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A bunch of communists

Posted by Charles II on November 30, 2011

(Via Barry Ritholtz)

Really, having about 1000 people control corporations with trillions of dollars of revenue, and thereby control the political system more closely resembles the Soviet Politburo than it does a democracy.


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Christmas gifts for the baby Jesus; Luckiest gunny; Bloggers get their day in the sun

Posted by Charles II on November 30, 2011

What will you be giving the Prince of Peace this Christmas?

Image of the Scottsdale Gun Clun from Talking Points Memo.

Ya know, I support the right of people to have and to hold whatever non-fully automatic weapon they care to own till death do them part (minus dumdums, armor piercing ammunition, and high capacity magazines). But this kinda goes to show how completely hypocritical many gunnies are. They go to church to pray to the Prince of Peace and they go out to the mall to buy a weapon to gun down the armies of the anti-Christ or whatever. If you’re going to be a pedal to the metal gunny, please admit you’re not Christian.

The luckiest gunny on earth


Richard Seymour, who run’s Lenin’s Tomb, provides an incredibly lucid picture of the British strike, which brought 2 million into the streets and closed down many schools. This was the largest strike in nearly a century.

And Raed Jarrar of Dear_Raed (careful, without the underline, you get phentermine etc. talks about Biden’s visit to Iraq.

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As LAPD Prepares To Forcibly Evict Occupy LA, Some News While You Wait

Posted by Phoenix Woman on November 30, 2011

Silly LAPD. Even their best efforts to limit journalistic presence to their own embedded and ideologically trusted Veal Pen selectees (what else do you call it when no Spanish-language media are invited — in a city with well over four million Spanish speakers — yet pathetic hack right-winger Andrew Breitbart is given the LAPD’s red-carpet treatment?) are doomed to failure, as the cellphones and cameras of the Occupiers they bludgeon and gas and spray will be rolling and transmitting throughout.

While we wait for the cops to make their move and inject some more momentum into the Occupy movement, here are some news items for your perusal:

Chinese workers, outraged at low pay and atrocious working conditions, are staging several strikes against the companies contracted by multinational firms such as Apple, IBM and even Pepsi.

This NYT story ( originally reported that News of the World spies, allegedly at the behest of Andy Coulson and Murdoch’s own very best friend Rebekah Brooks, hacked into government computers. But that’s all been scrubbed now, and the only evidence left is the story’s URL and some of the comments:

Jon, NM, November 29th, 2011, 8:46 am:

Of course they hacked into government computers…perhaps to see if the information government ministers were selling to Murdoch was on the up and up.


whoever, Hamden, CT, November 29th, 2011, 9:10 am:

Wait one! Tell me again that Ian Hurst, British Army intelligence officer, ran undercover ops in Northern Ireland and didn’t have the wit or tradecraft to secure his electronics from hacking?!??! Good going Dear Brit Cousins.


Technic Ally, Toronto, November 29th, 2011, 10:29 am:

To MI-5 and MI-6 we can now add MI-7, the Murdoch Intelligence network.


Michael Rivero, Honolulu, HI, November 29th, 2011, 10:29 am:

This has gone beyond mere scandal-mongering. Murdoch was running an intelligence gathering operation behind the facade of his newspapers. The question that must be asked now is, which nation did he provide the gathered intelligence to? You get three guesses and the first two don’t count.


Steve Bolger, New York, NY, November 29th, 2011, 12:59 pm:

Someday China may get credit for pulling off one of the most effective acts of subversive spying in the history of cloak and dagger. Mata Hari eat your heart out, Rupert’s wife shows how it is done without getting executed.


mike davis, fort lee,nj, November 29th, 2011, 1:00 pm

Please can anyone explain why this crime is not worse than watergate, a crime that resulted in the resignation of president Nixon and the jailing of many top officers of his admininistration. I find it particularly strange why these high crimes are not reported more vigorously by our news media. WHY ARE THE MURDOCHS STILL WALKING AROUND AS IF NOTHING HAPPENED. THEY ALLEGEDLY HACKED THE COMPUTERS OF THE HIGHEST OFFICERS OF THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT FOR GOODNESS SAKE. Julian Assange from what I know did not hack into our computers and published information given to him, yet many here are calling for his head. Where are these same people when it comes to the Murdochs?


Will B, New York, November 29th, 2011, 3:39 pm:

Seems to me that News Corp. is in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. If additional evidence substantiates these claims, I would like to see the Justice Department really jump in.


Richard, Washington, November 29th, 2011, 5:45 pm:

Of course Scotland Yard has no comment; they are complicit!
So who do you have conduct a real investigation when the police have been bought off? The PM, or is he in bed with Murdoch, too?

— Lastly, even as the LAPD’s looming eviction of Occupy LA will just give the Occupy movement a big boost, New York magazine comes out with an article explaining some facets of Occupy Wall Street that haven’t yet been examined.

It’s a huge piece so I won’t attempt to excerpt it here, but my takeaways from it are as follows:

— A fair number of key OWSers (including the tech guy who handed out the laptops to the various key Occupy branches nationwide) are former Wall Streeters who are repentant and who want to bring down the beast. Some of them have saved their Wall Street earnings just so they could use the money for this goal.

— Jesse Jackson is very, very smart; he knew how to approach the OWS crowd. Yet even he couldn’t co-opt them.

— OWSers are learning to trust their own internal judgement about potential allies.

— If OWS survives the winter (which the raid on Zuccotti actually made much more likely), it has the potential to create groups like those of the civil rights era: the SCLC, etc. It also has the potential to make Obama soil his pants, as the Occupiers aren’t going to be snowed by pretty words. He’ll have to actually back up his words with deeds, not toenail clippings.

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