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Danilow's sometimes daily blog February 2014

 

02/28/2014 - Senator Nelson on Iran:  click here

02/18/2014 - government teachers:

One well-known final paragraph of Associate Justice Brandeis' 1914 dissenting opinion in the Roy Olmstead case says in part that government should conduct itself impeccably because: "Our Government is the potent, the omnipresent teacher. For good or for ill, it teaches the whole people by its example". Capital One is a quick learner and now quietly reserves the right to enter customer homes and businesses without warrants yet publicly states they'd never do such a thing—like POTUS' disavowing the NDAA 2012 detention provisions he failed to veto. Nevertheless thanks to other ill-advised constitution-nullifying legislation federal agents can and do enter private homes and business without warrants in the absence of owners to pretty much do as they please on the premises. Those well-considered principles set down in 1787 by the Founding Fathers to ensure individual freedoms are nullified by contemporary members of Congress seemingly without working knowledge of the Constitution they are sworn to defend. "It's all about the money, boys" is how the Coen brothers' Cyclops might see it—as apparently does Capital One.

02/16/2014 - peace & Iran:

There is so much misplaced power in America's military-industrial-surveillance complex that proposed US legislation could require the US to go to war if Israel were to attack Iran. Fifty-eight US senators seem to think it a good idea to let Israeli tempers define US war policy [and fill re-election coffers]. For now the bill has been successfully stalled.

02/15/2014 - soldier misconduct:

DoD is willing to use most anyone as cannon fodder but professes selectivity when paying out long-term benefits*** —no surprises there. Some however are surprised that soldier misconduct at the highest levels is ignored. James Clapper and Keith Alexander for example appear to hold nothing but disdain for their oaths of protecting and defending the Constitution and perhaps don't understand it. Battlefield morals and character have always been incongruous with the morals and character of polite society and placing today's career military personnel in positions of power over citizenry seems a serious gamble for anything other than completely militarizing a civilian culture.
***broken AP link removed 10/10/2014

02/14/2014 - most important remark:

Today The Daily Ticker's Lauren Lyster compellingly interviewed Stephen Roach, author of Unbalanced: The Codependency of America and China. It is an interesting piece nonetheless arguably Mr. Roach's most important remark was said in closing: "consumers understand the problems, our policy makers in Washington don't."

02/13/2014 - legislating in secret (national security interests):

Escalating deceit requires escalating secrecy so nowadays even the US Senate is hiding its processes from taxpayers and voters. Here is a quote from AP:*** "With the debt limit measure teetering on the brink of failure, at the request of a GOP senator the tally clerk had been instructed to remain silent. No more announcing each individual 'yea' and 'nay'. The running tally was known only by a handful of insiders." It probably won't be long before their names and occupations are classified too "in the interests of national security" and anyone revealing that information would be designated a traitor. In any case taxpayers only need to know bottom lines in order to comply with whatever legislation is announced in local newspapers. Citizens certainly don't need to know who voted on what or how the process worked in this nation still ludicrously known as the leader of the free world.
***broken AP link removed 10/10/2014

02/11/2014 - droning on:

The use of drones in journalism*** likely will make it more difficult to hide certain truths from public view and perhaps is a reason for focusing on "some of the safety, privacy and ethical issues that journalists will wrestle with as interest grows in using drones for newsgathering". Safety, privacy, and ethical issues are inconsequential when using drones to assassinate people suspected of harboring thoughts objectionable to drone operators—or so it seems in these days of vigilante justice.
***broken AP link removed 10/10/2014

02/10/2014 - suspicious butchers:

Incongruous as it may be the so-called leader of the free world parades ill-advised murderous mindsets for all the world to barf about. Articles like this one from AP*** , incidentally revealing official parlor-game rules and criteria for remotely controlled murder, are unequivocal proof that traditional American values are gone. Here's a lively quote: "House Intelligence committee chairman Mike Rogers, R-Mich., complained last week that a number of terrorist suspects were all but out of reach under the administration's new rules that limit drone strikes based on the target's nationality or location." Well that's just awful. It seems that documented proof might be required in advance of slaughter in some cases and the "civilian" CIA organization can't just kill anyone will-nilly—that's always been a job for military "heroes". "What a revolting development this is." Nonetheless those in DC cannot spell Magna Charta or Magna Carta or habeas corpus or due process or international law, nor do they acknowledge blowback from past injustices for what it is.
***broken AP link removed 10/10/2014

02/09/2014 - unemployment extensions revisited:

Michelle Chen has coincidentally, concisely, and rather eloquently explained why this site advocates extension of unemployment benefits for America's out-of-work force. Even Rand Paul opposed unemployment extensions since his war-mongering party says that unemployment benefits help neither the economy nor the unemployed and "adds to the deficit"—incidentally implying the $625 billion they've earmarked for slaughter does not. The truth may be that extending unemployment benefits is least lucrative to re-election coffers and in-house agendas—fuck the EU and the unemployed American too.

02/08/2014 - spin and propaganda:

This link is more quintessential spin*** oxmoronically implying journalism dangerous in another vain attempt to support counterfeit patriotic blather about NSA methodologies. One reasonable counterpoint might be that any necessity to hide one's name and occupation from others indicates a rotting lifestyle mutually exclusive of benefit to mankind, deities, or desirable sociological developments. Secrecy invariably is compelled in seeking power, glory, and money and is seldom if ever required in the conduct of compassionate, philanthropic, public-spirited, altruistic, or humane acts. From this it appears that anyone endangered by straightforward news reporting which includes his name and occupation might consider getting an ultimately meaningful life and lifestyle. In any case revelations of truth to moral conscience preclude sacrilege and encompass immense and inviolate greater good. Unfettered journalism is anathema to selfish power, and without exception, an ultimate blessing to mankind.
***broken AP link removed 10/10/2014

02/07/2014 - who are these people?:

According to an allegedly hacked phone conversation, orchestration trumps diplomacy in the minds of US cultural products like Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland and U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt. Here the arrogance of American officialdom comes through in verbage about stoking UN activities and Ukraine outcomes while dismissing the EU as inconseqential. Ms. Nuland has apologized for her comments nevertheless as always the administration is blaming an alledged snitch, in this case Russia, for the blowback. They say everything would be hunky-dory in DC and Ft. Meade—despite US megalomaniacal episodes—if it weren't for the likes of truth-seekers and bad old spying nations like Russia. Maybe. But why was Ms. Nuland not instantly replaced? Who are those many unaccountable office-holding Americans and why are they called public servants?

02/06/2014 - unemployment extension

Here is how NYT quoted Representative James Lankford, Republican of Oklahoma, regarding extension of unemployment benefits which assist down-and-out Americans: "The perception that I get from the Senate right now is: 'Times are tough. We should make times tougher on our kids to make it easier on us, and then feel better,' And I think that's just not a philosophy I'm willing to support." It is roughly $25 billion that he's tallking about. Where was he when $625 billion was allocated to slaughter foreign kids while making "times tougher on our kids to make it easier on us, and then feel better"? Big bucks for slaughter while Americans go hungry? I think that's just not a philosophy I'm willing to support.

02/06/2014 - Saint Pete:

Those who give a whit about domestic or worldwide neighbors are not likely to miss Democracy Now's tribute to Pete Seeger who died late in January at age 94. One can't help but wonder what the world might be like if our so-called leaders had Pete's understanding of life and personal growth. Listen carefully as he briefly and casually opines about focus on "power. glory, and money". Enjoy and be enlightened by a saint.

02/05/2014 - child abuse and capitalism:

Whether this topsy-turvy world is an ongoing idealogical battle or the forewarned Tower of Babel, strange reports are cropping up everwhere in apparent efforts to propagandize the hungry hearts and easily deceived minds of discontented masses everywhere. With the US evermore desperate for planetary approval and justification, it would be no surprise to learn that UN reports deriding child abuse in both Syria* and the Vatican were generated with the help of US military psyops programs with two essential goals:

In any case, rest assured that things are seldom as they appear in this increasingly deceitful and self-serving world.
*dead link removed 4/20/2016.
 

02/04/2014 - leader of the free world:

Thursday the Senate will vote on extending unemployment benefits to almost two million needy Americans. The Republicans oppose the extension purportedly because it "adds to the deficit" however they seem strong proponents of military spending, war, and national militarization in general. Way back in 1787 James Madison had a better grip: "... War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes ... known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few. ... No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare." Congress found $625 billion to slaughter foreigners for another year but hasn't found $25 billion to feed its own hungry citizens. Republicans say unemployment benefits help neither the economy nor the unemployed, implicitly relegating Foreign warfare to be financial blessings. In any case there are congressional ploys a-many toward increasing lower-income back-door taxes in order to help other needy while Treasury printing presses exhaustively fund foreign bloodbaths. This nation has irretrievably lost any traditional raison d'etre.

02/02/2014 - *Clapper noise:

James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence, a man who who lies to Congress with impunity and who appears to very loosely interpret his vow of protecting and defending the Constitution, is now labeling worldwide journalists accomplices of Edward Snowden who is a man of enormous benefit to his country despite Mr. Clapper considering him enemy. Why has Mr. Clapper not been fired and indicted? To the rest of the world it appears that America's so-called leaders seldom think outside the garbage can.

*edited 02/04/2014, dead 'firedoglake' link changed 03/11/2015

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