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  • ksix commented on the diary post Turn Left for Earth by David Swanson.

    2014-09-21 08:06:30View | Delete

    Despite his quite salient criticisms of the climate march, Arun Gupta recommends showing up.

  • ksix commented on the diary post Killed by Congressional Cowardice by David Swanson.

    2014-09-20 20:07:40View | Delete

    Sure miss my old Rep Mike Honda who voted No. Now I have Blumenauer who’s a mediocrity.

  • ksix commented on the diary post So, I Asked the Russian Ambassador What He Thinks of NATO by David Swanson.

    2014-08-27 22:53:54View | Delete

    Yes, the brilliant Anders Fogh Rasmussen. A reminder from Consortium News:

    Before the U.S. invasion in 2003, Rasmussen famously declared that “Iraq has WMDs. It is not something we think; it is something we know. Iraq has itself admitted that it has had mustard gas, nerve gas, anthrax, but Saddam won’t disclose. He won’t tell us [...]

  • ksix commented on the diary post Truly Respecting A Woman’s Right To Choose by toriach.

    2014-08-27 22:39:57View | Delete

    On the whole I agree with Brel1. If Dawkins had been talking about a more severe disability than Down’s, I doubt many people would take issue with his questioning the morality of bringing a disabled fetus to term. You’d think by now he’d have learned not to be an absolutist or at least not to [...]

  • ksix commented on the diary post The Israelis are playing with fire… by David Seaton.

    2014-07-06 21:24:29View | Delete

    I remember the brilliant analysts over at Slate scoffing at William Pfaff in 2001. Jacob Weisberg:

    Experts are usually careful not to make forecasts that can be quickly proved wrong. But catching up on back issues of the New York Review of Books, I came across an exception to that rule, an article titled “Afghanistan: The [...]

  • I wouldn’t laugh too hard. Dirty politics is bad for everyone.

  • ksix commented on the diary post Thoughts On Education After Vergara v. California by cassiodorus.

    2014-06-13 08:01:53View | Delete

    “Tenure” for California teachers simply means that they can only be fired for cause.

    California was the first state in the country to establish teacher tenure law in 1921. Current state law mandates that teachers gain tenure in California after completing a two-year probationary period during which time they can be dismissed for poor performance by [...]

  • ksix commented on the blog post Cover Oregon Recommendeds Shutting Itself Down

    2014-04-24 21:17:08View | Delete

    I said ‘to speak of.’

  • ksix commented on the blog post Cover Oregon Recommendeds Shutting Itself Down

    2014-04-24 18:23:58View | Delete

    The decision to go with state-based exchanges instead of one nationally-run exchange was one of those idiotic demands made by “centrist Democrats” for seemingly no other reasons than to piss of liberals with stupid policy.

    Jon, do you have links to information about this? I’d like to know more about what happened in Oregon. They don’t have a newspaper to speak of.

  • ksix commented on the blog post Net Neutrality Edges Towards Death

    2014-04-24 17:49:36View | Delete

    I see Aeroflot in our future.

  • ksix commented on the blog post The Roundup for April 8th, 2014

    2014-04-09 08:57:20View | Delete

    One of the Cuban twitter contractors was CAI:

    CAI, which was founded in 1977 by Charito Kruvant, a Bolivian national, is one of many “Beltway Bandit” contracting firms that make a living from U.S. government and multilateral agency contracts. “We work in areas where conflict is about to end and turmoil is about to begin, and we love it,” Kruvant told the Washington Post once.

    For example, CAI was awarded $1 million sub-contract in 1989 to train Contra rebels, the anti-communist guerrillas in Nicaragua, in skills such as engine repair, first aid and road maintenance.

    CAI’s contracts have come in for criticism in the past. For example, CAI won a 2003 contract to print textbooks and train teachers in Afghanistan, despite never having worked in the country before.

    Raheem Yaseer, assistant director of the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Center for Afghanistan Studies, which also bid and lost, says he was surprised. “Our university has been involved in Afghanistan from the early 1970s, and had offices and programs during the war years,” Yaseer said.

    Creative didn’t bother with supporting the local economy – instead it subcontracted the printing of the Afghan textbooks to an Indonesian company, and then airlifted them to Afghanistan.

    The current USAID director came from the Gates Foundation.

  • ksix commented on the blog post The Roundup for April 8th, 2014

    2014-04-09 08:42:25View | Delete

    So named by Pepe Escobar of The Asia Times.

  • Big gap between the many intelligent and idealistic people working for AID and the leadership they serve.

  • Which standards reflecting international norms do you think the EU has in mind for Ukraine – those imposed on Greece, perhaps? Where there is no longer a functioning democracy?

  • Yanukovych was reneging on a deal with the EU that most Ukrainians wanted in favor of keeping a stagnant economic relationship with Russia after a large payoff from Putin.

    I keep hearing about what most Ukranians wanted, but have you got any poll data to back that up? Was there a referendum I missed? Or are you just making a baseless assertion?

  • There are only so many Ecuadorian planes you can force down.

    Bolivian.

  • ksix commented on the blog post Russia Moves on Ukraine

    2014-03-01 18:00:42View | Delete

    Camp Bondsteel – who thinks up these crappy names

    In those pics you’ll see a memorial to Sgt. James Leroy Bondsteel, who died in 1987, so had nothing to do with Yugoslavia.

  • ksix commented on the blog post Russia Moves on Ukraine

    2014-03-01 09:14:13View | Delete

    Thought this was a relatively objective view of the situation.

  • ksix commented on the blog post Come Saturday Morning: The Tea Party, the DNC’s Best Friend

    2014-03-01 09:09:19View | Delete

    It would have been nice if PW hadn’t revisited it. Predictably, readers can’t let that narrative stand unchallenged.

  • Life of Brian, to be exact.

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