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January 2010

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1/29

EU Farmers Face Genetic Contamination of Seeds
by Julio Godoy
Inter Press Service

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/01/29-1
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Howard Zinn: How I Want to Be Remembered…
by Big Think

http://www.commondreams.org/video/2010/01/29-2
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Hell and Hope in Haiti
by Bill Quigley

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/01/29
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To Curb Climate Change, We Need to Protect Water
An International Rescue Plan for Fresh Water
by Maude Barlow

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/01/29-5
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ACLU
ACLU Calls For Passage Of Equal Pay Legislation On Anniversary Of The
Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act
Paycheck Fairness Act Is Next Step For Equality In The Workplace

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2010/01/29
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FAIR
Action Alert: NPR Finds Right-Wing Crank to Spit on Howard Zinn’s Grave
David Horowitz in ATC obituary with substance-free attack

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2010/01/29-8
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Howard Zinn: On Human Nature and Aggression

http://www.commondreams.org/video/2010/01/27-2
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A Just Cause, Not a Just War
by Howard Zinn

*War is not the answer, but will be declared to be until we learn to ask
the right questions

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/01/28-7
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Obama’s Secret Prisons
Night Raids, Hidden Detention Centers, the “Black Jail”  and the Dogs
of War in Afghanistan
by Anand Gopal

*Worth reading for the horrors revealed, but another piece that only
questions the “how” of this war, and not the “why”.

And the “why” is the bottom line, isn’t it?

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/01/28-11
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NATO’s Role in the Afghanistan Escalation
by Tom Hayden

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/01/28-5
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On the Ground in Port-au-Prince
by Bill Quigley

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/01/28-4
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DEMOCRACY NOW!
Pakistan’s Wealth Divide and Rising Militancy

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/1/29/pakistans_wealth_divide_and_rising_militancy

EXCLUSIVE…Blackwater’s Youngest Victim: Father of 9 Year-Old Killed in
Nisour Square Gives Most Detailed Account of Massacre to Date

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/1/29/exclusiveblackwaters_youngest_victim_father_of_9

From Fracking to Freedom Riders, Documentaries at Sundance Take on Wide
Range of Human Rights & Social Justice Issues

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/1/29/from_fracking_to_freedom_riders_documentaries
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Institute for Public Accuracy
“Deception and Abuse at the Fed”

http://accuracy.org/newsrelease.php?articleId=2168
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FAIR Blog
Action Alert: NPR Brings on David Horowitz to Trash Howard Zinn

*This isn’t spitting on his grave.

Secretions other than saliva are employed here.

Think about this the next pledge drive.

http://www.fair.org/blog/2010/01/29/action-alert-npr-brings-on-david-horowitz-to-trash-howard-zinn/

David Brooks Thinks the Little Guy Isn’t Sacrificing Enough

*You can’t make this stuff up.

But Brooks can, and gets paid handsomely to do so, doesn’t he?

Is this a great country or what?
What.

http://www.fair.org/blog/2010/01/29/david-brooks-thinks-the-little-guy-isnt-sacrificing-enough/

1/28

DEMOCRACY NOW!
Noam Chomsky and Naomi Klein Respond to Obama’s First State of the Union

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/1/28/noam_chomsky_and_naomi_klein_respond

Howard Zinn (1922-2010): A Tribute to the Legendary Historian with Noam
Chomsky, Alice Walker, Naomi Klein and Anthony Arnove

*”History” ™ won’t treat Howard Zinn kindly, if at all

And he’d be aghast if it did, wouldn’t he?

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/1/28/howard_zinn_1922_2010_a_tribute
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Remembering “Suicides”  in the Rotunda
by Jerica Arents

*Howard Zinn would be proud, wouldn’t he?

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/01/27
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The State of My Union Isn’t So Great
by Donna Smith

*Think about this the next time you see some warm and fuzzy insurance or
med corp ad extolling how “We’re there for you”

And I know it won’t be easy, but try not to wretch

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/01/27-7
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ACORN Is Back in the News, but the News Still Gets it Wrong
by John Atlas & Peter Dreier

*Intel here that I haven’t seen in other “progressive” coverage of the
“scandal”

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/01/27-10
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The Historic Cost of the State of the Union: Mr. President, Welcome to
the Saudi Arabia of Coal
by Jeff Biggers

*Worth reading for the main point, but don’t you think Biggers might
have mentioned that The Father of Our Country ™ was a slaveowner when
he quoted him on the evils of that institution?

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/01/27-8
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Military Families Speak Out
Military Families to Obama: Bring All Our Troops Home Now!

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2010/01/27-2
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Howard Zinn

http://accuracy.org/newsrelease.php?articleId=2166

Obama on Healthcare: “Let Me Know”

http://accuracy.org/newsrelease.php?articleId=2167

1/27

DEMOCRACY NOW!
Zelaya to Leave Honduras as Coup Leaders Cleared

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/1/27/honduras

“Casino Jack and the United States of Money” – A Look at Corporate Money
and Politics

*Ain’t democracy grand (larceny)?

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/1/27/casino_jack_and_the_united_states
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FAIR Blog
Healthcare and Budget Reconciliation…Again

*Comments left at link

http://www.fair.org/blog/2010/01/27/healthcare-and-budget-reconciliation-again/
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Institute for Public Accuracy
State of the Union

http://accuracy.org/newsrelease.php?articleId=2165

Supreme Court Ruling Spurs Corporation Run for Congress

*New bumper sticker for a new age:

CORPORATIONS ARE PEOPLE, TOO

http://accuracy.org/newsrelease.php?articleId=2164

1/26

World’s Glaciers Continue to Melt at Historic Rates
Latest figures show the world’s glaciers are continuing to melt so fast
that many will disappear by the middle of this century
by Juliette Jowit
The Guardian/UK

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/01/26-5
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The Value Of Nothing – Raj Patel

*See the DN! segment with Patel posted 1/12

http://www.commondreams.org/video/2010/01/26-0
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Don’t Be Stupid with the Economy
by Dean Baker

*Baker doesn’t challenge capitalism, but he provides some useful intel,
and so I think this is worth posting.

And so I am.

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/01/26-4
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Bagram: The Annotated Prisoner List (A Cooperative Project)
by Andy Worthington

*I appreciate Worthington’s work on this, but the way he ends this piece
bothers me.

He seems to imply that everyone imprisoned by the US falls into one of
three categories:  an innocent, an insurgent due to poverty, or a
“radical”, doesn’t he?

Is willingly taking up arms to defend your family and your country
against an occupier the definition of a “radical”?  That appears to be
the implication, doesn’t it?

I’m not trying to make every member of the insurgency into a national
hero – many innocents have died by their hands.  But many don’t give a
damn about “radical Islam”, and are fighting against those who want to
control their resources and government, aren’t they?

Shouldn’t he make that clear?

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/01/26-5
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Bounties for War Criminals: We Should Not ‘Move On’ from Mass Murder
Chilcot and the courts won’t do it, so it is up to us to show that we
won’t let an illegal act of mass murder go unpunished
by George Monbiot

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/01/26-7
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Obama: Cut Domestic, Increase Military

http://accuracy.org/newsrelease.php?articleId=2162
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DEMOCRACY NOW!
National Broadcast Exclusive…Almost Deported Before the Quake, Haitian
New Yorker Jean Montrevil Speaks Out

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/1/26/national_broadcast_exclusivealmost_deported_before_the

1/25

Institute for Public Accuracy
Haiti, Costa Rica and Militarization

http://accuracy.org/newsrelease.php?articleId=2161
1/24

Legacy of War: Iraq Littered With High Levels of Nuclear and Dioxin
Contamination, Study Finds
* Greater rates of cancer and birth defects near sites * Depleted
uranium among poisons revealed in report
by Martin Chulov in Baghdad
The Guardian/UK

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/01/23-2
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Remembering La Gloria
by GRAIN

*Swine flu and the two-footed pigs who perpetrated it

http://www.commondreams.org/video/2010/01/24
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Occupation in Humanitarian Clothing
by Jesse Hagopian

*Clinton’s channeling of Marie Antoinette pretty much sums up the moral
turpitude of our gummint, doesn’t it?  Call it a fashion runway to hell.

Instead of water, the people of Haiti get a supersized serving of
Obamade.  You can’t drink it, but you can drown in it, can’t you?

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/01/24

1/22

FAIR Blog
Paul Harvey’s Attempted Hoax Was Beginning of Beautiful Friendship

*And that’s … the rest of the story.

http://www.fair.org/blog/2010/01/23/paul-harveys-attempted-hoax-was-beginning-of-beautiful-friendship/

‘You Can’t Write These Things About People You Respect’

*Comment left at link

http://www.fair.org/blog/2010/01/22/you-cant-write-these-things-about-people-you-respect/
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Judges Urge Congress to Act on Indefinite Terrorism Detentions
by Chisun Lee
ProPublica

*You have to ask why no advocates for the prisoners are quoted in this
piece, don’t you?

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/01/22-7
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One Quarter of US Grain Crops Fed to Cars – Not People, New Figures Show
New analysis of 2009 US Department of Agriculture figures suggests
biofuel revolution is impacting on world food supplies
by John Vidal
The Guardian/UK

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/01/22-3
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Revisiting The Shock Doctrine in the Wake of Haiti Disaster
by Naomi Klein

*Do-it-yourself democracy

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/01/22-11
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Whose Rights? Challenging Corporate Power
A new Supreme Court decision promotes corporate rights at the expense of
the rights of citizens. Changing the legal structure itself may be the
best way to protect democracy.
by Thomas Linzey, Mari Margil
YES! Magazine

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/01/21-8
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Obama at One: Little Surprising in Absence of Progressive Social
Movement
by Howard Zinn

*Well, they asked

“Well, whatever “high point” there’s been is so low it defies the
description, don’t you think?

I think we’ve exchanged “Dear Leader” for “Dear Misleader” and his
“Audacity of ‘Nope'”.

He is a mass murderer, as all Presidents have been.  Many people die due
to his actions and inaction.

No hyperbole – just the facts, ma’am, wouldn’t you say?

And many people die due to *our* inaction, don’t they?  As long as we
accept as acceptable this power structure and economic system that puts
profit uber alles, they, and we, will continue to be sheep led to
slaughter.

We have to do what our conscience demands and our courage allows, and
never be satisfied with the limits of either.

Isn’t that what it is – or should be – all about?”

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/01/21-7
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Covering Haiti: When the Media Is the Disaster
by Rebecca Solnit

*Victimizing the victims

“We Report – We Decide”

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/01/21-9
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Americans for Safe Access
California Supreme Court Strikes Limits for Medical Marijuana Patients
Exemption from arrest and prosecution upheld for state-issued ID
cardholders

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2010/01/21-21
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DEMOCRACY NOW!
In Landmark Campaign Finance Ruling, Supreme Court Removes Limits on
Corporate Campaign Spending

*Pretty galling to hear Dear Misleader trying to sound all populist,
when he took many millions from these corps for his campaign, and will
again – if they deem him re-electable, which is looking increasingly
unlikely, isn’t it?

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/1/22/in_landmark_campaign_finance_ruling_supreme

Security “Red Zones” in Haiti Preventing Large Aid Groups from
Effectively Distributing Aid

*The thought occurs to me …

Is the aid being held up deliberately, to make folks more desperate, so
that the nation can be portrayed as “unstable”, and in need of
intervention?

What do you think?

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/1/22/security_red_zones_in_haiti_preventing

Tè Tremblé: Journey to the Epicenter of the Earthquake

*What will the money from all the concerts and telethons and text
messages do for these people, and when?

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/1/22/t_trembl_journey_to_the_epicenter

1/21

Military to Lawmakers: Next Round’s on Me
by Alexandra Andrews
ProPublica

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/01/20-10
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Whistleblower Reveals How Health Insurers Can Game New Insurance Bill
Though Senate bill cuts ‘pre-existing conditions,’ it still allows
insurance companies to create ‘pre-existing’ categories to raise rates
by Brad Jacobson
Raw Story

*Nothing quite says “Made in USA” like this, does it?

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/01/20-5
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Colbert Report Takes Down Big Coal: Save the Endangered Hillbilly
by Jeff Biggers

http://www.commondreams.org/video/2010/01/20
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Building Hope in the Time of Obama
by Joseph Nevins

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/01/20-8
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DEMOCRACY NOW!
In Haiti, Stories of Desperation and Courage: Young Woman Fights for Her
Life After Being Pulled from the Rubble

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/1/21/in_haiti_stories_of_desperation_and

“She Had a Desire to Live I Have Never Seen” – Rescue Worker Describes
Pulling Woman Out of Rubble 7 Days After Haiti Quake

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/1/21/she_had_a_desire_to_live

Bottled Water Supplies in Port-au-Prince Airport Being Distributed…to
US Embassy

*Why do the words of Marie Antoinette spring to mind?

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/1/21/bottled_water_supplies_in_port_au

Earthquake Frees Haitian Prisoners from Port-au-Prince Jail, 80% Never
Charged with a Crime

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/1/21/earthquake_frees_haitian_prisoners_from_port

John Bonifaz on the Democrats’ Stunning Loss in Massachusetts and the
Forthcoming Supreme Court Ruling on Corporate Financing of Elections

*Much foolishness on iconizing Kennedy – and isn’t the term “progressive
Democrat” an oxymoron – but the point’s clear:  the party was always
corporate, but it doesn’t even make a pretense of populism these days,
does it?

So how about all those “progressive Democrats” jumping ship and starting
something that would be logically consistent with their stated goals?
I’d still look askance at it, as it wouldn’t go nearly far enough, but
even a half-assed alternative to the sewage pit that is the Democratic
Party would be better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick,
wouldn’t it?

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/1/21/john_bonifaz_on_the_democrats_stunning
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FAIR Blog
O’Reilly’s Lament: We Can’t Make Fun of Arabs Anymore

*Comments left at link

http://www.fair.org/blog/2010/01/21/oreillys-lament-we-cant-make-fun-of-arabs-anymore/
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Torture: * Prosecution * Protest

http://accuracy.org/newsrelease.php?articleId=2159

Supreme Court OKs Unlimited Corporate Campaign Money

*Money doesn’t talk
It roars

http://accuracy.org/newsrelease.php?articleId=2158

1/20

DEMOCRACY NOW!
With Foreign Aid Still at a Trickle, Devastated Port-au-Prince General
Hospital Struggles to Meet Overwhelming Need

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/1/20/devastated_port_au_prince_hospital_struggles

Journalist Kim Ives on How Western Domination Has Undermined Haiti’s
Ability to Recover from Natural Devastation

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/1/20/journalist_kim_ives_on_how_decades

Casting Doubt on US Claims of Suicide, Attorney Scott Horton Reveals 3
Gitmo Prisoners Died After Torture at Secret Site

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/1/20/casting_doubt_on_us_claims_of
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Institute for Public Accuracy
“The Real Looting in Haiti”

http://accuracy.org/newsrelease.php?articleId=2157

1/19

Profiting from Haiti’s Crisis: Disaster Capitalism in Washington’s
Backyard
by Toward Freedom 
by Benjamin Dangl

*”Virtuous” vultures

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/01/19-0
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The War Against Nature Resumes
by George Monbiot

*Human beings are the only species wilfully incapable of reason

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/01/19-2
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We Have Met the Enemy – and They’re Not in Yemen
by Sandy LeonVest

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/01/19-8
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Haiti: “Militarization Hinders Relief”

http://accuracy.org/newsrelease.php?articleId=2156
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DEMOCRACY NOW!
Doctor: Misinformation and Racism Have Frozen Recovery Effort at General
Hospital in Port-au-Prince

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/1/19/doctor_misinformation_and_racism_have_frozen

US Accused of Militarizing Relief Effort in Haiti

*Gunning for control
Fuck the butter

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/1/19/us_accused_of_militarizing_relief_effort

“Haiti is Shaken to the Core”: Amy Goodman Reports from Port-au-Prince

Actor and Activist Danny Glover on Legacy of US-Haitian Relations Dating
Back to 1804

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/1/19/actor_and_activist_danny_glover_on

“Haiti is Like Gaza”: Sharif Abdel Kouddous on Haiti a Week After the
Earthquake

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/1/19/haiti_is_like_gaza_sharif_abdel

Haitian Feminist Leader Myriam Merlet (1953-2010)

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/1/19/haitian_feminist_leader_myriam_merlet_1953

1/18

DEMOCRACY NOW!
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 1929-1968

*(I wrote this last year, just before the inauguration.  I wish there
were a need to update it, but there isn’t, is there?)

These words will not be part of the “mainstream” celebration of his life
and work today. They don’t fit into the comfortable iconography
constructed to ensure they pose no threat to those in power.

Listen to them … to remind yourself that what occurs in Washington
tomorrow bears no relation to them.

Then strive as best you can to ensure that what occurs after that does.

http://democracynow.org/2010/1/18/dr_martin_luther_king_jr_1929

Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence
Declaration of Independence from the War in Vietnam
by Martin Luther King, Jr.

*Full text

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/01/19-13

1/17

*Here’s a list of smaller groups, other than Oxfam, with a rep for
getting the right help where it’s needed, as an alternative to giving to
the likes of the Bush and Clinton foundations (the bile rises in my
throat every time I see them with “Dear Misleader”):

http://community.webtv.net/unlikelysource/haitirelief

I got the bulk from the “Starfish and Seawalls” piece posted Friday.*

1/15

Homeowners Say Banks Not Following Rules for Loan Modifications
by Paul Kiel
ProPublica

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/01/15-1
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Arctic Permafrost Leaking Methane at Record Levels, Figures Show
Experts say methane emissions from the Arctic have risen by almost
one-third in just five years, and that sharply rising temperatures are
to blame
by David Adam
The Guardian/UK

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/01/15-2
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Obama Confidant’s Spine-Chilling Proposal
by Glenn Greenwald

*I’m bothered by Greenwald’s seeming acceptance that the end is good –
at least regarding Obama’s healthcare policy – but that the means to
achieve it are dangerous.

They’re both pretty goddamn scary, aren’t they?

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/01/15-13
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Where’s the Outrage Over Obama’s Health Care Propagandist, Jonathan
Gruber?
by John Stauber

*Hypocrisy’s a biparty animal, ain’t it?

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/01/15-5
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Starfish and Seawalls: Responding to Haiti’s Earthquake, Now and
Long-Term
by Mark Schuller

*How to get the right help where it’s needed

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/01/15-11
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Obama’s Latest Ruse: The Bank Tax
by Alan Nasser

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/01/15-7
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666 to 1: The US Military, al-Qaeda, and a War of Futility
by Tom Engelhardt & Nick Turse

*Useful intel, but the “War on Terror” ™ isn’t about defeating
al-Qaeda, is it?

It’s about maintaining and expanding empire, isn’t it?  Terrorism is an
excuse – as were “weapons of mass destruction” – to access resources and
build and protect the means to deliver them, while preventing US rivals
from doing the same.

Hard to understand how this isn’t even mentioned, isn’t it?

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/01/15-0
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Coakley’s Corporate Connection
by Russell Mokhiber

*Party favors for a price

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/01/15-10
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Cuba is Missing… From US Reports on the International Response to
Haiti’s Earthquake
by Dave Lindorff

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/01/15-6
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Haiti: * Debt * Aristide * Letting Haitians Stay

http://accuracy.org/newsrelease.php?articleId=2154

Martin Luther King’s Relevance Today

*A holiday for a hoax

http://accuracy.org/newsrelease.php?articleId=2155
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FAIR Blog
MLK: ‘There’s Something Wrong With That Press!’

*Comment left at link

http://www.fair.org/blog/2010/01/15/mlk-theres-something-wrong-with-that-press/

Heartless, Patronizing Haiti Pundits

*Comments left at link

http://www.fair.org/blog/2010/01/15/heartless-patronizing-haiti-pundits/
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DEMOCRACY NOW!
Earthquake Survivors Dying as Aid Struggles to Reach Haiti

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/1/15/earthquake_survivors_dying_as_aid_struggles

“Bush Was Responsible for Destroying Haitian Democracy” – Randall
Robinson on Obama Tapping Bush to Co-Chair US Relief Efforts

*Obama’s dips into the Orwell once more

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/1/15/bush_was_responsible_for_destroying_haitian

NBA’s Only Haitian-Born Player Samuel Dalembert Donates $100,000 in
Support of Relief Efforts

*Rush should know from prostitutes, shouldn’t he?  He’s been pimping for
corporate enslavers and mass murderers since Hector was a pup.

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/1/15/nbas_only_haitian_born_player_samuel

1/14

Haitian Earthquake: Made in the USA
Why the Blood Is on Our Hands
by Ted Rall

*Making the world safe for kleptocracy

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/01/14-13
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Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR)
Statement on President Obama’s Financial Crisis Responsibility Fee

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2010/01/14-11
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FAIR Blog
MSNBC Goes to a Suspect Source on Iranian Scientist’s Killing

http://www.fair.org/blog/2010/01/14/msnbc-goes-to-a-suspect-source-on-iranian-scientists-killing/

Robertson: Haitians Signed Up for Catastrophe

*Comment left at link

http://www.fair.org/blog/2010/01/14/robertson-haitians-signed-up-for-catastrophe/
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DEMOCRACY NOW!
“The Sound of Screaming Is Constant” – Haiti Devastated by Massive
Earthquake, Desperate Search for Survivors Continues

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/1/14/the_sound_of_screaming_is_constant

Report from Haiti: Desperate Call for Aid with Rescue Equipment,
Medicine, Food & Water in Short Supply

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/1/14/haiti_desperate_for_aid_with_rescue

US Policy in Haiti Over Decades “Lays the Foundation for Why Impact of
Natural Disaster Is So Severe”

Naomi Klein Issues Haiti Disaster Capitalism Alert: Stop Them Before
They Shock Again

*Help Haiti?  The US mantra has been “Help yourself to Haiti”, hasn’t
it?

And this tragedy is an opportunity for more of the same.

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/1/14/us_policy_in_haiti_over_decades

Rep. Maxine Waters on US Response to Haiti Crisis

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/1/14/rep_maxine_waters_on_us_response

1/13

The People vs. Cap-and-Trade
by James Hansen
SolveClimate

Much sense made by Hansen, but:

Waxman, Markey, Kerry and Boxer should never have the terms “honorable”
or “environmentalist” associated with them, should they?

Why should the dividend be the same for everyone?  Shouldn’t it be based
on need – the flip side of how a progressive income tax works (or should
work)?

Nuclear power?  Jesus, Mary and Joseph – talk about a “special
interest”.

And Hansen bases his proposal on a “rational” capitalism, which is a
dicey proposition, isn’t it?

http://www.commondreams.org/headlline/2010/01/13-5
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Economic Rights, Then and Now
January 11th, 2010 marked the 66th anniversary of FDR’s Economic Bill of
Rights.
by Susan Feiner

*I could do without the FDR nostalgia, but Feiner makes a salient point
about the insanity of state deficit policies, doesn’t she?

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/01/13-9
.

Institute for Public Accuacy
Haiti Earthquake

http://accuracy.org/newsrelease.php?articleId=2152
.

DEMOCRACY NOW!
Haiti Devastated by Largest Earthquake in 200 Years, Thousands Feared
Dead

*Horrors natural and planned

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/1/13/haiti_devastated_by_largest_earthquake_in

ICE Officials Accused of Covering Up Immigrant Deaths in Detention

*”Illegal” immigration and immoral incarceration

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/1/13/ice_officials_accused_of_covering_up

1/12

Makeover to Turn Guam Into Key US Fortress
by Dario Agnote
The Japan Times Online

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/01/12
.

Wal-Mart, the US Retailer Taking Over the World by Stealth
by Andrew Clark in Bentonville, Arkansas
The Guardian/UK

*Cuba?

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/01/12-7
.

Police Fight Cellphone Recordings
Witnesses taking audio of officers arrested, charged with illegal
surveillance
by Daniel Rowinski
The Boston Globe

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/01/12-5
.

Obama Received $20 Million from Healthcare Industry in 2008 Campaign
Almost three times the amount given to McCain
by Brad Jacobson
Raw Story

*They got who they paid for, didn’t they?

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/01/12-9
.

Losing the Internet as We Know It
by Megan Tady

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/01/12-9
.

Avatar and the Genocides We Will Not See
Cameron’s blockbuster half-tells a story we would all prefer to forget
by George Monbiot

*Revering and reliving our saintly slaughters

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/01/12-4
.

Institute for Public Accuracy
Suicide Rate for Vets Increases

http://accuracy.org/newsrelease.php?articleId=2151
.

DEMOCRACY NOW!
Federal Appeals Court Hears Arguments in Landmark Apartheid Reparations
Case

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/1/12/federal_appeals_court_hears_arguments_in

Prosecutors Target Northwestern Journalism Students Working on
Exonerating Wrongfully Convicted Prisoners

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/1/12/prosecutors_target_northwestern_journalism_students_working

Despite a US Supreme Court Ban, Texas Continues to Send Mentally
Retarded Criminals to Death Row

*An issue of moral deficiency and well as mental deficiency, don’t you
think?

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/1/12/despite_a_us_supreme_court_ban

Raj Patel on “The Value of Nothing: How to Reshape Market Society and
Redefine Democracy”

*You can’t scan your humanity at checkout, can you?

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/1/12/raj_patel_on_the_value_of

1/11

Labor Leader: Democrats Inviting Historic Electoral Losses
by Sam Stein
Huffington Post

*”It is a meeting among friends”

With a friend like that …

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/01/11-8
.

Wall Street Will Be Back For More
by Chris Hedges

*Greeding frenzy in a sea of sociopaths

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/01/11-2
.

Carbon Trading Nonsense
by Rachel Smokler & Gary Houser

*Washing away the greenwash

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/01/11
.

The Shadow War: Making Sense of the New CIA Battlefield in Afghanistan
by Tom Engelhardt & Nick Turse

*Worth reading for the intel, but don’t you get the sense that the
authors don’t condemn “the mission” so much as think it’s being carried
out ineffectively?

Am I off here?

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/01/11-7
.

Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR)
Former Detainees Boumediene and Deghayes Address President Obama on
Guantañamo Anniversary
Human Rights Attorneys and Activists Hold Rally, March and Briefing to
Demand Closure of Base and Oppose Preventive Detention in U.S.

*Empty promises from a barren conscience

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2010/01/11-7
.

DEMOCRACY NOW!
White Power USA: The Rise of Right-Wing Militias in America

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/1/11/white_power_usa_the_rise_of

One Year After Israeli Assault on Gaza, Survivors from Samouni Family
Remember the Tragedy that Killed 29

*It speaks for itself – as does the fact that our tax dollars pay for
these atrocities, don’t they?

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/1/11/one_year_after_israeli_assault_on
.

FAIR Extra!
Freedom Forum CEO Tied to For-Profit Prisons
An advocate for–and against–freedom of information
By Beau Hodai

http://www.fair.org/index.php?page=3985

The (In)dispensable Public
Public opinion mainly a prop for corporate press
By Janine Jackson

*The corpress tell us what to think, and then tell us what they say we
think

Think about it

http://www.fair.org/index.php?page=3986

1/8

Proposed Amnesty Serves to Whitewash Honduran Coup, CEPR Co-Director
Says
Vote Expected Next Week to Absolve Honduran Military of Crimes, Even as
Murders Continue
by Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) 

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/01/08-8
.

Hope Has Left the Building
by Arun Gupta

*Might be a good idea to get this photocopied and have ready to hand to
any “progressive” who breath smells of Obamade, don’t you think?

Not that it would do a goddamn bit of good in most cases.

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/01/08-9
.

No Army, No Prison and No Wall Can Stop Us
A Letter from Nonviolent Resistance Activist from Ofer Military
Detention Camp
by Abdallah Abu Rahmah

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/01/08-4
.

Uganda’s Anti-LGBT Bill: Facing Hate and Hegemony
by Michelle Chen

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/01/08-7
.

Cimate SOS / BeyondTalk.net
Call to Action: Nonviolent Resistance to Carbon Trading
Next Wave Begins: Confronting The Source of Copenhagen’s Failure
Activists call for climate justice outside Carbon Trading Summit, warn
that carbon trading will fail to stop climate change

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2010/01/08-6
.

Physicians for a National Health Program
As Probation Ends for ‘Baucus 8,’ Group Vows to Press for Single-Payer
Health Reform

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2010/01/08-12
.

Amnesty International
Israeli Detention of Palestinian Activists Must End

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2010/01/08-10
.

DEMOCRACY NOW!
“Blackwatergate” – Private Military Firm in Firestorm of Controversy
over Involvements in Iraq, Afghanistan and Germany

*”Endangering the mission” – as if “the mission” is somehow legitimate,
and there just needs to be some “cleanup” to make everything all nice
and human-rights friendly.

Jesus … fucking … Christ.

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/1/8/blackwatergate_private_military_firm_in_firestorm

After Years in Guantanamo Prison Without Charge, Future Even More
Uncertain for Yemeni Detainees

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/1/8/after_years_in_guantanamo_prison_without

“I Am More Than Just a Virus, I Am a Human Being” – HIV-Positive Dutch
Man Among First to Visit US Legally After 22-Year Ban

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/1/8/i_am_more_than_just_a

1/7

Geithner’s New York Fed Pushed AIG to Keep Sweetheart Deals Secret
by Shahien Nasiripour
The Huffington Post

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/01/07-5
.

Promises, Promises: Should This Congress and This President Learn from a
Little Lip Reading?
by Donna Smith

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/01/07-9
.

Media Vultures Are Coming: Freedom of Expression at Risk
by Ramzy Baroud

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/01/07-0
.

Oxfam International
World Needs to Act Now to Prevent New Sudan War, Ten Aid Agencies Warn
The rest of the world has largely overlooked this suffering

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2010/01/07
.

Human Rights Watch (HRW)
US: 1 in 10 Children in Juvenile Facilities Report Sexual Abuse by Staff
Justice Department Should Issue Prison Rape Standards

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2010/01/07-3
.

DEMOCRACY NOW!
Viva Palestina Aid Convoy Arrives in Gaza, George Galloway Describes
“Desperate” Situation

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/1/7/viva_palestina_aid_convoy_arrives_in

Chris Dodd Announces Retirement, Possible Successor Tim Johnson’s Credit
Card Stance Worries Consumer Groups

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/1/7/chris_dodd_announces_retirement_possible_successor

A Look at the Future of TV: Media Consolidation Opponent Byron Dorgan to
Retire, Comcast Takeover of NBC Under Review

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/1/7/media_consolidation_opponent_byron_dorgan_to

Why Is the Whistleblower Who Exposed the Massive UBS Tax Evasion Scheme
the Only One Heading to Prison?

*Use a conscience, go to jail

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/1/7/why_is_the_whistleblower_who_exposed

1/6

Cancer – The Deadly Legacy of the Invasion of Iraq
by Jalal Ghazi

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/01/06
.

Blowback Effect: The World in 2020
by Michael T. Klare

*You don’t have to fully agree with Klare’s analysis to glean some
useful intel here, do you?

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/01/06-0
.

DEMOCRACY NOW!
US-Led Forces Accused of Executing Schoolchildren in Afghanistan

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/1/6/us_led_forces_accused_of_executing

“Obama Has Kept the Machine Set on Kill” – Journalist and Activist Allan
Nairn Reviews Obama’s First Year in Office

*Shame Nairn isn’t hosting the show, isn’t it?

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/1/6/obama_has_kept_the_machine_set
.

FAIR Action Alert
Washington Post Lets Lobbyists Write Its Stories
Anti-Social Security outfit does propaganda, not journalism

http://www.fair.org/index.php?page=3991

1/5

New Revelations Tear Holes in Nuclear Trigger Story
by Gareth Porter
Inter Press Service

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/01/05-8
.

The Airport Scanner Scam
by James Ridgeway

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/01/05-6
.

True Sustainability Needs an Ethical Revolution
by Michael Nelson & John Vucetich

*You can’t buy a conscience
But you can sell it

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/01/05-8
.

It’s Our Lives, It’s Our Money: Do Health Reform In the Sunshine
by Donna Smith

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/01/05-11
.

The Road to Healthcare is Paved with Bad Intentions
by Randall Amster

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/01/05
.

Judge Health Reform on Care it Delivers to People, Not Subsidies it
Passes to Private Insurers
by Marcy Wheeler

*Money for next to nothing

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/01/05-9
.

After this 60-year Feeding Frenzy, Earth Itself has Become Disposable
Consumerism has, as Huxley feared, changed all of us – we’d rather hop
to a brave new world than rein in our spending
by George Monbiot

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/01/05-7
.

Welcome to Orwell’s World
Obama’s lies over the Afghanistan war remind us of the lessons of
Nineteen Eighty-Four
by John Pilger

*Keeping it real in a world of perception management, don’t you think?

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/01/05-2
.

Institute for Public Accuracy
Roots of Terrorism

http://accuracy.org/newsrelease.php?articleId=2150
.

DEMOCRACY NOW!
Dr. Atul Gawande on Real Healthcare Reform, Why Solitary Confinement Is
Torture, and His New Book, “The Checklist Manifesto”

*I’d had liked to have heard more on the diverging views of the
Massachusetts system, wouldn’t you?

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/1/5/dr_atul_gawande_on_real_health

1/4

Swimming in Natural Gas: The Greenwashing of an Industry
by Adam Federman
Earth Island Journal

*”Environmentally friendly”?

For Sierra, make that “friendly ‘environmentalists'”

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/01/04-8
.

Use of Potentially Harmful Chemicals Kept Secret Under Law
by Lyndsey Layton
The Washington Post

*Dirty big secrets

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/01/04-3
.

Why Democrats Are Trying to Commit Electoral Suicide
by Ian Welsh

*The Demorats are, and always have been, a literal class act, haven’t
they?

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/01/04-10
.

An American World of War
What to Watch for in 2010
by Tom Engelhardt & Nick Turse

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/01/04-0
.

The Pictures of War You Aren’t Supposed to See
by Chris Hedges

*War is war.  Dead is dead.

Read this.  It says it as well as anything.

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/01/04-1
.

Food Rules: A Completely Different Way To Fix The Health Care Crisis
by Michael Pollan

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/01/04-9
.

Means and Ways to Build a Sustainable Food System
by Jen Dalton

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/01/04-7
.

The Handmaid’s Tale Comes to Life (and Death)
by Lucinda Marshall

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/01/04-5
.

Free Press
Free Press, Consumer Groups Call on Antitrust Authorities and Congress
to Investigate ‘TV Everywhere’
New Report Shows Cable and Media Giants Colluding to Kill Competition
for Online TV

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2010/01/04-2
.

ACLU
Airline Security Should Protect Americans’ Rights While Protecting Their
Safety, Says ACLU
Racial Profiling and Body Scanners Target Civil Liberties but Not
Necessarily Terrorists

*Flight risk to freedoms

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2010/01/04-4
.

FAIR Blog
Afghan Civilians and the Value of Anonymity

*Comment left at link

http://www.fair.org/blog/2010/01/04/afghan-civilians-and-the-value-of-anonymity/
.

DEMOCRACY NOW!
Patrick Cockburn: Threats to Yemen Prove America Hasn’t Learned the
Lesson of History

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/1/4/patrick_cockburn_threats_to_yemen_prove

Judge Dismisses All Charges Against Blackwater Guards in Nisoor Square
Massacre

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/1/4/judge_dismisses_all_charges_against_blackwater

Move Your Money: Project Urges People to Transfer Money Out of Nation’s
Largest Banks Into Local Community Banks

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/1/4/move_your_money_project_urges_people

Greek PM George Papandreou on Global Warming, Socialism and Democracy

*Don’t know how you call yourself a socialist and see any positive role
for “the market”, do you?

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/1/4/greem_pm_george_papandreou_on_global
.

Institute for Public Accuracy
Americans Attacked in Cairo over Gaza March; Video Available

http://accuracy.org/newsrelease.php?articleId=2149

1/1/10

The Real Top Ten Stories of the Past Decade
by Robert Freeman

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/01/01-0

 

 

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01/02/2010 at 7:06 PM

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