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The Dissenter

07 Aug 2011

The ‘Sense of Life’ at the Bughouse Square Debates

2011 Bughouse Square Debates in Chicago, IL At this point in history, the US government perpetrates at least seven wars. A stagnating US global economy now serves the wealthiest one percent at the expense of the bottom ninety-nine percent. The political class has an increasing disinterest in confronting the current

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07 Aug 2011

The ‘Sense of Life’ at the Bughouse Square Debates

At this point in history, the US government perpetrates at least seven wars. A stagnating US global economy now serves the wealthiest one percent at the expense of the bottom ninety-nine percent. The political class has an increasing disinterest in confronting the current and oncoming crises that have and will result from climate change. And, there is an intensifying bipartisan consensus among the Washington establishment that national security and American capitalism should trump civil liberties and digital privacy rights.

Now more than ever the American people of this country need to be out in public spaces debating with one another, having dialogue about the issues that corrupt and inept politicians will never properly confront.

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06 Aug 2011

Navy Veteran Who Became an FBI Informant Discusses Why He’s Suing Rumsfeld for Torture (VIDEO)

Keith Olbermann continued his coverage of US citizens, who are suing former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld for torture. On “Countdown” on Friday night, Donald Vance, a US navy veteran and former defense contractor, appeared on the show to describe how he came to be held and tortured in an American-run prison in Iraq for almost 100 days.

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06 Aug 2011

WikiLeaks Cables Show US Strategy for Regime Change in Syria as Protesters are Massacred

n the aftermath of a massacre in Hama, Syria state media broadcasted images of “burnt, buildings, makeshift barricades and deserted streets strewn with rubble,” according to the New York Times and claimed the revolt in Syria has ended. Meanwhile, The Guardian reports tens of thousands have taken to the streets all over the country and are continuing a five-months old uprising against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.

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The Bullpen

04 Aug 2011

White House to Boehner: Get the FAA Extended By the End of the Week UPDATED: Deal Reached

The President called John Boehner and asked him to end the standoff over the reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) by passing an extension by the end of the week. “Obama called Boehner yesterday, and said this is one thing we can do for job creation pretty instantly,” Carney

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04 Aug 2011

Baselines Could Tell the Tale on Catfood Commission II

Russ Feingold writes that the Catfood Commission is the biggest threat to Social Security. Prior to this week’s debt agreement, it’s been extremely difficult to cut Social Security benefits, because doing so required 60 votes to overcome an almost certain filibuster in the Senate. And rightly so – Social Security

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04 Aug 2011

We Will Have Tim Geithner To Kick Around Anymore

The White House urged Tim Geithner to stay in his post, and apparently they got their wish. But it seems calculated based as much on fitness for the job as on the inability to get a replacement nominee through Congress: Speculation from Washington to Wall Street has intensified because Mr.

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04 Aug 2011

Pelosi: We Won’t Get Rolled Again (But They’re Rolling Themselves on the Bush Tax Cuts)

Being outside of Washington I don’t get invited to all the cool confabs, but apparently I missed Nancy Pelosi saying that Democrats won’t lose hostage situations again. The theme of the meeting was reluctance to re-hash or second guess debt ceiling strategy and attempt to get people to focus attention

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04 Aug 2011

Stock Market Cliff Diving on Euro Fears

Stocks are down sharply today, as the reality of the global economic predicament begins to dawn on the investor class. But the bond market looks even worse, writes Paul Krugman: The US 10-year bond rate is now down to 2.5%. So much for those bond vigilantes. What this rate is

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04 Aug 2011

Romney Goes to China – As an Electoral Strategy

Mitt Romney is running a haplessly dishonest, but potentially effective general election campaign. I don’t know if he’s going to make it to the general election. But if he does, these are the types of messages you’re going to see. The ad is a little incoherent. It features an Ohio

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