rants in the void

Abandon all hope, ye who enter here

Here there be monsters

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Nixon once wrote his own speech and gave it to his speechwriter to proof. The speechwriter sent it back with a single note - “never write above a 4th grade reading level”. That’s how ignorant the average American is.

Nixon once wrote his own speech and gave it to his speechwriter to proof. The speechwriter sent it back with a single note - “never write above a 4th grade reading level”. That’s how ignorant the average American is.

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No system of mass surveillance has existed in any society that we know of to this point that has not been abused. When we look at the German Stasi for example, they were a state security bureau set up to protect their nation, to protect the stability of their political system, which they considered to be under threat. They were ordinary citizens like anyone else. They believed they were doing the right thing, they believed they were doing a good thing. But when we look at them in historic terms, what were they doing to their people? What were they doing to the countries around them? What was the net impact of their mass indiscriminate spying campaigns? And we can see it more clearly.
Edward Snowden (via azspot)

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breakingnews:

Malaysia flight remains now out of rebel hands
BBC News: The remains of those killed in the downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 have been moved into Ukrainian government territory, away from rebels who had held them since the crash, moving a step closer to repatriation and burial. The remains will be transferred to refrigeration units supplied by the Dutch until they are ready to be flown to the Netherlands 

Photo: A newly released satellite image shows the crash site in the middle of Grabove in eastern Ukraine (Reuters)

breakingnews:

Malaysia flight remains now out of rebel hands

BBC News: The remains of those killed in the downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 have been moved into Ukrainian government territory, away from rebels who had held them since the crash, moving a step closer to repatriation and burial.

The remains will be transferred to refrigeration units supplied by the Dutch until they are ready to be flown to the Netherlands

Photo: A newly released satellite image shows the crash site in the middle of Grabove in eastern Ukraine (Reuters)

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World’s Most Beautiful Marriage Proposal

This is one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen. After this horrible week, I really needed this

OMG, I cried like a baby over this!

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We constantly hear the phrase “national security” but when the state begins … broadly intercepting the communications, seizing the communications by themselves, without any warrant, without any suspicion, without any judicial involvement, without any demonstration of probable cause, are they really protecting national security or are they protecting state security?
Edward Snowden (via azspot)

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We Asked People In East Jerusalem About Netanyahu’s Strategy In Gaza

Seven days into Israel’s Operation Defensive Shield, AJ+ went to Occupied East Jerusalem to gauge reaction to the assault on Gaza. At the Jaffa Gate to the Old City, we asked passersby — Arabs, Jews, and tourists of all kinds — to speak their mind to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Those who did weighed in with strong opinions.

(Source: standwithpalestine)

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To illustrate his emphasis on personality as a factor in foreign affairs, Biden recalled visiting Putin at the Kremlin in 2011: “I had an interpreter, and when he was showing me his office I said, ‘It’s amazing what capitalism will do, won’t it? A magnificent office!’ And he laughed. As I turned, I was this close to him.” Biden held his hand a few inches from his nose. “I said, ‘Mr. Prime Minister, I’m looking into your eyes, and I don’t think you have a soul.’ ”

“You said that?” I asked. It sounded like a movie line.

“Absolutely, positively,” Biden said, and continued, “And he looked back at me, and he smiled, and he said, ‘We understand one another.’ ” Biden sat back, and said, “This is who this guy is!”

The Evolution of Joe Biden (via dendroica)

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