Assange

A lot of people wanted him punished, including Stratfor, the defense intelligence vendor:

While publicly underplaying the significance of WikiLeaks activity in combating government secrecy, senior execs and analysts at private US intelligence firm Stratfor privately described WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange as a “terrorist” and “delusion nut” who “needs to be water-boarded” and made to “move from country to country” for the “next 25 years,” Stratfor leaked emails recently released by WikiLeaks and obtained by Al-Akhbar show.


The emails, part of over five million ones to be released, also suggest that senior Stratfor staff were apparently aware of secret charges reportedly by the US government to indict Assange and didn’t mind using “trumped up” charges to lock up the whistle blower well before WikiLeaks had gone after Stratfor. Assange is currently fighting an extradition to Sweden from the United Kingdom in relation to a sexual assault investigation involving two Swedish women that was ordered by the Swedish courts on 18 November 2010.


Most of the Stratfor email exchanges dealing with WikiLeaks and Assange are between mid-2010 to mid-2011.

Uh huh

Yeah, happens all the time that people with their hands handcuffed behind their backs shoot themselves in the back of the head in the back seat of a cop car. In fact, I can’t think of any other possible explanation, can you?

Ready, fire, aim

What? You mean they didn’t test the effects before they let the gas companies drill wherever they want?

Guthrie Health and the Geisinger Health System have joined together to study the health impact of Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling.


The study by the two regional health care systems — Guthrie, in Sayre, and Geisinger, in Danville, Pa. — will include development of a health surveillance network that will make patient data available for research purposes.


Health effects that may be investigated first include asthma, cardiovascular disease and cancer. Preliminary results of data analysis may be released within the next year, while other aspects of the research will unfold over the the next five to 15 years, health care officials said.


The long-term goal of the Guthrie/Geisinger study is to learn whether gas operations increase the incidence of diseases such as diabetes and cancer. Researchers also will want to determine whether air pollutants associated with gas drilling are affecting people with asthma and other lung problems.

Should he stay or should he go?

Politico’s reporting Akin is withdrawing, while the Wall St. Journal reports that he’s staying. Is he gone? We should know any minute. Obviously, Democrats would like to see him stay (because it greatly improves McCaskill’s chances) but if he does leave, he presents another problem for Republicans: namely, that Akin clearly represents the far-fringe Tea partiers who voted for him. Does his withdrawal depress their base turnout?

Fearing a likely election victory is now in doubt, Republican leaders and candidates on Monday called on Missouri Rep. Todd Akin to abandon his bid for a crucial Senate seat because of his suggestion that women’s bodies can avert pregnancies in cases of “legitimate rape.”

Mr. Akin had been running ahead in polls of Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill, who is widely considered the most endangered Senate incumbent. But were he to lose, the GOP’s chances of recapturing a majority in the Senate and enacting a sweeping conservative agenda would be reduced. Republicans control the House and hope to overturn a 53-47 Democratic majority in the Senate.

The high stakes in the race prompted an unusually public campaign by Republicans to persuade Mr. Akin to step aside, despite his victory in a hard-fought primary just two weeks ago. If Mr. Akin does not quit the race by 5 p.m. Tuesday, he would have to seek a court order to do so. Mr. Akin suggested Monday he had no plans to drop out.

Sen. John Cornyn (R., Texas), who leads the Republican Party effort to win Senate seats, called Mr. Akin Monday, according to a Republican official. Mr. Akin was told that if he stays in, “he is putting not just this seat but the GOP’s prospects for a Senate majority at great risk,” the official said.

Volunteer!

Penn Action will be participating in virtual phone banks this Tuesday and Wednesday evening about PA new Photo ID law and there’s plenty of space for you to join in. Would you like to make calls to ensure that your PA neighbors know what they’ll need to be able to vote in November?

What’s a virtual phone bank?

You call from home using your phone and a computer that can hook up to the Internet. People you call do not see your phone number. Everything you need is available on your computer via the Internet.    A short training will be provided before the calling starts and tech support will be available all evening to make the whole process as easy as possible.

If you are interested in making calls on either Tuesday or Wednesday, please RSVP at the following links by the end of the day on Monday.  Sorry for the short notice!

Tuesday phone banking from home: Click here to RSVP

Wednesday phone banking from home: Click here to RSVP

Since July, Penn Action supporters have been working hard in Bucks County to reach out to citizens most likely to be at risk of lacking the government-issued photo ID they’ll need to vote in November.   On Tuesday and Wednesday, we’ll be reaching out across the state to do the same.   We’d love to have you join us in this important effort.

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