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Was I surprised when I learned the GOP had named their bill to repeal the health care reform law the “Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act”? No, to quote my dear mother I was “simply disappointed”. This is what out political discourse has devolved to, and can it be described as anything other than childish? It can actually. Let’s see there’s; petty, tactless, manipulative, heavy-handed, immature, boorish, rude, and juvenile (though I suppose that’s redundant).
”The very word “secrecy” is repugnant in a free and open society” – John F. Kennedy
In the aftermath of Wikileaks publishing over 250,000 diplomatic cables the mainstream news media has been uniquely straightforward in expressing their role in this country. Which is to say they haven’t bothered to mask the fact that they are the unapologetic PR wing of cronies and plutocrats. Their almost homogeneous condemnation for wikileaks and it’s editor-in-chief Julian Assange shows they are angry about 2 things. That the dissemination of these cables is going to make their job of venerating government authorities and protecting …
As of last week the TSA will be implementing new pat-down methods for passengers who opt-out of the controversial back-scatter scanners. These new methods including using the palm of the hand to grope the breasts, hind-quarters, and crotch of the passenger. This is the same TSA I might add, that has caught a grand total of zero terrorists. I have no doubt in my mind that these invasive and wholly unnecessary procedures have been implemented entirely for the purpose of discouraging passengers from opting out of the back-scatter scanner.
Last week the whistle blower website Wikileaks released 400,000 secret military reports from the Iraq war, the single largest military leak in human history. The reports show what so many of us already suspected, that torture was condoned, prisoner abuse including rape ignored, friendly fire was commonplace, and at least 15,000 civilian deaths went previously undocumented despite the military knowing about them.
Currently the Pentagon lists approximately 66,000 civilian deaths due to the occupation, but if this leak shows us anything it’s that the true number of innocent Iraqi’s murdered may not be known for many …