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Signs of the Times for Thu, 30 Mar 2006

Rodrique Tremblay
The New American Empire
The U.S. is so often involved in armed conflicts, war is beginning to be seen as a sports event. For many Americans, starting with George W. Bush, the former owner of a baseball team, a war is a bit like a baseball or football game; the aim of this game is simply to be the strongest and to win. In doing so, the people are entertained and the media are occupied with subject matter to fill their pages and airtime. In the U.S., war is part of the entertainment industry.

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Wednesday March 29th 2006, 2:33 pm
Kurt Nimmo
Another Day in the Empire
If you believe the line towed by the corporate media, a line manufactured in the deep recesses of the Pentagon, the United States stumbled into Iraq based on "intelligence failures." According to Vernon Loeb of the Washington Post, former CIA analyst and PNAC conspirator Reuel Marc Gerecht, writing under the pen name Edward G. Shirley, tells us the CIA has "grown intellectually dishonest" and the intelligence the agency produced is "often nearly worthless." Because of this, the neocons created the Office of Special Plans (OSP), managed by the Leo Strauss scholar Abram Shulsky, and offered up their own "intelligence," mostly gleaned from the overactive imagination of the convicted embezzler Ahmed Chalabi and the so-called "Iraqi chemical engineer" (and the brother of a top lieutenant of Chalabi) colorfully nicknamed Curveball. It is important to note that Chalabi's lies and fabrications were used by Shulsky's OSP-and subsequently fed to an eager shill, New York Times columnist Judith Miller, for wide dissemination-because a key tenet of the Straussian philosophy is the necessity of deception.

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By Mark Twain
It was a time of great and exalting excitement. The country was up in arms, the war was on, in every breast burned the holy fire of patriotism; the drums were beating, the bands playing, the toy pistols popping, the bunched firecrackers hissing and spluttering; on every hand and far down the receding and fading spread of roofs and balconies a fluttering wilderness of flags flashed in the sun; daily the young volunteers marched down the wide avenue gay and fine in their new uniforms, the proud fathers and mothers and sisters and sweethearts cheering them with voices choked with happy emotion as they swung by; nightly the packed mass meetings listened, panting, to patriot oratory which stirred the deepest deeps of their hearts and which they interrupted at the briefest intervals with cyclones of applause, the tears running down their cheeks the while; in the churches the pasters preached devotion to flag and country and invoked the God of Battles, beseeching His aid in our good cause in outpouring of fervid eloquence which moved every listener. It was indeed a glad and gracious time, and the half-dozen rash spirits that ventured to disapprove of the war and cast doubt upon its righteousness straightway got such a stern and angry warning that for their personal safety's sake they quickly shrank out of sight and offended no more in that way.

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Money Matters

money.png Economy Grows at 1.7 Percent Pace

money.png Silver storms above $11/oz, gold price rebounds

money.png Nasdaq hits 5-year high

money.png U.S. bonds dive after decision on rates

money.png GM Begins Firing Salaried Workers at About 30 U.S. Locations

u-s-flag.png Illegal Workers: the Cons' Secret Weapon

cowboy_hat.png George Bush is LAUGHING at you if aren't speaking out for CENSURE

save_energy.png Americans at "tipping point" about energy: poll

money.png New Orleans Health Care Still in Shambles

money.png Join the Reserve Bank of Australia and Property Masters' Dots

money.png Brazil's Lula Lashes Out At Rich Nations


u-s-flag.png Katrina Evacuees Wear Out Stay in Houston

u-s-flag.png Flashback: Barbara Bush: Things Working Out 'Very Well' for Poor Evacuees from New Orleans

cowboy_hat.png Bush's War of Nerve

alarmclock.png Pentagon block on move for safer water

stormtrooper.png U.S. firm offers 'private armies' for low-intensity conflicts

stormtrooper.png Army relaxes tattoo rules to attract recruits

vader.png Brain drain hits Homeland Security

u-s-flag.png Primary voting-machine troubles raise concerns for '06

u-s-flag.png Ky. Boy, 13, Charged With Threatening Bush

Iraq: American Colony

grenade.png In Iraq, frontline patience wears thin

grenade.png A dangerous war makes a staggering shift

u-s-flag.png Bush's call for removal of Iraqi PM threatens rift with Shias

u-s-flag.png Political uncertainty grips Iraq as talks cancelled

u-s-flag.png Fear Up Harsh: The Iraqi Civil War in Context

vader.png 'If you start looking at them as humans, then how are you gonna kill them?'

u-s-flag.png Finding no fault

read_important.png Reporter Jill Carroll Freed in Baghdad

u-s-flag.png Australia demands Iraq shooting probe

American Justice

vader.png Man Found Guilty of Plotting to Kill Bush

u-s-flag.png Flashback: The Real Story of John Walker Lindh

lady_liberty.png US officials charged with lying in botched 2003 terrorism trial

smiley-tongue-out.png Ex-lobbyist Abramoff gets 6 years

smiley-tongue-out.png Congressman Denies He Got Deal on House

u-s-flag.png Fitzgerald Will Seek New White House Indictments

vader.png Ball In The Supreme's Court

stormtrooper.png New Orleans Officers Indicted in Beating

Around the World

attention_sign.png Charles Taylor arrested but trial still months away

vader.png Indonesia, Britain to fight terrorism together: Blair

grenade.png Suicide attacker dies, 7 Afghans hurt in blast

road_cone.png Seven people hurt in gas blast in Israeli city

reptile_eye.png Reactions to the Israel Vote: Israel's Political Right has Collapsed

reptile_eye.png Israel's Election: Voting the Social Agenda

nuclear.png N-bomb: 'Saudi secretly working with Pak experts'

reptile_eye.png Result could spell end of US role in pushing for peace

stormtrooper.png US Navy prepares aircraft carrier strike group for "major training exercise"

Next Stop: Iran

red_flag.png U.N. Security Council passes nuclear demands for Iran

dr_evil.png Neo-con cabal blocked 2003 nuclear talks

reptile_eye.png Iran In NeoCon CrossHairs

red_flag.png Iran Defiantly Rejects New U.N. Demands

stormtrooper.png US presses for longer-term measures on Iran

attention_sign.png Iran To Stage Massive Gulf Military Maneuver

Jewish lobby? What Jewish lobby?

reptile_eye.png There is no Israel 'Lobby'

reptile_eye.png Trial of Aipac lobbyists gets postponed one month

reptile_eye.png It's The Media, Stupid

reptile_eye.png An "Alliance" of Violence

attention_sign.png Hamas takes power

reptile_eye.png US cuts diplomatic ties with Hamas government

Mother Nature's Revenge

earth.png UN Conference Calls For Alert Systems For All Disasters By 2015

earth.png Global Warming: Be Very Afraid

earth.png Cyclone Glenda lashes Australia

earth.png Moderate earthquake jolts northern Japan; no reports of casualties, damage

earth.png Rolling on the River: It will be 10 more years before New Orleans is safe

Science and Quirks

lightbulb.png Smart Kids' Brains May Mature Later

garfield.png Crazy Cat Terrorizes Connecticut Town

smiley-face.png Ark's Quantum Quirks

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