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Douglas Carpenter

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Gender: Male
Hometown: Corry (Erie County), Pennsylvania 16407
Home country: USA
Current location: Saipan, U.S. Commonweath of the Northern Mariana Islands
Member since: Wed Jun 1, 2005, 08:56 PM
Number of posts: 18,274

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From OUT Magazine: Glenn Greenwald: Life Beyond Borders

This 2011 article about his life in Brazil with Brazilian boyfriend, David Michael Miranda and their 11 rescue dogs makes for some nice lite personal interest story reading for a change



With his conservative suits, white shirts, and narrow ties, Glenn Greenwald looks more like a Mormon missionary than a political commentator who can bring opponents to their knees -- and then get in a good kick while they're down. In one memorable TV appearance, he reveled in an on-air shouting match with Lawrence O'Donnell (the Senate staffer and West Wing producer turned pundit) over what had caused the Democrats to bungle the midterm elections. O'Donnell seemed to blame progressives; Greenwald made a strong case that it was the Blue Dog Democrats -- timid, Republican-imitating centrists -- who had doomed the party. On air, Greenwald called O'Donnell's contentions "absurd," but that wasn't enough. Over the next few days, on his popular Salon blog, he attacked both O'Donnell's demeanor ("adolescent") and substance ("trite," "superficial," and "empirically false.

In Rio, Greenwald and Miranda rent a house in the Gávea neighborhood, where, he says, he resents having to wear anything more formal than shorts and T-shirts. He also likes the fact that, in his far-below-the-Beltway existence, "My network of friends and associates are not media and political figures," which lets him resist the practice -- for which he skewers other journalists -- of currying favor with sources.

The couple soon moved in together, adopted a series of stray dogs ("I'm almost a member of the pack of dogs," he says). To build a career from his new base in Brazil, Greenwald switched from law to journalism. (In 2007, his blog, called Unclaimed Territory, became part of Salon.) The "only gringo" in the Gávea neighborhood, Greenwald says he is now 100% fluent in Portuguese, and he has even begun making appearances on Brazilian TV. Miranda has learned English (and is now studying advertising and communications at the Escola Superior de Propaganda e Marketing), but even so, he says, there's no way he can read everything Greenwald produces. "Are you kidding?" Miranda asks. "He's a fucking machine."

How They Met

Greenwald: I was drinking a guarana tea on Ipanema beach; he was playing beach volleyball. His towel was near mine, and we started talking. I was 38; he was 19. I was established in my career; he was poor. I grew up in a South Florida suburb; he grew up an orphan in a Rio de Janeiro slum. So I was sure, especially in the beginning, that everyone assumed it was the classic midlife crisis type of relationship. But our love kept growing, and that made any concerns about what other people thought irrelevant.

Over time, we learned to turn the age difference into an asset, something that keeps our relationship vibrant and mutually stimulating. He prevents me from getting old, cranky, set in my ways, stagnant, and unspontaneous, and I keep him focused on career, future, responsibilities, and avoiding at least some of the bad mistakes of youth. It translates into this: I end up playing video games with a bunch of 23-year-olds until 3 a.m., and he ends up reading the Nietzsche I give him. Being young and from Rio, he's still way ahead of me in the hedonism department. But I've been learning to give up control and be more spontaneous something you can only do if you have absolute trust in the other person.



read full article:

http://www.out.com/news-commentary/2011/04/18/glenn-greenwald-life-beyond-borders?page=0,2


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Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Mon Aug 5, 2013, 03:26 AM (8 replies)

Buddhist Scholar Says Norquist Pledge Is Treason, Goes Viral (VIDEO)



Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Mon Aug 5, 2013, 01:13 AM (17 replies)

Sister Simone Campbell Testifies before House Budget Committee

Wednesday, at a House Budget Committee hearing entitled “War on Poverty: A Progress Report,” Republican Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee used her allotted time to try to discredit the sole Democratic witness, Sister Simone Campbell. Sr. Simone is the executive director of NETWORK, a national Catholic social justice lobby, but she is more widely known as the leader of the Nuns on the Bus. http://billmoyers.com/2013/08/02/this-week-in-poverty-chairman-ryan-and-the-real-world/






Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Sat Aug 3, 2013, 06:22 PM (1 replies)

unlike sniveling cowardly Greenwald - Biden and Clinton stand by their Iraq War and Patriot Act

support. The same can be said for Kerry and almost every prominent Democratic Party leader. They - unlike the treacherous Greenwald They have shown that true leaders don't apologize and don't say they were wrong.

To add insult to injury Greenwald - not only turns on Bush and the Iraq War and the Patriot Act he writes a whole bunch of books and articles and gives a whole bunch of talks against all of it - even when Bush was still in the White House and the war in Iraq was still raging away.

It seems that he thinks that just because someone is in a powerful position - that they are supposed to be criticized -

2008 Bill Moyer interview with Glenn Greenwald about the George W. Bush legacy


http://billmoyers.com/content/glenn-greenwald-on-the-george-w-bush-administration-and-the-rule-of-law/

He also wrote three books about the George W. Bush Administration; The New York Times-bestsellers How Would A Patriot Act? (2006) and Tragic Legacy (2007), and his 2008 release, Great American Hypocrites.
Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Mon Jul 29, 2013, 02:27 AM (68 replies)

Smearmaster Glenn Greenwald's smear campaign against George W. Bush

AS they say - haters are going to hate and smearers are going to smear. Glenn Greenwald did not begin his smear career with President Obama - he was doing it way back before Obama came to the White House. It seems that he thinks that just because someone is in powerful position - that they are supposed to be criticized - Imagine that!~!


2008 Bill Moyer interview with Glenn Greenwald about the George W. Bush legacy


http://billmoyers.com/content/glenn-greenwald-on-the-george-w-bush-administration-and-the-rule-of-law/

He also wrote three books about the George W. Bush Administration; The New York Times-bestsellers How Would A Patriot Act? (2006) and Tragic Legacy (2007), and his 2008 release, Great American Hypocrites.
Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Mon Jul 29, 2013, 01:41 AM (16 replies)

salon.com: Forget Weiner: There’s a real progressive for NYC Mayor By Joan Walsh

Bill de Blasio tells Salon he'll break from Bloomberg, end racial profiling and tax the rich to fund preschool


Bill de Blasio (Credit: Reuters/Keith Bedford)

The day the latest Anthony Weiner scandal surfaced, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg vetoed anti-racial profiling legislation, a young woman was murdered in the East Harlem housing project where mayoral candidates had stayed two nights earlier, and Bill de Blasio held a press conference to talk about his work to block the closing of two New York hospitals – which wound up dominated by questions about Weiner.

That’s mostly been the story of de Blasio’s campaign since Weiner jumped into the mayor’s race in May and immediately became City Council President Christine Quinn’s top rival. While the exhibitionist former congressman still has progressive fans from his days shouting about health care reform on Fox and MSNBC, de Blasio is the genuine progressive in the race, with bold stands on police controversies and economic inequality that set him apart. Still, he’s been stuck in the middle of the pack in the polls, behind Weiner, Quinn and former comptroller Bill Thompson, who lost to Bloomberg in 2009.

New York magazine, in a largely admiring profile of de Blasio, called his campaign “easily the most intellectually coherent and focused when it comes to inequality… but his wonky ideas are also in danger of getting lost in Weinermania” – and that was before the latest revelations of Weiner’s sexting habits after he left Congress.

Yet de Blasio, New York’s Public Advocate, may be the beneficiary of Weiner’s latest troubles: In the Wall Street Journal/Marist College poll released Thursday – the first poll taken after the new sexting news — Weiner had dropped far behind Quinn, and de Blasio had climbed into a tie with Thompson at 14 percent. He was in second place among voters who said they were likely to vote in the city’s Democratic primary — significant, because unless a candidate gets more than 40 percent of the primary vote, the top two vote-getters will compete in a run-off — though polling experts say surveys consistently undercount the African American Thompson’s support, which is how he came close to upsetting Bloomberg in 2009.

New York, the laboratory for the New Deal, hasn’t had a Democratic mayor in 24 years, since Rudy Giuliani displaced David Dinkins in a city riven by racial tension and fear of crime. De Blasio got his start working for Dinkins and has been a voice for a renewed New York liberalism ever since, serving on the City Council before becoming Public Advocate. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife Chirlane McCray, who is African American, and their two children Dante and Chiara, who attend public schools.

read the rest of the article including an interview:

http://www.salon.com/2013/07/26/forget_weiner_theres_a_real_progressive_for_nyc_mayor/
Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Fri Jul 26, 2013, 07:41 PM (6 replies)

Paulbot nut Sen Ron (Paul) Wyden comes unhinged - explodes into wild conspiracy theory while giving

speech at the Center for American Progress - a "think tank" just like the Cato Institute is a "think tank" located in the same metropolitan area as the Cato Institute where crank "journalist" Glenn Greenwald has spoken.

Like something straight out of Alex Jones:



With a wild crazy gleam in his eye - this relatively unknown Senator from Oregon or Washington or one of those relatively unknown states starts incoherently rambling about how "we will regret it" if something isn't done to restrain "the surveillance state" - an institution clearly existing only in his fanciful imagination.

Just listen to the words of this crank:




To make matters worse... Now with Paulbot Dem Congressman John (Rand Paul) Conyers joining forces with the full fledged Republican Paulbots - we seem to have a Paulbot majority in the Democratic Caucus of the U.S. House of Representatives --- no wonder the nuts on DU are all cracking:

FINAL VOTE RESULTS FOR ROLL CALL 412

H R 2397 RECORDED VOTE 24-Jul-2013 6:51 PM
AUTHOR(S): Amash of Michigan Amendment No. 100
QUESTION: On Agreeing to the Amendment

Party Affiliation----Ayes----Noes----NV
Republican-----------94-----134-----6
Democratic----------111------83-----6
Independent
TOTALS-------------205-----217----12



Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Fri Jul 26, 2013, 09:27 AM (117 replies)

Over all, is it a good thing that Edward Snowden released these documents to the media?


(Credit: Reuters/Bobby Yip)
Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Wed Jul 24, 2013, 07:26 AM (6 replies)

Glenn Greenwald addresses Socialism 2013 conference in Chicago

Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Wed Jul 24, 2013, 03:41 AM (9 replies)

What do you make of the shocking allegations about political spying that Russ Tice - former NSA

analyst has made?


In case you are not familiar - with former senior NSA analyst Russel Tice's allegations - here is an interview on RT:

Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Tue Jul 23, 2013, 10:35 PM (23 replies)
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