Posted by: quiscus | June 7, 2010

June 7, 2010

1.  Just like the Nazi Doctor Of Death Mengele:

http://rawstory.com/rs/2010/0607/doctors-group-bush-administration-conducted-medical-experiments-detainees/

2.  Well, it’s a start:

“The IDF’s latest version of the audio is actually the third version the military organization has released. Its first audio version of the incident, a one-minute clip released the day of the raid, did not include any of the controversial comments — no voices can be heard saying “Go back to Auschwitz” or “remember 9/11.”

Critics of Israel have suggested the audio clip — and the IDF’s admission it was edited — shows the Israeli military is involved in a propaganda campaign to discredit the flotilla as a humanitarian effort. ”

http://rawstory.com/rs/2010/0606/idf-admits-doctoring-audio-gaza-flotilla/

3.  Good, it if happens:

“Tories ready to reopen Dr David Kelly suicide inquiry”

http://911blogger.com/news/2010-06-07/tories-ready-reopen-dr-david-kelly-suicide-inquiry

4.  “Our Enemies, the Israelis

When will we wake up to the threat?

And what about the rest of Cameron’s fascinating and detailed four-part report, which not only avers the Israelis were watching and aware of the 9/11 hijackers, but also exposes an extensive spy operation and systematic industrial espionage in the US?

Disguised as ill feelings toward Barack Obama, the rabid anti-Americanism on the rise in Israel may seem bizarre, on the surface: why hate your best friend? Yet this development is perfectly understandable. How would you like it if your “best friend” supported you, protected you, succored you, and gave you everything you needed and wanted, so that eventually you were lost in his all-encompassing embrace? At some point, if you had any kind of character, you’d come to resent it – and even hate it, whilst hating yourself for allowing it.

The “special relationship” is a poisonous and deeply dysfunctional relationship, which benefits one party at the growing expense of the other. Sooner or later it will end, but how? With an open break, perhaps even a violent conflict – remember how Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen refused to rule out shooting down an Israeli jet crossing Iraqi airspace en route to Iran? Or, more probably, with a covert Israeli action of some sinister sort? In any event, you can be sure that Washington greatly fears the answer to that question.”
http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2010/06/06/our-enemies-the-israelis/

5.  “Defending the indefensible: a how-to guide

Powerful states often do bad things. When they do, government officials and sympathizers inevitably try to defend their conduct, even when those actions are clearly wrong or obviously counterproductive. This is called being an “apologist,” although people who do this rarely apologize for much of anything.

Here are my 21 handy talking-points when you need to apply the white-wash”

http://walt.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2010/06/02/defending_the_indefensible_a_how_to_guide

6.  Good:

“Jewish flotilla to break Gaza siege

German Jewish group prepares flotilla to protest Israel’s blockade on Gaza. ‘Activists frightened, but not by Hamas,’ member of organization says

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3899915,00.html

7.  “Jewish Gaza Aid Flotilla Planned

Now a German Jewish organization, Jewish Voice for Peace in the Middle East, is planning an aid flotilla to Gaza! Please send them money.

There are over 250,000 Jews in contemporary Germany, and more Jews immigrated to Germany in 2005 than to Israel. Four-fifths of them are Russian Jews who prefer Berlin to Beersheva. And, there are some Israelis among them who have similar preferences. In further evidence of how Israel can actually be bad for Jews, the Israeli government lobbied Germany in 2004 to restrict Jewish immigration. But there are now more Jews in Germany than there were in 1939 before the Holocaust. (True, there are not more than in the Weimar Republic, but that is where the trend line is going despite Israeli attempts to foment discriminatory immigration policies toward Jews.)”
http://www.juancole.com/

8.  “BP Chief Tony Hayward Sold Shares Weeks Before Oil Spill”

http://globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=19592

9.  “New Director of National Intelligence: Overseeing Aggression Abroad, Repression at Home”

http://globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=19590

10.  “Our hard-core, adversarial press corps

I personally don’t think that these types of interactions “violate journalistic ethics” because I don’t think such a thing exists for them.  Rather, all of this just helpfully reveals what our nation’s leading “journalists” really are:  desperate worshipers of political power who are far more eager to be part of it and to serve it than to act as adversarial checks against it — and who, in fact, are Royal Court Spokespeople regardless of which monarch is ruling.  That’s why they’re invited into the heart of Versailles to frolic with the King’s most trusted aides:  it’s their reward for loyal service as Court courtiers.  Just marvel at the self-abasing joy in which Ed Henry wallows by virtue of getting to play water sports with Emanuel and the Bidens.  He sounds like a gushing pre-adolescent who just met his favorite boy band idol and got his water gun signed.  Digby asks, quite rhetorically:  “do you think this sort of thing makes it easier or more difficult for journalists to maintain their independence.

The platitude teaches that power corrupts, but so, too, does faithfully serving power and reaping its trivial though ego-building rewards”

http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/glenn_greenwald/2010/06/07/washington/index.html

11.  “The Christian Fascists Are Growing Stronger

Those who embrace this movement see life as an epic battle against forces of evil and Satanism. The world is black and white. They need to feel, even if they are not, that they are victims surrounded by dark and sinister groups bent on their destruction. They need to believe they know the will of God and can fulfill it, especially through violence. They need to sanctify their rage, a rage that lies at the core of the ideology. They seek total cultural and political domination. They are using the space within the open society to destroy it. These movements work within the confining rules of the secular state because they have no choice. The intolerance they promote is muted in the public assurances of their slickest operators. Given enough power, and they are working hard to get it, any such cooperation will vanish. The demand for total control and for a Christian nation and the refusal to permit any dissent are on display within their inner sanctums. These pastors have established within their churches tiny, despotic fiefdoms, and they seek to replicate these little tyrannies on a larger scale.

There are wild contradictions within this belief system. Personal independence is celebrated alongside an abject subservience to leaders who claim to speak for God. The movement says it defends the sanctity of life and advocates the death penalty, militarism, war and righteous genocide. It speaks of love and promotes fear of damnation and hate. There is a terrifying cognitive dissonance in every word they utter.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article25644.htm

12.  “Key Indicators of a New Depression

It’s no surprise, then, that about 40 million people – or one out of every eight Americans – are receiving food stamps in Great Depression II. During the height of Great Depression I, the rate was just one out of thirty-five Americans. Even with the stimulus programs, Great Depression II is actually worse on this measure than Great Depression I – and the USDA estimates that the program could grow by another 50%. Who will pay for this growing program if everyone is out of work?

Despite tax credits that have created a rush of purchases this spring, housing is in just as bad shape. During Great Depression I, home prices dropped some 15% from their pre-depression peak (achieved in 1925). In Great Depression II, housing is down at least 30% from the pre-depression peak (achieved in 2005), with some markets down more than 50%.”

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article25646.htm

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