Russia’s top court ordered a review of the two-year prison sentence of two members of the all-female punk band Pussy Riot convicted of hooliganism for a protest against President Vladimir Putin.
Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alekhina have young children, entitling them to defer their sentences, which lower courts didn’t take into account, according to a ruling posted late yesterday on the Supreme Court’s website.
The lower courts also failed to acknowledge mitigating circumstances including that it was the women’s first offense and that the protest was peaceful, according to the ruling. The Supreme Court sent their case back to the Moscow City Court.
By Sibel Edmonds
The U.S. Government, An Implicated Billionaire, Fortune-Seeking Journalists & A Public in the Dark
The 50,000-pages of documents obtained by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden contain extensive documentation of PayPal Corporation’s partnership and cooperation with the National Security Agency (NSA), according to three NSA veterans. To date, no information has been released as to the extent of the working relationship and cooperation between the two entities- NSA and PayPal Corporation. What’s more, the billionaire owner of PayPal Corporation has entered into a $250 Million business partnership with two journalists-Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras, a journalist duo who possess the entire cache of evidence provided by Edward Snowden. Despite earlier pledges by the journalists in question, only one percent (1%) of Snowden’s documents has been released.
BFP was recently contacted by a retired NSA official who claims that the documents obtained by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden contain extensive documentation pertaining to NSA’s partnership with major U.S. financial institutions, including credit card companies and PayPal Corporation. The official, who requested anonymity, also alleges that a deal was made in early June, 2013 between the journalists involved in this recent NSA scandal and U.S. government officials, which was then sealed by secrecy and nondisclosure agreements by all parties involved.
Upon receiving this report BFP contacted three other high-level former NSA officials for additional information and comments.
On December 11, 2013 we contacted Mr. William Binney, a former top official at the National Security Agency (NSA), and asked him to comment on the legitimacy of the above report, and whether he had any knowledge of the partnership and cooperation between NSA and financial institutions such as PayPal. He confirmed the legitimacy of the report and added:
The NSA has had the cooperation of major financial institutions, including credit card companies, to obtain all financial transactions of these companies’ clients-international and domestic. Further, the NSA not only obtains and stores the financial data of Americans and foreigners, but it also shares them with other government agencies such as the FBI and DEA.
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Glenn Greenwald has been having a total crazypants meltdown over this:
@jrs7000 I don't doubt Paypal cooperates with NSA - that this is in the docs that we've been paid to withhold are total lies.
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) December 12, 2013
@sibeledmonds You're actually too stupid and/or crazy to even know your own accusations. That's actually sad. I'm sorry I bothered with you.
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) December 12, 2013
@jrs7000 Insane and stupid to make accusations about what's in the NSA docs when she has no idea what is actually in them.
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) December 12, 2013
@jrs7000 I wasted the last 20 minutes of my life "addressing" her insanity and stupidity - check my timeline if you're interested.
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) December 11, 2013
Russia’s largest government-owned news agency has warned defiantly of “a tightening of state control” over the country’s media after Vladimir Putin announced plans to close it down and replace it with a new organisation headed by a controversial anti-Western television talk show host.
In a surprise decree published on the Kremlin’s website on Monday, Mr Putin “liquidated” the RIA Novosti news agency and created a new organization called Rossia Segodnya , or Russia Today — in what many commentators see as a decision to eliminate one of the most balanced news outlets in the Kremlin’s sprawling portfolio of news agencies, newspapers and television stations.
“The main focus of the International News Agency Russia Today is to inform abroad about the State Policy of the Russian Federation and public life in the Russian Federation,” the decree said.
Up all night to do nothing…
The Senate tucked in for an all-nighter on Wednesday night, hunkering down for what could amount to several days of little-to-no-sleep — no small feat for some of the Senate septuagenarians.
In what Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s office called a Republican “temper tantrum,” the GOP delayed votes on Nina Pillard, one of three of President Obama’s nominees to the DC Circuit Court of Appeals. The court currently has eight judges out of a bench of 11. Republicans argue the court’s workload doesn’t warrant a full compliment of 11 judges, fearing Obama will stack the court for a generation — the DC Circuit Court is considered the second most important court in the land and a feeder bench to the Supreme Court.
He was in his late teens and still some years away from entering the Jesuit Order. She was in her mid-30s, a revolutionary and a feminist far ahead of her time. They met around 1953 or 1954 in the most unlikely of places - a laboratory where she worked as a pharmaceutical biochemist and he as an apprentice chemical technician. The two could not have been more dissimilar. Yet they cemented a unique friendship that bridged decades as well as deep political and religious chasms.
The woman was Esther Careaga, a non-believer who, because of her Marxist ideals, disappeared under Argentina’s dictatorship in 1977. The man was Jorge Bergoglio, who became Pope Francis in March this year.
Careaga had arrived in Buenos Aires as a political exile from neighbouring Paraguay a few years before meeting Bergoglio. She had been a fiery socialist orator and the founder of Paraguay’s first feminist movement in the 1940s. “She toured the towns in the countryside of Paraguay pleading for people’s rights in general, but especially the rights of women,” says her daughter Ana María Careaga.
Careaga was one of thousands of people who “disappeared” between 1976 and 1983, a bloody spree that stopped only after Argentina entered into a losing war with Britain in 1982 over the Falkland Islands. Victims were taken to secret camps, tortured and thrown from military planes - drugged but still alive - into the South Atlantic Ocean. It was an unsuccessful tactic because sometimes the bodies washed up on shore days later.
Thanks to VB for posting the tweet with a link to this story.
It’s important to read because even though he has been very orthodox about many things that some would wish for change he has been very different from any other pope since John XXIII and for a very long time before him. This is someone who can remember those who have paid a terrible price for the way things are today and does want to see justice in the world. Perhaps not as we would or as fast as we’d like but he takes a longer view. I’ve argued before that I think Francis is not going to make drastic changes himself but will lay the groundwork for the changes that must happen.
And in the mean time he is the kind of man who will drive his security insane by sneaking out of St. Peter’s wearing only the collar of an anonymous priest to do what things he can to make the lives of the least of us a little better - in other words, trying to actually live like Christ teaches us to. He won’t do it perfectly any more than you or I can. But it is an example worth living in the memory of all those who have been disappeared down the ages whether by the Roman Empire or by the Arginetine Junta.
The Michigan Republican legislature is forcing women to buy separate insurance for abortion, believing that it shouldn’t be covered under regular medical insurance. And once you become pregnant, even that won’t be available for purchase under any circumstances. For that reason, it’s being referred to as “rape insurance.”
Greg dives into the third way debate with some facts:
Here’s a point that keeps getting lost, however: Inequality is already a disproportionately huge issue among Democratic base voters, and they believe overwhelmingly that government can — and should — do something about it. So it’s probably inevitable that inequality and the need for a serious policy response to it will figure prominently in Democratic Party politics going forward.
A new poll captures this nicely. The Bloomberg survey found that huge majorities of Americans say the U.S. no longer offers everyone an equal shot, and that the gap between the rich and the rest is getting bigger.
But the poll also finds only 45 percent say government should implement policies to shrink that gap, while 46 percent say government should let the market operate freely.
There are already 2 Bryan Fischer pages going, may as well make it a trifecta.
On his radio broadcast yesterday, Bryan Fischer spent two segments laying out his argument that, when the founders of this nation used the word “religion,” what they really meant was “Christianity.” As such, authorities in Oklahoma have every right to reject an effort by Satanists to erect a monument outside the Oklahoma Capitol building next to a monument of the Ten Commandments, Fischer said, because the Constitution’s guarantee of the free exercise of religion was never intended to protect anything other than Christianity.
That’s correct, you’ve heard it right from the horses
ass mouth. Religion = Christianity and !Christian = !Religion All this time I thought we were at least Judeo-Christian (‘cuz we need the jeews for when jebsus comes back), but turns out I guess the Chosen People have been un-chosen. Now don’t sweat, Bryan hates EVERYBODY.
If we don’t understand the word ‘religion’ to mean Christianity as the founders intended it, then we have no way to stop Islam, we have no way to stop Satanism, we have no way to stop any other sort of sinister religion practice that might creep onto the fruited plains”:
I, for one, will look very carefully for sinister religions creeping across my plains. Bryan, you’re looking a bit scaly yourself.
A problem with one of the International Space Station’s cooling systems may require a repair spacewalk, NASA told NBC News on Wednesday.
The situation doesn’t represent a life-threatening emergency, but it has required a cutback in normal operations on the orbiting outpost, NASA spokesman Josh Byerly said.
“The crew was never in any danger,” he said. “They’re fine for the near future.”
Prosecutors say they will not file domestic violence charges against George Zimmerman after his girlfriend said in a sworn statement she did not want to pursue the case.
State Attorney Phil Archer in Seminole County said in a statement Wednesday that Samantha Scheibe’s decision not to cooperate and the lack of other corroborating evidence made a successful prosecution unlikely.