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This is now Sunday evening. 10 to 1 says this week will be all about

that plane crash, and they will use it to totally re-set the public's attention.
Posted by silvershadow | Sun Jul 7, 2013, 06:42 PM (0 replies)

Waiter, there is a fly in my soup.

(pick your own favorite punch line, there are many).

Once was a time at DU and elsewhere when Democrats were gnashing teeth about the Patriot Act, FISA courts, etc. Heck, DU practically single-handedly funneled the outrage and angst that people felt about GWB and all his, shall we just call them antics? It was not only a welcome place to be, but it also elevated the discussion to the national stage, really. I honestly believe that. I was here in the first days, and all throughout.

While we Democrats didn't always win on the issues, we at least got our voices heard and in fact ridiculed relentlessly as the Faux noise machine kicked into high gear in support of the wars, the spending, etc. There was a time when this place was crawling with those who disagreed with the way things were going. Kucinich lovers. (He's maybe the only one who ended up voting against it). When GWB was pretzel-nut, it was palpable. We couldn't wait until he was replaced. Kerry campaigned on it. Obama campaigned on it. And DU was giddy at the prospects. We were gonna fix it. You just wait.

Now, here we are, 13 years on, and this place looks like it has been infiltrated by inter-lopers. I don't know how else to phrase it. I know there are some trolls and disruptors around regularly, and I'm not talking about them. I'm talking about those that still don't get that it's not about Snowden. It's about the Constitution and the rule of law. You and I would go to jail for stealing $50. They steal $50 Billion with impunity. You and I would go to jail for wiretapping our neighbors. They do it with impunity. You and I would go to jail for lying to Congress. Just another's day's work in Washington.

So, please forgive me if I take offense to some of the un-critical thinking that gets bandied about. You see, I haven't budged one millimeter in 13 years. I am still waiting for this patently unconstitutional construct that has been foisted upon us, by the same critters that foisted GWB on us, (under whose leadership virtually every disastrous change to America occurred), to be fixed. To so casually dismiss it on the pretense that Snowden committed crimes is preposterous. I am not dismissing Snowden's actions, either...if he committed crimes, he will eventually face the piper. But to focus on him is so distantly secondary to the real issue just boggles my mind.

The Patriot Act was supposed to sunset at least twice, but it remains, 13 years later. Ok, if it needed to be, fine. We got Bin Laden. Great. We needed to. But we didn't get him by building a gargantuan database that would make Hoover look like Helen Keller without fingers- by storing this massive database in perpetuity. I hate to say it, but I don't think the United States of America will ever get back to the way it was before GWB- not in my lifetime. There's a fly in my soup, and that's not the only bug I'm concerned with.

So Did Nudging Work? And would you know if you’ve been nudged?

Cass Sunstein, nudge inventor and former White House official, explains how his nudges have helped Americans save for retirement and eat better. He co-wrote the best-selling 2008 book Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth, and Happiness with Richard Thaler. His latest book Simpler: The Future of Government is about using behavioral science to transform government.

When you published Nudge in 2008, did you expect it to have so much influence?
No. We were trying to write the best book we could. I was surprised and gratified that it got such attention.
You went on to head up the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. What was the most effective nudge that you implemented?

Automatic enrollment in retirement savings plans has had a major effect. If you have to sign up, it's a bit of a bother. People procrastinate or go about other business. Then they have less money in retirement. With automatic enrollment, you're more likely to be comfortable when you retire.

How many U.S. citizens have been nudged that way—and do they know it?
A very large number. Automatic enrollment is a common practice now; many millions of people have benefited from it. People recognize they've been automatically enrolled—there's nothing secret about it, and it's explained by employers. But they wouldn't think, "I've been nudged."

more at link: http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/new_scientist/2013/06/nudge_policy_cass_sunstein_on_automatic_enrollment_and_food_choices.html
Posted by silvershadow | Fri Jul 5, 2013, 05:30 PM (3 replies)

Another Kucinich gem, pulled from FB and The Other 98%:

The Other 98%

Journalist: "Congressman Kucinich, I believe you're the only here who voted against the PATRIOT act right away after 9/11. Why is that?"

Dennis Kucinich: "Because I read it.”
Posted by silvershadow | Fri Jul 5, 2013, 01:35 AM (0 replies)

Too Many Tentacles.

Too many fires to put out. It is unraveling. Right now it seems slow speed, but I'd bet my bottom dollar that behind the scenes people in every agency are shitting their pants right now. Once enough pressure points are chewed on, across the world, by differing constituencies, then the wheels will come off somewhere. I'm just sitting in amazement right now at things. Hate to say it, but it's not gonna be good on any of us, party wise. Those of us on the right side of most of the issues are the most likely to have been ignored. Trust me, I know. I am one. We are usually the ones with the most practical ideas, the ones with the clearest heads it seems on what the constitution says and what it means, whether or not we have a law degree, because often our lives teach us these lessons- sometimes, repeatedly. I hate to say it, but a few Democrats might get caught up in this as it goes along- if so, expect DU to get uuuuugly. Hope I'm wrong, but bet I'm no so much. (Don't be too quick to judge the time frame for any fallout...This thing hasn't really started yet). :/

Did congress give up their authority with the Patriot Act? I think not. They can't give up their

authority. They need to re-claim it if they think they aren't being told enough. That's just my opinion. They pass the laws, which the the administration (any administration) must follow. It doesn't get much simpler than that. If the secret body of law was so secret that congress doesn't know every detail, then they either don't know enough or are, (what's the phrase?), "disingenuous". So I would say we need to start asking some very tough questions of our reps. I just keep coming back to "secret body of law". Tell me, really, what could be so sensitive as to require a secret body of law, anyway? Most of the cat is apparently out of the bag now, anyway. So they are spying on us. All of us. They are storing it all for the indefinite future (read forever). So they are scanning every piece of mail. So they are storing every single phone call. They have computers and programs of all shapes and sizes to learn what size underwear we wear and what brands we prefer. So they know we are xx-somthing with x kids and x dogs and are divorced. So they know we have hemorrhoids and acid reflux. So they know that we have had 3 prior surgeries, including what kind and who the doctors were. Turns out, paranoia isn't an actual treatable disease any more.
Posted by silvershadow | Thu Jul 4, 2013, 03:35 PM (0 replies)

What's the latest on Tom Delay, anyone know? When does he report to prison? Seems like I have been

waiting forever to hear some news about this...I bet he's celebrating his independence today. Do you suppose he's been rehabilitated while waiting these many years for his trial?
Posted by silvershadow | Thu Jul 4, 2013, 01:34 AM (0 replies)

James 'Randy' Udall Dead: Brother Of U.S. Senator Found Deceased In Wyoming

Source: Huffington Post

DENVER, July 3 (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Mark Udall's younger brother, who had been missing for more than a week, was found dead on Wednesday in a Wyoming mountain range, but no foul play was suspected, authorities said.

The body of James "Randy" Udall, 61, who had been the subject of a search since failing to return from a week-long backcountry hike, was discovered in a remote area of the Wind River Range, according to Sublette County Sheriff Dave Lankford. (Reporting by Keith Coffman; Writing by Dan Whitcomb; Editing by Steve Gorman)


Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/03/james-randy-udall-dead-senator-wyoming_n_3543775.html



Damn. :/
Posted by silvershadow | Thu Jul 4, 2013, 01:24 AM (2 replies)

Reddit, Mozilla And Others Plan Huge Online Protest Against NSA For July 4

Reddit, Mozilla, Wordpress, 4chan and other websites are planning a Fourth of July protest against the National Security Agency over its widespread surveillance of telephone records and Internet traffic through secret programs that came to light last month.

Spearheaded by the Internet Defense League, a 30,000-member group of Internet activists and websites, the Restore The Fourth campaign will have websites promote anti-NSA messages on their homepages along with directing visitors to CallForFreedom.org, where they can donate to help fund television ads against the intelligence programs.

In addition to advising visitors to call members of Congress, Restore The Fourth is coordinating street demonstrations in more than 75 cities, which will include “liberal groups, conservative groups and libertarian groups alike.”

More at link:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/03/nsa-protest-reddit-mozilla-july-4_n_3540893.html
Posted by silvershadow | Wed Jul 3, 2013, 06:51 PM (2 replies)

Rush Limbaugh: GOP could lose House

The Democrats could win back the House in the 2014 midterms, conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh said Tuesday morning.
Limbaugh, calling into the show “Fox & Friends,” said Republicans will lose if they don’t change their focus.

“The Republicans are sitting around twiddling their thumbs worried about immigration and whether the Hispanics like them, and they’re being stumped on issue after issue after issue like this,” Limbaugh said.

When asked if he thought Republicans losing the house was an actual possibility, Limbaugh said yes, “because the Republicans are in the process of engaging in policies guaranteed to lose them elections.”


Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/07/rush-limbaugh-house-republicans-2014-midterms-93651.html#ixzz2Xz8hJjfs

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This is one time I hope/think he is right.
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