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Archive for the Month of November, 2005.
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November 1, 2005

Whose Life Is It Anyway? - More and more that cigarette, or drink at home, that political candidate you supported, even your eating habits, are coming under the scrutiny of your boss.

The World Should Fear the U.S. and Israel, Not Iran - After the global outcry over comments by President Ahmadinejad that "Israel should be wiped off the map" and "the goal of a world without the United States or Zionism is attainable," Tehran has gone on the diplomatic offensive. It argues, according to this article from the Islamic Republic News Agency, that it has been under threat from Israel and the United States for years.

Spy agency faked key Vietnam War data - One of America's spy agencies faked key intelligence used to justify its intervention in the Vietnam War, it was disclosed yesterday.

GOP Senate to Workers: It's Fine to Be Paid 1/3rd Less Than Depression-Era Laborers - ...50 cents an hour in the Depression translates into $7.89 per hour in today's dollars.

Aziz: Corporate Media Smearing Galloway - "It is part of a media campaign aimed at smearing Galloway’s reputation."

The Hidden Life of Garbage - ...the United States is the number one producer of garbage on the planet; with just 5 percent of the global population we generate 30 percent of the world's trash. The average American throws away a staggering 4.5 pounds of rubbish daily -- that's 1,600 pounds each year...

Latest footage of London Bomber: More evidence of a frame up - These revelations are yet more evidence to suggest that the so called "suicide bombers" had little or no idea that they were going to die on 7/7.

The Real Reason for Nuking Iran - Why a nuclear attack is on the neocon agenda

"Latin CNN" broadcasts first news - The new pan-Latin American TV channel Telesur, backed by the Venezuelan government, has started broadcasting a full schedule of news bulletins.

US steps up planning for a Cuba without Castro - The inter-agency effort, which also involves the Defense Department, recognises that the Cuba transition may not go peacefully and that the US may have to launch a nation-building exercise.

The Return of Jeff Gannon! Ex-White House Favorite Finds New Outlet in Gay Papers - Chris Crain, the editor of The Washington Blade and chief editorial boss of Window Media's other gay papers, says his Op-Ed page is simply offering fresh and challenging opinion when it decides to publish occasional columns by Jeff Gannon.

Tender Mercenaries: DynCorp and Me - DynCorp employees in Bosnia, where the company plays a major policing role, have engaged in organized sex-slave trading with girls as young as 12, and DynCorp's Bosnia site supervisor was filmed raping a woman.

US machine guns in Iraq used so much that supplies run low - U.S. troops in Iraq are firing .50-caliber machine guns at such a high rate, the Army is scrambling to resupply them with ammunition ...

Wall Street's "Brainwashing Machine" - How Wall Street uses thought-weapons of manipulation to fleece common investors.

Doctor urges Canadians not to panic over bird flu - "The first thing to know is that it's a huge leap for a bird virus to become a human virus that spreads efficiently in people," said Dr. David Butler-Jones, appearing on CTV's Canada AM.

The Legacy of "Silent Spring" - Forty-three years ago, Rachel Carson became the unlikely founder of the radical ecology movement. Her message is even more powerful today.

New Study Warns of Total Loss of Arctic Tundra - The impact on vegetation and landscapes would transform large areas of the earth.

UN Warns of Poverty as World’s Lakes Evaporate - African lakes are among the worst affected, with satellite images unveiled on Monday showing dramatic differences between the extent of some lakes and rivers today and their extent a few decades ago. Lake Chad has shrunk by almost 90 per cent...

A New Weapon for Wal-Mart: A War Room - ...Wal-Mart has quietly recruited former presidential advisers, including Michael K. Deaver, who was Ronald Reagan's image-meister, and Leslie Dach, one of Bill Clinton's media consultants, to set up a rapid-response public relations team in Arkansas.

November 2, 2005

CIA Holds Terror Suspects in Secret Prisons - The secret facility is part of a covert prison system set up by the CIA nearly four years ago that at various times has included sites in eight countries, including Thailand, Afghanistan and several democracies in Eastern Europe, as well as a small center at the Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba, according to current and former intelligence officials and diplomats from three continents

Danger of US sponsored Nuclear War - More than 470 physicists, including seven Nobel laureates, have signed a petition to oppose a new U.S. Defense Department proposal that allows the United States to use nuclear weapons against non-nuclear states.

Hiding the Gulf of Tonkin Lie - Lies are employed invariably to sell wars.

U.S. Military Wants to Own the Weather - While some consider the idea farfetched, some military tacticians have already pondered ways to turn weather into a weapon.

The Bush solution - Expand the war to Syria and Iran - "When faced with an unsolvable problem—expand the problem." This cynical political advice supposedly hangs on the wall of U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld’s office.

Historic Vermont Meeting in State Capital Passes Resolution to Secede from the U.S. - The members of a peaceful freedom-fighting group want no part of neo-cons running the imperialistic U.S. government. Plan to secede from the U.S. gaining momentum in the fiercely independent Green Mountain state.

Venezuela threatens US over F-16s - President Hugo Chavez has warned the US he could give some of his country's F-16 fighter jets to Cuba or China.

Bush's Increasing Mental Lapses and Temper Tantrums Worry White House Aides - Bush, whose obscenity-laced temper tantrums increase with each new setback and scandal, abruptly ended one Camp David meeting by telling everyone in the room to "go fuck yourselves" before he stalked out of the room

Rumsfeld Denies UN Rights Experts Access to Guantanamo Detainees - US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld refused UN experts access to detainees at a military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, dismissing a hunger strike there as a publicity stunt.

U.S. fears prospect of Saudi coup, weighs invasion plans - The response could include the deployment of three U.S. Army divisions backed by fighter-jets and airborne early-warning and alert aircraft. In all, the U.S.-led mission could include up to 300,000 troops.

Smearing skin with broccoli can help reduce risk of cancer - Ten superfoods to beat cancer

Iraqi Doctors Beaten and Arrested in Haditha Hospital - Dr. Walid Al-Obeidi, the director of Haditha General Hospital and Dr. Jamil Abdul Jabbar, the only surgeon in the Haditha area were arrested for a week, very badly beaten and threatened to face the same treatment in the future by the American troops.

Bush Cheney's Scooter Libby Cover Up:The Fix Is In - When you control the Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald as well as the presiding judge US District Judge for the District of Columbia Reggie Walton, the Bush Cabal wins -- and the Bush Cabal coverup is complete.

Wal-Mart and you: How your tax dollars subsidize the world's largest corporation - Wal-Mart, the Alpha Dog of discount stores, has also become the Alpha Hog at the public trough.

Tiny Vegas home sits at center of housing craze - His property in demand, former waiter raises asking price to $1.2 million

Students start walkout to protest war, recruiting - The walkout is part of a nationwide protest organized by Youth Against War and Racism.

November 3, 2005

Elephants may pay homage to dead relatives - Elephants may pay homage to the bones of dead relatives in their home ranges, a study of the creatures’ responses to skulls and ivory suggests.

Dirt Starting to Fly Around Alito's Supreme Court Nomination Saying He Is A "Mafia Friendly Insider" - Former Italian government informant talks about Alito's shady past, including dishing out favors to known underworld figures.

The Senate’s Closed Session: Nothing But a Democratic Sham - ...just because something sounds noble, doesn’t mean it is.

Rumsfeld hints at more troops in Iraq - Coming off one of the deadliest months for American troops, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld indicated that the number of U.S. forces in Iraq could rise temporarily as Iraqis prepare to vote in mid-December parliamentary elections.

Unspinning the US’s web of lies against Galloway - Two reports last week announced with great sound and fury that they had the "smoking gun" linking Respect MP George Galloway to the payroll of Saddam Hussein’s Iraqi regime. In fact both signified nothing more than another desperate attempt to distract from the real criminals in Iraq — and to smear those who have campaigned against Bush and Blair’s war.

Former MI6 Head: Don't Rule Out Nuclear Terrorism In Britain - Blair's former spy bosses are trying desperately to help him in the face of a Commons revolt and personal scandals derailing his police state agenda by bullying the British public into submission.

“Congress is gunning for the poor” - Make the poor pay. That’s the slogan that George W. Bush and the politicians seem to have adopted for their latest budget proposals.

McDonald's Labeling Scheme: Not Lovin' It - Last week, McDonald’s announced its latest attempt to mutate into a responsible corporate citizen.

US Hunger Rates Continue to Rise - Over one-tenth of the United States population faced "food insecurity" last year, continuing a five-year trend in growing hunger and household food shortages.

SpyChips: How Major Corporations and Government Plan to Track Your Every Move with RFID - Tracking Everything Everywhere—The RFID Threat

Argentine Self Management - During the recent corporate globalization inspired economic downturns in Argentina's recuperated factory movement shows that in a matter of months even after being slogged and flailed their whole lives through, even when they are barely literate or are illiterate, working people can take up tasks supposedly beyond their ken and accomplish them honorably and effectively. Likewise, Argentina's occupied factories display the powerful spontaneous desire of people who haven't been socialized into elitist mindsets to earn equitably and to apportion power fairly rather than dominate or be dominated.

Rumsfeld Openly Admits Guantanamo Torture - When Donald Rumsfeld was asked about the force feeding of detainees at Guantanamo Bay recently, a brutal practice that involves inserting tubes as wide as fingers directly through stomachs and nostrils without any anesthetic as prisoners convulse and vomit blood, Rummy replied, "I'm not a doctor."

Anti-Bush Protests Mark Reelection - To mark the one-year anniversary of President Bush's reelection Wednesday, a group called The World Can't Wait staged rallies at sites across the United States, calling for radical change in Washington.

Corporate Invasion - Move over, Mother Nature: Republicans want the National Park Service to make room for nonnative species.

US Leads Way in Medical Errors: Study - Patients in the United States reported higher rates of medical errors and more disorganized doctor visits and out-of-pocket costs than people in Canada, Britain and three other developed countries...

Bang! Bang! You're Deaf! Sonic Weapons Over Palestine - Palestinians describe the sound as an earthquake or huge bomb. They liken the effect to being hit by a wall of air that is painful on the ears, sometimes causing nosebleeds and "leaving you shaking inside".

Clueless Democrats and the Bush Casus Belli - If the Democrats were not simply playing partisan games, attempting to score points against Bush for self-serving political reasons, they would demand Bush’s immediate impeachment and move to indict him for high crimes and misdemeanors...

November 4, 2005

Nearly five thousand still reported missing from Hurricane Katrina - 4,783 people are still missing...

First Latin American Gathering Of Worker-Recovered Factories - "...we have shown how the workers can run the companies, and this means we can run society as well."

Liberals and Faux Conservatives: Two Sides of the Same Authoritarian Coin - Democrats and liberals seem incapable of understanding it does not matter if a Democrat or Republican is in office—there will be invasions, mass murder, corporate thievery, neolib foreign and economic policy, encroachments on the Constitution and liberty, and an ever-growing police state and police state outrages (the Democrat Clinton, after all, oversaw the incineration of babies at Waco).

Possible U.S. and Israeli Connection in Assassination of Rafiq Harari, the Former Popular Lebanese Leader - U.S. mafia hit squads may again have their ugly hands in the car bombing of Lebanese President. U.S. Intelligence reports were quick to finger Syria, but critics contend the killing was U.S. backed in order to justify a future Syrian invasion.

Chinese billionaires on the rise - The number of Chinese billionaires has more than doubled in the past year, according to a survey.

Thousands chant "Get out, Bush!" - Protestors swarm streets of Argentine resort

Drifting towards a Police State - Americans still seem blissfully unaware of the fundamental changes to the political system. The cloak of disinformation and diversion has successfully obscured the perils of our present course. Freedom is no longer guaranteed in Bush’s America nor is liberty everyman’s birthright. The rickety scaffolding that supports the rule of law has been replaced by the unbridled authority of the supreme presidency. The country is slipping inexorably towards the Orwellian nightmare; the National Security State.

Tomlinson quits public broadcasting board - Kenneth Tomlinson, the former board chairman of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting accused by critics of trying to politicize public television and radio, has resigned from the board, it said on Thursday.

Meet the New Interrogators: Lockheed Martin - The company's reach and influence go far beyond the military. A New York Times profile of the company in 2004 opened with the sentence: "Lockheed Martin doesn't run the United States. But it does help run a breathtakingly big part of it."

US-Backed Arab TV Network to be Investigated - Officials declined to elaborate on the precise nature of the allegations but said they involved procurement and contracting. There was also concern that viewing figures might be inflated.

Wrongful Incarceration Not Unusual in Iraq - Sociologist Ehsan Mohammad, at Baghdad University, said the community now was full of innocent people who had been jailed...

ACTION ALERT: Stop FDA censorship - The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is censoring health information. The pharmaceutical companies are the winners. You and your family are the losers.

Marine tells of "carte blanche" to kill - A former US marine has told a jury that he was given "carte blanche" to kill and was told to "shoot first and ask questions later" while serving in Iraq following the outbreak of war in 2003.

Iraq prisoner abuse witnesses "disappear" in US custody - Three other witnesses are said to have "escaped" at the same time, so the only four people ever to succeed in an "escape" from a Guantanamo-bay-style maximum secitity US military prison all happen to be witnesses who wanted to testify against the US military.

The CIA’s global gulag - Conditions in these jails, referred to as "black sites," are hellish. Prisoners are, according to the Post, kept in "dark, sometimes underground cells, they have no recognized rights, and no one outside the CIA is allowed to talk with or even see them, or to otherwise verify their well-being."

Mainstream Media to American Democracy: Drop Dead! - It's been a full two weeks now since the non-partisan Government Accountability Office (GAO came out with their 107-page report [PDF] confirming what so many of us have been trying to ring the bell about for so long: The Electronic Voting Machines which are proliferating counties and states across America even as I type, are not secure, not accountable, not recountable, not transparent, not accurate and not adequately monitored or certified by anybody. The Mainstream Corporate Media couldn't care less.

Uniting-Not-Dividing the World Over! - 10,000 Argentinians would like to welcome you to Argentina, Mr. Bush...

Blood on the Tundra, Betrayal in the Rotunda - Oil's Victory in Alaska, with a Dem Assist

Why We Can't Prevent Cancer: The Environmental Causes of Cancer - About half of all cancer cases are fatal, and death by cancer is often prolonged, painful, and very expensive. Those who manage to survive cancer live out their lives molded by the after-effects of harsh treatments popularly known as "slash and burn" -- surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, or some combination of the three.

Big Brother to vet your messages - Guidelines released yesterday by the Australian Communications and Media Authority suggest chat rooms employ legions of human moderators to intervene, block or modify messages being sent between users.

November 5, 2005

An Organic Drift - The big producers, which often use synthetic materials in processing, want to call their processed foods organic because that designation commands premium prices.

Canada: Telus workers reject concession-laden settlement - Militant industrial action must be tied to the struggle to build a new party of the international working class that is committed to radically reorganizing the world economy so that the technological revolution can be used to improve the life of all, not slash jobs, speed up production and swell the profits squeezed from working people.

Tracing the CIA’s Planes: to Senator’s Office, Poland, Romania - Laxalt, the former US senator whose address and phone number are used by the owners of the CIA’s 737 prison plane, was a close friend of Republican icon Ronald Reagan. When Reagan was president, Laxalt was referred to as the "First Friend."


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