Sunday, September 28, 2014

Ryan Devereaux: "MANAGING A NIGHTMARE: HOW THE C.I.A. WATCHED OVER THE DESTRUCTION OF GARY WEBB" @ The Intercept

Alex Dymoke: "THEATRE REVIEW: TEH INTERNET IS SERIOUS BUSINESS, THE ROYAL COURT" @ City A.M.


[Excerpt]   ...  Teh Internet is Serious Business tells their journey from lonely under-stimulated teens to CIA most-wanted lists.

The first half is a live reenactment of a forum discussion between elite hackers (including Tflow and Topiary) on 4chan, that dark corner of the internet where infantile stupidity parties till the wee hours with nerdy super-intelligence. In 4chan, the only rule is a puritanically enforced anarchy. Users are devoted to an amoral mickey-taking that takes no prisoners – one moment they’re trolling a dead girl’s Facebook memorial page, the next they’re mocking the Westboro Baptist Church for being bigots. All in pursuit of lulz (like LOLs, as in “laugh out loud”). 
 
When the hackers realise it’s more fun targeting corporations and despotic regimes, their mischief acquires a political edge. Lulzsec and Anonymous are formed and soon enough, the law comes a-knocking.  ... [End of Excerpt]

Read the complete review of the play at City A.M.

Dion Lefler: "PERRY PRAISES BROWNBACK FOR MAKING KANSAS A 'POWERFUL ECONOMIC ENGINE'" @ Wichita Eagle



[Excerpt] ... Perry, who is retiring from office, said he thinks the next Texas governor will fish for jobs in Kansas if Davis, who is leading Brownback in multiple polls, wins the Kansas governorship.

“I will suggest that the most important thing that government does, and it’s what he’s done, is what those others (Davis supporters) would criticize him about, because he understood you cannot tax and spend yourself to prosperity. … It’s in his heart, and he understands that.”

The Davis supporters who gathered outside Brownback’s fundraiser said the governor has been a disaster for the state.

Most wore red T-shirts, signifying public school teachers and their supporters, or yellow shirts, representing members of Women for Kansas.

Suzanne Koch, a retired librarian for Wichita Southeast High School, said she came to the rally to support the teachers.

“I don’t like people who don’t support public education,” Koch said. “He (Brownback) goes on TV and says, ‘I funded education to this amount’ – because the (Supreme) court made him do it.”

Others questioned why Brownback would bring Perry to Kansas to campaign for him given that Perry is under indictment on abuse-of-power charges in his home state. ... [End of Excerpt]

Read the complete article by Dion Lefler at the Wichita Eagle.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Jed Lewison: "SEN. PAT ROBERTS SIGNED DOCUMENT DECLARING 'PRINCIPAL' RESIDENCE IN VIRGINIA" @ Daily Kos



Sarah Palin lands with Sen. Pat Roberts for pancakes & eggs in Independence, Ks.

The quote that became a "gaffe." 

“Every time I get an opponent — I mean, every time I get a chance — I’m home."

A common fear among passengers flying over #Brownbackistan.

"CAN ANAL BEADS SAVE KANSAS?" @ The Rude Pundit

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Dave Lindorff: "LIBERALS & LIBERATION: A NEW YORK WEEKEND OF CLIMATE ACTION" @ This Can't Be Happening!

Image hat tip: This Can't Be Happening!
New York City -- There were many extraordinary moments during both Sunday’s huge climate march through mid-Manhattan and Monday’s more militant protest in Lower Manhattan’s financial district, from the little boy marching with a tambourine that had “This Machine Kills Fascists” written around its edge to the bored policeman along the march route blowing a huge bubble from the gum he was chewing, but perhaps the most telling occurred in the early afternoon on Monday, when, as several thousand climate action protesters sat or milled around, penned into several blocks of Broadway by hundreds of linked-together metal police barricades, a young man astride a pair of telephone booths began an impromptu IWW rant.

The day before, during the big march down Central Park West, Sixth Avenue and across 42nd Street, those phone booths had been favored vantage points for photographers, dancing young women and people just trying to get a better view of the march. Bored cops standing along the parade route would chat and joke with those perched above. But this time a young man, dressed in black and standing in sight of the big bronze Wall Street Bull sculpture, and just several blocks down Broadway from Wall Street and the New York Stock Exchange building, was shouting out a call for workers to unite, rise up and overthrow the capitalist system. It was just too much for the police who were guarding the barricades to segregate people so those on the street couldn’t leave and so supporters on the sidewalk couldn’t join the protest.

A dozen of the cops came over to the nine-foot-tall phone booths, surrounding them, and demanded that the shouting young man come down. He ignored them, realizing that they couldn’t reach him, and went on to finish his speech, which was relayed phrase by phrase via the “human mic” technique perfected three years earlier by the Occupy Wall Street movement. When he was done, he paced around on his perch like a rooster, looking down at the surrounding cops, and then suddenly made his break.

Leaping over the cops and some of the surrounding protest supporters, he managed to land on his feet on the sidewalk and started running. Protesters closed ranks behind him, slowing down the cops who all began chasing after him.

At that point, all the police guarding the metal barriers took off after the young man too. Eventually this police horde caught up with the man, and leapt on him like a rugby scrum. I don’t know what happened to him in the end...

For the rest of this article by DAVE LINDORFF in ThisCantBeHappening!, the new independent, uncompromised, four-time Project Censored Award-winning online alternative newspaper, please go to: www.thiscantbehappening.net/node/2470

******************************************

HEY READERS! If you value ThisCantBeHappening!, it's time to pony up! We have been getting more and more readers and less and less financial support for our work. Please, if you value what we're doing her at ThisCantBeHappening!, which has no endowment, no sugar daddy, and which we all do for free because we members of the collective believe it's important to strike a blow against the propaganda of the corporate media, make a generous donation to support us. We've been saying if all our readers each paid us just five stinkin' bucks a year, we'd have enough money to pay ourselves and do this work full-time instead of out of our back pockets, but hardly anyone does it. Why? Please support our work.

Use the Paypal button on the home page, or send us a check made out to: Dave Lindorff/TCBH at: POB 846, Ambler, PA 19002

(Don't make it out to TCBH or ThisCantBeHappening or we can't cash it.)

Tuesday, September 23, 2014