20 Mar 2010

Will Barack Obama revoke more Americans’ rights than any President since the Great White Fathers?

For all practical purposes, Obama’s proposed executive order effectively rescinds rights the Supreme Court has extended to over half the people in America. What a cruel and bitter joke identity politics has played upon us all. America’s first person of color in the Oval Office is ready to rob a greater part of our neighbors of their rights than at any time since the Great White Fathers in their White House made war upon the First Peoples.

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19 Mar 2010

Change you can bloody well believe in: will Obama start funding Indonesia’s death squads?

This morning Amy Goodman and Allan Nairn broke the news that Obama plans to resume US funding for Indonesia’s military death squads. Nairn describes how the death squads that once terorrized occupied Timor are up and running – and killing – peaceful opponents to Indonesia rule in Papua and elsewhere. Change? Last year Obama chose Admiral Dennis Blair – who had defied the chain of command and civilian authority to keep funding Indonesia’s death squads in Timor. At least Obama’s consistent: his Attorney General left the DOJ for a white shoe law firm where he successfully protected Chiquita’s CEO’s from responsiblity for paying for and running guns to Central American death squads. Change we can bloody well believe in, no?

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16 Feb 2010

BBC sez Oceania’s captured Taliban #2 – the guy who favors negotiations. So we’ve won, right?

This morning (12:02 AM) the BBC sez our brave forces have captured teh Taliman second in command who…favors a negotiated end to the …uh, our war.

Oh – and he was picked up in Pakistan – not Afghanistan. No worries: still plenty of compounds full of Afghan kids for our drones to blow up on the road to winning hearts and minds.

Glad we’ve defeated the Taliban again, aren’t you? And Xe, and…?

Oh – now that we read this has been under wraps for a week, we can trust all the other Pentagon/NYT stories – right?

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12 Feb 2010

Will Obama and Harry Reid back DiFi’s secret deal to sell billions of publicly owned water to her wealthy donor?

Last night Sen Diane Feinstein (D-Billionaires) announced her last minute secret deal to revoke Federal environmental law and a century of Western water law so that we taxpayers can subsidize a few hundred deadbeat welfare millionaires and one billionaire in California’s Central Valley.

In keeping with her visceral contempt for representative democracy and the citizens she purports to represent, Lord DiFi plans to push through her multi-billion dollar giveaway as a rider on the fast track Senate jobs bill.

Is DiFi’s multibillion scheme to give away thirty billion people’s water to a few hundred deadbeat welfare millionaire and one billionaire OK with Senate Majority Leader and President Obama?

Call them, and find out. But better call soon: the jobs bill – like DiFi’s obscenely wealthy pals – is on a fast track.

Or you can simply roll over, do nothing, and repeat the mantra: “Forget it Jake. It’s the Delta.”

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06 Dec 2009

Copenhagen: Obama’s Opportunity To Kill Billions

Whatever else Barack Obama may believe, he clearly believes in Death. In Copenhagen, he’ll have the opportunity to kill billions! How can he pass it up? After all, this is a man who loves Death. He’s been piddling around killing off thousands in increments – now that he has the big chance, will he the Audacity to say “Yes, I can”?

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02 Dec 2009

Five Days That Shook The Corporatists’ World: Seattle WTO Protests, December 2, 1999 (I)

By Wednesday night, the WTO meeting was underway; dozens of blocks and thousands of residents and downtown workers had been poisoned with tear gas war gases; the Constitution was for all practical purposes irrelevant. Media said the WTO protests failed.

In the convergence space-turned-infirmary we had a whole lot more people showing brain problems from tear gas war gases. And people coughing up blood. And women with floods of menstrual bleeding…as well as women with profuse menses out of cycle.

And outside a whole lot more sirens and helicopters.

Thursday morning the DAN collective was holding a press conference. They needed medical collective folks there.

After that we’d be marching downtown in defiance of martial law. Barbara Tuchman, eat your heart out: I’ll get to see the Children’s Crusade!

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01 Dec 2009

Five Days That Shook The Corporatists’ World: Seattle WTO Protests, December 1, 1999

I’m sitting down to write this 10 years to the day after I stood in the dark outside Seattle’s world famous Pike Place Market, watching dozens of uniformed officers gone mad firing round after round of chemical weapons into the Market and the steet outside.

Standing – or more precisely, ducking and weaving – outside the Market, I was could hear my fellow medic Eric’s radio calls from inside the Market. Eric had set up a treatment station inside the Market as the uniformned riot drew near. He was doing what I and dozens of other medics were doing throughout the previous day (and night) on November 30, and what we continued to do Decemember 1. We treated victims of the largest chemical weapons attack upon our own nation in American history.

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30 Nov 2009

Five Days That Shook The Corporatists’ World: N30 in Seattle, Ten Years On

Ten years ago tonight I stood on Seattle’s streets outside the convention center where the WTO was scheduled to meet, but didn’t: civil society had won the day. That success deserves celebration. And now that corporatist-owned Dems are again choosing to sacrifice our lives for their masters’ profits, the sucess may well deserve emulation.

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27 Nov 2009

When Black Friday Doesn’t Come: Happy Buy Nothing Day!

This Friday 134 million American lemmings with credit cards will clog roads, parking lots, and cash registers, scurrying and reaching and inching along together to take hold of dead stuff. Then they’ll all reverse course, dragging the dead objects with them. This Friday 134 million American lemmings with credit cards will clog roads, parking lots, and cash registers, scurrying and reaching and inching along together to take hold of dead stuff. Then they’ll all reverse course, dragging the dead objects with them. Most of the objects they’ll burn lots of carbon to acquire travelled to America in huge ships burning lots of carbon (and toxic bunker fuel): manufacturing these objects burnt more carbon.

How else can we spend this Friday?

How did 43% of America’s population end up doing synchronized Anthropocene fire dances on a dangeously warming planet?

The usual suspects: Freud’s nephew and the Philadelphia Police Department.

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22 Aug 2009

Gaian Blowback: Five Decades of Oil Wars, Coups, and Assassinations Bring Global Warming to Langley and the Pentagon

After five decades of destroying any national government, head of state, or aspiring leader who posed the remotest prospect of standing between the Seven Sisters and those pesky brown people living over the Sisters’ oil, now Langley and the Pentagon see the rewards for their triumphs. As do we.

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