Saturday, August 10, 2013

A Man Ripped the Pink Headband from My 2-Year-Old Son's Head and Called Him a F**got | Alternet

A Man Ripped the Pink Headband from My 2-Year-Old Son's Head and Called Him a F**got | Alternet: "Out of nowhere a big booming voice rang out. "THAT'S a BOY?!" The man was overly large with a bushy beard and a camouflage shirt with the arms cut off. He had tattered shorts and lace-up work boots with no laces. I could smell the fug of cigarette smoke surrounding him, and there was a definite pong of beer on him."

Georgia Court Barred Families from Courtroom Unless Loved Ones Pled Guilty, Lawsuit Alleges | Alternet

Georgia Court Barred Families from Courtroom Unless Loved Ones Pled Guilty, Lawsuit Alleges | Alternet "Crisp County deputy told one family member she could not watch arraignments unless her loved one entered a guilty plea; if he pleaded not guilty, she would not be able to enter," the complaint stated. "

We're in a Post-Constitutional America: Our Country Is Going Sideways in Plain Sight, and Nobody's Saying Much About It | Alternet

We're in a Post-Constitutional America: Our Country Is Going Sideways in Plain Sight, and Nobody's Saying Much About It | Alternet: "Think about it for a moment: if Vladimir Putin’s Russia is a place of asylum for American dissidents and the U.S. is doing a reasonable job of imitating aspects of the old USSR, we are on Bizarro Earth, aren't we?"

Breastfeeding Mom Lucy Eades Won’t Cover Up, Posts Harassment To YouTube [Video]

Breastfeeding Mom Lucy Eades Won’t Cover Up, Posts Harassment To YouTube [Video]

Damage control? NSA claims only touches 1.6% of internet traffic — RT USA

Damage control? NSA claims only touches 1.6% of internet traffic — RT USA:" Despite claims that the Obama Administration has done everything in its power to inform the American people, the document contains almost no information on the NSA mass surveillance. At no point does it broach the alleged collaboration of internet companies or the programs used to gather data, such as PRISM. The report focuses on the legal justification of the NSA’s practices, paying little heed to the details."

NSA, Idiots and Suchlike | Just an Earth-Bound Misfit: The Rantings of an Aging, Armed, Pinko Chick

Just an Earth-Bound Misfit: The Rantings of an Aging, Armed, Pinko Chick:" One thing is clear: We cannot trust anyone in this Administration to fix this mess. If it hangs over past 2016, whoever the next president is won't fix it for the same reasons this one is resisting reining in the NSA. And so far, there have been enough bi-partisan pro-police state senators and congressmen to thwart reform. But those people, we can remove if we stick to our last on this issue."

What's the Pentagon Hiding at a Georgia Military Base? | Alternet

What's the Pentagon Hiding at a Georgia Military Base? | Alternet: Activists battle the military over its refusal to release the names of trainees at the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation.

Friday, August 9, 2013

PressTV - US terror alert, political stunt: James Fetzer

PressTV - US terror alert, political stunt: James Fetzer:

PressTV - ‘Stalinist Soviet Union coming to America’

PressTV - ‘Stalinist Soviet Union coming to America’:

“I can prove that it was not an airplane” that hit the Pentagon | Veterans Today

“I can prove that it was not an airplane” that hit the Pentagon | Veterans Today: "Albert N. Stubblebine III is a retired Major General in the United States Army. He was the commanding general of the United States Army Intelligence and Security Command from 1981 to 1984. In this compelling interview, Stubblemine reveals the following information (what he calls dots) about the attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001:"

Shot to Death by Police for Betting on a Football Game? The Rise of Paramilitary Force in America | Alternet

Shot to Death by Police for Betting on a Football Game? The Rise of Paramilitary Force in America | Alternet: "Heavily armed SWAT teams are increasingly used for such small tasks as raiding poker games and trying to stop underage drinking. How did we get here?"

Are Snowden, Greenwald and Wikileaks Winning? | Alternet

Are Snowden, Greenwald and Wikileaks Winning? | Alternet: "Twist and shout! The Russians did a big favour for the freedom-loving peoples of the world, including those in the US who can still think with our own brains. The self-righteous pundits who complain about Russia's own human rights record, as if this were even remotely relevant, might try to recall how Snowden ended up there in the first place. He was passing through Moscow on his way to South America, and it was only by virtue of Washington's " gross violations of his human rights," as Amnesty International called it, that he got stuck there."

US Terror Alert a Political Stunt and other American NSA absurdities | Veterans Today

US Terror Alert a Political Stunt and other American NSA absurdities | Veterans Today: “It [the closing of embassies and consulates around the world in response to an al-Qaeda threat] is ridiculous. It appears to be another psychological political stunt to intimidate the American people and make them believe that there is a real terrorist threat from abroad.“–Jim Fetzer

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

The Toobin principle » Pressthink

The Toobin principle » Pressthink: "Repeal the concept of an informed public, repress your decision to take such a drastic step. But it’s not just Jeffrey Toobin. Congress did it too."

On Obama's cancellation of summit with Putin and extradition [ Glenn Greenwald | Comment is free | theguardian.com

On Obama's cancellation of summit with Putin and extradition [ Glenn Greenwald | Comment is free | theguardian.com: "The US frequently refuses extradition requests where, unlike with Snowden, it involves serious crimes and there is an extradition treaty"

The U.S. military has a problem with atheists -By Dana Liebelson The Week

The U.S. military has a problem with atheists - The Week: "Apparently, the Marine Corps thinks a "lack or loss of spiritual faith" could be dangerous"

Connections Between Michael Hastings, Edward Snowden and Barrett Brown—The War With the Security State - WhoWhatWhy

Connections Between Michael Hastings, Edward Snowden and Barrett Brown—The War With the Security State - WhoWhatWhy: "At the time of his death in a mysterious one-car crash and explosion, journalist Michael Hastings was researching a story that threatened to expose powerful entities and government-connected figures."

Snowden's Asylum: 'It's the law, stupid' - Opinion - Al Jazeera English

Snowden's Asylum: 'It's the law, stupid' - Opinion - Al Jazeera English: "We, as citizens of the world, should be thankful for the sacrifices made individuals such as Julian Assange, Bradley Manning, and Edward Snowden, surely deserving heroes of our time! And if we are ever to achieve legitimate government, then even our elected leaders and representatives would be grateful for such a check on the abuses of government."

OpEdNews - Article: The Courage Of Bradley Manning Will Inspire Others To Seize Their Moment Of Truth

OpEdNews - Article: The Courage Of Bradley Manning Will Inspire Others To Seize Their Moment Of Truth: "The criminal nature of the American military is beyond dispute. The decades of lawless bombing, the use of poisonous weapons on civilian populations, the renditions and the torture at Abu Graib, Guantanamo and elsewhere, are all documented."

What Breaking Bad REALLY Tells Us about the War on Drugs on Vimeo

What Breaking Bad REALLY Tells Us about the War on Drugs on Vimeo

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

▶ Chalmers Johnson on American Hegemony - YouTube

▶ Chalmers Johnson on American Hegemony - YouTube

Mass Media Helps Keep Americans in the Dark About US Foreign Policy

Mass Media Helps Keep Americans in the Dark About US Foreign Policy: "One of the reasons for this disconnect is that most of the mass media provide a grossly distorted view of U.S. foreign policy. It presents an American foreign policy that is far more benign and justifiable than the reality of empire that most of the world knows. In a well-researched and thoroughly documented article published by the North American Congress on Latin America (NACLA), Keane Bhatt provides an excellent case study of how this happens."

The Continuing US War on the Darker Skinned

The Continuing US War on the Darker Skinned: "The notorious US military base and penal colony in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, serves as a stark example of militarized institutional racism."

OpEdNews Article: Article: Washington Thinks You Are Stupid

OpEdNews Article: Article: Washington Thinks You Are StupidI only check in with the presstitute media in order to ascertain whether my current estimate of their prostitution for Washington is accurate. Possibly I missed some expression of skepticism about the latest terrorist threat. But I did hear NPR's account. Back in the Reagan years, NPR was an independent voice. Today it is part of the presstitute media. NPR lies for Washington with the best of them.

Colbert Rips Media, NSA For Terrorism Fear Mongering (VIDEO)

Colbert Rips Media, NSA For Terrorism Fear Mongering (VIDEO)

Notable Quotes

"A hundred years from now, it will not matter the sort of house I lived in, what my bank account was, or the car I drove....but the world may be different because I was important in the life of the animals and the creatures on this earth." -Unknown

“I am not even an atheist so much as an antitheist; I not only maintain that all religions are versions of the same untruth, but I hold that the influence of churches and the effect of religious belief, is positively harmful. Reviewing the false claims of religion I do not wish, as some sentimental materialists affect to wish, that they were true. I do not envy believers their faith. I am relieved to think that the whole story is a sinister fairy tale; life would be miserable if what the faithful affirmed was actually true.... There may be people who wish to live their lives under cradle-to-grave divine supervision, a permanent surveillance and monitoring. But I cannot imagine anything more horrible or grotesque.”
Christopher Hitchens



"Who among us can be happy and proud of having all this innocent blood on our hands? Who are these swine? These flag-sucking half-wits who get fleeced and fooled by stupid little rich kids like George Bush? They are the same ones who wanted to have Muhammad Ali locked up for refusing to kill gooks. They speak for all that is cruel and stupid and vicious in the American character. They are the racists and hate mongers among us; they are the Ku Klux Klan. I piss down the throats of these Nazis. And I am too old to worry about whether they like it or not. Fuck them."- Hunter S. Thompson

"Think about how stupid the average person is, and then realize that half of 'em are stupider than that."--George Carlin

"I look at it this way... For centuries now, man has done everything he can to destroy, defile, and interfere with nature: clear-cutting forests, strip-mining mountains, poisoning the atmosphere, over-fishing the oceans, polluting the rivers and lakes, destroying wetlands and aquifers... so when nature strikes back, and smacks him on the head and kicks him in the nuts, I enjoy that. I have absolutely no sympathy for human beings whatsoever. None. And no matter what kind of problem humans are facing, whether it's natural or man-made, I always hope it gets worse."--George Carlin

"Recent history has repeatedly proven that nothing said by Washington and its officials should be accepted at face value. No other government in the world has been implicated in so many egregious lies as the United States."
-- Bill Van Auken

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The unwilling, led by the unqualified, doing the unnecessary for the indifferent and the ungrateful." -Anonymous Grafitti

"Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience. Our problem is that numbers of people all over the world have obeyed the dictates of the leaders of their government and have gone to war, and millions have been killed because of this obedience. Our problem is that people are obedient all over the world in the face of poverty and starvation and stupidity, and war, and cruelty. Our problem is that people are obedient while the jails are full of petty thieves, and all the while the grand thieves are running and robbing the country. That's our problem.": -Howard Zinn

"If 50 million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing." -Anatole France

"Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress."- Frederick Douglas
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"Try and penetrate with our limited means the secrets of nature and you will find that, behind all the discernible laws and connections, there remains something subtle, intangible and inexplicable. Veneration for this force beyond anything that we can comprehend is my religion. To that extent, in fact, I am religious."- Albert Einstein

"Only two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity. And I'm not sure about the universe." -Albert Einstein

“Not everything that is faced can be changed; but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” -James Baldwin

“Accumulation of wealth at one pole is at the same time accumulation of misery, agony of toil, slavery, ignorance, brutality, mental degradation, at the opposite pole,”- Marx

“I heard too many lies spewed out by Ronald Reagan and the State Department to justify these killings. And by the time I was in Gaza, looking at the twisted limbs of dead women and children and listening to Israeli and U.S. officials describe an Israeli airstrike as a “surgical” hit on Islamic militants, it was over. I knew the dark heart of America.

I knew who we were, what we did, what we actually stood for and the terrifying and willful innocence that permits most Americans to think of themselves as good and virtuous when they are, in reality, members of an efficient race of killers and ruthless profiteers.”-Chris Hedges. American Journalist and Pulitzer Prize Winner.



"Tis better to remain silent and be thought the fool than to speak and remove all doubt".-Johnson, Lincoln, Twain????

"He who can lead you to believe an absurdity can lead you to commit an atrocity." -Voltaire

"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened."- Anatole France

“The animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours, they move finished and complete, gifted with extension of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren; they are not underlings; they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendor and travail of the earth.” ― Henry Beston

"The illusion of freedom [in America] will continue as long as it’s profitable to continue the illusion. At the point where the illusion becomes too expensive to maintain, they will just take down the scenery, they will pull back the curtains, they will move the tables and chairs out of the way and you will see the brick wall at the back of the theater." --Frank Zappa

"This would be the best of all possible worlds, if there were no religion in it." -- John Adams

"The victim of mind-manipulation does not know that he is a victim. To him, the walls of his prison are invisible, and he believes himself to be free."--Aldous Huxley

“An accumulation of wealth at one pole of society indicates an accumulation of misery and overwork at the other”. --Karl Marx

"Americans are the most entertained and least informed people in the world."- Neil Postman


"It is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring." - Carl Sagan

"I have as much authority as the pope, I just don't have as many people that believe it." -George Carlin

"The invisible and the non-existent look very much alike." --Huang Po

"Go where you may, search where you will, roam through all the monarchies and despotisms - of the Old World, travel through South America, search out every abuse, and when you have found the last, lay your facts by the side of the everyday practices of this nation, and you will say with me that, for revolting barbarity and shameless hypocrisy, America reigns without a rival. "- Frederick Douglass

"Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat, but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires."- John Steinbeck

"I'm for truth, no matter who tells it. I'm for justice, no matter who it is for or against. I'm a human being, first and foremost, and as such I'm for whoever and whatever benefits humanity as a whole."- Malcolm X

"There is no flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people."- Howard Zinn

"Have you ever wondered why Republicans are so interested in encouraging people to volunteer in their communities? It’s because volunteers work for no pay. Republicans have been trying to get people to work for no pay for a long time. ”
George Carlin

"Next time I tell you someone from Texas should not be president of the United States, please pay attention." -- Molly Ivins


"Prayer seems to me a cry of weakness, and an attempt to avoid, by trickery, the rules of the game as laid down. I do not choose to admit weakness. I accept the challenge of responsibility. Life, as it is, does not frighten me, since I have made my peace with the universe as I find it, and bow to its laws... It seems to me that organized creeds are collections of words around a wish. I feel no need for such. I know that nothing is destructible; things merely change forms. When the consciousness we know as life ceases, I know that I shall still be part and parcel of the world. I was a part before the sun rolled into shape and burst forth in the glory of change. I was, when the earth was hurled out from its fiery rim. I shall return with the earth to Father Sun, and still exist in substance when the sun has lost its fire, and disintegrated into infinity to perhaps become a part of the whirling rubble of space. Why fear? The stuff of my being is matter, ever changing, ever moving, but never lost; so what need of denominations and creeds to deny myself the comfort of all my fellow men?" - Zora Neale Hurston

"Do not fear the enemy, for your enemy can only take your life.It is far better that you fear the media, for they will steal your Honor. That awful power, the public opinion of a nation, is created in America by a horde of ignorant,self-complacent simpletons who failed at ditching and shoemaking and fetched up in journalism on their way to the poorhouse."-Mark Twain

"Although it is true that only about 20 percent of American workers are in unions, that 20 percent sets the standards across the board in salaries, benefits and working conditions. If you are making a decent salary in a non-union company, you owe that to the unions. One thing that corporations do not do is give out money out of the goodness of their hearts."-Molly Ivins

"The dumbing down of America is most evident in the slow decay of substantive content in the enormously influential media, the 30 second sound bites (now down to 10 seconds or less), lowest common denominator programming, credulous presentations on pseudoscience and superstition, but especially a kind of celebration of ignorance." - Carl Sagan