Friday, February 22, 2008

A Landmark for Bloggers -- and the Future of Journalism

The power of the Blogger is illustrated in this article...peAce...topbop!

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U.S. led invasion of Iraq: a face tells the story...

Here is the aftermath of the U.S. policy in Iraq. In the name of Freedom, and the name of Democracy...

Abbas Hussein sits in the ruins of his shop in central Baghdad, a day after a bomb planted under a horse-drawn cart exploded killing at least three people.

"If the people of the United States had the real story about what their government has done in Iraq, the occupation would already have ended ... If people in my country could hear the stories of life under occupation and put themselves in Iraqis' stories, they would understand. I hold that hope because the stories of Iraq are our story now." -- Dahr Jamail's Weblog

“Of course it’s about oil, we can’t really deny that,” retired four-star Army Gen. John Abizaid said of the Iraq campaign. -- Stanford University, 2007 Roundtable, “Courting Disaster: The Fight for Oil, Water and a Healthy Planet”.

"Free governments do not oppress their people or attack other free nations." -- George W. Bush, National Security Strategy, March 16, 2006

Photo ©2008 The Associated Press


Thursday, February 21, 2008

Pressing Issues: 'NYT' Editor Keller defends story -- and its timing

Pressing Issues: 'NYT' Editor Keller defends story -- and its timing

Rove behind McCain-Iseman story?

Let's consider the facts here, the New York Times has endorsed John McCain... so why put this flimsy tabloid attack on their front page?

We are all speculating about the real reason this story hit the presses. Only after it has had time to play itself out will its actual impact be known. In his press conference this morning, McCain did not display anger or rage, like one might expect when ones reputation has been trashed. Like some other posters have mentioned, one thing is certain... McCain is the only name on the lips of the news apparatus today. If this story had not broke, all we would be hearing about is Obama winning 11 in a row. If he is able to quash this entirely, discredit the NYT, and emerge smelling like a rose, then he will have a net lift in his campaign. Could this be a masterful Rove-ian media manipulation to get McCain into the public consciousness, clear himself, and gain mindshare?

Update - "February 22, 2008 -- John McCain yesterday quickly turned the backlash against a thinly sourced New York Times report that he had an extramarital affair into a gold mine for his campaign - using it to raise badly needed funds and rally conservatives to his side." ... Scott Reed, a longtime GOP strategist, noted, "Nothing will rally conservatives around McCain like shabby reporting from The New York Times."

- New York Post


Sunday, February 17, 2008

nuclear energy's dirty little secret...

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WASHINGTON — Forgotten but not gone, the waste from more than 100 nuclear reactors that the federal government was supposed to start accepting for burial 10 years ago is still at the reactor sites, at least 20 years behind schedule.

So many problems have beset the plans for disposal of nuclear waste. Government scientists may have falsified documents related to the $58 billion Yucca Mountain nuclear waste project in Nevada. The development could jeopardize the controversial project, which is still being built and is the only repository for the nation's waste from commercial nuclear reactors. In the United States alone, the Department of Energy states that there are "millions of gallons of radioactive waste" as well as "thousands of tons of spent nuclear fuel and material" and also "huge quantities of contaminated soil and water".

We have built a hydrocarbon based energy fiasco that is creating strife in so many ways from global wars to global warming. Nuclear power is as ill-thought-out or worse than the existing situation. Don't be fooled.


Sunday, February 10, 2008

Iraq will have enduring bases, not permanent ones...

WASHINGTON (AFP) - February 10, 2008 - President George W. Bush acknowledged the United States would seek a military presence in Iraq for "years" but pledged in an interview aired Sunday that he would not establish permanent bases. Bush brushed aside concerns expressed by critics that a Status of Forces Agreement Washington is discussing with the Baghdad goverment would commit future US presidents to a long-term deployment in Iraq. "We won't have permanent bases," Bush told Fox New television in the interview conducted at his retreat at Camp David, Maryland. - On 23 March 2004 it was reported that "U.S. engineers are focusing on constructing 14 "enduring bases," long-term encampments for the thousands of American troops expected to serve in Iraq for at least two years.... The number of U.S. military personnel in Iraq, between 105,000 and 110,000, is expected to remain unchanged through 2006.. the US plans to operate from former Iraqi bases in Baghdad, Mosul, Taji, Balad, Kirkuk and in areas near Nasiriyah, near Tikrit, near Fallujah and between Irbil and Kirkuk... enhance airfields in Baghdad and Mosul..."

Bush Doublespeak/Newspeak: Enduring not permanent...? Well okay I see now... I trust this distinction, don't you?

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Sunday, February 03, 2008

they lied....a million died...

A study by two nonprofit journalism organizations found that President Bush and top administration officials issued hundreds of false statements about the national security threat from Iraq in the two years following the 2001 terrorist attacks.

The study concluded that the statements "were part of an orchestrated campaign that effectively galvanized public opinion and, in the process, led the nation to war under decidedly false pretenses."

The study was posted Tuesday on the Web site of the Center for Public Integrity, which worked with the Fund for Independence in Journalism.

The study counted 935 false statements in the two-year period. It found that in speeches, briefings, interviews and other venues, Bush and administration officials stated unequivocally on at least 532 occasions that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction or was trying to produce or obtain them or had links to al-Qaida or both.

"It is now beyond dispute that Iraq did not possess any weapons of mass destruction or have meaningful ties to al-Qaida," according to Charles Lewis and Mark Reading-Smith of the Fund for Independence in Journalism staff members, writing an overview of the study. "In short, the Bush administration led the nation to war on the basis of erroneous information that it methodically propagated and that culminated in military action against Iraq on March 19, 2003."

Named in the study along with Bush were top officials of the administration during the period studied: Secretary of State Colin Powell, Vice President Dick Cheney, national security adviser Condoleezza Rice, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz and White House press secretaries Ari Fleischer and Scott McClellan.

Bush led with 259 false statements, 231 about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and 28 about Iraq's links to al-Qaida, the study found. That was second only to Powell's 244 false statements about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and 10 about Iraq and al-Qaida.


peAce, a better choice than lies...

...we are the ones we have been waiting for...

Maria Shriver endorses Barack Obama for President.

Many memorable quotes but this one is telling: "If Barack was a state, he would be California..." "I mean, think about it: diverse, open, smart, independent, bucks tradition, innovative, inspiring, dreamer, leader!" said Shriver, a member of America's foremost political dynasty.

From Barack's site: "In a dramatic moment at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion, California First Lady Maria Shriver just strode out onto a stage that had already seen its share of celebrities -- Oprah Winfrey and Stevie Wonder among them -- and announced that she was joining the Kennedy half of the family backing Barack Obama"

let us hope for PeAce...