12/26/2007

Please ignore all the dead people...

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Is there anything left that we as people can still do right? It seems we have the tendency to care more about "Christmas shopping" (do think about these words, really... imagine Christ as a bargain hunter) than for those close to us, dying from war, poverty, disease, slavery, water scarcity and other useless reasons. Merry Christmas (seems Christ was merry too, must be cuz he was being tortured to death)! It seems we as people are looking for fun, dance, romance and luxury on a mass grave of injustice and inequality when we don't even have the basic capabilities to be 'civil' in any real sense of the word.

12/25/2007

Gifts and wishes for a better new year



This one is dedicated to the self-acclaimed peoplepleasers that are politicians and corporations. How about giving the people what they really need in 2008? How about giving water to Africa instead of selling Coca-Cola in the West? How about helping the people make a real change in the new year? How about spending trillions on renewable energy and removing all the weapons of the world? How about we stop buying the life we don't need and start giving what life needs from us? It's so hard to find our way....

12/11/2007

Justice, equality,...what??



Alrighty, was I in total shock and awe to see justice, egality and civil rights as Bush sees them. Warning: I was breathless after only 55 seconds. I have read of many crazy and stupid things but "Bush-legislation" really beats the bunch.

...the administration has politicized the Justice Department in an effort to expand its own power(You don't say?!)

...but since Bush took office the administration has turned the Civil Rights Division against the very people it was designed to protect.... turning pro-African American court cases into cases against dicrimination of whites and christians(go figure!)
Damn it, I'm already sick, again.

12/08/2007

CIA destroys torture-tapes, Perino pulls a Roberto Gonzales



Dana Perino pulls another White House Press Secretary classic: not commenting on an ongoing investigation. Usually a story like this continues to go uncommented, until we've passed the quiet ending of the investigation with no results whatsoever. Then, Dana's excuse will change from not commenting on ongoing investigations to not commenting on matters that have been 'fully investigated and spit out' by whatever committee they put in place themselves. From the CIA to the Congress to the White House, mostly nothing but stupid white men and women it seems...

Bush decides what is legal and constitutional, the smoking gun



The good news: we know now the 'opinions' under which the Bush administration has been 'administrating' for the last seven years. The bad news: the 'opinions' under which the Bush administration has been 'administrating' for the last seven years.... an excerpt

  1. An executive order cannot limit a President. There is no constitutional requirement for a President to issue a new executive order whenever he wishes to depart from the terms of a previous executive order. Rather than violate an executive order, the President has instead modified or waived it
  2. .
  3. The President, exercising his constitutional authority under Article II, can determine whether an action is a lawful exercise of the President's authority under Article II.

  4. The Department of Justice is bound by the President's legal determinations.

12/02/2007

US kills innocent people: Dana Perino vs Helen Thomas



A lovely interaction between Press Secretary Perino and journalist/author/watchdog of democracy Helen Thomas. The entire transcript is too good to miss. Dana Perino managed to admit the US kills innocent people right after she denied it and denounced Helen for it.

Helen Thomas: No troops out from Iraq on his watch. I know. I’m talking about all troops.

Dana Perino: Well, 5700 troops will be home by the end of the year so that is some troops coming home. The President said the troop levels are going to be made by the commanders on the ground and we are going to have to talk about return on success.

Helen Thomas: Why should it be? Why don’t the American people have a say?

Dana Perino: The American people have had a say. They elected a President who is their commander in chief and is making decisions based on what his commanders on the ground are telling him.

Helen Thomas: Do you think that was the vote from the American people?

Dana Perino: They elected a commander in chief and the President is bringing home 5700 troops based on the recommendations of his commanders on the ground and based on return on success. Hopefully in the future we can bring home more but it’s going to depend on what Gen Petraeus reports and remember he will come back in March.

Helen Thomas: Why should we depend on him?

Dana Perino: Because he is the commander on the ground, Helen. He’s the one who is making sure that the situation is moving -

Helen Thomas: You mean how many more people we kill?

Dana Perino: Helen, I find it really unfortunate that you use your front row position bestowed upon you by your colleagues to make such statements. This is. It is an honor and a privilege to be in the briefing room, and to suggest that we, at the United States, are killing innocent people is just absurd and very offensive.

Helen Thomas: Do you know how many we have since the start of this war?

Dana Perino: How many… We are going after the enemy, Helen. To the extent that any innocent Iraqis have been killed, we have expressed regret for it.

Helen Thomas: Oh, regret. It doesn’t bring back a life.

11/20/2007

Writers go on strike, no Daily Show but still plenty of online freebies



Another intelligent man takes the stand to simplify the complex issues of copyright. Yes, Viacom may sue Youtube for sharing its content for free. But then again, without Youtube Viacom would have never gotten the free 'publicity' either. Then again Youtube exists almost entirely thanks to the ordinary people who post their own-made content and that on its turn is one of the bigger inspirations of Viacoms writers..... Can't we all just get along? Ofcourse not.

11/18/2007

The people rise up against the FCC and media consolidation



These are clearly not the same Americans that have re-elected Bush in '04. Where did they get these people? Have the Chinese been secretly training the Americans to rise up against the political and commercial powers that be? This video gave me back my trust in mankind, but then again, this handful of people may also be the last resort of sanity in the nation.

09/18/2007

American "democracy" in action... the jokes are writing themselves

In Florida, a student got tasered for asking Senator Kerry questions.

Okay... this is breathtaking. Here's the problem with American "democracy" as the police see it: well-prepared students with tough questions for politicians... and a mic!

Stop harrassing students and go fetch some more senators in suspicious airport bathrooms, is what I'm thinking. Go catch some real criminals your own size, the military seems like it could use you "policemen" in Iraq. Go find Osama, mkay?

08/20/2007

Poverty, what's the problem? The bottom billion...



Welcome to Newsweek, welcome to the other America, welcome to the part that doesn't uphold the fake belief that poor people are simply not willing and greedy enough to make the money for a long and healthy life, welcome to the befamed and "extreme" left, where people actually say sensible things about topics that matter instead of making lunatic statements about topics we shouldn't even care to bring up.

07/24/2007

George Carlin and vested interests, the real owners of the world

They say we need more money for education. That's the big answer to everything, education. They say we need more money for books, more teachers, more classrooms, more schools, and more testing for the kids, and they'll say, well we tried all of that, and the kids still can't pass the tests. Don't worry about that, because we're going to lower the passing grades, and that's what they do in a lot of these schools. They lower the passing grades so more kids can pass - more kids pass, the school looks goods, and the IQ of the country slips another 2 or 3 points. And pretty soon all you'll need to get into college is a pencil. Got a pencil? Then get in there, it's physics!

Then people wonder why 17 other countries graduate more scientist than we do. Education - politicians use that word, they use it on you. Politicians have traditionally hidden behind 3 things: the flag, the bible, and children - no child left behind, no child left behind. Oh, really it wasn't too long ago you were talking about giving children a head start. Head start - left behind, someone's losing ground here, but there's a reason. There's a reason for this. There's a reason education sucks, and it's the same reason it'll never ever be fixed - it's never going to get any better, don't look for it, be happy with what you got, because the owners of this country don't want that. I'm talking about the real owners now. The wealthy big business interests that controls things, and makes all the important decisions.

Forget the politicians, they're irrelevant. The politicians are put there to give you the idea you have freedom of choice - you don't. You have no choice. You have owners. They own you. They own everything. They own all the important land. They own, and control the corporations. They've long since bought, and payed for the senate, the congress, the state houses, the city halls, they got the judges in their back pockets, and they own all the big media, so they control just about all the information you get. They got you by the balls. They spend billions of dollars every year lobbying - lobbying, to get what they want.

Well we know what they want. They want more for themselves, and less for everybody else, but I'll tell you what they don't want - they don't want a population of citizens capable of critical thinking. They don't want well informed, well educated people capable of critical thinking. They're not interested in that - that doesn't help them. That's against their interests. That's right. They don't want people that are smart enough to sit around a kitchen table, and think about how badly they're getting screwed by a system that threw them overboard 30 fucking years ago. They don't want that. You know what they want? Obedient workers - Obedient workers, people who are just smart enough to run the machines, and do that paper work. And just dumb enough to passively accept all these increasingly shittier jobs with the lower pay, the longer hours, the reduced benefits, the end of overtime, and vanishing pension that disappear the minute you go to collect it, and now they're coming for your social security money. They want your retirement money. They want it back so they can give it to their criminal friends on Wall Street, and you know something? They'll get it - they'll get it all from you sooner or later cause they own this place. It's a big club, and you aint in it. You, and I are not in The Big Club.

By the way, it's the same big club they use to beat you over the head with all day long when they tell you what to believe. All day long beating you over the head with their media telling you what to believe, what to think, and what to buy.

The table has tilted folks. The game is rigged, and nobody seems to notice. Nobody seems to care. Good honest hard working people: white collar, blue collar it doesn't matter what color shirt you have on. Good honest hard working people continue (these are people of modest being) - continue to elect these rich douchebags who don't give a fuck about you. They don't give a fuck about you - they don't give a fuck about you. They don't care about you at all - at all - at all, and nobody seems to notice. Nobody seems to care.

That's what the owners counted on. The fact that Americans will probably remain willfully ignorant of the big red, white, and blue dick that's being jammed up their assholes everyday, because the owners of this country know the truth. It's called the American Dream cause you have to be asleep to believe it.

07/06/2007

Michael Moore and the essence of piracy



Michael Moore needs no less than two minutes to totally debunk all the unreasonable blabla about piracy and opens the doors to the definition of true piracy.

Those who have it right, believe in altruïsm and SHARING ideas, knowledge, art and wealth because they see that "all humans are in the same boat and sharing leads to quicker progress". The idiots who have it totally wrong believe in egoïsm, they stand alone in life because life is to them a war of individuals, a rat race. They "think" they need no one to go through life and they refuse to give credit to anyone else but themselves for all the blessings they get.

The real pirates are not the kids downloading and sharing Michaels movies but those big companies who are selling "intellectual property" as if they invented it. Well, let me tell you. Michael did not invent "Fahrenheit 9/11". He only tells about it, based on other documentaries he's seen and based on all the intelligence from others he has gathered over the years. Metallica did not invent music, they only built on what they had learned from others. If all the inventors that have been had lived all their life alone, influenced by no one, we'd still be in ancient times. "Intellectual property" is bull. Humans don't invent intellect or intellectual things out of nothing by themselves, we only slowly, gradually learn more and new things based on all the stuff we have learned from the past.

In one sentence: We can stand so tall now only because we are STANDING ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS. (If you don't know what I mean you better get learning)

09/20/2006

King of Pain

By Paul Krugman
The New York Times
Monday 18 September 2006

We know that the world would see this action as a U.S. repudiation of the rules that bind civilized nations. We also know that an extraordinary lineup of former military and intelligence leaders, including Colin Powell, have spoken out against the Bush plan, warning that it would further damage America's faltering moral standing, and end up endangering U.S. troops.

But I haven't seen much discussion of the underlying question: why is Mr. Bush so determined to engage in torture?

Let's be clear what we're talking about here. According to an ABC News report from last fall, procedures used by C.I.A. interrogators have included forcing prisoners to "stand, handcuffed and with their feet shackled to an eye bolt in the floor for more than 40 hours"; the "cold cell," in which prisoners are forced "to stand naked in a cell kept near 50 degrees," while being doused with cold water; and, of course, water boarding, in which "the prisoner is bound to an inclined board, feet raised and head slightly below the feet," then "cellophane is wrapped over the prisoner's face and water is poured over him," inducing "a terrifying fear of drowning."

And bear in mind that the "few bad apples" excuse doesn't apply; these were officially approved tactics - and Mr. Bush wants at least some of these tactics to remain in use.

I'm ashamed that my government does this sort of thing. I'd be ashamed even if I were sure that only genuine terrorists were being tortured - and I'm not. Remember that the Bush administration has imprisoned a number of innocent men at Guantánamo, and in some cases continues to imprison them even though it knows they are innocent.

Is torture a necessary evil in a post-9/11 world? No. People with actual knowledge of intelligence work tell us that reality isn't like TV dramas, in which the good guys have to torture the bad guy to find out where he planted the ticking time bomb.

What torture produces in practice is misinformation, as its victims, desperate to end the pain, tell interrogators whatever they want to hear. Thus Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi - who ABC News says was subjected to both the cold cell and water boarding - told his questioners that Saddam Hussein's regime had trained members of Al Qaeda in the use of biochemical weapons. This "confession" became a key part of the Bush administration's case for invading Iraq - but it was pure invention.

So why is the Bush administration so determined to torture people?

To show that it can.


The central drive of the Bush administration - more fundamental than any particular policy - has been the effort to eliminate all limits on the president's power. Torture, I believe, appeals to the president and the vice president precisely because it's a violation of both law and tradition. By making an illegal and immoral practice a key element of U.S. policy, they're asserting their right to do whatever they claim is necessary

.And many of our politicians are willing to go along. The Republican majority in the House of Representatives is poised to vote in favor of the administration's plan to, in effect, declare torture legal. Most Republican senators are equally willing to go along, although a few, to their credit, have stood with the Democrats in opposing the administration.

Mr. Bush would have us believe that the difference between him and those opposing him on this issue is that he's willing to do what's necessary to protect America, and they aren't. But the record says otherwise.

The fact is that for all his talk of being a "war president," Mr. Bush has been conspicuously unwilling to ask Americans to make sacrifices on behalf of the cause - even when, in the days after 9/11, the nation longed to be called to a higher purpose. His admirers looked at him and thought they saw Winston Churchill. But instead of offering us blood, toil, tears and sweat, he told us to go shopping and promised tax cuts.

Only now, five years after 9/11, has Mr. Bush finally found some things he wants us to sacrifice. And those things turn out to be our principles and our self-respect.

 

03/15/2006

All faith and no planning

All faith and no planning - the British verdict on US postwar strategy in Iraq.

Surprise, surprise. My own headline would've been: All evil and no planning.

01/19/2006

The world can't wait, the environment can't wait, justice can't wait.


The world can't wait, the environment can't wait, justice can't wait.