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This evening's music features soul, blues and gospel singer Otis Clay.  Enjoy!



Otis Clay w/The BoKeys - Got To Get Back

I want to say unequivocally to this next generation - Stop. Being. Chumps.  I'm going to say it again to the next generation - Stop. Being. Chumps.

You elected this president.  You re-elected this president. You gave him the chance to make history. He needs to give you the chance to have a future.  Stop. Being. Chumps.  Stop. Being. Chumps.  Fight for your future!

 -- Van Jones, Forward On Climate Rally 2-17-2013


News and Opinion

Tens of Thousands Rally to Stop Keystone XL Pipeline & Urge Obama to Move "Forward on Climate"
Canada's environmental activists seen as 'threat to national security'

Security and police agencies have been increasingly conflating terrorism and extremism with peaceful citizens exercising their democratic rights to organise petitions, protest and question government policies, said Jeffrey Monaghan of the Surveillance Studies Centre at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario.

The RCMP, Canada's national police force, and the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) view activist activities such as blocking access to roads or buildings as "forms of attack" and depict those involved as national security threats, according to the documents.

Protests and opposition to Canada's resource-based economy, especially oil and gas production, are now viewed as threats to national security, Monaghan said. In 2011 a Montreal, Quebec man who wrote letters opposing shale gas fracking was charged under Canada's Anti-Terrorism Act. Documents released in January show the RCMP has been monitoring Quebec residents who oppose fracking.

'Forward' on Fracking? Obama Scientist Makes Industry-Friendly Push for Gas Drilling Bonanza

Despite grave concerns about methane emissions and groundwater contamination, signals show that White House push forward with controversial gas fracking

One of Obama's top scientific advisers has signaled that the White House is poised to make a major push for the controversial practice of known as fracking--which environmental campaigners say is a betrayal of a truly clean energy agenda and evidence that the administration still misunderstands the severity of the climate dangers associated with all forms of fossil fuels.

The signals by Prof. William Press, an astrophysicist who heads the government-funded American Association for the Advancement of Science, were made at both an industry conference this week and in an interview with the Observer in the UK.

"The gas industry is straining to develop underground natural gas reserves across the nation and would love to know the exact rules and constraints by which it can carry out fracking in different states," Press told the Observer's Robin McKie. "Once they know that, they can get on with it."

Press then indicated that Obama "could use executive orders to outline those rules in the very near future and so initiate widespread gas fracking in the US."

How Much Change Will Come From Historic Climate Change Rally?

Sea Shepherd Continues High Seas Standoff After Whalers Attack

The fight to protect endangered whales in the Antarctic reached a boiling point over the weekend when high-seas activists from the group Sea Shepherd were bombarded by Japanese whalers as they tried to thwart the fleet from hauling in a dead whale.

"We blocked it for nine attempts but then their harpoon ship attempted to try and come across and hit us so we ducked away and that's when they were able to make the transfer of that whale," Sea Shepherd Australia's Jeff Hansen said.

As the whalers are illegally operating in Australian waters, the group urged Australian authorities to intervene—but to no avail.

"The Japanese whalers are slaughtering protected, threatened, and endangered species of whales within this sanctuary in violation of a global moratorium on commercial whaling," founder and president of Sea Shepherd Paul Watson writes at the Guardian today. "They are also in contempt of an Australian federal court ruling from 2008 that specifically forbade them from killing whales in the waters of the Australian Antarctic territory."

What should Progressives Do Next?

Senator Elizabeth Warren's First Banking Committee Hearing

Disposable Workers: Why Throwaway Employees are Bad Policy

The media increasingly appears to define the state of the economy based on corporate bottom lines and the experience of the upper echelon, reflected in the way it glosses over the anxiety and distress outside the top 1% of the population. The fact that this disconnect isn’t a figment of our imagination was confirmed by a recent study by Edmund Saez that reported that 121% of the income gains from 2009 to 2011 went to the top 1%, meaning they pulled further ahead while everyone else (in aggregate) became worse off. The big cause is the state of the labor market. And that isn’t just a product of the global crisis but also of a long-term restructuring of the relationship between employers and employees.

One of the pet ideas of neoliberalism is to encourage “labor market flexibility” which is code for letting companies fire employees on a whim. The problem is that a quick to hire, quick to fire posture is not a terribly sound idea. It takes a lot of time and effort to hire and train people (yes, Virginia, even a skilled employee needs to learn the quirks of how his employer likes things done), so firing people casually means a loss of this investment. Export powerhouse Germany has not been competitively impaired by its restrictions on terminating employees. But while some businesses actually believe the HR trope that “employees are our most important asset”, most, to adopt an image from Robert Oak at the Economic Populist, treat them as disposables.

McKinsey took note of this development in the early 2000s, when a study they commissioned from Yankelovich determined that new college graduates could expect to have 11 jobs by the age of 38. How can you plan any spending, much the less sensibly commit to buying a house or raising a family, with that much income uncertainty? Multiply that across most of the economy and no wonder this “expansion” is so sluggish.

More Geithner Without Geithner

Guantánamo trials plunged into deeper discord as confidence in court wanes

Revelations in pre-trial hearings further undermine US military court as defence lawyers paint legal proceedings as illegitimate

In recent days, the commander of the Guantánamo prison, Colonel John Bogdan, was forced to admit on the witness stand that secret listening devices disguised as smoke detectors were installed in the cell where lawyers met their clients, and that he knew nothing about them. ...

The prison's lawyer, Captain Thomas Welsh, told the court he discovered the room was fitted with hidden microphones early last year and reported it to the then warden, Colonel Donnie Thomas, to seek assurances that meetings between the accused and their lawyers were not being spied on.

Bogdan said he was not informed when he took over. He told the court that the FBI was in control of the room until 2008 and that he has since discovered that the bugs were accidentally disconnected in October during renovations but then secretly reconnected by an unnamed intelligence service two months later, suggesting they were still in use.

Cybersecurity Bill Supporters Regroup As Executive Order Looms

The Hill reports Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD), the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, plans to re-introduce the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), with the committee’s chairman Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI) this year. CISPA passed the House in 2012 despite significant organized opposition from privacy advocates, but was not considered by the Senate as it focused on its own cybersecurity proposal — one which also stalled, leading to reports the White House plans to issue a cybersecurity executive order calling for the creation of a voluntary program including minimum safety standards in critical infrastructure sectors.

CISPA proposed making information sharing between private companies and the intelligence agencies easier in order to allow collaborative responses to cyberattacks, likely at the expense of internet users’ privacy. While the bill enjoyed the support of many major companies including Facebook, Microsoft, IBM, Oracle, Symantec, AT&T and Verizon, civil liberties organizations expressed major doubts about the proposal and continue to do so. In a comment about renewed interest in CISPA to ThinkProgress today, Gregory T. Nojeim, Director of the Project on Freedom, Security & Technology at the Center for Democracy & Technology said:

“CISPA is deeply flawed. Under a broad cybersecurity umbrella, it permits companies to share user communications directly with the super secret National Security Agency and permits the NSA to use that information for non-cybersecurity reasons. This risks turning the cybersecurity program into a back door intelligence surveillance program run by a military entity with little transparency or public accountability. Members should seriously consider whether CISPA — which inflamed grassroots activists last year and was under a veto threat for these and other flaws — is the right place to start.”




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The House of Representatives voted to approve CISPA, but it's not over yet! Urge your Senators to stand up for user privacy and oppose cybersecurity bills.

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White House To Work With Big Business To Protect You From Being Radicalized

A hat tip to DSWright at FDL for this:

White House Tasks Itself With Controlling Speech On The Internet

The War of on Terror continues with a new grave threat – people writing things on the internet. The government is now trying to find ways to counter “online radicalization to violence” a phrase so broad it could mean practically anything.

From the White House:
The American public increasingly relies on the Internet for socializing, business transactions, gathering information, entertainment, and creating and sharing content. The rapid growth of the Internet has brought opportunities but also risks, and the Federal Government is committed to empowering members of the public to protect themselves against the full range of online threats, including online radicalization to violence.

Violent extremist groups ─ like al-Qa’ida and its affiliates and adherents, violent supremacist groups, and violent “sovereign citizens” ─ are leveraging online tools and resources to propagate messages of violence and division. These groups use the Internet to disseminate propaganda, identify and groom potential recruits, and supplement their real-world recruitment efforts.  Some members and supporters of these groups visit mainstream fora to see whether individuals might be recruited or encouraged to commit acts of violence, look for opportunities to draw targets into private exchanges, and exploit popular media like music videos and online video games.  Although the Internet offers countless opportunities for Americans to connect, it has also provided violent extremists with access to new audiences and instruments for radicalization.

Most Terrorist Plots in the US Aren't Invented by Al Qaeda -- They're Manufactured by the FBI

Since 9/11, one single organization has been responsible for hatching and financing more terrorist plots in the United States than any other. That organization isn’t Al Qaeda, the terrorist network founded by Osama bin Laden and responsible for the spectacular 2001 attacks on New York’s World Trade Center and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. And it isn’t Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammed, Al-Shabaab, Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, or any of the other more than forty U.S.-designated foreign terrorist organizations. No, the organization responsible for more terrorist plots over the last decade than any other is the FBI. Through elaborate and expensive sting operations involving informants and undercover agents posing as terrorists, the FBI has arrested and the Justice Department has prosecuted dozens of men government officials say posed direct—but by no means immediate or credible—threats to the United States. ...

In terrorism sting after terrorism sting, FBI and DOJ officials have hosted high-profile press conferences to announce yet another foiled terrorist plot. But what isn’t publicized during these press conferences is the fact that government-described terrorists ... were able to carry forward with their potentially lethal plots only because FBI informants and agents provided them with all of the means—in most cases delivering weapons and equipment, in some cases even paying for rent and doling out a little spending money to keep targets on the hook. In cities around the country where terrorism sting operations have occurred—among them New York City, Albany, Chicago, Miami, Baltimore, Portland, Tampa, Houston, and Dallas—a central question exists: Is the FBI catching terrorists or creating them?

In the ten years following 9/11, the FBI and the Justice Department indicted and convicted more than 150 people following sting operations involving alleged connections to international terrorism. Few of these defendants had any connection to terrorists, evidence showed, and those who did have connections, however tangential, never had the capacity to launch attacks on their own. In fact, of the more than 150 terrorism sting operation defendants, an FBI informant not only led one of every three terrorist plots, but also provided all the necessary weapons, money, and transportation.

In the dozens of terrorism sting operations since 9/11, the would-be terrorists are usually uneducated, unsophisticated, and economically desperate—not the attributes of someone likely to plan and launch a sophisticated, violent attack without significant help.


Blog Posts of Interest

Here are diaries and selected blog posts of interest on DailyKos and other blogs.
What's Happenin'

BREAKING::Pod Protest for the Planet

The nation's capital wasn't the only place climate-change protesters challenged business as usual



A Little Night Music



Otis Clay - I Can Take You To Heaven Tonight

Otis Clay - Precious Precious

Otis Clay - She's About A Mover

Otis Clay - Trying To Live My Life Without You

Otis Clay - A Nickel And A Nail

Otis Clay - Turn Back The Hands Of Time

Otis Clay - Since I've Been Loving You

Otis Clay - Brand New Thing

Otis Clay - Hard Working Woman

Otis Clay - Pouring Water on a Drowning Man

Otis Clay - Piece Of My Heart

Otis Clay - That's How It Is (When You're In Love)

Otis Clay - I Don't Know What To Do

Otis Clay - Got To Find A Way

Otis Clay - Leave me and my woman alone

Otis Clay - Three Is A Crowd

Otis Clay - Wild Horses

Otis Clay - I Keep On Toiling (When The Gates Swing Open)

Otis Clay - Is It Over

Good Lovin' - Otis Clay

Otis Clay - I Testify





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Originally posted to DFH writers group on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 05:00 PM PST.

Also republished by Team DFH.

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  •  Hey Joe! (10+ / 0-)

    Thanks for all the great links. Thanks for turning me on to "Real News". Gonna go back and check out that William Black segment among others.

    All the economic indicators continue to only care about how the 1% is doing. Glad to see that story about how shitty working life is for most of the rest of us.

    I'm going to an Anti-drone (foreign and domestic) Light Brigade demo tonight. I don't really believe we're going to be able to stop the growing Police State. Among other reasons, the dominate White culture by and large loves the police and thinks every damn last one of them is a "hero". They think that all the complaining about police abuses from People of Color is bullshit. So with only the fringe pushing back against our increasingly militarized police, not much of a chance. Very depressing. But even if it's already a lost cause, I will keep fighting  so that I can look myself in the mirror and look the next generation in the face and honestly say, "Well, I tried. I really did".  

    If "elitist" just means "not the dumbest motherfucker in the room", I'll be an elitist! - David Rees from "Get Your War On". //"Man will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest." - Denis Diderot

    by Oaktown Girl on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 05:30:28 PM PST

    •  evening oaky... (8+ / 0-)

      good on you for going to that anti-drone demo!

      i don't know what sort of dent that we'll be able to make in the police state.  our fearleaders are scaring the crap out of lower middle class people (especially lower middle class whites).  it seems to me that we need to gather as many people as we can against this stuff and reach across lines of class and race to do the best that we can.  occupy made some headway in crossing those lines, more needs to be done.

      good luck with the demo!

      i'm part of the 99% - america's largest minority

      by joe shikspack on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 05:52:02 PM PST

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  •  thanks for posting the Sea Shepherd story (7+ / 0-)

    I've been following this issue.  Some things never change.  When I was a young college student, it was Greenpeace doing this.  Now it's Sea Shepherd.  But it's still the Japanese whalers.

    The Japanese whaling industry survives only because the Japanese government subsidizes it to the tune of almost $10 million per year.  Why?  because most of the world condemns this activity, and the Japanese are stubborn and resent anyone telling them what not to do.  They say eating whale meat is a hallmark of their culture, yet consumption of whale has been steadily dropping over the past 3 decades, and today perhaps 15% of Japanese consumers ever eat whale meat.

    The whalers cannot survive economically in the face of domestic Japanese consumer trends...but the government, more or less as an extended middle finger to the rest of the world, props them up at their own taxpayers expense.

    This whaling ship was operating in Australian territorial waters, and in a designated conservation zone.

    Oregon: Sure...it's cold. But it's a damp cold.

    by Keith930 on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 05:42:08 PM PST

    •  Thanks for this info, Keith. (5+ / 0-)

      Any idea what's going on with the Norwegian whalers? They're still pretty active too, yes? Are they subsidized as well?

      If "elitist" just means "not the dumbest motherfucker in the room", I'll be an elitist! - David Rees from "Get Your War On". //"Man will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest." - Denis Diderot

      by Oaktown Girl on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 05:54:39 PM PST

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      •  I don't know if Norway subsidizes their whalers (4+ / 0-)

        but I rather doubt it.  But Norway and Iceland both, along with Japan, continue to resist any moratorium on whaling.

        With Japan, it's almost a case of Asian pride, and "saving face."  They have dug in their heels to the same extent as pressure from the international community weighs upon them.  It pure cultural stubbornness.

        Oregon: Sure...it's cold. But it's a damp cold.

        by Keith930 on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 06:00:21 PM PST

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    •  evening keith... (6+ / 0-)

      i've been paying some attention to this story as well.  i hear that in japan there are warehouses full of whale meat that they cannot unload on consumers, yet they continue to hunt them.

      from the first time i read about whale hunting when i was a kid the idea disgusted me, particularly when these animals were slaughtered for oil.

      i have nothing against japan, but their behavior in this really bugs me.

      i'm part of the 99% - america's largest minority

      by joe shikspack on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 05:57:41 PM PST

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  •  I know that flattery gets you nowhere, but (9+ / 0-)

    I'm pretty sure I speak for a few others when I say to you, Joe, that your evening diary is one of the few "must reads" here on this site.  The news stories you link to are, without fail, important ones...and ones that offer a keen perspective on the issues involved.  You prose is sparse, but neither is it pedantic or couched in the usual sarcasm that prevails.  

    It's clear what you care about, but you don't take cheap shots for the hell of it.  And of course there's the music.

    I'll be honest...I can go 2 or 3 days without really reading anything on the Front Page here.  But if I'm online around this time, I always make a point of checking your diary out.

    It's a lot of work.  Thank you for it.  

    Oregon: Sure...it's cold. But it's a damp cold.

    by Keith930 on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 05:54:52 PM PST

  •  Good evening, Joe (7+ / 0-)

    I do appreciate the message, but I have to wonder why Van Jones didn't think this was important during the election. He is missing the point while invoking Malcolm's speech on chumps, well who is really the chump? It is important that he is coming around, but never does he speak about the lost opportunities displayed in this clip. Just replace Dixiecrats with blue dogs and Conservadems(the excuses) and a wasted majority; except now it is truly wasted unlike then when the CRAs were eventually passed so Malcolm's words ring true even more today then they did back then.

    Over 400 bills died in the Senate and there have been 3 chances Democrats wasted to use the Constitutional option and rid or seriously reform the filibuster. A lot of those bills would have done a lot of good on climate change. Therefore the real chumps are the ones that tell people to fall in line while making fun of them as Van Jones did at NN12.

    Climate change is something to be afraid of, not Al Qaeda, especially invoking it to destroy internet freedom as the White House is doing. Instead of lip service why not use fear where it is warranted? the EPA has been subverted leaving Lisa Jackson to leave and not enough executive authority has been used to curb climate change as it has been used to indefinitely detain people and kill due process.

    Unless this is part of the conversation, Van Jones doesn't need to be calling people chumps. I find him to be a bit disingenious to be kind.

    Anyway, at least Elizabeth Warren is so far living up to what she promised at least.

    Thanks, Joe Shikspack.

    I don't negotiate grand bargains with deficit terrorists!

    by priceman on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 05:59:47 PM PST

    •  Agree - van jones up and down (4+ / 0-)

      sometimes very good

      sometimes going along to get along

      given the state of the economy in the last election, it was an excellent chance for the Republicans to win - from what I know of history

      so it would take the combination of a bad candidate in the Republicans and support in the Dems for Obama to win

      now he won and some like van jones were over the top in their support

      *
      the kinds of issues that Priceman has been writing about, namely the collapse of capitalism, coupled with the environmental collapse, throw in over population and debt peonage of individuals, cities, states and the feds, I am concerned that Obama is going to go with the austerity strategy and really kill the economy  

      if Obama wanted to follow leading economists who have described what to do, e.g., Krugman, he could crucify the stupid Republican ideas

      but as a supporter of the 1% in far too many things, he probably won't do it

    •  evening priceman... (3+ / 0-)
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      priceman, aliasalias, ek hornbeck

      frankly, i was pretty surprised by van jones' speech.  i am willing to give him some credit for telling the younger folks at that rally that their future is up to them, that they cannot rely on politicians.

      the whole forward on climate event kind of bugged me in its approach to obama.  i think he got a lot of undue credit for his rhetoric which has never been backed by actions.  obama has been a key obstacle to global agreements on climate change, he and his administration have scuttled every possible negotiation to bring about a global commitment to combat carbon emissions since he was installed in office 4 years ago.  it's high time that the organizers of forward on climate gave the people in their movement a realistic picture of the forces that are arrayed against them - and one of those forces against them is their president.  i don't know if they are afraid of upsetting part of their coalition or if they really think that they are going to get something out of obama by following this strategy, but obama is going to let them down.  obama is completely committed to fossil foolishness and he will do what it takes to keep the wealthy interests in the fossil fuel industry happy with his "all of the above" energy strategery.

      i'm part of the 99% - america's largest minority

      by joe shikspack on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 06:25:17 PM PST

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      •  I know you were only giving partial credit (4+ / 0-)

        It's due somewhat, but taking responsibility for our future happens at all times. It's hard for me to get over his insulting condescending speech at NN12. I was fuming in the crowd.

        Indeed, forward my ass. For-ward is more like it which is a top carbon burning enterprise yet never talked about as such.  

        Fossil foolishness indeed, my friend! Love that! There's a slogan.

        I don't negotiate grand bargains with deficit terrorists!

        by priceman on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 07:10:59 PM PST

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      •  the bad news is we also have THIS... (3+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        priceman, ek hornbeck, joe shikspack

        Good evening to all btw, great diary and I swear Alan Lomax ain't got nothing on you in archive stuff.

        https://www.commondreams.org/...

        One of Obama's top scientific advisers has signaled that the White House is poised to make a major push for the controversial practice of known as fracking--which environmental campaigners say is a betrayal of a truly clean energy agenda and evidence that the administration still misunderstands the severity of the climate dangers associated with all forms of fossil fuels.

         Green groups, progressives, and environmentalists, though not unaware of Obama's long held "all of the above" approach to US energy may still be shocked to hear the degree to which the administration is gearing up for a push of the practice that studies show have dramatic negative impacts on the environment and communities close to drilling operations.(Photo: Star Tribune)
        The signals by Prof. William Press, an astrophysicist who heads the government-funded American Association for the Advancement of Science, were made at both an industry conference this week and in an interview with the Observer in the UK.

        "The gas industry is straining to develop underground natural gas reserves across the nation and would love to know the exact rules and constraints by which it can carry out fracking in different states," Press told the Observer's Robin McKie. "Once they know that, they can get on with it."

        Press then indicated that Obama "could use executive orders to outline those rules in the very near future and so initiate widespread gas fracking in the US."

        without the ants the rainforest dies

        by aliasalias on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 10:05:05 PM PST

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  •  The FBI sholuld be listed on the terrorist (6+ / 0-)

    organization watch list.  They should put up posters at the Post Office.  
    And whoa, these assholes are trying to do what to the internet?  Only a matter of time, I better say what I gotta say and get it over with.

    "The Global War OF Terror is a justification for U.S. Imperialism. It must be stopped."

    by BigAlinWashSt on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 06:04:43 PM PST

  •  NYT Spins the Headlines (4+ / 0-)

    If "elitist" just means "not the dumbest motherfucker in the room", I'll be an elitist! - David Rees from "Get Your War On". //"Man will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest." - Denis Diderot

    by Oaktown Girl on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 06:11:18 PM PST

  •  Evening, all (3+ / 0-)

    Watching MSNBC doc, Hubris.

    One of the people being interviewed is an interesting guy. I've seen his interviews before.  Mark Rossini.


    "Justice is a commodity"

    by joanneleon on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 06:30:47 PM PST

    •  evening jl... (2+ / 0-)
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      joanneleon, ek hornbeck

      hope everything is going well for you tonight.  let me know if hubris turns out to be a good doc.

      i'm part of the 99% - america's largest minority

      by joe shikspack on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 06:36:01 PM PST

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    •  Evening, Joanne (3+ / 0-)

      I missed you this morning...so nice to catch you here.  

      Oregon: Sure...it's cold. But it's a damp cold.

      by Keith930 on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 06:39:41 PM PST

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      •  Hey Keith (2+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        joe shikspack, ek hornbeck

        It was one of those questionable holidays, and I publish at 10am on holidays.  I'm thinking of changing the publish schedule for What's Happenin' and publishing at the same time every day, maybe cutting out weekends, or doing one post, something different that we can have a few people collaborate on, on the weekend.  

        A lot of people forget that we publish at a different time on weekends and holidays.  It's confusing.


        "Justice is a commodity"

        by joanneleon on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 07:01:51 PM PST

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    •  David Swanson's take on Hubris (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      ek hornbeck, joe shikspack

      http://warisacrime.org/...

      As our government was making a fraudulent case to attack Iraq in 2002-2003, the MSNBC television network was doing everything it could to help, including booting Phil Donahue and Jeff Cohen off the air. The Donahue Show was deemed likely to be insufficiently war-boosting and was thus removed 10 years ago next week, and 10 days after the largest antiwar (or anything else) demonstrations in the history of the world, as a preemptive strike against the voices of honest peaceful people.

      From there, MSNBC proceeded to support the war with mild critiques around the edges, and to white-out the idea of impeachment or accountability.

      But now MSNBC has seen its way clear to airing a documentary about the fraudulent case it assisted in, a documentary titled Hubris.
       This short film (which aired between 9 and 10 p.m. ET Monday night, but with roughly half of those minutes occupied by commercials) pointed out the role of the New York Times in defrauding the public, but not MSNBC's role.

      Yet, my primary response to that is joy rather than disgust.  It is now cool to acknowledge war lies.  Truth-tellers, including truth-tellers rarely presented with a corporate microphone, made that happen....

      I don't get the channel and probably won't watch it online unless I hear something about it  that not only surprises me but openly recognizes that it was more than 'hubris'.
      The film presents a great deal of good evidence that the war on Iraq was based on lies.  Unavoidably, endless terrific bits of such evidence were not included.  Less excusably, also left out was an analysis of the evidence that only dishonesty -- not incompetence -- explains the propaganda that was produced.

      Hubris is the wrong word for what took the United States into war with Iraq.  The forces at work were greed, lust for power, and sadistic vengeance. The word "hubris" suggests the tragic downfall of the guilty party.  But the war on Iraq did not destroy the United States; it destroyed Iraq.  It damaged the United States, to be sure, but in a manner hardly worthy of mention in comparison to the sociocide committed against Iraq.

      Hubris, the film, provides a reprehensibly ludicrous underestimation of Iraqi deaths, and only after listing U.S. casualties.

      It was not pride but a disregard for human life that generated mass murder.  Congressman Walter Jones, who voted for the war, is shown in Hubris saying that he would have voted No if he had bothered to read the National Intelligence Estimate that very few of his colleagues bothered to read.

      (emphasis mine)

      without the ants the rainforest dies

      by aliasalias on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 10:23:23 PM PST

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  •  evenin' joe (2+ / 0-)
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    I finally got a hold of Joe Stiglitz's latest on income inequality, reading it now. It's not a zero-sum game anymore, he says. If the 1% captured 121% of income gains, it's now a negative sum game. Wrap your head around that, if you can.

    Yes, she is about a mover. Doug and Augie got so screwed by the marketing suits. Here they were, a TexMex band from San Antonio and they had 'em all duded up in matching outfits with Beatle haircuts. It coulda' been worse, I guess, they coulda' been the Rascals!

    The free market is not the solution, the free market is the problem.

    by Azazello on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 08:05:49 PM PST

    •  mornin' azazello... (2+ / 0-)
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      yes, when i read that headline from saez and pickety's study, i did a double take.  i haven't done a lexis nexis search on it, but i'm betting that my second reaction, "this will never show up in the mainstream media," is true.

      i'm part of the 99% - america's largest minority

      by joe shikspack on Tue Feb 19, 2013 at 07:10:20 AM PST

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  •  Van Jones back from when..... : (3+ / 0-)

    http://charliedavis.blogspot.com/...

    Don;t know if he changed for real.

    "The word bipartisan means some larger-than-usual deception is being carried out”. - George Carlin

    by Funkygal on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 09:35:12 PM PST

    •  i doubt it, frankly (1+ / 0-)
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      van jones is what i call a movementoid.  i've been watching left politics for decades and there are these people that show up like bad pennies... they do what it takes to maintain some left credentials, but at critical moments they support the existing power structure that robs the people of their collective power to make real change.

      i'm part of the 99% - america's largest minority

      by joe shikspack on Tue Feb 19, 2013 at 07:13:29 AM PST

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