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Murder in the SunMorgue
by Denis O'Brien, PhD

Who killed hundreds of Syrian children in Ghouta, Aug21|2013? How, and why?

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Three things I learned on the Internet today

1.  Lithium batteries are not candy

If a kid eats a lithium button battery, it can get stuck in the esophagus, react with the saliva, and burn a hole through the esophagus and aorta. The parents of a 4-yo in Australia found this out the hard way.  Link

2.  How the USG tortures whistle-blowers

John Kiriakou, the CIA agent who blew the whistle on USG waterboarding torture techniques -- the first CIA officer ever busted for passing classified information to a reporter -- is currently pulling time in a Fed prison in Pennsylvania.  He’s got about 2 years to go and is looking for pen-pals Maybe that’s because his cell-mate is Ohio’s quintessential slime-ball politician, Frank Russo, the crooked auditor from Cuyahoga County who is doing decades.  Russo is gay. 

You want torture, try being locked up with a felonious faggot-politician for a few years.

3.  A person who is given asylum is called an "asylee."  Snowden wouldn't qualify in the US

What if the deal was different and Snowden was a Russian whistleblower asking the US for asylum?  Would he be qualified?

No.  The person has to be a refugee, and there is no room in the US definition of "refugee" for whistle-blowers: 

Immigration and Nationality Act 101(a)(42) – person who is unable or unwilling to return to his/her country of nationality because of persecution -- or a well-founded fear of persecution -- on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.

It's not clear to me how one qualifies on the basis of "nationality."  Seems like almost everyone in the world has one. 

BTW: in 2012the USG granted affirmative asylum to 18 Ecuadorians, 4700 Chinese, 550 Russians, 5 Israelis, 0 Icelanders, and 0 Canadians.  Link 




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