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The Jayhawks:

Peace, love and happiness

G. Love and Special Sauce:

All you fascists

Billy Bragg & Wilco:

Encore presentation

Tonight’s a rerun! My guest on Virtually Speaking Susie is Dave Johnson, blogger and troublemaker!

Virtually Speaking Susie |  Susie Madrak talks current events with Dave Johnson about the stock market and the Democratic leadership and the Congressional Super Committee. | Listen on BTR.

This land is your land

Bruce Springsteen:

Banned

Airport scatter x-rays are banned in the European Union.

The world turned upside down

This Billy Bragg song has, of course, been running through my head all day. Gee, wonder why?

Militarizing the police

Go read Digby.

Ugh

Feeling sick. Stomach cramps, running a fever, feel like crap and it’s making me cranky. Arghh.

‘This is what revolution looks like’

Chris Hedges:

I have seen my share of revolts, insurgencies and revolutions, from the guerrilla conflicts in the 1980s in Central America to the civil wars in Algeria, the Sudan and Yemen, to the Palestinian uprising to the revolutions in East Germany, Czechoslovakia and Romania as well as the wars in the former Yugoslavia. George Orwell wrote that all tyrannies rule through fraud and force, but that once the fraud is exposed they must rely exclusively on force. We have now entered the era of naked force. The vast million-person bureaucracy of the internal security and surveillance state will not be used to stop terrorism but to try and stop us.

Despotic regimes in the end collapse internally. Once the foot soldiers who are ordered to carry out acts of repression, such as the clearing of parks or arresting or even shooting demonstrators, no longer obey orders, the old regime swiftly crumbles. When the aging East German dictator Erich Honecker was unable to get paratroopers to fire on protesting crowds in Leipzig, the regime was finished. The same refusal to employ violence doomed the communist governments in Prague and Bucharest. I watched in December 1989 as the army general that the dictator Nicolae Ceausescu had depended on to crush protests condemned him to death on Christmas Day. Tunisia’s Ben Ali and Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak lost power once they could no longer count on the security forces to fire into crowds.
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