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While Department of Justice Let Financial Criminals Go Free, They Pursued Aaron Swartz to Death

While Department of Justice Let Financial Criminals Go Free, They Pursued Aaron Swartz to Death
By Mark Karlin
BuzzFlash at Truthout

Tuesday 15 January 2013

The status quo managerial elite – consisting of the political and financial masters of the universe – cannot tolerate progressive advocacy that threatens to redistribute power or wealth. That is why police across the nation were instructed to crush the Occupy Movement, to pummel it into dust as a public occupation of space – and more importantly to remove its message of grassroots power and wealth redistribution from the headlines of the media.

Those in the driver's seat of the nation fear empowering activism such as Occupy, as if it were a virulent contagion that might rapidly spread across the population and infect the public with "dangerous" ideas of financial and political justice.

Last week, BuzzFlash at Truthout yet again chastised the Department of Justice (DOJ) for giving a get out of jail free card to the moneyed elite. But that applies to the political elite too, who generally are not prosecuted for war crimes, torture, etc. Those in power protect those in power.

But the DOJ appears to have limitless resources to pursue Internet transparency activists such as Aaron Swartz, who committed suicide the other day at the age of 26. The pursuit only stopped with death, as the DOJ, according to The Hill, formally dropped the charges that appeared to be the precipitating factor in Swartz's taking his own life (in what appears to have been a valley of personal depression)...

The rest: http://truth-out.org/buzzflash/commentary/item/17749-while-department-of-justice-lets-financial-criminals-go-free-they-pursued-aaron-swartz-to-death

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Want to read something truly remarkable?

I give you Eliot A. Cohen in the Washington Post, arguing that a soldier who served in a war is a poor choice for Defense Secretary.

This, by the way, is Cohen: "In 1997, Cohen became a founding member of the Project for the New American Century, which became known as a center for prominent neoconservatives. He has been a member of the Defense Policy Board Advisory Committee, a committee of civilians and retired military officers that the U.S. Secretary of Defense may call upon for advice, since the beginning of the administration of President George W. Bush. He was put on the board after acquaintance Richard Perle put forward his name. Cohen has referred to the War on Terrorism as 'World War IV.' In the run-up to the 2003 Invasion of Iraq, he was a member of Committee for the Liberation of Iraq, a group of prominent persons who pressed for an invasion." (link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eliot_A._Cohen)

Nowhere in Mr. Cohen's biography does military service appear, but he was instrumental in hurling tens and tens of thousands of soldiers into war, many of whom did not return, or returned broken.

...and this is his neocon chickenhawk fuckwit argument for why a soldier would make a bad SecDef:

Hagel’s military service is a scant qualification for defense secretary
http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/chuck-hagels-vietnam-experience-is-not-much-of-a-qualification-for-defense-secretary/2013/01/09/6ce0089a-59b4-11e2-9fa9-5fbdc9530eb9_story.html?hpid=z2

...because these assholes never quit. Ever.

"Man-bashing." My favorite DU pule.

The staggering, flatly embarrassing ignorance of unconscious privilege.

The old saying - "He was born on third base and thinks he hit a triple" - never had more purchase than it does in this absurd push-back over the appalling concept of male privilege.

How dare anyone claim men have it better? How dare anyone claim that even well-meaning non-abusing good-hearted liberal progressive men enjoy an elevated status in society thanks entirely to their gender, and to the 2,000 years of history that have established the advantage so thoroughly as to make it - somehow - invisible to anyone other than some angry women who apparently just have a hate-on for the boys.

Hm.

But but but I'm a feminist, too!

No. No, you're not. You never have been, and you never will be. You can be an ally if you try, but a man claiming to be a feminist is the equivalent of a hammer claiming to be a nail. You might be made of the same materials, but the differences in experience are a gulf too vast to traverse.

Fact.

Psst...

It's me. I've been wrapped in the warm embrace of the privilege since my arrival on the planet.

It's you, too, brother.

Maybe stop harshing on those who point it out. Maybe recognizing the glaring existence of the privilege in your own life is the outside edge of the beginnings of wisdom.

Y'know...just maybe.

ON EDIT: Please see post 201 for elaboration on men being feminists.

The Notre Dame fan base in a nutshell.

Pro-Israel Lobby AIPAC Sitting Out Hagel Fight

Source: The Daily Beast

Opponent of Chuck Hagel's nomination to be secretary of defense have been lining up for battle, citing concerns about the former senator’s position on Israel.

Notably absent from the cast of critics: the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, or AIPAC, Washington’s largest and most well funded pro-Israel lobby.

The powerful lobby, which doesn’t typically shy away from a fight, has decided to sit this one out, say several House and Senate staff members, as well as some pro-Israel activists in Washington.

“Staffers and members are trying to find out what AIPAC thinks of Hagel, and we are not getting anything,” one Senate Republican staff member said. Another Senate staff member said, “AIPAC will be sitting this one out.”


Read more: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/01/07/pro-israel-lobby-aipac-sitting-out-hagel-fight.html



Wow.

In the parlance of back-room politics, the anti-Hagel argument just got de-nutted.

Why Hagel?

It appears Chuck Hagel is going to be nominated for Defense Secretary. I was immediately against it when his name was first floated, but have since reconsidered after taking a look at those who are opposing him. For years, Hagel has been JAFO (just another fucking Republican) to me...but the caliber of his new enemies, more than anything, compelled me to take a second look.

I am in favor of his nomination, for one very large reason: the political orthodoxies of the DoD (spending, Israel, etc.) have remained largely untouched by the last 30 Defense Secretaries, no matter what their political affiliations have been. Chuck Hagel has long held a reputation for absolutely refusing to embrace those orthodoxies...which is why so many people are dead-set against his nomination.

I want there to be significant cuts to the Defense budget. So, I believe, does Obama. So, it is widely known, does Chuck Hagel...so why nominate a Republican to Defense?

Because only Nixon can go to China.

Who better to take on the bloat in defense spending? It's a very canny selection.

If your concern over his nomination centers around his late-90s gay-bashing, I offer this spirited defense of the Hagel nomination from Glenn Greenwald, who is himself gay, and who hasn't had a good thing to say about the Obama administration in almost four years: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/jan/05/hagel-liberals-gays-israel-democrats

Flame away.

So Awesome: ‘Schoolhouse Rock’ gets a singalong salute for its 40th anniversary

Back in the heyday of Saturday mornings, back when cartoon viewing was a scheduled date for 8-year-olds and their ­cereal bowls, back before Nickelodeon made animation into a 24-hour buffet, there arose a phenomenon that was good and pure and true. It was called “Schoolhouse Rock.”

“I still play the songs in my jazz jobs,” says Bob Dorough, who wrote and voiced much of the original “Schoolhouse” canon. “I used to play very hip songs, but then one of the waiters — who would be 25 or 30 — would say to me, ‘your voice sounds familiar.’ ” Dorough would reveal why. The waiter would get excited. “Oh!” he would say. “Can we have one, please?”

Bob Dorough just turned 89. “Schoolhouse Rock” turns 40 next week: On the morning of Jan. 13, 1973, a three-minute animated video called “My Hero, Zero” materialized on ABC, sandwiched between programs such as ­“Superfriends” and “Yogi’s Gang” and “The Roadrunner Show.”

“Schoolhouse Rock” wasn’t a show. It was the thing between the shows — two to three insterstitial, educational minutes about math or grammar or science. It was “Lolly Lolly Lolly Get Your ­Adverbs Here,” teaching young viewers how to modify verbs in a jaunty, helium-induced ditty (“Slowly, surely, really learn your adverbs here. You’re going to need ’em if you read ’em”). It was “Naughty Number Nine,” accompanied by a bluesy video depicting a feline pool shark. No video was ever longer than a potty break, but somehow “Schoolhouse Rock” became a totem pole around which children of the 1970s have chosen to gather and reminisce.

The rest: http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/schoolhouse-rock-at-40/2013/01/04/0679e738-5699-11e2-a613-ec8d394535c6_story.html?hpid=z4

My favorite:



New York City vs. Boston in one picture



The final floor speech from Dennis Kucinich (text)

“I want to begin by thanking my wife Elizabeth, who is here in the gallery, for her constant support during my service in the United States Congress, and to thank the people of Ohio’s 10th Congressional District for their constant support, as well as a great Congressional staff, both at the district and the DC level.

“I also, before I make further remarks, want to express my support for my colleagues from New York and New Jersey, in their tireless efforts on behalf of their constituents who have suffered so grievously from Hurricane Sandy.

“We must unite for the people.

“And that is really the idea of the United States. It’s the Unity of States. But it’s even deeper than that. It’s expressive of the Unity of People, that it’s all for one and one for all. Our nation’s first motto, E pluribus unum, out of many we are one, stresses the power of unity.

The rest: http://dandelionsalad.wordpress.com/2013/01/02/dennis-kucinich-gives-his-final-floor-speech-of-the-112th-congress-we-must-unite-for-the-people/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+DandelionSalad+%28Dandelion+Salad%29
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