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Feinstein: CIA searched Intelligence Committee computers

The head of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday sharply accused the CIA of violating federal law and undermining the constitutional principle of congressional oversight as she detailed publicly for the first time how the agency secretly removed documents from computers used by her panel to investigate a controversial interrogation program.

Video link here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/feinstein-cia-searched-intelligence-committee-computers/2014/03/11/982cbc2c-a923-11e3-8599-ce7295b6851c_story.html

What kills me is her commentary… Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said that the situation amounted to attempted intimidation of congressional investigators, adding: “I am not taking it lightly.”

Oh, bullshit, Diane. Your husband sits high in connection to the defense industry, so your word on what you take is tainted already..

Hey, Colorado… $2 MILLION in toke taxes!

Far out…

In the national briefs this morning, I see where CO made rough $2 million in marijuana taxes in January, according to their state revenue officials. This apparently is the world's first accounting of the recreational pot business.

The tax total reported by the state Dept of Revenue indicates $14,02 million worth of recreational pot was sold.

I wonder… any speeding tickets related? Naah… Domestic violence? Hmmm? Naaahhh…

Hey, how about a lot of sexual intercourse? … Ahhh! Now THAT'S something to consider!

ALEC, National Corporate Friendly 'Bill Mill', Going Local

Promoter of 'stand your ground' laws takes aim at towns across the country

- Jacob Chamberlain, Common Dreams staff writer

The conservative group American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is bringing a whole new meaning to the phrase "going local."

According to a report in the Guardian, the Koch brothers-backed group—which has been responsible for many conservative pieces of legislation shaped in the form of ALEC "model bills"—is spring-boarding a new initiative that will focus the group's energy on issues and political campaigns in "villages, towns, cities and counties" across the country.

A local member of municipal government is quoted here whom I admire much. She and new members Pittsburgh's City Council are the only voice against the expansion of corporatism in local government, due to the likes of ALEC.

Read more and please support Common Dreams, too…

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/03/07-7
Posted by MrMickeysMom | Sun Mar 9, 2014, 10:56 PM (3 replies)

Illuminating Bugliosi's 1969 "Helter Skelter" is now seen as almost science fiction

Both Vince Bugliosi's book and the movie, "Helter Skelter" were a big hit. Everyone seemed to have wanted it. Today, it's almost a joke and perversion of fact. Leslie Van Houton and Susan Atkins shouldn't have been in jail nearly as long as they did (Atkins in fact died in jail). And what is odd is that 8 out of the nine days of the murder, the insane Charles Manson wasn't even anywhere in the vicinity of the murders. Yet, to read H-S, Vince's "theory" was based on a motive of the Manson Gang based on passages of the Bible and The Beatles. Based on what was never proven and what was concocted in that book, it was imagined. Manson liked other genres and thought the Beatles were basically "yeah, yeah, yeah" music for screaming girls. He actually wrote two songs for the Beach Boys in those days, and lived with Dennis Wilson for a while.

I am of reminded of how it's more important to write something that sells than do investigative work. An excellent interview with Jim DiEugenio reviewed a book that might just blow away Bugliosi's Helter Skelter http://www.blackopradio.com/pod/black668a.mp3.

Hey, I'm all for a good read, but H-S is more fiction than anything in it's "THEORY" of murder motives.

The actual murderers, Tex Watson and Krenwinkle did the murders, and the LAPD, who at that time would not have been so interested in the connection with drug burns going bad, turned deaf ears on the drug connection. In the Tate/Polanski neighborhood of 1969, much of that connection was swept away of how Manson, who wanted to get into the music business mingled with these celebs and connected with a lot of the music scene. But, nobody wants to talk about Cass Elliot and John Phillips' connection to who many in the industry dealt in drugs, much less Steve McQueen the Beach Boys. It was common practice in the Southern California of 1969 that just like the rest of America, there was a lot of mescaline, MDA, quaaludes, LSD dealt. Also, was a well understood need to cover anything that could have been connecting the murders with the drug scene, so not much of this was covered in the "investigation" of Bugliosi. It's as if the book mentions this so lightly to address it and sweep it aside.

Here are the highlights from that interview:
Famous cases, Peverler/Cromwell, the Tate/LaBianca murders
Aaron Stovitz was removed from the case, he never bought the 'Helter Skelter' angle
Two trials, four convictions resulting in the death penalty, then commuted to life
7 million copies of the co-written Helter Skelter (Bugliosi/Gentry 1974)
As Jim read the book, his sharpened senses left him agape with the problems
Manson did not commit the murders, 'vicarious liability', conspiracy
Double standard, LA police work, poor, Dallas police work, good
Pre-trial publicity convicted these people, no change of venue
Very poor legal defense team, no defense was presented
Manson, the Beatles, the 'White Album', the Book of Revelations
Bugliosi, innate excitability and flair for hyperbole
Helter Skelter was not the only possible motive for the crimes
A lot of drugs were found at the Tate scene
Jay Sebring would distrubute cocaine to his customers
Wojciech Frykowski had been offered the franchise for selling MDA in LA
The LAPD does not bust Hollywood celebrities for drugs
Dennis Wilson, Cass Elliot, Terry Melcher, music/drugs
Manson had been at the Cielo Drive house when Melcher lived there
The Labianca phone line was tapped by the FBI
Copy-cat aspects of the murders, writings on the wall
Bugliosi made his named on that case, as a prosecutor
In the Kennedy assassination, he is not a good investigator
Bugliosi was indicted for perjury in the leaking of a transcript
Bugliosi's three failed runs for elected office
Bugliosi, his son, his wife, and Herbert Weisel - the Milkman
Van de Kamp, Bugliosi ran a dangerous and reckless campaign
The Family (Sanders), The Manson File (Schreck 1988)
Manson in His Own Words (Emmons 1988)

Posted by MrMickeysMom | Sat Mar 8, 2014, 02:02 AM (3 replies)

GROUNDSWELL RISING… more developing against Fracking

This is just a trailer …

Groundswell Rising, Protecting Our Children’s Air And Water, the new documentary from Emmy Award-winning Resolution Pictures, captures the passion of people engaged in a David and Goliath confrontation. They stand together, challenging a system that promotes profit over health.



Does anyone here have anything to say about Lierre Keith, who reports on a "vegetarian myth"?

I don't post here often at all, and lately I've been re-entering my older recipes which I talk more about in cooking and baking. However, when starting to view this video on "peak moment tv", I found my jaw dropping on what this woman was saying.

Your opinions are valued and I may cross post this, but… I thought she sounded like she was full of crap.

Here's her interview about why vegetarianism is a myth, for you view- MMM


DEP Fines Halliburton for Repeated Violations of Solid Waste Management Act

PITTSBURGH -- The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is fining Halliburton Energy Services $1.8 million for 255 violations of the Solid Waste Management Act between 1999 and 2011.

DEP became aware of the violations in 2011 during an inspection of the facility, and further investigation revealed violations dating back to 1999.

Am I correct that the math means it only cost Halliburton a little over $7k to violate the law each time? That must be a drop in the bucket...

Read more here: http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/newsroom/14287?id=20377&typeid=1

Is THIS your cat?

I'm experimenting with Kale Chips and a dehydrator.

I am fascinated so far with Kale Chips. This happened after I was introduced to them at a pot luck event where many people brought in recipes close to the bottom of the food chain.

I bought my dehydrator for Christmas and so far, I've made Kale chips twice. I would have taken a picture of the first batch, but my husband and I devoured them over a few days.

Has anyone else done this? I really am impressed, though I'm not too sure that I've saved much electricity with the dehydrator operation to do this. It takes a good 4 to 5 hours to get them nice and crispy. The oven proved too hot for what my goals are with the dehydrator.

Based on what you pay for these chips if you can find them at the grocery store, I know it's far less expensive to my own kale chips.

I'm sure I'll graduate to other veggies, but I'm loving it so far.

Jamie Dimon gets a fucking RAISE

JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon is getting a 74 percent pay raise despite the bank paying out about $20 billion last year to settle several legal and regulatory issues, the company announced on Friday.
His total pay package for 2013, approved by the bank’s board of directors, is $20 million.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/01/jamie-dimon-gets-a-big-raise-102570.html#ixzz2rMf050XY

On edit: This is what a tapeworm does when the banking industry never gets back to that regulation you thought it finally had after the great depression:
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