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The Oceans are dying right this minute.

The perception that corruption is widespread in the US is... well... widespread.

All of our Aggressive Wars, the egging on of strife, have not only failed, they've worsened our Security.

I call these "Major Issues" because they affect everyone of us, regardless of who we see ourselves as.

To delineate the connections:

Dying Oceans
Why are they dying? People have their best guesses; nobody knows. Whatever it is, there'll not be a solution until sometime after we know what things, or combination of things, is at the root of it. (More than in the abstract sense of "climate change," but actual remedies to apply.)

In other words, years or decades from now.

Here's what we know is going to happen. Food supply is going to go down. Combine it with the drought in California off the Pacific Coast and food is absolutely certain to cost more.

Okay, Ms or Mr Candidate for Federal Office: a) do you recognize there's going to be this problem? b) what do you plan to do about it?

Also certain: fishermen and the communities dependent on them are going to lose income. Maybe farmers, too. A lot of people.

I want the recognition of this certain future; I want to hear your plan.

Flimflam Finance
Corruption (and frankly, contempt) is seen in our Business and Governing Communities. Corruption that procedes with impunity in High Finance Circles (aka "Major Backers of Most 'Serious" Candidates")

The corruption destroys not only the resources of the people; it ultimately steals power from them. This has been noted since the Ancient Greeks and demonstrated frequently since.

If you, dear Candidate, fear destroying comity with your fellow politicians over the matter, perhaps you shouldn't be out there bamboozling people that you care about their future. If you fear losing your backers, please, for the sake of the nation, just don't run.

Otherwise, say something about the fact. Offer a course of remedy; some alternative.

Our National Suicide Strategy
If it were a Security Strategy, after more than a decade of pursuing it, our enemies would not have growing numbers, growing wealth, better and more armament, bases in several different states, control large swathes of territory and resources, and be able to field armies.

They can now.

More: we've destroyed our soft power in the world. People the world over wanted to be like Americans, not just in terms of material things, but in terms of a Free Society.

One where torture, aggressive war, throwing nations into chaos are just plainly wrong; One where the Rule of Law trumped any power holder. Well that's down the toilet. yes, I know, more appearance and rhetoric than substance, but still, people stove for that concept because it is worthy of human beings

If you follow economic news in the world, you know that the rest of the nations are having trade conferences where we are not invited; and the result is they trade among themselves without dollars. China, Middle East, South America, Africa, Russia....and in multiple combinations.

Because, though it seems verboten to actually state the bleeding obvious in public among us Americans, the rest of the world knows complete control is our aim. There's trade blocs in existence, others being discussed which cover half the world's population and resources. All the trade conducted in not-dollars. The thing upon which any fantasy of World Hegemony rests.

"Full-spectrum dominance" is not just a catchy phrase our elites toss about. They mean it, and everyone knows they mean it.

Even our European allies are starting to look at us like you would if in a room with the Crazy Uncle who has all the money and guns.

All this misery we've brought, or helped to bring, about for literally tens of millions of human beings. At a cost which just about exactly matches how much money we borrow to fight the wars. Which borrowing leads to debt; which debt leads to pressure of the Social Safety Net, and leaves us with lost opportunity costs our great-grandchildren will be paying. (If the fools don't start WWIII.)

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Seriously, Candidates, you're going to discuss who is weaker and slimier, and more prone to mistakes, maybe some social issues which are three or four tiers down from Major Issues? And completely ignore those Major Issues?

And Big Media, you're going to ignore this too?

Well, we know what the course will be, unless we act differently as citizens and force the discussion. They'll give us a Horse Race with Sideshows, same as it ever was.

You know what? Next time you see a poll results diary please ask them if those "likes / don't like" numbers hold through on the Policy Positions those Candidates hold on Major Issues. And ask, too, if anybody can even identify those policies.

Let's get a reality-based Election for once.

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There's a video commercial asking drone pilots not to fly. It's been aired on TV in Las Vegas, and is to run this week in Sacramento on CNN and FoxNews.
http://www.washingtonsblog.com/...

This may be a first: a television ad campaign in a U.S. state capitol appealing to someone to stop murdering human beings who have, in most cases, already been born....

... The ad’s appeal for pilots to “Refuse to Fly,” they say, “is aimed at drone pilots, sensor operators, support personnel and their families as well as the general public.”

People, this shows what war really does to people. I doubt we'd be as much of a warmongering nation if people saw what our bombs and bullets really buy around the world.

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Please note: Actually broadcast on TV.

I don't know if the people taking these ads at the stations are in line with the purpose; or just want the revenue. I do know a few years ago I called up a couple of local New York TV Stations to see what their ad rates were. If I had a very few hundred dollars I could get a 30-second spot for a week at 11pm-ish. They have different packages and for a couple of thousand dollars, you could get earlier spots, and more of them. Don't remember the specifics, but did remember "hey, this is doable."

There's still the editorial control of the station owners though, so maybe money isn't enough.

One of the ways I feel we could use the internet better (truthfully, I think it's a very high priority) is to crowd-source ad spots, get them created and aired.

It's all well and good we talk to each other, but the thing with a TV ad is that you reach people who never in a million years will find themselves at a political blogspot, nor a liberal one.

What kind of ads?

For instance, having just read about more Republican insanity and betrayal, what I'd want to make right at this moment of writing, would be an ad about Presidential Candidate Nixon (1968) dealing with the North Vietnamese.

LBJ had the tape, and we have the tape of LBJ talking about the tape. Johnson was just thisclose to closing a Peace Deal, but Nixon went to the NV and said "Wait until after the election, I'll give you a better deal." And they did.

Nixon won the election, but if LBJ had sealed the deal, Humphrey might have. Nixon was promising the voters he'd make peace; HHH couldn't talk about the plan for the sake of diplomatic negotiations.

Nixon didn't want peace and offered no better deal and as a result the casualties after he came into office, ours and the Vietnamese, about matched the casualties from before. When LBJ's peace deal could have been done.

I digress. Then a bit about Candidate Reagan and the certain fact that he had his people, including GHW Bush, cut a deal with the Iranians to hold the hostages until after our election. Add in Iran-Contra.

Then the 47 Iranian letter writers who evidently don't like the way we do things in the US of A.

And then finish with

"This is a Party that will stab Americans in the back if there's something it for them."
But that's my fantasy, and I'd wager it's not the best one someone could make.

The purpose of this diary though is to hear what people would like to see, would be useful, if we could get the ads made and broadcast.

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I offer you, dear fellow American, and of whatever political persuasion or creed the chance to prove me wrong. We'll get to the nuts and bolts of that after this consideration:

Certain Fact: In the 13 years since the War Formerly Known As On Terror (now, just "The Long War") our strategy has obviously failed.

Our designated enemies have continually grown in adherents, wealth, armament, land, and control of populations. Like everywhere we've bombed or supported civil strife.

All at a level of cost to human life, misery, and terror which hasn't been seen since...

I was going to say "Pol Pot," but he kept it in one country, as did (for the most part) Mao. Frankly, to include the breadth of nations where havoc flows from our efforts we have to go back to the 1940s.

Well, this Long War has cost us death, maiming, and life-long trauma to some hundreds of thousands of Americans. The money we use to pay for this war turns out to be damn near the same as what we borrow, at interest, to create our deficits.

We've lost whatever 'soft power' we had as everybody on earth now knows that the US will torture, invade, and do every unjust thing we used to, at least seemed to, stand against.

Moreover, if you follow world economic news, nations making trade agreements among themselves to which the US isn't even invited is a rampant activity. Why? Because it's mostly to trade among themselves with their own currencies. To get away from dollar-hegemony. To unseat the dollar as reserve currency. Reserve currency being the pillar on which our economy, and our military, rests.

But there's not one fucking newpaper, not one fucking politician, which has anything to say about the massive failure, in fact, the disaster for the US and humanity in general, of our Aggressive War practices.

You can find one? Please post that. And then, of the tens of thousands of politicians and journalists in the US, we'll have that one. Heck maybe even five or ten can be named.

Now here's how you can prove me wrong. I Dare You.

I'm speaking to you all you Internet Users. Frontpager, blog reader, fan or critic, left, right, center, or just loves pooties; this site or any another at all, listserv users, emailers, have your Face booked, have your tweets atwitter... I want you to marshall ALL your Internet Powers.

In the period of the next month, force the issue of our seriously failed war-making strategy to be a front and center discussion among our politicians and media (including the think tanks).

I say one month, because we really don't have time to be setting up a 2016 Election which is run as the usual bullshit over side issues, when our National Security is at stake (even unto the quality and freedom of our lives), from the refusal of our elites to deal with reality.

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For once, can't we have an election that's relevant to our real problems in the US?

Look. We all know that this election is going to be like every other election. The Media will narrate a horse-race. The left, right, and center people will be in the crowd cheering on, cursing, and even "putting it on the line" for one or the other horse.

In the course of the horse-race narrative, we'll find shocking and terrible things about the candidates (or at least one of them). There will be blunders and misspeakings (which "changes everything about this race!")

Of the many things discussed: emails; crackpot associations; which candidate is really toughest?; shady dealings; "compete in the global marketplace"; which nations/regions we have to fear most, and in what order we should bribe or beat the shit out of them persuade them in our interests; and whatever slogans the marketers come up with based on comprehensive profiling…

What we know will not be discussed is that the house is on fire and the dam's busted.

That is to say:

Has anybody been following the news this Century? We've been getting opposite results from the stated objectives in every place on earth we've done military action.

This whole "Aggressive War" thing has ended up with innocent people, hundreds of thousands (if not millions killed); more maimed; tens of millions of refugees; heaven knows how many miserable and deprived childhoods with shattered adults to echo through generations to come…

That's the foreigners. Our own dead, maimed, and those shaken to the core of their being number, many shaken to ruins, in our tens and hundreds of thousands.

For what exactly? So some Master of the Universe can glory in their brilliant plan? Some fool can claim an accomplishment?

Our allies are looking at us like the Crazy Uncle, who, you don't really want to be around, but then he has all the Money and Guns.

Extra bonus for all those trillions we piss away: Our enemies enhance themselves in all ways. Chaos abounds.

Meanwhile, at home, we keep getting assaults and rollbacks on the Social Safety Net. On just living in general, as everyday people relentlessly lose ground economically. But the US goes into Debt. A debt roughly equal to finance our lunatic -- and never discussed in public forums -- National Security Strategy.

Said Debt, of course, is then used to justify assaults and rollbacks on the Social Safety Net. Bringing the discussion round to the "Flimflam Finance" in the title.

At this point, I'm too tired to document what we've been through these last many years. It's all out there easily at this point.

Here is what is indisputable:

The largest financial institutes in the West have systematically engaged in multi-directional, multi-leveled fraud; rigging of prices and rates; aiding and abetting drug dealers and terrorists (that the US spends billions fighting); buying politicians; financing wars; ….

…and, the Racket goes on just as always. The only penalty is maybe having to kick a percentage of their take over to somebody.

From people, towns, cities, counties, states, nations, investment funds, etc these people have stolen TRILLIONS from, when you track it all down and count it all up, what? one, two, three hundred million people.

Again, N O B O D Y ? at all in Editorial Offices, in Political Life has anything to say about this. (Yes, there are those exceptions we can name, but then again, that they are exceptions is the point.)

And there we have the third piece: the Dagger of Corruption piercing our society. Gallup did a poll about a year ago: 79% of Americans feel we suffer from widespread corruption.

That's four of five. You'd think in a country where the people have a say, there'd be some heavy-duty reporting and political talk about widespread corruption, no?

But that the corruption is indeed widespread is why the other two issues: The War and the Flimflam Finance make no waves among our media and politicians.

Entirely disappear from Public View during Election Season. That's not government by, for, and of the people, where that kind of bull goes on, is it?

Here's all I know: if a body runs for office, and has nothing to say about the Wars, the Racketeering, and the Crookedness, they've got something else on their mind other than serving the people and the nation.

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It's time you faced some things about yourself; some core requirements for having the right to dare to say you follow Christ.

You
CANNOT
serve both God AND mammon
"Mammon" is not some demon or any being. It is aramaic for Wealth. Worldly Things. http://en.wikipedia.org/...

Jesus isn't opening a negotiation here. That's just the reality.

What this means is you see a beggar and it creeps you out and instead of giving them something you set yourself up as some kind of Defender of Virtue, whether you look at them with kindness, pity, or contempt, but bottom line?

You find some excuse to keep hold of your money.

All your resentments of the poor and unlucky in this country; all your "teach a man to fish," "pulling bootstraps" patter is about you keeping your stuff. And the worst of you feel superior (whether you'd admit it or not).

Any doctrine anyone makes up to throw sand in your eyes about the "God or mammon" requirement; well that's just plain self-serving bull hockey. Christ said the following and it's plain and clear as can be:

Matthew 25
34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:

35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:

36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.

37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?

38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?

39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?

40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:

42 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:

43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.

44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?

45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.

46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.

This IS how you get to Heaven; or get cast to Hell.

There's no 'knowing the scriptures by heart' to get you into heaven. There's no 'making other people behave,' no thinking about what other people might or should do.... it's all down to how you treat the least among us. Stop making up crap to get yourselves out of that obligation, please!

Think about Matthew 25. Every single thing in there is about you choosing to help God (who looks like your neighbor‡) AT PERSONAL EXPENSE! See, there's a choice implicit: God or your Worldly Things.

Yet you dare call yourself a follower of Christ while you fight, and moan, and complain, belittle and hold in contempt, invent doctrines which 'interpret' what Christ's plain words meant, do everything you possibly can to hide and diminish the poor, hungry, homeless, sick, gone wrong in American society.

Here's a proof that you guys are using the Name of the Lord almost with contempt. A self-serving alibi you have to keep and get things, all the while feeling above others.

All around this country cities have been making it a crime to feed the hungry on the street. Yet, for all your screaming about deadbeats and demons and the damned and what women should do with their bodies and what choices people make in love and....

For all that noise you guys make, there's not one major push to restore the right of Christians to feed the hungry on the streets of our cities in this country.

And where's the push to immediately end homelessness from you guys. Probably not, might hurt your investments and property values? Nothing can, or should be done, for their own good, is it?

Listen, all this doesn't mean you are hate-worthy. But you certainly haven't earned any credit or respect by just name-dropping Jesus all the time.

Just, please, for your sake and the sake of all, look yourselves in the mirror -- and make your choice. Then, if you change and choose Christ, then, you can be Christians with a capital "C".

Otherwise, you might be found wanting. Nobody's really saved until they are actually in Heaven, whatever people say about themselves. The key to getting there, well you have it in plain words.

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neighbor. Listen, did you fall for that trick which makes 'neighbor' mean 'people like me, like my beliefs, my kind'? Because that was a pretty nasty trick Old Nick pulled, he makes up doctrines which explain things so everyone can limit their goodness. I hope you didn't buy it.

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In the '60s protestors would chant "Bring the War Home." In our time the War has just walked in all on its own. You can't separate our global aggressive, interventionist, acquisitive foreign policy from the "Police Gone Wild" at home. Where's the border? Who's policing it, if there is one? What goes around comes around, and look at what we're sending around.

Whatever the real power of Presidents, in whatever context viewed, they do set tones. For instance, it was only days after Reagan took office that comedians were telling ethnic jokes again on TV. And celebrating that at last they could do this material.

What we've got now took off with King George the Insane Buffoon and his riding the terror to open up war war war in all directions of the globe. and for generations to come. For, as his advisers and pals had insisted in their Project for the New American Century, we'll only be safe when the entire world is in tow to the US; all potential enemies crushed; all possible centers of one-day opposition in chaos or responsive to our suggestions.

To do that, we'd have to be dominant in the land, the air, the sea, space, cyberspace, biology, information, data-collecting, weapon design and delivery… and then apply that to every nation and population.

Full-Scale Dominance.

In plain English, absolute paranoia, complete with delusions of grandeur.

There's an old song:

Paranoia strikes deep
into your life it will creep
it comes when you're always afraid
step out of line, the man comes
and takes you away.
(Of course, this was a song by white guys, and the wrong-hued citizen doesn't even have to step out of line to end up with an ambulance taking them away.)

Anyway, there's no borders for Full-Scale Dominance. That's why, in addition to the heinous acts we hear about, there's the rise in massive force response to even trivial violations of the law. Hell, suspicion of violations can have you and your family with guns at your head held by SWAT-type teams that just broke down your door; innocent or not.

That's the psycho/spiritual aspect I'm talking about. Remember when some Bush apparatchik, or was it Bush Srs?, who said something much like 'every now and then you have to pick up a nation and throw it against the wall just to show people not to mess with you'?

To the power-crazed and paranoid, the arbitrary use of power is its own end. Just as the idea in foreign matters is to make everyone comply, everywhere, because we say so, the same applies domestically. In the Höméløhnd (is that term creepy or what?), we're being conditioned, with the Cyber-Stalking, the random brutality, the massive over-response, to accept arbitrary authority.

Can't separate 'foreign' and 'domestic' really. You can to get into the nitty-gritty of an artificially-limited range of operations, but in the mind and spirit… what goes around comes around.

The material aspect is part of the loop, or more accurately, a downward spiral of the breaking of civil society's basic rules if it is function as a democracy. We not only squander what we need to spend at home on destroying lives and things abroad; we fuel discontent at home, which itself is an invitation, and a justification, for increased over-reaction. Militarized over-reaction.

Military abroad. Military at home.

Going back to Project for the New American Century, the signers were leading neo-Cons. But it's a mistake to ignore that they were providing voice to the vision for large swathes of intelligence, military, and police types: mostly extreme right-wingers; often racists; still with jobs and things to accomplish in their establishments.

I think it revealing of the core sickness of this section of policy-shapers and enactors that we have this quote from their Signal publication.

And advanced forms of biological warfare that can “target” specific genotypes may transform biological warfare from the realm of terror to a politically useful tool. (wiki
In other words, the potential for genocide or at least the threat of genocide against any of our enemies. But from a genetic (which is intrinsically racist) view-point. That's the type of mindset embedded in our policy makers.

Full.Scale.Dominance.

Has not gone away. And the goal at home looks to be of a piece with the goal abroad.

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Sen. Warren's speech at the May 22, 2014 'The New Populism' conference in DC. Hat Tip to Truth-out.org

Below the youtube link is my transcription of her speech. Please forgive any errors of transcription, typos, and paragraphing.


The game IS rigged. The rich and powerful have lobbyists.  Lobbyists, and lawyers, and plenty of friends in Congress. Everyone else not so much. Now we can whine about it, we can whimper about it, or we can fight back. Me, I've decided to fight back.

<over applause>You bet.

This is a fight over economics, over privilege, over power. But deep down this is a fight over values. Conservatives and their powerful friends will continue to be guided by their age-old principle: I've got mine, the rest of you are on your own.

But we are guided by principle too. It's a simple idea. We all do better when we work together and invest in the future. We KNOW that the economy grows when hard-working families have the opportunity to improve their lives. We KNOW that country gets stronger when we invest in helping people succeed. We KNOW that lives improve when we care for our neighbors, and help build a future, not just for some of our kids, but for all our kids.

These are Progressive values. These are America's values. These values play out every day. These values are what we're willing to fight for.

So, let's go over the list one more time <points finger at audience> and I want to hear a good strong Amen! out there.

We believe that Wall Street needs stronger rules and tougher enforcement, and we're willing to fight for it.

We believe no one should work full time and still live in poverty, and that means raising the minimum wage.

We believe that people should retire with dignity, and that means strengthening social security. And we're ready to fight for it.

We believe that a kid should have a chance to go to college without getting crushed by debt, and we're willing to fight for it.

Oh, we believe that workers have a right to come together, to bargain together, and to rebuild America's middle class, and we're willing to fight for it.

We believe -- and I can't believe I have to be saying this in 2014 -- we believe in equal pay for equal work and we're willing to fight for it.

And we believe that equal means equal and that is true in the workplace, in marriage, and in all of our families, and we are willing to fight for it.

This is how I see it. We, we the People, decide the future of this country. These are our shared values, and these are the values we are willing to fight for. This is our moment in history. We are called on to determine the future of this country. And if we stand by and let it slide away, then shame on us.

But if we get up and we fight for what we believe in, we will head this country in the right direction for ourselves, for our children, and for our grandchildren.

I hope you're ready to fight.

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As a performance, first the applause. Not sure how big the crowd was; if we heard the crowd suppression mike feed instead of a floor mike: the applause lines didn't seem particularly overwhelming on the sound track. However the biggest applause getters were the right of labor and the right of equal pay.

In my view, she was definitely trying out a fiery (for her) speech-giving style. Again, hard to tell how effective it was from the audio, but I think she's more fiery when just delivering the facts.

I would ignore any rumor I might start that Warren stole the speech's topics from Hillary Clinton in an attempt to steal her core agenda.

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Leaders are as leaders do.

At Public Citizen's annual party, Sen Warren made remarks about trade bills, and the attitude of people in Congress.

It's a very short piece so it would be hard to quote it within copyright rules.

After referring, by industry name, to these leaches that plague us, she says how they are 'salivating at the chance to rig' the Trade Agreements. ("No one could have foreseen" we'll being hearing down the road someday.)

How she's been told by people on Capitol Hill that

‘[The Trade Agreements] have to be secret, because if the American people knew what was actually in them, they would be opposed.’”

The article concludes with her opinion that if the people of this country are opposed to a trade agreement, then that's end of story, don't make it Law.

Again, it's a very short piece, but it is packed with a lot more than I'd directly quote. Here's the link again

She sounds like some kind of radical to me. And I feel fine.

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We here in the States cheer or jeer the essentially cosmetic 'reform' of the massive, and formerly secret, spying done on the people by the NSA and the other 15 state agencies involved in 'top secret stuff' (16 in total that we know about, at least.)

Meanwhile this kind of MetaData collection-- and that's all you need to know any given person's daily life in great detail, and a base for pulling the literal details of that life -- has been done in the open in Europe for years.

Today, the EU high court struck down the 'directive' which allowed such data collection.

EU high court strikes down metadata collection law
Citizens made to feel that they "are the subject of constant surveillance."
says the headline at 'ars technica'

They quote the ruling:

The Court takes the view that, by requiring the retention of those data and by allowing the competent national authorities to access those data, the directive interferes in a particularly serious manner with the fundamental rights to respect for private life and to the protection of personal data. Furthermore, the fact that data are retained and subsequently used without the subscriber or registered user being informed is likely to generate in the persons concerned a feeling that their private lives are the subject of constant surveillance.

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Although the retention of data required by the directive may be considered to be appropriate for attaining the objective pursued by it, the wide-ranging and particularly serious interference of the directive with the fundamental rights at issue is not sufficiently circumscribed to ensure that that interference is actually limited to what is strictly necessary.

Naturally, privacy and electronic privacy groups (and I'd imagine human beings) are thrilled. As Ars Technica quotes one activist "The Court says basically that the fight against crime and terrorism, although important, doesn’t trump privacy rights.”

Sounds pretty respectful of human rights to me.

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"Rule by the People." That's a good translation of "Democrat." Now it seems to me inarguable that the site's stated goal of "More Democrats" will be achieved when we have More Better Democrats. As they'd be the ones that most closely match the concerns and intent of The People. A Party which represents the people, crazy as it might sound, would be the party that gets the most votes.

I think we can get a good running start down the road to "Better Democrats" if we first ask, and answer, some fundamental questions. Such as:
• Are we in a Time of Crises?
• Is our Political Class up to what's needed?

Answer these questions and we have a better idea of what we need from the Democratic Party. And maybe the politicians will too.

There's an old saying: there's no such thing as 'almost pregnant.' A condition exists, or it doesn't. Crisis is similar, in that either one is present, or it is not.

Now, seems that people explain how their current reality came about using the terms of psychology, philosophy, the movement of the stars, Karl Marx, theories of power, sane or addled deities... all sorts of explanations. Those and our other favorite hobby-horses (and I have mine) are not what I'm trying to get our attention on. Mainly, for now, just get these questions answered. Though, naturally, anybody who wants to share their favorite notion of how we got here, for good or ill, should do so.

Please vote, and please expound upon your vote. Thank you.

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Nancy, I just read a quote attributed to you, and if you could make this clear I think that would go a long way to helping us understand the state of our democracy; or at least end some discussions that have gone on vis-a-vis the various secret agencies we have.

[NOTE: she spoke about the CIA specifically, but I'd think it would apply to many if not all the other stalkers. Emphasis is mine.]

“I’ll tell you, you take on the intelligence community, you’re a person of courage, and [Sen. Feinstein's recent complaints--jp] she does not do that lightly. Not without evidence, and when I say evidence, documentation of what it is that she is putting forth.”

Pelosi added that she has always fought for checks and balances on CIA activity and its interactions with Congress: “You don’t fight it without a price because they come after you and they don’t always tell the truth.

I'm curious as to:
What price could they possibly extract from Congress people, engaged as they are in lawful and necessary oversight?

They come after you? What!? On what authority? How do they 'come after you' precisely? That point really needs to be cleared up. Really.

Why does it take courage for the elected representatives of the American People to simply do their job when it comes to spy agencies?

Can you share with us what things they've been lying about?

Just curious, no particular reason. Still...

I also wonder what you made of President Carter's recent remark that "The United States is no longer a functioning Democracy" upon the revelation of the extent of spying a few months ago.

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But I do need her to run for President. I think the nation does.

Because she will speak what is true about our banking, regulatory, political, and justice systems. And the Media's not going to be able to hide her all the time. There'll be enough soundbites to pique the general public's interest in her. And enough videos going viral of Ms Warren's speeches and conversations.

The American people are thirsting for real things to be said in Public about real life. Hey!, this nation is dying from that thirst. When Sen Warren speaks it's like a long drink of water.

There's a whole string of topics that I'd expect her to raise; and after they're raised, and people respond, it's going to be real hard for our Ruling Caste to pretend nobody heard all that.

What do you think? I think, win or lose, want to or not, a Sen Warren Presidential Candidacy will crack the dam that's been holding common sense and responsibility out of our public life.

A run by her will bend our political life toward the popular will. I don't see any other candidate at this point who will.

Certainly when Jeb Bus and Hillary Clinton face off, we ain't going to be hearing nothing about the real world, unless they've been forced to talk about it a lot previously.

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30%34 votes
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