Secrecy is but another word for fear. Jeremy Bentham.
Example: Former Vice-Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General James Cartwright has been named by the Justice department as their target in an investigation of the leaking of information about the Stuxnet computer malware the US used to disable about 1000 Iranian centrifuges. The Iranians knew we had done it, but the public wasn't supposed to know. The timing may be intended as an object lesson for any who might be thinking about pulling a Snowden.
Ready Or Not: The EPA, convinced that you are Roundup-Ready, has raised the amount of Monsanto's Roundup (the herbicide glyphosate) to be allowed in food. What, you haven’t been genetically altered to tolerate Monsanto's poisons? Are you sure?
To Market, To Market: Republicans want to cut food stamps from the Farm Bill so that does what it should, funnel money to big farms and corporate agriculture. Food stamps then can be trashed separately. Don't worry about agribusiness – it makes its money from growing ethanol and feeding animals, not from delivering veggies to the poor.
Rant: When the truth is vilified, hunted, gagged and jailed, then the State has chosen to go to war with the nation. We are at war.
Profits/People: India's low-cost generic pharmaceuticals have significantly lowered drug costs in developing countries around the globe. Its generics also cut into Pfizer's profits. So you can understand why the US is working to pressure India into letting the poor of the world die.
Inside Straight: Analysis of trades in stocks most likely to be affected by various (US sponsored) third-world coups strongly suggests that insiders knew about the pending overthrows and invested appropriately. Or inappropriately, depending on your view of insider trading. Wonder how many stock tips the average NSA intercept folks take home every day...
Summer In The City: Hundreds of thousands of Egyptians, in cities and towns across the country, are taking to the streets in hopes of driving President Morsi from office. The Muslim Brotherhood, backed by the Army and security forces (ie, thugs) are taking to the same streets to further the dialogue.
The Crime & The Criminals: Remember, the crime is invading the privacy of over 300 million Americans, the criminals are the NSA and the Administration, and Edward Snowden's 'crime' is confirming what we already knew.
Spot Quiz: “Why Is the Obama Administration Suddenly So Interested in African Farms?” If 'because US banks and corporations stand to make huge profits' isn't part of your answer, you'll have to stay after school. At overtime rates.
Urgency: One of the reasons the Let's-Kill-Social-Security-and-Medicare movement continues to press their agenda even though the vast majority of voters don't want these programs cut and even though the deficit projections have dropped dramatically is that today one in six voters directly benefits from these programs, in 2030 – when Doom is usually predicted – one in four will. And trying to kill the program then, even if the unlikely disaster they are predicting shows up, will not be possible.
Explicate: How can a "secret body of law" be the law in a democracy? When did “Because I said so" become a legal justification for immorality?
Read His Lips: The President of the World Bank notes that “the power of civil society and the power of citizens to rise up is unlike anything we’ve seen in history.” Of course the World Bank's mucking with various economies had nothing to do with the increase in global unrest.
Dumb & Dumber: North Carolina, pulling ahead of Texas in the stupidity games, has disqualified the state from receiving federal funding for the long-term unemployed, lowered the maximum weekly benefit from $535 to $350 and cut legibility from 6 months to as little as three. About 170,000 North Carolinians will lose a total of $700 million in federal funds, while protecting the ideological purity of their politicians.
Semper Fi: Turns out
PFC Bradley Manning Sergeant Lawrence Hutchins, who has served 6 years for his role in the murder of an Iraqi civilian, had his civil rights violated when he was held in solitary confinement for seven days... The Iraqi's death was upheld by the court.
The Parting Shot: