Archive for October 9th, 2007

Evening Jukebox… Calling All Angels

by- Suzie-Q @ 6:12 PM MST 

Train- Calling All Angels

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By GEF @ 3:52 PM MST

Hmm… The Last time we had one of these ‘Excercises’ , the Twin Towers were blown up and 3000 + Civilians were killed! This one is bigger tho, so no telling how many will die this time.

Perhaps we should declare a ‘False Flag Holiday’ come the week of October 15-20! Counting down the Minutes Peeps..

Dangerous Crossroads: US Sponsored War Games

Tuesday, 9 October 2007, 2:19 pm
Column: Global Research
Dangerous Crossroads: US Sponsored War Games

by Prof. Michel Chossudovsky, Global Research Feature Article

US Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) has announced the conduct of major war games under Vigilant Shield 2008 (VS-08).

Vigilant Shield 2008 (15 to 20 October, 2007) is designed to deal with a “terrorist” or “natural disaster” scenario in the United States. The operation will be coordinated in a joint endeavor by the Pentagon and the Department of Homeland Security.


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Children don’t really need healthcare, do they?

anthony @ 22:12 BST

Baffled by the intricacies of the latest U.S. healthcare debate? Stephen Colbert clears up a few questions in this hilarious skit about the SCHIP controversy.

SCHIP or Treat

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Iraq Officials Want Blackwater Ousted

by Geezer Power …12:27 pm

The Carpetbaggers Report

Iraq demands Blackwater’s ouster

Posted October 8th, 2007 at 4:50 pm

Under pressure from Democratic lawmakers and Iraqi officials, the State Department announced late Friday that it would expand its oversight of Blackwater private security forces dramatically. The efforts include cameras being installed in Blackwater vehicles and diplomatic babysitters joining every Blackwater convoy.

Iraq isn’t satisfied.

Iraqi authorities want the U.S. government to sever all contracts in Iraq with Blackwater USA within six months and pay $8 million in compensation to each of the families of 17 people killed when the firm’s guards sprayed a traffic circle with heavy machine gun fire last month.

The demands — part of an Iraqi government report examined by The Associated Press — also called on U.S. authorities to hand over the Blackwater security agents involved in the Sept. 16 shootings to face possible trial in Iraqi courts.

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Torture Endorsed, Torture Denied

anthony @ 19:50 BST

Bush and torture

Prof. Marjorie Cohn | Global Research | October 8, 2007

JURIST Contributing Editor Marjorie Cohn of Thomas Jefferson School of Law says that the Bush administration’s repeated insistence that it has not endorsed the torture of prisoners rings hollow in light of newly-disclosed US Department of Justice memos supporting the harshest techniques the CIA has ever used…

The April 2004 publication of grotesque photographs of naked Iraqis piled on top of each other, forced to masturbate, and led around on leashes like dogs, sent shock waves around the world. George W. Bush declared, “I shared a deep disgust that those prisoners were treated the way they were treated.” Yet less than a year later, his Justice Department issued a secret opinion endorsing the harshest techniques the CIA has ever used, according to a report in the New York Times. These include head slapping, frigid temperatures, and water boarding, in which the subject is made to feel he is drowning. Water boarding is widely considered a torture technique. Once again, Bush is compelled to issue a denial. “This government does not torture people,” he insisted.


KUBARK Counterintelligence Interrogation

The CIA’s Secret Manual on Coercive Questioning


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Professional atheists once again raise eyebrows…

anthony @ 19:40

Hitchens Unhinged

Richard PoeTaki’s Top Drawer | October 09, 2007

Writer Christopher Hitchens has hit the jackpot. His new book, God is not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything, has proved a runaway bestseller. Why, then, is Mr. Hitchens so angry? Eyewitnesses report that Hitchens erupted into a drunken rage at a recent promotional event for his book. After denouncing circumcision as a “filthy Jewish practice,” Hitchens reportedly descended from the stage, visibly inebriated, approached a Roman Catholic priest in the audience, and began shouting at him, only inches from his face. Hitchens called the priest (a hero of Sept. 11) a “child molester.”

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Dawkins on the power of the Jews

Daniel Finkelstein | London Times | October 05, 2007


I have just come across the most extraordinary statement by Richard Dawkins. It is right there on the Guardian website without a sentence even questioning it. Here it is:

When you think about how fantastically successful the Jewish lobby has been, though, in fact, they are less numerous I am told – religious Jews anyway – than atheists and [yet they] more or less monopolise American foreign policy as far as many people can see. So if atheists could achieve a small fraction of that influence, the world would be a better place.

So Dawkins, a liberal hero, believes, er, that Jews control world power. And, judging from the Guardian, it is now a part of mainstream debate to say so. Perhaps you think I am over-reacting, but I am a little bit frightened. 

Chris Dillow manages some elegant reflections on social proof.

All I can manage is Oh My God.

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Daniel Finkelstein is Comment Editor of The Times and writes a weekly column. Comment Central is his rolling guide to the best opinion on the web. Click here for more information on the blog. Robbie Millen, the Deputy Comment Editor, will also be posting.

Anthony’s ha’pennyworth:

I do not for one moment believe that either Hitchens or Dawkins are systematic anti-Semites, although I think they are both wrong on the fundamental questions of life (where we come from, who we are and where we are going to…).

And although (or, rather, because) I’m a Bible believing Christian, I find myself in agreement with much of what they say about the damage done in the name of “religion”.

Like Hitchens, I deplore the practice of circumcision (both on neonatal males and on prepubescent girls), though I think his own abhorrence of it was somewhat unfortunately expressed, and, like the “many people” whom Dawkins apparently listens to, I think AIPAC has too much influence (see my previous post, Milton Viorst on “The Israel Lobby”)… .

The great Russian émigré and anglophile philosopher, Isaiah Berlin, wrote a short book, The Fox and the Hedgehog, based on the Russian proverb, “The fox knows many small things and the hedgehog knows one big thing.” In this respect, I think that Hitchens and Dawkins are foxes and that I am a hedgehog, or so I like to think.

BTW, can anyone spot the logical non sequitur in the Dawkins quote?

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Special Cuban Edition…

anthony @ 17:17 BST

The Economic Sanctions Against Cuba: the Failure of a Cruel and Irrational Policy

by Salim Lamrani | Global Research | October 8, 2007

For 15 consecutive years, the general assembly of the United Nations has voted in favor of lifting the economic sanctions that seriously harm the Cuban people, especially the most vulnerable sectors. The international community is unanimous on this issue, with the majority continually increasing. In 2006, 183 countries condemned the cruel and illegal state of siege that Washington imposes on Cuba. In vain. As if deaf, the U.S. government persists in applying an inhumane, anachronistic and ineffectual policy that has been in place since July 1960. [1]


First world results on a third world budget

According to Michael Moore’s latest film Sicko, Cuba’s medical care puts America’s to shame. Rory Carroll investigates

In pictures: healthcare in Cuba
Graphic: Key health statistics (pdf)

Wednesday September 12, 2007
The Guardian 

 A patient is examined at the Pando Ferrer eye hospital in Havana. More than 370,000 people have had operations since July 2004 under the Miracle Operation scheme, which is run jointly by Cuba and Venezuela to bring healthcare to the poor
A patient is examined at the Pando Ferrer eye hospital in Havana. Photograph: Juan Barreto/AFP/Getty Images

A tropical sun rises over Havana and in the neighbourhood of Vedado, a maze of worn, bleached apartment blocks, a unique healthcare system limbers up for another day.
In Parque Aguirre, a small plaza shaded by palms, two dozen pensioners form a semi-circle and perform a series of stretches and gentle exercises, responding to the commands of a spry septuagenarian.
Two blocks away, in a small shabby office, two doctors receive a steady stream of phone calls and visitors, mostly minor queries, but a few people are directed to the nearby Joaquín Albarrán clinic for blood tests, X-rays and prescriptions. Serious cases are referred to Calixto García hospital, an antiquated complex, in which Julio Hernandez, 43, lies in a narrow bed hooked to two intravenous drips after intestinal surgery. His skin is waxy and orange because the hospital lacks vitamins but he will survive that, and the surgery has gone well. “They say I’ll be up and out by tomorrow,” he says. [More…]

Cigars and sex ‘boost Cuba lives’

Perhaps its cigarettes bad, cigars good? )

Cuban cigars
AP / Jose Goitia
Cuban Mercedes Martinez, left,72, and Josefa Gamet, 62 make money posing for photos for foreign tourists in Old Havana, Cuba, Monday Feb.7,2005. Begining Monday, Cuba began an island-wide ban on smoking in public places such as stores, theaters, and office buildings.

BBC via TruthDig:

Cuba’s high number of centenarians say their longevity is down to laying off alcohol, but indulging in coffee, cigars and sex.

The findings are the result of a study that looked into the lives of 54 out of the more than 100 centenarians who live in Villa Clara province.

More than 60% of them had parents who also lived to be over 100.


Cuba, with a population of 11.2 million, has about 3,000 people who have lived for more than a century.

Viva la Cuba! D

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The Big Lie: ‘Iran Is a Threat’

Sudhan@10:05 CET

By Scott Ritter

Iran has never manifested itself as a serious threat to the national security of the United States, or by extension as a security threat to global security. At the height of Iran’s “exportation of the Islamic Revolution” phase, in the mid-1980’s, the Islamic Republic demonstrated a less-than-impressive ability to project its power beyond the immediate borders of Iran, and even then this projection was limited to war-torn Lebanon.

Keep reading . . .

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