Theater of Good vs. Theater of the Absurd by Philip A. Farruggio

by Philip A. Farruggio
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January 25, 2012

President Obama: Stop the Wars!

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Obviously, what is good to one mindset is absurd to another… and vice versa. Yet, methinks I am moving on the better path in this incarnation, so please bear with me. For seven years I have stood weekly with other activists in peaceful protest. We focus on the military empire our nation has become and the phony wars and occupations. Over the years, many incidents and anecdotal events have occurred during these one hour demonstrations. Yet, yesterday seemed to contain the most interesting and fascinating ones of all. Let me share them with you:

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Moyers & Company: How Big Banks are Rewriting the Rules of our Economy

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BillMoyers.com
January 27, 2012

Bill Moyers talks with former Citigroup chairman John Reed and former Senator Byron Dorgan to explore how our political and financial class shift economic benefits to the very top.

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The Jirga Medal of Honor by Ralph Nader

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
January 24, 2012

President Obama: Stop the Wars!

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The U.S. war in Afghanistan is testing so much futuristic detect and destroy weaponry that it can be called the most advanced all-seeing invasion in military history. From blanket satellite surveillance to soldiers’ infra-red vision to the remotely guided photographing, killer drones to the latest fused ground-based imagery and electronic signal intercepts, the age of robotic land, sea, and air weaponry is at hand.

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U.S. Probe of Border Attack Hardened Pakistani Suspicions by Gareth Porter

by Gareth Porter
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crossposted at IPS
January 25, 2012

WASHINGTON, Jan 25, 2012 (IPS) – The Pakistani military leadership’s response to the U.S. report on its helicopter attack on two Pakistani border posts Nov. 26 assailed the credibility of the investigation by Air Force Brig. Gen. Steven Clark and expressed doubt that the attack could have been “accidental”.

The long-expected rejoinder, made public Monday, charged that 28 of its soldiers at two border bases were killed one by one long after the U.S. military had been told about the attack on a Pakistani base.

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Shedding Light on the Shadow Banking System by Ellen Brown

by Ellen Brown
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webofdebt.com
January 25, 2012

The Wall Street Journal reported on January 19th that the Obama Administration was pushing heavily to get the 50 state attorneys general to agree to a settlement with five major banks in the “robo-signing” scandal. The scandal involves employees signing names not their own, under titles they did not really have, attesting to the veracity of documents they had not really reviewed. Investigation reveals that it did not just happen occasionally but was an industry-wide practice, dating back to the late 1990s; and that it may have clouded the titles of millions of homes. If the settlement is agreed to, it will let Wall Street bankers off the hook for crimes that would land the rest of us in jail – fraud, forgery, securities violations and tax evasion.

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A captive nation By William Bowles

by William Bowles
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williambowles.info
19 January 2012

There are more young people of working age out of work than at any time in recorded British history according to the latest government figures.

I started the current version of my online presence as it were in March of 2003 and have managed somehow to continue writing ever since, though I’ve had my share of blank spots along the way.

Writing on a regular basis used to be fairly easy for me but as the years have worn on and no doubt me wearing out, it gets more and more difficult for me to face up to a world that has gone from bad to worse to downright dire in the course of my lifetime.

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Oakland Police Dept. Use Tear Gas and Percussion Grenades on Occupy Protesters + Police arrest over 300 protesters at Occupy Oakland

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Screen shot:Two weeks of Occupy Oakland

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on Jan 28, 2012

Here is some raw footage of the Oakland Police Department using percussion grenades and tear gas on protesters. Police also shoot people with projectiles containing green powder.

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The Hour: Chris Hedges on Christopher Hitchens and Sam Harris (2008)

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with Chris Hedges
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Jan. 28, 2012

on Mar 18, 2008

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Free-Market Medicine – A Personal Account by Michael Parenti

by Michael Parenti
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Michael Parenti Blog
www.michaelparenti.org
January 27, 2012

CAPITALISM ISN'T WORKING

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When I recently went to Alta Bates hospital for surgery, I discovered that legal procedures take precedence over medical ones. I had to sign intimidating statements about financial counseling, indemnity, patient responsibilities, consent to treatment, use of electronic technologies, and the like.

One of these documents committed me to the following: “The hospital pathologist is hereby authorized to use his/her discretion in disposing of any member, organ, or other tissue removed from my person during the procedure.” Any member? Any organ?

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Libya: Detainees tortured and denied medical care by MSF UK

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MSF UK
26/01/2012

Detainees in the Libyan city of Misrata are being tortured and denied urgent medical care, leading Médecins Sans Frontières MSF (Doctors Without Borders) to suspend its operations in detention centres in Misrata.

MSF teams began working in Misrata’s detention centres in August 2011 to treat war-wounded detainees.

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Ralph Nader: Obama is committed to projecting the American empire

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on Jan 25, 2012

TIME TO PULL THE PLUG ON KING OBAMA

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democracynow.org – Responding to President Obama’s State of the Union address, longtime consumer advocate and former Presidential candidate Ralph Nader says Obama’s criticism of income inequality and Wall Street excess fail to live up to his record in office. “[Obama] says one thing and does another,” Nader says. “Where has he been for over three years? There are existing laws that can prosecute and convict Wall Street crooks. He hasn’t sent more than one or two to jail.” Continue reading

Obama’s “State of Delusion Address”: Rebuilding America With War Crimes by Finian Cunningham

by Finian Cunningham
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East Africa
25 January 2012

President Obama: Stop the Wars!

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From beginning to end, Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech was replete with delusion and falsifications. His promise of building an “America that lasts” was predicated on a sentimental, but utterly disingenuous notion of selfless teamwork. The invocation of American military “heroes” and their “achievements” during nine years of waging war on Iraq as an exemplar of how to salvage his nation from economic and social catastrophe was both sickening and laughable.

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Chris Hedges and Lawrence Lessig on The Corporate Coup d’Etat

Save democracy fight corporate fascism

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with Chris Hedges
Featured Writer
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Jan. 24, 2012

on Jan 24, 2012

On January 20th, occupiers across the country rallied together in protest against the insidious influence of the corporations over the judiciary. Shortly before the rally in Foley Square, New York CIty, Lawrence Lessig and Chris Hedges met before O-TVNY’s cameras to discuss their vision of change.

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President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address + transcript (1.24.12)

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Propaganda Alert

on Jan 24, 2012

President Obama delivers the State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress.

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Chris Hedges: Challenging the legality of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)

with Chris Hedges
Featured Writer
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Jan. 24, 2012

Indefinite Detention

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Tyran KneeCrusher on Jan 24, 2012

On the Tuesday, January 24th edition of the Alex Jones Show, Alex talks with Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, author and Middle East expert Chris Hedges about his lawsuit challenging the legality of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which Obama signed at the end of 2011. Hedges is the author of The World As It Is: Dispatches on the Myth of Human Progress, Collateral Damage, American Fascists and other titles.

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