Amazon boss buys Washington Post for $250m. I mean, Amazon made a profit like once since it's inception, so WaPo will fit right in. That said, I don't buy from Amazon, the destroyer of small businesses with the monsters who own Walmart. One day, people will no longer buy the high revenue numbers and will demand an actual profit. And if one cannot be found, boom. But Bezos has a gazillion dollars, enough to blow $250 million personally on WaPo. This is not a just world.
The Pope Criminalizes Leaks. Because leaking about criminality at the Vatican Bank or, say, pedophile priests is worse than stealing money and molesting kids? Or maybe he had a chat with Pres. Obama? I mean, Obama has gone after more whistleblowers (not leakers) than all presidents before him. Change we can believe in, my ass.
Not exactly the hope and change your mindless fans were looking for (Yes we can!), but hey, most of them are still around looking to lick your neoliberal ass, so it's all good. Yes, reading about how the U.S. got most of Europe to shit on Evo Morales, the fucking PRESIDENT of Bolivia, by diverting his flight and making it land in Austria because they thought he smuggled Edward Snowden, American Patriot, in his carry on bag. He did not. I'm not even linking because anyone reading this knows what is going on.
Meanwhile, the bankers are not being prosecuted, the hedge funders are laughing all the way to the bank, and disgraced former General David Petraeus is juggling offers of more money than most of us make to belch out a few lectures and stare at the pretty girls at public universities. Alex Pareene, of course, has this: David Petraeus can’t lose (unless he goes to jail)! And he's never going to jail. Our self-appointed elites don't even care. Why should they? What can we do? They gamed the system. In short: they are not afraid of us.
Real change won't come until they fear us. So, what do we do? We have to starve the beast, and this beast lives on money and power. So, ideas?
The Logic of the Surveillance State. You start noticing that certain western states suddenly agree that putting up cameras all around various cities are a good way to, allegedly, fight crime. Yeah, after the fact. It doesn't stop crime, but it is an excellent way to monitor everyone. And, as Welsh points out, as pattern recognition becomes better, the elites can have their datamining fine tuned to watch those who may cause them discomfort. In the end, this will fail, but as much as I know it is going on, and given that I've never bought the American exceptionalism argument, I am still shocked that people aren't absolutely outraged by this unprecedented instrusion by the government. Notice that I said "the" government and not "our" government, because it's not our government any more.
[Obama] Throwing Money at [Retrofitting] Nukes. I thought the Nobel committee gave Obama the peace prize because he claimed to care about reducing the nuclear threat in the world. Or maybe it's just my memory? No, my memory is fine: Nobel Peace Prize for 2009 awarded to President Barack Obama "for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples. The Committee has attached special importance to Obama's vision of and work for a world without nuclear weapons." Looks like quite a few someones have egg on their face.
Associated Press says U.S. government seized journalists' phone records. Of course this happened. Probably trying to find out who all WH leakers are so they can start prosecuting them and have a whole ward of Bradley Mannings. I am so so glad I did not vote for Obama for president. Holder was his pick for Attorney General. Period. I only hope that some journalists finally understand what this government is willing to do to keep all leaks from happening and start reporting the shit out of what is going on. With a handful of exceptions, DC is a fucking cesspit that needs a Herculean cleaning.
Don't know what I will get, but I know what service provider I WON'T be using: SPRINT. I have Sprint with an "older plan," which apparently ended but no one told me. I almost never use the phone, but I had to last month because of a family emergency (my nephew broke his leg in three places and had to have surgery). The one time I really needed it, after being a subscriber for 14 years, and for reasons no one can explain, I was charged international roaming charges, and a 27 minute call from Brooklyn to New Jersey cost $99. And the reps keep acting like it's my fault because of the towers in my neighborhood and because I am on an older, discontinued plan. No one told me that my old plan doesn't exist any more of whatever. Not even this past weekend, when I went to the Sprint store to see about upgrading to a smart phone and the clerk asked for my cell phone number to check out my plan. No, not even then.
Ok, Sprint is out, which means Virgin and Credo too. Great. So what's left that isn't the sociopathic assholes at AT&T (they allowed the government to put equipment in a "special room" to datamine all our communication) or the assholes at Verizon?
Prankster Nearly Sneaks Into Meeting of Cardinals. Thing is, the imposter sounds like a bit of a nut--he wasn't even a really good comedian/actiivist/protester--yet he got past the first level before being nabbed. What this guy highlights is how all of this pomp and protocol is all bullshit--high priced bullshit--but just bullshit in the end. And has anyone else noticed that people are openly mocking the church now, which can only signal its eventual demise. Not in my lifetime, sadly, but not long after. Good fucking riddance.