Travels of a New Gulliver: Chapter 2 by Joseph Natoli

by Joseph Natoli
Guest Writer
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August 5, 2011

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Chapter II

In which the Author and his young companion Ned arrive in the village of Trickle Downs and there find that anything is possible, words are never pawns, personal choice matters most, exclamations of “Whatever” replace jumping back, and there are no speed limits.

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Thinking about happiness and unpleasantness by Mark A. Goldman

by Mark A. Goldman
Guest Writer
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www.gpln.com
August 5, 2011

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Thinking about happiness and unpleasantness

  • If you are committed to maintaining a clean house, you have to, from time to time, go around looking for dirt.  No one likes to clean, but if you don’t look for dirt you can’t clean up the mess, and if you don’t clean up the mess, you won’t live in a clean house.
  • If you ignore the liars, cheats, and thieves who take advantage of the weak and defenseless, they will become very successful at what they do.   Continue reading

The Credit Crisis Rages On; Why the Dow fell 512 points on Thursday By Mike Whitney

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By Mike Whitney
Information Clearing House
August 6, 2011

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What caused global markets to plunge on Thursday?

Was it poor economic data in the US; the sudden slowdown in manufacturing, declining consumer spending, shrinking GDP and ongoing troubles in the housing market?

No. While the prospect of a double dip recession has pushed shares down for two weeks, Thursday’s crash was all about Europe.

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End Game for Benghazi Rebels as Libyan Tribes Prepare to Weigh In? by Franklin Lamb

by Franklin Lamb
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Tripoli, Libya
August 2, 2011

U.S. Out of Libya

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On July 30, the day before this 97.5 per cent  Muslim country began the holy month of Ramadan, NATO spokesperson Roland Lavoie has been lamely attempting to explain to the press at the Rexis Hotel and internationally, why NATO was forced to bomb three Tripoli TV towers at the Libyan Broadcasting Authority, killing three journalists/technicians and wounding 15 others. Continue reading

Nazemroaya: Destabilization of Syria Based on Libya Model + Chossudovsky: Military Intervention in Syria Will Lead to Extended War

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Bashar al-Assad

The process of destabliziation of Syria is being conducted along the same lines as Libya, with external political interests driving and manipulating the protest movements in both countries.

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Dead Men Don’t Talk: US Navy Seals Destroyed to Cover Up Washington’s Bin Laden Execution Hoax? by Finian Cunningham

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Updated: Aug. 12, 2011 One paragraph was changed and a correction added

Updated: Aug. 9, 2011; added an interview with Finian Cunningham

by Finian Cunningham
Featured Writer
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7 August, 2011

The wiping out of 30 US special forces in the Chinook helicopter crash in Afghanistan comes at a time when Washington’s official version of how it carried out the assassination of Osama bin Laden was falling apart from incredulity.

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Austerity Is Bad for Business by Ellen Brown

Capitalism isn't working..

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by Ellen Brown
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webofdebt.com
August 7, 2011

It used to be that when the Fed Chairman spoke, the market listened; but the Chairman has lost his mystique. Now when the market speaks, politicians listen. Hopefully they heard what the market just said: government cutbacks are bad for business. The government needs to spend more, not less. Fortunately, there are viable ways to do this while still balancing the budget.

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Covering the Somali famine- of news By William Bowles

by William Bowles
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williambowles.info
crossposted on Strategic Culture Foundation
4 August, 2011

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Over the past days BBC news coverage of the famine in Somalia has been saturating the airwaves and it’s always like this whenever ‘natural disasters’ strike. Fundamentally it’s little more than a fund-raising promo paid for with our taxes as endlessly repeated shots of emaciated babies and dying people serves no informative purpose except to tug covetously at our purse strings. And of course it has the added benefit of distracting us from our own condition – until the next crisis comes our way.

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John Pilger: War by Other Means (1992)

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Capitalism Kills

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John Pilger and David Munro examine the policy of First World banks agreeing [to] loans with Third World countries, who are then unable to meet the cripling interest charges.

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August 6th 1945: A Day that will live in Infamy by Cindy Sheehan + Arnie Gunderson on Nuclear Power Safety

by Cindy Sheehan
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August 5, 2011

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This will be a short piece, since I am getting ready to go to the anti-nuke/peace rally here in Hiroshima in a few hours (it’s the 6th here), but I will give my impressions of that when I get back to my hotel.

Last night, I dreamed about my grandmother (Mamaw). I haven’t dreamed of her for years. I dreamed she came home to my house and I was going to get to take care of her. Continue reading

America In Decline By Noam Chomsky

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By Noam Chomsky
Information Clearing House
August 06, 2011

“It is a common theme” that the United States, which “only a few years ago was hailed to stride the world as a colossus with unparalleled power and unmatched appeal is in decline, ominously facing the prospect of its final decay,” Giacomo Chiozza writes in the current Political Science Quarterly.

The theme is indeed widely believed. And with some reason, though a number of qualifications are in order. To start with, the decline has proceeded since the high point of U.S. power after World War II, and the remarkable triumphalism of the post-Gulf War ’90s was mostly self-delusion.

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Would the DC Republicans Really Prefer to Have Obama in the White House? by Steven Jonas, MD, MPH

by Steven Jonas, MD, MPH
Featured Writer
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crossposted on Buzzflash.com
July 19, 2011

The GOP faces a major dilemma in the upcoming presidential election. Before I get into that, let’s define what I mean by “The GOP.” First, I don’t mean most of their public figures. Their elected officials for the most part are bought and paid for employees by those who run the Party. They have neither an independent voice nor independent power (as much as certain Tea Party GOP front men and women may think they do, this is not the case). Continue reading