When President Barack Obama replaced Hillary Clinton on February 1, 2013 with John Kerry as his Secretary of State, he effectively removed the last vestige of effective U.S. foreign policy.
This is not to say that Hillary Clinton was so great at foreign policy, but that John Kerry is so ineffectual at it. Add to this the possibility that Obama might finish his second term as one of the presidents with the worst foreign policy record.
Well, this was surprising.
Bundy’s comments “are beyond repugnant to me. They are beyond despicable to me. They are beyond ignorant to me,” Hannity said during his radio show.
He then turned his anger toward Democrats who would use Bundy’s comments to attack conservatives.
“They want to say that conservatives are racist. Conservatives hate women,” Hannity said. “Conservatives want old people to die, granny over the cliff. They want the young people to fend for themselves. They want to poison the air and poison the water.”
“People that for the right reasons saw this case as government overreach now are branded because of the ignorant, racist, repugnant, despicable comments of Cliven Bundy,” he said.
(BTW Hannity: The reason Dems say all that shit is because it’s true.)
But Cape Town’s gay village doesn’t, wouldn’t, and couldn’t exist in any other country on this continent, the majority of which outlaw homosexuality. Some have seen a recent increase in penalties for homosexual acts. In these places gay people and other sexual minorities are forced into lives of secrecy and fear. Coming out is an act of bravery and defiance: Far more than social awkwardness is at stake.
Homosexuality is illegal in 36 out of 55 African countries and carries the death penalty in four. The presidents of Nigeria and Uganda recently passed new laws strengthening existing anti-gay legislation. A parliamentary caucus in Kenya is demanding anti-gay laws be applied rigorously and one MP recently said homosexuality is “as serious as terrorism.”
South Africa runs contrary to these currents. The country’s 1996 constitution prohibits discrimination on the grounds of sex, sexual orientation and gender. Pierre de Vos, a law professor at the University of Cape Town, says South Africa is different “because of the way in which it became a democracy.
“Equality was very important to some of those deeply involved in the struggle against apartheid and they successfully put the argument that the struggle is against the denial of dignity and against all discrimination,” said de Vos. “Part of the struggle was about human rights.”
The important role OpenSSL plays in securing the Internet has never been matched by the financial resources devoted to maintaining it.
The open source cryptographic software library secures hundreds of thousands of Web servers and many products sold by multi-billion-dollar companies, but it operates on a shoestring budget. OpenSSL Software Foundation President Steve Marquess wrote in a blog post last week that OpenSSL typically receives about $2,000 in donations a year and has just one employee who works full time on the open source code.
Given that, perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised by the existence of Heartbleed, a security flaw in OpenSSL that can expose user passwords and the private encryption keys needed to protect websites.
This article discusses just how radical Cliven Bundy’s views are, and especially how radical his supporters are.
One of many money quotes:
Cliven Bundy’s legal arguments have also echoed long-standing movement claims, including that the United States does not own the property in question, that the Disclaimer Clause in the Nevada Constitution does not apply to these lands and that federal ownership of lands in Nevada violates the Equal Footing Doctrine. Disclaimer Clauses were commonly placed in the Constitutions of western states as a condition of entry into the union. Nevada’s own version states that the state’s citizens “forever disclaim all right and title to the unappropriated public lands lying within said territory, and that the same shall be and remain at the sole and entire disposition of the United States.”
Sagebrush Rebels of the 1970s and 1980s argued that the “equal footing doctrine” - a legal doctrine holding that newly admitted states would enter the union on Constitutionally equal footing with existing states - precluded permanent federal ownership of property. This view stands in contrast to U.S. Constitution’s Supremacy Clause and Article 4, Section 3, Clause 2 stating that “Congress shall have Power to dispose of and make all needful Rules and Regulations respecting the Territory or other Property belonging to the United States.” In Sagebrush Rebellion hands, these arguments support transferring control of federal lands to state and/or county governments, an action that would undermine the ability of the federal government to enforce environmental protections and carry out its trust responsibility to Indian Nations.
Bundy has echoed state’s rights sentiments as well as ideas of government at the core of the County Supremacy Movement. Bundy told the Desert Valley Times, for instance, that “It’s not the seizure of Bundy cattle that’s important here…It’s the seizure of state sovereignty; it’s the seizure of state law; it’s the seizure of the land; it’s the seizure of the (Clark County) sheriff’s police power.” Bundy declared, “For 20 years I have not paid any grazing fees and far as I’m concerned the BLM don’t exist.” Directing his words at the County Commission and County Sheriff, Bundy stated before a Wyoming audience,
“You better understand that you don’t work for the federal government. You don’t work for the state government. You don’t even work for the county government except that… You work for ‘We the People’.” That’s what you do. And any time you represent some other organization, it’s like you represent a foreign nation. Like representing Russia over here. Or Mexico. Or Canada. It’s treason to the people of your county anytime you sign an MOU with a foreign agent… The county sheriff, it’s the same with you. You’re paid and your elected, you’re paid by ‘We the People’ to uphold the laws of Wyoming and the United States Constitution…When you go over that [county] line, you don’t have no jurisdiction and authority. When you’re here, you have all the Constitutional jurisdiction and authority. You have the only policing power and you have the only arresting power. Even if the FBI man comes to your county, he does not have arresting power. He might make you think he does. And the rest of you might think he does, but he does not have arresting power in this county. That man right there [sheriff] is the only man that has the power. He can delegate that power only to his deputies that you pay for. He can’t delegate that power to a… BLM ranger. No way in the world can he…Now I want to tell you something about protecting your property. I do not expect that sheriff to do one darn thing that you’re not willing to do. If you’re not willing to stand on the line and protect your life, liberty and property, don’t you dare expect your sheriff to do that!… Again, I honor you for your [sheriff] position. You can tell I’m very serious. You do have the most powerful position in this United States of America - more so than the president of the United States, more so than his army. You have that much on your shoulders. He don’t have no jurisdictional authority, neither does his army. But you do.”
“County Supremacy” is at the heart of the Bundy standoff, as it has been in similar situations over the years. It is the foundation for many militia groups, as this article details.
It’s a very important read.
About half of all employees work for companies that prohibit or discourage discussion of wages at work, according to a January 2014 study by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. The numbers are worse when you look at the private sector, climbing to more like 60 percent of companies that forbid such discussions.
“While there may be no direct link between pay secrecy and pay inequality, pay secrecy appears to contribute to the gender gap in earnings,” the study says.
Though it’s a bit of a grey zone, workplace policies forbidding discussion of wages aren’t legal. The National Labor Relations Act of 1935 protects the ability of employees to associate, organize, and bargain collectively for conditions such as wages. According to the Act:
Employees shall have the right to self-organization, to form, join, or assist labor organizations, to bargain collectively through representatives of their own choosing, and to engage in other concerted activities for the purpose of collective bargaining or other mutual aid or protection.
While the federal government makes its own compensation scale fairly transparent, it’s really startups that are pushing transparency in the private world. Among those is Buffer, an application-based online publishing company, which goes as far as posting online the salaries, and the equations for determining those salaries, of everyone who works for the company.
“One of the highest values we have at Buffer is transparency,” Joel Gascoigne, chief executive and founder of Buffer wrote on his blog last December. “Transparency breeds trust, and that’s one of the key reasons for us to place such a high importance on it. Open salaries are a step towards the ultimate goal of Buffer being a completely ‘Open Company.’”
Andrew Kirell @ Mediate details some crazy in the Kentucky Senate Republican Primary:
Not much is known about Sterling, but she has filed with the Federal Election Commission and participated in a debate this week with two other Republican candidates (McConnell skipped out).
And her campaign website is truly bizarre, sheer perfection.
Under the blaring headline “Sterling Connects Codes From The Dark Knight Rises (TDKR) to Obama Telling the World that His Number One Fear for the National Security of the United States of America is a Nuclear Bomb Hitting Manhattan, New York City, New York (TDKR = Gotham),” Sterling include an Alex Jones “false flag” videos and claims she has decoded messages from the Christopher Nolan superhero film to indicate some kind of impending nuclear war(?).
Further on down the site’s vertical, there’s a confusing essay about how Karate Kid foretold the terrorist attacks of 9/11
She also has an entire page dedicated to “saving the baby cows,” a.k.a Bundy’s cattle.
She seems to have taken down much of what Andrew found at her site - but I did find this ‘chemical’ trutherism:
Chemical Spraying in Kentucky Skies
Why is it so bad that chemicals are being sprayed in the skies of Kentucky? Well, hummmm, let me think about that one! Maybe because you’re conditioning the citizens of Kentucky to not being concerned when they are being sprayed with chemicals that they have no clue what the hell is in them!
Ok, calm down Shawna4Freedom :) You’re an educated woman, you got two bachelors, one masters, are working on a doctorate and hell, you even did an internship at NASA recently, so you should have enough sense to know that the chemicals being sprayed in the skies of Kentucky are just innocent little, well, hell, I don’t know what they are, uuuuu, but, hummm, you don’t need to worry about them, because if they were dangerous, someone would tell us, right?
Let me ask you this question, you guys, would an enemy tell you that they are trying to kill you?
Why are citizens of Kentucky being conditioned to trust numerous jets in their skies spraying chemicals on them, their children, their livestock, their land and their homes?
Why is there a litmus test being used on our military to get those who refuse to fire on American citizens out of the military?
Why are they firing our generals?
How can we know that some enemy of the United States of America or of Kentucky, is not thinking that the day will come that they will be able to spray the citizens with chemicals that will kill them whether it be a fast or slow kill, or make them so sick that they are begging for Obamacare or for federal help?
Why are Americans dying of cancer more than any other time in our history?
Is it really worth it to put chemicals in our skies? I will push to get the chemicals out!
hopefully, whatever she is smoking is pot, and not bathsalts, which are chemicals- right?
At least - she is not a witch
If you thought corporations played a big role in your life already, just wait until tomorrow when the FCC gives up on trying to find a way to enforce equal access to broadband and finally kills net neutrality.
What does this mean? It means that the companies with more money and more bankrolling (and a better way to bribe services like Comcast) will have more broadband, while other, smaller companies that haven’t curried favor with their corporate overlords are going to be left with the table scraps. ISPs cannot legally slow traffic on purpose, but when you have a two tier system and the corporate approach to ethics (that is, “catch me doing something wrong, I dare you”), how do you tell the difference between slow and “slow?”