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  • ChePasa commented on the diary post Once There Was a Way to Get Back Home by Isaiah 88.

    2014-09-16 03:40:45View | Delete

    Excellent rant. However:

    this endless road of ruin

    It’s not a road to ruin for someone who matters. For them, it is a road to endless riches, unfathomable power, satiation of every conceivable lust, creation of ever more alluring attractions. For someone who matters this is the best of all possible worlds, and they cry out for more, more, [...]

  • ChePasa commented on the diary post Pull Up A Chair: Is It Fall Yet? by dakine01.

    2014-09-13 06:40:11View | Delete

    Overnight, temps plummeted here in central New Mexico. We’re in the high thirties-low forties, and we’ve put some extra layers on the bed and body to ward off the chill. Fall is good, though. Respite from the heat — which was not nearly as hot or persistent this year as it was last year. The [...]

  • There were constant claims by the troops, er… police officers, deployed to Ferguson that they were being “shot at,” and that they were being subjected to a barrage of “thrown objects,” including rocks, bottles (some containing urine), and Molotov cocktails.

    Every night, Captain Johnson would make these claims as a way of justifying the highly militarized and violent response of the troops, er… police officers under his command.

    He was challenged more than once to provide evidence, since media on scene witnessed nothing of the sort happening. No Molotovs thrown, no one shooting at the police, no bottles of urine, no rocks, no bricks thrown. Some said they witnessed empty plastic bottles and half-full bottles of water thrown at police — after they started firing smoke and flash bang grenades, rubber bullets and tear gas at the crowds. And they saw those grenades being thrown back at police lines.

    But they never saw what Captain Johnson said was happening to justify the armored response.

    Captain Johnson eventually produced five pistols he said had been seized from people at checkpoints around the protest area (two on one night, three on another), and a half-full Colt 45 bottle with a rag stuck in it that he said was a “Molotov cocktail.” Oh, and some packages of D Cell batteries. That’s it. Those who witnessed this display — especially the Colt 45 bottle — tended to laugh.

    Police also claimed that there had been “no injuries” among the protesters from the abundance ordnance fired at them by police from their armored vehicles. “No injuries.”

    Right.

  • Bingo. The pattern is the same.

    Get too close to the fence, alarms are triggered in the watchtowers, and blam. The “Threat Has Been Neutralized.” Prolly earned a medal or a bonus or both.

  • ChePasa commented on the diary post CNN finally recognizes the Kiev coup army is killing innocent civilians in East Ukraine. by operationmindcrime.

    2014-09-07 06:54:25View | Delete

    According to reports out of the region this morning, Kiev forces are firing shells pretty much randomly out of the Donetsk airport and someone is shelling the outskirts of Mariupol, but other than that… The Azov Battalion (several hundred Right Sektor thugs) is said to be “defending” Mariupol, but from whom, exactly, as many of [...]

  • ChePasa commented on the diary post CNN finally recognizes the Kiev coup army is killing innocent civilians in East Ukraine. by operationmindcrime.

    2014-09-06 15:21:53View | Delete

    Yes, the civilian toll of death, destruction and dislocation is now being mentioned in Western mass media, something you did not hear about or witness from those outlets prior to the reported heavy losses to the Kiev regime’s military forces in the past week. Interesting. Whole villages and towns have been destroyed and depopulated, while [...]

  • ChePasa commented on the blog post Ukraine And Separatists Sign Ceasefire

    2014-09-05 08:53:58View | Delete

    The people of Ukraine are the losers — no matter who comes out on top of the civil war that was instigated by the US-EU-NATO Axis with the objective of destroying and depopulating the Donbass region on behalf of… fracking interests? Utterly insane.

    The people of Ukraine were already impoverished before the current unpleasantness. Once the IMF and World Bank jackals get fully settled in, there will be no respite or succor for the long-suffering souls.

    Those who have escaped to Russia or elsewhere will be the lucky ones.

    The hope of getting out of the poverty Ukraine was in whether by means of integration with Europe or re-integration with Russia spurred the fight. Now that it may be over with for now — though that’s nowhere near certain — the Ukrainians will begin to see that neither of their neighboring Powers ever had their interests at heart, and the civil war was for nothing. Nothing for the Ukrainians but death, destruction, dislocation and despair.

    It didn’t have to happen this way, or so we would like to think– if sanity had had a chance to intervene. Not a chance of that, however.

    The blowback from this debacle is bound to be nasty…

  • ChePasa commented on the diary post Boylan: Is There Still Hope for Peace in Ukraine? by David Swanson.

    2014-09-04 19:15:57View | Delete

    Agreed, more or less. As I say, I don’t know this person from Adam, and no matter what language he uses, I can’t see anything but propaganda driven naiveté in this essay. It is disappointing — to say the least. Peace will come to Ukraine when Kiev stops making war on the east and south. [...]

  • ChePasa commented on the diary post Boylan: Is There Still Hope for Peace in Ukraine? by David Swanson.

    2014-09-04 10:16:32View | Delete

    FYI from the OP:

    (This text is an extensive re-write in English, by the same author, of the original text in Italian, “Ci sono ancora speranze in Ucraina? ”, which appeared in the Italian on-line magazine Megachip on August 29, 2014, and in Pressenza-Italia on August 30, 2014.)

  • ChePasa commented on the diary post Counting Deadly Encounters with Police by wendydavis.

    2014-09-04 09:51:58View | Delete

    The question is, what will get people to notice the killings enough to become outraged and defiant. When it’s realized that police killings aren’t confined to The Other but can and do affect everyone, even those who think they are protected by the police, then action to end the slaughter can take place. That’s how Dinah [...]

  • ChePasa commented on the diary post Boylan: Is There Still Hope for Peace in Ukraine? by David Swanson.

    2014-09-04 09:18:31View | Delete

    Thanks. I don’t know this person from Adam, but if he writes in Italian and lives in France, his view is still shockingly naive, even if he’s an American ex-pat.

    Maintain credibility with whom might I ask?

  • ChePasa commented on the diary post Counting Deadly Encounters with Police by wendydavis.

    2014-09-04 07:50:53View | Delete

    The stark numbers of dead at the hands of police in this country should shock the conscience of Americans to the core, but most have no idea of just how many have been killed by police and how very frequent these deadly encounters are. “Killed by Police” offers the most comprehensive and up to date [...]

  • ChePasa commented on the diary post Boylan: Is There Still Hope for Peace in Ukraine? by David Swanson.

    2014-09-04 07:01:37View | Delete

    I was somewhat astonished by what appears to be the terminal naivete of the author of this piece. I thought Europeans were a bit more on the ball than this and more or less immune to the neo-con propaganda that suffuses Anglo-American media. But I guess not. People come to the realization of what’s going [...]

  • ChePasa commented on the blog post Cop Finally Convicted in Killing

    2014-09-03 12:51:10View | Delete

    One of the things to be clear about is that the absolute number of police killings in this country is vastly higher than the often repeated “400″ or so a year derived from wildly incomplete statistics compiled by the FBI.

    The problem with trying to do something about police killings is that Americans generally have no idea how many there are (for example, there were at least 100 police killings in August), or how widespread they are. Police killings can happen anywhere, urban or rural, and they can happen to anyone, regardless of race, gender, mental health, age or wealth. One does not have to provoke police or somehow “need killing” to be shot to death, either. Police rarely face any consequences, let alone conviction. Police standard procedures and protocols are interpreted to make sure it is so.

    “Killed by Police” has been compiling media reports of police killings since May of 2013. (Site appears to be down at the moment). In that time, it has listed almost 1,500 deaths at the hands of police, a number that should be shocking to anyone with a conscience, but for the most part, Americans have no idea there have been so many killings by police.

    When they find out, many cheer — thinking they could never be a victim. They’re wrong.

  • ChePasa commented on the diary post Nixon Wouldn’t Have Authorized Torture, Suggests John Dean by spocko.

    2014-09-03 09:44:32View | Delete

    No, I don’t think O is in any position to prosecute torture.

    No president would be.

    Torture has gone on more or less openly under every administration, and by whatever name, torture of some category of unfortunates is the policy of the government. So are lies about it.

  • ChePasa commented on the diary post Nixon Wouldn’t Have Authorized Torture, Suggests John Dean by spocko.

    2014-09-02 20:40:25View | Delete

    Yes, it’s a continuum.

    Monstrous.

  • ChePasa commented on the diary post Nixon Wouldn’t Have Authorized Torture, Suggests John Dean by spocko.

    2014-09-02 20:14:34View | Delete

    And there are ongoing consequences to societies within which torture takes place.

  • ChePasa commented on the diary post Nixon Wouldn’t Have Authorized Torture, Suggests John Dean by spocko.

    2014-09-02 20:13:22View | Delete

    Consequences to those who torture.

    There are always — always — consequences to those who are tortured.

  • ChePasa commented on the diary post Nixon Wouldn’t Have Authorized Torture, Suggests John Dean by spocko.

    2014-09-02 20:12:21View | Delete

    Who’s asking?

    No one here.

    But if anyone were, I would dispute the premise. Sometimes there are consequences. I

  • ChePasa commented on the diary post Nixon Wouldn’t Have Authorized Torture, Suggests John Dean by spocko.

    2014-09-02 19:57:06View | Delete

    I suspect those who don’t or can’t see the blowback and all the other consequences of torture actually think of the torture of the Other as a good thing, whether or not the those tortured are innocent. They lack empathy, but perhaps worse, they don’t comprehend high concepts like interrelationships. Re: Summary execution. Nearly universally [...]

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