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Bowe Bergdahl release: US parties clash on Afghan deal

The main US political parties have clashed over the deal to swap five Guantanamo Bay detainees for a Taliban-held soldier, with Republicans warning it could put American lives at risk.
Senator John McCain said the detainees, who were transferred to Qatar, were some of the "highest high-risk people".
Afghanistan also attacked the deal, saying handing prisoners to a third country was against international law.
Sgt Bowe Bergdahl, 28, was handed to US forces in Afghanistan on Saturday.

In an emotional address on Sunday, his father, Robert Bergdahl, said he was proud how far his son was willing to go to help the Afghan people, but warned that his recovery would take a long time.
He said they had not yet spoken to the soldier, who is in a good condition and currently undergoing medical care at a US military hospital in Germany

BBC      History moving at a rapid pace,it seems
Lady Mary Soames, Winston Churchill's daughter, dies
Lady Mary Soames, Winston Churchill's last surviving child, has died at the age of 91, her family have announced.
She died on Saturday at her home after a short illness.
She was the youngest of the five children of the wartime prime minister and his wife Clementine.
Prime Minister David Cameron described her as "a wonderful, warm-hearted woman who could always put others at ease" and said he and his wife Samantha "felt privileged to know her".
One of her sons, the Conservative MP and former minister Nicholas Soames, said: "She was a truly remarkable and extraordinary woman, who led a very distinguished life."

Born Mary Spencer-Churchill, she served in the auxiliary territorial service during World War Two, manning anti-aircraft batteries in London, Belgium and Germany.

BBC     Even the 1%ers don't live forever.

Philadelphia Inquirer's Lewis Katz dies in plane crash  The co-owner of The Philadelphia Inquirer, Lewis Katz, has been killed in a plane crash near Boston.

The businessman was on board a private jet that burst into flames as it was trying to take off on Saturday night from Hanscom Field airport.
All seven passengers on the aircraft were killed. The cause of the crash is being investigated.
Mr Katz and his partner acquired full control of the Inquirer last week, promising to revive the newspaper.
He was also the co-owner of the Philadelphia Daily News and the news website,
A report on the Philadelphia Inquirer's website quotes Bill Marimow, the paper's editor, describing Mr Katz as "an exceptional man, whose presence enriched the lives of everyone he came in contact with".
"We've lost a great friend," he was quoted as saying.

Last week, Mr Katz and his partner, Harold HF Lenfest, paid $88m (£36m; 44m euros) to buy out the other owners of the company that operates the Inquirer.

Al Jazeera America
Nigerian vigilantes aim to rout Boko Haram
Maiduguri, Nigeria - Nigerians living in the northeastern city of Maiduguri go about their lives under the daily threat of attacks from the notorious rebel group Boko Haram.
Once described as the "home of peace" by locals, Maiduguri - the capital of Borno state - is now better known as the epicentre of deadly attacks and abductions that have killed thousands of Nigerians in schools, churches, mosques and markets.
According to Amnesty International, more than 1,500 people have been killed in northeastern Nigeria since the start of 2014. This month alone, more than 450 civilians have been killed in attacks, and hundreds of abducted schoolgirls remain missing.

In response to Boko Haram's attacks, a vigilante group in Maiduguri calling itself the Borno Youth Association of Peace and Justice - also known as the Civilian Joint Task Force (JTF) - was formed by local residents to protect their town and neighbouring villages.
"I joined the Civilian Joint Task Force June 12 last year," said Shehu Abdul Gani, a 35-year-old civil servant who worked in the local government in the town of Bama before it was bombed on May 7, 2013. "At that time Boko Haram were living in the same environment as us," he said. "We would see them carrying guns. They would come out and kill our brothers and sisters any time. My brother was killed. They came into our house and shot him in the evening time. I was sitting right next to him. When I remember this incident, I don't have mercy for them ... We are chasing them with our sticks and cutlasses - we are going to chase them out of Nigeria."

Al Jazeera America

Too crowded where you live?
Bonanza, pop. 1: Looking for a pulse in Colorado's smallest city

BONANZA, Colo. — At first glance, this high-altitude city in the Colorado Rockies, 9,400 feet above sea level and overlooking the sweeping plateau of the San Luis Valley, doesn’t look abandoned. Most Colorado ghost towns are little more than old piles of weathered lumber and hints of foundation, but here, houses tucked into the wooded cleft of the small vale formed by Kerber Creek are, for the most part, colorful and well kept. The yards are clear and the dirt roads are evenly graded. Near the city’s one crossroad, there’s a volunteer firehouse flying the U.S. flag and a community bulletin board next to a row of mailboxes.
But the houses and the driveways are all empty. To someone standing by a car at the crossroads, honking the horn in the futile hope of rousing any sign of life, Bonanza can feel like the setting of a Steven King novel. The loneliness is complete. Everyone is gone.
Well, almost everyone. Bonanza is one of the oldest existing municipalities in Colorado and indisputably its smallest, with a population of one full-time resident.

That population’s name is Mark Perkovich.

Daily Kos

This is a link to Houndog's energy diary from tonight.
Solar Energy

The first quarter of 2014 was another big one for the U.S. solar industry, with 74 percent of all new electricity generation across the country coming from solar power. The 1,330 megawatts of solar photovoltaics (PV) installed last quarter bring the total in the U.S. up to 14.8 gigawatts of installed capacity — enough to power three million homes, according to GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).

In addition to being the largest quarter ever for concentrating solar power, a method of large-scale solar generation that uses a unique ‘salt battery’ to allow the solar plant to keep producing power even when the sun goes down, it was also the first time in the history of SEIA’s reports that residential solar installations surpassed commercial in the same time period. 232 MW of residential PV were installed in the first quarter, compared to 225 MW of commercial solar.

Raw Story

2012 GOP threat: Sgt. Bergdahl swap will be Obama, Democrats’ ‘Willie Horton moment’

Republicans are outraged that President Barack Obama authorized a prisoner exchange with the Taliban for U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl — who has been held captive since 2009 — and that they plan to use the exchange against Democrats in the upcoming election.
The news of the prisoner exchange — in which Sgt. Bergdahl was swapped for Afghan detainees being held at Guantanamo Bay — surprised many Republicans because, they claim, it violated a law Obama signed last year requiring the defense secretary to notify congressional committees 30 days before arranging for a transfer of prisoners.
When he signed the law, however, President Obama issued a signing statement in which he contended that the notification requirement was an unconstitutional infringement on his powers as commander-in-chief.
Raw Story
Gun-rights group organizing delegates to open carry assault rifles at Texas GOP convention
A controversial Texas gun group has called on activists make the Texas Republican Party convention the next front in their battle for the right to openly carry assault-style rifles as many places as possible.
Last week, the gun-rights group Open Carry Tarrant County sued City of Arlington for changing a city ordinance that made it more difficult for its members to approach motorists with pocket-sized copies of the Constitution while they were carrying rifles.
In a recent Facebook posting, the group attempted to call attention to its cause by organizing Republican delegates to bring long guns and black powder revolvers to the Texas Republican Party convention later this week.

“All delegates, I urge you to open-carry the whole time,” Open Carry Tarrant County coordinator Kory Watkins wrote. “I will be a delegate with my AK 47. Thomas Jefferson would be proud.”

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  •  Porn Stars Want You To Pay For Your Porn (12+ / 0-)

    From Vice: Porn Stars Want You To Stop Jacking Off For Free

    Pay for your porn—that’s what some adult industry members are asking consumers to do in a new online campaign. After Samuel L. Jackson called Redtube the biggest pop culture achievement of the past 50 years, porn stars and piracy experts teamed up to create the #payforyourporn campaign to fight back against the tube companies they believe are lowering porn films' profits and quality.

    “[Tube sites are] taking money away from all different areas,” said Jessica Drake, the Wicked Pictures contract star who helped start the movement. “A lot of people don't realize there is a lot involved in making a movie beyond the two people they see having sex on camera. Behind those two people, you see a director, then cameramen, then lighting guys, and production managers, and production assistants, make-up artists, wardrobe people. You see the location, and the equipment rental, and the lubricators that are being put out.”

    Drake believes that tube sites have damaged companies’ finances, forcing them to lower their films’ quality. A one-month subscription to Wicked Pictures costs $29.99, and the company needs this money to produce their lavish pornos. “There are companies like Wicked that are known for our bigger budget, high-quality adult entertainment, so we want to be able to keep on doing that,” she said. “I think it's important that we educate people, and I think it will make a difference in the long run.”

    Mike Kulich, founder of, an alternative to tube sites, agrees. “They just want to pull something up, whack off, and be done in five minutes,” he said. Launched this January at the AVN Awards, hopes to become the Netflix of porn and a solution to Drake and other stars' problems with tube sites. “Streaming in HD, we have Twilight and all the pig parodies, and then we also have your regular gonzo stuff and your classic Debbie Does Dallas,” Kulich said.

  •  Video Nasties (7+ / 0-)

    Back in the early 1980s, a lot of exploitation films with copious amounts of gore and sex were flooding the fledgling home video market. Many parents groups were not pleased, and lists of "Video Nasties" were compiled.

    In the United Kingdom, the Video Recordings Act of 1984 was a response to the controversy. The act required all video releases to be approved by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC), with the BBFC either outright refusing approval to some films or requiring cuts or censorship of certain scenes before granting approval. Distributing or selling an unapproved film was illegal and could lead to a prosecution for criminal obscenity. Of course, when the government tells people they can't watch something, it tends to pique people's curiosity and make them want to watch it even more.

    Two of the most infamous films of that era, which were cited by proponents of the act, were Cannibal Holocaust and Cannibal Ferox. Both were low-budget, Italian made torture-porn horror films, with Cannibal Holocaust being one of the early progenitors of the "found footage" genre. It's also a film that was (and still is) banned in multiple countries, and almost led to murder charges for its director.

    Cannibal Holocaust (1980) is a controversial exploitation horror film directed by Ruggero Deodato, telling the tale of four documentarians who journey deep into the Amazon rainforest to film the indigenous tribes. When they fail to return, anthropologist Harold Monroe leads a second expedition to rescue the first group. He ultimately finds their lost cans of film, through which he learns of their grisly fate.

    Controversy followed this infamous "video nasty''; after its premiere in Italy, the film was seized and Deodato arrested on obscenity charges. He was later accused of making a snuff film due to rumors that actors were killed on camera. While he was cleared on all charges, the film was banned in Italy, the UK, Australia (where it was eventually passed uncut), and several other countries due to its graphic depiction of gore, sexual violence, and the inclusion of six genuine animal deaths.

    So what does this have to do with anything? Director Eli Roth (Cabin Fever, Hostel) has decided to pay homage to Cannibal Holocaust with his latest film.

    Here's the trailer for The Green Inferno, in which environmentalists crash in the Amazon rainforest and then things get worse.

  •  Thanks side pocket. (8+ / 0-)

    Well done.

    Considering how stupid so many of these gun nuts are (see David Waldman's GunFAIL series) any one of us could be in the line of accidental firing of their "bare" arms. If I ever saw someone walking around toting an AK47 I'd go somewhere else.

    The good thing about science is that it's true whether or not you believe in it.― Neil deGrasse Tyson

    by maggiejean on Sun Jun 01, 2014 at 09:08:35 PM PDT

  •  #Bergdahzi! (7+ / 0-)
    Republicans are outraged that President Barack Obama authorized a prisoner exchange with the Taliban for U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl — who has been held captive since 2009 — and that they plan to use the exchange against Democrats in the upcoming election.

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "If we appear to seek the unattainable, then let it be known that we do so to avoid the unimaginable." (@eState4Column5)

    by annieli on Sun Jun 01, 2014 at 09:11:21 PM PDT

  •  Side pocket (8+ / 0-)

    Another great OND especially as a twofer.
    Hey if you see palantir, please notify him of the Blackhawks loss to the Malibu Kings.
    Oops, sorry the LA Kings.

    I`m already against the next war.

    by Knucklehead on Sun Jun 01, 2014 at 09:14:07 PM PDT

  •  Zombieland rules apply to getting close to my car (5+ / 0-)
    Last week, the gun-rights group Open Carry Tarrant County sued City of Arlington for changing a city ordinance that made it more difficult for its members to approach motorists with pocket-sized copies of the Constitution while they were carrying rifles.
    The Double Tap
    Beware of Bathrooms
    Wear Seat Belts
    No Attachments
    The “Skillet”
    Travel Light
    Get a Kick Ass Partner
    With your Bare Hands
    Don’t Swing Low
    Use Your Foot
    Bounty Paper Towels
    Shake it Off
    Always carry a change of underwear
    Bowling Ball
    Opportunity Knocks
    Don’t be a hero (later crossed out to be a hero)
    Limber Up
    Break it Up
    It’s a marathon, not a sprint, unless it’s a sprint, then sprint
    Avoid Strip Clubs
    When in doubt Know your way out
    Use your thumbs
    Shoot First
    A little sun screen never hurt anybody
    Double-Knot your Shoes
    The Buddy System
    Pack your stain stick
    Check the back seat
    Enjoy the little things
    Swiss army Knife

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "If we appear to seek the unattainable, then let it be known that we do so to avoid the unimaginable." (@eState4Column5)

    by annieli on Sun Jun 01, 2014 at 09:18:15 PM PDT

  •  Reuters:Insider Trading Wiretaps (5+ / 0-)

    Insider trading probe reports scuppered wiretapping efforts: WSJ

    (Reuters) - Media reports about an insider trading investigation of golfer Phil Mickelson, sports bettor Billy Walters and activist investor Carl Icahn have derailed government efforts to secretly deploy wiretaps, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday.

    Federal investigators have been looking into whether Mickelson and Walters may have traded illegally on private information provided by Icahn about his investments in public companies, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters on Friday, confirming reports from other news outlets.

    While investigators have been using several types of electronic and human surveillance, they were also considering the use of wiretaps in the probe, the Wall Street Journal reported on its website on Sunday, citing people briefed on the investigation which it did not identify.

    Some concerns over the subjects of the investigation suspecting the potential use of wiretaps preceded the public revelation of the probe, the newspaper said.

    I want 1 less Tiny Coffin, Why Don't You? Support The President's Gun Violence Plan.

    by JML9999 on Sun Jun 01, 2014 at 09:52:27 PM PDT

  •  The House is run by idiots (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Jeff Y, Aunt Pat, side pocket

    io9: The House Science Committee Declares The IPCC Report Is Not Science

    The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report warned that more intense droughts and heat waves will cause famine and water shortages. But, don't worry! Yesterday, the GOP held a hearing to tell us the IPCC is, in fact, a global conspiracy to control our lives and "redistribute wealth among nations."

    The hearing, titled "Examining the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Process," was convened by the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology—the same folks who recently demonstrated their inability to grasp the idea that the world's climate varies across different regions and who informed us that warmer weather didn't bother the dinosaurs, so what's all the fuss about?

  •  resolution (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Aunt Pat, side pocket

    Watch This: View from the World’s Most Advanced Surveillance Drone

    Argus is actually a pretty clumsy acronym: Autonomous Real-Time Ground Ubiquitous Surveillance Imaging System. But there’s nothing clumsy about its capabilities. Argus has the world’s highest resolution camera, which records 1.8 billion pixels in real-time. The sensor itself is classified, but the DoD gave PBS a bit of a teaser for the NOVA special “Rise of the Drones.”

    Once mounted on a drone, Argus can fly around and record video from an altitude of 17,500 feet. The view is breathtaking. And we’re talking the take-your-breath-away-because-this-is-so-frightening kind of breathtaking.

    While keeping tabs on a 15-square-mile swath of ground, Argus allows operators to zoom in on up to 65 different people in real-time. It can see you walking down the sidewalk. It can see what you’re wearing. It can see what you’re doing with your arms. It can see when you stop to tie your shoe. Getting this kind of resolution from this altitude is unprecedented.

    Governing is not easy, you have to deal with people you may not like. Some are smart some are dumb some are honest, some are not honest. Yet governing is what you have to do to make sure democracy works. ~ Leon Panetta, 5.14.2014

    by anyname on Mon Jun 02, 2014 at 02:05:50 AM PDT

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