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“Bathhouse” John Coughlin; Chicago Alderman / Poet / Barkeep

January 30, 2012 Leave a comment

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Chicago’s 1st ward encompasses the wealth of downtown and the large population of transients that used to populate the near south side. A combination that made it a powerfull aldermanic post. John “Bathouse” Coughlin was a flamboyant character who was alderman for more than forty years. For a good portion of those decades he along with his partner Mike “Hinky Dink” Kenna were the center of power in Chicago. Mike McDonald may have been the first vice baron in Chicago but The Bath and The Hink were the first to really organize vice and gambling and turn it into political power in the Windy City. Big Jim Colissimo was a bagman for them before inheriting their vice racket.

In this clip we see a pair of establishments The Bath operated on Madison st. In downtown Chicago. Where St. Peters church now stands used to be the spot where the Brevoort Hotek once stood, In the basement of this luxury hotel (the first in Chicago with an elevator) was John’s bathhouse. Just a few doors west is where he operated the Silver Dollar Saloon.
And if three careers were not enough Mr. Coughlin was also a poet and a bon vivant who wanted to lead a revolution in man’s dress.

So out hats off to you Bathhouse John you might have been a corrupt grafter but you were an honest one. If you’d like to read more about John and his partner try and track down a copy of “Lords of the Levee” by Wendt & Kogan at your library.

This clip is part of a series produced by MindsiMedia and presented on ChiTownView ‘s YouTube station. We are getting some Chicago crime history in HBO’s series “Boardwalk Empire” and more will be on display when the film version of Eric Larsen’s “Devil In The White City”. Our series shows some of the famous places in Chicago crime history as they exist today. While telling some of that history with each clip.

From The MindsiMedia Daily “How Is It Possible The Fed’s Image Can Be Tarnished Further?”

January 15, 2012 2 comments

“At this point it should be universally known that the Federal Reserve Board has been guilty of disastrous incompetence. It allowed an $8 trillion housing bubble to grow unchecked”…….

To finish this story and read more of today’s news visit our new daily news site.

The MindsiMedia Daily.

And a couple of related videos from our Alternative Views series uploaded by Mindsi2.

Alternative View 1980’s Investigative Journalism Cable Show Tells How We Got Here

January 15, 2012 Leave a comment

Alternative View was one of the longest running public access shows in cable history. This muckraking progressive show broadcast over five hundred shows from the late 70’s until the early 90’s. Originating in Austin Texas it was seen syndicated across the country. And while it had no budget and was mostly hosted by Frank Morrow, a dead ringer for Larry David, they covered stories ignored by the mainstream media. Among some of the more memorable shows that you can find here on Mindsi2 are an interview with Ron Paul, former CIA station chief John Stockwells look at our involvement in Afghanistan and a number of stories about the Bush family.

We have collected a number of episodes of Alternative Views on this Playlist. http://www.youtube.com/user/Mindsi2#grid/user/DD33E185C1B35C2B

William Greider on Class Warfare 1992 Interview On Alternative View
In this episode Dr. Morrow discusses “Who Will Tell The People” by William Greider with the shows labor expert Jack Hopper. Mr. Greider’s book was a warning about the dangers of the growing corporate influence on and corruption of the American government. Dangers that we now find were all but true. It was from a time (1993) that we were facing disillusionment with Bill Clinton the previous liberal hope who turned out to be another corporate hack in the end. Here we are twenty years later after an even bigger progressive letdown the administration of Barack Obama we can plainly see that the trends he foresaw have only gotten stronger.

Occupy The Planet, The People Fight Back Against Global Repression

December 18, 2011 Leave a comment

This week from one corner of the globe to another the citizen uprising against the wealthy elite and the cabal of corrupt governments that give them cover goes on. And the increasingly isolated and out of touch leaders respond with the usual tools of repression; censorship, the courts, police and if all else fails the military. So today as we are in the midst of the holiday season we seem truly far away from “peace on earth and good will towards all”. Here is a roundup of this weeks news from some of the hotspots.

In the United States militarized police forces across the country continue the shut down the occupation of public spaces by protesters. Recent weeks have seen the aressts of hundreds of people. The scattered protesters have reverted to organizing and hit and run tactics. So this weeks major stories have takne place in the courts and Congress.

If one incident can be pointed to as a spark for this global revolt it is the Wikileaks release of secret documents exposing massive governmet corruption. One of the sources of these documents allegedly was US army soldier Bradley Manning. This week saw the beginings of his military trial and we present a story from TruthOut.org.

The Trial of Bradley Manning – Rule of Law or Rule of Intimidation, Retaliation and Retribution

Saturday 17 December 2011 by: Ann Wright, War Is A Crime | News Analysis

“Bradley Manning has been imprisoned for 19 months, since May, 2010, without a trial.  Yesterday, December 16, 2011, an Article 32 hearing began at Fort Meade, Maryland, in which an investigating officer will determine whether there is sufficient evidence of the crimes with which the military has charged him for the case to be referred to a General court-martial.

In July, 2010, Manning was charged with transferring classified information onto his personal computer and communicating national defense information to an unauthorized source.  22 more crimes were charged in March 2011, including “aiding the enemy,” a capital offense.  Defense Department prosecutors said they would not seek the death penalty. In April, 2011, Manning was found fit to face a court martial.”

To read the entire story click here.

Meanwhile in the US Congress two parties that can’t seem to pass anything that helps the average American are working furiously to pass legislation to control the Internet. Which has been a valuable tool for helping to connect people in the worldwide struggle. From The Intel Hub written by Madison Ruppert

In Less than 24 Hours Congress Could Vote to Change the Internet Forever

“Tomorrow the House Judiciary Committee is going to vote on H.R.3261, the Stop Online Privacy Act, or SOPA for short. As I have previously outlined, this legislation would destroy the internet as we know it and severely impinge on free speech and the spread of information.

If this passes committee, which all indications say it likely will, it could be voted on by the whole of the House of Representatives at any time.

Individuals and corporations both large and small are stepping up to fight back against the draconian SOPA legislation and the Senate’s sister legislation, the PROTECT IP Act.”

To read the entire post click here.

And they continue their march towards implementing martial law without calling it that. No instead they hide these laws as provisions inside something called “National Defense Authorization Act “. It was passed this week in Congress and awaits President Obama’s signature. Who at one time said he would veto the law has as per usual folded. This report is from Consortium News written by Ray McGovern

Battlefield America: Is Gitmo in Your Future?

“Ambiguous but alarming new wording, which is tucked into the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and was just passed by the Senate, is reminiscent of the “extraordinary measures” introduced by the Nazis after they took power in 1933.

And the relative lack of reaction so far calls to mind the oddly calm indifference with which most Germans watched the erosion of the rights that had been guaranteed by their own Constitution. As one German writer observed, “With sheepish submissiveness we watched it unfold, as if from a box at the theater.”

The writer was Sebastian Haffner (real name Raimond Pretzel), a young German lawyer worried at what he saw in 1933 in Berlin, but helpless to stop it since, as he put it, the German people “collectively and limply collapsed, yielded and capitulated.”

“The result of this millionfold nervous breakdown,” wrote Haffner at the time, “is the unified nation, ready for anything, that is today the nightmare of the rest of the world.” Not a happy analogy.”

To read the entire post click here.
Meanwhile in Egypt which was one of the early victories the people’s revolt we are seeing just how hard it can be to maintain freedoms won. Associated Press in Cairo guardian.co.uk, Sunday 18 December 2011 05.16 EST

Egypt clashes continue into third day as army cracks down

“Troops and protesters are clashing for the third straight day in Cairo, pelting each other with rocks in skirmishes near parliament in the heart of the Egyptian capital.

At least 10 protesters have been killed and 441 wounded in the three days of violence which began when one of several hundred peaceful protesters staging a sit-in outside the cabinet offices was detained and beaten by troops. The protesters are demanding that the nation’s ruling military immediately step down.

Sunday’s clashes are taking place as unofficial results from a second round of voting in parliamentary elections show the continued dominance of Islamist parties at the polls. The third and final round of voting is slated for next month.

On Saturday, troops pulled women across the pavement by their hair, knocking off their headscarves. Young activists were kicked in the head until they lay motionless in Tahrir Square, Cairo.

Unfazed by TV cameras catching every move, Egypt‘s military took a dramatically heavier hand to crush protests against its rule.”

To read the whole story click here.

And in Russia the ruling oligarcy has seen people rise up following the latest fixed elections. Mass protests have been broken up and the pro democracy leaders imprisoned. Here is a story about a hunger strike by one of those leaders now in jail. This story by Tom Parfitt also from guardian.co.uk, Saturday 17 December
Vladimir Putin’s persecution campaign targets protest couple

“It is 10am and the tatty apartment blocks of southern Moscow are still shrouded in winter darkness as a slender young woman hurries towards the metro.

Black-haired, in jeans and a thin leather jacket, this is Anastasiya Udaltsova, one of the leaders of the civil protests that have swept across Russia, bringing tens of thousands of demonstrators on to the streets to express their disgust at rigged elections earlier this month.

Udaltsova, 33, is rushing to meet friends to drum up support for a new rally that will take place in Moscow on Saturday. She and the other organisers – including the hugely popular anti-corruption blogger Alexei Navalny and the veteran oppositionist Boris Nemtsov – are now exposed to the full hostile glare of the state.

Her husband, also a protest leader, is in jail and has embarked on a hunger strike in protest at the allegedly trumped-up charges, while Udaltsova is left alone to care for their two children.

On 10 December an estimated 40,000 people gathered in the centre of Moscow in the largest demonstration against the rule of Vladimir Putin after videos of ballot-stuffing and other falsifications by the pro-Kremlin United Russia party spread across the internet.”

To read the entire post click here.

Even China has proven that it cannont forever hold it’s people down as that country has seen uprisings. This report is from Business Week posted by Dan Beucke .

China’s Wealth Disparity Erupts in Wukan Protests

The Occupy Wall Street protests in the U.S. are a delayed reaction to a bursting property bubble, which led to a jobs crisis and rising anger over financial influence and wealth disparity. What’s happening right now In China — angry protesters seizing a village and forcing Communist officials to retreat — is a dramatic example of what happens when a similar toxic mix plays out in a totalitarian society. “

To finish the story click here.

 

Attack on Democracy In America Continues, Three Stories From This Week

December 11, 2011 Leave a comment

This fall we have seen the best and now the worst in American democracy. In the early part of the fall we saw thousands people all over the country peacefully gather to occupy public space and protest economic injustice and a government firmly in the hands of a wealthy elite. The response all across the country was to stop the movement before it had any chance to grow. In city after city police in riot gear were sent in to evict and arrest anyone who failed to disperse.

The protesters received an initial wave of support but a hostile news media and a culture conditioned to sound bite answers and remote control democracy were turned off by a movement that offered no easy to digest plan and demanded active participation. Now as we enter winter the movement has been for the most part been swept off the street and now seems to be organizing to come up with a new strategy for next years upcoming election. Important because it seems as if both parties who can’t agree on much seem united to increase the power of government over people while reducing the rights of individuals.

This is nothing new but an ominous and growing campaign that began in the early 1970’s. The civil rights movement and the anti war movement scared the powers that be and what began as an issue for the far right has spread and taken over both major political parties. It has gotten to the point where a lot of the positions taken by the “liberal” president Democrat Obama are to the right of “conservative” Reagan. The two parties collude to limit the scope of the debate about issues and work to suppress candidates who don’t want to follow the script.

Today we present three stories ripped from this weeks headlines that show how far to the right the government is moving.

First story comes from The Gaurdian UK seems to have escaped the American media.

NAACP warns black and Hispanic Americans could lose right to vote

Civil rights group petitions UN over ‘massive voter suppression’ after apparent effort to disenfranchise black and Hispanic people

Ed Pilkington in New York / guardian.co.uk, Monday 5 December 2011 22.34 GMT

” The largest civil rights group in America, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), is petitioning the UN over what it sees as a concerted effort to disenfranchise black and Latino voters ahead of next year’s presidential election.

The organization will this week present evidence to the UN high commissioner on human rights of what it contends is a conscious attempt to “block the vote” on the part of state legislatures across the US. Next March the NAACP will send a delegation of legal experts to Geneva to enlist the support of the UN human rights council.

The NAACP contends that the America in the throes of a consciously conceived and orchestrated move to strip black and other ethnic minority groups of the right to vote. William Barber, a member of the association’s national board, said it was the “most vicious, coordinated and sinister attack to narrow participation in our democracy since the early 20th century”.

To read the entire post click here.

You say the Senate can’t agree on anything? Wrong from BuzzFlash comes this outraged story.

US Military Can Now Arrest You and Hold You Indefinitely Without Trial Senate Says

JACQUELINE MARCUS FOR BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT

“November 29th 2011, the Senate voted on a bill that allows the US military to imprison civilians with no formal charges and hold them indefinitely with no trial.

The ACLU reports even US citizens wouldn’t be immune as the legislation aims to declare national territory part of the “battlefield” in the War on Terror. You can read more about the NDAA provision here.

What it means: It’s shocking to learn that the majority of representatives and senators have replaced our civil liberties with a de facto military dictatorship while no one is watching. How is the Levin-McCain provision different from Patriot Act laws? If an American citizen is seen as a threat to the government, that citizen will be denied his/her constitutional rights of protection, as Justin Raimondo at AntiWar.com correctly explained: “The provision would give the President the power to use the military to intern anyone – including American citizens – indefinitely, and hold them without charges or trial, anywhere in the world, including on American soil. The provision repeals the longstanding Posse Comitatus Act, which prevents the military from engaging in law enforcement on US territory – the greatest fear of the Founders.”

The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) was supposed to be kept secret, drafted behind closed doors by Senators Carl Levin (D-Mich) and John McCain (R-Ariz). When a bill is supposed to be kept secret from the public, it usually means that it’s against the public’s interests.

“The White House has threatened to veto the legislation because of language that mandates military custody of terror suspects, but Wednesday’s 88-12 cloture vote signals that the bill – which could pass as early as Thursday – will likely have the detainee provisions included in the chamber’s final legislation.” Unfortunately, the administration’s veto threat has nothing to do with protecting civil liberties; their real objection is that it can create confusion between Homeland Security agencies and the F.B.I.”

To read the entire post click here.

And if your going to give the government to wage a new war against it’s own citizens where are you going to put all the new prisoners since the prisons are already full of victims of the drug war? Well there’s the hundreds of internment camps that have been set up all across the country. This has been a story that has been around ever since the Patriot Act became law. One that has been very active in the past few weeks because of the previous story. Here is an update on this story from the Public Intelligence blog

Internment Camps for Isolating Unemployed in Federal “Work Camps”?
Al Martin, former Navy intelligence officer and former Wall Street broker, former Iran-contra co-conspirator with Ollie’s Follies, is starting to write about the possible use of the many civil unrest internment camps built in the US by Halliburton and related contractors. In his view, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), makes it possible for expanded use of the US military and expanded powers for law enforcement to “contain” the unemployed in work camps–which might be a good thing, in his view. [The bill passed the Senate but has not passed the House at this time.]

To read the entire post click here.

I searched high and low for some video on “National Defence Authorization Act” and sadly found very little. Here is one clip from ReasonTV

Former AIG chief sues U.S. for $25 billion & Who Are They Again?

November 22, 2011 Leave a comment

Well this story really jumped out at me and let’s make Maurice “Hank” Greenberg the centerpiece of the 2012 election. Because this man and this story represent all that is wrong with America today. A shameless human who is once again trying to manipulate a corrupt system to further enrich himself.

Meanwhile police forces across the nation mobilize to crush a growing occupation/protest movement against corporate gangsterism. While the Obama administration gets ready to cut a deal with the Wall Street criminals just in time for the 2012 election fund-raising cycle. In Congress they say now that we’ve bailed out the crooks and stabilized the wealthy it’s now time to cut the debt and it’s the sick, poor and old that are going to have to pay. And if you’re all three God help you.
From MSNBC’s The Bottom Line

“Former American International Group CEO Maurice “Hank” Greenberg thinks he got a raw deal, and he wants the government to pay up. Greenberg filed a lawsuit in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims asserting that the government bailout and takeover of the insurance giant was an unconstitutional seizure of private property, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday. Greenberg’s Starr International Co., which used to be AIG’s biggest stakeholder, is seeking $25 billion in damages, based on the value of the 80 percent stake in AIG the government took after providing it with an $182 billion bailout.

Those funds allowed AIG to pay off counterparties like Goldman Sachs in full and reward executives with $165 million in bonuses in 2008, even though AIG lost $61.7 billion in the fourth quarter of that year. This situation raised considerable ire among both the public and investors. AIG’s own value plummeted and it was reduced to selling off assets to pay back the government, both moves of which hurt Greenberg’s stake in the firm.”

To read the entire post click here.

And for those of you out there that might have forgotten exactly who AIG is and how they fit into the collapse of 2008 here is and article published by Rolling Stone and appearing on Alternet.
The Big Takeover: How Wall Street Insiders are Using the Bailout to Stage a Revolution

Written by Matt Taibbi.

“It’s over – we’re officially, royally fucked. No empire can survive being rendered a permanent laughingstock, which is what happened as of a few weeks ago, when the buffoons who have been running things in this country finally went one step too far. It happened when Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner was forced to admit that he was once again going to have to stuff billions of taxpayer dollars into a dying insurance giant called AIG, itself a profound symbol of our national decline – a corporation that got rich insuring the concrete and steel of American industry in the country’s heyday, only to destroy itself chasing phantom fortunes at the Wall Street card tables, like a dissolute nobleman gambling away the family estate in the waning days of the British Empire.

The latest bailout came as AIG admitted to having just posted the largest quarterly loss in American corporate history – some $61.7 billion. In the final three months of last year, the company lost more than $27 million every hour. That’s $465,000 a minute, a yearly income for a median American household every six seconds, roughly $7,750 a second. And all this happened at the end of eight straight years that America devoted to frantically chasing the shadow of a terrorist threat to no avail, eight years spent stopping every citizen at every airport to search every purse, bag, crotch and briefcase for juice boxes and explosive tubes of toothpaste. Yet in the end, our government had no mechanism for searching the balance sheets of companies that held life-or-death power over our society and was unable to spot holes in the national economy the size of Libya (whose entire GDP last year was smaller than AIG’s 2008 losses). “

To read the full story click here.

This video provides  some further information on the AIG bailout and the banks that benefited from it.

Uploaded by fal2grace on Oct 29, 2009

At 1:48 At what point are we dealing with fraud? …an insurance fraud from AIG, a bank fraud and then a mortgage fraud …. and when can we legally start to identify the CEOs …? Where’s the fraud investigation? Watch Dylan Ratigan on Morning Meeting with Eliot Spitzer.

Copyright MSNBC 2009

Committee Hearing Internet Blacklist Bill Blacklists Opponents

November 15, 2011 Leave a comment

In a remarkable display of arrogance the House committee holding hearings on the so-called Internet Blacklist bill have not invited any opponents to testify. Of course this is what happened when health care reform came before the Senate. Those that supported single payer were left out of the process. Anyway this alert from Demand Progress provides the background.

“Irony Alert: The House is holding hearings on sweeping Internet censorship legislation this week — and it’s censoring the opposition!  The bill is backed by Hollywood, Big Pharma, and the Chamber of Commerce, and all of them are going to get to testify at the hearing.

But the bill’s opponents — tech companies, free speech and human rights activists, and hundreds of thousands of Internet users — won’t have a voice.

Will you click here to demand that opponents of the Blacklist Bill be allowed to testify — it’ll just take a second.

As if you need a reminder: This is the most offensive Internet legislation we’ve seen in years.

It will give the government and corporations new powers to block Americans’ access to sites that are accused of copyright infringement, force sites like YouTube to go to new lengths to police users’ contributions, and put people in prison for streaming certain content online.

The bill will wreck much of what’s great about the Internet, and this sham of a hearing represents everything that’s broken about our political system.

Will you click here to demand that opponents of the Blacklist Bill be allowed to testify this week?  

And we keep pressing forward,

-The Demand Progress team”

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