Created on Friday, 03 October 2008 20:58
Written by Danny Schechter
As House Re-votes on Bailout, New Concerns Raised
by Danny Schechter
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ow quickly the news frame changes.
Discussions of the bailout have given way to speculation about the
Palin-Biden debate or NY Mayor Michael Bloomberg's decision to run for
a third term.
Even a good old apocalyptic crisis only gets its 15
seconds of fame these days. Today, the House votes again.
Created on Friday, 03 October 2008 20:38
Written by Press Release
House Representative Claims Threat of Martial if Bailout Bill Fails
California Democratic House representative, Brad Sherman claims he and other members were told martial law would follow a "No" vote on Monday's failed bailout package.
The sky didn't fall as predicted, but the U.S. Senate has broken with normal procedure and rushed a revised package through, leaving an even bigger bailout bill for the House to vote on today.
Again, the bill is touted as a make or break move for the American, and World economy. - lex
Created on Friday, 03 October 2008 03:05
Written by Joel S. Hirschhorn
Read more: Reviewing 'No Innocent Bystanders - Riding Shotgun in the Land of Denial'
Reviewing 'No Innocent Bystander - Riding Shotgun in the Land of Denial' by Mickey Z.
by Joel S. Hirschhorn
is never easy to communicate wisdom. Even more difficult to do so in an
engaging way that makes it very, very easy to read and understand.
Mickey Z. has accomplished this difficult task in his new book No
book is designed to reach deep into a personâ€™s consciousness, pierce
normal psychological defenses, and overcome a lifetime of facile
rationalizations. This is a book to inspire a revolution spirit in
Americans, the kind needed to achieve what Thomas Jefferson had the
wisdom to say our nation would need: a revolution every generation or
Created on Friday, 03 October 2008 02:55
Written by Eric Margolis
Iraq: They Make It a Desert and Call It Peace
by Eric Margolis
hose Wall Street financial alchemists who turned garbage
into gold must have helped John McCain prepare for his debate with
Barack Obama last Friday.
Senator McCainâ€™s insistent claims that
the US is winning the war in Iraq thanks to his "surge" strategy are
the military-political equivalent of the junk securities that Wall
Streetâ€™s shady financiers have been selling around the globe.
successfully peddled this latest untruth about Iraq on Friday night
with skill and verve. Sen. Barack Obama mostly let him get away with
Read more: Iraq: Creating "Paradise" in Hell
Created on Friday, 03 October 2008 00:24
Read more: Somalia's "Rendition" Pipeline
Update: Not a Report on the Bristol Palin-Britney Spears Sex Tape
by Chris Floyd
ere is a follow-up to yesterday's post about Somalia. The BBC has a report from inside "Africa's Guantanamo
the Ethiopian prison where refugees fleeing the American-backed
invasion of Somalia were "renditioned," often with help of U.S. agents.
[Yes, I know that no one cares about this. I know that the fact that
thousands of Somalis have been slaughtered and millions more driven
into suffering and desolation by a vicious war being conducted at every
step with American assistance, in America's name -- in your name, if
you're an American -- is not nearly as important as whether or not Joe
Biden strikes the proper tone in his "debate" with Sarah Palin tonight.
I know that even to most true-blue "progressives," the Somalis are
non-people -- except when they show up as wild-eyed beserkers on
late-night re-runs of "Black Hawk Down." I know that every time I write
about Somalia, the traffic for the site plummets like the stock of a
clapped-out merchant bank just before it gets a government bailout. But
I don't really care. With the full approval of the entire bipartisan
political elite, America is breeding death, hate, extremism and a
hellish storm of blowback through its actions in Somalia. You might not
give a damn that this evil is being wrought in your name, but I do. So
Created on Thursday, 02 October 2008 23:15
Written by Danny Schechter
Will it Take a Bailout to Bail Out the Bailout? What's Next?
by Danny Schechter
crisis is deepening. The Senate tacked on $150 BILLION in tax cuts and
a rise in FDIC insuranceâ€“something banks have NOT been paying for, by
the wayâ€“ and passed the bailout 74 to 25 with Obama, Biden and McCain
Senator Kennedy was not there. 9 Dems said no along with
Vermont independent Bernie Sanders.
The NY Times notes the bill does
â€œlittle to avert foreclosures or defaults.â€ The Times introduces a new
figure saying now that SIX MILLION homeowners are expected to default.
The House votes Thursday or Friday.
Read more: A Bailout to Bail Out the Bailout?
The Wall Street Journal reports the
Fed is considering another rate cut. â€œas recession fears mount.â€
Created on Thursday, 02 October 2008 22:07
Written by Media Lens
Intellectual Cleansing: Part I - Keeping Media Safe for Big Business
by Media Lens
Martin Tierney is one of a tiny number of mainstream journalists
willing to review our book, 'Guardians of Power'. In June 2006, he
published an accurate outline of our argument in the Herald,
commenting: "It stands up to scrutiny."
He added that we "do
not see conscious conspiracy but a 'filter system maintained by free
.'" "After all it wouldn't be appropriate to show the limbs
of third world children during Thanksgiving as it would only remind
consumers who was really being stuffed."
so. But if no conspiracy is involved, how on earth does the market
manage to filter dissident views with such consistency?
Read more: Keeping Media Safe for Big Business
Created on Thursday, 02 October 2008 21:53
Written by Press Release
The American People vs. The Bailout of Wall Street Crooks
by Nader '08
In late September, Senator Obama said to the Democrats â€“ vote for the
bailout. Senator McCain said to the Republicans â€“ vote for the bailout.
President Bush said to the Congress â€“ vote for the bailout.
But the American people were fed up. They told their members of
Congress â€“ if you vote for the bailout, we will vote against you.
And now, the action is shifting from the corporate occupied territory
of Washington, D.C., back to the country. Where the uprising continues.
Nader/Gonzalez is taking the lead. Standing with the American people.
Against the corporate Republicans and corporate Democrats.
Read more: American People vs. U.S. Senate
Created on Thursday, 02 October 2008 06:53
Written by Katherine Hughes
Secret Trials Hearing in Toronto October 2nd
via Katherine Hughes
yrian refugee Hassan Almrei is the last of Canada's secret trial
detainees to remain behind bars at the notorious Kingston Immigration
Holding Centre, aka Guantanamo North.
This October, he is again
applying for bail, and needs your support. If you are near Toronto,
please consider coming to court and supporting Hassan's constitutional
challenge to his indefinite detention.
Read more: Hassan Almrei's Secret Trial
Created on Thursday, 02 October 2008 05:51
Silent Surge: Bipartisan Terror War Intensifies in Somalia
by Chris Floyd
In the recent presidential "debate," both candidates expressed their
eager, unstinting, even feverish support for the so-called "War on
Terror" being waged by Washington and its proxies around the world.
Indeed, throughout the entire campaign, Barack Obama and John McCain
have repeatedly pledged their fealty to the Terror War, and all that it
entails: an even larger war machine (with even more public boodle for
war profiteers); a continued military presence in Iraq (under one guise
or another); a substantial expansion of the hate-fomenting war in
Afghanistan (with a concomitant raise in "collateral damage"); an
extension of that war into Pakistan (destabilizing and radicalizing a
fractious state with a nuclear arsenal); pressing ever closer to the
threshold of war with Iran (with bellicose threats, blockades and
demonizing propaganda); establishing even more military satrapies to
exercise dominion over the regions of the earth (including new
proconsular commands for Africa and the United States itself); and --
as we have noted here over and over -- the bloody rendering of Somalia
into a boiling, hellish cauldron of slaughter, suffering and chaos.
Somalia is the invisible third front of the Terror War, an
American-backed "regime change" operation launched by the invading army
of Ethiopia and local warlords in December 2006. In addition to helping
arm, fund and train the army of the Ethiopian dictatorship, the United
States has intervened directly into the conflict, carrying out bombing
raids on fleeing refugees and nomads, firing missiles into villages,
sending in death squads to clean up after covert operations, and, as we
reported here long ago, assisting in the "rendition" of refugees,
including American citizens, into the hands of Ethiopia's notorious
torturers. [See note below for more links.]
Read more: Bipartisan Terror War Intensifies in Somalia