No Kidding… a kid is a kid is a kid until past 19 non? I mean for REAL? get real America, our kids are kids until they are 30, at least!

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 was Dzhokar there at all? or was he playing Grand Theft Auto? automatic pilot? or activist?

Tonight I ask:   are you kidding me?? of course these friends and room mates, these young guys who’ve filled the cable news, KIDS, teenagers who’ve grown up among repressive police regimes

(Kazbekistan for instance) and have had their eyes opened to even more spooky regimes here in the U.S., a nation where they are living–simply trying to be good students but find themselves in a stew– why would they NOT dump something that might tie them, personally, to a crime that calls out NINE THOUSAND armed to the teeth cops??? much less incriminate their friend, their mostly-sweet ganja smoking smart orphaned student friend a guy our media is rapidly trying hard to make into a T. McVeigh, Dzhokar Tsarnaev, into a similar monster!  Their friend who behaved much differently than they ever thought he was capable of doing. There truly is no accounting for human behavior in any given situation. That is the true lesson here.

No wonder they dumped his bag!!! for his sake, and even more so, for their own. A lot of good it did them.  Personally, like the kid, ‘suspect #2’ I’m on their side(s).

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An interesting take from Charles Eisenstein on our reaction as a Nation to the Boston bombings.

This was sent to me by Brigid Meier, always a terrific source of information on the edge:

A few of the points he made that caught my eye: From fear comes hate, and from hate comes violence.

and: What we suppress in our psyche often bursts out in some dissociated and extreme form. When we live in fear (as we do in a security state), we are certain to experience that fear in various externalized ways, such as terrorism. The suppressed shadow emerges. Are the horrific events of the last few months the random acts of bad guys? Or could it be that we are seeing a reflection of ourselves?

and: The further we take security, for example to preemptive drone strikes, the more hatred we will generate. The more hatred we generate, the greater will be the need to extend the regime of security even further.

The same is true of the mindset of control at home, in the workplace, and at school, extending even to pharmaceutical control of the mind via anti-depressant drugs. A society that is increasingly regimented, surveilled, and controlled, in which “freedom” happens behind gates and walls, necessarily stokes an explosive desire to break free. I do not mean to trivialize the complicated psycho-social factors that turn a person into a mass murderer, but certainly a key factor must be an overwhelming feeling of alienation. What could be more alienating then a standardized, controlled, endemically suspicious society, where everywhere you go you are treated as a suspect or troublemaker?

And this especially, I agree with:

To build a society of safety and trust rather than security and fear, we are going to have to act from the former rather than the latter. I therefore offer a few modest proposals for how to respond to the Boston bombing. First, let us reverse the cycle of terror by responding, not with heightened security, but with relaxed security, demonstrating that we will not be frightened into retreating behind cameras, fences, and metal detectors. We will bravely uphold an open society.

Secondly, let us reverse the cycle of hatred abroad by ceasing all preemptive and punitive drone strikes and other attacks. Those are the actions of a frightened people. It takes courage to trust that if one holds back from violence, whomever one has seen as an enemy will do the same. But in a situation of mutual distrust, someone has to take the first step. Otherwise, each act merely confirms the distrust of the other, and the violence never ends.

Thirdly, instead of vowing to take vengeance on the perpetrator of the Boston attack, let us proclaim that rather than punish him, he will have the opportunity to face the families of the people he killed and the people whose limbs he destroyed. He will hear their stories and share his own. Then together, the victims, perpetrators and community will agree on how best to heal the damage done and serve justice. While remorse and forgiveness may not result, it is more likely to than in punitive justice.

Thank you Brigid for this contribution, and thank you Charles Eisenstein for tacitly allowing me to quote your essay.

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West Texas

“That boom you hear? That’s the sound of a free market.”  Bill Maher

And Texas is still bragging that they are damned near regulation free?


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Oh man, let’s hope this isn’t entirely true… could Tsarnaev the elder have been used by this government as an operative?

A friend sent this article which speculates in a new connects the dots way on what Tamerlan Tsarnaev was doing in the Caucuses:

Evidence Points to Tsarnaev as CIA Asset 

While the establishment media predictably attempts to make the serial lies told by the FBI, and both FBI and CIA’s involvement and foreknowledge of the suspects years before the Boston attacks, appear to be just an innocent bureaucratic foul-up, former-FBI translator Sibel Edmonds reported in incredible detail what most likely transpired, even before revelations of the CIA’s involvement became public.

“In a 45 minute interview on the Corbett Report, Edmonds explained that multiple warnings by Russian investigators to the FBI were likely ignored because the CIA was in all probability using Tamerlan Tsarnaev as an asset to travel to Russia’s Caucasus region and make contact with US-backed terrorists.

It is a long-documented fact that the United States has extensively backed terrorists operating in Russia’s Caucasus region. (here’s the full article

Not okay by me and you? This country’s long hate/love relationship with Russia has brought more pain and suffering down on our heads… in a delayed and terribly ironic fashion, than any overt battles (except Viet Nam I suppose) fought out front. It is common knowledge that our covert agents trained the late Osama Bin Laden to fight the Russian invading army, and voila are we seeing this again with Tamerlan Tsarnaev?

It is time to truly recognize that we are one world, and stop playing spy vs spy.




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April 23, 2013 The Case Against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev: A Guide Posted by Jeffrey Toobin

Thank you Brigid Meier for contributing with this response. Thank god I’m not the only one searching for or posting a response, which takes into compassion, while puzzling a point of political view, too.

I remain convinced that Dzhokhar was lost, lost lost lost in the ethers between an action-phantasy and the cold bloody rationality of what was misguidedly set into order in the world that bleeds and dies… a world set into chaos by he and his brother.  If the tables were turned and someone– the whole world’s media for instance–told me that the planet were at large dead-set against the Dalai Lama, or the ancient cosmology of Native American tribes– well then, I too might have at ages 18-19 acted out as well,  just like Dzokhar! I might have fought back as blindly as he allegedly did. Right or wrong. Information good or lousy. All matter’s action, whether sentient or inert depends upon interaction, or observation.  Is he responsible for what happened this last week?

Then again, who the fuck knows? Dzokhar just might be a teetering jerk who turned the corner unto his true nature a total jerk… Neanderthal man… errr …. Neanderthal teenager. I hope not and then again I hope something less than evolutionary ambiguity will come from this event and its following inquiry.  simone ellis

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Haper’s: operative quote: … the reverence in which American’s of all political persuasion seem to hold Reagan today is absurd.

The reverence in which American’s of all political persuasion seem to hold Reagan today is absurd.”

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The Anti-Economist — From the May 2013 issue

The Age of Cruelty


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eeesh cold number five this year

I just wanted to keep up the flow, and still am waiting like a fisherman on the still backwaters of an overly-expanded pool — the blogpool– for responses. I have a cold. Through the sniffles I watch as this country and our frantic media try to take apart and make sense of what happened in Boston. Strangely enough it looks like the first truly isolated internet phenomena, which resulted in real injury and tragic manifestations, all based on 1’s and 0’s. How long will it take for the species to understand that virtual reality and real flesh and blood overlap without defference to life and limb, intention and outcome?  Am I suggesting censorship?  No. That would be utterly counter to everything I’ve ever stood for. But I am suggesting waking up to the fact that what is acted out on a screen in a bedroom somewhere can and sometimes will morph into 3-D. Thus couldn’t we start competitive behavior techniques to the play? Something to counter the “play?”

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