not all the good ole boys are boys

obama – collyer

Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Over Drone Killings of US Citizens

US District Judge Rosemary Collyer has dismissed Nasser al-Awlaki’s lawsuit against Obama Administration officials over the assassination of his son and grandson in US drone strikes in Yemen.

Collyer argued that it was “impermissible” for the courts to get involved in “operational combat decisions regarding the designation of targets,” though the US is not involved in combat in Yemen, where the killings took place, and the assassinations were rather planned months in advance, and publicized before they took place.

Collyer is a Reagan/Bush XLIII/Roberts appointed stooge – a FISA judge rubber stamper. “If people can’t trust not only the executive branch but also don’t trust Congress and don’t trust federal judges to make sure we’re abiding by the Constitution, then we’re going to have some problems here,”

9 April

Not all the good ole boys are boys … but most of ‘em are …

SEC Goldman Lawyer Says Agency Too Timid on Wall Street Misdeeds

Retiring White House Prosecutor Says the SEC Is Corrupt

… the ones who get the Big Bucks are.

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a still-classified senate intelligence committee report …

CIA scandal: Leaks reveal brutal torture methods and government lies

A still-classified Senate Intelligence Committee report contains damning information on both the extent of US torture methods and the lies of top CIA officials about these programs, according to information in a Washington Post article on Monday.

7 April

Leak the CIA report: it’s the only way to know the whole truth about torture

A Senator can use the Constitution’s Speech and Debate clause to read the full, classified report into the record, as Sen Mike Gravel did with the Pentagon Papers in 1971.

Those were the days when a few men and women in government were still men and women. Not so any longer. They’re all corporate stooges now.

We need to replace them all.

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you see that desert out there, I want to show you something

now I am become death, the destroyer of worlds

War Party Oligarch

The 2016 presidential hopefuls “are falling at his [Sheldon Adelson's] feet,” said a veteran Republican strategist of the 80-year-old oligarch. Each of those who came – [Jeb] Bush, Chris Christie, and Govs. Scott Walker and John Kasich – apparently auditioned, one by one, before the godfather.

Note … that’s the War Party, not the Demoblican or the Republicrat Party … the War Party comprises both, and Adelson’s cash spends just as well with either media profile.

Adelson says Obama should fire ‘atomic weapon’ at Iran, not negotiate

What are we going to negotiate about? I would say ‘Listen, you see that desert out there, I want to show you something.’ …You pick up your cell phone and you call somewhere in Nebraska and you say, ‘OK let it go.’ And so there’s an atomic weapon, goes over ballistic missiles, the middle of the desert, that doesn’t hurt a soul. Maybe a couple of rattlesnakes, and scorpions, or whatever. Then you say, ‘See! The next one is in the middle of Tehran. So, we mean business. You want to be wiped out?

The recommendations were met with applause by a Yeshiva University audience.

starts ~ 05:20

October 22, 2013, Yeshiva University, Lamport Hall. Left to Right, Yeshiva president Richard Joel, Wall Street Journal columnist Bret Stephens, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, and Sheldon Adelson

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what to expect from the outsourced corporate employees
posing as our representatives

udall – wyden

NSA performed warrantless searches on Americans’ calls and emails – Clapper

“This is unacceptable. It raises serious constitutional questions, and poses a real threat to the privacy rights of law-abiding Americans. If a government agency thinks that a particular American [1] is engaged in terrorism or espionage, the fourth amendment requires that the government secure a warrant or emergency authorisation before monitoring his or her communications. This fact should be beyond dispute,”

the two senators [Wyden/Udall] said in a joint statement.

They continued:

“Today’s admission by the Director of National Intelligence is further proof that meaningful surveillance reform must include closing the back-door searches loophole and requiring the intelligence community to show probable cause before deliberately searching through data collected under section 702 [2] to find the communications of individual Americans.”

reposter’s notes

[1] actually, the 4th amendment doesn’t confine itself to Americans but speaks of the people.
[2] actually, section 702 defines the dragnet, collecting not the communications of ‘a particular American’, under warrant, but of millions of Americans, ‘by accident’, along with the communications of everyone else in the world.

This is pure weasel/waffle bullshit. Exactly what we have to expect from the outsourced corporate employees posing as our representatives in the House, Senate, Whitehouse, and Supreme Court of our USA.

Pass the NSA – Post Office resolution, weasels, if you’re serious.

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the shell game

Mother Jones lists 5 Things You Need to Know About Obama’s NSA Proposal.

Actually, there’s just one thing you have to know about the unconstitutional, criminal dragnet undertaken by the NSA, but it’s inexplicably listed as number 4 of 5 by Mother Jones : Obama could end the program now if he wanted to, but he’s waiting for Congress to act.

For completeness I enumerate Mother’s other 4 Things You Need to Know about Obama’s proposal:

  • 5. There are competing bills to end the program. Privacy advocates hate one all of them.
  • 2. Phone companies aren’t too psyched about Obama’s plan, so the administration might will ‘compensate’ them.
  • 1. Obama’s proposal only addresses the bulk collection of phone records.
  • 3. Obama’s plan is still missing a lot of key details.

The House intelligence committee’s proposal, sponsored by Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) and Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.), also pretends to end the bulk collection program, without actually doing so, but doesn’t require strict judicial review before the NSA queries phone companies for their customers’ records. It privatizes the NSA spying function. All three proposals do so.

The ACLU’s Richardson notes that the Rogers-Ruppersberger plan would allow the FBI and other agencies to directly demand information from companies. “It’s not a fix, it’s not even a half-measure,” she said.

The third proposal introduced by Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) and Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), also fails to end the NSA spying dragnet.

The way to end it is to end it. I have a suggestion myself.

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find a monkey wrench and stop the infernal war machine

find a monkey wrench and stop the infernal machine

Obama’s Sleepwalk Toward War

Does Obama realize that he is leading the US and its puppet states to war with Russia and China, or is Obama being manipulated into this disaster …?

Barack the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Obama is just doing what he’s always done … following the directions of the ‘wiseguys’ in the CIA.

Today the drive to war is blatantly obvious. The lies are obvious, and the entire West is participating, both media and governments.

PCR enumerates some ridiculous lies on the part of Canada and the US … he should read Der Spiegel International if he wants real ‘old-fashioned German’ propaganda.

Obama, whose government overthrew the democratically elected government in Ukraine and appointed a stooge government that has threatened the Russian provinces of Ukraine, falsely accuses Putin of “invading and annexing” Crimea.

Obama, or his handlers and programers, are relying on the total historical ignorance of Western peoples. The ignorance and gullibility of Western peoples allows the American neoconservatives to fashion “news” that controls their minds.

You and I are the only ones who can see through this wall of lies? Hah! The ‘ignorance and gullibility of Western peoples’ is cultivated, not only by the nihilist, imperialist Western governments but by us Western peoples ourselves. We just go with the flow – knowing full well its all a lie – and ‘hope’ for the best.

We all know where the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate is ‘leading’ … yet more war on an ever larger scale.

We are the ones who’ll be responsible for WW III – if we don’t stop it. We can see the wheels of the Wehrmacht turning, and they’ll just keep turning if we don’t find a monkey wrench and stop the infernal war machine.

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judicial coup d’état proceeds

the royal thai army appointed constitutional court of 2006
returns the favor in 2014

PPT reads the NYTimes for me this morning …

“It no longer makes sense to attempt to explain the current political situation in Thailand by relying on legal principles,” Verapat Pariyawong, a lawyer and commentator, said in a Facebook posting. “The current situation is more or less a phenomenon of raw politics whereby the rule of law is conveniently stretched and stripped to fit a political goal.”

Likhit Dhiravegin, a prominent academic and frequent commentator on television, said last week that an “orchestrated” judicial coup was already underway.

“This is a coup conducted inside the system by using regulations,” he said. “Don’t deny it — everybody knows about it, inside and outside the country.”

If it’s A-OK with the USG/CIA’s ‘newspaper of record’ … it’s A-OK with the USG/CIA. Stickin’ with who they ‘know’ … with who they’ve ‘known’ for my entire lifetime, since the year I was born.

Perhaps I should be writing CIA/USG ? since it is glaringly apparent that the CIA has thrown a coup d’état of its own in the USA.

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abduction and murder are what the royal thai police do
acquitting them for same is royal thai ‘justice’

The Blue DIamond, who has it now?

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the yellow coupsters’ courts and nacc prepare
the inquisition’s ‘justice’ for the prime minister

the yellow nacc and coupsters’ courts prepare
the inquisition’s ‘justice’ for the prime minister

from PPT

In consideration of the fact that the allegations made against me by both the opposition party and the NACC regarding the Rice Pledging Scheme, even though according to the Constitution the members of the NACC have the duty to act objectively when considering such a case, and given that the members of the NACC by implication (as a party which has made said allegations) can no longer act impartially while ruling on this case, I wish to submit the following observations:

  1. As it is set forth in the Constitution, the stipulation that proceeding with investigations of this kind must be based on the rule of law and without any unnecessary delay applies to every group, including for those who hold the position of political executive, unless specified due to special circumstances. Thus when considering other cases in the past when past political executive have been accused, there has normally been the established of investigative sub-committees first before hearings. However progress has not been made in any of the cases made against the previous government: such as the case for causing causalities and injuries to citizens while dispersing protests in 2010, as well as other corruption cases that were filed against the government that same year.

  2. According to the accusations that have been filed against me, which have only taken 21 days to prepare and file (including a substantial number of corruption allegations which require detailed evidence and supportive data), and given that it is a Constitutional right for those being accused to be treated fairly and given equal access to examine the evidence used against them, which in the end serves only to add credibility to the evidence used by prosecuting party or in this case the NACC; I have no alternative but to conclude that as far as the examination of evidence and witness in this case is concerned, I have not been treated equitably or received any justice.

  3. On the charges of negligence of duty in the rice pledging scheme that I have been accused of, there are a large number of witnesses and documents that need to be collected from many different agencies. These documents and witnesses are vital for my defense of the case. However, the agencies that I need to acquire the documents could not produce and release the documents in time. Therefore, I asked my lawyers to liaise with the NACC to request for the postponement of the date in which I have to defend the case for another 45 days in addition to the 15 days that have been given.

But my request for the postponement was rejected by the NACC and not even one day extension was given, on the other hand the NACC claimed that it had over a year to examine the documents to press ahead with the charges against me. It seems to me like a denial of justice by the NACC.

As I am the Prime Minister, the public will need to be fully informed of all details of the legal case related to me. The public will also need to be informed of evidence and substance of both sides. The NACC, which is not the intermediary to the case, but the NACC and I are in fact the opposing parties in this case. Therefore, the case should proceed in a fair manner and according to due process, whereby each of the parties should refrain from accusing other parties of wrongdoing out of the boundaries of legal procedure. It would be a good example whether the stakeholders conduct their act in accordance to the rule of law and due process.

The NACC also suggested that by not attending the hearing of the legal charges in person, it is not possible for me to understand the details of the case. This is incorrect as I can examine the accusation through the written documents.

The documents that were used to file accusations against myself also included the interview by Mr. Vicha Mahakhun, given to the Than Sethakit newspaper, which mentioned that I have to take the responsibility in the rice pledging scheme. I should have been given access to necessary documents so that I can be able to present my side of the case more accurately. The NACC denied my request, suggesting that it is an important document and could affect the legal procedure. This should be seen as infringing my basic rights of a Thai citizen as stipulated in the constitution. The documents that I was initially given was only 49 pages long and last Thursday I was given additional 280 pages. This means that I will only have 3 days to examine the additional 280 pages before I must defend my case on Monday.

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In thailand you serve 13 months once you’ve been framed
then acquitted – if you’re lucky

somyot has been in prison for more than three years
he was set-up for lese majeste by thaksin and his righthand man, jakrapob penkair
somyot remains an ‘official’ non-person to the great man’s kid sister, pm yingluck

“Good” news on one lese majeste case, says PPT, tongue in cheek. Khun Achara covered the case. She’s limited as to what she can say … she works for the Vejjajiva Post.

Of course it is good … better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick … that Surapak Puchaisaeng is at liberty, but the salient facts of the case are that

1. he was framed and
2. “prophylactically” imprisoned for 13 months before his trial and acquittal.

And then they tried again!

What about the cops who framed him?

What about the ‘judges’ who imprisoned him?

The more than a year of his life stolen from Surapak by the Thai ‘justice’ system is irreplaceable, but he ought to receive every conceivable baht he might have made in that year, times ten – tripled as punitive damages.

The cops who framed him ought to get the decade in prison that is routinely meted out to lese majeste victims.

The judges who sent him up the river for 13 months ought all to do 13 months hard-time themselves.

Pretending that ‘everything is all right’ and that ‘justice has prevailed’ is worse than a sick joke … it’s a concerted cover-up of state crimes by the Thai MSM. That, too, is routine,

Don’t forget Darunee and Somyot! And the The Network of People Affected from Imprisonment in Political Conflict after the Coup of 2006, still recovering from the purposeful, routine miscarriage of Thai ‘justice’.

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NSA is EVIL spelled backwards … or forwards

google map
Malaysian PM: Missing plane crashed in southern Indian Ocean

This official version should be treated with scepticism. The Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday that US and British intelligence agencies “provided key information” leading searchers to focus on the southern Indian Ocean, “according to Australia’s military and others familiar with the matter.” The report did not specify what information the agencies had provided.

I’ll bet the sadists at the NSA watched the thing flame out and crash, and knew … probably well before the end … where it was going down. And exactly where it is now. Probably have pictures from US submarines. Could retrieve the blackboxes … if they wouldn’t ‘embarrass’ Boeing.

The thought of telling the families of the passengers the fate of their loved ones certainly never popped into their criminal, diseased, cross-haired-drone brains.

I’ll bet that they and Boeing know exactly what caused the whole tragic saga.

NSA is EVIL spelled backwards … or forwards. Kill the NSA.

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meanwhile, in thailand
it’s springtime for suthep and the fatherland

there are complaints from the red cross about using their logo
to cover armed encampments of soldiers occupying bangkok

So … what’s happening in Thailand? The Royal Thai Army has well over 100 ‘forts’ on the streets of Bangkok to ‘protect’ the anti-democracy insurrectionists … soon there’ll be 200 according to Royal Thai Army Chief Prayuth, the Butcher of Bangkok 2010. Two hundred detachments of armed soldiers on the streets of Bangkok … but there’ll be no coup! It’s a fait accompli.

The news was full of the ‘anti-government protestors’ awhile back, but as the bullets began to fly and they came to be perceived as the anti-democracy insurrectionists that they are the western neo-liberal MSM went all sotto-voce.

Who are ‘they’ ? They are about 15% of the population, the “Great Mass of the People”, the Democrat Party … some masked, some un- … and their goal is to make an election in Thailand impossible.

The latest wrinkle is the Royal Thai Army’s Constitutional Court – appointed by the coupsters after they’d torn up the Thai Constitution in 2006 and substituted their own in 2007 – have just ruled that the election begun on 2 February must be abandoned.

Working together, the coup-appointed Election Commission and the popcorn gunmen sabotaged the election, and then the coup-appointed Constitutional Court dutifully ruled it null and void.

So all the Democrat Party and its popcorn gunmen need do now is shoot some voters to nullify any election, to have it called off by the coup-appointed Courts and/or Commissions.

The Royal Thai Army never interferes with the popcorn gunmen when they operate. In fact, at least some of them are surely Royal Thai Armed Forces out of uniform.

the popcorn gunman

The guy above … with his M-16 in a popcorn bag, to catch the Royal Thai Army issued shells as much as to hide it … shot a 71 year-old Thai-Chinese from Songkhla in Bangkok the day before the 2 February election. Didn’t kill him, but the man is paralyzed for the rest of his life. He’d come out to stand up for his right to vote. The Democrat Party let him know in no uncertain terms there’d be no more voting for him … or, from now on, for anyone else in Thailand.

This is the Democrat Party in action. They’ve killed Thais seeking an election before … 90+ souls just four years ago … and know now they have zero chance of returning to power legitimately, i.e. by winning an election. So hear they are again, shooting Thais.

So this is the plan. The Democrat Party and the rest of the fascist ‘elite’ embedded in the permanent, coup-appointed government will continue to drag their feet on the election, while importuning the elected, now caretaker, government to resign at every step along the way.

If another election must be held the popcorn gunmen will void it.

Alternatively, if Yingluck caves in and resigns there will be a new, unelected government appointed by the same people who appointed the Commissions and Courts. They’ll then change the rules again, removing all governmental power from any elected people, investing same in their unappointed selves … and then have ‘elections’.

Or if Yingluck does not resign the Commissions and Courts will create some new law, find Yingluck and her government guilty of ‘crimes’ thereunder, depose them, and disqualify them from seeking re-election.

It is gut-wrenching to see the ‘whole of Thai society’ (the whole of Bankok’s ‘elite’) marching back and forth in strophe and antistrophe, wringing their hands, moving the action closer and closer to the death of democracy in Thailand.

The claim is that they are the ‘good’ and ‘moral’ minority and as such are forced to extinguish the voices of the ‘immoral’ majority and any government it may elect.

They mouth these self-serving lies ceaselessly on radio, television, and in print. All of ‘official Thailand’ agrees with them : appointed university faculties, appointed privy-councilors, appointed buddhist monks … no one in Thailand believes a word of it.

It’s a bald smash and grab for power and swag, but in Thailand as long as the ‘elite’ control the tv and print newsmedia, the government employees, and can use the lese majeste inquisition to terrify the people and enforce mindcontrol – the chorus keeps marching, back and forth, chanting their tune.

In Thailand it’s not just theater … it’s ‘real’. And the western neo-liberal media are waiting with baited breath for it to be accomplished, so they can report it and make it ‘real’ there, too.

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the ‘Constitutional conflict’ was over before it began
the CIA won

udall – reid – wyden : obama – brennan

Whether you believe that Obama crawls around the oval office carrying John Brennan on his back or the other way around, the fact seems to be that the CIA is in complete control of the executive branch.

The legislative branch is reduced to full-time employees of Israel and the TNCs who fill the time between near unanimous votes for AIPAC’s bills with ‘stern rebukes‘ to the executive – which the executive laughs at and ignores. The sidemen seem in fact all to be wearing floppy shoes and red. round, rubber noses. And laughing all the way to the bank.

We have lost all control of our representative government. The worst possible people are in control. Our government, our nation, ourselves … we are all expendable in their view … and they are expending us.

Shall we stop them ? Up to us.

Constitutional conflict escalates between US Senate and CIA

Despite the sharp language of the Reid letters, the real position of the Senate Democrats is one of political prostration. …

This subservience was expressed in particularly cringing fashion in a letter sent to Obama Thursday by Senator Mark Udall, a member of the Intelligence Committee and a leading “critic” of CIA abuses. Udall hailed Obama’s weasel-worded promise of last week, to support declassification of the torture report “as soon as the report is completed.” Given that the report will not be “complete” until the CIA says so, this assurance is worthless.

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our vile, traitorous us political class

the manchin and wyden crime families

And those are just the ones who couldn’t threaten or bribe the author of the article or the editor or owner of the Daily Beast (whatever the hell that is!) to keep their names ‘out of the paper’. Wyden’s hit but Feinstein and her hubby walk … Mike and Kristi Rogers walk … this is a selective drive-by. You can bet that the author could have filled a book with the sagas of ‘our’ 546 premier crime families.

I mentioned to a friend that I’d felt ‘unclean’ after reading about the CIA’s James Jesus Angleton the other day, like I’d just read rank pornography devoid of any ‘socially redeeming value’. Or watched a snuff film.

I feel the same way having read this. It’s a month old. I’d never have seen it at all if it weren’t referenced … twice removed … by Sam Smith.

Thanks Sam, for dumpster-diving in the US MSM for me. Better you than me. What is the Daily Beast, anyway? Has the odor of the remnants of some deadtree outfit that’s now dead itself about it … not curious enough to find out. At least its not turning trees to newsprint anymore.

Get Elected, Get Your Kids Rich: Washington Is Spoiled Rotten

Senator, former West Virginia Governot Joe Manchin’s daughter Heather

Records show Mylan benefitted from millions of dollars worth of corporate tax breaks in the state during Manchin’s gubernatorial tenure. And these days, after stints as Mylan’s director of government relations and strategic development, Heather Bresch (née Manchin) is the company’s CEO, one of Fortune’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Business. All this without even an MBA—a 2008 investigation found that Bresch did not actually earn her degree from WVU as claimed. Officials had altered her official records and covered up for it, perhaps motivated by Mylan’s lucrative relationship with the University—co-founder Pushkar (Bresch’s business world fairy godfather) donated over $20 million and had the football field named after him.

Senator Ron Wyden’s son, Adam

Directly upon graduation from his Columbia MBA program he started his own hedge fund, no doubt capitalizing on contacts he made interning at the $19-billion fund of one of his father’s supporters, David Shaw. “Not many college kids get to intern on a D.E. Shaw portfolio for the summer,” Brian Marshall, who once ran the fund, was quoted as saying in a 2011 Bloomberg article on the younger Wyden.

Zeno Baucus, son of Senator Max Baucus

worked at a D.C. law firm after his graduation from Georgetown Law, but has since moved back to Helena, Montana, where he’s working as an assistant U.S. Attorney. In a funny coincidence, Max Baucus once recommended his then-girlfriend and now-wife to be the U.S. Attorney in the state.

And then there are the lobbyists—that professional amalgam of business and politics—the litany of which reads something like an Old Testament family tree.

- Andy Blunt, son of Senator Roy Blunt and brother of former governor Matt Blunt;
- Andrew Coats, son of Senator Dan Coats;
- Scott Hatch, son of Senator Orrin Hatch;
- David Roberts, son of Senator Pat Roberts;
- Shantrel Brown Fields, daughter of Rep. Corinne Brown;
- Giliane Carter, daughter of Representative John Carter;
- Sean King, son of Rep. Peter King;
- Clark Mica, son of Rep. John Mica.

Brad Enzi, son of Mike, Senator from Wyoming.

Enzi the younger has been overseeing the building of the Two Elk Power Plant in Wyoming for North American Power Group. The clean coal project has been notoriously slow going (it’s known to locals as “No Elk” and was supposed to be on-line during the Clinton administration). Senator Enzi pushed for Department of Energy funds to go towards clean coal research projects in his state and Brad Enzi’s company benefitted from them; it received nearly $10 million in funding to drill a well to study the site surrounding the plant, and Enzi himself earned $128,000 in compensation from the federal money. As of April of 2013, the well had not been drilled and the administration of the grant had been referred to the U.S. Attorney’s office for accounting irregularities.

Chaka Fattah Jr., son of Pennsylvania Congressman Chaka Fattah,

has similarly felt the double-edged blade of intertwining family, business, and political ties. The management consulting company he founded was paid $450,000 by an education firm with lucrative contracts with the Philadelphia City School District—turns out Chaka’s father requested a $375,000 earmark for the firm from a 2009 transportation bill. Both father and son are currently under federal investigation. “My company was awarded a contract for $450,000 in October 2010, based on a business decision by my client, it had nothing to do with my family ties,” the younger Fattah told The Daily Beast via email. Both father and son, who are are currently under federal investigation, deny any wrongdoing.

They say Ron Wyden’s a ‘nice guy’, for example, and he probably is. Much more charming than myself, I’m sure. But the system in which he is embedded is utterly corrupt and, fully invested in it, he is unable to change it … even if he wanted to.

We must turn them all out. Realistically, it’s our only hope. We did it once before and we can do it again.

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i can’t breath – again

18 March 2014

2 April

Back up over 200 μg/m3 PM10 here in Chiangrai. We’ll see how long it lasts.

25 March

We’ve had some thunder storms that have cleared the air … and put out the fires I imagine … so, I can breath again. PM10 ~ 50. I think it will climb again when things dryout … but that’s not now! I’ll try to keep the ‘air quality measurements’ up to date. If you’re interested, click in the NASA picture above…

Every year it’s the same in Northern Thailand. Certainly, people who’ve lived their whole lives here sicken and die before they otherwise would.

The government, which should concern itself exclusively with the well-being of the Thai people and the Thai land and the health of both, is presently paralyzed by the Siamese ‘elite’, who have never cared about Thailand or Thais and are seeking to throttle both again, in the course of their latest smash and grab for swag and power.

We ain’t seen nothin’ yet this year. PM10 concentrations are still in the 150 microgram/cubic meter range. They routinely go over 200 – for weeks at a time – when the fires really start raging.

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on exactitude in science

In the Deserts of the West, still today, there are Tattered Ruins of that Map, inhabited by Animals and Beggars;
in all the Land there is no other Relic of the Disciplines of Geography.

NSA surveillance program reaches ‘into the past’ to retrieve, replay phone calls

The National Security Agency has built a surveillance system capable of recording “100 percent” of a foreign country’s telephone calls, enabling the agency to rewind and review conversations as long as a month after they take place, according to people with direct knowledge of the effort and documents supplied by former contractor Edward Snowden.

By design, they vacuum up all the data they touch – meaning that most of the conversations collected by RETRO would be irrelevant to U.S. national security interests.

The RETRO tool was built three years ago as a “unique one-off capability,” but last year’s secret intelligence budget named five more countries for which the MYSTIC program provides “comprehensive metadata access and content,” with a sixth expected to be in place by last October.

It may … be seen as inconsistent with [nihilist, liar, CIA conman-stooge] Obama’s Jan. 17 pledge

“that the United States is not spying on ordinary people who don’t threaten our national security,”

regardless of nationality,

“and that we take their privacy concerns into account.”

[but here at CIA/Amazon/Bezos/WaPo central ... it only 'seems so'.]

Christopher Soghoian, the principal technologist for the American Civil Liberties Union, said history suggests that

“over the next couple of years they will expand to more countries, retain data longer and expand the secondary uses.”

On Exactitude in Science

… In that Empire, the Art of Cartography attained such Perfection that the map of a single Province occupied the entirety of a City, and the map of the Empire, the entirety of a Province. In time, those Unconscionable Maps no longer satisfied, and the Cartographers Guilds struck a Map of the Empire whose size was that of the Empire, and which coincided point for point with it.

The following Generations, who were not so fond of the Study of Cartography as their Forebears had been, saw that that vast Map was Useless, and not without some Pitilessness was it, that they delivered it up to the Inclemencies of Sun and Winters.

In the Deserts of the West, still today, there are Tattered Ruins of that Map, inhabited by Animals and Beggars; in all the Land there is no other Relic of the Disciplines of Geography.

Suárez Miranda, Viajes de varones prudentes, Libro IV, Cap. XLV, Lérida, 1658

Let us make ready Bluffdale – make it a pleasant home for animals and beggars.

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the zombies awake

Suthep – Phra Buddha Issara – Somchai Srisuttiyakorn
the Goon – the ‘Monk’ – the Mole

Politics in Thailand has been on hold … the anti-Election Commission has stymied the 2 February Election, I guess the plan is that everyone will just forget about it?

PPT alerts us to the latest machinations of the gang of six

  • the Election Commission,
  • the National Anti-Corruption Commission,
  • the National Human Rights Commission,
  • the Office of the Ombudsman,
  • the State Audit Commission, and
  • the National Economic and Social Advisory Council.

… the sleeper cells inserted into the Thai government with the Treasonous Mutineers’ Substitution of 2007 – they’d torn up the 1997 Constitution in their Coup of 2006 – to destroy democratic rule when the ‘elite’ decided the time was ‘right’, have awakened and are preparing to move.

To the mass media, all ‘elite’ controlled, having nothing else on TV, writing about nothing else … it’s a ‘done deal’ that democracy and elected governments are a thing of the past for Thailand? That’s their complicit projection.

The fascists are not more than 15% of the population … but they never are, are they? Not in Ukraine, not in Venezuela, and not in Thailand. It’s the application of money that buys the media, the street gangs, the Royal Thai Army and the national discourse. They’re backed up by the international neo-liberal elite as well, of course.

Will the other 85% of the people of Thailand stand by and watch the vile, corrupt fascist ‘elite’ destroy their fourth elected government in a row? Effect Yet Another ‘Elite’ Coup?

I hope not. Roll-back and Re-do.

The choice is government by election, or by the traditional mob. No one deserves an elected government more than the long-suffering Thai people.

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the land on its knees
and the home of the slaves

the land on its knees
and the home of the slaves

Ordinary Americans have more and more in common with Palestinians everyday.

American students, for instance, are now being oppressed by the Israeli Fifth Column that is overtly, no longer covertly, running our government and terrorizing our social institutions.

See Chris Hedges’ Israel’s War on American Universities.

First they came …” is a famous statement and provocative poem attributed to pastor Martin Niemöller (1892–1984) about the cowardice of German intellectuals following the Nazis’ rise to power and the subsequent purging of their chosen targets, group after group.

First they came for the Students for Justice in Palestine, and I did not speak out -
 Because I was not a Student for Justice in Palestine …

Then they came for the Native Americans, and I did not speak out –
 Because I was not a Native American …

Then they came for the Chicanos, and I did not speak out –
 Because I was not a Chicano …

Then they came for the African-Americans, and I did not speak out –
 Because I was not an African-American …

Then they came for the queers and feminists, and I did not speak out –
 Because I was not queer and not a feminist …

Then they came for me -
 and there was no one left to speak for me.

It is essential to note that US Aid to Israel is funding the lobby – adding insult to injury, or perhaps injury to insult is more apt – that provides … US Aid to Israel.

It is positive feedback. Only slaves on their knees – such as us Americans in relation to Israel – would allow themselves to be robbed and made fools of by the robbers at the same time, just as the Israelis are doing to us, and have been doing to us for fifty years – at least.

If I am not for myself, who is for me?
 And if I am only for myself, what am I?
 If not now, when?

Rabbi Hillel (fl. 30 BC – 10 AD)

There are, of course, plenty of American 5th Columnists who are only too eager to betray us for a buck from Israel … a buck put in Israel’s hands for that purpose by other American 5th Columnists, termed our ‘representatives’ in the House and Senate.

There were at least 410 of them in the House, at last count. And 58 in the Senate.

But see This is huge: Swarthmore Hillel breaks with Israel policy, at MuzzleWatch

What is hateful to thee, do not unto thy fellowman;
this is the whole Law. The rest is but commentary.

Rabbi Hillel (fl. 30 BC – 10 AD)

The writing is on the wall for the Israeli fascists. It will be the world’s Jews who bring them down. It certainly won’t be us genteel, gentile Americans, cowering here in the Land on its Knees and the Home of the Slaves … depositing the checks written to the American Israel 5th Column … recycled US Aid to Israel.

See also Israel is no ally – but is it even a friend?

Then see also the US Declaration of Independence (4 July 1776)

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

  • That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,

  • That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

We need to get up off of our knees and emancipate ourselves … take back control of our government.

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barack obama – death – the destroyer of worlds

people queuing for relief in obama/brennan’s destroyed syria

This is a picture I saw at emptywheel’s site. It’s a queue of people in Syria lining up for food in the penultimate nation destroyed by the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Barack Obama. Ukraine is the most recent, at this point, in the line of nations destroyed by Barack Obama.

20 April

13 die in fresh bout of mortar, bomb attacks in Syria

Thirteen people have been killed in a fresh wave of terrorist attacks carried out by foreign-backed militants in several residential areas across Syria.

Four people were killed and at least nine others wounded on Saturday when a car bomb explosion hit a convoy of Red Crescent trucks in the city of al-Salamiyah
in the west-central province of Hama.

Elsewhere, six people lost their lives after militants fired rocket and mortar shells on densely populated residential areas in the western city of Homs. Militants also attacked two hospitals in the city.

In the north, mortar shells fired by foreign-backed militants killed three Syrian citizens, including a 3-year-old child.

Reports say that more than 150,000 people have so far been killed and millions of others displaced because of the ongoing violence.

Syrian Rebel Car Bomb Kills 14 Outside Homs Alawite Mosque

A car bomb has exploded outside a mosque in the central Syrian city of Homs, killing at least 14 people.

The explosion occurred as worshippers left the Bilal al-Habshi mosque in the neighbourhood of Akrama after attending Friday prayers, state TV reports.

The area is largely populated by President Bashar al-Assad’s minority Alawite sect.

Besieged and terrified … and the food is about to run out for Damascus refugees

The desperate residents of a besieged district of Damascus are expected to run out of food on Sunday, leaving 18,000 people facing starvation and leading relief agencies to declare the crisis “unprecedented in living memory”.

The Nobel Peace Prize Laureate must be turning gleeful cartwheels! He loves to kill civilians so … in Libya, Syria, Iraq, Ukraine … and starve them if he can’t kill them directly. More cost-effective, means he can kill more for the same money !

19 April

As the bombs fall, the people of Damascus rally round Bashar al-Assad

I saw no armed men on the streets during the journey to my hotel, and in the city centre life appeared to be continuing as normal. Residents even claimed that President Assad often drives himself to his office from the relatively modest flat where he lives, and can sometimes be seen stuck in the rush-hour traffic. When I had lunch at a restaurant with a government minister, there was no visible security at all.

But after only a few hours in this city, it becomes clear that Damascus is not normal in the slightest. Several of its suburbs are held by rebel fighters, who pound government-held areas with mortars.

Many of the shells land harmlessly, or do not explode. Others cause mayhem. On Tuesday, one struck a school in Bab Touma (St Thomas’s Gate), killing one child and wounding roughly 40. [Obama's CIA | the CIA's Obama is supplying the weapons to kill the men, women, and children of Syria.]

I would judge not just that support for the regime is holding up, but that President Assad could very well win a popular election, even if carried out on a free and fair basis. Such elections are in fact due: the president must hold a poll before July 17 if he is not to exceed his constitutional term of office. An announcement is expected soon.

People here see their country as being threatened by foreign powers (above all Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey, all backed by the West) who are sponsoring the jihadist groups that make up the opposition. I was struck by the fact that this argument is not made only by the Alawite coterie around the president. I also heard it from Sunni Muslims, Christians and members of the various other cultural and religious groups that abound in Syria.

When I was in Bab Touma, I was approached by a shopkeeper, who insisted on taking me to his antiques shop. There, he served me tea and told me without rancour that no customers came to visit any more, and there were no jobs.

He walked me along an alleyway to his home and pointed to a destroyed balcony where his mother had liked to sit. Two months ago, she had been resting there as usual when she was killed by a direct hit from a mortar.

“Your government,”he told me,

“is the worst ever; they want Syria to be a democracy and ally themselves with Saudi Arabia, which has nothing to do with democracy.”

I do think the words of my shopkeeper friend are worth pondering. If the insurgents who killed his mother win the war, there will be no Christian churches in Syria any more (just as there aren’t in Saudi Arabia at the moment). Life will be similarly terrible for many of the ordinary Muslims who make up the great majority of the population.

There are no “good guys” in Syria’s civil war. But we should not be blind to the fact that there is a project out there to destroy its rich, pluralist and unbelievably intricate culture and replace it with a monochrome version of Wahhabi Islam, of the kind favoured by Saudi mullahs.

And for reasons that history may come to judge very severely, Britain, the United States, and the West have been aiding and abetting this project.

11 April

51 Killed as al-Qaeda Fights al-Qaeda on Syria-Iraq Border

Major fighting erupted in the oil-rich city of Bukamal, in Syria’s Deir Ezzor Province, as al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) attempted to wrest control from its rival al-Qaeda faction, Jabhat al-Nusra.

The city is doubly valuable for rebel factions, as it is both a source of oil revenue for its occupier and has a border with Iraq’s Anbar Province, a particularly big incentive for AQI, which presently controls much of Anbar as well.

At least 51 people have been reported killed so far as AQI has gained considerable ground. Nusra fighters have reportedly requested reinforcements in an attempt to keep the city.

AQI and Jabhat al-Nusra have been openly warring for months, since al-Qaeda’s parent organization disavowed AQI as too brutal for their taste, and endorsed Nusra as their official Syria affiliate. Despite losing their imprimatur, AQI has continued to control much more territory and seems to be the stronger of the two factions.

Iraq and Syria … Brennan/Obama/Bandar must be delighted! Warms the cockles of a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate’s heart, it does.

30 March

In talks with Saudi monarch, Obama prepares escalation of US-backed war in Syria

US President Barack Obama arrived in Saudi Arabia Friday, trailed by leaks to the Washington media suggesting that the US government had decided to escalate its intervention in the civil war in Syria. Press reports cited the ongoing conflict with Russia over Ukraine as a key factor in impelling the White House to change course in its attacks on Syria, a key Russian ally.

Hours before Obama’s plane landed in Riyadh, the Washington Post published a commentary by its well-connected foreign policy columnist David Ignatius, headlined “Obama appears ready to expand covert assistance to Syrian opposition.” Ignatius, the son of a Vietnam-era secretary of the Navy who has close ties to top CIA officials, is a frequent conduit for communiqués from the military-intelligence apparatus.

Citing “knowledgeable officials,” Ignatius gave an outline of the program as follows:

  • Doubling the number of Syrian fighters to be trained at US-run camps in Jordan, northern Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

  • Designating the Central Intelligence Agency, rather than the military, to run the training program and give it a “counterterrorism” focus, directed both at the Assad regime in Syria and the Al Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant organization.

  • Giving US permission to Saudi Arabia to supply a limited number of anti-aircraft missile launchers, known as manpads, on a trial basis and with a remote shutdown mechanism installed, for use against helicopters and low-flying planes.

  • Barring aid to three “rebel” groups: the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, Jabhat al-Nusra, and Ahrar al-Sham. Qatar, which has aided these groups, has agreed under US-Saudi pressure to stop doing so.

  • Funneling assistance to rebuilding local police and border security forces in areas where the “rebels” have displaced the Assad regime.

Ignatius concluded: “The rationale, bluntly stated, is that to reach an eventual diplomatic settlement in Syria, it is necessary now to escalate the conflict militarily.”

guest77 has a before and after picture of the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate’s work in Ukraine …

before obama – after obama

It’s the World the way the CIA and the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate like it. The way it was after WW II. The World outside the Americas destroyed, on its knees, with the malignant, greed-deformed and dwarfed US a relative giant…

They plunder, they slaughter, and they steal: this they falsely name Empire, and where they make a wasteland, they call it peace.

Tacitus : Auferre, trucidare, rapere, falsis nominibus imperium; atque, ubi solitudinem faciunt, pacem appellant. — translation Loeb Classical Library edition

I’ve been reading Twelve Years a Slave. It’s not possible to tell where Solomon Northrup’s account leaves off and David Wilson’s prose carries on, but sources attest that Solomon was both memorious and articulate.

In several places throughout the book the point is made that the unimaginable cruelty of the slave masters of – not only – the Red River was supported by their common society. There was a southern ‘gentlemens’ agreement behind it all, each absolving himself or herself as he or she absolved her or his fellows – in their cowardice they saw no other way to proceed. Perhaps, like their slaves, they secretly had the audacity to hope for change? They certainly had not the will to effect it.

Is that not what is going on right now, again in the United States of America today? Look at the unimaginable suffering purposefully inflicted on whole countries full of people by our Land of the Free and the Home of Brave. Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Yemen, Libya, Syria, Ukraine … Russia? China? Nuclear World War?

Why is there not a general outcry against the murderers, Obama, Brennan, et al. … for that is what they are : utterly lawless murderers causing the deaths of tens, of hundreds of thousands, and the dispossession of millions.

A shocking crime was committed on the unscrupulous initiative of few individuals, with the blessing of more, and amid the passive acquiescence of all.

Tacitus: The Histories, bk. 1, sect. 28.

“Twelve Years a Slave” stirred the memory of Thaddeus St. John, a New York county judge

who had witnessed Northup along with two boyhood friends, Alexander Merrill and Joseph Russell, while journeying to Washington, D.C. in 1841.

When St.John encountered the two men a few days later, they were without Northup but in possession of new clothes and flashy watches and ivory canes. St. John accused them of selling Northup for $500, but Merrill told him he was wrong – they had in fact sold him for $650.

Based on St. John’s lead, Northup identified Merrill and Russell as his abductors. Authorities arrested the pair in July 1854, and a hearing was held in the Saratoga County Courthouse. Merrill and Russell spent a few months behind bars, but ultimately the case fizzled amid questions of jurisdiction and statute of limitations.

A quest for justice against the slave trader who bought Northup in the nation’s capital also failed as the color of the black man’s skin precluded the kidnapping victim from being permitted to testify in court.

In spite of the memoir’s commercial success, Northup earned only $3,000, and his ultimate fate is still a mystery.

The last mention of him in the press occurred in 1857 when a Canadian newspaper reported that he was forced to flee a scheduled lecture appearance in Streetsville, Ontario, when audience members jeered him with racial epithets.

There is speculation that money woes forced Northup to become a vagabond, and there are even far-flung theories that he was murdered by Merrill and Russell or abducted into slavery for a second time.

So too have Barack Obama and John Brennan walked away from their crimes, enjoying their booty. Barack Obama retains his Nobel Peace Prize … can anything be more monstrous than that? Yes ! He retains the powers of the Presidency of the United States of America and his crime-wave continues! Is murder not a high-crime?

Yet all of us … do nothing. Nothing effective.

We may deplore his crimes … but they continue. What good does our disapproval do his … OUR … victims? Victims of the democratic government of the United States of America?

Worse than their immunity is their continued perpetration of their crimes ! in broad and broader daylight. On the front page. On the nightly news.

The bottom line is that our nation has been on a rogue, murderous rampage since the beginning of the century and the only thing that counts is not our disapproval, not even our sanction of our criminals (if and when that ever does occur), but our rising up and ending these crimes!

Slavery in America was bestial and criminal … is not nation breaking … our attempt to enslave the world … at least as bad or worse? Our victims are precluded from testifying in court … we must rein in our spearmen ourselves!

What must we do to end their/our crimes, how far shall we go?
We must do what it takes and go as far as we must.

Or shall we be ‘good Germans’, and all point at each other after the collapse of our spree, when our national crimes can no longer be denied. Shall we all just hang on till the end, or until we die … and leave our children and grandchildren to clean up our mess?

I remember the phrase … “Impeach the Cox Sacker!” Do you? Is not Barack Obama’s refusal to turn over the documents required by the Senate Committee on Intelligence Oversight at least as serious as was the dismissal of a special prosecutor?

We must see Barack Obama and John Brennan removed from power ! and in the dock … and our call must then be “Next?” to whoever dares attempt continue their crime streak when they’ve been put out of business.

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read the cia torture report into the congressional record ! or

12 April

CIA and White House under pressure after Senate torture report leaks

A leak of the major findings of a landmark Senate inquiry into the CIA’s post-9/11 torture of terrorism detainees led, on Friday, to intensified pressure on the White House and the CIA to release the inquiry speedily and with a minimum of redactions.

Only in our degenerate US of A could the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence … the Senate Committee charged with overseeing the CIA … be begging – “Pretty please, with sugar on it” – the CIA to release … not its 6000 page report on criminal CIA torture, but a bowdlerized 300 page summary of its report !

If you cannot perform … resign ! Allow a new group of real senators to take your cowardly, traitorous places on the Senate Select Committee … if such a group can be found among the traitorous representatives of the TNCs in ‘our’ United States Senate.

While replacements who will represent us, the American people, rather than the metastasizing Intelligence-Industrial Complex may or may not be found among your other fellow travelers in the senate one thing is a 100% certainty : you have been unwilling and unable to bring yourselves to do what simply must be done.

Read your FULL report into the Congressional record! or … RESIGN!

Dear Dianne Feinstein, Saxby Chambliss, Jay Rockefeller, Richard Burr, Ron Wyden, Jim Risch, Barbara Mikulski, Dan Coats, Mark Udall, Marco Rubio, Mark Warner, Susan Collins, Martin Heinrich, Tom Coburn, Angus King,

Read your 6000+ page committee report on CIA torture into the Congressional Record !

Follow the example of Senator Mike Gravel who read the Pentagon Papers into the Record on 29 June 1971.

Unlike our one and only present American hero, Edward Snowden, you are protected from John Brennan and Barack Obama and their drones by our Constitution …

‘ for any Speech or Debate in either House, [you] shall not be questioned in any other Place’ …

US Constitution, Article I, Section. 6, Clause 1:

… while our Constitution still lasts.

John Brennan and Barack Obama are pitching what amounts to a coup d’etat against us, the American people, and our Constitution.

Frankly, your cowardice and complicity with the NSA, the CIA, the putrid Washington alphabet soup of corrupted agencies, has been a disgraceful public exercise up until now … but there will be more joy among the American people when a single Senatorial Committee repents than when 100 righteous Senators (a purely theoretical construct) persevere.

The CIA already ‘owns’ the Whitehouse, just as the NSA ‘owns’ your committee. Barack Obama seems to take his orders from John Brennan and not the other way around, just as you do from the NSA.

Can you stand up to this coup? Or will you, too, knuckle your brows – as you’ve been doing – to the totalitarian ‘security’ regime that has overrun our nation’s capital now that it has publicly attacked your very own ‘oversight’ committee ?

The eyes of America and the world are on yourselves during this coup attempt.

If you fail us, the coup will succeed, and any hope of government of the people, by the people, for the people will have vanished from this earth.

Speaking as a American citizen who votes in the Great State of Texas … like a whole other country … I invite you to click on the names of each of the 15 senators who make up the committee that’s been overlooking the crimes of the ‘intelligence’ cabal in ‘our’ US government and … read them the riot act as I have tried to do … or ‘reason’ with them … or beg them … as is your wont … to stand up to the putsch!

Something made Obama/Brennan/Kerry back down from their overt war against Syria. I think that our overwhelming clamor to the congress via phone, snail and email did it.

Can we afford not to give it a shot in the midst of this coup ?!

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