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A necessary evil or power-grabbing?

First off, we've all heard the news:

In NSA-intercepted data, those not targeted far outnumber the foreigners who are
"Files provided by Snowden show extent to which ordinary Web users are caught in the net"

Now the question.

Should governments spy on their citizens?

Arguments FOR and AGAINST...

Homes for the homeless

Much in line with the monthly topic, comes this:

Giving apartments to the chronically homeless can save taxpayer dollars, advocates say

Sometimes you have to spend money in order to save money and get the job done, as any progressive would tell you...

"Giving apartments to homeless people who've been on the streets for years before they've received treatment for drug or alcohol problems or mental illness may not sound like a wise idea. But that's what's being done in cities across America in an approach that targets those who've been homeless the longest and are believed to be at greatest risk of dying. They're people who once might have been viewed as unreachable. But cities and counties affiliated with a movement known as the 100,000 Homes Campaign announced this past week that they had gotten more than 100,000 of these people off the streets and into permanent housing. We first told you about this initiative earlier this year. Local governments and non-profit groups do most of the work. The money comes mostly from existing federal programs and private donations, and there's evidence that this approach saves taxpayers' money."

Sounds like a nice response to a serious problem...

The pugs of Westeros


Any non-SWCM* prez anytime soon, yo?

(*SWCM = straight white Christian male)

I've wondered at times how come a developed society (presumably the most developed, actually) which often likes to declare itself the paragon of freedom and democracy in the world, has not had any female president, religious minority president (hell, even openly atheist president to that matter), or why not, openly gay president (hm, Buchanan doesn't count as "open", right?)

I've heard all sorts of excuses reasons for this curious fact, and now that the US has got its first black president (even a two-term one, wow!), we might as well be delving into the naive belief that anything is possible from here on.

I'm sure we could find all sorts of excuses, errr, I mean reasons for all that...

Wow, WTF, Brazil

World Cup 2014: Police investigate fans with wheelchairs pictured standing up during matches

A group of supporters who appeared to jump out of their wheelchairs at Fifa World Cup 2014 games in Brazil are being investigated by police for ticket fraud

Affirmative action FTW

Here's a terrible case for your review:

"The Institute of Race Relations (IRR) has released a statement saying affirmative action kills babies. In the statement, it says race-based policies are being used as a veil to conceal corruption and incompetence and many vulnerable communities are paying a deadly price for this. It cites the deaths of three babies in the Bloemhof Municipality blamed on contaminated drinking water as an example."

Well, perhaps real incompetence is indeed the elephant in the room here. I know, this country has seen a lot of injustice being done to the black majority, disenfranchising it and keeping it marginalized, using violence to suppress its aspirations, preventing it from unraveling its potential through widespread discriminatory practices that affirmative action has strived to rectify ever since the (at least nominal) dismantling of apartheid.

But enough with the excuses...

Looters galore!


The “Metro” hypermarket was looted in Donetsk, Ukraine. They say the store was left unattended after the battle that took place nearby. For three days it remained without personnel and guards and this fact was abused by locals. The shop is around one kilometer away from the airport which is under the control of the local army and the area is targeted by snipers so the protesters avoid it, but locals don’t. See the inside of the store inside the post:

Mangue Bit - documentary


Triumph of the bearded Wurst




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July 2014