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Where Torture is Justified, Justice is Torture...Marcy Wheeler on Risen Roulette

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Mon, 10/13/2014
My guest today, Marcy Wheeler has been blasting awat, chip by byte att he judicial-industrial complex...
Letting the air out of its tires, so to speak.  And today, after floating through the weekend  zeitgeist, comes this:  Former director of the National Security Agency  Michael Hayden, says he doesn't see the need for the U.S. government to prosecute the New York Times reporter who revealed the agency's warrantless surveillance of Americans.
Michael Hayden says he is "conflicted" about whether reporter James Risen should be compelled to reveal his sources.
Risen is facing potential jail time as he battles government efforts to force him to testify at the trial of a former CIA officer accused of leaking classified information.

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Thousands of protestors converged at 250 demonstrations throughout the world to call for a global moratorium against fracking yesterday.
The global day of action, Global Frackdown, was called for the third year in a row by Food and Water Watch.
Thousands convened throughout the British Isles and Europe as well. Hundreds attended protests in Wales, London, and Lancashire, while the "frack head puppet" emerged at Holyrood in Scotland. Protests also occurred in Lithuania, Bulgaria, and Spain. Reports from one protest in Madrid saw miles of people of marching in the street.

There is a 2,500 square mile methane hot spot — located near the Four Corners border of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah — is spewing methane, a powerful greenhouse gas that is 20 times more effective at causing global warming than carbon dioxide. The methane is likely not from fracking, NASA said, since the data analyzed is from 2003 to 2008, before the fracking boom. Instead, the scientists hypothesize that the leaks are coming from coalbed methane extraction, a process of getting natural gas from underground coal beds.


A fiery CN train derailment in rural Saskatchewan has many people asking what could have happened if the accident occurred in a more populated area.
The 100-car freight train derailed Tuesday about 190 kilometres east of Saskatoon. Twenty-six cars left the track, including six carrying dangerous goods. Two cars containing petroleum distillate caught fire, sending 30-metre flames into the air. Several explosions were also confirmed.
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Chris Hedges v. The USA Patriot Act

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Air Cascadia
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Wed, 10/08/2014
The question we have to ask is, How did we get here?  And there is a simple answer:  The USA Patriot Act, which no one  has read because no one believed that it would be in force this long. And there are other questions attendant upon this curious piece of ad hoc legislation:  On the subject of climate change:  why are we talking about stopping the coal and oil trains and trucks when we started out asking why are we still mining coal and oil?  National Security dear children and the energy business has become a free for all because the USA Patriot Act justifies anything it can call national security.  and where did this word 'homeland' come from - aside from the Third Reich, of course - ?Fact is that this 'homeland is about to become a 'wasteland' if we don't come to our senses and stop ranking national security above responsible environment stewardship.
You see where this is going don't you? So much of America's current cesspool of problems stem from The Act.  No government is going to be able to extricate us from this one.  This time around it really is up to We The People...



Columbus was a genocidal maniac who is celebrated annually for “discovering” a land that was already inhabited by a people he would go on to enslave, torture and kill.   On that basis, the Seattle City Council voted unanimously Monday to do a holiday swap.
The second Monday in October will now be known as Indigenous Peoples’ Day, and it will honor first Americans rather than first conquistadors.
A contingent of Italian Americans was on hand at Monday’s meeting to protest. Columbus may have been Italian, but so was Benito Mussolini. This Italian-American blogger would just as soon we not celebrate the worst of our ancestors.
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It's Not About 'Stop the Oil Train' - It's 'stop the Oil: solartopia is the Ticket to a Green Future

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Tue, 10/07/2014
This from Solartopia 
http://solartopia.org/

NET NEUTRALITY defines the core nervous system of what’s left of global democracy. The corporations want it killed. This demands everyone’s immediate attention.
 
CORPORATE PERSONHOOD must die by Constitutional Amendment.
 
ELECTION PROTECTION demands universal hand-counted paper ballots, an end to Jim Crow vote theft and a ban on the corporate billions that poison what’s left of our democracy.
 
SOCIAL JUSTICE, including workplace democracy and a universal living wage, means we can all live and work with integrity, no matter our diverse religions, race, gender, sexual preference, etc. Poverty is an unsustainable form of planet-killing pollution.
 
PEACE means ending the suicidal idiocy of permanent imperial war.

That's Harvey Wassermann, the man with strong answers to the climate question, the concentric rings of solidarity.
Here's another idea to go along with all the above: 
If the corporate world is a depraved reality addicted to Growth at any cost, then why not shift from Quantitative growth or qualitative growth: not 'More' but 'Better'...
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The Roar of Silence: Why Censoring Mumia is a Fail

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Fri, 10/03/2014
My guest today, Noelle Hanrahan, has been standing at the gates of Hell shouting truth to power for as longer as Mumia abu Jamal has been in Hell shouting truth to power.  The man’s whole life  is lived on line, in the ether, on the airwaves, above the Cloud.   Hanrahan is a private investigator and journalist based in Philadelphia – where it all began - .where she is director of Prison Radio.
So the other day the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that:: "Senator Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) sent an outraged letter to the Vermont college that will have Mumia Abu-Jamal as a commencement speaker, urging the school to revoke its invitation to the convicted cop-killer.   On Sunday the school is due to have Abu-Jamal address 20 fall graduates in a pre-recorded speech." The Washington Post: "Goddard College sparks outrage with invitation to jailed cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal."
 
 
Congressman Peter DeFazio says he believes the Jordan Cove Energy Project will move forward as fewer people seem to be completely opposed to the project.
The world's last remaining forest wilderness is rapidly being lost -- and much of this is taking place in Canada, not in Brazil or Indonesia where deforestation has so far made the headlines.
A jury in Dallas, TX today awarded $2.925 million to plaintiffs Bob and Lisa Parr, who sued Barnett shale fracking company Aruba Petroleum Inc. for intentionally causing a nuisance on the Parr's property which impacted their health and ruined their drinking water.  
Hundreds of protesters faced off riot police on Thursday outside the Capodimonte palace in the southern Italian city of Naples where the European Central Bank is holding one of its regular rate-setting meetings.   
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The Khorasan Group: Violence is Just the Void in a Handshake...

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Tue, 09/30/2014
The Khorasan Group - it turns out this really is and only is exacttly whhat it sounds like a nice place to vacation in the middle east...Improbably but not as improbable as the official story: The Khorasan Group as a powerful, powerfully-armed blood-addled private Murder Club bent upon the utter and total destruction of WesternCivilization...
Plus infinity pools and concierge service...
War is Money when it thinks no one's looking
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Mission Creep: Cascadia is Closer to Syria than You Think

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Fri, 09/26/2014
1,  The U.S. Forest Service has tightened restrictions on media coverage in vast swaths of the country’s wild lands, requiring reporters to pay for a permit and get permission before shooting a photo or video in federally designated wilderness areas.
Under rules being finalized in November, a reporter who met a biologist, wildlife advocate or whistleblower alleging neglect in any of the nation’s 100 million acres of wilderness would first need special approval to shoot photos or videos even on an iPhone.
Permits cost up to $1,500, says Forest Service spokesman Larry Chambers, and reporters who don’t get a permit could face fines up to $1,000.
 
 
2,   Oregon election officials fined the campaign of Republican governor candidate Dennis Richardson on Thursday because he was late to report that he stayed rent-free in a Lake Oswego home.
Secretary of State Kate Brown’s office issued the $365 fine after election officials determined that the use of the house was an “in-kind” contribution that must be reported within 30 days.
Richardson and his wife, who live in Southern Oregon, stayed in a supporter’s home over the summer to be closer to the Portland metro area and the bulk of voters. His campaign reported three months of rent, valued at $6,820, on Tuesday. Election officials said $4,400 from June and July were considered late.
 
 
3,  Six years ago climate activists, Native American groups, ranchers, farmers, students and other began their ongoing campaign to block the proposed construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, intended to carry tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada to the Gulf of Mexico to be shipped overseas.
In that time, more than 2,000 activists have been arrested, more than 50,000 rallied in Washington, D.C. in February 2013 to protest the pipeline, and countless small groups have gathered in their own communities to demonstrate against it. Because the pipeline is unbuilt, 1,818,530,000 barrels of tar sands oil remain in the ground, and more than one billion metric tons of CO2 has been keep out of the atmosphere.
 
 
 
4, Why is this tale of Salem going to wag all the dogs in the race?Portland Fire & Rescue didn't break election laws when it featured Gov. John Kitzhaber in a public service announcement, according to a letter sent to the bureau on Wednesday by the Secretary of State's Office.
Conservative radio host Lars Larson filed an election complaint in August arguing that the fire bureau's online video gave unfair airtime to Kitzhaber, who is running for his fourth term against Rep. Dennis Richardson (R-Central Point).
Fire bureau representatives had argued that the 21-second video, shown only on its website and Youtube, was created to promote CPR training -- not Kitzhaber's reelection efforts.
Because we are so close to chaos we can feel its breath on the backs of our necks…
 
 
5,  
Francisco Aguirre - a community activist who first came to the U.S. from El Salvador two decades ago As an immigrant activist's stay at an Oregon church to avoid deportation nears a week, he's gaining supporters, including Portland's mayor, and the church plans a rally for him.
He has vowed to remain at Augustana Lutheran Church in Portland until he's able to resolve his immigration case. In recent years, as immigration reform has stalled, churches around the country have offered sanctuary to immigrants who lack legal status because federal officials generally don't make arrests at sensitive locations such as churches.
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Five Arrested by Canadian Compan, US Tar Sands, on Indigenous Land

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Thu, 09/25/2014

Laws are only for people who can't afford lawyers...

.I'm just going to keep sdaying it until the gates of Hell blow off.
True! Corporate interests can have their way with the road you walk, especially if it leads to direcr action.  In Utah Tar Sands Resisters were arrested yesterday morning.  

 
BREAKING: Five Land defenders were arrested yesterday morning at the construction site of US Oil Sands’ tar sands 

BREAKING: Five Land Defenders Arrested at Utah Tar Sands Protest
by Earth First! Journal — Cascadia Office
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from Utah Tar Sands Resistance
 
BREAKING: Five Land defenders were arrested yesterday morning at the construction site of US Oil Sands’ tar sands strip-mine in Utah. The Canadian company’s 32,000 acre lease-holding are on state-managed land in the Book Cliffs, on the East Tavaputs Plateau, though the land is traditional Ute land, and lays within Indian country, with sections of the tar sands project straddling the boundary of the Uintah & Ouray Reservation.
 
Currently, the land defenders (including the media team) are being held on Class A Trespassing charges, with a total bail estimated at $10,500.
 
One of those arrested is a trans woman, and at this time we are unsure if she is being held in solitary, or if she is being housed with the male population. Neither situation is acceptable, we are extremely concerned about the dangers she may be facing.
 
We will provide updates and media here as they become available.
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Americans: Never Too Young to Die, Too Old to get Arrested...Too Good to Go to War

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Air Cascadia
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Wed, 09/24/2014
 
1,  At some point America came to the end of an egalitarian dream birthed and nurtured by the New Deal of the 1930s, the creation of social security in the 1940s, and the Great Society programs of the 1960s. It’s now popular to say that, as president, Richard Nixon was to the left of Barack Obama, but what that means is that our society was then closer to a social democracy.
 Two or three decades ago, however, we didn’t think of an education as being part of the landscape of predation upon the poor. Now, as Astra Taylor and Hannah Appel explain, when it comes to a new crew of “for-profit” colleges, higher education has gone hyena and is tearing at the financial flesh of the poor.
 
1,’What’s it worth to you?’  Just how much English do you need to know to work an underpaid job in the Portland-area?  Workers who lack mastery of English earn some of the highest median wages for such workers: $29,000, which ranks in the Top 10 among the nation's 50 largest metro areas.
The study by the Brookings Institution (Yes! That Bookings Institution, spawn of the Frank Luntz lexical loins), "Investing in English Skills," delved into labor statistics for 89 metro areas to see how many workers can't speak English very well, how much education those workers have, what industries they cluster in and how much they earn.
 
2, In Seattle A group of African American workers is suing the companies hired to dig Sound Transit's light rail tunnel between the University of Washington and Capitol Hill in Seattle. What they say is , they were assigned demeaning tasks and quickly fired because of their race.   Sound Transit's light rail tunnel between the University of Washington and Capitol Hill in Seattle, saying they were assigned demeaning tasks and quickly fired because of their race.
The eight workers filed a complaint in U.S. District Court this month, years after first raising the issue.   While 82 percent of white workers dispatched there remained employed after five weeks, just 43 percent of black workers did, according to a statistical analysis commissioned by the agency.
 
 
 
 
 
3, Hundreds of students walked out of classrooms around suburban Denver on Tuesday in protest over a conservative-led school board proposal to focus history education on topics that promote citizenship, patriotism and respect for authority, in a show of civil disobedience that the new standards would aim to downplay. The youth protest involving six high schools in the state's second-largest school district follows a sick-out from teachers that shut down two high schools in the politically and economically diverse area that has become a key political battleground. Student participants said their demonstration was organized by word of mouth and social media. Many waved American flags and carried signs, including messages that read "There is nothing more patriotic than protest."
 
4, A letter signed by 43 veterans of an elite Israeli military intelligence unit declaring their refusal to continue serving the occupation has sent shockwaves through Israeli society. But not in the way the soldiers may have hoped. Unusually, this small group of reservists has gone beyond justifying their act of refusal in terms of general opposition to the occupation. Because of their place at the heart of the system of control over Palestinians, they have set out in detail, in the letter and subsequent interviews, what their work entails and why they find it morally repugnant. Veterans of the secretive Unit 8200, Israel’s NSA, say it is drummed into new intelligence recruits that no order is unlawful. They must, for example, guide air strikes even if civilians will be harmed.
 
5, Nine Syrian military targets have been hit by Israeli jets and guided missiles, the IDF says, claiming it was a decisive response to a series of cross-border shootings to protect the citizens of Israel.   According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group, “at least 10 members of the Syrian army were killed,”
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CoEvolution Goes to Hell

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Air Cascadia
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Tue, 09/23/2014
Thought I'd just toss you a handful of jitterbugged-up fire -on-the-fly in the form of The Promisedd Land of Daily Headlines...
And here they come now.  
1,  At some point America came to the end of an egalitarian dream birthed and nurtured by the New Deal of the 1930s, the creation of social security in the 1940s, and the Great Society programs of the 1960s. It’s now popular to say that, as president, Richard Nixon was to the left of Barack Obama, but what that means is that our society was then closer to a social democracy.
 Two or three decades ago, however, we didn’t think of an education as being part of the landscape of predation upon the poor. Now, as Astra Taylor and Hannah Appel explain, when it comes to a new crew of “for-profit” colleges, higher education has gone hyena and is tearing at the financial flesh of the poor.
 
 
1,  Today's top Air Cascadia headline is the root that waits its chance to rise: As the United Nations World Conference on Indigenous Peoples begins in New York today, grassroots Indigenous Peoples say they have not be included.   Of course  The “Holy See” of the Catholic Church was given the floor at the opening session on Monday, despite documented sexual abuse and torture of Indigenous children worldwide by Catholic priests and staff in boarding schools.
While the atrocities continue in Mexico, Indigenous Peoples are also objecting to the inclusion of Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto at the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples. Indigenous object to the presence of the president, known as “The Jackal of Atenco,”. I guess the Great Powers overlooked  the ongoing rape of the land for corporate interests and the murder and genocide of Indigenous Peoples that continues throughout Mexico, particularly of Mayans in Chiapas in the south and the theft of Yaqui water rights in the north.
 
2,  Ten years ago, at a meeting of 250 members of communities affected by large-scale eucalyptus plantations in Brazil, September 21st was established as the National Day against Tree Monocultures. The aim was to increase the visibility of the many peoples and communities struggling against tree monocultures, as a way of breaking the circle of silence around the numerous violations faced by the communities whose territories were surrounded by these monocultures. The day was also created in order to disseminate as widely as possible the evidence emerging from the resistance struggles about the negative social and environmental impacts of these plantations.
The UN and other international agencies will launch the “Climate Smart Agriculture” initiated at the summit. This initiative is a new smokescreen being used to greenwash the worst practices of industrial agriculture: chemical fertilizers, industrial meat production, and genetically modified crops, such as tree plantations and other monocultures, which are being disguised as ‘climate smart’. Proponents of this dangerous false solution include the World Bank; they are seeking to turn the carbon in farmers’ fields into carbon credits, which would lead to land-grabbing and undermine real climate solutions.
 
3,   Seattle's elected prosecutor said Monday he's dropping all tickets issued for the public use of marijuana through the first seven months of this year, because most of them were issued by a single police officer who disagrees with the legal pot law.   In a briefing to the City Council on Monday, City Attorney Pete Holmes said he is moving to dismiss 100 tickets issued by the Seattle Police Department between Jan. 1 and July 31. His office also said it would be seeking a refund for 22 people who have already paid their $27 ticket.   Through the first six months of the year, a single officer wrote about 80 percent of the tickets, writing on one that he considered the pot law "silly."
 
3,  Montana, Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials say they are investigating a Missoula man's claim that he purposely ran down a pair of wolves near the Idaho-Montana border.   The Great Falls Tribune reports that Toby Bridges bragged on Facebook last week that he killed two wolves with his wife's van.   Capt. Joseph Jaquith said he is trying to determine if the Montana wildlife law enforcement has recourse since Bridges used social media and Jaquith doesn't have any physical evidence.
 
3,  Syria's foreign ministry says the United States informed Damascus' envoy to the United Nations before launching airstrikes against the Islamic State group in Syria.
Syrian state media carried a brief statement from the foreign ministry early on Tuesday, saying that "the American side informed Syria's permanent envoy to the U.N. that strikes will be launched against the Daesh terrorist organization in Raqqa."
 
4,  Syria's foreign ministry says the United States informed Damascus' envoy to the United Nations before launching airstrikes against the Islamic State group in Syria.
Syrian state media carried a brief statement from the foreign ministry early on Tuesday, saying that "the American side informed Syria's permanent envoy to the U.N. that strikes will be launched against the Daesh terrorist organization in Raqqa."
 
5,   New estimates from the World Health Organization warn the number of Ebola cases could hit 21,000 in six weeks unless efforts to curb the outbreak are ramped up.  No estimates thus far as to the degree of hysteria when ebola starts hitting the American hinterland.   Since the first cases were reported six months ago, the tally of cases in West Africa has reached an estimated 5,800 illnesses. WHO officials say cases are continuing to increase exponentially and Ebola could sicken people for years to come without better control measures.
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Burning Meme: Israel's Wonderland of 'Unsettling' Words

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Thu, 09/04/2014

George  Galloway beaten by pro-Israeli fanatic for Gaza views

 
 
In his first TV interview after release from hospital, British MP George Galloway told RT he is surprised by the lack of condemnation from other UK politicians of the brutal attack on him. The assault by a pro-Israeli man left Galloway in much pain.
 
Galloway, 60, was brutally beaten in Notting Hill, London last Friday allegedly for his views on the conflict in Gaza. 
He said the attack occurred during broad daylight, when he was in the street around 19:30. 
 
“Unlucky for me, there weren’t many people around. Though, luckily for me as it turned out none of my small children were there to witness what happened next,” he said. “I was posing for a picture with two Moroccan gentlemen who have a business in the street. And whilst I was posing for that picture, out of nowhere – dressed in an Israeli Defense Force shirt, complete with logo – came a man charging at me, cursing and swearing and shouting support for Israel and opposition to my views on Israel. Then a torrent of punches and kicks [followed] – which is admitted in court today though he has pled not guilty to the charge that it was religiously aggravated.”
 
Gaza reconstruction will take 20 years, says UN-backed authority
 
Following a hearing, the case has been passed on to a higher court. “In any case, the Judge has referred it to much higher court because his sentencing parole was not sufficient. The man has been denied bail, so he will spend some weeks in prison before this matter comes back to court.” 
 
Galloway described the attacker as “a pro-Israel fanatic.” “His Facebook that morning contained his words that he would like to cut my throat. A man who says he’d like to cut your throat and then dresses for the occasion in an Israel Defense Force t-shirt and ends up on the street near where you live, has probably a serious intention to do you harm.”
 
“It’s unprecedented in recent times. Britain is not really the kind of country where lawmakers, legislators, MPs are savagely attacked in this way – certainly not when they are six times elected, 27 years in parliament and having just turned 60.”
 
‘If this can happen to Galloway, it can happen to anybody’
The incident has largely been ignored by UK’s senior politicians. 
 
Peter Oborne, a Conservative writer for the Conservative daily The Telegraph asked in his article on Monday why no senior politicians had condemned the assault on Galloway, the MP noted. 
 
“It seems very strange. They are always telling us how much they hate violence and terrorism, how much they believe in the rule of law, free speech and democracy. But when it came to the attack on me their lips were sealed. This conservative columnist was making a point which is obvious: if this can happen to Galloway, it can happen to anybody.”
 
‘No weapons for Israel!’ Protest group pours fake blood in Belgium airport
 
Known for his harsh anti-Israeli stance, in early August Galloway went as far as to declare his constituency an “Israel-free zone.” The MP urged people not to buy Israeli goods or services and even to reject tourists. 
Galloway pointed out that he separates the people from the regime. “Israel has nothing to do with Judaism. Many Jews are against what Israel is doing and most of the people supporting what Israel is doing are not Jews,” he said. 
 
“The word Jew never crossed my lips, would never cross my lips. I don’t have a racist bone in my body. Soviet Union was a political construct, apartheid South Africa was a political construct, the Zionist apartheid state of Israel is a political construct. It has nothing to do with hating people, still less hating a religion.”
 

'Biggest in 30 years': Israel expropriates 400 hectares of W. Bank land

 
Palestinian people have moral legal and moral right to resist Israeli occupation, he added. 
 
“Palestinian resistance has for almost 70 years been trying to restore their country to the map. It was wiped off the map and the Palestinian people scattered to the four corners of the Earth. Nobody would accept that. If foreigners come and steal your country, wipe it off the map and take your house and drive you out, you are going to struggle to return.”
 On Israeli land grab, State Dept calls for reversal but lays out no consequencesSubmitted by Megan Iorio on 3 September 2014 - 6:38pm
In response to Israel's recent announcement declaring nearly 1,000 acres of land in the West Bank "state land" with the intention of expanding settlements in the Etzion bloc, State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki issued the following statement:
We are deeply concerned about the declaration of a large area as 'state land' to be used for expanded settlement building. We have long made clear our opposition to continued settlement activity. We call on the Government of Israel to reverse this decision.
During a press briefing on Tuesday, Psaki was asked whether the US was planning any consequences if Israel fails to heed the US's call to reverse its decision. Here's the exchange:
QUESTION: [Y]ou said that if the appropriation in the West Bank and if these rumored or reported new announcements go ahead, it would send a very troubling message – it would send a very troubling message if they proceed.
MS. PSAKI: Mm-hmm.
QUESTION: Is there any consequence to that --
MS. PSAKI: Well --
QUESTION: -- if they proceed?
MS. PSAKI: I don’t have any consequences to lay out for you, Matt. I think it’s important for us – not just the United States but there are a range of countries in the international community that have been clear about not only their opposition but their own intentions. I’m not going to speak to those. I speak for the United States.
The issue came up again during Wednesday's press briefing:
MS. PSAKI: I think there’s no secret about our position and our view on the legitimacy of settlements.
QUESTION: No, no. But I mean specific – but specifically, do you know --
MS. PSAKI: That’s not what I was saying. I think – let’s – I think we all know what the United States position is on settlements.
QUESTION: Yeah. I’m not --
MS. PSAKI: It would not be a surprise to any Israeli government about what our view would be. So my point is that it’s not – that’s not a new – I don’t think our concern about this was --
QUESTION: Okay. But what might be a surprise to the Israeli Government is if you did something about it, other than just say you’re opposed to it and you should change your mind. I mean, is there – so if you don’t see results or a reversal in the immediate term, or the intermediate – or intermediate term, or even the long term, what happens?
MS. PSAKI: Matt, I’m not here to project that. I think it’s – we have an important relationship with Israel.
QUESTION: I’m not doubting that.
MS. PSAKI: We certainly express our concerns when we have them. There are a range of countries that have expressed their concerns about these type of activities. Obviously we feel it’s not just in the United States interest, it’s in Israel’s interest to take steps that would be conducive to being able, at some point, to move toward a two-state solution.
QUESTION: Okay.
MS. PSAKI: And this makes it challenging for the other side.
So Psaki's response to whether the US would actually do something if Israel doesn't reverse their decision is "we have an important relationship with Israel." Which—yeah, that's about right.
These revelation shouldn't be at all surprising, since almost every announcement Israel has made about new settlement expansion has been met by tepid US condemnation backed by little substantive action. US officials can't even bring themselves to call the settlements illegal, instead referring to them as "illegitimate" or "unhelpful"—the latter a term the US also applied to the tent cities Palestinians set up to protest Israeli land grabs back in early 2013.
J Street, which has tried to set itself up as an alternative Jewish lobby to DC mainstays such as AIPAC, has, at times, had trouble supporting political pressure on Israel. In response to the new settlement announcement, however, J Street is calling on the Obama administration "to make clear to Israel that it means what it says and that US opposition to settlements is not just symbolic but real." They are calling on the US "to announce the steps it will take if Israel goes forward with this decision" and to join the rest of the international community in calling Israeli settlements what they are: illegal.
 
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Comments

membership means more

your threat of quitting your membership gives me two options for analysis:

1) you gave money to Theresa via KBOO.

2) if Theresa died tomorrow, you'd give up your membership.

my interpretation

1) that's cool, man.  you support community-based radio based solely on your dedication to one weekly half-hour show. that demonstrates that Theresa's voice represents/intrigues you (and many, many others); however you don't feel represented by any one of the other 500 people who volunteer their time and energy in the 24/7 endevour, and you don't value the input (and miraculous existence!) of the other 5-10,000 members and ten times as many listeners; neither do you support the KBOO mission of including as many underrepresented voices as possible on the air, with natural turnover, schedule changes and opportunities as new people arrive.  Membership gives you the power to affect the decision-making, which is why you gave money to Theresa via KBOO; and, by golly, you will do everything in your power to keep her on the air, and you want the KBOO website visitors to know how you feel when they read the comments.  You'd even like them to join you in your fight.

2) wow.

my opinion

Personally, Theresa's show is one of my  favourites and there are plenty of shows that I not only don't like or don't listen to, but also complain about out loud.  It's my radio station, and, like my family, I will not be quiet when they need to shape up or ship out.

writing inflammatory statements on the webpage will remain simply that: inflammatory statements with a reaction or two from trolls (see the 20 pages of Anonymous written about me because of the audio I submitted that Jenka edited), which, in the end, result in: NOTHING.  If you want to chat with others online, that's fine, but you should know that nothing said here is considered in the Committee meetings. It's just an informal public forum, not policy binding.

my advice

Instead of threatening us (volunteers, members, listeners and our very existence), why not use your valuable internet time to phrase it as, for example, a question to which one of us could easily respond:  "Have there been any changes to Theresa's show?  I noticed lately that it has been preemented or even cut.  It is my favourite show. [I fear Air Cascadia will take its place--not necessary but very telling that you chose Chris' page to write it--ed.]. "  You can copy the question to Theresa's email (though I know from experience she doesn't respond) and/or print it out and put it in her cubby hole at the station. And/or show up to the meetings.  And/or call Theresa during her show--she takes calls, you know.  Ask her if she'll train or mentor you to do the same kind of work she does.

p.s.  Air Cascadia basically is the AM News is Chris Andreae: i was engineering {i'm flattered that you liked it}and was very sad when it was cut--but that is the way of the station; we adhere and adapt to the ever-fluctuating needs of the larger community--but i watched, with great pleasure, as it morphed into Air Cascadia.  Though i adore Dennis Bernstein, 15 less minutes of his voice is no skin off my back. 

Highting!

Crystal

air cascadia

im a conservative right wing trucker and i think cris andrae is the greatest broadcaster on the radio. i try to listen when i dont need traffic reports.
her scathing commentary is the best. i would join kboo but i fear america will become too weak and barry will force me to find a green job soon . keep up the good work
michael j

The anchor news program

The anchor news program Democracy Now, conveiniently aired at 11 AM so that all could tune in was moved to 7 AM with a result that most if not all of the people who work nights won't be tuning in as they are still sleeping. Also missed the 40th anniversary bash as it was inconveinently held from 4 to 10 Pm, on a weekday, which would exclude anyone working swing from attending unless they took a day off. Why couldn't this have been held on a Saturday or Sunday?
Air Cascadia is a very rough and unpolished program that leaves me tuning to OPB or just turning it off.
The choppy, emergent voice of Cris Andreae is certainly a large part in that.
If it is true that Press Watch will be axed for this then it will be an easy decision to withhold future pledges from this listener.

What happened to Presswatch?

Is Air Cascadia taking over what Therisa has been doing? If so, I may give up my membership. First, the am news gets axed to accomodate Democracy Now, now is Presswatch going under the plow?

 

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