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My namesake... http://youtu.be/GgXzWhexJh0 ... If I were asked to recommend only one political / history book it would be this one... http://www.amazon.com/Treason-America-Anton-Chaitkin/dp/0943235006 ... Treason in America: from Aaron Burr to Averell Harriman, by Anton Chaitkin. I do NOT endorse all of the views by Chaitkin external to this book, nor all of his actions, nor all of his associations, but I DO highly recommend this book. It is one every US citizen and everyone interested in its history should read. It it well written, meticulously sourced, and it is eye-opening -- even for those who consider themselves already knowledgeable. If you have not read it before, you need to read it, it is need-to-know information, and what it has to say is not going to be found in many places, if anywhere, else. That is my tip for whoever is passing by.

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Report to NATO: 70% of Syrians support Assad

This is a big reason why I think we should stay out of Syria. (For those who can't or don't want to go to the link below, the percentage of the public opposed to Assad is estimated at about 10% right now.)


So we are outraged by these chemical attacks and mass killings, but apparently the Syrian public is not.

Even among that 10% opposition, some of them said that if the US attacks Assad, they too will actually switch sides, and fight on his side against us, because they will see it as defending their country under outside attack. (Wish I had saved the link to that statement but I didn't; it was in a linked article somewhere here on DU this past weekend.) I realize not all opposition may be feel that way, but I don't doubt that it's a real view among some.

When I saw that, it was a crystallizing moment to me, I thought "forget this, no way". We are far too hated there to get involved directly, and we should stay out of it. Syria is not Libya, and it is not the same as another nation might be some other time. I also didn't know until recently, because very little is being mentioned about it in the news, that the Saudis and Jordan and Dubai are assisting the rebels. If anything, we should be helping them in their efforts, and not acting directly ourselves. This is something that those in the local area should do, and it seems as if they are trying to.

Also, where is the pressure on Russia and China, Syria's friends, to do something to discourage Assad? For those who believe "looking bad" is a big thing, why don't we put a focus on making Russia look bad for doing nothing about this?

I agree that 100,000 dead and this use of chemical weapons warrants intervention, but not under these circumstances. There is no way that we should go into a situation in which we immediately become the enemy the moment we take action to help. This fight has to be won first by the Syrian people being outraged at Assad themselves, and next by sympathetic neighboring states.

There are indirect things we could do, and I think we should. But this is not our battle. Anyway that's one person's take on it.
Posted by Waiting For Everyman | Tue Sep 3, 2013, 09:04 AM (43 replies)

I want to share a tune from my rocker ex who's 65 and battling cancer.

Demian (aka Denny Romans) is one of my favorite ex's, my son's dad, and a 47-year friend, who has lived most of his life performing with his band in Europe but is now back in Florida and still at it -- a professional musician continuously since 1965. He's the guitarist, singer, and group leader. I think he has a lot of heart /guts / whatever we call that essential drive within us... kind and brilliant, a rare combination.

This is a cover, of course, which is something he rarely does. He has written, I don't know how many, but certainly upwards of 100 original songs, which are mostly what he plays. But I think his recent version of this is smokin', and wanted to share it with you... especially for some of us who may be feeling from time to time that we're "old and over" -- no, we're not!

A pic from roughly the 90's, in Holland.

Posted by Waiting For Everyman | Wed Aug 21, 2013, 01:10 PM (3 replies)

White House: US was given 'heads up' before Miranda detained

This is the latest entry from the Guardian's live blog on reaction to the Miranda story. It's about a comment by Josh Earnest, White House deputy press secretary, during a press conference.


Glenn Greenwald's partner detained at Heathrow - reaction

LiveRolling coverage of the reaction to the detention of David Miranda, Glenn Greenwald's partner, at Heathrow under terrorist legislation

Andrew Sparrow
theguardian.com, Monday 19 August 2013 13.35 EDT

6.47pm BST
White House: US was given 'heads up' before Miranda detained

This is more interesting: Earnest admits that the White House was given a "heads up" over Miranda's detention yesterday.

"We had an indication it was likely to occur but it's not something we requested," he says.

Pressed further, he says the US was told Miranda would be detained before he arrived at Heathrow airport in London.

"It probably wouldn't be a heads up if they had told us about it after the detainment," Earnest said.

Earnest refuses to say whether Miranda was on a terror watch-list either in Britain or in the US.

He would not comment on whether the US discouraged the UK from holding Miranda before his detention.

Updated at 6.49pm BST


The other entries are worth reading, some are very informative about the particular UK law Miranda was held under. Apparently it strictly must be used in relation to actual terrorism issues, and as soon a a person is no longer believed to be relevant to a specific threat, the person must be let go at once. So it would seem that the British are using outlandish interpretations of their law too, just as it's being done in the US.
Posted by Waiting For Everyman | Mon Aug 19, 2013, 01:04 PM (4 replies)

One thing we can always count on for sure...

Whatever we know about, there are things going on that we don't know about yet which are worse. We never find out all of the worst. It's always true, so figure that in. I always figure that whatever we know, it's twice that bad.

The only two reasons the government has to fear us the citizens is, if it is doing something that it knows we would not stand for -- whether it's in the past, present, or future, or all three. It's either that, or the domestic freaks really are ready to re-fight the Civil War. The reason I think those two are the likely possibilities is, if it was an outside problem we would be let in on it, to be part of the answer.

I tend to think the first possibility is the more likely, based on what we've already seen. I think it's only the tip of the iceberg, and some really dirty shit has been going on (against us) for a long time. To be a national threat and have all this secrecy not get out (any more than it has) it would have to be a both sides are equally guilty scenario, which fits too.

You don't arm for nothing. Even if it's a trumped up excuse, eventually, a reason for it has to be put on the table, if only to explain the expense and the hardware showing up in places, as in the video. I think there is a reason, and it's something we really would finally get the pitchforks out for (for instance if 9/11 was MIHOP). I think they know it's going to inevitably leak out soon, and that is why they're so upset about Snowden. Whatever he has, it must contain a tip off to it.

That's what I think, just fwiw. Time will tell.

ETA: As to whether what's said in the video is true, we can look around at reports of what's happening to police forces all over and know that it's true ourselves. It doesn't rely on this person's statement, it's already evident. Look on any page of GD.
Posted by Waiting For Everyman | Wed Aug 14, 2013, 11:37 PM (0 replies)

This is so interesting to me, and so good to see this project being done.

The incident happened a few years before my time, but I knew about it because the song you posted was one of my favorites ever since I first heard it on one of Judy Collins' albums in the mid 60's. Her version is just so beautiful, I thought some here might like to hear it.

Posted by Waiting For Everyman | Wed Aug 7, 2013, 11:58 PM (1 replies)

Nope. (I don't like the "rounded" cars at all.)

Regardless of costing a lot less, I still like the Datsun 280ZX better than any other car. The best model imo was the 1983 Turbo 2+2 T-top. I owned one from new for 25 years, and my late husband raced them (as team owner and master mechanic, not the driver) at Summit Point. If I had all the money in the world to burn, I would still find a restored 1983 ZX to buy, over anything else. Maybe someday again, who knows.

Summit Point WV, May 1983
Posted by Waiting For Everyman | Sat Aug 3, 2013, 10:13 AM (1 replies)

Heads Up: Hearing on Government Surveillance now on C-SPAN

Just an FYI for any who are interested and can catch it.

Franken is questioning now. I think it's been on less than an hour.
Posted by Waiting For Everyman | Wed Jul 31, 2013, 09:20 PM (0 replies)

Interesting: "the United States does not consider Snowden a spy"

From the first paragraph after your "snip":

Barack Obama has already signaled that the United States does not consider Snowden a spy, which commits himself to refusing any sort of swap.

Any comment?
Posted by Waiting For Everyman | Tue Jul 16, 2013, 04:50 AM (0 replies)

Sen. Church's words bear repeating. (quoted in the article)

In contrast, during the 1975 Congressional hearings on NSA, Senator Frank Church stated that:

"I know the capacity that is there to make tyranny total in America, and we must see to it that this agency and all agencies that possess this technology operate within the law and under proper supervision, so that we never cross over that abyss. That is the abyss from which there is no return."

That is what the head of the committee had to say after conducting extensive hearings into our government's secret activities in 1975. Since then, technologoy has exploded and oversight has gone blind. We're in some trouble by now. The committee's reports are very interesting, and these were some serious people who did a very serious job of it. They really tried to find out what was going on, which nobody has done nearly as well since.


Btw, if this mass collection of personal information that we are hearing about now was really of any effective use in preventing terrorism... then why did the Boston Bombing happen? Why didn't the Feds know all about it beforehand? This isn't being used against terrorism, it's being used against us.
Posted by Waiting For Everyman | Sun Jul 14, 2013, 10:09 AM (1 replies)

John Cusack, Free Press, StopWatching.US, & Restore the Fourth: Demand End to US Spying

Craig Aaron July 2, 2013

A few of the organizations behind the StopWatching.Us campaign and an organizer of the Restore the Fourth rallies happening across the country on July 4 held a press conference today on the public response to NSA spying and surveillance programs.

Free Press was joined on the call by Harvey Anderson of Mozilla, Kim Lemkuhl of ColorofChange.org, Rainey Reitman of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Anna Wilmesher of Restore the Fourth ó and John Cusack (!), the actor and board member of the Freedom of the Press Foundation.

Weíll post the recording of the call here as soon as itís available.

Hereís the text of my statement from todayís call:

Iím the president and CEO of Free Press and the Free Press Action Fund, and Iím here today representing our more than 600,000 Free Press activists from across the country.

Free Press is a founding member of the StopWatching.Us coalition and is supporting the Restore the Fourth events.

We joined with our allies in these efforts because of our commitment to defending Internet freedom and press freedom. Right now, our rights to connect and communicate are in serious jeopardy.

Donít believe those who suggest the American people donít care; those pushing that line are just hoping people wonít find out whatís really going on. As we learn more every week about the unchecked surveillance and the corporate collusion, the outcry will grow louder and louder.

This is a nonpartisan effort uniting strange bedfellows from across the political spectrum. But I would say to my friends in progressive and Democratic circles that if you opposed attacks on our civil liberties under Bush and Cheney, you must oppose what the Obama administration is doing.

This is not about right and left. It is about right and wrong.

A word about the press: Orwell said journalism is printing what someone else doesnít want printed. The journalists at the Guardian, the Washington Post, McClatchy and other outlets pushing forward this story deserve our admiration and gratitude.

The efforts to smear, slander and silence these reporters must be challenged. The ability for these reporters ó and all reporters ó to do their jobs must be safeguarded.

To be honest, the questions being raised about journalists versus activists confuse me. As far as Iím concerned, we need way more of both.

This intrusion into our private lives will not be solved behind closed doors. We need to bring these government and corporate activities into the light of day, and the only way that will happen is if millions more people get involved and demand accountability, demand change, demand the truth.

Thank you.

Want to join the call for NSA accountability? Take action now at StopWatching.Us and then find a Restore the Fourth event near you. Iíll be speaking at the rally in Farragut Square in Washington, D.C. Hope to see you there!


This post needs some fireworks. Happy 4th of July, DUers!

Posted by Waiting For Everyman | Wed Jul 3, 2013, 08:39 AM (9 replies)
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