Opinion: So, What’s It Going To Be? (by Bashar al-Assad)

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Report: Now Sadly The Best Time In American History To Be Black
BOSTON—Despite rampant cultural racism against African Americans in all aspects of American life, discriminatory voting laws, and a vast gap in educational opportunities, there has, sadly, never been a better time than 2013 to be black in America, a Tufts University study revealed Wednesday. “We found that it’s pretty heartbreaking that blacks today are much better off than they’ve ever been, especially because we still live in a country where racial equality remains more of an ideal than a reality,” the study’s lead author Dr. Sam Porter said in regards to the report, which noted that, unfortunately, African Americans have never had it better despite the fact that incarceration rates for blacks are nearly six times that of whites and only 42 percent of black students who enter high school will graduate. “If you don’t think about how—five decades after Martin Luther King Jr.’s ‘I Have a Dream’ speech—it’s perfectly legal in many parts of the country for police to detain and question a person just because he’s black, the findings are not as depressing. But then you do think about that, and then you realize it’s pretty pitiful that what blacks are going through right now in America could be considered a veritable heyday.” The study went on to point out that, on an optimistic note, at least black people aren’t worse off in 2013 than the nation’s women, who are just as fucked now as they’ve ever been.

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In fact, boy, maybe this is the one option that should be totally off the table. Oh, and speaking of me being toppled from power, let’s say, just for fun, that tomorrow I were to somehow be dethroned. Who’s in charge? Half of these rebel groups refuse to work with one another and it’s getting harder to tell which ones are actually just Islamic extremists looking to fill a potential power vacuum. We’ve got Christians, Sunnis, and Shias all poised to fight one another for control should I fall.
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Someone’s Happy

Just waiting for the just right moment to unleash them……



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Not. “I took this picture as my fur babies were welcoming me back home after work. Kip has been featured before , but Suzan Dawg has not. I think they are both super adorable & hope you think so too!
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Gambia: Govt to Restrict Internet Freedom


She pays school fees once she gets paid for her work. The rest of the money is spent on food. The stones are being used by Liberia’s booming post-war construction industry, but little of that growth trickles down. Liberia is expected to have a growth rate of 8.9 percent this year, according to the African Economic Outlook, boosted by a rise in commodity prices, particularly rubber, palm oil and minerals, at a time when many European economies are stagnating or even in recession.
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The government of the Gambia has given an indication of its readiness to fully implement the recently-passed draconian legislation which is meant to restrict online freedom. Head of Civil Service and Minister of Presidential Affairs, Momodou Sabally, served notice of the government’s intentions to crackdown on online freedom at a meeting held on August 8, 2013, with religious leaders and cabinet members at the official seat of government, the State House. The Minister, consequently warned Gambians, particularly the youth against participating in online campaigns against the government. “If you cannot say anything good about the country, then you should keep quiet,” he exclaimed. The comments by Sabally comes at a time when various free expression organisations including the MFWA, have condemned the recently-passed law which prescribes stiffer punishment for persons found guilty of publishing “false news” online. The law imposes a jail term of 15 years and/or a fine of three million dalasis (about US$90,000) on persons who criticize government officials, caricature or instigate violence against the government through the internet. What is more worrying is that, the religious leaders at the said meeting reportedly indicated their support for the government’s plans to repress online freedom. Alieu Mboge, a spokesperson of the group is reported to have assured the cabinet that “we would do everything within our power to stop the youth both in and outside the country from any online criticism of the government.” In a country where human rights advocacy by religious leaders is not tolerated, it is feared that the government may use this latest pronouncements by the religious leaders to legitimize its new policy of massively repressing internet freedom. We call on the religious leaders to recognize the importance of the internet, which remains the only platform for freedom of expression and participation in public discourse among Gambians, as traditional media outlets are already cowed from airing programmes which are critical of the government.
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Editorial: Recovery Court helps addicts and increases safety


And the governor has steered clear of some of the more controversial privatization moves in other states — outsourcing business recruitment efforts, for example, which has stirred controversy for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. Still, in the three years Haslam has held the office, outsourcing of state government functions to private companies has grown dramatically and indications are the trend will continue. The most striking example is turning over management of state government buildings to Chicago-based Jones Lang LaSalle, a move depicted as something no other state has done — but now has other states asking Tennessee to show them the way. The way has been cluttered with controversy, of course, over what gubernatorial Chief of Staff Mark Cate has characterized basically as missteps because of the new ground being plowed. The administration contends the state will save $100 million over the next decade, though the projections are that much of the savings won’t occur until the later years. A sidelight of the Haslam move was the implicit suggestion that state buildings had been mismanaged for a long time, most recently under Bredesen .
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To keep an inmate in a regular prison cell costs an average of $65 per day; the Recovery Court will cost an average of $35 per day. The program also opens up prison space for violent offenders and drug dealers. Best of all, evidence shows such drug courts work. According to research conducted in 2012 for the National Association of Drug Court Professionals, drug court participants were significantly less likely than other offenders to relapse into drug use, reported significantly less family conflict than other offenders and, most importantly, commit significantly fewer crimes after completing the program than other offenders. Tennessee’s crowded jails and growing prison populations show that merely locking up nonviolent offenders with substance abuse problems does not work. By and large, these offenders continue to use drugs upon release, continue to steal to buy their drugs and continue to get arrested. The Haslam administration has realized that continuing on the same circular path will not improve our communities.
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