American Samizdat Guernica
Saturday, January 26, 2002
Funniest bit of Enron satire I've read: Ken Lay takes new post with the Energy National Resource Organization of Nigeria. "In an email sent to undisclosed recipients by Lay, who now identifies himself as a 'close advisor' to the Nigerian National Petroleum Ministry, he is interested to do business with you because of credible reports that you will recognize this opportunity of great wealth. All that is required, the letter stated, is your banking accounts number and your purchase of stock of this energy trading company that has no traceable losses or shell companies or indictable irregularities of any kind."
No drape, no photo, leaves teen wondering ... Florida high school lesbian won't appear in the class yearbook because school officials wouldn't let her wear suit and tie for her yearbook photo.
Charles Krauthammer sez the al-Qaeda prisoners at Guantanamo Bay are not and should not be protected as prisoners of war by the Geneva Convention because they weren't in uniform when captured.
From the Mixed Media Wing of the Art Stamp Gallery at the Rubber Stamp Museum... Art Stamps by P.J. Dutton and others.
On dozens of separate occasions since the Second World War, biological weapons have been used against innocent U.S. civilians. These actions were perpetrated not by foreign terrorists but by the U.S. Army during secret "open-air" biowarfare experiments that used the American public as guinea pigs.

One of the main sources of information on this history is an unclassified Special Report to Congress by the U.S. Army called: "U.S. Army Activity in the U.S. Biological Warfare Programs, 1942-1977. Vols 1 and 2," that was published on February 24, 1977.

In quotations from four sources excerpted below, you'll see that:
Friday, January 25, 2002
Well, well, well- a good conspiracy shouldn't be without at least one "suicide".
The Others by Howard Zinn
"Then it occurred to me: What if all those Americans who declare their support for Bush's 'war on terrorism' could see, instead of those elusive symbols--Osama bin Laden, Al Qaeda--the real human beings who have died under our bombs? I do believe they would have second thoughts."
Thursday, January 24, 2002
In Personal Anecdote, Some See New Distance Where Others See New Strategy: '...(P)eople close to Mr. Bush said his mother-in-law, Jenna Welch, served as a convenient device for him to distance himself from the Enron debacle and to appear more empathetic to its investors and employees than to the wealthy business executives who escaped the Enron collapse with flush bank accounts." NY Times And: Why Bush deserves his share of the 9/11 blame -- Aaron Marr Page: "Did Bush, at a key moment, dismantle the Clinton administration's increasingly effective anti-Al Qaeda apparatus (which, though hardly flawless, was far better than nothing)?" The American Prospect
Killed Lebanese Militia Leader Was Ready to Speak out on Massacre
What did he know, and was it explosive enough to get him killed? Or was he the victim of a reprisal that just happened to come before he testified?
Enough to make you weep... proposed law to teach creationism, and NOT evolution in schools. Sick joke? Probably not.
Was Enron a Cult? Of course.

The nasty stuff of totalitarianism this capitalism becomes.

the entire private domain is being engulfed by a mysterious activity that bears all the features of commercial life without there being actually any business to transact. All these nervous people, from the unemployed to the public figure liable at any moment to incur the wrath of those whose investment he represents, believe that only by empathy, assiduity, serviceability, arts and dodges, by tradesmenís qualities, can they ingratiate themselves with the executive they imagine omnipresent, and soon there is no relationship that is not seen as a Ďconnectioní, no impulse not first censored as to whether it deviates from the acceptable.
--Theodor Adorno, Minima Moralia
Wednesday, January 23, 2002
The First Six Months of George W. Bush: "Whatever your beliefs, know what your president is doing."

Have you seen this man lately?
Photographs by Abby Gennet at Photobetty. "...A few years ago, the surge of surveillance cameras entered into our society. All kinds of people were buying these tiny hidden cameras: concerned parents watching over their children's caretakers, store owners checking up on their employees, perverted voyeurs spying on their guests, etc. They were in our parks, subways, malls, bathrooms, dressing rooms, elevators -- they were everywhere. Although the majority of these spy cams were meant to protect us and make us feel safer, I didn't feel safe at all. I felt spied upon. My privacy had been invaded. I couldn't even walk through Washington Square Park without feeling as if some tightwad in a suit was kicking back at his desk watching out for hot girls in short skirts (and the occasional pickpocket or pot dealer!). This was when I began shooting my Surveillance Stills series."
Tuesday, January 22, 2002
There's a World War Raging-- haven't you heard?
This short Q and A gives background on 'Africa's first World War," the Congo conflict which has claimed millions of lives and continues to this day with 6 nations and 2 guerilla groups fighting in and around the former Zaire, now Congo. While the 1,000 people who have died in Israel/Palestine over the past year have recieved daily coverage, including front-page coverage of each suicide attack, 3,000 people have been dying each day in the Congo with little or no press attention. That is about to change a little this week as the American TV news program Nightline devortes a week to the conflict. Heart of Darknessis the rather trite title this excellent series has been given. The website has some more information, hopefully better coverage will result.
Chilling Effects of Anti-Terrorism
"National Security" Toll on Freedom of Expression
The right to free speech faces the strongest challenges during times of crisis. Whether or not any of us agree about each particular decision made to prevent public access to sensitive information, it is the Electronic Frontier Foundation's responsibility to chart any such efforts so that we as a society are at least aware of what is no longer available to us.

This page attempts to convey the chilling effect that responses to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, have had on information availability on the Internet as well as some sense of the effect on people trying to provide this information.

Currently, this page tracks the following:
Monday, January 21, 2002
"King is not a legend because he believed in diversity trainings and civic ceremonies, or because he had a nice dream. He is remembered because he took serious risks and, as the Quakers say, spoke truth to power.

" . . . we don't see arrests for fighting segregated housing in Chicago, or the generations of beatings and busts before he won the Nobel Peace Prize. We don't hear about the mainstream American contempt at the time for King, even after that Peace Prize, nor his reputation among conservatives as a Commie dupe.

"We don't see retrospectives on his linkage of civil rights with Third World liberation.

" . . . If the King of 1955 or 1965 were alive today, he would be accused of treason for his pacifism."

The Other King by Geov Parrish

Note in this expose how the various key players interlock and move about from public to private sector, enriching themselves and their sponsors as they do so. Enron, Carlyle group, and the Bush Family
A | More | Perfect | Union ... Japanese Americans & the U.S. Constitution. "...examines the events surrounding Japanese American internment during World War II. Topics include prewar Japanese American immigration and culture, detention camps and the internment process, Japanese American wartime service, and postwar court cases and eventual redress."
Palast: Well, first of all you hit a good one. Woodward and Bernstein, which everyone comes back to, was three decades ago! What has happened in thirty years? When have we had a story in thirty years that has come close to that? I gave a talk with Seymour Hersh, who is one of the guys who broke the My Lai story. That was thirty years ago. He cannot work for an American newspaper. He writes for the New Yorker magazine. Think about that. One of our best investigative reporters in America, he has won at least two Pulitzer prizes, canít even work for an American newspaper. What is going on?

Greg Palast talks about Bin Laden and the Saudi connection: how it was shoved aside by Bush oil interests and the truth behind what happened in Florida election BEFORE the voting began
Sunday, January 20, 2002
U.S. Makes Pledge for $300 Million in Aid to Afghans

Bush administration officials said that the $296 million that Secretary Powell announced today would come from a reallocation of funds already appropriated...administration officials have repeatedly emphasized that because Washington has borne the bulk of the cost of the war against the Taliban, it expects other nations to play a greater role in peacekeeping and rebuilding.
Raj Jayadev is editor of, a Web magazine sponsored by Pacific News Service devoted to improving working conditions in Silicon Valley. Jayadev worked at Hewlett Packard for six months in 1999.

Silicon Valley's Underbelly High-tech's temp troops: Overworked, underpaid, essential is a story from his experience that first appeared in To-Do List Magazine, and was reprinted in today's San Francisco Chronicle.

It's a disturbing insider's view of what it's like to work as a temp on the boxing lines and the system that discourages any worker complaints, even when paychecks are shorted or missed altogether. As someone who lives and works nearer the top of the food chain in the Silicon Valley, I found this depressingly enlightening.

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