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Post: Nowhere Left to Go – Lawrence DiStasi

Of considerable interest from W.D.
Posted by , Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Washingtons Blog: MLK ASSASSINATED BY US GOVT – King Family civil trial verdict

WB ..
The overwhelming evidence of government complicity introduced and agreed as comprehensively valid by the jury includes: US 111th Military Intelligence Group were at Dr. King’s location during the assassination; 20th Special Forces Group had an 8-man sniper team at the assassination location on that day; Usual Memphis Police special body guards were advised they “weren’t needed” on the day of the assassination; Regular and constant police protection for Dr. King was removed from protecting Dr. King an hour before the assassination; Military Intelligence set-up photographers on a roof of a fire station with a clear view to Dr. King’s balcony; Dr. King’s room was changed from a secure 1st-floor room to an exposed balcony room; Memphis police ordered the scene where multiple witnesses reported as the source of shooting cut down of their bushes that would have hid a sniper; Along with sanitizing a crime scene, police abandoned investigative procedure to interview witnesses who lived by the scene of the shooting; The rifle Mr. Ray delivered was not matched to the bullet that killed Dr. King, and was not sighted to accurately shoot
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Posted by , Monday, January 20, 2014

Great Comment from Bill Maher

Posted by , Sunday, October 6, 2013

Popping The Top Off Coca-Cola’s Healthwashing Campaign | Meghan TV

Posted by , Monday, September 9, 2013

“Dick and Trayvon- Connect the Dots”

Here's the link to my Truthdig piece - "Dick and Trayvon- Connect the Dots" (about Dick Cheney and Trayvon Martin) which posted this weekend. Truthdig won the Webby last year, during an election year, for the best political Web site. With all good wishes, Judy
Posted by , Monday, July 8, 2013

My Chat With Matt Taibbi

Posted by , Friday, June 14, 2013

Corey Robin: David Brooks, The Last Stalinist

Robin ..
Snowden’s actions, Brooks says, are a betrayal of virtually every commitment and connection Snowden has ever made ... In the long history of state tyranny, it is often those who are bound by close ties of personal connection to family and friends that are most likely to cooperate with the government: that is, not to “betray” their oaths to a repressive regime, not to oppose or challenge authoritarian rule. Precisely because those ties are levers that the regime can pull in order to engineer an individual’s collaboration and consent. Take the Soviet Union under Stalin. Though there’s a venerable tradition in social thought that sees Soviet totalitarianism as the product of atomized individuals, one of the factors that made Stalinism possible was precisely that men and women were connected to each other, that they were in families and felt bound to protect each other. To protect each other by cooperating with rather than opposing Stalin
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Posted by , Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Washingtonsblog: A Proxy War Is Raging In Syria

George ..
Right now inside Syria, Hezbollah terrorist fighters – backed by the Syrian government, Iran and Lebanon – are fighting Al Qaeda, Hamas and Muslim Brotherhood terrorist fighters – backed by the U.S., Israel, the Eurozone, Saudi Arabia and Qatar .. Not only did the U.S., Israel and Saudi Arabia largely create, sponsor and fund Al Qaeda, but also two other groups fighting on the side of the Syrian rebels: Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood. This is a proxy war. [] the U.S., Israel, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and their allies back the Sunni jihadists against Shia Muslims. Indeed, the U.S. is involved in a religious war – between the two factions of Islam (and is actually backing the most violent elements) – as part of a geopolitical strategy to exert control over the natural gas market
yeah you can pretty much boil the whole "War on Terra" down to Sunni v Shia .. read more
Posted by , Friday, May 31, 2013

Kevin Gosztola: ‘We Steal Secrets’ Documentary is a Wikileaks Hit Piece

Gosztola on FDL ...
Overall, the film makes the choice to be about the personalities of Assange and Manning rather than a film that truly explores what it has been like for those involved in the release of over a half million documents to be targeted by the most powerful country in the world. WikiLeaks forced state secrets revealing corruption, crimes, fraud, misconduct, etc, into the open for the world to see, but, rather than telling a lesser known story about the backlash led by the US government against the organization, Gibney opts to highlight Manning’s struggle with his gender identity and how Assange’s egotistical personal battles have been a drag on WikiLeaks, which have been covered extensively by establishment media
and in a related story, see "WikiLeaks Leaks Transcript of "Anti-WikiLeaks Documentary" @ Common Dreams - i haven't seen Gibney's other film "Taxi to the Dark Side" but can only imagine that among its tepid, hand-wringing criticism of torture that it narrows the debate with the typical "but Teh Terrorists attacked us" line of bullshittery .. read more
Posted by , Saturday, May 25, 2013

Washingtonsblog: Is Modern Life Making Us Dumber?

George ..
There are several theories for why we are getting dumber, including [] women of high intelligence tend to have fewer children than do women of lower intelligence. [and]... “The reduction in human intelligence … would have begun at the time that genetic selection became more relaxed,” Dr. Gerald Crabtree, professor of pathology and developmental biology at Stanford University, told The Huffington Post in an email. “I projected this occurred as our ancestors began to live in more supportive high density societies (cities) and had access to a steady supply of food. Both of these might have resulted from the invention of agriculture, which occurred about 5,000 to 12,000 years ago.” .. [and] Exercise boosts intelligence … and our ancestors got a lot more exercise than we do! [etc etc]
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Posted by , Thursday, May 23, 2013

Emptywheel: Dzhokhar’s Sharpie Manifesto

wheel ..
[on Boston PD refusing to give up their cell phones to the FBI at the boat scene] there’s something funny about the story. Why would cell phone pictures of the manifesto matter if the FBI had properly documented photos taken immediately after the arrest when the chain of custody was intact? I mean, I could see worrying about tainting the jury pool, but the leaked content of the interrogations already said all this stuff anyway ... [and then this from the comments] "It’s like they’re testing public credulity: scenery-chewing ham actor[s]; victims stomping around with their clothes blown off like a Sid Ceasar skit; stories changing with laugh-out-loud contradictions. They're making it cornier and cornier, but the media is just too gullible for them. They should reveal that Osama bin Laden is alive, and he did it, and let him escape on a jetpack with his evil laughter enchoing triple-tracked over Faneuil Hall"
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Posted by , Friday, May 17, 2013

Markos Moulitsas: Tesla at War with Sleazy Car Dealers

Kos ..
My next car will be a Tesla. It'll be a while. They're really expensive, though a lower-cost mass-market sedan is in the company's longer-term plans. But who wouldn't want a car that dispenses with messy fossil fuels (especially if recharged with solar, as I would), cleaned up all the major 2012 automobile awards [], and got a near-perfect rating (99 out of 100) by Consumer Reports .. Of course, conservatives hate anything that helps the environment, even if it's good despite the fact it helps the environment. So naturally, they hate Tesla[]. But the company is now profitable, and supply is so constrained that the waiting list to receive a car is about eight months. But Tesla is fascinating for another reason—it is a disruptive technology, and we know how the fossil-fuel and auto industry have worked hard to squelch any challenge to their dominance. And there is certainly an entire national infrastructure in place that is dependent on dirty, gas-guzzling vehicles. And that infrastructure is a definite barrier to change
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Posted by , Thursday, May 16, 2013

Firedoglake: Interview – Energy Investor Bill Powers Discusses Looming Shale Gas Bubble

Steve Horn at FDL interviews Powers ..
shale gas[], it’s importance has been vastly over-stated. We do not have a 100-year supply of shale gas. The increasing demand, which has been brought about by the low prices of the last few years, is going to lead to another 1970’s-style gas crisis. That will happen sometime between 2013 and 2015. [] While there’s been a lot of promotion of the 100-year supply myth – the facts simply just do not support it ... if we look at Canada right now, the biggest supplier of gas to the U.S. by a huge margin, the second is Trinidad and Tobago. Trinidad and Tobago has declining reserves and is also one of the biggest suppliers of LNG in the Western Hemisphere [who knew??] . So what you have is a very tight world LNG market. The world LNG market is about 11 trillion cubic feet a year. And that will go up with Australia, but that will be somewhat offset by Qatar already at maximum production. Indonesia is a top five producer, and they’re going down; Oman is a top ten producer and they’re going down. We’re seeing increasing demand in the Middle East and huge demand in Asia. I also think China will become an importer of LNG ... [China has] had a huge increase and they are going to suck up any available cargoes. And there’s a huge push for them to get away from coal because of the pollution we’re seeing in Beijing and Shanghai; it’s killing people and leading to social unrest. They’re not just going to wait for solar panels and other things, this is stuff they can do right now. These facilities are being built right now. The world LNG market is tight, and it’s going to be tight for a long time
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Posted by , Friday, May 10, 2013

Kevin Gosztola: The United States Is Fighting How Many Wars?

Gosztola in FDL ..
With neoconservatives and neoliberals amplifying calls for US military intervention in Syria, it is worthwhile to take a moment and consider all the places in the world, where the US currently has forces engaged in daily operations .. By mid-2010, the Obama administration had increased the presence of Special Operations forces from sixty countries to seventy-five countries. SOCOM had about 4,000 people deployed around the world in countries besides Iraq and Afghanistan [including] Iran, Georgia, Ukraine, Bolivia, Paraguay, Ecuador, Peru, Yemen, Pakistan (including in Baluchistan) and the Philippines. These teams also at times deployed in Turkey, Belgium, France and Spain. JSOC was also supporting US Drug Enforcement Agency operations in Colombia and Mexico
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Posted by , Tuesday, May 7, 2013

WashingtonsBlog: Multiple Polls – Americans Are More Afraid of the GOVERNMENT than TERRORISTS

here's George ..
A Fox News survey polling a random national sample of 619 registered voters the day after the [Boston] bombing found[] for the first time since a similar question was asked in May 2001, more Americans answered “no” to the question, “Would you be willing to give up some of your personal freedom in order to reduce the threat of terrorism?” .. This is not entirely surprising. As we noted in February: For years, “conservative” pollsters have said that Americans are furious at the government. Rasmussen noted in 2010 that only a small minority of the American people think that the government has the consent of the governed, and that the sentiment was “pre-revolutionary”; Gallup noted in 2011 that a higher percentage of Americans liked King George during the colonial days than currently like Congress .. The Washington Post reported in 2011 that Congress was less popular than communism, BP during the Gulf oil spill or Nixon during Watergate; Public Policy Polling added last month that Congress is also less popular than cockroaches, lice, root canals, colonoscopies, traffic jams, used car salesman and Genghis Khan
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Posted by , Monday, April 29, 2013

Zero Hedge: Central Banks Join The Herd, Openly Buying Stocks In Record Amounts

ZH via WashingtonsBlog ..
When tin-foil-hat wearing digital dickweed blogs first suggested that Central Banks were actively buying stocks, the mainstream media scoffed at the idiocy and un-independence of such an idea. However, it is clear the central banks themselves are now not only actively buying stocks but are activley encouraging it and propagandizing their efforts to lever this last policy tool left in the toolbox. As Bloomberg reports, 23% of central bankers surveyed said the bank owns shares and plans to buy more. From the Bank of Japan to the Bank of Israel and with the SNB and the Czech National Bank now at over 10% allocation of reserves to stocks, is it any wonder there is an inexorable bid under the 'free' markets. Rick Santelli is rightly concerned that, "there is a danger that everyone is loaded in the same direction," asking what happens if all the Central Bank pump-priming does not work, given these equity valuations, "who gets caught holding the bag? What chairs are left when the music stops?"
tick tock tick tock .. read more
Posted by , Friday, April 26, 2013

WashingtonsBlog: Boston Terror Narrative Starts Falling Apart

because of deep distrust of allthings corporate media (and b/c of 911 etc etc) I have no idea what happened in Boston, whether the official narrative is true or not - out of curiosity I've been following the counter narratives at various tinfoil hat sites (Infowars, Mike Adams) .. perhaps more on these later - anyway so found this post on WashingtonsBlog (i.e. George) via Nakedcapitalism - its got info from mainstream sources about how the Chechen/Dagistan dudes didn't rob the 7-Eleven, and in an eerie parallel to 911 how authorities were running dog sniffing "drills" during the race (!) - leaning towards believing the gov't this time since i don't see any strong motive for carrying these out, unlike 911 (Peak Oil etc) - Sibel Edmonds in the above video points out the Syria/Russian/Chechen connections in all this.. that Russia is keeping us from intervening in Syria and neocons have been supporting Chechen rebels to put pressure on Russia - this doesn't seem like a good reason to kill + maim innocent people in Boston, at least not for Obama (renegade neocons on the other hand..) - anyway due diligence and all that - Mike B .. read more
UPDATE: looks like we're gonna go to war w/ Syria
Posted by , Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Lambert Strether: About the Official Boston Narrative and Whether You Should Trust It

Lambert at Naked Capitalism (scroll down) ..
So, about that official narrative and whether you should trust it. In a word, no. Especially you should not trust it when the nice folks from our organs of state security are involved, for the good and sufficient reason that they have a track record of manufacturing the raw materials of narrative — we might call these “events” — to suit their purposes ... [quoting Mother Jones study: FBI terrorist] "Sting operations resulted in prosecutions against 158 defendants. Of that total, 49 defendants participated in plots led by an agent provocateur—an FBI operative instigating terrorist action" ... I retain, perhaps naively, the idea that truth is important[]. We are enmeshed in a fabulously complex system of bullshit and lies, and it’s not possible to combat that system with lies of our own, or bullshit, no matter how good we may be at it; we simply don’t have the budget, or the institutions .. But the truth, at least for “the news,” seems quite difficult to discern. Events are manufactured by state or corporate actors; our famously free press promotes narratives that have at best a discounted relation with reality []. We ourselves, digerati, crowd-source ourselves into witch hunts or go down the Conspiracy Theory rabbit hole .. Leaving aside the human tragedy, in historic terms, the Boston Marathon bombing was not the Battle of the Somme, the Blitz, or the IRA bombings in London. Somewhere in their withered, austere souls, the powers that be must know this, and sense the shoddiness of their performance
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Posted by , Monday, April 22, 2013

Ian Welsh: Brief Comments on the Boston Bombing

Welsh ..
And so we walk the road again. Rather than take care of everyone, we will surveil everyone, and use every attack as an excuse to crack down further .. the real cost [of the police state] is in societal stasis, in loss of creativity and actual productive change. Police states become stagnant, and eventually they crack, because no one believes in them
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Posted by , Sunday, April 21, 2013

THE MAN BEHIND AVAAZ | More Intelligent Life

Posted by , Thursday, April 11, 2013

Markos Moulitsas: Seriously, what the hell is Obama thinking?

Kos ..
I can't imagine President Barack Obama actually wants to cut Social Security. I'm not that cynical. Yet. If this was really about "saving" a program that is solvent for several more decades, all he'd have to do was raise the cap on payroll taxes. Right now, earnings above $110K-ish don't pay a Social Security tax. Why? Who the hell knows. But you raise that (or eliminate it altogether), and any potential future Social Security problem evaporates .. If Obama's goal was to look weak and isolate himself, generating bipartisan scorn and ridicule while giving Republicans a chance to claim Democrats want to cut Social Security during 2014 elections, then sure, mission accomplished. If he actually thought he was accomplishing something useful, however ... the mind reels
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Posted by , Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Rancid Honeytrap: New Shills Rising at MSNBC, Including Party Hack/Bankster pal Karen Finney

RHT/Oh Tarzie ..
An MSNBC ‘analyst’ such as Finney is essentially a part-time journalist, so standards about disclosure and speaking fees apply []. The Wall Street Journal forbids its journalists from accepting fees at all. The New York Times only allows it for talks at universities and for certain non-profits. Reuters only allows compensation for travel and accommodation. By any standard, compensated work for a large Wall Street lobbying group seems far beyond the pale. The reasons for this are obvious. Speaking fees are, at the very least, bribes. That Finney got invited to [Wall St lobby group] SIFMA’s biggest annual event twice in three years demonstrates that she didn’t do anything to piss Wall Street off in her role as an MSNBC analyst; or columnist for Politico, the Hill or Huffington Post; or as a political consultant. As a professional message manager with deep connections in government, she may have done a whole lot to help
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Posted by , Monday, April 8, 2013

Firedoglake: Obama Is the Driving Force Behind Cutting Your Social Security

Jon Walker @ FDL ..
Obama didn’t put chained-CPI in [his proposed budget] for Republicans, regardless what he may claim. While Republicans like to talk a big game on entitlements they have shown no real interest in cutting benefits for current retirees, who are the most important part of their base. They even expanded entitlements under Bush and they purposely set their Medicare plan to not affect anyone over age 55. Republicans didn’t even include chained-CPI in their House budget. The single biggest driving force behind trying to cut your Social Security in Washington is President Obama. At every turn Obama has worked hard to keep the idea alive despite it is a horrible idea that is incredibly unpopular. This is not something Obama is being forced to accept, it is what he has been pushing for
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Posted by , Saturday, April 6, 2013

LET’S GO FISHING…

From Betty Layton This video is of commercial fishing boats returning from fishing off the coast of Washington and Oregon . They are crossing the Columbia Bar, which is where the Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean. This is designated as one of the most dangerous ports of entry anywhere in the world. There are at least eight to 10 deaths per year with people trying to get in or out in boats that are not made for this kind of severe beating - the kind you see these boats going through. These boats are self - righting, have a super low centr e of gravity, sealed engine compartments, basically bullet proof glass windows, double steel hulls. Well, you get the idea. They are commercial shrimp and fishing boats.
Posted by , Sunday, March 31, 2013

Markos Moulitsas: The dominoes are falling

Kos ..
“The dominoes are falling,” said [bigot] Dr. Bob Borger. “They’re falling faster than I ever thought they could.” [...] In 2003, Alaska, Hawaii, Nebraska and Nevada all had constitutional bans on same-sex marriages. In the 10 years after, 28 states followed[] as Republicans cynically used the issue to rally conservatives to the polls during George W. Bush's reelection campaign, including swing states Oregon, Michigan, Missouri and Ohio. Republicans attempted the same in 2008, putting a constitutional ban on equality in Florida, among other states. Yet here we are now, enjoying a flood of popular support, with Republicans terrified of speaking out on the issue
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Posted by , Thursday, March 28, 2013