November 2009



Addicted to Nonsense
by Chris Hedges

*The United States of Delusion

Today’s Fanatic, Tomorrow’s Saint
It’s popular to think that the world gets changed by nice people, but
the lives of activists past and present tell us otherwise
by Rebecca Solnit

*I have a problem with Solnit’s use of the term “unreasonable”.  I think
it’s the pinnacle of reason to stand fast for truth, justice and

It’s humanity’s curse that we are the only species wilfully incapable of
reason, and the only way we’re going to survive is to reject our
propensity for being so, don’t you think?

Amy Goodman Detained at Canadian Border, Questioned About Speech…and
2010 Olympics

*The Olympic spirit of Avery Brundidge haunts on, doesn’t it?

WTO Chief Pascal Lamy: Free Trade and Interdependence Help Promote
Freedom, Human Rights and Civil Liberties

*We are the world
We kill the children

The Battle of Seattle 10 Years Later: Organizers Reflect on 1999
Shutdown of WTO Talks and the Birth of a Movement

Institute for Public Accuracy
Repression in Honduras


Get Ready for the Obama/GOP Alliance
by Jeff Cohen

*As I’ve said before (and no doubt will say again) …

Slippery William without the paunch

Give Thanks to Kathleen Sibelius For Saving 47,000 Women From Death by
Cost-Benefit Analysis
by George Lakoff

*Lakoff drinks some Obama here, but the bulk of the piece is important
intel, don’t you think?

Learning How to Count to 350: Seattle, Copenhagen, and Beyond
Remembering People Power in Seattle in 1999 and Berlin in 1989
by Rebecca Solnit

Campaign for Peace and Democracy
A Call for the U.S. to End Its Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan
U.S. Anti-War Group Sends Declaration and 1300+ Signatures to President

*A group referencing resources control and “Grand Game” strategy should
be the norm, not the exception, shouldn’t it?

Human Rights Watch
World AIDS Day: Punitive Laws Threaten HIV Progress
Focus on treatment as prevention requires respect for human rights

Philippines Declares State of Emergency After 57 People Killed in
Politically-Linked Massacre

*Always worth listening to Bello – he covers a number of issues here

Ahead of Key Global Conference, U.S. Announces Continued Rejection of
Land Mine Ban

*This head-scratching as to why the US hasn’t accepted the ban is really
irritating, isn’t it?  You’d think the idea that this gummint just
doesn’t want to give legitimacy to a binding international treaty
dealing with military policy might have been brought up, wouldn’t you?

As U.S. Probes Radiation at Three Mile Island, Christian Parenti on
Enduring “Zombie Nuke Plants” Nationwide

*Subsidizing insanity, like Thanksgiving, is an American tradition

Obama to Announce Afghan Escalation Plan Dec. 1st

*Can you say “Pipelines”?

Apparently not.

Somebody explain this lapse of logic to me, please.


Activists Target ‘World of Coca-Cola’
by Matthew Cardinale
Inter Press Service

*The bloody business of making “things go better”

On Trial: System That Locks Children up for Life Without Hope of Freedom
Protesters say teenagers must be given a chance of redemption – even if
their crimes are horrific
by Andrew Purcell
the Herald Scotland

Mankind Using Earth’s Resources at Alarming Rate
by Agence France Presse

*Living beyond our planet’s means

Taking Care of Business: How Big Business Has Hijacked Climate Talks
A new realism has emerged. Climate change is no longer rejected as a
bogus theory the economy can ill afford. Instead, it’s a business
by Oscar Reyes

*Please read for the vital intel, and for the revelation that Al Gore’s
piss ain’t green.

Who’da thunk it?

Global Warming Rigged? Here’s the Email I’d Need to See
by George Monbiot

The Budget Deficit Crisis: The Blame Is Bipartisan
by Dean Baker

Oil Giant Chevron Accused of ‘Extortion’ on Capitol Hill
by Han Shan

U.S. Public Interest Research Group (U.S. PIRG)
Parents Beware – Many Toys Still Toxic, Hazardous
New Mobile Toy Tool Can Help Parents Shop Safe

Single Payer Activists to Congress: Defeat Democratic Health Bill
by Russell Mokhiber

Green Jobs Help Climate, Boost Social Justice
by Brenda Payton
The San Francisco Chronicle

Blackwater’s Secret War in Pakistan: Jeremy Scahill Reveals Private
Military Firm Operating in Pakistan Under Covert Assassination and
Kidnapping Program

As UC Berkeley Investigates Police Brutality Against Students Protesting
Fee Hikes, a Report From Inside the Takeover of Wheeler Hall

*Democracy 101

Portland’s Cannabis Cafe is the First Marijuana Coffee Shop of Its Kind
in the Country

*Pot luck in Portland, at least

Two Former Bagram Detainees Held Without Charge Describe Torture and
Wrongful Imprisonment

WP (Re)inventing a Green Nuclear Renaissance

*Comments left at link


National White House Call-In Day: Monday, November 23rd, 2009
Call President Obama, Your Senators, and Member of Congress to Stop the
Escalation and End the War in Afghanistan

*For what it’s worth, here’s what I mailed:


I’m writing regarding the “War of Terror” in Afghanistan, Iraq and
everywhere else.  I realize this message will make no difference, but I
was asked to contact the White House by folks opposed to these policies,
and I try to keep *my* commitments.

I wish I could make some eloquent statement, but I’m not intelligent
enough to do that.

I can only say that war is war, and dead is dead, and it weighs heavily
on my conscience that I’m paying for those deaths.

It may be the “smart” thing to end the wars in these countries, but
regardless of that, and far more important, it’s the right thing.

And I want my country to do the right thing.  Its past can’t be its
future, or there will be no future worth living.

Doug Latimer
Oakland CA
Questionable Content @

Do what your conscience demands and your courage allows, and never be
satisfied with the limits of either

Refuse Allegiance to Coal
by Chris Hedges

No Escape from Debt by Selling Jails
Arizona’s plan to sell prisons to the highest bidder is a leap back in
time for correctional thinking, and a recipe for fiscal disaster
by Sasha Abramsky

The Pentagon Garrisons the Gulf
As Washington Talks Iraq Withdrawal, the Pentagon Builds Up Bases in the
by Nick Turse

*The infrastructure of empire

Copenhagen, USA: Don’t Miss Dec 7th Showdown at Climate Change Ground
by Jeff Biggers

Global Climate Campaign
Global Day of Climate protest, 12th December 2008

Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR)
US Group That Supported Overthrows of Democratically Elected Governments
in Haiti and Venezuela Will Observe Elections in Honduras
International Republican Institute and National Democratic Institute
Plan to Observe Elections Controlled by Honduran Military and Police

*Your tax dollars at dirty – and deadly – work

Big surprise – it’s a bipartisan operation

By 60-39 Vote, Senate Agrees to Open Debate on Healthcare Bill

*Grimm’s an idiot, but there’s so useful intel extant, so …

Naomi Klein on Climate Debt: Why Rich Countries Should Pay Reparations
To Poor Countries For The Climate Crisis

*If much of the “progressive movement” in this country was paralyzed
because folks got all wet dreaming about Obamaland, then we’re some
stupid sumbitches, ain’t we?

And the world can’t afford for us to be stupid, can it?

For Parade Magazine, the Middle Class Starts at 100K

*By “middle class”, maybe Weiss means those who live in the middle of
exclusive suburban enclaves.

What do you think?

NYT Non-News Story Says It’s Time to Tighten Belts

*Comment left at link

The Unimaginably Awful Japanese Media

*The pot speaks ill of the kettle.

Jesus, Mary and Joseph …


Jobs with Justice
Tell Congress: Treat Immigrants Fairly in Health Reform

Biodiversity Loss Is Earth’s ‘Immense and Hidden’ Tragedy, Darwin’s
‘Natural Heir’ Warns
Problem of biodiversity loss has been ‘eased off centre stage’ by focus
on climate change, according to Prof Edward Wilson, the ecologist
described as ‘Darwin’s natural heir’
by James Randerson
The Guardian/UK

8 Steps Obama Could Take to Save Our Food System
by Robyn O’Brien

*But hasn’t the slightest intention of doing, does he?

Physicians for a National Health Program
Projections of Savings from Health IT are Baseless, Harvard Researchers
National survey of U.S. hospitals shows information technology has
yielded neither administrative efficiencies nor cost savings

*Pulling the plug on computer savings claims

Project on Government Oversight (POGO)
POGO’s Request for Transparency to Revolving Door Database Denied

*Once again (all together now) …

The audacity of “Nope”

Institute for Public Accuracy
Economists Opposing Fed Audit “on Payroll”

As UC Regents Approve Major Tuition Hike, Students, Faculty Decry
Erosion of Public Education in CA and Nationwide

*Getting schooled on corporate colleges

On 20th Anniversary of Killings of 6 Jesuit Priests by US-Backed
Salvadoran Forces, Thousands to Protest “School of the Assassins” at Ft.

Israel Under Widespread International Criticism for Settlement Expansion

*Makdisi is dead on that the only just solution is one state, isn’t he?

So why do he and other advocates, like Ali Abunimah, get so little
exposure from “progressive” media?


Activists to Peg Climate Actions to Science
by Adam Groves

Public Citizen
Former Government Officials, Including Members of Congress, Cashing in
as Lobbyists for Financial Industry, Public Citizen Analysis Shows
Lobbyist Ranks Filled With Former Federal Employees, Well-Connected
Congressional Staffers

Shunning Dissidents, Obama Leaves China Without Firm Pledges on Trade,

*Pretty amoral analysis of China, wouldn’t you say?

Iraq Vote in Limbo with Veto of Election Law

*I can’t speak to internal Iraqi machinations.  I just think that the US
isn’t going to abandon the huge military infrastructure it’s built up
anytime soon, especially given the pressure it wants to put on Iran, do


Rising CO2 Will Cause Catastrophic Sea Level Rise Finds Antarctic Study
Sea levels could rise by up to six metres if the world fails to get
pollution under control, according to the latest study in the Antarctic.
by Louise Gray, Environment Correspondent
The Telegraph/UK

Iraqis Say British Army Used Guantánamo Interrogation Methods
by David Brown
The Times Online/UK

The Trap of Green Consumerism
by Raj Patel

*Shopping green should be a subsidiary function of living green, not an
amoral rationalization not to, right?

The Architecture of Apartheid
by Sarah Lazare & Clare Bayard

Obama’s Bad Case Against Single Payer
Solidarity vs Individualism
by Alan Nasser

Institute for Public Accuracy
China, U.S. and Global Warming

EXCLUSIVE: Civil Rights Attorney Lynne Stewart Responds to Court Ruling
Upholding Conviction and Ordering Her to Prison

“The Card Game” – New Doc Investigates History of Credit Card Industry
and Proposals for Reform

Israeli Settlement Isn’t, Says Washington Post

*Deadly serious word games


Biotech Crops Cause Big Jump in Pesticide Use: Report
by Carey Gillam

Apocalypse Fatigue: Losing the Public on Climate Change
Even as the climate science becomes more definitive, polls show that
public concern in the United States about global warming has been
declining. What will it take to rally Americans behind the need to take
strong action on cutting carbon emissions?
by Ted Nordhaus & Michael Shellenberger

*Some interesting thoughts on the reasons for climate change ‘tudes, but
marred by the dissing of folks who don’t mince words, and their own
seeming diminution of the crisis at the end, don’t you think?

The Pledge of Allegiance is un-American
Shouldn’t the government pledge allegiance to the people rather than the
other way around?
by Michael Lind

Buried Bonanza for Over-Builders
by Laura Flanders

Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP)
Massachusetts Physicians say Reform in Their State is No Model for The
Nearly 200 sign ad urging single-payer health care reform

*Congress plays “Follow the bleeder”

Why Are We Destroying Public Education? University of California
Students and Staff Prepare for System-Wide Strike to Protest Cuts

Obama Nominates Pesticide Executive to Be Chief Agricultural Negotiator
in the Office of the US Trade Representative

Raj Patel on America’s Growing Hunger Crisis and the UN Summit to Fight
Hunger in Rome

*Let them drink Obamade

Institute for Public Accuracy
Hunger: * Record in U.S. * Global Meeting


Texas Accounts for Half of Executions in US but Now Has Doubts Over
Death Row
Overturned convictions and growth of DNA forensic evidence shake state’s
rock-solid faith in capital punishment
by Chris McGreal in Livingston
The Guardian/UK

Farmers Not Invited to Food Summit?
by Sabina Zaccaro
Inter Press Service

Health Deform
by Carol Miller

*The devil’s in the details, and the details are our hell

The New State Solution
by Chris Hedges

Economic Lessons from the Playground
by Steve Almond

*”Share and share alike”

Maoist indoctrination, I tells ya!

Judge Approves Historic EPA Settlement: EPA and Florida Must Set Limits
on Fertilizer and Animal Waste Pollution in State Waters
Polluters’ arguments rejected in favor of the environment

Obama (Still Definitely) Not Bipartisan Enough

*Comment left at link

Institute for Public Accuracy
Washington as Wall Street’s “Biggest Profit Center”

*Money’s money talks


Invest in Nature Now, Save Trillions Later: Study
by Marlowe Hood
Agence France Presse

UN Investigator Accuses US of Shameful Neglect of Homeless
UN special rapporteur says wealthy US ignoring deepening homeless crisis
while pumping billions into bank rescues
by Chris McGreal in Los Angeles
The Guardian/UK

Canada’s Tar Sands Are the Future of Oil Production: Oil Exec.
by Michel Viatteau
Agence France Presse

Army Sends Infant to Protective Services, Mom to Afghanistan
by Dahr Jamail
Inter Press Service

*What was that about this war being fought for “women’s rights”?

Obama’s Pesticide-Pushing Nominee
The president taps an exec from the pesticide lobby – which slammed
Michelle Obama’s organic garden – for a top agriculture post.
by Kate Sheppard
Mother Jones

*More toxic sludge in Obama’s field of corporate dreams

Copenhagen: Seattle Grows Up
by Naomi Klein

Economics without Ecocide
The G20 Framework vs. A Whole Earth Perspective
by Peter Brown & Geoffrey Garver

US Must Solve Its Own Economic Problems
Pinning America’s economic woes on China is too easy. The real villains
are Wall Street bankers and their influence
by Mark Weisbrot

Eminent Domain Outrage in Connecticut: Pharmaceutical Giant Pfizer to
Leave New London, Site of Major Housing Battle

Alleged 9/11 Mastermind and 4 Other Gitmo Prisoners to Stand Trial in NY
Federal Court

CAIR: US Seizure of 4 Mosques over Alleged Iran Ties Threatens Religious

Alleging Unconstitutional Targeting, ACORN Sues US Gov’t Over Defunding

*Van Jones and ACORN are on the “far left”?

That’s a mighty meager spectrum, innit?

Institute for Public Accuracy
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed Prosecution

Obama’s Asia Trip Agenda


Shooting Itself in the Foot, Brazil Spreads Concrete Through the
by Stephanie Brault
Council on Hemispheric Affairs (COHA)

Report Shows Pfizer Fudged Drug Studies
by Julie Steenhuysen

UN Food Summit ‘Fails Before It Begins’
A UN food summit aimed at helping the one billion people worldwide
suffering from hunger has been declared a failure a week before it has
even begun.
by Nick Squires in Rome
The Telegraph/UK

*Bloated wallets for the rich
 Bloated stomachs for the poor

If Any Question Why We Died, Tell Them Because Our Fathers Lied
by Christopher Cooper

*Hey, someone mentioned pipelines!

And no Obamade served here, thank somebody’s god

No Armistice In War on Poor
by Laura Flanders

Advocates Challenge Water Pollution From TVA’s Kingston Plant
Move aimed at protecting Clinch River, already polluted by one billion
gallons of coal ash

*Poisoning Peter to purify Paul

Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR)
CCR Charges Congress Violated Constitution in Vote to De-Fund ACORN,
Affiliates, Allies
Lawsuit Seeks Temporary Restraining Order in Bill of Attainder Case

As US Ambassador Casts Doubt on Troop Increase in Afghanistan, New
Report Reveals US Indirectly Funding the Taliban

*Yes, for God’s sake, let’s be “smart” about fighting an immoral and
illegal war.

Jesus fucking Christ … The Nation can be a real piece of “liberal”
shit, can’t it just?

Defying Gov’t Censorship, EPA Attorneys Speak Out Against White
House-Backed Climate Change Proposal “Cap and Trade”

*Don’t you think that ultimately, even though this proposal makes sense
for a capitalist world, there’s no goddamn way to cut emissions to the
point necessary in a capitalist world?

“William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe”: New Documentary Examines
Life, Legacy of Famed Radical Attorney

FAIR Extra!
The Money Taboo in Health Reform Coverage
Industry donations to powerful players often go unmentioned
By Daniel Ward

*Keeping quiet about how money talks

Institute for Public Accuracy
“Healthcare” or Family Intervention?: Low-Income Mothers Singled Out for
Home Visits


Plan for Bhopal Tours Causes Outrage
Survivors of the world’s worst industrial disaster in India’s Bhopal
city are astonished by plans to throw the site open to visitors 25 years
after the tragedy that killed thousands.
by Sonma Laxmi, in Bhopal
The Telegraph/UK

Major Hasan and The Legacy of George W Bush
by Thom Hartmann

*Some stupid views, to my mind, of Slippery William and his actions, but
worth reading for the main point

Drone Race to a Known Future
Why Military Dreams Fail — and Why It Doesn’t Matter
by Tom Engelhardt

Quitting Meat: A Process Of Change
by Jonathan Safran Foer

*Quitting cold turkey — and hot turkey

Institute for Public Accuracy
Financial Reform

Study: Over 2,200 US Veterans Died in 2008 Due to Lack of Health

*We’re all veterans of this dirty war prosecuted by the insurance and
drug corps, aren’t we?

Sexual Assaults, Inadequate Healthcare Among Spate of Issues Facing
Women Servicemembers

Dobbs: Muslims Finally Condemn Terror

*I’ll let this speak for itself – I think it does so very well:

Matthis Chiroux
The Violence Within Is The Veteran Without

FAIR Extra!
Public Media and the Decommodification of News
News behind pay walls is no help to democracy
by Jim Naureckas


Lack of Health Care Worsens Women’s Life Quality: WHO
by Laura MacInnis

Micha Kurz: Soldiers and Silence in Israel
by GRITtv

The Stupak Stupor
by Emily Douglas

Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR)
Demographics of the Labor Movement Shift Considerably over the Past 25
Almost half of union workers are women; women, Latinos, and Asians
biggest gainers; only one-in-ten union jobs in manufacturing.

Watchdog: New York State Regulation of Natural Gas Wells Has Been
“Woefully Insufficient for Decades.”

Filmmaker Philippe Diaz on “The End of Poverty?”

*The dire imperative for equilibrium at the equator

Institute for Public Accuracy
Veterans Day

*”Lest we forget”?

It’s all we fucking do in this context, isn’t it?

Hoodwinked: Former Economic Hit Man John Perkins Reveals Why the World
Financial Markets Imploded — and How to Remake Them

*Perkins says a lot of good things, but he’s dead wrong about working
toward a “kinder, gentler” form of capitalism, isn’t he?

Capitalism is about winners and losers.  It’s about individuals
controlling resources that belong to us all for their own profit.  There
was no “golden age” before Friedman et al that we just have to get back

Greed kills – has done so for millennia, hasn’t it?  Before the word
“capitalism” had been coined. 

We have to share this planet, not make a “reasonable profit” off it.


Global Poll: Widespread Dissatisfaction with Free-Market Capitalism
by James Robbins
BBC World Service

Gays Organize DNC Boycott
by Ben Smith

Kucinich Withdraws as Palm Beach County Democratic Keynoter Amid Uproar
over His Israel Stance
by George Bennett
The Palm Beach Post

Afghanistan’s Sham Army
by Chris Hedges

Congress, Climate Cheapskate
Getting a global deal would cost less than 1 percent of what we spent on
the bailout. Too bad Congress is thinking more like 0.01 percent.
by Bill McKibben

America Owned by Its Army
by William Pfaff

*I have questions about this analysis, but I believe some points worth
thinking about are raised.

Admiral Mullen Announces Afghanistan Strategy: Prepare to Nonviolently
by Jeff Leys

Change Wall Street Can Believe In
by Holly Sklar

Center for Economic and Policy Research
New Report Looks at Honduran Economy Before and Since the Coup
Paper Finds Considerable Challenges to Honduran Economic Recovery
Without a Solution to the Political Crisis

Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER)
EPA Orders Employees to Remove YouTube Climate Video
Agency Threatens Discipline for Off-Duty Warnings on Cap & Trade

*The new broom sweeps critics under the rug

House Passes Landmark Healthcare Bill with Amendment Backed by
Anti-Abortion Lawmakers

*We couldn’t have been screwed more deeply with an oil rig drill, could

When the War Comes Home: Iraq Veteran at Fort Hood Speaks Out About Last
Week’s Mass Shooting

Ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya: Talks Are Off with Coup
Government After Deal Collapses

*And the people of Honduras get the oil rig treatment, too, don’t they?

Institute for Public Accuracy
Healthcare: Devil in the Details


Indoor Plants Could Save Your Life
Indoor plants do not only look and smell nice, they could save your
life, claim scientists.
by Richard Alleyne
The Telegraph/UK

Would We Listen to Nature if Our Lives Depended on It?
by Derrick Jensen

Co-Authors Question Stand Alone Vote on National Single Payer
by Dennis Kucinich & John Conyers

President Obama Comes to School (And It Is Not Good News)
by Ruth Conniff

Center for Biological Diversity Statement on Senate Climate Bill

Institute for Public Accuracy
Fort Hood Shooting

Healthcare and Unemployment

FAIR Media Advisory
Failing the Midterms
Press overplays election results

The Election Lesson: Hoover Was Right!

Bill O’Reilly and Cuban-Style Tax Rates

*Do you wonder how many persons taxed at the top rate “honestly earn”
their income?

And honestly pay what relatively little they owe?

In Worst-Ever Shooting of Its Kind, 13 Dead, 30 Wounded at Ft. Hood
Military Base; Suspect Had Reportedly Complained of Anti-Muslim Bias

Breaking with Former Employer, Actor and Self-Described Insurance
Industry “Spokesjerk” Andy Cobb Calls for Public Healthcare

*Shilling and killing


Coke to Bring You Advice About Health and Soft Drinks
Family doctors group loses members over Coke deal
by Lindsey Tanner
the Associated Press

*Things go better with Coke

(For Coke, that is)

Friends of the Earth Attacks Carbon Trading
An FoE report says ‘cap and trade’ carbon markets have done little to
reduce emissions but have been plagued by corruption and inefficiency
by Ashley Seager
The Guardian/UK

Spokane Considers Community Bill of Rights
Thousands of people voted to protect nine basic rights, ranging from the
right of the environment to exist and flourish to the rights of
residents to have a locally based economy and to determine the future of
their neighborhoods.
by Mari Margil
YES! Magazine

The Next Phase of Healthcare Apartheid
by Norman Solomon

*The ultimate sick joke

Clash on Investment: Global Trade and an Opportunity for Civil Society
by Sarah Anderson

Localization Is Way to Redefine Globalization
by Michael Shuman

Marijuana Policy Project (MPP)
Most Exhaustive Set of Marijuana Arrest Data Ever Shows No Relation
Between Arrests and Use Rates; Penalty Structure Boosts Illicit Market
Florida Has Toughest Penalties, Arrest Rate Highest in D.C, Black Arrest
Rate 3 Times That of Whites

No More Guantánamos
Amherst (MA) Special Town Meeting Approves Resolution to Welcome Cleared
Guantánamo Detainees

*Humanity trumps hypocrisy

Institute for Public Accuracy
Italian Court Convicts Operatives: What About the Higher-Ups?

Italian Prosecutor in Case Against CIA Operatives Hails Convictions for
’03 Kidnapping of Egyptian Cleric

As Massey Energy Blasts West Virginia’s Coal River Mountain, a Debate on
Mountaintop Removal Mining

*Biggers seems to be making a distinction between surface and
underground mining.  If so, I’d like to be clearer on why that is,
wouldn’t you?  Mountaintop removal may be worse from a production
standpoint, but the coal’s dirty wherever it comes from, isn’t it?

GM’s Money Trees”: Displacement of Rural Brazilians Highlights
Consequences of “Cap and Trade” System

*I don’t think the actions of the Green Police will make it into one of
Chevron’s “Human Energy” ads, do you?

‘Pansy’ John Stossel and Bill ‘Man of the People’ O’Reilly

*I guess by “the folks” he means the servants?

Um … I mean “domestic contractors”.


It’s a Dirty Business – The New Gold Rush That Is Blackening Canada’s
by Ben Webster
The Times Online (UK)

The Swine Flu Vaccine Screw-up
Optimism as a Public Health Problem
by Barbara Ehrenreich

Election Day 2009: GOPers Sweep Governor Races; Bloomberg Wins Tight NYC
Mayoral Race; Dems Take House Seats; Maine Repeals Gay Marriage

Low Road to High Finance: McClatchy Expose Reveals How Goldman Sachs
Sold Off Billions in Mortgage Securities After Anticipating Housing

Blueberry Farming Giant Found to Use Child Labor at Michigan Fields

*Don’t you think Wal-Mart and other companies have a policy of “Don’t
ask, don’t tell, don’t care” when it comes to child labor?


One in Five Mammals Threatened With Extinction
by Mark Henderson
The Times Online (UK)

We Only Have Months, Not Years, to Save Civilization from Climate Change
International agreements take too long, we need a swift mobilisation not
seen since the second world war
by Lester Brown

Climate Change Deniers Are Not Skeptics – They’re Suckers
My fiercest opponents on global warming tend to be in their 60s and 70s.
This offers a fascinating, if chilling, insight into human psychology
by George Monbiot

*What fools these “immortals” be

Noam Chomsky: No Change in US ‘Mafia Principle’
by Mamoon Alabbasi

*No Obamade served here

The Obama Administration and Food, Year One
by Paula Crossfield

*Included for the intel.  Crossfield’s a fool about Obama’s “good
intentions” – and she has tons of company, doesn’t she?

Tests Find Wide Range of Bisphenol A in Canned Soups, Juice, and More
by Naomi Starkman

Congressmember Dennis Kucinich
Kucinich Continues Fight to Restore State Single Payer Amendment

Americans United for Separation of Church and State
Americans United Urges IRS To Take Necessary Steps To Limit Partisan
Activity By Churches

School of the Americas Watch
Mass Mobilization to Shut Down the School of the America; November
20-22, 2009, Fort Benning, Georgia

Institute for Public Accuracy
Making Elections Better

*Taking the democratic exit off the American Way

Appeals Court Rules in Maher Arar Case: Innocent Victims of
Extraordinary Rendition Cannot Sue in US Courts

Israeli Activists Criticize US House for Considering Resolution
Condemning Goldstone Report on Israeli War Crimes in Gaza


Toxic Contaminants: The Other Scourge
by Neena Bhandari
Inter Press Service

Berlin, Israel, Mexico: Walls Across the World
by Jon Wiener
The Nation

The New Faces of Day Labor
U.S. citizens are joining immigrants in store parking lots
by Timothy Pratt
the Las Vegas Sun

Justice Denied: Voices from Guantanamo

Opium, Rape and the American Way
by Chris Hedges

Renewing the News
by Naomi Wolf

Breaking Up the Banks is Hard to Do
Remember US banks that were ‘too big to fail’? If Congress gets its way,
they will be bigger and less accountable than ever
by Dean Baker

Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER)
Secret California Park Give-Away
Back Door Proposal to Transfer Lands from Tolowa Dunes State Park

Comparing Fox and CNN Through a Funhouse Mirror

*Comment left at link

How Wall Street and Its Backers on Capitol Hill Silenced a Critic
Calling for Greater Regulation of Derivatives

Shannon Brownlee: Does the Vaccine Matter?

Institute for Public Accuracy
Healthcare: Key Democrats Undermining Their Own?

*The audacity of “Nope”

Congress to Condemn Goldstone Report on Gaza?


Activist’s Message at USF: End Needless Waste of Food
The Herald-News (Illinois)

Chomsky: Far-Right Threat Is No Joke
by Rob Brown
the Herald Scotland

What Lies Beneath the Rainforest
You want the Amazon to survive? Then pay us not to pump the oil, says
by Huw Hennessy in Quito
The Independent/UK

Torn Apart
by Color Lines

The Heart of India Is Under Attack
To justify enforcing a corporate land grab, the state needs an enemy –
and it has chosen the Maoists
by Arundhati Roy

*Very long, and very worth reading – if you’re as ignorant of the
situation in India as I am


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