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Riling the Bear: Russia Tests New Generation of ICBM

US losing ground in Eastern Europe
William Engdahl: Russia's response to Georgia's offensive sends shock-waves throughout the region.

 

Russia flexed its military might over the weekend, testing a Topol intercontinental ballistic missile. The tests come amid increasingly strained ties between Washington and Moscow, following US ally Georgia’s military offensive in South Ossettia in August. Author and Political Economist William Engdahl says " Russia's response to Georgia's military offensive has sent shockwaves throughout the region."
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Lies, Damn Lies, and Polls

Lies, Damn Lies, and Polls
by David Swanson
David W. Moore, who worked for Gallup for 13 years as managing editor and senior editor of the Gallup Poll, has a new book out denouncing most polls by Gallup or anyone else as useless, and explaining that this became obvious to him when he first began work at Gallup, raising the obvious question of why he stuck around for 13 years. The explanation seems to be that he was trying to fix the problem, and one of the motivations for the book seems to be that he believes he still can fix it.

Of all the endless multilayered criticisms I have of polls, Moore focuses obsessively on only one. In a 160-page book on such a huge topic, you'd expect more than one idea endlessly repeated, but you won't find any more than that in "The Opinion Makers: An Insider Exposes the Truth Behind the Polls."
 
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McCain and the Politics of Hate

Tell McCain to end the Politics of Hate 
by Brave New Films
Dear Friends, Colleagues and Supporters,
We'd like to talk about the pressing issues facing our country: the woeful economy, rising unemployment, the housing crisis, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. But we can't talk about them because John McCain and Sarah Palin have distracted us with the politics of hate and fear.
 
 

Instead of discussing the real issues plaguing Americans, McCain and Palin have turned to fear-mongering and race-baiting, stoking the prejudices of their supporters. The situation has become so critical that we've teamed up with Color of Change to put an end to these dangerous mob scenes.

Watch the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5mdIPNB8t8


 
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Cheney's Testimony in Valerie Plame Leak Case Classified

Cheney's Testimony in Valerie Plame Leak Case Classified, DOJ Says        
by Jason Leopold
The Department of Justice, in refusing to release Vice President Dick Cheney’s interview transcript with the special prosecutor who investigated the leak of covert CIA operative Valerie Plame Wilson said for the first time last week that contents of Cheney’s interview have been classified.

In a letter sent Thursday to Citizens of Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), the government watchdog group that filed a Freedom of Information Act request last month seeking access to the transcript, the DOJ’s Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) said the documents have been withheld, in due part, because it contains information “protected from disclosure by the National Security Act.”
 
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Longterm Solutions to the Economic Crisis

Consolidation of Wealth: Longterm Solutions to the Economic Crisis
by Jack Random
There is always opportunity in catastrophic events. To financier J.P. Morgan, the stock market crash of 1907 was an opportunity to consolidate wealth and power, thus undermining the antitrust and monopoly busting policies of Theodore Roosevelt.  

The market crash of 1927 leading to the Great Depression paved the way for Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal, a legacy of responsible government regulation, social security, unemployment benefits, public works and labor rights, but it also served as an opportunity for further consolidation of corporate power and wealth.
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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook - Thanksgiving Special

This Week on GR
by C. L. Cook
Happy harvest holiday. Today we leave the usual format of the show, as we often do on holidays. There will be no live guests, and Janine Bandcroft continues to boycott the Student Union Building in sympathy with the UVSS workers' strike, grinding on now into its fifth week.
 
 
Canada spends today waiting; waiting on the Fates of the economy, and waiting for an election that could determine no less than the ultimate survival of the nation. Tomorrow, the federal polls will open, the stock markets will open, and the country will cast itself into the future. The direction this nation will take for the remainder of the century, or perhaps the continuance of Canada as we know it, hangs in the balance.
 
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: http://GorillaRadioBlog.blogspot.com
 
 
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The Great Black-Out of '08

The Great Black-Out of '08
by Janine Bandcroft
With former Enron executives now at the helm of BC Hydro, is it any surprise that most of Vancouver Island was without power for a couple of hours on an otherwise calm, stormless Thanksgiving Sunday?

It's like artificially inflating gas prices through the summer, only to lower them just prior to the election. Never forget those 'Conservatives' are not the red tories of days gone by ..... the Conservative party died after Brian Mulroney used it to shove NAFTA down our throats, and it was rebuilt by the ultra-right. Who knows what their pre-election tactics might involve as they quest for ultimate power over us all?

In fact, speculations are that Thanksgiving Sunday's two hour (or thereabouts) blackout was either another trick to scare people into the arms of the enemy, or it was the revenge of reincarnated turkeys who've finally had enough of the annual slaughter. Wonder what they've got cooked up for Christmas?
 
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Requiem for the Hype: Time to Hang Up the Corporate Media Gloves

Requiem for the Bailout Storyline
by Norman Solomon
It’s mid-October, and the Wall Street bailout that was supposed to save the economy from collapse is a flop.
 
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Only two weeks ago, the media hype behind the $700 billion bailout was so intense that it sometimes verged on hysteria. More recent events should not be allowed to obscure the reality that the news media played a pivotal role in stampeding the country into a bailout that was unwise and unjust.
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CALL FOR HELP! SUPPORT BARRIERE LAKE ALGONQUINS

CALL FOR HELP!  SUPPORT BARRIERE LAKE ALGONQUINS
by MNN
On Monday, October 6, 2008, the Algonquins of Barriere Lake had enough and blocked Highway 117 in Northern Quebec.  They want Canada and Quebec to live up to the "trilateral agreement" signed in 1991 between the 3 parties. 
 
The Algonquins have a right to sustainably develop and co-manage their traditional territories and to have a share in resource revenues.  Canada and Quebec obviously believe in stealing but not sharing.  Isn't that the "slippery slope" that multinational corporations are sliding into right now? They refuse to comply with the agreement which would save the environment.   
Rotten to the core, Canada and Quebec responded to the blocked road by sending in almost 100 Quebec police, some fully-equipped riot police, to attack the Algonquins to get out of negotiations.  Tear gas was shot into a group of youth and elders.  One canister hit a handicapped person in the chest.  Nine people, including; an elderly women, a pregnant woman, and two minors, were arrested.  Severe "pain compliance" techniques were used on peaceful men, women and children who had secured themselves to concrete-filled barrels.  The cops twisted their arms, dislocated their jaws, left them with bruised faces and sore necks and throats from the tear gas. 
 
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"Crisis-Changed" Spectrum of Political Debate

Crisis Changes Spectrum of Political Debate
by TRNN
Rick Salutin: While elections limit the scope of discussion, financial crisis is blowing it wide open.

 

In the second part of their interview, Senior Editor Paul Jay and Rick Salutin discuss the degree by which political discourse is affected by both elections and moments of crisis. Rick believes that the two events are competing forces, with the election campaigns providing a very shallow analysis and the crisis forcing people to consider ideas normally outside the realm of acceptable discussion. For the first time in recent memory, we are hearing words like capitalism and socialism in the mainstream grammar.
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FUCKING in the Land of the Free

FUCKING in the Land of the Free
by ST. Pete 4 Peace
16 year old arrested for holding up "FUCK BUSH" sign.
 
 
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