• diogenes commented on the blog post FBI: National Facial Recognition System Now Fully Operational

    2014-09-16 12:20:00View | Delete

    If “working” means identifying criminals, then no, it won’t work. Far too many false positives.

    If we redefine “working” to mean identifying and intimidating dissent, then it will “work” as intended.

    Quick, name one crime the NSA has identified. They are bound to have enough on Jamie Dimon to throw him under the jail. OTOH, the fusion centers sure did a number on Occupy.

  • diogenes commented on the blog post Opinion of Obamacare Drops Among Middle Income Families

    2014-09-13 09:36:47View | Delete

    Damn skippy, they organized and worked.

    We need to do likewise.

  • diogenes commented on the blog post Opinion of Obamacare Drops Among Middle Income Families

    2014-09-12 16:20:26View | Delete

    So basically, the same working class that got fucked over by Carter getting the deregulation snowball rolling downhill, and fucked royally by Clinton turbocharging deregulation (and signing NAFTA for good measure) are getting fucked some more by Obama.

    And we call the tea party idiots for voting against their interests.

  • Just goes to show independence and FIRE are incompatible.

    May the USA should declare independence.

    Oh, wait….

  • diogenes commented on the blog post Here’s What It Costs to Invite Hillary Clinton Over

    2014-09-08 10:58:19View | Delete

    She is perfectly content to carry their water, though.

    The local mayor, governor and the President do not really run things. They are front men for the 1%, and their main job is to make the public believe the public has a seat at the table.

    Hillary lost me when I found out she voluntarily, “because we needed the money”, worked for the Rose Law Firm.

    http://www.roselawfirm.com/services/management-labor-and-employment-law

    One can be a union buster, or a good Democrat (think FDR), but one cannot be both. That modern unions support Hillary merely points to their irrelevance.

  • diogenes commented on the blog post Here’s What It Costs to Invite Hillary Clinton Over

    2014-09-08 09:40:55View | Delete

    Hillary told us what was important to her back in the day. When asked why she was involved with Whitewater, she said, “we needed the money”. At the time, she was married to a governor and rated as one of America’s top 100 attorneys. Srsly?

    Nothing has really changed.

  • diogenes commented on the diary post Hobby Lobby: A huge gift to the left. Who’s your Daddy? by Rex.

    2014-08-18 07:53:57View | Delete

    If we’re waiting for the Democratic Party to confront Republicans, we are truly doomed. Jesus Christ, doesn’t anyone remember 2008? We busted our asses for an overwhelming House majority AND a filibuster-proof Senate. How’d that work out? Democrats could have sent the Republican Party the way of the Whigs. Instead, they took a dive, because [...]

  • At least the Carlyle Group will make bank.

    Wonder if the Bin Laden family is still represented on the board?

  • diogenes commented on the diary post We Won’t Forget Wisconsin by David Swanson.

    2014-08-07 07:56:53View | Delete

    to primary their squishes.

    Preview is my friend!

  • diogenes commented on the diary post We Won’t Forget Wisconsin by David Swanson.

    2014-08-07 07:55:27View | Delete

    I was in a union back in the day, and the hate unions generate amongst the working class is visceral. Established unions do not represent their membership, and ignore the new economy, making it very easy for 1% propaganda to work. Progressives need to get their head wrapped around a lifetime struggle, as the Religious [...]

  • diogenes commented on the blog post Walmart at the Trough: Billions Scammed from Your Tax Money

    2014-08-06 15:05:20View | Delete

    Actually, even though I refuse to shop there, Uncle Sam forces me to subsidize Walmart.

    If WalMart were not allowed to externalize their costs, your suggestion would have more merit and they would be vulnerable to market pressures, as you suggest.

    Corporate socialism immunizes them from the marketplace.

    Which goes to prove conservatives don’t worship their Market God the way they preach.

  • diogenes commented on the diary post Speaker Boehner Observed By International Whistleblowers by Daniel Marks.

    2014-07-28 06:11:24View | Delete

    With all due respect, I would drive a stake into the heart of this idea if I could. I understand the frustration with the state of our country, the total sell-out of our leaders to Mammon, and the lack of optimism anything will change soon. At the same time, the convention is a perceived shortcut [...]

  • diogenes commented on the blog post The Dangers of Wealth Inequality

    2014-07-27 12:31:15View | Delete

    “In our dreams, we have limitless resources and the people yield themselves with perfect docility to our molding hands. The present education conventions fade from their minds, and unhampered by tradition, we work our own good will upon a grateful and responsive rural folk. We shall not try to make these people or any of their children into philosophers or men of learning, or men of science. We have not to raise up from among them authors, editors, poets or men of letters. We shall not search for embryo great artists, painters, musicians nor lawyers, doctors, preachers, politicians, statesmen, of whom we have an ample supply…The task we set before ourselves is very simple as well as a very beautiful one, to train these people as we find them to a perfectly ideal life just where they are. So we will organize our children and teach them to do in a perfect way the things their fathers and mothers are doing in an imperfect way, in the homes, in the shops and on the farm.”

  • Once upon a time, your construct here was the basis for revolution:

    “He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
    He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
    He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
    He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
    He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
    He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation.”

  • I read somewhere that petty larceny on a personal scale is a crime; grand larceny on a national or international scale is economics.

  • diogenes commented on the blog post Edward Snowden is the Most Dangerous Man in America. Good.

    2014-07-21 14:12:12View | Delete

    Glad you enjoyed, please steal and use it.

    I am increasingly convinced of the depths of our corruption, and the measures we’ll need to take to restore justice.

    A simple read though the Declaration’s list of grievances against King George sounds dismayingly familiar.

  • New York is an interesting place. Steal millions of dollars from retirement plans, homeowners, municipalities, and leaven that with laundering money for the drug cartels, and the king’s men are paid a bonus.

    Sell a legal product in an unapproved manner, and get the death penalty.

    And the death penalty it is, because these officers will not face justice, hence murder was done under color of office, and with tacit approval of the king.

    Out of the bill of particulars in the Declaration of Independence:

    “For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
    For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:”

  • diogenes commented on the blog post Edward Snowden is the Most Dangerous Man in America. Good.

    2014-07-21 12:00:14View | Delete

    Snowden noted his and other whistleblowers’ attempts to “go through channels” with their concerns, but cautioned “The American Revolution was not fought for the right to channels.”

    “In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury.”

    The Founders’ fight is our fight, and no less than democracy is in the balance.

  • In 2008, a majority of Americans, conservative and liberal, wanted to see perp-walks on Wall Street, and CEO jail-time in gen pop.

    Our young president chose to stand between Wall Street and the “pitchforks”. We would have never heard of Rick Santelli, and the Republican Party may well have gone the way of the Whigs, had our president merely acted like an old-school Democrat.

  • diogenes commented on the diary post Saturday Art: Influential Authors: Louis L’Amour by dakine01.

    2014-07-12 17:43:38View | Delete

    I had the good fortune to begin my reading with Zane Grey and Louis L’Amour. Some of L’Amour’s books were simple, other a bit more complicated. The Lonesome Gods was great. L’Amour’s good guys did The Right Thing, and were willing to take on the bad guys. Not a bad lesson for a kid to pick [...]

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