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Archive for October 9th, 2007

Chaos is the plan, from the Middle East to Central Asia

Posted by Charles II on October 9, 2007

Four articles, relating to Israel-Palestinian, Turkey-Kurdistan, and internal Pakistani conflict.

Conal Urquhart, The Guardian

The Israeli army has ordered the seizure of Palestinian land surrounding four West Bank villages apparently in order to hugely expand settlements around Jerusalem, it emerged yesterday....

Adam Keller of the Israeli peace group, Gush Shalom, said the confiscation of land belonging to the villages of Abu Dis, Arab al-Sawahra, Nebi Musa and Talhin Alhamar would "rob many villagers of their sole livelihood" but would also "facilitate the big annexation plan known as E-1, which is aimed at linking the settlement of Ma'aleh Adummim with Jerusalem and cutting the West Bank in two."...

The negotiation affairs department of the Palestine Liberation Organisation said information released by the Israeli ministry of defence showed that the new route would annex 12% of the West Bank, compared with 9% previously.

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Posted in israel, Pakistan, Turkey | 3 Comments »

Bt Corn damages aquatic system

Posted by Charles II on October 9, 2007

The Environmental News Network, based on a scientific paper appearing in the prestigious Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences(at this link eventually, but not today), says:

A study by an Indiana University environmental science professor and several colleagues suggests a widely planted variety of genetically engineered corn has the potential to harm aquatic ecosystems. The study is being published this week by the journal Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences.

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And Big Media Wonders Why We Yell At Them

Posted by Phoenix Woman on October 9, 2007

As Emptywheel says: I think the Society for Professional Journalists deserves some serious smackdown for inviting a guy who repeatedly breaks every one of their purported ethics to speak at their yearly conference, don’t you?

Journalists wonder why we hold all of them accountable for the shit pooped by the Judy Millers and Bob Novaks. This is exhibit number 1 in a good reason why.

Posted in GOP/Media Complex, media, mediawhores, neocons, news media, rightwing moral cripples, wrong way to go about it, WTF? | 1 Comment »

Christy Speaks.

Posted by Phoenix Woman on October 9, 2007

You do.

The Constitution you save will be your own.

Glenn Greenwald has more.  (Short version:  House bill good, Senate bill bad.  And don’t forget the magic words:  “Primary Challengers”.)

Posted in 2008, abuse of power, ACLU, Congress, Constitution, Constitutional crisis, Democrats, Democrats with spines, First Amendment | 1 Comment »

Got A Copy Of Naomi Klein’s The Shock Doctrine

Posted by Phoenix Woman on October 9, 2007

And Boy Howdy, is it an eye-opener.

If you’ve been following the discussion surrounding it, then you probably already know its basic premise: The powerful ultra-rich neocons and neoliberals who worshipped at the feet of Milton Friedman and his “Chicago School” of corporate idolatry took his message to places like Chile, Argentina, Iraq, and New Orleans, seeking via the tenets of ‘disaster capitalism’ to profit from existing disaster (or a disaster they helped create) so that they can swoop in and take over the existing societal structures and remake them for their benefit and not that of the masses of people living there.

But what’s interesting is how she ties it all together, showing various tidbits that the US media generally won’t mention — at least, not in such a way that it sheds light on the whole situation, as part of a coherent contextual framework.

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Posted in 'starving the beast', GOP/Media Complex, Grover Norquist, Iraq war, neocons, neoliberals, New Orleans, privatization, real journalism, rightwing moral cripples, totalitarianism | 5 Comments »

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