I remarked to a coworker the other day about the tragic death of Sandra Bland. She agreed but hastened to add, “That is why I try to stay away from watching the news as much as possible.”
Before I had time to re-raise my jaw, she launched into an analysis of an impending work project, clearly closing the door to further discussion. Read more about Why Do So Many US Citizens Enable Our Police State?
Parody of “Every Breath You Take” by The Police (Could it get more ironic?)
Every Breath We Take
(In memory of Eric Garner)
With every breath we take at every move you make,
every bod you break, every life you take,
we’ll be watching you.
All the blood you spill, every wanton kill,
every kid you grill, every cage you fill,
we’ll be watching you. Read more about Occupy Police!
Patrick Martin in “Bernie Sanders to seek Democratic presidential nomination” takes a much needed CLOSE look at the history and realpolitik behind Bernie Sanders.
In the kabuki that is America’s corporate-captured political establishment’s and corporate media’s greased slide to fascism, US Senator Bernard Sanders of Vermont has stepped onto the stage to do his bit for the continued confusion and manipulation of us, the bewildered and fleeced herd of citizenry. Read more about Time to Play Lucy and the Football with Sanders, Progressives?
Fred Reed in “Cometh the Censor” has some grave predictions about eventual and total internet censorship:
I see with no surprise that Washington is stepping up its campaign to censor the internet. It had to come, and will succeed. It will put paid forever to America’s flirtation with freedom.
The country was never really a democracy, meaning a polity in which final power rested with the people. The voters have always been too remote from the levers of power to have much influence.
Andre Damon in “Obama’s ‘pro-middle class’ budget: Cut corporate taxes, raise military spending, slash Medicare” calls out Obama’s supposed populist, legacy-saving, proposed fiscal budget for 2016 and the NYT’s propagandizing of it as an “unfettered case for spreading the wealth.”
More Obama and corporate media bullshit. What else is new?
Monday’s predicted blizzard for NYC caused me more than a little cognitive dissonance over the state/city executive decision to shut down the subway system from between 11pm and 8am. It interfered with my own transportation needs for getting to and from work so I opted to lose a night’s pay in a work situation that was thankfully reasonable enough to grant me that. (Not generous enough to compensate me for such a formidable transportation challenge, mind you.) Read more about Why Subway Shutdown on NYC Supposed Blizzard Nite?
The January 7th terror attack in Paris has been the justification for French President Hollande to deploy 10,000 troops and thousands of police officers for furthering state control over all of the French citizenry.
French and empathetic global citizens are justifiably and sincerely outraged by the tragedy. However, imperialism- and fascism-bent patriarchal leaders are eager to exploit the collective outflow of concern to Orwellianly craven and cynical advantage in their erosion of democratic and socially responsible principles in their respective countries and targeted others. Read more about Paris Terror Attack like 9/11 Useful for 'New World Order'
Mychal Denzel Smith in "No Indictment for Darren Wilson, No Justice for Black Lives":
Protesters in Ferguson should not be calm, as they have been admonished by everyone from the president on down. Michael Brown doesn’t need calm. Black boys and girls who grow up in America need their lives to be respected. They need justice.
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Brian J. Foley in “Dissident Thoughts Upon Learning of the ‘Latte Salute’ Scandal” writes:
Obama-haters are hopping mad that Obama saluted troops while holding a cup of café latte in his saluting hand.
Obama supporters (saluters?) and others who just like pointing out hypocrisy have responded by showing that George W. Bush was equally guilty, because he once saluted troops … while holding a dog.
“In spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart. I simply can’t build up my hopes on a foundation consisting of confusion, misery, and death. I see the world gradually being turned into a wilderness, I hear the ever approaching thunder, which will destroy us too, I can feel the sufferings of millions and yet, if I look up into the heavens, I think that it will all come right, that this cruelty too will end, and that peace and tranquility will return again.” ― Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl
So, let us of the global 99% watch the war of the Olympic-god-like oligarchs and their pimped out Western AND Eastern political leaders devastate more and more of our collective welfare in the Ukraine, Europe, Russia, here. Let us note the colossal devastation done and still being done in the Middle East, Africa, etc. Read more about Ukraine: Propaganda Hides Imperialist Rape/Fascist Violence
What constitutes commitment of a citizen to a nation? Let’s say this particular United States nation.
Blind or myopic or passionate loyalty? Indifference to, numbness of or a profound lack of curiosity in whatever is going on with our tax dollars in the powerful hands of our elected representatives and their networks? Read more about Ukraine Regime Change-Faster Than A Speeding (Sniper) Bullet