“Edward Snowden emerges, wants asylum in Russia”


MOSCOWNational Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden wants asylum in Russia and is willing to stop sharing information as a trade-off for such a deal, according to a lawmaker who was among a dozen activists and officials to meet with him Friday at the Moscow airport where he has been marooned for weeks.

Snowden appeared nervous, but in apparently good health during the meeting behind closed doors in the transit zone of Sheremetyevo airport, Duma member Vyacheslav Nikonov told reporters.

Human Rights Watch provided a photo of Snowden at the meeting, the first new image to appear of the former NSA systems analyst since the Guardian newspaper broke the story of widespread U.S. Internet surveillance based on his leaks.

Whether Russia would be willing to take Snowden up on his request is unclear. The Kremlin has signaled that it wants Snowden out. But granting asylum would be a diplomatically risky move, threatening to worsen Moscow-Washington already strained by U.S. criticism of President Vladimir Putin‘s crackdown on the country’s opposition and Putin’s allegation that the U.S. is meddling in Russian affairs.


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“Ruth Etting – Love Me Or Leave Me (1929)”



Published on Jul 10, 2013

Ruth Etting (Nov.23,1896 – Sept.24,1978) was an American singing star of the 1930s, who had over sixty hit recordings.

Her signature tunes were “Shine On Harvest Moon“, “Ten Cents a Dance” and “Love Me or Leave Me“, and her other popular recordings included “Button Up Your Overcoat“, “Mean to Me”, “Exactly like you”, and “Shaking the Blues Away”.

Rising to fame in the twenties and early thirties, Ruth Etting was renowned for her great beauty, her gorgeous voice and her tragic life. She starred on Broadway, made movies in Hollywood, married a mobster, had numerous hit-records, fell in love and was known as America’s Sweetheart of Song.

Born in David City, Nebraska, Ruth left home at seventeen for Chicago and art school. She got a job designing costumes at a night club called the Marigold Gardens and when the tenor got sick, she was pulled into the show since she was the only one who could sing low enough. That led to dancing in the chorus line and eventually featured solos. Her career in costume design and art was soon forgotten.

The blond hair and blue eyes and stunning voice all led to her being dubbed the Sweetheart of Columbia Records, America’s Radio Sweetheart, and finally America’s Sweetheart of Song. She began to experiment with tempo and phrasing during this period in her career. Her trademark was to change the tempo – alternating between normal tempo, half-time and double-time to create and maintain interest.

Ruth Etting made her first record in 1926 and her last in 1937. Completely lacking in the performer’s ego, she called her early recordings corny and kept none of her original 78’s. In 1955 her story was made into a movie, ultimately nominated for six Academy Awards and winning the Award for Best Story.

Ruth Etting died on September 24 1978, in Colorado Springs.

Ruth Etting – Love Me Or Leave Me (1929)

Don’t Drink and Paddle: Venice Looks To Tame Unruly Gondoliers

Food Stamp Cartoon #3

US House voted to CUT Food Stamps for the poor and RAISE benefits for big farmers and agra-business.
US House voted to CUT Food Stamps for the poor and RAISE benefits for big farmers and agra-business.

Food Stamp Cartoon #2


Food Stamp Cartoon #1


“Custody Denied to Nazi-Naming Dad”



A judge has denied custody to a father who came to court in a Nazi uniform to get back his youngest child.

A hearing was held last month at Hunterdon County Family Court in Flemington, N.J., to determine whether Heath Campbell, 40, who gave all four of his children Nazi-inspired names, could visit with his 2-year-old son Heinrich Hons.

The New Jersey Division of Youth and Family Services (NJ DYFS) said they took the boy because of previous violence in the home. An anonymous abuse claim was also made to local police.

The couple said they never abused their children and argued they were being targeted for the names they chose for their kids. Officials have denied that to be the case.

The couple said they never abused their children and argued they were being targeted for the names they chose for their kids. Officials have denied that to be the case.


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“At Ramadan meals, Egypt weighs split in society”



CAIRO – As the sun set on the first day of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, families across Cairo gathered for the fast-breaking iftar meal in a country that in the last two weeks has seen protests by millions, a coup against an elected president and the deaths of dozens of people in clashes with the military.

Ramadan is traditionally a time of personal reflection and feeling a sense of brotherhood with fellow Muslims, but in the aftermath of the military overthrow of President Mohammed Morsi, the divisions among Egyptians extend even down to this traditional meal.

On one side of the city, Tahrir Square remains the symbolic center of the revolution that overthrew Hosni Mubarak and later opposed Morsi. Across town in an eastern district, Morsi’s supporters have coalesced around a major intersection in front of the mosque of Rabaah al-Adawiya.

Breaking their fast outdoors, the people in the two camps expressed bafflement and disdain for the other side.

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood vows peaceful defiance

“I don’t know if the people at Rabaah al-Adawiya are out of their minds or if they are brainwashed,” said Shenouda William, a 35-year-old lawyer, who sat with about 100 people in the echoing emptiness of Tahrir Square to break their fast. Others described the Morsi supporters in the Muslim Brotherhood as ignorant peasants or possibly Palestinian and Syrian refugees looking for food and a place to sleep.