• ethelmertz commented on the diary post Over Easy: Hanging Out with the Snowden-bot by msmolly.

    2014-06-13 17:31:05View | Delete

    When I win the lottery, I’m buying a a BEAM telepresence robot for every member of the Occupy movement.

  • ethelmertz commented on the diary post Anti-Russell Brand Talking Points by cassiodorus.

    2013-10-26 12:47:04View | Delete

    One more that’s cropping up a lot in comments: 7) I don’t know what it is about that guy but I can’t STAND him !! It perfectly describes my reaction to Brand until watching this interview, after which it was impossible for me to detest someone for no good reason when I agreed so whole-heartedly with everything [...]

  • ethelmertz commented on the blog post UN Envoy Waffles On Chemical Weapons Use In Syria

    2013-08-28 07:12:53View | Delete

    100% agree. But instead of focusing on the TRUTH of who did what, MSM pundits are all busy deciding which targets should be attacked first.

    Yesterday afternoon, I found a story (posted mostly on “wingnut” sites like WND) that suggested chem weapons had been used by “terrorists”:

    “In an interview given to al-Mayadeen TV on Saturday, Minister al-Zoubi said that Syria and its friends have incontrovertible proof that the projectiles in question were launched from sites controlled by terrorists on sites containing civilians, therefore terrorists are fully responsible for these actions and all their repercussions.”


    Now this morning, Bloomberg is reporting that Assad’s brother might be the culprit:

    “Maher al-Assad, the younger brother of the president, commands the regime’s Republican Guard and controls the Syrian Army’s 4th Armored Division, an elite unit that the opposition says launched the Aug. 21 attack on the eastern Ghouta suburbs of the capital, Damascus.

    “The use of chemical weapons may have been a brash action by Maher al-Assad rather than a strategic decision by the president, according to the UN official, who asked not to be named.”


    But while it may be unclear who’s responsible or even what kind of chemical weapons may have been used, at least there’s ONE thing all rill ‘Mericans can be sure of: that we better hurry up and attack SOMEbody !

    (Because, you know, “red lines.”)

  • ethelmertz commented on the blog post Oh, good plan

    2013-08-06 13:52:18View | Delete

    “I know you can barely contain your lack of enthusiasm.”

    Thanks for rekindling my apathy.

  • Attn: SmithWinston

    Doubleplusungood newsref snowdenwik @ firedoglake 8/6/84 = thoughtcrime rectify ASAP


  • Thanks for providing those quotes.

    Don’t know if these figured in the trial as well but here are M’s chats with Zach Antolak:


    It’s been a while since I read them (both in one sitting) but, as I recall, they’re packed with Manning’s near-manic soul searching about whether or not to release the docs, yet lacking in greedy speculation on how he might profit personally or idealogically — hardly the conversation of an ‘anarchist’ intent on helping his homeland’s enemies.

    Sorry to babble — I’m getting keyed up about the verdict.

  • “Major Ashden Fein said that [Manning] expected ‘worldwide anarchy’ would occur after releasing the diplomatic cables …”

    Curious to see just how far out of context Major Ashden might have taken those words, I checked the full chat between Manning and Adrian Lamo which is here:


    Turns out Manning used the phrase in a loooong description of the potential fall-out from a massive yet seemingly-hypothetical data leak:

    (12:15:11 PM) bradass87: hypothetical question: if you had free reign over classified networks for long periods of time… say, 8-9 months… and you saw incredible things, awful things… things that belonged in the public domain, and not on some server stored in a dark room in Washington DC… what would you do?
    (12:16:38 PM) bradass87: or Guantanamo, Bagram, Bucca, Taji, VBC for that matter…
    (12:17:47 PM) bradass87: things that would have an impact on 6.7 billion people
    (12:21:24 PM) bradass87: say… a database of half a million events during the iraq war… from 2004 to 2009… with reports, date time groups, lat-lon locations, casualty figures… ? or 260,000 state department cables from embassies and consulates all over the world, explaining how the first world exploits the third, in detail, from an internal perspective?
    (12:22:49 PM) bradass87: the air-gap has been penetrated… =L
    (12:23:19 PM) Adrian: how so?
    (12:26:09 PM) Adrian: yt?
    (12:26:09 PM) bradass87: lets just say *someone* i know intimately well, has been penetrating US classified networks, mining data like the ones described… and been transferring that data from the classified networks over the “air gap” onto a commercial network computer… sorting the data, compressing it, encrypting it, and uploading it to a crazy white haired aussie who can’t seem to stay in one country very long =L


    (12:54:47 PM) Adrian: What sort of content?


    (12:59:41 PM) bradass87: uhm… crazy, almost criminal political backdealings… the non-PR-versions of world events and crises… uhm… all kinds of stuff like everything from the buildup to the Iraq War during Powell, to what the actual content of “aid packages” is: for instance, PR that the US is sending aid to pakistan includes funding for water/food/clothing… that much is true, it includes that, but the other 85% of it is for F-16 fighters and munitions to aid in the Afghanistan effort, so the US can call in Pakistanis to do aerial bombing instead of americans potentially killing civilians and creating a PR crisis
    (1:00:57 PM) bradass87: theres so much… it affects everybody on earth… everywhere there’s a US post… there’s a diplomatic scandal that will be revealed… Iceland, the Vatican, Spain, Brazil, Madascar, if its a country, and its recognized by the US as a country, its got dirt on it

    (1:01:27 PM) bradass87: i need one myself
    (1:10:38 PM) bradass87: its open diplomacy… world-wide anarchy in CSV format… its Climategate with a global scope, and breathtaking depth… its beautiful, and horrifying…
    (1:10:38 PM) Adrian : I have more messages than resources allocatable to action them. Please be very patient.
    (1:11:54 PM) bradass87: and… its important that it gets out… i feel, for some bizarre reason
    (1:12:02 PM) bradass87: it might actually change something
    (1:13:10 PM) bradass87: i just… dont wish to be a part of it… at least not now… im not ready… i wouldn’t mind going to prison for the rest of my life, or being executed so much, if it wasn’t for the possibility of having pictures of me… plastered all over the world press… [...]
    (1:14:11 PM) bradass87: i’ve totally lost my mind… i make no sense… the CPU is not made for this motherboard…

    I’m concerned now that Manning may have sunk himself with his own florid prose …

  • Some heads really should roll among the S.F. Pride’s “electoral college.”

    Never mind how ridiculous they’ve made themselves look by making their announcement prematurely, they’ve also fostered disharmony in the LGBT community and unncecessarily dragged Manning’s name into the press for further vilification.

    STUPID freakin’ move, folks …

  • Apologies to those already aware of this latest example of O’Keefe’s perfidy: “Conservative activist James O’Keefe earned praise for secretly taping Virginia Rep. Jim Moran’s son Patrick seemingly giving advice on how to commit voter fraud in October, but three months later law enforcement has closed their investigation because, they say, O’Keefe wouldn’t cooperate.” http://www.theatlanticwire.com/politics/2013/01/cops-blame-james-okeefe-sinking-their-investigation-his-voter-fraud-sting/61660/ [...]

  • I wish that instead of merely threatening Rove, Anonymous had hacked and posted American Crossroads’ financial records and emails.

    THAT would make for some faaaaaascinating reading . . .

  • ethelmertz commented on the blog post Bain Must Now Produce Its CEO from 1999 to 2002

    2012-07-16 21:44:28View | Delete

    I just hunted up a version of what you’re referring to and the article was absolutely DEVOID of any evidence.

    If we gotta match the Republicans dollar for dollar … ? Well, it stinks but okay.

    But we’ll never match ‘em lie for lie — they’re too far ahead of us — so let’s not even try.

  • Because it never gets old … (just more aggravating) … The Amazing Rick Scott Deposition (short version) !


  • ethelmertz commented on the blog post Where In The World Is Andrew Breitbart?

    2012-03-17 19:25:26View | Delete

    Few images have ever been so ripe for “revising” …


  • So, the winner of the 1984 “Miss Wasilla” pageant would NEVER use her appearance to further her career ???

    Look at her wardrobe choices during public appearances and compare them with what genuine female politicians wear …

    I sincerely doubt you’ll find anyone else so often wearing such tight-fitting skirts or blouses with as much decolletage … and surely none teetering around in faux-leopard skin stilletto heels.

    Look up the definition of “hypocrite” and you’ll find Palin stands out from the rest there too.

  • I don’t suppose there might be any “leftover” signatures that could be used to recall Kathy Nickolaus, the Waukesha (and World’s Worst)County Clerk ? … Please ??

    She’s the former Republican Party worker who became County Clerk and recently “misplaced” a bunch of ballots in the contentious Supreme Court election … ?

    Now it seems “Thousands of people could be affected by an apparent error in the state’s controversial redistricting process that caused them to be listed in the wrong municipalities, school districts or wards …”

    “I know it wasn’t an error on my part, which is always a good thing,” Nickolaus said.

    And a rare one, Ms. Nickolaus.


  • ethelmertz commented on the blog post Update on the UC-Davis Pepper Spray Incident

    2011-11-21 14:50:56View | Delete

    Protesters sitting on the ground and covering their heads isn’t “chill” enough for you ?

    NO ONE wants another Kent State, but fear of a re-occurrence is NOT a valid reason for muzzling our dissent by not protesting.

    In fact, considering how many examples we’ve seen in the past month of law enforcement’s excessive and inappropriate use of force on peaceful protesters … ?

    Just the opposite.

  • ethelmertz commented on the blog post Update on the UC-Davis Pepper Spray Incident

    2011-11-21 14:16:02View | Delete

    It’s wrong … Wrong … WRONG that Linda Katehi makes $400,000 a year plus free housing yet shows such an outrageously low regard for the treatment and safety of U.C. Davis students.

    You’d think she’d at least be a little grateful that her generous salary and perks are made possible by the hefty tuition they pay …

    But then, the current situation comes as no surprise when you remember how Katehi barely squeeked into her position in 2009 because of her involvement in the University of Illinois “clout scandal” :


    Refusing to resign means Katehi has dug in and thinks she can just ride out another crisis caused by her poor judgement.

    Here’s a one-minute version of what happened at Davis here:


    It could only take a minute or two more to contact University of California President Mark Yudof and suggest that he reward Linda Katehi for her incompetence — by terminating her NOW :


  • Feingold was the only senator who voted against the Patriot Act, he opposed the Iraq war from the start, and he introduced a bill that would freeze congressional pay and end automatic cost-of-living increases back in ’01.

    Hardly the record of a spineless sellout.

  • ethelmertz commented on the blog post It’s Gonna Be a Weird, Weird Election

    2011-08-12 21:48:33View | Delete

    So long as “a weird, weird election” actually means “a painful, pointless, divisive, dishonest slugfest which is nothing but an execrable waste of all the money, time and effort that goes into it” … ?

    I totally agree.

  • ethelmertz commented on the diary post Food Sunday: The Truth about GM Crops, Farmer to Farmer by Elliott.

    2011-06-27 03:37:18View | Delete

    Related story:

    “The GM Genocide: Thousands of Indian Farmers Committing Suicide After Using Genetically Modified Crops”


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