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Evening Blues Preview 2-11-15

This evening's music features Chicago bluesman Little Smokey Smothers.

Monarch Butterflies

The government is wrong, naturally. Yesterday there was a diary on Daily Kos praising the new $3.2 million government program to protect the monarch butterfly after the findings that 1 billion of them are missing. I raised the question of Monsanto's Roundup being the real problem. One GMO protector told me to "go make puppets." Many bloggers accepted this campaign very happily.

Welcome to justice and democracy in America. - #Ferguson

Writer Redmon was there and what he recorded and describes is hard to believe. That there is no media coverage or federal action against the police for this type of abuse is scary as hell. I'm not sure if everyone here has seen this article on what transpired on the 6 month anniversary of the police killing in #Ferguson, but it is definitely worth reading.

"Good Cops" and False Confessions (Crossposted from Daily Kos)

In a somewhat recent diary about our police, focusing on "good cops", I canceled and didn't post a comment to the effect that "Good Cops" are the ones sitting beside the "Bad Cops" in the interrogation room trying to coerce, con, manipulate and/or trick confessions out of people regardless of the truth of the matter. I thought it might be seen to be a tad bit too harsh. Heh.

Propagandized Media Lies and Brian Williams

Here's the thing that has been bothering me about the entire Brian Williams story. There is much hullabaloo about how Williams lied about his experience on a chopper in Iraq and his potential lies about Katrina. That kerfluffle misses the real issue. Brian Williams is simply one now very public symptom of our propagandized media and the selling of news as infotainment.

Left-Right Alliance Will Sink "Fast Track": Nothing New

From talking to people here and there, I think there is a pretty strong chance that "fast track"--and, perhaps, even TPP--will be defeated in the House thanks to a left-right alliance. That alliance is nothing new, however. Even if The New York Times has just discovered it.

The critical flaw in our Iraq War strategy and why we are making it worse

Last November Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey told Congress how we could defeat ISIS in Iraq without deploying U.S. combat troops. He was surprisingly blunt about the precarious scenario required to achieve this objective.