...for recovering Democracies.
And of course, the first step must be preceded by recognizing and admitting that the country has a serious and debilitating addiction to Laissez Faire Capitalism.
Unfortunately, there are no signs whatsoever from the current leadership that suggests anything of the sort beyond empty platitudes. Just more happy talk about how great global competition is! For the winners. For the .01%.
Unless you think Fast Tracking the TPP is going to somehow employ you or rebuild our crumbling bridges. Or that being on the hook for Wall Streets next bubble is a "good thing".
There is a divide coming. On one side are the corporate Democrats pushing the Same Old Shit ( HRC), and on the other, people who genuinely want to reform. People like Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. And the divide is stark.
Bernie Sanders on the TPP:
The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a disastrous trade agreement designed to protect the interests of the largest multi-national corporations at the expense of workers, consumers, the environment and the foundations of American democracy. It will also negatively impact some of the poorest people in the world.
Elizabeth Warren on the TPP:
“From what I hear, Wall Street, pharmaceuticals, telecom, big polluters and outsourcers are all salivating at the chance to rig the deal in the upcoming trade talks. So the question is, Why are the trade talks secret? You’ll love this answer. Boy, the things you learn on Capitol Hill,” Warren said. “I actually have had supporters of the deal say to me ‘They have to be secret, because if the American people knew what was actually in them, they would be opposed.’”
Obama on the TPP:
Obama Complains That TPP Critics Are 'Conspiracy Theorists' Who 'Lack Knowledge' About Negotiations
“What we are seeing is momentum building around a Trans-Pacific Partnership that can spur greater economic growth, spur greater jobs growth, set high standards for trade and investment throughout the Asia Pacific," Obama said.
He called the TPP a "high priority" and said that strengthening U.S. leadership in the region "has been one of my top foreign policy priorities."
"Central to that objective is working with some of our most important trading partners to find ways in which we can facilitate increased growth for all of us, increased investment for all of us, improve jobs prospects for all of us," he said.
Someone is bullshitting us, that's for sure.
I have to wonder if our "Democracy" will survive at this point.
Mr. Greenwald has written an inspiring piece on the momentum building behind a possible Clinton Campaign, which is well worth reading:
There is genuine and intense excitement over the prospect of (another) Clinton presidency. Many significant American factions regard her elevation to the Oval Office as an opportunity for rejuvenation, as a stirring symbol of hope and change, as the vehicle for vital policy advances.
more beyond the well polished orange gate >>>
Our ever creative CIA seems to really enjoy making long-term enemies out of potential allies.
A Pakistani official on Thursday slammed the CIA’s fake vaccination drive in 2011 for fueling distrust of polio eradication campaigns and driving “attacks on polio workers” as the country grapples with an outbreak of this highly infectious disease that is spiraling into a global emergency.
Speaking to reporters at a press briefing, a spokesperson for Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs took direct aim at the CIA’s false vaccination campaign, which was conducted as part of the hunt for Osama Bin Ladin and exposed by the Guardian in 2011.
Carefully step around the orange pool of "Sunshine Vaccine" for more dreadfulness >>
Serial Glenn Greenwald hater Bob Cesca's latest Salvo of Bullshit:
He took this tweet of Greenwald's:
The ability to ignore virtually all history when advocating for The Next Western Intervention is as impressive as it is horrifying
And turned it into this:
Yeah, fuck finding those girls in Nigeria. NSA might have a copy of my Facebook Wonka meme, dammit. Priorities!
Thus transforming Greenwald's historically accurate statement..... into a proclamation of his indifference on the plight of the hostages.
Hop over the Distortion Field Generator for more of Bob's Big Lies
Scheduled to start at 7pm tonight.
Munk Debate on State Surveillance
“I consider him (Michael Hayden) and Alan Dershowitz” – the two men Mr. Greenwald, 47, will face at Friday’s Munk Debates – “two of the most pernicious human beings on the planet. I find them morally offensive. There’s an element of hypocrisy to being in the same room with them, treating them as if I have outward respect, because I don’t.”
Should be a popcorn worthy event. I'm sure Hillary's unfortunate remarks of late
will be a topic.
Exiled whistleblower Edward Snowden accepted the Ridenhour Prize for truth-telling Wednesday, given in celebration of his disclosure of the National Security Agency’s massive phone and Internet surveillance programs.
“A year ago there was no way I could have imagined being honored in this room,” Snowden told an audience at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., via a choppy video feed from Russia. “I realized the most likely outcome [of giving classified documents to the press] was that I would spend the rest of my life in prison.”
“We haven’t won the day … but we will get there,” he said.
Please place your left eye to the curly retina scanner below before entering this area. OR ELSE!
It starts off with an excellent question. One I ponder often.
Why is Obama appointing so many former employees of one Wall St. bank?
She starts by explaining her reluctant vote for Stanley Fischer
, yet another Citigroup appointment to add to the pile of expensive suits.
Today, I cast my vote on the Senate Banking Committee for Stanley Fischer to serve in the No. 2 position at the U.S. Federal Reserve. I asked Fischer tough questions – in person, at his nomination hearing, and in writing – and I have been impressed with the depth of his knowledge and experience.
But I cast my vote reluctantly because of my growing frustration over the concentration of people with ties to the megabank Citigroup in senior government positions.
Hop over the Fleur-De-Cheeto for more banking goodness.
We had a visitor this afternoon. A rather sleepy (or possibly smashed) porcupine had ambled into one of the small apple trees below our house, and had found himself a grand little spot to tuck himself into a ball and munch away on the bounty that surrounded him.
Then the snow began to fall. It was such a peaceful sight.
Your 4 minutes of Porcupine Zen below the squiggle of eternity.
I would have to agree with Marc Ambinder.
This year, there is only one logical choice: Edward Snowden.
As of now, Ed's getting smoked by... Miley Cyrus. 3 to one.
In second place is Narendra Modi, who is:
the 14th and current Chief Minister of the state of Gujarat, representing the Bharatiya Janata Party
...and evidently is very, very popular. Who knew?
:::::To continue past the heavily encrypted croissant, travel downwards:::::
The Only Escape From Big Brother
This month, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that the Department of Homeland Security must make its plan to shut off the internet and cellphone communications available to the American public.
You, of course, may now be thinking: What plan?! Though President Barack Obama swiftly disapproved of ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak turning off the internet in his country (to quell widespread civil disobedience) in 2011, the US government has the authority to do the same sort of thing, under a plan that was devised during the George W. Bush administration.
Many details of the government's controversial "kill switch" authority have been classified, such as the conditions under which it can be implemented and how the switch can be used. But thanks to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), DHS has to reveal those details by December 12—or mount an appeal.