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By Diana May-Waldman,CJE-I would like to think that I am a kind person. Yeah, yeah, I am a bleeding heart. But, I am somewhat of a contradiction, because at times I have no filter. I open my mouth and say what comes to mind. This normally happens when I see or feel something that I think is unjust.
And hypocrites? Hypocrites drive me crazy. I personally think they are fucking morons and they make my blood boil. You know those people who get smashed –drunk every chance they can, make fun of other people, then come Monday they are preaching the word of God? Those who go to church every Sunday but use the words, “faggot” and “nigger?”
I love a good debate and I love learning from other people. It’s part of what makes the world go around. But, I confess that I automatically tune out when you start spouting off about God and Jesus and the Bible. I know what the Bible says. I was raised Catholic (against my will). It took me years to wash off all that Catholic guilt.
Then I had to rewash when I learned about all the Priests molesting little kids–rewash again when nothing was done about it. It felt like rape and violation to me. Oh wait–IT WAS.
My mother always said something like, “Birds of a feather, flock together.”
So, yeah no thanks, I’m not flying with that crowd. Kind of makes me feel like an accessory to the crime.
WS -Bohemian Grove is a secretive an all-male gathering held once a year for the world’s most influential corrupt politicians, business leaders and media executives.
Each year the attendees witness the Cremation of Care ceremony, which depicts a mock human sacrifice. This is no shit folks!
Attending the elusive Bohemian Grove retreat should be a priority for former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, News Corp executive Andrew Knight allegedly writes in an email to US Gen. Colin Powell obtained by RT.
The mysterious computer hacker known only as Guccifer has once again supplied RT with a trove of presumed personal emails in which the private correspondence between some of the world’s most influential men is put under the looking glass. The hacker’s target is once again former Secretary of State Colin Powell, and this time the discourse dives into a topic rarely discussed: the annual summer retreat at California’s Bohemian Grove.
: We have mentioned MANY times here that the “charter school” movement, at it’s root, is both result of and the tool for the the overwhelming CorpoRat plan for the privatization/destruction of “public schooling,” in the USofA. A couple of corpoRat hack/political lickspittles at the NYTimes recently weighed in with an approving, summary piece, the MOST ‘critical’ part of which reads:
“We’re not providing adequately now,” said Dennis Van Roekel, president of the National Education Association. “Why would you take away financing from public schools?” Why indeed. The same forces that want to cut taxes for themselves do not want to pay for your public education system. So divide and conquer.
WS – Rahm Emanuel. – Corrupt Corporate Jester, hates poor people.
The Chicago Teachers Union is rallying support against closures that will disproportionately affect black, Latino kids
On Wednesday Chicago will see a mass rally, led by the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU), to protest the planned shuttering of 54 elementary and middle schools before the next school year. Critics of the closures have pointed out that the vast majority of schools targeted (50 are on the West and South Sides of Chicago) provide for black and Latino children. While only around 40 percent of children in Chicago are black are Latino, 90 percent of children whose schools will be shuttered are black or Latino.
“The only thing that’s like it is Hurricane Katrina,” said CTU Vice President Jesse Sharkey of the potential devastation, “except this is being done on purpose.” The closures will affect 30,000 students and around 1,000 teachers. Labor Notes’ Samantha Winslow explained that “the union opposes what leaders call a ‘manufactured crisis’: a series of intentional policy decisions to underfund public schools while boosting charter schools. Once public school enrollment drops, the board can close public schools and justify charters.” Winslow reported on the mass rally planned for Wednesday afternoon:
WS – They’re are No numbers available for Corporations that are fuc$ing with deadly viruses. With the US taxpayer funding research for private corporations at Colleges and Universities, “plausible deniability”, will shield the corporations should diseases of mass destruction get released, by espionage, accident or human testing. – Just say’in.
Let’s start with the good news: The vial of Guanarito, a rare disease found only in Venezuelan rodents, that was reported missing from a Texas lab on Wednesday is probably nothing to worry about. First of all, there’s no evidence that Guanarito can be transmitted from person to person—only from rodent to person (though when that happens, primarily to “male agricultural workers,” it isn’t pleasant). Nor does it appear that the vial was spirited away by an evildoer—more likely, itl was destroyed after accidentally falling to the floor, Galveston National Laboratory scientific director Scott Weaver tells the Houston Chronicle. Galveston National Laboratory is housed at the University of Texas Medical Branch. Reports the Chronicle:
“We don’t think anything that happened this past week endangers the community,” Weaver said. “We think this is an error that any one facility is inevitable and we are going to improve to prevent this in the future.”
Shot by @missionnoleash and @lousmc days 2-5 during the Steubenville Ohio rape trial
By Sherry Pasquarello,CJE -No, I didn’t win the Powerball jackpot. Someone one state away did. I can’t complain. I didn’t even play. I was going to. I usually do buy one ticket if a jackpot gets crazy high but I was busy and it slipped my mind. Honestly, I rarely win at anything so I save money and don’t play except the occasional scratch off ticket or, as I said when the jackpots are insane.
On the national news on ABC Sunday night they had a story on how much higher the taxes on the jackpot would be now, WTF? Who would care other than someone like the people at ABC who are in that type of a tax bracket? Believe me, I would cheerfully pay my taxes anyway, my being the bleeding heart liberal that I am and if I were handed that sort of a check from the lottery I would think myself blessed to BE in that lofty bracket, not picked on for being rich.
The lottery is about dreaming. I think it’s a good thing as long as there’s no gambling habit involved. Our lottery in Pennsylvania goes for senior citizen programs and I like that a lot. Dreaming can be great stress reliever. The few times I’ve played I worked out in detail just what I would do with the money. Being me though, I’ve also imagined how that big of a windfall could impact not only my life but those close to me in a negative if not dangerous way. So I find myself with the minority dreamers. Those few that don’t want to win one of those fantastic sums all alone. I’d rather find myself sharing a winning ticket with a group and coming away with just enough to secure a good future for me and mine plus a good hunk for my favorite charities.
From Shock and Awe to Wall Street
This week marks the tenth anniversary of the “Shock and Awe” US invasion of Iraq. The ravages of that invasion continue at home and in Iraq, the US is still at war in Afghanistan (troops and contractors remain in Iraq) and unofficially waging war on countries like Pakistan and Yemen, is aggravating aggression with North Korea as part of an Asian pivot encircling China, is putting more military into Africa and Obama is in Israel where he sings a duet for war with Netanyahu against Syria and Iran. Meanwhile, poverty, unemployment and homelessness continue to grow in the US with threats of austerity for everything except the national security state.
When we occupied Freedom Plaza in October, 2011, we made the connection between US Empire and the corporate control of our political process, between unlimited military spending and cuts to necessary domestic programs. We understood the misreporting in the corporate media about the Iraq War. Kathy Kelly from Voices for Creative Nonviolence was in Baghdad during Shock and Awe. On this tenth anniversary, she reminds us of the horrible price of war and warns of never ending war as the US seems to edge toward more war in the region. The need to understand those connections grows more important each day as we see the costs of war affecting people on every level.
US Magistrate Robert Mitchell announced moments ago that former Pittsburgh Police chief Nate Harper has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of conspiracy and tax evasion (4 counts). A warrant for Harper's arrest was issued shortly after the indictment.
Nate Harper resigned last month amid a FBI and IRS investigation into misappropriation of funds from the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police's special events department which handles special officer securty details at bars, events and more. Investigators accuse Harper of redirecting funds from the special events department into Police credit union accounts. Using the funds for lush condos for VIP's during Pittsburgh's G20 Summit, a party for an officer's promotion, nights out on the town including visits to Silky's gentlemen's club in Mckee's rocks as well as multiple other unexplained expenses.
Mayor Luke Ravenstahl's body guards were also given debit cards from these credit union accounts. Harper is also accused of giving preferential treatment to friends when it comes to police contracts for new equipment in the police cruisers. The FBI and IRS will hold a press conference at 1 pm to discuss the charges.
In a press conference investigators told media that Harper failed to file taxes from 2008-2001, and used public funds to furnish his home, install a xm satellite radio for his car, and withdrew over $30,000 from the credit union for personal use. "These allegations represent the worst kind of corruption, these monies belong to the tax payers and were taken by theft." said US Attorney Hickton. Harper has also made over $400,000 between 2008 and 2011. Mobile Broadcast News will bring you more on this story as it progresses.
Amanda and I up meet up at 4 am, and head to court.. She doesn't have press credentials, so she must be there early to stand and wait in line with the public. I have a court press pass, so I could go in anytime I want, but I preferred to stay in the van and wait with her until the doors open at 9 am.
Fred Abdalla Junior comes outside around 7 am in street clothes to inform me that he'll let media in at 8 am, he politely talks to Amanda and the other member of the public waiting to get in and assures them that they will be able to observe the trial from the public side viewing rooms today. I pass the hour hanging out with Amanda, observing the news techs running around, as well as, the other journalists doing their morning live remotes from the courthouse.
Sherrif Abdalla comes out and hands me a swisher sweet while wishing me a good morning, and I step inside the courthouse when they open the doors an hour early for media. I chat with Dave Sommers, a Zainesville Ohio tv reporter about how he didn;t know anything about this case until his station sent him to Steubenville. We exchange email addresses and I promise to send him the probable cause transcript from October, as well as link him to all of my written, video and radio pieces on the subject so he could further educate himself on the case. Ten other journalists are huddled in the corner as we wait for the okay to head back upstairs to our overcrowded media room. The heat has been broken in the room for 2 days now, and it has been blasting at full power making things miserable. I chat with local Pittsburgh TV reporters on the case and "how they see me everywhere." "Yeah, I've come along way from covering Occupy Pittsburgh." I reply as i crack open the first mountain dew for the day.
From Powell Memo To Tri-lateral Commission: Chomsky on Education and the Oligarchs. The PTB were greatly upset with and terrified of the eruption of people and student power in the 60s, and decided to kill it off. Enter the “Powell Memo”:
Powell drew the obvious conclusion: “The campuses from which much of
this criticism emanates are supported by tax funds generated largely
from American business, contributions from capital funds controlled or
generated by American business. The boards of trustees at universities
are overwhelmingly composed of men and women who are leaders in the
business system and most of the media, including the national TV systems
are owned and theoretically controlled by corporations which depend on
profits and the enterprise system on which they survive.”
Therefore, the oppressed business people who have lost all
influence should organize and defend themselves instead of idly sitting
by while fundamental freedoms are destroyed by the Marxist onslaught
from the media, universities and the government. Those are the
expression of the concerns elicited by ’60s activism at the right end of
the mainstream spectrum.
The solution? Impose economic hardship, reduce educatiuonal opportunities, make it more expensive, and impose conservative ‘litmus tests.’ It worked.
It was a cold night as i pulled in and parked my rented UHAUL makeshift media van behind NBC and diagonally from the Fox News production trucks. I made makeshift tags identifying the van as Mobile Broadcast News, and set up my gear in the back.
I lay down on the cot, and pull my zero degree sleeping bag over my head after hours of trying to sleep.
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WS – It’s the fuc$ing Wall Street Journal for Christs sake!
The Wall Street Journal’s former publisher, Gordon Crovitz, has apparently decided to follow the lead of the NY Times’ former managing editor Bill Keller in misrepresenting things having to do with Bradley Manning and Julian Assange to new and impressive heights. Crovitz has a history of being fact-challenged, especially when it comes to the internet, and his latest opinion piece entitled Aiding the Enemy Isn’t Journalism is an impressive work of bad journalism. Let’s start from the top.
It looks as if Pfc. Bradley Manning and Julian Assange will go down in history as outliers, not trend setters. There have been no copycat leaks of massive quantities of diplomatic and intelligence documents, despite how easy the Internet makes it to leak and the fact that more than four million Americans have clearance to access government secrets.
By Dylan DeBarr.WWH/CJE – I had just been told that my daughter was raped. I glance toward the door. I feel drunk, as if my legs can’t hold my weight. I grasp the window sill and push my forehead against the window. I need air. I gasp, choking on the silent scream that sticks in my throat. Thick, like molasses, I can’t swallow it or vomit it up.
She can’t shower in the daylight anymore. She can’t look at her own body. She feels her body has betrayed her. So, I sit on the floor in the bathroom as she showers in the dark. Sprays of water hit my face as I squint in the darkness watching her. She can’t close the shower curtain, so we leave it open. Her athletic body has shriveled. She has lost 30 pounds. No hips, no breasts, no more monthly period.
MY father came from a farm in Nine Mile, Jamaica. There, he learned deep respect for nature and humanity that helped guide his life. His dream was to return one day,” says the charming Rohan Marley, with a flick of his dreadlocks which remind you of his father, cult reggae singer Bob Marley. He’s famous for using his music to promote freedom, peace, reconciliation, and equal rights for all. More…
RAPE IS A CRIME. RAPISTS ARE CRIMINALS. It’s obvious to most of America but not to you or to your on air talent. VICTIMS are the ones deserving of your concern not the criminals.
Now, IF you had used this to point out the tragedy of the entire situation in your comments I could agree but you chose to spent air time, time that reaches an entire country and more, and your pity on two young men who showed NO remorse until they were judged guilty. Their defense team smeared the reputation of the victim and they stayed silent.
So, to you, CNN, I guess I have to remind you that this is America and we have OUR laws here. It doesn’t matter if a woman is NAKED walking down a dark alley at 2 in the morning- RAPE IS A CRIME!
MEN are not animals and any MAN that used the “she was asking for it” defense is saying that MEN are not human beings able to control themselves. If that is the case them MEN are to be kept separated and at home unless accompanied with FEMALE relatives as it is in some Middle Eastern countries.
Oh, by the way CNN think back, teenagers do dumb things. Under Age drinking is a dumb thing. It’s a dumb thing that has been going on since way before I was born and I am 61 years old. Anyone remember keggers or field parties? Those were dumb things but RAPE isn’t a dumb thing. It’s a CRIME.
This is the message you should have pushed on air, if you were going to do anything other than just report the facts of the case.
By Diana May-Waldman- Yeah, and maybe I’m a little biased about Citizen Journalist Exchange. We don’t sugar coat. We put it out there.
With that being said, the guilty verdict in the Steubenville, Ohio rape case involving to high school footballs players has just about sent me over the edge. You know, those moments when you think about jumping over a table and just pile driving someone into the ground with hopes of knocking just a little sense into them?
One newscaster called this story, “Infamous.”
Two over emotional female twits from CNN were talking about how this had ruined the future career of the boys convicted, followed by one of their over zealous male buddies who chimed in that he thought having these boys register as sex offenders for the rest of their life was harsh.
Let me say, that I wasn’t without compassion for the two rapists. It didn’t last long, but in my brief moments of compassion I had to ask myself, why these boys would think what they did was okay. Why it was acceptable. I would like to think by the age of 16 and 17 years old, we know better. In fact, I’m pretty sure we do.
My mother always said, “There is right and there is wrong. And if you stop and think, you know one from the other and if you don’t, you better be ready to pay the consequences.”
WS – “Grups, bonk,bonk on the head” Grown – ups’ need to grow up. She’s a girl. Period!
FOUNTAIN, Colo. — Coy Mathis was born a boy. But after just a few years, biology succumbed to a more powerful force.
A buzz cut grew into long hair. Jeans gave way to pink dresses. And the child’s big cheeks trembled with tears when anyone referred to Coy as male.
Halfway through kindergarten, after consulting with doctors, Coy’s parents informed their child’s school that Coy identified as a girl and should be treated as one — whether that meant using feminine pronouns to describe her or letting Coy wear her favorite dresses.
“It became really clear that it wasn’t just about liking pink or feminine things,” said Kathryn Mathis, Coy’s mother, recounting how Coy had anxiety attacks when people treated her as a boy. “It was that she was trying so hard to show us that she was a girl.” More…
Today is “Forgive Mom and Dad Day” - Take your therapist to lunch.
By Diana May-Waldman- CJE- It’s still alive, that bill to probe the V-JJ. It’s neaty tucked into Senate Bill 371 and not surprising it was introduced by State Sen. Travis Holdman (R), which has passed a committee. This is the same guy who was instrumental in getting legislation to make it illegal to text while driving in Indiana and this is the same guy who wants to make it illegal to videotape farms that may be mistreating animals or have inhumane living conditions.
So, he values some life and not others.
Senate committee voted 7-2 to make it illegal to photograph or videotape a farm or industry “with the intent to embarrass, annoy or harm the business.” Which basically boils down to the fact journalists and whistleblowers should mind thier own business and to hell with those animals.
And don’t even think about posting those videos on YouTube because it will be a Class A misdemeanor and punishable up to $5,000 fine for a second offense.
“We don’t need vigilantes out entering people’s private property, industrial operation, factory or farm, doing things surreptitiously… for no other reason than to annoy and harass,” said Sen. Travis Holdman, who sponsored the bill.
Here is where I want to insert, “Women don’t need vigilantes entering our private vaginas for no other reason to annoy and harass.”