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Signs of the Times for Mon, 17 Apr 2006

Donald Hunt
Signs of the Times
April 17, 2006

Gold, oil and U.S. interest rates continued rising last week, rises that do not bode well for the imperial economy. However, as we have been saying for the past year, the future of the economy has more to do with non-economic events than economic ones. Specifically, if the United States attacks Iran (as seems increasingly likely), it's all over. Economic self-interest no longer explains the actions of those driving world events right now. The Neocons worship power, not money. In spite of the official economic ideology of the U.S. empire, they have little use for neoliberalism, except insofar as it advances their ambitions for power and control.

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Kurt Nimmo
Another Day in the Empire
Friday April 14th 2006, 5:56 pm
Doug Thompson, editor and publisher of Capitol Hill Blue, has slipped into warp drive. He believes you and I-those who believe the government was complicit or behind the attacks of nine eleven-are "fruitcakes, lemmings and scam artists." I'm not sure why Thompson has become so enraged at those of us who don't buy the official version (a fairy tale) and why he assumes we are either crazed tinfoil hatters or snake oil salesmen looking for a quick buck (and believe me, if you're interested in making a quick buck, you'd have more luck going door-to-door as a hawker of Amway products). His venom leads me to believe something is going on behind the scenes. I find it remarkably strange that Thompson believes his government is capable of setting up a police state, while on the other is unable to grasp the idea that very same government would kill its own citizens, as it has slaughtered thousands and thousands of Iraqis (and millions of Asians before the latest round of serial murder).

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Christopher Bollyn
American Free Press
While the media plays up the significance of the government show trial of the seemingly deranged "20th hijacker" Zacharias Moussaoui, not one 9-11 victim's lawsuit has been allowed to be heard in a trial by jury. Why have the 9-11 victims' families not been given the same right to have their cases heard in an open trial by a jury of their peers?

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Jeff Blankfort
Eric Alterman's take on the Mearsheimer-Walt article on The Israel Lobby seems to be the way that liberals and some on the left have chosen to respond to its damning evidence of the the lobby's pernicious influence on US Middle East policy. They begin by praising the authors for raising the issue and then attempt to discredit key elements of M-W's thesis by creating straw men and arguments that don't stand up to scrutiny. What is important is that the discussion about the role of the Israel Lobby is now a subject of a long-overdue public debate, and more important, exposure, and can no longer be bottled up.

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by Stephen Lendman
This essay has a duel purpose. I began it initially to explain how sophisticated and effective the dominant corporate media is in programming the public mind to believe whatever message they deliver regardless of whether it's true which it rarely is. I chose the title Reeducation 101 - Defogging and Reversing the Corporate Media's Programming of the Public Mind which I'm now using as the heading of my introductory section. Along with that discussion, I then planned a detailed case study example of how they're doing it by demonizing Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez Frias with a building and resonating drumbeat of invective in advance of the US government's fourth attempt to oust him. That discussion follows my introductory section.

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Dave Neiwert
Saturday, April 15, 2006
Those mass marches are having their effect: They're scaring the crap out of the nativists.

And they're fighting back in the usual, expected fashion ... by lying and making ugly but empty threats.

At least, we hope they're empty. Because what they're advocating, increasingly, is eliminating all 11 million illegal aliens in the United States. How they'll achieve that is something, however, they leave to our imaginations.

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Yahweh's Chosen Ones

reptile_eye.png "If we have to, we will occupy Gaza"

reptile_eye.png AJC Praises EU Policy on Hamas-led Government

reptile_eye.png At least 6 killed in Tel Aviv suicide blast

reptile_eye.png The Israel Lobby Redux

reptile_eye.png A tale of two Congress members and the Capitol Police

reptile_eye.png Ingathering: The Israeli election and the 'demographic problem'

reptile_eye.png Who is a terrorist?

reptile_eye.png Lebanese PM to lobby Pres. Bush on Israeli withdrawal from Shaba

Yahweh does Teheran

reptile_eye.png To Battle Stations! To Battle Stations!

reptile_eye.png So how close is a showdown over Iran?

republican.png Iran's leader will meet Saddam's fate, says Peres

u-s-flag.png Iran: Iraq replayed?

smiley-tongue-out.png Iran promises $50 million for Palestinians

u-s-flag.png New Worry Rises After Iran Claims Nuclear Steps

attention_sign.png Iran was not ordered to Stop Enrichment

reptile_eye.png US has been planning "Iran War" since 2003

red_flag.png U.S. Program Is Directed at Altering Iran's Politics

u-s-flag.png Iran suicide bombers 'ready to hit Britain'

The Big Blue Marble

saturn.png Fragmented Comet Breaks Apart Even More

earth.png Red alert as massive volcano threatens eruption

earth.png New quake shakes Greek island of Zakynthos

earth.png Bright lights, big quake?

earth.png Danube at century high

earth.png Polar explorer Albert of Monaco warns on global warming

earth.png Sand storm, pollution envelop Beijing

earth.png Brazil floods kill eight, leave 116,000 homeless

black_cat.png South American Rodents Found in Seattle

Highway Robbery

money.png Oil up near $70 as funds flow in, Iran rumbles on

money.png Gold hits new 25-yr high over $604, silver surges

cowboy_boot.png Bushes Pay $187,768 in Taxes for 2005

money.png Poll: Most Americans Say Tax System Unjust

attention_sign.png US media reacts to French protests with hatred and fear

money.png Exxon Chairman Gets $400 Million Retirement Package Amid Soaring Gas Prices

ducky.png Bush expected to approve dramatic pandemic flu response plan


u-s-flag.png Spy Chief: CIA Detainees Will Be Held Indefinitely

spying.png NYPD Deploys First of 500 Security Cameras

cowboy_hat.png America wants to meet its foreign visitors eye to eye

u-s-flag.png Blocked e-passports for US travel finally ready

spying.png Northrop Grumman Delivers Sixth RQ-4 Global Hawk To US Air Force

smoking.png Butts Out: N.J.'s Smoking Ban Takes Effect

The US Resistance?

red_flag.png Supporters rally around embattled Rumsfeld

u-s-flag.png Army report on al-Qaida accuses Rumsfeld

reptile_eye.png Behind the Military Revolt

attention_sign.png Key senator bucks Bush, urges US-Iran talks

u-s-flag.png More Americans feel US should mind its own business: poll

u-s-flag.png Neil Young, Son of Famed Reporter, Records "Impeach the President" Song

Chaos in Iraq

u-s-flag.png US plots "new liberation of Baghdad"

u-s-flag.png Ethnic cleansing grows in Iraq

stormtrooper.png Iraqi leaders cancel parliament session as government talks snarl

tnt.png Iraq's political crisis deepens

alarmclock.png New U.S. "embassy" being built in Baghdad

Around the World

reptile_eye.png Anatomy of a Statistical Flim-Flam

stormtrooper.png US ambassador to Venezuela agrees to report activity plans

vader.png Nepal opposition declares economic war on king, food and fuel scarce

alarmclock.png Soccer Bigots Worsen Racism in France

syringe.png Jose Bove arrested again at anti-GM protest

Odds n Ends

pc_mouse.png Russia dominates computer-programming contest

blue_questionmark.png School Makes Kids Use Buckets for Toilets

mr-potato-head.png Are Robots The Answer To Immigration?

cropcircle3.png Ark's Quantum Quirks

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