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So what have our neighbours to the South been up to here? 

Mysterious Air Force space plane to land soon


The GOP Reaction to Obama's Immigration Order Will Be Way More Damaging Than They Realize

There are several reasons why Obama’s executive action on immigration has put Republicans in a terrible bind. There’s the fact that conservatives are likely to respond by demanding a hardline position from the party’s 2016 nominee, torpedoing his or her electability. There’s the growing risk that conservative anger will force Republicans to do something epically stupid in the near term, like shut down the government.

Both of these reactions would be damaging. But, in fact, there’s a far deeper kind of damage that conservatives are about to inflict on themselves. It has the potential to set the party back years.

Anyone who’s followed politics during the Obama era has probably noticed that conservatives love to couch their positions in the language of process. So, for example, conservatives rarely admit they want to disenfranchise poor people and African Americans. They talk about the scourge of voter fraud, and the cosmic unfairness of letting ineligible people cast votes. (Never mind that documented cases of voter fraud are about as frequentas space-craft landings on comets.)

Or, take Obamacare. Conservatives rarely make the argument, which many seem to believe, that the program was essentially a pander to key Democratic constituencies, like the sick, the poor, and single women. Now that the program is working beyond expectations, they even shy away from criticizing the sort of risk-pooling that allows the previously uninsured to obtain insurance. Instead, they obsess over any indication that the law was passed through trickery. (See here for why that’s utter nonsense.)

Politically, it’s easy to understand why Republicans argue at the level of methodology, rather than owning up to their underlying beliefs. Saying you think too many black people vote, or that Democrats give too much free stuff to poor people, really isn’t the way to win elections these days. Just ask Mitt Romney, one of the few national politicians who didn’t grasp the need to conceal hisactual views on these questions.


More Brutal Than Previously Revealed

The torture report from our shoulder to shoulder allies and fellow NATO and NORAD hegemon is in.


 Yep, I read that too, its sickening, and the part with the anal feeding as far I ak concern consitutitutes rape as well, after all I doubt he conscented to be fed that way. I believe charges should laid qgainst the people invovled in this.



 Bullshit excuses for Torture. Those USA military types consent to waterboarding, and they know you'll stop if asked, these people did not.


 Millions of people are into S&M too, but that doesn't mean you could take a whip to POWs either. Consent is key here.


Not a word from any of the annointed ones in Parliament about the nature of the close and ongoing relationship to the US intelligence industry.  And since everything is pretty much the same in this country politically speaking, from one cabal to the next, there's no one to express concern or outrage on behalf of anyone.  We live in societies where communities have been tortured in secret by the police for so long, thanks to the myopia of the corporate media, and where in Poland of all places, new camps of another sort were opened up for business.


You are right - the obscene silence of our so-called 'representatives' is very telling. Of course we should never forget, that as Hannibal Lector's helpful little demi-devils in this criminal co-conspiracy, calling instead for harsher sanctions on Syria, Russia, Libya etc, they got /get in return, to share some of the imperial table-scraps...It will be up to ordinary Canadians to register a response or not, not America's good doggies in Ottawa...

Facing Justice: UN, HRW, Amnesty Call For Prosecuting US Officials For Torture (and audio clips)

"As a matter of international law, the US is legally obliged to bring those responsible to justice,' the UN's Special Rapporteur on Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights, Ben Emmerson, said in a statement issued in Geneva.

'The US Attorney General is under a legal duty to bring criminal charges against those responsible.

It is now time to take action. The individuals responsible for the criminal conspiracy revealed in today's report must be brought to justice, and must face criminal penalties commensurate with the gravity of their crimes.'


Foreign Minister John Baird Dodges CIA Torture Questions

"Foreign minister refuses to answer questions on Canadian authorities' ability to use information gleaned from CIA torture."


"We detained and handed over for severe torture, a lot of innocent people. Many were just local people: farmers, truck-drivers, tailors, peasants, random human beings in the wrong place at the wrong time." - Richard Colvin, Canadian diplomat in Afghanistan, 2009


RT Exclusive: John Pilger Talks CIA Torture and Media Complicity (and vid)

"I can almost write the editorials in The Guardian and others about what a principled, open society the US is. They've tortured these people for years, but they've got a wonderful Senate inquiry that has revealed it all to us..."


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It will be up to ordinary Canadians to register a response or not, not America's good doggies in Ottawa...

Likely not.  There is no mechanism available in the world today that has been able to address Israel's crimes against humanity.  As much as we might welcome it, I don't expect an uprising in Canada or anywhere else anytime soon that would seek to bring our leading criminals to justice.


They've tortured these people for years, but they've got a wonderful Senate inquiry that has revealed it all to us..."

They reveal their bloody hands every waking day.  It's not the revealing that is pertinent here, it's that it goes on and on in numerous configurations.


Like you, I don't expect any 'uprising' here anytime soon either. These things have to be organized for and this isn't being done. US Presidents and other war criminals come and go in my city with more people lined up to pay outrageous ticket costs to hear them speak, then protest their appearance. Some countries still have civil societies which are capable of some response to such things. Apparently this isn't one of them. USA has more activism - it will be interesting to see if this goes anywhere.


An 2013 Interview with former CIA Analyst and whistleblower John Kiriakou with RT's Abby Martin in light of the release of the Senate torture report.

John Kiriakou is now serving a prison sentence for his 'crimes' of CIA torture exposure. The criminals are on book tours etc.

Interview starts at 17:00...


The Canadian Torture State  -  by J Baglow

"Let the US be the US, that godawful prison-house continuing on its downward spiral. But no one should imagine for one moment that it is alone in using torture as a routine implement of policy.

Let us not be too smug, then, about the horrific revelations south of the border. Because to put it bluntly, we torture too -- and under Stephen Harper, torture has been officially and publicly sanctioned.


Compliments of the season everyone."

Report on CIA Torture Opens Door to Prosecutions of Top Bush Officials (podcast)

"there are renewed calls for the prosecution of top officials in the Bush administration and in the Agency, even as a Canadian caught in the same net asks about accountability, among those Canadians who may have indirectly [or DIRECTLY!] aided the US program.

Abdullah Almalki is a Canadian who was arrested and tortured in Syria. He was in Ottawa *starts at 15:24 min.* 'Maybe  Canada has its own program...'


Elizabeth Warren takes on Wall Street.


How the United States Rolls  -  by Slavoj Zizek

"...If we continue to 'roll' the way we do now, we are doomed, no matter how carefully we proceed.

We have to accept the threat as our fate.

The solution is to fully become aware of the explosive set of interconnections that makes the entire situation dangerous..."


Imperialism and the Politics of Torture  -  by James Petras

"The Senate Report's revelation of CIA torture of suspects following the 911 bombing is only the tip of the iceberg..."


RT-USA: Torture Prosecution...? (and vid)

"Thom talks torture prosecution with President Emeritus of the Center for Constitutional Rights, attorney Michael Ratner:

'If you don't prosecute the torturers now, the US will do it again and again and again..'


US Targeting Hundreds of Millions of Russian Civilians  -  by Robert Barsocchini



the use of violence or intimidation in the pursuit of political aims


"White House officials are openly expressing happiness with their siege/war tactics that they say are throwing Russia into an economic collapse, and are, as a scholar defending the siege notes, 'hurting the Russian public's ability to buy food or heat homes.'

This eagerness to starve and freeze children is particularly relevant given the recent publicity of the US's tactics of starving and freezing innocent detainees as well as people claimed to be 'suspects'..."


Freedom Rider: Ferguson Reverberates Around the World  -  by Margaret Kimberley

"White supremacy is followed only by worship of money as the very foundation of American life. A black president will do as little as a white one, perhaps even less, in order to separate himself from the group which arrived in chains and still lives at the margins..."


What is in the Senate Intelligence Committee Report on CIA Torture: Part 3  -  by Eric London

"This is the third of three articles summarizing the contents of the unclassified executive summary. The first article was posted December 16, the second on December 20..."

all linked here


Why America Can't Stop  -- by Michael Kazin

"An attempt to describe how US problems correlate with international security..."


The Prison State of America  -  by Chris Hedges

"The roughly one million prisoners who work for corporations and government industries in the American prison system are models for what the corporate state expects us all to become.

If corporate power continues to disembowel the country, if it is not impeded by mass protests and revolt, life outside prison will soon resemble life in prison..."


Putting US War Spending in Perspective (and vid)

"First check out this:

Anonymous said...I hope we all know that's only On The Record..."

How much longer do we allow these evil vampires to rule us?


U.S. military Twitter, YouTube accounts hacked by ISIS supporters

U.S. Central Command's accounts taken over by hackers before being suspended


What a joke.

First he screws working people when he had power, and now this when he has no power.

And the CBC carries the story as if it supposed to be significant. Jerks.


Ralph Nader on What Was Missing in President Obama's State of the Union Address


Book review: ‘Unstoppable’ by Ralph Nader, on building a left-right alliance


Congress Seeks Netanyahu's Direction  -  by Robert Parry

"Conservative Pat Buchanan once got in trouble by calling Capitol Hill 'Israeli Occupied Territory', but even he might not imagine what's happening now - with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu invited to address a joint session of Congress to decry President Obama's foreign policy.

Boehner made clear that Netanyahu's third speech to a joint session of the US Congress - scheduled for Feb 11 - was meant to counter Obama's  assessments. 'There is a serious threat in the world and the President last night kind of papered over it,' Boehner said on Wednesday. 'And the fact is that there needs to be a more serious conversation in America about how serious the threat is from radical Islamic jihadists and the threat posed by Iran."


Washington is In Revolt Against Obama  -  by Thierry Meyssan

"The crisis gripping the US state apparatus is directly threatening the survival of the empire. What is at stake is leadership in the US and NATO..."

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John Pilger wrote:
Today, the world's greatest single campaign of terror entails the execution of entire families, guests at weddings, mourners at funerals. These are Obama's victims. According to the New York Times, Obama makes his selection from a CIA "kill list" presented to him every Tuesday in the White House Situation Room. He then decides, without a shred of legal justification, who will live and who will die. His execution weapon is the Hellfire missile carried by a pilotless aircraft known as a drone; these roast their victims and festoon the area with their remains. Each "hit" is registered on a faraway console screen as a "bugsplat".


"For goose-steppers," wrote the historian Norman Pollock, "substitute the seemingly more innocuous militarisation of the total culture. And for the bombastic leader, we have the reformer manque, blithely at work, planning and executing assassination, smiling all the while."

Uniting fascism old and new is the cult of superiority. "I believe in American exceptionalism with every fibre of my being," said Obama, evoking declarations of national fetishism from the 1930s. As the historian Alfred W. McCoy has pointed out, it was the Hitler devotee, Carl Schmitt, who said, "The sovereign is he who decides the exception." This sums up Americanism, the world's dominant ideology. That it remains unrecognised as a predatory ideology is the achievement of an equally unrecognised brainwashing.

Why the rise of fascism is again the issue.

USA! USA! How many kids did you kill today?!



Recently a man, expecting to lose his job at the very least, landed a little bicycle-helicopter at the U.S. Capitol to try to deliver requests to clean the money out of elections. He cited as his motivation the "collapse of this country." Another man showed up at the U.S. Capitol with a sign reading "Tax the 1%" and proceeded to shoot himself in the head. Polls suggest those are not the only two people who see the problem -- and, it should be noted, the solution.




TPP: The Case For Treason  -  by Mark Ash

"Clearly the United States is engaged in what can only be described as an ongoing series of wars. George W Bush's 'War on Terror' as he called it, was in reality an extension of the Natural Resource Procurement Wars the US has been engaged in off and on, mostly on, for over a century. [somewhat longer actually - from the getgo]

However, nothing that has gone before has matched the scope of the 21st century Global, National, and Energy Resource Wars.

Against that backdrop comes the effort by the Obama administration in concert with Congressional Republicans, to negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement..."


US Congress passes surveillance reform in vindication for Edward Snowden

Bulk collection of Americans’ phone records to end as US Senate passes USA Freedom Act


The 'Democratic' side of the Usian kleptocracy are a little concerned that not enough 'progressives' will opt in by bothering to vote in the next election, considering Stooge Clinton with all of her bloody baggage is their top contender.  Cue the latest version of hope and change...Bernie case the main pick isn't enough to re-animate the so called 'liberal' faction of the zombie electorate.


Peace Negotiations or War Preparations? Colombia, Iran, China, Cuba, Ukraine, Yemen and Syria   -  by James Petras

"In the essay we will identify the countries where the US is engaged in 'peace negotiations' as a prelude to military aggression and political subversion.

Negotiations and diplomacy have become chosen tactical ploys in Washington's repertory for pursuing war. Wars are preceded by or accompany diplomacy and negotiations which act to weaken the target adversary..."


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More on that bulk collection of data ...

Obama Goes Full Stalin: Tells Secret Court To Ignore Law He Signed 4 Hours Earlier, Extend Illegal NSA Surveillance

Just when we thought the absurdity that marks every single day of Obama's reign could not possibly be surpassed, we learned that 4 hours (3 hours and 47 minutes to be precise) after the US president vowed to sign a new law banning bulk data collection by the NSA (named, for purely grotesque reasons, the "USA Freedom Act"), the Obama administration asked the secret Fisa surveillance court to ignore a federal court that found bulk surveillance illegal and to once again grant the National Security Agency the power to collect the phone records of millions of Americans for six months.

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A good interview by post-Kenysian Economist Michael Hudson.

On the hubris of the American Empire. By an American.

This guy knows his Marx. That led me to believe that he wasn't an American, that he was really a space alien, but no, he really is an American. Just not the usual koolaid-drinking neo-liberal zealot. I hope he has a bodyguard.


Which one, Hudson?

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lol. Yes, Hudson.


American Empire Imploding Both At Home and Abroad  -  by John Wight (and audio)

"As with the Roman Empire centuries before it, Washington is learning that the only thing permanent in this world is impermanence, especially imperial power resting on foundations of hypocrisy and injustice."

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The Roman Empire lasted for hundreds of years, so don't hold your breath. Between them, the US and the UK control 70% of the world's investment capital. Transatlantic trade is only expected to increase.


America's Electoral Farce  -  by Chris Hedges

"...Every action we take now must be directed at ripping down the structures of the corporate state. This means refusing to cooperate. It means joining or building radical mass movements.

The corporate state seeks to get us to participate in the political charade of choreographed elections.

Political theatre works because many in America have been systematically indoctrinated and severed from reality..."



In the USA - 'I Cannot Write'  by Andre Vltchek

"...I felt no urgency from people living in Southern California; I felt no urgency in Fresno, Monterey or San Jose. Life was going on. Their life...About other lives they knew nothing. They actually made sure to know nothing.

Once in a while they protested, to feel good about themselves.

Here it was all one tremendous nonsense; The 'feel good' empty stuff. The people I kept meeting did not really want any change, it was perfectly clear. They did not want to 'know' either.

Information has been available on-line, from RT, Counterpunch, it was everywhere, really everywhere. But to actually know would mean that one could not hide behind his or her ignorance anymore;

to know would mean that one was obliged to act."



I'm sorry so much good information and potential discussion will be forever lost under a thread title that is so generic as to be utterly meaningless.

But here's a good ol' American flag:


Mr. Magoo

I know this is exceptionally unlikely to happen, but the U.S. would be a good candidate to split.  Right along the Mason-Dixon, with perhaps a two or three year transitional period in which Americans north or south of the new line can choose to emigrate to the other side, if that suits them.  Alaska and Hawaii could choose who to align with on the basis of a referendum.

Of course the Northern States would need a new flag with, if nothing else, fewer stars.   The Southern States seem to be good to go.

Sean in Ottawa

Mr. Magoo wrote:

I know this is exceptionally unlikely to happen, but the U.S. would be a good candidate to split.  Right along the Mason-Dixon, with perhaps a two or three year transitional period in which Americans north or south of the new line can choose to emigrate to the other side, if that suits them.  Alaska and Hawaii could choose who to align with on the basis of a referendum.

Of course the Northern States would need a new flag with, if nothing else, fewer stars.   The Southern States seem to be good to go.

Perhaps if nationalism were not a national religion in the US.

They woudl fight another civil war before they would split.

More likely they will face more social upheaval and increasing anarchy.


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