Twitter Digest: August 29, 2011

  1. Twitter Digest: August 27, 2011 August 28, 2011 @ 01:03

  2. RE: I replied to you, but I did it with a link. That reply was deleted. I didn't delete it. My reply is long, and I d... . August 28, 2011 @ 03:27

  3. RE: @TomUsher My reply comment/link pointing to this blog post, which reply comment/link I had posted on http://livea... . August 28, 2011 @ 03:36

  4. @LetPeepsVote You're "following" me. I see you're writing: "27 gays and lesbians were killed last year by Christians." Christians? No. August 28, 2011 @ 15:18

  5. @ ytgv3fc7

    Actually, you have it all completely backwards. If we were to tak (@YouTube August 28, 2011 @ 15:33

  6. QE Up-Ticks, False, Masking Toxic Waste/"Assets," Buying Time, Waiting for Death August 28, 2011 @ 19:45

  7. "Financial markets have a very safe way of predicting the future. They cause it." — George Soros August 28, 2011 @ 20:22

  8. Soros: "Obama's stimulus program was not big enough...not directed at improving infrastructure nor human capital...not productive enough." August 28, 2011 @ 20:25

  9. I liked a @YouTube video Beware Facebook August 28, 2011 @ 23:42

  10. I favorited a @YouTube video Beware Facebook August 28, 2011 @ 23:42

  11. Facebook's CIA, DIA, etc., Direct Connections? August 28, 2011 @ 23:46

  12. "A vision of a democratic Libya" It mentions religion twice, but do they want sharia? Sharia is not in keeping with it. August 29, 2011 @ 00:48

  13. Unlike some people, when I read WikiLeaks-released State Dept. cables, I don't consider them WikiLeaks editorials. Why should I, 9/11? Bull. August 29, 2011 @ 01:18

  14. WikiLeaks Hit With DoS Attack as It Releases Tens of Thousands of Cables from @firedoglake August 29, 2011 @ 01:47

  15. WikiLeaks to Release 35,000 Cables: What's Been Revealed So Far from @firedoglake August 29, 2011 @ 01:47

  16. US Machinations of Diplomacy Further Revealed Through New Batch of WikiLeaks Cables from @firedoglake August 29, 2011 @ 01:48

  17. Wikileaks: In '06, Lieberman told US ambassador of need to transfer Palestinians from Israel– and US says nothing August 29, 2011 @ 01:52

  18. WikiLeaks: In 2006, Avigdor Lieberman told US ambassador of need to transfer [ethnically cleans] Palestinians from I... August 29, 2011 @ 02:04

  19. Egypt's military ruler Tantawi and the American siege of Gaza: revelations from Wikileaks via @intifada August 29, 2011 @ 02:10

  20. @LetPeepsVote When you say Christians killed (murdered) homosexuals, you are misusing the term "Christians." Christians don't murder/kill. August 29, 2011 @ 15:02

  21. How far does the anti-regulation go? Are fire and building codes also bad?
    . August 29, 2011 @ 15:08

  22. Was UNSC Resolution 1973 only about being as anti-virus software, or did it necessarily anticipate stopping it at its source if expedient? August 29, 2011 @ 18:05

  23. Libyan Rebels, in Show of Unity, Plan for Transition - August 29, 2011 @ 18:34

  24. Libya's National Transitional Council avoids lawlessness of Iraq after Saddam's fall. Co-opts Tripoli's policemen. No Debaathification. August 30, 2011 @ 03:06

  25. Alberta tar-sands land-use plan delays tougher restrictions on use of Athabasca River water & halting spread of toxic tailings-ponds. August 30, 2011 @ 03:30

  26. Huge mistakes: Obama's jobs-growth package will be tiny compared to what it should be, and he won't have the government be the employer. August 30, 2011 @ 03:38

  27. The Bible links many severe weather events to God, but today many are amazed that many others can still connect weather to Spirit. August 30, 2011 @ 04:05

  28. 4-5 million without power, around 21 deaths so far, billions in damage, homes lost, cars lost, beaches gone, ... insensitive focus on hype? August 30, 2011 @ 04:14


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    Education: Arizona State University, Bachelor of Science in Political Science. City University of Seattle, graduate studies in Public Administration.

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