Post-Mortem America: Bush’s Year of Triumph and the Hard Way Ahead by Chris Floyd

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Written by Chris Floyd
Empire Burlesque
Sunday, 02 September 2007

Put your hand on my head, baby;
Do I have a temperature?
I see people who ought to know better
Standing around like furniture.
There’s a wall between you
And what you want — you got to leap it.
Tonight you got the power to take it;
Tomorrow you won’t have the power to keep it.
— Bob Dylan


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Tomorrow is here. The game is over. The crisis has passed — and the patient is dead. Whatever dream you had about what America is, it isn’t that anymore. It’s gone. And not just in some abstract sense, some metaphorical or mythological sense, but down in the nitty-gritty, in the concrete realities of institutional structures and legal frameworks, of policy and process, even down to the physical nature of the landscape and the way that people live.

The Republic you wanted — and at one time might have had the power to take back — is finished. You no longer have the power to keep it; it’s not there. It was kidnapped in December 2000, raped by the primed and ready exploiters of 9/11, whored by the war pimps of the 2003 aggression, gut-knifed by the corrupters of the 2004 vote, and raped again by its “rescuers” after the 2006 election. Beaten, abused, diseased and abandoned, it finally died. We are living in its grave.

The annus horribilis of 2007 has turned out to be a year of triumph for the Bush Faction — the hit men who delivered the coup de grâce to the long-moribund Republic. Bush was written off as a lame duck after the Democrat’s November 2006 election “triumph” (in fact, the narrowest of victories eked out despite an orgy of cheating and fixing by the losers), and the subsequent salvo of Establishment consensus from the Iraq Study Group, advocating a de-escalation of the war in Iraq. Then came a series of scandals, investigations, high-profile resignations, even the criminal conviction of a top White House official. But despite all this — and abysmal poll ratings as well — over the past eight months Bush and his coupsters have seen every single element of their violent tyranny confirmed, countenanced and extended.

The war which we were told the Democrats and ISG consensus would end or wind down has of course been escalated to its greatest level yet — more troops, more airstrikes, more mercenaries, more Iraqi captives swelling the mammoth prison camps of the occupying power, more instability destroying the very fabric of Iraqi society. The patently illegal surveillance programs of the authoritarian regime have now been codified into law by the Democratic Congress, which has also let stand the evisceration of habeas corpus in the Military Commissions Act, and a raft of other liberty-stripping laws, rules, regulations and executive orders. Bush’s self-proclaimed arbitrary power to seize American citizens (and others) without charge and hold them indefinitely — even kill them — has likewise been unchallenged by the legislators. Bush has brazenly defied Congressional subpoenas — and even arbitrarily stripped the Justice Department of the power to enforce them — to no other reaction than a stern promise from Democratic leaders to “look further into this matter.” His spokesmen — and his “signing statements” — now openly proclaim his utter disdain for representative government, and assert at every turn his sovereign right to “interpret” — or ignore — legislation as he wishes. He retains the right to “interpret” just which interrogation techniques are classified as torture and which are not, while his concentration camp at Guantanamo Bay and his secret CIA prisons — where those “strenuous” techniques are practiced — remain open. His increasingly brazen drive to war with Iran has already been endorsed unanimously by the Senate and overwhelmingly by the House, both of which have embraced the specious casus belli concocted by the Bush Regime. And to come full circle, Democratic leaders like Hillary Clinton and Carl Levin are now praising the “military success” of the Iraq escalation — despite the evident failure of its stated goals by every single measure, including troop deaths, civilian deaths, security, infrastructure, political cohesion and regional stability. This emerging “bipartisan consensus” on the military situation in Iraq (or rather, this utter fantasy concealing a rapidly deteriorating reality) makes it certain that the September “progress report” will be greeted as a justification for continuing the “surge” in one form or another.

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Malik Rahim on New Orleans post-Katrina (vids) + New Orleans (music video)

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New Orleans Hit By Another “Hurricane of Racism, Greed and Corruption” – Community Activist Malik Rahim

On the second anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Democracy Now! broadcasts live from the Lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans. We take a look at the state of New Orleans two years after the storm with two local activists: Malik Rahim, cofounder of the Common Ground Collective and Alice Craft-Kerney of the Lower Ninth Ward Health Clinic.

Bush Plans War on Iran by Prof. Marjorie Cohn

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by Prof. Marjorie Cohn
Global Research, September 2, 2007

The Sunday Times of London is reporting that the Pentagon has plans for three days of massive air strikes against 1,200 targets in Iran . Last week, Alexis Debat, director of terrorism and national security at the Nixon Center , told a meeting of The National Interest, a conservative foreign policy journal, that the military did not intend to carry out “pinprick strikes” against Iranian nuclear facilities. He said, “They’re about taking out the entire Iranian military.”

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The Armor of God – An Exposition of Ephesians 6:10-17 by Warren Doud

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An Exposition of Ephesians 6:10-17

Ephesians 6:10

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The apostle Paul had a lifelong contact with the Roman army. He was a Roman citizen and very patriotic; and his admiration of the fighting forces of Rome was great.

The Roman army was at its peak of efficiency during the early Christian era. It served as police and frontier guard over all of Europe, the borders with Asia, and North Africa. Paul had many dealings with Roman legionnaires. Continue reading

A Mysterious Killer Of Honeybees Threatens Our Food Supply by Guadamour

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Sept 2, 2007
originally posted:
May 9, 2007

Albert Einstein once said, “If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then man would have only four years of life left.”

Why? Because without bees, plants don’t get pollinated. Without pollination, say good by to fruits, nuts, and some vegetables. We also won’t have natural oils (such a s olive oil, sunflower oil, hemp oil, etc.). We also won’t have many natural fibers, such as cotton.

You can see how important the bee is to our livelihood and existence.

According t o the latest report from the American Beekeeper Federation there’s been an unexplained collapse of beehives in the country and world, with entire colonies being wiped out.

Maryann Frazier, apiculture extension associate at Penn State University, says “ Since the beginning of the year beekeepers from all over the country have been reporting unprecedented losses. The losses are staggering: one beekeeper lost 11,000 of his 13,000 colonies; another virtually all of his 10,000. The problem is so large, beekeepers are starting to wonder if their industry can survive.”

Frazier calls the die off “Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD).”

Dennis Van Enelsdorp is acting state apiarist with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, says, ‘Preliminary work has identified several likely factors that could be causing or contributing to the die off. Among them are mites and associated diseases, some unknown pathogenic disease and pesticide contamination or poisoning.

In other words, they don’t really know what’s killing the bees.

One local beekeeper and honey distributor said his bees had not suffered nearly as much as everyone else’s.

“The difference” he said, “Is that most beekeepers feed their bees a ‘sugar water’ syrup, but I don’t feed mine that.”

Here’s the rub: “Sugar water” nowadays means high fructose corn syrup. And nearly 100% of non-organic corn is genetically modified (GM).!

Most genetically modified corn contains Bt genes. The Bt gene is a pesticide. Its gene is inserted into corn DNA so the corn can produce Bt to kill bugs that eat the corn.

This can’t explain the widespread loss of bees. Not all beekeepers feed their bees. And bees don’t pollinate corn. So all of them can’t be dying from genetically modified corn or corn sweetener.

On November 17, 1997 the Bangkok Post reported some worrisome news. Some 30% of bees in the vicinity of a trial of Bt cotton in Thailand died.

Professor Hans-Heinrich Kaatz, a leading German zoologist, conducted a four-year study on bees picking up pollen from genetically modified rapeseed (a.k.a. canola oil). The professor examined the microorganisms in the intestinal tubes of the young bees. He found that when the bee ingested the alien gene, the gene that was in the pollen was transferred to bacteria living in the gut.

“The results indicate that we must assume that changes take place in the intestinal tubes of people and animals. The crossover of microorganism takes place and people’s make-up in terms of micro-organisms in their intestinal tract is changed. This can therefore have grave health consequences.”

The problem is only going to get worse.

A local beekeeper, Ray, told of the bitter fight the beekeepers had with the agribusiness interests over genetically modified or GMO. The big Agricultural Company, Monsanto, bamboozled the farm owners into believing that they couldn’t compete without GMO.

The beekeeper told the farmers that their farms might go under if the bees were wiped out.

Monsanto won.

Ray believes CCD is a combination of new things that are weakening the gene pool of the bees. Bees never had experienced pesticides and GM-associated substances before.

Feral (wild) bees tend to be very hardy creatures. They are now also disappearing.

Experts maintain that bees require a protein-rich diet, as found in pollen.

GMO can derange their immune systems with a cascade of proteins they’ve never before encountered. The changes can wreak havoc on their bodies and the hives.

There are other GMO agents in pollen that are foreign to bees besides Bt. Any one of them could weaken their immune systems.

They could become vulnerable to almost anything, including the mites researchers know are ravaging some hives.

Are we facing a collapse of our food production thanks to the destruction of our friendly pollinators?

It would seem likely, and GM crops are major contributor to the problem, and we just don’t know how widespread it is or how soon it will have a major impact on our worldwide food supply.

It would seem that GM crops are the greatest threat to our planet that we have ever seen. A calamity of Biblical proportions may be in its early stages.

Years ago, scientists from all over the world urged all governments to suspend all environmental releases of GM crops and to ban patents on organisms, seeds and cell lines.

If you have doubts of the crisis, please visit the website http://www.i-sis.org.uk/list.php. Also see http://www.seedsofdeception.com. You won’t have any more doubts.

Contact your elected officials and demand an immediate moratorium on planting GM crops until it can be proven beyond a reasonable doubt that friendly insect populations aren’t disrupted by GMO.

Demand that all GM crops be so labeled on store shelves. Please buy organic only.

Tell Monsanto how you feel by withholding your dollars from all their products.

DO NOT consume any non-organic corn products (chips, tortillas, etc.) Or processed items which contain corn sweetener (high fructose corn syrup). You could ingest the transforming Bt gene.

Legislation must be passed holding corporations and their stockholders financially and legally responsible for all damages that result from the escape of their “patented” genes.

If they can receive the benefit of riches from a patent for their deeds, they should also have the duty to pay the piper when problems arise.

Be assure, problems are coming, whether it’s the end of honeybees or a parallel GM calamity.

Join in the fight for out food. Call your Congressman, Senator, and state representative today!

The easiest way to contact your representatives is to visit the websites http://www.house.gov/wwriterep/ (For the House) and http://www.senate.gov/gneral/contact_informatiton/senators_cfm.cfm (For the Senate). Both allow you to search (by zip code) for your representatives. They give phone numbers and addresses for both DC and local offices. They have web forms you can fill out and send for easy contact. And you can even schedule an appointment with some.

For those of you not residing in the USA, please contact the appropriate authorities in your respective countries.

Please repost this as a bulletin or a blog so it will go to all your MySpace friends until it reaches even beyond the limits of Myspace and reaches the political and bureaucratic incompetents in pay of big business that rule the modern world.

Would You Give Your Life to Change this Country? I Would! by Timothy Gatto

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by Timothy Gatto
The Smirking Chimp
Sep 1 2007

I’m reading so much negativity from the left. I guess it’s to be expected. The system isn’t working. We know it and so do most people in this country. The government is out of control The people have just about no say in what they do in our name. They won’t impeach Bush or Cheney. We might as well understand it. Whether they should be impeached or not, it’s a moot question. The cowardly Congress won’t do anything. The time for working inside the system is over. All of these letters to our Congressmen might have been better off being used as toilet paper, because that’s just what they are doing with them.

This is when people have to hit the streets. Stop lighting candles and standing in front of Federal buildings. They don’t care. The only thing that’s going to make these bastards think twice is when you take those goddamn candles and start lighting bonfires in the street. The system is broken, understand that and we will all be a lot better off. Take everyone that voted for the Authorization of Force in Iraq and vote them out of office, all of them, Democrat, Republican and Independent. That’s about the only thing left for working within the system.

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Are We ‘Good Germans’? By Ed Ciaccio

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By Ed Ciaccio
09/01/07

A shirt I recently bought from Old American Century (www.oldamericancentury.org) has the figure of Uncle Sam, steely-eyed, fists on hips, and under it, the following text:

“If you had told me a few years ago that we would have secret prisons through out the former Soviet republics, tortured our enemies, and used chemical weapons on civilians, I’d have thought you were crazy. But I also didn’t think you’d let Bush steal another election.”

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Pentagon ‘three-day blitz’ plan for Iran By Sarah Baxter

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By Sarah Baxter
ICH
09/02/07 “The Times

Washington

The Pentagon has drawn up plans for massive airstrikes against 1,200 targets in Iran, designed to annihilate the Iranians’ military capability in three days, according to a national security expert.

Alexis Debat, director of terrorism and national security at the Nixon Center, said last week that US military planners were not preparing for “pinprick strikes” against Iran’s nuclear facilities. “They’re about taking out the entire Iranian military,” he said.

Debat was speaking at a meeting organised by The National Interest, a conservative foreign policy journal. He told The Sunday Times that the US military had concluded: “Whether you go for pinprick strikes or all-out military action, the reaction from the Iranians will be the same.” It was, he added, a “very legitimate strategic calculus”.

President George Bush intensified the rhetoric against Iran last week, accusing Tehran of putting the Middle East “under the shadow of a nuclear holocaust”. He warned that the US and its allies would confront Iran “before it is too late”.

One Washington source said the “temperature was rising” inside the administration. Bush was “sending a message to a number of audiences”, he said ? to the Iranians and to members of the United Nations security council who are trying to weaken a tough third resolution on sanctions against Iran for flouting a UN ban on uranium enrichment.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) last week reported “significant” cooperation with Iran over its nuclear programme and said that uranium enrichment had slowed. Tehran has promised to answer most questions from the agency by November, but Washington fears it is stalling to prevent further sanctions. Iran continues to maintain it is merely developing civilian nuclear power.

Bush is committed for now to the diplomatic route but thinks Iran is moving towards acquiring a nuclear weapon. According to one well placed source, Washington believes it would be prudent to use rapid, overwhelming force, should military action become necessary.

Israel, which has warned it will not allow Iran to acquire nuclear weapons, has made its own preparations for airstrikes and is said to be ready to attack if the Americans back down.

Alireza Jafarzadeh, a spokesman for the National Council of Resistance of Iran, which uncovered the existence of Iran’s uranium enrichment plant at Natanz, said the IAEA was being strung along. “A number of nuclear sites have not even been visited by the IAEA,” he said. “They’re giving a clean bill of health to a regime that is known to have practised deception.”

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Iranian president, irritated the Bush administration last week by vowing to fill a “power vacuum” in Iraq. But Washington believes Iran is already fighting a proxy war with the Americans in Iraq.

The Institute for the Study of War last week released a report by Kimberly Kagan that explicitly uses the term “proxy war” and claims that with the Sunni insurgency and Al-Qaeda in Iraq “increasingly under control”, Iranian intervention is the “next major problem the coalition must tackle”.

Bush noted that the number of attacks on US bases and troops by Iranian-supplied munitions had increased in recent months ? “despite pledges by Iran to help stabilise the security situation in Iraq”.

It explains, in part, his lack of faith in diplomacy with the Iranians. But Debat believes the Pentagon’s plans for military action involve the use of so much force that they are unlikely to be used and would seriously stretch resources in Afghanistan and Iraq

© Copyright 2007 Times Newspapers Ltd.

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