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Antarctica’s Point of No Return

Posted on July 24th, 2014 at 23:30 by Sueyourdeveloper in category: News


Recent satellite observations have confirmed the accuracy of two independent computer simulations that show that the West Antarctic ice sheet has now entered a state of unstoppable collapse.
Save yourselves, little penguins!

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Thousands salute MH17 victims convoy

Posted on July 24th, 2014 at 18:19 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Cuomo’s Office Hobbled Ethics Inquiries by Moreland Commission

Posted on July 24th, 2014 at 17:25 by John Sinteur in category: News


In a 13-page statement responding to The Times’s questions, Mr. Cuomo’s office defended its handling of the commission. It said the commission was created by and reported to the governor, and therefore he could not be accused of interfering with it.

While he allowed the commission the independence to investigate whatever it wanted, the governor’s office said, it would have been a conflict for a panel he created to investigate his own administration.

“A commission appointed by and staffed by the executive cannot investigate the executive,” the statement said. “It is a pure conflict of interest and would not pass the laugh test.”

Yet, The Times found that the governor’s office interfered with the commission when it was looking into groups that were politically close to him. In fact, the commission never tried to investigate his administration.

I don’t see what the problem is. Every police department in America investigates itself on a regular basis and clears its officers of wrongdoing quickly, effectively and without controversy. If they can do it, why not the Cuomo administration?

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Three German students surprise a homeless guy

Posted on July 24th, 2014 at 14:50 by Paul Jay in category: News

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  1. I lived on the street for a few years when I was young, depending upon the charity of others, and doing pickup work when I could find it (car wash, furniture moving, whatever). This was a simple act of kindness and these kids should be saluted for their abundant humanity!

  2. And what lovely harmonies! 🙂

  3. I was surprised at how trusting the homeless guy was about somebody in his space & wanting his stuff. Seems just as likely somebody would ask to “use your bucket” and then clobber you with it. Kudos to the kids for sure.

Best summary of the Netherlands yesterday

Posted on July 24th, 2014 at 9:04 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture



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The Group of Bloggers Unearthing MH17 Intel Quicker Than U.S. Spies

Posted on July 24th, 2014 at 9:01 by John Sinteur in category: News


“[The Americans] clearly only rely on open source information, or mostly on open source, yet they are not releasing what they’re relying on,” Higgins said. “It’s like they’re ashamed.”

These investigations are a good example of what Higgins wants to do with Bellingcat: create a community of online citizen investigative journalists that can fact check or even unearth evidence using open source intelligence available online. Higgins has been doing this for years, parsing tens of thousands of YouTube videos coming out of Syria to figure out which ones were legitimate and which was were not.

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