A Bill Moyers essay on Rupert Murdoch and The Wall Street Journal.
I posted the first video made by The 35 Percenters the other day (Dennis Kucinich is so Nice I’d Vote for Him Twice (vid)). You, too, can join us and be a 35 Percenter. All you have to do is post all the videos and/or help in the making of these videos for Dennis Kucinich’s campaign. We must get the word out on his candidacy and the issues he is campaigning on, which are many, including peace, health care, and the environment. He even proposed a bill to Impeach Cheney!
In microcosmic mimicry of the plight of the besieged middle and laboring classes, my parent’s Atlanta neighborhood, as is the case with many others in the vicinity, is being destroyed, in reality — disappeared — by a blight of upper-class arrogance. The modest, post-war homes of the area are being “scraped” from the landscape as an infestation of bloated McMansions rises from the tortured soil. These particleboard and Tyvek-choked monstrosities loom over the remaining smaller houses of the area, as oversized and ugly as mindless bullies, as banal as the dreams of petty tyrants.
Thanks for Dick Cheney
Friday, 29 June 2007
by Joel S. Hirschhorn
When someone in high elected office shows the nation how vulnerable our Constitution is, we should be thankful for the wakeup call. Like many ruthless dictators, evil kings, and monster generals, Dick Cheney is the leading practitioner of the ends-justify-the-means mentality, where only his vision of the desired ends counts. And if this means disregarding and disobeying the Constitution, torturing prisoners, killing thousands of American soldiers, disrespecting Congress, destroying our environment, embracing the invasion of illegal immigrants, increasing out national debt, and disregarding the will of the vast majority of Americans, so be it. Serving corporate interests rather than serving the people is Cheney’s brand of patriotism.
Robert Lusetich, Los Angeles correspondent
EASILY lost, on page 425, in the mass of the CIA’s notorious “Family Jewels” files is a short paragraph outlining “potentially embarrassing Agency activities”.
“Experiments in influencing human behaviour through the administration of mind- or personality-altering drugs to unwitting subjects.”
Of all the heinous acts committed by the CIA in the name of national security, these experiments, done on the agency’s behalf by prominent psychiatrists on innocent victims – including children as young as four – may be the darkest.
By Ali al-Fadhily*
Inter Press Service
June 27, 2007
FALLUJAH, Jun 27 (IPS)
Strict curfew and tight security measures have brought difficult living conditions and heightened tempers to residents of this besieged city.
The siege in this city located 60km west of Baghdad has entered its second month. There is little sign of any international attention to the plight of the city. Fallujah, which is largely sympathetic to the Iraqi resistance, was assaulted twice by the U.S. military in 2004.
Green Junta? Avoiding An Authoritarian Military-environment Elite
Source: Inderscience Publishers
Date: June 29, 2007
Science Daily — A radical suggestion for creating a global infrastructure that is both sustainable and green might rely on nations working together to find a solution to a range of potentially devastating problems, according to Cardiff University’s Peter Wells. Writing in the International Journal of the Environment and Sustainable Development, published by Inderscience, Wells warns that of a Green Junta that could bring about a right-wing agenda by stealth, in the name of environmentalism.
First Bacterial Genome Transplantation Changes One Species To Another
J. Craig Venter Institute
June 29, 2007 Continue reading
Under Dick Cheney, the office of the vice president has been transformed from a tiny acorn into an unprecedented giant oak. In grasping and exercising presidential powers, Cheney has dulled political accountability and concocted theories for evading the law and Constitution that would have embarrassed King George III. The most recent invention we know of is the vice president’s insistence that an executive order governing the handling of classified information in the executive branch does not reach his office because he also serves as president of the Senate. In other words, the vice president is a unique legislative-executive creature standing above and beyond the Constitution. The House judiciary committee should commence an impeachment inquiry. As Alexander Hamilton advised in the Federalist Papers, an impeachable offense is a political crime against the nation. Cheney’s multiple crimes against the Constitution clearly qualify.
“Everybody Knows the Clock is Ticking”
Yet nobody knows what time it is.
For most of the last ten days the news from Washington has been punctuated by the bizarre antics of Dick Cheney – the man that puts the ‘Vice’ in the US presidency. History gave us all a lesson during the Nixon years and Watergate, when the line between the laws and those who either make or enforce those laws was re-emphasized. No one then was allowed to place themselves above or beyond the law. That clock continues to tick: but apparently a lot of people have forgotten that presidents are not gods (or dictators), and that no president is or can ever be, allowed to remain above the laws of this nation that they supposedly lead.
JUNE 28, 2007 BBC WORLD
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Global Research, June 28, 2007
Women for Palestine and Australians for Palestine
Gaza’s humanitarian crisis began long before the world decided that the Palestinians had to be punished for voting in the Hamas government.
Since Israel’s occupation in 1967 of the little land left to the Palestinians, Gaza has suffered miserably. Israel did everything in the 25 years before Oslo (1993) to shut off opportunities for economic growth and made sure that Gaza’s infrastructure remained undeveloped. Despite the optimism of the Oslo Accords, Israel’s vice-like grip on Gaza continued and the people found themselves increasingly denied freedom of movement which again impacted on their economic development. Unable to produce or invest, the Palestinians became more and more dependent on imports from Israel.
Slandering the Dead: The American Massacre at al-Khalis
by Chris Floyd
Wednesday, 27 June 2007
As Glenn Greenwald, among others, has pointed out, the new Bushist line is that everyone killed by American forces in Iraq is “al Qaeda” – a transparent falsehood belied by the Pentagon’s own assessments but now mindlessly adopted by almost every corporate media venue, with the honorable exception (as always) of McClatchy Newspapers. Of course, the Invader-in-Chief and his multitude of bootlickers in traditional media and the blogosphere have always vastly inflated the numbers and importance of those elements in Iraq that are associated with al Qaeda in some way, however tenuous. Indeed, we know, again from the Pentagon itself, that the exaggeration of al Qaeda’s influence in Iraq has been part of a deliberate, well-funded “psy-ops” scheme. (See “Hubub in Hibhib: The Timely Death of al-Zarqawi.”) But now they have decided to dispense with the subtleties of psy-ops and simply repeat “al Qaeda” with every breath, in an effort to demonize all resistance (both in Iraq and at home, both violent and non-violent) to Bush’s murderous boondoggle. Continue reading