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Maj. General Taguba Calls Bush Torture Regime a War Crime

But let's not impeach. Nah, too "divisive."

More info here, from an excellent day of reporting by Democracy Now!

Full report; here's the quote by Taguba in the preface:
By Major General Antonio Taguba, USA (Ret.)Maj. General Taguba led the US Army’s official investigation into the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal and testified before Congress on his findings in May, 2004.This report tells the largely untold human story of what happened to detainees in our custody when the Commander-in-Chief and those under him authorized a systematic regime of torture. This story is not only written in words: It is scrawled for the rest of these individuals’ lives on their bodies and minds. Our national honor is stained by the indignity and inhumane treatment these men received from their captors.The profiles of these eleven former detainees, none of whom were ever charged with a crime or told why they were detained, are tragic and brutal rebuttals to those who claim that torture is ev…

Atheism: A Rough History of Disbelief, Jonathan Miller, 2003

I've linked this before, but it's out on GooTube now:
Part I: Shadows of Doubt
Jonathan Miller visits the absent Twin Towers to consider the religious implications of 9/11 and meets Arthur Miller and the philosopher Colin McGinn. He searches for evidence of the first 'unbelievers' in Ancient Greece and examines some of the modern theories around why people have always tended to believe in mythology and magic.

Part II: Noughts and Crosses
With the domination of Christianity from 500 AD, Jonathan Miller wonders how disbelief began to re-emerge in the 15th and 16th centuries. He discovers that division within the Church played a more powerful role than the scientific discoveries of the period. He also visits Paris, the home of the 18th century atheist, Baron D'Holbach, and shows how politically dangerous it was to undermine the religious faith of the masses.

Part III: The Final Hour
The history of disbelief continues with the ideas of self-taught philosopher Thomas Paine, t…

The Nation's Health: Delivering healthcare in the twenty-first century, Jonathan Miller, BBC Radio Series, 2002

Public health was, probably is, and very well may be far more important for health than "medicine," meaning, individual-based therapies. Click the bolded links below to launch RealPlayer.
In a six part series, Jonathan Miller offers his unique perspective on the development of the nation's health since the end of the Second World War. You can listen again to each of the programmes (see below), visit the Picture Gallery and hear extended interviews with Jonathan's guests.

Jonathan Miller is well placed to diagnose the nation's health. A medical student in the 1950s at University College Hospital, he qualified as a doctor in 1959 and had first-hand experience of the early years of the National Health Service. Although his subsequent career has taken him into opera and the theatre, Jonathan has maintained his interest in medicine. During his lifetime, the nation's health has improved dramatically. But Jonathan stresses that the maintenance of a healthy society re…

Self-Made Things, Jonathan Miller, BBC Radio Series on the Origin of Life, 2005

Click the title or click the date below (five half-hour episodes):
In this five-part series, Jonathan Miller returns to his roots in medicine and tells the story of how we came to understand reproduction & heredity. Disposing with the idea of an external, perhaps even supernatural, vitalising force, he describes how we have arrived at the picture of ourselves and all organisms as Self-Made Things.27 JulyProgramme 1

Darwinism in the second half of the 19th century gave us a theoretical framework that captured in one stroke the seemingly limitless variety that zoologists, botanists and paleontologists were finding in every dimension in nature.

On a macroscopic scale, it seemed that everything from extinctions and new species in the fossil record to the mating displays of birds of paradise and the pattern of a butterfly's wing was within reach of scientific explanation. If the new feature were good for survival and propagation, it stayed. If not, it fell from this new tree of life.


Dialectics of Nature, Frederick Engels (1873-1886)

Dialectics of Nature First Published: in Russian and German in the USSR in 1925,
except for Part Played by Labour, 1896 and Natural Science and the Spirit World, 1898;
Transcribed: by Sally Ryan and 1998/2001;
Notes and Fragments transcribed by Andy Blunden 2006. Table of Contents Preface, by J. B. S. Haldane 1939 Articles and Chapters Introduction
Basic Form of Motion
The Measure of Motion - Work
Tidal Friction, Kant and Thomson - Tait on the Rotation of the Earth and Lunar Attraction
The Part Played by Labour in the Transition from Ape to Man, 1876
Natural Science and the Spirit World, 1878
Notes From the History of Science
Natural Science and Philosophy
Forms of Motion of Matter, Classification of the Sciences
Mechanics and Astronomy

AppendicesTitles and Contents of Folders
Plans and Outlines
Notes to Anti-Dühring: From the History of Science (some duplication with notes above)
Notes to Anti-Dühring: Fragment: …

Reading Marx’s Capital with David Harvey

Also now under Worthy Endeavors in the left nav.

Some info on this free online course:
David Harvey is a Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at the City University of New York (CUNY) and author of various books. He has been teaching Karl Marx's Capital, Volume I for nearly 40 years, and his lectures are now available online for the first time. This open course consists of 13 two-hour video lectures of Professor Harvey’s close chapter by chapter reading of Capital, Volume I.

The text for this course is Capital, Volume 1: A Critique of Political Economy by Karl Marx. The page numbers that Professor Harvey refers to are from the Penguin Classics edition. Help finding the text.