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IPCC III: Mitigation of Climate Change

If you want it in Windows Media Player, as opposed to Real Player, here 'tis.

Here's the summary report. (PDF)

And the full report for I: The Physical Science Basis is now available online. (HTML page with lots of PDFs)

Finally, an honest statement: we must change our lifestyles. Oh, heavens, no! Gore doesn't emphasize this enough. Look, global warming requires a radical change in lifestyle, resource distribution, economics -- no matter what that mica-thin flat-brainer Friedman thinks (sic), with due attention to his investment portfolio. Sure, technological solutions will help, but, yes, Virginia, lifestyles must change.

The Color of Olives; Palestinian child fatalities in the Occupied Palestinian Territory during 2006

The most noble army in the world in action. From ReliefWeb; PDF.

More on the occupation: The Color of Olives. Blurb:
From Mexican director Carolina Rivas and cinematographer Daoud Sarhandi comes this elegant and visually breathtaking new film about the Palestinian experience. The Amer family lives surrounded by the infamous West Bank Wall, where their daily lives are dominated by electrified fences, locked gates and a constant swarm of armed soldiers.

This unique and intimate documentary shares their private world, allowing a glimpse of the constant struggles and the small, endearing details that sustain them. THE COLOR OF OLIVES is an artistic and beautifully affecting reflection on the effects of racial segregation, the meaning of borders and the absurdity of war.

Police Fire Rubber Bullets, Tear Gas Into Peaceful LA Immigration March; NPR on Boston Biotech Conference Protests

Or, "We Are All Palestinians Now."

Democracy Now! report...more burgeoning fascism. (Mistagged to start at the beginning of the report; you can listen to the headlines, but if you want, jump to 13:36 for the specific segment linked in the title to this post. Update from today's DN! here.)

LA Times on this (more here); even Fox affiliates are pissed off (who knows about FoxNews--National). When you get stomped, you get pissed.

We'll be seeing more and more of this in the good ol' USA:




Meanwhile, NPR (stands for, "Nonstop Propaganda Repetition") tells me today, without batting an eye, the day after this brutality, that a "protest zone" will be set up for the biotech conference. This is OK with them, of course. The entire segment was devoted to how law enforcement has been preparing for the protest. Not one word on why the protest is happening; not one word from a protester-to-be. Typical, I know. Will the Boston PD use rubber bullets, too?

Fascism: Two Examples

1.Ron Suskind, "Without a Doubt," New York Times Magazine, 10/17/04

In the summer of 2002, after I had written an article in Esquire that the White House didn't like about Bush's former communications director, Karen Hughes, I had a meeting with a senior adviser to Bush. He expressed the White House's displeasure, and then he told me something that at the time I didn't fully comprehend -- but which I now believe gets to the very heart of the Bush presidency.

The aide said that guys like me were "in what we call the reality-based community," which he defined as people who "believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality." I nodded and murmured something about enlightenment principles and empiricism. He cut me off. "That's not the way the world really works anymore," he continued. "We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality --…

Jewish Voice for Peace: Some Videos

From JVP's site. Btw, switching your rendering engine to IE if you use Firefox works (for me, at least).
Unless stated, most files require Windows Media Player. Get it free for Windows, or for Mac. You must watch videos using Internet Explorer web browser. Firefox/Mozilla will not work.
JVPBrand New!
Watch our moving video "Meet JVP" that we produced for our Olive Branch Awards. (Warning, it's a large file, so best if you have a high speed connection.) See many of the faces behind JVP and why we are so committed to this work. News coverage of JVP on the Gaza withdrawal.
Watch the demonstration and in-studio analysis. Classic JVP Promo
This video offers a short but compelling statement about JVP's work, and features footage of our sit-in at the Israeli Consulate in 2002. Watch with Windows Media Player or Quicktime. In support of selective divestment
Watch JVP Co-Director Liat Weingart and Israeli human rights attorney Shamai Leibovitz address Chic…

"The Mullahs and the Military" -- Channel 4 Dispatches Documentary on Pakistan

You know, the country that has a strong Taliban influence that could take over at any moment and have a nuclear arsenal? The country that opened a nuclear-technology mall under A.Q. Khan (and everyone knew all about it the world over, as William Langewiesche showed in the Atlantic a ways back)? The one that's almost gone to nuclear war at least once with India (who was equally blameworthy)?

Oh, yeah...Pakistan.

But Iran is the real problem. They are actually a key ally against Sunni extremists -- but no matter. (The Holst and intro graphics are a bit much, but at least the person posted it on YouTube!)

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Sen. Durbin and George Tenet: Totally Full of Shit

1. Durbin. From Democracy Now! --
Sen. Durbin: I Knew the Public Was Being Mislead [sic] into the Iraq War
In Washington, the second highest ranking Democrat in the Senate, Majority whip Richard Durbin of Illinois, has admitted that he knew in 2003 that the American public was being misled into the Iraq war but remained silent. Durbin said last week "I was angry about it. [But] frankly, I couldn't do much about it because, in the intelligence committee, we are sworn to secrecy." Durbin went on to say "We can't walk outside the door and say the statement made yesterday by the White House is in direct contradiction to classified information that is being given to this Congress."Huh? Dick Durbin, meet John Locke. Ever heard of "Lockean prerogative"? Nah, didn't think so. Try reading Schlesinger's The Imperial Presidency (pp. 321-22). It applies to the executive usually, but can be extended to any governmental employee, such as, say, Daniel Ells…

Snakes and Arrows, Rush's Latest

Yes, I'm still a Rush fan. I've never been a fan of the mid-'80s-to-mid-'90s Rush, and my standards are very high, so... This latest album is just great: very light on the synthesizers (thank god), great drumming (no shit?), and a nice dollop of acoustic guitar. The acoustic instrumental, "Hope," reminds me why Lifeson was considered the second coming of Jimmy Page in the mid-70s. Lee's bass is phenomenal, as per usual. The album's not quite as heavy -- or angry -- as the last one, Vapor Trails, but it's pretty goddamn heavy nonetheless. Full of unusual melodies and unexpected time changes galore. Peart just gets better and looser as a drummer. In other words, another typical set of MTV-ready, demographically micromarketed, cookie-cutter pop songs. You gotta love a group that includes an instrumental track of typically jazz-level complexity (but atypical trippiness) called "Malignant Narcissism."

The lyrics are direct -- more than usual, …

Prominent Voices Call for Impeachment on the Capitol Steps

About time. Again, Kucinich is the only decent candidate in the field.
"Wednesday, April 25, 2007: At noon today a distinguished group of public elected officials, prominent voices of conscience, actors and artists, and military families gathered in front of the U.S. Capitol to call for the impeachment of President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney.

With debate sharpening between Congress and administration over including withdrawal dates from Iraq in the Supplemental Spending Bill, today's press conference continued the growing momentum against the Bush Administration. Dennis Kucinich, having filed an impeachment resolution Tuesday against Vice President Cheney appeared at today's press conference and said that yesterday the press said he was alone in calling for impeachment. Today standing together with the 100 of us gathered in front of the Capitol, he declared that he is not alone, he is standing with the people for impeachment.

Among today's speakers wer…

The Spanish Civil War: 70th Anniversary of the Bombing of Guernica

Democracy Now! on Fighting Fascism: The Americans -- Women and Men -- Who Fought In the Spanish Civil War.

More information on the Abraham Lincoln brigade.

Wikipedia on the Spanish Civil War, for what it's worth.

George Orwell on the Spanish Civil War:
Homage to Catalonia"Spilling the Spanish Beans""Looking Back on the Spanish War""Objectivity and Liberal Scholarship," by Noam Chomsky.

More resources from Anarcho-Syndicalism 101:
After the Revolution - by Diego Abad de Santiallan, theoretical text written by Spanish author in the leadup to the Civil War, discussing ways in which production, distribution and consumption could be organised according to anarcho-syndicalist principles.Anarchists in the Spanish Revolution - by Jose Pierats.Collectives in the Spanish Revolution - by Gaston Leval, French Anarchist who traveled to Spain during the revolution to document what happened. The Tragedy of Spain - by Rudolf Rocke…

Carl Sagan's Cosmos: All 13 Episodes

Part 1: The Shores of the Cosmic Ocean

Part 2: One Voice in the Cosmic Fugue

Part 3: Harmony of the Worlds

Part 4: Heaven and Hell

Part 5: Blues for the Red Planet
Seemingly missing...from the Google long-duration list, but here it is from YouTube, with I think Portuguese subtitles. The a/v synch is off; will replace if/when episode 5 shows up on Google Vidz:
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g: [Credits]

Part 6: Travelers' Tales

Part 7: The Backbone of the Night

Part 8: Journeys in Space and Time

Part 9: The Lives of the Stars

Part 10: The Edge of Forever

Part 11: The Persistence of Memory

Part 12: Encyclopaedie Galactica

Part 13: Who Speaks for Earth?

Independent Media In A Time Of War

"Part scathing critique, part call to action, 'Independent Media In A Time Of War' is a hard-hitting new documentary by the HudsonMohawkIndependentMediaCenter(www.hm.indymedia.org). This film is composed of a speech given by Amy Goodman, host of Democracy Now! illustrated by clips of mainstream media juxtaposed with rare footage from independent reporters in Iraq. The documentary argues that dialogue is vital to a healthy democracy. 'Independent media has a crucial responsibility to go to where the silence is,' says Amy Goodman, 'to represent the diverse voices of people engaged in dissent.' She makes a compelling argument that the commercial news media have failed to represent the 'true face of war.'Thanks to Joe Public Films and Tom Jackson for contributing footage from 'Greetings From Missile Street.'"