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While there's been good news about Cuba yesterday, there was also a development in the news with regard to the convening of the Geneva Conventions. Who attended this one-day conference in Geneva and who did not is part of the story and what the attending 126 countries agreed upon is… Read full post »


Kudos to President Obama for making this sea change with Cuba!


Click on the image for the full story:







QuotesWASHINGTON — The United States will restore full diplomatic relations with Cuba and open an embassy in Havana for the firstRead full post »


This important commentary by Dennis Kucinich was published yesterday on Truthdig. For anyone interested in a couple of congresspeople engaging in under the radar dealings that seriously impact our country have a look-see at this.

For the full commentary, click on the image below:


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DECEMBER 16, 2014 9:32PM

Forbes: Julian Assange Unleashed


Lucky you, OS reader, besides the Tuesday Torture Two-fer from this morning I have the Julian Assange One-fer with MIT Main Man Noam Chomsky for this evening's perusal.

As always, click on the image below for the full story, which in this case is from Forbes:


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DECEMBER 16, 2014 9:02AM

Tuesday Torture Two-fer


It wouldn't be Tuesday without a two-fer and for today's selection I have two current stories on the torture topic. Coming from Big Salon and MSNBC, as always click on the image for the full story:





QuotesIf 9/11 was a test of America’sRead full post »


Here's the short version of today's post that I have picked up from Big Salon written by one of my favorites, Thomas Frank:



Now for the long version...click on the image below for the full article and also check out the excerpt:


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DECEMBER 12, 2014 3:47PM

"I got into Brown University"


Today students who were accepted for early decision at Brown University for the incoming class of 2019 heard whether or not they had been accepted for admission, as noted in the tweet below:



Just recently on December 5th I had a message from Brown via Twitter… Read full post »


Michigan's Main Man, Senator Carl Levin, put out a news release yesterday that should be of interest to anyone who's ticked that the Bush administration pulled every trick to get us into Iraq (of course, many readers on OS are saavy enough to already know about the many lies that… Read full post »


A new story by Dan Froomkin at The Intercept that was published earlier today with must read commentary about the CIA and the just released executive summary of the torture report.

For the full story click on the image below:




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A story out this morning regarding the president and his not taking sides with regard to the CIA's torture methods.

As the story points out: "He made one of his first acts as president signing an order that banned the use of torture by the C.I.A. But heRead full post »


For so long it looked like we'd never see this, but now it's out:

The NY Times link for the report is here.

For the Times article click on the image below:






QuotesWASHINGTON — A scathing report released by the Senate Intelligence Committee onRead full post »


I was recently looking at various recordings of the hit song "Bridge Over Troubled Water" and came across this version by Josh Groban and Brian McKnight which I liked right away when I first heard it. This was part of the David Foster concert and David is seen just at… Read full post »


It was with great interest I read yesterday and today that fellow OS blogger Jonathan Wolfman is posting about the hacker group Anonymous with regard to the group's stated intentions in the wake of Ferguson.

Jon's current posts on this can be found here and here.

Meanwhile, it was not… Read full post »


I was a "ground zero" yesterday where this compelling story originates from--that's Poughkeepsie, New York and Vassar College.

A story in Gawker is getting a lot of Tweeting on the #Vassar hash tag by students and others. In case readers on OS haven't come across it yet I am presenting… Read full post »


For anyone in the Westchester area who bought tickets for either of Bill Cosby's two upcoming shows an announcement has been made about refunds for anyone who wants to opt out.

It's distressing for me to consider his behind the scenes activity that's been discussed going back some time--a deca… Read full post »


Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

As in the past few years I have been fortunate to have wild turkeys around during this season. In fact, I have been feeding turkeys birdseed throughout the year so the ones you see below have been with me since last year when they broke off from… Read full post »


Straight from The New York Times editorial page to Open Salon...


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QuotesSince its founding in 1948, Israel’s very existence and promise — fully embraced by the United States and the world of nations &mdRead full post »


If you travel west from where I am in New York State and cross the Hudson you will come upon the East Ramapo School District which is shown on the map below with dashed lines. As a blogger who has posted many stories about college life, I also take an… Read full post »


This story caught my eye this morning in the local paper. It's a "feel good" type of story about a Jewish trainer and his pal, a Muslim, who is training to be a boxer and a doctor. I have to say there's no secret that Muslims and Jews can get… Read full post »


Now that the mid-term elections are over it's full steam ahead for the 2016 presidential campaign cycle. Some of you may remember the Open Salon Rock Group recorded a number of songs which made fun of the candidates in the last election.

Once we see who is running we're sure… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 13, 2014 9:40AM

OSX: The Open Salon Guide to Alter Egos



This is a fascinating part of any online community: the alter ego.

Below are some basic concepts on how to spot an OS alter ego and this is by no means a complete list:

1. They gravitate towards certain other bloggers as a type of "mini-me" and more… Read full post »


A new story by The Intercept's Dan Froomkin just published this morning with news of the U.N. Committee against Torture proceedings now underway.

For the full story click on the image below:






QuotesU.S. officials are in for a serious grilling on WeRead full post »


Two items that caught my eye on The Intercept this afternoon...


A Letter from the Norwegian Nobel Committee to Barack Obama

Link is here for this article


President Barack H. Obama
The White House
Washington, D.C. 20500

Dear President Obama:

It was late in the evening… Read full post »


An interesting story from Robert Parry at Consortiumnews.com about former CIA analyst Ray McGovern being arrested to prevent him from attending a program featuring Ret. Gen. David Petraeus at the 92nd Street Y. The Y is not part of the YMCA that you might know from the Village People's '70s… Read full post »


This is a supplement to VZN's post. When I pasted this into a comment I had an error message pop up. So here we go with the info added to a regular post:



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