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This evenings music features the Soul Brothers Six an r&b group best known for their song, "Some Kind of Wonderful," which was later a big hit for Grand Funk Railroad despite the superiority of the original.  You can check out the original below and decide for yourself. B)  Enjoy!



Soul Brothers Six - Some Kind of Wonderful


"The statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting the blame upon the nation that is being attacked, and every man will be glad of these conscience-soothing falsities."

    --Mark Twain


News




US warships steam towards Libya coast - President Barack Obama promises to bring justice to attackers who brought about death of US ambassador in Benghazi.

US President Barack Obama has pledged to bring to justice those who attacked the US consulate in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi. ...

US officials confirmed to Al Jazeera that a special unit of roughly 50 members of the Marine Corps had been dispatched to Libya to reinforce the troops guarding diplomats there, as two warships headed to the Libyan coast.

The Marines' Fleet Anti-Terrorism Security Team (FAST) detachment is specially trained to deploy rapidly to protect government workers overseas. ...

"We will not be deterred - we will keep going, we will keep going because the world needs us," the president said. "We are the one indispensable power in the world."

Islamic Scholar Tariq Ramadan on Growing Mideast Protests and "Islam & the Arab Awakening"

Crowd Storms US Embassy in Yemen as Regional Anger Burns

Thousands of angry protesters stormed the US embassy in Sanaa, the capital of Yemen, on Thursday. The crowd was able to breach the outer wall of the heavily-fortified compound, burning an American flag and pulling a large sign down from the building.

Tensions were high, and possibly rising, across the Middle East on Thursday as large crowds of protesters, angered by an amateur anti-Muslim film produced in the US, also gathered angrily outside US embassies or in the streets in Egypt, Tunisia, Iran, and Gaza.

Permanent Injunction Against Indefinite Military Detention in NDAA Issued by Federal Judge

A federal judge issued a ruling on September 12 that permanently enjoined a provision of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that was signed by President Barack Obama codifying indefinite military detention into United State law last year. She found that the writers, journalists and activists who were plaintiffs in the lawsuit had demonstrated actual and reasonably that their First Amendment-protected activities could subject them to indefinite military detention and ruled the public had a greater interest in preserving the First Amendment and due process rights than allowing law enforcement to have this tool. ...

The judge did not stop there. Her permanent injunction systematically deconstructed the provision picking up on the core of the argument against the government in the case—that “substantially supported,” “directly supported,” and “associated forces” were vague or lacked specificity. She determined these terms did not appear in any prior case law and that “the respective meanings of the terms at issue” are unknown but “the penalty of running afoul of it is severe.” ...

Forrest added it was impossible to understand the “scope” of this provision without key terms being defined. The government was unable or unwilling to provide definitions. The government expended little energy or resources in trying to provide the court with definitions. They did not take the vagueness seriously at all or think the judge would care that they had no interest in defining these terms, which were primarily responsible for the plaintiffs bringing a lawsuit against the government. She determined the “statute’s vagueness” fell short of “what due process requires.”

U.S. Appeals Order Blocking U.S. Military Detention Law

The U.S. appealed an order permanently blocking enforcement of a law that opponents claim may subject them to indefinite military detention for activities including news reporting and political activism.

Lawyers from the office of U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara in Manhattan today filed papers seeking review of yesterday’s ruling on the law, which is part of the National Defense Authorization Act for 2012. In the ruling, U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest said the law is unconstitutionally vague.

Forrest extended a preliminary injunction she had entered in May and said that the statute violates rights guaranteed by the First, Fifth and 14th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

As U.S. Inequality Widens, Cornel West and Tavis Smiley Launch Poverty Tour 2.0

Fed meets under gun to act on weak U.S. economy

The Federal Reserve’s policy board began a two-day meeting to weigh a fresh response to the weak US economy and stagnant jobs market.

The dollar fell against the euro and stock markets rose amid anticipation that the Federal Open Market Committee would decide on some form of monetary easing action.

Options, analysts said, include a strong verbal statement by the FOMC committing themselves to holding their benchmark interest rate at the current near-zero level through 2015.

But also possible is the launch of “QE3″, a huge “quantitative easing” bond-buying program aimed at further depressing long-term interest rates.

The Fed and the Crisis

Clarke and Dawe - Understanding the GFC

Troika's demands drive Greeks into streets again

Public workers in Greece took to the streets again on Wednesday to protest ongoing talks between the Greek government and European leaders of the 'Troika', who are working to finalize the country's latest round of large scale austerity measures. 2,000 teachers, hospital doctors and municipal staff demonstrated in the streets of Athens against state salary cuts and job losses expected by October.

Reports on Wednesday suggested the government was under pressure from the 'Troika' -- the EU, IMF and the European Central Bank -- to additionally cut pensions, severance pay and revise working hours, beyond original plans proposed by the Greek government over the weekend, according to Agence France-Presse.

Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras had announced a final proposal of austerity measures on Saturday containing deep cuts to the public budget, including large cuts to pension funds and public sector wages; however, the Troika now wants Greece to make even deeper cuts, including mass lay-offs in the the public sector workforce, officials say.

The negotiations have incited protests throughout the week.

SCANT TESTING FOR ARCTIC BLOWOUT CAPPING SYSTEM — Safety Agency Can Produce Only One Page of Notes to Demonstrate Cap Reliability

The key system for preventing a repeat of the massive Gulf of Mexico blowout in the sensitive waters of the Arctic underwent only partial and cursory testing with no independent analysis of the results, according to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), which obtained the federal testing data.  As a result, federal overseers are again completely relying upon industry assurances of safety as Royal Dutch Shell prepares to begin drilling this week in the remote Chukchi Sea.

In response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for all “records pertaining to results of Shell oil company’s testing of its well-head capping stack that would be used in response to a well-head blowout in its Arctic drilling program,” the Bureau of Safety & Environmental Enforcement (BSEE is an arm of the Interior Department, formerly within the Minerals Management Service) could produce only one document – a one-page set of notes.  This slim production belied the agency’s claim in press statements that it had conducted “comprehensive” testing to meet “rigorous new standards.”

The field-testing took place over less than two hours in Puget Sound on June 25th and 26th and involved only two BSEE officials and Shell. ...

“The first test merely showed that Shell could dangle its cap in 200 feet of water without dropping it,” stated PEER Staff Counsel Kathryn Douglass, who filed a federal lawsuit against BSSE to force the release of its report.  “The second test showed the capping system could hold up under laboratory conditions for up to 15 minutes without crumpling.  Neither result should give the American public much comfort.”






Blog Posts of Interest

Here are diaries and selected blog posts of interest on DailyKos and other blogs.


What's Happenin'

Teachers Have No Friends Among the Journalistic Elite

Lean Production: What’s Really Hurting Public Education

False Flag - A series of CIA memos describes how Israeli Mossad agents posed as American spies to recruit members of the terrorist organization Jundallah to fight their covert war against Iran



A Little Night Music






Soul Brothers Six - What Can You Do When You Aint Got Nobody

Soul Brothers Six - I Can't Live Without You

Soul Brothers Six - You Better check yourself

Soul Brothers Six - Lost the Will to Live

Soul Brothers Six - What You Got

Soul Brothers Six - Thank You Baby For Loving Me

Soul Brothers Six - Drive

Soul Brothers Six - Funky Funky Way Of Making Love

Soul Brothers Six - Let Me Do What We Ain't Doin'

Soul Brothers Six - Makin Love Makes Me High

Soul Brothers Six - Don't Give My Love Away




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Comment Preferences

  •  I listen to Democracy Now! most days too. (7+ / 0-)

    Ya' know what I was thinking during today's Tariq Ramadan segment ? Blowback's a Bitch. The reason "They" pissed is because "We" are in their countries. It goes all the way back to FDR's wartime deal with Ibn Saud.
    Oh well ...

    The GOP ... Government of the 1%, by the 1%, for the 1%

    by Azazello on Thu Sep 13, 2012 at 05:14:59 PM PDT

  •  Evening Joe & fella hippies. Hope most of you (7+ / 0-)

    are enjoying beautiful fall-like weather like us.

    Mark Twain is awesome. Here are some more for your pleasure :
    "One man alone can be pretty dumb sometimes, but for real bona fide stupidity nothing beats teamwork."
     It is called Groupthink. Like our elites, journos etc do.

    "OCTOBER: This is one of the peculiarly dangerous months to speculate in stocks in. The other are July, January, September, April, November, May, March, June, December, August, and February."

    "There are two times in a man's life when he should not speculate: when he can't afford it and when he can."

    "The word bipartisan means some larger-than-usual deception is being carried out”. - George Carlin

    by Funkygal on Thu Sep 13, 2012 at 05:20:23 PM PDT

    •  evening funkygal... (4+ / 0-)

      twain has been my favorite author for most of my life.  he might have lost me to somebody like kurt vonnegut in my teenage years had i not discovered, "letters from the earth."  his view of humanity and religion is possibly some of the funniest and most honest writing that i think i've ever read.

      i'm part of the 99% - america's largest minority

      by joe shikspack on Thu Sep 13, 2012 at 05:28:26 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Ah yes, another market boounce to stimulate (2+ / 0-)
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      main street.

      That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

      by enhydra lutris on Thu Sep 13, 2012 at 05:36:01 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Only to come crashing down in a day or two. It (3+ / 0-)

        is astounding to me as a lady - how people think something vague like markets are good at making decisions, but we uppity women can't decide and make our own choices reg our bodies.

        "The word bipartisan means some larger-than-usual deception is being carried out”. - George Carlin

        by Funkygal on Thu Sep 13, 2012 at 05:51:02 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  The idea is simply to churn the market, the (3+ / 0-)

          people who matter make money whenever it moves, regardless of which way. The problem is that there is no fresh money so the guys running the table eventually face the prosepect of betting their own dough. They've also been playing fast and loose six ways to Sunday since the Eighties, so the marks have been getting leery of the game, especially those in or near retirement.

          It is no doubt pure coincidence, but Fed policy for ages now, regardless of what the economy has been doing, works to depress interesp paid on savings to below inflation, so savers face negative returns on interest bvearing accounts and certificates. This just coincidentally would tend to force granny to take her mioney out of the bank and go roll the dice at the rigged Wall Street casino if she hopes to have funds enough to survive several years down the road..

          That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

          by enhydra lutris on Thu Sep 13, 2012 at 06:37:11 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

  •  Reg Libya, my buddies say ABC news & NBC are (5+ / 0-)

    frothing at their mouth for a war. As for us guvmint, when all you have is a hammer.......

    I am yet to watch/read Tariq R's interview. Pepe Escobar is on my list. Angry Arab linked to this today :
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/...
    (I have a tough time sifting truth from fiction after Guardian's malpractice reg Libya & Syria so credible people like AA is helpful).He predicts more US embassies in ME will be closed in a year from now.

    "The word bipartisan means some larger-than-usual deception is being carried out”. - George Carlin

    by Funkygal on Thu Sep 13, 2012 at 05:29:55 PM PDT

  •  Good evening, I mean, I say, I say, I mean, (6+ / 0-)

    Only 363 days until the next 9/11. Can't wait kin ya.  And only 128 days until the next Presidential inauguration day, really can't wait kin ya.  

    "The Global War on Terror is a justification for U.S. Imperialism. It must be stopped."

    by BigAlinWashSt on Thu Sep 13, 2012 at 05:39:46 PM PDT

  •  Good Evening Joe and bluesheads (5+ / 0-)

    We have moved into Indian summer right now and I love it.  As for Mitt Romney, he has moved beyond the Twilight Zone.  ;-)

    And I always have my dancing shoes on.  Mercy!

    "Growing up is for those who don't have the guts not to. Grow wise, grow loving, grow compassionate, but why grow up?" - Fiddlegirl

    by gulfgal98 on Thu Sep 13, 2012 at 05:46:14 PM PDT

  •  "We are the one indispensable power on earth"! (6+ / 0-)

    Ya know, they really believe that shit, sincerely and wholeheartedly.  
    Does that mean that the second and third powers are dispensable?
    That would suck being them.

    "The Global War on Terror is a justification for U.S. Imperialism. It must be stopped."

    by BigAlinWashSt on Thu Sep 13, 2012 at 05:46:23 PM PDT

    •  it just amazes me that they think... (3+ / 0-)
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      that people like it when they invade their countries and kill thousands of people and displace millions as they play their "superpower" game.

      i'm part of the 99% - america's largest minority

      by joe shikspack on Thu Sep 13, 2012 at 06:04:38 PM PDT

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      •  it's part of looting resources under the guise of (2+ / 0-)
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        trying to establish Democracies and for protecting ourselves from the latest 'imminent threat' of terrorism now that the scary Commies! are gone from the (neo) con job of the American public. At least 'Commies' were associated with something that could end but we now have the definition of a threat that will never go away.

        Good evening, thanks for the music, the links to things that should be front page stuff (Obama appealing that NDAA ruling?) and the Democracy Now links.
        I've watched DN! for years and it's bookmarked so I can catch it each day and I appreciate the fact they provide a transcript. Which is great for those of us that don't know how to nip a part of the video to show, and the following is from today's interview.

        TARIQ RAMADAN: Yes. If we study the facts before and what was happening in Libya, you know, the reaction of Russia and China should be understood in the light of what happened in Libya, their reaction on Syria, because they lost the economic—their economic interest and their access to the oil resources in Libya because of what happened. They took the United Nations, you know, resolution on no-fly zone as, you know, a permission for NATO to go there and intervene. In fact, this was not for the sake of, you know, the Libyan blood. It was for economic geostrategic interests and to secure their interests. So, Barack Obama was unable to go there for many reasons, because he had internal crisis, and there is these Afghani and Iraqi fronts. It’s impossible to add another one. So there was a deal with France. And France was involved, you know. Even we had, you know, a new foreign ministers, like [inaudible]. He went there, and he was, you know, the figure who was helping France to find the [inaudible] and to create this transitory national council. But this was not done for the sake of, you know, the democratization in Libya. It’s quite clear now that all the economic interest and the access to resources is secured between four countries. The first one is the United States of America, France, Britain and Qatar, who are also involved in the whole thing. So we need to be less naive in the whole process and to deal with the situation, country per country, and understanding that there are challenges, there are from behind-the-scene alliances that are now important.
        (emphasis mine)
        http://www.democracynow.org/...

        without the ants the rainforest dies

        by aliasalias on Thu Sep 13, 2012 at 08:22:43 PM PDT

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  •  A little on the Chukchi Sea (4+ / 0-)

    which Shell apparently has no demonstrated workable plans to save if there is a blowout.
    http://ak.audubon.org/...

    The Chukchi Sea, off the coast of northwest Alaska, is one of the most productive ocean ecosystems in the world. Its vast, shallow sea floor and seasonal ice cover provide nutrients and pristine habitat for a multitude of organisms, ranging from walruses to ice seals to whales to millions of seabirds to the top predator mammal, the polar bear.
    wtf BSEE. Some rigorous new standards.
    •  evening burned... (3+ / 0-)
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      thanks for the article.  i am really impressed with the work of the administration's regulators.  i wonder to what degree obama's strong support of shell's drilling project influences their lax attitude towards enforcement.

      oh, when i was reading the "lean production" article in blog posts of interest it reminded me of some of the things that you've mentioned about your school district.  you might take a peek at that article.

      i'm part of the 99% - america's largest minority

      by joe shikspack on Thu Sep 13, 2012 at 06:09:28 PM PDT

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      •  :( (1+ / 0-)
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        In a lean school, teachers are managers who supervise the flow of value through their students, whose job is to produce test scores as efficiently as possible. Unless they contribute to the production or flow of value, abstract values like emotional and social development, safety, comfort, and joy are all considered waste.
        Little flesh covered sacks of data, nothing more.
    •  And they've been exploiting it for years, iirc, (3+ / 0-)
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      in a joint venture with China.

      That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

      by enhydra lutris on Thu Sep 13, 2012 at 06:23:57 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Pepe Escobar during the Libyan war : (4+ / 0-)

    http://atimes.com/...

    The Pentagon always respects the motto of taking better care of its future enemies than its current friends.
    Pepe is as pepe does. His snark and biting style reminds me somewhat of Arundahti Roy's style, though Pepe is more humorous and includes lyrics.

    This blowback happened on Sep 11.  

    "The word bipartisan means some larger-than-usual deception is being carried out”. - George Carlin

    by Funkygal on Thu Sep 13, 2012 at 05:46:47 PM PDT

  •  Evening Joe, seems like constant strikes (4+ / 0-)

    in Greece are scheduled.

    There just is no good news to be had there, as they face bankruptcy, an economy in the tank, and so much civil unrest can only get worse.

    Hundreds of local authority workers marched to the Finance Ministry in central Athens beating drums and carrying banners that read "No to the financial collapse of local authorities" and "We will not pay for the crisis, we did not create it."

    A final negotiation has not been made; however, Greece will not receive its most recent $39.6 billion loan installment from its European partners and the International Monetary Fund until austerity cuts are made deep enough for Troika approval. Greek leaders have been given until Friday to present the plan to euro-zone partners meeting in Cyprus.

    "Who are these men who really run this land? And why do they run it with such a thoughtless hand? David Crosby.

    by allenjo on Thu Sep 13, 2012 at 06:14:57 PM PDT

    •  it's not so much that they're scheduled... (2+ / 0-)
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      it's that the demands of the bankers are both insatiable and incremental.  just as soon as a concession is made, the banksters want more, so it is an endless series of demands and concessions which, since each concession takes more away from some portion of the greek public, drives them out into the streets in response.  

      i doubt that there is an end to this cycle that won't be ugly.  there is no end to the greed of the banksters, but the ability of the greek people to survive on the portion that is left is finite.  something must give.

      i'm part of the 99% - america's largest minority

      by joe shikspack on Thu Sep 13, 2012 at 06:29:57 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  i doubt that there is an end to this cycle that (2+ / 0-)
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        won't be ugly.
        I agree that whether Greece leaves the euro, defaults on the loans, goes bankrupt or the austerity cuts are agreed on by their government, the Greeks are still going to be out in streets, and civil unrest will escalate either way. To what degree is the big question.

        "Who are these men who really run this land? And why do they run it with such a thoughtless hand? David Crosby.

        by allenjo on Thu Sep 13, 2012 at 06:47:21 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

    •  By the time Greek people make up their minds and (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
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      vote for Syriza (assuming neo-nazi Golden Dawn doesn't surge much), they would have been bled to death likely. And it will be "Democracy Born in Chains" again as Naomi Klein described South Africa in the 1990's.

      "The word bipartisan means some larger-than-usual deception is being carried out”. - George Carlin

      by Funkygal on Thu Sep 13, 2012 at 06:52:37 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •   "No More War. No More Business as Usual," (4+ / 0-)

    Says Kucinich

    We have to reclaim our country.....

    “I rise in opposition to the rule for the Continuing Resolution. The Continuing Resolution contains $99.9 billion in the Overseas Contingency Operation funds to continue the war in Afghanistan and to fund other operations in the so-called war on terror.

    “This is on top of over $1.3 trillion we've already spent in waging war abroad. This is a war that cost U.S. taxpayers $2 billion a week. It's a war that according to the Congressional Research Service has cost the lives of nearly 2,000 U.S. service members and resulted in another 17,519 being injured. Yet the war seems to have fallen from headlines in our national conscience. This is wrong.

    “We cannot afford another $100 billion on a war that will never result in stability in Afghanistan or the region. War against Afghanistan boomeranged against the Soviet Union. It’s boomeranging against our country.
    “When you look at the amount of money that is being spent not just for the war but the United States Pentagon -- we are looking at a Fiscal 2013 budget of $653 billion, spending almost more money than every other country in the world, combined, for so-called defense.

    “We have an obligation to defend our country, but we also have an obligation for housing, for health care, for education, for retirement security.

    "Who are these men who really run this land? And why do they run it with such a thoughtless hand? David Crosby.

    by allenjo on Thu Sep 13, 2012 at 06:22:36 PM PDT

    •  Thanks for that one, hadn't seen it. I'm going (3+ / 0-)
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      to have to get into the details on this now, knew I would but was waiting.  Looks like it's time, the austerity vs war games are beginning.

      "The Global War on Terror is a justification for U.S. Imperialism. It must be stopped."

      by BigAlinWashSt on Thu Sep 13, 2012 at 06:27:26 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Establishment Dems must be happy that Kucinich (3+ / 0-)

      was always seated at the back of the bus and now has been kicked out once for all. Same with Dem apologists. The Death spiral of the Liberal Class continues.

      "The word bipartisan means some larger-than-usual deception is being carried out”. - George Carlin

      by Funkygal on Thu Sep 13, 2012 at 06:55:17 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  DNC 2012 : I knew a little about the dick-waving (3+ / 0-)

      over Bin Laden's grave. Didn't watch Kerry's (supposedly the best of all dick-waving). But it is worse than I thought :

      http://leanforward.msnbc.com/...

      But with all the veteran and war messaging that went on at last week's Democratic National Convention, Democrats look like a mirror image of the GOP: jingoistic, militaristic, and gung-ho for war. Between pogo-dancing on Osama bin Laden's corpse, the airing of a mawkish "Honoring the Sacred Trust with Our Veterans" video that spread the debunked right-wing myth that returning Vietnam vets got disrespected, the First Lady donning a Dubya-inspired "support our troops" T-shirt, and Democrats' petty attack on Mitt Romney for omitting to name-check vets in his nomination acceptance address, it felt like the 2002-03 build-up to the invasion of Iraq.

      "The word bipartisan means some larger-than-usual deception is being carried out”. - George Carlin

      by Funkygal on Thu Sep 13, 2012 at 07:14:11 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Reagrding teachers, Henwood posted some good (2+ / 0-)
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    ones as usual :

    http://lbo-news.com/...

    responds to teacher-bashing Latte-liberal Yglesias; and there is  a good one from Warren Buffet (yes, seriously, I mean it) :
    http://lbo-news.com/... -

    "The word bipartisan means some larger-than-usual deception is being carried out”. - George Carlin

    by Funkygal on Thu Sep 13, 2012 at 06:29:13 PM PDT

    •  good stuff... (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
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      i appreciate henwood's calling out yglesias for the use of a conservative meme (one that used to be more or less confined to loony libertarians):

      It is founded on a view that one lives in this world primarily as an individual, and consumes privately. Any sense of collective consumption (or investment, if you prefer), via the public budget, is ruled out.
      it used to be that republicans believed in public investments in schools and other things that got some benefits on people who aren't rich and paying some graft to get the government favor.  it's sad to see democrats buying into the loony libertarian worldview, but i suppose that liberal elites have little use for the people any more than the conservative elites do, now that the politicians have elected themselves a new public composed of corporate people.

      i'm part of the 99% - america's largest minority

      by joe shikspack on Thu Sep 13, 2012 at 06:47:55 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

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