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Bush Admin Nuclear Weapons Development Policy

Here's what they have in mind for us (PDF). Some explanation from In These Times, with the following amazing fact: "Nearly 20 years after the Berlin Wall crumbled, the United States is allocating more funding, on average, to nuclear weapons than during the Cold War."

This strategy of building new nuclear weapons, while dismantling treaties -- including stopping START; the Non-Proliferation Treaty (exceptions for India, Israel, and ourselves -- along with most other nuclear powers) and Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty (killed for "Star Wars") being basically dead in the water, except when useful for the US to invoke -- is completely insane and a far bigger threat to Americans (and everyone else) than Iran. Of course.

How many Americans know about this stuff, do you think? Exactly. Keep shopping.

Finkelstein tenure case exposes the commonplace cowardice of “responsible” professors

Above article by Robert Jensen.

Here's an excerpt from an interview of Raul Hilberg -- arguably the originator and certainly one of the finest practitioners of Nazi holocaust studies. The interview deserves to be read in full, but here's the part on Finkelstein:
Q: What are your thoughts on the current debates over how to interpret the Holocaust and its legacy in the work of people like Norman Finkelstein or Daniel Goldhagen?

Hilberg: Well Finkelstein is now maligned all over the place. There were obviously lobbies who tried to dislodge him from his position. Finkelstein is a political scientist. I believe he has a PhD degree from Princeton and, whatever you may think of Princeton, this is a pretty strong preparation to be a professional political scientist. He wrote to me a couple of times. He was the first one to…

Olbermann's Special Comment on the Democratic Crave-In

Norman Solomon on the Democrats, and groups like MoveOn, that act as "safety valves." I quit MoveOn when they got behind the sham, nonbinding bill. Seems like they are pissed, now that they got snookered. No matter: had the bill passed, it was toothless, anyway. End funding. End of statement. That, or impeachment, is the only way to end this (or any) war.

Problem is, the Demz want to win the next election...and then, what? Pull out of Iraq? Or pull a Nixon-in-Vietnam and expand into Iran? Listen to the top Dem candidates; they can't wait to pressure Iran. "No option off the table" as far as Iran goes...but for a president at 25-ish, who has totally destroyed the Constitution? Impeachment is "off the table." Even for single-digit Cheney. Makes you wonder, huh?

Greg Palast on the New Monica, Caging Lists, and Rove's E-mails...

More here. And more here -- you may need to play this in iTunes or some other program. Won't work in Windows Media or RealPlayer (for me, at least), and it hangs up on Firefox. What I did was copy the link (which you can do by right-clicking), opening iTunes, hitting Ctrl-U (Advanced>>Open Stream), pasting in the link, and hitting enter. Bingo.And still more here, from Democracy Now.
Get it yet? Do something about it: write your representative and senators!

Arthur Silber on the Craven Democrats: "A Murderer's Confession"

Can't improve upon that. My "liberal Democratic" friends will go into severe cognitive dissonance over the simple application of the basic ethical rule that if it's bad behavior for one group, that same behavior is bad for another group, but them's the facts.

Once again, there isn't a candidate worth a damn other than Kucinich, whose 1-hour speech on the Iraqi Hydrocarbon Law got zero coverage -- aside from Democracy Now. Of course. But, please, my Democratic friends, keep saying he has no chance and support Hillary, Obama, or Edwards. Edwards seems to be marginally less bad -- but not on Iran, Israel, and Palestine.

Arsenal of Hypocrisy: US Space Command

Another under-reported story with huge implications for human survival. Vision for 2020 document (PDF) -- from 1997, during the wonderful Clinton years. Note the term "full spectrum dominance" therein. And from 1998, the "Long Range Plan." I'm sure Hillary will dismantle this program. Or Obama. Worry not: the Republicans are the enemy; you can trust the Democrats.

Here's the current Space Command website. Here's the Federation of American Scientists (FAS) site on weapons in space. This is why we're persisting in "theater missile defense system" deployment in Poland, Taiwan, and around the world. In case you were wondering. The obvious response? The entire world allies against us, formally or not. Which "proves" that we must arm even further to the teeth...which will foster more nuclear proliferation to non-nuclear powers and build-up by other nuclear powers. I'm sure it will all turn out OK. Continue shopping.



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Chomsky on India-Pakistan Relations

Very interesting comments on the role of diasporas -- Indian, Pakistani, Armenian, Jewish, Irish, you name it -- in pushing their "home" countries to extremes. It would take an extremely good historian and sociologist, with unusual psychological insight, to sketch out the cross-cultural reasons for this phenomenon. I wonder whether anyone's done anything on this; probably.

Campin, Merode Altarpiece, ca. 1425 (Metropolitan Museum of Art)

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Goya, Politics, & the Power of Images

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Giotto, The Lamentation, Arena Chapel, c. 1305

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Caravaggio, The Calling of St. Matthew (1599)

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