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  • Reply to: Straight out of Esquire and I quote.   6 min ago

    @MsGrin Good Old Uncle Joe will still be a spry 77 years old. Fit as a fiddle!

  • Reply to: Things the left must no longer say. (Trump edition.)   9 min 45 sec ago

    @Cant Stop the Macedonian Signal

    I would undoubtedly think that I was one of a very, very few people thinking these thoughts. That would make me less confident in expressing them to others. In addition, "message boards" have provided some of the most solid real news and help for me putting together my own real news. Getting the extra help also makes me a lot more confident when I speak to others.

    I would say the war of ideas is in many ways quite a bit more important than the war of power, money, and guns. In the end, there are not enough plutocrats to control the rest of us. It is only the ideas they preach daily in MSM that make it work.

    If "message boards" like this one don't fight the flood of fake news then who will? I completely agree with you.

  • Reply to: Democrats problems: Race and Class   17 min 56 sec ago

    ... I was assured that HRC was The Choice Of The Black Folks. What more do these people want?

  • Reply to: He's being prosecuted. He ripped off rich people.   18 min 38 sec ago

    @thanatokephaloides

    It would be strangely appropriate if he wound up in this sort of place...

    http://www.alternet.org/story/151732/21st-century_slaves%3A_how_corporat...

    21st-Century Slaves: How Corporations Exploit Prison Labor
    In the eyes of the corporation, inmate labor is a brilliant strategy in the eternal quest to maximize profit.
    By Rania Khalek / AlterNet
    July 21, 2011

    This article has been updated.

    There is one group of American workers so disenfranchised that corporations are able to get away with paying them wages that rival those of third-world sweatshops. These laborers have been legally stripped of their political, economic and social rights and ultimately relegated to second-class citizens. They are banned from unionizing, violently silenced from speaking out and forced to work for little to no wages. This marginalization renders them practically invisible, as they are kept hidden from society with no available recourse to improve their circumstances or change their plight.

    They are the 2.3 million American prisoners locked behind bars where we cannot see or hear them. And they are modern-day slaves of the 21st century. ...

    But, of course, he's rich and White, so he won't. Not that this should be possible at all, anywhere, but it's people like him who've created such atrocities and they really ought to be at equal risk of winding up on the wrong side of the sort of pathological profiteering such as he enriches himself from, smirking all the while.

  • Reply to: He's being prosecuted. He ripped off rich people.   19 min 10 sec ago

    @snoopydawg to knock out an incumbent. Casework has given every scumbag in Congress a 20% or so cushion of support that almost no one can challenge.

    Yeah, we know Senator Dirtball is a criminal, but he helped Aunt Mabel with her social security once, so now we owe him our vote.

    That type of thing has destroyed this country.

  • Reply to: I now am very concerned, (A classic ToP Trigger)   20 min 3 sec ago

    @thanatokephaloides @thanatokephaloides

    That's a good one Smile

  • Reply to: Who will own lack of a (good) national health plan? Part Three   20 min 8 sec ago

    @Ellen North

    that laws apply to all of us also apply to corporate directors officers--or they should. For example, I have yet to see one charged with murder when they knowing send a deadly product, like a defective car, into the the market. They may get sued, along with the corporation, but the corporation probably indemnifies them for any financial loss.

    But, within that,the law also requires corporate directors and directors to maximize profits. If their officoal behavior is inconsistent with maximizing profits, stockholders can sue them.

    In fact, early on, a corporate officer (Henry Ford) had to justify making charitable donations with corporate money after a couple of stockholders (the Dodge brothers) sued him. Ford convinced the court that creating goodwill was a legit way to spend corporate money. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dodge_v._Ford_Motor_Co. The Dodge brothers still disagreed with Ford on this point, I guess, because they started their own company.

    However, maximizing profit for the shareholders of Ford and Dodge is not the job description of a politician, though many act as though it is. The legal duty of politicians is to the general public. Also, unless I buy loads of stock, I have zero say about corporate officers and directors. However, at least in theory, I have a vote when it comes to politicians who, btw, have the power to change laws that apply to corporations and to corporate officers and directors. So, I think we should focus on politicians first.

  • Reply to: I now am very concerned, (A classic ToP Trigger)   21 min 39 sec ago

    the actions he took during his 8 years are going to be affecting this country for decades if climate change doesn't wipe us out first.

    This was his plan for the war with Russia. Our NATO allies are on board with the plan even though they might be some of the first ones hit.
    The insane powers that be think that the world could survive if our country used a mini-nuke on Russia. Or even a bigger one because it would wipe out Russia's ability to strike back.
    The stupid idiots must have forgotten that Russia has submarines that have nuclear weapons on board and they are somewhere under the seas and they can hit us back.

    This article explains why the Ukraine president had to be removed from office
    Indications that the U.S. Is Planning a Nuclear Attack Against Russia

    On March 23rd, Gallup headlined “South Sudan, Haiti and Ukraine Lead World in Suffering”, and the Ukrainian part of that can unquestionably be laid at the feet of U.S. President Barack Obama, who in February 2014 imposed upon Ukraine a very bloody coup (see above), which he and his press misrepresented (and still misrepresent) as being (and still represent as having been) a ‘democratic revolution’, but was nothing of the sort, and actually was instead the start of the Ukrainian dictatorship and the hell that has since destroyed that country, and brought the people there into such misery, it’s now by far the worst in Europe, and nearly tied with the worst in the entire world.

    I have read many articles about the Ukraine coup and I can't find the one article on the coup that is much better than this one. I wil search for the one that talks about how Obama and NATO are planning the war against Russia.

    @Steven D

  • Reply to: Straight out of Esquire and I quote.   24 min 36 sec ago

    and Raoul Duke wasn't exactly a choirboy.
    plus, he was a fictional character.

  • Reply to: Straight out of Esquire and I quote.   26 min 40 sec ago

    @thanatokephaloides

    the most annoying song of all time.

  • Reply to: "We killed them all. Daesh, men, women and children. We killed everyone."   38 min 6 sec ago

    @CB greatly increasing the defense budget. If you look at what the Pentagon is saying about world hegemony, they simply can't do it and recommend the end to a unilateral world if that can't change. Big budget, deficit and debt wars ahead. Nothing seems sustainable but they still have the most power on the planet. You can see what they're doing to Venezuela without as much of a peep from Putin and China.

  • Reply to: "We killed them all. Daesh, men, women and children. We killed everyone."   48 min 34 sec ago

    They haven't followed the Geneva convention or international law since, well forever.
    Besides the war crime of invading countries that haven't threatened us first (Nuremberg law), our military has committed war crimes in every war they have been involved in.

    Even when congress found out that our military as well as the CIA were torturing prisoners, they did jack-shit about it.
    This country has been doing war crimes since its inception.
    When it's not actually going into other countries, it trains those country's military to do the war crimes for us.

    @native

  • Reply to: (It just gets weirder): Arrested DNC Staffer Awan Retains Long-Time Clinton Associate For Legal Help   52 min 6 sec ago

    @WoodsDweller
    what you say sounds more realistic.

    It's hard not to see a connection between the VIPS forensic report about a DNC leaker with access and Awan's arrest, just because of the timing. Like Seth Rich's murder a day before the filing of the exit polling lawsuit, it just tends to get your attention, even though there may be no connection.

    What's clear, though, is that there's a lot of criminal activity flying in this shitstorm and that it's no longer possible to see anything that indicates legally responsible behavior on the part of the Party.

  • Reply to: "We killed them all. Daesh, men, women and children. We killed everyone."   54 min 55 sec ago

    @CB
    albeit very belatedly. Maybe now they're trying to curry favor with Iraq's government, by coming in a day late and a dollar short. If so, that's not working very well either.

  • Reply to: (It just gets weirder): Arrested DNC Staffer Awan Retains Long-Time Clinton Associate For Legal Help   54 min 55 sec ago

    in the long list of Democratic Congress members who had a relationship to these IT foreign nationals with money problems is a possible explanation for Democratic members of Congress mouthing the moronic belief that Russia hacked the DNC and that it's an act of war.

    It's so bizarre. It's so stupid. It's so dumb. And it's so uniform, as if they all took a potion. It's like the Manchurian Candidate's assassin suddenly going blank-faced and saying, "Raymond Shaw is the kindest, bravest, warmest, most wonderful human being I've ever known in my life."

    Who's controlling these people? I've been thinking it was just money, even Bernie getting on the bandwagon. But Bernie Sanders raised more money on the basis of his actual message than Clinton could on her own without the high rollers. Do Sanders and Elizabeth Warren et al need the big rollers that badly? What the heck explains this?

  • Reply to: The Evening Blues - 7-27-17   55 min 51 sec ago

    this evening, hope your doctor's appointment went well, and that you were able to get your pain meds refilled.

    Have a good one!

    Mollie


    "Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage."--Lao Tzu

    "I think dogs are the most amazing creatures--they give unconditional love. For me, they are the role model for being alive."--Gilda Radner

    "You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink."--Old English Proverb

  • Reply to: Washington Post: Beating The Drums Of War   57 min 20 sec ago

    The Washington Post has learnt tons about acting as a propaganda outlet; this is not ignorance, nor is it journalistic incompetence!

    https://www.counterpunch.org/2016/11/30/the-cia-and-the-press-when-the-w...

    November 30, 2016
    The CIA and the Press: When the Washington Post Ran the CIA’s Propaganda Network

    by Jeffrey St. Clair - Alexander Cockburn

    ... In the meantime, here is a brief historical note on how at the height of the Cold War the CIA developed it’s very own stable of writers, editors and publishers (swelling to as many as 3000 individuals) that it paid to scribble Agency propaganda under a program called Operation Mockingbird. The disinformation network was supervised by the late Philip Graham, former publisher of Timberg’s very own paper, the Washington Post. ...

    ... Now it appears that the paper is circling round for yet another drive-by.

    Almost from its founding in 1947, the CIA had journalists on its payroll, a fact acknowledged in ringing tones by the Agency in its announcement in 1976 when G.H.W. Bush took over from William Colby that “Effective immediately, the CIA will not enter into any paid or contract relationship with any full-time or part-time news correspondent accredited by any US news service, newspaper, periodical, radio or television network or station.”

    Though the announcement also stressed that the CIA would continue to “welcome” the voluntary, unpaid cooperation of journalists, there’s no reason to believe that the Agency actually stopped covert payoffs to the Fourth Estate. ...

    ... Trento writes that

    “One of the most important journalists under the control of Operation Mockingbird was Joseph Alsop, whose articles appeared in over 300 different newspapers.” Other journalists willing to promote the views of the CIA, included Stewart Alsop (New York Herald Tribune), Ben Bradlee (Newsweek), James Reston (New York Times), Charles Douglas Jackson (Time Magazine), Walter Pincus (Washington Post), William C. Baggs (Miami News), Herb Gold (Miami News) and Charles Bartlett (Chattanooga Times).

    By 1953 Operation Mockingbird had a major influence over 25 newspapers and wire agencies, including the New York Times, Time, CBS, Time. Wisner’s operations were funded by siphoning of funds intended for the Marshall Plan. Some of this money was used to bribe journalists and publishers.”

    In his book Mockingbird: The Subversion of the Free Press by the CIA, Alex Constantine writes that in the 1950s, “some 3,000 salaried and contract CIA employees were eventually engaged in propaganda efforts”.

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-12-20/cia-washington-post-and-russia-...

    The CIA, Washington Post, And Russia: What You're Not Being Told

    by Tyler Durden
    Dec 20, 2016

    ... But the outlet’s behind-the-scenes relationship with the CIA is nothing new. In 2013, a conflict of interest arose shortly after Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon, purchased the newspaper. As the Nation reported at the time:

    “[Jeff Bezos] recently secured a $600 million contract from the CIA. That’s at least twice what Bezos paid for the Post this year. Bezos recently disclosed that the company’s Web-services business is building a ‘private cloud’ for the CIA to use for its data needs.”

    As this occurred, a petition calling on the Washington Post to disclose its new ties to the CIA when reporting on the agency garnered 30,000 signatures. According to the RootsforAction petition:

    “The Post often does reporting on CIA activities. The coverage should include full disclosure that the owner of the Washington Post is also the main owner of Amazon — and Amazon is now gaining huge profits directly from the CIA.”

    Robert McChesney of the Institute for Public Accuracy pointed out the glaring conflict of interest:

    “If some official enemy of the United States had a comparable situation—say the owner of the dominant newspaper in Caracas was getting $600 million in secretive contracts from the Maduro government—the Post itself would lead the howling chorus impaling that newspaper and that government for making a mockery of a free press. It is time for the Post to take a dose of its own medicine.” ...

    Please pass the salt-shaker? For the newspaper I'm reading, not the breakfast that goes with it.

  • Reply to: The Evening Blues - 7-27-17   59 min 16 sec ago

    'canned hunts.' (The EB news roundup is so extensive, I sometimes inadvertently miss an article that would be of great interest to me.)

    Absolutely sickening! I can't believe that this type of so-called 'hunting' is legal. I hope that wild life advocacy groups will step up their efforts to raise public consciousness regarding this disgusting practice. This is the first that I've heard of this--meaning, actually trapping animals in fenced areas before a hunt.

    Mollie


    "Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage."--Lao Tzu

    "I think dogs are the most amazing creatures--they give unconditional love. For me, they are the role model for being alive."--Gilda Radner

  • Reply to: Straight out of Esquire and I quote.   1 hour 3 sec ago

    @native for the 2018 election cycle, presumably to support congressional candidates in races which under-performed her in 2016, but apparently she's ceded the top spot for 2020. It is hard for me to believe she did so willingly or at all. Waiting and watching.

  • Reply to: "We killed them all. Daesh, men, women and children. We killed everyone."   1 hour 41 sec ago

    @Big Al
    Iran and China in an attempt to put a crimp into the Belt and Road Initiative. Fortunately, both Putin and Li understand how to deal with ISIS through the SCO.

    The success of the BRI will put an end to American world hegemony. The only thing the US can do is increase its defense spending as a response. But this will eventually destroy the country from within. Just look at rot occurring as we speak. The country is now operating more like a banana republic than a great nation.

  • Reply to: "We killed them all. Daesh, men, women and children. We killed everyone."   1 hour 1 min ago

    to remove Assad from office. He had turned them down when they along with Qatar wanted to build their own oil and gas pipelines.

    The Secret Stupid Saudi-US Deal on Syria. Oil Gas Pipeline War The Kerry-Abdullah Secret Deal

    According to Rashid Abanmy, President of the Riyadh-based Saudi Arabia Oil Policies and Strategic Expectations Center, the dramatic price collapse is being deliberately caused by the Saudis, OPEC’s largest producer. The public reason claimed is to gain new markets in a global market of weakening oil demand. The real reason, according to Abanmy, is to put pressure on Iran on her nuclear program, and on Russia to end her support for Bashar al-Assad in Syria.[2]

    This article is where Kerry was testifying before congress where he told them that the Saudis would pay for the Syrian war.
    I wonder if they kept their part of the bargain?
    John Kerry reveals Arab countries have offered to PAY America to carry out full-scale invasion of Syria

    You are correct that one of the reasons for the wars in the Middle East is to make Israel the only superpower in the Middle East.
    But why would the Saudis want this to happen and where do they stand?

    @CB

  • Reply to: Straight out of Esquire and I quote.   1 hour 2 min ago

    @reflectionsv37 It is just that weird.

  • Reply to: Straight out of Esquire and I quote.   1 hour 6 min ago
  • Reply to: Straight out of Esquire and I quote.   1 hour 7 min ago

    @native It's how humans roll. That's why I'm big on the systems we have, or shouldn't have more accurately. I don't suppose we can ever design a human proof political system, but the one we've got is so far gone and so inadequate to anyone but the rich that it simply has to go. There has to be a come to Jesus moment in this country regarding how we're governed nationally.

  • Reply to: Straight out of Esquire and I quote.   1 hour 11 min ago

    @Big Al
    Another turn or two of the revolving doors is all it will take for DC to recover its equilibrium, and for neoliberalism to once again reign supreme. We might as well enjoy the freak show while it lasts.