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They’ll Never Love You, Marky Mark

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 2, 2014

Another day, another crazed prog-trolling by Mark Ames, this time based on his willful misreading of a Twitter tweet by Marcy Wheeler:

Marcy Wheeler, who is the new site’s “senior policy analyst,” speculated that the Ukraine revolution was likely a “coup” engineered by “deep” forces on behalf of “Pax Americana”:

“There’s quite a bit of evidence of coup-ness. Q is how many levels deep interference from both sides is.”

These are serious claims. So serious that I decided to investigate them. And what I found was shocking.

Wheeler is partly correct. Pando has confirmed that the American government – in the form of the US Agency for International Development (USAID) – played a major role in funding opposition groups prior to the revolution. Moreover, a large percentage of the rest of the funding to those same groups came from a US billionaire who has previously worked closely with US government agencies to further his own business interests. This was by no means a US-backed “coup,” but clear evidence shows that US investment was a force multiplier for many of the groups involved in overthrowing Yanukovych.

But that’s not the shocking part.

What’s shocking is the name of the billionaire who co-invested with the US government (or as Wheeler put it: the “dark deep force” acting on behalf of “Pax Americana”).

Step out of the shadows…. Wheeler’s boss, Pierre Omidyar.

Yes, in the annals of independent media, this might be the strangest twist ever: According to financial disclosures and reports seen by Pando, the founder and publisher of Glenn Greenwald’s government-bashing blog,“The Intercept,” co-invested with the US government to help fund regime change in Ukraine.

Uh-oh! Cue the appearance of Dramatic Prairie Dog!

In case you were wondering, Marcy’s already ripped this to shreds:

Now, Ames apparently couldn’t even cut and paste competently because he added “force” inside quotation marks attributed to me, and in the original reference used “dark” instead of “deep,” all of which played a key rhetorical role in giving his claims their “dark deep” tinge. (In several tweets, Ames’ editor Paul Carr assured me he thought Ames’ citations of me were fair.)

Cue Hollywood villain music: Bum bum bum!


Here’s what Pando has shown: Clear evidence that Omidyar network awarded funds in 2011, spent in 2012, tied to a networked NGO pushing transparency, human rights, and grassroots civil society.

Bum bum bum!

It has also shown clear evidence that that same year, a non-profit funded in part by USAID provided even more of that group’s funding, and NED less.


I guess, ultimately, this comes down to whether Foundation support of NGOs funding transparency is a bad thing, and whether that amounts to funding regime change.

Go read the whole thing. Ms. Wheeler does an excellent job of showing Ames’ essential dishonesty.

As for you, Marky Mark: Give it up. The mainstream American media gatekeepers and the corporate entities that fund them will never, ever take you into their bosoms, much less give you largesse from their bank vaults. They’ll treat you like you treat women: They’ll occasionally use you for their own jollies, but they’ll never respect you, and they won’t give much money — not after your debacle with The Nation.

You’re far too skeevy for them, what with your tastes for underage hookers and general and undisguised contempt for women, especially those who won’t be your sex toys.

They’ll never love you, Marky Mark. They won’t even buy you dinner.


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Marcy Wheeler On The TSA And Ames/Levine’s Hate-On For Progressives And Libertarians Working Together

Posted by Phoenix Woman on February 10, 2014

I made a comment in Charles’ post on Mark Ames and Yasha Levine’s attack on Pierre Omidyar, the very rich man who has now hired Glenn Greenwald, who Ames and Levine hate with a passion, to write for the media company Omidyar is creating. I’ve decided to dredge that comment out of obscurity and give it its own post.

For years now, it seem that Ames and Levine have had a serious bugaboo about progressives and libertarians ever making common cause on things. It’s the apparent basis for their long-standing dislike of FDL’s Jane Hamsher, who of course has teamed up with Glenn Greenwald on various issues, including TSA’s use of RapiScan technology.

In 2010, Ames/Levine used their platform at The Nation to do a Bizarro World attack on the critics of TSA’s RapiScan machines — critics that include Jane Hamsher, Glenn Greenwald and, most notably, Marcy Wheeler. Marcy Wheeler responded here, ripping Ames and Levine’s article to utter shreds.

Here’s the last paragraph from that piece. It seems to sum up so much of what NSFW is doing lately:

“At base, Ames and Levine’s article–the entire thing, not just their insinuations about Tyner–is just a poorly defended argument. They may well have a point; they may well someday prove this was all a scam designed to benefit John Mica’s donors. But at this point, what we have is an editorial failure: a bunch of loose connections built on top of insinuations about someone they now concede is probably innocent and relying on assumptions that have not been proven and really faulty logic. Sure, the question Ames and Levine ask might be worth asking–in a tweet or a personal blog post. But until they actually answer their own question, it’s probably not worth an article in the Nation.”

The Nation wound up agreeing with Marcy Wheeler on this and apologized for Ames and Levine’s going off half-cocked on this facet of the TSA story. But it doesn’t seem that Ames and Levine learned anything from that incident, as this recent piece by Levine (also effectively shredded by Wheeler) would seem to show.

Ames and Levine have done very good stuff in the past, but their signal-to-noise ratio has gotten pretty bad in the last few years, ever since the start of their War on Glenn Greenwald and anyone who works with Glenn Greenwald. They’ve pretty well burned all their media bridges and financial angel contacts with their tough-guy, screw-the-concept-of-decency-it’s-boring-bourgeois-crap schtick (case in point: Ames’ incredible misogyny, especially his fetish for underage Russian hookers), so they have to make NSFW pay for itself (which might not be possible) or they’re done.

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Yves Smith Catches A Koch Operative Posing As A Progressive

Posted by Phoenix Woman on January 17, 2012

The sad irony that the overall utterly unacceptable Ron Paul — unacceptable, that is, if you like among other things Social Security, paved roads, and birth control (for starters) — is on some issues better than many Democrats, including Obama, is the stuff of unending arguments online these days.

In the course of fighting with Veal Pen types deceitfully conflating comparing Ron Paul and Barack Obama on foreign policy and civil liberties with being hardcore Paul worshippers, Yves Smith discovered something interesting about one of the lead attackers:

Who is Megan Carpentier? She’s currently the executive editor at Raw Story. And reading her salvo at Greenwald, most readers would assume she’s a progressive. She’s hectoring Greenwald from a presumed leftist position.

In fact, Carpentier is no such thing. She is a conservative opportunist using her feminist fundamentalism as a cover. She was a lobbyist for seven year and wrote an op-ed for the Washington Post which is noteworthy for trying to improve the public image of lobbyists by stating that they weren’t obscenely well paid, that they really were interested in politics, and that they provide helpful research to Congressional staffers.

But Carpentier is less than forthcoming about her history and her ideological leanings. Her last gig as a lobbyist was for the Tax Foundation, which was an early anti-New Deal outfit founded in 1937 by reactionary oligarchs like GM Chairman Alfred Sloan. It was “financially troubled” when the Koch brothers purchased its name and other assets and made it a unit of their’ “Citizens for a Sound Economy” (CSE in 2004 split into Americans For Prosperity and FreedomWorks). The Tax Foundation newsletter that announced she had joined touts her “extensive experience in promoting sound economic and tax policies to Congress and state legislatures.” In other words, she is a loyal and effective foot soldier for the right.


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Glenn Greenwald, Evan Hansen, And Slut-Shaming

Posted by Phoenix Woman on December 29, 2010

I suppose it’s a sign of a sort of twisted progress that men’s sexual activity is (as least when politically helpful to the powers that be) questioned the way women’s sexual activity is and has always been questioned. Still, I would rather that nobody be slut-shamed in this day and age, particularly as a way from distracting from the issues at hand:

Assange was asked in a BBC interview questions such as “how many women have you slept with?”  When Assange refused to answer, many WikiLeaks critics pointed to this as hypocrisy — oh, see, he doesn’t believe in transparency for himself — and my tweet pointed out the obvious fallacy of that claim:  there is nothing inconsistent about demanding transparency for governments while insisting upon personal privacy.

Moreover, the question Assange refused to answer — “how many women have you slept with?” — is relevant to absolutely nothing of public interest, including the rape accusation.  By stark contrast, the information Wired is concealing — whether Lamo is telling the truth about his various claims — goes to the heart of one of the most significant political controversies in the world.

If this had been about a Julia Assange who was just some random person and was accused of raping two of her lovers, you can bet there’d be a huge (and justly so!) hue and cry about how this was unfair to imply that the number of sexual encounters a person had somehow any bearing on their guilt or innocence of a particular crime. But since this is about a man who various people, including several prominent US politicians, want dead because he and his group released information that pulled back the curtain on how the powerful people operate (and more importantly showed them to be utter hypocrites), only someone like Glenn Greenwald notices, much less complains.

By the way: The rest of Greenwald’s piece is well worth reading, particularly in his utter demolishment of Evan Hansen and Kevin Poulsen, and Poulsen’s efforts to mischaracterize his connection with Adrian Lamo.

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