Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Monday, July 1, 2013

Statement from Edward Snowden in Moscow: “In the end the Obama administration is not afraid of whistleblowers like me,… No, the Obama administration is afraid of you.”

snowden-378233-edward-snowdenStatement from Edward Snowden in Moscow: “In the end the Obama administration is not afraid of whistleblowers like me,… No, the Obama administration is afraid of you.”:
via wikileaks

Statement from Edward Snowden in Moscow

Monday July 1, 21:40 UTC
One week ago I left Hong Kong after it became clear that my freedom and safety were under threat for revealing the truth. My continued liberty has been owed to the efforts of friends new and old, family, and others who I have never met and probably never will. I trusted them with my life and they returned that trust with a faith in me for which I will always be thankful.
On Thursday, President Obama declared before the world that he would not permit any diplomatic “wheeling and dealing” over my case. Yet now it is being reported that after promising not to do so, the President ordered his Vice President to pressure the leaders of nations from which I have requested protection to deny my asylum petitions.
This kind of deception from a world leader is not justice, and neither is the extralegal penalty of exile. These are the old, bad tools of political aggression. Their purpose is to frighten, not me, but those who would come after me.
For decades the United States of America has been one of the strongest defenders of the human right to seek asylum. Sadly, this right, laid out and voted for by the U.S. in Article 14 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, is now being rejected by the current government of my country. The Obama administration has now adopted the strategy of using citizenship as a weapon. Although I am convicted of nothing, it has unilaterally revoked my passport, leaving me a stateless person. Without any judicial order, the administration now seeks to stop me exercising a basic right. A right that belongs to everybody. The right to seek asylum.
In the end the Obama administration is not afraid of whistleblowers like me, Bradley Manning or Thomas Drake. We are stateless, imprisoned, or powerless. No, the Obama administration is afraid of you. It is afraid of an informed, angry public demanding the constitutional government it was promised — and it should be.
I am unbowed in my convictions and impressed at the efforts taken by so many.
Edward Joseph Snowden
Monday 1st July 2013
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"We have art in order not to die of the truth." - Friedrich Nietzsche

Marin County:
 "We have art in order not to die of the truth." - Friedrich Nietzsche
 Signs and posters placed along Highway 101 in Marin City, San Rafael, Larkspur and Novato.
 "Predominant opinions are generally the opinions of the generation that is vanishing." - Benjamin Disraeli
"You know, a long time ago being crazy meant something. Nowadays everybody's crazy." - Charles Manson
 "The higher the buildings, the lower the morals." - Noel Coward
 "If the world should blow itself up, the last audible voice would be that of an expert saying it can't be done." - Peter Ustinov
  "What Jesus blatantly fails to appreciate is that it's the meek who are the problem." - Life of Brian
 "Everything tells me I shall succeed." - Napolean Bonapart
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Restore The Fourth Protest Organizer Speaks Out

Restore the Fourth
Restore The Fourth Protest Organizer Speaks Out:
I spoke yesterday with Restore The Fourth’s Sam Oslos, an organizer for the group’s San Francisco chapter.
The group is planning nationwide protests for the 4th of July – including major cities such as New York and San Fran – in order to oppose recent revelations that the NSA is targeting the communications of US citizens, in violation of Fourth Amendment constitutional protections.
It was a fascinating interview. Those interested in joining a protest (or starting one) in their town or city should visit restorethefourth.net. Oslos reminded me that the group is non-partisan and a “unifying cause” for those who oppose warrantless surveillance within the United States.

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Elite Athletes Often Succeed When They Are Younger Or Older - But Not Both

Nick Symmonds winning the men's 800m national ...
Nick Symmonds winning the men's 800m national title. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Elite Athletes Often Succeed When They Are Younger Or Older - But Not Both:
Some elite track and field athletes peak young, under the age of 20, while others peak later - but only a small fraction of star junior athletes had similar success as senior athletes.


An Indiana University analysis compared the performance of elite track and field athletes and conclude that physical maturation is behind the disparity, with athletes who mature early reaping the benefits early, seeing their best times, jumps and throws at a younger age than Olympians, many of whom mature later.


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Coal-Fired Power Plants Virtually Extinct in New England

English: Castle Gate Power Plant near Helper b...
English: Castle Gate Power Plant near Helper by David Jolley 2007. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Coal-Fired Power Plants Virtually Extinct in New England:
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – Tiffany Mellers jogs behind her two daughters as they pedal their bikes along a ribbon of packed sand along Long Island Sound. “They are good girls,” Mellers said. “They deserve a healthy life.”
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