Open Menu: Contribute What You’d Like


I have a lot to do again today, and likely won’t be able to finish either of the two diaries I’ve been working on.  So please add your own content at will.  

Mr. wd’s contribution ;-):


18 responses to “Open Menu: Contribute What You’d Like

  1. booze & violent rages never stopped anyone from becoming president.

  2. Wow! The supermarket tabloid must be having a rough time with this election. They’ve dug up JonBenet Ramsay’s story from the files to roll out one more time.

    Hillary, Oprah, and Barbra–the rotating health stories on the Enquirer. One would have thought they would have more fun with this election, but they can’t mention their good friend the Donald.

    As far as Presidential health is concerned, one can’t beat William Henry Harrison.

    When did Americans want to see physical exams before they voted? Or is that just for the ladies?

    Just so you don’t get your hopes up too much about the election, look at the variance in 538’s 10,000 run nightly run of his polling model. It’s smeared pretty wide.

    • i just glanced thru the NYT before clicking here so i can’t bare (my soul) to look again right now, but i think they had a piece up about “J.B. Ramsey’s Brother Speaks.” “Diet Or Die! Fears For 177-Pound Barbra Streisand.” (that barbra?) “Honey, should we get the NYT or the Enquirer at the grocery store?”

      speaking of energy efficiency/renewables, look what a$$holes are advising the EPA on such standards:
      world resources institute. gah. pop quiz babylonians! does wri prefer 1) market solutions? 2) gov’t interventions? no one hit the dimmer switch on the brite bulbs & tell them in this enviro these are the same goddam thing. anyway, long list of usual donor suspects but fast food/beverage investors will be pleased that Nestle, Mars, and PepsiCo also share their concerns about a renewable future. 1% of an AquaFina or Almond Joy purchase goes to WRI! (j/k. i think.) I’m surprised Dennis Ross or Madeline All’sbrite isn’t on their board.

      i’m not sure if POTUS is actually quasi-dictatorial, rather than a loudspeaker, but this hushed-breath, furrowed brow concern for a *prospective* candidate’s health is a bit much, ain’t it? we’ve got contingency plans for nuclear holocaust; surely one not-yet-coronated Yale grad popping off won’t be The End, will it?

    • ha; when i looked for the cover mr. wd had seen at the grocery store, i’d never thought to look for any on the Dumpster. harrison: what, did he last a few weeks or months? poor sod. no antibiotics then. or now, for that matter, in so many super-duper-bug cases.

      nah, i don’t really have any ‘hopes’ so to speak, but i might laff hearty if the annointed one lost. nah, diebolds and all. just for the women? is this a new thing, then?

      didn’t know b had a sense of humor, but he had some fun w/ this stuff today.

  3. Unless you’re a PNAC Attackin’ US ambassador and hench dupes !

  4. Marcy Wheeler has just published one of her best essays ever. She uses the question of whether or not Snowden should or even can be pardoned to take on the much larger question of what is America as a hegemon now that it offers only the barest of pretenses that we stand for what were once American values. I highly recommend that everyone the least bit interested in these issues (and I believe we all should be) read it:

      an exhaustive examination of snowden.

      the above was my comment at emptywheel, still awaiting moderation.

      take a look. the link above provides a remarkable treasury of resources but, helpfully, w/an abstract or summary before each link, so you can jump in at something that grabs you.

      • thank you, jason. when i saw DR’s comment come in thru email, i wasn’t sure how to respond. i’d considered going with ‘thank you, and i hope O’s administration does pardon him, if only so all this can finally stop; more of a diplomatic response later after i rest my weary bones’.

        how bizzare it is to me that snowden gets all the films, books, endless hagiographies, pleas by so many, while manning and assange languish, and the faux left indicts them still w/ lies and ignorance.

        • Did you read Marcy Wheeler’s essay? She’s writing about the lies of empire, and basically saying “big woof” re Snowden and talk of pardons. I suspect that’s why no “respectable” site would publish it.

          As for Tarzie’s materials, I was following him and reading his take on Snowden as a limited hangout to distract from Manning’s trial and disclosures – with which I happen to agree – from his first postings about it. I also just happened to read Tarzie’s article which Jason links above mere *minutes* after you, wd, posted the first comment there.

          I did not realize that Wheeler was so poorly regarded here. Well, live and learn. I personally am for anyone – like Tarzie or Wheeler – willing to take on the empire, until I learn something so egregious about them that I can in good conscience no longer do so.

          • sorry to have offended you, dancingrabbit. i scanned it, but went to read davidly’s fun and informative piece here instead. what she’s doing, and is better than anyone i know at, is analyzing goldsmith’s opinion piece for the most part. i looked for some quotes to bring, but most are reference to what he’d said, so it was a bit hard to pin her down. the part about ‘if he believed he was serving the greater good, can he now depend on US law to help him?’ or close. but it’s long, i still have more chores to complete.

            but jason’s link never made it to the comment stream, lol.

            hell, at my.fdl, as i’d told tarzie long ago, i used to bring the ‘new revelations’, and others would explain how it all worked. but then…i listened to both snowden and greeenwald a bit, and got utterly turned off to the whole show. chris ffloyd did some rollickin’ fun posts on the Biggest Show on Earth too.

            but good on your comment at c99. the pushback was as i’d imagined. i took a lotta baloney there over my snowden iconoclasm during my brief stint there. ;-) and lost a number of commenters here when i covered the big dot com show in NZ. ‘how dare you?’ stuff.

            on edit: and bmaz and marcy know and despise tarzie, a well as criticism of “pierre” via pando press yellow journalism. when she ended her stint at TI, she said it was an amicable parting, but she liked her own site better. did she say something about not having that piece at some ‘better venue’? if so, i even scan worse than i’d thought. rayne once told me that marcy has a ‘holographic memory’, which really helps her pull in thoughts, ideas, past events, quotes, etc. by the key players, and weave them together.

      • Thank you, Jason. I read Tarzie’s article you link twice the day it was posted and a third time since when I went back and re-read two or three of the links he provided to his earliest writings about Snowden, Greenwald. What struck me re-reading Tarzie’s essays in retrospect was how *quickly* he saw what was going down and called it as he saw it. At the time I first read his pieces, I was *sigh* distracted by the Snowden Spectacle, but, nonetheless, all the time following Tarzie and, ultimately, agreeing with his analysis.

        • i too scanned the piece you linked too. i didn’t mean to slight it just from my cursory look. sometimes feeling snowed-in w/the snowden. har har.

  5. FWIW, my take on the perpetual Snowden Spectacle vis-a-vis the treatment Manning has gotten, which I posted on another site shortly after reading Tarzie’s article:

  6. Five years ago today, a movement started that spread from Zucotti to over 300 communities across the US and many more around the world. It was not original. There was Take the Square, UK Uncut, Puerto del Sol in Madrid, and Tahrir Square in Cairo. And there was the protest of Walkeristan in Madison. And among those 300+ were some folks in Macon GA, Boaz AL, Denton TX, and Provo UT (also Mancos CO).

    A key institution of Occupy was a library. And the wrath with which libraries were taken down tells much about the cultural state of the US.

    Librarian Shipwreck has a history five years later.

    • oh, thd; that was magnificent; thank you. so tenderly but forcefully written! it made me cry, of course, and certainly took me back to the beginnings. so spontaneous, such a wide and strong attempt to create intentional communities. i hadn’t known they won the lawsuit, i confess. it may well have been the kettled women being maced that went viral, but iirc, many of the bridge were also kettled and maces, yes?

      i was tickled that you mentioned Occupy mancos, co: our GA was small, but we were mighty!

      i did find a photo of the patti smith tent; oh, broken hearts and rage when it was shipwrecked by ray kelly and bloomberg’s ‘private army’, curse him.

      “People are powerless precisely in proportion to their willingness to sit quietly and think positive thoughts. It is past time to get loud. And if we wish to keep our reading rooms quiet and civil, then perhaps we need to take this noise to those who are trying to shush us.”

      mic check, sparkles fingers v. twinkles…my my. oddly, i can’t think i was consciously aware of the anniversary, but i’d clicked into adbusters early this morning and discovered it. a few of their contributions and tweets:

      ‘beautiful, secret gestures

      bless your heart for bringing this, my friend.

  7. Laurie Penny remembers (New Statesman)

    The world is getting colder, but there’s still a fire burning in the dustbin of history. Fail again. Fail better.

    There are people whose action to Occupy [their location] would not have been known and recognized had it not been for FDL’s live-blogging of the movement nationwide by region. I remember on October 15, the small number of high school students in Boaz AL who protested in the one-block downtown until the sheriff took them in a car to the jail. I believe I read that that was a catch-and-release action to properly scare them. And then there were the dozen or so who showed up for weeks on end downtown Harrisonburg VA. And the attempt at occupation in Mobile AL with the help of folks from Pensacola FL.

    And then how after the 300 communities were occupied on October 15, the Department of Homeland Security through the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) freaked out and carried out a series of coordinated take-downs in one major city after another. And went back to make sure that no location got re-established. And NYC and Los Angeles were the worst. Chicago never allowed an occupation to begin, either at the Federal Reserve Bank or in Grant Park. The CPD roughly cleared and recleared it every time it reappeared.

    And the discussions that were livestreamed from the general assemblies. Portland OR stopping mid-maneuver to discuss how to handle the fact that (1) they had been evicted and (2) the PPD (PoPos) were standing in a phalanx ready to charge them. The discussion was between facing down the PPD and strategically withdrawing to another public space. The resolution was a diversity of tactics with the major difference being when the PPD cracked down. It showed that GAs were not that great for tactical discussion under urgency.

    • that’s some damned fine writing by miz penny, and i’m so glad she called bullshit on the ‘occupy fizzled because’ ubiquitous nonsense. and yes, not just the coordinated smashing of encampments (okay, you’ve had your fun), but the vast amounts of fines some had racked up. tucson may have been the leader in that sphere; some peeps had up to 20 grand’s worth.

      thank you for the additional histories; some i hadn’t known. fail better, indeed.

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