Quote of the Day, from the Los Angeles Times:
Frankly, I don’t know what it is about California, but we seem to have a strange urge to elect really obnoxious women to high office. I’m not bragging, you understand, but no other state, including Maine, even comes close. When it comes to sending left-wing dingbats to Washington, we’re Number One.
There’s no getting around the fact that the last time anyone saw the likes of Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein, Maxine Waters and Nancy Pelosi, they were stirring a cauldron when the curtain went up on ‘Macbeth.’ The four of them are like jackasses who happen to possess the gift of blab. You don’t know if you should condemn them for their stupidity, or simply marvel at their ability to form words.”
Columnist Burt Prelutsky,
Los Angeles Times
(I’m still waiting for anyone to explain how Maxine lives in a $4 million home, while making $186,000 a year…?!?)
Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement
What Is the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP)?
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a secretive, multinational trade agreement that threatens to extend restrictive intellectual property (IP) laws across the globe and rewrite international rules on its enforcement. The main problems are two-fold:
(1) Intellectual Property Chapter: Leaked draft texts of the agreement show that the IP chapter would have extensive negative ramifications for users’ freedom of speech, right to privacy and due process, and hinder peoples’ abilities to innovate.
(2) Lack of Transparency: The entire process has shut out multi-stakeholder participation and is shrouded in secrecy.
The twelve nations currently negotiating the TPP are the US, Japan, Australia, Peru, Malaysia, Vietnam, New Zealand, Chile, Singapore, Canada, Mexico, and Brunei Darussalam. The TPP contains a chapter on intellectual property covering copyright, trademarks, and patents. Since the draft text of the agreement has never been officially released to the public, we know from leaked documents, such as the May 2014 draft of the TPP Intellectual Property Chapter [PDF], that US negotiators are pushing for the adoption of copyright measures far more restrictive than currently required by international treaties, including the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA).
I liked how this guy rationalizes busting up his own neighborhood for the good of his neighborhood and spitting on the cops out of spite & pure wicked determination to everyone to be seen as royals.
I don’t know if I agree.
I think these riots are becoming staged points of aggression in a much larger & much more heated war between the factions of haves and have nots; but staged on some massive kangaroo court where the media gets to amp the frustration of one of the parties, but only for a week.
I have followed the news of Ferguson & Kelly Thomas pretty closely. And I’ve been stacking up a list of our would be heroes and fallen brothers who just keep getting the raw end of the deal because the law protects it’s own. The media sways back and forth, and usually gives us exactly what the powers that be want us to have in our hands, which is not much. I’ve seen the power of Occupy rise up, and then dwindle away. And now, in Baltimore, I’m wondering what is to come of the death of Freddie Gray.
And how will it change the city? The nation?
Sorry, the The New York Times article i linked on Facebook was pulled from their main site for some reason; it still shows in a Google Search, but the link is broken. (i’m hoping it’s not because they fact checked it, and found out VIVIAN YEE & KIRK JOHNSON didn’t know what they were talking about). In an attempt to relay the information in the article, I cut and pasted from my NY Times Now App & re-posted it here: http://wp.me/p3rdk6-1J
I don’t know if i’m all for the Body Cameras, or not – it seems a little bit of over surveillance of the population to me – and we know how government likes to have cameras everywhere. I just know that we are going to have a different type of testimony in the future. It will be corrupted, because, government tends to corrupt things, but i suppose, at least for the most part – in the overall grand scheme of things – we can get around the he said she said.
i find it odd that a society that lies as much as ours does, is looking for truth in video. Don’t they know we’re really good at creating spin?
Body Cameras Worn by Police Officers Are No ‘Safeguard of Truth,’ Experts Say
By VIVIAN YEE and KIRK JOHNSON
Amy Goodwin, (whom I love to pieces, BTW) interviews Glen Greenwald on the recent events regarding the United States Prism, and the Snowden Scandal.
I was going to cut this up, especially presenting the statements in this episode by Manfred Max-Neef, a Chilean economist.
Democracy Now! 2013-08-05 Monday
Headlines for August 05, 2013
Greenwald: Snowden “Doing Very Well” in Russia After Sparking “Extraordinary Debate” on NSA, Spying
Greenwald: Is U.S. Exaggerating Threat to Embassies to Silence Critics of NSA Domestic Surveillance?
New Iranian President Calls for West to End Sanctions, Reduce “Antagonism and Aggression”
I decided that the whole episode needed a listening to. Check not out: