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  • ondelette commented on the diary post Over Easy: Russia Sending Humanitarian Convoy to East Ukraine by yellowsnapdragon.

    2014-08-12 18:33:53View | Delete

    @yellowsnapdragon — Would you mind clarifying that the caption under the picture does not refer to the vehicles in the picture? Those vehicles are American Red Cross vehicles, and they are not used for carrying cargo. I can appreciate that you wanted a pic, but the vehicles headed for the Ukraine border are all military vehicles [...]

  • This isn’t a “border crisis” and it has little or nothing to do with the immigration bill. It’s a Central American refugee crisis in the Northern Triangle, and a regional humanitarian crisis. Noam Chomsky is dead wrong on its roots, which were actually in the financial collapse of 2008, and humanitarian groups have been predicting state failures in the Northern Triangle since 2009.

    Robert Menendez shouldn’t just have strong misgivings about returning unaccompanied children to dangerous situations. He should be reminding his colleagues that refoulement is an international human rights law and/or humanitarian law crime.

    UNHCR characterizes the majority of these children as refugees of armed conflict. The US should do the same. Period.

  • ondelette commented on the blog post Ukraine Opposition Wants Nuclear Weapons

    2014-03-11 09:19:22View | Delete

    Um. They didn’t follow the constitutional process for impeachment. They did follow the constitutional process for continuation of government in the event that the President was unwilling or unable to fulfill his constitutional duties. In that event, the Rada is to elect an interim executive, which they did.

    Besides, they could not have followed the impeachment process. That would have involved having a decision from the Constitutional Court. A majority of that court’s justices’ terms have expired. Including all 5 appointees of Mr. Yanukovitch. Justices are not allowed a second consecutive term.

    You should really do a better job of reading the Ukrainian Constitution.

  • ondelette commented on the diary post Over Easy: Texas Republicans cannot reanimate the dead by Masoninblue.

    2014-01-29 22:10:16View | Delete

    Masoninblue — First, Marlise Munoz very likely was brain dead (i.e., clinically dead) before she was transported to the hospital. If not, she soon reached that condition. Her condition was irreversible. A little clarity in terminology: “Clinically dead” actually means no breathing or circulation. When someone is put on life support, or if they can be, [...]

  • ondelette commented on the diary post Cut Off the NSA’s Juice by Norman Solomon.

    2014-01-27 22:21:45View | Delete

    The thing looks like a morass. I understand the intent, but I have trouble with the sweeping wording. The authors obviously have no idea what breadth metadata has, something I’ve found missing for almost all of the discussion since June. Do the authors realize that the law as written would ban 911 medical services from [...]

  • So your response to “embrace the suck” is “embrace the leech”?

    DSW writes from the “News Desk” but it is a joke that this is “News”. The thing the Dems get out of “embrace the suck” is an end to sequestration for two years. I work with a couple of dozen humanitarian groups which are dealing with some of the most underserved people in this society. Their ranks were decimated by the first instance of sequestration. That translates into less services to people who live in some pretty unhappy and poverty stricken circumstances and really need the help. Not to mention that since some of them are still looking for jobs, they need other government expenditures, too.

    If you’re too stupid or too ignorant to see the damage that the sequester has done, and want to hold out for the ideal in the short term knowing that another sequester is going to drive organizations like that completely under, go ahead. Champion bullshit and a grand alliance of the TP and OWS into a god knows what political force. If you’d like people to be able to sleep and eat and get what they need to stabilize themselves and their families, then maybe consider preventing another sequester to also be something that the dispossessed need, too.

  • ondelette commented on the blog post The Roundup for November 21st, 2013

    2013-11-22 06:12:43View | Delete

    Bangladesh is in the Middle East?

    Wow, international news from the internationally challenged.

  • ondelette commented on the diary post Syria, Disinformation and the Dying Empire by miguelitoh2o.

    2013-08-28 15:29:20View | Delete

    So now MSF is part of Israeli Intelligence?

  • ondelette commented on the diary post Snowden and Malala by Deena Stryker.

    2013-07-14 13:08:41View | Delete

    I’m not dumping on Snowden, I’m dumping on you people. He hasn’t made the sacrifices that others have, stop pretending that his sacrifices far outstrip those of the others. That doesn’t diminish what he has done, but he hasn’t faced bullets for years, been run out of his home by war or anything else like [...]

  • ondelette commented on the diary post Snowden and Malala by Deena Stryker.

    2013-07-14 09:05:28View | Delete

    the girl spoke with an assurance that belied her pink sari and headscarf. ” The headscarf didn’t speak with assurance and authority? You’re kidding, right? As Malala Yousefzai said, right in her speech, the scarf she was wearing was Benazir Bhutto’s. If you don’t understand how much of a symbol Benazir Bhutto was to the entire [...]

  • ondelette commented on the diary post I’m close to suicide by ThatGuy.

    2013-07-12 22:33:41View | Delete

    Buy some oversized flip flops that have enough space on them that they act like bumpers so you don’t need to worry about stubbing your toes or cutting yourself and also don’t have to wear shoes, it cuts down on the pain. Do toe raisers and lean-ins to keep the tendons and muscles from atrophying [...]

  • Not to interrupt the party, but there is a Caribbean-wide tsunami watch in effect as of right now, due to the 7.6 magnitude earthquake in Costa Rica.

  • ondelette commented on the blog post Schneiderman Victims: Share Your Thoughts on the Settlement

    2012-02-09 15:23:46View | Delete

    Nevertheless, it’s a complete breach of pseudonym privacy. I have strict reasons for needing my pseudonym privacy on this and all other fora on which I comment and blog. I have even stricter reasons why anyone who has access to my machine identity I need to be able to trust with that identity to protect my privacy. Violation could result in a violation of international law.

    I am so out of here permanently.

  • ondelette commented on the blog post Schneiderman Victims: Share Your Thoughts on the Settlement

    2012-02-09 15:03:10View | Delete

    How did you do that?

    Never mind, I’m not sure I really want to know. Did BackEast mention being where you put him at, or did you out him using your abilities as owner at this site? Because I’m here under the impression that my pseudonymity is secure. If it’s subject to outing without notice, I need to know.

  • ondelette commented on the blog post The Harris Claim: Side Deals and Numbers

    2012-02-09 14:37:09View | Delete

    The other thing is the line item for administrative costs. She gets the 42 person investigative team out of this, and the collaboration with Nevada et al. If that’s paid for out of the settlement money, nobody in the governor’s office, the legislature, or the ballot initiative process can attack it by calling it a “costly wild goose chase with the taxpayer’s money” and forcing it be shut down on spending grounds.

    Ask your sister. That’s a real possibility here in California, too.

  • ondelette commented on the blog post The Harris Claim: Side Deals and Numbers

    2012-02-09 14:09:52View | Delete

    On the other hand, there were a set of Attorneys General who were out there investigating while there were a lot who were content to settle right off the bat. I think David is being just a bit harsh if those who demanded more and side deals and the right to keep fighting are first to be characterized as selling out (first announcement) and then, when it’s found that they did get somewhere for their states and have secured the right to keep fighting (to which they are beholden) they are accused of “fleecing” the rest of the country.

  • ondelette commented on the blog post The Harris Claim: Side Deals and Numbers

    2012-02-09 13:55:35View | Delete

    She also continues to work with the AG of Nevada according to her page.

  • ondelette commented on the blog post Schneiderman Victims: Share Your Thoughts on the Settlement

    2012-02-09 11:52:27View | Delete

    Also posted this on David Dayen’s column:

    Here is the press release from Kamala Harris’ office on California’s terms for the settlement. We are apparently still pursuing the False Claims, we will have a 42 person task force to investigate fraud, and will have a continuing ongoing collaboration with the AG of Nevada. And there are some separate state settlements in addition to the federal settlements, and terms that have to be met in California court.

  • Here is the press release from Kamala Harris’ office on California’s terms for the settlement. We are apparently still pursuing the False Claims, we will have a 42 person task force to investigate fraud, and will have a continuing ongoing collaboration with the AG of Nevada. And there are some separate state settlements in addition to the federal settlements, and terms that have to be met in California court.

  • There were some holdouts and now there are none. David, what does this mean:

    There will be plenty more to say about this once we get all of the facts of the claim.

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