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- So. You think government’s a joke? In Iceland, they know it is.
- “Two lessons from a rogue ex-cop.” Love that Barry Cooper.
- “A casino run by the banks, for the banks.” Well said. Darned well said.
- But there are billions of billions of reasons to be cheerful, anyhow.
- Or 85 of them.
- I think this op-ed says it all about Monday’s disaster at sea.
- Via Jim Bovard: Right to the end, I was about to say that this New Yorker article on Julian Assange and his heroic WikiLeaks was brilliant. It’s an intimate portrait of a secretive man, his world, and especially of the way he and his supporters unveiled the vile collateral murder video to the world. Then suddenly, the author blats out this: “But, unlike authoritarian regimes, democratic governments hold secrets largely because citizens agree that they should, in order to protect legitimate policy.” WTF????? Did anybody ask you whether you wanted such “legitimate policies” as torture and murder covered up by the “democratic” U.S. government? Did you tell the TSA it’s okay to illegal refuse FOIA requests for undoctored test images from its full-body scanners? Did you tell every president since Nixon you agreed with the secrecy of “executive privilege”? Has anybody ever checked with you to see whether you agree that everything the CIA, NSA, etc. ever does is “legitimately” secret? How about all those secret assassination plans — the ones that wipe out all sorts of people, from foreign leaders to babies who just happen to be living in the wrong house when the predator drone comes calling? I could go on. But, New Yorker, get off it. “Democratic” governments keep secrets for exactly the same reason “authoritarian” governments do. Because they are authoritarian governments. And they’re up to no good.