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"I hope we shall ...crush in it's birth the aristocracy of our moneyed corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country." - Thomas Jefferson (ref...)
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A Clear Channel to Bush
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Gen. Franks: U.S. Constitution Won't Survive an Attack (...story)
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"To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public."
- Theodore Roosevelt
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'Huge Underground Facility' Titan missile complex for sale on Ebay now (see auction)
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Richard Nixon, referring to the report by the Warren Commission: "it was the greatest hoax that has ever been perpetuated". (...ref)
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"The next generation will be the most infertile and the most obese in the history of mankind and it might also have the worst mental health," said Russell Viner, University College, UK. (...source)
Americans are the most obese, at 30%... Americans are getting shorter , and the Dutch, already on average 4 inches taller than Americans, are the tallest in the world.

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USA: Most Nuts, Depressed, Anxious of All
A survey conducted by a Harvard Medical school researcher of 60,000 people in 14 countries found the rates of mental illness highest in the United States (26%); Italy came in at 8%. (article)

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Mutant Muscle Baby A 4 year-old Berlin boy has a genetic mutation that boosts muscle growth.
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New Scientist reports: "Sleep medicine experts have successfully treated a rare case of a woman having sex with strangers while sleepwalking... At night while asleep, the middle-aged sleepwalker - who lives in Australia and cannot be identified for reasons of confidentiality - left her house and had sexual intercourse with strangers. The behaviour continued for several months and the woman had no memory of her nocturnal activities. (...story)

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"I even take the position that sexual orgies eliminate social tensions and ought to be encouraged... But it is blindingly clear that judges have no greater capacity than the rest of us to decide what is moral." -Supreme Court Justice Scalia at a Harvard gathering.(...ref)
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Fallujah victim
Fallujah victim

Nov 19 Bulletin: U.S. soldiers raided the Abu Hanifa mosque in Baghdad during Friday prayers, killing at least four and wounding up to 20 worshippers.
At 12:30 pm local time, just after Imam Shaikh Muayid al-Adhami concluded his talk, about 50 U.S. soldiers with 20 Iraqi National Guardsmen (ING) entered the mosque, a witness reported.
"Everyone was there for Friday prayers, when five Humvees and several trucks carrying INGs entered," Abu Talat told IPS on phone from within the mosque while the raid was in progress. "Everyone starting yelling 'Allahu Akbar' (God is the greatest) because they were frightened. Then the soldiers started shooting the people praying!"
Talat said he was among a crowd of worshippers being held back at gunpoint by U.S. soldiers. Loud chanting of 'Allahu Akbar' could be heard in the background during his call. Women and children were sobbing, he said.
"They have just shot and killed at least four of the people praying," he said in a panicked voice. "At least 10 other people are wounded now. We are on our bellies and in a very bad situation."
Talat gave his account over short phone calls. He said he was witnessing a horrific scene.
"We were here praying and now there are 50 here with their guns on us," he said. "They are holding our heads to the ground, and everyone is in chaos. This is the worst situation possible. They cannot see me talking to you. They are roughing up a blind man now." He evidently could talk no further then. (...breaking story)

Update Nov 20: Violence Breaks Out All Over Baghdad (ABC News)

Cato Institute: Exiting Iraq: Why the U.S. Must End the Military Occupation and Renew the War against Al Qaeda
(Report of a Special Task Force Sponsored by the Cato Institute.)

Nov 17, 2004. Two weeks after the election, the christian right is demanding payment for delivering Bush his victory, the neo-cons are claiming a mandate and dusting off their warplans, secure in their dominance while those who objected to the policies of the last years leave the government in droves, democrats stagger and struggle with the lessons and implications of The Red Tide, the net is rife with rumors of fraud, and a recount is ordered in Ohio.

coup de grace

"We have liberated the city of Fallujah."- Lt. Gen. John F. Sattler, commander of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force.... Strange choice of words given that "The City of Mosques", has been devastated (with at least 75 of it's mosques damaged or destroyed), and the residents are either dead, in detention, or refugees. In the meantime the insurgency continues to spread like an oil fire throughout Iraq.
What kind of victory is this? We have laid waste to a great center of Islam, devastating a city wherein 300,000 people had lived before being driven out by the looming onslaught ( welcome some time soon, we may suppose, to return and freely rebuild their homes), we have killed at least another 1500 Iraqis, and had our own heaviest week of casualties since the war began. And what do we leave behind... a devastated city, more hatred for us in Iraq, more hatred for us throughout Islam, and more support for UBL by the way.
Washington Post, Nov 18: Fallujah Residents Emerge, Find 'City of Mosques' in Ruins

War Crimes... Just as Bush's lawyer, who famously argued the Geneva Conventions to be "quaint" and irrelevant to post 9-11 Washington- is named the new Attorney General, a further series of apparent war crimes have been occurring in Iraq, destined to become part of the anti-American lore which the Iraq Occupation will provide the Middle East for a decades to come...

An AP reporter, attempting to escape the fighting in Falluja: "'I decided to swim ... but I changed my mind after seeing U.S. helicopters firing on and killing people who tried to cross the river.'... He watched horrified as a family of five was shot dead as they tried to cross." (...story)
coup de grace An investigation is underway into an incident filmed by an embedded NBC cameraman, in which a US Marine, seeing that a severely wounded Iraqi slumped against the wall inside a mosque is still alive, shoots him in the head. (...story) More: apparently several wounded men were killed during the incident... Iraq PM Allawi is "very concerned by allegations of illegal killing by multinational forces in Fallujah" (...story)
helicopter crime

Other incidents have been caught on film. See this helicopter massacre, for example ...also available here

shot through the door
This 12 year-old girl's shins were destroyed by bullets when troops opened fire through the door of her house; her father was killed. See this report of civilian casualties in Dahr Jamail's Iraq Dispatches.

UN seeks probe into war crimes (...story)

47 Iraqi political parties declare Fallujah assault "genocide", will boycott January elections (...story)

ICRC Decries "yet another act of utter contempt for the most basic tenet of humanity: the obligation to protect human life and dignity" (...doc)

Juan Cole: Did Fallujah Sink the Elections?

Should Canada Indict Bush?
"When U.S. President George W. Bush arrives in Ottawa - probably later this year - should he be welcomed? Or should he be charged with war crimes? It's an interesting question. On the face of it, Bush seems a perfect candidate for prosecution under Canada's Crimes against Humanity and War Crimes Act." (...Toronto Star column)

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AC-DC Blaring...The Storming of Fallujah
"The captured men said that the insurgents were terrified of the monstrous Abrams tanks that the Americans had brought to this battle, the tanks that shrug off rocket-propelled grenades as if they were plastic toys and whose muzzle blasts sound like the end of the world.... They went in with guns blasting, blowing holes in buildings, rolling over walls, snapping off light poles, kicking up giant billowing clouds of dust and creating a deafening sound like an explosion that would never end." (...story NYT)
"... this frightening urban battlefield became a pulsing cacophony of strange and deadly sounds. The mosques in the city broadcast calls to jihad through their speakers. F-18s fired 3,000 rounds a minute in bursts that sounded oddly like burps. AC-130 gunships droned overhead, their big cannons going thunk, thunk as they found targets.... the American troops brought in their own "psy-ops" trucks - for psychological operations - and blared sounds that created a nightmarish duet with the mosques: old AC-DC songs, something that sounded like a sonar ping, the cavalry charge." (...story NYT)

"Yesterday charred bodies were scattered in the streets, where rows of buildings lay in ruins. People still in the city said they had no water and no food, and aid agencies warned that Fallujah and surrounding areas were facing a humanitarian 'catastrophe'... There had been outbreaks of typhoid and other diseases. Some leaving the city described rotting corpses being piled up and thousands were still trapped inside, many of them wounded without access to medical aid." (..ref)

"Falluja was once called the city of minarets. It once echoed the Euphrates in its beauty and calm. It had plentiful water and lush greenery. It was a summer resort for Iraqis. People went there for leisure, for a swim at the nearby Habbaniya lake, for a kebab meal. The Abu Hussein restaurant was one of Falluja's best Kebab houses. But US forces, acting on an Iraqi intelligence tip, decided that Abu Hussein was a terrorist den. They destroyed the establishment, killing its two guards. The bodies of the guards were never found, only the traces of blood.

"On both sides of the highway scenes of destruction abound. Mansions and tiny houses have become equal - all were destroyed. Sometimes curiosity would bring a visitor, an adult or a child who used to know the owners, to stare at the rubble. The air is thick with tragedy. I wonder, with a lump in my throat, where are the Arab brothers? Where are the Muslim kinfolk? Where is the civilised world? What do they make of the orgy of blood in Iraq? Today, I know how the Palestinians feel, when they are slaughtered while the Arabs and the world look the other way." (...ref))

"After the makeshift bunkers had been mercilessly bombed, a man in a white dishdasha emerged and tried to get away by crawling across the slag heaps. He was machine-gunned, he plopped to the ground, and he died where he fell...
"The street, once flat, has been hit with so many 500-pound bombs that it looks like the zone of collision between oceanic ice sheets, with huge dips and shelves of pavement and soil.
"Now the American military faces the urgent but almost paradoxical imperative of rebuilding the city it just destroyed in order to defeat the rebels who had held it for so long. The devastation that the battle has wrought will not be easy to repair. The human and political effects of that devastation could rapidly spread far beyond Falluja.
"Military engineers are already starting to deploy throughout the city with tens of millions of dollars at their disposal to fix some of the damage. If the engineers do not succeed, then the outrage that is likely to be generated among returning residents at the sight of obliterated mosques, cratered houses and ground-up streets will spread." (...story, NYT)

"It's like the bank robber who says that anyone who moves is going to be shot. As more and more people are shot, more and more are inspired to take the risk of moving to disarm the robber. And this is especially true when not everyone is in plain sight. The end result of this shoot-’em up approach is massacre. As in Fallujah." (Lew Rockwell's excellent piece on the WSJ editorial page and Fallujah)

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Nov 14 Bulletin: CIA in Turmoil, Resignations Flying

- NYTimes: New Chief Sets Off Turmoil Within the C.I.A.
- CBS 60 Minutes: Terrorism Analyst Michael Scheuer - 'Anonymous' author of "Imperial Hubris", who resigned last week from the CIA, says UBL "now has religious approval to use a nuclear device against Americans"
- Wash.Post: Goss Reportedly Rebuffed Senior Officials at CIA- Four Fear New Chief Is Isolating Himself
- TimesOnline: THE CIA's top spies are on the brink of revolt seven weeks after the arrival of President Bush's new Director
- ABC News: McCain sides with Bush-Cheney, slams "rogue" CIA

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Nov 5: Election Reaction

red states blue states For all of us in what might be now called the Reality-Based Autonomous Zone, "dismay" would be an understatement. It seems there are two possibilities: 51% of the American voting public actually voted for these people (!), or that they didn't- that the election was successfully stolen by a stealthy and systematic miscount. Either choice is, well, dismaying. Here are a sampling of the reactions.

Leonard Pitts, Balt. Sun: Is This the Beginning of the End for America?
Gary Wills, NYT: The Day the Enlightenment Went Out
John Passacantando, Ex. Dir. Greenpeace: Don't Let Bush Win Mean Defeat
John Dean, Beyond the Polarized Electorate...
Michael Moore, Filmaker: 17 Reasons Not to Slit Your Wrists

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"In your re-election, God has graciously granted America- though she doesn't deserve it- a reprieve from the agenda of paganism. You have been given a mandate. We the people expect your voice to be like the clear and certain sound of a trumpet. Because you seek the Lord daily, we who know the Lord will follow that kind of voice eagerly. ... Don't equivocate. Put your agenda on the front burner and let it boil. You owe the liberals nothing. They despise you because they despise your Christ. Honor the Lord, and He will honor you. ... Pull out all the stops and make a difference. If you have weaklings around you who do not share your biblical values, shed yourself of them."
Congratulatory letter to President George W. Bush from Dr. Bob Jones lll

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"A little patience, and we shall see the reign of witches pass over, their spells dissolve, and the people, recovering their true sight, restore their government to its true principles. It is true that in the meantime we are suffering deeply in spirit, and incurring the horrors of a war and long oppressions of enormous public debt. But If the game runs sometimes against us at home we must have patience till luck turns, and then we shall have an opportunity of winning back the principles we have lost, for this is a game where principles are at stake."
-Thomas Jefferson, June 4, 1798, in a letter to John Taylor after passage of the Alien and Sedition Acts.

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"We don't know whether to wind our watches or bark at the moon." - CBS' Dan Rather, election night.

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There are some indications of systematic irregularities in the vote count. A good review is Thom Hartmann's article linked below. The MSNBC piece is a particularly aggressive inquiry.

MSNBC's Keith Olbermann: Vote Fraud? Very good early coverage-

Steven Freeman, UPenn: The Unexplained Exit Poll Discrepancy (pdf)

UC Berkeley study calls for Florida E-vote investigation

Thom Hartmann: Evidence Mounts that the Vote Was Hacked

Bev Harris' has filed a slew of FOIA requests re irregularities and discrepencies in the vote tallies. is staying up to date on developments...

Sam Parry: Bush's Incredible Vote Tallies

Larry Chin, Electronic Voting: The Stolen Election of 2004

Coverage also at: Inst. Public Accuracy, Democratic Underground, and at Wired News special area: Machine Politics, and the New York Times' "Making Votes Count"

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". . . And for those who don't get it? That was explained to me in late 2002 by Mark McKinnon, a longtime senior media adviser to Bush, who now runs his own consulting firm and helps the president. He started by challenging me. ''You think he's an idiot, don't you?'' I said, no, I didn't. ''No, you do, all of you do, up and down the West Coast, the East Coast, a few blocks in southern Manhattan called Wall Street. Let me clue you in. We don't care. You see, you're outnumbered 2 to 1 by folks in the big, wide middle of America, busy working people who don't read The New York Times or Washington Post or The L.A. Times. And you know what they like? They like the way he walks and the way he points, the way he exudes confidence. They have faith in him. And when you attack him for his malaprops, his jumbled syntax, it's good for us. Because you know what those folks don't like? They don't like you!'' In this instance, the final ''you,'' of course, meant the entire reality-based community." (Ron Suskind...full article)

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"Let's face it. It's not Kerry's fault. It's not Nader's fault (this time). It's not the media's fault (though they do bear a heavy responsibility for much of what ails our political system). It's not "our" fault either. The problem is just this: Slightly more than half of the citizens of this country simply do not care about what those of us in the "reality-based community" say or believe about anything.
"They don't care that Iraq is turning into murderous quicksand and a killing field for our children. They don't care that the Bush presidency has made us less safe by creating more terrorists, inspiring more anti-American hatred and refusing to engage in the hard work that would be necessary to make a meaningful dent in our myriad vulnerabilities at home. They don't care that he has mortgaged our children's future to give trillions to the wealthiest among us.They don't care that the economy continues to hemorrhage well-paying jobs and replace them with Wal-Mart; that the number without health insurance is over forty million and rising. They don't care that Medicare premiums are rising to fund the coffers of pharmaceutical companies. They don't care that the air they breathe and the water they drink is being slowly poisoned and though they call themselves conservatives, they even don't care that the size of the government and its share of our national income has increased by roughly a quarter in just four years. This is not a world of rational debate and issue preference."
"Given the media's talent for pandering to their lowest common denominator, the things that have driven us crazy about their past pathetic performance are bound to get a lot worse. Most of us- readers and writers of this web log and people like us-derive an awful lot of benefit from being Americans. We owe it to our better selves, and though it sounds horribly cliched, to our children-- not to walk away from this battle. I will admit, however, it's pretty damn hard to see through this fog just where to turn before we march..." - Source- Eric Alterman, MSNBC

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Josh Marshall, Talking Points Memo:"...Well, what to say? Two years ago, after some surprisingly disappointing election results I quipped something like, "Well, that could have gone better."
"But somehow, that sort of irreverent, grim humor doesn't seem appropriate. This isn't just a disappointing election result. The consequences of what happened last night are too great.
"Setting aside my general political leanings, my personal views and feelings of partisanship, I think the result portends very bad things for America's role in the world and the well-being on all levels of this country. Changes in domestic politics, in theory at least, can be shifted back at a following election. The world, though, is different. There we are just a ship -- though the largest one -- on waters we can never truly control. And I fear that this result will set in motion dangerous dynamics that even the relatively young among us will be wrestling with and contending with for the rest of our lives.
"I've referred to this in the past, and hopefully will have a chance to return to it, but here's the essence of the matter, as I see it. Before today, the course that America had charted in the world over the last three years could be seen as the result of a traumatic event (9/11) and the choice of a president who was actually put in office by a minority of the electorate. This was a referendum on what's happened in the last three years. And it's been validated...." (...full text)

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"This is very important internationally. People will say that its not George Bush that's the problem, its the American people that's the problem." - Francis Fukuyama quoted in Sydney Morning Herald

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"The real story of this race is that on many levels, the Republicans ran a campaign that was sleazier, more ruthless, and more dishonest than anything in memory - by far. The key Bush attacks on Kerry were, first, that he would allow the United States' own security decisions to be vetoed by other nations; and that he would hike taxes on the middle class and small businesses. Those contentions weren't mere rhetorical distortions; they were lies. The grotesque misrepresentation of Kerry's war record, courtesy of the Swift Boat veterans, was likewise based on lies. And the more general effort to paint Kerry as weak and vacillating relied on very deliberate efforts by the president and vice president to lie about Kerry's words on the stump. What all these assertions have in common is that they were not just false, but demonstrably false. Yet they either passed unchallenged by the media, or they were challenged too late - after they'd succeeded in their objective of creating, as Rove innocently put it, 'doubts about the other guy.' And the GOP got away with it, because they knew that they could count on political reporters to write about the campaign with the moral urgency of a sportswriter covering a baseball game in June. And that's exactly what happened." -Greg Sargent in The American Prospect

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The Right Reaches Out...

"...Let's face a hard truth: this was the bitterest Presidential campaign in living memory. The Democrats and their allies staked everything on the defeat of this President. All of the resources they had accumulated over a generation of struggle were thrown into this battle: and they have failed. Despite all of their tricks, despite all of their lies, the people have rejected them. They mean nothing. They are worth nothing. There's no point in trying to reach out to them because they won't be reached out to. We've got their teeth clutching the sidewalk and our boot above their head. Now's the time to curb-stomp the bastards.." (Blogsite ... full text )

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Frank Gaffney, Major NeoCon Honcho, sets out the agenda: Fallujah, Iran, North Korea, China, Russia, "Islamofascism, and the emergence of a number of aggressively anti-American regimes in Latin America"

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A Letter from an Expat in Greece
"Even in this remote Greek mountain village, every person we have seen is looking at us with sadness and shock of unbelief in their face. The US has crafted an image of it being the epitome of a civilized and perfect society. An ideal that most of the world has looked up to. Now at best a buffoon and at worse an evil madman and his thugs are leading the world's most powerful and dangerous nation. At his disposal are global corporate networks, messianic mirrors, and lust for consuming the planet's resources for a luxurious and wealthy life of a few "chosen ones" while the rest suffer and starve."

new north america

"The electoral map, however, offers another option - one that may be more sensible and more durable than leaving the country. How about a new Confederacy that combines the West Coast North Eastern states and Canada, all joined together in a new Union of Provinces and States based on rational and democratic principles? This would leave the cowboy heartland and the South to the creationist fate they deserve - not to mention the series of hurricanes that either the global warming they don't believe in - or the God they do - is sending as a message to them." (blog entry)

Letter from a friend abroad:
"A black day for American and a very depressing day for the rest of the world - if Europe had been doing the voting Bush would have been run out of the country. As one client put it... "when people get scared they get stupid. We're a very stupid country right now" ...And They've now made the world a much scarier place as well. I signed up for satellite TV just so I could watch the election ... was really so hoping to see a Kerry victory. Amazes me how issues of religious faith, abortion, etc will get people to the polls - in the UK they wouldn't be part of the campaign at all ... ignorance breeds fear and prejudice - educate the masses and it would be a different story."

Letter from a friend abroad:
"What an incredibly sad day it has been for us here and to so many people who have been e-mailing us from all over, "Farewell America".... The hopes and dreams of so many people have been betrayed, they used to have so much hope and goodwill in american people ... But now the rest of the world will turn away from you, America cant be trusted anymore , just all go back to sleep. Nobody believes in you anymore ... just a force for war, ripoffs, hate and little nukes that will probably start falling sooner than we think. These monsters behind a cloak of religion and righteousness - these masters of war - have won and the American people have voted them in... what's so frightening to all of us now is that such a stupid f*cking bunch of people have so much power... it boggles the mind to even to begin to imagine what they have in store for us. God help us now. Maybe the world was just expecting too much of the American people in the first place."

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Video clip: Reservists' tanks, lost in LA, come upon an anti-war demonstration... (7 mb mov)

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Ron Suskind, in "Without a Doubt", NYT 19.10.04:

"In the summer of 2002, I had a meeting with a senior adviser to Bush... The aide said that guys like me were 'in what we call the reality-based community,' which he defined as people who 'believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality.' I nodded and murmured something about enlightenment principles and empiricism. He cut me off. 'That's not the way the world really works anymore,' he continued. 'We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality -- judiciously, as you will -- we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out. We're history's actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.'"
( Read article)

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We're all Israelis Now

By Mark LeVine, History, University of California, Irvine
"Three years ago, as the pungent odor of what was left of the World Trade Center slowly pervaded my neighborhood, I wrote a piece called "We're all Israelis Now." I didn't invent the idea; in the hours since the attacks I had heard several commentators say essentially the same thing, although our meanings were in fact diametrically opposed. For them, the September 11 attacks had constituted a tragic wake up call to America about the mortal threat posed by Muslim terrorism, which Israel had been living through for decades and whose methods the US would now have to copy if it wanted to "win the war on terror."
For me, however, the attacks suggested a more troubling scenario: That like Israelis, Americans would never face the causes of the extreme violence perpetrated against us by those whose oppression we have supported and even enforced, and engage in the honest introspection of what our role has been in generating the kind of hatred that turns commuter jets into cruise missiles. Instead, my gut told me that we'd acquiesce to President Bush's use of the war to realize the long-held imperial, even apocalyptic visions of the neoliberal Right, ones that find great sympathy with its Israeli counterpart. ( full text here)
-Mark Levine, Associate Professor of History, UC Irvine

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The World Dreads Bush
"What deeply alarms many non-Americans is the prospect of a second Bush term dominated by a coalition of evangelical Christians, Christian "Rapturists," American partisans of Israel's PM Ariel Sharon, and rural voters from the Deep South who reject evolution and think French is the native language of Satan.
"These groups tend to share a loathing of Europe, the UN, the Pope, Muslims in general, Arabs in particular, intellectuals, anything international, and believe themselves God's chosen people. Some born-again Christians see Bush as a kind of messiah." (...story)

See for a world poll: "Among 42,721 global respondents, Kerry leads Bush by 88% to 11%. In Brazil, Kerry leads by 91%; by 79% in Italy; 91% in France; 71% in India; 77% in Japan; 11% in Kuwait; 89% in Germany; 81% in Britain; 17% in Israel; 61% in Nigeria."

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Re Gallup Polls:

"George Gallup, who is a devout evangelical Christian, has been quoted as calling his polling "a kind of ministry." And a few months ago, he said "the most profound purpose of polls is to see how people are responding to God." (see pdf)

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Excellent: Sy Hersh: Secrets of the Iraqi Quagmire (real audio talk)

Bulletin: "More than 100,000 civilians have probably died as direct or indirect consequences of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, according to a study by a research team at Johns Hopkins University's Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore."(...story)

Bulletin: New York City, October 28, 2004
"On behalf of New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, Chief Investigator William Casey today accepted a Complaint and Petition from a group of New York City citizens including 9/11 family members, survivors and a Ground Zero triage physician. The Complaint demands that the AG open a criminal inquiry and/or grand jury investigation into the many still unsolved crimes of September 11, 2001 over which he has jurisdiction..." (...story)

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A Christian Objects: "No Longer a Christian" by Karen Horst Cobb

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Quicktime: Jon Stewart's Legendary Appearance on Crossfire

Quicktime: Eminem's Awesome New Music Video "Mosh"
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A Call to Patriotic Whistleblowing by Daniel Ellsberg et al

"It is time for unauthorized truth-telling. Citizens cannot make informed choices if they do not have the facts-for example, the facts that have been wrongly concealed about the ongoing war in Iraq: the real reasons behind it, the prospective costs in blood and treasure, and the setback it has dealt to efforts to stem terrorism. Administration deception and cover-up on these vital matters has so far been all too successful in misleading the public. [...]

"There is a growing network of support for whistleblowers. In particular, for anyone who wishes to know the legal implications of disclosures they may be contemplating, the ACLU stands ready to provide pro bono legal counsel, with lawyer-client privilege. The Project on Government Oversight (POGO) will offer advice on whistleblowing, dissemination and relations with the media.[...]

"Some of you have documentation of wrongly concealed facts and analyses that-if brought to light-would impact heavily on public debate regarding crucial matters of national security, both foreign and domestic. We urge you to provide that information now, both to Congress and, through the media, to the public.[...]"

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Signatories: Edward Costello, Former Special Agent (Counterintelligence), Federal Bureau of Investigation  /  Sibel Edmonds, Former Language Specialist, Federal Bureau of Investigation  /  Daniel Ellsberg, Former official, U.S. Departments of Defense and State  /  John D. Heinberg, Former Economist, Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor  /  Larry C. Johnson, Former Deputy Director for Anti-Terrorism Assistance, Transportation Security, and Special Operations, Department of State, Office of the Coordinator for Counter Terrorism  /  John Brady Kiesling, Former Political Counselor, U.S. Embassy, Athens, Department of State  /  David MacMichael, Former Senior Estimates Officer, National Intelligence Council, Central Intelligence Agency  /  Ray McGovern, Former Analyst, Central Intelligence Agency  /  Philip G. Vargas, Ph.D., J.D., Dir. Privacy & Confidentiality Study, Commission on Federal Paperwork (Author/Director: "The Vargas Report on Government Secrecy" -- CENSORED)  /  Ann Wright, Retired U.S. Army Reserve Colonel and U.S. Foreign Service Officer  /  Lt. Col. Karen Kwiatowski, recently retired from service in the Pentagon's Office of Near East planning

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Must read: The War Bin Laden Wanted
We have argued since March of 2003 that declaring a "war" on "terror", and then recklessly invading and occupying Iraq was just the sort of reaction AlQaida might have hoped for with their 911 attacks. In "The War Bin Laden Wanted", Paul Schroeder patiently and carefully makes this argument in the current issue of "The American Conservative". -read his analysis here-

Our previous pieces re Iraq Occupation are still very pertinent:
April 2004: Iraq- A Bad Idea Gets Worse ... March 2004: Truth or Consequences ... June 2003: Quicksand ... May 2003: Bait Taken ... April 2003: Hot Potato

0 for 5000: Ashcroft resigns, claiming 'mission accomplished'. Hello? Zero successful terror convictions out of 5000 detained. Must be some kind of record...By the way, Mohamed Alanssi, an FBI informant, was so outraged at his bad treatment at the hands of the FBI that he set himself on fire at the gates of the White House... (..story)

LATimes Editorial: Iraq- The Disaster of Failed Policy
"...It will take years for widely felt hostility to ebb, in Iraq and other countries. The consequences of arrogance, accompanied by certitude that the world's most powerful military can cure all ills, should be burned into Americans' memory banks.
Preemption is a failed doctrine. Forcibly changing the regime of an enemy that posed no imminent threat has led to disaster. The U.S. needs better intelligence before it acts in the future. It needs to listen to friendly nations. It needs humility." (archived here)

Diplomats and Military Commanders Speak Out
"The Bush administration does not understand the world and remains unable to handle "in either style or substance" the responsibilities of global leadership, a group of 27 retired diplomats and military commanders charged yesterday."
"Our security has been weakened," the former ambassadors and four-star commanders said in a statement read to a crowded Washington news conference. "Never in the 2 1/4 centuries of our history has the United States been so isolated among the nations, so broadly feared and distrusted... We need a change."
The group, called Diplomats and Military Commanders for Change,noted its members include Democrats and Republicans who have "served every president since Harry S. Truman" in an effort to underscore that their concerns are bipartisan. (see

Law School Faculties Speak Out
A group of more than 450 professors of law, international relations, and public policy - led by Harvard Law School faculty members - today (6/16) sent a letter calling on Congress to hold accountable, through impeachment and removal if appropriate, civilian officials from the top of the Executive Branch on down for policies developed at high levels that have facilitated the recent abuses at Abu Ghraib. (Full letter here)

Note the levels of delusion in the US: A new PIPA Report shows that 57% of Bush supporters assume that the majority of people in the world would favor Bush's reelection! (...view report)

Bush-Cheney 04 Note that the draft laws now being prepared will call women too. That's right- our 18-26 year-old girls will be sent, along with the boys, to Iraq, and other imperial warfronts, to wreak devastation on evil-doers.
Now, if you are wondering why we need to so militarize our society (you're obviously not watching Fox enough!), just click on the Bush-Cheney campaign button at left for the explanation in a nutshell. (source)

Meanwhile, a preacher from cleric Moqtada al-Sadr's movement told worshippers in Basra he would pay a reward of $US170 for the capture of a British or American woman soldier he said could then be kept as a sex slave. "If we capture a British woman soldier we will take her as a concubine and we will have the right to pleasure ourselves with her." said the preacher, Kassem Hassan.

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Bushido: The Way of the Armchair Warrior
"The unenlightened speak of "failures of intelligence." But the armchair warrior knows that "intelligence"- the effort of the mind to observe facts, apply reason, and reach conclusions about what is true and what ought to be done- is a delusion, making the mind turn in circles like an ass hitched to a mill. The armchair warrior feels in his hara, or gut, what ought to be done. He is like a warhorse that races into battle, pulling behind him the chariot of logic and evidence. When the people see the magnificent heedlessness of his charge, they cannot help but be carried along..." a must-read- (from The New Yorker, and archived here)

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"There is only one reason that I am in the Oval Office and not in a bar. I found faith. I found God." -George W. Bush (...story)
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"I'm the commander - see, I don't need to explain - I don't need to explain why I say things. That's the interesting thing about being the President. Maybe somebody needs to explain to me why they say something, but I don't feel like I owe anybody an explanation." - George W. Bush, quoted in "Bush at War"
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Wondering where all the money went? Well, there were 587 billionaires on the Forbes list this year. Last year there were 111. Good year eh? Warren Buffett made 12.4 billion last year. That's about a half million annual teacher's salaries! (... story)
In fact, the net worth of these 500 people accounts for a total of 1.9 trillion dollars! (...NYTimes) 1.9 trillion dollars is 76 million annual teachers salaries!

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"Hobbitt" discoverer says local tales suggest Ebu Gogo still around...

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What Country is This?
  • A country where CEOs are paid 500 times their workers, and 600 times a high school teacher is not a model of progress or enlightenment.
  • Where 1 in 75 males is in prison.
  • A country where 750 thousand people are arrested every year for possession of marijuana, and one million people are in prison for victim-less crime, is still in the dark ages.
  • A country where health insurance is too expensive for more than half the population, and where hospital errors cause a million serious casualties a year, is not an advanced country.
  • A country where 2/3 of death row inmates in Illinois whose guilt or innocence could be proved by DNA testing turned out to be innocent. Where men who proclaimed their innocence are more likely to end up on death row than those who 'confessed' and 'showed remorse', and where a state establishment can refuse to review condemnations even when exculpatory evidence is on record.
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