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This is ironic; all those things you thought no Republican, let alone a decent American or honest person, would do. Stuff like stealing elections and going to war under false pretences.

A wee problem with the text of the Thirteenth Amendment

Here's the text:

Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.

Not that I'm an originalist, but I'd be a lot happier if the Thirteenth Amendment were revising as follows: Read below the fold...

CIA Criminality Grounds for Impeachment

It comes as no surprise to at least some citizens that the CIA is an intelligence agency that operates outside US law and defies congressional oversight. Interestingly this week, one of its strongest and most consistent apologists, Senator Dianne Feinstein, has outrightly charged the CIA with perpetrating criminal behaviors.

Joseph Kishore and Barry Grey in “high crimes and misdemeanors” write: Read below the fold...

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A Peek Inside Walmart's Anti-Union Playbook

Business Insider reporter Hayley Peterson discusses briefing materials Walmart uses to train its managers to deal with unionizing efforts. Read below the fold...

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Why you should never, never, never, NEVER order a computer online, whether from Amazon or anybody else

Der Spiegel has a fascinating article on an entire "dark internet" set up by the NSA, but this paragraph jumped out at me:

Sometimes it appears that the world's most modern spies are just as reliant on conventional methods of reconnaissance as their predecessors.

Take, for example, when they intercept shipping deliveries. If a target person, agency or company orders a new computer or related accessories, for example, TAO [Tailored Access Operations] can divert the shipping delivery to its own secret workshops. The NSA calls this method interdiction. At these so-called "load stations," agents carefully open the package in order to load malware onto the electronics, or even install hardware components that can provide backdoor access for the intelligence agencies. All subsequent steps can then be conducted from the comfort of a remote computer.

These minor disruptions in the parcel shipping business rank among the "most productive operations" conducted by the NSA hackers, one top secret document relates in enthusiastic terms. This method, the presentation continues, allows TAO to obtain access to networks "around the world."

So, if your Xmas computer arrived a day late, maybe NSA's "Santa's Workshop" was why! Read below the fold...

ObamaCare Clusterfuck: Warning from Colorado: "[I]t is the responsibility of the patient (not the doctor) to check on the network status of their provider"

Just what you want to think about in an emergency, right? Whether your provider is in- or out-of-network! And yet your decision, sick in the back of an ambulance, could bankrupt you! There's a good deal of controlled but justified anger in this LTE from Judee Cathrall, in Dillon, Colorado: Read below the fold...

Obama’s Orwellian Defense of NSA @ Press Conf.

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So Obama stood up at his year-end press conference on Friday and gave “an Orwellian defense of unrestrained US spying” according to Bill Van Auken in “Latest Snowden revelations expose Obama’s lies on NSA spy programs”.

Obama:

“I have confidence that the NSA is not engaging in domestic surveillance and snooping around…”

Say what?

He continued: Read below the fold...

ObamaCare Clusterfuck: Covered California gives out "consumer" information to insurance agents, even if they didn't ask to be contacted

LA Times:

California's health exchange has given insurance agents the names and contact information for tens of thousands of people who went online to check out coverage but didn't ask to be contacted.

That's right; all you needed to do was give your contact info. Read below the fold...

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Corrupt cops are like cockroaches--when you see one in the light, there are 100 hidden in the dark.

Louis Scarcella, Brooklyn homicide detective (retired), was not a guy you would want to meet, especially if you were a person of color who was innocent of a crime that needed to be cleared. (Cops dislike inventory just like Walmart dislikes unsold crap).

 

If you have not been following the saga, Scarcella had amassed a remarkable,( indeed incredible...) series of successes bringing quick arrests and smooth convictions in hundreds of homicides. Read below the fold...

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Obamacare: at 400% poverty you can be on the hook for $10,000 more.

The rules of Obamacare seem to push people into a benefits wall if you're even one dollar over 400% of Federal Poverty Level (FPL). Using the Kaiser subsidy calculator, I'd noticed a disquieting pattern a couple of months ago that affects older people who can expect to pay higher premiums.

For instance: a couple, both 62, making 400% of FPL:

  • Household income in 2014: $62,040
  • Maximum % of income for premium: 9.5%
  • Likely "silver" plan premium: $14,567 per year
  • Potential tax credit subsidy of up to: $8,673 per year
  • Amount you pay for the premium: $5,894 per year
  • Out-of-pocket maximum, in-network costs*: $12,700
  • Total: $18,594. (That's "affordable" with an adjusted gross income of $62,000, right?)

Okay, now consider the same couple making one dollar more than 400% of FPL: Read below the fold...

NSA using "social engineering" to crack Google's networks?

Ars Technica:

Googlers say “F*** you” to NSA, company encrypts internal network

The cheerful profanity of Google engineers -- Say Fuck proudly! -- is click bait and good clean fun besides, but there's a more interesting story below the lead: Read below the fold...

Obama to Seniors: ‘Thank you for dying!’

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Kate Randall in “Obamacare and the ‘crisis’ of an aging population” bluntly writes:

Underlying the immediate issue of the failure of the new web site is the character of Obamacare itself—an attack on health care cloaked in the guise of “reform,” whose basic aim is to slash health care spending and shift a greater cost burden onto the backs of individuals. ....

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Practicing for the main event

from CNN on Oct. 2

Reid said Democratic leaders offered Boehner "a lifeline" by setting up negotiations "about anything that you want to talk about" so long as the House agrees to reopen the government first. "I thought that they were concerned about the long-term fiscal affairs of this country. And we said, 'we are too. Let's talk about it,'" Read below the fold...

Fascist Priorities of the US Govt Shutdown

We Americans in the bottom 99% or maybe 95% are again enduring another lap on the sickening and ever-impoverishing roller coaster of Disaster Capitalism engineered for us by our betraying, corporate-captured government leadership. The lower we are on that percentage continuum, the wilder and meaner the ride. Read below the fold...

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Frack "health" "insurance" again

Oh how I wish I could tell you what is in store for us adjuncts at CUNY under the so-called ACA. I'm beginning to suspect we'll be asked to shop on the exchanges, rather than belonging to one of the country's biggest groups, the City of NY plan. I sincerely hope I am wrong.

But if not: Just to add insult to injury: Read below the fold...

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The first call for the abolition of democracy

The National Interest: Is It Time To Abolish Congress?

Step one, manipulate congress into discrediting itself

Step two, see see above, call for its abolition

Step three: have congress create an emergency committee for national unity, which would have power over both the president and congress and would be staffed by Goldman Sachs

Step four: loot the country Read below the fold...

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