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1 year ago @ http://www.information... - Opinion: -With a Secon... · 1 reply · +1 points

Yup, and it was a solidly DEMOCRATIC federal government that refused to prosecute a single one of the torturers — they only prosecuted people who leaked the torture program, like John Kiriakou — and it was a DEMOCRAT who appealed Slahi's successful habeas corpus challenge and kept him imprisoned for an extra six years. I have even seen reports in Democratic-Party-allied mainstream media that Nancy Pelosi was fully briefed on "enhanced interrogation techniques" as a member of the House Intelligence Oversight Committee and that she failed to raise any objections. (See, e.g., .) It seems pretty clear to me that Democrats were fully complicit in the Deep State's unlawful-detention and torture program but were happy to hide behind plausible deniability and let Republicans take the blame. As Edmund Burke might have put it, "The only thing necessary for the triumph of Republican evil is for Democrats to do nothing."

1 year ago @ http://www.information... - Opinion: -Journalists ... · 1 reply · +1 points

How does the saying go? "The media can't tell you what to think, but they can tell you what to think about."

2 years ago @ http://www.information... - Opinion: - U.S. COVID ... · 1 reply · +1 points

I found it interesting that six of the top-performing countries are "island nations" (with no land borders) that substantially locked down their borders. The real champ, in my opinion, is Vietnam, which despite being poor, having a largish population, and having land borders, clocked in at number two. I'd like to know what they're doing.

It's truly pathetic that the US had offshored so much of its PPE-manufacturing when the pandemic hit and was unable to immediately ramp up production. As a result, Fauci wittingly lied and initially told the public that masks weren't helpful, in order to preserve the limited supply for healthcare workers.

It's truly pathetic that a year in, we still don't have mandatory effectiveness standards for masks sold to the public.

It's truly pathetic that a year in, most American jurisdictions still accept cloth masks and bandanas as adequate protection.

It's truly pathetic that the third of Americans who are either badly underinsured or completely uninsured do not have effective access to healthcare until they're on death's doorstep.

It's truly pathetic that Americans haven't been provided a universal basic income during the pandemic lockdown.

It's truly pathetic that tens of millions of Americans are facing eviction and bankruptcy when eviction and collection moratoriums expire.

I could go on, but what I'm saying is that the COVID-19 statistics themselves are only one part of the US's record of abysmal failure.

By the way, according to Wikipedia, the Lowy Institute (which did this study) was founded by a billionaire Australian-Israeli shopping-center magnate and has been alternatively characterized as neoliberal, center-right, or reactionary. Since Wikipedia's managing editors are themselves on the libertarian/neoliberal end of the spectrum, I wouldn't dismiss these characterizations out of hand. In short, it's unlikely that the Lowy Institute's biases contributed to making the US look bad.

(Similarly, I came across a global survey of healthcare systems by the Economist magazine's Intelligence Unit. Buried deep in report, the US was characterized as having "a very low-value system." If the Economist Intelligence Unit says the US has "a very low-value system," trust me, it's not because the Economist wants to make the hyper-neoliberal US look bad.)

2 years ago @ http://www.information... - Opinion: - U.S. Dystopia · 1 reply · +3 points

The U.S. seems to have gone completely crazy these day[s].
"These days"? Really?

2 years ago @ http://www.information... - Opinion: - The New Dom... · 0 replies · +9 points

If you identify as a conservative and continue to believe that your prime enemies are ordinary leftists, or you identify as a leftist and believe your prime enemies are Republican citizens, you will fall perfectly into the trap set for you. Namely, you will ignore your real enemies, the ones who actually wield power at your expense: ruling class elites, who really do not care about “right v. left” and most definitely do not care about “Republican v. Democrat” ....


Also, a more accurate (albeit less pithy) title would be, "The New Domestic War on Dissent is Coming, Under the Guise of a War on Domestic Terror."

2 years ago @ http://www.information... - Opinion: -The Planet&r... · 2 replies · +2 points

Garrison blames the US GOVERNMENT... John Perkins has identified it was Wall Street...
Is there a difference?

2 years ago @ http://www.information... - Opinion: -The Planet&r... · 1 reply · +4 points

Isn't there an asterisk missing from "Honduras 2009"? I'd count President Manuel Zelaya's forcible ouster and Honduras's subsequent withdrawal from ALBA as "successful" régime change.

2 years ago @ http://www.information... - Opinion  -  ... · 0 replies · +4 points

This might seem ironic, but I've never felt less alienated from my fellow Americans than I do now. No matter which leading political party or candidate they hate most, there's a good chance I hate them even more. Sure, probably not for the same reasons, but that shared hatred is something to build on! The secret, I think, is to remind people that they are being suckered in by an age-old divide-and-conquer strategy and that we should redirect our rage to the people who really deserve it: the Fortune 500, the Forbes 400, and their top-level flacks and lackeys. Don't attack the divided-and-conquered victims; wake them up and help them see who their true enemies are. If you want healthcare, a living wage, education, a livable planet, and more nebulous stuff like privacy, freedom, and democracy — anything other than dystopian plutocratic neofeudalism — there is no other way. (Take that, Margaret Thatcher!)

2 years ago @ http://www.information... - Opinion  - Trump&... · 1 reply · +3 points

One of my favorite justices, Bill Brennan, was a devout Catholic, but he understood and respected the Establishment Clause, something the "conservatives" in the new batch seem to have a lot of trouble grasping.

Small quibble: Antonin Scalia is dead and so is not on the Court's current Catholic/Christian majority. I expect it was a slip of the pen. And speaking of Scalia, didn't he author an opinion -- majority or concurring, I don't remember -- saying that a giant crucifix in a national park was a suitable memorial for fallen soldiers of all faiths? I refer you back to my previous comment about the Establishment Clause.

Finally, did the comments sections for ICH and Unz Review somehow get mixed up? It sure seems like it. As commenter davinciclaude put it: pure comedy gold.

2 years ago @ http://www.information... - Opinion -Yes, Trump is... · 3 replies · +3 points

I went to law school in the mid-80s and that's not what I recall from my debtor-creditor class. But that was a long time ago and I don't think we covered student-loan debt other than in passing, so I'll defer to your personal experience. At least we can both agree that the Senator from MBNA is not the little people's friend.

This is a little off-topic, but I'd like to add that I was stunned that Biden managed to con so many African-Americans out of their vote in the primaries -- not because he's a classic "genteel" racist but because of what the 1994 Crime Bill did to African-American communities. I have a hunch we can lay the con's success at the feet of what Black Agenda Report calls the "Black misleadership class," whose specialty is selling out their own people in return for a better seat at the table for themselves (and only themselves). A certain reverend comes to mind...