Date: November 06, 2022
“Dennis Kucinich, who led Congressional opposition to the Iraq war, reacts to the Congressional Progressive Caucus retracting a letter calling for diplomacy with Russia. “If we don’t believe in diplomacy,” Kucinich asks, “then where do we go as a country?”.
Guest: Dennis Kucinich. Former Congressmember (D-Ohio) and former Mayor of Cleveland.”
We need to get the rot out of U.S. government…when U.S. government is rotten as fuck.
BEING HUMAN ARCHIVE
Date: November 05, 2022
“This isn’t a Biden story. It’s not a Trump story either. This is a national security state story.”
This week Ken Klippenstein and Lee Fang at The Intercept broke a huge story: Leaked Documents Outline DHS’s Plans to Police Disinformation. Ken joins Useful Idiots to share how he uncovered the bombshell revelation, what it tells us about our powerful security state, and his predictions for the dark future of information censorship.
The story, which reveals collusion between tech companies and the US government, massive CIA incompetence, and Orwellian levels of surveillance, is not a partisan issue, Klippenstein argues. It’s an issue of national security.
And yet looking at the headlines from corporate media following The Intercept’s publishing, there was immediate political spin.
The Washington Post told its readers that only conservatives would “go after DHS counter-disinformation work,” which means good Democrats should celebrate speech censorship. Meanwhile, as Ken writes in his story, Republicans claim we’ve defeated disinformation by taking down Biden’s disinformation governance board, ignoring that the same DHS tactics happened under Trump.
“It’s crammed into this partisan framework,” he explains, “that doesn’t reflect the reality that when someone’s in power they tend not to care about free speech.”
And the scariest part, Ken tells us, “this is not formalized in statute. There’s no law saying ‘we’re going to create the disinformation team.’ They can do this administratively without sign off from Congress. And they probably have beyond what I’m able to report because I’m only able to get details that my sources have access to. We don’t know what else might exist.”
It’s a huge story that, as with most issues you see on Useful Idiots, is dangerously underreported. Subscribe to hear the full interview with Ken Klippenstein as he shares the government secrets we know about and what still remains covered up.
It’s all this, and more, on this week’s episode of Useful Idiots. Check it out.
0:00 Intro and Useful Idiots announcements
1:10 The Absurd Arena (UI discussion board winners: get your comments and questions read on the show each Tuesday!)
4:00 Four food groups of news
16:06 Stoned moments with Joe Biden
19:19 Ken Klippenstein interview”
Date: November 05, 2022
“Should politicians be held accountable for disasters which unfold under their watch? It’s a question for Texans voting for governor next week.
The incumbent, Greg Abbott, was at the helm during a storm in February 2021 in which the state — sometimes billed as the “energy capital of America” — was paralyzed by power failures. About 4.5 million homes lost electricity and at least 240 people died in freezing temperatures.
While the storm blanketed most of the United States, only Texas suffered such widespread blackouts and high death toll.
In the Opinion video above, we reveal how Mr. Abbott’s decisions before and during the storm allowed an entirely preventable humanitarian catastrophe to unfold. Among the victims was 87-year-old Connie Mae Richey, whose terrible story was brought to light in the documentary “Protecting the Greed.”
We show how fossil fuel companies made billions in unexpected profits during the storm and how some later rewarded Mr. Abbott with campaign donations.
Quick to blame others, Mr. Abbott somehow dodged full accountability — indeed, polls suggest that he is sailing toward a third term. His likely success next week shows that when Americans vote increasingly along party lines, politicians can fail with impunity.”
Date: November 04, 2022
“In the past, MIT graduate and anti-war activist Geoff Young has run for office as a Democrat, a Republican and a Green, all to no avail. He is, in fact, hostile to all major parties but this year managed to win the Democratic nomination in Kentucky’s 6th Congressional district, upon which the state party declared that they would not be supporting his run. In this interview with Jimmy and Americans’ Comedian Kurt Metzger, he describes his fiercely anti-war, anti-duopoly and anti-establishment views.”