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DoD quietly tightens tuition assistance rules

Force-wide changes to the military’s Tuition Assistance program may require troops to pay back their TA money if they perform poorly in class.

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Senators urge Pentagon to end systematic faking of its accounts

(Reuters) - Four senators have called on the Defense Department to end a practice that involves deliberately inserting false numbers into the Pentagon's accounting ledgers and financial reports.

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Obama’s Hitlerian Comments @ West Point

In “Obama’s West Point speech: A prescription for unending war” Bill Van Auken exposes the folly of the corporate media in framing Obama’s recent speech as “an embrace of a more multilateral and less militaristic American foreign policy.” Read below the fold...

The Judicial Frame-Up of OWS Protester Cecily McMillan

Let’s say you are a passionate, peace-and-justice advocating 25-year old female graduate student at NYC’s School of Social Research, participating in a legal OWS demonstration of several hundred in March 2012 at Zuccotti Park in NYC -- its sixth month memorial celebration. Suddenly from behind a man gropes your chest and you instinctively elbow him in the eye. Immediately you are set upon and beaten to the ground by multiple police officers. You are arrested and taken to a hospital where you are handcuffed to a bed. Read below the fold...

US to Crush Russian Gas Trade via Demonization & Fracking?

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Glen Ford has a compelling, troubling and revelatory article over at Black Agenda Report entitled, “U.S. Prepares to Gas Russia Into Submission.” Now I’m thinking maybe we should bottom-line the Ukraine fiasco by archly suggesting, “It’s about the Russian energy exports, stupid!” The new militarist playbook in the Ukraine is really the same old militarist playbook from Iraq. Nothing to do with humanitarian concern for democracy. Money, money, money. Oil, oil, oil. Gas, gas, gas. Read below the fold...

Ends-Justify-Means, Craven US Strategy re Russia & Syria

I knew Obama was not sincere in any humanitarian intentions in Syria.

I knew Obama would not work with Russia to bring peace to Syria. Instead the Obama administration is doing all it can to demonize Russia re the Ukraine situation and re Sochi Olympics and the gay issue. The corporate media, of course, is obliging. Doing all it can also to discredit Russia.

Thierry Meyssan in “After Yugoslavia, Ukraine?” writes: Read below the fold...

The New 1,582-page Bipartisan-Sell-Out Austerity Budget

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Andre Damon in “US Congress passes bipartisan austerity budget” runs down details of the 1,582-page budget that was overwhelmingly accepted by both houses. In fact, it had a fast-tracked approval process Monday through Thursday in the Senate, suggesting that most of the senators never even read it.

Damon labels the new budget “reactionary” and “anti-working class in character” and points out that it reduces discretionary social spending to its lowest percentage since the 1950s. Read below the fold...

Porn-watching C*Os major vector for corporate malware infection

Wankers*:

The survey of 200 U.S.-based data security analysts reveals that 40 percent removed malware from a senior manager’s computer or mobile device after the frisky executive visited an X-rated website.

Other leading causes of malware include executives clicking on malicious links in spam emails and lending company devices to their family members, the survey found.

Though malware poses a security threat, it appears companies are not being held accountable for their executives’ naughty behavior. The survey indicates that 57 percent of data breaches are not disclosed to company’s clients, partners or other affected parties.

Of course, if you work in a cube, watching porn is a firing offense, and don't think you're not watched. Read below the fold...

Wrong-Side-of-History Obama’s UN Speech: 10 Issues

Obama’s speech to the UN on Tuesday was slick and creepy -- dangerously threatening at times, especially its rejection of any serious commitment to the basic UN charter, and hypocritically jingoistic at other times, particularly in rationalizing “military humanitarian intervention” and conflating US imperialism with benignly “stabilizing the globe.” Read below the fold...

This time, Cheney doesn't shoot an old man in the face

But that won't prevent him from ducking responsbility!

Former Vice President Dick Cheney’s gun malfunctioned before he could get a shot off at an antelope hunting contest in Wyoming on Sunday, according to a local ABC News affiliate.

“The Vice President is an excellent shot,” the captain of Cheney’s hunting team said. “He had a gun malfunction. But I think he is so excited and enjoyed this so much. He'll be back next year."

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Probability of Rebel Chemical Weapons Usage in Syria

Bill Van Auken in “Growing calls for attack on Syria follow chemical weapons” points out:

When Carla Del Ponte, a leading member of the UN Independent Commission of Inquiry on Syria, reported last May that there was “strong, concrete” evidence that sarin had been used by the Western-backed forces, Washington and its European allies simply ignored these findings. Such crimes are viewed as necessary in the prosecution of a vicious war for regime change that these powers have provoked and sustained.

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Obama Promise of NSA Oversight ‘Fizzles After 72 Hours’

[hat tip to jo6pac for sharing marcy blog!]

Grant Gross in “Obama Calls for Review of Surveillance Programs” reported in a spirit of “good faith” toward Obama and the White House on Friday, August 9th:

U.S. President Barack Obama will work with Congress to limit data collection by the National Security Agency under the Patriot Act and will appoint an independent board to review the country's surveillance programs, he said Friday.

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Obama’s ‘Clueless’ Act re NSA at Press Conference

Obama held a Friday press conference and continued to lie about the illegality of the NSA surveillance programs.

Obama, according to Barry Grey in “Obama’s press conference: The smiling face of a police state,” seriously wants the citizenry to believe its discomfort over Edward Snowden’s NSA mass surveillance revelations is just a poor job of public relations between his administration and the American population.

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Naughty US Drug Enforcement's NSA Use: PARALLEL CONSTRUCTION

I just read an article called “US Drug Enforcement Agency conceals use of information from NSA mass surveillance programs” by Niles Williamson.

It made me SCREAMING MAD!!!!

Yes, there are lots of things on the assembly line of "FRESH HELLS ‘R’ US" AMERICA, but wait until you get a load of this one! Read below the fold...

Senate IP Edit ‘Dissident’ to ‘Traitor’ on Snowden Wikipedia

According to Ryan Gorman of the Daily Mail, on August 2nd an attempt was made to edit the Edward Snowden Wikipedia page to replace the word “dissident” with the word ”traitor." The edit was rejected by a moderator of Wikipedia.

The IP address of the attempting editor had a US Senate registration.

Staffer, intern or senator one wonders.

Wikipediocracy watchdogs Wikipedia and noticed the adjustment first. Read below the fold...

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