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Reader Selected News For Week Aug 3 – Aug 9

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This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Friday, August 2nd, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

11 Responses to “Reader Selected News For Week Aug 3 – Aug 9”

  1. captstubby

    Will the Snowden chill start a new Cold War?
    By Olivier Knox, Yahoo! News

    White House Correspondent

    Russia has given NSA secrets leaker Edward Snowden asylum for one year. Now what?

    The White House has a broad array of potential diplomatic tools to craft a response — but it’s not clear which ones would send a clear message of disapproval to Russian President Vladimir Putin while not endangering areas of rare but crucial Russo-U.S. cooperation.

    Even before Snowden arrived on the international scene, relations between Washington and Moscow would have needed a couple of upgrades to be merely suboptimal.

    With the White House announcement on Thursday that President Barack Obama might scrap a summit next month with Putin over the asylum decision, how likely is a further escalation of tensions?

    Simply put, are we heading into a new Cold War?

    “No, we’re not going into another Cold War,” a senior administration official told Yahoo News, requesting anonymity to describe the thinking in Washington about the way forward.

    If things escalate, the official made clear, it’s not because of Snowden — at least, “not just because” of him.

    Sure, at this point, given the sweeping impact of the former NSA contractor’s revelations about U.S. foreign policy and domestic spying programs, it might be tempting to divide at least the president’s second term into “BSE” and “SE” — Before Snowden Era and Snowden Era.
    What about boycotting the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia?

    Canceling the summit remains the only consideration — at least publicly. Given that “other issues” had already cast doubt on the merits of the meeting, there’s a solid chance that Obama will not go to Moscow.

    this is the very thing that this administration was lacking.
    a new cold war.
    much better to rally the mass’s around then faceless fanatics.
    a Enemy is a vital part of a weak Governments structure.
    with the proper amount of media help, we could get this into a shooting match , complete with a Draft in no time.
    and a war time economy always adds jobs.

    • BillK

      Why would it spawn a new Cold War when Russia and Obama have no ideological differences?

      If anything, Obama is more of a communist than Putin is.

    • Rusty Shackleford

      “Why would it spawn a new Cold War when Russia and Obama have no ideological differences?

      Hitler and Stalin fought it out. Not much in the way of ideological differences there, either.

  2. From WISN 12 News

    Armed agents raid animal shelter and murder baby deer

    KENOSHA, Wis.-Armed agents with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources raided an animal shelter on the Kenosha-Illinois border and killed a fawn two weeks ago, according to WISN-TV.

    The Society of St. Francis told the TV station that nine DNR agents and four deputy sheriffs, who were “armed to the teeth,” corralled the shelter’s employees and then searched for the baby deer.

    “I was thinking in my mind they were going to take the deer and take it to a wildlife shelter, and here they come carrying the baby deer over their shoulder. She was in a body bag,” shelter worker Ray Schulze said. “I said, ‘Why did you do that?’ He said, ‘That’s our policy,’ and I said, ‘That’s one hell of a policy.’”

    Here’s the Must Watch Video

    Good thing they were wearing their body armour.

    This is just over the top insane. They sent 9 DNR agents and 4 Deputy Sheriffs to murder a fawn that was scheduled to go to a rehabilitation center the next day.

    Folks, I’m no big animal rights activist or anything and I see several deer killed every year here where I live (A deer hunting meca) but these agents are insane with power. That’s just out if control and in my opinion they should be prosecuted for animal cruelty.

    Our governments, local, county, state and federal are just out of control. Small towns like mine are buying up all the surplus military hardware they can get there hands on. It’s as though they are arming for a war against the citizenry.

    Insane…..

    • I noticed my post seems more preoccupied by the death of the fawn but my main outrage was the allocation of resources here. 13 law enforcement officers, their squad cars (you know they each came in a seperate car), not to mention the judge who signed the warrant, all the supervisors and office staff that had to be involved in the decision to go and RAID this no-kill animal shelter. All for one 25 lb. fawn. It’s beyond overkill. It’s just stupid.

      The shelter worker said they came “armed to the teeth”. Were they expecting the deer to put up a fight or were they prepared to kill shelter voluteers to get their hands on the contraband fawn? They even staked the place out!

      I respect law enforcement officers and most are hard working honest people that do a nearly impossible job. I just can’t understand that no one said “wait a minute here. Let’s think this through.” The sad part is that I’m sure they had a meeting to decide how and where they would position themselves for this raid on these obvious criminals.

      This shows a lack of any common sense at every level of decision making. I mean c’mon. Even the reporter from the TV station asked why they didn’t just call the shelter and the idiot supervisors answer was classic stupidity (watch the video to hear her answer). It’s as though they put on a badge and threw their common sense out the window.

      What adds insult to injury is that no one was charged with any crime so the state will never recoup it’s outlays. Not that I think anyone should have been charged but fines and penalties are how these people earn most of their funding.

      In these times of bankrupt cities and public debt beyond what our granchildren will ever be able to pay, this waste of public time and money is beyond stupid. It’s crimminal.

      If this boils your blood as it does mine, let these wizards of smart know what you think of their skills as law enforcement officials.

      I’m sure I don’t have to remind you to be civil if you contact these officials.

      WDNR Regional Warden Kevin Mickelberg – kevin.mickelberg@wisconsin.gov

      WDNR Supervisor Jennifer Niemeyer – jennifer.neimeyer@wisconsin.gov

    • preparing4theworst

      Its a good thing they were also all on overtime too, huh?

    • What worries me is the Civil Rights of the poor fawn were violated without Due Process .. you call Al Sharpton and I’ll get Van Jones on the horn and let’s get this mess straightened out and get the Grievance Industry paid right away.

      It’s the moral thing to do.

  3. Curiosity

    A few years ago, in the hopes of avoiding heinous privacy invasion that Google and Google wanna-bes commit, I created an e-mail account at lavabit.com, only to realize that virtually everyone I e-mailed was using Gmail, Yahoo, or a government computer, making it so the e-mails really weren’t private since it was in the wild on the other end.

    Washington Post: Now I see that our government won’t allow such freedom as they have closed the service.

    I’m lacking for a good analogy, but it’s a little like not being allowed to use a private car anymore, but being required to use public transit or walk everywhere. I recognize there were all sorts of opportunities to do naughty things with it. But I could go for a less policing.

    • captstubby

      since TV went digital,
      what ever happen to The Public Airwaves.
      a antenna was all you ever needed.
      as far as i can see, you have to pay some cable company a fee to access.

      http://govinfo.library.unt.edu.....pubint.htm

    • You can still use an antenna captstubby. Mine is 32′ in the air and I pick up over 50 digital, mostly HD, channels here in northeastern NC. Althought it’s all ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, Bounce, Antenna TV, Retro TV, MeTV, CW, ION,TCT, TBN, CBN plus other various religious and independent networks and PBS (Va.,SC & NC). I’ve picked up channels from Fla. to Maryland on good days.

      But on the other hand, I also pay a $85/mo satellite so I can watch NASCAR, FoxNews and NFL network. They’ve moved most of the good content to cable or satellite so if you want to see it you must pay up.

      Lately, I’ve branched out. To avoid the trash of the networks and cable I’m doing most of my entertainment viewing on YouTube. I bought a VIZIO internet able TV then I created my own Channel where I choose my own content and when and what I watch. Many people are going away from satellite/cable and the dying networks and moving to NetFlix, Hulu and other internet based networks where you control the content.

      I always wondered why we had to buy all these packages of channels we don’t want in order to get the programming we do. I don’t watch MTV, BET, MSNBC, CNN and hundreds of other channels but I’m paying for them in order to get FoxNews, Speed, ESPN and other networks I want. That’s about to end but I’m sure the libs will figure out a way to make us keep funneling $ to these trash networks.

      I haven’t watched a “big 4″ network primetime show in years because everytime I turned around I was being bombarded with heroin addicts, whores and queers. I got sick of it.

      I’m about to drop my satellite and save that $ and just go internet and antenna. The industry is quickly changing.

  4. captstubby

    “on the run.”

    semantics?

    Former Homeland Security Secretary on al Qaeda 2.0
    By Martha Raddatz, Richard Coolidge & Jordyn Phelps | Power Players
    Former Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff says the idea that al Qaeda has been “eliminated” is “overly optimistic.”
    As U.S. embassies across the Middle East and North Africa remain shuttered following intelligence of possible terrorist attacks, Chertoff tells “On the Radar” that the most pressing threat seems to be posed by Yemen, which he says has the most active al Qaeda-affiliated network.
    “Although they’re looking at a broad geographic area as potentially a target that most of this really is centered on Yemen,” Chertoff says, when asked about the State Department’s recent evacuation of all non-emergency staff from that country.
    “Not surprisingly, the core al Qaeda, while it may be concerned for its safety, is still functioning,” Chertoff says. “We saw that with some of what emerged when Bin Laden was killed and they took some of that material out of Abbottabad [Pakistan]. We may have forced them to disperse but I still think the network continues to operate.”
    Al Qaeda has strengthened in recent weeks, Chertoff says, because of a series of successful prison breaks that have allowed the terrorist network to “replenish their ranks” and boost morale.
    “We’re talking about battle-hardened terrorists who are now out and about, and presumably joining their old comrades,” Chertoff says. “So they have managed to do two things. First, they’ve managed to replenish their ranks. Second, they’ve sent a message to other terrorists that if they get captured they’re going to get released someday.”
    The nearly 2,000 al Qaeda-affiliated militants estimated to have escaped during the recent prison breaks in Iraq, Pakistan, and Libya could now fill a variety of roles for al Qaeda, Chertoff said.

    Al Qaeda s version of a job fair.




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