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An Astorian September 11th

September 11, 2008
by Mickey Z.
Preface: In 1853, several pairs of the previously unknown European house sparrow were set free inside Brooklyn’s Green-wood Cemetery. By picking the hayseeds out of horse droppings from the carts used for funerals, these tiny birds flourished and are today one of the continent’s most ubiquitous creatures.
In other words: When all they feed you is horseshit, it’s up to you to pick out the hayseeds that enable you to not only survive, but to thrive.
Edited version of a talk I gave in NYC on September 11, 2008, with preface, prologue, preamble, and postscript:
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Five Faces of John McCain

The 5 McCain Videos Everyone Needs to See 
by Robert Greenwald
Imagine how differently people would regard McCain if they saw all five of these videos and learned the truth.  That's why we want you to forward this e-mail to everyone and anyone with a personal note at the top from you. 
Why send these videos individually when you can send them all at once?  Also, get them on all the blogs and traditional news sites you can.  Make sure you're doing everything you can to educate the public about the Real McCain.
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9/11 + Seven

9/11 Plus Seven
by Andrew J. Bacevich
The events of the past seven years have yielded a definitive judgment on the strategy that the Bush administration conceived in the wake of 9/11 to wage its so-called Global War on Terror.
That strategy has failed, massively and irrevocably. To acknowledge that failure is to confront an urgent national priority: to scrap the Bush approach in favor of a new national security strategy that is realistic and sustainable -- a task that, alas, neither of the presidential candidates seems able to recognize or willing to take up.
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Business as Usual and the Ultimate Genocide

Hawking the TECHNOFIX - Business as Usual and the Ultimate  Genocide
by Media Lens
Last month, a senior UK government adviser warned of the real risk of a devastating rise in global temperatures of 4 degrees Celsius. Professor Bob Watson, the chief scientific adviser to the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), said:

"There is no doubt that we should aim to limit changes in the global mean surface temperature to 2C above pre-industrial [levels]. "But given this is an ambitious target, and we don't know in detail how to limit greenhouse gas emissions to realise a 2 degree target, we should be prepared to adapt to 4C." (James Randerson, 'Prepare for global temperature rise of 4C, warns top scientist', Guardian, August 7, 2008;)

But what would a 4C rise mean for the planet?

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Meaning 'n Enigma

Seeking Meaning in an Enigma
by William A. Cook
“I would rather lose a campaign than lose a war, apparently Senator Obama would rather lose a war than lose a campaign.” (John McCain, daily)

With this self-righteous and pseudo-truism becoming the principle mantra of the McCain campaign to the White House, it might behoove us to grapple with its meaning. What “war” does McCain fear losing? What “war” does Obama want to lose? With whom has the United States declared “war”? Certainly not with the Iraqi people; we invaded their country to “liberate” them from a dreadful dictator. Who then is the enemy in this “war” now that the dreadful dictator is dead? Do we know? How do we declare “victory” if we do not know over whom we are victorious?
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Randy Scheunemann?

Who is Randy Scheunemann?
Randy Scheunemann, John McCain’s Senior Foreign Policy Advisor, Lobbyist, and a former director of the neo conservative Project for a New American Century. A group which advocates global strategic and ideological predominance of the United States through military force.
He has been a Republican political insider In Washington since 1986. He served on the staffs of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and as National Security Adviser to Senate Republican and Majority Leaders Bob Dole and Trent Lott from 1993-99.
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US Invade Pakistan — but no complaints from the ‘international community’

US Invade Pakistan — but no complaints from the ‘international community’
by William Bowles
I love it! I just came across an article, “Did We Just Invade Pakistan?” but you’ll search in vain for any headline in the mainstream media that even comes close to calling it a US invasion of Pakistan.

This is how the BBC reported it:

Pakistan has summoned the US ambassador to protest at an alleged cross-border raid which officials say killed at least 15 villagers in the north-west.”
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Obama-Biden -- Osama bin Laden: A coincidence?

Obama-Biden -- Osama bin Laden: A coincidence?
by William Blum
Obama-Biden -- Osama bin Laden: A coincidence? I think not.
I'm sorry to say that I think that John McCain is going to be the next president of the United States.
After the long night of Bush horror any Democrat should easily win, but the Dems are screwing it up and McCain has been running more-or-less even with Barack Obama in the polls. The Democrats should run on the slogan "If you liked Bush, you'll love McCain", but that would be too outspoken, too direct for the spineless Nancy Pelosi and her spineless party. Or, "If you liked Iraq, you'll love Iran." But the Democrat leadership is not on record as categorically opposing either conflict.
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Mr. Lunn: "We Want Say on Gulf Parks"

Natives Want Say on Gulf Parks
by Eric Pelkey
To hear that our MP, Gary Lunn, has committed $10 million for the acquisition of lands to add to the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve is another slap in the face to the Saanich tribes.

We have objected strenuously to all levels of government, including Lunn, about the establishment of the reserve without consultation with the Saanich tribes. They include Tsawout, Tsartlip, Pauquachin, Tseycum and Malahat First Nations.

All our grievances on this matter have been referred to the federal and B.C. treaty negotiators' offices, which tell us that if we do not enter the B.C. treaty process, they have no procedural way to deal with our grievances.
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Who Lost Iraq? Maliki Jumping Off American Ship of State?

Who Lost Iraq? Is the Maliki Government Jumping Off the American Ship of State?
by Michael Schwartz
As the Bush administration was entering office in 2000, Donald Rumsfeld exuberantly expressed its grandiose ambitions for Middle East domination, telling a National Security Council meeting:
"Imagine what the region would look like without Saddam and with a regime that's aligned with U.S. interests. It would change everything in the region and beyond."
A few weeks later, Bush speechwriter David Frum offered an even more exuberant version of the same vision to the New York Times Magazine:
"An American-led overthrow of Saddam Hussein, and the replacement of the radical Baathist dictatorship with a new government more closely aligned with the United States, would put America more wholly in charge of the region than any power since the Ottomans, or maybe even the Romans."
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News Gospel According to Lehrer and Rather

The Gospel According to Lehrer and Rather
by ANP
Journalist Dan Rather talks about corporate interests and covering politics.

American News Project: A lot has changed since the tumultuous conventions of 1968. Maverick journalists Dan Rather and Jim Lehrer lament the old days when political conventions were spontaneous and less immune to corporate influence. Both are searching for substance behind the spectacle. 
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