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Despite concerns, US restocks Israel with ammunition - Yahoo News

Dear America: How do you sleep at night?

The Last Stand for the Middle Class Is Taking Place in a Parking Lot in Massachusetts - Esquire

Bottom line - Bosses to worker bees: Shut up and take your gruel. Don’t complain to *us* that you can’t raise a family on what we pay you - you should have thought of all that before you decided to start one. Don’t complain to us that you “can’t afford” what we force you to believe you must have to be living “the American dream;” if you want more things, then get another job. Stop whining about public education being inadequate, or higher ed being too expensive - we don’t WANT you to be better-educated. In fact, if you don’t shut up and get back to work, you ingrates, we’ll move EVERYTHING over to Asia, where they’re HAPPY to make 38 cents a day.

Larry Pratt Doubles Down On Telling Congresswoman She Should Fear Being Shot | Right Wing Watch

I fear the day is coming when we will see “I-told-you-so” murder committed in the street - and many will lustfully cheer…

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Day 23: Israel strikes on another UN school serving as a refugee shelter & crowded market in Shejaiya during ceasefire as Gaza death toll passes 1,350 | July 30, 2014

Faiza Al-Tanboura had not spoken for 21 days since a missile strike destroyed her home. In the early hours of the morning she found her voice: “The children. Don’t let them kill the children,” she shouted as she ran out into the playground of a UN school under Israeli tank fire.

Three thousand people have squashed into Jabaliya Elementary Girls’ School since the Israeli military warned people to leave their homes and neighbourhoods or risk death under intense bombardment. Classroom Number 1, just inside the school’s entrance, had become home to about 40, mostly women and children.

The first shell came just after the early morning call to prayer, when most of those taking shelter in a United Nations school in Jabaliya refugee camp were asleep, crammed into classrooms with what few possessions they had managed to snatch when they fled their homes. Minutes later, a second shell slammed through the roof of the two-storey school.

At least 15 people, mostly children and women, died when the school in Jabaliya refugee camp was hit by five shells during a night of relentless bombardment across Gaza. More than 100 people were injured.

Pierre Krähenbühl, commissioner-general of the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA, said the shelling of the school was a “serious violation of international law by Israeli forces”.

He said: “Last night, children were killed as they slept next to their parents on the floor of a classroom in a UN-designated shelter in Gaza. Children killed in their sleep; this is an affront to all of us, a source of universal shame. Today the world stands disgraced.”

Christopher Gunness, the UNRWA’s spokesman, said “precise location of the school was communicated to Israeli army 17 times.” 

The attack on the school was the sixth time that UNRWA premises have been hit since the Israeli assault on Gaza began more than three weeks ago, the UN said.

In the evening, after Israel had declared a four hour humanitarian ceasefire, came another attack, on a busy market in Shejaiyah, between Gaza City and the Israeli border. At least 15 people were killed, including Rami Rayan, a Palestinian journalist wearing a press vest, and another 200 people wounded. 

At least 110 people were killed across Gaza on Wednesday, July 30, bringing the total Palestinian death toll to more than 1,350.

Photos: 

1. People inspect the damage outside the school. (Wissam Nassar for The New York Times)

2. A Palestinian child, wounded in an Israeli strike in a UN school, receives treatment at Kamal Edwan hospital. (Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images)

3. Palestinians who lost relatives in an Israeli strike in a UN school in Jabalia refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip, mourn outside the Kamal Edwan hospital in Beit Lahia where victims from the attack were brought. (Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty Images)

4. A Palestinian man inspects the damage at a UN school at the Jabalia refugee camp. (Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty Images)

5. A Palestinians boy looks at the sky after hearing a fighter jet releasing flares, as he stands by a donkey killed by an Israeli strike earlier, at and around the adjacent Abu Hussein U.N. school, seen in background, in Jebaliya refugee camp. (Lefteris Pitarakis/AP)

6. A Palestinian man grieves for relatives who were killed in an Israeli airstrike at a U.N. school in the Jabaliya refugee camp, at the Kamal Adwan hospital in Beit Lahiya. (Khalil Hamra/AP)

7. A Palestinian man pictured through a damaged classroom carries a boy as he walks at a United Nations-run school sheltering Palestinians displaced by an Israeli ground offensive. (Suhaib Salem/Reuters)

8. Palestinians mourn the death of a relative, who died when a UN school used as a shelter for internally displace people came under Israeli shelling in the Kamal Adwan hospital in Beit Lahia. (Oliver Weiken/EPA)

9. Palestinians collect human remains from a classroom inside a UN school in the Jabalia refugee camp. (Marco Longari/AFP/Getty Images)

10. Relatives carry the body of a child killed during the shelling of the school. (Sergey Ponomarev for The New York Times)

(Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)

America: Your tax dollars at work…

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Charlie Pierce, in Esquire: Killing Time

"And thus, again, does this country’s ridiculous adherence to the death penalty make public officials — and, by extension, the rest of us — look like moral buffoons. A guy takes two hours to die from an injection of who-knows-what-we-can’t-tell-you and the ensuing debate is over whether he was gasping or snoring? This makes the law a freak show, and our collective morality a clown show of epic proportions. If we’re going to be the only purportedly advanced Western nation that allows our government to kill people, and we are, now that Belarus has bailed on the whole thing, we really ought to stop the pretense that we’re doing it because we are just, and because our methods are more civilized. We look like fools."

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How Japan Plans to Build an Orbital Solar Farm
Here Comes the Sun: Mirrors in orbit would reflect sunlight onto huge solar panels, and the resulting power would be beamed down to Earth. Image: John MacNeill

Imagine looking out over Tokyo Bay from high above and seeing a man-made island in the harbor, 3 kilometers long. A massive net is stretched over the island and studded with 5 billion tiny rectifying antennas, which convert microwave energy into DC electricity. Also on the island is a substation that sends that electricity coursing through a submarine cable to Tokyo, to help keep the factories of the Keihin industrial zone humming and the neon lights of Shibuya shining bright.
But you can’t even see the most interesting part. Several giant solar collectors in geosynchronous orbit are beaming microwaves down to the island from 36 000 km above Earth.
It’s been the subject of many previous studies and the stuff of sci-fi for decades, but space-based solar power could at last become a reality—and within 25 years, according to a proposal from researchers at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). The agency, which leads the world in research on space-based solar power systems, now has a technology road map that suggests a series of ground and orbital demonstrations leading to the development in the 2030s of a 1-gigawatt commercial system—about the same output as a typical nuclear power plant.

Continue reading 
Further reading:
The US Navy’s Plan to Beam Down Energy From Orbiting Solar Panels
Space-based solar power
Space-based solar power (wikipedia)
Solar Power via the Moon (pdf)
Solar Power Satellite Design Considerations
URSI White Paper on Solar Power Satellite (SPS) Systems (pdf)
Orbiting Solar Panels Beam Energy From Space

probablyasocialecologist:

How Japan Plans to Build an Orbital Solar Farm

Here Comes the Sun: Mirrors in orbit would reflect sunlight onto huge solar panels, and the resulting power would be beamed down to Earth. Image: John MacNeill

Imagine looking out over Tokyo Bay from high above and seeing a man-made island in the harbor, 3 kilometers long. A massive net is stretched over the island and studded with 5 billion tiny rectifying antennas, which convert microwave energy into DC electricity. Also on the island is a substation that sends that electricity coursing through a submarine cable to Tokyo, to help keep the factories of the Keihin industrial zone humming and the neon lights of Shibuya shining bright.

But you can’t even see the most interesting part. Several giant solar collectors in geosynchronous orbit are beaming microwaves down to the island from 36 000 km above Earth.

It’s been the subject of many previous studies and the stuff of sci-fi for decades, but space-based solar power could at last become a reality—and within 25 years, according to a proposal from researchers at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). The agency, which leads the world in research on space-based solar power systems, now has a technology road map that suggests a series of ground and orbital demonstrations leading to the development in the 2030s of a 1-gigawatt commercial system—about the same output as a typical nuclear power plant.

Continue reading 

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