Archive for August, 2013

The death penalty: Strike less hard

Monday, August 5th, 2013
Most of the world’s sharp decline in executions can be credited to China
- Published on The Economist, August 3, 2013. http://www.economist.com/news/china/21582557-most-worlds-sharp-decline-executions-can-be-credited-china-strike-less-hard
LAST year China is thought to have executed about 3,000 people, or roughly four times more than the rest of the world put together (excluding Egypt and Syria, where numbers are hard to assess). It is a grim distinction. But consider a brighter, even astonishing, trend: over the past decade, the number of people China executes has fallen precipitously.

Most of the world’s sharp decline in executions can be credited to China – Published on The Economist, August 3, 2013.

LAST year China is thought to have executed about 3,000 people, or roughly four times more than the rest of the world put together (excluding Egypt and Syria, where numbers are hard to assess). It is a grim distinction. But consider a brighter, even astonishing, trend: over the past decade, the number of people China executes has fallen precipitously … (full text).

When we were Woodstock (4)

Sunday, August 4th, 2013

Linked with When we were Woodstock (1, and 2, and 3).

Jimi Hendrix Stockholm 1969, 56.22 min, uploaded by Alfred Moya, Feb 13, 2013;
Documentaire Jimi Hendrix, 52.25 min, mise en ligne par Teddy Bear, le 28 avril 2013;
Jimi Hendrix on YouTube-search;

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young at Woodstock 1969, uploaded by Tito Sales, March 2013: part 1, 24.35 min, part 2, 23.06 min;
Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young 1974 Wembley Stadium, complete, 189.04 min, uploaded by SomethingInTheButter, March 24, 2013;
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young on YouTube-search.

XKeyscore: Instrument of Mass Surveillance

Saturday, August 3rd, 2013

Published on Steve Lendman Blog, by blog owner, August 2, 2013.

Evidence mounts. America crossed the line. It operates lawlessly. It reflects police state ruthlessness. Big Brother’s real. It’s not fiction. It watches everyone. It’s about control, espionage and intimidation. It targets fundamental freedoms. It has nothing to do with national security. America’s only threats are ones it invents. It does so for political advantage.   Read the rest of this entry »

Detroit Firefighters speak out on Bankruptcy

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

Published on World Socialist Web Site WSWS, by Tim Rivers and Jerry White, July 29, 2013.

In fire stations across the city of Detroit, discussions are being held about the impact of the city’s bankruptcy filing and initial efforts by rank-and-file firefighters to mobilize opposition to the emergency manager’s attack on pensions and essential services … // Read the rest of this entry »

Bradley Manning Not Guilty of Aiding the Enemy

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

… but faces 130 years in prison, 12.05 min, on The Real News Network TRNN, by JAISAL NOOR, July 30, 2013: Interview with Michael Ratner, President Emeritus of the Center for Constitutional Rights CCR in New York, and Chair of the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights in Berlin (Transcript …);

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