Monthly Archives: February 2010

A Fine and Timely Book – Carl Oglesby’s Ravens in the Storm, Part I by Daniel N. White

by Daniel N. White
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February 28, 2010

Part I

Stumbled across Carl Oglesby’s Ravens in the Storm:  A Personal History of the 1960’s Antiwar Movement at the library.  Book was published in 2008 and made some splash in left circles but seems to have been mostly ignored by the book reviewing fraternity.  I grabbed it almost by accident in a hurry–I’d never been that interested in the SDS (Oglesby was president of SDS 1965-66) but I figured that there might be something in it of use or interest to someone like me who is completely opposed to our two failed ongoing wars in the middle east.  Turned out I figured right, and the book has some real gems in it that are of truly unsurpassed value to all of us.

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It’s Snow News by Walter Brasch

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by Walter Brasch
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February 28, 2010

Up to two feet of snow hit the Mid-Atlantic and New England states last week, the second storm within two weeks. Wind gusts of up to 50 miles an hour and temperatures in the 20s created severe wind chill and extreme hazardous driving conditions.

My Dan E. Boy in the Snow!!!

Pennsylvania ordered all commercial trucks off many of its major highways and Interstates. Schools and colleges throughout the Northeast cancelled classes, many for two days.

We were warned that this would be a severe storm, because days before we received minute-by-minute predictions from TV weather persons. The snow will be two feet deep. Or maybe only 3 to 5 inches. No, wait, that was last hour’s prediction. It’s now going to be 5-9 inches. Or, maybe 10 inches. No, wait. That’s wrong, it’ll be 15 to 20 inches. It’ll bury buildings and wreak a path of destruction unlike anything seen in the past four thousand years! It might also be only a half-foot. We’ll be revising our prediction to some other number as soon as our assignment editor throws a dart at the Snow Inch Board.

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Onwards towards a Communal State! by Hugo Chávez

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by Hugo Chávez
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February 25th 2010

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“Zamora lives, the struggle continues,” is the slogan that lives among our people. There could not be a more propitious framework for enacting the Organic Law of Federal Government than the act of unveiling the statue of Sovereign People’s General Ezequiel Zamora at the park El Calvario in Caracas. Accompanying us on this bright day are representatives of community councils across the country, together with the Legislature.

It is 151 years since the start of the Federal War (1859-1863): it was February 20, 1859 when Tirso Salaverría commanded the Battle of Coro and then raised the cry of Federation. We couldn’t give Zamora a greater tribute then, than giving our people a law to help with their definitive liberation.

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Tea-Parties and Progressives, Maybe We Should Listen to Each Other By Timothy V. Gatto

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By Timothy V. Gatto
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February 28, 2010

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I’m watching the Tea-Partiers, Glenn Beck and Alex Jones with interest, you see me and people like me are exactly the ones they profess to hate, Liberal Progressives. It makes me chuckle when I hear their complaints.  Allow me to bring up some of their major complaints so we are all on the same page here.

One of their chief complaints according to The New York Times article written by veteran investigative journalist David Barstow’s “Tea Party Lights Fuse for Rebellion on Right” is an all-powerful Federal Government that tramples on the people’s rights by spying on citizen’s, reading their e-mails and accessing their computers with no oversight. Well, gee folks, seems like this Liberal Progressive has been writing about this very same set of circumstances since the Patriot Acts were imposed by the Federal Government in their phony war on terrorism. It seems that the war is on us; the very citizen’s that the government is supposed to protect.

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Andrew Gavin Marshall: Economic recovery? A financial crisis coupled with a fiscal crisis + IMF pushes for new global currency

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February 28, 2010

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February 26, 2010

While United States President Barack Obama and member of his cabinet are talking about the first signs of economic recovery. Not all economists are sure that the world economy is on the way back up. Andrew Gavin Marshall says the debit crisis will be coming to the United States soon, and that we have a financial crisis coupled with a fiscal crisis.

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Noam Chomsky on Ireland, Economics, Climate Change and Campaigning

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spunoutmedia
February 17, 2010

http://www.SpunOut.ie talks to Professor Noam Chomsky.

Noam Chomsky is an American linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, political activist, author, and lecturer. He is an Institute Professor and professor emeritus of linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Noam Chomsky is widely recognised as one of the most important, influential and radical thinkers of our age.

For more information check out http://www.SpunOut.ie or http://www.chomsky.info

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Hebron Palestinians protest closures

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TheRealNews
February 27, 2010

For five consecutive days Palestinians in Hebron protest closures and Israeli new Heritage plan.

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Robert McChesney and John Nichols: The Death and Life of American Journalism Pt.2

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TheRealNews
February 27, 2010

McChesney and Nichols propose solutions for crisis facing journalism.

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Dennis Kucinich Opposes Intelligence Authorization

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by Dennis Kucinich
Feb. 26, 2010

Washington D.C. (February 26, 2010) – Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) today issued the following statement after the House of Representatives voted 235 to 168 to pass the Intelligence Authorization Act:

“I strongly support the dedicated public servants of our intelligence community. Their work to ensure our national security is to be commended. However, I must oppose the Intelligence Authorization Act of 2010.

“This legislation contains provisions that implement vital measures of accountability, such as a provision to prohibit the use of funds for payment to any contractor to conduct interrogations of detainees currently in custody. I also support the provision in this legislation to establish an independent Intelligence Community-wide Inspector General. These provisions are an important step to ensure that mechanisms of accountability and oversight are in place. However, I remain concerned that some of the methods being employed by our intelligence community may amount to serious violations of international law and our Constitution.

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Jeff Halper: The Global Pacification Industry (must-see)

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talkingsticktv
February 26, 2010

Interview with Jeff Halper, Coordinator of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) and author of Obstacles to Peace: A Re-framing of the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict and An Israeli In Palestine: Resisting Dispossession, Redeeming Israel.

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What We Know about Climate Change

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greenman3610
February 27, 2010

In the many responses I get to these videos, it appears that a number of people want to deny, or are not even aware, that there is a scientific foundation to the overwhelming consensus on climate change.

In fact, the science is built on thousands of publications and many decades of observation.

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Part VI: How to Fight Back and Win: Common Ground Issues That Must Be Won — The Economic Elite Vs. The People by David DeGraw

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by David DeGraw
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February 27, 2010

Throughout this report, I have presented statistical and fact-based evidence to demonstrate that a strategic attack has been launched against 99% of Americans. Despite the efforts of the mainstream media and most current politicians, awareness of this reality is spreading throughout the United States. A recent Rasmussen poll found that only 21% of Americans think that the government has the consent of the governed. An Opinion Research Corp. survey revealed that 86% believe “the system of government is broken.” Continue reading

Mitteleuropa – The Making of America’s New Cold War by Gaither Stewart

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27 February 2010

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La Repubblica in Rome quoted the Russian Chief of Staff General Nikolay Makarov that the US missile shield scheduled for installation in East Europe is blocking the signing by Presidents Obama and Medvedev of a new START agreement (strategic arms reduction treaty) between the USA and Russia.

(Rome) What is the significance today of Central Europe which still retains residues of the era when it was known by its former German designation, Mitteleuropa? Just who are the peoples and nations of the great swath of Central Europe that in the West was called “East Europe” during the Cold War, the cradle of much of our common culture, but also the part of Europe nearer Russia where the US war machine supports anti-Russian governments and where pressures continue to install what remains of Reagan’s Star Wars fantasies in the form of spatial antimissile shields?

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Naomi Klein: Climate Debt

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policyalternatives
February 26, 2010

Feb. 25, 2010 – Naomi Klein gives a lecture on the issue of climate debt, organized by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (http://www.policyalternatives.ca/)

This was the first in a series of lectures in honour of David Lewis (1909-1981), a leading labour lawyer, life-long social democrat, a founder of the NDP and its national leader from 1970 to 1975.

The lecture series will focus on issues that were important to David Lewis: social democracy, organized labour, and income inequality.

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Deadly quake rocks Chile + Chile’s deadly quake upgraded to magnitude 8.8 + Chile’s killer quake toll passes 300

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Al Jazeera English
February 27, 2010

A magnitude 8.8 earthquake has struck near the city of Concepcion in Chile, the US Geological Survey (USGS) reports.

The quake, which struck early on Saturday, shook buildings and caused blackouts in as far away as parts of the capital, Santiago.

Michelle Bachelet, the outgoing president, said six people were killed and that more deaths were possible.

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via Al Jazeera English – Americas – Deadly quake rocks Chile

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