all action pages >>
In a recent New York Times article article David Carr questioned whether someone could be both a journalist and an activist, a question that was prompted by the role of Glenn Greenwald, a writer for The Guardian and a political activist, in reporting on Edward Snowden's National Security Agency leaks.
When the National Security Agency (NSA) spying scandal broke, so did the illusion that President Obama was significantly different than his predecessor, Bush Jr. Obama's meticulously crafted image was specifically created as an alternative to Bush: Obama campaigned as a peace candidate who loved civil liberties and wanted to work with the UN instead of unilaterally launching wars.
The self-regulating market and the invisible hand were neoliberal theories of Frederick August von Hayek and Milton Friedman. Submission to the market was described as a natural law, as natural and self-evident as the rotation of the planets. Solidarity and unions were decried as barriers to the market. The core belief was trust in markets without state interference.
Greetings to NSA listeners...
On June 20, Oregon's Portland City Council unanimously voted to approve a budget that had been one of the most grassroots-contested examples of austerity in recent memory.
The Edward Snowden leaks have revealed a U.S. corporate media system at war with independent journalism.
Many of the same outlets - especially TV news - that missed the Wall Street meltdown and cheer-led the Iraq invasion have come to resemble state-controlled media outlets in their near-total identification with the government as it pursues the now 30-year-old whistleblower.
Firmly linking the Keystone XL pipeline with climate change, 10 Nobel Peace Prize winners are urging President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry to reject the project.
Read more at link to indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com
Commentary about the Supreme Court's decision in Salinas v. Texas
Laura Flanders interviews Noam Chomsky on June 18, 2013
This IMF Working Paper published on January 31, 2013 was co-authored by the chief IMF economist Olivier Blanchard. The IMF erred in its fiscal multiplier by not rightly calculating the effects of state spending cuts in deficit countries. The self-criticism was greeted by silence in the German and American media.
Serge Halimi is an editor of Le Monde diplomatique.
With Detroit's finances looking increasingly dire, the city's creditors are beginning to face off with one another, each trying to minimize their losses. The city's pension fund, which supports retired city workers, has found itself in direct conflict with a formidable opponent, the bondholders, individuals and institutions that gave the city money in order to enjoy the interest on the loan.
In perfect Bush-like fashion, President Obama has invented a bogus pretense for military intervention in yet another Middle East country. The president's claim that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons — and thus crossed Obama's imaginary "red line" — will likely fool very few Americans, who already distrust their president after the massive NSA spying scandal.
Whistleblowing is a risky business. I expect that, as they planned their course of action over the four months, Edward Snowden and his main media minder, Glenn Greenwald, paid very close attention to what happened to three past whistleblowers who crossed the NSA. And looking at these three men gives an idea of the interests, principles and powers that are being contested beneath the superficially simple tale of a young analyst who fled to Hong Kong to tell the world...
Given the value and importance of privacy to American ideals, it is disturbing how the terms "privatization" and "private sector" are deceptively used. Many Americans have been led to believe that corporations can and will do a better job handling certain vital tasks than the government can. Such is the ideology of privatization.
But in practice, there is very little evidence to prove this notion. Instead, the term "privatization" has become a clever euphemism to draw attention away from a harsh truth. Public functions are being handed over to corporations in sweetheart deals while publicly owned assets such as minerals on public lands and research development breakthroughs are being given away at bargain basement prices.
These functions and assets—which belong to or are the responsibility of the taxpayers—are being used to make an increasingly small pool of top corporate executives very wealthy. And taxpayers are left footing the cleanup bill when corporate greed does not align with the public need.
With this in mind, let us not mince words. "Privatization" is a soft term. Let us call the practice what it really is—corporatization.
Thomas Drake, former NSA senior executive and whistleblower, and Jesselyn Raddack, National Security Director for the Government Accountability Project, talk with Abby Martin about whistleblower Edward Snowden and the dangerous climate surrounding classified information in the US, how the extent of the NSA spying program has yet to be revealed, and how the mantra 'if you have nothing to hide you have nothing to fear', is false.
Grandmothers, pensioners, workers and the unemployed shouldn't be paying for the greed of Wall Street speculators. (cf.Sahra Wagenknecht) El Salvador shouldn't be paying $300 million to the Pacific Rim mining Global Rim for "lost profits." (www.rabble.ca)
Sahra Wagenknecht, co-vice president of DIE LINKE (The Left Party) in Germany and author of books and articles on economic justice, the financial transactions tax and creative socialism, gave this Bundestag speech on June 29, 2013.
Get involved for progressive relevant responsible community radio
Disclaimer: this author not officially connected to the campaign4kboo.org website
How NSA spooks spaffed my DAD'S DATA ALL OVER THE WEB
TV star plundered for key PRISM asset without so much as a thank-you
By Damon Hart-Davis, 12th June 2013
The National Security Agency has acknowledged in a new classified briefing that it does not need court authorization to listen to domestic phone calls, a participant said.
Rep. Jerrold Nadler, a New York Democrat, disclosed on Thursday that during a secret briefing to members of Congress, he was told that the contents of a phone call could be accessed "simply based on an analyst deciding that."
If the NSA wants "to listen to the phone," an analyst's decision is sufficient, without any other legal authorization required, Nadler said he learned. "I was rather startled," said Nadler, an attorney and congressman who serves on the House Judiciary committee.
Not only does this disclosure shed more light on how the NSA's formidable eavesdropping apparatus works domestically, it also suggests the Justice Department has secretly interpreted federal surveillance law to permit thousands of low-ranking analysts to eavesdrop on phone calls.
In other words, the NSA claims the authority to listen to any call or read any email based on the whims of an analyst, not a court order based on probable cause.
This is precisely the power Edward Snowden, as an analyst working for the private NSA contract Booz Allen Hamilton, claimed to have in his interview with The Guardian.
In two 2010 addresses, Johannes Mosmann explains how Milton Friedman's dehumanizing view of the person led to the myth of the invisible hand. Friedman assumed that maximizing personal gain was the only economic motive and that nothing can be known of the interests and needs of others. Friedman's understanding based on the autistic person is in opposition to the understanding of the person as social, interconnected, mysterious and interested in world betterment.
The long awaited Syrian peace talks — instigated by power brokers Russia and the United States — had already passed their initial due date, and are now officially stillborn.
New study, plus an adorable video with a toddler explaining why he doesn't want to eat his octopus!
The growth policy forced in the past with redistribution from bottom to top and increasing export surpluses has failed. The social and ecological demands for a sustainable economic policy grow. For years, the demands of the Alternative Economic Policy study group emphasized combating mass unemployment and poverty, taming the financial markets and the public sector
The current economic crisis is a product of political mistakes, economic incompetence and criminal energy. The actors on the financial market seem to be waging a kind of war against those who kept themselves alive through hard honest work. What is central is the business model. Capitalism altogether has been a declaration of war. Politics bungled deregulation.
Edward Snowden was interviewed over several days in Hong Kong by Glenn Greenwald and Ewen MacAskill.
Q: Is it possible to put security in place to protect against state surveillance?
A: "You are not even aware of what is possible. The extent of their capabilities is horrifying. We can plant bugs in machines. Once you go on the network, I can identify your machine. You will never be safe whatever protections you put in place."
Anonymous has obtained some documents that 'they' do not want you to see, and much to 'their' chagrin, we have found them, and are giving them to you.
This is happening in over 35 countries and done in cooperation with private businesses, and intelligence partners worldwide. We bring this to you so that you know just how little rights you have.
Download these documents, share them, mirror them, don't allow them to make them disappear. Spread them wide and far. Let these people know, that we will not be silenced, that we will not be taken advantage of, and that we are not happy about this unwarranted, unnecessary, unethical spying of our private lives, for the monetary gain of the 1%.
May 2002 press conference with Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, regarding the need for a thorough official investigation of September 11, 2001 events.
@ 8:02 --> Cheney insisting on no investigation, GWB _reiterating_ Cheney's deliberate request.
Why would the President and the Vice President, OF ALL PEOPLE, not want to know exactly how and why 9/11 happened so as to make sure it could never happen again?
"You can do an investigation, and if you don't really want to research an area, you just don't look at it. If you don't ask them all of the questions, or you don't let them tell you the whole story, ya know... then you can write a report based on half-truths."
- 9/11 Family Member, September Eleventh Advocate, "Jersey Girl" Mindy Kleinberg
Republished from The Portland Mercury, view original article:
There is a grand conspiracy theory at work to destroy the value of U.S. wheat crops, put forth by Chief Technology Officer Robb Fraley, a Monsanto executive, to mainstream media reporters in a telephone conference.
The contaminated GE wheat recently discovered in Oregon didn't get there by escaping Monsanto's open-air GMO experiments, the company claims. Instead, they say it might have been put there by a conspiracy of crop criminals who somehow acquired GE wheat from Monsanto's field trials way back in 2005, then somehow saved it in a way that kept it genetically viable for eight years, then supposedly drove around Oregon for the sole purpose of releasing the GMOs in some farmer's field that they just hoped the USDA might be someday be testing for GMO contamination.
Mark Blyth is Professor of International Political Economy in the Department of Political Science at Brown University and a Faculty Fellow at Brown's Watson Institute for International Studies
Direct Action in Portland
If assassinating suspects makes sense overseas, why not at home?
Blog post from Turkish protester
Eduardo Galeano is the author of many books, including "Memory of Fire" (3 vols), "The Open Veins of Latin America," and "Soccer in Sun and Shadow."
I can relate to this rant ...
Reagonomics and unfettered speculative capitalism are ideas whose time has long passed but still hold sway and make a mess of everything. Apple shifted 64% of profits ($78 billion over four years) to entities (AOI and AOS) in Ireland with no employees and no activities. Corporations avoiding paying taxes is a destructive business model.Should we close unjustified loopholes?
When I heard that Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke told Congress last week that it was too soon for the Fed to end its extraordinary stimulus programs, I did a double take.
German novelist Ingo Schulze's 2012 "Our Beautiful New Clothes" explains how we have accepted the form and not the substance of democracy. People were convinced of the "emperor's new clothes" until a child cried "but he has nothing on." Maybe Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale can help us understand our predicament.
For a president that is executing Bush's "war on terror" against Al-Qaeda and "its affiliates," it seems odd that President Obama has targeted the secular Syrian government for "regime change."
The question about alternatives to the dominant western model of life and growth becomes increasingly urgent together with the looming-or already occurred-surpassing of Peak Oil. New measurements of prosperity are improvements over the gross domestic product since they include life satisfaction, access to health care, education and environmental damage.
Most people have no idea what is going on with the US Treasury, the Federal Reserve or the black projects. Here's what is going on...since 1913, as JFK tried to explain, there has been a plot to take over the US and turn it into a profit-making machine for a small group of banksters. In addition, another group of politicians has been feathering their own nest using the USA to do it. Under Ronald Reagan, this TREACHERY became institutionalized when he wrote an executive order permitting the CIA to set up businesses as covers for their activity. They set these businesses up with taxpayer funds, took them public and became immensely wealthy. They stole secrets on technology that were acquired by the US government and used those to create more businesses. All at taxpayer expense and with no return to the US "treasury" which doesn't actually exist. Read this article and the comments below to learn more.
Barry Jennings was the former New York Housing Authority Emergency Coordinator.
On September 11th 2001, Barry Jennings reported that he and Michael Hess had been blown back by a big explosion inside World Trade Center Building 7. He later said in an interview that he had heard explosions in Building 7 before either of the 2 main WTC Towers had collapsed.
Barry died mysteriously on August 19th 2008 — two days prior to release of the NIST report's first draft.
What I have noticed is that whenever a stunning episode occurs, such as 9/11 or the Boston Marathon bombing, most everyone whether on the right or left goes along with the government's explanation, because they can hook their agenda to the government's account.
The leftwing likes the official stories of Muslims creating terrorist mayhem in America, because it proves their blowback theory and satisfies them that the dispossessed and oppressed can fight back against imperialism.
The patriotic rightwing likes the official story, because it proves America is attacked for its goodness or because terrorists were allowed in by immigration authorities and nurtured by welfare, or because the government, which can't do anything right, ignored plentiful warnings.
"Lobbyists have spent years making sure these loopholes are put into the tax code." -@NYTimes' Gretchen Morgenson http://ow.ly/lnEI1
"Corporations have a role to play in our economy, but don't have a role to play in our government." -@dechristopher http://ow.ly/lnEz2
4-part series on Demolition Access to the WTC Towers: the organizations, individuals and entities involved. How access to the skyscrapers was provided.
video summary is in '9/11: Explosive Evidence' -
(short, 15 mins.) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEQOh2NVVLo
(expanded, 43 mins.) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdE1Cwnymzc
"Let us never tolerate outrageous conspiracy theories concerning the attacks of September the 11th." -- George W. Bush.
(57 mins.) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3nSjCWOrss
Jonathan Cole and Timothy Eastman are well known 9/11 researchers and have recently co-authored the paper, "WTC Destruction: An Analysis of Peer Reviewed Technical Literature". The analysis was conducted to identify the evolving trend in research results regarding the debate about what actually happened to the Twin Towers and WTC 7. In this episode they talk about the paper, and comment on Andy's question to John McCain (see earlier episodes) and respond to Rachel Maddow's recent attack against 9/11 Truth.
Ever wonder how come there are men (and women) in costumes "policing" the rest of us?
Most people accept this relationship as both given - and eternal. That there have always been men (if not always women) in costumes "policing" the rest of us. But, in fact, it's a relatively novel thing.
Up to and even during the Civil War - a titanic struggle between the fading remnants of the old republican idea and the centralized, omnipotent state that took its place - the idea of police as we know it was essentially unknown.
It is a modern concept - one developed out of the company town idea.
"Police" have become a class of persons immune from the normal rules of civilized human interaction. Almost a sacred priesthood. And we are expected to play the role of humble supplicant - thanking them for their "service."
The transformation - and consolidation of absolute power - is both astonishing and fearful.
Is there a Left in America today?
There is, of course, a Left ideology, a Left of the mind, a Left of theory and critique. But is there a Left movement?
Nearly 8,000 Occupy Wall Street protesters have been arrested in association with the activist movement, while not one banker has been prosecuted for the actions that lead up to the country's financial meltdown.
I found this at the site In These New Times:
Oringnal (in Dutch) article with a picture at:
The latest trove of documents obtained by the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund (PCJF) from the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Protective Service adds new detail to the spying work of federal law enforcement agencies coordinating with local law enforcement and city governments to act against Occupy encampments.
Government employees just say, "I was only doing my job and taking orders." Will they keep saying this AFTER they lose their pensions? Or will they get that this entire mess is completely born of the avarice and greed of a small cadre of spoiled brats? Let's find out by telling them that they are about to be sandbagged. Look what Jack Lew (ex-goldman alum) had planned for them in the very near future.
Peter Ulrich is an emeritus professor of economic ethics at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, and author of Integrative Economic Ethics, 2008.
The economy should be embedded in society; society should not be embedded in the economy. The myth of the invisible hand, the self-correcting market, is based on the myth that fulfilling private interests bring the public good.
Description of Force-Feeding procedures at Guantanamo Bay Prison.
The exodus from the casino capitalism producing ever faster and ever deeper crises cannot succeed without a broad and powerful democratic base. Parliamentary democracy is urged to finally take up the struggle around the primacy of politics against the financial markets. Dethroning the financial markets means reducing the speculation businesses.
Sign the pledge in support of Bethesda Lutheran workers
pages: 305, 304, 303, 302, 301, 300, 299, 298, 297, 296, 295, 294, 293, 292, 291, 290, 289, 288, 287, 286, 285, 284, 283, 282, 281, 280, 279, 278, 277, 276, 275, 274, 273, 272, 271, 270, 269, 268, 267, 266, 265, 264, 263, 262, 261, 260, 259, 258, 257, 256, 255, 254, 253, 252, 251, 250, 249, 248, 247, 246, 245, 244, 243, 242, 241, 240, 239, 238, 237, 236, 235, 234, 233, 232, 231, 230, 229, 228, 227, 226, 225, 224, 223, 222, 221, 220, 219, 218, 217, 216, 215, 214, 213, 212, 211, 210, 209, 208, 207, 206, 205, 204, 203, 202, 201, 200, 199, 198, 197, 196, 195, 194, 193, 192, 191, 190, 189, 188, 187, 186, 185, 184, 183, 182, 181, 180, 179, 178, 177, 176, 175, 174, 173, 172, 171, 170, 169, 168, 167, 166, 165, 164, 163, 162, 161, 160, 159, 158, 157, 156, 155, 154, 153, 152, 151, 150, 149, 148, 147, 146, 145, 144, 143, 142, 141, 140, 139, 138, 137, 136, 135, 134, 133, 132, 131, 130, 129, 128, 127, 126, 125, 124, 123, 122, 121, 120, 119, 118, 117, 116, 115, 114, 113, 112, 111, 110, 109, 108, 107, 106, 105, 104, 103, 102, 101, 100, 99, 98, 97, 96, 95, 94, 93, 92, 91, 90, 89, 88, 87, 86, 85, 84, 83, 82, 81, 80, 79, 78, 77, 76, 75, 74, 73, 72, 71, 70, 69, 68, 67, 66, 65, 64, 63, 62, 61, 60, 59, 58, 57, 56, 55, 54, 53, 52, 51, 50, 49, 48, 47, 46, 45, 44, 43, 42, 41, 40, 39, 38, 37, 36, 35, 34, 33, 32, 31, 30, 29, 28, 27, 26, 25, 24, 23, 22, 21, 20, 19, 18, 17, 16, 15, 14, 13, 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1