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 journalistic practices of the Washington Post and Walter Pincus -
Fifteen hours after acknowledging that an innuendo-filled article is factually false, the Post still has not corrected it. In short, Pincus wrote a bullshit laden screed and Glenn Greenwald went after him and the Washington Post, a once great newspaper/current collection of media whores, for printing said screed and failing to correct obvious errors that he pointed out to them, repeatedly. No surprise. What is fabulous is that Greenwald, because he is unrelenting, is performing a service as great as giving Snowden a forum. Namely, calling out the main stream media/village assholes as the whores that they are. And he is naming names, going after the offenders, and not giving up until he gets what he wants. Thank you, Glenn Greenewald. The media needs to be reminded of what their role should be. If we had had a functioning free press in the last 15 to 20 years, maybe we would have an actual liberal/progressive president in the White House who would be wondering how he or she should spend that peace dividend, instead of wondering whether Jamie Dimon will get him a good gig after he's done giving Wall Street and the military industrial complex everything they wanted.
Bug found at Ecuador's embassy in London. The subhead reads: A hidden microphone is found in the ambassador's office, during routine security search, Ecuador foreign minister says. At one time the U.S. was envied and admired, now we are the world's monster. Thanks, Obama! I mean, Reagan, Poppy Bush, Clinton, Cheney, and W all played their part, but you took the ball and dunked it. Change you can believe in...that was a stroke of [mendacious] brillance.
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?
Berlusconi convicted in sex-for-hire trial. Still, that asshole is probably angry and horrified at having the court declare that yes, protests aside, he does pay for sex. As if a 17-year old would want to jump that old sack o' bones and surgical tape without the promise of a few thousand Euros at the end.
Snowden healthy and safe, says Assange. While things may seem dire, what with Assange holed up in the Ecudorian embassy, Manning on trial, and Snowden in flight, that they exist, that brave people are willing to step forward to counter the the criminal acts of this government and the corporate monsters that feed off of it gives me hope. Real hope, not that cheap branded bullshit that was shoved down our throats in 2008. I hope Snowden takes the time to write a very complete book.
What does ring true, however, is his assertion that a driving force from Tahrir Square to Occupy is a redefinition of notions of both what "freedom" means and its relationship to governments that seem ever more distant. It is significant, too, that many recent protests have taken place in the large cities that have been most transformed by neoliberal policies.
I hope President Neoliberal is reading this and realizing that with a turning tide his "legacy" can quickly turn from being the first black president, to being a "poor negotiator, to being realized as the monster whore for Wall Street and other monied interests. I mean most of us recognize this, but what happens when his desperate fan base does (or maybe they don't)?
Something is going on. The answer may come from elsewhere, because the powers that be are trying to keep use yoked but relatively well fed. Still, we don't need a majority to affect change. A lot of people are happy being sheep. We need to replace the sheperd with the stick with a sheperd with the carrots.
Jail reckless bankers, standards commission urges. Eric Holder has this under control, so no worries. Hahahahahahaha. The article is about a British commission. And may I add, nice timing. I mean, what is the statute of limitations on the actions leading up to and causing the man-made fiscal crisis? That is, are these ongoing crimes? Because there are fairly tight statutes of limitations period in this country. Just saying.