September 2011


Labor Movement Rolls Into Wall Street Occupation
by Michelle Chen
In These Times

Hospitals Push Hike in Age for Medicare
Seek to avoid cuts in federal payments
by Tracy Jan
The Boston Globe

*”Angels of mercy”

With pitchforks

#OccupyTogether: The Best Among Us
by Chris Hedges

High Noon for Internet Freedom
by Tim Karr

Ottawa Action Kills Notion of Ethical Oil
by Curtis Morrison

Occupy Wall Street: FAQ
by Nathan Schneider

The Dead Begin to Speak Up in India
Kashmir is one of two war zones in India from which no news must come. But those in unmarked graves will not be silenced
by Arundhati Roy

With Death of Anwar al-Awlaki, Has U.S. Launched New Era of Killing U.S. Citizens Without Charge?

*Al-Awlaki may not have been proven to have been involved in terrorism, but his assassins’ guilt is beyond any doubt, isn’t it?

“American Teacher”: New Film Rebuts Vilification of Underpaid, Dedicated Public School Teachers

*I’m not convinced by Roth’s denials and rationalizations.  If you don’t want to “lose focus” on teachers’ lives, why are you bringing in this charter school while excluding discussion of unions and testing?

And why is Microsoft so hepped up to get this film out?

Those questions need to be pursued, don’t you think?

Inside Occupy Wall Street: A Tour of Activist Encampment at the Heart of Growing Protest

*I’m going to give myself permission to be cautiously hopeful here – no mean feat – because I believe I see some very positive signs of a commitment to democratic organization, and which in turn I’d think would make it difficult to co-opt this should it prove impossible to ignore or put down.

What’s your take?


Occupy Wall Street: Inquiries Launched as New Pepper-Spray Video Emerges
NYPD officer Anthony Bologna faces two investigations as video emerges of a second pepper-spray incident
The Guardian/UK

Five Things That #OccupyWallStreet Has Done Right
by Mark Engler

Banker Brutality: Beyond Tony Bologna
by Linh Dinh

Beyond the Nation-State
by Robert C. Koehler

*The lines on the map are a fiction

But they serve to blind us to the fact of our common humanity

As the Earth Turns: Going Global with Perennial Polyculture Agriculture
by Robert Jensen

*”Solving individual problems within a system that can’t be sustained actually creates problems.”

Isn’t that the fatal flaw of reform?  If the system – agricultural, economic, political – is irredeemably deformed, it has to be replaced.

When will that penny drop for sincere, but short-sighted, reformers?

GOP Goes Batty on the Postal Service
Will we let the Republicans destroy this most public of all public institutions?
by David Morris

Environmental Groups
Arctic Shell Game: No Spill Plan, No Problem – Feds Say Just Drill
Broad coalition challenges federal approval of Shell Oil’s plan to drill in the Beaufort Sea

Food & Water Watch
From Lab to Plate: A Primer on GE Food
Food & Water Watch Publishes Overview on Genetic Engineering’s Implications for the Food System, Environment and Human Health

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Wall Street Protests Spread


Occupy Boston: Smart, Savvy, and Aiming to Emulate Wall Street Protests
About 200 people in Boston express their outrage at America’s economic woes – and promise to take up the protest baton
by Paul Harris in Boston
The Guardian/UK

Pakistan: Another Victim of Climate Change
by Zafar Iqbal
Environment News Service

Is Your Mobile Phone Helping Fund War in Congo?
by Gordon Rayner
The Telegraph/UK

The Revolution Begins at Home: An Open Letter to Join the Wall Street Occupation
by Arun Gupta

Iraq: 100 Days of Solidarity
by Medea Benjamin

What’s Behind the Scorn for the Wall Street Protests?
by Glenn Greenwald

*Good piece from Greenwald, but he misses the opportunity to examine the internal democratic processes going on here.  That’s an important story to tell, with lessons to be learned on effective ways to organize horizontally, rather than vertically.

It’s imperative to walk the talk when it comes to valuing the efforts and skills of every person involved.  That’s a major factor in motivating folks for the long haul, and bringing more in, don’t you think?

The Eurozone: A Crisis of Policy, Not Debt
The European authorities’ doctrinaire decision to use debt issues to force austerity on Greece made the situation so much worse
by Mark Weisbrot

Did the NYT Coverage of Occupy Wall Street Just Get WORSE?

*I’d call this another form of violence.

Not unleashed with fists and batons and pepper spray, but with keystrokes and printing presses.

It too is directed against the protestors, but it also takes aim at what is supposedly the goal of journalism.

The facts.

“Something Has Started”: Michael Moore on the Occupy Wall St. Protests That Could Spark a Movement

“Here Comes Trouble”: Michael Moore Tells The Formative Tales Behind His Filmmaking, Rabble-Rousing

*I usually don’t do the celebrity thing, but I thought there was some worthwhile material here, especially regarding Moore’s moral epiphany on graduation night, and what he’s endured for speaking out at the Oscars.

And I hope the transcript’s cleaned up by the time you read it.  It’s damned hard to follow in its current condition.

Michael Moore: Man Interviewed by Democracy Now! Inspired My Georgia Boycott Over Troy Davis Execution

*Georgia on our mind

And out of our wallet


In Afghanistan, “Semi-Permanent” Bases Equal Fully-Permanent War
Did the Rabbani hit really kill peace talks?
by Gareth Porter

The Irvine 11: Giving Voice to the Voiceless
The sentencing of the Irvine 11 demonstrates how voicing Palestinian solidarity is becoming more risky for activists.
by Nora Barrows-Friedman

Nationwide Rallies Aim to Save US Postal Service
by Sue Sturgis

*Going postal on a vital public service

Center for Biological Diversity
Settlement Requires Feds to Act on Protecting 82 Coral Species From Extinction
Global Warming, Ocean Acidification Are Top Threats

Critics–and Questionable Sponsors–at NBC’s Education Nation

*Phoenix rising

Futures falling

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* Saudi Women and Elections * Students Convicted for Protesting Israeli Ambassador in California * Banned from India Because of Kashmir Coverage? * Putin’s Russia

U.S. Continues to Back Afghan Warlord Linked to 2006 Massacre and Torture of Prisoners

*Aikins’ narrative is framed by the assumption that the occupation is essentially well-intentioned – trying to bring “stability and security” – but that allying with these murderous bastards is counterproductive.

It’s focused on the “how”, and the not the “why”, and if you don’t start from the premise that the US’ intentions are immoral and illegal, regardless of the strategies and tactics used, you’re displaying a dangerous level of ignorance of just what this war is about.

Shock Doctrine at U.S. Postal Service: Is a Manufactured Crisis Behind Push Toward Privatization?


British Soldiers in Afghanistan Shown ‘War Snuff Movies’
by Kunal Dutta
The Independent/UK

Bolivian Minister Resigns as Protests Spread Over Crackdown
by Agence France Presse

Wall Street vs. Everybody
by Linh Dinh

As the Drone Flies…
by Ralph Nader

The Decline and Fall of Just About Everyone
The West and the Rest in a One-Model-Fits-All World
by Pepe Escobar

What Media Coverage Omits about US Hikers Released by Iran
by Glenn Greenwald

Racism Isn’t Responsible for the President’s Drop in Popularity — His Right-Wing Policies Are
Why White Liberals Are (Really) Ditching Obama
by David Sirota

*The real question isn’t why some white liberals have soured on Dear Misleader

But given what was patently obvious from the outset, why were liberals of all colors sweet on him in the first place?

American Civil Liberties Union
ACLU Makes Case in Court Challenging Mandatory Drug Tests for TANF Applicants
Federal Judge Heard Arguments About Suspicionless Drug-Tests Violating Fourth Amendment Protections Against Unreasonable Searches

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Violence at Continuing Wall Street Protests

Obama Plan=Class Warfare? NBC Asks a Billionaire

*Isn’t it rather Orwellian to label Dear Misleader’s proposals either “basic fairness” or “class warfare”?

Taxing the upper class slightly more is akin to the courts on occasion randomly choosing a few poor defendants to receive just treatment, and the only class warfare this administration has engaged in has been directed at those same folks.

So I’d call these patently political maneuvers “theatrics” as well, only from a wholly obverse perspective.

CNN Covers Occupy Wall Street–Especially the Parts They Can’t See

*This might widen their field of vision:

Occupy Wall Street Protest Enters Second Week; 80 Arrested at Peaceful March

It’s literally bloody obvious to whom “To Serve and Protect” is addressed, isn’t it?

Martina Correia on Execution of Troy Davis: “My Brother’s Fight Will Continue”


The Hidden Hands in Redistricting: Corporations and Other Powerful Interests
by Olga Pierce, Jeff Larson and Lois Beckett, ProPublica

Greek Austerity: New Measures ‘Catastrophic’ Say Protesters
Strikes bring Athens to a standstill as government announces further swingeing cuts to public sector jobs and pensions
by Helena Smith in Athens
The Guardian/UK

*The Greeks are striking back

So why don’t we?

As UN Debates Palestinian Statehood, Palestinian People Still Ignored
by Michelle Chen

*It appears I futzed up a while back.  I wrote that Hamas was also pushing this statehood bid, but judging from this piece, I’m off on that.

I’ll correct the earlier entry.

A Billionaires’ Coup in the US
The debt deal will hurt the poorest Americans, convinced by Fox and the Tea Party to act against their own welfare
by George Monbiot

*A Tea Party of paper cups and Dresden china

A President Who is Helpless in the Face of Middle East Reality
Obama’s UN speech insists Israelis and Palestinians are equal parties to conflict
by Robert Fisk

Obama Taxes the Rich for the Wrong Reasons
by Shamus Cooke

Current Crises Should Unite Us
by Peg Franzen

Council of Canadians
Taking a Stand Against the Environmentally Destructive Tar Sands

Public TV’s Inequality Balancing Act

*You read something like this, and it makes abundantly clear the vital distinction between support for the idea of public television …

And support for the reality of it.

Action Alert: Where Is the Coverage of Occupy Wall Street?

Debate: Does U.N. Statehood Bid Advance or Undermine Palestinian Struggle?

*A useful segment on the matter, which prompts me to repeat what I said yesterday:

Why haven’t there been far more like it?

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Nader: Postal Crisis “Manufactured”

Troy Davis Case Highlights Death Penalty Problems

*Witness for the persecution


Oxfam Warns of Spiralling Land Grab in Developing Countries
Many of world’s poorest ‘being left worse off by unprecedented land deals’, despite claims by governments and speculators
by John Vidal
The Guardian/UK

A Formal Funeral for the Two-State Solution
How the PA’s Statehood Bid Sidelines Palestinians
by Ali Abunimah

*This is one of the few critical voices I’ve heard, and you have to ask why that is, don’t you?

Does it illustrate an unwillingness to go beyond simplistic formulations?

If so, the cause of justice for the Palestinians is ill-served by it.

It’s the Occupation, Stupid
The State to Which the U.N. May Grant Membership Is Disappearing
by Sandy Tolan

The Long, Murderous Arm of the Law Has Killed Troy Davis
by Kai Wright and Jamilah King

Dear Big Coal: You’re Not Above the Law
How many times can a corporation break the law and continue to exist? Inside the fight to revoke Massey Energy’s corporate charter.
by Sarah van Gelder

*Where are the perp walks for these “persons”?

Troy Davis vs the US Criminal Justice System: An Unfair Contest
by Sophie Walker

*No presumption of innocence

This is a system unquestionably guilty of malice aforethought

Elbowed Out of Spotlight by 9/11, Anti-Globalization Movement Endures
by Mark Engler

Friends of the Earth
Internal State Department Emails Reveal Cozy Relationship with TransCanada and Provide Evidence of Bias in Keystone XL Pipeline Review
Public interest groups call on Obama to heed credible independent experts’ analyses and reject dangerous tar sands oil pipeline

*Their exposure is academic, as far as the outcome is concerned, but these malevolent machinations make plain just why that will be the case, don’t they?

Democracy Now! Special Report from Troy Davis Execution: Did Georgia Kill an Innocent Man?

*I don’t think it can be stressed enough that this isn’t just about murdering the innocent.  The death penalty is an abomination in every instance.  Justice never demands death.  To take another person’s life, other than as a last resort to defend one’s self or others, can never be said to be justified.

This murder was not about vengeance.  It was about control.  It was about the fear of a loss of power should this struggle succeed.

Let’s work to ensure that fear is realized.

Freed in Iran: U.S. Hikers Urge Freedom for All Political Prisoners

*Given Bauer’s comments, if there is an invitation to the White House, it will be with the proviso that the guests play by the rules.

And if so, I hope the response will be to tell Dear Misleader what he can do with the rulebook.


New Study Says U.S. Night Raids Aimed at Afghan Civilians
by Gareth Porter
Inter Press Service

A Circle of Prayer for Troy Davis—and the Country That Would Kill Him
by Jen Marlowe

Environmental Groups
EPA Issues Air Permits for Arctic Ocean Drilling
Move opens the path for drilling in remote, pristine waters as early as 2012

We Can’t Talk About Class Because We Can’t Talk About Why We Can’t Talk About Class

*What “the media excel at” is obfuscation and fabrication, and that’s overwhelmingly been the case since Hector was a pup, hasn’t it?  That’s their function within the democratic facade.

And the working class does have “advocate(s) to bring its interests to the fore.”

They’re called unions.

But given the pitiful state of much of their “leadership”, and the incestuous relationship many have with the Democratic Party, the question is just how well they fit that definition, isn’t it?

Fox Sports Acknowledges That Lying to Viewers Is ‘Misleading’

*Fifteen-yard penalty for false clipping

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UN Speech on Palestine: “Yes, Mr. Obama, Peace is Hard…”

Fate of Troy Anthony Davis Hangs in the Balance as Supporters Seek Last-Minute Halt to Execution

Grandson of Murdered Detective/Father of Slain Daughter Speaks Out for Troy Davis, Against Execution

*And the staunchest proponents of the death penalty, like Perry, often bemoan the loss of “Christian values” in this country.

Could the irony be deeper, or the hypocrisy more profound?

“Troy Davis, I Have Been Where You Are”: Ex-Death Rowers Fight System that Nearly Took Their Lives


Congressional Millionaires To Weigh Obama’s Proposed ‘Buffett Rule’
by Michael Beckel
OpenSecrets Blog

*Money talks

And goes on junkets

FBI Trainer Says Forget ‘Irrelevant’ al-Qaida, Target Islam
by Spencer Ackerman and Noah Shachtman Room

*As hateful as this bastard’s rhetoric is, it’s ancillary to the principal reason so many Muslims have a “negative attitude” toward the US and the West, isn’t it?

Invading and occupying their countries, killing members of their families and friends and neighbors, and oppressing them wherever they may live are at the root of their enmity, as it would be for anyone else.

No amount of “responsible” counterterrorism strategies will change that fact, will it?

That will only occur when the US and the West renounce imperialism, and make amends for their global reign of terror.

I can dream, can’t I?

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Myth: Raising Taxes on Wealthy Kills Jobs

AP’s Mangled Tax Factcheck

*Hardly surprising, coming from AP, whose claim to be a “news service” has very little in the way of hard facts to support it.

But the larger issue is not whether the wealthy pay a little less or more than middle and working class folks, but why they’re not paying a great deal more, as was the case during a good part of the last century, with the top rate at one point being 91 percent, if memory serves.

This in the US and A, that bastian of egalitarianism and radical redistribution of income.  Y’know … the one that liked Ike.

And what’s the best many “progressives” can call for?  “Shared sacrifice” … as though a family earning just enough to get by, if that, has a responsibility to “tighten their belts” as long as the rich pay a bit more.

You don’t ask a patient on life support to scoot over for someone admitted with a hangnail.

Troy Davis Set To Be Executed on Wednesday After Georgia Pardons Board Denies Clemency

*I would think the fix was always in on this, with the view that to reverse course, after such a high-profile campaign, could possibly do significant damage to the credibility of the death penalty.

Conversely, you have to wonder if many of the death penalty supporters who oppose Davis’ execution are doing so to preserve its credibility, given the egregious injustice his death would signify.

Whatever the case, the fact that Troy Davis will be murdered tomorrow makes a mockery of any claim to justice.

It would do so regardless of his guilt or innocence.

“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Ban on Gay and Lesbians in the U.S. Military is Lifted

*I really don’t give a flying fuck what Slippery William has to say, or whether he’s “proud” of Dear Misleader.

Both were and are committed to the abrogation of the admittedly pathetic policies the Democratic Party followed on peace and economic and social justice.  They’ve condemned folks of every sexual orientation, here and abroad, to lives of desperation and horror, and to death.

So don’t ask me to see some humanity in either, and don’t tell me they’re better than the alternative.

Because there is another alternative, and it’s our charge to see it, and tell the world about it.

Court Ruling Backs Ecuadorian Effort to Hold Chevron Accountable for Amazon Pollution


The Wall Street Occupation: A Sleep-In Protest in the Shadow of Power
by Manny Jalonschi
The Indypendent

The Keystone Pipeline: Too Dirty for George W. Bush?
by Brendan Smith and Jeremy Brecher

The Call to Occupy Wall Street Resonates Around the World
We need deeper changes to our financial system, or tent cities of people angry at corporate greed will keep appearing
by Micah White and Kalle Lasn

Does the GOP Hate Women?
Even though they’re afraid to utter the W word, it’s pretty easy to see what their views are on issues concerning the majority of voters.
by Martha Burk

*Bi-party animals

The choice between abusers and abandoners

The Extraordinary Movement to Save Troy Davis
by Kung Li

Americans United for Separation of Church and State
Coalition of Organizations Asks Obama to Clarify Stand on Hiring Bias in ‘Faith-Based’ Initiative
President’s Recent Comments About Issue Have Sown Confusion, 56 Groups Say

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Palestinian UN Bid and Uniting for Peace

“Occupy Wall Street”: Thousands March in NYC Financial District, Set Up Protest Encampment

David Graeber: The Debt of the American Poor Should Be Forgiven

*For oligarchic bastards like Bloomberg, demonstrations of popular resistance are always to be labeled “riots”, aren’t they?

Rick Perry, Social Security Straight Shooter?

*Perry and company are “straight-shooters” all right.

And it’s pretty goddamn obvious at whom they’re taking dead aim, innit?

Finally–a Cable Channel for Rich Guys!

*It’ll be interesting to see just who advertises on this channel.

(Well, I won’t see, as I can’t justify the cost of a cable subscription for the dreck offered.)

Although it’s ostensibly aimed at those able to afford a life of excess, given the Pavlovian training to salivate at the sight of ostentation, you’d have to think many at a fraction of that income level will tune in.

So, would this be a good ad buy for Walmart and Taco Bell, as well as Mercedes Benz?

Or would that harsh the channel’s vibe?


DuPont’s Herbicide Goes Rogue
The company’s landscaping weed-killer turned out to be a tree-killer.
by Jim Hightower

Congress Sees Middle East Through AIPAC-Colored Glasses
by Medea Benjamin and Allison McCracken

In Anti-Government Politics, “Time-Out” on Regulation versus Shortened Lives
by Michelle Chen

*Their blowing smoke is hazardous to our health

Welcome to Your Hungarian Internet
by Tim Karr

*Low wired act

The Military and the Commons: Why Would We Want the Military to Command the Commons?
by David Morris

*Might makes right of way


Companies Ejected From London Arms Fair for ‘Promoting Cluster Bombs’
Violation of Oslo accord discovered by MP who calls for action to investigate ‘what other breaches are occurring’ at the fair
by Nick Hopkins
The Guardian/UK

*Bargain hunting at the blow up sale

Pakistan Floods: World Ignoring Humanitarian Crisis
The world is ignoring a growing humanitarian crisis in Pakistan’s Sindh province where a second year of catastrophic floods has forced up to two million to flee their homes, washed away vital crops and left millions at risk of disease, according to aid agencies and local political leaders.
by Dean Nelson in New Delhi
The Telegraph/UK

The Food Movement: Its Power and Possibilities
by Frances Moore Lappé

Major Discovery: A Purpose of the War in Afghanistan
by Glenn Greenwald

High Stakes Testing in Schools: Who’s Cheating Whom?
Corporate school privatizers feign disgust with teachers that cheat the standardized tests. But big business theft of public education is by far the greater sin.
by Glen Ford

Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA)
Museum Stands By Decision to Censor Palestinian Children’s Exhibit

*Silencing art for apartheid’s sake

Corporate Accountability International
UN Report Urges Countries to Take Action to Protect Human Right to Water
Statement by Shayda Naficy, senior organizer of Corporate Accountability International’s International Water Campaign

Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD)
Salvaging September: an ICAHD Statement Regarding the Palestinian Statehood Initiative at the UN

Is the Election Over Yet?

*No subways …

But plenty of other trains he can throw any semblance of humanity under.

Obama Admin Faces Controversy over Rushed $535 Million Backing of Failed Solar Power Firm, Solyndra

*This smells to high heaven, and it makes abundantly clear that a renewable energy future can only come about with a sea change in not only what is produced, but how and by whom.

Over 500,000 Sign Petition to Stop Georgia Execution of Troy Davis

*I’m sure Perry and most others in his shoes don’t lose a minute’s sleep over the murder of the innocent.

That applies equally to all those not on Death Row who’ve been condemned by their other heartless policies.

Troy Davis’ Sister: “The Fight for Troy Has Brought Us a Whole New Family All Over the World”

40 Years After Attica Rebellion, New Tapes Reveal Nixon, Rockefeller Praised Deadly Crackdown


Record Arctic Ice Melt Threatens Global Security
by Stephen Leahy
Inter Press Service

*Losing the cold war

The $2 Billion UBS Incident: ‘Rogue Trader’ My Ass
by Matt Taibbi

*Russian roulette

With the gun pointed at our heads

The Theology of Armageddon
by Robert C. Koehler

*The Gospel according to the Reverend Dr. Strangelove

Center for Biological Diversity
Despite Mounting Climate Crisis, EPA Delays Cuts for Greenhouse Gases

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U.S. Vetoing Palestinian State It Claims to Support

*I don’t have the ability at this point to judge the positions of Boyle and others here and in the Ma’an piece linked to.  My paramount concern is that justice is done for all Palestinians, and I don’t know that anything other than a one-state solution can accomplish that.

I wish I understood far more than I do on this.

Former Senator Bob Graham Urges Obama to Reopen Investigation into Saudi Role in 9/11 Attacks

*Is there any systematic attempt by any “alternative media” outlet to try to put these bits and pieces together into a coherent narrative?  If there is, I’m not aware of it.

And given the centrality of this event in the history of the last ten years, and the necessity for justice to be done, why has this not been pursued?

I don’t give a good goddamn about “conspiracy theories”.  We need to know what happened for those reasons.

Was this allowed to happen to give the neocons their “Pearl Harbor”?

I don’t know, and we’ll never know until this is given the priority it must be given.

Genocide-Linked General Otto Pérez Molina Poised to Become Guatemala’s Next President

*US foreign policy – a continuity of complicity

“Granito: How to Nail a Dictator”: New Film Tracks Struggle for Justice After Guatemalan Genocide

*Justice has no expiration date


The Congressional ‘Supercommittee’: Debt Panel or Death Panel?
by Medea Benjamin and Charles Davis

In the Fight Against Fossil Fuel Addiction, Bring What You Can
The Heinz Award and What I Plan to Do With It
by Sandra Steingraber

Rank-and-File Economics: Fighting for a Wage- and Job-Led Recovery
by Katherine Sciacchitano

*I thought there was some useful information here, and I particularly appreciated the emphasis on global cooperation rather than competition among workers, which is missing from many “progressive” prescriptions, but this is still coming from a reformist perspective, and (for the millionth time, I know) no matter what positive changes are made in a profit-based system with corporations as its dominant and dominating players, they won’t lead to a decent life for everyone on this planet, or staving off ecological catastrophe, or the democratic rights we all should be guaranteed.

And if we’re not fighting for that, what are we fighting for?

Troy Davis and the Politics of Death
by Amy Goodman

Anti-Nuclear Activist, Bonnie Urfer, Fights Crime in Sentencing Statement
by John LaForge

*How do you define a mensch?

Try this.

Campaign 2012 as a Classic Conflict-of-Interest Story
by Tom Engelhardt

*Cashing in on “ad infinitum”

Food & Water Watch
US Grassroots Effort to Ban Fracking Ramps Up, as Groups Solicit the UN to Recognize Fracking as a Human Rights Issue
Over 5,000 Calls Made to the White House from Citizens Concerned About Fracking

Bill O’Reilly Polices the 9/11 Boundaries

*The irony, like the blood, drips from every word, doesn’t it?

If a country’s population is responsible for the terror visited upon other nations by its government, then Americans deserve to starve for the US’ transgressions as well, don’t we?

Of course, O’Reilly doesn’t mind Americans starving.

As long as they do it outside his gated community.

Jobs with Justice National
Tell Congress: No More Red Tape! Stop Job-Killing E-Verify Legislation

After Gaddafi’s Fall, A Revitalized Libya Tackles Militarization, Reconciliation & NATO’s Presence

*Anyone who doesn’t take the possibility of Western subversion seriously is whistling in the dark, don’t you think?  It can take many forms.  It doesn’t have to look like Afghanistan or Iraq.  It can manifest itself in a more insidious and covert corruption.

Libyans must be committed to holding their “leadership” accountable on this and all other matters.

Mahmood Mamdani on Libya, an African Union in “Crisis” & the Outlook for South Sudan

U.S. Census Reports Reveals One in Six Americans Are Poor, One in Five Children Live in Poverty

*A poverty of humanity by any measure

Lost, Abused And Neglected For A Profit

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* Gender Poverty Gap * 50 Million Uninsured


More on CNN’s Tea Party

*I guess you could call it giving reactionaries “center” stage.

Rick Perry in the Spotlight as Texas Sets to Work on Controversial Executions
Texas governor and Republican presidential candidate faces appeals for clemency in two highly-charged death row cases
by Ed Pilkington in New York
The Guardian/UK

*Death never takes a holiday in Texas

Number of Uninsured Climbs to Highest Figure Since Passage of Medicare, Medicaid
50 million uninsured shows urgency of enacting single-payer Medicare for all: national doctors group
by Physicians for a National Health Program

Can We Stop the Next Fukushima Times 10,000?
by Harvey Wasserman

Obama’s Pipeline Quagmire
by Ralph Nader

*I think it’s pretty clear Dear Misleader is going to approve this suicide pact regardless of any efforts to persuade him not to, not matter how “respectful” and uncritical they may be.

The point of protest should be to expose him for what he is, to “know thine enemy”, and to heed Frederick Douglass’ admonition that “Power concedes nothing without a demand.

“It never did and it never will.”

Anything less is just self-delusional, and self-defeating, theater.

How to Help Troy Davis
by Peter Rothberg

School ‘Reform’: A Failing Grade
by Diane Ravitch

Senator Bernie Sanders
Is Poverty a Death Sentence?

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* Ron Paul and 9/11 * Perry and Mandatory Vaccines

*Lethal injections of profit for Merck

Noam Chomsky: Looking Back on 9/11 a Decade Later

Noam Chomsky on the U.S. Economic Crisis: Joblessness, Excessive Military Spending and Healthcare

Noam Chomsky: U.S. to Veto Palestinian Statehood Bid Despite “Overwhelming International Consensus”

*I have to say that Chomsky comes across here as not much more than a progressive Democrat.  He goes beyond those boundaries in this last segment, but even here, there’s no questioning of the constriction of Palestinian rights inherent in a two-state solution, or the underlying motives of the Palestinian “leadership” in pushing for statehood.

He never mentions climate change, which is the greatest threat to humanity and is gaining momentum with each passing day.  His economic analysis is decidely reformist, and he doesn’t put the GWOT squarely in the context of imperialism.

His use of the term “uncontroversial” is apt at some level, I think.

Pt. 2: Noam Chomsky on Libya, Israel & GOP Presidential Candidates’ ‘Utterly Outlandish’ Positions

*This part was posted later, and Chomsky does get to climate change.


We Refuse to Live in Fear!
by Glenn Greenwald

*Our fear for our humanity must overcome our fear for our safety

Longshoreman’s Union Rises to the Challenge
by Mark Vorpahl

The False Promise of Obama’s Trade Deals
’21st-century’ trade deals proposed by the Obama administration won’t help American workers – and will hurt foreign ones
by Timothy Wise and Kevin Gallagher

Message to the Unemployed: Uncle Sam Does(n’t) Want You
America’s Reserve Army of Labor Marches Through Time
by Steve Fraser and Joshua Freeman

*Our only hope is in creating a system in which we work with each other for the common good of all, rather than for others for their personal enrichment.

And we have very little time left to do it.

September 11 lessons: Combatting ignorance, avoiding arrogance
by Robert Jensen

*There’s this manipulated and willed ignorance Jensen describes, and then there’s the maddening blind spot evinced in the actions of those who do understand some of the vital fundamentals of the way the world works, and do work against them, but who do so in the constricted context of reform of the profit system, and the greed and oppression that are its inevitable hallmarks, rather than its replacement with one based on empathy and cooperation, which is our only chance to survive on this rock.

I don’t say this to be “holier than thou”.  I just can’t fathom how intelligent persons, with access to the same intel as I have, fail to reach that morally logical conclusion.

And I don’t mean to imply I have some grand theory as to how to create and sustain that cooperative world.  I just know that there can be no place for profit and competition in it, if human history is any guide.

That obliviousness to the obvious is a source of unending bewilderment, and depression.

We must see clearly what we’re fighting against.

And what we’re fighting for.

Beyond Nuclear
Japanese Fukushima Eye-Witnesses Challenge Capitol Hill Lawmakers and US Regulators to Stop Promotion of Nuclear Power
Delegation to describe the plight of children not adequately evacuated

Institute for Public Accuracy
Will Record Levels of Poverty Increase Further?

*A rhetorical question with a reprehensible answer

Biden’s Feel-Good 9/11 Spin Goes Unchallenged

*And its corollary was the Bush cabal’s wet dream of a “Pearl Harbor” that would justify its imperial wars.

The questions raised by the duplicitous handling of vital intelligence prior to the attack can’t be viewed separately from that context, can they?

Action Alert: Why Is CNN Partnering With Tea Party Express?

*My missive:

By now you’re no doubt aware that Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting is asking why you’ve decided to damage your credibility by partnering with a bunch of bigots posing as “patriots” to present tonight’s debate.

But according to my admittedly limited understanding of the principles of physics, a thing has to first exist before it can sustain damage.

So while I agree with the general thrust of their question, I also consider it something of a non sequitur.

In that, it’s analogous to your slogan, “The Most Trusted Name in News”.

From One Ground Zero to Another: Sister of 9/11 Victim Meets Afghan Who Lost Family in U.S. Bombing

*And these stories will never be told by the gatekeepers of the corpress, because they show true humanity, and make no distinction among innocent victims.

The narrative of righteous wrath, meant to disguise naked imperialism, allows no such contradiction of its message.  Propaganda’s only use for our better angels is to twist them into grotesque parodies of themselves, to justify death and destruction in the name of “vengeance”.

We truly honor the dead through the struggle to expose the manipulation of their memory.

Ten Years After 9/11, Little-Known Sikh Community Still Target of Violence and Harassment


The Payroll Tax Holiday: Talk about a Ponzi Scheme!
by Wendy Mink

Scant Room for Equity in Obama’s Talking Points on Jobs
by Michelle Chen

The Poor: Still Here, Still Poor
by Katha Pollitt

*Being a liberal means never having to say you’re sorry about poverty

Much less trying to do a goddamn thing about it

Should the Poor Be Allowed to Vote?
by Chris Kromm

Middle East Children’s Alliance
Oakland Museum Shuts Down Palestinian Children’s Art Exhibit

FAIR Extra!
Whistling Past the Wreckage of Civil Liberties
Watchdogs slept through a decade of rollback
by Janine Jackson

*They didn’t “sleep”.  They were wide awake and actively complicit.

And if there were any justice in this country, both the perpetrators of these crimes, and those in the corpress who facilitated them, would be behind bars.

Dream on, I know.

The ‘Worst of the Worst’?
9/11, Guantánamo and the failures of U.S. corporate media
by Andy Worthington

Deficit-Obsessed Media Misinform on Causes
Nightly network news fumbles reasons for debt
by Carolyn Cutrone and Steve Rendall

*There are lies

Damn lies

And then there’s reporting on the deficit

Rebuilt Ground Zero Billed as National Symbol, But Costly Construction Projects Outsourced Overseas

*A monument to mendacity

As Study Links 9/11 Debris to Cancer, Details Emerge on How Officials Downplayed Ground Zero Dangers

*Whatever lawsuits may be won or lost, in the end not one of these criminals will spend a second in jail for the terror they’ve wreaked upon these persons.

That’s the “freedom” they celebrate.

A freedom from justice.

Institute for Public Accuracy
Perry Executed 9/11 Hate Crimes Murderer Despite Victim’s Pleas


Greek Taxis, Doctors, Dentists on Anti-Austerity Strike
by Apostolos Papapostolou
the Greek Reporter

*Striking back

US, World Bank and Donors Fund Forced Labor in Vietnam
by Marwaan Macan-Markar
Inter Press Service

Obama’s Unprecedented Use of State Secrets to Defend Religious Profiling
by Asraa Mustufa

Cheering for State-Imposed Death
by Glenn Greenwald

*The bipartisan barbarity of state-sanctioned murder

Let’s Cancel 9/11: Bury the War State’s Blank Check at Sea
by Tom Engelhardt

Institute for Public Accuracy
Lessons of 9/11

Texas Faces Massive Wildfires, Record Drought as Gov. Rick Perry Denies Existence of Global Warming

*Playing (politics) with fire

A Fateful Day: 9/11 Also Marks Important Anniversaries in India, Guatemala, Haiti and Attica, NY


The “Shock Doctrine” Comes to Your Neighborhood Classroom
Corporate reformers use the fiscal crisis and campaign contributions to hype an unproven school agenda
by David Sirota

Libya for Libyans
by Zoltan Grossman

Perry Tales: Rick Is Not Who He Says He Is
by Jim Hightower

Jonathan Chait’s Not-So-Magical Thinking

*I’d call Pelosi a congenitally timid right-wing enabler.

(Although I’d use another adjective than “timid”.)

But I’m not a liberal.

The Pragmatism of Dirty Air

*I would say Dear Misleader is “prepared to set aside” something other
than ideology.

Like principles, humanity – that sort of thing.

But you have to possess them before you can set them aside, don’t you?

Institute for Public Accuracy
What Kind of Spending Creates the Most Jobs?

*A choice of guns or better

Libyan Rebels Try to Stabilize Tripoli as Weapons from Gaddafi Compounds Go Missing

Discovered Files Show U.S., Britain Had Extensive Ties with Gaddafi Regime on Rendition, Torture

*Peirce makes some righteous remarks, but she seems to confuse the “Good versus Evil” propaganda paradigm with what policymakers actually believe, and I think it’s vital to try to understand the difference between what’s being said to sway opinion, and what the actual motivations are – in this case, to control the region’s resources and gain geostrategic advantage, as well as to sew sufficient fear in the populace that they acquiesce to repression.

And Bouckaert displays a troubling lack of objectivity in accepting Belhaj’s stated commitment to democracy and human rights at this early stage.


In the World’s Breadbasket, Climate Change Feeds Worry
by Christine Stebbins

*Fiddling while the loam burns

9/11 and the Imperial Mentality
Looking Back on 9/11 a Decade Later
by Noam Chomsky

Less Work, More Living
Working fewer hours could save our economy, save our sanity, and help save our planet.
by Juliet Schor

*Not an unqualified endorsement, but I think there’s some useful intel here

Endless War and the Culture of Unrestrained Power
by Glenn Greenwald

*Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s

And all is Caesar’s

Peace Prizes for War Presidents, Missile Tests on Day of Peace
Escalation of US offensive missile strategy — launching an ICBM Missile across the Pacific on World Peace Day
by Ann Wright

Divesting from Israel’s Occupation
by Ida Audeh

Richard Cohen Is Sorry You and He Got It Wrong

*Despite Cohen’s disingenuous apologia, he is correct that almost everyone (among those he would care about) “went along” with Afghanistan, if not Iraq, isn’t he?

Remember the near-unanimous vote for war?  Remember the polls?  Remember the cries for “revenge”?

We are never certain of the depth of our humanity and courage until they are truly tested.

Video of U.N. Peacekeepers’ Sexual Assault of Haitian Prompts Calls to Focus on Post-Quake Rebuilding

*An individual assault mirroring the collective rape of a nation

“Fear, Inc.” Exposes the So-Called Experts and Donors Behind Islamophobia in the United States

*I don’t see why it would be surprising that foundations like Scaife and Bradley would be complicit in this.  These Islamophobic groups’ mission is to promote a xenophobic view of the world, to keep people divided from each other, which is how the ruling class maintains power.

Demonizing “the other” has always been a prime, and productive, tactic in preventing the oppressed from seeing their common bonds, and binding them through fear to those who exploit them.

The irony of all this is that the hatemongers are engaged in the very same acts which they claim to condemn.  Their perverted version of “sharia” is intended to terrorize Muslims and those who stand with them through repressive legislation, imperial aggression and the incitement of individual acts of terror such as Breivik’s.

All in the service of corporate rule.

Saint of 9/11: Remembering NY Fire Chaplain Mychal Judge, Gay Catholic Priest Killed at WTC


Institute for Public Accuracy
Who Will be Hurt by Obama Administration Ditching Clean Air Plans?

U.S. Awash in Oil and Lies, Report Charges
by Stephen Leahy
Inter Press Service

*Again we get this delusional narrative that Obama is inclined do the right thing, but fears the consequences, when the empirical evidence points to a different conclusion.

The bastard isn’t gutless.

He’s heartless.

He doesn’t “cave”.

He colludes.

In that, he is a purebred Democratic Party animal, isn’t he?

Cable: UN Peacekeepers ‘Traded Food for Sex with Underage Girls’ in West Africa
by the Daily Mail/UK

Student Movement Rocks Chile
Students campaign against privatized educational system, demand education as a right
by The Real News Network

Center for Biological Diversity
Obama Hits New Low by Abandoning Smog-reduction Plan

*Signing death warrants in return for signing checks

Pension Changes Create Labor Strife
by Steve Early

U.S. Wasting Billions While Tripling No-Bid Contracts After Decade of
War in Iraq, Afghanistan

*You’ll never hear the screaming meemies inveighing against “warfare queens”, will you?

As Turkey Freezes Israel Ties, Critics Decry “Whitewashed” U.N. Report on Gaza Flotilla, Blockade

In Wake of Irene, Rural New Yorkers Turn to Community-Run “Watershed Post” Website as Prime News Hub

Army Widow Calls for Recognition of Husband’s Service After He Commits Suicide Ahead of Redeployment


Institute for Public Accuracy
U.S. Massacre and Cover-up in Iraq Exposed by WikiLeaks

North Dakota’s Economic “Miracle”—It’s Not Oil
North Dakota has had the nation’s lowest unemployment ever since the economy tanked. What’s its secret?
by Ellen Brown

The GOP War on Voting
In a campaign supported by the Koch brothers, Republicans are working to prevent millions of Democrats from voting next year
by Ari Berman

*What will suppress turnout more in 2012?

These neo-Jim Crow laws?

Or a Democratic Party only a masochist could love?

Rick Perry’s Demeaning Abortion Doctrine
The Texas governor’s real anti-abortion agenda – enforcing sexual abstinence – not only insults women; it doesn’t work
by Amanda Marcotte

Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence
A Criminal’s Delight: Gun Manufacturers “Lost” More Than 16,000 Firearms Since 2009
New Data Follows Landmark Settlement by Massachusetts Gun Maker for Missing Guns

*Another of Dear Misleader’s deadly hollow point promises

Defenders of Wildlife
Congress Launches Broad Assault on Endangered Species
In-depth report shows that America’s conservation legacy for sale to highest bidder

Meet The New American Sweatshop
Don’t turn a blind eye to the abuse and exploitation!

Amnesty International Decries Assad Regime’s “Brutal” Crackdown on Syrian Protesters

*Interesting that Sammonds is willing to criticize non-Western nations for their response, but says nothing about how the West has dealt with the situation as they calculate what’s in their best interests.

Not your or my best interests – and definitely not those of Syrians or other folks in the region – but what best suits their elites’ aims and desires.

And he wasn’t pressed to do so, was he?

As Economy Lags, New Study Reveals 25 Top Firms Pay More to CEOs than in Taxes

*The true tax havens are right here.

The White House, Congress, state legislatures and governors’ mansions, county boards of supervisors, city halls …

And we mustn’t forget the courts, from the Supremes on down.

Without these, the Caymans’ only allure for the rich would be as a tourist destination.

Alleging Captive Labor, Foreign Students Walk Out of Work-Study Program at Hershey Plant

*From propaganda to exploitation

If that isn’t cultural immersion …

But obviously it didn’t take, if these folks are calling for decent jobs for others.

That’s hardly the American Way, is it?


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