Noam Chomsky on the WikiLeaks and Coverage in Press

Noam Chomsky.

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Hoopmov | August 02, 2010

Filmed July 29 2010.

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Scientists Deeply Concerned About BP Disaster’s Long-Term Impact by Dahr Jamail

Note: replaced article Aug. 6, 2010

by Dahr Jamail
t r u t h o u t
GULFPORT, Louisiana, Aug 5, 2010

Contrary to recent media reports of a quick recovery in the Gulf of Mexico, scientists and biologists are “deeply concerned” about impacts that will likely span “several decades”.”

While the devastating ecological impacts of BP’s oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico are obvious, the less visible but also long-lasting psychological, community and personal impacts could be worse, according to social scientists, psychologists and psychiatrists.

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BP: Fishies and Birdies Can Live in Oil Just as Well as Water by Sean Fenley (satire)

by Sean Fenley
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
The Anything and Everything
Aug 2, 2010

The BP oil corporation announced today that according to their scientists, engineers, and researchers — who apparently are smoking whatever their erstwhile “fearless” leader Hayward was imbibing — that fishies and birdies, and, indeed, all of God’s creepy, crawly sea creations can make do and subsist quite nicely soaking, bathing, and going about their daily, day-to-day routines and activities in water thoroughly contaminated with oil. Though oil has been known exclusively, before the present, to be at least as harmful to wildlife as the toxic dispersant Corexit, which BP sprayed willy-nilly all throughout the sensitive region of the Gulf; BP told the media at a press conference/media event that they held earlier this morning, that their research was showing them some rather altogether different results. They said they had come to this, previously never before considered, and extraordinarily nebulous conclusion, by observing sea creatures in a simulated oceanic environment at their research facilities in the U.K.

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Why go after the criminals when you can just kill the messengers? By Jerry Mazza

By Jerry Mazza
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
crossposted at Online Journal
August 2, 2010

“[H]istory didn’t start at 2001,” said General James Mattis, the latest to be tapped as head of US Central Command, during his confirmation hearing.

He was being questioned by Senator John McCain (R-AZ) before the Senate Armed Services Committee about his impression of the 91,000 documents WikiLeaks posted online and how they would affect the relationships and conflicts in that nearly nine-year old war, as reported in an interview by Democracy Now’s Amy Goodman with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, Transparent Government Tends to Produce Just Government. What a great thought!

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Wikileaks editor Jacob Appelbaum detained by US customs + WikiLeaks insurance scandal

By Stephen Foley
NZ Herald News
Aug 2, 2010

A senior volunteer for Wikileaks in the US has been detained, questioned and had his phones seized when he returned to the country from Europe, as the FBI steps up its investigation into the leak of thousands of Afghanistan war secrets to the whistleblower website.

Jacob Appelbaum, who has stood in for Wikileaks founder Julian Assange since he was advised not to travel to the US, spent three hours at a New York airport while customs officers photocopied receipts and searched his laptop, and he was again approached and questioned by FBI officers at a computer hackers conference in Las Vegas.


via Wikileaks editor detained by US customs – Technology – NZ Herald News

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Kucinich: Ending the War means bringing our Troops Home

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by Congressman Dennis Kucinich
Washington, Aug 2, 2010

Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), the leading opponent to the war in Iraq in the House of Representatives, today made the following statement after President Obama confirmed that America’s combat mission in Iraq will end on August 31, 2010. The plan, however, leaves 50,000 troops in Iraq in ‘non-combat’ roles until 2011:

“The wars since 2001 have cost more than $1 trillion, thousands of American servicemen and women have been killed or wounded, and more than a million innocent Iraqis have lost their lives. Even as our emphasis has shifted to the war in Afghanistan, civilian casualties are still higher in Iraq.

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Letter to President Obama Regarding the Talmadge Creek Oil Spill by Ralph Nader

by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
Aug. 2, 2010

Dear Mr. President:

The spill of nearly one million gallons of oil from Enbridge Energy Partners’ pipeline into Talmadge Creek in Michigan on July 26 further demonstrates the necessity for you and Secretary LaHood to pay immediate attention to the hapless, industry-indentured Office of Pipeline Safety (OPS), which has been, like the Minerals Management Service, in a long fraternal relationship with its industry.

Following a pipeline explosion in 1965 at Natchitoches, Louisiana, which took 17 lives, engineer Fred Lang and I pressed Congress to pass the Natural Gas Pipeline Safety Act of 1968. Almost immediately, the pipeline industry—both gas and oil—moved to capture it and its advisory committee. The history of OPS has been largely one of self-regulation with standards essentially written by the industry below the needs of safety and the availability of practical technological capabilities.

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Federal Bureau of Intimidation by Howard Zinn

by Howard Zinn
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
previously published on

I thought it would be good to talk about the FBI because they talk about us. They don’t like to be talked about. They don’t even like the fact that you’re listening to them being talked about. They are very sensitive people. If you look into the history of the FBI and Martin Luther King-which now has become notorious in that totally notorious history of the FBI- the FBI attempted to neutralize, perhaps kill him, perhaps get him to commit suicide, certainly to destroy him as a leader of black people in the United States. And if you follow the progression of that treatment of King, it starts, not even with the Montgomery Bus Boycott; it starts when King begins to criticize the FBI. You see, then suddenly Hoover’s ears, all four of them, perk up. And he says, okay, we have to start working on King.

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Howard Zinn: Voices of a People’s History of the United States (2004)

Author Howard Zinn is honored at the NY Society for Ethical Culture, where actors, activists and authors read excerpts from his book, Voices of a People’s History of the United States.

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Why the Feds Fear Thinkers Like Howard Zinn by Chris Hedges

by Chris Hedges
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Empire: Superclass

AlJazeeraEnglish | July 28, 2010

A new breed has emerged; they set the global agenda, ride on Gulfstreams and manage the credit crunch in their spare time. They are anything but elected; they are entrepreneurs and entertainers, media moguls and former politicians – the self-made super rich who are using their money to lay down a new set of global rules. So where did this new global aristocracy come from and who is keeping them in check? Is the world suffering from a global governance gap?

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