“"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all corporations, banks and uber-rich people are created more equal than regular Americans, that they are endowed by their Government with certain untouchable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of money, money, and more money. That to secure more money, governments are instituted among corporations, banks and uber-rich people, deriving their just powers from force, i.e. coercion of regular people. That whenever any form of government becomes so destructive, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness."”
“Congress, the Executive Branch, and the Intelligence community, are ALL acting unconstitutionally. And for the most part, the American people couldn't care less. This government gets the measage, that they can do watever they want. And they will take that as far as the people will let them.”
Sunil Weliwitigoda on Mar 20, 2014 at 01:43:52
“When the people have no backbone and prove it time and again, then even an administration, without backbone, feels supremely confident to do anything and everything they want, with impunity and fearlessness, because they know that the sheep will go along, even with blue murder.”
“I worked for Home Depot. And I can assure you, Langone's billions come not from the success of Homer Depot, but the impoverishment of it's employees.
HD makes more money from selling plants than any other product; I am a former home builder and a plant/gardening expert; I would have been hired @ about 12.50-15.00/hr/FT in 1991; in 2013, 10/hr/PT with no hope of FT work, unless I was willing to become a corporate hatchet man. While I was there, they were continuing to push down on wages, even outright alienating the Full Timers, to try to get them to quit, so they could hire a Part Timer, for much less and no benefits.
A schedule that changed every weeks, 4 days a week for 25 hours, 4 hour shifts in the middle of the day; they loved to talk about what a great second job it was for people, but there was little way they would work with you and your schedule.
If America is rising up against Langone and his kind, it is because they have treated the people like their personal ATM.
(Oh, and as if that isn't ugly enough, they throw away tens of millions of dollars of perfectly good merchandise into the compactor, every year.)
“"America is an empire masquerading as a democracy," McCain told Candy Crowley on CNN's "State of the Union." "It's kleptocracy, it's corruption, it's a nation that's really only dependent upon debt issuance and the military/industrial complex for our economy."
Fixed that for ya, John”
mpasmith on Mar 16, 2014 at 12:10:12
“and an economy entirely dependent on the natural gas and oil it produces, just like Russia .”
““I spent 33 years and four months in active military service and during that period I spent most of my time as a high class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism. I helped make Mexico and especially Tampico safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall Street. I helped purify Nicaragua for the International Banking House of Brown Brothers in 1902-1912. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for the American sugar interests in 1916. I helped make Honduras right for the American fruit companies in 1903. In China in 1927 I helped see to it that Standard Oil went on its way unmolested. Looking back on it, I might have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three districts. I operated on three continents.”
― Smedley D. Butler, War is a Racket: The Antiwar Classic by America's Most Decorated Soldier”
“I'm saying Russia has sent troops into Crimea, which is a small peninsula on the Russian border, full of Russians. We Americans have sent troops and mercenaries and corporate raiders into more than half the countries in the world.”
“What, the being arrested or going to jail for two years? Do you have any idea what Enbridge did? Do you care? Just because one waves the flag does not make him a patriot.”
MrStat1 on Mar 5, 2014 at 12:42:45
“She broke the law. End of story.”
That guy from that thing on Mar 5, 2014 at 09:34:44
“Actually I do and the Patriotic Eagle Meme is a joke about overly patriotic statements, though I enlisted so clearly that is up to par in that field. Yes, she chained herself to their equipment, that is criminal trespassing.”
“Any word about Ukranian debt? How about their near complete lack of oil or natural gas? What about that IMF deal, that paltry sum to sell the sovereignty of Ukraine to Western privateers? the sale to Western private equity, of that gorgeous soil, that grain belt? The imposing of austerity on everybody but the Oligarchs and secured bond holders? Eternal bond servitude for the many? What about the much better deal Russia was offering, more debt relief, less for fuel?”
“Before any American's venture an opinion about Ukraine, they should ask, who is the opposition? We didn't ask in Libya. We didn't ask in Syria. Somalia? Iraq? Afghanistan? Why does the West care about Ukraine? So we can take them take them hostage with IMF loans and take control of their rich agricultural lands, for one, allow that land to be sold to International Corporations and Financiers. Putin offered a better deal, the West got in bed with neo-nazis to sabotage it.”
“"""Rubio and fellow GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said the Obama administration should return to plans it abandoned in 2009 to place long-range missile interceptors and radar in Poland and the Czech Republic."""
Ever instigating conflict, to satisfy the military contractors that pay their way in the Senate. It's precisely the same sort of machinations that tore Ukraine apart in the first place. Warmongers.”
DrinkerOfTheRye on Mar 3, 2014 at 10:19:33
“Exactly, that's what got the Ukrainians on the strew back in 1990 and 2004. Same as it ever was.”
Cortland Richmond on Mar 3, 2014 at 10:18:06
“Why borrow trouble, when you can get all you need for free?
There's no need to blame or invent conspiracies; even paranoiacs can have real enemies.”
Anyone seriously following this has seen it as a sordid mess of competing vested interests. Moving people back in, while admitting (rarely) that it will be forty years before the thing is truly cleaned up. 200-300 tons of radioactive water flowing into the sea, daily for years, ongoing.
Acting like this is under control, is the same as assuring there will be no serious conversation about nuclear facilities in America. Meanwhile, each facility grows older, many if not most past life expectancy, patched together year after year without any serious plan about what to do about them.”
Wait. The disaster is on-going. They haven't fixed much of anything. TEPCO the contractor in charge is caught repeatedly lying about what is flowing into the ocean. The fisheries may be closed, but many fish migrate. They don't even know where many of the fuel rods are, in those ruined reactors.
No worries folks. Nothing to see here. Move along.”
Jtt on Feb 27, 2014 at 17:21:57
“They have made HUGE progress. You, like most haven't been following legitimate sources.
"Japan has established a good foundation to improve its strategy and to allocate the necessary resources to conduct the safe decommissioning of Fukushima Daiichi," said team leader Juan Carlos Lentijo, IAEA Director of Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Waste Technology. "The situation, however, remains very complex, and there will continue to be challenging issues that must be resolved to ensure the plant's long-term stability."
The report acknowledges Japan's progress towards preparing Fukushima Daiichi NPS for decommissioning and offers technical and policy advice on a range of issues, including fuel removal efforts, contaminated water management, and waste storage." ( http://www.iaea.org/newscenter/news/2014/decommissioning.html )”