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Mexican Bloodbath Raises Fears In Arizona

by- Suzie-Q @ 10:45 PM MST

Arizona towns alarmed by rise in attacks, rumor convoy headed north

A bloodbath just south of the Mexican border has alarmed neighboring Arizona towns that have nervously monitored a rise in violence in the Mexican state of Sonora the past two months. Mexican police killed 15 armed assailants in a fierce gun battle Wednesday after tracking a group that killed four policemen, leading to fears this morning that an armed outlaw convoy was headed to the U.S. border.

About 40 assailants apparently related to Mexico’s powerful drug gangs, drove in a convoy of up to 15 vehicles into the town of Cananea, 20 miles south of the U.S. border, to seize the policemen Wednesday. Mexican state police confronted the gunmen in the mountains 60 miles south of Cananea and reportedly killed 15 of the gunmen.

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Bill Maher- ‘New Rules’

by- Suzie-Q @ 10:15 PM MST

Bill Maher is hilarious as usual… :D

‘New Rules’  5/18/07 Program

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VIDEO: Iraq for Sale, the War Profiteers

Posted by Anthony @ 21:10 BST

The privatisation of war

by Robert Greenwald
Global Research, May 16, 2007

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Afternoon Jukebox… Beautiful Day

by- Suzie-Q @ 12:15 PM MST

HAPPY FRIDAY AND HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND! :D


U2 – Beautiful Day

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Exxon Funds Climate Change Deniers

by- Suzie-Q @ 10:43 AM MST

So. The day of reckoning has come – when we get to find out just how much of the climate change denial industry ExxonMobil is still paying for.

This is the company which, apparently, has been “misunderstood” on global warming and has said it has dropped its funding of the deniers.

The ExxonSecrets people have gone through the documents, and found a clear answer: last year Exxon spent $2.1 million last year on 41 groups who are leading the climate sceptic industry.

While the company has been forced to drop the hottest potato of them all, the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) and another particularly vocal denier, Steve “Junk Science” Milloy, the rest of them are still on the payroll.

Like who? The Heartland Institute, the Heritage Foundation, the George C Marshall Institute, the American Enterprise Institute… all the groups who’ve been at the heart of the climate change denial industry for more than a decade. These include the groups who were listed in a 1998 American Petroleum Institute memo outlining a communications strategy for taking down the Kyoto Protocol.

So despite its protestations, the company is still running the sceptic industry.

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Why Bush Needs Iraq To Succeed

by- Actor212 @ 9:00 AM EDT

The linkage between this story and Iraq is immistakable to all but the morons who support both:

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Israeli planes pounded Hamas targets and rival Palestinian factions exchanged bursts of automatic weapons fire outside Gaza City’s Islamic University Friday. The volatile mix of Israeli strikes and Palestinian infighting plunged Gaza deeper into chaos.

Five Palestinians were killed in a single airstrike by Israel, which said it was responding to Hamas rocket attacks on southern Israel — a campaign that showed no sign of subsiding Friday. Hamas fired three rockets at the town of Sderot, where three people were injured by shrapnel and several others were treated for shock.

First, I’m not suggesting Israel sit back and allow Hamas to lob missiles into the south (although that plan might merit a little consideration, since decades of returning fire seems doesn’t seem to be doing much).

I want to focus on another aspect of this story, one that isn’t getting much coverage. There has been, I believe, a deliberate confusion in the coverage of the Middle East, a “no forest for the trees” aspect.

When a painter paints a picture, he tries to make sure that he has as much detail as he possibly can in his landscape, to bring a sense of reality to his image. This means getting in close, and being precise.

But the painter takes a step back every so often to look at the totality of his work. Likewise, I think the United States has to do this when it comes to the Middle East, as well.

There is a strategy being deployed, of course, no matter what the underlying stimulus is. It’s fairly obvious that, in an attempt to extend hegemonic influence over the Middle East, the US is trying to impose western democracy on an eastern culture. This requires, demands, the unconditional support of Israel, as well as the continued torture of Iraq as a sovereign entity.

To assume, however, the United States and her allies (such as they are) are the only combatant with a regional strategy is foolish. I believe that the Muslim world sees a strategic opportunity now to chip away at American influence in the region and destroy Israel in one fell swoop.

In this, they have an enormous advantage and a tool that America has shown little effectiveness fighting against.

The advantage is outnumbering and outflanking Americans and Israelis. Strategic positions in the region are completely controlled by Muslims, and even if by some miracle, we were to succeed in establishing a functioning democracy that treated everyone fairly in Iraq, this would not change, and it wouldn’t be long after we tore down our tents that Iraq would be inundated with other armies, much like Saigon after the Vietnam war.

The tool the Muslims have, which is an outgrowth of this regional strategic advantage, is mobility.

We’ve seen this employed already in Iraq. Bush “surges” in Baghdad, so the insurgency maintains some constant pressure there to pin down the surge, and then opens up new attacks in Anbar, Basra, and the Kurdish territories.

If you study the Israel-Hamas/Hizbollah conflict of the past few years, this is precisely what is happening in Israel: a continual pounding of the Israeli borders, probing for weaknesses. And eventually, they will find one.

One other note about Iraq and how our failures there will effect Israel: as with the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in the 1980s repelled by the mujahedin, the insurgency is taking much comfort over the fact that, right now, they’re running even with the vaunted American army, the greatest military force in the history of the planet.

Does anyone, in or out of the White House, not see the implications of this? I mean, it is happening already, to be sure, but what’s to stop Al Qaeda and its allies (and whatever power is supplying support) from pulling the same tactics in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv and the Golan Heights?

Nothing.

So long as no particular state can be associated with the violence and attacks, there will literally be a billion people signing up for suicide bombing runs, and planting IEDs, and firing upon Israeli civilians, because what’s the United States going to do? Occupy Israel as badly as they’ve occupied Iraq?

I think by looking at this analysis in the harsh light of day, we can begin to grasp why there is this sense of desperation about Iraq fomenting throughout the White House: if they screw this up, if they can’t find a strategy to defeat the insurgency that can be transported to Israel, then not only will they have lost Iraq, but they would go down in history as the administration that lost Israel, as well.

Ironic, considering the fact that among the neo-cons who proposed this debacle are several staunchly pro-Israel Jews…

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by- Suzie-Q @ 7:09 AM MST

Connect the Justice Department dots and you see an insidious effort to corrupt the American electoral system. It’s Watergate without the break-in or the bagmen.

WASHINGTON — It is time to stop referring to the “fired U.S attorneys scandal” by that misnomer, and call it what it is: a White House-coordinated effort to use the vast powers of the Justice Department to swing elections to Republicans.

This is no botched personnel switch. It is not even a political spat between the fired U.S. attorneys and Bush administration officials who deemed some of them insufficiently zealous in promoting the department’s law enforcement priorities. Connect the dots and you see an insidious effort to corrupt the American electoral system. It’s Watergate without the break-in or the bagmen.

The emerging picture is one in which widespread Republican claims of “voter fraud” — unsubstantiated in virtually every case examined closely by law enforcement officials, local journalists, state elections officials and academics — were used to stymie Democratic-leaning voter registration groups and create a taint around Democrats. The Justice Department’s own statistics show that only a handful of people were convicted of voting illegally since it began a “voter integrity” initiative in 2002. Its top election crimes official, a career prosecutor, has told the U.S. Election Assistance Commission that the proportion of “legitimate to illegitimate claims of fraud” hasn’t changed.

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Kyoto Wants Deeper Cuts In Greenhouse Gas Emissions

by- Suzie-Q @ 7:03 AM MST

OSLO (Reuters) – Industrial nations in the Kyoto Protocol want deeper cuts in greenhouse gas emissions beyond 2012 despite uncertainty over whether outsiders will join the U.N. pact, the head of a U.N. group said on Friday.

Leon Charles, heading a group of government experts from Kyoto countries, also said that 166-nation talks in Bonn reaffirmed there should be a seamless transition from a first period of Kyoto ending in 2012 and new rules from 2013.

“There is a general awareness that we must ‘mind the gap’,” he told Reuters in a telephone interview from Bonn. Carbon markets and industrial investors wanted to know about new rules beyond 2013 as early as possible, he said.

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by- Suzie-Q @ 6:52 AM MST

America’s largest corporations’ overseas subsidiaries are booming even as their American operations stagnate. General Electric expects more than half its revenue this year to come from outside the U.S. for the first time.

I’m spending my spare time these days debating supply-siders who are convinced that the record-breaking Dow proves the correctness of the Bush tax cuts.

Yes, the Dow did reach a record high last month. But the Commerce Department also reported that economic growth slowed to its weakest pace in four years. How can investors do so well while the real economy is doing so poorly? My supply-side friends don’t have an answer, but I do.

It’s because of two great decouplings that have occurred in recent years. First, the rest of the worlds’ major economies have decoupled from the United States’ economy. China, India, Japan and Europe are now such large markets, they can grow briskly even as America slows.

Second, America’s largest corporations have decoupled from the United States. Their overseas subsidiaries are booming even as their American operations stagnate. General Electric expects more than half its revenue this year to come from outside the United States for the first time. More than half of Boeing’s new orders are from overseas. Ford is struggling in America but doing well in Europe.

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