Friday, August 16, 2013

OpEdNews - Article: The Trans-Pacific Partnership is not about free trade. It's a corporate coup d'etat -- against us!

OpEdNews - Article: The Trans-Pacific Partnership is not about free trade. It's a corporate coup d'etat -- against us!: "In 2002, it was reported that British Prime Minister Tony Blair had told a friend an amusing tale about our man George W. Bush. It seems that the two of them and French President Jacques Chirac had gotten into an economics discussion, after which George supposedly confided to Tony that he was decidedly unimpressed with Jacques' views: "The problem with the French," Bush scoffed, "is that they don't have a word for 'entrepreneur.'"

"W's head has always been a no-fly-zone for factual reality. However, what would boggle his mind even more than the fact that we Americans filched that word from the French, is the reality that government is not quite the entrepreneur-devouring ogre (Mon dieu! George, another French word!) that Bush's cartoonish dogma paints it to be. Actually, government-at-its-best can be an entrepreneur's buddy. One surprising place to see this buddyship at work is in one of the most mundane of government offices: Procurement (i.e., the Department of Buying Stuff)."

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Latin America stands up against US espionage - English pravda.ru

Latin America stands up against US espionage - English pravda.ru: "U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry faced a rather cold reception in Brazil and Colombia where he traveled for his first state visit to Latin America. He justified the spying activity for the governments of these countries by the existence of a terrorist threat. However, no one wants to be held hostage to the security of the United States of America."

OpEdNews - Article: Humanity Is Drowning In Washington's Criminality

OpEdNews - Article: Humanity Is Drowning In Washington's Criminality: "Washington defines all resistance to its imperialism and tyranny as "terrorism." Thus, Americans who defend the environment, who defend wildlife, who defend civil liberties and human rights, who protest Washington's wars and robbery of the people on behalf of special interests, all become "domestic extremists," the term Homeland Security has substituted for "terrorist." Those who are out of step with Washington and the powerful private interests that exploit us, other peoples, and the earth for their profits and power fall into the wrong side of Bush's black and white division of the world: "you are for us or against us."

The Surveillance Speech: A Low Point in Barack Obama's Presidency - Conor Friedersdorf - The Atlantic

The Surveillance Speech: A Low Point in Barack Obama's Presidency - Conor Friedersdorf - The Atlantic: "His tone on Friday was inappropriately dismissive, while the substance was misleading at best and mendacious at worst."

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Study: Are Atheists "Smarter" Than Religious People? | Alternet

Study: Are Atheists "Smarter" Than Religious People? | Alternet: Are religious people less intelligent than atheists? A new study says so.

Obama’s ‘misleading’ comment on whistleblower protections - The Washington Post

Obama’s ‘misleading’ comment on whistleblower protections - The Washington Post: "At President Obama’s news conference Friday, he gave the impression that his executive order could have protected Edward Snowden against retaliation for disclosing sensitive information had the government contractor just done it the right way."

That’s not quite correct.

Students forced to attend “re-education” program designed by Israel lobby group | The Electronic Intifada

Students forced to attend “re-education” program designed by Israel lobby group | The Electronic Intifada"It is important to emphasize that the mandatory training program is nothing short of officially sanctioned re-education, and it implies that we are prejudiced for standing up against war crimes and human rights abuses carried out by the Israeli military against Palestinians. The injustice of it is magnified because the co-sponsoring organization, the ADL, has been vocal in attempts to malign us for our Palestinian rights activism and has pressured the University to take action against us, has a history of spying on advocates for Palestinian rights, and is a staunch opponent of the internationally recognized legal right of Palestinians to return to homes from which they were expelled 65 years ago during Israel’s creation."

How Laura Poitras Helped Snowden Spill His Secrets - NYTimes.com

How Laura Poitras Helped Snowden Spill His Secrets - NYTimes.com"This past January, Laura Poitras received a curious e-mail from an anonymous stranger requesting her public encryption key. For almost two years, Poitras had been working on a documentary about surveillance, and she occasionally received queries from strangers. She replied to this one and sent her public key — allowing him or her to send an encrypted e-mail that only Poitras could open, with her private key — but she didn’t think much would come of it. "

Monday, August 12, 2013

Jennifer Hoelzer's Insider's View Of The Administration's Response To NSA Surveillance Leaks | Techdirt

Jennifer Hoelzer's Insider's View Of The Administration's Response To NSA Surveillance Leaks | Techdirt:" Really, Mr. President? Do you really expect me to believe that you give a damn about open debate and the democratic process? Because it seems to me if your Administration was really committed those things, your Administration wouldn't have blocked every effort to have an open debate on these issues each time the laws that your Administration claims authorizes these programs came up for reauthorization, which -- correct me if I am wrong -- is when the democratic process recommends as the ideal time for these debates."

Watch: Cops Detain Man For Taking Pictures of Police from 90 Feet Away | Alternet

Watch: Cops Detain Man For Taking Pictures of Police from 90 Feet Away | Alternet

Glenn Greenwald: Why Do Mainstream Journalists Worship Military Officials?

Glenn Greenwald: Why Do Mainstream Journalists Worship Military Officials?"The person who secretly implemented that illegal domestic spying program was retired Gen. Michael Hayden, then Bush's NSA director. That's the very same Michael Hayden who is now frequently presented by US television outlets as the authority and expert on the current NSA controversy - all without ever mentioning the central role he played in overseeing that illegal warrantless eavesdropping program. "

OpEdNews - Article: Edward Snowden Has Awakened the Sleeping Giant

OpEdNews - Article: Edward Snowden Has Awakened the Sleeping Giant"To no surprise, the western news media, which is nothing more than a propaganda mouthpiece for the state, is performing damage control by attempting to divert attention onto Edward Snowden, himself. Their task is to demonize him as a traitor, while at great risk, not informing us of the vital information he conveys. In addition, his prosecution and probable lengthy prison sentence (for telling the truth) will ultimately be a Big Brother lesson to all future whistleblowers to "stand down."

Prosecution of People Who Assist the Dying Must End | This Can't Be Happening!

Prosecution of People Who Assist the Dying Must End | This Can't Be Happening!"How is it that a country that has no problem slaughtering innocents around the world--often dozens of them a time, including children--in the name of hunting down individuals it labels “terrorists,” and calls such deliberate mass murder (which it euphemistically terms “collateral damage”) justified, can get so overwrought about people who just, out of love, help the dying to end their lives peacefully? "

Michael Hayden, Bob Schieffer and the media's reverence of national security officials | Glenn Greenwald | Comment is free | theguardian.com

Michael Hayden, Bob Schieffer and the media's reverence of national security officials | Glenn Greenwald | Comment is free | theguardian.com: "The former NSA director is held up by the Face the Nation host as an objective authority when he is everything but that..."