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These are deliberately manufactured crises, orchestrated by thieves, and standing up to the predators is the only solution.
Posted by woo me with science | Fri Jan 30, 2015, 08:24 AM (3 replies)

And an army of propagandists.

A great deal of our money is now being poured into lying to and manipulating us.

This is the behavior of nations that turn authoritarian and deeply corrupt. Utter contempt for and deliberate manipulation of the citizens these corrupt politicians pretend to represent.

Obama taps "cognitive infiltrator" Cass Sunstein for Committee to create "trust" in NSA:

Salon: Obama confidant’s spine-chilling proposal: Cass Sunstein wants the government to "cognitively infiltrate" anti-government groups

The US government's online campaigns of disinformation, manipulation, and smear.

Snowden: ‘Training Guide’ for GCHQ, NSA Agents Infiltrating and Disrupting Alternative Media Online

The influx of corporate propaganda-spouting posters is blatant and unnatural.

U.S. Repeals Propaganda Ban, Spreads Government-Made News To Americans

The goal of the propaganda assaults across the internet is not to convince anyone of anything.*

The government figured out sockpuppet management but not "persona management."

The Gentleman's Guide To Forum Spies (spooks, feds, etc.)

Seventeen techniques for truth suppression.

Just do some Googling on astroturfing - big organizations have some sophisticated tools.

Posted by woo me with science | Thu Jan 29, 2015, 11:16 PM (2 replies)

Ominous shift in rhetoric, IMO. There's always a greater evil to justify a lesser evil.

Democrats used to stand firm against any cuts to Social Security whatsoever. Now they have explicitly shifted their rhetoric to proclaim that they oppose "privatization." That's a move rightward. That suggests a willingness to entertain cuts that fall short of "privatization."

I consider this a disturbing shift in rhetoric.
Posted by woo me with science | Thu Jan 29, 2015, 12:10 AM (2 replies)

That lesser of evils scam doesn't fly anymore.

Voting for the lesser of evils keeps moving us further into evil. We are now at a point where half of American schoolchildren live in poverty, and a few billionaires own half of the wealth of the planet.

We keep teaching corporate thieves that all they have to do to continue their agenda is play this "lesser of two evils" scam on us. We have taught corporate Democrats that they can enact literally a fascist agenda and still get our votes. We have to unteach them that.

It's our only hope at this point, because we're going down either way.

And no, not gonna argue about this. I have heard the Supreme Court arguments, and I find them to be bullshit. On what planet can we trust that a Third Way predator will protect the Supreme Court, when the current Third Way administration is aggressively dismantling our Bill of Rights and making a mockery of what a "Justice Department" is supposed to be?

It's a tactic of Third Way propaganda to leap ahead and try to argue from the point at which Hillary is already the nominee. I refuse to go there. There is nothing more important right now than STOPPING her or any other corporate predator in a Democrat suit from being shoved down our throats as our party's nominee. Because if the Third Way can do that, they have ensured that the predatory agenda continues no matter who is elected.

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 Democrats are just as bad as Republicans.

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.

Posted by woo me with science | Fri Jan 23, 2015, 11:02 PM (11 replies)

A vicious, malignant betrayal by our president and the Democratic Third Way

that I wrote about when it was happening. Our Third Way president cemented this lying narrative about the budget that until then had been dismissible as merely lying Republican talking points... and he made it BIPARTISAN.

This is the poison of the Third Way. This is why we need to end the corporate infiltration of our party:

Our Poisoned Democratic Message (from 2011)

....We have a much more serious problem than this particular manufactured crisis. Our Democratic President has publicly validated for the American people the Republican framing of our economic problems.

The impact of doing that cannot be overstated.

He stood up there and actually told Americans that cutting spending instead of focusing on jobs first will give us the "solid fiscal situation" we need before we focus on jobs.

It is a vicious and damaging lie for our country. Three hundred economists have weighed in warning this President that he needs to focus on jobs first and not starve the economy even more with spending cuts. But he gets up there and spews Republican talking points about slashing spending first.

For years, Republicans have drummed lies into the heads of the American people about the source of our economic problems and how to fix them. President Obama had from Day One of this Presidency to change the narrative and the national conversation about the economy, in order to build support for Democratic policies that could actually help us.

Instead, he stands up in front of the country to proclaim with the Republicans that now is the time to cut spending, "trim" benefits, and "eat our peas." It does not matter if some believe it is a clever tricky lie, and a "rope-a-dope." Presidents with cheap, tricky rhetoric will never lead a hurting nation in a fundamentally new direction. Cheap tricks do not substitute for desperately needed passion, leadership, and vision.

He had from day one to actually lead. To be a Democrat.

Instead, he has cemented the Republican narrative and made it a "bipartisan" narrative in a way that will not be undone anytime soon.
Posted by woo me with science | Fri Jan 23, 2015, 10:52 PM (2 replies)

No excuse: "More than half of American schoolchildren now live in poverty."

This is the result of the Third Way/Republican Corporate Agenda.

More than half of American schoolchildren now live in poverty.

Nothing is more important than making sure that Hillary Clinton or another Third Way predator in a Democrat suit is not shoved down our throats as the Democratic nominee in 2016.

Enough is enough.
Posted by woo me with science | Fri Jan 23, 2015, 07:36 AM (3 replies)

Yes, it's bullshit. It's B.S. Corporate Theater, a middle finger in the face of every American,

while the Third Way and the Republicans laugh all the way to the bank.

This OP hit a deep nerve, as you can tell by the BOG swarm above working desperately to divert to any topic other than the actual content of the OP.

This corporate Trojan horse presidency is STILL systematically working to shove TPP down our throats and empower corporations to exploit millions more of us. The speech promised unprecedented corporate domination, more bloody war for profit, continued evisceration of our fundamental freedoms...all wrapped up in pretty progressive rhetoric that the president doesn't have to worry about fulfilling, because the DCCC "Accept Doom" midterm strategy worked, and corporate Republicans now have majorities. What a scam. What a perfect example of what corporate government give us: Shiny lies and advertisements designed to mask an agenda that is dismantling democracy itself.

Nothing is more important than exposing Third Way infiltration, predation, and lies in our party. Nothing is more important than making sure that Hillary or another Third Way corporatist in a Democrat suit is not shoved down our throats as the Democratic nominee in 2016.

This country cannot survive four more years of pretty progressive lies wrapped around a real agenda of TPP, endless war for profit, and police state dismantling of our Bill of Rights.
Posted by woo me with science | Fri Jan 23, 2015, 07:16 AM (3 replies)

Next step of the 1% Plan: Make Americans forget what the Obama administration taught us:

That we have united, bipartisan corporate oligarchy now, and our democracy has been stolen from us. That our problem is not merely Republicans, but a deep, pervasive, corporate, monied corruption infesting both parties and all three branches of government. And that we need deep, fundamental change - corporate money and power out of Washington - in order to fix it.

Now that the R's hold the majority, corporate-purchased neoliberal Democrats can again ostentatiously lie to our faces and pretend to support all the policies they insulted Americans for wanting for the past six years, dismissing them as as fringe, extremist, pony dreams.

But make no mistake what the plan really is. The same predatory agenda as before is headed right toward us, orchestrated and approved by both corporate parties: Predatory, antidemocratic, job-strangling "trade" agreements, endless MIC war for profit, police/surveillance state.


All wrapped up in pretty progressive-sounding words that are finally safe for our neoliberal president to say out loud, now that Republicans hold a majority. The DCCC campaign of "Accept Doom" for midterms went exactly as the oligarchy planned.

Neoliberals and neoconservatives are going to shove this "free trade" garbage into every American orifice, laughing all the way to the bank. And they'll use that money siphoned from our pockets to hire more mocking propagandists to lie to us and tell us our democracy is still functional, corporate Democrats have our back, and the chocolate ration will increased yet again if we just support corporate Democrats hard enough.

They want us to forget that we finally saw the truth with our own eyes: that we have United Oligarchy, not gridlocked democracy.

They want us to forget the need for radical, fundamental change to address the deep, systemic, bipartisan corporate corruption of our democracy - the need for corporate money and power out of Washington - and instead sink back into the delusional world of propaganda they have constructed for us, in which our only real problem is that Republicans are in power again...

...and we just have to vote a little harder to get the corporate Democrats back in.

Posted by woo me with science | Wed Jan 21, 2015, 12:20 PM (2 replies)
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