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Tom Engelhardt: Demon Drones & War Without Borders, Conscience, Law, Effort or Courage

They don't get hungry. They are not afraid. They don't forget their orders. They don't care if the guy next to them has been shot. Will they do a better job than humans? Yes.

(They also don’t commit suicide, desert, suffer PTSD, become conscientious objectors, protest, talk to Rolling Stone or send embarrassing videos to Wikileaks!)

The above non-parenthetical remarks were made by Gordon Johnson of the Pentagon Joint Forces Command bragging about America’s efficient, stealthy and deadly “wonder weapon”, the drone. I came across a troubling and enlightening article about drones by Tom Engelhardt. Engelhardt observes: Read below the fold...

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Why the Fiscal Commission Does Not Serve the American People



James K. Galbraith

Cross-posted from New Deal 2.0.

President Obama and his economic team face a daunting challenge: how to deliver economic growth they know can only come from deficit spending, while deferring into the future the "fiscal consolidation" which is being pressed on them by practically everyone, from Peter G. Peterson to Angela Merkel. Read below the fold...

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Oil Fail: My Little Experiment...

I have this bucket that I fill with water for hand watering small fruits and other things in my yard. Tuesday, I still had a gallon or two of water in it when I was done. I just left it in there. Thursday, I came home, and was getting ready to re-fill it, when I noticed the rainbow sheen of oil.

I dumped out the water, cleaned it out with dish detergent, rinsed it thoroughly, re-filled it, did my watering, and purposefully re-filled it with a couple of gallons of fresh water. Last night, I made sure there was no oily sheen there. Read below the fold...

Comment of the Day


Over at DU, no less (assessing Arne Duncan's education deform):

zenprole (142 posts)

Response to Original message

41. Back To Basics

A friend has a Lehman Brothers document from the mid-1990's discussing the opportunities in getting into the education "market" and relieving the public of all that cash. Matt Taibbi's priceless quote about business jamming its "blood funnel into anything that smells like money" always applies, but there's more.

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Off shore drilling, business as usual


Obama officials still approving flawed Gulf drilling plan

The Department of Interior's Minerals Management Service has signed off on at least five new offshore drilling projects since June 2, when the agency's acting director announced tougher safety regulations for drilling in the Gulf, a McClatchy review of public records has discovered.

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Definitely Hoover


In early December, I asked whether President Obama would choose to be more like Hoover, or more like FDR. Well, I guess it's definitely Hoover. Read below the fold...

Obama-Drones Transforming al Qaeda from an Organization to a "Mid-East Mentality"

It's a three-way tie, the "Captains of the Titanic" award for 2010: BP CEO Tony Hayward, Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu, and President Barack Obama. I intend to focus on the third, this round, but let me just vent in general for a sec.

It's been a hell of a month -- a hell of a week -- for what Rachel Maddow calls our "ethical freak show of a universe." Avarice, violence, amorality are destroying person-kind as well as our fellow non-human creatures, as well as our environment. We lack global leaders right now who can take responsibility – the ability to respond – to the profound crises of our time. Is there a bigger word for crises? Disasters? Calamities?

Just when we think circumstances can't get any more dire, they do. Read below the fold...

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Another engineer suggests inserting something inflatable into the leak to stop it up.

This time, it's an engineering professor recommending using tires - put in uninflated tires into the gushing well and then inflate them to shut off the flow.

A similar idea is suggested during this discussion also.

When are we as a country going to get serious about this and bring in some of these experts and people with ideas? Clearly, BP is not serious and has run out of ideas.

Update: "...if they’re being criminally investigated then why are we allowing them to do it? If we got a bunch of criminals doing it then why are we allowing them to do it?" Read below the fold...

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I've Got One Word For Ya'... BP... Okay, Maybe More Than One Word...

It is officially day 44 of the ongoing Gulf Oil Spill disaster. Day freakin’ 44. And the news only seems to get worse.


First off, I don’t know ‘bout you, but I must say I sure wasn’t too awfully excited today at the news that the Department of Justice is opening a criminal inquiry into the Gulf Oil Spill. I did however, get just a little chuckle thinkin’ that the folks at BP, Transocean, and Halliburton must all be busier than a one-eyed man at a burlesque show tryin’ to figure out how to wiggle out of that investigation. Read below the fold...

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Opposing the American Death Panel


Nancy Altman and Eric Kingson Co-Directors of Social Security Works have written an article called “Has Obama created a Social Security 'death panel'? In the article they raise questions about the composition, process, and intentions of the President's National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform and say:

”We write to raise questions and encourage press inquiry now, before the commission reports, at which point its recommendations could be on track and moving fast.”

And the questions they raise include:

”Q. Have the members of the Commission made up their minds, at least with respect to the broad outlines, making the whole exercise simply an effort by elected officials to escape political accountability?
Q. Why is the Commission apparently working so closely with billionaire Peter G. Peterson, who served in the Nixon administration and who has a clear ideological agenda?” Read below the fold...

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Why Don't I Care Anymore?

It used to be so much fun to bash the rightwing crazies like Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Michelle Bachmann and Ron Paul. I used to love it when Keith Olbermann would fulminate in righteous rage over the latest horrors coming from "Mr. Bush." I used to laugh my butt off when Rachel Maddow would make fun of wingnuts, and when Al Franken would play "Bill O'Reilly: Lying or Stupid?"

But now, when I hear the latest outrage over Rand Paul or Sarah Palin or the Tea Party or some other alleged threat to the very fabric of our country, I just feel uncomfortable and slightly queasy. Why? Why don't I care anymore? Read below the fold...

Obama -- Killing Us Softly With His Words ...

Martin Luther King never in a million years would have made a joke such as the one Obama did at the recent WH Correspondents' Dinner. It was about drones. Martin Luther King had respect for humanity. As I see it, President Obama not only hasn't redirected America from the slippery slope of amorality, he apparently has brought his sled. Read below the fold...

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The CBO Is A Propaganda Mill

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Just when you thought it could not get any worse


British Petroleum and government disaster-relief agencies are using a toxic chemical (Corexit 9500) to disperse oil in the Gulf of Mexico, even though a better alternative appears to be available.

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