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If you take the left, then I will go to the right; or, if you go to the right, then I will go to the left —Genesis 13:9As soon as you begin to live the life of faith in God, fascinating and physically gratifying possibilities will open up before you. These things …
Turkey, one of Israel’s closest allies, friendly to it in a rare pact between a Middle East state, albeit secular Muslim, yet whose predecessors, the Ottoman rulers, welcomed oppressed Jews as far back as 1501, leading the way for the betterment of Jewish life in Anatolia and a historical friendship long before the Turkish Republic was one of the first countries to recognize Israel.
This same Turkey, the New York Times reports, Is Now Barring Israeli Military Flights From its Airspace, so incensed is it over Israel’s brutal attack on the Freedom Flotilla’s lead ship, the Mavi Marmara, carrying peaceful activists and supplies of building materials, medicines, water and food to starving Gazans. The Israeli attack resulted in eight Turkish and one Turkish-American activists’ deaths, a number in execution style, plus 30 casualties and the undiminished enmity of most of the world.
This is the sixth installment of a project that is likely to extend over a two-year-period from January, 2010. It is the serialization of a book entitled The 15% Solution: A Political History of American Fascism, 2001-2022. Under the pseudonym Jonathan Westminster, it is purportedly published in the year 2048 on the 25th Anniversary of the Restoration of Constitutional Democracy in the Re-United States. It was actually published in 1996 by the Thomas Jefferson Press, located in Port Jefferson, NY. The copyright is held by the Press. Herein you will find Chapter 5.
Note that in it, a firmly right-wing court decides that the Executive and Legislative branches, with their control firmly in the hands of the successor to the old Republican Party with no indication that that state of affairs will ever change, decides to remove themselves from any review of the actions of the other two branches.
There is a reason why, so many centuries ago, every major religion warned its adherents not to give too much power to the “merchant class.” That reason is still here – the commercial drive knows few self-imposed boundaries, especially when it resides in large corporations.
A cruel manifestation of this singular drive for maximizing profit is how companies treat those who are most powerless, most vulnerable or most preoccupied.
Today Congressman Dennis J. Kucinich (D-OH) made the following statement on the floor of the House in support of legislation to extend emergency unemployment benefits:
“In Cleveland, where I come from, unemployment is devastating our community. People are demanding that their government, our government, recognize the suffering of families who have lost jobs and can’t find work.”
Shortly, I’ll get to the latest scandals and horrors in the BP Gulf of Mexico blunder. But first, let’s go straight to an interview with scientist John Kessler, just back from a research mission at Ground Zero where the Deepwater Horizon drill ship sank.
REPORT FROM THE GULF: DR. JOHN KESSLER AND METHANE
Around 55 million years ago there was a deadly spike in the Earth’s temperature. Scientists suspect the warming gas methane was released from the sea. It is something we need to know.