September 2009



Ten Percent of World’s Major Species ‘at Threat’
by Agence France Presse

The G-20: A Guest with an Iron Fist
by Tony Norman

*Ironic that the first black president chose Bull Connor as his
“security” role model, don’t you think?

It’s Not Sex, It’s Money
Population growth is not a problem – it’s among those who consume the
least. So why isn’t anyone targeting the very rich?
by George Monbiot

*The poor will always be with us

And the rich will always blame them for being

The Cost of America’s Gun Addiction
In a country with 283m firearms, we should not be shocked that 33 people
are shot dead each day. We should be outraged
by Jenny Price

New Broad FBI Surveillance Rules Are Unconstitutional

Institute for Public Accuracy
“Obama’s Olympic Error”

*Not the only games being played


Internal Pressure Forces Honduran Coup Regime to Reverse Civil Liberties
Crackdown, But Repression Continues

Fmr. UN Weapons Inspector Scott Ritter Warns Against “Politically
Motivated Hype” on Iran Nuke Program

As Senate Panel Debates Public Option, Groups Take Direct Action to
Promote Single Payer

*Doctors’ orders


Clean Coal is Fiction
Jessy Tolkan: Washington saying coal industry can be “clean” is pure
by The Real News Network

The War on Language
by Chris Hedges

Time for Citizens to Convene
by Ralph Nader

*More of Nader’s “Rich Folks to the Rescue” kick – along with some
actual sense

American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) and Military Families Speak
Out (MFSO)
850 Empty Combat Boots Stand at Attention in Obama’s Front Yard
Military Families, Veterans and Quaker Group Host Memorial on Eighth
Anniversary of the Invasion of Afghanistan

New Developments in Honduras–Same Old Bad Media

*Comment (among many) left at link

Institute for Public Accuracy
“Mad as Hell Doctors” in D.C.

Nearly 200 Arrested as Police Unleash Tear Gas, Sound Cannons at G-20
Summit in Pittsburgh

*Obama’s storm troopers – making the world safe for kleptocracy

Author Arundhati Roy on the Human Costs of India’s Economic Growth, the
View of Obama from New Delhi, and Escalating US Attacks in Af-Pak

*A progressive primer on India and its “democracy” well worth reading


Why Are Farmers Afraid of Michael Pollan?
by Jim Goodman

Republican Senator: No Maternity Benefits Needed
by Donna Smith

Mobilization for Climate Justice
Climate Activists Drop Anti Carbon-Trading Banner over UN Motorcade

*Trading insult to injury – making murder money off climactic climatic

Report: US-Initiated WTO Rules Could Undermine Regulatory Overhaul of
Global Finance

*Through the looking glass and out the back door

G-20 Summit in Pittsburgh Highlights Economic Decline of Former Steel

*Unions that “respect” Obama?

The Sierra Club?

Yeah … that’s gonna get us where we have to go, isn’t it?

Institute for Public Accuracy
G-20 in Pittsburgh

Reading the New York Times Poll on Healthcare

*Comment left at link


Why the Public Option is Doomed To Fail, and What Can Be Done About It
by Bruce Dixon

Where is the Defund Blackwater Act?
Democrats joined Republicans in voting to ‘Defund ACORN,’  yet have
done nothing to stop Blackwater’s ongoing taxpayer funded crusade in
Iraq and Afghanistan.
by Jeremy Scahill

Oxfam International
100 People Every Minute Pushed Into Poverty by Economic Crisis

After 20 Years of Filmmaking on US Injustices, Michael Moore Goes to the
Source in “Capitalism: A Love Story”

*I wasn’t going to post this.  I have a deep aversion to “celebrity
activism”.  But I read it, and I think Moore says some important things
here – I really liked his comments on Christianity and religion in
general, which I and many other folks have been saying for years – and
it’s worth reading.

But he, and many other Obama critics, still can’t see the bastard for
what he really is – part and parcel of the system Moore rightly rails
against.  And that hamstrings his ability to clearly see what must be
done, don’t you think?


UN and Disarmament: Will Obama Get Real?

*Cabassso wants to give Obama “the benefit of the doubt”.

Doesn’t that rest on the premise that there *is* some doubt?

Court Rejects Genetically Modified Sugar Beets
by Bob Egelko
the San Francisco Chronicle

Collapse or Survive: The Stark Choice Facing Our Species
We all know what has to happen. But are we too primitive and irrational
to do it?
by Johann Hari

‘Local’ Goes Loco
by Jim Hightower

*Well, we’re on the same *planet*, right?

One Year After the Bank Bailout, We Still Need a People’s Economic
by Sarita Gupta

Climate Change is Killing Our People
UN leaders should know: climate change is destroying my village in
Uganda – flooding our homes and ruining our crops
by Constance Okollet

Global Harvest Initiative Seeks Not to Feed People, But to Bolster Big
Ag Profits
by Paula Crossfield

Weapons of Mass Democracy
by Stephen Zunes

*Some important points made about nonviolent resistance, but I think
Zunes needs to take a more critical view of the strategy, don’t you?
He’s acting as more of an advocate than an analyst.

Why I Still Oppose Genetically Modified Crops
by Verlyn Klinkenborg

Who’s the Pimp?
by Russell Mokhiber

Global Justice Ecology Project
Actions Spreading Across the U.S. Against Corporate-Driven Climate

Bill Bennett, Please Leave Frederick Douglass Alone

*Comments left at link

Federal Judge Dismisses Police Harassment Claims by Activist Groups at
Pittsburgh’s G-20

Obama Admin Urges Israeli-Palestinian Final-Status Talks But Abandons
Insistence on Israeli Settlement Freeze

*Don’t you think that any discussion of this issue has to start from the
premise that the US will never be an “honest broker”?

That is, if you don’t believe in fairytales.


Israeli Peace Activist Nawi to Be Sentenced Today
by Mark Weiss in Jerusalem
The Irish Times

Globalization Goes Bankrupt
by Chris Hedges

Drastic Climate Therapy Could Make Things Worse
Better, perhaps, to let the earth look after itself than try to regulate
its system through mirrors, clouds and artificial trees
by James Lovelock

Report from Honduras: Ousted President Manuel Zelaya Returns to Honduras
in Defiance of Coup Government

Iranian President Ahmadinejad to Speak at UN Amid Row over Iranian
Nuclear Program

FCC Chair Proposes Net Neutrality Rules to Protect a Free and Open

*I wouldn’t be too goddamn “optimistic” about Obama being in your
corner, Tim.

Just a word to the hopefully wise.

Obama Administration Seeks Renewal of Three Key Parts of PATRIOT Act

*Typical liberal pussyfooting around Obama’s perpetuation of the
security state, don’t you think?

The Neverending 2008 Presidential Campaign

*Comments left at link


Ralph Nader on the G-20, Healthcare Reform, Mideast Talks and His First
Work of Fiction, “Only the Super-Rich Can Save Us!”

*The old joke is “I wonder what he’s been smoking.”

If Nader believes that any billionaire really wants true equality in
this country, the joke’s not only old – it’s sad – isn’t it?

Iraqi Labor Leaders Denounce US Occupation & Iraq’s Anti-Labor Laws

The ‘Progressive’ Multicultural Anti-Semitism of KPFK

Institute for Public Accuracy
Pittsburgh and G-20 Protests

The UN, G-20 and Climate Change


The Forgotten US Patients
by Fault Lines

Karl Grossman of Envirovideo on Nuclear Energy
by GRITtv

Protecting Local Farms
by Lynn Byczynski

*One size doesn’t fit small

The Injustice of Carbon Offsets
Offset Schemes Require the Poorest to be Twice Burdened
by Vandana Shiva

As Baucus Unveils Health Plan Absent of Public Option, New Study Finds
45,000 Uninsured Die Every Year

Ex-CEO of Worker-Occupied Chicago Window Factory Arrested on Fraud

Grace Lee Boggs on Mass Protest and Race Politics in the Obama Era,
Economic Devastation in Detroit, and the Legacy of Socialist Thought in
the US


Gaza’s Water Supply Near Collapse
by Mel Frykberg
Inter Press Service

Once Again The Animals Were Conscious of a Vague Uneasiness
by Christopher Cooper

Why Is Obama Still Using Blackwater?
by Jeremy Scahill

People For the American Way (PFAW)
Outside Religious Right Groups Targeting Marriage Equality in Maine With
a Prop 8-Style Campaign Based on Lies and Big Money
PFAW issues report on Religious Right’s Anti-Equality Campaign

ACORN Head Bertha Lewis Vows Action on Employee Misconduct, But Warns
Group Targeted by “Modern-Day McCarthyism”

Philosopher Grace Lee Boggs and Sociologist, Monthly Review Editor John
Bellamy Foster on the Financial Meltdown, Social Change and Redefining

*Would it be unfair to say that these were DN!’s token American
socialists for the … how long … next six months?

Ignatius Proposes a ‘New Deal for the CIA’ That’s Two Centuries Old

*Comment left at link

Are Obama’s Critics Racist? Why Don’t We Listen to Them?

*Comments left at link


UN Inquiry Finds Israel “Punished and Terrorized” Palestinian Civilians,
Committed War Crimes During Gaza Assault

*The war that wasn’t

The hell that was

“The Most Dangerous Man in America”: New Documentary Chronicles Story of
Daniel Ellsberg, Whose Leak of the Pentagon Papers Helped End Vietnam

How to Spread Misinformation

*Comments left at link

Real Journalism Still Exists — Outside of ABC

Lauding ‘Those Who Chose to Look’ at Economic Crisis


Is Bagram Obama’s New Secret Prison?
by Andy Worthington

*A hellhole by any other name would smell as vile

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington
CREW Releases Fifth Annual Most Corrupt Members of Congress Report

Intersex Athlete Boggles ‘Ill-Informed. . .Predatory Press’

Nomi Prins: “Obama Banking Too Much on Banks”

As Obama Escalates War in Afghanistan, US Peace Activists Call for
Near-Term Withdrawal of Foreign Troops

David Cole on “The Torture Memos: Rationalizing the Unthinkable”


IAEA Conceals Evidence Iran Documents Were Forged
by Gareth Porter
Inter Press Service

Stop Begging Obama to Be Obama and Get Mad
by Chris Hedges

Red Snow Warning: The End of Welfare Water and the Drying of the West
by Chip Ward

Riding The Economic Roller-Coaster: The Big Plunge Is Just Up Ahead
by Lucinda Marshall

Afghanistan: ‘Necessary’ War for Empire
by Gary Olson

*Just the facts, ma’am.

Many of those on the “left” (wherever that may be in the US and A)
critical of “the good war” rarely point out the obvious reasons for it.

And if you’re oblivious – wilfully or not – to why something’s
happening, how the hell are you going to do anything to stop it?

Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER)
EPA Punts on Risks to Children From Playground Tire Crumb
Agency Admits It Did Not Perform Promised Scientific Studies of Health

Oxfam International
Too Poor to Pay: Over Sixty Organizations Call on World Leaders to Make
Free Healthcare a Reality for Millions
People everywhere should have the right to free health care

TV Sports’ ‘Little, Teeny-Tiny, Super Cute White Hope’

Institute for Public Accuracy
Behind the Poverty Numbers

NYT Investigation Exposes Severity of Nationwide Water Contamination;
Corporations Violated Clean Water Act Over 500,000 Times in Last Five

*Some important intel, but the conclusions drawn from it – or not drawn
– yeesh.

Don’t see much examination of gummint collusion with these bastards, do

And buy a sub to the Times?  Oy …


Our Heat is Turning the Arctic into an Alien Landscape
by Johann Hari

Obama’s Big Silence: The Race Question
by Naomi Klein

*An important piece, but Klein doesn’t understand what Obama’s all about
if she thinks he has “little to lose” by actually doing something about
inequality, does she?

Look at his campaign contributors, and you get a good sense of his aims
and who’ll benefit from them, don’t you?

Rolling the Dice Again
by Ralph Nader


The Tel Aviv Party Party Stops Here
by Naomi Klein

Why I Was So Wrong on September 11th
by Tom Engelhardt

Eight Years After 9/11, Ground Zero Volunteer Dying of Lung Disease is
One of Many Still Fighting for Justice

*Ever wonder why the Democratic leadership doesn’t champion this issue,
which beyond the obvious morality should be a political no-brainer?

I don’t.  After decades of watching these bastards operate, I don’t.

EXCLUSIVE: Triple Canopy Employee Killed in Iraq of Apparent
Electrocution, Family Searches for Truth

Institute for Public Accuracy
Uninsured Numbers Show Mandate-Based Health Reforms Don’t Work

*Getting screwed, and being forced to pay for the privilege


Oil Majors Propping up Myanmar Regime: Rights Group
by Agence France Presse

*Think about this the next time you see one of those vomitous “human
energy” ads from Chevron

Michael Moore’s Smash and Grab
Moore’s brilliant new film, Capitalism: A Love Story, will find an
audience for its assault on America’s political economy
by Mark Weisbrot

*Cinéma all-too-vérité

Why Not to Buy a New Computer for College
by Deena Guzder

*Blood, sweat and the newest gear

Friends of the Earth
Report Exposes Carbon Offsets as Dangerous Gimmick
Friends of the Earth Warns That Relying on Offsets Can Lead to Climate

*Congress’ climate casino comes up craps

International Labor Rights Forum
Department of Labor Lists Cocoa, Cotton and Other Goods as Products Made
by Forced, Child Labor

Obama Urges Lawmakers to Pass Healthcare Bill, But What Will Reform
Really Look like?

*It’s hard to listen to an idiot like Jackson, isn’t it?  Yeah, Jesse,
we get it – you’re not a fucking “socialist”.

That’s been clear for forty years, hasn’t it?

But the main point is this – this awful “public option” that
“progressives” tout is the equivalent of the “climate unchanging” bill,
isn’t it?

So little.  So late.  So long.

“Good Billions After Bad” – One Year After Wall Street Bailout, Pulitzer
Winners Barlett and Steele Investigate Where All the Money Went

*After all, it’s only (taxpayers’) money

Institute for Public Accuracy
Supreme Court and Corporate Power

9/11 and Afghanistan


The Reality of Economic Recovery
by Jim Hightower

*Happy days are here again

Well, not *here*, exactly …

A 9/11 Reality Check
by Robert Scheer

Medicare Part E: Everybody
by Thom Hartmann

Climate SOS
Mass Civil Disobedience Against False Climate Bill
Climate SOS Tours to “Kill The Bill” and push tougher laws
Nonviolent civil disobedience, office occupations, and protests on both
coasts – “Worse Than Nothing is Not Good Enough”

Center for Economic and Policy Research (CERP)
Role of Disabilities Ignored for Tens of Millions Experiencing Income
Nearly half of all working age adults experiencing poverty have a

Oxfam International
Oxfam International Demands Zero-Tolerance Toward Sex Crimes Committed
in the Colombian Conflict
Victims of rape call for justice and demand the EU to pressure Bogota to
invest in the fight against sexual violence

About those town halls…

*So the guy’s a media analyst and he’s *surprised* by this?

Golly, Mister Wizard – hasn’t this been SOP for the corpress since
Hector was a pup?

Institute for Public Accuracy
Obama’s Healthcare Speech

“California’s Real Death Panels” – Data Reveals California’s Private
Insurers Deny 21% of Claims

“We Need a Better Change in this Country” – Mother of 17-Year-Old Girl
Who Died After Private Insurance Denied Claim for Liver Transplant

“The Slave Next Door: Human Trafficking and Slavery in America Today”

Overcrowded and Going Broke: A Look Inside California’s Massive Prison


Elimination of Food Waste Could Lift 1bn Out of Hunger, Say Campaigners
Excessive consumption in rich countries ‘takes food out of mouths of
poor’ by inflating food prices on global market
by Adam Vaughan
The Guardian/UK

*Waste not so others want not

States Ignoring Stimulus Welfare Fund
by Michael Grabell, Christopher Flavelle and Emily Witt

What Happened to Mohamed al-Hanashi?
by Naomi Wolf

Death Bonds: Wall Street Teams Up With Insurance Companies to Kill
People, Reap Profits
by Sally Kohn

*No surprise here, of course – but any “public option” will fall short
of universal and comprehensive healthcare, won’t it?

Do we want half a loaf – or the full meal deal?

FAIR Extra!
Rerun in Honduras
Coup pretext recycled from Brazil ’64
By Mark Cook

The Deficit Distraction
Media push spending cuts over stimulus
By Veronica Cassidy

*Attention to Deficit Disorder

WaPo Alarmed: Japan Health Insurance Actually Insures

*Comment left at link

Institute for Public Accuracy
Is the Purpose of Education to Make Money?


Activists Demand Real Change as Foreclosures Mount
by Adrianne Appel
Inter Press Service

*Home is where the heartless are

Food Is Power and the Powerful Are Poisoning Us
by Chris Hedges

The Congress and Afghanistan: Rubber-Stamping Yet Another War?
by Howard Friel

*”Public servants” and their masters

Why Honor Organized Labor?
by Jim Goodman

Side With the Living
A note to those who would demonize nature
by Derrick Jensen

The “Golden Voice of the Great Southwest” : Legendary Folk Musician,
Activist Utah Phillips, 1935-2008

*Lot of lost – make that stolen – history here


NY Post Steals From, Refuses to Credit Bloggers

PBS Sells ‘Prime Demographic Groups to Underwriters’

*Should “Corporation for Public Broadcasting” be changed to “Public
Broadcasting for Corporations”?


Papers Still Deem Reality of War ‘in Poor Taste’

*Comment left at link


Crisis and Hope: Theirs and Ours
by Noam Chomsky

The Virtues of Deglobalization
by Walden Bello

Institute for Agriculture & Trade Policy
How to Bring Healthier Food to Corner Stores
New Paper Explores Innovative Strategies from Across the U.S.

Oxfam International
$280 Billion Bailout for Poor Need Not Cost Ordinary Taxpayers Any More

US Cuts More Aid to Honduras as Zelaya Meets Clinton in Washington

“Republican Gomorrah: Inside the Movement that Shattered the Party”

Back to School: Military Recruiters Increasingly Targeting High School

Media Welcome for ‘Baroque Conspiracy Theories’ Not Unprecedented

*Comment left at link

Institute for Public Accuracy
American Workers Cheated

Unemployment Numbers

The Real Death Panels

*Living and dying in denial


Who’s Blocking Health Care Reform Now? Blue Dogs? Senate Dems? House
Progressives? Or the White House Itself?
by Bruce Dixon

Winners Lose
by Robert C. Koehler

Food & Water Watch
Obama Administration Allows Factory Fish Farms in Gulf of Mexico
Statement of Food & Water Watch Fish Program Director Marianne Cufone

Oxfam International
Somalia Conflict: Camps Are ‘Barely Fit for Humans’; International
Response Inadequate
The most urgent need is for shelter, but clean water, food, medicine are
desperately needed

Controversy Around Massive Swine Flu Vaccination Plan at NY Elementary

“Spin the Bottle” – Expose Raises Alarming Questions About Fiji Water’s
Ties to Military Junta, Environmental Record and Impact on Fijians

Physicians for Human Rights: Doctors’ Role in CIA Waterboarding “May
Amount to Human Experimentation”

‘Personal Responsibility’ Over ‘Legacy of Racism’

*Comment left at link


Great Barrier Reef Facing ‘Catastrophic Damage’ From Climate Change
The Great Barrier Reef faces “catastrophic damage” from climate change
and chemical runoff, according to a major report carried out by the
Australian government.
by Bonnie Malkin in Sydney
The Telegraph/UK

California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee
California’s Real Death Panels: Insurers Deny 21% of Claims
PacifiCare’s Denials 40%, Cigna’s 33% in First Half of 2009

*Just call them “Murder, Inc.”

Climate SOS
Climate SOS Sets Out to Defeat US ‘False’ Climate Bill, Claiming ‘Worse
Than Nothing Is Not Good Enough’

*Don’t see the big enviro orgs here – draw your own conclusions as to

Public Citzen
$2.3 Billion Pfizer Settlement Is Not Enough to Deter Organized Crime in
the Pharmaceutical Industry
Statement of Sidney Wolfe, M.D., Director, Public Citizen’s Health
Research Group

*Call a spade a spade

They’re drug dealers – with all the misery that implies

Iraqi Journalist Detained for a Year Without Charge by US Forces Despite
Iraqi Court Order to Release Him

“American Casino” – Doc Investigates Roots of the Subprime Mortgage
Meltdown and Tells the Stories of Its Victims

FAIR Media Advisory
Erasing Katrina
Four years on, media mostly neglect an ongoing disaster

The Fabulously Unsurprising Lies of Glenn Beck

*Comment left at link


Fast Times at Recruitment High: Arne Duncan and the Militarization of
Chicago’s Schools
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan invited the Pentagon into Chicago’s
schools. Will he promote military schools nationwide?
by Andy Kroll
Mother Jones

Kathleen and Bill Christison: Palestine in Pieces
by GRITtv

The Drive for Single Payer
by Ralph Nader

Seven Points About Dick Cheney and Torture
by Jeremy Scahill

Inequality Has Rigged Our Economy and It Is Time to Change the Rules
The economic crisis is built on the country’s long history of racial
by Seth Wessler

Food & Water Watch
Obama Administration Ignores Opposition From Fishermen and Others,
Approves Destructive Fishery Management Plan for Gulf of Mexico
Statement of Food & Water Watch Executive Director Wenonah Hauter

Center for Biological Diversity
Verizon Wireless Faces Boycott for Supporting Mountaintop Removal

Joe Klein Advises Obama on Afghanistan

*Comment left at link

Legal Transparency Another Victim of Ailing MSM

NPR Boosts ‘Dominance of Private Health Insurance’

Nir Rosen on the Growing Afghanistan War, Embedding and the
“Counterinsurgency” Doctrine in Washington

As Pentagon Cancels Rendon Group Contract, US-NATO Spokesman in
Afghanistan Defends Using Company to Profile Journalists

Japanese Voters Oust Conservative Party, PM-Elect Hatoyama Critical of
US “Market Fundamentalism”

Award-Winning Playwright, Actor Wallace Shawn on “The Quest for
Superiority” and His First Published Book of Nonfiction


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