This was on the front page of the Palm Beach Post today...
As one of my coworkers said, it brings a whole new meaning to skeletons in your closet...
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posted by Nathan Hall at 1/23/2007 05:08:00 PM link
A famous and very outspoken journalist in Turkey was killed in broad daylight on Friday in Istanbul. He was apparently shot in the head on a busy street?
The reason? Because he proclaimed that the mass killing of Armenians by the then Ottoman Turks during World War I amounts to genocide. Many media outlets and journalists have found themselves in front of the Turkish courts with charges against them, at times, treason for speaking of Turkey's complicity in the genocide.
Following the lead of some very bold representatives in the French government, I believe that Turkey should not be allowed into the EU until they at least admit that the mass killing of a targeted ethnic group of people is in fact, a genocide. I also believe that reparations are in order for the descendants of those affected by this crime. These are two of the most obvious conditions for making amends, until that time Turkey is still just throwing salt on very old wounds.
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posted by Nathan Hall at 1/20/2007 01:43:00 PM link
4/19/2006Diane Rehm show that aired today, I'll leave you with a poem that has been a favorite of mine for many years, a poem about justice for all people, a poem of hope. Let America be America again. Let it be the dream it used to be. Let it be the pioneer on the plain Seeking a home where he himself is free. (America never was America to me.) Let America be the dream the dreamers dreamed-- Let it be that great strong land of love Where never kings connive nor tyrants scheme That any man be crushed by one above. (It never was America to me.) O, let my land be a land where Liberty Is crowned with no false patriotic wreath, But opportunity is real, and life is free, Equality is in the air we breathe. (There's never been equality for me, Nor freedom in this "homeland of the free.") Say, who are you that mumbles in the dark? And who are you that draws your veil across the stars? I am the poor white, fooled and pushed apart, I am the Negro bearing slavery's scars. I am the red man driven from the land, I am the immigrant clutching the hope I seek-- And finding only the same old stupid plan Of dog eat dog, of mighty crush the weak. I am the young man, full of strength and hope, Tangled in that ancient endless chain Of profit, power, gain, of grab the land! Of grab the gold! Of grab the ways of satisfying need! Of work the men! Of take the pay! Of owning everything for one's own greed! I am the farmer, bondsman to the soil. I am the worker sold to the machine. I am the Negro, servant to you all. I am the people, humble, hungry, mean-- Hungry yet today despite the dream. Beaten yet today--O, Pioneers! I am the man who never got ahead, The poorest worker bartered through the years. Yet I'm the one who dreamt our basic dream In the Old World while still a serf of kings, Who dreamt a dream so strong, so brave, so true, That even yet its mighty daring sings In every brick and stone, in every furrow turned That's made America the land it has become. O, I'm the man who sailed those early seas In search of what I meant to be my home-- For I'm the one who left dark Ireland's shore, And Poland's plain, and England's grassy lea, And torn from Black Africa's strand I came To build a "homeland of the free." The free? Who said the free? Not me? Surely not me? The millions on relief today? The millions shot down when we strike? The millions who have nothing for our pay? For all the dreams we've dreamed And all the songs we've sung And all the hopes we've held And all the flags we've hung, The millions who have nothing for our pay-- Except the dream that's almost dead today. O, let America be America again-- The land that never has been yet-- And yet must be--the land where every man is free. The land that's mine--the poor man's, Indian's, Negro's, ME-- Who made America, Whose sweat and blood, whose faith and pain, Whose hand at the foundry, whose plow in the rain, Must bring back our mighty dream again. Sure, call me any ugly name you choose-- The steel of freedom does not stain. From those who live like leeches on the people's lives, We must take back our land again, America! O, yes, I say it plain, America never was America to me, And yet I swear this oath-- America will be! Out of the rack and ruin of our gangster death, The rape and rot of graft, and stealth, and lies, We, the people, must redeem The land, the mines, the plants, the rivers. The mountains and the endless plain-- All, all the stretch of these great green states-- And make America again!
posted by Nathan Hall at 4/19/2006 04:30:00 PM link
4/18/2006ALL WHITE jury acquitted the officers in the Frank Jude Jr. case. This is just reprehensible to me. While it's hardly a secret that Milwaukee has more than a heaping spoonful of race problems, being one of the most segregated cities in the country, this verdict still managed to stun me into a sort of stupor. How could this be? In spite of its problems, I love Milwaukee and was an active community member during my years there. Even now, nearly 1500 miles away, I extoll the virtues of the city while trying to speak frankly about its vices to my friends and colleagues. Today though, I have to say, I am hanging my head in shame. Maybe all of the progress that seemed to be happening was just an illusion? All of the activism that was happening across neighborhoods, across races and even languages... all for not? Obviously, I can't believe that. The implications here are enormous. This jury didn't find those white cops innocent of beating the hell out of Frank Jude so much as they found Jude guilty of being black. I'm ashamed of the city I love.
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7/21/2005There are early reports breaking that a series of "incidents" have occurred in the London Underground and on another bus. According to a Reuters article, fire brigades were dispatched when smoke was seen coming from a train and a bus's windows were blown out by a "minor explosion". Today is the two-week anniversary of attacks by suicide bombers on the London mass-transit system in which more than 50 people were killed. According to the BBC the London police are not treating this as a major incident. In their article the Beeb has stated that the explosions were from detonators which were not attached to explosives. Detonators are devices that create the primary explosion which activates a secondary explosion. They are being referred to as "dummy bombs" by the Associated Press. UPDATE Update from a London native about what's going on (from Gawker): University College Hospital has apparently been flooded by police, possibly because a suspect's gone in there for treatment. Police tape up all over the place. The Warren Street tube is getting reports of a guy's backpack making an exploding noise (possibly while still ON HIS BACK), splitting, and then smelling awful. Then the train pulled into the station and they all ran for it. The 26 bus had a backpack left on the back seat, and some people are saying that the windows are blown out at the back of the bus. Oval, it sounds like some guy made a run for it, leaving a rucksack behind? Shepherds Bush, no idea, but I live about a minute away and we're getting no sirens or ambulances or anything. It's the Hammersmith and City branch of Shepherds Bush, though, NOT the more active hub on the Central line. Above ground, though. The Tube workers are apparently getting some sort of message that the explosions are due to nail bombs which had detonators (hence the loud noise) but no explosives, so it just sounded like a firecracker and then smelled horrendous. They're saying "dummy nail bombs". There are general reports of panicky-looking young asian men (late teens, early 20s) being chased out of tube stations by fellow passengers? That's about it. Let's do this again, shall we? In a fortnight, then. Bah.
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6/02/2005Narco News is one of the best places for information on the happenings there, as well as the rest of Latin America. One promising thing that happened today was the 1st regiment of the National Police deciding by consensus not to supress the protests. As reported on Democracy Now! Evo Morales, an extremely popular leader of the indigenous people's movement in Bolivia, has warned of a possible right-wing coup in the next few days to prevent the indigenous people's movement from gaining anything from the protests. So what's this all about? In two words, water and oil, the most precious and coveted resources on the planet. The indigenous of Bolivia want a hydrocarbon nationalization program. The US backed government of Bolivia is deeply in the pockets of the large oil companies. Sadly, it would come as no surprise to see Evo Morales have an unfortunate "accident" if he gains much more sway with the Bolivian populace.
posted by Nathan Hall at 6/02/2005 03:22:00 PM link
5/05/2005Arrest made at Coulter speech; Student arrested, charged with disorderly conduct after 'offensive' question 04 May 2005 --Incessant heckling and shouting culminated in an arrest Tuesday night during a speech by Reichwing whackjob Ann Coulter at the University of Texas at Austin. From The Texan: [summary] Coulter said she supported the definition of marriage as between a man and a woman on the basis that a good woman civilizes and inspires a man to strive for something better, leading to this question: "You say that you believe in the sanctity of marriage," said Ajai Raj, an English sophomore. "How do you feel about marriages where the man does nothing but f*ck his wife up the ass?" UT Police officers approached Raj to arrest him, resulting in a mass exodus of protesters chanting, "Let him go." Lewd heckler arrested at conservative's Texas college lecture --During a speech last night at the University of Texas in Austin, a 19-year-old UT student was busted after asking Coulter a lewd question, which he followed up with equally inappropriate hand gestures, according to the police affidavit. The student, Ajai Raj, was arrested by campus police and hit with a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge.
posted by Nathan Hall at 5/05/2005 02:34:00 PM link
5/03/2005stories like this. Sociologist Jerry Lembcke looks into the whole myth of the soldier returning from Vietnam and being spat upon by anti-war protesters. Not only does he do a good job of showing how it's unlikely it ever happened but also how it deals with a deeper sense of immasculation of the warrior culture... very interesting...
posted by Nathan Hall at 5/03/2005 02:56:00 PM link
5/02/2005bourgeois youth of Milwaukee. It was billed on milwaukee indymedia as the largest celebration in recent memory. Sad. It's great when people get together and try to organize something but there's a difference between doing it for yourself and doing it with a wider vision. Sadly, most Americans lack that vision because the idea of collective action is stunted by the rampant need for individuality, especially in the young, white, college student sector who inexplicably identify as anarchists (I myself was there at one point, so I cannot claim innocence). The workers of the rest of the world celebrated accordingly, once again proving how out of step the working class in the U.S. is. In even more disturbing news the fascist movement in Germany continues to grow, this year the assholes once again tried to usurp the holiday from working people.
posted by Nathan Hall at 5/02/2005 08:03:00 PM link
4/29/2005This video is without a doubt the funniest shit I have seen in some time, and he's totally serious. Mark Morford has a few good things to say about it.
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4/26/2005Is Bush curious or "curious"?
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draft memo that was obtained by the Congressional Quarterly it was stated that the Department of Homeland Security has for unknown reasons omitted right-wing domestic terrorist organizations from its list of domestic threats.
posted by Nathan Hall at 4/26/2005 02:47:00 PM link
4/21/2005oddest stories that have come from Iraq in a while. According to the Shia involved in the government somewhere around a hundred people, all Shia, had been kidnapped by Sunni insurgents. After a raid of the village that they were supposedly kidnapped from no one was being held hostage. Now fifty bodies have been found in the Tigris river. Where did they come from? Reuters reported that there was scant evidence of a hostage situation. Of course the question is, when the media is too intimidated to go much beyond the Green Zone, how much real information can we possibly receive that isn't released by the Occupation Authority?
posted by Nathan Hall at 4/21/2005 12:22:00 AM link
4/19/2005This article appeared on a website called the Sunshine Project. They frequently do FOIA requests of government documents and release them to the public. The focus of most of their requests is generally the biodefense industry. It seems that UW-Madison has sold a number of aerosol containment units--which are used to infect animals with deadly infectious diseases via mixing the agent with an aerosol propellant into the chamber where the animals are held. A chamber that had a leak was responsible for three tuberculosis infections in a Seattle lab last year. Could this be linked to the very odd tuberculosis case at Marquette University here in Milwaukee? They do have a grad level biological reasearch program and they purport to prepare students for positions in the biotechnology field. Inside information would be helpful, if anyone knows if Marquette does have one of these aerosol containment units please post it in the comments.
posted by Nathan Hall at 4/19/2005 02:26:00 PM link
4/07/2005flag.blackened.nethas recently come under attack by the FBI, being served two subpoenas by the Oakland branch of the bureau. This would be a serious blow to anarchist organizing worldwide, as so many anarchist websites are hosted by this server, including the ever-popular infoshop. The complete press release from the server's maintainer, Dave, can be read here. Regardless of your feelings about anarchism or self-proclaimed anarchists, this should alarm anyone concerned about issues of free speech. Especially disconcerting is having the prior knowledge that this more than likely will get very little press. It's incumbent upon advocates of free speech to make sure this spreads to as many as possible.
posted by Nathan Hall at 4/07/2005 04:40:00 PM link
4/06/2005Salon has a great take on this issue and make special note of the fact that long-standing conservative website Free Republic has made it apparent they don't want to be associated with the Minutemen. What's funny is how easily this small group, who disrupted the Immigration authorities more than the immigrants, were able to manipulate the mass media and get so much attention. Another story that has yet to get much media play is the opening of the jury selection in the trial of accused serial bomber Eric Rudolph. Rudolph, for those who don't know is accused of the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games bombing as well as bombing an abortion clinic in 1998. New evidence suggests that he may have been associated in one way or another with a Tennessee church.
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3/29/2005story that just broke across several wires there are reports that the Kyrgyz revolution that just occurred last week was supported by nothing less than an army of Kung Fu fighters. Apparently they're led by one of the wealthiest men in Kyrgyzstan who had some trouble a few years ago after allegedly beating a judge. It doesn't appear from the outside that Akayev was any shining jewel but it is interesting that he alleges that the same forces behind Georgia and the Ukraine's revolutions were the same behind this one. Some sites have even gone so far as to point the finger at Washington for backing these revolutions, stating that the AFL-CIO and NGO's that are directly funded by the US government have been very active in these countries. Others have also commented on the increasing political isolation and geographic encircling of Russia. On a totally shameless note, the blog Dean's World suggested putting the name Mario Vasquez in your blog to increase traffic. Apparently he was on American Idol? Something tells me that the type of people who are into American Idol are not exactly my target audience, but what the hell? In the interest of science I'll try it out.
posted by Nathan Hall at 3/29/2005 02:32:00 PM link
3/25/2005Pakistan a fleet of F-16's as a reward for their help in the war on terrorism. India, rightfully so, is more than a little pissed about this. It just reminds me of a time when I was in France and I was talking to a group of friends that were from different countries. I started talking about US foreign policy and everyone stopped. My friend Rosi, who is from England, said, "I didn't know your country had a foreign policy." Kudos.
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3/21/2005with torture and kidnappings. This smacks of the days of the Dirty War in Argentina under the military dictatorship when thousands of leftist activists were kidnapped, tortured and killed. Also take a minute to sign the petition in support of them.
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Milwaukee Degenerate because it is very slowly taking on a life of its own. So expect a little more than just political and media commentary from now on.
posted by Nathan Hall at 3/17/2005 04:32:00 PM link
3/15/2005report by the AP the last 12 months have seen more journalists killed and more journalists targeted for killing than in the last 10 years. In another story I applaud the stand that Laurie Garrett, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, has taken in her resignation from Newsday. She quit as a result of the growing phenomenon of corporate journalism where increased profits are weighed more heavily than quality of product produced. One of the great quotes from her concerning this: "If you trim back your staff, if you trim back your costs, and you put out a lower quality product, your stock value goes up. All across the news industry, we have seen this same phenomenon." Finally, the practice of television journalism, always on shaky ground in regards to credibility in my mind, has been dealt a further blow this week. It appears that many stations have been accepting prepackaged news from the White House and airing the pieces as their own according to the Government accountability Office. The Office has stated that this amounts to "covert propaganda" and that 55 year-old rules against government spending on propaganda had been violated. An update to this story: it appears that the White House is sticking to its guns. Advisors to the administration have made claims that it is perfectly legal for the propaganda machine to go into full swing, stating that an arm of the Department of Justice is responsible for investigating this issue, not the GAO. Of course we know who controls the DoJ....
posted by Nathan Hall at 3/15/2005 02:44:00 PM link
3/10/2005Jihad Unspun. They claim to have the statement issued by Al-Qaida about the suicide bombing that occurred this morning in Baghdad. Al-Qaida Claims Responsibility For Bombing The Al Sadeer Hotel In Baghdad Mar 10, 2005 English Translation © JUS 2005 A bomb exploded near a hotel in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, early this morning. Two security guards were killed in the attack on the neighboring Agriculture Ministry, Agence France-Presse reported. “There were casualties,'' in the blast near the al-Sadeer hotel, Captain Kelly Lewis of the US militay said in a telephone interview from Baghdad, though she said she was unable to give any numbers at this stage. The Sadeer Hotel is used my man foreign contractors. Al-Qaida was quick to claim responsibility for the bombing. Following is their statement, uncut and uncensored. We remind our viewers that the statements, opinions and points of view expressed in this article are those of the author and shall not be deemed to mean that they are necessarily those of Jihad Unspun, the publisher, editor, writers, contributors or staff. In the name of Allah, Most gracious, Most Merciful Praise be to Allah who promised us victory and helped us with His soldiers. Peace and prayer be on the one who struggled (Performed Jihad in the cause of Allah) with his person and his sustenance were made under the shade of his spear. Peace be upon his family, and his companions. Ask Baghdad about what did they wake up to see this morning? And ask paradise about the new occupants of today. As to paradise, they welcomed a lion from the “Martyrs Brigade”. As to Baghdad, it woke up at the thunderous sound of an explosion that was heard from one end to the other Today, this glorious Wednesday, 27 Muhaaram, 1426 (March 9, 2005), a Nobel brother of yours, along with a few others headed for the Sadeer hotel. You may call it the Jewish hotel because it is their fortress and secure home. But the fortress with all its security measures did not stop the punishment of Allah from reaching them. Oh you Jews, have you forgotten the Khaibar Expedition? Or the Nadhir Expedition? If you did, here we are to jog your memory. You Mujahideen brothers approached the hotel and open fire on the Iraqi security forces protecting the Jews there. Some fell dead and others ran for their lives. When the entrance was secured by your brothers, the main part of the mission started to unfold. Your hero of the mission, a brother of yours, stormed inside and blew up the hotel with its occupants. Alhamdulillah in the morning and in the afternoon. As to the timing of the mission, it had to be early before rush hour to avoid harming Moslems passing by. The timing also had to be at a time when a large number of Jews are still inside getting ready to leave for work. Oh you people of Sabt (Sabbath), ancestors of monkeys and swine, those recipient of the wrath of Allah, Allah has prepared severe punishment for you. Our nobel Qura’an has taught us to hate you, hold animosity towards you, and slay you. As to you, our Tawhid brother (the main man of the mission), you have earned the greatest honor, Shahadah (Martyrdom), in sha’a Allah. We hope to join you soon and we hope and ask Allah to elevate you to the highest level in Ferdaws (the most high part of paradise). Allahu Akbar! Allahu Akbar! Allahu Akbar! And glory be to Allah, his messenger, and Mujahideen Al-Qaida in the Land of the Two Rivers 27 Muhaaram, 1426 March 9, 2005 English Translation © JUS 2005
posted by Nathan Hall at 3/10/2005 02:30:00 PM link
2/25/2005Putin On the Ritz (sorry to anyone who already may have used this lame title) It looks like Bush and Putin finally did the hokey pokey together and had a typical press conference where they acted like buddies and smiled alot without saying anything. The Guardian actually came out and spoke of the underlying tension that existed in their meeting saying that Bush delivered a "coded but pointed message". Compare this to what Eric Umansky found in his daily news analysis in Slate... from the Washington Post, "Bush gently prods Putin on democracy." Other interesting findings: Maureen Dowd slams the Swiftboat Veterans for their latest assault. And on the increasing fascism meter, a Michigan artist was recently handed a 30 day sentence and a $500 fine for painting Eve on the side of his building with exposed breasts. It looks like he's been given a reprieve until March 4th though while his lawyers attempt to make a First Ammendment case out of it. My question: are his lawyers completely incompetent?!?
posted by Nathan Hall at 2/25/2005 03:43:00 PM link
blogcritics they've got a couple of torrents available for download that are of a couple of Hunter's speaking engagements. Also a eulogy of sorts. Since Hemingway was mentioned, here's a great quote from him: They wrote in the old days that it is sweet and fitting to die for one’s country. But in modern war, there is nothing sweet nor fitting in your dying. You will die like a dog for no good reason. ~Ernest Hemingway
posted by Nathan Hall at 2/25/2005 03:27:00 AM link
2/16/2005bradblog it appears that they have presented declassified photos of the nuclear facilities in North Korea and Iran. Problem is, they're the same damn photo. Either CNN noticed this and didn't care or didn't follow up with the information that they were given by the government. Either way this is just disgusting, sloppy and inexcusable. And also not surprising. Shortly after the story was posted and circulated CNN issued a "correction". Check out Brad's story.
posted by Nathan Hall at 2/16/2005 04:11:00 PM link
Mr Manajid, from Falluja - a hotbed of armed opposition to the US-led occupation in Iraq - said if he was not playing football "for sure" he would be fighting as part of the resistance.
"I want to defend my home. If a stranger invades America and the people resist, does that mean they are terrorists?" he asked.
"Everyone [in Falluja] has been labelled a terrorist. These are all lies. Falluja people are some of the best people in Iraq."
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7/30/2004US Document Reveals Scale of Conflict
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6/08/2004indymedia, Atlanta Indymedia, (which as of this posting has crashed) and very little on infoshop. San Francisco Indymedia has been reporting actions that are occurring there (big surprise considering the liberal bastion that that city is). And Enemy Combatant Radio has been covering those events. If anyone gets any good updates about the situation in GA, especially if they actually magically become organized to do something, please email me! It's very simple, just push the little button over there on the right that says EMAIL ME. Also... Another Eulogy for Ronnie Raygun
posted by Nathan Hall at 6/08/2004 05:41:00 PM link
6/07/2004The Coup): "one thing I gots to ask Ronald Reagan down in hell can you see me? I'm standin' on your grave and I'm finsta take a pee-pee!" In the words of Levar Burton from Reading Rainbow, "Don't take my word for it..." Greg Palast rips old Ronnie a new one on his website but if that page takes too long to load you can also find it here at the Axis of Logic website. Of course, Counterpunch responded appropriately with 4 of today's 8 articles devoted to "the gipper". _____________________________________________ On the documentary tip, close to my heart as some of you may know, there are some great ones coming out this summer. Control Room promises to be excellent. It highlights the birth and recent life of the fiercely independent Al Jazeera. The other one, coming out later this summer is called The Corporation. It doesn't look like it's going to be a real mind-blower but it will introduce people to what so many activists have know for so long.
posted by Nathan Hall at 6/07/2004 04:29:00 PM link
6/01/2004RTF has finally succumbed to the growing financial burden it was under. Please check out Sherman's support page and help his mom out with the legal costs. Anyone living in the midwest should check out the Socialism 2004 conference coming up in Chicago. I really don't care too much for conferences, workshops, etc. but there appear to be some pretty decent speakers there. I think that the ISO, those infamous newspaper hawkers, has something to do with the organization of this so keep yer running shoes on so that you can escape when they try to get you to join their organization. Even if I were interested their dues are way too high to join ($20 a month)... I'd be better off spending that on a gym membership! Finally, leave some fucking comments! I feel like I'm yelling into a cave around here. I had 45 visitors last Wednesday and no one had anything to say about that rant?
posted by Nathan Hall at 6/01/2004 07:32:00 PM link
5/27/2004Here's a memorium on ZNET also check out Democracy Now for today 5/27 for another On the topic of Rafah, there's a good editorial here.
posted by Nathan Hall at 5/27/2004 02:15:00 PM link
5/21/2004the recent attack on a wedding party, has me reconsidering how sympathetic I really am for 'the troops'. At one point I approached the whole ordeal with an eye towards blaming the leaders and not the actors. The fact that so much of the armed services is made up of working class folks and is far more reflective of society than even the university that I go to also has made me more favorable to those doing the fighting. As the towns of Fallujah and Najaf (and every other city) were/are being bombarded by the marines my mood started to shift. But still some how I rationalized it by telling myself, well the marines are all fucking wingnuts and murderers with a pathological zeal for violence and killing, they're not even human. Sick part is, they are. And so are the motherfuckers who bombed a wedding party. And so are the fucking mindless idiots from the sticks who tortured Iraqi prisoners. So you begin to see how my resentment towards the actions of this country is boiling over. I am and all of you (assuming you're from the States) are essentially complicit in the attrocities occurring right now. Still, the rational side of my mind chimes in. Not all of the kids in the armed forces are like these people it says. Somehow I really hope that they only represent a small minority but when I look around, when I open my eyes and walk around and see the society that I'm in... I get a really bad feeling that those people are not just a product of it but that they account for a larger percentage. Prone to following orders with an unflagging loyalty, capable of the most inhumane acts because they can say they were just following orders. You know it's funny, Lyndie England actually said that she doesn't think she should be punished for abusing and torturing people because she was just following orders. She was even crying when she said it. This type of thing happened in Nazi Germany and it's happening here. Not that this is a terribly new thing. I've read plenty about the shit that happened in Vietnam. The difference is that this is the first time that I have actually borne witness to what's occuring; the first time in my life that I have been very conscious of what's going on. And it's fucking disturbing. What hope for humanity? No appeal to humanity for sanity and compassion has ever impacted anything. Nevertheless, I am appealing for that now. Right after I wrote this, I got sent this article. Impeccable timing, thanks Geoff, it made me smile. Shit, then I find this article by Mark Morford, a great columnist with the SF Gate. He articulates the ensuing collapse of the empire quite well.
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5/19/2004New Issue of Workers Solidarity online now also check out this great article: The Jesus Landing Pad
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5/18/2004Cold Turkey by Kurt Vonnegut In my extremely agitated state yesterday I forgot to leave a link to the Nick Berg video. Here it is: http://video.bmj.net/Alluh_Akbar.wmv also, here's a zipped copy that you can download: http://armor.typepad.com/bastardsword/files/iraq2vediow.zip
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5/17/2004infowars, especially this section of the website for a complete archive of different ap stories as well as stories from other sources that expose the lie. Diplomat's E-Mails Show Berg in Custody Executioner wore gold ring - forbidden by Islam Here is what I found myself after watching the video a number of times: At about 2:43:19 on the video, based on its own time stamp there is a "glitch" where a white line passes through the bottom of the screen. Based on my own experience with video, especially vhs video (which is what this appears to be shot on) this occurs when video is recorded over. In other words, when a video is stopped, rewound and recorded over. The white line would indicate the most probable place that the re-record began. Other evidence for this is the strange noise that follows that point. It seems that this is a ghost track... because vhs is a shotty medium, it sometimes maintains parts of the original track. Thus we get a visible cut in the video followed by a brief one and a half seconds or so of sound from the original recording. Also in the 5 minute 37 second long version that I saw, the men start yelling 'allahu akbar' and Berg starts screaming while there is nothing happening... this happens at 2:44:32 on the video's time stamp. The final, and most egregious error on the whole video is when they cut from the man brandishing the knife to showing Berg just getting his throat cut. The time stamp jumps from 2:44:42 to 13:45:47. There are only a couple of explanations that I can think of for this. 1. this was shot with one camera at two very different times either approximately 11 hours before or after the first clip 2. this was shot with two different cameras one in standard time and one in military time--there is a one hour discrepency here 3. this was shot with two different cameras one in standard time and one in military time--and one of the cameras time stamps had not been adjusted for daylight savings time the third possibility seems to be the most likely and would explain why we hear the men yelling 'allahu akbar' and Berg screaming without noticing any change in the on-screen action. This does however imply that two videos have been edited together. here's some more good analysis: 1) extremely convenient "wag the dog" timing at the height of furor regarding U.S. torture of Iraqis 2) CNN poll question: "Is the Berg killing a reason for withholding any remaining Iraq prisoner abuse pictures?" Bush has been reported to be struggling with question of whether Pentagon should release additional torture photos. Given that the alleged decapitation of Berg was allegedly prompted by the first wave of torture photos, Bush could now cite "national security" issues for witholding additional materials. 3) Berg's last known whereabouts was in U.S. custody. 4) Berg shown in video wearing orange jumpsuit known to be of U.S. issue (compare with pictures at Guantanamo). 5) Berg mysteriously captured by Al-Quaeda (still wearing jumpsuit). Either he escaped from U.S. captors or U.S. let him out -- with orange suit and all -- to be immediately apprehended by Al-Quaeda (before he had a chance to change). 6) Tape obviously spliced together and heavily edited. Goes from a) Berg sitting in chair talking about family, to b) Berg sitting on floor with hooded "militants" behind, to c) blurry camera movement, to d) almost motionless Berg on floor as head cut off. 7) Audio clearly dubbed in. 8) "Arab" reader flips through pages of "statement" and keeps ending up on the same page. Perhaps doesn't even known enough Arabic to recognize what page he's on? 9) "Arabs" have lily-white hands and (other exposed) skin. 10) "Arabs" have Western-style body posture and mannerisms. 11) When Berg decapitated, there was almost no blood. If Berg were still alive at this point, with the cut starting at front of throat, blood would have been spraying everywhere. Berg's severed head, the floor, Berg's clothes, and even the hand of the "Arab" who decapitated Berg had no visible blood on it. 12) Berg's body didn't move while on the ground. Although held down, Berg would have tried to instinctively wiggle and writhe away from captor's grip. 13) Camera angle made it impossible to see if Berg's eyes were even open. 14) Alleged "scream" from Berg sounded to be that of a woman and was clearly dubbed in. 15) Berg goes to great trouble to identify himself, providing information about his family. Why? To elicit greater sympathy? Or to provide a positive ID. FBI visited Berg family in an attempt to "verify his identity". Guy in video looks very little like Berg photos provided by family. I believe that Berg (or this lookalike character) was first killed (perhaps by lethal injection, poisoning, etc.), then decapitated after dead (explains lack of blood spraying everywhere). Berg was killed by Al-Quaeda (known to be a CIA - Mossad joint venture). Berg video released at height of furor over U.S. torture of Iraqis and just before Bush was to decide whether to release additional torture videos. Now torture videos will be witheld from public for reasons of national security. Now "patriots" everywhere will laud the virtues of U.S. torture of "enemies". Sensitivity level of public gets heightened in terms of what's acceptable treatment of prisoners. Juxtaposed with decapitation, piling naked men into pyramid is nothing. Such treatment will be considered more and more acceptable even in domestic situations. George W. Bush sleeps well tonight while Berg family lives in torture. Serves Berg's father right for opposing Bush and the war of aggression against Iraq. Jeff Rense has compiled some important information on Berg's detainment and questioning what really happened in his article, "Why Did The US Take Custody Of Nick Berg?"
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5/15/2004Proclamation by an adversary of the US Government
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4/29/2004Soldiers Fire on Civilian Minibus Leaving Fallujah G.I.'s Are Accused of Abusing Iraqi Captives Bush decides not to take oath, let hearings go public Toeing the Line: Where Does anti-Zionism end and anti-Semitism Begin? To Continue a Theme: ISRAELI INDEPENDENCE DAY DEMONSTRATION mAngus has suggested an interesting article: Is Gay Marriage Anti-Black? Discussion follows at this blog. A march for women’s lives or Democrats’ votes? An Announcement from the Police State Nepal: Revolution At The Top Of The World
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4/28/2004Is Your Porn Safe? other items worth inspecting: Huge US Attack Fails to Crush Rebels Dozens die as US planes strafe Najaf Al-Asad: Iraqis are right to resist US renews attack on Falluja
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4/27/2004A realistic election strategy the Left can really get behind
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4/21/2004Go here for the article. See the original memo here. Marco's suit against DC police begins: go here to read about it in pdf format No big surprises here, (or how the term contractor now means mercenary): Iraq Victim Was Top-Secret Apartheid Killer
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4/14/2004In one year, American GIs have fallen from the status of super-warriors to ordinary men in the eyes of Iraqis who have seen them fall victim to old rocket-launchers and home-made bombs. 87 US Soldiers, at least 880 Iraqis killed in April A response from Emma Goldman regarding Bush and the plight of women's eroding rights. Also... the illustrious master of modern genocide, Ariel Sharon, will be visiting DC today. A rally of Orthodox Jews in front of the White House will meet him to voice their opposition both to Sharon and the state of Israel. Read about it here. Commentary by Stan Goff about the needed connections between soldiers and leftists, also encourages abandoning the asinine belief that anything credible can be achieved through strict non-violence.
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4/13/2004Comparing Iraq and Vietnam
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US Installed Council Threatens Al-Jazeera with Censorship
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4/12/2004another report from al Jazeera
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We're just going to have one big carnival of assasinations!!!
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The Fallujah Massacre This website, recommended by mangus is another very good resource. ICH: Continuing Slaughter, Kidnappings, US Rhetoric: "That's not really a number I'm terribly interested in.": General Colin Powell, Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, on being asked his assessment of Iraqi military and civilian casualties, April 1991 === Lesley Stahl: "I mean, that's more children than died in Hiroshima and you know, is the price worth it?" Madeline Albright: "I think this is a very hard choice, but the price — we think the price is worth it." Former U.N. Ambassador Madeline Albright, responding to reporter Lesley Stahl as to whether the over half a million Iraqi children killed by the UN sanctions against Iraq were "worth it." CBS May 11, 1996 === "Why should we hear about body bags and deaths and how many, what day it's gonna happen? It's not relevant. So why should I waste my beautiful mind on something like that?": George W. Bush's mother Barbara on ABC/Good Morning America, March 18, 2003 === WEB SITE: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/
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4/09/2004the article the congressman's website
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4/08/2004here's the full story, transcribed and archived in audio as well
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transcript of her (prepared) statement as it was released by the White House immediately after she concluded. The questioning period is not included. Oh, and please don't be too distracted: At Least 97 Iraqis Killed In Fallujah, 40 In Ramadi a warning to those who haven't gone completely numb yet, there's a picture of a dead Iraqi baby in this article. Don't worry though I'm sure the child was packing heat, maybe even an RPG, offering the "security forces" a real threat.
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4/07/2004Indian Killer Tribute Sparks Controversy Leave it to those crazy Pennsylvanians. That state is quickly becoming the pariah in my mind that certain southern states used to occupy. Oh yeah, also take special note that I had to find this article in the Guardian, a fucking UK site, because the worthless amerikkkan media wires wouldn't touch this fucking story with a ten foot pole.
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4/06/2004The McCain Factor Just today he published this article: Kerry-McCain and the Warbloggers Suicide Watch Which was backed by this article: For Kerry aides, McCain would fit bill as running mate Cheers to all of you morons that continue to support the bi-partisan (giggle) system. Now more than ever we should be actively boycotting the vote. People claim up and down it's how we can participate in the democratic process. Two questions to those people: Where was your vote in 2000? What is your definition of democracy?
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The Fallujah Massacre also check this out: Men, ages 18-35 wanted, preferrably of lower income background, special preference given to people of color, to die in desert 8000 miles away. The Draft: It is a Reality
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3/26/2004http://resplandeciente.blogspot.com This will eventually become the home of posts of this nature. Force of love will either live on as my continued ranting/political commentary area or will become obsolete, knowing myself, only time will really tell. While my mind wanders my heart is firmly planted: Silent Genocide
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2/24/2004Article in the Observer
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2/20/2004Read the report on Narconews and DemocracyNow! plays John Kerry's testimony to the Senate Foreign Relations Commision from April 22, 1971 and as tomorrow is the anniversary of Malcom X assasination, they also play his "The Ballot or the Bullet" speech
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2/17/2004Press Release In this article, from the Guardian today, 15 NGO's have banded together to issue a statement about the situation in Haiti. According to the article they say that Haiti is on the verge of a humanitarian crisis but advise against an influx of food aid or a military intervention. The argument is that without the social structures in place, this sort of help will only be a band-aid solution. The problem is that all they are really offering is some vague "international solidarity," whatever that means and a demand to obey the Geneva Convention and various human rights treaties. To anyone who has been following the situation there have already been numerous reports of human rights abuses. France "and a large number of other countries," have decided that they may send peace-keeping troops soon. On a personal note... I welcome one of my olde tyme friends who recently reestablished contact with me. Good to see ya beatin' round the interhood again. One last thing... This must be the most I've posted to this blog since it was the interim spot for milwaukee indymedia... Anyhow, one of my personal favorite online news magazines has officially come back online today after some desperate funding problems. Check it out: Narconews
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2/16/2004http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/news/archive/2004/02/13/international2119EST6274.DTL The interesting thing about this is that they take the message of the communique and obviously change it. It took me all of two minutes to find this glaring error, I'm sure there are others that exist I would have found if I had taken the time. If you look at the closing of the article it says: " "Ten years after the beginning of the war against oblivion ... (we) salute the memories of those Zapatistas, most of whom were poor Indians, who died in Indian villages for ...," it concludes. " Then if you read the actual communique it says: "[...]Chiapas indigenous in the majority, who died for the Indian peoples and for? Democracy! Liberty! Justice!" or if you can translate the smallest bit of Spanish it seems even more clear: "[...]INDÍGENAS CHIAPANECOS EN SU MAYORÍA, QUE MURIERON POR LOS PUEBLOS INDIOS Y POR ... ¡DEMOCRACIA! ¡LIBERTAD! ¡JUSTICIA!" The AP article concludes that this is a statement that perhaps these people died in vain. Looks to me like Marcos was incorporating the shout for democracy, liberty and justice into the closing not, as ALEJANDRO RUIZ of the AP would have you believe, a statement of bitterness or resignation. Check out the latest communique from Marcos here: http://chiapas.mediosindependientes.org/display.php3?article_id=107303
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1/25/2004message from an asshole powered by prescription pain medication
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