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 Bill of Rights Exists: An Open Letter to Dianne Feinstein. The special people aren't worried because they think they get a pass because they are elite. But none of them know how to code or hack to do any of the things the NSA is doing every fucking minute. Maybe when one of them gets their tit in a ringer things will change.
The entire letter is worth a read, but these two sentences are particularly powerful: Whoever leaked the four-page Surveillance Court document to Glenn Greenwald at The Guardian deserves a medal and an honorary parade down Pennsylvania Avenue in the Nation’s Capital. The only “threats” assisted by disclosure of that document are the possibilities of meaningful public discourse and informed consent of the governed.
By the way, if the NSA collected every communication since 9/11, more or less, then it should have access to all trades and communications by Goldman Sachs, right? Oh wait, they gave early money to Obama. Lloyd Blankfein sleeps securely at night.
[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.
Thatcher’s legacy. It begins: Margaret Thatcher, the friend of Chile’s fascist dictator General Augusto Pinochet and supporter of the apartheid system of racial discrimination in South Africa, has died of a stroke at the age of 87.
Then a few paragraphs later, it adds: Margaret Hilda Roberts embodied everything that is narrow-minded and philistine in the English middle class. She was preoccupied solely with self-advancement and enrichment, owing much of her success to having secured a rich husband. Her political talents, such as they were, consisted of the nasty cunning and ruthlessness of the social climber.
And now her waltz with Reagan makes perfect sense--they really were the perfect partners. I wish I believed in hell, because eternity is forever.
And I don't care if this is a fucking trial balloon. No democrat should ever allow cuts to social security or medicare to be offered to make a deal. No doubt this is part of Obama's 11th-dimensional chess and we are too stupid to see how brilliant this plan is--that is what his fanbots are saying, I'm guessing. Here's what I think it comes down to: Obama is in the big leagues. After his second term, he will make millions giving speeches and doing "good works"--and I mean real millions, like more than $100 million, and in short order. He will be going to resorts we don't even know exist. Rubbing shoulders with the rich criminal families of Europe, Asia, North and South America, and African despots. He and his wife and kids will never wont for a thing. So why should he care if his social security check is a little smaller? And yes, I don't think he or his circle understand just how important this is to the average joe. Sadly, I don't think they give a shit either. They are taken care of.
When you consider the French police raider her fucking apartment, that she's the chief of the fucking IMF, and that the "[i]nvestigators suspect her of complicity in embezzling public funds after she overruled objections from advisers to proceeding with the €285m (£244m) payment to Tapie," what isn't possible?