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08 December 2007

Keith Olbermann's Special Comment 12/6/07: Bush, Neocons, and Iran

The Constitution, the Media and Kucinich: Piano Wire Puppeteers, By SEAN PENN

John Lennon, RIP

07 December 2007

The Seventh Decade – Jonathan Schell on “The New Shape of Nuclear Danger”

So, are you really concerned about nuclear weapons? Or just when it's the enemy-of-the-month that has them, or is acquiring them, or has knowledge of how to make them...or, uh, could acquire that knowledge...I mean, it's dangerous, right? Uh -- BOMB THEM!

Well, if you are, give Schell a listen, pull your head out of the sand, and start working on what you can actually, possibly affect: US policy.

MIT Amnesty International Hosts Noam Chomsky 11/27/07

A birthday posting: Chomsky's 79 today.

The talk is "Rights and Responsibilities: The University Connection."

06 December 2007

Bob Dylan, "Cold Irons Bound"

I may have posted this before, but who cares? It kicks serious ass. From the much under-rated film, Masked & Anonymous. Looking forward to I'm Not There...hope I'm not disappointed.



I'm beginning to hear voices and there's no one around
Well, I'm all used up and the fields have turned brown
I went to church on Sunday and she passed by
My love for her is taking such a long time to die

I'm waist deep, waist deep in the mist
It's almost like, almost like I don't exist
I'm twenty miles out of town, in cold irons bound

The walls of pride are high and wide
Can't see over to the other side
It's such a sad thing to see beauty decay
It's sadder still, to feel your heart torn away

One look at you and I'm out of control
Like the universe has swallowed me whole
I'm twenty miles out of town in Cold irons bound

There's too many people, too many to recall
I thought some of 'm were friends of mine; I was wrong about 'm all
Well, the road is rocky and the hillside's mud
Up over my head nothing but clouds of blood

I found my world, found my world in you
But your love just hasn't proved true
I'm twenty miles out of town in cold irons bound
Twenty miles out of town in cold irons bound

Oh, the winds in Chicago have torn me to shreds
Reality has always had too many heads
Some things last longer than you think they will
There are some kind of things you can never kill

It's you and you only, I'm been thinking about
But you can't see in and it's hard lookin' out
I'm twenty miles out of town in cold irons bound

Well the fats in the fire and the water's in the tank
The whiskey's in the jar and the money's in the bank
I tried to love and protect you because I cared
I'm gonna remember forever the joy that we shared

Looking at you and I'm on my bended knee
You have no idea what you do to me
I'm twenty miles out of town in cold irons bound
Twenty miles out of town in cold irons bound


Copyright © 1997 Special Rider Music

The Massive Change Annapolis Wrought

Israel to Build New Homes in Jerusalem Settlement

Israel has announced plans to build more than three hundred homes in a Jewish-only settlement in East Jerusalem. The new homes would be built in Har Homa, a settlement of more than 200,000 people occupied since 1967. Palestinians have called for sovereignty over East Jerusalem as part of final peace deal. The move comes just one week after Israel made the latest of several pledges to freeze settlement construction at the U.S.-brokered summit in Annapolis. But on Tuesday, Israeli officials said the Road Map does not apply to Jerusalem but only the West Bank. In a letter of protest, Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat called the settlements the "single greatest threat" to a final peace deal.

And what's been going on for the past decade, colonialization-wise?

Study: Israel Demolished 3% of Illegal Outposts

Meanwhile a new study shows the Israeli government has carried out just three percent of its pledges to demolish unauthorized buildings in West Bank settlements over the last decade. The Israeli group Peace Now says the Israeli military conducted one hundred and seven of more than thirty-four hundred demolition orders. By contrast, the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions says Israel has destroyed well over 5,000 Palestinian homes since the outbreak of the second intifada seven years ago. Israeli courts have deemed the outposts illegal while the World Court has ruled the entire settlements are illegal themselves.

Food Prices Climbing, With No End in Sight

05 December 2007

It Turns Out Ahmadinejad Was the Truthful One, By Robert Scheer

President Jonah, Meet Oliver Cromwell! By Gore Vidal

Amnesty International's Times Ad on the 2006 Military Commissions Act


Click the image to enlarge and read it. More info here and here; the Supreme Court will hear a case on the MCA.

Here's the Center for Constitutional Rights on this case. Sign their petition here. Send a copy of the Constitution to George W. Bush here (no pictures, but maybe someone will read it to him; perhaps animate it with hand puppets).

Sign Amnesty International-USA's petition here. Visit Tear It Down (Gitmo, that is) here.

Democracy Now on opening arguments: Attorneys Ask Supreme Court to Restore the Right to Habeas Corpus for Guantanamo Prisoners.

Fact-Checking Dobbs: CNN Anchor Lou Dobbs Challenged on Immigration Issues

An hour of Dobbs on Democracy Now. Worth watching, especially on the right-wing populism tip. Some more on the divide-and-rule phenomenon of right-wing "populism," also known as "proto-fascism."

I might add that a re-viewing of Bowling for Columbine would reinforce the point of this and other recent posts. As the economy tanks and intelligence estimates are brushed aside in favor of totalitarian fear-mongering, expect not a left-wing populist uprising but yet further consolidation and deployment of citizens' fury on anyone but those who deserve it, our rulers, the owners of the country.

Here's Amy Goodman's column on Dobbs. And here's another DN! report: FBI Statistics Show Anti-Latino Hate Crimes on the Rise.

03 December 2007

FEAR OF CHAVEZ IS FEAR OF DEMOCRACY, Greg Palast

Exactly right. Palast sums up the referendum vote, the outcome, the issues at stake, and the absolutely corrupt and dishonest media coverage of Chavez.

A Real Q&A with Democratic Candidates

Scroll over to the point at which Edwards starts getting questions from real human beings. Not via YouTube -- via, like, you know, old-fashioned, face-to-face questions, without a dishonest media getting in the way, asking about UFOs and other assorted bullshit.

On Right-Wing Populism: "Populist Monarchs and Subjects"

Thought-provoking and disturbing. Without a left-wing populist option, well, to whom will the populace turn? And, more importantly, on whom?

A sick society we live in.

U.S. intelligence: Iran apparently halted nuclear weapons drive in 2003

Will this NIE stop Bush-Cheney? (More here, by Ray McGovern.)

Looks like the answer is very possibly, "hell, no -- how could you be so silly?" Some larger context here. You don't hear Giuliani, for example, reining in the stop-Iran talk, do ya? How about Huckabee or any of the other candidates on the Rethug side, Paul excepted? To say nothing of Hillary...but maybe she'll change her tune.

Frankly, I think impeachment is the only thing that will rein these lunatics in (the current lunatic-residents of the White House Asylum). The key question is: What Did Bush Know on Iran, and When Did He Know It? Furthermore, if Bush-Cheney aren't stopped now, then no future president of any party will feel the slightest bit constrained. That is a bipartisan issue, no?

02 December 2007

Remembering Howard Dean’s 2004 Campaign, By Joshua Frank

Part 1.

Part 2.

Interesting stuff.