Saturday, October 18, 2008

saturday reads

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. & Greg Palast: Block the Vote

Airport security in America is a sham.

Oh noes. Twenty billion barrels of oil discovered in Cuba.

The Mahablog: Spreading the Wealth Around

The Liberal Journal on Being Anti-American

Naomi Wolf writes a letter to conservatives: "Will You Help Save the Republic from Military Takeover?"

Robert Fisk: Thucydides' account of the Spartan war contains a dark and chilling relevance.

Entire 2008 Campaign From Batman Show

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Propaganda Crimes

Peter Dyer: US Journalists & War-Crime Guilt

October 16 is an anniversary that should hold considerable interest for American journalists who have written in support of ”Operation Iraqi Freedom” – the invasion and occupation of Iraq.
Sixty-two years ago, on Oct. 16, 1946, Julius Streicher was hanged.

Streicher was one of a group of 10 Germans executed that day following the judgment of the first Nuremberg Trial – a 40-week trial of 22 of the most prominent Nazis.

Each was tried for two or more of the four crimes defined in the Nuremberg Charter: crimes against peace (aggression), war crimes, crimes against humanity, and conspiracy.

All who were sentenced to death were major German government officials or military leaders. Except for Streicher.

Julius Streicher was a journalist.

October 16, 1968

Power to the People

October 16, 1793

Marie Antoinette eats her last piece of cake.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Torture as official policy


The Bush administration issued a pair of secret memos to the CIA in 2003 and 2004 that explicitly endorsed the agency's use of interrogation techniques such as waterboarding against al-Qaeda suspects -- documents prompted by worries among intelligence officials about a possible backlash if details of the program became public.

The classified memos, which have not been previously disclosed, were requested by then-CIA Director George J. Tenet more than a year after the start of the secret interrogations, according to four administration and intelligence officials familiar with the documents. Although Justice Department lawyers, beginning in 2002, had signed off on the agency's interrogation methods, senior CIA officials were troubled that White House policymakers had never endorsed the program in writing.

The memos were the first -- and, for years, the only -- tangible expressions of the administration's consent for the CIA's use of harsh measures to extract information from captured al-Qaeda leaders, the sources said. As early as the spring of 2002, several White House officials, including then-national security adviser Condoleezza Rice and Vice President Cheney, were given individual briefings by Tenet and his deputies, the officials said. Rice, in a statement to congressional investigators last month, confirmed the briefings and acknowledged that the CIA director had pressed the White House for "policy approval."

Emptywheel has more.

wednesday reads

Mark Benjamin: Friendly fire in Iraq -- and a coverup

POGO has just updated their Federal Contractor Misconduct Database

The massive purge of voters has begun in Ohio.

Brad Friedman: The Republican voter fraud hoax

Juan Cole: The Great Reagan Pyramid Scheme Comes Crashing Down


"The fuck with success," said Saviano. "I want a life. I want a home. I want to fall in love. I want to [be able to] drink a beer in public, go to a bookshop and choose a book after browsing the back cover. I want to go for a walk, enjoy the sun, walk in the rain and see my mother without fear - and without frightening her - I'm only 28 year old, for fuck's sake."
--Roberto Saviano

Whee! Digital sand.

HOWTO: Fake An Orgasm

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

tuesday reads

As the Violence Soars, Mexico Signals It's Had Enough of America's Stupid War on Drugs

William Sampson: How I survived chop chop square

Chris Hedges: America's Political Cannibalism

Given the global economic crisis, a record 90 percent of registered voters say the country is seriously off on the wrong track, the most since this question first was asked in 1973. At 23 percent, Bush's job approval rating has fallen below Nixon's lowest; it's a point away from the lowest in 70 years of polling, set by Harry Truman in early 1952. Bush's disapproval, meanwhile, is at an all-time record – 73 percent.

Ridley Scott has acquired the film-rights to Joe Haldeman's The Forever War.

Rachel Maddow: The GOP's Descent into Hell

Monday, October 13, 2008

map of sexuality

Land of Human Sexuality

(h/t Violet Blue)

The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel 2008

goes to The Shrill One.