Dontcha just love Obama’s Internet-era Nixon tactics?

The Cross Pollinator

From the Intercept here:

The Obama administration fought a legal battle against Google to secretly obtain the email records of a security researcher and journalist associated with WikiLeaks.

Newly unsealed court documents obtained by The Intercept reveal the Justice Department won an order forcing Google to turn over more than one year’s worth of data from the Gmail account of Jacob Appelbaum (pictured above), a developer for the Tor online anonymity project who has worked with WikiLeaks as a volunteer. The order also gagged Google, preventing it from notifying Appelbaum that his records had been provided to the government.

If this was a Republican pulling these dirty trick tactics all the fake ass progressive Democrats out there would have their panties in a complete wad.  Oh, that’s Stalinist, he’s such a fascist, blah blah blah.

But since it’s the head of their team they mindlessly look the other way…

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Fructose can power a vicious circle


‘Walk through any supermarket and take a look at the labels on food products, and you’ll see that many of them contain fructose, often in the form of sucrose (table sugar)’ — that’s how Wilhelm Krek, professor for cell biology at ETH Zurich’s Institute for Molecular Health Sciences, summarises the problem with today’s nutrition. Prepared foods and soft drinks in particular, but even purportedly healthy fruit juices contain fructose as an artificial additive — often in high quantities. In recent decades fructose spread throughout the food market, due to a reputation as being less harmful than glucose. In contrast to glucose, fructose barely increases blood glucose levels and insulin secretion. This avoids frequently recurring insulin spikes after any glucose consumption, which are judged harmful. In addition, fructose is sweeter to the taste.

But there’s a downside: the liver converts fructose very efficiently into fat. People who consume too much high-fructose…

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How Obama Opened His Heart to the ‘Muslim World’

ArchitectGuy on Israel

by Michael Oren
June 19, 2015

And got it stomped on. Israel’s former ambassador to the United States on the president’s naiveté as peacemaker, blinders to terrorism, and alienation of allies.

Days after jihadi gunmen slaughtered 11 staffers of the Charlie Hebdo magazine and a policeman on January 7, hundreds of thousands of French people marched in solidarity against Islamic radicalism. Forty-four world leaders joined them, but not President Barack Obama. Neither did his attorney general at the time, Eric Holder, or Homeland Security Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, both of whom were in Paris that day…Obama’s boycotting of the memorial in Paris, like his refusal to acknowledge the identity of the perpetrators, the victims, or even the location of the market massacre, provides a broad window into his thinking on Islam and the Middle East. Simply put: The president could not participate in a protest against…

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8 Key Earnings for the Week Ahead

24/7 Wall St.

weathervane24/7 Wall St. has put together a preview of some of the companies reporting their quarterly results this week. We have included the consensus earnings estimates from Thomson Reuters and the stock price and trading history, as well as added some additional color on each.

Be advised that the earnings and revenue estimates may change ahead of the formal reports, and some companies may change reporting dates as well. It is worth noting that only a few of these stocks are real market movers, but we can expect that some of them may move handily based around various earnings.


BlackBerry Ltd. (NASDAQ: BBRY) is scheduled to release its most recent quarterly results on Tuesday before the markets open. The consensus estimates are a net loss of $0.03 per share on $690.39 million in revenue. In the incredibly competitive smartphone field, BlackBerry has been battered, and it seems nearly impossible…

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Distinguished pol of the week – The Washington Post


Distinguished pol of the week – The Washington Post.

June 21 at 7:45 AM

Israel’s former ambassador to the United States Michael Oren is previewing a new book concerning his years in Washington working with the Obama administration, devastating in its documentation and thoroughly credible coming from a man at the center-left in Israeli politics. It seems he kept a daily diary, and oh, what a story he has to tell. In an interview last week he gave us a peek behind the curtain:

Don’t get me wrong. You can have disagreements. The Obama administration was problematic because of its world view: Unprecedented support for the Palestinians. Reconciling with what Obama…

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More Confirmation Bias from The “Friendly” Atheist

Shadow To Light

Hemant Mehta, ever in search for stories that feed his confirmation bias, hosts a blog entry that draws attention to Amos Yee:

He’s the 16-year-old Singaporean YouTuber who had been arrested and convicted of “wounding religious feelings” and “obscenity” after making a video that lampooned Christianity and Singapore’s founding father, Lee Kwan Yew.
Since then, he’s been sent to prison for re-uploading the offending materials and now waits for the court to decide on whether or not he should be sentenced to “Reformative Training” — an ostensibly “rehabilitative” sentence that would involve being held in a prison for up to three years:
Yes. Up to three years in prison. For “wounding religious feelings.” In a Youtube video.
If this all sounds creepily Orwellian to you, that’s because it is. Singapore has had a long history of speech restriction and censorship — a nervous holdover from its formative years, when…

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