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sean is an afrocentric, anti-theist, always noided chicagoan.


Graphic: 31 Days Later – U.S. gun deaths since Newtown
How many people have died by guns in America since the shooting deaths at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. a month ago, that resulted in 20 children and eight adults being killed?

once again, chicago is totally ignored…


Russian Prime Minister Calls for the Release of Pussy Riot

A new, unlikely voice has been added to the ‘Free Pussy Riot’ refrain: Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, who said on Wednesday that any more time spent in jail for the three band members would be “unproductive.” The three Pussy Riot members sentenced to jail time have already served five months behind bars, before and after the trial. The Associated Press reports that they have an appeal scheduled on October 1, which — if Medvedev’s comments signal the Russian regime’s thinking — could mean that their release could come in a couple weeks.

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“Repeatedly showing us a killer’s face isn’t news, it’s just rubbernecking.”

Charlie Brooker’s Newswipe 03/25/09

newswipe is brilliant.

Al-Jazeera video breaks down military spending by the dollar



More than half of every dollar we pay into taxes goes toward military spending, according to an analysis posted by Al-Jazeera earlier this week.

The video illustrates a conversation between radio host Dennis Bernstein and journalist Dave Lindorff.

“People have to realize that 53 cents of every dollar that they are paying into taxes is going to the military,” Lindorff says. “It’s an astonishing figure. There is an enormous, enormous amount of money being blown on war and killing and destruction.”

Of the proposed $3 trillion budget, Lindorff says, $717 billion would be allocated to the Pentagon budget; a $158 billion “contingency fund” would be used for military campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan; $40 billion in “black box” intelligence spending

“They never tell us how much they spend on the CIA, NSA and DIA, and all these different intelligence activities, which are all war-related,” he says. An error in testimony about two years ago an error in Congressional testimony led to the revelation that the covert intelligence budget was around $37 billion, Lindorff says, adding that he suspects the budget is really closer to $60 billion or $70 billion.

Watch the Al-Jazeera USA video

Militarism at its best.

welcome to the military industrial complex. this is 70+ years in the making, and the product of both republican and democratic administrations.


Montreal police arrest 12 as hundreds march in post-Grand Prix protest
Protesters sent a clear message Sunday night that while the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix may be over, their nightly demonstrations will continue.

After a weekend of violence and arrests that put Quebec’s student protests back on the international stage and brought claims of police “profiling,” several hundred marched in a downtown demonstration that almost immediately was declared illegal.

Windows were smashed, notably those at the offices of the Caisse de depot pension manager and at the National Bank.

A police cruiser was also damaged and police said they made 12 arrests — nine for bylaw infractions and three for alleged criminal offences, including assault. It was the 48th consecutive night that protesters gathered in Montreal. (Photos: Gazette; Reuters; AFP/Getty Images)


Seventy-three civilians died when Jamaica arrested drug lord Christopher Coke. The U.S. knows what happened, but it’s still not talking:


One dead, seven injured in shooting at Toronto’s Eaton Centre
Pandemonium erupted at the largest shopping mall in downtown Toronto Saturday after a shooter let off a string of bullets in a food court packed with weekend shoppers.

The hail of bullets killed a 25-year-old man, injured seven other people and sparked a frenzied mass exodus of the sprawling multi-level shopping centre around 6:30 p.m.

The shooting appears to have been a targeted one that left innocent bystanders caught in the middle, and police vowed to track the suspect down.

“It was unbelievable … It was out of the blue,” said 19-year-old Marcus Neves-Polonio who was working in the mall’s food court when he saw a man pull out a gun and start firing.

“As soon as I heard the gunshots, I ducked under the table.” (Photos: The Canadian Press)


Paralyzed Rats Regain Mobility in Lab

After severe spinal cord damage, paralyzed rats are able to walk again with the help of a robot to hold them up and stimulate their nerves, a new study shows.

After the rats are trained on the machine for about two months, they gained the ability to control their hind legs — which had previously been cut off from communicating with the brain — with enough dexterity to climb stairs and navigate around objects. This control means that the brain has forged new connections to get around the spinal cord injury.

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Douglas Coupland-created ‘V-Pole’ may take high tech to the streets in Vancouver
To clear its streets of cellphone towers, parking meters, Wi-Fi terminals, streetlights and even community message boards, the city of Vancouver is pushing forward with a scheme to compress all the technologies together into specialized “Vancouver poles” planted throughout the city.

“Meet your inevitable future,” wrote novelist Douglas Coupland, the technology’s creator, in an introductory Tweet.

The device, no larger than a telephone pole, would manage cell signals for multiple carriers, as well as wireless Internet for the surrounding neighbourhood. In-ground pads plugged into the pole would provide inductive charging for parked electric cars. An integrated touch screen would display maps, ads or payment interfaces, and an LED street light would be perched at the top of the pole. (Photo: Martin Tessler/Mathew Bulford; Illustration: Andrew Barr)


Why Europe can’t shake its weakness for Nazism
Like vermin in a time of pestilence, neo-Nazi groups appear to be enjoying a resurgence in a Europe plagued by increasing financial chaos and uncertainty. As Europe celebrated the 67th anniversary of V.E. Day and the defeat of Hitler’s Nazis last week, it also reeled in disbelief as an angry Greek electorate gave 7% of their votes to the neo-Nazi, anti-immigrant Golden Dawn party.

Boasting an “army of brave boys in black,” who strut the streets of rundown Greek neighbourhoods, flicking off Hitler-esque salutes and staging anti-immigration rallies around a swastika-like flag that is based on an ancient Greek decorative border called a meandros, Golden Dawn became the first far-right party to enter the Greek parliament since the collapse of a military dictatorship in 1974.

In an echo of Europe’s tortured past, Nazism, with its association with the Holocaust and horrors of the Second World War, not only survives, but in some instances is thriving. (Illustration: Richard Johnson/National Post)