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Archive for July 26th, 2012

Mexico in the interregnum/updated

Posted by Charles II on July 26, 2012

“Your bullets cannot kill my hope.” (Image from @FabioLA_Grinch)

The activity on #YoSoy132 is impressive. There is a march against Televisa Chapultepec, with the authorities putting up perhaps 100 officers. AMLO is proposing an interim president, and the PRI is accusing him of trying to bring on anarchy. The elections court has coyly dismissed complaints by individual citizens, claiming that only the parties have jurisdiction. YoSoyAntiFraude is counting the “actas,” the numbers reported (as opposed to the “sábanas,” or–loosely translated– precinct sheets) See here for an image, on right of a sábana, and here for an acta. Both images from SDP Noticias via QuePagina. The count of the actas is so far more or less consistent with the official results, so this may come down to evidence that there is inconsistency between the count as initially reported and as transmitted.

Update: Jo Tuckman on Televisa protest.

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R.I.P. Alexander Cockburn

Posted by Charles II on July 26, 2012

Never read Counterpunch much, but Cockburn was an actual journalist, as opposed to most of the people calling themselves that nowadays. His niece, Laura Flanders, has been one of the best voices in new media. The Guardian. Jeffrey St. Clair at Counterpunch. Cockburn at the Voice by Sylvia Plachy.

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Thank your Democratic Senators

Posted by Charles II on July 26, 2012

They actually did something useful.

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Meet your new overlords

Posted by Charles II on July 26, 2012

Paul Barrett, BusinessWeek:

Rove’s position is that a SuperPac of a few dozen billionaires deserves to have its donor base protected to the same degree that a grassroots organization like the NAACP does.

Ezra Klein:

According to Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig, only 0.26 percent of Americans give more than $200 to congressional campaigns. Only 0.05 percent give the maximum amount to any congressional candidate. Only 0.01 percent — 1 percent of 1 percent — give more than $10,000 in an election cycle. And in the current presidential election, 0.000063 percent of Americans — fewer than 200 of the country’s 310 million residents — have contributed 80 percent of all super-PAC donations.

You might want to check out Bill Israel‘s book, A Nation Seized. Maybe FDL Book Salon would be interested?

Posted in 2012, capitalism as cancer, corruption, Karl Rove, The Plunderbund | 1 Comment »

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