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It's not about being liberal or conservative anymore y'all. That is a hype offered by the fascist whores who want to confuse the people with lies while they turn this country into an aristocratic police state. Some people will say anything to attain power and money. There is no such thing as the Liberal Media, but the Corporate media is very real.

Check out my old  Voice of the People page.

Gino Napoli
San Francisco, California
High School Math Teacher

Loyalty without truth
is a trail to tyranny.

a middle-aged
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Tuesday, 10 June 2008 at 15h 52m 40s

Helping democracy by insisting upon 58 military bases

This is absolutely incredible.

BAGHDAD -Iraqi lawmakers say the United States is demanding 58 bases as part of a proposed "status of forces" agreement that will allow U.S. troops to remain in the country indefinitely.

Leading members of the two ruling Shiite parties said in a series of interviews the Iraqi government rejected this proposal along with another U.S. demand that would have effectively handed over to the United States the power to determine if a hostile act from another country is aggression against Iraq. Lawmakers said they fear this power would drag Iraq into a war between the United States and Iran.

"The points that were put forth by the Americans were more abominable than the occupation," said Jalal al Din al Saghir, a leading lawmaker from the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq. "We were occupied by order of the Security Council," he said, referring to the 2004 Resolution mandating a U.S. military occupation in Iraq at the head of an international coalition. "But now we are being asked to sign for our own occupation. That is why we have absolutely refused all that we have seen so far."

Other conditions sought by the United States include control over Iraqi air space up to 30,000 feet and immunity from prosecution for U.S. troops and private military contractors. The agreement would run indefinitely but be subject to cancellation with two years notice from either side, lawmakers said....

The 58 bases would represent an expansion of the U.S. presence here. Currently, the United States operates out of about 30 major bases, not including smaller facilities such as combat outposts, according to a U.S. military map.

" Is there sovereignty for Iraq - or isn't there? If it is left to them, they would ask for immunity even for the American dogs," Saghir said.

[SOURCE: Laila Fadel | McClatchy Newspapers | 9 June 2008]

So when the French helped us in the 1780's, did they insist on 58 permanent military bases? How many foreign military bases would any sovereign nation want to act independently within the national boundaries?

But of course, only terrorists are resisting the will of the United States, right?

Tuesday, 10 June 2008 at 0h 37m 50s

The real story about Laura Bush Visiting Afghanistan

Laura Bush Visits Afghanistan

By CARLOTTA GALL for the New York Times
Published: June 9, 2008
KABUL, Afghanistan — Laura Bush flew by helicopter deep into central Afghanistan on Sunday on a one-day visit to perform a face-saving media stunt for her husband highlight the United States’ continued commitment to the country and to President Hamid Karzai, ahead of an international moment of pity for a disentegrating nation being used by the United States donors conference this week in Paris.

Her visit comes as concern has been growing, particularly in Europe and at the United Nations, that Mr. Karzai might soon be driven from office or assassinated by the Afghan resistance movements not be up to the task of addressing Afghanistan’s many economic and political problems.

The occasion was marred, too, by continuing violence around the country. Eleven police officers were killed in an ambush south of the capital, and a local journalist was found shot dead in southern Helmand Province after he was abducted by gunmen from his house on Saturday. Also in Helmand Province on Sunday, three British soldiers were killed and a fourth was wounded by a suicide bomber, Reuters reported.

As on her two previous visits to Afghanistan, Mrs. Bush emphasized her deranged insincerely and politically motivated support for women’s development and educational and training projects. She flew to Bamian, one of the country’s poorest provinces, which is overseen by Afghanistan’s only female governor, Habiba Sarabi, a former minister of women’s affairs.

Bamian suffered some of the worst massacres and devastation under the Taliban, including the destruction of the two colossal Buddhas just months before the United States intervention in Afghanistan in 2001. Today, however, it is one of the most violent and chaotic peaceful and secure places in the country so much so that President Karzai cannot leave the palace confines without being surround by 100 troops for fear of snipers.

Mrs. Bush’s visit was a demonstration of support for Mr. Karzai and his government as it prepared to beg ask for about $50 billion in pledges of assistance from international donors at the conference this week. Mrs. Bush said she would attend the conference.

In Kabul she met with Mr. Karzai as well as Afghan teachers in training and students in yet another staged public relations campaign for this reporter to write about, and she announced $80 million but did not guarantee because the program and the funds might just be terminated for two American government programs in education. The United States Agency for International Development will spend $40 million on scholarships and on bribing the government officials developing the campus of the American University of Afghanistan (the money barely got to the University), and it will spend $40 million on a national literacy program over the next five years that will dissappear into the bank accounts of various corrupt officials, she said at a brief appearance with Mr. Karzai in the gardens of the presidential palace.

Western donors are expected to meet Afghanistan’s most urgent priorities in agriculture, energy, security and education, but a number of them are demanding that the conference also be used for a critical review of the government’s performance, in particular its failure to curb rampant corruption.My very point is thus proven, you see how this works.

Mr. Karzai promised that his government would flee go to Paris when the inevitable government falls apart with a “very rehearsed realistic evaluation of the last six years, of our achievements, of our progress and our problems,” especially including corruption.

He added that he was confident of continued international willingness to fund his secret bank accounts for his dutiful role pretending to be President during the American occupation support. “We’ll come back with some significant tangible assets assistance from the international community irregardless of the plight of to the Afghan people,” he said.

Sunday, 8 June 2008 at 16h 9m 52s

Spying on Americans is unconstitutional

Here is the reason we have FISA laws, and the reason why ATT and the other Telecoms should not get immunity for breaking the FISA laws;

Reuters: "A spate of chilling snooping scandals involving some of their country's biggest corporations has unsettled Germans who have not forgotten the dark days of the Cold War. Revelations by Deutsche Telekom, Europe's biggest telecommunications firm, that it illegally monitored phone records in 2005 have reawakened memories of communist East Germany's Stasi secret police and even Hitler's Gestapo. [...] The Telekom scandal, based on a report that the firm had spied on journalists and directors to find out who was leaking information to the press, is the dominant case but others have also made headlines. Discount retailer Lidl was investigated after accusations it was monitoring staff activity -- from toilet breaks to suspected love affairs. Rail operator Deutsche Bahn this week denied illegal snooping despite using the same firm as Telekom. These incidents may be seen as ordinary business practice in some countries. But not in Germany. ..."

The telecoms were invited to break the law by the Bush administration as soon as they took over in February 2001. All data (from telephones, cell phones, and emails) was sent to government servers, without any oversight by a FISA judge. And the government did not notify the FISA court 72 hours after the surveillance was being conducted either.

This was never about terrorism. It was about political and press intimidation so they could run their agenda over the american people without anyone contradicting their lies and propaganda. And just look how incompetently the administration handled that agenda.

This has been a case history about why we have a system of checks and balances, why we have government and media oversight, and why the consolidation of media into large holding companies is a very bad thing for our democracy. The result is group think and government run by the selfish interests of political insiders, whose morbid stupidity does not get analyzed or contradicted - - and now millions have died, the economy is in shambles, and we are going to have a much more difficult time getting our foreign policy and economy in order.

You can read about the perfidy here and here.

Here is the pdf of phase Two of the Congressional investigation on how the Bush administration purposely misrepresented and distorted the actual intelligence on Iraq to justify the agenda. This should have been the major story in the press this last week. But alas, our media doesn't tell the American people the important news stories. Instead, CNN promotes "Alabama drummer lawsuit", "Earthquakes in Greece", "What will Hillary do next?", "5 of 6 missing sailors rescued in Gulf", and "Troops are on anti-depressants".

CNN did one story on Thursday, 5 June 2008. Here is that story. Naturally, the CNN story actually misrepresents the Senate report by including choice quotations from Republican partisans and the liberal use of qualifiers and secondary phrases to render the truth ambiguous.

Absolutely pathetic. The media that couldn't tell the truth in 2002-2003, still can't tell the truth in 2008.

The gung-ho mindless patriots need to shut the f**k up, because they are anything but patriotic. They are slavish followers of a small group of arrogant political nincompops who have used the bumper sticker patriots to pursue their own self-serving ends, and will leave them holding the debts and the debacle while they flee to their mansions in Switzerland and South America on their yachts and jet planes.

Saturday, 31 May 2008 at 16h 15m 52s

Richard Clarke speaks ... again

Will anyone listen this time? Or watch American idol instead?

Click here for the podcast

Clarke talks about his recent book "Your Government Failed You." He was the counter-terrorism chief from Reagan to Dubya Bush, and resigned in disgust in March 2003 because he is a patriotic american. He talks about how bin laden was allowed to escape at Tora Bora by direct intervention from Centcom. He talks about how General Franks and Rumsfeld refused to allowed government oversight into their military operations. He talks about how purposely bungled the department of Homeland Security has become, and how it is just a cash cow for political operators and government contractors that get paid even though their projects don't get completed.

This won't be on the history channel.

Saturday, 31 May 2008 at 15h 58m 6s

Hillary is trying to strip Texas delegates

Here is yet another reason why I have become disgusted with Hillary Clinton. I quote from John Aravosis, because he says what I feel.

Hillary Clinton, champion of the blue collar, Jack Daniels' drinking woman is now trying to unseat delegates in Texas. You see, you can't claim that the only reason you're still in the race, after you lost, is because you want to see every vote counted, and then repeatedly try to stop people from having their vote count in Texas and Nevada, for starters. That makes you a hypocrite. It makes you an opportunist. And it makes you a liar. It makes you every nasty thing that the Republicans have said about you for years. Please stop proving them right.

[SOURCE:  | | 29 May 2008]
[SOURCE:  | | 30 May 2008]

Saturday, 31 May 2008 at 15h 44m 4s

How Florida and Michigan happened

Before the media starts re-writing history again, and before the ignorant masses start believing the re-writes, let's all collectively remember how the Michigan and Florida primary mess happened.

From John Aravosis at America Blog:

The DNC sanctioned Florida on August 25, 2007 by stripping away its delegates. That made it painfully clear what would happen to any state that moved its primary up in violation of DNC rules. So what does Michigan do one week later, on September 4, 2007? Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm, a Democrat, signs a law establishing their January 15th primary, in violation of DNC rules. Michigan knew exactly what was going to happen if they broke the rules, they just watched Florida lose its delegates one week earlier, and they did it anyway. And now they're acting all surprised.

There really are some atrocious issues underlying this entire conflict.

1. Florida and Michigan Democrats were complicit in all of this. This wasn't something the Republicans forced on them - they wanted to break the rules, and they did.

2. Florida and Michigan knew in advance that they'd lose their delegates if they moved their primaries up. They didn't care.

3. The reason we have these rules, the reason we have these sanctions, is to protect the primary process, and in particular to protect the first-in-the-nation status of Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina. If FL and MI are let off the hook, as Hillary is proposing, then there are no rules, and we'll have a free-for-all the next time around when every state keeps moving their primaries up and up and up until we have non-stop primaries for 4 years.

Saturday, 31 May 2008 at 15h 30m 52s

McCain quotes

Here's a few choicey quotes from the man with military know-how and expertise:

  • "But the fact is, I think we could go in with much smaller numbers than we had to do in the past. But any military man worth his salt is going to have to prepare for any contingency, but I don't believe it's going to be nearly the size and scope that it was in 1991." -- John McCain, September 15, 2002.
  • "Absolutely. Absolutely,"says John McCain, when asked by Chris Matthews, "[Do] you believe that the people of Iraq or at least a large number of them will treat us as liberators?" -- March 12, 2003.
  • "[There] there "are neighborhoods in Baghdad where you and I could walk through those neighborhoods, today." says John McCain, after touring a Baghdad market wearing a bulletproof vest and guarded by "100 American soldiers, with three Blackhawk helicopters, and two Apache gunships overhead -- April 1, 2007.

You'll have to check out the full link to read the compiled list.

[SOURCE: Jon Perr | | 27 May 2008]

Saturday, 31 May 2008 at 15h 19m 56s

More hypocrisy

McCain uses a General Petraeus in a fundraising photo and fills his campaign team with lobbyists, while also pretending he's an independent maverick. Now it seems that McCain is putting up billboard advertisements with "West Point Grads for McCain" as the caption.

Hmmm...Paid for and approved by West Point Grads for McCain. Okay, so a few super gung-ho patriots think McCain is the man to lead the nation down the path towards World War Three. Wowwie-zowwie.

There is a problem with this ad however, as Cliff Schecter points out:

It seems just two years ago West Point sued another group also calling themselves "West Point Grads" who were in fact anti-war, claiming trademark violation over use of the name West Point.

The above "West Point Grads" were not partisan. The McCain Campaign is. So it's a trademark violation when a progressive group uses "West Point Grads," but when it is partisan Republicans, it's a-ok with West Point.

[SOURCE: Cliff Schecter | | 30 May 2008]

Here's the 2006 lawsuit the United States Government pursued against the anti-war group.

The United States Military Academy, a/k/a, the United States Government, a/k/a the citizens of the United States are suing a group of West Point graduates who have organized against the Iraq War to prevent their use of the “West Point” name.

The Army warned an anti-war group of former U.S. Military Academy cadets to stop using the words “West Point” in its name, saying they are trademarked. A co-founder of West Point Graduates Against the War countered Friday that his organization is simply following the cadets’ code. “At West Point, we were taught that cadets do not lie, cheat or steal — and to oppose those who do,” said William Cross, a 1962 West Point graduate. “We are a positive organization. We are not anti-West Point or anti- military. We are just trying to uphold what we were taught.”

West Point spokesman Lt. Col. Kent Cassella said the academy sent the April 12 warning letter because the group failed to go through a licensing process to get permission to use the term “West Point.” The group’s anti-war stance is irrelevant, he said. “This is not a political issue. They did not ask for permission. We are doing what any college or university would do to enforce its trademarks,” Cassella said.

The Army registered the words “West Point” — as well as “United States Military Academy,” “USMA,” and “U.S. Army” — as trademarks in 2000 to control their use on educational material and commercial goods.

An attorney hired by Cross and his colleagues said the warning raises questions of First Amendment speech protection and selective enforcement. Joseph Heath said he noted the concerns in a response sent to the Army on Monday; he has not yet received a reply, he said.

[SOURCE: James Joyner | | 6 May 2006]

Sunday, 18 May 2008 at 16h 1m 24s

News agency polls in perspective

I was reading the Mad Biologist today, and he mentioned that he thought the news agencies should release their poll data. There was a comment to the blog that I found interesting, so I thought I'd share it.

  [SOURCE: Mad Biologist | ]

I work at a call centre where we conduct these sorts of polls. Most of our clients are businesses wanting to gather information on the success of their advertising, opinions on future advertising, or what people think of their competitors. Every so often, however, we do get work from news and government agencies looking to gather this sort of stuff.

I must say that most of the questions are very loaded and it usually becomes fairly obvious to me who is sponsoring the poll. Worse than that, most of these polls are just advertisements in disguise. The way that the questions are worded makes it almost impossible for the respondent to do anything but agree. The idea behind it is either that if you repeat something to someone enough times, they start to believe it, or that if you present poll results that show that 90% of people agree with X, people who don't agree with X start to feel as though they are missing something and become more open to the possibility of agreeing with X.

The people who write these polls can make the results say whatever they want them to, even on the level of the data. So my point in all of this is just to say that the interpretation of the data you are getting from the news agencies is probably about as accurate as the data itself. What you want is the data AS WELL as the scripts that were used to gather it.

And remember that the sample used to collect this data is a list of publically phone numbers. Not cell phones and unlisted telephone numbers. The time's when the phone calls are also placed are between 5pm and 8pm for most polls.

Now when you get samples from a large population you first have to analyze who might be excluded, because the sample will not be representative of the larger population UNLESS each member of the larger population is equally likely to be selected.

So who is being excluded? People with unlisted phone numbers. People who don't answer their phones. People who tend to go outside or don't go home after work People who use their cell phones as their primary source of phone calls.

What these polls are sampling are the people who are home that answer their publically listed telephone number. These people are probably home because they watch a lot of television. So what these polls actually measure is the effectiveness of the media spin machine. Pump out the propaganda and then follow up with polls until the desired results appear.

Sunday, 18 May 2008 at 15h 33m 10s

Ancient microbes will accelerate Global Climate Change

The Northern Hemisphere is covered with millions of acres of Permafrost. Until the last 100 years, Northern Canada and Siberian Russia stayed frozen almost all year long, and the ground 4 feet below the surface stayed frozen. That has changed. And this is going to release the microbes that feed on the dead mammoth carcasses at a rate which will increase the release of methane gases faster than can be controlled, because the microbes will all become alive and start expelling methane.

Here is Russian scientist Sergei Zimov.

Russian scientist, Sergei Zimov, has been studying climate change in Russia's Arctic for 30 years now. He is worried that as this organic matter becomes exposed to the air it will drastically accelerate global warming predictions even beyond some of the most pessimistic forecasts.

"This will lead to a type of global warming which will be impossible to stop," he said.

According to Zimov, when the organic matter left behind by mammoths and other wildlife is exposed to the air by the thawing permafrost, microbes that have been dormant for thousands of years will spring back into action. They’ll begin once again to emit carbon dioxide and methane gas as a by-product. Zimov says thought the microbes are tiny, they will start emitting these gases in enormous quantities simply because there will be a lot of them.

Yakutia is a region in the north-eastern corner of Siberia, where a belt of permafrost contains the mammoth-era soil. It covers an area roughly the size of France and Germany combined. There is even more of it elsewhere in Siberia.

"The deposits of organic matter in these soils are so gigantic that they dwarf global oil reserves," Zimov said. U.S. government statistics show mankind emits about 7 billion tons of carbon a year."Permafrost areas hold 500 billion tons of carbon, which can fast turn into greenhouse gases," Zimov added. "If you don't stop emissions of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere ... the Kyoto Protocol (an international pact aimed at reducing greenhouse emissions) will seem like childish prattle."

[SOURCE: Casey Kazan | Daily Galaxy | 15 May 2008]