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State Department Bans US Diplomats From Ice Bucket Challenge

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As President Obama tees off in Martha's Vineyard, The State Department has decided that its diplomats should not be allowed to have fun (for a good cause). As AP reports, US Diplomats have been barred from undertaking the #IceBucketChallenge ... there goes CNBC's ratings...


h/t @APDiploWriter


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Thu, 08/21/2014 - 11:52 | 5125361 Karlus
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Important news!

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 12:07 | 5125412 toady
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The boss said he wasn't doing it last week, so they can't have any of the lackeys showing him up.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 12:12 | 5125437 linniepar
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I've started the End the Fed challenge... we will see if it takes off.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 12:20 | 5125458 pods
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Well the DoD is certainly analyzing the results of this, and how to replicate such a groundswell of support.



Thu, 08/21/2014 - 12:23 | 5125468 chumbawamba
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Thu, 08/21/2014 - 12:26 | 5125483 chumbawamba
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Thu, 08/21/2014 - 12:52 | 5125571 redpill
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Obama should take the challenge, he might wake the fuck up.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 13:07 | 5125583 ZerOhead
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27% of funds raised go to research.

Here's a new fundraising challenge for our politicians... where's John Kerry to get this thing started?

#sulphuricacidbathchallenge  (no donations accepted )

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 13:08 | 5125637 Boris Alatovkrap
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Warning: do not drink all of vodka in endangerment of lethal toxicity level of blood alcohol. Not is recommend for pregnant teenager.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 13:24 | 5125690 knukles
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Doesn't John Kerry have something more important to do like go dog paddling about in Fiji?

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 13:20 | 5125680 goldhedge
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The Merikan Sheeple should take the challenge, they might wake the fuck up.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 12:21 | 5125462 Raymond K Hessel
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What does it mean, "5) Minimized considered" ?

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 12:24 | 5125475 chumbawamba
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Did you lose your secret decoder ring or something?

No worries, just go to your nearest supermarket and pick up a box of Lucky Charms and you'll be able to translate that message.

Agent Chumbawamba, out.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 12:32 | 5125509 clade7
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Is that the one where somebody pisses on your head and tells you your hat was on fire?

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 12:14 | 5125439 Beam Me Up Scotty
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CNBC's ratings would skyrocket if they had all their female anchors and guests do the challenge in their skirts and silk shirts!!  NOT Meg Whitman though!!

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 12:22 | 5125465 Alhazred
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That sounds like PayPer view kind of a thing more than broadcast.

on second thought i think it could be a good cable stunt, megan kelly should do nicely for fox.

(on third though Megan Kelly should start her own channel also called Fox...  ;p )

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 12:25 | 5125478 Beam Me Up Scotty
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It is pay per view, you have to pay your cable company to get CNBS!!  I'd feel like CNBS would have some value if they did the Hot Anchor Ice Bucket Challenge!

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 13:21 | 5125681 sleigher
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Anyone watched this new (new to me) OAN news channel?  Some of the anchors on there are pretty hot.  I guess they have to attract new viewers and trying to be unbiased isn't gonna work...

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 12:08 | 5125417 rehypothecator
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"There are firmly established rules preventing the use of public office [...] for private gain." 


Thu, 08/21/2014 - 12:13 | 5125436 813kml
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That's the only reason to run for office nowadays.

Edit:  And I wasn't aware that the US had any diplomats.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 13:29 | 5125710 SheepDog-One
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Insider trading in public office still OK though. There'll be no social media stunts though, that's 'for fun' personal gain....only personal gain of money will be allowed.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 13:56 | 5125816 SteveNYC
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There is no better indicator at  present of the sheep mentality that has taken over society, than this.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 11:56 | 5125373 WarPony
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Ah, but remember what happened to the wicked witch in "The Wizard of Oz" - would apply to all D.C vermon.  Go team!

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 11:56 | 5125374 Sofa King
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But insider trading by officials is constitutionally protected.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 11:58 | 5125387 disabledvet
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Only for..."insiders."

I mean seriously...this doesn't sound very diplomatic. What about a full head of hair? Is that banned as well?

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 13:26 | 5125704 knukles
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A full head of hair and unkempt beard are allowed as long as you run about the hallways screaming Allah Akbar and kill people...
Then it's cool...

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 13:55 | 5125818 ebworthen
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Yes, only for insiders who are already bribed ("lobbied") CONgress Critters who are supposed to directly represent their voters not themselves.

Mid-level managers hired by HR must act with all decorum and morality befitting the office (except this).

CONgress and those at the top can do whatever the hell they want.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 11:56 | 5125377 kowalli
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ahah, democracy and freedom what a joke

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 12:34 | 5125443 813kml
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Too bad, an ice bucket would prepare gov scumbags for life in a Siberian gulag.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 11:56 | 5125378 saints51
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I would do it out of spite. I guess thats why I am not a government drone.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 11:57 | 5125379 tony wilson
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any press memo on the  16 thousand dead folks in ukrainia

any news of the nazi zionist kiev rape and death units.

any news on the new israeli depleted uranium bombing runs on gaza


just kosher tumble weed

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 12:31 | 5125506 Son of Captain Nemo
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As long as 14,000 in that 16,000 figure are comprised of "blue helmeted" and American Academi bodies...

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 11:57 | 5125381 SHEEPFUKKER

Potential liquid explosive situation here... of course, makes perfect sense. 

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 11:57 | 5125383 Relentless101
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Yes. This makes sense.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 12:13 | 5125406 Dewey Cheatum Howe
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Actually it does even if the excuse why is bullshit and it comes off as Debbie Downerish. Though with that said I doubt that it was logic that was applied here but just another case of pollitical correctness at play.


Thu, 08/21/2014 - 11:59 | 5125389 economessed
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No official word yet on #BoilingOilChallenge....

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 12:04 | 5125404 clade7
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The "Honey Bucket Challenge" is still in play too...combined with a golden shower afterwards, theyd be lining up for that one!

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 12:07 | 5125413 Dewey Cheatum Howe
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Or the Jen Psaki ice water bucket wet tee shirt challenge. I bet you horn dogs would donate some cash to ALS if she did it.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 12:08 | 5125414 1stepcloser
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I still miss a nice #tarandfeatherchallenge

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 12:16 | 5125429 813kml
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Damn, beat me to the punch.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 12:09 | 5125422 813kml
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Hopefully, gov officials are fast approaching the #TarAndFeatherCompulsory.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 11:59 | 5125394 ejmoosa
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It's Vin Diesel's fault.  He dissed Obama.

If Barry can't play, ain't nobody playing.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 12:03 | 5125403 Badabing
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The Wookie is not a diplomat, I say we douse her/him/it!

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 12:16 | 5125449 youngman
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Wet Wookie hair smells bad...real bad

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 12:07 | 5125407 1stepcloser
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but our foriegn #smartbombchallenge is still in effect. 

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 12:08 | 5125416 NoDecaf
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Thu, 08/21/2014 - 12:09 | 5125423 the6thBook
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SO, if it was the AID's ice bucket challenge or Ebola challenge it would be okay?  I mean really what is number one about? What if it was the global warming ice-bucket challenge?  I bet that would be okay.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 12:10 | 5125425 CrimsonAvenger
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This makes sense. If you dump icewater on Kerry, he may get startled and throw off his rider.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 12:11 | 5125428 Dre4dwolf
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Bunch of sissies.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 12:11 | 5125432 Dewey Cheatum Howe
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Search around the web, someone made an image of what would happen if Hillary Clinton took the ice water bucket challenge. The image shows the wicked witch of the west after she melted.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 13:28 | 5125709 himaroid
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It might shrink hitlerys dick.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 12:24 | 5125435 Mercury
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There are firmly established rules preventing the use of public office, such as Ambassadors, for private gain, no matter how worthy a [sic] cause.


When you stop laughing, here's an alternative challenge for all Executive Branch personnel:

Put the bucket of ice water on the ground
Stick your head in it.
Leave it there.

The gain will be all public.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 12:28 | 5125441 Son of Captain Nemo
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As President Obama tees off in Martha's Vineyard, The State Department has decided that its diplomats should not be allowed to have fun (for a good cause)....

How insulting to provide an image of the DOS as doing something "anything" that is actually altruistic and positive to the rest of the World as they lie, cheat, pillage and of course murder everywhere else on the planet but their own home!

Here's an idea?...

Send all of the forward deployed dips for an "ice bucket challenge", in Erbil, Damascus, Tripoli, Gaza and last but not least on the East Ukrainian border in Donetsk and tell the MSM you will no longer accept payment for the misery you cause everyplace else in the World!!!!

While your at it, include all the military personnel that surround those embassies and bases (that we both know and don't know about), and ask them if they have a soul to join you "in the challenge"???...

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 12:17 | 5125451 Itchy and Scratchy
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Does that include hot tar and feathers?

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 12:17 | 5125452 orangegeek
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these "disease celebrations" need to stop


ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) is horrible and it's brutal that worms make money from this.  We don't need promotion, we need to fix it.


More and more information is leading to the FACT that  many diseases are directly tied to nutrient defficencies.  Have a read - MD's are tired of "billing for death" - many are going the "solved problem" route and ignoring the "treat symptoms" approach - which is profitable for many including pharmas.


PS:  Get a cold/cough?  3 days of 10,000mg of Vit C and it's gone.  Total cost?  About 25 cents.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 12:45 | 5125545 BeerMe
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You better play the game or else...  There was one year I felt like I was being extorted by the cancer people; wanting money from me to remove things from my property.  The whole notion was absurd.

I don't have a problem with this icebucket thing if it actually does some good.  It is bringing in a lot of money and building awareness.  Of course now they probably start collecting more funds evey year, so no rush to find an actual cure.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 14:09 | 5125878 orangegeek
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fuck the cancer charities - cure your own cancers - body ph should be basic, not acidic (been done with basic food source like carrots - cancer dies in basic environment), iodine (ends natural cell life - cancer cells don't die - they dosed the Japanese in 1945 in Hiroshima and Nagasaki) and massive vitamin C doses (anti-oxidant and natural hydrogen peroxide production).


these cancer charities just suck billions and have produced fuck all to cure cancer - and they never will - these pigs make too much cash to change anything.


chemotherapy drives body acidity through the roof - this process delays the inevitable, but once again, is good for their business (bad for yours)

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 13:01 | 5125606 Bastiat
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Check out founded by Dr. Michael Greger, a practicing "Lifestyle Physician."   Seems to mean roughly the same as wholistic, but without the new agey implications.  Hard Science docs who address causes.  In addition to his MD he has a graduate degree in nutrition from Cornell where he studied with Cambell (China Study author).

He and his staff screen nutrition related publications worldwide and he makes videos summarizing research on various topics.  They are all available on a searchable database, free.  You can for instance type in a disease or a food and related video essays will come up.  ONe of the best web resources I've ever seen.

I turned a physician friend onto this site and after checking it out he said:  I can't believe that site; I pay thousands a year for this kind of service.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 13:54 | 5125811 PTR
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these "disease celebrations" need to stop


Agreed. 5 million gallons of fresh water. Gone.


In other news, Nestle asks: "how can we get in on this?"

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 12:22 | 5125467 tony wilson
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what about


Thu, 08/21/2014 - 12:25 | 5125473 JustObserving
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That explains why facebook stock is down today.

As others have pointed out, Twitter has become a gripping nightly forum to follow the protests in Ferguson. National journalists such as CNN’s Jake Tapper are tweeting from the scene while a few relative unknowns like Vice reporter Tim Poolhave delivered riveting live video of the protests. Twitter has surpassed the major news networks in providing a visceral sense of an unfolding social disaster and in provoking attendant outrage in many who think the police have badly overreached.

At the same time, Facebook seems devoid of unhappy news from Ferguson and elsewhere, with some complaining about feeds filled with trivial ice bucket videos, friends’ vacation photos, and (on more of a down note) remembrances and trivia about the late actor Robin Williams. On Facebook, your friends aren’t bearing witness to public demonstrations of civil unrest. They’re in Martha’s Vineyard and really want you to see photos of their kids eating ice cream.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 12:27 | 5125489 GooseShtepping Moron
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Well, at least I can say that our feckless State Department got one thing right. Fuck these stupid social media "challenge" memes. Nobody with a trace of inner dignity or self-respect would do this in the first place, and the US Diplomatic Corps certainly should not be seen doing anything so idiotic.

What kind of society have we become, anyway. ISIS is chopping people's heads off for shits and giggles and we're dumping buckets of ice water over each other and posting the pictures on Twitter. Notwithstanding the fact that I'm not sure what sort of real man would admit to "twittering" something to begin with, does any of this sound like the behavior of an adult? We are a people addicted to sending electronic postcards to one another consisting of pictures of ourselves doing pointless things. Could this rampant effeminacy, absurdity, and lunacy not have something to do with why the world is falling apart around us?

If the State Department's crackdown on stupidity had been instituted and advanced long ago, maybe we could have avoided snafus like Benghazi. This is much too little and too late, but it is a step in the right direction.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 12:52 | 5125573 Postal
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Adults act like adults? You terrorist. /sarc

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 12:54 | 5125579 silentboom
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Thu, 08/21/2014 - 12:45 | 5125547 boattrash
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I was hoping it would read "US Diplomats have been barred" PERIOD!

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 12:46 | 5125549 Lumberjack
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Instead of pouring cold water on a situation, they use...


Thu, 08/21/2014 - 13:20 | 5125678 Stumpy4516
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Just another sign of the sad comedy.

The general populaton is so dumbed down and follow any lead so well you can get them to mimic or perform anything.

So easy to convince them it is cool to dumb ice water on your head.  Then sit back and laugh as they try to out do each other and to do so as publicly as they can.

Next have them do a new goofy dance or public twerking or some new way to ridicule themselves. 

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 14:03 | 5125850 JRobby
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Apparently they have noticed the sulfuric acid suddenly flying off the shelves.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 14:10 | 5125885 Ranting Troglodyte
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If they pay you, they own you.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 14:20 | 5125935 wisefool
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The biggest problem with this ice bucket challenge is that most plastic/oil based containers are not resilient to dramatic temperature changes. Hopeful Al Gore can sort that out for us dumb people.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 14:38 | 5126020 DrData02
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Slaves must do what their master says.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 14:47 | 5126072 TruthBeforeAll
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It must somehow offend muslims.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 16:47 | 5126708 froze25
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This administration really is a bunch of Nazi's.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 18:23 | 5127287 Laura Keth
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Tell the State Dept to "Go to the devil" and just do it. 

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 18:56 | 5127462 talisman
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Obama upset because he couldn't participate....
He was unable to pry off the tin bucket
he already has stuck on his head.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 19:06 | 5127493 talisman
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Seems that the State Department has decided
it is is more dignified to walk around
with your head up your butt
than to dump a bucket of ice
on your head.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 19:05 | 5127499 talisman
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Seems that the State Department has decided
it is is more dignified to walk around
with your head up your butt
than to dump a bucket of ice
on your head.

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