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Aramark®

As I mentioned in this thread Mark Schauer could have beaten Rick Snyder in Michigan if he would have pushed harder on privatizing prisons and specifically Aramark. It's a huge nasty business.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10581291

NYPD's been running a silent coup against DeBlasio


Here's an interesting timeline of events since DeBlasio took over as Mayor of New York from the comment section of a piece in Gawker ..
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AdamJohnsonNYC
Yesterday 4:09pm

The NYPD's been running a silent coup against De Blasio since the day he stepped in office. They have deep ideological and institutional reasons (to say nothing of financial) to loathe him and have been trying to take his knees out since the beginning. The first weeks in office there were a series of scandals that, in all likelihood were leaked by the NYPD, after de Blasio doubled down on his campaign promise to address inequality and get rid of stop and frisk:

De Blasio's buddy sprung from jail after mayor calls NYPD

(who else would have known about that call?)

CBS 2 Exclusive: De Blasio's Caravan Caught Speeding, Violating Traffic Laws

(guess who handles de Blasio's driving detail!)

While he actually managed to get rid of stop and frisk (because it's so goddamn unpopular) these petty, narrative-driven pseudo-scandals took the wind out of sails and relegated him to photo-ops and good-government busy work. After what happened today and the uninviting de blasio to dead police officers' funeral, when will the media start calling the NYPD's brazen insubordination what it is: an assault on democracy. They work for him (and, by extension, the voters) not any bullshit "code" or "blue blood" shit they may have concocted into their heads. If Obama's generals did this to him in such a flagrant manner, we'd call it unconstitutional if not outright fascism, but when it's the NYPD - a department larger than the FBI - the press covers it as a goddamn personality dispute.

http://gawker.com/here-are-the-scumbags-blaming-de-blasio-and-obama-for-s-1673838320

San Diego Reader: Copley's deadly Cuba ties

Slightly off topic but interesting piece from the San Diego Reader. The story sort of serves as a microcosm of the cozy relationship corporate media and the CIA have shared over the years..

Copley's deadly Cuba ties

Tales of JFK assassination and CIA link haunt paper at center of San Diego journalistic spy nexus


By Matt Potter, Dec. 18, 2014

JFK at SDSU commencement

...Calling the nation's nearly six-decade covert battle against Castro a "chill" might be considered more than a bit of an understatement, conveniently obscuring the key roles that the newspaper's antecedents under previous ownership — the San Diego Union, Evening Tribune, and the Copley News Service — all played in a deadly intelligence war waged by the Central Intelligence Agency on behalf of a succession of U.S. presidents, beginning with Dwight Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy.

The story broke back in August 1977, in a Penthouse magazine exposé, by one-time San Diego investigative reporter Joe Trento and Dave Roman, of Union-Tribune publisher Jim Copley's alleged connection to some of history's darkest espionage and assassination plots.

As Carl Bernstein of Watergate fame noted in October, 20 1977’s Rolling Stone, "According to Trento and Roman, Copley personally volunteered his news service to then‑president Eisenhower to act as 'the eyes and ears' against 'the Communist threat in Latin and Central America' for 'our intelligence services.'

“James Copley was also the guiding hand behind the Inter‑American Press Association, a CIA‑funded organization with heavy membership among right‑wing Latin American newspaper editors."

The Penthouse story related that "The current Latin American editor for , William Giandoni, a former psychological warfare officer, admitted that he not only tried to join the CIA in 1950 but also actually fed information to CIA operative William Kelly in 1961 concerning the coming Bay of Pigs invasion."

"In addition to placing stories for the CIA, Copley News Service acted as the 'eyes and ears' for the CIA when it came to reporting on what other publications might be picking up on agency activities in Latin America," the pair wrote...

http://www.sandiegoreader.com/news/2014/dec/18/ticker-copley-cuba/#

@MiamiHerald · Dec 16 · Cuban music producer denies having ‘worked’ for USAID http://hrld.us/1uQJvlR

Michael Beschloss @BeschlossDC · Dec 17 · Michael Beschloss in New York Times—“When J.F.K. Secretly Reached Out to Castro”: http://ift.tt/1x0c1sE

Sandy Serrano

A great example in the RFK case was the interrogation of Sandy Serrano by CIA plant in the LAPD (Hank Hernandez) ..


Somewhat analogous to the CIA torture program in that far from fact-finding or legitimate attempts to get at the truth .. it was intended to support a given narrative.

In the Line of Fire (1993)


This was ostensibly a piece of meme-reversal by Clint Eastwood to counter Oliver Stone's JFK.


Given all of the recent snafus by the Secret Service we might be due another Eastwood film to resuscitate their reputation.

American Sniper appears to trend in that genre...

Good read...

Although incompetence would not really apply in this case. Arlen Specter was a political fixer. If there was a narrative that needed protection from inconvenient truth .. Specter was the man.

From .. Jean Hill to Anita Hill .. Arlen Specter protected certain narratives from those inconvenient facts. Arlen may have been a lot of things but incompetent was not one of them. In fact Specter proved to be very effective in his chosen role.

JFK v J Edgar

Jim DiEugenio has an excellent critique of JFK. Jim also makes the point that no other movie has ever been subjected to the historical scrutiny that JFK was. Clint Eastwood's whitewashed wikified version of J Edgar is a good recent example of that.

From my own point of view the Clay Shaw trial dragged on a bit too long. Especially considering that Jim Garrison's investigation had been compromised from the start...


http://metamorphosis.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1002&pid=2922632

http://journals.democraticunderground.com/MinM/300

http://journals.democraticunderground.com/MinM/250

Tom Selleck is worse than Ted Nugent


Tom Selleck, rightly or wrongly, lends the NRA a veneer of credibility that they would never get with nutjobs like Ted Nugent.

It's somewhat analogous to this Rick Snyder - Scott Walker comparison.

In an interview with 60 Minutes that Ended Up Online?

It's interesting that 60 Minutes has been airing these puff pieces about the FBI and CIA on air but relegate this story to the internet.

“Freeway” Ricky Ross

Jesse Katz admits that attacking journalist Gary Webb's CIA-cocaine expose ruined Webb's life
By Nick Schou Thursday, May 30 2013

Nine years after investigative reporter Gary Webb committed suicide, Jesse Katz, a former Los Angeles Times reporter who played a leading role in ruining the controversial journalist's career, has publicly apologized — just weeks before shooting begins in Atlanta on Kill the Messenger, a film expected to reinstate Webb's reputation as an award-winning journalist dragged through the mud by disdainful, competing media outlets.

Webb made history, then quickly fell from grace, with his 20,000-word 1996 investigation, "Dark Alliance," in which the San Jose Mercury News reported that crack cocaine was being peddled in L.A.'s black ghettos to fund a CIA-backed proxy war carried out by contra rebels in Nicaragua...

No journalist played a more central role in the effort to obscure the facts Webb reported than former L.A. Times reporter Katz. But on May 22, Katz, who has penned a Los Angeles magazine story hitting newsstands now that resurfaces the Gary Webb episode, essentially apologized, on KPCC-FM 89.3's AirTalk With Larry Mantle.

Katz was discussing "Freeway Rick Is Dreaming" in the July 2013 issue of Los Angeles magazine, in which he profiles Ricky Ross, the notorious crack-cocaine dealer with whom Katz has a long, tortured relationship. In 1994, shortly after Ross got out of prison for coke trafficking, Katz wrote that Ross was the mastermind of America's crack-cocaine epidemic, at his peak pushing half a million rocks a day.

"If there was one outlaw capitalist most responsible for flooding Los Angeles' streets with mass-marketed cocaine, his name was 'Freeway' Rick," Katz's 1994 L.A. Times article claimed. "Ross did more than anyone else to democratize it, boosting volume, slashing prices and spreading disease on a scale never before conceived."

But Webb's 1996 Mercury News series exposed a startling fact: Ross' mentor and chief supplier, who helped him climb to the top of the crack trade, was Nicaraguan exile Oscar Danilo Blandón Reyes. Blandón belonged to one of Nicaragua's most prominent political families and was a major backer of the "contras" — a rebel movement secretly created by the CIA to overthrow the leftist Sandinista rebels...

http://www.laweekly.com/2013-05-30/news/gary-webb-jess-katz-crack/

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10025272048#post68
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