Vice News Crew Facing Terrorism Charges in Turkey

While the terrorism charges against two Vice News journalists may sound trumped up and Vice Media is pooh-poohing them, consider that Egypt has just sentenced three Al-Jazeera journalists to three years in (a not very nice) prison. The Wrap reports on the situation in Turkey:

Two Vice News reporters and their two colleagues will appear in court on Monday in Turkey to face terrorism charges after being detained on Thursday.

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credit: Darwinek (CC)

 

Jake Hanrahan and Philip Pendlebury, two British journalists for Vice, were taken into custody with their driver and fixer in the city of Diyarbakir in southeastern Turkey, initially detained for filming without accreditation; the charges have now evolved to supporting ISIS.

Authorities seized their cameras and raided their hotel rooms. The journalists “face unsubstantiated charges of terrorism” in court, a VICE News spokesperson said. “VICE News continues to work vigorously with all relevant authorities to secure the safe release of our four colleagues,” the spokesperson said.

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The making of an Islamic caliphate

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The situation in the Islamic world is very grave. I can tell you that when the situation with ISIS is over, we will see the rise of a very militant regime in Iraq. There are different paramilitary factions within Iraq battling ISIS, each of them following the belief that the word of their religious leader is holy, all power is vested in him and he makes law. When this militant state is erected in Iraq after the defeat of ISIS, it is probable that Iraq shall join a union with other Islamic nations, a sort of Islamic Soviet Union.

Yesterday I witnessed the extraordinary sight of hordes of suicide bombers, dressed in black and brandishing Kalashnikovs, marching through the slums of Baghdad.  

Grouped into makeshift platoons – some wearing white shrouds to denote their readiness to die – they demonstrated their deadly skills in an astonishing display by ‘detonating’ the bombs they carried.

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Bizarre Mars photos: Signs of life?

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Iguana?

A certain section of the Internet spends much of their time analyzing photos from Mars taken by Curiosity. Many say these photos are proof of life. The folks at CNN explore this with more than a hint of snark.

Ian Lee and Nick Thompson via CNN:

For most of us Earthlings, the photos of Mars taken by the Curiosity rover reveal little more than a desolate red landscape inhabited mostly by rocks. Lots and lots of rocks.

But to the more, er, imaginative minds in our midst, these are no ordinary rocks. They’re signs of alien life on the planet next door.

For years, eagle-eyed conspiracy theorists have been trawling through the photos beamed back to Earth by NASA probes and “discovering” mysterious objects that they say proves the existence of extraterrestrial activity on Mars — a world where lizards,mermaids, traffic lights, jelly donuts and a statue of Barack Obama all apparently coexist in the dusty expanses of the red planet.

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Author Brad Thor enters republican race to blast Trump

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Just when I think this author can’t get any cooler, he does something like this. I got hooked on Brad Thor’s spy-novels when he did an interview on a local radio station for his thriller “Hidden Order.” People working with the Department of Homeland Security have taken notice of his works and asked him to create training scenarios for operatives. Now he feels that Donald Trump has to go down. He’s entered the republican race for an opportunity to take him on in a debate on Rush Limbaugh’s show.

New York Times bestselling thriller novelist Brad Thor hasn’t quite bought into Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump’s claim that he’s a conservative, and is willing to put his money where his mouth is.

Thor challenged the real estate billionaire to a debate, and you’ll never guess who he proposes to moderate it.

No, not Fox News host Megyn Kelly.

He proposes none other than “El Rushbo,” the legendary conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh, and suggests holding the debate on air at Limbaugh’s Palm Beach, Florida studio.

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Tin Foil Hats

Tin Foil

High noon:
I’m coming up on a red at 7th, heading west on Market. The Tenderloin.

There’s an empty Yellow just ahead of me at the light and an historic F line street car just letting off on the platform to our left. As the passengers pour out onto the island dividing the two westbound lanes here, I note one dude  – a bit frantic – check out Yellow, and then come running back to me. Dunno why dude would be getting off a train and then immediately try to hail a cab, or why he didn’t go for the empty Yellow in front, but I wave him in…

Although a bit edgy, a skinny 30-ish Pryor is wearing a clean white T nicely tucked-in that complements his chocolate skin, stylish jeans, and a large diamond earring in his left ear – presumably fake, he seems like he may be rational.… Read the rest

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Bernie Sanders, Democratic Socialism, and the New World Order

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The most influential socialist organization in the United States

Bernie Sanders

The crowd roars. Young activists jump on stage and steal the mic from the speaker’s hands to partake in civil disobedience and public disruption. This is the event in Seattle a few weeks ago, where Black Lives Matter activists stormed the stage of a Bernie Sanders speaking event and stole the microphone to proclaim—black lives matter.

To truly understand that incident, it has to be asked, what is Black Lives Matter? For that matter, who is Bernie Sanders? Most importantly, what is the difference between the two of them? They both have the same politics. They both support Community Policing. They want the creation of a global carbon tax. They press for an overturning of Citizen’s United, total government funding of higher education, single-payer healthcare, a $15 minimum wage and an international agenda. It appears that the main difference between the two is…their tactics.… Read the rest

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Scientists celebrate the weird world of animal genitalia with #junkoff

#Junkoff, animal porn by any other name? Courtesy of the Washington Post (has that rag ever changed since Bezos bought it!), animal junk:

Scientists: They’re just like you! They have good days, they have bad days, they glue themselves to angry crocodiles, and they recognize how utterly ridiculous and funny animal genitalia can be.

#junkoff is the latest hashtag to take off in the scientific corners of Twitter, and it’s exactly what it sounds like.

(Note: The following may be considered not safe for workplace viewing, though the genitals featured are all decidedly non-human. If in doubt, save this post for when you clock out! Or quit now, because any office that isn’t down with laughing at duck genitalia is NO GOOD as far as we’re concerned.)…

[Enjoy the rest at the Washington Post]

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When the Bank Robs You: Wells Fargo Contractors Allegedly Stole Family Heirlooms Rescued From Nazis

The Adier family home after Wells Fargo contractors broke in, Morris Township, New Jersey. Photo: Courtesy of David Adier

The Adier family home after Wells Fargo contractors broke in, Morris Township, New Jersey. Photo: Courtesy of David Adier

David Dayen via The Intercept:

The few remaining defenders of the Obama administration’s failure to prosecute the executives who helped cause the 2008 financial crisis argue that the bankers’ actions were unethical but not criminal. President Obama himself has made this claim: “Some of the most damaging behavior on Wall Street … wasn’t illegal,” he told Steve Kroft on 60 Minutes in December 2011.

The president might want to take this up with David Adier, who says he was victimized by Wells Fargo breaking and entering into his family’s home in Morris Township, New Jersey, and then committing property damage and theft. Burglary is a felony subject to prison time — if anybody but a bank does it.

Adier’s case is doubly disturbing because of what was taken: items his father retrieved from his family’s apartment in France before fleeing the Nazis in 1940, including a Kiddush cup, a Seder plate and a sewing machine used by his grandmother.

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