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|Ukraine: The Elephant (or Should We Say Bear?) in The Room
Yesterday I wrote a diary expressing my opinion about the conflict in Ukraine. My main point in that diary was to call attention to the fact that there were (and are) multiple factors that ...
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Recently I've engaged in debates with some folks about the ongoing situation in Ukraine. During those debates some people have implied that in order to have a clear understanding about the ...
I've been participating in online forums since the mid-90s when I subscribed to the Delphi online service . Since then I've experienced different environments, from highly moderated forums where you'
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I've written many times that I only watch the U.S. corporate propaganda channels (MSNBC, FoxNews, CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS) when I'm doing research on the subject of public opinion manipulation through ...
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Dear Markos, Yesterday your wrote a diary which given your power and status in this site, it would be reasonable to argue that its content (and the frenzied bullying and pile on that resulted from ...
|History Will Judge Complicit Enablers Harshly
I just read an impassioned (angry, filled with righteous outrage) comment posted in a recent diary which prompted me to write this commentary. The comment was precipitated by the effects of ...
I'd rather write about important issues, but since there is a little bit of what we colloquially call a pie fight prompted by a rec list diary I wrote, I'd like to take this opportunity to share ...
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I'm going to be writing a diary about the latest article by Glenn Greenwald, " How Covert Agents Infiltrate the Internet to Manipulate, Deceive, and Destroy Reputations ," but in the meantime, I'd ...
|Online Survival Guide For Progressive Bloggers
Progressive bloggers, the first thing you have to understand is that you are a target, and not just any target, but one of the principal targets of the corporate state. And the reason for that is ...
|Venezuela: A Serious Threat to The Int'l Neo-Liberal Cartel Hegemony
There is a reason why the socialist government of Venezuela is (and has been) in the crosshairs of the international neo-liberal cartel. What Chavismo has been able to accomplish in Venezuela if ...
|Share Your Thoughts About The Wall Street Criminal Racketeering Cartel
The Wall Street criminal racketeering cartel is doubling down. After a massive crime spree that resulted in the outright looting of trillions of dollars and in the economic dislocation (and ...
|Taking Action Against The Rogue State
It never fails to amaze me. As I watch now, in real time, how the U.S. in engaged in government destabilization campaigns in Venezuela , Ukraine , Syria (The C.I.A. has been involved in that ...
|Full-Spectrum Political Activism
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|Here's Why The NSA Illegal And Unconstitutional Spying Should Worry You
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What an amazing experience it was to attend the protest rally against the Keystone XL in San Francisco this morning! Here's a video and photos of the event.
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|My Weekend of Protest Rallies in San Francisco
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Photo credit: PopularResistance.org Today is the international day of action against the democracy-killing Trans-Pacific Partnership Free Trade Agreement being negotiated in secret by regional ...
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The Corporate State failed. The needs of citizens and the protection our natural environment, which we need to sustain our lives, cannot be met by the current system based on unbridled crony ...
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Of course the police are killing more innocent people nationwide, and committing other abuses, including sexual assaults, and physical assaults. That's what happens when anti-democratic forces ...
|Is That The Military in Our Streets?
I only watch the mainstream (cable) news-networks when I'm doing research on propaganda, and so I'm writing this after subjecting myself to about an hour and a half of (torturous) propaganda ...
|Truth-telling Quotes: On Cowardice, Plutocracy, Plunder, And Political Theater
Moyers & Company : Mark Leibovich on Glitz and Greed in Washington [E]verything about the Congressional system, whether it's leadership, whether it's how money is raised, is going to reward ...
|Truth-telling Quotes: Historical Amnesia Edition
Chris Hedges : The Last Gasp of American Democracy We, like those in all emergent totalitarian states, have been mentally damaged by a carefully orchestrated historical amnesia, a state-induced ...
|More Bad News For The New SF Bay Bridge Due to CALTRANS Rampant Corruption
Not that it would be a fun experience under any circumstances, but I really, really would not like to be on the new San Francisco Bay Bridge during the next major earthquake. As the predatory ...
|Organizing For Real Action
I'm going to ask you a few questions: Can you imagine a situation where hundreds or potentially thousands of financial criminals from the Wall Street racketeering cartel are properly investigated, ...
|And Then They Came For Me: The New Face of Fascism
The temperature was perfect, I'd say about 68 degrees or so. I was parked, with the passenger window opened half way, looking at a beautiful waterway just a few feet away; there was this fountain ...
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I spent some time this evening interacting with Catherine Valenzuela , an activist in Portland, Oregon. We connected about a week or so ago after she read my diary " An Open Letter to The Occupy ...
|NYT: Organized Protests by Grassroots Groups Raise The Ire of Business
Photo: Occupy Olympia Yesterday I was at the Emeryville Public Market having lunch with an associate, and when we were done, one of the workers that has been cleaning nearby ...
|100 Weeks of Direct Action Against The Corporate State
Photo: Occupy Wall Street Facebook page As corporatist control over the levers of power--including our political system--consolidates, the level of ...
|It Will Spread Like Wildfire: The Tipping Point is Near
During the last thirty-plus years powerful supra-national business and financial interests have embarked in the systematic dismantling of our democratic institutions, of the proper functioning of ...
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This will be a short diary since I'm working on another one where I try to address these issues in a more substantive manner... Think about trends on a few areas concerning the well-being of the ...
|UPDATED: The Cause: Justice And Democracy
Recently I wrote about " The Urgency of a Middle Class Revolt ." In that diary I wrote that "[t]he ruling elite [has] institute[d] a regime based on Neoliberal policies; policies designed to ...
|Occupy Movement Call to Action: The Time is Now
Today I had a lunch meeting in Berkeley with an Occupy Oakland activist for whom I have a lot of respect. I know him to be someone truly committed to addressing and combating injustices and abuses ...
|"Prosecutorial Gaps": The People Vs. The Justice Department
In the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis caused by the Wall Street criminal racketeering cartel, average American people lost over a quarter of their net worth. According to WikiPedia , "[t]...
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Dear Senator : As a concerned citizen I'd like to express my sincere gratitude for you having taken the important step of sending a formal letter to the director of the National Security Agency ...
|An Open Letter to The Occupy Wall Street Movement: You Were Right All Along
Photo: Occupy Wall Street Facebook page There is a vast total-information-awareness surveillance network made up of global corporations and ...
|Stratfor Leaked Documents: Divide-And-Conquer Strategies Against Activists
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|Gartner (Top Research Firm) Predicts Big Occupy Wall Street Resurgence in 2014
Sometimes I try different types of meditation. I have quite a few books about it, including one by the Dalai Lama himself, "How to Practice - The Way to a Meaningful Life." Those who practice ...
|The Urgency of a Middle Class Revolt
Throughout the years I have attended countless protest rallies in different cities, targeting all kinds of abuses by those in power; protests against wars, against environmental destruction, ...
|Building a Social Justice Movement in The Age of Total Information Awareness Surveillance
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|As The Int'l Corporate State Fails, A New And Promising Society Rises Up
The international corporate state has failed. It was bound to fail from the beginning because it was based on the type of value system and ethos that engenders tyranny. It functions on the spread ...
|Hedge Funds Buy 200,000 Houses on The Cheap - Who Said Market Crashes Are Bad?
Market crashes have always been good for the oligarchs, without fail. Thank God they don't have the incentive nor the mechanisms to orchestrate them ! Back in 06', 07', and 08' I was a small ...
|The Fed Has Created The Biggest Financial Bubble in History! Is it About to Burst?
Before the 2008 financial crises caused by the Wall Street criminal racketeering cartel, the US Federal Reserve held approximately $800 billion of Treasury notes on its balance sheet. Since then, ...
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Edward Snowden and his people have to be the most savvy whistle-blowers in history! Every time the government comes out with more lies, half-truths, and obfuscation, Bam! a new set of revelations ...
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It was one of those indelible moments. It was early evening on October 25th. I was sitting at the Oscar Grant Plaza's amphitheater , kicking back, my eyes closed, enjoying the moment, listening to ...
|And We Thought We Were Free
I often find myself in very exclusive neighborhoods here in the San Francisco Bay Area. Some of the homes may be valued at $2 million-plus, the streets are immaculate, with leafy trees, birds ...
|Worse Than The Stasi: How The Corporate State is Turning Citizens Into Spies
Some critics of the total information awareness police state have mentioned that the fast-spreading corporate state spy network is beginning to look like the old East Germany Ministry for State ...
|The Third Way And The Center For American Progress: Astroturfing From The Left Field
Remember Occupy Wall Street? If so, what do you remember the most about it? I know that many things may come to mind, but one that should jump at you is the movement's "we are the 99 percent" ...
|Now It's Official: 60 Minutes NSA Propaganda Piece Confirms We're a Banana Republic
Those familiar with my views would know that I long ago determined that the U.S. corporate media conglomerate is the most powerful, mind-numbing propaganda machine the world has ever known--by far. ...
|Persona Management, Misinformation Artists, And Propaganda in 2013
Not long ago I read about a social study experiment related to Groupthink . The object of the experiment was to ascertain the level to which people could be influenced by the apparent consensus on ...
|MSNBC Hosts: Profiles in Courage?
Nobody had to tell me... Long ago I determined that MSNBC was basically an insidious tool of the corporate media conglomerate, and therefore, I don't watch them anymore (unless I'm doing research on ...
|Study Findings Show That Austerity Leads to Riots - But Why Riot? It's Better to ORGANIZE
My wife is so patient! Believe me; I understand the frustration some people express about some of my prescriptions to deal with the rise of the corporate state. Case in point... Yesterday we were ...
|NYC Police Commissioner, Bill Bratton: From Top Cop to The Corporate Boardroom... And Back Again
I believe that in the final analysis, this story is about the "banality of evil." You see, in recent months the terms "police state" and "surveillance state" have been used with increased frequency,
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Under the yoke of the corporate state all aspects of our lives are being systematically undermined. That includes economic security, education, the environment, our humanity. The State has been ...
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|Countdown: We Need to Stop The Madmen Before They Destroy Us All
Sometimes it's hard to try to get across the point that unless we somehow are able to stop the madmen now piloting the locomotive (as it were), we will be heading towards assured destruction--...
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I think it is fair to say that most people reading this have a general understanding about the reasons behind the Occupy Wall Street movement uprising. We became familiar with the concept of ...
|Overcoming The Disruptive Effects of Corporate/Gov't Spying And Infiltration of Activist Groups
Early this morning I was driving near my home in the San Francisco East Bay. I remember getting in the car and noticing the beautiful blue skies as I started driving, but then when I looked in the ...
|Is it true? About Cenk Uygur, Glenn Greenwald, David Sirota, Greg Palast? Who Else?
From time to time I've seen people here mentioning that these high-profile writers and journalists ran afoul of Daily Kos standards , and that some of them may have been run off the site by ...
|The Corporate State And The Global Revolution That Will Bring it Down
When future history books are written, people like Edward Snowden, Chelsea Elizabeth Manning, Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras, Jeremy Scahill, Julian Assange, Chris Hedges, Bill Moyers, and other ...
|"Thank You Edward Snowden!" Ad Campaign Hits Washington, D.C.
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Much has been said about the NSA illegal spying activities revealed by Edward Snowden. And in light of those revelations, most of the criticism or concerns have been related to the government; is ...
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|The Abuses Will Not Only Continue, But Get Worse Until We Finally Stand Up
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|Elizabeth Warren's Potential Run: A Nightmare For Hillary Clinton And Her Wall Street Backers
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|Unequal Distribution of Criminality Theory
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|Another Troll is Outed
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|Why Are You Here?
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|Is posting cached links to unpublished/deleted diaries acceptable behavior at Daily Kos?
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|The Grassroots: Out of The Blue
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|Truth Suppression: Political Hacks, Opportunists, Infiltrators, And Sock-Puppets
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|Misplaced Adulation of The Police is The Reason They Are Killing Us
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|The NSA, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Psy-Ops on U.S. Officials, And The Sale of Post Offices on The Cheap
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