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October 12 - 13, 2005

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NOLA Senior Citizen Assaulted: It's Just Cops on the NWO Beat
By Kurt Nimmo

It would seem sadists and bullies are deliberately recruited as police
officers these days and the citizenry at large is the enemy. In New Orleans,
where citizens were victimized not only by the police-who organized roving
gangs looting apartments and stealing cars-but also by federal bureaucrats
and Blackwater security goons, the object is to send a message: if you
resist, if you speak out against corruption and sadistic personalities and
behavior, we'll kick your ass. Of course, considering the militarization of
the police around the country-and as we know, the job of the military is to
wreck things and kill people-this sort of victimization of the populace
should be expected. In many parts of the country, the police are trained to
consider the populace at large as the enemy. How else to explain tasered old
folks in wheelchairs and nine years olds handcuffed and hauled off like
burly crack dealers?

Society, Economy and Freedom: An Interview with Noam Chomsky
By Steven Durel

The number of lobbyists in Washington just exploded in the early 70's in an
effort to make sure that legislation was tightly controlled, that it fit the
business agenda. The
proliferation of new right wing think-tanks, like the American Enterprise
Institute, tried to control the range of permissible thoughts. There was a
massive campaign to take over radio and shift TV to the right. Even the
international financial system has changed, so as to permit free capital
flows, which had not been permitted in the earlier period. And it was well
understood by economists that one affect of that is to restrict the range of
democratic options. It gives investors essentially the ability to act like
what is sometimes called a "virtual senate." They can pass judgment on a
country's policies and, if they don't like them, they can destroy the

Other articles of interest

Hunger For Natural Gas
Stan Cox, AlterNet

The era of cheap natural gas, like that of cheap oil, is ending. We have
barely begun to assess the drastic, worldwide changes that will ensue.

The End of Cheap Oil
Dan Box, The Ecologist

Around the world entire countries are now suffering huge yearly declines in
their oil production, tightening the world's supply and helping to push up
prices. Among the most severely effected is the UK, which produced just over
two million barrels of oil a day last year, a fall of over ten percent on
2003 and down from a peak of almost three million barrels a day in 1999. The
same pattern can be seen in many of the other major oil-producing
countries - the United States, Indonesia, Norway, Venezuela, Oman, Syria -
in each, oil production has risen year on year until it hit a peak, after
which it steadily declined.

The Slow Crash
by Ran Prieur, ranprieur.com

Imagine the end of the world in moderation. It's hard. We tend to imagine
that either the "economy" will recover and we'll go on like 1999 forever,
plus flying cars, or else one day "the apocalypse happens" and every
component of the industrial system is utterly gone.

Food and class
Tom Philpott, Grist Magazine

Historically, people of limited means have tended to scrape by on what's
locally available, while the wealthy have used their resources to draw in
fancy food from far away. Now, that situation has turned upside down.
Economies of scale brought on by increasing consolidation, vast subsidies,
and wholesale, unchecked exploitation of immigrant labor have created a
system of cheap, plentiful, and dreadful food. Industrialization, mass
culture, wage stagnation, and Puritanism (e.g., prohibition) have almost
completely destroyed traditional foodways here, allowing McDonald's and the
home convenience-food industry to fill the void. A bad-feedback loop
thrives; the food industry shovels billions of dollars into marketing and
controls school lunches, leaving vast swaths of the population innocent of
alternatives and ignorant of what real food tastes like.

Dare to Bare
Meredith F. Small, NY Times

Parents and caretakers in these cultures see diapers as not the best, but
the worst alternative. Why bind bulky cloth around a small child? Why use a
disposable diaper that keeps buckets of urine next to tender skin? The trick
is that infants in these cultures are always physically entwined with a
parent or someone else, and "elimination communication" is the norm. With
bare bottoms, they ride on the hip or back and it's easy to feel when they
need to go. The result is no diaper rash, no washing cloth diapers, no
clogging the landfill with disposables, no frustrating struggle in the
bathroom with a furious 2-year-old.

'Occupy, resist, produce'
Argentina: the coops' dividend
Cécile Raimbeau, Le Monde Diplomatique

Argentina's economic crisis in 2001 sent many businesses to the wall. But
many who lost their jobs have occupied their workplaces and successfully
resumed production without their former bosses. Now these new cooperatives
are calling upon the state for reforms and policies to support them.

Srebrenica Revisited: Using War as an Excuse for More War
Diana Johnstone, CounterPunch

Srebrenica has become a sacred symbol of collective guilt, and to raise the
slightest question is to be instantly condemned as an apologist for
frightful crimes , or as a "holocaust denier". A left that retains any
capacity for critical thinking should regard the lavish public
breast-beating over "Srebrenica" (the quotation marks indicate the symbol
rather than the actual event) with a certain skepticism. If mainstream media
commentators and politicians are so extraordinarily moved by "Srebrenica",
this is because it has become an incantation to justify whatever future
foreign war the U.S. government and media decide to sell under the label of
"humanitarian intervention".

My Name Is Rachel Corrie
Cindy and Craig Corrie, Electronic Intifada

When our daughter Rachel Corrie was killed by an Israeli bulldozer in the
Gaza strip on March 16 2003, an immediate impulse was to get her words out
to the world. She had been working in Rafah with a nonviolent resistance
organisation, the International Solidarity Movement, trying to stop the
demolition of Palestinian homes and wells. Her emails home had had a
powerful impact on our family, making us think about the situation in the
Middle East in ways we had never done before. Without a direct connection to
Israel and Palestine, we had not understood the devastating nature of the
Palestinians' situation. Coming from the US, our allegiance and empathy had
always been with the people of Israel.

Don't Be Duped by Bottled Water
Patricia Lynn, Common Dreams

The industry, led by Pepsi, Nestlé, and Coke is trying to dupe us.
Misleading advertising is fueling the explosive growth of this industry.
According to the most recent statistics available, in 2002 bottled water
corporations spent $93.8 million to portray their products as "pure,"
 "safe," "clean," "healthy" and superior to tap water. They position bottled
water as healthy, when in reality it threatens our health and our
ecosystems, costs thousands of times what tap water costs, and undermines
local democratic control over a common resource.

Sacrificing Liberty for Security - The New American Way?
Jeff Nall, Impact Press

With fear guiding so many toward faith in security, the U.S. may travel a
path not unlike that prophesied by an 80-year-old dystopian novel, We.
Written by Russian author Yevgeny Zamyatin, We tells the story of a society,
the One State, that decides the "only means of ridding man of crime is
ridding him of freedom." To achieve its utopian society of perfect peace,
the One State eradicates individuality, privacy, and freedom; and the
citizens exalt the 'Guardians' (secret police), who monitor their every
action, for "lovingly protecting" them.

Protest and Pushback on Campus
Ryan Grim, The Nation

As a campus police officer put Tariq Khan in a chokehold, a lunchtime crowd
at George Mason University began egging the officer on. Chants of "Kick his
ass! Kick his ass!" were intermingled with cries of "Punch him!" "Kick him!"
and "Take him down!" Two students--one had earlier ripped a sign off Khan's
chest, the other had repeatedly called him a "pussy"--and a computer-lab
staff member assisted the officer in "apprehending" Khan, as university
spokesperson Dan Walsch put it, by piling on top of him and twisting his
body until he cried out in pain. Khan, 27, a four-year Air Force veteran and
a junior at GMU, had been walking through the Johnson Center on September 29
when he saw a Marine recruiter. He made up a sign, "Recruiters lie. Don't be
deceived," and silently stood next to the recruiter's table. Less than
thirty minutes later he found himself in the chokehold.

We need to be told
John Pilger, ICH

''The propagandist's purpose," wrote Aldous Huxley, "is to make one set of
people forget that certain other sets of people are human." The British, who
invented modern war propaganda and inspired Joseph Goebbels, were
specialists in the field. At the height of the slaughter known as the First
World War, the prime minister, David Lloyd George, confided to C P Scott,
editor of the Manchester Guardian: "If people really knew [the truth], the
war would be stopped tomorrow. But of course they don't know, and can't

Dying For the Emperor? No Way
Mike Rogers, LewRockwell.com

"US President Harry S. Truman, with consent of his top brass, ordered the
atomic bombings of Japan in order to save one million US lives. The Japanese
were fascists. They were religious fanatics who worshipped the emperor as
their God and were prepared to fight to the death. This was evidenced by the
Kamikaze pilots and vicious fighting in Saipan and Okinawa. The annual
Hiroshima and Nagasaki commemorations are exercises in blame-shifting and
obfuscation; the fact is that WW II in Asia and the Pacific was a war
between aggressive Japan and everyone else, and in each case, Japan was the
aggressor. Japan attacked the United States first." ~ An average US history

What a bunch of post-war revisionist nonsense. The above statement is pure
US government propaganda. It contains almost as many outrageous lies as it
does individual words. The only part of this statement that is absolutely
true is, "US President Harry S. Truman ordered the atomic bombings.


DHS and AOL: An Unholy Alliance

Corporations, government to track your every move

Parade magazine's Chavez smear

Political loyalty tests implemented for National Park Service

Poll: Americans Favor Bush's Impeachment If He Lied about Iraq

Giving Democracy the Bird

United States of America = Mass Murderers

United States: Thousands of Children Sentenced to Life without Parole

Indian Tribes and Hurricane Katrina: Overlooked by the Federal Government,
Relief Organizations and the Corporate Media

Iraq's oil production has fallen to its lowest point in a decade

Chilling effects of climate change in Antartica

Experts Link Massive New Mexico Tree Die-Offs to Warming

Greenpeace at War: the definitive pressure group is now just another bloated

Amazon Rainforest Suffers Worst Drought in Decades

Peruvian Farmers Move to End Terminator Seeds

Vince is first tropical cyclone on record to make landfall in Spain

Peak oil: We may be running out sooner than you think

Energy tsunami on the way

Filings Soar Before Bankruptcy Law Takes Effect

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