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  • 1der commented on the blog post Torture and the Company Which Americans Keep

    2014-12-18 10:38:14View | Delete

    People only know what the media tell them. I don’t fault my friends because they just don’t have the time to sit and read through all the non-news making reporting they would need to sift through to find the truth about any thing and when challenged my friends get defensive and refuse to listen to any opinion or argument that shakes their view. Our “free press” is mostly to blame.

    ALFRED McCOY: …psychological torture is, in effect, enshrined within U.S. law. When the United States finally ratified the U.N. Convention Against Torture in 1994, we did so subject to certain qualifications,[http://www.democracynow.org/2014/12/16/psychological_torture_is_enshrined_in_us]
    …in order for an act to rise to the level of torture, of psychological torture, it has to inflict prolonged mental harm upon the victim.”

    Now, what is “prolonged”? How long is “prolonged”? That’s not defined. It’s a huge loophole. And what constitutes “harm”? That’s another huge loophole. And that, of course, opened the door for that notorious memo by the Office of Legal Counsel, its leader then Jay Bybee, to say that for something to rise to the level of harm, the pain must be sufficient or equivalent to organ failure. In other words, torture, psychological torture up to but not including death, is legally acceptable in U.S. law.

    The shifty word games Cheney and company argue with create a lot of confusion. Cheney is right when he says he didn’t order torture according to US definitions, he’s also right when he says that 3,000 people where tortured on 9/11 because they died (organ failure per US definitions of torture) and I would guess he’d agree that the deaths of detainees are a violation of US law and should be considered torture because someone got “carried away” using enhanced interrogation techniques.

    We are truly ruled by psychopaths. Our Best and Brightest are not.

  • 1der commented on the blog post Meaningless Human Life in Neoliberal America

    2014-12-07 11:18:38View | Delete

    Esteemed jurist Richard Posner just 3 years on: “If you permit the audio recordings, there’ll be a lot more eavesdropping. … There’s going to be a lot of this snooping around by reporters and bloggers,” Posner said at a hearing in the case. “Yes, it’s a bad thing. There is such a thing as privacy.”

  • Matt Taibbi lays out how NYC police operate in his book “The Divide”, where is he on the TV telling viewers how the thin blue line is crossed every day by the cops? The outcome probably isn’t a surprise to him.

  • 1der commented on the diary post Climate change: what they’re putting off saying by cassiodorus.

    2014-11-30 16:51:20View | Delete

    What they’re putting off saying is the offspring crisis. There are too many people clawing for too little resources, that’s why we’re having this worry. Our “knuckle dragging cave dwelling neanderthal” (really, this is how we think about our homo sapien ancestors?) forebears knew if there were too many at the table the tribe would [...]

  • 1der commented on the blog post Does Anyone Want To Be The Secretary Of Defense?

    2014-11-28 10:00:01View | Delete

    The Nuland-Kagan’s should run things, come out from the shadows and take responsibility for their fucked up and failed PNAC think-tanked ideas and plans. Incompetency succeeds, fail upwards!

  • According to one report cited by the Cato Institute, US cops and other law-enforcement officers killed over 5000 people between 9/11/2001 and November 6, 2013….

  • Tamir Rice, a boy at play, how many boys at that age and even younger pick up a toy and pretend to “shoot” (My nephew, 6 at the time, crafted a gun out of a piece of cheese and aimed it at his brother). Sadly with all of these killings only one side of the story is told, that’s the one of a grown man wearing a badge, supposedly trained well enough to distinguish real threats from play, licensed to use deadly force. “It’s not real officer, see! It’s a toy look, no bullets.” Bang kid, you’re dead, don’t ever point a gun at a cop!

    And to the “concerned citizens: On Saturday, a person had called 911 about a male pointing a gun at others at the park. The caller told the 911 dispatcher that the gun was “probably fake,” then added, “I don’t know if it’s real or not.”

    Crawford was shot and killed by police at a Walmart in Beavercreek on August 5 while carrying an air rifle through the store. Police responded to the scene after a witness called 911 and told dispatchers that Crawford was walking around with a rifle and “waving it back and forth.”

    According to police, when officers arrived, Crawford did not comply with their commands to drop his weapon.

  • 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.

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