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December 4, 2005

IRAQ / THE GRIM BIG PICTURE: America has sold its soul for black gold - A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves: Edward R Murrow

New Study Suggests Artificial Sweetener Causes Cancer in Rats at Levels Currently Approved for Humans - Report in Environmental Health Perspectives calls for reevaluation of acceptable limits of aspartame consumption

December 5, 2005

Hurricanes, Global Warming and the Right-Wing Distortion Campaign: The Battle Over Public Awareness - ...as long as the public believes there is no scientific consensus, inaction on anthropogenic climate change is guaranteed.

Barbara Bush and the wretched Mr. Cheney - Barbara’s always been the grittiest street-fighter in the famiglia Bush; an imperious Wagnerian she-wolf with enough verve and venom to take down a dozen Cheneys

Domestic Military Intelligence Is Back: Code Name of the Week: Cornerstone - In other words, some military gumshoe or over-zealous commander just has to decide that someone is "a threat to" the military.

Iraqis turn to pills to escape their hard reality - For Ali, 18, his pills allow him to forget his problems. "I float along in another world," he said. "The unbearable conditions of daily life, whether in society or in my family, pushed me to find an escape," he added.

Where they hide the cash - When aid or debt relief are discussed, attention often focuses on corrupt leaders and governments in Africa and other parts of the developing world. But they are amateurs compared with the rich companies and individuals who use the world's tax havens and banking systems to hide sums of money that could address almost all of the continent's financial needs.

Propaganda and bribery - The Bush administration will pay both at home and in Iraq for buying puff pieces in the media.

Today Iraq, Tomorrow the World - According to the latest edition of the "Active Duty Military Personnel Strengths by Regional Area and by Country," published by the Defense Department’s Directorate for Information Operations and Reports (DIOR), the U.S. has troops in 142 countries.

U.S. Command Declares Global Strike Capability - The U.S. Strategic Command announced yesterday it had achieved an operational capability for rapidly striking targets around the globe using nuclear or conventional weapons, after last month testing its capacity for nuclear war against a fictional country believed to represent North Korea.

Netanyahu hints could consider Iran nuclear strike - Former Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu hinted that he could consider a pre-emptive air strike against Iran's nuclear installations if he were to be re-elected. Netanyahu, who is widely expected to regain the leadership of the right-wing Likud party later this month, said Israel needed to "act in the spirit" of the late premier Menachem Begin who ordered an air strike on Iraq's Osirak nuclear reactor in 1981.

Hidden in Plane Sight: US Media Dodging Air War in Iraq - Major US news outlets are dodging the extent of the Pentagon's bombardment from the air, an avoidance all the more egregious because any drawdown of US troop levels in Iraq is very likely to be accompanied by a step-up of the air war.

Chavez’s Party Wins 68% of Seats in Venezuela’s Parliament - The President of Venezuela’s National Electoral Council (CNE), Jorge Rodriguez, said that with 79% of the voting center results examined, voter turnout so far was at 25%.

Najaf mob tries to assassinate Allawi with shoes? - Who to believe?

Bisphenol A disrupts young brains, scientists report - BPA is used in the production of epoxy resins and polycarbonate plastics. The plastics are used in many food and drink packaging applications. Resins are commonly used as lacquers to coat metal products such as food cans, milk container linings, bottle tops, water supply pipes and dental sealants.

THE CASE FOR A NATIONAL RECALL ELECTION - The threat of recall would make sitting leaders responsive to the people more often than the current four-year election cycle, and would allow disastrous and unpopular leaders like Bush to be replaced posthaste.

Suicide shoots himself three times - As oil-rich Kazakhstan went to the polls Sunday police declared that a prominent Kazakh politician had committed suicide by shooting himself three times.

A culture of bribery in Congress - Almost every US lawmaker takes big money aimed at helping private interests win favorable government action. If they stash the cash for themselves, it's illegal. If they use it to get reelected, keep their job, and help the private interests, it's generally legal. Either way, money still talks in Washington...

Report: U.S. admits illegal kidnapping - ...the United States wanted German officials to keep silent because of fears of exposing a covert U.S. program...

Nuclear Iran? You bet! - Is there a case to be made for allowing Iran to develop nuclear weapons in the interests of peace? Or has all the air been sucked out of the debate by American and Israeli demagogues who dominate the airwaves?

December 6, 2005

Propagating propaganda - Suddenly certain media pundits have "discovered" that our government is fabricating news, and planting it in the Iraqi press? Hey, I've got news for you guys, since the end of the Vietnam War the corporate media have been disseminating "all the news the state views as fit to print."

Afghan women weaving in misery - The colourful carpets can fetch thousands of dollars, but they bring the women who weave them just enough to get by - along with a lot of hardship.

Traveling Sheep - Our rulers may not be alchemists, able to turn base metal into gold, but they know how to turn humans into sheep. Well might we ask about this remarkable trick; cui bono?

Commercial Pilot and Aeronautical Engineer Explains Why Official 9/11 Story About Pentagon Is Bogus - It’s impossible to fit a square peg in a round hole. It’s equally as impossible to fit a large 757 airliner through a small hole like left in the Pentagon wall after 9/11.

US: The Booming Business for Psy/Ops - No one is sure how well psychological operations have worked in Afghanistan or Iraq, but that's not stopping efforts to step them up, using contractors to do it.

Food crisis feared as fertile land runs out - Maps show 40% of Earth's land is used for agriculture - Growing human 'footprint' a risk to the environment.

Randy & 'the boys': Scandal figure tied to Iran Contra Drug Trafficking - "America: one of the finest countries anyone ever stole."

In Defending Hussein, an American Contrarian Seeks to Set the Historical Record Straight - At his trial, Mr. Hussein is charged with crimes against humanity in the killing of 148 men and teenage boys from the Shiite town of Dujail, north of Baghdad, after an assassination attempt against Mr. Hussein there in 1982. But Mr. Clark suggested that Mr. Hussein's secret police had reason to act harshly against Shiite assassins who, he said, almost certainly had political links to Shiite-ruled Iran, then in the early stages of an eight-year war with Iraq. He compared the actions of Mr. Hussein's secret police with the muscular behavior of an American president's security detail.

Diebold insider alleges company plagued by technical woes, Diebold defends "sterling" record - ...a whistleblower from electronic voting heavyweight Diebold Election Systems Inc. raised grave concerns about the company’s electronic voting technology and of electronic voting in general, bemoaning an electoral system the insider feels has been compromised by corporate privatization.

Warning on bitter GM harvest - Genetically modified crops have failed to deliver the economic benefits promised to US farmers and could pose similar problems if adopted in Australia, a former US government bureaucrat has warned.

CIA Ruse Is Said to Have Damaged Probe in Milan - ...according to Italian court documents and interviews with investigators, the CIA's tip was a deliberate lie, part of a ruse designed to stymie efforts by the Italian anti-terrorism police to track down the cleric, Hassan Mustafa Osama Nasr, an Egyptian refugee known as Abu Omar.

US army drops Iraq murder charges - The officer, 2nd Lt Erick Anderson, 26, was charged in 2004 after two soldiers under his command alleged he gave permission to kill Iraqi civilians.

Anti-terror laws rammed through - minus debate - Controversial anti-terror laws which will allow police to detain terror suspects without charge were last night rammed through Parliament.

Donald Rumsfeld Is Mad As a Hatter - We now have a certifiable loon in charge of the most powerful military on the face of the earth. Shouldn't someone do something?

Insurgents dismiss Iraq polls, brace for battle - "Expect black days. Elections won't change anything. This is a long-term struggle. We will fight for the next 20 years," said Abu Mohammed, who used that name as an insurgent.

December 7, 2005

Legalize drugs — all of them - Sometimes people in law enforcement will hear it whispered that I'm a former cop who favors decriminalization of marijuana laws...But no, I don't favor decriminalization. I favor legalization, and not just of pot but of all drugs...

Brother Love's Travelling Salvation Show - Neil, we know, is following Poppy's lead: Moon led his father across South America in the mid-90s, stuffing a hundred grand in his pocket for his trouble, which naturally was no trouble at all for either man.

Quotes from the The American Taliban: Part 1 - "I would like to outlaw contraception...contraception is disgusting – people using each other for pleasure."

9-11: Animation showing military precision of flight paths - Team 8+ are a group of independent researchers who have been brought together by a mutual desire to find the real truth behind the 9/11 attacks and other major world events.

9/11 Commission continues cover-up, circles wagons for stumbling empire - In a newly issued report card on "national security", the bipartisan Kean-9/11 Commission has dutifully reinforced its official cover-up of 9/11, reinflating the 9/11 "war on terrorism" myth, and restoking terrorism propaganda and mass fear at the precise moment that the Bush administration itself is losing its credibililty and sway over the public, and the flagging US war of conquest is in desperate need of a boost.

911 Truth Movement Finally Covered with Journalistic Integrity - On Thursday, December 1st the Fox News affilitate WICZ 40 in Binghampton, New York became the first network affiliate in the United States to air a legitimate journalistic evaluation of the evidence of government and intelligence agency complicity into 911.

Did Big Oil participate in planning invasion of Iraq? - ...the Bush administration’s energy policy was not based only on the dismantling of corporate regulations and the loosening of restrictions on oil exploration in the United States. It had an even more important foreign component: the plan to invade and colonize Iraq, and then privatize and expropriate its enormous oil wealth for the direct benefit of American oil concerns and US capitalism as a whole.

Debt, Unemployment, Privatization and War: How Greenspan Skewered America - In the stately pantheon of class-warriors, Greenspan's spectral-image looms larger than any other; the foremost proponent of hardnosed social-Darwinism and exclusionary economics. Even his carpet-bagging consort, G.W. Bush, pales in comparison.

The FBI’s police-state program - Telephones records, correspondence, financial records, even records of what people read online at a public library--all are fair game for the Feds under the PATRIOT Act. The FBI simply has to claim that the records are “sought for” or “relevant to” an investigation “to protect against international terrorism or clandestine intelligence activities.”

Federal Court Allows Employers to Muck Up Organizing Drives - The now-moot ordinance, passed by the county Board of Supervisors in 2000, had required that contractors paid more than $250,000 for services agree to remain neutral when facing efforts to organize their employees.

Ex-Professor Acquitted in Patriot Act Test Case - In a case closely watched as a key test of the Patriot Act, a former university professor accused of helping lead a Palestinian terrorist organization was acquitted Tuesday on nearly half of the charges against him, and the jury deadlocked on the rest.

CIA "emptied secret jails" before Rice Europe trip - The CIA last month emptied two secret prisons in Eastern Europe of terrorist suspects in a frantic effort to defuse the "rendition" controversy ahead of Condoleezza Rice's visit to Europe, sources in the agency have claimed.

Secret CIA Detentions Challenged: Law Suit against former CIA Director George Tenet - ACLU Files Landmark Lawsuit Challenging CIA’s “Extraordinary Rendition” of Innocent Man - Companies that Owned and Operated Airplanes Used in CIA Kidnapping Also Named in Lawsuit.

Carrying the "White Man's Burden" in Iraq - One of the many rarely spoken reasons why conservatives in Washington won't let us leave Iraq is the old notion of civilizing a primitive nation.

U.S. gives Israel a large new camp - The United States Tuesday delivered a sprawling storage base it has built for the Israeli army.

On the 25th anniversary of John Lennon's assassination, imagine . . . - Imagine that the classic lone gunman could be Mark David Chapman. And if so, you may be as mind-controlled by system hype as he was that Monday night at 10:50 pm, December 8, 1980, just one month after Ronald Reagan was elected president.

"We don't do torture" ... We strip you naked at your home - Explosive anger in Ramadi after US marines stripped naked a wife in front of her husband.

Even during operations, doctors were shot at by US soldiers’ - Young Iraqi surgeon testifies about the horrors of the Iraq war

With new legislation, Ohio Republicans plan holiday burial for American Democracy - HB3's most publicized provision will require positive identification before casting a vote. But it also opens voter registration activists to partisan prosecution, exempts electronic voting machines from public scrutiny, quintuples the cost of citizen-requested statewide recounts and makes it illegal to challenge a presidential vote count or, indeed, any federal election result in Ohio. When added to the recently passed HB1, which allows campaign financing to be dominated by the wealthy and by corporations, and along with a Rovian wish list of GOP attacks on the ballot box, democracy in Ohio could be all but over.

Katrina Victims Testify About Ethnic Cleansing, Levee Bomb! - There are numerous witnesses to the explosion sound and divers have found a 30-foot crater at the bottom of the 17th St. Levee that flooded the 9th Ward, said the panel. In addition, they said historically, towns have blown levees upstream to prevent their own town from flooding, so blowing up levees was nothing new for Louisiana.

December 8, 2005

The Plan to Steal Iraq's Oil - "PSAs are effectively immune from public scrutiny and lock governments into economic terms that cannot be altered for decades..."

The Post 9/11 Saturation Of Our Culture In Torture - Torture Doublethink At All Time High

Inuit sue US over climate change - The Inuit people of the Arctic have filed a landmark human rights complaint against the US, blaming the world's No 1 carbon polluter for stoking the global warming that is destroying their habitat.

Don't Buy the B.S. - Iraqis are not the only folks these days being served B.S. disguised as steak. If Iraqis want a preview of the kind of dis-/mis-information they will get should they ever fully join the Western world, just come on over to my place and watch a couple of evenings of American network and cable TV.

9/11 Truth Conference Opens in Tampa to Crowd of 600; Mainstream Media Again Ignores Event as Censorship Spreads Across Land Like Existed In Nazi Germany - The Asolo Theatre in Sarasoto "at the last minute" backed out of its deal with 9/11 truth organizers to rent out theatre for Sunday night's scheduled performance. Organizer Jimmy Walter said it looks like an act of outright censorship.

Tire Giant Firestone Hit with Lawsuit over Slave-Like Conditions at Rubber Plantation - Firestone, a multinational rubber manufacturing giant known for its automobile tires, has come under fire from human rights and environmental groups for its alleged use of child labor and slave-like working conditions at a plantation in Liberia.

Eyewitness: "I Never Heard the Word 'Bomb'" - "I never heard the word 'bomb' on the plane," McAlhany told TIME in a telephone interview. "I never heard the word bomb until the FBI asked me did you hear the word bomb. That is ridiculous." Even the authorities didn't come out and say bomb, McAlhany says. "They asked, 'Did you hear anything about the b-word?'" he says. "That's what they called it."

Saddam's lawyers threatened at Baghdad Airport - Three men threatened Saddam Hussein’s chief lawyer as he boarded a plane from Baghdad to Jordan today, and they were removed from the flight, said the Iraqi lawyer and his colleague, ex-US. Attorney General Ramsey Clark.

95 per cent US dailies ignored report on torture of Iraqi prisoners - Military autopsy reports provide indisputable proof that detainees are being tortured to death while in US military custody. Yet the corporate media of the United States (US) is covering it with the seriousness of a garage sale for the local Baptist Church, media research organisation Project Censored has said.

"Al Qaeda" suspect prisoners now housed in Moroccan secret prisons - Many of the prisoners are being held at remote prisons established by former King Hassan II to torture political prisoners.

Freemasonry link in £93,000 gift to Tories - The Conservative party has accepted a £93,000 donation from a fund run by one of Britain’s most senior freemasons.

Acts of defiance against war turned ordinary people into criminals - In three different British courtrooms yesterday, three ordinary people stood accused of three very different crimes, but all based simply on their opposition to the war in Iraq.

Mayor of London Calls Bushies "A Gang of Thugs" - Ken Livingstone, the Mayor of London, England, threw a bash for anti-war activists this evening and denounced the Bush Administration as "a gang of thugs."

Ex-president doubts U-S military will ever leave Iraq - Former President Jimmy Carter says he doubts whether the U-S military will ever completely pull out of Iraq...

Radium Weed Kills Skin Cancers - The establishment won't use it, because it is so cheap, so effective, and cannot be patented!

US military continues Iraq propaganda operation despite probe - The US military is continuing a controversial "information operations" program that paid Iraqi newspapers to run favorable stories even as it investigates the effort, US defense spokesmen said Wednesday.

December 9, 2005

Miami Bomb Incident Starts to Look Suspicious - Eyewitness says Alpizar never mentioned bomb, passengers were more afraid of Air Marshals putting guns to their heads.

The War on Christmas - The coup d’etat is almost complete. Corporate America, the FOX like media, and the fundamentalist owned GOP have seduced religious-minded America. What better way to excite gullible Christians, amass more offerings, and generate corporate earnings than a fabricated war on Christmas? At the next FOX board meeting after Christmas, O’Reilly, Gibson, and Hannity can join CEO Rupert Murdoch and their GOP legislative lackeys in singing, "What a friend we have in Jesus"!

New Tory Leader Related to Queen Elizabeth - In a further twist...it emerged that Mr Cameron's wife Samantha has Royal connections too.

British BP Employees Caught Suspected of Bioterrorism in Azerbaijan - Were discovered trying to poison water supply


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