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Turkey Invades Iraq

It was only a matter of time, of course. So nice -- from the Balkans to India, we have various stages of war, all becoming increasingly inter-related. To say nothing about other areas of the world!

Essentially, we've got a huge fight among various power blocs over a resource we shouldn't even be using while global warming, nuclear weapons, and emergent diseases like bird flu (remember that? -- still mutating away) -- any of which can end civilization (such as it is) or even cause our extinction -- are still mostly unaddressed.

No worries; continue shopping.

Center for Economic and Policy Research Resources...

Here are some neat resources at CEPR (pron. "seeper," I found out); I put the homepage in the "Worthy Endeavors" list to the left (scroll down; it's under the Label Cloud and Archive).
Multimedia Page.Nifty Calculators:
Places specific tax or spending numbers in the context of the total U.S. budget. It converts dollar amounts into either dollars per capita or into a percentage of total revenues, total discretionary spending, or the total budget (including nondiscretionary spending). Compares the cost of owning a home relative to renting for a potential new homeowner. It reports the "Net Cost of Owning" — the expected amount of additional cash available to a renter. Compares current-law Social Security benefits to the Bush Plan based on "Progressive Indexing" and the 2005 State of the Union proposal, which includes private accounts paid for by 4 percentage points of the employee's payroll tax.

Center for Economic and Policy Research Basic Economics Seminars

1: The Basics of Good Economics -- Framing the Issues Right


2: Growth I -- Why Economists Worry About It So Much, and Why You Should Too


3: Three Important Economic Distributions and the Politics that Shape Them


4: Growth II -- The Long-Term Economic Failure in Developing Countries


5: Trade -- What Are the Gains and Who Gets Them


6: When Women Get Paid for Work: The Entry of Women to the Paid Labor Market


7: Horatio Alger is Dead


8: The Fed: What It Is, and Why It Matters


9: Financial Bubbles: What They Are and What Should Be Done


10: Intellectual Property -- Patents, Copyrights, and Other Protectionist Barriers


Is this the Volksgerichtshof?

USSC manages to top its horrible decision to enthrone Bush by stopping the vote count in 2000. Note the Orwellian logic they support without comment from the lower court: you cannot bring suit against the government for secretly spying on you because you don't know whether they really did spy on you because it's a secret. Case dismissed.

I know, I know: the "People's Court" is a bad analogy. A better one would be the current kangaroo court in Guantanamo.

Update, 2/20: And right on cue...
DN!: EXCLUSIVE: Rigged Trials at GuantanamoThe Nation: "Rigged Trials at Gitmo" (Here's the LAT op-ed noted in the piece.)
Scott Horton in Harper's: "Are the Gitmo Trials Rigged?" (or try here if he creates a new post)Key quote:
When asked if he thought the men at Guantánamo could receive a fair trial, Davis provided the following account of an August 2005 meeting he had with Pentagon general counsel William Haynes--the man who now oversees the tribunal …

Cayman Islands Bank Gets Wikileaks Taken Offline in U.S.

Update: The smart puppies over at Wikileaks anticipated this recent US shutdown. You can find them at any of these (publicly divulged) mirror sites. Note the following:

Back our defense fund by emailing with your pledge!
Thanks to Dissident Voice and Stephen Soldz for pointing this out.

Original: Wikileaks was the site that posted the leaked rules of engagement in Iraq. I'm sure this is just a coincidence. Support the troops, continue shopping, and remember: you don't have to do anything else except support Saint Obama. He will provide for his flock.

Is this Der Stürmer?

From the Miami Herald. Note the unintentional irony -- apparently, one of our core moral values is transferring tried-and-true anti-Semitic stereotypes onto Arabs:

Am I exaggerating? You decide: here's a lovely issue of Der Stürmer, from the German Propaganda Archive: (From the linked page: "This is the cover to the most infamous issue of Der Stürmer, the 1934 issue accusing Jews of practicing ritual murder to secure the blood of Christians to use in Jewish religious rituals. The headline reads: Jewish Murder Plan against Gentile Humanity Revealed. The issue actually got banned by the Nazis after it had been out for a while, not because of anti-Semitic content, but because it compared alleged Jewish ritual murder with the Christian sacrament of communion. A full English translation of the issue was published in the United States in 1976 by a gr…

K. R. Eissler, MD: Four Freud Letters

From a friend...
Lecture on four letters of Freud, delivered in Philadelphia on 22 September 1990 by K. R. Eissler. To my knowledge it is the only recording of Eissler's voice publicly accessible. The lecture he gives, entitled "An Interpretation of Four Letters by Freud," is a brilliant one and provides us with a wonderful example of Eissler's public speaking. It occurred as part of a symposium held at the Institute of Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia on 22 September 1990; the symposium was entitled "Understanding Freud," and it eventually was published (same title) by NYU Press.