A new book “Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich” exposes a tendency for large amounts of cash paid to the Clinton's who then seem to have made decisions benefiting the sources of the money. Of course with the two-party system construct the Clinton's and allies can write off the book as a right-wing attack. This is pretty goofy in the sense that the political spectrum is so narrow in the pro-wrestling-ish drama of politics today. They are all part of the political wrestling business where they do not attempt to actually hurt one another, nor do they openly admit their scheme to anyone outside the circle.
Historically, “Of the 13 [Bill] Clinton speeches that fetched $500,000 or more, only two occurred during the years his wife was not secretary of state.” Bill Clinton made $13.3 million for speeches in 2011 alone. The article also notes ties with the conflict in Ukraine:
from 2009 up to 2013, the year the Ukrainian crisis erupted, the Clinton Foundation received at least $8.6 million from the Victor Pinchuk Foundation, which is headquartered in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev, calling into question whether the donations were an attempt to curry favor from the US State Dept. Several alumni of oligarch Pinchuk's program have already graduated into the ranks of Ukraine’s parliament, while a former Clinton pollster went to work as a lobbyist for Pinchuk at the same time Clinton was working in government.
Another unusual example cited Hillary changing her position as Secretary of State on Columbia, after millions of donations to the Clinton Foundation from a Columbian oil-company she changed her positions and supported a US-Columbia trade deal. Another layer of questionable practices came from McClatchy noting Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates gave $40 million in donations to the CF. All of those countries are involved with terror funding and human rights violations. The Wall Street Journal reported $68 million in CF donations from "elite donors with close ties to foreign governments and state-run companies while Hillary Clinton was secretary of state."
How do these practices not appear to be a payoff to a member of the existing government mafia? The CF is revising its policies in the midst of this press fallout which is a clear admittance of questionable practices that a unlikely to do anything to retroactively remedy those donations. It will be useful funds in Hillary's second run for president, just one layer of the unfair competition in US elections.
If you are interested check out this old school character Norman Dodd who discussed revelations he had as director of research for the thwarted attempt at a congressional investigation into the activities of tax-exempt foundations.
Baltimore's police department homicide victim Freddie Grey had a lengthy criminal record of mostly non-violent crime before being murdered by them. I see only a second-degree assault charge on his rap sheet. The altercation leading to his death appears to have no just cause, only citing illegal possession of a switchblade. Unless he was walking around playing with it, the switchblade could have been planted on him too, then he was likely being harassed by police he had a history with. Time will tell if any justice is to follow the announcement of homicide charges being filed against officers involved. Regardless, breaking a man's spine, lying that he walked fine though he was clearly injured and screaming in pain, then not calling medics for 42 minutes, there is no excuse for this behavior by anyone, especially in authority..
It is tragic the legacy of racism creates crime rich ethnic areas with no opportunity. It is the epitome of "the man" keeping people down. Instead of slaves, today many African-American's are slaves to a welfare system, constant monitoring by social services, police patrols and ultimately sadistic babysitters while kept in cages. It has already been clear that the crack epidemic was in part a CIA operation, revelations chronicled in the recent biographical Hollywood portrayal of Gary Webb, "Kill the Messenger."
What a great follow up to the civil rights movement. After a long history of oppression, any thoughtful student of history can see a constantly morphing tendency of self-fulfilling prophecy aimed at justifying the misfortunes of black folks in America.
It is no surprise to see the massive demonstrations, mostly non-violent, that follow this outrageous result of police activity. Whether those acting violently or destroying property are provocateurs or not is one question. Regardless there is certainly some righteous violence that can result from the continuous violent oppression of people. Franz Fanon believed that acts of violence are necessary to overcome the multi-generational psychological baggage of such a colonial history. Fanon's insights foresaw decades of disaster in Africa that followed after his writings. Here is a bit on such views from the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy:
Les Damnés de la Terre is a more abstract analysis of colonialism and revolution. It has been described as a handbook for black revolution. The book ranges over the necessary role Fanon thinks violence must play in decolonization struggles, the false paths decolonizing nations take when they entrust their eventual freedom to negotiations between a native elite class and the formers colonizers instead of mobilizing the masses as a popular fighting force, the need to recreate a national culture through a revolutionary arts and literature movement, and an inventory of the psychiatric disorders that colonial repression unleashes.
If corrupt killer cops being strung up as human pinatas is needed to offset such a terrible history, it would not even come close to the live slow centuries of slavery with BBQing of black men to lynching and suffering at the hands of police African-Americans today. Without an interwoven fabric of oppression the system of inequity could not persist. Misfortune, however contrived, helps promote momentum for the system as it exists. A global crabs-in-the-bucket of not-so free markets, relying on slavery and environmental exploitation. Ignorance, inequality and dehumanization are major factors that need to be addressed to turn the tide against such evils. In the meantime keep the cameras handy, that is one way we can shoot police that may be fatal to their ingrained system of injustice, cruelty and sadism.
This article points out the irony of Obama's administration, once self-promoted as the most transparent in history, now claims the TPP text is not secret when nobody can read it except select people in Congress who cannot take notes, pictures, bring staff or get copies of it. The Trans Pacific Partnership is a looming threat to the already virtually non-existent free market that will also undermine the sovereignty of nations involved. Industry leaders of Hollywood have more access to the document than members of Congress. Obama is throwing a fit publicly about dissent on the TPP:
“The one that gets on my nerves the most is the notion that this is a ‘secret’ deal,” Obama said. “Every single one of the critics who I hear saying, ‘this is a secret deal,’ or send out emails to their fundraising base saying they’re working to prevent this secret deal, can walk over today and read the text of the agreement. There’s nothing secret about it.”
Once again the light of day would vanquish these dark proceedings, if only it was transparent. These conspirators are spending loads of time and money into constructing this plan. If it fails they will likely tuck it into a bill on government transparency, because that is how evil people get off on being evil.
Funny enough building codes likely require residents to have city water to make them "habitable." Flint Michigan water is contaminated with trihalomethanes: "[L]inked to increased rates of cancer, kidney and liver failure and adverse birth outcomes. It later emerged that the city knew since the previous May that the THM levels were high — in some places, twice the maximum allowed by the Environmental Protection Agency." Insane enough for you? Not even close, the water costs eight times the national average!
The water has also been found contaminated by bacteria like E. Coli. The water is known to look cloudy or tea like. Residents report rashes, hair loss and diarrhea. One woman cries when she removes her hair from the drain of her shower, certainly not tears of joy. One woman went to the hospital with chronic diarrhea and the doctor asked "have you been drinking the Flint water?"
Turns out the THM toxicity problem is from ramping up the amount of chlorine added to water from the Flint River to combat the bacterial contamination. Out of the frying pan and into the fire. There was a boil your water advisory and people were still getting sick. Even a General Motors plant has stopped using it for fear the water would corrode car engines! For nearly a year the water has stopped using Detroit's system which draws from Lake Huron.
Turns out, like other financially devastated areas in the Rust Belt, Flint is under the control of an "emergency manager" who has authority over the city. Despite a 7-1 vote by the city council to stop using the Flint River for water the emergency manager Jerry Ambrose called the decision "incomprehensible" and vows they will continue to use the water still! “This is a prime example of what dictatorship looks like,” said Nayyirah Shariff, a member of the Flint Democracy Defense League Good luck to the poor folks of Flint. Sounds like Jerry Ambrose is managing the emergency by maintaining it.
Instead of putting restrictions on the panopticon the abstract threat of terrorism was sufficient in the Senate to prevent undermining the fourth amendment against unreasonable search and seizure. Currently the NSA documents everything. Anyone in "the know" did not need to hear about Edward Snowden having preemptive awareness in Operation Echelon among other previously called conspiracy theories of mass surveillance. The bill barely lost by two votes and would have stopped blanket data collection of people who are not suspected of any specific crime. Instead, we are all suspected criminals!
The terrorists the US and other master manipulators helped create are useful to justify depriving Americans of freedom we are supposedly spreading across the globe. Apparently freedom does not include privacy.
Perhaps we should just go shopping so the terrorists do not win as Bush suggested immediately after 9/11. Buy "shit you don't need with money you don't have" as George Carlin noted. If we keep shopping and slaving to pay debt or be consumed by it, we couldn't possibly learn anything useful and remain mentally inferior and dependent on an abusive paradoxical and hypocritical system. Imagine if you knew foreign languages and could communicate with people with vastly different viewpoints and travel with ease? If only I did that rather than collect ball-handling sports cards and comic books.
Great article subtitle, "People Will Pay a LOT of Money to Live Near the Money Spigot." DC is apparently the most expensive city in the US.
This is unbelievable, for most people. I personally have read wild books like Jim Marrs' Rise of the Fourth Reich, on how the Nazi empire exported itself internationally knowing it could not fight physical warfare perpetually. I also know of General Smedley Butler, whose famous speech War is a Racket helps to explain how military is used as a tool for hidden agendas.
In the years leading up to WWII Butler was approached by conspirators who sought to install in America a blatant fascist dictatorship of 500,000 organized men that he would lead and undermine to office of president with new position as super secretary. He led them along, then turned around a testified on this banker led conspiracy to congress. Look it up yourself. Here is a public statement he released on his testimony.
Anyways, our government hired Nazis for their "brilliance" in NASA, MK-ULTRA mind control experimentation and more. Use your smartphone, don't be a dummy. Anyways, here is a lengthy article on Nazi's, some dead, still collecting SSI.
If truth would endanger troops then we shouldn't be doing this crap. I think the government is hiding behind the "troops" rather than saying their hidden agenda will be endangered.
"Interestingly, though, the APA (American Psychiatric Association) does not list 'psychopathy' as a mental condition in its definitive manual DSM-V, though they have 'identified' over 400 neuroses since climbing in bed with Big Pharma. The first thing a psychopath would do is squash any attempts to identify psychopathy in a medical diagnosis."
Makes perfect sense, who wants a position of power most, one who will do good or somebody who wants to exploit it for sick and twisted desire? A decent person just doesn't have the same drive and motivations.
This article op-ed piece from Salon calls for a new political system removing private money from politics, redistricting using random computer algorithms instead of political gerrymandering, This was written by Andrew Burstein and Nancy Isenberg, professors of History at Louisiana State University. I would throw out there that we should more accurately base our system on the Iroquois Confederacy of the indigenous nations. Our constitution was born on that model, except it created a more centralized power version and took rights and function away from women, slaves, etc.
According to the Constitution, if two-thirds of states, 34, call for a constitutional convention then it should happen. The current number of states that have called for this total 49, but 11 have rescinded that call, with a total of 38. Here is a legit article from Veterans Today on that aspect.
Protestors told not to "throw their lives away" seeking democracy in protests. A central motivator for this movement is the method used in the run-up to the 2017 elections in China, which was given sovereignty from the British in 1997. There are many who have had favorable conditions under British rule who seek to maintain their positions in society and may fear any semblance of democracy. Recent escalations by riot gear ready police led to 41 or more injuries and 78 arrests. Batons, pepper spray and tear gas have been used against the protestors who have used umbrellas, masks and goggles to counter these police state tactics. We will see if they get actual democracy, not de-mock-racy. This is a Chinese manifestation of the occupy movement, based in a financial district in Hong Kong.
The protestors, defying censorship protocols of internet control, use an app created for communications at festivals, called FireChat. Definitely a legit networking form in a system collapse or network failure scenario, where information can be communicated and shared on a local network independent of mandatory NSA/FCC control schemes.
Would anyone like a heaping serving of reality?
Wag the dog! Great scene here with DeNiro and Hoffman. These wars are like if the fire department was sponsoring arsonists to justify their job and create a massive market.
Holy shit this is insane. They might as well say mistrust of government corrodes America. People don't walk around shooting police, on edge like they are. These systems are so corrupt and rife with the sadistic Lucifer Effect dictating their everyday activities. The police, from an anarchist perspective, exist solely to keep order for the corporate elite to keep the masses in line. The bureaucracy and institutions mistrust of the people is what has corroded America. America was founded on mistrust of government. Now these bastards catalog and spy on everyone. What the hell have they done to earn trust in the first place.
The permit is apparently $1,500 to legally take pictures. Who the fuck has that much money to pay for taking pictures that doesn't have the last name Rockefeller? I would love to fine the government for picturing itself running bogus federal laws that compromise state sovereignty.
I hope this is showing in theaters in my area. The movie has an awesome cast with Jeremy Renner, Ray Liotta, Andy Garcia and more legit actors. Looks like a decent portrayal of Gary Webb, who blew the whistle on CIA-cocaine trafficking schemes and may have been "suicided" to silence him. He published a book based on his explosive work, it is called Dark Alliance: The CIA, the Contras, and the Crack Cocaine Explosion. It appears that is a link to his book on Scribd,if you happen to have a subscription.
Here is a trailer for the film. The crack epidemic seems to have been a major factor in destroying the civil rights movement radicalized in the form of the Black Panthers.
The Move To Amend campaign started in response to the Citizens United court ruling that granted more unprecedented "rights" to corporate persons, even more so it seems than actual humans. The 14th amendment was supposed to make slaves, considered subhuman to be recognized, which clearly didn't happen for nearly hundreds of years and still is in question. The 14th was used to make corporations more people than dark-skinned folks. Check out the documentary The Corporation for this twisted history. I don't think we need to amend the constitution in so much as we need a constitutional convention to set these things straight. Corporations used to have to provide a public good, now they exist to exploit the environment and human life to fulfill the primary objective of seeking profit.
Amending is an extremely difficult process. States should make declarations or something against this insanity. Local elections, campaign finance restrictions and pushing back the corrupt nexus of the increasingly fascist Federal government would be more tangible solutions. People should focus on their bio-region, independence and self-sufficiency, so they are not beholden to distant corrupt bureaucrats.
Everyone should watch this documentary The Corporation!