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Caravaggio Rules, Exhibit n

This may be a mirror reflection of the original; if you know, lemme know. In any event, I think it's absolutely phenomenal. It was a treat -- almost an honor -- to have seen many of his paintings unvirtually in Rome last summer.

(Click on the image to see the full-size, non-pixellated version.)

Obama: The Real Deal?

I don't put much stock in either party's ability to stop the tailspin of our republican traditions, such as they are, from a presidential perch. The Congress, courts, press, and general public must reassert themselves, and in concert (or at least simultaneously) in order to salvage representative democracy and the rule of law.

Presidents have the most power in foreign policy, and the mainstream Dem view isn't all that much different from the Bush crew's. Less obvious about dominance; more careful about force application. But the same script, as has been the case since Truman, regardless of party. I see very little on his site about reigning in the military-industrial complex; in fact, very little on specifics whatsoever. This is tried-and-true politics -- the Blair model, one might call it: "The politics has been taken out of politics." Now, we just want daddies (or mommies).

Domestically, a Dem such as Obama might help to make a big difference, but that depend…

Independent Jewish Voices: UK

A new organization in the UK. A very hopeful development.
A Time to Speak Out: Independent Jewish VoicesWe are a group of Jews in Britain from diverse backgrounds, occupations and affiliations who have in common a strong commitment to social justice and universal human rights. We come together in the belief that the broad spectrum of opinion among the Jewish population of this country is not reflected by those institutions which claim authority to represent the Jewish community as a whole. We further believe that individuals and groups within all communities should feel free to express their views on any issue of public concern without incurring accusations of disloyalty. We have therefore resolved to promote the expression of alternative Jewish voices, particularly in respect of the grave situation in the Middle East, which threatens the future of both Israelis and Palestinians as well as the stability of the whole region. We are guided by the following principles: 1. Human rights are…

An Example of SECRECY NEWS, from the FAS Project on Government Secrecy

Volume 2007, Issue No. 15
February 8, 2007


The interagency Nuclear Weapons Council (NWC) has formally decided to endorse the proposed Reliable Replacement Warhead (RRW) concept as the basis of the future U.S. nuclear arsenal, a new report from the Congressional Research Service revealed.

In November 2006, "the NWC determined that the RRW is to be adopted as the strategy for maintaining a long term safe, secure and reliable nuclear deterrent," the CRS report stated, quoting from new Department of Energy budget documents (at page CRS-26).

It is a momentous decision on which Congress might be expected to weigh in.

Not only that, but RRW development will be funded at the expense of existing nuclear weapons programs, budget documents say, "through reductions in resources required to support …

More John Pilger Films...

You simply cannot go without seeing these excellent films. Each is about an hour. The subjects should be clear; they date from the late seventies to the last few years, but all are necessary for understanding world affairs.

1. Breaking the Slience (on the "War on Terror")

2. Cambodia: The Betrayal

3. Palestine Is Still The Issue

4. Death of a Nation (on East Timor)

5. The New Rulers of the World (on neoliberal globalization)

6. Paying the Price: Killing the Children of Iraq (on Clinton the Good's sanction regime)

7. Stealing a Nation (on the sad story of the Chagos Islands)

8. Apartheid Didn't Die

9. Flying the Flag (Arming the World)

10. Breaking the Mirror (The Murdoch Effect)

11. Nicaragua: A Nation's Right to Survive

12. Cambodia: Year Zero

13. Burma: Land of Fear

Democracy Now! | Two Longtime Chicago Journalists On The Rise of Sen. Barack Obama:

RealPlayer autolaunch: go here for other options.

Info on the person who might be the least-worst option. I'm still for Kucinich, and Nader may make another run (RealPlayer autolaunch; other options). This time, he (Nader) may be worth supporting, especially if the other options are Shillary and McCain-not-Able. That is, if Kucinich's campaign doesn't either get the nomination or force whomever does further left.