The Evening Blues - 5-1-18


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"The lowest form of popular culture - lack of information, misinformation, disinformation, and a contempt for the truth or the reality of most people's lives - has overrun real journalism. Today, ordinary Americans are being stuffed with garbage."

-- Carl Bernstein

News and Opinion

An excellent article worth a full read, here's the intro:

As Israel Kills Dozens and Maims Thousands, Palestinian ‘Violence’ Under Media Microscope

Corporate media help set the terms of debate about the issues they cover by pointing toward specific sets of questions and ignoring others. When news outlets highlight particular points of contention, they encourage audiences to see these as the central aspects of the story and discourage consideration of other facets of the topic. Recent reporting on the Palestinians’ Great Return March offers a case study in how news media establish truncated, distorted parameters of discussion.

During the recent demonstrations in Gaza, Israel has injured nearly 3,000 Palestinians and killed 35 of them, while there have been zero Israeli casualties. Yet a Washington Post report (4/20/18) devotes portions of 10 of its 29 paragraphs to the spectre of Palestinian violence, making references to “molotov cocktails” as well as “masked youths [who] launched kites with rags and plastic bottles attached, which they set alight with lighter fluid,” and including quotes from Israeli officials describing Palestinians as participating in “violent riots.”

A quarter of the paragraphs in a CNN article by Ingrid Formanek and Ian Lee (4/17/18) cast Palestinian actions as violent or threatening, largely through the use of quotes from Israeli officials making baseless claims about Palestinian demonstrators trying to “carry out terror attacks” and other such falsehoods. Similarly, five of the 16 paragraphs in a CNN article by Ian Lee, Abeer Salman and Ameera Ahmed (4/20/18) portray Palestinians as violent or menacing, in one case amplifying Israel’s groundless assertion that the Palestinians killed by Israel were “known terrorists.”

Devoting substantial attention to the question of Palestinian violence, as each of these articles does, carries the suggestion that readers should be assessing how violent the Palestinians were in order to determine whether Israel was justified in killing them. Coverage shouldn’t be fostering a debate about Palestinian violence during the Great Return March, since it’s been essentially nonexistent (though it’s worth noting that Palestinians have a right under international law to resist occupation via armed struggle). Instead, coverage ought to foster discussion about how to rein in the extreme violence that Israel is actually inflicting.

'Masterpiece show': Israeli PM touts proof to discredit Iran nuclear deal

Netanyahu just tried to convince Trump to kill the Iran deal with a Powerpoint

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu likely just gave Donald Trump the excuse he was looking for to officially kill the Iran nuclear deal. Armed with a rudimentary Powerpoint presentation and a microphone, the Israeli leader unveiled Monday what he said were “secret nuclear files” that showed Iran had kept and expanded its nuclear weapons knowledge after signing the 2015 agreement.

At a televised presentation from Israel's Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv, Netanyahu showed what he said were copies of a trove of 55,000 pages of secret documents cataloguing Iran’s nuclear knowledge, that had been stored in a compound in Tehran’s Shorabad district in 2017.

Netanyahu said the documents showed Iran had lied about never having a nuclear weapons program, and that it had preserved and continued to expand its nuclear knowledge after signing the landmark deal with six world powers - the U.S., the U.K., Russia, France, China, and Germany. Based on the documents, he said he expected Trump to pull out of the deal, as he mulls its future in coming days.

Mike Pompeo is all in on Benjamin Netanyahu’s Iran claims

Israel’s claim that Iran continued to develop its nuclear program after the signing of the 2015 nuclear deal could prompt the U.S. to pull out of agreement, Mike Pompeo suggested late Monday. The recently confirmed secretary of state said the documents proved Tehran was "not telling the truth," even though much of the global community was left underwhelmed by Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s televised address. ...

Responding to the presentation, Pompeo — who had met with Netanyahu on a visit to Tel Aviv a day earlier — said the U.S. believed all the Israeli-obtained files it had reviewed so far were authentic, and that the revelations would feed into President Trump's upcoming decision on whether to stay in the Iran nuclear deal. ...

But other signatories to the deal were unmoved by Netanyahu’s briefing, which analysts said contained nothing new and failed to provide any evidence that Iran had worked to obtain a nuclear weapon since the 2015 deal was signed. The three European signatories — France, Britain, and Germany — reaffirmed their commitment to the deal, with a British government spokesman saying his government had “never been naive about Iran and its nuclear intentions.” U.K. Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt said the agreement “contributes to peace in the region.”

The European Union's foreign policy head, Federica Mogherini, said Netanyahu’s presentation did not draw Iran’s compliance with the terms of the deal into question.

'There was nothing there': Iran nuclear weapons documents raise questions

If the reports are true, it was the heist of the century. Israeli spies are said to have broken into a secret Tehran warehouse in January, stolen a half-tonne of documents and somehow spirited them back to Israel the same night. That version of events, recounted in the New York Times, raises important questions about the documents presented by Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday as proof of Iranian dishonesty about its nuclear weapons programme.

For example, why were the presumed crown jewels of Iranian national security not better guarded? Was there a struggle to get into the warehouse, an “inside man”, or was there just a padlock? And why – amid all those documents – were the Israelis not able to find substantive new information that had not been presented by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in 2011?

“There was nothing there. There was nothing that the IAEA did not know, and all the theatrics and circa-2004 Powerpoint were a bit silly,” said Alexandra Bell, a former state department expert, now senior policy director at the Centre for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation. ... So far, nothing from the Israeli document trove represents a direct violation of the deal, or contradicts the IAEA’s judgement in December 2015 that there had been no evidence of Iranian work on nuclear weapons design after 2009.

Israeli Military Attacks Iranian Backed Syrian Bases

Netanyahu: Don’t Look Here Where We’re Shooting Children, Look Over There at Iran

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, a notorious warmonger, serial liar and supremacist racialist who used to lead the closest thing Israel has to a fascist party until parties even more extreme got elected to parliament, is attempting to bamboozle the clueless Trump into getting on a war footing with Iran. Netanyahu’s breathless announcement that there was a potential weapons aspect to Iran’s nuclear enrichment program has been known for a decade and a half.

Netanyahu even seems to have provoked the White House to issue a communique falsely stating that Iran has a weapons program presently, which it promptly had to retract. The incident is so scary because it shows how easy it is to manipulate the erratic Trump and his not-ready-for-prime-time staff. That sort of thing, David Frum said on Twitter, can cause a war. And he should know. ...

So why try to put Iran on the front burner of American war-making? It is a desperate attempt on Netanyahu’s part to divert world attention from the ongoing Israeli Apartheid discrimination against the stateless Palestinians, which it militarily occupies (directly with jackboots and colonial settlers on the West Bank, indirectly with military encirclement and the sniping of innocent protesters in Gaza).

In recent weeks, Israeli snipers have used live ammunition to kill some 40 and wound hundreds of Palestinians who were unarmed and peacefully protesting their imprisonment in the Gaza Strip (70% of their families were kicked out of their homes in Israel and now live in squalid refugee camps while European Israelis took over their houses and farmland and are living it up). The sniping victims have including children, journalists, demonstrators distant from the Israeli confinement fence, and worshipers at prayer with the mention of God on their lips. Shooting unarmed people who pose no threat is a war crime, and doing it systematically amounts to a crime against humanity. So too is the crime of Apartheid described in the Statute of Rome as a “crime against humanity,” and Israel manifestly and robustly practices Apartheid against the Palestinians under its military heel. ...

What is going on now is an attempt to pull the wool over people’s eyes about that and to con them into spending $6 trillion on another ruinous Middle East conflict. That will keep everybody busy while Netanyahu finally succeeds in ethnically cleansing what is left of the Palestinians, his ulterior ultimate goal.

"Clerical Error"? Trump White House Forced to Retract False Claim Iran Has Nuclear Weapons Program

Demonstrating just how easily the Trump administration's mixture of utter incompetence and malicious determination to undermine diplomacy can bring the U.S. to the brink of yet another war in a matter of minutes, the White House issued a statement Monday night falsely declaring that Iran "has a robust, clandestine nuclear weapons program"—only to quickly change the statement from "has" to "had" in the face of journalistic reporting and strong backlash.

While the White House was quick to explain away the potentially catastrophic mistake as a mere typo, Brian Beutler of Crooked Media argued this explanation "doesn't withstand scrutiny," given that the "original statement uses the word 'has' twice, strongly suggesting an intent to mislead the global public into believing Iran had covertly reactivated its nuclear weapons program in direct defiance of the agreement."

After admitting its "clerical error" to reporters, the White House quietly deleted its previous tweet publicizing the statement—which came shortly after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's "bizarre" speech claiming Iran is violating the terms of the nuclear deal—without "offering any apology to those who thought the U.S. was going to war with Iran."

Allusions to the lies leading up to America's 2003 invasion of Iraq have been made frequently over the past several days as President Donald Trump continues to ratchet up tensions with Iran, and observers found it impossible not to make the same comparison following the White House's "error" Monday night—particularly with the experienced intelligence manipulator John Bolton leading Trump's national security team.

Palestinians should 'take Trump deal or shut up', says Saudi crown prince MBS

Mohammed bin Salman said the Palestinian leadership should accept whatever peace terms are offered by the United States and stop complaining, according to reports based on an Israeli diplomatic cable and Israeli and American sources. The Saudi crown prince also heavily criticised the Palestinian leadership, including President Mahmoud Abbas and said Palestinian statehood was not a priority for Riyadh, according to the reports by Israel's Channel 10 news. ...

Bin Salman reportedly pressed Abbas to accept the US framework for peace after Trump's recognition of Jerusalem, and gave the Palestinian leadership the terms. ... "The plan calls for having a Palestinian state with provisional borders on half of West Bank and the Gaza Strip, without Jerusalem, and calls for humanitarian solutions to the refugee issue," a Palestinian official told Middle East Eye at the time. "The deal calls for building a new Jerusalem for the Palestinians from the surrounding villages and communities," he said.

Channel 10 diplomatic correspondent Barak Ravid reported a source briefed on the MBS meeting in New York as saying that some of those in attendance "literally fell off their chairs".

Worldwide Mourning as 10 Journalists Killed in Afghanistan’s Deadliest Day for Reporters Since 2001

Trump’s military buildup in Afghanistan really isn’t stopping the Taliban

Trump’s ramped-up military efforts in Afghanistan have failed to rein in the Taliban, according to a new report, which shows the insurgents’ grip on the country growing ever stronger. The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) report, released Tuesday, makes for gloomy reading as the conflict approaches its 17th year, undercutting the U.S. military’s more optimistic spin in recent months.

Specifically, the report shows the Taliban and other militant groups now control or influence 59 of Afghanistan's 407 districts, or 14.5 percent, the highest level since SIGAR began receiving district-level breakdown data in late 2015. Those numbers are made worse by another trend: The size of the Afghan security forces dropped by about 10 percent over the past year, as morale collapsed under increased insurgent attacks, desertions, and government corruption. ...

The report arrived as the Afghan capital Kabul was still recovering from another string of deadly terror attacks. On Monday, an ISIS “double-tap” suicide attack killed at least 26 people, including nine journalists. A bombing the week before killed 60 people.

The constant barrage of attacks comes as Trump's team pushes for a military solution in the war-ravaged country. Since taking office, Trump has pushed for an aggressive role in Afghanistan, sending in thousands of new troops and giving commanders broader authority to order airstrikes. In November, Gen. John Nicholson, the U.S.’s top general in Afghanistan, claimed that the strategy was working, and that situation had “turned the corner.”

South Korean trust in North jumps after feel-good summit

South Korean trust in North Korea has surged since last week’s feel-good summit at which their leaders declared an end to hostilities and to work towards denuclearization of the peninsula.

A survey taken on Friday, the day North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met South Korean President Moon Jae-in, showed 64.7 percent believe the North will denuclearize and keep peace. Before the summit, only 14.7 percent of those polled said they did, research agency Realmeter said on Monday.

Many South Koreans were struck by the live TV images during the summit of a smiling and joking Kim. Never before had they seen a self-deprecating and witty side to him, admitting that his country’s train system was inferior and promising he wouldn’t wake up Moon any more with early morning missile launches. ...

South Korea’s stock market got a boost on Monday, lifted by shares of construction companies and train and steel manufacturers on hopes for joint economic projects.

Border Patrol Targets Prominent Humanitarian Group as Criminal Organization

From the moment Scott Warren was arrested by Border Patrol agents on a remote property just north of the Mexican border, in January this year, there were questions. The 35-year-old college instructor, with a doctorate in geography and a history of academic and humanitarian work along the border, was found in a building known locally as “the Barn,” in the company of two young undocumented men from Mexico. Accused of supplying the men with food, water, clothing, and a place to sleep, he was indicted by a grand jury in February, on two counts of harboring illegal aliens and one count of conspiracy to transport and harbor illegal aliens. The humanitarian aid volunteer could spend up to two decades in prison if convicted and sentenced to consecutive terms.

Warren is also one of nine volunteers with No More Deaths, an official ministry of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson, to be hit with federal charges in recent months for leaving water in a remote federal wilderness preserve where migrants routinely disappear and die. His arrest came just hours after No More Deaths published a report that documents evidence of Border Patrol agents destroying jugs of water that the group leaves for migrants in the desert. Now, more than three months after the raid on the Barn, filings in the criminal case against Warren reveal new details about the January operation, bolstering suspicions that law enforcement has come to see No More Deaths, an organization focused on preventing the loss of life in the borderlands, as a criminal organization aimed at aiding the unlawful entry of migrants into the U.S.

A motion to suppress evidence that was filed by Warren’s attorneys, who claim that the warrantless search of The Barn was unlawful, includes text messages between Border Patrol agents from before and after the raid, as well as reports written by agency officials at the time. The materials include talk of open investigations into No More Deaths as an organization, descriptions of Warren as a “recruiter” for the group, and links made between Warren’s arrest and prior enforcement actions that stemmed from the organization’s “illicit” work. ... The Barn, and the work that goes on there, is no secret. The Ajo, Arizona, property is openly used by humanitarian aid groups that provide food, water, and medical care to the adults and children who come stumbling out of the Arizona desert exhausted, dehydrated, and sometimes on the verge of death.

Border Patrol agents and humanitarian groups in Arizona, such as No More Deaths, have long operated with an understanding that spaces used to save human lives are generally off limits to law enforcement. The verbal agreement upheld by Border Patrol agents in the Tucson Sector and volunteers in the area is built on a set of written principles modeled after Red Cross guidelines on the treatment of humanitarian aid organizations, which include a passage that reads, “Medical treatment provided by humanitarian aid agencies should be recognized and respected by government agents and should be protected from surveillance and interference.” The internal communications of law enforcement as they descended on the Barn in mid-January shows that those past practices are no longer being respected.

“Talking About History Is Way to Liberate America”: New Memorial Honors Victims of White Supremacy

Diante Yarber: officer involved in killing was previously charged with hate crime

One of the police officers involved in the shooting of Diante Yarber, a young black man killed in a hail of bullets in a Walmart parking lot, was previously charged with a hate crime and fired from the force, the Guardian has learned. A police spokesman in Barstow, California, confirmed late Monday that officer Jimmie Alfred Walker was one of the officers involved in the 5 April shooting. The death of the 26-year-old father of three sparked national backlash after it was revealed that officers had fired a barrage of rounds into a car, injuring a young woman and killing Yarber, who was believed to be unarmed.

Walker, who is white, was charged in 2010 with hate crime and battery charges after the then 30-year-old officer allegedly used racial slurs against a man and assaulted him and a woman while off duty. The officer eventually pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of fighting in a public place and being drunk in public, while the battery charge and hate crime charge (“violating civil rights by force or threat of force”) were dropped, according to records obtained by the Guardian. ...

Blurry witness footage suggested that police may have fired more than 30 bullets into Yarber’s car. Police have claimed officers were responding to a call of a “suspicious vehicle” and that Yarber was “wanted for questioning” in a stolen vehicle case. Officials further alleged that he “accelerated” the car towards officers when they tried to stop him, “almost hitting one officer”. His family and attorneys, however, told the Guardian that the car Yarber was driving to the store with his cousin and friends inside, was not stolen, that he was unarmed and not a threat to the policemen, and that it violated basic law enforcement standards to fire into a packed vehicle.

Laywers representing Yarber’s family and the surviving passengers in the car said Walker’s history further supported their claims that it was unjustified and racially prejudiced to stop the vehicle and fire at the passengers. “We believe that it shows his improper motive and his bias and hatred of African Americans,” said Sharon Brunner, an attorney for the 23-year-old woman injured in the vehicle. “We believe that the only reason that he would believe the car was suspicious is because it contained African Americans.”

Whether America Can Afford a Job Guarantee Program Is Not Up for Debate

Sen. Bernie Sanders's endorsement of a guaranteed job for anyone who wants one, joining previous supporters such as Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Cory Booker, reinvigorated a debate that has been roiling within economics Twitter and academic circles for a long time. Those more partial to a universal basic income untethered to work clash with job guarantee supporters from the left; those who see the job guarantee as a dangerous slip into socialism attack from the right. And mainstream Democrats not running for the presidency don’t really want to talk about it.

Those fresh to the debate, meanwhile, instinctively ask what feels like an intuitive question: How on earth can we pay for that? But if we’re going to have an honest debate about whether the government should be spending hundreds of billions of dollars so that people can obtain jobs, we should acknowledge that the government already does. Officials at the local, state, and federal levels push enormous amounts of money toward this stated purpose — they just channel it through corporations, in the form of special tax breaks and “economic development” subsidies. It’s not clear that businesses actually use all that money to create jobs, rather than just enjoying the subsidies and tax cuts for themselves, so if the true purpose really is to create work for people, the new jobs guarantee debate offers a much simpler — and probably much cheaper — approach to the same end. ...

The job guarantee proposal from Mark Paul, Sandy Darity, and Darrick Hamilton for the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities estimated an annual program cost of $543 billion, enough to pop out the eyes of more cautious policymakers. This would be partially offset by reduced demand for benefit programs for the working poor, like food stamps, Medicaid, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, as well as the increased economic activity driving up tax revenues across the country. A report from economists at the Levy Institute put final costs at between $260 and $354 billion annually in the first five years and lower outlays after that.

Subsidies from state and local governments to attract employers to locate their facilities cost as much as $80 billion a year. ... The $80 billion in economic development subsidies is just the beginning. The Trump tax cuts were sold on the basis of job creation effects. The Republican Congress called the bill the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.” Sen. Mitch McConnell parroted the typical GOP take on the bill when he wrote last year that the tax bill would “unleash the potential of American enterprise to create more jobs and keep more of them here.”

As a result, Republicans slashed the corporate tax rate by 40 percent, at a cost estimated by the Joint Committee on Taxation to be $1.34 trillion over the next 10 years. And like the economic development subsidies, the job creation potential of severely reducing corporate taxes is debatable. ... Combining economic development subsidies and corporate tax cuts comes out to an average annual total of $214 billion per year, spent chasing job creation by handing over money to corporations. And there’s more. Nearly every state in America offers job creation tax credits, literally money paid per job. ... It’s entirely reasonable to differ on how to accomplish the ultimate goal of ending poverty and the crushing burdens, both psychological and material, of unemployment. But there’s no real debate on whether America can afford it. We’re already picking up the tab.

the horse race

Roy Moore has something in common with Hillary Clinton...

Roy Moore is suing several women who accused him of sexual misconduct

Failed U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore is suing several women who accused him of sexual misconduct for their role in an alleged "political conspiracy" against him.

During Moore’s campaign last year, eight women told of inappropriate sexual behavior by him when they were young, which ranged from sexual assault to relentless propositioning. Their stories ultimately helped derail Moore's bid for a Senate seat in Alabama. But the former Alabama judge now alleges the accusations against him were part of a larger effort to keep him out of office in a lawsuit filed in Etowah County, Alabama, on Monday. ...

The lawsuit, filed together with Moore’s wife, names four of the women — Leigh Corfman, Debbie Wesson Gibson, Beverly Young Nelson, and Tina Johnson — and one of Corfman’s longtime friends, Richard Hagedorn. It also includes 19 nameless defendants "whose names will be substituted upon learning their true identities.”

“They could have come forward at any time,” Moore said. “If you read the complaint, you're going to see a political conspiracy."

Comedian Owns NYT Reporter - Caught Lying About Jokes

the evening greens

An excellent article worth a full read. Here's a teaser:

Natural Gas Is Leading West Virginia Down the Same Dark Path As Coal

It was a warm Monday afternoon in late February. Thousands of teachers, public school employees and supporters rallied on the steps of West Virginia’s Capitol building, on the banks of the Kanawha River in Charleston. Schools in all 55 counties were closed again. Teachers, cooks and janitors were in the third day of a strike. They wanted pay raises and a fix to the skyrocketing cost of their health insurance.

On the other end of the state, at a town hall meeting with teachers in Wheeling, Gov. Jim Justice tossed out a possible solution: Fund the pay raises with an increase in taxes on the state’s booming natural gas industry. West Virginia “benefited from the extraction of coal and we benefited from the extraction of timber, but we were still dead last in everything,” said Justice, whose family made its fortune in coal. “And now we have this gas situation and we’re on fire, and we have a real opportunity again.” If the state doesn’t pass a gas-tax hike, the governor said, “we’re going to be left holding the bag again.”

But what seemed like a stunning change of direction proved to be little more than a feint. Gas industry lobbyists strongly criticized the proposal and the governor’s tax hike idea quickly faded.

West Virginia has been here before. Sixty-five years ago, then-Gov. William Marland, the son of a mine superintendent, shocked state lawmakers by proposing a new tax on coal to upgrade schools and roads. “Let’s use this equitable source of revenue, because whether we like it or not, West Virginia’s hills will be stripped, the bowels of the earth will be mined and the refuse strewn across our valleys and our mountains in the form of burning slate dumps,” Marland told a joint session of the Legislature in February 1953. Marland’s proposal was soundly defeated following an onslaught of criticism. One biographer called it “political suicide.”

Today, West Virginia’s headlong race into the gas rush is taking the state down the same path that it’s been on for generations with coal. ...

Economists who study this phenomenon call it the “resource curse” — when wealth from natural resources actually detracts from a community’s broader economic well-being. Some blame the curse on commodity price volatility. Others point to how the availability of high-paying jobs in mining or similar industries can discourage residents from seeking more education. Still others suggest that the power of resource-related industries leads to systems of patronage that undermine government and public health protections.

This year, when Justice proposed the natural gas tax hike for teacher pay raises, the industry reacted much the same way coal operators had when Marland offered up the idea in 1953.

U.S. top court rejects Constitution Pipeline over New York permit

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday dealt another setback to a proposed natural gas pipeline running from Pennsylvania to New York, rejecting Constitution Pipeline Co’s bid to challenge New York state’s refusal to issue a needed water permit for the project. ... Partners in the 125-mile (201-km) pipeline project include Williams Cos Inc, Duke Energy Corp, WGL Holdings Inc and Cabot Oil & Gas Corp.

The U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), which regulates pipelines, first approved construction of the project in 2014 and then again in 2016, conditional upon other approvals. Constitution, which filed with FERC to build the pipeline in 2013, separately sought water quality certification with the New York Department of Environmental Conservation in August 2013. But the state denied the application in April 2016, saying the company failed to provide sufficient information to determine whether the project would comply with the state’s water quality standards. ...

The Supreme Court’s refusal to hear the company’s appeal of the 2nd Circuit’s ruling does not necessarily kill the project. The company has separately petitioned FERC to overturn the state agency’s decision.

Also of Interest

Here are some articles of interest, some which defied fair-use abstraction.

‘The US Is Not at All Interested in the Welfare of the Syrian People’

The (Unrecognized) US Contribution to Bloodshed in Syria

The Syrian airbase at the heart of a potential Israel-Iran war

Hoisting the false flag

Fifty killed in Gaza. Zero Israelis injured.

Laughing While Pulling the Trigger

NYT Examines How History Impacts Korean Talks–but Its Own Memory Is Fuzzy

Did John Bolton Leak Intelligence to Sabotage a Trump-Kim Deal?

The CIA Gives a Highly Sanitized View of Gina Haspel While Keeping Her Torture Record Secret

Gibson guitar firm files for bankruptcy

A Little Night Music

Peg Leg Sam w/Louisiana Red - Going Train Blues

Baby Tate with Peg Leg Sam - Bad Gasoline

Peg Leg Sam w/Louisiana Red - Navaho Trail

Peg Leg Sam - Froggy Went-a-Courting

Baby Tate with Peg Leg Sam - See What You Done Done

Peg Leg Sam - Greasy Greens

Peg Leg Sam w/ Louisiana Red - Joshua Fit The Battle Of Jericho

Peg Leg Sam - Straighten Up and Fly Right

Peg Leg Sam w/ Louisiana Red - Mr. Ditty Wa Ditty

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Modern education is little more than toeing the line for the capitalist pigs.

Guerrilla Liberalism won't liberate the US or the world from the iron fist of capital.

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@The Aspie Corner

good points. george soros does not run the world.

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Modern education is little more than toeing the line for the capitalist pigs.

Guerrilla Liberalism won't liberate the US or the world from the iron fist of capital.

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storage unit, just outside of Tel Aviv, where Israel's nuclear secrets are kept..., with at least two padlocks. Like I say, top secret stuff.

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from a reasonably stable genius.

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@Bollox Ref

thank goodness that they moved them out of mordechai vanunu's closet and put a padlock on them. now nobody will ever guess that israel has unaccounted for nuclear weapons.

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enhydra lutris's picture

I mean, the Stones asked "Who want's yesterday's papers"?, assuming that nobody did, but each day it seems pretty much as if I'm still reading yesterday's news. The worst part is, news items don't turn into classics, like Froggy Went a Courtin' or something, uh huh.

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That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

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@enhydra lutris

it's not quite like that movie groundhog day, but it's close. the broad outlines are always the same, but the minute details change from day to day.

don't forget to close the flap on the handbasket.

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That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

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@enhydra lutris
Don't forget the Cap'n.

Just got back from the big May Day #RedforEd march. Had a great time. Ran into a lot of people we know, teacher friends of the wife's and comrades from other political actions.
Ended up at a brew-pub.
Happy May Day everybody!

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It didn't have to be this way.

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glad to hear that the demo went well, i hope the teachers can maintain their resolve and force the government to serve the people rather than the corporate interests.

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@Azazello to be specific, this one.

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That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --