Saturday, January 16, 2016

U.S. Radically Changes Its Story of the Boats in Iranian Waters: to an Even More Suspicious Version

U.S. Radically Changes Its Story of the Boats in Iranian Waters: to an Even More Suspicious VersionWhen news first broke of the detention of two U.S. ships in Iranian territorial waters, the U.S. media — aside from depicting it as an act of Iranian aggression — uncritically cited the U.S. government’s explanation for what happened. One of the boats, we were told, experienced “mechanical failure” and thus “inadvertently drifted” into Iranian waters. On CBS News, Joe Biden told Charlie Rose, “One of the boats had engine failure, drifted into Iranian waters.”

Provided their government script, U.S. media outlets repeatedly cited these phrases — “mechanical failure” and “inadvertently drifted” and “boat in distress” — like some sort of hypnotic mantra. Here’s Eli Lake of Bloomberg News explaining yesterday why this was all Iran’s fault:

Friday, January 15, 2016

Article: Liberal Democrats and the Depersonalization of Evil | OpEdNews

Article: Liberal Democrats and the Depersonalization of Evil | OpEdNewsThe titans of capitalism come under heavy fire too. If you're the CEO of a major company, pretty much the only feedback I'm going to give you is that you're a greedy employee-firing price-gouging turd who exports American jobs to foreign hellholes because you don't care about anyone else.

Guilty as charged: I do depict the rich and powerful as pure evil.

I don't care about your intent. I don't buy "gotta break a few eggs to make an omelet" justifications. If you have a hand in starting and/or continuing a war, an optional war of aggression, you're a mass murderer. If you order killer robot planes to blow up people who haven't been convicted of a crime in any court, and those killer robot planes blow up those people and other people who just happen to be nearby when the missile hits, you're an evil person who did an evil thing, and it doesn't matter one little bit that you have a winning smile, that you say you're trying to keep America safe and strong, that you're fighting "them" "there" so we don't have to do it here, that you're funny at the White House Press Correspondents Dinner, that you look adorable alongside your two beautiful daughters, or that you're the first black president.

Save the qualifiers. You're evil and I'll draw you evil.

U.S. Media Condemns Iran’s “Aggression” in Intercepting U.S. Naval Ships — in Iranian Waters

U.S. Media Condemns Iran’s “Aggression” in Intercepting U.S. Naval Ships — in Iranian WatersNews broke last night, hours before President Obama’s State of the Union address, that two U.S. Navy ships “in the Persian Gulf” were “seized” by Iran, and the 10 sailors on board were “arrested.” The Iranian government quickly said, and even the U.S. government itself seemed to acknowledge, that these ships had entered Iranian waters without permission, and were thus inside Iranian territory when detained. CNN’s Barbara Starr, as she always does, immediately went on the air with Wolf Blitzer to read what U.S. officials told her to say: “We are told that right now, what the U.S. thinks may have happened, is that one of these small boats experienced a mechanical problem … perhaps beginning to drift. … It was at that point, the theory goes right now, that they drifted into Iranian territorial waters.”

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Want to Cut Government Waste? Find the $8.5 Trillion the Pentagon Can’t Account For | Daily Ticker - Yahoo Finance

Want to Cut Government Waste? Find the $8.5 Trillion the Pentagon Can’t Account For | Daily Ticker - Yahoo FinanceIf you thought the botched rollout of Obamacare, the government shutdown, or the sequester represented Washington dysfunction at its worst, wait until you hear about the taxpayer waste at the Defense Department.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Article: All Animals Have Rights | OpEdNews

Article: All Animals Have Rights | OpEdNewsOne of the oldest tenets in human civilization is the Golden Rule; it is expressed in virtually all religions, and is seen as one of the most fundamental truths. That is, do unto others as you would have them do unto you -- or, in simpler terms -- treat others as you would like to be treated. While the vast majority of people would agree with this sentiment, when it comes to the treatment of animals, only some find themselves able to extend this circle of compassion.

As a result, the animal rights movement has been an important step in ensuring that this sense of compassion is given to animals. So what are animal rights and why should animals have them? Quite simply, animal rights refers to the idea that all animals deserve to have control over their own lives, and that they should be able to live their lives free of human cruelty and exploitation. Every day, innocent creatures are subjected to unspeakable horrors at the hands of humans, often because there is something to be gained economically. Because animals are unable to advocate for themselves, it is up to humans to stand up for their protection. This is the basis of the animal rights movement.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Article: The Proof Is In: The US Government Is The Most Complete Criminal Organization In Human History | OpEdNews

Article: The Proof Is In: The US Government Is The Most Complete Criminal Organization In Human History | OpEdNewsUnique among the countries on earth, the US government insists that its laws and dictates take precedence over the sovereignty of nations. Washington asserts the power of US courts over foreign nationals and claims extra-territorial jurisdiction of US courts over foreign activities of which Washington or American interest groups disapprove. Perhaps the worst results of Washington's disregard for the sovereignty of countries is the power Washington has exercised over foreign nationals solely on the basis of terrorism charges devoid of any evidence.