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Posted by dougolat in Media
Wed Feb 09th 2011, 08:12 AM
yes, he's done a lot of good, exposing lies and misrepresentations,
but- first- it's largely ignored: the first big U.S. media splash, the "Collateral Murder" video, clearly showed the helicopter crew sighting a group of eight men, two of them likely body-guards, crossing the street and milling around like they're waiting for someone to show up, or a ride, or a lunch meeting to start- and describing it to command as eight armed men moving out, and getting permission to "engage" on the basis of that misrepresentation. Next, when a make-shift ambulance shows up to get the one survivor, they call it a weapon retrieval, and again get the go-ahead to "engage". Last, when our boots-on-the-ground get there, and the chopper crew hears about the children in the van, it's "well, they shouldn't bring kids into a war zone!", neatly ignoring the fact that the "war zone" was brought to them.
Now, most people only saw the clips on tv, and even the ones who went on line for the entire 19 or 37 minute version didn't get it the recognition it deserved.
And, second, given Assange's statements about Israel and 9-11, we can assume most leaks about those subjects are not given exposure (nor would the media outlets follow suit, if they were)
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Posted by dougolat in Activist HQ
Wed Feb 09th 2011, 06:38 AM
those darn multi-national corporations and financial elites keep getting it wrong
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Posted by dougolat in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sun Jul 20th 2008, 03:15 AM
I phoned her twice this week, saying " Thank you for finally allowing hearings that will air some of the wrongs of this (p)resident. I work with Republicans who feel perfectly comfortable voting Republican, because this hasn't happened yet. This should have happened a year and a half ago, but better late than never: so, again, thanks!"
A year ago, I phoned her to the tune of "Off the table because it will distract from the important business for the American people? That's the Constitution! Don't you realize that any statesmanship on a good bill and a winning vote will just get vetoed? And a heroic effort that succeeds in a veto-proof vote, will just get another unconstitutional signing-statement!"
So, this time, I should have said: "Let's see; repeated funding of war-crimes and profiteering, immunity on crimes that haven't been understood or investigated in the least, sending the 4th amendment to the dog house, and a fist-full of ignored subpoenas, - oh, yes, and the administration still comfy in their false aura of legitimacy -is that the people's business?"
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Posted by dougolat in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sun May 04th 2008, 10:42 PM
and it brought back the memory of the long slow rise in the frustration level, starting with the '64 election, when the peace candidate got elected-and soon escalated the conflict, thru the massive protests- which peaked with 1/2 to 1 million people demonstrating (to no avail!), to the nightmare of Nixon; the feeling was that a bigger, louder protest was needed, and these people came to the "fight fire with fire" conclusion; understandable, but oh so counterproductive. Have you seen "the Fog of War"?? It shows how McNamara slowly turned against the war, but found Johnson agonized by the "anti-communist, domino theory" scenario, and finally came to a deeper understanding in '85, when he met with one of the Viet-Cong leaders and saw the tragedy from the other side. That movie along with "Why We Fight" make a pretty fair education!
The parallels with what is happening now are worrisome, to say the least!
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Posted by dougolat in September 11
Fri Nov 23rd 2007, 03:05 AM
The pancake collapse, as shown in the Nova episode "Why The Towers Fell", clearly shows the start of a progression that would take about 140 seconds to reach the ground levels, and would leave the core columns standing, and the exterior columns folding up every-which-way. Clearly, the Official Story has problems, not just in terms of physics; it ignores the unprecidented constellation of war-games scheduled by a new administration of PNAC signers, who then can cry "9-11 changes everything" and trot out their Patriot Act wish list, intimidate Congress with anthrax, and lie us into killing a million Iraqis, all the while avoiding any real investigations or accountability. The more strident the nay-sayers, the more bizarre the theories, the more it points out the need for real investigations. Come on, folks: Sibel, put options, Enron, Saudis, election fraud, etc.
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Posted by dougolat in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sun Nov 04th 2007, 06:16 PM
corporate personhood is a fiction, giving immortal "persons", who are subject to hostile take-over if they waste proffits by being good citizens or protecting precious assets, and can bring power exceeding that of some entire nations to bear on local elections. Great effort has allowed some localities to limit their unfair advantages, notably Humboldt County,CA, and a few places in Pennsylvania. An excellent source is ReclaimDemocracy.org where they note that some states still have laws against corporations influencing elections or harming the commons. Remember, representative democracy is of the people, by the people, and for the people. To the extent it becomes corporate, that's fascism.
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Posted by dougolat in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Thu Nov 01st 2007, 08:52 AM
This Saturday I attended an impeachment rally, and we had a petition for our Congressman to back Impeachment (so many wanted to sign, we ran out of forms), but even the organizers were unaware that only Impeachment is immune to Presidential pardons! Does anyone doubt the pResident can issue a rafters-high stack of pardons to derail trials and investigations? Rice, Rove, and Harriet, are ignoring Congressional subpoenas, so what short of Impeachment will be taken seriously? Our Congress critters are justifiably intimidated, but the whole world needs us to live up to being the "home of the brave" and stop the war-crimes for profiteers.
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Posted by dougolat in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Mon Oct 29th 2007, 01:02 AM
Enron was a perfect example of actual, purposefully harm to society; and what happened? A few token scapegoat trials, no real righting of wrongs, no lessons learned, and then 911 distracts everyone, building 7 conveniently destroys most of the evidence, and we move on to war-crimes for profiteers and oil companies! Yes, corporate "personhood" has grown into a system that allows immortal "persons" to affect local referenda elections with their "free speech rights", backed by economic resources greater than some entire countries. A benevolent corporation is subject to hostile take-over by raiders who can make more profits by passing on more "costs' to the commons, or cutting out the "touchy-feely" policies, or selling-utilizing cherished assets, or some other outrage- all perfectly legal. There's a lot of books on the subject {Thom Hartman's, for one}, but the history, the legal battles and precedents, and the recent successfully stand by Humboldt County, CA (and previously by several places in Pennsylvania} are outlined very nicely at http;//www.reclaimdemocracy.org/personhood/
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Posted by dougolat in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sun Oct 28th 2007, 10:57 PM
is at http://www.gametec.com/hemp/Thirties.wd6.h... and the physical difference between growing for fiber/seed production and THC is like the difference between Alaskan sled dogs and Chihuahuas! The more organic nature of hemp-derived products (yes, even plastics!) vs. petroleum products would have tremendous impact on one big part of our pollution problems!
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