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Reader Selected News For Week Jan 11 – Jan 17

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This article was posted by Steve on Friday, January 10th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “Reader Selected News For Week Jan 11 – Jan 17”

  1. Petronius says:

    To be filed in the “America is finished” folder (more evidence if any were needed):

    “Plymouth Rock Struck By Vandals”

    AP, 15 Jan 2014

    “Someone … spray painted the word ‘LIES’ on the chunk of rock….”

    “The vandal or vandals also spray painted … an obscene figure, the phrase ‘For a drug filled world’ and the letter A inside a circle similar to the anarchist symbol.”

    “Department spokesman Bill Hickey says it’s not uncommon for the landmark to be vandalized.”


  2. heykev says:

    To be filed under “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up.”

    Novel strategy aims at getting chimpanzees recognized as legal persons
    By R. Scott Nolen
    Journal of American Veterinary Medical Association
    Posted Jan. 15, 2014

    “‘This past December, the Nonhuman Rights Project petitioned courts in three New York state districts for the release of Tommy, Kiko, Hercules, and Leo on the grounds that each of the captive chimpanzees is a “legal person” being illegally imprisoned.

    This is the first time any court has been asked to grant chimpanzees the right to bodily liberty through a common law writ of habeas corpus, a long-standing procedure for testing the legality of custody that has only ever been applied to human beings. Historically, laws in the United States have regarded animals as property with no protected rights.

    “If you gave personhood to a chimpanzee or any other nonhuman animal, it would be a fundamental shift away from any sort of personhood that’s been extended previously.” Richard Cupp, professor, Pepperdine University School of Law

    “During an hourlong hearing before Mont­gomery County, N.Y., Supreme Court Justice Joseph Sise, NhRP founder and president Steven Wise explained that the question before the court is not whether a chimpanzee is a human being, but rather, whether a chimpanzee has characteristics that qualify the animal as a legal person. Wise cited legal precedents in domestic and international jurisprudence that grant personhood to corporations, partnerships, ships, and even religious books, idols, and a river in New Zealand.”

    Wonder if it will leak over into the definition of marriage? Would be a great boon to the PETA folks.

  3. canary says:

    Computer Security experts: Obama Care site should be shut down immediately; still insecure and flawed

    Rueters: Obamacare site still vulnerable to hackers: Experts

    16 Jan 2014

    A group of cyber security professionals is warning that the U.S. government has failed to implement fixes to protect the HealthCare.gov website from hackers, some three months after experts first pointed out the problem.

    David Kennedy, head of computer security consulting firm TrustedSec LLC, told Reuters that the government has yet to plug more than 20 vulnerabilities that he and other security experts reported to the government shortly after HealthCare.gov went live on October 1.

    Hackers could steal personal information, modify data or attack the personal computers of the website’s users, he said. They could also damage the infrastructure of the site, according to Kennedy, who is scheduled to describe his security concerns in testimony on Thursday before the House Science, Space and Technology Committee.

    They wrote notes to the House Committee saying they were concerned about the site’s security, which Kennedy provided to Reuters and will be released on Thursday to the committee led by Republicans who oppose the Affordable Care Act.

    At a November Science Committee hearing, Kennedy and three other expert witnesses said they believed the site was not secure and three of them said it should be shut down immediately.

    Kennedy and his peers who reviewed his work ahead of Thursday’s hearing said the site still has serious security vulnerabilities that can be viewed from the outside.

    “The site is fundamentally flawed in ways that make it dangerous to people who use it,” said Kevin Johnson, one of the experts who reviewed Kennedy’s findings.

    “You can take control of their computers,” said Johnson, chief executive of a firm known as Secure Ideas and a teacher at the non-profit SANS Institute, the world’s biggest organization that trains and certifies cyber security professionals.

    The government is generally not required to notify the public when its systems are compromised.

    “We don’t know how bad it is because they don’t have to tell us,” Strand said.

    “If Americans’ information is not secure, then the theft of their identities is inevitable and dangerous,” he said. “The President should take swift action to ensure that the American people are not the next target of cyber criminals.”

    The government said on Saturday that Accenture Plc would replace CGI Federal, a subsidiary of CGI Group, as the lead contractor for the Obamacare enrollment website.


  4. canary says:

    Kerry: ‘Root Cause of Terrorism’ Is Poverty
    ‘In many cases…’

    Jan 15, 2014 By Jeryl Bier

    Secretary of State John Kerry covered a broad range of topics with his counterpart Pietro Parolin at the Vatican in Rome on Monday. Besides Syria, the Middle East peace process, Sudan, and Cuba, the subject of poverty came up during their discussions.

    In remarks following the meeting, Kerry linked poverty not only to terrorism, but to the “disenfranchisement of millions” [emphasis added]:

    We talked about the common interest of Pope Francis and President Obama in addressing poverty and extreme poverty on a global basis. The United States of America is deeply involved in efforts in Africa and in other parts of the world – in Asia, South Central Asia – to address this poverty, as is the Catholic Church. And so we have a huge common interest in dealing with this issue of poverty, which in many cases is the root cause of terrorism or even the root cause of the disenfranchisement of millions of people on this planet.

    Kerry’s statement echoes comments he made in October 2013 at the Global Counterterrorism Forum after terrorist attacks in both Nairobi, Kenya, and Peshawar, Pakistan: “Getting this right isn’t just about taking terrorists off the street. It’s about providing more economic opportunities for marginalized youth at risk of recruitment.”



    Kerry On Counterterrorism
    Counter terrorism is also about providing more economic opportunities for marginalized youth at risk of recruitment.


    • canary says:

      Pardon me, but this is explain more of Kerry’s ongoing theory as poverty being the root to terrorism


      Security: Kerry On Counterterrorism
      Oct 4 2013

      Counter terrorism is also about providing more economic opportunities for marginalized youth at risk of recruitment.

      Speaking at the Global Counterterrorism Forum, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry condemned the recent terrorist attacks in Nairobi, Kenya, and Peshawar, Pakistan.

      In Nairobi, at least 68 innocent men, women, and children are dead, and many more injured. In Peshawar, there was a heinous attack on the All Saints Church, killing at least 85 people and injuring 100.

      “The United States,” said Secretary Kerry, “stands firmly with the people of Kenya and Pakistan.”

      From Kenya to Pakistan, from Mali to Yemen, the threat is more diffuse, decentralized, and geographically dispersed than ever before, and addressing this threat will require every tool available: political, economic, diplomatic, military, and perhaps most importantly, the power of our ideas.

      In short, it will require a long-term, strategic and comprehensive approach, guided by respect for human rights and the rule of law.

      “Getting this right,” said Secretary Kerry, “isn’t just about taking terrorists off the street. It’s about providing more economic opportunities for marginalized youth at risk of recruitment.”

      The Global Counterterrorism Forum was launched two years ago and has become the go-to international venue for civilian-led counterterrorism cooperation.

      Secretary Kerry announced that the United States plans to commit an additional $30 million to address these priorities.


      “In Peshawar, there was a heinous attack on the All Saints Church, killing at least 85 people and injuring 100”

      Somewhere, Kerry did not see being a Christian being the key to bombing the church in Pakistan. News of yesterday’s latest bombing at two mosques won’t bring the religious aspect of conservative Islam killing moderates.

      Rueters – The Dawn: Blast at Peshawar Tablighi centre kills ten, injures more than 60

      by Zahir Shah Sherazi – Jan 16 2014

      PESHAWAR: At least ten people were killed and more than 60 injured Thursday evening when a bomb exploded at a religious centre in Peshawar, the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

      Eyewitnesses said the bomb exploded at Tablighi Markaz on Pajaggi Road run by the Tableeghi Jamaat, just before Maghrib prayers.

      Around a thousand people were gathered at the seminary for a Shab-i-Juma (Thursday) congregation when the bomb ripped through the centre, according to reports.

      Shafqat Malik, a senior official of the bomb disposal squad, said the bomb was planted inside a canister of ghee (cooking oil).

      Two more bombs diffused at blast site

      The suspected explosives were placed on the second floor of the mosque where an earlier explosion had left eight people dead and 67 others injured.


      UN: Mass ‘Executions’ in Syria Could Be War Crime

      Bomb Defused in Nowshera

      Meanwhile, bomb disposal experts defused a bomb planted outside a Tablighi Markaz mosque in Nowshera, around the same time the bomb exploded in the Peshawar.

      Police spokesman Turk Ali Shah said bomb was similarly planted in a canister of ghee.

      The bomb was defused just before Maghrib prayers, around same time the Peshawar bomb exploded.

      In January 2012, at least 22 people were killed in a blast at a Tableeghi centre in the once militants’ infested district of Swat.

      Kenya, Nigeria, Mali, and Yemen were attacked by the “very wealthy Al-Qaeda” to enforce Sharia Law.

      The very wealthy Al-Qaeda supported also with Iran’s money is becoming more blood thirsty.

      AP: UN: Mass Executions in N. Syria Could Be War Crime

      GENEVA January 16, 2014 (AP) By John Heilprin

      U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay says that over the past two weeks her office has received reports of “a succession of mass executions of civilians and fighters who were no longer participating in hostilities in Aleppo, Idlib and Raqqa by hardline armed opposition groups in Syria, in particular by the” al-Qaida linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

      “While exact numbers are difficult to verify, reliable eyewitness testimony that we have gathered suggests that many civilians and fighters in the custody of extremist armed opposition groups have been executed since the beginning of this year,” Pillay said in a statement.

      Fighting between the al-Qaida-linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and other Islamic groups in northern and eastern Syria has killed hundreds of people over the past two weeks.

      Pilay’s office reported that in the first week of January a number of people were executed in Idlib by armed opposition groups. It said that on Jan. 6 in Aleppo three people reportedly held by the al-Qaida linked group at its base in Makhfar al-Saleheen were found dead, handcuffed, with bullet wounds in their heads.

      Two days later, also in Aleppo, “numerous bodies, again mostly handcuffed and blindfolded, were found in a Children’s Hospital” …at least four local media activists were among the dead, as well as captured fighters from armed opposition groups.

      Pillay says there also are “deeply disturbing reports emerging of mass executions” by the al-Qaida linked group, both when it withdrew from Raqqa and after it regained control earlier this week.

      “These reports are particularly alarming, given the large numbers of people, including civilians, that armed opposition groups in Syria are believed to be holding in custody,” Pillay said. “The taking of hostages is prohibited under international humanitarian law and may also constitute a war crime.”


      It’s just plan evil. But, nice to know that capitalism is not the root to evil, because I’d ask the filthy rich Kerry who claims to be a devout Christian to give his money to the terrorists to be.
      Since the Pope didn’t meet with him, I wonder if he handed over a fat envelope like the other liberals do.

      And thanks to Kerry telling Israel to give land back to Palestinians, violence from Palestinians and Hams with Iran’s money have increased rocket attacks and violence.

      What a laughing stock this country has become.

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