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Traversing the cosmos, gliding across dimensions beyond time and space, Kalya Scintilla brings universal shamanic journeys through his music to planet earth straight from his heart. His music paints
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A terrorist? Hardly. She is a VICTIM of terror. Every. Time. She. Enters. An. Airport. Did I mention Laura Poitras is a high level divinity in my pantheon of heroes?

https://medium.com/backchannel/hacking-hollywood-with-ed-snowden-37a08bef377e
Laura Poitras’s name was once prominent on terror watch lists. Now it’s on an Oscar.
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I hope if the world learns just ONE THING from the unspeakable tragedy in Yemen it is this: drone strikes don't work. They never have, they never will. The ONLY thing drone strikes accomplish is that they make the population fearful, bitter, and yearn for freedom from imperialism. This more than any other factor explains the rise of the Houthis.

#yemen #drones #imperialism

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/apr/06/us-backed-airstrikes-yemen-kill-civilians-hopes-peace
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Electing capitalists to run government is like inviting foxes to guard the henhouse. No wonder why government is so badly broken.
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Former head of the CIA Petraeus leaked highly sensitive secrets including the names of covert operatives, coalition war strategy, and notes about Petraeus' discussions with President Barack Obama and the National Security Council so that his mistress could write a more exciting hagiography about him. Civic-minded leakers who want to alert the public to the dark shenanigans of the government, of course they go to prison for decades. Yet Petraeus' slap-on-the-wrist fine was so paltry it is said he earns more money in a single speaking engagement. Being a reptilian par excellence has its perks!

#law #leaks #topsecret #classified #punishment

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2015/04/24/former-cia-directors-no-jail-sentence-for-leaking-decried-as-gross-hypocrisy/
On the other hand, Army soldier Chelsea Manning got 35 years for leaking.
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I've avoided making a post about the TMT telescope on Mauna Kea up until now, because I've felt conflicted.

When I lived on Big Island, one of my dreams was to get an astronomy related computer programming job, perhaps up on the mountain- one of the few non-military, high paying jobs in my field on that island. I've always been somewhat of an amateur astronomy geek. From my perspective, a job up there would have been one of the coolest jobs in the world.

I had no idea telescopes up on a mountain could be so controversial.

Almost all of my Hawaii activist friends whom I deeply respect are against the telescope.

I've felt a similar conflict before- the ferry issue, the rail issue. How do I balance my perception of progress with my desire to be in solidarity with the anti-colonialists?

I guess when it comes down to it, I want to support my Hawaiian friends. Independent of any other facts about the telescope, the tactical choice to protest it has made international headlines and has put the Hawaiian sovereignty movement on the international map. A lost opportunity for some jobs and some science may be a reasonable sacrifice to make at the altar of trying to draw attention to profound historical wrongs, the unresolved nature of which still haunts Hawaii to this day.

#hawaii #sovereignty #colonialism #tmt #telescope #astronomy
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Artists with the group “The Illuminator” use a laptop to cast an image of Edward Snowden over the spot where sculpture of the NSA leaker once stood on Monday, April 7, 2015.
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Whoever came up with the idea of legalizing corruption by calling it "free speech" deserves an award for Evil Genius, but justice Kennedy was dead wrong when he fantasized that Dark Money would "not lead to, or create the appearance of, quid pro quo corruption." Not sure what planet he lives on, but here on earth allowing ppl to secretly contribute vast amounts of Dark Money to politicians OBVIOUSLY has lead to plenty of cases of actual, verified, documented corruption.

Citizen's United corruption is structurally protected because it is hard to detect (by design) and almost impossible to actually prosecute (by design) even if we are lucky enough to detect it. Enough is enough. Citizen's United must die die DIE!

#citizensunited #darkmoney #corruption #bribery #freespeech

http://huff.to/1BZ0lDD
WASHINGTON -- The indictment of Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) on public corruption charges is the first bribery case involving the use of corporate political spending to support a candidate since the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision a...
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Daddy is the word that probably best describes my primary identity, followed by husband, computer professional, free software and media activist, sacred sounds and calendar practitioner, naturalist, advocate for world peace and human rights
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