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Al Gore Is Looking Pretty Damn Good!

The Guardian front page, Thursday 22 January 2015:

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Republican Senators Finally Admit That Climate Change Is Not a Hoax
But they still insist that humans don't have anything to do with it

http://www.newrepublic.com/article/120825/senates-keystone-amendment-admits-climate-change-real

Frivolous wars are like drugs.

Hollande fails to learn from Bush
By Ramzy Baroud

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As if nothing has been learnt until now, Hollande seems to be borrowing the same costly policies that were implemented by former US President George W. Bush after the deadly attacks of September 11. He too struck violently and thoughtlessly and at the urging of powerful neoconservative groups; he carried out pre-conceived policies to assure America's dominance in the name of fighting "terror". These policies backfired, none of the US strategic objectives were achieved, and the "New Middle East" which the US administration so desperately coveted, became a breeding ground for the same "terrorism" that the Americans allegedly fought.

Prior to Bush's misadventures in the Middle East, al-Qaeda seemed to have been a distant reality that had been heard of, but unseen. A decade after the US invasion of Iraq, al-Qaeda penetrated the Middle East and North Africa, hatching into numerous groups, sub-groups and al-Qaeda-inspired groups. In fact, al-Qaeda-turned-Islamic State (IS) is now redefining borders, carving a "state" of its own that occupies massive swathes of land in Syria and Iraq.

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The Ecstasy of War

Frivolous wars are like drugs. They may start with the intention of achieving a fleeting sense of ecstasy, but with time they become a lethal escape from reality. Like drugs, a warlord is dependent on war and can only be sustained and validated by it. Hollande is a warlord in the western sense, what Americans refer to as "a war president".

But as Bush's notorious legacy has proven, while war-induced fear and vain patriotism may keep a leader in office long enough, the terrible consequences of unchecked violence shall be felt for many years to come.

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/MID-01-210115.html

"Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired..."

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GOP Plan To Secure The Border & Militarize Disneyland!

GOP Plan To Secure The Border: Militarize Disneyland!
1/21/15 2:01pm


Hey, everyone! Republicans in the House are taking up immigration as only Republicans can. You know what that means, right? Repeat after me: First we secure our borders.

Because no immigration until we've taken care of that first. And wait till you see what they've got in mind.

In the words of Rep. McCaul, HR 399 will allow the Department of Defense “to transfer assets from theatre of war and redeploy them to the Southwest border.” See McCaul press release Jan. 15, 2015.

War assets and other enforcement tools authorized by Congress could be deployed within 100 miles of the southern border, encompassing cities like San Diego, Tucson, El Paso and Brownsville (8 CFR 287.1). This 100-mile-zone is home to 15 million people and includes Disneyland, national parks, and tourist beaches.

Specifically, the bill authorizes Department of Defense to allocate aviation assets to Customs and Border Protection (Sec. 7). Other war assets are transferred under the Department of Defense 1033 Program.

The bill requires near-constant drone surveillance even though a recent DHS report has proven the drone program to be costly and ineffective (Sec. 9).

It also authorizes and reimburses states to deploy the deploy the National Guard (Sec. 17).


http://crooksandliars.com/2015/01/gop-plan-secure-border-militarize
http://soboco.org/the-secure-our-borders-first-act-impact-of-hr-399-on-our-communities/

Mickey will greet Disneyland visitors in fatigues, armed with an AK-47?


asking Jesus...

The Golden Age of Black Ops -Special Ops Missions Already in 105 Countries in 2015

The Golden Age of Black Ops
Special Ops Missions Already in 105 Countries in 2015
By Nick Turse

In the dead of night, they swept in aboard V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft. Landing in a remote region of one of the most volatile countries on the planet, they raided a village and soon found themselves in a life-or-death firefight. It was the second time in two weeks that elite U.S. Navy SEALs had attempted to rescue American photojournalist Luke Somers. And it was the second time they failed.

On December 6, 2014, approximately 36 of America’s top commandos, heavily armed, operating with intelligence from satellites, drones, and high-tech eavesdropping, outfitted with night vision goggles, and backed up by elite Yemeni troops, went toe-to-toe with about six militants from al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. When it was over, Somers was dead, along with Pierre Korkie, a South African teacher due to be set free the next day. Eight civilians were also killed by the commandos, according to local reports. Most of the militants escaped.

That blood-soaked episode was, depending on your vantage point, an ignominious end to a year that saw U.S. Special Operations forces deployed at near record levels, or an inauspicious beginning to a new year already on track to reach similar heights, if not exceed them.

During the fiscal year that ended on September 30, 2014, U.S. Special Operations forces (SOF) deployed to 133 countries -- roughly 70% of the nations on the planet -- according to Lieutenant Colonel Robert Bockholt, a public affairs officer with U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM). This capped a three-year span in which the country’s most elite forces were active in more than 150 different countries around the world, conducting missions ranging from kill/capture night raids to training exercises. And this year could be a record-breaker. Only a day before the failed raid that ended Luke Somers life -- just 66 days into fiscal 2015 -- America’s most elite troops had already set foot in 105 nations, approximately 80% of 2014’s total.





MORE:
http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175945/tomgram%3A_nick_turse%2C_a_shadow_war_in_150_countries/#more

Jeff Flew His Nannies To Davos On A Jet-&-He Wants Us To Lower Expectations & Have Fewer Nice Things

Billionaire Jeff Greene, who amassed a multibillion dollar fortune betting against subprime mortgage securities, says the U.S. faces a jobs crisis that will cause social unrest and radical politics.

“America’s lifestyle expectations are far too high and need to be adjusted so we have less things and a smaller, better existence,” Greene said in an interview today at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. “We need to reinvent our whole system of life.”

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Greene, who flew his wife, children and two nannies on a private jet plane to Davos for the week, said he’s planning a conference in Palm Beach, Florida, at the Tideline Hotel called “Closing the Gap.” The event, which he said is scheduled for December, will feature speakers such as economist Nouriel Roubini.

“I live in Palm Beach, where no one wants to hear bad news,” he said. “We need to have an event where people aren’t just focused on predicting the price of oil.”



the rest
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2015-01-21/billionaire-greene-goes-long-on-u-s-while-bemoaning-jobs-crisis.html



updated to add appropriate toon:

President Obama's State of the Union a big hit with voters

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http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2015/images/01/21/top1.pdf
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/01/21/1359169/-President-Obama-s-State-of-the-Union-a-big-hit-with-voters

Ted Cruz did not want his SOTU video released?

Ted Cruz had a response for the President's State of the Union address. There were two problems.


The first problem is that the video was uploaded unedited.
It showed Ted Cruz taking a second take. His "Let me start over" comment showed a senator with an affinity for acting. The video was subsequently pulled from YouTube.

The second and most important issue was the content of the video. It fell flat. It fell flat because Ted Cruz seemed to be living in an alternate state of reality. He attempted to turn the recovery in jobs into a loser by stating that participation rates are down. He fails to tell Americans that as the baby boomers age, that is a likely occurrence.

Ted Cruz slams the president for not caving to GOP rhetoric to define ISIS or any other terrorist as Islamist terrorists. He talks about the big election they won in 2014 as if it was a mandate. He should recall that while they won a majority of the senate seats, Democrats won more votes.

One wonders if Ted Cruz has subsequently saw the poll on the State of the Union speech. The poll was positive for President Obama. The video shows Ted Cruz for the faux politician that he is. It shows him as a performer instead of a leader or legislator.

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Please WATCH VIDEO Here:
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/01/21/1359142/-Ted-Cruz-did-not-want-his-SOTU-video-released#


John Boehner's Priceless Reactions To Obama's State Of The Union

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