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Posted by IndyOp in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sat Dec 20th 2008, 12:31 PM
Once upon a time, white nationalists in South Africa celebrated their control of the African continent and its people and the tremendous wealth they drew from this control by playing rugby: (Image) The African people hated, hated, hated the national rugby team -- it was a symbol of every physical blow that had landed on their heads and on their backs. It was a symbol of the hatred, the constant soul-killing disrespect that had been heaped upon them for being, simply for being and for having the...
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Posted by IndyOp in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Sun Jun 22nd 2008, 12:14 PM
(Image) By Wuerker, via Politico.com - (Link)
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Posted by IndyOp in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Mon Feb 04th 2008, 08:02 PM
During this primary I've supported Dennis Kucinich, the draft Al Gore movement, and John Edwards. If Al had tossed his hat in the ring, I'd be with him. If John was still in the race, I'd still be talking him up to everyone who would listen. While I was supporting other candidates I was critical of what I perceived as Barack Obama's vague message: Change? Define it. Hope? Specific, detailed plans please. I've long distrusted modern campaign methods that elicit big feelings about a candidate ins...
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Posted by IndyOp in Political Videos
Sun Jan 20th 2008, 12:21 PM

 
... don't let anybody make you think that GOD chose America as his divine messianic force to be, a sort of policeman of the whole world. God has a way of standing before the nations with judgment and it seems that I can hear God saying to America "You are too arrogant!" If you don't change your ways, I will rise up and break the backbone of your power and I'll place it in the hands of a nation that doesn't even know my name. Be still and know that I am God. I have a dream -- that one day w...
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Posted by IndyOp in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Mon Dec 31st 2007, 05:45 PM
The world would be profoundly different if we all saw the events in the Middle East the way that Juan Cole does... 10. Helping broker a deal in Lebanon between the March 14 Movement and the Shiites so that a new president can be elected and a national unity government can be formed. <snip> 9. The US should exercise its good offices to encourage continued dialogue between Iran and Saudi Arabia. The capture of Baghdad by the Shiites and the ethnic cleansing of most Sunnis from it have s...
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Posted by IndyOp in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Thu Dec 27th 2007, 06:27 PM
Adrian Levy examines how five consecutive US administrations from Jimmy Carter to George W. Bush have been complicit in building and protecting Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal. Levy’s is co-author of the new book: “Deception: Pakistan, the United States, and the Secret Trade in Nuclear Weapons.” In Pakistan, up to 100 people have been killed in clashes between Sunni and Shiite Muslims in the country’s northwestern border region with Afghanistan. While Pakistani President General Pervez Musharraf c...
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Posted by IndyOp in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Thu Dec 13th 2007, 02:17 PM
At Wal-Mart, Christmas ornaments are cheap, and so are the lives of the young workers in China who make them. The Guangzhou Huanya Gift company describes itself as being “among the top three Christmas ornament producers in mainland China,” with “long term, friendly, collaborative relationships with industry leaders Wal-Mart…” There are 8,000 workers in the factory. Grueling Hours: Ten to 12 to 15-hour shifts, seven days a week are the norm during the long, eight-month busy season. Workers c...
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Posted by IndyOp in Environment/Energy
Tue Dec 04th 2007, 09:57 PM
It looks to me like the mission of this group is to serve notice that no matter who is next in the Oval Office, the scientists, citizens, and business community will be in the driver's seat. From the moment the 44th President of the United States takes office, the American people and the world community will watch closely for indications of how our new leader addresses Global Climate Change. The Presidential Climate Action Project has developed a bold, comprehensive and non-partisan plan for p...
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Posted by IndyOp in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Mon Dec 03rd 2007, 08:26 PM
Oliver Burkeman and Julian Borger in Washington Thursday November 20, 2003 The Guardian International lawyers and anti-war campaigners reacted with astonishment yesterday after the influential Pentagon hawk Richard Perle conceded that the invasion of Iraq had been illegal. In a startling break with the official White House and Downing Street lines, Mr Perle told an audience in London: "I think in this case international law stood in the way of doing the right thing." President George Bush ha...
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Posted by IndyOp in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sat Nov 24th 2007, 10:15 PM
TERRY TANG | November 24, 2007 01:27 AM EST | AP PHOENIX — A 9-year-old boy looking for help after his mother crashed their van in the southern Arizona desert was rescued by a man entering the U.S. illegally, who stayed with him until help arrived the next day, an official said. The 45-year-old woman, who eventually died while awaiting help, had been driving on a U.S. Forest Service road in a remote area just north of the Mexican border when she lost control of her van on a curve on Thanksgiv...
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Posted by IndyOp in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Thu Nov 15th 2007, 09:25 AM
Sometimes I need a swift kick in the butt. I got one watching Tuesday's DemocracyNow! Excerpt of a 1962 interview... STUDS TERKEL: Why do people, the great majority of people the world over, feel as helpless as they do, they feel as impotent as they do? This seems to be in the air, I’m sure, all over the world, feeling that the individual, I, John Smith, John Doe, says, “I can’t do anything about it.” BERTRAND RUSSELL: That’s just (inaudible). They can. I mean, an individual, if he has the p...
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Posted by IndyOp in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Tue Oct 30th 2007, 08:05 PM
(Image) "Children are being treated as adults in Iraqi prisons and our investigations have shown that they are being abused and tortured," said Khalid Rabia'a, a spokesman for the Prisoners' Association for Justice (PAJ). "Our investigation started after families brought their five sons to our organisation looking for psychological help for their children who were recently released from prison, and what we found out was shocking," Rabia'a added. According to Rabia'a, child prisoners between...
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Posted by IndyOp in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Fri Oct 26th 2007, 06:05 PM
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Posted by IndyOp in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Thu Oct 25th 2007, 10:12 PM
My interpretation of a new CBS News Poll is that there is no significant difference in support for Gore versus Clinton among Democratic primary voters. I think my interpretation is fair even though CBS has given their poll results a different spin... CBS News Poll - 456 interviews were conducted with Democratic primary voters. The margin of error for this subgroup is plus or minus 5 percentage points. When former Vice President Al Gore, who has not entered the race, is added as a choice for t...
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Posted by IndyOp in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Mon Oct 22nd 2007, 03:44 PM
- Powerful piece on one young Iraqi man trying to live and maintain his sanity in Baghdad. Lots more here at "Current War" -> (Link) :(
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Posted by IndyOp in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Tue Oct 09th 2007, 08:46 PM
I am guessing that this has been posted already, but in case you missed it - as I did - it is worth the time to watch. And I want to be a very well-informed celebrant on Friday morning, when Al wins the Nobel. (Link) After it loads, fast forward to 35:42 minutes in to see the start of Al's speech -- you'll miss two undistinguished introductions and a whole lot of time in which no one speaks and the waiters walk back and forth. I am just beginning to watch - I really, really like the way he i...
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Posted by IndyOp in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Mon Oct 01st 2007, 07:49 PM
(Image) Maha Ghosananda, a respected Cambodian monk went into the refugee camps where thousands of Cambodians had fled the terrible holocaust conducted by Pol Pot. Every family had lost children, spouses, and parents to the ravages of genocide, and their homes and temples had been destroyed. Maha Ghosanada announced to the refugees that there would be a Buddhist ceremony the next day, and all who wished to come would be welcome. Since Buddhism had been desecrated by Pol Pot, people were curiou...
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Posted by IndyOp in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sat Sep 29th 2007, 10:01 PM
:wow: :scared: :wow: :scared: :wow: :scared: The Top 100 Effects of Global Warming Global Warming Makes Us Sicker People Are Dying 150,000: Number of people the World Health Organization estimates are killed by climate-change-related issues every year. Heat Waves and Strokes Authorities in China say warmer temperatures are responsible for an uptick in heat-wave associated deaths, such as strokes and heart disease. They calculated between 173 and 685 Chinese citizens per million die every y...
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Posted by IndyOp in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Tue Jul 03rd 2007, 12:08 PM
The Presidential Scholars who gave Bush a letter asking him to stop torture were interviewed today on DemocracyNow! The backstory is wonderful! Mari Oye's Japanese grandfather had been interred in a U.S. Concentration Camp during WWII. In 1968 her mother was a high school Presidential scholar who visited the White House and had wanted to say something to LBJ but did not. Mari's parents came to D.C. and were traveling around D.C. while she was at the White House. When Mari called her mother...
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Posted by IndyOp in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Fri Jun 08th 2007, 07:45 PM
America stands at the threshold of a new Democratic president, Democratic Congress, FDR-magnitude realignment and a national spirit reminiscent of the New Frontier. There will be a transformation of American media as powerful as the days when Edward R. Murrow took integrity and quality to broadcast radio and then network television. By November 2008 there will be a giant mega-move of mutual empowerment and support networks of the progressive Internet, radio and politics that will have extraord...
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Posted by IndyOp in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Thu Jun 07th 2007, 02:21 PM
Thomas Paine, John Kenneth Galbraith, Walter Lippmann, Johannes Gutenberg, John Stuart Mill, Thomas Jefferson and Marshall McLuhan – all before finishing the introduction,” (Dana) Milbank wrote. “Reading Gore’s book, or listening to his speeches, may remind some supporters what they liked least about him the first time he ran, in 2000. Gore is usually smart and sometimes prophetic – but, all too frequently, pedantic,” Milbank wrote. Just in case anyone lurking around DU had any doubts about w...
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Posted by IndyOp in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Mon May 28th 2007, 11:04 AM
An that has made it to the Greatest Page makes the point that message boards might be "a giant liberal pacification device" that make us less likely to take action "in the real world"... I know that, in terms of the effects of internet use on social life, the effect depends on the person. For many people, increased use of Internet leads them to feel more lonely because they interact less with friends. For others, increased use of Internet that leads to in-person interactions greatly decreases ...
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Posted by IndyOp in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sun May 27th 2007, 02:05 PM
Their fists are up in defiance. Their shoes are off and their pant legs are rolled up in protest of poverty. Their heads are bowed in humility and prayer. (Image) DemocracyNow! did a recent interview with Tommie Smith (the other two on the dias are John Carlos - USA and Peter Norman - Australian)... TOMMIE SMITH: So, John Carlos and Tommie Smith decided in the dungeon, only a few minutes before the victory stand, what they were going to do. I had asked my wife earlier to bring me a pair of gl...
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Posted by IndyOp in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sun May 27th 2007, 09:38 AM
U.S. BURIED IRAQI SOLDIERS ALIVE IN (FIRST) GULF WAR. News Report September 1991 From THE CATHOLIC WORKER, Page Three, March-April 1992 edition - Poem by Denise Levertov "What you saw was a bunch of trenches with arms sticking out." "Plows mounted on tanks. Combat earthmovers." "Defiant." "Buried."Carefully planned and rehearsed" "When we went through there wasn't anybody left." "Awarded Silver Star." "Reporters banned" "Not a single American killed." "Bodycount impossible." "For all I know,...
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Posted by IndyOp in Al Gore Group
Sat May 26th 2007, 04:36 PM
All posts welcome! Book sections: Introduction Chapter 1: The Politics of Fear Chapter 2: Blinding the Faithful Chapter 3: The Politics of Wealth Chapter 4: Convenient Untruths Chapter 5: The Assault on the Individual Chapter 6: National Insecurity Chapter 7: The Carbon Crisis Chapter 8: Democracy in the Balance Chapter 9: A Well-Connected Citizenry Conclusion: The Rebirth of Democracy I am going to start with Gore's post to Amazon.com readers provides an interesting "in" to the book. It exp...
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Posted by IndyOp in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Fri May 25th 2007, 08:03 PM
- Excellent Current TV video I trying to push myself past disgust at yesterday's events and move toward more action. Bolder action.
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Posted by IndyOp in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Fri May 25th 2007, 12:09 PM
From - A beautiful, heart-wrenching commentary.... So sorry, little child with the wondering eyes. We don't know why they did it either. (Image) An unidentified Iraqi child gazes at an Agence France-Presse photographer outside his home in the impoverished Shi’ite-stronghold of Sadr City, Baghdad, on Wednesday. They have given George Bush a pass and control over the lives of millions of Iraqis....with no checks and balances. They have already started the edging into Sadr City, where there ar...
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Posted by IndyOp in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Thu May 24th 2007, 07:14 PM
Gore on Fire (05.24.2007) I saw Al Gore talk at a book signing for his book, The Assault On Reason, in Marin County (north of San Francisco) this evening. He was supposed to talk for a short time, take questions and sign books, but he just got going and gave one of the most inspired, intelligent and I think historically important articulations of the current threat to the American experiment and our democracy that I have heard. He was just on fire. Gore says our country's problems go beyond th...
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Posted by IndyOp in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Wed May 23rd 2007, 08:37 PM
"Al Gore during long standing ovation in Santa Barbara when director James Cameron asked him to please run again." (Image) I don't know the date. I just found the picture on Amazon.com after I went to and clicked on "Assault on Reason" I will respect his decision whatever he decides to do next. Nonetheless a few long standing ovations and crowds of people at his book-signing events with "Gore 2008" buttons and T-shirts couldn't hurt... :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: ...
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Posted by IndyOp in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sun Apr 08th 2007, 09:24 PM
I teach at a Big 10 University. I've met male college athletes who do care about academics and I've met male athletes who don't care at all - they are in college only to move up to the BIG $$$$ professional teams. I have not yet met a woman athlete who doesn't care about academics. The female athletes I have met all see their sport as a means to get a college degree - an important part of who they are - but still a means to get a degree. As an undergraduate college student, I was all about ...
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