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A DANGEROUS GAME OF TELEPHONE

Publié le 7 avril, 2012 | Pas de commentaires
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A DANGEROUS GAME OF TELEPHONE

This morning I woke to see every major newspaper and blog picking up on a non-story and giving it front page prominence – the supposed admission by an « Iranian politician » (later upgraded to « top politician » and « top lawmaker ») that while Iran could build nuclear weapons, it has decided not to.  Though by the look of […]

World News Reports Now Based on Facebook Comments, Overheard Snippets in Laundromat

Publié le 14 février, 2012 | Pas de commentaires
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World News Reports Now Based on Facebook Comments, Overheard Snippets in Laundromat

Where is the EVIDENCE that Iran had anything to do with the bombings in India, Georgia or Bangkok?

ALL OR NOTHING AT ALL: New Rules for Lifeboat Earth

Publié le 26 juillet, 2011 | Pas de commentaires
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ALL OR NOTHING AT ALL:  New Rules for Lifeboat Earth

Corporate billionaires and war-profiteers of all countries depend on our ignorant allegiances to the ideologies that keep them in power – but there is no hope of survival if we continue to play their perverse lifeboat-game.

IF YOU THINK THIS IS ALARMIST, YOU’RE NOT PAYING ATTENTION: SOLIDARITY IS THE ONLY WAY FORWARD

Publié le 27 février, 2011 | 4 commentaires
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IF YOU THINK THIS IS ALARMIST, YOU’RE NOT PAYING ATTENTION:  SOLIDARITY IS THE ONLY WAY FORWARD

For thirty years, the U.S. citizen has been conditioned little by little, to accept less. Less protection from unions, less protection from polluters, less protection from bankers and the financial sector, less actual work from the government, less leadership from elected officials, less transparency, less employment opportunity, less in medical and preventative health care, less […]

Bipartisanship, the Last Refuge of A Scoundrel

Publié le 30 novembre, 2010 | Pas de commentaires
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Bipartisanship, the Last Refuge of A Scoundrel

What was all that, anyway? An artful dodge, a handshake offered for show, concealing far more than anyone who thought Democrats and Republicans to be different breeds could imagine; the ruse of ‘bipartisanship’ has made the saying, “nothing ventured, nothing gained”, doubly true. (Now, the White House shows its audacity by attempting to rehabilitate GOP […]

Have The Bastards Got You Down For The Count, America?

Publié le 17 septembre, 2010 | 1 commentaire
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Have The Bastards Got You Down For The Count, America?

Is anybody out there mad as hell? Is anybody out there not going to take it anymore? I don’t say you have to like it, but you’re taking it, all right. The entire structure of power generated by those looking after the interests of the world’s wealthiest are seeing to that. It has been 10 […]

The Story of “O”: Submission to a Cruel Minority, and the Betrayal of America’s Hope for “Change We Can Believe In”

Publié le 30 juin, 2010 | Pas de commentaires
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The Story of “O”:  Submission to a Cruel Minority, and the Betrayal of America’s Hope for “Change We Can Believe In”

In one of then-Senator Barack Obama’s first campaign speeches (Feb 2007), he remembered his early days in Illinois, telling a constituency that had been battered and bamboozled by two terms of the Bush Administration, that “it was here we learned to disagree without being disagreeable – that it’s possible to compromise so long as you […]

Liberators Once More: the New Party Line for Selling the Afghanistan War

Publié le 14 juin, 2010 | Pas de commentaires
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Liberators Once More:  the New Party Line for Selling the Afghanistan War

“And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out…” (LK 19:40) So it has come to this. A Disney-esque storyline is now the latest narrative for Why We Were Right. “$1 trillion in untapped mineral deposits”, the New York Times gushes […]

Obama’s First Mistake

Publié le 9 juin, 2010 | Pas de commentaires
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Obama’s First Mistake

By not prosecuting Cheney, Rumsfeld, & Co. for their overt war crimes and blatant war profiteering, Mr Obama began his presidency in a relationship of tacit approval of those crimes. What has followed is the result of his never disassociating himself with the forces of international crime, both financial and military: more seething hatred of […]

Even Humanitarian Aid Threatens Israel: Anybody Still Buying This?

Publié le 2 juin, 2010 | Pas de commentaires
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Even Humanitarian Aid Threatens Israel:  Anybody Still Buying This?

The damage-control – make that cover-up – of Israel’s latest massacre of Gaza, this time at sea, (everywhere absurdly being called a « raid »), began as soon as the reporting started. On day one, reports of as many as 19 dead were circulating; the NY Times later downgraded it to “at least nine”, and by today […]

LIES, DAMNED LIES, AND THE END OF LIFE AS WE KNEW IT (or, Die, Ayn Rand, why won’t you die?)

Publié le 23 mai, 2010 | Pas de commentaires
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LIES, DAMNED LIES, AND THE END OF LIFE AS WE KNEW IT (or, Die, Ayn Rand, why won’t you die?)

We’ve heard that the cover-up is worse than the scandal, but we’ve moved far beyond mere scandal. These are cover-ups of things that subvert the entire nature of “civilized” humankind: like the true scope of C.I.A. Black Ops and renditions, like what really happens at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay, or “drone” operations that kill […]

What The World Needs Now: Time for the Mad Tea Party to End

Publié le 4 mai, 2010 | Pas de commentaires
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What The World Needs Now:  Time for the Mad Tea Party to End

« Our shared belief is that wealth must serve more than the wealthy, that prosperity must serve more than the simply prosperous, that good fortune must help more than those who are just fortunate…inequality should not be woven into the fabric of our lives, people of compassion and good will should never journey without hope, and […]

Let Us Take A Moment To Remember Why We are Liberals

Publié le 26 avril, 2010 | Pas de commentaires
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Let Us Take A Moment To Remember Why We are Liberals

Today we read about how President Obama traveled to West Virginia to attend the funeral of 9 miners who were killed recently in an accident that was entirely preventable, but which was at the same time inevitable due to the legal negligence of those who owned the mine. This, ultimately, is what the “Tea Partiers” […]

IRAN IS GETTING NUKES: SUCK IT UP

Publié le 18 avril, 2010 | Pas de commentaires
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IRAN IS GETTING NUKES:  SUCK IT UP

Pakistan has nuclear weapons. North Korea has nuclear weapons. Israel has nuclear weapons (whether they admit it or not). Iran is going to have nuclear weapons, and there’s nothing anyone can do about it. Well, there is one thing: the U.N. Security Council can stop pretending they are in control of Iran and start treating […]

QUAGMIRE QUESTIONNAIRE: Can We Believe ANYTHING We’re Being Told About Afghanistan?

Publié le 12 avril, 2010 | Pas de commentaires
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QUAGMIRE QUESTIONNAIRE:  Can We Believe ANYTHING We’re Being Told About Afghanistan?

In an article titled, Hamid Karzai’s Rebellion, Robert Dreyfuss of The Nation reports: “President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan, the almost classic definition of a pawn […in] a series of angry, frustrated outbursts, […] has declared that the United States is acting like an invader and occupier, that ‘there is a thin curtain between invasion and […]

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