Monthly Archives: April 2010

“You Got Bailed Out We Got Sold Out”–Thousands Protest on Wall Street

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April 30, 2010

“You Got Bailed Out We Got Sold Out”–Thousands Protest on Wall Street

Thousands of people turned out for a protest on Wall Street Thursday to denounce the taxpayer-funded bailout and the role of large financial firms in the nation’s economic crisis. A coalition of union and community groups organized the march as the Senate opened debate on a measure to overhaul financial regulation. [Includes rush transcript]

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The death of an American hospital By Jerry Mazza

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By Jerry Mazza
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April 30, 2010

As I walk past St. Vincent’s hospital in Greenwich Village on 7th Avenue, it seems to be in its death throes. They are taking down the Emergency Room marquee whose red neon was a beacon to the aged and newborn, AIDS-victims, accident cases, the poor, uninsured, and everyday ill.

The 727-bed hospital was founded to serve this lower West-Side area by the Sisters of Charity in 1849, specifically to care for the poor. It is the last standing Roman Catholic general hospital in New York, apparently abandoned by the Catholic diocese, but still in the sights of more than a few predators.

Today, April 21, is a sunny, blue sky day, though darkened by this cloud of St. Vinny’s bankruptcy. It feels like a death in the family. After all, I was born here in 1938, my father born here in 1912, various members of my family were treated here during their lives. I remember St. Vincent’s conducting triage for victims of the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center and the September 11, 2001, leveling of the World Trade Center and Tower 7, caring for our extended family of New Yorkers.

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Wealth for Justice by Ralph Nader

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
April 30, 2010

There are signs that some super-rich are revolting against their “wealth fraternity.” Last fall, mega-billionaire, Warren Buffet, traveled to Washington to meet with Democratic Senators and urge them to raise taxes on the wealthy like him. He pointedly said he pays at a lower rate than his secretary.

The liberal Senators were either bemused, or moved away from him as if he had a contagious disease. Buffett is not deterred. Earlier in this decade, he joined with a thousand other rich Americans led by lawyer William Gates, Sr. and Chuck Collins (founder of United For a Fair Economy) to successfully block the repeal of the estate tax (applied to 2% of wealthier decedents) by a Republican-controlled Congress.

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Chris Hedges: Media Sanitizes War

From my old blog, this is why I started blogging:

What we need on our nightly TV news and in our newspapers are coffins and dead babies, and mutilated soldiers. We have a media blackout on showing what war is really all about. I hold the media responsible as well as our govt. — Dandelion Salad

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April 30, 2010

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April 30, 2010 — Chris Hedges speaks on war at Capitol Hill teach in

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Down with ‘Too Big to Fail': Angry Americans march on Wall Street

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April 30, 2010 — The largest anti-Wall Street rally since the credit crunch has taken place in New York. Thousands of workers and trade union leaders marched in anger over lost jobs and ruined lives, demanding answers from the source of the trouble – the banks.

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War with China? The Dangers of a Global Conflagration by Prof James Petras

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by Prof James Petras
Global Research, April 29, 2010

Rising and Declining Economic Powers: The Sino-US Conflict Deepens

Introduction

Will the intensified conflicts between the US and China inevitably lead to a global conflagration?  If recent past history is any indication the answer is a resounding yes.  The most destructive wars of the 20th century were the result of confrontations between established (EIP) and rising (RIP) imperial powers.  The practices and policies of the former serve as guides to the latter.

England’s colonial exploitation of India, its markets, treasury, raw materials and labor served as a model for Germany’s war and attempted conquest of Russia[1].  The enmity between Churchill and Hitler had as much to do with their common imperial visions, as it did their conflicting views of politics.  Likewise, European and US colonial plunder of Southeast Asia and China’s coastal cities served as a model for Japan’s drive to colonize and exploit Manchuria, Korea and mainland China.

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Immigrant-bashers occupy land stolen from Mexico (2006) + Robert Erickson: Here’s to the State of Arizona

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By B.J. Sanders
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Apr 27, 2006

Mapa de México en 1847

As Congress fights over what anti-immigrant law to impose, and the right wing rails against the powerful new movement demanding legalization of undocumented workers, one question is never addressed by the politicians and pundits: Who does the land of the United States really belong to?

The “founding fathers” and their successors stole the entire country from the Indigenous nations through centuries of war, treachery and genocide. A huge swath of the country was torn from Mexico. Continue reading

Noam Chomsky talks about Gaza and the International Flotilla

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April 19, 2010

Noam Chomsky chats about Gaza, Palestine and the upcoming international flotilla sailing in May 2010.

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Chomsky: Iran does not obey US

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April 28, 2010

Philosopher and linguist Noam Chomsky says the US is propagating the idea that Iran is a threat because the Islamic Republic does not obey Washington’s orders.

“Iran is perceived as a threat because they did not obey the orders of the United States,” Chomsky said in an interview with Germany’s Freitag weekly, which was published on Thursday.

“Militarily this threat is irrelevant,” he added, noting that the country has not acted aggressively towards any other country for centuries.

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US War Crimes Exposed: Revelations of an American Soldier by Finian Cunningham

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by Finian Cunningham
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29 April, 2010

Ethan McCord, a former US soldier, has shown great courage and integrity by exposing and condemning US war crimes in Iraq.

McCord’s courage and integrity has nothing to do with his US army training. In fact, his virtue and trenchant humanity is in spite of his US army training which, he says, systematically tried to turn him into a cold-blooded killing machine bereft of any morals or conscience. (1)

What his testimony shows beyond any shadow of a doubt is that US involvement in Iraq has got nothing – nothing – to do with a “war on terror”. It is in fact a war of terror perpetrated on civilians: a war crime involving daily crimes against humanity. Continue reading

Sowing The Seeds Of Violence by Bruce Gagnon

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by Bruce Gagnon
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April 29, 2010

A Mad Tea Party
by Helen Cox, used with permission

I am on the train to NYC and the wireless connection seems to come and go on this “Downeaster”.

I got an email this morning from a Tea Party list that somehow got my name. One line in particular that stands out is “Arizona is being targeted by millions of illegal aliens for race riots!”

A virtual call to arms is now being sounded by some Tea Party organizers. One of them says:

“How many more Citizens must die before Washington realizes America is under a full scale attack? TeaParty.org will NOT negotiate our values. We will NOT stand down and we will NOT go silently into the night. ”
Stephen Eichler J.D. Executive Director – TeaParty.org

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Inside Junior’s War Room by Philip A. Farruggio (2003)

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by Philip A. Farruggio
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Originally published on Counterpunch on January 28, 2003
28 April, 2010

Deep deep deep inside the bowels of the White House is this private, very private chamber. Some say its the place where REAL PRESIDENT Cheney stays, and operates the REAL government. Today, on this cold, bitter cold Sunday, Super Sunday, the top elite from the cabinet are conducting a very important meeting–the prospect of war with Iraq, or rather the need to have a war with Iraq. Let’s be a “fly on the wall” and listen in.

Powell–“Mr. President…”

Junior–“Ah yes Colin…”

Cheney (over Junior’s voice)–“Yes General Powell…. please Junior..”

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How the SEC and Congress Can Bring Down Goldman Sachs and Expose the Financial Coup By David DeGraw

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By David DeGraw
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April 28, 2010

Not only did Goldman Sachs profit on betting against CDOs they designed to fail; more importantly, they insured them through AIG which led to a $182 billion taxpayer bailout.

Have you heard the news? It’s everywhere! The SEC and Congress have all of a sudden sprung to life and are now “getting tough” on Goldman Sachs. Is this all the first phase of a long-awaited investigation that will reveal the causes of our current economic crisis, or is this just more show trials and psychological operations designed to manipulate public opinion and make the American people feel that our elected officials are finally standing up to their campaign funders on Wall Street?

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Andrew Gavin Marshall: Western civilization on the Titanic

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April 28, 2010

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April 28, 2010 — As U.S. cities and towns wrestle with financial problems, investors are finding a new way to profit on their misery: by buying derivatives that essentially bet municipalities will default. Across the ocean, Greece’s debt mounting by the day and the United States starting to recover from the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, will there be a ripple effect from Greece’s troubles?

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Noam Chomsky: Palestinian Options, Washington’s Choices

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April 28, 2010 — Noam Chomsky Speaks at Brown University Filmed by Paul Hubbard on 4-20-10

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