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  • kspopulist commented on the blog post Late Late Night FDL: Pink Daddy

    2014-11-23 00:08:11View | Delete

    Ursula K Le Guin on writers we need at National Book Awards

  • kspopulist commented on the blog post Late Late Night FDL: Pink Daddy

    2014-11-22 23:52:38View | Delete

    drat, I’m late

  • Speaking of horrors yet to come … With the upcoming new Congress who act like they can and will do whatever they want – and this is a question for all whistleblowers – what’s to stop them from passing leg and getting POB to sign it involving criminalizing any discussion of milsec /nat’l sec THAT MIGHT be seen as exposing/interfering with contractors and their neo-commerce?

    Dems like to look tough, but Reps REALLY love to keep their secrets so- FOREVER. Example: Aren’t the chemicals in frack water secret due to nat’l security or am I overreacting?

  • here greenwarrior, Nov 6:

  • I was hoping much more from msm after Snowden doc release. It’s a little better in shifting public opinion. But if people see, like in your example and others – even Anonymous – that questioning gov can be both well reasoned, for good, necessary reasons and somehow ‘cool’/interesting/exciting, then more peoplemay come around and do the same.

    You being on The Daily Show, for example, surely will have its ripples

  • Thanks for coming Mr Risen and engaging with us!

    Your framing of these issues under Nat’l Security apparatus instead of a law enforcement focus, is helpful! But, with media capture et al, the public still has little means with which to probe secret-stuff, and hold actors accountable, including the propensity of its members to make oodles of money at it.

    In this season a greater critical mindset is being brought to the front with so many books/articles/movies in the last 18 months detailing/criticising NSA/deep state shenanigans: from Plame and Wilson, and Scahill/Greenwald, Poitras, etc to Wheeler and to folks like Thomas Drake and Binney, and you.

    My question is that if more people question/expose the monetary benefits to contractors in these areas – on tv – when they show up, won’t these mil/intel opportunistic talking heads just stop agreeing to come on tv? Why won’t they just ask for a greater security clearance, wishing to hide further behind pseudo-legal contractual secrecy? Thereby keeping them less beholden/accountable to the public they say they are protecting?

    Isn’t this already happening with heads like Alexander or Erik Prince, so why not the others?

    Thanks for all your efforts and clarity on this. Your book’s on order.

  • kspopulist commented on the diary post The Newsroom: A Fantasy Network Reality Show. An Activist Analysis by spocko.

    2014-11-14 20:30:52View | Delete

    yes! as if the dog sets the hoop up and then jumps that high, saying ‘This is how high, right?’

  • kspopulist commented on the diary post The Newsroom: A Fantasy Network Reality Show. An Activist Analysis by spocko.

    2014-11-14 08:21:04View | Delete

    Hey spocko, excellent post! This morning an interesting article for CFR plopped in the inbox which calls this point in time an ‘Unraveling’ of US policy and the ‘demise of the post-cold-war era’. Yes it’s Richard Haas, yes it’s at Foreign Affairs and yes, if all anybody reads is the headline and first paragraph, one [...]

  • kspopulist commented on the blog post Late, Late Night FDL: Louder Than Words

    2014-11-12 01:12:21View | Delete

    it’s the sort of thing nobody thinks about really. But to actually see gives a whole different pov. They all had to line up and wait because our command group had gotten orders to transit. But we could only go in at a time. No other ships could transit when we were there, but our group. Luckily there are three major areas, one of them is a big lake in the middle that can double as a parking lot for awhile.

    But yeah, and to know that if all those could line up in a short amount of time, having to wait a day at most to go in and for that many to pile up. And then multiply that by weeks and years and that’s a lot of oil. Lot of other trhings too, but yeah.

  • kspopulist commented on the blog post Late, Late Night FDL: Louder Than Words

    2014-11-12 01:06:21View | Delete

    nite homer, sweet dreams

  • kspopulist commented on the blog post Late, Late Night FDL: Louder Than Words

    2014-11-12 00:50:33View | Delete

    hahah wow!

    going thru the straits in Med is great, and Suez is one of a kind. I have a few stories about that. All the tankers lining up at dusk waiting til we get clearance to enter the canal. And to the west all the tankers lining up. Huge, every one of them and there’s a dozen you can see.

    Or in the canal itself, it’s desert, a few oases along the length, the giant marker left by the brits, the giant sculpture of the end of a rifle with bayonet attached sticking up out of the ground 60 or 100 feet high, on the Sinai side. The rusted and fallen down gaurd tower on the Sinai side from decades before, maybe ’67? but old and unused. Tightly controlled then.

  • kspopulist commented on the blog post Late, Late Night FDL: Louder Than Words

    2014-11-12 00:35:02View | Delete

    yeah see, that’s something I never had access to,

  • kspopulist commented on the blog post Late, Late Night FDL: Louder Than Words

    2014-11-12 00:29:27View | Delete

    If you remember, what everybody talks about, when you talk about mission or duty station, it’s mostly rumor anyway. You hear what they say at training or in morning inspection, but the day to day is mostly rumor & whatever drama people inflict on each other living in close quarters where you depend on each other for everything.

  • kspopulist commented on the blog post Late, Late Night FDL: Louder Than Words

    2014-11-12 00:26:04View | Delete

    you might wonder, but really it was half my doing, sort of. Just busy. I met so many people at so many different duty stations. Maybe I see it like that because I was always conscious or aware of social models and different walks of life while growing up, so that I was extra aware of it, going all these different places. Yanno?

    But CT has got all that and a lot more experience in that world.

    I spent the last almost 20 years reading the news and history and languages and places from one place, mostly.

  • kspopulist commented on the blog post Late, Late Night FDL: Louder Than Words

    2014-11-12 00:17:53View | Delete

    :) that’s awesome homeroid!
    I haven’t heard that in too long!

  • kspopulist commented on the blog post Late, Late Night FDL: Louder Than Words

    2014-11-12 00:14:10View | Delete

    yes, I had problems earlier myself.

  • kspopulist commented on the blog post Late, Late Night FDL: Louder Than Words

    2014-11-12 00:11:41View | Delete

    My stint was weird because I personally got to see the back doors of a lot of places that most don’t get to see. Transitional units and medical units, elite schools, back-end infrastructure support units for oldest, and biggest bases, brigs, admin neighborgoods. Why I call them ‘backdoor’ is merely because it was never the facade, the front-end or gatepost that I ended up. & Why collectively I see still see my experience as atypical.

  • kspopulist commented on the blog post Late, Late Night FDL: Louder Than Words

    2014-11-11 23:58:21View | Delete

    I was in during first gulf war & our carrier did boxes in Adriatic during Bosnian war, ’93. Busy year we went to Persian Gulf, thru Suez canal, straits of Messina, Gibraltar, had liberty in Kenya, Turkey, Greece and Italy.

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