Saturday, March 01, 2008

saturday reads

A former SAS soldier was served with a high court order yesterday preventing him from making fresh disclosures about how hundreds of Iraqis and Afghans captured by British and American special forces were rendered to prisons where they faced torture.

Statement prepared and read by Ben Griffin, ex-SAS soldier, at a press conference on Monday 25 February 2008.

U.S. veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are planning to descend on Washington from Mar. 13-16 to testify about war crimes they committed or personally witnessed in those countries.

Nobel prize-winning economist calculates the true cost of the Iraq war.

Steve Bell: The Six Trillion Dollar Chimp

A U.S. District Judge dissolves injunction.

Attorney General Michael Mukasey refused Friday to refer the House's contempt citations against two of President Bush's top aides to a federal grand jury.

Joel Pett
Lexington Herald-Leader
Mar 1, 2008

Friday, February 29, 2008

Truth in advertising

Truth in advertising
Originally uploaded by ekai

friday reads

U.S. Number One in Incarceration

The United States incarcerates more people than any other country in the world and for the first time in the nation's history, more than one in every 100 American adults is confined in a prison or jail, according to a report released on Thursday.

The report by the Pew Center on the States said the American penal system held more than 2.3 million adults at the start of the year.

The far more populous nation of China ranked second with 1.5 million behind bars, with Russia a distant third with 890,000 inmates.

D-Day: Our Prison Problem

A UK Channel 4 News report from last year on America's brutal prisons.

Andrew P. Napolitano: Granting immunity rewards lawlessness

Douchbags RIAA Keeps Settlement Money, Artists May Sue

Preznit bu$h surpasses Nixon as the modern president with the highest negative rating.

Why Dennis Kucinich Still Matters

Thursday, February 28, 2008

thursday reads

Wired talks to psychologist Philip Zimbardo: How Good People Turn Evil, From Stanford to Abu Ghraib

Pepe Escobar: A long road from Kosovo to Kurdistan

Another witness against the officers who ran Argentina's "dirty war" on opponents of the country's military dictatorship has turned up dead.

Condoleezza Rice, the US secretary of state, apologised yesterday for a string of crimes involving American troops based in Japan, amid warnings that failure to improve discipline risked damaging relations between Washington and one of its closest allies.

Clashes over Afghanistan poppy fields kill 26

More that 900,000 people are currently listed as suspected terrorists on the US government's "do not fly" list, and that number will grow to beyond 1 million by summer, says the American Civil Liberties Union.

Violet Blue: Dude, where's my G-spot?

Happy Birthday Paul Krugman

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

wednesday reads

An earthquake measuring 5.2 hits Lincolnshire.

Noam Chomsky: The Most Wanted List

Comcast pays people off the street to pack a hearing on Internet free speech.

An RIAA training video produced with the National District Attorneys Association basically tells viewers that music piracy leads to drugs, terrorism and murder. How much crack have these wankers smoked?

Judges in at least five states have stopped foreclosure proceedings because the banks that pool mortgages into securities and the companies that collect monthly payments haven't been able to prove they own the mortgages.

H. Candace Gorman: The Hippocratic Oath Dies in Gitmo

EU fines Microsoft 899m euros

Princess Sparkle Pony offers some new designs for Florida's "Confederate Heritage" plates.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Diebold apologizes to their shadowy puppet masters

From America's Finest News Source:

Embarrassed Diebold officials apologized after one of their electronic voting machines prematurely revealed the winner of our upcoming sham election.

Diebold Accidentally Leaks Results Of 2008 Election Early

tuesday reads

The U.S. Defense Department says the U.S. troop presence in Iraq will remain greater than it was before last year's surge in forces - even after the pullout of some 20,000 troops by mid-year.

Bank seizures of U.S. homes almost doubled in January as property owners failed to make higher payments on adjustable-rate mortgages.

Progressive Historians takes a look at the Hunger Marches during the Great Depression.

MTSS Episode #13 (Porn)

Looks like happy pills don't work.

Happy Four Year Blogaversary BlondeSense!

Monday, February 25, 2008

Bravo Marion!

Marion Cotillard reçoit le cesar de la meilleure actrice

Jacques Brinon /AP

Marion Cotillard reçoit l'oscar de la meilleure actrice

Gabriel Bouys / AFP - Getty Images

Édith Piaf - "La vie en rose"

Edith Piaf - La Vie En Rose
Uploaded by bigproblem11

(Updated: original videos were taken down)

monday reads

Thousands of Palestinians protesting against an international blockade on the Gaza Strip formed a human chain today, with Israel warning of an iron-fisted response if demonstrators tried to storm the country's border.

Scott Horton - CBS: More Prosecutorial Misconduct in Siegelman Case Alleged

Declassified U.S. documents posted on the Web by the National Security Archive show that the U.S. government had detailed knowledge of collaboration between the Peruvian, Bolivian and Argentine secret police forces to kidnap, torture and "permanently disappear" three militants in a Cold War rendition operation in Lima in June 1980—but took insufficient action to save the victims. (h/t BooMan)

The Jade Gate: Voting Booth Glory Hole

Stuff White People Like

Sunday, February 24, 2008

sunday reads

At least 40 people have been killed and scores more injured by a suicide bomber targeting Shia pilgrims in the Iraqi town of Iskandariya, south of Baghdad.

RIP Lawrence King (15) and Simmie Williams, Jr. (17).

Rolling Stone: The Myth of the Surge

Sara Robinson - When Change Is Not Enough: The Seven Steps To Revolution

"My friends" with John McCain... starring Vicki Iseman!

Just. Go. Away.

The Spongebob Squarepants Rectal Thermometer