Syrian rebel group calls for U.S. airstrikes against ISIS

http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/syrian-rebel-group-calls-for-u-s-airstrikes-against-isis-1.2738650

Islamic State fighters have overrun almost a dozen towns in Aleppo province this week 

Syria’s Western-backed opposition called on Saturday for U.S. airstrikes against the Islamic State extremist group as the jihadists captured three northern villages, putting them within striking distance of a mainstream rebel stronghold…

Syrian rebel group calls for U.S. airstrikes against ISIS

http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/syrian-rebel-group-calls-for-u-s-airstrikes-against-isis-1.2738650

Islamic State fighters have overrun almost a dozen towns in Aleppo province this week 

Syria’s Western-backed opposition called on Saturday for U.S. airstrikes against the Islamic State extremist group as the jihadists captured three northern villages, putting them within striking distance of a mainstream rebel stronghold…

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Vancouver, Toronto, Calgary named among the best places to live 

http://business.financialpost.com/2014/08/19/vancouver-toronto-calgary-named-among-the-best-places-to-live-in-the-world-by-the-economist/ 

Three Canadian cities — Vancouver, Toronto and Calgary — have been named as some of the best places to live in the world, according to a report by The Economist. 

In the annual poll, the magazine’s Intelligence Unit ranked Vancouver as the third most livable city in the world; followed by Toronto at number four, and Calgary tied for fifth place with Adelaide, Australia…

Vancouver, Toronto, Calgary named among the best places to live 

http://business.financialpost.com/2014/08/19/vancouver-toronto-calgary-named-among-the-best-places-to-live-in-the-world-by-the-economist/ 

Three Canadian cities — Vancouver, Toronto and Calgary — have been named as some of the best places to live in the world, according to a report by The Economist. 

In the annual poll, the magazine’s Intelligence Unit ranked Vancouver as the third most livable city in the world; followed by Toronto at number four, and Calgary tied for fifth place with Adelaide, Australia…

GAME CHANGER: Montana’s Elizabeth Warren 

https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/dfacurtis/?refcode=CAC082114JD.5157 

You and I both know what it takes to hold the Senate — genuine, scrappy, progressives who have the kind of energy and values it takes to defeat Mitch McConnell and his cronies. This week, we’ve got a new fighter in the ring.

Everyone had written off Democrats’ chances to hold the Montana Senate seat. When moderate Democrat John Walsh quit the race after a troubled campaign and a plagiarism scandal, Montana Democrats turned to a new progressive hero to take on the right-wing extremists.

Her name is Amanda Curtis. She’s a 34-year-old State Senator, schoolteacher, and union member from Butte, Montana. DFA members on the ground know her as a rising star — Montana’s own Elizabeth Warren, with a proven track record of standing up for Montana families. With Amanda Curtis in the race, we have a fresh opportunity to win this seat and hold the Senate.

Democracy for America is proud to endorse Amanda Curtis for Senate. Can you pitch in $3 today to beat rightwinger Steve Daines and send Amanda Curtis to the Senate?

Amanda embodies the values of Governor Howard Dean’s 50 State Strategy, fighting for progressive values in a state the DC political establishment often ignores. She has worked tirelessly to raise the minimum wage, protect workers’ rights, and defend women from rightwing attacks. She stood up for gun control and against anti-gay bullies when few other Democrats had the courage to do so.

Her opponent, Republican Steve Daines, is funded by the Koch Brothers and Wall Street. While in Congress he has worked alongside John Boehner and Paul Ryan to privatize Medicare and slash Social Security, sell off public lands, and take food away from hungry kids.

Amanda said it best herself as she accepted the nomination to the ticket: “if we’re going to overcome [Daines], it’s going to come from a pure, true, grassroots effort, and the fact that the base is reinvigorated.” Montana progressives are fired up for Amanda Curtis. Control of the Senate could come down to this race. Let’s show her that DFA members are ready to help.

Support Amanda Curtis NOW and help stop a right-wing takeover of the Senate.

Let’s stand with Montana progressives and elect a new hero to the Senate.

- Jim

Jim Dean, Chair
Democracy for America

GAME CHANGER: Montana’s Elizabeth Warren 

https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/dfacurtis/?refcode=CAC082114JD.5157 

You and I both know what it takes to hold the Senate — genuine, scrappy, progressives who have the kind of energy and values it takes to defeat Mitch McConnell and his cronies. This week, we’ve got a new fighter in the ring.

Everyone had written off Democrats’ chances to hold the Montana Senate seat. When moderate Democrat John Walsh quit the race after a troubled campaign and a plagiarism scandal, Montana Democrats turned to a new progressive hero to take on the right-wing extremists.

Her name is Amanda Curtis. She’s a 34-year-old State Senator, schoolteacher, and union member from Butte, Montana. DFA members on the ground know her as a rising star — Montana’s own Elizabeth Warren, with a proven track record of standing up for Montana families. With Amanda Curtis in the race, we have a fresh opportunity to win this seat and hold the Senate.

Democracy for America is proud to endorse Amanda Curtis for Senate. Can you pitch in $3 today to beat rightwinger Steve Daines and send Amanda Curtis to the Senate?

Amanda embodies the values of Governor Howard Dean’s 50 State Strategy, fighting for progressive values in a state the DC political establishment often ignores. She has worked tirelessly to raise the minimum wage, protect workers’ rights, and defend women from rightwing attacks. She stood up for gun control and against anti-gay bullies when few other Democrats had the courage to do so.

Her opponent, Republican Steve Daines, is funded by the Koch Brothers and Wall Street. While in Congress he has worked alongside John Boehner and Paul Ryan to privatize Medicare and slash Social Security, sell off public lands, and take food away from hungry kids.

Amanda said it best herself as she accepted the nomination to the ticket: “if we’re going to overcome [Daines], it’s going to come from a pure, true, grassroots effort, and the fact that the base is reinvigorated.” Montana progressives are fired up for Amanda Curtis. Control of the Senate could come down to this race. Let’s show her that DFA members are ready to help.

Support Amanda Curtis NOW and help stop a right-wing takeover of the Senate.

Let’s stand with Montana progressives and elect a new hero to the Senate.

- Jim

Jim Dean, Chair

Democracy for America

10% Of Iceland Is Now A Prohibited Area

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/08/20/1323371/-10-Of-Iceland-Is-Now-A-Prohibited-Area?detail=email 

This is part three of Eldfjallavakt, where we’ve been monitoring the serious situation in Iceland’s largest volcanic system, Bárðarbunga

Picture the flow rate of a large (150-200 m³/s) river - say, 3x the rate of the Thames at London, or 1/3rd the rate of the Hudson at New York City. Now picture it comprised of an explosive variety of very gassy magma, 5-10 kilometers underground. Now picture that it has nowhere to go, yet it’s still flowing at that rate via plowing through solid rock by creating an earthquake every two minutes. And picture that it’s doing this before having any sort of pressure release to help the process along. On a rift system that’s caused regular eruptions that have released so much gas and altered the climate so much that they’ve frozen the Mississippi River at New Orleans and the Tigris and Euphrates rivers in Iraq…

10% Of Iceland Is Now A Prohibited Area

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/08/20/1323371/-10-Of-Iceland-Is-Now-A-Prohibited-Area?detail=email 

This is part three of Eldfjallavakt, where we’ve been monitoring the serious situation in Iceland’s largest volcanic system, Bárðarbunga

Picture the flow rate of a large (150-200 m³/s) river - say, 3x the rate of the Thames at London, or 1/3rd the rate of the Hudson at New York City. Now picture it comprised of an explosive variety of very gassy magma, 5-10 kilometers underground. Now picture that it has nowhere to go, yet it’s still flowing at that rate via plowing through solid rock by creating an earthquake every two minutes. And picture that it’s doing this before having any sort of pressure release to help the process along. On a rift system that’s caused regular eruptions that have released so much gas and altered the climate so much that they’ve frozen the Mississippi River at New Orleans and the Tigris and Euphrates rivers in Iraq…

[SLIDESHOW] Buffy the Vampire Slayer is still with us 

http://www.theverge.com/2014/8/21/6050417/buffy-the-vampire-slayer-is-still-with-us-a-timeline 

Like its title character, the Buffy franchise has been through a lot 

More than 11 years after UPN aired the final episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the oldest and strongest of the Summers daughters remains relevant. Hardcore fans could spend hours telling you why, but why should they? Last week’s viral clip for the failed MTV spoof “Muffy the Vampire Slayer” did all the work for them. We, the fans, love Buffy. We love the Scoobies. And we especially love Spike…

RELATED: http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/2007/03/04/why_buffy_still_slays_us.html 

[SLIDESHOW] Buffy the Vampire Slayer is still with us 

http://www.theverge.com/2014/8/21/6050417/buffy-the-vampire-slayer-is-still-with-us-a-timeline 

Like its title character, the Buffy franchise has been through a lot 

More than 11 years after UPN aired the final episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the oldest and strongest of the Summers daughters remains relevant. Hardcore fans could spend hours telling you why, but why should they? Last week’s viral clip for the failed MTV spoof “Muffy the Vampire Slayer” did all the work for them. We, the fans, love Buffy. We love the Scoobies. And we especially love Spike…

RELATED: http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/2007/03/04/why_buffy_still_slays_us.html 

pewresearch:

The shooting death of an unarmed teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, quickly became a national news story on mainstream and social media last week. A new Pew Research Center analysis of media coverage of the event and subsequent protests finds that the story emerged on Twitter before cable, but the trajectory of attention quickly rose in tandem, peaking on both mediums the day after two journalists were arrested and protests turned more violent.

pewresearch:

The shooting death of an unarmed teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, quickly became a national news story on mainstream and social media last week. A new Pew Research Center analysis of media coverage of the event and subsequent protests finds that the story emerged on Twitter before cable, but the trajectory of attention quickly rose in tandem, peaking on both mediums the day after two journalists were arrested and protests turned more violent.

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cantstopmysignal:

30 days of VMars, Day 22 : Favorite Keith moment. 

I love Keith and he has a lot of great moments. He is very clever, and good at his job, and a good loving father. And I love any scene between him and Veronica, or any scene where he is a smartass, or any scene when he gets undercover for a case (always great !)…

But I am a sucker for characters that are not perfect and have flaws and mess up sometimes. And I feel like the moment that tells the most about Keith is his little desert adventure in the beginning of season 3. He never actually questions the intentions of Cormac about Kendall, and it gets her killed. Keith is a romantic, we see it in a lot of other occasions, and this time it makes him make a mistake, I always thought that Veronica would have probably been more careful in that instance because she is not a romantic like him.

And I love how he talked about it with Veronica in the end. How he admitted his mistake. That is why I love Keith the most, he knows how to take a step back and see the big picture, even if it means he has to admit he didn’t do what he should have done. It is pretty unusual to have characters that are so close to perfect (I mean, Keith basically is the less flawed of all the Veronica Mars character) and that still face the consequences of their mistakes without making excuses.

cantstopmysignal:

30 days of VMars, Day 22 : Favorite Keith moment.
I love Keith and he has a lot of great moments. He is very clever, and good at his job, and a good loving father. And I love any scene between him and Veronica, or any scene where he is a smartass, or any scene when he gets undercover for a case (always great !)…
But I am a sucker for characters that are not perfect and have flaws and mess up sometimes. And I feel like the moment that tells the most about Keith is his little desert adventure in the beginning of season 3. He never actually questions the intentions of Cormac about Kendall, and it gets her killed. Keith is a romantic, we see it in a lot of other occasions, and this time it makes him make a mistake, I always thought that Veronica would have probably been more careful in that instance because she is not a romantic like him.
And I love how he talked about it with Veronica in the end. How he admitted his mistake. That is why I love Keith the most, he knows how to take a step back and see the big picture, even if it means he has to admit he didn’t do what he should have done. It is pretty unusual to have characters that are so close to perfect (I mean, Keith basically is the less flawed of all the Veronica Mars character) and that still face the consequences of their mistakes without making excuses.

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friendsofaiweiwei:

“We have to give our opinion, we have to say something, or we are a part of it. As an artist I am forced to say something.”

friendsofaiweiwei:

“We have to give our opinion, we have to say something, or we are a part of it. As an artist I am forced to say something.”