May 21st, 2018

pink floyd - dark side

#YouToo, Brutus?

I was not at all surprised by the permission of Gina Haspel into the Intelligencia's Top Brass Knucklheads Club. After all, she was loyal to her immediate superiors - and Trump loves that sort of thing. Oh, did I mention - Even while she was loyal to the lower authorities, she was wildly DISLOYAL to the wishes of the then-HEAD of the CIA, as well as to the then-President, when she WENT AHEAD AND DESTROYED INCRIMINATING VIDEO EVIDENCE OF CIA TORTURE OF DETAINED, "ENEMY COMBATANTS," ANYWAY. Sadly, this crime was seriously downplayed in the Haspel Confirmation Hearings. Instead, the swing voters had to wait until they heard her say, "I will not support torture in the future." What a bunch of dweeby wimps. HERE WE GO AGAIN, and...

BULLSHIT. Trump selected precisely BECAUSE she supported torture. Torture, science shows, DOES NOT WORK. All torture about is the feeling of demented CONTROL and REVENGE and TESTOSTERONE by the perpetrators.

And I listened to Haspel, giving her responses, attesting that she would never support torture in the future. Let me tell you one thing. This woman is a bad lair. Two or three times, I caught OBVIOUS WAFFLING in her voice, at critical times. It was right out there. But the politicians are voting her in because:

1 - You don't mess with the Establishment Military-Intelligence Machine, with all its plans and schemes and means, AND...

2 - As long as she P R O M I S E D..... ya know!.... The politicians can take that home to their suckers and say their hands are clean!

3 - Trump, the head of the GOP, wants her in...

4 - She is a woman - yay! The asshole is a woman!

5 - Always easier to ask forgiveness than to ask permission - or tell the truth - or serve the truth...

This whole country is insane. INSANE. It is all in a tizzy about Russians in the furniture and yet it continues to vote to FUCK WITH THE REST OF THE WORLD. It is like the crumbling years of the Roman Empire. "And who, of you, is without sin? Then throw the first stone..." [Everyone throws stones - en masse - safe in numbers]...

Et tu, Brute?

'I hated myself for Abu Ghraib abuse'

Gina Haspel has paved the way for her confirmation as new CIA director, after repudiating torture tactics used in the past. But the scars from one of America's darkest chapters, the abuse of Iraqis at Abu Ghraib prison, still linger, as one of the men involved explains...

[Hit the Haspel - Gina tag above for another recent relevant post]!
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Supreme Court Deals a Big Blow to Workers’ Rights !

Mother Jones:
In a scathing dissent, Ruth Bader Ginsburg called the decision “egregiously wrong.”

In a major defeat for workers, the Supreme Court ruled on Monday that companies can force employees to seek damages individually, rather than as a group. The decision allows employers to require that workers pursue claims in individual arbitration hearings—which tend to be more favorable to employers—and bar them from filing class-action lawsuits or seeking group arbitration hearings.

In a 5-4 decision, Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote that the Federal Arbitration Act of 1925 allows employers to require one-on-one arbitration hearings. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg called Gorsuch’s decision “egregiously wrong” in a highly critical dissent that she read from the bench, a relatively rare move that signals strong opposition.

Ginsburg argued that the majority opinion violates workers’ legal right to engage in collective action. She wrote, “The inevitable result of today’s decision will be the underenforcement of federal and state statutes designed to advance the well-being of vulnerable workers.” Her dissent was joined by the court’s three other liberal justices: Stephen Breyer, Elena Kagan, and Sonia Sotomayor.

Gorsuch’s decision caps a long run of Supreme Court decisions that have greatly expanded companies’ ability to require customers and employees to sign contracts that mandate arbitration, instead of allowing them to pursue claims in open court. Unlike court rulings, decisions made by arbitrators are usually kept private, making it difficult for other employees or customers to learn about wrongdoing. And unlike judges, arbitrators are generally paid by the companies that use their services. There is usually no right to appeal an arbitrator’s decision.

As Ginsburg pointed out, it is often not practical for workers to go through arbitration to recover small damages. “But by joining together with others, similarly circumstanced,” she added, “employees can gain effective redress for wage underpayment commonly experienced.” The late federal judge Richard Posner summarized the problem with individual suits in 2004: “The realistic alternative to a class action is not 17 million individual suits, but zero individual suits, as only a lunatic or a fanatic sues for $30.”

Ginsburg compared contracts that force workers into individual arbitration to the “yellow dog” contracts that once blocked workers from joining unions. She argued that the outcome of Monday’s decision is easy to predict. “Employers, aware that employees will be disinclined to pursue small-value claims when confined to proceeding one-by-one, will no doubt perceive that the cost-benefit balance of underpaying workers tips heavily in favor of skirting legal obligations,” she wrote.

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