• chef commented on the diary post Causes of War Krugman Overlooked by David Swanson.

    2014-08-20 14:20:48View | Delete

    Well said. Krugman is losing credibility. He is no longer real. Surely, he is not stupid. So his shocking repetition of mindless propaganda points can be explained only by his complete selling out. Some of his writings on economic matters still seem to be real. But there are more and more instances of Krugman’s repetition [...]

  • chef commented on the blog post Civilian Aircraft Shot Down In Ukraine War Zone

    2014-07-18 14:58:09View | Delete

    The Corporate Media machine which is now yet again in overdrive.

    Does the deluge of Corporate Media news on overdrive focus only on the dead? No. They are also talking about other things. They could be driving an agenda. So commentators here have a right to asses the situation.

  • chef commented on the blog post Civilian Aircraft Shot Down In Ukraine War Zone

    2014-07-18 14:56:16View | Delete

    Maybe FDL writers here are trying to get to the truth, to be the antidote to the same few talking points spewed by the massive Corporate Media machine.

  • chef commented on the blog post Civilian Aircraft Shot Down In Ukraine War Zone

    2014-07-18 14:22:06View | Delete

    Thanks for that. I, too, was wondering who Malaysia had pissed off.

    Yes, unlike Singapore, Vietnam, Phillipines, Japan, etc., Malaysia seems to have been one of the more “independent” nations, so far…

    Malaysian leaders, such as former prime minister Mahathir, has sharply spoken out against “the West,” though that was 20 years ago, maybe more recent.

    And Malaysia was not one of the countries that concurred in the Iraq War. I saw a TV clip at the time the then prime minister at that time dared to say outright on camera that the Iraq war was a “war of choice.”

    And, I think Malaysia was the country in which the court held a trial and convicted George W. Bush in absentia of war crimes. You can probably Google this.

    Also, regarding the first airline incidence, the disappearance, the same outspoken former Prime Minister said in his blog he suspects the CIA is withholding information about the plane disappearance. A plane can’t just disappear without people knowing anything about it, he said.

    http://www.smh.com.au/world/cia-withholding-information-on-flight-mh370-says-former-malaysian-pm-mahathir-mohamad-20140519-zrh0a.html

    Also, if you remember, in the financial crisis of 1998, then Prime Minister Mahathir lashed out against “George Soros” and the currency traders as having caused the currencies crash by making huge bets on currencies.

    Malaysia, if you remember, was also the country that in the 1998 crisis went against the Western bankers/Wall Street and placed restrictions on trading on its currency following the 1998 currency crisis. The restriction was sharply condemned at the time by MSM, including the Economist, as being “anti-free market etc.” but Mahathir’s strategy proved correct, and the country survived the crisis without needing to go to the IMF, or something.

  • chef commented on the blog post Civilian Aircraft Shot Down In Ukraine War Zone

    2014-07-18 10:13:38View | Delete

    It seems Ukraine had power over air traffic control in that part of Ukraine (needs to be verified). Read this:

    “Why was MH17 flying through a war zone where 10 aircraft have been shot down?”

    http://rt.com/op-edge/173788-malaysian-plane-crash-ukraine/

    So it was Ukraine which directed commercial planes to continue to fly over that part of the country (and be exposed to being shot down)–which fits in with my hypothesis described at #79 above.

  • chef commented on the blog post Civilian Aircraft Shot Down In Ukraine War Zone

    2014-07-18 09:54:50View | Delete

    It seems Ukraine had power over air traffic control in that part of Ukraine (needs to be verified). So it was Ukraine which directed commercial planes to continue to fly over that part of the country–which fits in with my hypothesis above.

    “Why was MH17 flying through a war zone where 10 aircraft have been shot down?”

    http://rt.com/op-edge/173788-malaysian-plane-crash-ukraine/

  • chef commented on the blog post Civilian Aircraft Shot Down In Ukraine War Zone

    2014-07-18 09:33:29View | Delete

    4) The Ukrainian government would have no reason to down an aircraft,

    On the contrary, it seems to me the Ukranian govt. has every reason to down the aircraft, because it wants to escalate the situation. That will put the pressure on European nations to impose tough economic sanctions on Russia, which they have been refusing to implement thus far, and overthrow Putin, if possible.

    Don’t forget, the European nations have been balking at imposing tougher economic sanctions on Russia so far. A disaster of this magnitude will really put the public pressure on European governments to “do something.” Almost on cue, Hilary comes out and says if the missile came from Russian-made equipment fired by the rebels, then there should be outrage in European capitals and it is up to the European leaders to take tough action on Putin. Notice her choice of words in all this–saying that if it is rebels who did it, Russia is still responsible, and that European governments, to be decent, need to take action against Putin–which all seem to fit in very well with the hypothesis just described.

    It seems pretty obvious the end goal in all of this could be to overthrow Putin, and the more chaos there is for Putin, the more likely Putin will be overthrown (the neocon regime change). (Next, there will be street protests in Russia, and armed insurgents that will overthrow Putin. All this is in line with the neocon Wolfowitz doctrine–to overthrow governments so that there is no countervailing power, and Obama is a necon, so it is not so far fetched as a scenario.)

    Also, I read Ukraine was losing against the rebels. Hence this sudden crisis. Sounds like the time Assad was said to use chemical weapons just at the moment he was turning the tide against the rebels and winning in the war. It seems there have a lot such incidents (eg. weapons of mass destruction).

    All this seems rather obvious, that it is the most likely scenario. It is shocking how easily the masses get manipulated and fall for simplistic neocon propaganda.

  • chef commented on the diary post President “F**k You Peasants” Says, “I Can’t Be Bothered With You Anymore!” by kbki202.

    2014-07-16 15:11:38View | Delete

    It is the grin of a charlatan.

  • chef commented on the diary post President “F**k You Peasants” Says, “I Can’t Be Bothered With You Anymore!” by kbki202.

    2014-07-16 15:09:16View | Delete

    Look at that grin. Often, his grin betrays him, perhaps unintentionally.

  • chef commented on the diary post President “F**k You Peasants” Says, “I Can’t Be Bothered With You Anymore!” by kbki202.

    2014-07-16 15:06:53View | Delete

    Correction, by “NSA,” I meant “NDAA” etc.

  • chef commented on the diary post President “F**k You Peasants” Says, “I Can’t Be Bothered With You Anymore!” by kbki202.

    2014-07-16 15:05:24View | Delete

    I agree with your “F*ck the Peasants” description! Obama is one of the the worst and the most corrupt president ever. As many have said, he is a charlatan. It makes sense, as the 0.1% will support only a charlatan without principles who will ruthlessly and cynically carry out their agenda. And probably laugh about [...]

  • Wow, Cory Booker is so great. Not.

    See what Bill Moyers says about Cory Booker, who as we all know is a Corporate Democrat in the mold, and following in the model, of Obama, Cuomo etc.

    In this segment, Moyers alerts us in a comment to something latest about Booker.

    http://billmoyers.com/segment/segment-jim-hightower-on-the-rise-of-populism/

    Moyers: I’m not talking about Franklin Roosevelt’s political platform. I’m talking about a new organization in Washington, led by Wall Street Democrats like Cory Booker of New Jersey, they formed recently a group that can raise campaign cash secretly from anonymous donors. And so far, they’ve raised it from some of the same big corporations that are also contributing to Republicans: Wal-Mart, Pfizer, big pharma, Comcast and others, friendly corporate lobbyists help run this. One of its board members is a lobbyist for the US Chamber of Commerce and they call themselves the New Deal.

  • chef commented on the blog post Chelsea Clinton Makes $900,000 for Doing Almost Nothing

    2014-07-09 17:05:19View | Delete

    Right on.

    Great reply. It’s about political corruption.

    Also great that she is donating the money from the Tv gig, but note that she goes straight for the most high-earning possible career that exists in the U.S. today–hedge fund manager–where you can make hundreds of billions? Seems to be all about the money.

  • chef commented on the blog post Chelsea Clinton Makes $900,000 for Doing Almost Nothing

    2014-07-09 17:02:37View | Delete

    Right on.

  • chef commented on the blog post NEA Calls On Education Secretary Arne Duncan To Resign

    2014-07-09 16:54:17View | Delete

    Look at the picture of a smiling Obama, happiest when he is with a fellow neoliberal, privatizing radical.

    Just as Obama is said to be soulmates with, and loves, UK’s David Cameron.

  • chef commented on the blog post Chelsea Clinton Makes $900,000 for Doing Almost Nothing

    2014-07-09 10:00:03View | Delete

    What MSM says reaches hundreds of MILLIONS in one second. MSM today is a weapon of Mass Deception on the most important issues.

    Not only does the 0.1% own the politicians, judges, journalists, bloggers etc., but also the mass media.

    I can say only one thing, DISENGAGE from mass media/corporate media/MSM (including such faux “independent” stations such as NPR and Propaganda Bullshit Station (PBS) (Bill Moyers is the only good thing about PBS)).

    DISENGAGE from MSM. Then they will have no control over you.

    MSM today is a tool of the 0.1%.

  • I am finding that there is no longer the “recommend” button on Firedoglake articles. Are you finding the same?

    It used to be that the posts with the most “recommends” would go to the front page.

    So how are which articles that go on the front page now determined?

    I am finding that a lot of the most impactful FDL articles no longer stay on the front page for long–they stay for not more than one day and that’s it, while other seemingly less important stories stay on the front page longer and keep appearing.

    For example, what determines which articles get on Today’s Top Posts”? Stories in that section stay forever.

  • The snark on this site whenever the subject of Obama comes up is always hilarious.

    Firedoglake remains, for the most part, one of the last propagandized-free zones. The commentators here seem smart people. It is refreshing to be able to be in dialogue with people that are OUTSIDE the matrix (as Paul Craig Roberts would call it), and the commentators here are pretty much (for the most part) propaganda-proof.

    Your quote is a new truth, and very sharp.

    Not only are the Republicans idiots but today’s “Democrats” are as well

  • chef commented on the diary post People Make Up Our City: Why Seattle’s $15 Minimum Wage Is a Sign of Things to Come by Amy B. Dean .

    2014-07-01 14:24:47View | Delete

    McDonalds needs to pay its franchisees more, or have better terms for its franchisees, to make it easier for its franchisees to pay their workers more, like a $15 minimum wage. Why does McDonald’s massive profits have to come off of the back of poor people who are barely scraping by (ie. its minimum wage [...]

  • chef commented on the blog post House Majority Leader Eric Cantor Defeated In Primary

    2014-06-11 10:35:06View | Delete

    Typo: “The TPP is not all bad” should read, “The Tea Party is not all bad.”

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