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  • People are already talking like it’s too late.

    It is. Every time a majority holds its nose and votes for the “lesser of two evils”, it’s too late. They were going to reactivate and expand the war in the Middle East anyhow; the beheadings are just a convenient pretext.

  • Jon73 commented on the blog post What Consumer-Driven Health Care Really Means

    2014-08-29 16:25:42View | Delete

    I hope that whatever you’re getting paid, it’s sufficient to make the stench of weasel emanating from your every pore worth ignoring. All it’s going to get you here is a pile of (well-deserved) harsh responses.

    “(Cass) Sunstein advocates that the Government’s stealth infiltration should be accomplished by sending covert agents into ‘chat rooms, online social networks or even real-space groups.’ He also proposes that the Government make secret payments to so-called ‘independent’ credible voices to bolster the Government’s messaging…”

    But what you do could hardly be called “stealth infiltration”, could it, mulp? There’s not much stealth involved in groaning the tired party line over and over in a place where 99.9% of us wrote off the party long ago.
    Peddle your dogshit elsewhere.

  • Jon73 commented on the diary post Prepare to Bomb More Brown People: A New Bogeyman “Worse than Hitler!” by joe shikspack.

    2014-08-28 20:56:15View | Delete

    It doesn’t really matter if we get Hitler fatigue or not, since we’re a captive audience either way. We can only watch the madness unfold; our form of government doesn’t allow us to nip it in the bud.

  • Color me skeptical. Cops consider these cameras a source of protection for themselves, not for the public; the tapes are used to justify their actions when they wind up in court.

  • As ever, I’m happy–or at least willing–to take up the unpopular position. There are many, many people for whom opioid painkillers make life bearable: people who for one reason or another can’t use marijuana or whose pain does not respond to it, people who take three or four Percocets a day and are not wrecking their own lives or marriages or society at large. Not everything manufactured by a pharmaceutical company has the mark of Satan on it (though much of it, unquestionably, does). Also, opioid overdose statistics have been inflated in the past (), so it’s not difficult to imagine that they’re still doing it. The sources of all this data about the “prescription painkiller epidemic”–the DEA, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, et al.–are anything but our allies in the fight to end the Drug War.

  • Jon73 commented on the diary post When We Look Into Their Eyes . . . by Isaiah 88.

    2014-08-26 21:53:17View | Delete

    I’m with you, Isaiah. A whole lotta people are going to have to get a whole lot angrier–I hope they do.

  • Jon73 commented on the blog post Broad Popular Support for Demilitarizing the Police

    2014-08-23 16:39:47View | Delete

    Popular support is fine if it actually leads to something–if it translates into concrete change. But by itself anti-police sentiment is useless, and a government that maintains the police state to begin with isn’t especially likely to approve any legislation that eases the death grip. We’ll see a change when cops feel as threatened as we do, and not before.

  • Jon73 commented on the blog post Late, Late Night FDL: Takin’ It To The Streets

    2014-08-19 23:02:37View | Delete

    What’s on my mind tonight, unfortunately, is this disingenuous authoritarian asshole:

    Sunil Dutta, an LAPD officer and a professor at Colorado Tech University, writes in his 8-19 WaPo editorial (entitled “I’m a cop. If you don’t want to get hurt, don’t challenge me.”) that “cops are not murderers” and advises victims of the use of excessive force by police to “save your anger for later, and channel it appropriately.”

  • Jon73 commented on the diary post What DOD Military Equipment Has Your County Received Lately? by KateCA.

    2014-08-16 20:51:58View | Delete

    This ends either in a pile of dead cops or a pile of dead us.

  • Fuck your authoritarianism and blind loyalty mulp

    Seconded. mulp is one of these, and mulp knows it:
    “(Cass) Sunstein advocates that the Government’s stealth infiltration should be accomplished by sending covert agents into ‘chat rooms, online social networks, or even real-space groups.’ He also proposes that the Government make secret payments to so-called ‘independent’ credible voices to bolster the Government’s messaging…”

  • We as a complacent people, OFG. We didn’t demand consideration of single payer–we didn’t even get riled when the public option was jettisoned.

  • We got what we settled for.

  • Rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. Pretending to do something while doing nothing. An infuriatingly pointless waste of time. When there is absolutely no respect for our lives, let alone our civil liberties, petitions and calls to our congressmen and vague pledges of “reform” are not going to solve the problem.

  • Jon73 commented on the diary post Local Police Will Be Militarized As Long As Federal Government Is by David Swanson.

    2014-08-14 23:25:07View | Delete

    I think most Americans are still unprepared to step over the line that’s been drawn for them with generations of relentless my-country-right-or-wrong propaganda. Do they know that something’s wrong? Yes. Do they realize it’s getting worse? Yeah, I think that’s hard to miss. But are they willing to criticize military fetishism? Are they willing to [...]

  • I keep repeating myself, but we must present a united front on the issue of drug legalization. Pot users who are smug about their substance of choice and jeer at the use of opioid painkillers are playing right into the hands of those who want to keep all drugs, including marijuana, illegal. These people profit from the drug war, both monetarily and in more abstract (and sinister) terms. More than a decade ago they launched a hysterical propaganda campaign against painkillers (see Doris Bloodsworth), and clearly it’s working: the general public has been convinced that opioids are scary, morally wrong, and being crammed down our throats by Big Pharma with some nefarious purpose in mind.
    Well, guess what? You can’t have it both ways. Either there’s an epidemic and our streets are filled with drooling junkies who are destroying civilization as we know it, or painkillers are actually very difficult to access, statistics have been grossly distorted and there is no epidemic of overdoses. (Hint: choice #2 is the correct one.) And guess what else? The DEA and the police and the cockroaches who build and operate private prisons don’t want to see pot legalized or decriminalized, and are fighting tooth and nail to make sure it doesn’t happen. Their attitude has not evolved since the 1930s, when scare films like Reefer Madness and Marijuana: The Devil’s Weed were cranked out at their behest. They’ve lulled people into thinking that marijuana is almost in the clear and, hey, that’s what everybody really wanted, right? And if pot users join in the hysterical demonization of all those other filthy, soul-wrecking substances, why, maybe the Powers That Be will treat them extra nicely; maybe they’ll pursue someone else and leave pot smokers alone. But the fact is that they have just as much invested in maintaining the criminal penalties for pot as they do for every other drug. When National Marijuana Legalization Day never comes to pass, people will realize not only that it was cowardly and hypocritical to take the path of selective half-measures, but that it didn’t help their cause.
    If we truly oppose the War on Drugs, then we oppose the war on all drugs–not just the ones we enjoy. Right now they’re trying to divide and conquer. Don’t let them do it.

  • Jon73 commented on the blog post Why Airstrikes in Iraq Are a Mistake

    2014-08-08 10:17:39View | Delete

    This is why our form of government is unworkable: we have absolutely no say in how it functions. Whether or not we support endless war, it’s being waged in our names.

  • It’s not clear how unhinged the current Israeli government is…

    I’d say Moshe Feiglin’s Nazi rant gives us a pretty good idea of how hatefully insane Netanyahu’s government is

  • But surely going back to the polls when the time comes and voting for one corporate-owned candidate or the other will fix things right up, won’t it? I mean, it’s not like we need to do anything drastic.

  • Yes, von Braun worked in my back yard and had a civic center named after him–but Keitel, Rosenberg, Frick and seven others were justly hanged. A cleaner slate wipe than Nuremberg, then, if you like. I don’t find figures like McGovern, who make careers of murder, theft and dishonesty and then recant in their twilight years, the least bit sympathetic.

  • To make an example of the sick, degraded politico-military culture that enabled murder and ruin for so many years, yes. It would have to be as clean a slate wipe as Nuremberg–an expression of absolute intolerance–to be effective.

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