How 1989’s Invasion of Panama Set the Stage for 25 Years of Endless War
by Ryan McMaken
Posted June 22, 2017
By 1989, it had become apparent to all — everyone except the CIA, of course — that the Soviet economy, and thus the Soviet state was in very deep trouble.
In November 1989, the Berlin Wall came down in the face of Soviet impotence. And, with the Cold-War corpse not even cold yet, the US used the newly apparent Soviet weakness as an opportunity to begin invading a variety of foreign countries. These included Iraq, Somalia, and the former Yugoslavia.
But first on the list was Panama in December 1989. At the time, the Panamanian state was an authoritarian regime that stayed in power largely due to US support, and functioned as an American puppet state in Central America where Communists were often successful in overthrowing right-wing dictatorships. More…
Supreme Court Turns Its Back on First Amendment
by Justice Online
Posted June 21, 2017
Yesterday, the Supreme Court turned its back on the First Amendment and denied the petition for certiorari in Garcia v. Bloomberg, the constitutional rights case challenging the mass false arrest of 700 peaceful people on the Brooklyn Bridge in 2011 – the largest mass arrest in New York’s history and a turning point in the Occupy movement.
In refusing to consider the arrestees’ appeal, the Court let stand a Second Circuit ruling that poses a clear and present danger to democracy, free speech and a free press. That ruling threatens all those who would join a peaceful police-escorted demonstration, or report on it, that even if they comply with all police directives they can nonetheless be arrested with no warning and be subject to years of prosecution and possibly years of imprisonment.
The obvious constitutional infirmity of this position, which has been rejected by every other circuit that has considered it, makes it likely that this matter will come up through the courts again. More…
To anyone who entertained the illusion that our judiciary is independent and not corrupted by big money, this ruling should dispel any doubts that it serves the interests of the bankers and the oligarchs even if it means overriding constitutional protections. The Occupy Movement represented a threat to these bankers and the courts have protected their interests.
We Asked What It’s Like to Have a Mental Illness in Prison
by Maggie Puniewska
Posted June 21, 2017
In the ’60s and ’70s, deinstitutionalization swept the US. Poorly run state mental hospitals were shut down and set to be replaced with less isolating, community-based programs. It was a promising and ambitious plan that never fully took off—the hospitals closed, the community programs fell by the wayside, and the mentally ill wound up somewhere else: in prisons and jails. But the correctional facilities that moonlighted as America’s mental health hospitals weren’t—and still aren’t—equipped with the staff or resources to help inmates manage their conditions effectively.
How do circumstances like waiting months to see a psychiatrist or not having access to medication impact the people who rely on this care to stay healthy? We asked six former inmates who were managing psychological conditions during their sentence what their experiences with prison mental health services were like. While some spoke about positive and attentive care, others weren’t so lucky. More…
The War On Cash Is Now Becoming The War On Cryptocurrency
By Jeff Berwick
Posted June 20, 2017
Things can sometimes stay irrational longer than you can stay solvent. But they can’t stay irrational and mathematically impossible forever. And, for this reason, the US government is now trying to find anything it possibly can to steal from its tax slaves to stay alive just a little while longer.
A new bill aims in part, to extend sentences from five to TEN years in prison for US citizens who are caught transporting more than $10,000 in cash without filling out the proper declaration paperwork.
It’s called “Civil Asset Forfeiture” and surprise, surprise, there’s nothing civil about it. It’s really just another term for legalized larceny. It gives road pirates the authority to plunder all your booty – no warrant, no trial, and no due process required.
This bill takes a further step to target bitcoin and wants to put any business which “issues” cryptocurrency under this umbrella of anti-money laundering regulations. Plus, bitcoin is included in the list of monetary instruments that must be reported when entering or leaving the US. More…
The North Korea provocation
by Makia Freeman
Posted June 20, 2017
Listening only to the MSM, you would believe that North Korea is being run by an irrational madman Kim Jong Un who is provoking the US, is hellbent on war and who is too crazy for diplomacy to be a serious option.
The propaganda is thick, and you have to take a step back and really think for yourself. Astute readers of the news will ask themselves why North Korea and why now?
The US bombed North Korea into oblivion in 1953, the same year it also embarked on massive foreign meddling programs by violently overthrowing the democratically elected prime minister of Iran (Mossadegh) and also violently interfering in the affairs of Guatemala. Since 1953, the US has bombed, invaded and attacked over 30 countries, while North Korea has not even invaded a single one. Experts suggest North Korea has around 8-10 nuclear weapons (with no effective delivery system) while it is a fact that the US has 6800 (of which a large number are deployed against North Korea). More…
SkyNet is Sentient and Will Destroy Your Investments and Pension
by Cognitive Dissonance
Posted June 19, 2017
If you never lose money when trading the markets, obviously the markets are rigged in your favor. But it’s all ‘legal’ so what’s the problem. Heads they win, tails you lose. It just doesn’t get any better than this.
The easiest way for the machines to make money is to push the market up. But when the tide turns, and it always eventually turns, the machines will shift to making money on the way down with the same speed and zeal they apply to the ‘up’ market.
Only ‘down’ markets tend to breed panic in the humans. When selling really ramps up, market conditions move very rapidly and markets can drop many percentage points in seconds, especially when you have machines making tens of thousands of trades a second and you have thousands of machines all doing this at the same time. More…
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