08/05/2012 09:23:00 AM
it's been since this past wednesday that i've posted and i find that i really don't have energy to keep putting them up... i may or i may not continue but, after all, i've been at this since early 2005... i've done it primarily for my own satisfaction but i'm finding that there's less and less of that to be had... things don't seem to be getting any better and i find myself being boringly repetitive on so many subjects that make my blood boil that it seems hardly worthwhile to keep doing it... i [..]
08/01/2012 20:30:00 PM
i've been waiting for the right quote to mark the passing of gore vidal... it's in the post title taken from the following excerpt of an essay he wrote for the nation magazine in july 2002...from common dreams...[N]o matter how corrupt our system became over the last century--and I lived through three-quarters of it--we still held on to the Constitution and, above all, to the Bill of Rights. No matter how bad things got, I never once believed that I would see a great part of the nation--of we [..]
07/30/2012 16:58:00 PM
ya gotta love it...from a round-up of german views on romney's big european adventure
07/29/2012 11:31:00 AM
our overlords... Meet the 26 Billionaires Buying the 2012 Elections | By Sen. Bernie Sanders So far this year, 26 billionaires have donated more than $61 million to super PACs, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. And, thats only what has been publicly disclosed.This $61 million does not include about $100 million that Sheldon Adelson has said that he is willing to spend to defeat President Obama; or the $400 million that the Koch brothers have pledged to spend during the 201 [..]
07/29/2012 11:13:00 AM
this goes back to a point i've made countless times here... there is nothing whatsoever incompetent about how our super-rich elites are running the show... the constant carping about incompetence under george bush made me crazy... those bush administration bastards knew exactly what they were doing and so do the bastards running the obama administration... they're carrying on with the same agenda that's been vigorously pursued since ronald reagan - shredding of the social contract and making sur [..]
07/29/2012 10:24:00 AM
bill moyers... What Its Like to Go to War excellent interview... i wish everyone could listen and absorb this kind of thoughtful exchange about the ugliness of war...as a vietnam army vet and with 8 visits to afghanistan under my belt (fortunately not connected with the military), i never cease to be amazed at how constricted and narrow is the "news" reporting from the regions where our prized young adults and the future hope of our country are being psychologically scarred, physically wo [..]
07/27/2012 11:39:00 AM
yes, it's growing as we watch...james petras via information clearing house... The key to the police state operations of the US in the 21st century is to repress pro-democracy citizens and pre-empt any mass movement without undermining the electoral system, which provides political theater and legitimacy. A police state boundary is constructed to ensure that citizens will have little option but to vote for the two pro-police state parties, legislatures and [..]
07/27/2012 10:49:00 AM
overreaching executive power and the virtually complete negation of constitutionally protected liberties lie at the heart of the choices we are being presented in the 2012 presidential election which, upon even cursory reflection, are no choices at all...glenn ...[Consider] the years-long screeching over President Bushs mere eavesdropping and detentions without any judicial review or transparency hes assaulting the Constitution and Our Values!
07/26/2012 19:59:00 PM
seems to happen every few weeks... other than a few more criminal bankers being arrested (see here) - which is always a good thing - there just hasn't been much going on other than the usual shit, and pardon me if i don't give a rat's ass about mitt, barack or the olympics... besides, i've been busy so deal with it...
07/24/2012 10:50:00 AM
Tactical Briefing #36 The Strategic Pincer.Alright all you existential diggers and expectant souls out there,Defying all cynicism, the passion on the streets keeps burning
with the crisis of capitalism intensifying peoples rage only grows, erupting in unexpected places like Quebec, Moscow, Mexico, Tel Aviv, Khartoum, Addis Ababa
meanwhile we keep learning new tricks in Madrid, Los Angeles, Greece, Palestine, Manhattan and Hong Kong.The Zuccotti encampment model may have had its day, [..]
07/24/2012 10:34:00 AM
glenn calls out dianne feinstein, the epitome of corrupt, super-rich, elite arrogance and hypocrisy, for her crusade against leakers and whistleblowers when she herself is one of washington's biggest leakers... Dianne Feinsteins espionage The California Democrat is both the prime enemy of leaks and "one of the biggest leakers in Congress"[...]That the powerful Senator who has devoted herself to criminally punishing low-level leakers and increasing the wall of secrecy is herself one of [..]
07/23/2012 21:41:00 PM
from economonitor, originally published in the big picture...We live in an era of defective government.This corruption is not an accident. It is the product of years of very patient work. It has been brought about through expensive lobbying, relentless propaganda,
07/23/2012 15:13:00 PM
the pirate banking industry...
07/23/2012 10:35:00 AM
and the sack of bollocks he sold to the american people about guantánamo...glenn...Last week, the Obama administration imposed new arbitrary rules
07/22/2012 18:01:00 PM
truly staggering but not at all surprising... merely a confirmation of
07/21/2012 10:11:00 AM
it is absolutely imperative that we understand because it's killing us and, ultimately, the entire planet to say nothing of destroying our souls...chris hedges talking with bill moyers via raw story...Journalist and activist Chris Hedges appeared Friday on Moyers & Company to talk about the conclusions of his latest book. Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt is dedicated to investigating the most exploited and impoverished places in America, places that he says are virtually off the radar sc [..]
07/20/2012 11:29:00 AM
of course i've been following the situation in syria and the damascus suicide bombing without the slightest notion of who are the good guys and who are the bad guys (although i am strongly leaning toward the belief that both sides are pretty bad)... i also have no firm idea of who is propping up the assad regime and who is giving support to the rebels... that both the u.s. and israel have their hands in the matter up to their elbows i think is almost a given and that both of them would certainly [..]
07/19/2012 11:47:00 AM
he captures it perfectly...
07/19/2012 10:49:00 AM
chomsky reflects on the magna carta and the upcoming millennium celebration of its creation in 2015...Recent events trace a threatening trajectory, sufficiently so that it may be worthwhile to look ahead a few generations to the millennium anniversary of one of the great events in the establishment of civil and human rights: the issuance of Magna Carta, the charter of English liberties imposed on King John in 1215.What we do right now, or fail to do, will determine what kind of world will g [..]
07/18/2012 15:40:00 PM
glenn...The ACLU and the Center for Constitutional Rights this morning filed a lawsuit in federal court against several Obama officials, including Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and CIA Director David Petraeus. The suit is brought on behalf of the survivors of three American citizens killed in Yemen by the U.S. Government killed specifically by the CIA and the Pentagons Joint Special Operations Command with no due process and far from any battlefield: Anwar Awlaki and Samir Khan (ki [..]
07/16/2012 22:35:00 PM
why is it that our global super-rich elites, the very people who pull the strings of governments, corporations and, by extension, all of us, get to gather to discuss who knows what without any media scrutiny...? why is it that the only media coverage comes from a russian cable news network...? what a sad commentary on our so-called "news" media... Inside of Bohemian Grove 2012It's the secretive meeting that the world's elites don't want you to know about - some of the world's richest and b [..]
07/15/2012 11:43:00 AM
i was pointed to this by commenter mettle...from the guardian... The ancient Greeks had a word for it pleonexia which means an overreaching desire for more than one's share.[...]In The Price of Inequality, Joseph E Stiglitz passionately describes how unrestrained power and rampant greed are writing an epitaph for the American dream. The promise of the US as the land of opportunity has been shattered by the modern pleonetic tyrants, who make up the 1%, while sections of the 99% across t [..]
07/15/2012 11:10:00 AM
here's that ted video that ted deemed "too controversial" to post on their website...and here's some of the transcript...I can say with confidence that rich people don't create jobs, nor do businesses, large or small. What does lead to more employment is a "circle of life" like feedback loop between customers and businesses. And only consumers can set in motion this virtuous cycle of increasing demand and hiring. In this sense, an ordinary middle-class consumer is far mo [..]
07/14/2012 23:14:00 PM
from the boston review... War Is BetrayalPersistent Myths of Combat
07/14/2012 12:56:00 PM
as horrifying as this sounds, it's no surprise... since the government is collecting information on not only every electronic transaction - from phone calls to atm withdrawals to airline tickets to supermarket affinity card swipes - as well as assembling facial recognition information and feeds from the millions of surveillance cameras located virtually everywhere, the next reasonable step is to do something with it... kevin at cryptogon has been all over this for years (here and here, among oth [..]
07/13/2012 15:55:00 PM
the crap keeps flowing nonstop and these guys keep walking the streets with zero consequences for fraud, malfeasance, mismanagement, lying, and outright theft... meanwhile, you or i could be literally tossed in jail over a minor traffic violation... when is this shit going to cease...?JPMorgan Fears Traders Obscured Losses in First Quarter JPMorgan Chase which reported its second-quarter results on Friday, disclosed that the losses on a soured credit bet could mount to more than $7 billion, as [..]
07/12/2012 21:41:00 PM
watching the romney and obama campaign ads, it's like whoever is putting them together is convinced that those of us sitting out here watching them have absolutely no idea about what's REALLY going on... they're condescending and completely discounting of the intelligence of the voting public...
07/12/2012 21:35:00 PM
yeah, no shit...jeremy scahill via the nation... On the campaign trail, Obama promised an end to torture, extraordinary rendition and secret prisons. But since taking office he has in fact doubled-down on some of the more insidious policies he inherited from the Bush administration. As Nation correspondent Jeremy Scahill explains, Obama has surrounded himself with war hawks, relied on targeted killing and acted unilaterally to defend US interests. Instead of drawing down the two major grou [..]
07/11/2012 15:47:00 PM
it's not like this is so damn surprising given what we already know about what's gone on in gitmo but what we only suspect vs. what is revealed as fact is a big difference...jeffrey kaye and jason leopold posting at truthout...Detainees in custody of the US military were interrogated while drugged with powerful antipsychotic and other medications that "could impair an individual's ability to provide accurate information," according to a declassified Department of Defense (DoD) inspector gene [..]
07/10/2012 11:01:00 AM
i've been saying for many years that there is no electronic communication that is beyond the reach of the u.s. government... what i've come to realize is, as glenn says, there is no form of human interaction or, indeed, human behavior, that is beyond the reach of the surveillance apparatus of the u.s. government... and i'm also reasonably sure that, if you're a "person of interest," surveillance can be conducted wherever you might be on the planet, and that would include in the air, under the oc [..]
07/09/2012 12:08:00 PM
my question to which i never hear a satisfactory answer is why are we putting up with it...?the keiser report from 7 july on rt...
07/08/2012 15:09:00 PM
a nice juxtaposition to my post about the declaration of independence on the 4th of july and the post i put up last sunday with bill moyers' thoughts on that same document...mr. fish via truthdig...
07/07/2012 17:14:00 PM
take your pick...bill zimmerman in truthout... The Aftermath of Occupy Will Surpass the Gains of 1960s ActivismA tsunami of citizen activism, initiated by Occupy Wall Street, is poised to wash over American society. The coming battle to correct the grotesquely unequal distribution of wealth and power in this country is likely to have an even more profound impact on our society than what occurred in the 1960s.[...]But the difficulty in actually achieving economic reform leaves many skeptic [..]
07/07/2012 13:49:00 PM
this graphic was sent to me by an afghan friend along with his 4th of july best wishes... says a lot, doesn't it...?
07/07/2012 12:48:00 PM
as far as i'm concerned, the libor scandal is the last straw... many trillions of dollars have been literally stolen from people around the world and if this goes unpunished, we might as well kiss our asses goodbye because we will be forever owned by our super-rich elites and the criminal bankers...Libor rate-fixing scandal spotlight now on Citi, JPMorganThe harsh light of the Libor rate-fixing scandal has crossed the Atlantic, with both Citigroup and JPMorgan Chase saying regulators and inves [..]
07/07/2012 12:27:00 PM
from the guardian... Noam Chomsky: 'The Occupy movement just lit a spark' 'If you're rich and powerful you never have enough'. In this full-length interview, Gary Youngetalks to US historian and philosopher Noam Chomsky about why the Occupy movement is so important, where it goes from here, and how it will affect the election.
07/06/2012 21:20:00 PM
how massive does the fraud have to be, how many trillions of dollars does it have to involve, how many millions of people have to be ripped off, and how many more of these mega-crimes have to surface before these global criminals are stopped, and by stopped, i mean arrested, indicted, convicted and put away...?robert scheer in truthdig... The current Libor interest rate scandal, involving hundreds of trillions in international derivatives trade, shows how the really big boys play. And these gu [..]
07/05/2012 10:19:00 AM
maximizing profits in a marketplace that recognizes no constraints... Chris Hedges "Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt"That's what our guest tonight argues in his latest book, by travelling to, and documenting life and the destruction of it in so called, "sacrifice zones". This includes the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota; the city of Camden, N.J.; the now [..]
07/05/2012 10:06:00 AM
rt's alyona talks to glenn greenwald...This Monday, Twitter released it's first ever transparency report. It revealed that just in the first six months of 2012, they've received more demands from governments for user data, than all of last year. And surprise, surprise, the United States made up the majority of the 849 requests, with a whopping 679. Alyona talks to Salon's Glenn Greenwald about the growing surveillance state and what can be done about it.
07/04/2012 22:23:00 PM
from euronews...matt taibbi... The LIBOR manipulation story has exploded into a major scandal overseas. The CEO of Barclays, Bob Diamond, has resigned in disgrace; his was the first of what will undoubtedly be many major banks to walk the regulatory plank for fixing the interbank exchange rate. The Labor party is demanding a sweeping criminal investigation. Mervyn King, Governor of the Bank of England, responded the way a real public official should (i.e. not like Ben Bernanke), blasting the [..]
07/04/2012 22:06:00 PM
hey...! yay...! EU Defeats ACTA European Parliament votes against controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade AgreementACTA, the controversial online piracy treaty, was dealt a blow on Wednesday when the European Parliament voted overwhelmingly to reject it.The European Parliament voted 478 to 39 against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, which was drawn up in secret and had been protested by hundreds of thousands across the EU who saw the treaty as an infringement on internet freedom.Pres [..]
07/04/2012 10:29:00 AM
read the entire document here... The Declaration of Independence When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.We hold these truths to [..]
07/03/2012 15:31:00 PM
from information clearing house...
07/03/2012 15:21:00 PM
from democracy now...Will U.S., the Worlds Largest Arms Manufacturer, Back Landmark U.N. Arms Trade Treaty?no...
07/02/2012 15:41:00 PM
evidently, with the latest breaking scandal involving barclays and the manipulation of the libor rate, joseph stiglitz has had enough...Nobel Prize winner and former World Bank economist Joseph Stiglitz has called recent revelations that Barclays and other large banks colluded to defraud their costumers by artificially leveraging international interest rates a "textbook illustration" of how banks use privileged information and lax oversight to reap rewards for themselves while savaging the [..]
07/01/2012 16:15:00 PM
from senator sanders youtube site...yes, indeed, the american people ARE angry and rightfully so... we've been screwed sixteen ways from sunday by our super-rich elites, their criminal banker colleagues and their bought-and-paid-for government officials... it's all part of the grand plan to control all the world's money and resources while keeping the peasant class in thrall to keep it all running to their benefit...
07/01/2012 14:12:00 PM
as always, good stuff from bill moyers...from raw story... Bill Moyers Essay: The Difficult Truths Behind Independence DayJune 29, 2012Its important to remember that, behind the July 4th holiday, are human beings who were as flawed as they were inspired.for a very long time, i have wished bill moyers would run for president...
06/29/2012 17:57:00 PM
06/27/2012 13:28:00 PM
i'm a product of catholic elementary and secondary school and spent my freshman year of college at a catholic university... from my time in elementary school, i remember some outstanding sisters as well as some petty, mean and outright physically and emotionally abusive ones, the latter the object of much scorn and spoofing in later years... they were also no small source of clientele for therapists...i was 14 years old when vatican ii was held in 1962... the reforms and enlightened thinking it [..]
06/26/2012 10:46:00 AM
recorded at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London...
06/25/2012 16:10:00 PM
chris hayes taken from his book, Twilight of the Elites: America After Meritocracy excerpted at In These Times...We now operate in a world in which we can assume neither competence nor good faith from the authorities. The consequences of this simple, devastating realization define American life. The failure of the elites and the distrust it has spawned is the most powerful and least understood aspect of current politics and society. It structures and constrains the very process by which we gathe [..]
06/25/2012 12:00:00 PM
chris hedges...[W]omen and men who rise up in the pockets of poverty and despair ... resist not because they will succeed in reversing the corporate onslaught against them, or even save themselves or their communities from poverty, but because it is right. They wake each day to defy, often in small, unseen acts of revolt, the intractable poverty, the despair and violence, by nurturing life. They often can do little to protect the lives, especially the lives of children, that are daily crus [..]
06/25/2012 11:43:00 AM
from the ft...Cyprus requests eurozone bailout Cyprus has become the latest eurozone country to seek a bailout amid mounting economic problems and fresh challenges for its banks after a credit rating agency downgrade.Bowing to eurozone pressure, the government of President Demetris Christofias said it had asked for help, just days before a deadline to recapitalise one of the countrys largest banks.Cyprus is seeking financial help from the European Financial Stability Facility or its succe [..]
06/25/2012 10:36:00 AM
as usual, glenn is all over it...Two Op-Eds in The New York Times
06/24/2012 11:17:00 AM
mr. fish... (click on image for slightly larger version)
06/23/2012 10:19:00 AM
glenn highly recommends the following moyers & company youtube clip and, after watching it, i strongly concur...If you can find 25 minutes or so this weekend, I cant recommend highly enough this segment from this weeks Bill Moyers program, with Yves Smith and Matt Taibbi, discussing the increasingly corrupt banking industry and the multiple ways the U.S. Government continues to prop it up. [UPDATE]here's a link and a few paragraphs from matt taibbi's rolling stone article from 21 [..]
06/22/2012 18:48:00 PM
Qargha Lake near Kabuli went to lunch at qargha lake in 2008 with two afghan friends and colleagues... we sat out in the garden at tables under the trees at the very same spot and the very same hotel where this massacre took place... i was supposed to attend a wedding anniversary celebration there last year but my security manager put his foot down...At least 15 civilians were killed when seven Taliban militants shot their way into a popular lakeside resort here and took scores of hostages, Afgh [..]
06/21/2012 16:51:00 PM
breaking news from the financial times... Moody's downgrades biggest global banksFifteen of the biggest global banks were downgraded by Moodys Investors Service on Thursday, adding to pressure on their borrowing costs and triggering multi-billion dollar collateral calls. Morgan Stanley, seen as the most vulnerable, escaped the three-notch downgrade that Moodys had threatened but saw its rating cut from A2 to Baa1, three notches above junk.Stock markets fell as anticipation of the dow [..]
06/21/2012 16:31:00 PM
rob urie in counterpunch... Occupy is Alive; So is History Political leadership in the West has calcified atop a set of existing facts and trajectory that assure rebellion in one form or another until they are reconciled. In addition to the economic divides between wealth and poverty, employment and unemployment, opportunity and the lack of opportunity, there is a generational divide that has left youth around the world on the outside of economic life.[...]These conditions were not created [..]
06/21/2012 15:40:00 PM
i keep getting 4-5 solicitations every day asking me to donate or otherwise support obama's re-election, but my enthusiasm is at a low ebb, to say the least, and reading things like this certainly doesn't help...michael t. klare in tomdispatch...Through his speeches, Congressional testimony, and actions in office, it is possible to reconstruct the geopolitical blueprint that Cheney followed in his career as a top White House strategist -- a blueprint that President Obama, eerily enough, now a [..]
06/20/2012 16:55:00 PM
our criminal bankers really like their tbtf, protected status...robert reich in truthout... One advantage of being a huge Wall Street bank is you get bailed out by the federal government when you make dumb bets. Another is you can choose where around the world to make the dumb bets, thereby dodging U.S. regulations. Its a win-win.Wall Street would like to keep it that way.For two years now, squadrons of Wall Street lawyers and lobbyists have been pressing the Treasury, Comptroller of the C [..]
06/20/2012 11:09:00 AM
more on julian assange from glenn's op-ed in the guardian...For several reasons, Assange has long feared that the US would be able to coerce Sweden into handing him over far more easily than if he were in Britain. For one, smaller countries such as Sweden are generally more susceptible to American pressure and bullying.For another, that country has a disturbing history of lawlessly handing over suspects to the US. A 2006 UN
06/19/2012 17:16:00 PM
following denial of his appeal to avoid extradition...ap...Ecuador's foreign minister says Wilikeaks chief Julian Assange has taken refuge in the South American nation's embassy in London and is seeking political asylum.Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino says Ecuador is weighing the request.glenn...Can anyone claim that Assanges fear of ending up in American custody is anything other than supremely reasonable and rational? Just look at what has happened to people especially foreign nationa [..]
06/19/2012 16:56:00 PM
people are rightfully pissed off and want to show it... good on them...from rt... On Sunday, a sea of protesters filled the streets of New York City to show their solidarity against the Big Apple's Stop and Frisk policy. Approximately 50,000 protesters gathered in a silent march to draw attention to the policy that they feel is targeting minorities. According to statistics, 685,724 were searched in 2011 and of those people, 53 percent were black and 34 percent were Latino. Critics argue th [..]
06/18/2012 16:53:00 PM
john atcheson in common dreams... Dark Ages Redux: American Politics and the End of the Enlightenment We are witnessing an epochal shift in our socio-political world.
06/17/2012 21:09:00 PM
i think one of the most disgusting things - among many - that the united states does is to produce and sell massive amounts of weaponry and defense items to countries around the world... i've posted on it repeatedly and i continue to find it unconscionable... now, the u.s. is setting another record...US Sets Another Record on Defense Sales, Already
06/16/2012 18:30:00 PM
disaster capitalism continues to run amok...Who Profits? Austerity, Greed & the Pain in SpainNobel Laureate economist Joseph Stiglitz characterizes the Spanish bank bailout as voodoo economics that is certain to fail. New York Times economic analyst Andrew Ross Sorkin agrees: By now it should be apparent that the bailout has failedor at least on its way to failing. And columnist and Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman bemoans tha [..]
06/15/2012 22:32:00 PM
this is what happens when we send our young people to fight and die to advance the agendas of our super-rich elites...
06/14/2012 17:05:00 PM
i saw this story when it broke early this morning... to me, it's a demonstration of just how tenaciously those who are accustomed to unfettered power and limitless reservoirs of stolen money and resources will finagle to make sure they stay on the top of the pile, the common good and the will of the people be damned...from common dreams... 'Military Coup' in Egypt as Court Dissolves ParliamentCNN reports: Egypt's highest court declared the parliament invalid Thursday, and the country's interi [..]
06/13/2012 13:37:00 PM
why not bail out the people who, through no fault of their own, have gotten screwed and are in the most pain... Cenk Uygur: Iceland Shows Bailing out Middle Class Works, Not Bailing Out BanksOn The Young Turks yesterday, Cenk Uygur
06/12/2012 17:08:00 PM
it's been a long time since i've posted anything by arthur silber and, truth be told, i'd forgotten just how articulate and powerful a writer he is... my thanks to chris floyd and information clearing house for re-introducing me to arthur... In a culture that was healthy to any significant degree, the recent NYT article about the Obama administration's institutionalized, systematic program of murder by secret decree would have resulted in a deafening, sustained, nationwide howl of outrage and [..]
06/11/2012 17:19:00 PM
another cry for a return to the concept of the common good...from truthout... According to data from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the United States has some of the lowest rates of entrepreneurship in the world. Even at the top of the boom in 2005-2007, only two countries (Belgium and Norway) had lower levels of new business formation than the United States. The other 22 countries studied by the OECD all had higher rates of new business formation than the [..]
06/10/2012 16:43:00 PM
glenn...Rep. King has another role: hes one of President Obamas most outspoken defenders and supporters when it comes to civil liberties and Terrorism. On CNN this morning, King offered his latest vigorous defense of a signature Obama policy:House Homeland Security Chairman Peter King (R-NY) on Sunday refused to confirm the existence of U.S. drone strikes in other countries, but later insisted that the unmanned flying machines were being used to carry out the policies of righteousness [..]
06/10/2012 13:30:00 PM
david michael green via information clearing house...
06/09/2012 20:59:00 PM
what's more essential than food and water...?via youtube and forbidden knowledge tv... There's nothing they are leaving untouched: the mustard, the okra, the bringe oil, the rice, the cauliflower. Once they have established the norm: that seed can be owned as their property, royalties can be collected. We will depend on them for every seed we grow of every crop we grow. If they control seed, they control food, they know it -- it's strategic. It's more powerful than bombs. It's more powerful [..]
06/09/2012 11:12:00 AM
since i gave up my place in buenos aires, i've been grossly negligent in posting on argentina... that doesn't mean, however, that i haven't been keeping up on argentina news...
06/08/2012 18:58:00 PM
i'm not in the mood for posting on the same old shit which is evidently all that's happening today (and most days, for that matter)...
06/07/2012 13:34:00 PM
it's getting harder and harder to witness the charade that is the 2012 election season... the ugly lie of government of the people by the people makes it really difficult to give a shit...rob urie in counterpunch...Mr. Obama selected the members of his deficit commission with a particular outcome in mindto cut the social programs long derided by the right as entitlements while maintaining tax cuts for the rich and pushing more of the same neo-liberal reforms that led to the current bifurca [..]
06/07/2012 09:57:00 AM
it's abundantly clear that seats for our elected officials are being bought... this isn't news... it's been happening for a long time but never more visibly than in this week's wisconsin recall election... what often gets left out in the buying and selling discussion is where all that money is going... yes, it's easy enough to say it's being spent on political advertising... that's a no-brainer... but just as we're coming to find out just exactly who is doing the "buying," we need to know just e [..]
06/06/2012 18:25:00 PM
in my travels over the years, i've always been acutely aware of the disparity between rich and poor in many of the countries i've visited... mexico was my first eye-opening experience in the early 70s and, despite the appearance of home depots and sam's clubs that have popped up like poisonous mushrooms after a rain, as of last october, i haven't seen that much change... the poor are still very poor and the rich are still staggeringly rich... i've seen the same story repeated to greater and less [..]
06/06/2012 11:45:00 AM
if you want to know the real impact of citizens united, look no further than yesterday's wisconsin recall election where big money bought the seat that scott walker will now continue to occupy...from mother jones... $63.5 million: The minimum amount spent by both sides in the recall70 percent:
06/06/2012 10:34:00 AM
ray bradbury had a profound influence on my life, emotional, intellectual and spiritual... Something Wicked This Way Comes was one of those books that, even though i had never heard of the term in those long-ago days (in 1962, i was the same age as the two protagonists), was truly a mind-altering experience... for days after reading the last page, the world looked and felt different... i believe i am a better person for having read ray bradbury... Ray Bradbury, Master of Science Fiction, Dies a [..]
06/06/2012 09:59:00 AM
i'm beginning to think that adbusters is desperately trying to replicate the amazing buzz that led to occupy wall street... i'd certainly like to see a re-birth but it doesn't appear one is on the near horizon despite adbusters best efforts... Flash Encampments Occupy morphs into a new model!Hey all you wild cats, do-gooders and steadfast rebels out there,Our movement is living through a painful rebirth
There has been a unfortunate consolidation of power in #OWS, writes one founding Zuc [..]
06/05/2012 21:18:00 PM
$63 MILLION was spent on this race... gag me with a spoon... Scott Walker narrowly held onto his job as Wisconsins governor on Tuesday, surviving a labor-backed recall drive loudly trumpeted as a national showdown over public employee unions.[...]Walker was able to outspend the mayor by 10 to 1...sad... so sad...
06/05/2012 18:00:00 PM
what the banks are really afraid of is a country standing up for itself...max holds forth on rt... In this episode, Max Keiser and co-host, Stacy Herbert, discuss all hell breaking loose as an electronics chain store stockpiles security shutters, capital flees Greece (and Spain) and Max proposes a love market. In the second half of the show Max talks to Detlev Schlichter, author of Paper Money Collapse, about the euro, the drachma, the dollar and gold.
06/05/2012 09:46:00 AM
tom engelhardt comments on the recent nyt piece, Secret Kill List Proves a Test of Obamas Principles and Will...Be assured of one thing: whichever candidate you choose at the polls in November, you arent just electing a president of the United States; you are also electing an assassin-in-chief.
06/04/2012 17:24:00 PM
john pilger on youtube...a john pilger bio...John Pilger was born and grew up in Bondi, Sydney, Australia. He launched his first newspaper at Sydney High School and later completed a four year cadetship with Australian Consolidated Press. "It was one of the strictest language courses I know," he says. "Devised by a celebrated, literate editor, Brian Penton, the aim was economy of language and accuracy. It certainly taught me to admire writing that was spare, precise and free of cliches, th [..]
06/04/2012 11:26:00 AM
post title courtesy of james howard kunstler posting on his blog, clusterfuck nation... Welcome to the Wormhole
06/04/2012 10:11:00 AM
i'm encouraged by what's happening in quebec... they are clearly protesting for the same reasons that gave rise to the arab spring, the occupy movement, the student protests in chile and the indignados in spain: the brutal hand of the global corporate state...chris hedges in truthdig...The Quebec government, which like the United States security and surveillance state is deaf to the pleas for justice and fearful of widespread unrest, has reacted by trying to stamp out the rebellion. It has [..]
06/03/2012 11:23:00 AM
from raw story... Upset over President Barack Obamas kill list and continued usage of drone striking throughout his administration, The Nations national security correspondent Jeremy Scahill called the commander-in-chiefs actions murderous.Appearing on MSNBCs Up with Chris Hayes, Scahill argued for the justification of labeling President Obamas decisions to authorize the strikes as murder, specifically the drone attack on al-Qaeda America figure Anwar Al-Awlakis son in [..]
06/02/2012 10:41:00 AM
yes, i know i tend to be a little heavy in citing glenn in my posts but he's one of the few observers i turn to regularly who happen to have a consistent, firm grasp on reality...here, glenn is commenting on yesterday's wapo story on a u.s. drone missile strike in pakistan... [T]he word militant is being aggressively distorted by deceitful U.S. government propaganda that defines the term to mean: any military-age males whom we kill (the use of the phrase suspected militants in the bo [..]
06/01/2012 10:06:00 AM
i've posted extensively on the mutual back-scratching between the u.s. government, michael mcconnell and booz allen hamilton (see here)... this tawdry relationship pumps millions of dollars into the booz coffers as well as mcconnell's pocket and has made cyber-security technology one of the biggest profit contributors in the booz portfolio of taxpayer fleecing projects... mcconnell has appeared repeatedly on news segments decrying the imminent danger posed by cyber attacks and making the case fo [..]
05/31/2012 12:58:00 PM
worth watching... This episode of the Al Jazeera English show "The Stream" features an interview with rapper Immortal Technique about Occupy Wall Street, his lyrics and career, hip hop activism and more.
05/31/2012 10:36:00 AM
absolutely nothing is more effective in smearing public figures whom our super-rich elites and their government puppets want to destroy than innuendos and veiled accusations about their sexual behavior... that said and given that anyone with two brain cells to rub together knows how that kind of smear works, why wouldn't someone in the spotlight, particularly a controversial spotlight, not decide to simply keep it in their pants... i'm not suggesting that controversial public figures choose celi [..]
05/30/2012 21:26:00 PM
you know that if assange is extradited to sweden, it will be a very short period of time before sweden hands him over to the u.s... while i certainly don't have any special insight in to the particulars of the allegations against assange in sweden, i do know that sexual entrapment is the oldest kind of dirty trick and the incidences of it being used right up to the present day are legion...an extract from an interview of pilger conducted by the swedish newspaper, Dagens Nyheter... [T]he attempt [..]
05/30/2012 13:36:00 PM
in essence, the obama administration is saying that, if, in their infinite wisdom, they decided i was a threat to my country, they could deliberate in private about my fate and, without even giving me a chance to face my accusers or, even more egregiously, without informing me that the deliberation was taking place or even that i had been declared a threat, i could find myself walking down the street and suddenly be unceremoniously murdered in cold blood in broad daylight...glenn greenwald...Her [..]
05/29/2012 10:46:00 AM
glenn comments on the latest revelation about the covert activities of our sociopathic leaders... Ive written and said many times before that in American media discourse, the definition of militant is
05/29/2012 09:25:00 AM
in the 7th edition of julian assange's interview program on rt, he talks with the occupy folks... Julian Assange and the Occupy movement have much in common. They both criticise governments and are often condemned by the mainstream media. So now for the first time, the world's most famous whistleblower and the leaders of the global protest movement come together - on RT. In the latest edition of Assange's very own interview programme, they discuss the spread of the Occupy demonstrations. a [..]
05/28/2012 13:17:00 PM
as promised in my friday post, i am re-posting my vietnam experiences, partly as a memorial day way to honor those who served and died there but also to honor a short but intense period in my own history... Recalling Vietnam
05/27/2012 20:25:00 PM
i don't take a great deal of either enjoyment or pride in putting up posts as gloomy as this even though i do put up a lot of them... i do, however, feel an obligation to make the truth - at least the truth as i see it - visible...paul craig roberts... The US government is the second worst human rights abuser on the planet and the sole enabler of the worstIsrael. But this doesnt hamper Washington from pointing the finger elsewhere.