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.
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.
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?
Vatican reveals pope had secret heart surgery. P.S. Just to change the batteries in the device that mimics a human heart. I swear, the tone-deaf PR hacks at VAtican City are trying really hard to find one person who gives a shit about Pope Ratzi stepping down to avoid the shitstorm that must be coming any day now.