Various versions of this are all over my facebook feed today: The USA is not a democracy, its an oligarchy.
from “Testing Theories of American Politics.”
The pdf is here.
I don’t think anything will change. The promise in 2008 was tainted.
. . . the Guardian for doing real journalism. More like that, please. I look forward to Glenn Greenwald’s new venture to get its first Pulitzer.
Today’s Nelson Report lays bare the utter absurdity of the word “terrorism.” It is now virtually meaningless, but still powerful enough to conjure up atavistic emotions in people. We live in a bizarre world.
Russian troops are terrorists? What useful purpose would that serve? The obsession the media has with this word is mind-boggling. Nelson continues: Continue reading The Absurdity of the Terrorism Excuse
Michael Ruppert, author of Crossing the Rubicon took his own life with a gunshot to the head Sunday night.
Sorry if you don’t watch Game of Thrones on Sunday nights, you might not get the title reference. Suffice it to say, without needing to give a spoiler alert, that there’s vengeance and there’s payback.
Why is no one willing to consider making the Ukraine a buffer state? The West gives up its idea to have it be a part of NATO and Russia allows the Ukraine to become, let’s call it, Finlandized.
Ask yourself that question. Look at the situation at large.
I don’t know what the answer is, but I have some ideas. I should not be surprised at Western/American recalcitrance and yet I still am, because the risks of this getting out of hand so far outweigh the rewards of having the Ukraine in the US orbit? When you think at it that way, it really is all about making sure Russia stays with its back against the wall.
I say all this as prefatory remarks to tonight’s Nelson Report which is just hard to digest.
This from my buddy Chuck Spinney, by way of prefatory remarks for this post by Yale’s David Bromwich, who has become Obama’s most eloquent and damning critic:
Here’s the Browmwich essay link. Do read it in its entirety. I have thoughts on how the United States morphed from a status quo power to one that is revolutionary, seeking to install or remake regimes across the globe in its image, but it’ll have to wait for another post.
Former drone operators claim in new documentary that CIA missions flown by USAF’s 17th Reconnaissance Squadron
The Guardian, By Chris Woods, April 14
A regular US air force unit based in the Nevada desert is responsible for flying the CIA’s drone strike programme in Pakistan, according to a new documentary to be released on Tuesday.
The film – which has been three years in the making – identifies the unit conducting CIA strikes in Pakistan’s tribal areas as the 17th Reconnaissance Squadron, which operates from a secure compound in a corner of Creech air force base, 45 miles from Las Vegas in the Mojave desert.
U.S. Officials Talk Candidly (Just Not to Reporters) about Bases, Winning Hearts and Minds, and the “War” in Africa
TomDispatch, By Nick Turse, April 13
What the military will say to a reporter and what is said behind closed doors are two very different things — especially when it comes to the U.S. military in Africa. For years, U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) has maintained a veil of secrecy about much of the command’s activities and mission locations, consistently downplaying the size, scale, and scope of its efforts. At a recent Pentagon press conference, AFRICOM Commander General David Rodriguez adhered to the typical mantra, assuring the assembled reporters that the United States “has little forward presence” on that continent. Just days earlier, however, the men building the Pentagon’s presence there were telling a very different story — but they weren’t speaking with the media. They were speaking to representatives of some of the biggest military engineering firms on the planet. They were planning for the future and the talk was of war.
How privileged are you ? h/t Bob Morris
All reactions, complaints, confessions welcome.
The Observer/Comment is Free, By Will Hutton, April 12
Suddenly, there is a new economist making waves – and he is not on the right. At the conference of the Institute of New Economic Thinking in Toronto last week, Thomas Piketty’s book “Capital in the Twenty-First Century” got at least one mention at every session I attended. You have to go back to the 1970s and Milton Friedman for a single economist to have had such an impact.
In a new leak from the NSA we have the results of the current task force assembled to deflect the blame from NSA’s Cyber unit. This task force became necessary when the Heartbleed Bug became public.
No matter which interpretation the Public puts on it, they all have a common thread: The NSA failed. They either didn’t know about the Bug (unlikely), or they did know about it (probable). If they knew about it and didn’t warn the American people, they failed to protect America from a very serious problem. If they knew about it and decided to use it for intelligence gathering, they made the wrong choice because America (and the world) was in greater danger from the unpatched programming flaw. No matter how you look at it, the NSA failed in its mandate to protect America. They recognize that they need a PR campaign to mitigate being blamed for their failure.
The Globe & Mail / Reuters, By Pavel Polityuk & Thomas Grove, April 12
Kiev/Moscow – Armed separatists took virtual control of a city in eastern Ukraine on Saturday and Kiev prepared troops to deal with what it called an “act of aggression by Russia”.
Pro-Russian activists carrying automatic weapons seized government buildings in Slaviansk and set up barricades on the outskirts of the city. Official buildings in several neighbouring towns were also attacked.
The developments have increased concerns of a possible “gas war” that could disrupt energy supplies across the continent.
- Progressive drug laws
So, what’s the US doing about its prison system?
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