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Your Song (Rita Ora's official video)


That's the official video for Rita Ora's "Your Song" just released.  We previously noted the track on June 3rd and Rebecca noted the acoustic version on June 19th.

Iraq snapshot


Thursday, June 22, 2017.  Chaos and violence continue, the media amplifies ISIS' power with a story choice, and much more. Day 246 of The Mosul Slog. Iraqi Day  🇮🇶‏ @iraqi_day  20h20 hours ago More #Mosul Old city map. Before and after (24hrs later). 1 reply51 retweets101 likes Reply  1 Retweet  51 Like  101 Day 246 and if you inflate the map

South Central Michigan Greens Look Forward to 2018 at Monthly Meeting June 24


June 24th, the South Central Michigan Greens will hold their monthly meeting at Jackson Coffee Company: South Central Michigan Greens ============================= Calhoun, Hillsdale, and Jackson Counties Local People and planet over profit. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  June 12, 2017 RE-SENT AS A REMINDER:  June 19, 2017 For more

Iraq snapshot


Wednesday, June 21, 2017.  The Mosul Slog continues and Alyssa Milano harms voters turn out. Reuters Top News‏Verified account @Reuters  5h5 hours ago More Iraqi forces advance on Mosul mosque where IS declared caliphate 9 replies67 retweets78 likes Reply  9   Retweet  67   Like  78 Day 245 of The Mosul Slog. Iraqi Day  🇮🇶‏ @iraqi_day  5h5 hours ago More #

Iraq snapshot


Tuesday, June 20, 2017. Chaos and violence continue, two journalists are killed and two more injured, The Mosul Slog continues with no end in sight, and much more. ALJAZEERA reports: A landmine blast in the Iraqi city of Mosul has killed one Kurdish and one French journalist, as Iraq's forces push deeper into the last remaining areas held by ISIL fighters. Kurdish reporter Bakhtiyar Addad,

Iraq snapshot


Monday, June 19, 2017.  The Mosul Slog continues, what is insane and inhumane is accepted as normal, and much more. Micah Zenko is a public commentator who appears to have compassion -- a rare thing.  But in their chattering to themselves, these talking heads -- even the ones with compassion -- appear to get lost. No where is that more clear than in his column for THE NEW YORK TIMES entitled

Longer than The Battle of Stalingrad, Sherman's March to the Sea . . .


New York Times World‏Verified account @nytimesworld  2h2 hours ago More Iraqi forces begin assault on Mosul’s old city  1 reply7 retweets17 likes Reply  1   Retweet  7   Like  17 Yes, The Mosul Slog continues. Day 242. It's lasted longer than the Spanish Armada, The Siege of Orleans. Sherman's March to the Sea, The Battle of Galicia, The

Iraqi security forces run away from ISIS


Rami‏ @RamiAILoIah  10h10 hours ago More Extraordinary drone footage. #ISIS VBIED chasing #Iraq|i regime armored vehicles near Mosul. They ran away but one at least was destroyed.. 5 replies46 retweets36 likes Reply  5 Retweet  46 Like  36 Day 241 of The Mosul Slog and the above passes for 'progress.' When does The Mosul Slog end? Who knows? "Still

Maurice Carney of @congofriends talks about Africa and the U.S. interference in Congo elections


Some Tweets from journalist Margaret Kimberley:  Pinned Tweet Margaret Kimberley‏ @freedomrideblog  23 Apr 2016 More A Cashless Society? Not Before Tubman’s $20 Arrives  Photo of Sojourner Truth in Harriet Tubman article. @calmesnyt 3 replies43 retweets53 likes Reply  3   Retweet  43   Like  53 Margaret Kimberley‏ @freedomrideblog  

Isakson Highlights Choice, Appeals Reforms as Critical VA Priorities


Senator Johnny Isakson is the Chair of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee.  His office issued the following on Thursday: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, June 15, 2017 Contact: Amanda Maddox, 202-224-7777 Kristen Hines, 202-224-9126 Isakson Highlights Choice, Appeals Reforms as Critical VA Priorities Calls on VA secretary to use resources in fiscal year 2018 budget to improve community

Margaret Kimberley's going to UNAC conference


Margaret Kimberley‏ @freedomrideblog  2h2 hours ago More At Penn station. Soon on my way to  #UNAC2017 .@UNAC1 0 replies0 retweets1 like Reply     Retweet     Like  1 Margaret Kimberley‏ @freedomrideblog  6h6 hours ago More Making News Faking News Great panel last night with @raymcgovern @mcrispinmiller and yours truly

Iraq snapshot


Friday, June 16, 2017.  The Mosul Slog continues, a bishop misses the point, and much more. webgonewild‏ @webgonewild  6m6 minutes ago More It’s Going Down: ICE Arrest 199 Iraqi Christians During Deportation Sweep! [Video] 0 replies0 retweets0 likes Reply     Retweet     Like   "That priest is probably still floating on a fog pillow," wrote Anne Sexton ("The

Leftism's Moment


Leftism’s Moment By David Swanson For the past many years and for many years to come, “extremism” has been unacceptable in U.S. politics. One must be in favor of more fossil fuel pipelines under certain strict conditions, not against them entirely. That would be extreme. The moment when extremism becomes acceptable, or ceases to be extremism, will be

Iraq snapshot


Thursday, June 15, 2017.  And look at all that 'progess' in The Mosul Slog. ABC News‏Verified account @ABC  12h12 hours ago More More than 100 Islamic State militants launch counterattack in Mosul after months of heavy fighting with Iraqi forces  13 replies37 retweets23 likes Reply  13 Retweet  37 Like  23 Day 239 of The Mosul

Iraq snapshot


Wednesday, June 14, 2017.  The Mosul Slog continues, the use of White Phosphorus gets a little  attention, and much more. Yesterday, the world learned Mosul refugees in a camp were suffering from food poisoning.  Song Lifang (XINHUA) explains: A woman and a child died of food poisoning on Tuesday after hundreds of displaced people fell ill on Monday when they ate food during Ramadan

Save The Country (Laura Nyro)


Laura Nyro performing her classic "Save The Country." "In my mind, I can't study war no more . . ." See Ruth's "Laura Nyro" and Kat's "The one and only Laura Nyro."  (You can also drop back to 2007's "Save the Country: Nyro's passion" at THIRD.) And let's toss in one of Laura's great later songs, "The Right To Vote." Now let's seeShould I vote for 'A' or 'B'?'A' talks a lotBut not to

Iraq snapshot


Tuesday, June 13, 2017.  The Mosul Slog continues, deportations of Iraqis begin in the US, and much more. The never-ending Mosul Slog continues.  Day 237. And the 'accomplishments' just keep rolling in.  As the use of White Phosphorus begins to get coverage, other issues emerge.  James Cogan (WSWS) reminds, "Prior to the allegations of war crimes relating to the use of white phosphorus,

Iraq snapshot


Monday, June 12, 2017.  The Mosul Slog continues, Donald Trump still has no new approach for Iraq, and much more. We're starting with news from last week Poverty and the poor were not addressed in last year's presidential campaign. We can't expect the media that ignored the topic or the duopoly candidates who refused to talk about the issue to bring it up now. So let's do our part to

Hayder al-Abadi is a godfather?


Did Iraq's Prime Minister Hayder al-Abadi just publicly announce he was actually the head of a crime syndicate? ALJAZEERA reports, "Iraq's prime minister has rejected Saudi and UAE media claims that a $500m ransom was paid by Qatar to Shia Muslim armed groups in Iraq to secure the release of 26 kidnapped Qatari hunters, saying that the money was received by the Iraqi government and that the

Day 234


Human Rights Watch‏Verified account @hrw  19h19 hours ago More Quote of the Day, civilian casualties mount in Iraq … #Mosul 0 replies114 retweets85 likes Reply   Retweet  114 Like  85 The suffering continues. And the efforts to 'liberate' Mosul continue with them. Day 234 of The

Why no talk of engaging disaffected democrats? (Margaret Kimberley)


Some Tweets from journalist Margaret Kimberley:  Pinned Tweet Margaret Kimberley‏ @freedomrideblog  23 Apr 2016 More A Cashless Society? Not Before Tubman’s $20 Arrives  Photo of Sojourner Truth in Harriet Tubman article. @calmesnyt 3 replies40 retweets50 likes Reply  3   Retweet  40   Like  50 Margaret Kimberley‏ @freedomrideblog

"Poverty is no state of mind" (Senator Patrick Leahy)


Earlier this week, Senator Patrick Leahy's office issued the following (his opening statement in a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing): 06.07.17 Statement Of Appropriations Vice Chair Leahy At Appropriations Hg. On HUD Budget, With Witness Secy. Ben Carson Thank you, Chairman Collins and Ranking Member Reed for holding this important hearing. I am very concerned about

James Comey the "intelligence porn star" (Julian Assange)


Publisher Julian Assange Tweets the following:  Pinned Tweet Julian Assange‏ @JulianAssange  May 20 More The UK government continues to be in breach of the UN's findings in Assange v Sweden & UK  235 replies1,463 retweets2,326 likes Reply  235   Retweet  1.5K   Like  2.3K Julian Assange‏ @JulianAssange  10h10 hours ago More



Some Tweets from WIKILEAKS:  Pinned Tweet WikiLeaks‏Verified account @wikileaks  Jun 5 More Saudi & Qatar governments funded and gave logistical support to ISIS [ISIL] confirms Hillary Clinton email … 327 replies6,866 retweets5,686 likes Reply  327   Retweet  6.9K   Like  5.7K

Iraq snapshot


Friday, June 9, 2017.   The Mosul Slog continues as Iraq is again slammed by violence. Day 233 of The Mosul Slog and, we are yet again told, victory is just around the corner. 233 days to turn that corner? Actually, it's longer than that. Tomorrow is June 10th. June 10, 2014, the Islamic State seized control of Mosul. They've still not been driven out of the city -- the same can't be said