Fast food workers plan biggest US strike to date over minimum wage TheGuardian


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Fast food workers plan biggest US strike to date over minimum wage

Workers from McDonald’s, Burger King and other chains to hold walkout protest on Thursday as battle to unionise escalates

Dominic Rushe in New York

theguardian.com, Tuesday 2 September 2014 00.31 BST

USA-Global Fast Food Worker Protest
Workers take part in a US-wide protest in May against low wages paid by fast food firms.Photograph: Kim Kulish/Corbis

America’s fast food workers are planning their biggest strike to date this Thursday, with a nationwide walkout in protest at low wages and poor healthcare. …

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“GOLEM” (wer = Golem?) GOOGLE BEREITET EINEN EIGENEN DROHNENLIEFERDIENST VOR


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TWITTER   29. Aug.

Google X: bereitet einen eigenen Drohnen-Lieferdienst vor (Golem) – golem.de/news/google-x-

Der Golem ist eine Figur der jüdischenLegende, die in Böhmen aber auch anderswo in Mitteleuropa verbreitet war. Dabei handelt es sich um ein in menschenähnlicher Gestalt aus Lehm gebildetes Wesen, das durch Magie zum Leben erweckt wurde. Der Golem besitzt besondere Kräfte, kann Befehlen folgen, aber nicht sprechen.

Rabbi Löw und der Golem (Zeichnung von Mikolas Ales, 1899)

Eine Notiz Jacob Grimms in der Zeitung für Einsiedler machte den Golem unter den deutschen Romantikern bekannt. Aufgrund des herrschenden Antisemitismus wird dem Golem daraufhin eine vorwiegend negative Rolle zugeteilt (Achim von Arnim: Isabella von Ägypten) oder als Synonym für Stupidität wie in den Gedichten von Theodor Storm (Der Staatskalender) oder Annette von Droste-Hülshoff (Die Golems) verwendet. E.T.A. Hoffmann verwendet das Golem-Motiv…

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Federal police mistakenly publish metadata from criminal investigations


Federal police mistakenly publish metadata from criminal investigations

Exclusive: Serious breach of security will embarrass AFP and government as they push for greater access to metadata and mandatory retention laws

Australian Federal Police Commissioner Tony Negus
Australian federal police commissioner, Tony Negus, has been arguing the case for access to metadata. Photograph: Alan Porritt/AAP

The Australian federal police mistakenly published highly sensitive information – including metadata – connected to criminal investigations, in a serious breach of operational security.

Guardian Australia can reveal that the AFP provided documents to the Senate, which were then made publicly available online on parliamentary sites and other sources for several years, and which accidentally disclosed information about the subjects and focus of criminal investigations and telecommunications interception activities.

The revelations are an embarrassment for the law enforcement agency and the federal government, which are pushing for a mandatory data retention scheme to force telecommunications companies to retain personal data from phone and web users. …

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Yazidis still stranded on Mount Sinjar: ‘We need weapons now more than food or water’


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Displaced Yazidis fleeing violence n Sinjar town Yazidis fleeing Isis in Iraq. Photograph: Stringer/Reuters

Yazidis still stranded on Mount Sinjar: ‘We need weapons now more than food or water’ …

It is possible the trucks remain abandoned, the result of a frantic escape up the mountain. Overall, Imas said, “the look of it all speaks of movement, people on the run, chaos.”

A retired intelligence officer experienced in satellite imagery analysis said it appeared like there were “scores” of cars and trucks in the image.

“It’s easier to make the call on the lighter colored ones,” he said, “because you…

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Nisteling: The art of deep listening  : Information Clearing House – ICH


Nisteling: The art of deep listening  : Information Clearing House – ICH.

Nisteling: The art of deep listening

By Robert J. Burrowes

August 28, 2014 “ICH” –  The word ‘listening’ has many meanings, and the context, in which it is done, will often determine the level of concentration that is required for one to be considered to be listening.

Many people work while listening to music playing in the background. People often talk in small groups, where there is little real listening by anyone as people compete for the opportunity to talk. A compulsive talker will ‘listen’ only as long as it takes for their fear to trigger the urge to talk themselves, ostensibly in response to what has just been said. And an audience might listen to a lecture, play, concert or film with considerable attention, partly because they know there is no opportunity for them to talk and because, to a greater or lesser extent, they are being entertained.

These are all forms of listening but I want to talk about listening as an art – what I call ‘nisteling’ – and why and when this should be used.

When someone speaks, apart from uttering words, they also convey feelings (which might be very subtle and even hidden in their body language). Therefore, any communication consists of intellectual and emotional content and both of these elements need to be heard if you wish to fully understand what a speaker is trying to convey. Given that human beings are taught to focus on the intellectual content of any communication and, consequently, learn to fear its emotional content, it is not surprising that few people are naturally good listeners and that few people have benefited from the effort made in recent decades to teach people more about how to listen through, for example, workshops that teach ‘reflective listening’.

In fact, most of us learn to unconsciously screen out the emotional content of the communications of other people. Why? Because listening to the feelings of another person is likely to ‘trigger’ feelings in the listener, and that can be frightening. For example, if someone is angry with you, do you find it easy to calmly listen to their anger and then reflect, for example, ‘You sound very angry that I did not listen to you’ and, if necessary, to then listen more while they tell you just how angry they are with you? Most people ‘listening’ in this and many other circumstances are immediately frightened into a defensive reaction which exacerbates the speaker’s sense of being unheard and their anger in response to this. And the ‘listener’ is now scared and needs listening about their own fear as well. So the competition to ‘get the listening’, usually manifesting in what is popularly called an ‘argument’, quickly spirals down into ‘no-one is listening’.

So what is ‘nisteling’? Nisteling requires me, as the listener, to pay deliberate, focused attention to the person who is speaking so that I can hear what is spoken and also identity and interpret what is ‘underneath’ the spoken words. This will often be a feeling that I can detect accompanying the words but it might also be some body language, such as an eye movement or subtle gesture, that I notice. If I am paying attention that is careful enough, I will be able to comprehend the emotional meaning of the hidden message: it might be sadness, fear, anger, pain, happiness or any number of other feelings and it is this or these feelings, more than the words, that the person actually needs to be heard, even if they do not know this themselves.

To reiterate: If you cannot nistel to someone’s feelings – explicitly expressed or as a subtle underlay to their words – then you cannot understand all of what they are trying to communicate. And, in order to nistel well, it is necessary to be unafraid of any of your own feelings that might be raised by their communication.

If you are nisteling, you will also have no trouble using the context to identify the appropriate response. If a child (or adult) is crying, the powerful response is to let them cry (while feeling your own feelings, if any, triggered by their crying) and to reflect ‘You sound sad’ which, hopefully, will get them crying more deeply. Ignoring, comforting, reassuring, distracting, laughing at, ridiculing, screaming at, hitting, restraining or punishing a crying child is a fearful response that interrupts evolution’s healing mechanism – emotional expression – which, in this case, is designed to allow full recovery from some trauma (small or large).

Similarly, nisteling means letting someone be scared or happy or angry or anxious or frustrated or however they feel. Importantly, nisteling also requires us to let them act in accordance with these feelings (which doesn’t mean that you cannot defend yourself if their behaviour adversely impacts on you although, it is worth emphasising, nisteling is your most powerful first option in self-defense). Evolution intended our feelings to be centrally involved in determining our behaviour and it is violent to prevent someone acting in accordance with their own Self-will. Moreover, chronically interfering with a child’s Self-willed behaviour will guarantee that the child becomes increasingly dysfunctional: Evolution did not intend a human being to be obedient (although adults who have been terrorised into surrendering their own Self-will often seek unconscious ‘compensatory’ control of others).

I am well aware that what I am suggesting here runs counter to most of what you have ever experienced and that it raises any number of complications. There are, obviously, many mundane reasons for not nisteling to a child. How many parents are able to nistel to a child say that it doesn’t want to go to school? Nisteling to this might be quite inconvenient for the parent. And frightening if it becomes the norm. For most parents, it is easier to ignore the child and to fall back on violence: force the child to attend school.

So why am I suggesting that we nistel, which includes letting children act in accord with their own Self-will? Because I believe that this is the essential foundation step in any strategy to end human violence (in all of its manifestations). For a thorough explanation and elaboration of this point, see ‘Why Violence?’ http://tinyurl.com/whyviolence and ‘Fearless Psychology and Fearful Psychology: Principles and Practice’ http://anitamckone.wordpress.com/articles-2/fearless-and-fearful-psychology/

As you have probably realised by now, nisteling requires a powerful individual: someone capable of taking responsibility for feeling their own feelings and trusting others (including children) to feel and act on theirs as well. I know that we cannot all do it yet. But each person who makes the commitment to work in this direction functionally undermines the violence in our world by helping to create powerfully Self-aware individuals who are able to act in accord with their own Self-will and let others do the same. And this is the only basis for creating a truly nonviolent society because powerful individuals have no trouble negotiating ways to cooperate.

If you are interested in helping to create this society, you are also welcome to consider signing online ‘The People’s Charter to Create a Nonviolent World’ http://thepeoplesnonviolencecharter.wordpress.com

The most important form of attention that any human individual requires is nisteling. And nisteling is the most important gift we can give another individual to assist their personal journey to Self-awareness. If we nistel to a child, they will learn to nistel to themself.

Robert J. Burrowes has a lifetime commitment to understanding and ending human violence. He has done extensive research since 1966 in an effort to understand why human beings are violent and has been a nonviolent activist since 1981. He is the author of ‘Why Violence?’ http://tinyurl.com/whyviolence His email address is flametree@riseup.net and his website is at http://robertjburrowes.wordpress.com

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The Origins of War in Child Abuse: Video – Stefan Molyneux of Freedomain Radio interviews Lloyd deMause, the author of ‘The Origins of War in Child Abuse.’

Archbishop Sues Satanists for Return of Consecrated Host Ahead of Black Mass


AlterNet / By Jodie Gummow <!–

Archbishop Sues Satanists for Return of Consecrated Host Ahead of Black Mass

The allegedly stolen communion wafer is set to be desecrated and “corrupted by sexual fluids.”

 

 

Oklahoma City Catholic Archbishop Paul Coakley has filed a lawsuit against a Satanist group claiming it stole a priceless, consecrated host in order to sacrifice it, Courthouse News reported.

Coakley claims the holy host – a communion wafer – was obtained illegally by the defendants, satanic leader Adam Daniels and his religious organization Dakhma of Angra Mainyu, who have scheduled a black mass at the City Space Theatre in Oklahoma City on September 21 st where they intend to “desecrate and destroy it.”

The complaint asserts that the defendants plan on releasing sexual fluids on the host and stomping on it during the black mass.  The satanic group’s website explains that the black mass will involve “nudity, public urination, and other sex acts’ and have included ‘forms of bestiality along with animal sacrifice.'”

Yet, Daniels who is the organizer of the black mass, has denied stealing the host and said the lawsuit was a form of “intimidation” to stop the event from occurring, News OK reported.

Daniels said the host was lawfully obtained from a member of his group who is a Catholic priest in a foreign country but refused to reveal his name.

Still, the Reverend is convinced the host was taken under fraudulent circumstances and is subsequently seeking an order from the district court judge to halt the desecration of the host so that it can be returned to the Archdiocese.

“It mocks Our Lord Jesus Christ, whom we Catholics believe is truly present under the form of bread and wine in the Holy Eucharist when it has been consecrated by a validly ordained priest,” he said.

Prior to the lawsuit, Coakley had been unsuccessful in persuading the Civic Center from cancelling the event, which he says is deeply offensive to the 250,000 or so Catholics who live in Oklahoma.

“I am especially concerned about the dark powers that this Satanic worship invites into our community and the spiritual danger that this poses to all who are involved in it, directly or indirectly,” the complaint reads.

Despite the law suit, Daniels has announced that the black mass will go ahead but has agreed to make slight changes so that a public viewing can occur without breaking the state’s laws on nudity, public urination and sex acts.

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google/chile: Google car ‘runs over dog’ in the name of comprehensive Street View


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Google car ‘runs over dog’ in the name of comprehensive Street View

Still from Chilean Street View appear to show dog motionless in road

On a mission as ambitious as photographing every road in the world at two metre intervals, the chances are you’re likely going to encounter some weird, wonderful and occasionally horrifying sights along the way.

The latest in a long list of ‘weird stuff on Google Street View’ sees the company itself at the centre of the controversy however, one of its cars having apparently run over a small dog in Chile.

The Street View for Meza Bell 2815-2861in the Quinta Normal, Región Metropolitana appears to show a pretty sad sight:

*Warning: Images below don’t confirm anything bad happened to the dog, but might be upsetting all the same.*

The car heads down Meza Bell toward an intersection with Lazo de…

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US Journalist James Foley Beheaded


US Journalist James Foley Beheaded.

this Video goes viral

 

 

US Journalist James Foley Beheaded

RAW Video

The victim was made to read a statement blaming the US for his own murder.

The masked executioner spoke in English, with what sounded like a British accent, and said the slaying came in response to the air strikes ordered by President Barack Obama against Isis 12 days ago.

Posted August 20, 2014

 

UK celebs urge against sharing James Foley video online

By RT

Celebrities and commentators have led calls on Twitter for the video depicting the beheading of US journalist James Foley not to be shared online to avoid handing the Islamic State a platform for its propaganda.

Channel 4 newsreader Krishnan Guru-Murthy, former Tory MP Louise Mensch and Mirror journalist Kevin Maguire are among those urging social network users not to forward the footage on to their contacts.

Guru-Murthy said: “The intended effect of beheading James Foley on video is to spread fear of IS [the Islamic State]. Don’t help by watching or sharing it.”

Meanwhile, Mensch urged her followers to share a picture of Foley alive rather than “any of him in the hands of his gutless murderers.”

“Never watched a beheading video and never will. If there is a hell, I hope the executioners rot in it,” tweeted Maguire.

Thousands of ordinary users from around the world backed the plan to deny the IS publicity using the hashtag #ISISmediablackout.

Instead of the graphic video, many like Mensch were sharing pictures of Foley smiling at work, encouraging people to disseminate them in his memory instead.

Their comments come as Twitter told users it would suspend the accounts of anyone tweeting graphic images or footage of the beheading.

UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said Islamic State militants who released the video ‘represent a direct threat’ to UK security. David Cameron, who has cut short his holiday to respond to the incident, said on Twitter: “If true, the murder of James Foley is shocking and depraved. I will today chair meetings on the situation in Iraq/Syria.”

American photojournalist James Wright Foley went missing almost two years ago while covering the conflict in Syria as a freelance photographer. The militants proclaimed the violent act as “a message to America” for its decision to launch airstrikes against the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) in Iraq.

In the grisly film, Foley appears kneeling beside a masked man who speaks with a British accent. Foley read a letter which blames the US government for “hammering the final nail into his coffin” before his beheading with a short blade.