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February 2009

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2/28

FAIR Extra!
The Recession and the ‘Deserving Poor’
Poverty finally on media radar—but only when it hits the middle class
By Neil deMause

*Did Obama ever utter the word “poverty” during the campaign … or
since?

Might make for a revealing research project.

http://www.fair.org/index.php?page=3726

2/27

After the Green Economy, Green Security
How to Build Resilient Communities in a Chaotic World
by Chip Ward

*Cleaning up our “homeland security” act by getting our hands dirty
producing homegrown vittles

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/02/27-7
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Nation’s Food System Nearly Broke
by John Kinsman

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/02/27-5
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A Mother Asks President Obama To Be Honest About Healthcare
by Donna Smith

*Putting the “care” in “healthcare” … a very moving plea.

Make that *demand* … one we all have to back, don’t we?

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/02/27-1
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Adapting to Water Woes
by Stephanie Tavares
the Las Vegas Sun

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/02/27-5
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FAIR Blog
Newspapers Still Profitable; Wall Street Still Greedy

http://www.fair.org/blog/2009/02/26/newspapers-still-profitable-wall-street-still-greedy/

Low Power FM Radio to the Rescue

http://www.fair.org/blog/2009/02/27/low-power-fm-radio-to-the-rescue/
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DEMOCRACY NOW!
Sri Lankan Civilians Caught Between Worsening Military-Tamil Rebel
Clashes

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/2/27/sri_lankan_civilians_caught_between_worsening

Senate Backs D.C. Voting Rights, But Some Local Activists Call for
Statehood

*Think the political and racial makeup of the district had anything to
do with this anemic nod to representation?

Heaven forfend.

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/2/27/senate_backs_dc_voting_rights_conditioned

Can US Achieve Meaningful Healthcare Reform Within For-Profit System?

*Pretty goddamn good refutation of the argument for “reforming” the
health insurance cabal, wouldn’t you say?

You can’t depend on the kindness of these strangers.

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/2/27/can_us_achieve_meaningful_health_care

Rocky Mountain News Ends Publication in Latest Casualty of Ailing
Newspaper Industry

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/2/27/rocky_mountain_news_ends_publication_in

2/26

Where the Money Goes
by Norman Solomon

*Paying in pain

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/02/26-5
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Warning to the US: Beware Treating Afghanistan like Iraq
It’s a mistake to think that ‘failed states’ won’t put up strong
resistance
by Patrick Cockburn

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/02/26-12
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Amazon Teetering on the Edge
by Mario Osava
Inter Press Service

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/02/26-6
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James Galbraith: Obama Isn’t Doing Enough to Solve the Financial Crisis
by Nick Baumann
by Mother Jones

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/02/26-8
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Greenwash: Why ‘Clean Coal’ is the Ultimate Climate Change Oxymoron
The people who told us for years that climate change was a myth now say
it’s all true – but something called ‘clean coal’ can fix it. This is
pure and utter greenwash.
by Fred Pearce
The Guardian/UK

*The dirty dish on “clean coal”

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/02/26-3
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DEMOCRACY NOW!
Lawyer: Freed Gitmo Prisoner Binyam Mohamed Experienced “Nightmare We
Can’t Imagine”

*Yes, Barrister Smith … sadly it must be said that you are indeed
being naive.

No secret evidence necessary to come to that conclusion, is there?

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/2/26/lawyer_freed_gitmo_prisoner_binyam_mohamed

Member of UN Environment Panel Warns Greenhouse Emissions Rising at
Alarming, Unexpected Rate

*Clear intel on the potential catastrophic effects of CO2 emissions

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/2/26/member_of_un_environment_panel_warns

Study Finds Unprecedented Growth in Climate Change Lobbying

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/2/26/study_finds_unprecedented_growth_in_climate

Power Shift: Youth Climate Activists Swarm D.C. for Weekend of
Organizing, Lobbying and Protest

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/2/26/power_shift_youth_climate_activists_swarm

2/25

Food & Water Watch
Cash-Strapped Communities Suffer as Corporations Target Water Systems
New Food & Water Watch Report Reveals that Service Suffers While Costs
Skyrocket Under Water Privatization

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2009/02/25
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Why Gay Students Don’t Feel Safe
by Deb Price

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/02/25-7
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Economic Brushfires for a Planet at the Brink
by Michael T. Klare

*As Klare makes clear, there is danger here … but isn’t there also the
potential for positive change as people oppose the elites who are
responsible for their dire conditions?

I wish he’d spoken to that possibility, don’t you?

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/02/25-0
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Afghanistan’s Complex Nature of Fighting
by Hamish McDonald
Al-Jazeera

*Posting this sight unseen, as I can’t play vid files

http://www.commondreams.org/video/afghanistans-complex-nature-fighting
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Guantanamo Abuse Has Worsened Since Obama: Lawyer
by Luke Baker
Reuters

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/02/25-4
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UK Gov’t Accused of Cover-Up over Iraq War Minutes
by Agence France Presse

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/02/25-1
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Scientists Find Bigger than Expected Polar Ice Melt
by Agence France Presse

*Change we can believe in … and need to radically do something about

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/02/25-3
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Health Care’s Central Role

http://accuracy.org/newsrelease.php?articleId=1939
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DEMOCRACY NOW!
Nobel Prize-Winning Economist Joseph Stiglitz: Obama Has Confused Saving
the Banks with Saving the Bankers

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/2/25/stieglitz
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FAIR Blog
Challenging George Will’s Reign of Climate Error

http://www.fair.org/blog/2009/02/25/challenging-george-wills-reign-of-climate-error/

Liberal Bias Debunked (Again)

*Comment left at link

http://www.fair.org/blog/2009/02/24/liberal-bias-debunked-again/

2/24

Rape Is Cheaper Than Bullets
Amnesty’s latest campaign about sexual violence being used as a weapon
of war may be offensive. But at least it’ll make us think
by Heather Harvey

*Of course, rape in wartime isn’t just an unspeakable act committed by
“them” … is it?

Or just to “them” … ask a Western servicewoman.

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/02/24-7
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Climate Change Risk Underestimated: Study
by Agence France Presse

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/02/24-5
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Farming Policy: An End to French Hypocrisy?
Sarkozy makes historic move to divert European subsidies from rich
cereal ranches to small traditional farms
by John Litchfield
The Independent/UK

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/02/24-2
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No Quick Fix for Malnutrition and Hunger
by Kristin Palitza
Inter Press Service

*Grow your own … from aid to self-made

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/02/24-8
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FAIR Blog
NY Times: The Military’s View of Afghanistan

*Comment left at link

http://www.fair.org/blog/2009/02/24/ny-times-the-militarys-view-of-afghanistan/

Digital Spectrum Conversion Cover-Up?

http://www.fair.org/blog/2009/02/24/digital-spectrum-conversion-cover-up/
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DEMOCRACY NOW!
Altering Bailout Rules, US Moves Closer to Nationalizing Troubled Banks

*I don’t pretend to suss a lot of the technical aspect of all this … I
just pass along what seems to have some moral logic to it.

The bottom line is always how it affects us poor schmucks here … and
around the world.

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/2/24/altering_bailout_rules_us_moves_closer

US Lags Behind Europe in Regulating Toxicity of Everyday Products

*Ignorance is bliss?  Not to much of the rest of the world.

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/2/24/us_lags_behind_europe_in_regulating
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*Not so funny page

Ted Rall’s take on “lib’ruls”:

“Liberal bloggers and pundits say they’re taking a breather after eight
years of Bush. After all, everything’s perfect now!”

http://www.rall.com/uploaded_images/2-21-09-782576.jpg

2/23

Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER)
Why the Obama Climate Change Plan Won’t Work
Political Support for Cap & Trade Will Not Overcome Its Practical
Shortcomings

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2009/02/23-1
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Tough Times in Troubled Towns
America’s Municipal Meltdowns
by Nick Turse

*Call them Bushvilles … morphing into Obamatons as he fiddles while
the country burns.

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/02/23
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A Choice Between Peace and Peril
by Chris Hedges

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/02/23-1
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Will TV News Ever Apologize for Condit Hoax?
by Jeff Cohen

*It’s interesting when (some) people die
Give us dirty laundry

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/02/23-3
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FAIR Blog
David Gregory, Fat Cat in Denial

*Comment left at link

http://www.fair.org/blog/2009/02/23/david-gregory-fat-cat-in-denial/

Copyright Law in Aid of Corporate Cover-Up

*Fair use versus unfair abuse

http://www.fair.org/blog/2009/02/23/copyright-law-in-aid-of-corporate-cover-up/
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Nationalize Failing Banks?

http://accuracy.org/newsrelease.php?articleId=1937
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DEMOCRACY NOW!
Obama’s War: US Involvement in Afghanistan, Past, Present & Future

*Don’t you think there’s a problem when you spend an entire program on
Afghanistan, and no one says a goddamn thing about the fact that the
invasion was and the occupation is in blatant violation of international
law?

I do.

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/2/23/obamas_war_us_involvement_in_afghanistan
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Talking Smack
Obama Doubles Down on Bush’s Afghan Disaster
by Ted Rall

http://www.rall.com/rants.html

(Currently at the blog link above … it also should be posted in the
Columns section at some point.)


2/21

FAIR Blog
Is Half a Million Enough for Ailing Papers’ CEO?

*Comment left at link

http://www.fair.org/blog/2009/02/21/is-half-million-enough-for-ailing-papers-ceo/

2/20

No Lunch Left Behind
by Alice Waters and Katrina Heron

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/02/20-8
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The Military’s Expanding Waistline
What Will Obama Do With KBR?
by Pratap Chatterjee

*Much useful intel … and the bottom line is the profit margin involved
in keeping ‘em killing ragheads between Big Macs, isn’t it?

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/02/20-3
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The Food Lobby Goes to School
by ANP (American News Project)

*If you grab ‘em by the stomach, their hearts and minds will follow

http://www.commondreams.org/video/food-lobby-goes-school
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DEMOCRACY NOW!
US Military Suicides at Record High; Report Finds Most Deaths at Single
Colorado Base Were Preventable

*Completing the circle of death:

Killing for your government
Killed by your government

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/2/20/us_military_suicides_at_record_high

Union Leaders Accuse Stern of Scheming for Control of America’s Only
Union-Owned Commercial Bank

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/2/20/union_leaders_accuse_stern_of_scheming

Obama Admin Faces Decision on Indefinite Detention with Imprisonment of
US Resident Ali al-Marri

Despite Gitmo Closure and Torture Ban, Obama Admin Converges with
Several Bush Policies in So-Called “War on Terror”

*Meet the new boss
Pretty much the same as the old boss

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/2/20/obama_admin_faces_decision_on_indefinite
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Malcolm X’s Legacy

http://accuracy.org/newsrelease.php?articleId=1936

2/19

Center for Public Integrity
Coal Ash: The Hidden Story
A four-month investigation by the Center for Public Integrity reveals a
growing environmental disaster and a decades-long history of government
inaction

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2009/02/19-6
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Chasing Mirages in The Middle East
by Hasan Abu Nimah

*Illusion and delusion

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/02/19-12
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Wake Up Call: Activists Visit ‘The Army Experience’
by Elaine Brower

*Mall rats in mufti

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/02/19-2
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The US and Afghan Tragedy
by Khushal Arsala & Stephen Zunes

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/02/19-0
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Venezuela, An Imaginary Threat
Obama is maintaining a hostile policy towards Hugo Chávez – which will
cost the US friendships elsewhere in Latin America
by Mark Weisbrot

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/02/19-13
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Events Commemorate Unjust WWII Japanese Detentions
by Jesse Washington
the Associated Press

*Typical corpress handling of the subject, but worth reading for the
details of the crime.

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/02/19-12
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DEMOCRACY NOW!
Canadian Activists Urge Obama to Reject Environmentally Destructive Oil
Extraction from Alberta’s Tar Sands

*Beating the tar out of the Earth

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/2/19/canadian_activists_urge_obama_to_reject

Will $275B Homeowner Assistance Plan Stem the Foreclosure Crisis?

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/2/19/will_275b_homeowner_assistance_plan_stem

State of the Dream 2009: Report Finds People of Color in US Endure
Silent Economic Depression

*The color (and class) of money

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/2/19/state_of_the_dream_2009_report
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FAIR Blog
NPR’s ‘History Scrub’ of U.S. Fault in Afghanistan

*Comment left at link

http://www.fair.org/blog/2009/02/19/nprs-history-scrub-of-us-fault-in-afghanistan/

Only English Gaza News Shut Out of U.S. Cable

http://www.fair.org/blog/2009/02/19/only-english-gaza-news-shut-out-of-us-cable/

2/18

Secrecy and Denial: Pakistan Lets CIA Use Airbase to Strike Militants
by TimesOnline/UK

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/02/18
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FAIR Blog
USA Today: Obama’s War, No Critics Allowed

*Comment left at link

http://www.fair.org/blog/2009/02/18/usa-today-obamas-war-no-critics-allowed/

On the ‘Complexity and Dangers’ of Official Sources

http://www.fair.org/blog/2009/02/18/on-the-complexity-and-dangers-of-official-sources/

The Media’s Real Problem: Media Critics!

*Comment left at link

http://www.fair.org/blog/2009/02/18/the-medias-real-problem-media-critics/

Support Wanes for Caricature of Fairness Doctrine

http://www.fair.org/blog/2009/02/17/support-wanes-for-caricature-of-fairness-doctrine/
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DEMOCRACY NOW!
RNC Protesters Tried on Terrorism Charges Despite Acknowledgment They
Didn’t Commit Alleged Acts

*The hammer of injustice descending on dissent

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/2/18/rnc_8

As Obama Unveils Foreclosure Plan, Activists Place Homeless in Vacant
Homes

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/2/18/as_obama_unveils_foreclosure_plan_activists

Arizona Sheriff Faces Civil Rights Probe, Allegations of Undermining Law
Enforcement with Controversial Focus on Immigration

*Bull Connor would be proud

Any true officer of the law would be ashamed

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/2/18/arizona_sherriff_faces_civil_rights_probe

2/17

British Scientists Condemn Using Children in GM Food Trials as
Unacceptable
by Sean Poulter
The Daily Mail/UK

*”Think of the children … “

And the profits

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/02/17-12
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FAIR Blog
Most Famous Pundits = Most Wrong

*Comment left at link

http://www.fair.org/blog/2009/02/17/most-famous-pundits-most-wrong/

Self-Censorship Trumps Official Censorship

*Comment left at link

http://www.fair.org/blog/2009/02/17/self-censorship-trumps-official-censorship/
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DEMOCRACY NOW!
Martin Khor on the Global Economic Meltdown: “We Could Have One Billion
More People in the Developing World Plunging into New Poverty Because of
this Crisis”

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/2/17/martin_khor_on_the_global_economic

Penn. Judges Plead Guilty to Taking Bribes in Return for Placing Youths
in Privately Owned Jails

*Here’s a story that should be on the front page of every corpress paper
in the country … getting major airtime on the networks … and it
barely registers a blip on their radar.

Judges taking bribes to put kids in prison?  There’s no ideological
barrier to coverage here … who the hell wouldn’t be outraged?

This has nothing to do with a “news judgment” on the part of the
mainstream media, does it?  This is wilful complicity in making certain
this story has no “bounce” … letting it quietly fade away … because
its elements have the potential to get folks of all sorts riled up if
it’s pursued.

Welcome to “news management”, American style.

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/2/17/penn_judges_plead_guilty_to_taking

2/16

Appeal for UNICEF’s Gaza Children’s Fund
by Juan Cole

http://www.commondreams.org/video/appeal-unicefs-gaza-childrens-fund
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Attack of the Killer Robots
The Pentagon’s dream of a techno army is doomed to fail.
by Eric Stoner
In These Times

*I keep seeing this theme from “progressive” authors of avoiding actions
which would increase resistance to US invaders … in this case quoting
military sources which concur.

Something’s wrong here, don’t you think?  Do we want our gummint to be
more intelligent in how it wages wars … or do we want it to stop
fighting them?

I’d think there’s a pretty simple answer to that question if you give a
damn about peace, don’t you?

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/02/16-8
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Hamburgers are the Hummers of Food in Global Warming: Scientists
by Agence France Presse

*Eating ourselves out of a planet

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/02/16-1
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DEMOCRACY NOW!
Pan-Africanist Scholar Ali Mazrui on the Election of Barack Obama as the
First Black President in the Western World

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/2/16/pan_africanist_scholar_ali_mazrui_on

Human Rights Investigator and Rwandan Expert Alison Des Forges Dies in
New York Plane Crash

Human Rights Watch’s Kenneth Roth on Obama’s Use of State Secrets and
Israel’s 22-Day Attack on Gaza

*Bill Clinton has never felt guilty about a goddamn thing in his entire
life … no president has.

That’s how they get to be president, isn’t it?

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/2/16/human_rights_investigator_and_rwandan_expert
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Who Was George Washington?

Land of the free?

Not on GW’s spread

http://accuracy.org/newsrelease.php?articleId=1932

2/14

FAIR Blog
Coulter Updates Her Hatebook Status

*Comment left at link

http://www.fair.org/blog/2009/02/15/ann-coulter-upgrades-her-hate/

One Paper — Three Views on Term Limits

http://www.fair.org/blog/2009/02/15/one-paper-three-views-on-term-limits/

2/13

FAIR Blog
In Grenada, Leaving the Facts Behind

http://www.fair.org/blog/2009/02/13/in-grenada-leaving-the-facts-behind/
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Foreclosures Hit Home: A Microcosm of America’s Mortgage Crisis
by Melisssa Hahn

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/02/13-11
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US Scientists Defend Darwin From Attacks on Evolution
by Agence France Presse

*Creationists deny that we were monkeys eons ago … while they try
their damnedest to make us into them today.

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/02/13-1
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DEMOCRACY NOW!
Conor Foley: “The Thin Blue Line: How Humanitarianism Went to War”

*I’ve got to stop whacking my forehead every time someone with apparent
good intentions mentions “the tradition of US support for human rights
and democracy.”

My eyesight’s bad enough as it is.

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/2/13/conor_foley_the_thin_blue_line

Robert Kuttner and Michael Hudson on the Obama Administration’s $789
Billion Economic Stimulus Package and $2.5 Trillion Bank Recovery Plans

*It appears Kuttner still has illusions about Obama’s orientation.
Hudson seems pretty clear-eyed on the subject, doesn’t he?

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/2/13/robert_kuttner_and_michael_hudson_on
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Obama, Lincoln and Native Americans

*Building the myth by burying the truth

http://accuracy.org/newsrelease.php?articleId=1931

2/12

DEMOCRACY NOW!
Harry Lewis: “Blown to Bits: Your Life, Liberty, and Happiness After the
Digital Explosion.”

*Lewis’ praise for Google at the end jars, but useful intel here.

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/2/12/harry_lewis_blown_to_bits_your
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Obama and the Lethal War on Drugs
The death toll in Tijuana, Mexico, is now higher than in Baghdad
by Johann Hari

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/02/12-8
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Gaza: Death’s Laboratory
by Conn Hallinan

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/02/12-6
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Binyam Mohamed Torture Evidence ‘Hidden From Obama’
Letter to president about Binyam Mohamed was blanked out, say
campaigners as they prepare for Guantánamo prisoner’s release to UK
by Richard Norton-Taylor and Ian Cobain
The Guardian/UK

*Obama knows goddamn good and well what the situation is for Mohamed and
the other detainees.

And we know goddamn good and well that whatever decisions he makes will
have everything to do with politics and nothing to do with morality.

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/02/12-0
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Privatized Health Care More Placebo than Panacea
by Marina Litvinsky
Inter Press Service

*How is it the elite “pragmatism” always equals profits for them … and
inequality and death for the masses?

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/02/11-7
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Students Are Revolting: The Spirit of ’68 Is Reawakening
Campus sit-ins began as a response to the Gaza attacks, but unrest is
already spilling over to other issues.
by Emily Dugan
the Independent/UK

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/02/11-8
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Getting the Credit Card Industry Under Control

*Card sharks … and we’re the chum

http://accuracy.org/newsrelease.php?articleId=1928
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FAIR Blog
NBC and the Hunt for War Criminals

*Comment left at link

http://www.fair.org/blog/2009/02/12/nbc-and-the-hunt-for-war-criminals/

Howard Kurtz’s News Fashion Revue

*Comment left at link

http://www.fair.org/blog/2009/02/11/howie-kurtzs-fashion-revue/

2/11

Institute for Public Accuracy
Turning Downturn into Depression?

http://accuracy.org/newsrelease.php?articleId=1926

The Year of Lincoln — and John Brown

*”The Great Emancipator” …

Spin wasn’t a 20th-century invention.

And Obama won’t be commemorating John Brown’s legacy in the 21st …
will he?

http://accuracy.org/newsrelease.php?articleId=1927
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FAIR Blog
Stock Traders Are Not Pundits; They Pay What They Think Stocks Are Worth

http://www.fair.org/blog/2009/02/11/stock-traders-are-not-pundits-they-pay-what-they-think-stocks-are-worth/

2/10

Asia: The Coming Fury
by Walden Bello

*One of those “must reads” …

So do it.

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/02/10-5
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Et Tu, Atul?: Test-Case for a Single-Payer Hypothesis
by Russell Mokhiber

*Insurance shill’s double talk on single payer

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/02/10-1
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GRITtv Roundtable: The Business of War
Pratap Chatterjee, Eugene Jarecki, Scott Ritter

http://www.commondreams.org/video/grittv-roundtable-pratap-chatterjee-eugene-jarecki-scott-ritter
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Global Warming Changing Birds’ Habits
Study: Many North American species spending winters farther north
by The Associated Press

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/02/10-0
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Petraeus Leaked Misleading Story on Pullout Plans
by Gareth Porter
Inter Press Service

*Useful intel … but any piece on a pullout must make it clear that
Obama’s timeline has nothing to do with a full withdrawal, don’t you
think?

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/02/10
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FAIR Blog
Spending Is to Hot Fudge Sundae as Stimulus Is to Dessert

http://www.fair.org/blog/2009/02/10/spending-is-to-hot-fudge-sundae-as-stimulus-is-to-dessert/

Networks Tire of Obama Without Their $1 Million a Day

http://www.fair.org/blog/2009/02/10/networks-tire-of-obama-without-their-1-million-a-day/

D’Oh! Reilly Factor

*Comment left at link

http://www.fair.org/blog/2009/02/10/doh-reilly-factor/

Now Obama is French!

*Wouldn’t it be great if Obama really was the radical these dipshits
make him out to be?

But he isn’t … not close … and people will die because of it.

That’s the bottom line, isn’t it … who lives and who dies in the games
played by the powerful?

It isn’t about our self-centered “political orientations”.  It isn’t
about politics as a pastime.

It’s about living and dying.  As simple as that.  As profound as that.

So what are we going to do about it?

http://www.fair.org/blog/2009/02/10/now-obama-is-french/
.

DEMOCRACY NOW!
Economist James Galbraith: Bailed-Out Banks Should Be Declared Insolvent

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/2/10/economist_james_galbraith_bailed_out_banks

2/9

Economic Stimulus on The Cheap
For US senators, decreasing the size of the stimulus package may be
clever politics. But it’s not smart economics
by Dean Baker

*Playing cut-rate politics with people’s lives

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/02/09-12
.

The Third-Party Delusion and the Need for a Mass Movement for
Progressive Change
by Dave Lindorff

*I could do without the dissing of those who disagree with him, but
Lindorff’s points are worth debating … civilly … don’t you think?

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/02/09-13
.

US Using British Atomic Weapons Factory for Its Nuclear Program
- Joint warhead research carried out at Aldermaston
- Work breaches nuclear treaty, campaigners warn
by Matthew Taylor and Richard Norton-Taylor
The Guardian/UK

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/02/09-4
.

FAIR Blog
NPR Shills for ‘Our Benevolent Empire’

http://www.fair.org/blog/2009/02/09/npr-shills-for-our-benevolent-empire/

Some Animals’ Lives More Equal Than Others

http://www.fair.org/blog/2009/02/09/some-animals-lives-more-equal-than-others/
.

Institute for Public Accuracy
Solicitor General Nominee Hired Torture Memo Writer

http://accuracy.org/newsrelease.php?articleId=1924

Stimulus and the “Destructive Center”

http://accuracy.org/newsrelease.php?articleId=1923
.

DEMOCRACY NOW!
Playwright, V-Day Founder Eve Ensler and Congolese Gynecologist Dr.
Denis Mukwege Raise Awareness on War on Women in DRC

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/2/9/playwright_v_day_founder_eve_ensler

US-Backed Iraqi Security Gains Forged on Mass Deaths and Heightened
Sectarian Divide

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/2/9/us_backed_iraqi_security_gains_forged

Pratap Chatterjee on “Halliburton’s Army: How a Well-Connected Texas Oil
Company Revolutionized the Way America Makes War”

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/2/9/pratap_chatterjee_on_halliburtons_army_how

2/8

Hopelessness You Can Believe In
Why Obama is Scarier Than George W. Bush
by Ted Rall

*Certainly I agree with the thrust of this, but I have to wonder about
the use of the terms “winnable” and “victory” in the context of
Afghanistan.

Why do they even enter the discussion?

As for Obama being “well-meaning” …

You might want to ask an Afghan, Pakistani, Palestinian, Iranian or
Iraqi about his benign intentions, don’t you think?

To be clear, I appreciated the piece … these remarks just seemed out
of place given the rest of the column, and I felt compelled to point out
what I saw as contradictions.

http://www.rall.com
(Posted at the moment on the first page of his blog … also should be
in his Columns section at some point)
.

War Reporters Used to Prefer Morality over Impartiality
by Robert Fisk

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/02/07-4
.

A Requiem for KBR and Blackwater
by Christopher Brauchli

*It’s just business

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/02/07-6
.

National Lawyers Guild Delegation
What We Found in Gaza
Strong Indications of Violations of the Laws of War, U.S. Law, and War
Crimes Found in the Gaza Strip

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/02/08-0
.

What the Centrists Have Wrought
by Paul Krugman

*Too little … too late … and two parties that just don’t give a damn

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/02/08-8

2/7

FAIR Blog
On the Pentagon’s Soaring Propaganda Budget

*Comment left at link

http://www.fair.org/blog/2009/02/07/on-the-pentagons-soaring-propaganda-budget/

Media Flock to Fox Star’s ‘Spectacle of Human Degradation’

*Welcome to the post-racial society

http://www.fair.org/blog/2009/02/07/media-flock-to-fox-stars-spectacle-of-human-degradation/

2/6

Peaceful Tomorrows
Peaceful Tomorrows will Join other 9/11 Relatives In Meeting with
President Obama to Discuss Closing Guantanamo

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2009/02/06
.

The Big, Bad Joke of Healthcare Reform
by Donna Smith

*Poisoned alphabet soup:

US …

UDHR …

DOA

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/02/06-3
.

Tide of Anger
by Naomi Klein

*Meanwhile, we sit on our asses and watch the goddamn Super Bowl …
sponsored, broadcasted and played by multimillionaires.

What’s wrong with this picture?

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/02/05-12
.

The Children of Guantanamo
by William Fisher
Inter Press Service

*This isn’t kid stuff … stating the literally bleeding obvious

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/02/06-7
.

Nationalized Banks Are ‘Only Answer,’ Economist Stiglitz Says
In an interview with Deutsche Welle, Nobel-winning economist Joseph
Stiglitz talks about nationalizing banks, the outlook for developing
countries, and the need for an international financial regulator.
by Deutsche Welle (Germany)

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/02/06-0
.

Naomi Klein: We’ve Got to Make Obama Do It!
by Matthew Hoffman
The Urban Coaster (Chicago)

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/02/06
.

DEMOCRACY NOW!
Cuban 5 Appeal to Supreme Court for New Trial

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/2/6/cuban_5_appeal_to_supreme_court
.

“Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st
Century”

*Future shock and awe

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/2/6/wired_for_war_the_robotics_revolution

Investigative Duo Jim Steele and Don Barlett: Daschle Nomination Debacle
Highlights Flawed US Tax System

*There is nothing certain in life but death and the rich avoiding taxes

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/2/6/investigative_duo_jim_steele_and_don
.

FAIR Blog
Examining Big Media’s ‘Israeli-Centric Perspectives’

*I guess this gives new meaning to the term “human values” … as far as
whose humanity is valued by the corpress.

http://www.fair.org/blog/2009/02/06/examining-big-medias-israeli-centric-perspectives/

MSNBC’s Idea of Challenging Authority

http://www.fair.org/blog/2009/02/06/msnbcs-idea-of-challenging-authority/

‘Systematic and Extensive’ Hate on U.S. Radio

*All bigots … all the time

http://www.fair.org/blog/2009/02/05/systematic-and-extensive-hate-on-us-radio/
.

Institute for Public Accuracy
Afghanistan: Endless War 2.0?

http://accuracy.org/newsrelease.php?articleId=1922

2/5

Our Pirates and Theirs
by John Feffer

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/02/05-9
.

Protests as US Warship Docks in Nagasaki
by Agence France Presse

*Returning to the scene of the war crime

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/02/05-1
.

Obama to Expand Bush Faith Program
by Carrie Budoff Brown
Politico

*Funny … I thought there were more than two religions in this country.

Of course, if Obama were to include Muslims and other folks, he’d be
doing it to co-opt them as well, wouldn’t he?

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/02/05-0
.

FAIR Blog
Worldfocus Grant: No Strings Attached?

*We may be the “public” in public broadcasting … but guess who’s the
beneficiary of the “service” from PBS.

http://www.fair.org/blog/2009/02/05/worldfocus-grant-no-strings-attached/
.

DEMOCRACY NOW!
Despite Celebrated Orders Closing Gitmo and Banning Torture, Has Obama
Kept Rendition Intact?

*Only worms need wiggle room

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/2/5/despite_celebrated_orders_closing_gitmo_and

2/4

Inequality Alive and Well in US
by John Buell

*Ain’t it funny how we putzes dream of “cement ponds” in the hills of
Beverly … and rich bastards like Charles Schwab try to create
“everyman” personas to obscure their obscene wealth?

No, I guess it really isn’t … is it?

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/02/04-12
.

Rationalize The Banks!
Barack Obama’s plan to subsidize failing banks is a bad deal. Instead,
the US should take posession of them
by Dean Baker

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/02/04-7
.

Tax the Speculators
by Ralph Nader

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/02/04-13
.

US Threats Mean Evidence of British Resident’s Guantánamo Torture Must
Stay Secret, Judges Rule
Tory MP David Davis demands urgent Commons statement on MI5 role in
Binyam Mohamed case
by Richard Norton-Taylor
The Guardian/UK

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/02/04-6
.

DEMOCRACY NOW!
Iranian Nobel Peace Laureate Shirin Ebadi on Threats to Iranian Rights,
from Within and Abroad

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/2/4/nobel_winning_iranian_activist_attorney_shirin

Former State Dept. Official Hillary Mann Leverett: Obama Likely to
Mirror Bush’s Second Term Policy on Iran

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/2/4/former_state_dept_official_hillary_mann
.

FAIR Blog
Move Over, Taliban–CBS Is the Real Master of Manipulation

*Comment left at link

http://www.fair.org/blog/2009/02/04/move-over-taliban-cbs-is-the-real-master-of-manipulation/

FAIR Challenges CBC’s Report on Israel/Palestine Film

*Comment left at link

http://www.fair.org/blog/2009/02/03/fair-challenges-cbcs-report-on-israelpalestine-film/

2/3

Obama Financial Team to Taxpayers: You’ll Get Nothing, and Like It
by Jane Hamsher

*Chump change we can’t believe in

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/02/03-7
.

Can Mitchell Turn Jerusalem into Belfast?
by Ali Abunimah

*A “two-state solution” is nothing of the sort.  It may be an interim
step … but any just outcome depends on historic Palestine becoming one
democratic state for all its people.

If you can’t imagine it, you can’t create it.

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/02/03-16
.

Climate Ground Zero: The Plan to Save Coal River Mountain and Stop
Mountaintop Removal

http://www.commondreams.org/video/climate-ground-zero-plan-save-coal-river-mountain-and-stop-mountaintop-removal-0
.

Climate Change May Be Stoking Stronger Winds, Altered Oceans
by Suzanne Bohan
Contra Costa Times (California)

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/02/03-5
.

From Have Less to Have None?
by Nastassja Hoffet
Inter Press Service

*They never say what it is that’s actually trickling down on you, do
they?

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/02/03-1
.

DEMOCRACY NOW!
Sri Lankan Military Intensifies Offensive Against Tamil Tigers; 13 Die
in Hospital Shelling

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/2/3/sri_lankan_military_intensifies_offensive_against

Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) Urges Homeowners to Stay in Foreclosed Homes

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/2/3/rep_marcy_kaptur_d_oh_urges

FAIR Extra!
For Media, ‘Card Check’ Promise Is One to Break
Corporate outlets suddenly discover ‘workers rights’
By Janine Jackson

http://www.fair.org/index.php?page=3697

2/2

Public Citizen
Obama’s Rumored Choice for Justice Department Post Has Long History of
Working Against Consumer Rights
Public Citizen Urges Obama to Nominate an Individual Who Has
Demonstrated a Greater Commitment to the Public Interest

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2009/02/02-10
.

Sick in the Head: Why America Won’t Get the Health-Care System It Needs
by Luke Mitchell

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/02/02-6
.

It’s Not Going to Be OK
by Chris Hedges

Certainly worth reading … but it’s forehead-slapping time when Wolin
talks about Obama being “well-meaning”, and in the next breath calls the
Democratic Party “bankrupt”.

That’s what they call a blatant contradiction in terms ’round these
parts.

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/02/02-0
.

DEMOCRACY NOW!
Maliki Allies Ahead in Iraqi Election; Voters See Election of Maliki’s
Party as “Most Expedient Way to End the Occupation”

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/2/2/maliki_allies_ahead_in_iraqi_election

David Cay Johnston: More Corporate Tax Breaks Will Not Stimulate the
Economy

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/2/2/david_cay_johnston_more_corporate_tax
.

FAIR Blog
Self-Defense as a Rationale for Genocide

http://www.fair.org/blog/2009/02/02/self-defense-as-a-rationale-for-genocide/

Fox News vs. Free Speech

*Talk about a pay toilet … oy.

Excremental content coupled with excremental ads …

FOX gives a shit … twice over.

http://www.fair.org/blog/2009/02/01/fox-news-vs-free-speech/

Anti-Union Flacks ‘Effectively Replace’ Skeptical Reporting

http://www.fair.org/blog/2009/02/01/anti-union-flacks-effectively-replace-skeptical-reporting/

2/1

Rainforest Razed so Cattle Can Graze
Brazil’s attempt to double its share of the global market for beef will
carry a heavy environmental cost, report warns
by Michael McCarthy
The Independent/UK

*Where’s the beef?

Crammed down the Amazon’s throat

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/01/31-1
.

World Economic Forum: Davos Under Fire
Public Eye Awards 2009
by Gustavo Capdevila
Inter Press Service

*It may be a real bastard for the rich to get into heaven, but the
welcome mat’s out in Switzerland, innit?

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/01/31-0
.

Parched: Australia Faces Collapse as Climate Change Kicks In
by Geoffrey Lean and Kathy Marks
The Independent/UK

*The canary combusts

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/02/01-3
.

Gaza Desperately Short of Food After Israel Destroys Farmland
Officials warn of ‘destruction of all means of life’ after the
three-week conflict leaves agriculture in the region in ruins
by Peter Beaumont
The Guardian/UK

*Living off and killing off the land

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/02/01-6
 

Written by Doug Latimer

02/20/2009 at 9:39 PM

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