November 25, 2014

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ISIS takes family of Iraq’s defense minister captive

November 23, 2014

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region—The Islamic State (ISIS) has taken captive dozens of family members of Iraq’s defense minister in Mosul, a Kurdish official said.

Ismat Rajab, Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) official for the Mosul area said that on Sunday, ISIS militants arrested 78 family members of Khalid al-Obeidi, Iraq’s defense minister, among them brothers and cousins of the minister.

According to Rajab, Obeidi’s relatives live in the Dindan and Bitarii areas of Mosul.

“All of their homes have also been taken,” he told Rudaw.

Obeidi, a Sunni, was appointed defense minister in the cabinet of Iraq’s Shiite Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi last month.

November 24, 2014

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Peshmerga and Shiite militias vie for control of liberated town

November 24, 2014

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region—Peshmerga forces have asked the Shiite Badr brigade to handover the control of Saadiya in northern Diyala to the Kurds a day after the town was liberated from Islamist militants, a Peshmerga spokesman said.

“There is the Badr brigade in Saadiya now and we need to negotiate with them in order to take the town back from that militia force,” Brigadier Ahmed Latif, Peshmerga spokesperson in the area told Rudaw.

“They [Shiite militia] helped the Peshmerga in taking back the town,” Latif added.

Kurdish Peshmerga forces launched a massive attack on the Islamic State (ISIS) in Jalawla and Saadiya in the early hours of Sunday morning in which 20 Peshmerga fighters were killed and 49 others were wounded.

“Many ISIS militants were killed but most of their bodies are lost under the rubble or drowned in Sirwan River,” said Latif.

Shiite militia leaders claimed to have played a major role in the offensive, but on Monday the Ministry of Peshmerga said that both towns were “liberated only by the Kurdish Peshmerga forces.”

“In Saadiya Iraqi federal troops took part in the offensive, too” Jabar Yawar, Peshmerga ministry chief of staff said in a statement.

The Kurdish Peshmerga and Shiite militias have clashed on a few occasions in the past in Tuz Khurmatu and Amerli where militia groups maintain a heavy presence.

Meanwhile, Anwar Hussein, the mayor of Jalawla urged residents of both towns to “not hurry in returning to their homes until all bombs and explosives have been cleared by the special teams.”

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4 hirelings wounded in Pashtun Kot

by "Qari Yousuf Ahmadi" [a/k/a "Qari Mohammad Yousef Ahmadi"]

As originally posted: Islamic Emirate Of Afghanistan
November 23, 2014

FARYAB, Nov. 23 – Some 4 hireling troops were wounded in Miyan Dara area of Pashtun Kot district during a firefight with Mujahideen of Islamic Emirate 01:00 pm Saturday afternoon.

November 23, 2014

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ISIL executes 2 youth in Kirkuk market

As originally posted on: Al-Shorfa
November 21, 2014

Gunmen from the "Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant" (ISIL) on Friday (November 21st) publicly executed two young men for allegedly co-operating with Iraqi security forces, AFP reported.

The killings were carried out in the middle of the crowded main market in the Zab area of Kirkuk province.

ISIL, which also controls areas of neighbouring Syria, has committed widespread atrocities in both countries, including hundreds of executions.

November 22, 2014

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AQAP loots Yemeni citizens' livelihood to fund its crimes

by Abu Bakr al-Yamani

As originally posted on: Al-Shorfa
November 6, 2014

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has resorted to robbing banks and government facilities to finance its activities, researchers told Al-Shorfa.

In mid-October, AQAP stormed al-Udayn Post Office in Ibb province, stealing 30 million riyals ($140,000), the official news agency Saba reported.

In August, AQAP gunmen stormed the town of al-Qatn in Wadi Hadramaut and robbed a number of local banks and exchange companies, including the Agricultural Credit Bank and a branch of the National Bank, according to news reports.

AQAP is currently suffering from a shortage of funding, which it needs to cover the cost of its crimes and for weapons and explosives, said Saeed al-Jamhi, a researcher specialising in Islamist groups.

This is why the group has resorted to burglary, looting, bank robbery and plundering, despite the fact that Islam forbids such practices, he told Al-Shorfa.

"Extremism has many facets, including unlawfully shedding the blood of others -- the most grievous crime," al-Jamhi said. "Deeming the money of Muslims as permissible [to steal] is another aspect of extremism."

AQAP resorts to misinterpreting and misrepresenting religious and jurisprudential texts, distorting their words or not interpreting their true meaning, he said, adding, "The sanctity of human life is greater than the sanctity of money, and whoever deems it permissible to take a human life has no qualms about seizing the money of others".

"Al-Qaeda's practices, including the heinous killings of innocent civilians, and its bank robberies and looting of state funds by plundering post offices, are unacceptable under Islamic sharia law," al-Jamhi said.

"These acts have given the world a distorted picture of Islam and brought harm to Muslims," he added.


Fares al-Saqqaf, strategy advisor to the Yemeni president, told Al-Shorfa that AQAP's bloodshed and looting indicates it is "in a state of great weakness and disarray".

The group "is in an obvious state of weakness due to the war waged against it and the siege laid on it both domestically and abroad in the context of the war on terrorism, as represented by the military campaign battling it locally, the army's pursuit of its gunmen and the blocking of its funding sources", he said.

"Al-Qaeda has deemed it permissible to take human life and shed innocent blood, and has committed the most heinous crimes, including the slaughter of soldiers in a state of peace," he said.

"Whoever does this and deems it permissible to take human life has no qualms about seizing money and committing any crime against society," al-Saqqaf added.

Al-Saqqaf urged religious scholars to explain to the public what is permissible under the Islamic faith, "especially as al-Qaeda is carrying out these terrorist acts in the name of Islam, which is innocent of it".

This role falls to the scholars, he said, because what al-Qaeda is doing reflects negatively on Islam and distorts its image.

Political analyst Nayef Haidan told Al-Shorfa that al-Qaeda's bank robberies, its killing of medical staff and patients at al-Ordhi Hospital and its "slaughter of soldiers and other suicide attacks" show it "has reached the brink of collapse and decline".

"The robberies and killings the group commits reveal the state of weakness it has reached, for we noticed many of its gunmen abandoned it after its true face was revealed," he said.

"In addition, success has been achieved in pursuing its leaders and elements and monitoring its flow of funds and remittances, which has prevented money from reaching these terrorists," Haidan said.

Such measures forced AQAP to resort to stealing funds belonging to employees and private and public banks, he said, as happened in Sayoun in Hadramaut province, and most recently in al-Udayn directorate in Ibb province in central Yemen.

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The following press release has been edited in terms of its original formatting.

For the Media and Public Opinion
People’s Defense Units (YPG)
Media Center

November 22, 2014
I. The attacks by the ‘ISIS’ terrorists to occupy Kobanî continued on the 68th day. Defending Kobanî with their sacrifices, our forces of the People’s / Women's Defense Units (YPG / YPJ) are continuing in their operations against the terrorists.

On the eastern front of Kobanî our units last night conducted an operation against several positions occupied by the terrorists in the municipality area, 5 terrorists were killed in this process.

On the southern front, our forces carried out an operation against the terrorists during the night, and killed one terrorist.

On the south-western front our troops conducted two separate operations against the terrorists yesterday during the day and overnight, targeted them on several positions, and killed 7 terrorists in the Madajan area.

The ISIS terrorists yesterday again shelled the city center and the surroundings of Kobanî. To respond these attacks our units and the Peshmerga forces targeted their positions with mortars.

II. The military campaign initiated by our units against the terrorists in the South and Southeast Serêkaniyê (Ras al-Ayn) is continuing. Following this process, our forces last night conducted an operation against the terrorist groups between the villages of Manajir and Aliya. Our fighters destroyed a vehicle of the terrorists, damaged another one, and killed 3 terrorists.

III. Our forces carried an operation against the terrorist groups today in southwest of the Jaz’ah region (4 kilometers, the Ghadisiya village), damaged a vehicle, and killed one terrorist.

November 21, 2014

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The following press release has been edited in terms of its original formatting.

For the Media and Public Opinion
People's Defense Units (YPG)
Media Center

November 21, 2014
1. The attacks by the ‘ISIS’ terrorists to occupy Kobanî continued on the 67th day. The battle inside the city continues between our forces and the terrorist groups.

On the eastern front of Kobanî, the battle that was started last night in the Sukul Hal area, the municipality street, and the Azadî (Freedom) square lasted until the morning hours of today. In the municipality street our forces conducted counter-attacks and managed to liberate a position which was occupied by the terrorists, 3 terrorists were killed in this process. We were not able to confirm the number of dead and wounded of the terrorists in the Sukul Hal area and the Azadî square.

On the southern front fighting raged out between our troops and the terrorist groups last night in some areas, details on the terrorists’ casualties in this front yet are to be confirmed.

2. The military campaign of our units in the South and Southwest of Serêkaniyê (Ras al-Ayn) is continuing. To stop our forces’ advance, the terrorist groups last night attempted to attack on the Manajir village 20 kilometers South Serêkaniyê. Our troops sharply responded, a short-time battle raged out and the offensive was effectively repelled where 3 terrorists were killed, and 7 others were injured.

In this battle one of our comrades fought heroically and was martyred in action.

We have learned that in an area close to the last night’s fighting location, two groups of the ISIS terrorists have fought each other in the meantime where they battled for a long while. According to the information obtained, 5 terrorists were killed in those clashes.

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Durham couple indicted as part of Silk Road 2.0 crackdown

As originally posted: Action News Now
November 19, 2014

Two Durham residents have been indicted on federal drug charges, part of a crackdown on Silk Road 2.0, a series of black market websites used to facilitate drug trafficking.

David Schell, 54, and Teri Schell, 59, were arrested after FBI agents learned they were accessing "Silk Road 2.0," an illicit network of websites that facilitated the trafficking of contraband, particularly controlled substances, until its worldwide dismantlement on November 6.

On the same day the network was dismantled, agents searched the Schells' residence and found more than 450 marijuana plants a significant amount of processed marijuana, marijuana wax, and 12,000 in cash.

According to court documents David Schell mailed more than 100 packages overseas between January and September of this year. David and Teri Schell have both been charged with conspiracy to manufacture, distribute and possess marijuana with intent to distribute. David Schell faces an additional nine distribution charges.

Both suspects are out of custody and are scheduled to be arraigned on November 26 in Sacramento.

November 20, 2014

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Iraq Intel Report: US Planes Supplying ISIL with Weapons, Foodstuff

November 16, 2014

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iraqi intelligence sources disclosed that US military planes have been supplying the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant Takfiri terrorists with weapons and foodstuff under the guise of air raids on militants' positions.

The Iraqi forces have found out that the US aircraft usually airdrop arms and food cargoes for ISIL militants who collect them on the ground, Asia news agency quoted Iraqi army's intelligence officers as saying.

"The Iraqi intelligence sources reiterated that the US military planes have airdropped several aid cargoes for ISIL terrorists to help them resist the siege laid by the Iraqi army, security and popular forces," added the report.

On Saturday, Iraqi security sources disclosed that the ISIL terrorist group is using the state-of-the-art weapons which are only manufactured by the US and each of their bullets are worth thousands of dollars.

"What is important is that the US sends these weapons to only those that cooperate with the Pentagon and this indicates that the US plays a role in arming the ISIL," an Iraqi security source told FNA.

The source noted that the most important advantage of the US-made weapons used by the ISIL is that "these bullets pierce armored vehicles and kill the people inside the vehicle".

He said each of such bullets is worth $2,000, and added, "These weapons have killed many Iraqi military and volunteer forces so far."

The crisis in Iraq escalated after the ISIL militants took control of Mosul in a lightning advance on June 10, which was followed by the fall of Tikrit, located 140 kilometers (87 miles) Northwest of the capital, Baghdad.

Soldiers of the Iraqi army, popular forces and Kurdish Pishmarga troops have been engaged in heavy fighting with the militants on different fronts and have so far been able to push them back in several areas.

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by "Tea Party Cat"

As originally posted on: Top Conservative Cat (TeaPartyCat) on Twitter
November 19, 2014

November 19, 2014

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Killing cops?

by Kent McManigal

As originally posted on: Kent's "Hooligan Libertarian" Blog
November 12, 2014

I don't advocate for anyone to go out and kill cops.

I DO advocate for everyone to defend themselves and their property from aggression and theft with whatever amount of force they have to. Including deadly force.

If cops (or copsuckers) see that as calling for cops to be killed, then, obviously, they are admitting that what cops do- or are likely to do- could be seen to qualify as aggression and theft.

That means someone does need to change their ways, but it isn't me.


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As originally posted: Reporters Without Borders
November 19, 2014

A group identifying itself as Islamist has claimed responsibility for three murders, including that of Rajib Haider, a blogger whose throat was cut on 15 February 2013, and has named other future victims including Asif Mohiuddin, a blogger who narrowly survived a stabbing on 14 January 2013.

The group, which calls itself Ansar al Islam Bangladesh (Defenders of Islam), posted the message on a newly-created Facebook page on 15 November, just hours after the fatal stabbing of sociology professor Shafiul Islam, one of the murders claimed by the group. Since then, the Facebook page seems to have been closed.

The police have said they are trying to establish the authenticity of the claims.

We are outraged by this post,” said Benjamin Ismaïl, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Asia-Pacific desk. “To combat all forms of impunity, it is vital that the Bangladeshi authorities conduct an investigation in order to quickly identify those responsible for these murders and death threats, whoever they are.

Ismaïl added: “Protection must also be given to the future targets named in the message so that the list of victims does not get any longer.

The link between the victims is clearly their opposition to religious extremism. In his blog “Almighty only in name, but impotent in reality,” Asif Mohiuddin (upper left) often expressed scepticism about religion and the teachings of Islam in particular. He also criticized the lack of freedom of expression in Bangladesh.

Rajib Haider (lower left), a 30-year-old architect, was a member of the Shahbagh activist network, which became well known for its opposition to Islamic fundamentalism.

Bangladesh is ranked 146th out of 180 countries in the 2014 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index.

November 17, 2014

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The Advantage of Panarchy

by Paul Bonneau

As originally posted on: Strike The Root
July 14, 2014

The crucial advantage of Panarchy is that it converts aggressive violence into defense.

Most people on the Internet tend to “stick with their own kind”; for example, liberals read only sites like Daily Kos. However, when they venture out and run into those of different persuasions, you always see a battle of competing arguments, and the participants are quite earnest about it. There is a reason for this.

Persuasion is the preferred tool, but behind every utterance is the implied threat: “If I can’t persuade you of the validity of my preferred worldview, I will impose it on you, or help others impose it on you.” They all grab for the cudgel of political power. Every persuasion hides--but not very well--the threat of plunder and oppression.

Needless to say, everyone perceives this latent threat, at least subliminally. That is why such conversations go nowhere. The participants are not about to seriously entertain the arguments of their opponents when aggressive violence is in the offing.

The above applies even to advocates of Liberty, who have not yet deduced that they must also be proponents of Panarchy. Yes, they will say things like, “Liberty is not an imposition, but the removal of impositions,” trying to make the case that they should not be threatening to others. But I can assure you, visions of Libertopia where everybody must conform to the Non-Agression Principle certainly can be threatening to others. How else to explain the concerns about anarchy, or the unwillingness to let anarchists give it a try?

The advantage of Panarchy, again, is that it converts aggressive violence into defense. That is, anyone who argues from a position of Panarchy cannot be taken as someone trying to grab that cudgel of power. There is no latent threat behind the argument, especially when an advocate of Panarchy states (and should state if he has any sense) that liberals should get what liberals want, conservative should get what they want, and so forth. How can anyone be threatened by the statement, that they should get what they want?

No one else says such things.

Of course, liberals and others may immediately realize that with Panarchy, some may escape the plunder they intend (e.g., “Who will feed the poor if the non-poor can’t be plundered?”). But there are two important things about that: 1) They may also, themselves, escape the plunder and oppression that their opponents intend for them, and 2) That the position of Panarchy is a defensive one, and people naturally take the side of defenders over aggressors--not consistently of course; but it takes a lot of propaganda to swerve them from their natural tendency.

Defense is a much better position to, well, defend. It turns everyone against it, into obvious aggressors. Now, looting and oppression must be justified; and that is difficult to do.

Panarchy is good for everyone, not just for anarchists. It makes you a defender rather than an aggressor, and puts you on the side of the angels--in everyone’s eyes, not just your own.

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The following tweets were originally posted by "Anonymous" on Twitter via the hacked account of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) ( on November 16, 2014.

16 NOV 2014 09:11:47

You should've expected us. #OpKKK continues to be a success. Freedom will prevail.

Based on the direct messages sent from and to this account, we can confirm that this account was run by an official Klan member.

November 15, 2014

"You" and "I"

The following is adapted from a transcript of texts exchanged via cell phone on March 26, 2014. It has been slightly edited in terms of content (simply to shield the identity of a person), and has been edited from its original formatting.

[Megan O'Reilly]

I just wanted to let you know: I'm at Legal Aid. I went and applied for Iszie's birth certificate on Friday too. I hate being forced like this. >:(

Steve Hennessey

Well to determine paternity. I won't pay for the test. I didn't go to court the other day as I shouldn't have been involved before due process. Regardless of what you say I have not agreed to this. You made this happen and only you and I'm paying for your life plan. What you did was unfair and irresponsible. Bringing a child into the world In the child protection system. I am still in discussions with cfs.

You have done all the forcing of the hand so you can include me In this life game of yours and you had no right to. I was there just to have sex and your ulterior motives are cliche. Go through the

legal process and at that time I will fight for custody if they determine it is mine.

Why you put my name Down is just another factor that it could have been me or any other guy. You did this on purpose and you put my name on legal documents without consultation.

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Neo-Reaction in a Nutshell: We Are Ruled By A Theocracy – An Evil One.

by Curt Doolittle

As originally posted on: Propertarianism
September 28, 2014

(worth repeating)

The central proposition of neo-reaction is that the enlightenment was dangerously optimistic about humans, human nature, and the state; and that as a consequence, society is just as religious as ever it was, with an official state religion of progressivism: the promise of an aristocracy of everyone. It is another “good-news” religion, telling us what we wish to hear, but about this world instead of the next.

Instead of the church teaching supernatural analogy, we have academia, public intellectuals and the state all preaching the new religion of progressivism. And this new religion, is an evil religion: pseudoscientific rather than supernatural, irrational rather than logical, dishonest rather than allegorical, consumptive and destructive rather than accumulative, dysgenic rather than evolutionary, and suicidal rather than exceptional.

And so, western philosophy didn’t go wrong four years ago, or ten years ago, or eighty years ago – but it went fundamentally and terribly wrong over three centuries ago, with the enlightenment.

We had already evolved the best form of government yet devised: a market for production of private goods and services, and a house for each of the classes to produce common goods and services we cannot produce in the market alone.

And our only significant error was to fail to grasp that the church: the representative of the common people, served as one of those houses of government, and should not have been separate from the other two: the long term interests of the martial land owners, the medium term interests of entrepreneurial banking, production and trade. Instead, we handed the aristocracy and commerce to the new church: the academy and its priesthood the public intellectuals. America is ruled by a theocracy.

The central problem of any post-hunter-gatherer society, engaged in production, is to ensure that the fecundity of the unproductive does not eradicate the increases in productivity of the creative – but that those increases are accumulated as a competitive advantage against the fecundity of not only our own relations, but of those who would replace us. Otherwise all innovation is translated into population expansion rather than advancement. Northern european civilization succeeded faster than all others, in no small part because it concentrated reproduction in its upper classes, not in expanding the burden of its lower classes.

Neo-reaction then, is an articulate and accurate criticism of the enlightenment and its evidentiary failure culminating in the late 20th century – including the rejection of the ideology by the adoption of totalitarian consumer capitalism everywhere other than the west. Propertarianism, including Aristocratic Egalitarianism, Testimonial Truth and Operationalism provide the logical and institutional solution to the problem of cooperation among competing interests we call ‘politics’, that the Enlightenment, and Neo-Reaction did not.

November 14, 2014

The System


by Curt Doolittle

As originally posted on: Propertarianism
September 28, 2014

Economic Rents create lost opportunities for exchange. A cost.  They grant a privilege whose results are incalculable (unavailable because profit and loss are externalized) and therefore unmeasurable (comparable with other investments) and invisible (they are forgotten and never rise again), instead of creating a calculable, measurable, investment and return for the polity.

Unfortunately, democracy – majority rule – forces us to create these lost opportunities to exchange rents and privileges which are incalculable.

Furthermore, the pooling of taxes into general funds,  rather than charging fees for services, for the payments of debts, and collecting returns on investments, create opportunities for rents. It is this system of rents that we systemically MUST construct under democracy. Democracy does not let us do otherwise.

Worse, it is this system of rents, that allows the predatory and parasitic rent-seeking bureaucracy to exist, and expand like a cancer uncontrollably.

Conversely, if we enforced (a) a universal requirement for operational calculability, (b)universal standing for the prosecution of rent seeking, (c) and the negotiation of contracts, rather than the competition for rents in order to obtain power necessary to issue laws (commands), then it is impossible to seek rents. And even if rents are somehow obtained, impossible to hold them.

Yet enforcing (a)(b)(c) does not require that we abandon the construction of commons. Only that we abandon the rentiers. So while it was necessary to centralize rents in order to extinguish family, guild and tribal rents, it is now equally necessary to ban rents permanently.

All that is required is contracts instead of laws, universal standing, and operational calculability.