December 2010


Research Links Rise in Falluja Birth Defects and Cancers to US Assault
• Defects in newborns 11 times higher than normal • ‘War contaminants’ from 2004 attack could be cause
by Martin Chulov
The Guardian/UK

*Chulov writes of the US’ “steady departure”, but even if that were true, its war crimes will continue to maim and kill for untold years to come

2011: Time for a New Clear Vision
by Randall Amster

*It’s tempting for any informed person to focus on the hell looming before us, and in which billions already live, and not see the global efforts waged against it.

Whether justice triumphs or not, and whether we can avert the end of the natural world as we know it, it’s vital to our sense of humanity that we realize that our better angels do exist in great numbers, and will go down fighting for the principles that give our existence meaning.

I’m not at all sanguine about our future, but for me, hope isn’t really necessary.  We do what we can in the present, and live as best we can according to that sense of humanity.

If we have any purpose, that’s it, don’t you think?  Regardless of the outcome, we want to be able to say, at the end …

“Stick a fork in me.  I did what I could, and I’m done.”

If enough folks feel that way, maybe we ain’t done just yet.

A Snowy Glimpse of America’s Future
by David Sirota

*The ultimate snow job

A Bitter Pill: Birth Rates Fall, But It’s No Reproductive-Rights Victory
by Michelle Chen

It’s Time to Protect Consumers from Toxic Chemicals
Because BPA is in canned food and receipts and on our money, it’s virtually impossible to avoid.
by Lindsay Dahl

*Important info on the dangers

None on the nefarious reasons they exist, or how the regulatory system came to be “broken”

And if “commonsense” prevailed in Congress, this would’ve been dealt with decades ago, don’t you think?


Wall Street’s Ten Biggest Lies for 2010
by Les Leopold

*One-way Street

Indonesia’s ‘Slow Motion Genocide’
By ignoring Indonesian army killings in West Papua, the western press is tacitly colluding in mass murder
by Jay Griffiths

*Freedom of repress

Serfing USA: Corporate America is Robbing American Workers
by Dave Lindorff

*Working for small change

The 2010 P.U.-litzer Prizes are Here!

*So many choices …

Of course, the corpress deserves a group award for its daily Newspeak, but I think this piece from AP’s Laurie Wellman scores especially high on the fact-free fantasy meter:

Chastened, unpopular Congress rallies in lame duck

A representative slice of the tripe:

“Under Obama, Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., Congress reshaped a recessive economy, health care policy and Wall Street regulation. Both the costs and the government’s reach were mind-boggling, alienating voters reeling under a near 10 percent unemployment rate and raising their distrust of Congress.”

So, voters “reeling under a near 10 percent unemployment rate” were opposed to stimulating the economy?  Those who’ve lost their homes were irate over Wall Street regulation?

Of course, folks should’ve been angry about the farcical nature of these acts, but Weller posits them as “mind-boggling” costly gummint overreach in service to a “liberal agenda”, doesn’t she?

Talk about an agenda.

And I’m mad as hell about the health care debacle, and I have plenty of company, not because of “overreach”, but due to the short-arming of flushing even a public option, much less real universal coverage.  I had to shell out substantial smack for a minor procedure this year, due to being uninsured, and I’m hardly alone, am I?  And of course many are in far worse shape.

So yeah, I have an intense “distrust of Congress”, and the administration, not for the fantasies of “Big Government” Weller conjures here, but for the lies wrapped in platitudes about “hope and change”.

And I have an intense, and empirical, distrust of the corpress for reasons that should be readily apparent from “journalism” like the above.

“Deepwater Horizon’s Final Hours:” The Explosion that Killed 11 Workers and Led to the Worst Oil Spill in U.S. History

*It’s always instructive – and, of course, maddening – to listen to these corpress guys when they try to “put things into perspective”, isn’t it?

Barstow talks about the well-paying jobs on the rigs as a reason why the moratorium was lifted, as if the relative handful of workers on them had any say in that.  It was lifted because corporations’ profit margins would suffer if it wasn’t, and that was the overriding consideration here, wasn’t it?

For him to not even mention that shows either a wilful ignorance, or a naivete no journalist should possess, don’t you think?

Son of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg: “My Parents Were Executed Under the Unconstitutional Espionage Act—Here’s Why We Must Fight to Protect Julian Assange”

*History’s repeating rifle, replete with the same self-righteous assurances that “God is on our side”, expressed in Considine’s vomitous commentary, in overwhelming evidence today.

I guess that whole “Thou shalt not kill” thing was just an inside joke.


Season of Hardship Connects Struggling Workers in Two Worlds
by Michelle Chen
In These Times

Are You Ready for a ‘No Impact’ Week?
You’re invited to a one-week carbon cleanse that could change the way you think about your life—and the planet, too.
by YES! Magazine

The Gaza Massacre and the Struggle for Justice
by Ali Abunimah

Capital’s War Against WikiLeaks
Can the leak phenonomen sustain the continued assault by the corporate sector to prevail in the first ever cyber-war?
by Mark Levine

Lakota Deserve Apology for Wounded Knee, 120 Years Ago
by Mark Anthony Rolo

Arizona Bans Ethnic Studies (Also, Reason and Justice)
by Randall Amster

*Historical South by hysterical Southwest

Photoshopping the American Dream
by Linh Dinh

*How many shopping days ’til oblivion?

Failure to Obey a Lawful Order
by Leah Bolger

*Obedience to, and of, a higher order

Environmental Integrity Project et alia
EPA Coal Ash Analysis Flawed: Overstates Value of Coal Ash Recycling by More than 20 Times

*Your tax dollars at extremely dirty work

Allan Nairn: As U.S. Loses Its Global Economic Edge, Its “One Clear Comparative Advantage is in Killing, and It’s Using It”

*Nairn’s view of Dear Misleader is pretty clear-eyed, isn’t it?  In that, it differs from many “progressives”, doesn’t it?

On equality of opportunity and result, in the profit system, no one, no matter how hard they work, “gets ahead” without someone else losing.  Exploitation is an immutable part of its nature, isn’t it?  Even if you don’t intend to, it’s hardwired into the process.

We have to get to “From each according to her talents, to each according to his needs”, if we’re going to survive.  The reward for hard work should be the recognition and appreciation of your efforts, and the visceral satisfaction, the joy, you should feel from making things better for others.

If that’s not enough for you, in a world where you would have what you need to live a dignified existence, you’d better ask yourself why, hadn’t you?


Tests of ‘Roe’ More Frequent Since Justices Upheld Late-Term Abortion Ban in ’07
by Robert Barnes
The Washington Post

*Please keep in mind that these same legislators are hell bent on slashing the meager services many of these children will need to have a chance at staying healthy, or even surviving.

Just how “pro-life” is that?

Israel Represses Israelis and Congress Approves
by Stephen Zunes

*I’d like to know the 36 reps who voted against the resolution, wouldn’t you?

At least here, they did the mensch thing.

Haiti: Where Aid Failed
Why have at least 2,500 people died of cholera when there are about 12,000 NGOs in the country?
by Unni Karunakara

*”Clusters” bomb, and the bodies pile up

From Snowstorms to Heat Waves, How Global Warming Causes Extreme Weather and Climate Instability

*Much vital intel, but at the end, Epstein descends into “global marketplace” rhetoric, and I don’t see how we’re going to get to the necessary destination as long as the profit principle is in the driver’s seat, do you?

This can’t be about “reforming” a competitive system.  It has to be about replacing it with one based on cooperation.  What we have to do is antithetical to the capitalist culture of winning and losing.  Our species does have the ability to work together for the common good, and facing its greatest crisis, we will have to do so on a global scale.

If we can manage that, and I’m not in the least sanguine about the possibility, given the forces arrayed against it, but if we can, we’ll all profit in the most fundamental way, won’t we?

Indian Human Rights Activist Dr. Binayak Sen Sentenced to Life in Prison in Widely Criticized Ruling

*When the US is silent on a human rights activist’s conviction and imprisonment, it’s a strong indicator that their work is likely quite righteous, isn’t it?


Jewish Activist Faces Jail for West Bank Resistance
by Donald Macintyre in Tel Aviv
The Independent/UK

*Conscience over country

Rare Earth Metals Mine is Key to US Control over Hi-Tech Future
Approval secured to restart operations, which could be crucial in challenging China’s stranglehold on the market
by Suzanne Goldenberg
The Guardian/UK

Repeal of DADT Becomes Zero Sum Game Between Gays and Gitmo Detainees
by Peter Certo

*Why did this song pop into my head?

Rhetorical question.

2011: A Brave New Dystopia
by Chris Hedges

*While hope is being strangled here, it may be flowering in Latin America and elsewhere.

The struggle between those two futures will determine whether this planet and its people will have one worth hoping for.

An Open Letter from Gaza: Two Years After the Massacre, a Demand for Justice
by Gazans Seeking Justice

*The corpress called this a “war”, and it was, and is – waged against any concept of humanity

Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER)
EPA’s Jackson Has Checkered Chromium Record
New Jersey Tenure Marked by Stifling Health Warnings on Deadly Substance

*More of Dear Misleader’s “Audacity of ‘Nope'”, and the deadly consequences for us

As Thousands Flee Ivory Coast, Former Clinton Adviser Lanny Davis is Paid Lobbyist for President Who Refuses to Cede Power

*I’d like to know more about Ouattara, and what connections he might have to US gummint and corporate interests.  Perhaps US backing for him is a smokescreen, given Campbell’s comments about Lanny Davis and the Clintons, but if not, you always have to look askance whenever the US goes out of its way to take sides in a situation like this, don’t you?

From the Pentagon to the Private Sector: Boston Globe Analysis Finds Large Numbers of Retiring Generals Entering Defense Industry

*”Blurring the lines”, my ass.  This is pouring a fifty-gallon drum of White-out on them.

Nothing complex about this military-industrial trough feed, is there?


Cuban medics in Haiti put the world to shame
Castro’s doctors and nurses are the backbone of the fight against cholera
by Nina Lakhani
The Independent/UK

*Obviously not “fit to print” in the NYT or any other corpress outlet stateside, but why hasn’t this been featured in “alternative media” pieces on Haiti?

Facts is facts.  Whatever political and PR motives might be part of this effort, it’s saving lives, isn’t it?

More from Granma International:


Global Recession Turns Top-Tier Economies Upside Down
by Michelle Chen

*Pay-ing the price for perfidy

Center for Biological Diversity
New Obama Offshore Oil Plan Sacrifices Polar Bear Habitat

*Science and simple humanity left out in the cold

As Ex-Argentine Dictator Sentenced to Life in Prison, Mother of “Disappeared” Children Recounts Decades-Long Struggle for Justice

*Not mentioned here is the US’ support for these atrocities, and it’s easy enough to say that and have it become just a political point, and not truly think about the human cost of what our “leaders” colluded with.

And it’s not history.  It’s the present, and the future, and it will continue until we can put ourselves in the place of the Mothers and all the others who’ve suffered for our empire’s sins, around the world and around the corner.

Without that empathy, we’re all doomed.


The ‘Repo-Demo’ Party’s Three Phase Austerity Plan for America
Get ready for more of the same failed “job creation” policies, enacted by an increasingly unified political elite
by Jack Rasmus
In These Times

*The shit’s hitting the fan

And the fan’s pointed down

“Coexistence” with Monsanto: Hell No!
by Ronnie Cummins

*The dire urgency of winning the naming game

Public Citizen
Nuclear Waste From as Many as 36 States May Rumble Down Texas Highways if Texas Nuclear Waste Importation Plan Is Approved
Texans Have Until Sunday to Speak Against Radioactive Waste Rolling Along Highways and Rails

*Highways to hell

Public Employees for Enviromental Responsibility (PEER)
Federal Agencies Flying Blind in Cape Wind Approvals
Internal E-Mails Admit Huge Data Gaps, Inability to Monitor and Pursue Mitigation

*An ill wind blowin’

As Senate Passes 9/11 Health Bill, Juan Gonzalez Notes Relative Absence of Key Figures Like Bush and Giuliani

*No props for those used as props

WikiLeaks Cables Reveal U.S. Sought to Retaliate Against Europe over Monsanto GM Crops

*Forcing Frankenfoods down our throats

FBI Expands Probe into Antiwar Activists

*Use a conscience, go to jail

After GOP Blocks DREAM Act, Where is Immigration Activism Headed?

*Making a break with the Party poopers


Biting Winters Driven by Global Warming: Scientists
by Marlowe Hood
Agence France-Presse

Obama Walks Back on Guantánamo
The president’s order for indefinite detention of ‘war on terror’ suspects marks continuity with Bush-era disdain for legal norms
by Karen Greenberg

National Women’s Law Center
NWLC Deplores Congress’ Failure to Repeal Military Abortion Ban

*”Pro-life” baby killers

Institute for Public Accuracy
Indefinite Detention and Assassination: “Clock Back to Pre-Magna Carta Times”

*The long arm of the lawless

Census: As Red States Grow, So Do Hispanic Populations Within

*”The Red Menace” takes on a whole other meaning here, doesn’t it?

As for the growth of minority populations within those states …

Gerrymander, anyone?

“I’ve Been to 44 Funerals in the Last 4 1/2 Years”–9/11 First Responder John Feal Calls on Senate to Pass Zadroga Bill

*Feal’s story of selflessness is inspiring, and I’m glad it was featured, but I think we also needed to here from someone who could lay out the horseshit that’s kept this bill from being passed, don’t you?

“Barbour is an Unreconstructed Southerner”: Prof. John Dittmer on Mississippi Governor’s Praise of White Citizens’ Councils

*Dittmer may demur from labeling this bastard a racist, but I have no qualms about doing so.

Just about every white person who grew up in Mississippi in that time is.

I was one of them, and at the time, I was a racist – out of ignorance, rather than hate – and as that ignorance receded, I became less of one, but I’d still call myself a “recovering” racist, who has to remain aware of those tendencies, and resist them.

I don’t think many of my contemporaries are willing to make that effort, or see any reason to, as evidenced by the good guv’ner’s words and actions.

Ross Barnett’s ghost still haunts the governor’s mansion, and is an honored guest.


The Debate Over Whether Obama Loves America

*Though possibly unintentional, there’s a problem here in conflating love of country with a belief in its exceptionalism.  Does the former necessitate the latter?

Beyond that, I’m not sure what “loving America” means.  What precisely is “America”?

Standing mute before the death dealings of the powerful in this country would seem to be a peculiar form of love, don’t you think?  If you care about Americans, and everyone else on this planet, wouldn’t the highest expression of that caring be to do what your conscience demands and your courage allows, to do what you can to ensure a livable world for them and their progeny?

Isn’t the bottom line that whole Golden Rule thing, and their history and their present acts have consistently shown this nation’s “leaders” to be exceptions to that rule, haven’t they?

What they seem to be wilfully unable to comprehend is that ultimately no amount of money and power will grant them exceptions to the rules of nature, and its destruction.  We’re all in the same boat, and when the ship goes down, it won’t matter whether you’re in a first class cabin or steerage.

And, as the man said, your flag decal won’t get you into heaven anymore.

Center for Biological Diversity
Lawsuit Launched to Recover Wolves Across Country
National Plan Would Focus on Saving Existing Wolf Populations and Returning Wolves to West Coast, New England, Southern Rockies and Great Plains

Labor Rights Groups
Free2Work iPhone App Helps Shoppers Avoid Gifts Made with Child Labor

*That the State Department supports this is worrisome.  Hopefully it’s not a sign that it’s something less than it purports to be.

Institute for Public Accuracy
Cost of START Treaty

*Christmas never ends for the nuke pimps, does it?

And in the spirit of the season:

Obama Flip-Flop: FCC Vote Could End Net Neutrality

*Oh, what a mangled web they weave …

Local Community Radio Act Passes in Congress

*By all means, party down with the fuckers who fought you tooth and nail.

Jesus H. Christ …

And Goodman just lets that slide, don’t she?

Part II…Feminists Debate Sexual Allegations against Julian Assange

*I think Friedman’s being dogmatic here, and I can see why, given her history and that of so many women who have been sexually assaulted.  And I don’t say that to intimate that she’s being “irrational”, although I do feel she’s being illogical, if you can suss the difference.

The problem arises from the fact that there are such things as ambiguous circumstances, but the concept of ambiguity has often been used to deny justice to victims.  Perhaps this case is an exception that proves the rule.

But at this point, we just don’t know, and we may never know.  But we shouldn’t allow our disdain for the way this is being manipulated by those in power, or our anger at how “ambiguous” cases result in injustice, to cloud our judgment.

That’s about all I can come up with at the moment.  Not very satisfying, is it?


Michael Moore’s Not-At-All Banned Movie

*It’s called “fixing the leak”

Bitter Memories of War on the Way to Jail
by Chris Hedges

*Ripping off the mask of “honor and glory”

Thinking Dialectically About Solidarity
by Grace Lee Boggs

*You need the acorns before you can grow the oaks

For “Pro-Life” Republicans, Human Life Is Cheap
by Carole Joffe

*The dead hearts of “lifers”

The Great Islamophobic Crusade
Inside the Bizarre Cabal of Secretive Donors, Demagogic Bloggers, Pseudo-Scholars, European Neo-Fascists, Violent Israeli Settlers, and Republican Presidential Hopefuls Behind the Crusade
by Max Blumenthal

*A lot of important intel here, but the portrayal of Dear Misleader as a victim of these reactionary racists really doesn’t jibe with the facts of his complicity in furthering their agenda, does it?

His unswerving support for Israel, notwithstanding the fig leaf of the “peace process”, and his prosecution of “The Global War on Terror” ™ make plain his position, as well as his never using the power of a presidential platform to denounce these bastards, don’t you think?

The Ethanol Industry’s $6 Billion Christmas Gift
Evidence is mounting that corn ethanol and other basic biofuels are actually worse for the environment than the fossil fuels they’re supposed to replace.
by Marie Brill

*They get the butter

We get the cob

Right up our ass

Environmental Working Group (EWG)
Tests Show Notorious Carcinogen is Widespread in US Tap Water

Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER)
New Obama Science Integrity Guidance: Timid, Torn, and Tardy
Memo Sends Evasive Mixed Messages and Raises More Questions than It Answers

*Blinding us on science

Institute for Public Accuracy
Slavery and the States’ Rights Myth

*Old times there are not forgotten.

I’m from there.  I know.

And it’s imperative that if we care about equality, we don’t forget either, isn’t it?

In Historic Move, Senate Votes to Repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

*I hope I won’t be misunderstood here, but this is the epitome of a single-issue cause, isn’t it?

I’m not saying that it isn’t important to end this discrimination.  That’s self-evident.  But given the crimes against humanity the US military commits every day, this is somewhat akin to celebrating black folks being able to join the KKK.

Dunning’s admiration for murderers like Pelosi, Reid and McCain makes clear the myopia of many supporters of repeal, don’t you think?

A bullet or a bomb doesn’t care whether who fires it is straight or gay.

It kills without prejudice.

Chris Hedges: Obama is a “Poster Child for the Death of the Liberal Class”

*This is the sort of deep critique of the system, and the role “liberals” play in it, that gets far too little exposure on DN! and elsewhere in what you might call “the establishment alternative media”, wouldn’t you say?

As things get worse, these voices will need to be heard much more often, and I have no real confidence that they will, do you?

Naomi Wolf vs. Jaclyn Friedman: Feminists Debate the Sexual Allegations Against Julian Assange

*I think Wolf makes a strong case here, but I’d like to know more regarding the context of the allegation involving Assange’s holding down Ms. A, although what occurred after, with her having him stay for days, and throwing a party for him, doesn’t indicate fear on her part, to my mind.

I do think Friedman makes a valid point that some of his supporters have engaged in minimizing, in as far as assuming these are false allegations, before the facts are known.  You don’t have to think these aren’t politically motivated to believe that they may have some truth to them, as Friedman says.

It boils down to not knowing yet, and not jumping to conclusions.  What we do know is that justice for any of the three persons involved will not be the motivation for these proceedings, will it?


Do supporters of Nobel winner Liu Xiaobo really know what he stands for?
by Yan Hairong and Barry Sautman

*Context sorely lacking from most “progressive” commentary on the awarding of the peace prize to Liu

And wholly MIA from corpress coverage, as you might imagine


Wikileaks Cables Show Why Washington Won’t Allow Democracy in Haiti
by Mark Weisbrot

*This is why it’s so important not to have “heroes”.  There are many things Morales and others have done that should be supported.  Here is hypocrisy that should be condemned in no uncertain terms, don’t you think?

That’s not a contradiction – it’s the opposite, to my mind.

Weisbrot also conveys his own hypocrisy, mirroring that of many other “progressives”, when he calls the invasion and occupation of Iraq “unnecessary and unjustifiable, and based on lies”, yet doesn’t apply that definition to Afghanistan, wouldn’t you say?

As with political “leaders”, when commentators or activists are walking the walk, walk with them.

When they aren’t, walk away.

I can only say that I’ll do my damnedest not to give you any cause to with me.

Haiti’s Burning
by Leisa Faulkner and Redginald Alvarez

*You won’t hear about this from Saint Sarah.  It wouldn’t fit with her “Cholera Crusade for Christ”, would it?

Gotta get her “humanitarian” cred up to snuff, don’t you know, and counter that nasty knock that she’s a bigot.

And what better way than to get your picture taken showing Christian kindness toward a deathly ill black child?


Hire a publicist.

Friends of the Earth
Tax Package’s $6 Billion Giveaway to Corn Ethanol, Plus Other Polluter Handouts, Harm People and the Planet

*The gift that keeps on taking away

Latin American and Caribbean Community Center (LACCC)
International Migrants Day: A Day to Stand in Solidarity with Migrants in the United States and Across the World Who Face Racism and Exploitation

WikiLeaks Cables: Pfizer Targeted Nigerian Attorney General to Undermine Suit over Fatal Drug Tests

*That this should surprise no one with a modicum of understanding of “business as usual” is a goddamn sad comment indeed

Deadly Medicine: FDA Fails to Regulate Rapidly Growing Industry of Overseas Drug Testing

*Medicine doctored – making a killing on the deaths of the desperate

Study: Pharmaceutical Drug Companies Top Military Industry in Defrauding U.S. Government

*Expanding on the Public Citizen release posted yesterday

Mark Halperin’s Puppy-Killing Definition of Centrism

*Palin and puppies … maybe.

Palin and polar bears … ?

And to be fair, you really could say the same for the soon-to-be ex-Speaker, couldn’t you just?


Trapped in Bank of America Hell
by Mary Bottari

*”Bank of Opportunity” … “Higher Standards” …

The irony doesn’t drip.  It gushes.

Who Is the FBI Really Trying to Entrap?
by Glen Ford

*Grand Guignol puppet theatre

Disarm Now Activists Demonstrate What It Means to “Pay the Price” for Peace
by Anna Brown

*The jury followed the law

These folks didn’t

Who can claim they acted righteously?

Council of Canadians
Canada-EU Trade Talks Put Canada’s Water Up for Sale, Says New Report

*Going against the flow

Pharmaceutical Industry Is Biggest Defrauder of the Federal Government Under the False Claims Act, New Public Citizen Study Finds
Civil, Criminal Settlements Have Increased Dramatically; Off-Label Promotion Largely Responsible

Friends of the Earth
Groups Criticize Presidential Commission’s Recommendations on Synthetic Biology as Deeply Flawed
‘Business as usual’ wins out over precaution in proposals for policing synthetic organisms

*Greed is good

Greed is God

New York City Consultants Charged in $80M Waste, Fraud Scheme

As WikiLeaks’ Assange Freed on Bail, Alleged Military Leaker Bradley Manning Imprisoned under Inhumane Conditions

*Grinding in the gulag

Former Guyanese Politician Convicted of Terror Plot in Latest Case of Alleged Government Entrapment

*DIY “terror threat”

FAIR Media Advisory
What We Learn From WikiLeaks
Media paint flattering picture of U.S. diplomacy

*The corpress credo:

We cover the world

With a tissue of lies

NBC Follows Comedic Code in Earmark Reporting

*I think the previous poster’s sussed this, but I’d add that the term “noxious” is in itself supposedly humorous, as it appears to be out of place in this context.

Where it isn’t out of place is in a description of how the corpress performs its function as propagandist to the powerful, wouldn’t you say?

Friedman’s Half-Hearted, Inaccurate Defense of WikiLeaks

*Might the gang bang on WikiLeaks have something to do with the fact that they’re doing what journalists are supposed to do, and consequently exposing the corpress for wilfully eschewing that role?


Support the Dominant Paradigm
by Randall Amster

*Fight the power – of the few – with the power – of the many

Oil or Terrorism: Which Motivates U.S. Policy More?
by Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed

*One of the very few “alternative” pieces I’ve seen that deals with the underlying motives for “The War on Terror” ™.

And you have to wonder just why that is, don’t you?

Center for Biological Diversity
New Study: It’s Not Too Late to Save Polar Bears From Extinction
But Latest Research Shows Species Likely Doomed Without Steep Cuts in Greenhouse Emissions

*Ignoring the bear facts

Media Matters for America
Media Matters releases ANOTHER internal email, shows Sammon ordering staff to cast doubt on climate science

*Staying on misleading message

Attorney: Swedish Case is a “Holding Charge” to Get Julian Assange Extradited to U.S.

*Very positive to see some feminists denouncing the use of these allegations for political purposes, putting them in the context of the “justice” system’s wretched record regarding cases of sexual assault.

John Pilger: Global Support for WikiLeaks is “Rebellion” Against U.S. Militarism, Secrecy

*I’m more pessimistic than Pilger about the stirring of world opinion, but I’d love to be dead wrong.

Time, as always, will tell, won’t it?

Richard Holbrooke Dies at 69: Remembering Veteran Diplomat’s Overlooked Record in East Timor, Iraq and the Balkans

*The Colt .45 “Peacemaker” of the diplomatic corps

Of course, Holbrooke’s always had plenty of company, hasn’t he?


Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers, Afghans for Peace, Voices for Creative Nonviolence (VCNV)
We Want You Out of Afghanistan! – Sign the Petition

*This war is about empire, about pipeline routes and geostrategic gain.  It was always a “failure” from a moral and legal standpoint, regardless of whether it had gone according to plan militarily and politically.

“The War on Terror” is an excuse to terrorize and plunder.  It spits on the graves of the victims of terror around the world, claiming to be waged in their names, while murdering untold numbers more than the deadly acts it purports to avenge.

For justice, for peace, it must end.


We Support WikiLeaks – Sign the Petition

*It’s no secret what corporations and governments do to folks here and around the world

The deadly details shouldn’t be secret, either

Majority of One
by Ralph Nader

*Nader’s got it wrong, as far as Dear Misleader not doing his job.

He was paid handsomely in campaign coinage by Wall Street to do just what he’s doing, and while they’d have loved for him to have foregone even the facade of financial “reform”, I’d imagine they’re pretty goddamn pleased with his work so far, don’t you think?

As for Sanders, having the most progressive voting record is the very definition of a mean feat when you consider the competition, isn’t it?

When he backs up these words with consistent and committed action, he’ll earn my respect, and I’ll be glad to give it.

Vindication for G20 Protesters
by Linda McQuaig

*Big Brother’s billion dollar bash

Union of Concerned Scientists
New FDA Data Confirm What UCS Has Been Saying For Years: Antimicrobial Use In U.S. Livestock And Poultry Is Massive

Judge with GOP Ties Strikes Down Key Healthcare Provision on Insurance Mandates

*How do you go through an entire segment on healthcare and never once mention single payer and how it would have rendered all this moot?

I’m just asking.

“The Worse Off You Are, Your Taxes Increase”: Journalist David Cay Johnston Slams Obama-GOP Tax Deal

*Compare this to the factually-challenged fantasy the corpress pushes about “Xmas presents for all”.

But again, this repetitive “What the President should have done” schtick is Never Never Landish as well, don’t you think?  It implies mistaken calculation, or maybe lack of political courage, but not amoral duplicity, which is the signature quality of Dear Misleader’s administration, wouldn’t you say?

Prisoner Advocate Elaine Brown on Georgia Prison Strike: “Repression Breeds Resistance”


Ten Years After Bush v. Gore, Five Unfinished Election Reforms
by John Nichols

*The fight to vote

The True Cost of Your New Christmas Laptop? Ask the Eastern Congolese
A campaign to clean up electronic companies’ mineral supply chains may ameliorate the chaos of ungovernable mining
by Madeleine Bunting

The US Government’s Pursuit of WikiLeaks Could Be Its Undoing
by Peter Kirwan

*If this analysis is sound, then we, and Assange, should hope that he is extradited, don’t you think?

Of course, you’re talking about a just result from a US court, and that’s often a crapshoot, isn’t it?

The Poor Always Pay: The Electoral Crisis in Haiti
by Beverly Bell

*And now Palin shows up to “help”

Jesus … Clinton and Palin

With friends like these …

SWAN and ACLU File Lawsuit Seeking Military Sexual Trauma Records Withheld by Federal Government
Thousands of Service Members Denied Recourse or Benefits for Trauma

Climate Deal Reached in Cancún: Will the Agreement Help Save the Planet?

*Nero would feel right at home, wouldn’t he?

Groups Protest U.N. Climate Summit for Shutting Out Civil Society

*Making a mute point

Institute for Public Accuracy
Interviews Available — Attacks on WikiLeaks Violating the Law?

Obama, Congress and Taxes

*Hanging us out to dry:  the audacity of rope


Goverment Accused of Fuzzy Math in Gitmo Report
by William Fisher
Inter Press Service

*Fact free fear mongering

Hunger and Anger in Afghanistan
by Kathy Kelly

*After reading so much commentary that focuses on “failure” and the “quagmire” and bemoans the “creating of more terrorists”, minimizing the moral in all this, I appreciate Kelly’s humanity here.

Shouldn’t that be at the core of our opposition to imperial war?

Attacks on Government Workers in Tax Deal
by Laura Flanders

National Organization for Women
NOW Urges Senate to Reject Obama Tax Plan Economy Can Be Stimulated Without Undermining Social Security
Statement of NOW President Terry O’Neill

*An Orwellian conception of a “holiday”

The Newspeak hits just keep on comin’, don’t they?

DOJ’s Action Against United Water Shows Dangers of Private Water Operation
Statement by Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director, Food & Water Watch

*Private ops soaking it up, leaving us high and dry

Victims Of Human Rights Violations Denied Access To Justice In U.S., Says New ACLU Report
On International Human Rights Day, Report Calls For Reform

China Faces International Criticism at Nobel Ceremony in Oslo and Climate Talks in Cancún

*I have to plead ignorance on much of this, as I don’t know as much as I’d like to about China, but I think the government’s being painted as more enlightened on both human rights and environmental issues than they actually are, although on the latter, whatever positive steps they have taken may simply reflect a more realistic view of the dangers than those of the US and other industrialized nations.

At the same time, given the history of the prize, you have to consider whether there were ulterior motives for awarding it to Liu, don’t you?  And the fact that he’s supported by the Endowment for Democracy raises questions as well, wouldn’t you say?

Bolivian President Evo Morales at Cancún Climate Summit: WikiLeaks Cables Reveal “Diplomacy of Empire”

Pentagon Whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg: Julian Assange is Not a Terrorist

*Ellsberg’s dead on with most of his comments, of course, but he should have addressed the fact that the Times may have published material, but its framing of the disclosures has been typically duplicitous, in line with the corpress in general.


Remembering to Forget Israel’s Nonexistent Settlement Freeze

*”To be able to write these facts once, and then somehow forget them, takes a special kind of talent.”

And you might add, one highly prized by the corpress.

Of course, the capacity not to recall them in the first place is even more highly sought, isn’t it?

Quietly Ticking Time Bomb in Fed Data
by Mary Bottari

*You don’t have to be a financial wonk (and I’m far from one) to know this is some deep doodoo, do you?

A Flood of Drone Strikes
What the Wikileaks Revelations Tell Us About How Washington Runs Pakistan
by Fatima Bhutto
Money Is Still the Name of the Game
by Michael Parenti

*The least democracy money can buy

Treasury Blocks Legal Aid for Homeowners Facing Foreclosure
by Katrina vanden Heuvel

“Miami Rice”: The Business of Disaster in Haiti
by Beverly Bell and Tory Field

*Feeding the monster – chapter and verse on the utter moral bankruptcy of “food aid”

Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR)
Rights Groups Take ICE to Court As Hundreds Rally in New York to Opt-Out of Dragnet Immigration Prog
Advocates Request Emergency Injunction to Open the Record on ICE-Police Collaboration Program

Ecuadoran President Rafael Correa on WikiLeaks, the September Coup, U.S. Denial of Climate Funding, and Controversial Forest Scheme REDD

*A good example of why you don’t make heroes out of “leaders” with readily apparent contradictions, don’t you think?

When their stances warrant support, support them.  When they don’t, don’t hesitate to make that crystal clear.

Is REDD the New Green? Indigenous Groups Resist Carbon Market-Based Forestry Scheme to Offset Emissions

*Putting the lie to this REDD herring

And again, regarding “heroes”, Soros can never be considered in that category, no matter how demonized he is by some reactionaries, and as for Goodall, whether she’s a sellout or just appallingly naive is a question I can’t answer.  Either way, looking to her for “leadership” here is a fool’s game, don’t you think?

Prominent Indigenous Environmental Leader Tom Goldtooth Blocked from U.N. Climate Talks

Offsetting Emissions or Pollution Profiteering? Debating the Surge of Cap-and-Trade Carbon Market

*They say it’s a win-win situation

They mean that they win, and win

And the planet and its inhabitants lose, and lose

Until there’s no one left to lose

Including the “winners”

Commodifying Wildlife? World Bank Launches Market Scheme for Endangered Species

Greenpeace: Climate Justice Movement Must Intensify Efforts Ahead of 2011 Climate Talks in South Africa


Separate and Unequal: How Abortion Bans Exacerbate Discrimination
by Amie Newman

Cables Reveal Background of Pro-Dictator U.S. Policy
by Ted Rall

*Finding common ground in burying opponents under it

As for EJ, we’ve come a long way from the last verse of “Border Song” (which he wrote), haven’t we?

Obama: The Republican’s Reliable Interlocutor
by Glen Ford

*Ford, as usual, minces no words – and we need far more folks willing to wield meat cleavers rather than chef’s knives, don’t we?

Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
FDA Underestimates Gulf Coast Residents’ Exposure to Carcinogens in Seafood
NRDC Survey: Gulf Locals Eat 3 to12 Times More Seafood than FDA Estimates, Revealing Need for Better Seafood Safety Standards

*Not taking into account well-known regional diet differences?

Sounds pretty goddamn fishy, don’t it?

Attorney: WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange Endangered by Bail Denial in London; Still No Charges Filed in Sweden

*With apologies to the Bard, something is rotten in the state of Sweden

Youth Activists Protest Exclusion from U.N. Climate Summit in Cancún

Thousands March in Cancún at La Via Campesina’s “Global Day of Action for Climate Justice”

*Hurling facts at the facade


Participate in a Real “December Review” of the War in Afghanistan
by Brian Terrell

*The consequences of counterfeit “crusades” past and present

Glenn Greenwald on the Arrest of Julian Assange and the U.S. “War on WikiLeaks”

Democracy Now! Questions Chief E.U. Climate Negotiator about WikiLeaks Cables

*Speaking in twisted tongues

U.S. Climate Envoy Refuses to Answer Democracy Now!’s Questions on WikiLeaks Cables’ Account of Summit Manipulation

Nigerian Environmental Activist Nnimmo Bassey Wins Right Livelihood Award

Maude Barlow: With Only Market-Based Solutions on the Table “The Continued Destruction of the Earth…Can Go on Quite Happily”


Why Tax Cuts Don’t—and Won’t—Create Jobs
by Jack Rasmus
In These Times

*”Trickle On” Theory

Happy as a Hangman
by Chris Hedges

*The banality of evil, and the evil of banality

Venezuela, Iran and Russia: Can We Stop Being Afraid Now?
by Rebecca Ray

*You have to wonder whether once these bastards make this stuff up, their arrogance is such that they actually believe it, since it came from such an “eminent source”.

Public School Funding: Separate and Skewed
In some states, districts with higher poverty rates actually receive less funding than more affluent districts.
by Marc Morial

*Disregard the source (and his praise for the Secretary of Diseducation).  I felt the main point and supporting intel were worth passing along.

Students’ Power Is Limited. But Their Anger and Revolt Can Prove Contagious
The protest means more than fees. If they resist education cuts, it would boost opposition to the whole austerity drive
by Gary Younge

*That Yank students are behind the learning curve shows just how effective a propaganda regimen exists in these here United States, don’t you think?

Foil the carbon market plan, says La Via Campesina in Cancún

*Getting the greed out of “green”

Climate Talks in Jeopardy as Industrialized Nations Threaten Kyoto Protocol

*Bullies’ pulpit

Pressing the Silence: At the U.N. Climate Change Conference, the Media Center is Oddly Quiet

*No news is not good news for the planet

Small Farmers Gather for Alternative Global Forum on Climate Change and Social Justice

Pablo Solón Responds to Secret U.S. Manipulation of Climate Talks Revealed in WikiLeaks Cable

*I’d have liked to have heard more about the contradictions in Bolivia, and other nations, around climate change stances and industrial development.  Whatever hypocrisy exists in no way delegitimizes the call for industrialized countries to do what’s required to drastically reduce their environmental impact, but I do think that it’s important to not let statements like Solón’s go unquestioned.

There may be validity to them.  Raise the pertinent issues, and let’s see if we can determine whether that’s the case.


The Road to Cancún: Good News on the Climate Crisis
by Ronnie Cummins

*If there is any hope, it has to come from here, from those most directly affected by the hell that is and the hell poised to come, and it’s the duty of those of us living in the bloated belly of the beast to show solidarity and support for their actions, and do what we can to gum up the gears of the merciless machinations of our empire.

In the end it may be a futile crusade as far as results, but it can never be considered fruitless in terms of being the greatest expression of our humanity.

Is WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange a Hero? Glenn Greenwald Debates Steven Aftergood of Secrecy News

*You don’t have to think Assange is a “hero” or that WikiLeaks shouldn’t be subject to criticism to support what they’re doing, do you?

Aftergood’s is either incredibly naive, which I doubt, or feels threatened by those who see the necessity of not playing by the rules of the game.  His point regarding making things worse is disingenuous, I think.  It was already pretty goddamn awful, and it may be that he believes that his work and others’, which play by those rules, will be jeopardized.

That might be the case.  If so, he should be raising hell against those who would clamp down on him, not against their adversaries, don’t you think?

It’s not about rocking the boat.  It’s about capsizing it.

Abandoning “Net Neutrality,” FCC Chair Backs Two-Tiered Internet Fees

Greenpeace Sues Chemical Companies for Corporate Espionage


WikiLeaks Shows Diplomats Lie to Themselves Before They Lie to Journalists

Did US Special Operations Forces Want to “Target” Refugee Camps in Pakistan?
by Jeremy Scahill
The Nation

The New American Oligarchy
Creating a Country of the Rich, by the Rich, and for the Rich
by Andy Kroll

*Sold, American!

Haiti’s Sham Election Shames US
Washington cannot confer legitimacy on this flawed election that does nothing for Haitians living under tarps, menaced by cholera
by Mark Weisbrot

Mortgage Lending Discrimination: After a Disastrous Detour, We’re Back Where We Started
by Jim Campen

*Catching it going, coming and going again

Environmental Working Group (EWG)
Holidays Come Early for California Chemical Makers
Regulators Pull a Bait-and-Switch on Green Chemistry Rules

*Please keep this in mind the next time you hear some fool praise The Governator for his “environmentally friendly administration”.

His only green commitments are to the corps that lined his campaign coffers with like-hued lucre.

Institute for Public Accuracy
Commission: * Deficit “Hysteria” * Medicare

*They chop ’til we drop

Attorney Confirms WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange in Britain, Responds to U.S. Attacks

Jeremy Scahill: WikiLeaks Cables Confirm Secret U.S. War Ops in Pakistan

*Addendum to Scahill’s Nation piece posted yesterday

UN Special Rapporteur Juan Méndez: Instead of Focusing on Assange, U.S. Should Address WikiLeaks’ Disclosures of Torture

*Méndez does an excellent job of exposing Dear Misleader’s admonition to “look forward and not backward” as the sickening sophistry it is, doesn’t he?

Professor, Author Jacob Hacker on “Winner-Take-All Politics: How Washington Made the Rich Richer—And Turned Its Back on the Middle Class”

*I’d ask Warren Buffett, “If you think you should be paying much more in taxes, why don’t you?  Take what you think you should pay, and mail it in.”

Think he’d go for that?

And even if he did, so friggin’ what?  The man’s got currency coming out of his ass, and he got it at the expense of others, ’cause that’s where that kind of jack always comes from, doesn’t it?

So let’s hold off on the pedestal presentation, shall we?


WikiLeaks Hasn’t ‘Leaked’ Anything

How Much More Public Could Obama’s Break With the Left Be?

*Comments left at link

A Scramble for the Arctic
With one fifth of the world’s oil and gas at stake, countries are struggling to control the once-frozen arctic.
by Chris Arsenault

*A different kind of cold war

The (Not So) Secret (Anymore) US War in Pakistan
by Jeremy Scahill
The Nation

11 Years After the WTO Uprising: Seattle, Detroit, Cancun, Immokalee
by David Solnit

*It comes down to how many people know about these movements, and understand how they relate to their lives, doesn’t it?  As long as independent media remains apart from the experience of most folks, mobilization isn’t possible.

We need to be thinking about how to make honest intel visible to the great mass of people.  It’s clear that what’s out there currently doesn’t do that, isn’t it?

We also have to decide what constitutes “honest intel” and what doesn’t.  That doesn’t mean following some party line, but looking hard at the motives and actions of those claiming to be working for a better world, to see if they walk the walk as well as talk the talk.

That’s not easy, but it’s necessary.

I wish I had the answers, but I can try to ask the right questions.

‘Disaster Capitalism’ Comes to Ireland
by Robert E. Prasch

*Hurled headfirst into the Blarney Stone

Geoengineering Is a Recipe for Disaster
This Climate Plan B approach could cause wars and mass starvation.
by Diana Bronson

*Triple threat to the planet:

Avarice, arrogance and ignorance

Center for Food Safety and Earthjustice
Federal Court Orders First-Ever Destruction of a GMO Crop
Orders Removal of Genetically Engineered Sugar Beet Seed Crop
Finds Government and Monsanto rushed to illegally plant herbicide resistant crop

Institute for Public Accuracy
WikiLeaks and Latin America

*Southern exposure

WikiLeaks Cables Reveal U.S. Tried to Thwart Spanish Probes of Gitmo Torture and CIA Rendition

*I think Horton’s comments towards the end are emblematic of the limited perspectives often shown by DN! guests.  The Manning remarks are confusing as to just what he sees as “U.S. interests” and whether these leaks harmed them – you’d hope they would, if you see US actions as immoral and illegal – and you have to wonder about why a lawyer specializing in international law would take such a dismissive and rationalizing view toward diplomatic spying, don’t you?

Leaked Cables Reveal U.S. Pressured Spain to Drop Case of Cameraman Killed in 2003 Attack on Journalists in Baghdad

Noam Chomsky on the Economy, US Midterm Elections, Climate Change, Haiti, and More

*Always worth hearing what the man has to say, but he stops short of calling for an end to this profit-based system, and without that, improvements may be made, but inequality will still exist, and saving the planet, and our asses, may not be possible.

That’s my inexpert, but not nonempirical, I don’t think, view.


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