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The WTC towers could not have collapsed at a free fall rate without some help. This is easy to prove with a simple thought experiment and some easy mathematics.
in early July I attended a Nader nominating convention in Dowtown Portland. Outside was a vehemently pro-Kerry group calling themselves "Billionaires for Bush."
From the very beginning, the events of Sept. 11, 2001, have been mysterious. Who hijacked the planes? Where did all the missing planes end up? How did such small impacts bring down such huge buildings? What hit the Pentagon? "Abyssmal" is the best word to describe both the official government commission and the media's efforts to answer these, or any of the other many questions surounding the events of that day. The mainstream left media has been most disappointing of all for many of us wanting to know what happened, and bring the true criminals to justice. Publications like the Nation, the Progressive, Common Dreams, etc., etc., and well-respected figures like Noam Chomsky, who are normally quite critical of the government's explanations for anything, have refused to go anywhere near the topic of Sept. 11. Even though these leftist voices have pointed out continually how the government lies about nearly everything most of the time, suddenly, all questions stopped, and the official story (a ridiculous conspiracy theory about 19 Arabs with box-cutters) became somehow sacrosanct, beyond doubt, and not to be inspected at all.
When 50% of New Yorkers believe the Bush administration consciously allowed Sept. 11 to happen, and want a real investigation to happen, how can the left continue its bizzare avoidance? Alas, with this central question of our day, the Left has proven (once again) its moral and intellectual bankruptcy.
Bush and company hypocritically portray themselves as sympathetic to the victims of Florida's hurricane season as they unload the cost of rebuilding shattered lives on to Florida's homeowners.
So, let's look at it from the standpoint of the world's non-white and non-wealthy for a moment.
This is a short ditty regarding our relationship with planet earth.
Um, you gotta hear this.
Well- this probably ought to be a comment on the last "pier 57" posting
A study of the propaganda techniques of the extreme right, using Social Security 'reform' as an example...
A partial account of Sept. 11, 2001.
starhawk - coming out of jail stronger
Memory of 9/11 belongs in context with other unfortunate events in our history and the history of the world. It does not deserve to be beaten to death or used for political fodder in an election year.
A view of the Iraq war, written in March 2003 at the inception of the conflict.
Amongst the September 11 victims, a lot are ignored to any commemoration.
check out the link
Sometimes it seems to me that people have been misled by climate modeling computer software and consequently believe that climate change and global warming are problems that will develop over 50 or 100 years (and so you sometimes hear people talking about our 'responsibility to our grand children'). A mythology then develops that allows climate change to rapidly advance while many people remain unaware of the scope of the developing problems.
This is very well done Flash Movie and I do hope you view it. It is located on MotherJones Web Site, I followed a link from Buzzflash.com.
When Humboldt Sheriff deputies Q-tip swabbed chemical pepper spray into the eyes of forest defenders, the collective vision of people everywhere was blinded with searing pain. People who see the problems caused by corporate logging (Maxxam/Pacific Lumber) are using their bodies to protect the trees. The pepper spray eye swabbing response by the Sheriffs shows their fear of our collective vision, they want people to be blinded to the truth..
Bush doesn't fight terrorism at home. The current ban on military-style, semi-automatic assault weapons is set to expire on September 13, 2004 unless Congress and the President act.
It discusses the various dealings between the Bush and bin Laden families and the Bush family's aid to the Taliban. And urges Americans to consider voting for Jack Grimes in the Presidential Election of 2004.
I was at a nabor's this morning for breakfast. NBC news was on (via KGW). A would-be "news" story was about a "new" ready-bag of stuff (yeh, duct tape & stuff) which people should buy to Be Ready for an attack (shudder). Such kits have been available for eons, but NBC thinks this is "news". Here's the kicker. The "reporter" said that the bags are available at "select stores such as this wal-mart". Uh-huh. A stench was apparent. Then the source of the stench appeared, as the next commercial break was an ad for, tuh-duh, wal-mart! I rarely watch tv, so maybe this co-mingling of commerce & "news" happens all the time. However, i was shocked, to be honest, that something so blatant & clumsy was perpetrated, & that the bogus nature of corporate "news" would be so obvious.
Just like John Kerry's adolescent attack on George Bush's middle initial W. earlier this week where he described the W. standing for Wrong about the war in Iraq, Wrong about the economy etc. etc. Moveon.org has resurrected their failed adolescent attack on George Bush's Air Guard record by supporting a group called Texans for Truth. In an election that is turning out to be more about the person running rather than the important policies that this election hinges on - the corporate media is playing the willing messenger, handing the feces to the candidates and their designated 527s.
Call to activists to establish a non-profit organization and web site for those who have been harrassed or prevented from flying airlines (or other transportation) because their name is the same as a name on the so-called "no fly" list.
So, my question is this: If the convention is a security nightmare, if it's bad for business, if hardly anyone listens to most of the speakers in the convention hall, and if party leaders have already chosen the candidate long before the delegates meet to vote, then why in the world do we still have political conventions?
Don't miss 60 Minutes this evening - 8 pm - Channel 6 in Portland. Break out the popcorn . . . it's reportedly going to be a hot night for Mr. Bush.
What? Both candidates taking from the same corporate interests? Any chance of Kerry returning all that money that came from republicans?
Blatant scare tactics from this power mad administration.
A discussion of Henry Kissinger's support of repression and terror throughout his career in US government.
more dots to connect
This year's Christmas card of "The Secret Gathering of Gnostics" is a saterical political cartoon with plenty of explaining to do. It has once again appeared at www.fantazine.net/dajpage well before Christmas to also offer some commentary in time for this year's election. This card also dares to ask, "is George W. Bush a rapist?"
of Bush Saying OBGYNs Should be Allowed to Practice their "Love with Women All Across this Country."
The Palestinians, although they do have courage and unlimited perseverance, are humans with limitations.
Oppressed by Israel and subjected to permanent violence and stress, betrayed by the international community, the Palestinians draw their main strength from our support.
My story as an activist being targeted by an ongoing campaign of harassment
This article was written by Jackson Grimes, the United Fascist Union candidate for U. S. President and, submitted to the Wilkes-Barre, PA "Times Leader" newspaper as a letter to the editor. I post it here on his behalf now.
When is enough, enough?
Check it out!
Dear Friends and Gentle People,
Because Women in the Woods is rather misunderstood, I think, among
other environmental groups and groupings, I'd like to explain, as one of
the spokeswomen of the group, something of what we are about.
Voting a straight party ticket is not the answer to our problems
They start by moving to the center of he park where they can start their ring of terror on those whom live near them. They may own fairly new RV's but that is because they were busy selling what drugs they'd get from local doctors who just look the other way--like Oxycotin for for one!
Hope I can get this thig to attach!
Powells Books Bows to the right?
Hope I can get the text out of the word processor
Hey you bozos go ahead and flame but I'm going after swing voters here
It wont past all 8 pages I've got to attach the file
Hope it works I'm not great with computers
English pilosopher William Occam had several pronouncements of logic that have worked their way into the mainstream, neo-intellectual vocabulary--"entities must not be multiplied beyond what is necessary" and "it is vain to do with more what one can do with less." Perhaps his greatest aphorism, that "the simplest theory is usually the best," should be applied to the actions of the Bush Administration.
Ambiguity: Mordechai Vanunu; a lawyer in Israel representing Dimona employees; two solutions for nuclear waste that give us alternative viable energy; a portable nuclear weapons detection system since 1999; blackmail and extortion; another dead scientist and the closing of the National Lab in Los Alamos
More AQ Khan/Iraq info
A letter from a law student in New York.
Under new laws pending in Congress, VA will be able to revoke combat related compensation to all vets retroactively. The VA is also denying treatment to PTSD victims by not acknowledging symptoms. Several vets testify, and new laws are explained.
Atty.-Gen. John Ashcroft's announced desire for camps for U.S.
citizens he deems to be "enemy combatants" has moved him from merely
being a political embarrassment to being a constitutional menace.
Remember Tolstoy. Radicalized by the war to subjugate Chechnya 150 years ago, he became a pacifist. The Russian leadership insists on maintaining their empire in the Caucasus at any cost. That is at the heart of this bloodshed.
The clergy, by getting themselves established by law and engrafted into the machine of government, have been a very formidable engine against the civil and religious rights of man. (Thomas Jefferson, as quoted by Saul K. Padover in Thomas Jefferson on Democracy, New York, 1946, p. 165, according to Albert Menendez and Edd Doerr, compilers, The Great Quotations on Religious Liberty, Long Beach, CA: Centerline Press, 1991, p. 48.)
What they did is they lost control of the ball," said Representative Rahm Emanuel of Illinois, who was a senior political adviser in the Clinton White House. "They allowed the election to not be about George Bush but to be about themselves. They have to get back on their game."
Why a vote for Kerry is one tiny step closer to progress and a vote for Nader is retrograding.
rolling the clock back to 1955 when the kooks were king.
So how do save his ass and our own?
Nearly 1,200 arrests in one day, here's one version of events.
July - 2004
Fool Me Once, Fool Me Twice, Fool Me....
Ten Ways to Become a Better Democrat
By M. JUNAID ALAM
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