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Are you using the best credit card when ordering food for delivery?

The key to more success is to have a lot of pillows. Always remember in the jungle there’s a lot of they in there, after you will make it to paradise. Egg whites, turkey sausage, wheat toast, water.

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March 5th 2020 12

Are you using the best credit card when ordering food for delivery?

The key to more success is to have a lot of pillows. Always remember in the jungle there’s a lot of they in there, after you will make it to paradise. Egg whites, turkey sausage, wheat toast, water.

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March 5th 2020 12

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The key to more success is to have a lot of pillows. Always remember in the jungle there’s a lot of they in there, after you will make it to paradise. Egg whites, turkey sausage, wheat toast, water.

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Right-Wing Christians: Touched by God or Touched in the Head

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Growing up in the halls of First Methodist Church in Lubbock I was taught to display respect for my church and the other religions in Lubbock. I remember watching the Rev. Billy Graham on our black and white television as he offered his fire and brimstone judgment of our society.

I’ve witnessed the rise of cults like the Moonies and the Branch Davidians, with anointed leadership who we were told possessed the eternal truth and righteousness. Blind obedience to those leaders and an unquestioned commitment to the cause have sometimes left tragedy in its wake.

The fanaticism of the Extreme Right and the Tea Party heralds to such potential catastrophe, for not only those at the altar but for all of us, tied together in our society.

In a sermon last year at an Irving, Texas, megachurch that helped elect Ted Cruz to the United States Senate, Cruz’ father Rafael Cruz indicated that his son was among the evangelical Christians who are anointed as “kings” to take control of all sectors of society, an agenda commonly referred to as the “Seven Mountains” mandate, and “bring the spoils of war to the priests”, thus helping to bring about a prophesied “great transfer of wealth”, from the “wicked” to righteous gentile believers. link to video of Rafael Cruz describing the “great transfer of wealth” and the role of anointed “kings” in various sectors of society, including government, who are to “bring the spoils of war to the priests”.

In an interview with Understanding the Times host Jan Markell on Saturday, Rep. Michele Bachmann accused President Obama of giving aid to Al Qaeda, which she said is proof that we are living in the Last Days.

Sinclair Lewis, a “muckraker” author in the early 1900’s wrote

“When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.”

The website “The Dish” articulates what is happening:

“The Extreme Right is evolving into a religion – but a particularly modern, extreme and unthinking fundamentalist religion. And such a form of religion is the antithesis of the mainline Protestantism that once dominated the Republican Party as well, to a lesser extent, the Democratic Party.

It also brooks no distinction between religion and politics, seeing them as fused in the same cultural and religious battle. Much of the GOP hails from that new purist, apocalyptic sect right now – and certainly no one else is attacking that kind of religious organization. But it will do to institutional political parties what entrepreneurial fundamentalism does to mainline churches: its appeal to absolute truth, total rectitude and simplicity of worldview instantly trumps tradition, reason, moderation, compromise.

In other words, this is not just a cold civil war. It is also a religious war – between fundamentalism and faith, between totalism and tradition, between certainty and reasoned doubt. It may need to burn itself out – with all the social and economic and human damage that entails. Or it can be defeated, as Lincoln reluctantly did to his fanatical enemies, or absorbed and coopted, as Elizabeth I did hers over decades. But it will take time. The question is what will be left of America once it subsides, and how great a cost it will have imposed.”

With the opening phase of the election process starting this month with announcements from candidates we will witness how intertwined religion and politics have become here on the South Plains. Perhaps we can hold a competition to see who carries the biggest cross, who sings the hymn the loudest, or who cries most like Jim Baker. Nothing like a good cry before passing the offering plate.

http://lubbockonline.com/interact/blog-post/dr-brian-carr/2013-10-22/touched-god-or-touched-head#.Umcbjp3n_IU

Also see:HBGary, Palantir, Prism, Facebook & The Industrial Surveillance Complex

A Campaign to Smear WikiLeaks Supporters

There’s a strange subterranean world where Fox News and military intelligence meets, and that’s in the comments section.

Utilizing something called sock puppets — fake social media or Internet personas — Fox’s public relations specialists were allegedly expected to counter “negative” or “even neutral” commentary on posts about the network, NPR media reporter David Folkenflik claims in his forthcoming book, “Murdoch’s World.”

They even reportedly used common counterintelligence tactics in order to mask their cyber footsteps.

Liberal Media watchdog Media Matters highlighted one paragraph in particular that sums up the  practice:

“One former staffer recalled using twenty  different aliases to post pro-Fox rants. Another had one hundred. Several  employees had to acquire a cell phone thumb drive to provide a wireless  broadband connection that could not be traced back to a Fox News or News Corp  account. Another used an AOL dial-up connection, even in the age of widespread  broadband access, on the rationale it would be harder to pinpoint its origins.  Old laptops were distributed for these cyber operations. Even blogs with minor  followings were reviewed to ensure no claim went unchecked.”

Oddly enough, the Air Force contracted HBGary Federal to develop a more sophisticated tool that would allow military  intelligence operatives to manipulate several fake personas simultaneously. The  tool was used in order gather intel on potential terrorists, but also, like Fox, to sway public opinion in (albeit it foreign) online communities.

The NYPD even uses fake personas to bust criminals. And, hilariously enough, the Taliban pretends to be hot chicks to scoop information from hot dogging Aussie soldiers.

Take note, that is probably the first time that Fox News, the Air Force, the  NYPD, and the Taliban all occupy the same subset of company SOP.

Hopefully it’s the last.

http://www.businessinsider.com/fox-news-used-spy-tactics-to-sway-public-opinion-2013-10#ixzz2iSoPRH75

Photo: A house in Pakistan near the border with Afghanistan destroyed by a drone missile in 2008. Eighteen people including Islamist militants were killed. (Reuters)

Joint report with Human Rights Watch judges US attacks in Yemen and Pakistan to have broken international human rights law

US officials responsible for the secret CIA drone campaign against suspected terrorists in Pakistan may have committed war crimes and should stand trial, a report by a leading human rights group warns. Amnesty International has highlighted the case of a grandmother who was killed while she was picking vegetables and other incidents which could have broken international laws designed to protect civilians.

The report is issued in conjunction with an investigation by Human Rights Watch detailing missile attacks in Yemen which the group believes could contravene the laws of armed conflict, international human rights law and Barack Obama’s own guidelines on drones.

The reports are being published while Nawaz Sharif, Pakistan’s prime minister, is in Washington. Sharif has promised to tell Obama that the drone strikes – which have caused outrage in Pakistan – must end.

Getting to the bottom of individual strikes is exceptionally difficult in the restive areas bordering Afghanistan, where thousands of militants have settled. People are often terrified of speaking out, fearing retribution from both militants and the state, which is widely suspected of colluding with the CIA-led campaign.

There is also a risk of militants attempting to skew outside research by forcing interviewees into “providing false or inaccurate information”, the report said.

But Amnesty mounted a major effort to investigate nine of the many attacks to have struck the region over the last 18 months, including one that killed 18 labourers in North Waziristan as they waited to eat dinner in an area of heavy Taliban influence in July 2012. All those interviewed by Amnesty strongly denied any of the men had been involved in militancy. Even if they were members of a banned group, that would not be enough to justify killing them, the report said.

“Amnesty International has serious concerns that this attack violated the prohibition of the arbitrary deprivation of life and may constitute war crimes or extrajudicial executions,” the report said. It called for those responsible to stand trial.

The US has repeatedly claimed very few civilians have been killed by drones. It argues its campaign is conducted “consistent with all applicable domestic and international law”.

The Amnesty report supports media accounts from October last year that a 68-year-old woman called Mamana Bibi was killed by a missile fired from a drone while she was picking okra outside her home in North Waziristan with her grandchildren nearby. A second strike minutes later injured family members tending her.

If true, the case is striking failure of a technology much vaunted for its accuracy. It is claimed the remote-controlled planes are able to observe their targets for hours or even days to verify them, and that the explosive force of the missiles is designed to limit collateral damage. As with other controversial drone strikes, the US has refused to acknowledge or explain what happened.

Amnesty said it accepts some US drone strikes may not violate the law, “but it is impossible to reach any firm assessment without a full disclosure of the facts surrounding individual attacks and their legal basis. The USA appears to be exploiting the lawless and remote nature of the region to evade accountability for its violations,” it said.

In Yemen, another country where US drones are active, Human Rights Watch highlighted six incidents, two of which were a “clear violation of international humanitarian law”. The remaining four may have broken the laws of armed conflict because the targets were illegitimate or because not enough was done to minimise civilian harm, the report said.

It also argued that some of the Yemen attacks breach the guidelines announced by Obama earlier this year in his first major speech on a programme that is officially top secret. For example, the pledge to kill suspects only when it is impossible to capture them appears to have been ignored on 17 April this year when an al-Qaida leader was blown up in a township in Dhamar province in central Yemen, Human Rights Watch said.

An attack on a truck driving 12 miles south of the capital Sana’a reportedly killed two al-Qaida suspects but also two civilians who had been hired by the other men. That means the attack could have been illegal because it “may have caused disproportionate harm to civilians”.

The legal arguments over drones are extremely complex, with much controversy focusing on whether or not the places where they are used amount to war zones.

Amnesty said some of the strikes in Pakistan might be covered by that claim, but rejected a “global war doctrine” that allows the US to attack al-Qaida anywhere in the world.

“To accept such a policy would be to endorse state practices that fundamentally undermine crucial human rights protections that have been painstakingly developed over more than a century of international law-making,” the report said.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/22/amnesty-us-officials-war-crimes-drones