September 2010


The War Addicts: 2016 and Then Some
by Tom Engelhardt

*I’m posting this for the useful intel, but it’s damn disturbing that Engelhardt never mentions Afghan deaths, and portrays Dear Misleader as some kind of victim of the Pentagonians, rather than as a co-conspirator, however “reluctant” he might be to follow their counsel.

I’m sure the families of murdered innocents would be willing to cut him some slack on that count, aren’t you?

How to Make Biking Mainstream: Lessons from the Dutch
What will it take to transform biking from a recreational pastime to an integral part of our transportation system?
by Jay Walljasper

*A bike path to the future

Friends of the Earth
New Report Concludes Synthetic Biofuels Won’t Help Solve the Climate Crisis
New report examines the dangers of synthetic biology in biofuels production

*The folly of Frankenfuels

Ann Jones on “War Is Not Over When It’s Over: Women and the Unseen Consequences of Conflict”

*Guys with guns

Gals with grim lives

History is a repeating rifle

Henry Red Cloud of Oglala Lakota Tribe on Native American Anti-Nuclear Activism, Uranium Mining, and the Recession’s Toll on Reservations


Media Blitz Against the Paycheck Fairness Act

The Lessons Learned from Killing Afghans

*Comment left at link

Institute for Public Accuracy
Protests Against Austerity in Europe

*For us Yanks, imitation would be the sincerest form of self-defense, don’t you think?

Kissinger at State Dept. — U.S. Repeating Vietnam Policy in Afghanistan?

*A fete for a fiend

Human Impact on World’s Rivers ‘Threatens Water Security of 5 Billion’
Study on effect of all human intervention on water supplies finds water security and biodiversity severely damaged
by Adam Vaughan
The Guardian/UK

Hungry in Gaza, More and More
by Inter Press Service

*The facts don’t lie

Just those responsible for them

Occupied Palestine Not ‘Settling’ for Nothing
The cessation of the settlement moratorium was never in doubt to the Palestinian residents of Wadi Rahaal.
by Nora Barrows-Friedman

Foreclosure Funny Business
That US banks can skirt the paperwork required for home foreclosures shows it’s one rule for them and another for us
by Dean Baker

*Don’t do as we do (not that you could)

Do as we force you to do

The Big Bad Wolf Makes Good
The Yellowstone Success Story and Those Who Want to Kill It
by Chip Ward

The Rise of the New Power Co-Op Movement
by Brendan Smith and Jeremy Brecher

*A power surge to be welcomed

Food & Water Watch
Raising Consumer Water Rates No Panacea to Solving Water Woes
New Food & Water Watch Analysis Highlights Flaws of Water Pricing

*Screwing residental users all wet

1st US Soldier of Alleged “Kill Team” Targeting Afghan Civilians Faces Military Tribunal for War Crimes

*I don’t imagine we’ll see any “Proud Parent of a Serial Killer” stickers, but I also don’t imagine that most “Support Our Troops” types give a rat’s ass what their sons, brothers, nephews and friends do to Afghans, do you?

I also have a problem with “progressives” who consider these perps “victims” of US policy.  That may be true in some sense, but you might make the same argument for rank and file Nazis who murdered Jews and other “others” – that they were victims of Nazi propaganda.

Atrocities were, and are being, committed, and the direct actors have to be held to account.  But those who create the policy and the conditions that lead to these abominable acts bear the most responsibility, and the reality is that in this country, they will never be punished in a manner commensurate with their crimes.

Mudslide Buries Scores of Homes in Indigenous Mexican Town, But Massive Toll Said to Be Averted

*Nothing natural about these disasters, is there?

“The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration”: Isabel Wilkerson Tracks Exodus of Blacks from US South

*Please read.  As a white boy growing up in the South in the ’60s, these stories have a special resonance for me, that this American apartheid could be occurring around me while I was so oblivious to it as a child.

And, of course, in very large measure things haven’t changed that much, have they?


Institute for Public Accuracy
* Israel Seizes Jewish Boat to Gaza * UN Finds Israel “Executed” U.S. Citizen

GM Maize ‘Has Polluted Rivers Across the United States’
by Steve Connor, Science Editor
The Independent/UK

Tim Wise: Dragging Racial Bias Into the Open
by GRITtv

Fate of Thousands of Iraqis Unknown
Families of thousands of Iraqis missing since the invasion fear they will never find out what happened.
by Al-Jazeera-English

What if Everyone Had Medicare?
by Henry Abrons

*Why does “American exceptionalism” never have anything to do with the exceptional?

Todos Somos (We Are All) Raza Studies
by Roberto Rodriguez

*”Welcome to Arizona

The Hate State”

Grading ‘Waiting for Superman’
by Dana Goldstein

*This piece seems to waffle unsteadily between criticizing and supporting the “education reform” movement, but I think Alex Caputo-Pearl’s view, toward the end, puts the issues in a more rational perspective.

See what you think.

Freed American Hiker Sarah Shourd Reflects on 14 Months in Iranian Prison and Calls on Iran to Release Her Two Friends

*There are obviously many facets to this story, but what I focus on mainly is how it must feel to be powerless pawns in a political game.

There’s no justification for Iran’s actions, and there’s no justification for the acts of our gummint that precipitated this injustice.

Let’s hope Shane and Josh are free soon.

And that somehow humanity will prevail on all sides.

It’s a sincere wish, if not a sanguine one.

Appalachia Rising: 100 Arrested at White House Calling for End to Mountaintop Coal Removal

*The human cost of making molehills out of mountains

As Settlement Construction Begins Again in the West Bank, Israel Blocks Jewish Activists on Aid Boat Headed to Gaza

*Guarding prisons – of the land and of the mind


Campaigners Defend ‘Celebrated Novels’ from US Censors
Authors including Toni Morrison and Kurt Vonnegut are among those to have faced recent bans in American schools
by Alison Flood
The Guardian/UK

A Great Future Is in Store for Us (If We Want It)
by Olga Bonfiglio

*Some good basic intel here, but a couple of things:

I think Bonfiglio’s wrong about the necessity for gummint action, that we can somehow make this transition as individuals and communities.  That’s vital, but we need to see government as our collective tool to make change, and that *will* require individual and communal commitment to effect, won’t it?

But I don’t see it happening, despite her exhortations to keep hope alive.  We have been taught all too well to act in what we perceive to be in our own interests – although the reality here is that helping others helps ourselves.  Changing that mentality is a raging river I just don’t see humanity capable of crossing.

But really, that doesn’t matter, does it?  Whatever the outcome, aren’t we obligated to do what we can to stave off oblivion?  Isn’t that what existence is all about?

So let’s get to it, okay?

FBI Raids Homes of Antiwar and Pro-Palestinian Activists in Chicago and Minneapolis

Ingrid Betancourt: “Even Silence Has an End: My Six Years of Captivity in the Colombian Jungle”

*Can anyone claim to be fighting for justice, and still treat human beings like this?

Don’t these acts mirror the sins they say they condemn?


Americans Vastly Underestimate Wealth Inequality, Support ‘More Equal Distribution Of Wealth’: Study
by William Alder
Huffington Post

*I have my doubts about whether wealthier persons sincerely believe they should have less of the pie, don’t you?

I mean, what are they going to say?  It’s like asking politicians if they support democracy.

That whole “know them by their fruits” thing springs to mind, doesn’t it?

Why Say Yes to the Party of No?
by Ralph Nader

*Not much to argue with here, other than the description of the
Demorats as “clueless and spineless”, which ascribes their betrayal to
a lack of intelligence and courage, rather than their role in the
political system as a chimera of “choice”

School Food Wars
by Ruth Conniff

*A dead serious food fight

Skill Up, Party Down: Transition Towns in a Changing World
Transition Towns plan a gentle descent from oil dependence—and have a blast in the process.
by Mason Inman

*Back to a better future

What the Pot Legalization Campaign Really Threatens
by David Sirota

*Forcing the competition to buzz off

“We’ve Been Forgotten”- IJDH New Report on Conditions in Haiti Camps 8 Months After the Earthquake
Human rights investigation finds desperate conditions in Haiti’s tent cities

Obama UN Speech on Mideast Talks “Filled with Empty Words”–Palestinian Attorney Diana Buttu

*A “piece by piece” process

Paul Mason on Live Working or Die Fighting: How the Working Class Went Global

*Working together or slaving separately

Fatima Bhutto on the Floods in Pakistan, the Government Response and Her Memoir, Songs of Blood and Sword

Meet the New Boss–Glenn Beck’s Old Boss

*”(L)iberals tend to like to sample a lot of opinions. They pride themselves on that. And you know, they don’t get too worked up about anything. And they’re pretty morally relativistic.”

I guess I must not be a “liberal”, “progressive”, “on the left”, or whatever, then.

I don’t care about “sampl(ing) a lot of opinions”.  I do care about getting a lot of honest facts so I can have my own informed opinion.

I do get “worked up” about a lot of things – war, hate, greed, lies.

And unless that whole “Do unto others” thing is “morally relativistic”, I don’t think I qualify in that category, either.

Now, I fall down on the job too damn often, but I do try.  A hair-trigger guilt reflex doesn’t hurt.

(Well, it *does* hurt, but you know what I mean … )

So I guess that’s why I don’t give a rodent’s rear about MSNBC’s brand of “progressive” programming.

It’s not some sort of game to me.  It’s not about “eggheads and dittoheads”.

It’s about life and death, and what the hell each of us is going to do about it.

If you can’t get worked up about that …


Rising Energy Demand Hits Water Scarcity ‘Choke Point’
by Peter Boaz and Matthew O. Berger
Inter Press Service

*Drowning in the dry

US Poverty Data Tells Only Half the Story…
by Ananya Mukherjee-Reed

*They’re takin’ what I’m givin’
‘Cause I’m workin’ for a livin’

Stoned on Righteousness
by Robert C. Koehler

*The puerile politics of pissin’ on the pot

Making Sense of Poverty Numbers
by Barbara Ehrenreich and Diana Pearce

*It’s not a superpower to be invisible in this economic system, is it?

You Can Change Your School’s Food
by Ed Bruske

*Good food for clear thought

America Is Suffering a Power Outage (and the Rest of the World Knows It)
by Dilip Hiro

*The shrinking beanstalk

Bottled Water Industry’s Loss=Gains for Planet Earth?
New Food & Water Watch Analysis Estimates Projected Environmental Benefits of Decreased Bottled Water Sales

Institute for Public Accuracy
Obama at the UN

*Putting his mouth where the money is

“Explain to Us What You Want from Us”–Juárez Newspaper Publishes Editorial Addressing Cartels After Another Reporter Gunned Down

Former Mexican Foreign Minister Jorge Castañeda on the Drug War, Legalization, Immigration and Free Trade


The ‘Rightwing Backlash’ That Never Was
The consensus is that angry voters are moving rightward. But it’s nothing Democrats couldn’t fix with a dose of economic populism
by Mark Weisbrot

*Weisbrot’s right, obviously, but for the Demorats to adopt this strategy (and it would be only a strategy, with not a goddamn thing to do with principle), they’d have to care more about winning than carrying out their role in the system – as the acceptable alternative when the other party in the system carries out its role, to push things as far to the right as possible.

Place your bets.

‘They’ Are Not Taking ‘Our’ Jobs
by John Feffer

*The bastards “taking our jobs” do their dirty work in the suites, not
the sweatshops, don’t you think?

Surprise! Private Insurers Skirt New Health Care Law
by Jon Walker

*What’s left festering on the ground after a dog and pony show like the “battle over health care reform”?


Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR)
Right to Rent Legislation Would Slow Growing Rate of Foreclosure
Costs of renting still considerably cheaper than ownership in many areas.

FAIR Media Advisory
Howard Fineman: ‘The Best of the Old’ Media?
HuffPo hire is consummate insider, urging Dems to the right

“A Departure to Be Welcomed”: Robert Scheer on Resignation of White House Economic Adviser and Deregulation Proponent Lawrence Summers

*Scheer makes some good critiques, including of Warren’s limited reform creds, but to be perplexed by Dear Misleader’s corporatismo, when he himself references the hush money Wall Street dumped into Obama’s campaign?

That puzzles *me*.

How about you?

Chilean Economist Manfred Max-Neef: US Is Becoming an “Underdeveloping Nation”

*Please read – this is Economics 101 for folks who don’t have a balance sheet for a heart

As Competing Films Offer Differing Views on Faulkner Killing, Mumia Supporters Claim New Evidence Undermines Key Witness Testimony


Machu Picchu Train Halted Over Water Protests
Authorities suspend tourist route to ancient ruins amid protests over irrigation scheme that could leave town without water
by Rory Carroll, Latin America correspondent
The Guardian/UK

The Short, Happy Life of Climate Change Enlightenment
The collapse of the talks at Copenhagen took away all momentum for change and the lobbyists are back in control. So what next?
by George Monbiot

Apartheid in Our Schools
by Derrick Z. Jackson

*Back to Old School

Cowboy Contractors: Armed and Dangerous
With increasing use of private military contractors in Afghanistan and Iraq, does the US government have proper oversight?
by Pratap Chatterjee

Linda Polman on “Afghaniscam”: Is US “Aid” Making Things Worse?
by Robert Naiman

*The moral necessity of shifting into neutral

Anti-Abortion Rights Model Guidelines Released: NOW Intensifies Call for Obama to Live Up to Campaign Promises

Environmental Working Group (EWG)
Pesticide Industry to Use Tax Dollars to Attack Critics

*They pick our poison, and we pay for it

Institute for Public Accuracy
Koch Brothers Funding Threat to California Environmental Law

Repression in Honduras? Dinner at the White House

*Perhaps Lobo and Obama will compare notes on extrajudicial executions over Bananas Foster

From Honduras, of course

Holbrooke Says World Cannot Foot Entire Bill for Pakistan Flood Recovery as US Spends Billions on Wars in Iraq, Afghanistan & Pakistan

*Getting your priorities straight …

from the cesspool

Tariq Ali on “The Obama Syndrome: Surrender at Home, War Abroad”

*Re the image of Dear Misleader gracing the book’s cover

Would you call it “The Face that Launched a Thousand Drones”?

Glenn Greenwald on Iran, Tea Party Candidates, Jon Stewart and Obama’s Assassination Policy

*Among other well-presented points, I appreciated Greenwald calling a spade a spade on the Demorats’ moral bankruptcy.

It’s an all too rare occurrence with many “progressives”, isn’t it?

Martin Peretz on the ‘Cultural Deficiencies’ of Blacks

*Comment left at link


National Economic and Social Rights Initiative (NESRI)
Oscar Otzoy on the Human Right to Work with Dignity

Elizabeth Warren In Office – But Not In Power
Banksters Cheer Tepid Rules on Anniversary of Lehman’s Fall
by Danny Schechter

*Stepping in the piles left by the dog and pony show

Pledge to See a Movie During This National Emergency
by Jim Horn

*These “factories” won’t get outsourced

They’ll get resourced

China, Energy, and Global Power: Twenty-First Century Energy Superpower
by Michael T. Klare

Trans-Afghanistan Pipeline Still a Dream
Presidents and Bankers, But No Action on the Ground
by Ted Rall

*Pipe dreams left out of the narrative for the nightmare, by corpress
and many “progressive” sources alike

Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER)
OSHA Should Get Out of the Whistleblowing Business
Scathing GAO Report Cements Case for a Separate Whistleblower Protection Agency

Amnesty International Activates Maternal Death Clock in NYC’s Times
Square Sending Powerful Message to United Nations to Reduce Deaths in
Childbirth As Poverty Summit Opens
Digital Billboard Clock Will Count One Death Per 90 Seconds and Tally
Nearly One Thousand Dead Every Day During the Three-Day Summit

Institute for Public Accuracy
Afghanistan’s “Phony Elections”

*False positive

Iraqi Refugee Describes Torture, Imprisonment of Husband Who Returned
to Iraq to Free Jailed Son

*A tortured definition of “democracy”

“New Order, Same Abuses”: Amnesty Condemns Iraq for Holding 30,000
Prisoners Without Trial

*Keeping up disappearances

British Jamaican Rastafarian Writer, Dub Poet Benjamin Zephaniah on
Poetry, Politics and Revolution


U.S. Money for Prisons, Not for Social Services
by Haider Rizvi
Inter Press Service

*Wasting green on the prison blues

State Hammers EPA on Science of Global Warming
In legal briefs, attorney general says science is unreliable.
by Asher Price
Austin American Statesman (Texas)

*Don’t mess with Texas

It’s pretty goddamn good at screwing itself, isn’t it?

The Food Crisis is Not About a Shortage of Food
by Jim Goodman

*Closing the Gates to food sovereignty

Suffocating the Poor: A Modern Parable
They democratically elected a president to stand up to the rich and multinational corporations – so our governments have him kidnapped
by Johann Hari

Digging Deeper into Wikileaks Afghan Files
by Nick Turse

Americans for Safe Access
Drug Czar Implicates Medical Marijuana in Increased Illegal Drug Abuse
Advocates say federal health study exaggerates claims, fails to connect the dots

*Pissin’ on the pot

Michael Moore Remembers How the Iraq War Began

*Comment left at link

NYT: Public Doesn’t Care About the Deficit After All

*Comment left at link

Percy Schmeiser vs Monsanto: The Story of a Canadian Farmer’s Fight to Defend the Rights of Farmers and the Future of Seeds


Greedy MoFos’ Obsession

Solar Power in Bangladesh Used to Empower People in Poor, Rural Areas

Large Anti-Government Protests in Thailand Scheduled on Fourth Anniversary of Coup


US Drones Prowl Mexico Bicentennial
by Al Jazeera English

*A brief history of a lengthy injustice

What Peace Talks? Gaza Left Out in the Cold
The US-sponsored Israeli-Palestinian peace talks and Israeli policy seek to exclude residents of the Gaza Strip
by Laila El-Haddad

*A “peace process” to create a separate piece

Hedge Fund-Funded Charter School Lobby Buys Elections, Destroys Education
When hedge funds invade the public schools arena, we are no longer talking about education, but of markets.
by Margaret Kimberley

*Your kids are commodities to these bastards, dumbing them down while jacking up their profit margins.

It’s the American Dream turned nightmare, and it’s brought to you by the ambassador of The Audacity of Nope ™.

Holy War
by Robert C. Koehler

*What’s so funny ’bout peace, love and understanding?

It’s a joke to the “Jesus” freaks – who’d have nailed the boy to a board a whole helluva lot faster than the Romans, don’t you think?

Institute for Public Accuracy
Poverty Jump and “Shredding the Safety Net”

*The poor will always be with us

As long as this shit goes on

The Nation: Docs Reveals Blackwater-Linked Companies Provided Intel & Security to Multinationals Like Monsanto, Chevron

*Protection racket

Right Livelihood Laureates from Croatia, Thailand and Burundi Discuss Their Battles for Social Justice

Johan Galtung on the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Mideast Peace Talks, and Why Obama Is Losing His Base

*Well worth reading, although I think Galtung appears to focus so much on the macro that he loses sight of the micro – that is, how his proposals for regional and global conflict resolution might affect ordinary folks in nations with oppressive governments and other actors.

I’d like to ask him about that.

See what you think.


Corporations Ain’t People: A Musical Protest
GLEE-inspired activism for a democracy run by human beings, not corporations.

*Not buying into it

Big Coal Tea Party Extremists Circle Wagons
Coalfields Left Behind in Ruins
by Jeff Biggers

When Political Activism Gets Treated as Potential Terrorism
by Marcy Wheeler

*Use a conscience, go to jail

By One Vote, US Court OKs Torture and “Extraordinary Rendition”
by Andy Worthington

*No secret what was done, and no secret why it’s being suppressed, is there?

World Bank Invests Record Sums in Coal
Last year, $3.4bn was invested in the dirtiest fossil fuel despite international commitments to cut emissions
by Juliette Jowit
The Guardian/UK

*The coal hard facts
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW)
11 of America’s Most Crooked Candidates Moving On to the General Election

*The worst that money can buy

Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR)
New Study: State and Local Workers Earn Less than Private Sector, Even Factoring in Benefits

*Mything the facts

The Politics of News Media Audiences

*Comment left at link

Final Primaries Held Before November Midterms, Tea Party Gains Ground in GOP

*The hate comes as no surprise – I’m from Miss’ssippi, so I saw a heapin’ helpin’ of it growing up in the ’60s – but these fools will blithely allow themselves to be led off a cliff on Social Security, Medicare et al, in their blind rage toward “the other”, won’t they?

If that doesn’t qualify as certifiably insane, what would?

Right Livelihood Award Celebrates 30th Anniversary with Gathering of Laureates in Bonn

Another 9/11 Anniversary: September 11, 1973, When US-Backed Pinochet Forces Took Power in Chile

*Let freedom’s neck be wrung

From “Little Tibet” to Kenya, Right Livelihood Laureates Fight for Peace and Social Justice

France Comes Under Mounting Pressure over Mass Deportation of Roma

*So much for that whole “fraternité” thing

Institute for Public Accuracy
Veteran Testifies About His “Torture” by U.S. Military

*Stand behind the troops

While you’re giving them the shaft


A Planet at War With Itself
Poor sanitation, water shortages, climate change and environmental destruction – Afghanistan grimly illustrates the fate of many nations if we do not act now
by John Vidal
The Guardian/UK

*Not one mention of the role of Western corps and gummints in this litany of woe

None so blind …

The American Way of War Quiz
This Was the War Month That Was (Believe It or Not)
by Tom Engelhardt and Nick Turse

*Test your bile level

Afghan War Myths
by Ted Rall

*Fracturing fairy tales

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Nobel Laureate on Mideast

As Regulators Weigh Drilling in Marcellus Shale, EPA Opens Public Hearings on Health and Environmental Impact of Hydraulic Fracturing

Street Sweeper Social Club: “Revolutionary Party Music” from Tom
Morello of Rage Against the Machine and Boots Riley of the Coup

In Monumental Union Vote, California Healthcare Workers to Choose Between SEIU and Breakaway NUHW

*Getting back to “Which side are you on?”


The Arctic Oil Rush
Greenland is a land apart – where many people welcome global warming,
dislike Greenpeace, and hope the arrival of Big Oil will transform
their lives. But at what price to this pristine wilderness?
by Terry Macalister
The Guardian/UK

*Problematic perspective here, but the piece does illustrate how
difficult it can be to persuade people of the undeniable necessity of
drastically changing how we live on this planet, in the face of their
understandable desire for a better life, doesn’t it?

The Proving Grounds: School “Rheeform” in Washington, D.C.
by Leigh Dingerson
Rethinking Schools

*Academic apartheid and the bantustans with blackboards

The Good Food Evolution
by Grace Lee Boggs

*Consumption of something good

For a change

A Plan Colombia for Mexico
by Laura Carlsen

*Inane comment about Obama’s “courage” at the end, but useful intel on a “drug war” that’s a fetid fig leaf for US intervention

Divestment: From the Campus to the Streets
by Mohammad Talaat

*Academic fraud of the highest, or lowest, order

Chile’s Ghosts: The Tyranny of Forgetting
by Benjamin Dangl

*Whether in Chile or the US, those who ensure that the sins of the past live on in the horrors of the present implore us to “look forward”.

If we heed them, we will have nothing to look forward to.

Institute for Local Self-Reliance
Community Solar – A New Model for Local Ownership?

Corporate Accountability International
IFC Finalizes €100 Million Deal to Push Water Privatization
Forgets to tell media, takes quiet stake in Veolia Voda amid growing criticism, failure elsewhere

Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER)
EPA Criminal Investigations Sag Under Obama
Number of Criminal Investigators, Cases and Convictions Slump as Program Drifts

FAIR Action Alert
ABC’s Broken Tax ‘Factcheck’
World News bolsters Republican myths

*Funny how corporations (and let’s not forget that’s what media conglomerates are) don’t seem to have the same deep and abiding concern for the fate of small businesses when they’re running them out of business, isn’t it?

Institute for Public Accuracy
K Street “Almost Giddy” about “Speaker Boehner”

*What price friendship?

About $38K apiece

Tariq Ramadan Debates Moustafa Bayoumi on Proposed Islamic Center Near
Ground Zero

*Ramadan’s argument doesn’t make a lick of sense – if you give a rat’s
ass about religious freedom and equality, that is – does it?

And it doesn’t matter if this is an Islamic center or a mosque.
Anything to do with Islam would be condemned by these hatemongers and
the fools who follow them.

And let’s be clear about the “radicalism” of the imam.  This is
someone who facilitates US PR on State Department-funded trips to the
Middle East, which is hardly ever mentioned in the “progressive”
media, which shows that even “good Muslims”, as defined by the power
structure, have no protection against this tsunami of prejudice, do

The bastards pushing this aren’t doing so because of “emotional
sensitivies”, and the ignoramusi who listen to them won’t be mollifed
by any gestures based on them, will they?

So let’s see this for what it is, and fight it accordingly.


Activists Go on Trial in Nevada for Protesting Obama Admin Drone Program

“This Is the Worst Catastrophe to Hit Any State Since Biblical Times”–Just Back from Pakistan, Feryal Ali Gauhar Describes the Suffering from the Flood

*Death from above and below

While Gingrich Says Obama Acts “Kenyan, Anti-Colonial,” What Does a Real Kenyan Anti-Colonialist Think? A Conversation with Novelist Ngugi wa Thiong’o

*If only


The Quran-Burning PR Pastor: Blame the Media

*Comments left at link


Drug Wars in Juarez Fuels Boom in El Paso
by Malak Behrouznami via Paul Jay

*Like The War On Terror ™, there’s much more to The War On Drugs
(c) than meets the unwary eye, isn’t there?


PG&E, Owner of Exploded California Pipeline, Also Runs Major Political Operation
by Evan Mackinder
Open Secrets Blog

*Plugged in, big time

Howard Zinn on Non-Violent Civil Disobedience
by Beyond Nuclear

Why Peaceniks Should Care About the Afghanistan Study Group Report
by Robert Naiman

*I think this is important to read, not because I think Naiman’s right, but because his contentions need to be discussed, and not summarily dismissed.

I don’t see any reason why uncompromising opposition to US policy is antithetical to voicing “practical” arguments against the war.  I think the danger lies in abandoning a morally-grounded critique and focusing solely on what might supposedly sway elite and public opinion, as seems to be the trend among some “progressive leaders”, who constantly point to the “failures” of the war effort, rather than the horrors visited upon its victims, as the reason for ending it.

It begs the question of whether they’d oppose a “successful” operation, doesn’t it?

What if both wars had gone largely as planned, with a “minimum” of Afghan and Iraqi deaths?  What if both nations now had stable, “democratic” regimes (that did our bidding – of their own free will, of course)?

And does anyone recall the near-silence on Afghanistan for years?  I thought that being “anti-war” meant being “anti-wars”, didn’t you?

And when was the last time you heard anyone talk about the actual reasons the US is in these countries – to secure resources and the means to access them, and to counter the influence of geopolitical rivals?

Let’s focus on those facts, as well as whatever “pragmatic” reasons may be valid, making it clear that our opposition isn’t based on the “disastrous” state of these invasions, but on the human disasters played out every day the US war machine rolls on.

Make sense?


Why is Oil Giant BP Helping Develop California Schools Environmental Curriculum?

*BP – Blatant Propaganda

In Landmark Ruling, Judge Rules ’Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ Policy is Unconstitutional

*While this is a positive step for equality, if it stands, isn’t the upshot that gay servicemembers now can openly participate in the death and destruction that our imperial legions wreak around the world?

That never seems to enter the discussion among “progressives”, does it?

Pakistan Flood Victims Tell of Suffering, Unfolding Disaster in Southern Sindh Province

*Dying for attention

Militarization of State Dept. Stirs Little Media Interest

*I thought this was a pretty good thumbnail sketch by Bennis of what’s left in, and added, after the US gets “out of Iraq”

Institute for Public Accuracy
9/11, Burning Qurans and Burning People

*Cappellio’s comments put things in proper perspective, don’t you think?


The Politics of Death Row
by Fault Lines/Al Jazeera

The Wholly Fallible Ben Bernanke
by Dean Baker

*One caveat to Baker’s analysis:

Bernanke’s not on flocking with the deficit hawks on Social Security et al due to an “error” of judgment, is he?

This is a conscious plan to destroy what passes for a “safety net” – his business buddies’ most fervent wet dream, and one they have good reason to believe might come true.

NARAL Pro-Choice America
47,858 Pro-Choice Americans Sign Letter Opposing Obama Administration Policy on High-Risk Pools
Pro-choice group sends names to HHS as comment period on temporary pools closes, cites how policy harms women with significant health problems

FAIR Extra!
First, Bash the Teachers
Media find a scapegoat for educational failure
By Peter Hart

Tea Party vs. U.S. Social Forum
Mass movements that matter for media—Round 2
By Julie Hollar

*Blackouts and whitewashes

Obama Fights to End Bush Tax Cuts for the Wealthy, GOP Pushes Back

*Dear Misleader turns populist.

Heard any other good jokes lately?

And think about this segment title, although the piece itself isn’t as obtuse.

Could’ve been a White House press release, don’t you think?

Federal Court Dismisses Lawsuit Against Boeing in CIA “Torture Flight” Program

*Wizner makes the comment, as so many others have, that the US is “losing its reputation as a human rights defender”.

My question is, who sees it as one?

Who has a firm grip on the grim reality, that is.

Concerns Raised over Use of Computer RFID Chips to Track Preschool Children

No Charges Brought Against Philadelphia School that Monitored Students by Remotely Activating Webcams

*Sleazy kid stuff

Institute for Public Accuracy
Europe Protests a Model?

*Of course it’s insane for folks in dire economic straits to vote Republican this November, and it shows the depth of ignorance that doesn’t exist at the same level in Europe when it comes to understanding who’s screwing you, but the Demorats have done essentially nothing to help these people, and that’s the reason for their dicey prospects in November.

And, stating the bleedin’ obvious, their actions and inactions make it crystal clear just whose side they’re on, don’t they?


Violence Does Cross the Border After All–Going the Other Way

Is Nova Catering to Its Anti-Science Sugar Daddy?

During War There Are No Civilians
Sitting in on the Rachel Corrie trial alarmingly reveals an open
Israeli policy of indiscrimination towards civilians.
by Nora Barrows-Friedman
Al Jazeera English

Who Dares Question the Industrial Food System over GM Salmon?
Genetically modified salmon is deemed safe for human consumption –
despite higher levels of a suspected carcinogen
by Dan Kennedy

*Something Frankenfishy going on

Raj Patel: Mozambique’s Food Riots Are the True Face of Global Warming

*Land sharks and the greenwashing of their greedy grabs

Jailed for Facebook Friending: Animal Rights Activist Rod Coronado
Ordered Back to Prison After Accepting Friend Request from Fellow

Gainesville Muslim Community Organizes Vigils, Teach-Ins to Counter
Planned Quran Burning

*The corpress focuses on how this might harm the “our troops” (read
“the occupations and all the goodies we invaded for”), rather than how
these outright acts of hatred affect the folks who are their targets.

Just another day for “the other” in these here United States, isn’t it?


In Mich. Cleanup, a Missed Opportunity for Local Workers and Abuse of
Undocumented Ones
Investigation Into Serious Labor Violations in Oil Spill Cleanup Leads
to Broader Questions
Staff Report
The Washington Independent

South Still Battling to Stop North’s Biopiracy
by Hilaire Avril
Inter Press Service

*Patent perfidy

‘Honor’ Killing: The Crimewave that Shames the World
It’s one of the last great taboos: the murder of at least 20,000 women a year in the name of ‘honor’. Nor is the problem confined to the Middle East: the contagion is spreading rapidly.
by Robert Fisk
The Independent/UK

*It’s very hard to read of these horrors, and impossible to understand
the mentality that leads to them, and to their acceptance.

Ultimately it has to come down to misogyny, doesn’t it?  The vast
majority of women have been treated as lesser humans, or less than
human, since time immemorial.

It’s a man’s world, and until that changes, woman will continue to be
the nigger of that world.

Time Running Out Faster Than Water, Experts Warn
by Thalif Deen
Inter Press Service

Will Our Generals Ever Shut Up?
The Military’s Media Megaphone and the U.S. Global Military Presence
by Tom Engelhardt

*Required reading, I think, on how the corpress has facilitated the
emergence of a Pentagon subservient to no one, least of all those it
claims to “protect and defend”.

Scary shit, in sum.

The Case Against Corporate Social Responsibility
by Russell Mokhiber

*Karnani talks “reasonably” of “market failures”, but the system’s set
up to be a moral failure, isn’t it?

If it wasn’t, there’d be no need for PR campaigns like these, would there?

They aren’t the product of a few bad apples.

The whole orchard is rotten.

Another Disaster for Pakistan as More Loans Announced
Jubilee USA Network Condemns New Loans as a Threat to Pakistan’s Future

Institute for Public Accuracy
Europe Protests

Facing Poor Unemployment, Foreclosure & Bankruptcy Rates, Obama Campaigns on Economy in Lead-Up to Nov. Midterms

*If Feingold’s about the best we can hope for from the Demorats, then we’d best look elsewhere, don’t you think?

Half-measures are going to leave us fully screwed, and that’s as far as “progressive” party members are going to go, either ignorantly or wilfully.

Fighting Bob’s happening a half-hour’s walk from my place.  Maybe, just maybe, there’ll be some folks there who can see beyond the horizon afforded us by two-party one-system politics – and hopefully I’ll find them.

While the rest of the assemblage gives Jesse Jackson a “lifetime achievement” award.

Robert Scheer on The Great American Stickup: How Reagan Republicans and Clinton Democrats Enriched Wall Street While Mugging Main Street

*I think it’s key that Scheer calls the New Deal “sensible”, because it was a sensible adjustment to the capitalist system.  By that I mean that the reforms saved capitalism from itself, which was precisely their goal, wasn’t it?

And I’ve never really understood why the elites can’t see that if they would be willing to part with some relatively minor portion of their wealth, such that folks could have the basics of a decent life, they wouldn’t have to worry about losing their positions to popular anger over their rapaciousness.

But maybe they don’t think that could ever happen – at least in the “developed” world – so why give up anything?

And maybe they’re right.

When people like Scheer, who lays out some good intel here, can call bastards like Slippery William and Dear Misleader our “friends”, even ironically, that tells you something about the state of “progressive” thought in these here United States, doesn’t it?

If he and others, with access to the straight skinny on these charlatans, can allow themselves to be deceived by their empty rhetoric, only to later be “disappointed” by those they should have had no faith in to begin with, then how are the masses ever going to suss the reality, and move against it to create a just society?

I’m just asking.

Anybody got any answers?

Elizabeth Warren Says Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, That She Might Head, Is Obama’s “Strongest Financial Reform”

*I guess the best way to judge Warren’s menschiness is that if she gets the job, she’s not what she’s cracked up to be.

Not that being rejected would verify her bona fides, but acceptance would surely vitiate them, don’t you think?


*Enjoy the holiday.  It exists because folks in the labor movement fought for it.

So please bear that in mind when some bastard politician dedicated to the diminution of workers’ rights uses it for her or his own pernicious purposes.

There’ll be no dearth of them out and about today, will there?*  


A World in Collapse?
Robert Jensen interviewed by Alex Doherty
New Left Project

*I think we’re doomed, but I’m gonna try to prove myself a lousy prophet.

Wanna help?

Screening Out the Empathy: The Impact of Screen Culture on Our Brains
by Bridie Smith
The Age (Australia)

Report: States Pass Staggering Array of Anti-Choice Laws, Policies and
Ballot Measures
by Amie Newman, Managing Editor, RH Reality Check

10 Ways to Solve the Jobs Problem
Imagine a no-holds-barred “summit” that comes up with ideas to solve
both our job and environmental problems. What might it come up with?
by Fran Korten

*Disposing of the disposable society

Why Israel Imprisoned My Best Friend
by Mohammed Khatib

*Violence begets violence

It’s what the oppressor counts on, closing off all other avenues of
resistance to justify his brutality as “defense”

Institute for Public Accuracy
CEO Pay, Unemployment and Labor

*Brenner asks, “Where are the pitchforks?”, but so many folks have
been brainwashed into believing that they have a stake in this vicious
system, when we need to be working to drive a stake through its heart.

Another Oil and Gas Rig Explosion in Gulf of Mexico Renews Calls for
Offshore Drilling Ban

Educators Push Back Against Obama’s “Business Model”  for School Reforms

*Vital intel on the corporate and gummint push to align the education
system with the economic system to create worker bees who can be
plugged into their slots to meet the needs of global capital.

Education becomes a tool of exploitation, not a journey of exploration.

Study: CEOs Who Fired Most Workers Earned Highest Pay

*Cut and waste

Flood Refugees in Karachi Relief Camp Complain of Government
Corruption and Inefficiency


Institute for Public Accuracy
Washington’s Mideast Talks

*”Peace” of shit,  put bluntly

Can You Say, Fascism?  The Political Consequences of Stagnation
by Walden Bello

Five Ways You Can Help Pakistan (and the Rest of Us)
The Pakistani people need our help.  Here’s what we can do today, and how
to reduce the number of  future disasters.
by Sarah van Gelder

GE Sugar Beets: Groups Condemn USDA Action Avoiding Court Order
Attempt to Circumvent Recent Federal Court Order Making the Plantings

*Truth in labeling:

United States Department of Agribusiness

As Pakistan Floods Continue Moving South, Calls for Debt Cancellation

*A flood of money for war, while the desperate are left high and dry

After Years of Organizing, Domestic Workers Win Bill of Rights Law in
New York

Appeals Court Ruling Allows Government to Use GPS to Track People’s

*Big Brother’s multi-track mind

Alexander Zaitchik on “Common Nonsense: Glenn Beck and the Triumph of

*Triple threat:  Elmer Gantry, Joe McCarthy and Ross Barnett all rolled
into one pernicious perverted package


Overworked and Underpaid? Productivity Increases, But Wage Growth
by Akito Yoshikane
In These Times

*Getting jobbed

If you have one

Army Downplays Depleted Uranium Risk on Hawaiian Island
Radiation levels safe at Pohakuloa, Army says
by William Cole
Honolulu Star-Advertiser

*Depleted credibility

Campaign Finance Reformers Facing Major Political, Legal Obstacles
by Andrew Kreighbaum
Open Secrets Blog

Behind Mexico’s Bloodshed
Bruce Livesey: While free trade wiped out Mexico’s traditional
agriculture, the drug cartels moved in
by The Real News Network

Weaning the World Off Oil
Greenpeace’s occupation of an Arctic rig carries a simple message: stop
drilling for fossil fuels
by John Sauven

*Ending our addiction before it ends our existence

The Awful Price for Teaching Less than We Know
by Michael Winship

*Human beings are the only species wilfully incapable of reason, and
many Americans belong to a subset with a deep aversion to it, don’t

Dying on Our Doorstep: Mexico’s War and the US Drug Problem
by Firmin DeBrabander

*Gummint’s and the corpress’ deadly habit of ignoring ours

The Lomborg Deception: About Yesterday’s Front-Page Story in the
by Howard Friel

*Changing his tune, but not the lyrics

Public Citizen
Astroturf Alert: Rallies Against Congressional Oil Spill Measures
Represent Industry Views – Not Citizens

Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR)
Seven Key Facts About Social Security and the Federal Budget

“Iraq Is a Shattered Country” – Nir Rosen on Obama Declaring an End to
US Combat Mission in Iraq

*Change we can make-believe in, while the status quo’s all too real for
Iraqis, isn’t it?

Withdrawal or Enduring Presence? US Military Continues to Invest
Hundreds of Millions in Iraq Bases

*Never can say goodbye

Invisible War: How Thirteen Years of US-Imposed Economic Sanctions
Devastated Iraq Before the 2003 Invasion

*Baby killers armed with briefcases

“Security for Everyone, Not Just Settlers and Occupiers” – Ali Abunimah
on Opening of US-Brokered Mideast Peace Talks

*Not much to add to Abunimah’s words – there will be no just solution
until a Palestinian’s life has as much value as an Israeli’s, will


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