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  • April 23 2009 Thursday   10 years 8 weeks ago

    Finally, someone in the media is talking about Schindler's List. Our last 8 years were so like the steps leading to the Reich. The American scientists having to leave our country to go to Britain and Korea to study stem cell research. The governmental departments being told they could not use the words 'polar bear' and 'global warming' on the same document- the spying on Americans and the creation of dossiers. Homeland Security vs the Hinterland. CIA personnel in the professors classes, The no fly list onto which even Senator Kennedy--

    It is not so much the imprisonment necessary of our war criminals, but to stop their legacy from being falsified in the historical records.

    Remember Bush 41 crying on tv when he spoke how the troops gave themselves up to the Americans because we were the only ones who did not torture? What became of his sadhistic son? Spare the rod and spoil the child- why don't those Republicans discipline their children-they just must abuse them and bully them so they can be tough like John Wayne- I had better stop here.

  • April 23 2009 Thursday   10 years 8 weeks ago

    We have to keep hammering away about prosecuting the Bush admin officials for torture and sooooo many other offenses against our country. While we have access to so much information in our media today, it also gives so many different opinions and BS, many citizens simply tune out and turn it off.

    Wakeup, America!

  • April 23 2009 Thursday   10 years 8 weeks ago

    That was the Green Bay Packers. RE John Mc Cain gave the line up as under torture. Did not Israel outlaw water boarding because it produced false results.

    HELLO the right, including Bush 43, admits we went to war on faulty intelligence. Yet, HELLO!!!!!!! they keep trying to defend their torture and Media MAtters has Fox news on record of reporting water boarding like a fun little water fight session and were even giggling about it.

    Sadhists and masichists- this is what has become of the Reich. Zeig Heil!

  • April 23 2009 Thursday   10 years 8 weeks ago

    Thom,

    Is there any hope for the human species? When there is so much sociopathy (on a sliding scale, from a dishonest used car salesman or other dishonest businessman to the sadistic head of a government), this seems to be part of the human psyche (or even, as Jeanine Garofalo claims, is located in the limbic part of the brain, with sadists having a measurably larger limbic section impinging on other brain tissue.)

    How can we ameliorate the effects of this vestigial and apparently detrimental brain structure? Or, if there is a different cause we can identify, how can we correct the problem?

    If I were a researcher in brain dysfunction, I would study this.

  • April 22 2009 Wednesday   10 years 8 weeks ago

    I recall stories about detainee family members being arrested or disappeared in order to pressure prisoners to talk and now, in the torture memos, we have tales of children placed in small boxes with insects. Remember too, Seymour Hersch said there was evidence of rape of women and children and I remember reading (from Amnesty International?) that there were detainee wives and children who are missing to this day.

    If we could rationalize torturing "high-value" detainees, how can we rationalize torturing their wives or children?

    There is so much more to know about what went on under the Bush regime.

  • April 22 2009 Wednesday   10 years 8 weeks ago

    Reihan Salam talked a lot but said NOTHING.
    He talked a mile a minute ,similar to people on cocaine or speed, and said nothing at all about the Republican party and how their "values" have drifted.
    He is sounds like one of he creatures that hijacked the once great party and uses it for his own best interest.
    Like the right wing Christians, they use the solidarity and refusal to admit their mistakes, Republicans to further their own agenda.
    Creepy

  • April 20th 2009   10 years 8 weeks ago

    PIRATE MY FILM IS THE LATEST PROJECT BY MAX KEISER WHEREBY YOU CAN BRING DOWN THE CORPORATE STRANGLEHOLD ON COPYRIGHT LAWS

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CHoLQcg0LWs&feature=player_embedded

  • April 21 2009 Tuesday   10 years 8 weeks ago

    Tom, important to note: "shutting down the internet" is NOT pulling the plug. Whistleblowers would be on notice that any evidence they try to disseminate safely through out the web could be scrubbed. This was even in evidence in the days after 9/11, when sites were taken down hourly.

    This initiative is to provide more reliable cover for less obvious ways of suppression and conversion, paralleling what's been done to the various leading media since the 1947 Nat'l Security Act, the media parts of which are still classified, and which allow gov't to secretly influence media with purchases and nat'l security employees acting as producers, advisors, reporters and even ownership (see Bill Casey / ABC and the Rise of Rush Limbaugh http://www.huppi.com/kangaroo/L-libmedia.htm)

    As a 25 year veteran of ARPA-Net/Internet, I can tell you with the web it is unbelievably easy to do real-time culling of any particular subject matter you wish, whether it be high crimes in progress, evidence of same, or persecution of "enemies", who could just as well be simply political opponents or the worst-case, whistle-blowers.

    The only way to keep the most egregious likely offenders, such as Cheney and subordinates from being prosecuted, is to control the media, which increasingly means controlling the internet. This is why the full-court press by Cheney & Fox for pro-torture, pro-autocratic state, w. the help of plants to assist within each dept. That's the danger.

  • April 21 2009 Tuesday   10 years 8 weeks ago

    Thom,

    Creative Commons is a legally recognized alternative to the Copyright, meaning that the courts will recognize legal formats that are not created by Congress or a State Legislature. Can we use this crack in the door to create a new corporate form that would solve the issues about corporate personhood?

    Chad

  • April 21 2009 Tuesday   10 years 8 weeks ago

    I like to see a Bio of Brad O’Leary, education, funding (backers). It's my opion (like noses, everyone has one) that opportunist will say and do, if there is money to be made. Lets uncover the FACTs behide the curtain, what is the true motivation behide the talk.

  • April 21 2009 Tuesday   10 years 8 weeks ago

    Why not classify the melted parts of the Arctic Ocean (which now absorb sunlight, rather than reflecting it) as "greenhouse liquid"? And we might be able to classify land areas that used to have glaciers on them as "greenhouse solids" for the same reason.

  • April 21 2009 Tuesday   10 years 8 weeks ago
  • April 21 2009 Tuesday   10 years 8 weeks ago

    Funding (from Wiki)
    In its IRS Form 990 for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2007, CEI reported revenues totaling $3,650,461, including donations from individuals, foundations and corporations. Its net assets were $2,012,478. Salaries and benefits to its top employees were reported as:

    Fred L. Smith, President, $208,935
    Marlo Lewis, Senior Fellow, $104,974
    Sam Kazman, General Counsel, $132,152
    According to page nine of a report from the CEI contained on the University of California, San Francisco's Legacy Tobacco Documents Library (LTDL), the following companies and foundations were among those listed as supporting CEI's work with annual contributions of at least $10,000, currently the CEI's "Entrepreneurs" level:

    Aequus Institute, Amoco Foundation, Inc., Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, Coca-Cola Company, E.L. Craig Foundation, CSX Corporation, Earhart Foundation, Fieldstead and Co., FMC Foundation, Ford Motor Company Fund, Gilder Foundation, Koch Family Foundations (including the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation, David H. Koch Charitable Foundation, and Claude R. Lambe Charitable Foundation), Philip M. McKenna Foundation, Inc., Curtis and Edith Munson Foundation, Philip Morris Companies, Inc., Pfizer Inc., Precision Valve Corporation, Prince Foundation, Rodney Fund, Sheldon Rose, Scaife Foundations (Carthage Foundation and Sarah Scaife Foundation), and Texaco, Inc. (Texaco Foundation).

    Other documents in the LTDL show that CEI has received funding directly from various tobacco companies.[8],[9],[10] For example, the listing on the Philip Morris Glossary of Names: C gives the note "Received public policy grant from Philip Morris (1995); Pro-market public interest group dedicated to advancing the principles of free enterprise and limited government."

    ExxonMobil Corporation was a major donor to CEI, with over $2 million in contributions between 1998 and 2005. [11] In 2002 the company gave $405,000;[12] in 2004 it gave CEI $180,000 that was earmarked for "global climate change and global climate change outreach." In 2006, the company announced that it had ended its funding for the group.

  • April 20th 2009   10 years 8 weeks ago

    The podcast for 4/20 is actually linked to the podcast for 4/16! How can I get my Thom!?

  • April 20th 2009   10 years 8 weeks ago

    183 divided by 30 = 6 times a day.

  • April 20th 2009   10 years 8 weeks ago

    American jobs have gone swoooosh overseas. Why do you think the likes of BushCo and now Obama want to set up a colony over there now that they've snuffed out the competition and taken the oil. Everybody in the world will soon become the employees of the same 20 corporations. How long before McDonalds and Walmart hit Baghdad? Im betting on 2014. I say what we are experiencing now is the formation of a new kind of government where the world is turned into a society where everyone works for the same 20 corporations that provide everything without exception to all people worldwide including of course government. They make every decision about your life and if you are sick or disabled you will just be left to starve without resource.

    Our kids and grandchildren are learning how to live in a third world nation. High skill jobs that require training don't pay the bills, esp. with the high cost of medical care figured in. This high medical cost doesn't reflect a parallel with the wages of the lower classes and is unavailable to them.

    Check out this video. Miles and Miles of tent towns.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2iLBIM860ys&feature=PlayList&p=72D26422CE...

  • April 20th 2009   10 years 8 weeks ago

    all states need to have a background check for all rifles,shotguns and hand guns.I like the idea of putting a serial number on ammo, that would be both the the bullet and the case.It always seems to me the it`s the conservatives who are always crying about the 2nd Amendment and not the democrats and now they have this e-mail going around that says Obama wants to take away our gun rights and these ignorant fools believe everything they read that is put out there,Hell they didn`t even know why they were really tee bagging other than the spending by Obama to get us out of this mess,where were these same people during the Bush,Cheney,Rove,Rummy and Condi Crime Family.Hypocrites is all they are and hypocrisy is all they know.

  • April 20th 2009   10 years 8 weeks ago

    The Ludlow massacre refers to the violent deaths of 20 people, 11 of them children, during an attack by the Colorado National Guard on a tent colony of 1,200 striking coal miners and their families at Ludlow, Colorado in the U.S. on April 20, 1914. (from Wikipedia)

    I thought I heard Thom say it was the 60th anniversary.

    Jack

  • April 20th 2009   10 years 8 weeks ago

    As for unionized labor,I am currently going thru an organizing with the merger of delta and northwest airlines.Alot of delta folks who happen to be in Right to work states in the south are very intent on not having a union.I work for Nw and I am in the IAM, we have had first hand knowledge on Richard Anderson and now he he is running Delta and his past with Frank Lorenzo and his roll in the Demise of Eastern and TWA airlines as Lorenzo`s henchmen in these cases.It is very important that congress pass the EFCA because future generation of labor will need,as an airline employee I fall under the Railway Labor act but i still support the EFCA as should all of labor in this country.Unions are needed help keep the middle and working classes from coming extinct.

  • April 20th 2009   10 years 8 weeks ago

    Test -

  • April 20th 2009   10 years 8 weeks ago

    12. Since both permanent war and heroism are difficult games to play, the Ur-Fascist transfers his will to power to sexual matters

    This is the origin of machismo (which implies both disdain for women and intolerance and condemnation of nonstandard sexual habits, from chastity to homosexuality). Since even sex is a difficult game to play, the Ur-Fascist hero tends to play with weapons -- doing so becomes an ersatz phallic exercise.

    Fourteen Warning Signs of a Fascist State
    -by Umberto Eco

  • April 20th 2009   10 years 8 weeks ago

    Clearly a classic case of "do as I say, not as I do". Imagine that, the right practicing "situation ethics"!

  • April 20th 2009   10 years 8 weeks ago

    Why won't Obama prosecute the Bush administration? One reason: the impeachment of Clinton. I believe that Clinton's silly impeachment was pursued by Republicans as revenge for the impeachment of Nixon. Obama and the Democrats learned a terrible lesson from the whole affair. They learned that if you prosecute Republican injustice, they will eventually come after you. Sad, but I don't think that this gesture of peace from Obama will keep Republicans from playing politics in the future. They will go after the Democrats again.

  • April 20th 2009   10 years 8 weeks ago

    To those who say "enhanced techniques" are not torture I ask: What happens to the detainee who refuses to cooperate?

    I believe the threats implied by non cooperation with these techniques are the real torture.

  • April 20th 2009   10 years 8 weeks ago

    Oops, please excuse the typo on illegal!

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