One Chart Captures the Harrowing Cost of the Gaza Conflict

Why are so many kids dying? Gaza is one of the most densely populated urban areas in the world, packing 42,600 people per 17 square miles. Over 85,000 Palestinians have already been displaced, meaning that many civilians have been crammed into even smaller spaces.

Hamas is indeed very guilty of stockpiling munitions and fighters in civilian areas, but Israeli forces often target them anyways, after notifying civilians to clear out. Current military technology simply isn’t capable of precision targeting accurate enough to avoid civilian deaths when bombs go off and rounds go flying, and both Hamas and Israel have aggravated the situation by pretending civilian deaths are an inevitable consequence of a brawl between the two parties. The result is that Gaza’s civilian population has taken the brunt of the invasion.

As the ground invasion intensifies, though, Israeli tactics are drawing serious criticism. A New York Timescorrespondent questioned a blast in Khan Younis on Monday that leveled a four-story house and killed 25 members of four families, including 19 children. President Obama also said the U.S. has “serious concerns about the rising number of Palestinian civilian deaths.” Meanwhile, Secretary of State John Kerry wascaught on camera somewhat sarcastically referring to the Israeli incursion as a “hell of a pinpoint operation.”

But it will probably continue: The dominant media narrative is still largely uncritical of Israel and Americans strongly support the Israeli invasion of Gaza. Israelis themselves, whose opinions matter much more than Americans’, seem mostly for it. So despite more rebuke from the international community than in years past — particularly from American political leaders — there’s little pressure on Israeli forces to ease up on the heavy-handed tactics being used in Gaza.


64 public figures, 7 Nobel laureates, call for arms embargo on Israel – Diplomacy and Defense

Tutu, Chomsky, Waters, Pappe, others accuse country of ‘war crimes and possible crimes against humanity.’”Israel has once again unleashed the full force of its military against the captive Palestinian population, particularly in the besieged Gaza Strip, in an inhumane and illegal act of military aggression. Israel’s ability to launch such devastating attacks with impunity largely stems from the vast international military cooperation and trade that it maintains with complicit governments across the world,” read the statement.


Liars! The National Charity Who Are Deceiving The Public About Their Role In Workfare

Some of the UK’s largest charities have a dirty little workfare secret and one of the best known has even resorted to telling bare-faced lies about their involvement in forced work.

In a statement on their website, updated on 14th July 2014, Age UK say:  “Age UK, the national charity which includes our 453 shops, is not involved in the mandatory welfare to work scheme.”

This will come as a surprise to G4S who have recently announced that an Age UK training centre in Preston will be acting as Placement Brokers for the recently launched and very much mandatory Community Work Placements.  Age UK’ have claimed up until now that only local branches, who are managed independently of the national charity, are involved in workfare.  But according to the charity themselves these training centres are a division of the national organisation, they are not locally run.

Whilst one part of Age UK is flatly denying any involvement with workfare, another division is actively involved in forcing people to work for free.  This is either staggering incompetence or Age UK are telling bare-faced lies.


Addendum to famous Quotes … That which does not kill us …

Originally posted on TheWhyAboutThis:

“That which does not kill us, makes us stronger.”

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)


While Nietzche’s words are true, I just felt he left a little something out so …

Addendum to his quote:“However it is also certain we will 

get chewed up, quite a bit, during the process of survival

 … stay away from the teeth!”

PL Howe, 2014


Everyone be careful, but have a great weekend. Remember to have some fun!

Witih affection,

~ Penny

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