• allan commented on the blog post The Big Isle Greets The TPP Negotiators

    2015-03-15 19:13:27View | Delete

    Thanks for the update, CT.
    Glad to know that our hard working trade negotiators have willingly sacrificed themselves to work under such difficult conditions. They would never think of meeting in one of the places that’s been hosed by previous trade agreements, would they?

    at least call your critter

    The mass-emailed reply I got from Schumer was a Palin-esque word salad, with all the current DNC-approved buzzwords. Zero confidence he will do the right thing when the time comes.

    But … never give up.

  • allan commented on the blog post The Roundup for March 11th, 2015

    2015-03-12 10:59:26View | Delete

    But wait, Fred Hiatt has more that he wants to fling at the wall to see if it’ll stick.
    Out he trots three trade economists to testify to the glory that is the TPP.

    Let’s see, 100 law professors worried about legal sovereignty issues against 3 economists reveling in enhanced intellectual property protections … this is a hard one …

    That the Fred Hiatt’s of the world are freaking means that the TPP might actually be in trouble.

  • allan commented on the blog post The Roundup for March 11th, 2015

    2015-03-12 04:33:52View | Delete

    The Hunger Games: Status Cuomo – Part 3:

    Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he’d love to give us $10 billion, what he called `the largest investment in the upstate economy probably in history.’ But, he says, we’re going to have to fight for it. …

    `You have other regions of the state that are fighting for their regions, and that’s the competition,’ Cuomo said …

    I’m old enough to remember when there really was such a thing as industrial policy, and not just a gladiatorial spectacle for picking winners and losers.

  • allan commented on the blog post The Roundup for March 11th, 2015

    2015-03-11 19:13:51View | Delete

    On the TPP’s Investor-State Dispute Settlement provision, who are you going to believe?

    Fred Hiatt and the WaPo editorial board: Don’t buy the trade deal alarmism,

    or more than 100 law school professors:

    ISDS threatens domestic sovereignty by empowering foreign corporations to bypass domestic court systems and privately enforce terms of a trade agreement. It weakens the rule of law by removing the procedural protections of the justice system and using an unaccountable, unreviewable system of adjudication.

  • allan commented on the blog post The Roundup for March 10th, 2015

    2015-03-11 14:40:49View | Delete

    And now a message from the Ben Carson of Australia:

    … [Tony] Abbott, in backing a West Australian government plan to close up to 150 remote Aboriginal communities, said that it was not the taxpayers’ job to subsidise people’s “lifestyle choices”….

    “What we can’t do is endlessly subsidise lifestyle choices if those lifestyle choices are not conducive to the kind of full participation in Australian society that everyone should have,” he said.

    Where “lifestyle choice” means living where your people have for 40,000 years.

    Keep up the great work, Brandon.

  • The neocons may have, once again, overplayed their hand.

    Time to print them some new cards?

  • allan commented on the blog post The Roundup for March 9th, 2015

    2015-03-10 10:01:08View | Delete

    Looks like Rahmbo has captured that all-important
    out-of-town, phone-hacking, right-wing noise machine vote:

    Murdoch, James
    New York, NY 10023-5130
    Chicago for Rahm Emanuel

    And love that name “Chicago for Rahm Emanuel” -
    matches nicely that old favorite, “Connecticut for Lieberman“.

  • allan commented on the blog post The Roundup for March 9th, 2015

    2015-03-09 20:11:18View | Delete

    Somebody should buy them a copy of Getting to Yes,
    which is available for less than EUR10.

    Or maybe Getting to No Mutual Assured Destruction is more relevant.

  • allan commented on the blog post The Roundup for March 9th, 2015

    2015-03-09 16:42:35View | Delete

    Greece’s defence minister threatens to send migrants including jihadists to Western Europe

    Greece will unleash a “wave of millions of economic migrants” and jihadists on Europe unless the eurozone backs down on austerity demands, the country’s defence and foreign ministers have threatened.

    Heckuva job, Troika.

  • allan commented on the blog post The Weekend Roundup for March 7-8th, 2015

    2015-03-09 09:49:43View | Delete


    In other news about our overlords, Prime Minister Tony Abbott wants the UN
    to leave Australia ALOOOOOOOOONE!!!!
    [warning: obnoxious auto-start video, but it gives a good idea of what Abbott is]

    Australians are “sick of being lectured to by the United Nations”, Prime Minister Tony Abbott has said after a report found Australia’s treatment of asylum seekers breaches an international anti-torture convention….

    The United Nations report, by the UN’s special rapporteur on torture, finds Australia is violating the rights of asylum seekers on multiple fronts under the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.

    Special rapporteur on torture Juan Mendez found the detention of children, escalating violence in offshore processing centres, and the detention and proposed deportation of two groups of Sri Lankan and Tamil asylum seekers were in breach of Australia’s international obligations.

  • allan commented on the blog post The Weekend Roundup for March 7-8th, 2015

    2015-03-08 18:24:48View | Delete

    You can’t make a neoliberal omelette without breaking some eggs bones:

    Cuomo ‘interested’ in economics of MMA

    Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he’s more concerned with the economic impacts of mixed martial arts than he is about the violent nature of the sport. In Rochester on Wednesday, Cuomo was asked about the state’s ban on professional mixed martial arts, which he noted was the only statewide ban in the nation. Cuomo didn’t express outright support for overturning it, but said he’s “interested” if MMA can provide an economic boost.

  • allan commented on the blog post The Roundup for March 6th, 2015

    2015-03-08 07:48:37View | Delete

    Gov. Cuomo’s email policy draws criticism

    Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration is defending its policy to automatically delete state agency employees’ emails after 90 days despite continued criticism from lawmakers, open-government advocates and legal experts. … The policy has drawn questions from a broad array of critics, who have raised concerns about whether the automatic-deletion policy could inadvertently lead to the destruction of state records meant to be kept — whether it’s for a lawsuit, an open-records request or archiving state records.

    And speaking of neoliberal hate for FOIA-able email archives, since FDL is now harder to get into than clintonemail.com, I’ll be cross-posting there in the future.

  • allan commented on the blog post The Roundup for March 5th, 2015

    2015-03-06 04:03:54View | Delete

    And from this morning’s edition of Not the Onion:

    Did Jeb Bush Go Far Enough to Try to Save Terri Schiavo to Save His Iowa Chances?

    Theoretically, Bush’s actions in the Schiavo case were supposed to be an antidote to his troubles with the conservative base. The strategy, as Bush and his allies have said, is to remind voters of his record in Florida, where he enjoyed strong approval ratings while implementing one of the most conservative agendas of any big-state governor. Much of that record should play well among born-again or evangelical Christians, who accounted for almost three of every five Iowa Republican caucus-goers in 2012. …

    But that may not be enough for some social conservatives in Iowa.

    “Just because a judge wants to kill somebody, that doesn’t give them the authority to do it,” said Brian Rosenor, a former chairman of the Woodbury County, Iowa Republicans. “Two state troopers in front of her door would have saved her life. Jeb Bush could have done more.”

  • allan commented on the blog post The Roundup for March 5th, 2015

    2015-03-05 20:08:17View | Delete

    Shorter Fred Hiatt: Rahm Emanuel is the kindest, bravest, warmest, most wonderful human being
    I’ve ever known in my life.

    A RUNOFF election next month to determine if Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel gets a second term appears to be close. His opponent, Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, is not as well known and has far less campaign money, but recent polls show him within single digits of Mr. Emanuel. Democratic Party purists and special interest groups have reached the startling conclusion that the able and decidedly liberal incumbent is not liberal enough, and they are intent on punishing him for not toeing their line. If there is no room in the party for a pragmatic progressive like Mr. Emanuel, who was President Obama’s first chief of staff in the White House, then the party, and by extension the country, are in trouble.

    It gets worse.

  • allan commented on the blog post The Roundup for March 4th, 2015

    2015-03-05 06:28:02View | Delete

    The Democratic Party celebrates diversity:

    “People have different ways of communicating,” said Senator Benjamin L. Cardin, Democrat of Maryland. “I have a granddaughter who does nothing but text. You’ll never find a letter written with her. So everybody’s different.”

    It’s a good thing that the Dems have a deep bench. Oh, wait…

  • allan commented on the blog post The Roundup for March 3rd, 2015

    2015-03-04 06:12:49View | Delete

    Betrayus bringing Top Secret / Secure Compartmented Information
    to Paula’s love nest gives new meaning to “state secrets privilege”.

  • L’États-Unis, c’est moi.

  • allan commented on the blog post The Roundup for March 2nd, 2015

    2015-03-02 20:57:05View | Delete

    “The proposed Trans Pacific Partnership is likely to push up the price of medicines, stop some Australians from taking their medicines and make it harder to restrict the sale of tobacco and alcohol, a comprehensive review of the deal between Australia and 11 other nations including the US and Japan has found. … Prepared by five health specialists from the universities of Sydney, New South Wales and La Trobe, the assessment took 15 months, beginning in late 2013 after some draft texts were published by Wikileaks.”

  • But of course Edward Snowden should have gone through channels!!!

    The IG system seems irrevocably broken.

    Thank you for the detailed reporting, Kevin.

  • allan commented on the blog post The Roundup for February 24th, 2015

    2015-02-25 06:02:48View | Delete

    Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) questioned the Federal Reserve’s top lawyer on whether he helped in weakening Dodd-Frank

    Actually, Warren was questioning Janet Yellen,
    who at next year’s Oscars should be up for
    the Best Female Deer in the Headlight Performance.
    The video is in this piece at Naked Capitalism and is worth the six minutes.
    Whoever is calling the shots at the Fed, it isn’t Yellen.

    And thank you to the people behind the scenes at FDL for dealing with the technical problems.

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