Posted by: quiscus | September 4, 2010

September 4, 2010

1.  ” 5 Jaw-Dropping Stories in Wikileaks’ Archives Begging for National Attention

Many files, beyond the Afghan War Diary and the ‘Collateral Murder’ video, continue to hide in plain sight on Wikileaks’ Web site.”

2.  “As Iraq War Continues, a Surge in Contractors

Private Contractors Also Engaged in Combat Missions”

3.  America has the most gullible, bloodthirsty population on the planet.  Stupid sheeple.

Poll Suggests Americans Buying ‘End of War’ in Iraq

Sudden Shift Shows Americans View War Positively in Retrospect”

July serving as the deadliest month in over two years for Iraqi civilians. US military officials on the ground in Iraq predict that the Iraqis will eventually ask the US to stay beyond the supposedly “firm” December 2011 deadline for leaving the country.”

4.  “AP Issues Standards Memo: ‘Combat In Iraq Is Not Over’

At some point in the last two weeks, you may have been told by someone in the news that combat operations in Iraq were over, and that the last combat troop had left the country. Well, the Associated Press is not having any of it, and in a memo from their standards editor, Tom Kent, the law in this regard has been laid down, in no uncertain terms: “To begin with, combat in Iraq is not over, and we should not uncritically repeat suggestions that it is, even if they come from senior officials.”

5.  “Mosque near ground zero controversy simmers … with media help

But polls can create their own controversy because they produce answers only to the questions that are asked, says Graham Wilson, a political scientist at Boston University.

“In many ways this controversy echoes what political scientists have long documented about public opinion,” he says via e-mail. Tell Americans that something is in the Constitution and ask them if they agree with it and they’ll say, ‘Sure.’ Ask them the same question without mentioning the Constitution and you get a very different result, he notes.

“Here we’ve got a clear exercise-of-religion question, but if you bring in 9/11 or even just Islam and don’t remind people of our Constitution and founding principles, then you get a different result,” he says.

He would like to see a joint statement from the various living US presidents affirming the constitutional issue.

The American public needs to be reminded what the Constitution says and both our friends and foes in the Islamic world need to hear us saying that loud and clear. “Let’s be clear: ‘Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,’ ” he says.”

6.  “Report: Pentagon declined to investigate child-porn purchases by employees”

7.  “US Pushing Drugged, Vaccinated, Chlorinated Chickens on the World

Chlorinated chicken poses a health risk

Despite global acceptance of US chicken decontamination procedures, chlorine is a known carcinogen. It reacts with and is retained by muscle tissue, but especially fats and the liver of chickens. [12]  It is a boon for the poultry industry, though. Chlorine treated chicken carcasses weigh more than those treated with unchlorinated water. [13]

As to carcass sanitation, “the most common (and recommended) disinfecting method is steamed/hot water (>180 ºF) instead of applying antimicrobial substances,” explains Marc Thibault of Green Age.”

8.  “Why Americans Elect Awful Presidents

A Delusional democracy which favors corporate, wealthy and elitist interests over those of ordinary Americans

For years I muttered mentally to myself about the insanity of Americans electing George W. Bush president.  Now I go through the same agony about the craziness of the nation electing Barack Obama president.  As much as I thought Bush was a manipulated second-rate politician that carried out the terribly destructive policies pushed by Cheney and other conservative corporate shills, now I feel equally angry that so many voters fell for the slick rhetoric and lies of Obama.  Disgust produces public thirst for change and Obama was wickedly brilliant at selling change.  When voters are so easily victimized what does democracy amount to?

All this tells me that any nation that can elect such inept people president can also elect other people that appear to have no right or chance to be president of the United States just as Bush and Obama once appeared before they were sold to the public.  That is what is so frightening about the future of this nation.  The two-party plutocracy with its stranglehold on the American political system has the power to elect presidents that are an insult to the great ones that once served the nation with pride and competence.

I keep searching for explanations why millions of American voters make such bad electoral decisions.  Are they just so stupid, uninformed and distracted that they fall for endless political lies?  Have Americans become so easily manipulated and fooled by advertising and brilliant political campaigns that they can be sold terrible presidents as easily as unneeded, low quality and unhealthy products?

Yes, all this seems too true.  Delusional voters have produced our delusional democracy which strongly favors corporate, wealthy and elitist interests over ordinary Americans.  This explains frightening economic inequality and the demise of the middle class.  In the late 1970s, the richest 1 percent of American families took in about 9 percent of the nation’s total income; by 2007, the top 1 percent took in 23.5 percent of total income (less than 5 million people).  Two-thirds of the nation’s total income gains from 2002 to 2007 flowed to this sliver of households, which saw a rise of 62 percent, compared to 4 percent for the bottom 90 percent of households.  Today, the median male worker earns less, adjusted for inflation, than he did 30 years ago.  A corrupt bipartisan system gave us this.  Is this the change you were waiting for?

Considering Bush and Obama from a right-left perspective misses their several critical commonalities.  Both have wasted the nation’s wealth and lives on two ludicrous, unnecessary wars in Iraq and Afghanistan .  Both turned out to be pretty good communicators during their presidential campaigns but quite lousy after they became president.  The more intelligent and articulate Obama is particularly striking in being totally lackluster when it comes to addressing major issues and crises and building public support for his policies, which now explains his very low approval ratings.

Both pursued public policies and government programs that preferentially benefit corporate and other special interests, especially the financial sector.  This is no surprise because both depended on huge amounts of corporate money to get elected.  They both have responsibility for the economic meltdown that still exists for a large fraction of the nation.  A large majority of Americans correctly see the nation on the wrong track, but more importantly it is hurtling down the wrong track, which President Obama ignores, because he lacks solutions.

What may turn out to be the most disturbing similarity is that Obama may get elected for a second term just like Bush accomplished despite uninspiring performance.  If there is anything more disturbing than electing awful politicians with no real record of accomplishments it is reelecting them for a second term!  More than anything else this demonstrates the absence of true, effective political competition and the ability to brainwash and manipulate voters.

For years I hoped that some third party presidential candidate would emerge, capture public confidence and offer a true reform program to repair our nation.  But sadly the political system has been so corrupted that no third party presidential candidate stands a chance against the two-party plutocracy.  The biggest nonsense is that the US is the greatest democracy on Earth.  There are many other democracies where multiple political parties give citizens far more choices than Americans have.  It pays to remember that no nation ever copied the government structure of the US .  Instead, other democracies where citizens also have freedom use parliamentary structures with far more political choices and even the ability to more easily get rid of rotten leaders.  Here we suffer with disappointing presidents for far too many years.”

9.  ”

In the Post today, Milbank justifies the targeting of Social Security recipients and wounded veterans on the ground that nothing should be “sacrosanct” when considering how to solve America’s deficit problem.  Leaving aside the fact that Social Security is not really a deficit issue, the true causes of America’s debt and deficits are absolutely sacrosanct and will never be attacked by this Commission.  Does anyone believe it’s even remotely possible that meaningful cuts in America’s war and military spending, surveillance and intelligence networks, or even corporate-plundering of America’s health care system will be enacted as a result of this Commission process?  Of course not.  Those genuine debt-causing policies are “sacrosanct” because the people who profit from them own and control Washington (and share common socio-economic interests with the millionaire Commission members targeting social programs and the billionaires who are behind this).  It’s the people who don’t control Washington — ordinary Americans who need Social Security — who are being targeted in order to feed even further the fattest, most piggish factions actually in control.  That’s what makes this process so ugly and odious.”


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