Africa: Regional pols reject Lesotho PM’s request for troops to put him back in power

September 2, 2014
BBC News [UK state media]    

"Regional leaders have rejected calls by Lesotho's exiled Prime Minister Thomas Thabane for the immediate deployment of troops to help restore order in his country, an official has told the BBC. Instead, an observer team would be urgently sent to Lesotho, she said. Mr Thabane fled to South Africa on Saturday, claiming the military had staged a coup -- a charge it denied." (09/01/14)  

The Apocalyptic Renaissance

September 2, 2014
Daily Anarchist
by Scott Thomas Outlar   Daily Anarchist

"Not long ago I was struck by a Revelation. While considering the Dire State of Affairs our world currently resides in, and why it is that things have reached such strange proportions of mass insanity, I realized that most people don’t truly want freedom. They are comfortable in the slave/master relationship. This is why it has proven to be so difficult throughout the ages to form a society based on individual rights and responsibilities." (08/30/14)  

US trained Alaskans as secret “stay-behind agents”

September 1, 2014
Seattle Times    

"Fearing a Russian invasion and occupation of Alaska, the U.S. government in the early Cold War years recruited and trained fishermen, bush pilots, trappers and other private citizens across Alaska for a covert network to feed wartime intelligence to the military, newly declassified Air Force and FBI documents show. Invasion of Alaska? Yes. It seemed like a real possibility in 1950." (09/01/14)  

Distributive justice, wet rain

September 1, 2014
by Anthony de Jasay   EconLog

"Since we do not recognise dry rain, we would not choose to talk of 'wet rain' when we mean rain. Embellishing it with 'wet' would ring the alarm bell of logic telling us loudly and clearly that something has gone wrong. The exact nature of the wrong is made clearer in examples that are less obviously absurd. People talk solemnly of 'impartial justice,' as if 'partial justice' were not a contradiction in terms. Treating it implicitly as a notion that is not non sensical permits the demagogue selectively to accept or reject outcomes of the judicial process to promote his political agenda." (08/14)  

Obama notifies Congress on new round of Iraq airstrikes

September 1, 2014
Miami Herald    

"The White House said Monday that its latest round of airstrikes in Iraq are 'consistent' with prior military missions the White House has authorized to date in Iraq -- 'to protect U.S. personnel and facilities and to address the humanitarian situation on the ground.' In his latest War Powers Resolution sent to Congress, President Barack Obama said he had authorized U.S. Armed Forces to conduct targeted airstrikes in support of an operation to deliver humanitarian assistance to the town of Amirli, where thousands of Shia Turkomen have been cut off from receiving food, water, and medical supplies for two months by the Islamic State." (09/01/14)  

NetCompetition’s FCC comments — don’t preempt state muni broadband laws

September 1, 2014
Heartland Institute
by Scott Cleland   Scott Cleland

"There are two core reasons the FCC should not try to preempt State muni-broadband laws. 1. The Supreme Court has already indicated it would be unconstitutional. 2. It would be anti-competitive, the opposite of the FCC’s statutory purpose and legal mandate." (08/29/14)  

US drone terrorists strike in Somalia

September 1, 2014
Washington Post    

"The U.S. military carried out a counterterrorism strike Monday against leaders of the militant group al-Shabab in Somalia, Pentagon officials said, although it was unclear whether the operation was successful. Journalists in Somalia reported that suspected U.S. drones fired missiles near the port city of Barawe, a stronghold for al-Shabab. In a rare acknowledgment of its clandestine military activities in Somalia, the Pentagon said it had conducted a counterterrorism operation there but gave no details." (09/01/14)  

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