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Saturday, March 09, 2002
WHAT REALLY HAPPENED.COM
The history the government hopes you DON'T learn! ... covering everything from Vincent Foster to Flight 800 to Echelon, to 9/11, this site has all the latest and greatest conspiracy theories and underground information. Updated regularly... there are 2 sides to every story... and then there's whatreallyhappened.com
"On February 13, 2002 the Bush Administration quietly announced that John Poindexter, previously convicted for obstructing official inquiries and lying to Congress will now head the Government's newest operation for massive domestic spying, the Information Awareness Office. Poindexter, and his partner Oliver North, got their convictions overturned by an appellate court on the grounds that their testimony before Congress was immunized.

"This new office received scant coverage in the U.S. domestic press, but was highlighted in an article in the U.K.'s Guardian newspaper entltitled, 'No more Mr. Scrupulous Guy: How one of the two brains behind the Iran-Contra scandal this week became one of America's most powerful men.'"

via The Partnership for Civil Justice

See also: the White House Press Briefing Transcripts, courtesy of Medley.

commentary on the
plan for nuclear arms
The piece of great importance posted Friday by Gordon Coale is seen as even scarier in the commentary made about this Bush plan.
There are many on the Left who cite the American "intervention" in Korea as being but one of a long list of imperialistic political and military moves. And though we had a limited number of militry advisors in Korea, the initial attack--crossing the 38th parallel--was begun by Northern Korean forces. The Origins of the Korean War, from Russian archival materials
Friday, March 08, 2002
U.S. Works Up Plan for Using Nuclear Arms

The Bush administration has directed the military to prepare contingency plans to use nuclear weapons against at least seven countries and to build new smaller nuclear weapons for use in certain battlefield situations, according to a classified Pentagon report obtained by the Los Angeles Times.

The secret report, which was provided to Congress on Jan. 8, says the Pentagon needs to be prepared to use nuclear weapons against China, Russia, Iraq, North Korea, Iran, Libya and Syria. It says the weapons could be used in three types of situations: against targets able to withstand nuclear attack; in retaliation for attack with nuclear, biological or chemical weapons; or "in the event of surprising military developments."[more]

"In the event of surprising military developments." That sure covers a lot of bases. It makes me feel safer already.
don't get around the blog world like i used to...
so am often indebted to those out there who provide yummy linky goodness,
like this Ashcroft speech link, from D.C.'s log
I really like the name Eban Hieronymus Johnson. ...Like his paintings and drawings too.
sports
Alarmed at the deteriorating situation, European soccer body UEFA said it had suspended all European competition matches in Israel and switched a March 14 UEFA Cup tie between Hapoel Tel Aviv and AC Milan to a neutral venue.
So Sharon and Peres have contacted Berlusconi so see if Tel Aviv can't be reconsidered.
"Berlusconi - è scritto in un comunicato dell'ufficio del premier israeliano - ha detto sia a Sharon, sia a Peres, che farà tutto il possibile per cambiare la decisione e consentire al Milan di andare in Israele affinché la partita si svolga come stabilito".
And what Berlusconi wants, Berlusconi gets.
War, Football, and the Israeli Media .
Thursday, March 07, 2002
Atlanta's Al-Amin Trial
Former Black Panther formerly known as H. Rap Brown on trial for murder in Atlanta. His lawyers call the case a government conspiracy, while the government says physical evidence links Al-Amin to the crime. Updated regularly.
Democracy implies as a necessary condition that our opinions are worthwhile, and liberty similarly demands adults to receive it and exercise it knowingly and moderately. But there is no way to train children up to democracy than through choice, or to liberty except through letting loose the restraints. A child who is never called upon to dress himself will not know how to do so as a man. "The best way," Harry Truman said, "to find out if you can trust a man, is to trust him." It is not only the best way to find out; you can train people to be trustworthy by placing confidence in them. Trust is a marvellous irrigant; it makes even barren lands bloom. Milton described the self reliance, the trust of others, which is the root of freedom of speech: "Read any books whatever come to thy hands, for thou art sufficient both to judge aright, and to examine each matter.... Prove all things, hold fast that which is good...."free speech rule book
Fort Marion Artists. Works by Kiowa men imprisoned at Fort Marion in the 1870s. "...At the conclusion of the Southern Plains Indian war, a group of 72 warriors, primarily Kiowas, Cheyennes, and Arapahoes, were taken prisoner and transported to Fort Marion, in St. Augustine, Florida, where they were held as hostages to ensure the peaceful conduct of their tribes." From Kiowa Drawings in the National Anthropological Archives at the Smithsonian.
At town hall meetings across the state this week, Vermonters were asked to endorse the global environmental strategy known as the Earth Charter, which describes our planet as a place of "injustice, poverty, ignorance and violent conflict," and urges a halt to "environmental devastation" and "the depletion of resources." [full story ]
Wednesday, March 06, 2002
as if this kind of thing wasn't already obvious to some of us
from the Washington Post:Study Ties Pollution, Risk of Lung Cancer
Dominic Vincenzo... Released by Death (toilet paper, acrylics). "...Released by Death is stamped on an inmate's final papers when the prison sends out his dead body. This old con secured his own release by overdosing on drugs. He goes out, at ease, listening to music on his walkman." From Cellblock Visions: Prison Art in America. "... inmate artwork, created behind bars, from county jail to death row."
Tuesday, March 05, 2002

"Why have elections?"

I'm sure George Bush would agree.

yesssss, sometimes it is true...
we're a little slow on the uptake occasionally,
so, this effort is new to me & just in case, maybe you too?
The War in Context
Is it a coincidence that Enron died when the Taliban did?
Enron Pipedreams Buried in Afghanistan
Ron Callari

"The cover-ups are still very much a mystery. It is doubtful that anyone will ever know how many documents were fed into the shredder before and after the corporation declared bankruptcy, or what those documents said. It is also difficult to surmise what the White House is fighting so hard to keep secret, even going to the length of redefining executive privilege and inviting the first Congressional lawsuit ever filed against a president. Given that Enron's influence on Dick Cheney's energy plan is already fairly well-established -- seven out Ken Lay's eight energy policy recommendations were adopted by the Vice President -- it's hard to imagine what else might be so damaging.

The Big Secret might, however, be that the highest levels of the Bush Administration knew during the summer of 2001 that the largest bankruptcy in history was imminent? Or it might be that Enron and the White House were working closely with the Taliban only weeks before the Sept. 11 attack. Was a deal in Afghanistan part of a desperate last-ditch "end run" to bail out Enron? Here's a tip for Congressional investigators and federal prosecutors: Start by looking at the India deal. Closely."
An article by Islamist Dr. Rif'at Sayyid Ahmad, titled "Guantanamo, the Auschwitz of the American era: J'accuse!!" recently appeared in the Lebanese daily Al-Liwa. The article described the detention of the Al-Qaida and Taliban members at Guantanamo as a war crime. Following are excerpts from the article:



Guantanamo Bay: 'The American Auschwitz'
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Why Zionism Is Racism
I believe that zionism is racism, because it fails to admit the reality that the minority indigenous Jewish community in Palestine, that lived there for the last two thousand years, was an undistinguishable people from its Christian and Muslim Palestinian brethren, and that the leader of the Jewish community of the Jewish quarter of Old Jerusalem, Rabbi Lamram Blau, stood on the side of his Palestinian brothers and sisters being exiled in 1948.

I believe that zionism is racism because in modern times, the promise of liberal democracy and justice is a double-edged sword, preached by the Western powers, yet only paid lip-service to in the case of Israel, where Palestinian are continuously expelled, ethnically cleansed, and subjugated, and in the cases where they are assimilated, they are granted, limited, if any, civil rights.
Why Economists Should Study Biology
Ask a random sample of economists what dopamine is, or the meaning of Hamilton's Rule, and I expect most wouldn't know. Neither would they likely be familiar with sexual selection, haplodiploidy, pleiotropy, or the Trivers-Willard hypothesis.

In some ways, this is a blessing. By ignoring dopamine, a neurotransmitter linked to the brain chemistry of pleasure, economists have followed a tradition of avoiding the deeper questions connected with human happiness, in order to concentrate on more manageable problems...There is no scientific way to compare the utility level of different individuals.
Found at killyourtv
Hard and/or Deeply Buried Targets (HDBTs): Bombs for Tunnels
The Thermobaric [TB] Weapon Demonstration will develop a weapon concept that is based on a new class of solid fuel-air explosive thermobarics. The term "thermobaric" is derived from the effects of temperature (the Greek word "therme" means "heat") and pressure (the Greek word "baros" means "pressure") on the target. The weapon could be used against a certain type of tunnel targets for a maximum functional kill of the tunnels.
A functional kill can be as permanent as a "structural kill"

A view from the Israeli Left:

Occupation Vs. Democracy

If Israel wants to be a democracy, there are just two options. On the one hand, if the territories are temporarily occupied, then Israel has to retreat, evacuate the settlements, and let the Palestinians establish a contiguous sovereign state, free of any Israeli presence. One must note, though, that Israel has been using the concept of "temporary occupation" and at the same time doing all it can to make this "temporariness" permanent. If, on the other hand, the territories are not just temporarily occupied, Israel must give full citizenship and equal political rights to all their Palestinian inhabitants. Any other "compromise" – especially the present situation of shutting the Palestinians in enclaves surrounded by de facto annexed Israeli territories – deprives Israel of its claim to be a democracy and turn it into one of the darkest regimes that survived into the 21th century..
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There is a third option beyond occupation or democracy, an option that the Israeli Right prefers. It's called transfer.

Israel's Demographic and Security Challenge
Is Transfer the Only Rational Answer?

1. Israel extends its full sovereignty to all of Eretz Yisrael [Palestine] from the Jordan to the Mediterranean Sea, from Golan to Eilat.
2. All Arabs living in Israel receive full civil rights but no political rights in the State of Israel. Civil rights include municipal affairs but no sovereignty on any part of Eretz Yisrael [Palestine].
3. All Arabs unhappy with this arrangement will transferred to a destination of their choice or one of Israel's choosing.
4. The IDF, police, and Jewish civilians are permitted to shoot to kill any Arab attacking them in any way including: stones, Molotov cocktails, knives, guns, etc.
7. Money will be raised abroad and in Israel to finance the transfer of Arabs as a National goal. Economic incentives will be given to Arabs to leave Israel. (...)


Once Israel has been made safe for all time as a Jewish country, we can cultivate the finer aspects of democracy, if we so choose.
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Barbara Boxer takes a bite out of Enron Execs
We need more of this kind of righteous anger & indignation
Why is it the only elected officials w/balls are usually the women?
So... Who rules? Why... Ken, of course! Keeping Ken. "...a site exclusively for Ken, the man behind the doll."
A different approach to a settlement in the Middle East. Based on the fact that Jordan once possessed the contentious West Bank, that Jordan has sufficient military to keep the peace, and that 50% of the Palestinians in the region now live within the present borders of Jordan: give the West Bank (back) to Jordan
Monday, March 04, 2002
Since it appears that we will be sending troops into Georgia, it might be useful to start looking at what Bush is getting us into.

Where Europe Vanishes
by Robert Kaplan

Civilizations have collided in the Caucasus Mountains since the dawn of history, and the region's dozens of ethnic groups have been noted for "obstinacy and ferocity" since ancient times. Stalin was born in these mountains, and it was also here that the Soviet empire began to crumble. The story of the Republic of Georgia illustrates that the peoples of the Caucasus may prove as incapable of self-rule as they were resistant to rule by outsiders
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What the World Needs Now is another superpower. According to Telepolis, it's Europe. Also: more reasons to be scared about GMOs.
yeeeessh, wottagrimmundey it was...
thankful to the fine mind @ environy for cheering us up
by pointing us to Political Strikes

First and Last Emperors, by the brilliant Brian Massumi and Kenneth Dean:
The Reagan presidency reintroduced the body of the leader as an effective mechanism in US politics. With it resurfaced reminders of a despotic past, attitudes and images that would seem more at home in ancient China or Rome, or in the France of Louis XIV, than in late-capitalist America. For all his archaism, Reagan worked. And to a surprising extent, he worked through the vehicle of his body. It will be maintained that he is still at work, even after his practical withdrawal from the political scene; and that he will continue to be at work, even after his belated death. United States policy under Bush has followed the political course set by Reagan blow by blow, Panama for Grenada, Saddam Hussein for Khomeini. Bush staged an even more crowd-pleasing Middle East hostage drama than his mentor had, escalating from threats to open war as he merrily set about trying to bomb his way to the mother of all reelections, in bloody one-upsmanship over the behind-the-scenes negotiations with Iran that had crowned Reagan's first term inauguration.
Why should all this Samizdatry be limited to the web? For those with the inclination to speak directly with their neighborhoods:

Micropower Radio - A Technical Primer

Curiously enough, there are even licenses to be had (don't let that get in the way of a good idea though).

Thanks for the invite!
Not trying to hog this great page, but this is just too funny.
Alternative news sources also have ethical issues not always handled in an appropriate manner. A White Paper: All is not well at Alternet.
Conflict of interest.
Last night the soccer team Milan lost against Inter. It was almost like a political victory.
Italy’s Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi owns owns three television stations and other media outlets. He also owns Milan. He may be forced to step down as President of Milan (but not as owner) due to European Community norms. However, he will then more than likely hand over the presidency to his son, Piersilvio.
Berlusconi, who has been repeatedly charged with corruption but acquitted on appeal, remains under investigation for several alleged tax and fraud offences. The Left accuses him of using his power over the past nine months to push through laws that benefit his own interests, including the abolition of inheritance taxes, and a reduction in penalties for false accounting.
Mr Berlusconi is listed by Forbes magazine as the 15th richest man in the world with net wealth of $13bn. He has been married twice, and has five children, two of whom - Marina and Piersilvio - play an important role in the management of his businesses.

Giuseppe Colucci, a player for Verona, avoided military service after, falsely, classiflying himself as an artist. In Italy, there's still a compulsory 10 months of military service. According to regulations, anyone working in the areas of science, culture or the arts can be excluded. Colucci told reporters of Gazzetta dello Sport that he hopes other soccer players will follow his example.

Soccer’s like politics. Who’s got the ball wants to keep it. Who doesn’t tries to get it. Unfortunately it seems that everyone’s got balls but the players.

Capitalism may very well be the best way to run an economy.

It is not the best way to run a world.

Globalize Democracy (.org)

I am not anti-capitalist. I am against a capitalism unfettered. With no limits, the most driving and powerful force in society becomes: "Make More Money." In an economy based on ideas, this unrestrained growth model might prove inspiring; in an economy based on the unsustainable harvesting of the planet's limited natural resources--this model becomes a cancer.

They say 3 leads spy a trend:

1) Daschle Dissents . . . and Fark displays their usual rabid right-wing leanings by describing this link as "Daschle refuses to apologize for giving comfort to the enemy. Liberal media says nothing" with the added graphic signaling "ASININE." Fark, you kids crack me up. Is 8th grade as bad as I remember?

With Daschle's dissent, a fever breaks.

2) EPA Official Resigns In Protest Over White House Energy Policy. Inside source tells Dr. Menlo this [pp.]: "They [within the EPA] say Whitman [Christine Todd, former Governor of New Jersey] isn't that bad--she comes up with some good stuff, but when she kicks it up the chain it gets immediately ripped up by Cheney." Inside source also avers with the common beltway knowledge that it is "Cheney and the Oilmen" who are really running things--common knowledge to those in the world who are used to cracking books in ways not involving fire and J.K. Rawling.

3) [and my fav] The link below posted by Gordon Coale illustrating the stunning success of the latest Michael Moore book: "Stupid White Men." These numbers don't jibe with the so-called "polls" which trumpet the brain-fry called Bush.

Has an Anti-Bush Renaissance already begun?

Bush is roundly described as "completely uncurious." Pulitzer-prize winning author of latest Theo bio backs this up on Charlie Rose [pp.]:"He doesn't read. He isn't curious. He seems to feel he already knows all he needs to know." --That last sentence, isn't that the ipsa facto definition of a moron?

Sunday, March 03, 2002
Michael Moore's Stupid White Men seems to be striking a nerve.

Mike's Book Tour Diary
Wednesday - Saturday
2/27/2002 - 3/2/2002

I have just been told that my book will debut next Sunday at #3 on the New York Times bestseller list. The news stuns me. "Downsize This" never made it above #14. It took being in release nearly two months to get that far. This book has been out for one week. Something is happening... Hey, what happened to that lousy political climate? The United We Stand at 80% Approval Ratings climate? A big gust of United We Stand Up to the B.S. just blew in from the north!
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'Bombing Saddam is ignorance'
Robert Baer, the ex-CIA man in Iraq during the failed uprising in 1995, says the US is not in a position to strike against Iraq because it does not understand anything about the country

Robert Baer's objections to an attack on Iraq could hardly be principled. As the CIA's point man in Iraq during the failed uprising in 1995, he encouraged dissident groups to believe that the United States wanted the overthrow and death of Saddam Hussein. Yet Baer, whose memoir of life in the CIA, See No Evil, is published in Britain tomorrow, is appalled at the idea of a US strike against Iraq today.

'If the US is to bomb Saddam and his army until there is no army, what comes after that? No one is discussing the ethnic composition of Iraq or what Iran is likely to do.'
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