Friday, March 31, 2006.
American’s increasing acceptance of religious diversity doesn’t extend to those who don’t believe in a god, according to a national survey by researchers in the University of Minnesota’s department of sociology.
From a telephone sampling of more than 2,000 households, university researchers found that Americans rate atheists below Muslims, recent immigrants, gays and lesbians and other minority groups in “sharing their vision of American society.” Atheists are also the minority group most Americans are least willing to allow their children to marry.
[Sure, that makes sense. Atheists have done nothing to improve their reputation as immoral and evil. Whether it be atheists from the USA shooting doctors or atheists from the Middle East flying airplanes into the World Trade Center, everybody knows atheists are out to destroy us all. Tens of thousands of children, mainly young boys, were molested by atheists and the crimes were hidden by an atheist leader in Italy. But no further proof is needed than to note that prisons in the USA are full beyond capacity with atheists. Clearly the United States needs to get rid of atheists and atheism, the sooner the better.]
Yes indeed, with a Sky-God whose power on earth is mediated by a male hierarchy there is always an excess of fatal love for those who do not fit into the divinely attributed social structure, and our mullahs and inquisitors and South Dakota legislators and priests must exert full control over the frightening power of unrestrained woman, birthing, life and thought, or "all" will be lost to "the devil" and "Marxism." Better YOU (never they) die and "go directly to heaven" -- guaranteed even better than the lifetime of your car's tires -- than to upset this finely honed hierarchy of domination and denial. GOD IS MURDER.
Torture exists because some people are "better" than others by virtue of their power, which they invariably declare a right descending from a Divinity that favors them as Its agent, Its "disciple," Its "servant." They are merely "soldiers in the Army of Christ," men who humbly submit to Allah and man His jihad, all to bring you into alignment -- defined by your betters -- with the "will of God." Priests are the executioners of the human soul, the headsmen of human intellect, stunting and poisoning the growth of human potential. Camus describes how Catholic priests blessed the barrels of the rifles of Falangist firing squads executing Republican prisoners during Spain's Civil War (1936-1939) and the following dictatorship.
Objectively, there is no compelling reason why a person of any religious or non-religious view should be more or less likely to be a torturer. But, as one looks at the sweep of history it is clear that torture follows religion, because torture is cruelty practiced by fear and ignorance. As one moves to social groups more firmly based on the Enlightenment (post-Renaissance humanism and socialism) and Buddhism (as a philosophy and psychology more than a devotional religious practice and sectarian division) one moves away from the likelihood of torture. And don't tell me about Communist torture until after you have read Camus's book "The Rebel" and understand that Stalinism was just another man-made religion -- as they all are.
[see link for full article]
Civilian Inmate Labor Program?
Thursday, March 30, 2006.
With Tuesday’s attacks, Abu Musab Zarqawi, a Jordanian militant with ties to al-Qaida, is now blamed for more than 700 terrorist killings in Iraq.
Why would Mr Bush not take out this "terrorist mastermind"?
‘People were more obsessed with developing the coalition to overthrow Saddam than to execute the president’s policy of pre-emption against terrorists.’
Read the article
Sure, I wasn't the only journo calling out America's post-9/11 anti-terrorism campaign back in 2001 as one that would begin to resemble "a cultural and religious obsession" the longer it wore on, but I wasn't exactly being squeezed out of my box by a din of assent. Since that time, we've done everything from move the bullseye from Osama bin Laden's back and slap in onto Saddam Hussein to more or less strip United States citizens of their rights without apology.
I mean, it was only days ago that a woman in Atlanta was handed a $100 ticket by a cop from DeKalb County's not-so-finest for a bumper sticker with the word "Bushit" on it. Anyone remember Brandon Mayfield? Stop lying. Even if you did, those stories hew to the sensational, as did our push-button war in Iraq, a misadventure that will cost us all one day, according to Scott Ritter and everyone else with any sense in their skulls. But those clashes are nothing compared to the true elephant in the room, and I'm not talking about WMD, Valerie Plame, Guantanamo or Katrina's racial politics.
I'm talking about religion, and the imaginary world it foists upon our lonely planet as we jockey for power. It is the true root of all of our present evils, and it must be eradicated. One way or another.
[article continues at link]
Wednesday, March 29, 2006.
In a March 26 interview on NBC’s "Meet the Press," Rice offered a different rationale for invading Iraq. She agreed that Hussein was not implicated in the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks nor did she assert that he was conspiring with al-Qaeda on another assault.
stunningly, they open their mouths and these things come out.
like (a) they have no idea of the monstrousness of what they are saying and/or (b) they know or believe they have perfect immunity.
What gives? I'm not seeing any cache in google searches.
Google's cache causes copyright concern
I've been noticing this slowly going away, and on a lot of sites that have no corporate sponsorship. No more google cache, or a significanlty changed one, could make scrubbing the web a whole lot easier.
GOP Senators distort record in Supreme Court brief
The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments yesterday in the Hamdan case. One key issue is whether the 2005 Detainee Treatment Act ("DTA") divests the federal courts of jurisdiction to hear Hamdan's challenge to his detention. In support of the Bush administration's position, Senators Lindsay Graham (R-SC) and John Kyl (R-AZ) submitted an amicus brief, in which they contend that Congress intended the DTA to do just that. In that brief, Graham and Kyl cite what they claim was their colloquy during debate on the Senate floor.
However, it appears that the alleged Graham-Kyl "colloquy" is a fiction -- something they concocted and inserted into the Congressional Record after the fact. There's actually nothing improper about that in itself. Members of Congress commonly ask for, and are granted, permission to "revise and extend" their remarks to include things they never actually say in debate. What is entirely improper is misleading the U.S. Supreme Court about the genesis of this "colloquy", and using this manufactured "evidence" in support of a strained construction, wholly unsupported by the statutory text.
Senators Graham and Kyl are both lawyers, and as such are subject to the ethical standards of the legal profession. These include a duty of candor toward the tribunal before which a lawyer appears. See Model Rules of Professional Conduct, Rule 3.3(a)(1) ("A lawyer shall not knowingly make a false statement of fact or law to a tribunal or fail to correct a false statement of material fact or law previously made to the tribunal by the lawyer.").
If, as seems to be the case, Graham and Kyl knowingly misrepresented the nature of their supposed "colloquy", they should be subject to disciplinary action by the bar. Let's see Graham -- who served as one of the lead figures in the Clinton impeachment -- explain why lying to the U.S. Supreme Court about legislative business is OK, but lying about a blowjob is a high crime or misdemeanor.
(Cross-posted from Reports from Poisonville.)
Douglas Rushkoff: Godless
Okay, so let's get into this god game. I think it's time to get serious about the role God plays in human affairs, and evaluate whether it's appropriate to let everyone in on the bad news: God doesn't exist, never did, and the closest thing we'll ever see to God will emerge from our own collective efforts at making meaning.
Maybe I'm just getting old, but I no longer see the real value in being tolerant of other people's beliefs. Sure, when beliefs are relegated to the realm of pure entertainment, they pose no real danger. So, a kid believes U2 is really a supergroup on par with The Beatles or The Who. That's his problem, and it doesn't really do a lot of harm to anyone except those of us who still stop by MTV occasionally to see what might be playing.
When religions are practiced, as they are by a majority of those in developed nations, today, as a kind of nostalgic little ritual - a community event or an excuse to get together and not work - it doesn't really screw anything up too badly. But when they radically alter our ability to contend with reality, cope with difference, or implement the most basic ethical provisions, they must be stopped.
Like any other public health crisis, the belief in religion must now be treated as a sickness. It is an epidemic, paralyzing our nation's ability to behave in a rational way, and - given our weapons capabilities - posing an increasingly grave threat to the rest of the world.
[See full article in Arthur magazine via PDF or HTML. Thanks to KLINTRON for the tip.]
Tuesday, March 28, 2006.
L.A. lucha continua
I spent Monday and Tuesday in Los Angeles. Unfortunately, I missed the massive demonstration over the weekend, when half a million people turned out to protest the latest outbreak of anti-immigrant fervor. But I did get to see a large group of school kids massed outside City Hall, part of a two-day walkout that has stopped traffic on various freeways and generally captured everyone's attention. For these kids, I dedicate this Sham 69 classic.
The LA Times (which has become my favorite mainstream newspaper) had some good coverage, including an interesting article about how DJs on Spanish-language radio stations helped boost the turnout for the weekend's huge march. Meanwhile, on the letters-to-the-editor page, petulant Anglos write in to bemoan the arrogance of uppity brown-skinned people daring to assert their humanity. This letter, from one Judy Herbst of Beverly Hills, really takes the biscuit:
I am appalled at the demonstrations in downtown L.A. protesting the federal government's plan to finally do something about stopping illegal immigration. It is time that people understood what "illegal" means; stop using the word "undocumented." I have nothing against immigrants; my ancestors were immigrants. But they came here legally.Great idea. Then maybe Ms. Herbst can maintain her lovely Beverly Hills lawn all by herself. Someone should send Ms. Herbst as copy of this movie. Perhaps then she'd realize that "illegal immigrants" are like people who would come to your house and keep it tidy for sub-minimum wage with no benefits.
(Cross-posted from Reports from Poisonville.)
Israeli Election;Likud Faces Resounding Defeat
Rightwing forces in Israel led by Likud have been relegated to last place(hurray).At least according to the latest exit-polls.
Kadima founded by Sharon(A former member of Likud), which proposes unilateral withdrawal from parts of the West Bank by 2010 has come out on top with near 29 seats(24%) with Labour in second,22 seats or 20% of the vote.
Hopefully this marks a new begining in Israeli politics.This blog can only hope that the idea of "Greater Israel" has run it's course.But I am still trouble by Kadima's statement that it will only withdraw from parts of the West Bank.
Whats needed is a unilateral withdrawal to the 67 borders as proposed and supported by the UN along with most world governments.If such a move was undertaken there would be peace overnight.It is that simple!
Read more on the Israeli elections
From:A Class Act
via 911 Blogger :
"Think about it. You get on a flight. You have to present a valid ID to check in, which matches the name on your ticket, which matches the name on the manifest. In the first days of 9/11 all they had to go on was the names on the manifest. Right? That and the description given by security, ticket counter, baggage handling/check-in desk and other airline employees.
W/regards to Moussaoui's recent odd behavior it might be interesting to note:
If you're looking for a reason why Zacarias Moussaoui suddenly testified today to a version of the 9/11 plotline that sounds more like the Official story than even the official Whitewash Commission report, (direct link to video) this video may have the answer.
Monday, March 27, 2006.
In October, Tumpey and a team led by Dr. Jeffery Taubenberger of the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology announced they had achieved a remarkable feat. Not only did they discover the virus' entire genetic code, they brought it back to life in a tightly controlled laboratory at CDC offices in Atlanta.
First they develop the virus. Then they develop a vaccine, turn the virus loose then charge $100,000 a shot for the vaccine. (Free of course for insiders.)
Also see: Lab 257 by Michael Christopher Carroll
PUBLIC LAW 95-79 [P.L. 95-79]
TITLE 50, CHAPTER 32, SECTION 1520
"CHEMICAL AND BIOLOGICAL WARFARE PROGRAM"
"The use of human subjects will be allowed for the testing of chemical and biological agents by the U.S. Department of Defense, accounting to Congressional committees with respect to the experiments and studies."
"The Secretary of Defense [may] conduct tests and experiments involving the use of chemical and biological [warfare] agents on civilian populations [within the United States]."
Public Law 95-79, Title VIII, Sec. 808, July 30, 1977, 91 Stat. 334. In U.S. Statutes-at-Large, Vol. 91, page 334, you will find Public Law 95-79. Public Law 97-375, title II, Sec. 203(a)(1), Dec. 21, 1982, 96 Stat. 1882. In U.S. Statutes-at-Large, Vol. 96, page 1882, you will find Public Law 97-375.
The Federal Election Commission decided Monday that the nation’s new campaign finance law will not apply to most political activity on the internet.
In a 6-0 vote, the commission decided to regulate only paid political ads placed on another person’s website.
The decision means that bloggers and online publications will not be covered by provisions of the new election law. Internet bloggers and individuals will therefore be able to use the internet to attack or support federal candidates without running afoul of campaign spending and contribution limits.
Sunday, March 26, 2006.
We all are by our inaction...
Saturday, March 25, 2006.
Survey by Pew Research Center for the People & the Press Oct. 12-24, 2005. A nationwide survey conducted among 2,006 adults: "Do you think the use of torture against suspected terrorists in order to gain important information can often be justified, sometimes be justified, rarely be justified, or never be justified?"
Total public answering often, sometimes, or rarely: 63%
Total public answering never: 32%
Total Catholic answering often, sometimes, or rarely: 72%
Total Catholic answering never: 26%
Total white Protestant answering often, sometimes, or rarely: 65%
Total white Protestant answering never: 31%
Total white Evangelical answering often, sometimes, or rarely: 65%
Total whte Evangelcal answering never: 31%
Total secular answering often, sometimes, or rarely: 51%
Total secular answering never: 41%
[... because everybody knows that atheists have no morals.]
New York Magazine has a feature article up today titled The Ground Zero Grassy Knoll that asks some timely questions. It seems that Charlie Sheen is not alone.
Also see, Thompson's Terror Timeline .
Friday, March 24, 2006.
n the aftermath of the Dubai ports dispute, the Bush administration is hiring a Hong Kong conglomerate to help detect nuclear materials inside cargo passing through the Bahamas to the United States and elsewhere.
The administration acknowledges the no-bid contract with Hutchison Whampoa Ltd. represents the first time a foreign company will be involved in running a sophisticated U.S. radiation detector at an overseas port without American customs agents present.
In November 2003, Congress directed the US Department of Commerce to complete a study on offshoring for delivery in June 2004. The 200 page study was completed by Commerce Department analysts but was never released. Instead, after more than a year of wrangling, a 12 page document, written by political appointees, was released in September 2005. The 12 page document only highlights the positives of offshoring. The original study has never been released even though it cost taxpayers $335,000. Congress cannot obtain a copy of the study from Commerce.much more at the link...
"All Televisions tuned to FOX News" . . .
In the statement, Bush said that he did not consider himself bound to tell Congress how the Patriot Act powers were being used and that, despite the law's requirements, he could withhold the information if he decided that disclosure would ''impair foreign relations, national security, the deliberative process of the executive, or the performance of the executive's constitutional duties."
Thursday, March 23, 2006.
In his latest PR offensive President Bush came to Cleveland, Ohio, on Monday to answer the paramount question on Iraq that he said was on people's minds: "They wonder what I see that they don't." After mentioning "terror" 54 times and "victory" five, dismissing "civil war" twice and asserting that he is "optimistic", he called on a citizen in the audience, who homed in on the invisible meaning of recent events in the light of two books, American Theocracy, by Kevin Phillips, and the book of Revelation. Phillips, the questioner explained, "makes the point that members of your administration have reached out to prophetic Christians who see the war in Iraq and the rise of terrorism as signs of the apocalypse. Do you believe this? And if not, why not?"
Bush's immediate response, as transcribed by CNN, was: "Hmmm." Then he said: "The answer is I haven't really thought of it that way. Here's how I think of it. First, I've heard of that, by the way." The official White House website transcript drops the strategic comma, and so changes the meaning to: "First I've heard of that, by the way."
Wednesday, March 22, 2006.
A 3-5 decision: [Chief Justice] Roberts asserted, "The centuries of special protection for the privacy of the home are over."
Tuesday, March 21, 2006.
KBR Awarded U.S. Department of Homeland Security Contingency Support Project for Emergency Support Services
These are the people who are in charge of your sentence. Oh, and what sentence is that? Not falling in line of course.
Also, I realize flu epidemics are off the news radar just now, but since those internment camps being built by KBR are not for nothing, I thought we could use a bit of expert opinion on just how wrong the idea of quarantines are as a counter to any flu epidemic.
Monday, March 20, 2006.
There have been stories for years about experiments where a clear plate is placed in a fish tank and left for an extended period. When the plate is removed, the fish generally remain on their respective side of the tank. The same thing happens when you put gnats in a covered jar for a while, and then remove the cover. Only a few adventurous creatures emerge, but the bulk of them remain in their self-imposed isolation from the rest of the universe. One of the primary attributes possessed by those few adventurous individuals who escape the jar is awareness (awareness of the jar, the top and a sense of “potential beyond the top”) that exceeds that of the general population. What happened to the fish in the tank and the gnats in the jar? Somehow, their original intent, freedom and nature was subverted by something else, first imposed from an external source and then willingly, but unconsciously, self-imposed with equal vigor in deference to the perceived existence of the status quo.
Iraqi police have accused American troops of executing 11 people, including a 75-year-old woman and a 6-month-old infant, in the aftermath of a raid last Wednesday on a house about 60 miles north of Baghdad.This would explain why initial reports of the raid noted that the kids (5 in total) were killed by headshots.
Pictures and further background, here.
Sunday, March 19, 2006.
Poll: Americans Support Censure of President Bush.
Google Keeps Search Data Private.
Statue of Liberty torch to be lit by wind power.
Pepper ‘kills prostate cancer’.
Nanotech helps blind hamsters see.
The universe is conspiring to shower you with blessings.
Good News Network relaunchs.
- Rose Colored News.
The "Continuity Act" now provides for the reformation of the entire US House and Senate structure, even after it is 'incapacitated', yet curiously (in effect) suspends them for 50 days...
As Japanese Admiral Yamamoto once said, "You cannot invade the mainland United States. There will be a rifle behind every blade of grass", however, it can be taken from within...
Read up on Edward Bernays or the 1951 Psychological Strategy Board
Prior to 9/11, numerous FBI agents were frantically trying to send warnings up the chain of command while other high level individuals in the FBI were blocking or ignoring the warnings. Also discussed are the extraordinary effort to keep Siebel Edmonds from speaking publicly about what she learned working as a foreign language translator for the FBI.
FLASHBACK: Zbigniew Brzezinski in late 70s, telling Afghans :
Zbigniew Brzezinski, the guy who, in hindsight, would fund & train al-Qaeda all over again, (playing the good cop, today), cryptically brags about The Game in his keynote address at the Center for American Progress :
We are acting as though the Iraqis are our colonial wards, he said. We are teaching them about democracy by arresting them, bombing them, by humiliating them and also helping them. It is an ambivalent course in democracy. This sounds like crazy talk, you might say. What could possibly motivate him to take this anti-neocon position?
In lieu of my long-winded analysis, Ill let you figure it out for yourselves by putting the following links into context:
Awoken Research Group
On Sept. 23, 2005--nearly three months before the Times broke the NSA story--Thomas Nelson wrote to U.S. Attorney Karin Immergut in Oregon that in the previous nine months, "I and others have seen strong indications that my office and my home have been the target of clandestine searches." In an interview, Nelson said he believes that the searches resulted from the fact that FBI agents accidentally gave his client classified documents and were trying to retrieve them. Nelson's client is Soliman al-Buthe, codirector of a now defunct charity named al-Haramain, who was indicted in 2004 for illegally taking charitable donations out of the country. The feds also froze the charity's assets, alleging ties to Osama bin Laden. The documents that were given to him, Nelson says, may prove that al-Buthe was the target of the NSA surveillance program.
Saturday, March 18, 2006.
looks like some of these people really do need a "Holy Ghost Enema". ROFLMAO!
Friday, March 17, 2006.
"On Wednesday, March 1, 2006, at a hearing on the proposed Constitutional Amendment to prohibit gay marriage, Jamie Raskin, professor of law at AU, was requested to testify.
Note: the above is a direct link to the video.
While your out celebrating this weekend or just away from your home for whatever reason, work, visiting friends, at the grocery, keep in mind, your home may be searched.
See more here:
Addendum:for you dial up folks...
For the past several decades, and especially since the Six-Day War in 1967, the centrepiece of US Middle Eastern policy has been its relationship with Israel. The combination of unwavering support for Israel and the related effort to spread ‘democracy’ throughout the region has inflamed Arab and Islamic opinion and jeopardised not only US security but that of much of the rest of the world. This situation has no equal in American political history. Why has the US been willing to set aside its own security and that of many of its allies in order to advance the interests of another state? One might assume that the bond between the two countries was based on shared strategic interests or compelling moral imperatives, but neither explanation can account for the remarkable level of material and diplomatic support that the US provides.This is a rather long article, but it is pretty comprehensive and enlightening. Do check it out.
A group of European computer researchers has demonstrated that it is possible to insert a software virus into radio frequency identification tags, part of a microchip-based tracking technology in growing use in commercial and security applications.
Prominent leaders from the Christian right have warned Republicans they must do more to advance conservative values ahead of the US mid-term elections.
Or what?....they vote for rethug lite, i.e. democrats? hahaha...
Excuse me, while I puke now.
Thursday, March 16, 2006.
How a fake general, a pliant media, and a master manipulator helped lead the United States into war.
Unfortunately, the story was an elaborate scam. The purported general had indeed met with American intelligence agents in Turkey, but unbeknownst to Hedges the agents had dismissed his claims out of hand. What the reporters also didn’t know, and what has never before been reported, is that it now appears that the man himself was a fake. According to an ex-INC official, the Ghurairy who met with the Times and PBS was actually a former Iraqi sergeant, then living in Turkey and known by the code name Abu Zainab. The real Lt. General Ghurairy, it seems, had never left Iraq. ... Chalabi had been a source for Bergman since 1991, when, following the Gulf War, the CIA hired the Rendon Group, a public relations firm, to unite Saddam’s surviving enemies with the aim of destabilizing his regime. As part of that project, the Rendon Group created the INC. Led by Chalabi, an Iraqi expatriate who’d recently fled Jordan after being convicted of fraud, the INC was given millions of dollars to set up a large network of defectors and exiles, who, in addition to providing intelligence to the CIA, were charged with disseminating anti-Saddam propaganda in Iraq and to the Western media. With the help of Rendon, the INC began placing stories in the British press about Saddam’s atrocities. The aim was for the stories to then be picked up by the American media, thereby bypassing U.S. laws that prevented government funding of domestic propaganda.
Wednesday, March 15, 2006.
The Justice Department's vile and underhanded attempt to rig the penalty-phase trial of Zacarias Moussaoui and nail him with a death penalty is Exhibit A for why Bush and Rumsfeld should not be allowed to handle the Guantanamo detainee and other detainee cases through military tribunals.
Uncle Chutzpah and His Willing Executioners on the Dire Iran Threat: With Twelve Principles of War Propaganda in Ongoing Service
A very good essay by Ed Herman.
Today Salon presents an archive of 279 photos and 19 videos of Abu Ghraib abuse first gathered by the CID, along with information drawn from the CID's own timeline of the events depicted. [...] Although the world is now sadly familiar with images of naked, hooded prisoners in scenes of horrifying humiliation and abuse, this is the first time that the full dossier of the Army's own photographic evidence of the scandal has been made public. Most of the photos have already been seen, but the Army's own analysis of the story behind the photos has never been fully told. It is a shocking, night-by-night record of three months inside Abu Ghraib's notorious cellblock 1A, and it tells the story, in more graphic detail than ever before, of the rampant abuse of prisoners there. The annotated archive also includes new details about the role of the CIA, military intelligence and the CID itself in abuse captured by cameras in the fall of 2003.
Marine Corps Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joints Chiefs of Staff, said today he has no evidence the Iranian government has been sending military equipment and personnel into neighboring Iraq.
I'm guided by a signal in the heavens
I'm guided by those birthmarks on my skin
I'm guided by the beauty of our weapons
First we take Manhattan then we take Berlin
Tuesday, March 14, 2006.
In an unusual and little-known case, the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office has seized four computer hard drives from a Lancaster newspaper as part of a statewide grand-jury investigation into leaks to reporters.
Monday, March 13, 2006.
International: Say what you think - The importance of giving offence - It is both inevitable and important that people offend the sensibilities of others. By Kenan Malik "If liberty means anything, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear." (George Orwell) According to Malik: "Not to give offence would mean not to pursue change." How many are really capable of handling it? In Nietzschean fashion one may ask: "Are you the victor, the self-conqueror, the ruler of your senses and your freedom, able to give and take offence, and pursue change?" (Paraphrazing F.N.)
Sunday, March 12, 2006.
Although it is far from united or viable, there is a growing bunch of folks who realize how far to the right establishment politics has moved in the last two decades. Not only that, but we propose that it is the Democratic Party, not the Republican one, which has, in effect, led the march.
The simple reality is that the notion of "get elected/relected at all costs" is the driving force for all post-capitalist politicians in the USA. Power is the principle. Just exactly that.
It is one thing for Republican conservatives, steamrolled by the eastern establisment liberals for so long, to be as lock-step and blood-thirsty and corrupt as they are. I feel only sorry for folks like Delay and his clones. They really do think it's OK to reap the spoils of victory. Indeed, they won their offices by preaching disdain of liberal America. Once in power, they, in their own minds, have gone about pillaging and looting. Is it unreasonable to expect, given the 11th century ethics they find so attractive?
The Democratic Party, on the other hand, increasingly seems to me to be the more cynical and dangerous of the two. Where the Republican Party seems to have some integrity (they do what they say the believe in), the Democratic Party has none. None. None. You know where Santorum stands. Do you know where Schumer or Pelosi or Jesse Jackson, Jr. or even Henry Waxman stand? Have you studied the furtive behavior and rhetoric of Howard Dean since he betrayed us all (finally) and went to work for the DLC? Yes, I said "DLC", not "DNC".
I gotta ask yuh, kind readers . . . what is it that keeps you believing that the Democratic Party wants anything different than the Republican Party does - P O W E R;? What??? Already, the Party has smashed the potential candidacies of two people (Sheehan and the cat from PA) who would have run as leftist Dems. The party is beyond "reform".
At the risk of allowing more reprobates to sit in Washington's excrement-stained seats, I advocate a boycott of the polls in '06. Vote not for any candidate who does not conform to the criteria I outlined here.
No more "lesser of two evils." It has not served us well. It is time to see voting for Democrats as the "lesser of ONE evil." Time to organize a truly leftist movement. Because we cannot, in Washington, have two enemies - we must see the sitting Senators and Congressmen as one ruling class. And we must defeat the weakest of them - the Democrats - in '06.
There are those who advocate giving the Left some sort of foothold by regaining a Democratic majority in DC. I must reject that. For the Democrats do not support the agenda set forth by Roosevelt. There are no good old days. The leftists who advocate a program of justice and fairness and equal opportunity for all within our borders, and who reject the exploitation and eradication of societies different from ours, are disenfranchized by the Democratic Party. How can we continue to support them?
A Problem with Two Solutions
Rev. J. Bryan Hehir, President of Catholic Charities of Boston, said that the organization would end all adoptions rather than comply with anti-discrimination laws regarding adoption. But the number of children in need of adoption is not going to diminish. This is a problem, and it has two solutions.
The first solution is to respect Catholic Charities of Boston's right to offer or not offer any service they want, because they are a private agency made up of consenting adults. If they want to discriminate, that should be their business; they just shouldn't be supported by tax dollars (collected from all) if they want to discriminate (serve less than all). This is the solution that the authors of the United States Constitution preferred when they forbade the establishment of a state-sponsored religion.
The second solution is the one proposed by Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney: make discrimination legal if it is done in the name of religion. You know, religion, that thing the Supreme Court ruled need not be need not be 'acceptable, logical, consistent, or comprehensible to others' - in short, anything you can make up. Solution number two is 'make discrimination protected by law as long as the discriminating party talks about invisible monsters that live in the sky in the process.' This is the solution that the Bush administration prefers, having provided $2.15 billion in tax dollars to sky-monster agencies that need not be acceptable, logical, consistent, or comprehensible to others, or be required to demonstrate they did anything at all for anyone much less what they were paid to do.
Which solution do you prefer?
The Real Iraq Conspiracy: Iran & Syria Building 'Strategic Oil Pipeline in Cooperation With Government' of US/Iraq
The last time I looked, Iraq was under US military occupation. The US media seems to be too absorbed in the Bush administration’s saber rattling toward Iran & Syria to notice what is really happened in Iraq. That seems to be the PR strategy of the administration, in order to avoid a major Iran-gate scandal.Awoken Research Group
Saturday, March 11, 2006.
Former FBI translator and whistleblower Sibel Edmonds has written an open letter to CIA Director Porter Goss in response to his New York Times op-ed.
When Sibel Edmonds, her father, a physician in Iran, was asked to falsify an autopsy finding. Angrily, he refused, daring the authorities to retaliate.
At home, he told his family: "Things like this do not happen in truly democratic civil societies - like America."
Friday, March 10, 2006.
For United Airlines workers, the corporation's bankruptcy meant layoffs, wage cuts, and lost pensions. But not everyone felt the pain. United's law firm, Kirkland & Ellis, will walk away with a sweet $99.8 million in fees for its troubles.
One K&E partner, James Sprayregen, billed for 4,419 hours at a rate of $850 an hour, for a total of $3.45 million. But Sprayragen is a slouch next to partner David Seligman. He claims to have put in an astonishing 10,231 hours--an average of 62.4 hours a week, every week, for four years--resulting in a tab of $5.5 million.
The rich get richer and the workers get fucked.
America’s future has become an Orwellian nightmare of ultra-liberalism. Beginning with the Gore Presidency, the government has become increasingly dominated by liberal extremists.
TRENTON, N.J. -- A mock war crimes trial of President George W. Bush at a Parsippany high school continued Friday, despite criticism from people across the nation who heard about the classroom exercise from a prominent Web site and talk-radio programs.
Sounds like those students are getting an education, alright.
According to the latest Forbes magazine ranking of the world's richest people, there are now 793 billionaires (that's billion with a b) worldwide, and increase of 102 over last year. Combined, their fortunes total $2.6 trillion (that's trillion with a t), up 18% from last year.
Those of you who didn't make the list, take heart. That money should start trickling down any day now!
New Yorker Magazine - 10/01/01 :
" Many of the investigators believe that some of the initial clues that were uncovered about the terrorists’ identities and preparations, such as flight manuals, were meant to be found . A former high-level intelligence official told me, ” Whatever trail was left was left deliberately —for the F.B.I. to chase.”
Awoken Research Group
No not as in 'Pink', although, listening to floyd while reading floyd is cause for concern to your mental health..
"...ha ha charade you are"
Thursday, March 09, 2006.
: the last link in this post is (NSFW)not safe for work, but then why would you be reading 'rebel scum' amsam.org at work? ;-p
I haven't been this freaked since I first read about
Executive Outcomes INC. several years ago.
This is like living in some kind of John Carpenter/Phillip K Dick/Terry Gilliam film (think, 1994's ' In the Mouth of Madness', or Bladerunner, Brazil all rolled into one ). These people are truely on the brink of complete insanity. And the frightening thing is they are infecting us all with their delusions. This is the ultimate mindfuck.
Either the following is complete psyops propagenda or we, as--humanity-- have stepped over the threshold into mass psychosis.
Strategic Communication Laboratories
Strategic Communication Laboratories has pioneered a new methodology to enable governments and countries to manage their relationships with their key audience groups through more powerful communication.
A direct quote from the website of Strategic Communication Laboratories, a London based company that offers "the most powerful weapon in the world", the ability to manage every aspect of a conflict from one operation centre.
Take a look around their website and witness sickening quote after quote explaining how their vision is to allow the total control of citizens by their government or their military, to keep it that way, and to facilitate conflicts with and the takeover of other countries and the execution of total control over their citizens.
The idea put across by SCL is that if you can control the perceptions people have of reality, then you can control reality itself.
it is a tight rope walk in distinction.
George Orwell was right on the money when he envisaged the coming 21st century as a battle based on the PERCEPTION of reality. in 1984, his classic warning to the world, Orwell told us that we would have to face this threat:
The Party said that Oceania had never been in alliance with Eurasia. He, Winston Smith, knew that Oceania had been in alliance with Eurasia as short a time as four years ago. But where did that knowledge exist? Only in his own consciousness, which in any case must soon be annihilated. And if all others accepted the lie which the Party imposed -if all records told the same tale -- then the lie passed into history and became truth.
'Who controls the past,' ran the Party slogan, 'controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.' And yet the past, though of its nature alterable, never had been altered. Whatever was true now was true from everlasting to everlasting. It was quite simple. All that was needed was an unending series of victories over your own memory. 'Reality control', they called it: in Newspeak, 'doublethink'.
- George Orwell, 1984, Chapter 3 (1948)
SCL's vision is no different from the constructed artificial reality designed to house the minds of the human race portrayed in the feature film The Matrix. If you present all the people with a fabricated collective illusion of reality, and enough meaningless distractions, they may stop questioning that reality when things don't seem to add up.
Of course, speaking of PERCEPTION w/recent news reports of Negative Perception Of Islam Increasing I just wonder why that is...< snark! >
unbeknowst to me, salon published a piece on SCL last year around the time rummy wanted us to invest in his flu vaccine, which was pointed out by a friend.
Over the past 24 hours, seven people have checked into hospitals here with telltale symptoms. Rashes, vomiting, high temperature, and cramps: the classic signs of smallpox. Once thought wiped out, the disease is back and threatening a pandemic of epic proportions.
“The Defense Department budget last year was three-quarters of a trillion dollars. I guarantee you that when war becomes that profitable, there will be more of it.”
—Chalmers Johnson, 2005
I'd say not only his opponents, but also his tribe. I'd go even further and concur w/ commenter bastrop, in that:
It's not just political spying
It is financial as well. Not only are they trading on insider information to help corporate cronies, I'll bet it goes even to the individual level, influencing trading and tweaking investment portfolios.
Note: Do skim the comments they are exceptional.
Wednesday, March 08, 2006.
"About half of Americans reject an evolutionary explanation for the origin of humans and believe that God created humans at one time 'as is.' Those with lower levels of education, those who attend church regularly, those who are 65 and older, and those who identify with the Republican Party are more likely to believe in the biblical view of the origin of humans than are those who do not share these characteristics."
Let's take a moment to look at the issue of human origins. You want evidence for common ancestors? Got it. Observations of speciation? Check. A time scale allowing human evolution (non-random survival of random traits)? Here ya go, pal. Science, the human creation that knows its limits, has some good arguments on its side when it comes to human origins.
Now let's compare that to the Bible's account of human origins. Everything has a cause, except God, so God is the cause of everything. Plants appeared before before the sun did. All animals originally ate plants, not each other. Humans can eat any tree or plant. Snakes used to get around by some other non-snakey means, and now they eat dust. People didn't exist at all, then they did, but only one man, and then one woman, then a bunch of stuff happened and here we are. Teach the controversy! Religion, the divine creation that is never wrong, is right. See, it says right here it is right!
So maybe the reason there is such 'support for the troops' (code for willingly ignoring wars of conquest, torture, secret prisons, kidnappings, etc.) is that these people prefer to be stupid and cruel and self-defeating. In a word, Christian.
102 Dublin Priests Eyed for Child Abuse
It's for the Lord!
You bet your ass...there isn't.
The collaboration on and editing of manuscripts submitted by persons in Iran, including activities such as the reordering of paragraphs or sentences, correction of syntax, grammar, and replacement of inappropriate words by U.S. persons, prior to publication, may result in a substantively altered or enhanced product, and is therefore prohibited under ITR § 560.204 unless specifically licensed. Such activity would constitute the provision of prohibited services to Iran..
Just about everyone knows that the NSA monitors and collects data on web use, including identifying internet surfing (as much as possible) by the person sitting behind the keyboard.
What you probably don't know however is that the NSA is in the market to sell this ability to private corporations.
The National Security Agency is actively seeking venues to advance its Technology Transfer program and make more patented NSA technology available for licensing. One of those technologies, a method for determining the geographic location of Internet users, represents a nascent but promising market that has proved useful for financial institutions to combat criminal fraud and could help in the NSA's collection and production of foreign signals intelligence.
Jeez and I bet you thought the NSA was in the business of protecting the United States from harm by conducting electronic signals intelligence operations. But no, it wants to sell of its patents to provide a "better return" to the taxpayer. How noble of them.
Of course, when they talk of protecting America, they are not talking of you or I. They are talking about the corporate entity and the elite. When they talk of National Security, they are not talking about the safety of this countries citizens, but it's business ventures.
Just as the "leaders" have (moblie) rules for them and a whole different set of rules for us. Your just a cog. Consumer cog. The MIC (READ Military Indus Complex) comes above and first always; with regards to any and all technology. Then after they have perfected whatever technology they have, then and only then does it become public. And when I say public, I do not mean the common good of the people I mean the business sector. You know trickle down and all that reagan bullshit.
Also related, Glenn Greenwald's Post-mortem on the Intelligence Committee vote
Tuesday, March 07, 2006.
Nationalities of enemy combatants detained at Guantánamo Bay, the “legal equivalent of outer space.”
. . . Most of you aren't gonna like this . . . I'm about to ruffle some feathers big time: the Right is Principles-based; the Left is Issues-based.
I'm not saying that the Right's principles are correct - for the most part their principles are empoverished, mean-spirited, immature, fear-based, destructive, and easily manipulated and exploited by the likes of the Rovians. But they are principles nonetheless . . . strongly articulated, tightly held and defended, broadly shared, not easily shaken by attacks from the truth.
The most salient point, however, is that these principles are born of and nurtured by community; and the integration of that community with its principles is nearly total. Again, put aside the fact that an immoral, cynical political faction with a whole passel of money has wooed and won that community. Put aside the fact that, in grim reality, that political faction stands no more for the values, principles, and well-being of that community than does, say, the Colombian Crack Cartel. For better or worse, it is a match made truly "in heaven". Yeah, there are some cracks in the clouds and some bending of the gates, but the likes of McCain and others have their spackle and welding torches out and the fix is on already . . .
Monday, March 06, 2006.
The Flights for cast and crew had been booked; the production schedule delivered; there were tickets advertised on the Internet. The Royal Court Theatre production of "My Name Is Rachel Corrie," the play I co-edited with Alan Rickman, was transferring later this month to the New York Theatre Workshop, home of the musical "Rent," following two sold-out runs in London and several awards.
in which Jeb Bush and NASA are going to grow
Sunday, March 05, 2006.
Sorry I missed last week. I was very busy, and didn't have much news to round-up anyway. I'm including last week's news as well.
Bush at all time new lows.
Smithsonian opening hip hop exhibit.
Fox News ratings down.
Anti-Darwin Bill Fails in Utah.
Google launches Google Foundation.
Court sides with church in dispute over drug-laced tea.
Bio-Diesel Car Rental Opens in World’s Car Capital.
UND scientists nearing test for new biojet fuel.
Brazil’s sugar crop fuels nation’s cars.
Sun Microsystems leads support of 2006 TED Prize winner.
Optimists ‘have less heart risk’.
Huge protein-interaction database could save lives.
Human capacity for altruism emerges as early as 18 months of age.
Segway inventer works to bring water and electricity to the world’s poor.
- Rose Colored News.
Nato would be likely to operate air defences in Turkey, according to Dan Goure, a Pentagon adviser and vice-president of the Lexington Institute, a military think tank.
Saturday, March 04, 2006.
AP: Many Defendants' Cases Kept Secret
Also see, dkos
Before I even begin to review this ‘weapon of critical information’, I urge you not only to buy it but when you’ve finished reading it (it’s real short, so it shouldn’t overly tax our attention-deficit culture), post it to your MP, Congressman, Senator, the UN, your vicar/priest/imam/holy man/rabbi; give it to your neighbour, teacher, workmate, brother, sister, mum and dad. In short, shout it out from the rooftops; that the US government is an international criminal of staggering proportions and the entire Bush administration should be indicted as war criminals and every last one locked up and the key thrown away.
Better read this before they redact it...
The purpose of this Order is to establish policies to improve the quality of intelligence needed for national security, to clarify the authority and responsibilities of the intelligence departments and agencies, and to establish effective oversight to assure compliance with law in the management and direction of intelligence agencies and departments of the national government.
GOALS, DIRECTION, DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES WITH RESPECT TO THE NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE EFFORT
Information Monopoly: Why the Germans of the '30s-40s' didn't come to terms that their 9/11 wasn't real
DOD web attacks demand a counter-plan
"Terrorism is the best political weapon for nothing drives people harder than a fear of sudden death." –Adolf Hitler
If the Last War on Terorism continued up until its logical conclusion; (that the German reaction to terrorism was perceived to be ridiculously irrational and foreign powers felt justified to stop them), then we must then ponder: What steps have the Straussian ‘End of History’ architects of this war taken to alter the historical precedence stacked against them?
What we really have here is an information blockade on the facts surrounding not only the actual conspiracy behind 9/11, but the alternative ‘caveman’ conspiracy theory as well. As an internet poster recently said, ”911 is a naked con any Girl Scout with a web connection could bust wide open over a weekend and still have time for a bake off.”
To unravel this information war and begin to answer the above question, I believe that we have to refer to what some call an ‘open conspiracy’. Much like the Project for a New American Century ’s rally for a “New Pearl Harbor”, these guys have not mucked their hand.
Again, much of this tactic to continue an information monopoly is openly documented in Information Operations Roadmap , the US military’s plan to knock out every networked computer on Earth, and some aspects of its presence have already been felt within the online community.
On Feb. 10, 2006, the US government concluded its “Cyber Storm” wargame, wheras more than 115 government agencies, companies and organizations conclude ‘mock’ attack against bloggers . ‘Coincidence theorists’ might note that an article posted at Global News Martix , that was then posted at ARG , and discussed at LibertyForum had nothing to do with all three websites being disabled, one permanently.
Those of us who are not ‘coincidence theorists’ are seriously wondering what the heck we are going to do as information liasions without the internet.
To put it in perspective, The White Rose distributed six leaflets between June 1942 & February 1943, and they were arrested by Homeland Security, before they ever logged into their collective G-Mail accounts.
They were in the huge ‘information minority’ from the get-go, and they got trampled. We are still presently in the ‘information minority’ and as of yet been allowed to exist because we pose no threat. That appearently has changed.
We at ARG are accepting any suggestions for solutions to this imminent threat that we all now face. Please contact us through our website, or respond to the thread you are reading right now with any comments, whether it be about Xeroxed leaflets, or satellite radio.
Awoken Research Group
Debunking ‘Caveman’ conspiracy theories since 2002
Thursday, March 02, 2006.
Pay too much and you could raise the alarm
DHS monitors your credit card payments.
This is fucking outrageous !
US Government Grants Over $500,000 to Taliban to Repair Roof
The Bush administration recently gave the Taliban more than $500,000 to repair the roof of a Mosque. This 'faith-based initiative' money was gathered through taxes collected from all US citizens but in no way was this money intended to benefit all - only the Taliban. Because Islam is the only true religion, so it makes sense to only give money to Islamic groups.
Wait a minute... ladies and gentlemen, I'm sorry, I've made a terrible error. Your tax dollars were given to a Christian group, not an Islamic group. Allah bad, Jehovah good. The apparent source of the error was confusion between this and a past donation from the Bush administration to the Taliban. The amount given to the Taliban was not $500,000; instead it was $43 million. American Samizdat regrets the error.
Creating a select committee to investigate the Administration's intent to go to war before congressional authorization, manipulation of pre-war intelligence, encouraging and countenancing torture, retaliating against critics, and to make recommendations regarding grounds for possible impeachment.Sponsor: Rep Conyers, John, Jr. [MI-14] (introduced 12/18/2005)
Wednesday, March 01, 2006.
David Horowitz and the Attack on Independent Thought
Horowitz’s mission is clear: to attack critical work in the academy, especially critical work that does not restrict itself to the classroom, but sees intellectuals as having a necessary public role. Visible public outreach is A-OK for Milton Friedman, Stephan Thernstrom, the neo-conservative crowd, and denizens of the right, but strictly off-limits for liberals and the left.
"She told me there was this new drug out that would really help me with all of my physical conditions, and my pain. She really wanted me to try it," said Woods.
"Bush lies, deserts under fire"
That's the headline I'd write for the AP story
whose actual headline is the more mundane, but still blockbuster, "Tape: Bush, Chertoff Warned Before Katrina."
AP discusses Bush's lie, but can't bring itself to name it:
Bush declared four days after the storm, "I don't think anybody anticipated the breach of the levees" that gushed deadly flood waters into New Orleans. But the transcripts and video show there was plenty of talk about that possibility -- and Bush was worried too.
"A man's history begins long before he is born..."
"Who are you that knows the vampires' secrets... and betrays them?"
"I will remain here, come what may..."
"We drink the blood of men, they drink the blood of their god--so in the end, we're all quite damned."
"The roaring of lions, the howling of wolves, the raging of the stormy sea,
and the destructive sword, are portions of eternity, too great for the eye of man."
-- William Blake, "Proverbs of Hell"
A real Seraph of Sorrows...
In an interview at the start of the "Situation Room" with CNN's Ed Henry, Congressman Peter King, who chairs the House Homeland Security Committee, said that the Bush administration did not investigate whether the UAE company had ties to terror. King said there was "no investigation into terror whatsovever." According to Henry, King maintained that he had asked officials at Treasury and Homeland Security whether they had checked out whether the company had ties to Al Qaeda. The response was to King was "You don't understand. We don't conduct a thorough investigation."
It's official! The Patriot Act provisions are now applicable to the investigation of all sorts of types of crimes.
The Patriot Act - Judge says it's not just for terrorism anymore