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  • A nice personal transportation vehicle of the future - the Lit Motor’s C-1
    http://www.filmsforaction.org/watch/a-nice-personal-transportation-vehicle-of-the-future-the-lit-motors-

    A bit more background and detail on the Lit Motors C1 with Susan Carpenter. Credits: The Los Angeles Times.

     

    Lit Motor’s fully electric C-1 electric vehicle

     

    What are the basic specs of the...


  • $40-billion missile defense system proves unreliable - Los Angeles Times
    http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-missile-defense-20140615-story.html

    Longue description des échecs répétés du programme de défense anti-missile.

    The Ground-based Midcourse Defense system, or GMD, was supposed to protect Americans against a chilling new threat from “rogue states” such as North Korea and Iran. But a decade after it was declared operational, and after $40 billion in spending, the missile shield cannot be relied on, even in carefully scripted tests that are much less challenging than an actual attack would be, a Los Angeles Times investigation has found.

    The Missile Defense Agency has conducted 16 tests of the system’s ability to intercept a mock enemy warhead. It has failed in eight of them, government records show.

    Despite years of tinkering and vows to fix technical shortcomings, the system’s performance has gotten worse, not better, since testing began in 1999. Of the eight tests held since GMD became operational in 2004, five have been failures. The last successful intercept was on Dec. 5, 2008. Another test is planned at Vandenberg, on the Santa Barbara County coast, later this month.

    The GMD system was rushed into the field after President George W. Bush, in 2002, ordered a crash effort to deploy “an initial set of missile defense capabilities.” The hurried deployment has compromised its effectiveness in myriad ways.

    “The system is not reliable,” said a recently retired senior military official who served under Presidents Obama and Bush. "We took a system that was still in development — it was a prototype — and it was declared to be ’operational’ for political reasons.

    (…)

    Philip E. Coyle III, who oversaw several early test flights as the Pentagon’s director of operational testing and evaluation from 1994 to 2001, said that even the system’s eight successful interceptions should be viewed skeptically because of the staged conditions.

    “The tests are scripted for success,” said Coyle, who has also served as a science advisor in the Obama White House. “What’s amazing to me is that they still fail.”

    Engineers who have worked with the system acknowledge that because each kill vehicle is unique, even a successful test might not predict the performance of interceptors launched in combat.

    On attend donc avec impatience le prochain test, la semaine prochaine…


  • Traqué par les médias, Satoshi Nakamoto assure ne pas être le créateur du Bitcoin

    http://siliconvalley.blog.lemonde.fr/2014/03/07/traque-par-la-presse-satoshi-nakamoto-assure-ne-pas-etre-

    Toute la journée, des dizaines de journalistes ont fait le siège de son domicile. Ils l’ont ensuite assailli de questions lorsqu’il a mis le pied dehors pour aller déjeuner. Et l’on suivi aller manger des sushis. Et puis dans un ascenseur, coup de théâtre : à un journaliste du Los Angeles Times, M. Nakamoto nie être le créateur du Bitcoin.

    Plus tard dans la journée, il accepte de parler à l’agence Associated Press. L’homme confirme ses propos. « Je n’ai rien à voir avec cela », assure-t-il, expliquant avoir entendu pour la première fois parler du Bitcoin lorsque la journaliste de Newsweek, Leah McGrath Goodman, a contacté son fils, il y a trois semaines.

    http://siliconvalley.blog.lemonde.fr/files/2014/03/554434-1024x682.jpg

    Dans la soirée, M. Nakamoto parle à nouveau avec des journalistes. « J’ai une mère de 94 ans chez moi et je m’occupe d’elle. Je n’ai pas de femme de ménage, ni de jardinier. Vous pensez que je puisse avoir 400 millions de dollars et vivre dans cette maison ? »

    Sur le forum P2Pfoundation, un compte associé par le passé au véritable créateur du Bitcoin est redevenu actif, postant un premier message depuis plus de quatre ans. « Je ne suis pas Dorian Nakamoto », peut-on lire. Cet utilisateur dit avoir 38 ans et vivre au Japon.


    • Dans l’article du LA Times, dont le blog s’est, semble-t-il, inspiré, on en apprend encore des mignonnes…
      From MRAP to scrap : U.S. military chops up $1-million vehicles - Los Angeles Times
      http://articles.latimes.com/2013/dec/27/world/la-fg-afghanistan-armor-20131227

      Afghan troops are not known for their dedication to maintaining equipment; they prefer to run vehicles rough and hard until they break down.
      There are few Afghan mechanics fully trained to repair relatively simple Humvees, Afghan commanders complain, much less a computer-dependent colossus like the MRAP.
      (…)
      Instead of MRAPs, Afghan forces are receiving armored MSFVs — mobile strike force vehicles — equipped, in military jargon, with an “enhanced survivability package,” at a total cost of $887 million. The vehicles have “innovative protection design features to achieve MRAP level of blast protection,” Wright said.

      Dépenser 500 M$ pour récupérer du vieux, c’est trop cher. Dépenser 900 M$ pour équiper les forces afghanes, c’est bon pour l’industrie de l’armement…

    • Je n’avais pas vu l’article du LA Times... Je me demande si un audit du programme MRAP aura lieu un jour. La presse s’est focalisée sur les réticences initiales du Pentagone à accepter les leçons de l’expérience Sud-Africaine et donc sa responsabilité implicite dans une partie des pertes humaines, mais l’ambiance de panique dans lesquelles les acquisitions ont alors eu lieu me semble avoir très largement bénéficié aux industriels - j’ai du mal à croire qu’une manne pareille ait été distribuée dans des conditions parfaitement transparentes et que le volume des commandes ait été estimé avec la rigueur requise. L’urgence opérations n’excuse pas tout.


  • Qui écrit vraiment les horoscopes (et pourquoi c’est n’importe quoi)
    http://www.20minutes.fr/medias/1253077-20131121-ecrit-vraiment-horoscopes-et-pourquoi-cest-nimporte-quoi

    Quel mal à publier des billevesées tant que les ventes grimpent et que le lecteur est content ? pourrait-on se dire. Le hic, c’est que certains horoscopes, en particulier ceux de la presse féminine, sont rédigés avec une fonction bien précise. Celle d’exercer un « contrôle social », d’assurer « la transmission des normes en adéquation avec les idéologies dominantes », décortique Laurent Puech. Le philosophe Theodor W. Adorno a travaillé dans les années 1950 sur l’horoscope du Los Angeles Times (Des étoiles à terre. La rubrique astrologique du Los Angeles Times, Ed. Exils). Il y expose comment les conseils de l’horoscope visent à préserver l’ordre social. Même analyse quelques décennies plus tard de Patrick Perett-Watel sur celui rédigé par Elizabeth Teissier dans Télé 7 Jours. Son bilan : « Télé 7 Jours encourage la soumission aux supérieurs et le conformisme social en présentant sous un jour positif non pas les détenteurs de l’autorité auxquels il faut obéir, mais plutôt l’attitude recommandée au lecteur de garder leur profil bas. »

    Comme j’ai trouvé personne pour l’instant sur Seenthis pour faire la rubrique scepticisme, je m’en charge ;)

    Il y a aussi une discussion sur le sujet en Audio (oui il y a aussi des commentaires écrit), ici :
    http://pangolia.com/blog/?p=1559
    #astrologie #scepticisme


  • The L.A. Aqueduct at 100
    http://graphics.latimes.com/me-aqueduct

    One hundred years ago — Nov. 5, 1913 — 40,000 people gathered on this spot in Sylmar to watch the water arrive for the first time from the Owens Valley.

    http://latimesphoto.files.wordpress.com/2013/10/la-me-historic-aqueduct16.jpg
    The scene at No Name Canyon after a dynamite attack destroyed 400 feet of pipe on May 27, 1927. This photo was published in the Feb. 24, 1928, Los Angeles Times.
    PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

    #photographie #eau


  • Pendant que Valls rêve de charters de roms et fait des ronds de jambes à Forbach devant les électeurs du FN... Jerry Brown protège les droits humains et entrouvre la porte de la citoyenneté pour les immigrants illégaux en Californie. ET la signature du Trust Act est saluée par l’opinion !

    Immigration activists cheer Trust Act at Hollywood rally - Los Angeles Times
    http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-immigrant-activists-cheer-trust-act-at-hollywood-rally-20131005,0,

    Under the new legislation, law enforcement officials in California who arrest immigrants in the country illegally will be prohibited from detaining them for transfer to federal authorities unless they are suspected of committing a serious crime.

    The Trust Act is the second milestone bill on immigration signed by Brown this week. On Thursday, he approved a measure allowing immigrants in the country illegally to receive state driver’s licenses.

    “California is sending a clear message to Washington,” said Valladares, who came to the U.S. at age 7 and didn’t gain legal resident status until 2007. “Families no longer have to live in fear. Children will know that at the end of the day, they’re going to see their parents."

    (...)

    “For our families, for our futures, we will keep marching!” one speaker said to raucous cheers.

    LAPD Capt. Peter Zarcone, who monitored the rally and march, estimated there were between 1,000 and 2,000 attendees, and called the event “very peaceful and very positive.” The rally ended shortly after 1 p.m.

    Throughout the morning, activists pressed Congress to end the gridlock over Obamacare, reopen government and pass immigration reform that would create a pathway to citizenship for about 11 million people.
    Some activists in Hollywood on Saturday said Brown’s signature on the Trust Act showed that California government was setting an example for the rest of the country.

    #Trust_Act #California #Jerry_Brown #Citizenship_for_the_11_million


  • Security Council Begins Writing a Resolution on Syria
    http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=61597

    In early September there were also reports from unnamed sources in the region that a cylinder of sarin gas had been found in the home in Turkey of a Syrian Islamic fighter from the Al-Nusra front. The Los Angeles Times reported later, however, that according to Turkish media, Turkish officials had denied that, but said that prosecutors in southern Turkey have alleged that Syrian rebel groups were seeking to buy materials that could be used to produce sarin. Indictments were reportedly issued in the southern Turkish city of Adana that alleged that a Syrian was in Turkey trying to procure chemical materials for the Al Nusra Front and the Ahrar al-Sham Brigades, the LA Times said, sourcing its information again to Turkish media. The United States lists the Al Nusra Front as a terrorist group linked to Al Qaeda.


  • 1932 gold prospecting in San Gabriel Canyon
    http://framework.latimes.com/2013/09/20/1932-gold-prospecting-in-san-gabriel-canyon/#/0
    http://latimesphoto.files.wordpress.com/2013/08/fa_976_32goldrobisoncouple970.jpg
    Sep. 1932: Mr. and Mrs. Frank Robison, recently of Oklahoma, looking for gold in San Gabriel Canyon. A similar photo of the couple was published in the Sep. 25, 1932 Los Angeles Times.
    #photographie


  • Syrie : la Maison Blanche craint d’être impliquée dans « une guerre civile »

    http://www.lemonde.fr/proche-orient/article/2013/09/08/syrie-la-maison-blanche-craint-le-risque-d-une-guerre-civile_3473070_3218.ht

    http://editorialcartoonists.com/cartoons/ColeJ/2013/ColeJ20130908_low.jpg

    Le secrétaire général de la Maison Blanche a reconnu dimanche que des frappes américaines en Syrie pouvaient conduire au risque « de se retrouver entraîné au milieu d’une guerre civile ». Un danger d’autant plus réel que le Pentagone préparerait des attaques plus longues et plus intenses que prévu, selon le Los Angeles Times daté du 8 septembre.

    Deux officiers américains ont déclaré au journal que la Maison Blanche avait demandé une liste d’objectifs élargie pour inclure « beaucoup plus » que la liste initiale d’environ 50 objectifs. ils envisagent désormais la participation de bombardiers de l’armée de l’air, ainsi que des cinq destroyers lance-missiles américains qui patrouillent actuellement en Méditerranée orientale.


  • Police partout…

    En Californie, il filme une intervention de police (il est loin d’être le seul, il y a plein de vidéos sur YT) avec son chien en laisse, se fait arrêter pour « interférence » après avoir mis son chien dans sa voiture (mais en laissant le fenêtre ouverte). Le chien aboie puis vient au secours de son maître et se fait descendre.

    Video of Hawthorne police killing dog sparks Web protests - Los Angeles Times
    http://articles.latimes.com/2013/jul/02/local/la-me-0703-dog-killed-20130703

    Leon Rosby arrived at 137th Street and Jefferson Avenue in Hawthorne on Sunday evening to videotape a police standoff. He brought along his 2-year-old Rottweiler, Max.

    He put the dog on a leash and began filming. Hawthorne police deemed Rosby’s actions interference and placed him under arrest. By this point, Max was in the backseat of Rosby’s car, but the arrest upset him. He began barking, jumped out of the car and lunged at officers.

    Plus de 4 millions de vues en 5 jours.

    Les 3 policiers concernés, menacés, sont retirés du service pour leur protection.

    3 Officers Go off Street Duty After Shooting Dog - ABC News
    http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/officers-off-street-duty-shooting-dog-19580803

    Three police officers have been pulled from street duty for their safety in Southern California after a widely circulated video showed an officer fatally shooting a Rottweiler and drew numerous death threats.


  • Où l’on apprend qu’il va se faire un film sur Gary Webb, le journaliste qui avait sorti Dark Alliance en 1996, lynché par ses « collègues » avant de se suicider en 2004.

    Ex-L.A. Times Writer Apologizes for "Tawdry" Attacks
    http://www.laweekly.com/2013-05-30/news/gary-webb-jess-katz-crack/full

    Nine years after investigative reporter Gary Webb committed suicide, Jesse Katz, a former Los Angeles Times reporter who played a leading role in ruining the controversial journalist’s career, has publicly apologized — just weeks before shooting begins in Atlanta on Kill the Messenger, a film expected to reinstate Webb’s reputation as an award-winning journalist dragged through the mud by disdainful, competing media outlets.

    Cette histoire a marqué l’internet à l’époque : le site Web du San Jose Mercury News avait monté un dossier « interactif » et « multimédia », mettant en ligne, dans la marge de la série d’articles, toutes les sources dont il disposait (photocopies, interviews…). La force de conviction de ce site était proprement invraisemblable et marque, pour moi, la première véritable référence du #webdocumentaire qui fut, pour beaucoup de gens de cette époque, une expérience fondatrice.

    Le dossier a été sauvé par l’Internet Archive :
    http://web.archive.org/web/19970409180506/http://www2.sjmercury.com/drugs/start.htm
    et il existe un miroir (plus rapide et pratique) ici :
    http://www.narconews.com/darkalliance/drugs/start.htm

    J’avais fait un billet sur Dark Alliance à l’époque sur le Scarabée.

    Puis les « médias sérieux » ont démonté le travail de Webb ; comme on le lit dans cet article, et comme le suggère la sortie d’un film sur son travail, ils l’ont fait avec une mauvaise foi et un acharnement parfaitement indignes et injustifiés (le L.A. Times, à lui seul, avait monté une équipe de 17 journalistes pour ce seul dossier !), qui ont conduit à l’enterrement de son dossier et au suicide de Webb en 2004 (deux balles dans la tête tout de même).

    La destruction du travail de Webb a évidemment alimenté l’idée, colportée par les médias dominants et les gouvernements, que l’internet est le « média de la rumeur », des « informations infondées » et des « théories du complot ». À l’inverse, le web a également donné une visibilité à ce « journalisme de meute » morbide qui assure la protection du système ; cet aspect aussi a été une expérience fondatrice sur l’internet.

    Depuis, le Web s’est empli de gentils « contestataires » dont l’activité principale consiste à traquer et dénoncer toutes les « théories du complot », à dénoncer l’« anti-impérialisme » et l’« anti-américanisme » comme d’affreuses facilités, et à dresser des listes de gens qu’il convient de ne plus fréquenter (sauf à vouloir soi-même apparaître sur ces listes d’infréquentables).

    Mais je suis un vieux con, j’ai connu le web doc de Webb sur le site du San Jose Mercury News, j’ai été sidéré à l’époque par la force de conviction de cette façon de documenter un article sur le Web, j’ai assisté – toujours via le Web – à son lynchage par les chiens de garde, et j’ai appris son suicide quelques années plus tard avec rage. Et quand je vois les hordes de lyncheurs aujourd’hui qui traquent les « complotistes » et autres « confusionnistes » en ligne, je ne peux jamais m’empêcher de penser que ces bienfaiteurs de l’humanité sont faits du même plomb que Gary Webb s’est tiré dans la tête.



  • Wikipedia et sexisme, des liens signalés par wikipediocracy

    Wikipedia – Men and children first | Wikipediocracy
    http://wikipediocracy.com/2013/01/22/wikipedia-men-and-children-first

    Wikipedia – Men and children first

    By Nathalie Collida and friends

    It’s no secret that Wikipedia has a shortage of female editors. According to a survey commissioned by the Wikimedia Foundation in 2011, a mere 8.5 per cent of the people contributing to the online encyclopaedia identify as women. In a recent op-ed piece for the Los Angeles Times, Sue Gardner – who became the figurehead of Wikipedia when she signed up as Executive Director with the Wikimedia Foundation 5 years ago – tried to explain this by focusing on what she perceives as the “geeky, tech-centric, intellectually confident, thick-skinned and argumentative” nature of the average Wikipedian. Outside observers, among them Web2.0 expert Joseph Reagle, add another component to the mix: good old-fashioned sexism. His latest study, “’Free as in sexist’ Free culture and the gender gap” examines how the combative locker-room culture of Wikipedia’s male contributors – a good portion of whom are teens and pre-teens – makes women less likely to participate. While Reagle’s journal article relies heavily on previously published analyses and interviews with Wikipedians, we’ve decided to take a look under the bonnet of Ms Gardner’s million-dollar on-line empire, with examples taken not just from articles but also from areas of the encyclopaedia and its sister projects often overlooked by its readers: the talk pages of articles and editors as well as various discussion boards.

    A feminist’s Wikipedia biography | Wikipediocracy
    http://wikipediocracy.com/2013/01/29/a-feminists-wikipedia-biography

    A feminist’s Wikipedia biography

    By Andreas Kolbe

    Anita Sarkeesian is a media critic and video blogger whose work focuses on sexism in video games. Her video blog, Feminist Frequency, is used as reading material in numerous universities’ women’s studies courses. Last year Sarkeesian became the target of a sustained harassment campaign because of her Kickstarter project, Tropes vs. Women in Video Games. The attacks on her were coordinated from various video game forums.

    Sarkeesian was subjected to a torrent of hate on YouTube – thousands of abusive and often sexually explicit hate messages. At the same time, her Wikipedia biography was vandalised. Sarkeesian herself spoke of harassment via Wikipedia vandalism.

    Wikipedia’s culture of sexism – it’s not just for novelists. | Wikipediocracy
    http://wikipediocracy.com/2013/04/29/wikipedias-culture-of-sexism-its-not-just-for-novelists

    Wikipedia’s culture of sexism – it’s not just for novelists.

    by Nathalie Collida and Andreas Kolbe
    With research contributions from Delicious carbuncle and Eric Barbour

    Amanda Filipacchi’s New York Times article about Wikipedia’s ghettoization of female novelists finally shone the spotlight on some of the rampant sexism that pervades almost every corner of the online “encyclopaedia”. Filipacchi said she had “noticed something strange on Wikipedia”:

    It appears that gradually, over time, editors have begun the process of moving women, one by one, alphabetically, from the “American Novelists” category to the “American Women Novelists” subcategory. So far, female authors whose last names begin with A or B have been most affected, although many others have, too. The intention appears to be to create a list of “American Novelists” on Wikipedia that is made up almost entirely of men.


    • http://www.propublica.org/article/how-does-the-u.s.-mark-unidentified-men-in-pakistan-and-yemen-as-drone-t

      In Pakistan, a signature might include:

      Training camps…

      Convoys of vehicles that bear the characteristics of Qaeda or Taliban leaders on the run. – Senior American and Pakistani officials, New York Times, February 2008.
      “Terrorist training camps.” – U.S. Diplomatic Cable released by Wikileaks, October 2009.
      Gatherings of militant groups or training complexes. – Current and former officials, Los Angeles Times, January 2010.
      Bomb-making or fighters training for possible operations in Afghanistan…. a compound where unknown individuals were seen assembling a car bomb. – Officials, Los Angeles Times, May 2010.
      Travel in or out of a known al-Qaeda compound or possession of explosives. – U.S. officials, Washington Post, February 2011.
      Operating a training camp… consorting with known militants. – High-level American official, The New Yorker, September 2011.
      A group of guys…

      Large groups of armed men. – Senior U.S. intelligence official, Associated Press, March 2012.
      Groups of armed militants traveling by truck toward the war in Afghanistan. – Administration officials, Washington Post, April 2012.
      The joke was that when the C.I.A. sees “three guys doing jumping jacks,” the agency thinks it is a terrorist training camp. – Senior official, May 2012.
      “The definition is a male between the ages of 20 and 40.” – Former Ambassador to Pakistan Cameron Munter, Daily Beast, November 2012.
      “Armed men who we see getting into pickup trucks and heading towards the Afghanistan border or who are in a training exercise.” – Former Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair, Council on Foreign Relations, January 2013.
      Officials have characterized the intelligence that goes into these strikes as thorough, based on “days” of drone surveillance and other sources — and said that apparently low-level people may still be key to an organization’s functioning. In 2010, an official told the Los Angeles Times that the CIA makes sure “these are people whose actions over time have made it obvious that they are a threat."

      In Yemen, signature strikes are reportedly bound by stricter rules. Officials have often cited the necessity of a plot against Americans:

      Clear indication of the presence of an al-Qaeda leader or of plotting against targets in the United States or Americans overseas. — Administration officials, Washington Post, April 2012.
      “Individuals who are personally involved in trying to kill Americans… or intelligence that…[for example] a truck has been configured in order to go after our embassy in Sanaa.” — Senior administration official, Washington Post, January 2013
      These strikes are not supposed to target “lower-level foot soldiers battling the Yemeni government,” U.S. officials told the Wall Street Journal. A White House spokesman said last summer that the U.S. “[has] not and will not get involved in a broader counterinsurgency effort” in Yemen.

      But experts say some strikes in Yemen do appear to have been aimed at local militants. In Pakistan, in addition to low-level militants who might be involved in the war in Afghanistan, the U.S. has sometimes hit those who posed a threat to the Pakistani government.

      As we detailed, signature strikes have also been criticized by human rights groups and some legal observers because of the lack of transparency surrounding them, including on the number of civilians killed.


  • Message from Mexico: U.S. Is Polluting Water It May Someday Need to Drink - ProPublica
    http://www.propublica.org/article/message-from-mexico-u.s.-is-polluting-water-it-may-someday-need-to-drink

    Mexico City plans to draw drinking water from a mile-deep aquifer, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times. The Mexican effort challenges a key tenet of U.S. clean water policy: that water far underground can be intentionally polluted because it will never be used.

    U.S. environmental regulators have long assumed that reservoirs located thousands of feet underground will be too expensive to tap.

    #eau #pollution #environnement #cdp


  • Who’s Faking It? Pentagon “Cyber-Warriors” Planting “False Information on Facebook” | Global Research
    http://www.globalresearch.ca/whos-faking-it-pentagon-cyber-warriors-planting-false-information-on-facebook/5320550

    On November 22, 2012, the Los Angeles Times published an alarming piece of news entitled “Cyber Corps program trains spies for the digital age” http://articles.latimes.com/2012/nov/22/nation/la-na-cyber-school-20121123 . The “cyber-warriors” who are headed for organizations such as the CIA, NSC, FBI, the Pentagon and so on, are trained to stalk, “rifle through trash, sneak a tracking device on cars and plant false information on Facebook [emphasis added]. They also are taught to write computer viruses, hack digital networks, crack passwords, plant listening devices and mine data from broken cellphones and flash drives.”

    #cyber #espionnage #surveillance #tracking #data-mining #BBC #Iran



  • In Brazil, police massacre case turns back tide of injustice - latimes.com
    http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-brazil-amazon-massacre-20121007,0,4160990,full.story

    Police massacre case turns back tide of injustice in Brazil
    Nineteen sharecroppers demanding land were gunned down by police in 1996. In a stunning result, two top officers involved have been imprisoned, signaling a shift from impunity to accountability.

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    In Brazil, accountability for massacre

    At the scene of the massacre, 19 burned trunks of Brazil nut trees stand as a roadside monument to the dead. (Matthew Teague, Los Angeles Times / October 7, 2012)

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    By Matthew Teague, Los Angeles Times

    October 6, 2012, 5:16 p.m.

    ELDORADO DOS CARAJAS, Brazil — At 4 in the afternoon on April 17, 1996, a 13-year-old girl with blond hair climbed onto a truck stopped on a road in the Amazon basin. From the top, Ana Paula Silva — known for a long time after as “the girl” — could see everything.

    More than a thousand protesters had gathered on the road outside a village called Eldorado dos Carajas. People called them the sem terra, the landless. They sharecropped for large landowners, and they were among the poorest people in a country of very many poor and very few rich.

    They wanted to make their way to Belem, the capital of Para state, to contend for land of their own, but the horizon seemed to retreat forever. When a pregnant woman could go no farther, they stopped to devise a new plan.

    The women sat along the shoulders of the road and tended to the children, washing, nursing, rocking them to sleep. The men stood in the road and stopped trucks passing on the highway. That was the plan: They would block the road with the trucks to get the attention of the military police.

    The police soon arrived in the form of Col. Mario Pantoja. He had a congenial, hangdog appearance, and met some of the leading protesters to hear their demands. They wanted buses to the next city, Maraba, if not all the way to Belem. And they wanted water.

    Fair enough, the colonel told them. You’ll get water and buses.

    From the policeman’s perspective, some of the landless men cast impressive shadows on the road. Josemar Pereira was an ox of a man. Everything about him stood broad, from his forehead to his boots. He wore canvas trousers, a shirt open to his torso, and a flopping felt hat. With his scythe in his hand, he was the archetypal South American peasant.

    Less so Jose dos Santos. The thin 16-year-old hovered, listening in on the men’s negotiations. He had no great stake in the sem terra cause, but a protest sounded like fun, and fun was hard to come by in the Amazon basin.

    From her perch, the girl watched as the buses arrived from north and south. When they came to a stop, scores of policemen poured out with weapons drawn. Friendly Col. Pantoja led them, along with a major called Jose Oliveira.

    The workers held up their machetes, their pitchforks and their fists. In the chaos, Jose noticed that one officer had torn his name tag from his uniform.

    As he watched the officer lift his rifle and level it at his face, he wondered: Why would he remove his name?


  • Group files lawsuit against new California law banning reparative therapy for LGBT minors | Gay Star News
    http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/group-files-lawsuit-against-new-california-law-banning-reparative-thera

    Group files lawsuit against new California law banning reparative therapy for LGBT minors
    Pacific Justice Institute wants courts to halt law before it takes effect in 2013
    03 October 2012 | By Greg Hernandez

    Just days after California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill into law that bans so-called ’conversation’ therapy that attempts to turn gay kids straight, a conservative group is suing to keep the law from going into effect.

    The Pacific Justice Institute filed a lawsuit late Monday (1 October) in federal court in Sacramento claiming that the law is a violation of free speech rights of therapists and of the privacy rights of patients and their parents.

    ’This outrageous bill makes no exceptions for young victims of sexual abuse who are plagued with unwanted same-sex attraction, nor does it respect the consciences of mental health professionals who work in a church,’ institute president Brad Dacus tells the Los Angeles Times. ’We are filing suit to defend families, children and religious freedom.’

    Supporters of the law, the first of its kind in the US, blasted the institute for its legal filing.

    ’This lawsuit is a desperate, last ditch effort to defend the indefensible,’ said National Center for Lesbian Rights Executive Director Kate Kendell. ’The plain fact is that every mainstream medical and mental health association in the country has warned that these practices are ineffective and dangerous. The state has a clear duty to protect minors from harm, and that is exactly what this law does.’

    The law applies not only to sexual orientation but also to gender expression. It seeks to protect LGBT young people from practices which include the use of shame, verbal abuse, and aversion therapy that backers of the law say place youth at high risk of depression and suicide.

    The law, which goes into effect January 1, 2013, prohibits state-licensed therapists from engaging in these practices with minors.


  • Encore un scandale des soldats américains en Afghanistan. Ces gens savent vraiment comment te libérer de la tyrannie. Photos show US soldiers with dead Afghans
    http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/04/2012418143418753265.html

    Graphic photos published in an American newspaper show US soldiers posing with the mangled bodies of suspected Afghan suicide bombers.

    Senior US officials and NATO’s top commander in the country, US General John Allen, moved quickly to condemn the pictures even before they were published on Wednesday by the Los Angeles Times, which received the photos from another soldier.

    “The actions of the individuals photographed do not represent the policies of International Security Assistance Force or the US Army,” Allen said in a statement, adding that an investigation into the incident was under way.

    The appearance on the Los Angeles Times website of some of the 18 pictures, taken in 2010, comes at a sensitive time in US-Afghan relations, following release of a video in January that showed four US Marines urinating on Afghan insurgent corpses.




    • Now #drones are also being used domestically for non-military purposes, raising significant privacy concerns. For example, this past December, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) purchased its ninth drone. It uses these drones inside the United States to patrol the U.S. borders—which most would argue is within its agency mandate—but it also uses them to aid state and local police for routine law enforcement purposes. In fact, the Los Angeles Times reported in December that CBP used one of its Predators to roust out cattle rustlers in North Dakota. The Times quoted local police as saying they “have used two unarmed Predators based at Grand Forks Air Force Base to fly at least two dozen surveillance flights since June.” State and local police are also using their own drones for routine law enforcement activities from catching drug dealers to finding missing persons. Some within law enforcement have even proposed using drones to record traffic violations.


  • Attention, c’est énorme : La CIA privée d’informateurs au Liban | Slate
    http://www.slate.fr/lien/46529/cia-liban-hezbollah-services-secrets-espionnage

    En juin 2011, le chef du Hezbollah libanais, Hassan Nasrallah, avait affirmé que son mouvement créé en 1982 avait été infiltré par les renseignements américains. Une annonce qui avait été démentie par l’ambassade américaine qui suggérait que la mouvance d’obédience chiite faisait face à des problèmes internes et que ces accusations étaient « sans fondement ».

    Pourtant, la CIA a été contrainte de réduire ses activités d’espionnage au Liban, affirme le Los Angeles Times dans son édition du dimanche 20 novembre 2011, après l’arrestation de plusieurs de ses informateurs, selon des responsables américains. Le bureau de Beyrouth « a fait faillite », explique de manière imagée une source au LA Times.

    L’article du LA Times : CIA forced to curb spying in Lebanon
    http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-cia-spy-20111121,0,868084.story

    The CIA was forced to curtail its spying in Lebanon, where U.S. operatives and their agents collect crucial intelligence on Syria, terrorist groups and other targets, after the arrests of several CIA informants in Beirut this year, according to U.S. officials and other sources.

    “Beirut station is out of business,” a source said, using the CIA term for its post there. The same source, who declined to be identified while speaking about a classified matter, alleged that up to a dozen CIA informants have been compromised, but U.S. officials disputed that figure.

    • Hezbollah unravels CIA spy network in Lebanon http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_HEZBOLLAH_CIA?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2011-11-21-0

      To find them, U.S. officials said, Hezbollah examined cellphone data looking for anomalies. The analysis identified cellphones that, for instance, were used rarely or always from specific locations and only for a short period of time. Then it came down to old-fashioned, shoe-leather detective work: Who in that area had information that might be worth selling to the enemy?

      The effort took years but eventually Hezbollah, and later the Lebanese government, began making arrests. By one estimate, 100 Israeli assets were apprehended as the news made headlines across the region in 2009. Some of those suspected Israeli spies worked for telecommunications companies and served in the military.

    • Évidemment, ces informations vont (curieusement) toutes dans le sens des arguments du Hezbollah en réponse à l’acte d’accusation du TSL (meurtre Hairi), mais je te conseille de ne pas faire le rapport.

      (Selon Nasrallah, il est impossible de faire reposer l’accusation sur des analyses de données téléphoniques, puisqu’on a dévoilée des dizaines d’espions israéliens travaillant chez les télécommunications téléphoniques libanaises ; toute donnée téléphonique peut ainsi être falsifiée.)