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Here Are All Of The Nations That Incarcerate More Of Their Population Than The U.S.

No country incarcerates a higher percentage of its population than the United States. At 716 per 100,000 people, according to the International Centre for Prison Studies, the U.S. tops every other nation in the world.


'We Lend $$$ We Don't Have-To Kids Who Can't Pay It Back & Train Them For Jobs That No Longer Exist'

Almost No One Voted in New Jersey - turnout will be well under 10% of registered voters

Almost No One Voted in New Jersey

Daily Beast: "Barring a miracle where tens of thousands of votes appear out of the ether (and in New Jersey that can't be entirely ruled out), turnout will be well under 10% of registered voters in a statewide race that received national media attention."


Wife Coroborates with reporters: CIA Director Brennan Was Michael Hasting's Next Expose Project

By Kimberly Dvorak
Created: Mon, 12 Aug 2013 10:51:00 PST
Updated: Tue, 13 Aug 2013 11:08:27 PST

This week Elise Jordan, wife of famed journalist Michael Hastings, who recently died under suspicious circumstances, corroborated this reporter's sources that CIA Director, John Brennan was Hastings next exposé project (CNN clip).

Last month a source provided San Diego 6 News with an alarming email hacked from super secret CIA contractor Stratfor’s President Fred Burton. The email (link here) http://www.wikileaks.org/gifiles/docs/1210665_obama-leak-investigations-internal-use-only-pls-do-not.html was posted on WikiLeaks and alleged that then Obama counter-terrorism Czar Brennan, was in charge of the government's continued crackdown or witch-hunt on investigative journalists.

After providing the Stratfor email to the CIA for comment, the spymaster's spokesperson responded in lightning speed. Two emails were received; one acknowledging Hastings was working on a CIA story and the other said, “Without commenting on information disseminated by WikiLeaks, any suggestion that Director Brennan has ever attempted to infringe on constitutionally-protected press freedoms is offensive and baseless.”

The emails also prompted a phone from CIA media spokesman Todd Ebitz. He said they were saddened by Michael’s death and reiterated their position that they had a cordial working relationship with the investigative reporter.



Dear Daughter: I Hope You Have Awesome Sex


Look, I love sex. It’s fun. And because I love my daughter, I want her to have all of the same delights in life that I do, and hopefully more. I don’t want to hear about the fine details because, heck, I don’t want those visuals any more than my daughter wants mine. But in the abstract, darling, go out and play.

Because consensual sex isn’t something that men take from you; it’s something you give. It doesn’t lessen you to give someone else pleasure. It doesn’t degrade you to have some of your own. And anyone who implies otherwise is a man who probably thinks very poorly of women underneath the surface.

Yes, all these boys and girls and genderqueers may break your heart, and that in turn will break mine. I’ve held you, sobbing, after your boyfriend cheated on you, and it tore me in two. But you know what would tear me in two even more? To see you in a glass cage, experiencing nothing but cold emptiness at your fingers, as Dear Old Dad ensured that you got to experience nothing until he decided what you should like.

You’re not me. Nor are you an extension of my will. And so you need to make your own damn mistakes, to learn how to pick yourself up when you fall, to learn where the bandages are and to bind up your own cuts. I’ll help. I’ll be your consigliere when I can, the advisor, the person you come to when all seems lost. But I think there’s value in getting lost. I think there’s a strength that only comes from fumbling your own way out of the darkness.


way more:

The Wall Street Economy - vs - The Wage Earner Economy

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

It is a tale Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, Signifying nothing.

Shakespeare on the trickle down economy, as illustrated by Ben Sargent.


Former Stasi Reaction to NSA “You know, for us, this would have been a dream come true”

Posted on Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Memories of Stasi color Germans’ view of U.S. surveillance programs

“It is the height of naivete to think that once collected this information won’t be used,” he said. “This is the nature of secret government organizations. The only way to protect the people’s privacy is not to allow the government to collect their information in the first place.”

Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2013/06/26/195045/memories-of-stasi-color-germans.html#.UgfeS0XzWe8#storylink=cpy

BERLIN — Wolfgang Schmidt was seated in Berlin’s 1,200-foot-high TV tower, one of the few remaining landmarks left from the former East Germany. Peering out over the city that lived in fear when the communist party ruled it, he pondered the magnitude of domestic spying in the United States under the Obama administration. A smile spread across his face.

“You know, for us, this would have been a dream come true,” he said, recalling the days when he was a lieutenant colonel in the defunct communist country’s secret police, the Stasi.


“So much information, on so many people,” he said.


...Even Schmidt, 73, who headed one of the more infamous departments in the infamous Stasi, called himself appalled. The dark side to gathering such a broad, seemingly untargeted, amount of information is obvious, he said.



Congress: "Enough Work"

According to a study by Public Policy Polling

White House denies intel chief will lead NSA surveillance

Source: The Hill

White House denies intel chief will lead NSA surveillance review
By Brendan Sasso - 08/13/13 03:08 PM ET

The Obama administration is denying that James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, will control a review of the government's surveillance programs.

Privacy advocates expressed dismay on Monday after President Obama directed Clapper to establish a group that will provide recommendations for reforming the controversial surveillance programs.

The review is part of the president's push to restore public trust in the programs, but the privacy activists argue that the group can't be independent if it is led by the administration's top intelligence official.

"Director Clapper will not be a part of the group, and is not leading or directing the group’s efforts," Caitlin Hayden, a White House spokeswoman, told The Hill on Tuesday.

Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/hillicon-valley/technology/316879-white-house-denies-intel-chief-will-lead-nsa-review
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