Created on Wednesday, 06 August 2008 04:21
Written by Dave Lindorff
Read more: It's Easy to Reduce the Nation's (and Your Own) Fuel Bill Dramatically
Obama is Right: It's Easy to Reduce the Nation's (and Your Own) Fuel Bill Dramatically
by Dave Lindorff
have a 2001 Honda Civic CX. Just like most Americans, I have for years been racing that car around ignoring speed limits, accelerating out of intersections, racing ahead at light changes as if I were coming out of starting blocks, ignoring things like checking my tire pressure, and so on.
Two weeks ago, though, I read about eco-driving, and thought I'd give it a try. I filled up the tank, took a lot of crap out of the trunk that I'd been lugging around for no good reason, set the air pressure at the manufacturer's specs, changed the air filter (it was pretty clogged), changed the oil to fully synthetic, and started driving conservatively.
Created on Wednesday, 06 August 2008 03:42
Written by William Blum
Read more: Obama: Presumptive Emperor
Obama And The Empire
by William Blum
he New Yorker magazine in its July 14 issue ran a cover cartoon that achieved instant fame. It showed Barack Obama wearing Muslim garb in the Oval Office with a portrait of Osama bin Laden on the wall. Obama is delivering a fist bump to his wife, Michelle, who has an Afro hairdo and an assault rifle slung over her shoulder. An American flag lies burning in the fireplace. The magazine says it's all satire, a parody of the crazy right-wing fears, rumors, and scare tactics about Obama's past and ideology.
The cartoon makes fun of the idea that Barack and Michelle Obama are some kind of mixture of Black Panther, Islamist jihadist, and Marxist revolutionary. But how much more educational for the American public and the world it would be to make fun of the idea that Obama is even some kind of progressive.
Created on Wednesday, 06 August 2008 03:19
Written by Paul Craig Roberts
The Anthrax Attacks and the Assault on Civil Liberties
by Paul Craig Roberts
n last weekendâ€™s edition of CounterPunch, Alexander Cockburn updates the ongoing persecution of Sami Al-Arian
by federal prosecutors. Al-Arian was a Florida university professor of computer science who was ensnared by the Bush Regimeâ€™s need to produce â€œterroristsâ€ in order to keep Americans fearful and, thereby, amenable to the Bush Regimeâ€™s assault on US civil liberties.
Bruce E. Ivins
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The charges against Al-Arian were rejected by a jury, but the Bush Regime could not accept the obvious defeat. If Al-Arian was not a terrorist then other of the Bush Regimeâ€™s fabricated cases might fall apart too.
Created on Monday, 04 August 2008 22:33
Written by Chris Cook
This Week on GR
by C. L. Cook
his week: journalist, poet and author, John Ross on the return of Gunboat Diplomacy in Latin America; Jon Elmer on recent Israeli atrocities in Occupied Palestine.
Read more: Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, John Ross, Jon Elmer Aug. 4, 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: http://GorillaRadioBlog.blogspot.com
Created on Monday, 04 August 2008 22:28
Written by Eric Margolis
US Vilifies Faithful Old Ally
Read more: Blame Pakistan: U.S. Turns on Old Ally
by Eric Margolis
Itâ€™s blame Pakistan week. As resistance to western occupation of Afghanistan intensifies, the increasingly frustrated Bush administration is venting its anger against Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI), Pakistanâ€™s military intelligence agency.
The White House leaked claims ISI was in cahoots with pro-Taliban groups in Pakistanâ€™s tribal area along the Afghan border.
Pakistanâ€™s Defence Minister Ahmed Mukhtar said the White House accuses ISI of warning Pashtun tribes of impending U.S. air attacks. President George W. Bush angrily asked Pakistanâ€™s visiting Prime Minister Yousuf Gilani, â€œWhoâ€™s in charge of ISI?â€
Created on Monday, 04 August 2008 22:18
Written by Tom Engelhardt
Follow This Dime: Why Misgovernment Was No Accident in George W. Bush's Washington
by Thomas Frank
ashington is the city where the scandals happen. Every American knows this, but we also believe, if only vaguely, that the really monumental scandals are a thing of the past, that the golden age of misgovernment-for-profit ended with the cavalry charge and the robber barons, at about the same time presidents stopped wearing beards.
I moved to Washington in 2003, just in time for the comeback, for the hundred-year flood. At first it was only a trickle in the basement, a little stream released accidentally by the president's friends at Enron. Before long, though, the levees were failing all over town, and the city was inundated with a muddy torrent of graft.
Read more: Misgovernment No Accident in Bush's Washington
How are we to dissect a deluge like this one?
Created on Monday, 04 August 2008 22:07
Written by Joan Russow
Harper in Victoria: Served With 95 Articles of Condemnation
Joan Russow, Global Compliance Research Project
n Victoria, Harper will be welcomed at the Legislature by protesters, Monday, August 4 @ 11:30 am.
The Harper government has perpetuated or introduced misguided practices, or actions that violate human rights, that destroy the environment, that deny social justice and that contribute to war and conflict.
Ninety-five Articles of Condemnation of the Harper government might be passed on to Harper and figuratively nailed to the Langevin Block of the House of Commons.
Read more: Condemning Harper Practices
Created on Monday, 04 August 2008 11:54
Written by Ramzy Baroud
Obama Joins the Club
by Ramzy Baroud
he exit of Bush from the White House is already anticipated in the Arab region with sighs of relief. But what is ahead under the next US president; more of the same, regardless of who wins, or change?
True, Obama has promised some degree of withdrawal from Iraq and a level of communication with Iran. But even these promises are ambiguous and can be easily modified to fit political interests and lobby pressures at any time.
Any military redeployment in Iraq would, now we are told, be matched with greater military build up in Afghanistan, a sign that the militant mentality that motivated the war hawks in the Bush administration is yet to change; the valuable lesson that bombs don't bring peace, yet to be heeded.
Read more: Picking Up the Bush Mantle: Obama More of the Same
Created on Saturday, 02 August 2008 20:46
Written by The Real News
Abu Dis - A City Divided
by The Real News
The question of a divided
Jerusalem remains a stumbling block in the establishment of a two-state
solution in Israel. In a recent article for the Nation magazine
entitled The End of History: With a period, not a question mark.
Phyllis Bennis wrote about her recent experiences in the West Bank,
specifically about the town of Abu Dis.
Read more: The End of History-Period: Israeli Wall Kills Silk Road Route
Created on Saturday, 02 August 2008 19:38
do you know ralph nader's a presidential candidate?
by janine Bandcroft
a lot of people don't. in this, the 'greatest democracy on earth,' there's a complete media blackout against the man .... with tiny exceptions.
yesterday, on a corporate news channel, there were soundless images of him speaking, with the news announcer announcing ralph's arrival in austin and promising more from ralph to follow. i'm not sure how much they followed up, but more of nothing is never enough.
why are the american people being denied an opportunity to know about a
presidential platform? probably because ralph nader and his running
mate, matt gonzales, are trying to connect with, as ralph puts it, the
1% of americans who are actually doing the day to day work of
Read more: The Invisible Candidate: Lighting on the Nader Media Blackout