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There is a war on journalists who aren't handmaidens of Washington and don't
toe the corporate line. We are spied upon, put on government lists, detained
and hassled at airports, even raided and hit with spurious indictments all
because as George Orwell said, During times of universal deceit, telling the
truth becomes a revolutionary act. Yet, a democracy or democratic republic
cannot exist without an informed citizenry. To paraphrase Benjamin Franklin,
"We must hang together...else, we shall most assuredly hang separately."
Five ex-cops sentenced in Katrina killings case
This one page New York Times Story
<http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2012/04/04/us/ap-us-katrina-bridge-shootings. html?nl=afternoonupdate&emc=edit_au_20120404> has been sitting on my desk
since April 4. I'm thinking on one hand, well, some kind of justice has
alighted on these monsters, getting terms from six to 65 years for their
involvement in deadly shootings of unarmed New Orleans residents on a bridge,
right after Hurricane Katrina hit that city like a knock-out punch, August
29, 2005. On the other hand, I'm wondering if this sentencing is too little,
too late, moving at a snail's pace towards conviction, minimizing the scope
of corruption surrounding Katrina.
Unplugging Americans from the Matrix
Paul Craig Roberts
Events in China confirm WMR reports on what Neil Heywood knew and why he was
(WMR <http://www.waynemadsenreport.com/>)-British Prime Minister David
Cameron, visiting Indonesia, now feels there are enough questions concerning
last November's suspicious death in Chongqing of British businessman Neil
Heywood, a chief adviser to purged Chinese Communist Party Chongqing leader
Bo Xilai, that he wants a full explanation by the Chinese government. China's
government, which has arrested Bo's wife Gu Kailai, has announced it is
reopening its investigation of Heywood's murder, which was attributed to a
heart attack or alcohol poisoning.
I'm Big Bird and I don't approve this message
Court overturns public broadcast ban on political ads
Bill Moyers and Michael Winship
A couple of weeks ago, we wrote about how the media giants who own your local
commercial television and radio stations have been striking like startled
rattlesnakes at an FCC proposal that would shed a light on who's buying our
elections. The proposed new rule would make it easier to find out who's
bankrolling political attack ads by posting the information online.
Stuck on stupid supporting Democrats and Republicans
Albert Einstein correctly noted that the definition of insanity is doing the
same thing over and over again and expecting different results, and yet the
masses of everyday Black, White, Brown, Red, and Yellow people in the United
States have been systemically duped into doing precisely this, as it relates
to the Democratic and Republican parties. This is insane.
The European Stabilization Mechanism or how the Goldman vampire squid just
The significance of Iranian leader's fatwa against nuclear weapons
Dr. Ismail Salami
The fatwa issued by the Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali
Khamenei forbidding the production, proliferation and use of nuclear bombs is
to be considered a political milestone in Iranian history and one which can
salvage the Islamic nation from the spate of external threats and plots.
UN trying to obtain base rights in northern Lebanon
NATO is attempting to force the Lebanese government to turn over to it base
rights at the strategic airfield at Kleiat (Qolaiat) in northern Lebanon for
the use of the UN observer force being deployed to Syria. Kleiat is located
close to Lebanon's northern border with Syria.
Towards a captive, blank slate humanity
Beyond silicon capitalism to the individual as integrated genetic circuit
After the industries of death brought about by the gas chambers and
concentration camps, the industries of life now offer the possibility of a
genetically modified human race, calling into question humans born of blood
and sperm and therefore the wild, the natural part of humanity. The
naturals would become the new savages with augmented people leading a new
humanity shaped less by political totalitarianism than bioengineering. And
now we have entered the question of hyper racism. The deadly consequences of
the great ecological fear are extremely disturbing. We are at risk of seeing
not military dissuasion established between powers, but civil dissuasion
Spearing a tax deduction
On a bright Monday morning, a day before tax returns were due, I bumped into
my ersatz friend Marshbaum who was placing a change container at the Gas-High
Mini-mart on Low Octane and Greed avenues.
America is under attack!
William T. Hathaway
Vicious fanatics are trying to kill us and destroy our country. They're
blowing up our soldiers overseas. They've infiltrated our country. We must
defend ourselves against these mad-dog berserkers before it's too late.
Obama is right: US and Israel share similar values
Linda S. Heard
US presidents love to accentuate the values supposedly shared by Americans
and Israelis during their annual pilgrimage to the American Israeli Public
Affairs Committee (AIPAC). Just last month, President Barack Obama received a
standing ovation during the largest conference in AIPAC's history for saying
the US has Israel's back and for reaffirming America and Israel's shared
values as well as their special relationship. In the past, I've dismissed
such chummy language as no more than ingratiating rhetoric, but upon
reflection it's true. In many respects Israel is America's mini-me.
The stealing of America: The incestuous relationship between government and
John W. Whitehead
The U.S. Supreme Court's landmark 2010 decision in Citizens United v. FEC not
only gave unfettered free speech rights to corporations but paved the way for
unlimited amounts of money to be poured into election campaigns, especially
those of presidential candidates. However, what really made that ruling so
significant was not that the court granted First Amendment rights to
corporations-formerly reserved only for individual citizens-but that in doing
so, the court legitimized an incestuous relationship between government and
its corporate controllers.
Freedom Rider: The ICC is criminal
The International Criminal Court (ICC) is despite its name, a court that
advances the cause of criminality. It acts in concert with the most powerful
nations on Earth, and allows them to engage in crimes of aggression against
millions of people all over the world. Only the powerless are ever punished
and the aggressors use the court to behave as if they were the injured
Jayne Lyn Stahl
These days, McDonald's Big Macs, and McMansions aren't enough to satisfy the
ever growing American appetite for new products, as well as bigger and better
ones, and they may soon become among our leading exports.
NSA spying operation targeting journalists focused but massive
Where the 'self' ends and the 'West' begins
When we were young, there was hope in the air. There was good reason to look
ahead. Some of us enrolled at university, but we also knew that if life did
not shine on us, there were plenty of factories that offered enough jobs to
those who were willing to toil. Yet it seems our children are not so lucky.
Not much is awaiting them. The Western economy is on the brink of collapse.
The dark side of Mitt Romney
Mitt Romney started running Bain Capital in 1984, earning a reputation as a
bright star of private investment. A prospectus by Deutsche Bank would write
that by the time he left in 1999, that Bain had averaged a glowing 88 percent
annual return on investment. Romney would use that success to burnish his
political career. But the dark side of that success was not forgotten by the
legion of broken companies, fired employees, duped corporate buyers, unions
and investors of his wares. He served one man only: himself.
Trials without crimes or evidence
A fish rots from the head
Paul Craig Roberts
Andy Worthington <http://www.andyworthington.co.uk/> is a superb reporter who
has specialized in providing the facts of the US government's illegal abuse
of detainees, against whom no evidence exists. In an effort to create
evidence, the US government has illegally resorted to torture. Torture
produces false confessions, plea bargains, and false testimony against others
in order to escape further torture.
NSA establishing large Internet surveillance facility in Tennessee
(WMR <http://www.waynemadsenreport.com/>)-Sources in the U.S. intelligence
community report that the National Security Agency (NSA) is establishing a
major Internet surveillance at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee
that is dedicated to decrypting encoded communications, including file
transfers, over the Internet and within private private networks such as
those used by banks, foreign governments, and multinational corporations.
The new Iraq: The Iranian-American concubine
I happen to like my own company, so I muse with myself. I play around with
words in my head . . . I like to get to their roots, their essential meaning
. . words are windows, doors and gates . . .
FCC political ad vote comes down to the wire
With the Federal Communications Commission scheduled to vote today on TV
stations posting political advertising data on-line, we know pretty much for
certain the final tally will be 2-1. What we don't know is on which side of
the issue Democratic FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn will fall.