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WS – They’re are No numbers available for Corporations that are fuc$ing with deadly viruses. With the US taxpayer funding research for private corporations at Colleges and Universities, “plausible deniability”, will shield the corporations should diseases of mass destruction get released, by espionage, accident or human testing. – Just say’in.
Let’s start with the good news: The vial of Guanarito, a rare disease found only in Venezuelan rodents, that was reported missing from a Texas lab on Wednesday is probably nothing to worry about. First of all, there’s no evidence that Guanarito can be transmitted from person to person—only from rodent to person (though when that happens, primarily to “male agricultural workers,” it isn’t pleasant). Nor does it appear that the vial was spirited away by an evildoer—more likely, itl was destroyed after accidentally falling to the floor, Galveston National Laboratory scientific director Scott Weaver tells the Houston Chronicle. Galveston National Laboratory is housed at the University of Texas Medical Branch. Reports the Chronicle:
“We don’t think anything that happened this past week endangers the community,” Weaver said. “We think this is an error that any one facility is inevitable and we are going to improve to prevent this in the future.”
By Sherry Pasquarello,CJE -No, I didn’t win the Powerball jackpot. Someone one state away did. I can’t complain. I didn’t even play. I was going to. I usually do buy one ticket if a jackpot gets crazy high but I was busy and it slipped my mind. Honestly, I rarely win at anything so I save money and don’t play except the occasional scratch off ticket or, as I said when the jackpots are insane.
On the national news on ABC Sunday night they had a story on how much higher the taxes on the jackpot would be now, WTF? Who would care other than someone like the people at ABC who are in that type of a tax bracket? Believe me, I would cheerfully pay my taxes anyway, my being the bleeding heart liberal that I am and if I were handed that sort of a check from the lottery I would think myself blessed to BE in that lofty bracket, not picked on for being rich.
The lottery is about dreaming. I think it’s a good thing as long as there’s no gambling habit involved. Our lottery in Pennsylvania goes for senior citizen programs and I like that a lot. Dreaming can be great stress reliever. The few times I’ve played I worked out in detail just what I would do with the money. Being me though, I’ve also imagined how that big of a windfall could impact not only my life but those close to me in a negative if not dangerous way. So I find myself with the minority dreamers. Those few that don’t want to win one of those fantastic sums all alone. I’d rather find myself sharing a winning ticket with a group and coming away with just enough to secure a good future for me and mine plus a good hunk for my favorite charities.
From Shock and Awe to Wall Street
This week marks the tenth anniversary of the “Shock and Awe” US invasion of Iraq. The ravages of that invasion continue at home and in Iraq, the US is still at war in Afghanistan (troops and contractors remain in Iraq) and unofficially waging war on countries like Pakistan and Yemen, is aggravating aggression with North Korea as part of an Asian pivot encircling China, is putting more military into Africa and Obama is in Israel where he sings a duet for war with Netanyahu against Syria and Iran. Meanwhile, poverty, unemployment and homelessness continue to grow in the US with threats of austerity for everything except the national security state.
When we occupied Freedom Plaza in October, 2011, we made the connection between US Empire and the corporate control of our political process, between unlimited military spending and cuts to necessary domestic programs. We understood the misreporting in the corporate media about the Iraq War. Kathy Kelly from Voices for Creative Nonviolence was in Baghdad during Shock and Awe. On this tenth anniversary, she reminds us of the horrible price of war and warns of never ending war as the US seems to edge toward more war in the region. The need to understand those connections grows more important each day as we see the costs of war affecting people on every level.
From Powell Memo To Tri-lateral Commission: Chomsky on Education and the Oligarchs. The PTB were greatly upset with and terrified of the eruption of people and student power in the 60s, and decided to kill it off. Enter the “Powell Memo”:
Powell drew the obvious conclusion: “The campuses from which much of
this criticism emanates are supported by tax funds generated largely
from American business, contributions from capital funds controlled or
generated by American business. The boards of trustees at universities
are overwhelmingly composed of men and women who are leaders in the
business system and most of the media, including the national TV systems
are owned and theoretically controlled by corporations which depend on
profits and the enterprise system on which they survive.”
Therefore, the oppressed business people who have lost all
influence should organize and defend themselves instead of idly sitting
by while fundamental freedoms are destroyed by the Marxist onslaught
from the media, universities and the government. Those are the
expression of the concerns elicited by ’60s activism at the right end of
the mainstream spectrum.
The solution? Impose economic hardship, reduce educatiuonal opportunities, make it more expensive, and impose conservative ‘litmus tests.’ It worked.
CJE News Briefs, Copyrighted Imports, Cyberwar manual, Elmo, Fukushima, george bush, Greenland, firstname.lastname@example.org, Michelle Shocked,
WS – It’s the fuc$ing Wall Street Journal for Christs sake!
The Wall Street Journal’s former publisher, Gordon Crovitz, has apparently decided to follow the lead of the NY Times’ former managing editor Bill Keller in misrepresenting things having to do with Bradley Manning and Julian Assange to new and impressive heights. Crovitz has a history of being fact-challenged, especially when it comes to the internet, and his latest opinion piece entitled Aiding the Enemy Isn’t Journalism is an impressive work of bad journalism. Let’s start from the top.
It looks as if Pfc. Bradley Manning and Julian Assange will go down in history as outliers, not trend setters. There have been no copycat leaks of massive quantities of diplomatic and intelligence documents, despite how easy the Internet makes it to leak and the fact that more than four million Americans have clearance to access government secrets.
By Dylan DeBarr.WWH/CJE – I had just been told that my daughter was raped. I glance toward the door. I feel drunk, as if my legs can’t hold my weight. I grasp the window sill and push my forehead against the window. I need air. I gasp, choking on the silent scream that sticks in my throat. Thick, like molasses, I can’t swallow it or vomit it up.
She can’t shower in the daylight anymore. She can’t look at her own body. She feels her body has betrayed her. So, I sit on the floor in the bathroom as she showers in the dark. Sprays of water hit my face as I squint in the darkness watching her. She can’t close the shower curtain, so we leave it open. Her athletic body has shriveled. She has lost 30 pounds. No hips, no breasts, no more monthly period.
WWH/CJE Citizen Journalist, Dr. John Konopak, remarks on the strange fragility of the “democratic” forms which constitute our “democracy,” and finds it surprising that they lasted as long as they did, since all itw ever took to overturn them was somebody to refuse to play by the ‘rules.”
MY father came from a farm in Nine Mile, Jamaica. There, he learned deep respect for nature and humanity that helped guide his life. His dream was to return one day,” says the charming Rohan Marley, with a flick of his dreadlocks which remind you of his father, cult reggae singer Bob Marley. He’s famous for using his music to promote freedom, peace, reconciliation, and equal rights for all. More…
RAPE IS A CRIME. RAPISTS ARE CRIMINALS. It’s obvious to most of America but not to you or to your on air talent. VICTIMS are the ones deserving of your concern not the criminals.
Now, IF you had used this to point out the tragedy of the entire situation in your comments I could agree but you chose to spent air time, time that reaches an entire country and more, and your pity on two young men who showed NO remorse until they were judged guilty. Their defense team smeared the reputation of the victim and they stayed silent.
So, to you, CNN, I guess I have to remind you that this is America and we have OUR laws here. It doesn’t matter if a woman is NAKED walking down a dark alley at 2 in the morning- RAPE IS A CRIME!
MEN are not animals and any MAN that used the “she was asking for it” defense is saying that MEN are not human beings able to control themselves. If that is the case them MEN are to be kept separated and at home unless accompanied with FEMALE relatives as it is in some Middle Eastern countries.
Oh, by the way CNN think back, teenagers do dumb things. Under Age drinking is a dumb thing. It’s a dumb thing that has been going on since way before I was born and I am 61 years old. Anyone remember keggers or field parties? Those were dumb things but RAPE isn’t a dumb thing. It’s a CRIME.
This is the message you should have pushed on air, if you were going to do anything other than just report the facts of the case.
By Diana May-Waldman- Yeah, and maybe I’m a little biased about Citizen Journalist Exchange. We don’t sugar coat. We put it out there.
With that being said, the guilty verdict in the Steubenville, Ohio rape case involving to high school footballs players has just about sent me over the edge. You know, those moments when you think about jumping over a table and just pile driving someone into the ground with hopes of knocking just a little sense into them?
One newscaster called this story, “Infamous.”
Two over emotional female twits from CNN were talking about how this had ruined the future career of the boys convicted, followed by one of their over zealous male buddies who chimed in that he thought having these boys register as sex offenders for the rest of their life was harsh.
Let me say, that I wasn’t without compassion for the two rapists. It didn’t last long, but in my brief moments of compassion I had to ask myself, why these boys would think what they did was okay. Why it was acceptable. I would like to think by the age of 16 and 17 years old, we know better. In fact, I’m pretty sure we do.
My mother always said, “There is right and there is wrong. And if you stop and think, you know one from the other and if you don’t, you better be ready to pay the consequences.”
WS – “Grups, bonk,bonk on the head” Grown – ups’ need to grow up. She’s a girl. Period!
FOUNTAIN, Colo. — Coy Mathis was born a boy. But after just a few years, biology succumbed to a more powerful force.
A buzz cut grew into long hair. Jeans gave way to pink dresses. And the child’s big cheeks trembled with tears when anyone referred to Coy as male.
Halfway through kindergarten, after consulting with doctors, Coy’s parents informed their child’s school that Coy identified as a girl and should be treated as one — whether that meant using feminine pronouns to describe her or letting Coy wear her favorite dresses.
“It became really clear that it wasn’t just about liking pink or feminine things,” said Kathryn Mathis, Coy’s mother, recounting how Coy had anxiety attacks when people treated her as a boy. “It was that she was trying so hard to show us that she was a girl.” More…
Today is “Forgive Mom and Dad Day” - Take your therapist to lunch.
By Diana May-Waldman- CJE- It’s still alive, that bill to probe the V-JJ. It’s neaty tucked into Senate Bill 371 and not surprising it was introduced by State Sen. Travis Holdman (R), which has passed a committee. This is the same guy who was instrumental in getting legislation to make it illegal to text while driving in Indiana and this is the same guy who wants to make it illegal to videotape farms that may be mistreating animals or have inhumane living conditions.
So, he values some life and not others.
Senate committee voted 7-2 to make it illegal to photograph or videotape a farm or industry “with the intent to embarrass, annoy or harm the business.” Which basically boils down to the fact journalists and whistleblowers should mind thier own business and to hell with those animals.
And don’t even think about posting those videos on YouTube because it will be a Class A misdemeanor and punishable up to $5,000 fine for a second offense.
“We don’t need vigilantes out entering people’s private property, industrial operation, factory or farm, doing things surreptitiously… for no other reason than to annoy and harass,” said Sen. Travis Holdman, who sponsored the bill.
Here is where I want to insert, “Women don’t need vigilantes entering our private vaginas for no other reason to annoy and harass.”
Joe McEvoy,CJE – The following editorial from; William Rivers Pitt, Truthout is a welcome revelation from at least one “Progressive” news and opinion outlet. Let’s hope it is not just another voice in the “Cyber Wilderness”.
Mr. Pitts moral awakening is not total and the fog from his “Coma” still hasn’t lifted completely.
Although Mr. Pitts contrition is heartfelt and revealing, his inability to let go his Obamachrist Religion completely is obvious (to me). I prey his recovery will continue and with enough therapy be complete.
Mr. Pitts states in this article;
Make no mistake, now: that’s not an “Obama is the same as Bush” argument. Nobody is Bush, because Bush stands alone, and whoever makes that kind of equivalency either slept through the first eight years of this century, hit their head and forgot what those eight years were like, or is trying to sell you something.
Let me assure you Mr. Pitt; I have not slept through the first eight years of this century. I was wide awake through the many marches is Washington, the bugging of my car, the attacks on my computers and the sickening visions of real terror from “America the Beautiful”. I did not hit my head and forgot what those eight years were like either, nor am I trying to sell anyone anything.
I do believe Obama is as evil as Bush, in some ways worse. The dead, tortured and oppressed are the foundations of that belief. The Capstone; Mr. Obamas’ refusal to prosecute any Bush war criminals, portrayers of crimes against humanity or war profiteers.
To your good health Mr. Pitt…
By Dr. Woody,CJE – I’ve decided that my main interest in the new Pope is to make Catholics uncomfortable about him, as the SPIRITUAL HEAD of their Church, right from the from the start, such that they will want to reject him and whatsoever “teachings” he propounds, and leave the Church in disgust and shame and confusion over the cognitive dissonances of it all.
He could NOT have been a person high in the Church hierarchy during the Dirty War and NOT have known what the Generals were doing
WS – You didn’t really think Obama would raise the minimum wage without giving Big Businesses a few loopholes and more profits off the low wage workers sweat. Get ready for the big spin folks.
President Obama called for a modest raise in the federal minimum wage to $9 in his State of the Union Address, and several Democratic legislators have upped his bid with a proposed increase to $10.10.
But an insidious effort to lower the wage floor is already underway much closer to the ground—in the state legislatures where right-wing lobbyists have been greasing the skids for years for an onslaught of anti-worker policies.
An extensive analysis recently published by labor advocacy organization the National Employment Law Project tracks more than 100 bills introduced in 31 states since January 2011 that “aim to repeal or weaken core wage standards at the state or local level.” Each bears the fingerprint of notorious super-lobbying organization the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), which acts as a forum for “private sector leaders” to advise public officials. Most of the anti-worker bills were proposed by lawmakers directly linked to ALEC and include language that echoes that of “model legislation” developed by ALEC. Among the proposals are measures to undercut minimum wages for teenage workers, restrict overtime pay and repeal or ban local laws to improve working conditions.
By Sherry Pasquarello,CJE – Old habits die hard. I was glued to the television at the first wisp of white smoke. I haven’t been in a church other than weddings or funerals for decades. But I wasn’t going to miss this bit of history. Besides, there wasn’t a darn thing on other than the Vatican pick- a -pope anyway. I can tell you this much, if I had been in Vatican City today I would have been indoors watching it on a T.V. not standing in the dark and rain. I may be a history buff but I’m not courting pneumonia to see anyone!
Wave of “Ag Gag” Bills Threaten Food Safety and Freedom of the Press
WS – America is a Corporate State. That is the only State. Freedom of the Press is threatened?
Bullshit… It’s gone from the Mainstream. Reporters from all Main Stream News sign it away when they get hired. Allegiance to the Corporation is prerequisite to even work in the Media. Alternative News Sources are marginalized, even on the Internet. And don’t give me the “Well your website is still online” mantra. The US government is all over my site, monitoring, it. WTF … Do you think Google got so big and profitable without pledging allegiance to the US government? And don’t get me started on Food Safety… - Did I mention I haven’t had my coffee yet?
By Diana May-Waldman,CJE-”Rape Culture is concept used to describe a culture in which rape and sexual violence are common and in which prevalent attitudes, norm, practices, and media normalize, excuse, tolerate and even condone rape”
Allegations of rape have rocked Steubenville, Ohio after two high school football players have gone on trial for raping a 16-year old girl.
The trial began on Wednesday and it was ordered that no cellphones, laptops or electronic devices be permitted in the courtroom.
by John Konopak, Ph.D. (LSU, 1989, Education) WWH/CJE
Profit Centers in Schools: Remember how, a couple of weeks ago, I noted that NYC Mayor Michaerl Bloombberg was investing money and influence in a school-board election in Los Angeles? Well, it’s overand the billionaires won:
The 9:55 a.m. quake had an estimated magnitude of 4.7, said Nick Scheckel, seismic analyst at the California Institute of Technology’s seismological laboratory.
He said a number of aftershocks were occurring.
The epicenter was about a dozen miles from the desert town of Anza, about 100 miles southeast of Los Angeles. More…
WS – Will Tanning Shops now have free aspirin giveaways?
Women who take aspirin on a regular basis have a lower risk for developing melanoma, according to the largest US study ever conducted into potential ways to prevent this most dangerous form of skin cancer.