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American economic, political and military expansion in Asia-Pacific is being used to counter growing Chinese influence. The U.S. continues to strengthen old alliances and forge new partnerships. Through various joint security exercises, it has increased its military presence in the area. With the U.S. and China vying for more control, this could further escalate tensions and lead to a potential confrontation between the two powers.
From the time leading up to the 2006 national elections Americans have shown a propensity towards a greater and greater interest in reorganizing the political landscape. In many ways we have become more and more serious about our national elections, and those representing us. We have moved beyond accepting the status quo as enough. We've realized just how corrupt the system can be and have demanded change in every election from both sides of the isles and then some.
Opportunities hidden among the disasters
front sight, scientology
Madison's reputation as a truth-seeking institution free from outside bias is now officially pronounced DEAD.
Madison's reputation as a truth-seeking institution free from outside bias is now officially pronounced DEAD.
Library Systems & Services, a private company in Maryland has taken over public libraries in ailing cities in four states and Oregon is one of those states. It's growing into the country's fifth-largest library system.
Brown Berets and their political goals
In less than a week two billionaires have joined the anti-teacher "Billionaires Club": a group of ultra-wealthy individuals hell-bent on destroying public education and teachers' unions. The newest members of the club are Oprah Winfrey and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerburg.
Winfrey has used her show — twice in one week — as a platform against public education. She first hosted billionaire Bill Gates to discuss his "philanthropy" in education, as he promoted the new anti-public education propaganda film Waiting for Superman.
One person thoughts
Justice is a delicacy best served cold, preferably in cold-blood, in full service to the Hectoring Hegemons! See full deconstruction of Newspeak into Realityspeak: http://humanbeingsfirst.wordpress.com/2010/09/26/aafia-siddiqui-justice-and-empire/
States everywhere across the United States are facing the common enemy of extreme budget deficits. Many states have deficits in the multi-billion dollar realm, as the budget crises dominate the debates for the upcoming gubernatorial elections. In these debates, Republican and Democratic candidates are finding it difficult to disagree on the most essential issues around the budget crises. The most crucial question for any incoming governor must be: how will you resolve the state's budget crisis? The answer from both parties is a resounding: "Public workers and those who depend on their services will pay for the crisis"!
Take for instance California, where "friend of labor" Democrat Jerry Brown is running for Governor. The union leaders who endorsed Brown are having difficulty promoting him to their membership, since Brown has been bragging about his anti-union credentials, as reported by the San Francisco Chronicle:
US delegates (plus a few of their friends) walk out on Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad when he mentions that some people believe 9-11 was an inside job.
Attempts by governments and profit seeking industries to avert climate change will only exaggerate the negative effects. Selling a simple cause and effect science to the people and then installing mechanical devices to offset destructive climate change disaster is doomed to fail
Come join labor and community members in a discussion about Oregon 's budget crisis. This forum will focus on how social services and education funds will be decimated unless solutions are put into place. State congressman Nick Kahl will be present to listen to how workers think the crisis can best be addressed.
This event will coincide with the October 2nd labor coalition march on Washington to demand jobs.
With the November elections quickly approaching, the majority of Americans will be thinking one thing: "Who cares?" This apathy isn't due to ignorance, as some accuse. Rather, working people's disinterest in the two party system implies intelligence: millions of people understand that both the Democrats and Republicans will not represent their interests in Congress.
This begs the question: Whom does the two party system work for? The answer was recently given by the mainstream The New York Times, who gave the nation an insiders peek on how corporations "lobby" (buy) congressmen. The article explains how giant corporations — from Wall-mart to weapons manufacturers — are planning on shifting their hiring practices for lobbyists, from Democratic to Republican ex-congressmen in preparation for the Republicans gaining seats in the upcoming November elections:
Two events occurred in the last few days. Decide for yourself if they are entirely unrelated. Yesterday, I purchased a dozen eggs at the supermarket. Today I dropped my 5-year-old daughter off at her Kindergarten class. See the connection? Perhaps you may find one if you are willing to take the conceptual leap of examining the fate of the chicken alongside that of a typical kindergartner.
The Sherrod factor
Article examines the street politics that occurred on Sept. 11th this year.
The trends are more than disturbing as the GOP hypnotizes it's flock into believing their fake 'Tea Party', guns and all, is America's Cosmic Salvation
these are the thoughts that ran through my head after the scirmish of seattle in 1999-2000.
strangely, some of this is still relevent, i suppose ive grown, and there is more growing to do. literally and figuratively.
what if the harbors close?
My apologies to T. S. Eliot, but September, not April, is the cruelest month. Before 9/11/2001, there was 9/11/1973, when Gen. Pinochet toppled the Allende government in Chile and ushered in a 17-year reign of terror. More recently, on 9/15/2008, Lehman Brothers went bust and torpedoed the global economy, turning what had been a Wall Street crisis into a near-death experience for the global financial system.
Please circulate -- 911 and Imperial Mobilization Redux Hello - Please circulate my newest exposition geared towards the mainstream 'United We Stand' crowd who know something is wrong in America, but can't rightly put their finger on it as they lose their homes and their skirts to the sacred altars of 9/11 and the 'War on Terror', and who, lamentably enough, also don't wish to tread into the 'conspiracy' jungle where only forensic knowledge and deep intelligence lurks. It has always been a problem how to explain complex matters of Machiavellian statecraft to the "crowd of simpletons and the credulous" (Mein Kampf). The war-mongers use incessant propaganda to get them to 'United We Stand'. How can one undo that? Ignoring the 'Uncle Toms' and the co-opted, as well as the 'Uber Learned' and the hare-brained, here is my commonsensical Socratic attempt to (once again) try and reach the vast majority of good peoples who trusted their government: http://bloghumanbeingsfirst.wordpress.com/2010/09/16/911-and-imperial-mobilization-redux-by-zahir-ebrahim/ Thank you. Zahir Ebrahim, Project Humanbeingsfirst.org
The Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP) of North America appears to be dead in name only as some of its key priorities continue through other initiatives. It remains the blueprint for further expanding NAFTA. Continental integration is a permanent agenda and the vision for a North American Union has not been abandoned.
Any fanatic can burn a book, or a flag, because it doesn't require rational explanation. But anyone with the brain of a troglodyte could appreciate there is complexity to the reality of most religions and belief systems. Once again high-minded religion plays its hand in the human affairs of politics, as Jones also sees the trumped up Muslim Mosque controversy, to be built close to ground zero, as seriously provocation. But real patriotism includes having a willing to seek out the truth.
america just has to wake up!
With the November elections rapidly approaching, most Americans are unimpressed and uninvolved, having concluded that elections have changed little in their struggling lives, despite all the promises of politicians.
Why is the NY Imam at the center of the Ground Zero Mosque affair so chummy with the nearby Jewish Community Center, not to mention the Bush/Cheney administration? Whose idea was this crazy idea was this anyway?
Both Anarchists and Marxists are united in their goals of overthrowing capitalism and establishing a stateless society based on the equality and free association of all. Their differences revolve around how this will be achieved and how to approach social movement building today.
Sooo, yet another obligatory anniversary of the IXXI incident is now upon us all, & I've noticed people are ever more hysterical lately. Freshly whipped up by a new calling of feverish nationalism & xenophobia. Then again, I hear it's an election year. I felt compelled to write in my own commentary about all... this. Now, I'm not about to claim that I know any more about this than anyone else. And I'm not going to leave a handful of links to any IXXI "truth" sites at the end of this, b/c I just feel that would be redundant. Feeling rather annoyed, I simply want to use this public forum to voice my own opinion.
A plea to get to the bottom of, and confront the evil behind the attacks of September 11, 2001.
wonder why they were casing the place out (reser's warehouse)
If you begin when your child is born and set aside $200 each month in an account earning 6 percent annually, you'll have enough to cover approximately 21 percent of the cost of four years at a private college (current average sticker price of $35,600 per year), or about 49 percent of the cost of four years at your public university (current average sticker price of $15,200 per year). If you start at age 12, you are looking at $350 per month.
A review of Inception.
We're interested in approaching popular culture to critique and engage. We simply didn't find much value in this movie. Here's why:
Don't want to hear this?
Tough. Grow up.
Let all men of every faith, join together to
demand these bushite nazi grunts be put to a
rightful death sentence immediately. Including
the military "Judges" that will find them free to
go in our world
What a joke. President Obama surely knows there is zero chance that his Middle East peace talks will succeed, even with the deck stacked in his favor. All of the main actors are on the U.S. payroll: Israel, Egypt, and Jordan get billions in foreign aide, while the Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has proven a pliable puppet for the U.S. as he is disdained by his own people.
But even puppets have their limits. If the above governments were to support the type of peace treaty that Israel would agree to, their already oppressed people would revolt.
The Oregonian (and other mainstream media) has had a good deal of coverage of TriMet's proposed $125,000,000 tax on the ballot in the November election for 150 new buses for seniors and disabled riders, which Transit Riders Union supports. However, the Oregonian, so far, has had less (no) coverage of the connection between TriMet board president Rick Van Beveren, the Tom Hughes for Metro president campaign, and the pro-transit Reedville Cafe Boycott.
The point is a very simple one, while as citizens we constitutionally have the freedom of speech and expression, those freedoms don't extend to or accommodate license and reckless behavior. Thus viewed against the social, political and legal realities of American society, one could only classify the intended behavior of Preacher Jones as that which has now gone beyond the pale of protected behavior and into the realm of unmitigated recklessness. Behavior that can only increase the threat level for Americans both at home and abroad.
New York City's WBAI Radio—flagship of the progressive, non-profit Pacifica Network, where I am a producer—unfortunately provides a case study in the increasing embrace of right-wing conspiracy theory by the remnants of the American (and global) left.
The most useful propaganda device in this ongoing hostile take-over of the rump progressive forces has been an exploitation of the traumatic events of September 11, 2001. Alex Jones, who trumpets anti-immigrant bromides alongside 9-11 pseudo-exposés, now rivals Noam Chomsky as an icon on lefty websites. Where our rhetoric once invoked the military-industrial complex and even the sacrosanct capitalist system, today our ire is frequently targeted at such arcane entities as the Bilderberg Club, the Bavarian Illuminati, and stranger things.
WBAI provides a useful case study because it has followed the same trajectory as many of basically progressive inclination since 2001. What began as an examination of seeming anomalies in the case of 9-11 has lured some of our best minds down a black hole of irrationality that ultimately leads—and this, as shall be demonstrated, is not just hyperbole—to fascism.
The late Mary Travers once sang a song called "Where Have All the Flowers Gone? It was a lamentation about the human cost of war and it was a popular protest song during the Vietnam era. Well it seems to me that someone could write a song, or at least ask the same question, about Libertarians. Specifically, where have all the Libertarians gone?
There's nothing fun about the life of a circus animal.
Rwandan President Paul Kagame has been blackmailing the Western world for "turning its back on Rwanda" in 1994 ever since, but this 1994 news clip reports that he, as General Paul Kagame, actually threatened to fire on UN peacekeepers as though they were enemy combatants, if they tried to stand between him and his Rwandan Patriotic Front Army and the government's Rwandan Army:
keep fighting, go into the streets
Recent interview with Joseph Buddenberg conducted by The Vegan Police ( http://www.theveganpolice.com). He talks about the AETA4 case, recent repression, and its implications for activists
The official organizing for the October 2nd Washington, D.C. demonstration, which we hope will be massive, has allowed us to catch a glimpse of a crucial ambiguity underlying the event. Will this demonstration be aimed at demanding that the government finally address the real needs of working people, now that it has made the banks whole, despite everyone's objections? Or will its real purpose be to get Democrats elected to office, in which case demands will be carefully crafted, trimmed, and pre-packaged so as not to embarrass the Democrats and then be used only as bait to lure working people into the election campaigns, not as true goals in themselves?
Dolphins over people
I thought of Urban Scout as soon as I saw this news report yesterday.
Recently an Associated Press story, originating in Hartford Connecticut, stated Craigslist should remove its "adults services" section because it cannot adequately block ads advertising illegal prostitution and child trafficking. Seventeen state attorney generals have signed a letter to the company making this demand known. But why does society call it "adult" if adults don't have the right to freedom and liberty in the first place? Why does any government think it has a right to "dictate" morality to the American people and treat them like they are eternal adolescents? This is no sideline issue because it goes to the heart of what this culture is supposed to be about.
The Prez is out to lunch
Tax policy and tax cuts in particular are elements central to the Republican Party's economic philosophy. Republicans have pushed for tax cuts as their primary method of fighting the Great Recession and returning America to prosperity. In their advocating tax cuts, many on the Right have waxed nostalgic in referencing the Reagan era tax cuts and their supposed positive economic effects. The "record" of those cuts is held up as a justification for extending the Bush tax cuts beyond their expiration date. All of this as an ideological counterpoint to what the Obama Administration has done in addressing the current downturn. Thus when economists who describe themselves as free market advocates, Libertarians, Republicans and even conservatives call extending the Bush era tax cuts into question one can only take note and inquire further as to why those whom we would expect to endorse tax cuts oppose such measures.
The high cost of a college education is a major concern all parents and students have today. Student loans are one way to handle this situation; however, there are other ways to get financial aid to pay for college tuition that should be considered and exhaustively researched. You may be pleasantly surprised as to just how much financial aid you may be able to get to pay for college tuition and this will certainly be a major factor when determining what college you may be able to apply to for enrollment.
It's cool to say conspiracy theory is nonsense if you are on the Left. But what if one of the Left's leading heros endorses it?
What a scam with social security
How the state of Oregon is making money by retroactively denying claims and imposing penalties on citizens unable to fight back.
President Obama said; "Failure is not an option". I agree, failure is not an option, failure is a given.
Musing about eggs, psychopaths, and why most people just don't want to know.
Tax policy and tax cuts in particular are elements central to the Republican Party's economic philosophy. Republicans have made tax cuts one of their primary tools for fighting the Great Recession and returning America to prosperity. When advocating cuts, many on the Right have waxed nostalgic for the Reagan era tax cuts and their supposed economic benefits. The "record" of those cuts is held up as a justification for extending the Bush tax cuts beyond their expiration date and likewise for cutting taxes generally. All of this as an ideological counterpoint to what the Obama Administration has done in addressing the current downturn. Thus when economists who describe themselves as free market advocates, Libertarians, Republicans and even conservatives call extending the Bush era tax cuts into question one can only take note and inquire further as to why those whom we would expect to endorse tax cuts count themselves among the opposition.
Plenty of other pieces have been written explaining some of the problems with what has been called today's "greenwashing." Excellent points have been raised concerning its deeply consumeristic character, the fact that it actually bolsters the capitalist economic model which in and of itself cannot be sustainable, and the fact that it places the burden of fixing the ecological crisis on individual consumers, rather than on the industries who are actually to blame for creating this mess in the first place.
My intention is not to go against what these other pieces have said, but rather to shine some light on one area of the debate that has often been left too shadowy. That is, the technical sustainability of green technology itself, which often is not explored to the degree required.
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