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While Everyone In The US Was Distracted…

Posted by Phoenix Woman on May 31, 2010

Israel invaded a flotilla in international waters and killed at least ten fifteen people on it, all of them civilians, all of them unarmed. As shown in the videos at Siun’s link, the Israelis continued to fire at the ship well after three people were already dead and a white flag raised.

Why? The flotilla is trying to lift the starvation blockade Israel has on Gaza.

The raid was done at night, with a view to keeping the international press from finding out about it from the flotilla’s own satellite hookups, which the Israelis have been trying to keep from communicating with the outside world. They didn’t succeed in that, but they’re working to get their version of the massacre into the US media.

Here are two videos that Bibi Netanyahu and Avigdor Lieberman don’t want you to see:

In addition to the live feed from the Mamara (see above) you can follow events via twitter @freegazaorg and at #Flotilla and follow the map of the Flotilla’s location at Witness Gaza.

And here’s the livestream from the lead ship in the flotilla, the Mavi Mamara from Turkey:

These and other videos won’t make the US media, but are being played on Turkish TV non-stop, as well as elsewhere. Go to Witness Gaza for more.

Posted in Gaza, israel | 6 Comments »

In memory of those who served their country faithfully

Posted by Charles II on May 30, 2010

Even as this country fails to properly support and care for those veterans who return, scarred, from these present wars– as from every war.

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Deficit Hysteria Debunked Two Ways

Posted by Phoenix Woman on May 30, 2010

The inestimable Scarecrow kicks out the jams on poor deluded Carl Hulse of the NYT:

Hulse manages both to describe and legitimize Congress’ growing hysteria about the size of US deficits/debts. But he doesn’t bother to ask or quote a single economist, let alone the many who have been explaining for months, now screaming, that deficit spending now is not only not a serious problem but absolutely necessary to deal with lingering effects of the Great Recession.

All Hulse had to do was check with the Times Nobel economist or any of the Times’ stable of economic/business writers. Paul Krugman, along with Brad DeLong, Joe Stiglitz, Jaime Galbraith, Dean Baker, or if you prefer, Mark Zandi and many, many other serious economists, have been calling out the fraudulent arguments of the Pete Peterson deficit hawks for months and telling us we need more, not less spending to help the economy.

Every one of these reputable economists refutes the assumed premises of Hulse’ article and the prevailing ignorant mindset of too many in Congress that our debt/deficits are too high for the conditions we’re in. Instead, Hulse just takes for granted the false view, spread by deficit hawks, that deficit spending is irresponsible, an unfair burden on our children and a risk of inflation. No, it’s not.

Furthermore, Jamie Galbraith argues that we need big deficits — now and later:

The public deficit is just the obverse of net private savings. That is, when private credit is booming, investment exceeds saving and deficits tend to disappear. That’s what happened in the 1990s. When credit collapses, deficits return. That’s what’s happening now. Large long-term deficits will occur, or not, depending only on whether we succeed in generating a new growth cycle, financed by the expansion of private credit. Policies to cut spending or raise taxes — now or for that matter in the future — contribute nothing to this goal.

Financial reform and debt relief are therefore the only paths to public deficit reduction.; It would be nice to have them, for the economy works better and people are happier when they can borrow and invest privately. But if we don’t get them, the alternative isn’t a “return to fiscal responsibility.” It’s a choice between large public budget deficits that fund important and useful activities and tax relief, or large deficits because the recession, housing slump and high unemployment drag on and on, all made worse by cuts in Social Security, Medicare and other public spending.

Yes, we must defend Social Security and Medicare from Wall Street and its political agents — which now, sadly, include the Obama White House. But we’ll lose on that — and everything else — if we start by giving up the fight for an aggressive, effective, sustained and long-range economic recovery program, deficits and all.

Posted in 'starving the beast', (Rich) Taxpayers League, deficit, Pete Peterson, Social Security | 5 Comments »

Dumped into the Memorial Day newshole

Posted by Charles II on May 29, 2010

The guy who created a fake film that led to a media frenzy and ultimately the demise of ACORN, James O’Keefe, was caught in what looked a whole lot like an attempt to wiretap Senator Mary Landrieu’s ofice. He plea bargained down to the misdemeanor of entering Federal property under false pretenses (Times-Picayune via Bradblog).

But now it turns out the FBI had evidence that it was a conspiracy to illicitly record, which can be considered actual wiretapping (John Tomasic via Bradblog):

at approximately 10:00 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 25, 2010, Basel, Flanagan and O’Keefe met in an office near the Hale Boggs Federal Building to finalize their plan, check the recording devices and mount a camera in one of the disguises. During this meeting, O’Keefe explained how the recording devices worked and instructed Basel and Flanagan how to position themselves once inside the Senator’s office.

Millions of poor people face much higher hurdles of registration to vote and do not have any effective advocates for affordable housing as a result of O’Keefe’s lies. And he gets probation, a piddling fine, and community service. Not to mention a permanent, lucrative career inside the GOP “Think Tank” empire.

Bad cess to Mr. O’Keefe.

Posted in anti-truth, Flying Monkey Right, obstruction of justice, Republicans acting badly, Republicans as cancer | 1 Comment »

Signs around town

Posted by Charles II on May 28, 2010


It takes balls!

Posted in Just for fun | 1 Comment »

Friday Cat Blogging

Posted by MEC on May 28, 2010

Posted in Alexander the Great, Friday Cat Blogging | 5 Comments »

Somebody Needs To Hear From Us

Posted by Phoenix Woman on May 27, 2010

Call up Congressman Gerry Connolly and ask him why deficit hawkery only applies to things that help average persons instead of war profiteers (erm, “defense” contractors):

Washington DC Office
327 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-1492
Fax: (202) 225-3071

Fairfax District Office
4115 Annandale Road
Suite 103
Annandale, VA 22003
Phone: (703) 256-3071
Fax: (703) 354-1284 

Prince William District Office
4308 Ridgewood Center Dr.
Woodbridge, VA 22192
Phone: (703) 670-4989
Fax: (703) 670-6042

You know what to do. (Oh, and you might also want to add that Pete Peterson, the guy bankrolling the Cat Food (erm, Deficit) Commission, is demonstrably full of horsepucky.)

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Via Avedon Carol…

Posted by Charles II on May 27, 2010

Via Avedon Carol, Sam Seder on why we are not turning into Greece (if it gives an error message, just click again to land at the YouTube original).

My comment: we should worry about turning into grease, as in what would happen if a hurricane picked up a substantial amount of oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill and distributed it over the southeast.

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Two Energy-Related Info Bits

Posted by Phoenix Woman on May 26, 2010

John Sheffield, president of Alabaster Corporation, says his product “Sea Brat” is EPA approved and much safer than Corexit for dispersing and cleaning up oil spills, yet BP prefers Corexit because one of BP’s former board members, Rodney P. Chase, is also on the board of Nalco, the company that makes Corexit. (Mr. Sheffield’s FDL Seminal handle is “johnnydiamond”; he has a Seminal diary here.)

— Now it can be told: George W. Bush loves wind power, hates oil. (Side note: As noted earlier, the myth that wind power is ruinously expensive gets smacked down by a reality that is increasingly hard to deny. Check this out (h/t Jerome a Paris):

Texas has reached its goal of having 10,000 megawatts of renewable energy capacity this year, 15 years earlier than scheduled, thanks to an ample supply of West Texas wind.

According to a report (.doc) filed with the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) Friday, the Lonestar State has 10,367 megawatts of renewable energy capacity, and generated 21,594,278 megawatt-hours of clean electricity in 2009.

Ninety-nine percent of those megawatts come from wind power. West Texas has some of the country’s best wind resources, and has experienced explosive wind power development since ERCOT’s renewable energy program was signed into law by then-Governor George W. Bush in 1999.

Under the Texas system, each megawatt-hour of renewable energy generated earns a renewable energy credit (a REC) which can be sold separate from the energy. Most utilities in the state are required to buy and use (“retire”) a certain number of such RECs each year.

But what has been surprising about the Texas experiment is that, because that Texas wind has proved so inexpensive, demand has exceeded what the law requires, fueling a voluntary market in renewable energy credits that is now bigger than the mandated market.

Spread the word!

Posted in environment, Oil, wind power | 3 Comments »

Honduran dictatorship, day 130. Bonus hypocrisy edition

Posted by Charles II on May 25, 2010

More moonshine from the monkey house on C-Street, Arturo Valenzuela presiding speaking to–get this– CANF about how unfair it is for all the nations in the hemisphere with three exceptions to treat Honduras like a dictatorship. CANF, about which Wikipedia says “The Cuban American National Foundation (CANF) is a Cuban exile organization dedicated to the overthrowing of the Cuban government of Fidel Castro… [claiming that Cuban freedom will be obtained by the US Government forcing its will onto Cubans]”:

Our response to the coup d’état in Honduras last June shows that our interests are served by leveraging multilateral mechanisms, in concert with our partners, to support the implementation of principled policies. Together with all of the other members of the Organization of American States we condemned the coup d’état that led to the expulsion of the country’s president. By continuing to engage with the Hondurans to encourage a process of negotiation and resolution of that country’s internal crisis we helped to strengthen the “collective defense of democracy” as a cornerstone of the Inter- American System.
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