Questionable Content

An earnest attempt at contradicting the contradictions

December 2009

leave a comment »

 

12/31

Threats to Yemen Prove America Hasn’t Learned the Lesson of History
by Patrick Cockburn

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/12/31
.

A New Year’s Dream for the Health Reform Effort
by Donna Smith

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/12/31-2
.

Since 9/11, We’ve Embraced Our Inner Coward
by Ted Rall

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/12/31
.

New Year’s Resolution: Don’t Apologize for Democrats
by Jeff Cohen

*Two corporate parties means some wild ones for the money boys tonight,
don’t it?

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/12/30-1
.

Amid Dark Times, Meet the Most Inspiring People of 2009
Newsman Wes Nisker said if you don’t like the news, make your own. These
people did
by Johann Hari

*I wouldn’t include Goodman and company in this list, would you?  That
doesn’t mean I don’t think they do a lot of good work, obviously, but I
think they could do a good deal better.

And it’s vital that they do, isn’t it?

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/12/30-0
.

Six Things to Do in 2010
by Jim Hightower

*Get off your ass and kick some

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/12/30-3
.

DEMOCRACY NOW!
2009 in Perspective: Glenn Greenwald on the Five Wars US Is Fighting in
Muslim Countries

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/12/31/glenn

“The Era of Tolerance Is Over” – Iran Warns over Opposition Protests

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/12/31/the_era_of_tolerance_is_over

Haitian Community Activist Jean Montrevil Faces Deportation

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/12/31/haitian_community_activist_jean_montrevil_faces

12/30

DEMOCRACY NOW!
Botched Christmas Airline Bombing: A Look at Obama’s Handling of the
Case and the Media’s Coverage

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/12/30/christmas_bombing

Gaza Freedom March Protests Continue in Cairo, Organizers Say Egypt
Offer to Allow 100 into Gaza Not Sufficient

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/12/30/cairo_protests

Flashback: ICRC Spokesman in Gaza Describes Glaring Lack of Medical
Access During Israeli Assault

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/12/30/icrc_gaza_assault

“Christmas Presents for Bankers”

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/12/30/christmas_presents_for_bankers

12/29

Solar Could Generate 15% of Power by 2020, If US Ends Fossil Fuel
Subsidies
The Result: 882,000 New Jobs, 10% Drop in Emissions
by Stacy Feldman
SolveClimate

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/12/29-9
.

The Cash Committee: How Wall Street Wins On The Hill
by Ryan Grim and Arthur Delaney
Huffington Post

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/12/29-8
.

Majority Of Tea Party Group’s Spending Went To GOP Firm That Created It
by Zachary Roth
TalkingPointsMemo

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/12/29-7
.

Terrorists are Not Supermen: Ackerman Takes on Buchanan, Engel on
Morning Joe
by Spencer Ackerman

http://www.commondreams.org/video/2009/12/29
.

The Audacity of Hype
by Richard W. Behan

*Behan lays it out straight, don’t you think?

Pity, and sorrow, that he’s an anomaly in “progressive” media circles

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/12/09-8
.

Corporate Agribusiness Helps Scuttle Climate Justice
by John E. Peck

*You can call it methane, but it and the other greenhouse gases are
truly shit dumped on a planet used as a corporate toilet, aren’t they?

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/12/29
.

With Real Health Care Reform, US Would Not Need Affordability Tax
Credits
by Jon Walker

*They broke it
We pay for it

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/12/29-7
.

Crashing the Corporate Christmas Party
by Zach Carter

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/12/29-0
.

The Yes Men
Canada Successfully Destroys Parody Websites
Climate Policy Remains Deplorable

*Can’t take a joke on climate change
Can take a hike on doing a goddamn thing about it

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2009/12/29
.

DEMOCRACY NOW!
Anti-Mining Activists Killed in El Salvador

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/12/29/anti_mining_activists_killed_in_el

Egypt Denies Gaza Freedom March Access to Border, Hundreds Protest in
Cairo

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/12/29/egypt_denies_gaza_freedom_march_access

Kill the Bill or Support Passage? A Debate on Healthcare Legislation
Between Insurance Industry Critics

*The primary goal of a “compromise” – as anything coming out of Congress
will be in spades – is that it lays the foundation for vast improvement
down the line – and that needs to be a very short timeline.

I don’t know that even the best version of the House bill will
accomplish that, do you?

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/12/29/kill_the_bill_or_support_passage

Report: Venture Capitalists, Food Companies Among 1,160 Businesses
Lobbying on Climate Change

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/12/29/report_venture_capitalists_food_companies_among

12/28

One Day We’ll All Be Terrorists
by Chris Hedges

I saw a rear window sticker on a car the other day – something along the
lines of:

“Was January 1, 1985 really the end of 1984?”

I think Hedges’ piece makes the answer clear, don’t you?

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/12/28
.

Freedom Marching in Circles While Winding Our Way to Gaza
by Emily Ratner

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/12/28-5
.

‘Israel Resembles a Failed State’
by Ali Abunimah

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/12/28-1
.

Christmas Presents for Bankers
by Dean Baker

*A hefty chunk of change the bankers can believe in

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/12/28-8
.

Center for Public Integrity (CPI)
The Climate Lobby from Soup to Nuts
1,160 Businesses and Groups Lobbying on Climate Change; Venture
Capitalists, Food Companies Now Among Those Fighting for a Place at the
Table

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2009/12/28-0
.

Basel Action Network
Holiday e-Waste? Beware Fake Recyclers!
Old TVs and Computers are Likely to be Dumped in Developing Countries

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2009/12/28
.

DEMOCRACY NOW!
Crackdown in Iran: Up to 12 Dead, Hundreds Arrested in Opposition
Protests

*I’d like an informed analysis of the composition and aims of the
opposition, wouldn’t you?

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/12/28/crackdown_in_iran_up_to_12

Palestinian Journalist Remembers Israel’s Assault on Gaza

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/12/28/palestinian_journalist_remembers_israels_assault_on

“The Man Who Conned the Pentagon”

*This bastard could very well end up as the prospective national
security adviser to Sarah Palin, don’t you think?

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/12/28/the_man_who_conned_the_pentagon

Dennis Brutus (1924-2009): South African Poet and Activist Dies in Cape
Town

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/12/28/dennis_brutus_1924_2009_south_african

12/27

Beyond the Darkest Hours, Grassroots Rising
by Ronnie Cummins

*Doing what comes naturally

Dying if we don’t

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/12/26-0
.

The US Military is ‘Exhausted’
by Sarah Lazare

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/12/26-1

12/24

DEMOCRACY NOW!
Senate Passes Healthcare Overhaul, Compromise with House Bill Looms

*A grand gift for the gougers

Happy holidays

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/12/24/senate_passes_healthcare_overhaul_compromise_with

The Nation: Immigration Agents Holding US Residents in Unlisted,
Unmarked Facilities

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/12/24/the_nation__immigration_agents_holding

Gaza Freedom March Planned for One-Year Anniversary of Israeli Assault

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/12/24/gaza_freedom_march_planned_for_one

12/23

Climate Change Deniers Without Borders
How American oil money is pumping up climate change skeptics abroad –
and how they could derail any progress made in Copenhagen.
by Josh Harkinson
Mother Jones

*Not sure how you can derail something that doesn’t exist, but …

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/12/23-2
.

Yasuni Park Trust Fund Will Keep Ecuador’s Oil Underground
by Environment News Service

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/12/22-1
.

Israeli Repression Wave Targets Activists
Israel’s recent wave of repression led to arrest of Jamal Juma’,
coordinator of Stop the Wall Campaign.
by The Real News Network

http://www.commondreams.org/video/2009/12/22
.

Senate, White House Health Reform Tucks in Gun Rights
by Donna Smith

*For the bastards who pushed this, happiness is a warm gun

And a cold heart

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/12/22-0
.

On Health Care, Women Compromise
by Derrick Z. Jackson

*It’s a man’s world

That’s why it’s dying

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/12/22-3
.

Public Health and Consumer Groups
Groups Applaud American Public Health Association for Opposition to
Hormone Use in Beef and Dairy Production

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2009/12/22-7
.

DEMOCRACY NOW!
EXCLUSIVE: Environmental Activist Jeff “Free” Luers Speaks Out in First
Interview After 9.5 Years Behind Bars

*Use a conscience, go to jail

For a long time

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/12/23/exclusive_environmental_activist_jeff_free_luers

Report: Obama Ordered US Military Strike on Yemen

*Some useful intel, but typical mainstream analysis of the reasons for
the War of Terror and US intentions, and Goodman, as usual, just lets it
go.

You’d have to believe there’s someone else who could put this in a moral
context, but these jokers keep getting invited on.

Why is that, do you suppose – to “gain credibility” by having
“recognized experts” as guests?

Seems counter to DN!’s supposed mission, doesn’t it?

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/12/23/report_obama_ordered_us_military_strike
.

Institute for Public Accuracy
Will Egypt Prevent Marchers from Entering Gaza?

http://accuracy.org/newsrelease.php?articleId=2148

Doctors and Nurses Calling for Defeat of Health Insurance Bill

http://accuracy.org/newsrelease.php?articleId=2146

12/22

DEMOCRACY NOW!
Study Reveals “Revolving Door” Between Capitol Hill Staffers and
Healthcare Lobbyists

*It never ceases to amaze me that someone can do a piece like this, see
the shit that passes for “democracy”, and then make a comment like that
at the end.

“Half a loaf”?  How about a full fucking bread truck of death and
despair driven over you and me by Dear Misleader and the Demorats.

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/12/22/study_revolving_door_between_capitol_hill

Leading Climate Scientist James Hansen on Why He’s Pleased the
Copenhagen Summit Failed, “Cap and Fade,” Climategate and More

*Many important points made, but I have problems with a few of Hansen’s
comments – in particular he makes what seems to be a positive remark
about nuclear power, and I’d like to know more about his position on it,
wouldn’t you?

Goodman just lets it slide.

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/12/22/leading_climate_scientist_james_hansen_on

12/21

Report: Bush Admin Raised Terror Alert Based On Con Man’s Al Jazeera
‘Decoding’ Scam
by Justin Elliott
Talking Points Memo

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/12/21-4
.

Obama’s Af-Pak War Is Illegal
by Marjorie Cohn

*Cohn’s political analysis is questionable (Obama’s withdrawing from
Iraq?), but the legal points she makes are unquestionable, aren’t they?

I’ve been saying this for eight years – minus the detailed legal intel –
and I’m a dumbass.  So why aren’t her points echoed on “the left” on a
daily basis?

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/12/21
.

Beyond Ecological Imperialism
Climate change isn’t just a battle between rich and poor – it shows how
an obsession with economic growth is a dead end
by Jayati Ghosh

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/12/21-2
.

Nader’s Utopia: The World According to Ralph
by Chris Hedges

*Nader says a lot of good things, as always, but he never takes that
final step of imagination – the end of capitalism – does he?

He believes in a “reformed” capitalism, or a “properly regulated”
capitalism – but there’s never been such a thing, has there?  Capitalism
is about the pursuit of profit, and while in theory it can be less
rapacious, it can never be fair and just in reality, can it?

It’s about winners and losers.  As long as that’s the literal bottom
line, we know who’ll be on the losing end, don’t we?

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/12/21-0
.

Earthjustice
One Year Later: America’s Worst Environmental Disaster Continues with No
Regulatory Relief in Sight
Spill in Tennessee Dec. 22, 2008, sent 5.4 million cubic yards of coal
ash into nearby homes, rivers, and communities

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2009/12/21-4
.

DEMOCRACY NOW!
Health Bill Passes Key Senate Hurdle; Legislation Restricts Abortion
Funding, Stripped of Public Option, Medicare Expansion

*Warning:  The Surgeon General notwithstanding, anyone with a lick of
sense has determined that health insurance “reform” is hazardous to the
nation’s health

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/12/21/health_bill_passes_key_senate_hurdle

US-Led Copenhagen Accord Decried as Flawed, Undemocratic

*So what would you call this insanity …

Dead reckoning?

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/12/21/us_led_copenhagen_accord_decried_as

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on How to Tackle Climate Change: “We
Must Go from Capitalism to Socialism”

*Yeah, the guy’s blows a lot of smoke, and he’s far from Jesus on a
stick – but he puts out a goodly amount of straight skinny, don’t you
think?

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/12/21/venezuelan_president_hugo_chavez_on_how

12/18

Stunning Statistics About the War Every American Should Know
Contrary to popular belief, the US actually has 189,000 personnel on the
ground in Afghanistan right now – and that number is quickly rising.
by Jeremy Scahill
Rebel Reports

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/12/18-2
.

Homeowners Often Rejected Under Obama’s Loan Plan
by Kevin G. Hall
McClatchy Newspapers

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/12/18-1
.

Copenhagen: The Courage to Say No
by Naomi Klein

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/12/18
.

Obama Is ‘Keeping Score’ on Those Who Vote Against Him
by Jane Hamsher

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/12/18-7
.

A Lesson on Nonviolence for the President
by Eric Stoner

*I’m including this because there’s some enlightening historical intel
on successful nonviolent strategies, but I can never agree that violence
– as a last resort and conducted as humanely (as contradictory as that
may sound) as possible – isn’t a morally valid response to violent
oppression.

Its consequences should never be minimized, but its utility mustn’t be,
either.

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/12/18-0
.

Judge Orders Release From Guantánamo of Unwilling Yemeni Recruit
by CommonDreams.org 
by Andy Worthington

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/12/18-1
.

Why Seed Consolidation Matters
by Paula Crossfield

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/12/18-8
.

Two-Degree Temperature Rise Could Flood Wide Areas of Planet, Study Says
by Margaret Munro
Canada.com

*Water, water everywhere
And only Obamade to drink

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/12/17-7
.

Six Reasons Why Earth Won’t Cope for Long
by John Gibbons

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/12/17-0
.

DEMOCRACY NOW!
As Copenhagen Summit Closes, Obama Maintains Widely Criticized US
Position on Emissions Cuts, Climate Aid

*I often called the previous pissant “Dear Leader”

What do think about labeling the current slimeball-in-residence “Dear
Misleader”?

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/12/18/as_copenhagen_summit_closes_obama_maintains

Chief G-77 Negotiator Lumumba Stanislaus Di-Aping: US-Backed Proposals
Mean Death for Millions of Africans

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/12/18/chief_g77_negotiator_lumumba_stanislaus_di

“The Countries that Can Really Make a Difference Have Not Really Got
Sensitive Enough to the Plight of the Poorest of the Poor” – IPCC Chair
Pachauri

*Typical UN mealymouthishness – I included this for the comments about
the environmental effects of meat consumption

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/12/18/the_countries_that_can_really_make

Environmental and Indigenous Activists Criticize Proposed Deal to Save
Rainforests

*REDD flag on “deforestation”

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/12/18/environmental_and_indigenous_activists_criticize_proposed

12/17

Noam Chomsky: “The Unipolar Moment and the Culture of Imperialism”

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/12/17/noam_chomsky_the_unipolar_moment_and_the_culture_of_imperialism
.

FAIR Blog
NBC’s Bogus Tea Party Poll

*In the courtroom, it’s called “leading the witness.”

Here, it’s called “misleading the public.”

http://www.fair.org/blog/2009/12/17/nbcs-bogus-tea-party-poll/

Post Mishandles Post Poll

http://www.fair.org/blog/2009/12/17/post-mishandles-post-poll/
.

Institute for Public Accuracy
Afghanistan: * Just War? * Five Times GDP

http://accuracy.org/newsrelease.php?articleId=2145
.

DEMOCRACY NOW!
Bolivian President Evo Morales on Climate Debt, Capitalism, Why He Wants
a Tribunal for Climate Justice and Much More

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/12/17/bolivian_president_evo_morales_on_climate

Voices from Small Island States: Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed, a
Tuvaluan Delegate and a Youth Activist from the Solomon Islands

*I’m afraid President Nasheed’s giving far too much credit to
California’s efforts.  We may be better in comparison to many other
states, but that’s a goddamn low bar to leap over, innit?

The greenest thing about Cali is the money corps hope to make off gaming
this crisis while portraying themselves as “environmentally conscious”.

Can you say “Chevron”?

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/12/17/voices_from_the_island_states_maldives

Leaked Internal UNFCCC Document: Global Temperatures Will Rise by More
than Two Degrees Celsius

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/12/17/leaked_internal_document_global_temperatures_will

12/16

Top Ten Ways You Can Tell Which Side the United States Government Is on
With Regard to the Military Coup in Honduras
by Mark Weisbrot

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/12/16
.

Food & Water Watch – Europe
Are We Moving from Nanotechnology to Nanotoxicity?
Food & Water Europe Report questions the unseen hazards of
nanotechnology

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2009/12/16-14
,

Food First
Take Back Control of Your Food System

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2009/12/16-26
.

DEMOCRACY NOW!
Climate Crackdown: UN Bars Friends of the Earth and Other Environmental
Groups from Climate Talks

*The folks are out
The fix is in

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/12/16/climate_crackdown_un_bars_friends_of

Police Tear Gas, Arrest Protesters Marching on UN Climate Summit as
Hundreds Inside Stage Walkout

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/12/16/police_tear_gas_beat_back_protesters

If Bush Was in Kindergarten, Obama Is in First Grade” – Indian
Environmentalist Sunita Narain on US Climate Policy

*There won’t be any “American exceptionalism” when we pass the tipping
point, will there?

Everybody – rich and poor, denier and activist, victim and violator –
will be royally fucked.

Nature doesn’t cut deals, does it?

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/12/16/if_bush_was_in_kindergarten_obama

Bolivian President Evo Morales: “Shameful” for West to Spend Trillions
on War and Only $10 Billion for Climate Change

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/12/16/bolivian_president_evo_morales_shameful_for
.

Institute for Public Accuracy
Copenhagen: * Rich Dumping on Poor? * Police Arresting Activists

http://accuracy.org/newsrelease.php?articleId=2144

12/15

135,000 Uninsured Americans Will Die Before Health Reform Takes Effect,
Analysis Finds
Over 6,600 Uninsured Veterans Will Die by 2013: Estimate
by Brad Jacobson
Raw Story

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/12/15-4
.

Honduras Coup Flashpoint for Latin America
by GRITtv

http://www.commondreams.org/video/2009/12/15-1
,

Shifting Climate, Moving People: Immigration and Climate Justice
by Michelle Chen

*Erasing the boundaries that bind us

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/12/15-9
.

This Is Bigger Than Climate Change. It Is a Battle to Redefine Humanity
It’s hard for a species used to ever-expanding frontiers, but survival
depends on accepting we live within limits
by George Monbiot

*I disagree with Monbiot about the end of “heroism”.  I think the
conscience and courage required to treat others as we’d wish to be
treated is the very definition of the term, don’t you?

And so we should be speaking of entering a true heroic age, shouldn’t
we?

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/12/15-8
.

Honduran Gay Activist Walter Trochez Assassinated
by Doug Ireland

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/12/15-7
.

ACLU
Obama Administration Announces Plans To Move Guantánamo Detainees To
Illinois Prison
Creating A ‘Gitmo North’ An Alarming Step, Says ACLU

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2009/12/15-15
.

FAIR Blog
Can’t She Be a Little Nicer, Though?

*I’m sorry Tracy’s “immensely frustrated”.

Maybe he should pop in his DVD of Obama’s Nobel acceptance speech so he
can chill out to the mellow strains of war crimes made all warm and
fuzzy.

http://www.fair.org/blog/2009/12/15/cant-she-be-a-little-nicer-though/
.

DEMOCRACY NOW
The Climate Divide: Dispute Between Rich and Poor Nations Widens at UN
Copenhagen Summit

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/12/15/the_climate_divide_dispute_between_rich

Indigenous Peoples of Canada March on Canadian Embassy in Copenhagen to
Protest Tar Sands

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/12/15/indigenous_peoples_of_canada_march_on

Cap & Trade: A Critical Look at Carbon Trading

*Well worth reading – or watching or listening to.

Regarding cap and trade, apropos to the season …

If ifs and buts were candy and nuts …

Well, the nuts part is true, innit?

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/12/15cap_trade_a_critical_look_at

12/14

Gravel’s Lament: Fighting Another Dumb War
by Chris Hedges

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/12/14
.

Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood
New Report Demonstrates Food Industry Self-Regulation Has Failed; Junk
Food Still Extensively Marketed to Children

*Sleazy kid stuff

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2009/12/14-7
.

DEMOCRACY NOW!
Indigenous Leaders at the Front Line of Climate Change, at the Front of
the Historic Climate March in Copenhagen

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/12/14/indigenous_leaders_at_the_frontline_of

“We’re Trying to Provide the Armies that They Lack” – Bill McKibben on
Supporting Poor, Vulnerable Nations with Mass Protest Movements

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/12/14/were_trying_to_provide_the_armies

Indian Environmentalist Vandana Shiva:  “It Is Time for the US to Stop
Seeing Itself as a Donor and Recognizing Itself as a Polluter, a
Polluter who Must Pay”

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/12/14/indian_environmentalist_vandana_shiva_it_is

Using Controversial Law, Danish Police Preemptively Arrest Over 1,000
Protesters

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/12/14/using_controversial_law_danish_police_preemptively

12/11

Networks Still Hosting Military Analysts Without Identifying Massive
Conflicts Of Interest
by Laura Bassett
Huffington Post

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/12/11-7
.

Youth and Indigenous People Escalate Protests Inside the UN
by Joshua Kahn Russell
It’s Getting Hot in Here

http://www.commondreams.org/video/2009/12/11-1
.

Senate Tweaks Away Your Healthcare
by Donna Smith

*Profits and loss

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/12/11-7
.

‘Great Man’ Theory? History Is Driven by the Little Guy
by Viggo Mortensen

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/12/11-10
.

Contractors Watching Contractors
by Jeremy Scahill

*Oversight and underhanded

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/12/11-0
.

DEMOCRACY NOW!
Rich-Poor, North-South Divide Marks COP15’s Opening Week

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/12/11/rich_poor_north_south_divide

Author & Journalist Naomi Klein: Fate of Planet Rests on Mass Movement
for Climate Justice

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/12/11/klein

Ahead of Major Climate Protests, a Rare Glimpse at Activist Preparations
in Copenhagen

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/12/11/as_cop15_enters_second_week_activists

“Keep the Oil in the Soil”: Ecuador Seeks Money to Keep Untapped Oil
Resources Underground

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/12/11/ecuadorian_activist_heads_to_cop15_with
.

Institute for Public Accuracy
Senators’ Global Warming Proposal

http://accuracy.org/newsrelease.php?articleId=2143

12/10

Artists: Raise Your Weapons
by Stephanie McMillan

*Art for our sake

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/12/10-1
.

The School-to-Prison Pipeline
by Robert C. Koehler

*A criminal system churns out criminals

Big fucking surprise, huh?

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/12/10
.

Making an American ‘Impenetrable Underground Wall’ the Laughing Stock of
the World – Leave It to the People of Gaza
by Ann Wright

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/12/10-7
.

The Nine Surges of Obama’s War
How to Escalate in Afghanistan
by Tom Engelhardt

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/12/10-5
.

The Movement of Movements: From Resistance to Climate Justice
Just as the 1999 Seattle protests against the WTO launched the global
justice movement onto the world stage, Copenhagen may reveal a global
civil society that has developed beyond the politics of resistance into
a truly diverse, forward-looking force for change
by Anna White

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/12/10-6
.

International Labor Rights Forum (ILRF)
Worst Companies for Union Organizing Highlighted for International Human
Rights Day

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2009/12/10-3
.

Farm Sanctuary
President Obama Urged to Stop Sick and Injured Pigs and Other Farm
Animals from Entering the Food Supply
Farm Sanctuary Petition Seeks Legal Protections to Prevent Suffering of
Downed Animals and Protect the Health of the American People

*The pigs who torture the pigs

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2009/12/10-5
.

DEMOCRACY NOW!
President Obama Wins Nobel Peace Prize: “The Instruments of War Do Have
a Role to Play in Preserving the Peace”

*Butter wouldn’t melt in the bastard’s mouth

And guns are what come out of it

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/12/10/president_obama_wins_nobel_peace_prize

Indigenous Activists March on US Embassy in Copenhagen Urging Obama to
“Stop the US Energy Industry’s War on Native Peoples and Lands”

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/12/10/indigenous_activists_march_on_us_embassy

Citing Its Survival, Pacific Island of Tuvalu Interrupts Copenhagen
Summit to Call for Binding Climate Commitments

*Too bad we can’t stake out the deniers on the beaches of these nations
until the water’s up to their chins, isn’t it?

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/12/10/citing_its_survival_pacific_island_of
.

Institute for Public Accuracy
Obama’s Nobel Prize vs. Policies

*”Distressed” … “regret” …

The man’s a goddamn baby killer, isn’t he – as all presidents have been.

Put down that glass of Obamade and match the response to the crimes.

http://accuracy.org/newsrelease.php?articleId=2142

12/9

Danish Police Raid Copenhagen Climate Campaigners’ Rooms
Police detain 200 activists at their Copenhagen accommodation and seize
items they claim could be used for acts of civil disobedience
by Bibi van der Zee
The Guardian/UK

*Cops is cops the world over, ain’t they?

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/12/09-2
.

US Youth Crash Climate-Denier Live Webcast in Copenhagen
by Juliana Williams
It’s Getting Hot in Here

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/12/09-9
.

Afghanistan’s ‘Bravest Woman’ Pins Hopes on USA, Not Obama
by Aaron Glantz
New American Media

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/12/09-7
.

Hopenhagen? No, Thanks: Naomi Klein on COP15
by The UpTake

http://www.commondreams.org/video/2009/12/09-1
.

Living by the Gate From Hell
A Portrait of Nonviolent Resistance in One Palestinian Village
by Ellen Cantarow

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/12/09-0
.

The People Speak: When Television Makes History
by Dave Zirin

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/12/09-4
.

Liberals, I Do Despise
by Adolph Reed

*Past Present

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/12/09-7
.

Getting Some Green for Your Green: Giving to Reverse Climate Change
by Karyn Strickler

*Not unreservedly endorsing all of Strickler’s suggestions, but I
thought folks might find this piece useful

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/12/09-5
.

Institute for Public Accuracy
“The Story of Cap and Trade”

http://accuracy.org/newsrelease.php?articleId=2141
.

DEMOCRACY NOW!
“This Text Is an Extremely Dangerous Document for Developing Countries”:
G77 Chief Condemns Secret US-Danish Climate Deal

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/12/9/this_text_is_an_extremely_dangerous

Naomi Klein and Martin Khor on the Growing North-South Divide in
Copenhagen over Kyoto, Climate Debt and Emission Targets

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/12/9/naomi_klein_and_martin_khor_on

Climate Justice Activists Enter Day 34 of Hunger Strike

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/12/9/climate_justice_activists_enter_day_34

“We Are Not Begging for Aid” – Chief Bolivian Negotiator Says Developed
Countries Owe Climate Debt

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/12/9/we_are_not_begging_for_aid

12/8

Truth vs. Spam on Net Neutrality
by Megan Tady
SaveTheInternet.com

http://www.commondreams.org/video/2009/12/08-2
.

Why We Left Our Farms to Come to Copenhagen
Speech of Henry Saragih, general coordinator of Via Campesina at the
opening session of Klimaforum
by La Via Campesina

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/12/08-2
.

Comcast-NBC U Merger Could Hurt Consumers
by Josh Silver and Tim Winter

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/12/08-5
.

Jared Diamond’s Ecocidal NYT Op-Ed
by Stephanie McMillan

*Greenwashing away their sins

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/12/08
.

ClimateGate Is Watergate Redux
by Richard Graves

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/12/08-4
.

Food & Water Watch
Water Woes a Product of Inadequate Funding for Infrastructure Upgrades
Statement of Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director of Food & Water Watch

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2009/12/08-12
.

Friends of the Earth – International
Leaked Copenhagen Accord Text Profoundly Unjust

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2009/12/08-2
.

Institute for Public Accuracy
Jobs

http://accuracy.org/newsrelease.php?articleId=2139

New Evidence on Honduran Election

http://accuracy.org/newsrelease.php?articleId=2140
.

FAIR Blog
GOP: Sauce for the Goose Is Terrible for the Gander

*Comment left at link

http://www.fair.org/blog/2009/12/08/gop-sauce-for-the-goose-is-terrible-for-the-gander/
.

DEMOCRACY NOW!
“We Are Having a Hard Time Surviving” Gwich’in Elder Sarah James on How
Climate Change Is Altering Life in the Alaskan Arctic

*Beheading the top of the world

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/12/8/we_are_having_a_hard_time

“Would You Commit Murder?” – 15-Year-Old Maldives Climate Ambassador
Asks World Leaders to Take on Climate Change

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/12/8/would_you_commit_murder_15_year

Report: Burma, Yemen and Vietnam Hardest Hit by Extreme Weather in 2008

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/12/8/report_burma_yemen_and_vietnam_hit

Nigerian Environmentalist Nnimmo Bassey: The Global North Owes a Climate
Debt to Africa

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/12/8/nigerian_environmentalist_nnimmo_bassey_the_global

12/7

FAIR Blog
Forbes Publishes Fiction on Climate Change Debate

http://www.fair.org/blog/2009/12/07/forbes-publishes-fiction-on-climate-change-debate/
.

Was Russian Secret Service Behind Leak of Climate-Change Emails?
FSB accused of paying hackers to discredit scientists after stolen
correspondence traced to server in Siberia
by Shaun Walker
The Independent/UK

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/12/07-6
.

Checkmate: How Joe Lieberman Turned The Public Option Fight On Its Head
by Brian Beutler
TalkingPointsMemo

*”Triggers” for guns pointed at our heads

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/12/07-7
.

Liberals Are Useless
by Chris Hedges

*While you might suss that I’m in general agreement with Hedges’ main
thrust – although I don’t nod approvingly at everything he writes here –
I have to disagree with his description of liberals as useless.

They are extremely useful. To those in power.

They give the illusion of a robust opposition to the right, which the
corpress weaves into a tapestry of lies about competing visions of
American political philosophy, and how this illustrates the health of
our “democracy”.

The reality, of course, is that the patient’s in intensive care, if not
on her deathbed, isn’t she?

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/12/07
.

Cap and Fade
by James Hansen

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/12/07-4
.

The Manufactured Doubt Industry and the Hacked Email Controversy
by Jeff Masters

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/12/07-1
.

Media Monsters Threaten Net Freedom
by Laura Flanders

*Closing the Net

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/12/07-12
.

Fair Trade Organizations
Organizations Question Nestlé’s Commitment to Fair Trade Cocoa

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2009/12/07-1
.

FAIR Blog
The Mac Is Back (Again)!

http://www.fair.org/blog/2009/12/07/the-mac-is-back-again/

Dana Milbank and the Church of Obama

*Comment left at link

http://www.fair.org/blog/2009/12/07/dana-milbank-and-the-church-of-obama/
.

DEMOCRACY NOW!
Climate Countdown: Largest Climate Summit in World History Opens in
Copenhagen

*A listing of a legacy that cannot come to pass

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/12/7/climate_countdown_largest_climate_summit_in

Ahead of Copenhagen Talks, Tens of Thousands Protest Across Europe
Calling for Climate Justice

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/12/7/ahead_of_copenhagen_talks_tens_of

Voices from Africa: Drought, Crop Shortages, Deforestation and
Increasing Number of Climate Refugees Linked to Climate Change

*They pay for our sins

That’d be a sweet deal, but we’re all going down together if we don’t
stop that crime, aren’t we?

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/12/7/voices_from_africa_drought_crop_shortages

Climate Change and the Global South: A Roundtable Discussion

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/12/7/climate_change_and_the_global_south
.

Institute for Public Accuracy
Interviews Available from Copenhagen

*Wouldn’t you add to that “and a ruling class so blinded by greed and
power … “?

http://accuracy.org/newsrelease.php?articleId=2138

12/4

Majority of Americans Think Torture ‘Sometimes’ Justified
New Poll Finds Americans Favor U.S. Isolationism, Acting Alone
by Heather Maher
Radio Free Europe

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/12/04-0
.

Family Planning for the Planet a.k.a. Population Control – Disingenuous
Patriarchy That Does Not Empower Women
by Lucinda Marshall

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/12/04-4
.

Teach (and Treat) Our Children Well
by Deborah J. Vagins

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/12/04-1
,

Free Press
Exposing Comcast’s Hollow ‘Public Interest’ Commitments
Analysis by Leading Consumer Groups Finds ‘Concessions’ in NBC Takeover
Mostly Meaningless

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2009/12/04-14
.

DEMOCRACY NOW!
“The Assassination of Fred Hampton: How the FBI and the Chicago Police
Murdered a Black Panther”

*Sunday on 60 MINUTES

(In a parallel universe)

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/12/4/the_assassination_of_fred_hampton_how
.

Institute for Public Accuracy
Black Unemployment

http://accuracy.org/newsrelease.php?articleId=2137
.

FAIR Blog
Joe Klein: Obama No Reagan

*Comment left at link

http://www.fair.org/blog/2009/12/04/joe-klein-obama-no-reagan/

New Frontiers in Journalism

*Comment left at link

http://www.fair.org/blog/2009/12/03/new-frontiers-in-journalism/

12/3

Copenhagen Climate Change Talks Must Fail, says Top Scientist
Exclusive: World’s leading climate change expert says summit talks so
flawed that deal would be a disaster
by Suzanne Goldenberg
The Guardian/UK

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/12/03-0
.

A Voice from RAWA: Zoya on Afghanistan
by GritTV

http://www.commondreams.org/video/2009/12/03-0
.

History in a Number: Senate Amendment 2837
by Donna Smith

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/12/03-8
.

Obama’s First Nine Months: Change We Can Believe In?
by Gary Olson

*No Obamade served here, thank (insert recognized diety, if any, here)

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/12/03-4
.

Center for Biological Diversity
More Than 400 Conservation, Animal Protection, Peace and Justice Groups
Plead With President Obama to Commute Okinawa Dugong Death Sentence
Letter Calling for Cancellation of Military Base Expansion in Rare Sea
Mammal’s Japanese Habitat Hand-delivered to White House

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2009/12/03-1
.

ACLU to Argue FRIDAY for Kindergartener’s Right to Religious Expression
Before Appeals Court

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2009/12/03-12
.

DEMOCRACY NOW!
NY State Senate Defeats Bill to Legalize Gay Marriage

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/12/3/ny_state_senate_defeats_bill_to

“One Voice for Choice” – FireDogLake Founder Launches Campaign to Target
Dems Supporting Stupak Amendment

*I’d be leery of praising MoveOn for anything, given their history,
wouldn’t you?

And do you notice that in all this talk of a “public option”, Hamsher
never utters the phrase “single payer”?

Why is that,  do you think?

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/12/3/one_voice_for_choice_firedoglake_founder

25 Years After Bhopal Disaster, Survivors Still Seeking Justice

*$2000 for a victim’s death

I wonder how much Warren Anderson pays for one of his country club
memberships

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/12/3/25_years_after_bhopal_disaster_survivors

As Troop Escalation Begins, Relief Groups Decry Militarization of US Aid
to Afghanistan

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/12/3/as_troop_escalation_begins_relief_groups
.

Institute for Public Accuracy
Are Obama and Clinton Being Honest About How Afghan War Began?

*History’s for pussies

Real empires write their own

http://accuracy.org/newsrelease.php?articleId=2136

Scrutinizing U.S. Goals in Afghanistan

*Those bases aren’t just for prosecuting the war, are they?  They’re
part and parcel of the battle over energy resources and the means to
transport them, don’t you think?

http://accuracy.org/newsrelease.php?articleId=2135
.

FAIR Blog
Enter a Parallel World at WashingtonPost.com

http://www.fair.org/blog/2009/12/02/enter-a-parallel-world-at-washingtonpost-com/

12/2

Obama Had Rejected His Own Speech’s Surge Rationale
by Gareth Porter
Inter Press Service

*I’d like to see Porter’s pass to enter Obama’s brain, but still some
useful intel on how these deadly games play out, don’t you think?

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/12/02-0
.

Not So Pretty in Pink
The Uproar Over New Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines
by Barbara Ehrenreich

*Cutting the pink ribbon

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/12/02-2
.

Center for Biological Diversity and 350.org
EPA Petitioned to Cap Carbon Dioxide Pollution at 350 Parts Per Million
Under the Clean Air Act

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2009/12/02-1
.

BanksterUSA/Center for Media and Democracy
It’s Not Such A Wonderful Life, George Bailey Weighs In on the Financial
Crisis

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2009/12/02-3
.

DEMOCRACY NOW!
More War: Obama Unveils Plan to Send 30,000 More Troops to Afghanistan

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/12/2/more_war_obama_unveils_plan_to

Rep. Kucinich on Afghanistan War: “We’re Acting Like a Latter Day
Version of the Roman Empire”

*The man makes sense one minute, then spouts nonsense the next, doesn’t
he?

I guess since nearly all politicians engage almost exclusively in the
latter, he looks good by comparsion, but still …

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/12/2/rep_kucinich_on_afghanistan_war_were

Nir Rosen: “We Managed to Make the Taliban Look Good”

*Rosen says a lot of good things, but again (and again and again and
again), no mention of pipelines and Grand Gamesmanship.

Why is there this blind spot?  It doesn’t exist for Iraq and oil – so
why?

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/12/2/nir_rosen_we_managed_to_make
.

Institute for Public Accuracy
Afghanistan War a “Folly”

http://accuracy.org/newsrelease.php?articleId=2134

12/1

Europeans Could Save Planet for $3 a Day: Study
by Pete Harrison
Reuters

*So little could do so much, and yet …

And that “yet” kills every day, doesn’t it?

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/12/01-8
.

Bhopal Water Still Toxic 25 Years After Deadly Gas Leak, Study Finds
Two reports say scene of 1984 disaster still has alarming levels of
poisons, with one 2,400 times the WHO guideline
by Randeep Ramesh in Delhi
The Guardian/UK

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/12/01-7
.

Tree Plantations Are Not Forests, Women Activists Say
by Marcela Valente
Inter Press Service

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/12/01-12
.

The Campaign Cash Behind the Afghanistan Escalation
by Sue Sturgis
Facing South

*Follow the money

Straight to hell

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/12/01-13
.

Climate Scams Won’t Save the Planet
by Janet Redman

*How do you call yourself an “environmentalist” and still support this
transnational corporate shell game?

People do.

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/12/01-2
.

Worse Than Enron?
Wall Street’s big banks are playing dangerous new accounting games – and
this time taxpayers are on the hook for hundreds of billions. Nomi Prins
uncovers a scandal in the making.
by Nomi Prins

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/12/01
.

Creech Air Force Base: A Place of Disbelief, Confusion and Sadness
by Nancy Mancias

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/12/01-0
.

Institute for Agricultural and Trade Policy (IATP)
Climate Agreement Must Support Shift Toward Sustainable Agriculture
New paper series tackles climate challenges for agriculture

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2009/12/01-15
.

National Priorities Project
Afghanistan Fact Sheet: The Numbers Behind the Troop Increase

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2009/12/01
.

DEMOCRACY NOW!
Hondurans Divided After Coup Backer Wins Presidential Election Boycotted
by Zelaya Supporters

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/12/1/hondurans_divided_after_coup_backer_wins

In Third Week of Hunger Strike, Ailing Western Saharan Human Rights
Activist Aminatou Haidar Demands Moroccan Authorities Allow Her Return
to Occupied Homeland

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/12/1/in_third_week_of_hunger_strike

Study: In Afghan Debate, Few Antiwar Op-Eds in Nation’s Two Leading
Newspapers

*I’d like Moore to list the “great things” Obama has done, wouldn’t you?
And I’d hope his naive supporters would become “disillusioned” – and
goddamn angry at the bastard for betraying them.

That’s a big part of what’s necessary to change the political culture in
this country, isn’t it – to come to the realization that we have a
one-party system with two branches. both dedicated to maintaining the
status quo of inequality and empire that will in the end doom our
species?

You won’t see that view in the NYT or WaPo – or anywhere near often
enough in the “progressive” media, will you?

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/12/1/study_in_afghan_debate_few_antiwar
.

FAIR Blog
‘Ask Amy’ Says Ask Your Rapist If He Raped You

*Comment left at link

http://www.fair.org/blog/2009/12/01/ask-amy-says-ask-your-rapist-if-he-raped-you/

 

Advertisements

Written by Doug Latimer

12/02/2009 at 6:23 PM

Posted in posts

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: