Der Spiegel says what few US outlets are prepared to say:
“Africa is a country. The Taliban rule in Libya. Muslims are terrorists. Immigrants are mostly criminals, Occupy Wall Street protesters are always dirty. And women who claim to have been sexually molested should kindly keep quiet.” Welcome to the wonderful world of the Republican Party. Or rather: to the distorted world of its presidential campaign.
For months it has coiled through the country like a traveling circus, from debate to debate, from scandal to scandal, contesting the mightiest office in the world — and nothing is ever too unfathomable for them… These eight presidential wannabes are happy enough not only to demolish their own reputations but also that of their party, the once worthy party of Abraham Lincoln. They are also ruining the reputation of the United States. They lie, deceive, scuffle and speak every manner of idiocy. And they expose a political, economic, geographic and historical ignorance compared to which George W. Bush sounds like a scholar. Even the party’s boosters are horrified by the spectacle…
Platitudes in lieu of programs: in serious times that demand the smartest, these clowns offer blather that is an insult to the intelligence of all Americans. But as with all freak shows, it would be impossible without a stage, the U.S. media, which has been neutered by the demands of political correctness, and a welcoming audience, a party base that seems to have been lobotomized overnight. Notwithstanding the subterranean depths of the primary process, the press and broadcasters proclaim one clown after the next to be the new frontrunner, in predictable news cycles of forty-five days.
Traveling circus, freak show…that is pretty damned accurate
“After the tear gas, many previously non-violent demonstrators turned much more active, much more militant and in some cases violent in response to the violence they experienced. We saw what looked and felt very much like a war zone over the next three days and in effect we started it. The cop in me had made that decision not to step in and stop it. But as police chief, I should have done precisely that, and I will regret forever that I didn’t do it. What we see now is even the tiniest rural police department dressed out in battle fatigues and Swat uniforms, sometimes driving armored personal vehicles and making every marijuana bust a military operation. It is clearly an abuse of tear gas when it is used against passive demonstrators who are taking part in acts of civil disobedience which are such a rich part of our democracy. Today it is being used indiscriminately and that is really appalling. We should recognize that we are a tool of community in the advancement of public safety and good. Police today have lost sight of their purpose.”—Ex-Seattle police chief, Norm Stamper, discussing with the BBC the 1999 World Trade Organization protests, the militarization of police departments after 9-11, and using teargas on peaceful Occupy protesters (via cultureofresistance)
This just takes the cake and makes a perversion of our system of jurisprudence. There are some additional stories at the website (link at end of story). If you go there, there is an Editorial about this with links to two other articles.
“Parliament said in a statement on its website that it had passed the motion with 38 of 63 votes in favor of a resolution to recognize Palestine “as an independent and sovereign state” based on borders predating the Six Day War of 1967.”—
“If your experience is that your water comes from the tap and that your food comes from the grocery store, then you are going to defend to the death the system that brings those to you because your life depends on them; if your experience is that your water comes from a river and that your food comes from a land base then you will defend those to the death because your life depends on them. So part of the problem is that we have become so dependent upon this system that is killing and exploiting us, it has become almost impossible for us to imagine living outside of it and it’s very difficult physically for us to live outside of it.”—Derrick Jensen (via cultureofresistance)
“After all, politics alone has not put protesters into the streets. The tipping point for so many people is the more constant concern of putting food on the table and providing for a family. Too many in the region wake up with few expectations other than making it through the day, and perhaps the hope that their luck will change. Throughout the region, many young people have a solid education, but closed economies leave them unable to find a job. Entrepreneurs are brimming with ideas, but corruption leaves them unable to profit from them.”—
CAIRO: The arrival of 7 and half tons of tear gas to Egypt’s Suez port created conflict after the responsible officials at the port refused to sign and accept it for fear it would be used to crackeddown on Egyptian protesters.
Local news sites published documents regarding the shipment that shows that the cargo, which arrived in 479 barrels from the United States and was scheduled to be delivered to the ministry of interior.
Oakland Paying Out Extraordinary Police Abuse Settlements
"Although virtually every one of the Bay Area’s 101 cities have paid out amounts often in the hundreds of thousands to low millions, the top payouts, not expectedly, came from the three largest cities. What was unexpected was the breathtaking amount the smallest of the top three paid.
San Jose, the region’s largest city with more than 1 million residents, paid out $8.6 million.
Number two was San Francisco, with 800,000 people. The lodestar city of the Bay Area paid nearly $28 million during the same period.
However it was Oakland, with 400,000 residents, that won first place with more than $57 million in payouts in just the last 10 years.”
What would have been even betters is having the families and kiddies posing with Jesus and machine guns. After all, that would keep Christ in Christmas for all those good family values Christians and Second Amendment gun rights advocates
No words needed. This cat reminds me of my cat Callie who was a sister of the best cat I ever knew - Bogart. Callie was a one-person cat. Bogart thought he was a dog and hung out with my black lab and keeshond/huskey.
“A German citizen from the city of Dortmund filed a complaint against Pope Benedict XVI, saying the head of the Catholic church did not put on his seatbelt while strolling around the city of Freiburg in his “Popemobile” during his visit on Sept. 24-25.”—Pope faces lawsuit in Germany for not wearing seatbelt
The US economy is now almost thrice as big as in the early 1970s – and yet the typical working man finds not a dime of this transformative growth in his pay packet. At an outstanding event in London last week, the Resolution Foundation assembled experts from both sides of the Atlantic to consider the great undeclared class war which has robbed America’s workforce of the fast-growing fruits of their labour for so long. Britons would do well to familiarise themselves with this tale of the 40-year squeeze, because there are chilling signs of something similar getting under way here.
In conquering the economy, America’s rich have made occasional daylight raids – such as the Bush tax cuts, worth 100 times more to the million-a-year brigade than to the great bulk of the workforce. More often Mammon has triumphed by stealth: outsourcing labour, and with it responsibility for terms and conditions; capturing the committees that set bosses’ pay; and darting into every space vacated by the trade unions. The cumulative effects were breathtaking. While the old promise of rising prosperity was being breached for the many, the top 1% quadrupled their disposable income. Back in the 1960s it would have been assumed that such a sustained riot of the rich would incur a revolution. In the event, cheap credit, working wives and occasional targeted tax breaks combined to allow families to eke out a niggardly increase in living standards in most years. But looking ahead, the crumbs of comfort are hard to spot: feminising the workforce is a trick that can’t be pulled twice, and all that easy credit ended up crunched.
During the late 20th century, middle Britain avoided going middle America’s way. Despite inequality, most of our people, most of the time, had never had it so good. Through the 1970s and even the 80s sizable unions helped secure decent rises, at least for those lucky enough to hang on to their jobs. Then in the late 1990s came the minimum wage and Gordon Brown’s tax credits. The importance of these two interventions cannot be overstated: tax credits, in particular, accounted for the lion’s share of the total rise enjoyed by many families from the middle right the way down to the bottom of the pile. But even before the slump, progress was faltering, and there is nothing to restart it in prospect. Last week, the High Pay Commission warned that we were rocketing back towards the inequality of the Oliver Twist era. Meanwhile, official figures revealed that the pay of ordinary folk was sliding – and sliding most for the most ordinary of all.