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Dot, the cat, under rug and flash video of The Draft

Michael Pinder

Oh, I hope that I see you again I never even caught your name As you looked through my window pane

So I'm writing this message today I'm thinking that you'll have a way Of hearing the notes in my tune

Where are you going? Where have you been? I can imagine other worlds you have seen

Beautiful faces and music so serene

So I do hope I see you again My universal citizen You went as quickly as you came

You know the power Your love is right You have good reason To stay out of sight

But break our illusions and help us Be the light -

Black Sunday, Enjoy the game.

Nobody for President 2008 = Put NONE OF THE ABOVE on voter ballots

Nobody for President, 2008

NOBODY is asking Presidential Candidates: If THEY want War, where will THEY get the troops, and will THEY bring back the DRAFT? - - digg

NOBODY knows it is the responsibility of The People to take back civil liberties stolen from them by corrupt government!

NOBODY knows the truth about terrorists who struck the USS Liberty!

NOBODY is aware Republicans, with Democrat support, have ABUSED our outstanding Military to the breaking point!

Nobody Should Have That Much Power!

"When a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security."


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Rockridge Institute

The Rockridge Institute is committed to the democratization of knowledge about politics. Our mission is to deepen and broaden the public's understanding of the political world. Rockridge studies the worldviews, values and ideas behind conservative and progressive policies, issues and political discourse.

Using the tools of neuroscience and cognitive linguistics — combined with decades of practical political experience — Rockridge promotes the effective articulation of progressive values. We do this by monitoring public debate and suggesting both long-term and short-term options for framing that offer a progressive perspective. We work primarily at the level of values and ideas across specific policy areas. At the level of language, we point out ineffective word choices and suggest argument forms and phrasings that better express progressive values.

[Ed. Note:Two articles of personal interest]:

America Betrayed: Will Progressives Take the Fall?
by Joe Brewer, Scott Parkinson

Climate and the Psychology of Loss
by Joe Brewer


2008 Presidential Candidates
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A Look At 2008 Presidential Candidates Using Their Pages and the W3C Markup Validation Service

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Dick Holds Satanic Mass During Secret Energy Meetings

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I am sure everybody remembers these recent headlines (taken from corporate pigs General MSNBC Microsoft Electric): Jan 30, 2006 ... Exxon Mobil Corp. posted record profits for any US company on Monday — $10.71 billion for the fourth quarter and $36.13 billion for the year ... Feb 1, 2008 ... Exxon Mobil Corp. on Friday posted the largest annual profit by a US company — $40.6 billion — as the oil giant benefited from raping the American pocketbook with high gas prices.

Remember Exxon Mobile Pig Polluters and their
Devastating Exxon Valdez oil spill Disaster?

The Exxon Valdez Oil Spill, which occurred on 24 March 1989, is considered one of the most devastating man-made environmental disasters ever to occur at sea. As significant as the Exxon Valdez spill was, it ranks well down on the list of the world's largest oil spills in terms of volume released.

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Court Bars Sale of Billions in Oil Assets by Venezuela

CARACAS, Venezuela — The oil giant [PIG] Exxon Mobil has won court orders freezing as much as $12 billion in petroleum assets controlled by Venezuela’s government in an escalation of a dispute over efforts by President Hugo Chávez to assert greater control over the country’s oil industry. [Continue Reading At]:

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Cartoon photo of Joe Scarborough

This cartoon was inspired by the recently dismissed medical examiner Michael Berkland who preformed the autopsy on the dead aide found in Joe Scarborough's office. Berkland's replacement, Dr. Cumberland seems to have possibly over donated to Scarborough. Florida panhandle officials sure has its share of incompetence in doing autopsies and campaign donations. What a surprise! - Read article at All Hat No Cattle

Did Microsoft/General Electric, NBC, MSNBC Joe Scarborough
Murder Lori Klausutis?

[Read this] = MSNBC, Don Imus asked you why you aren't in Congress. You said, that you had sex with the intern and then you had to kill her. Then you laughed and replied, Yeah, well, what are you gonna do? [Read the rest at Project for the Old American Century]

Nobody should be confused

John McCain

Eat Me, Druggie Limbaugh, Anarchists for McCain
by Dahbud Mensch

Asked to explain, this Republican says Rove is smart enough to keep technical distance. But all it takes is a well-placed wink to activate a web of Bush family hit men, confidantes and deep-pocket donors. “They know what to do—it’s like sleeper cells that get activated,” he says, likening the players to “political terrorists.”

They sprang into action in 2000 when Bush was running in the primaries against John McCain. After getting beat in New Hampshire by McCain, Bush’s first event was at Bob Jones University in South Carolina. Standing next to Bush on the stage was a veteran who went right at McCain, questioning his Vietnam service while Bush remained silent. A whisper campaign told voters that McCain had a black child. (The McCains have an adopted daughter from Bangladesh.) McCain lost the primary; the veteran became a Bush administration appointee. [Continue Reading]

As for the Waterloo of South Carolina, most of the facts are well-known, and among this group of Republicans, what happened has taken on the air of an unsolved crime, a cold case, with Karl Rove being the prime suspect. Bush loyalists, maybe working for the campaign, maybe just representing its interests, claimed in parking-lot handouts and telephone "push polls" and whisper campaigns that McCain’s wife, Cindy, was a drug addict, that McCain might be mentally unstable from his captivity in Vietnam, and that the senator had fathered a black child with a prostitute. Callers push-polled members of a South Carolina right-to-life organization and other groups, asking if the black baby might influence their vote. Now here’s the twist, the part that drives McCain admirers insane to this very day: That last rumor took seed because the McCains had done an especially admirable thing. Years back they’d adopted a baby from a Mother Teresa orphanage in Bangladesh. Bridget, now eleven years old, waved along with the rest of the McCain brood from stages across the state, a dark-skinned child inadvertently providing a photo op for slander. The attacks were of a level and vitriol that even McCain, who was regularly beaten in captivity, could not ignore. He began to answer the slights, strayed off message about how he would lead the nation if he got the chance, and lost the war for South Carolina. Bush emerged from the showdown upright and victorious . . . and onward he marched. [Continue Reading]

2000 - Republican Karl Rove is at the heart of George Bush's vicious smear campaign against fellow Republican John McCain in the South Carolina primary, claiming McCain was a stoolie while a P.O.W. in Vietnam and now emotionally unstable. Rove is also credited with a coordinated stealth campaign of push polling which asks South Carolina voters: "If you knew John McCain fathered an illegitimate black child would you be more or less likely to vote for him?" This was followed up with direct mail and church parking lot flyers to convince voters McCain's adopted Bangladeshi daughter was actually his illegitimate daughter and that his wife was a drug addict. A Bush operative also stole McCain's email lists and directly emails McCain's closest supporters with scandal and lies. Ironically Karl Rove's mentor Lee Atwater, was the political strategist for Strom Thurman, U.S. Senator from South Carolina, who actually did have an illegitimate African American daughter. [Continue Reading]

Rove's own tendency to be sick-minded originates with his mentor Segretti. The 2000 GOP primary was a chance for Rove to hone his skills in dirty tricks. His target then was Senator John McCain who appeared to be within striking distance of Dubya in South Carolina after the then-GOP maverick's surprise upset victory in New Hampshire. Rove's operation proceeded to target McCain with false stories: McCain was a stoolie for his captors in the Hanoi Hilton (this from a lunatic self-promoting Vietnam "veteran"); McCain fathered a black daughter out of wedlock (a despicable reference to McCain's adopted Bangladeshi daughter); Cindy McCain's drug "abuse"; and even McCain's "homosexuality." In the spirit of Segretti, Rove engineered a victory for Dubya but at the cost of trashing an honorable man and his family. Muskie, McGovern, Carter, Mondale, Dukakis, Gore, Hart, Tsongas, Clinton, Biden, Dole, Perot, and others had all seen the Segretti/Rove slash and burn tactics before. [Continue Reading]

Dirty Tricks, South Carolina and John McCain
by Ann Banks

Eight years ago this month, John McCain took the New Hampshire primary and was favored to win in South Carolina. Had he succeeded, he would likely have thwarted the presidential aspirations of George W. Bush and become the Republican nominee. But Bush strategist Karl Rove came to the rescue with a vicious smear tactic.

Rove invented a uniquely injurious fiction for his operatives to circulate via a phony poll. Voters were asked, "Would you be more or less likely to vote for John McCain...if you knew he had fathered an illegitimate black child?" This was no random slur. McCain was at the time campaigning with his dark-skinned daughter, Bridget, adopted from Bangladesh.

It worked. Owing largely to the Rove-orchestrated whispering campaign, Bush prevailed in South Carolina and secured the Republican nomination. The rest is history--specifically the tragic and blighted history of our young century. It worked in another way as well. Too shaken to defend himself, McCain emerged from the bruising episode less maverick reformer and more Manchurian candidate.

The former crusader against the Republican establishment has since turned into a Bush-hugging, business-as-usual politician who has backed down from many positions that set him apart from conventional conservatives. Before, McCain supported the separation of church and state; now he wants a Christian in the White House. The confederate flag, which he once considered an offensive symbol, no longer troubles him. And he has come to believe that tax cuts are a good idea.

I don't want to say that McCain sold his soul to the devil, since I believe that religious metaphors have no place in politics. But consider this: shortly after losing the 2000 election, McCain told an interviewer that there must be "a special place in hell" reserved for the rumormongers.

Seven years later, who is running McCain's South Carolina campaign? Charlie Condon, the former State Attorney General who in 2000 helped spread the innuendo targeting Bridget. If you can't beat them, hire them--even if they've launched racist attacks against your own daughter.

Bridget McCain was a seriously ill baby in Mother Teresa's orphanage when Cindy McCain visited and decided to bring her back to the United States for medical treatment in 1991. John and Cindy adopted her not long after. Now 16, Bridget learned of her role in the 2000 campaign only when she Googled herself. According to the New York Times, when McCain entered the current race, Bridget summoned his aides and asked them to pledge that this campaign would be different.

We can't know what reassurances were offered, but Condon doesn't seem to have repented for his role in the 2000 slander. He told the New York Times reporter that he wasn't surprised about the downward spiral of the Bush-McCain race. "Our primaries have a way of doing that," Condon said. "There is a tradition of it, it is accepted behavior, and frankly it works."

John McCain is now favored to win in South Carolina. The personal attacks of the 2000 election season, he recently told an interviewer, were "long ago and far away." "I had to get over it.... I don't ever think about them or dwell on them." Cindy McCain agrees. "We're past that. We've moved on."

The McCains may have moved on, but I haven't. Bush made a decisive step toward the White House by spreading lies about an 8-year-old child. (Not to mention a couple of decorated war veterans.) These vile tactics are not OK. If something similar were to happen in a high school election, those responsible would be suspended and black marks would be entered on their permanent records. But in politics, it seems, there's no such thing as a permanent record. Consequences do not exist--however blatant the misconduct.

It's time we changed that. In the 2008 election, voters need to send a message that attention is being paid--that this time liars and cheats will be defeated, not given a free hall pass.



NOBODY is asking Presidential Candidates:

Anarchy Is Freedom

If THEY want War, where will THEY get the troops, and will THEY bring back the DRAFT ? [The Draft - flash video --- Give Peace a Chance --- Nobody For]

Bordering on miraculous

[image] Keith Richards in Martin Scorsese's "Shine A Light", Neil Young alias Bernard Shakey in "CSNY Deja vu", Eugene Hutz in Madonna's "Filth And Wisdom"

There will be plenty of music at Berlinale 2008, that much is sure. Yesterday evening the festival and the Competition opened with Martin Scorsese's homage to The Rolling Stones, "Shine a Light". The film tries its best to create a backstage atmosphere with wobbly and grainy black and white footage. But you don't buy it for a minute that there might have been any real problems with the playlist or the set. Afterall this is a meeting of two professional corporations. "Making this film was like drinking the elixir of youth," Scorsese said at the press conference later. Keith Richards grinned. "Yes we also rejuvenated ourselves several times during the making of the film."

The complementary film programmes include documentaries with Neil Young (who, as Bernard Shakey, presents a tour of Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young) and Patti Smith "Dream of Life". And Madonna is also putting in an appearance, following up on her rather flaccid second career as an actress with a directorial debut "Filth and Wisdom." Not that these musicians have much in common with good cinema in the narrow sense of the term, and they certainly aren't the new big thing. But Papa Scorsese and Mama Smith aren't the worst parents in the world.

[image] "Patti Smith: Dream Of Life"

And "worst" is about the friendliest adjective you could use to describe last year's Competition, which hastened from low point to low point. Last year, festival director Dieter Kosslick's shameless fixation on proportional representation, pseudo-politics and celebrity brought with it an open disregard for qualitative and aesthetic criteria, terminating - one might say thankfully - in a declaration of artistic bankruptcy. And now that things really can't get any worse, one could say, with cautious optimism, that the current year looks at least on paper to be a lot more promising.

[image] Daniel Day Lewis in P.T. Anderson's "There Will Be Blood"

As far as quality goes, P.T. Anderson's oil-epic " There Will Be Blood," with a once again openly intimidating and intense Daniel Day-Lewis, is beyond all doubt. His Oscar is already settled, as is the German premiere, which will take place before the Berlinale ends. That aside, Hollywood will be represented chiefly in the nonsensical category "Competition/Out of Competition," which can best be translated as "If you give us the stars, we'll book the B-League too." Bargain packs like "The Other Boleyn Girl" with Scarlett Johansson and Natalie Portman or "Fireflies in the Garden" with Julia Roberts, Willem Dafoe, Emily Watson and Carrie-Ann Moss are the kind of offers that the Berlinale just can't refuse. Music video genius Michel Gondry ("Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind") is also a part of this category, with "Be Kind, Rewind." In his case, if you can't hope for a strict plot, you're guaranteed a stack of the most delightful home-made film experiments. He tells the story of a guy who works in a video store (Jack Black) who, after accidentally erasing all the video cassettes, opts to refilm them himself in the cheapest way possible and to astonishing success. The only Eastern Europe film in the Competition is Andrzej Wajda's "Katyn".

[image] John Malkovich in Damian Harris' "Gardens of the Night", Sally Hawkins in Mike Leigh's "Happy-Go-Lucky und Jim Myron Ross in Lance Hammer's "Ballast"

From the US independent sector comes first-time director Lance Hammer's Sundance hit "Ballast," a family portrait set in the Mississippi delta, as well as Damian Harris's "Gardens of the Night," which tells the story of two abducted and abused children and features John Malkovich. Erick Zonca, whose "La vie revee des anges" remains a pleasant memory ten years later, also makes his English-language debut. Zonca presents a thriller "Julia," with the fabulous Tilda Swinton (photo) as a woman astray. We can also look forward to Mike Leigh's new comedy "Happy-Go-Lucky," since Leigh has never been known to sink below a certain standard. Friendly familiar Berlinale faces rather than true masters perhaps, Japan's Yoji Yamada and France's Robert Guediguian are back, the latter, whose somewhat unsuccessful Mitterand-portrait "Le promeneur du champ du Mars" showed in Berlin in 2005, returns with "Lady Jane" to the Marseilles where his earlier films were so convincingly rooted.

[image] Tilda Swinton in Erick Zonca's "Julia"

The Made in Germany section is looking a bit dead. The most exciting young German auteurs have no finished projects to offer and Dominik Graf has again only filmed for TV. This leaves only Doris Dörrie's death and lost dreams film "Hanami - Kirschblüten" (Cherry Blossoms),and Luigi Falorni's filming of Senait Mehari's life story "Feuerherz" (Heart of Fire), which is already making headlines for its creative interpretation of the truth.

[image] Kelly Lin in Johnnie To's "The Sparrow"

It looks as if the highlights might come from the far east this year. Johnnie To, Hong Kong's most interesting directors in years, presents one of those projects close to his heart (like "PTU," from the Forum programme five years ago) that he directs between his top-class commercial productions. "Sparrow" (photo) is, with several interruptions, four years in the making; so you can expect something special. Perhaps most delightful, though, is the acceptance of Hong Sang-Soo's new film "Bam Gua Nat" (Night and Day) into the Competition. This Korean director (more here) is among the most headstrong and exciting representatives of contemporary world cinema. A male artist gets engulfed in romantic entanglements: no surprises there for Hong, whose works depends on variations of trusted territory, rather that constant new inventions. This time, though, Hong has left his homeland and transplanted Seoul to Paris. Almost miraculously, this breathtaking meeting of two unfamiliar worlds is showing in Berlin, not in Cannes. It really looks as though the stars are aligning for a good year. - Ekkehard Knörer Translation: Michael Roberts

Alleged Architect Of 9/11 Confesses To Many Attacks
Pentagon Wants Death Penalty For Planner of 9/11

Human on box with electrodes attached to genitals ++ We Don't Torture - George Bush
We don't torture. - George Bush

Tortured Into Confession?

by Dahbud Mensch

1). The Bush Neocon Republi_cons and Demo_craps obviously lied, once again, to the American people

On Friday 14 December 2001 a videotape of Osama bin Laden "confessing" to the 9/11 attacks was released. The tape was supposedly found in a house in Qandahar, Afghanistan. The recording was of very poor audio and visual quality and the authenticity of the tape was questioned.

This annoyed President Bush who said "[It is] preposterous to think this tape was doctored".

2). Why was the answer to whether he was tortured or not blanked out?

Anybody will say anything under torture and I am reminded of Seymour Hersh's words:

"The US government has videotapes of boys being sodomized at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. The worst is the soundtrack of the boys shrieking."

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed Confesses to Sinking USS Maine

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed also confessed to the Lincoln assasination, the Sacco and Vanzetti bombings. the Gulf of Tonkin disaster, the sinking of the Titanic, the Andrea Doria and the recent Staten Island Ferry crash, "I even persuaded to US Supreme Court to side with Bush over Gore in the 2000 election debacle!"


Lies, lies and more lies

by Chuck Lewis
Asia Times

WASHINGTON - Eight key players in the George W Bush administration, including the president himself, made at least 935 false statements in the run-up to and aftermath of the invasion of Iraq in 2003.

These are some of the findings of a mammoth report just released by the Center for Public Integrity, directed by founder Chuck Lewis.

Lewis asked his researchers to track every utterance by the top US officials made from September 11, 2001, through September 11, 2003, regarding Iraq, "weapons of mass destruction" (WMD), and the alleged link between al-Qaeda and Saddam Hussein. These officials include Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, secretary of state Colin Powell, defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld, deputy defense secretary Paul Wolfowitz, national security adviser Condoleezza Rice (now secretary of state), and former White House press secretaries Ari Fleischer and Scott McClellan.

What this report proves is remarkable, even though it is now a matter of public record that there were no WMD in Iraq and that the attacks against the US in 2001 had no connection to Saddam. Lewis concludes in a statement: "Clearly, this Iraq chronology calls into question the repeated assertions of Bush administration officials that they were merely the unwitting victims of bad intelligence. More broadly, consider the timeless words of the late historian and Librarian of Congress, Daniel Boorstin, in his classic 1961 work, The Image: "We suffer primarily not from our vices or our weaknesses, but from our illusions. We are haunted, not by reality, but by those images we have put in place of reality. America went to war nearly five years ago after an orchestrated campaign of false statements by the nation's top officials, a war begun under the illusion of an imminent national security threat. We are haunted by a war begun, in other words, under false pretenses."

Lewis spoke with Inter Press Service's editor-in-chief Miren Gutierrez about what he says is "an unprecedented, 380,000-word, online searchable, public and private Iraq war chronology, the public statements interlaced with the internal knowledge, discussions, doubts, and dissent known at the time. What they said publicly juxtaposed against what they knew internally."

Inter Press Service: You have tagged how many false statements were made by these top officials over the two years. How many exactly? Can you make any comparisons?

Chuck Lewis: We found 935 false statements ... Bush made the most statements; McClellan the fewest. No one has ever done this for any other US war, to my knowledge, a public and private chronology of what they said versus what they knew internally. There is no comparison to the past.

IPS: What do these statements tell us about their timing? Was it an orchestrated, systematic operation? How do you know?

CL: The statements were made most heavily in the weeks leading up to the Congressional resolution and midterm elections, and spiked up twice as high in volume between January and March. Nine hundred and thirty five false statements, 532 different occasions ... Yes, it was a systematic operation. We know it now because the saturation of statements, officials, all saying essentially the same thing, 935 times, always on message. It could not possibly be inadvertent or coincidental.

IPS: Separately, you have gathered material from more than 25 government, whistleblower and journalist-reported books about this subject, published between 9/11 and the end of 2007. Do any clear patterns emerge from that exercise? Is there any consensus?

CL: The most disturbing pattern is that questions were raised internally, at the White House, Pentagon, State Department and intelligence community, about these officials' statements and their ambitions for war, and most important, about the intelligence being asserted. There were dissonant views suggesting various key parts of the "evidence" were a hoax or simply inconclusive. Repeatedly the top officials were told not to say things in their speeches, repeatedly they said them anyway. The biggest news to me is that the "consensus" was anything but unanimous, as the White House would like everyone to believe. Certain pro-war intelligence was exaggerated and overstated, and cross current intelligence suggesting there was no imminent national security threat to the US or other nations was ignored. All of this can be found searching and reading through the 380,000-word public and private Iraq war chronology.

IPS: Bush's government had made lots of noises about Iran's nuclear program. However, a December 2007 US intelligence report concluded that Iran halted work toward a nuclear weapon in 2003, and is unlikely to be able to produce enough enriched uranium for a bomb until 2010 to 2015. Can you spot any similarities with the situation right before the invasion of Iraq?

CL: The human intelligence sources cited by Powell in his UN speech were not reliable, doubts had been expressed inside the administration, especially the intelligence agencies. But on with the show anyway ... In the weeks before the Congressional Iraq vote, Bush and Cheney made flat declarations we now know were false about the WMD threat in Iraq - and no National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) had been done by the CIA in years, because it was not seen as a hotspot or front-burner problem. And the White House had not requested an NIE ... Intelligence information in this and other past administrations is a commodity to be marshaled for political policy outcomes.

IPS: The report is part of a book on which you are working about "truth, power, the state of journalism today". What is the state of US journalism after the war in Iraq? Why has this war been different for journalism from other wars in the past?

CL: Not good, emaciated economically, thousands of reporters and editors fired since 2000, still too easily misled, not sufficiently skeptical of officialdom, of government, of power. This war based on false pretenses played out over 18 months, before our eyes, with all the world to see, with nearly all of the US news media stenographically repeating what the Bush administration had said, amplifying the misinformation with little skepticism or original reporting. In the Gulf of Tonkin resolution in 1964, the false pretenses about the US being fired upon first (the opposite was true), the Congressional lockstep response to a president's request for war legislation and fawning, uncritical media coverage, between "attacks" and war legislation signed into law, took exactly one week. Journalism didn't have a chance - that war was remote, out on the water, often at night, no reporters nearby, solely reliant on the White House and Pentagon, coordinating their messages ...

IPS: All this has happened a few years ago. Why is it relevant now?

CL: Because the full story of why the US went to war has still not been fully told, memoirs and presidential legacies and mythologies will only grow over time. What we need are facts, who said what, when, what did they actually know before they spoke. This chronology sets that down in one place, accessible and updatable for years to come.

And it is relevant because presidents make flawed, human decisions that affect the nation and the world, not to mention thousands upon thousands of lives, and there must be, in a democracy, independent accountability and factual scrutiny about what is true, was true, will always be true. What the world needs most, though, is real-time truth, not years later. Maybe, because of this debacle of the past five years, reporters and citizens will become more skeptical and discerning of politicians and those in power.


Showdown Berkeley

Berkeley, February 12, 2008
Pro-Military Group Outlines its Demands

INTO THE TOILET with Move America Forward

Joe Wierzbicki, Grassroots Coordinator, MAF: (916) 752-3655 [cell]
Melanie Morgan, Chairman, MAF: (415) 509-6039 [cell]
Daniel Gonzalez, Director of Communications, MAF: (714) 926-6189 [cell]
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Rumsfeld Spies on Quakers and Grannies
By Matthew Rothschild - December 16, 2005

You Stupids, says Eric Von Zipper
Are Your Guns Going To Be Next
Senate heads toward approval of phone immunity
By Thomas Ferraro

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Posted by bobr6840
February 12, 2008 4:03 PM
Who are the 17 democrats that voted for this stupidity? They are fit to serve the American people and we should do all that we can to ensure that they don't when their turn is up... As well as the republicans.

Posted by mbur4856
February 12, 2008 3:08 PM
This is *exactly* how a citizenship looses civil rights - one little piece at time... each building on previous actions. If this effort succeeds, how many more rights will be taken? How many more illegal searches allowed "to keep us safe"??

Congress members gave an oath to protect and defend our Constitution. Any member willing to support this effort to give Telcos immunity is GROSSLY negligent in their duties and should be impeached! STAND UP AND DEMAND YOUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS PEOPLE... BEFORE THEY'RE LOST FOREVER.

Posted by madm5195
February 12, 2008 2:47 PM
So, The example Our President is giving to the People of the United States is that He is ABOVE the Law and ANYONE doing His bidding WILL NOT be held accountable? WRONG, VERY WRONG!! The COURTS should decide IF the Telecommunications Companies BROKE the LAW and IF They DID, They should PAY for it. The Presidents reasoning is FLAWED! You DO NOT IGNORE the Law of the Land JUST to get what You want! IF YOU DO, Then the Law of the Land IS WORTHLESS! The PRESIDENT has the OBLIGATION to SET an EXAMPLE which FOLLOWS the LAW, NOT IGNORES it!! I can't WAIT for Him to be TRIED for War Crimes!!

Posted by brea5836
February 12, 2008 12:56 PM
If the phone companies didn't break the law they don't NEED immunity.

Asking for immunity is an admission that they DID break the law.

Posted by gadf5830
February 12, 2008 12:55 PM
Honestly, the US Gov't should be held accountable for its actions. Specifically, the Bush Administration should step down for, among other things, violating American's rights to privacy. Had a communications company not complied with this violation of right to privacy, I would have applauded them. But the question remains, how would the US government and those living in fear of terrorism have reacted to such an action? It is difficult for people to step out of the frenzy of fear in a time like 9/11 and make rational choices. This is especially true for corporations concern about their own public image and its effects on share prices.

Rebirth of Evil


From: Kevin Barrett
Date: February 11, 2008 2:32:37 PM EST
Subject: Truth Jihad News #2: Happy Truth Action Day!

Kevin Barrett Hosts New Pacifica Radio Network News Headline Show: No Lies Radio News! This is radio news with an attitude! Catch it before the FCC hears it and sends me to Guantanamo.

Complete Radio schedule: Update: World-class scientist Lynn Margulis will soon be back for an encore...and Jesse Ventura will be coming on! Latest 9/11 truth news:

Hope to see you there, and keep up the struggle for truth! - Kevin Barrett:

Happy Valentine
Happy Valentine

Well she's walkin' through the clouds with a circus mind that's running around. - Butterflies and zebras and moonbeams and fairytales. - That's all she ever thinks about, ridin' with the wind. - When I'm sad she comes to me with a thousand smiles...she gives to me free. - It's alright, she says, it's alright, take anything you want from me. - Anything, anything. - Fly on Little Wing. - Yeah, yeah, yeah_eah, Little Wing. - Little Wing by Jimi Hendrix

A Special Valentine for "Family Values" Republicans

Republicans Love Too

Especially Republican Senator Larry 'Shoes' Craig


Republican Family Values

Myth: Republicans value sexual morality

Fact: There is an entire newsgroup just for right-wing Christian pedophiles.

Police say a Pierce County foster dad charged with molesting and photographing young boys in his care posted messages in an Internet newsgroup catering to Christian pedophiles...describing himself as a "boy lover that has devoted my life to boys and introducing the love of Christ to them" [And then this typical hypocrite says:] "homosexual desire is unnatural".

Outrageous: A republican politician's smear campaign against the child his son viciously raped

Fact: 27 MORE examples of big-shot republican perverts, from mainstream newspapers:

Serial killer/rapist Ted Bundy campaigned for the Republican Party

Republican racist pedophile and United States Senator Strom Thurmond had sex with a 15-year old black girl which produced a child.

Republican activist Lawrence E. King, Jr. organized child sex parties at the White House during the 1980s.

Republican lobbyist Craig J. Spence organized child sex parties at the White House during the 1980s.

Republican Mayor Philip Giordano is serving a 37-year sentence in federal prison for sexually abusing 8- and 10-year old girls.

Republican Congressman Donald "Buz" Lukens was found guilty of having sex with a minor and sentenced to one month in jail.

Republican fundraiser Richard A. Delgaudio was found guilty of child porn charges.

Republican activist Mark A. Grethen convicted on six counts of sex crimes involving children.

Republican activist Randal David Ankeney pleaded guilty to attempted sexual assault on a child.

Republican Congressman Dan Crane had sex with a minor working as a congressional page.

Republican activist and Christian Coalition leader Beverly Russell admitted to an incestuous relationship with his step daughter.

Republican congressman and anti-gay activist Robert Bauman was charged with having sex with a 16-year-old boy he picked up at a gay bar.

Republican activist Marty Glickman (a.k.a. "Republican Marty"), was taken into custody by Florida police on four counts of unlawful sexual activity with a juvenile and one count of delivering the drug LSD.

Republican legislative aide Howard L. Brooks, an advisor to a California assemblyman, was charged with molesting a 12-year old boy and possession of child pornography.

Republican Senate candidate John Hathaway was accused of having sex with his 12-year old baby sitter and withdrew his candidacy after the allegations were reported in the media.

Republican preacher Stephen White was arrested after allegedly offering $20 to a 14-year-old boy for permission to perform oral sex on him.

Republican talk show host Jon Matthews of Houston was indicted for indecency with a child, including exposing his genitals to a girl under the age of 17.

Republican anti-gay activist Earl "Butch" Kimmerling confessed to molesting an 8-year old girl after he attempted to stop a gay couple from adopting her.

Republican Party leader Paul Ingram of Thurston County, Washington, pleaded guilty to six counts of raping his daughters and served 14 years in federal prison.

Republican St. Louis Election Board official Kevin Coan was arrested and charged with trying to buy sex from a 14-year-old girl whom he met on the Internet.

Republican politician Andrew Buhr, former committeeman for Hadley Township Missouri, was charged with two counts of first degree sodomy with a 13-year old boy.

Republican politician Keith Westmoreland, a Tennessee state representative, was arrested on seven felony counts of lewd and lascivious exhibition to minors under 16 (i.e. exposing himself to children).

Republican anti-abortion activist John Allen Burt was charged with sexual misconduct involving a 15 year old girl.

Republican legislator, Richard Gardner, a Nevada state representative, admitted to molesting his two daughters.

Republican activist Parker J. Bena pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography on his home computer and was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison and fined $18,000.

Republican parole board officer and former Colorado state representative, Larry Jack Schwarz, was fired after child pornography was found in his possession.

Republican strategist and Citadel Military College graduate Robin Vanderwall was convicted in Virginia on five counts of soliciting sex from boys and girls over the internet.

Alberto 'Torture Queen' Gonzales

Republican Alberto 'Torture Queen' Gonzales

US Military KIA, Iraq/Afganistan

by James Starowicz

There have been 4,249 coalition deaths -- 3,943 Americans, two Australians, 174 Britons, 13 Bulgarians, one Czech, seven Danes, two Dutch, two Estonians, one Fijian, one Hungarian, 33 Italians, one Kazakh, one Korean, three Latvian, 22 Poles, three Romanians, five Salvadoran, four Slovaks, 11 Spaniards, two Thai and 18 Ukrainians -- in the war in Iraq as of February 1, 2008, according to a CNN count. { Graphical breakdown of casualties ). The list below is the names of the soldiers, Marines, airmen, sailors and Coast Guardsmen whose deaths have been reported by their country's governments. The list also includes seven employees of the U.S. Defense Department. At least 29,038 U.S. troops have been wounded in action, according to the Pentagon. View casualties in the war in Afghanistan. January 2008 Casulties, in Afganistan, listed below the Iraq Casulties Continue Reading at: 'Imagine' A World Of Peace, Understanding, Tolerance

The End of the World
The End of the World
[Flash Video Contains Some Strong Language]

Validation At Last - FEMA Concentration Camps

Photo of FEMA Concentration Camp
Image Source:
Known Relocation Centers as of January 28, 2000
Dahbud Mensch

Rule by fear or rule by law?
by Lewis Seiler and Dan Hamburg

A clue as to where Harman's commission might be aiming is the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act, a law that labels those who "engage in sit-ins, civil disobedience, trespass, or any other crime in the name of animal rights" as terrorists. Other groups in the crosshairs could be anti-abortion protesters, anti-tax agitators, immigration activists, environmentalists, peace demonstrators, Second Amendment rights supporters ... the list goes on and on. According to author Naomi Wolf, the National Counterterrorism Center holds the names of roughly 775,000 "terror suspects" with the number increasing by 20,000 per month.

What could the government be contemplating that leads it to make contingency plans to detain without recourse millions of its own citizens?

The Constitution does not allow the executive to have unchecked power under any circumstances. The people must not allow the president to use the war on terrorism to rule by fear instead of by law. Continue Reading at San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle Acknowledges ENDGAME
By Homeland Security

by William Cormier

In a rare breath of fresh air, The San Francisco Chronicle has now written an article confirming concentration camps in the United Sates and the possible impact of "Endgame" - and based on the few comments that were made, people don’t want to believe the truth. Unfortunately, Americans are acting the same as the Jews, disabled, and dissidents did during Hitler’s Third Reich, always believing it could never happen to them… When presented with the evidence that our own government is readying itself to imprison hundreds of thousands, or even millions of patriotic Americans that refuse to support a criminal and perhaps mentally unbalanced President LINK LINK - the author of the article, even though Dan Hamburg is a former Congressman, has been ridiculed for telling the truth: Continue Reading at

American Democracy Relies on Fascism
by Ted Rall

What would you do if you learned that Bush Administration officials wanted to round up thousands of Americans and throw them into concentration camps?

For all we know, there is no slippery slope. It’s entirely possible that extraordinary rendition, eliminating habeas corpus, and the torture camps at Guantánamo and elsewhere are exactly what the government says they are–tools for fighting terrorists, not domestic political opponents. But how likely is it?

History is clear: Over and over again, the U.S. government places fascists in powerful positions. Once in office, they exploit wars and national tragedies to roll back hard-won freedoms. They’re Democrats as well as Republicans.

As has happened with increasing frequency in recent years, another blockbuster story revealing the anti-democratic impulse within the top echelon of the U.S. government has appeared and vanished overnight. According to Cold War-era files declassified last week, FBI director J. Edgar Hoover repeatedly advised President Harry Truman to arrest "all individuals potentially dangerous" to national security, jail them in military prisons and try them before kangaroo tribunals that "will not be bound by the rules of evidence."

"For a long period of time the FBI has been accumulating the names, identities and activities of individuals found to be potentially dangerous to the internal security through investigation," Hoover wrote in a 1950 memo. "These names have been compiled in an index, which index has been kept up to date." Continue Reading at Columbia Citypaper


There are over 600 prison camps in the United States, all fully operational and ready to receive prisoners. They are all staffed and even surrounded by full-time guards, but they are all empty. These camps are to be operated by FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) should Martial Law need to be implemented in the United States.

#6 If we want world peace, we must let go of our attachments and truly live like nomads. That's where I no mad at you, you no mad at me. That way, there'll surely be nomadness on the planet. And peace begins with each of us. A little peace here, a little peace there, pretty soon all the peaces will fit together to make one big peace everywhere.

Woman Fights Robber, Cops Have to Rescue Him!

by Dahbud Mensch

BEN-VENISTE: Isn't it a fact, Dr. Rice, that the August 6 PDB warned against possible attacks in this country? And I ask you whether you recall the title of that PDB?

RICE: I believe the title was, "Bin Laden Determined to Attack Inside the United States." Continue Reading

Rumsfeld Spies on Quakers and Grannies
By Matthew Rothschild - December 16, 2005

Human on box with electrodes attached to genitals ++ We Don't Torture - George Bush
We don't torture. - George Bush

Immunity, Scooter Libby and the Phone Company

The Scooter Libby verdict is inextricably linked to Iraq: his lies were an attempt to cover up the disingenuous case for war. - Sidney Blumenthal


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? - Barbara Bush, 3/18/2003

Rebirth of Evil

During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.
George Orwell

Our favorite pig with an exposed breast

Every year brings us closer to 1984

by Leonard Pitts Jr.
Miami Herald
Sun, 10 Feb 2008 18:42 EST

In the beginning was the fingerprint.

It was in the 19th century that scientists realized the ridged whorls on the tip of the finger constituted a unique marker that could be used to tell one person from another. And eventually, the FBI built a massive database of fingerprints.

Then came DNA. In the 20th century, scientists learned to use the double helix nucleic acid molecule as a means of identification even more definitive than the fingerprint. And the FBI built a DNA database as well.

Now the feds are building yet another database. And it has some folks worried.

Maybe you missed it in the run-up to Super Duper Tuesday, but CNN and the Associated Press reported last week that the FBI will soon award a $1 billion, 10-year contract for construction of an electronic file that would store not just fingerprints and DNA, but a vast compendium of other physical characteristics. We're talking eye scans, facial shape, palm prints, scars, tattoos and other biometrics, all for the purpose of identifying and capturing bad guys.

But at least one privacy advocate thinks even good guys -- and gals -- have cause for concern. Barry Steinhardt, director of the ACLU's Technology and Liberty Project, told CNN, "It's the beginning of the surveillance society where you can be tracked anywhere, any time and all your movements, and eventually all your activities will be tracked and noted and correlated.''

I know what you're saying and it makes a certain amount of sense: If you haven't done anything wrong, you have nothing to worry about. Well, I haven't done wrong, but it worries me just the same.

Still, I am forced to admit that in a way, there is nothing new here. The government has for years collected fingerprints -- not just of criminals, but also of certain job applicants. And no one raises any concerns about that.

What's happening now, it could be reasonably argued, is only a high-tech extension of that. Except that instead of just your fingerprints, the government will also have on file the shape of your iris, that scar from your childhood appendectomy, and the butterfly tattoo on your inner thigh.

What troubles me is the comprehensiveness of the information the feds propose to gather. It calls to mind discomfitting reminders of the totalitarian states so chillingly depicted in Fahrenheit 451 and 1984, oppressive regimes that saw everything, knew everything, regulated everything. Given the advances in technology and the ominous, Orwellian turn our government has lately taken, the comparison seems far less far-fetched than once it might have.

It's not just the government, though. In recent years, the right to privacy, the right to simply be left alone, has also been eroded by the corporate community -- everything from supermarket discount cards that track your buying habits to online businesses that install secret spyware in your computer to monitor your behavior online. And we haven't even mentioned that there is a camera on every street corner nowadays.

''I always feel like somebody's watching me.'' That used to be just the hook from a schlocky '80s song. Increasingly, it is an apt description of modern life. Now the FBI proposes to collect and collate still more personal information. It swears that information will be protected, will be used only to ferret out criminals. It's hard to argue with that: Who doesn't want law enforcement to have every available tool for smoking out criminals?

But I can't help a certain wariness when I consider the ease with which the program could expand far beyond that mission. As Steinhardt sees it, first criminals, then job applicants and then, "Eventually, it's going to be everybody.''

I admit, he might be wrong.

But you know something? He might not.

Mixing the Script
Conversations Recorded In Your House via Computer?
by Balz

Carter: How'd you become a Blank, Reg?

Blank Reg: I was working for these very bright young computer hackers. I was in a bit of bother - tax creds, the law, slight violence, all that - I had to disappear officially. They did me a favor. Suddenly I didn't exist - I was a blank file. Still am.

Carter: Now it's a kind of a philosophy, eh?

Blank Reg: Yeah, sort of. Well, everything's bleedin' rules, idn'it? They want a license for the dog - imagine!


Bruno: You are one fingertip away from oblivion.

Max: I don't - I don't think you'll do that. I'm too... irr-resis-tible... too... fas-fas-fascinating.

Bruno: Fascinating... even unique. But repeatable. You see, Bryce Lynch was once my pupil. - The Blanks

Cartoons by Steve Bell

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Embarrassed Miliband admits two US rendition flights refuelled on British soil February 22 2008: British officials express anger at Washington after being forced to admit flights twice landed on British soil

Steve Bell cartoon

Illness forces Castro to quit after half a century in power February 20 2008: Brother to be named leader after caretaker role, but new generation waits in wings

Steve Bell cartoon

Spain exposes EU split as US leads recognition February 19 2008: New nation established as European protectorate · UK ambassador presents his credentials in Pristina

Steve Bell cartoon

Telecom immunity remains intact as Democrats split on vote February 14 2008: Democratic senators today failed to stop the Bush administration from winning legal immunity for telecom companies that used wiretapping to eavesdrop on Americans

Steve Bell cartoon

Legal challenges to military tribunals could tie up trial of 9/11 suspects for years February 13 2008: Six al-Qaida suspects accused of organising 9/11 attacks to be put on trial through Guantánamo Bay's military tribunals

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The mild bunch
by Ekkehard Knörer

The Berlinale Competition was dominated by mediocrity yet again. An exhiliarating antidote came in the form of Korean director Hong Sangsoo's "Night and Day".

The weather was friendlier that it had been in a long while – the first weekend felt positively spring-like. One was tempted to think that the gods were smiling on this year's Berlinale but it turned out they were only playing a cruel joke. In 2008, yet again, it was anything but a pleasure for a critic to have to sit through the films in the festival's Competition section. Only on paper did things look rosier this year, with the return of lost son Erick Zonca, Johnnie To's pet project, Martin Scorsese's opening concert film and a general avoidance of the usual mass of pseudo-political clap-trap of which the creative director and head of the selection board for the Competition, Dieter Kosslick, is so enamoured.

[IMAGE] Johnnie To: "Sparrow"

But To's lightweight "Sparrow" and Scorsese's Stones celebration "Shine a Light" turned out to be disappointing. Erick Zonca's "Julia" was also hotly awaited. But the result was a Tilda Swinton who first staggered then spun through a film that was neither remotely convincing as a character study of an alcoholic nor as a genre exercise, let alone as an homage to Cassavetes. And the others were just more of the all too familiar mediocrity that has been dished up in recent years. At the top of the pile was the Iranian entry "The Song of Sparrows" (Majid Majidi's film about a man who loses first his job on an ostrich farm and then his innocence while scraping a living in big city Tehran) and thanks to moments of Nanni Moretti's performance, "Caos Calmo - Quiet Chaos" (Atonello Grimaldi's film about a man processing the death of his wife). Nearer the bottom was "Elegy"(Isabel Coixet's film of a Philip Roth novel starring Ben Kinglsley as an ageing sex-obsessed professor whose life falls apart when he falls in love) and "Kabei - Our Mother" (Yoji Yamada's story set in 1940's Japan about the life of a family after the father is imprisoned for political reasons) and "Lady Jane" (Robert Guediguian's Marseille thriller about three ageing gangsters who reunite to raise the ransom when one of their son's is kidnapped). And then there were a number of truly abysmal offerings, the worst of which was the child abuse film starring John Malkovich, "Gardens of the Night", which utterly backfired as it unwittingly betrayed its concerns, scene for scene. The chronically conventional German entry "Feuerherz – Heart of Fire" (Luigi Falorni's tale of a fiery spirited young Eritrean girl who, in the midst of Eritrea's war of independence against Ethiopia, is sent to train as a child soldier) was another film that had no place at an A-league film festival.

[IMAGE] Fernando Eimbcke: "Lake Tahoe"

It is quite impossible for one man to have so much bad luck with world cinematography year in year out. Which makes it blindingly obvious that the quality deficit has nothing to do with bad luck and everything to do with philistinism. A philistine is someone who has no sense for aesthetic criteria in art and therefore goes by pure content or big names. Someone who thinks an art work can only be important if it addresses meaningful subjects. Someone who knows which names wield symbolic capital without knowing why exactly. And of course the philistine knows what he likes. He is fond of the figurative and he sees himself, because he despises anything difficult as elitist, as a defender of common sense.

[IMAGE] Jose Padilha: "Tropa de Elite"

Which is why, year after year, the Berlinale consists of a collection of mild, mediocre movies, dominated in aesthetic terms by emaciated wishy-washy realism, sickened by a lack of consideration of the potential or the limits of the moving image, a naive and plodding narrative style, and a prolonged cosiness of image whose TV-compatible idiocy does its utmost to prevent any alternative thoughts from spoiling its naturally-gifted craftmanship. Discoveries are not made like this. As a result, the regular Competition visitor has learnt to fear precisely the thing which should be the principle reason for attending such an event: to watch from first-time filmmakers or no-names which might be promising rather than dread-inspiring. Which explains why so much attention goes to directors such Amos Kolleck, Yoji Yamada or Robert Guediguian whose films, however likeable do not even go near the more interesting zones of contemporary cinema.

[IMAGE] Mike Leigh: "Happy Go Lucky"

And yet a few good films did emerge. Not surprisingly P.T Anderson's "There Will be Blood" was the favourite among international critics. It has been up and running in the US and tipped for the Oscars for months and is even showing in Germany now. This impacts its novelty value but not its quality. The film, which searches for the truth about capitalist-religious fanatic USA in sinister myth, wields good of deal of clout and has, in Daniel Day-Lewis, the sort of high-calibre acting maniac necessary to deliver it. Unlike the vast majority of the films it was up against, "There Will be Blood" was out to confront, and it even managed this every now and then. Many people were fond of the laconic coming-of-age-drama "Lake Tahoe" by Mexican director Fernando Eimbcke but the only Competition film to truly win hearts was Mike Leigh's "Happy-Go-Lucky" (trailer), an anti-miserabilist comedy about a woman whose good mood is not to be quashed. Jose Padilha's favelas film "Tropa de Elite" that sparked so much controversy back home in Brazil proved to be a documentary-style film of exceptional intelligence and multifaceted pessimism as well as being gripping to the last. On the other hand, many critics were outraged by the stylised re-enactments in which Errol Morris tackled the appalling photos from Abu Ghraib in "Standard Operating Procedure".

[IMAGE] Hong Sangsoo: "Bam Gua Nat - Night and Day"

But at least one truly original auteur film did make it into the Competition. Korean director Hong Sangsoo's "Night and Day", a comedy about male existence which is also a tragedy about the fundamental contradiction between words and deeds. His films function like mosaics which only form into solid characters and stories when observed from a distance. But the real rewards come from getting up closer. Because this is where the characters and the words they speak begin to oscillate weirdly, before separating into individual images in odd-ball zooms and pans and every now and then a pig knocks its snout against a window as if against the wall separating dream and reality. On first glance and in many of its details "Night and Day" is funny and malicious enough. But unlike all the films (and this goes for most of them) which content themselves with naive cliched illustration, unlike all the tiring productions which only want to make the viewer believe what he sees, watching Hong Sangsoo's film gets more rewarding the closer you look.

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New MP3 - Nobody for President
Country Joe, 1980 Click HERE to Listen

Steve Bell cartoon
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Row over Bush's 'censored' library
February 25: The George W Bush presidential library has finally found a university location in Bush's home state of Texas - but controversy and accusations of bias have followed it even there, writes Liz Ford,,2259857,00.html

Steve Bell cartoon - Clinton Photo Smear Shock Sensation
Steve Bell

Obama camp claims smear over turban photograph

February 28 2008: Obama's campaign team accuse Clinton camp of dirty tricks as they feed false claims he is a Muslim

Foes Say Comcast Paid To Block Seats at FCC Hearing
By Richard Koman

Comcast admits hiring people to hold seats for employees at the Federal Communications Commission hearing at Harvard on Comcast's Internet-management practices. But FreePress and others say Comcast employees didn't show and the seat warmers slept while anti-Comcast attendees were kept outside.

In an apparent attempt to manage the crowd at the Federal Communications Commission's hearing into its network-management practices, Comcast hired Cambridge, MA, locals to wait in line and take up seats, network-neutrality advocates and the meeting's local host have charged.

FreePress, one of the organizations who petitioned the FCC to investigate Comcast's practices, posted photographs of individuals sleeping in the seats and interviewed at least one person who said he was "just getting paid to hold someone's seat." This person said he didn't know what the meeting was about.

A Comcast spokesperson confirmed to Conde Nast's that it had hired people to occupy seats, but said the people were just saving seats for Comcast employees. "Comcast informed our local employees about the hearing and invited them to attend," Jennifer Khoury said. "Some employees did attend, along with many members of the general public." - [Continue Reading]

Supreme Court Appointed President Belongs in Jail
by Dahbud Mensch

No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Matt 6:24

Something Evil Appears...
Something Evil Appears
Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light - II Corinthians, 11:14
Jail the Beast
II Corinthians, 11:14

The Dog, the Cat and the Rat on YouTube
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global defense of sources and press freedoms, circa now—

Cowardice asks the question, 'Is it safe?' Expediency asks the question, 'Is it politic?' Vanity asks the question, 'Is it popular?' But, conscience asks the question, 'Is it right?' And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but one must take it because one's conscience tells one that it is right. — Martin Luther King, Jr. -

UPDATE: Wikileaks Breaking News:

"The revulsion against war not too long hence will be an almost insupportable obstacle for us to overcome. For that reason I am convinced that we must begin now to set the machinery in motion for a permanent war economy." - Charles E. Wilson, president of General Electric Corp, 1944. General Electric is the largest exporter of WMD on the planet

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Governor Calls for Massive Teacher Layoff
"Ve Vill Fire the Teachers and Leave Ur Children Behind...
Support the RICH!
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Lake County Blues Allstars - February 4th - Blue Wing Saloon
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Blue Wing Saloon - Upper Lake, CA
Monday February 4th 7-10pm

They're Back

Greensboro, North Carolina: Last year the residents of Garden Lakes Estates were dismayed to learn Developers wanted to put a bank on the corner and a Walgreens on the other corner, at the entrance to our subdivision on New Garden Road.

Tuesday, February 5th, 5:50pm


Now they want to build a bank with 4 drive-thru windows, 14,800 square foot pharmacy with a drive-thru, 16,600 square feet of retail, 16,600 square feet of general office space, and 74 units of residential condominiums.

Respinto Al Mittente - Mail Art ad impatto sociale

Respinto Al Mittente - Mail Art ad impatto sociale
giov. 31 gen ShaKe Mostra Mail-art a impatto sociale

*per favore fate girare, se avete blog, radio, siti, giornali ecc. diffondete grazie
*Giovedì 31 gennaio* - *ore 21.00
*Inaugurazione e presentazione della mostra
*/Respinto al mittente Mail-art a impatto sociale /
*intervengono *Giovanni Bianchini* e *Andrea Minoglio
*Spazio pubblico ShaKe
*Viale Bligny 42, Milano

Il 31 dicembre 2007 tutti i TG lanciano in prima serata la notizia dell'intercettazione di un pacco minatorio destinato all'On. Mastella. Secondo le prime informazioni si tratta di una sorta di scultura raffigurante un uomo incaprettato, spedita da presunti terroristi islamici. Scatta la paura, partono le indagini.

Qualche ora dopo l'artista Giovanni Bianchini rivela: "Non si tratta di minacce, né di incaprettamenti, né di terrorismo, ma di un pezzo della mia mostra di arte postale a sfondo sociale!". L'allarme si sgonfia, ma la stampa nazionale si chiede chi sia Bianchini e quali gli scopi e la natura della sua originale forma di mail-art, pacchetti-sculture che viaggiano per il mondo producendo effetti insoliti.

Per rispondere al quesito e fare chiarezza sull'origine e sulle finalità delle sculture viaggianti di Giovanni Bianchini, giovedì 31 gennaio presso lo *Spazio pubblico ShaKe* verrà inaugurata la mostra */Respinto al mittente. Mail-art a impatto sociale/*, con la partecipazione del videomaker *Andrea Minoglio*.

Alcune opere inviate a Mastella, D'Alema, al Re del Marocco e ritornate al mittente saranno esposte accanto ad altre "sculture nomadi" di Bianchini.

Questi lavori, leggeri, assemblati con materiali poveri, avvolti nel nastro adesivo e infine spediti come pacchetti postali, sono un'evoluzione in 3D della mail-art, "spore" capaci di rappresentare e criticare la quotidianità.

La Mail-art affonda le proprie radici nel lavoro di gruppi come Dada e Fluxus, e si è intersecata con le avanguardie e le controculture, per esempio il punk, e le pratiche legate al bizzarro e ai "pranks" cioè agli scherzi contro i potenti . Oltre ai nomi storici come Ray Jonson e Ruud Janssen tra i tanti autori italiani si ricordano: Vittore Baroni, Piermario Ciani, Vittorio Baccelli, Guglielmo Achille Cavellini, Claudio Jaccarino e il Prof. Bad Trip.

Per delineare meglio il valore sociale degli interventi di Bianchini, sarà in mostra */Extraordinary rendition/*, una videoinstallazione ideata con lo scopo di denunciare l'omonima pratica, "extralegale", di alcuni governi di rapire, deportare e mantenere agli arresti chi è sospettato di terrorismo, senza alcun processo.

L'installazione comprende il video di *Andrea Minoglio*, liberamente ispirato alla vicenda di Abou Elkassim Britel, che racconta alcune fasi di un'ipotetica /extraordinary rendition/.

A chiudere il percorso le */Mappe mentali/*, ossessivi collage di cartine destrutturate di metropoli che portano con sé ricordi e suggestioni, in una implosione di colori e tagli al bisturi.

Quando: giovedì 31 gennaio – ore 21.00
Dove: Spazio Pubblico ShaKe – Viale Bligny 42 – Milano
Durata: dal 31 gennaio all'8 febbraio 2008
Orari apertura: dal lunedì al venerdì dalle 14.30 alle 18.00 – sabato 2 febbraio dalle 16.00 alle 20.00
Informazioni:, tel.: 02/58317306
Ufficio Stampa: Elena Bari – cell.:328 9781241
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Saturday mornings at 10am Pacific

Check out BIG DAVE, LIVE on the "ROCKABILLY ROADHOUSE" Saturday mornings at 10am P.S.T. for an hour of amped-up, high-octane roots music....guaranteed to kick start your weekend! Stream it live at: or listen to The Krush in Sonoma County, CA at 95.9 FM. Tell 40 or 50 of your closest friends! via Punmaster's MusicWire


Stasera 12 feb con il mio avatar dal nome Gomma Chaplin, partecipo insieme a un po' di "esperti" a questa interessante iniziativa in SL (su Parioli) la suggerisco a chi ama queste tematiche. Si possono anche fare domande dal vivo (se dotati di avatar)

Realta' virtuali, Metaverso e Second Life

*Il 12 febbraio alle ore 21:30 a Parioli, Eliver Delphin del Delos BookClub organizza un panel a proposito di "Realta' virtuale, Metaverso e Second Life", per mettere a confronto tecnologia, letteratura di fantascienza e filosofia dei mondi virtuali, per capire da dove siamo partiti (VR) e dove stiamo andando (SL). Sul palco David Orban (Davidorban Agnon), CEO di Questar e ispiratore della comunità di Vulcano, Silvio Sosio (Starsky Silverstar), giornalista e direttore di, Gomma Guarneri (Gomma Chaplin), esperto di tecnologia e creatore di Decoder Island, e altri ospiti che saranno annunciati in seguito. Moderatore dell'incontro sarà Fabio Latino (Fabius Alter), consulente ed esperto di interazione negli ambienti sintetici condivisi.

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Steven Leech, Michael Ace, and Maurice Sims
Saturday, February 16, 2008 Special Guest: Maurice Sims

Also on WVUD

The Homelessness Marathon is divided into short (5-minute) prerecorded segments and longer (53 minute) live segments. All times are eastern.

The broadcast starts at 7 p.m., EST, on Wednesday, Feb. 20th and ends at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 21st.

Hour 1 - SHORT: Welcome from "Nobody" (live)
(7pm) LONG: A panel of homeless Nashvillians. [Continue Reading At]:

25 febbraio @ 2200


visita guidata della mostra del "Prof. Bad Trip" su Second Life

*L’avatar "Gomma Chaplin" guiderà dalle ore 22:00 la visita alle 100 opere "virtuali" del Prof. Bad Trip, ospitate dall'isola di Decoder. L'iniziativaè rivolta agli studenti dell'Accademia di Belle Arti di Carrara ma è aperta a tutti. Sperando di incontrare i vs avatar lunedì notte...

dopo http incollateci (senza mettere www)

The Charlatans 1964
George Hunter, Dan Hicks, Mike Wilhelm, Mike Ferguson, Richie Olsen - The Charlatans, 1964

You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope some day you'll join us and the world will live as one:
Reflections on the Spirit and Legacy of the Sixties
by Fritjof Capra - December 1, 2002 - Continue Reading

NCast - Dancing Frogs

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WVUD 91.3 - Wednesday Morning - WVUD 91.3
11 am East -- 8 am Pacific -- 1600 utc
Listen On-line at: with Even Steven

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WVUD 91.3 - Saturday Morning - WVUD 91.3
6 am East -- 3 am Pacific
-- 1100 utc
Listen On-line at: with Even Steven

The man whispered, "God, speak to me" and a meadowlark sang. But the man did not hear. So the man yelled "God, speak to me" and the thunder rolled across the sky. But the man did not listen. The man looked around and said, "God let me see you" and a star shined brightly. But the man did not notice. And the man shouted, "God show me a miracle" and a life was born. But the man did not know. So the man cried out in despair, "Touch me God, and let me know you are there" Whereupon God reached down and touched the man. But the man brushed the butterfly away and walked on.

Don't miss out on a blessing because it isn't packaged the way you expect.