The Intercept’s ongoing collaboration with the US & NATO backed intel dump Bellingcat is a clear example of the national security state co-opting adversarial journalism to insidiously advance its agenda and insulate itself from critical media scrutiny.
as i've said before, i like glenn greenwald. i will note that he has publicly stated he was not part of that and was not asked about it ahead of time.
meanwhile, palestinians remain targeted.
In just 40 weeks, Israel has wilfully killed 44 Palestinian children — mostly by gunshot wounds to the head or chest
let's close with c.i.'s 'Iraq snapshot:'
Aren't you tired?
This is an important story. Also an important story? The attacks on Iraqi women which we've covered here repeatedly and made the topic of THIRD's "Editorial: If you are silent about the targeting of Iraqi women, you don't support women" yesterday.
That's a real story too. As is this.
Look it, I'm real sorry that Alyssa Milano wasn't able to have a clitoral orgasm last week because Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court. It must have been a real blow for her. It must have been the worst thing that ever, ever happened in the whole wide world judging by her idiotic and incessant Tweeting. And whining.
Let's not forget her whining or the whining of so many others.
As they naval gaze and pick the lint out of their own belly buttons, taking time to reflect on me-me-me-me-always-me.
How awful. How horrifying. You do realize that nothing like this has ever, ever happened before.
Except maybe . . .
When John Roberts was confirmed to the bench.
Or when Samuel Alito was.
Or when Clarence Thomas was.
Or . . .
Oh, f**k, it happens over and over.
And guess what, Alyssa and you other useless bitches? American women go on. The real women. The ones who do the real work. Not the ones whining constantly. (Including whining to the paid staff that actually works their Twitter feeds.)
Kavanaugh is not the end of the world. Kavanaugh -- if he ends up as bad as so many believe he will be -- is not an aberration. In the US, he is the historical norm. And, over and over, we have addressed it and we have maintained our rights. I think Alyssa and the other useless bitches are confusing their own desire to wallow in victimhood with living in HULU's HANDMAID'S TALE. We don't live in that TV show (that bad TV show -- great novel, lousy TV). We live in the United States of America and if the Alyssas would stop crawling, dust themselves off and stand the f**k up, they'd see millions of American women fighting real battles every day.
They might also be able to look beyond American shores and see that people in the world are suffering much more than we are and maybe we could recognize that?
The Iraqi people who suffer -- whether it's the women now being targeted or the LGBT community or those who have no where to flee to if their homeland cannot support them -- these people suffer because of the United States.
It is our government that promised (lied) freedom and delivered ongoing war.
And I know Alyssa has to spend a lot of time getting that hairy Italian mustache removed each month but it seems like even she could take a moment to grasp that the US government has not helped the Iraqi people and is not helping them.
Last month, at THE NATIONAL INTEREST, Bonnie Kristian observed:
The turmoil in Basra may be unsurprising given the living conditions locals face, but it should also be instructive. This is what regime change, fifteen years of intervention, occupation, and reconstruction in Iraq has wrought. This is what trillions of dollars borrowed and spent—and tens of thousands of American and Iraqi lives extinguished—have purchased.
The protests in Basra are just one moment of ongoing political turmoil in Iraq, with all the security risks and human suffering that entails. They are an indictment in microcosm of Washington’s failed reliance on military intervention and nation-building as a panacea to local political problems in distant lands that don’t threaten America’s security, prosperity, or way of life.
In Basra and Iraq more generally, Americans are presented with years of evidence that U.S. military intervention has failed to achieve strategically important, sustainable outcomes despite Washington’s best efforts. “Some might argue that trying harder, investing more billions, sending yet more equipment for perhaps another 15 years will produce more favorable results,” says military historian Ret. Col. Andrew Bacevich, but this is “a mug’s game.” There is nothing available to America in Iraq that might fairly be called a military victory, and repeating the mistakes of the past will not end differently the umpteenth time around.The same thing over and over. That's all the US government has to offer -- regardless of who heads it. And the Iraqi people suffer.
And so many people try to raise awareness of it. But we're up against little bitches who think that their bad plastic surgery and their advancing age that cost them roles is actually the greatest tragedy in the world. This is what those of us who care about real issues have to compete with.
And before the Alyssa Lying Milanos start lying and saying, "You don't care about assault!" Oh, but I do. You're the one who doesn't, Alyssa.
I stood up for Illeana Douglas -- here, yes, but also in the real world. I defended her. I called out the hideous Leslie Moonves. The Alyssa that pretends she invented MeToo never even managed to Tweet in defense of Ileana or, for that matter, against Leslie Moonves. Because Leslie had power. It's easy to go after Harvey Weinstein when he's bloodied and on the ropes, isn't it, Alyssa? Not so easy to go after Leslie who, at the time, was in charge of CBS and could employ you.
The Alyssa Milanos are the worst people in the world. She has numerous nannies to raise her children. She has no career -- don't confuse the pity cameos her husband gets her with actual roles or a career. She pays a person to Tweet for her. She has nothing but free time and instead of using it effectively, she appears to just use it pondering more and more plastic surgery while fretting whether all of the entertainment industry knows her younger husband is cheating on her (we do know, Alyssa, we do).
Day after day, they pretend that they're doing something but they do nothing and apparently Professor Katherine Helmond, on the WHO'S THE BOSS CAMPUS, wasn't able to teach her about I.F. Stone or the reality that all governments lie. Alyssa blindly believes because she's a fool. And maybe because Katherine's only real lesson is how to self-entertain -- I'll never forget the last time I saw her, 1999 in the lobby of a Marriott, plastered and hanging all over a young, 20-something male who looked uncomfortable and who ran for his life as soon as Katherine came over to say hello to me.
Poor Alyssa. She got the life teacher she deserved. And, goodness, does it show.
What! Abby Martin's not paralyzed like Alyssa! Kavanaugh didn't bring her to her knees! Oh my goodness. And Abby's not the only woman who can stand up. Here's some more.
What do you know, Abby Martin and the women above are able to stand up and they're able to speak out. They're not paralyzed by what the Senate did last Saturday. They're not wallowing in victim status. They're using their voices to call for a better world, to stand up for things that truly matter.
Cindy Sheehan's just posted this:
October 8, 2018- For immediate release
Media Contact: Cindy Sheehan: CindySheehan@MarchonPentagon.com
PRESS ADVISORYCountdown to Women’s March on the Pentagon
Women’s March on the Pentagon (WMOP) is excited to announce we are ready and rarin’ to go for our long anticipated march and rally at ground-zero for US imperialism.
"We envisioned this principled non-partisan march on the bi-partisan war machine at the beginning of this year. Despite obstacles, we are excited that many people have been attracted to this long over-due antiwar march in Washington, DC," said one of the lead organizers, antiwar activist Cindy Sheehan, from her home in California.
This is our schedule of events for the weekend of October 20-21:
Saturday, October 20:
St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church
1525 Newton St NW
Washington, DC 20010
(Free, but donations to cover costs of space and refreshments will be accepted)
Noon to 4:30pm
Women’s Basic Self-defense
Protest Music History and Current Practice
Alternative Media and Citizen Journalism
Current Situation in Yemen
Civil Assistance (how to help those harmed by US Imperialism and the Pentagon budget)
4:30 to 6pm
Dinner on your own
6pm to 8pm
Meet and Greet and Open Mic Night.
Hosted by CODEPINK
Sunday, October 21st
Begin gathering at Pentagon City Metro Station
(Click for DC Metro Info)
12 noon to 12:45pm
March on Pentagon
(Click for Website)
1pm to 4pm
Rally at Pentagon
(Click for Speaker/Performer Line-up)
4pm to 6pm
(Stay to help us, please!)
Monday, October 22
11:30am to 1:30pm
Non-violent Act of Civil Assistance
WMOP will be feeding people who are unconscionably homeless in the wealthiest nation on earth at a local DC park.
(Place will be announced at Rally and on Website, and Facebook Event Page on October 21)
For more information or to schedule an interview with a speaker/performer or organizer, please contact
Cindy Sheehan at: CindySheehan@MarchonPentagon.com
Emma Fiala at: Emma@MarchonPentagon.com
Bonnie Caracciolo at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Disclaimer: This is NOT a pink-pussy-hatted event to only oppose Trump and Get Out the Vote for the treacherous and warmongering Democrats (or Republicans): This is a principled non-partisan march on the bi-partisan US war machine.
JOIN HERE and/or DONATE to make our dream of a peaceful, sustainable, and PROsperous (for all) future possible.
This is a real event about real issues. This isn't Alyssa blindly telling you to vote-vote-vote for the Democrats -- including those who support war, including those who are CIA, including those who are destroying the planet. Gun control starts at the Pentagon -- amen to that. Around the world, the US government has and is destroying the lives of so many.
The US occupies Iraq. In Basra, where multi-national corporations reap so much money, the people protest because their drinking water is poisoned, because they have no jobs, because they endure 150 degrees Fahrenheit days with little to no electricity. They protest and they are attacked by their own government -- the government the US put in place and supports -- and yet so many look the other way as they assume they themselves are the center of the universe.
People suffer around the world. If they are suffering because of the actions of your own government, you need to pay attention. We are all tired of having to beg for the world's attention. These are serious issues that should automatically garner attention.
Instead, when not destroying her face with plastic surgery (anyone noting that the entire right side of her face no longer matches up to the left?), Alyssa Milano distracts and dismays.
If your life has a meaning and you care about others, you can get the word out on the DC protest. It matters. The people who suffer in the crossfires of the US War Machine matter.
New content at THIRD from last night:
- Truest statement of the week
- Truest statement of the week II
- A note to our readers
- Editorial: If you are silent about the targeting o...
- TV: Who's destroying ABC?
- The CIS normative STAR IS BORN
- I HATE EVERYONE . . . STARTING WITH ME (Jess)
- Twitter's Biggest Crybaby
- Tweet of the week
- Read a book?
- Video of the Week
- THE PEACE REPORT
- Marcia reviews A STAR IS BORN
- This edition's playlist
Ava and my piece. There's already an e-mail asking did we lose something on the March? No, we included that Tweet to promote the march -- as we've done for previous marches. Usually, we're able to include a poster for a march but we couldn't find one and were limited in time so we just included a Tweet and put it in what we hoped was a natural break in the media critique.
Oh, and in fairness to Katherine Helmond, it was two in the morning when we bumped into each other in the lobby and I was there to switch suites. So I'm no hero either. I'm the one who, at two in the morning, demands another room.
The following community sites -- plus Cindy Sheehan and BLACK AGENDA REPORT -- updated: