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Cost of the War in Iraq
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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

If we detain people without hearings, wiretap our own citizens, and torture people on mere suspicions, the terrorists have won, because we have given up everything our country has stood for.

Um ... Looks like we have given up everything our country has stood for.

RESIST!



Noise 

Hey Mike,

When I find myself in times of trouble, The Firesign Theatre’s Chester Cadaver comes to me … speaking words of wisdom, “Sure, understanding today's complex world of the future is a little like having bees live in your head. But, there they are.

And those damn bees are noisy. With all the humming and the buzzing, it’s hard to get a thought in edgewise. And if you think about it for a moment or two … if you can think about it through all that noise … you might realize that’s the bees’ job. To keep you from thinking at all.

When I was a kid I was deathly afraid of atomic bombs. I had seen newsreels of Hiroshima after the blast and knew “Duck and Cover” wouldn’t keep me from being turned into radioactive charcoal when The Commies dropped The Big One. The Cuban Missile Crisis made home fallout shelters the talk of radio, TV, magazines, and newspapers. I didn’t know my dad had a fatalistic side to him until I asked if he was going to get a shelter for us and he said, “No. If they drop the bomb we’re all going to die anyway.” Soon after, I read that the hydrogen, or H-Bomb, was thousands of times more powerful than the bombs we dropped on Japan. I remained fearful of thermonuclear war until 1980. Then I discovered something more powerful than all the nuclear weapons in the world. I was no longer afraid of bombs. I was terrified of television.

TV makes people crazy. To be more precise: MainStream Media makes people crazy.

Media is like a mental neutron bomb. It blows the mind but leaves the other brain functions intact so people can still go to work, buy crap with the money they make, and continue to vote against their best interests until they die.

The media’s primary goal is to distract … and get us to react. We’re not getting enough information to thoughtfully respond to anything. The particulars of any story are distorted, omitted, or made up. We’re ill-informed, misinformed, or flat out lied to. There’s an agenda here folks, and it’s being carried out by the worker bees who fill our heads with noise all day every day coast to coast and border to border.

The Mainstream Drones in front of television cameras, radio microphones, or behind news desks don’t crank out stories as much as they manufacture premises. And these premises generate The Noise that becomes The News.

Case in point: The Repeal of the Military’s Don’t Ask - Don’t Tell Policy.

How much airtime, newsprint, and pixels did that story eat up? And still is. CrazyMan presidential wannabe Rick Santorum was still jabbering about reinstating Don’t Ask - Don’t Tell to Chris Wallace on FOX News a couple of days ago.

But the initial premise - Should Don’t Ask - Don’t Tell be repealed - is classic misdirection by media. It’s so artfully insinuated in the national debate it’s almost admirable. John McCain is against the repeal, Barack Obama is for it. Liberals versus conservatives déjà vu all over again. The media slipped in their premise and obscured the real one with the artificially created noise.

Why didn’t anyone in Mainstream Media ask why anyone should join the military? Where were the headlines, “Gays and Lesbians demand to participate in the ultimate War Crime in Iraq and Afghanistan?

The military has been murdering innocent people around the globe for as long as I can remember. When in my lifetime did the American Military defend the freedom of United States citizens? Which citizens from what nation threatened our freedoms to the extent we had to go over there and kill them? The Vietnamese? The Iraqis? Who?

See? They did it again. Media obscures the real premise with their own and I, along with everybody else, react to it.

I read that Obama seems open to discussing making “sensible” cuts to Social Security and Medicare and my head explodes. Why is it that fake Democrat in the White House gets down in the muck with the filth-encrusted Republicans to whack everybody’s grandma in the neck to save a couple of bucks? Doesn’t anyone remember soon-to-be-war-criminal Donald Rumsfeld’s press conference when he admitted The Pentagon couldn’t account for 2.3 trillion dollars on September 10th 2001? The defense department has been awash with so much taxpayer cash for decades they can’t keep track of it, but in order to pretend to balance the books it’s “sensible” to squeeze to death the nation’s old, young, and ailing.

See? They did it to me again. Jesus H. Christ … Joseph Goebbels would have cut off his salutin’ arm if he could have gotten his other hand on a television studio.

So what’s the Big Story that we’re being constantly distracted from seeing? What’s not on The Nightly News?

The planet is dying.

It is slowly being changed into a world that cannot sustain life.

How do we know this? Well … 150 to 200 species go extinct … every day. That’s A Big Fat Red Flag isn’t it?

The cause of this mass extinction is human civilization. The culture as a whole, and most of its members, are insane. Do you need proof? The planet is being damaged to the point that it cannot sustain life because The Elites are making money on the deal. I may have told you before a time or two that psychopaths are insane.

To debate this just adds to the noise. It is ridiculous to debate the existence of Peak Resources, Overpopulation, or Global Climate Change because we don’t have the time. Every 11 seconds a life form on this planet disappears … forever. One of these days that’s really going to make a difference when it’s our turn in the barrel.

I’m not going to write about the noise anymore. No more Republican vs. Democrats, Liberals vs. Conservatives, or What’s Wrong With The Political System. My grandchildren are not going to care whether I was a Democrat or not. They aren’t going to care about what I thought about the debt ceiling, the deficit, or health care, campaign financing, or media reforms. They’re going to want to know why I didn’t do anything when the land, water, and air became so foul nothing will survive. They’re going to want to know if I knew what was happening every 11 seconds.

Herbert Stein, economist and Nixon advisor, got at least one thing right when he said, “If something cannot go on forever, it will stop.”

Stein also said there is no reason do to anything to make the unsustainable thing stop … because it will stop of its own accord.

He’s dead now so he’s no longer concerned with … outcomes. It only concerns us whether to make civilization stop before, or after, it goes sailing off the cliff … with everything riding on it.

Regards,

Bob




-- Looking For News? --

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.

Vincent Bugliosi testifying before the House Judiciary
Committee of the U.S. Congress.


Family of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty, the Powerful Forces That Put It in the White House, and What Their Influence Means for America
by Russ Baker

How did Bush happen? How did George W. Bush, of all people, rise to the most powerful position in the world? This simple question sparked a five-year investigative odyssey by Russ Baker. What he found will force us to rethink virtually everything we thought we knew about the Bush family and its role in shaping recent American history.

In FAMILY OF SECRETS, Baker reveals that Bush, the people around him, and his policies are but an extreme, very public manifestation of what his family and its circle have always been about: an interlocking web of covert and overt machinations on behalf of a small cluster of elites-social, financial, industrial, military, intelligence-that enabled the Bush dynasty and propelled George W. Bush to the top.

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


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 author's website.


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 ... You'll hate listening to Mike. I listen every day.

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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