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  • Egypt Bans "Exodus: Gods and Kings", saying Jewish Slaves did not build Pyramids
    • Never mind Hollywood...we should expect historical accuracy from a Bible story???

      All the evidence we have shows that the people who built the Pyramids were skilled workers, and as Juan mentions, paid quite well for their efforts.

      It was a big public works project; and injected a lot of wealth into the Egyptian economy. Kept people fed, paid and happy (and not revolting!).

      Might as well call Rameses II Keyneses I :-)

  • Gen Dempsey: US Considering Ground Troops in Iraq
  • The Alamo of the Kurds: Kobane Near Falling to ISIL
    • If only (A-10) the US had some (A-10) airpower resource (A-10) that was specifically designed (A-10) to attack ground targets like enemy armor and artillery (A-10).


  • Elon Musk's Nevada Gigafactory may Save the World
    • You clearly don't really understand the water situation of the desert southwest. We're on the verge of a once-per-thousand-year drought. The last time this happened here entire civilizations were wiped out.

      This is a horrible place to build this factory; the issue isn't build/don't build the factory, the issue is where to build it, which is being driven by concerns other than environmental, to wit: what states taxpayers are most willing to fork over the billions of dollars in incentives for a few thousand jobs. This factory belongs someplace with sufficient resources to support it: water, transportation hubs, etc.

  • Top 5 Signs Cliven Bundy is Wrong about African-Americans
    • You *might* think that Bundy would have noticed that the only person 'picking cotton' these days is the combine driver? In fact it's been mechanized since his distant ancestors settled his ranch in to

  • Rep. Mike Rogers Says Snowden's To Blame For Russia's Aggressive Actions Against Ukraine
    • No, no, have it all wrong. Obama engineered Putin's takeover of Crimea as a distraction from Benghazi! We have to keep all the threads straight here.

      More seriously, I would SO much like at least ONE member of our vaunted free press to ask the likes of McCain or Rumsfeld or Bolton just precisely what they would do?

      Are they REALLY in favor of starting WWIII? Is 'Dr. Strangelove' the exception to history, first as Comedy THEN as Tragedy?

  • Broken Democracy: Republicans poised to take Senate, Americans Reject their Platform
    • This is really not that complex, and it has less to do with 'big money' in politics than old-fashioned hard politicking.

      Back in the 70's conservatives started doing the hard work of becoming a political power: running for office, dog catcher, school board, city council, on to state legislators and up. They build a powerful coalition based on getting their own out to vote when it mattered.

      Meanwhile the center-left were not "members of any organized political party, they were Democrats", to quote a famous populist Democrat.

      You have to start at the grass roots, and run people in every election for every office. This should be the goal of any progressive political group: "Every office, Every election." They will lose. A LOT. Over and over again. But people will start winning, and more to the point, people will hear those opposing views, and if they resonate as much as opinion polls do, they will start winning elections.

      It's a long, hard slog, but imagine what we could do with state houses full of people like Elizabeth Warren. Our side hasn't really had to do this since the turn of the last century, but this is what's needed.

  • Turkey's Secretive Gulen Movement Challenges its Prime Minister as Religious Right Splits
  • EPA finally catches a Fracking polluter in the Act, levies Largest ever Civil Penalties
    • $9 million dollars? This represents, what, a weeks profits? This is 'cost of doing business' penalties not 'don't do this anymore' penalties.

  • NSA abuses include Stalking ex-Girlfriends
    • Also not mentioned here:

      CONTRACTORINT...What the hordes of non-NSA analysts...(like Edward Snowden) have done with their unprecedented access to American communications.

      Gee, wonder if Booz, Allen's wondrous success in attracting government contracts is attributable to more than their cozy relationships with the Washington elites.

  • Where is our Amsterdam? Lavabits, Snowden & Wikileaks Censorship recall age of Absolutism
    • Minor nit: prohibiting government employees from reading erstwhile classified information is hardly the same as the Pentagon Papers case. That the Wikileaks cables were published does not affect their classification status, legally, and it's perfectly acceptable to prohibit Government employees from accessing information above their classification grade.

      It's absurd, true, but not an assault on the First Amendment.

      The Administration is NOT prosecuting the Times for printing the Wikileaks cables.

      And still no one is seriously bringing up the issue of why on earth some contractor, after a few months on the job, was allowed access to all of these systems. It implies there are thousands and thousands of private contractors with such access...and surely some number of them are willing to use their access for nefarious means, from garden variety extortion to insider trading, on up to private or state-sponsored espionage; because, frankly, the average American is far more likely to be harmed by those activities than the NSA spying on us.

  • In Chilling Ruling, Chevron is Granted Access to Amazon Activists' Private Emails
    • Come now, this is just a civil action between persons.

      And as we all know, all persons are equal; it's just that some are more equal than others.

      What's even worse, is that the Judge seems unaware that even foreigners have First Amendment rights in the United States, where this trial and the records in question reside.

      But, of course, since we're not really a constitutional republic any more, but a corporate oligarchy with a thin veneer of democracy-like features, we can only hope that some other person equal to Chevron takes an interest in this case, if only so that all the rest of us mere fleshbag persons can ride along on their more equal corporate coattails.

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