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31 March 2007

My Second-Favorite Monty Python Episode

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Anne Elk's Theory on the Brontosaurus

Another classic Python bit:

My Favorite Monty Python Episode

There are four or five others I think are way up there, too, but this one kills me every time. One for the ages.

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30 March 2007

The Tonkin Incident in the Gulf

Some useful links:

  1. Brinkmanship Unwise in Uncharted Waters
  2. Iran — how to start a war
  3. A fake British map? More on the Captured Brits
  4. Both Sides Must Stop This Mad Confrontation, Now
  5. Iran: Attack fears spurred nuclear block

Democracy Now! | Understanding How Good People Turn Evil: Renowned Psychologist Philip Zimbardo On his Landmark Stanford Prison Experiment, Abu Ghraib

You might say that this experiment never needed to be done; just read history. Much worse than the Milgram experiments, I think.

Anyway, it happened, and it's very revealing of human nature.

Check out Zimbardo's site, The Lucifer Effect.

Atlantic Free Press - Hard Truths for Hard Times - Division of Nausea in Media

The Correspondents Association Dinner, usually a low, as in the oh-so-funny search for WMDs in the White House bit by Bush as people were dying over his lie.

This time, a terrible "interview" and then, yes, a rap with Karl Rove. With David Gregory, supposedly independent White House correspondent.

Why didn't they just do it in blackface?

If you want to know what they problem with American media is, watch this. Some fourth branch.

I can't bring myself to watch the full dinner, as I'll lose my breakfast.

29 March 2007

Michael Scheuer | Imperial Hubris: Why the West is Losing the War on Terror

Another wacko liberal -- this one from the CIA. Just the guy who headed up the CIA's unit devoted to Bin Laden. You know, a real crunchy-granola type.

Andrew Bacevich on The New American Militarism

No fool, he.

Democracy Now! | "This Isn't American Idol, We're Choosing the President of the United States" - Kucinich on Corporate Media Campaign Coverage


28 March 2007

Amy Goodman and Howard Zinn in Boston

Award-winning journalist Amy Goodman, host of the daily, grassroots, global, radio/TV news hour Democracy Now!, is on a national speaking tour to mark DN!'s 10th anniversary and launch her second book with journalist David Goodman, Static: Government Liars, Media Cheerleaders, and the People Who Fight Back.

WHEN: PATRIOTS' DAY - Mon., Apr. 16th, 7:00 PM

WHERE: Faneuil Hall, Boston

DESCRIPTION: An evening with Howard Zinn and Amy Goodman celebrating the publication of Howard Zinn's new book, A Power Governments Cannot Suppress and benefit for audience-supported Democracy Now!, a national, daily, independent, award-winning news program airing on over 500 stations in North America.

Co-sponsored by Democracy Now! and City Lights Books.

TICKETS: $10.00 General Admission http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/11606 or call 888-999-3877, press 2.

SPECIAL PRIVATE RECEPTION: with Howard & Amy, 5 - 6:30 pm, includes:

  • hors d'oeuvres
  • 2 drinks
  • 1 copy of Howard's new book, A Power Governments Cannot Suppress and
  • 1 copy of Amy's book, Static: Government Liars, Media Cheerleaders, and the People Who Fight Back
  • preferred seating at lecture
  • $200 for one person
  • $300 for two people
  • At Kingfisher Hall, 188 Faneuil Hall South Market Bldg. Boston, MA 02109
  • Reservations are required for reception

MORE INFO: To purchase tickets for lecture and/or reception, visit http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/11606 or call 888-999-3877, press 2.

For directions, click here.

Gilbert Burnham | Counting the Dead in Iraq | WGBH Forum Network | Free Online Lectures

And -- oh, gee -- the British government, at the time, thought the study was just fine. Got squashed, though.

Chris Hedges | Who Are the American Fascists? | WGBH Forum Network | Free Online Lectures

Audio, video.

Truthdig - Reports - A World Where Lies Are True

By Chris Hedges, who has done more than anyone I know of connecting the dots of the Christian right.

‘Marriage to an Arab is national treason’ - Israel News, Ynetnews

Recent poll reveals steep rise in racist views against Arabs in Israel; many participants feel hatred, fear when overhearing Arabic, 75 percent don’t approve of shared apartment buildings

To Russia with Realism: American Conservative

The New Cold War...boy, you can taste it, can't you?

Putin is a dicatator -- look at him and see where we're going: "managed democracy" (more so).

But I don't see how opening up a possibly terminal phase of conflict between the two largest nuclear powers is a good thing, regardless of the regime in Russia -- or here!

Another take on the UK-Iran conflict in the Shatt-al-Arab

This correspondent has been to the Shatt-al-Arab. It's a busy and tricky waterway, to say the least. Iraqi fishing boats share the waters with Iranian patrol boats. From the Iraqi shore one can see the Iranian shore, flags aflutter.These remain extremely disputed waters. In 1975, a treaty was signed in Algiers between the shah of Iran and Saddam Hussein. The center of the river was supposed to be the border. Then Saddam invaded Iran in 1980. After the Iran-Iraq War that this sparked ended in 1988, and even after both Gulf wars, things remain perilously inconclusive: a new treaty still has not been signed....Western corporate media overwhelmingly take for granted that the British were in Iraqi or "international"waters (wrong: these are disputed Iran/Iraq waters).

Gee, you don't see this in the BBC or New York Times coverage.

27 March 2007

US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation speaks at the UFPJ Anti-War Rally on January 27th, 2007 in Washington, DC

If you prefer quieter talk, skip the necessarily shout-y statements on the platform and watch from 4:00 on.

June 10-11, 2007, in DC. Be there.

Yes, I must be "self-hating," given that I am Jewish. QED.

Kucinich on Health Care, Iraq

On India’s Growing Violence: ‘It’s Outright War and Both Sides are Choosing Their Weapons’

Arundhati Roy interviewed by Shoma Chaudhury.

Why doesn't Thomas Friedman write about this stuff? Yes, a rhetorical question.

26 March 2007

Jeff Cohen on Why the Media Sucks So Much, And Isn't Getting Better.

Audio above; transcript here.

Bill Maher on Plame and Bush

Exactly correct. As sad as it is funny.

City Police Spied Broadly Before G.O.P. Convention - New York Times

No shit.

More from Democracy Now!

Al-Ahram Weekly | Interview | Fingerprints of history

Interview with Robert Fisk.

Terrorized by 'War on Terror' - washingtonpost.com

By Zbigniew Brzezinski

Where is the leader to stand up and say this, indeed? We have them -- Kucinich is one -- but they are ridiculed by the corporate/state-owned media. It's called fascism, kids, and those of us who warned of this on 9/12/01 and since, and were vilified or laughed at, take little solace in having been correct.

Here's a not-unrepresentative response in the comments to this article. I happen to agree, descriptively, that the US is one 9/11 away from the kind of fascist state "actability" would, normatively, like to see:

I guess the same thing could of been said Mr. Brzezinski about another three words, Remember Pearl harbor but then again I doubt at that time your treason would have been so accepting.... Better get out of the way Brzezinski, Americans are fast coming to the point they will string up traitors like you who are working overtime to have them killed. It is only another 9-11 away..you are a mindless moron

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Are We Politicians or Citizens? | The Progressive

More from Zinn on MoveOn and the timorous Congress...

25 March 2007

On Israel, America and AIPAC - The New York Review of Books

George Soros jumps in. He's Jewish, so this is self-hatred, not anti-Semitism...although, the latter term is being streteched for coreligionist bashing...

Dispatches: In the Killing Zone

In Memory of Tanya Reinhart, by Noam Chomsky


Chomsky in Vancouver, 1996: Q&A

Apparently, Chomsky's flight was delayed four hours, so he dispensed with his talk and went to questions. Very interesting.

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Truthdig - Scott Ritter: Calling Out Idiot America

He's got me: there's no way I could have answered this question in nearly this detail.

Now I can. Time to pull Hourani's A History of the Arab Peoples off the shelf. This will help too: The Internet Islamic History Sourcebook.

Update: dig this -- Robert Scheer interviews Ritter on the latter's new book, Target Iran.