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There has been, appropriately so, intense and widespread outrage following the release of the video showing what happened inside the elevator at the casino. But wouldn’t it be productive if this collective outrage, as my colleagues have said, could be channelled to truly hear and address the long-suffering cries for help by so many women? And as they said, do something about it? Like an on-going education of men about what healthy, respectful manhood is all about.
And it starts with how we view women. Our language is important. For instance, when a guy says, ‘you throw the ball like a girl’ or ‘you’re a little sissy,’ it reflects an attitude that devalues women and attitudes will eventually manifest in some fashion. Women have been at the forefront in the domestic violence awareness and prevention arena. And whether Janay Rice considers herself a victim or not, millions of women in this country are.
Consider this: According to domestic violence experts, more than three women per day lose their lives at the hands of their partners. That means that since the night February 15th in Atlantic City more than 600 women have died.
Posted by kpete | Fri Sep 12, 2014, 10:20 AM (17 replies)
Every rig operator knows that, before a rig can unhook from a drill pipe, the operator has to run a “negative pressure test” to make sure the cement has properly sealed the drill pipe. If the pipe is safely plugged, the pressure gauge will read zero. The amount of pressure BP measured at 5 p.m. on April 20, 2010, the day of the explosion? 1400 psi (see the findings, pages 62-65).
1400 psi is not zero. Stick a balloon in your mouth with zero pressure and nothing happens except that you look silly. Replace the balloon with a hose delivering a 1400 psi blast and it’ll blow your skull apart.
So, how could the company record zero? Answer: BP’s crew re-ran the test measuring the pressure in something called the “kill line,” which is definitely not the drill pipe.
By reporting that the pipe had no pressure and all was safe, BP could begin to unhook the Deepwater Horizon from the pipe—and sail away. Why would BP do that? In my view, there were three motives: money, money and money. It costs BP a good half million dollars each extra day the rig stays on top of the drill hole. It seems that BP wanted the rig gone and quickly.
So, instead of halting the disconnection process, BP appears to have lied and recorded the pressure reading as “zero.” The rig’s owner, Transocean of Switzerland, went along with BP’s actions.
Posted by kpete | Thu Sep 11, 2014, 11:17 PM (1 replies)
What More Will It Take to Arrest Darren Wilson?
Mychal Denzel Smith on September 11, 2014 - 5:41 PM ET
“Hands up, don’t shoot!” has been the cry of the thousands who took to the streets seeking justice for Michael Brown, the unarmed 18-year-old who was shot and killed in Ferguson, Missouri, by Officer Darren Wilson on August 9. According to multiple witnesses, Brown had his hands in the air—a gesture generally understood to signal surrender—when Wilson shot him to death. The police have a different story: they say Brown was the aggressor, having reached for Wilson’s gun while the officer was still in his vehicle, and later charging toward Wilson. This version of the story, frankly, sounds ridiculous. And now there’s more reason that ever to doubt the police’s explanation. CNN has reported on two witnesses that had not previously given statements to journalists:
Two men, shocked at what they saw, describe an unarmed teenager with his hands up in the air as he’s gunned down by a police officer. They were contractors doing construction work in Ferguson, Missouri, on the day Michael Brown was killed.And the men, who asked not to be identified after CNN contacted them, said they were about 50 feet away from Officer Darren Wilson when he opened fire. An exclusive cell phone video captures their reactions during the moments just after the shooting.
“He had his f**n hands up,” one of the men says in the video. The man told CNN he heard one gunshot, then another shot about 30 seconds later. “The cop didn’t say get on the ground. He just kept shooting,” the man said. That same witness described the gruesome scene, saying he saw Brown’s “brains come out of his head,” again stating, “his hands were up.”
At this point, I need someone to answer this question for me like I’m stupid: What else is needed to arrest Darren Wilson? I’m not asking what a prosecutor would need to for a murder conviction, or even what a grand jury would need to bring formal charges. What else is needed for police to say, “Darren Wilson, you shot and killed someone, you are under arrest”? What more?
Posted by kpete | Thu Sep 11, 2014, 11:03 PM (36 replies)
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid today criticized former Vice President Dick Cheney’s views on foreign policy, describing his advice to House Republicans as “terrifying.”
“Taking advice from Dick Cheney on foreign policy? That’s a terrifying prospect. We should be learning from our past mistakes, not repeating them,” Reid said on the Senate floor today.
“They’ve got to be really careful with advice they take from Dick Cheney. Dick Cheney is more responsible than anyone else for the worst foreign policy decision in the history of the country — the invasion of Iraq,” Reid said.
Cheney, one of the architects of the Iraq war, met privately with House Republicans Tuesday and discussed the threat that the Islamic militant group ISIS poses to the international community.
Posted by kpete | Thu Sep 11, 2014, 09:15 AM (16 replies)
SOME PEOPLE DIE. SOME PEOPLE DON'T.
By Charles P. Pierce on September 10, 2014
And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
Henry Kissinger, a war criminal of an earlier time, has been making the rounds, shilling a new book, and clearing his throat in front of whatever microphone happens to be at hand. Yesterday, he popped by The Takeaway with John Hockenberry to make sure his amorality was still whole and complete going into its seventh decade. He did not disappoint. Guest host Todd Zwillich tried to get a straight answer about Kissinger's -- and the U.S. government's -- role in the coup that overthrew Salvador Allende in Chile, and the subsequent rise of the murderous regime of Augusto Pinochet. Kissinger thereupon disappeared in a cloud of squid ink.
It made me think of your history in places like Chile. Was it the case that realism trumped democratic idealism there when you engineered the coup against Salvador Allende, was that an example of that?
HK: Ahem. You know one trouble with discussion of this...You're referring to an event that happened 50 years ago, and so it's very hard to reconstruct...
TZ: 40, yes.
HK: Or 40 years ago. It's very hard to reconstruct. The fact is I did not engineer a coup against Allende. Allende was overthrown by his military with whom we had no contact with two years earlier or three years earlier when he came in.
TZ: The head of the Chilean army, General Rene Schneider, was assassinated in his car pursuant to a CIA operation that you did help initiate. You said you turned off but you did help initiate.
HK: That was three years earlier.
You all know how that is. You can lose track of the elected governments you overthrow. They all blend together after a while.
HK: It was not an operation that we initiated. It was not planned as an assassination, and we turned it off once we became aware. But that happened three years earlier. That was not in connection with this.
TZ: Many other people testified in front of the Church Commission in the Senate later on that in fact you were well informed of that operation even after officially turning it off in a memo -
HK: Let me tell you something here-it's an issue that your audience cannot possibly know much about.
This happened over 40 years ago, it has been exhaustively discussed. It is a reflection of a period in which the divisions in America were so great that opponents seemed to take a perverse pleasure in charging the people with whom they disagreed on other points with sort of criminal activities. To have a meaningful discussion, you have to begin with the premise that serious people are trying to do the best for their country. We have been trying to overthrow President Assad. We overthrew, in this administration, we supported and took military action in Libya for the purpose that America has an interest in bringing about democratic government. It's a well-established fact. What the details were in 1971, with all due respect to you, it's not an appropriate subject here because it's easy to fish out individual statements before committees. I think a national debate would be helped if we assumed that serious people were trying to achieve serious objectives and to ask what these objectives were. Not to see whether there is one act taken by some outlying CIA group.
How serious people fell for this kind of bullshit remains a mystery lost in time. Kissinger is saying that we didn't engineer the coup but, if we did, it wasn't any different than what we did in Libya, or what we tried to do in Syria, because what we tried to do in Chile was to "bring about democratic government," but what we did was condemn the country to 17 years of authoritarian brutality, and bring a terrorist act right to the streets of Washington, but we didn't engineer the coup, anyway, and who are you to bring it up, you miserable little worm? Don't you know I used to hump Jill St. John? Don't you know Metternich when you see him? Mein fuhrer, I can valk!
If you need a corrective, the good people at the National Security archives are happy to oblige -- here: http://www2.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB437/ http://www2.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB255/ http://www2.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB125/
You should read all that before reading about the democratic government our efforts helped bring about. That government, by the way, killed as many American citizens as ISIS has killed so far. Congratulations to Zwillich for at least trying to pin this ancient ghoul down for his crimes. More shame to us as a self-governing democracy that Kissinger is allowed any platform that doesn't have a pillory atop it.
Way more links:
In related news from the Undead,
Dick Cheney spoke to the Republicans in the Congress yesterday.
So if you meet me
Posted by kpete | Thu Sep 11, 2014, 08:49 AM (7 replies)
The Cost of War
SEPT. 10, 2014
But I implore the president and the nation to proceed with caution.
We can kill anti-American fighters and even their leaders, but we can’t kill anti-American sentiment. To some degree, every time we commit our forces in the Middle East we run the risk of further inflaming that sentiment.
For every action, there is a reaction. And there are also consequences, some of them unintended.
“Now, U.S. warplanes are flying sorties, at a cost somewhere between $22,000 to $30,000 per hour for the F-16s, to drop bombs that cost at least $20,000 each, to destroy this captured equipment. That means if an F-16 were to take off from Incirlik Air Force Base in Turkey and fly two hours to Erbil, Iraq, and successfully drop both of its bombs on one target each, it costs the United States somewhere between $84,000 to $104,000 for the sortie and destroys a minimum of $1 million and a maximum of $12 million in U.S.-made equipment.”
Posted by kpete | Wed Sep 10, 2014, 10:59 PM (9 replies)
Posted by kpete | Wed Sep 10, 2014, 12:42 PM (1 replies)
A call to see the pain before us, and create consequences and opportunities for cultural transformation — not public shaming:
...yes, let’s hold the NFL accountable for creating a consistent, clear, and influential policy about domestic violence (a scrappy, innovative young organization called Ultraviolet has taken the lead on this http://act.weareultraviolet.org/sign/NFL_victory_graphic/?source=uv_website ). Let’s push them, not just to create consequences for players who are violent, but also to offer them therapy, and to do so, even when the blinding light of public scrutiny is not shining. As the always-wise Brittney Cooper wrote at Salon:
“The fact that Rice received only a two-game suspension until this video surfaced suggests that the league is more concerned with the optics of Rice knocking Janay Palmer unconscious than addressing the ways that the hypermasculinity of sport perpetuates a culture of violence toward women.”http://www.salon.com/2014/09/09/pro_sports_fake_morality_play_ray_rice_atlanta_hawks_and_our_deep_dishonesty_about_race_and_gender/
Let’s push the NFL to go beyond crisis communication or ass-covering policy. Let’s inspire them to think complexly and creatively about what it would look like if they were to leverage their outsized influence on American men to redefine masculinity to be about vulnerability and respect, not toughness and force. (For starters, they could engage organizations like Men Can Stop Rape, who create campaigns like this one aimed at college men.) http://feministing.com/2012/01/12/new-men-can-stop-rape-ads-rock/
So many NFL players, so many men, carry the festering wound of having been abused themselves. As has so often been said, hurt people hurt people. It’s not until we reveal those wounds, examine them, heal them, that we will actually see a shift in male-perpetrated violence of so many kinds.
No amount of humiliation can accomplish that, and in fact, any amount of humiliation will prevent it. People may make themselves feel better as they tweet away about what a monster Ray Rice is, but they are actually increasing injury in the process. A recent study by researchers at the University of Michigan revealed that “the same regions of the brain that become active in response to painful sensory experiences are activated during intense experiences of social rejection.” In other words, humiliation and isolation are experienced as intensely as physical pain. As has been widely documented by researchers, they aren’t emotions that motivate people to be better; they are emotions that make people feel backed into a corner.
Posted by kpete | Wed Sep 10, 2014, 12:19 PM (0 replies)
“I went to jail for 11 days for disturbing the peace; I was trying to disturb the war.”
-- Joan Baez
We are being propagandized to literal death
You've already given up everything from the privacy of your phone calls and emails to the ability to take some shampoo on the road. Don't get out the checkbook to buy more nonsense.
Please, people, root through your old VHS tapes and unearth your copy of Wargames. Now, fast forward to the end where you can hear the wisdom of a computer with the brain power of an old Atari cartridge: the only winning move, is not to play. Let the assholes feed on each other for a change.
The only threat to America is the threat being generated by Americans.
I'd very much like to think that the president will address the nation with the immortal phrase, "grow up." But no, that's not going to happen. Instead, we're going to act because, God help us all, the people demand action. The media demands action. And of of course Congress needs action so it knows what it's against.
Just a little thought: did anyone bother to ask the families of those journalists who were used as propaganda tools by the terrorists in order to generate just this reaction, if they think this is what either of those journalists would have wanted? If the families feel this is an appropriate memorial to the genuinely brave men who were lost?
Posted by kpete | Wed Sep 10, 2014, 12:03 PM (4 replies)