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There is No Preparing for Health Care Calvinball

If the Supreme Court rules against providing tax credits they will be playing Calvinball. They will be acting as an unelected and unaccountable third legislature branch and not as a Constitutional court. There is no preparing for Calvinball.

Senate Report Reveals CIA Torture Program Originated in Same Department as MKULTRA

The release of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) executive summary (PDF) to their report, “Committee Study of the Central Intelligence Agency’s Detention and Interrogation Program,” has rightly gotten a wide amount of press coverage. The sheer brutality of the program’s use of torture is overwhelming, from the use of forced enemas on detainees — [...]

In Bungled Covert Operation, USAID Contractor Recruited Hip-Hop Artists to Help Topple Cuban Government

From the United States government contractor, which brought you “Cuban Twitter” and a band of untrained young Latin Americans sent to infiltrate Cuban society through the organization of an HIV workshop, comes another bungled covert operation against Raul Castro’s government: an operation to recruit notorious Cuban rappers and co-opt the country’s hip-hop music scene in [...]

Torture and the Myth of Never Again: The Persecution of John Kiriakou

No one except John Kiriakou is being held accountable for America’s torture policy. And John Kiriakou didn’t torture anyone, he just blew the whistle on it. In a Galaxy Far, Far Away The United States sanctioned acts of torture by the Central Intelligence Agency and others. The acts took place in secret prisons (“black sites”) [...]

Over Easy

Brazil's Truth Commission released its report today on the abuses its military dictatorship committed during its years in power, 1964 - 1985, including the killing of at least 400 citizens and the torture of thousands. A 1979 amnesty law passed by the military regime prevents those responsible from being tried and punished for their crimes. Show More Summary

The good stewards…

Earth, humanities gigantic dumping ground. More than five trillion pieces of plastic, collectively weighing nearly 269,000 tonnes, are floating in the world’s oceans, causing damage throughout the food chain, new research has found. Data collected by scientists from the US, France, Chile, Australia and New Zealand suggests a minimum of 5.25tn plastic particles in the [...]

Late Night FDL: I Wanna Rule The World

10cc - I Wanna Rule The World 40 years along and 10cc is still going strong...

The Roundup

Howdy folks! I’m almost a week away from being free for a month. International Politics Overall - Slavoj Zizek: “How the United States Rolls” - Iranian leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said the release of the Senate torture report highlights how the U.S. is the “symbol of tyranny against humanity” - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad praised Russia for [...]

Judge Masipa rules prosecution can appeal her decision in Pistorius case

Good afternoon: Judge Thokozile Masipa ruled today that the prosecution can appeal her decision finding Oscar Pistorius not guilty of murder. The Guardian reports, Judge Thokozile Masipa said she was satisfied that prosecutor GerrieShow More Summary

The Study Health Care Reform Desperately Needs

Now that millions of people have used coverage bought on the Affordable Care Act exchanges for a year it is time for comprehensive study that questions the entire basis of the law. In concept the design of the study I want would be fairly simple: Step 1) Get a representative sample of users willing [...]

CIA Had Propaganda Campaign Which Involved Leaking Classified Information to Sell Torture

The CIA had a propaganda campaign to defend its detention and interrogation program. It involved the leaking of classified information to shape the public’s opinion, undermine criticism and deceive Congress and is detailed in the executive summary of the Senate intelligence committee’s torture report, which shows the extent to which CIA officials were willing to [...]

The Torture Never Stops

With the release of the Senate torture report, media accounts are quick to add a variant of the phrase that “Obama discontinued the enhanced interrogation programs soon after coming into office.” That is not true. Force-Feeding at Guantanamo Imad Abdullah Hassan has spent twelve years in Guantanamo in a cage without ever being charged with [...]

The Roundup

Howdy there folks. How is your day today? International Politics Overall - A U.N. official said there were “constructive” talks with Syrian rebels to stop fighting in Aleppo, Syria Middle East - Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi told...Show More Summary

Over Easy: 2015 NDAA Will Give Apache Ancestral Land to a Foreign Mining Company

Last week, the House passed the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and attached a rider on page 1105 that would give 2400 acres of National Forest that is cherished ancestral Native American land in southeast Arizona to a subsidiary of a large international mining conglomerate.


No longer does the phrase “Land of the Free, Home of the Brave” really work. You have to know your market people. Henceforth the United States shall be: “Land of the Monitored, Home of the Involuntary Coffee Enema!” Detainees were forced to stand on broken limbs for hours, kept in complete darkness, deprived of sleep [...]

Late Night FDL: Tired of Being Alone

Al Green - Tired of Being Alone/Let's Stay Together Congrats to the recent Kennedy Center honoree Al Green...

Congress Plans to Overturn Democracy in D.C.

Last month, people living in the District of Columbia turned out to overwhelmingly vote in favor of marijuana legalization. But now Congress is potentially planning to abuse their power by stripping the district's roughly 650,000 citizens of their basic democratic rights. Show More Summary

Senate Report on CIA Torture Details Brutality Used Against Detainees—Including ‘Rectal Feeding’

The long-awaited summary from the Senate intelligence committee report on the CIA's rendition, detention and interrogation program, which involved torture, has been released. It details a criminal conspiracy involving the brutality the...Show More Summary

The Roundup

Hey folks, quite a stacked Roundup today. Anyhoo, how is your day? International Politics - It is either funny or sad (perhaps both?) to see liberal and conservative hawks join together to call for regime change in Syria - Gareth Porter: “Why Hasn’t the IAEA Followed Up Iran’s Inspection Offer?” - A U.S. commander pledged to add 1,500 [...]

Over Easy: Flashmobs

Wikipedia - A flash mob (or flashmob)[1] is a group of people who assemble suddenly in a public place, perform an unusual and seemingly pointless act for a brief time, before quickly dispersing. They are often used for the purposes of entertainment, satire or artistic expression [2][3][4] and are organized via telecommunications, social media, or [...]

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