43 articles you haven’t seen. 43 provocative and enlightening articles. The bill of rights is being threatened and America is losing its way.
In San Francisco,after a brutal eviction, the people retook Justin Herman Plaza at the Embarcadero and strong support led to the police backing down. There were casualties that Mayor Ed Lee will have to answer for.
America, which for decades was the acknowledged leader of the free world, can no longer lay claim to that title. That era is now at an end. While the U.S. is still seen as the world’s greatest military power, it no longer possesses the special attributes that are essential to command that prestigious position as the leader of the Western world.
By Robert Long Analysis of Evidence in the Sandusky Grand Jury Presentment 
An analysis of the evidence in the Sandusky Grand Jury Presentment finds that the evidence against Sandusky is weak, and Curley and Schultz are innocent.
By John Iacovelli OWS’ Goals, Strategies and Tactics — in the Movement’s Own Words 
I’ve had occasion recently to review several Declarations of Occupation from U.S. cities large and small. Many are straight copies of Occupy Wall Street’s Declaration. The ones that differ provide additional explanation and perspective upon the national messaging and plan of action of the movement. I extract the Goals, Strategies, and Tactics, summarize them, and present a bibliography of the Declarations.
By Tom Degan PROOF: Corporations are Not People 
Corporations are “people”?
By Michael Collins Blagojevich gets 14 years, but what about these guys? 
How can Blagojevich get 14 years when the real criminals are still walking the streets?
By Michael Roberts Understanding American Racism 
The Obama Presidency Helped To Expose The Fallacy That Racism Is Dead
By David Fiderer How The Prosecutor Who Charged Chris Matthews’ Brother Abused Her Power 
To bring a prosecution against Chris Matthews’ brother, a Republican district attorney turned the grand jury process into a political sham.
By Phil Rockstroh “By Imbeciles Who Really Mean It”: Lost Verities and Dirty Hippies 
Because the vast majority of the populace are deemed “losers, due to how the system is rigged, techniques must be created to displace the rage, born of a sense of powerlessness, that grips the system’s exploited underlings. OWS is beginning to change the narrative, align it with reality, & that is an alarming development for the 1 percent; hence, the retooled, amped-up propaganda campaign we’re seeing signs of at present.
By WILLIAM FISHER Law Professors Outraged by Senate Vote on Indefinite Detention 
“Ambiguous but alarming new wording, which is tucked into the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and was just passed by the Senate, is reminiscent of the “extraordinary measures” introduced by the Nazis after they took power in 1933.
By Thomas Farrell Bercovitch on the American Self and the American Covenant (REVIEW) 
With important elections coming up in 2012, liberals should arm themselves to fight the Republicans by reading Sacvan Bercovitch’s history of the American Self (his capitalization) and the American covenant. Is the American covenant dead, or just dormant? If the Republican party wins the 2012 elections, the Republicans will keep the American covenant dormant, so that it will seem like its dead.
By Burl Hall What if What We Think is Real is a Lie? 
The epistemology of the term religion is the French religere, meaning to bond together or unite. Unfortunately, religion has not lived up to its name and has, indeed, reflected our politics which is about warring divisions between nations, peoples and even the sexes. This article challenges that dualistic stance in the hopes that we can come to a resolve and enter a state of peace.
It may not be a declared war, however, the recent article by The Telegraph demonstrates that China has been undermining U.S. Military systems by supplying millions of fake parts that are currently installed in warplanes such as the “Boeing C-17 transport jet and the Lockheed Martin C-130J “Super Hercules,” as well as in Boeing’s CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter and the Theatre High-Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) missile defense
By Peter Michaelson Terrorism and the Death Drive 
Terrorists are proving Sigmund Freud right about one of his theories, the death drive. This drive is fueled by elements in the human psyche that, when understood, empower the peacemakers.
By GLloyd Rowsey “Join, Or Die” 
“Join, or Die” is a well-known political cartoon, created by Benjamin Franklin and published in his Pennsylvania Gazette on May 9, 1754. The original publication by the Gazette is the earliest known pictorial representation of colonial union produced by a British colonist in America.
Tacky Nativity scenes: we laugh at them, cry at them, berate them, are horrified by them, but they keep coming and coming and coming at us and each year show us just how much we can endure and how much we care.
By Bob Alexander All the World’s a Grave 
David Goodstein, a professor of physics and vice-provost at the California Institute of Technology, said the easiest energy alternatives — coal and natural gas — might carry us through to the end of this century, but … “By the time we have burned up all that fuel, we may well have rendered the planet unfit for human life.”
“The Big Fix” is an enraged exposé of the crimes of Big Oil, specifically BP, which has been accused of negligence and of taking shortcuts that helped lead to the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon rig off the Louisiana coast in April 2010. Eleven workers on the platform died and nearly five million barrels of oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico over the next five months, killing vast numbers of marine animals before much of it washed ashore, where it wrought incalculable damage.
By Arlen Grossman At Last, a “New” Presidential Candidate Progressives Can Support 
This does not sound like the passively centrist Barack Obama we are used to seeing? Read the speech and see for yourself.
By Brett Redmayne-Titley OCCUPY L.A. – The Eviction ( PART SIX ) EPILOGUE: OCCUPY and the American Awakening. Preparing for the “American Spring 
This week the U.S. Senate voted 61-37 to pass the Defense Authorization Bill. Buried in what is supposed to be a finance bill was an ominous “attachment”. This language would essentially allow the U.S. military, which nowadays includes the C.I.A., to assume the same role and duties of the S.S. of Nazi Germany fame. With the broad brush of “anti-terrorism” this legislation provides an ominously vague definition of what is, or is not, terrorist activity. The legislative subterfuge that brought this landmark and constitutionally abridging legislation was due to an attachment, or “Earmark”, to the politically, impossible-not-to-support, Defense Appropriations Bill. Forces within the 1% are now on the offensive.
By Sherwood Ross National Defense Authorization Act Will Destroy Bill of Rights 
America is now reaching the end of the long, troubled road to totalitarianism. Passage of the National Defense Authorization bill, which seems likely, will invalidate the Bill of Rights and wrap the Statue of Liberty in barbed wire.
Did you hear the big news? The 99 percent released nine demands! After months of hectoring, we finally know what the movement is after: it’s all right there on a web site – 9 DEMANDS OF THE 99%. The 9 Demands web site is registered to Working America, a coalition of labor unions and Daily Kos. The site only lists eight demands. Number 9 is “ADD YOUR OWN!” – followed by a request for your first and last name and your email address and zip code, and the option to “Become a member of Working America.” Working America is not actually interested in what your demand is. It’s not actually interested in what Occupy Wall Street’s demand is. It’s got an agenda to promote.
Even as he surges ahead in the polls, Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich is struggling to get out from under a mountain of debt from luxury jets and other pricey expenses racked up in the early weeks of his campaign.
By Tom Engelhardt William Astore, The Remoteness of 1% Wars 
In his latest post, TomDispatch regular and retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel William Astore takes on our “remote wars,” those 1% wars of choice, and just what our remoteness from them means. In our present wars of choice, he points out, “99% of Americans have no stake. The 1% who do are largely ID-card-carrying members of what President Dwight D. Eisenhower so memorably called the “military-industrial complex’ in 1961.
By Eric Walberg Russia united — for the time being 
The Duma elections held no surprises, but the election turmoil can’t obscure the kind of politics that will continue to characterise Russia over the coming decade thanks to United Russia and its eminence grise
It’s final. Abu-Jamal will not be executed, as DA announces he will not seek a new sentencing hearing in 30-year-old murder case. He should go further, TCBH! journalist and author of key book on the Abu-Jamal case Dave Lindorff says
By Roger Shuler What You Don’t Know About Your Neighbor Can Hurt You 
What do you really know about your neighbor’s background? How can a neighbor with a criminal background turn your life upside down?
By Dave Lefcourt What to Make of Obama’s Speech in Kansas? 
Yesterday President Obama gave a speech in Osawatomie, Kansas. It seemed reminiscent of those inspiring speeches he gave in the 2008 presidential campaign. He is brilliant, eloquent and inspiring. That’s why he was elected in 2008. But this is 2011 and he’s up for reelection. Will he not say anything he thinks will help him get reelected? What are we to make of his inspiring speech yesterday?
By Italian Coalition Stop That Train Rho City Council (Milan) approves resolution condemning Pizzarotti 
The City Council of Rho (Milan) becomes the first Italian city to vote a resolution condemning Pizzarotti for their involvement in the Israeli high-speed railway cutting through the occupied Palestinian territories.
The average person consumes an extra 600 calories per day between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. Stick with good-for-you meat- and dairy-free holiday treats, and you won’t need to ask Santa for a bigger belt.
The rating insanity continues: the private company Standard & Poors downgrades Germany, the world’s 4th largest economy.
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TCBH! journalist Dave Lindorff says we need a monument to disastrous climate leaders, which should be built at sea level, where we well witness the results of their crimes as they sink into oblivion
In this photo taken on Dec. 1, 2011, Bloomberg Antiquities Authority archeologist, Timothy Geithner, sweeps marks carved in the bedrock in an archeological excavation in the city of Greed near the New York Stock Exchange.
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Securitization is a major component and driving force of the cyber industrial complex. Governments have begun to seek the capacity to fight and win wars in cyberspace. Autocratic and repressive regimes are manipulating flows of information to disable opposition, identify meddlesome activists and create a climate of fear and self-censorship.
Prosecutors in Philadelphia announced Wednesday that they had halted the state’s effort to execute Mumia Abu-Jamal, the death row inmate convicted of killing a police officer 30 years ago. Mr. Abu-Jamal will spend the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole.
If you live in the Southwest or just about anywhere in the American West, you or your children and grandchildren could soon enough be facing the Age of Thirst, which may also prove to be the greatest water crisis in the history of civilization.
The president’s speech on Tuesday in Osawatomie, Kan., the site of Theodore Roosevelt’s legendary “New Nationalism” speech 101 years ago, was the Inaugural address Obama never gave. It was, at once, a clear philosophical rationale for his presidency, a straightforward narrative explaining the causes of the nation’s travails, and a coherent plan of battle against a radicalized conservatism that now defines the Republican Party.
Air Force dumped ashes of more troops’ remains in Va. landfill than acknowledged  The Air Force dumped the incinerated partial remains of at least 274 American troops in a Virginia landfill, far more than the military had acknowledged, before halting the secretive practice three years ago, records show. The landfill dumping was concealed from families who had authorized the military to dispose of the remains in a dignified and respectful manner, Air Force officials said. There are no plans, they said, to alert those families now.
December 6th was the Occupy Our Homes National Day of Action to Stop and Reverse Foreclosures. Actions took place in over twenty-five cities around America, as the Occupy movement joins with homeowners and people fighting for a place to live. Our system has been serving Wall Street, big banks, and the one percent. Clearly this has not worked. We are the 99% and we are reclaiming our homes.
If America’s largest banks and non-financial companies would just loosen their death-grip on a chunk of the $3.6 trillion in cash they’re hoarding and move it into productive investments instead, the report estimates that about 19 million jobs would be created in the next three years, lowering the unemployment rate to under 5 percent.
In response to a Nov 26 NATO bombing attack on the Pakistan army, the government has cut off two key NATO supply lines through Jamrud in Khyber and Chaman in Baluchistan. This leaves over 100,000 US troops, plus tens of thousands of military personnel from other NATO countries virtually trapped in the landlocked nation of Afghanistan, completely dependent on supply lines that run through Russia and other republics of the former Soviet Union. What’s more, Russia is making noises like it might also shut off supply lines transiting its territory.
NATO recently literally shot itself in the foot, imperiling the resupply of International Assistance Forces (ISAF) in Afghanistan by shooting up two Pakistani border posts in a “hot pursuit’ raid. Given that roughly 100 fuel tanker trucks along with 200 other trucks loaded with NATO supplies cross into Afghanistan each day from Pakistan, Pakistan’s closure of the border has ominous long-term consequences for the logistical resupply of ISAF forces.
U.S.-Pakistani relations may be on the rocks, but the CIA’s secret friends in the country fight on in units, prisons, and bases the United States has been building up since 9/11 to counter the pro-Taliban side of Pakistan’s military and intelligence services. Eli Lake reports exclusively.
Former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich was sentenced to 14 years in federal prison Wednesday for 18 felony convictions stemming from trying to sell the U.S. Senate seat once occupied by Barack Obama, shaking people down in exchange for campaign contributions and lying to federal agents.
Police raided the Occupy SF camp early today, arresting 70 campers and protesters at Justin Herman Plaza and clearing out the 2-month-old encampment. The 70 were arrested on suspicion of illegal lodging and camping in a public park, Esparza said.
A blogger in the US state of Oregon has just been ordered by a court to pay $2.5m ( £1.6m) to an investment company because of a defamatory posting. Crystal Cox was sued by investment firm Obsidian Finance Group for writing several blog posts that were highly critical of the firm and its co-founder Kevin Padrick. She argued in Portland district court that she should have the same legal protection that is afforded to journalists. She said her posts – a mixture of facts, commentary and opinion – were based on material supplied by a whistle-blower whose identity she refused to reveal. She considered herself to be a journalist and should therefore be entitled to protection under media shield laws that allow journalists not to identify their sources. But Oregon’s shield law doesn’t explicitly include bloggers in its list.