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Tonight's music features Charles Mingus, jazz composer, bandleader and bassist.  Enjoy his amazing music!

Charles Mingus - Devil Blues

Surely in a democracy it's time for us to quit being sentimental and say that the question we settle in an election is not whether elites shall rule, but which elite.

-- George Will

News and Opinion

US documents reportedly refer to Assange, WikiLeaks as 'enemy'

The U.S. Defense Department has formally declared WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange an enemy on par with al-Qaida, according to documents that an Australian newspaper said Wednesday it had obtained under freedom of information laws.

The Sydney Morning Herald, the flagship of the Fairfax Media chain, reported that the declassified Air Force counterintelligence documents declare that military personnel who make contact with WikiLeaks or "WikiLeaks supporters" are at risk of being charged with "communicating with the enemy" — an article of the Uniform Code of Military Justice that carries the death penalty.

In U.N. Address, WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange Urges Obama Admin to End "Regime of Secrecy"

Spanish Police Crack Down on Protesters Surrounding the Parliament

The TPP: A Quiet Coup for the Investor Class

The secrecy surrounding the negotiations is breathtaking. In July, 134 members of the House of Representatives sent a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk requesting that the appropriate congressional committees be consulted and that a draft of the text be released. The members reminded Kirk that draft texts were circulated and congressional committees consulted throughout the NAFTA negotiations in the early 1990s. Their letter received no response. A month later, House members petitioned Kirk to allow a congressional delegation to observe the negotiations—as in the Uruguay Round of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, the launch of the Doha Round of the World Trade Organization, and numerous NAFTA rounds. Despite its persistence, Congress has not been granted any significant oversight or insight regarding the negotiations.

While Congress, the press, and the public have had to make do with leaked chapters of negotiations, Just Foreign Policy reports that 600 corporate lobbyists were granted access to the negotiated text. American democracy is in a sorry state when corporations are granted more access to even the text of sweeping government agreements than the public and its elected officials. Although corporate influence on U.S. trade policy is hardly a new phenomenon, the simultaneous waning of congressional oversight is all the more unsettling.

In May, Democratic Reps. Barney Frank and Sander Levin wrote to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner to express their concern about the TPP’s provisions entrenching capital mobility. Their letter requested “an official written statement of the U.S. policy” concerning the ability of parties to the agreement to deploy capital controls in the face of a financial crisis. If the leaked drafts accurately reflect the direction of the negotiations, countries that instituted capital controls could be taken to court by private corporations and could be held liable for damages. Hundreds of economists signed letters in January and February 2011 opposing these provisions, yet the investment chapter leaked in June suggests that neither their concerns nor Frank’s and Levin’s were taken into consideration.

U.S. expands its secret war in Africa

President Barack Obama's "secret wars" against al-Qaida are steadily widening, most notably in Africa, with the U.S. military's Special Forces Operation Command doubling in size and the CIA's strike capabilities undergoing a radical expansion, international analysts said. ...

This marks a significant shift in the U.S.-led strategy in Afghanistan from conventional military power, as the Americans and their allies scale down forces in Afghanistan after an inconclusive 11-year-old war.

As al-Qaida's organization has broken into regional networks because of heavy losses suffered by al-Qaida Central from drone strikes in Pakistan, these groups have become independent operationally and have had some successes in North and West Africa.

The Americans' ability to wage Special Operations wars on a global scale has been strengthened by the creation of relatively small, often unobtrusive, military bases. ...

These include facilities in Kenya, Uganda, the Central African Republic, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Mauritania, Burkina Faso and the Seychelles islands in the Indian Ocean off East Africa. Western military sources say the Americans are seeking to establish a base in newly independent South Sudan as well.

RAP NEWS 15: Big Brother is WWWatching You

Phoenix Mayor Attempts To Live On A Food Stamp Budget: ‘I’m Tired, And It’s Hard To Focus’

Spain Recoils as Its Hungry Forage Trash Bins for a Next Meal

As Spain tries desperately to meet its budget targets, it has been forced to embark on the same path as Greece, introducing one austerity measure after another, cutting jobs, salaries, pensions and benefits, even as the economy continues to shrink.

Most recently, the government raised the value-added tax three percentage points, to 21 percent, on most goods, and two percentage points on many food items, making life just that much harder for those on the edge. Little relief is in sight as the country’s regional governments, facing their own budget crisis, are chipping away at a range of previously free services, including school lunches for low-income families.

For a growing number, the food in garbage bins helps make ends meet.

Vandana Shiva: Fanaticism and Politics

Blog Posts of Interest

Here are diaries and selected blog posts of interest on DailyKos and other blogs.
What's Happenin'

Disharmonic Convergence of Free Speech Free Fall

7 Examples of a “Police State,” and How They Are Appearing in the U.S.

Calling U.S. Drone Strikes 'Surgical' Is Orwellian Propaganda

Occupy Austin trespassing charges thrown out-Judge establishes free speech precedent-again

A Little Night Music

Charles Mingus - Better Git It In Your Soul

Charles Mingus - Goodbye Pork Pie Hat

Charles Mingus - Boogie Stop Shuffle

Charles Mingus - Oh Lord Don't Let them Drop That Atomic Bomb On Me

Charles Mingus - Flowers For A Lady

Charles Mingus Sextet featuring Eric Dolphy Take The A Train

Charles Mingus - Haitian Fight Song

Charles Mingus - Work Song

Charles Mingus - Moanin'

Charles Mingus - Shortnin' Bread

Charles Mingus - Hog Callin Blues

Joni Mitchell - Goodbye Pork Pie Hat


We are ready for some serious change. We are ready to take up the tools of a free and analytic press to peacefully undermine the stranglehold of the kleptocrats on our battered democracy. We are ready to expose and publicize their greed, lies and illegal machinations and hold their enablers in government and the media to account. Are you in?

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."

 ~ Margaret Mead

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Originally posted to DFH writers group on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 05:00 PM PDT.

Also republished by Team DFH and The Amateur Left.


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Comment Preferences

  •  Increasing a regressive tax like the VAT in (5+ / 0-)

    times of want and hardship is simply moronic - fire everybody for incompetence.

    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 27, 2012 at 05:09:14 PM PDT

  •  Des Moines Register just posted this (5+ / 0-)

    Early voting commenced, and 550 have already cast their ballots in Polk County.  That number compares to only 100 people casting early ballots in 2008.  Democratic voters (by registration) outnumbered Republicans 4 to 1.

    Oregon:'s cold. But it's a damp cold.

    by Keith930 on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 05:11:14 PM PDT

    •  interesting... (4+ / 0-)

      a 4 to 1 ratio is going to be tough to keep up, but it is indicative that perhaps democratic voters in iowa may be much more motivated than republicans.  i wonder what the ratio of d's to r's registered there is.  i guess we'll see how republican turnout goes.

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

      by joe shikspack on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 05:17:00 PM PDT

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      •  In 2008 Polk went 56 Obama, 42 McCain n/t (4+ / 0-)

        Oregon:'s cold. But it's a damp cold.

        by Keith930 on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 05:23:04 PM PDT

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        •  perhaps the turnout in the more conservative... (3+ / 0-)

          areas in western iowa will be a good indication of republican motivation.  i'm guessing that turnout for romney will be pretty low and mostly confined to the party faithful.

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

          by joe shikspack on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 05:29:35 PM PDT

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          •  on the other hand... (2+ / 0-)
            Recommended by:
            enhydra lutris, ek hornbeck

            i'll be interested to see how gary johnson's lawsuit against the commission on presidential debates goes.  if the debates are forced open and candidates like johnson, rocky anderson and jill stein are allowed in to get some exposure, i think that the race could pull very tight as disaffected republicans who are not wild about romney go for johnson and disaffected dems who want the wars to end and the banksters to be brought to justice get interested in stein.

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

            by joe shikspack on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 05:35:04 PM PDT

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          •  in another Register article on early voting: (3+ / 0-)
            As of Monday, registered Democrats had requested 109,709 absentee ballots, Republicans requested 20,458 and people registered to other parties or no party requested 36,653.
            Those are statewide figures.  Pretty encouraging.

            Oregon:'s cold. But it's a damp cold.

            by Keith930 on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 05:37:40 PM PDT

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      •  In Ohio, in Franklin County, count last (1+ / 0-)
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        ek hornbeck

        The mail in ballots are not counted unless there is a need to count them. In other words, they are counted last.

        The trick is to take the mail in ballot down to the registrar's office and then it is counted first.

        Don't know how it is done in other states.


        Good to see that in some places the courts are not allowing the voter ID and other ways of reducing the vote to go through for this election. But they will be back again and again because the demographics is against the white males.

  •  Good evening, Joe (5+ / 0-)

    Watch CEPR economist Mark Weisbrot kick some RW Assange witch hunt BS. I wish he were here to do it with others on this site. It's long but a must watch.

    ‎"Bipartisan usually means that a larger-than-usual deception is being carried out." - George Carlin / Check out The Obvious Report

    by priceman on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 05:34:18 PM PDT

    •  evening priceman... (5+ / 0-)

      i wonder how long the narrative about assange can hold up.  last i checked, some of the evidence against assange in sweden has been repudiated.  i read that the torn condom that was purported to have been used in one of the incidents was tested and none of assange's dna was found in it.  if the assange is an evil rapist charge turns out to be garbage (as i suspect that it eventually will) there might be a considerable opinion backlash against the witch-hunters. exposure of their trumping up charges against assange will likely deprecate their credibility on national security claims as well.

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

      by joe shikspack on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 05:43:45 PM PDT

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      •  Indeed, Joe. I also wonder... (5+ / 0-)

        given everything you laid out. if the charges turn out to be garbage there will be a loss of credibility for the witch hunters recognized by everyone.

        ‎"Bipartisan usually means that a larger-than-usual deception is being carried out." - George Carlin / Check out The Obvious Report

        by priceman on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 05:46:07 PM PDT

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      •  Everything that you wrote is wrong. (0+ / 0-)

        None of the evidence against Assange has been "repudiated".  Two Swedish courts (the Svea courts) had the case raised in them by Assange's attorney to try to get the warrant overturned.  The cases were focused specifically on the evidence and he lost both of them.  

        The "DNA" article is one of the worst pieces of crap reporting I've seen in a long time.  The "new" document source was not new at all; it's been out for months.  And yes, I know, it's in Swedish, but the author could have at least hired someone to read it for him in order to find out that it said precisely the opposite of what he claimed it said.  The document actually states:

        Samtal med SKL

        Samtalade med forensiker Anders Nilsson vid SKL för att få ett förtydligande kring DNA proverna.

        I tidigare PM har jag skrivit att på kondomen som använts hos Anna Ardin hade de inte hittat DNA. Detta stämmer inte enligt Anders Nilsson. Han sade att de ser "något" men att det inte går att tyda. Det har valt att analysera provet i en mer förfinad metod. Denna metod tar ca. två veckor. Vid det förra PM et var det inte Anders Nilsson jag talade med.

        Anders Nilsson förklarade att det inte är mängden DNA som alltid avgör huruvida de kan se DNA. Det finns många anledningar till att de inte får en tydlig bild.

         - Något stör analysen såsom smuts mm.
         - Små mängder DNA
         - Människor ger ifrån sig olika mängder DNA
         - Att undersökningsmaterialet har påverkats efter användandet, t.ex. tvättats, torkats av,

        Detta var några exempel på vad som kan påverka analysen av DNA men det finns fler faktorer som påverkar.


        Conversation with SKL

        Conversed with forensic analysist Anders Nilsson at SKL to get a clarification on the DNA samples.

        In the previous PM I have written that concerning the condom used by Anna Ardin, they had not found DNA. This is not correct according to Anders Nilsson. He said that they see "something" but that it is impossible to figure out. It has been chosen to analyze the sample with a more refined method. This method takes about two weeks. In the previous PM it was not Anders Nilsson that I spoke with.

        Anders Nilsson explained that it is not the amount of DNA that always determines whether they can see DNA. There are many reasons why they can't get a clear picture.

         - Something interfering with the analysis such as dirt, etc.
         - Small amounts of DNA
         - People emit different amounts of DNA
         - The study material has been affected by usage, for example, washed, dried off,

        These were some of the things that can affect the analysis of DNA, but there are more factors which can influence it.

        The followup test mentioned came back positive for mtDNA.  Nobody knows whether any of the samples match Assange or not because he hasn't given a DNA sample to the Swedish police.  All that's known for sure is that concerning SW, the sample from the condom matches the sample taken from inside her.

        Just more crap reporting as usual, just like the whole "Assange is an enemy of state" garbage.  Is it really so hard to fact-check?  Is it really necessary to spin everything in the world into a giant conspiracy?

        Here's the uncomfortable situation.  Assange has a history (that doesn't even mention the time he cyberstalked a teenage girl).  Even his lawyers admits that they are not challenging the fact that they "found Mr Assange's sexual behaviour in these encounters disreputable, discourteous, disturbing or even pushing towards the boundaries of what they were comfortable with".  Concerning SW (the rape charge), his team claims only that she woke up, was fully conscious, and then consented to sex. Which is just patently absurd, given that she had been just telling people about how upset she was about him trying to have unprotected sex with her the previous evening before the incident occurred (with text records and witness testimony to back it up), and she has a "paper trail" a mile long of being terrified of pregnancy and STDs, to the point where her previous boyfriend of 2 1/2 years testified that not only did she not once allow unprotected sex (it was "unthinkable" to her), but she even had him get STD tested before protected sex. So she woke up in the middle of the night, after complaining repeatedly about him trying to violate a lifelong principle, was fully conscious, and decided to change her entire viewpoint on unprotected sex? Really?

        The guy is running from a serious f'in felony charge, and it's time he face the music.

        The only witch-hunters I see here are against the victims for daring to say what people's "hero" did to them.  Guess they should just shut up and know their place, right?  After all, he's a god to women ("Canberra") and I'm sure their female brains couldn't figure it out anyway ("Female Mathematics").

  •  Hola, hippies ! (3+ / 0-)

    Simply gorgeous fall day in old Santa Fe today!  Hope your weather is like you like it as well!

    President keeps hinting he wants to tinker with Social Security.  Rumor has it he plans to push chained CPI again after the election.

    I don't like that if it is true, but
    I'm all in with this action by Campaign for America's Future.  You?

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    by divineorder on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 05:45:33 PM PDT

    •  evening do... (4+ / 0-)

      i've been worried for quite some time that obama was going to find a way to shoehorn us into a pete peterson designed scenario.

      i certainly like the pledge and i sure hope that it works, but i suspect that we are going to need to be in the streets before this is over.

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

      by joe shikspack on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 05:53:36 PM PDT

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