Wednesday, July 3, 2013

restore the fourth (correction)

The Georgia Peace & Justice Coalition rally tomorrow morning at 8 a.m. at Piedmont & 10th to show support for Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden, and against the NSA surveillance, and not to Restore the Fourth, as had been previously reported.

The Atlanta protest to Restore the Fourth will meet at the Capitol at noon.

Tomorrow's forecast for Atlanta promises an unrelenting day of rain. Only two locations in the metro area still plan fireworks to celebrate the 4th. All but Lenox Square and Centennial Park have postponed their revelry for later dates.

Security along the Peachtree Road Race route will include increased police presence and over 1400 cameras along the 10K course. The race is also utilizing a flag system that provides flags in four colors, from green to black. Tomorrow's race is expected to start at yellow, signifying 'less than ideal conditions' due to the rain.

The race, which ends at one of Atlanta's large city parks, will have more restricted areas in the finish zone at the park. Designated entry and exit areas will be utilized and anyone with a backpack will be searched.

Other towns are also facing stricter security measures for Independence Day.

UPDATE: Post on the event here.

because gangs are evil

Smyrna man beaten and shoved to his death in traffic

Jaye Watson
11 Alive
3 July 2013

"When he was walking out of the store, witnesses told police four teens jumped on him and began beating and kicking him and within two minutes he was shoved backwards onto the five lane road, pushed to the ground and knocked unconscious.

 A passing car hit him...

As for the teens accused of his brutal attack and murder, police say they belong to the re-up gang and have been arrested before with gang related crimes. "

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what happens when the people lack autonomy (breaking news)

Morsy out of 'the decision-making circle'

Hamdi Alkhshali. Reza Sayah and Tom Watkins
3 July 2013

"Naguib Abadeer, a member of the opposition Free Egyptians Party, said what was under way "is not by any means a military coup. This is a revolution."

"The people have decided that Mr. Morsy was no longer the legitimate leader of Egypt," he told CNN.
Abadeer said Morsy lost his legitimacy in November, when he declared courts could not review his decrees and ousted the country's prosecutor-general. And he said Morsy's supporters in the Muslim Brotherhood "hijacked the vote of the people" by running on a religious platform, "so these were not democratic elections.""

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because it is a part of a pattern


Ken Kludowski
3 July 2013

"Obama administration officials are illegally delaying enforcement of a central provision in the president’s namesake legislation in a desperate attempt to manipulate the 2014 midterm elections and swell the ranks of those who look to government for healthcare. "

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what happens when people take note

Key summit set in genetically modified food label fight

Ben Goad
The Hill
3 July 2013

"“We have reached a pivotal point in this effort and believe now is the time to bring together a broad coalition to confront these challenges,” the GMA wrote in the letter, which invited CEOs and top industry officials to a Wednesday summit in Washington."

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follow the spying

Is Mass Spying Being Used to Make Some People Rich?

Washington's Blog
1 July 2013

"The Wall Street Journal reported that the NSA spies on Americans’ credit card transactions.  Many other agencies are doing the same. In fact, virtually all U.S. intelligence agencies – including the CIA and NSA – are going to spy on Americans’ finances. The IRS will also be spying on Americans’ shopping records, travel, social interactions, health records and files from other government investigators.

Not only can the NSA intercept and store virtually all digital communications on the Internet, but private contractors can also view all of your data (and the government isn’t keeping track of which contractors see your data and which don’t)."

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brief overview of recent events in Egypt

Egyptian Protesters Criticize MB Rule and Obama Administration

IPT News
1 July 2013

"Faced with this historic outpouring of discontent, the best President Obama could muster Monday was a tepid call for "restraint." There was no statement of support for the protesters, but Obama did make a point of saying Morsi had been democratically elected. "There's more work to be done to create the conditions in which everybody feels that their voices are heard, and that the government is responsive and truly representative," he said.

The president's comments expose a fatal misunderstanding of the Muslim Brotherhood's totalitarian doctrine. The Brotherhood has no interest in being democratic or pluralistic. The very basis of its existence is to impose Sharia and strict Islamic law upon everyone in Egypt as the first step of establishing a global caliphate. In a rare moment of candor, two top Brotherhood spokesmen said as much last year."

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The article is careful to allow the Obama administration is not quite 'aware' of what is happening in Egypt. Connecting the dots, however, perhaps encourages a different possibility.