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This image, which is making the internet rounds in Japan, apparently can show just how much you worry. If you have few worries, then this image will probably move slightly, as if its fluttering in the breeze. If you are worrying about many things, it’s possible the movement will be intense. This is hardly scientific, and the reaction will vary from person to person.
As someone in Japan pointed out, the only ones who don’t have worries are dead people.

This image, which is making the internet rounds in Japan, apparently can show just how much you worry. If you have few worries, then this image will probably move slightly, as if its fluttering in the breeze. If you are worrying about many things, it’s possible the movement will be intense. This is hardly scientific, and the reaction will vary from person to person.

As someone in Japan pointed out, the only ones who don’t have worries are dead people.

The Syrian Debacle Worsens

The sad news out of Syria, as if it weren’t unfortunately expected, things are getting worse. Yesterday marked a new assault on the town of Idlib, where tanks and heavy artillery began to shell the city. More death, which will likely be in the hundreds by Monday. The current death toll since last year is reportedly nearing eight-thousand.

The violence has been spurring civilians, whom are able to evacuate, to flee to neighbouring countries, including Lebanon and Jordan; al-Jazeera reports over 80,000 Syrians have fled across the Syrian-Jordan border, many of whom are now forced to live nomadically in cramped tents, looking for harvesting work to support their families.

The world, however, remains motionless in political deadlock. The Russians conduct a “do as I say, not as I do” policy of continuing to stand behind Syria and arming the regime with weapons while simultaneously condemning the violence. The Arab League sent Ghanian Kofi Annan as an envoy in hopes of creating dialogue toward diplomacy. Let’s just say that al-Assad is stubborn, and has vowed to destroy what he calls “armed terrorists” attacking his country.

High ranking Syrian officials are beginning to defect from the regime, more regime soldiers are switching sides to the Free Syrian Army - a group with no political goals - and Syria begins to come to grips with the realities of a growing civil war and a worsening humanitarian crisis.

The inaction of China and Russia to block UN intervention in Syria is an outright injustice to humanity. Syria enters a critical moment of violence as the Assad regimes further intensifies the violence.

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The number of martyrs in Syria today [Feb 9] has reached 105 so far including 10 children. Ninety-three martyrs in the affected city of Homs, four in Maarat Al-Noman in Idlib, five in two Damascus suburbs (Madaya and Zabadany), two from Ain Al-Arab (Kobany) in Aleppo and one in Lattakia. These numbers were reported by activists and doctors in the fields in the different areas. We are not able to document the names of martyrs due to the intense shelling.

"It started with a massacre. Trucks of soldiers pulled up. They executed the women and men inside the house and stabbed the children with knives. They killed four members of the Bahader family, 11 from the A’kra family and six from the al-Muhammad family on 26 January," [an eyewitness] says.

One activist, Raji, speaking from a basement inside Baba Amr, said Syrian forces had begun using heavier artillery rounds with devastating effect. In addition to the 27 killed, he said many people were lying dead under the rubble of their houses. There were also reports that 18 premature babies had died in hospital after power cuts caused their incubators to fail, according to the BBC. State TV denied the reports.

Syria continues to spin out of control.

"The regime didn’t expect us to continue our struggle against them," activist Karam Abu Rabea said via Skype. "They didn’t think we would persist. So now it is using its last card. It is the genocide card."

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Syria Spins Out of Control
As the U.N. Security Council meets today to discuss how to halt Syria’s descent into civil war, the available statistics show a country more violent than ever — and increasingly defined by armed conflict.
In mid-November, I charted the rising bloodshed in Syria and found that the country was on pace for its deadliest month yet. Since then, the United Nations has admitted that it can no longer keep track of the country’s death. However, the Violations Documenting Center in Syria (VDC), which is affiliated with local activist groups, has continued to keep track of the body count — and the picture isn’t pretty.
The past three months have easily been Syria’s bloodiest, resulting in 3,029 deaths. By way of comparison, roughly 3,100 people were killed during the first six months of the revolt — meaning that violence in the country has doubled since then. And it’s only getting worse: 829 Syrians were killed in November, 1,049 were killed in December, and 1,151 were killed in January.
The statistics also bear out the view that the revolt increasingly resembles a guerilla war. According to the VDC’s statistics, 312 soldiers were killed in January — 27 percent of the total death toll, the highest proportion during the entire conflict. By contrast, in December, military members only accounted for 18 percent of the deaths. It is unclear whether the VDC counts the deaths of defected Syrian soldiers as civilian or military, so the actual percentage of combatants killed in Syria could be even higher.
This February also marks the 30th anniversary of the Hama Massacre, when President Hafez al-Assad initiated a brutal crackdown in the western Syrian city in order to put down a rebellion. Since then, Syrians, historians and policymakers have wondered how a regime could be allowed to virtually destroy a city while the international community sat and watched.
The low-end casualty estimates for Hama stand at around 7,000 people. According to the VDC, a total of 7,054 Syrians have been killed in the past year. Three decades later, it seems, we have our answer.

Syria Spins Out of Control

As the U.N. Security Council meets today to discuss how to halt Syria’s descent into civil war, the available statistics show a country more violent than ever — and increasingly defined by armed conflict.

In mid-November, I charted the rising bloodshed in Syria and found that the country was on pace for its deadliest month yet. Since then, the United Nations has admitted that it can no longer keep track of the country’s death. However, the Violations Documenting Center in Syria (VDC), which is affiliated with local activist groups, has continued to keep track of the body count — and the picture isn’t pretty.

The past three months have easily been Syria’s bloodiest, resulting in 3,029 deaths. By way of comparison, roughly 3,100 people were killed during the first six months of the revolt — meaning that violence in the country has doubled since then. And it’s only getting worse: 829 Syrians were killed in November, 1,049 were killed in December, and 1,151 were killed in January.

The statistics also bear out the view that the revolt increasingly resembles a guerilla war. According to the VDC’s statistics, 312 soldiers were killed in January — 27 percent of the total death toll, the highest proportion during the entire conflict. By contrast, in December, military members only accounted for 18 percent of the deaths. It is unclear whether the VDC counts the deaths of defected Syrian soldiers as civilian or military, so the actual percentage of combatants killed in Syria could be even higher.

This February also marks the 30th anniversary of the Hama Massacre, when President Hafez al-Assad initiated a brutal crackdown in the western Syrian city in order to put down a rebellion. Since then, Syrians, historians and policymakers have wondered how a regime could be allowed to virtually destroy a city while the international community sat and watched.

The low-end casualty estimates for Hama stand at around 7,000 people. According to the VDC, a total of 7,054 Syrians have been killed in the past year. Three decades later, it seems, we have our answer.

About my differences with Ron Paul: I am not a social and economic Darwinist. I believe government has an important role in providing education, regulating polluting industries, and prohibiting racial discrimination in housing, employment, and public accommodations. I also believe the U.S. needs to provide international leadership in preventing the most catastrophic impacts of climate change — and do it urgently. I am a firm supporter of international efforts, with U.S. support, to stop genocides, as we committed to do after confirmation of the Genocide Convention. Ron Paul is on completely the other side on these issues. Do his supporters really believe that the prohibition of racial discrimination is a violation of individual liberties? Should we have just sat on our hands while 800,000 Rwandans were butchered in 100 days — or supported U.N. action to stop the slaughter? Do our fundamental moral commitments end at political boundaries? And does anyone really think we shouldn’t be working cooperatively with the international community to stem climate disruption, achieve energy independence, and to be far better stewards for our children and later generations?

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Zuccotti is no longer surrounded by barricades and last night Occupy Wall Street protesters returned to Zuccotti Park. The OWS protesters were kicked out of the park back in mid November due to health concerns, but now after the courts ruled in the protesters favor they have slowly being making their way back to the epicenter of the protest. Goldie, an OWS activist, joins us and gives us the latest from the reoccupation.

If your biggest concern today is changing your theme on Tumblr, you ought to broaden your horizons.

Just sayin’.

Question:

On average, how long do you stay on Tumblr once you get online?

-Just a little while, 1-10 minutes.
-Longer than 10 minutes, shorter than an hour.
-Longer than an hour.
-Longer than 2 hours.

What say you?

The Illusion of Choice - Media Consolidation

The Illusion of Choice - Media Consolidation

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