Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Professor Bill Black: "The 11th Lesson We Need to Learn from Charles Keating’s Frauds: Bring back Glass-Steagall" @ New Economic Perspectives

Distinguished Kansas Professor Phil Nel: "Five on the Hour: Freedom of Speech" @ Nine Kinds of Pie

Appearing on RFK's "Saturday High Noon" this weekend!


[Excerpt] ... This is an open letter to our colleagues at the Regents universities in Kansas (Emporia State University, Fort Hays State University, Kansas State University, Pittsburg State University, University of Kansas, University of Kansas Medial Center, Wichita State University), but anyone who would like to participate is welcome to do so! ... [End of Excerpt]

Read more at Nine Kinds of Pie.

After last weekend's fascist attack in Overland Park, Kansans still don't get it.

What "bipartisanship support"? Names the names ....

Molly Redden: "Everyone on Far Right Loves Militia Backed Rancher - Except Glenn Beck" @ Mother Jones

Jamie Fuller: "Everything You Need To Know About Rancher Bundy - Fed Gov't Stand-off" @ Washington Post

Michael Uhl: "Brazil's 1964 Coup: What communist conspiracy?" @ This Can't Be Happening!


It all began with Cuba in 1959. That was a line in the sand for Tio Sam. Kennedy launched the Alliance for Progress in ‘61, and caudillos throughout South and Central America lined up for lessons on how to prevent their own homegrown communists from reproducing what Fidel and El Che had brought down from the Sierra Maestras. The School of the Americas’ manual of torture, originally drafted in Scotland and likely passed along during WWII to eager Yanks in the OSS, was in due course thumped like the bible into the hands of willing thugs in the pay of ruling elites from Guatemala to Chile. In Brazil, when the military grabbed the reins of government on April 1, 1964, the torture manual came off the shelf for immediate application to those who were obnoxious to the dictatorship ideologically, and with lethal consequences for some who fought from the more militant wings of the resistance.

I was in Brazil at the time of the 1964 coup, spending a year at Rio’s exclusive Catholic University (PUC). I spent considerable time at first with a guy named Bud who worked for USIA, the “public” face of American overseas diplomacy. The agency operated cultural programs and libraries, also, back in D.C., Voice of America, where I worked part time as a Georgetown undergrad. My friend was a good guy, a kind of mentor twenty years my senior who welcomed me into his family as I slowly acclimated to the seductive lifestyle of the Brazilian gentry on the coattails of their sons and daughters, my classmates, who would invite me home for the hot sit-down midday meal, cooked and served by the black live-in empregadas. An American student was a novelty in those days, and, being short of funds, I was happy to eat out on it.

After a month I met Chris, an American my own age who’d been ski bumming in the Alps and drifted to Brazil to look up an uncle who held the second highest rank in the U.S. Embassy. Chris had just received his draft notice from home, and we got it in our heads to hitchhike to the Amazon where he’d hideout and avoid military service now that Vietnam was coming on with a vengeance. I don’t recall if we clued Bud in about the exact reason for our abrupt departure from Rio, but he very kindly provided contact info for other U.S. diplomats we could crash with as we made our way north along the coast. Our first stop was in Vitoria, a small coastal port for shipping ore from the neighboring but landlocked mineral rich state of Minas Gerais. The diplomat we stayed with in Vitoria, Bud had explained, was setting up a co-op to rival a similar effort influenced by the local communists who, by that time in Brazil, were organized into a mélange of currents on all sides of the Sino-Soviet split...

For the rest of this article by Michael Uhl, written for ThisCantBeHappening, the new uncompromising four-time Project Censored Award-winning online alternative newspaper, please go to: www.thiscantbehappening.net/node/2244

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Ali Watkins, Jonathan S. Landay & Marisa Taylor: "CIA's Use Of Harsh Interrogation Went Beyond Legal Authority" @ Washington Bureau McClatchy News

H. Edward Flentje: "Ministry of (un)Truth" @ Wichita Eagle Ed/Op

Dion Lefler: "Republicans Concede Bill Would Let Teachers Be Fired Without Cause" @ Wichita Eagle

[Excerpt]  ...  Faced by large numbers of teachers angered over the attack on tenure, Republicans launched a charm offensive last week seeking to convince teachers the bill is not as bad for them as they’d been led to believe by their union and pro-teacher Democratic lawmakers.

However, following research and inquiries by The Eagle, the office of House Speaker Ray Merrick, R-Stilwell, conceded it had given Republican lawmakers and the news media misinformation in a statement claiming to clear up misinformation surrounding the controversial bill.

Late Friday night, the speaker’s office provided The Eagle with a copy of a memo sent to Republican legislators warning them about the error in the talking points they were provided after passing the bill.

“Since the April 9 release of the education talking points, it has come to our attention that due to a miscommunication with the Office of Revisor of Statutes, a few of the talking points on teacher due process should be clarified,” the new memo said. ...[End of Excerpt]

Friday, April 11, 2014

Hillary Tone: "Major Kansas Newspapers Ignore Koch Connections To Anti-Teachers' Job Rights Law" @ Media Matters for America

Dave Lindorff: "Surprise, surprise! Government Exonerates FBI Lethal Force Death of Boston Bombing Suspect" @ This Can't Be Happening!

One thing that the FBI does really well is exonerate itself. As I wrote earlier, the bureau’s agents have shot 151 people over the course of the last two decades, killing more than half of them, yet in its own internal reviews, the FBI has exonerated those agents all 151 times -- a perfect record of blamelessness that even some of the country’s most gun-happy police departments (even in Albuquerque, NM) can’t claim.

Now another internal review, not by the FBI but by the Office of Intelligence Committee, an obscure unit which supposedly internally “oversees” the work of 17 intelligence agencies including the FBI, has smiled on the FBI’s seemingly lackadaisical investigation of Boston Marathon bomber suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, saying that its Boston office agents did an okay job in checking him out after Russian intelligence warned the US back in 2011 that he had linked up with Islamic militants while on a visit to his family in Dagestan.

The New York Times, in a report on the inspector’s findings, quotes an unidentified “senior American official” as saying that the OIC investigation “found that the Russians did not provide all the information that they had on him back then, and that based on everything that was available at the time, the FBI did all that it could.”

What that “everything” included was interviewing the elder Tsarnaev brother (now dead, killed in a hail of police bullets during a night-time chase following the Boston bombing last April), as well as his parents and friends at school. After that brief flurry of interviews, the bureau allegedly lost interest in Tsarnaev, concluding that he was more of a threat to Russia than to the US—an interesting turn of phrase that should suggest something else might have been afoot.

And indeed, there is something missing from that report that is troubling: namely news that the FBI also reportedly sought to enlist Tamerlan Tsarnaev as an informant during its 2011-12 investigation of his activities. If attorneys for Tamerlan’s younger brother Dzhokhar are correct, the FBI, after contacting and questioning the older brother, then at least attempted to pressure him to work for them by spying on the local Chechen community in Boston. It stands to reason they may have also been interested in having him work for the US against Russia, given the US’s long record of support for rebels in former Soviet republics like Chechnya and Dagestan who have been seeking to break away from Russia. Tsarnaev would have been vulnerable to such pressure, as he had been attempting to gain US citizenship, and because had certain assets that the FBI (and the CIA) wanted: knowledge of people in Dagestan and also fluency in Chechen and Russian (a Tsarnaev uncle was already reportedly working for the CIA, even for a time living in the home of, and married to the daughter of a ranking CIA official)…

For the rest of this article by DAVE LINDORFF in ThisCantBeHappening!, the new uncompromising four-time Project Censored Award-winning online alternative newspaper, please go to: www.thiscantbehappening.net/node/2242

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Sen. Bernie Sanders: "David Koch's 1980 Presidential Campaign Platform Then & Now"

Julie Doll: "Koch CFO to Deliver Business Lecture at KSU" @ Wichita Eagle

Daniel McCoy: "BREAKING: Koch Industries, Goldman Sachs Buy European Ink Maker" @ Wichita Business Journal

Steve Contorno: "Politi-Fact: Are ads from Americans for Prosperity accurate?" @ Tampa Bay Times

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False
Millions of Americans are "paying more and getting less" under Obamacare.
Americans for Prosperity, Monday, March 17th, 2014.
Ruling: False | Details
Mostly False
Says Alaska Sen. Mark Begich "is on record supporting a carbon tax, even pushing Harry Reid to make it a priority."
Americans for Prosperity, Friday, February 21st, 2014.
Ruling: Mostly False | Details
False
Says Kay Hagan "supports waivers for friends of Obama and special treatment for Congress and their staffs."
Americans for Prosperity, Tuesday, October 29th, 2013.
Ruling: False | Details
Mostly False
Says "new mandates are already reducing full-time employment."
Americans for Prosperity, Tuesday, October 29th, 2013.
Ruling: Mostly False | Details
Mostly False
Patrick Murphy voted for Obamacare in 2010, "yet he reversed himself and voted to delay" the employer mandate and the individual mandate.
Americans for Prosperity, Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013.
Ruling: Mostly False | Details
Half-True
Says health insurance premiums will rise under Obamacare.
Americans for Prosperity, Sunday, July 7th, 2013.
Ruling: Half-True | Details
False
Says President Obama said of the national debt, "If I don't have this done in three years, then there's going to be a one-term proposition."
Americans for Prosperity, Tuesday, August 14th, 2012.
Ruling: False | Details
Half-True
Montana Democratic Sen. Jon Tester is "the largest recipient of lobbyist money."
Americans for Prosperity, Monday, June 18th, 2012.
Ruling: Half-True | Details
Mostly False
Says the stimulus bill sent tax credits overseas, such as  "tens of millions of dollars to build traffic lights in China."
Americans for Prosperity, Thursday, April 26th, 2012.
Ruling: Mostly False | Details
False
Says the stimulus bill sent tax credits overseas, such as "half a billion to an electric car company that created hundreds of jobs in Finland."
Americans for Prosperity, Thursday, April 26th, 2012.
Ruling: False | Details
Pants on Fire!
Says the stimulus bill sent tax credits overseas, such as "$1.2 billion to a solar company that's building a plant in Mexico."
Americans for Prosperity, Thursday, April 26th, 2012.
Ruling: Pants on Fire! | Details
Mostly False
"(President Barack Obama gave) half a billion in taxpayer money to help his friends at Solyndra, a business the White House knew was on the path to bankruptcy."
Americans for Prosperity, Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011.
Ruling: Mostly False | Details
Pants on Fire!
"A government panel that didn't include cancer specialists says women shouldn't receive mammograms until age 50...If government takes over health care, recommendations like these could become the law for all kinds of diseases."
Americans for Prosperity, Tuesday, March 16th, 2010.
Ruling: Pants on Fire! | Details