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OpEd News: December 14



Bold and Daring: The Way Progressive News Should Be

Fifty-seven provocative articles that you will not find in the main stream media. Is the president in danger, can we save the spirit of Christmas, and more. You may not agree with the writers, we don’t,  but you will have food for thought. Read “A Dangerous Woman: Indefinite Detention at Carswell” to see what can happen. Think you are not a threat, read “10 Ridiculous Things that Make you a Terror Suspect.” It these articles don’t cause you concern about the loss of freedom, then we are lost.

 Daily Headlines

By Danny Schechter
Can Financial Markets Avoid Collapse?

The world’s financial system continues to teeter near a very nasty brink, with the United States and Europe disagreeing about how to pull back from the edge.


By Amy Fried, Ph.D.
Old Enough to be Raped
The shocking betrayal by Obama’s HHS Secretary involved woefully little consideration of rape victims.


By Rev. Dan Vojir
Transcending Christmas, Pt 3: Can OWS Help Save The Spirit of Christmas?

Will the OWS help keep the Spirit of Christmas alive?


By Russ Baker
The Military and Those Strange Threats to Obama

Small, bad things seem to (almost) happen to Obama; they get little sustained attention from reporters or the public. But there’s something odd about them, and they’re worrisome for the White House. The corporate media will dismiss it as nothing at all. Yet there’s a disturbing military/security thread running through it all–and as we approach the 50th anniversary of JFK’s demise, we’d be smart to err on the side of caution.


10 Ridiculous Things That Make You a Terror Suspect – Activist Post

The government is casting a wide net over its citizens in its search for potential threats. Now, you don’t need to actually commit a crime to be hauled away to a detention center and held without charges while you are tortured; you just need to appear suspicious by sympathizing with anti-government views to be labeled a domestic terrorist.


Our decade from hell will get worse in 2012 – Farrell

The Wall Street Journal talks revolution. Without radical political change, Market Watch’s Paul Farrell predicts class war and revolutionary by 2017.


By Dr Stuart Jeanne Bramhall
The V-Word

The two biggest obstacles OWS will face in maintaining their commitment to non-violence will be the attitude of low income and minority groups who deal with police violence on a daily basis and growing concerns about the possible role CIA-funded left gatekeeping foundations have played in engineering OWS’s exclusive commitment to nonviolence. This concern is heightened by the use of Gene Sharp’s materials at several OWS sites.


By Gustav Wynn
48 Members of Congress Move Towards Prosecution of Wall Street, But Need You

Dozens of members of Congress are waking up to the “Occupy Wall Street” sentiment sweeping the country. Instead of laying low as the Obama Administration crafts a deal to “sell immunity” to Wall Street firms, some in Congress are rallying behind the six rogue Attorneys General who have been actually trying to do their job and put crooks in jail for robosigning, mortgage origination and securities fraud.


By David Lindorff, Sr.
Thoughts on Mark Twain’s ‘The War Prayer’

When we say prayers to “support the troops,” we need to think about what that means for the civilian men, women and children who are being killed, maimed, driven from their homes, and terrorized in order that our prayers be answered, says TCBH! contributor and WWII veteran David Lindorff Sr.


By Mikhail Lyubansky
Are stereotypes unfairly stereotyped?

Think you know what stereotypes are? If you’re relying on definitions from mainstream dictionaries, you’re probably, well…guilty of stereotyping. But don’t worry. That might not be a bad thing


An abundance of medium-sized worlds is challenging planet-formation models

But what has puzzled observers and theorists so far is the high proportion of planets — roughly one-third to one-half — that are bigger than Earth but smaller than Neptune. These “super-Earths’ are emerging as a new category of planet — and they could be the most numerous of all (see “Super-Earths rising’). Their very existence upsets conventional models of planetary formation and, furthermore, most of them are in tight orbits around their host star, precisely where the modellers say they shouldn’t be… But that scenario may not explain smaller and denser super-Earths. Several such planets have already been detected, and Kepler is starting to reach the sensitivity required to spot them, says Greg Laughlin, an astronomer at the University of California, Santa Cruz. “Kepler is just seeing the tip of the iceberg.”


By Peter Michaelson
The Hidden Cause of Clinical Depression

Many factors contribute to clinical depression, but the prevailing medical-model treatment approach overlooks what may be the most important factor, one that ties in to personal development and human progress.


By Burl Hall
The Genius of Leonardo Da Vinci: What Does He Have to Teach Us in Modern Day

This article is a meditation on Leonardo Da Vinci’s sketch of St. Anne and Mother Mary. It is used in this article as a meditaion of cosmological process and reality. Could it be that geniuses such as Da Vinci knew a reality that we have long either neglected, denied or forgot?


By David Glenn Cox
Twisted Main Street

Already, I’ve met some of the regulars. I have not yet become one of them, but I feel as if I will, that I must. There’s Stan, he’s in his early thirties and he buys and sells comic books online and he talks too much. He can’t help himself; he’s just trying to be friendly and trying to overcome his own loneliness.


Blackwater Name Change: Private Security Firm Switches Name Again – Huff post

An infamous company is attempting a complete brand makeover — again. The private security firm formerly known as Blackwater and most recently known as Xe has decided to change its name to Academi


By Dean Hartwell
What is the Real Story about Jesus?

Now that we are close to Christmas time, let’s get the story about Jesus straight. It seems we are not really celebrating a birthday of a person, but the birth of a myth that we ought to know better than to believe literally.


By Martha Rosenberg
In Shocking “Pharmalateralism,” FDA Strips Critic of Voting Rights

It’s said that it takes 22 FDA safety officers to change a light bulb: 12 to defend the decision to install it, 8 to call it another “lighting option,” 6 to quote Big Pharma studies and one to say it doesn’t need changing, it just needs a better label. This week’s hearings into birth control pills Yaz, Yasmin, Beyaz and Safyral confirm the FDA’s dedication to pharmalateralism.


Myths about Gender and Math Debunked

A major study of recent international data on school mathematics performance casts doubt on some common assumptions about gender and math achievement — in particular, the idea that girls and women have less ability due to a difference in biology.


By Robert Reich
Newt’s Tax Plan, and Why His Polls Rise the More Outrageous He Becomes

Most forecasts of the budget deficit cover 10 years. The elusive goal of the White House and many on both sides of the aisle in Congress is to reduce that 10-year deficit by 3 to 4 trillion dollars. Newt goes in the other direction, with gusto. Increasing the deficit by $850 billion in a single year is beyond the wildest imaginings of the least responsible budget mavens within a radius of three thousand miles from Washington.


House passes GOP payroll tax package amid White House veto threat

The House on Tuesday passed a bill combining an extension of the payroll tax cut with several GOP-favored provisions, including language to speed a decision on the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline, setting up a showdown with the White House, which has threatened to veto the measure.


Fitch Downgrades The Entire World – 24/7

Research firm Fitch downgraded its forecasts for the growth rate of almost every region in the world. It is yet another warning that the slowdown in the EU economy has begun to spread rapidly to other regions.


By Stewart Alexander
US Jobs Creation Only “Change” for Working People Creating Good Paying Jobs Unobtainable with the Democrats and Republic

The Socialist Party USA ticket of Stewart Alexander and Alex Mendoza claim that capitalism has failed America.


By Stephen Lendman
Legislating Tyranny in America

Obama won’t prosecute CIA torturers, Wall Street crooks, other corporate criminals, lawless war profiteers, or other venal high-level civilian or government officials.


By Kurt Stone
The Hijacking of Israel

Last week, six Republican presidential hopefuls paid a visit to a gathering of the Republican Jewish Coalition. By the end of the evening, it was hard to tell if the six were running for POTUS President of the United States or Prime Minister of Israel. All that was missing were the sterotypical Israeli shorts, sandals and raful hat.


By Eric Walberg
BDS update: BDS unites East and West

International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, Russell Tribunal on Palestine, recent British/ EU/ US/ NZ/ Egypt/ Jordan actions


By earl ofari hutchinson
The Black Vote is Still President Obama’s Trump Card, But only if the numbers are there

Black voters will again give President Obama a sky high percentage of their vote in 2012. That was never in doubt. What is in doubt is how many will make up that percentage.


By Roger Shuler
Video: Football Coach Denies DUI Arrest On His Record

Garrick McGee, new football coach at UAB, denies the DUI arrest that clearly is on his record.


By Tom Engelhardt
Nick Turse: Did the Pentagon Help Strangle the Arab Spring?

As the Arab Spring blossomed and President Obama hesitated about whether to speak out in favor of protesters seeking democratic change in the Greater Middle East, the Pentagon acted decisively. It forged ever deeper ties with some of the most repressive regimes in the region, building up military bases and brokering weapons sales and transfers to despots from Bahrain to Yemen.


By Coleen Rowley
The Danger from Politicizing “Terror”

By politicizing who is and who is not a “terrorist” — pinning the label on American adversaries and sparing purported American friends — the U.S. government created confusion at FBI headquarters that contributed to the failure to stop the 9/11 attacks.

 Latest Articles

Lawless Israeli Oppression in Palestine
On December 9, al-Nabi Saleh village residents protested peacefully against settlers stealing their land. At point blank range, an Israeli soldier fired a tear-gas canister directly at Mustafa Tamimi’s head, killing him.


Where The Waters Begin – Shell, Fortune Minerals And Salmon

Royal Dutch Shell is preparing to employ a method to extract the Methane gas by using Fracking. Fortune Minerals is planning to simply tear down Mount Klappan to take the coal away. Reason and logic demonstrate a simple truth, this is nature’s water filter for all life. As can be shown by using an aquarium water filter or a counter top Brita water filter, coal and charcoal are the highest premium water filtering systems


Action and Accountability Required to Challenge Oppression

There really is not much new under the sun. Oppression and control have always been the tools used to benefit some at the expense of most people. We who claim to be part of the evolving movement against oppression in any and all forms need a basic refresher on what oppression, power and control are really about. One crucial lesson to remember is that what affects the “minorities” will ultimately impact the “majority.”


A Dangerous Woman: Indefinite Detention at Carswell

Indefinite detentions on military bases are already permitted on the Patriot Act. The difference is civilian authority in the Courts– Americans don’t understand what we’re losing.


Seven Billion People: Can A Continued Rise In The Global Population Be Sustained

Global Population Growth


How We Can Change the Media

A quote you see everywhere is Gandhi’s line about being the change you want to see in the world. Since I’m a corny guy, I took that to heart.


At-Home vs. In-Office Neurofeedback: What’s the Difference?

At-home tele-neurofeedback can and should be seriously considered as a legitimate delivery model.


What is Britain’s Labour Party For?

“It doesn’t really matter if it’s Labour or Conservative because the people behind the scenes are always the same…” said a 23 year-old man from Liverpool who took part in the August 2011 UK riots.


A Wish to be Railroaded

There are many forces impeding the development of cutting-edge technology high-speed rail transportation in the United States.


 Best News Links from the Web

“Don’t Get in My Face, I Have a Gun:” It’s Police vs. Press As NYC Cops Aggressively Scoop Up Tweeters, Videographers

Citizens are also witnessing a full transformation of the journalism profession, where who is and who is not a journalist is increasingly difficult to discern. So, it appears when you watch videos of police violating freedom of the press, they are in some cases not even bothering to ask whether someone has credentials or not. They don’t seem to care and move in to make arrests or obstruct press freedom first and ask questions later.


US steps into a virtual Iranian world
The Obama administration has launched a virtual US Embassy in Iran that, as expected, has been immediately filtered. Tehran sees it as yet another subversive initiative by Uncle Sam to sow divisions between the people and the Islamic regime that overthrew a US-friendly dictator and then took American diplomats as hostage for 444 days in 1979-1980, prompting the US to sever diplomatic ties with Iran.

Did US Officials Support Execution of Americans in Chile in 1973? – Winikoff

In 1973, a series of escalating events in Chile led to a military coup d’état, the suicide of the country’s president, the installation of a ruthless dictator and the torture and murder of thousands. The atrocities that occurred in Chile might have been forgotten with time had a U.S. family not demanded an investigation into the Nixon Administration and the CIA’s role in the death of their son and another man.


Webcast: “Considering the Role of Judges Under the Constitution of the United States”

The question of recusal was put to Justices Breyer and Scalia at a recent Senate Judiciary Committee hearing by Senator Durbin. Listen to the webcast. I wrote a letter to Senator Feinstein regarding ethical regulations for the Justices of the United States Supreme Court. Her answer: “Federal law requires Justices and Federal judges to disqualify themselves from any case in which their impartiality may reasonably be questioned. The law, United States Code, Title 28, Section 455, lays out the criteria that Federal judges should consider when determining whether to recuse themselves from hearing a case, such as whether the judge has any personal bias or prejudice concerning a party, whether the judge previously served in private practice or the government as a lawyer for one of the parties, or whether the judge or his or her spouse has a financial interest in the subject matter”


NY Times: 100 Million Americans Either in Poverty or “in the Fretful Zone Just Above It.”

The Census Bureau, which published the poverty data two weeks ago, produced the analysis of those with somewhat higher income at the request of The New York Times. The size of the near-poor population took even the bureau’s number crunchers by surprise. “These numbers are higher than we anticipated,” said Trudi J. Renwick, the bureau’s chief poverty statistician. “There are more people struggling than the official numbers show.”


Another GOP Tax Plan For The 1 Percent

While Mitt Romney’s plan economic plan — a windfall for the 1 Percent paid for by the 99 Percent — would provide $6.6 TRILLION in budget-busting tax cuts to the wealthiest Americans and corporations, Newt Gingrich’s plan far outdoes him on both scores. In the race to deliver trillions in tax cuts to the wealthiest Americans, Gingrich is the winner in a landslide.


Are Privatized Water Utilities in Cahoots With Shale Gas Companies?

On one hand, we have shale gas companies who have been rushing into various regions of the country to extract gas using a dangerous extraction process that involves toxic chemicals potentially contaminating our drinking water. On the other hand, we also have investor-owned water utilities (IOU’s) who are taking a public resource out of the hands of the public and profiting greatly from it. What happens when you put them both together?


Iran Military Practicing Straits Of Hormuz Closure – Durden

A member of the Iranian parliament’s National Security Committee says the military is set to practice its ability to close the Gulf to shipping at the narrow Strait of Hormuz, the most important oil transit channel in the world. The legislator, Parviz Sarvari, told the student news agency ISNA: “Soon we will hold a military manoeuvre on how to close the Strait of Hormuz. If the world wants to make the region insecure, we will make the world insecure.”


The slick shtick of Americans Elect

There’s an increasing amount of buzz around Americans Elect, a peculiar Internet-based effort to shake up presidential politics. But dig a bit beneath the surface and there’s reason to be deeply skeptical of the endeavor. It’s fueled by millions of dollars of secret money, there is a group of wealthy, well-connected board members who have control over Americans Elect’s nominating process, and the group has myriad links to Wall Street.


Netanyahu’s Vengeance Sends a Message to Israeli Journalists

A typical 40 minutes late, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and a group of his advisers entered the Likud faction’s room in the Knesset on Monday, smiles of victory on their faces. In the nearby Knesset Economic Affairs Committee room lay the metaphorical body of Channel 10. The move to shut down Channel 10 was executed without mercy or restraint. The coalition members of the committee – Likud, Yisrael Beiteinu and Shas MKs – were happy to obey the order from on high.


The First 9/11 — Kissinger, Operacion Condor, Pinochet

The first 9/11 occurred in 1973 in Santiago, Chile. President Richard Milhous Nixon and Dr. Henry Alfred Kissinger were the instigators, General AugustoPinochet simply the executioner. A pioneer and advocate of universal jurisdiction, Judge Baltasar Garzón of the Spanish Audiencia Nacional would gain worldwide recognition by securing the arrest of Pinochet in London in 1998 for crimes committed in Chile in the 1970s. This ushered in the heyday of international justice


Dan Froomkin: ‘Wealth Defense Industry’ Protects 1% From the Rabble and Its Taxes

Occupy protesters are putting their bodies on the line day and night — leaving their homes, living in tents, braving the elements, and being treated as criminals by the police. But the super-rich whose influence they are protesting have others to do their fighting for them. The paramount goal is simple and specific: “To not pay taxes and to keep as much of their fortunes as they possibly can across generations.”


Fed Takes No Action, Citing Signs of Moderate Growth

The Federal Reserve said Tuesday that it will take no new steps to boost economic growth this year, citing mounting evidence that the American economy is chugging slowly toward good health.


David Corn: Romney in 2002: I’m “Moderate,” “Progressive,” and “Not a Partisan Republican”

Mitt Romney says he’s a die-hard conservative. He says he’s not a flip-flopper. Yet…plenty of Republican voters don’t seem to believe him. They have plenty of reasons not to. As Romney has moved from Massachusetts politics to GOP presidential politics, he has famously reversed course on abortion rights, gun control, gay rights, and health care reform. And it’s all on video. Still, Romney keeps on denying any somersaults, but not convincingly.


Canada first nation to pull out of Kyoto protocol

Canada on Monday became the first country to announce it would withdraw from the Kyoto protocol on climate change, dealing a symbolic blow to the already troubled global treaty.


Journal Inquirer > Archives > Chris Powell > Suspend habeas corpus and enact martial law?

The Constitution: a depressing reminder To reflect on just how comical governance by politicians has become, little more than internecine squabbling for money by dull minded bureaucrats read: “Suspend habeas corpus and enact martial law?” It’s a poke in the eye with a sharp stick. Is this the government that you deserve?


Sustainable Good Society: Why the European Way is Still the Best Hope in an Insecure Age By Steven Hill

In the post-collapse era, economic and ecological sustainability increasingly will take center stage. Despite the eurozone crisis, Europe’s social capitalism, steady state economy, pluralistic democracies and environmental policies still provide the best foundation for comprehensive sustainability.


Why is Haiti “Attractive’? | Haiti Grassroots Watch via Haiti Chery

Haiti is the only country that guarantees the U.S. market duty-free and quota-free access. With every free-trade zone that gets built on prime agricultural land, more farmers are put out of work. Thus Haitians import more food as real wages drop to rock bottom in the sweatshops, where there are now plans to legalize 3 x 8 hours work shifts. In Haiti, we sometimes talk figuratively about being eaten up. This comes pretty close to the real thing.





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