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An estimated 1.2 million Iraqis have been killed violently since the US invasion.

American Deaths
4,124

American Wounded

Official

Estimated

28,171

23,000-100,000

Cost of the War in Iraq
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Support our troops - Get them out of there - Bring them home.

Click here for The Center For Public Integrity database of the 935 Lies of the Bush administration officials that led us into War.

From The Mike Malloy Program 01/24/08.   

Investigate - Impeach - Indict - Imprison.

"In my lifetime we've gone from Eisenhower to George W. Bush. If this is evolution, I believe within twelve years we'll be voting for plants."
- Lewis Black

RESIST!



Dubai and The Debacle

Following "Current Events" since the end of August has been bad for my stomach lining as well as my few remaining neurons that aren't chronically misfiring. There's no way to effectively sum up the steep sharp rapid decline of our country or to know with any certainty if we've ceased circling the drain and are now trying to navigate our way out of the "P Trap." These are Strange & Terrible Times when the familiar becomes normal … and we're light years away from anything close to "Normal."

October ends with Halloween but we don't have to wait until then for Fascist Ghost Stories. So gather around the radio, the moon is full, the wind is in the trees … and as Arch Obler used to say … Turn Your Lights Out!

It all started innocently enough … doesn't it always … we were taking a Sunday drive through the country when I turned on the radio …

Marketplace Money was on NPR and the story was about Dubai. Nearly 80 percent of the people who live in Dubai are expatriates, including 20,000 American citizens.

http://marketplace.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/08/29/americans_in_dubai/

The reporter interviewed three people who were very happy with living and working in Dubai. The money is very very good, the shopping is great, and since Dubai is a great hub, traveling to other countries is convenient.

One said "There's not much to complain about here."

And another, "How would I rank it on a scale of 1 to 10? About eight and a quarter to eight and a half. I think the only thing that really prevents me from giving it a "9" is the fact that the Internet is censored, and they still open mail, and the media in general is not quite as deregulated as I'd like it to be. That's the only thing that's keeping me from giving it a 9."

As long as these three 30-something ex-pats could go shopping, travel, and rake in the cash, they couldn't complain. The fact that Dubai, known as the newest great city in the world, was built on the backs of slave labor, was something they didn't waste their beautiful minds contemplating. Google "Dubai and slave labor" and read a few of the 51,500 articles. Who cares if the Internet is censored, the Thought Police read the mail, or the world's largest shopping and entertainment center was built by workers living in crowded camps, with eight or more men sharing one small room? The Money Is Great! What the hell … give it a 9 … they've got a Bloomingdale's.

What was depressing about listening to these three empty-headed Americans wasn't that they were oblivious to the rampant fascism within the emirate they lived … It was these conditions are worse here in America.

They open your mail in Dubai. Small potatoes compared to here. This is the domestic spying operation authorized by George W. Bush as described by Senator Chris Dodd:

"Clear, first-hand whistleblower documentary evidence [states]…that for year on end every e-mail, every text message, and every phone call carried over the massive fiber-optic links of sixteen separate companies routed through AT&T's Internet hub in San Francisco hundreds of millions of private, domestic communications have been…copied in their entirety by AT&T and knowingly diverted wholesale by means of multiple "splitters" into a secret room controlled exclusively by the NSA."

Slave labor? As long as the sweatshops that crank out the crap that fill our box stores are located in Burma, Pakistan, The Philippines, or any other third-world nation cursed with globalization, we don't care that our $200 running shoes are made by someone who makes $65.00 a month.

It's easy to feel disgust for the American Expatriates in Dubai. Harder still to realize that they are simply typical Americans. The product of The American Way of Life … Privatize the profits … socialize the costs … oh that reminds me.

What The Bailout Really Means:

We all know that in the 30's Hoover's bailout was for the banks … not the farmers. The Bush Bailout is for Wall Street … not to help people keep their homes. I see a pattern here … But the scariest aspect of this bailout has been pointed out by Naomi Wolf:

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2008/10/5/222741/041

She (Wolf) notes that the bail-out bill, in its original form, contained a provision that gives the President full executive discretion over 100 billions dollars. … If true, those funds would have certainly financed Bush-Cheney's private army Blackwater for quite a while. Wolf is not sure whether such a provision is in the current 450 page monstrosity but it could easily be buried in the hyperdense fine print.

Well that provision made it in the bill that passed and was signed by Bush.

http://edition.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/10/03/house.bailout/index.html

October 3, 2008

… The bailout plan's new provisions made $250 billion immediately available to purchase bank assets, leaving $100 billion at the president's discretion and $350 billion subject to congressional review.

So now Bush has control of 100 billion dollars. And Blackwater. And … The 3rd Infantry Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team

http://www.armytimes.com/news/2008/09/army_homeland_090708w/

Brigade homeland tours start Oct. 1

3rd Infantry's 1st BCT trains for a new dwell-time mission. Helping 'people at home' may become a permanent part of the active Army
By Gina Cavallaro - Staff writer
Posted : Tuesday Sep 30, 2008 16:16:12 EDT

The 3rd Infantry Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team has spent 35 of the last 60 months in Iraq patrolling in full battle rattle, helping restore essential services and escorting supply convoys.

Now they're training for the same mission - with a twist - at home.

Beginning Oct. 1 for 12 months, the 1st BCT will be under the day-to-day control of U.S. Army North, the Army service component of Northern Command, as an on-call federal response force for natural or manmade emergencies and disasters, including terrorist attacks.

Historically a dictator needs money and an armed militia to seize and maintain power. For the last 4 days … Bush has had both. We'd all breathe a little easier if he'd never said, "If this were a dictatorship, it'd be a heck of a lot easier, just so long as I'm the dictator."

We're a month away from the election. The moon is full, the wind is in the trees … and that's enough Fascist Ghost stories for now. If you're still not scared … according to Naomi Wolf, if John McCain wins/steals the election … Sarah Palin could be president for the next 10 years.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2008/10/5/222741/041

Regards,

Bob



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My Favorite(?) Excerpt

The discrepancy between the kind of society many Germans thought they were building and the reality of the horror of the Third Reich presents one of the most intriguing questions of our age. How could Fascism -- have happened in a modern, industrialized, educated nation?

Click here for the excerpt from They Thought They Were Free, The Germans, 1938-45 (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1955) by Milton Mayer

Books I Give To People I Know and Maybe They'll Still Talk To Me
But Probably Won't

Deep Green Resistance - Strategy to Save the Planet
Aric McBay, Lierre Keith, and Derrick Jensen

For years, Derrick Jensen has asked his audiences, “Do you think this culture will undergo a voluntary transformation to a sane and sustainable way of life?” No one ever says yes.

Deep Green Resistance starts where the environmental movement leaves off: industrial civilization is incompatible with life. Technology can’t fix it, and shopping—no matter how green—won’t stop it. To save this planet, we need a serious resistance movement that can bring down the industrial economy. Deep Green Resistance evaluates strategic options for resistance, from nonviolence to guerrilla warfare, and the conditions required for those options to be successful.

Clicking on the book links to Deep Green Resistance website.


The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder
by Vincent Bugliosi

"I hope that at some time in the near future a courageous U.S. attorney general, U.S. attorney, state attorney general, or district attorney in America who is committed to the rule of law and who has dedicated his career to enforcing the law fairly against all who, big or small, violate it, will hear the cries for justice from the graves of the thousands upon thousands of men, women, and children who had their lives violently cut short because of the lies of a man who smiled through it all. And that, with a sense of uncompromising righteousness, he will take the ample case I have laid out in this book before an American jury to let them decide whether George W Bush is guilty or not guilty of murder, and if so, what his punishment should be.

Even if this doesn't happen and what I have said in this book receives all the attention of a new fly in the forest, I do know that someone had to say what is written on the pages of this book."

From The Prosecution of George W. Bush For Murder by Vincent Bugliosi, page 168.

Clicking on the book links to the book's website.


Rules for Radicals
by Saul D Alinsky

"What follows is for those who want to change the world from what it is to what they believe it should be. The Prince was written by Machiavelli for the Haves on how to hold power. Rules for Radicals is written for the Have-Nots on how to take it away."

In 1971, Saul Alinsky wrote an entertaining classic on grassroots organizing titled Rules for Radicals. For Alinsky, organizing is the process of highlighting what is wrong and convincing people they can actually do something about it.

Clicking on the book links to the Powell's Books online store.


The End of America: Letter of Warning To A Young Patriot
by Naomi Wolf

In a stunning indictment of the Bush administration and Congress, best-selling author Naomi Wolf lays out her case for saving American democracy. In authoritative research and documentation Wolf explains how events of the last six years parallel steps taken in the early years of the 20th century’s worst dictatorships such as Germany, Russia, China, and Chile.

Clicking on the book links to the publisher's website.

As Basil Fawlty keenly observed:    but ... this is no joke.


The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism
by Naomi Klein

Naomi Klein's The Shock Doctrine advances a truly unnerving argument: historically, while people were reeling from natural disasters, wars and economic upheavals, savvy politicians and industry leaders nefariously implemented policies that would never have passed during less muddled times. As Klein demonstrates, this reprehensible game of bait-and-switch isn't just some relic from the bad old days. It's alive and well in contemporary society, and coming soon to a disaster area near you. --Kim Hughes

Clicking on the book links to the author's website.


Radio

If you like Sean, Rush, Bill-O, Savage, and dutifully watch Fox ...

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Documentaries

"Uncounted: The New Math of American Elections" As the 2008 presidential elections draw near and disillusioned voters are still reeling from the election fraud scandals of 2004 and 2006, Emmy Award-winning filmmaker David Earnhardt takes a logical and factual look at just how easy it is to alter election results and undermine the integrity of the entire democratic process. By speaking with a series of renowned computer programmers, journalists, statisticians, and even seasoned election officials, chilling proof that the people may not be guiding the direction of our country after all. Click here to go to the "Uncounted" website.

"Iraq For Sale" An eye-opening exposé of the war profiteering companies raking in billions of dollars from the war, click here to go to the "Iraq For Sale" website.

"War Made Easy" exposes a 50-year pattern of government deception and media spin that has dragged the United States into one war after another from Vietnam to Iraq. Click here to go to the "War Made Easy" website.

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