06.2013 Archives

06.2013 Archives
El junio de 2013 Página Archivo/June 2013 Archive Page:

A “Free Bradley Manning” demonstration at New York City’s gay pride parade:

Now to San Francisco:

From video: “San Francisco Pride’s 2013 Parade’s largest non-corporate contingent with aprox. 2000 folks was the Bradley Manning group. They also danced to Michael Jackson in a flashmob that delighted the crowds.”
For those who don’t know what the above video is about: Bradley Manning is off limits at San Francisco Gay Pride parade, but corporate sleaze is embraced. A seemingly trivial controversy reveals quite a bit about pervasive political values.

A Question about The Human Rights Campaign

El 30 de junio de 2013. Hola. I received an e-mail question and I thought my answer might benefit others. The question: “What do you think about the Human Rights Campaign? I’ve read that they are nothing but a corporate shill for the Democratic Party. Do you support them? Thx.”
My answer: No I don’t support them. They are part of what has become known as Gay Inc. I agree with what you’ve read. I think people fall for them out of partisanship, the “Human Rights” name and ignorance. You might be interested in this article: Human Rights Campaign comes under fire for anti-trans bias. Gracias for your question. Chau.—rosa barrio

“San Francisco Pride” has been completely hijacked by corporations.
El 29 de junio de 2013. Hola. Did you know that there is an “Official Car for SF Pride?” I didn’t know that until today. There’s also an “Official Airline for SF Pride.” This event “San Francisco Gay Pride” has turned into nothing but a way of exploiting and corporatising the GLBTQueer populace to rally for and support major corporations. Disgusting. This evening was Pink Saturday. With all the cops presents and the walls of fencing and walls of barricades all over the place, I’m not sure what the purpose of the event was. I know what it’s supposed to be, but I think it too has lost its meaning. The signs at the entrances said, “Donations $10.00.” $10.00? To get into that thing? Screw that! I suppose they might accept less if one doesn’t have $10.00 since it’s supposed to be a “donation,” but clearly they only wanted a certain “class” or group of people at this event (those who have $10.00 to throw away). No alcohol was allowed—so that only the bars could profit?—and at the entrance they had a list of things one couldn’t do. Why would anyone pay $10.00 to walk around within barricades on closed streets? I wouldn’t do that and that’s why I didn’t go. This entire “Pride” event in San Francisco has turned into nothing but a corporate $ham. Chau.—rosa barrio

Right is Left and Left is Right; These Labels Have Become Meaningless

El 28 de junio de 2013. Hola. I’ve been following los brasileños and their protests in Brazil (en Río de Janeiro, São Paulo and many other cities across the country). I suspect most USans don’t have any idea what I’m talking about, or care. Instead, ask them about the next party or the next text message. That’s all I hear about when I’m on the streets of San Francisco. Someone asked on a message forum I was reading, when will protests like Brazil’s take place in the Estados Unidos/U.S. against corporatists? LOL. Not in my lifetime, at the rate things are going. From what I’m seeing and observing, more and more people are becoming part of the problem and becoming corporatist and mainstream sheeple and they’re proud of that.

Last week I saw an article about Queen Hillary (Clinton) supposedly preparing to run for president (Estados Unidos/U.S.) in 2016. Wonderful [sarcasm intended.] Just what we need, another corporatist Clinton. Then I read that George W Bush’s parents are split on whether Jeb Bush should run for president in 2016. Wonderful [sarcasm intended.] Just what we need, another corporatist Bush. We are currently in corporatist George W Bush’s Fourth Term with the current occupant of La Casa Blanca. I scanned the comments on that article about Queen Hillary and they were predictable. People intend on staying in the “Democratic” and Republican rut. Most on that forum weren’t interested in Hillary, but there were many gushing over “Elizabeth Warren for president.” Her? I don’t think people have been paying close attention to Elizabeth Warren. Just like with the Obama True Believers, Warren’s True Believers apparently have somehow missed this bit of information about her:

Progressive Democratic hero Elizabeth Warren enlists to serve AIPAC’s pro-war agenda
Quote from that article: “The same progressives who refused to vet Barack Obama’s views on international policy when he ran for president in 2008, and who now feel betrayed that he is not the liberal savior they imagined him to be, are repeating their mistake with Warren.”

Someone in those comments reminded those gushing over Warren that she is new in the backwater cesspool called the U.S. Senate so it’s best to leave her there for now. The last time people ejaculated heavily over someone new from the senate was a presidential candidate whose empty marketing slogans were “Hope” and “Change We Can Believe In.” And we see how that turned out, i.e. Bush’s Third and Fourth Terms, respectively.

After reading all of that, it became clear to me that most people are prepared to continue doing what they’re doing and have been doing. They are not going to change their behaviour regardless. Anyone surprised? They will continue supporting, sending dinero/$$ to billionaires—who would send dinero to a billionaire unless you’re also a billionaire?—and voting for one of the right-wing business parties of the right-wing one-party system with two names. I don’t see this changing in my lifetime at the rate things are going. We have gone through how many election cycles now with The People doing the same thing over and over again which got us to where we are today?

At least in the Estados Unidos, most people can’t be bothered with changing their behaviour. They’re too busy with their many distractions such as their texting addiction, for example, and playing with apps and of course partying as I mentioned earlier.

In the big scheme of things, I think there is only a very small group of people who are even paying attention to anything that really matters and effects our lives. The majority (the sheeple) are not paying attention. They get what little headlines they get from the Propaganda Machine called the U.S. corporate media, and that’s sufficient for the sheeple. They can’t handle anything more than a few headlines (if that) otherwise their attention span disappears. If it’s on television it must be true, correct? And it should be pointed out that under an arrogant, smug, corrupt, out-of-control and despotic bully government, said government moves to censor the media in the newspeak name of “National Security.”

I used to listen to a radio host and he said many times that most USans would live very comfortably in a dictatorship as long as they are left alone. I believe that to be true, as I did at the time he said that.

Many in the U.S. say they aren’t concerned about privacy as they have nothing to hide. If they are not concerned about privacy and have nothing to hide, why do they have curtains, blinds or shades up at their home or apartment windows? They’re not concerned about privacy (they say) so what are they hiding behind those window coverings? If they are not concerned about privacy why have any window coverings?

Since Obama’s 2008 campaign, I’ve seen people claiming to be “liberals” defending policies to the right of those of George W. Bush. They are all over the place ideologically. The same people protested and screamed about the Bush policies (just as I did), but somehow an even worse version of those policies is completely fine and acceptable now and is defended under their “messiah” Obama. I’ve learned that “Democratic” partisans are really very pathetic and hypocritical people as they seem to stand for nothing (no principles) except their party allegiance with their sports “team” mentality. I no longer talk with someone I used to talk about with politics, because that person became an Obamabot. It doesn’t matter what Obama does, she defends him and the misnamed “Democratic” party. That’s all that matters to her. So a few months ago I guess it was, I quickly realised while gently challenging her hypocrisy—I said to her ‘I remember you were very critical of Bush for doing that but now it’s all right under Obama you’re saying’—that it didn’t matter what I said to her, she always had a prepared excuse or line to justify Obama’s actions and I was going to hit a wall in my conversation with her.

I’ve seen people who say they are right-wing vehemently and angrily opposed to illegal spying and surveillance and what is happening to this country under corporatist Obama. Black Agenda Report has this to say about him: “Let me say from the very beginning that we at Black Agenda Report do not think that Barack Obama is the Lesser Evil. He is the more Effective Evil. He has been more effective in Evil-Doing than Bush in terms of protecting the citadels of corporate power, and advancing the imperial agenda. He has put both Wall Street and U.S. imperial power on new and more aggressive tracks – just as he hired himself out to do. He’s the more effective evil.” Read more of that article here.

Some of the prestitute corporate media talking heads (including some Obamabots) are rushing to defend Mr “Change We Can Believe In” and questioning the actions of outstanding journalists like Glenn Greenwald of the UK’s Guardian, and asking if Glenn shouldn’t also be charged with “treason.” Loco. I liked Glenn’s answer to that.

As with the final “Peak Oil News Update June 22, 2013″ video (you can watch it below) from “what is is,” which I was very sorry had to end, this is also my final article about the topic of politics because I’m wasting my time writing about this topic and giving links to credible articles. It’s futile.

I came to this conclusion especially after observing that some people formerly on the “right” are increasingly now on the “left” on some or many topics, and some of those formerly on the “left” are defending and condoning illegal spying and surveillance. Only because it’s Obama. It it were Bush, they’d be opposed to it. Hypocrites!

Here’s an example:

Liberal advocates of a police state turn savagely against Edward Snowden

And that’s precisely why these labels left, right, liberal, conservative, moderate, center, progressive, et al have become meaningless.

And in San Francisco, the word “moderate” is used these days as cover and newspeak for a conservative and corporatist agenda. A local website has a forum monopolized by rabid, hateful and smug right-wing trolls. In their troll comments, they use the word “moderate” as often as possible to disguise their right-wing agenda for San Francisco, which is in the process of taking place because of so-called “moderate” corporatist politicians.

And speaking of San Francisco, the “Peace & Love San Francisco” is a thing of the past. Today, celebrating the military is “in” as will be the case at the big corporatist commercial called the San Francisco Gay Pride Parade. For the first time, the military will recruit at this year’s “Pride” event. Someone wrote on a message forum that Gay Pride used to be about peace and love. Yeah well. What is supposed to be commemorated and celebrated the last Sunday of every June is Queers standing up to and rebellion to the Establishment (specifically the cops at the Stonewall Inn in New York City). But today I think the true reason for Pride has been completely forgotten and lost on most of the GLBTQueer populace as they have become corporatist sheeple and pro-Establishment shills. These days, Pride is just another reason to party. Read more here

From DeanJohnsonFineArt design:

Peak Oil News Update June 22, 2013
Hola. El 22 de junio de 2013. In this video below, “what is is” explains why he has decided to end his “Peak Oil News Update” video series. He gives a small amount of peak oil news in this video. My personal thoughts: Because I know how much he enjoyed doing his videos (he would get excited about doing the next video and what he planned to talk about), it saddens me that he’s decided to end this series, but I fully understand his reasoning. These are not good times. Chau.—rosa barrio
Related:
1. Questions surround death of journalist Michael Hastings
2. Journalist Michael Hastings dies in car crash

From DeanJohnsonFineArt design:

San Francisco was an amazing place!
El 18 de junio de 2013. Hola. The following Guest opinion was written by a San Francisco resident. I’ve only done slight editing and removed the names of specific people and businesses we don’t want on our site. Chau.—rosa barrio

Hello pink barrio,

Or Hola, I should say! I’ve been reading your site for months. A friend sent me a link to your article about San Francisco, the fading Gay Mecca. That really held my attention. It took me over a week to read that because of its length. I read your other articles about the goings on here in San Francisco:

Are gays going back in the closet?

Close the Jane Warner Plaza

Closeted Gays moving into San Francisco’s Castro

Sexual Freedom and Revolution

Naked Muchachos in San Francisco

San Francisco wants to delete the homeless

My interest in politics has been at national and international level, and not at the local San Francisco level. While reading your articles I became outraged at what I was reading. I had no idea of the shenanigans going on in the Castro neighborhood, who controls the Castro and the childish and petty politics of the (merchant and homeowner) groups there and [Ed. their conservative corporatist politician]. To let you know where I’m coming from politically I opposed the nudity ban and opposed sit-lie [Ed. sit-lie criminalizes homelessness in San Francisco].

After I started reading your site, I started reading other local sites too. That was enlightening. I’m glad you write about some local San Francisco stuff because other than one other local site, I learned that I don’t like any of the local sites. They seem to try to be the same. It’s like they have a political agenda and are being paid by somebody with an agenda. I noticed how most of the local sites serve as promoters of the merchants, restaurants and bars and give free glowing publicity to anyone from those groups. All of the local sites (except that one I mentioned and your site) are very partisan and still in love with their Dalai Bama. Comments on sites around here are largely by right wing trolls who write some very, very nasty stuff. Those sites have become unreadable.

I see what the gay community has turned into and I’m thoroughly disgusted with it. The people here really don’t seem to care about anything but partying meaning getting drunk and texting. I think you said that. It’s true. You’re also correct that what people call the gay community can’t be called a community any longer when no one talks. All they do is text. Do you know that people text to people who are in the same room with them?! WTF? Wouldn’t it be faster and easier to just walk over and talk with them in person?

San Francisco today is the opposite of what it was during the days of the activist gay rights movement and the days of Harvey Milk. What happened? The article you linked to from Ted Rall answers that question: Ted Rall: Gays and Lesbians: Sucked in by the Far Right. What Happened to the Wild, Free Gay Movement of the 1970s?

I read the article you linked to about SFPride and Bradley Manning. SF is just not what it used to be. I keep saying that because it’s true. Bradley Manning is off limits at San Francisco Gay Pride parade, but corporate sleaze is embraced. A seemingly trivial controversy reveals quite a bit about pervasive political values.

SFPride should now be called SFShame. I’m not going to SFShame later this month. I’m done with it. May they have the lowest attendance on record. I went to the protest of SFShame on May 17, 2013 at Harvey Milk Plaza protesting the Pride committee’s decision to rescind Bradley Manning as grand marshal. One local activist with a rather big head organized the protest. He exaggerated and sugar-coated the protest in his article about it. You know how many people were there? About 35-40. But hundreds of people came out of the Metro system and walked on by the protest and paid the protesters no attention. Most people either ignored them or were texting or talking on their iphone. That activist said there were 75 people there. Nope. Only about 35 to maybe 40 people were at that protest. While I was at the protest some guy behind me told the guy he was with, “these people are damaged.” He was talking about the protesters. We’re “damaged” because we don’t agree with him? Years ago I wouldn’t have expected to hear something like that in the Castro. The Castro has become so conservative. I came home after that protest feeling very depressed that this is what San Francisco is today. It’s just not the same city any more. Political activism is dead here. If they had brought in beer kegs at that protest and were giving out free beer and bottomless mimosas the people coming out of the Metro would have turned off their iphones, stopped texting and ran for the booze so they could get drunk and rowdy and throw up. But care for Bradley Manning? Who’s he? Who cares! Can’t be bothered! Didn’t Obama say Manning was guilty before having a trial? If Obama says it it must be true, right?

I see all the buildings that are going up all over town and most are described as “Luxury Designer Homes.” They’re condos for the super wealthy. I couldn’t afford them. My friends couldn’t afford them. The people I work with couldn’t afford them.
I read that over the next three years that nearly eight-thousand (8,000) new apartments will be built in SF and that’s more than all the rental housing built over the last fifteen years. But what’s missing from this? What’s missing is that the 8,000 new apartments will not be affordable housing. The apartments (meaning condos) will be for the rich because what I read talked about how SF’s skyline would be reshaped in a major way and how this would change the neighborhoods and the politics of SF in a major way, which it already is doing. Can someone explain to me how this city can withstand a minimum of 8,000 more people on Muni in three years, or even 8,000+ more motorists (if they don’t ride Muni)? [Ed. Muni is the public transport system for San Francisco]. Muni, especially the Metro, is already at full capacity and struggling. From the pictures I’ve seen of some of the new buildings they are sterile, some of them look the same (same architect?), they’re ugly, and insipid. The inside of these condos resemble the inside of a sterile office and office conference rooms. Very cold looking. One building I saw is nothing but walls of glass from ceiling to floor and that one is built on landfill near the Bay. I was working on one of the lower floors of the Embaracadero Center office skyscrapers [Ed. which is on landfill] during the big 1989 quake here and that place shook like hell. The building shook so violently that I thought it was all over for me. This new building is closer to the Bay than the Embarcadero Center. I also saw the outdoor pool for that building and the design looks like a hotel pool. They are perfect for the tech twits and materialistic-addicted nothings willing to vegetate and text-tate in such a soulless environment. I see more and more gigantic 2-story private tech shuttles in SF now than I do Muni buses.

Since everybody here seems absorbed to texting, I guess they think these gigantic tank-sized tech shuttles are just great. The tech people in those tall shuttles must look way down on the sidewalks and see all the textbots obsessed and spaced out to the industry they work for and smile to themselves and think, ‘yes they are hooked to my industry and as long as they are texting I’ll have a job. Keep texting, textbots.’

Have you noticed that the insane textbots no longer take any responsibility for their own behavior? They can’t take their eyes off that screen for any reason. They just walk in the direction they need to go and YOU are responsible for not walking into them because all they see is that screen. They act the same way with motorists. Textbots don’t look in either direction before walking into traffic and expect drivers to take the responsibility of not hitting them while they’re texting. This afternoon when I was out a textbot walked smack right into me texting. She never said a word and she never saw me because she never took her eyes off that screen after our collision. She kept walking and texting. InSAnE.

The building boom taking place in San Francisco marks the death of this once very creative, passionate, radical, heart-full, lovely, Bohemian and rebellious city. The rebellious and radical city of San Francisco is gone. It is dead. This is very sad for me and many other people. The drastic changes in San Francisco have pissed me off, caused me to feel sad, disgusted, depressed and other feelings. Today, San Francisco is the opposite of the rebellious Bohemian city. I think you used the words homogenized and mainstream. That’s right. There would be no rebellion here today unless you closed all the bars, banned iphones, people couldn’t get money out of ATMs and couldn’t get food. Conformity is in and doing what everyone else is doing in order to fit in. Other than the weather, what makes San Francisco any different than any other U.S. city now? Before all this happened, there were many things that made us different than all other U.S. cities and those things were what made us special. Today it seems that people can’t abandon those things fast enough so that we become more and more like every other place! Some people are now describing San Francisco as a suburb of San José and Silicon Valley. Are the super wealthy that anxious and interested in moving to SF? Who is going to fill up all these “Luxury Designer Home” condos? Are all of these super wealthy condo buildings going to fill up with people or will they be like the ghost cities in China? Read more here


Glenn Greenwald: Edward Snowden Q&A: Dick Cheney traitor charge is ‘the highest honor’. The whistleblower behind the biggest intelligence leak in NSA history answered your questions about the NSA surveillance revelations

Do you have Pride in your HIV status?
El 16 de junio de 2013. Hola. If you live in San Francisco and ride the Metro, have you noticed the tacky HIV pharmaceutical ads saturated in the Castro Street station? I presume it’s Muni (our public transport system) in connection with SFShame (a.k.a. SFPride) that glued these ugly huge corporate ads all over all sides of the Metro station on the fare gates’ level.

The ads are big corporate ads for a HIV drug, but the ads don’t say that. I had to look up the drug name in order to know what the drug was for. I sort of guessed it was for HIV knowing drug companies and “Pride,” and how drug companies like to exploit people for profits, but no where on these tasteless “Pride” ads does it say what the drug is for. I guess this drug company is trying to be “discreet,” and sanitized in their ads since that seems to be what’s “in” now when it comes to the gay populace these days in their desperate attempt to be accepted by and to become just like the mainstream, corporatized sheeple. These ads I’m talking about are on the walls, the floor, anywhere they can glue an ad. I haven’t seen anyone looking at these ads. Most people coming out of the Metro are looking at a screen in their hand and not paying attention to ads on a wall or on the floor in front of them.

These ads that just went up read: “Bay Area Pride” and “You have arrived at Pride” and other newspeak slogans to promote this HIV drug in the name of “Pride.” You might still be wondering what this is about. The pharmaceutical company that makes this drug is trying to capitalize on the GLBTQueer “Pride” celebration at the end of the month in San Francisco. That’s why the ads are there.

A HIV drug is the way to celebrate GLBTQueer “Pride”? Do “straights” who have HIV celebrate being “straight” with a HIV drug? (Just asking.) It’s a terribly stereotypical ad in my opinion, but I’m not surprised by it. So typical. It’s as pathetic as one of the local bars/restaurants in the Castro barrio inviting people to “Practice your Pride Drinking” at their bar. I saw that promotion yesterday.

So that’s what “Pride” has been reduced to? Drugs. Drinking the drug called alcohol and HIV drugs? Read more here

Freedom Rider: The Snowden Litmus Test
From the article: “Republican and Democratic members of Congress have exploded in a rhetorical competition to see who can vilify Snowden the most.”

I very much like this article even though it’s from Fall 2012. It still applies:
Obama’s Destructive International Policy and Black Disillusionment
From the article: “It is painfully distressing to witness members of my community so willfully complicit with lethal war policies simply because they are coming from a brown skinned man,” writes the author. “African-Americans’ honorable legacy of opposing Euro-America’s imperialist wars is quickly eroding.”

Buenas Noticias: Calle 13 y Julian Assange, juntos
El cantante René Pérez hará un tema musical con el fundador de WikiLeaks

Malas Noticias: Obama moves to escalate Syrian slaughter
From the article: “Like the allegations of “weapons of mass destruction” in Iraq more than a decade ago, the chemical weapons charge against Syria is a bald-faced lie. The Obama administration, following in the footsteps of the Bush White House, is trying to drag the US people into a predatory war based on phony pretexts and fabricated intelligence.”

Peak Oil News Update June 12, 2013
El 12 de junio de 2013. Hola. In this “Peak Oil News Update” video below, “what is is” talks about oil exports around the world and he talks about how he’s thinking of doing his videos in the future.
There’s a correction to one bit of information he gave in the video and that being: 56% of USians polled by the Pew Research Center said that the National Security Agency’s program of tracking the telephone records of millions of USians is an acceptable way for the US government to investigate “terrorism.” 41% of those polled disagreed. (Pew Research Center, 06.10.13)
Who was it that said this?:
“Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” Looks like it was Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759. But I would guess that most of the 56% of those USians polled wouldn’t have a clue who Benjamin Franklin was (nor would they care) nor would they care about the US Constitution/Bill of Rights. I suspect most of the 56% would say, “I’m like whatever like.” Oh they can mindlessly wave the US flag and claim to be “patriotic.” If only most people revered the US Constitution as much as they worship the US flag since one’s freedoms (what remains of them) are guaranteed in the US Constitution, not the flag. Mindless SHEEP and so easily manipulated by corporations and the corporate media. Also, “what is is” shows some of the items on this page from independent artists which he encourages readers to support. Chau.—rosa barrio

Noticias:

Who rules the U.S.?
From the article: “The Democratic Party and the so-called “liberal” establishment once again reveal that they have no serious commitment to democratic rights.”
[Ed. True. Most so-called “Democrats” stand for nothing but party allegiance. They disgust me. They have no principles. They have this sports’ team mentality (“go team go,” and “I stand by my team right or wrong”). Loco. Under “Mr Change We Can Believe In,” the so-called Democrats (voters) have shown themselves to be the biggest hypocrites on the planet. Under “Mr Change We Can Believe In” they have either rushed to defend (or remained silent over) what they justifiably protested/screamed about under Bush/Cheney. I can’t stand Republicans either, but at least they seem to stand for some principles. Chau.—rosa barrio]

Obama regime initiates criminal prosecution of NSA whistleblower
From the article: “In a comment published Monday in the Guardian, entitled “Edward Snowden: Saving Us From the United Stasi of America,” Daniel Ellsberg wrote that an “executive coup” had unfolded over the past 12 years. “Since 9/11,” he wrote, “there has been, at first secretly but increasingly openly, a revocation of the Bill of Rights for which this country fought over 200 years ago.”

Denial.
El 10 de junio de 2013. Hola. Since the NSA spying topic surfaced in the last week (see down the page if you don’t have any idea what I’m talking about, por favor), thus far I’ve counted four blogs (critical of the actions and policies of the Obama regime, also known as Bush’s Fourth Term) asking their readers if they (the blog owners) should shut down their blog and/or tame it down some. The comments from readers—nearly all unanimous—have been interesting. They read like this: “Keep doing what you’re doing. Stay strong. Don’t be afraid. They’re just trying to instill fear in you. Stand up to them. You’re too small for them to even notice you so they’re not going to do anything to you.” A bit naïve I would say and such comments tell me that most of those commenting are not fully aware of what this US government has already done in policies and to citizens and noncitizens. This government doesn’t really care how “small” one is. Also, I don’t comment on any of these blogs, but I noticed that nearly all of the commenters (their screen names) were of an anonymous nature. Hardly no one was using a recognizable human name. What are they afraid of? What happened to “don’t be afraid” and “stay strong” and “stand up to them?” It’s interesting how those who use the most anonymous of names presumably in their effort to remain anonymous and perhaps cowering behind their keyboard are the first to tell those who are not fully anonymous (and could be located) to “stay strong and doing what you’re doing.” There’s more than a bit of hypocrisy in there. Chau.—rosa barrio

The Guardian’s (UK) Glenn Greenwald Schools NBC’s Guthrie on NSA Snooping
[Ed. Hola. El 10 de junio de 2013. I don't like the site where the following video is from with their description "Liberal Media Bias" since there is no such thing as a "liberal media bias." That's bull shit and somebody's fantasy. I like the video only and that's why I've included it. Chau.---rosa barrio]

Peak Oil News Update June 9, 2013
El 9 de junio de 2013. Hola. In this “Peak Oil News Update” video (below) “what is is” talks about the following topics: He gives brief noticias on the Keystone XL Pipeline. He also talks about the future of this video series. There’s an update on the barges on the San Francisco Bay. Chau.—rosa barrio

Related (from independent artist “lnb952″):

Noticias:

NSA whistleblower reveals identity, exposes US government’s “architecture of oppression”
From article: “Snowden said he “watched as Obama advanced the very policies that I thought would be reined in [with the departure of the Bush administration],” and as a result, “I got hardened.” “What they’re doing,” Snowden said, poses “an existential threat to democracy.”

Edward Snowden: the whistleblower behind the NSA surveillance revelations. The 29-year-old source behind the biggest intelligence leak in the NSA’s history explains his motives, his uncertain future and why he never intended on hiding in the shadows

El 8 de junio de 2013: Hola. More from Mr “Hope and Change We Can Believe In.” Este hombre is something else! And so are his accomplices in the corrupt backwater cesspool called the US congress (Estados Unidos). Muchísimas gracias to whistleblower Glenn Greenwald:

From DemocracyNow! “A Massive Surveillance State”: Glenn Greenwald Exposes Covert NSA Program Collecting Calls, Emails

Related:

Boundless Informant: the NSA’s secret tool to track global surveillance data. Revealed: The NSA’s powerful tool for cataloguing data – including figures on US collection

Obama defends massive spying on USians (From the article: “His remarks, from beginning to end, were a collection of sophistries and lies.”)

Obama orders US to draw up overseas target list for cyber-attacks.
Exclusive: Top-secret directive steps up offensive cyber capabilities to ‘advance US objectives around the world’

On whistleblowers and government threats of investigation. No healthy democracy can endure when the most consequential acts of those in power remain secret and unaccountable

Glenn Greenwald and Ewen MacAskill: NSA Prism program taps in to user data of Apple, Google and others. Top-secret Prism program claims direct access to servers of firms including Google, Apple and Facebook. Companies deny any knowledge of program in operation since 2007

Jonathan Turley: Obama’s Verizon surveillance reveals massive erosion of US civil liberties. Thanks to a secret court and compliant politicians, this administration is running an ever-expanding security state

Jonathan Turley: Obama and the Decline of the US Civil Liberties Movement

Obama campaign brags about its whistleblower persecutions. Excuse me if I don’t join in Democrats’ sycophantic cheerleading for an Obama presidency that has shredded laws and liberties

Despite Government Obstacles (from the Obama regime), Publicly-Funded Stenographers Will Transcribe the Bradley Manning Trial

El 4 de junio de 2013. Hola. You can read the transcript of the Bradley Manning trial at that link above. Chau.—rosa barrio

The Trinity Chamber Choir (Trinity Wall Street – Anglican)
El 4 de junio de 2013. Hola. Just wanted to make mention of the Trinity Chamber Choir (that’s what I call them) and their performances this past Sunday (The Second Sunday after Pentecost). The Trinity Chamber Choir consisted of 8 voices (two of each voice part: SATB from the full superb Trinity Choir. I guess the rest of the Chorus had the day or the Summer off? The Trinity Chamber Choir should feel very pleased with themselves. They sang pieces by C.V. Stanford and Thomas Tallis. Read more here and hear them at the link. Chau.—rosa barrio

Turkey police crack down on protests
El 2 de junio de 2013. Hola. Can you imagine this (see video below) happening in the Estados Unidos/U.S.? Such a protest is not likely to happen any time soon because most USians are too busy with their texting addiction and/or partying to care about anything. In response to this video, I suspect most USians would say, “I’m like whatever like.” Chau.—rosa barrio: