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"A[n Arab] motorist with a history of anti-Israel violence slammed his car into a crowded train station in Jerusalem on Wednesday, killing a three-month-old baby girl and wounding eight people in what police called a terror attack. The girl and her parents, who were injured in the attack, were U.S. citizens, according to Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat. The violence came after months of tensions between [Palestinian] Jews and Palestinian[ Arab]s in east Jerusalem -- the section of the city the Palestinian[ Arab]s demand as their future capital." (10/22/14)
Author: Thomas L. Knapp
Posted: October 22, 2014, 9:44 pm
"Miami-area lawmakers are proposing adding a 51st star to the American flag. City of South Miami commissioners have approved a resolution that calls for splitting Florida in half. The resolution outlines a new state, made up of 24 counties in the southern part of the peninsula." [editor's note: The resolution seems to be about rising sea levels, but I'm not sure how drawing new state borders is supposed to change that; maybe they're planning to make the southern half of the state a monarchy, with Canute on the throne or something - TLK] (10/22/14)
Author: Thomas L. Knapp
Posted: October 22, 2014, 8:38 pm
"A federal jury Wednesday convicted four former Blackwater security guards who had been charged with killing 14 Iraqis in Baghdad seven years ago in a shooting that became a symbol of U.S. treatment of Iraqi civilians. After nearly 30 days of deliberation, the jury in found Nicholas Slatten guilty of first-degree murder, while three other guards -- Paul Slough, Evan Liberty and Dustin Heard -- were found guilty of voluntary manslaughter. ... Prosecutors said the shootings, in which 37 people were killed or injured, were unprovoked, the result of trigger-happy civilian security guards nervous about intelligence reports that a white Kia carrying a car bomb was circulating in the city looking for a target." (10/22/14)
Author: Thomas L. Knapp
Posted: October 22, 2014, 7:28 pm
"The Obama administration has announced America’s first Ebola-related travel restrictions, forcing passengers originating from affected countries in west Africa to fly via US airports with screening procedures in place. The limited move comes after days of mounting political pressure to introduce outright travel bans on such passengers entering the US, but will instead make sure all recent travellers to Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea are subject to basic tests for fever and face questioning on possible exposure to the disease." (10/21/14)
Author: Thomas L. Knapp
Posted: October 22, 2014, 12:30 pm
"The campaign against the Yazidis by the 'Islamic State' (IS) could constitute attempted genocide, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Simonovic said on Tuesday. 'The evidence strongly indicates an attempt to commit genocide,' Simonovic said after meetings with some 30 people -- officials and displaced people in Irbil, Baghdad and Dohuk -- during the week-long visit. Hundreds of Yazidis are believed to have been killed when IS swept across northern and western Iraq in August. Many fled to Kurdish-held parts of northern Iraq, while some 7,000 are believed to have stayed behind and converted to the harsh interpretation of Islam promoted by IS." (10/22/14)
Author: Thomas L. Knapp
Posted: October 22, 2014, 12:28 pm

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"Amazon’s capacity to create or to amplify buzz for a book did not descend upon it by happenstance, like rain falling from the sky upon a pedestrian unprepared with an umbrella or raincoat. The very buzz that Amazon generates for books is a product of Amazon’s own entrepreneurial efforts -- its creativity, its risk-taking, its investments, its skill at staying on top of the modern retailing world, its success at building enormous trust with consumers over the past couple of decades. Krugman, while conceding Amazon’s entrepreneurial greatness, nevertheless treats the capacity to create that buzz as something that somehow belongs, not to Amazon, but to the public -- or to any book publisher who believes that it is being mistreated by Amazon." (10/22/14)
Author: Thomas L. Knapp
Posted: October 22, 2014, 10:10 pm
"Sometimes the only way to make your point is to keep repeating yourself. So it is when explaining why the law requires educational institutions that receive federal funding, like Ward Melville High School, to allow clubs such as the one formed by 17-year-old student John Raney in 2013. Students United in Faith meets to discuss faith and to plan charitable endeavors. Last year, Ward Melville officials sought to ban the club because of its religious character, but retreated after getting a letter from the Liberty Institute (dedicated to 'restoring religious liberty in America'). Near the beginning of this academic year, the school again moved to ban the club. Again, Liberty Institute intervened, threatening a lawsuit. Again, the school backed off." (10/22/14)
Author: Thomas L. Knapp
Posted: October 22, 2014, 9:53 pm
"In this episode of The Rare Report ... Should churches be for to perform same sex marriages? Can libertarians do a better job of spreading their message? Third parties never win -- does there need to be a Libertarian Party?" [Flash audio or MP3] (10/22/14)
Author: Thomas L. Knapp
Posted: October 22, 2014, 9:15 pm
"Ebola is the ideal focal point for anger against the president, because few Americans know anything about the history of the disease and most know even less about the African continent, with its varied and enormously different 54 countries. They’re not interested. They’re more interested in computer games, TV, and other forms of entertainment, because that is all they really want: to be entertained. Well, ignoring Africa has brought Ebola to our shores, though I doubt that this will be the wake-up call epidemiologists hope for. Once it is contained months from now, Americans will forget all about the pandemic until the next one ravages the world. In the meantime, what we’re observing is American stupidity at its finest." (10/22/14)
Author: Thomas L. Knapp
Posted: October 22, 2014, 8:15 pm
"A federal jury in Washington, D.C., returned guilty verdicts against four Blackwater operatives charged with killing more than a dozen Iraqi civilians and wounding scores of others in Baghdad in 2007. ... Just as with the systematic torture at Abu Ghraib, it is only the low level foot-soldiers of Blackwater that are being held accountable. [Blackwater founder Erik] Prince and other top Blackwater executives continue to reap profits from the mercenary and private intelligence industries." (10/22/14)
Author: Thomas L. Knapp
Posted: October 22, 2014, 7:51 pm

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