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  • The American Genocide   21 hours 32 min ago

    Genocide has been converted into treating victims created, rather than the expense and loss of killing them. Treatments profit while potential cures or prevention or death leaves no profit. Dumbing down obedient endocannabinoid deficient workers droning out the profits until they get sick and make more profits. No time or courage to speak out. Follow the yellow brick road. We ship out seniors to warehouses because caregivers cost too much and now demand overtime, backed by the Union. Same as Teamsters building helicopters to spray poison on Colombian kids. Prison cage rental profits more than minimum wages flipping burgers. More tax back too. What's the incentive?

    Any illness is treated by pharmaceuticals and side effect fat pharma drugs. Not sold if it is prevented or treated with a weed growing in the herb garden. Wars since Korea have been bypassing Congress calling them Police Actions. Same with Iraq after Junior declared missuncomplished. Profits selling tank fuel or bullets or treating any of the Neurological illness' and cancers springing up since the chemicalization of farms and food.

    So outside of advocates and agitators, genocide has been modified into a herding operation. Shepherds driving the flocks of sheep into a belief that they are superior and reiterated by the propaganda media. Who's to argue? They have managed to keep the world's most versatile and beneficial plant from the people and replaced it with fossil fools plastic, crude oil, white powders and coal. Frankenfud and Fracking water reserves so we buy more bottles. We have become products.

    My country 'tis of thy people you're dying.
    Hear how the bargain was made for the West: With her shivering children in zero degrees, Blankets for your land, so the treaties attest, Oh well, blankets for land is a bargain indeed, And the blankets were those Uncle Sam had collected From smallpox-diseased dying soldiers that day. And the tribes were wiped out and the history books censored, A hundred years of your statesmen have felt it's better this way.

    The Drug War: The Primary Reason There Are '1.5 Million Missing Black Men'

    The Racist Ganjawar
    Re-Inventing Jim Crow, Targeting The Counter Culture

    In 1948 the United Nations, as well as the International Criminal Court (ICC), defined the crime of genocide as: any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group

    (a) Killing members of the group;

    The Murder of Peter McWilliams

    Rainbow Farm Massacre

    (b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;

    US gulags: 'Large-scale preventive detention'

    Shame on the Drug Worrier Profiteers

    (c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;

    Cannabis Shrinks Tumors: Government Knew in 74
    The DEA shut down all cannabis/tumor research.
    Gerald Ford ended all public research.

    List of brain tumor patients who died due to DEA gossip.

    Is The DEA Legalizing THC?
    So, in other words, if a pharmaceutical product contains THC extracted from the marijuana plant, that would be a legal commodity. But if you or I possessed THC extracted from the marijuana plant, that would remain an illegal commodity.

    Why Do You Think They Call it DOPE?

    The past it just crumbled, the future just threatens; Our life blood shut up in your chemical tanks. And now here you come, bill of sale in your hands And surprise in your eyes that we're lacking in thanks For the blessings of civilization you've brought us, The lessons you've taught us, the ruin you've wrought us -- Oh see what our trust in America's brought us.

    (d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;

    Are marijuana regulations weeding out family farmers?

    Pro Life? Not even anti abortionists
    Wall street's Spontaneous Abortionists

    Cllinton relegalized Thalidomide as appetite stimulant v Cannabis

    Now that the longhouses breed superstition. You force us to send our toddlers away
    To your schools where they're taught to despise their traditions. You forbid them their languages, then further say. That American history really began. When Columbus set sail out of Europe, then stress. That the nation of leeches that conquered this land. Are the biggest and bravest and boldest and best.

    (e) Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.

    Medical Marijuana Mom's Son Seized After He Talks About Pot's Benefits
    The reality is this happens all the time in our country and it is a lesser-known atrocity of the drug war. Due to mandatory reporting requirements, the staff at the school may have been under a duty to involve Child Protective Services if Banda’s son admitted marijuana was in his home. This type of blanket approach is rarely in the immediate best interests of the child and reflects the immense amount of stigma associated with illicit drug use.

    Medical Marijuana Patients Struggle to Access Pot Under Federal Rules

    New York Nine Year Old Girl With Dravet Syndrome Dies Without Medical Marijuana

    Collaterally Damaged Kids

    Oh-bama...
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    Nazism or War on some Plant Users?

    SCAPEGOATING – Blaming social problems on a cultural, racial, or behaviorial group. PREJUDICE – Selling the public on the idea that all members of the targeted group are ‘bad’ people. LIES – ‘Facts’, which cannot be verified, and pseudo scientific studies are used as propaganda against the targeted group. History is rewritten. NO PUBLIC DEBATE – “These people have no right to have their viewpoiunt aired.” and ” Anyone who disagrees or questions us must be one of them!” DEHUMANIZATION – Characterizing all members of a targeted group as subhuman and typically capable of monstrous deeds and/or crimes. PROTECT OUR CHILDREN – “They corrupt, seduce and or destroy our children.” CIVIL LIBERTIES SACRIFICED – “We must give up some of our freedoms, liberties, and rights in order to combat this menace to society.” LEGAL DESCRIMINATION – Laws criminalize members of targeted group and they may be denied jobs, the right to own property and/or be restricted as to where they may live or go. INFORMERS – Citizens are urged to ‘turn in’ friends, neighbors, co-workers and family members. SECRET POLICE – Non-uniformed police squads set up to wage war on targeted groups utilizing deception, infiltration, espionage and entrapment. CONFISCATION OF PROPERTY – Property and assets are seized from people who are members of targeted group. Property may be divided between the informer and the state. REMOVAL FROM SOCIETY – Prisons, rehabilitation camps, ‘hospitals’, executions and genocide… “Kill Them All” “Zero Tolerance”

  • 40 Years Of Women's Lib For This?   21 hours 33 min ago
    Quote douglaslee:

    the-wobblies has some interviews of women that were young girls going to work at unorganized plants. They were innocent, they were young, they were GIRLS, so no threat at all. The girls organized the plant, they were AGITATORS, or Rebels, were they early versions of Zenzoe? This was filmed in '79 with members then 70, 80, or 90 years old. They are/were precious and worth listening to. Silk plants, were just one of the many textile abuse mills. One strike failed, they wanted an 8 hour work day. No workplace safety, few child labor laws, they were libertarian utopias. Employees died, and until many died like the triangle shirt factory, nothing was changed. Not like today with mining safety that was enacted years before the mine disaster that killed 29 (?) and has the owner/manager brought up for criminal charges for violating all the laws and regulations meant to prevent the disaster his mine caused the miners to suffer.

    The girls were allowed into the Wobblies, ethnics were allowed, everyone that worked an industrial job was allowed. Mother Jones is in the film, so is Eugene Debbs. Alright this is more than the 40 years ago per OP title, but in 79 it was 40 years times 2. The gals still know the songs and chants they sang to inspire and organize. This was before radio, maybe wax cylinders were out or soon would be.

    The Wobblies are folk heroes to me, if you couldn't tell.

    That documentary was terrific, douglaslee. The section on the loggers reminded me of my father, again, who worked as a lumberjack and a miner (which is where he met his best friend, R.R.'s father), while not hopping freight trains in search of adventure, sometime before he joined the Army as an officer to fight in WWII. I doubt he had joined a union, however, at least I never heard mention of it. Whatever he was as a young man, he eventually reverted to the conservatism of his father's family, as it was before the depression, when they were a wealthy family. I don't remember his being anything but disdainful of labor unions as I was growing up; he always identified with the boss and certainly managed to be the boss, whatever the situation. Obviously, he and I always butted heads, and I'm sure he would have agreed with any designation of myself as an "agitator." So thanks for the compliment! I definitely aspire to the role. ;-)

  • Historically some of the biggest fighters for human rights have been "billionaires"   21 hours 44 min ago

    Enough with your fantasy libertarian economic theory and revisionist history. You are an historical buffoon. Please educate yourself. Here are some helpful primers:

    Begin here: How the Fiat System Works (for dummies)

    Then advance to here: Gold Standard (Wikipedia)

    Then perhaps you will be able to follow this paper by Ben Bernanke and Harold James:

    The Gold Standard, Deflation, and Financial Crisis in the Great Depression: An International Comparison

  • Conscious apocalypse: outliving our ruling institutions   21 hours 55 min ago

    hiya .ren and all:

    I'm, so sorry, pressed for time now, but read quickly. I may get the chance to respond tomorrow, but ty all for your time, effort of thoght. These are deepl posts, with kindness and empathy. I've been ussing a loaner computer and the owner has returned, and needs it back, so I'll be machine-less at the moment, shortly. (my chamine imploded, meh, it was old and not worth fixing....been budgeting for a new one)

    TY especially .ren (you've seen the movies I mentioned, and I "grokked", yes lol) for all your thoughtfiull effort, and Kennymac., I agree, the # of people "getting it" and "coming out" seems to be happening. I hear this message repeatedly from many sources. I so hope it's true: awareness, consciousness, is happening.

    It is the weekend, but Nepal. Oh sht, Nepal..............oh prayers to if- there- is- a -god-force for yet another devasted part of the world. and not to sound callus, besides the people/animals lost and suffering, the infrastructure of the intimacy of the Temples destroyed. when history is lost, the future is as well?

    I love you all, best wishes, I will read when I can via the Library or wherever 'till I get a new chamine and learn how to work it.

    peace, love, and extra meditatations/prayers for Nepal, and the Meditterainian refugees, Chile, and evrywhere to everyone, ..................ahmen, Namaste, A salamaleikum, etc, etc, ..................just please world, a break? a re-set? some brief period of calm??????????????

    maybe someone can corner "Mr,Brink" in an apple tree for even a day, like in another fave movie, "On Borrowed Time"..................................: ) mlk

    prayers for Nepal, and to all of you, I embrace your love, accepstance, all of it. Thank you so very much

    more later, ...................mlk

  • Fox News   22 hours 59 min ago

    Dex, Chicagomatt, Gumball, Spooner and all Fox News listeners you have gone silent. No comment on why you are Fox news followers?

  • Historically some of the biggest fighters for human rights have been "billionaires"   23 hours 10 min ago
    Quote polycarp2:

    Carnegie founded many libraries...and hired thugs to prevent a penney an hour raise at his steel plants.

    Some of the wealthy realize it's in their own best interest to provide at least a minimum of equitability to save their own necks. FDR saved U.S. capitalism and his own neck when he was advised he had a year before a revolt took place that the army wouldn't be able to put down. He adopted much of the Socialist Party platform of the time.

    The "New Deal" was his response to an impending revolution.

    Retired Monk - "Ideology is a disease"

    Since capitalism didn't cause the Depression, it is disingenuous to say that Roosevelt's motives were to save capitalism. Besides, how do you save something by enacting it's opposite. I think W said something about violating free market principles in order to save the free market.

    FDR gave his commercial banking buddies the privilege to create money out of thin air. So much for being a "traitor to his class".

  • Should surveillance under the Patriot Act be extended?   1 day 4 min ago

    The only reason I say yes is because who will be responsile for tracking down "Lone Wolves"? Lone Wolves are individuals residing here within the United Sates that are usually influenced by muslim extremists to take it upon themselves to threaten the safety and security of the American people.

  • TransPacific Partnership; or “why is Thom confused about this?”   1 day 40 min ago

    " Obama sets up the TPP to boost the profits of the big Corporations, and Hilary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren run AGAINST it while at the same time benefiting from the brief surge of giddy optimism. "

    William, Elizabeth Warren has said many times that she will not be getting into the Presidential race. She feels her best work remains in the Senate.

    Obama isn't setting up the corporations to do well for the next Democratic president to take office. There's simply no logic to that statement! You can believe that theory if you want. There doesn't seem to be anyone else that does.

    What Obama is doing is setting up his and his family's future, just by his being a corporate sell-out with the TPP. There's no other explanation that works.

  • "Cops Gone Wild"   1 day 51 min ago
    Quote Antifascist:... local police departments are becoming more and more militarized. Part of this militarization process has been the hiring of military veterans. The trend has been increasing and as more veterans move into department administrations, they hire even more veterans since that perceive them as more qualified. There are numerous programs that give veterans special priority for hiring as police officers along with grants for the hiring department itself. Statistics on the percentage of officers that are veterans is known, but is not made public so this is completely hidden from scrutiny.
    I agree with you on that! But I wonder if police are becoming more militarized out of necessity. One of the thing that made them realize they were out-gunned was when those guys, a bunch of years ago, somewhere in the LA area decided to rob a bank and they had military style weapons and even thick, heavy suits of lead that protected them from being critically wounded. That wasn't the last time the police were far outgunned. When the criminals have military weapons and the police don't the police lose their lives and the criminals don't.
    Quote Antifascist:There are a number of cases in which officers have been charged and convicted of murder, assault if the victim survives. Sean Groubert for example shoot Levar Jones as he reached to show his license as ordered by the officer.
    Again, I totally agree with you on that...there are cases where the police commit murder, deal in drugs, have mental problems (perhaps). But, I believe that the number of good cops and the number of good things they all do far, far outnumber the very few examples of bad things that a few "bad apples" do. I agree that we should prosecute the bad apples for the crimes they commit. I hope they are removed from being able to harm people ever again. But, some of the examples I've seen so far...like Michael Brown and others, who were perps doing bad things that were not being unduly harassed by the police...who are being held up by the communities as being "saints", totally without fault, who were murdered by police, is just plain nonsense.

    Quote Antifascist:The video does show the stopping of Stephens and there was no probable cause
    Yes, the video shows that the police went after Stephens but as for whether there was probable cause is up to the courts to decide. If you take away someone's suspect demeanor, outwardly signs of guilt or of something to hide, as in trying to evade the police, then nowhere will any policeman be able to do his job. We may as well not even have police. Let the criminals rule us all.

    The police do have probable cause if they see signs of culpability. Acting unduly nervous during a police traffic stop, how the persons in the car conduct themselves, whether or not there are keys in the ignition (could be hot wired), things they see on the back seat, not being able to produce a driver's license or registration or insurance card, intoxicating odors coming from inside the vehicle. Any or combination of these things, and more, constitute probable cause...for a search anyway...and an escalation of suspicion of an immediate dangerous situation may duly result in a reaction by the cop. Any one of those occupants could pull out a gun and shoot the cop dead.

    Now, compare that to a normal routine traffic stop where a cop gets none of those warning signals which is what happens most of the time. There would not be probable cause to search a vehicle if none of those signs were apparent to the cop.

    The cops want you to stay in your car for several reasons...one is for your safety...you could get hit by a passing car. Another is so that if you are a bad guy, opening that door might be either a prelude to your trying to flee or your trying to get into a more favorable position to either punch out the cop or to shoot him. The cop has the advantage by approaching the driver or occupants from behind and cautiously looking for any signs that someone might try to turn around and shoot him. But if you get out of the vehicle, you are putting the cop at a bigger risk of being shot...if that's what you try to do. You have better aim when you face him. So, they don't want you to get out of the vehicle.

    Stephens rode his bike across the lawn and to in front of the parked cars and then hopped off his bike and let it fall on the pavement then went in between those cars where the officer could not see what he was doing, at first, which alerted the officer that he was not in a favorable position to see right off just what Stephens was doing until Stephens reached into his pocket or waist band. If Stephens had had a gun, he may have been in a more favorable position to shoot the cop as the cop got to the opening between the cars.

    If Stephens was not trying to evade the police, then why did he not just stop where he was and wait for the police to approach him? I'd say the officer had plenty of probable cause to treat Stephens exactly the way he was treated. Stephens acted guilty and probably was guilty of whatever the cops suspected he was guilty of. Remember, Stephens had a perp sheet on him. He had a history of crime. And the video did not show, and you have no way of knowing what those cops knew about Stephens.

    These guys just keep digging themselves deeper and deeper in trouble with the law. I side with the cops on most of the cases where they are dealing with criminals. I'd give them the benefit of the doubt any day over a criminal with a record.

    Quote Antifascist:Stephens had no weapon. He had committed no crime. There was not good reason to stop him, much less to shoot him.
    It turned out that it was true that he had no weapon. But how was the cop supposed to let someone who was trying to evade them, acting guilty, then putting himself in a blind spot between the cars, and then make a quick reach for possibly a weapon in his pocket, get the drop on him?

    Stephens acted like a criminal when he acted the way he did. Most law abiding people would not have acted like that. They would have stayed in the same spot while the police approached them. Stephens tried to evade them. He was not acting like someone who was a law-abiding citizen.

    And yes, again, police do commit murder like that cop in N. Carolina that shot that guy in the back as he was running away. That was murder! I'd say that Wayne A. Jones was murdered by police. You should watch that youtube video...it would probably piss you off as much as it did me. What I saw was the police had him pinned down on the sidewalk, then they all (like 4 or 5 of them) stood up at the same time, pointed their guns at him and repeatedly shot him while he just laid there. It looked like a gangland assassination. So, I agree that sometimes some police commit murder and I wish they would be hanged by the neck until dead for it. But some of the cases that are highlighted by the anti-cop community are just not going to win them any large numbers of converts because the perps that get shot, like MB, were not typical law-abiding citizens...they were dangerous and in the case of MB was charging at Wilson and not running away. Despite the fact that they initially came off repeatedly showing that photo of the young boy MB with the headphones, the MB that attacked Wilson was not that little boy...he was huge and powerful with a very bad attitude that just robbed a store and punched out Wilson as Wilson was pinned in his vehicle.

  • Hey Mr. President...Transparency Applies To the TPP too!   1 day 1 hour ago

    Did anyone hear the caller saying that Obama gets his intellectual guidance from the "commerce club of Chicago". I think it gives insight to why Obama is so aware of the perils of the middle class, yet he supports the TPP. I think Obama is too friendly a person to have worn a green eye shade in his economics courses.

  • Is "revolution" and antiquated concept? Unrealistic?   1 day 1 hour ago

    i think "revolution," with its dramatic power, can rally believers as can "freedom." both words are simplistic, too sweeping, insulting to thinkers (if you think about it) and appeal to people as a mob.

    all change is evolutonary; the "revolution" is only the eruption of an impatience brewed over time, something that can happen when a majority wants the new way.

    imo, "marxist analysis" mostly confuses the analysts, who struggle to reconcile ideology and the realities of human nature. better to thank karl but move beyond prefabricated categories from the 19th century.

  • Time for Progressives to Boycott the Democratic Party   1 day 1 hour ago
    • The Progressive Majority: Why a Conservative America is a Myth
    • POLL OF LIKELY 2016 VOTERS :National poll of 1,500 likely 2016 voters (Republicans, Independents, Democrats) conducted by GBA Strategies on behalf of the Progressive Change Institute. More details on the poll can be found on the last page, including poll dates, sample sizes, and margin of error.
    • What has GOP done for workers?
      By Clint C. Gold 10/24/99

      [Programs supported by Progressives, but GOP was against] Social Security; Medicare-Medicaid; Peace Corps; unemployment insurance; welfare (for the poor and corporate); civil rights; student grant and loan programs; safety laws (OSHA); environmental laws; prevailing wage laws; right to collective bargaining (which brought about paid medical insurance, paid vacations, pensions, etc.); workers' compensation; Marshall Plan; flood-disaster insurance; School Lunch Program; women's rights.

      He spoke of the Fair Labor Standards Act, which established a minimum wage, instituted child labor laws, and set up time-and-a-half pay for over a 40-hour week.

      He mentioned FHA-HUD with its public housing, urban renewal and 44 million residential homes (before WWII almost 70 percent of our nation were renters; by the 1970s this had been reversed).

      And farm-conservation subsidies -- USDA programs, Farmers Home Administration (the bankers didn't want to make rural loans), small flood-control lakes (more than 3,000 in Oklahoma alone), rural water districts, rural electricity (REA).

  • Ted Cruz Spends Evening with Two Prominent Gay NY Businessmen   1 day 2 hours ago
  • Historically some of the biggest fighters for human rights have been "billionaires"   1 day 2 hours ago

    -10-10-spoonerisms-and-other-twists-tongue

    Spoonerisms are also the opposite of what is meant. Hoarding rich folks do not help, they hoard. One Koch got kudos for building a hospital wing, but the amount he donated he made before lunch and as a % of his total assets it came to less than a penny in real percent or real cost.

    Another poster here goes by spooner and tells tall tales of how capitalists split the atom, and cured cancer at the same time they built the pyramids while ending slavery and the holocaust. The fact is Franco the fascist got help from GM, Ford, Texaco, Westinghouse and others against FDR's wishes. They were aiding the fascists while the UK was fighting against the fascists. George Orwell was in the trenches fighting Franco whille american companies that secretly adore fascism, were sending money for arms and sending oil for their army. Edison was ruthless against Tesla, even though Tesla was right, Edison only wanted money and to win, narcisism is a part of the wealthy dna.

    A scientific study proved rich break more laws, cheat more, do not feel remorse nor contrite when caught. Bill Gates and Warren Buffet are anomalies. WS traders have a high degree of sociopaths. Interviews of business class students embarking on finance careers stated in surveys that some degree of fraud is ok and they would do that, the cost of such activity is priced into the market. The hearings on the crash showed the same thinking. "Yes we were selling shit equities designed to fail while we were selling them short, but our customers are so sophisticated traders they had already counted on some degree of loss". You have to praise them while you pick their pocket, "You are so sophisticated, do you want four 20s or eight 10s for your 100?" Jamie Dimon defrauds and gets bonuses while getting his ass kissed on the floor of congress by the oversight committee. Kissing the rich's ass and never calling them out for their crimes, fraud, and corruption, is an American thing. Mafia dons were celebrities too, Americans love the rich, criminal or not.

    Another spoonerism "Two seats to Sexas Titty"

  • She Told the Truth: Clarence Thomas is a Scumbag   1 day 2 hours ago
    Quote mdhess:

    As a matter of fact I had read that article by Chris Hayes but it was worth a reread.

    Regarding gay porn I personally don't find porn appetizing as it cheapens the most intimate of human tactile and emotional connections. I probably wouldn't hang out here so much if I was your typical gay dude instead of a geek :) But I won't pretend to be an innocent child who's never seen any of it. From what I've seen I don't think that generally there is quite the same construct. No doubt there are many of the same crude and exploitative genres to it but in male on male fantasy there is not necessarily the distinct role of one as dominant over the other. Not that such doesn't exist but it could be that in one role an "actor" is "dominant' while in another role he is "submissive." Or perhaps in the very same role he is both. There is not the generalized assumption that you get with a heterosexual situation that this one will be dominant and that one submissive. So, regarding your question specifically I'm sure that there is an audience for "slut shaming" and degradation and insult but I don't think it's as mainstream as it seems to have become in straight porn. You'll forgive me if I don't delve into it to find out however a quick google search for "problem of degradation in gay porn" didn't yield any academic results regarding gay porn specifically but did give some suggestions for some gay degradation pornos I could watch.


    Thanks for that! My key conclusion would be this: whatever one's sexual tastes, material exists out there to satisfy. No matter how obscure, or marginalized, or contrary to the mainstream one's fantasies may be, you can be sure there's a market out there ready to absorb your money or your time. But DynoDon's links criticizing Gail Dines ignore the fact that she and Robert Jensen focus on MAINSTREAM, HETEROSEXUAL porn —what the majority of heterosexual men who watch porn are watching now— without denying that the more uncommon genres of pornography, such as feminist erotica, which most men who watch porn are not watching, do exist. Dines and Jensen are interested in what heterosexual men watch and that the mainstream porn industry produces, because that's where the damage is done to women and society, given that a larger percentage of men watch it and bring it home in their relationships with women, or in their lack of relationships with real women (since habituating to violent pornography renders them incapable of such).
    Quote mdhess:

    I'd say that, regarding this topic, much consideration should be given to what affect this type of porn has on young post pubescent men vis a vis young women (or other young men) they will soon be entereing into relationships with. In that regard considering young gay males I think that any sexual imagery is extremely titillating whereas heterosexual males will have already been exposed to quite a lot of sexual imagery and will probably be more prone to follow avenues that lead them to ever more salacious material. I have no evidence to support that, it is just a hunch and it's been a long time and much has changed since I was a naive young man.


    Yes, the hetero pornography industry must relentlessly up the violence and degradation, apparently, according to reports from industry owners, because guys, having become habituated to certain images, need ever more shocking images and sounds in order to get off. It's getting so bad, it won't be surprising when snuff films go mainstream.

    I'm definitely not interested in returning to the Victorian age, to puritanism and the like, but one wonders if, somewhere along the way toward liberation, we haven't rendered the young incapable of authentic, awesome passion. Now that anything goes, how much is gone? Well, Cole Porter didn't know the half of it. ;-) (Douglaslee, talk about great rhymes!)

  • "Cops Gone Wild"   1 day 2 hours ago
    Quote Palindromedary:
    Quote antifascist:I knew it! Deputy Adam Lin was in Afghanistan for 10 months in 2007 as a sergeant in the military police.
    You knew what? That same old video still doesn't show what happened so it is really not proof of anything one way or the other. It does not show whatever the guy did or did not do when he was between the cars. So...You knew what? And yes Deputy Adam Lin was in Afghanistan in 2007....that's what...about 8 years ago? So, how many other people has he shot since then? You'd think that if he had PTSD or something that he would have shot someone else much earlier.

    You are jumping to conclusions. I never said anything about PTSD. I did say that local police departments are becoming more and more militarized. Part of this militarization process has been the hiring of military veterans. The trend has been increasing and as more veterans move into department administrations, they hire even more veterans since that perceive them as more qualified. There are numerous programs that give veterans special priority for hiring as police officers along with grants for the hiring department itself. Statistics on the percentage of officers that are veterans is known, but is not made public so this is completely hidden from scrutiny.

    Quote Palindromedary:Cops don't just shoot people unless the people give them a reason to shoot them.

    You are begging the question. There are a number of cases in which officers have been charged and convicted of murder, assault if the victim survives. Sean Groubert for example shoot Levar Jones as he reached to show his license as ordered by the officer.

    Quote Palindromedary:One reason would be if the person was running away, as it appeared he was doing on that bike...trying to avoid the police.....cutting across someone's lawn to the front of those cars parked in the driveway (was that his house? did he live in the house next door? Why did he get off the street when that cop car came up behind him? He was acting suspicious! It was a drug-infested trouble area where lots of shooting occur and the police knew this guy was a known perp by priors he had. They were following him because they suspected him of doing something illegal. That's the cop's job to look for suspicious people who they suspect of committing crimes. So, the guy was acting very suspiciously and then he reached into his waist band or pocket for something that could have been a weapon...according to the cop...and we don't know because it doesn't show that on the video.

    The video does show the stopping of Stephens and there was no probable cause. I just quoted court decisions Mims (1992), Nonnette (1990), Fredirick B. (1987), Hollway (1985), Wilkins (1986) in post #346 as examples that reject the justification of a "high crime area" to stop citizens. Stephens was not a known perp to the officers involved. He wasn't even accused of a crime.

    Quote Palindromedary:For all we know, from that video, space aliens shot him before the cop got to him.

    Circumstantial evidence pretty much rules out space aliens.

    Quote Palindromedary:Yes, the video shows the cop pointing his weapon at him after the guy was shot but that video really shows nothing, no "proof" of much of anything. Again, most cops don't just shoot people unless they have a very good reason....like self-defense!

    You are making the same circular argument again. Stephens had no weapon. He had committed no crime. There was not good reason to stop him, much less to shoot him. Officers do commit murder. And police officers even commit torture, rape, and murder as in the case of a young girl named Corinna Mullen in 1987 by the Muhlenberg County, Kentucky Police Department Lieutenant Billy Fields.

  • “Hogwash!" and Other Down-to-Earth Observations   1 day 3 hours ago

    It was an allusion to Jim Morrison and the Doors and triggered by my realization that I had just crossed over into level 10 of this blog. No real significant meaning there, really! Sheer nonsense! It's like looking at a clock and seeing 2:22 or 1:11, or 1:23, or even 11:11 .... I've even seen it happen right down to the seconds.... like 11:11:11. Thank goodness I don't have an atomic clock that displays fractions of a second! I'm wondering if I'll ever see 6:66? funny how that seems to happen so often, though. And then, there are often other occasions of perceived synchronicity that could tend to muddle one's brain. It would be nice if it worked to improve my chances for the lottery! But, it hasn't so far. ;-}

  • FDR's letter a synopsis on today's Republo-fascist GOP   1 day 3 hours ago
    Quote ImprobableTodd:

    LS, the GOP's primary interest in Social Security is how to redirect all those hundreds of billions per year their way. Bush wanted to privatize it, thrusting all that money into the stock market. Today's GOP wants to cut benefits to the infirm and elderly (Medicaid), raise the retirement age, and take that money and more and put it into top tier tax cuts disguised as "death tax" relief. Ending inheritance taxes, as the GOP has proposed, will take HUNDREDS of BILLIONS out of America's justifiable tax revenue.

    So, are you OK with all of that, LS? If some but not all, which?

    Todd,

    If tax dollars in involved, it's not private. If they do want to redirect it, which I also oppose, you are conceding that they want to keep it.

    I want to repeal Social Security. The next best option would be to pay current retirees and let anyone under some arbitrary age, say 40, out of the program.

    Money doesn't go "in" to tax cuts. cutting taxes just means leaving the money where it is. It is NOT an expenditure.

  • FDR's letter a synopsis on today's Republo-fascist GOP   1 day 3 hours ago
    Quote ulTRAX:
    Quote LysanderSpooner:

    Today's GOP accepts most of the New Deal.

    ROTF... not the ideological leaders on the far right that have increasing influence over the GOP.

    http://www.thenation.com/article/rolling-back-20th-century

    But then I'm sure you applaud their efforts to decivilize rat-eat-rat capitalism.

    Name me one elected GOP representative or Senator, not named Ron Paul, who has called for the repeal of the New Deal.

  • Zimbabwe Tobacco Farming 13 Years On - Bloomberg   1 day 3 hours ago

    Just for the MDC supporters who still say there are no economic sanctions against Zimbabwe:

    (NEWZIMBABWE, THE SOURCE) Tobacco exports spur DHL Zimbabwe’s expansion
    25/04/2015 00:00:00
    by The Source

    COURIER service provider DHL Zimbabwe says an increase in tobacco exports to Belgium following the European Union (EU) easing of sanctions on the country has spurred growth in volumes, and necessitated the company’s expansion.

    The EU last November lifted a 12-year old trade restriction on Zimbabwe, leading to an improvement in relations and trade.

    Managing director, Jeff Phiri on Thursday told The Source that the lifting of sanctions by the EU had heightened trade between Zimbabwe and EU, with global cigarette maker, Phillip Morris its main client.

    “Tobacco shipments to Belgium have grown significantly and we are happy to be part of that growth,” he said.

    “Phillip Morris is a big player in the tobacco industry and we have had a number of local players trading with them.”

    Belgium is one of the biggest buyers of Zimbabwe’s tobacco, importing 22,6 million kilogrammes of tobacco last year worth $104 million. This year it has so far purchased 426,230kg worth $2 million.

    The tobacco sector is projected to produce up to 195 million kg this year.

    The logistics group at the beginning of the year said it planned to increase its footprint around the country by opening an additional 500 retail points before year end, has since revised its target to a 1,000 outlets.

    BACKLINK: Economic Sanctions Against Zimbabwe and JPMorgan Chase's Ownership Of Anglo-American De Beers

  • FDR's letter a synopsis on today's Republo-fascist GOP   1 day 3 hours ago

    While the CORPservatives dance to the billionaires' tunes, the unflappably loyal self-described conservatives proudly parrot simplistic and over-generalized talking points while consistently voting against their best interests time and time again.

    They are the Nero-Cons, happily playing their violins while the planet slowly percolates. Ignorance, in due time, will not be bliss.

  • Corporations outspend taxpayers in Congress...   1 day 3 hours ago

    SHFabian -- All labor unions are against the TPP. Card check would cure this problem.

  • Corporations outspend taxpayers in Congress...   1 day 3 hours ago

    sunshine susie -- If you withhold all taxes, the billionaires would be glad to take over.

  • Ted Cruz Spends Evening with Two Prominent Gay NY Businessmen   1 day 3 hours ago

    Why would Bruce Jenner be the LGBT posterboy any more than any transgender person? The only difference between his relevency as a transgender person and the relevency of any other transgender person is our national fixation with celebrity. And why is being Republican the same way Ken Mehlman is a Republican an issue or relevent to the story? And what is it about being a member of the LGBT community and also being a Christian that makes you think it's an affront to the LGBT community? My husband is a Christian. That paradigm only exists in your own right-wing reinforced torment. There is no LGBT handbook that forbids or endorses ideology or religious expression. LGBT activists don't abhor Christianity or Christians, they abhor bigotry.

    Too bad if the story offends you. Take that up with the "pro-Isreal no matter what" community, not the LGBT community. There's just no pleasing you conservatives -- you bash us even when we use your sacred tea-party "free-market" principle of letting the market decide so don't lecture me about tolerance.

  • She Told the Truth: Clarence Thomas is a Scumbag   1 day 3 hours ago

    I think something funny is going on....when I tried to click on DynoDon's first link in #29....this one: http://www.redgarterclub.com/AJK-Multisite/blog/2011/02/23/why-gail-dine... I get a notification that it was being blocked by opendns. In fact, I've noticed this happening before when clicking on some links.... always being blocked by opendns. I wasn't using my ISP dns, either. I found that all I had to do was to change my dns settings to a different dns ip number in my internet access settings and I could then go, unhindered, to the sites I had previously been blocked from. It looks like someone is trying to censor our internet. Like, maybe, someone is trying to play NetNanny!

    I know that the opendns is a known "safe" domain name system site that a lot of people, especially parents who believe it to be a "safe"-porn filtering site, like to use. But I wasn't using opendns. It just started happening recently. Just the other day, I changed my dns ip number because opendns was doing this...so I was ok for a while... testing it out with the same sites I had previously been blocked from...and with the new dns...I was ok for a while...it opened those same sites that were blocked before.....but then it started happening on the new dns ip numbers. I thought that the Earthlink browser, which goes through frequent updates, was at fault at first but doing an about:config and a search shows no references to opendns...still doesn't mean that it isn't embedded there somewhere...like with an ip number only. It could be my ISP, even though I am not using my ISP's DNS.

    Just wondering if anyone else has been having this problem. Were you able to click on that first link that DynoDon gave in #29? If you click on a porn site*, do you get blocked by opendns?

    *probably not a good idea unless you have some safeguards...like a sand box or virtual memory like VMWare, etc. and can permanently delete whatever crap might try to get into your system....or if you find such things offensive. ;-}

    In case you don't already know...in Windows 7 for example:
    Click on Start/Control Panel/Network and Sharing Center/Local Area Connection/Properties/Internet Protocol Version 4(TCP/IPv4 (to highlight it)/Properties/Use the following DNS server addresses: Then enter a known DNS server IP number in Preferred DNS server addresses and another one in Alternate DNS Server (optional). You can also go further by clicking on Advanced/DNS and Add more DNS server addresses if you want..but that is optional too. It just ensures that if you lose the primary DNS servers, it will choose, in order, one of the other default ones.

    Normally, the Obtain DNS serve address automatically is set to use your ISP DNS server. But sometimes they are not very reliable or are slow.

    You can also go to https://www.grc.com/dns/benchmark.htm and download the free dns benchmark test (takes only about 5 seconds to download and then click on it after it is downloaded in order to run the test. It tells you what is the best DNS servers, for your computer/location/configuration, etc. Some DNS servers will try to shunt you off to some commercial web site or may be unsafe and some are slow as molasses and rife with problems which makes for very slow internet. So this test tells you the fastest and most reliable, etc. And all you would have to do is to plug those DNS server ip numbers towards the top of the list. In many cases, it is not mandatory that you use your ISP DNS servers.

    Note: grc.com is the web site of Gibson Research Corp and is run by Steve Gibson who has had a long running weekly Security internet show cohosted by Tech TV's Leo Laporte. The show is called Security Now and you can listen to the podcasts and read the transcripts. https://www.grc.com/securitynow.htm

    On a MAC: go to How to change DNS Servers on a Mac
    http://www.opennicproject.org/configure-your-dns/how-to-change-dns-serve...

    note: I don't think opennicproject is related to opendns but I don't really know. It looks like it is not: http://www.opennicproject.org/

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Corporations outspend taxpayers in Congress...

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