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Signs of the Times for Mon, 12 Jun 2006

Joe Quinn
Signs of the Times
A few years ago, it was much more difficult. Things weren't quite so bad then, or at least they weren't quite so blatant. Today, it's a different story. The phrase 'in your face' doesn't do it justice; it's up your nose and down your throat too. So you will understand me then when I say that I am getting really, really tired, or better said, bored, with the continued refusal of many people to simply call what is clearly a spade a damn spade.

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Donald Hunt
Signs of the Times
June 12, 2006

Gold has dropped sharply from its peak, but it is actually up 5% for the quarter so far. I am not sure why gold has dropped so far recently. A correction was to be expected but this is a sharp correction. Maybe it dropped due to a perceived lessening in the likelihood of a U.S./Israeli/Neocon attack on Iran - or because the prospect of higher interest rates increases the value of currencies, thereby reducing the value of precious metals and commodities. Putting both things together - the rise in interest rates and the supposed lessening of the likelihood of war in Iran - we can see some reasons for the U.S. dollar's sharp rise against the euro last week.

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by Rodrigue Tremblay
June 8, 2006

The coming recession will be more severe than most people expect because it will come after two huge historical bubbles, i.e. the 2000 technology stock market bubble and the 2005 real estate bubble. These two speculative bubbles are interrelated, since the second bubble developed because the Greenspan Fed attempted to stop the stock market decline in 2002 and avoid a recession after 9/11, by driving short term interest rates down to 1 percent over a two-year period. This was accompanied by a decline in mortgage rates and other long-term interest rates, which stimulated investments in real estate through long-term borrowing.

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By Dahr Jamail and Jeff Pflueger
06/10/06 "t r u t h o u t"

Propaganda is when the Western corporate media tries to influence public opinion in favor of the Iraq War by consistently tampering with truth and distorting reality. It is to be expected. And it is to be recognized for what it is. On occasions when the media does its job responsibly and reports events like the November 19, 2005, Haditha Massacre, it must also be willing and able to anticipate and counter propaganda campaigns that will inevitably follow. It is to be expected that the responsible members of the media fraternity will stick to their guns and not join the propagandists.

This piece is a summary of five most commonly deployed crisis management propaganda tactics which the State and Media combine that we can expect to see in relation to the Haditha Massacre. Listed in a loose chronological order of their deployment, the tactics are: Delay, Distract, Discredit, Spotlight and Scapegoat. Each of the five public relations campaigns will here be discussed in the context of the Haditha Massacre.

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attention_sign.png Pulling corpses out of the hat

attention_sign.png Flashback: A U.S. 'Propaganda' Program, al-Zarqawi, and 'The New York Times'

u-s-flag.png Baghdad Burning: Zarqawi...

bargraph.png Bush's Approval Up On Zarqawi's Death, But It May Not Last

red_flag.png Witness Says U.S. Troops Beat Al-Zarqawi After Bombing

stormtrooper.png Autopsy on al-Zarqawi finished, account of beating rejected

grenade.png Al Qaeda in Iraq threatens 'major attacks'

grenade.png Three beheaded on terror video

vader.png Bush summons war cabinet for post-Zarqawi session

American Values

joker.png Guantanamo suicides 'acts of war'

cowboy_boot.png Guantanamo prison assailed after three inmate suicides

vader.png 'Stench of despair' at Guantanamo

alarmclock.png Dozens have attempted suicide at Guantanamo

lady_liberty.png Attorney seeks hearing on whether witnesses were tortured in Padilla terror case

u-s-flag.png The fax that reveals the US is flying terror suspects to Europe's secret jails

u-s-flag.png Using Children as 'God's Army'

On The Road To Armageddon

reptile_eye.png Israel introduces new travel restrictions

reptile_eye.png Israeli lawmaker warns Palestinian PM might be targeted

reptile_eye.png Jailed Hamas, Jihad leaders back off from statehood proposal

reptile_eye.png Three Palestinian militants die as rocket attacks escalate

handgun.png Civilians the "forgotten victims" of Iraq stress disorder

grenade.png Fear of Big Battle Panics Iraqi City

reptile_eye.png Rally against Iranian president ahead of first World Cup match

Climatological Chaos

lightning.png First Tropical Depression of 2006 Forms

lightning.png Alberto becomes first named storm of '06

lightning.png One missing, six injured in Taiwan floods

lightning.png 93 killed as torrential rains lash southern China

earth.png Strong quake jolts southern and western Japan

earth.png Earthquake rattles Indonesia's Sumatra Island

earth.png Power blackout causes chaos in NZ's biggest city

U.S. Democracy InAction

blackbox.png Records for 150,000 Colo. voters missing

pc_mouse.png U.S. House Shoots Down Net Neutrality Provision

spying.png Battle over wiretaps to begin today

vader.png Flaherty promises crackdown on terrorist funding

u-s-flag.png George Bush Sr. asked retired general to replace Rumsfeld

smiley-tongue-out.png Germany Says No to Rumsfeld Request for Help

Sex Lies and Red Tape

attention_sign.png Sex scandal hits Patrick Air Force Base

smiley-tongue-out.png US reservists begin leaving Ukraine after anti-NATO protests

smiley-tongue-out.png Venezuela to campaign for UN Security Council seat

blue_questionmark.png Prominent publisher disappears from boat

No Money, Not Funny, Join Rummy

money.png Desperately seeking direction

car.png Debt-weary SUV owners set their gas-guzzlers on fire

stormtrooper.png Army Meets Monthly Recruiting Goal Again - Has Long Way to Go to Reach Yearly Goal

The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

u-s-flag.png Venezuela mobilizes citizens for war games

mr-potato-head.png Battered Blair 'Europe's least popular leader'

attention_sign.png Foiled Burglar Sues Store Employees for 'Emotional Distress'

Birds, Cows and Sheep

ducky.png So who's really to blame for bird flu?

cow.png U.S. mad cow cases are mysterious strain

syringe.png Scandal rocks human tissue industry

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