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7/25/2014 — Man Made Tornado forms over Virginia Air Force Base RADARs — Kills several campers

July 26th, 2014

7/25/2014 — Man Made Tornado forms over Virginia Air Force Base RADARs — Kills several campers:

I bet you didn’t know that we have man made tornadoes killing people. Learn how this happens at the link.

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america-wakiewakie: It Turns Out Hamas Didn’t Kidnap and Kill…

July 26th, 2014



america-wakiewakie:

It Turns Out Hamas Didn’t Kidnap and Kill the 3 Israeli Teens After All | NY Mag

When the bodies of three Israeli teenagers, kidnapped in the West Bank, were found late last month, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu did not mince words. “Hamas is responsible, and Hamas will pay,” he said, initiating a campaign that eventually escalated into the present conflict in the region. 

But now, officials admit the kidnappings were not Hamas’s handiwork after all. 

Non-plagiarizing BuzzFeed writer Sheera Frenkel was among the first to suggest that it was unlikely that Hamas was behind the deaths of Gilad Shaar, Naftali Frenkel, and Eyal Yifrach. Citing Palestinian sources and experts the field, Frenkel reported that kidnapping three Israeli teens would be a foolish move for Hamas. International experts told her it was likely the work of a local group, acting without concern for the repercussions: 

[Gershon Baskin] pointed out that Hamas has earlier this month signed an agreement to form a unity government with Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, bridging, for the first time in seven years, the Palestinian leadership in the West Bank and Gaza.

“They will lose their reconciliation agreement with Abbas if they do take responsibility for [the kidnappings],” Baskin added.

Today, she was proven right:

Repeated inconsistencies in Israeli descriptions of the situation have sparked debate over whether Israel wanted to provoke Hamas into a confrontation. Israeli intelligence is also said to have known that the boys were dead shortly after they disappeared, but to have maintained public optimism about their safe return to beef up support from the Jewish diaspora. Writing for Al Jazeera, Musa al-Gharbi argued that Israel was deliberately provoking Hamas:

All the illegal and immoral actions related to Operation Brother’s Keeper were justified under the premise of finding and saving the missing teens whom the Israeli government knew to be dead — cynically exploiting the tragedy to whip up public outcry in order to provoke and then confront Hamas. This pattern of deception continues under the ongoing military offensive in Gaza. For example, last week in collaboration with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi and Abbas, in its efforts to alienate Hamas, Israel announced a bad-faith cease-fire proposal, which Hamas was not consulted on and never agreed to but whose violation supposedly justified Israel’s expansion and intensification of the military campaign into Gaza.

Despite continued negotiations, the violence shows no signs of letting up, and after Thursday night’s massive protests in the West Bank, there is still no ceasefire agreement. On Friday, it became clear that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s attempts to broker a seven-day truce were rejected by Israeli officials. Instead, Israel will apparently widen its ground operation in the Gaza Strip, despite international outcry about the civilian death toll. According to unnamed officials, the proposed truce was too generous to Hamas’s demands. 

Hamas, meanwhile, still hasn’t weighed in on the agreement, whose details are being kept secret, but continued to launch rockets into Israel. International peace talks are set to resume in France this weekend, and we’re keeping our fingers crossed.

(Photo Credit: Mohamed Farag/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

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The power of negative thinking

July 25th, 2014

vivavagina:

“One cannot be autonomous as long as one is driven by relationship dynamics, by guilt or attachemnt needs, by hunger for success, by the fear of the boss or by fear of boredom. The reason is simple: autonomy is impossible as long as one is driven by anything. Like a leaf blown by the wind, the driven person is controlled by forces more powerful than he is. His autonomous will is not engaged, even if he believes that he has “chosen” his stressed lifestyle and even if he enjoys his activities. The choices he makes are attached to invisible strings. He is still unable to say no, even if it is only to his own drivenness. When he finally wakes up, he shakes his head, Pinocchio-like and says, “How foolish I was, when I was a puppet.”

Gabor Mate, M.D.

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Reference:

Mate, Gabor, When the body says no: The cost of hidden stress (Toronto: Vintage Canada, 2003), 18.

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lastrealindians: Help break cycle of cultural imperialism on…

July 24th, 2014







lastrealindians:

Help break cycle of cultural imperialism on Thanksgiving by supporting a Native family being sued for speaking against Native appropriation and redface in their child’s school curriculum. Help stop ‘playing Indian’ and indoctrination of racism.

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