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OpEd News: December 18, 2011

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By Rob Kall
Eastern Regional Occupy Meeting; Exploring Occupy 2.0

The occupy movement is alive and well in small towns, vibrantly exploring the future, and Occupy 2.0

 

By Daily kos
How the GOP stole America

If you listen to the news, you might think went on a we spending spree. You might think we shoved fresh billions into social programs, or gave fat pay raises to government workers, or that there’s been some huge expansion of the government bureaucracy. That’s not quite what happened.

 

By Stephen Lendman
Washington’s Greater Middle East Agenda: War
Targeting the Middle East’s rich oil and gas resources, Washington plans waring against the region one country at a time to replace independent regimes with client ones.

 

By Russ Baker
Operation “Save Romney”

The public only knows what it is told — and it gets most of its info filtered by self-serving ads or by news organizations. Thus, Romney will sink or swim based on whether people like and trust him.

 

Church That Aided Wall St. Protesters Is Now Their Target

In the weeks since Occupy Wall Street was evicted from Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan, relations between the demonstrators and Trinity Wall Street, a church barely one block from the New York Stock Exchange, have reached a crossroads.

 

Crippling the Right to Organize

Unless something changes in Washington, American workers will, on New Year’s Day, effectively lose their right to be represented by a union. If this nightmare comes to pass, it will represent the culmination of three decades of Republican resistance to the board — an unwillingness to recognize the fundamental right of workers to band together, if they wish, to seek better pay and working conditions.

 

By Gareth Porter
How Iraq Maneuvered the US Exit

The neocons’ treasured Iraq War myth of their “successful surge” is belied by the actual history of how Iraqi Shiite leaders collaborated with Iran to tamp down internal violence and then destroy neocon plans for long-term U.S. military bases to project power in the Middle East.

 

By Dave Lefcourt
So What Exactly Are We Supposed To Do?

Next November Americans face a dilemma. Focusing on the presidency will there be a real choice to make? Do we consider any of the woebegone Republicans or consider reelecting Barack Obama who has betrayed those who elected him in 2008? Or do we choose some 3rd party candidate? Or lastly will an overwhelming majority of the people just sit on the sidelines? So what exactly are we supposed to do?

 

By Bernie Sanders
Saving American Democracy

When the Supreme Court says that for purposes of the First Amendment, corporations are people; that writing checks from the company’s bank account is constitutionally-protected speech and that attempts by the federal government and states to impose reasonable restrictions on campaign ads are unconstitutional — when that occurs, our democracy is in grave danger. And we have got to fight back!

 

By Ann Wright
The Trial of Bradley Manning — Rule of Law or Rule of Intimidation, Retaliation, Retribution?

Until citizen activist protests six months ago in March 2011 brought sufficient attention to the harsh conditions of Manning’s pre-trial confinement, the US military was treating him as if he were beyond the scrutiny of the law — as if he were an “enemy combatant” in Guantanamo or Abu Ghraib.

 

By Burl Hall
Why Buy Local Foods and How Do Consumers, Small Farms and Businesses Become Empowered in This Era of Corporatization?
True independence and health are embraced as lovers. This article explores how food independence is linked to health as well as strong economies via the building of community.

 

By Suzana Megles
Life’s Conundrums
If you think that chain letters were dead – think again. I received one today and was amazed that the person sending it didn’t realize that these should be truly retired. However, it provoked some other thoughts on my part which I think and hope are worthwhile to read.

 

By Vivian Taylor
Impressions of People’s Convention of Florida
This article contains impressions of the first statewide Occupy movement convention in the US by a member of Occupy Tampa.

 

By Garland Favorito
Still Looking for the Right Christmas Present?
Still looking for the right Christmas pressent? How about something that is unique, fun for the whole family, great exercise and easy to set up.

 

By Meryl Ann Butler
Four Easy, Last Minute Ways to Occupy Your Holiday

Holiday gift ideas with the Occupied Spirit.

 

Japanese string theorists simulate the Big Bang

Japanese physicists have created a string theory model that simulates the birth of the universe. In their model, the Big Bang was a “symmetry-breaking event” — a fluctuation that caused three spatial dimensions to break free from the other six dimensions of string theory, then rapidly unfurl to produce our universe’s observed 3-D structure.

 

By Tom Over
Pigs, cows, and chickens are the 99 percent, says animal rights activist

Though the products of their bodies seem to be just about every place where we expect to find food, these members of the 99 percent suffer mostly out of sight and out of mind to the omnivore general public. These animals don’t get pepper-sprayed or arrested at protests but spend their entire lives in jail or— as some animal liberationists say— in concentration camps. They need humans to speak up for their rights.

 

By Rob Kall
What Non-Commercial, Non-Material Presents Are You Giving This Holiday Season?

This year, I don’t want to buy crap from box stores to give for presents.

 

By Merv Ritchie
China Corrupts Canadian Corporatism: Red Daze of Regulators

Canadian politicians of all stripes and from all levels of government have been courting China to invest in Canada and to buy our raw resources. They are doing this while China is being exposed repeatedly for electronically monitoring, digitally infiltrating and personally spying on every level of Canadian politics and industry.

 

By Steven Jonas
Ask Newt Gingrich
So Newt is all of a sudden No. 1. Even though a few months ago, while he was off on a Mediterranean Cruise with his darling Callista, his staff summarily left him. But he is back, without much of a “ground game.” But anyway, one measure of whether he is serious or not will be his willingness to engage in serious debate. Here is a list of questions one might ask about some of his positions that are to some not so well-known.

 

Al Franken: Why I Voted Against the Homeland Battlefield Bill

Our Founders were fearful of the military-and they purposely created a system of checks and balances to ensure we did not become a country under military rule. This bill undermines that core principle, which is why I could not support it. Yesterday was the anniversary of the ratification of the Bill of Rights, and this wasn’t the way to mark its birthday.

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Putting All My EGG$$$ in One Small Basket: A Poem

the use of money as a means of easy and equitable exchange can be an asset or a liability depending on how you handle it

 

The Proposed Petition for Redress and Pledge of Action

The Occupy movement is treading water. The Proposed Petition is meant to be the next step, a document that summarizes the principles, grievances, redress sought, and action needed that the occupiers have identified but not moved forward with. The next step requires the agreement of the 99 percent. We need to ask everyone in this country, one by one, if they are ready for change.

 

Merry Kwanukasticesmas

A Holiday greeting and original interpretation/analysis of an old favorite Christmas song, “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town.”

 

Ugly Israeli Realities Emerge 


On December 16, Haaretz writer Barak Ravid headlined, “Secret EU paper aims to tackle Israel’s treatment of Arab minority.

 

Are the Nazi-linked Backgrounds of Some of America’s Biggest Corporations a Clue to the Direction We Are Headed?

Measures contained in the annual military budget bill strip the FBI, federal prosecutors and federal courts of most of their power to arrest and prosecute terrorists and hands it off to the military. The legislation could also give future presidents the authority to throw American citizens into prison for life, without charges or a trial. The bill was attached to the military budget bill to make it harder for Obama to veto.

 

Election 2012: SPUSA Candidate Alexander Calls for a Basic Income Guaranteed (BIG)…in the spring of 1968, presidential candidate Richard Nixon led the effort calling for the U.S. Congress to adopt a system of income guarantees.

 

The Hidden (Manmade) Cause of the Cancer Epidemic

Dr Mary’s Monkey may be more important for the insight it provides into the current epidemic of breast and other soft tissue cancers than for new evidence it provides regarding the JFK assassination. Haslam’s book provides a detailed history of how the Salk and Sabin polio vaccines administered to three million baby boomers were accidentally contaminated with a cancer causing monkey virus known as SV-40.

 

Robot with a tip jar = proof times are bad?

What better proof is there that times are tough than seeing a robot with a tip jar?

 

Animals and Religion

Whether you believe in God of not, I think there will be enough neutral thoughts here to read about why we should care about the animal condition. I was impressed to learn about the “Q” (questions conference), and I think you will be too if you’ve never heard about them before.

 

Pennsylvania Legislators Shoot Down Pigeons–Again

Once again, the Pennsylvania legislature has chosen to show cowardice rather than courage in confronting a major animal cruelty issue. As a result of its fear of NRA blow-back, Pennsylvania continues to be the only state that allows pigeon shoots. In 1900, the International Olympic Committee had banned pigeon shoots as cruelty to animals.

 

Yesterday’s Preliminary Hearing: What We Learned Concerning Joe Paterno (Part five of “What did Joe Paterno know …
Yesterday the minor, but important, role played by Joe Paterno in reporting an allegation of sexual assault by former coach, Jerry Sandusky, became a bit clearer.

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Israel forces Muslims to demolish their own homes
Ethnic cleansing in the 21st century. Not only does Israel bull doze Muslim houses but then charges the homeless Muslims the cost of bull dozing their own house. Of course if it was Muslims or even Christians forcing Jews to demolish their own homes the UN/US?UK and all manner of secular and human rights groups would be jumping on it.

 

How to Dispel Your Illusions, by Freeman Dyson in the NYRB

In 1955, when Daniel Kahneman was twenty-one years old, he was a lieutenant in the Israeli Defense Forces. He was given the job of setting up a new interview system for the entire army. The purpose was to evaluate each freshly drafted recruit and put him or her into the appropriate slot in the war machine. {Pictured is Daniel Kahneman in 2011, by Getty Images.}

 

The Dominican Republic Hates Black People, by BAR Columnist Jemima Pierre

The indefatigable Dominic-Haitian activist Sonia Pierre died recently, at age 48, outlived by the deep racism that poisons her homeland’s society. “Anti-Haitianism is deeply embedded in Dominican society and has spawned continued mob attacks and lynchings, as well as other sanctioned acts of violence against Haitians or Black Dominicans assumed to be Haitian.” Dominican national identity is entwined with anti-Blackness and anti-Haitianess — which are the same thing. “To be Dominican, then, was to be Hispanic and Catholic, and anything but Black.”

 

China factory unrest flares as global economy slows – Pomfret

In factory towns across China’s export powerhouse in the Pearl River Delta, a vicious cycle of slowing orders from the West and increasing wage pressures has led to a series of major strikes that could reverberate through the economy.

 

Monsanto’s Micro-Monster Could Kill Us All – organicconsumers

Monsanto has unleashed a micro-monster that could kill us all. That’s according to Dr. Don Huber, an agricultural scientist and expert in microbial ecology, who’s convinced that Monsanto’s genetically engineered “RoundUp Ready” crops are responsible for a new micro-monster that’s causing an outbreak of new plant, animal and human diseases.

 

Feds: ‘Excessive force’ by Seattle cops must stop

According to the Justice Department report, Seattle police use force in an “unconstitutional manner nearly 20 percent of the time” and “too quickly resort to the use of impact weapons, such as batons and flashlights.”

 

MTV Funds Advert Opposing Obama’s NDAA – YouTube

(Youtube) — Viewers would be surprised to see MTV’s recent anti-Martial Law advert that ran this week opposing Obama’s wholy unconstitutional NDAA S.1867 Bill. It’s part of of MTV’s “Think’ ad campaign, and is a clear break from the usual innocuous political content that we are normally used to seeing on a pop music network. The appearance of such a timely message here is somewhat surprising from the network whose unquestioning loyalty helped catapult Barack Obama into office in 2008, and may be called upon again to do the same in 2012″

 

Banks Told to Prepare for the Worst – Shapiro & Cornell

Australian banks have been ordered to urgently (within one week) stress test their ability to withstand a sharp rise in unemployment, a ­collapse in the property ­market and economic recession amid rising anxiety over the European debt crisis. The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority has told banks to model what would happen if the European meltdown spread to Australia.

 

The Trials of Henry Kissinger – BBC Documentary

This great (free) BBC documentary celebrates both the late Christopher Hitchens’ book about Kissinger’s war crimes (The Trials of Henry Kissinger) and Spanish judge Balthasar Garzon’s indictment of Augusto Pinochet in 1998.

 

Dr Robert Hirsch: “We are Starting Directly into an Energy Storm in Next 2-3 Years”

Dr. Robert Hirsch, Senior Energy Advisor at Management Information Services Inc, joins Jim Puplava to discuss an energy storm heading our way in the next two to three years. Dr. Hirsch believes Peak Oil is on our doorstep, nobody is taking notice, and we have no “Plan B.” (radio interview)

 

Perry Double Dips State Salary And Pension

Texas Gov. Rick Perry is a double-dipper, collecting a salary and retirement benefits simultaneously, according to a personal financial disclosure form made public Friday. The report filed with the Federal Election Commission shows that Perry is collecting his $7,700 monthly state pension in addition to his nearly $133,000 annual salary as governor.

 

Obama defends policy toward Israel in speech to Jewish group

President Obama delivered an impassioned defense of his policy toward Israel Friday before a conference of progressive Jews. “America’s commitment and my commitment to Israel and Israel’s security is unshakable…Don’t let anyone else tell a different story. We have been there, and we will continue to be there,” Obama said. “Those are the facts.”

 

Willie Nelson: Occupy the Food System

Nothing is more important than the food we eat and the family farmers who grow it. Corporate control of our food system has led to the loss of millions of family farmers, destruction of our soil, pollution of our water and health epidemics of obesity and diabetes. We simply can’t afford it. Our food system belongs in the hands of many family farmers, not under the control of a handful of corporations.

 

Occupy Economics Departments
Economics as an intellectual field has been practiced in a way that is dishonest and biased toward “freedom” of the rich to exploit everyone else. The economics profession has provided the intellectual framework and justification for the inequality and centralization of corporate power the Occupiers are challenging. Under the guise of “objective analysis”, they have for generations justified policies that enable bankers and CEOs to operate in secret. They have rationalized the denial collective bargaining rights and shareholder rights to information. The economics establishment provides the intellectual rationalization for an unfair and exploitive system. On November 2nd nearly 70 students walked out of an introductory economics class at Harvard in solidarity with the Occupy movement. The mainstream media largely ignored the protest.

 

Mitt Romney in Worcester 2002 “My views are progressive” – YouTube
During his campaign for governor in 2002, Romney said he was a progressive.

 

How Ayn Rand Helped Make the U.S. a Selfish, Greedy Nation

Rand did have a God. It was herself. She said: I am done with the monster of “we,” the word of serfdom, of plunder, of misery, falsehood and shame. And now I see the face of god, and I raise this god over the earth, this god whom men have sought since men came into being, this god who will grant them joy and peace and pride. This god, this one word: “I.”

 

Top 10 Ways Mobile Carriers Tried to Screw Us in 2011

Another year, another 12 months in which the mobile carriers did their best to screw us. AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon do so many bad, annoying and anti-consumer things that it’s almost impossible to document it all. So below is a catalog of simply the most egregious acts the carriers perpetrated this year.

 

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