so in corporate world.

    For more info:

  • "Rape Culture Claims Another Victim: Teen Ends Life After Photo Of Her Alleged Gang Rape Goes Viral"   17 hours 48 min ago
    Quote Aliceinwonderland:

    DN, your posts never fail to blow me away. I would so love to take a look of the functional art pieces you’ve described having created. I’m fascinated by that. You sound like an incredible talent in your own right.

    The intelligence and sensitivity with which you respond to me hasn’t slipped by unnoticed either.

    You’ve acknowledged what a fighter I am. If there’s one thing I’ve learned in this life, DN, it’s how to fight. There was a lot of verbal abuse in my family life as I was growing up, and even after I was grown, most of it directed at me. Both my parents were verbally and emotionally abusive. My self esteem and sense of worth were under constant attack, on almost a daily basis. They grossly exacerbated what started out as just normal sibling rivalry between me and my brother, and the damage is permanent. I am estranged from him now, as I have been for decades already. The interpersonal dynamics are so poisonous, so toxic, they exceed my limits of tolerance. I’ve had to learn to fight for my survival, just so all that poison doesn’t convert to the sort of self loathing that leads to suicide. Depression has dogged me much of my life, and I know that depression kills. I’ve had my struggles. I’m not on the pity pot at this point, because I’m old enough now to see the bigger picture and recognize that I’ve also enjoyed many blessings in life despite all that grief. And now it’s me steering the boat, not my vitriolic parents. But the road to healing has been long and arduous, full of twists and turns, full of potholes and never completely done. I sure as hell learned how to fight, and words have always been my weapon of choice. It's kept me out of jail, at least thus far.

    I don’t come to these threads just to fight, however. I love exchanging ideas with people. I have learned a lot from Thom, as well as many of you fellow bloggers out there who care about issues of consequence to people’s lives and who don’t mind challenging one another on occasion. Sometimes we push each other’s buttons, and it brings out the fighter in me. I know I can pack a punch. Maybe I need to be more hesitant about using that against other bloggers when they unwittingly push my buttons. The fact that my buttons are pushed does not necessarily (and usually doesn’t) mean it was intentional, from whatever its point of origin. I need to stay more conscious of that, something I don’t mind owning and airing in public. Because the fact is, my issues are not all that unique or different from many other people’s, of either gender.

    Not only am I learning about subjects & issues of interest to me, in places like this; it’s also helping me grow as a human being. I’m not young anymore, but no matter how old we get there’s always room for learning and growth. My experience with drbjmn has reminded me to not judge people too quickly or to pick my fights too hastily, even when their opinions and assessments rub me the wrong way. We all come from different walks of life, with different experiences and perspectives. Staying open minded as much as we can is key. When my switch gets flipped and I lose my temper, I lose touch with all that.

    Getttng back to the focus of this thread, I’ll admit, it still sticks in my craw how many men can’t accept the importance of power-over dynamics in the act of rape. They try making it more complicated than it really is. They keep arguing that it’s about sex, not just power. Whatever, guys. But like I’ve pointed out already, it’s really about power and for one simple reason. Without coersion, entrapment and/or brute force, “rape” would not be in our vocabulary, because it would not even exist. There would only be sex.

    Nothing complicated about that. - AIW

    If rape is about sex then war is about filling body bags and politics is about riding in limos. I agree that equating violence and sex that way, even when the genitals are involved, is to misunderstand what is happening. It's part of the down-playing of the female history of oppression. The same thing is done when people say that black folks were better off as slaves. The implication that freedom from one kind of oppression merely opens us up to another variety is a cruel stick with which the underclass are kept in their respective boxes, even if there is a degree of truth to that.

    You ARE a fighter, AW, and I respect that. Some times it's hard to know who our enemies are, expecially in an anonymous forum like this. Even otherwise evolved humans can make the odd, inconsiderate statement. We've all had enough lies drummed into us that it shouldn't surprise anyone if something sticks a little. I appreciate that you and drbjmn are not going to let your molehills of contention become mountains of hatred. That alone, the willingness of both of you to forgive, is telling of the rightness of your underlying intent, no matter what you say to each other.

    I'm fond of reminding people that love is an action, not a feeling. I see it demonstrated on this forum frequently and this thread is no exception. I will take your lead and apologize to Zenzoe for implying she was on a gender-based witch hunt. We go way back and I'm always concerned that even when our differences are resolved amicably, there is a scar that makes the next injury hurt that much more easily. I'm not sure that we will never butt heads again but I hope she forgives me for my ignorance and arrogance at times. I'm a fighter too and some times I swing reflexively.

    So, here we are, one big happy forum. Nobody say anything. I don't want to spoil the moment.

  • "Rape Culture Claims Another Victim: Teen Ends Life After Photo Of Her Alleged Gang Rape Goes Viral"   18 hours 3 min ago

    WARNING. Comment is typical of me, fairness trumps popularity seeking.

    Probably best to skip this unless your username is: Lodyzhensky.

    Dear Mr. Lody,

    I regret that we have let our language differences and other prejudices get in the way of listening to one another.

    As you undoubtably know from years in the field of diplomacy, once personal animus takes hold there is little chance for those people to be able to objectively hear one another.

    As a known factor, it is to be avoided when success is sought and employed when success is not.

    Part of U.S. Hegemony includes (quietly requiring) that all persons who wish to communicate in English, do so with full knowledge of all American customs, standards, idioms, cultural norms, etc.

    We show our prejudice when we ignore the clumsiness of those who we perceive to be in agreement with us - while holding others to an impossible standard. Text is text. We show more about ourselves when we impose different standards based on the gender of the writer.

    I regret that I did not take the time to follow the earlier posts, as I might have been able to make a helpful suggestion at around #180.

    Thank you for your efforts (albeit clumsy in this American arena) to try and add to the conversation, including the offering that with several billion males on the planet not every single case of rape will necessarily have the exact same foundation or motivation.

    And Thank You for your continuing efforts to improve the Human Rights situation in your part of the globe, any improvement of which, of course, improves the whole.

    Most Sincerely, I am

  • Naomi Klein Breaks a Taboo   18 hours 36 min ago

    And "Youth," douglaslee, maybe the best introduction to Conrad for those who haven't yet had the great pleasure. No one can match his splendid, evocative prose. I have a particular fondness for the story as it stirs my memories of vanished youth, of both great oceans (and some lesser ones) passing spitting distance beneath my feet, memories of my introduction to strange lands. I, too, knew Bangkok, Sydney, Melbourne and more. Click on the link if you want to read all of it. I'll paste a few out-of-order paragraphs as a teaser:

    “Yes, I have seen a little of the Eastern seas; but what I remember best is my first voyage there. You fellows know there are those voyages that seem ordered for the illustration of life, that might stand for a symbol of existence. You fight, work, sweat, nearly kill yourself, sometimes do kill yourself, trying to accomplish something — and you can’t. Not from any fault of yours. You simply can do nothing, neither great nor little — not a thing in the world — not even marry an old maid, or get a wretched 600-ton cargo of coal to its port of destination.

    “We left London in ballast — sand ballast — to load a cargo of coal in a northern port for Bankok. Bankok! I thrilled. I had been six years at sea, but had only seen Melbourne and Sydney, very good places, charming places in their way — but Bankok!

    ‘Sartor Resartus’ and Burnaby’s ‘Ride to Khiva.’ I didn’t understand much of the first then; but I remember I preferred the soldier to the philosopher at the time; a preference which life has only confirmed. One was a man, and the other was either more — or less. However, they are both dead, and Mrs. Beard is dead, and youth, strength, genius, thoughts, achievements, simple hearts — all die. . . . No matter.

    ‘Judea, London. Do or Die.’

    “O youth! The strength of it, the faith of it, the imagination of it! To me she was not an old rattle-trap carting about the world a lot of coal for a freight — to me she was the endeavor, the test, the trial of life. I think of her with pleasure, with affection, with regret — as you would think of someone dead you have loved. I shall never forget her . . . . Pass the bottle.

    I did not know how good a man I was till then. I remember the drawn faces, the dejected figures of my two men, and I remember my youth and the feeling that will never come back any more — the feeling that I could last for ever, outlast the sea, the earth, and all men; the deceitful feeling that lures us on to joys, to perils, to love, to vain effort — to death; the triumphant conviction of strength, the heat of life in the handful of dust, the glow in the heart that with every year grows dim, grows cold, grows small, and expires — and expires, too soon — before life itself.

    “I have known its fascinations since: I have seen the mysterious shores, the still water, the lands of brown nations, where a stealthy Nemesis lies in wait, pursues, overtakes so many of the conquering race, who are proud of their wisdom, of their knowledge, of their strength. But for me all the East is contained in that vision of my youth. It is all in that moment when I opened my young eyes on it. I came upon it from a tussle with the sea — and I was young — and I saw it looking at me. And this is all that is left of it! Only a moment; a moment of strength, of romance, of glamour — of youth! . . . A flick of sunshine upon a strange shore, the time to remember, the time for a sigh, and — good-by! — Night — Good-by. . .!”

    He drank.

    “Ah! The good old time — the good old time. Youth and the sea. Glamour and the sea! The good, strong sea, the salt, bitter sea, that could whisper to you and roar at you and knock your breath out of you.”

    He drank again.

    “By all that’s wonderful, it is the sea, I believe, the sea itself — or is it youth alone? Who can tell? But you here — you all had something out of life: money, love — whatever one gets on shore — and, tell me, wasn’t that the best time, that time when we were young at sea; young and had nothing, on the sea that gives nothing, except hard knocks — and sometimes a chance to feel your strength — that only — what you all regret?”

    And we all nodded at him: the man of finance, the man of accounts, the man of law, we all nodded at him over the polished table that like a still sheet of brown water reflected our faces, lined, wrinkled; our faces marked by toil, by deceptions, by success, by love; our weary eyes looking still, looking always, looking anxiously for something out of life, that while it is expected is already gone — has passed unseen, in a sigh, in a flash — together with the youth, with the strength, with the romance of illusions.

  • First Columbia took on their drug lords, now they're taking on their billionaires...why can't we?   18 hours 43 min ago

    I don't know what your point is here.

    If you are trying to suggest that without police crime would run ramped, I would have to say this notion is a little silly.

    This is a common held myth and all one needs to do to see how silly this myth is ask yourself are you going to commit crime just because there is no police? Are you suddenly going to turn violent and start killing? No of course not. It is not in our nature. A vast majority of crime is not violent petty/drug offenses. A vast majority of violent offenders become violent after incarceration, usually for self defense. Thus, Police and the prison system create violence, as opposed to deterring it.

    Crime is a function of poverty/the war on drugs which is imposed on us by the imperialists to control us. When people have good jobs, good families, and good communities, crime is not an issue.

  • Tobasco   18 hours 46 min ago

    Thanks for the links...I'll check them out!

  • MH17   18 hours 51 min ago
    Quote Alberto Ceras 2:
    Quote Tony Cartalucci of nsnbc:The title of Reuters’ propaganda piece directly contradicts its first paragraph which reveals “experts,” not the actual Dutch Safety Board report, claimed it was “shot down from the ground,” while the report itself says nothing of the sort. The experts cited by Reuters in fact had no association whatsoever with the preliminary report and instead are the same mainstay of cherry picked commentators the West constantly defers to while building up and perpetuating utterly fabricated narratives to advance its agenda globally.

    Very interesting!!! Good thing that someone is paying attention to the fine details. Very sneaky of them!

  • Move To Amend has ALWAYS needed a Plan B... is this it?   18 hours 53 min ago
    Quote ulTRAX:

    Sorry, you can't have it both ways. If you're saying the SNL skit of Palin did NOT violate MF, you can't also say it's open to interpretation.

    What? People disagree on the meaning and application of laws routinely, acknowledging this reality is not "having it both ways". It is what the courts and the FEC decide in individual cases is where the rubber meets the road, not what you or I think.

    I cannot explain how Moore's movie did not violate the law but Citizens United movie did. Yet this "having it both ways" is what happened in these real world cases. Going down the rabbit hole of giving government more power to suppress political speech is fraught with unintended consequences.

  • First Columbia took on their drug lords, now they're taking on their billionaires...why can't we?   19 hours 9 min ago

    I sincerely disagree Palindromedary

    If if want to compare someone like Warren Buffet who made an estimated $37 million per day to someone making $250,000 in taxable income per year then that is your prerogative, I believe this does a great injustice to our struggle. Especially when you consider Warren Buffet is not a trillionaire and the true elite could buy Warren Buffet 1000x over.

  • Wall Street should love Obama   19 hours 22 min ago
    Quote Dexterous:

    Being older now, I have taken precautions to guard against heavy losses when the market does correct

    A stop-loss order is contingent on there being a buy order at that price. And sometimes there isn't.

    The DJIA dropped 22% on Black Monday in 1987. The market today is infinitely more leveraged, and the Fed has likely exhausted all its ammo.

    There are inverse mutual funds and ETF's that you can use to hedge, but quite frankly I don't understand how they work and what the remedy is if they fail.

    Nobody ever went broke taking a profit.

  • Is Big Brother Sanitizing The News?   19 hours 57 min ago

    I do listen every once in a while to Rush. It is shocking. The callers sound brain washed. "Oh Rush, double dittos, what an honor it is to talk to you". Fact is they are heavily screened. Rush does not take opposite viewpoint calls. Only ditto heads. What is sad is how many blue collar workers are listening to it.

    The News Media is owned by the 1%. They are good at what they do.

  • Fox News the Lone Conservative Viewpoint   19 hours 59 min ago

    Faux News is nothing more than television's equivalent to the newspaper opinion page. The only difference is there's only one sided opinions allowed. Faux has taken the legendary nazi propoganda machine to new levels. "We opine, you decide"

  • 2014 Mid Term Elections November 4th   20 hours 4 min ago

    Television show polls always crack me up. Back in the day when I would watch The Ed Show he would always do a poll on the show. Of course it was always overwhelmingly a positive outcome on the Democratic side of the question. Well duh!, it's a show that's watched overwhelmingly by Democrats. Faux is the same thing. Those type of polls are a pure waste of time.

    As far as political commercials go it's absolutely disgusting what they are able to get away with. Lies on top of lies are spoken and there's no accountability to those who are lying. I've never understood how they can get away with it. If it's a product other than a politician they are selling then someone can get sued for false advertising. The FCC should be able to approve or disapprove some of the garbage that's put on the airwaves.

  • Fox News the Lone Conservative Viewpoint   20 hours 6 min ago

    Republican Health Care plan to replace the ACA. "If you get sick, die quick".

  • Tobasco   20 hours 11 min ago

    Super spicy hot foods don't appeal to me. I've always thought it overpowered the actual taste of the food which kind of defeats the purpose to me. My wife loves peppers and pepper sauces. She's a horseradish junkie. I have no beef with those who love the "hot" but I've never been one to partake. :)

  • Climate Change Protests and Capitalism   20 hours 11 min ago

    There is something about "tobacco science" which combines the fog of law with a denialist wish to believe, and "it works." It shouldn't.

    Caught in that dilemma, we look at what we actually accept, perhaps grudgingly, but without the conscious iconoclasm where we ban smoking after all these years. Outrage at the enclosure of the Commons and the Soul cannot be satisfied with a focus on which part of the body to save or cut off. The privatization of water is insane and criminal in any human or environmental scale. We try to control it. Good luck.

    To ask, "is nothing sacred" is to "hear" the answer in the silence.

    Nothing of this is acceptable. The times are out of joint. The winter of our discontent. Humpty Dumpty on the kitchen floor.

    Dolack's piece is excellent in blowing away a lot of fog to show where the pathology is embedded beyond 'symptom.' Entropy has an order to its disordering, and the nature of psycho pathologies only makes sense from within their perverse "thinking." How we accept war as the way to establish peace or the inevitability of greed to crush the vulnerable in this tough world is our own perversity.

    It is amazing what getting one's thinking out of the noxious zone can do even if it still does not make sense. Tobacco science should not work.

  • MH17   20 hours 33 min ago

    And why aren’t the Dutch, the Malaysians, doing anything???

    Ukraine, Poroshenko Face 'Negligent Manslaughter' Case Over MH17 Tragedy

    Sep. 21 2014 15:35

    Survivors of German victims of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 downed over Ukraine plan to sue the country and its president for manslaughter by negligence in 298 cases, the lawyer representing them said on Sunday.

    Professor of aviation law Elmar Giemulla, who is representing three families of German victims, said that under international law Ukraine should have closed its air space if it could not guarantee the safety of flights.

    "Each state is responsible for the security of its air space," Giemulla said in a statement emailed to Reuters. "If it is not able to do so temporarily, it must close its air space. As that did not happen, Ukraine is liable for the damage."

    Bild am Sonntag Sunday newspaper quoted Giemulla as saying that by not closing its airspace, Ukraine had accepted that the lives of hundreds of innocent people would be "annihilated" and this was a violation of human rights.

    The jetliner crashed in Ukraine in pro-Russian rebel-held territory on July 17, killing 298 people, two-thirds of them from the Netherlands. Four Germans died in the crash.

    Ukraine and Western countries have accused the rebels of shooting the plane down with an advanced, Russian-made missile. Russia has rejected accusations that it supplied the rebels with SA-11 Buk anti-aircraft missile systems.

    Giemulla planned to hand his case to the European Court of Human Rights in about two weeks, accusing Ukraine and its President Petro Poroshenko of manslaughter by negligence in 298 cases. He would also push for compensation of up to one million euros ($1.3 million) per victim, Bild am Sonntag reported.

    So far, the airline has offered survivors of each victim $5,000 in financial assistance but has said that would not be taken off final compensation or affect families' legal rights to claim.

    And there’s more…

    Published On: Fri, Sep 19th, 2014

    Dutch MH17 Investigation Omits US “Intel” First

    Tony Cartalucci (NEO) : The absence of America’s so-called “intelligence” regarding the downing of Malaysia Airlines MH17 over Ukraine in a 34 page Dutch Safety Board preliminary report raises serious questions about the credibility and legitimacy of both America’s political agenda, and all agencies, organizations, and political parties currently behind it.

    The report titled, “Preliminary Report: Crash involving Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 flight MH17″ (.pdf), cites a wide variety of evidence in its attempt to determine the cause of flight MH17′s crash and to prevent similar accidents or incidents from occurring again in the future. Among this evidence includes the cockpit voice recorder (CVR), the flight data recorder (FDR), analysis of recorded air traffic control (ATC) surveillance data and radio communication, analysis of the meteorological circumstances, forensic examination of the wreckage (if recovered and possible foreign objects if found), results of the pathological investigation, and analysis of the in-flight break up sequence.

    Satellite images are referenced in regards to analyzing the crash site after the disaster, however, no where in the report is mentioned any evidence whatsoever of satellite images of missile launchers, intelligence from the United States regarding missile launches, or any information or evidence at all in any regard suggesting a missile had destroyed MH17. In fact, the report concludes by stating:

    This report is preliminary. The information must necessarily be regarded as tentative and subject to alternation or correction if additional evidence becomes available. Further work will at least include the following areas of interest to substantiate the factual information regarding:

    · detailed analyses of data, including CVR, FDR and other sources, recorded on board the aircraft;

    · detailed analyses of recorded ATC surveillance data and radio communication;

    · detailed analyses of the meteorological circumstances;

    · forensic examination of wreckage if recovered and possible foreign objects, if found;

    · results of the pathological investigation;

    · analyses of the in-flight break up sequence;

    · assessment of the operator’s and State of Occurrence’s management of flight safety over a region of conflict or high security risk;

    · any other areas that are identified during the investigation.

    With the black boxes in hand and a wealth of data from multiple sources both on board the aircraft and from the ground in both Ukraine and Russia, the Dutch Safety Board was still hesitant to draw any conclusions and insisted that none be jumped to.

    The report specifically mentions information collected from Russia, including air traffic control and radar data – both of which were publicly shared by Russia in the aftermath of the disaster. The report also cites data collected from Ukraine air traffic controllers. The United States however, apart from providing technical information about the aircraft itself considering it was manufactured in the US, provided absolutely no data in any regard according to the report.

    Missing US Intel Points to Fabrications

    Had the US actually possessed any credible information to substantiate its claims that MH17 was shot down by a missile, such evidence surely would have been submitted to and included in the Dutch Safety Board’s preliminary reporting. That it is predictably missing confirms what commentators, analysts, and politicians around the world had long since suspected – the West’s premature conclusions regarding MH17′s demise were driven by a political agenda, not a factually based search for the truth. The evidence that MH17 was shot down by a missile as the West insisted is missing because it never existed in the first place.

    That the Dutch Safety Board possesses such a vast amount of information but is still unable to draw anything but the most tentative conclusions, exposes the alleged certainty of Western pundits and politicians in the hours and days after MH17′s loss as an utterly irresponsible, politically motivated, exploitation of tragedy at best, and at worst, exposing the West – NATO in particular – as possible suspects in a crime they clearly stood the most to benefit from.

    Fabrications Establish Motive

    In the wake of the MH17 tragedy, the West would rush through a series of sanctions against Russia as well as justify further military aid for the regime in Kiev, Ukraine and the literal Neo-Nazi militant battalions serving its pro-Western agenda amid a brutal civil war raging in the country’s eastern most provinces. With sanctions in hand, and the war raging on in earnest, the MH17 disaster dropped entirely out of Western narratives as if it never occurred. Surely if the West had solid evidence implicating eastern Ukrainian rebels and/or Russia, the world would never have heard the end of the MH17 disaster until the truth was fully aired before the public.

    When Dutch investigators published their preliminary report, the West merely reiterated its original claims, simply imposing their contradictory nature upon the report – most likely believing the public would never actually read its 34 pages.

    For example, Reuters in a report titled, “Malaysia: Dutch report suggests MH-17 shot down from ground,” would brazenly claim:

    Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 broke apart over Ukraine due to impact from a large number of fragments, the Dutch Safety Board said on Tuesday, in a report that Malaysia’s prime minister and several experts said suggested it was shot down from the ground.

    The title of Reuters’ propaganda piece directly contradicts its first paragraph which reveals “experts,” not the actual Dutch Safety Board report, claimed it was “shot down from the ground,” while the report itself says nothing of the sort. The experts cited by Reuters in fact had no association whatsoever with the preliminary report and instead are the same mainstay of cherry picked commentators the West constantly defers to while building up and perpetuating utterly fabricated narratives to advance its agenda globally.

    The lesson to be learned from the MH17 disaster is that real investigations and their subsequent conclusions take time – weeks or even months. Anyone drawing immediate conclusions within hours or days after an event like the MH17 disaster are exploiting tragedy at best, and at worst implicate themselves as suspects having created it in the first place to serve as impetus for further chaos, conflict, and confusion.

    Those incapable of resisting the need to jump to conclusions are those who are least suitable to lead. The United States, United Kingdom, and the European Union have proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that they are at best tasteless, irresponsible, politically motivated exploiters of human tragedy, and at worst, the prime suspects of a heinous act of mass murder aimed at perpetuating their agenda of war and carnage in Ukraine and beyond.

    Tony Cartalucci, Bangkok-based geopolitical researcher and writer, especially for the online magazine New Eastern Outlook”.

    nsnbc, editor’s note: nsnbc international is still in the process of conducting our own investigation, which focuses on a) inconsistencies, b) apparent illegalities with regard to the investigation, c) the involved parties response to nsnbc international’s calls for the release of primary data, including the CSV files of the planes FDR, communication in the cockpit, all communication between the plane and any air traffic control that has handled the plane on its last flight, radar data for the radar stations which were involved, etc. – nsnbc continues to call on the relevant Ukrainian as well as Russian, U.S. American, as well as the Dutch Safety Board and other involved parties to make all evidence which they purport(ed) to have available for independent analysis. nsnbc will also continue investigating how it would be compatible with ICAO regulations that the Dutch Safety Board leads the investigation, and the legality of the fact, that a nation which is neither the flag state of the plane nor the state on whose territory the plane crashed could to withhold evidence and veto the right of others to make it available. – As Tony Cartalucci wrote – investigations take time. You can bookmark the search term MH17 in nsnbc for later consultations HERE. – Christof Lehmann, Editor-in-Chief, nsnbc international.

  • "Rape Culture Claims Another Victim: Teen Ends Life After Photo Of Her Alleged Gang Rape Goes Viral"   20 hours 50 min ago

    We won, and I would still be disqualified from undergraduate enrollment at this fine institution of higher learning and urban consciousness.

    The co-ed issue was not about safety on campus. Mills is not located in an isolated or "safe" neighborhood, and men from nearby campuses often came in search of women who they often misperceived as 'in need.'

    The big issue was what happens in the classroom when our culture of male privilege comes along with the boys. Even putting the boys in their place, as equals, takes time and is not what women's education is really all about anyway. So, having the classroom free of these patriarchal re-enactors makes the girls deal with each other as women. They get to practice strength and leadership with each other instead of arguing about the myths of male 'superiority' or 'priority.'

    In the history of women's education, I also find another great strength for the present moment: a far less direct focus on professional preparation and a far greater culture of human vision and service. Mills music is cutting edge from Milhaud to Brubeck and Subotnik and other major classical and jazz contemporaries. Ironically, Mills and other women's schools have a higher professional employment score than the co-ed schools for their graduates.

    In the battle you mention, my daughter was waiting to decide whether or not to follow her mother's tradition at Mills on their decision. Carol and I were active supporters of staying all woman, and that is where the "better dead than co-ed" shirt came from.

    I wish I could say that Mills had the answer to rape, but that is not true. They do better at not having to go to class with your assailant. They do better in establishing women as people of power and confidence who are less likely to have peer pressure to date any Big Men on Campus. Or bad boys.

    Mills women varied in how much or directly they wanted to have sex. Some wanted it a lot and had no trouble finding it. Some got into dysfunctional relationships because being smart, strong and confident does not mean that you are "safe" from making big human mistakes. Several I know found their men unable to keep up with their confidence and lack of homage to patriarchy. But, a room filled by Mills women is way above the grade for people of interest to hang with.

    BTW, Alice, why is it that the talented kids don't practice? I was terrible at it myself. Every so often I hear a genius talk about falling in love with the keyboard at a very young age and having to be called out to practice sports because he/she spends all the time at the piano. The music that comes from that vocation is amazing, but so is the taste we get of it ourselves.

  • "Rape Culture Claims Another Victim: Teen Ends Life After Photo Of Her Alleged Gang Rape Goes Viral"   21 hours 18 min ago

    Taboos and Forbidden Fruit: Prudes and Prurients share an obsession with sex but not with sensuality and pleasure.

  • Fox News the Lone Conservative Viewpoint   21 hours 39 min ago

    Fox was caught plagiarizing recently. They adopted a story without research and didn't know whether the source was legit. Social Security fix outlined here is fox quality.

  • Fox News the Lone Conservative Viewpoint   21 hours 46 min ago

    Yeah, but in the video they almost had me convinced. The expressions and acting is incredible. You can really see why the weak minded buy into the LIBERAL media bit. The News Media is owned by the 1%. What you hear is what they want you to hear. BENGHAZI!

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