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False Profits: Capitalism, Democracy, and the Elections Farce

Elections, Capitalism, and Democracy
by Charles Sullivan
Because so many of the people on the political left fear that John McCain will become the next president, they have allowed themselves to see the very moderate democratic candidate, Barack Obama, as a desirable alternative to the decidedly ghoulish McCain, rather than supporting a genuine progressive like Dennis Kucinich, Cynthia McKinney, or Ralph Nader. They thus perceive Obama to be far more progressive than he really is.
 
Such comparisons lead us down a dichotomous pathway that assures a continuous drift to the right.


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Selling the Fireball: "Madness Looking for a War"

SELLING THE FIREBALL - GEORGE BUSH AND IRAN
by Medialens
When George Bush arrived in Britain last week as part of his "farewell tour", the real reasons for the visit were buried well out of sight. The tour was not, as the Guardian suggested, a mere "continental au revoir". The purpose was to coerce Gordon Brown into raising troop levels in Afghanistan and to support toughened sanctions on Iran. Bush said pressure on Iran was necessary to "solve this problem diplomatically", but warned: "Iranians must understand, however, that all options are on the table."

The remarks raised fears in London that Bush is "determined to take action against Iran before he leaves office in January," the Independent reported. 


 
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Bush Impeachment Focus on Rove Subpoenas

Bush Impeachment Debate Focuses on Subpoenas  
by The Real News
With the Democratic Leadership still staunchly against impeachment, it remains unlikely that Chairman Conyers will bring hearings on Rep. Kucinich's 35 articles of impeachment. David Swanson suggests that the most likely road to impeachment would include article 27, which charges the Executive with failing to comply with Congressional subpoenas.
 
 
 
 
 
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Stealth Pentagon Contractors Reaping Billions of Tax Dollars

Billion-Dollar Babies: Five Stealth Pentagon Contractors Reaping Billions of Tax Dollars
by Nick Turse
The top Pentagon contractors, like death and taxes, almost never change. In 2002, the massive arms dealers Lockheed Martin, Boeing, and Northrop Grumman ranked one, two, and three among Department of Defense contractors, taking in $17 billion, $16.6 billion, and $8.7 billion.
 
Lockheed, Boeing, and Northrop Grumman did it again in 2003 ($21.9, $17.3, and $11.1 billion); 2004 ($20.7, $17.1, and $11.9 billion); 2005 ($19.4, $18.3, and $13.5 billion); 2006 ($26.6, $20.3, and $16.6 billion); and, not surprisingly, 2007 as well ($27.8, $22.5, and $14.6 billion).
 
Other regulars receiving mega-tax-funded payouts in a similarly clockwork-like manner include defense giants General Dynamics, Raytheon, the British weapons maker BAE Systems, and former Halliburton subsidiary KBR, as well as BP, Shell, and other power players from the military-petroleum complex.
 
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The Superclass Reviewed

Superclass: The Global Power Elite and the World They are Making - A Review
by Jim Miles
This book is written by a person with the right credentials to do so, as David Rothkopf has worked within the edges of the Superclass.  As he describes his credentials, "I came to this book with not an insignificant amount of personal experience - experience that has given me useful perspectives into the connective tissue of the global super class and introduced me to representatives of the group from every sector and from every region of the world."


Not surprisingly, his position comes out in support of this superclass group, as perceived through the lenses of finance and power, lenses that too frequently call on the guru of globalization, Thomas Friedman, for support of his views. 
 
 
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Endangered Species: Bush Admin. Blacks Out Wildlife Report

Federal Wildlife Report Censored
by PEERS 
A large portion of an Inspector General evaluation of federal wildlife programs has been blacked out prior to publication, according to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).
 
Even data tables have been excised from a report on Endangered Species Act implementation, with cutouts so extensive that the core section of the report is virtually unreadable.
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Aswesasne: Bordering Madness

AKWESASNE GUARDS AT THE BORDER OF INSANITY:  The colonists have crossed a “line” into indecency
by Karakwine of Kanehsatake of Haudenosaunee Territory
It looks like the military- industrial- governmental cartel is no longer restricting itself to using words, subterfuge and intimidation in their “war” on Indigenous people of Turtle Island.
 
They are now attempting to eliminate those who stand in their way.  Every person who wants freedom should be wary. 
 
 
Beware of the coming attacks on our people. 
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Will the World Survive GM?

Will the World Survive GM Cultures and the Damage to the Earth's Eco-Systems?
by Siv O'Neall
Monsanto and the other major biotech companies – Syngenta, Bunge, Cargill, etc. – are all set on owning the world's food supply. Monsanto is by far the leader in this nightmare of destroying organic agriculture and millennia-old biodiversity.

They have no respect whatsoever for the lives and the livelihood of farmers or, for that matter, any concern for the people who are exposed to severe health hazards from eating genetically modified foods. Corporate profit is all that counts.
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First the Execution, then the Trial: Rewriting Gitmo "Evidence"

Justice Department Wants to Rewrite Gitmo Evidence 
by The Real News 
The Bush administration wants to rewrite official evidence against Guantanamo Bay detainees before they come under scrutiny by civilian judges for the first time. While the government has stood behind the evidence for years, they now want to submit new records, which would allow them to add intelligence and expand their reasoning for holding the detainees.
 
 
 
 
 
Defense attorneys were opposed to the idea of making changes to evidentiary documents. According to David Remes, who represents 18 detainees currently held at Guantanamo, this is a sign that the original documents were defective adding that much of the evidence came from questionable sources to begin with. It will be up to federal judges to decide whether the Justice Department can rewrite those documents. 
 
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Iraq: A Master Disaster Blithely Administered

The Real State of Iraq
by Juan Cole
American television loves natural disasters. The Burmese cyclones that may have carried off as many as 200,000 people offered the cameras high drama.

The floods in Wisconsin, Iowa and Missouri along the Mississippi River, which have wiped out thousands of homes, have been carefully detailed hour by hour.

But American television is little interested in the massive disaster blithely visited upon Iraq by Washington. Oh, there is the occasional human interest story. Angelina Jolie's visit sparked a headline or two. Briefly.

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Carlin self-Eulogized

 
 
George Carlin 1937-2008
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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