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Sean McBride
Marco Rubio's long, hard fall in New Hampshire | -
"There's a new edition of the WMUR/University of New Hampshire Granite State poll of the nation's first primary state. There's no surprise in who is leading the Republican presidential pack: Sen. Rand Paul has led or been tied for the lead in four of the five Granite State polls since April of last year. This time, he's in front with 15 percent of likely New Hampshire Republican primary voters saying they support him." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
"Here are the new results: Rand Paul, 15 percent; Kelly Ayotte and Paul Ryan, 13 percent; Chris Christie, 12 percent; Jeb Bush and Ted Cruz, 7 percent; Donald Trump, 5 percent; Bobby Jindal and Scott Walker, 3 percent; Marco Rubio, 2 percent; Rick Perry and Rick Santorum, 1 percent. The category "Someone else" received 3 percent, and "Don't Know Yet" received 15 percent." - Sean McBride
Sshhh. Our mainstream media won't say it but the only reason Marco Rubio dropped like that is that the voters are against amnesty for illegals and doubling the number of legal immigrants. Yahoo News is my home page and they had 2 "immigration" articles this morning, both from the point of view of how necessary it is to do that "reform." - Berthe
Sean McBride
This Neurosurgeon With No Political Experience Could Be An Early GOP Frontrunner For 2016 -
This Neurosurgeon With No Political Experience Could Be An Early GOP Frontrunner For 2016
"If money is any indication, a prominent Baltimore doctor with no political experience is an early front-runner in the 2016 U.S. presidential race. A group encouraging retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson to run for president raised $2.4 million in the first three months of this year, more than the group backing Hillary Clinton or those affiliated with Rand Paul, Marco Rubio and other potential candidates, according to filings with the Federal Election Commission." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
"There is no interest in running for president," [his manager] said. "If the Lord speaks to him and says to him to run, then that's a different story. But I don't know a lot of people in the world who the Lord has spoken to directly." - Brian Johns
Dollars to donuts that group is the same one that backed Herman Cain last time. - Berthe
Ben Carson is a very different person than Herman Cain -- you need to take a closer look at his policy positions. - Sean McBride
I've seen him on TV. Maybe he's a good doctor but not impressive as a political/policy/news commentator. Hasn't done a lot of thinking on any of it so my take is that someone is behind him, someone is cooking up this new black Republican hope. I don't know what they're hoping for, of course, as the people who might vote Republican see it as transparent and phony. - Berthe
Sean McBride
How Elizabeth Warren’s Book Tour Could Mean Trouble for Hillary Clinton - The Daily Beast -
"Not that the calls for her to get in, even just to pull Clinton leftward in a primary clash, are likely to quiet. Just on Wednesday, Richard Trumka, the president of the AFL-CIO, the nation’s largest labor union, described Warren during a Reddit AMA as “the prototype of a person we would want to be president of the United States,” describing her as one of the rare politicians who leads from conviction. “In short, it don’t get no better.”" - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
"Which is to say that Warren is likely to spell trouble for Clinton even from her position on the sidelines. So far, Hillary has hewed to the Clintonian center. She has suggested, for example, that she would take an even more hawkish line toward Iran and the Middle East. And even as the party tilts toward the left and heralds the rise of liberals like Warren and New York Mayor Bill de... more... - Sean McBride
"But the same crowd of young and liberals Democrats who boosted Howard Dean in 2004 and Barack Obama in 2008 remains out there, and wants to be wooed. This has been the crowd that has been yelling “Run, Liz, Run!” that set up a Draft Warren page on Facebook and that consists of exactly the kind of rabid partisans who are willing to drop out of school or quit their jobs to knock on doors in the snows of Cedar Rapids." - Sean McBride
Hmmm. I wonder if even 20% of the population recognizes the name "Elizabeth Warren." Maybe not 10%. She doesn't have the war to run on like Dean in 2004 and that didn't work out for Dean. She has a granny school marm persona, IMO. Obama won the nomination in 2008 because of black voters. That was the strategy of the money people who backed him from the start. Once black voters could see... more... - Berthe
When have you ever seen her on national TV? Seems more like a cult following. - Berthe
Berthe -- I don't trust your ability to play grandmaster political chess or to forecast political trends with much accuracy. :) Your mind doesn't work that way. To play that game one needs to set aside all of one's personal political biases and agendas entirely -- not a trace. Be objective. Do science. Open up one's mind completely to everything one might instinctively dislike. I don't... more... - Sean McBride
Successful politics is all about making the right sequences of moves on the board that win, not lose. Often those moves will be counterintuitive. - Sean McBride
Regarding Warren: she's a long shot, and has stated herself that she doesn't intend to run. But there is an interesting vanguard vibe there around her to pay attention to. Barack Obama came out of nowhere very quickly. This is often how history works. I never pay attention to what "most people" know about -- "most people" know very little about anything and certainly can't anticipate what is on even the near horizon. - Sean McBride
Obama won both elections because, among other reasons, many white voters found him to be an attractive candidate -- more appealing than John McCain and Mitt Romney. The GOP in general is out of touch with the main currents in American political and cultural life these days -- and it still hasn't come close to recovering from the damage caused by the Bush/Cheney administration. - Sean McBride
In politics one needs to be able to clearly differentiate between the things one wants to happen and the things one calculates are actually going to happen. Never under any circumstances believe one's own propaganda. - Sean McBride
Sean, I'll let you be the grandmaster of politics here! Remember in 2008 how some of the pundits were telling us that Obama was playing "11th dimension chess" whatever that is. It conjures a vision of an MC Escher print. - Berthe
I'm not a Republican but I do want to have 2 viable political parties. The Republicans, IMO, are going to face a choice between the voters and the media/donor establishment because they are losing the voters by pandering to the media/donor establishment. That's interesting to me. Its been a long time coming, I guess, since Buchanan '92. - Berthe
Re Obama - the reason I thought early on that he could be a viable candidate against Hillary Clinton in 2008 was that he was black and would get black voters. After the general election, I read that that was the thinking of the people who backed him with money early on. His campaign always had money and that's the "first primary," getting the money to run. Plus, a lot of those white... more... - Berthe
I definitely think that Obama is a political chess player -- he is able to envision in his head multiple long sequences of moves on the board and evaluate and pick the winning sequences more often than his opponents. - Sean McBride
Well . . . I'll let you think what you like about Obama. - Berthe
I voted for Obama twice because I preferred his policies and temperament over those of his opponents. I honestly didn't care about his race and gave it little thought. I tell can't tell you what a relief it has been simply to have an American president who is an effective public speaker -- calm, clear-thinking, thoughtful, articulate, etc. -- after the nightmare years of George W. Bush. - Sean McBride
Ditto my comment above about letting you think what you like about Obama! (I should leave it at that, IOW.) No, I don't think he's a good public speaker. He's boring and he doesn't believe anything he says. Tell me something he's ever said in a speech. I voted for him in 2008 in the primaries because it horrified me that Hillary Clinton was running for president. I could write a page on... more... - Berthe
Sean McBride
Taking down Hillary: old, tired, corrupt, stale, stodgy, crude, mediocre, neocon warmonger, etc. Easy as pie. The talking points are sitting on a silver platter.
No record of any political accomplishments. No ability to take the lead on any issue. A follower not a leader. Was easily beaten by Obama in 2008. Threatened to "totally obliterate" Iran. Ranted that Putin was Hitler. In the pockets of neoliberal billionaires like Haim Saban. Tool of Wall Street and the military-industrial complex. Doesn't care about privacy rights or the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. A mere shadow of Bill Clinton. - Sean McBride
This phrase "Easy as pie" - I do not think it means what you think it means. :-) - Brian Johns
And by that I mean it'll be just as hard as taking every other candidate in every other presidential election year: not easy at all. - Brian Johns
"As easy as pie is a popular colloquial idiom which is used to describe a task or experience as pleasurable and simple." - Sean McBride
Taking down Hillary Clinton in 2016 will be even easier to do than it was 2008, when Barack Obama cleaned her clock. She is basically Richard Perle in a skirt -- a neocon warmonger -- and a sitting duck for devastating political attacks that will take the wind out of her sails before she even gets started. - Sean McBride
Smart Democrats should be looking around for another candidate. - Sean McBride
My prediction is that it won't be pleasurable or simple for the other side to bring her down. I'm not going to comment on whether I think her qualifications are better or worse than whomever else might be running but I'm pretty sure it'll be a long, tough, and above all EXPENSIVE battle. - Brian Johns
How good is your track record in making political predictions? - Sean McBride
Brian: do you agree with Hillary Clinton that the Internet needs "gatekeepers"? Or with Dianne Feinstein (a leading Hillary Clinton Democrat) that all the NSA activities revealed by Edward Snowden were well-justified? How do you think that Internet thought leaders feel about those attitudes? - Sean McBride
I am betting that Hillary Clinton supporters and defenders are going to be overwhelmed by the well-framed and well-justified case against her from activists all across the political spectrum -- they won't be able to handle the critique or to respond effectively. - Sean McBride
I'm not commenting on any of the actual issues or even if she'll win or not. I'm just commenting on how easy or hard it might be to "take her down". I think she'll end up being the Democratic nominee and that this election cycle will be longer and more expensive than any previous presidential election cycle. - Brian Johns
Brian -- I think you are right. Most Democrats expect the Democratic convention to be a coronation of Queen Hillary, who will supposedly meet no opposition along the way. But there could be some surprises. And of course vast sums of money will be poured into both sides for the election. - Sean McBride
Sean McBride
Americans Don’t See Ukraine as Their Cause | The American Conservative - http://www.theamericanconserva...
Americans Don’t See Ukraine as Their Cause | The American Conservative
"Today, two courses of action are being hotly pressed upon the Obama White House by the War Party. Both appear likely to lead to disaster. The first is to arm the Ukrainians. This would likely provoke a war with Russia that Kiev could not win, and lead Ukrainians to believe the Americans will be there beside them, which is not in the cards. The second option is the sanctions road. But Europe, dependent on Russian oil and gas, is not going to vote itself a recession. And should the West sanction Russia, Moscow would sanction Ukraine and sink what the Washington Post calls that “black hole of corruption and waste that is the Ukrainian economy.”" - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
"Undeniably, President Obama and John Kerry have egg all over their faces today, as they did in the Syrian “red line” episode. Yet they continue to meddle where we do not belong, issue warnings and threats they have no power to enforce, and bluster and bluff about what they are going to do, when the American people are telling them, “This is not our quarrel.”" - Sean McBride
Where is Hillary Clinton on these issues? Is she afraid to speak up? - Sean McBride
Sean McBride
The Establishment’s War on Rand Paul by Justin Raimondo -- -
"They’re out to get him" - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
"The war is on – no, not that war, this war: I’m talking about the GOP establishment’s war on Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, whose presidential campaign has taken wing and soared. And it isn’t just the Karl Roves and Peter Kings of this world who are up in arms over the prospect of an anti-interventionist libertarian in the White House: they’re getting plenty of tactical support from "liberals" like David Corn." - Sean McBride
"Why do they hate him? The Rovians hate him because he challenges the whole Fox News-neocon right-wing paradigm that has kept the GOP a dwindling minority party ever since the Bush era ended with a whimper. The progressives hate him because he is the most likely candidate – at the moment – to be facing Hillary Clinton in 2016, and they know they’ll have a hard time selling a candidate... more... - Sean McBride
"[David] Corn is taking a calculated risk here: he may wind up converting the readers of Mother Jones into enthusiastic campaign workers loudly tweeting #RandPaul2016. And isn’t Cheney one of the most disliked political figures in recent history? We already know the neocons hate the Pauls, both of them, equally and irrevocably – and it’s only natural for partisan shills like Corn, who don’t have a principled bone in their bodies, to egg on the Bill Kristols of this world." - Sean McBride
"As for the Rovians and their neocon Deep Thinkers, their unappeasable hate for the Senator is due to his last name – and the knowledge that this isn’t really about Rand Paul or any particular person, it’s about a movement that threatens to overtake them. Once John McCain and Peter King stop being the face of the GOP, the Establishment that manipulates the leadership of both parties is in big trouble." - Sean McBride
"The last thing the Establishment of both parties wants is a 2016 presidential race pitting an anti-interventionist anti-surveillance Republican against the stridently interventionist Hillary, who long ago declared that the Internet needs "gatekeepers." I would argue that of all the potential candidates, it’s Rand Paul who has the best chance of stopping the Clinton Restoration." - Sean McBride
Peter King. I wonder if he'll switch parties if Rand Paul is the nominee. He was a friend of Bill Clinton in the 90's, one of the few who didn't vote to impeach Clinton. That's the problem with the Republicans: King should have never been elevated to any kind of chairmanship after voting against impeachment. Its no way to run a political party to let someone advance after going against... more... - Berthe
The Lewinsky scandal was a set up as discussed on Mondoweiss. Thats why Lewinsky saved the dress and didnt wash it when she said she didnt want it to be a scandal. - WJones
Monicagate was probably a Likud op. - Sean McBride
It is very odd that she saved that dress the WAY she did. She told Linda Tripp about it and she didn't get it cleaned. Very odd. Jesse Jackson's girlfriend saved the condom for a reason. Of course, could be a nut. - Berthe
Sean McBride
"A long line of diplomatic hacks preceded Samantha Power as she injects the American point of view at the U.N. If anything distinguishes Power and her colleagues, it is good to add, it is that in them we find the phenomenon of the “Hillary hawk,” Steve Weissman’s good phrase. The post–Cold War evangelists running American foreign policy hold to the neoliberal creed, but many of them come to it via the route of liberalism. When these people start talking about humanitarian aid, call Interpol." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
This is speaking -- one of the most influential progressive publications in the United States -- not a libertarian outfit. They are getting ready to tee off on Hillary big time. It's going to be worse than in 2008. - Sean McBride
Warlord -- you are hoping that Hillary in the coming months will be able to position herself more to the left from her neocon position over the last decade or longer. I don't think she will be to pull that off. And she has a lot of smart eyes on her. - Sean McBride
Sean McBride
Why Chris Christie Should NOT Be President | Al Eisele -
Why Chris Christie Should NOT Be President | Al Eisele
"If I ever doubted why Chris Christie should not be president of the United States, I don't any longer after reading Ryan Lizza's scorching article in the April 14 issue of The New Yorker. Titled "Crossing Christie: What the bridge scandal says about the Governor's political style, and his future," Lizza's article -- aptly illustrated with a drawing of the beefy Christie wearing an orange and white traffic cone -- exposes and explains the ugly culture in which the New Jersey governor operates." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
"It's definitely one that I don't want to see in the White House. Yes, I know the late, great Tip O'Neill said politics ain't beanbag. But it ain't the mafia either, where the family and friends of the guy who has just been rubbed out is told, "Don't take it personal, it's just business." That's pretty much the way Christie, as well as his supporters and opponents, play the game of... more... - Sean McBride
Steven Perez
Eric Logan
Economist cartoon.
"Although funny, this is unfortunately no joke. The UN estimate that the climate policies all world leaders ostensibly have signed up to can cost more than 11% of GDP every year by the end of the century. And this implausibly assumes that "all countries of the world begin mitigation immediately, there is a single global carbon price, and all key technologies are available". Compare the cost of more than 11% of GDP/yr to the cost of global warming around 2070, which will be about 0.2-2% of GDP/yr. No wonder we need a smarter strategy." - Bjorn Lomborg - Eric Logan from FFHound!
Sean McBride
"Rand Paul's noninterventionist foreign policy views aren't currying him any favor with conservative pundits, who have recently attacked the Kentucky senator and possible 2016 presidential candidate as naive and immature." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
Most of the attacks on Paul are coming from the same neocons who pushed Americans into the multi-trillion dollar disaster in Iraq -- they will only succeed in boosting his prospects. - Sean McBride
OK he's non-intervention but he's still a stone cold neo-confederate so NO NO NO but hey fun to watch the Rightists implode - WarLord
At this point in American history, neoconservatives and neoliberals often appear to be much more dangerous and destructive than neo-Confederates -- and that is why Rand Paul may go quite far in the coming race for the nomination and election. Democrats don't seem to be able to admit that they have a neoliberal problem -- and Hillary Clinton is part of that problem -- as has been Barack Obama, to a somewhat lesser degree. - Sean McBride
The potential candidate I feel the strongest instinctive support for is Elizabeth Warren. She is certainly much more interesting, fresh and appealing than Hillary Cliinton. - Sean McBride
That thrown shoe incident -- Hillary should take that as an omen not to run. The vibes are all wrong. - Sean McBride
Do you think the Ukraine-Russia issue helps Paul? I've heard several people of my own acquaintance say, "Thank God John McCain isn't President." How does Hillary Clinton answer, "What would you do about Putin?" The insanity of any kind of military action or arming the Ukrainians against Russia --- I think it would make Americans very angry that any US presidential candidate would... more... - Berthe
Hillary compared Putin to Hitler in that neocon blatting tone she so often adopts. That is one of several problems that will undo any plans she has for winning the presidency in 2016. (She is no Bill Clinton -- Bill has a relatively nuanced mind and style of communication.) - Sean McBride
Elizabeth Warren and drum beat of inequality is going to move Hillary leftward. She is also going to confront a war weary isolationism by the middle and lower class who are bearing brunt of war fighting. Hillary was smart and slick enough to overcome carpetbagger label and win Senate seat in NY. She is certainly capable of successful campaign for President. And she is perfectly able to jettison Israel and embrace isolationism (and a $15 minimum wage) if that's the playbook for 2016 - WarLord
I doubt it -- she wasn't smart enough to adjust to Barack Obama's anti-establishment message in 2008 -- and she is probably less fleet and mentally flexible now than she was then. - Sean McBride
Warren is a fresh face and a fresh voice with considerable energy. A Warren/Paul matchup would be interesting. - Sean McBride
She was never going to beat Obama but she can win in 2016. It's her turn ;) plus really who have the legitimate rape party got on the bench to beat her? Nope Hilary lurches left to win primaries and caucuses and wraps up election by 10pm poll closing in Cali... Better luck next time Job and Chris - WarLord
Clinton/Warren 2016 - WarLord
You may not recall, but Obama's overtaking of Clinton was quite a surprise for most people in 2008 -- they didn't see it coming (but I did). There was something too stodgy about her then and that is even a greater problem now as she heads into her sunset years. I am betting against Clinton. We shall see. I would not be shocked if she chooses not to run at all -- there are credible rumors of health problems. - Sean McBride
Christie would have been a very strong candidate, but we know what happened there. All the potential Republican candidates except Paul are jokes right out of the box. Wait: Ben Carson may have some potential. I need to learn more about him. But Cruz? Rubio? Jeb Bush? No way. - Sean McBride
Christie at this point will probably never escape the Tony Soprano bullying image -- that's locked in. - Sean McBride
Ben Carson is Herman Cain with a medical degree. Honestly, I don't think Christie could ever have won the nomination. He couldn't do the pleasant schmoozing that seems to be necessary in Iowa and NH. Someone I know was at a town hall where Christie called a perfectly nice middle aged man an "idiot." I don't think you can behave like that in the presidential primaries. Hillary Clinton... more... - Berthe
It's interesting that Ben Carson opposed both the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars. - Sean McBride
“I actually wrote President Bush a letter before the war started and I said, you know, what I would do is I would use the bully pulpit at this moment of great national unity and, very much in a Kennedy-esque type fashion, say within 10 years we’re going to become petroleum independent,” Carson told TheDC. - Sean McBride
“And that would’ve been much more effective than going to war because, first of all, the moderate Arab states would’ve been terrified. And they would’ve handed over Osama Bin Laden and anybody else we wanted on a silver platter to keep us from doing that.” - Sean McBride
"Carson says he believes in socio-economic affirmative action — what he calls “compassionate action” — not affirmative action “attached to any ethnicity.” “You know we’ve always pulled for the underdog, but I don’t think the underdog has a particular ethnicity attached to it,” he said." - Sean McBride
Well. Is there any reason to think Ben Carson knows much about "the moderate Arab states?" My take on Ben Carson is much influenced by seeing him on one of the Fox shows during the Zimmerman trial/imbroglio. He didn't bother himself to know any of the facts of the case. For me, that said a lot about him. I think he'd go along with whatever was to his own advantage. Not a thinker and not... more... - Berthe
2016 is going to be very different election perhaps epochal - gay marriage, legal weed and ACA will be assumed if not complete. Inequality and war on women will be huge issues. Isolationist will be very much in vogue. Republicans absolutist, authoritarian wing will be badly out of touch with mainstream and Republican outreach to women and minorities will still be mostly a punchline.... more... - WarLord
That's interesting, WarLord. I don't have any take on what the issues will be for 2016. I voted for Obama in 2008 solely because the alternatives - Hillary and McCain - were so bad. I voted third party (the Libertarian, for no particular reason) in 2012. Its a real hoot that the party of Ted Kennedy and Bill Clinton talks about a "war on women" or "income inequality." I don't know what... more... - Berthe
Ted Kennedy Really!!! Ted fucking Kennedy wow this is why Republicans are doomed! I bet there isn't a millennial in this country that gets that reference but hey whatever floats your boat dude. Not caring about the issues is the Right wing game. No issues they just repeal shit and pass laws about transvaginal ultrasound probes. And that's why they are doomed to be the regional arty of the modern CSA until that last you' all dies - WarLord
Hey, WarLord! I don't care about the Republican Party! I'm not trying to craft a message for the Republican Party. Most of the time, I'm so disgusted by election day that I vote third party for president. Ted Kennedy was reprehensible. He should have resigned after he killed that woman - yeah, he did kill her, not saying it was a murder but if he didn't kill her, who did? He was... more... - Berthe
Steven Perez
North Dakota Finds Itself Unprepared To Handle The Radioactive Burden Of Its Fracking Boom | ThinkProgress -
North Dakota Finds Itself Unprepared To Handle The Radioactive Burden Of Its Fracking Boom | ThinkProgress
"North Dakota recently discovered piles of garbage bags containing radioactive waste dumped by oil drillers in abandoned buildings. Now, the state is trying to catch up to an oil industry that produces an estimated 27 tons of radioactive debris from wells daily. Existing fines have apparently not been enough to deter contractors from dumping oil socks — coiled filters that strain wastewater and accumulate low levels of radiation. “Before the Bakken oil boom we didn’t have any of these materials being generated,” the state’s Director of Waste Management Scott Radig told the Wall Street Journal. “So it wasn’t really an issue.”" - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
North Dakota was a low tax/low service backwater whose main industry was SAC A-bomb delivery by bombers and missiles and of course wheat farmers... The Bakken Oil Boom has found the state and it's stolid libertarian leaning citizens totally unprepared. The State and local governments are overwhelmed by the sheer magnitude of issues and by virtue of its low service tradition they have no... more... - WarLord
Eric Logan
If you thought the NSA was bad, Russia's FSB will be worse | Digital Trends -
If you thought the NSA was bad, Russia's FSB will be worse | Digital Trends
Silly Americans. You thought the NSA was bad? Meet the System of Operative-Investigative Measures (SORM), from Russia. As athletes, spectators and journalists descend on Sochi for the 2014 Winter Olympics this week, the Russian government and their Federal Security Service (FSB) want to know exactly what everyone is saying. If you’re making fun of Putin’s hair, they want to read the text. And “SORM boxes” make it possible. According to a group of Russian journalists that have been monitoring the events leading up to the spectacle, the FSB has required communication companies in Russia to install SORM boxes that intercept all data passing through the network – and give the FSB access to that data. Here’s the bizarre part: While the FSB needs a warrant to access the boxes, no one except FSB administrators of FSB ever have to see it. Theoretically, no one but the FSB knows what warrants have been obtained in connection to wire taps that have been executed. This contrasts what happens in... more... - Eric Logan from Bookmarklet
cluster; Russia, FSB (Federal Security Service), SORM (System of Operative-Investigative Measures), SORM boxes, surveillance - Sean McBride
And what about China? - Sean McBride
# sort FSB officials by * 1. importance 2. importance for * 3. IQ 4. number of mentions of * 5. oldest 6. power 7. wealth 8. youngest - Sean McBride
Never fear, Snowden's on the case. - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
Will we ever see a Russian or Chinese Snowden? Not likely. They would deal with him ruthlessly and with maximum force the instant he raised his head. - Sean McBride
What a crock: "This contrasts what happens in the United States, where, under the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA), agencies have to show their warrant to the communication company and ask for certain data from them." - MRW_8
"Will we ever see a Russian or Chinese Snowden?" You obviously didn't bother to read the articles here or the source. The Russian journalists who revealed these operations were using open source documents. QUOTE. The journalists, Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan, who are experts on the Russian security services, collated dozens of open source technical documents published on the... more... - MRW_8
I need to look more deeply into this when I get the chance, but I didn't get the impression that this information goes into the same detail as Snowden's. - Sean McBride
Steven Perez
The Harshest Abortion Ban In The Country Has Been Overturned | ThinkProgress -
The Harshest Abortion Ban In The Country Has Been Overturned | ThinkProgress
"A federal judge permanently struck down North Dakota’s six-week abortion ban on Wednesday. The so-called “fetal heartbeat” measure, which used to represent the harshest ban in the nation, had already been temporarily blocked from taking effect while the legal challenge against it proceeded. U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland ruled that the law is “invalid and unconstitutional” and “cannot withstand a constitutional challenge,” pointing out that Roe v. Wade guarantees the right to abortion up until the point of viability." - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
Steven Perez
America the voiceless: Voters can’t compete with big campaign cash | Al Jazeera America -
"It’s not just your imagination: The influence of money in politics has indeed drowned out the voices of American voters, a new analysis shows, with runaway corporate lobbying and a lack of campaign finance reform to blame for giving much more political weight to the wealthy. Researchers at Princeton University and Northwestern University compared the public’s influence on 1,779 policy issues between 1981 and 2002, finding that more often than not, the interests of wealthy groups and individuals won out over the demands of the general public. For instance, when 80 percent of the public asked for a change of some sort, they got their way only about 43 percent of the time. The study, its authors say, points to the overwhelming power of wealthy lobbying groups and individuals backing certain interests in American politics, and the marginalization of voters and public advocacy groups." - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
Steven Perez
California drought gives boost to anti-fracking movement | Al Jazeera America -
"California is known for the twin threat of natural disasters from drought and earthquakes, with both phenomena certain to give many residents serious concern. But there is one group that is starting to reap serendipitous marketing ammunition from the state’s current historic drought and the ever-present worry of ground-shaking tremors: the anti-fracking movement. “California faces two interlinked crises, a water crisis and a climate crisis, and fracking makes both of these problems worse,” said Kassie Siegel, senior counsel for the Center for Biological Diversity, a nonprofit conservation group." - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
Steven Perez
Campaign fundraising is bribery | Al Jazeera America -
"The bribery allegations against California state Sen. Leland Yee expose the folly of the U.S. Supreme Court’s logic in its April 2 decision in McCutcheon v. FEC, which struck down restrictions on the amount of money individuals may donate to federal campaigns in an election cycle. The only legitimate reason to set limits on funding politicians’ campaigns, according to the court’s majority opinion, authored by Chief Justice John Roberts, is explicit trades of campaign dollars for action — quid pro quo corruption. The court pointedly dismissed “the possibility that an individual who spends large sums may garner ‘influence over or access to’ elected officials” as a reason to limit campaign donations." - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
Sean McBride
"Rand Paul will face massive opposition from the establishment, pro-military complex wing of the Republican Party in his presumed bid for the White House. People with big check books are ready to fund Paul’s opposition. The neocons don’t think Paul is “strong enough” on Israel. They want to make sure the $3 billion currently flowing to the country from US taxpayers keeps flowing. Much of the political class in Tel Aviv counts on this infusion in one way or another. Anyone (Paul possibly) who would even consider reducing the annual gift is considered an existential threat." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
"What’s particularly interesting to me is how concerned many of the neocons are with the junior Senator from Kentucky. I think they sense that he is a new kind of candidate who will appeal to coalitions and voters who are not traditionally aligned with the GOP. In other words – that he could win. If Paul were to win the nomination and the presidency this screws up the playbooks big time... more... - Sean McBride
$3 billion a year and we have to bribe them with releasing Pollard to keep them involved in a sham "peace process" that's for their benefit. Of course, they don't dare make an issue of that. The issues will be a lot of other baloney stuff like his father's newsletters and civil rights and abortion in cases of rape and support for gay marriage. All the stuff that distracts people so... more... - Berthe
Eric Logan
Russia's Surveillance State | World Policy Institute -
Russia's Surveillance State | World Policy Institute
In March 2013, the Bureau of Diplomatic Security at the U.S. State Department issued a warning for Americans wanting to come to the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia next February: Beware of SORM. The System of Operative-Investigative Measures, or SORM, is Russia’s national system of lawful interception of all electronic utterances—an Orwellian network that jeopardizes privacy and the ability to use telecommunications to oppose the government. The U.S. warning ends with a list of “Travel Cyber Security Best Practices,” which, apart from the new technology, resembles the briefing instructions for a Cold War-era spy: - Eric Logan from Bookmarklet
Eric Logan
Putin: Russia’s great propagandist - -
Putin: Russia’s great propagandist -
High quality global journalism requires investment. Please share this article with others using the link below, do not cut & paste the article. See our Ts&Cs and Copyright Policy for more detail. Email to buy additional rights. Igor Dolutsky finds nothing unusual in disagreeing with everyone around him. In the 35 years he has been teaching history in Moscow schools, his habit of questioning official narratives and challenging political taboos has cost him his job more than once. But when the mild-mannered 60-year-old tried to discuss Russia’s annexation of Crimea in class, things almost got out of hand. “My students swore at me and said I wasn’t telling the truth,” he says. “Then they said I didn’t love Russia or the Russian people, and told me to leave the country. - Eric Logan from Bookmarklet
Steven Perez
Prominent Republican: Women Need To Be Paid Less So They Can Find Husbands | ThinkProgress -
Prominent Republican: Women Need To Be Paid Less So They Can Find Husbands | ThinkProgress
"In an op-ed published by the Christian Post, Phyllis Schlafly — the founder of the Eagle Forum — maintained that increasing the pay gap will help women find suitable husbands: 'Another fact is the influence of hypergamy, which means that women typically choose a mate (husband or boyfriend) who earns more than she does. Men don’t have the same preference for a higher-earning mate. While women prefer to HAVE a higher-earning partner, men generally prefer to BE the higher-earning partner in a relationship. This simple but profound difference between the sexes has powerful consequences for the so-called pay gap. Suppose the pay gap between men and women were magically eliminated. If that happened, simple arithmetic suggests that half of women would be unable to find what they regard as a suitable mate. Obviously, I’m not saying women won’t date or marry a lower-earning men, only that they probably prefer not to. If a higher-earning man is not available, many women are more likely not to... more... - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
This literally made my head hurt - MoTO Moca Blend
Flabbergasted. - ronin
Tell that to my parents, Chris's parents, my aunt and uncle.... - Heather, 30k Camper
The world is filled with asshats. :^( - Friar Will
One the one hand they define marriage as between one man and one woman but then attach the caviet "As long as the bank balance is right" - Johnny from iPhone
If she is right, then the only logical solution is to not cut her pay, but allow her to have 2 husbands. ;-) - April Russo
the only logical solution for women payed more than men is to marry other women with a better income, oh NO WAIT - 無家可歸82 from FFHound(roid)!
I had a boss who was lovely, but she would insist that I must feel bad because Helen was earning more than me... I didn't, of course ;) - Pete
I feel really bad for women who make so much money the prospective husband pool is almost empty. - Eivind
^^Haha! That's EXACTLY the kind of woman I'm looking for, Eivind. - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
My erstwhile spouse has a double Bachelor's degree, and a Master's Degree. She has been working for the same company for 16 years now. Her current income in 2014 dollars is one half of my income 16 years ago (in 1998 dollars.) I was in a riskier, more outwardly stressful career, but there's no way I was 2 or 3 times more valuable to my employer than she is to hers. The only upside is... more... - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
Reading this post is good for us Italians. It shows that we are not the only ones with nutcase politicians. - Alice Twain
Beyond words! - Son of Groucho
She kind of reminds me of Mary Poppins. Though I doubt she ever got as high as this dingbat - Mo Kargas
Sean McBride
"It must be Bash Rand Paul Day because Bret Stephens in the Wall Street Journal and Jennifer Rubin and Richard Cohen in the Washington Post all have pieces lambasting Sen. Paul for a variety of sins and apostasies. Our resident Rand Paul supporter, Arthur Gilroy, would say that the Bipartisan Establishment is trying to disappear him, which is in some sense true. Moreover, at least when reading Richard Cohen's critique, Rand becomes more sympathetic with every passing paragraph." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
Paul is accumulating many of the right enemies. - Sean McBride
Eric Logan
Kathleen Sebelius heads back to Kansas.
Steven Perez
The skeptics are wrong — the gender pay gap is very very real - Vox -
The skeptics are wrong — the gender pay gap is very very real - Vox
"The commonly cited statistic that American women suffer from a 23 percent wage gap through which they make just 77 cents for every dollar a man earns is much too simplistic. On the other hand, the frequently heard conservative counterargument that we should subject this raw wage gap to a massive list of statistical controls until it nearly vanishes is an enormous oversimplification in the opposite direction. After all, for many purposes gender is itself a standard demographic control to add to studies — and when you control for gender the wage gap disappears entirely! Of course that's completely trivial. The question to ask about the various statistical controls that can be applied to shrink the gender gap is what are they actually telling us. The answer, I think, is that it's telling how the wage gap works." - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
Steven Perez
You Know What Doesn’t Work So Well? Private Prisons « Main Street -
"The myth put forth by private prison corporations like Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) and the GEO Group that private prisons are cheaper than public prisons is shattered by a new report from In the Public Interest, thus undercutting the primary rationale for prison privatization efforts across the country. When pushing for contracts with the many states that use private prisons, these corporations claim they are the better option because they can run prisons more cheaply than the government can. But this report not only dispels that idea, it highlights some of the less-than-savory activities the corporations engage in because of the perverse incentives created by these contracts." - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
"The report details several methods through which private prison companies mislead governments and the public about their supposed cost savings, particularly hiding costs of private prisons, inflating public prison costs, benefiting from mandated occupancy minimums and delaying cost increases until after contracts are signed." - Steven Perez
"Numerous studies have shown that private prisons are more expensive than their publicly run counterparts. The report details a series of meta-analyses of individual studies conducted on the comparative costs between public and private prisons, and all of them found that cost savings, at best, were minimal for private prisons—in many cases, private prisons were more expensive. One of... more... - Steven Perez
Steven Perez
It Took 50 Years, But The University Of Alabama Has Finally Embraced Integration | ThinkProgress -
It Took 50 Years, But The University Of Alabama Has Finally Embraced Integration | ThinkProgress
"It’s official: the University of Alabama is on the record supporting racial integration – in the year 2014. Last week Alabama’s Student Senate passed a resolution supporting the complete integration of Greek life at the university. The renewed conversation about race at the historically troubled campus began after a black female student with a 4.3 GPA was denied by all 16 of the school’s sororities. An earlier resolution supporting racial integration had failed by a wide margin." - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
Steven Perez
Triumph of the Drill: How Big Oil Clings to Billions in Government Giveaways | Mother Jones -
Triumph of the Drill: How Big Oil Clings to Billions in Government Giveaways | Mother Jones
"Over the past century, the federal government has pumped more than $470 billion into the oil and gas industry in the form of generous, never-expiring tax breaks. Once intended to jump-start struggling domestic drillers, these incentives have become a tidy bonus for some of the world's most profitable companies." - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
Steven Perez
The Lawyer Behind the Supreme Court's Latest Campaign Finance Decision Has a New Cause: Sarah Palin for Senate | Mother Jones -
The Lawyer Behind the Supreme Court's Latest Campaign Finance Decision Has a New Cause: Sarah Palin for Senate | Mother Jones
"When the Supreme Court recently demolished yet another chunk of the nation's campaign finance laws, Dan Backer arguably cheered louder than anyone. It was Backer, a Washington, DC-area attorney active in conservative politics, who had convinced an Alabama businessman named Shaun McCutcheon to challenge the government's limit on the number of candidates, party committees, and political action committees an individual can contribute to in a single election cycle. (The basic limits on how much money that donor can give to each candidate, party, or PAC remain intact.) Backer, who represented McCutcheon, responded to the news of the Supreme Court's decision by tweeting (in apparent reference to William Wallace in Braveheart): "FREEEEDOMMMMM!!!!" Backer's victory is shining some light on another high-profile cause of his: Convincing Sarah Palin to run for US Senate." - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
Steven Perez
Governor Bans Minimum Wage Increases And Paid Sick Leave Laws | ThinkProgress -
Governor Bans Minimum Wage Increases And Paid Sick Leave Laws | ThinkProgress
"At a time when many states and cities are working passing minimum wage increases, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) has gone in the opposite direction and signed a law banning cities from passing higher wages. The bill also bans them from enacting paid sick days or vacation requirements. The law will stymie the efforts of activists in Oklahoma City, where a labor federation has led the push on a petition to raise the city’s minimum wage to $10.10 per hour. The state’s current minimum has been set at the federal level of $7.25. In 2012, 64,000 workers in the state earned $7.25 an hour or less, making up 7.2 percent of all hourly workers, a larger share than the 4.7 percent figure for the country as a whole." - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
Steven Perez
WATCH: Congressman Tells Black Constituent He's Not Sure The Civil Rights Act Is Constitutional | ThinkProgress -
WATCH: Congressman Tells Black Constituent He's Not Sure The Civil Rights Act Is Constitutional | ThinkProgress
"GAINESVILLE, Florida — Last week, former presidents and dignitaries celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, which bans many forms of employment discrimination and whites-only lunch counters, among other things. This week, a Republican congressman declared that he’s not sure if the Civil Rights Act is even constitutional. Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL), a freshman congressman aligned with the Tea Party, held a town hall Monday evening in Gainesville where he fielded a wide range of questions from constituents. One such voter was Melvin Flournoy, a 57-year-old African American from Gainesville, who asked Yoho whether he believes the Civil Rights Act is constitutional." - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
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