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.
Monster in the white house wants you to live like a pauper in your old age. And why not? He'll never have to rely on social security, and neither will his kids. Oh, and according to the comments, that old multi-millionairess Nancy Pelosi is cool with it. And why not, she'll never have to rely on social security, etc. You know what? Next time I may not even vote. Someone tell me why I should bother. No, really.
Airport-style screening to be considered for train and tube stations. If they try to do this in the U.S., I will stop taking Amtrak and I will walk over the fucking Brooklyn Bridge or telecommute rather than go through "I can see you naked cancer machines" every fucking day. It's all for show and so a small handful of rich assholes can make more money. Oh, and to remind the 99.9% of us that we are fucking proles. I bet these sick fuckers have already invested money in drug companies to deal with the spike in cancer 20 years hence. God, I hate them all.
News Corporation posts $1.6bn loss as phone-hacking legal fees stack up. And that's just the legal fees, wait until all the hacking victims find out they were hacked and file suit. I mean, the settlements are going to hurt too, as will the fees and fines if there are criminal investigations and prosecutions here and in the UK against the corporation, its officers, and board of directors (it's been hinted at in the UK). Finally, I don't think that the split of the entertainment assets (where the money is or will be) from the news/publishing assets (where the liability resides) will shield those assets in the event that the big bills come rolling in. A little too late, I think. We shall see. I just want to see News Corp bloodied and the Murdochs forced out.