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This evening's music features Chicago blues Piano player Otis Spann. Enjoy!
Otis Spann/Muddy Waters - Nobody Knows My Trouble & Cold, Cold Feelin'
“We put those payroll contributions there so as to give the contributors a legal, moral, and political right to collect their pensions and their unemployment benefits. With those taxes in there, no damn politician can ever scrap my social security program”
-- President Franklin Roosevelt
News and Opinion
11DC! 11 DC! President Obama Is Only Putting Social Security Cuts In His Budget Because He Knows That Republicans Won't Think They're Big Enough! 11DC! 11DC!
Obama’s new budget will reportedly include GOP's beloved entitlement cuts
Worms, Pond Scum and Economists
Like Nixon to China, it takes a Democrat to put the first knife into Social Security
The Wonderful World of Austerity
Stagnant Wages and Speculation Triggered the Crisis
Greedy Banksters and their Government Lackeys Create Eurozone Unemployment Catastrophe
Greece On The Auction Block: Country Seeks Bidders For Sale Of Its Railroad Infrastructure By Early 2014
Cyprus finance minister Michael Sarris resigns as blame game begins
Cypriot president angrily denies claims family member exported bank funds
America's Sell Out Intellectuals and the Perks They Get
And the rewards range from tenured professorships, to book contracts, television appearances, and generous lecture fees.
The rewriting of history by the power elite was painfully evident as the nation marked the 10th anniversary of the start of the Iraq War. Some claimed they had opposed the war when they had not. Others among “Bush’s useful idiots” argued that they had merely acted in good faith on the information available; if they had known then what they know now, they assured us, they would have acted differently. This, of course, is false. The war boosters, especially the “liberal hawks”—who included Hillary Clinton, Chuck Schumer, Al Franken and John Kerry, along with academics, writers and journalists such as Bill Keller, Michael Ignatieff, Nicholas Kristof, David Remnick, Fareed Zakaria, Michael Walzer, Paul Berman,Thomas Friedman, George Packer, Anne-Marie Slaughter, Kanan Makiya and the late Christopher Hitchens—did what they always have done: engage in acts of self-preservation. To oppose the war would have been a career killer. And they knew it.
These apologists, however, acted not only as cheerleaders for war; in most cases they ridiculed and attempted to discredit anyone who questioned the call to invade Iraq. Kristof, in The New York Times, attacked the filmmaker Michael Moore as a conspiracy theorist and wrote that anti-war voices were only polarizing what he termed “the political cesspool.” Hitchens said that those who opposed the attack on Iraq “do not think that Saddam Hussein is a bad guy at all.” He called the typical anti-war protester a “blithering ex-flower child or ranting neo-Stalinist.” The halfhearted mea culpas by many of these courtiers a decade later always fail to mention the most pernicious and fundamental role they played in the buildup to the war—shutting down public debate.
Camp Nama: British personnel reveal horrors of secret US base in Baghdad
British soldiers and airmen who helped to operate a secretive US detention facility in Baghdad that was at the centre of some of the most serious human rights abuses to occur in Iraq after the invasion have, for the first time, spoken about abuses they witnessed there. ...
Codenamed Task Force 121, the joint US-UK special forces unit was at first deployed to detain individuals thought to have information about Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction. Once it was realised that Saddam's regime had long since abandoned its WMD programme, TF 121 was re-tasked with tracking down people who might know where the deposed dictator and his loyalists might be, and then with catching al-Qaida leaders who sprang up in the country after the regime collapsed.
Suspects were brought to the secret prison at Baghdad International airport, known as Camp Nama, for questioning by US military and civilian interrogators. But the methods used were so brutal that they drew condemnation not only from a US human rights body but from a special investigator reporting to the Pentagon.
Gitmo Hunger Strikers Vow To Leave Cuba 'Alive Or In A Box'
Turmoil engulfing American prisons at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, was sparked by a new base commander whose aggressive approach to the detainees has backfired, according to defense attorneys. The camp is now in the midst of a full-blown revolt, with most of the inmate population committeed to a hunger strike, yet the commander, Col. John V. Bogdan, has rejected the simple demand made by the prisoners, the lawyers said.
With 86 U.S. detainees cleared for release, but held indefinitely nonetheless, the camp had become peaceful over the past few years, with detainees being given a measure of dignity and, for the most cooperative, additional privileges. That changed when Bogdan took control in June 2012 and began confiscating personal items such as photographs, letters and yoga mats, cranking down cell temperatures, and reimposing the practice of searching detainee Qurans for contraband.
It is the search of the Qurans that has the prisoners angriest, and which led to the hunger strike. The detainees told the the base command that they would prefer to surrender their Qurans rather than subject the Muslim holy books to search, as they had done in 2006, over a similar dispute. Bogdan, however, in a move that Joseph Heller would appreciate, is refusing to allow them to surrender the Qurans. A spokesman for the the military, Robert Durand, did not reply to a request for comment, but he told Truthout.com that the detainees "have presented no demands that we can meet” and said detainees were only engaged in hunger strikes to get publicity.
Anger Over Plan to Sell Site of Wounded Knee Massacre
WOUNDED KNEE, S.D. — Ever since American soldiers massacred men, women and children here more than a century ago in the last major bloodshed of the American Indian wars, this haunted patch of rolling hills and ponderosa pines has embodied the combustible relationship between Indians and the United States government.
It was here that a group of Indian activists aired their grievances against the government with a forceful takeover in 1973 that resulted in protests, a bloody standoff with federal agents and deep divisions among the Indian people. ...
And now the massacre site, which passed into non-Indian hands generations ago, is up for sale ... James A. Czywczynski of Rapid City is asking $3.9 million for the 40-acre plot he owns here, far more than the $7,000 that the deeply impoverished Oglala Sioux say the land is worth. Mr. Czywczynski insists that his price fairly accounts for the land’s sentimental and historical value, an attitude that the people here see as disrespect.
“That historical value means something to us, not him,” said Garfield Steele, a member of the tribal council who represents Wounded Knee. “We see that greed around here all the time with non-Indians. To me, you can’t put a price on the lives that were taken there.”
A Canadian Oil Sands Project Was Just Dumped At An Enormous $1.65 Billion Loss
France’s Total SA (NYSE: TOT) will sell its 49% stake in its Canadian oil sands project to Suncor Energy Inc. for $500 million, netting the French oil giant a $1.65 billion loss on the beleaguered project.
Total would have had to spend another $5 billion (at least) on the Alberta oil sands Voyageur Upgrader project over the next five years—an investment that cannot be justified according to its executives. ...
Not only does the Total divestiture raise questions about the long-term viability of Canadian oil sands investments, it also raises questions about whether the controversial Keystone XL pipeline project is really in the US’ interests—at a time when US oil output is rising and Canada’s oil sands are becoming less strategically advantageous.
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
Spann's Blues - Otis Spann
Otis Spann - Blues Don't Like Nobody
Otis Spann - T'Aint Nobody's Business If I Do
Otis Spann - Otis in the dark
Otis Spann & Sonny Boy Williamson - Nine Below Zero
Otis Spann - Good Morning Mr. Blues
Otis Spann - 'Chicago Blues' and 'Nobody Knows Chicago Like I Do
Otis Spann - Evil Ways
Otis Spann with Fleetwood Mac - She's Out of Sight
Otis Spann - Divin' Duck
Otis Spann - Riverside Blues
Muddy Waters & Otis Spann -- I Live the Life I Love
Otis Spann - Must Have Been The Devil
Otis Spann - Hungry Country Girl
Otis Spann - It Was a Big Thing
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