Saturday, January 17, 2015

The brand of democracy that comes with pre-approved state guidelines.

"Politicians and civil rights advocates on both sides of the Atlantic bristled at that suggestion, and at a string of arrests in which French officials used a new antiterrorism law to crack down on what previously would have been considered free speech. One man was sentenced to six months in prison for shouting support for the Charlie Hebdo attackers. Up to 100 others are under investigation for remarks that support or tried to justify terrorism, authorities said."

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/17/world/europe/patriot-act-idea-rises-in-france-and-is-ridiculed.html?_r=1

Religious fundamentalists make the best house guests.

When a journalist attempted to draw the Pope into yet another condemnation of the world’s 2 billion Muslims on the basis of the actions of a few thousand – the pontiff dropped a logic bomb.
“You just can’t say that, just as you can’t say that all Christians are fundamentalists. We have our share of them (fundamentalists). All religions have these little groups,”Pope Francis said.

http://www.addictinginfo.org/2014/12/03/the-pope-has-a-message-for-christian-fundamentalists-youre-no-better-than-isis/


A million here, A million there.

"An anonymous businessman from Hong Kong has donated $1 million to the families of NYPD officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, who were killed execution-style while sitting in their patrol vehicle last month."

http://gothamist.com/2015/01/17/anonymous_donor_gives_1_million_to.php#photo-1

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