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Biden Tells Activist He Opposes Pipeline - BUT -said he is "in the minority" inside the Obama Admin

Joe Biden Tells Supporter He Opposes Keystone Pipeline, But Is “In The Minority”
“He grabbed my Sierra Club hat on my head and said, 'Yes, I do — I share your views.”



Vice President Joe Biden told a South Carolina environmental activist Friday that he opposes a controversial oil pipeline from Canada, but said he is "in the minority" inside the Obama administration, according to the activist's account of the conversation.

Biden made the remark at Rep. Jim Clyburn's annual "World Famous Fish Fry" Friday evening, where he met Elaine Cooper, a Columbia resident and group chair of the South Carolina chapter of the Sierra Club, while working the ropeline amongst hundreds of supporters in attendance. An email obtained by BuzzFeed from the organization's national program assistant, Jessica Eckdish, provides Cooper's record of the encounter, in which she "was able to ask Vice President Biden if he supporting rejecting the Keystone XL pipeline," Eckdish writes.

The email continues: "Here's his response from Elaine: He grabbed my Sierra Club hat on my head and said, 'yes, I do — I share your views — but I am in the minority' and smiled."


http://www.buzzfeed.com/rubycramer/joe-biden-tells-supporter-he-opposes-keystone-pipeline-but-i

Judge rips Obama’s right-wing Plan B stance "You're disadvantaging young people, African-Americans,

Source: Salon

Judge rips Obama’s right-wing Plan B stance
"You're disadvantaging young people, African-Americans, the poor... that's the policy of the Obama administration?"
BY IRIN CARMON



Korman was explaining why, when previously ruling on access to Plan B emergency contraception, he had initially waited for the administration to act on its own and make the drug widely available based on scientific evidence, rather than on politics. “The process had been corrupted by political influence. I remanded because I thought with a new president” things would be different, Korman said. But in 2011, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius overruled, with the president’s explicit blessing, the FDA’s recommendation to lift all age restrictions, which Korman ruled in March was a decision made in “bad faith” because of the politics around sex and contraception. He ordered the administration to lift all restrictions. Instead, it accepted a manufacturer’s petition to make Plan B available over the counter only with photo ID showing the purchaser was at least 15, and the Department of Justice is appealing.

This morning, Korman repeatedly slammed his hand down on the table for emphasis, interrupting the government counsel’s every other sentence with assertions like, “You’re just playing games here,” “You’re making an intellectually dishonest argument,” “You’re basically lying,” “This whole thing is a charade,” “I’m entitled to say this is a lot of nonsense, am I not?” and “Contrary to the baloney you were giving me …” He also accused the administration of hypocrisy for opposing voter ID laws but being engaged in the “suppression of the rights of women” with the ID requirement for the drug.

Read more: http://www.salon.com/2013/05/07/judge_blasts_obama_administration_over_bush_like_plan_b_decision/

Trumka blasts Obama on Walmart

Trumka blasts Obama on Walmart

"Walmart’s recent announcement of a plan to hire returning honorably discharged veterans is more about public relations than honoring our heroes," Trumka said. "That this effort was valorized by President Obama and Vice President Biden reflects an acceptance of economic failure out of line with America’s history or future.

"We owe it to our returning veterans to make sure they are treated as the heroes they are, rather than as symbols used to “greenwash” Walmart’s eroding brand. After facing enemies abroad, is an $8.81 an hour part-time job the best we can offer returning veterans?"


http://www.politico.com/politico44/2013/05/trumka-blasts-obama-on-walmart-163338.html

Newly Declassified Memo Shows CIA Shaped Zero Dark Thirty's Narrative

Newly Declassified Memo Shows CIA Shaped Zero Dark Thirty's Narrative

Kathryn Bigelow's Osama bin Laden revenge-porn flick Zero Dark Thirty was the biggest publicity coup for the CIA this century outside of the actual killing of Osama bin Laden. But the extent to which the CIA shaped the film has remained unclear. Now, a memo obtained by Gawker shows that the CIA actively, and apparently successfully, pressured Mark Boal to remove scenes that made them look bad from the Zero Dark Thirty script.


The CIA's whitewashing effort is revealed in a cache of documents newly released under a Freedom of Information Act request about the CIA's cooperation with Bigelow and Boal. The documents include a 2012 memo—initially classified "SECRET"—summarizing five conference calls between Boal and the CIA's Office of Public Affairs in late 2011. "The purpose for these discussions was for OPA officers to help promote an appropriate portrayal of the Agency and the Bin Ladin operation," according to the memo. (Hundreds of pages of CIA documents about the film were released last year; the memo obtained by Gawker was approved for release late last month.)

During these calls, Boal "verbally shared the screenplay" for Zero Dark Thirty in order to get the CIA's feedback, and the CIA's public affairs department verbally asked Boal to take out parts that they objected to. According to the memo, he did.

Here are the key changes, plus more:
http://gawker.com/this-is-daft-boal-referred-to-his-primary-source-of-in-493211164
MEMO also here:
https://s3.amazonaws.com/s3.documentcloud.org/documents/696468/boal-cia-memo.pdf

And Then There Was One - Imperial Gigantism and the Decline of Planet Earth - By Tom Engelhardt

And Then There Was One (Planet)

Militarily, culturally, and even to some extent economically, the U.S. remains surprisingly alone on planet Earth in imperial terms, even if little has worked out as planned in Washington. The story of the years since the Soviet Union fell may prove to be a tale of how American domination and decline went hand-in-hand, with the decline part of the equation being strikingly self-generated.

And yet here’s a genuine, even confounding, possibility: that moment of “unipolarity” in the 1990s may really have been the end point of history as human beings had known it for millennia -- the history, that is, of the rise and fall of empires. Could the United States actually be the last empire? Is it possible that there will be no successor because something has profoundly changed in the realm of empire building? One thing is increasingly clear: whatever the state of imperial America, something significantly more crucial to the fate of humanity (and of empires) is in decline. I’m talking, of course, about the planet itself.

The present capitalist model (the only one available) for a rising power, whether China, India, or Brazil, is also a model for planetary decline, possibly of a precipitous nature. The very definition of success -- more middle-class consumers, more car owners, more shoppers, which means more energy used, more fossil fuels burned, more greenhouse gases entering the atmosphere -- is also, as it never would have been before, the definition of failure. The greater the “success,” the more intense the droughts, the stronger the storms, the more extreme the weather, the higher the rise in sea levels, the hotter the temperatures, the greater the chaos in low-lying or tropical lands, the more profound the failure. The question is: Will this put an end to the previous patterns of history, including the until-now-predictable rise of the next great power, the next empire? On a devolving planet, is it even possible to imagine the next stage in imperial gigantism?

Every factor that would normally lead toward “greatness” now also leads toward global decline. This process -- which couldn’t be more unfair to countries having their industrial and consumer revolutions late -- gives a new meaning to the phrase “disaster capitalism.”


much, much, much more:
http://www.tomdispatch.com/blog/175696/

Big Bird Questions The NRA

"Live Free Or Die"

Colbert: After Obama takes our bullets, he’s buying up Rush’s hookers and canned frosting

“If Obama can’t take our guns, he’ll make sure you can’t put anything in them,” he said, echoing a claim by radio host Rush Limbaugh. “After that, he’s gonna come after Rush by buying up all the hookers and canned frosting.”

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“Out of fear of government hoarding, ammo sales have skyrocketed, making it harder to find ammo,” he said. “Which can only mean that the government is hoarding it, which means we have to buy more ammo before the government gets it all because none left because we got it. Oh my God, it’s too late!”

Declaring that “the feds” already have Americans outgunned, a distraught Colbert pulled out a pistol and aimed at his temple, yelling, “They’re not gonna take me alive!” before pulling the trigger … and hearing a click.

“Shit, I’m out of ammo” he said. “I’m still alive and rich and I’m happy. You win this round, Obama. If that is you.”

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VIDEO & MORE:
http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/05/07/colbert-after-obama-takes-our-bullets-hes-buying-up-rushs-hookers-and-canned-frosting/

The Children Are Our Future (warning: Mr. Fish)

I fear for Julian Assange. I fear for Bradley Manning. I fear for us all.

The Death of Truth
By Chris Hedges

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The world has been turned upside down. The pestilence of corporate totalitarianism is spreading rapidly over the earth. The criminals have seized power. It is not, in the end, simply Assange or Manning they want. It is all who dare to defy the official narrative, to expose the big lie of the global corporate state. The persecution of Assange and Manning is the harbinger of what is to come, the rise of a bitter world where criminals in Brooks Brothers suits and gangsters in beribboned military uniforms—propped up by a vast internal and external security apparatus, a compliant press and a morally bankrupt political elite—monitor and crush those who dissent. Writers, artists, actors, journalists, scientists, intellectuals and workers will be forced to obey or thrown into bondage. I fear for Julian Assange. I fear for Bradley Manning. I fear for us all.

5 more pages:
http://www.truthdig.com/dig/item/the_death_of_truth_20130505/
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