[APR-news] February 6, 2007

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www.altpr.org - February 6, 2007

War means blind obedience, unthinking stupidity, brutish callousness, wanton 
destruction, and irresponsible murder. - Alexander Berkman

Forgotten February (A brief peek at America's unrestrained brutality)
By Mickey Z.

Edgar L. Jones, a former war correspondent in the Pacific, wrote in the 
Atlantic Monthly: "What kind of war do civilians suppose we fought anyway? 
We shot prisoners in cold blood, wiped out hospitals, strafed lifeboats, 
killed or mistreated enemy civilians, finished off the enemy wounded, tossed 
the dying into a hole with the dead, and in the Pacific boiled flesh off 
enemy skulls to make table ornaments for sweethearts, or carved their bones 
into letter openers."

The Ubiquitous Sprawls of America
By David Rovics

All of society begins to resemble a mass of cancer cells. Some cities grow 
wildly in every direction, eating up all land and community around them, 
spewing toxins from coal-fired power plants and the exhaust pipes of SUVs. 
Other cities die, leaving behind their toxic shells. The people move further 
and further away, driving ever more, working ever more, losing their time, 
their physical and mental health.

Other articles of interest

The Agenda Restated
Jim Kunstler, Clusterfuck Nation

Expand your view beyond the question of how we will run all the cars by 
means other than gasoline. This obsession with keeping the cars running at 
all costs could really prove fatal. It is especially unhelpful that so many 
self-proclaimed "greens" and political "progressives" are hung up on this 
monomaniacal theme. Get this: the cars are not part of the solution (whether 
they run on fossil fuels, vodka, used frymaxT oil, or cow shit). They are at 
the heart of the problem. And trying to salvage the entire Happy Motoring 
system by shifting it from gasoline to other fuels will only make things 
much worse. The bottom line of this is: start thinking beyond the car. We 
have to make other arrangements for virtually all the common activities of 
daily life.

Five Axioms of Sustainability
Richard Heinberg, Global Public Media

I have named this axiom for Joseph Tainter, author of the classic study, The 
Collapse of Complex Societies, which demonstrates that collapse is a 
frequent if not universal fate of complex societies, and argues that 
collapse is directly related to declining returns on efforts to support 
growing levels of societal complexity with energy harvested from the 
environment. Jared Diamond's book Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or 
Succeed similarly makes the argument that collapse is the common destiny of 
societies that ignore resource constraints.

Global warming myths and lies
PeakEngineer, Energy Bulletin

As the fervor over global warming continues to permeate the discussions of 
politicians and the media alike, I've noticed a stock set of anecdotal 
arguments from those who choose to remain unconvinced of anthropogenic 
global warming. A lot of their arguments remind me of the arguments of those 
who believe NASA faked the moon landings: "Well, in their pictures you don't 
see the stars, so it must have been done in a studio." Um, have you ever 
tried taking a picture of the night sky? How many stars do you see?

Zbigniew Brzezinski Before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee

It concerns me that Brzezinski is being flogged around the Internet as some 
sort of good guy.. Brzezinski's New World Order involves the heavy use of 
smoke and mirrors to keep the "vassals" in line. Brute force isn't a smart 
way to go about it. He's more about buying off elites in target states, 
selective use of black ops and building broad coalitions with other powerful 
criminals in order to dominate. Brzezinski's model is heavy on back channel 
manipulation, secret deals and the realization hegemony is going to happen 
with the U.S., or without the U.S. How do you go about it? This is where the 
split has obviously occurred. Cheney, et al. want to take it all for 
themselves by force. It's not any more complicated than that. Brzezinski's 
approach, and what we can think of as the approach of the "mainstream" 
elite, is to gather together and make a list of countries and resources that 
need to be exploited, and work out a multilateral program to accomplish 
those goals. (Watch the God Father movies!)

No Walk in the Park
Press Action

The U.S. government, headlined by its imperial actions in Iraq and 
Afghanistan, is leading the plundering of the planet. Through its unbridled 
economic and military policies, all species, not just humans, are threatened 
by the U.S. juggernaut. And all that these so-called friends of the antiwar 
movement offer us is suggestions to petition our elected leaders to vote for 
a particular bill or platitudes about the evil George W. Bush.

Annalee Newitz, AlterNet

What this GoDaddy disaster makes clear is that instant censorship is 
possible, with no court oversight, at almost any point in the data chain. 
And for users who aren't as savvy or well-connected as Vaskovich, getting 
shut down by GoDaddy would be essentially a death sentence for speech.

A 9/11 conspiracy virus is sweeping the world, but it has no basis in fact
George Monbiot, The Guardian

Loose Change is a sharp, slick film with an authoritative voiceover, but it 
drowns the truth in an ocean of nonsense.


Iraqi Journalists Seen as Enemies of Government

Ministers plan 'Big Brother' police powers

US Army sued for spying on blogs

US officer who refused to become a state terrorist and war criminal goes on 

US contractors becoming fourth branch of government

Mass Murdering Profiteers: Former generals who want US to stay in Iraq 
deeply involved in the war industry

Top secret army cell recruiting Iraqi insurgent double agents

Privatized prisons for immigrants

New Fort Detrick BioDefense Laboratory May Reflect a Bush Germ War Effort

Could a bunch of Nigerian militants in speedboats bring about a U.S. 

Earth will survive global warming but will we?

The hellish vision of life on a hotter planet

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