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U.S. Has 7th Highest Cancer Rate in the World WebMD

Maine Quietly Mounting Massive Support for Historic GMO Labeling Bill Nation of Change (furzy mouse)

“Download this gun”: 3D-printed semi-automatic fires over 600 rounds ars technica (Chuck L). Where can I buy Kevlar futures?

CROOKED CLEANUP: Workers break silence to allege boss ordered corner-cutting Asahi Shimbun

Spill Underlines Environmental Concerns New York Times

Kay Kay: The Girl from Guangzhou Aljazeera (Lambert). From late last year, still interesting.

Greece demoted to ‘emerging market’ Telegraph

The Shortsighted History of ‘Argo’ Consortium News (May S)

NATO Shot Dead Two Afghan Children in Latest Attack on Civilians CommonDreams (May S)

The Saudi Arabization of Islam CounterCurrents

Ben Affleck’s Film ‘Argo’ Is ‘Weak,’ Iranian Envoy Says Bloomberg

LOBBY TO GET ISRAEL EXEMPTED FROM SEQUESTRATION MJ Rosenberg (Carol B). You cannot make this stuff up…

A sordid business Chris Hayes, MSNBC (Brindle)

Bitter Pill,’ despite insights, falls short on remedy PNHP (Lambert)

Report: Poor U.S. Students Receive Developing-World Educations NextCity (May S)

Is the University of Virginia Really Out of the Woods? E. F. Beall Firedoglake. UVA alumni, raise holy hell!

Texas Declares War on Robots Robots (furzy mouse). Note this site does not like the bill, raising the usual line that it is overly broad. If you are in Texas, consider supporting the bill.

A BusinessWeek cover crosses a line Columbia Journalism Review

New Cars Increasingly Out of Reach for Many Americans CNBC (Joe Costello)

Lords of Disorder: Billions for Wall Street, Sacrifice for Everyone Else Truthout

13 arrested as 200 march on Wells Fargo demanding fair banking practices OccupyHomeMN

Look Out, Wall Street: The Goldman Sachs Partners Ball Is Back New York Magazine (Lambert)

Promises, Promises at the New York Fed Gretchen Morgenson, New York Times. The New York Fed sells favorable testimony to Bank of America. Is the bank in such desperate shape that the Fed will throw it help on any and every issue?

This Story Stinks New York Times. Today’s must read. Wow, even more important to police ad hominem attacks than we thought!

Antidote du jour (furzy mouse). I happen to like crows. See here why. This crow seems to be impersonating the “Uncle Sam Wants You” poster.

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76 comments

  1. Jonah

    The texas drone bill is awful. It exempts most law enforcement while crippling the ability of environmentalists and activists to document violations. It was inspired by an activist that used a drone to take pictures of a rancher illegally dumping cow blood into a river.

    1. ambrit

      Dear Jonah;
      It is par for the course in a Police State. In fact, since knowledge is power, it is perversely logical for the State to try and monopolize even this “soft” kind of power to inflict harm, or coerce.

    2. MacCruiskeen

      Yes, it is clearly the brethren of the ag-gag bills making the rounds of various farm states and not intended to inhibit government surveillance. Any agency that thinks they don’t need warrants for serveillance isn’t going to be slowed down by this.

    3. Furzy Mouse

      the Texas drone bill came about because an environmentalist was able to demonstrate, and have fined, a rancher polluting a river with fresh blood…well now, gotta protect them ranchers!! who cares about them rivers, anyway??!! I actually dread the day I see drones overhead, as they may be armed, but denying their civilian use deprives us of a lot of freedom and information.

      1. ambrit

        Dear Furzy Mouse;
        I wonder what the German Anarchists are up to lately in regards to counter drone technology? That Berlin Cadre seems H—bent on turning the tables once in a while. Good for them!

        1. Furzy Mouse

          Perhaps you’ve seen some of the OTC drones for sale on the ‘net? Not very expensive, camera to go, and, it occurs to me, who’s gonna stop a swarm of them?? (If I can buy an assault rifle, why not a drone??) Bet the goon squad’s RPG’s would miss them!! I wish the German cadre lots of fun with this…

          1. PunchNRun

            Oh boy, if that’s not one of the all time bad ideas, I don’t know one. The first thing my uncles taught me about hunting with a rifle was to be very aware of what is beyond what you are shooting at, because rifle bullets are lethal at long distances. Just the thought of a bunch of yahoos blasting away at small, hard-to-see drones in the sky is likely to trigger my next nightmare.

            Of course the TV camera sending its view of what’s around it might lead to fast apprehension. And nobody with a lick of sense would do anything like that, right? Oh, wait.

  2. ambrit

    Friends;
    In reference to the NYT piece, “This Story Stinks,” well, “Ecce homo” anyone? As some around the Web have demonstrated, ridicule and obloquy are potent weapons when partisan warfare is the norm.

    1. DANNYBOY

      I guess that all of the Comments on Today’s Must Read “This Story Stinks” have been removed. I find it ironic that Comments posted here about this site’s attacks on sincere commenters, get airbrushed out of the conversation.

      I guess this site’s owners prefer to do all the nasty comments, without allowing any commenters to reply decently.

      Now I know where you stand on Comments. Your nasty is OK and any questioning will not be allowed.

      naked control.

  3. Jim Haygood

    From MJ Rosenberg:

    The Lobby will dispatch its 13,000 delegates to Capitol Hill to promote a resolution on Iran that is being introduced by Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC). The resolution “urges that, if the Government of Israel is compelled to take military action in self-defense, the United States Government should stand with Israel and provide diplomatic, military, and economic support to the Government of Israel in its defense of its territory, people, and existence.”

    In other words, if Israel goes to war with Iran we are at war too.

    Daily Beast quotes Columbia University professor, Gary Sick, who says that the effect of the resolution would be to authorize Israel to decide when and if the U.S. goes to war. “This legislation would effectively entrust that decision to a regional state. Such a decision is an American sovereign responsibility. It cannot be outsourced.”

    One day I was on the Hill when those busloads of AIPAC citizen delegates arrived. Most striking was their swagger. Unlike other citizen groups who visit Congress hat in hand, often for the first time, the AIPAC folks knew their way around and confidently expected to be treated with deference.

    Now if that great Friend of Israel, Sen. Bob Menendez, can take a break from schtupping 16-year-old girls in Santo Domingo and then haircutting their ‘donations,’ this resolution can sail through the Senate and then be whooped through the House by the customary 435-0 margin. (It used to be 434-1, but Ron Paul has left the building.)

    1. Laughing_Fascist

      The professor quoted by the Daily Beast didn’t bother to read the resolution. Its a “Sense of Congress” resolution and means nothing. And it uses weasel language to boot (“urges” and “should”). Just another day of pandering to AIPAC.

    2. Doug Terpstra

      “… the effect of the resolution would be to authorize Israel to decide when and if the U.S. goes to war.”

      Quelle surprise! Not. The Israeli tail has been wagging the US dog for decades, and thanks to Obama, the Neocons are still firmly in control of US economic and foreign policy. The US Knesset is wholly captured, so the vote on any bill introduced by AIPAC is always nearly unanimous. If Israel and AIPAC want the US to declare war on Iran, it’s a done deal.

  4. Sufferin' Succotash

    Even the most bored students in my history classes look like Bambi in the headlights when I lecture about Germany giving Austria-Hungary the famous “blank check” in July 1914. For those of you who came in late that was the German guarantee to back Austria-Hungary in its quarrel with Serbia “come what may”. Welcome to World War I. The students can’t believe that any country could be so goddam STUPID as to give up its policy-making options like that. Now we just might see a replay, just in time for the 100th anniversary of WW1!

    1. ambrit

      Dear Sufferin’ Succotash;
      I think maybe Russias’ guarantees to Serbia are a better fit for the present situation. I’m just afraid of a false flag attack on a tanker in the Persian Gulf.

  5. Bridget

    We had a pet crow years ago. He lived outside, but depended on us for food. Every morning I soaked dog food in milk and took it outside. I’d hold up my wrist, and he’d swoop down from whatever tree he was in to get his breakfast. He collected all manner of small, shiny objects…coins, nails, jewelry. We’d periodically find his stashes and were always amazed at the things he had stolen.

  6. Inverness (@Inverness)

    Sometimes the comments are better than the article — it really depends on the website. When so much of big journalism is co-opted, good commenters contextualize the material. The New York Times openly admitted to getting Obama’s approval before publishing certain stories to the BBC. Let’s not forget their wonderful coverage of Occupy Wall Street and Bradley Manning, and shaming of Julian Assange.

  7. Furzy Mouse

    regarding crows…I talk to “mine” all the time…and they reply! we have conversations! actually, the crows are not that fond of chatting with me,and often cut the chats short, descending into stony silences,as compared to “my” owls, who are very happy to engage in a dialogue…if you have lots of time, crows feature vividly in the book series “Game of Thrones” (not so much in the HBO series of same).

    1. Eureka Springs

      Crows are arrogant. I love chatting with mine, but most of the time I realize I’m just heckling them…) They do know, even from afar, when my call means I’m dumping table scraps in the yard.

    2. craazyman

      I don’t mean to be a mood-killer, but youze all do realize they’d eat you right off the road with their beaks if yuz got flattened by a truck. But what are friends for? Bwaaaaak.

      1. ambrit

        Why is that a mood killer craazy? I’m assuming that most of the folks around here support recycling, eh?

        1. Susan the other

          I blame our crow prejudice on Poe. The native Americans considered them good luck.

      2. KFritz

        They’d have to wait for scavengers with better tools to begin dining. Their bills can’t break through any sort of skin to get at viscera, etc. They need raptors, rodents, or animals with canine teeth to ‘begin the buffet.’

      3. Lambert Strether

        Once in CA I was walking under a telephone line on which a crow was sitting — and it dropped a dead squirrel about a foot in front of me, just for laughs, I am convinced.

    3. dale pues

      Crows harass owls and hawks, which hunt rats that pilfer the barn and the silo. Crows eat the eggs of cardinals, robins, quail, even chickens, especially chickens. Also, crows eat baby ducks.

    4. direction

      perhaps they eat puppies too.

      My partner’s dog was a rescue from the woods. His ex-wife saw her several times dropping the kids off at a remote bus stop but she could never get the dog to get in the car. As winter approached, it have been raining for a couple weeks when the dog finally acquiesed and jumped into the car and started licking the kids’ faces.

      She had some dried afterbirth hanging from her at the time. They always wondered if that was why she hated crows so much. every morning she would run outside and chase them away from the compost pile.

      Fast forward 15 years. The dog was slowing down with age and she began sleeping in. Unable to get out of the house on her own, the crows began to come looking for her. They came closer everyday, until they were hopping around on the roof. One morning I came down to see one peering in the window by the stairs, waiting for her to come out and start the morning in their traditionally established manner.

      I also have a friend who witnessed a conference of crows. She saw a couple dozen in a large circle out in a field talking to each other. just talking away.

      1. dale pues

        That’s a great story. Thanks. Yes, they are remarkable animals after all. Of all my years in the country I have never seen a crow’s nest with chicks in it. No doubt many folks have but I never have.

  8. dearieme

    “Smoking, pollution, environmental exposure, and genetics all play a role in cancers right alongside diet and exercise.”

    How extraordinary to miss off the biggest risk factor – age.

    I suppose that if allowance were made for age and smoking it might be harder to justify jobs in the Cancer Industry.

    1. Inverness (@Inverness)

      According to WebMD, Denmark has the highest rates of cancer in the world? Note, there are only industrialized countries on the list. What’s going on? Am I missing something, here?

      1. dadanada

        just rich industrialized countries; where’s china?

        maybe wealth should be listed as a cause..

      2. Yves Smith Post author

        There is a theory that to a large degree, cancer is a vitamin D deficiency disease. If you are in Africa, 20 minutes of full body sun is something line 20,000 IU of Vitamin D. RDAs are based on diet, so it’s normative rather than based on any research as to what would be optimal for health. IIRC, the RDA for Vitamin D is only 400 IU.

        What muddies this of course is skin cancers. I’m told that ex skin cancers among non-natives (white people living where white people are not native), you see very low rates of cancer in equatorial populations. Look at India. Is it ANYWHERE on that list? Yet India is massively polluted, and has lots of people too poor to afford health care.

        I’d love to see data with skin cancer parsed out to see if it supports that point of view or not.

        1. p78

          1. Older Women Should Not Take Calcium, Vitamin D: Task Force
          Recommendations say evidence doesn’t support benefit of low daily doses to prevent fractures
          http://consumer.healthday.com/Article.asp?AID=665703

          [...]there was no evidence to support using the low-dose supplements — defined as 400 IU of vitamin D with 1,000 milligrams of calcium carbonate — as protection against fractures.
          There was “inadequate evidence” as to how higher doses — meaning more than 400 IU of vitamin D paired with 1,000 milligrams of calcium — might affect bone fracture risk, the task force noted.
          And it’s not clear at this point if vitamin D/calcium supplementation could help fight cancer and fractures in men and younger women, the recommendations added.
          There can be a downside to taking such daily supplements, given that there may be a slightly heightened risk of kidney stones

          2. Even Moderate Drinking Linked to Increased Cancer Risk
          http://shine.yahoo.com/healthy-living/even-moderate-drinking-linked-increased-cancer-risk-201100119.html

          Though people have long believed that a glass or two of wine can be good for your heart, the new study, conducted in conjunction with researchers in the U.S., Canada, and France, shows that the cancer risks far outweigh any heart-healthy benefits. [...]

          They found that alcohol could be blamed for about 20,000 cancer deaths each year, or 1 out of every 30 cancer deaths in the United States, which was about what they expected. But while heavy drinkers faced the highest risks, about a third of those deaths were among people who drank only small amounts of alcohol—1.5 alcoholic drinks or fewer per day. And it didn’t matter what type of drink was consumed; standard servings of beer (12 ounces), wine (5 ounces), and hard liquor (1.5 ounces) all contain the same amount of alcohol.

        2. Jan Krikke

          Yves, isn’t there a correlation between cancer rates and life expectancy? In Denmark life expectancy is nearly twice that of Africa. The longer you stay alive, the higher the risk of developing cancer.

        3. davidgmills

          My theory is that it is an estrogen disease. Nearly every carcinogen is an estrogen mimic or xenoestrogen. And estrogen dominance (abnormal ratio between estogen and progesterone which gets far worse for both sexes as we age) is thought to cause a number of types of cancer. But there is a link between low levels of Vitamin D and low levels of progesterone so you may be on to something as well.

  9. dearieme

    “NATO Shot Dead Two Afghan Children in Latest Attack on Civilians”: I didn’t know that Australia was a member of NATO.

  10. dearieme

    This crow seems to be impersonating the “Uncle Sam Wants You” poster.

    That’s very reasonable, as said poster was itself plagiarised.

    http://images.google.co.uk/imgres?q=your+country+needs+you&hl=en&biw=1724&bih=873&tbm=isch&tbnid=eD6vxNo8Gv8WOM:&imgrefurl=http://www.sterlingtimes.org/memorable_images53.htm&docid=YRS7VQ7KHaHIKM&imgurl=http://www.sterlingtimes.org/kitchener.jpg&w=577&h=762&ei=CHIzUbv9F42whAemk4GAAQ&zoom=1&ved=1t:3588,r:0,s:0,i:79&iact=rc&dur=1859&sig=102374284518826898076&page=1&tbnh=177&tbnw=134&start=0&ndsp=40&tx=86&ty=134

  11. Laughing_Fascist

    The crow story was extremely interesting. But the idea that crows are talking to each other is a bridge to far. More likely when the crows who were victims start attacking their victimizers, the actions excite the non-victim crows who then join in. Like bees. Or humans. No language needed for herd behavior.

    1. Zachary Smith

      I’m not so sure. If all humans were to suddenly vanish from the face of the earth, I’ve got a feeling another species would take our place in fairly short order -a few ten of thousands of years. That new bunch could be something from the crow family.

  12. diptherio

    Another Corvidae-lover, I see. Crows are great (as is Cracked…though I was a little shocked to see you linking to it).

    Here’s another good article on the wonderfulness of crows from my local indy rag.

    Lost Caws

  13. Inverness (@Inverness)

    BBC documentarian Adam Curtis: “That fixation on the primacy of individual experience and feeling is not going to go away. But we’re beginning to realize two things: first, that this individualism is limited, and second, that when things get tough economically, socially, and politically, and you are on your own, you feel isolated, and you feel weak. And actually, there are other collective ways of experiencing things, and thus acting, which need to be recaptured. “

  14. jsmith

    Oh goodie, the DHS has customized their domestic drones to be able to tell if a person is armed and track cell phones.

    Lucky they didn’t think about that upgrade before wasting wedding parties et al around the globe, huh?

    Oversight? (chortle)

    Interesting interview with Assad.

    Hey, maybe when our CIA-trained, aided and abetted terrorist scum in Syria end up kidnapping/murdering some of their former “handlers” we’ll get to see:

    Argo II: This Time It’s Syriaus

    Which would be kind of a heh-heh type joke except that it turns into a real knee-slapper when we find that the US State Department actually has rolled out a new front organization called “Syriasly” which describes itself as:

    “#Syriasly is a campaign of STAND, the student-led movement to end mass atrocities. Born out of the fight to stop genocide in Darfur, Sudan, STAND is devoted to creating a sustainable student network that actively fights genocide and mass atrocities wherever they may occur. We envision a world in which the international community protects civilians from mass atrocities. Visit http://www.standnow.org to learn about our other campaigns and get involved.”

    More about this nonsense here.

    Comment: Everyday I wake my cynical self up and ask “How will the American elite and their lackeys embarrass/enrage me today? Is there any conceivable way they can find a way to top yesterday’s performance?”

    And every single day they somehow rise to the occasion.

    1. jsmith

      And the CIA aided and abetted murders just never stop:

      At least 45 dead in Pakistan suicide bombing.

      Lashkar-e-Jhangvi claims responsibility in yet another attack in the CIA aided and abetted Sunni extremist world-wide campaign against Shiite Muslims.

      Oh and who did CIA agent/war criminal Raymond Davis have on his speed dial when busted in Pakistan.

      Oh, that’s right Lashkar-e-Jhangvi.

      Let’s see, ongoing attacks against Shiites in Iraq. Check

      Ongoing attacks against Shia shrines in Syria just today. Check.

      Further demonization/acts of war against Shia Iraq. Check.

      Just another day in War Crime, USA!!!

    2. Charlotte Simmons

      Thanks for the link! I signed up for the campaign to help the United States government subvert the Biological Weapons Convention so DoD can fight atrocities with untreatable genetically-modified pandemics!

    3. jsmith

      Just some a few more highlights from Standnow and Syriasly – two of the more disgusting and atrocious examples of propaganda and war criminality in recent memory.

      Prominently displayed on the standnow website – sniffle, who could be against genocide? – is a full page dedicated to the UN’s Responsibility to Protect doctrine which has been the new tool of American war criminals of late for armed “humanitarian intervention”. Here’s a good Counterpunch article on R2P and this development.

      In addition, here’s a quote from the standnow site:

      “Why do we think that’s an appropriate question to ask at this point? Well, you don’t need to be an expert on the situation in Syria to know that every international effort to address it has failed. Two successive United Nations envoys–first Kofi Annan and now Lakhdar Brahimi–have been unable to negotiate a diplomatic solution. Russia and China have blocked attempts by the UN Security Council to impose further sanctions on the Assad regime. Those sanctions that have been imposed by the United States, European Union, and Arab League are being undermined by the the Russian and Iranian governments’ continued financial support of the Assad regime.”

      Detect a bit of the USA! USA! in the subtext, do ya?

      Any mention of US aiding and abetting foreign terrorists in Syria?

      How those mercenary terrorists were relocated from places such as Libya etc to Syria?

      Nope, the only mention is how Syria’s poor neighbors like Turkey – where the jihadists are begin trained by the CIA – are – another sniffle – having to deal with the awful refugee situation.

      Wait but didn’t Syria take in nearly 2 million refugees from the Iraq during Americas illegal war there in 2003?

      Shut up, genocide-lover!

      If you go to read the petition at syriasly, you’ll no doubt notice that Assad’s leaving is understood to be necessary and fated.

      From the petition:

      “2) Develop a comprehensive strategy to facilitate a peaceful political transition after Assad’s fall and begin implementing it now with…[sorry won't let me copy and paste]

      3) [there are only 3 points] …the US can both make an immediate difference and help lay the groundwork for a peaceful post-Assad Syria.”

      What overthrow a sovereign nation?

      Nope, just doing a little R2P work, ma’am.

  15. Capt Reynaud

    Someone has a friend in the fine print department:

    Critics are questioning a provision of Walker’s budget that would allow certain tax evaders to escape the 61 new Department of Revenue employees the governor wants to add to expand tax enforcement, push intensive collection efforts and stop fraud. The new provision would allow a taxpayer to avoid paying owed taxes year after year if previously the state knew of the underpayment but took no action.

    “We talk about being tough on people who break the law, but this allows people to cheat. That’s extraordinary,” said state Rep. Cory Mason, D-Racine, who sits on the Legislature’s budget committee. “It’s kind of a wink and a nod.”

    Republican leaders said they would look closely at the provision, but they didn’t see it as necessarily unfair.

    http://journaltimes.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/49fc5375-8224-5522-b93f-13bd267391f6.html

  16. Chauncey Gardiner

    To add to the comments above regarding the linked MJ Rosenberg article but with a somewhat different slant, It will be interesting to see of the linked story about the AIPAC LOBBY TO GET ISRAEL EXEMPTED FROM SEQUESTRATION has legs. If so, that development is absolutely outrageous in light of what we are seeing and hearing elsewhere: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-03-01/druckenmiller-sees-storm-worse-than-08-as-seniors-bankrupt-kids.html.

    My intent in posting the link to the second article is not to diminish the very generous philanthropic endeavors of this particular hedge fund manager. But it is to question why staggeringly wealthy current and former hedge fund managers, Wall Street bankers, those who have inherited great wealth, corporate CEOs, and others in the 0.1 percent care a whit about imposing austerity, “balancing sovereign governments’ budgets”, and dismantling publicly popular social insurance programs that are presently adequately funded and with minor adjustments will remain so into perpetuity. Surely the great wealth these individuals have amassed has taken them far beyond the point where they fear for their personal economic welfare or that of their families in raw economic terms. All of us can also see the stark evidence of failure of Austerity policies in Southern Europe.

    Given their deep understanding of both the nation’s and the global monetary and financial system, I simply can’t fathom why they have adopted their Austerity policy lobbying stance, why they are intentionally misrepresenting fiscal effects, why they are sowing social and political division and discord, and why they have coopted the corporate media and many political leaders in an intensive effort to persuade the public of the economic necessity to adopt policies that reflect their views.

    I would like to understand the real reasons that underlie their policy views – their hopes and fears – rather than dismiss them out of hand with arguments about class conflict or pejorative terms that may or may not reflect reality. I would emphasize that this is not to ignore past actions by many in this group. I would further hope that this does not tie into the AIPAC article in more significant ways.

    1. Doug Terpstra

      Druckenmiller is drunk on Koch liqueur, a narcotic more addictive than heroin that instills a sense of unlimited entitlement beyond anything any of us can ever possibly fathom. As Charles Koch declared, when stealing oil from American Indians, “I want my fair share, and that’s all of it”*, Druckenmiller actually believes that seniors collecting SS benefits are thieves, without the slightest sense of irony. This is powerlust, an incurable disease at the heart of capitalism, that most of us can’t yet comprehend … but we’re learning.

      * http://www.gregpalast.com/i-want-my-fair-share-and-thats-all-of-it-the-kochs-the-xl-pipeline/

    2. Lambert Strether

      I commented:

      Really excellent strategic hate management. I expect no less from Mayor-for-Life Bloomberg’s house organ.

      Herr Druckenmiller, I have a modest proposal: How about I just kill myself, in exchange for a one-time cash payment from you, less than the amount I have prepaid into Social Security, so you net out positive?

      I promise to spend the money in riotous living, soon after which I will die happy in the knowledge that I must no longer live in a world where views like yours are published in serious venues.

    3. jsmith

      From a Marxist point of view this outcome is a natural outgrowth of capitalism – personal motives of the elite be damned – and I think that is the best avenue to take vis a vis Druckenmiller et al.

      I don’t give a flippin’ fuck what you think, mfer, you have too much.

      Period.

      I don’t care how you got it.

      I don’t care what you think about how you got it.

      I don’t care what comes out of your mouth.

      What I care about is that you have too much and the vast majority of humanity has too little.

      As a person who entertains conspiracies for kicks, I see the downside in people wasting their time on trying to determine the exact motives of the elite when the simple fact will always remain:

      You have too much sh!t and humanity is suffering for it.

      Go ahead and keep trying to snow us that it’s rational or something for us to be tolerant of your malevolence but once we see you for what you are and have, it really begins not to matter what comes out of your piehole.

      Capiche?

  17. scraping_by

    RE: NATO

    The first commenter in the Common Dreams site did a quick unscientific but very reasonable survey of the news stories on the Web about this. He discovered most of the headlines used the words ‘accident’ and ‘apologize’.

    This is basic crisis management PR. The goal is to shift the focus from the true story to the story where the client looks good, or at least, less bad. The shift is from wantonly shooting innocent civilians to accident. From busted cover-up to apologize. From violent occupiers to all-too-human defenders.

    We saw a paid version with the Carnival Cruise story. Not the suffering of passengers but the corporation’s concern. Not cheaping out on the ship’s engineering but the company’s concern. Not poor emergency planning but the corporation’s concern. Not compensation equivalent to the passenger’s losses but the company’s concern.

    Smokescreens are big business, and available to public groups, too.

  18. Valissa

    Look, It’s Come Down To This: Either I Have To Murder John Boehner Or He Has To Murder Me http://www.theonion.com/articles/look-its-come-down-to-this-either-i-have-to-murder,31504/

    The Thrill Of Constantly Collapsing Gets Me Off http://www.theonion.com/articles/the-thrill-of-constantly-collapsing-gets-me-off,31475/

    Arianna Huffington Unveils New ‘Huffington Man’ Aggregated From 84 Different Humans http://www.theonion.com/articles/arianna-huffington-unveils-new-huffington-man-aggr,31477/

  19. Valissa

    The Alcohol Prohibitionists Really Do Need To Learn Their Economics http://www.forbes.com/sites/timworstall/2013/03/03/the-alcohol-prohibitionists-really-do-need-to-learn-their-economics/

    Farmers’ lack of bees might be solved by going wild http://www.latimes.com/news/science/la-sci-wild-pollinators-20130301,0,918730.story

    America’s deadly phenomenon: The sinkholes that have swallowed homes, cars and businesses across the country http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2286909/Sinkholes-swallowed-homes-cars-businesses-country.html

  20. Roberto

    Enough with the bankorocracy, the time to act is now, three simple actions- remove asset from banks, blackout the corporate media, demand that the banks show they have actually lent something of value…together we can take them down, The March Manifesto..

    http://www.marchmanifesto.com/

    The time to act is now.. take action and spread the word

  21. readerOfTeaLeaves

    Okay, really, I just showed up here to scream and whine.
    I don’t generally click on HuffPo, but today I did — and spotted an item about Ann Romney **whining** that ‘the Media’ didn’t give her husband a fair shake. ‘The Media’ just didn’t let us ‘get to know the real Mitt’.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/03/ann-romney-fox-news-sunday-blame-the-media-mitt-loss_n_2801280.html

    AYFKM?!!
    This effrontery from a woman whose adored spouse **refused** to reveal his tax return history, **refused** to discuss his tax shenanigans, **refused** to divulge all his business history, and basically treated ‘the Media’ like a dog to be fed on hourly increments, just makes me gasp in disgust.
    And if he treated ‘the Media’ like a dog to be fed, as a member of the public who wasn’t privileged enough for The Mittster to deign to reveal possible tax violations in Switzerland, to say nothing of his Cayman holdings, I think Ann Romney has no clue how obnoxious, embarrassing, insulting, and clueless she is.
    Oh. My. Gawd….!

    If Yves wants Exhibit #8,423,988 on Rich People Whining About How They Got Screwed, I offer up this despicable gem at HuffPo.
    Unbelievable.

    1. dale pues

      Also, didn’t David Brooks say something about Romney’s problematical history from Mexico, polygamy in the family? and how it left a void in his personal tale?

    1. psycohistorian

      skippy,

      Its OMB you are referring to I think and what did you expect. She is the best the monied can buy and you have to parse your BS well at the OMB.

      1. skippy

        Ultracore 1974-77

        Smart Patrol

        He’s been with the world
        And I’m tired of the soup do jour
        He’s been with the world
        I want to end this prophylactic tour

        Afraid nobody around here
        Understands my potato
        Guess I’m only a spudboy
        Looking for a real tomato

        We’re the smart patrol
        Nowhere to go
        Suburban robots that monitor reality
        Common stock

        We work around the clock
        We shove the poles in the holes
        Wait a minute
        Something’s wrong

        He’s the man from the past
        He’s here to do us a favor
        ***A little human sacrifice***
        ***It’s just supply and demand***

        Mr. kamikazi mr. dna
        He’s an altruistic pervert
        Mr. dna mr. kamikazi
        He’s here to spread some genes

        Wait a minute
        Something’s wrong
        He’s a man with a plan
        His finger is pointed at devo

        Now we must sacrifice ourselves
        That many others may live
        Ok we’ve got a lot to give
        This monkey wants a word with you

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=twFHsWaFrD8

        Skippy… All Hail the CE/o in Thief and the 52 regional managers… all vying for the – corporate blessing – of individual – personal profit…

        PS. Gold – Silver et al[?]… naw… just a real tomato… I can eat it… and its getting far more rare… eh.

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