08.08.07 Uncensored News Reports From Across The Middle East (video; over 18 only)

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This video contains images depicting the reality and horror of war and should only be viewed by a mature audience.

August 09, 2007
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“US Bombings Kill 30 in Sader City,” Al Jazeera TV, Qatar
“Maliki Visits Turkey & Iran,” Dubai TV, UAE
“Iraqi Families Live Amidst Garbage,” Baghdad TV, Iraq
“Iraqi Ministers Deserting Maliki,” Alsumaria TV. Iraq
“Pakistani President Pulls Out of Afghan Peace Talks,” Al Jazeera English, Qatar
“Interview with Rasfanjani,” Al Arabiya TV, UAE
“Abbas Refuses to Talk to Hamas,” Future TV, Lebanon
“Israel Demolishes Jerusalemites Homes,” Al-Alam TV, Iran
“War with Syria is not in the Cards,” IBA TV,Israel

The Bombing of Nagasaki August 9, 1945: The Untold Story By Gary G. Kohls

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By Gary G. Kohls
ICH
08/09/07 “Lew Rockwell

62 years ago, on August 9th, 1945, the second of the only two atomic bombs (a plutonium bomb) ever used as instruments of aggressive war (against essentially defenseless civilian populations) was dropped on Nagasaki, Japan, by an all-Christian bomb crew. The well-trained American soldiers were only “doing their job,” and they did it efficiently.

It had been only 3 days since the first bomb, a uranium bomb, had decimated Hiroshima on August 6, with chaos and confusion in Tokyo, where the fascist military government and the Emperor had been searching for months for a way to an honorable end of the war which had exhausted the Japanese to virtually moribund status. (The only obstacle to surrender had been the Truman administration’s insistence on unconditional surrender, which meant that the Emperor Hirohito, whom the Japanese regarded as a deity, would be removed from his figurehead position in Japan – an intolerable demand for the Japanese.)

The Russian army was advancing across Manchuria with the stated aim of entering the war against Japan on August 8, so there was an extra incentive to end the war quickly: the US military command did not want to divide any spoils or share power after Japan sued for peace.

The US bomber command had spared Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Kokura from the conventional bombing that had burned to the ground 60+ other major Japanese cities during the first half of 1945. One of the reasons for targeting relatively undamaged cities with these new weapons of mass destruction was scientific: to see what would happen to intact buildings – and their living inhabitants – when atomic weapons were exploded overhead.

Early in the morning of August 9, 1945, a B-29 Superfortress called Bock’s Car, took off from Tinian Island, with the prayers and blessings of its Lutheran and Catholic chaplains, and headed for Kokura, the primary target. (Its bomb was code-named “Fat Man,” after Winston Churchill.)

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Welcome to America by Elena Lappin

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When writer Elena Lappin flew to LA, she dreamed of a sunkissed, laid-back city. But that was before airport officials decided to detain her as a threat to security …

by Elena Lappin
Saturday June 5, 2004
The Guardian

Somewhere in central Los Angeles, about 20 miles from LAX airport, there is a nondescript building housing a detention facility for foreigners who have violated US immigration and customs laws. I was driven there around 11pm on May 3, my hands painfully handcuffed behind my back as I sat crammed in one of several small, locked cages inside a security van. I saw glimpses of night-time urban LA through the metal bars as we drove, and shadowy figures of armed security officers when we arrived, two of whom took me inside. The handcuffs came off just before I was locked in a cell behind a thick glass wall and a heavy door. No bed, no chair, only two steel benches about a foot wide. There was a toilet in full view of anyone passing by, and of the video camera watching my every move. No pillow or blanket. A permanent fluorescent light and a television in one corner of the ceiling. It stayed on all night, tuned into a shopping channel.

Since September 11 2001, any traveller to the US is treated as a potential security risk. The Patriot Act, introduced 45 days after 9/11, contains a chapter on Protecting The Border, with a detailed section on Enhanced Immigration Provision, in which the paragraph on Visa Security And Integrity follows those relating to protection against terrorism. In this spirit, the immigration and naturalisation service has been placed, since March 2003, under the jurisdiction of the new department of homeland security. One of its innovations was to revive a law that had been dormant since 1952, requiring journalists to apply for a special visa, known as I-visa, when visiting the US for professional reasons. Somewhere along the way, in the process of trying to develop a foolproof system of protecting itself against genuine threats, the US has lost the ability to distinguish between friend and foe. The price this powerful country is paying for living in fear is the price of its civil liberties.

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Gore Vidal on the Media (video)

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August 06, 2007
TheRealNews

Have TV journalists learned anything from the last several years?

Says Vidal: “Everybody with an IQ above room temperature is on to the con act of our media. They are obeying bigger, richer interests than informing the public — which is the last thing that corporate America has ever been interested in doing.”

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Get Educated: How Not To Get Busted For Drugs by William Mac + BUSTED: The Citizen’s Guide to Surviving Police Encounters (videos)

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by William Mac
featured writer
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William Mac’s Blog Post

August 09, 2007
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In this “Get Educated” segment of The… In this “Get Educated” segment of The Mac Manifesto Blog, William Mac features the video “Busted: The Citizen’s Guide To Surviving Police Encounters” from FlexYourRights.org.

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BUSTED: The Citizen’s Guide to Surviving Police Encounters

This is the third or fourth time I’ve posted this video. It’s that important! Watch this. Remember this. Buy the video. Pass it on to your friends, please. ~ Lo

November 30, 2006
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Good Ol’ Bill, The Liberal Hero By John Pilger

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In his latest column for the New Statesman, John Pilger looks forward to the arrival of Bill Clinton in London where an “audience” with him will cost up to £799 a head. In examining Clinton’s liberal credentials and comparing them to George W. Bush’s record, Pilger illuminates what Hillary Clinton might offer America and the world as the first female president.

By John Pilger

08/09/07 “ICH

On 14 August, you are invited to “an audience” with Bill Clinton in London. You have a choice. You can attend the “breakfast and speech” or the “brunch buffet and speech”. These will take place in the white elephantine Millennium Dome, where a place in the “Kings’ Row” will cost you £799. Last year, Clinton made more than £5m granting “audiences”. Not only the usual corporate types attend. A few years ago, I watched a conga line of writers, journalists, publishers and others of liberal reputation shuffling towards his grotesquely paid presence at the Guardian Hay Festival.

The Clinton scam is symptomatic of the death of liberalism – not its narcissistic, war-loving wing (“humanitarian intervention”), which is ascendant, but the liberalism that speaks against crimes committed in its name, while extending rungs of the economic ladder to those below. It was Clinton’s promotion of the former and crushing of the latter that so inspired new Labour’s “project”. Clinton, not Bush, was Cool Britannia’s true Mafia godfather. Keen observers of Tony Blair will recall that during one of his many farewell speeches, the sociopath did a weird impersonation of Clinton’s head wiggle.

Clinton is able to make a shedload a money because he is contrasted with the despised Bush as the flawed good guy who did his best for the world and brought economic boom to the US – the fabled American dream no less. Both notions are finely spun lies. What Clinton and Blair have most in common is that they are the most violent leaders of their countries in the modern era; that includes Bush. Consider Clinton’s true record.

In 1993, he pursued George H W Bush’s invasion of Somalia. He invaded Haiti in 1994. He bombed Bosnia in 1995 and Serbia in 1999. In 1998, he bombed Afghanistan; and, at the height of his Monica Lewinsky troubles, he momentarily diverted the headline writers to a major “terrorist target” in Sudan that he ordered destroyed with an onslaught of missiles. It turned out to be sub-Saharan Africa’s largest pharmaceutical plant, the only source of chloroquine, the treatment for malaria, and other drugs that were lifelines to hundreds of thousands. As a result, wrote Jonathan Belke, then of the Near East Foundation, “tens of thousands of people – many of them children – have suffered and died from malaria, tuberculosis and other treatable diseases”.

Long before Shock and Awe, Clinton was destroying and killing in Iraq. Under the lawless pretence of a “no-fly zone”, he oversaw the longest allied aerial bombardment since the Second World War. This was hardly reported. At the same time, he imposed and tightened a Washington-led economic siege estimated to have killed a million civilians. “We think the price is worth it,” said his secretary of state, Madeleine Albright, in an exquisite moment of honesty.

Clinton’s economic “legacy” – like Blair’s – is the most unequal society Americans have known. In his last presidential year, 1999, I walked along the ocean front at Santa Monica in California and was struck by the number of middle-class homeless, “bag gents” who had lost executive jobs and families thanks largely to Clinton’s North American Free Trade treaty. As for working Americans, the boasted high employment figures concealed a reversion to real wage levels of the 1970s. It was Clinton, not Bush, who wiped out the last of Roosevelt’s New Deal. Back in Santa Monica the other day, I noted the bag gents had multiplied.

These days, you see Good Ol’ Bill, or the Comeback Kid, as he is variously known, wiggling his head on the TV news, campaigning for his wife, Hillary, among Americans who, terminally naive, still believe the Democratic Party is theirs and that “it’s time to vote a woman into the White House”. Together, the Clintons are known as “Billary” and rightly so. Like Good Ol’ Bill, his wife has no plans to address the divisions of a society that allows 130,000 Americans to claim the wealth of millions of their fellow citizens. Like GOB, she wants to continue Iraq’s torment for perhaps a decade. And she has not “ruled out” attacking Iran.

Those settling down in the Kings’ Row at the Millennium Dome on 14 August for breakfast or brunch with GOB, having transferred another swag to the Clinton bank account, are unlikely to reflect on the blood spilt and the epic suffering caused, or on the moral corruption of the liberal ideology that courted and acclaimed Clinton, along with the criminal Blair.

But we should.

This article was first published at the New Statesman

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US Hegemony Spawns Russian-Chinese Military Alliance By Paul Craig Roberts

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By Paul Craig Roberts
August 08, 2007

This week the Russian and Chinese militaries are conducting a joint military exercise involving large numbers of troops and combat vehicles. The former Soviet Republics of Tajikistan, Kyrgkyzstan, and Kazakstan are participating. Other countries appear ready to join the military alliance.

This new potent military alliance is a real world response to neoconservative delusions about US hegemony. Neocons believe that the US is supreme in the world and can dictate its course. The neoconservative idiots have actually written papers, read by Russians and Chinese, about why the US must use its military superiority to assert hegemony over Russia and China.

Cynics believe that the neocons are just shills, like Bush and Cheney, for the military-security complex and are paid to restart the cold war for the sake of the profits of the armaments industry. But the fact is that the neocons actually believe their delusions about American hegemony.

Russia and China have now witnessed enough of the Bush administration’s unprovoked aggression in the world to take neocon intentions seriously. As the US has proven that it cannot occupy the Iraqi city of Baghdad despite 5 years of efforts, it most certainly cannot occupy Russia or China. That means the conflict toward which the neocons are driving will be a nuclear conflict.

In an attempt to gain the advantage in a nuclear conflict, the neocons are positioning US anti-ballistic missiles on Soviet borders in Poland and the Czech Republic. This is an idiotic provocation as the Russians can eliminate anti-ballistic missiles with cruise missiles. Neocons are people who desire war, but know nothing about it. Thus, the US failures in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Reagan and Gorbachev ended the cold war. However, US administrations after Reagan’s have broken the agreements and understandings. The US gratuitously brought NATO and anti-ballistic missiles to Russia’s borders. The Bush regime has initiated a propaganda war against the Russian government of V. Putin.

These are gratuitous acts of aggression. Both the Russian and Chinese governments are trying to devote resources to their economic development, not to their militaries. Yet, both are being forced by America’s aggressive posture to revamp their militaries.

Americans need to understand what the neocon Bush regime cannot: a nuclear exchange between the US, Russia, and China would establish the hegemony of the cockroach.

In a mere 6.5 years the Bush regime has destroyed the world’s good will toward the US. Today, America’s influence in the world is limited to its payments of tens of millions of dollars to bribed heads of foreign governments, such as Egypt’s and Pakistan’s. The Bush regime even thinks that as it has bought and paid for Musharraf, he will stand aside and permit Bush to make air strikes inside Pakistan. Is Bush blind to the danger that he will cause an Islamic revolution within Pakistan that will depose the US puppet and present the Middle East with an Islamic state armed with nuclear weapons?

Considering the instabilities and dangers that abound, the aggressive posture of the Bush regime goes far beyond recklessness. The Bush regime is the most irresponsibly aggressive regime the world has seen since Hitler’s.

If only a sweet young thing would volunteer to give Bush a blowjob so that he can be impeached before he leads us to Armageddon.

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Paul Craig Roberts [email him] was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan Administration. He is the author of Supply-Side Revolution : An Insider’s Account of Policymaking in Washington; Alienation and the Soviet Economy and Meltdown: Inside the Soviet Economy, and is the co-author with Lawrence M. Stratton of The Tyranny of Good Intentions : How Prosecutors and Bureaucrats Are Trampling the Constitution in the Name of Justice. Click here for Peter Brimelow’s Forbes Magazine interview with Roberts about the recent epidemic of prosecutorial misconduct.

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Daily Show: Romneys ‘willing to give up all five of their boys for the Romney campaign’ (video link)

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David Edwards and Muriel Kane
Raw Story
Published: Thursday August 9, 2007

When asked why none of his five sons is serving in the military or helping to fight a war that he supports, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney answered, “One of the ways my sons are showing support for the nation is helping me get elected.”

On Wednesday’s Daily Show, Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart mocked the Republican presidential candidate’s response.

“That they’re willing to give up all five of their boys for the Romney campaign…” commented Stewart. “Who knows what kind of post-traumatic care these boys will need after the election? I guess the only good news is that if something happens to four of the boys … the fifth will be allowed to go home and just do phone bank.”

Later in the show, Stewart welcomed as his guest Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE) and asked him, “Are you willing to announce … that you are willing to have your son leave the National Guard and come support America by working for Mitt Romney?”

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Colbert: With the Dark Side legalized, how can we do the unthinkable to win? (video link)

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by David Edwards and Muriel Kane
Raw Story
Published: Wednesday August 8, 2007

“Legalizing warrantless surveillance is actually a dangerous step backwards,” complained Stephen Colbert on Tuesday’s Colbert Report, pointing out that “just five days after 9/11, the Vice President Cheney told us what it would take to win the war on terror, explaining, ‘We have to work the dark side, if you will. Spend time in the shadows…'” Continue reading

The Transcript of the AFL-CIO Candidates Forum

From an email from Working Families e-Activist Network, AFL-CIO

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August 8, 2007

Transcript

The Democratic Candidates Forum

The following is the transcript of the A.F.L.-C.I.O. candidates forum, as provided by Federal News Service.

PARTICIPANTS:
SENATOR JOSEPH BIDEN, JR.;
SENATOR HILLARY CLINTON;
SENATOR CHRISTOPHER DODD;
FORMER SENATOR JOHN EDWARDS;
REP. DENNIS KUCINICH;
SENATOR BARACK OBAMA;
GOVERNOR BILL RICHARDSON

MODERATOR: KEITH OLBERMANN: These formalities out of the way, the lucky recipient of our first question has been determined by lottery. Senator Dodd, that would be you.

Obviously, in the light of what happened in Minnesota last week, maintaining infrastructure requires spending, and how tax dollars are spent is a matter of priorities. What should we not build, what should we not be funding to see to it that our highways and our bridges and our tunnels and our mines are all properly maintained?

SEN. DODD: Well, thank you, first of all. And thank you for the warm welcome this evening. I’m a union guy — (cheers) — proudly a union man, and thank you for inviting us to be here tonight.

Let me first of all say that all of us here on the stage at this very moment are thinking about those six mine workers in Utah that are struggling, and their families, this evening. I can’t begin without mentioning them and what they’re going through this evening.

I happen to believe that putting our country back to work begins by cutting the funding for the war in Iraq. (Cheers, applause.) Spending $12 billion every month, spending $2 billion every week has got to stop if we’re going to have a different set of priorities in our country.

I happen to believe that we need to look at our defense systems and decide which defense systems we need in order to face the threats that we face in the 21st century. Looking at some of these programs out there, such as the Star Wars program, the defense — missile defense system, I think, frankly, we need a different set of priorities.

We ought to be investing in the bridges and the highways and the water systems, the safe drinking systems in our country here.

In fact, just five or six days ago, after working a year and a half on this issue, Keith, I introduced legislation to do exactly that. For every $1 billion we spend in that area, 40,000 jobs can be created in the United States of America. Those are the things I’ll do as president of the United States if elected by my party, and I’m confident a Democrat is going to be elected president of the United States in November of 2008. (Cheers, applause.)

MR. OLBERMANN: Senator Dodd, thank you.

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see:
AFL-CIO: The Candidates Spar Over Lobbyist Money + Pakistan + Health Care + Parts 1-8 (video + links)

Kucinich’s replies @ AFL-CIO Dem. Pres. Debate (video)

Hood on the Scarecrow by Mike Palecek


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by Mike Palecek
August 9, 2007

Psssttt!

PSSSTTTT!

Over here!

Hey. How’s it goin’?

Yes. I am the scarecrow. You didn’t see me? Really?

Cool.

I am on Double Secret Terrorist Duty. Securing the Homeland.

Actually to secure my homeland I would have to split myself into fourths and go back to Europe.

I think this is somebody else’s homeland. Oh, well, always willing to chip in and do my part. I’m also a member of Sertoma, Kiwanis and Noon Rotary. I love meetings. I’m a people person.

Anywho … hot enough for ya?

Well, what do you think?

Is this the end of our American Fascism Period – or just the beginning?

You think we will have elections in 2008? You think Bush and Cheney and Rove will walk out voluntarily?

Or do you think like Wingnut Willie or Wacko Wanda, that they might do another 911 and put us on Super Secret Double Probation for our own good?

That’s the question of the day, the week, the year, right?

I don’t know.

I am just here to do my duty. To protect and to serve and to eat pizza. That would be my motto, I have decided, if anyone ever asks what my motto is. I swear that’s what it is.

I was in the Hospers post office yesterday.

Rush Limbaugh is always on in there, loud.

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