"More than any other time in history, mankind faces a crossroads. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness. The other, to total extinction. Let us pray we have the wisdom to choose correctly." -- Woody Allen
Nothing like actual investigative journalism to uncover total propaganda, and no one does it better than Palast.
Send this to anyone yelping about the need for voter IDs: there actually is no problem. But there is racism to appeal to, in order to shift blame for deteriorating economic security for most (white) people from the very Republicans' policies who are pushing for voter IDs to an unloved (brown) sector of the population. It's the old saying, attributed to Jay Gould: you can always hire one half of the working class to kill the other half.
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I've posted the audio to this before, but here's the full transcript. Read how Chomsky eviscerates the Prince of Darkness. Not hard to do; it gets embarrassing for Perle by the end. Really worth listening to, in order to catch the intonations:
More here; abstract, and access (pay) to full report here.
Key quote: The researchers estimated the number of lives that could have been saved in 2002 if the U.S. had achieved either the average of all countries analyzed (except the U.S.) or the average of the three top-performing countries. Using this formula, the authors estimated that approximately 75,000 to 101,00 [sic] preventable deaths could be averted in the U.S. "[E]ven the more conservative estimate of 75,000 deaths is almost twice the Institute of Medicine's (lower) estimate of the number of deaths attributable to medical errors in the United States each year," the authors say.Still think this socioeconomic system isn't murderous? Death has always been quite profitable.
Sibel Edmonds is the main source for this utterly horrifying article in one of the leading English-language Sunday papers in the world. As of yet, aside from Counterpunch and Anti-War.com, no commentary in the US media. Update: more commentary by Chris Floyd here. Here's a key blog: Let Sibel Edmonds Speak.
This is officially the first time I've seriously considered that this Junta is actually insane and corrupt enough to sell us all out, 9/11 included. A WHISTLEBLOWER has made a series of extraordinary claims about how corrupt government officials allowed Pakistan and other states to steal nuclear weapons secrets. Sibel Edmonds, a 37-year-old former Turkish language translator for the FBI, listened into hundreds of sensitive intercepted conversations while based at the agency’s Washington field office. She approached The Sunday Times last month after reading about an Al-Qaeda terrorist who had revealed his role in training some of the 9/11 hijackers while he was in Turkey. …
Ah, yes, from our Polking at Mexico in 1846 until we had enough "reason" to take what we wanted through aggression through the Tonkin Gulf -- to say nothing of all powers at all times -- this strategy has ever been nearly foolproof. This is how a strike on Iran will be justified: some large-ish number of American military folks will be knowingly sacrificed in order to allow the PNAC-ers to do what they decided to do in 1996, long before 9/11.
Of course, the pseudo-event is made flesh only through media-tion, as was pointed out ages ago (1961) by Daniel Boorstin in The Image: A Guide to Pseudo-Events in America. Thus, government-sourced articles such as these are best seen as psychological operations, softening up the Great Unwashed for the necessary battle(s) ahead. Who, I ask you, is really the administration's enemy? Iran? Or we, the people?
I must add that the sentence, "The American armed forces are the true interest of the Ameri…
Key quote, especially after two stolen elections, 40 years of rightwing/neocon attacks, and endless illegal wars of choice: We are moving toward fascism: there is no doubt about it. So, are we looking for a Democratic form of fascism as compared to a Republican form of fascism? Or are we looking for a profound return to the basic principles of our democracy? Exactly, and profoundly, right.