DIS for disfranchiseddis•fran•chise (ds-frnchz)tr.v. dis•fran•chised, dis•fran•chis•ing, dis•fran•chis•es
1. To deprive of a privilege, an immunity, or a right of citizenship, especially the right to vote; disenfranchise.
2. To deprive (a corporation, for example) of a privilege or franchise.
vid is a Sanskrit root meaning "know". It formed the basis for video in Ancient Greek and later Latin. To the East it formed the basis for avidya. In all cases the personal vid meant "knowledge". Knowledge obtained by the senses. Primal in origin, but applicable in any hood.
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a term used commonly in the Chicago area referring to Juke Music, or the type of dancing done to Juke Music, which is usually fast-passed azz movin.
"we was juke'n all night!"
Not that any of this changes my mind about the child chewing monsters Repugs, but Dems are falling just slightly behind.
The Empire must go on !
Petro-creationists & corpo-supremacists interests must prevail at all cost.
Did you know that President Obama...
* Voted for every one of President Bush's Iraq-War funding increases ?
* Voted for the Patriot Act II, the Wall Street bailout, building a border wall with Mexico and immunity for corporations that conducted electronic eavesdropping on Americans ?
* Believes Bush's "surge" in Iraq has "succeeded beyond our wildest dreams" and has proclaimed his "absolute" belief in the "War on Terror" ?
* Criticized the Iraq War because it is "unwinnable," not because it is illegal, immoral and has killed more than one million Iraqis ?
* Will probably leave 140,000 private contractors (mercenaries) and as many as 60,000 to 80,000 regular US troops in Iraq ?
* Is willing to bomb Iran and won't rule out a first strike nuclear attack ?
* Wants to send an additional US troops to wage war in Afghanistan ?
* Wants to expand that war with unilateral air strikes to bomb Pakistan ?
* Supported Israel's war against Lebanon ?
* Supports Ballistic Missile Defense and the death penalty, but opposes gay marriage and universal, single-payer health care ?
* Favours military expenditures on warplanes that he says "provide the backbone of our ability to extend global power."
* Called President Chavez an "enemy of the US" and wants sanctions against Venezuela?Unfortunately, this is just the tip of the Real Obama iceberg....The naive idea that Obama opposes war is a powerful myth that impedes the peace movement's ability to mobilize opposition to the continuation of US militarism and imperialism... https://coat.ncf.ca/articles/Obama.htm
White House,Pentagon, State Department, FBI, CIA, etc. may have differences of style, but all of them have the same and well defined and known objective: the defense of the economic and geopolitical interests of its Global Elite. It is not a matter of a president: fat, skinny, dumb or bright, black or white. It is a matter of a system. The capitalist system in its higher level: Imperialism.
The American empire is over. And the descent is going to be horrifying. Those singled out as internal enemies will include people of color, immigrants, gays, intellectuals, feminists, Jews, Muslims, union leaders and those defined as “liberals.” They will be condemned as anti-American and blamed for our decline.
The economic collapse, which remains mysterious and enigmatic to most Americans, will be pinned by demagogues and hatemongers on these hapless scapegoats. And the random acts of violence, which are already leaping up around the fringes of American society, will justify harsh measures of internal control that will snuff out the final vestiges of our democracy.
The corporate forces that destroyed the country will use the information systems they control to mask their culpability. The old game of blaming the weak and the marginal, a staple of despotic regimes, will empower the dark undercurrents of sadism and violence within American society and deflect attention from the corporate vampires that have drained the blood of the country. https://www.truthdig.com/report/item/calling_all_rebels_20100308/
“One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we've been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We're no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It is simply too painful to acknowledge -- even to ourselves -- that we've been so credulous“ - Carl Sagan
There’s no solution to the nuclear waste problem. We were on a path for a green revolution, where the jobs really are for the future of this country and where our energy supply can come from without ecological disaster. And here, the Obama administration is going with a failed twentieth century technology. It’s completely counterintuitive. And it’s a very, very bad day for America.
Exelon is not just a nuclear power industry generator, it’s the largest operator of nuclear power plants in the United States. I think it has seventeen. And the firm was a major—has historically been a major backer of President Obama. And two of his chief aides have ties to Exelon. Rahm Emanuel, as an investment banker, helped put together the deal that eventually merged, created Exelon. And David Axelrod was a lobbyist for Exelon.
So there are very close ties between the chairman of Exelon, John Rowe, and the Obama administration. I think even Forbes Magazine listed it, talked about those ties. So I think that the President was very equivocal on the issue of nuclear power during the campaign, but that there was no—there seemed to be—the industry believed he was going to be their salvation.
Chris Hedges on ‘The Death and Life of American Journalism’
We are shedding, with the decline and death of many newspapers, thousands of reporters and editors, based in the culture of researched and verifiable fact, who monitored city councils, police departments, mayor’s offices, courts and state legislators to prevent egregious abuse and corruption.
And we are also, even more ominously, losing the meticulous skills of reporting, editing, fact-checking and investigating that make daily information trustworthy. The decline of print has severed a connection with a reality-based culture, one in which we attempt to make fact the foundation for opinion and debate, and replaced it with a culture in which facts, opinions, lies and fantasy are interchangeable.
As news has been overtaken by gossip, the hollowness of celebrity culture and carefully staged pseudo-events, along with the hysteria and drama that dominate much of the airwaves, our civil and political discourse has been contaminated by propaganda and entertainment masquerading as news.
Corporations, which have hijacked the state, are delighted with the demise of journalism.
And the mass communications systems they control pump out endless streams of gossip, trivia and filth in lieu of news. But news, which costs money and takes talent to produce, is dying not only because citizens are migrating to the Internet and corporations are no longer using newsprint to advertise, but because in an age of profound culture decline the masses prefer to be entertained rather than informed.
We no longer value the culture or journalism, as we no longer value classical theater or great books, and this devaluation means the general public is not inclined to pay for it.
Journalists, like artists, are expected to provide their work free—this is the idea behind websites like The Huffington Post—and the only people who receive adequate compensation in our society are those skilled in the art of manipulation.
Money flows to advertising rather than to art or journalism because manipulation is more highly valued than truth or beauty. Journalism, like culture, in America has become advertising.
"A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and he carries his banners openly. But the traitor moves among those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not traitor, he speaks in the accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their garments, and he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of a city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to be feared." - Cicero, 42 B.C.
The illegal wars and occupations, the largest transference of wealth upward in American history and the egregious assault on civil liberties, all begun under George W. Bush, raise only a flicker of tepid protest from liberals when propagated by the Democrats.
The twin swelling heads of Empire and Oligarchy are driving our country into an ever--deepening corporate state, wholly incompatible with democracy and the rule of law.
American was not designed for Kings and their runaway military pursuits.
How tragic that we have now come to this entrenched imperium so loathed by the founding fathers and so forewarned by George Washington’s enduring farewell address.
So Rahm Emmanuel says liberals such as Chomsky, Zinn, Kucinich, Grayson, Kennedy Jr and everbody left of corpo-suprémacists are 'fuckin' retards'; and none dare call him on this juicy proto-fascist slur but brainy Sarah Palin ;)
America elected Barak Obama for one reason only. We had spent years with a government found to have become utterly corrupt, a pack of criminal gangsters no better than Pinochet in Chile or Pol Pot in Cambodia. We were going to go in, put Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rove, Rice, Ashcroft, Gonzales along with 2 dozen top military leaders and more senior members of Congress in prison.
When we were done, we would go thru the oil companies, banks, defense giants, insurance companies and more, doing the same. We hoped that when we were finally done, whoever was left would know that they were part of a government by and for the people, not employees of a criminal conpiracy.
President Obama, his backers, the Democratic Party and the boys in Congress across the aisle, however, didn’t want anything to change, it was simply their chance to cash in. We are now left with a political debate in America devoid of any public interest at all, only thieves fighting over the remains of a corpse.
"We are watching a poorly staged rendition of Wag the Dog , interpreted for the morbidly stupid and performed by the criminally insane." - Jules Carlysle
"How to get people to vote against their interests and to really think against their interests is very clever. It's the cleverest ruling class that I have ever come across in history. It's been 200 years at it. It's superb." - Gore Vidal
Its here that the American dream decided it liked the taste of the vomit it was chocking on. Just rolled over on its back and screamed for more drugs. it didn't die. - Warren Ellis