"They who can give up essential
liberty to obtain a little temporary
safety, deserve neither liberty
-- Benjamin Franklin 
| "All governments lie and nothing
say should be believed."
1. Snowden in Top Running
for Prestigious EU Human Rights Award
2. Obama Admits: Top One Percent Is Winning,
Poor are Losing On His Watch
Budget Fight Looms, Obama Sees Defiance in His Own Party
4. Will Eric Holder
guarantee NSA reporters'
first amendment rights?
5. Soldier Shows Us What A
There is again not much
crisis news, but I did find five items, although I have got to admit
that the fifth is mostly a
feel good item and does not have much relevance to the crisis.
Snowden in Top Running for Prestigious EU Human Rights
a piece by Sarah Lazare on Common Dreams:
Former National Security
Agency contractor turned whistleblower Edward Snowden is in top running
for the Sakharov Prize, a prestigious human rights award handed out by
the European Parliament and whose past recipients include Nelson
Mandela and Aung San Suu Kyi.
Snowden, currently living
in Russia with temporary asylum status, was nominated for the honor by
the European Green Party.
is more, and I should say I like the idea:
he is a special guy who did
what few did, and he still runs a great
risk, namely of ending up in an American jail, for a very long time.
Also, any nomination he will get, will increase his status.
Admits: Top One Percent Is Winning,
Poor are Losing On His Watch
Next, the first of two items on Obama. It is
by the same writer for the same source as the previous item, but that
This starts as follows:
Five years after
the financial collapse, President Obama admitted Sunday that his
administration has overseen a deepening gulf between rich and poor,
with 95 percent of all income gains going to the top one percent since
the so-called "recovery" began in 2009.
I say. But he did it. Why he
did it the story does not explain. Perhaps it is related to the next
Appearing on the Sunday
morning show of ABC's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos," Obama
was pressed by the host to respond to a recent
study by University of California researchers that shows the rich
have gotten richer while the poor continue to languish.
3. As Budget Fight Looms, Obama Sees
Defiance in His Own Party
This is by Peter Baker and
Jeremy Peters, and it is for the New York Times:
And this starts thus:
For four years,
President Obama counted on fellow Democrats to rally to his side in a
series of epic battles with Republicans over the direction of the
country. But now, deep in his fifth year in office, Mr. Obama finds
himself frustrated by members of his own party weary of his leadership
and increasingly willing to defy him.
There's also this:
In recent weeks, disgruntled
Democrats, particularly liberals, have bolted from the White House on
issues like National Security Agency surveillance policies, a planned
military strike on Syria and the potential choice of Lawrence H.
Summers to lead the Federal Reserve. In private, they often sound
exasperated describing Mr. Obama’s operation; in public, they are
sometimes only a little more restrained.
“If you read the
papers, you almost think the Republicans are in control,” said Senator
Bernard Sanders of Vermont, an independent who caucuses with Democrats
and vigorously opposed Mr. Summers until he withdrew from
consideration. “They’re constantly on the offensive. Democrats are on
There is considerably more,
over 2 pages, but it doesn't conclude anything. In any case, this
development is somewhat of an improvement, in my opinion.
4. Will Eric Holder guarantee NSA reporters' first
This is by John Cusack who writes for the Guardian:
He starts as follows:
There is rather a lot more,
and it is a good piece, though Cusack does not answer the title's
question - as is indeed to be expected, given the fact that Holder has
run a justice department that has done very little to protect
whistleblowers or to attack the big banks or indeed to control the many
illegal things the NSA has done and is doing.
Another week and another
on the NSA and the unconstitutional out-of-control
surveillance state hit the digital newsstands, showing once again
why the tide is turning. Some revelations are so
surreal, it's hard not to assume they're
satire. NSA chief Keith Alexander
seems to be modeling his ambitions and visions for domestic and
international spying after General Curtis
LeMay's views on nuclear war.
Meanwhile, despite the massive
smear campaign against Edward Snowden,
polls stand clearly with the truth-tellers. People know they have a right to know what the government
is doing in their names. State
secrecy is on the run, while American privacy, long rumored dead,
is alive and kicking and wants the fight out in the open – in the
sunlight and in the public square. they have a
right to know what the government is doing in their names.
5. Soldier Shows Us What A
Real American Believes In
Finally, an item by The Young Turks, that is only 3 min
21 secs, and shows an American soldier's reaction to someome uttering
The soldier didn't know
he was being filmed.
P.S. Sep 19, 2013: Added a link and corrected a misspelling.
 Here it is necessary to insist, with
Aristotle, that the governors do not
rule, or at least, should not rule: The laws rule, and the
if good, is part of its executive power. Here I quote Aristotle from my
More on stupidity, the rule of law, and Glenn
It is more proper
that law should govern than any one of the
citizens: upon the same principle, if it is advantageous to place the
supreme power in some particular persons, they should be appointed to
be only guardians, and the servants of the laws.
(And I note the whole file I
from is quite pertinent.)
ME/CFS (that I prefer
to call M.E.: The "/CFS" is added to facilitate search
is a disease I have since 1.1.1979: