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September 4, 2010

News Rundown

My sincerest apologies for the inactivity yesterday.  So what is going on in the world on this beautiful Saturday?  It's Labor Day weekend which traditionally symbolizes the end of summer.  Did you know that Labor Day became a federal holiday in 1884 following the deaths of a number of workers at the hands of the U.S. military during the Pullman Strike?  I'll go more into that in the days to come, so now, let's take a look at the headlines.

At least 65 people have been killed and 200 injured in a suicide attack targeting a Shia Muslim rally in Pakistan's southwest city of Quetta.  To make any sense of this, you have to research a little of the history between Shia and Sunni Muslims, which I do not feel even remotely equipped to attempt to explain.  Basically, Sunni Muslims make up the majority (~85%) of Muslims all over the world. Significant populations of Shia Muslims can be found in Iran and Iraq, and large minority communities in Yemen, Bahrain, Syria, and Lebanon.  Both Sunni and Shia Muslims share the most fundamental Islamic beliefs and articles of faith. The differences between these two main sub-groups within Islam initially stemmed not from spiritual differences, but political ones. Over the centuries, however, these political differences have spawned a number of varying practices and positions which have come to carry a spiritual significance.  Some of the worst Shia-Sunni sectarian strife ever has occurred after the American invasion of Iraq, steadily building up to present.  So what do we learn from this??  American foreign policy is fugged, politics sugg, and religion fuggin suggs.  That's what I took out of all that anyway.

So speaking of how much politics and religion sugg, despite the start of Israeli-Palestinian "peace talks" in Washington, conflict continues back in Israel as fighters in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip fired a rocket into southern Israel, thankfully causing no injuries or damage.  Did anybody really think that these peace talks would be effective anyway?    Come on you guys, peace and love is the only way, so just share Jerusalem and play nice.  No more rockets!

Fidel Castro has made the news once again.  In his first public speech since undergoing surgery in 2006, Castro addressed about 10,000 people at the University of Havana and warned them of an inevitable nuclear conflict if the United States, in alliance with Israel, tried to enforce international sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program.  At the televised rally, Castro also hinted on the alarming effects of climate change.  Castro does have a basis for his concern, as the United States is the only country in history to ever use nuclear weapons in warfare.

There is no evidence of a cause-effect relationship with the oil spill, but fisherman are noticing that most of the oysters that they are pulling out of the Gulf of Mexico are dead.

A 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck New Zealand early yesterday morningOnly two people are reported to be injured at this point

NASA is building a $180 million spacecraft that it plans to crash into the sun.  Pretty bad ass right?

Transformer movie director, Michael Bay, is offering up $50,000 reward for the prosecution of the young girl filmed throwing puppies into a river.  Maybe Mr. Bay should be more concerned over the young woman who sustained a major injury to her head while working as an extra on Bay's Transformers 3

A California-based consumer group, Consumer Watchdog, has purchased space on a Times Square jumbotron to display a video that attacks Google chief executive, Eric Schmidt, and his company's privacy policies.  In December 2009, Eric Schmidt, on the issue of privacy concerns declared: "If you have something that you don't want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn't be doing it in the first place. If you really need that kind of privacy, the reality is that search engines - including Google - do retain this information for some time and it's important, for example, that we are all subject in the United States to the Patriot Act and it is possible that all that information could be made available to the authorities." Listen all, anything you do can be tracked and recorded.  Hasn't anyone seen Enemy of the State

American Muslims are increasing security at mosques, seeking help from leaders of other faiths and airing ads underscoring their loyalty to the United States - all ahead of a 9/11 anniversary they fear could bring more trouble for their communities as bigotry toward Muslims continues to escalate in the United States due primarily to the Ground Zero Mosque debate that corporate news media is stuffing down our throats.

Activists greeted former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, by pelting him with eggs and other objects outside a book signing appearance in Dublin.  Apparently the group is still upset over Blair signing British forces up for the U.S.- led war in IraqOver 4,000 American soldiers have been killed in Iraq, while approximate 179 British soldiers have been killed.  American activists better gear up for the release of George W. Bush's memoirs in November, but maybe he'll be smart (LOL) enough to skip the book signing tour. 

In a Truthout article suspiciously comparable to Fuggin's 8/31 article, John Pilger discusses propaganda, the news, and the war in Iraq.  I was taught to leave something in better condition than when you found it, and we certainly did not do that with Iraq, regardless of the bullshit you read, see, or hear in the news.

Anybody see the video of the U.S. soldiers planting a live grenade in an Iraqi's trunk as a 'prank.'  Man, those guys are hilarious.

And that's the way the cookie crumbles.  I love you all.  Until manana, keep on keepin on.