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Incontrovertible Proof Russia Invaded Ukraine and Putin Stole Crimea

By: wendydavis Monday September 1, 2014 10:00 am
Putin Power ( Freakshow , freakingnews entry )

‘Putin Power’, by Vipez. flickr cc

You may be wondering at my about-face on this issue, so please allow me to explain the confluence of events that brought me here.  Recently I was given a whopping prescription for Xanax in aid of my nearly constant anxiety and insomnia. Coincidentally, last night I was visited by the Spirit of Labor Day Yet to Come.  She communicated with me telepathically the message that I had it all wrong, and urged me to reach out to touch her hand, and she would take me on a virtual tour of the blogosphere to prove the point and re-educate me, and erase the many propaganda engrams that had been planted and grown in my brain.

Bemused and rather disdainful of her belief that her mission would be successful, nevertheless, I held her hand, and we whoooshed off on her tour.  In the end, I understood, and hope you will as well, as I put The Evidence before you.  Mind you, I’m unable to reconstruct the order in which she showed me all of this, given that it was easy to be distracted by the rush of images and words she presented for my perusal.

First we stopped by the New Yawk Times and a piece by Michael Gordon; you remember him: he reported on Saddam Hussein’s ‘aluminum tubes for nukes’ in the run-up to the first Gulf War.  He did the story well, and quite professionally.  He says here, quite convincingly:

‘Since mid-August NATO has received multiple reports of the direct involvement of Russian forces, “including Russian airborne, air defense and special operations forces in Eastern Ukraine,” said Oana Lungescu, a spokeswoman for NATO.

NATO’s secretary general, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, criticized the Russian moves in a statement issued in Brussels on Friday. “I condemn the entry of a Russian so-called humanitarian convoy into Ukrainian territory without the consent of the Ukrainian authorities and without any involvement of the International Committee of the Red Cross,Mr. Rasmussen’s statement said.” [snip]

“We have also seen transfers of large quantities of advanced weapons, including tanks, armored personnel carriers and artillery to separatist groups in Eastern Ukraine. Moreover, NATO is observing an alarming buildup of Russian ground and air forces in the vicinity of Ukraine.”

Now, we don’t know the authors of those reports, nor does he link to actual evidence, but as he trusts Oana and Foggy, we should, too.  Yes?  Of course, ‘yes’.

Apparently knowing of my regard for Hillary Clinton, we stopped by ‘Hillary Clinton’s comparison of Vladimir Putin and Adolf Hitler checks out’ at ABC’s Fact Check page.  My stars; they not only found the comparison valid, and with maps, they utterly destroyed Putin’s claims that the new government in Kyiv was run by neo-Nazis, anti-Semites, and Russophobes, and was terrorizing citizens in the southeast.  Among myriad facts that they brought to rebut Putin’s claims was this telling one you should consider strongly, imo:

‘Despite Mr Putin’s claims, according to the US State Department, “outside of Russian press and Russian state television, there are no credible reports of any ethnic Russians being under threat” and “Russian military facilities were and remain secure, and the new Ukrainian government has pledged to abide by all existing international agreements, including those covering Russian bases“. Similarly, Canadian foreign minister John Baird told Canadian television “there hasn’t been a single incident [of violence against Russians] that they can point to“.

So, even the human rights organizations got it wrong, tsk, tsk on them.

At some point we stopped by the Kyiv Post, and the Spirit showed me not only the real dope on recent events there, but that they also featured posts by ‘LA Homeland Security Examiner’ journalist Julia Davis, including a five-part series “Russia’s top X lies about Ukraine”, graduating from 20 to 100 by now, and believe me, she blasts their propaganda into smithereens!  Her clickable CV is excellent:

‘Julia Davis is an Investigative Reporter, produced screenwriter of award-winning film and TV productions and a published photographer. She is a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (www.Emmys.tv), executive member of Women In Film (www.WIF.org), VP of Fleur De Lis Film Studios. (www.FleurDeLisFilmStudios.com).’  Very cool.


Killer Kop Kleinert Trial Started this Week in Austin

By: wendydavis Thursday August 28, 2014 10:03 am

For the first time in at least a decade, a Killer Kop was indicted in Austin for the extrajudicial murder of a person of color. Okay, the charge is actually manslaughter, but still, it’s a Good Thing, considering that so few cops are ever charged, indicted, or found guilty if they almost miraculously had been. Pre-trial motions are underway, but you’d scarcely know it by the lack of coverage.

The grand jury indicted Charles Kleinert on May 12, ruling: “… that Kleinert:

“did then and there recklessly cause the death of Larry Jackson by striking and by attempting to strike Larry Jackson with the defendant’s hand while holding a loaded firearm.  The indictment also said that Kleinert created a “substantial and unjustifiable risk” in his attempt to seize Jackson while holding a loaded firearm.” Manslaughter is a second degree felony. If found guilty, Kleinert faces prison time of 2-20 years and a fine not to exceed $10,000. More on that strangely worded indictment later.

On July 26, police were investigating a robbery at the Benchmark Bank during business hours.  When Larry Eugene Jackson, Jr. tried to enter the bank, he discovered the doors were locked.  Dicktective Kleinert, smelling a rat, fled after the pre-suspect, but falling behind, he commandeered a citizen’s car in the process.  Under a nearby bridge, Jackson and Kleinert struggled, and according to Lucian Villaseñor  at SocialistWorker.org, Kleinert:

pursued Jackson and beat him, breaking his ribs and perforating his colon. He then placed his gun to the back of Larry’s neck and pulled the trigger.

Larry was supposed to return home that day in order to take his three visiting children back to their mother in Mississippi. Instead, Larry’s mother Billie Mercer filed a missing person’s report with the Austin Police Department. Despite the police knowing full well that they had killed her son, they made her wait over a day before informing her, so they could get their stories straight and come up with a narrative to frame Larry as a criminal.


by Anthony Freda via wendydavis @flickr

Jackson’s family and justice seekers in Austin kept up the pressure for Kleinert’s arrest with a campaign of vigils, press conferences, rallies, and public talks for the next ten months.  No weapon was found on Jackson, but just to be sure that he was smeared after his murder, according to the Statesman again:

‘Jackson, who was not suspected in the robbery, walked away but returned a minute later and tried to open the door again, drawing the attention of a bank manager. After speaking to Jackson, police have said the manager told Kleinert that Jackson had attempted to use the name of a bank customer employees knew wasn’t Jackson. Sources have told the American-Statesman that Jackson had the identification of at least one person that didn’t belong to him, and police have said that Jackson had possibly gone there to pass a forged check.’

Kleinert turned himself in to the police the day of his indictment, where his bail was set at $100,000; he paid his own bond.

Soon after ‘the shooting,’ Kleinert had quit the department, thereby insuring that his employment records would be sealed, and no action could be taken by the Austin police review board, and enabling him to ‘retire’ with full pension compensation. The American-Statesman did say that nothing they’d found in their records search found anything but glowing reports of Kleinert’s police work.

Now we don’t know what evidence the grand jury heard, including Kleinert’s, but in another piece from the Statesman:

Sources have told the Statesman that Kleinert told internal affairs investigators that he unintentionally fired the shot that killed Jackson. His weapon was drawn as part of his effort to subdue Jackson, according to sources, and Kleinert said a single round accidentally went off when he lost his balance and fell over.

Quite a different story; it’s called testilying, of course, but IA and grand jury testimony is secret secret secret stuff.

By fall of 2013, Larry Jackson’s family had filed a wrongful death claim in federal court.  From AUSTIN (KXAN):

15,000 March Across Staten Island to Protest Eric Garner’s Murder by Police

By: wendydavis Saturday August 23, 2014 1:45 pm

The protest was billed as #WeWillNotGoBack.  Apparently neither Mayor Bill de Blasio nor Public Advocate Letitia James were expected to attend today’s events.

People gathered early, taking buses and ferries to Staten Island.  The march began close to noon eastern at the site of Eric Garner’s murder by police.  Garner, a 43-year-old father of six, suffered from asthma and was unarmed when he was stopped by police on July 17 in Staten Island for allegedly selling loose cigarettes.

After resisting arrest, Garner was placed in a chokehold — an illegal tactic — by white NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo and can be heard, in a cellphone video, screaming “I can’t breathe!” several times as he was forced to the ground and handcuffed.

The confrontation led to his death a short time later. The city medical examiner ruled the death a homicide and NYPD officers Pantaleo and Justin Damico have been reassigned during the investigation.

District Attorney Daniel Donovan plans to present evidence to a grand jury next month.

A Folk-rap-rock Police State Opera for Ferguson & beyond (with libretto)

By: wendydavis Wednesday August 20, 2014 10:10 am

We all must be hearing music when witnessing militarized police assassinations and crackdowns on protests, journalists, and dissidents of any flavor.  Here are some of mine. Were I a victim of the same rather than an observer, they might be different; who can say?  What do you hear? 

And let us please, not forget Jackson State, two killed and twelve others shot by National Guard and many other ‘security agencies’ two days later; few were even aware of it.  LA 1992 after the Rodney King verdict, 50 dead, 2000 injured before it was over.  Detroit ’67, Watts ’65, Harlem ’64…and the beat goes on.  But it must stop.

#TWIBnation (This Week in Blackness, apparently), one of the few black journalist organizations on the ground in Ferguson.  Warning: it’s hideous, but all sound, no video.  You may be feelin’ this afterward:

Seen on Twitter:

 “There’s a reason you separate military and the police. One fights the enemies of the state, the other serves and protects the people. When the military becomes both, then the enemies of the state tend to become the people.”

~ Commander William Adama (Battlestar Galactica)

And close to: “Why do white people keep telling us how we should act in the face of all this racist shit?”

f©ck the police, f©ck the system, indeed

By: wendydavis Thursday August 14, 2014 9:34 am

DS Wright has covered the war on citizens citizen assemblies and the press in Ferguson, MO here, so I’ll be able to skip that for the most part.  His commentariat have brought many useful and provocative links, as well.

Please add what you saw, either through following the LiveStreams, or #Ferguson or related accounts.  At some national reporters were on the scene, some arrested for filming the militarized police, some pepper-sprayed and shot with rubber bullets.  Let’s hope that their personal experiences will translate into wider coverage of what citizens are up against: a fascist police state run amok, avoiding making themselves the story, eh?  And let’s hope that their collective reporting contextualizes the larger issues, as in Colonization 2.0 and the increased use of Defense Department military weapons, armored vehicles, sound cannons, etc., killing citizens without due process with overwhelming impunity, as well as the following.

The Real News did an interview with Glen Ford of Black Agenda Report yesterday: “Understanding the Ferguson Uprising in the Context of Mass Incarceration

The transcript can be found here.

Sheer insanity: US & NATO fomenting war with Russia

By: wendydavis Tuesday August 12, 2014 8:13 am

Or: Johnny won’t come marching home from nuclear war

NATO Secretary General Press Point – Kiev, Ukraine, 07 August 2014

Foghy presses home the point that the new meme is: ‘Our allies and partners’, meaning probable fast-tracking of Ukraine into their organization, and ‘defending’ any of the periphery nations as ‘back-door members.  They are all being urged to increase their military budgets, of course: Because Russia.  (And cuz war is a sincerely profitable racket, but: Shhhhhh.)

And yes, Foghy, the ‘advisors’ are already there, as likely have been boatloads of CIA and Special Ops; the equipment (called ‘non-lethal’ has arrived, as well).

Let’s see what’s going on in the Black Sea (Lithuania, Romania, joint operations with Turkey, Tweets Galore!:

Is Brussels in thrall to the Empire of Chaos (h/t: Pepe Escobar) as the EU nations are?  So many carrots, so many sticks…

Psycho-spiritual health break: Spectacular ISS pics of Sunday’s supermoon

By: wendydavis Sunday August 10, 2014 1:44 pm

Yes, every day, war and more war and calumny, suffering and privation…for me, that can wait until tomorrow, For tonight, may we stop and look skyward, and enjoy the photos of this big blue ball provided by Russian Cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev, and gain some measure of peace and perspective.

May we also contemplate what ShootThatArrow is wont to say so poignantly, It didn’t have to be this way.” From RT:

‘A Russian cosmonaut has posted stunning pictures of the supermoon, giving a preview to one of the most dramatic space events of the year. On Sunday, stargazers will be able to view the biggest and brightest moon in 20 years.

Oleg Artemyev posted a series of amazing images depicting the giant moon’s journey orbiting the Earth on his Twitter account, calling it “the supermoon moonset.”

The images give a glimpse into one of the most anticipated and exciting astronomical events of the year, when the moon is at its fullest.

This Sunday’s supermoon, known as “Perigee,” will be the second and largest of the three to appear this summer. The moon on Sunday is calculated to be about 50,000 kilometers closer to Earth than when it is at its furthest point, known as “Apogee.” It will make the moon appear 14 percent closer and 30 percent brighter than full moons usually appear.

The previous supermoon was seen on July 12, resulting in spectacular images and prompting millions to crane their necks to see the phenomenon. The last of the three moons this year is expected to appear on September 9.

“This is the supermoon, the ‘superest’ supermoon,” NASA scientist Noah Petro told Space.com during a video interview. “The two full moons around this one are also close, but not the closest. By the strict definition of a supermoon or a perigee moon this one this weekend is the closest full moon of the year. The other ones are spectacular but not quite as close as this one.”‘

Read more here to see the moon photos larger, and/or watch a NASA video on this week’s Perseids Meteor Shower.   (I’ll toss in a few other photos of the earth he took; they’re breathtaking. Here’s his Twitter account for more.  Oooh; and RT has added additional breathtaking moon photos since I’d last looked.

A Collection of WikiCables on Israel & Gaza

By: wendydavis Wednesday August 6, 2014 10:06 am

(This is by way of a PSA, and I doubt I’ll be able to come back to the thread since we have our daughter and her three chirren here for a week.  So please talk to one another…and may it be that we don’t need them in the future.)

This is the Storify slideshow WikiLeaks posted four days ago of 51 (and counting): #Gaza related WikiLeaks cables mentioned in the past 48 hours | Storify.  I went back through their Twitter account to get the links to some of them for your use later as you might need them for evidence when you’re engaged in (ahem) discussions with the confused apologists for raining down bombs and missiles on Gaza.  If I understand it, one can’t use the slideshow in that way.