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An inexpert attempt at contradicting the contradictions

March 2009

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3/31

Schools Are Not Businesses
by Wayne Au/Bill Bigelow/David Levine

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/03/31-11
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Big Coal Defeat! Rednecks and Greens Announce Victory at Blair Mountain
by Jeff Biggers

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/03/31-14
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Not an Analogy: Israel and the Crime of Apartheid
by Hazem Jamjoum

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/03/31-15
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The Silence Surrounding Sri Lanka
by Arundhati Roy

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/03/31-8
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G20: Nature Doesn’t Do Bailouts
Climate Camp in the City allows us to come together and learn about the
problems of global warming, so we can take action
by Jody Boehnert

*Carbon trading away our future

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/03/31-3
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Why It’s in Our Interest to Support a Global Stimulus
by Sarah Anderson

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/03/31-6
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Witness For Peace
Shoveling Water: War on Drugs, War on People

http://www.commondreams.org/video/2009/03/31
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Vow to Fight Raises Question: Is Calm in Iraq Just the Eye of the Storm?
by Leila Fadel
the McClatchy Newspapers

*Of “terrorism” and resistance

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/03/31-0
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FAIR Blog
Panama: When Journalists Learned to Rally ‘Round the Flag

http://www.fair.org/blog/2009/03/31/panama-when-journalists-learned-to-rally-round-the-flag/

S.F. Columnist Protests Protesters

*Comments left at link

http://www.fair.org/blog/2009/03/31/sf-columnist-protests-protestors/
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DEMOCRACY NOW!
Seymour Hersh: Secret US Forces Carried Out Assassinations in a Dozen
Counties, Including in Latin America

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/3/31/seymour_hersh_secret_us_forces_carried

Seymour Hersh on “Syria Calling: The Obama Administration’s Chance to
Engage in a Middle East Peace”

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/3/31/seymour_hersh_on_syria_calling_the

“The Woman Behind the New Deal: The Life of Frances Perkins, FDR’s
Secretary of Labor and His Moral Conscience”

*Don’t look for a critical analysis of the New Deal here, but some
interesting history regardless

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/3/31/the_woman_behind_the_new_deal
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Institute for Public Accuracy
With Obama in Europe: Critical Perspectives

http://accuracy.org/newsrelease.php?articleId=1962

3/30

The Great Afghan Bailout
It’s Time to Change Names, Switch Analogies
by Tom Engelhardt

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/03/30-3
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Khmer Rouge Trials May Expose US, China
by Marwaan Macan-Markarq
Inter Press Service

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/03/30-1
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Peacekeepers-for-Hire? Not So Fast, Critics Warn
by Haider Rizvi
Inter Press Service

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/03/30-6
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FAIR Blog
Woman Journalists: Last In, First Out

*Just do it.

(And cut a deal with anyone who could draw attention to the fact that
you did.)

http://www.fair.org/blog/2009/03/30/woman-journalists-last-in-first-out/

NYT Finds Comedy Gold in 0.1 Percent of New York’s Budget

*Comment left at link

http://www.fair.org/blog/2009/03/30/nyt-finds-comedy-gold-in-01-percent-of-new-yorks-budget/
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DEMOCRACY NOW!
A 21st Century Hooverville: Seattle’s Homeless Population Builds
“Nickelsville,” a Tent City Named After the City’s Mayor

*How can this happen in a country like America?

Because it’s a country like America.

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/3/30/nickelsville_seattle_newest_tent_city

Sustainable Seattle: City Launches New Compost Pickup Program as Part of
Zero Waste Strategy

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/3/30/sustainable_seattle_group_part_of_movement

Citing Failed War on Drugs, Former Seattle Police Chief Calls for
Legalization of Marijuana and All Drugs

“I Made Major Mistakes” – Ex-Seattle Police Chief Admits Response to
1999 WTO Protests Was Too Heavy-Handed

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/3/30/citing_failed_war_on_drugs_former
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Institute for Public Accuracy
“Globalization from Below”

*Cooperation rather than competition

We’d better start welding together these “pipe dreams”, don’t you think?

http://accuracy.org/newsrelease.php?articleId=1961

3/28

FAIR Blog
‘Noble’ Media Effort Still Reinforces Domestic Violence

http://www.fair.org/blog/2009/03/27/noble-media-effort-still-reinforces-domestic-violence/

NYT: Home of the ‘Insanely Selfish and Greed-Addled’

*That would be one of the houses he’s lost track of owning?

http://www.fair.org/blog/2009/03/27/nyt-home-of-the-insanely-selfish-and-greed-addled/

3/27

The Market Mystique
by Paul Krugman

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/03/27-1
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Nuclear Industry Targets State Laws
Wisconsin’s Balance of Power: The Campaign to Repeal the Nuclear
Moratorium
by Diane Farsetta

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/03/27
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Consolidation Won’t Save the Media
Allowing a few big companies to swallow up local newspapers created
journalism’s problems. More of the same can’t solve them
by Craig Aaron & Joseph Torres

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/03/27-6
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Chomsky on Geithner
by The Real News Network

http://www.commondreams.org/video/2009/03/27-0
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DEMOCRACY NOW!
Labor Victory in Guadeloupe After Six-Week Strike Reverberates Across
French Caribbean and France

*Fighting back to move forward

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/3/27/labor_victory_in_guadeloupe_after_six

Robert McChesney on “The Death and Life of Great American Newspapers”

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/3/27/robert_mcchesney_on_the_death_and

Three Mile Island: 30th Anniversary of the Worst Nuclear Accident in US
History

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/3/27/three_mile_island_30th_anniversary_of

Geithner Outlines Plan to Overhaul Nation’s Financial Regulatory System

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/3/27/geithner_outlines_plan_to_overhaul_nations
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Afghanistan and Pakistan

http://accuracy.org/newsrelease.php?articleId=1960
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FAIR Blog
Brit Hume Lives Up to His William F. Buckley Award

http://www.fair.org/blog/2009/03/27/brit-hume-lives-up-to-his-william-f-buckley-award/

NPR’s Salvadoran History Lesson

*This lie made possible by grants from Giant Corporations …

and by contributions from Listeners Like You.

Thank you for your unwarranted trust.

http://www.fair.org/blog/2009/03/27/nprs-salvadoran-history-lesson/

3/26

Budget Deficits & Blow Up Dolls
by Dean Baker

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/03/26-11
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Toward a New Sustainable Economy
The fallacy that economic growth can lead to improved human welfare
underpins the global financial crisis. Now, we need to move beyond
‘growth at all costs’ and reorganise the economy based on the quality of
life rather than quantity of consumption
by Robert Costanza

*Changing the view of wealth from what we acquire to what we require

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/03/26-10
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DEMOCRACY NOW!
Afghans Urge Obama to Send Aid, Not Troops, to Afghanistan

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/3/26/afghans_urge_obama_to_send_aid

Report: Despite Obama’s Vow, Combat Brigades Will Stay in Iraq

*Change we can deceive in
Newspeak for the same old bloody shit

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/3/26/report_despite_obamas_vow_combat_brigades

Usury Country: Payday Loans Pushing Millions of Middle Class Americans
Deeper into Debt

*Paying through the nose when they’ve got you by the tits and balls

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/3/26/usury_country_why_are_millions_of
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Mexico and the “War on Drugs”

http://accuracy.org/newsrelease.php?articleId=1959

3/25

Liquid War: Postcard from Pipelineistan
by Pepe Escobar

*Excellent intel … please read.

So how does climate change (aka “the graveyard shift”) interact with the
Liquid War?

All the (other people’s) blood and treasure the elites West and East
expend on this power struggle will be for naught once we’ve passed the
rapidly approaching point of no return (PNR for the acronymically
addicted), won’t it?

So if we don’t blow each other up first, we’ll still end up with the end
of humanity’s relatively short stay on this unlucky orb.

What mortals these fools be.

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/03/25-1
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The Fierce Urgency of Now
Yes, windmills and dams deface the landscape but the climate crisis
demands immediate action
by Bill McKibben

*I agree with McKibben about time running out … but we’d better be
goddamn careful about that argument being used by bastards in it for the
buck, hadn’t we?

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/03/25-10
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FAIR Action Alert
O’Reilly Ambushes His Latest Critic
Fox host targets “villain” blog editor on her vacation

*Who’s the worse POS … the person who makes these comments, or the
corporation that pays him an obscene amount of money to make them?

http://www.fair.org/index.php?page=3738
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DEMOCRACY NOW!
Jailed Without Justice: New Report on US Immigration Detention Blasts
System as Broken and Costly

*Bring us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses, yearning to
breathe free …

There’s a damn nice profit to be made from sticking ‘em in our
hellholes.

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/3/25/jailed_without_justice_new_report_on

Obama Sending More Federal Agents, Money to Mexico Border for Drug War

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/3/25/obama_sending_more_federal_agents_money

AIG and the Big Takeover: Matt Taibbi on “How Wall Street Insiders Are
Using the Bailout to Stage a Revolution”

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/3/25/aig_and_the_big_takeover_matt
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Assessing Nuclear Power 30 Years After Three Mile Island

*A “clean” kill

http://accuracy.org/newsrelease.php?articleId=1958
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Why We Hate Them
Mistreated Customers Fuel Populist Rage
by Ted Rall

http://www.rall.com/rants.html
(Click on the “Columns” link at the top of the page if this is no longer
posted at Rall’s blog)


3/24

Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER)
Lawsuit Ends Genetically Engineered Crops on Wildlife Refuge
Ruling on Delaware’s Prime Hook May Affect Farming on Scores of Other
Refuges

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2009/03/24-20
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Palestinian Revolution?
by Roane Carey

Stones and guts against the murderous best our tax dollars can buy

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/03/24-12
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Tell the Senate to Give Cluster Bombs the Boot! Join the National
Call-In Day Monday, March 30

http://www.commondreams.org/video/2009/03/24
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Cut to Pieces: The Palestinian Family Drinking Tea in Their Courtyard
Israeli unmanned aerial vehicles – the dreaded drones – caused at least
48 deaths in Gaza during the 23-day offensive
by Clancy Chassay
The Guardian/UK

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/03/24-4
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FAIR Blog
The Wheels Come Off Dobbs’ Hate Vehicle

http://www.fair.org/blog/2009/03/24/the-wheels-come-off-dobbs-hate-vehicle/

O’Reilly Airs the Results of His Stalking Expedition

http://www.fair.org/blog/2009/03/24/oreilly-airs-the-results-of-his-stalking-expedition/
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DEMOCRACY NOW!
20 Years After Exxon Valdez Oil Spill, Alaskan Coastline Remains
Contaminated, Residents Still Struggle for Justice

*The only true parallel between a human being and a corporation is its
ability to shit on us.

http://www.skweezer.com/s.aspx/-/www~democracynow~org/2009/3/24/20_years_after_exxon_valdez_oil

Thomas Geoghegan on “Infinite Debt: How Unlimited Interest Rates
Destroyed the Economy”

*The desperate need for the big stick to chase the money changers out of
the temple

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/3/24/thomas_geoghegan_on_infinite_debt_how
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Rule by “Hedge Fund Democrats”

*Toxic waste in a polluted environment

http://accuracy.org/newsrelease.php?articleId=1957

3/23

Brennan Center for Justice
Brennan Center Study Shows Parole Fees Undercut Reentry
Maryland’s Parole Supervision Fee Raises Little State Revenue

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2009/03/23-11
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Environmental Groups
On Exxon Valdez Anniversary, Nationwide Call for State Authority in LNG
Decisions, Natural Gas Export Ban

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2009/03/23-6.
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End of the Coal Era
by Shawn Dell Joyce

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/03/23-6
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Six Years Later: An on-the-Ground View of Iraq
by Michele Naar-Obed

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/03/23-4
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DEMOCRACY NOW!
Water Rights Activists Blast Istanbul World Water Forum as “Corporate
Trade Show to Promote Privatization”

*The unquenchable thirst for profits

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/3/23/water_rights_activists_blast_istanbul_world

Dam Politics: India’s Leading Activist Medha Patkar Takes on Corporate
Control of Water

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/3/23/dam_politics_indias_leading_activist_medha
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FAIR Blog
O’Reilly: A New Low in Creepiness?

http://www.fair.org/blog/2009/03/23/oreilly-a-new-low-in-creepiness/

A New Challenge to Net Neutrality

http://www.fair.org/blog/2009/03/23/a-new-challenge-to-net-neutrality/

The WPost’s Salvadoran History Lesson

*Obviously this is WP SOP horseshit … but “paranoid anti-communism”?

Try “controlling our ‘backyard’ and its resources by any means
necessary.”

That’s imperial SOP, isn’t it?

http://www.fair.org/blog/2009/03/23/the-posts-el-salvador-history-lesson/
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Kosovo War: “Humanitarian Interventionism” Ten Years Later

*Killing with “kindness”

http://accuracy.org/newsrelease.php?articleId=1956

Saving Money on Health Care

*We can’t afford to swallow the “We can’t afford” hogwash, can we?

http://accuracy.org/newsrelease.php?articleId=1955

3/21

FAIR Blog
Fox News and Sarah Palin, Like Family. . . Really

*Birds of a feather …

Vultures in this instance.

http://www.fair.org/blog/2009/03/20/fox-news-and-sarah-palin-like-family-really/

Sports Mag’s 3 Strikes: Racist, Sexist, Homophobic

*How’d this guy miss landing a spot in the previous administration?

http://www.fair.org/blog/2009/03/20/sports-mags-3-strikes-racist-sexist-homophobic/

Liberal Blogger Men Love Conservative Columnist Man

http://www.fair.org/blog/2009/03/20/liberal-blogger-men-love-conservative-columnist-man/

3/20

Teachers for CEO Merit Pay!
Because sabotaging the global economy shouldn’t earn you a bonus.
by Jesse Hagopian

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/03/20-2
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The AIG Saga: A Brief Primer
by Dean Baker

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/03/20-12
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Moved On from the Struggle
by Anthony Arnove

*Making peace with war

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/03/20-14
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FAIR Blog
ABC Tries to Calm the Populist Fire

*So what was the excuse for not reporting on the horseshit at AIG
*before* it was “ours”, Charlie … common corporate courtesy?

It’s a small world, after all.

http://www.fair.org/blog/2009/03/20/abc-tries-to-calm-the-populist-fire/
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DEMOCRACY NOW!
Israel Promises Internal Probe After Soldiers Describe Civilian
Killings, Lax Rules of Engagement in Gaza Attack

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/3/20/israel_promises_internal_probe_after_soldiers

Palestinian Doctor, Peace Advocate Recounts Israeli Attack on Home that
Killed 3 Daughters, Niece

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/3/20/palestinian_doctor_peace_advocate_recounts_israeli

Protest Planned Outside NY Immigration Office to Stop Deportations of
30,000 Haitians

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/3/20/protest_planned_outside_ny_immigration_office

3/19

Food & Water Watch
Democratic Forum Demands Public Water for All

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2009/03/19-16
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The Secret War Against American Workers
The Unemployment Story No One Notices
by Robert S. Eshelman

*Bad actors in bad times

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/03/19-12
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Too Big to Fail Is Too Big
by David Korten

*Think global, bank local

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/03/19
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Israelis Using ‘Excessive’ Force Against Protesters
by Mel Frykberg
Inter Press Service

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/03/19-7
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IDF in Gaza: Killing Civilians, Vandalism, and Lax Rules of Engagement
by Amos Harel
Haaretz (Israel)

*Goddamn lying anti-Semitic … um … IDF members

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/03/19-2
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DEMOCRACY NOW!
“Perp Walks Instead of Bonuses”: Veteran Journalist Robert Scheer on AIG
Bonuses, the “Backdoor Bailout” and Why Obama Should Fire Geithner,
Summers

As Economy Reels, Tariq Ali Calls for “Reimagining Socialism”

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/3/19/the_great_american_stickup_veteran_journalist

Tariq Ali on a People’s Victory in Pakistan, Obama’s Escalation of
Afghanistan War, and 6 Years of US Occupation in Iraq

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/3/19/tariq_ali_on_a_peoples_victory
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Former Senator: “Let the Republicans Filibuster”

http://accuracy.org/newsrelease.php?articleId=1953

3/18

Indentured Servants, Circa 2009
The immigration imbroglio is the gorilla in the room that won’t go away.
by Barbara Koeppel

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/03/18-11
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One Country, Three Futures: The Afghanistan Americans Seldom Notice
by Pratap Chatterjee

*Deconstructing “reconstruction”

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/03/18-2
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Shell Dumps Wind, Solar and Hydro Power in Favor of Biofuels
by Tim Webb
The Guardian/UK

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/03/18-3
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Leading Climate Scientist: ‘Democratic Process Isn’t Working’
by David Adam
The Guardian/UK

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/03/18-7
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FAIR Blog
Crony Capitalist Props Up NYT

*Ross calls it “the Comical”.

I call it “the ChronicLiar”.

However you label it, it’s a “style” addict and a substance abuser.

http://www.fair.org/blog/2009/03/18/crony-capitalist-props-up-nyt/

NYT: Obama Appoints ‘Swahili-Speaking’ Envoy to Sudan

http://www.fair.org/blog/2009/03/18/nyt-obama-appoints-swahili-speaking-envoy-to-sudan/
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Change You Can Parse
Obama Abandons Bush’s Talk, Keeps His Walk
by Ted Rall

http://www.rall.com/rants.html
(Click on the “Columns” link at the top of the page if this is no longer
posted at Rall’s blog)
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DEMOCRACY NOW!
Public Outcry Forces Lawmakers to Say They’ll Recoup Millions in AIG
Bonuses, But Why Not the Billions in Taxpayer Bailout Funds?

*Definition of official “outrage”:

It is a tale told by idiots
Full of sound and fury
Signifying nothing

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/3/18/lawmakers_vow_to_recoup_millions_in

3/17

America, One Nation Under No God?
The number of secular Americans is rising faster than any other
religious group. But faith will continue to influence politics
by Michelle Goldberg

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/03/17-4
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What Money Doesn’t Buy
Microfinance and Women’s Empowerment in South Asia
by Barbara Kingsolver

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/03/17-8
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Iraqi Women Want US Out
by Yifat Susskind

*Liberation from the “liberation”

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/03/17-3
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Scientist: ‘Risks of Massive Changes in the Climate System’
Greenland thaw among feared climate shifts by 2200
by Alister Doyle
Reuters

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/03/17-3
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FAIR Blog
The Undervalued Legacy of Ida B. Wells

http://www.fair.org/blog/2009/03/17/on-the-undervalued-legacy-of-ida-b-wells/

‘Neo-Suffering of the Nouveau Poor’ is Big News

*It’s the poor’s own fault.  If they made enough money to be deemed
worthy targets of advertisers, their plight would be covered by the
corpress.

Of course, I guess they wouldn’t be poor then, would they?

http://www.fair.org/blog/2009/03/17/neo-suffering-of-the-nouveau-poor-is-big-news/

Financial Reporters’ ‘Very Complex’ Basic Incompetence

*Corpress reporting means never having to say you’re sorry …

Even when it’s laughingly apparent that you are

http://www.fair.org/blog/2009/03/17/financial-reporters-very-complex-basic-incompetence/

Richard Cohen on Jon Stewart’s ‘Cheap Shot’

*Who knew?

Who wanted to?

http://www.fair.org/blog/2009/03/17/richard-cohen-on-jon-stewarts-cheap-shot/
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Assessing the El Salvador Election

http://accuracy.org/newsrelease.php?articleId=1951
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DEMOCRACY NOW!
“Engaging the Muslim World” – Middle East Analyst Juan Cole on US Policy
in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Israel and Beyond

*I’m not too big on Cole (like anyone cares), but I suppose there’s some
worthwhile intel here, so …

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/3/17/engaging_the_muslim_world_middle_east

Report: Communities of Color Bear Heaviest Burden in Recession

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/3/17/report_communities_of_color_bear_heaviest

Lawyers’ Group Urges Bush Be Arrested or Barred from Canada in First
Trip Abroad Since Leaving Office

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/3/17/lawyers_group_urges_bush_be_arrested

3/16

Real Capitalists Nationalize
by Kevin Drum

*For informational purposes only … who gives a shit what “real
capitalists” do?

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/03/16-3
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Zionism is the Problem
The Zionist ideal of a Jewish state is keeping Israelis and Palestinians
from living in peace.
by Ben Ehrenreich

*Solid piece, but Ehrenreich leaves out the role Western power politics
played in the creation of Israel, without which truly understanding the
dynamics at work isn’t possible, is it?

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/03/16-2
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Rachel Corrie – Interview from March 14, 2003
by Middle East Broadcasting Company

http://www.commondreams.org/video/2009/03/16
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US Could Use Crisis to Wage ‘Financial Warfare’
by Noah Shachtman
Wired

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/03/16-2
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End of the Road for Agent Orange Victims?
by Helen Clark
Inter Press Service

*An unjust and dishonorable peace

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/03/16
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Plan to Split Taliban Lures Obama Deeper Into War
by Gareth Porter
Inter Press Service

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/03/16-8
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FAIR Blog
‘Wall Street Hubris’ as Orwellian Comedy

http://www.fair.org/blog/2009/03/16/wall-street-hubris-as-orwellian-comedy/
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Institute for Public Accuracy
How to Stop AIG’s Bonuses

http://accuracy.org/newsrelease.php?articleId=1949

Can Single Payer Get a Fair Hearing?

http://accuracy.org/newsrelease.php?articleId=1950
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DEMOCRACY NOW!
US Consul General Says Awaiting Israeli Report on IDF Shooting of
American Citizen

*I guess “Kill a commie for Christ” translates to “Blast a
raghead-loving bastard for Jehovah” in Hebrew?

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/3/16/us_consul_general_says_awaiting_israeli

On Trip to Gaza, Parents of Slain Peace Activist Rachel Corrie Remember
Their Daughter Six Years After Her Death

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/3/16/on_trip_to_gaza_parents_of

Leftist FMLN Candidate Mauricio Funes Wins El Salvador Presidential
Election, Ending Two Decades of Conservative Rule

*Funes may not be Jesus on a stick, but Ronnie’s rolling in his grave
… and I have to smile at the thought of that, don’t I?

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/3/16/fmln_candidate_mauricio_funes_wins_el

3/14

FAIR Blog
On Sanjay Gupta’s ‘Breathless’ Gullibility

*Comment left at link

http://www.fair.org/blog/2009/03/13/on-sanjay-guptas-breathless-gullibility/

3/13

International Solidarity Movement
Oakland Man Shot by Israeli Forces in West Bank

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2009/03/13-1
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Aerial Assault on Colombia’s Farmers and Ecosystem
The aerial spraying on cocaine funded by the US is wiping out everything
- apart from coca plants
by Grace Livingstone

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/03/13-3
.

In Memory of Rachel Corrie
by Gila Svirsky

*It speaks for itself

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/03/13-5
.

Climate Change? Try, Climate Breakdown
What’s clear from Copenhagen is that policymakers have fallen behind the
scientists: global warming is already catastrophic
by George Monbiot

*Call it “the graveyard shift”

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/03/13-0
.

A Small Sacrifice to Help Save the World
Even with the recession, a middle-class American lives like Louis XIV
compared to the destitute villagers of the third world
by Katha Pollitt

*Excellent piece … written by someone with an actual soul, it would
appear.

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/03/13-1
.

The City that Ended Hunger
A city in Brazil recruited local farmers to help do something U.S.
cities have yet to do: end hunger.
by Frances Moore Lappé

*Putting our money where everyone’s mouths are

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/03/13-9
.

Sacramento Tent City Is Just One of Dozens in an Ailing America
by Mike Harvey
the Times Online (UK)

*Pretty poor piece, but the Michelle Obama reference was too easy a
setup to pass up:

“Let them eat mushroom risotto”

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/03/13-2
.

DEMOCRACY NOW!
Obama Signals Readiness to Further Militarize Drug War with Potential
Deployment of National Guard to Mexico Border

El Salvador Holds National Elections Amidst Renewed GOP Threats Against
Electing FMLN

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/3/13/obama_signals_readiness_to_further_militarize
.

Institute for Public Accuracy
What Should the Globat Economy Look Like?

http://accuracy.org/newsrelease.php?articleId=1948

Beyond Madoff

*What would you call Madoff … a sacrificial wolf?

http://accuracy.org/newsrelease.php?articleId=1947
.

FAIR Blog
How the L.A. Times Helped the FBI Destroy Jean Seberg

*Gee … you mean this shit was happening *before* Shrubberismo?

Alert the liberals!

http://www.fair.org/blog/2009/03/13/how-the-los-angeles-times-helped-destroy-jean-seberg/

NYT Rules for Democrats: Don’t Annoy Republicans

*Comment left at link

http://www.fair.org/blog/2009/03/13/times-rules-for-democrats-dont-annoy-republicans/

PBS’s Mission: ‘Raise Money by Exploiting Viewers’ Gullibility’

*On the other hand, where else can you watch hours of Lawrence Welk
specials and Barry Manilow reprising his greatest hits?

Now that’s a public service.

http://www.fair.org/blog/2009/03/13/pbss-mission-raise-money-by-exploiting-viewers-gullibility/

CNN’s Resident Drug Pusher

http://www.fair.org/blog/2009/03/12/cnns-resident-drug-pusher/

3/12

Who is America to Judge?
After Abu Ghraib, Gitmo and extraordinary renditions, other countries
now challenge America’s standing on human rights
by Mark Weisbrot

*Tarnishing an unearned reputation

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/03/12-1
.

Israel’s War Crimes
Israel blamed its earlier wars on the threat to its security, even that
against Lebanon in 1982. However, its assault on Gaza was not justified
and there are international calls for an investigation. But is there the
political will to make Israel account for its war crimes?
by Richard Falk

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/03/12-10
.

Barack Obama, Meet Team B
by Scott Ritter

*One guess what “B” stands for …

and it ain’t “brilliant analysis”.

And Obama’s fully aware of that reality.

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/03/12-4
.

Why the Pentagon Can’t Put America Back to Work
Is the Next Defense Budget a Stimulus Package?
by Frida Berrigan

*Shovel-ready … for burying the dead of the GWOT

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/03/12-11
.

DEMOCRACY NOW!
Michael Parenti: Economic Crisis the Inevitable Result of “Capitalism’s
Self-Inflicted Apocalypse”

*Capitalists engorge, and we suffer the heartburn

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/3/12/parenti

Reduce the Rate: Rev. Jesse Jackson Joins Movement Against Crippling
Rates on Student Loans

*Getting schooled by the student loan scammers

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/3/12/reduce_the_rate_rev_jesse_jackson
.

FAIR Blog
Israel Lobby? No Such Thing….

*dis_in_gen_u_ous (adj) : lacking in candor (i.e., futzing with the
facts)

see http://www.washpost.com/news_ed/editorial/editboard.shtml

http://www.fair.org/blog/2009/03/12/israel-lobby-no-such-thing/

3/11

Blackwater’s New Frontier: Their Own Private Africa
Will military contractors blur the line between aid workers and hired
guns?
by Bruce Falconer and Daniel Schulman

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/03/11-5
.

Drug War Doublespeak
by Laura Carlsen

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/03/11-6
.

85 Per Cent of Amazonian Rainforest at Risk of Destruction, Researchers
Warn
by Lewis Smith
the Times Online (UK)

*All bite if there’s no bark

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/03/11-7
.

Ted Rall Cartoon
“As Obama revs up his Afghan surge, let us all take a moment to salute
the true heroes who have been fighting the war since 2001.”

http://www.rall.com/uploaded_images/3-6-09-730398.jpg
.

DEMOCRACY NOW!
Ahead of Pivotal El Salvador Vote, Rep. Raul Grijalva Leads
Congressional Call to Reverse Longstanding US Interference

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/3/11/ahead_of_pivotal_el_salvador_vote

Newly Formed 150,000-Strong Nurses’ Union Pushes for Single-Payer
Healthcare

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/3/11/newly_formed_150_000_strong_nurses

Burn Your Health Insurance Bill Day: New Group Advocates Direct Action
to Demand Single-Payer System

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/3/11/burn_your_health_insurance_bill_day

Dr. Quentin Young, Longtime Obama Confidante and Physician to MLK,
Criticizes Admin’s Rejection of Single-Payer Healthcare

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/3/11/dr_quentin_young_obama_confidante_and
.

Institute for Public Accuracy
Healthcare Reform and the “Marginalization of the Majority”

http://accuracy.org/newsrelease.php?articleId=1945
.

FAIR Blog
Immigrants Stealing the Stimulus?

http://www.fair.org/blog/2009/03/11/immigrants-stealing-the-stimulus/

Economics Made Simple–and Self-Serving

*I guess you could call this a textbook case of corporate convolution of
reality.

So I will.

http://www.fair.org/blog/2009/03/11/economics-made-simple-and-self-serving/

3/10

Is This the End of the Age of the Automobile?
by Harvey Wasserman

*Getting the rubber off the road

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/03/10-7
.

Battle over Bases
by David Vine

*Garroting the garrisons

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/03/10-8
.

Canada Has Cooled Its Welcome for US Deserters
by Michael Matza
the Philadelphia Inquirer

*Your conscience is persona non grata in Canada

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/03/10-6
.

Carbon Emissions Creating Acidic Oceans Not Seen Since Dinosaurs
Chemical change placing ‘unprecedented’ pressure on marine life and
could cause widespread extinctions, warn scientists
by David Adam
The Guardian/UK

This isn’t some goddamn supervillian in a movie threatening the planet
with extinction.

This is a bunch of goddamn supervillians in real life … putting profit
over even human survival.

And there ain’t no goddamn superheroes around to save us.

We’re it.

So what are we going to do about it?

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/03/10
.

DEMOCRACY NOW!
Economist Ha-Joon Chang on “The Myth of Free Trade and the Secret
History of Capitalism”

*Changing the rules, and the rulers

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/3/10/economist_ha_joon_chang_on_the

“Sending More Troops Will Not Solve the Problem” – Grassroots Afghan
Activist Rangina Hamidi

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/3/10/sending_more_troops_will_not_solve
.

FAIR Blog
WSJ Furthers Common Card Check Distortions

http://www.fair.org/blog/2009/03/10/wsj-furthers-common-card-check-distortions/

On Pundits’ ‘Unhinged Notion’ of the U.S. as ‘Human Rights Arbiter’

*Comment left at link

http://www.fair.org/blog/2009/03/10/on-pundits-unhinged-notion-of-the-us-as-human-rights-arbiter/

How Many Votes Does It Take to Pass a Senate Bill?

http://www.fair.org/blog/2009/03/10/how-many-votes-does-it-take-to-pass-a-senate-bill/

3/9

OneAmerica
ICE Raid Targets Immigrants, Breaks Apart Families
Statement by OneAmerica Executive Director Pramila Jayapal

*Where’s the hope and change these folks can believe in, Mr. President?

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2009/03/09-14
.

Behind the Curve
by Paul Krugman

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/03/09-3
.

Younger and Hungrier in America
The Struggle to Feed America’s Nouveau Needy
by Nick Turse

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/03/09-2
.

The Good Food Revolution
The lush landscape of Hawai’i once offered abundant food. What can these
islands teach us about food and sufficiency?
by Claire Hope Cummings

*Remembering our past to save our future

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/03/09-9
.

Another One Bites The Dust: Coal Victory in Iowa!
by Juliana Williams
It’s Getting Hot In Here

http://itsgettinghotinhere.org/2009/03/05/another-one-bites-the-dust-coal-victory-in-iowa/
.

Legitimacy of Global Court Questioned Over Sudan
by Thalif Deen
Inter Press Service

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/03/09-10.

FAIR Blog

Tell the FCC to Keep Public Access Accessible

http://www.fair.org/blog/2009/03/09/tell-att-to-keep-public-access-accessible/

Strange Questions, Strange Journalism

*Comment left at link

http://www.fair.org/blog/2009/03/09/strange-questions-strange-journalism/

Seeing Cracks in Big Media’s Pro-Israel Opinion Wall

http://www.fair.org/blog/2009/03/09/seeing-cracks-in-big-medias-pro-israel-opinion-wall/
.

DEMOCRACY NOW!
Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author Alice Walker, CODEPINK Founder Medea
Benjamin in Gaza to Mark International Women’s Day

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/3/9/pulitzer_prize_winning_author_alice_walker
.

Institute for Public Accuracy
“Capitalism Hits the Fan”

*Paying for their playing

http://accuracy.org/newsrelease.php?articleId=1944

3/8

Our Friends in the South
by James O’Nions

*Globalizing the fight against globalization

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/03/07-2
.

The Dog Eats Its Tail: Oversized Classes, Overpopulated Prisons
by Jesse Hagopian

*Here in Cali our guv’s horseshit on this issue has given real-life
meaning to his movie persona …

“The Terminator”

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/03/07-2
.

The Bottomless Bailout
by Ralph Nader

*What we don’t know can hurt us … real goddamn bad

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/03/07
.

Pentagon’s Nuclear Weapons Theory Bombs
by Eric Margolis

*Fractured, and deadly, fairy tales

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/03/08-2
.

Call to ‘Resist and Deter’ Nuclear Iran Gains Key Support
by Jim Lobe
Inter Press Service

*Israel:  the 51st state … and the only one with its own nukes

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/03/07-4
.

Scientists to Issue Stark Warning Over Dramatic New Sea Level Figures
Rising sea levels pose a far bigger eco threat than previously thought.
This week’s climate change conference in Copenhagen will sound an alarm
over new floodings – enough to swamp Bangladesh, Florida, the Norfolk
Broads and the Thames estuary
by Robin McKie
The Guardian/UK

*Drowning in greed and lethargy

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/03/08-2

3/6

The Big Dither
by Paul Krugman

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/03/06-3
.

Arctic Summer Ice Could Vanish by 2013: Expert
by David Ljunggren
Reuters

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/03/06-8
.

What Bush’s Brain Knew
Karl Rove’s testimony to Congress about the firing of US attorneys will
obscure, not reveal, the truth of the past eight years
by Dylan Loewe
The Guardian/UK

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/03/06-12
.

Intelligence Failures Crippling Fight Against Insurgents in Afghanistan,
says Report
Leaked analysis condemns US for lack of co-operation – Senior officers’
criticisms also cover Iraq campaign
by Peter Beaumont
The Guardian/UK

*There’s a solution for not “fighting effectively” …

Don’t fight.

But that’s just being all moral and legal, and we know that means jack
to Bush … sorry, Obama … and company, don’t we?

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/03/06
.

DEMOCRACY NOW!
HRW’s Richard Dicker and Scholar, Mediator Alex de Waal Debate
International Criminal Court Indictment of Sudanese President for Mass
Killings in Darfur

*It don’t come easy

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/3/6/hrws_richard_dicker_and_scholar_mediator

As Obama Hosts Summit on Healthcare, Marginalized Advocates Ask Why
Single-Payer is Ignored

*Single payer and double-dealing

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/3/6/as_obama_hosts_summit_on_health

California State Supreme Court Hears Challenge to Gay Marriage Ban

*A case study in what happens when you waste your money on goddamn
“consultants” who know everything about how to sell to people and
nothing about how to move them

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/3/6/california_state_supreme_court_hears_challenge

Rocky Mountain News Ceases Publication as Other Newspapers Face Threat
of Similar Fate

*”Read all about it!”

For how much longer?

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/3/6/rocky_mountain_news_ceases_publication_as
.

FAIR Blog
NBC’s ‘Good Model’ for Healthcare

http://www.fair.org/blog/2009/03/06/nbcs-good-model-for-healthcare/

Newsweek: None of Us Are Really Socialists, Still

*Comment left at link

http://www.fair.org/blog/2009/03/06/newsweek-none-of-us-are-really-socialists-still/

As Ethnic Media Suffers, So Does U.S. Democracy

http://www.fair.org/blog/2009/03/05/as-ethnic-media-suffers-so-does-us-democracy/

Media Keep Faith in Dow Jones as Oracle

*Comment left at link

http://www.fair.org/blog/2009/03/05/media-keep-faith-in-dow-jones-as-oracle/

3/5

Biofuels Do Far More Harm Than Good
Yesterday the EU imposed temporary tariffs on US biodiesel because
subsidies over there distort trade – but that shouldn’t be the only
reason to stop the biofuels juggernaut
by George Monbiot

*Deadly growing pains

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/03/05-10
.

DEMOCRACY NOW!
Lawmakers Debate Establishing “Truth Commission” on Bush Admin Torture,
Rendition and Domestic Spying

*Shouldn’t a truth commission be committed to true justice?

But that would be morally logical, wouldn’t it?

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/3/5/lawmakers_begin_debate_on_commission

Grammy-Winning Musician Arturo O’Farrill and Ex-Head of US Interests
Section in Cuba Vicki Huddleston Back Artists’ Call to Lift Cultural
Boycott of Cuba

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/3/5/cuba
.

FAIR Blog
L.A. Times Editors’ Columbia Fantasyland

http://www.fair.org/blog/2009/03/05/los-angeles-times/

3/4

Sustaining Global Solidarity After Gaza
by Jamal Juma

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/03/04-11
.

Physicians for a National Health Care Plan (PNHP)
Obama’s Health Care Summit Tomorrow, But Where Are Single Payer
Advocates?

http://www.commondreams.org/video/2009/03/04
.

10 Things We Didn’t Know About Food
How the authors of the new Rough Guide to Food lost their appetites for
the food industry.
by George Miller and Katharine Reeve
TimesOnline/UK

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/03/04-8
.

Financial Crisis Threatens Women’s Meagre Gains
by Thalif Deen
Inter Press Service

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/03/04
.

DEMOCRACY NOW!
“Sold Out”: New Report Follows Lobbying Money Trail Behind Deregulation
that Helped Cause Financial Crisis

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/3/4/sold_out_new_report_follows_lobbying

- See also -

Institute for Public Accuracy
“How Wall Street and Washington Betrayed America”

http://accuracy.org/newsrelease.php?articleId=1942

Despite Celebrated Speech, Has Obama Really Ordered an End to US
Occupation of Iraq?

*Would you buy a used war from this man?

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/3/4/despite_celebrated_speech_has_obama_really

Blackwater CEO Erik Prince Resigns in Latest Attempt to Rebrand
Tarnished Mercenary Firm

*New name.  Same bullets.

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/3/4/blackwater_ceo_erik_prince_resigns_in
.

FAIR Blog
Palestinians as Alien Creatures

*Comment left at link

http://www.fair.org/blog/2009/03/04/palestinians-as-alien-creatures/

NPR “Worse Than Worthless’ on Middle East

http://www.fair.org/blog/2009/03/04/npr-worse-than-worthless-on-middle-east/

3/3

FAIR Blog
David Gregory Mistakes Dow for Opinion Poll

http://www.fair.org/blog/2009/03/03/david-gregory-mistakes-dow-for-opinion-poll/
.

Ellen Tauscher (D-BofA) Helps Bank Lobbyists Write Our Laws
by Jane Hamsher

*Banking on betrayal

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/03/03-8
.

Corporate Crime Reporter
Obama to Single Payer Advocates: Drop Dead

*The audacity of “Nope!”

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/03/03-15
.

Guantánamo for Kids
Anna Perera’s novel for teenagers about the notorious American detention
camp is a gruelling imaginative journey.
by Michelle Pauli
The Guardian/UK

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/03/03-2
.

Israel Boycott Movement Gains Momentum
by Mel Frykberg
Inter Press Service

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

Institute for Public Accuracy
Why Not Really Tax the Rich?

*From trickle down to squared up

http://accuracy.org/newsrelease.php?articleId=1940

Health Care Summit: Single Payer Excluded?

http://accuracy.org/newsrelease.php?articleId=1941
.

DEMOCRACY NOW!
Palestinian Astrophysicist in US Reunited with Wife & Three Remaining
Children After Story of His 11-Year-Old Son’s Death in Israeli Air
Strike Broadcast on Democracy Now!

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/3/3/palestinian_astrophysicist_in_us_reunited_with

New York Legislature to Vote on Overhauling Draconian Rockefeller Drug
Laws

*Addicted to incarceration

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/3/3/drop_the_rock_new_york_legislature

Decades of Disparity: New Study Underscores Severity of Racial Bias in
Drug-Related Law Enforcement

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/3/3/decades_of_disparity_new_study_underscores

3/2

Oakland Institute
New Report From the Oakland Institute Issues a Challenge to Western-led
Plans for a Genetically Engineered Revolution in Africa
African Farmers & Environmentalists Speak Out Against a New Green
Revolution in Africa

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2009/03/02-9
.

The Imperial Unconscious
Afghan Faces, Predators, Reapers, Terrorist Stars, Roman Conquerors,
Imperial Graveyards, and Other Oddities of the Truncated American
Century
by Tom Engelhardt

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

The Price of Tomatoes: Keeping Slavery Alive in Florida
If you have eaten a tomato this winter, chances are very good that it
was picked by a person who lives in virtual slavery.
by Barry Estabrook
Gourmet

*We are what we eat

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/03/02-9
.

*Corporate America and Black Hypocrisy Month

Well, the farce that was Black History Month in the corpress is finally
over, but I saw a TV ad the other day that I felt encapsulated the
spirit of corporate America’s use of Dr. King’s memory, and thought I’d
pass it along to you, for what it’s worth

I may be a bit off on the details, but I believe I’m relating the gist.

First shot:  Static image of a gallery wall, with a large photo of a
thoughtful-looking MLK hanging on it.

Enter stage left a young black girl who stops in front of the image.

Second shot:  We see her from the front looking up at the photo.  She’s
wearing a top with the words “Future President” and a US flag printed on
it.

Cut to black.  Text reads “Have a dream.”  Then “The Martin Luther King
Memorial Museum”.  Finally “Build the dream.”

As that last part appears, the name of the sponsor also shows
unobtrusively in the lower right corner:

Boeing.

Boeing.  Dr. King was excoriated by the corpress for his opposition to
the Vietnam War.  His murder may have been due in large part to that
courageous stand.

What’s one of the iconic horror images of that war?

B-52s dropping their death-dealing payloads on that country.

B-52s built by Boeing.

This isn’t a memory hole.  It’s the goddamn Grand Canyon of Propaganda.*
.

FAIR Blog
NPR Blames Borrowers for Listening to NPR

http://www.fair.org/blog/2009/03/02/npr-blames-borrowers-for-listening-to-npr/
.

DEMOCRACY NOW!
Capitol Climate Action: Mass Civil Disobedience in D.C. Against Use of
Coal at Capitol Hill Power Plant

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

Power Shift ’09: 12,000+ Students Attend Largest Youth Summit on Climate
Change in US History

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/3/2/power_shift_09_12_000_students
.

CEO-Bashing for Fun and Profit
Obama, Media Grandstand on Executive Pay
by Ted Rall

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

3/1

Maine Town Takes a Stand: Closes Tap on Water Privatization
Residents ignore the Board of Selectmen’s position and vote to stop
Poland Spring – and others – from harvesting their water.
by Edward D. Murphy
the Maine Sunday Telegram

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/03/01-2
.

FAIR Blog
The Rest of Paul Harvey’s Story

*Comment left at link

http://www.fair.org/blog/2009/03/01/the-rest-of-paul-harveys-story/

 

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