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Name: Manny Goldstein
Gender: Male
Hometown: Greater Boston
Home country: USA
Current location: Remulak, as far as I can tell
Member since: Tue Aug 30, 2005, 09:44 AM
Number of posts: 33,320

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Camper van Beethoven / Cracker, Cambridge, Jan. 16th

For anyone who's interested...

at the Middle East, downstairs:


Both groups were fronted by the same person (David Lowery), both incredibly underrated in my humble opinion.

A primer:

I saw Camper Van Beethoven, like... of Goddess, 25 years ago?... and they did a cover of King Crimson's Red, wild stuff. Here's King Crimson playing it...

We've got our tix!
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sun Dec 28, 2014, 04:36 PM (6 replies)

So damned angry again today, discussing Eric Garner's homicide

We had relatives over for dinner and were talking about the problems with police in NYC. One of my relatives was explaining the Garner homicide to his children with such dispassion... I couldn't deal with it and threw a bit of a fit.

I don't understand how any person can watch the killing on video and not be furious. Red-in-the face, arm-flapping, flecks-of-spittle furious.

Officer Pantaleo went for the windpipe the moment Garner started moving his arms a bit, and stayed focused on his windpipe, moving as necessary as Garner was taken to the ground, until the man selling single cigarettes who broke up a fight was dead. At the very least, it was a deliberate act intended to put Garner at the brink of death to keep him under control.

For selling single cigarettes breaking up a fight.

I generally like police, and think that most all of them, at least in my state of Massachusetts, wake up each day and work hard to live up to the moniker of peace officer. But that pack of hyenas in Staten Island, particularly Pantaleo... until they're held to account for their actions, actions as plain as day, I can't see how there will be a lasting peace in NYC.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Thu Dec 25, 2014, 08:09 PM (14 replies)

Congratulations, rich people!

Another Wall Street record targeting the 5% of Americans who own 62% of the stock market.

And for most Americans, who own no stock? This should serve as a lesson to you little people: always make sure you're rich.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Tue Dec 23, 2014, 02:23 PM (78 replies)

As President, will Elizabeth Warren get rid of

Posted by MannyGoldstein | Mon Dec 22, 2014, 10:25 PM (27 replies)

Let's make a deal. Write all you want about Sen. Warren being a former Republican

But please: also mention the ill-considered actions of anyone you've voted for in the past -- Iraq and Afghanistan wars, 5,000 Iraqi children dead each month from Bill Clinton's Iraq sanctions, millions of families kicked out of their homes because of bank deregulation, etc. It only seems fair, yes?

Sometimes we only have bad choices to choose from. Sometimes we royally @#$& up.

But the important things, I think, are to

1. Pay attention to a decision in proportion to how important your actions are. A Senator voting for War has an incredible responsibility to uphold; a law school professor voting for a politician has far less of an impact.
2. Admit when we're wrong, and move on to better things, with gusto.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sun Dec 21, 2014, 11:25 PM (57 replies)

8:00 tonight, Warrenistas

ReadyforWarren conference call
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sun Dec 21, 2014, 12:01 PM (9 replies)

It's horrible that two NYC cops were killed for wearing their uniforms

it's also awful that the NYC police seem to be using this as a device to stop badly-needed reforms.

Peace, peace, peace.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sun Dec 21, 2014, 01:07 AM (6 replies)

Spoke with a good friend tonight, huge Hillary supporter

Very successful guy, gave lots of money to her, big, big fan of Bill, etc. This has been a point of (good natured) contention between us for years.

He now expects if Hillary runs, she'll lose, because she can't backtrack on her many years of triangulated right-wing stances without looking like a phoney. Thinks Warren can win.

Totally. Blew. Me. Away.


The winds are shifting, shifting.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sat Dec 20, 2014, 11:43 PM (149 replies)

I did.

Seems like a fair bit of stuff.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sat Dec 20, 2014, 10:05 PM (1 replies)

Glenn Greenwald reveals Torture Queen's identity

Once again, Glenn Greenwald @#$&s up all that is holy and pure in this exceptional country of ours. Forgive me if this has already been posted, but Greenwald's treachary is so epic that it should be posted a bunch of times, anyway.


NBC News yesterday called her a “key apologist” for the CIA’s torture program. A follow-up New Yorker article dubbed her “The Unidentified Queen of Torture” and in part “the model for the lead character in ‘Zero Dark Thirty.’” Yet in both articles she was anonymous.

The person described by both NBC and The New Yorker is senior CIA officer Alfreda Frances Bikowsky. Multiple news outlets have reported that as the result of a long string of significant errors and malfeasance, her competence and integrity are doubted — even by some within the agency.

The Intercept is naming Bikowsky over CIA objections because of her key role in misleading Congress about the agency’s use of torture, and her active participation in the torture program (including playing a direct part in the torture of at least one innocent detainee). Moreover, Bikowsky has already been publicly identified by news organizations as the CIA officer responsible for many of these acts.

The executive summary of the torture report released by the Senate last week provides abundant documentation that the CIA repeatedly and deliberately misled Congress about multiple aspects of its interrogation program. Yesterday, NBC News reported that one senior CIA officer in particular was responsible for many of those false claims, describing her as “a top al Qaeda expert who remains in a senior position at the CIA.”

Posted by MannyGoldstein | Fri Dec 19, 2014, 09:48 PM (113 replies)
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