1der commented on the blog post CIA Document Suggests U.S. Lied About Biological, Chemical Weapon Use in the Korean War
The cold hearted psychopaths with stars on their shoulders “need” these weapons to wage a successful campaign. It continues to this day. The deformed babies of Fallujah are an example from Rumsfeld’s war, along with the many documented, yet denied, side effects from depleted uranium both among civilian populations and our own US veterans. Fire bombing Dresdan pushed Howard Zinn to pacifism. As James Bacque implies in “Other Losses” what led to Patton being relieved of his command was his questioning Eisenhower’s orders to serve German citizens a starvation diet that made the Allies, in his view, “no better than the Nazis”. Not too far back Stormin’ Norman Schwarkopf’s Desert Storm campaign there were suggestions of chemical weapon use on Iraqi soldiers but if the battlefield was too crowded with US troops he ordered they be buried alive – “It was a battlefield without the stench of urine, faeces, blood and bits of flesh. Daniel wondered what happened to the estimated 6,000 Iraqi defenders who had vanished. “Where are the bodies?” he finally asked the First Division’s public affairs officer, an army major. “What bodies?” the major replied. The tanks had flanked the lines so that tons of sand from the plough spoil had funnelled into the trenches. Just behind the tanks, straddling the trench line, came Bradleys pumping machine-gun bullets into Iraqi troops.
“I came through right after the lead company,” said Colonel Anthony Moreno. “What you saw was a bunch of buried trenches with people’s arms and legs sticking out of them. For all I know, we could have killed thousands.” http://www.theguardian.com/world/2003/feb/14/iraq.features111
Of course the example isn’t evidence of chemical weapon use but does show that our military’s Best & Brightest will use any weapon and tactic at their disposal and apparently not give any up regardless of what treaties the pussies in the rest of the world sign their names to.
The planets warming is and will be their worst defeat, being the crown jewel of failure added to the many they have had over the past century even with the deadliest weapons. Time is running out for them, and the rest of us.
1der commented on the blog post Late Night: ‘Time is going to be your greatest enemy’
Suzanne Venker is Phyllis Schlafly’s niece, that should put anything she says in perspective. When I hear or read this kind of advice coming from the Eagle Forum/Jim Dobson wing I see it as their paranoid worry that good white girls from god’s favored tribe in god’s favored nation are not “being fruitful and multiplying” enough (which from Venker’s bio she’s not doing her cheaper by the dozen Duggar duty helping take the pressure off the single ladies) thereby letting the lesser (read dark-skinned) tribes take over and rule. That the cranks are given the space to preach to the rest of us is head scratching as Venker’s RedState base has the highest teen pregnancy rates, highest divorce rates, least educated and slightly higher single parent households. She should plop her soapbox down on a Mississippi street corner at the intersection of Wendy’s and McDonalds and do her good works in that neck of the woods and quit trying to hog the conversation.
And of head scratching I sometimes wonder reading through online comments if the writers actually read the post, or did a little research beyond the headlines.
Whatever system we can imagine Free Market Consumer Capitalism mutating into it won’t get an inch closer to securing a safe future on a living planet. 60 years ago Carl Jung predicted our present when he warned that unless we humans slowed our species increasing numbers we would be the enemy of our own destruction. [...]
1der commented on the blog post No Line in Front of Best Buy in Affluent DC Suburb
The rich view: CNN scolds castigated them for being consumed by greed and treating Black Friday shopping as a “sport,”
The not-so rich view: “Because people here are rich and they don’t need to” she said.
Insight must come from what London’s Boris Johnson considers a low IQ, certainly not from the wine soaked marinade of his beautiful mind.
- Johnson declared that inequality was essential to foster the spirit of envy and hailed greed as a valuable spur to economic activity, as he claimed that shaking a cornflake packet hard was the best way of getting some to rise to the top. http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2013/nov/28/boris-johnson-iq-comments
1der commented on the blog post Dinesh D’Souza: America ‘Will Survive Grown-Up Trayvon in the White House’
Not a surprise. Born into a caste defined Bombay and growing up privileged in a probably conservative Indian home. Then Coming to America and studying in conservative schools where he finds “the help” are either Hispanic or African-American and of a darker shade of skin then those higher up the food chain. D’Souza has no self-awareness or any awareness of his nurtured ingrained attitude toward privilege and race so he says and writes what’s expected of him by his white Euro-centric conservative frat brothers. Ironically serving the upper classes he thinks he’s part of and who, in all likelihood, behind his back are making fun of his Indian culture.
And of course a higher minimum wage will help “fix” Social Security.
1der commented on the blog post Kurt Eichenwald’s Espionage Fantasy: Edward Snowden Has Become a Chinese Spy
Eichenwald’s late to the party. Those who believe Snowden has done the right thing will not change their minds when reading or listening to any “new” argument pro-security state believers make, nor will Eichenwald and his ilk have their belief that Snowden is the worst traitor in history changed by anything Kevin Gosztola posts. A few fence sitters maybe, this week, then next week they’ll change back. The Teams in the Homeland are set, I’m thinking Greenwald and Poitras are working the other Conferences. NSA/GCHQ vs. ?, on pay-for-view. Right now I’m betting on Everybody Else (Stalin and Mao too).
Let this guy have a say: As the director of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) that seeks to forward global standards for the web, Berners-Lee is a leading authority on the power and the vulnerabilities of the internet.
He said the Guardian’s coverage of the Snowden leaks had to be seen within the context of the failure of oversight of GCHQ’s and the NSA’s surveillance activities. “Here is where whistleblowing and responsible reporting can step in to protect society’s interests.
“It seems clear that the Guardian’s reporting around the scale and scope of state surveillance has been in the public interest and has uncovered many important issues which now need a full and frank public debate.”
If not for the Internet al Qaeda would be in the dark, and so would we. It’s Berners-Lee’s fault the terrorists will win. Traitor.
1der commented on the blog post Reports of Brazilian Spying Do Not Make NSA Surveillance on Brazil Unobjectionable
How lame. The teenagers are in charge.
1der commented on the blog post The Banal Justification for Directing the US Surveillance State at World Leaders
Dominance or an illusion of power. The World’s Greatest Military Ever has been bogged down – dominated – by a country about the size of Texas, and it’s carbine carrying, no air force, no navy, no NSA jihadi’s.
If our Allies/Adversaries really want to fuck with us without stepping on one speck of Homeland soil then they demand our Corporations pay a living wage to their country(wo)men/children toiling away as Nike sweatshop serfs. Without wasting one bullet. But that’s talk of Socialism! The one true enemy of God’s Greatest Nation.
Led by fools and knaves.
1der commented on the blog post Administration Will Probably Delay Individual Mandate for a Few Months, Just Don’t Call it a Delay
ArsTechnica -Three years is not enough
Those familiar with how Federal IT projects usually roll will suggest an alternative question: with three years to prepare a system that is expected to cost $683.81 million—and much of that preparation being bureaucratic haggling over the rules for its operation—how did the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and CGI manage to get anything up at all?
Federal IT projects are infamous for blowing out the “iron triangle” of project management—cost, scope, and schedule. Healthcare.gov hits all three sides of the triangle. Because of the legislative mandate for Healthcare.gov and its state-run cohorts, the project was handed a massive scope. With Congress eager to cut its throat, the program has been highly budget-sensitive. And with a hard deadline of October 1 and a heavy up-front regulatory process required to create the specifications for the portal, three years was a very tight deadline.
Reuters – A Reuters review of government documents shows that the contract to build the federal Healthcare.gov online insurance website – key to President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare reform – tripled in potential total value to nearly $292 million as new money was assigned to the work beginning in April this year.
The increase coincided with warnings from federal and state officials that the information technology underlying the online marketplaces, or exchanges, where people could buy Obamacare health insurance was in trouble.
“Why this went from a ceiling of $93.7 million to $292 million is hard to fathom,” said Scott Amey, general counsel at the Project on Government Oversight, a Washington, D.C.-based watchdog group that analyzes government contracting.
“Something changed. It suggests they ran into problems and knew last spring that they couldn’t do it for $93.7 million. They just blew through the original ceiling. Where was the contract oversight?”
This guy expresses it very clearly: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2013/10/people-fucked-up.html
1der commented on the blog post Senator Dianne Feinstein Publishes Another Op-Ed as Part of Effort to Save NSA Surveillance Powers
Peasant Party she is saying connect the dots though I don’t think it’s the dots you and the rest of us are connecting.
Not one comment in her USA Today piece supported her, hope she reads them. This one represents the lot:
What is wrong with these people? The American people are tired of being spied on. I don’t give a kitty why they are doing it, they need to stop! Don’t people like Feinstein ever bother to listen to the public? These people work for us, and go against the majority on almost everything they do. It is pathetic that we have “representatives” in Congress who do not represent us in anything!
DiFi: To be effective, the NSA must be able to conduct these queries quickly, without regard to which phone carrier a terrorist or conspirator uses. And the records must be available for a few years…
- NSA’s computers might work at warp speed enabling quick time querying unfortunately it’s the humans we rely on to catch Dick Cheney’s ticking time bomb:
“In the search for targets, the NSA has draped a surveillance blanket over dozens of square miles of northwest Pakistan. In Ghul’s case, the agency deployed an arsenal of cyber-espionage tools, secretly seizing control of laptops, siphoning audio files and other messages, and tracking radio transmissions to determine where Ghul might “bed down.”
To handle the expanding workload, the NSA created a secret unit known as the Counter-Terrorism Mission Aligned Cell, or CT MAC, to concentrate the agency’s vast resources on hard-to-find terrorism targets. The unit spent a year tracking Ghul and his courier network, tunneling into an array of systems and devices, before he was killed. Without those penetrations, the document concluded, “this opportunity would not have been possible.”
- A lot of terroring can happen in a year, 365 Dick Cheney O My God events, and if that’s the best they can do with someone they already know then how could they be expected to “discover” the next Tsarnaev Sleeper Cell?
1der commented on the blog post Police in North Carolina Engaged in Spying to Root Out ‘Anarchists’ at ‘Moral Monday’ Protests
“First off, chances are those in the North Carolina General Assembly Police Department have little understanding of what it means to be an anarchist. Their views are likely similar to those in the FBI.”
What idiots, how would they know they’re “collecting” intelligence? Losing a lot of the respect I had for our Homeland Police, local and federal (though didn’t have a lot for them to begin with).
1der commented on the blog post UN Panel Says Humans ‘Extremely Likely’ Responsible For Climate Change
Also, too, Kumi Naidoo of Greenpeace speaks of connecting the dots. Until the dot of overpopulation is connected anything that can be done and will be done is still kicking the can down the road. Food and water, big problem for us humans and other living things, as Naidoo says – you can’t drink oil.
1der commented on the blog post UN Panel Says Humans ‘Extremely Likely’ Responsible For Climate Change
It will not change one mind.
Since 1982, between 40% and 50% of adults in the United States say they hold the creationist view that “God created humans in their present form at one time within the last 10,000 years” when Gallup asked for their views on the origin and development of human beings.
Until the people who fill the Sunday pews and toss food money in the “tithe” basket go hungry and Maryland becomes as hot as Mississippi in July will we start the jaw, jaw. And then that sound won’t be common sense but a wailing, gnashing of teeth, and rending of garments for letting the liberals, gays, and socialists ruin family values aka God’s Rules. The rest of the world really has to let go of their fixation on the U.S.A. leading the way, the crazy’s have been in charge since before the The Monkey Man Trial.
Here’s Mencken 85 years ago [before the internet, and jet planes]:
July 14 (the third day)
The net effect of Clarence Darrow’s great speech yesterday seems to be preciously the same as if he had bawled it up a rainspout in the interior of Afghanistan. That is, locally, upon the process against the infidel Scopes, upon the so-called minds of these fundamentalists of upland Tennessee. You have but a dim notice of it who have only read it. It was not designed for reading, but for hearing. The clangtint of it was as important as the logic. It rose like a wind and ended like a flourish of bugles. The very judge on the bench, toward the end of it, began to look uneasy. But the morons in the audience, when it was over, simply hissed it.
During the whole time of its delivery the old mountebank, Bryan, sat tight-lipped and unmoved. There is, of course, no reason why it should have shaken him. He has these hillbillies locked up in his pen and he knows it. His brand is on them. He is at home among them. Since his earliest days, indeed, his chief strength has been among the folk of remote hills and forlorn and lonely farms. Now with his political aspirations all gone to pot, he turns to them for religious consolations. They understand his peculiar imbecilities. His nonsense is their ideal of sense. When he deluges them with his theologic bilge they rejoice like pilgrims disporting in the river Jordan….
45%. Brilliant. And we put a man on the moon. Go figure.
1der commented on the blog post NSA Spying Review Panel Appointed by Obama Set to Whitewash Surveillance Abuses
Not surprisingly this “group of experts” are following the same game plan that got Bush reelected and Obama 8 years in the White House. It’s not The Heartland they worry about. The professional “left” who write here and on other sites, and their readers, need to be marginalized and mocked, Chuck Todd knows how to play. I’m hoping that Greenwald, Poitras, Pro Publica, the NYT and Washington Post (crossing fingers) keep the drip, drip, drip of Snowden Secrets up, seems they know how to work the refs. Also, too that the BRICS keep up their unified front and that there’s not another 9-11 before Congress grows a pair.
The wealth of the rich is all that the looters have to go after now that the rest of us (99%) are tapped out and living large on credit card debt.
Whether credit default swaps or some other “exotic” instrument it’s all on red in the ponzi derivative trillions on trillions market roulette. The house made the game and doesn’t know how to fix it so it’s finding the suckers willing to put up to hide the grift – Greed is Good. But the rich too doesn’t know that it’s all Confederate Greybacks. This will not turn out well. Larry of “The End Game Memo” fame does know, which may be why he decided to bail – his nut is in gold and stashed in the Grand Cayman’s. The.World.Is.Fucked.
1der commented on the diary post Oh the Oppression! Oh the Tyranny! Oh the doG-awful Whining With No Reason! by dakine01.
Working the refs. The Hamptons just didn’t happen, or for that matter penthouse suites and private bankers. The fat cats have been around since the first days they could persuade most of their tribe to stop the hunting and gathering and start planting, hoeing and harvesting (and soldiering). Geniuses, to be admired, by the Tea [...]
1der commented on the blog post Neoliberals Celebrate Their Victory Five Years After The Great Crash
Obadiah 2 – “You have been deceived by your own pride
because you live in a rock fortress
and make your home high in the mountains.
‘Who can ever reach us way up here?’
you ask boastfully.
But even if you soar as high as eagles
and build your nest among the stars,
I will bring you crashing down,”
says the Lord.
“If thieves came at night and robbed you
(what a disaster awaits you!),
they would not take everything.
Those who harvest grapes
always leave a few for the poor.
But your enemies will wipe you out completely!
Every nook and cranny of Edoma
will be searched and looted.
Every treasure will be found and taken.
“All your allies will turn against you.
They will help to chase you from your land.”
People got no jobs and no money. Who’s gonna’ buy all the crap? Trickle down meets a drought of spending. What green shoots? At some point muggery becomes an undergraduate major sans pitchfork and home invasion is a useful tactic in gated communities. To the victor the spoils. The US economy competes with the Russian, the rich becomes the payer for it’s 40 pieces and brilliant Stratego Adventures. As the planet gets warmer.
Good luck Larry. Led by fools.
I got Big Balls.
Germany surrendered May 1st, 1945, shortly before the Hitler of all Hitlers committed suicide. War crimes charges were brought 5 months later in October, the first trial was held in November 1945, the last October 1946.
What’s Kerry and McCain’s rush? Assad, Hitler the 18th, isn’t going anywhere. Led by fools.
1der commented on the blog post Obama’s National Security Advisor Delivers Myth-Addled Speech on Waging War on Syria
Working out so well fellas. From Summers’ End Game, and the State and War Departments Middle East Strategy (http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2013/09/andrew-bacevich-the-hill-to-the-rescue-on-syria-dont-hold-your-breath.html), to Obama/Bush/Clinton/Bush/Reagan/Carter peeance, freeance and security all over the world. That Rice is able to say this with a straight face is amazingly impressive.
Masters of the Universe – “It is … necessary to whip up the population in support of foreign adventures. Usually the population is pacifist, just like they were during the First World War. The public sees no reason to get involved in foreign adventures, killing, and torture. So you have to whip them up. And to whip them up you have to frighten them.” (Chomsky)
‘Or shame them.’ (Rice)
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