November 2008


Environmental Activists to Stage 48-Hour Protest
by Elizabeth Barrett
The Independent/UK

Indigenous People Demand Voice in Climate Talks
by Haider Rizvi

*Ignoring the real experts

Winter Soldier on the Hill: War Vets Testify Before Congress

*Don’t you wish that every one of those oh-so-professionally-produced
taxpayer-funded “patriotic” button-pushing recruiting commercials was
followed by excerpts from these soldiers’ testimony?


Why the Attacks in India Should Surprise Nobody
by Deena Guzder

*Of course, the rulers of this planet will never show “genuine concern”
for the poor (Obama never uttered the words “poor people” during the
campaign, to my knowledge).

But I’ve never really understood why they can’t suss that their
rapaciousness isn’t in their own interests … that by tossing a few
crumbs to us masses, they could maintain their position in perpetuity.

Most folks really don’t care for freedom … the right to control their
own lives.  They do want to be free from want … to have enough for
themselves and their families that they aren’t staring hunger and death
in the eye when they awake each morning.

It would be little enough to grant us that.  Power would remain in the
hands of the few … a little “enlightened self-interest” would make
that power all the more secure, don’t you think?

But that’s not how their mindset works … and I’m damned (as are we
all) if I know why.

Now, to be clear, I think that would be a horrible world to inhabit …
just less awful than the status quo.  And maybe if people had more, we’d
be more inclined to want the freedom and equality we’re denied.

(I seem to be switching from “we” to “they” and back, don’t I?  I guess
that’s indicative of my tenuous association with the rest of humanity.)

So maybe that’s it … The Powers That Be can’t figure out which is
better for them:  grinding us under the heels of their bejeweled
jackboots, or engaging in a bit of “benevolent despotism”.

And being the conservative sort, they’ll go with what’s worked pretty
well so far.

Nah … they’re just sadistic futhamuckas who get their jollies off of
others’ pain and despair.  Only thing that makes sense from an empirical
standpoint … don’t you think?

We’ll just have to content ourselves with the knowledge that once the
climate shit fully hits the fan, they can’t ditch this rock any more
than we can.

And since there won’t be anything we can do to stop it, we might as well
just laugh our collective asses off over the fact that they’re finally
in the same sinking boat with the rest of us.

As the song goes:

It’s the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine.

Be Happy Anyway
by Sarah van Gelder and Doug Pibel

*Odds are astronomical against it … but that doesn’t mean we stop
trying to make it so, does it?

Thanksgiving We Can Believe In
by Steve Hendricks

*I fear those “thin reeds” of hope will soon drown under the rancid
waters of a business-as-usual Democratic administration.

I’ve seen nothing to indicate otherwise … have you?

‘Nobody Supports The Taliban, but People Hate The Government’

As he leaves Afghanistan, The Independent’s Middle East correspondent
reflects on a failed state cursed by brutal fundamentalism and rampant
by Robert Fisk
The Independent/UK

CNN Loses Battle With Unionized Workers

The ‘Ridiculous, Preening Appearance’ of Joe Klein

*Comment left at link

Fox Dumps Ads on Nation’s Children

*Comment left at link


Former Child Soldiers Work to Save Those Left Behind
by Mirela Xanthaki
Inter Press Service

Consumers Rank Climate Concerns Ahead of Economy

Consumers around the world want governments to stop haggling and start
acting on climate change, survey finds – Nearly half of all 12,000
respondents in 12 countries chose climate change ahead of the economy
by Alok Jha
The Guardian/UK

A Conversation With South African Poet and Anti-Apartheid Activist
Breyten Breytenbach on His Own Imprisonment, South Africa’s “Failed
Revolution,” Nelson Mandela and Barack Obama

As Obama Considers Napolitano For Homeland Security Chief, A Look at Her
Immigration Policies as Arizona Governor

*Slick Willie meets Bad Boy George … the continuity of criminalization

Institute for Public Accuracy
Top UN Official: Apartheid by Israel

*The name and the blame


Neither Violence Against Women Nor Poverty Are Inevitable
by Irene Khan

One Shot Left

The latest science suggests that preventing runaway climate change means
total decarbonisation.
by George Monbiot

Oceans Passing Critical CO2 Threshold
by Stephen Leahy
Inter Press Service

Little Gain From Oil Sands Carbon Capture: Report
by Scott Haggett and Rob Wilson

Stephen Pimpare on “A People’s History of Poverty in America”

Naomi Klein, Robert Kuttner and Michael Hudson Dissect Obama’s New
Economic Team & Stimulus Plan

*Making the world safe for kleptocracy

Fox Pundit: Bought and Paid For

The Ailing State of Healthcare News

TV Allows Torture Talk Only ‘in the Abstract’

*Comment left at link


All the Talk of a Depression Is, Um, Depressing

Economy Still Sinking As Obama Announces New Team and Plan
by Danny Schechter

Bailouts Dwarf Spending on Climate and Poverty Crises
by Sarah Anderson and John Cavanagh

Power in The Desert: Solar Towers Will Harness Sunshine of Southern
Andalucia project will power 11,000 homes – Technology exported to
Morocco, Algeria and US
by Alok Jha

Vt. Engineer Designs A Good Life for $5,000 a Year
by Kevin O’Connor
The Rutland Herald (Vermont)

Democracy Now! Exclusive (Part 2): Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn on
the Weather Underground, the McCain Campaign Attacks, President-Elect
Obama and the Antiwar Movement Today

*The last comments, about doubting … acting with humility, without
hubris … and valuing all human life, are extremely important.

I try to do that.  I don’t know how you hope to make a real difference
in the world otherwise … do you?

Noam Chomsky: “What Next? The Elections, the Economy, and the World”

*Awful transcribing, but certainly worth wading through

Institute for Public Accuracy
The Economy and Transition

*New ship … same crew sailing on a voyage of the ought-to-be-damned

Who Gets to Speak: Iraq, Afghanistan and the NY Times

*Comment left at link


FAIR Radio on Prop 8 Blame and ‘Impossible’ Guantánamo Closure

*Two comments left at link

See also

The Prop 8 Blame Game

Why white gays and black homophobes both need a reality check.
by Kai Wright

‘Persecution and Grave Danger,’ Compliments of the U.S.

*Comment left at link


The Hunger News
by Laura Flanders

You’re Scaring Me, Obama: Let the Bush Years Die
by Heather Wokusch

*It seems to me there a number of “progressive” responses to the new

There are the MoveOn Kool-Aid drinkers who think Obama’s Jesus on a

There are those who are also infatuated with him, but think he’s getting
“bad advice” … and believe they can appeal to his “better angels”.

There are those who think he has “good instincts”, but needs to be
pushed by grassroots pressure.

And there are a few, like me, who see him essentially as Slippery
William without a paunch, and empirically expect him … given his
Senate record, how he ran his campaign, and his actions since election
… to behave as the Demorat that he is.

I wonder how the young’uns are going to react when they discover the
clay feet at the base of their icon.  It could be a painful, but
imperative, lesson in hero worship and the cult of personality.

Or they may just friggin’ ignore the contradictions, and make merry with
their lesser evil.

Or evil lesser … either works, I guess.

We might be doomed even if he has some “Saul on the road to Damascus”
redemptive experience (Care to place odds on that happening?), and uses
his powers to end the bloodsoaked policies of American history (which
long predate the Shrubberite Kingdom) and deal seriously (dead
seriously) with the looming end of the world as we know it.

We’re certainly doomed if he’s Clinton 2.0.

It ain’t looking good, is it?

Economy Hitting Women Hardest, Say Experts
by Brittany Schell

Death Bloom of Plankton A Warning on Warming
by David Perlman
The San Francisco Chronicle

US Activist Detained in Israeli Jail Condemns Blockade of Gaza

*Don’t look for any “Change we can believe in” ™ for these victims of
our gummint’s foreign policy.

Institute for Public Accuracy
The End of Racism?

New Math Yields Old Story

*Numbers don’t lie.

Liars do.

New Cable Show: ‘I Can’t Believe The Chutzpah’


LGBT Organizations
LGBT Organizations Mourn the Loss of Transgender Victims of Violence
10th Annual Transgender Day of Remembrance Recognized Throughout

Once More Fear Stalks the Streets of Kandahar
by Robert Fisk

*Terror knows no ideology, and respects no humanity

The Parable of the G-20: Blind to the Elephant
by Devinder Sharma

*Greed on autopilot … and headed straight for the mountainside (if any
are left standing).

I’m tempted to say that human beings are the only species wilfully
incapable of reason … but can we call these bastards “human”?

Forget any appeal to humanity … simple self-interest would seem to
dictate a change in behavior.

But history shows that lust for money and power must be served …
self-preservation be damned.  Just desserts … but they never go down
alone, do they?  Untold numbers of innocents suffer and die for their

While the reality of a heaven would be comforting (assuming I’d
qualify), I’d settle for the certainty of a true hell for these
murderous scum.

Not very zen, I know … and I’m okay with that.

World Willing to Pay More for Green Energy
by Wolfgang Kerler
Inter Press Service

*It’d be interesting to know how income levels break down on the
question of paying more green for green.  I’d think most poorer folks
would want change, but only if it doesn’t make their situation worse.

And there’s no legitimate reason it has to, is there?

Agents of Change or Hawks, Clintonites and Neocons? A Discussion about
Barack Obama’s Advisers and Transition Team

*I liked what Scahill said about a “blue-state FOX” … and Corn appears
to be angling for a job at the network, so to speak, don’t you think?

I think you know by now that this space won’t be an affiliate.

Dick Cheney and Alberto Gonzales Indicted in Private Prison Case in

*The thought occurs that Cheney would benefit financially if he and
Gonzales ended up in one of these hellholes.

Call it the audacity of hope.

Vatican Threatens to Excommunicate Catholic Priest for Supporting
Ordination of Women into Priesthood


He ain’t in the loop.

Institute for Public Accuracy
Bush Administration Purging Whistleblowers?

“I Knew He Knew Who I Was’

*Glenn Beck gets hated on … maybe … for being a hater.

Of course, the folks *he* hates on usually don’t have a “security
detail” to stand between them and the bastards inspired by his bile, do


A My Lai a Month
by Nick Turse

*Lately I’ve been seeing these vomitous Time-Life ads for a revisionist
Vietnam War history video series.

Read this … and understand that the mentality that led to the murder
of so many innocents is military SOP to this day.

Then ask yourself if a nominal change in political leadership will make
a goddamn bit of difference.

Congress Blames Treasury as Foreclosures Mount
by Adrianne Appel
Inter Press Service

*Continuing sellout at the political theater

Bush Tries to Kickstart U.S. Oil Shale Development
by J.R. Pegg
Environmental News Service (ENS)

*The gifts that keep on taking

Steve Fainaru on “Big Boy Rules: America’s Mercenaries Fighting in Iraq”


Will President Obama Finally Bury King Leopold’s Ghost?
by Peter Erlinder

Stopping Foreclosures With the Right to Rent: One More TIme
by Dean Baker

Ending Poverty: Moving Beyond More Aid and Fair Trade
by Davinder Kaur

*Do read

On Top of Humanitarian Disaster, A News Blackout
by Cherrie Heywood
Inter Press Service

*Gaza stripped of the bare essentials

Institute for Public Accuracy
Anti-War Candidate, Pro-War Cabinet?

*Please quit calling these “mistakes”.  Obama’s hardly an idiot … or
an innocent.  No one’s “giving him bad advice” that he naively acts on.

He is what he is … and that should be apparent right now to anyone
with her eyes open.  Hopefully it will soon become obvious to those
whose aren’t.

To Generate Revenue, Tax the Casino

*Nothing is certain but death and tax breaks for the rich

Filthy Rich Pundit ‘Feeling Crankier Than Usual’

‘Today’s Horror Story’ Just the Latest War Deception

Lacking ‘a Society of Grown-Ups’

*Comment left at link

Failed Reporting on Somalia–or Didn’t-Even-Try Reporting?

An Hour with Bolivian President Evo Morales: “Neoliberalism Is No
Solution for Humankind”


Operation Enduring Disaster
Breaking with Afghan Policy
by Tariq Ali

Beyond the Bailout: Agenda for a New Economy
by David Korten

US Task Force Found Few Iranian Arms in Iraq
by Gareth Porter
Inter Press Service

*Cache as cache can’t

War, Death and Animation: Cartoon Film Stirs Israel’s Conscience

An acclaimed new cartoon film has stirred Israel’s conscience about its
responsibility for the notorious 1982 massacre of Palestinians in the
Sabra and Shatila refugee camps.
by Ben Lynfield
The Independent/UK

*Oh, make that *some* Israelis’ consciences … just to be, I don’t
know, factual?

Water: Buying a Message on a Bottle
by Wendy Williams

*From chic to shit, we can only hope

‘Stubbornly Independent Journalists’: Priceless

*Comment left at link

‘The Consequences of Leaving Hate Unchecked’

Delivering Transphobia

*Comment left at link

The Post’s False History on Nicaragua

Ex-CIA Officials Tied to Rendition Program and Faulty Iraq Intel Tapped
to Head Obama’s Intelligence Transition Team

*Meet the new boss …

As Obama Vows to Close Guantanamo, His Advisers Are Reportedly Crafting
a Plan to Create a New System of Preventive Detention and National
Security Courts

Naomi Klein on the Bailout Profiteers and the Multi-Trillion-Dollar
Crime Scene


‘Disastrous Members of Mainstream Media Remain Firmly in Place’

*Comment left at link

U.S. Media’s ‘Modern-Day Heart of Darkness’

*Bwana on the beat


Lust for Leverage
by Barry Nolan

*I’m really just posting this for the lucid explanation of credit
default swaps.

In Praise of a Rocky Transition
by Naomi Klein

*Klein seems to think the Demorats are fools.

That may be, but they’re not idiots … they’re accomplices.

Uproar As Top Police Cleared of Attack on Genoa G8 Protesters

Junior officers sentenced, but will not go to jail – Savage beatings
left some peaceful victims in coma
by John Hooper
The Guardian/UK

Weeks After Bank Bailout, No Help for Homeowners
by Adrianne Appel
Inter Press Service

Democracy Now! Exclusive (Part 1): Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn on
the Weather Underground, the McCain Campaign Attacks, President-Elect
Obama and the Antiwar Movement Today

*Dohrn and Ayers sidestepped the question of Obama’s “progressive”
credentials, don’t you think?  Let’s see if that continues in Part 2.

Institute for Public Accuracy
Global Activists on Economic Summit

Fearing Fairness–When You Don’t Know What It Is

*Comment left at link

Newsweek’s Shilling Tradition

*Comment left at link

Corporate Media Non-Ideology

*Comment left at link


FAIR Extra!
Making Islamophobia Mainstream

How Muslim-bashers broadcast their bigotry
By Steve Rendall and Isabel Macdonald

Huffington Post Mutes Women’s Voices

New media, same gender imbalance
By Jessica Wakeman

*A woman’s work is never done … and too little seen

Rainforest Action Network
National Coal Day of Action in Over 50 Cities, Anti-Coal Movement on

Thousands to Protest Citi and Bank of America’s Coal Investments

What Is NorthCom Up To?
by Matthew Rothschild

Bush Admin Pushes Through Last-Minute Deregulation that May Be Hard to

*Think Obama brought this up at the White House?

Think again.

Congolese Citizens Caught in Crossfire of Battle for Region’s Lucrative

Institute for Public Accuracy
Election Lessons


Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility
Congress Could Halt Bush Midnight Regulations

Lame Duck Session May Withhold Funding for Any More Promulgation of

The G-20 and Biological Warfare
by Dean Baker

*The vicious virus of venality

Why Eating GM Food Could Lower Your Fertility
by Sean Poulter
The Daily Mail/UK

Eight RNC Protesters Accused of ‘Furthering Terrorism’ Thanks To Statute
by Matt Snyders
City Pages (Minneapolis)

Plan B for a Warming Planet
Larry O’Hanlon
Discovery News

*If such projects come to pass, I can see them becoming world-class

Who builds these?  What sort of oversight will there be?  Profit can’t
be involved … the kleptomanic urge to cut corners and/or jack up the
price to make as much green from being “green” will come into play.

I’m always concerned when folks start rhapsodizing about “the new green
economy” and how Google et al will lead the way.

Old paradigm corps, new paradigm corps … they both want to make as
much money as they can.  Maybe the latter are selfishly smarter about
the ecological impact … but in the end someone always loses.

One guess who that will be.

Gaza Again Plunged into Darkness, Hunger as Israel Blocks Fuel, Food to
Suffering Population

Filibuster-Proof Democratic Majority Hinges on 3 Undecided Senate Races

White House Denies Attempt to Link Auto Industry Bailout to Colombia

Institute for Public Accuracy
Auto Bailout

Obama’s “Number 1 Priority”

*Dunno about this scheme, but FYI

Obama’s ‘Conservative’ Plan to ‘Soak the Rich’

*Comment left at link

Bringing the People’s Media to the People

*Getting everybody all wired up


Fast Food: Just Another Name for Corn
by Brandon Keim

*A-maize-ing disgrace
How sickening the sound
Of cash registers ringing
As we lay on the pounds

Documents Linking Iran to Nuclear Weapons Push May Have Been Fabricated
by Gareth Porter
Raw Story

On Veterans Day, 15 Vets of Iraq and Afghanistan Face Trial for Antiwar

*Dishonorable discharge of the government’s duty to its cannon fodder


Veterans For Peace
Veteran’s Day: Keeping Faith With The Original Intent of Armistice Day

Institute for Local Self-Reliance
Most States Can Be Energy Independent, New Report Shows

America the Illiterate
by Chris Hedges

Anger and Hope: Haitian Families Furious Over School Collapse


NPR’s Cuddly ‘War Preacher’

*Comment left at link

Campaign Trivia Gone Viral

*Comment left at link

Will Obama Presidency Ease Barriers to Politically Outspoken Black

See also

Free Speech ‘Actually More Important Than Sports’

*Comment left at link

LA Immigrant Rights Activists Wrap Up 3-Week Fast to Change US
Immigration Policy


Obama’s Historic Victory
by Howard Zinn

*I think Zinn’s being unwarrantedly optimistic about the possibility of
moving the new gummint to do what needs to be done.

I’m not saying it *can’t* happen.  In fact, it *has* to happen.  But it
almost certainly *won’t* happen.

I hope to hell I’m wrong … I’ve been sadly right (no great feat, I
admit) too many times before.

The New Trough

The Wall Street bailout looks a lot like Iraq – a “free-fraud zone”
where private contractors cash in on the mess they helped create
by Naomi Klein

*You don’t have to understand high finance to know just how low these
fuckers will go.

‘No More Mr Nice Gay’ as Mormons Face Vote Backlash

Protesters vent fury after church funds successful effort to ban gay
by Guy Adams in Los Angeles
The Independent/UK

*hypocrisy  n  :  “No one on either side of the question should be
vilified, harassed or subject to erroneous information.”


US Voters Reject Media Hate Campaign

*Comment left af link

Complicating Guantanamo

Military Election Day Policy: Censor Reporters


Progressives Celebrate (Another) Pro-Choice Victory in South Dakota,
While Gearing for Challenge to California Gay Marriage Ban

Can Grassroots Movement that Propelled Obama to Victory Chart a Better

*I think Kuttner’s right …

call him “crazy”.

That’s the empirical view of Obama optimism, isn’t it?

New Hampshire Becomes First State Senate with Female Majority

Songwriter Protests Use of Country Hit as Palin Campaign Theme Song

FAIR Media Advisory
Media Tell Obama–Don’t Be a Lefty Like Clinton

Rewriting the ’94 election to find a centrist moral

An Allegation or a Fact?

*To the corpress, facts are fine …

as long as they don’t interfere with “reality”.

NYT on Iran & the Election

*Chomsky:  Whose world is it, anyway?

Do WSJ Editors Read Their Own Paper?

Media Rely on Impossible Recounts


Destroying the Environment Is Also a War Crime
by Steven Freeland

The Wilderness Society
A Bad Deal for America’s Wild Lands

Regulation Change and Environmental Rollbacks in the Bush
Administration’s Waning Days

A Chicago-Area Electoral Victory Says ‘No We Won’t’ to Nuke Power
by Harvey Wasserman

Real Change Depends on Stopping the Bailout Profiteers
by Naomi Klein

*The audacity of “Nope” …

It won’t come from the Demorats.  *We* have to be the new boss.

President-Elect Obama and the Future of US Foreign Policy: A Roundtable

*Very important to read, and what DN! ought to be doing … rather than
devoting an entire show to Michael Moore, don’t you think?

Institute for Public Accuracy
Who is Rahm Emanuel?

S.F. Paper Greenwashes Corporate Power

*Comment left at link


Massive Iraqi Death Toll Ignored by Tabloid Culture
by Marie-Helene Rousseau
Inter Press Service

*American idolatry

FAIR Action Alert
Fox News Nailbiter!

Conservative channel pushed notion of a tightening election

A Dog Whistle Too High-Pitched for Journalists to Hear?

*Comment left at link
Green Party Presidential Candidate Cynthia McKinney Responds to Obama

Independent Presidential Candidate Ralph Nader Discusses Future Obama
Presidency and Two-Party Politics

See also:

Ralph Nader Speaks On An Obama Presidency

On election night, The Real News speaks with Independent Presidential
candidate, Ralph Nader
The Real News Network

Institute for Public Accuracy
A Better Election Next Time?

*Don’t hold your breath that ensuring every vote counts will be a top
priority of the incoming administration.

Why?  If the Demorats ignored this issue when they lost, why the hell
would they care about it when they won?

Forget defending democracy … you’d think self-interest would dictate
it, wouldn’t you?

Well, you have to look deeper to suss what their actual self-interest

Winning isn’t everything, folks … keeping the system running is.

Losing teams don’t want to reform the league, do they?  They play by the
rules of the game.

I suck at analogies.


FCC to Vote on Opening Up “White Spaces” on TV Spectrum to Expand
Broadband Access

Video the Vote: National Citizen Journalists Network Monitors Polling
Stations in Local Communities

Felony Disenfranchisement and the Right to Vote: Democracy Now!’s Mike
Kimber Casts a Ballot for the First Time

*I wish I had a better handle on this issue.  My visceral feeling is
that a felony conviction should strip someone of their right to vote for
the length of their sentence, probation or parole ending that

But I’d certainly be open to hearing a reasoned argument for the right
to vote regardless, as in Vermont and Maine, and some other countries.

From Gay Marriage to Predatory Lending, Voters to Decide on 150+ Ballot
Initiatives Nationwide

Fox’s Traditional Election Day Spin

NPR on Vietnam: US Provided ‘Better Life’

*Comment left at link

Obama’s Ahmadinejad ‘Commitment’

*Comment left at link


On Eve of Election Day, Is the Nation’s Voting System Ready? Reports of
Irregularities Pour in from Across US in Record Early Voting

Institute for Public Accuracy
What If Provisional Ballots Exceed the Margin of Victory?


‘Disastrous’ Economic Reporting Continues

*Comment left at link

False Balance, TV Critic Style

*Comment left at link

Does TV Make Teens Pregnant? Survey Says No

*Comment … you know the drill


Is Water the New Oil?

It’s the world’s most precious commodity, yet many of us take it for
granted. But that’s all about to change.
by Juliette Jowit
The Guardian/UK


AG Dismisses Charges – Press Dismisses Story

*White face, white hood … white out from the corpress.

It’s the “West Side Story” syndrome:

Life is all right in America
If you’re all white in America


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