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Mark Ames

  1. Neocons 2.0: The problem with Peter Pomerantsev

    "We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality — judiciously, as you will — we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out."

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  2. Lapdogs, redux: How the press tried to discredit Seymour Hersh's bombshell reporting on CIA domestic spying

    Seymour Hersh found himself in the middle of an F-5 shitstorm this week after breaking his biggest blockbuster story of the Obama Era, debunking the official heroic White House story about how Navy SEALs took out Osama Bin Laden in a daring, secret nighttime raid in the heart of Pakistan.

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  3. "The biggest company you've never heard of" acquired by major military contractor you've heard of

    Last week, one of the biggest names in military-intelligence contracting, SAIC (Science Applications International Corporation) acquired “the biggest [military-intelligence] company you’ve never heard of,” Scitor, for $790 million.

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  4. For the record, here's the Ron Paul newsletter on 1992's L.A. riots and advice on killing black "animals"

    Earlier this week, I wrote about Rand Paul's reaction to the riots in Baltimore — blaming the unrest on black culture, "the breakdown of the family structure, the lack of father."

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  5. Baltimore & The Walking Dead

    Two decades ago, after Los Angeles exploded in the worst American riots of the 20th century against years of police brutality against minorities, the political establishment responded by doubling down and ramping up all the wrong ideas that are blowing back today in places like Baltimore and Ferguson. President Bush blamed the LA riots on liberal anti-poverty programs from the 1960s and 1970s, which he claimed destroyed black families and a sense of responsibility in their communities. Candidate Bill Clinton talked “tough on crime” while squirting a few crocodile tears in public, all part of his New Democrat program. Libertarian Party nominee for president Andre Marrou vowed he would “send in troops right away” as his solution to the Los Angeles riots and grievances. Meanwhile, “principled” libertarian Ron Paul wrote in his newsletter after the riots that he taught everyone in his family, including his son Rand Paul, to use a gun because “the animals are coming.”

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  6. The Apologiator: President Obama takes responsibility, again. And again. And again...

    Obama did it again: After news broke that his drone assassins killed two Al Qaeda hostages in Pakistan, including American aid worker Warren Weinstein, the president took “full responsibility” and offered his “deepest apologies.”

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  7. eBay is first Valley giant to comply with Kremlin server law

    The Kremlin has been tightening the screws on Russia’s once-anarchic Internet space, and Pierre Omidyar’s eBay has reportedly become the first Silicon Valley company to step forward and agree to the Kremlin’s top demand: storing Russian users’ data on servers in Russian territory, where it can be more easily accessed by the state security services.

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  8. Pressure grows on Apple to address hiring discrimination

    Previously, we reported on the scandal around Apple's hiring ban on felons and pending-felons (innocent under the law) from working construction on its new $5 billion Cupertino campus. Now more civil rights groups are publicly calling on Apple to take the lead in ending hiring discrimination policies that target Americans with criminal records.

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