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The Problem Of The Chicken And Egg Use Of Weapons And Contractors Globally

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War makes more war especially if  unregulated use of weapons and outside contractors is allowed.

Has war expanded in the Middle East because of true conflict or because of the profit to be made in the production of new weapons and lack of oversight of contractors actions.

Below From   - http://www.commondreams.org

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Published on
Thursday, October 23, 2014
by
Inter Press Service

US Destroys Its Own Weapons in Enemy Hands

‘Until and unless the US understands that the answer to the world’s problems is not war and that arming the world will lead to continuous wars and kill millions of innocent, we will not see an end to an increasingly unstable world.’

by
Thalif Deen, IPS News

UNITED NATIONS – When the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) captured a treasure trove of U.S. weapons from fleeing Iraqi soldiers last month, one of the rebel leaders with a morbid sense of humour was quoted as saying rather sarcastically: “We hope the Americans would honour their agreements and service our helicopters.”

As fighter planes continue attacking ISIL targets, some of the U.S. airstrikes are, paradoxically, aimed at U.S.-made helicopters, Humvees, armoured personnel carriers and anti-aircraft artillery guns originally supplied to the Iraqi armed forces and currently deployed by the rebel group.

Not surprisingly, they are all under U.S. warranties for maintenance, repair and servicing.

The whole military exercise has degenerated into a political farce compounded by last week’s airdrops of weapons to Kurdish forces battling ISIL, also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), in Kobani, inside Syria.

The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that arms and ammunition parachuted from over 10,000 feet high above the skies – and known as Joint Precision Airdrop System (JPAD) – has not always reached the Kurds.

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Published on
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
by
Common Dreams

Seven Years Later, Blackwater Guards Found Guilty of Massacre in Iraq
Critics say verdict is ‘step towards accountability’ but does not hold top-ranking Blackwater executives and U.S. government leaders responsible for war crimes

by
Sarah Lazare, staff writer

More than seven years after guards with the private mercenary company Blackwater opened fire on Iraqi civilians in downtown Baghdad, killing 17 people and wounding 20, a federal jury on Wednesday found four of the men involved with the massacre guilty in the case.

Former guard Nicholas Slatten was handed a guilty verdict for first-degree murder, the Associated Press reports. The other men—Paul Slough, Evan Liberty and Dustin Heard—were all found guilty of voluntary manslaughter.

The men were employed by the U.S. State Department at the time of the massacre at Baghdad’s Nisour Square on September 16, 2007. Their victimes include 9-year-old Ali Kinani—killed by a gun shot to the head.

Reported as the largest known massacre of Iraqi civilians by U.S. private contractors, the incident became a flashpoint of outrage over the atrocities that U.S. forces—particularly mercenaries—inflict on occupied civilian populations in Iraq.

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Published on
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
by
Common Dreams

US Given New Deadline for Torture Photos ‘More Disturbing’ Than Abu Ghraib Judge says Obama administration must clarify why thousands of images depicting abuse of detainees held by U.S. forces have never been seen by American public

by
Jon Queally, staff writer

A federal judge has given the Obama administration less than two additional months to make its case why photos of abuse and torture by U.S. military forces against detainees captured following the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan should not be released to the public.

As The Guardian’s Spencer Ackerman reports, Judge Alvin Hellerstein on Tuesday told government lawyers they must present a written argument for keeping more than 2,100 photographs secret even as many of them are thought to show graphic examples of mistreatment worse even than that shown in the infamous photos that depicted torture of prisoners in Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq in late 2003.

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PEACE

Contact congress with your views on the ever expanding wars funded by us . using a BLACK budget – no oversight by the President or Congress. No transparency…..

Think of all those trillions of dollars going to help veterans, after school projects, college grants, food stamps, small business loans – the list is endless and would create prosperity!!

The problem is not that there is not enough money in the US budget, the problem is it’s allocation!

http://www.congress.org

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Dinosaur Bones, Super-Sized!!

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Below From http://www.nytimes.com -

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Dreadnoughtus Credit Jennifer Hall

Excavating the Dreadnoughtus schrani in Argentina in 2006. Credit Kenneth Lacovara/Drexel University, via Reuters

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Peaked your interest ?Check out the New York Times – the best paper in the Universe!!!

 

The dinosaur was too big for my blog to handle…..

Peace

 

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Triple Shot of Music…..

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WOGL Triple Shot!

Cold Hearted Snake  Paula Abdul -Now she could dance check out the video (full version) and Straight Up also

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Magic Carpet Ride    Steppenwolf  –FEEDBACK!!!

Below from http://www.wikipedia.org

Magic Carpet Ride” is a rock song written by John Kay and Rushton Moreve from the Canadian-American hard rock band Steppenwolf. The song was initially released in 1968 on the album The Second. It was the lead single from that album, peaking at No. 3 in the US, and staying in the charts for 16 weeks, longer than any other Steppenwolf song.[1]

The lyrics “I like to dream, right between my sound machine” were inspired by a hi-fi home stereo system John Kay bought with royalties from his first album.

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Ain’t No Mountain High Enough –Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell

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Dance Sing then Dream !

Listen to these 3 songs before heading out to change the world or—- to get a mocha- lime latte…..

PEACE

Love the WOGL Gang!!!!!

98.1 Wogl

Home Section Philadelphia’s Classic Hits Station … Neil Young Confirms CSNY’s Likely Demise; The Breakfast Club Is Headed To Pumpkinland!

wogl.cbslocal.com

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Rumination 182 / Would Jesus (the man) Be On The NSA- Watchlist?

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Let’s see…..

Went to a temple and threw the money changers out / list-worthy

Held “rallys ” that talked about peace  and a new world that thousands attended / list -worthy

Made speeches about how the establishment (Romans) could do better in running things – list-worthy

He was homeless, poor and hung around with fellow rag-tag individuals

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm…

You decide!!
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Check out – a thought-provoking book

Zealot – The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth

“Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth,” Reza Aslan’s new book, is based on both fact and speculation.
nytimes.com/2013/08/06/books/reza-aslans-zealot-the-l…

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Over 1.5 million added to US terrorist watch list in past …

More and more fliers are finding that they’ve been placed on the US government’s terrorist watch list. Data revealed during a civil lawsuit shows that over 1.5 million have been added to the list over the past five years, reports the Associated Press. And more are being added each …
theverge.com/2014/7/20/5920169/over-1-5-million-added-…

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PEACE    Have a great evening!!!

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Quote Of The Night

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Susan: You’re a private investigator! Why aren’t you armed?
Jim: Because I don’t want to shoot anybody.

Susan: [as Jim is loading his gun] I thought you didn’t like to shoot people.
Jim: I don’t shoot it, I just point it!

 

- Jim Rockford

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From-

Resurrection in Black & White  Season 2

 

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Good News! Ebola

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New Ebola vaccine study has begun in Maryland
USA Today · 22 minutes ago

The first human trials of a Canadian Ebola vaccine began Monday, part of a flood of experimental therapies rushed into testing to battle the Ebola epidemic.…

 

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  1. Ebola outbreak: Canada to donate vaccinesCNN.com

    http://www.cnn.com/2014/08/12/health/ebola-outbreak

    Aug 13, 2014 · NEW: Canada to offer WHO up to 1,000 doses of experimental Ebola vaccine; WHO panel: It is ethical to offer unproven medication to try to fight Ebola

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    1. New Canadian Ebola Vaccine “100 Percent Effective

      weekendsantacruz.com › Health

      New Canadian Ebola Vaccine “100 Percent Effective” Plant Milkweed, Save A Monarch Butterfly; UCS Study Determines Flooding Could Seriously Threaten Coastal …


       

      New Canadian Ebola Vaccine “100 Percent Effective”

      October 13, 2014
       

      A new Ebola vaccine developed in Canada is about to go into its first clinical trials. VSV-EBOV trials will begin today in Maryland, hopefully successfully providing scientists with a gauge for how safe and effective the vaccine can be in treating and preventing the spread of the Ebola virus. Without a vaccine, the Ebola virus—which has already claimed more than 4,000 in West Africa—will continue to record more casualties, especially now that it is here in the United States.

      Health Minister Rona Ambrose says “We are able to share some very promising and hopeful news in the fight against Ebola.” She hopes this news will be, well, hopeful in a time when tensions are high; at a joint press conference along with Canada’s chief public health officer Dr. Gregory Taylor.

       

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Ross Macdonald Excerpt Of The Night ! ” The Zebra Striped Hearse”

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Wrapped in blankets, with faces shadowed by volcano-shaped hats. the men had a conspiratorial look.  But when I said “Buenos Noches” to one small group, a chorus of ” Buenos Noches ” followed me.

 

- Ross Macdonald

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His work is so psychologically adept. It sears through a moment and explains it.

OOOOO La La …..

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