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  1. omQ Release the Desaparecidos commented on Walt Handelsman 1 day ago

    Many of those ‘rendered’ were not “enemy combatants”. How many trials have there been? Some were plucked off the streets in Canada, Sweden, Pakistan,Afghanistan, Italy, Tanzania…
    A stain on your country’s reputation, and of the countries that supported your CIA’s operation.

  2. omQ Release the Desaparecidos commented on Tom Toles 1 day ago

    …or was he ‘moderated’? [is that even a verb?]

  3. omQ Release the Desaparecidos commented on Chip Bok 1 day ago

    asked “Do you know what a “Passport” looks like?”

    I hold 2 passports; my daughter has 4. My sister is applying for British citizenship and will acquire her 3rd. My cousins in Canada sometimes travel on 3 (Canada & South Africa insist on their citizens travelling in and out of their countries with their passports; they often transit thru’ Europe so use their Portuguese passports.

    My passport has dozens of stamps (it expires in 7 months); might be difficult to spot when & where I have been in the last 4 weeks.
    Granted the overwhelming majority of travellers don’t possess more than 1 passport and don’t have dozens of stamps in their passport, but I have disocovered that dual nationals often DO travel with both passports (I only acquired my SA one 3 years ago; SA began insisting on their nationals using one when entering & leaving it).

    Therefore, there might not be a stamp.

    Also, consider that many travellers returning from Western Africa are returning…home, to the USA. Many are likely to be naturalised Americans. You’d refuse entry for your own compatriots?

  4. omQ Release the Desaparecidos commented on Darrin Bell 2 days ago

    In England I’ve never been asked for ID. In South Africa & Portugal, yes, but not in Britain.

    I don’t care either way but in your country it is disingenuous to state that voter ID requirements are to combat fraud.

  5. omQ Release the Desaparecidos commented on Walt Handelsman 2 days ago

    …or on CIA rendition flights for torture by proxy. No US jail cell needed.

  6. omQ Release the Desaparecidos commented on Jack Ohman 2 days ago

    You feel, as a nation, singled out as being hysterical? That’s because you’re reading only your own media.
    Allow me to help you out: Everyone outside Western Africa is getting hysterical. I can point out to you South Africans getting hysterical (while others are rolling their eyes when they travel: “what? You’re an African, from that Africa? …argghhh!”)
    But that’s just it: travel bans won’t be effective. People will lie regardless, infected travelers will go ‘underground’ and make detection even more difficult.

  7. omQ Release the Desaparecidos commented on Jack Ohman 2 days ago

    “If ebola makes it to Central America, we’re screwed.”

    This spam has been hitting all the ‘toons with the ebola theme but it also made me think how provincial, nimby and selfish the sentiment it represents: ’if it reaches Central America, nevermind the central Americans, we are screwed’. :-|
    Ignoring the nonsense behind it, it’s the sentiment that is interesting to me…“No-one else matters but me”.

  8. omQ Release the Desaparecidos commented on Ted Rall 2 days ago

    Have you also read the comments under that video? Sheeesh… there are crazies everywhere.

  9. omQ Release the Desaparecidos commented on Ted Rall 2 days ago

    Ha! Funny video. I love conspiracy nuts. Except in these cases there is a real-world negative effect: the spread of misinformation. No wonder there is hysteria in our ‘sophisticated media’.

    In some of the affected areas we understandably have misinformation & mistrust. There are high rates of illiteracy, suspicion of government officials (corruption is rife), suspicion of health workers (conspiracy theorists abound there too, usually originating from local folks with vested interests in not allowing vaccination efforts, local power plays ).
    I can understand the suspicion & mistrust at that level: low access to verifiable information, extreme lack of formal education, illiteracy, superstitions etc

    But it absolutely astounds me when I read of conspiracy theorists amongst the educated and allegedly rational. It seems sometimes a little education is dangerous.
    This ‘tapping of one’s nose’ with a knowing nod, because you’re in the ‘secret know’ exasperates me. Ignorance among the impoverished is excusable. Ignorance among us is inexcusable and is called something else. Is Information overload the cause of this new phenomena?

  10. omQ Release the Desaparecidos commented on Tom Toles 2 days ago

    You’re another I’m going to start flagging for ad hominim attacks and insults. Earlier this week you claimed to have flagged a cartoonist…? :-|
    I’m impressed.