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Breaking: Israel Hamas something or other

Check the wild variation in the headlines:

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Syria is a self-licking ice cream cone, just like Libya

Arm one side, then go to war against them; we cash in on both sides of the deal! Glenn Greenwald explains this exercise in conflict investment:

It was not even a year ago when we were bombarded with messaging that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is a Supreme Evil and Grave Threat, and that military action against his regime was both a moral and strategic imperative. The standard cast of “liberal interventionists” –  Tony BlairAnne-Marie SlaughterNicholas Kristof and Samantha Power - issued stirring sermons on the duties of war against Assad. Secretary of State John Kerry actually compared Assad to (guess who?) Hitler, instructing the nation that “this is our Munich moment.” Striking Assad, he argued, “is a matter of national security. It’s a matter of the credibility of the United States of America. It’s a matter of upholding the interests of our allies and friends in the region.”

U.S. military action against the Assad regime was thwarted only by overwhelming American public opinion which opposed it and by a resounding rejection by the UK Parliament of Prime Minister David Cameron’s desire to assume the usual subservient British role in support of American wars.

Now the Obama administration and American political class is celebrating the one-year anniversary of the failed “Bomb Assad!” campaign by starting a new campaign to bomb those fighting against Assad – the very same side the U.S. has been arming over the last two years. Read below the fold...

In the garden: Masses of color

This is a shot from the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay Harbor, ME:

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Tweet of the day

Twitter embed glitches

For reasons I do not understand, if you have embedded a tweet, you must must MUST do two things, or the site may crash. This was the cause of the outage in the last hour, and nothing far worse, thank heavens!

1) Position the cursor after the embed code, and click the Break icon (A/B) on the toolbar icon.

2) Look for "Text Format" below the box where you are typing the post, and into which you pasted the Twitter embed code, and select Full HTML (use for tweets) from the dropdown. Read below the fold...

Tiny homes

Typical HuffPo clickbait headline:

This Genius Project Would Create Tiny Homes For People Making Less Than $15,000 A Year
Another American city is embracing the idea of small homes that'll make a big difference.

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Good news for co-ops in New York with the Worker Cooperative Business Development Initiative

In These Times:

That company was a worker cooperative called Sí Se Puede—“Yes, We Can” in Spanish. The women started the co-op with the help of the SCO Family of Services’ Center for Family Life, a social-service agency and advocacy group for families. They marketed their business in this low-tech way for months, slowly building up a clientele until they could afford a website.

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Flexian watch: The CIA uses the Amazon Cloud

FCW (the business of Federal Technology):

Gus Hunt, former technology head at the CIA, has been named to Stateless Networks' board of advisors.

As CTO, Hunt was instrumental in the CIA's move to Amazon's AWS cloud platform, as well as piloting network virtualization and software-defined networking products, according to a statement by Stateless Networks.

"Gus played a key role in bringing the most innovative technologies, including Amazon's public cloud deployment, to the CIA," Stateless Networks CEO Kelly Wanser, said. "He understands first-hand how the cloud has evolved and is shaping the future of networking."

Stateless Networks is planning to leverage Hunt's expertise in cloud networking on its Stateless Network Director product, among others.

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"As more hospices enroll patients who aren’t dying, questions about lethal doses arise"

Because markets. Really, the headline says it all. Read below the fold...

"Julian Assange's Life Was in 'Mortal Danger': Rafael Correa"

Telesur TV:

Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa said on Saturday that he decided to grant political asylum to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange on 2012 because his life was in risk.

During his weekly report, Correa said that Assange “didn’t have the basic guarantees for a fair trial. His life was in danger.”

Assange has been living in the Ecuadorian embassy in London since June 19th, when he was granted political asylum in the embassy. Assange's political asylum caused a diplomatic crisis between the UK and Ecuador.

Assange was accused of rape in Sweden, but he said that it was just a political play to extradite him to the U.S., where he could have received the death penalty.

“There was the threat that the U.S. judged him under the anti terrorist law, which can lead to death penalty” said Correa.

Last Monday, Ecuador’s Foreign Minister, Ricardo Patino, reassured that Assange’s would continue to receive asylum, and said that Ecuador is willing to find a solution for this problem along with British and Swedish governments.

Assanges fears were entirely rational, given what the administration has done to others. Read below the fold...

Michelle Rhee is a horrible human being

"Michael Brown Family To March In New York For Eric Garner, Man Killed By Cop Chokehold"

HuffPo:

The parents of Michael Brown, the unarmed 18-year-old who was fatally shot by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, will attend a rally in support of Eric Garner, the Staten Island man who died after being placed in a chokehold by police last month.

Around 15,000 people are expected to attend the Saturday demonstration. Participants will start near the area where Garner was killed and will then head toward the Staten Island District Attorney's office to demand justice.

The march will symbolically link the deaths of Brown and Garner to shed light on harmful policing strategies and patterns of racism by police forces across the country.

Super, excellent, couldn't be better, link all this stuff up! Read below the fold...

Twitter to make itself more like Facebook

Oh, great. I don't know if many of you, readers, use Twitter, but I find it absolutely invaluable to track stories, both breaking and continuing, and far superior to Facebook, which is all crapped up with advertising, and is more about family pix and (to put it more kindly) personal relationships, and not news. Oh well:

If your Twitter stream is looking a little more crap random than usual there’s a concrete reason for that: Twitter has made a behind-the-scenes change which means it’s algorithmically adulterating the mix of content you see. Not that they’re putting it like that, of course.

The specific change in how your Twitter timeline operates allows for the company to inject additional content into your feed from other users you don’t follow. This is in addition to promoted tweet advertising content — you still get that thrust into your feed too.

The nice thing about Twitter is that I see what I have decided I want to see. (I know that's the Daily Me, but for, er, me, that means I'm tracking stories from curated stories and nothing else. Read below the fold...

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