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v2 03.09.15

v2 03.09.15

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Supreme Court Unanimously Stands with the Fourth Amendment on Citizens’ Cell Phones

Supreme Court Unanimously Stands with the Fourth Amendment on Citizens’ Cell Phones

by Patrick Devlin In a truly landmark ruling that challenges the assumptions of law enforcement officials and prosecutors across America regarding the ephemeral notion of personal privacy, which has been under an aggressive unison attack by both local law enforcers and national security state enlargers who have suggested that Americans should have absolutely no expectation of the right of personal privacy, the US Supreme Court agreed in a unanimous decision that police are required to obtain a court order before searching the contents of a citizen’s cell phone or smart phone. The ruling resolved two cases where suspects were convicted […]

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South African church leaders have seen this all before

South African church leaders have seen this all before

by Patrick Devlin Christian church leaders in South Africa have extended their support for the upcoming Israel Apartheid Week, an effort to publicize the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement targeting the Israeli occupation of Palestine. The South African Council of Churches urged its member churches to “campaign for greater awareness on all Palestinian struggles in general and the plight of Palestinian Christians in particular,” and requested that member congregations “dedicate Sunday services on March 16th during the upcoming Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) campaign to reflect and pray for peace with justice in Palestine and Israel.” The ecumenical group made the […]

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the demise update : tax hike scare goes up in thin air

the demise update : tax hike scare goes up in thin air

previously posted in March, 2013 An acedemic study released by an economist from the University of Massachusetts found that one of the scare tactics used by both federal and state lawmakers for not raising taxes and instead cutting back funding of public works and social services is based on a falsity. A review of recent research performed by economist Jeffrey Thompson found that there is no evidence to support the often-employed claim that the wealthy will flee states that raise taxes to pay for public services. The study actually found that the most wealthy tax payers were less effected by […]

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Tax the rich to save the rest :
the pilfering public pension pirates of Illinois

Tax the rich to save the rest :the pilfering public pension pirates of Illinois

It is time to support your 3rd grade teacher acme arts collective and its member artists are cooperating to publicize the attack on public employees carried out by both the Democrats who control the statehouse in Illinois and the Illinois Republicans who have conspired with the oligarchic predatory class to demonize Illinoisans who selflessly choose to serve the public as teachers, police, firefighters, public safety inspectors; your neighbors who’s energies have educated your children, saved the lives of your parents and grandparents and, yes, worked thanklessly to attend to the waste that is created daily by the vast mechanisms in […]

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All I could think of is running

All I could think of is running

by Patrick Devlin About five real people were there when he was describing the thin blue air. A normally perfect day, the kind of day you may see that a kid could have drawn with crayons in that universal.kid.artwork way. Puffy lines as clouds, a ball with radiant lines our sun, the normal trees gigantic in kid perspective to the family home drawn from memory and with love. They knew the sound they heard again, they were no longer alone. There is no need to speak its name. In fact, that’s really unspeakable anyway. And the 13 year old’s story […]

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Patriotism, marketism, exceptionalism – destinyism? : The prison of the isms

Patriotism, marketism, exceptionalism – destinyism? : The prison of the isms

by Patrick Devlin Columbus day can be a warm day or a cold day (and this year was spectacular autumn falling through cool sunshine) but it always provides an opportunity to reflect on the day as a holiday representing as it does a kind of anachronistic celebration of manifest destiny – and we know that we have grown beyond all that…shameful as it is as a part of our history. It had to be someone, and it was Columbus who ‘discovered America’ and, among other accomplishments, initiated the Euro-American human trafficking biz. We are reminded of both the inhuman brutality […]

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Troubled waters as Israeli newspaper
is accused of editorial dishonesty

Troubled waters as Israeli newspaper is accused of editorial dishonesty

The artist-activist Roger Waters has responded sharply to the editors of Israel’s Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper who published an interview by Alon Hadar with the co-founder of the music group “Pink Floyd” on September 28. Waters said that the article was “littered with misinformation” and amounted to a “serious distortion of the actual interview” that he gave in Amsterdam in early September. Waters, in a letter to his Israeli fans that was released via social media, states that the editors of Yedioth Ahronoth did not misquote him, but they altered the questions that Waters was asked, making the exchange appear to […]

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Rahm divvies up the free market for pals

Rahm divvies up the free market for pals

In another in the long list of privatization schemes gone (not surprisingly) awry, Chicago, a blue city in a blue state of Democratic party bred leaders that appears by all accounts to be the nation’s laboratory for free.market.cronyist.payback.projects, is running the numbers on its ‘bike share’ program called “DIVVY” (which is really a bike rental scheme) to realize that they just are not adding up. The City of Chicago began its ‘public/private partnership’ bike share scheme earlier this year after seeking bids by companies interested in partnering with the city in 2012. While a local start-up, Bike Chicago, placed a […]

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Democratic credulity and the scientific religion of free marketism

Democratic credulity and the scientific religion of free marketism

by Patrick Devlin In case there is any lingering hope, that hasn’t yet changed to disbelief or rage, that Democrats have finally torn the gauzy film of free market scientific-theologism from their eyes, we now observe the spectacle of Mr. Obama (a real true Democrat) slathering praise on the lizard-like manipulator consigliore of profit privatization and debt socialization, Mr. Summers, asserting in broad daylight that Summers makes an “outstanding” candidate to head up the Federal Reserve. I really think that Obama believes that Mr. Summers would be a “terrific” head of the Federal Reserve. And whether he knows it or […]

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