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Police Now Trained To Seek Out Smart Appliances In Investigations.

The research-backed way to temporarily boost your memory.

I’m just surprised this article is on Salon: Despite Iraq debacle, the media is still empowering neocon warmongers on Russian hack story.

A new government database will soon spotlight the true costs of corporate tax breaks.

No, It’s not over: US Court of Appeals Rules Against Standing Rock Tribe in Dakota Access Pipeline Case.

Posted before, but worth repeating: The strange tale of a dating site’s attacks on WikiLeaks founder Assange.

Will Trump Go Along With Paul Ryan’s Plan To Destroy Medicare? Maybe Yes, Maybe No.

AMA Warns Of Risks Of Gutting Health Care Reform. For some definition of “Reform.”

The FBI “never requested access” to the servers the White House and intelligence community say were hacked by Russia.

 

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UnkaWillbur - May 26, 2017

Here' some links to nosh on, to start of your weekend. I hope everyone's weekend is great; me, myself, I'm planning on jumping out of a perfectly…

  • Your song of the day…

    https://youtu.be/lt7amC0emmQ

    • thud

      That cheered me right the frick up!

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    Risks of Trump’s ‘Winning’ Obsession

    Donald Trump’s more pragmatic approach to foreign policy may be an improvement over the recent ideological obsessions but his own obsession with “winning” could cause trouble, says ex-CIA analyst
    Paul R. Pillar.

    https://consortiumnews.com/2017/01/05/risks-of-trumps-winning-obsession/

  • thud

    “Police Now Trained To Seek Out Smart Appliances In Investigations”. I ain’t going to get a new toothbrush till I can get one with wifi.

    • EdgarHF

      What? You don’t have one yet? Mine even lets people leave comments!

      • thud

        Does it got that Syry lady in it? And like make appointments to dentist if faults are noted?

        • EdgarHF

          Its got one of those buttons too for ordering more toothpaste from Jeff Bezos.

      • thud

        I was just goofing but here you can order the Devil’s toothbrush. ACK!

        https://www.getprophix.com/pages/products

  • EdgarHF

    On the Paul Ryan on medicare, I don’t believe it for a minute. Medicare is not only okay for the eldery, but great subsidy for insurance companies who don’t have to cover an age group that WILL certainly have major health issues. The ACA itself as I think all of readers on this site know was originally a GOP plan to subsidize insurance company with mandate that everyone must gdt health insurance. If anything happens with the ACA it will be dropping things like benifit caps. The GOP is doing a pretend fight the same way the Dems put on pretend fights. Heck the GOP is even better than the Democrats at pretend fights. Dropping medicare or the ACA would hurt the 1%.

  • Edwin
    • thud

      Wakey wakey eggs and baky!

  • Edwin
    • thud

      Everything is all Topsy-turvy and lopsy-loo. Maybe Snowden will get to come home and have a parade.

      • Edwin

        sniper bait

    • towerofbabel

      Glenn is great on this topic.

      • kreskin

        Yep , he is .

  • Edwin
    • 17

      $100 million, 4-year contract.

  • Edwin

    This is just sick. You can google it. I don’t want to paste videos in here. Too disturbing.

    Man Tortured on Facebook Live by Anti-Trump Gang.

    • Edwin

      Jordan Hill, 18; Tesfaye Cooper; 18; Brittany Covington, 18; and Tanishia Covington, 24, also face charges of aggravated kidnapping, aggravated unlawful restraint and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, according to WGN. Hill, Cooper, and Covington were also charged with residential burglary. Hill was also accused of robbery and possession of a stolen motor vehicle..

      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/special-needs-man-tortured_us_586db4b3e4b0c4be0af2e95f

  • EdgarHF
    • towerofbabel

      Staying in the revenue stream. What a scam.

    • kreskin

      The Dems will NEVER get another vote out of me . I would sooner vote Republican .

      • EdgarHF

        One is as sleezy as the other.

    • Edwin

      They have to reward Donna for lying so well. They have to reward ‘the team” for being faithful. Trump will be prez for 8 years.

      • thud

        Yeah or they might take those book advances.

  • kreskin
  • thud

    Now your appliances spy on you? Not content with using your smart phone. The beast is insatiable.http://www.thenewamerican.com/tech/computers/item/16188-federal-snoops-activate-smartphone-microphones-and-laptop-cameras

  • kreskin

    Salon : Despite Iraq debacle, the media is still empowering neocon warmongers on Russian hack story.

    ” No, Putin didn’t hack the power grid; journalists need to take a breath and get it right .”

    For crise sakes , can we please stop calling these assholes journalists ? They are no such thing !

    • No, but that’s one of the Faustian bargains people make to be regarded as marginally acceptable in the corporate media sphere: They have to pretend Billionaires’ Flacks are journalists.

  • Edwin
    • notisaidthepig

      Fascinating.

      • Edwin

        Did you catch the part where they were going through the Brandenburg gate and there was a sign you are leaving the British sector and you can see the picture Stalin marking the Russian sector?

        Reason #1493 why I love the internet. How else would I see this kind of footage? Youtube has tons and tons of it. I saw some fascinating ones in Japan, pre-war.

        Don’t miss all of the videos about Albert Kahn’s photography and film. They are amazing!!

        click link –>> https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=albert+kahn+

        https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2f6f257a51cee901600f95fb7698f8a9a67e9c0ed8196c26ffff69fb9a2929cc.png

        • notisaidthepig

          Yes, I caught that. It’s really interesting to see because it’s so hard for us today to imagine Europe in ruins after the war. The destruction was so pervasive that it’s hard to grasp without actual footage or pictures. Incredible.

          • Edwin

            I watch old footage of a lot of things. It is fascinating.

          • notisaidthepig

            You might be interested to know that I went by my local library after work to pick up some books that I requested. Turns out my branch had a copy of Glittering Images by Camille Paglia. It’s here on the counter with me now. Quite an interesting book.

          • Edwin

            She cracks me up. Someone asks a question and she goes off on a tangent about the history of the Western world. ^_^

          • Edwin

            Also, one thing to note, America (and Canada) has never known this kind of destruction of our “homeland” so we are naive about war. It’s not in our collective conscious.

          • kreskin

            If we had gotten a taste of it perhaps we’d be more peace loving and humane .

        • notisaidthepig

          One thing I noticed is the dearth of young men. Or did I miss them?

          • Edwin

            ???

          • notisaidthepig

            In the video clip, I didn’t see too many young men. Mostly older people and women and children. So many men died. An entire generation even.

          • Edwin

            I see. Yes. 🙁

  • towerofbabel
    • FaunaAndFlora

      There used to be an old “back to nature” hippie living around here who didn’t like to use much in the way of modern technology. Every Friday night, he’d hitch his mules up to his wagon and ride into town so he could go drinking at the bar.

      • towerofbabel

        And the mule was OK with that?

        • FaunaAndFlora

          Sure. It’s a small town (population 2300). Not a lot of traffic. Just tie ’em to a lamp post and give ’em a plate of hay.

  • Chunga

    Great article about the changes to accounting rules to detail the true cost of corporate tax breaks. Can’t wait till that information becomes available to the general public and they can see the monetary losses that they will have to make up out of their own pockets. Will they care? Hopefully so.

  • Chunga

    Democracy Now! – Glenn Greenwald: Democrats Eager to Blame “Everybody But Themselves” for Collapse of Their Party

    https://www.democracynow.org/2017/1/6/glenn_greenwald_democrats_eager_to_blame

  • Chunga

    Trump’s America and the New World Order: A Conversation With Noam Chomsky.

    http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/39004-trump-s-america-and-the-new-world-order-a-conversation-with-noam-chomsky

  • Chunga

    Oh say it isn’t so. You mean he wasn’t telling the truth? Betraying Campaign Promise, Trump Now Says US Taxpayers Will Pay for Wall.

    http://commondreams.org/news/2017/01/06/betraying-campaign-promise-trump-now-says-us-taxpayers-will-pay-wall

    • towerofbabel

      Don’t fence me in! Wasn’t that an American mantra?

      • Chunga
      • Well, it was the motto of Usians, people from the United States of America, but since that nation no longer, de jure, exists, the motto is up for grabs, at the moment.

  • Chunga

    Unprecedented: Trump Gives Obama’s Ambassadors Eviction Notice.
    Diplomats are scrambling to secure housing and schools for their children after the president-elect said no extensions would be granted.

    http://commondreams.org/news/2017/01/06/unprecedented-trump-gives-obamas-ambassadors-eviction-notice

  • kreskin

    https://www.rt.com/usa/372795-mcafee-dnc-hack-propaganda/

    Surreal echo chamber , it’s frightening.

    ” If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State. “

  • kreskin

    The sloppiness of the alleged DNC hack by itself proves it was not organized by a nation state, and the “utter nonsense” presented as proof of Moscow’s involvement is rather evidence of intelligence agencies being “ignorant and naïve,” John McAfee told RT.
    Cybersecurity legend McAfee is one of the modern computer tech pioneers and the developer of the first commercial antivirus program, who has been in the business for the past 50 years. He is also the CEO of MGT Capital Investments, and a former presidential candidate for the Libertarian Party.

    The so-called evidence of the Russian involvement in the hacks not only looks like “the most deceptive propaganda was perpetrated on the American public” but actually proves quite the opposite, .

  • Whoops! Sorry kids. had a late, late work night and just work up. LOL. Maybe we’ll have some afternoon links. 😀

    • Chunga

      No worries !

    • Edwin

      Don’t sweat it.

      Good morning, Unka.

    • towerofbabel

      I’m facing a weekend of work too. Good luck Unka!

    • notisaidthepig

      No worries. I’ve got some work tomorrow so going to enjoy my Saturday!

  • Edwin
  • EdgarHF

    When I hear “the Russians hacked the election” why I am reminded of this guy?
    https://youtu.be/yfAeMtcURg0

    • Edwin

      When I hear “the Russians hacked the election”I puke once or twice at the utter stupidity….

      • EdgarHF

        Anna Whitlock wrote a doozy on election hacking on C&L today.

        • Edwin

          O, brother!! (What deceitful hacks.) Thanks Edgar.

          Good morning.

        • kreskin

          I think it’s funny . The V brigade will never get over the fact that Hilz lost and they damn sure will NEVER admit why .

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  • EdgarHF

    I know this is boring stuff, but I believe it is important.

    https://youtu.be/E8miyQaqP78

    • EdgarHF
    • towerofbabel

      Edgar I love this stuff. I literally go to sleep listening to economics lectures almost every night. I have to listen to the same lecture multiple times because I only stay awake for about 1/2 hour or so. But keep posting these. Peter Schiff is new to me. Thanks!

      • EdgarHF

        Peter Schiff is just one in a long line of snake oil salesmen.

    • towerofbabel

      This was written about by Phillip Mirowski in the “The Road from Mont Pèlerin.” Mitchell’s diagram demonstrates why neoliberalism functions as a religious ideology.

  • panem et circenses
    • Chunga

      Someone should point out to her that a vote for Hillary in the primaries was really a vote for Trump.

    • kreskin

      How sweet it is ! LOL

  • Shaykayvah

    Amazing, Hillary trying to wage war from the political grave.

  • EdgarHF

    What a surprise!
    “It is among the most untrustworthy sources in the media.”
    http://www.fakenewschecker.com/fake-news-source/crooks-and-liars

  • Green Party VP Nominee, Ajamu Baraka, speaking.

    https://www.facebook.com/drjillstein/videos/1352323538141166/

    The Green Party adopted an anti-capitalism amendment last year. Learn more about it.

    • towerofbabel

      He is wise and articulate.

    • notisaidthepig

      Excellent clip. If only people like this were actually in charge of our government…

  • kreskin

    They’re celebrating Christmas in Russia today . ( January 7 )

    • Edwin

      счастливого Рождества

  • Edwin
  • FaunaAndFlora

    @Unkawillbur:disqus

    Here’s something you might want to post in your Sunday (or Monday) links…

    The Big Lie on Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent US Elections
    http://www.noquarterusa.net/blog/79525/big-lie-assessing-russian-activities-intentions-recent-us-elections/

  • Edwin

    “The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the
    organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in
    democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of
    society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling
    power of our country.

    ―.
    Edward L. Bernays, Propaganda

  • Edwin
    • notisaidthepig

      Listening now….. This is from three years ago?

      BTW: did you mention the Corbett Report to Cathyx at the other site? She’s trying to compile a list of sites or something.

      • Edwin

        Corbett is not for everyone. He doesn’t believe climate change. I think he’s anti-vax, etc.

        • notisaidthepig

          Oh, that sound a bit nutty. But these days we have strange bedfellows, right. (Notice how I keep coming back to certain metaphors. I wonder what I have on the brain! 😉

          • Edwin

            I still learn tons and tons from Corbett.

            I am finding I am watching more rightie stuff these days because the left is a big let down — fraudulent. I’m smart enough to sort out the messages.

          • notisaidthepig

            Oh, god. He’s put up a clip with Kissenger extolling the virtues of Republicans. (((vomits)))

          • Edwin

            he uses that clip for good reason

          • notisaidthepig

            Yep, there is NO left or right as he says. Corbett is spot on about that!

          • Edwin

            He’s an anarchist. I like that.

          • notisaidthepig

            Oh, I see. And, of course, you would love an anarchist! You’re such a trouble-maker! Oink!

          • Edwin
          • notisaidthepig

            What’s this? Oh, dear. It’s about an hour. There’s only so much time in the day!

          • Edwin

            It’s a lovely little film about how we are dominated.

  • Edwin

    Ever met Lionel? He’s a character.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_4QzMD9gnE

    • towerofbabel

      I remember him from Air America.

      • Edwin

        I saw him as a guest on Corbett Report.

        • towerofbabel

          Those glasses actually work on his face.

          • Edwin

            The “Still Listening to the Enemy” video I posted is Corbett. I don’t agree with everything he says, but I certainly do glean all kinds of very interesting nuggets of information from his channel. And he is entertaining.

  • It actually makes it better…

    https://youtu.be/H9VVkwRb_7M

    • Shohanna

      I have no idea wtf that was, it was confusing and WTF?!

  • EdgarHF

    Rant Alert!

    I thought I might go to the movies today. ‘Passengers’ looked to be an interesting movie. I go online to buy a ticket and when I go to check out I see they tack on a $1.85 “convenience” fee. Convenient for who? The company that don’t have to pay for an employee to sell the ticket. I did not complete the ticket purchase. Out of principle I am not going to the movies today. I know I am an grump, right?

    • Edwin

      Nope. I would be outraged. I would be looking for “contact us” to send a letter.

    • kreskin

      I don’t blame you , that’s one of my pet peeves. Chaps my ass, go to pay a bill over the phone or on line and they’ve got the balls to charge you a convenience fee , charging you an extra fee to pay your fucking bill ! There is no such thing as being too greedy anymore , balls out shameless ridiculous greed is the rule now , not the exception . No wonder why some lose it and go postal , it’s just too much . .

      • EdgarHF

        In all fairness, they do have to raise money to buy politicians.

        • kreskin

          America the beautiful has become a shit hole .

          • Edwin

            I haven’t read this yet. It’s quite long. I came across it last night just before heading to bed. I thought you might be interested. 2016 from a Russian perspective.

            2016: The Year of Russia’s Triumph

            http://www.unz.com/tsaker/2016-the-year-of-russias-triumph/

          • kreskin

            Thanks , looks interesting , I’ll read it tonight .

  • EdgarHF

    https://www.opensecrets.org/lobby/billsum.php?id=s3118-114

    Here is something that might be a fun game. The above link is about who is lobbying for a certain Senate bill. When you go to the page showing the lobbyist there will be a tab revealing the Senator sponsoring said bill. The game to to guess the sponsor before clinking on the sponsor tab.

    • EdgarHF

      btw, I just love how politicians name bills. It makes everything they try to pass look so warm and fuzzy.

  • Edwin
    • notisaidthepig

      The world definitely dodged a bullet when Americans rejected $hillary as president. Time will tell what we got in return….

  • notisaidthepig

    Good morning, everyone….

    • Edwin

      Good morning

      • notisaidthepig

        Hi, Edwin. How are you?

        • Edwin

          Good, and you?

          Watching Westworld: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0475784/?ref_=ttep_ep_tt

          • notisaidthepig

            No complaints. Counting the days until Friday when my friend shows up for a long three day weekend! 😉

            Westworld seems to be all the rage. I just haven’t seen any programs in six months. For some reason, I can’t get motivated or interested. Oh, well.

          • Edwin

            Westworld is quite interesting. You get hooked in to see what next?!?

            You certainly won’t be tuning in next weekend!

          • notisaidthepig

            I always liked the Westworld movie from back in the 70s with Yul Brenner. Do you know it? And, yes, no television programs for me next weekend!

          • Edwin

            No, don’t know movie.

            The scenery is stunning. Utah.

          • notisaidthepig

            It is pretty beautiful in this part of the country!

          • Shohanna

            I didn’t get into Westworld either. Too convoluted. lol

  • notisaidthepig

    119!

    • Edwin

      that’s Korea’s 911

      • notisaidthepig

        In Cambodia too! I always thought that was a bit funny. Maybe it’s an Asian thing???

  • notisaidthepig
    • kreskin

      Blasphemer !

      What would the MIC , the Pentagon , NATO and Wall Street do without the cold war and the Russian boogey man ? What would McBuffoon and his pantyhose wearing side kick do ?

  • notisaidthepig

    Just two hours until WikiLeaks holds a press conference at 9am EST……

  • notisaidthepig
    • notisaidthepig

      I love how he excoriates the celebrities. Aren’t these the people that were pushing $hillary on us? Ugh.

      • Edwin
        • notisaidthepig

          Wow. I hadn’t ever seen this anywhere…..

          • Edwin

            Like I said. I watched some rightie stuff after Hillary lost and now youtube recommends them for me. Liberal -> moron-> think Karoli and all is fine.

          • notisaidthepig

            As always, you’re right. 😉

          • Edwin

            I am not a liberal or a progressive any more — dirty words. I am Edwinian.

          • notisaidthepig

            LOL!

          • notisaidthepig

            Doesn’t MsP have an Edwinian in her house? 😉

          • Ann Watson

            Captured in essence or aspic? ; )

          • Edwin

            In her garden. My namesake.

            Next up I need someone to make an ice cream flavour. Edwin Delight… or something.

          • kreskin

            The words have lost their meaning , thanks to Sanders and Warren .

        • notisaidthepig

          I don’t like how he calls liberals morons and then I think, “Oh, wait.”

          • kreskin

            LOL

  • notisaidthepig

    In about an hour, WikiLeaks is holding a press conference. I’m eager to hear what they have to say…..

  • notisaidthepig

    LIve Audio Steam of WikiLeaks press conference that’s about to start:

    https://www.periscope.tv/w/1YpKkqmkDkmJj

    • Hi Noti!

      Wish I could listen.

      • notisaidthepig

        I’ve got to run to work but I’ve listened to a bit of it. Nothing new. Just Assange saying that the intelligence report was a farce. Unless, of course, I missed something! Laters.

    • Shohanna

      Give us a short over view after? I don’t have the concentration power atm to listen to the whole thing. lol

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    So, has Unka given up here? Coz if that’s the case, I have some great ideas I know he won’t approve of.

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