(Glenn Greenwald) Last week, we published documents that definitively debunked and disproved a claim that numerous media outlets had circulated and affirmed for years: that Edward Snowden lied about where he was during his first 11 days in Hong Kong. Contrary to the fable these outlets dispensed to their readers — that Snowden did not check in to the Mira Hotel on May 21 as he claimed but only did so on June 1, 11 days later — these new documents, obtained from the Mira, prove that Snowden arrived there exactly when he always said, rendering their published stories factually false. Many of these stories had even claimed that anonymous U.S. investigators were unable to find hotel or credit card records for Snowden during these 11 days — exactly the records we just published.
The same day our story was published, the New York Times reporter Charlie Savage — who had previously spent weeks documenting that this claim about Snowden never had any journalistic basis to begin with — confirmed the authenticity of the new documents…
Sick sad world… Some in the world would sooner rewrite reality than to simply accept it… And, of course, the law is on *their* side, like usual.
To think, post-abortion mothers apparently have more right *not* to (possibly) feel bad about a single, personal decision than individuals with Downs Syndrome have to show the happiness they feel in merely existing. Fuck eugenics!
And the reason for the ban is, frankly, appalling:
On November 10th, the French ‘State Counsel’ rejected an appeal made by people with Down syndrome, their families and allies to lift the ban on broadcasting the award winning “Dear Future Mom” video on French television. The ban was previously imposed by the French Broadcasting Counsel. Kids who are unjustly described as a ‘risk’ before they are born, are now wrongfully portrayed as a ‘risk’ after birth too.
The video features a number of young people from around the globe telling about their lives. Their stories reflect today’s reality of living with Down syndrome and aims to reassure women who have received a prenatal diagnosis. Their message of hope takes away the fears and questions these women may have, often based on outdated stereotypes. The video was produced in 2014 to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day. A day created by Down Syndrome International and officially recognized by the United Nations for the promotion of the human rights of people with Down syndrome.
The State Counsel said that allowing people with Down syndrome to smile was “inappropriate” because people’s expression of happiness was “likely to disturb the conscience of women who had lawfully made different personal life choices.”
My Commentary: Sick sad world… Some in the world would sooner rewrite reality than to simply accept it… And, of course, the law is on *their* side, like usual.
To think, post-abortion mothers apparently have more right *not* to (possibly) feel bad about a single, personal decision than individuals with Down Syndrome have to show the happiness they feel in merely existing. Fuck eugenics!
The following correspondence originally took place upon my Facebook wall, after I posted artwork being shared by an acquaintance from here…
“Maybe we should always show pictures. Bin Laden, pictures of our wounded service people, pictures of maimed innocent civilians. We can only make decisions about war if we see what war actually is – and not as a video game where bodies quickly disappear leaving behind a shiny gold coin.” – Jon Stewart
Diana B.: right. that’ll work!!! ppl who fight tribal wars, chop off heads and parts of babies, men, women and children need to see more pictures of dead people?! mmmk
Rayn: Jon Stewart is referring to America’s youth. It is impossible for the individuals you speak of “who fight tribal wars, chop off heads and parts of babies, men, women and children” to see war “as a video game where bodies quickly disappear leaving behind a shiny gold coin.”
Diana B.: yea, im not so sure most americans have that view of war, but i do think alot of kids have violent perceptions of the world due to whats on TV and in video games. thank Gd we cut our cable, best decision we ever made!