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Koch brothers financial coup d'etat

Watching the unfolding emergency management tragedy in Michigan, I realized what anti-tax extremism was about. It is much worse than your normal conservative I don't want to pay taxes. By destroying the tax base, the Koch brothers can engineer financial collapse, race in and scoop up all the assets for cheap. It is the blitzkrieg of disaster capitalism. Read below the fold...

Libby's Stew: Holy Sh*t Surveillance!

Joseph Kishore in “Obama administration collecting phone records of tens of millions of Americans”

The Obama administration is engaged in a secret and illegal dragnet to accumulate detailed phone records of tens and perhaps hundreds of millions of US residents in a program organized by the National Security Agency (NSA).

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Obama Arrogant Defense of PRISM and Tirade Against Press

Departments: 

Condemns "media hype." These are just "modest encroachments on privacy." "Nobody listens to your phone calls." You can't have "100% privacy." One has to make "reasonable" conmpromises. Plus, everybody in Congress has known and approved and we have implemented safeguards. The program is run by "professionals." And ominously: "I don't take kindly to leaks." [paraphrased, but only minimally.]
http://www.businessinsider.com/obama-nsa-prism-spy-programs-phone-tap-ve... Read below the fold...

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The news media, cable companies, and the NSA

Many news companies are also cable providers. The Washington Post, Cox Newspapers, TimeWarner, and other news corporations also own cable systems. It is very likely that they are providing, or more properly selling their customers' information to the NSA. Comcast is part owner of NBC, which explains why NBC is not covering this aggressively.

It's how the kleptocracy works. Read below the fold...

Stew-Goldman Suchs, Genitals@Gitmo, 911 Sorry, Rice, Poverty

Paul Haeder in "Top 71 People on Earth are Killing Us Softly"

Goldman Sachs is Bitchin’ — Welcome to the Cattle Call

We live in a world where 17,000 young folk applied for Goldman Sachs internships. Can you believe it? Goldman Sachs, which should be in we the people’s receivership, controlled by us, now and forever, having that sort of draw?

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Full Background/Update for Manning’s Court Martial

Pfc. Manning’s trial by court martial began on June 3rd at Fort Meade in Maryland. It is expected to last 3 months. (Naomi Spencer in “Bradley Manning’s court martial begins”)

Pfc. Manning is 25 years old. Read below the fold...

Gen. Videla, Kissinger’s 'Operation Condor' Buddy, Dies

Bill Van Auken writes in “Argentina’s General Videla and the ‘war on terror’”: Read below the fold...

Obama, the F-word, & the Criminalization of News-Gathering

The f-word is fascism.

The first amendment matters. Should matter. Apparently not so much to the Justice Department and Democratic President Barack Obama.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

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Make ‘em Prove the Causality before They Cause Any More Suffering: Part Two, the Fall and After

In Part One, I asked whether the Carmen Reinhart/Kenneth Rogoff study and book didn’t show that, on average, nations experiencing debt-to-GDP ratios above 90% had negative rates of economic growth? And I said the answer to the question was “no.” But I didn’t explain why that was true. Read below the fold...

Bill of Rights Circled the Bowl in Boston -- FLUSH!!!

Barry Grey in "American democracy in shambles" writes:

With the implementation of a state of military siege against the population of Boston last week, the American ruling class has crossed a historical, legal and political Rubicon.

The die is cast and the sun is setting on the democratic forms of rule that have existed in the United States for the past two centuries.

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Tsarnaev Brothers -- This Decade’s Lee Harvey Oswalds?

The two Boston bombings of April 15th killed 3 people and wounded over 170. The two suspects are 19-year od Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s and his deceased older brother Tamerlan, who died after a shootout with the police.

Bill Van Auken of wsws: Read below the fold...

100 Gitmo Hunger Strikers Appeal to Zero Dark Americans

Word has it 100 of the 166 inmates of Guantanamo are participating in a hunger strike.

The innocent detainees (“officially” 86 but God only knows how many more) of Guantanamo apparently still think there is a snowball’s chance in hell that if Zero Dark Americans -- especially the deluded “personality over principle” progressives -- really knew the truth of what had and has been happening to them before and during their unending detainments, the colossal abuses they have had to endure (and especially lately that they are enduring) not to mention their colossal and ever escalating despair after 11 LONG YEARS of incarceration without due process -- waiting, waiting, waiting for a not slow-go but really NO-go Obama-Godot, then those Zero Dark Americans would actually give a serious shit. Read below the fold...

Fascist Obama & Personality Over Principle Progressives

The CIA Director will be John Brennan.

Norman Pollack in “Architect of Terror” points out some of the dimensions of Brennan’s oversight (familiar territory already to him): armed drones, targeted assassinations, rendition, black holes, subsidies to domestic fascist groups for breaking up "radical" rallies, and other “cloak and dagger” sadism.

Pollack also writes: “In Obama, the Agency, along with JSOC, has its impressario, cheerleader, and now tactical adviser, rolled in one.” Read below the fold...

Libby’s Political Stew: Drones, Rand Paul, Brennan, Jane Fonda

Rand Paul’s Message to Obama: Don’t Drone Me Bro
by Medea Benjamin

[Benjamin comments on how Rand Paul brought up the question that if drones had existed back in the tumultuous anti-Vietnam War 60’s and 70’s, would Jane Fonda and students at Kent State college have been droned or threatened with droning for treason with their protests? He warns that the threshold of defining the enemy may become so lowered that “free speech and assembly” could become regarded as dangerous insurgency.] Read below the fold...

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"I Guarantee You. Flat Guarantee You."

"President Obama will under no circumstances agree to put your retirement at risk by privatizing Social Security, and he will reject any plan that slashes Social Security benefits."—Obama Campaign “Truth Team,” October 6, 2012 Read below the fold...

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