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Ayn Rand Reviews Children’s Movies


Ayn Rand Reviews Children’s Movies
By Mallory Ortberg
December 18, 2014

“Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”

An industrious young woman neglects to charge for her housekeeping services and is rightly exploited for her naïveté. She dies without ever having sought her own happiness as the highest moral aim. I did not finish watching this movie, finding it impossible to sympathize with the main character. —No stars.


The biggest and the strongest are the fittest to rule. This is the way things have always been. —Four stars.

“Old Yeller”

A farm animal ceases to be useful and is disposed of humanely. A valuable lesson for children. —Four stars.

Much more here: http://www.newyorker.com/humor/daily-shouts/ayn-rand-reviews-childrens-movies?mbid=social_facebook

Oil Exploration and Cuba

*Socialist Progressives Group*

This story from August indicates that oil exploration near Cuba has been an issue in the past (just doing some searching to figure out why the US is suddenly willing to normalize relations)

No oil drilling for now off Cuba
Posted on August 19, 2014
by Timothy O’Hara, The Key West Citizen, August 16, 2014

Street in Havana, CubaFlorida Keys residents concerned about oil exploration off Cuba can breathe easier as plans for drilling have been put on hold.

Two experts on Cuban politics and oil exploration confirmed media reports that Cuba has shifted its focus away from offshore oil exploration, and instead is concentrating on renewable sources of energy and improving output from onshore wells.

A lack of interest by foreign companies for further deepwater exploration prompted the change, Reuters reported this week.

Texas-based oil and energy consultant Jorge Pinon and Dan Whittle, Cuba program director for the Environmental Defense Fund, confirmed the reports.

More here - http://www.jsg.utexas.edu/lacp/2014/08/no-oil-drilling-for-now-off-cuba/

Green Day's Hall of Fame Nomination

A bit of a break today for some good news: Green Day has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame:

By Andy Greene | December 16, 2014

Only a handful of bands get into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame the first year they're eligible these days. When Billie Joe Armstrong learned that Green Day were one of them, he could barely process the news. "I had to go for a walk," he says. "I wound up at this cafe and I sat down and my son met up with me. I told him and he was like, 'Oh my God. No way.' It just took some time to sink in. We're in incredible company and I'm still trying to make sense of this. It's just incredible." The singer spoke to Rolling Stone about the induction's significance and looks back on 25 years of Green Day.

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/features/billie-joe-armstrong-green-day-hall-of-fame-induction-20141216#ixzz3M4kyMwPp

The reason I think they deserve the nomination is right here:

Say, hey!

Hear the sound of the falling rain
Coming down like an Armageddon flame
The shame, the ones who died without a name

Hear the dogs howling out of key
To a hymn called "Faith and Misery"
And bleed, the company who lost the war today

I beg to dream and differ from the hollow lies
This is the dawning of the rest of our lives
On Holiday

Hear the drum pounding out of time
Another protester has crossed the line
To find the money's on the other side

Can I get another Amen?
There's a flag wrapped around a score of men
A gag, a plastic bag on a monument

I beg to dream and differ from the hollow lies
This is the dawning of the rest of our lives
On holiday

The representative from California has the floor

Sieg Heil to the president gasman
Bombs away is your punishment
Pulverize the Eiffel towers
Who criticize your government

Bang, bang goes the broken glass
Kill all the fags that don't agree
Trials by fire, setting fire
Is not a way that's meant for me
Just cause, just cause, because we're outlaws, yeah

I beg to dream and differ from the hollow lies
This is the dawning of the rest of our lives
I beg to dream and differ from the hollow lies
This is the dawning of the rest of our lives

This is our lives on holiday

Read more: Green Day - Holiday Lyrics | MetroLyrics

Inside the CIA's torture chambers


December 11, 2014

George W. Bush and Dick Cheney (Eric Draper)George W. Bush and Dick Cheney (Eric Draper)

"THIS GOVERNMENT does not torture people." Turns out that George W. Bush's indignant pronouncement in 2007 was a bald-faced lie ...

... Likewise, despite his promise as a candidate that "If I found out that there were high officials who knowingly, consciously broke existing laws, engaged in cover-ups of those crimes with knowledge forefront, then I think a basic principle of our constitution is nobody above the law," Barack Obama has refused to take action against the torturers ...

...In response to the Senate torture report, calls for the prosecution of those who engaged in torture are growing internationally. Ben Emmerson, the UN's special rapporteur on counterterrorism and human rights, told the Associated Press that the report shows "there was a clear policy orchestrated at a high level within the Bush administration, which allowed to commit systematic crimes and gross violations of international human rights law...The fact that the policies revealed in this report were authorized at a high level within the U.S. government provides no excuse whatsoever. Indeed, it reinforces the need for criminal accountability."

But such accountability is unlikely. The Obama administration is fundamentally committed to the same project as the Bush administration--pursuing a failed "war on terror" and projecting U.S. power around the globe--so there will be no justice for those whose lives were destroyed by U.S. torturers.

Much more here: http://socialistworker.org/2014/12/11/inside-the-cias-torture-chambers

Why won't Barack Obama prosecute CIA torturers?


By Raf Sanchez, Washington
8:45PM GMT 12 Dec 2014

... The release of the report has been explosive. Deep rifts between the CIA and the Democratic Party have erupted into public view. Morale has slumped at the spy agency and Republicans are accusing the White House of leaving America's spooks to swing in the wind.

Imagine how much worse all of that would be if the Obama administration was actually trying to send people to prison. The President would be prosecuting the friends and colleagues of the spies he relies on every day to keep the US safe from terrorism. If the Justice Department went after George W Bush or Dick Cheney or other senior officials it would be seen as using the criminal justice system to persecute political opponents.

Mr Obama and his aides may also fear that if they initiate prosecutions for torture they may one day face charges themselves over America's deeply-divisive campaign of drone strikes ...

Much more here: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/barackobama/11291476/Why-wont-Barack-Obama-prosecute-CIA-torturers.html

Ohio State was too tough -

but thanks for a great season Melvin

Temporary Fix -

but better than we have right now (on Bernie Sanders Facebook page today)

I Can't Breathe

Reggie Bush and other NFL players wear Eric Garner 'I can't breathe' slogan on clothing

Actions come a week after Rams players made ‘Hands up, don’t shoot’ gestures
NBA’s Derrick Rose wore the same message on warmup T-shirt Saturday night

Story here: http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2014/dec/07/reggie-bush-and-other-nfl-players-wear-i-cant-breathe-slogan-on-clothing

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, left, talks with Cleveland Browns cornerback Johnson Bademosi. Photograph: Tony Dejak/AP

The System is Guilty

Amen, sister (from the Guardian) #HandsUpDontShoot #ICantBreathe #BlackLivesMatter

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