Secret Societies

September 26, 2002 at 3:45 pm
Contributed by:

I saw the last part of this program on TV late last night…one of only two showings of it on the History Channel this month…and boy, did it give me a lot to think about. Would love to hear your take on it, showing again this Sunday.



Incredible But True?

Secret Societies

Sunday , September 29 1:00 PM-2:00 PM


Some of the world’s most powerful individuals belong to secret organizations. The Skull & Bones, the Bilderbergs, and the Tri-Lateral Commission are just a few of the groups that many suspect are conspiring to take over the world. Others believe they already have. What fuels such rampant conspiracy paranoia? We examine a number of these clandestine organizations, past and present, and reveal why so many people fear their nefarious agendas. TV PG

–C

TIME Investigative Report re: 9/11

September 25, 2002 at 6:20 pm
Contributed by:

This is an excellent article–long, but well worth the read. It’s the most

comprehensive report about the intelligence we had on Al-Qaeda prior to 9/11

that I’ve seen yet.



More to come…

—–Original Message—–

Subject: TIME Investigative Report re: 9/11





Explains the Clinton administration had a plan drawn up to deal with

Al-Queda, and the current administration’s reluctance to be investigated for

any foreknowledge.



http://www.time.com/time/covers/1101020812/story.html



This link came from the following article at Salon.com:



http://www.salon.com/news/col/cona/2002/08/05/bush/index.html


War on Iraq: Let your Congressmen know how you feel

September 25, 2002 at 6:11 pm
Contributed by:

Congress is expected to pass a
resolution next week – contact
them now.

 

Attached, another similar suggestion from the “Not in our Name”
initiative. Good text.

 

And
then, enjoy a bit of humor:

http://www.salon.com/comics/tomo/2002/09/09/tomo/index.html 

 

–C


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—–Original Message—–


Don’t Attack Iraq; Work Through the
U.N.

If you agree with the objective, then definitely try this out. It
literally took me about 2 minutes to send a fax/email to 30 US Reps.
Pro-peace citizens have just a
couple of days to
influence the Congressional debate about Iraq.
Congress
is expected to pass a resolution next week –
and there is evidence that a
strong outpouring of
anti-war sentiment is starting to have an impact, as

members from both parties express skepticism about the
broad war mandate
sought by the White House.

Please take a minute as soon as you can
to:

(1) Send a letter to Congress
at:
   
http://www.progressiveportal.org/letters/global/iraq/
    You
can do it in less than a minute.

(2) Pass this alert along to your
contacts.

(3) Display your opposition to war with peace
flags,
    U.N. flags, Earth flags, anti-war posters,
etc.
    Proceeds make Progressive Portal possible.
See:
    http://www.progressiveportal.org/resources/
 
    flags.html

(4) For more information,
see the Iraq section of the
Global Exchange Web site, and the Iraq links
on
Progressive
Portal.
    http://www.globalexchange.org/campaigns/iraq/
    http://www.progressiveportal.org/links/

Time
is VERY short — please act today if you can!

More on Chemtrails, and CIA connections

September 19, 2002 at 1:30 pm
Contributed by:

Hello
all,

 

Catching you up with a few more articles:

 

1.
Another, more detailed, site about Chemtrails. Seattle friends, best get
yourselves some gas masks and HEPA filters! 

Chemtrail smoking gun


2.
If you haven’t heard of Mike Ruppert yet, I suggest you check out his 30-year
effort to expose the CIA’s involvement with drug smuggling and money laundering
for world financial markets. A former LAPD detective who was courted for a while
by the CIA, he has crusaded against their shenanigans ever since. Recently he
has produced a video called “Truth and Lies of 9-11″ that, while failing to make
a truly cogent argument IMO, does present a lot of very interesting (and
damning) facts about the connections between the CIA, the SEC, our government,
and business leaders of major corporations over many years. Worth a
look!


http://www.copvcia.com
http://www.fromthewilderness.com/


Also at that site, be sure to check out the story of D. “Mike” Vreeland,
who worked for U.S. Naval Intelligence and who tried to warn the U.S. about the
9/11 attacks as early as December 2000, and who has since been the subject of a
campaign to discredit him:


http://www.fromthewilderness.com/free/ww3/04_04_02_vree_intervw.html


That’s
all for today.


–C


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Paul Krugman, \"Cronies in Arms\"

September 18, 2002 at 7:06 pm
Contributed by:

Hello all
you defenders of Truth, Justice, and the American Way (what is that these
days, anyway?),

 

If you’re
not familiar with Paul Krugman, his column in The Economist is consistently
incisive and high quality. As another correspondent said:
 

 

 —–Original
Message—–
so I’m just gonna keep sending along Krugman’s
column’s every week until he’s not the most well-researched analyst of all that
is wrong with the folks that are running things in DC right now. the evidence is
so surmountable that it’s hard to figure out what it all means sometimes, but he
does it perfectly and with so much fact that he can’t be denounced.
 —–Original
Message—–


I concur
completely. Read on. And no, I don’t have a subscription to The Economist, so
those of you who do, please keep ‘em coming!

 

–C
 

 
Cronies in Arms
By PAUL
KRUGMAN

In February 2001 Enron presented an imposing facade, but insiders
knew better: they were desperately struggling to keep their Ponzi scheme going.
When one top executive learned of millions in further losses, his e-mailed
response summed up the whole strategy: “Close a bigger deal. Hide the loss
before the 1Q.”

The strategy worked. Enron collapsed, but not before
insiders made off with nearly $1 billion. The sender of that blunt e-mail sold
$12 million in stocks just before they became worthless. And now he’s secretary
of the Army.
Dick Cheney vehemently denies that talk of war, just weeks
before the midterm elections, is designed to divert attention from other
matters. But in that case he won’t object if I point out that the tide of
corporate scandal is still rising, and lapping ever closer to his feet.
An
article in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal confirmed what some of us have long
argued: market manipulation by energy companies – probably the same companies
that wrote Mr. Cheney’s energy plan, though he has defied a court order to
release task force records – played a key role in California’s electricity
crisis. And new evidence indicates that Mr. Cheney’s handpicked Army secretary
was a corporate evildoer.
Mr. Cheney supposedly chose Thomas White for his
business expertise. But when it became apparent that the Enron division he ran
was a money-losing fraud, the story changed. We were told that Mr. White was an
amiable guy who had no idea what was actually going on, that his colleagues
referred to him behind his back as “Mr. Magoo.” Just the man to run the Army in
a two-front Middle Eastern war, right?
But he was no Magoo. Jason Leopold, a
reporter writing a book about California’s crisis, has acquired Enron documents
that show Mr. White fully aware of what his division was up to. Mr. Leopold
reported his findings in the online magazine Salon, and has graciously shared
his evidence with me. It’s quite damning.
The biggest of several deals that
allowed Mr. White to “hide the loss” – a deal in which the documents show him
intimately involved – was a 15-year contract to supply electricity and natural
gas to the Indiana pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly. Any future returns from the
deal were purely hypothetical. Indeed, the contract assumed a deregulated
electricity market, which didn’t yet exist in Indiana. Yet without delivering a
single watt of power – and having paid cash up front to Lilly, not the other way
around – Mr. White’s division immediately booked a multimillion-dollar profit.

Was this legal? There are certain cases in which companies are allowed to
use “mark to market” accounting, in which they count chickens before they are
hatched – but normally this requires the existence of a market in unhatched
eggs, that is, a forward market in which you can buy or sell today the promise
to deliver goods at some future date. There were no forward markets in the
services Enron promised to provide; extremely optimistic numbers were simply
conjured up out of thin air, then reported as if they were real, current
earnings. And even if this was somehow legal, it was grossly unethical.
If
outsiders had known Enron’s true financial position when Mr. White sent that
e-mail, the stock price would have plummeted. By maintaining the illusion of
success, insiders like Mr. White were able to sell their stock at good prices to
naïve victims – people like their own employees, or the Florida state workers
whose pension fund invested $300 million in Enron during the company’s final
months. As Fortune’s recent story on corporate scandal put it: “You bought. They
sold.”
It was crony capitalism at its worst. What kind of administration
would keep Mr. White in office?
A story in last week’s Times may shed light
on that question. It concerned another company that sold a division, then
declared that its employees had “resigned,” allowing it to confiscate their
pensions. Yet this company did exactly the opposite when its former C.E.O.
resigned, changing the terms of his contract so that he could claim full
retirement benefits; the company took an $8.5 million charge against earnings to
reflect the cost of its parting gift to this one individual. Only the little
people get shafted.
The other company is named Halliburton. The object of its
generosity was Dick Cheney.

Don\’t Mention the \’O\’ word

September 17, 2002 at 3:36 pm
Contributed by:

One more Poli-spam article for today. I’m sure I’m not the only one who wonders why, in all the talk about going to war with Iraq, no one has mentioned the “O” word, and who sees that omission as glaring. We must read between the lines if we’re going to understand what’s afoot. It will be interesting to see if there is any news coverage on Thursday of the OPEC meeting.


–C

—–Original Message—–

…you’re so right about it. It is everything. After reading the following, I went from being very vague about about what was at stake in Iraq – aside from Junior getting back at Daddy’s nemesis – to seeing the whole thing only too clearly.


Don’t Mention the “O” Word – The Economist

Air Traffic Controllers Concerned Over Chemtrails

September 17, 2002 at 3:00 pm
Contributed by:

Brilliant! Instead of dealing with the causes of global warming, let’s fill
the air with more chemicals! (Thanks Stephanie for this link.)
http://www.rense.com/general20/cc.htm
–C
Yes, I have much, much more Poli-spam stuff to send you all, but I’m waiting
for a point when I have the time to assemble it all properly. BTW I’m now
finally getting around to reading Noam Chomsky’s _Manufacturing Consent_,
and it couldn’t be more timely. It’s dense reading, but I highly recommend
it.
–C
Stay tuned…


–C

\"The Troubling New Face of America\" by Jimmy Carter

September 11, 2002 at 12:13 pm
Contributed by:

Hello friends,

 

On this “Patriot
Day,” I feel compelled to submit some sort of commentary. I actually have a big
pile of stuff I’ve been meaning to send to you all, and soon I will, but for
today, I will content myself with sending out this one.

 

And though it’s a
bit late, I encourage all of you to boycott the media today while they treat
9/11 as another Super Bowl, and instead focus your thoughts on how true patriots
should respond to the world and the political stance of the U.S. at this point.

–C

Published on Thursday, September 5, 2002 in the
Washington Post

 

The Troubling New Face of America by Jimmy
Carter

 

Fundamental changes are taking place in the
historical policies of the United States with regard to human rights, our role
in the community of nations and the Middle East peace process — largely without
definitive debates (except, at times, within the administration). Some new
approaches have understandably evolved from quick and well-advised reactions by
President Bush to the tragedy of Sept. 11, but others seem to be developing from
a core group of conservatives who are trying to realize long-pent-up ambitions
under the cover of the proclaimed war against terrorism.

 

Formerly admired almost universally as the
preeminent champion of human rights, our country has become the foremost target
of respected international organizations concerned about these basic principles
of democratic life. We have ignored or condoned abuses in nations that support
our anti-terrorism effort, while detaining American citizens as “enemy
combatants,” incarcerating them secretly and indefinitely without their being
charged with any crime or having the right to legal counsel. This policy has
been condemned by the federal courts, but the Justice Department seems adamant,
and the issue is still in doubt. Several hundred captured Taliban soldiers
remain imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay under the same circumstances, with the
defense secretary declaring that they would not be released even if they were
someday tried and found to be innocent. These actions are similar to those of
abusive regimes that historically have been condemned by American
presidents.

 

While the president has reserved judgment, the
American people are inundated almost daily with claims from the vice president
and other top officials that we face a devastating threat from Iraq’s weapons of
mass destruction, and with pledges to remove Saddam Hussein from office, with or
without support from any allies. As has been emphasized vigorously by foreign
allies and by responsible leaders of former administrations and incumbent
officeholders, there is no current danger to the United States from Baghdad. In
the face of intense monitoring and overwhelming American military superiority,
any belligerent move by Hussein against a neighbor, even the smallest nuclear
test (necessary before weapons construction), a tangible threat to use a weapon
of mass destruction, or sharing this technology with terrorist organizations
would be suicidal. But it is quite possible that such weapons would be used
against Israel or our forces in response to an American attack.

 

We cannot ignore the development of chemical,
biological or nuclear weapons, but a unilateral war with Iraq is not the answer.
There is an urgent need for U.N. action to force unrestricted inspections in
Iraq. But perhaps deliberately so, this has become less likely as we alienate
our necessary allies. Apparently disagreeing with the president and secretary of
state, in fact, the vice president has now discounted this goal as a desirable
option.

 

We have thrown down counterproductive gauntlets to
the rest of the world, disavowing U.S. commitments to laboriously negotiated
international accords.

 

Peremptory rejections of nuclear arms agreements,
the biological weapons convention, environmental protection, anti-torture
proposals, and punishment of war criminals have sometimes been combined with
economic threats against those who might disagree with us. These unilateral acts
and assertions increasingly isolate the United States from the very nations
needed to join in combating terrorism.

 

Tragically, our government is abandoning any
sponsorship of substantive negotiations between Palestinians and Israelis. Our
apparent policy is to support almost every Israeli action in the occupied
territories and to condemn and isolate the Palestinians as blanket targets of
our war on terrorism, while Israeli settlements expand and Palestinian enclaves
shrink.

 

There still seems to be a struggle within the
administration over defining a comprehensible Middle East policy. The
president’s clear commitments to honor key U.N. resolutions and to support the
establishment of a Palestinian state have been substantially negated by
statements of the defense secretary that in his lifetime “there will be some
sort of an entity that will be established” and his reference to the “so-called
occupation.” This indicates a radical departure from policies of every
administration since 1967, always based on the withdrawal of Israel from
occupied territories and a genuine peace between Israelis and their
neighbors.

 

Belligerent and divisive voices now seem to be
dominant in Washington, but they do not yet reflect final decisions of the
president, Congress or the courts. It is crucial that the historical and
well-founded American commitments prevail: to peace, justice, human rights, the
environment and international cooperation.

 

Former president Carter is chairman of the Carter
Center in Atlanta.

 

 2002 The Washington Post
Company

Take Action – Stop Senate Attacks on Marijuana Rallies and Other Events

July 10, 2002 at 5:35 pm
Contributed by:

I have checked this out myself and it appears to be legit. And
frightening.
You can use this Web page to fax your letter to your
Congressmen.

http://ga1.org/campaign/rave

—–Original
Message—–
Hey There … scary news here … read on and do what you can


Big Brother is knocking at our door.

> Subject: Take Action
- Stop Senate Attacks on Marijuana Events
>
> [The following
important message is being forwarded by the Marijuana
> Policy Project on
behalf of the Drug Policy Alliance and DanceSafe.
> Please direct any
questions to bpiper@drugpolicy.org.]
>
>
======================================================================
>
>
PROPOSED LAW COULD SUBJECT YOU TO 20 YEARS IN PRISON
> Stop the Senate
From Banning Marijuana Rallies and Other Events
>
> Take Action at:
http://ga1.org/campaign/rave
>
> The Senate is
poised to pass legislation that would give federal
> prosecutors new
powers to shut down hemp festivals, marijuana rallies
> and other events
and punish business owners and activists for hosting
> or promoting them.
The proposed law would also potentially subject
> people to enormous
federal sentences if some of their guests smoked
> marijuana at their
party or barbecue. It would also effectively make
> it a federal crime to
rent property to medical marijuana patients and
> their
caregivers.
>
> The bill, known as the Reducing American’s
Vulnerability to Ecstasy
> Act (RAVE Act), was just introduced in the
Senate on June 18th and has
> already passed the Senate Judiciary
Committee. It is moving VERY
> rapidly and could be passed by the Senate
as early as this week. While
> it purports to be aimed at ecstasy and
other club drugs, it gives the
> federal government enormous power to fine
and imprison supporters of
> marijuana legalization, even if they’ve never
smoked marijuana.
>
> It is urgent that you take action
today!
>
> ACTIONS TO TAKE
>
> **  Fax your
Senators today. Go to http://ga1.org/campaign/rave
>    
to find out more.
>
> **  Forward this alert to your friends,
family, and co-workers.
>
> **  After you fax your Senators,
please follow it up with phone calls.
>     Tell them
you just faxed them a letter in opposition to S.
2633,
>     the Reducing American’s Vulnerability to
Ecstasy Act. Tell them
>     that innocent business
owners shouldn’t be punished for the crimes
>     of
their customers. Tell them this bill has dangerous
anti-civil
>     liberties provisions that they need
to be aware of, and this bill
>     deserves serious
debate.
>
> You can contact your Senators through the Capitol
Switchboard at
> 202-224-3121. To find out who your Senators are go
to:
> http://www.senate.gov/senators/senator_by_state.cfm
>
>
MORE INFORMATION
>
> The Senate is considering legislation that
would give federal
> prosecutors new powers to shut down raves, marijuana
rallies and other
> events they don’t like and punish businessmen and
women for hosting or
> promoting them. The bill (S. 2633), also known as
the Reducing
> American’s Vulnerability to Ecstasy Act (RAVE Act), is
moving very
> rapidly and could be considered by the full Senate as early
as this
> week. (A similar bill is also pending in the
House.)
>
> S. 2633, sponsored by Senators Durbin (D-IL), Hatch
(R-UT), Grassley
> (R-IA) and Leahy (D-VT), expands the so-called “crack
house statute”
> to allow the federal government to fine or imprison
businessmen and
> women if customers sell or use drugs on their premises
or at their
> events. Property owners, promoters, and event coordinators
could be
> fined hundreds of thousands of dollars or face up to twenty
years in
> federal prison if they hold raves or other events on their
property.
> If the bill becomes law, property owners may be too afraid to
rent or
> lease their property to groups holding hemp festivals or putting
on
> all-night dance parties, effectively stifling free speech and
banning
> raves and other musical events.
>
> The new law
would also make it a federal crime to temporarily use a
> place for the
purpose of using any illegal drug. Thus, anyone who used
> drugs in their
own home or threw an event (such as a party or
> barbecue) in which one or
more of their guests used drugs could
> potentially face a $250,000 fine
and years in federal prison. The bill
> also effectively makes it a
federal crime to rent property to medical
> marijuana patients and their
caregivers, giving the federal government
> a new weapon in its war on
AIDS and cancer patients who use marijuana
> to relieve their
suffering.
>
> Health advocates worry that the bill will endanger
our nation’s youth.
> If enacted, licensed and law-abiding business owners
may stop hosting
> raves or other events that federal authorities don’t
like, out of fear
> of massive fines and prison sentences. Thus, the law
would drive raves
> and other musical events further underground and away
from public
> health and safety regulations. It would also discourage
business
> owners from enacting smart harm-reduction measures to protect
their
> customers. By insinuating that selling bottled water and
offering
> “cool off” rooms is proof that owners and promoters know drug
use is
> occurring at their events, this bill may make business owners
too
> afraid to implement such harm-reduction measures, and the safety
of
> our kids will suffer.
>
> The RAVE Act punishes
businessmen and women for the crimes of their
> customers and is
unprecedented in U.S. history. The federal government
> can’t even keep
drugs out of prisons, yet it seeks to punish business
> owners for failing
to keep people from carrying drugs onto their
> premises. If this bill
passes, federal authorities will have the
> ability to scare business
owners away from using or renting their
> property for marijuana
festivals, as well as any other “politically
> incorrect”
event.
>
> For more information on this bill, go to http://thomas.loc.gov/
and
> under “bill number” search for
S2633.
>
>

Fuel Cell Hold-up

June 25, 2002 at 6:56 pm
Contributed by:

Folks,


This article belies the Bush administration’s disingenuous promises about fuel cell cars. It sounds great for speeches and soundbites, but Wall Street ran screaming. Why?
Experts say it is a case of too little, too late, and for far too long.

Fuel Cell Hold-up
Government’s go-slow approach promises to keep the technology on the shelf

Hal Plotkin, Special to SF Gate

Thursday, June 20, 2002

The Ultimate Insult

March 29, 2002 at 11:50 am
Contributed by:



Hello all,

Not much commentary today, but there’s
a couple of things here you just
gotta know about:

Bush Tapped Solar
Energy Funds to Print Energy Plan



And:
The
state of things in the Mideast, in a single photo
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/020329/168/1br6f.html

And:
DOJ
Study Takes Ominous Look at Drug and Drug Policy Web Sites
http://www.drcnet.org/wol/228.html#ominouslook

Well
then! Is there anything going on out there that doesn’t consist of
utter
contempt for what’s democratic, right, and just?

“Don’t let your heart
get broken by this world.” –Dan Bern

–C

The Top 5 Lies of this Administration, and other things…

March 21, 2002 at 10:28 am
Contributed by: Chris

Hey all you lovers of truth, justice, and the American Way,

In this issue of Poli-spam:

- My personal ”Top 5 Lies of this Administration” list

- A select list of President Bush’s accomplishments in office so far, with my attempt to verify it attached.

- Links to sites dealing with drug policy

- A little humor, after you’re all bummed out. The Wgirls and Dubyaman!

(more…)

It\’s all about our energy policy

March 16, 2002 at 11:26 am
Contributed by:


Hi all,

I didn’t intend to follow up on yesterday’s
massive missive so soon; but I
was really struck by the A section of this
last Sunday’s SF Chronicle and
wanted to share this observation with
you.

If I have any “regular readers” on this list, they are by now
familiar with
my drumbeat about energy policy. I think it’s at the heart of
most of our
major national dilemmas right now.

Take a look at this set
of headlines, all from the 20-page A section:

–> This is a great
article. Very encouraging, and very much in line with
the concepts I’ve been
reading lately in Paul Hawken’s (and Amory Lovins’,
of the Rocky Mountain
Institute) latest book, Natural Capitalism, which I
highly
recommend!
“Danes’ great green machine”

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2002/03/03/MN155707.DTL

By
accident, I just now came across this publication, also by the Rocky
Mountain
Institute. “California’s Electricity Supply Myths” I haven’t read
it yet, but
it looks very interesting!
http://www.rmi.org/images/other/NLRMIfallwin00.pdf

-
“Threat of drought looms across U.S.” (unfortunately the Chron does
not
republish this online, as it’s AP copy.)

- “Executives not likely
to be punished (The Enron Collapse)”. Also not
republished by the Chron; it’s
by Kurt Eichenwald of the NYT

- “4000 laid-off employees feel scandal’s
stigma (The Enron Collapse)”. Also
not republished by the Chron; it’s by Jim
Yardley of the NYT

- [and several other articles about terrorists in the
Mid East...where all
the oil is.]

I though…wow, it’s ALL about
energy. If the U.S. decided to push forward,
boldly, and deploy renewable
energy generation on a vast scale today (which,
by the way, is now both
technologically feasible AND economically
sound…it’s just not politically
popular), how much of the above would be
in the news?

Think I’m nuts?
Well, give me your thoughts.

–C

Military Promises \’Huge Numbers\’ For Gulf War II The Vengeance

March 14, 2002 at 3:00 pm
Contributed by:

God bless The Onion!


Military Promises ‘Huge Numbers’ For Gulf War II The Vengeance

Compiled articles, sites, and opinion about oil and the \"War on Terror\"

March 5, 2002 at 11:11 am
Contributed by:

Hi
everybody,

 

It’s
been awhile since I sent one of these missives out, but not for a lack of
reportable news. More because I have been trying to form a coherent picture of
what’s happening.

 

Here
is some worthwhile reading for you. It’s pretty depressing but I think it’s
vitally important that we all stay as informed as possible. And hopefully, get
outraged enough to start writing our Congressmen. (For what it’s worth.) 
There is a lot of information to digest here. Take your time with it, print it
out and read it in the bathroom or whatever.

 



  1. This story, linked from
    the latest Red Rock Eater, is the best
    summary yet of the
    Enron/Bush/Oil/Terror connection. I’d call this a Must-Read:   http://www.alternet.org/story.html?StoryID=12525



  2. If
    you’re still looking for details about the political contributions made by
    Enron to the GOP, check out this site: http://www.EnronOwnsTheGOP.com/


  3. See “You Don’t Care About Enron” below. “Call
    it the New American Ennui, caused by one part disingenuous warmongering, one
    part fervent oil-grubbing, one part residual Clinton-era moral slimeballing,
    and one huge part Bush WASP mafia election-rigging and pro-corporate
    anti-everything-else reshuffling. Makes you all numb inside.” Tell it like it
    is, baby!

  4. Here’s one place where the War on Drugs (WoD) and the War
    on Terror (WoT) come together. Remember the Iran-Contra affair? Remember how
    we trafficked cocaine through the CIA, to raise money for the contras, under
    the leadership of George H. Bush et. al.? According to the White House
    Spokesman Ari Fleischer, John Poindexter is now an “outstanding American” and
    “The president thinks that Adm. Poindexter has served our nation very well.”
    I’ll bet. The American people may have seen a scandal in Iran-Contra, and even
    tried to punish those involved, but the powers in the administration protected
    them and the good ol’ boys in the GOP have never failed in their support of
    Poindexter, North, and all the rest of ‘em. Now they’ve got new political
    careers and lots of power all over again, and basically puts Poindexter in the
    Big Brother seat:
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/Columnists/Column/0,5673,651975,00.html
    http://slate.msn.com/?id=2062542

  5. You can tell the truth, but will anyone listen? Allow me
    to plagiarize a letter written by one amanda morrison
    [amorrison11@hotmail.com]:

    Over the past year, we have witnessed the
    behaviour of the current Presidential Administration go from bad, to worse
    than we could have ever imagined. Since September 11, the mere utterance of
    anything critical, let alone derogatory about the President or his
    administration was risky. There has been little criticism in the mainstream
    media and until now, none from any member of Congress. Fortunately, this
    fear-induced silence is coming to an end. Finally, a brave member of Congress
    has spoken up with both candor and criticism. United States Congressman Dennis
    J. Kucinich (D-Ohio) recently made a very daring speech, highlighting the
    injustices happening en masse, right before our very eyes.


    Please take a moment to read the
    words that have been a long time coming. http://truthout.com/02.23C.Kucinich.Prayer.htm 



  6. Speaking of the utter lack of criticism of our administration, and the
    dangers of speaking against it in a time when our civil liberties and freedom
    of speech have been cast aside and called a luxury, have you noticed the
    similarities between Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft’s admonishments and those of
    Sen. Joe McCarthy? Think you can tell the difference? Bet you can’t! (I only
    scored 71% myself) http://www.morons.org/feature/whosaidit.php



  7. If you’ve read this far, you deserve a humor break. See “French Intellectuals
    to be Deployed in Afghanistan…” below.



  8. “What do you
    think, Chris?” Well, I’ll tell ya.

    Our country is substantially under
    the control of the corporations that form the military-industrial complex,
    just as Eisenhower warned. They buy all the influence there is, from the
    bottom to the top of our government. They own our administration and our
    Congress. They are as anxious to seize total control of our government as GW
    is to run the country like a business. Good rhetoric, but what does it mean?


    These companies want a couple of
    things:


    1. The continued massive
    consumption of oil, because that’s where their dollars come from, or that’s
    what their products and services
    depend upon. This is the source of
    the money that gives them their power, and control over the rest of the world.


    2. Continued government subsidy of
    their businesses, be it in the form of new contracts, or continued production
    of armaments, or Superfund cleanup dollars, or subsidies to NOT plant stuff
    like hemp and soy that could provide an alternative source of fuel, and the
    many of the other forms such subsidies take.


    3. Increased control over public
    opinion about their activities.


    4. No end in sight to any of the
    above.


    Therefore, the best way for them to
    ensure they get these things is to get us, as a nation, into two unwinnable,
    vaguely defined “wars”, with no clear objectives or defined ends, under which
    auspices they can control the spin in the media, suspend citizens’ rights,
    push through MASSIVE spending bills that nobody will ever read or understand,
    get huge new investment in their businesses, obtain a huge advantage over
    competitors in the global markets, get the help of foreign governments in
    dominanting their markets, obtain intelligence about anyone they please, and
    overwhelm the popular consciousness (easily done) with their activities, so
    that people don’t want to know what’s happening, or fight about it, they just
    want to get sedated and watch “Friends.”


    And now we have them: The War on
    Terror and the War on Drugs. Neither of them makes any sense at all. Neither
    is defined, winnable, or even scoped–that is,
    they are both designed to continue into perpetuity
    And both can be used to justify the suspension of our
    Constitutionally assured rights, at any time, because such actions are
    “necessary to fight terror” or “necessary to fight drug operations”.
    Each consumes billions of public money. In both cases, the
    administration and its puppet pundits seek to portray “the enemy” in the most
    extreme terms, in terms of “evil” and
    “evildoers”
    without any attempt at, or need for, any justification,
    evidence, or anything. We never have to account for the fact that we are
    simultaneously one of the largest operations in the world in fighting drugs,
    and also one of the largest distributors and suppliers of drugs. (Because
    after all, it’s not REALLY about drugs, it’s about money and power going into
    hands that we do not control, and we can’t have that.) If we lose our main
    target in one war (bin Laden) we can pick the next one on the list (Saddam)
    and keep going in our “war” without breaking stride. The public will never
    notice that this has occurred, because they’re busy soaking up human interest
    stories, like who gets how much from the Sept 11 fund, or the reopening of a
    movie house in Afghanistan. We never have to justify anything we do in either
    “war,” to anybody. And they can go on indefinitely. Pay no attention to the
    men behind the curtain. We are the great and powerful Oz.


    It really is 1984. We are
    at “war” with Eurasia. We have always been at war with Eurasia. Eurasia is the
    Axis of Evil. We must fight them because we are Good, and they are EvilOnce you have lost your freedom of speech,
    a
    ny criticism of our policy or actions
    is treachery and traitorous.



  9. Oh sure, there are
    plenty more articles to read. See the list at the end of this
    message.


Until next time,


–C




You
Don’t Care About Enron
In Bush’s America, it just doesn’t pay to give a damn
about flagrant political corruption

By
Mark Morford, SF Gate Columnist  
Wednesday,
February 13, 2002


Of
course you know they did it.

You know the whole pod of shivery Enron
execs are all guilty as sin. You can see it in the folds of their chins, the
beady black voids of their eyes, the way their horns twitch when they take the
Fifth.

You can see it in the way Kenny Boy slumps in the chair looking
like a deflated blow-up doll,
mouth slightly agape, stunned and goosey, wondering how he let it all get away,
as the congressmen tsk-tsk him and shake their heads and call him names.


There they all are, except for the one who committed suicide and gosh isn’t
that just the slightest bit telling, hiding and equivocating and lying at the
Senate hearings like the Big Tobacco execs of yore, who stood up and raised
their taloned fingers and swore before God that they really, really don’t
believe nicotine is in any way deadly except for the heart disease and the
cancer and the rampant toxic death.

You know it’s all true, mountains of
incriminating shredded documentation and roughly $500 million hidden away in
magic “fuzzy math” debt, hundreds of millions more shuffled off to non-existent
“Star Wars” companies, gutted retirement accounts and ruined employees and Gucci
suppositories in the executive washrooms and blatant gouging of California during the
energy crisis. Just for starters.

Political back-scratching and
toe-sucking and wallet-padding galore, the vast majority (but no, not all) of
the scandal landing like a giant elephant-dropping on the Republican side of the
aisle and do you hear that? That frantic shredding sound coming from Dick
Cheney’s office? That ain’t Lynne’s Gunslinger
vibrator, people.

Indeed, this one goes all the way to the
top. The Bush administration is so clearly
embroiled in Enron’s gleeful depravity it would be embarrassing and
even downright comical to watch, say, Cheney’s outward refusal to reveal all the
political inbreeding and cigar-chompin’ back-slapping that went on during the
energy policy discussions, were it not so insulting and wrong.

Sure you
probably feel some pity for all the disgruntled Enron employees whose financial
futures are now ruined, the countless gullible stockholders sucked into the
vortex and spit out like easy marks at a sidewalk shell-game, the American
economy hobbled and wobbly and so clearly at the disposal of corrupt
power-mongering CEOs it makes your soul wince.

Over 50 percent of
Americans think the Enron debacle is very
important to the country, more than double that of Whitewater, and
yet it seems to be common knowledge that Ken Lay will get off with barely a
scratch, he and his squad of flying monkeys will get nothing but a spanking and
maybe a month in Michael Milken minimum-security prison, where the punishment
consists of slightly restricted cellphone privileges and less dipping sauce for
the kitten-kabobs and forced viewings of Lynne Cheney in a bikini (which
actually is fairly brutal, come to think of it).

You know all this and
yet you’re not the slightest bit shocked anymore, maybe because you realize this
is how corporate politics has always worked, this is the capitalist system’s
most hypocritical slap to any notion of fairness or justice you may harbor,
people going to prison for years for selling small amounts of pot or for having
underage gay sex but when multimillionaire Bush-buddy execs get busted with
their entire bodies in the cookie jar, well, it’s nothing a few high?priced
lawyers can’t quickly snuff out while helping to broker a six-figure book deal.


You may even sense how it’s all connected, the
war-that’s-not-really-a-war and our rabid oil dependency and the 17 pro-Enron
provisions in Cheney’s Energy Policy and all those former Enron execs now
cruising in high-level posts in the Bush administration. Unworkable
multibillion-dollar missile defense plans and
National Sanctity of Life Day and
PretzelGate. See the thread? Of course you do.

Call it the New American
Ennui, caused by one part disingenuous warmongering, one part fervent
oil-grubbing, one part residual Clinton-era moral slimeballing, and one huge
part Bush WASP mafia election-rigging and pro-corporate anti-everything-else
reshuffling. Makes you all numb inside.

Of course Bush will not be
impeached for his obvious puppeteering role. Of course Cheney is hunkering down
in the bunker, shredding as fast as possible, denying everything. Of course
there will be no sweeping reforms or serious restrictions placed on corporate
funding of political candidates.

Nor will there be limits set on how
many execs an undeserving president can appoint from one company, no limits on
how much corporate backstabbing one country should endure. Remember the S&L
scandal? The one that cost taxpayers billions and that we’re still paying for
and will be for years to come? That’s OK. No one else does either.

There
will be harsh words and furrowed brows and maybe a few laws passed. There will
be wrists slapped and apologies made and big dopey shrugs from the Shrubster as
he leverages his baffling and war-drunk positive approval rating to dodge the
scandal like a slippery hog in a Texas pen.

You don’t care about the
Enron debacle because if you did, you’d just be disappointed again, hurt and
betrayed as justice is thwarted and snuffed out like a candle, leaving you with
the urge, yet again, to yank all your money out of the bank and take off for the
woods with a case of Grey Goose and some really good kalamata olives and a
Leatherman tool and a tent and Auden’s collected poems and not come back for a
year.


But that just wouldn’t be very patriotic at all.

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French Intellectuals to be Deployed in
Afghanistan To
Convince Taliban of Non-Existence of A
Deity

 

The ground war in Afghanistan hotted up
yesterday
when the Allies revealed plans to airdrop a platoon of crack
French
existentialist philosophers into the country to destroy the morale
of
Taliban zealots by proving the non-existence of the
power.

 

Elements from the feared Jean-Paul Sartre
Brigade,
or ‘Black Berets’, will be parachuted into the combat zones to
spread
doubt, despondency and existential anomie among the enemy.
Hardened
by numerous intellectual battles fought during their long occupation
of
Paris’s Left Bank, the Berets first action will be to establish a
number
of
pavement cafes at strategic points near the front
lines.

 

There they will drink coffee and talk animatedly
about the absurd nature
of
life and man’s lonely isolation in the
universe. They will be
accompanied
by a number of heartbreakingly
beautiful girlfriends who will further
dismay
the enemy by sticking their
tongues in the philosophers’ ears every five
minutes and looking remote and
unattainable to everyone else.

 

Their leader, Colonel Marc-Ange Belmondo, spoke
yesterday of
his
confidence in the success of their mission. Sorbonne
graduate Belmondo,
a
very intense and unshaven young man in a black
pullover, gesticulated
wildly and said, “The Taliban are caught in a logical
fallacy of the
most
ridiculous. There is no deity and I will prove it.
Take your tongue out
of
my ear, Juliet, I am
talking.”

 

        
Marc-Ange plans to deliver an impassioned thesis on atheism,
ennui
and
man’s freedom of action, with special reference to the work
of
Foucault
and the films of Alfred Hitch*censored*.

 

       
However, humanitarian agencies have been quick to condemn the
operation as
inhumane, pointing out that the effects of secondhand smoke
from the
Frenchmens’ endless Gitanes could wreak a terrible toll on
civilians
in
the
area.
——————————————————————————————————–

 

Here are some
more URL’s.  Thanks to everyone who contributed.

RRE home page: http://dlis.gseis.ucla.edu/people/pagre/rre.html

war

US Backing Helps Warlord Solidify Power
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A25851-2002Feb17.html

Bin Laden’s No 2 “Captured in Iran”
(who knows)
http://www.guardian.co.uk/afghanistan/story/0,1284,652071,00.html

conservatives gung-ho for war with Iraq
http://www.newsmax.com/archives/articles/2002/2/17/122713.shtml

the seriously creepy return of John Poindexter
http://www.guardian.co.uk/Columnists/Column/0,5673,651975,00.html

Pentagon Readies Efforts to Sway Sentiment Abroad
http://www.nytimes.com/2002/02/19/international/19PENT.html

leading politician gives major war speech — press writes about his beard

http://www.dailyhowler.com/h021802_1.shtml

refugees dying in Afghanistan
http://www.nytimes.com/2002/02/17/magazine/17AFGHAN.html?pagewanted=all

New York Debates Competing Visions for Rebuilding Devastated Downtown
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A22040-2002Feb16.html

civil liberties and security

Where the Bodies Are Buried in Peru
(if anyone has URL’s for documents
relating to the commission, do send)
http://www.nytimes.com/2002/02/18/international/americas/18PERU.html

French Decision Prompts Questions About Free Speech and Cyberspace
http://www.nytimes.com/2002/02/11/technology/11NECO.html

Canadian Media Spat: Profit vs. Free Speech
http://www.csmonitor.com/2002/0215/p06s01-woam.html

http://www.newsguild.org/gr/gr_display.php?storyID=605

http://www.newswire.ca/releases/February2002/05/c9098.html

http://www.fpjq.org/canwest/

http://www.nationalpost.com/home/story.html?f=/stories/20020131/1294510.html

http://www.cbc.ca/news/viewpoint/columns/omalley/martin020104.html

extensive censorship of biology research
http://www.nytimes.com/2002/02/17/politics/17SECR.html

The USA PATRIOT Act and Patron Privacy on Library Internet Terminals
http://www.llrx.com/features/usapatriotact.htm

Justice Department Hiding Secret Weekly Reports to the Attorney General

http://cryptome.org/doj-footshot.htm

“smart” biometric ID cards in Hong Kong
http://www.nytimes.com/2002/02/18/technology/18KONG.html?pagewanted=print

Center for Identification Technology Research
http://www.csee.wvu.edu/citer/

Larry Smarr’s talks on future Internet architecture and applications

(some of which involve pervasive sensor networks with privacy implications)

http://soeunix.ucsd.edu/~lsmarr/talks/

BMW’s iDrive May Herald New Era
http://www.boston.com/dailyglobe2/048/auto/BMW_s_iDrive_may_herald_new_era+.shtml

impressive “This American Life” show about the mob mentality
(listen and
think about campus confrontationalists or talk radio ranters)
http://www.thislife.org/ra/158.ram

Scientists Recount US Biodefense Labs’ Security Lapses
http://washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A30241-2002Feb18.html

Airlines Fended Off Security Upgrades
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-0202180177feb18.story

scandal

Bush in Verbal Japan Deflation-Devaluation Debacle
(war suits him because
the concepts are simple)
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/htx/nm/20020218/pl/bush_japan_gaffe_dc_1.html

Defense Department Cannot Account for 25% of Funds –  $2.3 Trillion

http://www.cbsnews.com/now/story/0,1597,325985-412,00.shtml

Records: Bush Smoothed Path for Enron
http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/story.hts/business/1258323

Bush 2000 Adviser Offered to Use Clout to Help Enron
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A22380-2002Feb16.html

Army Secretary’s Enron Role Probed
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A25816-2002Feb17.html

Controversial US Army Secretary, Ex-Enron Exec, Building Home in Naples

http://www.naplesnews.com/02/02/naples/d739795a.htm

The Potemkin Populism of the Republicans’ Chief Enron Investigator
http://slate.msn.com/?id=2062048

Acting CEO Plans Legal Assault Amid Effort to Salvage Enron
http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/asection/la-000012600feb18.story

Enron Had More Than One Way to Disguise Rapid Rise in Debt
http://www.nytimes.com/2002/02/17/business/17BANK.html

“documents show Enron hid a disastrous bookkeeping error from investors”

http://www.msnbc.com/news/709343.asp

Firms Reverting to by-the-Books Balance Sheets
http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/asection/la-000012601feb18.story

Congress to Investigate Wall Street’s Ties With Enron
http://www.nytimes.com/2002/02/19/business/19WALL.html

Enron Moved Accounts Offshore, Harder to Track
http://abcnews.go.com/sections/wnt/DailyNews/enron_cayman020214.html

Cayman Islands Open to US Requests for Assistance on Enron Investigation

http://www.cimoney.com.ky/templates/PressRelease/defaultDisplay.asp?text_id=PressRelease89858&button=1

Enron Case Shapes Up as Tough Legal Fight
(the difference between rich
and poor is that the crimes of the rich are legal)
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A25922-2002Feb17.html

Enron Is Not Yet a Political Scandal, But It Will Become One
http://writ.news.findlaw.com/dean/20020215.html

intellectual property

article about the woes of the music industry
(under the guise of an
article about boomer come-back bands)
http://www.usatoday.com/money/covers/2002-02-18-music.htm

Record Labels Answer to Napster Still Has Artists Feeling Bypassed
http://www.nytimes.com/2002/02/18/technology/18SONG.html?pagewanted=print

Entertainment Industry’s Copyright Fight Puts Consumers in Cross Hairs
http://www.siliconvalley.com/mld/siliconvalley/2658555.htm

scaling up Gnutella
http://www.perfdynamics.com/Papers/Gnews.html

Developing User-Friendly Digital Rights Management
http://www.newarchitectmag.com/documents/s=2452/new1011653160573/index.html

“defensive publishing” to prevent others from patenting your idea
(we
should organize “prior art parties” to brainstorm ideas to prevent patents)

http://www.nytimes.com/2002/02/18/technology/ebusiness/18NECO.html

Intellectual-Property Ecology
http://www.techreview.com/articles/shulman0302.asp

Searchable Intellectual Property Databases
http://www.llrx.com/columns/roundup21.htm

news from Planet Microsoft

Ashcroft Queried Over Microsoft Campaign Contributions
http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/4/24086.html

Microsoft’s Lobbying Efforts Eclipse Enron
http://zdnet.com.com/2100-1104-835267.html

Microsoft Must Give States Windows Code, Says Judge
http://www.cnn.com/2002/TECH/industry/02/16/microsoft.code.reut/

New Microsoft Bug Problems Blamed on Globalization
(foo)
http://www.newsbytes.com/news/02/174512.html

everything else

An Open Grid Services Architecture for Distributed Systems Integration
http://www.globus.org/research/papers.html#OGSA

Bio IT World, Boston, 12-14 March 2002
http://www.bioitworld.com/

ArsDigita Shut Down
(they tried to organize an independent computer
science undergraduate program)
http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=02/02/08/1319206&mode=thread

Design Research News
http://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/lists/design-research.html

German Experience in the Construction of Virtual Town Halls and Market Places

http://www.idt.unisg.ch/org/idt/egce.nsf/profile1-05/7D42F71BD6F9BFF1C1256AF8004B55A2

Software Engineering for Large-Scale Multi-Agent Systems, Orlando, 19 May
2002
(I don’t know about this as science, but it’s sure interesting as
ideology)
http://www.teccomm.les.inf.puc-rio.br/selmas2002/

Digital Resources for Information Research
http://informationr.net/fr/subguide.html

Search Engine Guide
http://www.searchengineguide.com/

Information for Social Change
http://libr.org/ISC/TOC.html

Spam and Web-Visible E-Mail Addresses: Bait a Spammer and See the Results

http://www.dslreports.com/shownews/15234

special report on the crisis on the cell phone industry
http://www.businessweek.com/technology/tc_special/cellphone.htm

end

September 11: How Much has the US Really Changed?

February 14, 2002 at 10:58 am
Contributed by:

Hello
all you defenders of the free world,


 

Here’s
a good one.

 

I hope
you all are still reading and keeping your critical ears on and paying attention
out there. Anybody heard the name “bin Laden” on the news lately? Where did
Public Enemy #1 go, and why are we suddenly no longer concerned with him? As a
friend pointed out yesterday, “we went after him in such a sloppy
manner that we never intended to catch him so he can always be at large, always
be a threat, and we will always have funding for our long, protracted war and be
able to drop the “renewed terrorist threat” on the people anytime we need to get
a little support and/or get the fear engine goin.’”

 

Everybody ready for another venture against Saddam? Are
you all fully aware now about the “Axis of Evil” and is it perfectly clear why
that’s our new target?

 

Smell
the spin.

 

–C

 

—–Original Message—–



September 11th: The Terrorism Totality
Michael
Parenti

The really compelling politico-economic issues, the central
imperatives
that afflict our nation and much of the world, are regularly
shut out
of public discourse.  No on in the corporate media dares to
dwell on
how the undemocratic powers of corporate America create
injustices for
working America, how wealth for the few creates poverty for
the many.  
No critical examination is offered concerning the
inequities of the tax
system and the gross inadequacies of our human
services.  The threats
to the world’s ecology posed by transnational
globalization, and the
monopolistic “free trade” treaties like NAFTA,
GATT, and FTAA that
undermine our democratic sovereignty earn hardly a
glance.  And never
do official circles or corporate media acknowledge
how US military
forces (or their US-supported surrogates) have repeatedly
delivered
mass terrorism upon unarmed civilian populations in Vietnam,
Laos,
Cambodia, Guatemala, El Salvador, Panama, Grenada, Indonesia,
Angola,
Mozambique, Iraq, Yugoslavia, Afghanistan and scores of other

countries, at a cost of millions of lives.

With all these central
issues systematically suppressed, a void is
created in the life of the
polity, which the media attempt to fill with
endless puffery and stories
about Monica Lewinsky, OJ Simpson, etc.  
What the terrorist attacks
of September 11 gave the opinion makers is
an issue of compelling
centrality, equal to any of the ones they have
suppressed, but one that
could be selectively treated with CONSERVATIVE
EFFECT, an issue that
rallies everyone around the flag and points a
finger at a fanatical
Islamic sect rather than at corporate America or
the US national security
state.

So for several months the media have been consumed by the
tragedy of
September 11 and its aftermath.  Every panel of pundits,
syndicated
column, guest column, and every news story dwelled on the
terrorist
attacks, offering a seemingly infinite constellation of spin-off

stories.  And not just the news media.  The editor of a poetry
magazine
worried that in the “…profoundly changed world …” created by
September
11, “…will we now say that poetry is even more irrelevant?”
 
Predictably, he concluded that poetry was MORE important than
ever.

In similar spirit, stand-up comedians announced that humor was
needed
more than ever.  Movie reviewers wrote that this or that film
was a
welcome antidote to the horrific events of September 11.  And
travel
writers reassured us that a good vacation was all the more a
healing
experience.  Sporting events began with militaristic
patriotic
commemorations.  All the mail that crossed my desk,
including
subscription and fund-raising appeals from every organization

imaginable – from the Yale Alumni Association to the Center for Cuban

Studies – felt compelled to reference September 11 before launching

into their pitch.  Friends wrote to tell me that they were “doing as

well as might be expected in this post-911 world”.  Almost as if
one’s
credibility depended upon it, nothing could be communicated without

referencing September 11.

President George II announced that “..our
nation can never go back to
what it was September 10.”  A tearful TV
anchorman appeared on a late
night show and blubbered about how this
“…wound has changed America
forever.”  The drumbeat carried across
the political spectrum.  A
statement from the Communist Party, USA
issued in mid-November began:
“Our world has changed on September 11.”
 And others wrote that “…the
indelible images of the World Trade
Center will remain with us
forever.”

Those who fear that our world
or our nation has changed irretrievably
should think again.  Very
little has changed.  President Bush proposes
billions in tax cuts for
the rich just as he did when the World Trade
Center stood tall.  The
White House pushes an “economic stimulus”
package of $100 billion – really
nothing more than the usual corporate
subsidies, bailouts, and retroactive
tax cuts – to help poor little
struggling businesses like IBM, Ford, GE,
and GM, while doing nothing
for the tens of thousands of workers who have
been laid off.  The Bush
gang readies itself to drill for oil in the
Arctic National Wildlife
Refuge.  And a compliant Congress pumps
billions more into an already
bloated military budget.
 Unfortunately, here is a nation profoundly
Unchanged by the recent
terrorist attacks.

Other things in the newly “transformed” America seem
drearily familiar.  
As in previous decades, our fearless leaders
continue to wage
devastatingly one-sided aerial wars agains small weak
impoverished
nations, while loading the media with jingoistic hype.
 They continue
to deny the terrorist role they themselves have played
around the
world.  And they continue to neglect human services and
loot the Social
Security surplus in order that they might claim that
Social Security is
“going broke” and must be eventually
eliminated.

Still other things remain the same.  As they have done
during every
crisis, liberal legislators supinely line up with
conservatives to vote
the president absolute powers.  Media lapdogs
talk about how this same
president has “risen to the challenge” and “grown
in office”.  Flag-
waving yahoos call for blood, believing that their
government only
opposes terrorism and never practises it.  Meanwhile,
thousands of US
residents are subjected to ethnic profiling.
 African-American
communities are terrorized by trigger-happy cops.
 And fanatical
Christian fundamentalists commit terrorist acts
against abortion
clinics, while law officials seem unable to stop
them.

So the struggle to inject reality and justice into the national

dialogue continues as always.  It feels very much like September 10
to
me.



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George W. in the Garden of Gethsemane

January 28, 2002 at 7:53 pm
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[Sorry for this one being included in the 2004-01-30 issue of GRL. It got incorrectly dated when I put it into the blog system. Hey, one error out of 389 ain't too bad. --C]


Hey all,

It’s
been a while since I posted anything to the poli-spam list, but don’t
for a
minute think that I haven’t still been thinking and studying about
these
questions. I hope you have been too!

Here’s another classic, freshly
minted, from Michael Moore.

–C

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George W. in the Garden of Gethsemane


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1/29/2002

“George W. in the
Garden of Gethsemane”
An Open Letter to George W. Bush from Michael
Moore

Dear George,

When it’s all over in a couple months, and
you’re packing up your pretzels
and Spot and heading back to Texas, what will
be your biggest regret? Not
getting out more often and seeing the sights
around Rock Creek Park? Never
once visiting the newly-renovated IKEA in
Woodbridge, Virginia? Or buying
your way to the White House with money from a
company that committed the
biggest corporate swindle in American history? I
got a feeling you didn’t
miss much by not spending an entire Saturday
afternoon assembling a Swedish
bookcase — but you should have known that
there was no way you would ever
finish your term by hopping into bed with
Kenneth Lay.

It’s kind of sad when you think about it. Here you were —
the most popular
president ever! — the recipient of so much good will from
your fellow
Americans after September 11, and then you had to go and blow it.
You just
couldn’t stay away from your old cowpoke friend from Texas, Kenneth
Lay.

Kenny has always been there for you. You needed a way to fly around
to all
the primaries and campaign stops in the 2000 election — so Kenny gave
you
his corporate jet. Did you tell the voters when you arrived in each
city
that the bird you flew in on was from a billionaire who was
secretly
conspiring to give the bird to all his employees and investors? He
flew you
around America on the Enron company jet, and for that favor you
touched
down on tarmac after tarmac to tell your fellow citizens that you
were
“going to restore dignity to the White House, the people’s house.” You
said
this standing in front of an Enron jet!

Man, you loved Lay so
much, you not only affectionately referred to him as
“Kenny Boy,” you
interrupted an important campaign trip in April, 2000, to
fly back to Houston
for the Astro’s opening day at the new Enron Field –
just so you could watch
Kenny Boy Lay throw out the first pitch. How
sentimental!

I mean, you
loved this man so intensely that, when you were awarded a set
of keys the
Supreme Court had made for you so you could live in the White
House, you
invited Kenny Boy to set up shop — at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue!
He
interviewed those who would hold high-level Energy Department positions
in
your administration.

You not only let Kenny Boy decide who would head the
regulatory agency that
oversaw Enron, you let him hand-pick the new chairman
of the Securities and
Exchange Commission — a former lawyer for his
accountant, Arthur Andersen!
Kenny and the boys at Andersen also worked to
make sure that accounting
firms would be exempt from numerous regulations and
would not be held
liable for any “funny bookkeeping” (don’t you wish you were
this
forward-thinking?).

Then rest of Kenny Boy’s time was spent next
door with his old buddy, Dick
Cheney (Enron and Halliburton, as you’ll
recall, got the big contracts from
your dad to “rebuild” Kuwait after the
Gulf War). Lay and Dick formed an
“energy task force” (Operation Enduring
Graft) which put together the
county’s new “energy policy.” This policy then
went on to shut down every
light bulb and juicer in the state of California.
And guess who made out
like bandits while “trading” the energy California was
in desperate need
of? Kenny Boy and Enron! No wonder Big Dick doesn’t want to
turn over the
files about those special meetings with Lay!

The only
thing that surprises me more than all the Enron henchmen who ended
up in your
cabinet and administration is how our lazy media just rolled
over and didn’t
report it. The list of Enron people on your payroll is
impressive. Lawrence
Lindsey, your chief economic advisor? A former advisor
at Enron! Treasury
Secretary Paul O’Neill? Former CEO of Alcoa, whose
lobbying firm, Vinson and
Elkins, was the #3 contributor to the your
campaign! Who is Vinson and
Elkins? The law firm representing Enron! Who is
Alcoa? The top polluter in
Texas. Timothy White, the Secretary of the Army?
A former vice-chair of Enron
Energy! Robert Zoellick, your Federal Trade
Representative? A former advisor
at Enron! Karl Rove, your main man at the
White House? He owned a
quarter-million dollars of Enron stock.

Then there’s the Enron lawyer you
have nominated to be a federal judge in
Texas, the Enron lobbyist who is your
chair of the Republican Party, the
two Enron officials who now work for House
Majority Leader Tom DeLay, and
the wife of Texas Senator Phil Gramm who sits
on Enron’s board. And there’s
the aforementioned Mr. Pitt, the former Arthur
Andersen attorney whose job
it is now as SEC head to oversee the stock
markets. George, it never stops!
My fingers are getting tired typing all this
up — and there’s lots more.

Don’t get me wrong, George — I do not think
you’re an evil man. You don’t
need any crap from people like me — heck, you
got mother-in-law problems!
Now, I have a very good relationship with my
mother-in-law, but then, I
never told her to put $8,000 of her money into a
company my administration
knew was going belly-up.

You say you didn’t
know? Your bag man — Don Evans, the man who squeezed
all that money for you
from Enron as your campaign finance chairman (and is
now collecting his
reward as your Commerce Secretary) — has admitted that
he got calls from
Enron begging for help last year because they were going
under. Didn’t he
tell you this?

Then Paul O’Neill, your Treasury Secretary, admitted that
Enron and Kenny
Boy called him, too, for some special favors to save Enron.
Didn’t he
mention this to you? They claim to have called your chief of staff,
Andrew
Card, and he said he didn’t bother to inform you. What does
your
mother-in-law think about these boys her daughter’s husband consorts
with?

I love watching the O’Neill and Evans show. What a couple of
cut-ups!
They’re, like, all proud of themselves for “not doing Enron any
favors.”
Actually,  I think it’s more like they didn’t do your
MOTHER-IN-LAW any
favors. Enron got LOTS of favors. And why not? Kenny Boy
has been your
number one financial backer since you ran for governor. No
other American
or Saudi has given you more money than Kenny Boy and his gang
at
Enron.  O’Neill, Evans, Cheney, Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham —
ALL of
them gave Lay and Enron special favors from day one. The New York
Times
last May was so concerned about how Kenny had the run of the place
(1600
Pennsylvania Ave.), they referred to Lay as the “shadow advisor to
the
president.”

And what advice! Who was it that wanted you to
deregulate the energy
industry further? Kenny Boy! Who was it that convinced
you to explore the
sick idea of PRIVATIZING our water supply and then allow
private
corporations to “trade” it in the future? Kenny Boy! Who was it that
wanted
Social Security to be tied to the stock market? Yup, Kenny Boy!
(Imagine,
if you will, what would have happened to our precious Social
Security funds
had they been invested in Enron stocks as you, George,
suggested be done
during your campaign as yuppies everywhere clucked along in
agreement over
that genius idea.)

O’Neill’s and Evans’s admission that
they “did nothing” when Enron told
them of the company’s shell game and
impending collapse is reason enough
for you and yours to hit the Beltway and
never return to that sacred trust
we call Our American Government. They are
proud of “doing nothing?” By
doing nothing, millions of Americans have been
swindled. Tens of thousands
have lost their jobs. Thousands more have lost
their savings and their
retirement. Yet your cabinet secretaries gloat over
what a “good job” you
and they did by “doing nothing.”

Let me ask you
this: If someone was setting a house on fire, and they
called you to help
them set it on fire, and you said no you wouldn’t help
them — BUT then you
also DIDN’T call 911 and inform the police that
someone was going to burn
down a house, do you think you would have
committed a crime?

Of course
you would have! You had prior knowledge and then you knowingly
and
purposefully HID this information from the authorities and the people
living
in the house! You only admitted that you knew a house was going to
be torched
when you were confronted by the police. Are you complicit? Yes!
Are you an
accessory? Yes! Who would even think of going around boasting,
“Hey, look
what a great guy I am — a friend of mine told me he was going
to commit an
act of arson, and then I decided NOT to tell ANYONE about
it!!
WHOO-HOO!!”

Enron and Kenny Boy bought your silence and the
silence of your cabinet
members. You yourself didn’t have to actually raid
the 401(k) accounts of
those poor people in Houston (many of whom probably
voted for you every
time your name was on a ballot). All you had to do was
remain silent,
change the government regulations that let them get away with
it, and
install their hand-picked cronies to sit on the “oversight” boards
which
were supposed to be keeping an eye on them.

While doing all
this, you told the American people that these rich friends
of yours were not
getting any special breaks — when, in fact, Enron had
already scammed their
way out of paying NO taxes in four out of the last
five years. Your economic
“stimulus” bill that you got the House to pass
after 9-11 had a section that
would give Enron a gift of $250 million of
our tax money. You were pushing
this bill in November and December, long
after your administration knew that
Enron was raiding the vault and
screwing its workers and
investors.

You and your Republican friends are quick to point out that
Enron had their
claws into the Democrats as well. Yes, they did, and thank
you for making
the case why we not only need an alternative to the current
make-up of the
Democratic Party, we need private money removed from our
electoral process
ASAP.

But, George, let’s be real — the Democrats
only got a pittance from Enron
compared to the millions you and the
Republicans received. Democrats just
don’t have the killer instinct to do
anything right, and they certainly
don’t know much about making money the
old-fashioned way, one off-shore tax
shelter at a time. I would expect
nothing less from a Party that couldn’t
even put their candidate in the White
House after he had already won the
election.

The Democrats are like a
Yugo — you know it won’t last long or work well,
but it will occasionally
get the job done. Fat cats know they can buy the
Democrats at discount
prices, and so they do. Anyone who tries to deflect
this scandal away from
you, George, or away from the Republicans, or away
from the whole dirty way
we elect our leaders, is someone who is
desperately trying to cling to what’s
left of a very crooked system that
has to go and go now.

The saddest
part of this whole affair was the day the scandal was revealed
– and you
denied that you even knew your good friend, Kenneth Lay. “Ken
who?” you said.
Oh, he’s just some businessman from Texas. “Heck, he backed
my opponent for
governor, Ann Richards!” was your way of trying to deflect
the truth that was
hitting you like a Mack truck. You knew that he, in
fact, endorsed YOU and
gave you THREE times the money Ann Richards ever saw
from him.

I
hardly ever talk to the guy, you said. You were like Peter in the Garden
of
Gethsemane, denying he knew Jesus, three times. And then the *censored*
crowed. And
Peter felt shame and ran away.

What shame do you feel tonight, George,
for the lies you have told? What
shame do you feel using the dead of 9-11 as
a cover for your actions,
hoping that our sorrow for those lost souls and our
fear of being killed by
terrorists would distract us from what your boys and
Kenny Boy were up to
during those horrific weeks in September and
October?

It was during those very days, while the rest of us were in
shock and
sadness, that the executives at Enron were selling off their stock
and
shifting assets to their 900 phony partnerships overseas. Did they
notice
the remains of the dead being pulled from the rubble while they
were
downloading their millions, or were their eyes glued only to the
bottom
third of the TV screen as the stock ticker with the rigged Enron
price
crawled across the images of firemen desperate, in tears, to find
their
fallen brothers?

The country was behind you when you said you
were fighting the evildoers
who did this. In fact, all the while, the real
fight your friends at Enron
were conducting was the fight against the clock,
to see how fast they could
transfer all the loot to their personal accounts
and run away. Those were
the evildoers, George, and you knew it. And because
you, by design or
negligence, allowed this to happen, it is time for you to
resign. The *censored*
has crowed for the last time.

At the very least, your
mother-in-law deserves better.

Yours,

Michael
Moore
American
Son-in-law
Owner of 7th LARGEST COMPANY IN AMERICA!
(revised ranking)
http://www.michaelmoore.com
mmflint@aol.com

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Axis of Just As Evil

January 26, 2002 at 1:39 am
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ANGERED BY SNUBBING, LIBYA, CHINA
SYRIA FORM AXIS OF JUST AS EVIL

Bitter after being snubbed for membership in the “Axis of Evil,” Libya, China, and Syria today announced they had formed the “Axis of Just as Evil,” which they said would be way eviler than that stupid Iran-Iraq-North Korea axis President Bush warned of his State of the Union address.


N. Korea Wondering What It Has To Do To Get US Attention

“Everyone in my country refers to me as ‘Dear Leader.’ Is that not disturbingly cultish?”Kim continued. “I do not understand why President Bush is so much more interested in Saddam than me. I’m a strange, despotic, unpredictable madman, too, you know.”

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New Book Alleges that U.S. Was in Negotiations to Do a Deal with Taliban

January 12, 2002 at 3:20 pm
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Check this out.

AMERICAN MORNING WITH PAULA ZAHN

Explosive New Book Published in France Alleges that U.S. Was in Negotiations to Do a Deal with Taliban

Aired January 8, 2002 – 07:34 ET

Source


THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.
PAULA ZAHN, CNN ANCHOR: Time to check in with ambassador-in- residence, Richard Butler, this morning. An explosive new book published in France alleges that the United States was in negotiations to do a deal with the Taliban for an oil pipeline in Afghanistan.

Joining us right now is Richard Butler to shed some light on this new book. He is the former chief U.N. weapons inspector. He is now on the Council on Foreign Relations and our own ambassador-in- residence — good morning.

RICHARD BUTLER, FMR. U.N. WEAPONS INSPECTOR: Good morning, Paula.

ZAHN: Boy, if any of these charges are true…

BUTLER: If…

ZAHN: … this…

BUTLER: Yes.

ZAHN: … is really big news.

BUTLER: I agree.

ZAHN: Start off with what your understanding is of what is in this book — the most explosive charge.

BUTLER: The most explosive charge, Paula, is that the Bush administration — the present one, just shortly after assuming office slowed down FBI investigations of al Qaeda and terrorism in Afghanistan in order to do a deal with the Taliban on oil — an oil pipeline across Afghanistan.

ZAHN: And this book points out that the FBI’s deputy director, John O’Neill, actually resigned because he felt the U.S. administration was obstructing…

BUTLER: A proper…

ZAHN: … the prosecution of terrorism.

BUTLER: Yes, yes, a proper intelligence investigation of terrorism. Now, you said if, and I affirmed that in responding to you. We have to be careful here. These are allegations. They’re worth airing and talking about, because of their gravity. We don’t know if they are correct. But I believe they should be investigated, because Central Asian oil, as we were discussing yesterday, is potentially so important. And all prior attempts to have a pipeline had to be done through Russia. It had to be negotiated with Russia.

Now, if there is to be a pipeline through Afghanistan, obviating the need to deal with Russia, it would also cost less than half of what a pipeline through Russia would cost. So financially and politically, there’s a big prize to be had. A pipeline through Afghanistan down to the Pakistan coast would bring out that Central Asian oil easier and more cheaply.

ZAHN: (UNINTELLIGIBLE) as you spoke about this yesterday, we almost immediately got a call from “The New York Times.”

BUTLER: Right.

ZAHN: They want you to write an op-ed piece on this over the weekend.

BUTLER: Right, and which I will do.

ZAHN: But let’s come back to this whole issue of what John O’Neill, this FBI agent…

BUTLER: Right.

ZAHN: … apparently told the authors of this book. He is alleging that — what — the U.S. government was trying to protect U.S. oil interests? And at the same time, shut off the investigation of terrorism to allow for that to happen?

BUTLER: That’s the allegation that instead of prosecuting properly an investigation of terrorism, which has its home in Afghanistan as we now know, or one of its main homes, that was shut down or slowed down in order to pursue oil interests with the Taliban. The people who we have now bombed out of existence, and this not many months ago. The book says that the negotiators said to the Taliban, you have a choice. You have a carpet of gold, meaning an oil deal, or a carpet of bombs. That’s what the book alleges.

ZAHN: Well, I know you’re going to be doing your own independent homework on this…

BUTLER: Yes.

ZAHN: … to see if you can confirm any of this. Let’s move on to the whole issue of Iraq. The deputy defense secretary, Paul Wolfowitz, at one time was considered one of those voices within the administration…

BUTLER: Yes.

ZAHN: … that was pushing for moving beyond Afghanistan. He seemed to back off a little from that yesterday.

BUTLER: Yes.

ZAHN: What do you read through the tea leaves here?

BUTLER: A very interesting report that the administration will focus on the Philippines, Yemen, Somalia as places where there are al Qaeda cells. But the word Iraq wasn’t used by the man who was the chief hawk — used as a, you know, as a future target. So what I interpret from that is this: That very likely our allies have been saying to us, this is too hard. This is really serious. Be careful. Saddam is essentially contained at the moment. Don’t start, you know, a bigger problem either in the Arab world or in the coalition by going after him. And Wolfowitz, it seems, has probably accepted that.

ZAHN: A quick thought on the Israelis intercepting this latest armed shipment? What that means? You’ve got to do it in about 15 seconds.

BUTLER: It’s extraordinarily serious, because it seems to have been tied to Yasser Arafat himself. It needs to be further investigated, but you know, Paula, the potentiality that this could once again prove an impediment to resume peace negotiations is really quite serious.

ZAHN: Thank you as usual for covering so much territory. Richard Butler, see you same time, same place tomorrow morning.

BUTLER: (UNINTELLIGIBLE).

ZAHN: We appreciate your insights.

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More on the police state

December 18, 2001 at 11:28 am
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Folks,


If I should turn up missing some day for my rants about energy policy and the Bush administration…call the FBI.


On the other hand, don’t. Best to pretend you don’t know me.


–C


—————-

A guy was at the 24
Hour Fitness on Folsom Street in SF and was reported to the FBI by someone
at the gym for talking about how the war in Afghanistan was also tied
to oil profits… That’s just great.


The FBI’s House Calls

“Rant about capitalism in the gym, and the FBI may
pay you a visit. A tale of the new police state.”

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