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Attention is a resource; a person has only so much of it.

The Cost of Paying Attention

Attention is a resource; a person has only so much of it. And yet we’ve auctioned off more and more of our public space to private commercial interests, with their constant demands on us to look at the products on display or simply absorb some bit of corporate messaging. … they’ve opened up a new frontier of capitalism … to monetize every bit of private head space by appropriating our collective attention. In the process, we’ve sacrificed silence … And just as clean air makes it possible to breathe, silence makes it possible to think.

…. The benefits of silence are off the books. They are not measured in the gross domestic product, yet the availability of silence surely contributes to creativity and innovation.

… If clean air and water were no longer the rule, the economic toll would be enormous. This is easy to grasp, and that is why we have regulations to protect these common resources. We recognize their importance and their fragility. We also recognize that absent robust regulations, air and water will be used by some in ways that make them unusable for others. (Ya think?)

A notable feature of many formerly Communist countries is the apparent absence, or impotence, of any notion of a common good. Self-serving party apparatchiks have been replaced by (or become) quasi-free market gangsters. Many citizens of these countries live in the environmental degradation that results when economic development is left to such interests, with no countervailing force of public-spiritedness. We in the liberal societies of the West find ourselves headed toward a similar condition with regard to the resource of attention, because we do not yet understand it to be a resource.


GOP dream candidate Condi Rice says no thanks to U.S. Senate bid

Source: LA Times

Condoleezza Rice — Stanford professor, Soviet specialist, former U.S secretary of state — once said her dream job was commissioner of the National Football League. So she knows a Hail Mary pass when she sees one.

Stick with that metaphor, for a moment, and consider the California Republican Party. The GOP is down by six touchdowns and mired, as it has been for years, on its own 10-yard line. Suddenly, opportunity!


For years, she has tantalized Republicans, dazzled by her resume, her political star power and, not least, the fact that, as a black woman, she might broaden the GOP's appeal to a universe of voters — women and minorities — who have been key to Democrats' growing political dominance across the state.

If only.

Read more: http://www.latimes.com/local/politics/la-me-pol-california-politics-20150308-story.html

Lindsey Graham Says He Has Never Sent An Email To Anyone, Anywhere, at Any Time

Lindsey Graham Says He Has Never Sent An Email

What are you trying to hide, Lindsey?

WASHINGTON -- Discussing the controversy over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton using her personal email account for government business, a top Senate Republican revealed that he has never sent an email in his life.

"I don't email," Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.) said. "You can have every email I've ever sent. I've never sent one."

Great Choice For President, Huh?

NSA Global Spy Stations: 'Sniff It All, Collect It All, Know It All, Process It All, Exploit it all'


NSA Global Spy Stations Revealed: 'Sniff It All, Collect It All, Know It All, Process It All, Exploit It All'
Latest documents leaked to journalists by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden offer new insight into mysterious 'domes of Waihopai' and the global spy network of which they represent only a part

Regarding this global network of surveillance stations, the Sunday Star-Times reports:

Altogether, these bases can snoop on the entire world, friend as well as foe.

The leaked documents do not talk about "Waihopai". They use the station's secret Five Eyes code name Ironsand ("IS"). It's not clear why Waihopai is Ironsand.

An NSA map shows it is one of a global network of oddly-named satellite interception stations. These stations are the eyes of the Five Eyes alliance.

Australia has a base near Geraldton, a small port city on the west coast of Australia. Its codename is Stellar.

The British station in Oman has the codename Snick. Britain's Kenya base is known as Scapel. Britain also spies on satellites from Carboy, a station in Cornwall, and from a base in Cyprus called Sounder.

The American equivalents of Waihopai are Jackknife in Washington State on the Pacific coast, Timberline in West Virginia and Coraline in Puerto Rico in the Caribbean. The biggest of these is the Moonpenny base in Harrogate, Yorkshire.



Colin Powell Still Sees ‘Dark Vein of Racism’ in GOP, Country at Large

“I still see it in the Republican Party,”
Powell said. “And I still see it in other parts of our country. You don’t have to be Republican to be touched by this dark vein.”

“America is still going through this transformation from where we were 50, 60 years ago,” Powell said. “You have to remember it was just 60 or 70 years ago that we still had poll taxes, that we still had literacy tests in order to vote, that voting places were only open two days a week for African Americans. So we’ve come a long way, but we still have a long way to go.”

Powell noted that his grandchildren’s generation was largely untouched by the days of institutionalized racism and instead valued diversity, but that the country must continue to hold its institutions to account.

“We have to deal with making sure that everybody can vote and express their opinions, police forces are acting in an appropriate manner, citizens are acting in a proper manner with respect to the police forces, and that governments and cities and states throughout the country are making sure they are not discriminating against any particular part of their citizenry.”


If I Don't Get Pants, Nobody Gets Pants.


The Cover Of The Tuscaloosa News 2015


John Lewis: When people tell me nothing has changed, I say come walk in my shoes and I will show you change. #Selma50

beautiful picture tribute here:

"Keep The Skeer On Em"

Billboard honoring KKK founder on display near Selma bridge on anniversary of historic march

A billboard honoring the founder of the Ku Klux Klan now stands within sight the historic bridge in Selma, Alabama that was the site of the 1965 “Bloody Sunday” clash between civil rights protesters and police.

The New York Daily News reported Saturday that the billboard shows Nathan Bedford Forrest — Klan founder and Confederate war hero — astride his horse with the motto, “Keep the skeer on ‘em,” meaning, “Keep them afraid.”

President Barack Obama is traveling to Selma on Saturday to march alongside Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) and thousands of celebrants as they commemorate the historic clash which took place on March 7, 1965, as a crowd of nonviolent, mostly black protesters marched headlong into a column of Alabama National Guardsmen and other law enforcement officers.

Ironically, on the opposite side of the Forrest billboard — which reads “Visit Selma’s War Between the States historic sites” — is a sign welcoming the president and others to Selma for the 50th anniversary of the march.



George W. Bush & Dick Cheney Banned From Venezuela After President Brands Him A ‘Terrorist’

Looks like former President George W. Bush will not bask in the oil-rich country of Venezuela after their president, Nicolas Maduro, branded him a terrorist for “terrorist acts and grave human rights violations” in Syria, Iraq and Vietnam. He is subsequently banned from entering the country. Others prohibited from entering the South American nation are former Vice President Dick Cheney, George Tenet, Senators Marco Rubio (R-Florida) and Bob Mendez (D-New Jersey), Congresswoman Ileana Ross Lehtinen (R-Florida).

The decree issued by the Venezuelan president reads:

“Considering that the Republic of Venezuela is a sovereign state that promotes and guarantees universal respect for human rights…It resolves to prohibit the sanctioning of any visa or entry to Venezuela to… George W. Bush and Dick Cheney.”

More specifically, President Maduro said, “We will prohibit visas for individuals who want to come to Venezuela who have violated human rights and have bombed Iraq, Syria and Vietnam. They cannot come here because they are terrorists.”


Daniel Ellsberg:If Petraeus didn't commit felony-neither did Snowden, Manning, Sterling, or Kiriakou

Published on
Friday, March 06, 2015
byCommon Dreams

Daniel Ellsberg: Petraeus Case Shows Hypocrisy of Whistleblower Crackdown
If Petraeus did not commit a felony, neither did Snowden, Manning, Sterling, or Kiriakou, says leaker of Pentagon Papers


On Tuesday, Petraeus pleaded guilty to a single misdemeanor charge of "unauthorized removal and retention of classified material." Under the parameters of the plea deal he made with the Justice Department, prosecutors will recommend two years probation and no jail time."

Compare that to the actions of Chelsea Manning, who is serving 35 years for leaking classified information. As Ellsberg noted: "Chelsea Manning had access to SCI every day… where she worked in Iraq. She chose to disclose none of it, nothing higher than Secret".

There is also the case of Jeffrey Sterling, convicted last month of leaking classified information to New York Times journalist James Risen, "having first revealed it to Congress, as I did," Ellsberg continued.

Sterling was also convicted under the Espionage Act and will be sentenced later this year. Manning is serving 35 years in prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

Ellsberg says Sterling’s "violations of security regulations were in no way more serious than what Petraeus has now admitted to", and that, while it’s too late to do anything about his conviction, the judge should take the Petraeus plea bargain into account at his sentencing.

"If disclosing the identities of covert agents to an unauthorized person and storing them in several unauthorized locations deserves a charge with a maximum sentence of one year," Ellsberg said, "then Edward Snowden should face not more than that same one count."

"The government had the chance to hold Petreaus out as an example on the same felony Espionage Act charges they’ve leveled (unfairly) against every conscientious whistleblower they’ve indicted," Timm concludes. "Their answer? Leaking should no longer be a felony. Let’s make sure we hold them to that, and not only for CIA Directors."

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