Saturday, May 15, 2010

After Religion Fizzles, We’re Stuck with Nietzsche By Chris Hedges

  © 2010 Information Clearing House "The consumer culture, as Nietzsche feared, has turned us into what Chalmers Johnson calls a "consumerist Sparta." The immigrants and the poor, all but invisible to us, work as serfs in this new temple of greed and imperialism. Curtis White in "The Middle Mind" argues that most Americans are aware of the brutality and injustice used to maintain the excesses of their consumer society and empire. He suspects they do not care. They don't want to see what is done in their name. They do not want to look at the rows of flag-draped coffins or the horribly maimed bodies and faces of veterans or the human suffering in the blighted and deserted former manufacturing centers. It is too upsetting. Government and corporate censorship is welcomed and appreciated. It ensures that we remain Last Men. And the death of religious institutions will only cement into place the new secular religion of the Last Man, the one that worships military power, personal advancement, hedonism and greed, the one that justifies our ruthless callousness toward the weak and the poor".

Friday, May 14, 2010

  Terminally Dumb People :Information Clearing House

  Terminally Dumb People-William Blum "Terminally-dumb people have always been with us of, course. It can’t be that we’ve suddenly gone stupid."
"If you shake your head and roll your eyes at the nonsense coming out of the Teaparty followers of Sarah “Africa is a country” Palin and other intellectual giants like Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh … If you have thoughts of moving abroad after the latest silly lies and fantasies like “Obama the Marxist” and “Obama the antichrist” … If you share Noam Chomsky’s feeling: “I have never seen anything like this in my lifetime” … keep in mind that the right wing has long been at least as stupid and as mean-spirited. Consider some of the behavior of the same types for half a century during the Cold War with its beloved — albeit imaginary — “International Communist Conspiracy”.

: Information Clearing House -  ICH-Joe Bageant

: Information Clearing House -  ICH"Study us. See how an essentially good people (although the Native Americans would never agree) went wrong. After all, we were born the same unblemished child as everywhere else on the planet. And even now, given what has happened, one cannot fully indict all the "little people," past or present. My granddad was a decent guy until the day he died. So were my dad and mom. And I try to be. But all of us can be rendered blind by faceless machines not entirely of our own creation, and then made submissive beasts to the coarsest among us. Ask any German. Or Hutu. We can be manipulated to believe that the rules do not apply to us, as in the cult of American exceptionalism. Arrogance is experiential and environmental in cause. I've been there and back several times in my life, and I am sure of that. Human experience can make and unmake arrogance. Ours is about to get unmade."

Republicans search schoolroom, remove pro-labor teaching materials | Raw Story

Republicans search schoolroom, remove pro-labor teaching materials | Raw Story"Teachers at a middle school in Portland, Maine, are upset with attendees of a Republican convention who rifled through teachers' materials in a classroom they were using and reportedly stole materials from the room, replacing it with GOP slogans."

Thursday, May 13, 2010

t r u t h o u t | Data Seizure at the Airport

t r u t h o u t | Data Seizure at the Airport "Two years ago a freelance journalist named Bill Hogan returned home to Virginia from a trip to Germany and had his laptop seized at Dulles International Airport. U.S. Customs agents reportedly told him he'd been selected for a random investigation. The agents went through photos on his digital camera, he said, and impounded the computer for two weeks."

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Company says it has solution for Gulf oil spill, but being ignored -- Signs of the Times News

Company says it has solution for Gulf oil spill, but being ignored -- Signs of the Times News: "Not only does the product clean up the oil, it can also be recycled for use afterwards. In addition, if birds are contaminated, the product can used for them as well."

America's Gone Nuts on Prescription Drugs | | AlterNet

America's Gone Nuts on Prescription Drugs-Dennis Leary | | AlterNet: "If you're sitting at the blackjack table wearing an adult diaper with a face the size of Elvis's ass and a four-hour erection, maybe it's time to cut down on the pills."

US troops executing prisoners in Afghanistan, journalist says | Raw Story

US troops executing prisoners in Afghanistan, journalist says | Raw Story: "'I'll tell you right now, one of the great tragedies of my country is that Mr. Obama is looking the other way, because equally horrible things are happening to prisoners, to those we capture in Afghanistan,' Hersh said. 'They're being executed on the battlefield. It's unbelievable stuff going on there that doesn't necessarily get reported. Things don't change.:"

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Greg Palast | Behind the Immigration Law (Video):

Greg Palast | Behind the Immigration Law (Video): “The law doesn’t say we are busting you if you’re not a citizen, the law says we’re busting you if you don’t have your papers.”

    Miran-Duhhhhh!   : Information Clearing House- Matt Taibbi

    Miran-Duhhhhh!   : Information Clearing House -  ICH: "For the Democrats, it will surely end up being one of the darker moments of the Obama presidency — not because it’s necessarily so terribly meaningful (at least compared to ending Too-Big-to-Fail), but because it represents a new low on the utter-lack-of-balls front. The only reason we’re even talking about this Miranda issue is because a bunch of morons on talk radio made a big fuss about it, and if our president is going to go sticking his thumbs into the constitution every time he can’t take a few days of getting reamed by a bunch of overpaid media shills whose job it is to hate him no matter what he does, then we’re all in a lot of trouble."

Sunday, May 9, 2010

  Blogging toward the Kingdom     : Information Clearing House -  ICH

  Blogging toward the Kingdom - Joe Bageant    : Information Clearing House -  ICH: "The blinking reptilian elites now own our entire material needs hierarchy chain, top to bottom. You eat, shit, work, fuck and die at the pleasure of their Great Machine. The presence of six billion others, most of whom are in the same situation, all but guarantees this as our material destiny on a finite and increasingly poisoned planet, before the big hasta la vista".
"Meanwhile, win or lose, we are left with our inner selves to sustain each day (if only because Oprah has not yet gained copyright). In doing so we can discover the only kingdom that was ever ours. The same one gurus, messiahs, martyrs and hairy-assed sages the world over have ever agreed upon. The kingdom within."