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October 2008

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Wanted: A Climate Bailout
by Mark Hertsgaard

Strange Strike
by Farrah Hassen

Scandal of Six Held in Guantanamo Even

After Bush Plot Claim Is Dropped
No evidence that men living in Bosnia plotted attack on Sarajevo embassy
by Robert Fisk

The Bailout: Bush’s Final Pillage
by Naomi Klein

*A despot’s work is never done

GOP Voter Suppression: More Miss than Hit
by Zachary Roth
Talking Points Memo

*No thanks to the Demoratic leadership … where’s that “change we can
believe in”?

“And the slogans are replaced, by the bye”

A Last Push To Deregulate

White House to Ease Many Rules
by R. Jeffrey Smith
The Washington Post

*A despot’s work is never, ever done

Climate Change At The Poles IS Man-Made

Scientists refute sceptics by proving that human activity has left its
mark on the Arctic and Antarctic
by Steve Connor
The Independent /UK


*Well, I voted early today … for McKinney/Clemente, the best choice to
my mind.

My vote won’t give California to McCain and his holy hellion.  If it
could, I’d have held my nose with my left hand, appropriately enough,
and filled in the little arrow next to The Audacity of False Hope with
my right.

But while I would disagree, I won’t criticize anyone who rejects that
calculus, and would vote Green or for Nader regardless.

Some folks just have a weaker stomach than I have.

Third parties don’t lose elections for Democrats … their putrid
policies do.*

Universal Voter Registration as the Real Answer to Fraud Concerns
by Rob Richie and Adam Fogel

Will a New Administration Give Us the ‘Safest Food Supply in the World’?
by Jim Goodman

*A rhetorical question

Big Insurance Shows Its Hand – Or at Least Its Finger
by Donna Smith

*Warm and fuzzy fantasy ads … cruel and heartless reality checks

Vermonters Stand Up To War Profiteer General Dynamics
by Jonathan Leavitt
Toward Freedom

*Youth speaking truth to power

NGOs Call for Radical Reforms as IMF Offers New Loans
by Jim Lobe
Inter Press Service

Can Dems Reclaim the South? Once Solidly GOP, Virginia and NC Emerging
as Battleground States

Arrest of Neo-Nazis in Obama Assassination Plot a Reminder of Enduring
White Supremacist Culture in US

*And not a one of these terrorists is a Muslim.

Imagine that.

Following Deadly US Attack on Syria, Questions of Bush Admin Motives in
its Waning Months

AP: Obama Misleads by Not Promising Austerity

*Fact deficit

Religious Ideology Stumps ‘Conventional Reporters’

*Power politics and right-wing religion don’t mix … they match.

Breaking Up Is Hard to Do

*Comment left at link

Institute for Public Accuracy
Security and Auditability of Electronic Voting Machines


Millions Lose Homes, As Families Plead for Help
by Adrianne Appel
Inter Press Service

Massive Shift to Clean Energy Could Start Tomorrow
by Wolfgang Kerler
Inter Press Service

*But who will control the clean energy industry?  It can’t be the same
ruthless corps who run things today.

It’s not just about how our energy’s created … just as important is
the creation of a democratic dynamic that puts consumers and energy
workers first.

Institute for Public Accuracy
What About Constitutional Powers? Two Views

Lawsuits, Machine Malfunctions and Missing Absentee Ballots Among Voting
Rights Issues Facing Jittery Election

*The question is asked, but not answered:

Where are the Demorats?

Well, for them, winning isn’t the ultimate goal, is it?

Maintaining the system that they’re part of is.

Ending the manipulation of the election process would severely damage
that system.

So they don’t try to do it.

Simplistic, I know … but give me another explanation.

Jane Mayer on “The Insiders: How John McCain Came to Pick Sarah Palin”

*Outside in

‘Let Them Eat Tiramisu’!

*Comment left at link

Chuck Todd and Tom Brokaw Know Latinos

*Those ungrateful so-and-sos … biting the hand that bleeds them


The Republicans’ Dirty Secret… Torture
by Johann Hari

*Trading the dungeon depths for Capitol Hill

EU Involvement in DRC Mining Project Draws Protest
by Michael Deibert
Inter Press Service

The End of International Law?
by Robert Dreyfuss
The Nation

*Even in this solid piece, isn’t it interesting that Dreyfuss doesn’t
say that the bombing, invasion and occupation of Afghanistan was, as
with Iraq, a violation of national sovereignty and thus also a crime
under international law?

Afghanistan certainly gets more attention in the “progressive” media
these days … but rarely is that simple principle evoked.

And you have to ask why, don’t you?

Even if you know the answer.

Institute for Public Accuracy
Voting Machines

Islam Coverage a ‘Disgrace’

*Comment left at link

Fighting New Media Abusers

Drilling and Killing: Landmark Trial Against Chevron Begins Over Its
Role in the Niger Delta

*Gee, I haven’t seen anything about this on the front page (or front
section) of the San Francisco ChronicLiar … er, Chronicle.


Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood
CCFC to Toy Marketers: Leave Kids Alone during Economic Crisis;
Companies Urged to Target Parents Instead this Holiday Season

*Jesus … doesn’t that last full paragraph just make you wonder what
the hell these people are thinking (and drinking)?

“We understand the need to create awareness of your products.”

How hard should I slap my forehead?

Tenuous Agreement on Maintaining US Troops in Iraq
by Phyllis Bennis

*Closing down the con game

The Trillion Dollar Tag Sale

How the Pentagon Could Help Bail Out America
by Nick Turse

*Dragging home the biggest drag on the economy

Fixing the Crisis Is Not So Easy

Five Problems Block Government Success
by Danny Schechter

Thousands Stuck In Camps of No Return
by Saeed Shah
The Guardian/UK

*Terror by proxy in Pakistan

Climate Deal May Be Too Late To Save Coral Reefs, Scientists Warn
by David Adam
The Guardian/UK

Kambale Musavuli on the “Forgotten War” in the Congo

Puerto Rican Labor Struggle: Teachers Vote Against Joining SEIU

*Laboring for workers’ rights

Why Don’t Barack Obama and John McCain Talk About the Working Class?

*Stiffing workers while praising “working stiffs”

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Attack on Syria

*A world without borders

Palin’s Censorious Nature

$250,000 in PR vs. Peace

The ‘Greater Sin’ in Election Fraud

*An old game and gaming of the system

Newsweek’s ‘Best Minds’

*Comment left at link

Arming Lebanon

*Comment left at link


Opinion Pages Wake Up to ‘Ugly Innuendo’ on Islam

*Comment on the “courageous” Colin Powell left at link

November 4’s Other Ballot

*Waving the airwaves bye bye


YES! Magazine
12 Ways You Can Safeguard the Vote

ACORN Statement on New York Times Article Oct. 24

The Oakland Institute
Sustainable Agriculture: Meeting Food Security Needs, Addressing Climate
Change Challenges

Thinking About Shrinking: A Green Path Through Hard Times?
by Stan Cox

*Living with less … or not living?

Easy choice, don’ t you think?

Wrecked Iraq
What the Good News From Iraq Really Means
by Michael Schwartz

*The pen is as deadly as the sword

It’s Not the “Greedy Poor People”
by William Fisher

*The criminals’ accomplices blaming the victims

Lawyers Planning Last-Minute Challenges as Time Running Out for Troy
Anthony Davis

Update: Court Stays Execution of Troy Davis
by Reuters

Following Widespread Complaints, New Lawsuit Seeks Paper Balloting in

McCain Campaign Calls Obama a “Socialist” — But Why is That a Smear?

*I’d like to live in a country where politicians are accused of *not*
spreading the wealth … wouldn’t you?

Institute for Public Accuracy
Greenspan Expert

*Somehow, this seems appropriate:

Expert, texpert choking smokers
don’t you think the joker laughs at you
See how they smile like pigs in a sty
See how they snide
I’m crying

‘The Horror’ of NPR’s Economic Reporting

*Credit where credit isn’t due

Do ‘Economists Say’ Herbert Hoover Was Right? Really?

*Driving up the deceit deficit


Taking Politics Seriously: Looking Beyond the Election and Beyond
by Robert Jensen and Pat Youngblood

*Do read this … plain speaking is a lonely, if not lost, art.

Cell Phone Boycott Protests War in Congo
by Alison Raphael

*Silence to protest the silence

Pakistan Stares Into The Abyss

A spiralling conflict, economic collapse and blackouts threaten anarchy
by Andrew Buncombe, Anne Penketh and Omar Waraich
The Independent/UK

Final Text of Iraq Pact Reveals a US Debacle
by Gareth Porter
Inter Press Service

*This may be an optimistic appraisal of the situation … time will

Institute for Public Accuracy
Is Obama a Socialist?

*Is a bear Catholic?  Does the Pope shit in the woods?

So if we’re not talking about socialism now … however you define it
… just when the hell are we?

How Third Parties Transform Politics

*Comment at link

‘Mail Back the Hate’

NYT Reporting Priorities in Columbia

Indigenous Colombians Begin 10,000-Strong March Against Uribe Government

Report: McCain Suppressed Info on Fellow Vietnam POWs Left Behind

Leading Pollster Predicts Obama Wins with 344 Electoral Votes

*Some useful intel on the polling process and related matters


Gay Marriage in Peril in California
Mormon Church Fears ‘Indoctrination’ of Youth Could Follow Gay Marriage
by Jim Carlton
Wall Street Journal

*Godawful corpress piece, but it does show that this whole sadly ironic
“Keep ’em in the closet” campaign by Equality for All isn’t working.

You give the fagbashers the ability to paint homosexuals any way they
choose when you don’t show them as human beings who will suffer if this

Show these folks in all their humanity and diversity.  Spend your money
on that, instead of on these ads and the goddamn “experts” who advocate

I’m pissing in the wind, I know.

Any Pay Cuts on Wall Street Yet?
by Dean Baker

The Great Unmasking
by Linda Burnham

Canada to Ban Bisphenol A in Baby Bottles, US Urged to Follow
by Environmental News Service (ENS)

Groups Head to Court to Seek Protection From PVC Plant Pollution

Many cancer-causing toxins from vinyl manufacturers remain unregulated

Rich-Poor Divide Worst Among Rich Countries
by Jim Lobe
Inter Press Service

*What the smart elites are saying.

To them, it has nothing to do with humanity.  They realize that they
can’t maintain their status if the capitalist system is too greedy.

Give a little … quell the rising anger … and the danger of real
change is abated.

And … given the nature of our species … I can’t find much fault in
their logic, can you?

Early Voting Sees Reports of Voter Intimidation, Machine Malfunctions

*Do read … important intel on vote theft

Weeks After Prosecutor’s Resignation, US Drops Charges Against 5 Gitmo
Prisoners — But Won’t Release Them

Does Obama’s Record-Setting Fundraising Mark the End of Public Campaign

*Money talks, democracy walks … this is how the system goes green.

Institute for Public Accuracy
Long Lines on Election Day: A Form of Voter Suppression?

*A rhetorical question if ever there was

Millions Dead in Congo Virtually Ignored in Election


John Nichols on the GOP’s New McCarthyism and the 2008 Congressional

Iraqis Protest Proposed Deal to Allow US Troops to Stay in Iraq Until

Barack Obama Accepts Endorsement of Colin Powell Despite the
Ex-General’s Role in Making the Case for Iraq War

*Less well known is the role Powell played in attempting to cover up My
Lai.  I’m not a big fan of Robert Parry these days, but he exposed this
some years back.

You might find his work on it at his site

Maybe the Rich Are the Problem
by Linda McQuaig

Spreading the Wealth Around? Why Not?
by Robert Buzzanco

*There are lies, damn lies, and statistics … that tell the truth about
those damn lies.

If an Hour Is a Long Time in Politics, We Must Start Thinking in

From banking to the climate, the wreckage of short-termism is stark, and
the need for a 100-year committee is plain
by George Monbiot

No Child Left Behind Fails Us All
by Demitrious C. Sinor

*Failing the test of humanity

The Green Party’s Cynthia McKinney
by Al Jazeera English

Chomsky On The Economy

Current Crisis Demonstrates Anti-Democratic Nature of Financial System
by Paul Jay
The Real News Network

No Golden Parachutes for the Working Poor
by Adrianne Appel
Inter Press Service

Crunch May Put Price Tag On Environment
by Alister Doyle

Reprioritizing Corporate Media

*Comment left at link

Fox Spots the Flaw in the Plan

*Comment left at link

‘Anti-Hispanic Rhetoric Growing’ via MSM

Halperin and Kurtz Invent a Double Standard

*Comment left at link

Media Unconcerned About McCain’s Saddam Lobbyist

*You guessed it … comment left at link


Corporate Curriculum: Teaching the ‘Science of Death’
by John F. Borowski

*Twisting young minds to wring out every last drop of deadly profit

Critical US Supreme Court Ruling Against Rovian GOP Vote Meddling May
Prove Temporary
by Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman

The Disillusioned Reality of the American Choice

Chomsky – People should vote against McCain and for Obama – but without
illusions. There is no shame in voting for the lesser of two evils.
by Paul Jay
The Real News Network

Climate Change Is Faster and More Extreme’ Than Feared

Climate change is happening much faster than the world’s best scientists
predicted and will wreak havoc unless action is taken on a global scale,
a new report warns.
by Paul Eccleston
The Telegraph/UK

*Not to worry … the Green Revolution (brought to you by Chevron, BP,
T. Boone Pickens and every other piece of shit smelling a profit off of
Greenwashing 2.0) is kicking into high gear.

The magic of the market will save us once again.

Cotton Subsidies Remain Big Hurdle in WTO Doha Round
by Ravi Kanth Devarakonda
Inter Press Service

Institute for Public Accuracy
The Fed System:  Banks Regulating Banks

*How many foxes can you fit in a henhouse?

Center-Right Country?  Center-Right Media

*Comment left at link

NYT & Iran’s Iraq ‘Meddling’

*Sopping up and propping up the agitprop

Most Quoted–Though Not Here

*Comment left at link


Death Threat, Vandalism Hit ACORN After Accusations
by Greg Gordon
McClatchy Newspapers

The Hazards of Reporting on Palin Rallies


Immigration as a ‘Women’s Issue’


The Crisis and the Environment
Michael T. Klare

Closing the Courthouse Door
by Ralph Nader

*Bush League motto:  We never stop working against you

Who Gets to Vote?
by Amy Goodman

*Fear of a registered rainbow

Banks Reap Whirlwind of Govt Spending
by Adrianne Appel
Inter Press Service

World Food Day a Reminder of a Global Crisis Further Sidelined by
Campaign Frenzy, Financial Woes

*Feeding greed

“Smearcasting: How Islamophobes Spread Fear, Bigotry and Misinformation”

An Ethnic Cleanser–but He Loves His Kids

*Comment left at link

Free Speech in Any Medium

*Digitizing democracy

Immigrant Media for Immigrants

Washington Post Endorses Obama– With the Usual Caveats

*Comment left at link


Brennan Center for Justice
Brennan Center: If Joe the Plumber Was a New Voter, Ohio Ruling Could
Block Him From Voting

Endangering Choice
Ellen Goodman

*Do you think that Goodman’s point about how the invisibility of women
who’ve had abortions jeopardizes that right echoes mine about how the No
on Prop 8 campaign has “disappeared” lesbian and gay faces and voices in
its ads?

US Journalists and War-Crime Guilt
by Peter Dyer

*Keyboard killers

‘In a Way, It’s Surprising That There Aren’t More Bodies Piling up at
Military Bases All Over This Nation’

Military Town Newspaper Challenges US Military on Murder of Military
by Ann Wright

*Criminal cause and effect:  Violence abroad begets violence at home

Terms Secret for Bank Hired to Manage Bailout
by Adrianne Appel
Inter Press Service

A Capitalist Argument Against Conglomerates

*Synergize this

Schieffer’s Softball Style

*Hard-nosed reporting?

Make that “brown-nosed reporting”.

On the ‘Repetition of Wildly Exaggerated Allegations’

Bush News to Air Post-Bush

*Comment left at link

False Balance, Minus the Balance

*Comment left at link

Washington Post’s Joe the Plumber “Fact Check”

Institute for Public Accuracy
Will Mickey Mouse Vote?

Debate Fallout:  * Economic Discussion  * D.C. Education System  *

Breaking the Sound Barrier: Third-Party Candidates Ralph Nader & Cynthia
McKinney Respond to Final McCain-Obama Debate

*If you can’t join ’em, beat ’em

15 Arrested Outside Presidential Debate in Protest Led by Iraq Veterans
Against the War

*Horseshit inside … horse hits outside

Welcome to the democratic process


Pre-Debate Facts on Coal, Nuclear, and Clean Energy

*The dirty facts about “clean” coal and nuclear

Americans Unwilling to Face Reality
by John R. MacArthur

*The wilfully blinding leading the all-too-willingly blind

Can Obama See the Grand Canyon?

On Presidential Blindness and Economic Catastrophe
by Mike Davis

*Not saying this uncritically, but well worth the time invested to read.

Paulson’s Plan B
by Nomi Prins

*No changing channels from The Old Boys’ Network

Going Beyond Climate Change
by Ramesh Jaura
Inter Press Service

Sunday’s C-Span Opportunity: 3rd-Party Candidates Debate
by Maria Recio
McClatchy Newspapers

Institute for Public Accuracy
Bomber Pilot McCain: War Heroism or War Crimes?

*The truth shall set you free

But who’s going to set the truth free?

“How We Lost the War We Won: A Journey into Taliban-Controlled

McCain Campaign Accuses Community Organizing Mainstay ACORN of Fraud in
Successful Mass Voter Registration Drive

The ‘Racial Subtext’ of Campaign Smears

*Comment relating this to Prop 8 (opposing same-sex marriage) left at


National Priorities Project
Energy Independence and the Real Cost of Oil

A new report shows US spends billions to defend access to global energy

9/11 Families for Peaceful Tomorrows
A Force for Peace Emerges from Within Iraq

“Week of Non-Violence” Activities To Take Place Throughout Iraq, October

This Stock Collapse Is Petty When Compared to the Nature Crunch

The financial crisis at least affords us an opportunity to now rethink
our catastrophic ecological trajectory
by George Monbiot

*Much more shit hitting a much larger fan

Record Numbers of People Are Looking For Food
by Roy Wenzl
The Wichita Eagle (Kansas)

*Not a lotta trickle … whole lotta down

University Student To Plead Not Guilty To Terrorism Charges
by Jon Collins and Alex Robinson
Minnesota Daily

Institute for Public Accuracy
Priorities of the Financial System

James Bamford: “The Shadow Factory: The Ultra-Secret NSA from 9/11 to
the Eavesdropping on America”

*A lot of important intel on the NSA here, but left unanswered, and
unasked, is why no one was told al-Mihdhar and al-Hazmi were in the US.

It’s stretching credulity to the breaking point to ascribe it to
incompetence or arrogance (supposedly blindly believing the next major
attack would be in the Southeast Asia rather than here).

Doesn’t it drive you friggin’ crazy when “progressive” journalists don’t
pursue such obvious lines of inquiry … and you have no way to ask them
what the hell’s wrong with them?

‘False Equivalence’ in Campaign Reporting

*Comment left at link

Local Reporting on ‘Roots’ of Domestic Violence

*Comment left at link

Unquantified Apathy and Unpolled Topics


On Columbus Day, Correcting Columbus’ Legacy
by Mark Anthony Rolo

*A blood-soaked myth half a millenium past its expiration date

Palin Drops the Puck
by Dave Zirin and Daniel Denvir

*I don’t know squat about hockey, so make up your own sporting obscene

The Cornucopia Institute
Collateral Damage: Organic Farmers Being Squeezed Out

Corporate Takeover Threatens Farmers, Mission

*Got organic?

Bottled Water Firm Steamed about Miami-Dade Water Ads

Radio commercials that touted Miami-Dade tap water have landed the
county in hot legal water with Nestle.
by Curtis Morgan
The Miami Herald

*Corporate mantra:  If you can’t beat ’em, sue ’em

US Surrenders Power to Appoint World Bank President
by Heather Stewart / Larry Elliot
The Guardian/UK

Iraqi Government Fuels ‘War for Oil’ Theories by Putting Reserves up for
Biggest Ever Sale
by Terry Macalister / Nicholas Watt
The Guardian/UK

Institute for Public Accuracy
“Open Bigotry: Islamophobia in the 2008 Presidential Campaign”

Max Blumenthal on Sarah Palin’s Radical Right-Wing Pals and Her Ties to
the Pro-Secessionist Alaskan Independence Party

*Ye shall know them by their fruitcakes and nutcases


Exposing the Money Behind the Hate

*Comment left at link

Election Nights of Past Bode Ill for Media

NPR Blames Iraqi Deaths on Iran, Kuwait – & Iraq

*Comment left at link


Center for Economic and Policy Research
Statement on the Need for Coordinated Stimulus

Crony Communist or Businessman?
by David Sirota

The Truth About ACORN’s Voter Registration Drive
by Bertha Lewis and Steve Kest

Anti-Democratic Nature of US Capitalism is Being Exposed

Bretton Woods was the system of global financial management set up at
the end of the second World War to ensure the interests of capital did
not smother wider social concerns in post-war democracies. It was hated
by the US neoliberals – the very people who created the banking crisis
writes Noam Chomsky
by Noam Chomsky

Corruption Blamed As Cholera Rips Through Iraq
by Patrick Cockburn in Baghdad
The Independent/UK

Americans Increasingly Worried About Hunger
by Haider Rizvi

Unchecked Arms Trade Fuelling Conflict, Poverty
by Isa Karlsson
Inter Press Service

As Stocks Plummet Across the Globe, Bush to Host Emergency Finance
Meeting at White House

APA Approves Measure Banning Psychologists from Interrogations

US Lifts Ban on Nuclear Trade with India

*Professor Vanaik makes the crucial point that we have to oppose nuclear
power as well as nuclear weapons.

You can split an atom … but you can’t split the consequences.

Institute for Public Accuracy
Global Financial Crisis

Palin Smiles, Winks – Pundit ‘Mesmerized’

*Comment left at the link below


Haidar’s Struggle
by Stephen Zunes

*Hidden horrors in the sands of the Sahara

The Edge of the Abyss

As Economic War Threatens, It’s Time to Fight Back. Let’s Start With
National Teach-Ins
by Danny Schechter

Blowin’ Like a Circle ‘Round My Skull
by Christopher Cooper

*Humans are the only species wilfully incapable of reason … and it’s
the task of our “leaders” to make goddamn sure as few as possible of us
come anywhere near it.

And thus, it is doomed … taking most of the rest of the species along
with it.

(Happy thoughts … happy thoughts …)

The Surge That Failed

Afghanistan Under the Bombs
by Anand Gopal

*Please read this … it gets to the heart of the hell that is

Global Crises Compound Refugees’ Woes: UN
by Ida Wahlstrom

Greg Palast on Vote Rigging and Suppression Ahead of the 2008 Election

Report: Voter Purging Process Is Shrouded in Secrecy, Prone to Error and
Vulnerable to Manipulation

Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner on Voter Rights, Faulty
Electronic Voting Machines, Voter Fraud and GOP Voter Challenges

Institute for Public Accuracy
* Election Protection Wiki  * Registration Concludes in Many States

*One-stop shopping for voting intel

Collaborative Journalism Can Drive National News

Town Hall – Minus the Town

*I left a couple comments … check ’em out, if you’re so inclined.

Environmentalists’ Money No Good at ABC

*Greens’ green a no go


Make Absentee Voting Easier for All
by Sam Oliker-Friedland

Wall Street Flops Cannot Become Patient ‘Swaps’
by Donna Smith

*Healthcare sacrificed to wealthfare

Sarah Palin’s Extreme Sports
by Dave Zirin

*Kill a critter for Christ

This Sucker Could Go Down
by Peter Costantini

*Casino Royale (Reaming)

Latin Leftists Gloating Over ‘Comrade’ Bush’s Bailout
by Tyler Bridges
McClatchy Newspapers

Bailing Out a Boat Full of Holes
by Adrianne Appel
Inter Press Service

Media’s Obsession

*Raging against the “ragheads”

Facilitating the Trivial

‘A Curve Suitable for a Parrot’

Institute for Public Accuracy
The Financial Crisis:  Now What?

Voter Challenges:  The Montana Example

European, Asian Markets Plunge as Recession Fears Spread Worldwide

Faltering Economy Takes Center Stage in McCain-Obama Debate

McCain-Obama Debate Highlights Similar Stances on Foreign Policy

*Quibbles over the care and maintenance of empire


Why America’s Problem Is Cultural, Not Political
by Stephen Gabow

Can ‘Shana Tova’ and ‘Eid Mubarak’ Coexist in Israel/Palestine?
by Sam Leibowitz and Mazin Qumsiyeh

*One state … one hope

Secrets of Iraq’s Death Chamber

Prisoners are being summarily executed in the government’s high-security
detention centre in Baghdad.
by Robert Fisk

Voting the Fate of the Nation

Will Economic Meltdown, Race, or Regional Loyalty Be the Trump Card in
Election 2008?
by Chalmers Johnson

Nader’s Message Brings Maine Voters To Their Feet

The presidential candidate blasts the powers in Washington for the
recent financial crisis.
by Kelley Bouchard
Portland Press Herald (Maine)

*I guess I’ve finally decided to hold my nose with one hand and fill in
the little arrow next to Obama’s name with the other, but I have no beef
with anyone who votes for Nader or McKinney.

What I wish I had was the option of a negating vote.  That is, that I
could vote *against* McCain and his holy roller without voting *for* The
Lesser Evil ™ … and my vote would negate one vote for the

What do you think of the idea?

Environment: Twisted As Unnaturally as the Banks
by Julio Godoy
Inter Press Service

*Living with less or dying with more …

Easy choice … you’d think.

US, NATO Attacks Killed 3,200 Afghan Civilians Since 2005: Study
Agence France Presse

*2500 bucks top end …

Life … and death … are pretty goddamn cheap, aren’t they?

What’s the Matter With ‘What’s the Matter With Kansas?’

Economic ‘Plan B’ Makes the News… Too Late

*I wish Baker were as knowledgeable about corpress complicity as he is
about economic criminality.

They weren’t “taken for a ride” … unless you’re talking about fellow

I know I keep saying that … because it’s, like, you know, the truth.

Georgian Democracy ‘Limited’ by Gunpoint Censorship

Institute for Public Accuracy
5,000 Doctors Challenge Private-Insurance System

*It’s doctor-recommended

The Tyranny of Oil: Antonia Juhasz on “The World’s Most Powerful
Industry — What We Must Do to Stop It”

*Big Oil … big banks … big profits … big trouble

Is Posse Comitatus Dead? US Troops on US Streets

*The sound of marching boots trampling the Constitution


Population, Family Planning and Presidential Priorities
by Jeffrey Locke

Dennis Kucinich on the Democrats’ Bailout Betrayal
by Chris Hedges

*Not sure when the Demorats “looked out for the poor and the working
class” … but Hedges provides a revealing rundown on Obama’s senatorial

‘My Daughter’s Dream Became a Nightmare’: The Murder of Military Women
by Ann Wright

Kenya: Government Wants to Impose GMOs ‘By Force’
by John Mbaria
The East African (Kenya)

*Forcefeeding Frankenfoods

Treatment of Cuban Five: ‘It’s A Form of Torture’

In 1998, five Cuban men were arrested for infiltrating groups in the US
that were plotting attacks on Cuba. They have not received a fair trial
and two have not seen their families since.
by Duncan Campbell
The Guardian/UK

One In Four Mammals Risks Extinction
by Alister Doyle

Naomi Klein: Wall St. Crisis Should Be for Neoliberalism What Fall of
Berlin Wall Was for Communism

*Schooling the Chicago Boys … but it’s hard to figure how someone so
clueful gives Obama as much of the benefit of the doubt as she seems to
be doing.

Help me out here.

Misunderestimating Low Campaign Tactics

‘The Sponsor’s [Occasional] Right to Free Speech’

Republican Tax Cuts for ‘Liberal Media’

*Kissing and licking the hand that feeds them

Economics Reporting 101

*Can you say “conflict of interest”?

Sure … I knew that you could.

Pundits and Palin

*Like a first-grader getting an A for “Attendance”


Ike Environmental Toll Apparent
by Dina Cappiello, Frank Bass and Cain Burdeau
Associated Press

Seas Turn to Acid as They Soak Up CO2
by Robin McKie
The Observer/UK

Building Peace in Iraq

A Careful Reordering of our Priorities and Assumptions
by David Smith Ferri

*We destroy their lives, then kvetch about their ingratitude and
irresponsibility in not reimbursing us for it.

It’s like a rapist complaining about not getting a ride home and a
goodnight kiss, isn’t it?

When It Comes to Palestine and Israel, the US Simply Doesn’t Get It

Biden and Palin hid like rabbits from the centre of the Middle East
by Robert Fisk


“Sweetened” Bailout Goes Back to the House
by Adrianne Appel
Inter Press Service

Activists Push(ed) Against Bailout, Offer(ed) Alternatives
by Haider Rizvi

We Had Alternatives
by Dennis Kucinich

The Wall Street Mega Bailout: Bad News for the World’s Hungry
by Annie Shattuck and Eric Holt-Giménez

The War to Promote Terror
by Robert C. Koehler

Destitute and Confused: Bleak Future For Refugees Caught In The

Residents of grim camp tell of clashes between coalition forces and the
by Jason Burke
The Guardian/UK

Ike: The Silent Storm
by Teresa Van Deusen

*Out of sight … out of mind … out of luck

$300 Million in Iraq Propaganda

The 2nd National Pundits vs. Public Debate

*Seeing is believing … unless you’re a member of the corpress

Redressing Genocide on Noncommercial FM

‘Some Good News for Women in Journalism’

Less Angry or Less Guilty?

*Black is beautiful … as long as it’s not *too* black.

That’s why I think Obama’s race is overall a political advantage for him
… as contradictory as that might seem, given the deep racism that
exists in this country.

(Notice I didn’t say “still exists”?)

And I’m referring to both his political positions and his skin tone.

Would you agree?

Iraq Out of Media but ‘Just Beneath the Surface’ of Campaign

Media Unconcerned with Palin’s View of ‘God’s Plan’

*Don’t speak ill of the brain dead

Wall Street Is Main Street, People!

‘More Than Enough Money’

*Put your money where your mouth should be

Third Party VP Candidates Matt Gonzalez and Rosa Clemente Respond to
Biden-Palin Debate

Wary of Public Outcry, Revised $800B Wall St. Bailout Stuffed with
Earmarks to Sway Election-Year Incumbents


Companies Scramble for Ever-Scarcer Resources
by Wolfgang Kerler
Inter Press Service

*Squeezing every last bloody drop of profit from the planet

McCain’s Kremlin Ties
By Mark Ames & Ari Berman
The Nation

*Dollars, pounds, rubles … currencies of corruption buying a
presidential ticket on the Straight Talk Express

From Empire to Democracy

Let’s not waste $700bn on a bail-out, but use ‘big government’ for what
it’s best at – shaping a society that is fair and peaceable
by Howard Zinn

Invasion of the Sea-Smurfs
by Amy Goodman

*A new meaning to “Baghdad by the Bay”?

More Blowback From the War on Terror

The U.S.-backed Ethiopian military has secreted away scores of
“suspects” — including pregnant women and children — and fueled
anti-American rancor in Africa.
by Jennifer Daskal

Planned Parenthood
Bush Administration Withholds Birth Control, Putting Women in Africa in
Serious Jeopardy

*Abstinence from humanity

Institute for Public Accuracy
The Rights of Students to Register and to Vote

*Electoral colleges they ain’t

Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz: Bail Out Wall Street Now, Change Terms

*Stiglitz doesn’t seem to understand that there is no “later”.  The
Demorats always say “We’ll fix it later … trust us. But we have no
choice now.”

Fool me once, shame on you.  Fool me twice, shame on me.

What the hell do you say after you’ve lost count?

No Debate: How the Republican and Democratic Parties Secretly Control
the Presidential Debates

*Goebbels would be proud

“The Age of the Warrior”: Robert Fisk on the US Elections, Iraq,
Pakistan, Afghanistan and Israel-Palestine

*Fisk is an actual journalist.  He’d have a hard time finding work in
this country, wouldn’t he?


As Senate Prepares to Vote on Revised Wall St. Bailout, Critics See Only
Slight Changes Following Widespread Public Opposition

*I usually toss stuff in when I think someone’s making some sense on
this, but capitalism killed before it was “broken” … and “fixing” it,
as Greider and pretty much everyone else advocates, doesn’t get us to a
truly fair and just economic system, does it?

There have to be winners and losers in a profit-driven system, don’t
there?  Is that how we want to deal with each other?

“Fairer” is not fair … you just can’t get there from here.

Institute for Public Accuracy
The Secret World of Voter Purges

See also

Reports Show Widespread Confusion About The Voting Rights Of People With
Criminal Records

Misinformation Could Disenfranchise Hundreds Of Thousands Of Eligible

Bailout:  “No Lasting Positive Effect”

US Great Place for the Oil Business
by Stephen Leahy
Inter Press Service

*Black gold from our pockets to their profit margins

Big Chain Pharmacy Can’t Fill the Prescription
by Deborah Stone

*Big box … slighted service

From Coast to Coast: Health Care Not Wealth Care?
by Donna Smith

*Bottoming out on the bottom line


Written by Doug Latimer

10/25/2008 at 9:58 AM

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