• isolato commented on the blog post Sunday Morning Talking Heads — February 8, 2015

    2015-02-08 11:30:54View | Delete

    Ya’ know I wish it would be mentioned what our wars in MENA have cost the people there. 500,000 Iraqi children due to lack of medicine and sanitation from our embargo. 400 Palestinian children just recently, killed in their homes, their schools, their hospitals. How many Iraqis, Libyans, Syrians? We don’t need to look back to the Crusades or the Inquisition or Jim Crow to find ample evidence of our brutality. Let me know when we mend our ways…

  • isolato commented on the blog post Ukraine Report Creates Conflict Within Brookings Institution

    2015-02-05 15:38:55View | Delete

    Worse than the Brookings Institution was yesterday’s testimony by Ashton Carter in his confirmation hearings for Secty. Def. He is “leaning” towards “lethal assistance” to Ukraine. Let us hope he does not fall.

  • Kevin,

    So happy to see JK released. I think the FD effort to pay his mortgage was one of the best conceived actions to give people a solid way to help. Thanks to everyone who contributed. I’m proud to have been able to participate.

  • isolato commented on the diary post Distrust But Verify by David Swanson.

    2015-01-24 15:17:29View | Delete

    Hi David, Nice post. We want agency in history, someone to blame, when, in fact, we are often just being swept along. That notion that we are NOT the free actors we wish we were is too difficult for us.Empires rise, empires collapse, and from a distance it looks almost biological.The individuals are smoothed away. [...]

  • Shades of James Jesus Angleton, the first CIA director of counterterrorism who mistakenly pursued “moles” throughout the intelligence services of the West for almost 30 years, destroying reputations, betraying agents, ignoring real defectors. Somehow the idiots rise to the top in the CIA on the power of their own unshakeable faith in their rectitude. JJ Angleton did more damage to the “free world” than any Soviet wet dream. And AF Bikowsky is firmly in this fine tradition. We are led by charlatans and idiots from disaster to disaster.

  • isolato commented on the blog post Obama Endorses Faux NSA Reform

    2014-11-18 11:54:45View | Delete

    Because they hate us for our freedoms…

  • isolato commented on the blog post Happy Veterans Day

    2014-11-11 11:32:12View | Delete

    Well Bill,

    It’s that time of the year again. I send this along w/trepidation, knowing I have no legitimate business in this minefield. Perhaps Veterans Day should be reserved only for veterans. I think what many of us unveterans want to say is…sorry you were swept up in our wehrmacht and that we wasted your blood and your friends and your inner peace in such insane folly. Sorry we didn’t use your idealism and courage for noble purpose, sorry we spent so thoughtlessly on bombs and bullets when we needed schools and hospitals. Sorry you paid for our sins. Sorry we don’t seem to get the message that you don’t want to be “thanked”. Sorry for the hollow patriotism that traps you in our bloody flag. Sorry for William Westmoreland and John McCain, Robert McNamara and Henry Kissinger. Sorry we never learn. Thanks for not hating every one of us.

  • isolato commented on the blog post We Could Have Hired 10,000 Teachers– Instead, We Got a War

    2014-09-30 10:04:25View | Delete

    Always worth repeating from the man who gave us the warning about the MIC…

    The worst to be feared and the best to be expected can be simply stated.

    The worst is atomic war.

    The best would be this: a life of perpetual fear and tension; a burden of arms draining the wealth and the labor of all peoples; a wasting of strength that defies the American system or the Soviet system or any system to achieve true abundance and happiness for the peoples of this earth.

    Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.

    This world in arms in not spending money alone.

    It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children.

    The cost of one modern heavy bomber is this: a modern brick school in more than 30 cities.

    It is two electric power plants, each serving a town of 60,000 population.

    It is two fine, fully equipped hospitals.

    It is some 50 miles of concrete highway.

    We pay for a single fighter with a half million bushels of wheat.

    We pay for a single destroyer with new homes that could have housed more than 8,000 people.

    This, I repeat, is the best way of life to be found on the road the world has been taking.

    This is not a way of life at all, in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron.

  • The voice from the telescreen was still pouring forth its tale of prisoners
    and booty and slaughter, but the shouting outside had died down a little.
    The waiters were turning back to their work. One of them approached with the
    gin bottle. Winston, sitting in a blissful dream, paid no attention as his
    glass was filled up. He was not running or cheering any longer. He was back
    in the Ministry of Love, with everything forgiven, his soul white as snow.
    He was in the public dock, confessing everything, implicating everybody. He
    was walking down the white-tiled corridor, with the feeling of walking in
    sunlight, and an armed guard at his back. The long-hoped-for bullet was
    entering his brain.
    He gazed up at the enormous face. Forty years it had taken him to learn what
    kind of smile was hidden beneath the dark moustache. O cruel, needless
    misunderstanding! O stubborn, self-willed exile from the loving breast! Two
    gin-scented tears trickled down the sides of his nose. But it was all right,
    everything was all right, the struggle was finished. He had won the victory
    over himself. He loved Big Brother.

  • I’m taking the profit from TEVA stock and sending it to the Middle East Children’s Alliance. In this case money is speech.

  • Dear Jane,

    As someone who is 30 years sober but not one day free of suicidal thought I greatly appreciate your sharing. Sometimes the demons win.

  • isolato commented on the blog post Come Saturday Morning: The Saudis and 9/11 – More New Info?

    2014-07-05 08:57:13View | Delete

    It has always seemed self-evident to me that the Saudis “did” 911. 15 of the 19 hijackers were Saudis…check…we invade their blood enemy Iraq in revenge…check…price of crude quadruples…check…lots of financial connections to “terrorists”…check. I could go on and on, but why? Nobody really seems to care or is actively “not caring”. The Saudis have been jrking our chains for years with the help of the Bush Dynasty. It’s to cry.

  • The CEO of Premera, the monopoly w/an 80 percent market share in WA State received a 59% raise to 3.5 million dollars in 2011, the last date I can find this figure reported. I feel ill…uh oh.

  • isolato commented on the diary post Let’s Begin Ending War Again by David Swanson.

    2013-12-08 16:54:51View | Delete

    I’m afraid we have passed to the point where the fascist takeover of America is an accomplished fact. As long as corporations are people, my friend, they will drink the blood of the rest of us. Until the last drop.

  • While your point is taken…it was a depressing primary. There really was no serious challenge to NDAA and JOBS Act supporter Maria Cantwell(D) and my own Boeing lickspittle Rick Larsen(D). Sad.

  • isolato commented on the blog post WA Sen: Maria Cantwell Looks Safe

    2012-02-24 12:53:38View | Delete

    I had to laugh recently. Having given money to both Maria and Elizabeth Warren, I was invited to a special luncheon ($1250/plate). It was the location that stunned me. The top floor club at a building they had to rebrand “Columbia Center” because “Bank of America Tower” tested so poorly. Like having it in Goldman Sachs’ boardroom. Sigh.

  • isolato commented on the diary post Gabrielle Giffords to step down this week. by Teddy Partridge.

    2012-01-22 11:57:28View | Delete

    A remarkable spirit behind a beautiful smile, some days I can almost hope

  • isolato commented on the blog post Good News About Possible Treatment for Malaria

    2011-10-19 12:04:29View | Delete

    Well,

    Call him what you will, but if Bill Gates’ legacy is the eradication of malaria he gets time off for good behavior

  • isolato commented on the diary post Thomas Friedman, Bard of the 1 Percent, Reports on the Problem of Incompetent CEOs by Dean Baker.

    2011-10-16 12:09:18View | Delete

    I want to add to my previous post that indeed, companies SHOULD bear some of the cost of training workers to specific skills.So should society, after all, we collectively benefit from a well trained fully employed workforce. And we are quite capable of it… It is a great thing when high paying jobs drive out [...]

  • isolato commented on the diary post Thomas Friedman, Bard of the 1 Percent, Reports on the Problem of Incompetent CEOs by Dean Baker.

    2011-10-16 09:08:23View | Delete

    Look, I have heard the same thing from many small businesses. They simply cannot find the basic skilled labor that used to be the mainstay of manufacturing. It isn’t wages. Welders make a good wage. But nobody wants their kid to grow up to be a welder. Nobody goes to college to learn how to [...]

  • Load More