The Strange Mr. Assange

Aug. 29, 2016    By Jack Jodell (in association with BURR DEMING, creator of and chief author over at FAIR AND UNBALANCED.COM – see my Blogroll in the lower right hand column).

ASSANGEHello and happy start of a new week, readers. While many have been critical of Julian Assange and the way he has spilled a huge number of sensitive, secret government documents to the world press via WikiLeaks, I have long hailed him as being a hero dedicated to making governments be more transparent and less secretive. However, thanks to my friend BURR DEMING (our resident master podcaster), I am now rethinking that position. I continue to believe that whistleblowers are necessary in a democracy, but perhaps Mr. Assange was a bit hasty and even reckless in the way he chose to make some of his releases…thank you, Burr, for providing us this info, and I speak for all in saying we are glad your son escaped harm!

burrIn today’s podcast, Burr relates the gripping, nervous anxiety he felt as a father when communications with his son serving in Afghanistan became interrupted by a major Taliban attack, which may have been precipitated by one of the WikiLeaks document dumps. This is a difficult subject for me, as I know our own government has at times lied to us about its national security concerns and we have used collateral damage as an excuse to justify murderous military actions we have undertaken that have killed many innocents. But Burr illustrates how rash disclosures can also jeopardize the lives of our sons and daughters who aren’t deliberate perpetrators of international intrigue and are only doing their duty…

Burr tells us, “He was at the very start, as he is still, an anti-privacy activist. We know of such people, the sort whose spam we have learned to delete before we lose our credit information to some teenage thrill seeker…

He is accused of leaking state secrets because he hates legitimate exercise of national security. The accusation is not true.

In reality, Mr. Assange is much worse.”

PODCAST

Transcript:
http://fairandunbalanced.com/?p=2117
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THE END OF FEDERAL GOVERNMENT / PRIVATE, FOR-PROFIT PRISON COLLUSION!

Aug. 25, 2016  By Jack Jodell.  

To its credit, the Obama administration’s Department of Justice announced last week that it was soon ending its reliance on private prisons to house federal inmates. As one who has opposed private, for-profit prisons since I first learned of them, this was very welcome and long overdue news indeed!

SHANE BAUERShane Bauer, a superb investigative journalist who has written several articles critical of the for-profit prison mother jonesindustry for Mother Jones, actually spent 4 months working
undercover as a prison guard at a Louisiana for-profit prison owned by CCACorrection Corporation of America, is no stranger to prisons: he and two other Americans were booked on phony spying charges by the Iranian government after they had mistakenly hiked into Iranian territory along the Iraq-Iran border in 2009. He, his future wife Sarah Shourd, and and fellow hiker Josh Fattal were convicted of espionage on trumped-up charges and spent well over a year in a brutal Iranian prison. Their conviction and imprisonment caused an international furor, with President Obama, Desmond Tutu, Kenan Thompson, Muhammad Ali, Noam Chomsky, Ashton Kutcher, Tom Morello, Alyssa Milano, rapper Big Sean, Yusuf Islam (the former Cat Stevens), Sean Penn, plus many other celebrities and governments calling for their release on grounds of lack of evidence and inhumane treatment.  

bauer as prison guardBauer’s articles revealed many appalling incidences of neglect and abuse permeating this for-profit industry. He began just as an escape was made, and, during his 4 month tenure, witnessed  stabbings and beatings and evidences of shoddy health care for the prisoners. He said, in a Mother Jones interview, “I met a prisoner who had no legs and no fingers. He had lost them within the past year to gangrene. His medical records showed that he had made at least nine requests to see a doctor in that time. He would go to the infirmary and get sent back; the staff was
suggesting that he was faking it. He said he showed the warden his feet, prisonwhich were turning black and dripping with pus. But CCA had to pay to take a prisoner to the hospital, which costs a lot of money, especially when you consider it made $34 a day for each prisoner.”
He continued,
There was one full-time social worker for 1,500 inmates … and a part-time psychiatrist and part-time psychologist. The social worker said they typically would get to see any given inmate once a month. Another option available for prisoners with serious problems was suicide watch. If a prisoner said he was suicidal, he would get put on suicide watch, which essentially is a solitary cell.”

Bauer related how, after the successful escape had occurred,  “Some buses showed up one day with guards and wardens from public prisons around Louisiana, and they took over. The message seemed to be, ‘We’re gonna need to show you how to run this prison.’ Everything felt different when they were there. The prisoners reacted really differently to them. Normally there was a constant testing of boundaries with the guards, but when these DOC (Department of Corrections) guards came in, they’d say something and everyone did it.”

Bauer’s account seems to corroborate with what the Department of Justice found: that this reliance on these private, for-profit institutions was no longer necessary and was actually more costly, in some cases, than using public prisons. In a related, earlier Huffington Post article by Gabrielle Canon GABRIELLE CANONentitled Here’s the Latest Evidence of How Private Prisons Are Exploiting Inmates for Profit from Mother Jones dated July 22, 2015, it was stated that Researcher Anita Mukherjee studied eight years of data from Mississippi, which has one of the highest incarceration rates in the country, and found that private prisons there doled out twice the amount of infractions against inmates, lengthening their sentences by an average of two or three months. The extra time, Mukherjee found, adds up to an increase of about $3,000 in additional costs per prisoner. Mukherjee also noted that inmates housed in private prisons were more likely to wind up back in the system after being released—despite industry claims of lower recidivism rates…The study, which compares length of stays in private and public prisons, is not the first to highlight strategies undertaken by the private prison industry to raise returns for stockholders. Last year, Christopher Petrella, a researcher at the University of California-Berkeley, accused the Corrections Corporation of America of including provisions in its contracts with governments to keep the most costly inmates—those with health issues—from being transferred to its prisons. Through open records requests, Petrella found there were 14 different exclusion criteria, including disabled or elderly inmates, those who were HIV-positive, or anyone with ‘sensitive medical conditions and/or high risk diagnoses.’ “

While we may tout ourselves as “the land of the free,” a much more accurate phrase would be “the land of the incarcerated.” For, while we have only about 5% of the world’s population, the United States has almost 25 percent of the prisoners in the entire world! Hundreds of thousands of people are jailed because they could not afford to pay off fines, or were convicted of a nonviolent drug or property crime – not due to any menacing behavior. Unfortunately, most of  these people are either poor or people of color. Ignorant, intolerant, reactionary and authoritarian Republicans clamor for more police but also foolishly stand squarely against any legislation that would restrict the sales of cheap handguns or semiautomatic rifles. In the face of increasing gun sales to criminals or violent and deranged persons who should never own any type of gun, NO number of additional police could guarantee safety to anyone. It is no wonder that police are often overly trigger happy and will shoot to kill at the slightest provocation. Regrettably, there are no clear solutions in sight, and shootings, mass shootings, and gun deaths continue to rise… This latest step by the Obama administration to phase out these for-profit private prisons is a most welcome step. While it will not stop ongoing violence, it should definitely curb the greed which is turning us into a penitentiary state and bring us closer to the land of the free we love to boast about.
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The Self-Made Man and his Religion

Aug.22, 2016  By Jack Jodell (in association with BURR DEMING, creator of and chief author over at FAIR AND UNBALANCED.COM – see my Blogroll in the lower right hand column).

Happy start of a new week to all! Today, our podcaster extraordinaire BURR DEMING dons a sort of preacher’s garb, not so much to convert us, but to show how very off-base the hateful Donald Trump is by reaching out to evangelicals, and some of them to him. For Trump has shown time and again that, through his use of hate, exclusion, and division, that he has no real understanding of the tenets of Christianity, and certainly is not practicing them in his campaign. I think even the most committed atheist would understand, and agree with, the logic and reasoning Mr. Deming presents here, as only he can do. 

burrBurr says, in his own words, “Jesus started the original movement for the separation of church and hate…

Mr Trump tells evangelical Christians he is a self-made man.

He invites them to a new form of worship, that many are discovering they have been yearning after for a very long time.”

Podcast

Transcript:
http://fairandunbalanced.com/?p=2029
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WHY VOTING THE “DOWN TICKET” IS SO VERY IMPORTANT!

Aug. 18, 2016  By Jack Jodell. 

WEYRICH“I don’t want everybody to vote. Elections are not won by a majority of the people. They never have been from the beginning of our country and they are not now. As a matter of fact, our leverage in the elections quite candidly goes up as the voting populace goes down.” –  plus – 
“”We are different from previous generations of conservatives… We are no longer working to preserve the status quo. We are radicals, working to overturn the present power structure of this country.”
– Paul Weyrich, noted religious far-right conservative commentator –

Today’s post is directed squarely at those who may very mistakenly believe that “my vote doesn’t really matter” or that “Hillary has such a big lead over Trump that I won’t even bother to vote this election.” Sadly, far too many of our countrypersons hold these beliefs and are effectively taking what’s left of our democracy for granted. They are being what I will refer to as “lazy citizens”. If enough of them believe that way, and fail to vote, the end result will be the eventual surrender of all the rights we hold near and dear as Americans. We will become SLAVES, bullied about by whomever decides to grab and reconfigure the electoral, social, legal, and economic rights  we now have.  This is not the voice of a crackpot or alarmist speaking, for I am neither. Rather, I am a critical thinker who evaluates events based on a wide variety of sources: historical, philosophical, social, economic, and scientific, to name but a few.

While I am not an extremist or paranoid type,  I do believe in a cautious and measured approach to dealing with problems I see facing us. I am more of an activist by nature, believing that an ounce of prevention is definitely better than a pound of cure! I would much rather  err on the side of action as opposed to inaction or complacency, so that is why I am posting this piece today. I hope some of you will save or bookmark this post and will use it as inspiration to prompt your own action sometime in the future.

I will start by saying THERE ARE DEVIOUS, MISGUIDED PERSONS OUT THERE WHO WANT TO LIMIT YOUR RIGHTS FOR THEIR OWN SELFISH BENEFIT, OR BECAUSE THEY FEAR THE FUTURE AND WANT TO ROLL THE CLOCK BACKWARD. AND, THEY MUST BE STOPPED!  The quotes I listed at the start of this piece came from just such an individual.  Paul Weyrich rose to fame as the man who coined the term “Moral Majority” that was used by the very narrow-minded televangelist preacher Jerry Falwell to discriminate against those who did not share his authoritarian beliefs. While both Weyrich and Falwell are long dead, their perverse,anti-democracy and exclusionary ideas have existed since the 1980s Reagan years and are being resurrected by today’s backward-looking, Tea Party-infested Republican Party. As these are reactionary ideas which do not reflect progress, or what is needed NOW in the least, they must be overcome and repudiated once and for all, before they are able to enslave the lot of us.  

party of noThe proof of this unsavory attemptt at resurrecting these backward beliefs is all around us, from the strong Republican efforts to disenfranchise as many minority (potentially opposition) voters as possible, to the attempt to cut short polling place hours and reducing their locations, to the attempt to limit registration of new (potentially opposition) voters, and on and on. These are deliberate efforts designed to discourage and exclude as many voters as possible: to  increase the “leverage” and power of Republicans by limiting the number of voters who would vote against them. It is a typical strategy for a party that has become far more interested in delivering perks for the minority and wealthiest 1% of the population rather than for the 99% MAJORITY which sits, by their machinations, far below them on the income scale. They know that if ALL eligible voters were able to freely cast a vote, this wealthy minority’s agenda would be fully REJECTED by the 99% MAJORITY.

greedy gopANGRY Scheming KOCHsOne pair of Weyrich enthusiasts who are firmly anti-democracy are the billionaire libertarian Koch brothers. These modern-day Pharisees prefer to sneakily work behind the scenes to thwart as many projects for the common good as they can. They cultivate a public image of friendly, successful, benevolent neighbor-next-door  types, but in reality, are subversives dedicated to pursuing and obtaining as much profit for themselves as they can – regardless of the cost to everybody beneath them. These self-centered libertarians want NO government intervention in business whatsoever – NO input and definitely NO regulations. They want NO minimum wage and NO government-established safety standards at all. They don’t care one bit as to the struggles students now face paying back horrendously high student loans, or that your wages remain flat while theirs rise tremendously. They don’t care that many Americans must now work 2 or even 3 jobs to make ends meet. They push for even greater tax breaks for the wealthy, partly to increase their wealth but also to starve the federal government, which they view as their enemy.

thumbs downOne of the companies owned by these greedy billionaire brothers is the gigantic paper producer Georgia Pacific, which has been fined MILLIONS of dollars for repeated pollution violations over the years. These arrogant and extremely greedy brothers just pay the fine and keep  polluting – they simply don’t care about public health. All they care about is their profit.

Many years ago, these ever-scheming scoundrels decided to funnel their money into a series of pro-business entities they created, each of which would either spread disinformation, influence public opinion to be in their favor, and /or completely subvert our government to further their aims – all at regular, everyday workers’ expense. They set up “think tanks” like the Heritage no repubsFoundation and the Cato Institute to send out position papers to magazines plus hand-picked “experts” to appear on talk shows to refute truth-telling scientists whose findings on environment and health would adversely affect their profits. They have invested heavily in Republican candidates whom they correctly believed could be bribed or manipulated into doing their bidding. THIS election, they are even spending nearly $900 MILLION to produce TV and radio ads designed to fool the unsuspecting public into voting gop doesn't carefor Republican candidates they support, whose stances may actually differ greatly from what would actually be in the public’s best interest. The Koch brothers meet in secret with other like-minded billionaires to formulate new schemes aimed at further increasing their collective wealth, power, and influence, while shutting all the rest of us out of having any input in what they’re doing whatsoever. They have been remarkably successful in this subversion thus far, as it is easy to win when you operate in secret as they have done. THEY and their allies are behind voter disenfranchisement efforts and attempts to restrict new  voter registration. They are actively trying to steal our democracy away from us right beneath our noses, and they are counting on voter apathy, disinterest, and inattention to help them realize their sordid goals.  These types are not patriots in the least – instead, they should be considered economic terrorists who aim to transform our government from one of , by, and for the people to one which primarily serves THEM! 

There is only ONE DEFENSE against these secretive, scheming, subversive billionaires, and that is for ALL of us in the99% MAJORITY to VOTE, especially in the “down ticket” races, and especially AGAINST their hand-picked reactionary Republican/Libertarian candidates! We must instead commit ourselves to replacing these stodgy do-nothing reactionary Republicans with pro-PEOPLE and pro-WORKER PROGRESSIVES! This is ESPECIALLY important at the LOCAL and STATE  levels, where anti-labor and anti-progress Republicans like Wisconsin’s Scott Walker, Florida’s Rick Scott, Maine’s Paul LePage, and Michigan’s Rick Snyder, plus their reactionary legislatures,  have held a stranglehold on power for FAR too long!

We must UNITE to ensure that the next Congress and all subsequent ones end up passing legislation beneficial to US  rather than acting as a rubber stamp for billionaires who want to enslave us, or block passage of much-needed bills through obstructionist tactics like filibustering. The key word here is, of course, UNITE. For while it is true that one vote means little, a bloc of MILLIONS of UNITED voters can and WILL run these Tea Party-infested, austerity hawk Republicans out of office at ALL levels and for all time!                                                                    

THAT, my friends, is why it is so CRUCIAL for you to vote this fall, and next year, the year after, and EVERY time there is an election for your city, state, and federal government – do NOT allow yourself to be hoodwinked into slavery by billionaires – TAKE BACK the power that you still have while you still can! VOTE! VOTE! VOTE! VOTE! VOTE! VOTE! VOTE! VOTE! VOTE! VOTE! VOTE! VOTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Rats

Aug.15, 2016     By Jack Jodell (in association with BURR DEMING, creator of and chief author over at FAIR AND UNBALANCED.COM – see my Blogroll in the lower right hand column). 

A happy mid-August Monday to all of you! It seems unreal how the once-great Republican Party has sunken so low as to nominate the likes of a fraudulent TRUMP bittercarnival barker named Donald Trump as its endorsed candidate for President  this fall. Even in its present Tea Party-infested, reactionary state, this bombastic, hate-filled bully Trump is over the top and unsupportable for an increasingly larger number of former and current GOP officeholders and supporters. In recent weeks, we have seen the entire Bush family, former Bush II, Bush I, and even Reagan-era cabinet members and appointees all coming out publicly stating they will not vote for Trump. Even a number of sitting U.S. Senators and Representatives have stated the very same sentiments! Rumors are rife about an impending party intervention against their candidate, and party loyalists are scurrying around like panic-stricken rats, totally confused and unsure of just what steps they must take to prevent a massive electoral defeat at the polls this November.

In today’s brilliant podcast, master podcaster BURR DEMING examines this looming Republican fiasco as only he can do: using logic, a clever metaphor and several past and present Republican notables to illustrate his point perfectly.           

burrBurr tells us, “The cynical among us may regard the sudden surge of Republican office holders away from Donald Trump as rats deserting the ship.

There is an alternate view.”

Podcast

Transcript:
http://fairandunbalanced.com/?p=1944
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DON’T YOU, TOO, HATE EMAIL SOLICITATIONS BY OVERLY GREEDY CORPORATIONS?

Aug. 11, 2016  By Jack Jodell.  

This will be a short post today (actually, a rant). I AM SICK TO DEATH OF BEING BOMBARDED BY EMAIL SOLICITATIONS EACH AND EVERY DAY FROM GREEDY CORPORATIONS!!!! Tuesday morning, I opened my email and there were a much heavier than usual 79 God-damned solicitations from a number of different greedy, unrelenting companies. Yesterday, there were an unbelievable 67 MORE! Today, there were a totally unacceptable 74 MORE! (Normally, I am plagued with 12 – 15 each morning, but the past few days were WAY out of line)! They range from unwanted ads from health and auto insurance companies, old age bathtub manufacturers, hair replacement companies, loan sharks like Zippy Loans, erectile dysfunction drug suppliers, investment companies, health food or vitamin peddlers, mortgage bankers offering low refinancing rates, CNN fake news bulletins all bearing a headline featuring Donald Trump’s name, very unwanted Fox “News” bulletins, 4 or more political bulletins from various special interest groups, invitations from Match.com and eHarmony to sign up with them, and far, FAR, FAR too many others! I contacted Century Link, my ISP, about tips on weeding some if not all of them out, but they were of NO HELP AT ALL! I am FURIOUS  at what I regard, quite correctly, to be an INVASION OF MY PRIVACY! I have been advised to stop buying products online, as often vendors will share email addresses with others. THAT I regard to be a unacceptable option.  I have also been advised to not click on unsubscribe me at the bottom of these solicitations, as, I am told, a number of these jerks will unsubscribe you from their site but will turn around and sell or share your email address with other sites. What, I ask, is my rcourse here? I have much better things to do with my time than weed out unwanted,un-asked for  solicitations from companies that don’t care about ME in the least but just want my money numerous times EACH DAY! GRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!😦thumbs down

I just now returned from lunch to find an additional 17 of these unwanted and unwelcome solicitations, TWO from AIG Direct! How do these greedy predatory creeps  get my email address in the first place?  What gives these bastards the right to prey on me as they do? NOBODY would allow a steady stream of different salespersons to knock on a person’s front door or ring a person’s doorbell constantly many times daily. NO COMPANY would ever be allowed to throw solicitous literature in the back seat of your car. We have do-not-call laws on the books for telephones: why, then, should the sanctity of one’s email be any different? I am urging Congress (in vain, I know) to pass a very stringent law forbidding ALL commercial interests from penetrating one’s email without the owner’s specific permission! I regard this constant invasion of my privacy  as a form of undue online  harassment, and it must come to a screeching halt!!! Don’t give me any bullshit about how these companies have the RIGHT to pester me as they do – they do NOT have that right, just as they do NOT have the right to walk onto my property and dump leaflets all over my lawn! My email is MY personal property, and it MUST be regarded as such! Are there any attorneys out there who would like to adopt this as a cause celebre and file a class action lawsuit forbidding these greedy corporations from wantonly preying on the public in this way? What do you readers think of this situation? Are you with me on this?  Wouldn’t you, too, like to be freed once and for all from this constant, time-wasting irritation and pestering?
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Donald Trump’s Right to Attack

Aug. 8,2016  By Jack Jodell (in association with BURR DEMING, creator of and chief author over at FAIR AND UNBALANCED.COM – see my Blogroll in the lower right hand column).

“I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it,”
– modified slightly, and attributed to either Patrick Henry or Voltaire – 

Happy Monday, everybody! To say the Republicans have made a controversial DUMB TRUMPpick as their choice this time for President might be viewed as some as an underestimation: the man has been a virtual bull in a proverbial china shop, insulting and infuriating dozens of voting blocs. Clearly, his campaign is faltering, so much so that rumors of an unprecedented Republican establishment intervention have begun to spring up. The man just says whatever he damn well pleases without regard for any consequences whatsoever. His rants and raves offend a great many, but, as master podcaster Burr Deming points out here, like it or not, Trump does have the right to speak as he chooses, and that right is guardnteed in our Constitution. And, of course, each of us has the very same right to respond in kind, as well as to vote AGAINST him and his party on election day…        

burrIn Burr’s own words, “The father of a fallen soldier asks whether Donald Trump has even read the Constitution.
Mr. Trump attacks. The man has no right to ask such a question.

Actually, the Constitution guarantees that right.
It also gives Mr. Trump the right to attack two grieving parents.

And it gives the rest of us the right to call Mr. Trump what he is showing himself to be.
He should read about those rights.”

Podcast link: http://mandrillapp.com/track/click/30659620/jackjod.podomatic.com?p=eyJzIjoiN19GQlVVZ01nODVEZmtuNkQwdUxEQ29TX1g0IiwidiI6MSwicCI6IntcInVcIjozMDY1OTYyMCxcInZcIjoxLFwidXJsXCI6XCJodHRwOlxcXC9cXFwvamFja2pvZC5wb2RvbWF0aWMuY29tXFxcL2VudHJ5XFxcLzIwMTYtMDgtMDRUMTJfMDJfMjctMDdfMDBcIixcImlkXCI6XCJiMzc3ZTRmODZhZjA0OWQ1YTk1MzQwZDY0NjE1NTQ2ZFwiLFwidXJsX2lkc1wiOltcIjMzOWI2MTNlMjA3N2M1NDFkM2M3NWI2NjNmM2VhOTVjNzU3ZGQ2YzFcIl19In0

Transcript:
http://fairandunbalanced.com/?p=1847
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