What should have been Headlines in the Corporate Media: Today’s Best of the Blogosphere

Talking Points Memo: Michele Bachmann’s latest batsh*t crazy conspiracy theory has Lebanon’s Shiite Hizbullah hooking up with Castro’s Communist Cuba.

Tomdispatch: A State Department official is being threatened with losing his job for linking to a Wikileaks cable at his blog. Perhaps not coincidentally, he blew the whistle on the SNAFU that was the American administration of provincial Iraq. The growing US government doctrine that for government employees to see or cite or link to leaked classified documents is illegal or actionable is stupidly stupid and is also a dire threat to the US first amendment. The settled law on these issues is that the US government has a right to try to keep documents secret. But once it fails to do so, they are public documents (paid for by the US public, which has a right to see more of them anyway).

Daily Kos: In a new poll, 73% of Americans agree with the ‘Buffett Rule’ proposed by billionaire Warren Buffett, that people making over a million dollars a year should have to pay taxes at at least the same percentage rate as people who make less than that. We’ve long known that a majority of Americans favors higher taxes on the rich, but this polling result is huge. Even two-thirds of Republicans polled agreed with the proposition, against only 16% who disagreed!

Sandy Tolan nails it at Tomdispatch: The very fact that the Palestinian West Bank is occupied has been successfully covered up for the American public.

Len Levitt looks at the evidence unearthed by AP that the NYPD has illegally placed Muslim-Americans under domestic surveillance, and wonders if anyone cares. He can’t find much evidence of newspaper coverage of the abuse, but does locate a couple of supportive editorials! What I can’t understand is that they targeted Moroccans. Moroccans? I say what is behind this is that the rice lobby is afraid of couscous becoming more popular.

Former NYT journalist Chris Hedges of Truthdig joins the Occupy Wall Street protests. Some brokerage firms are well run, but there were those that did illegal things and others that did very unwise things, and there has never been much accountability for either.

P.Z. Myers: In a new book, Stephen Pinker argues that human violence is declining rapidly over time.

A survey of 54 countries finds that a more progressive taxation system(where the rich pay higher tax rates than workers and the poor) actually makes the general population happier and more satisfied. Lowering taxes on the rich makes them increasingly wealthy at the expense of the rest of society, causing psychological pathologies.

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  1. The conservatives favourite theory that low governmental interference and low taxes are the best solution for countries is not supported by facts. If the claim would be true the best performing economies would be Somalia and some other African states which have no or non-functioning governments and administrative systems including basically no tax collecting. The best performing economies and societies in different rankings are Nordic and other countries with the highest taxes and strict, non-corrupted governmental systems.

  2. “A State Department official is being threatened with losing his job for linking to a Wikileaks cable at his blog.” — Ridiculous repeat ridiculous

    “Len Levitt looks at the evidence unearthed by AP that the NYPD has illegally placed Muslim-Americans under domestic surveillance“— The pentagon lunches appears to be a good place for surveillance for terrorist, since terrorists are invited.

    “P.Z. Myers: In a new book, Stephen Pinker argues that human violence is declining rapidly over time.” — Historically, human interaction has been violent – at least if one is referring to physical violence. I disagree human violence is declining. If one thinks about psychological violence, bet they would find it is on the upswing in human society.

  3. “Talking Points Memo: Michele Bachmann’s has Lebanon’s Shiite Hizbullah hooking up with Castro’s Communist Cuba.”

    This is Jeff Flake, Arizona. Jeff is backing the Mitter for POTUS who is the one in communication with Cuba and pushing to open up Cuba for American trade in Washington D.C., Wally Hilliard (no doubt another Mitt backer) travelled several times to Cuba, reportedly with a sack of Rolex watches, assisting a certain organization wishing to buy a ten thousand acre cattle ranch.

  4. that people making over a million dollars a year should have to pay taxes at at least the same percentage rate as people who make less than that.

    Oh. Wow. This is supposed to be the new progressive position? That taxes on people making over $1m p.a should not actually be regressive? If that’s the best game in town we a so f***ed.

  5. Don’t underestimate the vitriole and vindictiveness of the rice lobby! You can smell the fear flowing off them like a mid-west flood in the face of the couscous invasion.

  6. As for the wikileaks link issue. I am a military member and the brass has come down that it is verboten for us to view leaked secret documents.

    This, of course, only works while on duty and using govt computers. At home…well, I view whatever the hell I want and wikileaks happens to fall within that range.

    It is self evident that once a secret is leaked, it is no longer secret and cannot be “protected” any longer. What benefit is derived from barring government employees (in their various guises) from viewing what everyone else in the universe is viewing – many of them our “enemies” – is beyond me and beyond simple logic. This nonsense is worse than Bush Jr.

  7. BACHMAN: The key to power is to get people’s attention and that’s done by sowing FEAR (a real News Flash here, I know).

    STATE DEPT SNAFU’s: This guy being pursued was interviewed on NPR yesterday (All Things Considered), and pretty well knew this’d happen. The point is intimidation. It’s a world thinner case against him than, say, Bradley Manning, but the point is to shut people up. Its a variation of dirt-common Regime Survival Strategies that we are told don’t apply to the land of the Free, etc.

    MORROCCANS: There is a place I go for coffee, where a gaggle of Morroccan Cab/Limo drivers hang-out between calls. Very social crowd apparently, and enough of them to be regulars, and I’m on a nodding relationship with them over the course of 3+ yrs. So, after all that time, I turn up one day and only one of them is there, and he’s got the only table with a seat free. Graciously he offers a seat, and I start a (very) casual conversation…..which quickly makes him suspicious and to become dissimulative. Very seriously uneasy.

    Another time I make a joke to friend about leaving my bag unattended and the eminent Terrorist Threat, which is overheard and reported to Mall Security. I have to do so ducking and weaving to avoid the cuffs (for my own protection), and to just get out there.

    These things all contribute to a pattern and a trend. Over the course of a couple hundred years it’ll probably run its course, but for practical purposes, we all have some adapting to do.

    It’s all sick, and perhaps not so obviously, this stuff all eventually leads at some point to a self-fulfilling prophecy

  8. I read the Levitt piece and failed to note where he showed that the NYPD was doing anything illegal.

    Mater of fact, he seemed to say that he himself didn’t know enough to say if anything illegal was being done by NYPD.

    • The authorities systematically spying on people without probable cause and without a warrant is a violation of the fourth amendment of the US constitution.

  9. Once again proving that the mainstream media is biased neither to the left or right, but pro-corporate. Which isn’t surprising considering that it’s nearly all corporate itself.

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