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by MEGAMANTROTSKY
Sat Aug 06, 2011 1:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Six cops beat schizophrenic homeless man to death
Replies: 44
Views: 8052

Re: Six cops beat schizophrenic homeless man to death

I would contend that he is somewhat accurate in his assessment that the U.S. is a more violent and militarized culture. Is there any wonder that pretty much our entire lingo for getting anything done in government is drawn from military terminology? I confess that I am largely ignorant of the lingo...
by MEGAMANTROTSKY
Sat Aug 06, 2011 12:54 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: New Orleans Police On Trial For Katrina Killings
Replies: 6
Views: 3213

Re: New Orleans Police On Trial For Katrina Killings

This article may provide valuable context into the shooting. Is there any way to figure out if the officers were on "looting duty" at the time? In my opinion, Ray Nagin should have been one of the defendants.

http://www.propublica.org/nola/story/no ... ne-katrina
by MEGAMANTROTSKY
Fri Aug 05, 2011 10:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Six cops beat schizophrenic homeless man to death
Replies: 44
Views: 8052

Re: Six cops beat schizophrenic homeless man to death

I think of the reasons that the USA suffers so much more from police brutality than other Western nations is, well, to put it bluntly, that you are a nation of sadistic sociopaths whose first impulse upon being confronted with a crime is to make the perpetrators suffer . I know that's not entirely ...
by MEGAMANTROTSKY
Thu Aug 04, 2011 3:13 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Six cops beat schizophrenic homeless man to death
Replies: 44
Views: 8052

Six cops beat schizophrenic homeless man to death

http://www.christianpost.com/news/homeless-beating-six-police-officers-suspended-in-calif-53316/ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ljYNgLnpxM Kelly Thomas was approached by Fullerton police officers responding to reports of cars being burglarized in the area on July 5. In a surveillance video taken ab...
by MEGAMANTROTSKY
Sun Mar 06, 2011 12:13 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bradley Manning tortured
Replies: 429
Views: 47596

Re: Bradley Manning tortured

Sorry to revive this, but it sounds like they are now considering the death penalty.... Clarification has arisen: The new charges against Private First Class Bradley Manning include aiding the enemy, a capital offence, but prosecutors have said they will not seek the death penalty. The prosecution ...
by MEGAMANTROTSKY
Fri Feb 11, 2011 7:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British prime minister whips up anti-Muslim sentiment [WSWS]
Replies: 54
Views: 5690

Re: British prime minister whips up anti-Muslim sentiment [W

You're right. My lack of experience and knowledge have revealed themselves yet again. But I don't wish to repeat these mistakes. I should concern myself first and foremost on how the media actually works, but I don't know where to start. Any source or suggestion is welcome. If you're in the UK, sta...
by MEGAMANTROTSKY
Fri Feb 11, 2011 1:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British prime minister whips up anti-Muslim sentiment [WSWS]
Replies: 54
Views: 5690

Re: British prime minister whips up anti-Muslim sentiment [W

I'm not sure what else I can say, really. My position is merely the reverse of your own, perhaps even for similar reasons. I won't concede anything yet, but I think we have reached an impasse in this matter. There are very few issues at which an impasse can be reached if both sides are acting logic...
by MEGAMANTROTSKY
Fri Feb 11, 2011 4:10 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British prime minister whips up anti-Muslim sentiment [WSWS]
Replies: 54
Views: 5690

Re: British prime minister whips up anti-Muslim sentiment [W

The "bourgeois" or "proletarian" ownership of media enterprises does not actually affect the truth or falsity of their reporting. Mega: This is an important point I think bears repeating. A 'capitalist' media outlet, as you call it, will have great vested interest in accurately ...
by MEGAMANTROTSKY
Thu Feb 10, 2011 11:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British prime minister whips up anti-Muslim sentiment [WSWS]
Replies: 54
Views: 5690

Re: British prime minister whips up anti-Muslim sentiment [W

The "bourgeois" or "proletarian" ownership of media enterprises does not actually affect the truth or falsity of their reporting. If that's really the case, than how will you reconcile with that of William Randolph Hearst and his "yellow journalism" of the early twenti...
by MEGAMANTROTSKY
Thu Feb 10, 2011 10:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British prime minister whips up anti-Muslim sentiment [WSWS]
Replies: 54
Views: 5690

Re: British prime minister whips up anti-Muslim sentiment [W

The "bourgeois" or "proletarian" ownership of media enterprises does not actually affect the truth or falsity of their reporting. If that's really the case, than how will you reconcile with that of William Randolph Hearst and his "yellow journalism" of the early twenti...
by MEGAMANTROTSKY
Thu Feb 10, 2011 9:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Riots in Egypt
Replies: 380
Views: 38651

Re: Riots in Egypt

Is the military still more or less on the demonstrator's side? I'm not super up-to-date on Egypt but I thought mostly just police and the presidential guard were the potential causes of slaughter. According to this article, that doesn't seem to be the case. The military have have officially declare...
by MEGAMANTROTSKY
Thu Feb 10, 2011 5:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British prime minister whips up anti-Muslim sentiment [WSWS]
Replies: 54
Views: 5690

Re: British prime minister whips up anti-Muslim sentiment [W

See, again, you link to a website that explicitly states it's bias. Not to say that such a site won't occasionally come across good, or indeed, true, stuff, but it simply is not going to be reporting them accurately. Personally, and this is a suggestion insofar as you asked what my personal bias is...
by MEGAMANTROTSKY
Thu Feb 10, 2011 3:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British prime minister whips up anti-Muslim sentiment [WSWS]
Replies: 54
Views: 5690

Re: British prime minister whips up anti-Muslim sentiment [W

Yes, I have, did you see my comment earlier asking for another source to corroborate the claim about a 'right-wing anti-muslim campaign across Europe', or other people linking to the Guardian, or the original speech? My sentiment that a website that actively proclaims it's biases is biased is in fa...
by MEGAMANTROTSKY
Thu Feb 10, 2011 2:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British prime minister whips up anti-Muslim sentiment [WSWS]
Replies: 54
Views: 5690

Re: British prime minister whips up anti-Muslim sentiment [W

Yes, they do. Look at the article source, and tell me how objective you think it's being. Have you even read the article? If you're going to pick the WSWS apart, by all means, do so. Calling the source into question without giving any specifics about the article doesn't tell me anything, other than...
by MEGAMANTROTSKY
Wed Feb 09, 2011 10:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Possible Internet Kill-Switch for U.S.?
Replies: 20
Views: 2976

Re: Possible Internet Kill-Switch for U.S.?

Does anybody know how the Egyptian state had shut down their internet access? Was it similar to this "kill-switch" concept?
by MEGAMANTROTSKY
Wed Feb 09, 2011 10:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Brian Jacques, Writer of Redwall Series, Dies at 71
Replies: 12
Views: 2016

Re: Brian Jacques, Writer of Redwall Series, Dies at 71

That's very sad to hear. My favorite book was "Marlfox."
by MEGAMANTROTSKY
Wed Feb 09, 2011 8:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British prime minister whips up anti-Muslim sentiment [WSWS]
Replies: 54
Views: 5690

Re: British prime minister whips up anti-Muslim sentiment [W

Seriously guys. Did you actually read what he said? He's not attacking islam, he's attacking terrorists. If anything his speech is very pro-islam and pro-immigrants. He's clearly saying that Islam is not the problem, and he's clearly saying that hostility towards Western culture is not the problem....
by MEGAMANTROTSKY
Wed Feb 09, 2011 4:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British prime minister whips up anti-Muslim sentiment [WSWS]
Replies: 54
Views: 5690

British prime minister whips up anti-Muslim sentiment [WSWS]

http://wsws.org/articles/2011/feb2011/pers-f09.shtml British Prime Minister David Cameron used his speech to last weekend’s Munich Security Conference in Germany to proclaim a “sea-change” in the fight against “home-grown” terrorism in Britain. The Tory leader’s remarks were profoundly anti-democrat...
by MEGAMANTROTSKY
Wed Feb 09, 2011 3:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Riots in Egypt
Replies: 380
Views: 38651

Mass protests and strikes escalate in Egypt [WSWS]

There is an 8 page thread already for this topic--do not start new threads for topics that are already under discussion. -Rin http://wsws.org/articles/2011/feb2011/egyp-f09.shtml Cairo’s Tahrir square was filled with the largest demonstration yet Tuesday, as masses of Egyptians rejected the “orderl...
by MEGAMANTROTSKY
Wed Feb 02, 2011 12:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: One third of Americans are diabetic or prediabetic
Replies: 42
Views: 4721

One third of Americans are diabetic or prediabetic

http://wsws.org/articles/2011/feb2011/cdcd-f02.shtml According to the 2011 National Diabetes Fact Sheet released by the United States Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on January 26, last year saw an increase in the numbers of people with diabetes in virtually every age category. The federal agency ...
by MEGAMANTROTSKY
Thu Jan 06, 2011 3:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: New edition of 'Huckleberry Finn' to lose the N-word
Replies: 131
Views: 13728

Re: New edition of 'Huckleberry Finn' to lose the N-word

++$_ wrote:Mind you be careful, now, waving that "bludgeon" around like that without quotation marks.
This quote made my day. The unfortunate part is that despite the humor behind it, it's none too far fetched.
by MEGAMANTROTSKY
Thu Dec 23, 2010 12:52 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Boycott Thor!
Replies: 129
Views: 11420

Re: Boycott Thor!

MikeBabaguh wrote:What if a Vulcan was portrayed without pointy ears? People can be very defensive of what they believe their imaginary characters should look like.

In all seriousness, I find that to be a very perplexing question. I don't know how I would react if Spock had rounded human ears.
by MEGAMANTROTSKY
Wed Dec 22, 2010 11:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Democrats ensure that tax cuts for the wealthy are extended
Replies: 95
Views: 8739

Re: Democrats ensure that tax cuts for the wealthy are exten

It's because your tone makes you come off as a sanctimonious berk, even when you're not being outright insulting. Protip: on this forum, it's not a good idea to be a sanctimonious berk to the moderators when they are doing their mod-ly duties. Charming. Sanctimonious berks, then, are to be treated ...
by MEGAMANTROTSKY
Wed Dec 22, 2010 11:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Democrats ensure that tax cuts for the wealthy are extended
Replies: 95
Views: 8739

Re: Democrats ensure that tax cuts for the wealthy are exten

MMT, I'm curious as to where you define the "bourgeoisie" and "proletariat"? Last time I checked, most income distribution graphs contained a steadily declining curve, not something that looked like two skyward-facing breasts. Also, a huge chunk of the earners in the 200K to 500...
by MEGAMANTROTSKY
Wed Dec 22, 2010 7:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Democrats ensure that tax cuts for the wealthy are extended
Replies: 95
Views: 8739

Re: Democrats ensure that tax cuts for the wealthy are exten

But we're talking about the Bush tax cut extension here which is the federal income tax isn't it? While the whole tax code may not be progressive this change is still fairly progressive. Arguing that its not enough of a change or that the whole tax code is still regressive seems like it would be a ...
by MEGAMANTROTSKY
Wed Dec 22, 2010 6:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Democrats ensure that tax cuts for the wealthy are extended
Replies: 95
Views: 8739

Re: Democrats ensure that tax cuts for the wealthy are exten

The cuts were continued in the interests of the bourgeoisie. AND the proletariat. In fact, they favor the proletariat. Not that you've bothered to define these ambiguous terms. No one is disputing the fact that these tax breaks help high income earners. What you consistently fail to acknowledge is ...
by MEGAMANTROTSKY
Wed Dec 22, 2010 4:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Democrats ensure that tax cuts for the wealthy are extended
Replies: 95
Views: 8739

Re: Democrats ensure that tax cuts for the wealthy are exten

Edit: The Dems did have to compromise if they wanted to avoid tax hikes which definitely would have negatively affected the middle class. Now, they could have avoided this by attacking the problem earlier, passing a bill extending tax cuts to the wealthy, and then eliminating those extensions in bu...
by MEGAMANTROTSKY
Wed Dec 22, 2010 4:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Democrats ensure that tax cuts for the wealthy are extended
Replies: 95
Views: 8739

Re: Democrats ensure that tax cuts for the wealthy are exten

@MMT's Ninja post: The reason that the Dems compromised is that they are interested in governance. If everyone was a ideologue, nothing would ever get done in this country. That is a completely insufficient explanation as to what happened, and your leap into "education" is nothing more th...
by MEGAMANTROTSKY
Wed Dec 22, 2010 4:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Democrats ensure that tax cuts for the wealthy are extended
Replies: 95
Views: 8739

Re: Democrats ensure that tax cuts for the wealthy are exten

In other words: they technically had no reason to compromise, and yet they did. This is the part I have trouble with. The GOP said they would block ALL further legislation unless these cuts were done to their satisfaction. http://republican.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Blogs.View&Blog...
by MEGAMANTROTSKY
Wed Dec 22, 2010 3:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Democrats ensure that tax cuts for the wealthy are extended
Replies: 95
Views: 8739

Re: Democrats ensure that tax cuts for the wealthy are exten

Why are you comparing a proposed bill with the one that is actually enacted? If you're arguing the proposed bill was better than sure I'm almost certain most people here would agree with you. I also fail to see how its the Obama administration's fault that THEIR proposed bill (the good one) wasn't ...
by MEGAMANTROTSKY
Wed Dec 22, 2010 2:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Democrats ensure that tax cuts for the wealthy are extended
Replies: 95
Views: 8739

Re: Democrats ensure that tax cuts for the wealthy are exten

Malice is correct that Congress certainly could’ve done more to help out lower income earners. Still, MMT’s assertion: I believe it is clear that the Obama adminstration's polic[ies] has, by and large, benefited big business and the wealthy, with the working class's lot deteriorating even further. ...
by MEGAMANTROTSKY
Tue Dec 21, 2010 11:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Democrats ensure that tax cuts for the wealthy are extended
Replies: 95
Views: 8739

Re: Democrats ensure that tax cuts for the wealthy are exten

Just like the Tax Foundation, you are making the error of only choosing to take federal income tax into account. Are you deliberately being obtuse or simply replying to posts without reading them? Yes, I'm analyzing the impact of a federal income tax law on the federal income tax. I freely admit th...
by MEGAMANTROTSKY
Tue Dec 21, 2010 10:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Democrats ensure that tax cuts for the wealthy are extended
Replies: 95
Views: 8739

Re: Democrats ensure that tax cuts for the wealthy are exten

Too many posts to respond to, so I'll try to make this as inclusive as I can. The data I cited was in reference to Federal Income Tax, and that only. That's the only I'm talking about right now. Other taxes are a whole different issue. So MMT, citing that my source (which was found out of convenien...
by MEGAMANTROTSKY
Tue Dec 21, 2010 10:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Democrats ensure that tax cuts for the wealthy are extended
Replies: 95
Views: 8739

Re: Democrats ensure that tax cuts for the wealthy are exten

This directly contradicts the report made by the Tax Foundation No it doesn't. The highest one percent could pay 40% of income taxes while at the same time paying a combined tax RATE of 30%. This is not contradictory. Comparing the two tax plans, the worst thing they've found is that one group is r...
by MEGAMANTROTSKY
Tue Dec 21, 2010 9:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Democrats ensure that tax cuts for the wealthy are extended
Replies: 95
Views: 8739

Re: Democrats ensure that tax cuts for the wealthy are exten

But you didn't show that the quoted information was wrong . Hold them to the same standard you hold your own sources: point out why it's incorrect, or you're just trolling. You're right. Very well. My mistake lies in this: In trying to expose their political affiliations, I was looking in the wrong...
by MEGAMANTROTSKY
Tue Dec 21, 2010 8:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Democrats ensure that tax cuts for the wealthy are extended
Replies: 95
Views: 8739

Re: Democrats ensure that tax cuts for the wealthy are exten

-Figures cited from a conservative, pro-business think-tank. If you can prove why this argument is valid, while at the same time accusing anyone else who questions the objectivity of your own sources of trolling, you may continue. Otherwise you're spending too much time being indignantly outraged a...
by MEGAMANTROTSKY
Tue Dec 21, 2010 8:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Democrats ensure that tax cuts for the wealthy are extended
Replies: 95
Views: 8739

Re: Democrats ensure that tax cuts for the wealthy are exten

Actually, at this point, since you posted the initial WSWS articles, and proceeded to call other media sources untrustworthy, I think the burden of proof is on you to prove that we should listen to a word the WSWS has to say, and dismiss everything to the contrary. But hey, a number of people have ...
by MEGAMANTROTSKY
Tue Dec 21, 2010 7:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Democrats ensure that tax cuts for the wealthy are extended
Replies: 95
Views: 8739

Re: Democrats ensure that tax cuts for the wealthy are exten

It shouldn't matter if the tax cuts are good for the economy or not, it was their money to begin with. MAYBE they don't want to support the lower class with their huge tax contribution, just because you think they don't need that much money. It is THEIR MONEY. And NOT YOURS. To paraphra...
by MEGAMANTROTSKY
Tue Dec 21, 2010 7:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Democrats ensure that tax cuts for the wealthy are extended
Replies: 95
Views: 8739

Re: Democrats ensure that tax cuts for the wealthy are exten

It shouldn't matter if the tax cuts are good for the economy or not, it was their money to begin with. MAYBE they don't want to support the lower class with their huge tax contribution, just because you think they don't need that much money. It is THEIR MONEY. And NOT YOURS. To paraphra...
by MEGAMANTROTSKY
Tue Dec 21, 2010 4:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Democrats ensure that tax cuts for the wealthy are extended
Replies: 95
Views: 8739

Re: Democrats ensure that tax cuts for the wealthy are exten

Yeah, well, I'm not one for pompous displays of arrogance either. My point is that you're barking up the wrong tree and on top of that you're a cat. You're just going to go over the same old rehash of an argument that's going to get nowhere because the Democrats are also neo-liberal capitalists. Qu...

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