• Kurt Sperry commented on the diary post Day #9 of 11: #ThisStopsToday and Oakland #UmbrellaMarch by wendydavis.

    2014-12-19 19:54:42View | Delete

    It’s a disadvantage sure, but it’s also a huge advantage as well. What’s the purpose of protest? To send messages to the ruling elites. Sending messages to those elites got a lot easier when an entire enormous surveillance state was created to listen in on us. I almost welcome their snooping. You out there listening? [...]

  • Kurt Sperry commented on the diary post Day #9 of 11: #ThisStopsToday and Oakland #UmbrellaMarch by wendydavis.

    2014-12-19 19:47:05View | Delete

    That’s a nice, commonsense list of demands. I can’t really argue against a one of them.

  • Kurt Sperry commented on the diary post Day #9 of 11: #ThisStopsToday and Oakland #UmbrellaMarch by wendydavis.

    2014-12-18 19:03:25View | Delete

    I hope these protests cause fear in those responsible for perpetuating the conditions that spawn them. And of course I hope they continue to grow, strong and insistent and relentless in their pursuit of justice.

  • Kurt Sperry commented on the diary post Is Obama an American Fascist? by Synoia.

    2014-12-16 19:37:06View | Delete

    Echoing prior comments, no- Obama is not so much a fascist as a decorative hood ornament/lawn jockey/wooden figurehead on a giant fascist machine. I doubt he cares about politics at all beyond what it can provide for his ego and personal bank account, which is a more or less perfect analog for the entire Democratic [...]

  • Kurt Sperry commented on the diary post Live: BlacKOut Collective has shut down the Oakland Police Department by wendydavis.

    2014-12-16 14:16:10View | Delete

    Amazing what people can accomplish when the fear of acting is overcome. So much courage and determination.

  • The takeaway from all this appears to be that realistically, accountability will have to in substantial part be brought by forces external to the US Government. One hopes this would find form in international calls for putting the torture perpetrators on trial backed by significant sanctions for non-compliance rather than more direct action. I have no faith in the internal government accountability procedures, they are all rigged from bottom to top and the US’s “democracy show” is equally so–no alternatives that would bring accountability are permitted via the political processes. The legislators cower in fear of the security state.

    We need a truly international effort to seek justice, it’s the only I see way that might happen. At the very, very least the perps right up to the top should fear immediate arrest upon leaving sovereign US territory.

  • What I am reading here is to some degree frustration with posters of writing here that refuse to engage in defending their work in the comment string. And, unsurprisingly I suppose, those same pieces strongly tend to be the ones with the most holes in them and are the least defensible.

    Really the power of web publishing is its potential for a dialectic where ideas are proposed, challenged and defended. When the authors are absent form the discussion that results from their writing, aside from the implicitly imperious lack of engagement, the writing itself is left only half finished. If even the author cannot defend their ideas, the ideas themselves are probably not defensible.

  • I have no problem with the author, only with the myopia evident in this piece. The elephant in the room is of course that ACA (along with most of the Democratic Party’s action agenda–but that’s a discussion for another time) is essentially the product of a right wing viewpoint and expectedly thus does nothing to address the fundamental issues of our broken system–namely the parasitic tapeworm that is the private health insurance industry. It fact in feeds the very parasite that needs to be killed and is thus in a real sense counterproductive. Any discussion of the ACA that ignores or leaves these fundamental realities out is thus inevitably incoherent and operates as a dangerous distraction from that greater reality.

    Problems with the ACA aren’t about implementation or policy details or management or website functionalities, the problem is that the idea itself is unacceptably and unfixably flawed.

  • Quite. The comment by Sarah B. is far more valuable and expository and informed than the piece it is commenting on. We hardly need boilerplate tribal dem-bot ‘analyses’ here, they can be accessed almost anywhere and serve only to displace and supplant more objective, informed and better reasoned analyses that the MSM are paid not to publish.

    FDL should not be promoting and providing a favored megaphone these partisan apologetics for a corrupt system, but instead offering antidotes to them. One can read tired partisan propaganda almost anywhere, we shouldn’t be promoting and legitimatizing it here on FDL. It’s not like those poisonous ideas pretending to be progressive lack for venues like DailyKos, Democratic Underground et al, all happy to promote them.

  • Kurt Sperry commented on the blog post Casinos Fail Old Industrial Towns

    2014-12-02 17:11:58View | Delete

    Dems get ripped a new one so often here, you can set your watch by it. Thank goodness.

  • Kurt Sperry commented on the blog post FDL Going on Hiatus

    2014-12-02 08:35:42View | Delete

    I’m now of the age where I’ve recently had friends and acquaintances undergo hip replacement surgeries and I am happy to report every one has done really well with their procedures and have been able to return to action stronger than before. The rehab is obviously tough but in the context of one’s lifespan the downtime is a mere blink of the eye. Best wishes and a very speedy recovery to you!

  • Kurt Sperry commented on the blog post Casinos Fail Old Industrial Towns

    2014-12-01 13:18:25View | Delete

    If this isn’t a metaphor for a dystopic financialized, post-industrial America, then I don’t know what is.

  • Kurt Sperry commented on the diary post The NSA and Utah: Is Any Win a Good One? by danps.

    2014-11-23 17:56:16View | Delete

    I don’t see these efforts as anything but unalloyed good, partisan ad homs against the people with the courage to publicly stand up to the surveillance state notwithstanding. At least these people have the courage to make a public stand, something entirely lacking across the aisle where the Democrats are gleefully in charge of that [...]

  • Kurt Sperry commented on the diary post Ferguson: Counterinsurgency Operation Underway by wendydavis.

    2014-11-22 15:43:53View | Delete

    This thread–along with the last–have been the best I’ve read on Ferguson. Interesting and smart comments and lot’s of salient links as well. Where are we now that the best journalism mostly comes from people who aren’t paid as journalists? Having a free and confrontational press is crucially important for a free society, thanks Wendy [...]

  • It should be noted that the correct spelling of the leaker of the false news report is “Mosheh Oinounou”.

  • To add: the perceived need of the security state forces to have overwhelming force advantages in place before acting surely makes them pretty tactically useless outside these big set piece showcases where they can dig in weeks in advance. I’m doubting they could react to an agile small group of operatives that weren’t infiltrated and [...]

  • Interesting how much police state dick swinging is being invested here, local, state, feds, private mercenary soldiers, no doubt scores of spooks, undercover agitators, every sociopathic, crew cut steroid case with a uniform and a gun within seemingly a thousand miles brought to bear. They are either there to perform some sort of prescripted set [...]

  • Kurt Sperry commented on the diary post Sunday Food: Raclette Toasting by Ruth Calvo.

    2014-11-17 12:01:25View | Delete

    Vintage cast iron from the thrift or junk store is, some contend for reasons I won’t wade into here, superior to the new expensive stuff.

  • Kurt Sperry commented on the diary post Sunday Food: Raclette Toasting by Ruth Calvo.

    2014-11-16 20:06:45View | Delete

    One can (and don’t tell anyone you heard it from me) actually make a decent ersatz raclette in the microwave. Just put a pile of roughly diced boiled potatoes on a plate and cover with sliced or grated cheese a nuke it until the cheese melts. Garnish with sliced white or yellow onion and little [...]

  • Kurt Sperry commented on the diary post Sunday Food: Raclette Toasting by Ruth Calvo.

    2014-11-16 08:55:29View | Delete

    I was in Milan, Italy for May Day this year and was surprised to find a Swiss raclette stand set up in Parco Sempione, staffed with real Swiss folk. You can see their propane powered contraption for making raclette here: http://i57.tinypic.com/25jjmrk.jpg Heavenly. It was 8 euro for a heaping plate (including obligatory pickles) with big [...]

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