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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: 33,791

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I have to say...

No war is more bitter than a civil war. Even amongst us keyboard warriors, who sleep safely (for now) in our beds each night.

An interesting side effect of this war: I've seen some of the best writing ever on DU in the past week or so. This tribulation has so many of us reaching deep within, feeling around to see who we are.

What we're made of.

Mr. Snowden's adventure is, I think, the third watershed in our country's return to functionality.

Occupy succeeded in getting the conversation going - after 30 years of unrelenting war by the 1% against a clueless 99%, the 99% finally realized: "Oh! We seem to have a problem."

The WikiLeaks situation was our second wake up call. Until then, we had thought that denial of due process and humane treatment was something just done by a single Republican administration, against people from very foreign places. We now know they are the ways of Democrats too, and may be applied against anyone should those in power want to set an example. And they are here to stay unless we take our country back.

For many of us, Snowden's revelations shocked us into understanding the adversary - it is more omnipresent and sneaky than we thought. Thanks to our age's extreme connectivity, the enemy now permeates almost everything we do. Every byte goes through a gate, and every gate is manned by the 1%.

So here we are. It's bad, but we're starting to understand the task at hand. Righting ourselves will be tough, but we can do it.

Ben Franklin said this at the Constitutional Convention (the bold text is my own emphasis):

"I think a general Government necessary for us, and there is no form of Government but what may be a blessing to the people if well administered, and believe farther that this is likely to be well administered for a course of years, and can only end in Despotism, as other forms have done before it, when the people shall become so corrupted as to need despotic Government, being incapable of any other."

Twice before our country has faced its end in despotism, in the 1860s and 1930s. But both those times Americans were able to open up, to "heed the better angels of our natures" and to pull back from the abyss. And both were followed by an amazing American rebirth with new prosperity and new freedom. Never perfect by any means, but always better, better, better.

We can do it again, I know we can. But it will take work.

Posted by MannyGoldstein | Mon Jul 1, 2013, 09:59 PM (84 replies)

Snowden: more like Ellsberg or Benedict Arnold?

Posted by MannyGoldstein | Mon Jul 1, 2013, 12:24 AM (66 replies)

Ratfuckers, check in here.

A trending word on DU that seems to be getting a thumbs up from jurors. The logical next step in the progression from Firebagger to EmoProg to racist to Paulite, it seems.

Might as well wear it proudly!
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sun Jun 30, 2013, 10:40 PM (3 replies)

The NSA can be heroes in the Martin/Zimmerman case

I must admit that I'm not following the case closely, but it seems that a key piece of evidence is what Martin's girlfriend heard when they were talking by cellphone as Zimmerman began his foolishness. She says she heard one thing, the defense disputes it.

Since the NSA seems to have recorded all telephone calls for some time, they should release the recording of the call in question. They can be heroes! (But just for one day.)

Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sun Jun 30, 2013, 12:03 PM (20 replies)

So to sum up our new Realpolitik:

Under a Democratic president:

1. It's OK to spy on all Americans because Edward Snowden may have broken laws and/or not smiled at neighbors, and/or because FREEDOM.
2. It's OK to spy on other countries because we just kinda know they do it too and/or we heard something about this before and/or FREEDOM.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sat Jun 29, 2013, 06:04 PM (73 replies)

Europeans are hiding a terrible secret

If Europeans have nothing to hide, why should they even give a thought to being on the receiving end of our Spy on Everyone™ program? Yet they seem genuinely rattled.

One of the things I really like about the Spy on Everyone™ law is that all encrypted communication can be stored by the White House forever; we know that only evil-doers encrypt communications. And thus we know that all phone calls, almost all email transported over the Internet, and all online financial transactions are evil. So we need to spy on them.

Like resisting arrest, evading spying is proof positive of guilt.

The Europeans should be deeply ashamed of what they've done, whatever it is. But, Make No Mistake™, we will find out what it is, and we will bring Europe to justice.


Third-Way Manny
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sat Jun 29, 2013, 04:40 PM (19 replies)

Are you glad that John Brown was hanged?

In 1859, Brown attempted to start an anti-slavery rebellion in the South. The attempt was unsuccessful. Some pro-slavers were killed.

Brown was executed. But his actions played an important role in starting the Civil War, which brought about the end of slavery.

Brown commited a crime to help end a horrible institution. Would you have cheered his punishment?

Posted by MannyGoldstein | Fri Jun 28, 2013, 11:46 PM (137 replies)

This white man is plenty ready for women to take over

Thanks to unhappycamper, I just watched Rep. Duckworth rip a new portal into one of the folks that make America the flaming suckfest that it's become. Such wonderful, controlled, righteous indignation. Ms. Duckworth wants to do the right thing, and she's calling it like it is.

In Texas, another difficult woman, Democratic Senator Wendy Davis, fought to stop lunatics from... being lunatics.

For several years, I've watched Elizabeth Warren do the same - dismantling Republicans, bankers, Obama's new US Trade Representative, and the other parasites that are sucking the last bits of juice from the 99%.

In my adopted state of Massachusetts, it was yet another difficult woman, Margaret Marshall, who led the court decision 10 years ago that first allowed gay Americans to marry. "That exclusion is incompatible with the constitutional principles of respect for individual autonomy and equality under the law.", she wrote, and that was that.

It seems to me that, by and large, it's women who are wearing the pants in America today. Women who are big hearted enough to care about real people, not just those with power and money. Women who have strong principles and sharp minds. Women who have the will to do what is right, and that's that.

Y chromosomes don't seem to have the oomph that they used to.

Perhaps in some way this observation shows me to be sexist. If so, I apologize.

But the patriarchy just isn't working for most of us. I'm ready for a change.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Thu Jun 27, 2013, 11:49 PM (47 replies)

So I had The Talk with my teenaged son tonight

He was on his computer, web chatting with someone - when I walked in, he was typing something sarcastic and silly to be funny.

I told him that we can't do that anymore. Henceforth, anything silly and funny must be tame and lame. In all likelihood everything that we enter into any major web site, or say on the phone, is being recorded by our government. Probably nobody's reviewing it now - but in a few years, when you get busted for something stupid, or an acquaintance gets busted for something stupid, or you want to get a good job... someone will take a look, and that someone will probably have zero sense of humor. Or the next White House administration will just start scanning all of the stored data left by their predecessor, looking for anything interesting.

He's my son: I want him to have a good life, but I have to wonder where this is all going.

The Predator Class and their well-paid politicians are carefully regulating the economy to keep the 99% on the edge of disaster, and thus afraid to fight back lest they be gently pushed into the abyss. And now they have a security infrastructure and apparatus to further clamp down on dissent, the means to find thoughtcrime so it can be nipped in the bud.

Wow. Things have changed since I was a kid.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Wed Jun 26, 2013, 10:23 PM (39 replies)

What is a whistleblower?

At this moment, I'm thinking that a whistleblower is someone who sees a hidden conspiracy to do something bad, then exposes the conspiracy to the light of day.

What are your thoughts?
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Mon Jun 24, 2013, 11:32 PM (10 replies)
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