Posted by: quiscus | January 9, 2011

January 9, 2010

1.  “Obama Eyeing Internet ID for Americans

“We are not talking about a national ID card,” Locke said at the Stanford event. “We are not talking about a government-controlled system. What we are talking about is enhancing online security and privacy and reducing and perhaps even eliminating the need to memorize a dozen passwords, through creation and use of more trusted digital identities.”

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-501465_162-20027837-501465.html

2.  “White Terrorism
The man who had most to do with Loughner after his arrest, Pima County Sherriff Clarence W. Dupnik, was clearly angered by what he heard from the assassin: “When you look at unbalanced people, how they respond to the vitriol that comes out of certain mouths about tearing down the government, the anger, the hatred, the bigotry … it is getting to be outrageous. And unfortunately, Arizona, I think, has become sort of the capital. We have become the mecca for prejudice and bigotry.”

Those right-wing bloggers who want to dismiss Loughner as merely disturbed are being hypocritical, since they won’t similarly dismiss obviously unstable Muslims who, like the so-called “Patriots” of the McVeigh stripe, sometimes turn violent. (Zacharias Moussawi, for instance, isn’t playing with a full set of backgammon dominoes, and blaming Islam for him is bizarre). In fact, the right-wing Muslim crackpots and the right-wing American crackpots are haunted by similar anxieties, about a powerful government in Washington undermining their localistic ideas of the good life.”

http://www.juancole.com/2011/01/white-terrorism.html

3.  “Attacking Public Employees: Will New York Lead?

As in other states, New York’s new governor has focused attention on the state’s budget woes: revenues insufficient to cover expenditures.  His major response has been to blame public employees and their unions as if their pay, benefits, and especially pensions were chief causes of the problem.  He loudly demands they “share the burden” of fixing the state’s budget crisis.

A genuinely progressive governor would begin work on the state budget by correcting unfairly low levels of taxation of business, reducing regressive taxes, and increasing the progressivity of personal income taxes.  The new governor instead chooses not to raise taxes on those whose wealth insulated them from the worst effects of the economic crisis and who got most of Washington’s “recovery” spending since 2007.  Public workers were not a significant cause of the global economic crisis that plunged all state budgets into crisis.  In contrast, the biggest businesses and the richest citizens of New York were precisely groups whose members included major players in the financial excesses and speculations that were major causes of the crisis.”

http://globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=22700

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