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The Buying of the President 2004: Who's Really Bankrolling Bush and His Democratic Challengers -- and What They Expect in Return
Sam Smith's Great American Political Repair Manual: How to Rebuild Our Country So the Politics Aren't Broken and Politicians Aren't Fixed
American Dynasty: Aristocracy, Fortune, and the Politics of Deceit in the House of Bush
Death in the Air: Globalism, Terrorism & Toxic Warfare
The Velvet Coup: The Constitution, the Supreme Court and the Decline of American Democracy
Into the Buzzsaw: Leading Journalists Expose the Myth of the Free Press
Just consider what current events will sound like two thousand years from now -- the greatest nation on Earth bombing some of the smallest and weakest for no clear reasons, people starving in parts of the world while farmers are paid not to plant crops in others, technophiles sitting at home playing electronic golf rahter than the real thing, and police forces ordered to arrest people who simply desire to ingest a psychoactive weed. People of that era will also likely laugh it all off as fantastic myths...
It is time for those who desire true freedom to exert themselves -- to fight back against the forces who desire domination through fear and disunity.
This does not have to involve violence. It can be done in small, simple ways, like not financing that new Sport Utility Vehicle, cutting up all but one credit card, not opting for a second mortgage, turning off that TV sitcom for a good book, asking questions and speaking out in church or synagogue, attending school board and city council meetings, voting for the candidate who has the least money, learning about the Fully Informed Jury movement and using it when called -- in general, taking responsibility for one's own actions. Despite the omnipresent advertising for the Lotto -- legalized government gambling -- there is no free lunch. Giving up one's individual power for the hope of comfort and security has proven to lead only to tyranny.
You had to take those pieces of paper with you when you went shopping, though by the time I was nine or ten most people used plastic cards. . .It seems so primitive, totemistic even, like cowry shells. I must have used that kind of money myself, a little, before everything went on the Compubank.
I guess that's how they were able to do it, in the way they did, all at once, without anyone knowing beforehand. If there had still been portable money, it would have been more difficult.
It was after the catastrophe, when they shot the president and machine-gunned the Congress and the army declared a state of emergency. They blamed it on the Islamic fanatics, at the time.
Keep calm, they said on television. Everything is under control.
I was stunned. Everyone was, I know that. It was hard to believe. The entire government, gone like that. How did they get in, how did it happen?
That was when they suspended the Constitution. They said it would be temporary. There wasn't even any rioting in the streets. People stayed home at night, watching television, looking for some direction. There wasn't even an enemy you could put your finger on.
. . . Things continued on in that state of suspended animation for weeks, although some things did happen. Newspapers were censored and some were closed down, for security reasons they said. The roadblocks began to appear, and Identipasses. Everyone approved of that, since it was obvious you couldn't be too careful. They said that new elections would be held, but that it would take some time to prepare for them. The thing to do, they said, was to continue on as usual.
By the time Oscar reached the outskirts of Washington, DC, The Louisiana air base had benn placed under siege.
The base's electrical power supply had long since been cut off for lack of payment. The aircraft had no fuel. The desperate federal troops were bartering stolen equipment for food and booze. Desertion was rampant. The air base commander had released a sobbing video confession and had shot himself.
Green Huey had lost patience with the long-festering scandal. He was moving in for the kill. Attacking and seizing an federal air base with his loyal state militia would have been entirely too blatant and straightforward. Instead the rogue Governor employed proxy guerrillas.
Huey had won the favor of nomad prole groups by providing them with safe havens. He allowed them to squat in Louisiana's many federally declared contamination zones. These forgotten landscapes were tainted with petrochemical effluent and hormone-warping pesticides, and were hence officially unfit for human settlement. The prole hordes had different opinions on that subject.
Proles cheerfully grouped in any locale where conventional authority had grown weak. Whenever the net-based proles were not constantly harassed by the authorities, they coalesced and grew ambitious. Though easily scattered by focused crackdowns, they regrouped as swiftly as a horde of gnats. With their reaping machines and bio-breweries, they could live off the land at the very base of the food chain. They had no stake in the established order, and they cherished a canny street-level knowledge of society's infrastructural weaknesses. They made expensive enemies. . .
Louisiana's ecologically blighted areas were ideal for proles. The disaster zones were also impromptu wildlife sanctuaries, since wild animals found chemical fouling much easier to survive than the presence of human beings. After decades of wild subtropical growth, Louisiana's toxic dumps were as impenetrable as Sherwood Forest.
Saturday, November 01, 2003
If the FBI investigation of Philly's Mayor was politically inspired, it's backfired major
Though if the idea was exacerbating racial tensions, it went fairly well.The investigation mobilised the mayor's base. It also cracked open a racial divide in a city that is evenly populated by African-Americans and whites.
The FBI investigation turned the race from a listless discussion of urban blight to a full-on debate about power and race. It was hard to dismiss the suggestion that Mr Street was targeted because he was the black mayor of a traditionally Democratic city.
That perception took further hold last week after the FBI admitted that months of investigating links between city contracts and campaign donors had produced no evidence of wrongdoing by Mr Street. "It couldn't have been timed better," laughs the Rev Warner McKnight, pastor at the Nazareth Baptist church. "But I think it's turning to his benefit, especially after all the evidence came out negative."
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Friday, October 31, 2003
Urban Survival slices up and serves the shrubco horseshit about the "new booming economy"
I knew if I waited I'd find someone who'd done the work on this obvious campaign hogwash.
As he says, the stock market -- and most likely the man on the street -- aren't buying, which is a good sign.
9:58 AM - [Link] - Comments ()
Military/government referralsdhari al duleimi [OSIS]
lost civilization amazon basin 19 september 2003 [Army DOIM]
robert von goetzman [Gunter AFB]
Warren Zevon Keep me in Your Heart mp3 [navy]
lewis scooter libby bio [Los Alamos NL]
medication distributors in Bangkok [NCTC Pensacola]
Army National Guard "Army national Guard Restructuring Initiative" [Navy intel]
"secret clearance" after bankruptcy [Office Sect Defense]
dynacorp [Army Ft Campbell KY]
+"Dr. Phil" +"rape charges' [HUD]
"patrick riley" army iraq [Marine Corps]
energy weapon dew [DoD]
dyncorp investigators [State Dept]
electromagnetic gun spanish american war [Army Armament Research Development and Engineering Center]
noah's ark mt. ararat pictures [Lawrence Livermore]
12:17 AM - [Link] - Comments ()
Thursday, October 30, 2003
"I have not seen anything like it in my entire career as a solar physicist. The probability of this happening is so low that it is a statistical anomaly."
Astrophysicist John Kohl on the likelihood of 2 major CMEs being released the same week
11:41 AM - [Link] - Comments ()
CBC's the fifth estate website companion to yesterday's show on 9/11 conspiracy theories [Mike Ruppert]
7:13 AM - [Link] - Comments ()
Wednesday, October 29, 2003
Another solar wave released at 1149UT on Wednesday, this one X-11 - smaller than the earlier X-18, but still quite respectable
11:40 PM - [Link] - Comments ()
Wave from yesterday's megaflare hits
G5 (strongest on scale) storm hit this AM at 630 UT
Earth's magnetic field got hit hard, but the duration was very short because the ejection was pointing north.
Much auroral activity, as far south as New Mexico.
9:25 AM - [Link] - Comments ()
German-Czech border has become child sex slave supermarket
12:23 AM - [Link] - Comments ()
New tough regulation on chemicals in EU may not go far enough, but seems a good move toward industry responsibility
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Insider trading suits against mutual fund giant Putnam underline deeply ingrained Wall St Corruption
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Arabs seems schizophrenic about the Iraqi bombingsAcross the Arab world, opinion toward events in Iraq has taken on a kind of split personality that deepens with each new attack, particularly after gory explosions like those Monday that killed dozens of Iraqis and wounded hundreds more. On the one hand, both governments and people do not really want the U.S. to succeed, hoping Washington will suffer for its perceived arrogance for taking on Iraq alone, for its unequivocal support for Israel and not least due to a certain fear that an easy victory might translate into dispatching the U.S. military to change governments elsewhere.The best path seems to be Iraqi self-control under UN auspices.
On the other, many Arabs don't want the U.S. to fail either, fearing the inevitable chaos would unravel the entire region. Failure would open the door in a hugely important Arab country for the kind of war among the sects that plagued Lebanon for 15 years. More important, if it is Islamic militants who are carrying out the attacks and triumph, it could well reignite Islamic extremism.
But the threads unravelled by the US invasion are unlikely to sew themselves up so neatly. A fluid and perhaps volatile realigning of interests in the world in general and endemic Arab sectarian animosity will probably ensure that.
12:09 AM - [Link] - Comments ()
Tuesday, October 28, 2003
X-17 megaflare released 1110 UT this morning
Coronal mass ejection headed directly at Earth, and it will hit anytime from tonight on. Major auroras, plus who knows what.
Only 2 flares bigger than this in the last 20 years were in April '01 and August '89.
9:47 AM - [Link] - Comments ()
Monday, October 27, 2003
Hill & Knowlton PR coach of Kuwaiti girl who testified to apocryphal story on Iraqis murdering babies during Gulf War I now hyping Jessica Lynch yarn [u]
See second post down here for more on the Kuwaiti babies story. The Asia Times link in the post still works too.
11:53 PM - [Link] - Comments ()
Secret "Geneva Accords" Israeli/Palestinian peace plan floated, first time in 3 years for this kind of cooperation [u]
This is a couple weeks old, but I haven't seen mention of it prior.Under the proposals, drawn up after two and a half years of clandestine negotiations, the Palestinians would give up the right of return for refugees who fled or were forced out of what is now Israel in 1948. In exchange, a new Palestinian state would have sovereignty over one of the most fought-over sites in the world: the Haram al-Sharif, or Temple Mount, sacred to Jews and Muslims.Not much chance of Sharon going for it, natch.
Under the plan, Israel would withdraw from almost all of the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip, which would become a new Palestinian state. Scores of Jewish settlements in the occupied territories would be dismantled and their occupants moved to Israel.
11:27 PM - [Link] - Comments ()
Shakespearean scholar and smartguy Harold Bloom trippin' on Wesley Clark [u]"We need, at just this time, a military personage as president, one who is more in the mode of Dwight Eisenhower than of Ulysses Grant. In Wesley Clark, we have a four-star general and former NATO commander who is a diplomatic unifier, an authentic hero, wise and compassionate."OMFG.
" -- the time and the person have come together in Gen. Clark. There is potential greatness in him: Realism and hope intricately fuse in his character."
11:17 PM - [Link] - Comments ()
Mike Davis (City of Quartz, Ecology of Fear) on the Great FireThe best preventive measure, of course, is to return to the native-Californian practice of regular, small-scale burning of old brush and chaparral. This is now textbook policy, but the suburbanization of the fire terrain makes it almost impossible to implement it on any adequate scale. Homeowners despise the temporary pollution of "controlled burns" and local officials fear the legal consequences of escaped fires.
As a result, huge plantations of old, highly flammable brush accumulate along the peripheries and in the interstices of new, sprawled-out suburbs. Since the devastating 1993 fires, tens of thousands of new homes have pushed their way into the furthest recesses of Southern California's coastal and inland fire-belts. Each new homeowner, moreover, expects heroic levels of protection from underfunded county and state fire agencies.
Fire, as a result, is politically ironic. Right now, as I watch San Diego's wealthiest new suburb, Scripps Ranch, in flames, I recall the Schwarzenegger fund-raising parties hosted there a few weeks ago. This was an epicenter of the recent recall and gilded voices roared to the skies against the oppression of an out-of-control public sector. Now Arnold's wealthy supporters are screaming for fire engines, and "big government" is the only thing standing between their $3 million homes and the ash pile.
9:38 PM - [Link] - Comments ()
FDA finally admits "possibility" of link between antidepressants and suicide in young
9:11 PM - [Link] - Comments ()
Either Edwards or Clark would beat shrubco among soldiers polled [The Ruth Group]
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Execution-style killing of vacationing couple in Bumble Bee, AZ (Pop.: 15) unnerves community
I hear Bumble Bee's name once or twice every monsoon season, as it's on a path roaming storm fronts take.
But I never knew it only had 15 residents.
We're 100 miles from Phoenix and Bumble Bee is just off the interstate halfway there. It's still in our county, Yavapai.
1:01 AM - [Link] - Comments ()
The Ruth Group
Mainstream but newsy progressive site.
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Selected search referralsNorth Carolina anti hog confinements group
unrewarding+slow+expensive civil law in pakistan
history of security during the earliest days of bartering
implants through handshakes chip
summary of spiteful animals in africa
Market for canvas repair in Bermuda
free wireless radio control diagrams for a grown up kid
Portland Aladdin Zimbabwe October Saturday
art efect Contamination on memory
why does voting get so complicated in nigeria only
"private military companies" wildlife
cia irs nbc freemason 33
true confession of older women and younger guy love affairs
bethlehem barracuda torches
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Sunday, October 26, 2003
Cali fires merge into monster
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Arthur Schlesinger on the constitutional crisis of the Bush Doctrine [xymphora]Schlesinger traces the new doctrine of American global hegemony through unilateral action back to the suppressed Cheney/Wolfowitz Pentagon draft Defense Planning Guidance of 1992, the neocon/Israeli 1996 paper entitled "A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm" (a document which grows more scary with each passing day, and the probable blueprint for the military future of the United States), and the 1998 PNAC open letter to President Clinton advocating an attack on Iraq. The Bush Administration intellectuals have tried to force the doctrine of U. S. global hegemony under the international law rubric of preemptive war, where it doesn't fit, and tried to claim that the Iraq attack was a legitimate preemptive war, when it was clearly an illegitimate preventative war. Bush himself, who we are coming to see as essentially a religious fruitcake, has managed to justify the neocon/Zionist nonsense under the idea that he has a mission from God to preserve the United States and rid the world of terrorism. Since he is on this mission, he is allowed to use U. S. power to assert American hegemony over the world in pursuit of what God wants him to do.
1:12 PM - [Link] - Comments ()
shrubco lied file:
Iraqi nuclear threat officially bogus
9:02 AM - [Link] - Comments ()
"We need to make Mr. Bush understand: He's not the owner of the lives of our children"
Antiwar/occupation protest in DC draws 50-100 thousand
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from Sassafrass (9/23/02)
"Unconventional viewpoints at 'charging the canvas'
Opinions that will ruffle feathers, from someone who clearly knows their way around information and the blogosphere."
Blog of the Day
In the eyes of posterity it will inevitably seem that, in safeguarding our freedom, we destroyed it; that the vast clandestine apparatus we built up to probe our enemies' resources and intentions only served in the end to confuse our own purposes; that the practice of deceiving others for the good of the state led infallibly to our deceiving ourselves; and that the vast army of intelligence personnel built up to execute these purposes were soon caught up in the web of their own sick fantasies, with disastrous consequences to them and us.
-- Malcolm Muggeridge
Next the statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting the blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself that the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception.
-- Mark Twain
NOT IN OUR NAME
(link to list against Iraq War)
Philip K. Dick
DEEPER NEWS LINK
The Global Beat
Progressive Review's Undernews
Guerrilla News Network
newshub top 25
Christian Science Monitor
The UK Guardian
Int'l Herald Tribune
The Smirking Chimp
Spin of the Day
USGS Earthquake update
Serendipity WTC page
xymphora (also Mid East)
Matt McVeagh's summary of theories
Namebase (Public Information Research)
FAS Intel Index
J Ransom Clark US Intel Bibliography
ARAP TWA 800 page
Gnostic Liberation Front
Philidelphia Experiment/Montauk Project
Military Intelligence by John Patrick Finnegan
BLOGS WITH A BULLET
Aron's Israel Peace Weblog
The Unbound Writer's Online Journal
The Mink Dimension
The Asylum Eclectica
VINTAGE BLOGS, DIVERSIONS
J. Orlin Grabbe Sassafrass
the null device
new world disorder
a dam site
This Modern World (the blog)
a bright cold day in april
wood s lot
Ethel the Blog
follow me here
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Ask Now (24/7 reference help)
The Virtual Acquisition Shelf & News Desk
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EIA Environment Consumer Education Initiative (Computer recycling)
The Center for Justice and Accountability
Astrodienst (free charts)
Institute of Noetic Sciences
The Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund
Fully Informed Jury Association
Privacy Rights Now
Contacting the Congress
Amer. Booksellers Found. Free Expression
Critical Resistance (prisons)
Working for Change
Contract with the Planet
Physicians for a National Health Program
insound (music and mags)
half.com (books & music cheap)
Web Source Sales (ink carts cheap)
Invisible Web search
They were past the motels now, condos on both sides. The nicer ones, on the left, had soothing pluraled nature-names carved on hanging wooden signs, The Coves, The Glades, The Meadowlands. The cheaper condos, on the right, were smaller and closer to the road, and had names like roaring powerboats, Seaspray, Barracuda's, and Beachcomber III.
Jackie sneezed, a snippy poodle kind of sneeze, God-blessed herself, and said, "I bet it's on the left, Raymond. You better slow down."
Raymond Rios, the driver and young science teacher to the bright and gifted, didn't nod or really hear. He was thinking of the motels they had passed and the problem with the signs, No Vacancy. This message bothered him, he couldn't decide why. Then Jackie sneezed and it came to him, the motels said no vacancy because they were closed for the season (or off-season or not-season) and were, therefore, totally vacant, as vacant as they ever got, and so the sign, No Vacancy, was maximum-inaccurate, yet he understood exactly what it meant. This thought or chain of thoughts made him feel vacant and relaxed, done with a problem, a pleasant empty feeling driving by the beaches in the wind.
from Big If by Mark Costello
Bailey was having trouble with his bagel. Warming to my subject, I kept on talking while cutting the bagel into smaller pieces, wiping a dob of cream from his collar, giving him a fresh napkin. "There's a pretense at democracy. Blather about consensus and empowering employees with opinion surveys and minority networks. But it's a sop. Bogus as costume jewelry. The decisions have already been made. Everything's hush-hush, on a need-to-know-only basis. Compartmentalized. Paper shredders, e-mail monitoring, taping phone conversations, dossiers. Misinformation, disinformation. Rewriting history. The apparatus of fascism. It's the kind of environment that can only foster extreme caution. Only breed base behavior. You know, if I had one word to describe corporate life, it would be 'craven.' Unhappy word."
Bailey's attention was elsewhere, on a terrier tied to a parking meter, a cheeky fellow with a grizzled coat. Dogs mesmerized Bailey. He sized them up the way they sized each other up. I plowed on. "Corporations are like fortressed city-states. Or occupied territories. Remember The Sorrow and the Pity? Nazi-occupied France, the Vichy government. Remember the way people rationalized their behavior, cheering Pétain at the beginning and then cheering de Gaulle at the end? In corporations, there are out-and-out collaborators. Opportunists. Born that way. But most of the employees are like the French in the forties. Fearful. Attentiste. Waiting to see what happens. Hunkering down. Turning a blind eye.
from Moral Hazard by Kate Jennings
HANKY PANKY NOHOW
When the sashaying of gentlemen
Gives you grievance now and then
What's needed are some memories of planing lakes
Those planing lakes will surely calm you down
Nothing frightens me more
Than religion at my door
I never answer panic knocking
Falling down the stairs upon the law
There's a law for everything
And for elephants that sing to feed
The cows that Agriculture won't allow
Hanky Panky Nohow
Hanky Panky Nohow
Hanky Panky Nohow
-- John Cale