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Edward Snowden leaks documents
showing thousands of breaches
of NSA privacy rules

Associated Press, by Staff

Original Article

Posted By:Attercliffe, 8/16/2013 4:32:22 AM

The former CIA contractor, who is currently in Russia with temporary asylum, handed over an internal audit and other top-secret documents detailing the illegal behaviour. Most of the infractions involved unauthorised surveillance of Americans or foreign intelligence targets in the United States, both of which are restricted by law and executive order, The Washington Post said. They ranged from significant violations of law to typographical errors that resulted in unintended interception of US emails and telephone calls, it said. The Post said the documents it obtained were part of a trove of materials provided to the paper by Mr Snowden

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: planetgeo, 8/16/2013 4:45:42 AM     (No. 9476527)

Aha...so the source of this revelation is in fact Snowden. One would have hoped that something this important would have been revealed by Congress or other governmental body auditing such activities.

I don´t care what anybody says, this guy is a hero. There is no way anybody would ever have known any of this if he hadn´t done it.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Spidey, 8/16/2013 5:47:07 AM     (No. 9476542)

Is this article really saying that the NSA spying on Americans was unintended?

The embassy closings debacle was to help make NSA look necessary and it turned out to be a nothingburger.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Trigger2, 8/16/2013 6:40:53 AM     (No. 9476572)

Typo errors...like anymore believes that one.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Starlady, 8/16/2013 6:52:15 AM     (No. 9476580)

It is being presented on TV at this hour as if the NSA revealed this information, no mention of Snowden.The article states the NSA also tried to cover the extent and detail of this audit from Congressional oversight and the FISA court. The NSA is a rogue agency.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: MattMusson, 8/16/2013 7:36:22 AM     (No. 9476621)

I guess the consequence of WHOLESALE SPYING is that you end up spying on thousands of people you should not have been spying on.

Oh well.

/s

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Really?, 8/16/2013 7:53:47 AM     (No. 9476637)

Notice that AP has its focus on 2008.....of course.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Deedo, 8/16/2013 8:04:48 AM     (No. 9476654)

What are the chances that both the Chinese and Russian governments _did not_ immediately make copies of the 4 laptops carried by Snowden? I´d say more than pretty slim. This is the true disaster about this episode.

The NSA is probably going to have switch up its methods because of this disclosure.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: bohallx, 8/16/2013 8:16:49 AM     (No. 9476669)

Most likely the greater part of Snoweden´s treasure trove consisted of foreign communications, particularly those involving agents abroad in the United States.

This other stuff was dumped in there and selectively revealed to make it look like the US was doing the spying and not the other guys.

Snowden fans have still done nothing to convince any of us that they´re pro-American and not also, themselves, involved in espionage against this country.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: chance_232, 8/16/2013 8:36:53 AM     (No. 9476685)

But.....but.....but....we were JUST assured in the past few days that there were safe guards in place specifically to prevent this!!

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Reply 10 - Posted by: alecto2, 8/16/2013 8:38:16 AM     (No. 9476688)

"Snowden fans have still done nothing to convince any of us that they´re pro-American and not also, themselves, involved in espionage against this country. "

Fatuous comment.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: wtm, 8/16/2013 8:44:16 AM     (No. 9476699)

The PROBLEM I have with this, is that they are showing that "Unconstitutional" searches of this data has happened "Unintentionally" !

What happens when someone like Lois Lerner works there and has "access" to this data ????

This data should not be there to allow the Unconstitutional breaches to happen !!!!

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Farmwife1, 8/16/2013 8:48:22 AM     (No. 9476706)

Still not sure what to think of this guy, but the phrase "the enemy of my enemy is my friend" keeps running thru my head.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: steveracer, 8/16/2013 8:55:12 AM     (No. 9476715)

The NSA was spying on everybody except the guy right under their nose, Snowden. Someone has to explain the internal security laspe that permitted Snowden to access classified data and transfer that data to a personal memory stick, and to do so for a long period of time. No security admin in NSA caught onto this?

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Reply 14 - Posted by: stryker714, 8/16/2013 9:12:48 AM     (No. 9476732)

Some politician said Snowden did wrong and should have gone through the chain of command. Oh sure, and give them time to scrub and conjure up plausible deniability. Oh of course it was a area code mix up of 202 DC, a complete mistake, lol. Once the voyeurs were hooked, they kept mainlining the eavesdropping, like listening in to US troops overseas talk to their girlfriends at home. Oh yeah that really is proactive steps against terrorism. So we are still waiting to learn why they didn´t stop the Boston Bombings. Now even liberal Oliver Stone appropriately named Obama a snake over this.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: thelmalou, 8/16/2013 9:22:27 AM     (No. 9476749)

Based on the mindset of government bureaucrats and the competence level we see in government entities like the USPS, the IRS, et al, my guess is that it´s way worse than we could imagine.

Prediction: If the stink gets bad enough, an announcement will be made that the NSA is being disbanded and reformed into a new, shiny, not-the-NSA agency. And nothing will change.


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Reply 16 - Posted by: woodsman, 8/16/2013 9:30:18 AM     (No. 9476769)

I´m with #1 on this....Snowden is a hero - perhaps unintentionally, but the NSA activity has been shown to be increasingly brazen and increasingly illegal..I´m glad it was exposed

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Reply 17 - Posted by: tnorling, 8/16/2013 9:34:45 AM     (No. 9476784)

Righto. You don´t have to like Snowden or his methods to appreciate the result.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: lifelonghuman, 8/16/2013 9:43:39 AM     (No. 9476803)

Snowden deserves jail. If you admire his martyrdom, that´s fine. He did have other channels to make his revelations. And he did take an oath, though modern rationalization says "yeah, but" for everything.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: peterfleming, 8/16/2013 9:45:54 AM     (No. 9476807)

At the risk of all future comfort, at the risk of his own life, he exposed a secret government operation monster. He created the ultimate example of Thoreau´s CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE. It´s good enough to be a spy thriller movie fleeing assassination endlessly, like Bourne, all over Europe.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: hoosiergirl71, 8/16/2013 9:47:05 AM     (No. 9476809)

The most unnerving aspect of this affair is the realization that we no longer have privacy...period. Everyone is spying on all of us. Even the apps that we download say up front they will have access to all your accounts, passwords, and can make changes to those accounts. Wow. Goggle is doing very detailed remapping of every inhabited inch of this country. Be ever vigilant my friends.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: DCGIRL, 8/16/2013 9:55:55 AM     (No. 9476832)

To me Snowden is a hero. He had the guts to challenge this corrupt government. If you #7 like what is happening here in the US, then you will not have a problem living in a socialist society. What is happening with the US government is corruption on steroids!!!!!!!

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Reply 22 - Posted by: Hotrod, 8/16/2013 9:59:09 AM     (No. 9476840)

I think that there may be a lot more to this than we have heard yet. The NSA supposedly mistook the Washington D.C. area code for the Egypt area code (I guess the computers and analysts are stupid.)

That would make a convenient excuse for spying on certain politicians and political organizations in D.C. Especially Republicans and other conservative groups, lobbyists, etc. Romney´s election campaign?

The NSA has a necessary function but the problem is lack of trust of the administration. The justice department has shown that anything goes with this administration.

This could surpass Watergate. There needs to be some serious investigation into this issue.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: patrick28nov45, 8/16/2013 10:18:30 AM     (No. 9476870)

My name is Patrick. I am on the back side of 60 years old. I live a relatively quiet life where I love to go to church, love to sing with my barbershop quartet buddies and have many friends in little LDS community where I live. I am not at all worried about my government spying on me. HOWEVER, if I ever ran for congress or the senate all that would change. All of my phone calls, emails, tax records, internet downloads etc. would be at their disposal for opposition research. I know for certain they would do it. Some corrupt government we have here!

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Reply 24 - Posted by: anonymous, 8/16/2013 10:22:51 AM     (No. 9476873)

The NSA would be fine if it was run by people whom you could actually trust. That´s the problem with government-run organizations - they are only as good as the people who run them. You can have the most corrupt people in government and they could do whatever they want, directing these organizations to furnish the government´s political agenda. This appears to have happened with the Obama administration.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: Felixcat, 8/16/2013 10:24:40 AM     (No. 9476877)

If the NSA, and thus the US Government, is going to treat all American citizens as suspects then I darn well expect them to enforce the laws and arrest someone like a Nidal Hassan so as to prevent the massacre of 14 innocents at Ft. Hood, and not be PC and protect Muslims or others that the US Govt favors.

No, this program is dssigned or morphed into something not to protect us but to harass us.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: stevendm, 8/16/2013 10:43:29 AM     (No. 9476918)

#23, You sound like my mother, except she is 85.

You say you do not mind the government spying on you. Would you change your mind if you called in an order for pizza which was detected by the government and your medical insurance premiums increased because of poor health choices? Think it couldn´t happen? Think again.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: MDMuskrat, 8/16/2013 10:44:13 AM     (No. 9476922)

"Snowden fans???!" And all that follows in that sentence are deeply offensive, Sir, and definitely not in keeping with the tenor of comments on this site.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: glcinpdx, 8/16/2013 10:45:11 AM     (No. 9476925)

"And he did take an oath, though modern rationalization says "yeah, but" for everything."

Nazi´s took oathes too.

The only oath that has any weight is that which is taken to the Constitution, certainly not to any particular government agency. Revealing unconsstitutional actions by a government agency IS paying fielty to that oath.



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Reply 29 - Posted by: woodsman, 8/16/2013 10:46:17 AM     (No. 9476930)

Other channels #18? Ask Michael Hastings and Andrew Breitbart about other channels - these folks play for keeps

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Reply 30 - Posted by: Chuzzles, 8/16/2013 11:00:07 AM     (No. 9476955)

Snowden tried your ´other channels´ #18. They were only interested in damage control for Obama. They knew and did not care how damaging all the illegal spying is to our Country.

Mega Dittos to #10.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: Calico Al, 8/16/2013 11:32:30 AM     (No. 9477017)

The way our GOP leaders are acting, you have to wonder if there is information about them in these docs?

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Reply 32 - Posted by: Steph_gray, 8/16/2013 11:42:26 AM     (No. 9477039)

Good guess #15.

They could use the acronym ACORN.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: RancherJack, 8/16/2013 12:01:01 PM     (No. 9477079)

Secrecy Begets Tyranny - Robert A. Heinlein

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Reply 34 - Posted by: nevernaught, 8/16/2013 12:04:13 PM     (No. 9477092)

I´m guessing NSA´s spying in the Arab world isn´t paying off the way our President thought it would. Remember all those Arab Spring´s where we supported their revolution with military arms and money. Turns out those people really were all terrorists, something everyone knew, but only the White House embraced, and of course NSA and other corrupted agencies.

Probably NSA should have provided more foresight on world wide terrorism, instead they seem to have more interest in what American citizens are doing. Are we engaging in unconstitutional behavior like writing on this subject and therefor a threat to the peeping Tom folks.

When I read that recycle bins are registering cell phones walking by, and police car cameras are reading and recording all license plates they cruise by, I think I see a revolution in our future. Whatever you think of Snowden, good or bad, he has brought a lot of this spying on American citizens to light, especially by government agencies sworn to protect you, not violate you privacy and trust for political or control purposes.

Our government is corrupt and out of control. Keep leaking Snowden, it is interesting reading, and revealing about a once proud government run amok.


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Reply 35 - Posted by: planetgeo, 8/16/2013 12:47:39 PM     (No. 9477166)

One more comment.

I fully understand the difficulty many of our wise L-Dotters have in accepting the claim that Snowden is a hero. He did in fact break the law. Some of the information revealed did in fact help our enemies. And he sought asylum with one of our enemies.

Having said that, suppose YOU had been the one who discovered a massive, clearly unconstitutional surveillance of every US citizen. What channel would you have used to get the truth out? Do you, today, trust ANYONE in Congress? The Justice Department? The courts? Exactly what venue would you have chosen and where would you go to assure your safety until your revelations were fully vetted?

No. This was needed. And he has done a great service to us all.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: Marzon, 8/16/2013 12:53:16 PM     (No. 9477172)

Holder´s DOJ will launch a detailed investigation as soon as they are done investigating the Rodeo clown.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: bohallx, 8/16/2013 1:52:35 PM     (No. 9477279)

#10 ~ silly?

Hmm, guy looks like a combination commercial spy AND double agent.

May I suggest you are remarkably gullible.

At the same time the DATA SOURCES for virtually all of the meta data are created by communications common carriers.

So, given that this guy did his spying working for Dell, how much of his data was acquired from, e.g. Dell contracts with common carriers, and how much of it was acquired from NSA.

You have no idea.

Or do you.

BTW, I´m always polite with commies and anti-Americans. Not worth getting mad at ´em.

Feel those polite rays coming your way?

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Reply 38 - Posted by: Rafter, 8/16/2013 2:04:15 PM     (No. 9477300)

On a lighter note...

If Snowden leaks...
not a problem.

If Weiner leaks...
problem.

Uh-oh.
Houston, we have a problem.

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Reply 39 - Posted by: Heraclitus, 8/16/2013 2:14:52 PM     (No. 9477316)

Imagine how secure our medical records will be!!!

Just saw a replay of BO on Leno asserting that he has put in all sorts of safe-guards to make sure the NSA´s activities remain circumscribed and carefully monitored. right.

Let´s face it, the Left is made up of Triple-A control freaks who think that Orwell and Thomas More and Aldous Huxley and, hey, Plato himself, had the right idea: an elite ruling class controlling every single detail of everyone´s lives --for their own good, of course!

They have tried it before (USSR, East Bloc countries, e.g.) and are still engaged in it, like the NoKos.

This is how totalitarians operate. They also always promise some sort of utopia. They ALWAYS must resort to compulsion and brutality, eventually, because most people do want to live their own lives, to have freedom, to NOT have some Authoritarian telling them what to do, how to think, whether to think, how many children they can have, or whether they may have any at all, what medical procedures they may or may not have, etc etc etc

In this age of voyeuristic technology, young people don´t seem overly concerned. They are ignorant of the most gruesome realities of communist and fascist regimes.

They have not been raised to think of their bodies as sacred, that modesty is a good thing. Maybe it should be celebrated when we hear a child assert, "You´re not the boss of me!"

Soon our cars will be outfitted with "black boxes" so that we will not be able to escape... not with drones above. This sort of control was only dreamed about by communist overlords.

We can not wink at the evil doings of the NSA in the service of an increasingly anti-Constitutional regime.

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Reply 40 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 8/16/2013 5:55:44 PM     (No. 9477629)

(Don´t take this wrong on the surface-) Snowden is the "dipstick" measuring how deep the Øbama Administration is in septic tank contents. It just keeps getting deeper every time it is shoved in.

I wonder what kind of perfume Øbama will smear around this time to try to cover up his stink?

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Reply 41 - Posted by: Dodge Boy, 8/16/2013 7:41:08 PM     (No. 9477758)

This news sure explains Snowden´s determination to give up his lifestyle and bring out the truth. I figured there had to be a reason why he was so dogged determined to flee.

Where are Senator McConnell´s and Representative Boehner´s reactions and their plan for launching an impeachment proceeding against Obie et al for authorizing this unlawful activity?

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Reply 42 - Posted by: Japanorama, 8/16/2013 9:22:51 PM     (No. 9477870)

Traitors no longer traitors.
Spies no longer spies.
Presidents no longer presidents.
Lies no longer lies.

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Has Rush Limbaugh Finally
Reached the End Of The Road?

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Forbes Magazine, by Rick Ungar    Original Article
Posted By: EveningStar- 4/16/2014 7:24:05 PM     Post Reply
Like him or hate him, there is no disputing that Rush Limbaugh’s very special brand of mixing right-wing politics with his flare for entertainment has produced one of the most successful radio programs in the medium’s long history. Whatever the burning political question of the day, millions of Americans have relished the opportunity to tune into Rush’s program, knowing that he would quickly take that hot potato, throw a few gallons of verbal kerosene into the mix and elevate the matter into a five alarm fire with a just a few well-chosen words spoken in the style only Rush Limbaugh could

Biden Tells Boston Bombing
Survivors, ´It Was Worth It´ (Video)

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Breitbart´s Instablog, by Debra Heine    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/15/2014 9:28:18 PM     Post Reply
Less than a minute into his speech at the Boston marathon bombing memorial on Tuesday, Vice President Joe Biden went tragically off script and told the crowd of Boston bombing survivors that "it was worth it." After expressing how impressed he was with the tribute, he said somberly, "let me say to those ´quote survivors,´ my God, you have survived and you have soared. It was worth it. I mean this sincerely - just to hear each of you speak. You´re truly, truly inspiring." The audience sat in stunned silence until Biden declared, "I´ve never heard anything so beautiful than

Casual marijuana use linked with
brain abnormalities, study finds

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Fox News, by Loren Grush    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/15/2014 6:12:53 PM     Post Reply
Casual marijuana use may come with some not-so-casual side effects. For the first time ever, researchers at Northwestern University have analyzed the relationship between casual use of marijuana and brain changes – and found that young adults who used cannabis just once or twice a week showed significant abnormalities in two important brain structures. The study’s findings, to be published Wednesday in the Journal of Neuroscience, are similar to those of past research linking chronic, long-term marijuana use with mental illness and changes in brain development. Dr. Hans Breiter, co-senior study author, said he was inspired to look at the effects of casual

Which Actor Portrays The
Best James Bond?

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American Spectator, by Jonah Goldberg and Taki Theodoracopulos    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 4/16/2014 11:20:22 AM     Post Reply
Look, everyone loves Sean Connery, particularly Sean Connery. That’s why he plays Sean Connery in every movie he’s in. People love that Scottish brogue so much, they don’t mind that he has it when he plays Juan Sánchez Villa-Lobos Ramírez, an immortal Spaniard in Highlander. The guy even won an Oscar for playing an Irish cop with a Scottish accent. Talk about sexist double standards: Meryl Streep has to master foreign dialects to get her golden statuettes. Connery just has to show up on time. In economics you devalue a currency by printing too much of it. In film you

Michelle Obama Riverdances
Through Dublin to the Tune
of $7,921,638

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Breitbart Big Peace, by Tom Fitton    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/17/2014 6:45:16 AM     Post Reply
When it comes to tracking the cost of Obama family vacations, there are two primary challenges. First, the Obamas are prolific jet-setters, so there are many details to track. Second, the Obama administration, clearly embarrassed by these lavish and frequent family vacations, stonewalls the release of records at every turn. But we have been relentless in pursuit of this information. Our attorneys file the lawsuits and make our case, and our investigators pour through pages of records and crunch the numbers. And the information we’ve uncovered – information that would otherwise remain under lock and key – shows that the

Elizabeth Warren whines about coverage
of her fraudulent Indian claim

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Daily Caller, by Patrick Howley    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/16/2014 9:54:52 PM     Post Reply
Democratic Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren wrote in her forthcoming book that she was “hurt” and “angry” by 2012 reporting on her fraudulent claim to Native American heritage. “What really threw me, though, were the constant attacks from the other side,” Warren wrote in her book “A Fighting Chance.” “I would almost persuade myself that I was starting to get the hang of full-throttle campaigning and then — bam! Out of left field, the state Republican Party, or the Brown campaign, or some blogger, would launch a rocket at me,” Warren wrote, adding, ”I was stunned by the attacks.” This reporter (blogger?) reported extensively

White babies just 15 months old show racial
bias when picking playmates, study found

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Daily Mail (U.K.), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/15/2014 10:23:35 PM     Post Reply
Toddlers show racial bias when picking playmates, a study reveals. They also take account of how fairly others behave. Researchers tested the reaction of white 15-month-olds as toys were distributed. Two white adults divided the toys, one equally and the other unequally. Seventy per cent of the toddlers chose to play with the researcher who distributed the toys fairly. But in a second test, when one researcher favoured a white recipient over an Asian one, they picked the ‘fair’ researcher less often, the journal Frontiers in Psychology reports. And the babies are more likely to help those who share the same ethnicity, which is known as

Why is US Senator Harry
Reid so concerned with
a local Nevada rancher?

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Fox News, by Wayne Allyn Root    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/16/2014 9:37:12 PM     Post Reply
I live in Las Vegas. I live and breath Nevada politics. Something is very wrong. Something smells rotten in the Nevada desert. And Senator Harry Reid’s fingerprints are all over it. I am of course referring to the Bundy Ranch siege. This was a dispute between a Nevada ranching family with rights to the land in question for 140 years and the BLM (Bureayu of Land Management). The government claims they haven’t paid grazing fees for 20 years. The result was a government assault on the ranch- including snipers with assault rifles, SUV’s, helicopters, airplanes and over 200 heavily armed troops. No

Atlanta Braves flooded with Hank
Aaron hate mail: He’s a ‘s*****g’

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Washington Times (D.C.), by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/15/2014 3:23:19 PM     Post Reply
Hank Aaron’s recent comments about the need for America to realize that racism is still very much alive and thriving — only now due to those who wear “neckties and starched shirts” rather than KKK hoods — has sparked an angry backlash and many fans are turning the tables, calling the baseball legend himself a racist. “Hank Aaron is a s*****g piece of [expletive] [racial slur],” one man said in an email to the Atlanta Braves’ front office, one of the teams Mr. Aaron used to play for, CBS News reported. “My old man instilled in my mind from a

White is not right: Campus admins ask
for help weeding out white people

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Daily Caller, by Robby Soave    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/15/2014 7:47:18 PM     Post Reply
Western Washington University sent a questionnaire to students asking them for advice on how the administration could succeed at making sure that in future years, “we are not as white as we are today.” The question notes that WWU’s racial make up does not perfectly reflect the nation at large, and asks students to consider strategies that other universities have used to focus on skin color as the paramount indicator of a student-applicant’s worth. The president of WWU has stated that his explicit goal is to reduce the white population on campus, according to Campus Reform. “I’ve said before and I’ll say it

Former US president joins
opposition to Keystone XL

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Houston Chronicle, by Jennifer A. Dlouhy    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/16/2014 10:32:12 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Former President Jimmy Carter joined fellow Nobel laureates Wednesday in opposing Keystone XL, insisting that approving the pipeline would trigger “more climate upheaval” around the globe. In an open letter to President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry, Carter and the nine other Nobel Peace Prize winners bluntly warned the leaders: “Your decision on the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline will define your climate legacy.” The missive, published as an advertisement in Politico, represents the first time Carter has taken a position on the $5.4 billion project and makes him the first former president to come

Progressive Insurance
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National Review Online, by Victor Davis Hanson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/15/2014 10:08:10 PM     Post Reply
How do you ensure that you won’t be ostracized, denounced, or fired if you are a media celebrity, captain of industry, or high public official? For some, sexist banter is certainly no problem. Stand-up comedian Bill Maher called Sarah Palin a c–t and a tw-t, but suffered no ill consequences. David Letterman joked on air that Sarah Palin’s 14-year-old daughter had had sex with Alex Rodriguez during a New York Yankees game. There was no downside to that either. President Obama tosses around “sweetie” as he wishes. No problem with that. No one believes Barack could be condescending to women.


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