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The Year of the Douchebag

To the Torturers
For doing the same shit that Saddam Hussein did, we call you patriots. And we saved your ass from The Hague. You should be in jail. Seriously. Merry Fucking Christmas.

To the Corrupt Cops
Killers, abusers, thugs at our service. You'll get credit for well over 1,000 kills, and 100,000 beatings this year. In fact, you are so hated and feared, that even a petty criminal is likely to pull a weapon because they have nothing to lose. You incite violence and abuse and we call you hero. You should be at the The Hague, right next to the torturers.

Our war on crime is working as well as our war on terror and our war on drugs, all of these wars are creating more demand for whatever it is they are supposed to be fighting against. Merry Fucking Christmas. https://www.facebook.com/KilledByPolice

To Wall Street
You and your friends in Congress fucked us over like felony sex offenders. No worries, when you get caught, we'll bail you out. That's what taxes are for. Have another bonus. On us. Merry Fucking Christmas.

To the CIA, NSA Spies, Security Concern Trolls and Apologists
Nice work. As if a militarized police force intimidating dissent and protest with unrestrained violence and abuse wasn't enough, the "moderates" are defending a Stazi-like network of federal and local agents who are spying on you, your spouse, your children. From cameras tracking your license plate on the street, to monitoring your email and web posts and doctor visits, the concern trolls feel safer now. After all, they have nothing to hide. What this means, of course, is they have nothing worth protecting. Merry Fucking Christmas.

To Those Sending Jobs to India and China
Our kids are killing themselves against bullshit standardized tests and their jobs are going to a $5/hr worker in India. Of course, no one gives a shit about those test scores. $5/Hr? You pass, cum laude. And, we'll let you get to keep your tax breaks and write-offs for fucking us over. Meanwhile, China is building one hell of a military. Ho ho ho, here comes TPP. Santa says Asia deserves our jobs more than we do, Merry Fucking Christmas.

To AT&T and the Cable Companies
Congratulations. Net Neutrality should have been the law of the land by now except for a telco lobbyist chairman and a handful of douchebags who want to run the internet like a subscription cable TV channel. That's right, we are letting a few dozen ultra-rich douchebags fight against the best interests of 330 million people. We didn't tar and feather you. Merry Fucking Christmas.

To the Health Industry
In America we believe paying $15K a year for Fam4 health insurace, before a $5K deductable, is a good deal. That's our gift to you, Merry Fucking Christmas.

To the Education Industry
In America we believe paying $100K a for college diploma is a good deal; just to get a job with wages unchanged since 1976. When you get that paper, you'll be competing against some kid in India making $5/hour. To the University of Higher Poverty, Merry Fucking Christmas.

To the Rich, Corporate/Political Leadership Farming Us Like Livestock
It's been a year of lies, scandals, bribes, conflicts of interest and those "realistic political values" keeping citizens in debt and in poverty. You've had a year of ups and downs. Stock market at record highs, stock ownership at record lows. Interest rates at record lows, income disparity at record highs. Gas prices at record lows, poverty at record highs. Instead of throwing your asses under a guillotine, we'll vote for you again. Merry Fucking Christmas.


Posted by whereisjustice | Fri Dec 26, 2014, 02:55 PM (42 replies)

Fed Delays Volcker Rule, Giving Wall Street Another Holiday Gift

Source: Huffington Post

WASHINGTON -- Christmas came early for Wall Street this year. The Federal Reserve on Thursday granted banks an extra year to comply with a key provision of the Volcker Rule, a move that gives financial lobbyists more time to kill the new regulation before it goes into effect.

The Volcker Rule is a key element of the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reform law that bans banks from engaging in proprietary trading -- speculative deals that are designed only to benefit the bank itself, rather than its clients. Thursday's move by the Fed gives banks an additional year to unwind investments in private equity firms, hedge funds and specialty securities projects. The central bank also said it plans to extend the deadline by another 12 months next year, which would give Wall Street a two-year reprieve through the 2016 presidential election.

The Fed's delay comes less than a week after Congress granted Wall Street a reprieve from another reform that had been mandated by the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reform law. The measure, known as the swaps push-out rule had eliminated federal subsidies for trading in risky derivatives -- the complex contracts at the heart of the 2008 banking meltdown. Bank watchdogs say the Volcker Rule delay adds insult to injury.

"Swaps pushout was a club," said Marcus Stanley, policy director for Americans for Financial Reform. "This is a stiletto."

Read more: www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/12/18/volcker-rule-federal-reserve_n_6351190.html



Goddamn the sons of bitches who continue to punch working families in the face.
Posted by whereisjustice | Thu Dec 18, 2014, 08:55 PM (8 replies)

Cops try to force a false confession to protect killer cop...

Once again, the Guardian gets to the root of the problem. All we heard for days was "shot carrying or waving a gun around in the store". The damage was done.

The BB gun was on sale at the store. The interrogation lasted 90 minutes *after the shooting* and it was known to be a homicide by cop. Rest assured this would have ended differently if a white man had been carrying the merchandise.

Just more of the rules you have to know to keep from getting shot by police in the USA.

Now there are right-wing groups demanding that schools teach proper behavior in front of police, including what language to use, etc.

Just another example of USA culture of authority growing wildly out of control.

A 94-minute police video recording, released to the Guardian by the office of Mike DeWine, the Ohio attorney general, in response to a public records request, shows Thomas, 26, being interviewed by Curd after she was driven from Walmart to the Beavercreek police department. Curd later told investigators he had not yet been told Crawford only had a BB gun that had been on sale at the store.

Curd promptly asked Thomas whether she and Crawford had criminal records. Already tearful and breathless, Thomas explained that she may have had some traffic offences and had been arrested for petty theft as a juvenile.

The detective then became increasingly aggressive and banged on the table between them with his hand. “Tell me where he got the gun from,” Curd repeated. Thomas insisted Crawford had been carrying only a white plastic grocery bag when they arrived at Walmart to buy the ingredients to make s’mores at a family cook-out.



After the case was handed to a special prosecutor, a grand jury decided in September that Williams and another officer involved should not face criminal charges. Williams was in 2010 responsible for the only other fatal police shooting in Beavercreek’s recent history.



http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2014/dec/14/john-crawford-girlfriend-questioned-walmart-police-shot-dead?CMP=share_btn_tw
Posted by whereisjustice | Mon Dec 15, 2014, 03:06 PM (2 replies)

Cops scan social media to help assess your ‘threat rating’, more tools for cops to kill

Police will use the data from these programs to kill more and more citizens without regard to consequences...

One can easily predict the standard defense will be as follows:

"The threat level on this address was Red so in the interest of my personal safety, I decided to pre-defend myself."


Notice that even the name of the program "Beware" promotes fear and a culture of Police as warrior, Citizen as enemy!

Crunching all the database information in a matter of seconds, the Beware algorithm then assigns a score and “threat rating” to a person — green, yellow or red. It sends that rating to a requesting officer.

For example, working off a home address, Beware can send an officer basic information about who lives there, their cell phone numbers, whether they have past convictions and the cars registered to the address. Police have had access to this information before, but Beware makes it available immediately.

Yet it does far more — scanning the residents’ online comments, social media and recent purchases for warning signs. Commercial, criminal and social media information, including, as Intrado vice president Steve Reed said in an interview with urgentcomm.com, “any comments that could be construed as offensive,” all contribute to the threat score.

There are many troubling aspects to these programs. There are, of course, obvious risks in outsourcing traditional police work — determining who is a threat — to a proprietary algorithm. Deeming someone a public threat is a serious designation, and applications like Beware may encourage shortcuts and snap decisions.

(...)

Yet police might not acquire some of this equipment if the local community is made fully aware of its use. Consider, the city council of Bellingham, Wash., recently rejected a proposed purchase of Beware. The police department had applied for, and received, a one-time $25,000 federal grant to cover some of the $36,000 annual cost of Beware. At a mandatory hearing about the purchase, Bellingham citizens discovered how Beware worked and opposed the purchase because of both the cost and the privacy implications. The funds were subsequently redirected.

This rejection demonstrates that many modern policing techniques — and the accompanying secrecy — can antagonize the average citizen. The occasional appearance of sniper rifles and military vehicles only stokes that sentiment. Local police forces increasingly receive military surplus equipment and federal lucre from an alphabet soup of U.S. agencies and opportunistic contractors. Now police are using, typically without residents’ knowledge, powerful databases, along with cellphone and license-plate trackers.



http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2014/12/12/police-data-mining-looks-through-social-media-assigns-you-a-threat-level/
Posted by whereisjustice | Mon Dec 15, 2014, 02:35 PM (2 replies)

Appreciation for those fighting against police abuse, CIA torture, NSA spying, Wall Street crime...

Those working hard against our corrupt, gilded and immovable political class have one of the most difficult jobs imaginable.

Our national moral lens has become splattered with the backwash of political expedience and blood. Barely a day goes by without another ethical outrage being exposed. Government institutions, at all levels, are failing to protect the inalienable human rights that formed the basis of our nation. These rights and freedoms were carefully called out in the Bill of Rights so that they could nurture a just and equitable society within any local political environment.

And to those who rationalize the disgraces of our nation as the "new post-constitutional, corporate sponsored reality", there aren't enough words to express the disgust reserved for you.

Posted by whereisjustice | Mon Dec 15, 2014, 01:35 PM (12 replies)

Do not trust the police. Ever. The police force has become something evil in its purpose...

The police are being trained to intimidate and stifle protest, exactly the purpose of citizen surveillance at NSA.

Why?

Because the rich know they are past the point of reasonable wealth.

As wealth disparity grows, the police are being asked to man the front lines to beat down any attempt to escape, protest or carve out some small, safe niche of freedom in a world more and more hostile to the non-rich INCLUDING THE MIDDLE CLASS.

The rich also know we know their wealth is being obtained by illegal and/or immoral means - either by corruption/bribery/theft/slave labor/etc. The non-rich are literally killing themselves working to pay for the lifestyles of the rich.

In summary, the police are there to make sure the non-rich rightfully kiss the asses of the authoritarian power structure the US calls democracy. You know, to keep us from getting uppity.

So, when you get those phone calls from police begging for money - tell them you'll reconsider when they stop brutalizing Americans.

When they tap on your window at an intersection begging for money - tell them the same thing. Have your camera ready.

When the vote comes up to increase budget for police, vote NO. Every time. Do not be fooled by police sob stories.

The problem isn't training or man power.

As jobs disappear to India, China, Mexico - more and more people are taking jobs in our police state - which has an endless supply of money, thanks to Congress and their corporate benefactors.

When people have real jobs and real opportunity, you don't need paramilitary/contra-style death squads roaming our streets saving the asses of the 1% from overdue social justice.

The police don't need our support. They need to understand their out of control behavior has consequences.
Posted by whereisjustice | Sun Dec 14, 2014, 12:25 PM (135 replies)

Texas is Promoting a War Criminal for President of University of Texas System

http://pagesix.com/2014/12/12/condoleezza-rice-front-runner-for-university-of-texas-president/

Condoleezza Rice is the front-runner to replace embattled William Powers as the next president of the University of Texas, alumni sources say.

Rice, who was secretary of state under President George W. Bush, has been a professor at Stanford University since leaving public service.

Her dream job was NFL Commissioner, but it doesn’t look like Roger Goodell is going anywhere — despite the Ray Rice scandal and the recent focus on players’ brain injuries.


The blood of 100,000 dead men, women and children on her hands.

Her head and heart is filled with torture and a cruel reckless disregard for human life that ultimately created ISIS.

The University of Texas is filling its leadership ranks with far right wing conservatives with deep ties into the military, CIA, NSA, etc.

By any measure of justice, she should be in prison for the rest of her life.
Posted by whereisjustice | Sat Dec 13, 2014, 01:08 PM (14 replies)
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