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Name: Manny Goldstein
Gender: Male
Hometown: Greater Boston
Home country: USA
Current location: Remulak, as far as I can tell
Member since: Tue Aug 30, 2005, 08:44 AM
Number of posts: 34,589

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Why do we tolerate the NSA?

They are obsessed with stealing our privacy, flout the Constitution, and lie as easily as they breathe. They even lie to Congress, and that's apparently fine.

As far as I can tell, they've done nothing substantially helpful, just suck our money, spy on us, and enrage the rest of the world.

It's like keeping measles as a pet.

Damn, are we stupid.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Fri Apr 11, 2014, 09:01 PM (77 replies)

CIA charm offensive: new theme song revealed

Posted by MannyGoldstein | Fri Apr 11, 2014, 08:23 PM (1 replies)

Well, this is a bit of good news



With Sibelius bowing out, soon only one of the DLC's New Team will hold a national position. Of course Emmanuel can still cause great mischief, but his territory is much more limited now.

Hopefully soon they'll all be happily retired to lives of great luxury, torrents of Wall Street cash and fantastical jobs for their offspring.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Thu Apr 10, 2014, 10:24 PM (12 replies)

Crazy shit flies out, indeed

But much has proven true, and none has proven false.

So it's not Snowden who's crazy, it seems.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Thu Apr 10, 2014, 07:04 AM (2 replies)

Elizabeth Warren got millions from banks, too.

Why, just today, the CFPB Sen. Warren started took $800 million from Bank of America and gave it to cheated consumers, to settle claims against said bank.

Sen. Warren can take banker money as well as anyone in government. She just doesn't keep it for herself, that's all.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Wed Apr 9, 2014, 10:13 PM (49 replies)

I'd like to thank a Democrat

Senator Harry Reid.

Harry calls it like it is. He's the only Democratic leader who's consistently said no to cutting Social Security, refusing to pretend that chained CPI is not a cut.

During the 2012 "fiscal cliff" negotiations, he got pulled from the job of chief Democratic negotiator because he wouldn't [strike]cave[/strike] be flexible enough. In the end, only one-third of the Bush tax cuts were repealed. (Shockingly, a year later when Democrats refused to give in during the recent government shut down, Democrats got everything they wanted. No, seriously, I'm shocked. Really.)

In an epic flip-off of Wall Street, Reid appointed Elizabeth Warren to the Senate Banking Committee. I think we all know how that's going - for the first time in decades, someone with juice is putting serious pressure on the folks who cheat us at every turn. And last summer, Warren and the other Dems Reid appointed to that committee prevented Larry Summers from having another crack at us.

A few months ago, Reid outright refused to allow a vote on fast-track status for the TPP, which was needed to slide the thing through before The 99% would even know what was happening. Now that the thing can't be done in secret, notice how it's dropped off the map?

And now, he's mooning the Koch Brothers every chance he gets, making them scurry around in the light of truth. And that light is not very flattering to them.

Certainly, there are some things I'd like to see Reid do differently, but I suspect that he's got some limits as to what he can do given his position as Majority Leader. I get that.

But here's the thing: Harry tries. Harry calls it like it is. Harry is in the fray, not above it. Harry throws punches.

Not all Democrats have the fire of Elizabeth Warren. But if all Democrats were Harry Reids, we'd be in pretty damned good shape right now.

Thanks Harry. Please keep kicking ass for us little people.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Mon Apr 7, 2014, 08:56 PM (84 replies)

How much has been spent, so far, searching for Flight MH370?

Could that money have been used for something else? Could lives have been saved by it?

Thoughts?

Edit: to be clear, I'd love to find the victims, and to find out what happened. But at what point does it become too expensive given the odds of finding survivors and/or actionable information.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sun Apr 6, 2014, 05:29 PM (101 replies)

Can we be just a bit more civil?

Sometimes I read DU and, frankly, it's disturbing. We need to restore some decorum to DU, and there's no time to lose.

I'm talking, of course, about phrases like "water boarding" and "submersing people in ice water until they're nearly dead". Thanks to lots of research spending, America has advanced mightily in the area of using water to extract confessions. While a bit distasteful, and condemned by all civilized peoples, these techniques are needed to stop those who are after our precious bodily fluids.

But those phrases... Ugh! We need happier and more-descriptive replacements that help us to remember the end benefits of water play. "Freedom dunks"? "Bobbing for Liberty"? What do *you* think? Please share your thoughts!

Let's make the world a brighter place for our beautiful minds, shall we? Also, As long as the screams are in soundproof rooms, their screams don't really count.

Regards,

Third-Way Manny.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Fri Apr 4, 2014, 11:53 PM (5 replies)

So Manny... why are you so pissed off all the time? Things are actually pretty good.

No, they're not. Here's why I'm pissed:

Daily Kos, "Chart of the Day: Median income"



The blue line is *real* median income, after accounting for inflation.

The 1% have been bailed out mightily - they're doing better, far better, than ever before. But the rest of us... let us eat cake.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Thu Apr 3, 2014, 10:19 PM (177 replies)

New Firefox Browser Automatically Blocks ‘Gay Propaganda’

New Firefox Browser Automatically Blocks ‘Gay Propaganda’

The Mozilla Foundation released a new version of their flagship Firefox web browser today that automatically blocks access to all websites affiliated with the gay rights movement.

Firefox Family, which is still in beta testing, was developed for the "traditional values" market in the United States as well as for use in emerging markets such as Saudi Arabia and Uganda, which have strict laws against homosexuality.

In addition to blocking all gay pornography, the new browser blacklists the websites of gay rights organizations like the Human Rights Campaign and the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and displays an error message explaining such sites are blocked as “homosexual propaganda” when accessed.

...

“Firefox Family is simply intended to provide choice in the marketplace," explained Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich in a Skype call with reporters today. "Some people buy into the gay agenda, and some people don’t. Here at the Mozilla Foundation we believe in serving both types of customers. That's what real equality looks like.


Relax. Parody. The Daily Current.

I figure GD is appropriate because of the current situation with the Mozilla CEO, but please disabuse me of that notion if I'm wrong.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Thu Apr 3, 2014, 12:41 PM (7 replies)
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