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The Disaffected Lib: The Point of No Return?

A friend sent me a link to a Rolling Stone article, “The Point of No Return: Climate Change Nightmares are Already Here.” It’s a relatively complete and accurate synopsis of the state of our climate-changed world today.  Fair warning – it’s a dismal read that you may find upsetting before you sit down to . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: The Point of No Return?

The Canadian Progressive: FBI “plot to identify and assassinate Occupy leaders”?

The FBI hatched a “plot to identify and assassinate Occupy leaders”? It’d seem so, according to the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund and civil liberties activists. Information obtained by the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund via a Freedom of Information Act request reveal that the FBI: a) “collaborated with other federal agencies, including the Department . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: FBI “plot to identify and assassinate Occupy leaders”?

Drive-by Planet: Tom Morello: ‘jackass’ Ryan embodiment of the machine RATM’s music has been raging against

What’s with Paul Ryan’s Rage Against the Machine appreciation? The Tea Party poster boy listed Rage as one of his fave bands. There is nothing about Ryan’s right-wing politics and certainly not personal style/attitude that announces “RATM fan.”

This week in a Hollywood Reporter interview, Rage guitarist Tom Morello said “[Rage] is a band . . . → Read More: Drive-by Planet: Tom Morello: ‘jackass’ Ryan embodiment of the machine RATM’s music has been raging against

Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Rolling Stone: Inside The FBI Plot Against Occupy

On this one year anniversary of the Occupy Canada movement, here’s a magnificent piece of reporting by Rolling Stone‘s Sabrina Rubin Erdely, on how the United States government “turned five stoner misfits into the world’s most hapless terrorist cell.” Five Occupy Cleveland activists “who had grown disenchanted with the Occupy movement, which they considered too . . . → Read More: Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Rolling Stone: Inside The FBI Plot Against Occupy

earthgauge: Earthgauge Radio August 9, 2012: Burning down the house!

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On Earthgauge Radio this week, we continue with our summer programming schedule with a special guest episode from our friend Alex Taylor and Radio Ecoshock in Vancouver. Today’s episode is called Burning Down The House and it was produced during the recent devastating Colorado forest fires of late June, . . . → Read More: earthgauge: Earthgauge Radio August 9, 2012: Burning down the house!

Canadian Progressive World: WTF? Justin Bieber says Aboriginal peoples get free gas in Canada

That’s what the 18-year-old Canadian pop star has told Rolling Stone magazine. The trouble is: our over-produced, over-exposed, man-made spoiled brat claims to have Aboriginal roots.

But you know who’s to blame for Bieber’s ignorance? Girls. That’s right. Rolling Stone believes Bieber is “ready to be a grown-up superstar, if only those millions of screaming . . . → Read More: Canadian Progressive World: WTF? Justin Bieber says Aboriginal peoples get free gas in Canada

DeSmogBlog: A "War on Shale Gas"?

Since late 2009, there’s been a slowly-growing wave of attacks from the unconventional oil and gas industry on media outlets that cover the controversies surrounding hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and other shale gas practices. Reporters who write for publications ranging from Rolling Stone to Reuters to the New York Times have had their professional bona fides . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: A "War on Shale Gas"?

Watching David Carr in Page One is like watching Minnie Mouse defend Belladonna

If I ever go into battle, please supply me with one (1) David Carr. Hunter S. Thompson might have been the penultimate literary motherfucker but David Carr pisses all over that cake.

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Al Gore Roasts Obama Over Climate Position

GORE2.jpg In a scorching, 7000-word article in the coming issue of Rolling Stone, Al Gore savages mainstream media for its incompetent reporting of climate change and roasts President Barack Obam… . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog – Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Al Gore Roasts Obama Over Climate Position

Matt Taibbi gathers intelligence on Michele Bachmann’s Holy War

Though not as colourful as his takedown of Paul Ryan nor as revelatory as his expose of modern journalists, Matt Taibbi still provides plenty of juice on god-heavy presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann. A must read.A taste.Bachmann’s story, to hear her… . . . → Read More: Matt Taibbi gathers intelligence on Michele Bachmann’s Holy War

Trashy's World: Friday miscellany – schools, Pink Floyd and a moron in a bad suit…

The Ontario government announced the other day that 4 new schools will be built in Ottawa and a 6 room addition will be tacked onto an existing school. On Wednesday morning, Education Minister Leona Dombrowsky visited Ecole Laurier-Carrière, a French Catholic elementary school in Nepean, to announce it will receive a six-classroom addition […] . . . → Read More: Trashy’s World: Friday miscellany – schools, Pink Floyd and a moron in a bad suit…

Generally Speaking – About Afghanistan

There’s obviously no need to rehash what was written about General Stanley McChrystal and his aids in the now infamous Rolling Stone article that shook DC more than the very real earthquake that rattled Ontario and Quebec today.

McChrystal is out. A political no-brainer for Obama.

The other shoe that dropped, however, is that Petraeus . . . → Read More: Generally Speaking – About Afghanistan

liberal catnip: Generally Speaking – About Afghanistan

There’s obviously no need to rehash what was written about General Stanley McChrystal and his aids in the now infamous Rolling Stone article that shook DC more than the very real earthquake that rattled Ontario and Quebec today.

McChrystal is out. A political no-brainer for Obama.

The other shoe that dropped, however, is that Petraeus is in.

And what did candidate Obama have to say about the man he just nominated to head the ISAF surge?

Obama Gives Petraeus Remarks Low Marks

By ELI LAKE, Staff Reporter of the Sun | September 11, 2007

WASHINGTON — Senator Obama, the Democrat from Illinois seeking his party’s nomination for the presidency, is giving the Iraq progress report of General David Petraeus low marks, going so far as to claim the one clear success in Iraq in recent months — the rout of Al Qaeda in Anbar — has nothing to do with the military surge the general in Washington is defending.

“I’m not sure that the success in Anbar has anything to do with the surge,” Mr. Obama said today at the first of two hearings featuring General Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker. “You yourself said it was political.”

And yet president Obama bowed to McChrystal when he publicly shamed him to send tens of thousands more troops to Afghanistan for yet another military surge that’s bound to end in failure – something even McChrystal now acknowledges.

Obama today:

He urged the Senate to confirm Petraeus swiftly and emphasized the Afghanistan strategy he announced in December was not shifting with McChrystal’s departure.

“This is a change in personnel, but it is not a change in policy,” Obama said.

That policy is killing record numbers of soldiers.

That policy may well slow down the withdrawal of US troops while painting a rosy picture that counts on collective amnesia about just how “successful” Petraeus’ surge strategy was in Iraq.

Same war. Different commander. Same policy. Different outcome?

Not likely.

It wasn’t McChrystal’s policy implementation that Obama had a problem with. It was his insubordination.

Candidate Obama would have told president Obama not to have nominated McChrystal in the first place considering his track record. But candidate Obama and president Obama are two very different people – as we all know by now.
  . . . → Read More: liberal catnip: Generally Speaking – About Afghanistan

bastard.logic: Obligatory WFT McChrystal?! Post

by matttbastard Cole drops an Apocalypse Now reference, while The Artist Formerly Known as Tacitus thinks shitcanning is imperative if the republic is to survive the impact of McChrystal’s insta-infamous still-unpublished Rolling Stone interview [h/t Ben Smith]. Perhaps. Laura Rozen usually has sound instincts and excellent sources: One early … Continue reading . . . → Read More: bastard.logic: Obligatory WFT McChrystal?! Post