• magavtelanata commented on the diary post A Congress Unwilling to Exercise Its War Powers by Kevin Gosztola.

    2011-06-05 04:57:35View | Delete

    Another great post Kevin, and some great commentary. It was recently pointed out on Democracy Now, when discussing ME and the Wikileaks release of Obama Admin’s actions against the purchase of oil from Petrocaribe at a 40%(!) discount by both Haiti and Honduras (the two poorest nations in the Western Hemisphere – that’s right: poorer [...]

  • magavtelanata commented on the diary post Grayson, Kucinich, Warren, and the Road to Hell by New Progressive Alliance.

    2011-06-03 12:35:22View | Delete

    “Completely and utter nonsense. Such charity work is laudable, but calling it revolutionary is laughable.” Do you care to back up that assertion with proof? The PSUC, the POUM, The PSOE, The CNT, The UGT, FARC, the American Revolutionary movement, the (pre-Bolshevik)Soviets, the Taliban, HAMAS and FARC were and are far more revolutionary than a [...]

  • magavtelanata commented on the diary post Grayson, Kucinich, Warren, and the Road to Hell by New Progressive Alliance.

    2011-06-03 03:37:56View | Delete

    JR, your argument is based on the assumption that the Democratic party gives a shit about the poor and unemployed. They don’t. They may say they do, but they don’t. To paraphrase the late, great George Carlin: They don’t care about you! It is a big club, and you and I are not in it. [...]

  • magavtelanata commented on the diary post Grayson, Kucinich, Warren, and the Road to Hell by New Progressive Alliance.

    2011-06-02 17:30:13View | Delete

    What makes me question her motives is her Harvard credentials. Harvard is where the CIA hides foreign war criminals, for crying out loud.

  • magavtelanata commented on the diary post Grayson, Kucinich, Warren, and the Road to Hell by New Progressive Alliance.

    2011-06-02 17:27:26View | Delete

    1) I don’t see a 3rd party getting anywhere in the near future without serious campaign finance reform, the rolling back of corporate personhood, or a serious power vacuum. The system is corrupt, as in necrotic. 2) The premise that the Democratic Party’s roots are progressive is inherently flawed. One could make a similar claim [...]

  • magavtelanata commented on the diary post Grayson, Kucinich, Warren, and the Road to Hell by New Progressive Alliance.

    2011-06-02 16:59:47View | Delete

    The point that I was making with my musing was precisely what you have stated here: forget about who is gonna be president, or speaker, or chief justice, or this or that. That is not our government. It never really was, but at least the owners gave it some window dressing to placate the owned [...]

  • magavtelanata commented on the diary post Grayson, Kucinich, Warren, and the Road to Hell by New Progressive Alliance.

    2011-06-02 10:40:47View | Delete

    The fatal flaw is that we keep looking for a leader. We (the People) are the answer we are looking for. What is falling, one should push: lets be helpful in assisting the plutocrats in the destruction of a republic which is rotting from the head down by voting republican as often as possible. When [...]

  • magavtelanata wrote a new diary post: In Memoriam: Gil Scott-Heron, The Rhythm, The Rebel

    2011-05-30 06:52:33View | Delete

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    This is a repost of an old blog, which I have decided to post here at FDL in loving memory of Gil Scott-Heron, who passed away Friday, May 27th at the age of 62. His music and his words spoke of revolution, a revolution which I believe to be inherent in all music… Replete with the [...]
  • magavtelanata commented on the diary post Mother Nature Isn’t Sending a Message . . . It’s Just Coincidence by Scarecrow.

    2011-05-26 03:32:41View | Delete

    What is sadly amusing is a person who has to view other people as part of groups that they can then paint with a broad brush and hence feel an unwarranted sense of superiority – you ought get that looked at. No one here is asking anyone to give up control of their lives to [...]

  • magavtelanata commented on the blog post “The Sixties” Debate

    2011-05-22 13:00:42View | Delete

    This is a very nice summary of the 1960s and the complexities of the Boomer Generation.
    The blowback from the establishment for the “sins” committed by some of its children in response to an irresponsible and immoral war is obvious: cocaine to replace marijuana and psychedelics, cotton-candy disco and Son et Lumiere to replace any politically tinged music. Shorter haircuts, longer working hours. This really gathered steam in the eighties, with Rambo and Wall Street and an endless stream of propaganda to counter films like Easy Rider and TV shows like Archie Bunker. The Cocaine Importation Agency flooded the streets of LA with crack, and the entertainment establishment began pushing a nascent Gangsta Rap just as Hip Hop was starting to express itself politically. This favoritism for violent, hollow, venal, pop music was fomented through the reverse-psy op known as the PNRC, which probably helped sell more NWA records than anything else: thereby cementing the image of the angry black man, in turn reversing over a decade of advances in civil rights.
    They are Erasing the 60s – make no mistake. What the establishment once burned their fingers on and subsequently recycled in order to reap nostalgia profits from it is now shredding and throwing into the oubliette. The 60s will not even be a hazy mirage for generation Y: it will be removed from the lexicon.

    The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable man persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends upon the unreasonable man.

    - George Bernard Shaw

  • magavtelanata commented on the diary post Obama’s Middle East Speech Deceitfully Projects Esteem for People Power by Kevin Gosztola.

    2011-05-20 15:26:07View | Delete

    The ME speech is the same old broken record that Obama has been playing from the beginning, and at on another level the same old broken record that the Washington Consensus has been playing since the formation of Israel. Briefly put: “Aw shucks, we tried.” This is the same theater we saw with HCR: plenty [...]

  • More importantly, regarding the AP article, is the revelation that Bin Laden’s weapons were found after he was assassinated:

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/may/17/osama-bin-laden-guns-found-after-killing

    Apparently, according to the same article the U.S. is pretty desperate to get the remains of the downed Blackhawk back, before it is given to the Chinese and reverse-engineered.

  • magavtelanata commented on the diary post Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out. by magavtelanata.

    2011-05-16 04:19:50View | Delete

    My sixth wedding anniversary is this month. How did you know? :) I think that there are no easy paths, no quick fixes. Decoupling from a broken state will involve sacrifice (but sacrifice we are willing to make – not sacrifice imposed by the plutocracy!). The more we buy their products, enjoy their sanctioned entertainment, [...]

  • magavtelanata commented on the diary post Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out. by magavtelanata.

    2011-05-16 04:06:39View | Delete

    Thank you all for your wonderful comments, and most off all for understanding the thrust of this post and sharing your stories and perspectives. I wish that I could have stuck around to engage with some of you on Sunday. In order to be prepared for what is coming, I believe that true progressives need [...]

  • magavtelanata wrote a new diary post: Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out.

    2011-05-15 05:28:06View | Delete

    That was the essence of the people power revolt – to walk away from the established government and set up your own, virtual government. If the majority of the population chose to recognize the virtual government rather than the traditional one, the generals would end up alone in their palace, trying to get someone to take [...]

  • magavtelanata commented on the diary post ‘Truthers’ become the ‘Deathers’ by Freedom From All.

    2011-05-05 14:39:11View | Delete

    “If you want to be happy – believe. If you want to know, inquire.”
    “There are no facts. There are only interpretations of facts.”
    “One day as Manjusri stood outside the gate,
    the Buddha called to him, “Manjusri, Manjusri, why do you not enter?”
    Manjusri replied, “I do not see myself as outside. Why enter?”

  • magavtelanata commented on the diary post ‘Truthers’ become the ‘Deathers’ by Freedom From All.

    2011-05-05 03:39:55View | Delete

    This is really lame on so many levels: 1) The Birther movement is borne out of racism and republican rancor – not a search for truth. 2) The PotUS, like all previous iterations, possesses a security clearance, and a high level one. You cannot obtain that without a serious background check and interview process. The [...]

  • magavtelanata commented on the diary post Star-Spangled Jingoism by Kate Flannery.

    2011-05-03 03:25:16View | Delete

    Great post. I remember vividly the day the US began to bomb Baghdad: I was visiting some old friends. I sat down in their living room to see the images of explosions and tracer fire lighting up the Iraqi night sky on the TV, silent while everyone around me cheered and high-five each other as [...]

  • magavtelanata commented on the diary post World Ends May 21st at 6pm. Be there, or be square by LaFeminista.

    2011-04-20 11:32:32View | Delete

    Oooh! May 21st is my 6th wedding anniversary! Wood and Iron = the One True Cross! It all makes sense to me now!
    Coincidence, you say? Happenstance? Poppycock!

  • magavtelanata commented on the diary post Nanny State by vector56.

    2011-04-19 04:08:58View | Delete

    You are also conflating elective surgery with necessary medical care. People don’t shop around when they have a compound fracture – not because of insurance, but because they actually need medical care immediately.

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