DENVER, COLORADO- Trial began yesterday for three homeless activists charged with violating Denver’s Unauthorized Camping Law. An ordinance enacted in 2012 partly as a coordinated response to Occupy Wall Street encampments across the country, partly to smooth the city’s gentrification plans. Though six years old, the ordinance has escaped judicial scrutiny by DPD’s careful avoidance of citing only homeless victims in no position to fight the charges in court. Deliberate civil disobedience attempts have been thwarted by the city bringing other charges in lieu of the “Urban Camping Ban” for which police threatened arrests. Thus Denver Homeless Out Loud’s coup of at last dragging this sham into the Lindsey Flanigan Courthouse has generated plenty of interest. I counted four print reporters and three municipal court judges in the audience! From a jury pool of forty, city prosecutors were able to reject the many who stated outright they could not condemn the homeless defendants for the mere act of trying to survive. At one point the jury selection process was stymied for an hour trying to fill one remaining alternate seat because each successive candidate would not “check their social values at the door.” One potential juror, a hairdresser, became alarmed that all the sympathetic candidates would be purged and so she refused to say how she felt about the homeless. She was removed and they were. As usual jurors were told it was not their place to decide against enforcing bad law. Only those who agreed were allowed to stay. And of course that’s a lie. The only way bad laws are struck down, besides an act of congress, a please reflect how that near impossibility has spawned its own idiom, is when good jurors search their conscience and stand up for defendants.
That’s right. Amazon, the world’s largest online bookseller, is effectively BURNING BOOKS by making them unfindable. Whether you consider Amazon.com a monopoly or not, they are regarded as the go-to source for everything online. If it exists, Amazon has it. This is especially true of books. You can find books cheaper or better elsewhere, but as a rule, if it’s in print or out-of-print, it’s on Amazon. Except when Amazon doesn’t want to carry it. Then it doesn’t exist. It won’t come up while browsing categories, and it won’t generate a note of explanation for why it’s not on their shelf. The title simply fails to register. How is that unlike the burning of books which institutions of authority consider unacceptable?
There’s something fishy about the story of German sailor Juergen Gustav Kantner, whose beheading video was just released by Abu Sayyaf rebels (ASG). Apparently Kantner, 70, had been kidnapped by Somali pirates before this. What are the chances, considering all the gin joints and circumnavigators these days? In a further coincidence, the umpteen sensational articles are all short on details, including the dead woman found on Kantner’s boat, her identity discarded by even the media. Why? Her name was Sabine Isne Merz, 59, sometimes cited as Sabina Wetch. She and husband Kantner were ransomed in Somalia in August 2008 after 52 days in captivity. This time Merz’s body was found aboard the Bermuda-rigged “Rockall”, but a whole Sulu Sea away from where the couple was allegedly captured.
Denver judge rules BEING HOMELESS IS IRRELEVANT to defendants charged with violating city’s urban camping ban
DENVER, COLORADO- A hearing was held today to review motions submitted before the criminal trial of three homeless activists arrested last November for violating Denver’s Urban Camping Ban. Terese Howard, Jerry Burton, and Randy Russel featured in the infamous 2016 video that showed Denver police officers confiscating their sleeping bags and blankets on the snowy steps of city hall. Through attorney Jason Flores-Williams, fellow Denver Homeless Out Loud (DHOL) activists have filed a civil lawsuit to halt the city’s homeless sweeps. In municipal court DHOL hopes to challenge the ordinance being used to harass, displace and imprison the downtown homeless. Already the city’s case appears to be derailing based on developments at the motions hearing. Denver municipal court judge Kerri Lombardi approved all the city’s motions and none for the defense. Lombardi approved the use of 404B evidence for the city, but simultaneously restricted Res Gestae evidence for the defense. In particular, she refused to qualify two experts on homelessness, precluding the accused from arguing a “necessity defense”. Judge Lombardi stated that being homeless was irrelevant to whether they were violating the urban camping ban. When asked to recuse herself, the judge declined, so attorney Flores-Williams declared his intent to file an interlocutory appeal to bump the case to district court. Meanwhile speedy trial was waived and a new court date was set for April 5th.
The Colorado Springs Gazette was not amused. Nor was the Denverite about my testimony yesterday in US district court, seeking an injunction against the Denver International Airport’s free speech permit. The city attorney tried to discredit me by forcing me to recite for the federal judge the full unabridge text of the sign I held at DIA. It was a riff on anti-Nazi cleric Martin Niemöller’s oft-paraphrased parable: “First they came for the Socialists, but I said nothing, etc”, this time foreshortened as a visceral response to Trump’s Muslim Ban: “-and we said NOT TODAY [strong expletive]!” We argued about whether my message was “welcoming”. I assured her that it was very warmly received and could not be interpreted as anything but uniquivocal solidarity. So I read it forcefully, resisting the inclination to lean into the microphone on the last word. Afterward my attorneys assured me it’s a good day in their line of work when you get to say MOTHERFUCKER in court! Judge William Martinez restricted hearing testimony to the single day (Wednesday) and promised to rule on the preliminary injunction by Friday, February 17.
Well, it’s heating up. With the easiest way to measure and describe “radiation” : Heat. Temperature. Caloric Index. Right now it’s at the level to actually light concrete on fire. I was going to subtitle The Japan Syndrome but that whole China Syndrome schtick is outdated by several decades. Melt a hole through to China, yeah. So I restrained myself from including it. There’s amerikkka’s very own ticking time bomb right outside of Dallas. At Glen Rose. You might say, as I sometimes do when I forget to use quantum logic, you know, the core of any unit of mass, time, space and energy being at the same place at the same time (it just seems redundant) and to mangle a line from Huxley, everything belongs to everything else. But I digress. The fastest shorcut not involving quantum theory is there are no significant mountains between here and there. The Rolling Hills, the exact name thereof, is where the reactor is, at Comanche Peak. If you go southwest you have Ranger Peak, the highest geologic feature in Texas east of the Pecos and named after the Texas Rangers, cops not baseball, had an incident with the Comanches in which for a change didn’t involve getting the Rangers slaughtered. They’re not as bad-ass as they portray themselves. And that’s not in the way. The Llano Estacado, “Staked Plains” but they’re no barrier. Maybe for riding a horse or walking, but for airborne fallout, nah. And Comanche Peak has started experiencing seismic events. This was discussed when several events happened, Haiti, Fukishima, Deepwater Horizon,and the Upper Big Branch Corporate Mass Murder of 29 miners. All of which, including the Comanche Peak reactor, have ties to Halliburton, Bush and Donald Trump, the Koch family and the Corporate Big Pigs are talking much smack about releasing all of these bastards from the fetters of “unwarranted safety regulations” including and especially for the Fracking companies… who apparently broke the substrate in North Central Texas to the point there is measurable and sometimes palpable (no need to get out your dictionary it’s “able to be felt by the human body”) earthquake activity all over North Texas. Which the Frackers say is impossible. They simply have to lie.
Posted: February 5th, 2017 under Activism, Culture, Dirty Laundry, Headlines, History, Info Virus, Labor Unions, Libel, Links, Local News, News, Perspective, Policy, Politics, Recollections, Research, That's Rich, To Dwell on the Obvious, War machine.
Some are more familiar with the way the British occupiers pronounced it “Bombay”. It’s got a huge Muslim presence, so does India in general. Under the British “protectorate” because it’s not polite to call them Imperialists anymore. Even though the Queen does still hold the title of Empress. That’s beside the point. Under the protectorate Britain called the following “India”; Iran, Pakistan, Burma, Thailand, Cambodia, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka which used to be Ceylon, there’s been a lot of name changes, Thailand was Siam until I was 11 years old, you know, and knowing the younger readers think I’m ancient… but no, these changes were pretty much around my lifetime. But there’s a Church in Mumbai. No big deal, right? Before the English took possession of the entire region after the Napoleonic wars, we are taught in Merka are used to calling it the War of 1812, which “our” participation was mainly getting stomped by the British a few times and calling it a draw, and Andrew Jackson simply taking Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Missouri, the Mega-Rez called Indiana, Minnesota, Iowa, Kansas, in case you’re not paying attention you notice that there’s a lot of native names, and Indiana was ceded to the Tribes “for as long as grass grows” you know the lying spiel…
Posted: February 1st, 2017 under Activism, Culture, Dem, History, Libel, Local News, Monkeywrenching, News, Personal Notes, Perspective, Policy, Politics, Race, Radio, Recollections, Research, Spoiler, To Dwell on the Obvious, Travel, War machine, Women.
Google, who invade every part of your computers and shopping and personal behavior and then sell it to whichever government or other corporation who has the bread to buy it, has a new version of Geany or Siri which controls Every FUCKING Bit Of Your Life if you buy it. It also costs you a hundred bux real yankee money. Say what? You don’t have any profit of your own for giving the data somebody sinister, anonymous far more efficiently than the Anonymous movement.. is PAYING Google for YOUR data which YOU not only provided for free but actually PAID Google for the privilege of Making More Money For Google?
If you’re especially wealthy and pay even more for Google to NOT sell your data to anybody except for some government or other corporation who can over-ride the agreement (hereafter referred to as “blackmail”) to just anybody Google decides is worthy of YOUR private information.
Sideways talking Yoda-wise am I, but surprised seriously sold life of yours has been by Google?
The headline reads: Can Mary Mack save Wells Fargo? The banking fraudsters have promoted a woman to handle damage control after getting cought manipulating bank accounts without their customers consent. The next line, Mary Mack “has arguably one of the hardest jobs in finance”, reminded me of the press surrounding the appointment of Mary Barra to CEO of General Motors, when it faced similarly terminal public anger. It’s no kind of victory for feminism when the glass ceiling is being bypassed for the sexist purpose of installing a female to placate outrage. Who can celebrate a woman finally attaining a pennultimate job level when no man wants it? It was the same for Janet Yellen at the Fed, for Christine LaGarde at the IMF, and doesn’t it explain the Election 2016 plans to rescue Capitalism? Ol’ Hillary for the U.S. of A.
Damn, I sure do miss Ray Charles. Some people say that Black folk protecting their families and communities is equivalent to the Klan. Which is bullshit. Let me quantify that. 93.7 cubic kilometers of bullshit. One group that fought against Civil Rights and to this day claim that Equal Rights means Special Rights… is a group associated closely with the Klan called the John Birch Society. The Birchers. Named for a racist Baptist preacher/missionary who used his pulpit as a cover for being an anti-Chinese spy in China. And got his stupid ass shot off. Ronald Reagan was Treasurer for this bunch of Right Wing Terrorists. Want me to tie them to religious terrorism? Easy. I worship sometimes with Southern Baptist congregations. I’m not really that damn picky. I know, socially it’s a downgrade from my usual friends, whores, drunkards, sinners, you know. Jesus said something about that in relation to John the BAPTIST. Who was a Nazarite, like Samson. A lot more to it than not cutting one’s hair or beard. It’s an order of priesthood, and yeah, they did some stuff that would be called Terrorism if any group of Middle Eastern religious or ethnic groups, like Samaritans who were Israelites but not Jews did it. Like Irgun and Likud they would beat up on any imperial troops.
I’m going to redo my operating system on my mobiles. Change it to Kali Linux They’ll still work as far as the phone company is concerned. Google has become megalomaniac on us. They act like they god-damn invented the internet, and have first dibs on every bit of data — every datum would be more accurate. They’re the ultimate snoops. Any measure of privacy flew out the Windows (had to pun that, sorry) years ago. In order to use the Android OS on my devices I would have to pay Google. Maybe not directly, but in bandwidth which is paid in my internet provider and the phone provider. Every time I take my phone out of airplane mode, Google has more than one “essential app” to update. Fuck that. Essential to whom, exactly? I don’t use Google + or youtube ultra-fantastic-consume-don’t ask, just consume, we’ll tell you what to consume and at what price consume consume resistance is futile you must be assimilated. It’s the “soft” Capitalist Dictatorship of Brave New World. I don’t use their products, but they get root access to all my communications devices and according to the phone manufacturers, rooting my own phone would void my non-existent warranty.
Ok that’s just stupid. But it’s his attack ad and I guess the scriptwriters for his campaign know what they’re doing. Polishing a turd, really. It starts with an attack on Hillary, good, she needs to be verbally slapped around a bit. NOTICE: I don’t advocate hitting people. Talking smack is way more effective and it’s also morally correct. Same with her declared opponent.
First off. it AIN’T Trumps america. He doesn’t own the place. Nor do his disciples. Then there’s the fact that America is actually two continents, and only one part of one continent is going to be represented by whichever morally corrupt power freak “wins”. and much as it upsets some citizens of the United States, the US doesn’t own even the U.S.
Denver’s Office of the Independent Monitor moved from its offices on the 12th floor of the Wellington Webb Building. Staff for the City Attorney, who’ve moved in, are saying they don’t know where the OIM has gone. Convenient. FYI, it’s moved to the Denver Post Building, but the information desk there won’t tell you were it is either. So the bad news is that you have to know it’s there, you have to have an appointment, and you have to know who you’re seeing there before security will send someone to escort you up. Denver’s OIM recently made the news about city council renewing their commitment to its existance, but it’s becoming nearly invisible to the public it’s supposed to serve.
Park County Sheriff Wegener releases incomplete CBI report on Carrigan, Wirth murders, calls it Final Report.
BAILEY, COLORADO- Under legal attack by the family of slain corporal Nate Carrigan, the Park County Sheriff has released the Colorado Bureau of Investigation’s report. Trouble is, it’s 289 pages. Only. And while media outlets have been able to extract that alleged shooter Martin Wirth had a temper, was a womanizer, and made threats of a “shootout at OK Corral” based on interviews of estranged friends. What’s missing in the report is as obvious as if it was redacted. The report doesn’t connect any dots.
That should be “deportation IS ethnic cleansing” and it shouldn’t even be on the agenda in “the land of the free” like the lying song says. Nay, verily. But it is. The part about deporting anybody who is awaiting citizenship for even traffic violations has been kicked around, and really should be kicked out. It is in it’s entirety Racism. When people who chant loudly about deporting “aliens” the first image they put in each others stupid little pointy head is “Mexican”. Which to them means anybody who has a spanish surname and dark skin. Even the Native Americans who were bought and sold back and forth between Spain and French in what was later known as the Louisiana Purchase. When the U.S. racist government, at the time presided over by slave holding Plantation Aristocrats, it got the name Louisiana Purchase but there wasn’t any clear boundaries. This goes with my post that Zeb Pike was an Illegal Alien. European kings who had never set foot in America sold Euro-American dictators not only the land, but the people on the land. And sped up the already official policy of deporting Americans based on our ancestry. And religion.
At last the modern gladiatorial spectacle in Rio is over. Yay! To not take away any reward gotten by the slave-entertainers, if you won anything good for you. The United States didn’t win a single thing. Seriously. The athletes who won any medals, those medals belong to the athletes. If they can make money from doing commercials, well, that’s about as much as they can get. At least they didn’t get sold like the original Olympic gladiators. I know, the term Olympic is Greek and Gladiator is Latin, but the Games served the same purposes whether Roman or Athenian. Keep the peasants eyes diverted from the dirty secrets of the rulers. And provide the very rich of many nations a review of their prospective purchases of slave-soldiers. Like the modern military recruiters only more direct about buying human beings to kill other human beings. And the military, you might have noticed, exploited the U.S. Olimpic athletes for recruitment ads and you’ll see more of that shit in the coming weeks and months. The Games never were about honoring the athletes. Who are, like their professional counterparts in the NFL, MLB, NBA , hockey, soccer, whoever is more idolized in the local media,… they’re entertainers. That’s their primary job today. The teams are privately owned but publicly subsidized. And there’s that military angle.
Sarcasm does’t work on the internet because the general comprehension level there doesn’t rise above dense. Owing to the same common denominator, Poe’s Law applies to the corporate media too, except the adage doesn’t come up when content isn’t crowdsourced. When the public has no hand in the content creation it has no reason to scrutinize a usage manual. Presidential election troll Donald Trump makes utterances everyday that pundits seize upon to discredit which are obviously sarcastic. But to recognize sarcasm as intended would mean conceding to the implicit truth at which he is digging. The US regime did birth ISIS. If both the justice department or the FBI are uninterested in investigating illegal official emails, the Russians may as well be called upon to check into them. If nuclear weapons are too big to detonate, we ought to stop producing them.
Alternative Title, Why there actually IS a Communist half of Korea. Probably more than half now.
PHILADELPHIA, PA- The second day of protest of the 2016 DNC was expected to dwarf Sunday’s impressive turnout, so we hit the Monday rally determined to repeat our photo-op coup of the day before. This time our banner read “HILLARY CLINTON IS THE CANDIDATE OF THE WAR MACHINE” which we knew would ruffle more feathers. We wore costumes, me as American Cowboy Capitalist, my teammate as war victim, in a black burqa, Muslims being both targets and scapegoats of the US War on Islam. Shutters clicked wherever we went, whether our banner was unfurled or not. Professional photographers recorded our names and fellow activists gave us thumbs up and maneuvered to record us on their phones. Some posed beside us, asking companions or strangers to take their selfies. We gave interviews to Time Magazine, the New Yorker, several newspapers, and multiple foreign news outlets. We spoke about the undemocratic character of our party conventions and about Hillary being the establishment warmonger. Having drenched our clothes in Philly’s 95 degree weather, we consoled ourselves that we had absolutely nailed the message.
Number one, Melania Trump did not plagiarize Michelle Obama, her speechwriter did. And that hack copied from the First Lady’s. So one speechwriter plagiarized from another. More probably they cribbed from the same citizenship pledge essay. I’m surprised pundits pretend to differentiate platitudes from longitudes. Has anybody checked to see if Michelle and Melania don’t have the same speechwriter? Or it’s a Dr. Carvell, Mr. Matalin dueling personality, we’ve seen that before. It wouldn’t take a bipolar disorder to support today’s conjoined parties. TWO, in 2016 the Bushes are rooting for the Clintons, even Karl Rove is pitching for the rival team. If bogeyman Trump wins anything, it will be the best bad actor Oscar, up against every black hat that’s ever troubled WWWF fans. That no one of stature will take the podium for Trump in Cleveland suggests his polling figures are as much of a hoax as he. Why is no one complaining that election 2016 showrunners are plagiarizing from previous lesser of evils season cliffhangers?
Erdogan fakes coup in Turkey, purges army and supreme court, shuts down US air base to force extradition of rival
The military coup in Istanbul was not what the Turkish President’s tightly reined media, nor the West’s fascist controlled media, say it was. It was not a coup, it was a Reichtag Fire. Now Recep Erdogan is rounding up the “plotters”, most of them supreme court judges, who were the last checks and balances on his authoritarian ambitions. We’re supposed to believe jurists plotted with foot soldiers? Imagine you get a ransom note from kidnappers, but the person they say they’ve kidnapped is on Facetime with CNN assuring you he’s free! Imagine you’re the kidnapper and you see that! But you’re only a soldier, doing your compulsory military service, following orders to prevent rioters from storming a bridge, and you’re not watching television as your president calls citizens to take to the streets and attack the disloyal “rebels.” Meanwhile the officers ordered to give you the orders hop a helicopter to Greece because they know they are going to be the scapegoats. And get this: jet pilots who precision bomb Kurds and ISIS for lunch, can only lob lunchbox bombs upon the parliament and sundry official buildings. Now US pundits, speaking as former CIA officers, resting their laurels on having been advisors to countless military coups, are claiming the coup was “bungled”. Yeah? Do you think Turkish soldiers don’t know their capitol is in Ankara, not Istanbul? Former CIA director James Woolsey is among the pundits. Woolsey, we learn, has been in Turkey for the last six months. What is HE doing in Turkey? Now Erdogan has closed US use of Incirlik Air Base and he’s asking President Obama to extradite Fethullah Gülen, the Turkish expat whose is seen as Erdogan’s main political rival.
Even the Military have rules of engagement. Not that any US military are ever going on trial for war crimes, Reagan and Both BushWankers promised they would never allow that to happen. And since they’re fighting non-government resistance groups in the nations they have
violently and without a cause invaded umm.. are nobly protecting and giving freedom to those oppressed yeah, that’s the ticket… the murders they commit is not counted as a War Crime and the propped up post-coup “legitimate governments” are complicit with American troops murdering their people… But here’s a thing, with an explanation threaded throughout, there is a code involving pointing weapons or having them loaded at all is only something you do in a Free Fire Zone, one in which you would expect just anybody other than your comrades is an enemy. They made this clear to ME first in High School ROTC, then in Basic Training. Soldiers on base or in civilian populations are not allowed to put ammunition into their rifles, pistols, revolvers or shotguns. Shotguns are forbidden as a weapon of war by the Geneva Conventions. Because of the hideous wounds they inflict. You NEVER DELIBERATELY AIM WEAPONS OR EVEN POINT THEM CARELESSLY IN ANY NON-COMBAT SITUATION. But the Baton Rouge police and Parish Sheriffs department did.
There is nothing fun about watching Bernie Sanders pack up his carpet bag revolution and embrace the incumbant president. Bernie supporters fell for him like they did Obama and now have to be feeling the blush of embarrassment and pang of hopelessness. What unlookers knew was going to be the ultimate Bern. Except the Bernie dreamers I knew anticipated this all along, but figured it was worth the shot.
There’s more to the story than a southern Sheriff saying (I was going to write it in redneck patois, but it didn’t work) “our nigras were perfectly happy with segregation until all these Outside Agitators come down stirring things up.” It’s older than that. In the 20s and 30s the Pullman workers, actually not under the direct corporate structure of the railroads, had a really strong union. And George Pullman had hiring preferences for Black workers. For the young dudes and dudettes, a Pullman car was like a portable suite of bedrooms. It cost extra to ride that, as Pullman was a separate business. When train travel was the only way to really get anywhere in America in a reasonable time. So these guys had full access to any part of the country. Nobody stopping them and asking to see their travel papers, No “please step out of the car and keep your hands where we can see them”, no arrests for DWB or NWA (the second one is “Black person With Attitude.”) They were corporate employees. Nobody would hassle or detain them. cool, huh? I mean for this purpose.
Barack Obama, Justin Trudeau and Enrique Pena Nieto telling their despairing citizens not to fear free trade –Martin Short couldn’t get a bigger laugh! And I think we’ve got a litmus test for professional integrity. The free trade isn’t cut and dry, principly because it’s too big a lie. The TPP is today’s turbocharged shakedown model and up until just recently the media refused to talk about, and never critically. Trumpish isolationism is a buggaboo by which conservative supporters are being labeled racists protectionist xenophobes. The media can harp on these things and be half right, but the real litmus test for unmasking patronizing condescention is the BREXIT. When amigo leaders, pundits and now counter-culture gadflies on the Comedy Channel are mocking the movement that broke the EU, you can be certain their moral character is being laid bare for you, and it’s rubbish. Now Donald Trump is making statements that the facist media can only pretend are extreme. He wants to withdraw from the TPP and he wants to renegotiate NAFTA. The media have buried Trump’s seven point plan with the spin that he’s likened the TPP to “rape”. Apparently that’s hyperbole, though exactly how unlike rape is it? Don’t say it trivializes sexual violence if you won’t honestly report how free trade, debt, “austerity”, and corporate hegemony ravage democratic economies.