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House of Cards – Season 3

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Sorry, this is going to be a brief, but terrible review for House of Cards Season 3.
I never do TV reviews, but I was hoping, I don’t know, something… something better… something more…

First, I do like Kevin Spacey as an actor, and there are few who could play his cold-hearted, disconnected, pent-up, self-absorbed wife better then Robin Wright; of which I wonder if Cate Blanchett made a great study of for her role in Blue Jasmine.

I’ll sum it up. First two episodes were fine, last two were back on track, all the stuff in the middle was nothing, but filler which could have been either tossed into one, maybe two episodes, or rewritten completely to reflect the dark underbelly of what’s really going on in the world today. So yes, Clare, it was all a big fat lie. The whole Russian thing was stupid and borderline propaganda, no wait, it was propaganda. Does someone have a bone for Putin? Maybe someone can’t get past 1917? All the other foreign conflicts/appointment were ridiculous. Doug’s obsession/revenge was way too long. The Press Corp was basically stupid on the scale of a mockumentary, as was Frank’s book; which would have made a better TV series than the one they gave us. Seriously, know your audience no need to insult them. That said, if I missed anything else it’s only cause I’ve already forgotten. So why am I writing this review, because I feel tricked and manipulated, I expected to be in on the secrets, not one of its victims.

There’s so much ‘real’ already out there the writers could have picked it up like gum off a New York City Street. How interesting it could have been, but they gave us this cheese-wizzy version rather than the truth from Frank’s perspective – it could have been great! Instead the writers were either paid off or calling it in.

Side note: Author, Michael Dobbs, er… Baron Dobbs, is a British Conservative Politicians – SURPRISE!

Finally, the best line in Season 3: “I have God’s ear now.”
Well, I beg to differ.
Oh, and Spock died 😦

 

Oh, and Lee Camp just reminded me of something else in HOC
Common Dreams: Real-Life Frank Underwoods: Netflix, ‘House of Cards’ and Third Way

Response to AmericaWerks:
“We should do away with the absolutely specious notion that everybody has to earn a living. It is a fact today that one in ten thousand of us can make a technological breakthrough capable of supporting all the rest. The youth of today are absolutely right in recognizing this nonsense of earning a living. We keep inventing jobs because of this false idea that everybody has to be employed at some kind of drudgery because, according to Malthusian-Darwinian theory he must justify his right to exist. So we have inspectors of inspectors and people making instruments for inspectors to inspect inspectors. The true business of people should be to go back to school and think about whatever it was they were thinking about before somebody came along and told them they had to earn a living.” – R Buckminster Fuller

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Bundy Ranch and State Secession

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Briefly: A friend made the argument that folks showing up with guns at the Bundy Ranch was a good idea, unlike #OWS where people showed up with cardboard, sharpies and their good will.

The observation he put forth was, which group made more progress?

He argued that for the FEDs if anyone ended up dead it would have been a nightmare. If Bundy died he would have been made a martyr, not to mention a lot of really really bad PR for the FEDs – and I say PR because Washington DC is nothing, but a big giant lying get-rich-quick ad campaign commercial. Most thinking people already know this and even the dim now suspect it –

The last thing Obama needs after the Big Insurance Gift of failed Health Care, torture, undeclared wars, droning Americans Citizens (albeit brown people), Benghazi, NSA Spying, NDAA, arming Al Qaeda in Syria, and the on going energy economic mess in the Ukraine, not to mention the endless bank bailouts – still going on – and this low wage bullshit economy is another Waco or Ruby Ridge.

So the BLM retreating was not only the wise thing to do it was a very smart thing to do.

BUT, I’m about to go Casandra on your ass – this, dear reader is in no way the end to the Bundy Ranchgate Bunkerville Standoffish Harassment.

Yeah, militia, Oath Keepers and 2nd Amendment Liberty Minded folk are feelin’ pretty damn good right now – they’ve been basking in the sunny Nevada sun and whooping it up, they are #WINNING!

However, most are bout ready to head on home after this glorious battle against armed and canine protected brown shirt bureaucrats. Woo Hoo!

But a lot of these old world Constitutionalists type protectors aren’t living in what 21st century thinkers would call ‘the modern world,’ or if you’re a Terry Gilliam fan, Brazil.

They don’t understand that the Corporate owned FED is forever, like Wall Street Banks they can wait you out on anything – they control the courts, the money, communication and all the red-tape, not to mention if needs be all the guns and weapons they have at their disposal.

In short, Bundy will lose in the end. The Fed will wait for him to die, meanwhile running up his fees and penalties. They will put a lean on his property; if they haven’t already, so he can’t sell unless he or someone else evens up his accounts with the government – Death And Taxes.

It get’s even sadder.

When he dies the FED, through the courts and IRS, will claim it all at the reading of his will and saddle his wife with the rest – she’ll lose everything and then some.

In this modern world there’s no hiding any digit – the best he could do is take what cash he has, buy some gold and silver and bury it somewhere no one would know except his wife. Yet, in this modern world she’d still have a hard time spending any of it, for the banks can easily monitor her buying habits and for everything else, there’s the NSA. Even if the guy took any treasure and socked it away for his grand kids – well… you’re not going to believe this.

So the militias left too soon, but they couldn’t help it, they have families to feed as well. You know it, I know it, and the government knows it.

So what’s the next step?

How many of these kinds of encroachments will Liberty Minded Folk keep dropping their lives for in order to defend the just over the unjust, until it becomes as feckless as #OWS?

There’s only one way out, and the Liberty Minded Folk may like the sound of this word; if it hasn’t been brewing since they became Liberty Minded – they will do what their forefather’s did, SECEDE from the “Empyre.”

Think about it: If Ron Paul ran for Governor of New Hampshire (pop 1.3M) the transformation of that state would be phenomenal. What if Ralph Nader, Chris Hedges, or heck, even Michael Moore ran for Governor of Vermont (pop 600k). The city of Chicago has twice that population combined. Thinking people from all over the country would flock to those states if only they had moral and just leadership.

But, time is ticking, they need to start organizing and get moving now.

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Brief 21 September 2012

update

Appeals Court Judge Reinstates Indefinite Detention

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#birgittawatch is in effect
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Enough Already!

MAKE IT STOP!
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executive compensation and the compensation systems used for appraisers, accountants, and rating agencies were designed, and served, to create the perverse incentives and ethical rot that caused the ongoing financial crises by producing a “Gresham’s dynamic” in which fraudulent and abusive lending and accounting practices drove good practices out of the marketplace.

“The only difference between the Democrats and Republicans is the velocity with which their knees hit the floor when corporations knock on their door.” – Ralph Nader

“Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.” -Mark Twain

“The American People can have anything they want, trouble is, they don’t seem to want much of anything.” -Eugene Debs

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8 August 2009 – Brief

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How We Look At Art
Almost nobody, over the course of that hour or two, paused before any object for as long as a full minute. Only a 17th-century wood sculpture of a copulating couple, from San Cristobal in the Solomon Islands, placed near an exit, caused several tourists to point, smile and snap a photo, but without really breaking stride.

Visiting museums has always been about self-improvement. Partly we seem to go to them to find something we already recognize, something that gives us our bearings: think of the scrum of tourists invariably gathered around the Mona Lisa. At one time a highly educated Westerner read perhaps 100 books, all of them closely. Today we read hundreds of books, or maybe none, but rarely any with the same intensity. Travelers who took the Grand Tour across Europe during the 18th century spent months and years learning languages, meeting politicians, philosophers and artists and bore sketchbooks in which to draw and paint — to record their memories and help them see better.

Cameras replaced sketching by the last century; convenience trumped engagement, the viewfinder afforded emotional distance and many people no longer felt the same urgency to look. It became possible to imagine that because a reproduction of an image was safely squirreled away in a camera or cell phone, or because it was eternally available on the Web, dawdling before an original was a waste of time, especially with so much ground to cover.
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It is an accustom’d action with her, to seem thus
washing her hands. I have known her continue in this a quarter of
an hour.

Lady Macbeth:
Yet here’s a spot.

Doctor:
Hark, she speaks. I will set down what comes from her, to
satisfy my remembrance the more strongly.

Lady Macbeth:
Out, damn’d spot! out, I say!—One; two: why, then
’tis time to do’t.—Hell is murky.—Fie, my lord, fie, a soldier, and
afeard? What need we fear who knows it, when none can call our
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DepartmentJusticeCriminal investigation into CIA treatment of detainees expected
U.S. Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. is poised to appoint a criminal prosecutor to investigate alleged CIA abuses committed during the interrogation of terrorism suspects, current and former U.S. government officials said.

A senior Justice Department official said that Holder envisioned an inquiry that would be narrow in scope, focusing on “whether people went beyond the techniques that were authorized” in Bush administration memos that liberally interpreted anti-torture laws.

Current and former CIA and Justice Department officials who have firsthand knowledge of the interrogation files contend that criminal convictions will be difficult to obtain because the quality of evidence is poor and the legal underpinnings have never been tested.

Some cases have not previously been disclosed, including an instance in which a CIA operative brought a gun into an interrogation booth to force a detainee to talk, officials said.

Other potentially criminal abuses have already come to light, including the waterboarding of prisoners in excess of Justice Department guidelines, and the deaths of detainees in CIA custody in Afghanistan and Iraq in 2002 and 2003.

Opening a criminal investigation is something Holder “has come reluctantly to consider,” the Justice Department official said, emphasizing that Holder had not reached a final decision but noting that, “as attorney general, he has the obligation to follow the law.” more

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Blackwater Founder Implicated in Murder
A former Blackwater employee and an ex-US Marine who has worked as a security operative for the company have made a series of explosive allegations in sworn statements filed on August 3 in federal court in Virginia. The two men claim that the company’s owner, Erik Prince, may have murdered or facilitated the murder of individuals who were cooperating with federal authorities investigating the company. The former employee also alleges that Prince “views himself as a Christian crusader tasked with eliminating Muslims and the Islamic faith from the globe,” and that Prince’s companies “encouraged and rewarded the destruction of Iraqi life.”

In their testimony, both men also allege that Blackwater was smuggling weapons into Iraq. One of the men alleges that Prince turned a profit by transporting “illegal” or “unlawful” weapons into the country on Prince’s private planes. They also charge that Prince and other Blackwater executives destroyed incriminating videos, emails and other documents and have intentionally deceived the US State Department and other federal agencies. The identities of the two individuals were sealed out of concerns for their safety. Scahill

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“Do unto others”

It’s a simple standard my mom taught me when I was a kid – yours probably taught it too. It isn’t always easy, but in business it’s a good guiding light if you don’t want your company to be evil. Reuters Staff
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to lobby or not to lobby…
Lobbyists continue to be singled out as an example of what is wrong with Washington, as the White House extended the ban on lobbyists’ oral communications in relation to stimulus-funded projects to non-lobbyists as well.

An administration official was recently quoted as saying, “[W]e have focused attention on how lobbying undermines the public interest … ” Presumably that does not apply to lobbying for the adoption of administration policies.

Increasingly, many lobbyists are asking, “If registering in good faith under a statute that is designed to create transparency makes an otherwise honest person an object of ridicule, can I terminate my registration?”

And while there is no indication how many are considering “deregistering,” the question is being asked enough to prompt House and Senate officials to address the issue. In the most recent guidance issued in connection with the Lobbying Disclosure Act (LDA), lobbyists were informed that they may terminate their registration if they reasonably expect that they would not be making any lobbying contacts in the future.
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In the US The People Are Afraid of Their Government.
In France The Government is Afraid of The People.

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The  Plague

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China disinfects town after three people died of pneumonic plague in remote farming village
Authorities killed rats and fleas on Tuesday as they disinfected a town sealed off after three people died of pneumonic plague in a remote farming town in northwestern China, according to the provincial health department.

Police set up checkpoints around Ziketan in Qinghai province after the outbreak was first detected last Thursday. The lung infection is highly contagious can kill a person in as few as 24 hours if left untreated.

Medical staff are disinfecting the area and killing rodents and insects that can be carriers for the bacteria, a notice on the provincial health department Web site said. Authorities are keeping close track of people who came into contact with those infected.

Authorities urged anyone who had visited the town — more than 300 miles (480 kilometers) west of Beijing — since mid-July and has developed a cough or fever to seek hospital treatment. Pneumonic plague is spread through the air and can be passed from person to person through coughing.

The latest victim was a 64-year-old man named Danzhi, the official Xinhua News Agency said.

He was a neighbor of a 32-year-old herdsman in Ziketan and a 37-year-old man who died earlier. A further nine people — mainly relatives of the herdsman — are infected and in a hospital, according to the local health bureau.

Of those, one is in an extremely serious condition and one other has developed symptoms of coughing and chest pain, but the rest are in stable condition and there have been no reports of new infections, Xinhua and the health department said.

zmapPolice checkpoints were set up in a 17-mile (28-kilometer) radius around Ziketan and people were not allowed to leave, a resident said. Many shops remained closed Tuesday, residents said, although more vehicles were out on the street.

Some people tried to leave the quarantined area on Monday evening after the third death was reported, mostly by foot, one resident reached by The Associated Press said Tuesday.

“A lot of people ran off last night when they heard that another person died of this plague. They are mostly from other provinces,” said a foodseller surnamed Han who runs a stall at the Crystal Alley Market. “They headed back home with food, mineral water and their donkeys.”

It was unclear if the people who headed out of the town made it past the police checkpoints. Officials at the local and provincial level were unavailable to comment.

According to the World Health Organization, pneumonic plague is one of the deadliest infectious diseases, capable of killing a person 24 hours after he or she gets the disease.

A 2006 WHO report from an international meeting on plague cited a Chinese government disease expert as saying that most cases of the plague in China’s northwest occur when hunters are contaminated while skinning infected animals.

Pneumonic plague is caused by the same bacteria that causes bubonic plague — the Black Death that killed an estimated 25 million people in Europe in the Middle Ages. However, bubonic plague is usually transmitted by flea bites and can be easily treated with antibiotics.

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22 July 2009 – Brief

Vodpod videos no longer available.
BRAVO!
(making temporary exception for VIACOM)

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Obama’s Doctor On Health Care

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Testicle Won’t Drop TOUGH! Use it And Lose It

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Private Insurance Makes You Poorer And Sicker
Uninsured? Under-Insured? Tough!

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Center for Responsive Politics Releases Preliminary Analysis of Second Quarter Lobbying Figures
Lobbyists were paid at least $349.2 million for their services between April and June, according to a partial analysis of their quarterly reports filed with the Senate Office of Public Records on Monday.
Although this overall expenditure appears to be a decrease from the first quarter, when lobbyists brought in $807.3 million, the Center for Responsive Politics expects to receive and process at least 7,700 more filings in the next week.

So while the $349.2 million will likely increase, we’re not sure yet by how much. But we will report on any increase next week.

Last year, lobbying expenditures increased 3.4 percent between the first and second quarters, from $798.1 million to $825.3 million.

If that trend holds true this year, too, clients would have paid out about $834.7 million between April and June. In the past six months lobbyists have been busy with a number of major legislative initiatives, including health care reform, financial regulation and climate change.

In all, 19,251 lobbying contracts were active for this year’s first quarter. To date, CRP has processed 11,482 contracts for the second quarter, although this number is also expected to increase significantly in coming days.

Next week, when we have more of the reports in, we’ll provide an update on these numbers. We’ll also be adding the new numbers to our lobbying database and blogging about industries and interests as we code and calculate that data. source

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GOLDEN! SPREAD

This is Congressman Alan Grayson questioning Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on $550B of loans to foreigners (or ‘central liquidity swaps’ in Federal Reserve-ese’).

Which financial institutions received this money? Bernanke’s answer: I don’t know.

As the Fed was lending this money, the dollar increased by 30% in value. Grayson asks, was this a coincidence? Bernanke’s answer: yes.

gotta love his demeanor

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Bernanke Fights Audit Threat To The Fed

Central bank chief argues more review would compromise independence, seeking to deny legislative victory for one of Fed’s biggest opponents.

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke faced a grilling in Congress on Tuesday about the role of the Fed, and spoke out strongly against a legislative proposal to audit the central bank.

Speaking to the House Financial Services Committee, Bernanke tempered optimism that the economy is improving, noting that, “despite these positive signs, the rate of job loss remains high and the unemployment rate has continued its steep rise.” He added the Fed expects inflation to remain subdued over the next two years.

He discussed the Federal Reserve’s strategy to extricate itself from the outsized role it’s taken in the economy to avert financial disaster. He reminded Congress about the need to get the budget deficit fixed: If not, “we risk having neither financial stability nor durable economic growth,” he said.

Bernanke also came out in strong opposition to legislation proposed by Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, to audit the Federal Reserve.

Since its introduction in February, the bill has attracted 275 co-sponsors, enough to gain passage in the House of Representatives. In the Senate, the prospects are unclear. Fourteen Republicans, three Democrats and one Independent, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who votes with Democrats, have signed on to the bill. The legislation simply calls for a Government Accountability Office audit of the Federal Reserve.

Why is something that sounds so simple so contentious? more

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Fed is Dumping Junk On the American People

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Punking War Criminal And Human Rights Violator John Yoo

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US Torture Under Bush – Is Obama Being Complicit?
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Broken Lives
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RE: Spacey On Letterman
Twitter is a way to advertise or network – what the folks at twitter need to offer is an options that allows users to easily bulk accept or reject people who want to follow – blocking is too much work and only encourages spam; which is what wastes most of the bandwidth. Spammers will still try, but it would be a deterrent.

Kevin Spacey may have 800k followers, but how many of those followers are SPAMMERS!?

My guess, at least one-third.

They don’t count.

Further, anyone who has a high number of followers are using twitter to advertise or stay relevant with their base, which is okay, but it’s not actually social networking unless you follow back.

I’m thinking of instituting the 30 day rule of relevance: If I follow you, tweet you with at least three pieces of wisdom, help or a laugh and you don’t respond in kind or acknowledge my presence I will un-follow.

Fair nuff?

I have more to say about twitter, but I’m already way over my 140 chrtrs.

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I don’t partake, but I’ve heard enough evidence that it works well for people who are suffering from the ill effects of chemo and other detrimental maladies. I  don’t believe that the expressed confidence in this plant by so many random people would say it works just to get a buzz. I’m convinced, therefore this plant should be made legals and controlled by the FDA for distribution and allowed to be grown, within legal limits,  in the garden.

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1224834571812_us_backyard1_409JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon Donates Serious Cash to Democrats
Dimon and his wife, Judy, have donated more than a half-million dollars to Democratic candidates and committees since 1989, according to a Center for Responsive Politics analysis of his donations. That is nearly 12 times what the couple has given the GOP.
Dimon seems to exert considerable influence within Democratic circles at a time when JPMorgan and other banks still owe the federal government billions of dollars after last year’s bailouts.

White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel was scheduled to attend JPMorgan board meeting this week. He declined to attend after the New York Times profiled Dimon and mentioned the invitation prominently. more

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Conseil: If you’re in a movie, video or on TV don’t say you don’t watch yourself. That makes me not want to watch you or less of you.

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Apple’s Image May Be Tarnished By Poor Factory Conditions
Following an investigation on Tuesday into many Chinese companies violating recent labor laws, it’s now known through Apple’s 2009 responsibility progress report that 45 of the 83 factories that built iPhones and iPods in 2008 weren’t paying valid overtime rates for those workers that qualified, while 23 of these weren’t even paying some of their workers China’s minimum wage.

A deeper look at Apple’s findings found that about 25 of the 83 also discriminated to some degree against people based on ethnicity, biological issues like disabilities, or political leanings. 22 didn’t meet environmental standards, while almost exactly a fifth also had problems with on-site living conditions and safety.

In a few extreme cases, seven factories had been caught having at least at one time hired underage workers, though were weren’t more than 25 people involved. Some workers at six factories also had to enter debt to a recruitment agency just to start work and were effectively forced to work to pay off their recruiters.apple insider

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