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The Second Great Depression

The Creation of the Second Great Depression
by Ron Paul
Whenever a Great Bipartisan Consensus is announced, and a compliant media assures everyone that the wondrous actions of our wise leaders are being taken for our own good, you can know with absolute certainty that disaster is about to strike.

The events of the past week are no exception.

The bailout package that is about to be rammed down Congress’ throat is not just economically foolish. It is downright sinister.
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Sacred Swords: The Bottomless Military Budget

We Have the Money - If Only We Didn't Waste It on the Defense Budget
by Chalmers Johnson
There has been much moaning, air-sucking, and outrage about the $700 billion that the U.S. government is thinking of throwing away on rich New York bankers who have been ripping us off for the past few years and then letting greed drive their businesses into a variety of ditches. In fact, we dole out similar amounts of money every year in the form of payoffs to the armed services, the military-industrial complex, and powerful senators and representatives allied with the Pentagon.

On Wednesday, September 24th, right in the middle of the fight over billions of taxpayer dollars slated to bail out Wall Street, the House of Representatives passed a $612 billion defense authorization bill for 2009 without a murmur of public protest or any meaningful press comment at all. (The New York Times gave the matter only three short paragraphs buried in a story about another appropriations measure.) 

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Retaking Venezuela: Murmers of a New Coup

New Coup D’Etat Rumblings in Venezuela
by Stephen Lendman
Since taking office in January 2001, the Bush administration targeted Hugo Chavez for removal. It tried and failed three previous times:

– in April 2002 for two days; aborted by mass street protests and support from many in Venezuela’s military, especially from its middle-ranking officer corp;

– the 2002-2003 general strike and oil management lockout causing severe economic disruption; and

– the August 2004 national recall referendum in which Chavez resoundingly prevailed with a 59% majority.
Other disruptions have occurred since and now may again be ongoing.
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Congress Passes Bailout Package in Wee Hours

Wash. Post: Congress Passes Bailout Package in Wee Hours 
by C. L. Cook
The Washington Post is reporting Congress passed in principle a bailout package for the troubled financial industry early Sunday morning.  
The so-called 'Bailout' is a controversial salve to the banking and investment sector, with no clear consensus on its effects on the economies of the United States, and beyond. Last week, Ohio congressman and former Democratic party presidential candidate, Dennis Kucinich spoke in the house against the deal. Meanwhile, in the shadow of the Bailout, congress is spending the weekend voting on a plethora of contentious bills.
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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Jay Mowat, David Swanson, Danny Schechter Mon. S29, 2008

This Week on GR
by C. L. Cook
This week: An as yet to be named spokesperson from the striking United Steel  Workers Union, as UVic's Student Society (UVSS) refuses to consider a living wage for its workers; Jay Mowat of Erin Radio on his station's attempts to thwart a corporate media takeover of Erin's frequency; David Swanson, founder of and director of on the increasingly bizarre American presidential election; news dissector, Danny Schechter on the unfolding economic disaster.
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:  He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, Check out the GR blog at:

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A, B, C: How to Imprison Torturers

How to Put the Torturers in Prison
by David Swanson
U.S. politics has become something previously only found in science fiction, an intersection of parallel universes.  One universe is the one on television and in Congress.  In this universe there are suspicions that someone in the U.S. military may have used some technique bordering on torture, but there's just no way to know for sure. 
David Swanson will appear on Gorilla Radio this week , Monday S29 5pm pacific time 
Perhaps an investigation would be a good idea.  Or maybe a better solution would be to elect a new president, especially one who's been a victim of torture and opposes it. But the whole topic is very minor one, and the correct position is unclear since torture is both frowned on and useful for getting tough on terrorists.
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9/11 Trifecta: Arrogance, Ignorance, Cowardice

Arrogance, Ignorance, and Cowardice: Lessons from 9/11       
by Robert Jensen    
Given the disastrous decisions made by U.S. officials in the seven long years since September 11, 2001, it would be easy tonight simply to catalog those many mistakes and condemn the bipartisan depravity of the Republican and Democratic politicians who — starting almost immediately after the towers fell — manipulated people’s anger and fear to build support for illegal and immoral wars of aggression in Afghanistan and Iraq.
It would be especially easy for those of us in the anti-war/anti-empire movement to feel self-righteous and say, “We told you so.” By the end of the day on 9/11, many of us saw where the nation was heading and tried, in vain, to argue for a saner strategy.
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Canada Cracks Open Door to U.S. War Resisters

US War Resister is Granted Stay of Deportation
Canadian judge rules against deportation of outspoken anti-Iraq war resister


Iraq War Resister Jeremy Hinzman won a stay of deportation this week as a judge refused to allow Canada to send him back to the United States to face prosecution for desertion. Hinzman is one of numerous war resisters currently in Canada. Despite the Canadian parliament passing a non binding resolution on June 3rd calling for resisters to be allowed to stay in Canada permanently as conscientious objectors, the Canada Border Services Agency continues to routinely effect deportation orders of US war resisters.
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McCain-Obama: Evading Dark Reality

Debate Evades Dark Realities
by Robert Parry
Perhaps it’s unrealistic to expect a U.S. presidential debate to deal substantively – and honestly – with wrongful actions by the American government, even at the end of George W. Bush’s eight-year reign as one of the planet’s preeminent rogue operatives.

The acceptable political parameters may allow some tactical disagreements (Barack Obama saying the Iraq War “took our eye off the ball”) or even some implied moral criticism (John McCain saying he opposed Bush “on torture of prisoners”).

But there’s no place for a serious discussion of wholesale U.S. war crimes, such as Bush’s decision to launch an aggressive war under false pretenses, the sort of offense that the Nuremberg Tribunal after World War II called the “supreme” international crime.
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Alaskans Allege Palin Cover-Up

Alaskan Officials Allege Palin Cover-up
by Jason Leopold
An attorney for Alaska’s legislative investigation of Gov. Sarah Palin says John McCain’s presidential campaign is seeking to derail the inquiry because its findings could “cause serious damage to the Republican ticket.”

Attorney Peter Maassen, representing Alaska’s Legislative Council, defended the investigation in a 17-page court filing in response to last week’s lawsuit by five Republican lawmakers trying to stop the probe into whether Palin improperly fired Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan in July.
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Doctors Want to Know: How Sick is McCain?

by Brave New Films
Dear Friends, Colleagues and Supporters,
We knew we hit a nerve when Rush, Drudge, and O'Reilly unleashed on us the same day. Then, MSNBC censored the McCain health records ad, a Brave New PAC initiative, due to Bill O'Reilly/Fox's pressure.

And why? Because of the work we have all done together to stress the importance of John McCain releasing his health care records. Led by over 2500 doctors from around the country, Republicans, Independents and Democrats, asking important questions about the records, about his health, and stating loud and clear the records should be released.
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