How Politics Works

All these effing geniuses: Ezra Klein, expert-driven journalism, and the phony Washington consensus - Salon.com:
“Outsiders can say whatever they want. But people on the inside don’t listen to them. Insiders, however, get lots of access and a chance to push their ideas. People — powerful people — listen to what they have to say. But insiders also understand one unbreakable rule: They don’t criticize other insiders.”

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"Media, Politicians should stop Letting ISIL Manipulate them"

I'm not sure it's ISIL doing the manipulating.

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Israel vs Palestine

The Angry Arab News Service/وكالة أنباء العربي الغاضب: Israel has done the following since the ceasefire:

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Scottish Independence

Some fun with the Scottish Independence here: Karl reMarks: We Give the Scottish Independence Referendum the Middle East Expert Treatment:

Some concern about how it may affect Italy here:  London School of Economics and Political Science

When will we see a similar article on Texas, California, the Pacific coast states, or the Mega-cities of the eastern US?

Maybe we are in the early stages of the decline of nation states. [see FTAlphaville: Disrupting the nation state]. The corporations who rule us span the national borders and don't really need the idea of a nation. A German multinational has legal and commercial needs that are more in common with a US multinational than with the German people. A world organized more around city-states, or mega-city states might work better for our corporate overlords.

Maybe organized around a few of the brighter groups in this NASA image. Our future could have HollywoodLand around LA, TheSiliconValley, TheGreatNorthwest, RockyMountainHigh around Denver, BostonToDCInvestmentBankerville, OldPeopleville of Gulf-Coast Florida, etc.

composite view of continental United States showing Suomi NPP observations of nighttime illumination

Or, on a larger scale, around these.

composite world map showing Suomi NPP observations of nighttime illumination

Or maybe just,,,, Brights vs Darks.

Anyway, on a corporate dominated globe there aren't many reasons for our current borders.


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War Propaganda

A good link here on how to spot the war propaganda.


Read it. Understand it. Watch for the propaganda. Explain it to you kids.

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Neocon Plans

Neocons Revive Syria ‘Regime Change’ Plan | Consortiumnews:
"That would get the neocons back on their original track of forcing “regime change” in countries seen as hostile to Israel. The first target was Iraq with Syria and Iran to follow. The goal was to deprive Israel’s close-in enemies, Lebanon’s Hezbollah and Palestine’s Hamas, of crucial support. The neocon vision got knocked off track when Bush’s Iraq War derailed and the American people balked at the idea of extending the conflict to Syria and Iran."

I'd add that when Russia interfered with the regime change plan in Syria they were hit with a US-Israel backed Ukraine revolt.

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American Capitalism

A lot of people died. It was bad. Remember? Now...  How about a burger, or a drink, or a new car.

Never Forget To Aggregate The 9/11 Brand Tweets: Gothamist:


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Two Party System

Really just one, The War Party.

Political Irony › No Alternative to Bombs?:

Ted Rall
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Police State

Under the federal Equitable Sharing Program, police have seized $2.5 billion since 2001 from people who were not charged with a crime and without a warrant being issued. Police reasoned that the money was crime-related. About $1.7 billion was sent back to law enforcement agencies for their use
Found Here: Civil forfeiture cash seizures:

Original article here: Stop and seize

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Destruction of Palestine

I'd like to see a fly-over video of the damage caused to Israel by the Hamas rockets.