Saturday, September 18, 2010

   Chavez wants a break from U.S. meddling. Can you blame him?    By Mike Whitney:  Information Clearing House: ICH

   Chavez wants a break from U.S. meddling. Can you blame him?    By Mike Whitney:  Information Clearing House: ICH: "Washington hates Chavez because he's raised living standards for the poor and because he won't bow to the giant corporations. That's why he's pilloried in the media, because his socialist model of democracy doesn't jibe with America's smash-n-grab style of capitalism. Chavez has enacted land and oil industry reform, improved education and provided universal healthcare. He's introduced job training, subsidies to single mothers, drug prevention programs, and assistance for recovering addicts. Illiteracy has been wiped out."

Friday, September 17, 2010

Eric Margolis

Eric Margolis: "America’s strategic and economic interests in the Mideast and Muslim world are being threatened by the agony in Palestine, which inevitably invites terrorist attacks against US citizens and property.” Eric Margolis. Sun Media. 2 September, 2001. Ever since 9/11, readers keep asking me my views on these attacks. I have been barraged with emails until my head spins with engineering studies"

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Scary People, Scary Times -- Where Is This Country Going? | | AlterNet

Scary People, Scary Times -- Where Is This Country Going? | | AlterNet
" Scary times, scary people. In that order. The scary people have already started coming out of the woodwork. The times lately have been mostly uncertain, but soon they'll turn scary, too, as it becomes clearer that the people running things in the USA have no idea what's going on or what they're going to do about it -- and what's going on is an involuntary permanent re-set of the terms of everyday life, from a wet-dream robotic "consumer" techtopia to something more like the first chapter of Tobacco Road, with a family of half-wits reduced by hard times to fighting over a sack of turnips in a roadside ditch. That's the story-arc anyway, and lots of people won't like it. But the theme of dwindling resources is not a pretty one."

Monday, September 13, 2010

OpEdNews - Article: American media suppresses report on US military atrocities in Afghanistan

OpEdNews - Article: American media suppresses report on US military atrocities in Afghanistan: "The corporate-controlled US media has maintained a virtual blackout on Pentagon documents released Wednesday that reveal grisly atrocities by American soldiers in Afghanistan, including murdering civilians and cutting off their fingers as trophies (See: 'US soldiers killed Afghan civilians and kept fingers, skull as trophies')"

The Venezuelan Economy: Media Sources Get It Wrong, Again | venezuelanalysis.com

The Venezuelan Economy: Media Sources Get It Wrong, Again | venezuelanalysis.com
"Whatever happens, we can expect complete coverage of one side of the story from the media. So keep it in mind: when you are reading the New York Times or listening to NPR on Venezuela, you are getting Fox News. If you want something more balanced, you will have to look for it on the Internet."

Commentary: Suspicion-less laptop searches at U.S. border are over the borderline | McClatchy

Commentary: Suspicion-less laptop searches at U.S. border are over the borderline | McClatchy
"Like most Americans, when Pascal Abidor crossed the border to return home to the United States this spring he didn't anticipate that border agents would use the opportunity to search through the contents of his laptop. And he certainly didn't anticipate that the agents would confiscate the computer and continue to search through his most private files — including vacation photos, financial records and chats with his girlfriend — long after he was allowed to cross into the U.S.".

Read more: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2010/09/13/100337/commentary-suspicion-less-laptop.html#ixzz0zTMVuR2Y

Sunday, September 12, 2010

t r u t h o u t | A Conversation With the Sea Shepherd’s Paul Watson

t r u t h o u t | A Conversation With the Sea Shepherd’s Paul Watson
"From that moment on, the change in my life was that I never did anything again for people – I did it for whales and other creatures of the sea. So that pretty much puts us beyond criticism from people – because when people disagree with what we’re doing, I say: I don’t care. Our clients are the whales, sharks, seals, fish, whatever. We don’t give a damn what you think. Find me one whale that disagrees with what we do and maybe we might reconsider, but until then we’re going to do what we do. And I think we do it responsibly; we’ve never injured anybody. I find it interesting that some of the larger organizations condemn us for being violent but we’ve never injured anybody. We’ve never had anybody seriously injured, we’ve never been convicted of a felony, and we’ve never been sued. And we get criticized by organizations that have been sued, have had people killed, and have had people convicted of felonies. I just find it a little bizarre."
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