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Archive for October, 2014

Friday Cat Blogging

Posted by MEC on October 31, 2014

Friday Cat Blogging


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Don Surber Probably Thinks His Only Mistake Is Forgetting To Speak In Code

Posted by Phoenix Woman on October 30, 2014

You may have heard of this:

Don Surber is a columnist for the Charleston, West Virginia, newspaper, the Daily Mail. Opining about Ferguson, Surber said:

This summer I had an epiphany as I watched packs of racists riot in Ferguson, Missouri, in support of a gigantic thug who was higher than a kite when he attacked Ferguson Police Department Officer Darren Wilson, who unfortunately had to put this animal down.

Yes, it was written on Surber’s blog as opposed to the Daily Mail. But do you think that, say, the NYT would be lenient towards, say, Paul Krugman if he were to a private blog post to call, say, Allen West an “animal” who needed to be “put down”? (Especially considering Krugman has already been forced to eat dirt for making a good-faith reference to a Jason Leopold story in Salon, at the very same time that fellow NYT opinion columnist, archconservative William Safire, was getting away with patent and arrant nonsense about Mohammed Atta, Prague and Wales. And let’s not even get into the whole mess of scandals surrounding Judith Miller, Jeff Gerth, and Stephen Labaton, right-wing-servicing stenographers posing as NYT “reporters”.)

Surber has since been fired from the Daily Mail, but of course that will be converted into very salable pseudo-martyrdom that will appeal to whichever wingnut-welfare outfit — FOX News, The Daily Caller, Breitbart et al — picks him up in another week or two.

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It never happens to the bad guys

Posted by Charles II on October 24, 2014

Kevin Drum has cancer. He has hopes for a remission, but it’s a long and painful way back. Here’s prayers for a guy for whom my greatest criticism is that he is too nice.

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Friday Cat Blogging

Posted by MEC on October 24, 2014

Friday Cat Blogging

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Watch it

Posted by Charles II on October 21, 2014

Kill the Messenger is worth watching. Aside from the story itself, which is moving, it points to a broader feature of modern American life: we can no longer handle the truth. We have lost that sense of honor that demands that when we have made a mistake, we should acknowledge it and correct it. We imagine that we can become the image of ourselves that we create, independent of reality. And so we crash into reality, and are injured by that collision much more deeply than we ever would be by embracing the truth.

Gary Webb, we miss you.

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Daily Kos gets worse and worse

Posted by Charles II on October 21, 2014

So, Der Spiegel reports that the Russians definitely did not shoot down the Malaysian airliner MH-17. In the meantime, Kiev’s army has been defeated in battle, the Russians are dictating how Ukraine is going to pay to heat their homes, and there’s a danger of the Poroshenko government getting overthrown.

None of this can be mentioned on the Daily Kos without getting called a “Kremlin troll.” By a guy who has joined Daily Kos today, and has four comments of five total on my thread.

Usually a third of the comments are excellent, or at least sincere. But in this thread, there were three comments I was glad to receive–not because they were supportive, but because they brought me new information. That’s approximately 5% of the comments that were not outright manure.

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Your tax dollars at work

Posted by Charles II on October 18, 2014

Adrienne Pine has posted a documentary by Globo TV about death squad activity in Honduras. The first 30 seconds or so are staged. After that, it gets to what is actually happening. It’s in Spanish. But what we hear is this:

Aurora Pineda, the mother of a murdered child, says people engage in death squad activity either as a business or for pleasure.

Sociologist Carlos Eraso says that the people behind the wave of murders are oligarchs who participated in the coup of 2009, a military with an invisible government behind it.

The narrator says that most of these are not gangland or drug slayings as the authorities claim, but are directed assassinations reminiscent of Battalion 316.

He then shows the operation of a squad. He picks out several young men who take pictures and are in contact with vehicles without license plates, notably a gray double cab truck, which he later says is typical. Two of the young men are confronted and seek refuge in a patrol car, which takes them to safety.

Adrienne links a great blog From Here Below, written by one of the journalistic heroes who we often mentioned during the coup.

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Just Whisper it

Posted by Charles II on October 17, 2014

From Guardian
[“I am glad this app is anonymous. The press would have a field day if they knew some of the stuff I post on here.”]

It seems that the world’s safest place on the Internet might not be Whisper.

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Friday Cat Blogging

Posted by MEC on October 17, 2014

Friday Cat Blogging

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You might want to sign this petition

Posted by Charles II on October 16, 2014

I hate liars. From Luke Brinker of Salon:

Debate moderater Kyle Clark to GOP Senate candidate Cory Gardner] “So let’s instead talk about what this entire episode may say about your judgment more broadly,” Clark said. “It would seem that a charitable interpretation would be that you have a difficult time admitting when you’re wrong and a less charitable interpretation is that you’re not telling us the truth. Which is it?”

Petition to Denver Post to retract endorsement of crackpot Cory Gardner against sane person Mark Udall.

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