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  • 1der commented on the blog post Makers and Takers

    2014-11-04 06:37:35View | Delete

    EFI was charged $3,500 — yes, seriously — for being at fault.

    That’ll teach ‘em. The fine would have been higher except Republicans gutted regulations and tied Obama’s hands. Newman!

    As far as ExxonMobil paying fair wages, they get their cut on the other side, tax bennies and The Supreme Court (http://www.democracynow.org/2008/6/26/supreme_court_slashes_exxon_valdez_oil).

    Capitalism, only in America (Land of Opportunity, also, too Free Markets!)


  • One way I look at this is seeing the Pope showing his flock that their “shepherds” are nasty old prima donna fucks and he won’t get much done with this RC version of the Tea Party standing in his way. “Papal Supremacy, meh, we know what Jesus should have done.”

  • No matter what they say, they know what they’re doing.

  • The strategy of destroying the food supply of the civilian population in an area of conflict has been banned under Article 54 of Protocol I of the 1977 Geneva Conventions. The relevant passage says:

    It is prohibited to attack, destroy, remove, or render useless objects indispensable to the survival of the civilian population, such as foodstuffs, agricultural areas for the production of foodstuffs, crops, livestock, drinking water installations and supplies, and irrigation works, for the specific purpose of denying them for their sustenance value to the civilian population or to the adverse Party, whatever the motive, whether in order to starve out civilians, to cause them to move away, or for any other motive.

    Despite being prohibited, it is still a common military practice.
    The protocol only applies to those countries that have ratified it; notable countries that have not ratified it are Eritrea, India, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Malaysia, Myanmar (Burma), Nepal, Pakistan, Singapore, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Turkey, and the United States.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scorched_earth

  • 1der commented on the blog post Greenwald Has “Peaked” Because a Politico Editor Says So

    2014-09-05 12:14:26View | Delete

    Instead, I ended up reading a fact-free rant about how Hirsh is personally tired of reading stories from Greenwald so he assumes everyone else is.

    Like the Great Statesman from Arizona John McCain’s fact-free unchallenged rant about the peaceful change of government in Ukraine. It’s how they roll, our elites, what they hear at cocktail hour or the beauty parlor, it’s what people (Village People) are talking about. Facts? Facts are for satisfying the lady justices. “What we say is what is so.” Lazy fucks. And they wonder why people with no money aren’t buying things? Bloggers have agendas.

  • 1der commented on the diary post Wisconsin State Tax Collections Fall Far Short of Projections by WI Budget Project.

    2014-08-30 18:06:16View | Delete

    I don’t live or vote in Wisconsin so what I say doesn’t matter. That said, libertarian conservatism cannot fail it just can be failed, and liberals are ruining the world. Also too, Al Gore is fat. Wisconsin, led by elected fools with silly ideas about market capitalism, trickle-down fantasies and wages. They cannot do the [...]

  • 1der commented on the blog post Plan to Split California into Six States Might Make the Ballot

    2014-07-15 13:49:54View | Delete

    Timothy C. Draper:

    “He is the third in a line of venture capitalists. His father, William Henry Draper III, founded the Draper & Johnson Investment Company in 1962 and was chairman and president of the Export-Import Bank of the United States. His grandfather William Henry Draper Jr. founded Draper, Gaither and Anderson in 1958.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timothy_C._Draper

    Could have easily had a walk-on in Jamie Johnson’s “Born Rich” –

    The film was described as “a documentary on children of the insanely rich, directed by one of their own, Johnson & Johnson Inc. heir Jamie Johnson.” It consists primarily of Johnson interviewing his friends and peers about the experience of living life free of financial constraints.

    Tim Draper, going Galt, because he knows no other way.

  • Andy Harris represents a very poor area of Maryland and it’s Eastern Shore. County schools score in the middle or lower percentiles, inadequate health care (high uninsured), depends on migrant workers for its chicken industry, also was an area of the country where George Wallace found some of his strongest support, so there’s that. Harris is an Anne Ryandian-Libertarian-Conservative-UpByYourBootstrapsRepublican who lived in the wrong district when running for office the first time (since moved). He will do whatever talk radio tells him to do, and that’s whatever they think pisses ’60′s liberals off. Our Democracy, cherish it people.

  • 1der commented on the diary post A Record of Unparalleled Failure by Tom Engelhardt.

    2014-06-11 03:28:53View | Delete

    Smedley Butler: “War is a racket. It always has been. It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives. A racket is best described, I [...]

  • It would be interesting to see what those differences would be if, after the ’08 election, Dean’s 50 State Strategy was kept in place and not dismantled, leadership/volunteers dismissed, mailing list looted, carted off to the White House and downloaded to wunderkind Jim Messina’s OFA. I could ask that same question about the fall election and the turnout that will lose it or win it for the Dems, in any case it will be the apathetic voter to blame.

  • Team America, fuck yeah! You’re either with us or a friend of Putin.

    Blah, blah, blah, mishmashed word salad: A blend of headline reading and a Selina Meyers impersonation.

  • In some not so small part it’s what Atrios said: I knew that the instant the greatest man who ever lived got wind of the fact that liberals would actually love that deal he’d back off supporting it, because liberals. And he did.

  • 1der commented on the diary post The Climate Is Invading the Earth by David Swanson.

    2014-04-15 16:35:52View | Delete

    Well the NSA has been listening in (surprise) and the alien invader’s plan has been leaked:


    I blame Edward Snowden.

  • The movie (Zero Dark Thirty) portrayed torture as a necessary evil, when in fact it was more like a warped fraternity ritual—or a crime ring.

    Worst of all, there is ample evidence—obvious to anyone not actively trying to justify practicing it—that torture simply doesn’t work. People will say anything when they’re being dunked in ice water or having their head bashed against a wall, which means that torture produces a windfall of fabrications and false leads.

    “It makes me scared to talk about it. I’ve been keeping it all inside. I’m scared because they are listening to us now and they’re learning; I’m teaching them how to interrogate. And now they will write a whole new book on interrogation with what they have learned….

  • 1der commented on the blog post Stumbling Past Econ 101

    2014-04-13 10:57:06View | Delete

    They’re idiots with no sense of value. Whether of their own efforts or of the customers. I don’t know anyone who works for a company that doesn’t think they’re underpaid and deserving of a raise/bonus, I don’t know any small business owner (my world) who doesn’t fear losing customers (paying ones). Whether they offer a product or a service, it’s how they put food on the table, and putting the food on the table appreciate the value of productive workers/salespeople. Suggest the Econ101′s take a page out of the NYT Style Section if they can’t take a road trip through Middle America/The Heartland and watch Alexander Payne’s “Nebraska.” It’s not just a story about old Bruce Dern collecting his fake million dollars, it’s also about the world his character lives in – ghost towns, empty storefronts, penniless customers with little hope of getting anywhere, the loss of what politicians/wall street once sold them on: “the American Dream.”

    Ruling class dilettantes.

  • That next day delivery of those over 500,000 things comes provided by:

    Amazon’s system of employee monitoring is the most oppressive I have ever come across and combines state-of-the-art surveillance technology with the system of “functional foreman,” introduced by Taylor in the workshops of the Pennsylvania machine-tool industry in the 1890s. In a fine piece of investigative reporting for the London Financial Times, economics correspondent Sarah O’Connor describes how, at Amazon’s center at Rugeley, England, Amazon tags its employees with personal sat-nav (satellite navigation) computers that tell them the route they must travel to shelve consignments of goods, but also set target times for their warehouse journeys and then measure whether targets are met.

    All this information is available to management in real time, and if an employee is behind schedule she will receive a text message pointing this out and telling her to reach her targets or suffer the consequences. At Amazon’s depot in Allentown, Pennsylvania (of which more later), Kate Salasky worked shifts of up to eleven hours a day, mostly spent walking the length and breadth of the warehouse. In March 2011 she received a warning message from her manager, saying that she had been found unproductive during several minutes of her shift, and she was eventually fired. This employee tagging is now in operation at Amazon centers worldwide.

    real time in the flesh human robots.

  • Forgot to add Wall Street to Silicon Valley and the National Security State. Truly our best and brightest take the money and run, and who would blame them with the payoffs in these World of Warfare boys games. The rest of the world loses in this silliness. Climate catastrophe is something to be concerned about but the hair on fire catastrophe will come with the melt down of the financial system.

  • No company wants to suffer or become collateral damage in a cyber war between China and the United States.

    I would suggest that they already have. Between Silicon Valley and the NSA (read the entire National Security State, both public and private) both have skimmed off the cream of the crop, probably the best hacker/coder minds coming out of our universities, leaving businesses and the rest of us with the second stringers and bench warmers. Not to say those minds aren’t up to the job just that they are unable to compete. Our interstate and world commerce and economic systems are on the losing end of this ridiculous game the world’s “leaders” are playing. From the last I would suggest those leaders too are playing the second stringers game unable to see the strategy they need to follow to keep the gears turning.

    Led by near-sighted dick swinging fools.

  • 1der commented on the diary post Sunday Talking Heads: April 6, 2014 by Elliott.

    2014-04-06 03:08:39View | Delete

    Would be interesting to see the Army brand any soldier who loses his temper a “terrorist.” Would be fun to watch the NRA heads explode, turns the whole – “Fighting them here so we don’t have to fight them over there” on its head. Blah, blah, blah – if you don’t support the troops you [...]

  • 1der commented on the blog post Fort Hood Shooter Was Iraq War Veteran With PTSD Symptoms

    2014-04-03 06:48:06View | Delete

    And there’s this too:

    …researchers found that soldiers they interviewed had joined the Army with significantly higher rates of post-traumatic stress disorder, panic disorder and attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder than those in the general population.

    Most notably, more than 8% of soldiers entered the Army with intermittent explosive disorder, characterized by uncontrolled attacks of anger. It was the most common disorder in the study, with a pre-enlistment prevalence nearly six times the civilian rate.

    “The kind of people who join the Army are not typical people,” Kessler said. “They have a lot more acting-out kind of mental disorders. They get into fights more. They’re more aggressive.”

    It was to be expected, so how did the Army prepare for it?

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