Donnerstag, 3. Juni 2010

Doubling Down in Afghanistan: Why We Refuse to Fold a Losing Hand

William J. Astore, TomDispatch: "As Congress moves toward rubber-stamping yet another 'emergency' supplemental bill that includes more than $33 billion for military operations, mainly to fund the latest surge in Afghanistan, maybe we should take a page from the new British government. Facing debilitating deficits, the conservative Tories and their Liberal Democrat partners are proposing painful cuts to governmental budgets, including military operations in Afghanistan."

George W. Bush Admits Torture, Says He Would 'Do It Again'


George Bush Admits US Tortured "9/11 Mastermind"

By Paul Owen and agencies

"Yeah, we waterboarded Khalid Sheikh Mohammed," the former president told a business audience in Grand Rapids, Michigan. "I'd do it again to save lives."

Hauser faces battle with leukemia

Vaccine Contamination Scandal: A Threat To Human Health

All-Party Parliamentary Group for World Governance

Here it is, plain and simple, they are not hiding it anymore.

Carole Bragg

Informant: Dorothee Krien

How soon until the free market stops the oil spill?

Huffington Post
by Bob Cesca


Despite the political peril involved in such an endeavor, the government should take over BP, its manpower and assets, and eliminate the corporate revenue motive from the capping and cleanup process. BP has proved itself incapable of tackling this job with the best interests of Gulf coast livelihoods and the marine environment in mind, and so they ought to lose their privileges to operate in the Gulf of Mexico for a while. After all, the nature of any corporation is to mitigate losses and increase revenues. Keep the shareholders as happy as possible, spend the least amount of money necessary, hire the best lawyers to avoid paying punitive fines and get back to drilling and selling oil for profit. This is what corporations do...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Gulf Oil Spill Likely to Hit U.S. Atlantic Coast This Summer

Gulf Madness

Obama Is 'Engaged' in a Colossal Crime

Center for Biological Diversity: BP Faces Lawsuit for Polluting Gulf’s Waters


Oil Spill Jail Time for BP Officials? It Could Happen

Peter Grier, The Christian Science Monitor: "The US Department of Justice has launched civil and criminal investigations into the events surrounding the BP oil spill. Does that mean people who helped cause the spill will be going to jail? Yes, they might be. Violations of some of the applicable environmental laws, such as the Clean Water Act, can result in severe repercussions."

On the Front Lines of the BP Oil Spill


Amy Goodman, Democracy NOW!: "The Justice Department has confirmed itís opened a criminal and civil investigation into the BP oil spill in the Gulf Coast, now believed to be the worst environmental disaster in US history. For residents of southern Louisiana, the spill is impacting the ecology, the economy and entire ways of life. Over the past several days, Democracy Now! traveled across the bayous and towns of coastal Louisiana meeting the people on the front lines of the onrush of BPís oil slick."


Hold BP, Halliburton and TransOcean Fully Responsible For The Gulf Oil Catastrophe

The President offered the excuse the other day that the reason why there was inadequate environmental vetting for what has become the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster was that a provision of law had passed which only permitted 30 days for such a review, making it a practical impossibility. Of course, that is precisely why corporate lobbyists for the oil industry inserted into law this crippling of any attempted regulatory oversight in the first place.

So too with the liability limitation of million on corporate responsibility for wreaking havoc on our environment. Again, this was just another corporate irresponsibility safety valve, so they would not have to even concern themselves about putting all the rest of us in grave danger. And so they did. It is even being reported that Transocean made a whopping $270 million profit on the destruction of their over-insured drilling rig.

Each and every one of these corporate "get out of jail and liability free" cards must be immediately rescinded, starting with passage of the "Big Oil Bailout Prevention Liability Act of 2010", S. 3305. Republican Senators like Murkowski (from Alaska, home of Exxon Valdez) actually had the gall to argue that "smaller" oil companies should not be held liable at all for destroying our planet.

Hold Oil Companies Accountable action page:

The action page link above will send your personal message to all your members of Congress and President Obama too, by blast fax. You do not need to have your own fax machine. Just submit the action page and our server will automatically send all your faxes for you to be delivered electronically.

And after you submit the action page, please consider joining the messaging movement for saving our climate future, by picking up one of the new "350 ppm or catastrophe" caps, embroidered in beautiful sea colors, with a red arrow pointing the way we need to go with our carbon dioxide pollution, which is way down. The most knowledgeable REAL scientists tell us unless we get carbon dioxide concentrations in our atmosphere down to 350 ppm, we can kiss our climate goodbye. You can also get one of these caps directly from this page.

350 PPM Or Catastrophe Caps:

The fact is that the oil catastrophe in the Gulf is just the first of many planetary scale cataclysms coming within decades, unless we have fundamental and profound energy policy change starting NOW. Just as we now watch scientists and engineers helpless to stem the tide of the Deepwater Horizon oil blow out, it will likewise be even more so if and when the melting of the polar ice caps becomes irreversible.

You might think, as the sickening waves of gloppy crude start smothering beaches and wetlands from Louisiana to the Florida keys, that some of the "Drill, baby, drill" crowd might be doing some serious soul searching about the end path of current energy policy. But mostly they are just hollering for the federal government to come rushing in to bail them out. But who's going to bail out the state of Florida when half of it is under water from rising sea levels?

Well, the federal government has done plenty, for many decades, through the grandstanding corporate owned shills that they keep electing to Congress, to pass precisely the laws that made such a disaster so inevitable ... again. In point of fact, the 75 million dollar liability limit was inserted into the original so-called "reform" bill in the aftermath of the original Exxon Valdez disaster, just as every other reform bill as far back as the eye can see has been made toothless because of pressure from corporate special interests. And so now we see the result of a failure to impose decisive and real reform, an even bigger calamity.

Recently, the credit card reform bill, the health care reform bill, and soon to be the finance reform bill and the energy reform bill, have all been worthless and cruel jokes on the hopes of the American people for real change. Each and every one of these bills have been made ultimately ineffective by design and intent, driven by the corporate dictators that members of Congress now serve exclusively.

And NOTHING is going to change, not a damn thing, we are just going to keep reliving bigger and bigger disasters, UNTIL enough of your folks open your mouths, stop giving the corporate cronies in your own party a pass for partisan reasons, and start demanding legislation in the interest of the people and ONLY the people from now on.

And here is the Facebook link for the Hold The Oil Companies Accountable action page further above.

[Facebook] Action Page:

And this is the Twitter reply for this same action

@cxs #p1046

Please take action NOW, so we can win all victories that are supposed to be ours, and forward this alert as widely as possible.


The coming resignation of Barack Obama

The American Spectator
by Peter Ferrara


Months ago, I predicted in this column that President Obama would so discredit himself in office that he wouldn’t even be on the ballot in 2012, let alone have a prayer of being reelected. Like President Johnson in 1968, who had won a much bigger victory four years previously than Obama did in 2008, President Obama will be so politically defunct by 2012 that he won’t even try to run for reelection. I am now ready to predict that President Obama will not even make it that far. I predict that he will resign in discredited disgrace before the fall of 2012...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

In a truly free market, BP would be toast

Center for a Stateless Society
by Kevin Carson


Advocates for the regulatory state are fond of complaining that things like the financial meltdown, the BP oil spill, and the like, are the result of an ‘unregulated marketplace.’ But it was federal loan guarantees that first made securitized mortgages into a marketable asset. And I wouldn’t consider a $75 million cap on liability to be exactly ‘laissez-faire’...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

US is world’s top user of targeted killings, UN says



The United States was identified Wednesday as the world’s No. 1 user of targeted killings — largely as a result of its dependence on unmanned drone attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan. A report released by the United Nations called the drone attacks part of a ’strongly asserted but ill-defined license to kill without accountability’ and warned that they are contributing to an erosion of longstanding international rules governing warfare...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


CIA Drone Operators Oppose Strikes as Helping al Qaeda


U.N. Report Highly Critical of U.S. Drone Attacks


He warned that the American example will lead to a chaotic world as the new weapons technology inevitably spreads.

UN condemns drone attacks, an act of extra-judicial killings

The United States was identified in a U.N.'s report as the world's No. 1 user of targeted killings, mainly because of its reliance on drone attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

From Information Clearing House

ACLU: UN Expert Calls On US To Halt CIA Targeted Killings

The World Cup of Economic and Military Warfare



Of Cowardice, Dignity, and Solidarity

The Follies of Growth and Climate Denial

Indefinite Detention at Gitmo Criticized as "Legal Nihilism"

No Exit at Kandahar

How Real-World Corruption Works

The Dark Heart of the US Government

Three American cities on the brink of broke

Several downtrodden cities are on the verge of defaulting on their debt, putting financially encumbered states and taxpayers on the hook to pick up the tab.

Senate Chooses Vacation Over Unemployment Extension Bill

Once again, the US Senate has chosen to ignore the plight of thousands of American citizens and put its own schedule of precious vacation time above the needs of the unemployed.

Plenty of money for war, but far too little to help nation's jobless

No one I know is deliberately trying to stay out of work to collect the government's $450 per week unemployment subsidy when they are used to making comfortable salaries.

From Information Clearing House

A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash

Video Documentary

This startling documentary reaches an ominous yet logical conclusion the Earth's oil supplies are peaking and a crisis of global proportions looms. Even more alarmingly, industrial societies don't have any plans how to deal with the shortage, threatening the future of our post-industrialised fossil fuel-addicted civilization with disaster.

Oil Spill Hits Ala., Miss., Heading Toward Fla.

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour said Tuesday that a two-mile long, three-feet wide strand of caramel-colored oil has been found on Petit Bois Island, a barrier island near the Mississippi-Alabama border.

BP Oil Spill Live Feed

Includes Video Of 'Top Kill' Attempt

From Information Clearing House


How Oil Breaks Down in Water

How Our Politics Relies on Creating Disgust for Opponents

By Joe Brewer

To understand political behaviors, you'll need to become familiar with the psychology of disgust. Researchers have learned a lot about it in recent years.

The Back Art Of 'Master Illusions'

By John Pilger

How do wars begin? With a "master illusion", according to Ralph McGehee, one of the CIA's pioneers in "black propaganda", known today as "news management".

Palin, Beck, Limbaugh and the Return of Dark Times

Henry A. Giroux, Truthout: "In the world of popular culture, zombies seem to be everywhere as evidenced by the relentless slew of books, movies, video games and comics. From the haunting 'Night of the Living Dead' to the comic movie 'Zombieland,' the figure of the zombie has captured and touched something unique in the contemporary imagination. But the dark and terrifying image of the zombie with missing body parts, oozing body fluids and an appetite for fresh, living, human brains does more than feed the mass marketing machines that prey on the spectacle of the violent, grotesque and ethically comatose."


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