Friday, February 29, 2008
Blue Covenant: Maude Barlow on the Global Movement for Water Justice
For more see Democracy Now
Thursday, February 28, 2008
WikiLinks.org uses the popular "User Contributions" web technology of a WIKI to provide a forum for WHISTLE BLOWERs world wide to air information that reports various forms of wrongdoing. This is a great anonymous service that puts a great check on governments and businesses that would harm people or the environment for profit.
"The US arm of Wikileaks, a website that makes it easy for whistleblowers to leak documents, has been cut off after hosting evidence that claimed a bank located in the Cayman Islands engaged in money laundering and tax evasion."
Julius Baer, the illicit banking enterprise in the Cayman's, claims that the leaked records were 'stolen and forged'. This suspicious statement is perplexing? Why would someone steal forged documents to post on WikiLinks.org? Many believe that the bank is just trying to protect its illegal tax evading customers and keep them from fleeing the sinking ship.
Although still technically available at http://126.96.36.199/wiki/Wikileaks, their IP number, WikiLinkS.org is essentially censored by the US government. The ACLU and other liberty protection organizations are defending WikiLinks.org.
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
When Andrew Meyer stood up and asked those questions to John Kerry,
He was struck down by 12 police who "Tazed" him into submission.
Beware the coming election. When you speak your mind you will be tazed!
Who is this Samantha Power? A professor at Harvard's J. F. Kennedy School of Government.
ON CHARLIE ROSE 1
ON CHARLIE ROSE 2
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
The real cost of war is the loss of our best. What could have been if we had chosen to fulfill our potential rather than waste each other?
"The BAT disease, dubbed "white nose syndrome" because of a flaky white fungus on the nose of many of the sick and dead bats. Scientists do not yet know if the fungus is a cause of the illness or an effect. Some of the sick bats behaved oddly, clustering near the entrance of New York caves, flying in winter when they should have been sleeping and crashing into snow banks."
Just in case though, you may want to stock up on canned fruit for a few years.
And don't blame the TOBACCO producers or Chemical Companies, neonicotinoids are just good business. Ask SYNGENTA.
Excerpt from 60 MINUTES (i.e. 40 min.).
"I think, basically, I think the insecticides are breakin' down the immune system," Hackenberg theorizes.
He says most beekeepers believe the culprit is a relatively new type of pesticide called "neonicotinoids," a synthetic chemical based on nicotine. They are now used almost everywhere, from cornfields to golf courses, and on anything from the front lawn to the family pet. They are thought to be much safer for humans and animals than other pesticides, yet still toxic enough to kill insects.
"Well, basically, the chemical, the manufacturers of this product say it breaks down their immune system, causes memory loss, causes nervous system disorders. It causes the insects to quit feeding," Hackenberg says.
Asked if he thinks that this is what has happened to the bees, Hackenberg tells Kroft, "That's exactly what we're seeing happen inside these honeybee colonies."
The fact that the DISCOVERY CHANNEL recently refused to present TAXI TO THE DARK SIDE, to which it owns the TV broadcasting rights, which has now won the OSCAR in its category, ironically demonstrates that the rift between truth and corporate interests is far too wide to bridge with even the best film.
Other Nominees in the Best Feature Length Documentary category include:
NO END IN SIGHT- official site
OPERATION HOMECOMING: WRITING THE WARTIME EXPERIENCE- On PBS
SICKO - by American Hero, Michael Moore
WAR DANCE - what happens in the world when the USA turns bad.
WATCH THEM ALL
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Friday, February 22, 2008
"Guantanamo Bay detainee Salim Ahmed Hamdan faces life in prison if an upcoming military tribunal convicts him of conspiracy and supporting terrorism. Now Col. Morris Davis, the former chief military prosecutor at Gitmo, says he will testify on Hamdan's behalf if permitted to do so."
They then interviewed the new Guantanimo Prison Warden, Brig. Gen. Thomas Hartmann.
When asked if he thought that testimony gained by 'WATER-BOARDING' (i.e. CONTROLLED DROWNING, not the boating sport) should be allowed in MILITARY COURT, the current POLITICALLY APPOINTED Commander at Guantanimo Bay, Brig. Gen. Thomas Hartmann dodged the question, and interviewing reporter, Madeline Brand, failed to press him.
He also said that there are no political influences at Guantanimo. By definition all military actions are apolitical, right?
Our government failed us. Our military failed us. Now, our media have failed us.
Personally, I would like to have FIVE minutes alone with Thomas Hartmann and a bucket of water. I bet I could change his opinions.
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Contractor gets 12 years for bribing congressman
Brent R. Wilkes was charged with paying more than $700,000 in cash and gifts to San Diego-area Rep. Randy 'Duke' Cunningham.
By Richard Marosi, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
February 20, 2008
SAN DIEGO -- A former military contractor was sentenced Tuesday to 12 years in federal prison for bribing former Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham with cash, ritzy vacations and prostitutes in exchange for help in getting government contracts.
Brent R. Wilkes, 53, who was convicted in November on 13 counts involving more than $700,000 in bribes, was taken into custody after the hearing in San Diego federal court. He was ordered to pay more than $1.1 million in fines and forfeitures.
Wilkes' firm, ACDS Inc., which is based in the San Diego suburb of Poway, specialized in storing and analyzing records and intelligence documents. Prosecutors contended that the firm got more than $80 million in contracts in exchange for the bribes.
Cunningham, a decorated Navy fighter pilot who served in Vietnam, was sentenced to eight years in prison after pleading guilty in 2006 to taking $2.4 million in bribes and evading more than $1 million in federal income taxes.
Cunningham had a "bribe menu" on congressional stationery indicating how much he demanded from contractors seeking his help, prosecutors said.
Wilkes denied bribing Cunningham, testifying that he believed that giving gifts to members of Congress was an accepted practice among firms trying to obtain military contracts.
Wonder whatever happened to CAROL LAM, the Republican who was the original prosecutor from the justice department in the CUNNINGSCAM case?
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Taxi to the Dark Side, a documentary about an innocent Afghan taxi driver tortured to death by U.S. officials at Bagram Air Base, has received wide critical acclaim since its debut in April at the Tribeca Film Festival. The New York Times’s A.O. Scott said, “If recent American history is ever going to be discussed with the necessary clarity and ethical rigor, this film will be essential.”
Director Alex Gibney agreed to sell the rights of Taxi to the Discovery Channel because executives convinced him they would “give the film a prominent broadcast.” Now, however, Discovery has dropped its plans to air the documentary because the film is too controversial. Gibney responded to the news in a press release this week:
Now, I am told that ‘it doesn’t fit into Discovery’s plans,’ and that the film’s controversial content might damage Discovery’s public offering.
The Usual Suspects
On November 19, 2005, the US Marines killed 24 Iraqi civilians in Haditha. Today the investigation has culminated in a military courts marshal against the two soldiers considered responsible. The defense is likely to argue that the killings were 'justified' under the RULES OF ENGAGEMENT, and they are right.
In WAR atrocities happen. Civilians get killed. It is never just, but if you WIN the war, then you have committed no war crimes, under the law. The truth is that WAR is the murder of one group by another group, that is what it means. The WAR is the CRIME. That individuals can legally hide behind RULES OF ENGAGEMENT does not admonish them from their moral obligations. They may not be imprisoned for their deeds, but they are forever guilty.
In Haditha unarmed men, women, and children were killed in their pajamas. Some say that it was retribution for a road bomb that killed one US Marine. No one will be held accountable.
See ,"RULES of ENGAGEMENT" on FRONTLINE.
Friday, February 15, 2008
But the rat skipped town when the ship went down.
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Lucky for us, according to the integrity of Secretary Rice, the administration never lied to the American People about WMD. It would have been WRONG to lie, so the instead they made the best judgement that they could. So far that judgement has cost the US its "moral superiority", its reputation, 4000 troops (note: does not include 'contractors'), $2-TRILLION, and that doesn't count the wasted lives of at least half-a-million Iraqis. That doesn't include the tens-of-thousands of wounded Americans, and I will not mention the destruction of US Constitutional protections and our system of checks and balances, sacrificed in the name of "national security".
No, Rice used the best information she had, the fact that there were no WMD, the fact that there was no link to Al Queada, these false statements were "JUST NOT RIGHT". So, according to Secretary Rice, the loss to the world of the American potential and all our constitutionally guaranteed freedoms was not due to any wrong doing in the Bush Administration. It was simply a matter of incompetence.
(I especially like how she quotes the UN Security Council finding 1441, the same UN Findings that she and the Bush Administration shoved down the UN's throat and then choose to ignore when we decided to attack unilaterally. The Neo-Cons have always hated the UN and their potential to put limits on US military power, that's why they refused to pay UN dues. It is obvious that Condi just wants to use the words of her enemies against them, but she doesn't lie, she's just insincere. Irony kills.)
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Now in the darkest hour of Islam, the USA creates martyrs by denying our military prisoners the basic human rights we give even the slimiest citizen criminal in our over packed domestic prisons.
We need to restore Habeas Corpus, the right to trial, even for the worst of our enemies. We need to treat the 'evil-doers' with the very respect that they would (reportedly) deny others, because that IS the difference between the righteous and evil. Good people do not fear truth, they do not cower from their imprisoned enemy. What harm can those we have do to us? Is our nation so weak, our society so bankrupt, that the act of simply ALLEGING a crime, or releasing their identity, will bring down our government?
The only way that could happen, is if these prisoners were falsely accused, falsely imprisoned, and tortured. If these prisoners, in our overseas military camps, these Prisoners of War, are indeed innocent, that could destroy our Government. If they are guilty, charge them, identify them, take them to trial. No strong democracy has anything to loose from exposing the truth. But if they have done nothing more than be in the wrong place at the wrong time, then fear them. Because if even a significant percentage of them are truly innocent, then they will become MARTYRS, the greatest heros of the new generation of ISLAM.
al salam alaikum - May Peace Be Upon You.
The Secrets of Saddam's Confession: No WMD's, No connection to Bin Laden, No body doubles, Saddam was just a weak, tired, old man, and would likely have fallen without the invasion of IRAQ by the US. Given the way he ultimately died, the incompetent US military even succeeded in crating a kind of Martyr out of this bad poet.
Beware Poems of Martyrs
A child of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, according to their web site the mission of Infragard is "to promote ongoing dialogue and timely communication between members and the FBI. InfraGard members gain access to information that enables them to protect their assets and in turn give information to government that facilitates its responsibilities to prevent and address terrorism and other crimes."
According to the Progressive, FBI Director Robert Mueller urged InfraGard members to contact the FBI if they “note suspicious activity or an unusual event.” And he said they could sic the FBI on “disgruntled employees who will use knowledge gained on the job against their employers.”
That must be why 23,682 corporations feel they need to collaborate with the Federal Government, to attack their disgruntled employees. This dangerous melding of government powers and corporate intelligence in a network empowered with police security responsibility is frightening. The threat to our democracy is obvious, when combined with corporate campaign finance, this could be used to bring America fully into the age of global fashisism.
The new era of Corporate Security is at hand, should be fun.
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Michael Moore's Sicko used Gitmo's Medical Services as the answer to the Health Care Problem.
A group of Gitmo's inmates have written the best selling poetry book of 2008.
Jesus has come back to deliver a message and finds himself sent to Gitmo.
Dozens of songs have been written to protest against Gitmo.
And now in a Kafkaesque Farce, the Harold and Kumar movie, two minority looking types get shuffled off to INDEFINITE DETENTION.
For great fishing don't miss Guantanamo Bay.
Poems from Guantanamo: The Detainees Speak
Then buried in the new $3 TRILLION Bush budget, on page 239 of the appendix of the Commerce Department section, without mentioning FOIA, or the Office of Government Information Services (the new FOIA Ombudsman), President G.W. Bush closed the office and transfered the FOIA request services to the JUSTICE DEPARTMENT! The very department that has been so instrumental in covering up many of the latest Bush scandals!
There is still hope, the congress is not likely to stop the budget, but Sen. Patrick J. Leahy, D-Vt., who authored the FOIA overhaul with Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, vowed to restore funding for the job at the National Archives. Support them, and open the doors to our government information and archives.
ONLY IN THE LIGHT OF DAY CAN WE END THE SECRETS.
Saturday, February 09, 2008
Buy it online and send it to your favorite Republican.
Friday, February 08, 2008
During hearings in the Judiciary Committee yesterday, I told Attorney General Michael Mukasey that I called for impeachment hearings because of the stonewalling and blatant abuses of the Bush Administration. He responded by stating that he will NOT enforce a contempt of Congress citation against Harriet Miers and White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten for refusing to testify before Congress. The video is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7M9sjRLCtQ
Alberto Gonzales may be long gone, but the Bush Administration continues its executive overreach with the new Attorney General.
We can debate the need for Impeachment hearings. We can argue its effects on the election or our agenda. But one thing is abundantly clear:
If Congress' right to require testimony is undermined, then our country's leaders - Democrat, Republican, or Independent - will be immune from accountability.
The power of the subpoena - to call officials before us - is one of the most fundamental safeguards in our system of government. To have it effectively discarded - by virtue of the President instructing Administration officials to ignore a congressional subpoenas and not even appear before Congress - is unprecedented. The idea that the Attorney General would willingly defend this position - despite Congress' constitutional right to call such witnesses, is outrageous.
Impeachment hearings could render this moot: The President, Vice President, and all officials under them would no longer invoke executive privilege. There would be no more smokescreens.
In one week, I will be delivering my letter calling for impeachment hearings to Chairman John Conyers. Already, 16 Members of Congress have joined my call, including 3 Judiciary Committee members. I am hopeful for more in the coming days, but it is important for you to reach out to your representative in Congress to express how you feel. You can view the current list of signers, here: http://www.wexlerforcongress.com/news.asp?ItemID=230
I do not know how Congress will react, but I do know this: I will pursue this course aggressively. I will not compromise away the constitutional role of Congress. Your support is invaluable. Please know that I am working everyday to ensure that the Bush Administration is held accountable.
Please continue to support this movement at www.wexlerwantshearings.com.
Congressman Robert Wexler
Thursday, February 07, 2008
Monday, February 04, 2008
The author claims to support Mitt Romney based upon his “Leadership” and “Business Success” during the 2002 Olympics? They seem to forget that the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics were plagued by scandal after scandal for the cheating and bribes that were doled out to various political and business forces.
( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2002_Winter_Olympic_bid_scandal )
"Successful Business" means you didn't get caught.
A number of I.O.C. members are forced to resign after it is uncovered that they have accepted inappropriately valuable “gifts” in return for voting for Salt Lake City to hold the Games.
Perhaps to a ‘conservative republican’ that seems like a very successful business practice, just like Dick Cheney’s no-bid war profiteering contracts to Hallibutron.
In 2002, Dual gold medals were awarded in pairs figure skating, to Canadian pair David Pelletier and Jamie Salé and to Russian pair Yelena Berezhnaya and Anton Sikharulidze after allegations of collusion among judges.
Perhaps to ‘conservative republicans’ the idea of collusion among judges is just the kind of thing they want, witness how the current Republican administration has chosen to appoint Supreme Court Justices based upon their religious conviction rather than the quality of their work.
Three cross-country skiers are disqualified after blood tests indicate the use of darbepoetin.
Perhaps to ‘conservative republicans’ the thought of competing upon a fair playing field so terrifies them because it threatens their mistaken elitism. Thus they accept that cheating is a fact of life in a world they claim is dominated by ‘the bias of the minority’.
It’s not that I hate corporations, the legal concept of a corporation is just designed to avoid personal responsibility (irony) by limiting liability. And I don’t hate christians, I think their mythology is funny, and their arrogant claims to the truth are incessantly annoying, but most of their philosophy can be justified (except that first commandment, why such a jealous god?). What disgusts me are liars, and by that I mean people who say one thing and do another, that is hypocrites.
Like people who say ‘love thy neighbor’ but don’t want basic healthcare for kids. Or people who say people should take ‘personal responsibility’ for their actions, yet hide their accountability behind the legalized corporate system when they make greedy mistakes that destroy our environment and people’s lives.
How about those that claim it is fine for big drug companies to make billions selling necessary drugs at inflated prices while people suffer, yet continue to fund jails and loosing wars to fight off illicit drug trade, all while high on prescription narcotics. Don’t get me wrong, I disagree with any use of mind altering substances, I do not smoke, or drink alcohol, but I just don’t like hypocrites. It seems like healthcare is a profit center for these types, instead of a necessity for a quality life.
It seems I’m describing Rush Limbaugh, doesn’t it…
Perhaps we can come to some compromise, instead of calling these self-contradictions ‘conservative republicans’ the code word for the oxymoron -’corporate christians’ - we will just refer to people who say one thing while doing the opposite as Hypocrepublicans.
Hypocrepubs like Rush are universally disgusting, as representatives of the kind of lust, greed, gluttony, pride, envy, wrath, and sloth, that many corporate leaders display behind the blind of ‘business success’. While worker’s labor is devalued, and the minds of our youth are neglected, our elected Hypocrepubs spend their time in airport bathrooms, or sending cell phone messages to young congressional pages, or doing meth with homosexual prostitutes, or covering up the raping little boys (oops, that last was just a Catholic thing).
But what about the average republican on the street. Why do they vote against their own best interest? I think most are dependent upon the this broken system of illegal and unethical business. Most businesses fail to do what is right, and most successful businesses seem to harm others in some way. In their quest to maximize profit, or avoid responsibility, the corporate actors corrupt everyone they touch. They pay employees more than they are worth to gain loyalty. They hire private security thugs, and use government as a way to steal, bribing public officials (legally or illegally), and abusing natural resources without accountability. The result is that a large block of any population depends upon the corporations for their livelihood. That’s what a common republican is, a dependent. Lacking intelligence and creativity, Incapable of supporting themselves, they sellout, and barter their only valuable assets their freedom, their loyalty, for the implied promise that they will achieve paradise, or at least escape hell.
Then there are the religious fundamentalists, these disgust me. They are the psychologically lazy and weak, those who lack the rational ability to think critically, and would rather trade their independence to some religious ideologue than do the work and make the tough decisions for themselves. There leaders are universally corrupt, con-men selling salvation for just 10% tithe, and your eternal soul. The fact that 90% of any given generation fall for the con of fundamentalism says something dark about human nature.
The western ideals of a free minds, independence, self-reliance, democracy, and justice, are all undermined by organized religion.
Evangelicals especially destroy the freedoms that evolved from western history. The United States fought a war of Independence to free ourselves from the Divine Right of Kings, yet these dupes are not only willing to sacrifice their own freedom, but work to gather in new converts, usually attacking them in their time of weakness, or worse as children, before they reach the age of reason. Those who prey on children should be held in the lowest circle of hell.
Yet Hypocrepublicans are universally against pubic school education, they wish to abolish critical thinking, even imposing their religious rejection of the science of evolution upon the young. Their greatest fear is an informed and educated population. They prefer the brainwashing of ‘home-schooling’ or private religious schools.
Scary as that is to any sane individual, there is a worse hypocrisy. The mercenary nature of corporate greed follows a rational course, whatever maximizes profit is best, but WHY do these Machiavellians need money? Why do you need a mass of uneducated, dependent slaves? What form of mind thinks a world slaves run by a ruling class is legitimate?
Elitists. Americans are not elitists. Thus Hypocrepubs are not Americans, they do not hold to our law, our founding documents, they believe their truth is better than the scientific facts. Their goal is to control this country, and change the world.
To what end, you might ask? There is the terror, the irrational Christian evangelicals in America believe that this is the ‘end time’. Thus they are working toward the goal of ultimate world peace, in a battle fought on the plain of Armageddon.
“We hold these truths to be self evident; That all men are create equal...”
(* I put the labels in quotes because we all know that ‘conservative’ is code for ‘Christian’ and ‘Republican’ is code for ‘corporate’, and ‘minority’ is code for ‘non-white’, but a real fiscal conservative doesn’t exist in the Republican Party if you look at the budgets, and no truly Republican ideology has existed on the conservative side since the time of Lincoln, that’s when the slaves were set free.)