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Dem Mayor de Blasio’s ‘Landslide’ [16% NYers] ... Meh

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So last Tuesday a FEW of us (relatively speaking -- 24%) in NYC went to the polls to vote. (I went to vote for the Green candidates.)

It was an off-year election including for mayor and mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio of the Democratic Party with a 50 point lead was a sure thing.

He actually won by only 16% of the entire NY voting population according to Bill Van Auken in “The Democratic victory in New York and the crisis of liberalism”. Read below the fold...

Australian David Hicks: Survivor of Gitmo’s Sadistic Abuse

Richard Phillips in “David Hicks seeks to overturn Guantánamo “terrorism” conviction” reveals that former Guantanamo Bay prisoner Australian citizen David Hicks has lodged an appeal with the US Court of Military Commission Review to overturn his 2007 conviction of “providing support for terrorism.” It is expected that the commission will NOT quash Hicks’ conviction. His American lawyer from the Center for Constitutional Rights will then appeal the case to the US federal district court. Read below the fold...

Sen. Dianne Feinstein vs. Snowden & American Citizenry

Norman Solomon in “Big Brother’s Loyal Sister: How Dianne Feinstein Is Betraying Civil Liberties” does a good job calling out the betrayal of Senator Dianne Feinstein regarding NSA civil liberties criminality. 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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Food Stamp Families to Lose 16 Meals a Month

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program a/k/a “SNAP” a/k/a “food stamps” is about to be DRASTICALLY slashed on November 1st.

I wonder how our President and our Congress members can look themselves in the mirror each day.

Seriously.

Our media spokespeople don’t like to concern themselves with poverty and hunger, either, which enables the callousness of the politicians. Talk of poverty, of hunger, bums out their viewers and makes their corporate sponsors uneasy. Read below the fold...

Military Pundits Cover Up Conflicts of Interest Re Syria

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Democracy Now addresses a new report issued by the Public Accountability Initiative entitled "Conflicts of Interest in the Syria Debate" which identified 22 commentators from the U.S. military establishment who had immediate economic ties to military contractors as they were pitching the case for U.S. strikes on Syria on tv networks without disclosing their conflicts of interest.

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Obamacare like Cotton Candy - Prettily Spun/Little Substance

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Elliot Sperber in “The Surprise Party” suggests renaming the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) as the “Private Insurance Industry and Health Care Profiteers Protection Act” or “Set Back Genuine Health Care Reform for Another Generation Act.” Read below the fold...

Screw Headstart! House/Senate Gyms Stay Open During Shutdown!

Vulture Fest of Consultants in Detroit! WTF?

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James Brewer in “Millions in consultancy fees paid out by Detroit emergency manager” writes:

As part of the bankruptcy of Detroit, Michigan, consultants’ fees paid out by Detroit’s Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr have skyrocketed to over $62 million, according to a recent report. Since the contracts were signed only months ago, fees have increased by as much as $45 million over original estimates.

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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...

Wrong-Side-of-History Obama’s UN Speech: 10 Issues

Obama’s speech to the UN on Tuesday was slick and creepy -- dangerously threatening at times, especially its rejection of any serious commitment to the basic UN charter, and hypocritically jingoistic at other times, particularly in rationalizing “military humanitarian intervention” and conflating US imperialism with benignly “stabilizing the globe.” Read below the fold...

US Prez/Media Play Us Americans As World's Lynch Mob

I just read an illuminating article by David North entitled “US imperialism and the proxy war in Syria.” North addresses the reality that once again an overwhelming amount of pro-war propaganda is flooding out at us from the mainstream corporate media, broadcast and newspaper. Read below the fold...

Jesus vs. Obama

In his book, People of the Lie, Scott Peck maintains that the best way for us human beings to fight evil in our world is “to keep a gentle place of shelter for Jesus in our hearts.”

Jesus promoted love. Peace. Empathy. Good faith.

I resent when the pro-war corporate media labels us American citizens “war-weary.” As if we are and were okay with war but since there have been so many only NOW are we reluctant to have our country go to war. Read below the fold...

Israel Hearts Saudi Arabia!!!?!


Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya in “An Israeli-Saudi-US conspiracy? Saudi Arabia’s 'Chemical Bandar' Behind the Syrian Chemical Attacks?” writes:

Nothing the US claims about what happened in Syria adds up. We are being asked to believe an illogical story, when it is much more likely that it was Israel and Saudi Arabia who enabled the Obama Administration to threaten Syria with war.

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10 Compelling Realpolitik Assessments of Syrian Scenario

1) Kevin Carson

In short, the United States simply does not give a rip about Saddam, Assad, or anyone else using chemical weapons or committing war crimes of any kind. The US routinely supports regimes that engage in war crimes — and then publicly condemns them for war crimes only when they stop taking orders from Washington or otherwise become a liability. War crimes by official enemies are just a propaganda point for selling wars to the public.

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