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  • Obama’s performance with whistle-blowers merits a name change.

    Barak Omerta.

    There. fixed.

  • MickSteers commented on the blog post Chris Christie News Conference

    2014-01-09 10:29:27View | Delete

    I watched the “news” conference, and noticed that apologies (see Lara Logan) have become opportunities to spend most of the time patting yourself on the back for being so brave and honest as to utter an apology after someone else exposes you in a bad act. It’s sickening and hard to watch, even if you buy that he was truly ignorant of all of this.

    But I really had to snap off the TV machine when after a few questions our stalwart, adversarial press watchdogs failed to ask:

    “So Governor, how are we to interpret that a significant number of senior staff, personally appointed by you, thought breaking the law for petty political revenge while maintaining your plausible deniability was what you would have wanted?”

  • All the above is true, but the veneer is peeling away.

    With just a few document dumps by activists and leakers, the façade of legitimacy in global finance, media and governance is is faltering. Amazingly, this veneer managed to survive the illegal wars, a global financial collapse and the even Euro melt-down. Such is the hold the 1% have had on world opinion. But probably not for much longer.

    NSA, TPP, ALEC, the Third Way and a host of other hidden nightmares are being exposed, and the small coterie of wealthy global power brokers at the heart of our wholly-owned governments are right to feel a whiff of unease.

    It’s starting to look like Julian Assange is something of a prophet. Alternative media (sneered at, ignored and belittled by the Villagers for so long)are doing the job they long since abdicated. The plutocrats likely forgot what a menace actual journalism can be. A little hope for the masses is useful, too much…quite deadly.

    People like Greenwald, Gosztola, Scahill and the Center for Media and Democracy (and so many others)are breaking new ground every day. Outlets and bloggers previously safely ignored, are now becoming a threat, probably due to the fact that the documents now haemorrhaging from the private files of our corporate owners and their government minions clearly show whose interests matter in the world.

    As per George Carlin:

    “But I’ll tell you what they don’t want. They don’t want a population of citizens capable of critical thinking. They don’t want well-informed, well-educated people capable of critical thinking. They’re not interested in that. That doesn’t help them. That’s against their interests. They don’t want people who are smart enough to sit around the kitchen table and figure out how badly they’re getting fucked by a system that threw them overboard 30 fucking years ago.

    “You know what they want? Obedient workers ­ people who are just smart enough to run the machines and do the paperwork but just dumb enough to passively accept all these increasingly shittier jobs with the lower pay, the longer hours, reduced benefits, the end of overtime and the vanishing pension that disappears the minute you go to collect it. And, now, they’re coming for your Social Security. They want your fucking retirement money. They want it back, so they can give it to their criminal friends on Wall Street. And you know something? They’ll get it. They’ll get it all, sooner or later, because they own this fucking place. It’s a big club, and you ain’t in it. You and I are not in the big club.”

    No, we’re not in the club. But maybe we can expose the “middle class” American fantasy as the working class ghetto it has become. Then it gets interesting.

  • And Alan Grayson gets crap from Democrat pearl-clutchers for linking the Republican teahad and kkk!

  • Mostly I lurk. Usually someone has made my point by the time I read stuff, but I comment here and there. Glad to see things are still percolating after the departures of DDay and TBogg.

  • C’mon,fiddling expense reports is a crime, dammit! Let the sunlight in.

    However, Quasi-legal wars and bombing, torture and spying are a national security matter. And, as such, beyond the purview of the courts, media or legislatures.

    Chill, Obama’s got this, so cheer up and lean forward. God bless Obamacare, the Homeland and Free Trade Agreements!

  • MickSteers commented on the blog post The Middle Class Is Not for Itself

    2013-08-11 13:33:19View | Delete

    Which means the game will continue forever

    I beg to differ with you, and chicagogal as well. This presumes there will be a middle income cadre large enough to matter. I think when the lowest couple of income brackets contain enough of the population, things will change. At the current rate of income extraction, this may be sooner than we think.

  • If they really do get rid of 90% sysdmins, we can all breath a little easier. I’ve seen this sort of movie before, and it does not end well.

    But what the hell are we paying $200K to such people if they are redundant? How many other positions are similarly overstaffed? Looks like the NSA presents a major austerity moment.

    And BTW, why is it that it’s only system administrators whose loyalty is in question? With millions of staff and contractors with top spook clearances, in their midst, do they really think it’s only computer science geeks who present a risk?

  • citizens are innocent until proven guilty.

    perhaps, but you are all suspects until proven otherwise…

  • MickSteers commented on the blog post How the TPP Threatens the Internet

    2013-08-07 11:47:55View | Delete

    The MOUs and their elected stooges can get an enormous portion of their global agenda put in place in one fell swoop.

    They don’t have to go through the slow laborious process of buying legislation in each state, province or nation.

    Get it into a treaty, and all of the craven politicians can throw up their hands and say it’s not their fault that we must buy Chinese road graders, or dismantle labour regulations, or let hedge funds buy the municipal water system.

    But first, they have to get the treaty passes, as quickly and quietly as possible.

  • MickSteers commented on the blog post The Problem With American Health Care Is Price Gouging

    2013-08-06 11:19:01View | Delete

    The only people who would be hurt in the short term would be the Big Health parasites who are bleeding us dry — the people Obama once had the gall to refer to as “our friends and neighbours.”

    Since the American system eats roughly twice the resources per capita as any other first world country, we are talking about a lot of money. It’s not just the implant; the doctor is making twice as much too. There’s an awful lot of people whose wallets would get a lot lighter.

    That’s just the market when it comes to auto-workers, but in America, we have to keep the free market for healthcare, so that global market forces don’t affect the US market.

  • My fellow suspects Americans…

  • The Washington Post: giving stenography a bad name since 1995.

  • Yup.

    That’s my point. I don’t care much about the historical links to the Mafia; rather that the current administration (and their sycophantic media enablers) are engaged in perpetration of a massive protection fraud on the people, based on lies about their safety and financial well-being (what’s good for Goldman and Booz-Allen is good for you).

  • American Omerta: The Governing

    From Wikipedia: Omertà[1] (/ɵˈmɛərtə/; Italian pronunciation: [omerˈta]) is a popular cultural attitude and code of honour that places heavy importance on a deep-rooted “code of silence”, non-cooperation with authorities, and non-interference in the illegal (and legal) actions of others..Prejudice and retaliation against informers who invoke authority is common in criminal circles, and even in the school playground (“sneak” or “snitch”).

    To review our current government:

    Total secrecy: check

    Ignore illegality, your own and others(look forward): check

    Non Co-operation, blocking courts, strong-arming legislators,foreign governments: check

    Silencing snitches. (whistle-blowers): check

    How are the current, and previous administration’s actions different than a Mafia protection racket? Nice country, shame if something happened to it. Better give us unlimited funds for security, no questions asked. I said. No questions asked.


  • btw. What will you do when the obscene corporate media job offer arrives? They’ll be head-hunting you soon, if only to contain any actual reporting. Yer maken em look bad.

  • Great post, great work.

    It’s a curious thing in the land of fear and frustration, that so many Americans vote and act against their own interests. It’s even more breathtaking and frightening to see the largest pillars of the media and civil society blatantly, and seemingly obliviously do the same.

    Good catch.

  • How will our stalwart media report this?

    Grounding flights and losing access to the terrorist money trail – thanks NSA! SNOWDEN!!

    Here’s the smoking gun – he’s hurt America and put American lives in dire jeopardy! Treason! Espionage! Littering! To the gallows with him!

    And now a message from our friends at Goldline.

  • MickSteers commented on the diary post Greenwald Derangement Syndrome by Barry Eisler.

    2013-06-30 12:34:56View | Delete

    Mr. Greenwald has been pissing on their cornflakes for years. By calling out the weak, survile power-obsessed courtier media on a regular basis he has earned a herd of enemies in the village. Until now though, he himself has not been attached to anything controversial (except digging for the truth), and the lords of the [...]

  • MickSteers commented on the blog post Bradley Manning’s Trial, Day 11 (Live Updates)

    2013-06-27 14:07:39View | Delete

    None of the above.

    Just a silly brain-fart due to conspiracy overload. All the fake smears(Snowdon/Greenwald,/Maning/Assange/Hastings) by the PTB, and the real conspiracies exposed by same.

    Just finished an article about UK undercover cops living with and spying on environmentalists, for years, having kids! Then when the assignment’s done, boom they’re gone. Many occurrences!


    Western governments really have become surveillance states.

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