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Department of corporate socialism

Posted by Charles II on January 18, 2008

From DemocracyNow:

DAVID CAY JOHNSTON: Well, first of all, they [Wal-Mart] say they offer cheaper goods. I don’t accept that that’s necessarily true.

But here’s what happens. … what is tax increment financing? I’ll tell you what it is. You go to the store with your goods, you pay for it at Wal-Mart, and there’s a very good chance that that store has made a deal with the government that the sales taxes you are required to pay, that government requires you to pay, never go to the government. Instead, those sales taxes are kept by Wal-Mart and used to pay the cost of the store. And typically in those deals, the store is tax exempt, just like a church.

Now, there are two ways that it’s important to think about this. One is, that means your kid’s schools, your police department, your library, your parks are not getting that money. And you’ll notice we keep saying we’re starved for money. We’re twice as wealthy as we were in 1980, but we’ve got to close hospitals, and we’ve got to close schools, and we don’t have money for all sorts of things like after-school programs, even though we’re twice as wealthy. The second thing to think about is, imagine that you own Amy Goodman’s or Juan’s department store across the street. You suddenly have to compete with people whom the government is giving a huge leg up on. You think you would go broke after a while? Well, in fact, you will.

(emphasis added)

Why aren’t conservatives screaming about this?

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Get your Bush Doubloons!

Posted by Charles II on January 18, 2008

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Canada Puts US On Torture Watch List

Posted by Phoenix Woman on January 18, 2008

Here’s another thing you won’t be seeing on the evening TV news here in the US anytime soon:

Omar Khadr’s lawyers say they can’t understand why Canada is not doing more to help their client in light of new evidence that Ottawa has put the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, on a watch list for torture.


Canada’s new focus on torture was ordered by the inquiry into Maher Arar’s nightmare in Syria. U.S. authorities sent Arar — a Canadian of Syrian ancestory — to Syria after he made a brief stopover in New York in 2002. They wrongly accused him of having links to terrorism in large part because of information provided by the RCMP.

Arar was sent to a Syrian prison where he was tortured for nearly a year. An inquiry into the Arar affair ordered a new focus on torture, and CTV News has learned that, as part of a “torture awareness workshop,” diplomats are now being told where to watch for abuse.

The aim of the workshop: to teach diplomats who visit Canadians in foreign jails how to tell if they’ve been tortured. It also listed countries and places with greater risks of torture. The list includes Syria, Iran, Afghanistan, and China. But surprisingly, it also included the United States, Guantanamo Bay, and Israel.

It notes specific “U.S. interrogation techniquies,” which include “forced nudity, isolation, and sleep deprivation.” The U.S. has repeatedly denied allegations by international groups that it tortures prisoners captured in places like Afghanistan and Iraq. However, U.S. officials have refused to comment on the Canadian list.

Don’t forget that much of the torture done overseas is outsourced there on behalf of the US.

However, it looks like Stephen Harper may be backing down in deference to his big brother Bush:

But it appears that Ottawa may have had second thoughts about being so explicit. After the documents were released as evidence in a court case relating to Afghan detainees, the government tried to get them back. Sources say that Ottawa apparently wanted to black out sensitive parts that may anger allies.

Posted in abuse of power, Afghanistan, Bush, Bush Family Evil Empire, BushCo malfeasance, international, Iraq war, outsourcing, terrorism, torture | 1 Comment »

Upton Sinclair!

Posted by Phoenix Woman on January 18, 2008

Once again: “It is difficult to get a man to understand a thing when his salary depends on his not understanding it.”

The corollary: “It is difficult to get a reporter to report a thing honestly when that thing pisses off the person who signs the reporter’s checks.”

John Edwards has been mugged, then disappeared, by the media, who vastly prefer trivia to substance. John Edwards advocates making the people who benefitted the most from Bush’s reign — namely, the very rich — cough up some of those gains to help out the country they’ve hollowed out. Unfortunately for Edwards, media moguls are among the very rich.

I think you can figure this out from here.

Posted in 2008, beat the press, big money, capitalism as cancer, distractions, economy, John Edwards, Matt Taibbi, media, Media machine, mediawhores | 1 Comment »

Friday Cat Blogging

Posted by MEC on January 18, 2008


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Friday Morning News Roundup

Posted by Phoenix Woman on January 18, 2008

  • “Highly promising figures that the administration cited to demonstrate economic progress in Iraq last fall, when Congress was considering whether to continue financing the war, cannot be substantiated by official Iraqi budget records, the Government Accountability Office reported Tuesday.” Oh, so Bush lied again. Ho-hum.
  • Take that, Rupert Murdoch!

    NEW YORK Newsday’s online traffic edged past The Wall Street Journal Online in the month of December, according to the latest data from Nielsen Online (owned by E&P’s parent company). Newsday had 6.4 million unique users in December compared to the Wall Street Journal, which had 5.4 million uniques.

    Newsday managed to double its traffic compared to December 2006 data.

    The New York Times once again tops the chart of the top 30 newspaper Web sites with 17.1 million unique users, a 29.9% year-over-year gain.

  • A paper dies, a web site is born: Good luck to them.

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