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Living off scraps: The West Bank's bitter harvest

Nah, it's not apartheid. Everyone's perfectly happy in the occupied territories.

Another crack in the ideological wall -- from Yahoo News of all places. Amy Goodman in her weekly column (I know, I know: a self-hater).

More: "The Greatest Story Never Told," by Stephen Lendman. Another self-hater, of course. Here's another good one: "'Unrecognized' Palestinians." More of his "hate-filled" notions can be read at his blog.

Yes, I am not only sick and tired of "pro-"Israeli hyper-Zionists frothing at the mouth, getting gifted professors fired, and so forth. But I am also frankly terrified of yet another new war, this time in Iran, which, among others, the "pro-"Israeli hyper-Zionists (Jewish and non-Jewish; in America or in Israel) are pushing for.

Chimpy McMurderer's Address to the Nation

Watch it here. Seventeen-and-a-half minutes of steaming horseshit by the epsilon minus ostensibly running the country (yeah, right).

Note the constant use, and not just by Bush, of the definite article to modify "terrorists" -- the terrorists. You know, Al Qaida, Iranians, ecological activists, lefty bloggers -- all the same. Pure propaganda. How fucking stupid does he think we are? What a farce of a speech; anyone who sees anything in it other than propaganda needs to have his or her head examined. There might be a sheep's brain in it.

Another interestingly defined term: "extremists" means "Shiites" or "those who do not bow to the will of elite American fiat."

Ah, the Reaganesque "personalization" at the end of the speech -- by some amazing coincidence, it's a virtual retread of the new Ari-Fleischer-backed commercials for Iraq. Well, it is September: time to launch a new product -- Iran, and the new [sic] Iraq strategy [sic].

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Superimperialism: The Economic Strategy of American Empire, 2nd ed, Michael Hudson, 2003 [1st ed, 1972]

PDF; click title of post above.

Two other relevant and classic analyses:
Gabriel Kolko, The Politics of War: The World and United States Foreign Policy, 1943-1945Gabriel Kolko, The Limits of Power: The World and US Foreign Policy, 1945-1954More Kolko books here; more articles here. Recent interview here.

9/11 -- the big cover-up? by Peter Tatchell

This seems a fairly plausible reaction to the 9/11 Report to me. Of course, based on what we know about how the commission and report were fought, tooth and nail, by the Bush admin, should be enough to conclude that at minimum, the admin simply didn't care, or was covering up, at minimum, it's complete irresponsibility. We've all known that for years, including at the time.

The Funniest Thing Of All Time in the History of the Universe, Literally

Now this is what I call "the voice of the working man." He knows what time it is.

(This is for the three of you who may not yet have seen this classic. Admittedly, there is some profanity. Such as, some variant on the ancient Anglo-Saxon word, "fuck," is used at total of 29 times in two minutes and seven seconds. That's a rate of one "fuck" per every roughly 4.5 seconds -- and he doesn't really get going till about 20 or 30 seconds in... Enjoy!)

Naomi Klein, The Shock Doctine

Excerpt and video; click above.

Later: Found the vid on YouTube:

More here at Naomi Klein's site.

And further video and audio clips, taken from her site:
Wednesday, August 15th, 2007
Naomi Klein: From Think Tanks to Battle Tanks, "The Quest to Impose a Single World Market Has Casualties Now in the Millions"

Monday, April 2nd, 2007
"The Worse Things Get in Iraq, the More Privatized This War Becomes, The More Profitable This War Becomes" - Naomi Klein on the Privatization of the State

Friday, September 23rd, 2005
Disaster Profiteering: Purging the Poor in the New New Orleans Naomi Klein on BBC's Business Daily, September 12, 2007
Listen to the Interview Naomi discusses the staggering growth of the homeland security industry. Otto Reich, who served in George W. Bush's first administration, follows and debates Naomi's ideas. Naomi Klein on CBC's The Current

Economist Milton Friedman once said, "Only a crisis - actual or perceived - produces real change. W…

Why the Human Race is Completely Fucked

Ah, West Hartford, wellspring of my soul: how I look upon thee and rejoice!

The fantasy that the construction of this mega-mansion is somehow "a personal choice" that has no effect on anyone else simply isn't true. Eighteenth- and nineteenth-century liberals -- who used to be called, in our lifetimes, "conservatives," before that word lost all meaning -- were for unfettered freedom -- unless such freedom infringed unfairly upon others'. See John Stuart Mill, for example.

Well, guess what? That's now the case with this house, and with most houses, and with much of Americans' so-called "way of life" so constantly threatened by the dusky hordes, whether from the Middle East or Mexico. The overuse of resources in a rapidly crumbing global ecosystem, to say nothing of nuclear-hair-trigger global political "system" (for lack of a better word -- "mafia war" is more like it), is simply dirty pool. This includes overbreeding. Sorr…

The General Lies, by Robert Scheer

All that needs be said on General Petraeus' performance (and that it was) in front of Congress.

Well, perhaps not all: here's Robert Parry's take. The General was deemed so innately truthful that the Democrat-controlled House and Senate committees deemed a suggestion to swear him in (by Ray McGovern) grounds for expulsion.

And here's Arun Gupta on Democracy Now! giving the backstory on how Saint Petraeus, Noble Warrior, funded both sides of the "sectarian violence" -- Central America, anyone? Oh, pick your "humanitarian intervention;" I just "like" Central America.

'IAF and ground troops targeted Iranian weapons in Syria'

From the Jerusalem Post. Thus it begins. More from the Guardian. I don't see the need for quotes around the word, aggression. Textbook aggression, the supreme international crime. Of course, Israel will claim to be acting in "anticipatory self-defense," but who doesn't claim that? The fact is, Israel has been flouting the no-fly zone since last year's war with Lebanon, as is obvious to anyone who's kept up.

More chess moves leading up to a strike on Iran, Lebanon (yet again), and possibly Syria as well. The neocons and Israeli government clearly want to "settle" accounts before Bush is gone from office. Though, I can't see how any potential successor would make any difference, given the rhetoric of anyone who has a chance.

Ahmadinejad as Goldfinger, Analysis by Khody Akhavi, IPS

Ah, the AEI. What a zoo that place is. Ledeen ought to go back to worshipping Italian neofascists. This stuff would be funny if "the crazies" didn't have so much clout.

Meanwhile, in the real world, the IAEA is reportedly making progress with Iran on keeping them from their statutory right to process uranium for electricity-generating purposes.

Yes, I am against all nuclear energy; yes, even barring a ban, I am for a centralized international refinement regime in which no one country has its own capacity to create weapons-grade material; yes, I'm for a nuclear-free middle east -- and world. There is no other option for long- or even medium-term survival. Perhaps even for short-term; as in, the next few months.

Noam Chomsky, Case Studies in Hypocrisy: US Human Rights Policy

Ostensibly from 2000; at least released then. On the postwar reconstruction of international political and economic relations: the Bretton Woods System (IMF, World Bank, GATT) and the UN. Or: why there really is no effective difference between (Clintonian) Democrats and Republicans in foreign and economic policy anymore (i.e., "the Washington Consensus"). Here is the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, by the way. And here's UN Resolution 194, which is based on Article 13 of the Universal Declaration.

You know, more childish rantings about anti-globalization conspiracy theories from a lefty blogger, citing Chomsky.

Update: Here's another way to access this talk:

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David Brooks Compares Bin Laden to, Well, Anyone He Disagrees With

Such as: admirers of Noam Chomsky's analyses; anyone not completely on board with neoliberal globalization; any "lefty blog[gers]," who are childish ranters; "conspiracy theories," such as global warming (!) and the mortgage crisis (!), and "a lot of the worst ideas from the West." You must see this to believe it.

This is truly frightening: fascist through and through. Any and all dissent about any aspect of what Brooks considers The One True Way is now lumped in with a mass murderer, Public Enemy Number 1: Osama Bin Laden.

Don't let Brooks' faux-centrist, jocular-common-sense, shoulder-shrugging ways fool you: this was a vicious piece of hateful rightwing propaganda. Not the first time Brooks has spouted appallingly immoral fascist drivel.

Democracy Now! Interviews America's Two Leading Antisemites

That sarcastic statement should pull in some "pro-"Israeli googlers. Maybe you no-doubt intellectually honest folks will actually listen to and try to understand what Carter and Finkelstein have to say...

Naaaah, it'll be easier to call me "anti-Semitic" and "self-hating" -- and so much more satisfying than actually thinking and self-questioning. I know, I know: thinking hurt brain; brain no like; baahing with other sheep doubleplusgood.

Having grown up in an upper-middle-class Jewish home in West Hartford, CT, I have had my share of "pro-"Israeli thinking, Leon Uris novels, Fiddler on the Roof viewings, destructive and perverse Holocaust-worship (my mother having lost some extended family in the Nazi holocaust), and all the rest of it -- including the spectacle of watching my parents celebrate (yes, that's the right word) the US invasion of Iraq in 1991, literally making drinks to go with all the bright and shiny explosions on CNN* -- I k…

The Battle for Iraq is About Oil and Democracy, Not Religion!

Excellent analysis. Note well this teaser:
As Gen. Petraeus takes the D.C. stage, he and the media are only giving half of the story. Shockingly, the United States, Iran and al Qaeda have the same goals in Iraq.Yup. It doesn't really matter what General Betray-Us and Ambassador Crock will have to say; this is all political theater. Neither the Republicans nor the Democrats will do much of anything different in the real sense: with or without Bush in office.

Whether it's Hillary or Obama or Edwards, whether it's Guiliani, McCain, Thompson -- whether it's anyone other than Kucinich, Gravel, or Paul (none of whom have a snowball's chance in hell, a fact I bemoan only on Kucinich's part), all possible post-Bush administrations will do virtually the same thing, by all indications, in Iran, Iraq, Israel/Palestine, etc.

That is, unless we, the people, do something about it.

Osama Bin Gollum; We Are All Sauron

From the Washington Post in 1999. Think WETA or Industrial Light and Magic has the best technology?

I've been worried about this new power to literally create totally convincing audiovisual reality since Lord of the Rings came out. If it's not happening now; it inevitably will, and will not be detectable. That's a relativistic, postmodern threat to civilization for ya, not the pointless meanderings of some French "philosopher."

Juan Cole reports that the audio track may be from a prior audio tape...but he doesn't think it's a fake.

Anyway, here's the full video and transcript. I can't vouch for the translation, of course. Or the authenticity.

But, as with the 9/11 Truth Movement, the real possibility of fakery or deception misses the larger point.* Whether or not the tape is real, whether or not Bin Laden is what he's been presented to be (i.e., not a CIA agent, etc.), the function of Bin Laden's periodic tapes are the same: to ensure that the…