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Democracy Now: "Ask Brennan" about the blood on his hands from 2,629 dead Pakistanis

This nomination really turns my stomach, and for good reasons, as pointed out here
by Amy Goodman. This is making it extremely difficult to continue feeling very positive
about how Obama is starting his long-awaited second term.

Obama is literally erecting a monstrous National Security State apparatus in broad daylight,
a mission that Bush began, under the banner of "The War on Terrah", in the wake of 911.
Now Obama's doing what ONLY Obama COULD do (like Nixon going to China) i.e. finishing
the job of laying down binding precidents paving the way for the imposition of raw tyranny
under a less benevalent dictator to come. <--This gets to the core of my disgust.

Brennan was/is the Bush Crime Family's bag-man for torture, renditions and drone strikes,
which are both counter-productive and in flagrant violation of international law. Why is
Brennan not in prison?
.. is what I want to know .. instead of being fucking nominated
by Obama to head up the CIA for Christ's sake


"Obama has once already considered Brennan for the top CIA job, back in 2008. Brennan withdrew his nomination then under a hail of criticism for supporting the Bush-era torture policies in his various top-level intelligence positions, including head of the National Counterterrorism Center.


I asked Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, who served as chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell from 2002 to 2005, what he thought of Brennan. He told me: “What’s happening with drone strikes around the world right now is, in my opinion, as bad a development as many of the things we now condemn so readily, with 20/20 hindsight, in the George W. Bush administration. We are creating more enemies than we’re killing. We are doing things that violate international law. We are even killing American citizens without due process and have an attorney general who has said that due process does not necessarily include the legal process. Those are really scary words.”


The BIJ reports a “minimum 2,629 people who appear to have so far died in CIA drone strikes in Pakistan.” John Brennan should be asked about each of them."


Anon gathering the dirt on the Banksters, hacked the Fed. Reserve Board.

I couldn't be happier.

The crooked fucks who are addicted to trashing our economy,
in order to line pockets of The 1% will be exposed for what
they are: crooked fucks who belong in prison.


WTF?? FBI arrests & detains Malcolm X's grandson as he travels to Iran? <-- Stinks to high heaven

So, has this young man -- an American citizen of some notariety -- simply been "renditioned"?
i.e. disappeared to be detained indefinitely, with no trial, no charges, no access to legal
representation, etc.? This is more than a little chilling, especially since the FBI appears
to be unwilling to even talk about it publicly.


FBI arrests Malcolm X's grandson as he travels to Iran
By Eric Morales * Feb 4, 2013

The activists grandson has reportedly been arrested by the FBI while traveling to a conference, his whereabouts are currently unknown.

The FBI has apparently arrested the grandson of controversial civil rights leader, and former representative of the Nation of Islam, Malcolm X according to reports from Press TV. Malcolm Lateef Shabazz is 29-years-old and was born in Paris to Malcolm X's second daughter Qubilah. According to MEHR News Malcolm Shabazz was arrested while traveling to Tehran for the Hollywoodism International Conference. No reason was given for the arrest, and Shabazz's current location is unknown.

The arrest coincides with Lifetimes airing of "Betty & Coretta" a dramatization of the relationship between Betty Shabazz, Malcolm's grandmother, and Coretta Scott King the widow of the legendary civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. The film stars Mary J. Blige and Angela Bassett.

February 21st also marks the 48th anniversary of the 1965 assassination of Malcolm X in New York City. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated only three years later, both men were only 39-years-old when they were murdered.

Read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/342787#ixzz2K3R3apDX

Jacob Appelbaum on Democracy Now: How to avoid the NSA Surveillance State's spying

Jacob Appelbaum, Developer of the Tor Project, which provides a
buffering browser service, effectively erecting an impenetrable shield
between you the citizen, and your nosy NSA Surveillance State.

He's one of several guests on Democracy Now, and the whole tape
is well worth watching but to find out a new resource -- a data filter
and browser service specifically designed to shield and rendering any
data being gathering on you the user to be totally useless and

Jacob Appelbaum, who talks about the TOR PROJECT, is on mostly
from 14 minutes --to-->18 minutes of this video. Very bright young

Get real. Let's face it. We are DOOMED. But are we really?

At the end of the day, it matters not which political or social "issue" is nearest and most
dear to your heart.

Whether we're talking about out-of-control global warming, organized labor, corporate
"personhood", foreign policy, gun control (or lack thereof), or Wall St. corruption & it's
inordinate and nefarious influence on the economy .. with ALL of these issues, BIG MONEY
is now -- and will always be able to-- BUY more and better lawyers, BUY the very shrewdest
and highly skilled lobbyists, create louder think tanks, embed and bribe more convincing
"journalists" and pundits onto M$M airwaves, bribe more judges, steal more votes
on election day, etc. than the "Left". the 99% and poor could ever hope to do. And as if this
were not enough game-rigging to prop up the 1%'s vampiric stranglehold on America,
there is always an even Darker Side, of paid assassins at-the-ready, who are experts
in manufacturing "apparent suicides", untimely car crashes, false-flags, etc.

Lady Liberty, ACLU, Democracy Now, Anonymous, the labor movement, Occupy, et. al. all
notwithstanding, we are in the middle of a gunfight, holding a proverbially dull knife. If
you doubt this analysis, see Harry Reid cave-in on US Senate filibuster reform, etc. This
one betrayal of democracy, will ham-string the Obama Administration from doing ANY
thing meaningful during his second term. Add to that the radical "unprecedented" court
decision retroactively stripping President Obama, in one stroke, of his power to appoint labor
commissioners, judges --and many other appointees-- installed the only way possible anymore,
via recess appointments. Just these two developments spell big trouble for Obama's second
term, and especially for him doing ANY thing contrary to the will of the 1%.

At the same time, we seem to have reached some kind of awareness tipping point, signaled
most pointedly by Occupy Wall St., but also reflected by various public opinion polls, all showing
that a growing majority of Americans are actually starting to "get it", and are waking up to a
clearer understanding of the nature of this struggle, and many of these newly awakened are
willing to take action. But what action(s) will it ultimately take for us to salvage what's left of
our great nation?

This is a genuine question. Ironically enough, if there were a good answer to it, I doubt anyone
would have the gonads (or be naive enough?) to post it in plane sight on DU. But that reality
aside, does anyone have any light to shed on this?

It's high time that Richard Wolff, et. al. got an audience with Obama & the Sec. of Treasury


Mr. Wolff is a powerful advocate for self-directed (worker-owned) democratic workplaces where
the workers own the business as a collective or cooperative. This idea has been around for awhile,
ever since was birthed by the early US labor movement in the 1800s in fact, yet there is a very
compelling case to be made for democratizing the workplace as a strategy for "reforming" capitalism
from the ground up. I believe this a classic case of "an idea whose time has finally come".

There ARE ways -- whether by congress or executive order -- for the US Government to encourage
and incentivize both start-ups of, and conversions to, worker-owned enterprises. Many of these
measures could be enacted without any significant cost to taxpayers, yet the benefits (especially
given the current post-Occupy zeitgeist) could be many and very far reaching in terms of the long
term prospects for resuscitating the American Dream.

From Wikipedia: "Historically, worker cooperatives rose to prominence during the industrial revolution as part of the labour movement. As employment moved to industrial areas and job sectors declined, workers began organizing and controlling businesses for themselves. Workers cooperative were originally sparked by "critical reaction to industrial capitalism and the excesses of the industrial revolution." (Adams et al. 1993: 11) The formation of some workers cooperatives, such as those of the Knights of Labor in 19th century America, were designed to "cope with the evils of unbridled capitalism and the insecurities of wage labor".

Most early worker co-ops did not adhere to clear cooperative structures or ideologies. Starting in the 1830s, worker cooperatives were formed by hat makers, bakers, and garment workers.

In the United States there is no coherent legislation regarding worker cooperatives nationally, much less Federal laws, so most worker cooperatives make use of traditional consumer cooperative law and try to fine-tune it for their purposes. In some cases the members (workers) of the cooperative in fact "own" the enterprise by buying a share that represents a fraction of the market value of the cooperative.

When the current cooperative movement resurfaced in the 1960s it developed mostly on a new system of "collective ownership" where par value shares were issued as symbolic of egalitarian voting rights. Typically, a member may only own one share to maintain the egalitarian ethos. Once brought in as a member, after a period of time on probation usually so the new candidate can be evaluated, he or she was given power to manage the coop, without "ownership" in the traditional sense. In the UK this system is known as common ownership.

Some of these early cooperatives still exist and most new worker cooperatives follow their lead and develop a relationship to capital that is more radical than the previous system of equity share ownership.

In Britain this type of cooperative was traditionally known as a producer cooperative, and, while it was overshadowed by the consumer and agricultural types, made up a small section of its own within the national apex body, the Cooperative Union. The 'new wave' of worker cooperatives that took off in Britain in the mid-1970s joined the Industrial Common Ownership Movement (ICOM) as a separate federation. Buoyed up by the alternative and ecological movements and by the political drive to create jobs, the sector peaked at around 2,000 enterprises. However the growth rate slowed, the sector contracted, and in 2001 ICOM merged with the Co-operative Union (which was the federal body for consumer cooperatives) to create Co-operatives UK, thus reunifying the cooperative sector.

In 2008 Co-operatives UK launched The Worker Co-operative Code of Governance. An attempt to implement the ICA approved World Declaration.


Worker ownership was the focus of my graduate work at the University of Oregon, as well as my Masters Thesis; which I was doing during the late 1980s. So this is a subject that is near and dear to my heart. I know full well there is no one-size-fits-all panecea to "fix" the mess we call our "economy" right now. However -- call me a dreamer, but I do still firmly believe that this one strategy could become a contageous grass-roots bloodless rEvolutionary tidal wave to right many of the wrongs from which we are suffering as a nation. Sometimes, maybe all the time, it's "all about the timing".


That sound you hear is Reich Wing heads exploding

.. when they learn that a CUBAN priest is Obama's "Pastor of
the President's" at inauguration, PLUS he's also one of those
"latino immigrants" ... hat's off to Obama for his pick on this.

Inauguration Prayer: Latino Episcopal Priest Luis Leon Becomes 'Pastor Of The Presidents'
The Huffington Post | 01/18/2013 5:23 pm EST
At the age of 12 -- with only $3, the clothes on his back, and no parents -- Luis León arrived to the United States from Guantanamo, Cuba. But today, after making his religious faith a lifestyle, the Latino Episcopal priest has become the "Pastor of the Presidents of the United States."

As the minister of the St. John's Episcopal Church in Washington, León has been chosen to deliver the closing prayer at President Barack Obama’s presidential inaugural ceremony on Monday, January 21 in Washington DC.

"It is an honor to be part of a milestone in American history," said Leon to El Nuevo Herald. "It is a special honor to be an immigrant in this country, the only country where an event like this can happen ... I feel that in some way I am representing the U.S. Hispanic community. We are an important part of this country."
This year's inauguration, to be held at the National Mall at 11:30 am (ET), will be witnessed buy a number of Hispanic figures. Obama chose Cuban-American Richard Blanco to recite an allegorical poem, making him the first Latino, the first openly gay, and the youngest poet to read on the historic day.


How many Preppers does it take to screw in a lightbulb?

Four. One to insert & screw in bulb, and three to stand guard with AR-15s.

Gun-Nuttery Gone Wild: "gun party" goes horribly wrong

Mark Bornino, R. Daniel Volpone, Ohio Men, Drank Alcohol, Fired AK-47, Hit Neighbors' Houses: Police

Police in Montville Township, Ohio, arrested two men, Mark Bornino and R. Daniel Volpone, after they allegedly drank alcohol and fired off guns, including an AK-47 assault weapon, during target practice Wednesday.

Unbeknownst to the men, police said, the bullets ripped through their paper marks and hit houses 500 yards away, narrowly missing families in their homes. In once instance, bullets tore through the walls of a house and hit a microwave, reportedly moments after a woman exited her kitchen, according to NBC local news station WKYC.

Startled residents called 911 after hearing rapid gunfire, but according to ABC's WEWS in Montville Township, responding officers were soon dodging bullets themselves as they traced additional shots. “When I get about a half mile back in the field up on a hill, gunfire started again, and started hearing rounds go over my head,” Montville Police Sgt. Matt Neil said to WEWS.


Bradley Manning's prosecutor MUST prove he intended to "aid the enemy".

This is great news, or seems so on the face of it. This sounds like a VERY
tall order for the prosecutor to PROVE what was or wasn't going on in
Manning's mind in the first place, much less prove that Manning INTENDED
to be helping some "enemy" of USA's over-reaching Imperialistic Military and
Intelligence Forces, whoever the fuck that might be.

Isn't this great news for Bradley Manning's chances at the end of the day to
be found "not guilty"?

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