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Personal truth about Baltimore: Yes, your dad too.

There is a great deal to be said about Baltimore. A human rights reporter can write a dozen stories. My fact based dis-assembly of the lies from mainstream media sources, the stories told by the police and the aspirations of the politicians will be out soon. This editorial needed to be written now. I've been sitting on some of this for decades, and it is not opinion. This is experience.

 

L-3 Communications merger with Harris Corporation creates a defense giant and a surveillance powerhouse

Republican conspiracy fetishists love to talk about a deep state family without talking about all the corporate cousins. If someone were to discuss the deep state with any level of rigor they would come away with the impression of an interlocking network that includes a vast seas of corporate power within it's globe. When the military industrial complex is mentioned, the focus of overlap examination is on the revolving door between the floors at the top. What is left out when this is considered are the connections between various entities in the banking intelligence complex.

 

War criminal, bigot and civil rights foe John McCain succumbs after unjustly short illness

We should all have a moment of silence. We should reflect on the most important day in the life of now former Senator John McCain. Fifty Years and ten months ago to the day, October 26th 1967, John McCain was shot down while part of a 24 plane bombing run on downtown Hanoi. The raid was no successful, with three aircraft lost including McCain’s. The power plant that was the ostensible target of the raid was not hit but many of the aircraft managed to use their advanced targeting systems to get their bombs fair close, striking the surrounding residential neighborhoods and killing thousands.

 

Washington Post Endorses Torture as Feminism while 78 year old man brutalized on Senate Floor

American media is in a race to the bottom. There seems to be no finish line, but this week the Washington Post seemed to be gaining ground in the pack on Fox News. On June 9th, it ran an Op-Ed endorsing Gina Haspel as the Trump nominee was in the middle of a raucous Senate confirmation hearing. This signals bi-partisan support for Haspel, who supervised torture at secret prisons during her long CIA career, despite opposition from large grassroots constituencies and small Progressive caucuses within the Democratic Party. Haspel was disrupted by chants of “Bloody Gina!

 

Movie Review: Chappaquiddick or How to dramatize a coverup through omission

The whole process of watching Chappaquiddick was painful. Rotten Tomatoes gave this one an 80% rating for reasons I don’t fully understand. I entered the theater and the show was only available in IMAX. There was a bar next to the snack bar with an on duty Columbus cop drinking something from an opaque cup, and he was there when I left. There were no unarmed black children to shoot in the back so he had nothing to do but drink.

 

Dont Be Evil and Get Caught. Google, AI and Project Maven and Torture

Google loves to tout it's “Don’t Be Evil” motto. Which is why it got itself into an internal revolt this week when 3,100 employees signed a letter to it's CEO Sundar Pichai objecting to Google's participation in Project Maven, which is an AI program using recognition software applied to surveillance footage for the Department of Defense.

 

Ohio State Patrol and Indiana Police to join North Dakota police in beating protestors at the Dakota Access Pipeline at Federal Expense

This morning. October 30 the Ohio State Patrol announced that it was sending 37 officers to the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota to assist law enforcement personnel there in quelling the protests against the illegal Dakota Access Pipeline. They will be joining dozens of officers from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Lake County Sheriff’s Department, Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Brookville Police Department, Griffith Police Department, Hammond Police Department, Michigan City Police Department, Munster Police Department and Schererville Police Department.

 

Clinton Campaign Issues Statement in Support of the Continued Construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline as Torture of Protestors Escalates

The Clinton campaign issued a terse but seemingly evenly w orded statement ordering Native People and their allies to cease effective resistance as the human rights abuses carried out by the Morton County Sheriffs Department in North Dakota Escalate. The Morton County Sheriff's department is currently supported by the Hennepin County Sherrif's Department of Minneapolis and 19 other agencies under the overall command of the North Dakota Tactical Operations Center.

 

Arbitrary and secret detention from Guantanamo Bay to Grant Hospital in Columbus

Jamison Edgerley is in Grant Hospital on the seventh floor. He has had multiple surgeries in the last week. Most of his large intestine has been removed. Police bullets have also shattered his hand, utterly destroying bone and nerves. He may loose complete use of it. He is there because of a volley of police gunfire that struck him through a privacy fence on the night of July 4.