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June 2011

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6/30

UK Strikes: 750,000 Set to Down Tools in Biggest Day of Industrial Action Since the 1980s
by Mark Ellis
Mirror/UK

*The Brits hit the bricks

Will we follow?

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/06/30
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Prison Industrial Complex
by RT America

*Dirty dancing to the Jailhouse Rock

http://www.commondreams.org/video/2011/06/30-0
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Oh Say Can You Seethe..
by Paul Buchheit

*Facts to fume over and figures to ridicule

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/06/30-7
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Ohio, Wisconsin Reach for Progressive Era Tools to Fight Modern Robber Barons
by Jessica Opoien

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/06/30-2
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Conservatives’ Seductive, Twisted Logic on the World’s “Missing” Girls
by Michelle Chen

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/06/30-9
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Displaced Women Demand Justice in Port au Prince
by Bill Quigley and Jocelyn Brooks

*Can you imagine yourself in these persons’ places?

Can you countenance the fact that our government supports their tormentors?

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/06/30
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Time to End the Chemical War Against Superweeds
by Lasse Bruun

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/06/30-4
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Center for Biological Diversity, Natural Resources Defense Council and Greenpeace
Court Upholds Endangered Species Act Protection for Polar Bears
Ruling Confirms That Global Warming Threatens Polar Bears With Extinction

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2011/06/30-9
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Food & Water Watch
New Jersey State Legislature First in U.S. to Ban Dangerous Gas Drilling Technique (Fracking)

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2011/06/30-5
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DEMOCRACY NOW!
Exclusive Tour of Gaza-Bound U.S. Ship, Audacity of Hope; Saboteurs Damage Other Ships in Flotilla

http://www.democracynow.org/2011/6/30/exclusive_tour_of_gaza_bound_us

Debunking the Israeli-US Effort to Thwart Gaza Freedom Flotilla: “We Are Committed to Non-Violence”

*These folks are “extremists” – they’re exhibiting extreme humanity and courage in the face of ruthless opposition.

It’s an extremism we all need to adopt, isn’t it?

http://www.democracynow.org/2011/6/30/debunking_the_israeli_us_effort_to

Climate Chaos: Christian Parenti’s New Book Exposes How Global Warming Could Lead to Global Warfare

*Important intel about the connections between climate change and empire, but because Parenti doesn’t see them in that context, his views on how to confront these horrors fall well short of what’s necessary, to my mind.

http://www.democracynow.org/2011/6/30/climate_chaos_christian_parentis_new_book
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FAIR Blog
Why Did Mark Halperin Call Obama a Dick?

*Now let’s think about this for a minute.

Why should Halperin, or anyone else, apologize for something like this?

That he dissed Dear Misleader because he’s a bourgeois POS is beside the point, isn’t it?  Why should we display any deference to someone who supposedly is a “public servant”?  Because he lives in a taxpayer-funded mansion and has his own theme song?

And the term employed is mild compared to the reality of his crimes, isn’t it?  Of course, Halperin fully supports those acts of inhumanity.  His knickers are in a twist because it’s unacceptable for Obama to utter anything other than the bi-party line, regardless of the blatant hypocrisy extant.

So while this may be a fetid farce, we could use a helluva lot more folks righteously speaking truth to power, and unapologetically calling this bastard what he is, don’t you think?

(Additional comment[s] at link)

http://www.fair.org/blog/2011/06/30/why-did-mark-halperin-call-obama-a-dick/
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Institute for Public Accuracy
* Offense Major Portion of “Defense” Budget * State Shortfalls Could be Wiped out by Ending Afghan War

*So shouldn’t the lives lost and destroyed through cuts to vital services also be counted as casualties of war?

http://www.accuracy.org/release/offense-major-portion-of-defense-budget-state-shortfalls-could-be-wiped-out-by-ending-afghan-war/

6/29

Long Hours, No Rest: Overworked Americans Still Dreaming of Vacation
by Roger Bybee
In These Times

*As is the norm in “progressive” economic pieces, Bybee can’t see beyond “reforming” the global economy.  The important intel he provides is undermined at the end with his comment about sharing in the “incredible productivity” of a system that’s inherently destructive, exploitative and undemocratic, don’t you think?

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/06/29-3
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Lower Taxes On The Rich Don’t Lead To Job Growth
by Pat Garofalo
Think Progress

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/06/29-5
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Global Warming and the Science of Extreme Weather
How rising temperatures change weather and produce fiercer, more frequent storms.
by John Carey
Scientific American

*Science evolves

The question is, will we?

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/06/29-4
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Fukushima Spews, Los Alamos Burns, Vermont Rages and We’ve Almost Lost Nebraska
by Harvey Wasserman

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/06/29-1
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Taking on Big Coal’s Curriculum
by Adam Sanchez

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/06/29-2
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Americans Fail To Take Sexism Seriously: The Supreme Court’s Wal-Mart Ruling
What’s Wrong with the Wal-Mart Decision
by Paula J. Caplan

*Wal-Mart is an equal opportunity employer when it comes to fucking its workforce.

But women are more equal than others.

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/06/29-3
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Obesity/Diabetes Epidemic: Rise of the Obesogens
by Brian Moench

*Profiting off the fatal fattening of the land

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/06/29-4
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Greenpeace
Sickened by Slack Lawmakers? Nauseated by Nonsense Laws? Disgusted by Lobbyists Making Policy?

*Safety first

Over the side

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2011/06/29-8
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DEMOCRACY NOW!
Inside Greek’s General Strike: Video Report From Athens As Thousands Protest Sweeping Austerity Cuts

*While the outward struggle gets covered, as it should, I think it’s vital that the internal organizing receive its fair share of attention as well, so we can put into practice the strategies and tactics that are effective, and learn from the mistakes.

That would truly be “news you can use”, wouldn’t it?

http://www.democracynow.org/2011/6/29/inside_greeks_general_strike_video_report

Greek Parliament Approves $40B Bailout; Some Economists Predict Vote Will Worsen the Recession

*Pain freaks and the people they inflict it on

http://www.democracynow.org/2011/6/29/greek_parliament_approves_40b_bailout_some

Fierce Street Battles In Egypt As Families Demand Justice for Loved Ones Killed During the Uprising

http://www.democracynow.org/2011/6/29/fierce_street_battles_in_egypt_as
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Brave New Book
Political Scientist Argues the U.S. is a Police State
by Ted Rall

*Waving the flag and swinging the truncheon

An impressive display of imperial American ambidexterity

http://www.rall.com/rallblog/2011/06/28/syndicated-column-brave-new-book
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Study Estimates Costs of U.S. Wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan at $3.7 Trillion, 225,000 Killed

*Sticker shock and awe at the price of empire

http://www.accuracy.org/release/study-estimates-costs-of-u-s-wars-in-iraq-afghanistan-and-pakistan-at-3-7-trillion-225000-killed/

6/28

Worst Drought in 60 Years Hits 10 Million in East Africa
by Hui Min Neo
Agence France-Presse

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/06/28-9
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Storm Warnings: Extreme Weather Is a Product of Climate Change
More violent and frequent storms, once merely a prediction of climate models, are now a matter of observation.
by John Carey
Scientific American

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/06/28-13
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Climate Sceptic Willie Soon Received $1m from Oil Companies, Papers Show
Documents obtained by Greenpeace show prominent opponent of climate change was funded by ExxonMobil, among others
by John Vidal
The Guardian/UK

*Money talks

Through a scientific sock puppet

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/06/28-12
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Proposed GOP Budget Cuts To Medicaid Could Kill Jobs And Short-Change Seniors
by Laura Basset and Ryan Grim
Huffington Post

*Some useful information, but notice that the word “deaths” never appears, and yet that will be the fate of many of those affected by these heartless cuts, won’t it?

So why isn’t that the focus here?

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/06/28-10
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How Corporations Award Themselves Legal Immunity
Whether it’s in your employment contract or the paperwork for a cell phone, it’s odds on that the small print says you can’t sue
by Laura Flanders

*Ill-suited for the job of justice

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/06/28
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Monsanto in Haiti
by Beverly Bell

*Hybrid seed

Singular greed

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/06/28-9
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29 Miners and Massey’s Coal Crimes
by Katrina vanden Heuvel

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/06/28-2
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Environmental Working Group
Just In Time for the 4th of July: EWG Adds New Products to Sunscreen Guide

*Sunscreens can be harmful

Smokescreens always are

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2011/06/28-4
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Propaganda on Libya

*In one of the pieces by Cockburn, he speaks of the deleterious effects of charges by the US and ICC, based on rebel propaganda, on the possibility of a ceasefire or the ending of Gaddafi’s reign short of a fight to the finish.

Might that not be NATO’s intent, in the sense that the longer this goes on, the more the rebels will be beholden to them, and the greater control they’ll have in the aftermath?

He also alludes to journalists’ “sympathizing” with the rebel cause as a reason these lies are given a free ride, but I’d contend the ultimate rationale is their bosses’ alignment with their gummints’ goals in Libya.

http://www.accuracy.org/release/propaganda-on-libya/
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FAIR Blog
New Action Alert: CBS and Factchecking Bachmann

*Bachmann’s personal theme song may be “Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition” …

But let’s hope she’s shooting herself in the foot with it.

That is, if the corpress would cease deflecting the bullets.

http://www.fair.org/blog/2011/06/28/new-action-alert-cbs-and-factchecking-bachmann/
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DEMOCRACY NOW!
“A Perfect Product of the Religious Right”: Deconstructing Michele Bachmann’s GOP Presidential Bid

http://www.democracynow.org/2011/6/28/a_perfect_product_of_the_religious

As Obama Quietly Pushes for a Nuclear Weapons Renaissance, Wildfire Threatens Los Alamos Nuclear Lab

http://www.democracynow.org/2011/6/28/as_obama_quietly_pushes_for_a

6/27

FAIR Blog
Andrew Breitbart Is an Ink Blot

*Breitbart’s a blot, all right …

A big, greasy stain on our body politic, smeared on it by the Times
and its corpress co-conspirators in morally and rationally dumbing
down the US public.

http://www.fair.org/blog/2011/06/27/andrew-breitbart-is-an-ink-blot/
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How Standardized Testing is Being Expanded
by Lisa Guisbond

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/06/27-9
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Outcry in America as Pregnant Women Who Lose Babies Face Murder Charges
Women’s rights campaigners see the creeping criminalization of pregnant women as a new front in the culture wars over abortion
by Ed Pilkington
The Guardian/UK

*The only “depraved hearts” here belong to the sociopaths behind this insanity

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/06/27-7
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Donor Aversion to ‘Unsexy’ Water Projects Threatens Development Goal
More than 1 billion people will not get the basic sanitation and the clean water promised as such projects shrink sharply as a proportion of global aid budgets
by Fiona Harvey
The Guardian/UK

*So how do the activities of transnational corps in these countries in relation to polluting water sources impact the actions – or inaction – of the donor nations where they’re based?

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/06/27-10
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Pissed at Portland: Uncovering the City’s Public Health Hypocrisy
by Laura Orlando

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/06/27-6
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The New Thirty Years’ War: Winners and Losers in the Great Global Energy Struggle to Come
by Michael T. Klare

*Klare never addresses the fact that if energy is still controlled by private interests come 2041, we’re doomed, aren’t we?

Corporations will always focus on profit, and even given that their owners won’t escape the cataclysm to come, that myopia will hold sway.

Only public control will allow for the vision necessary to avert utter destruction of the planet, if that’s still possible.

Not only will the energy picture three decades on have to be far different – the political and economic landscape must undergo a tectonic shift, as well.

That’s where we come in, isn’t it?

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/06/27-1
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Gone With the Papers
by Chris Hedges

*Hedges’ rumination on the fate of newsprint, and what that means for the fate of democracy

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/06/27-7
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People For the American Way (PFAW)
Supreme Court Strikes Another Blow to Clean Elections

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2011/06/27-4
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Gaza Flotilla Under Threat

http://www.accuracy.org/release/gaza-flotilla-under-threat/

NYT: “Insiders Sound an Alarm Amid a Natural Gas Rush”

*Add a “t” to “bullish” and you’ve got the straight skinny on this shale game, don’t you?

http://www.accuracy.org/release/nyt-insiders-sound-an-alarm-amid-a-natural-gas-rush/
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DEMOCRACY NOW!
NY Passes Historic Marriage Equality Bill; Is It a Sign the GOP Aims to Leverage Gay Support in 2012?

*This illustrates the danger of single-issue and identity politics, when heroes are made out of bastards who for their own benefit may work for and vote for something just.

Yet those same bastards are destroying our lives.  Folks may have the right to marry now, but Cuomo and other Democrats, along with these Republicans, are slashing social services and eliminating other vital rights.

The old saying goes, “With friends like these … .”  The reality is that they aren’t the friends of the unmoneyed LGBTQ community, are they?

Just as they aren’t the friends, but the nemeses, of all but the rich and powerful, and seek to divide those that aren’t, as solidarity among them is their greatest fear.

So we should celebrate this victory, but not the vile hypocrites who seek to make it ultimately a pyrrhic one.

http://www.democracynow.org/2011/6/27/is_new_york_equal_marriage_bill

Obama Admin Warns of “Fines and Incarceration” if U.S. Citizens Set Sail with Gaza Aid Flotilla

*I’ve used the phrase a number of times, but it applies particularly aptly here:

The audacity of “Nope”

http://www.democracynow.org/2011/6/27/obama_admin_warns_of_fines_and

“We Are Eager to Get to Gaza”: Democracy Now! Exclusive Report from Greece on U.S. Gaza Aid Flotilla

http://www.democracynow.org/2011/6/27/we_are_eager_to_get_to

6/26

“U Pay Your Tax 2″: U2 Glastonbury Tax Protest Activists Condemn ‘Heavy-Handed’ Security
ArtUncut, the direct action group, attacks decision to silence peaceful attempt to highlight Irish band’s offshore affairs
by Adam Gabbatt
The Guardian/UK

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/06/25-2
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Warming Oceans Cause Largest Movement of Marine Species in Two Million Years
by Richard Gray
The Telegraph/UK

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/06/26-4
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Justice In America: A Tale Of Two Crimes
by Abby Zimet

*The dark side of class actions

http://www.commondreams.org/further/2011/06/24-8
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Four Decades of Cruelty and Inhumanity to U.S. Political Prisoners
A Black Agenda Radio commentary
by Glen Ford

*Home grown gulags

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/06/26-0
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European Authorities Risking Financial Contagion in Greek Showdown; Where Is the U.S. Government?
The US had better be ready for the economic shock
by Mark Weisbrot

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/06/25-2
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When Florida, Like New York State, Joins the Ranks of the Civilized on Gay Marriage
by Pierre Tristam

*Working for the day when love’s no longer a many-splintered thing

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/06/25-3
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If the Sea Is in Trouble, We Are All in Trouble
by Sylvia Earle

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/06/25-5

6/24

Roundup: Birth Defects Caused By World’s Top-Selling Weedkiller, Scientists Say
by Lucia Graves
Huffington Post

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/06/24-4
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Mexico’s Hidden War
by Fault Lines/Al-Jazeera

http://www.commondreams.org/video/2011/06/24
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With the Gaza Aid Flotilla: Israeli Assault on the Flotilla is Well Underway
by Joseph Dana

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/06/24-7
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How to Survive the Age of Distraction
by Johann Hari

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/06/24-1
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Greece at a Crossroads
by Peter Prontzos

*Home run for the moneyed

Squeeze play for the rest

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/06/24-6
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Capital Is a Fickle Lover
by Walden Bello

*Try a little tenderness

Nothing drastic, mind you

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/06/24-3
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Disaster Capitalism in Haiti Leaves Displaced With Few Good Choices
by Isabel Macdonald

*Slippery William’s slime trail oozes on

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/06/24
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America, Land of the Free to Go Hungry
The GOP’s Ryan plan caricature of food stamps as a welfare entitlement out of control will tug the safety net from millions
by Eric Augenbraun

*I disagree that “the true test of a society is how it treats its weakest members.”

The true test of a society is how few “weakest members” it has, don’t you think?

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/06/24-9
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Free Press
AT&T Misleads Congress on Merger
House Letter Wrong on the Facts About T-Mobile Takeover

*Public servants of private profiteers

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2011/06/24-1
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Earthjustice
EPA Delays Boiler Regulations by One Year, Puts Thousands of Lives at Risk
With new timeline for boiler health protections, EPA endangers lives and flouts court’s authority

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2011/06/24-6
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DEMOCRACY NOW!
New Exposé Reveals Nuclear Regulatory Commission Colluded with Industry to Weaken Safety Standards

*No worries … safe as houses

Of cards

http://www.democracynow.org/2011/6/24/new_expos_reveals_nuclear_regulatory_commission

Haiti: Leaked Cables Expose U.S. Suppression of Minimum Wage, Election Doubts and Elite’s Private Army

http://www.democracynow.org/2011/6/24/haiti_leaked_cables_expose_us_suppression

Feeding Resistance: Food Not Bombs Members Arrested in Orlando for Serving Meals Without a Permit

*Use a spatula, go to jail

http://www.democracynow.org/2011/6/24/feeding_resistance_food_not_bombs_members

6/23

Climate Change: It’s Bad and Getting Worse
Severe weather events are wracking the planet, and experts warn of even greater consequences to come.
by Dahr Jamail
Al-Jazeera-English

*And due to corpress complicity, as the effects of climate change accelerate, this bad news travels at an ironically glacial pace

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/06/23
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Carbon Markets Are Not Cooling the Planet
by Stephen Leahy
Tierramérica/Inter Press Service

*The only “green” produced here has serial numbers on it

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/06/23-7
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Environmental Leaders Call for Civil Disobedience to Stop the Keystone XL Pipeline
by Naomi Klein, Wendell Berry, Maude Barlow, Bill McKibben and Others

*The cause is righteous, of course, but this nonsense about “still want(ing) to believe in the promise of that young Senator” is either breathtakingly naive, or a, let’s say, misguided, attempt at broadening support.

Either way, I think it harms the mission.

If the former … well, that speaks for itself, doesn’t it?  Not sussing Dear Misleader’s true nature is a glaring weakness in any effort to confront the forces arrayed against us.

And if the latter, if we claim to want to speak truth to power, we first have to speak it to each other.  Whatever’s lost in the way of support is far outweighed by the trust engendered by our honesty, don’t you think?

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/06/23
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Sentimental Mass Murderer
by Linh Dinh

*The tears of a psychopathic clown

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/06/23-3
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FOX and Republicans Rerun Mexicans, Lies and Videotape, As Arizona Becomes Grand Canyon State Again
by Jeff Biggers

*Raising racism in Arizona

And lowering it into the Grand Canyon of calumny

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/06/23-2
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Obama Backpedals on Empty Promises to Afghan Women
by Yifat Susskind

*When it comes to Dear Misleader, working for women is never done

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/06/23-10
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The Anguish in the American Dream
by Robert Jensen

*Please read this.  I wish I had the ability to respond to it as I’d like, but the synapses just aren’t firing.

What I can say is that many of the ideas I’ve tried to get across here are contained in this piece, including seeing the world through the perspective of those most harmed by the bastards who rule it, an aversion to dogmatism from any angle, and the belief that whatever purpose there is to life centers on the moral, not the material (in other words, the whole Golden Rule thing, or being a mensch).

What I also can say is that it’s a rarity in an “alternative” landscape that all too often is rife with the sort of contradictions Jensen alludes to.  It’s so goddamn frustrating to constantly confront manglings of moral logic from seemingly sincere (and not so sincere) folks on “the left” (as nebulous a term as ever there was).

Not that I’m Jesus on a stick, but to keep encountering either ignorance (often apparently wilful) or duplicitousness from those who should know better – or should be better – is a singularly depressing experience.

So this piece produced a welcome serotonin spike.

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/06/23-5
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Earthjustice
Opportunity Knocks to Protect Public Health; Will President Obama Answer?
EPA and the White House must use science, not politics to set smog clean up standards

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2011/06/23-6
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FAIR Media Advisory
Defining ‘Withdrawal’ From Afghanistan
Media’s selective memory on Obama escalations

*The coverup on “drawdown”

http://www.fair.org/index.php?page=4321
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DEMOCRACY NOW!
Michigan Residents File Lawsuit Challenging Emergency Law Installing Unelected City Managers

http://www.democracynow.org/2011/6/23/michigan_residents_file_lawsuit_challenging_emergency

Amidst Poverty and Human Rights Abuses, Equatorial Guinea Builds Lavish City to Host African Union

http://www.democracynow.org/2011/6/23/amidst_poverty_and_human_rights_abuses

6/22

World’s Wealthiest People Now Richer than Before the Credit Crunch
by Jill Treanor
The Guardian/UK

*Cleaning up in the filthy lucre department

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/06/22-11
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Apple’s Pre-Emptive Strike Against Free Speech
by Tim Karr

*Blinding justice

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/06/22-8
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Wal-Mart Ruling Erodes Rights of Women of Color
by Sarah Azaransky

*Double-barreled bias

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/06/22-2
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Barcelona Chronicle: Last Week’s ‘Siege’ of the Catalan Parliament
by Thomas S. Harrington

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/06/21-9
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Center for Biological Diversity
Suit Launched to Force EPA to Address Black Carbon Pollution
Potent Global Warming Pollutant Accelerates Melting of Sea Ice, Glaciers

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2011/06/22-6
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Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR)
MI Citizens Take Emergency Manager Law to Court, Citing Unconstitutional Power Grab

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2011/06/22-2

6/21

War on Drugs: US Civil Rights Advocates Still Fighting “Race War”
by Pam Johnson
Inter Press Service

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/06/21-6
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Will Bolivia Make the Breakthrough on Food Security and the Environment?
Evo Morales’ government is poised to pass a law that ensures Bolivians can feed themselves, and protects the environment
by Mattia Cabitza
The Guardian/UK

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/06/21-2
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Critics Find Gaps in State Laws to Disclose Hydrofracking Chemicals
by Nicholas Kusnetz
ProPublica

*Proprietary disinformation

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/06/21
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Paving the Road to a Hungrier, Unhealthier, and Less-Educated Nation
Massive spending cuts will make the future bleaker for millions of Americans.
by Deborah Weinstein

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/06/21-0
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Fort Calhoun Nuclear Plant New Fukushima?
by RT America

http://www.commondreams.org/video/2011/06/21-1
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Attacking Libya — and the Dictionary: The War on the Word ‘War’
If Americans Don’t Get Hurt, War Is No Longer War
by Jonathan Schell

*The Newspeak of “No Speak”

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/06/21-1
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Haiti: What WikiLeaks’ US Embassy Cables Reveal
Conditioned by a century of superpower status, the US still acts as if it may dispose of Haiti as it chooses: as colonial dominion
by Kim Ives

*A history that doesn’t repeat, but simply reloads

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/06/21-2
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Stop Blaming Teachers for Poor Student Performance
Educational activist says Baltimore City Council should be commended for supporting event that questions high-stakes testing
by Myles Hoenig

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/06/21-5
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Convenience at What Cost?: The Connection Between Chemicals and Breast Cancer
by Nancy Buermeyer and Connie Engel

*From warfare on the battlefield to warfare within our bodies

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/06/21-6
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Cornucopia Institute
USDA and Corporate Agribusiness Continue to Push Animal ID Scheme
Consumers and Independent Producers Lose if Big Ag Wins on Animal Traceability

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2011/06/21
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Senator Bernie Sanders
Hunger Among Seniors a Growing Crisis
Poor Nutrition Drives Up Health Care Costs

*Let them eat cake

With tea, of course

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2011/06/21-2
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FAIR Blog
We Are A Profit-Driven Industry

*The abrogation of journalistic responsibility is abhorrent enough in its own right, but this is not simply about “giving the public what it wants”, is it?

The mainstream media creates, then feeds the appetite for drek, doesn’t it?  The market is manufactured, then supplied.

And besides the profit gleaned, it serves the elite goal of presenting distracting circuses to the masses, doesn’t it?

And the less bread, the more circuses.

http://www.fair.org/blog/2011/06/21/we-are-a-profit-driven-industry/
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DEMOCRACY NOW!
1.5 Million Female Wal-Mart Employees Lose Historic Sex Discrimination Case Before Supreme Court

*I’ve been ragging on DN!, and I think justifiably so, but this was a solid segment that took an expansive view of the situation, not downplaying the setback, but putting it in the context of the broader struggle for women’s, and all workers’, rights, where other strategies hold promise.

And hefty props to Odle, for foregoing a likely personal victory in favor of fighting for all the other folks screwed by these bastards.

http://www.democracynow.org/2011/6/21/15_million_female_walmart_employees_lose

“If a Tree Falls”: New Documentary on Daniel McGowan, Earth Liberation Front and Green Scare

*I’ve seen Curry’s comments about radicalizing people echoed elsewhere – the notion that doing so is a negative result.  If there is no working “democracy” to “bring people into”, a radical reaction to corporate and gummint crimes is all that’s left, isn’t it?

That doesn’t translate into terrorism or unprincipled violence to me.  It means that one recognizes the futility of achieving anything other than half-measures, if that, through such a perverted system.  Perhaps those are of some worth, as long as they’re seen for what they are, but the change that’s necessary to our survival, and for a truly just world, will never be allowed to be accomplished via working within the system, will it?

The question then becomes what we do outside that system that will have the greatest impact.  And here I wish there’d been more focus on just what the ELF hoped to accomplish with these arsons, as while they may have done serious damage to the companies targeted, did that stop others from simply taking their place?

Also, how could they be absolutely certain that no one would be harmed?  What about firefighters?  If you’re going to engage in such acts, you’d goddamn better think about, and rethink, the possible moral consequences.

No matter what evil you’re confronting, you’re never absolved of the obligation of maintaining the highest level of humanity in doing so, are you?

I’d also liked to have heard more about the solidarity Stepanian encountered at the Marion CMU, and the discussions among the prisoners regarding their motivations. I think that might have been very enlightening, don’t you?

http://www.democracynow.org/2011/6/21/if_a_tree_falls_new_documentary

6/20

Oceans in Distress Foreshadow Mass Extinction
by Marlowe Hood
Agence France-Presse

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/06/20-8
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Tim DeChristopher: This Hero Didn’t Stand a Chance
by Chris Hedges

*DeChristopher makes some very important points about the necessity of radical (whether he uses that term or not) action given the nature of the profit system, but seems to contradict those with other remarks – viewing cap and trade as a positive measure, for instance, or his hope that Dear Misleader might be a “progressive”.

That’s not to diss him.  He’s 29, after all.  And he put his ass on the line, didn’t he?

Regarding nonviolence, as I’ve said, I don’t hold with an absolutist approach.  People have a right to principled self-defense.

Lastly, the one time I was called for jury duty, I told the judge I would do what my conscience demanded, irrespective of the law.

Needless to say, I wasn’t selected.

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/06/20-11
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After Mubarak, Fighting For Press Freedom in Egypt
by Sharif Abdel Kouddous

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/06/20-13
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A Solstice Approaches, Unnoticed
by James Carroll

*Acting naturally

While we still can

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/06/20-0
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FAIR Blog
Meet the Press–But Skip the Libya Debate

*”(S)upportive rule” … ?

A Freudian slip on the part of Durbin?  That is, of course, the aim of this “humanitarian intervention”, isn’t it – to install a friendly regime in Tripoli to replace the previously friendly regime (that little fact neatly absent from corpress coverage)?

As for the death of NATO …

The world should be so lucky.

http://www.fair.org/blog/2011/06/20/meet-the-press-but-skip-the-libya-debate/

LA Public TV: Less PBS, More Al Jazeera

*Al Jazeera’s done good work – I’ve posted a number of their pieces at my dinky little blog – but always keep in mind that its journalistic decisions are made with an eye toward not offending its Doha sponsors.

In that respect, it shares similarities with PBS, doesn’t it?

http://www.fair.org/blog/2011/06/20/la-public-tv-less-pbs-more-al-jazeera/
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Institute for Public Accuracy
* Greek Crisis * International Labor Organization

*The loan gunman theory

http://www.accuracy.org/release/greek-crisis-international-labor-organization/
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DEMOCRACY NOW!
Glenn Greenwald: Could Obama Be Impeached for Waging War in Libya Without Approval of Congress?

*I haven’t put much focus on the War Powers issue because to me it’s ancillary to the major crime being committed here – the death and destruction caused by the US’ attempt to overthrow a (currently) hostile regime.

Only a fool believes this has anything to do with “humanitarian intervention”.  Gaddafi was the US’ “ally” for the last few years, and our gummint didn’t give a rat’s ass what he did to the Libyan people while that was the case.  This is about subverting the legitimate elements of the Libyan insurrection in order to install a new order amenable to US interests.

It’s an old story, isn’t it?  And it shows just how duplicitous the corpress is, and how ignorant Americans are, that it isn’t recognized and condemned as such.

Of course, that’s no excuse for “progressives” who don’t highlight the imperialist nature of this war, and make it clear that it’s of a piece with US efforts to suppress and manipulate the revolts in the region, is it?

And you have to ask just why that is, don’t you?

http://www.democracynow.org/2011/6/20/glenn_greenwald_could_obama_be_impeached

Glenn Greenwald: Supporters of Bradley Manning Risk Jail for Refusing to Testify in WikiLeaks Probe

http://www.democracynow.org/2011/6/20/glenn_greenwald_supporters_of_bradley_manning

The Audacity of Hope: U.S. Peace Activists to Sail to Gaza in Humanitarian Flotilla

http://www.democracynow.org/2011/6/20/the_audacity_of_hope_us_peace

Harvard, Vanderbilt, Spelman Exposed for Taking Part in “African Land Grab”

*Exposing the lowlifes in higher education

http://www.democracynow.org/2011/6/20/harvard_vanderbuilt_spelman_exposed_for_taking

6/17

Excessive Oil Speculation: Wall Street’s Tax on Us
by Robert Weissman

*Pumping up profits by cramming the nozzle up our ass

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/06/17-8
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Cheap Meat, MRSA and Deadly Greed
If they aren’t stopped soon, the WHO warns we are facing a ‘doomsday scenario of a world without antibiotics’
by Johann Hari

*Imperative to read

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/06/17-5
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To Solve Education Crisis We Must Refute Faulty Assumptions
by Zoe Weil

*From bricks in the wall to stones in the road to humanity

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/06/17-10
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Understanding Vancouver’s ‘Hockey Riot’
by Dave Zirin

*High sticking and low lying

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/06/17-3
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NARAL Pro-Choice America
House Votes to Create Separate Internet, Video-Conferencing, and Phone Systems for Abortion
Extreme politician uses an agriculture-related bill to tell women and doctors they can’t communicate about abortion access through the nation’s communications systems

*Can’t ask, can’t tell

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2011/06/17-3
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FAIR Blog
Time Magazine Feeds the Bachmann-tum

*”Gaffes” and “misstatements” …

That’s as close as the corpress stylebook can come to saying a Republican – or a Democrat pushing a reactionary policy – is actually lying, isn’t it?

http://www.fair.org/blog/2011/06/17/time-magazine-feeds-the-bachmann-tum/

NYT’s Greenhouse vs. ‘Generous’ Public Worker Compensation

*There appears to be no difference in the corpress between “covering” labor, and covering for management, does there?

http://www.fair.org/blog/2011/06/17/nyts-greenhouse-vs-generous-public-worker-compensation/
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Institute for Public Accuracy
AARP: Lobbying Group for Seniors or Insurance Company?

*Ye shall know them by their fruits

And whatever may have once been ripe has now turned disgustingly rotten

http://www.accuracy.org/release/aarp-lobbying-group-for-seniors-or-insurance-company/
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DEMOCRACY NOW!
“A Moment in the Sun”: An Extended Interview with Independent Filmmaker, Author John Sayles

*I’m not big on these celebrity segments – and I can do without the “celebrated” and “legendary” labels Goodman loves to slap on their subjects – but I thought the historical intel in particular warranted posting.

http://www.democracynow.org/2011/6/17/a_moment_in_the_sun_an

6/16

Are We on the Brink of Burying Nuke Power Forever?
by Harvey Wasserman

*What’s left out here is just what a “solartopian” world controlled by corporations would mean.  Won’t they behave just as they always have, trying to squeeze every last drop of profit from their assets at our expense?

That’s the quintessence of a rhetorical question, of course, and you have to ask why Wasserman doesn’t seem to have considered it, don’t you?

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/06/16
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The Big Fukushima Lie Flies High
by Karl Grossman

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/06/16-4
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Arizona’s Next Scandal? Tea Party State Official Says Ethnic Studies Violates Ban
by Jeff Biggers

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/06/16-6
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Worldwatch Institute
Farming the Cities, Feeding an Urban Future
Worldwatch’s Nourishing the Planet team emphasizes urban agriculture as a means of increasing food security, empowering women, and protecting the environment.

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2011/06/16-0
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DEMOCRACY NOW!
Political Crisis in Greece Amidst Revolt Against Massive Budget Cuts and Tax Hikes

*The designation “Socialist” doesn’t mean diddley in this context, does it?  It’s akin to “Labor” in the UK, or “Democratic” here.

In this world, such appellations indicate more of an affinity for their antitheses than their synonyms, don’t they?

http://www.democracynow.org/2011/6/16/political_crisis_in_greece_amidst_revolt

Aiming to Preserve Autocratic Mideast Rule, Saudi Arabia Helps Crush Uprisings in Bahrain, Yemen

http://www.democracynow.org/2011/6/16/aiming_to_preserve_autocratic_mideast_rule
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Western Fires and “Global Weirding”

*Arson by avarice

http://www.accuracy.org/release/fires-sweep-through-western-u-s/

6/15

Institute for Public Accuracy
Libya War Illegal?

http://www.accuracy.org/release/libya-war-illegal/
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US-Occupied Afghanistan ‘Most Dangerous Place for Women’
Survey says war-torn nation worst place for women while Congo, which has “horrific levels of rape”, is ranked second.
by Al-Jazeera-English

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/06/15-1
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Six Wars and Counting
Washington Reaches for the Record Book
by Tom Engelhardt

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/06/15
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Fig Leaf Nation
by Linh Dinh

*A shimmering charade of shame

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/06/15-9
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Sowing the Seeds: Can Wisconsin Uprising Grow Nationwide Movement?
by Pat Schneider

*Not much in the way of radical analysis (no mention of strikes, for instance), but I thought there was some useful info worth passing along.

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/06/15-8
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How the Corporate Right Divided Blacks from Teachers Unions and Each Other
by Glen Ford

*A must read, the kind of intel that should be at the heart of every “progressive” media outlet’s output … but isn’t, is it?

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/06/15-10
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Is Cognitive Dissonance Fueling Conservative Denial of Climate Change?
by Rania Khalek

*I’d go a step further than Khalek, to look at just why there is this
profoundly illogical faith in capitalism.

(And I don’t distinguish between “industrial capitalism” and any other
form.  For the millionth time, I realize, I’ll say that no system
based on profit and competition can ever be truly just.)

I think it’s rooted in a sense of superiority, the dark underbelly of
which is prejudice, of course.  Capitalism is about winners and
losers, and its adherents claim a divine right to be the winners.  The
losers’ fate is due to their inferiority, which unsurprisingly
correlates in their eyes to the skin color, sex and/or class of these
“others”.

Capitalism is essentially discrimination with a balance sheet, a
method of legitimizing dominance through “the science of economics”.
Given that, it’s little wonder its faithful cling so tightly to its
precepts, isn’t it?

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/06/15-3
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Spain’s ‘Indignant Ones’
by Pablo Ouziel

*I’m not sure where Ouziel’s coming from here.  I don’t think the “Indignados” are interested in “dialogue” with the elites, and whatever “reforms” they might offer, do you?

They want the bastards out – of office and power.

At least I hope that’s the case.

As for violence, while it should always be a last resort, I think that limit is reached when someone’s trying to bust your head open.  You have a right to defend yourself.  That right should be exercised with an acute awareness of its possible consequences – for you, and for those caught in the crossfire.  But I don’t believe in the necessity of a dogmatic allegiance to nonviolence.

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/06/15-4
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Worldwatch Institute
Nearly Two Billion People Worldwide Now Overweight

*Dying off the fat of the land

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2011/06/15-7
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Confessions of a Nuclear Power Safety Expert
by John Perlin
Miller-McCune

*Playing with fire

And every other catastrophe, natural and human-caused

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/06/14-6
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Gaza’s Hospital Stock Running on Near Empty
Hospitals in Gaza are forced to cancel operations due to lack of medical supplies as the Israeli blockade continues.
by Mohammed Omer
Al-Jazeera-English

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/06/14-1
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Labor-Funded Progressive Leaders Cross Huffington Post Picket Line
by Mike Elk
In These Times

*Leaving their digital footprint on the face of labor solidarity

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/06/14-2
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Appalachia Is Rising: The March on Blair Mountain
by Sarah Vekasi

*Go tell it on the mountain

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/06/14-7
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Health Insurers Pump Your Premiums Into a Financial Black Hole
by Wendell Potter

*The only definition of “share” these bastards give a tinker’s damn about

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/06/14-1
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Violence Policy Center
Report: Gun Industry Militarization Drives Mexico Gun Trafficking
Widespread Sale of Military-Style Weapons Drives Illicit Traffic to Mexico, Increases Armed Attacks on U.S. Law Enforcement Officers, and Facilitates Mass Shootings

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2011/06/14-1
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Kucinich Calls Upon ICC, UN to Examine NATO Attacks Resulting in Civilian Casualties
United Nations and International Criminal Court Must Prosecute, if Necessary, Violations of International Law

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2011/06/14-6
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Environmental Working Group (EWG)
FDA Sunscreen Rules Too Little and VERY Late

*The sunscreen may suck, but the screening against effective regulation is a chip off the old block, innit?

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2011/06/14-15
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FAIR Blog
Tea Party: Anti-Corporate Corruption Fighters?

*Three ways to experience a parallel universe:

- Immerse yourself in science fiction
- Liberally ingest hallucinogens
- Rely solely on the corpress for your news of the world

http://www.fair.org/blog/2011/06/15/tea-party-anti-corporate-corruption-fighters/
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DEMOCRACY NOW!
In Nod to Latino Voters, Obama Makes Historic Visit to Puerto Rico Ahead of 2012 Elections

http://www.democracynow.org/2011/6/15/in_nod_to_the_latino_vote

New Report: U.S. Encouraged Gun Sales to Drug Cartels, 70% of Seized Mexico Guns Are from U.S.

http://www.democracynow.org/2011/6/15/new_report_us_encouraged_gun_sales

Mexican Peace Caravan Arrives in U.S. to Call for End to Deadly Drug War Policy

*Our trade policy destroys their lives

And our drug policy ends them

http://www.democracynow.org/2011/6/15/mexican_peace_caravan_arrives_in_us

6/14

DEMOCRACY NOW!
First Major Republican Presidential Debate Focuses on Obama, Jobs, Healthcare, Afghan War and Tea Party

*A more fitting location for this would’ve been Churchill Downs, considering the amount of horseshit excreted.

http://www.democracynow.org/2011/6/14/first_major_republican_presidential_debate_focuses

FBI to Expand Domestic Surveillance Powers as Details Emerge of Its Spy Campaign Targeting Activists

*Keeping an evil eye on things

http://www.democracynow.org/2011/6/14/fbi_to_expand_domestic_surveillance_powers

Formaldehyde Added to “Known Carcinogens” List Despite Lobbying by Koch Brothers, Chemical Industry

*Think of how many folks have been affected by these poisons during the years of delay, and ask yourself why those responsible aren’t brought to justice, when they’ve knowingly injured and killed.

The answer makes plain the realities of our “democracy”, doesn’t it?

http://www.democracynow.org/2011/6/14/formaldehyde_added_to_known_carcinogens_list
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Abuse and Protests in Puerto Rico

http://www.accuracy.org/release/abuse-and-protests-in-puerto-rico/

Whistleblowers: “Rescind Obama’s ‘Transparency Award’ Now!”

*These organizations have not only behaved in an utterly Orwellian manner by presenting this award to someone who merits condemnation rather than admiration, but have damaged their own reputations by doing so.  Any rational person will be compelled to look askance at their actions in the future, questioning what might be missing from their work, if they are capable of such hypocrisy as evidenced here.

As far as I’m concerned, even a recision won’t remove the stain of this act, as it would only evince a reaction to outside pressure, and not a sincere manifestation of remorse and a rededication to their stated principles.

http://www.accuracy.org/release/whistleblowers-rescind-obama%e2%80%99s-transparency-award-now/

6/13

Explosion in Jellyfish Numbers May Lead to Ecological Disaster, Warn Scientists
by Tracy McVeigh
The Guardian/UK

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/06/13-5
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How the Institute for Policy Studies Helped Release the Pentagon Papers
by Lacy MacAuley

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/06/13-7
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No Justice in Kafka’s America
by Chris Hedges

*The lies of liberty lap at the shores of a land

Where the words of the Constitution are written on sand

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/06/13-1
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Family Rejection of LGBT Youth Is No Joke
by Carl Siciliano

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/06/13-4
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“Shoot the Slut:” The 21st Century Backlash Is All About Sex
by Amanda Marcotte

*Important points raised, but I’ve never understood why it’s “good” for women (or blacks or any other oppressed group) to have members possessing low humanity occupying high places, have you?

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/06/13-3
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Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS)
Biggest Threat to Tropical Forest Now Comes From Global Demand For Food Products
Urban Growth Will Likely Increase Pressure to Destroy Rain Forests

*Eating disorder on a global scale

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2011/06/13-9
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Environmental Working Group
EWG’S 2011 Shopper’s Guide Helps Cut Consumer Pesticide Exposure
Apples Top New “Dirty Dozen” List

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2011/06/13-0
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Center for Constitutional Rights Appeals Guantánamo Deaths Case as Families Seek Answers
Rights Group Decries Military Cover-Up and Overuse of National Security Exception in Keeping Cases out of Court

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2011/06/13-10
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Pentagon Papers: Lessons for Today

http://www.accuracy.org/release/pentagon-papers-lessons-for-today/
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FAIR Blog
Newsweek’s Nostalgia for Arab Dictatorships

*Maybe Dickey should ask some of his fellow journalists (if you can describe him as such) who’ve been tortured under those regimes what they think of his premise here.

He might reconsider his views, if he’s capable of putting himself in their place.

Admittedly, that’s a pretty lousy bet, isn’t it?

http://www.fair.org/blog/2011/06/13/newsweeks-nostalgia-for-arab-dictatorships/
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DEMOCRACY NOW!
Syrian Troops Pursue “Scorched Earth” Policy; Videos Document Children Tortured to Death

http://www.democracynow.org/2011/6/13/syrian_troops_pursue_scorched_earth_policy

Maher Arar: My Rendition & Torture in Syrian Prison Highlights U.S. Reliance on Syria as an Ally

*It always concerns me when there are calls for the US to act against human rights violators, whether they are allies or adversaries, since it’s itself a gross abuser of human rights.

Certainly it should be pressed to not facilitate the crimes of other states, but to take the lead in pushing for punishment?  Doesn’t that aid its propaganda aims to be viewed as a supporter of “freedom and democracy”?

Perhaps there may be legitimate practical reasons for doing so, but I’d like to see this moral conundrum directly addressed.

http://www.democracynow.org/2011/6/13/maher_arar_my_rendition_torture_in

Former Miss USA, Ralph Nader, Privacy Advocates Fight Full Body Airport Scanners and Invasive Pat-Downs

*The audacity of grope

http://www.democracynow.org/2011/6/13/former_miss_usa_winner_and_ralph

6/10

US Uncut, Yes Men to Bust Corporate Tax Dodgers in Cayman Islands
by Allison Kilkenny
The Nation

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/06/10-4
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Critics Call Trade Pact Lose-Lose Deal for Colombian Labor
by Kanya D’Almeida
Inter Press Service

*Opening markets

Closing coffins

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/06/10
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Humanitarian Crisis as World’s Largest Refugee Camp Declared Full
Tens of thousands in Dadaab camp in Kenya face starvation after fleeing violence in Somalia, medical charity warns
by David Smith in Johannesburg
The Guardian/UK

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/06/10-8
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When Breaking the Law Is Justified
by Antonia Zerbisias

*There is the letter of the law, and then there is its supposed spirit – to serve the causes of justice and the common good.

Acting in accordance with that spirit would then seem to be the very essence of lawfulness, wouldn’t it?

The narrowly illegal can be the broadly, and profoundly, moral.

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/06/10-9
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America’s Energy Ethos: Do, Regardless of Harm
by David Sirota

*America’s natural gas industry:

Keeping the home fires burning

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/06/10
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The Green Revolution Backfires: Sweden’s Lesson for Real Sustainability
by Firmin DeBrabander

*Going lean and green

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/06/10-3
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Strengthen Social Security Campaign
White House Proposal to Exempt Employers from Paying For Social Security Would Hurt Workers and their Families

*Stimulation?

Like a taser

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2011/06/10-6
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MADRE
Iraqi Human Rights Activists Protesting for Democracy Are Sexually
Assaulted and Beaten

*Dropped from the “Democracy Agenda”

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2011/06/10-5
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DEMOCRACY NOW!
As Japan Nuclear Crisis Worsens, Citizen-Led Radiation Monitors
Pressure Govt to Increase Evacuations

http://www.democracynow.org/2011/6/10/as_japan_nuclear_crisis_worsens_citizen
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Syria and Yemen

http://www.accuracy.org/release/syria-and-yemen/

6/9

100% Scared: How the National Security Complex Grows on Terrorism Fears
by Tom Engelhardt

*The National Security State ™ needs terrorism to justify its existence, and terrorist groups need the NSS’ actions to justify theirs.

Call it “mutually assured construction”.

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/06/09-4
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Lots of Inconvenient Truths — Chemical Illness Epidemic in the Wake of the BP Blowout
by Riki Ott

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/06/09-0
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How Dams Can Kick up a Storm and Change Our Climate
by Peter Bosshard

*Disastrous voyage of the dammed

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/06/09-1
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Don’t Cut Head Start
Congress is debating whether to slash more than $1 billion from Head Start to give trillions of dollars in tax cuts to the richest Americans and corporations.
by Marian Wright Edelman

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/06/09-2
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Americans United Urges Texas Governor to Drop Promotion of Fundamentalist Revival Event
Watchdog Group Says Gov. Rick Perry Has No Business Behaving Like a Pastor

*A bully’s pulpit

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2011/06/09-0
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FAIR Blog
Connecticut Lurches Left–From the NYT’s Center-Right POV

*Well, the Times got one thing right.

It is indeed the doin’s of 21st century “liberals”, isn’t it?  The sort that don’t fret about “defending themselves” from the people being screwed by their betrayal, only the reactionaries who label anything short of Walkerismo “class warfare”.

If only.

http://www.fair.org/blog/2011/06/09/connecticut-lurches-left-from-the-nyts-center-right-pov/
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DEMOCRACY NOW!
Obama Hides Meeting with Top Bahraini Leader—And Mutes Criticism of Ongoing Crackdown

http://www.democracynow.org/2011/6/9/obama_hides_meeting_with_top_bahraini

Critics Dub Planned Puerto Rico Pipeline the “Death Route” for Alleged Threat to Environment, Public Health

*The only “green jobs” Dear Misleader cares about are the ones involved in “greening” his campaign coffers with corporate contributions

http://www.democracynow.org/2011/6/9/critics_dub_planned_puerto_rico_pipeline

6/8

Still Paying Through the Nose, Labor Campaigns for Single Payer
by Andy Coates
Labor Notes

*The question, as always, is, “Will the reality match the rhetoric?”

Given labor “leadership” sellouts past, if it does, it will be likely be due to the rank and file demanding it, won’t it?

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/06/08-7
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Early Childhood Military Education?
by Ann Pelo

*Call it occupation training

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/06/08
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The Good News in Wisconsin That the Media Isn’t Covering
by Mike Elk

*Of course you hope Elk’s right about what’s happening now leading to a more effective force for change.

Stating the bleeding obvious, time will tell, won’t it?

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/06/08-8
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Bigger than Blackwater: Arming the UAE
by Hannah Gurman

*I guess it’s trite to label this “making a killing”

Doesn’t make it any less true, though, does it?

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/06/08-7
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War? Bloodlust? What’s a Scholar to Do?
by William Loren Katz

*The American landscape is filled with whitewashed monuments to mass murderers, isn’t it?

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/06/08-4
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FAIR Blog
Democracy Now!: Moyers on the Media

*I’m not clear on what Moyers is saying about a trust fund.  I’m concerned that the idea seems analogous to saying we should try to independently fund Medicare or AFDC rather than fight for them to be what they need to be as public services financed by our taxes.

But public broadcasting is just that – public.  We have the right to have quality public broadcasting (as opposed to its reality), and the responsibility to fund it through public means.

Am I misreading his intent?

(More comments at link)

http://www.fair.org/blog/2011/06/08/democracy-now-moyers-on-the-media/
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Institute for Public Accuracy
* Al-Qaeda Wants U.S. to Stay? * Palestinian U.N. Membership

http://www.accuracy.org/release/al-qaeda-wants-u-s-to-stay-palestinian-u-n-membership/

6/7

Path to Palestinian Unity Revealed: The Untold Story of the Deal that Shocked the Middle East
by Robert Fisk
The Independent/UK

*As with the piece below, I have to plead ignorance, but thought the intel extant was worth viewing.

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/06/07-10
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Slain Writer’s Book Says US-NATO War Served Al-Qaeda Strategy
by Gareth Porter
Inter Press Service

*I can’t say how much stock to put in the intel here, but I felt the piece worth passing along.

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/06/07-9
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Egypt’s IMF-Backed Revolution? No Thanks
Year after year, the IMF praised Mubarak’s ‘progress’. Signing up to its $3bn loan now hardly seems a break with the past
by Wael Khalil

*Breaking with the past, not mortgaging the future

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/06/07-7
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Bradley Manning: Rich Man’s War, Poor (Gay) Man’s Fight
by Larry Goldsmith

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/06/07-6
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Best Friends Forever? Produce Growers and Pesticide Makers Deepen Their Bond
by Ken Cook

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/06/07-1
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History Is Knocking: Stop the Machine! Create a New World!
by Kevin Zeese, Margaret Flowers, Tarak Kauff, Elaine Brower

*I’m going to look into this, and I’d be interested in hearing from others who do as well.

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/06/07-2
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Amnesty International
USA Urged to End Inmates’ 40 Year-Long Solitary Confinement

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2011/06/07-1
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FAIR Blog
Reading the Headlines When the Left Wins

*I’d be interested in knowing just how Humala is “seek(ing) to reassure the business class” – and what that means for the folks in Peru – but that’s not a task the corpress will ever have to fret about, is it?

http://www.fair.org/blog/2011/06/07/reading-the-headlines-when-the-left-wins/

Richard Cohen, Oxymoron

*Who do you think has more reason to feel Dear Misleader is
“unsympathetic” to their plight:

The businessman who eats at private clubs and flies charter …

or the family staring into the abyss of poverty and despair due to his
“Audacity of ‘Nope’”?

As for “community organizing” … well, he did do an awfully effective
job of persuading wealthy bastards to contribute to his presidential
campaign.

I suppose that would qualify, wouldn’t it?

http://www.fair.org/blog/2011/06/07/richard-cohen-oxymoron/
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Jobs: Goolsbee Resignation and Ten Years After Bush Tax Cuts

*I’m posting this primarily for Prince’s comment regarding how his business’ tax rate doesn’t affect hiring.

http://www.accuracy.org/release/jobs-goolsbee-resignation-and-ten-years-after-bush-tax-cuts/

Japan Doubles Admission of Radiation, Admits Three Meltdowns

*The poison flows freely, while the truth trickles out

http://www.accuracy.org/release/japan-doubles-admission-of-radiation-admits-three-meltdowns/
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DEMOCRACY NOW!
Trapped in Gaza: Rafah Crossing Closed to Palestinians Soon After Egyptian Pledge to Reopen It

http://www.democracynow.org/2011/6/7/trapped_in_gaza_rafah_crossing_closed

“There is a Women’s Spring Beginning”: Playwright Eve Ensler and Congolese Activist Christine Schuler Deschryver on Gender Violence in Congo

*It’s encouraging to hear this horror being placed in the context of neocolonialism and the pathetic response of “the international community”, as opposed to corpress coverage that wilfully excludes those primary factors in service to corporate and gummint interests.

And the focus on self-determination is imperative, isn’t it?  Whether it’s Congo or Haiti or elsewhere, only the people in those countries have the right to decide their future.

The outside world’s responsibility is to ensure they have the means to do so.

http://www.democracynow.org/2011/6/7/eve_ensler_on_gender_violence_in

Dr. Gabor Maté: More Compassion, Less Violence Needed in Addressing Drug Addiction

*The most insidious addiction is to greed and power, and that exists on both sides of the law, doesn’t it?

http://www.democracynow.org/blog/2011/6/6/dr_gabor_mat_more_compassion_less_violence_needed_in_addressing_drug_addiction

6/6

One in Four US Hackers ‘is an FBI Informer’
The FBI and US secret service have used the threat of prison to create an army of informers among online criminals
by Ed Pilkington
The Guardian/UK

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/06/06-6
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How to Wreck a Planet 101: Three Energy Developments That Are Changing Your Life
The Global Energy Crisis Deepens
by Michael T. Klare

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/06/06-0
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Not Resting on Their Laurels, Wisconsinites Establish Walkerville
by Kristine Mattis

*Mattis puts this in the context of a broad solidarity, encompassing all of us who are in the crosshairs of this bipartisan reactionary agenda.

Whether we can defeat it, and consign it to the dustbin of history, will depend on a lot more folks making those connections, won’t it?

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/06/06-7
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America’s Nuclear Spent-Fuel Time Bombs
Japan’s nuclear disaster should serve as a wake-up call for the United States.
by Robert Alvarez

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/06/06-1
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Stained Then Blamed for the Stain
by Donna Smith

*But there’s no scarlet letter for the moral bankruptcy of the elites, is there?

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/06/06-4
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Ending Rape in War
by Laura Carlsen

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/06/06-2
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Oxfam International
Developing Countries Pledge Bigger Climate Emissions Cuts Than World’s Richest Nations

*Too much and too little leads to too late

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2011/06/06-3
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FAIR Blog
ABC’s Raddatz, Citing Her ‘Combat Mission,’ Says Bombs Must Go On

*So a reporter goes on a combat mission, and a situation just happens to arise that illustrates the military’s “cautionary” approach.

As the Church Lady might say …

How conveeenient.

The guilelessness is touching.

The indifferent attitude toward the victims … not so much.

http://www.fair.org/blog/2011/06/06/abcs-raddatz-citing-her-combat-mission-says-bombs-must-go-on/
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Colbert or Goolsbee: Who’s the Clown?

*When it comes to job creation, just how much more imperceptible can “the invisible hand of the marketplace” be?

http://www.accuracy.org/release/colbert-or-goolsbee-whos-the-clown/
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DEMOCRACY NOW!
Yemenis Celebrate as President Saleh Flees to Saudi Arabia, Transfers Power to Vice President

*Al-Iryani is promoting a certain position, and it’s Goodman’s job to make that clear, and ask questions that get beyond that, don’t you think?

Instead, she asks her standard “What should the US do?”, and seems content to allow her guest to avoid directly confronting the reality of US crimes in Yemen under the guise of “counter-terrorism”.

http://www.democracynow.org/2011/6/6/yemenis_celebrate_as_president_saleh_flees

Former Black Panther Leader and Political Prisoner Geronimo Ji-Jaga Pratt Dies in Tanzania

*So if reporting from the LA Times did contribute to justice in this case, how many times has corpress coverage had the opposite impact?

The ratio’s pretty goddamn lopsided, isn’t it?

http://www.democracynow.org/2011/6/6/former_black_panther_leader_and_political

Dr. Gabor Maté: Obama Admin Should Heed Global Panel’s Call to End “Failed” U.S.-Led Drug War

*I’d be interested in the motivations of these “sterling establishment figures” in pushing this approach.  Obviously you have to look askance at any humanitarian reasoning, given their past actions, don’t you?

What do they think the ruling class will gain from this that’s worth switching gears?

http://www.democracynow.org/2011/6/6/dr_gabor_mat_obama_admin_should

6/3

South Korea ‘Free Trade’ Deal: Another Funnel for Exploitation
by Roger Bybee
In These Times

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/06/03-5
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Camp Sol: Spain’s “Indignant” Give Lessons in True Democracy
by María Carrión

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/06/03-1
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Arne Duncan: With New Rules, For-Profit Schools Need to be 35% Effective
by Julianne Hing

*”Getting tough” with sodden fluff

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/06/03-10
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It’s Not Just Dominique Strauss-Kahn. The IMF Itself Should Be On Trial
Imagine a prominent figure was charged, not with raping a hotel maid, but with starving her, and her family, to death
by Johann Hari

*Ask not what your country can do for you

Because if it’s got an IMF loan, it’s frigging pointless, innit?

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/06/03-5
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FAIR Blog
NYT Explains German Nuclear Irrationality

*”(S)ometimes the wind does not blow and the sun does not shine” …

But you can always count on the corpress to twist reality to suit its purposes, can’t you?

http://www.fair.org/blog/2011/06/03/nyt-explains-german-nuclear-irrationality/
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DEMOCRACY NOW!
Seymour Hersh: Despite Intelligence Rejecting Iran as Nuclear Threat, U.S. Could Be Headed for Iraq Redux
Seymour Hersh on the Arab Spring, “Disaster” U.S. Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and the Looming Crisis in Iraq

*It’s a bit like listening to a gossip columnist, isn’t it?  Hersh provides some useful intel, but goes off on these tangents where you have reason to be wary of their veracity quotient, such as Obama’s “isolation”.

If he is, it’s by choice, isn’t it?  It doesn’t absolve him of any of the crimes committed by those in his administration, does it?

Including his own.

It’s all very “insider” … and mostly very contextless, wouldn’t you say?

And to talk about these subjects without once using the term “empire”, while applauding outright murder as justified because bin Laden was such a bad guy?

And Goodman and Gonzalez sit there and never raise a question.

Is it me, or is this program becoming less and less useful, not that it was ever “the exception to the rulers”?

http://www.democracynow.org/2011/6/3/seymour_hersh_despite_intelligence_rejecting_iran

WikiLeaks Cables Reveal “Secret History” of U.S. Bullying in Haiti at Oil Companies’ Behest

*I think it’s important to understand that US policymakers don’t really believe their bullshit about Venezuela, Cuba, Iran, et alia.  That supposes that if they didn’t, they wouldn’t act as they do, doesn’t it?

But what those gummints do is largely immaterial to US goals and actions.  They’re simply straw men to hide behind as the empire goes about its business of domination.

That’s not to defend anything they may do which harms their or other people, but just to make clear that the US could care less about that.

http://www.democracynow.org/2011/6/3/wikileaks_cables_reveal_secret_history_of
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Unemployment and “Debt Distraction”

*Falling down on the jobs

http://www.accuracy.org/release/unemployment-and-debt-distraction/

6/2

Citizens United 2.0?
by George Zornick
The Nation

*Ironic that the debate centers around “free speech”, when it’s all about buying power, isn’t it?

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/06/02-11
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Three Strikes and You’re Hot: Time for Obama to Say No to the Fossil Fuel Wish List
by Bill McKibben

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/06/02-3
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The Obama Surveillance State
by Margaret Kimberley

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/06/02-5
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Why Washington Is Worried About Peru
If its preferred candidate Keiko Fujimori loses to Ollanta Humala, the US will be isolated against South America’s left governments
by Mark Weisbrot

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/06/02-10
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In South Africa, Wal-Mart Refuses to Buy Local, Threatens WTO Action, and Wins
by Stacy Mitchell

*Wal-Mart’s mantra:

Think global

Put on a “local” act

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/06/02-7
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Environmental Working Group (EWG)
Is the Chemical Industry Looking for Chemicals in People?
EWG Finds Few Publicly Available Biomonitoring Reports by Industry

*The other question is why the EPA isn’t forcing them to, as well as why somebody doesn’t go to jail when they are caught harming the public’s health, instead of the company simply being fined.

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2011/06/02-4
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Samantha Power, Libya, and Selective Memory of Genocide
by Edward Herman

*A liberal attitude toward mass murder

http://www.accuracy.org/samantha-power-libya-and-selective-memory-of-genocide/
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DEMOCRACY NOW!
Clashes Spread Across Yemen, Raising Fears of Civil War

*Take it for what it’s worth.  To my mind, not much here that wouldn’t be reported – and misreported – in a corpress outlet.

http://www.democracynow.org/2011/6/2/clashes_spread_across_yemen_raising_fears

“A Country of Dark Corners”: Freed Journalist Dorothy Parvaz on Her Syrian Detention and the Assad Regime Crackdown

http://www.democracynow.org/2011/6/2/a_country_of_dark_corners_freed

“Reckless Endangerment: How Outsized Ambition, Greed, and Corruption Led to Economic Armageddon”

*I think Morgenson’s comments about Blankfein are revealing, in that even journalists who don’t parrot the corporate line still can’t see these bastards for who they are.  They’re able to see the damage they do, to some degree at any rate, but refuse to see the deadly rapaciousness, the seminal greed, that motivates them.

And, of course, no one puts this in the larger context of the inherent inhumanity of capitalism, do they?

http://www.democracynow.org/2011/6/2/reckless_endangerment_how_outsized_ambition_greed

6/1

AT&T Enriches Lawmakers’ Pet Charities
by John Bresnahan
Politico.com

*I hope Conyers backs up his words with effective action, but it’s pretty goddamn insidious for minority lawmakers to be accepting these contributions, and welcoming corporate representation in their orgs, don’t you think?

Images of ravaged henhouses spring to mind.

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/06/01-4
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Canada Tries to Hide Alberta Tar Sands Carbon Emissions
Greenhouse gas emissions from the tar sands are on the rise, but try finding that in Canada’s official report to the UN
by Suzanne Goldenberg
The Guardian/UK

*Ironic that this could be called throwing sand in our eyes, isn’t it?

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/06/01
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Humans May Have Loaded the Bases, but Nature Bats Last
by David Suzuki

*What mortals these fools be

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/06/01-9
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Fears of Depleted Uranium Use in Libya
by Peter Custers

*Call it “humanitarian irradiation”

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/06/01-5
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Worldwatch Institute
Organic Agriculture’s Resilience Shows Untapped Potential
New analysis highlights organic agriculture as an eco-friendly means of improving livelihoods and preserving natural resources.

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2011/06/01
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Cornucopia Institute
Threatened by Contamination from Genetically Modified Organisms, Family Farms Amplify Complaint Against Monsanto

*The seeds of greed

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2011/06/01-1
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FAIR Blog
Journalists Held Hostage by the Sarah Palin Bus Tour

*Will she be visiting Manassas, Virginia?

It would seem a natural, being the site of the Battles of Bull Run, although I doubt any of the corpress would make the connection.

http://www.fair.org/blog/2011/06/01/journalists-held-hostage-by-the-sarah-palin-bus-tour/
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DEMOCRACY NOW!
Former Honduran Minister: U.S. Undoubtedly Played Central Role in Zelaya Coup

*Don’t you get a bit queasy listening to these fools express sympathy for Obama’s supposed impotence – and in this case, lauding Kennedy’s “good intentions” in the region as well (Bay of Pigs, anyone?)?

Let’s hope there’s a greater sense of reality extant in the general population than there appears to be among their “leaders”.

http://www.democracynow.org/2011/6/1/former_honduran_minister_us_undoubtedly_played

Zelaya’s Return: Neither Reconciliation nor Democracy in Honduras

*Political reality versus political theater

http://www.democracynow.org/2011/6/1/zelayas_return_neither_reconciliation_nor_democracy

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