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  • It’s so refreshing to see the people who are actually directly effected by what the police and those pulling the strings are doing. The small group articulately described what is going on in Ferguson and just how down to the pits low the cops and other authorities will stoop to destroy any basic human needs, including safe haven, from the gross and ongoing violent abuse and overall harassment.

  • Besides all of that trash from David Moore that you addressed, Mike Brown wasn’t a felon, and Mike Brown wasn’t fleeing. Hands up. Don’t shoot.

  • Thank you FDL for providing the Salon. Thank you Rivera for being such a spark of light and for sharing so much of yourself. I can’t say in just a few words how much I’ve come to respect and appreciate you and your input!

  • I have seen this phenomenon in myself and with others. It is very dangerous, but very convenient for people.

    As aware as I try to be and am about how dysfunctional our global society is, I have been stunned at what I’ve seen unfold right now in Gaza. Not just the sheer atrocity, but the denial and the total lack of empathy from some corners. Although I’ve been motivated even more into activism, I have been truly shaken by it all.

  • Perhaps it will be the motivation for billions of us to figure out what’s really important and to make great efforts toward a caring, loving society.

    And to do that, we have to make commitments and be true to ourselves. Your characters addressed that by drawing a parallel between abusive relationships in general, to abusive relationships with politicians or, more specifically, with “political partners,” which would or should include each and all of us. “The American people deserve political partners who will treat them with respect.” I want to be careful of spoilers, but I love how deeply you addressed that issue in the book.

  • ‘Chelsea Manning languishing in prison’ is inescapably sad and discouraging. But, some balance away from hopelessness has come from reading about her courage, her resolve to do what she did knowing the possible consequence, and then Edward Snowden being inspired, partly by Manning’s actions, to do what he did. And thus far, Snowden has escaped languishing in prison, and so has been able to continue to contribute to the conversation and speak for himself rather than be locked away in seclusion. Glenn Greenwald has addressed those points often.

  • Firedoglake is and has been a fine example of ‘We the People’ being our own journalists. I know that you, Rivera, stress the importance of that and address it in many ways throughout The Dandelion Insurrection. A strong example is On pg. 199 (1st pg of Chapter Eighteen).

    “Eva came home with anti-terrorism literature that justifies why the government is destroying democracy!” [Then Lupe said], “My kids don’t know the first thing about democracy,”

    We have, for a long time now, been in a circumstance wherein the so called MSM is so in alignment with government, often times quoting “anonymous sources,” aka doing stenography, that it’s clear that Citizen Media is one or our most important tools for growing a viable activist populace. I was inspired and encouraged by reading ‘Dandelion’ about how important and powerful that is, and can be even more so.

  • “And there was enormous pressure on our law enforcement and our national security teams to try to deal with this, and it’s important for us not to feel too sanctimonious in retrospect about the tough job that those folks had and a lot of those folks were working hard under enormous pressure and are real patriots.Some guy with a podium”

    This man speaks down to the public as though they were 5years old and in need of some Daddysplainin’. I shake my head in despair and disgust at the sound of his voice and of his appearance because of what he says and how he says it. But hey, “America tortured some folks.” Just for the record, Obama, speak for your own responsible ass. A bunch of you all “tortured some folks.” I’m also “America.” A human, too. You don’t speak for me.

  • Kevin, you said that the report was leaked yesterday. I’m wondering if you misspoke about that, or if I’m misunderstanding you, because it seems that it would have been quite difficult to have researched and written that entire report in one day and have it ready for publication on The Intercept that quickly. Could you clarify and or verify that, please?

  • Good job of taking it down point by point…but the fact that Clinton feels safe to be this dishonest – even including juvenile tee hee jokey jokey hokum, is an example that the “Powers That Be” have no Plan B in place when their lies are exposed. Lying is such an ingrained habit with them that they seem to not be capable of recognizing when their lies have been laid bare. So I appreciate that you’ve taken the time to put Clinton’s specific lies in this specific instance on the record. Especially because, as you said, those lies will be the Go-To lies used by Democratic Party operatives — unless we render the lies worse than useless to them.

  • Why would students take a seat and listen to this horrid liar? Why wouldn’t they, in huge numbers, either boo him off the stage, or shout rebuttals to his lies from the audience, or just sit down and then immediately walk out as he began to speak? And having this tour payed for by taxes should cause a boisterous revolt. This is an obscene turn of events having the stench of Clapper appearing on stages of universities throughout the US. This needs to end!

  • One more agent in a top spot of NSA making it abundantly clear that Snowden did exactly what needed to be done in exactly the way — really, it seems, the only way — that it could have been done.

  • Since this seems to be a clear unconstitutional order maybe the ACLU would be interested, if available, to interject.This has precedent that needs to be shattered before gaining traction or becoming acceptable.

  • There is only one way for GG to Beard The Lion and that is to confront him, In His Den. Anyone who thinks he is safe in Brazil is mistaken and this return may be a test for a permanent move.

    That’s basically correct and important–except that Glenn has lived in Brazil for years and might not be planning a “permanent move” to the US. He had traveled back and forth extensively before the NSA files case, so he might at least resume doing that after first appearance.

    Glenn not only needs to be free to go in and out of the US for work purposes, but also because he needs to not allow himself to be bullied and hounded by cretins such as Clapper and Rogers. This is a perfect situation to Call the Bluff of these comic book thieves and criminals.

    An example of how these cowards will back down when the light is too bright is right in the archives of Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras history. Poitras had been stopped and harassed some 40 times at airports by US government, “and accomplises.” Glenn posted a detailed article about the harassment of Poitras. The harassment ceased immediately. The cowards will back down when Glenn decides to resume making appearances in the US.

  • Similar to what I noted in an earlier post, the prosecutor is so over the top to the jury that he has put them in a position of being played for fools. I’d like to believe that the jurors won’t appreciate being played for fools and so act accordingly by tossing the prosecutor’s hyperbolic case in the trash bin.

  • Along with what Kevin wrote about holes poked in the case, it’s also possible that the defense attorneys chose not to put their clients on the stand because they weren’t confident that they, or one or another of them, would effectively help themselves. Perhaps even hindering. Taking the stand in one’s own defense can be overwhelming for many.

  • It’s encouraging that the judge has allowed the prosecution’s witnesses who have been taking the stand to make fools of themselves, in spite of the prosecutions too little too late objections. The witnesses seemed to be coming from a combination of cartoon like super hero self images, to being emboldened to voice that self image on the stand by people they have surrounded themselves with.

  • Well, if it weren’t for having seen so many injustices result from the “Justice” system, I’d say this is looking like a slam dunk, toss out of court or not guilty.

  • Emmet Till’s mother insisted on an open casket for her son. He face and head had been beaten to a pulp. She did that so that no one could deny what had been done to him. She did that so that no one could forget what had been done to him. Perhaps the photo of Kelly Thomas should be posted on bill boards or buses and whatnot all over America, and especially all over Orange County California.

  • I read Raniah’s interesting, informative writing regularly but this is the first time that I’ve had the pleasure and honor of seeing and hearing her exuberant speaking. Thank you so much to both of you for posting this and for providing so much information. And, holy-smokes, all in less than 20 minutes.

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