May 2010

 

5/31

Nigeria’s Agony Dwarfs the Gulf Oil Spill. The US and Europe Ignore It
The Deepwater Horizon disaster caused headlines around the world, yet
the people who live in the Niger delta have had to live with
environmental catastrophes for decades
by John Vidal, environment editor
The Observer/UK

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/05/30-0
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Israel Attacks Gaza Aid Fleet
by Al Jazeera English

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/05/31
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Veterans For Peace’s Response to Armed Attack on Aid Flotilla
VFP member Ret. Colonel Ann Wright is one of the members of the Flotilla

*American weapons

American complicity

American shame

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2010/05/31-0
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Israel Attacks on Aid Ships Called Aggression

http://accuracy.org/newsrelease.php?articleId=2254
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DEMOCRACY NOW!
Noam Chomsky: “The Center Cannot Hold: Rekindling the Radical
Imagination”

*No need to skinny you on the value of the intel extant, is there?

Please read and think about

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/5/31/headlines
 

5/30

FAIR Blog
Kristof’s ‘Simplest Option’ for Ending Poverty: Blame the Poor

*New comment at link

http://www.fair.org/blog/2010/05/24/kristofs-simplest-option-for-ending-poverty-blame-the-poor/

5/28

FAIR Blog
The BP Spill Is Not as Complicated as David Brooks Wants You to Think

*Comment left at link

http://www.fair.org/blog/2010/05/28/the-bp-spill-is-not-as-complicated-as-david-brooks-wants-you-to-think/
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Is The President The Kind of Leader Chairman Mao Warned Us About?
by Danny Schechter

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/05/28-3
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Gaza Flotilla: This is What Smart Strategy Looks Like
by Ira Chernus

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/05/28-0
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Fake ACORN Pimp Pleads Guilty; the New Yorker Adds its Voice to the
Anti-ACORN Story
by John Atlas

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/05/28-7
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Israel Threatening to Stop “Freedom Flotilla” to Gaza

http://accuracy.org/newsrelease.php?articleId=2253
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DEMOCRACY NOW!
BP Oil Spill Confirmed as Worst in US History; Environmental Groups
Challenge Continued Oil Operations in Gulf Excluded from New Moratorium

Rep. Raul Grijalva: New Deployment of National Guard to US-Mexico Border
Is Election-Year “Political Symbolism”

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/5/28/bp_oil_spill_confirmed_as_worst

Chevron Has 5 Activists Arrested and Bars Entry to Global Victims of Its
Practices at Annual Shareholders’ Meeting

*The “human energy” Chevron doesn’t want to flow

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/5/28/chevron_has_5_activists_arrested_and

Critics: Rising Jamaican Death Toll Rooted in So-Called “War on Drugs”

*Hooked on thugs

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/5/28/as_jamaican_toll_rises

5/27

FAIR Blog
Managed News From the Gulf of Mexico

*Well, they’re pros when it comes to one type of damage control, aren’t
they?

Priorities is priorities.

http://www.fair.org/blog/2010/05/27/managed-news-from-the-gulf-of-mexico/
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Quantifying Culture
by Linh Dinh

*Put the pedal to the metal, count the miles and watch the world go die

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/05/27-5
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BP CEO Supports a Boycott?
by Robert Weissman

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/05/27
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DEMOCRACY NOW!
Coast Guard Grounds Ships Involved in Spill Cleanup After 7 Fall Ill; BP
Reportedly Preventing Fishermen from Wearing Respirators

*This is a farce from every quarter, and anyone who still holds a
scintilla of respect for Dear Misleader and his corporate cabinet is a
complete and utter fool, don’t you think?

Wouldn’t you want to see them and the BP and other corp execs forced to
do cleanup without respirators?

I imagine there’s a shitpot full of shrimpers and other fucked folks who
would.

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/5/27/coast_guard_grounds_ships_involved_in

Renowned Marine Biologist Carl Safina on the BP Oil Spill’s Ecological
Impact on the Gulf Coast and Worldwide

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/5/27/expert_ecological_impact_of_spill_could

Historian Bruce Cumings: US Stance on Korea Ignores Tensions Rooted in
65-Year-Old Conflict; North Korea Sinking Could Be Response to November
’09 South Korea Attack

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/5/27/nk

5/26

FAIR Blog
Baltic Money Is Doing Great! Baltic People, Well…

*Comment left at link

http://www.fair.org/blog/2010/05/26/baltic-money-is-doing-great-baltic-people-well/
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Holding Banks Responsible by Community Organizing
by Anuja Seith
New American Media

*Taking it to the banks by taking it out of them

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/05/26-2
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End of Alaotra Grebe Is Further Evidence of Sixth Great Extinction
Species are vanishing quicker than at any point in the last 65 million
years
by Michael McCarthy, Environment Editor
The Independent/UK

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/05/26-3
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Nets Slung Around Apple Factories to Deter Suicidal Employees
by Malcolm Moore
The Sydney Morning Herald

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/05/26-4
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When Did Teachers Become the Enemy?
by Richard Greenwald

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/05/26-9
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Those Irrational, Misled, Conspiratorial Muslims
by Glenn Greenwald

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/05/26-7
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Disclosing the Meekness of the “DISCLOSE” Bill
by Jim Hightower

*I think this has a lot more to do with collusion than cowardice, don’t
you?

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/05/26-2
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Center for Biological Diversity
Controversial Salazar ‘Moratorium’ on Gulf Drilling Was Only Verbal
Gov. Prof: ‘so ridiculous that it defies understanding;’ Law Prof:
‘moratorium does not even cover the dangerous drilling that caused the
problem in the first place’

*Liar Liar
“Watchdog” for hire

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2010/05/26
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DEMOCRACY NOW!
Ahead of Pivotal Attempt to Plug Leak, BP Acknowledges “Fundamental
Mistake” in Hours Before Rig Explosion

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/5/26/ahead_of_pivotal_attempt_to_plug

BP Played Central Role in Botched Containment of 1989 Exxon Valdez
Disaster

Disasters in Gulf Coast, West Virginia Spur Calls for Criminal
Prosecutions of Corporate Execs

*In any fair system, there would be a law against drilling while
intoxicated with greed

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/5/26/bp_played_central_role_in_botched

After Over 14 Years in Peruvian Prison, Jailed US Activist Lori Berenson
Ordered Freed on Parole

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/5/26/after_over_14_years_in_peruvian

5/25

Institute for Public Accuracy
General Petraeus’ Secret Ops

http://accuracy.org/newsrelease.php?articleId=2250
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Long-Term Unemployment: No Help for the 99ers
by Arthur Delaney
The Huffington Post

*Jobbing the jobless

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/05/25-1
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McChrystal Strategy Shifts to Raids – and Wali Karzai
by Gareth Porter
Inter Press Service

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/05/25
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Take a Hike: Misconceptions and Machinations Keep Activists Incarcerated
in Iran
by Randall Amster

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/05/25-2
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From Times Square to Jacksonville: When Terrorism Is a Double-Standard
by Pierre Tristam

*It’s obviously not unexpected that the corpress wouldn’t cover this
hate crime, but I think this is the first I’ve heard of it from any
source, mainstream or “progressive”, unless it received passing mention
in the DEMOCRACY NOW! headlines segment.

That’s unacceptable, isn’t it?

And when we speak of homegrown terror, we have to include the US’ “War
of Terror”, don’t we?  Murdering over a million innocent civilians is
terror on an industrial scale.

That may be stating the literally bleeding obvious, but I think it has
to be repeated at every opportunity, to counter the Newspeak spewed by
“our leaders” that somehow they’re “defending our values” by destroying
them.

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/05/25-0
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Arizona, Globalization, and the Politics of Immigration
by John Buell

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/05/25
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FAIR
Drilling Disasters Can’t Happen Here
In run-up to BP spill, media touted offshore safety

*Of oil spills and fact kills

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2010/05/25-8
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DEMOCRACY NOW!
“The Unspoken Alliance”: New Book Documents Arms, Nuclear and Diplomatic
Ties Between Israel and Apartheid South Africa

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/5/25/israel

5/24

FAIR Blog
Kristof’s ‘Simplest Option’ for Ending Poverty: Blame the Poor

*Being utterly devoid of empathy isn’t Kristof’s “ugly secret”.

It’s right out in the open for all to see, isn’t it?

http://www.fair.org/blog/2010/05/24/kristofs-simplest-option-for-ending-poverty-blame-the-poor/
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The Other Debt Crisis: Climate Debt
by Fault Lines / Al-Jazeera

http://www.commondreams.org/video/2010/05/24-0
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Pedagogy of the Oppressor: Arizona’s Racism to the Top
by Jesse Hagopian

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/05/24-7
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Citizen Alioune: How Not to Deal with Muslims in America
by Stephan Salisbury

*We have much to fear from fear itself, and those who exploit it

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/05/24
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The Greeks Get It
by Chris Hedges

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/05/24-4
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Message from Pakistan: ‘I Want to Live with My Family’
by Kathy Kelly and Josh Brollier

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/05/24-1
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Rainforest Action Network
New Report Finds Top Children’s Book Publishers Using Paper Linked to
Rainforest Destruction

*Sleazy kid stuff

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2010/05/24-9
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DEMOCRACY NOW!
Trial Begins for Ex-Chicago Police Lt. Accused of Torturing More than
100 African American Men

*Bull Connor’s soulless mates

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/5/24/trial_begins_for_ex_chicago_police

From Japan to Guam to Hawai’i, Activists Resist Expansion of US Military
Presence in the Pacific

*Pacific – a deeply and deadly ironic name for the region, isn’t it?

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/5/24/from_japan_to_guam_to_hawaii

5/21

Boycott BP
by Robert Weissman

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/05/21-6
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Of Drone Wars and Buffalo Urine
by Conn Hallinan

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/05/21-5
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The Pentagon’s Window of Vulnerability?
by Tom Engelhardt

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/05/21
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Mothers of Iran’s Detainees Fare Better Than Parents of US Detainees
by Nancy Talanian

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/05/21-3
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Palestinian Nonviolence Relies on Global Non-Silence
The world cannot expect Palestinians to abandon violence while remaining
silent on Israel’s repression of nonviolent activists
by Yousef Munayyer

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/05/21-8
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HUD is Trying to Privatize and Mortgage Off All of America’s Public
Housing
by George Lakoff

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/05/21-1
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DEMOCRACY NOW!
GOP Senate Nominee Rand Paul of Kentucky Faces Firestorm After
Suggesting Opposition to Civil Rights Act

*It’s fashionable for some folks to call for “finding common ground”
with the Tea Partiers on the basis of some perceived joint antipathy
toward “the establishment”.

This shit puts the lie to that, don’t you think?

Let’s worry about finding common ground with the many persons who’ve
been screwed by The Powers That Be, but aren’t looking for scapegoats
among “the other”, whether that be blacks, the disabled or immigrants.

In other words, people who are open to a message of inclusion and shared
humanity,  but haven’t been exposed to the ideas that reinforce that.

And if any Tea Partiers are open to that as well, great.  But I don’t
see much evidence of it, do you?

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/5/21/gop_senate_nominee_rand_paul_of

BP Acknowledges Oil Spill Is Larger Than Previous Estimates

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/5/21/oil

5/20

FAIR Blog
At the NYT, Some Pols Mislead, Others Imagine

*Ronnie never imagined this:

http://www.bluesforpeace.com/lyrics/imagine.htm

He may have had nightmares about it.

http://www.fair.org/blog/2010/05/20/at-the-nyt-some-pols-mislead-others-imagine/
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Why the Breakup of MMS Won’t Work
Interior Itself Part of Problem; Broader Solutions Required
by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER)

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/05/20-4
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David Kirby: Cheap Food, Expensive Consequences
by GRITtv

http://www.commondreams.org/video/2010/05/20-2
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Haitian Farmers Commit to Burning Monsanto Hybrid Seeds
by Beverly Bell

*Refusing to plant the seeds of destruction

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/05/20-1
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Equating Sexual Orientation with ‘Sex Life’
by Glenn Greenwald

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/05/20-7
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America’s Voice
Obama Administration Immigration Deportations Exceed Bush’s Record
Second Grader’s Comments Shine Light on Underreported Fact: Deportations
are Increasing & 70% are Non-Criminal Deportees

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2010/05/20-11
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Can a Bad Economy Finally Discipline the Pentagon?

http://accuracy.org/newsrelease.php?articleId=2248
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DEMOCRACY NOW!
Former EPA Investigator Scott West: US Has Told BP “It Can Do Whatever
It Wants and Won’t Be Held Accountable”

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/5/20/fmr_epa_investigator_scott_west_us

3 Undocumented Immigrants Risk Deportation in Protest for Passage of
DREAM Act

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/5/20/3_undocumented_immigrants_risk_deportation_to

“Silencing the Whistleblowers”: How Will Financial Reform Prevent
Another Crash If Banks Subvert Their Warning Systems?

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/5/20/silencing_the_whistleblowers_how_will_financial

5/19

FAIR Blog
Citizens Revolting… Over the Deficit?

*Comment left at link

http://www.fair.org/blog/2010/05/19/citizens-revolting-over-the-deficit/
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The Other Foreclosure Menace
Mortgage Paid Off, Woman Loses Home — Over a Small Water Bill
by Fred Schulte, Ben Protess and Lagan Sebert
The Huffington Post Investigative Fund

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/05/19-2
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Law & Order: Corporate Crime Unit
by Amy Goodman

*Doin’ the crime, ’cause you’ll never do the time

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/05/19-2
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Fear Comes of Age
by David Michael Green

*Although I agree with much of this, Green’s seemingly positive
portrayals of sellouts Sanders and Kucinich seems to vitiate his point,
doesn’t it?

And while the left – whatever that is – is in awful shape, there are
many folks doing important work, and that shouldn’t be minimized.

The question is how to harness that energy so that the whole is greater
than the sum of its parts.

Suggestions welcomed.

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/05/19-3
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Fizzled Bombs Sparks Growth for Politicians
by John R. MacArthur

*The political necessity of nemeses

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/05/19-6
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Shaming of the Screws
by Pat LaMarche

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/05/19-0
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A Relative Calm: The Occupation of Iraq in 2010
by Ryan Harvey

*An excellent overview of “the forgotten (in the US) war” – please read

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/05/19
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DEMOCRACY NOW!
In “Mini Super-Tuesday” Primaries, Defeats for Party Establishments on
Both Sides of the Aisle

*Pretty incoherent to me – consider the sources (which begs the question
of why these are the sources, doesn’t it) – but, like yesterday, take it
for whatever useful intel’s present.

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/5/19/in_mini_super_tuesday_primaries_defeats

Family of Slain 7-Year-Old Aiyana Jones Files Lawsuit Against Detroit
Police

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/5/19/family_of_slain_7_year_old

5/18

FAIR Blog
NYT, Iran and the ‘International Consensus’

*Comments left at link

http://www.fair.org/blog/2010/05/18/nyt-iran-and-the-international-consensus/

Online Journalism–Where Advertisers Make Content Too!

http://www.fair.org/blog/2010/05/18/online-journalism-where-advertisers-make-content-too/
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The Relentless Pursuit of Extreme Energy
A New Oil Rush Endangers the Gulf of Mexico and the Planet
by Michael T. Klare
TomDispatch.com

*Deep pockets, deep drilling and deep shit

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/05/18-7
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BP’s Moby Dick?
by Nick Spicer
Al Jazeera English

*They can’t contain the outflow, but they’re experts at containing the
fallout

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/05/18
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BP’s Nuke-Powered Liability Cap
by Harvey Wasserman

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/05/18-4
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Capitalism: Big Surprises in Recent Polls
by Charles Derber

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/05/18-3
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Drones and Democracy
by Kathy Kelly and Josh Brollier

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/05/18-6
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Hillary Clinton’s Dangerous Defense of Afghan Women
by Lucinda Marshall

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/05/18-10
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A Force More Powerful
by Ewa Jasiewicz

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/05/18-2
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Resistance Grinds on Big Coal
Massey Gone Down, Chase Relents: Protests Rock Big Coal: Beyond
Blankenship, Meet Dirty Coal’s Parcel o’ Rogues
by Jeff Biggers

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/05/18-11
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DEMOCRACY NOW!
On “Mini-Super Tuesday,” 3 Senate Primaries Could Mark Bellwether for
Midterm Elections

*Sort of horserace horseshit, but worth reading, I suppose, for whatever
useful intel’s extant.

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/5/18/on_mini_super_tuesday_3_senate

Debating the Crisis in Thailand: Is Red Shirt Movement a Genuine
Grassroots Struggle, or Front for Ousted Ex-PM, Billionaire Tycoon?

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/5/18/debating_the_crisis_in_thailand_is

Yo Soy El Army: US Military Targets Latinos with Extensive Recruitment
Campaign

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/5/18/yo_soy_el_army_us_military

5/17

Oil Sands Riskier than Gulf Spill, Say Investor Groups
by Matthew O. Berger
Inter Press Service

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/05/17-7
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Greenpeace Claims Sweet Victory Over Nestle
by Stuart Washington
The Age (Australia)

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/05/17
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Obama’s Flailing Wars
A Study in BP-Style ‘Pragmatism’
by Tom Engelhardt

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/05/17
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BP and the ‘Little Eichmanns’
by Chris Hedges

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/05/17-3
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The Anthropocene Debate: Marking Humanity’s Impact
by Elizabeth Kolbert

*More of meteor crater than a footprint, don’t you think?

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/05/17-12
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Greece’s Debt Must Be Restructured
As the African experience shows, there is no alternative to a major
restructuring of the Greek debt. Why is this being ignored?
by Jayati Ghosh

*The death of a thousand cuts

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/05/17-8
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Climate Reality Check
Kerry-Lieberman Bill Continues Dangerous Direction for U.S.
15 Groups Call on Congress to Choose Clean Energy, not Gulf-Style
Disasters and Big Polluters

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2010/05/17-18
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FAIR Action Alert
Stop O’Reillys Immigrant Crime Slurs

*History is a repeating rifle.

This is the same sort of attempt at inciting fear and loathing that has
historically greeted immigrants – recall “The Yellow Menace”.

Of course, with the exception of the folks who were already here, we’re
all immigrants – and, of course, the white Europeans we hail as “freedom
seekers” unleashed a tsunami of a crime wave of murder and destruction,
and the folks making the deadly desert journey today do so to escape the
crimes of the US gummint and corporations in their homelands.

So there is a crime wave – flowing in the other direction.

And hypocritical hatemongers like O’Reilly are the crime bosses’
mouthpieces.

http://www.fair.org/index.php?page=4075
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DEMOCRACY NOW!
Denied Entry: Israel Blocks Noam Chomsky from Entering West Bank to
Deliver Speech

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/5/17/denied_entry_israel_blocks_noam_chomsky

Afghans Protest Deadly Nighttime Raid: “If the Americans Do This Again,
We Are Ready to Shed Our Blood Fighting Them”

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/5/17/afghans_protest_deadly_nighttime_raid_if

Student Strike at University of Puerto Rico Enters 28th Day

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/5/17/student_strike_at_university_of_puerto

5/14

Help! What’s the Cure for Financial Insanity?
by Les Leopold

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/05/14-12
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A World of Benefits from Biotechnology? For Whom?
by Jim Goodman

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/05/14-4
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A Slick and Slimy Killer
by Tom Turpinseed

*Maybe Dear Misleader will tell some boffo oil slick jokes at his next
elite get-together.

And the petroexecs in attendance will bust their guts at ’em.

And laugh all the way to the bank.

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/05/14-3
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Arizona Rising
by Christine Ahn and Linda Burnham

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/05/14-10
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DEMOCRACY NOW!
Arizona Students Protest New Law Banning Ethnic Studies Classes

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/5/14/arizona_students_protest_new_law_banning

40 Years Ago: Police Kill Two Students at Jackson State in Mississippi,
Ten Days After Kent State Killings

*I was living in Canton, Mississippi, about twenty miles from Jackson,
when these murders occurred.  I was almost fourteen.

I really don’t remember much of anything about it, which I think shows
both my mentality at the time and the deep disconnect with humanity that
pervaded the South.

And despite cosmetic change, things really aren’t that different forty
years on.

I guess that goes without saying, doesn’t it?

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/5/14/40_years_ago_police_kill_two
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Institute for Public Accuracy
* Delaying Withdrawal in Iraq? * Extending Repression in Egypt

http://accuracy.org/newsrelease.php?articleId=2246

5/13

New Target of Rights Erosions: US Citizens
by Glenn Greenwald

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/05/13-7
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Debt vs. Localization: Climate Justice in the New Economy
Where does the concept of “climate debt” fit into a New Economy
framework?
by David Korten

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/05/13-4
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Overcoming Free Market Apathy
by Alexia Eastwood

*This is one of the few pieces in the Common Dreams selections that
actually challenges capitalism, rather than advocating for a “kinder,
gentler” version.

Talk about your oxymorons.

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/05/13-3
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The Economic and Political Occupation of Haiti
Foreign-led Commission Now Governs Haiti; Voting Membership Determined
by Size of Contribution
by Beverly Bell

*Slippery William slithers again

But I’m sure he’ll feel bad about it later on

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/05/13-9
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Maryland First to Bar Schools Releasing Tests to Military

http://accuracy.org/newsrelease.php?articleId=2244

Alaskans in the Gulf: Lessons from Exxon Valdez

http://accuracy.org/newsrelease.php?articleId=2245
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DEMOCRACY NOW!
Probe Uncovers Strip Searches, Chains and Racism at California Prisons

*Even though this is a rare example of the corpress actually doing its
job, note the context of how the story’s presented.

Piller is “puzzled” over officials’ stonewalling.  He goes to pains to
call these crimes the actions of a few bad apples, instead of the
systemic acts of inhumanity that they are, which anyone with their eyes
open is fully aware of, aren’t they?

So while he deserves credit for pursuing this, the naiveté displayed –
giving him the benefit of the doubt – is pretty scary, don’t you think?

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/5/13/probe_uncovers_strip_searches_chains_and

25 Years Ago: Philadelphia Police Bombs MOVE Headquarters Killing 11,
Destroying 65 Homes

*The corpress never use the term “cop killers” in these situations, do
they?

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/5/13/25_years_ago_philadelphia_police_bombs

5/12

FAIR Blog
The Future of Africa, Brought to You by…Bono and Bob Geldof

*Comment left at link

http://www.fair.org/blog/2010/05/12/the-future-of-africa-brought-to-you-by-bono-and-bob-geldof/
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Training That Makes Killing Civilians Acceptable
Josh Stieber: In boot camp we trained with songs that joked about
killing women and children
by The Real News Network

http://www.commondreams.org/video/2010/05/12-0
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As We Die for BP, Our Military Rots in the Wrong Gulf
by Harvey Wasserman

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/05/12-8
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Moving Our Nation Beyond Petroleum
by Daphne Wysham

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/05/12-6
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Taking Back Homes from the Banks: Exercising the Human Right to Housing
by Bill Quigley

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/05/12-10
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DEMOCRACY NOW!
As Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Spreads, BP, Halliburton and Transocean
Executives Deflect Blame for Spill at Senate Hearings

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/5/12/as_gulf_of_mexico_oil_spill

5/11

FAIR Blog
WaPo: There Goes the Neighborhood

*Comment left at link

http://www.fair.org/blog/2010/05/11/wapo-there-goes-the-neighborhood/

Remembering Newsweek’s Glory Days

The “liberal media”‘s maxim:

“All the news that’s printed to fit”

http://www.fair.org/blog/2010/05/11/remembering-newsweeks-glory-days/
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Afghan Escalation Funding: More War, Fewer Jobs, Poor Excuses
by David Swanson

*The numbers rise as the bodies fall

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/05/11-8
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DEMOCRACY NOW!
Tariq Ali on Britain’s Political Deadlock, Gordon Brown’s Resignation
and Pakistan’s Role in the Times Square Bombing Attempt

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/5/11/tariq_ali_on_britains_political_deadlock

“The People of Greece Are Fighting for the Whole of Europe”: Tariq Ali
and Mark Weisbrot Discuss Greece’s Economic Crisis and Popular Uprising

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/5/11/the_people_of_greece_are_fighting

Pioneering African American Actress, Singer and Civil Rights Activist
Lena Horne, 92, Dies

http://www.democracynow.org/blog/2010/5/11/part_ii_singer_and_civil_rights_activist_lena_horne_remembered

5/10

Pentagon Doubts Grow on McChrystal War Plan
by Gareth Porter
Inter Press Service

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/05/10-4
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Tar Sands, Boreal Forest and the Battle for Canada’s Oil
by Al-Jazeera-English

http://www.commondreams.org/video/2010/05/10-1
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Pedophiles and Popes: Doing the Vatican Shuffle
by Michael Parenti

*A heinous history of hyperhypocrisy

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/05/10-2
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Assassination of US Muslim Cleric is Illegal, Immoral and Unwise
by Bill Quigley

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/05/10-1
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Why Local Economies Matter
by Anna White

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/05/10-6
.

Institute for Public Accuracy
Kagan: * Goldman Sachs * Shifting Court to Right?

http://accuracy.org/newsrelease.php?articleId=2237

Kagan’s “Shocking” Record on Diversity

http://accuracy.org/newsrelease.php?articleId=2240
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DEMOCRACY NOW!
Progressives Divided over Obama’s Nomination of Elena Kagan to Supreme
Court

*So, can you be a “progressive” and have a case of Obamade in your
fridge?

Inquiring minds want to know.

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/5/10/progressives_divided_over_obamas_nomination_of

Peter Maass on “Crude World: The Violent Twilight of Oil”

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/5/10/peter_maass_on_crude_world_the

Court Orders Documentary Filmmaker to Hand Ecuador Footage to Chevron

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/5/10/court_orders_documentary_filmmaker_to_hand

5/7

The World Bank in the Hot Seat Over Land Grabbing
by GRAIN

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/05/07-0
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Nuclear Power Nearly as Dangerous as Weapons, Critics Say
by Haider Rizvi
Inter Press Service

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/05/07-4
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Will Obama Say Yes to Afghan Peace Talks?
by Robert Naiman

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/05/07-6
.

The Urgency of Housing in Haiti
by Beverly Bell

*There are lies, damn lies, and politicians’ promises

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/05/07
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DEMOCRACY NOW!
Juan Gonzalez: Big Banks Making a Bundle On New Construction as Schools
Bear the Cost

*Reading, writing and ripoffs

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/5/7/juan_gonzalez_big_banks_making_a

Government Exempted BP from Environmental Review

*Isn’t it amazing that Dear Misleader is ultimately responsible for
this, but time and again many of those critical of the gummint’s actions
or inactions sidestep that fact?

Maybe “amazing” isn’t the word.

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/5/7/government_exempted_bp_from_environmental_review

Lieberman, Brown Proposal to Strip Terror Suspects of U.S. Citizenship
is “Constitutional Buffoonery,”  Says Attorney

*Providing funding for attacks on civilians would seem to be the classic
definition of “supporting terrorism”, wouldn’t it?

So who in DC would fall outside of that definition?

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/5/7/lieberman_brown_proposal_to_strip_terror

“Mom: A Celebration of Mothers from StoryCorps”

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/5/7/mom_a_celebration_of_mothers_from

5/6

We Need a Road Map to a Coal Free Future
Declaration of Clean Energy Independence
by Stephanie Pistello, Ben Evans, and Jeff Biggers

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/05/06
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Environmental Working Group (EWG)
President’s Cancer Panel Warns Public About Chemicals
EWG Finds 200 Suspected Carcinogens in Newborns
Cancer Prevention Tips for Consumers

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2010/05/06-12
.

ACLU
Members of Congress Propose Bill to Strip Citizenship From American
Terrorism Suspects

*Would Congress be defined as a “terrorist organization”?

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2010/05/06-18
.

DEMOCRACY NOW!
Pima County Sheriff Refuses to Enforce “Unconstitutional”
Controversial AZ Anti-Immigrant Law

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/5/6/pima_country_sheriff_refuses_to_enforce

From Basketball to Baseball, Professional Athletes Speak Out in
Opposition to AZ Immigration Law

*A couple of things …

It’s pretty sad when it takes sports figures to bring the issue of
racism to a wider audience, isn’t it?

And this issue really isn’t about the undocumented, is it?  It’s about
citizens and legal immigrants being harmed by a racist law.  Don’t you
think that many of those opposed to it don’t have much sympathy for the
plight of the undocumented in this country?

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/5/6/from_basketball_to_baseball_professional_athletes

House Vote On Puerto Rico’s Status Divides Hispanic Lawmakers

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/5/6/house_vote_on_puerto_ricos_status

Muslim Vendor Gets No Credit in Helping to Foil Times Square Bomb Plot

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/5/6/muslim_vendor_gets_no_credit_in

History of BP Includes Role in 1953 Iran Coup After Nationalization of
Oil

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/5/6/history_of_bp_includes_role_in
.

Institute for Public Accuracy
* BP and D.C. * “Worst Industrial Disaster”

http://accuracy.org/newsrelease.php?articleId=2235
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FAIR Extra!
Don’t Ask Gays About Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell
Debate on military policy excludes those most affected
By Julie Hollar

http://www.fair.org/index.php?page=4067

Fear & Favor 10th Annual Report
Hidden interference in the newsroom
By Peter Hart

http://www.fair.org/index.php?page=4069

5/5

FAIR Blog
Historical Fraudster a Regular on Glenn Beck’s Show

*The truth shall set you free.

But lies will make you very, very, very rich.

http://www.fair.org/blog/2010/05/05/historical-fraudster-a-regular-on-glenn-becks-show/
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Louisiana’s Wetlands Were Ravaged Long Before Oil Spill, Says Activist
by Lara Marlowe in Houma, Louisiana
The Irish Times

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/05/05-0
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All-Volunteer Wars
Yawn – How Many Times Have You Seen This Headline?
by Tom Engelhardt

*Something tells me Dear Misleader wouldn’t have told that killer joke
as a capper to his Nobel speech.

But it would appear that as long as you don’t talk about it, it’s okay
to do it, doesn’t it?

That’s the Nobel Committee’s version of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”.

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

UPDATED: Were US Special Forces Involved in the Arrest of Faisal
Shahzad?
by Jeremy Scahill

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/05/05-7
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DEMOCRACY NOW!
BP Oil Spill Highlights Poor Safety Record, the Worst of Any Oil Company
in America

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/5/5/group_bp_has_one_of_the

BP Funnels Millions into Lobbying to Influence Regulation and Re-Brand
Image

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/5/5/bp_funnels_millions_into_lobbying_to

U.S. Says Suspect Admits to Failed Times Square Bombing

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/5/5/us_says_suspect_admits_to_failed
.

Institute for Public Accuracy
Problems with Surveillance and Profiling

http://accuracy.org/newsrelease.php?articleId=2233

5/4

FAIR Blog
O’Reilly’s Non-Existent Arizona Immigrant Crime Wave

*Comments left at link

http://www.fair.org/blog/2010/05/04/oreillys-non-existent-arizona-immigrant-crime-wave/

NYT Has No Space to Tell You It’s an Oil Industry Group Saying That
Spills Aren’t So Bad

*You could call this “greenwashing the blackwash”, couldn’t you?

http://www.fair.org/blog/2010/05/04/nyt-has-no-space-to-tell-you-its-an-oil-industry-group-saying-that-spills-arent-so-bad/

Time’s Influential Antiwar Activist Too Antiwar?

http://www.fair.org/blog/2010/05/04/times-influential-antiwar-activist-too-antiwar/
.

Can Brazil Save the World from War with Iran?
by Robert Naiman

*Of course I oppose the US’ aggression towards Iran, but I don’t know
that I’ve ever seen criticism from others similarly opposed of Iran’s
use of “peaceful” nuclear power.

If the stuff’s dangerous here, it’s dangerous there, isn’t it?  So why
the contradiction?

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/05/04-4
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Will Obama Adopt a Dangerously Simplistic Peace Plan?
by Ali Abunimah

*I think Abunimah is a vital voice on this issue, and always worth
reading, but his favorable view of South Africa today doesn’t
acknowledge the reality of a nominally “united” nation that still
consigns the vast majority of its black citizens to de facto
second-class status, does it?

I don’t think that’s the example to be holding up of what a solution
should look like, do you?

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/05/04-1
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Let the Bankers Play Golf: Bring Back Three-Six-Three
by Corporate Crime Reporter

*DC fiddles to the banks’ tune

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/05/04-3
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Obama FCC Expected to Abandon Net Neutrality, Universal Internet
by Josh Silver

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/05/04-5
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DEMOCRACY NOW!
EXCLUSIVE…Secret Recording of Erik Prince Reveals Previously
Undisclosed Blackwater Ops

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/5/4/exclusivesecret_recording_of_erik_prince_reveals

Protests in Greece in Response to Severe Austerity Measures in EU, IMF
Bailout

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/5/4/protests_in_greece_in_response_to

On 40th Anniversary of Kent State Shootings, Truth Tribunal Seeks
Answers

*This will rip your heart out, and if it doesn’t, well, you have no
heart.

But what we always have to remember is that this is happening right now
far from Kent, and we’re paying for it.

So what will we do about it?

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/5/4/on_40th_anniversary_of_kent_state

5/3

Christian ‘Doctrine’ Fueled Dehumanization: UNPFII Report
by Valerie Taliman
Indian Country Today

*Holy hell

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/05/03-7
.

What I Lost at Kent State
by Elaine Holstein

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/05/03-1
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FAIR Blog
NYT: Drill, Baby, Drill

*Comment left at link

http://www.fair.org/blog/2010/05/03/nyt-drill-baby-drill/
.

Institute for Public Accuracy
Beyond BP: Lessons from Valdez and Bhopal

*Words to die by from Dear Misleader

http://accuracy.org/newsrelease.php?articleId=2231
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DEMOCRACY NOW!
BP Oil Spill Worsens With No Solution in Sight, 210,000 Gallons a Day
Spew into Gulf of Mexico

*The oil isn’t the only toxic substance at work here, is it?

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/5/3/bp_oil_spill_worsens_with_no

Chilean Author Isabel Allende on Her New Novel “Island Beneath the
Sea”… From the Slave Uprising in Haiti to 19th Century New Orleans

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/5/3/chilean_author_isabel_allende_on_her

5/2

Fears for Crops as Shock Figures From America Show Scale of Bee
Catastrophe
The world may be on the brink of biological disaster after news that a
third of US bee colonies did not survive the winter
by Alison Benjamin
The Observer/UK

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/05/02-1
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Was the Gulf Oil Spill an Act of War? You Betcha
by Randall Amster

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/05/02-0

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