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bito On January - 17 - 2013

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And yet with globalization, we seem to have developed a strange apprehension about the efficacy of our ability to apply the innovation and hard work necessary to successfully compete in a complex security and economic environment. Further, we have misunderstood interdependence as a weakness rather than recognizing it as a strength. The key to sustaining our competitive edge, at home or on the world stage, is credibility — and credibility is a difficult capital to foster. It cannot be won through intimidation and threat, it cannot be sustained through protectionism or exclusion. Credibility requires engagement, strength, and reliability — imaginatively applied through the national tools of development, diplomacy, and defense.

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Written by bito

Was once a handsome frog until kissed by an ugly corporate princess.----- Like a well honed knife, the internet can be a wonderful and useful tool. It can be used to prepare and serve a delicious meal or it can be used to cause harm. peace

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  1. Kalima says:

    So incredibly sad and infuriating at the same time.

    Michael Brown and Dorian Johnson, the friend who witnessed his shooting

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/michael-brown-and-dorian-johnson-the-friend-who-witnessed-his-shooting/2014/08/31/bb9b47ba-2ee2-11e4-9b98-848790384093_story.html

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    • kesmarn says:

      Kalima, this is the first article I’ve read that examines the life of Dorian Johnson. And you’re right. Sad and infuriating are the words for it.

      Both these kids had potential. And both dreamed of better lives for themselves and their families. But — wow — when you look at the options that were available to them… Well, the bottom line is that there just weren’t that many.

      I realize how obvious it sounds, but this country really has to find ways to use the talents and abilities of young black males. So many that I’ve spoken with are earnest about wanting to make a contribution to the country — but with schools that are failing them and a lack of decent paying jobs, they’re pushed into a corner.

      I’m not surprised that they’re angry. The surprising thing is that they’re not more angry.

      These young men are a national resource that we’re wasting. And it will come back to haunt us.

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      • Kalima says:

        Hello kes.

        If they are judged solely by the colour of their skin, what chance do they have anyway? The people doing the discriminating have to be made to understand that racism and the consequences it brings, is not accepted by the majority of Americans. If that means enacting stronger laws with a threat of arrest and even imprisonment, so be it. The south is still a part of the United States, and as such, have to stop behaving like dinosaurs, and move into the 21st century like everyone else. The problem is that your states and the people who govern them, wield far too much power and create a small and backward country of their own within a country. There should be more laws that apply to every state with no chance of repealing that law. Racism and discrimination leading to the unnecessary suffering and deaths of minorities should be made a punishable crime no matter who is doing it. America has a serious problem that needs to be solved. Couple this with the lack of stronger gun control laws, questionable training for the police, and you have the possibility of thousands of time bombs just waiting to explode.

        I really can’t see another way to stop this vicious circle of violence and humiliation.

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  2. Nirek says:

    Senator Bernie Sanders is working for all Americans , not just for Vermonters. He knows he has a slim to zero chance of winning the election for President, but he wants to bring his message out in the open and have the other candidates debate the issues he cares about. Those would be fair taxes on the corporations and rich, a livable wage as a minimum wage, and much more. Stay tuned to this man, America’s Senator!

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    • kesmarn says:

      God, this is terrifying, KT.

      That’s all I can say. Terrifying.

      I hope he sues this police department for millions.

      I’m beginning to think that’s the only thing that will work. Totally bankrupting them.

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    • Nirek says:

      KT, I watched and listened to that and wonder why the police wanted to take him in? It makes zero sense when he was minding his own business. Where was that ?

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      • Hey Nirek. Here is the link to the article where this video was posted.

        http://www.salon.com/2014/08/29/st_paul_cops_tase_and_arrest_black_man_for_waiting_to_pick_his_kids_up_from_preschool/

        He was basically arrested for being a black man.

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        • kesmarn says:

          Here’s another horror story, KT. Only this one had a much more tragic ending.

          A black man dies of a gunshot wound in the back of a police car. Despite the fact that the man’s hands were cuffed behind his back, the police claim it’s a suicide. That he somehow got a gun into the cruiser and managed to shoot himself in the back with it.

          The only trouble is — the coroner’s report says that the gunshot wound was from a shot to his chest.

          http://www.alternet.org/civil-liberties/autopsy-report-shows-police-officer-lied-about-suspect-committing-suicide-shooting?fb_action_ids=10202462440384488&fb_action_types=og.likes&fb_source=aggregation&fb_aggregation_id=288381481237582

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          • monicaangela says:

            I saw that story on the news Kes. They aren’t even trying to cover it up anymore, they are just making statements and more or less saying it is our word against yours, and 99.9% of the time the courts will decide in our favor. So suck it up, get used to it, relax, and hope you’re not next. :)

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          • How can these criminals seriously expect to get away with this? When I say “criminals,” I’m talking about the cops involved.

            I don’t know if the guy was involved with drugs or not, but there is never any good reason for summary execution. It sounds exactly like this is what it was.

            Is the world going completely insane?

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            • monicaangela says:

              Yes, if you watch the news, read the papers, use the web, you can only draw one conclusion. That conclusion is this: We are in the information age, and what many of us have known for decades, some of us are just being exposed to. Fear is the name of the new game, and through the police department, the government wants all of us to be afraid, not just minority communities. The exposure of police brutality is not having the desired effect. Instead of it causing police departments to re-evaluate and change their tactics, it has caused them to settle in, shake their finger in the face of the public, and state that without a doubt, we can do this and more to any of you and if you are not lucky enough to outwit us, you will be no longer on this earth. Good luck to your family with their civil suit. Even if they win the suit, we will still be on the force, still on the street, and still committing crimes against you whenever we like and there is absolutely nothing you can do about it, after all, when they win that suit you will probably be dead, and no amount of money will be able to bring you back. Have a nice day. Support you local police department.

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  6. kesmarn says:

    A VERY DAMNING AUDIO RECORDING OF MITCH MCCONNELL TOADYING TO THE KOCH BROTHERS AT THEIR ANNUAL DONOR’S CONFERENCE

    Kudos to whoever was brave enough to smuggle some recording equipment in past the massive security they had.

    The audio on this is not good (without headphones), but there’s a “translation” to the right side of the screen.

    Mitch quote of the evening: “These people have to be stopped.”

    That would be us, folks.


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    • kesmarn says:

      Today Robert Reich has a statement on this audio:

      Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell has articulated the most compelling argument for why his party mustn’t take over both houses of Congress in the upcoming midterm elections. McConnell is caught on tape at the Koch brother’s yearly political fest, assuring the assembled billionaires that once they have total control, “we own the budget.” Everyone understood what that meant, as should you: With majorities in both houses, Republicans will be able to pass tax cuts for the super-rich and cut Social Security and Medicare (they’ll need only 51 votes in the Senate, through a process called “reconciliation.”) Obama will veto, but the billionaires will spend a fortune on ads to get the votes of vulnerable Dems, and try to override it. Do you think it’s a realistic possibility?

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      • Nirek says:

        Kes , if this gets passed along and becomes known by all the 99%ers we will keep the Senate and reclaim the House and Obama will have an easier time for his last two years.

        I’m going to pass the youtube clip along to others.

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        • kesmarn says:

          Thanks so much, Nirek. I realize the audio problems may be a bit of a hurdle, but what’s he’s actually saying is so hostile to the interests of most Americans that I think the word needs to be gotten out there.

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    • monicaangela says:

      Even if he does win the primary in Kentucky, the citizens of this nation after this should join forces to prevent him from being re-elected. This is an outrage, and the Koch brothers need to lose their citizenship after they spend time in jail for treason, insurrection, or whatever charge will stick. It is time for this nation to rid itself of people like this who do it appears everything they can for themselves at the expense of the citizens.

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      • kesmarn says:

        Monica and slm, at one point in the audio he’s indulging in some major eye-rolling as he describes how the Dems waste his precious time on “things like raising the minimum wage,extending unemployment and this student loan package.”

        How dare they?

        He never even refers to the President as “the President,” or even by name. It’s always phrases like: “He’s still in the White House…”

        And we’re referred to as “these people.” (Who have a “radical agenda.” Yes, preferring not to be homeless and starving is pretty radical.)

        Total arrogance and yet he’s completely servile to the Kochs. What a worm.

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    • sillylittleme says:

      Thanks Kes, oh they have to be stopped all right. And Mitch will be out of the Senate in a couple of months. They’ll never knew what hit them, since they get the media to tell people their tripe, they probably think they have us all fooled. May the joke be on them!!!

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  7. The Wire creator David Simon on what’s behind the US war on drugs.


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    • sillylittleme says:

      KT, you just figuring this out? LOL!! Unfortunately as MA so eloquently put it below, this has been going on for quite some time and until we clean out the CIA, it will continue. It is how they finance all of that freedom loving sale of illegal armaments to both sides of any given conflict that is apparently in America’s best interest.

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      • slm, whatever gave you the impression that i was “just figuring out,” what’s been going on for the last 4 decades?

        You are attempting to preach to the HEAD of the choir on this. Are you fucking kidding me?

        I know far more about the import and distribution of cocaine in this country than you could even guess at! Especially in Boston!

        I’ve spent the majority of my adult life in the drug world. I would be insulted by your comment, but I can’t be because you know literally nothing about me or my experiences. NOTHING!

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        • sillylittleme says:

          Uncalled for, KT. Sometimes over the top is a two way street.

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          • Uncalled for? You are the one who implied I had no idea of the drug trade in America! Or I had no idea of the government’s hand in this?

            “Over the top is a two way street?” What the hell does that even mean?

            I’ve been in the trenches most of my adult life. How about you?

            I don’t think you even know where the trenches are! I’m pissed because of your original comment to me.

            You ever been homeless? You ever have to forego everything you have worked for or owned to flee for your life? I Have. Because people in the “trade” wanted you dead? I somehow doubt it.

            And you think I just learned about all this madness? Again, are you fucking kidding me?

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            • monicaangela says:

              I understand your frustration KT. You have to realize that everyone does not know your story. I have only had an opportunity through comments you have made to try to piece some of it together. I know you have a wide range of knowledge in this area, and I hope some day soon you will share that knowledge with all of us here, and the rest of the world. Write that book, write a few articles here if you feel as though it would be helpful, we need the information you have welling up from deep inside you. Not only would it help us to understand, but I also believe it would be good therapy for you. Just a suggestion from someone who truly cares, and can’t wait for you to express yourself more fully.

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    • monicaangela says:

      Excellent video KT, yes, the government has been involved in systematically wreaking havoc in the African American community, Latino communities, and poor white communities all over this country. Their efforts have wreaked havoc on middle class and upper middle class Americans as well. Case in point:


      Our government is not what we believe it is. Time to Wake up America.


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      • Oh, I have little doubt that the CIA was behind some major drug smuggling in the U.S.. They allowed the Contras, in the 80s, to smuggle billions of dollars worth of cocaine into the United States, so the Contras could use this drug money to fight the Sandinistas in Nicaragua. Of course, the usual suspects in DC knew all about this and said nothing.

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        • monicaangela says:

          Exactly, and the first guinea pigs for this project were as usual, the minority communities whose lives evidently have no value. I guess they didn’t realize this horrible action would destroy families throughout the nation, not just in minority communities, but in every community in the nation. Just imagine how many lives have been ruined, wasted, ended because of this horrible action visited upon us by the leaders of our government.

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    • kesmarn says:

      KT, I hadn’t even heard of David Simon until a few weeks ago, but now that I have I’m so impressed with him!

      This is a terrific video.

      “We’ve created inner city neighborhoods where the only viable employer is the drug corner…which is always hiring.”

      “Jury nullification is going to be the end of the ‘war on drugs.’”

      “If there’s cash involved, you can always count on the Libertarians and the Conservatives to be there.” (Re: the idea of middle class white entrepreneurs making money on selling drugs.)

      “There is no ‘pure’ capitalism. I’m astounded by the juvenility of [believing there is].”

      “If too many of us believe that democracy is too much about liberty and not about responsibility then totalitarianism and wealth will eventually win.”

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      • My pleasure Homie! I’m very glad that you watched this video. I too am very impressed with Simon.

        He worked as a reporter for the Baltimore Sun, for over twelve years. He’s seen it all when it comes to the failures and problems inherent in our police departments, our public education institutions, the legal systems, and political machinations.

        Mr. Simon spent a full year with the Baltimore police departments Homicide squad. He went along on many, many homicide investigations.

        He is so right about how the war on drugs has created a vicious cycle of inner city violence, continued poverty and inhumane treatment of our “throw away citizenry.”

        I respect his views very much. How he identifies the massive problems created by Capitalism that exists without any social morality at all, yet he is honest enough to realize that Capitalism is about the best economic system man has devised so far. He comes to the wonderful conclusion that Capitalism alone, without any sort of social compact is a dangerous thing indeed.

        I’ve been saying for years now that unregulated Capitalism is merely jungle law, in the guise of civility. As Mr. Simon so well points out, Capitalism must coexist with social responsibility. If not, we are in for a very rude future. A future that already exists for far too many American citizens trapped in this vicious circle.

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  8. monicaangela says:

    Color of Change has started a petition to ask the government to begin to take steps in making change regarding policing in the U.S. the petition is connected to the Michael Brown case. If you are in agreement, please sign the petition.

    Enough is enough. Please join us in calling on federal and city officials to rigorously investigate, prosecute, and fire all officers involved.

    Here’s the letter we’ll send to US Department of Justice and local Ferguson law enforcement officials. You can add a personal comment using the box provided.

    Dear US Attorney General Eric Holder, MO Attorney General Chris Koster, and Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson,

    I write demanding full accountability for the police killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown. On August 9th, 2014 a Ferguson police officer racially profiled and fatally shot Michael as the teen stood in the street with his hands in the air. Police subsequently failed to properly notify the family of Michael’s death and callously left the young man lying deceased in the street for hours.

    This type of brutal and racially-motivated police violence has no place in law enforcement. Every day, Black residents of Ferguson and Missouri face possible abuse and death at the hands of an officer due to discriminatory policing tactics based on dehumanizing racial stereotypes. In order to secure the necessary justice for Michael’s family and prevent this type of indefensible violence in the future, you must take immediate action.

    Please exercise your authority to complete a rigorous investigation of the Ferguson Police Department’s racially discriminatory policing, prosecute said officers to the fullest extent of the law, and begin the firing process for all involved officers

    Sincerely,

    [Your Name]

    Find the petition here: http://act.colorofchange.org/sign/mike_brown/?source=coc_website

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    PLANETPOV UPDATE:

    Misterbadexample’s article on Palestinians and Israelis was mistakenly published prematurely and has been “unpublished” so it can be completed. All comments that were made will reappear with the article when it is re-published.

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  10. AdLib says:

    I have a feeling you won’t find this article in the NRA Newsletter:

    Shooting instructor dies after girl accidentally shoots him in the head with an Uzi

    Mohave County Sheriff Jim McCabe told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that the girl had safely fired the gun many times when it was set in the “single-shot” mode. But then the gun was put into fully automatic mode, and that’s when it recoiled and fired off multiple rounds. The girl lost control of the gun as it went above her head, and she shot Vaca.

    “The guy just dropped,” McCabe told Review-Journal.

    The girl was vacationing with her parents, from New Jersey, and was visiting Last Stop Arizona, where the Burgers and Bullets shooting range is located, the Review-Journal reported.

    The shooting range’s Web site says the minimum age for the “ground adventure” is 8, and children ages 8 to 17 “must be accompanied by parent or legal guardian at all times.”

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2014/08/26/shooting-instructor-dies-after-girl-accidentally-shoots-him-in-the-head-with-an-uzi/

    Well, at least he died for a good cause, teaching a 9 year old girl how to fire an uzi? I mean, what could go wrong?

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    • sillylittleme says:

      How unAmerican. Why did they use an Israeli weapon? Just kidding. She just did what I have wanted to do for years. Get an Uzi and start taking out the bad guys. One down and too many to go…

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    • Such incredible stupidity. I feel so bad for the little girl. Can you imagine the trauma that this is causing her? Yeah, I feel slightly less bad for the instructor and the morons he worked for.

      And what the fuck where the parents of this child thinking? Oh the stupidity!

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      • Nirek says:

        That incident was one of the saddest I have heard about.
        The poor little girl will have to live with this on her mind. She will have a hard time getting past it. My heart breaks for her and the families of both her and the man.

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  11. Oliver does it again! :lol:


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  12. Kalima says:

    The more you dig, the more the dirt pile grows.

    —-

    Darren Wilson’s first job was on a troubled police force disbanded by authorities

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/darren-wilsons-first-job-was-on-a-troubled-police-force-disbanded-by-authorities/2014/08/23/1ac796f0-2a45-11e4-8593-da634b334390_story.html

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    • monicaangela says:

      Wow, what can I say. This officer appears to have been an explosive device just waiting to go off. Tragic life, recently divorced, and still policing in a neighborhood like Ferguson after coming from a disbanded police department in Jennings. A disaster just waiting to happen and it did. Sad, this nation needs to police the police much better than it is at the present time. Something needs to be done and PDQ.

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      • Kalima says:

        Yes, monicaangela, something needs to be done. The scariest about this story is how many more Wilsons are out there all over America waiting to explode, or already have and are being covered up by the departments. That much anger should never carry a gun or interact with minority communities. Ever.

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  13. Nirek says:

    On a lighter subject, my son AKA Nirek Junior (not his real name, I would never have named him Junior) has completed a “tough mudder” near Portland Maine.
    Needless to say, I’m very proud of him! Ten miles with obstacles and plenty of mud.

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