Crisis in the Central African Republic

The following is from the video description.
In the middle of Africa there lies a remote and little known country called the Central African Republic, or CAR. Not only is CAR one of the least developed and poorest countries in the world with the world’s joint lowest life expectancy, but for the past nine months it has been embroiled in a conflict and state of lawlessness described by many news outlets and commentators as “the worst crisis you’ve never heard of”. On 5 December the United Nations issued a mandate to restore order in CAR “by all necessary means” following a surge of violence in which 394 people were killed in the capital Bangui in just three days of fighting. And many of these people were children.

~Gunnar Raven~

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Suspicious Murder Case in Texas

This case has as many twists as an episode of Dallas. The sheriff certainly draws suspicion on himself.

The comments are a horrifying racist minefield. Anyone who doesn’t believe that racism still exists needs to read these comments.

I liked what commenter B.A. Chan said.

“Racism used to be a roaring lion. Now it is a serpent in the tall weeds.”

I hope they find this guy’s murderer, but it seems like it could take a while with what seem to be evident cover-ups on the law enforcement side.

~Wanda Psycho~

Atrocities Committed in the Name of Money and Power

While I don’t believe in a supernatural Antichrist or a conspiracy to bring such a being to power on Earth, I certainly do believe that humanity is capable of great evil and has committed great evils for the love of money and power.

While I don’t believe that we have literally been branded by some sort of Satanic number, I do feel that more than ever, certain numbers have power over our lives. We have our social security numbers, and purchases made with our debit or credit cards are tracked. True privacy is something of a myth.

When people are motivated by greed and love of power, terrible things will continue to happen.

~Opal~

The Passionate Eye: Anthrax War

This documentary by The Passionate Eye recalls the anthrax attacks following 9/11 and calls to mind the chilling thought of the extreme lengths that people are willing to go to in order to achieve their objectives. Germ warfare is not mere science fiction, and if it were to be used on a mass scale, the effects could be devastating.

~Adam~

Same Shit Different Day

Initially, I was interested in what this guy had to say. Then he proved himself to be nothing but another boring, fatphobic asshole who believes that “comedy” means encouraging the sheep to laugh at your mean-spirited jokes about people you don’t even know. Gee, that’s never been done. Next!

~Spectra~

Edward Snowden: Traitor or Hero?

NSA Surveillance Snowden Video

 

Is Edward Snowden a hero or a traitor? Senior National Security Analyst Juan Zarate feels that Snowden’s claims about his access to critical government data are a concern but may be exaggerated.

Some people feel that Zarate is the one who is the traitor, and that he was a puppet for the Bush administration.

Here is a more in-depth report from Glenn Greenwald for Democracy Now. Democracy Now is an independent news source. Greenwald supports Snowden’s actions.

This video provides further information regarding data collecting and surveillance. Senator Mark Udall (D-Colorado) feels that the NSA is violating the common person’s privacy, and calls for full disclosure of what the NSA is doing.

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-California) counters that there has been no wrongdoing on the part of NSA. She states that the records collected are simple calls to and from data from the phone company, and that there would have to be an order by a judge to wiretap any given person.

Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Michigan) states that Glenn Greenwald does not have all the necessary information. He states that the NSA program targets foreigners in foreign countries thought to be involved in potential terrorist activities. Rogers states that Snowden released “just enough information to be dangerous.” Both Feinstein and Rogers believe that Snowden should be prosecuted.

Eleonora Usher-Rigby

 

 

New Aldon Smith Arrest

Aldon, Aldon, Aldon! What are you doing, Amigo?

I love this guy. He’s one of my favorite modern football players, and, overall, he seems like a nice kid. But his silly antics get him in hot water time and again. I keep hoping he’ll outgrow it. He has too much going for him to waste it on getting in trouble over foolish behavior like this.

~Adam~

My Body Belongs To Me: A Children’s Book

Ms. Starishevsky wrote and self-published this book in 2009 but it has most recently been picked up by a traditional publisher. As we approach April which is Child Abuse Prevention Month, she is available for blog interviews. Her topic is “10 Tips on How Parents and Educators Can Recognize and Prevent Child Sexual Abuse“.

In her own words:

My hope is to increase the number of schools that are teaching this important information to children ages 3-8.

Click on the image above to visit her Facebook page about the book and send her a comment if you are interested in learning more, buying books now before it goes traditional, and/or to set up a blog interview about this important topic.