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Outsource Tragedy

The Outsourcing Tragedy
by Ernest Partridge
My computer and I have been through a bad spell these past couple of weeks. First, my router/modem developed a terminal malfunction, and then my new anti-virus software failed to install. Thankfully, three very capable and patient gentlemen at various technical support facilities found solutions.

These three gentlemen were, respectively, from India, the Philippines, and once again, India. If you or someone in your family is about to graduate with a degree in computer science, don’t expect to find a job in the U.S. any time soon.

Amidst my computer worries, I bought a dozen or so electrical supplies from the local hardware: a surge protector, extension cords, a phone, that sort of thing. Glancing at the labels, I found that each and every one was made in China. And a new hard drive? From Malaysia.

No need to go on with this, you know about it already. It’s called “outsourcing.”

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Diyala Awakening: Forged Ties for Good Tiding

New Operation Gets Surprise Support
by Ahmed Ali and Dahr Jamail
A massive military operation in Diyala province has underscored the military and political gains by the Sahwa militia, despite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's earlier attempts to thwart them. Maliki has now apparently come around to involving the Sahwa rather than opposing them.

The Sahwa are the 'Awakening Forces' created and paid by the U.S. military to co-opt militants and to fight al-Qaeda, but which have become a force of their own parallel to the military and the police.
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Krack Down! Korea Busts Labour

Calling for Solidarity - Lee Myung-bak government repression against the KCTU and Fundamental Trade Union Rights
In the midst of mass candlelight protests calling for renegotiations of the April 18th Protocol on importation of US beef, KCTU decided to go into general strike on July 2 calling for protection of people's right to health and renegotiation of April 18 Protocol to reflect food safety concerns.
Jin Young-ok, first vice president of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU). Jailed by authorities as part of a crackdown following the 'illegal' general strike of July 2008. Other KCTU leaders are currently wanted by the police and the union headquarters is surrounded. Please send off your messages of protest today and spread the word. Got a photo that should be here? Post it via Flickr
The Korean Metal Workers' Union (KMWU) played a leading role in the general strike. The prosecutor and the Ministry of Labor declared the July 2nd strike clearly illegal, and even before the launch of strike, on June 30th, the 66 senior prosecutors called an urgent meeting at which it called the general strike a ¡®political strike¡¯ and announced they would pursue investigations against law-breakers.  

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Dutch Fly Kites for Free Energy

Experiments Show that the Power Generated Could Provide Electricity for 100,000 Homes
by The Guardian
A traditional childhood pastime could provide a breakthrough in renewable energy, after successful experiments in flying a giant kite at one of Europe's top research centres.

Scientists from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands harnessed energy from the wind by flying a 10-sq metre kite tethered to a generator, producing 10 kilowatts of power.

The experiment generated enough electricity to power 10 family homes, and the researchers have plans to test a 50kW version of their invention, called Laddermill, eventually building up to a proposed version with multiple kites that they claim could generate 100 megawatts, enough for 100,000 homes.

Dutch scientists demonstrate their electric kite - Solutions are news. Successful kite flying demonstration could harness renewable energy
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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
I 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.
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Obama: Presumptive Emperor

Obama And The Empire
by William Blum
The 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.

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Anthrax Attacks and the Assault on Civil Liberties

The Anthrax Attacks and the Assault on Civil Liberties
by Paul Craig Roberts
In last weekend’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 Regime’s need to produce “terrorists” in order to keep Americans fearful and, thereby, amenable to the Bush Regime’s assault on US civil liberties.
Bruce E. Ivins

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 Regime’s fabricated cases might fall apart too. 
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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, John Ross, Jon Elmer Aug. 4, 2008

This Week on GR
by C. L. Cook
This 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.
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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Blame Pakistan: U.S. Turns on Old Ally

US Vilifies Faithful Old Ally
by Eric Margolis
It’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), Pakistan’s military intelligence agency.

The White House leaked claims ISI was in cahoots with pro-Taliban groups in Pakistan’s tribal area along the Afghan border.

Pakistan’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 Pakistan’s visiting Prime Minister Yousuf Gilani, “Who’s in charge of ISI?”

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Misgovernment No Accident in Bush's Washington

Follow This Dime: Why Misgovernment Was No Accident in George W. Bush's Washington
by Thomas Frank
Washington 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.

How are we to dissect a deluge like this one?

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Condemning Harper Practices

Harper in Victoria: Served With 95 Articles of Condemnation
Joan Russow, Global Compliance Research Project
In 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.
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