Created on Monday, 24 December 2007 14:33
Written by Dave Lindorff
Global Warming Will Save America from the Right...Eventually
by Dave Lindorff
ay what you will about the looming catastrophe facing the world as the pace of global heating and polar melting accelerates. There is a silver lining.
Look at a map of the US.
The area that will by completely inundated by the rising oceanâ€”and not in a century but in the lifetime of my two catsâ€”are the American southeast, including the most populated area of Texas, almost all of Florida, most of Louisiana, and half of Alabama and Mississippi, as well as goodly portions of eastern Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina.
Read more: Rising Tide: Red States Blue
Created on Sunday, 23 December 2007 17:41
Written by Hal Sisson
The Security and Prosperity Partnership:
Jelly Beans and Potato Soup
by Hal. C. Sisson, QC
elly beans are funny per se; you never find them in discussion of serious matters, but usually used in a humourous or derisive manner.
Stephen Harper's spin doctors know this, which is precisely why they used jelly beans as an example when referring to the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP) that is more transparently described as the North American Union (NAU). Couple of years ago people said the NAU was only a ludicrous conspiracy theory never to be implemented. Not any more. The question now is are we going to be a part of it?
Prime Minister Harper intimated in his August speech in Montebello, Quebec, that the terms of the SPP agreement being discussed between Canada, the United States and Mexico was nothing more than an attempt to harmonize the policies, laws, rules, and regulations regarding trade of jelly beans throughout North America.
Read more: Jelly Beans and Potato Soup: Security and Prosperity Partnership
Created on Sunday, 23 December 2007 17:22
Written by Agence Global
The Mitchell Report Is a Fraud
by David Zirin
ver had someone spit in your face and tell you it's raining? That's how it felt watching former Senator George Mitchell's press conference on steroid use in Major League Baseball.
The former Senate majority leader unleashed his "investigative findings" in the somber, deliberate tones of an exhausted undertaker. Mitchell strained to heap scorn upon baseball owners and the player's union for being "slow to act."
Read more: Baseball's Gamed Steroids "Investigation"
Yet beneath the surface, his report is an ugly, sanctimonious fraud, meant to absolve those at the top and pin blame on a motley crew of retired players, trainers and clubhouse attendants. This is truly the old saw of the magical fishing net that captures minnows but lets the whales swim free.
Created on Sunday, 23 December 2007 16:54
Written by Kim Petersen
Capitalism and an Impending Wild Salmon Apocalypse
by Kim Petersen
hat sea lice from salmon farming pens imperil wild salmon populations is known.1
A recent article in the respected academic journal Science has confirmed these earlier reports. 2
But more ominously, the article authors warn that the sea lice threaten a â€œ99% collapse in pink salmon population â€¦ expected in four salmon generations.â€
The culprit is corporate salmon farming whose pens provide a platform where the sea lice can proliferate. The wild juvenile pink salmon that venture to the sea past these salmon farms are at risk of picking up sea lice.
Read more: The End of the Pacific Wild Salmon
Created on Sunday, 23 December 2007 16:26
Written by Scott Horton
Siegelman Accuser Released
by Scott Horton
he nationâ€™s highest profile political prosecution just got a little smellierâ€“as if that were possible.
U.S. Attorney Leura Canary and her chief prosecutor, Louis Franklin, built their case against Siegelman largely off the testimony of businessman Lanny Young.
As Time magazineâ€™s Adam Zagorin recounts, Young came in to the discussions with the Justice Department telling them he had dynamite information linking Alabama Senator Jefferson Beauregard Sessions and then-Alabama Attorney General William Pryor to corruption. He also had something quite trivial relating to Governor Siegelman.
But it turns out that the prosecutors didnâ€™t want to hear a word about the big-name Republicans. They only cared about Siegelman.
Read more: Siegelman Case Gets Smellier with Release of Accuser
Created on Sunday, 23 December 2007 16:09
Written by Agence Global
by Marc Perelman
If you saw the grainy footage of Saddam Hussein being brutally hanged on December 30, 2006, amid the taunts of his political enemies, "international justice" is probably not the first thought that came to mind. "Tribal vendetta" is a more likely guess.
More than sixty years ago, the need to avoid vendettas was one of the factors behind the establishment of an international military tribunal at Nuremberg to judge Nazis accused of war crimes. The Nuremberg tribunal has since served as a model of sorts for the handful of international tribunals created by the United Nations in the past two decades to judge people accused of committing war crimes in Cambodia, Sierra Leone, Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia.
Read more: Revisiting that Other Hitler: The Trial of Slobodan Milosevic
Created on Sunday, 23 December 2007 11:31
Written by Media Lens
Manufacturing Threats: Sudan, Iran, and the War for Civilisation
by Media Lens
ews that British schoolteacher Gillian Gibbons had been jailed in Sudan after allowing her pupils to call a teddy bear Mohammed fed straight into the UK media's hate factory and its "war for civilisation".
The Gibbons story was mentioned in a massive 257 articles in UK national newspapers in the first week, providing an excuse to boost claims of "genocide" in Sudan in 10 of these.
Read more: Still Spinning: Media-Made War
The suffering in Sudan has certainly been appalling - it is
estimated that the conflict has cost the lives of 100,000 people with
two million made homeless. But Iraq is far worse - the occupation has
so far resulted in the deaths of 1 million people with more than 4
million displaced from their homes.
Created on Sunday, 23 December 2007 11:11
Written by Stephen Lendman
Police State America - A Look Back and Ahead
by Stephen Lendman
ear end is a good time to look back and reflect on what's ahead. If past is prologue, however, the outlook isn't good, and nothing on the horizon suggests otherwise.
Voters last November wanted change but got betrayal from the bipartisan criminal class in Washington. Their attitude shows in an October Reuters/Zogby (RZ) opinion poll with George Bush at 24% that tops Richard Nixon's worst showing of 25% at his lowest 1974 Watergate point.
And if that looks bad, consider Congress with "The Hill" reporting from the same RZ Index that our legislators scored a "staggering 11%, the lowest (congressional) rating in history," but there's room yet to hit bottom and a year left to do it. Why not with lawmakers' consistent voter sellout and failure record that keeps getting worse.
Read more: America: A Police State Under the Christmas Tree
Created on Saturday, 22 December 2007 23:58
Written by Robert Parry
Huckabee & the 'Persecuted' Christians
by Robert Parry
Read more: Putting the "X" Back in Xmas
[Editor's note: T
o understand Mike Huckabeeâ€™s surprising rise to the top of the Republican presidential field, itâ€™s worth looking back two years to December 2005 when the right-wing media manufactured an alarming tale about how secularists and non-Christians were waging a â€œWar on Christmas.â€
Huckabee â€“ in his unthreatening, easy-going style â€“ has managed to tap into that now widely perceived view among white Christian conservatives that they are somehow facing persecution at the hands of Jews, Muslims and atheists.
So, when Huckabee airs an ad in Iowa in which he wears a red sweater, sits in front of a Christmas tree and what looks like a cross, and says â€œwhat really mattersâ€ this time of year is not politics but â€œthe celebration of the birth of Christ,â€ he is subtly touching this powerful sense of Christian victimhood.
Created on Saturday, 22 December 2007 22:31
Written by Jason Leopold
Military Evangelism Deeper, Wider Than First Thought
by Jason Leopold
he Military Religious Freedom Foundation says the two photos
show how the infiltration of fundamentalist Christianity in the US
military is starting to mirror Islamic fundamentalism.
Soldiers at Fort Jackson Army Base pose with their rifles and Bibles.
Read more: Church and State: Forward Christian Soldiers
For US Army soldiers entering basic training at Fort Jackson Army base in Columbia, South Carolina, accepting Jesus Christ as their personal savior appears to be as much a part of the nine-week regimen as the vigorous physical and mental exercises the troops must endure.