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This evening's music features the pioneering gospel guitarist, singer and songwriter who might be called the "Godmother of Rock and Roll, Sister Rosetta Tharpe
Sister Rosetta Tharpe: The Godmother of Rock and Roll
“You show me a capitalist, and I'll show you a bloodsucker”
-- Malcolm X
News and Opinion
The Decline of Democracies
Democracy is in decline all over the world as the 1% uses its purchased governments to enforce their demands for profit, control and indemnity from the effects of their corrupt and duplicitous business dealings.
The !% is getting increasingly brazen in its behaviors. This weekend, Mayor 1% Bloomberg underlined the 1%'s attitude towards all of us, "little people." His statement shows that the 1% demands will be enforced, "whether you like it or not," their edicts are beyond appeal. They intend to control every aspect of our lives from our civil liberties to our economic lives.
Mayor 1% Bloomberg lets us all know our place. It's funny, back when I was in school we had a class called, "civics" in which they explained that we the people decided how things were going to be and our elected officials were our paid servants. Funny how things change.
Stop Whining About Privacy, Bloomberg Says
A People's Revolt in Cyprus: Richard Wolff on Protests Against EU Plan To Seize Bank Savings
The broken Euro
Cyprus bailout: last-ditch deal agreed - as it happened
Cyprus, capital controls
Pro-Democracy Movement Rises Against 'Disaster Capitalism' in Detroit
Canada's 1% government has its answer to their nagging problem of dissent:
'There Is No Right to Protest': Montreal Police Deny Charter Rights
You can create the illusion of democratic process by dragging the 1%ers before a congressional committee to be asked unpleasant questions about their criminal behavior. You can investigate their actions and report on their criminal behavior. But you can't make the Obama administration do its job and prosecute the 1% criminals. Welcome to American Demockery.
Read the comments on this Amazon.com drone toy page
[here's a representative sample]
"I have two words for you, 'predator drones.' You will never see it coming., January 11, 2013
By Maurice Cobbs "Better Living through Evil Science"
Durability:3.0 out of 5 stars Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars Educational:5.0 out of 5 stars
This review is from: Maisto Fresh Metal Tailwinds 1:97 Scale Die Cast United States Military Aircraft - US Air Force Medium Altitude, Long Endurance, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) RQ-1 Predator with Display Stand (Dimension: 6" x 3-1/2" x 1") (Toy)
You've had a busy play day - You've wiretapped Mom's cell phone and e-mail without a warrant, you've indefinitely detained your little brother Timmy in the linen closet without trial, and you've confiscated all the Super-Soakers from the neighborhood children (after all, why does any kid - besides you, of course - even NEED a Super-Soaker for self-defense? A regular water pistol should be enough). What do you do for an encore?
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This goes well with the Maisto Extraordinary Rendition playset, by the way - which gives you all the tools you need to kidnap the family pet and take him for interrogation at a neighbor's house, where the rules of the Geneva Convention may not apply. Loads of fun!
The Day That TV News Died
The descent was gradual—a slide into the tawdry, the trivial and the inane, into the charade on cable news channels such as Fox and MSNBC in which hosts hold up corporate political puppets to laud or ridicule, and treat celebrity foibles as legitimate news. But if I had to pick a date when commercial television decided amassing corporate money and providing entertainment were its central mission, when it consciously chose to become a carnival act, it would probably be Feb. 25, 2003, when MSNBC took Phil Donahue off the air because of his opposition to the calls for war in Iraq.
Donahue and Bill Moyers, the last honest men on national television, were the only two major TV news personalities who presented the viewpoints of those of us who challenged the rush to war in Iraq. General Electric and Microsoft—MSNBC’s founders and defense contractors that went on to make tremendous profits from the war—were not about to tolerate a dissenting voice. Donahue was fired, and at PBS Moyers was subjected to tremendous pressure. An internal MSNBC memo leaked to the press stated that Donahue was hurting the image of the network. He would be a “difficult public face for NBC in a time of war,” the memo read. Donahue never returned to the airwaves.
The celebrity trolls who currently reign on commercial television, who bill themselves as liberal or conservative, read from the same corporate script. They spin the same court gossip. They ignore what the corporate state wants ignored. They champion what the corporate state wants championed. They do not challenge or acknowledge the structures of corporate power. Their role is to funnel viewer energy back into our dead political system—to make us believe that Democrats or Republicans are not corporate pawns. The cable shows, whose hyperbolic hosts work to make us afraid self-identified liberals or self-identified conservatives, are part of a rigged political system, one in which it is impossible to vote against the interests of Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, General Electric or ExxonMobil. These corporations, in return for the fear-based propaganda, pay the lavish salaries of celebrity news people, usually in the millions of dollars. They make their shows profitable. And when there is war these news personalities assume their “patriotic” roles as cheerleaders, as Chris Matthews—who makes an estimated $5 million a year—did, along with the other MSNBC and Fox hosts.
As Iraq Anniversary Fades, America's “Strategic Narcissism” Stands Out
After a week of retrospectives on the tenth anniversary of Washington’s ill-fated invasion of Iraq, the most compelling consisted of a retrospective of the retrospectives.
It came from Marc Lynch, an expert on Arab public opinion at George Washington University and prominent blogger on the foreignpolicy.com website. The flood of retrospectives that materialised over the week, he wrote, has “almost exclusively been written by Americans, talking about Americans, for Americans.” ...
Most major newspapers – and cable news channels — ran a scattering of stories from Iraq in which officials and citizens voiced their satisfaction or, more often, their disillusionment with the results of the invasion and subsequent eight-year occupation, as well as their hopes and fears for the future. But these were largely overshadowed on the international news front by the growing drumbeat for U.S. intervention in Syria and President Barack Obama’s trip to Israel.
"Strategic narcissism,” as Lynch called it, is neither new in U.S. relations with the rest of the world, nor is it something that the still-reigning global superpower has by any means shed as a result of the Iraq debacle. “The notion that what the United Sates does is the most important aspect of every development pervades American foreign-policy punditry, whether about Iraq or Egypt, Syria and the Arab uprisings,” he wrote.
'Senate’s Big Oil Benefactors' Slammed for Keystone XL Vote
10 KXL amendment co-sponsors took $8 million from fossil fuel industry
In a 62-37 vote late Friday, the US Senate passed a non-binding amendment calling for the approval of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline.
Environmental groups and climate activists were quick to condemn the vote, but said the "symbolic vote" was valuable because it revealed which members of the Senate have received the message on the seriousness posed by climate change and which continue to bend to the demands of industry lobbyists.
A post-vote analysis by Oil Change International, in fact, revealed that supporters of the amendment "received 3.5 times more in campaign contributions from fossil fuel interests" than those who voted against it. In total, the researchers found that supporters took an average of $499,648 from the industry before voting for the pipeline, for a total of $30,978,153.
Blog Posts of Interest
Here are diaries and selected blog posts of interest on DailyKos and other blogs.What's Happenin'
A Little Night Music
Sister Rosetta Tharpe, France 1960 - That's All, Trouble In Mind, Down By The Riverside (Study War No More)
Sister Rosetta Tharpe- What Is the Soul of Man
Sister Rosetta Tharpe - Up Above My Head
Lucky Millinder/Sister Rosetta Tharpe-Rock Me
Sister Rosetta Tharpe - This Train
God Don't Like It - Sister Rosetta Tharpe
Sister Rosetta Tharpe - The Lonesome Road
Sister Rosetta Tharpe - Strange things happening everyday
Sister Rosetta Tharpe - Don't Take Everybody to be Your Friend
Rosetta Tharpe-Lucky Millinder-Shout,Sister,Shout
Sister Rosetta Tharpe - Ain't No Grave Hold My Body Down
Black History Month 2011 - Biographer Gayle Wald - The Legacy of Sister Rosetta Tharpe
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