Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Despite more pop-ups than a cheap skin flick, one gets the feeling that BlueTideRising is the genius spawn from some Animal House bunch of KU radical democrats. Okay, okay they are stuck on the Democratic Party at the grassroots level, or more likely on the rump of a braying mule, but I like'em - whoever they are. They present some pretty damning background on the local brats in the state legislature and - they do make for some fun reading, regularly. Worth the bookmark: BlueTideRising the comments are good, too.
Monday, April 28, 2008
The new "energy - centric" world is cascading upon all of us. The "new" economics of hunger, well reported at a recent Truthout post is up! Read it here. And, in case you missed it, Stan Cox's latest on the "greenwashing" of corporations - read it here. And if you can't read, then download an audio file off a great reading and interpretation of Michael T. Klare's latest on "Oil Rules" listen in to the first hour here as an "unwelcome guest."
Sunday, April 27, 2008
McCain campaign gets almost 80% off on Homewood gathering space, plus free labor from Homewood Jail inmates - al.com
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Friday, April 25, 2008
Watch MRFF Coverage on 'CBS News Sunday Morning' this weekend.
Featured will be coverage of MRFF, Mikey Weinstein, Key MRFF Client and Co-Plaintiff Jeremy Hall, and Constantine's Sword.
Click here for schedules and stations for viewing.
Thursday, April 24, 2008
- Some of the wacko allegations:
- Barack Obama is secretly a Muslim
- Barack Obama is part of a secret conspiracy to complete the agenda of the September 11 attacks
- Barack Obama and his family in Kenya are a socialist political powerhouse behind the recent violence there.
Yes it is definitely time to read more Irregular Times .
Irregular Times "News Unfit for Print" - Obama is a Communist Poet and His Name Is Frank by Mother Davis
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
CATCHING THE BRASS WITH THEIR PANTS DOWN
Those military analysts you see on television yakking their asses off about what weapon is best and where those troops move - you know the ones everybody but Aunt Sally swears by. Well they're press pimp daddies for the Bush Pentagon war-spin machine. You can't trust any of the rat bastards, even the fatherly types. NYT reporter David Barstow sued and got his hands on 8000 internal documents, including emails. This journalistic muck is so hot it's steaming fresh - four readers have forwarded this, and one insisted I have his copy of the NYT. It's that hot!
I read portions from my buddy's copy this afternoon on Blue Barn radio. This is a revised second web edition with corrections cited below the fold as forwarded by another reader. The Nation also commented on the Pentagon memos which referred to the grandpa generals appearing on televsion as "message force multipliers" and "surrogates" for war. A neverending revolving door from M$M studios to the Pentagon meetings, to hundred million dollar military contracts. A Public Radio International broadcast on a NPR affiliate also referred to the same article today during an interview. Hey, it's tough getting the news out here in Kansas. Just follow those gawddamn links. Here's a portion of Barstow's original. [excerpt] "Those business relationships are hardly ever disclosed to the viewers, and sometimes not even to the networks themselves. But collectively, the men on the plane and several dozen other military analysts represent more than 150 military contractors either as lobbyists, senior executives, board members or consultants. The companies include defense heavyweights, but also scores of smaller companies, all part of a vast assemblage of contractors scrambling for hundreds of billions in military business generated by the administration’s war on terror. It is a furious competition, one in which inside information and easy access to senior officials are highly prized. ..." Read more
Monday, April 21, 2008
Read more about Aime Cesaire
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Friday, April 18, 2008
"Net metering" where homes, farms and villages can generate wind, solar electricity and sell it back to the Big Energy and Big Coal isn't even in the works at this point. The legislators shoving this through are too much up the asses of those powers - they don't trust us as usual. Read it, weep, then get mad as hell!
From the Introduction of this extensively sourced article by James Petras: [Excerpt] "Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez remains the world’s leading secular, democratically elected political leader who has consistently and publicly opposed imperialist wars in the Middle East, attacked extra-territorial intervention and US and European Union complicity in kidnapping and torture. Venezuela plays the major role in sharply reducing the price of oil for the poorest countries in the Caribbean region and Central America, thus substantially aiding them in their balance of payments, without attaching any ‘strings’ to this vital assistance. Venezuela has been in the forefront in supporting free elections and opposing human right abuses in the Middle East, Latin America and South Asia by pro-US client regimes in Iraq, Afghanistan and Colombia. ..."
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Subprime Bailouts in Germany: Taxpayers Forced to Cover Risk of Banks' Folly - International - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News
[Excerpt] "This system of "vases communicants" can no longer operate because of the ruin of millions of households and because of the drop in the dollar. The dollar has never been so weak and unstable and interest rates are no longer attractive, to the point that capital inflows will cease, if they haven't already. The great unknown, then, is what the alternative model will be. It ought to challenge the unbelievable inequalities in income that exist in the United States. All the last few years' increase in growth has, in fact, been seized by a very narrow social stratum and the average salary has barely increased. To move to a regime of more balanced growth, the highest incomes would have to be pruned. Will the next government want or be able to implement a New Deal that would preclude having the great mass of employees pay for high finance's mistakes?..." Read:
Michel Husson: A Structural Crisis of Capitalism
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Dallas VA closes psychiatric wing after 4th patient kills himself | Dallas Morning News | News for Dallas, Texas | Latest News
Just in time for Dr. Chalmers Johnson this afternoon beginning around 4pm today at Blue Barn Radio! Johnson wrote about "military Keynesianism" over two years ago. Mr. Turse is at the tee-off ready for a big drive into the back nine, but he's following in Dr. Johnson's divets.
Read The Military-Leisure Golf Complex by Nick Turse then consider listening and participating in a discussion with Dr. Johnson this afternoon beginning just after the news at 3pm Central Time. 646 - 716-8652
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
In case you missed it, National Security hack, Stephen Hadley losing his geographical cookies on ABC Sunday talk shop. Why? Nepal had elections last week - and guess what? A revolutionary party of Maoists effectively took over the country, in democratic elections - Hadley has visibly started worrying confusing Nepal with Tibet. LOL!
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Friday, April 11, 2008
PLAUSIBLE DENIABILITY - WHEN THE PUPPET'S ARMY SCREWS YOU! WHAT DO YOU DO?
This is must viewing for understanding how the fiasco went down in Basra and who was behind it. Ex-CIA officer, Ray McGovern, shines with clear analysis in unpacking the news and reading the body language and nuances of both Gen. Petreaus and Ambassador Crocker before congress this week. Great, great stuff - watch it then make a donation to The Real News for grabbing this information packed interview and bringing it to you.
More brain food for speaking truth to power!
Also not to be missed for this weekend's intel briefing, Robert Parry's Consortium News piece on just how long it's been bad at CIA Langley HQ and why. Parry has been doing quality journalism for years and also needs your help - hey, they'll take micro donations - send it on.
And Grandpa McCain is a Bushevik. The Republicans have discarded their history for big pocketbooks, have betrayed the sovereignty of a constitutional republic for "entangling alliances with foreign" countries, committed high treason in service to the "military industrial complex" and violated the constitutional prohibition of such by establishing a religion i. e. "Christian Dominionism" over other religions in the country. They missed the freedom bus with Ron Paul.
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Hillary Clinton: The Wal-Mart Videos | The Center for Public Integrity | Investigative Journalism in the Public Interest
When you talk, for years, like a conservative union-busting duck, quack like a sweat shop liberal venture capitalist, dress-up like a gun - toting militarist - people begin thinking you are a duck. But she's really just a piece of dried up capitalist soaked toast.
This just in, from a Flyer reader, a Huff Post article describes:
According to the Wall Street Journal, a video treasure trove of Wal-Mart execs caught in unguarded moments is being floated around for sale by Flagler Productions. The Kansas-based company was originally hired by the corporate giant in the 1970s to film corporate sales meetings and other company functions. However....
The videos, thousands of them spanning three decades, are in the library of a production company in Lenexa, Kan. Flagler Productions Inc. was hired on a handshake deal by Wal-Mart in the 1970s to produce and film corporate sales meetings and other company events. ...
Adding from the original WSJ piece (linked above):
The video library might have remained under wraps if a new Wal-Mart executive hadn't decided to hire another company to stage a musical production for its 2006 stockholders' meeting. The decision sharply curbed Flagler's role. Wal-Mart dumped Flagler altogether as a producer in late 2006, nine days after Mr. Flagler sold the company for an undisclosed sum to two employees, Mary Lyn Villanueva and Gregory A. Pierce. The current owners say Wal-Mart accounted for more than 90% of Flagler's revenue. The company's bank called in a loan, and the pair dismissed their 16-person work force, Ms. Villanueva says. Flagler offered to sell the whole video archive to Wal-Mart for several million dollars, Ms. Villanueva says, although she won't disclose the exact price. Wal-Mart countered with an offer of $500,000, arguing the footage wouldn't be of interest elsewhere, the two owners say.
Oh yeah? Well it is now, baby! (click the link, heh, heh!)
Wednesday, April 09, 2008
Tuesday, April 08, 2008
A Deficit of Leadership. The greatest onus is on the Bush administration and the Fed. But can we trust those who got it so wrong to put things right?
The Idiot Factor: Todd Tiahrt's folly: As with most Republicans Tiahrt said global warming is a myth
"... In communist East Germany , one in every 100 citizens was an informer for the dreaded secret police, the Stasi. They either volunteered or were compelled by their government to spy on their customers, their neighbors, their families, and their friends. When we think of the evil of totalitarianism, such networks of state spies are usually what comes to mind. Yet, with modern technology, what once took tens of thousands of informants can now be achieved by a few companies being coerced by the government to allow it to listen in to our communications. This surveillance is un-American. ..."
Read the latest by Ron Paul
Monday, April 07, 2008
Informed Comment: 5 US Troops Die in Iraq; Heavy Fighting in Sadr City Kills 22, Wounds 78; Blockade Threatens Humanitarian Crisis
Thursday, April 03, 2008
April 2, 2008: THE BEGINNING OF THE END FOR COAL - A Long Year in the Life of the U.S. Coal Industry
Wednesday, April 02, 2008
AND NONE TOO SOON!
With this week's PBS broadcast of the "Retirement Revolution" (click the link to watch the show) a virtual tidal wave is shaping up "with time on our side." The first part of the show, demonstrates some very important historical lessons that most have forgotten about where Social Security came from and what being poor meant for a generation that is largely dead now. I encourage readers who might have missed this program to check it out.
Now Mary Pitt, a fellow Kansan and a woman who has always offered great columns to the Flyer calls out, "just tell us what you really think" to our presidential candidates. Great struggles lie ahead for all of us, great tasks cry out to be done in the very near future and more wars for empire must be stopped, if only to repair, re conceive and regroup the damaged goods America has become after so much "free market" looting. [Excerpt] "As we watch and listen to the candidates for President, we find ourselves befuddled by what they say from week to week. ..." Read more.
This is the first time in decades that an American union has decided to undertake industrial action against a U.S. war. It is doubly important that this mobilization of labor’s power is to take place on May Day, the international workers day, which is not honored in the U.S.Read more about the ILWU action
Tuesday, April 01, 2008
[Excerpt] "Norway ensured that shareholders of insolvent lenders received nothing and the senior management was entirely purged. Two of the country's top four banks - Christiania Bank and Fokus - were seized by force majeure. "We were determined not to get caught in the game we've seen with Bear Stearns where shareholders make money out of the rescue," said one Norwegian adviser. ..." Read more ... the joke's on us.