Created on Monday, 06 October 2008 03:36
Written by Scott Horton
The Ifill Factor
by Scott Horton
he recent debate at
Washington University in Saint Louis between Senator Joe Biden and
Governor Sarah Palin was the most watched vice presidential debate of
all time. Polling and pundits seem to have settled on a consensus view,
namely that the debate was a clear win for Senator Biden on points and
persuasion. But Governor Palin gets an important consolation prize in
that she outperformed the historically low expectations for her,
expectations set by a series of gaffes and misfires in handling
questions, particularly in interviews conducted by CBS Newsâ€™s Katie
None of that is particularly surprising. What really merits
scrutiny in my mind are the tactics employed by the McCain campaign
going into this debate. As Ken Silverstein noted
in the days just
before the debate, McCain operatives claimed to have made a â€œshocking
Ifill was about to publish a book entitled The Breakthrough
that discusses Barack Obama, and a number of other black politicians,
achieving national prominence in the last few years. (One of them,
Alabamaâ€™s Artur Davis, has been profiled in this space recently.)
Read more: Awful Gwen: Pre-emptive Attacks on Press Debate Moderator
Created on Monday, 06 October 2008 03:06
Written by Press Release
Animal Planet Follows Sea Shepherd Crew to the Bottom of the World
by Sea Shepherd Society
e are excited to announce a new show on Animal Planet which covers last year's Antarctic Whale Campaign, Operation Migaloo, during which Sea Shepherd saved over 500 whales from the whaler's harpoons.
This weekly series comprising seven one-hour episodes follows
the crew of the Sea Shepherd vessel, Steve Irwin as they use
non-violent direct action techniques that garner world wide media
attention in an effort to shut down the illegal Japanese whaling fleet
and enforce international conservation law.
Read more: Animal Planet Follows Sea Shepherd Crew to the Bottom of the World
Created on Monday, 06 October 2008 02:50
Written by Tom Engelhardt
Spying on the Future: The U.S. Intelligence Community as Seers Without Sizzle
by Tom Engelhardt
he year is 2010 and, yes, Saddam Hussein is gone
and there are no American troops in Iraq, but, as the report suggests,
"the challenge will be to see whether a modern, secular successor
government emerges that does not threaten its neighbors" -- especially
since those dogged Iraqis are back at work on their nuclear weapons
Meanwhile, the national security agenda of American
policymakers, who face no conventional military challenges, is
dominated by five questions: "whether to intervene, when, with whom,
with what tools, and to what end?"
Read more: Spying on the Future
Created on Monday, 06 October 2008 01:10
Written by Christopher Ketcham
An Assassination Bailout Plan for the United States?
by Christopher Ketcham
ear Sirs/Madams: You in the corporate execugarchy in this country have forgotten the
shape and name of fear â€“ and yes I mean you, dear congressmen, whose
work has gone hand in hand with big money for too long, running amok in
the sea lanes of American society, piratical, parasitic,
treasure-troved, flying the black flag and raiding what the rest of us
offer up in the tax season or are imbecilic enough to invest on Wall
So let us, as citizens intelligent and discerning, now be
raised in answer to this latest monumental predation â€“ the treasonous
Bailout of â€˜08 â€“ visited from you, the criminals in the nice suits.
Read more: Feeling Fear from an Old Tax Musket: An Open Letter to the US Congress
Created on Sunday, 05 October 2008 03:31
Written by Chris Cook
This Week on GR
by C. L. Cook
his week: As the strike of UVic's dismally paid SUB staff drags into its fifth week, a look at a rally held last week outside the now near moribund Student Union Building; Ingmar Lee on the second battle for Cathedral Grove; former soldier John McNamer trying to include Canada's cavalier handing over of Afghani prisoners to known torture states America and Afghanistan in an upcoming Military Police Complaints Commission probe.
Read more: Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Janine Bandcroft, Ingmar Lee, John McNamer Monday Oct. 6, 2008
Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Monday, 5-6pm
Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, 104.3 cable, and on the internet
at: http://cfuv.uvic.ca. He also serves as a contributing editor to
the web news site, www.pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR blog at:
Created on Sunday, 05 October 2008 02:33
Written by Press Release
Request for Expansion of Detainee Probe
by John McNamer
he Military Police Complaints Commission has been asked to expand
its upcoming probe into the transfer of detainees by Canadian Forces to
Afghan authorities despite evidence the detainees might be tortured.
Decorated military veteran John McNamer of Kamloops has formally
requested that the public hearing, which was recently set for later
this fall, include the transfer of detainees by Canadian Forces to U.S.
authorities as well.
His letter provided 'substantial' evidence to
demonstrate that prisoners in U.S. custody have been and continue to be
subjected to the possibility of torture and death.
Read more: Expanding Canada's Detainee Probe
Created on Sunday, 05 October 2008 01:53
Written by Judith Young
Deconstructing the Power of the Global Elite: Brute Force, The Power to Hurt, and Psychological Control
by Judith H. Young, Ph.D.
n the aftermath of Congressional approval of bailout legislation
granting sweeping powers to the financial elite, the body politic
appears to be helplessly mired in the relentless unfolding of classical
fascism before its very eyes.
Read more: Brute Force, The Power to Hurt, and Psychological Control
Coming to terms with this terrifying
predicament can benefit from a primer that renders naked the forms of
raw power used by the global elite in advancing its agenda for full
spectrum dominance. This will enable us to determine if we are in fact
helpless and to use care and deliberation in finding the means to take
our power back.
Created on Sunday, 05 October 2008 01:09
Written by Zahir Ebrahim
Read more: Bailout Bill's Bluff, Bluster and B.S.
by Zahir EbrahimT
he fear-mongering that many Congressmen in their House
Floor-Speeches had alluded to, including the explicit threat of Martial
Law in America noted by Representative Brad Sherman, D-CA, and Martial
Law already instituted in Congress to squelch debate and due process as
alluded to by Representative Michael Burgess, R-Texas, really cemented
the signing of this Bill today.
Under these circumstances, Grand Theft America has been initiated. Project
Humanbeingsfirst wrote a letter to the United States Congress
yesterday, on October 02, 2008, suggesting to open a second more
powerful front to disarm them.
Created on Sunday, 05 October 2008 00:45
Written by Chris Cook
Presidential Candidate McKinney Charges 5,000 "Prisoners" Executed in Wake of Katrina
by C. L. Cook
Former Democratic party House representative, and current Green Party candidate for president, Cynthia McKinney at a recent press conference charged mass executions of "prisoners"
occurred in Louisiana in the wake of hurricane Katrina in 2005.
The source of McKinney's allegation was purportedly a woman whose son was assigned the grim task of disposing of the bodies of thousands of men who all received a single gunshot to the head. Both the man involved and his mother wish to remain anonymous, the man saying he was forced to sign a confidentiality agreement.
Created on Sunday, 05 October 2008 00:03
Written by The Real News
Massive US Military Budget Passed
Chalmers Johnson: US wrong to believe it can maintain both a military and civilian economy.
While debate over the Paulson bailout package dominated the headlines,
the US Congress quietly passed a landmark $615 Billion defense spending
bill. One of the few people to comment on the measure was Chalmers
Johnson, in his article "We have the money".
Read more: Military "Bailout" Business as Usual