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Wed Dec 10, 2014 at 09:36 PM PST

Americans willing CIA chump

by bogmanoc

I'm sick of the CIA. Literally. Their terror, assassinations, lies and pure evil spread throughout the world almost since its inception makes me feel like wretching.

Yet what makes me even sicker is that a people that supposedly cherishes a free and open democracy allow a completely unaccountable secret agency to flourish unabated. And that over the decades they have let other parts of a national security state to grow out of control as well.

Our politicians, up to the president, continue to kiss the agency's ass no matter what reprehensible deeds its done in America's name. Our name - yours and mine.  And no matter how much it's lied, manipulated and acted illegally against the government and people it's supposed to "serve."

More ranting below the angry orange eyebrows.

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From JFKFacts.org today, written by former Washington Post reporter Jefferson Morley:

On November 23, 1963, members of the Cuban Student Directorate, a CIA-funded organization based in Miami, published a special edition of their monthly magazine, Trinchera (Trenches), in which they linked the accused assassin Lee Oswald to Cuban president Fidel Castro.

This was the first JFK conspiracy scenario to reach public print.

According to declassified CIA records, it was paid for by undercover officer George Joannides.

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In this 50th anniversary year of the JFK assassination, did you know all of the below are facts supported by documents released since the John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992?

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Post Super Bowl (power outage and all), I thought it would be as good a time as any to do some Monday morning quarterbacking of what in my view went wrong with the climate change discussion in America.

Strange thing is, almost everyone I talk to these days agrees something weird is happening with the weather.  Ever since Hurricane Sandy, normally hardcore climate change denialists are saying things like this, “It was 45 degrees in Chicago yesterday.  I grew up there and it was never 45 degrees in January.”  According to recent polls, up to 73 percent of Americans now believe climate change is real and man-made.

The facts on the ground have caught up with us but unfortunately most people still don’t comprehend the dire situation we have created for ourselves. We’re in desperate need of an immediate conversion to a low-carbon economy and require a transformation similar to how the U.S. became a war-time economy overnight during World War II.

It all could’ve been so much different, in my opinion.  I think the climate change reality-based community missed the boat to create earlier action.  What should we/could we have done better?  And how can we do better in the future now that Obama has promised to tackle climate change during his second term?
 

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Tue Dec 04, 2012 at 09:30 PM PST

Can the Headlines Get Any Better?

by bogmanoc

Harry Reid: Filibuster Reform Coming Whether GOP Wants It Or Not

Obama Remains Firm On 'Fiscal Cliff' Amid Republican Disarray

Elizabeth Warren Wins Senate Banking Committee Seat: Sources

More beyond the Kloud...

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Sun Nov 04, 2012 at 11:18 PM PST

Don't Mess with Mother Nature

by bogmanoc

To anyone who has been following what climate scientists have been predicting for years, the superstorm that devastated the Eastern seaboard this past week was no surprise, unfortunately. It’s exactly what the models said would happen, and now, is happening.

This doesn’t make me feel proud, happy or smarter than anyone else. It does make me feel a bit sad and forlorn but also hopeful that maybe, just maybe, America will finally wake-up to face this challenge.

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Tue Apr 26, 2011 at 11:55 AM PDT

'Value of Zero' TV Ad Is a Ten

by bogmanoc

I saw this commercial for the new all-electric Nissan Leaf on TV recently and was blown away.

Before anyone accuses me of being a corporate shill, I have no ties to Nissan and am really not that informed about its new car. I do believe that commercials, like the famous Keep America Beautiful ads in the 1960s featuring the Native American with a tear, sometimes affect culture, politics and the national zeitgeist.

Besides, the message is essentially green left.  It strikes a fine balance between altruism, environmental fear-mongering and pocketbook issues incredibly well.  It could be an ad by Greenpeace except a car is mentioned at the end.  More below the fold.

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How much did you like the Leaf advert?

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Sat Apr 16, 2011 at 01:53 PM PDT

Cali Rules the Green!

by bogmanoc

Forget Texas.  I'm ready for my home state of California to secede from the Union.  When it comes to energy policy, we essentially already have.

While the TeaBagger nuts grab the headlines and set the national discourse, California keeps zipping along its path that will lead to greater economic prosperity and a clean future for our kids.  Or better yet -- a future, period.

We were doing well even under a Republican governor with his support of AB23, the most progressive climate law of any state.  Not to mention, the Governator wrote a great last article on the topic (I think he was vying to be 'climate czar' for Obama at the time).

But as you would imagine, things are speeding up under Brown.  More below the fold.

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In the overall scheme of things, the Tea Partiers are:

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Tue Jan 25, 2011 at 11:06 AM PST

Lessons to Learn from JFK and Honesty

by bogmanoc

I know JFK apparently had his dishonest moments in his personal life, but after watching A President to Remember on HBO, I was amazed how straightforward he was in politics.  

The show was a compilation of videos in camera verite style both on the campaign trail and inside the White House during some intense times. Kennedy apparently felt video was the new history and wanted a camera following him.

But it is his candor -- beyond his incredibly smart approach to dealing with a host of high-pressure situations -- that sticks out the most in these times of talk from Dems that is the political equivalent of oatmeal.

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I don't have time to write great blog posts like this one from Rabbi Michael Lerner on the HuffPost. Even if I did, I doubt I could've even come close to nailing it like the good rabbi does.

Some choice pieces below the fold.  But, really, just go to the link and read the whole damn thing. I just wanted to bring some attention to his post here.

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If progressives don't fight back in 2012, we are:

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Sun Nov 07, 2010 at 10:14 PM PST

Bullsh!t Is Killing this Country

by bogmanoc

Maybe it was always this way. Maybe we've always had stupid people supporting greedy, amoral fucks and a small minority (or more likely, a disenfranchised and alienated majority) believing in people, progress and truth.

But I don't know.  Maybe America has always been about empire building pure and simple, just in a different way than England and Rome of the past empires.  And that's the only reason the tired, huddled masses came -- we were the best game in town.  China will now usurp us as we de-evolve into pioneer infantilism.

So maybe it's too much for me to ask for a president many, many people gave big chunks of their lives to get elected, who's election truly was a miracle, to fucking just give the American people the truth and nothing but truth for once. It's the least those supporters deserve.

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My first reaction to the devastation in Pakistan from the floods was this could be a turning point where a low-carbon nation will sue the nations of the industrialized world for greenhouse gas emissions.

Now, there's top climate scientists saying the same thing.

More below the fold.

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How likely do you think it is that the Pakistan floods were made more severe by man-made global warming?

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