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May 9, 2015


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Orioles COO John Angelos offers eye-opening perspective on Baltimore protests

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A Silent Bernie Sanders DU supporters thread-who are we so far?

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Bernie is in...

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So, yeah, here's a big heaping helping of "Shut The Fuck Up"

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It says something. and it's not good.

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Matt Taibbi: Give 'Em Hell, Bernie: Bernie Sanders is more serious than you think

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It ain't just DU

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Stephen Colbert Shocks SC Schools by Funding All Teacher Grant Requests

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The Verdict is in: Guess Who's The Worst President in US History?

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CHECK OUT Carly Fiorina's innovative campaign website. (link inside)

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I have fucking had it with: "Sanders, which could potentially force Hillary Clinton further left..."

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‘F*ck the Media’: Morgan Freeman Goes Off on Cable News over Baltimore

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Bernie Sanders Delivers A Body Blow To Wall St With New Bill To Break Up The Big Banks

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NYTimes: Conservative Economics and Income Inequality Are Literally Killing Us

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I don't give a shit if it's "naive". I believe a candidate has the obligation to take clear positions

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Good news...bad news

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Bernie Sanders: What's Wrong With America Looking More Like Scandinavia?

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Americans are becoming desperate for change.

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‘If you snitch, your career is done’

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Jon Stewart LAYS INTO Judith Miller: You PUSHED US Into ‘Devastating’ Iraq Mistake

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Breaking - State Attoney MOSBY - Freddie Gray's death was a homicide

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The Next President of the United States!

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"I know Bernie can't win, but..."

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When Illness Makes a Spouse a Stranger (can we talk?)

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Poll: If you could have Hillary Or Bernie for President, who would you pick??

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F__king Yeah Bernie!

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Snowden has been vindicated and he is a hero

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diagnosed with stage 2 Esophageal Cancer

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New Balance: ‘It’s literally us against every other athletic shoe manufacturer in the world’

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America is about to make a horrible mistake all over again (TPP)

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TOM TOMORROW: Responses To Baltimore

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WOW... That Last Paragraph...

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Why Bernie Sanders just picked up a historical endorsement from Occupy Wall St

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Democrats Baffled by Presence of Candidate They Like

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Bernie Sanders Raises $3 Million In Four Days - Sam Stein/HuffPo

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I am, not surprised; but, somewhat dismayed with ...

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Thug is the new Nigg**!!

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Baltimore Police: "Oh Shit"

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The cover of Time Magazine...

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Americans Flock To Bernie As Sanders Announces 175,000 Volunteers For Presidential Bid

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What is so goddamned funny?

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Tim has passed away

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Bernie's wisdom of this hour....

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Jesus Jumped-Up Great Googly-Moogly Sarsaparilla CHRIST

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Looters (cartoon)

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Did You Guys Catch The "Exclusivity Clause" For The 2016 Democratic Debates ???

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OS post # 50,000

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You are a special kind of stupid....

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Warren Support Shifting to Bernie Sanders, Sanders Not Just About Influencing Issues

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Chief Justice Roberts Accidentally Reveals Everything That’s Wrong With Citizens United...

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A while back, a disabled vet stopped in a convenience store

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Can Bernie handle the media? Past Post: Watch him eat Chuck Toad for Brunch! (Meet the Press)

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George Will Confirms Nixon's Vietnam Treason

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We're all going to Mars: It's time for some Humpday Hatemail!

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How to Talk to Your Kids About Bernie Sanders

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You know the pleas for help which create such tension here?

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Unarmed Teen Shot By Police, Cried For His Mother As He Died: ‘Mommy, Mommy, Please Come’

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Just Told That HRC Has Been A Loyal Democrat, And That Sanders & Warren Should Stay In The Senate

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Bernie Sanders Has Already Taken More Press Questions Than Hillary Clinton

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Cops do it again. Now it's "Charging Your Electric Vehicle While Black".

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A man and his dog join a die-in on South Grand in St. Louis during march against police violence.

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cops air astonishment about whites calling 911 on black neighbors. "it's not illegal to be black"

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Every word I have heard from Bernie Sanders

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Are these the most magical settlements in the world? A village inside a volcano crater, cliff houses

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The more piling on of Sanders I see

May 8, 2015

Edward Snowden is a hero. Crimes by our government against us

extend even beyond the illegal collection of metadata. We live in a sweeping corporate surveillance state whose capabilities are unrivaled by any totalitarian government of the past.

There are two reasons for a monstrous surveillance state:

1) Total information awareness FOR PROFIT,
2) A surveillance state to crush resistance by those being exploited FOR PROFIT.

Snowden is a national hero, and he has given us perhaps our only chance to end the subversion of our democratic government by criminals.

The Creepy, Long-Standing Practice of Undersea Cable Tapping

What is the NSA really for? (Corporate power and suppression of dissent)

"Clear evidence of collusion between TransCanada and the federal government assisting local police to unlawfully monitor and harass political protestors”

Corporate Espionage and the Secret War Against Citizen Activism

NSA Spying Not Very Focused on Terrorism: Power, Money and Crushing Dissent Are Real Motives Ops

Keiser Report: CIA, NSA & Economic Espionage (E498) (second half with Greg Palast)

Spooky Business: Corporate Espionage Against Non-profits

NSA data could be most useful for connected types on Wall Street.

NSA spied on EU's Anti Trust Chief

2011: Wall Street firms spy on protesters with police in tax-funded center

OUTRAGEOUS: Our Tax Money Funds Gov Surveillance Center In Lower Manhattan--& Wall St Is Part Of It!

NSA's Massive New Spy Center to Track Your Emails, Internet Activity, and Phone Calls

Obama Quietly Signs Abusive Spy Bill He Once Vowed to Eliminate

Obama repeals Magna Carta, asserting powers our forefathers denied to Kings

Obama's Memo on Killing Americans Twists 'Imminent Threat' Like Bush

Obama no better than Bush when it comes to security vs. civil liberties.

Obama Admin Seeks Permission TO LIE In Response To FOI Requests - Even To The COURTS

NDAA on trial: Obama Administration fights ban on indefinite detention of Americans

Obama administration complicit with private prison industry: President Obama's IncarcerNation

Obama, Democrats Push to Make Bush Spying Laws Permanent

NDAA, signed by Obama, is a direct attack against legitimate protest and dissent

NSA Whistleblower: All Americans under constant surveillance, all info. stored, no matter the post
http://www.democraticunderground.com/1002193487; http://www.democraticunderground.com/10021935289

Bipartisan Congress Disgracefully Approves the FISA Warrantless Spying Bill for Five More Years

While Public & Media Focused on 2nd Amendment, 5th Amendment Quietly Dismantled

How the Obama administration justifies extrajudicial killing of Americans,

Judge Says Under Law Executive Branch Can Commit Acts That Sure Do Seem Unconstitutional

Obama Justice Dept. says wiretap lawsuit should not proceed

NDAA Lawsuit- Hedges v. Obama, The Last Thin Line of Defense

Federal authorities step up efforts to license surveillance drones for law enforcement

Big Banks and FBI worked together vs Occupy

FBI Investigated 'Occupy' As Possible 'Domestic Terrorism' Threat, Internal Documents Show

FBI Documents Reveal Secret Nationwide Occupy Monitoring (Updated the OP)

Public Buses Across Country Quietly Adding Microphones to Record Passenger Conversations

Street artist behind satirical NYPD 'Drone' posters arrested

The Obama DOJ urged the Supreme Court's endorsement of strip searches.

Obama Administration Fights to Allow Warrantless GPS Tracking

Anonymous to FBI: hey, dudes, maybe you could take a break from...investigating activists....

Half a billion dollars for drones to spy on Americans

From Bradley Manning to Aaron Swartz -- The Government's Inhumane Persecution of Brave Truth Tellers

The sight of Army helicopters and the sound of gunfire...on Houston's south side

Kiriakou and Stuxnet: the danger of the still-escalating Obama whistleblower war

Can the DEA Hide a Surveillance Camera on Your Property?

Social Media and the Stasi

Homeland Security Wants to More Than Double Its Predator Drone Fleet Inside the US, Despite Safety/Privacy Invasions

CIA Behind Bizarre Censorship Incident At Alleged 9/11 Plotters’ Gitmo Trial

“I Am Wearing My Conviction As A Badge Of Honor.”

Meet the Contractors Turning America's Police Into a Paramilitary Force

How Secrecy Corrodes Democracy

Obama Quietly Issues Ruling Saying It's Legal For The FBI To Break The Law

US Pulls Plug on Iran Cable News (Press TV)

DHS Watchdog OKs 'Suspicionless' Seizure of Electronic Devices Along Border

One Of The NSA's Original Whistleblowers Says The Goal Is 'Total Population Control'

Petition Calls On Obama Stop Intimidation Of Journalists And Whistleblowers

U.S. Plunges in Global Press Freedom Rankings As Obama Wages War on Whistleblowers

Obama Promises, Including Whistleblower Protections, Disappear

President Obama on Whistleblowers: Then and Now -

Obama's unprecedented war on whistleblowers

James Risen: Obama Is 'Greatest Enemy To Press Freedom In A .

An Assault from Obama's Escalating War on Journalism

Obama administration to reveal legal justification for killing Americans

Obama's Memo on Killing Americans Twists 'Imminent Threat' Like Bush

NSA Phone Snooping Cannot Be Challenged in Court, Feds Say ..

Democratic establishment unmasked: prime defenders of NSA bulk collection

NSA can store a billion cell phone calls.

N.S.A. Examines Social Networks of U.S. Citizens (Decision Made In Secret 2010)

PBS Frontline Exposes (Softly) Bush's and Obama's Authorization and Coverup of NSA Spying

Stopping police militarization = confronting corporate politicians (increased under Obama)

Federal grants drive the militarization of police departments

Why Is President Obama Keeping a Journalist in Prison in Yemen

James Clapper Calls Journalists "Criminal Accomplices" -

Rachel Maddow on David Miranda and the White House

Obama Pentagon Employs Bush-Era Propagandists to Screen Embedding Journalists

Obama the Conservative: Little Hope for Change

Obama: After 911, we tortured some folks.

Obama and GOPers Worked Together to Kill Bush Torture Probe

"My Head Exploded When Obama Sanctimoniously Said, 'We Tortured Some Folks'"

Obama Administration: Further Legitimizing Targeted Assassinations by Drones

Washington gets explicit: its 'war on terror' is permanent

President Obama’s Dragnet (New York Times Editorial)

Obama Justice Dept. declines to pursue allegations that CIA spied on Senate Intelligence Committee

Obama DOJ Asks Court to Grant Immunity to George W. Bush For Iraq War

NDAA on trial: Obama Administration DOJ fights ban on indefinite detention of Americans

DEA and DOJ Struck Deal with Mexico's Most Notorious Drug Cartel

Chilling Legal Memo From Obama DOJ Justifies Assassination of US Citizens

DOJ lied to Supreme Court about domestic surveillance

The Obama administration/DOJ war on whistleblowers and federal unions

DOJ Mysteriously Quits Monsanto Antitrust Investigation

Holder/Obama administration seeks to legalize lying in response to Freedom of Information requests.

NSA Phone Spying Cannot Be Challenged in Court, Feds Say ..

The Obama DOJ urged the Supreme Court's endorsement of strip searches for minor traffic stops.

Holder overlooks DEA abuse of spying information, construction of false evidence trails against Americans

DOJ goes all the way to the SC to argue for warrantless GPS tracking on cars

Obama/Holder War on Journalism coming to a head (Risen)

Obama/Holder more hostile to medical marijuana patients than any president in history

Feds seek hard prison time for rural Washington pot growers

Obama DOJ spying on AP reporters, editors re: leaks; other news organizations

Obama/Holder DOJ drags out Tesoro investigation (Refinery Explosion) for 4 years; no criminal charges vs. Big Energy

Obama DOJ drags feet at accountability on Deepwater Horizon

Obama DOJ Allows Bank of America to Deduct $12 Billion of $17 Billion Settlement

Exporting Corruption (Asset Forfeiture), DOJ Looks for Lucrative Overseas Partnerships

Obama/Holder Leak Investigations Outrageous and Unprecedented

The DoJ under Obama/Holder refused to prosecute anyone for torture...but Holder had no problem prosecuting a CIA agent who leaked the name of a torturer

Too Big to Jail: Letting criminal banks and bankers off the hook

Obama Justice Department Sues Telecom for Challenging National Security Letter

Obama DOJ Argues ‘No Constitutional Right Not to Become an Informant’

Operation Choke Point- The DOJ using banks to shut down industries they don't like

Obama/Holder DOJ Looks To Overturn Ruling That Would Apply Fair Sentencing Act Retroactively

How Eric Holder Facilitated the Most Unjust Presidential Pardon in American History

Holder and Obama Dishonesty On Mandatory Minimums, the Drug War and Mass Incarceration

US & NSA Accused of (Holder defends) Criminal Privacy Violations in Dozens of Nations

Obama DOJ defends NSA's Associational Tracking Program; No justification even in Patriot Act

US declares socialists Freedom Road a terrorist organization

ACLU sues as DOJ ignores surveillance transparency law

Obama Justice Department has launched twice as many Espionage Act prosecutions against domestic leakers as all previous administrations combined.

The only official punished by Obama DOJ for the illegal NSA program was the one who discussed it. The same is now true of torture.

DOJ Drone Memo revealed: Government can overrule 4th amendment

Heavy Redactions in DOJ Memo leave doubts on Data Surveillance Program

Justice Department And NSA Memos Proposing Broader Powers For NSA To Collect Data

DOJ's outrageously aggressive prosecution of internet activist, Aaron Swartz

Under Obama DOJ, Bradley Birkenfeld, UBS Whistleblower, Finds Himself in Federal Prison

Obama/Holder DOJ sided with Rove in politically motivated prosecution of fr. AL governor, Don Siegelman,
Then, the person who handled the paperwork, got onto the Supreme Court.

Chilling Legal Memo From Obama DOJ Justifies Assassination of US Citizens

Obama seeks longer PATRIOT Act extension than Republicans (December 2013)

When it comes to civil liberties, apparently Third Way Democrats are just as bad as Republicans.

May 6, 2015

This post by Dragonfli re: debates (and I think ieoeja has been saying it, too...)

is worth repeating across social media, I think.

I would like debates held by the League of Woman Voters, those of us old enough to remember

When that was a thing, also realize that debates can be more than the biased dog and pony show the modern debates have become (some more dog, some more pony and some just show depending on the venue).

I suggest a letter writing campaign suggesting they host a primary debate as soon as all candidates have declared, I would go further, my suggestion is to openly stick a finger in the eye of those in the DNC trying to control the the debate process in favor of the candidate they certainly appear to favor over the others. Also contact the un-anointed to agree as a group to this debate and Ms. Clinton can stand on stage by herself at Debbie's events with DWS throwing her softballs and applauding each non-answer. This would nip this nonsense in the bud (after they blatantly refuse admission to all other primary candidates).

Make this ridiculous and transparent attempt to bend the debates to favor a single candidate work against such attempts.

This would also insure a proper debate structure that may be as substantive as they once were. For those too young to know what I am talking about, debates were once actual debates, and when the LWV held them, they were quite unbiased and would include challenging and pertinent questions.

It is unlikely to happen, but would any here agree with me to try to encourage such a thing?

If so, their contact page is http://lwv.org/content/contact

The address and phone numbers:

1730 M Street NW, Suite 1000,
Washington, DC 20036-4508
Phone: 202-429-1965
Fax: 202-429-0854

We haven't had real debates in this country since the two corporate parties seized control of them during the 1988 election, and they have been steadily tightening control ever since.


In 1988, the League of Women Voters withdrew its sponsorship of the presidential debates after the George H.W. Bush and Michael Dukakis campaigns secretly agreed to a "memorandum of understanding" that would decide which candidates could participate in the debates, which individuals would be panelists (and therefore able to ask questions), and the height of the podiums. The League rejected the demands and released a statement saying that they were withdrawing support for the debates because "the demands of the two campaign organizations would perpetrate a fraud on the American voter."

(more at link)

May 2, 2015

Every tactic the Third Way tries to use, slimes them more.

They really are in a hopeless situation. A Catch-22.

*They can embrace and run on their candidates' predatory, corporate, warmongering, antidemocratic policy agenda. But if they do that, they alienate the 99 percent, who are sick of looting, murderous, predatory corporate exploitation.

*Or they can LIE about and deny their candidates' true agenda, and pretend to be populists. But if they do that, they alienate the 99 percent, who are sick of obvious manipulative lies from corrupt, corporate politicians.

*Or they can focus on trying to slime the opposition, in which case they alienate the 99 percent, who are sick of dirty, diversionary, dishonest politics.

They can't win, because they are corrupt. And now that we have a genuinely honest candidate in the race, their corruption is glaring by contrast. It's good to see the Third Way finally exposed for what they really are.

May 1, 2015

We are constantly lectured to believe that liberal candidates can't win votes.

How do we know it's a lie and a talking point, rather than the truth?


Because Third Way corporate politicians routinely LIE their way through campaigns pretending to be more liberal than they actually are. They mouth empty promises about fighting for a public option or putting on comfortable walking shoes for unions or taking on criminal banks. They *always* pivot leftward in their rhetoric during campaigns in order to win votes, because they know that voters are significantly to the left of the predatory corporate agenda they actually stand for.

Thus, we get the spectacle of Hillary now claiming to care about income inequality, even though she is intimately connected with, overwhelmingly backed and funded by, the predator class that drives obscene inequality in this nation. Claiming to care even while she supports H1B visas that destroy the jobs of Americans. Claiming to give a damn even though she is an author of perhaps the most predatory, antidemocratic "free trade" agreement in this nation's history, that will destroy American jobs, force Americans to compete with Third World workers, and cut the wages of fully NINETY PERCENT of working Americans:

Hillary pushes for increases in H1B visas and outsourcing.

Hillary Clinton's leading role in drafting the TPP

Hillary's TPP will mean a pay cut for 90 percent of American workers.

Hillary Clinton and Trade Deals: That “Giant Sucking Sound”

And thus we get the insulting theater of Hillary now claiming to want to end mass incarceration in this nation, when her entire history and "co-presidency" relentlessly escalated imprisonment of Americans in this country:

The Clinton Dynasty's Horrific Legacy: More Drug War, More Prisons

Corporate politicians lie and manipulate. The corporate MO by definition is to manipulate and advertise to win power and profit, not to represent anybody else. But this nation is SICK of government with a profit motive. We are SICK of the lies and the manipulation and the utter contempt we are shown by those who pretend to represent us.

Corporatists have poured untold dollars into narrowing the debate and propagandizing the public into believing that corporate "solutions" are the only possible solutions. Bernie threatens to shatter all that and speak the truth to the nation: that our system is deeply corrupt, and that vicious predatory corporate policies have been a CHOICE all along.


May 1, 2015

What an absurd OP.

I call this familiar Third Way tactic the attempt to turn elections from civic exercise into vapid social event. To pretend that merely being a "Democrat" makes all candidates alike regardless of their actual record. To detach party loyalty from actual policies and to insist on absurd rules about not criticizing their records, as though they were guests at a party rather than politicians applying for jobs as our representatives.

Just as our political discourse on TV has been perverted into personality gossip rather than a discussion of issues to find the candidate who best represents the interests of the people, we are now lectured on DU that it's not nice to say anything negative about a candidate....as though we were at a cocktail party or a social gathering rather than vetting applicants for a job that will exert power over the lives of millions of human beings.

We have a grave, systemic problem in this country. It is problem of filthy corporate money buying our elections and our political candidates. Hillary Clinton is the poster candidate for this problem. She is intimately tied to Goldman-Sachs and Wall Street, and her record promises more of the corporate looting and dismantling of democracy that have hollowed out the middle class in this nation and turned us from representative democratic nation into an authoritarian oligarchy with secret laws, secret courts, mass surveillance, militarized police, crushing of whistleblowing and dissent, endless war for profit, and systematic exploitation of the 99 percent for the profit of the One Percent.

This suggestion that calling out a predatory corporate record is "bashing," or that saying something negative about a candidate's record is somehow unseemly, as though we were at a social gathering where if you can't say something nice, you shouldn't say anything at all....This is a Third Way tactic to change the rules of politics. To silence strong, well-founded opposition to candidates whose associations and policies are malignant to ordinary Americans.

Hillary's record is that of a Third Way, corporate-purchased politician. It promises more looting and exploitation of the 99 percent, more bloody warmongering for profit, and more defense of an increasingly authoritarian, undemocratic police and surveillance state, where whistleblowers are not safe.

It is the civic duty of American citizens to speak honestly about the monied corruption in our system and to advocate against purchased candidates and for actual representatives of the people. We can't afford four more years of corporate predation.

The Clinton Dynasty's Horrific Legacy: More Drug War, More Prisons

Hillary Clinton's leading role in drafting the TPP

Hillary's TPP will mean a pay cut for 90 percent of American workers.

Hillary pushes for increases in H1B visas and outsourcing.

Hillary Clinton and Trade Deals: That “Giant Sucking Sound”

Hillary Clinton Cheerleads for Biotech and GMOs

Dissecting Hillary Clinton's Neocon Talking Points - Atlantic Interview

NYTimes notices Hillary's natural affinity toward the neocons.

Hillary Clinton, the unrepentant hawk

More from Hillary Clinton's State Department: The fascistic TISA (Trade in Services Agreement)

How Hillary Clinton's State Department sold fracking to the world

Hillary Clinton Sides with NSA over Snowden Disclosures

On the NSA, Hillary Clinton Is Either a Fool or a Liar

Corporate Warfare: Hillary Clinton admits role in Honduran coup aftermath

The Bill and Hillary Clinton Money Machine Taps Corporate Cash

Hillary's Privatization Plan: TISA kept more secret than the TPP

Hillary Clinton criticizes Obama's foreign policy 'failure'; strongly defends Israel

Some of Hillary Clinton's statements on Social Security.


Ring of Fire: Hillary Clinton - The Perfect Republican Candidate

How Americans Need Answers From Hillary Clinton On TPP, KXL, Wall St & More

Hillary Clinton Left Out By Liberal Donor Club

Why Wall Street Loves Hillary

Hillary Clinton: Neocon-lite

Interactive graphic of Hillary Clinton's connections to the Forbes top 400 (Follow link in post)

The Warmongering Record of Hillary Clinton "I urged him to bomb..."

Hillary Clinton criticizes Obama's foreign policy 'failure'; strongly defends Israel

Hillary defends Israel on Gaza carpet bombing

Hillary tacks right of Obama on foreign policy.

Dissecting Hillary Clinton's Neocon Talking Points - Atlantic Interview

NYTimes notices Hillary's natural affinity toward the neocons.

Hillary Clinton, the unrepentant hawk

Hillary Clinton Praises George W. Bush and the Art of Compromise

Hillary Clinton's role in right-wing Honduran coup and aftermath

Hillary Clinton's Horrifying Iraq War Vote Still Matters.

Secret recordings show US military and a Democratic congressman distrusted Hillary Clinton on Libya (lying, manipulating intelligence)

Hillary Clinton Blasts ‘Unfair’ World Reaction Over Gaza, Cites Anti-Semitism As Factor

Obama didn't go as far as Hillary now says she wanted to go in smashing Syria

Hand in Hand With Kissinger: A Review of Hillary Clinton’s Review

Hillary Clinton Serves Us KISSINGER KOOL-AID

MJ - Hillary Clinton Praises a Guy With Lots of Blood on His Hands

April 30, 2015

+10000 A corporate police state has been constructed around us,

aggressively enabled by corporate politicians in both parties.

Republican House passes, and Obama endorses, expansion of surveillance (PCNA)

The Obama administration's escalation of police militarization

Civil liberties disappear in the 2012 Democratic platform.

The National Security State: Cultivating a Culture of Fear and Obedience

The ACLU on Obama and core liberties

Government Surveillance Is Crippling Press Freedoms, Report Shows

NSA Spying Not Very Focused on Terrorism: Power, Money and Crushing Dissent Are Real Motives Ops

April 24, 2015

Republican House passes, and Obama endorses, expansion of surveillance (PCNA)

Remember when we fought off CISPA? Well, they're at it again, and this new bill is an even greater expansion of mass surveillance than before, as well as an assault on the ability of investigative journalists to do their job. In the words of one of the 55 civil liberties groups now expressing outrage, this bill "is little more than a backdoor for general purpose surveillance.”

Worse, the White House is publicly endorsing it.

Even worse, the PCNA is soon to be followed by another assault on privacy, The Cyber Information Sharing Act (CISA).

Civil liberties groups are trying to amass pressure for a presidential veto. Write, call, visit, and demand that this assault be stopped:


House Passes Cybersecurity Bill Despite Privacy Protests

“PCNA would significantly increase the National Security Agency’s (NSA’s) access to personal information, and authorize the federal government to use that information for a myriad of purposes unrelated to cybersecurity,” reads a letter signed earlier this week by 55 civil liberties groups and security experts that includes the American Civil Liberties Union, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Freedom of the Press Foundation, Human Rights Watch and many others.
Specifically, PCNA’s data-sharing privileges let companies give data to government agencies—including the NSA—that might otherwise have violated the Electronic Communications Privacy Act or the Wiretap Act, both of which restrict the sharing of users’ private data with the government. And PCNA doesn’t even restrict the use of that shared information to cybersecurity purposes; its text also allows the information to be used for investigating any potential threat of “bodily harm or death,” opening its application to the surveillance of run-of-the-mill violent crimes like robbery and carjacking.
“I’m very disappointed that the house has passed an information sharing bill that does so much to threaten Americans’ privacy and civil liberties, and no real effort was made to address the problems the bill still had,” says Greene. “The rules committee has excluded amendments that would have resolved privacy concerns…“This is little more than a backdoor for general purpose surveillance.”

In a surprise move yesterday, the White House also publicly backed PCNA and its Senate counterpart, the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act in a statement to press. That’s a reversal of its threat to veto a similar Cybersecurity Information Sharing and Protection Act in 2013 over privacy concerns, a decision that all but killed the earlier attempt at cybersecurity data sharing legislation. Since then, however, a string of high-profile breaches seems to have swayed President Obama’s thinking, from the cybercriminal breaches of Target and health insurer Anthem that spilled millions of users’ data, to the devastating hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment, which the FBI has claimed was perpetrated as an intimidation tactic by the North Korean government to prevent the release of its Kim Jong-un assassination comedy the Interview.

House passes bill allowing corporations to share your data
The issue appears to be the bill's lack of specificity. The PCNA would allow for data to flow between corporations via a government intermediary. Crucially, there are provisions that would allow the government to use these data outside of cyber threats. The civil liberties groups criticize the bill for allowing any data to also be used with the Espionage Act, making it ripe for abuse for things such as surveillance of journalists and their sources. While all this is going on, there's still the very real threat of more large scale attacks on corporations that could expose this very same data to anyone on the internet. The bill is still being finalized as it awaits approval from the Senate.

April 9, 2015

Another Twilight Zone denial from the "deny Hillary's entire record" corporate posting crew.

Notice that the posts about her corporate record extensively reference her actual behavior and record, whereas the denials always take some absurd form of 'Yeah, she worked on the TPP and praised it in speeches, but you can't prove she really meant it!'

This is the degree to which we are treated like absolute blithering idiots, incapable of drawing conclusions from a candidate's lengthy record of policy and associations.

And this is the Orwellian nonsense that passes for advocacy for a corporate candidate these days: Not laying out an impressive record of working for the 99 percent and opposing predatory policies like the TPP and bank bailouts and H1B visas and wars for profit and the surveillance state....but a record of working FOR these things, paired with a belligerent challenge that you can't *prove* she will continue to do all the horrible things her record and associations suggest she will.

It's Twilight Zone level propaganda, beyond insulting to anyone who follows the issues and understands the duty of a candidate to appeal to voters with a record. Hillary has been clear on all the issues detailed in my links, and she has chosen AGAINST the 99 percent on all of them. More importantly, these aren't minor issues. These are serious, serious issues at the heart of the corporate coup of democracy being perpetrated on this nation.

[font color=red]Reject Third Way propaganda. Reject denial and rewriting of history.
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April 5, 2015

We have much more in common with other 99 percenters than we have with the corporate One Percent.

It is corporate MO to divide, as this OP does. Build hatred between groups. But the truth is that we have much more in common with each other than we do with the corporate thieves who are looting and oppressing us all.

Below is the very best post I have read on DU in a while. It is by DUer, F4lconF16, and it exposes the MO of the corporate propaganda machine exactly:

On the contrary: there is a ton of money in that.

They care about racism, sexism, and other forms of bigotry very much. You said as much yourself.

"And by having these serious differences they know they can keep us fighting between left and right while they get what they want on things that do matter to them"

It has been a tactic of the American elite since its very beginning. Our political and economic system is uniquely designed to fracture the working class, to keep us from uniting. It's why laws were passed in the early 1800s forbidding interracial communications--the poor Irish and the slaves were beginning to cause worry. It's why whites and blacks have had their hatreds stoked by their literal and financial masters against one another for the last 200 years. It's why gay marriage isn't legal everywhere yet, despite a majority of people supporting it. It's why women are still discriminated against (though there is a far, far longer history to that than just our political system, and indeed, political systems at all). Our entire political history has been carefully balanced oppression stacked on top of and woven into more carefully balanced oppression. Sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn't. So far it's worked more than it hasn't.

[font size=3]It is absolutely critical to keep us divided amongst ourselves. The elite care more about those issues than you might think, because without them, the people will realize their own power as one. They will become a single working class, rather than blacks and whites, men and women, straight and gay. We are a dangerous mass of humanity that would roll over them like the ocean rolls over a few pebbles.[/font size]

This is why these social issues are just as important as the economic ones, the power struggles. They are utterly critical to maintaining the illusion that there is no true working class, that we are separate, different from one another. The elite care very much about maintaining that illusion.

Enough division. Enough hatred. Enough propaganda.

Red versus Blue is a scam, a tactic to keep us divided and unable to fight back. We are the 99 percent, and we are ALL the victims of the stunningly united corporate government that now rules and exploits us:

Mass spying on Americans? Both parties support it.
Trans-Pacific Job/Wage Killing Secret Agreement? Both parties support it.
TISA corporate overlord agreement? Both parties support it.
Drilling and fracking? Both parties support it.
Wars on medical marijuana instead of corrupt banks? Both parties support it.
Deregulation of the food industry? Both parties support it.
GMO's? Both parties support it.
Mass propaganda aimed at Americans? Both parties support it.
Austerity for the masses? Both parties support it.
Cutting social safety nets? Both parties support it.
Corporatists in the cabinet? Both parties support it.
Bank bailouts? Both parties support it.
Ignoring the trillions stashed overseas? Both parties support it.
Tolling our interstate highways? Both parties support it.
Corporate education policy? Both parties support it. Privatization of the TVA? Both parties support it.
Immunity for telecoms? Both parties support it.
"Looking forward" and letting war criminals off the hook? Both parties support it.
Deciding torturers are patriots? Both parties support it.
Militarized police and assaults on protesters? Both parties support it.
Indefinite detention? Both parties support it.
Drone wars and kill lists? Both parties support it.
Targeting of journalists and whistleblowers? Both parties support it.
Private prisons replacing public prisons? Both parties support it.
Unions? Both parties view them with contempt.
Trillion dollar increase in nuclear weapons. Both parties support it.
New war in Iraq. Both parties support it.
New war in Syria. Both parties support it.
Carpet bombing of captive population in Gaza. Both parties support it.
Selling off swaths of the Gulf of Mexico for drilling? Both parties support it.
Drilling along the Atlantic Coast? Both parties support it.
Arctic drilling for Shell Oil? Both parties support it.

Done here. Seeking out OP's that focus on uniting to solve problems rather than using words like "insurgency" to foment hatred, suspicion, and division among Americans who share this nation and its future.

Reject Third Way propaganda. Reject the Two Minutes Hate and incessant attempts to divide.

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