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Bonfire of Inanities: How SuperPACs Fuel Climate Collpse

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Fri, 01/11/2013

 

Money, Money Everywhere, and Not a Drop to Drink...

As a nation of consumers, as opposed to citizens of a nation.  (Note how you can take that first phrase, 'Citizens  of a Nation' and plug in the word, 'consumers': 'Consumers of a Nation' - which accurately describes Americans. 

Last year, Americans witnessed an explosion in million-dollar checks from a handful of uber-wealthy people underwriting political campaigns and election ads. In 2012, there were also numerous efforts to make it harder for Americans to exercise their fundamental right to vote through restrictive voter ID legislation and limits on voter registration.

 That is why the weekend of January 19, 2013, is so important. That coming weekend marks two dates significant to American democracy. It includes the federal holiday marking the birth of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., which commemorates the civil rights leader who worked to secure voting rights for all Americans. It also marks the anniversary of the devastating U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, which opened the floodgates for big money and helped make the 2012 elections the most expensive in the history of the world.

 On January 19, activists in more than 60 towns and cities across the country will participate in a national day of action through rallies, teach-ins, and conferences to move closer to taking back our democracy.

 

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 The Bonneville Power Administration ‘s deadline for public comment on massive transmission towers in the Gorge is  March 1.  Activists, property right voices and just about anyone doomed to live beneath the shadow of the behemoth want more time.

  At least 90 days.   The transmission line is part of its I-5 Corridor Reinforcement Plan when BPA hosts the first of six public meetings tonight to discuss the construction.

 BPA is deciding between four proposals to extend power to residents, with its "central alternative" as a 79-mile, 500-kilovolt transmission line from Castle Rock to Troutdale across the Columbia River. However, the agency's plans have come under attack from some local residents, as the planned power towers will be within 500 feet of 327 property owners.

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Drone of Drones: Ray McGovern Deconstructs John 'Dark Side' Brennan

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Wed, 01/09/2013

 

Drones On The Range...

Weeks before President Obama announced that he intended to appoint  Chuck Hagel to be the next Secretary of Defense, the reaction from Progressives was electrifying.  The predictable blowback , of course, was that it electrified the Rightwing Punitorium, America’s echo chamber – there’s a lot of space between the ears echoes to bounce around in. There had to be a catch.

And there was. Obama’s next move was nominating John ‘Dark Side’ Brennan to be the next CIA chief.  This the same guy who, back in 2008 prompted 200 psychologists to urging him not to select John Brennan to head the CIA because of his open support of 'dark-side' policies.   Brennan withdrew his name the next day, and The New York Times explained the move as a reaction to 'concerns he was intimately linked to controversial CIA programs authorized by President Bush.'

  My guest today, Ray McGovern is himself a veteran CIA analyst. He has scrutinized Brennan's backing of torture and drone killings. Read his interview "Obama's and Brennan's 'Kill List'" .

 McGovern points out that   "Brennan is now the administration’s strongest advocate of extrajudicial killing of U.S. citizens by drones. As for civilian deaths from CIA drone strikes in Pakistan, Brennan made the preposterous claim [in June 2011] that, over the previous year, 'there hasn’t been a single collateral death' from CIA drone strikes there."

 

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This week we learn that some TriMet  drivers work as many as 20 or more hours in a 24-hour period. 

This problem is not a local phenomena nor is it limited to the occupation itself - the only point here is that working brutal hours at the wheel of a large public vehicle presents dangers not associated with other fields of employment.

The real issue behind the headlines is this:  America is stranded in a false 'Recession', known to Wall Streeters as a 'jobless recovery.  Government numbers show that Americans productivity has never been higher.  No, Virginia, this does not mean that workers are just crazy in love with their jobs.  What it means is that fear is driving people to work harder than is healthy because they live in terror of losing their jobs, their rattletrap health insurance, their homes...in short, their lives.  And banks are still enjoying those TARP funds that rained down on them like mana from the sky a few years back.  Corporate CEOs aren't hiring because form them it's a buyers market.  and they aren't buying.  So we are going to be living with increasing deadly incidents  caused by employee exhaustion. 

 Public Transportation Managers in civilized nations would see the situation for what it is - because that is what they are being paid huge salaries to do - and they would immediately take steps to change the structure.  What that is not where we live or who we are.  So it is that the  TriMet  general manager has responded by calling  for an internal investigation.

I don't know what more the general manager needs to know.: if the problem is that there are so few drivers that the ones on staff are working 20 hour shifts, then the solution is to hire more drivers.  There always seems to be enough money to pay management to make all the smart moves, but not enough to maintain safe schedules.

Part of  TriMet's  approach is to "fight driver fatigue"...with what? Magic swords?

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"But You're Innocent When You Dream"...If You Have Permit...

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Thu, 12/20/2012

Julian Assange Speaks

 

WikiLaks founder Julian Assange last addressed the press and supporters from the

Monarchs and religious leaders,  generally step to the podium  around this time of year.  So why not Julian Assange?    You might be a Wall street Wunderkind soaking up the sun in laundered drug cartel investments, You might be a  a 17 year old German Anarchacker  who doesn't know day from night, swinging through the cyberjungle  ; you might be a lunatic-fringe tea party wingnut housewife in

San Diego sitting at a lap top in a state of the art kitchen... it's all the same. we all love/hate Assange. 

Today Assange  will deliver a message to the world from a balcony at the Ecuadoran Embassy in London.

The Left so often cannibalizes its own.  We are nudged into the anti-Assange contingent, forgetting what we saw happening in Iraq thanks to Assange's Wikileaks.  So  Thank you, Julian Assange – and Feliz Navidad.

 

 

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The plaza reopened to the public on Monday afternoon after an inmate work crew “completely cleaned” it, county spokeswoman Jennifer Inman said.

 

New signs posted on the plaza clearly inform people that camping and cooking are prohibited on the property. The signs also say the area is closed between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. unless someone receives written permission to be there during those hours.

 

“The rules aren’t new or different. They’re just expressed more clearly than they were before,” Inman said.

 

A protest group known as Safe Legally Entitled Emergency Places to Sleep, or SLEEPS, spent two nights on the plaza before voluntarily leaving last Wednesday afternoon.

 The county fenced off the area shortly after the group’s departure — acting on an order issued during the protest by County Administrator Liane Richardson. She said it needed to be temporarily shut down “to ensure the health and safety and uninterrupted county operations.”

 Richardson told protesters last week that human feces had been found in a planted area on the plaza.

 

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Warrantless Spying Bill Extension Through Without Debate

 

The Senate is about to vote on an extension of the controversial FISA Amendments Act -- the unconstitutional law that allows the NSA to spy on Americans speaking to people abroad without a warrant. Yet you wouldn't know it by watching CSPAN because the Senate isn't debating it.

 

The law was set to expire on December 31, 2012 to ensure thorough review. But Senate leaders have so far refused to schedule any time on the Senate floor for debate or consideration of vital privacy-protecting amendments. Worse, they won't even tell the American public when they're going to vote on it.

 

 

 

 

 

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Does the post-election outpouring of secessionist fervor exemplify a passing fancy? Or does it rather suggest a deeper, even revolutionary, change in the American political terrain?

The immediate trigger was Barack Obama’s victory, which heralded a new coalition of voters—women, people of color and young people—who voted for the Democratic candidate at such a rate that, given the prevailing demographic trends, the Democratic Party appears to possess a major advantage for the foreseeable future.

After the election, right-wing activists immediately called for Texas to secede from the union. This echoed a declaration by progressive Vermonters, first made in 2003, to explore ways to opt out of a country that they deemed too reactionary.

A November 9 petition asking the Obama administration to “peacefully grant the state of Texas to withdraw from the United States of America” has garnered nearly 120,000 signatures to become by far the most popular petition on WhiteHouse.gov. Additional secession petitions have come in from the other 49 states, with those from Louisiana, Florida and Georgia amassing more than 30,000 signatories apiece.

One thing is certain: a bloc of Southern states that once were essential to any Democratic majority—from Wilson to Clinton, from the onset of World War I to the defeat of Al Gore in 2000—is no longer. Texas, Mississippi, North Carolina: The Democrats now can lose every one of these states in a presidential race and still win handily. Obama just did. The “Southern strategy” is gone.

Both parties’ wooing of the Deep South proved enormously beneficial to many states, such as Alabama, that began to split away from the Democrats in the 1970s and today are wholly alienated from the Democratic Party. Alabamans receive $2 in federal spending for every $1 they pay in taxes; this dramatic imbalance is an artifact of a dysfunctional U.S. Electoral College that encouraged the leaders of both major parties to court Southern states.

 

With the South now politically unhinged from the process of deciding the presidential election, calls for secession are the first evidence of the new panic on the Right. Facing the specter of more liberal Supreme Court justices and a political logic that will slowly extinguish political incentives to deliver federal aid to the Southern states, extremists in the region have resurrected a 19th century strategy. Playing the only political card they have left, they are threatening to exit the nation.

 

The talk is loudest in Texas chiefly because of the state’s size, national clout and pride of place. Admittedly, the Texas secessionists are loony. The most vocal organization, the Texas Nationalist Movement, states baldly: “The fact of the matter is, that there cannot be a union between those that esteem the principles of Karl Marx over the principles of Thomas Jefferson. Here in Texas, we esteem those principles of Thomas Jefferson—that all political power’s inherent in the people.”

 

 

 

 

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Bite Me

 

The Portland City Council  will consider a resolution Thursday to move a public vote on water fluoridation from the May 2014 ballot to the May 2013 ballot. It's likely to pass, like it or not.  Because our elected representatives are flagrantly ignoring the will of the people on this one.  And if they are willing to pull it this time, count on them to do it again…After all, they know what’s best for our teeth.

Today’s vote decides the date and the fate of the fluoride ballot. 

Fluoridation opponents prefer a May 2014 vote to a May 2013 vote. The extra time would allow them to set up an independent review committee to study both sides of the issue, preferably with the cooperation of pro-fluoridation Upstream Public Health.

 

Saying "no" to such an unnecessary delay might irritate fluoridation opponents, but it wouldn't violate the public's trust. There isn’t any trust to violate…
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WhistLeaks: One Man's Leak is AnotherMan's Court Martial...

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Wed, 12/19/2012

The Flying Gunman - Regarding Adam...

This past week twwenty children at a Connecticut school were shot in cold blood.  The shooter also smoked the human evidence as well, blowing away his Mum and himself in the fusilade.  He wasn't in touch with his estranged father. Sweet estrangement lie down by me.

Tiny little six year-olds and their teachers.

In the picture launched directly into the retinas of the millions who could not turn their eyes away from this trainwreck of a soul, the shooter's face, Adam Lanza's face appears to be astonished at something no one else but he can see. It is the same face seen in Russian icons of unknown provenance; stripped of connections to the world, long, pale, crowned with a tangled thatch of brambles.  His eyes are enormous, cornered, swollen with terrible things they have seen or scenes his imagination has served up. His mouth with silent, sensual lips seems unfit for human speech - maybe angels  or the citizens of a surreal island forever under sail.

But the NRA is right:  Guns don't kill people; people kill people.  to claim otherwise is to retreat into the hazy American mind of Endless Childhood, where no one is responsible and there are never any consequences - apart from the bodies left behind in the Real World.  But no.  Americans are children, creating bad things ouyt of bad ideas and then feigning helpless in the ugly face of their mindless machines. People make guins.  People sell guns and people buy them.  Legislators pass laws alowing the ggun to become the constant companion, the romantic's erotic dream of sex and death; thje American Dilemma: Give me sex or give me death. 

Perhaps it began in the psychosis of Vietnam when soldiers were induced to fetishize their weapons: name them, sleep with them, stroke them,  bath them in oil and tears and blood. 

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'Moon Blues' or 'Where Would Jesus Poop?'

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Mon, 12/17/2012

Where would Jesus poop?

earthfirstnews.wordpress.com/

 

 America discovered the biggest landfill in the universe long ago…What it has not discovered  - yet – YET – is an ad campaign guaranteed to sell the idea to The People.  Yes, yes, The People will buy just about anything, still it is the moon and Americans are romantics at heart…so hmmmmm….this just might work.

 “I wouldn’t say we’re bombing the Moon,” said Maria Zuber, an MIT geophysics professor and the principal investigator of NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) “They’re not bombs, they’re satellites. Satellites are deorbited from the Earth frequently in controlled deorbits, where they land in the ocean as opposed to on land where they could cause harm to people and structures. We’re taking similar steps.”

As the saying goes, “One small step for …” Well you know how it goes.

 

The two lunar spacecraft being deorbited in this case are named Ebb and Flow. Launched in September 2011, they’ve been orbiting the Moon since January 2012, in tandem (one following the other), circling in a close, low-altitude trajectory, mapping the Moon’s gravitational field more accurately than ever before. (And taking advantage of that gravitational field!)

 But now their primary mission is complete and they’re running out fuel. NASA doesn’t want to leave them orbiting as space junk around the Moon (Oh no.  MASA would rather turn it into ‘Moon Garbage’), and doesn’t want them to crash uncontrolled onto the Moon either, where they run the (admittedly low) risk of colliding with one of the Moon’s numerous historic landing sites, (Like a plastic baggie full of astronaut poop) including the Apollo manned missions and previous Russian unmanned landers.

 So on Friday morning Eastern time, NASA will performed two controlled burns, one for each spacecraft, that will put them on the right path to collide on Monday evening with an area well away from the historical sites, specifically a large crater rim that forms a lunar mountain.

 

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Uncle Remus Redux

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Fri, 12/14/2012

Free Speech...would be a great idea...

 

“Steel barricade fencing now surrounds the Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza outside the Lane County Courthouse — and will remain there until work crews “thoroughly clean” the public square that had been occupied earlier this week by a protest group.” The Associated Press knows how to sling a word or two…But news wire words are not free speech.  We all pay for those words one way or another.  Directly, in that if I want to use A/P words ‘straight no chaser’, I will get hit with a colossal fine.  And, Yes, Virginia; they can find me. Then there are the subtle costs of doing business with the Business as Usual people: You will be spun.  Your attention will be twisted until you only see what they feel it is safe for you to see.     Yesterday afternoon, a band of Occupy Eugene folk and others hopped the barricades and confronted  County Administrator Liane Richardson.

When the dust cleared only Alley Valkyrie was left standing – standing on the Free Speech Plaza, that is…and she was promptly handcuffed by Eugene police officers and led into the courthouse, where she was issued a citation for trespassing and then released.

 Valkyrie, who has been one of the more visible members of Occupy Eugene during the past year, said while being taken into custody that she would contest the misdemeanor charge in court and that she believes the free speech plaza’s closure is unconstitutional.

 Members of an Occupy Eugene offshoot known as SLEEPS (Safe Legally Entitled Emergency Places to Sleep) pitched more than a dozen tents in the plaza on Monday night in defiance of Eugene’s camping ban on public property.

Authorities closed the site down: “to ensure the health and safety and uninterrupted county operations.”

 

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The Lund Report

Presenting, The Lund Report, the reason why Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield CEO's write themselves prescriptions for 'a little something extra' to help them sleep...

www.thelundreport.org/

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The Tar Sands Blockade

And the Great Texas tar Sands Blockade continues to rattle the windows of TransCanada and break down the doors to the truth about the Keystone XL pipe.

nacstop.org/standwithjulia/index.html, nacstop.org/, www.tarsandsblockade.com

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Resistance Tibetan-style: Self-Immolation, The Buddhist Suicide Bomb

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Wed, 12/12/2012

Freedom Burning

China just hates it when a simple Occupation Operation goes South…What the hell?  Everyone is on fire?

Another week in Portland, another self-immolation in  Tibet.  And the silence mounts like a thunderhead on the horizon of the American collective conscience.  Now China is considering bringing murder charges against those dare to defy Chinese might by setting themselves on fire.  It’s the Buddhist brand of suicide bombing – the fire hurts no one but the one on fire.

 Since March 2011, more than 90 people are known to have set themselves on fire in protest against the repressive Chinese occupation of Tibet.   Self-immolations and protests are now taking place over a widening area of Tibet.   Viewed in the context of other recent significant protests, the self-immolations are understandable: Tibetans will not be ruled by China…especially a China seemingly bent upon the destruction of the Tibetan people.

 Wanchen Kyi, 16, Dokar Mo township, Eastern Tibet, 9 December 2012, died.  Schoolgirl Wanchen Kyi shouted "Long live His Holiness the Dalai lama, long live Tibetan people" as she set herself alight.   On five days' holiday from a local middle school at the time of her protest, she is survived by her parents and two sisters.

Three thousand local people attended her funeral service.
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NOT All That Jazz: 'If a gavel falls in a forest?'

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Tue, 12/11/2012

Suit-up your brain, dive deep into your mind, walk through the mystery door that says 'Do Not Enter', turn the key in the forbidden lock on the mitochondrial treasure chest and inside you will find a message.

It's for you!

It says, "We are all Mazam pocket gophers, if you really think about it."Mazama Pocket Gopher...

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Tibet: Why It's Lonely at the Top:'MediApathy', Genocide Under the Stars and the Street Lights

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Fri, 12/07/2012

Bradley Manning Report

“True patriotism hates injustice in its own land more than anywhere else.” 

- Clarence Darrow

 

James Averhart – a Chief Warrant Officer and Quantico’s Commanding Officer until January 2011 - was the officer who made the final call on all matters related to the Army’s attempts to ‘break’ Bradley. Averhart stamped  PFC Bradley Manning’s ticket to maximum isolation,  restricted custody in a 6×8 cell for nine months.  It was Averhart who  testified Friday in Fort Meade, to explain his approval of Manning’s treatment. He said that the severity of Bradley’s charges, which carry extremely long sentences, was a major factor in his decision to keep the young Army private on these conditions.

 CWO Averhart also testified about specific incidents in which he kept Bradley on Suicide Risk status for several days against Navy regulations, more details of Bradley’s confinement, and the process by which he approved keeping Bradley on Prevention of Injury (POI) each week.

 CWO Averhart made the final decision on Bradley’s custody and classification each week after receiving the Custody and Assignment (C&A) board recommendations, reviewing psychiatrists’ advice, and speaking with the brig counselor about his impressions.

Add it all up and Averhart’s testimony reveals that Bradley’s confinement status might as well have been preordained before his arrival at Quantico.

"One who breaks an unjust law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for law. "
Martin Luther King, Jr.

dissenter.firedoglake.com/2012/12/07/bradley-mannings-unlawful-pretrial-punishment-hearing-day-9/

 

Levitate Tibet

Life goes on above and beneath the Chinese jackboot...

www.freetibet.org/about/human-rights-tibet

On Top of the World, Under Fire, On Fire: How Many More?

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Thu, 12/06/2012

Here's the Biz on Tibet:

www.freetibet.org/

Meet Sangay Tashi, a Tibet teenager and activist.....

Too late; Tashi set himself on fire and burned to death in the name of Tibetan independence. What are

 

 

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