June 30, 2009 "Opednews" -- -After Obama apologized for the strike which the Afghan government claimed killed well over a hundred ordinary country folk, came the report that the families of those killed, and subsequent Afghani dead falling in harms way of the US military, continuing as before, can… Continue
Everytime we get a flu pandemic "warning" from the media, they remind us of all the deaths in 1918 from the flu ... forgetting that most deaths do NOT happen from the flu but from complications thereof and that they had NO ANTIBIOTICS in 1918 to deal with those complications (as well as no indoor plumbing - another great improvement to the cutting down of disease) as well as not much of a concept of sanitation nor nutrition.
Even if we ARE hit with a nasty flu, IT AINT THE SAME. It… Continue
Added by SueW on June 30, 2009 at 3:53pm —
The Israel Navy intercepted a boat carrying international activists attempting to break a blockade of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Tuesday and forced it to sail to the southern port city of Ashdon, the army said.
Max Blumenthal writes that it is wonderful that we all empathize with Iranians killed or wounded in the struggle for freedom but points out America's utter indifference to identical tragedies in the West Bank and Gaza.
Of course, as Max explains, it is hard for Americans to become outraged by events they rarely see. The American media decided long ago that reporting honestly on the occupation was dangerous. Advertisers and… Continue
By HELENE COOPER and MARC LACEY
Published: June 29, 2009
WASHINGTON — President Obama on Monday strongly condemned the ouster of Honduras’s president as an illegal coup that set a “terrible precedent” for the region, as the country’s new government defied international calls to return the toppled president to power and clashed with thousands of protesters.
“We do not want to go back to a dark past,” Mr. Obama said, in which military coups override elections. “We always want… Continue
Why are there so many poor people when the world seems so much wealthier as a whole? By wealthier, I mean there is more food, more housing (and bigger, better housing too), more of everything, in fact. I'll get to the obvious misdistribution and the true remedy in a moment, but would point out here that this question is not new; in fact, it… Continue
Added by Marklar on June 30, 2009 at 3:02am —
Henry George, in his classic, and best-selling economics book of all time, Progress and Poverty, which sold 2 million copies in its first year - 1879 - laid out the remedy to end poverty AND spur growth and prosperity. By taxing natural resources and untaxing wages and capital (real capital such as trucks, ships, cranes etc.), one would… Continue
Added by Marklar on June 30, 2009 at 12:00am —
This is just a little comedy relief in the midst of all the craziness!
WASHINGTON—After nearly four months of frank, honest, and open dialogue about the failing economy, a weary U.S. populace announced this week that it is once again ready to be lied to about the current state of the financial system.
Tired of hearing the grim truth about their economic future, Americans demanded that the bald-faced lies resume immediately, particularly… Continue
I am guilty,
But not in the way you think.
I should have earlier recognized my duty;
I should have more sharply called evil evil;
I reined in my judgment too long.
I did warn,
But not enough, and clear;
And today I know what I was guilty of.
With the outbreak of the Second World War, Haushofer remained a professor of geopolitics at the University of Berlin, but distanced himself from his Nazi past and began… Continue
Added by fireguy on June 29, 2009 at 5:41pm —
A lawsuit against Saudi Arabia filed by survivors and families members of those killed in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks has ended as the Supreme Court announced Monday it will not hear additional arguments from the victims who were trying to revive their case.
The case against Saudi Arabia and five of its princes was already tossed out by two lower courts. More than 6,000 people joined the suit, claiming the Saudis were directly responsible for allowing the flow of money to Usama… Continue
By NEIL GENZLINGER
Published: June 28, 2009
It is presumably an accident of timing, but in the documentary “Shouting Fire,” boy, do the scenes of protesters being arrested during the 2004 Republican convention in New York call to mind recent images coming out of Iran.
That will only add to the film’s leftward lean, at least in the eyes of any conservative types who happen to tune in, making them more inclined to dismiss it. Too bad, because the film, Monday on HBO, explores… Continue