Guantanamo

Guantanamo Bay in 54 Seconds

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Last Tuesday, December 30th, the Pentagon announced five Guantanamo Bay detainees were released and resettled to Kazakhstan.

While Obama is far behind on his promise to close the detention camp, his administration did end 2014 with the most prisoners freed in five years — 28 men.

Next Sunday will mark Guantanamo Bay's 13th year as a prison for terrorist suspects. 

For a quick review check out "Guantanamo Bay in 54 Seconds."

Original release date was January 13, 2014 and the original writeup is below.

January 11, 2014 marked the 12th anniversary of a U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay. The Bush administration opened the prison to house and interrogate suspected terrorists as a part of the War on Terror.

Since January 2002, 779 men have been brought to Guantanamo Bay's detention camps.

Released detainees claimed that waterboarding, sexual humiliation, and forced drugging were used on prisoners.

Nine men have died in the prison camp and the Department of Defense says six were suicides.

In June 2007, presidential candidate Barack Obama promised, "We're going to close Guantanamo." In 2009, President Obama signed an executive order requiring the camp to to be closed by January 22, 2010.

An estimated 17 to 22 minors under the age of 18 were detained.

Pentagon files released by Wikileaks state that at least 150 prisoners were completely innocent Afghanis and Pakistanis.

The yearly cost for one Guantanamo prisoner is about $800,000. In 2013, 103 detainees went on a hunger strike as protest.

Forty-one were force-fed through tubes running into their noses down to their stomachs.

As of January 13, 2014, Guantanamo Bay's detention camp remains open with 158 detainees.

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  1. Here Is What Happens When Each Myers-Briggs Personality Type Makes A New Year’s Resolution

    I’m an INTJ:

    “I resolve to listen to the opinions of my less intelligent underlings.”

    Outcome: Derives motivation from the opinions of commoners to fuel a series of research projects that prove everyone’s opinions to be indisputably wrong.

    1. It says that I’m good at sexytime.

      1. I always knew Myers-Briggs was a joke.

    2. ISTP

      “I resolve to get serious about one of my side interests and turn it into a profitable enterprise.”

      Outcome: Develops a keen side interest in entrepreneurship, which they thoroughly analyze and develop ideas about.

      1. Funny. The ISTP result was from one I did back in 1998. I just did this online one and got INTJ. So the Introversion and Thinking stayed the same. Whats funny is that the Sensing and the Perceiving which changed had the highest preference scores (Clear) in 1998. The new Intuitive and Judging traits did have pretty low preferences (25% and 1%). Went through it pretty quick so not sure if that had anything to do with it or not.

        1. Just looking at the definitions I think 1998 test is probably closer although I can definitely see why I might score the way I did.

          1. The Sensing (facts) to Intuition (possibilities and relationships) change is interesting to me. In 1998 I did mostly reporting. Today I do mostly analytical work which does tend to be somewhat more intuitive.

    3. That explains a lot of what happens on H+R. I’m guessing the commentariat is disproportionately INTJ.

      Luckily I’m ISTJ.

      1. The H&R crowd is littered with INTJs & INTPs.

      2. Nope, it’s pretty much all FYTW types.

    4. That is funny Francisco. I read your comments and regularly think I could have written those myself.

      Then I saw this comment and what type you are and the outcome. I thought from that you are a different personality than I thought and very different than I am.
      Then I took the test.

      Dammit.

    5. ENTP

      “I resolve to only turn only every second conversation into a heated dispute.”

      Outcome: Finds an unsuspecting ESFJ to debate the practicality of this resolution with.

      So apparently I’m Bo.

  2. INTP

    “I resolve to find practical implications for my work since the physical world does, unfortunately, exist.”

    Outcome: Derives a theoretical implication for the practicality of their latest project and considers their resolution a success.

    What this is, I don’t even…

    OT: Epstein the Sex Beast

    Reports in the US media say many of the A-list names broke off any links with the former maths teacher after his arrest and conviction in 2008 of having sex with an underage girl whom he had solicited.

    **************************

    “I’m not a sexual predator, I’m an ‘offender’,” he told the newspaper at the time. “It’s the difference between a murderer and a person who steals a bagel.”

    Uh, sure. You just keep telling yourself that. It is incredible how easily scumbags rationalize their actions.

    1. Even more important are the names on his ‘invite to pedophile orgy’ list. The one that jumped out for me was Bill Clinton.

      Even better, he made recordings. I am hoping that at some point those videos will be leaked. I am sure the progressive feminists will line up to defend those poor girls and demand justice.

    2. “What this is, I don’t even…”

      Don’t let it get you down, I’m sure derpetology has lots of practical applications, which you can find out with copious government funding.

      1. It’s funny, I didn’t even notice the misuse of “implications” where they meant “applications” until an INTP posted about it in the comments. Also, a very INTP-ish nitpicky complaint to make.

  3. INTP

    “I resolve to find practical implications for my work since the physical world does, unfortunately, exist.”

    Outcome: Derives a theoretical implication for the practicality of their latest project and considers their resolution a success.

    What this is, I don’t even…

    OT: Epstein the Sex Beast

    Reports in the US media say many of the A-list names broke off any links with the former maths teacher after his arrest and conviction in 2008 of having sex with an underage girl whom he had solicited.

    **************************

    “I’m not a sexual predator, I’m an ‘offender’,” he told the newspaper at the time. “It’s the difference between a murderer and a person who steals a bagel.”

    Uh, sure. You just keep telling yourself that. It is incredible how easily scumbags rationalize their actions.

    1. Double the post, double the fun!

  4. So the morally superior US has political prisoners JUST LIKE THE SOVIET UNION DID. Not POWs. Not convicted criminals. Just, we don’t like you so we’ll throw you in a cell without due process or legal status until we decide we are done with you.

    Another proud moment in American history.

    This will be right up there with Japanese internment camps and smallpox infested blankets.

    1. Well, vastly fewer and a product of a war foisted on America. Bad but not the same. Lets not get carried away.

    2. I don’t think you understand what a political prisoner is. These people didn’t do anything political.

      1. As far as you know, they didn’t do anything at all, asshole.

        WE ARE THE USA! We hold people against their will, indefinitely…BECAUSE!

        1. Are you fucking serious? Gitmo holds some very bad eggs. The kind of eggs no one wants running around. We should probably just shoot most of them.

          That what we did in the gold old days.

  5. Islamic scholar suggests fasting to overcome addiction to masturbation:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2LzoDq_SYA

    Aloha Snackbar!

    1. Oh no… I like fasting and masturbating. Can one man truly have it all?

    2. Who says Muslim scholarship hasn’t produced anything useful in hundreds of years?

    3. Everyone knows the first thing you do after “finishing” is to put your hands on your face.

    4. Do not delve into the derp perpetrated by Islamic Scholars. It is the black hole of derp and completely pointless. The primitive mind is incapable of reason.

        1. I like this one better. Men must breastfeed several times from a woman before he can work closely with her.

          http://pjmedia.com/blog/new-fatwa-calls-on- men-to-drink-women’s-breast-milk/

          There are mountains of this kind of nonsense.

  6. OT: Tamny of Forbes claims that oil’s price decline is entirely due to dollar strength not at all due to fracking. Thoughts?

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/jo…..ld-reagan/

    I’ll probably post this again later to harvest more thoughts.

    1. I think that’s bullshit.

      1. What Mike said.

        1. Why not both? Causality does not have to be binary.

          Obviously we have strong supply and a strong USD.

          1. If you say both, then that’s the very strongest signal that it’s assuredly not both, moron.

            1. Now, now. Even a broken clock gets it right twice a day.Now, I’m not saying that actually applies here in any way. Just food for thought.

    2. “OT: Tamny of Forbes claims that oil’s price decline is entirely due to dollar strength not at all due to fracking.”

      Since oil has dropped well over 50%, that would require the dollar to have gained 100% against (at least) the Euro, the Pound and the Yen.
      It hasn’t.

      1. Maybe the Euro, Pound and Yen are strong too?

        1. And hamburger

      2. And the price of everything else, which it hasn’t.

        1. yeah, this.

    3. I think that Tamny graduated from the Pauly Krugman School of Economicals.

      1. DEFINITELY NOT

        1. Well, since you typed it all in caps, then it must be so.

          1. I was short on time. Tamny is all about hard money and the gold standard and stuff.

    4. What ridiculous Reagan worship. The strong dollar of the 80s was due to Paul Volcker – a Carter appointment.

      1. Shut up, progtard.

      2. Who was allowed to do his job thanks to Reagan. Further, the strong dollar was also due the strong economy, which was that way largely thanks to Reagan.

      3. No, it wasn’t.

    5. Tamny of Forbes claims that oil’s price decline is entirely due to dollar strength not at all due to fracking. Thoughts?

      My personal opinion?

      On the scale of ‘relative importance’, i’d rank

      demand-weakness from Asia #1
      strong dollar #2
      OPEC purposely glutting the market #3
      NA alternative source supply expectations #4

      Actual contributions of new crude oil sources in North America to ‘global supply’ are fairly minor in relative impact; its more of a long term outlook issue, and benchmarking what a declining demand from the US for global oil may look like in the future.

      I do not think the current dip is of the kind of significance other pundits have given it, and that right now is a good time to buy US-energy assets for fairly cheap.

      1. A friend told me the cost of gas in Australia is way down and the Australian dollar has been getting quite a bit weaker in the last year relative to the dollar.

        1. The Aussie dollar, like the Canadian loonie, roughly tracks global commodity prices

          Both have economies that rely substantially on raw material exports, mining/agriculture in particular if i recall (oil as well for canada)

          1. Bad link? should show chart comparing AUD (FXA) CAD/USD, GCC index

      2. OPEC isn’t glutting the market. They just aren’t cutting back. And by ‘they’ I mean Saudi Arabia.

    6. Wouldn’t the effect have to be widespread for that to be true?

  7. the physical world does, unfortunately, exist.

    Wiser words were never said.

  8. The yearly cost for one Guantanamo prisoner is about $800,000.

    But once you get to 100 or so, economy of scale sets in so it’s not as bad.

    1. More like 1,000. We’d be crazy not to round up more.

    2. Call Sheriff Joe

    3. Another argument for liquidating them.

  9. Put them up against the wall.

    http://hotair.com/headlines/ar…..-of-three/

    1. Tolerance!

      /The Proglodytes

    2. “You are fined 3 credits for violating the verbal morality statute.”

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dz4HEEiJuGo

      If you want a vision of the future, imagine having your mouth washed out with soap forever.

    3. “Your application has been rejected due to your misogynist belief in cooties.”

  10. Please be aware that we will continue to monitor comments on social media & any offensive comments will be investigated…Scotland Yard

    http://hotair.com/archives/201…..t-century/

  11. Why do the videos embedded in the articles here randomly change to other videos that are unrelated to the story? Is that a feature or a bug? If a feature, can we trade it for a posting edit button?

    1. Not as much as you.

  12. Purple Penguins: the latest and greatest in gender inclusiveness training

    You can thank this guy for creating it:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4qqXADbXHg

    1. How many ways are there to say ‘I’m a giant fucking pussy’?

      1. He answers that question in his TEDx talk.

        The “x” stands for “EXTREME!”

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NRcPXtqdKjE

      2. How many colors are in a rainbow?

    2. “”Always ask yourself . . . ‘Will this configuration create a gendered space?'” the document says.”

      Or, if you think this paper, authored by a stand-up comedian, puts forward good ideas then you should shoot yourself. In the head. With a twelve gauge.

      1. I hear that we should get all of our political ideas from comedians and that we should even elect them to congress.

    3. Putple penguins is racists. I am offended. Time to pillage and burn.

    4. That guy is a fucking faggoty piece of shit. I would pay good money to inflict monumental levels of agony on him. In his case a hangnail would probably do it.

      Goddamn piece of shit. Keeping assholes like Shartpon in power with his bullshit.

  13. Looks like a pretty cool place to chill

    http://www.Way-Anon.tk

  14. INTJ master race reporting in.

    INTJ
    Introvert(67%) iNtuitive(25%) Thinking(38%) Judging(11%)

    You have distinct preference of Introversion over Extraversion (67%)
    You have moderate preference of Intuition over Sensing (25%)
    You have moderate preference of Thinking over Feeling (38%)
    You have slight preference of Judging over Perceiving (11%)

    “Extrovert” is such a nice word for “douche”.

  15. INTJ
    Introvert(56%) iNtuitive(62%) Thinking(12%) Judging(1%)

    “I resolve to listen to the opinions of my less intelligent underlings.”

    No I don’t.

  16. Lots of good facts in the video.

    To be more than propaganda, it might have included facts about things the detainees have done before coming there, and after being released.

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  22. I am totally fine with everything in that video. I am sad to see Guantanamo being closed, but with the way the West handles Muslims with kid gloves, it’ll be open again soon enough, after another massive attack by those viruses.

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