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Zing! Kirsten Powers Lays Waste to the Anti-Snowden Crowd

This is pretty epic. She names names, and takes them all to task with biting wit and piercing rejoinders to their intellectually bankrupt slams against Snowden:

The Sickening Snowden Backlash
by Kirsten Powers | The Daily Beast | June 14, 2013

It's appalling to hear the Washington bureaucrats and their media allies trash Edward Snowden as a traitor, when it's our leaders and the NSA who have betrayed us, writes Kirsten Powers.

Hell hath no fury like the Washington establishment scorned.

Since Edward Snowden came forward to identify himself as the leaker of the National Security Agency spying programs, the D.C. mandarins have been working overtime to discredit the man many view as a hero for revealing crucial information the government had wrongfully kept secret. Apparently, if you think hiding information about spying on Americans is bad, you are misguided. The real problem is that Snowden didn’t understand that his role is to sit and be quiet while the “best and the brightest” keep Americans in the dark about government snooping on private citizens.

By refusing to play this role, Snowden has been called a "traitor" by House Majority Leader John Boehner. Sen. Dianne Feinstein called the leaks "an act of treason." The fury among the protectors of the status quo is so great that you have longtime Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen smearing Snowden as a “cross-dressing Little Red Riding Hood.” The New York Times’s David Brooks lamented that Snowden, who put himself in peril for the greater good, was too “individualistic.” It seems that he wasn’t sufficiently indoctrinated to blindly worship the establishment institutions that have routinely failed us. Brooks argued that “for society to function well, there have to be basic levels of trust and cooperation, a respect for institutions and deference to common procedures.”

This is backward. It’s the institutions that need to demonstrate respect for the public they allegedly serve. If Snowden or any other American is skeptical of institutional power, it is not due to any personal failing on their part. The lack of respect is a direct outgrowth of the bad behavior of the nation’s institutions, behavior that has undermined Americans’ trust in them. According to Gallup’s “confidence in institutions” poll, trust is at an historic low, with Congress clocking in at a 13 percent approval rating in 2012. Yes, this is the same Congress that has “oversight” of the government spying programs.

Read the whole thing; it's so worth it: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/06/14/the-sickeni...

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There are some serious

There are some serious bootlickers in the comments section of that article. I truly do not understand how these people can defend this monstrosity. I am seeing them pop up everywhere now. Some of these pricks are so obtuse it makes me sick to watch and read it.

The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire. - Heinlein

NSA trolls?

I'd put it down to that, if anything to make you feel better. Some more than likely are, some sadly are from extremely ignorant people. Hopefully there is less and less of this (ignorance) everyday.

Gj Kirsten!

...Well written Kirsten!


Keep your eye on the prize! - Ending legal tender laws in order for the Federal Reserve System to self-destruct is of the upmost importance.
What in the World are They Spraying https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jf0khstYDLA

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Google is government.

Just found this. Not sure if

Just found this. Not sure if this is real or intended to discredit.


I don't know what to think about that link.

I looked at his video interview again. He says his name is "ed".

I'm not sure either. My gut

I'm not sure either. My gut says that I should support anything the administration despises and denigrates.

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I tend to agree

However, what does that cause us to think about cigarettes? :)

I love you. I'm sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you.
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http://jsjinc.net - Jin Shin Jyutsu (energy healing)

Excellent point.

Excellent point.


Who rakes in more? Big Pharma or Monsanto?

I am 100% pro-Snowden at this

I am 100% pro-Snowden at this point. Glenn Greenwald is a different matter. His intentions are a bit murkier.

Greenwald Gave Up Hs Job As A Constitutional Lawyer

To become a columnist on civil liberties.

Do you think he may have taken a bit of a pay cut in order to do so?

Greenwald's intentions are pure. He believes in civil liberties and the Bill Of Rights and has literally risked his life to fight for them.

"Bipartisan: both parties acting in concert to put both of their hands in your pocket."-Rothbard

Let's be honest, there's no

Let's be honest, there's no money in either pursuit (as a constitutional lawyer or as a reporter) and "purity" is a bit subjective. All I am sure of is that all people act in their own self-interest. Until I see proof otherwise, Snowden's "purity" on the matter seems unimpeachable. Martyr-like as a matter of fact.

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What you say is true -- but can vary from perspective

One of the new perspectives I've learned is the idea that we're all one soul. When one life ends, that soul then returns in a different body, possibly at a different time. Thus, we are all one spirit, having different (and the opposite!) experiences. When you do good for someone, you are benefiting yourself; when you harm someone, you are hurting yourself.

So, this NSA monstrosity is affecting me, billions of times over.

From that perspective, Mr. Greenwald is acting in self-interest by helping us all (me) know about it.

I love you. I'm sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you.
http://fija.org - Fully Informed Jury Association
http://jsjinc.net - Jin Shin Jyutsu (energy healing)

I see where you're coming

I see where you're coming from, perspective-wise, however I don't believe in things like spirits and mysticism. Reality is strange enough.

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+1 and agree -- but how much of reality do you actually see?

Our eyes take in about 1% of the elecro-magnetic spectrum. Our ears don't hear all the vibrations (dogs hear higher frequencies than we can). Similarly, our other sense are lacking.

So how can you say that you have an actual model of reality in your brain?

I know energy healing works; I feel it as a tingling, where others feel it as hot/cold, or attraction/resistance (like a magnet).

Most people think that is crazy.

So I know something is actually real, which most people think is crazy.

That's not to say that everything crazy is real.

But I know something is.

I love you. I'm sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you.
http://fija.org - Fully Informed Jury Association
http://jsjinc.net - Jin Shin Jyutsu (energy healing)

I have no idea what "energy

I have no idea what "energy healing" means.

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Second response:

I just watched the 5-minute video (it's actually 7 minutes because of the instruction), and performed the finger holds along with her. When I got to the middle finger, I started crying. The middle finger is associated with anger, and the liver. My brain injury has made me more irritable (anger), and I'm drinking more (liver). So it definitely had an impact on me; I will continue this daily.

Another excellent resource is EFT, Energy Freedom Technique. This has helped many soldiers with their PTSD. See http://www.emofree.com/

I have had a psychologist who used EFT, and it helped a great deal with the issues I was experiencing them. Again, hope this is helpful.

I love you. I'm sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you.
http://fija.org - Fully Informed Jury Association
http://jsjinc.net - Jin Shin Jyutsu (energy healing)

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A short primer

The one I know is Jin Shin Jyutsu; another family member practices Reiki.

I just commented a short, easy method which you can use anywhere you're sitting, just hold a finger in the other hand and take deep breaths. That was here: http://www.dailypaul.com/287333/caregivers-helping-caregiver...

Energy is in the atmosphere. All energy healing modalities include the use of deep breathing, and placing of hands. The body (somehow -- science still has a lot to learn) transforms the atmosphere that is taken in by the lungs, into energy streaming from the hands.

By placing one's hands on one's (or someone else's) body and breathing deeply, one can heal oneself or others.

This can be "proven" anecdotally - when you see someone holding their head with their hand, you think "person has a headache". When someone skins their knee, they hold it with both hands. Etc; injuries are generally responded to by holding the injured part with one or both hands.

With Jin Shin Jyutsu, there are 26 points on the body; one places the fingertips of one hand on one of them, and the other hand on another, and it's like "jumper cabling" the two points; energy flows through them and heals a specific issue. When done with more than one person there is more energy flowing (it seems more than additive, if not multiplicative, but we need better equipment to detect).

Another book I've read "Quantum Touch" is less specific, and more like my above anecdotes -- when in pain, put the hands on the pain and take deep breaths.

Some say "energy permeates the universe" and they might be right, but since I know that it's exchange of atmosphere and hands that can channel it, perhaps it's only in the atmosphere on this planet? I love to experiment with it, but getting off-planet is costly (and I'd still have some atmosphere around me so I could breathe -- so I'll need to devise machines that can detect the energy, and then send them into the void).

But I have lots of plans, that one is a few years away. Right now I want to heal my brain (see my other comments in the very encouraging, warm, helpful caregivers post).

Some JSJ links:
http://jsjinc.net/ (main site)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdZbxcoipSQ (YouTube video: Jin Shin Jyutsu - 5 Minutes to Balance)

I hope this was helpful.

I love you. I'm sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you.
http://fija.org - Fully Informed Jury Association
http://jsjinc.net - Jin Shin Jyutsu (energy healing)

Maybe this bit of evidence

Maybe this bit of evidence will soften you to GG a bit:



I bow to her for speaking up against all the uninformed Benedict Arnolds out there.
I also don't agree with her liberalism. But, some of these libs do have a streak of Libertarianism in them when it comes to individual liberties.
I really
wouldn't mind slapping her butt once in a while either! :)

It's time! Rand Paul 2016!

"Truth, Justice, and the American Way!"

Regarding your signature

If I may recommend a slight change:
Double the size of the House of Representatives, but halve all their pay.

Even then they'd make above the median national household income.

I'd be

happy with the doubling at 1st. work on the cuts later. We need reps closer to the people. They are to unapproachable with the population size. Heck con districts now are the population size of what the states were. This is thinning our representation. My district is democratic in the north and republican in the south. The north is way larger in the population so there will never be anyone elected without a D after their name. There has to be more of these gerrymandered districts all over the country.

It's time! Rand Paul 2016!

"Truth, Justice, and the American Way!"

Let local districts choose

Let local districts choose their reps pay. Like a church congregation.

Man behind the curtain

It's really becoming clear now even for the many sleeping sheep out there. The elite are coming very close to pulling back the curtain to show themselves for who they really are.

"Overclassified" Information

I like that term.

We must end the classification system. The government has proven it can't be trusted with it.

"Bipartisan: both parties acting in concert to put both of their hands in your pocket."-Rothbard

Classless information

You could say that by indiscriminately sucking up all data, such data can be referred to as classless information. Ergo, under the classification system, the data is filed under the "classless" category and off-limits to the public.

Make sense? no? Well too bad quips the Establishment Complex.

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To classify is to lie.

I love you. I'm sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you.
http://fija.org - Fully Informed Jury Association
http://jsjinc.net - Jin Shin Jyutsu (energy healing)

Outstanding find.

I hope these brave whistle-blowers and journalists shake their fence dwelling colleagues off to the side of liberty.

Like 'the law' . . . .

terms and word concepts such as 'institutions' and 'government' are nothing but the cover that individual Criminals hide behind.

Individual people (not 'institutions') violated the Constitution and are continuing to do so, including those who swore to defend it.

Their tactics include lying and lots of smoke & mirrors.

But We The People are beginning to wake up.

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- Wonderfully scathing!

Two thumbs up for Kirsten!

One finger up for Washington.