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Friday, December 21, 2007

SCENE 26 OF "THE WALLS HAVE EARS: A NOVEL OF AMERICA" SERIALIZED BY F. SCOTT SINCLAIR

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Copyright © 2007 by F. Scott Sinclair. All Rights Reserved.


Warning: If you are easily shocked with regard to contrary
points of view, conspiracy theories, offensive language, political
correctness, sex, or anything else that may offend your
sensibilities or lack of open-mindedness, or if you're a minor
(but by no means limited to the aforementioned), please do
not read this novel. It's not for you...

Note: This is a work of fiction. The events described here are
imaginary: the settings, events and characters are fictitious,
and/or are the product of the author's imagination or used
fictitiously, and any resemblance to actual events or locales
or persons (living or dead) is entirely coincidental.


Copyright (C) 2007 by F. Scott Sinclair. All Rights Reserved.



Scene 26 of "The Walls Have Ears: A Novel of America"




CIA Case Officer Julia Duffy


The compartment I was being held captive in was beginning
to close in. As the dinky quarters of the submarine began to
turn around, I instantly knew that I had an inner ear infection.
All I could do to stop the walls from turning was to close my
eyes. By squeezing my eyelids together, clinching my teeth,
and burying my head into the mildewed stench of the stained
pillow I was provided, I somehow forestalled the nauseous
feeling that was attempting to engulf my entire being.

I slowly began to open my left eye to see if the world was still
spinning. The room seemed to stand still, but the Russian
language written on the wall to tell the occupant to turn off the
lights to conserve energy--amongst other warnings--still made
me woozy. Sure wished that they'd thought about saving
energy before they chose to leave the torturous naked bulb on
24 hours a day. Christ almightly, why aren't torturers given
briefings on energy savings, anyway?

Before I could finish my next thought, the compartment door
swung open. A lanky Russian officer with a greying beard stepped
in with his underling in tow. I tried to turn away, but the shackles
and irons prevented me from huddling against the bulkhead with
my back turned to the intruders.

The Russian officer said, "Good morning, Ms. Duffy, how are
you today?"

I couldn't pass up the pun, and said, "Tied up, as usual..."

"Busy are we...? Well, that's too bad, Julie. And we were just about
ready to free you, too. What a shame, my dear," he conveyed,
loosening his tie.

"It's a bit stuffy in here, comrade. It is all right to refer to you as
comrade, isn't it?" His bushy eyebrows raised as though wings
had replaced his eyebrows at the mention of those words. Before
his eyebrow-like wings made one revolution, he yanked the ankle
chain, and in doing so, the iron shackle pierced the skin of my
tender ankle.

"My God...! Christ, can't you leave a girl alone?" I said, pushing my
ankle toward the Russian officer in order to release the tension.

"Perhaps, you're wondering why you keep getting different
interrogators. Well, the answer's quite simple. Until you act as
though you like one of us...and trust one of us, you'll no doubt
meet the whole crew of this fine submarine before you arrive
at you final destination," he hinted, touching my shoulder with
his yucky paw.

Glibly, I inquired, "And where might that be...?"

"You'll learn soon enough, I'm afraid."

"Is that a threat, or a promise?"

The back of his hand stung as I felt my jaw crack and separate.
Had he broken my jaw? My jaw felt numb, and the stainless
steel bunk with no mattress felt like I'd been sitting on a pile of
rocks. And the stainless toilet was too far away to rest on
comfortably. My butt was about a foot too short. But thank the
Lord for small favors: the diaper they so graciously provided
me with, made me feel at home--as though I was having a
period. What a bloody thought...

There was a knock at the door, and the subservient one
opened the cabin door and retrieved a tray of food, and said,
"Here. Take it."

"Gladly," I said. "Oh, I'm shocked. Not the usual cockroaches
and ants?"

The no name Russian officer replied, wiping his bird nose,
"We're trying to fatten you up."

"For the kill, I suppose, huh?"

With a smirk, he drops the tray in my lap, and says, "Enjoy...
You and your friend, Mr. Kendall, will be transferred from
our custody to that of the International Criminal Court in
a couple of days, my dear. We wouldn't want anyone to
think we've been feeding you cockroaches, now would we?
But, you must admit, us Russians have some of the finest
cockroaches in the world. Isn't that right?"

Not wanting to appear too ungrateful, I said, "If you say so..."

"Care to enlighten us further on your activities in Venezuela?"

"Well, after being starved, water boarded, half frozen to
death, and you name it, I think you've got enough information
on tape to hang the Crown Prince of Crawford--if that's
your intention--at the Hague," I said with a wink of the eye.

With his receding hairline leaning towards the steel deck,
and his mischievious eyes tilted in my direction, he says through
tense lips, "Very perceptive... Now, eat this shit we've provided
before my partner here changes your diaper. Doesn't it feel
great to return to your childhood days, sitting in a stinking
diaper all day while your mother watched soap operas to her
heart's content?"

"Speak for yourself, yah little anal fixated bastard!"

Lights out...! I thought, just before the blur of the Russian
officer's fist smacked me upside the head.

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Monday, December 10, 2007

BUSH IS NO F.D.R.: IF ANOTHER 1929 ARRIVES, WE'RE IN A HURTIN' STATUS ACCORDING TO MIKE WHITNEY. A SPLENDID ARTICLE, INDEED...

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The Central Bank; Silent Partner in the Bloodletting

By Mike Whitney

A nation's economy is a reflection pool. The face that looks
back from the water; is the face of the culture and the
prevailing ethos. It's no different with America. The
stewards of the US economic system—Paulson and
Bernanke—are inextricably linked to a political/military
establishment which has been thoroughly marinated in
a culture of violence and corruption. Continue

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An Odd Week, Indeed Piano Wire Puppeteers

By Sean Penn

Didn’t Senator Clinton just vote in essence to give
President Bush the power to bomb Iran? If he had
done it last week, would that have made her right?
I mean, if she knew then what she knows now? Or
am I getting that backward? Golly, I’m confused.
Continue

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Unfit To Serve "You, Mr.. Bush, are a bald-faced liar."

8 Minute Video - Keith Olbermann

A Special Comment about the President’s cataclysmic
deception about Iran. Click to view

AND TEXT AND/OR VIDEO:

Video: Keith Olbermann "Neocon Job"


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Scott Horton Interviews Scott Ritter

Scott Ritter: Cheney’s Iran Policy Still Stands

A must listen : Scott Ritter, former U.S. Marine and
UN weapons inspector, discusses the new Iran NIE,
his admiration for Ron Paul and the need of the
American people to destroy the careers of their
warmonger representatives. Click to listen

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Rep. Ron Paul: Remarks on Violent Radicalization &
Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act, HR 1955 :

Legislation such as this demands heavy-handed
governmental action against American citizens
where no crime has been committed. It is yet
another attack on our Constitutionally-protected
civil liberties. It is my sincere hope that we will
reject such approaches to security, which will fail
at their stated goal at a great cost to our way of life.

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The Planned Collapse of USA

By Peter Chamberlin.

We risk blowing the world apart, to avoid watching
America slowly choke on its own excesses. - The
government has known for decades that America
is on a countdown to self-destruction. Among the
elite it is common knowledge that our "global economy"
must one day collapse from its own dead weight. Continue

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When Is Bush Going to Come Clean?

By Paul Craig Roberts

Members of the right-wing Israeli government have
denounced the NIE finding as contrary to Israel’s
interests. Former Bush regime official John Bolton
accused America’s intelligence agencies with conspiring
to discredit President Bush with politicized intelligence.
Continue

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Cindy Sheehan: NIEs: Waste of Time?

By Cindy Sheehan

Investigative journalist Seymour Hersh claims that BushCo
has known at the highest levels about this intelligence
for over a year, but they have all been beating their
evil drums of war against Iran, nevertheless. Continue

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Bob Herbert: Spies Like You and Me

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Patricia J. Williams: The Audacity of Oprah

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The Terror Within

By Angie Riedel

There is more terror here at home than there is anywhere
else in the industrial so-called civilized world.
Continue

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Bombed If You Do, Bombed If You Don't

By Ron Paul

The latest National Intelligence Estimate has been
greeted by a mixture of relief and alarm. As I have
been saying all along, Iran indeed poses no quantifiable
imminent nuclear threat to us or her neighbors. It is
with much alarm, however, that we see the administration
continue to ratchet up the war rhetoric as if nothing
has changed. Continue

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Will Liberty Succumb to Federalist Society Ideology?

By Paul Craig Roberts

The US Supreme Court has taken up the issue whether
the executive branch can detain people indefinitely
merely by declaring them to be suspected terrorists or
illegal enemy combatants. Continue

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Dershowitz on Waterboarding

A blatant expansion of state power

By Mike Whitney

An article by Dershowitz appeared on op-ed page
of the Wall Street Journal on Novemeber 7, 2007,
titled “Democrats and Waterboarding”. In that article
Dershowitz makes a spirited defense of waterboarding,
going so far as to say that (he believes) the Democrats
“will lose the presidential race if it defines itself as soft
on terror.” Continue

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The coming recession: Not an accident :

The downward slide triggered by belated recognition
of the subprime mortgage fiasco has a long way to
go – and it's going. Recession is certain, and, despite
the entire chorus of economists, bankers and government
officials to the contrary, a depression such as that
of the 1930s is possible.

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Morgan Stanley issues full US recession alert:

Morgan Stanley has issued a full recession alert for the
US economy, warning of a sharp slowdown in business
investment and a "perfect storm" for consumers as
the housing slump spreads.

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Fed Fails To Satisfy Wall Street:

In an attempt to stave off a U.S. recession, the Federal
Reserve cut interest rates to 4.25% Tuesday. Investors,
looking for an even bigger cut, dumped American stocks.

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White House, Press Spinning Iran’s Centrifuges

By Ray McGovern

Those who know about the centrifuges used to refine
uranium tell me they must spin at an almost unrivaled
velocity—almost unrivaled, because Bush administration
statements are being spun at equivalent speed by
White House and corporate media spiders. Without
Spinmeister Karl Rove and former spokesman Tony
Snow, it is amateur hour at the White House. Continue

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Trust is Dead

By Phil Hoskins

This experiment in government we like to call democracy
depends upon a certain level of trust, not only of
government and elected officials, but maybe more
importantly among the people themselves. After many
years under attack, we can now declare trust dead.
Continue

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Paul Krugman: Henry Paulson's Priorities

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Joshua Holland: The American Dream Is Aliveand Well ... in Finland!

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FUTURE IMPERFECT, PART III

BY TED RALL

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A TYPICAL SCENE AT A THAI ROADSIDE VENDOR'S
STALL AS SHE TRIES TO SELL PRODUCE TO TOURISTS
& LOCALS ALIKE ON THE SHOULDER OF A MAIN
HIGHWAY.BY NOVELIST F. SCOTT SINCLAIR

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QUOTE:

A WORLD OF INCIDENTS AT YOUR FINGERTIPS:
TRULY AMAZING...! AND IT'S UPDATED EVERY
360SECONDS, I'VE BEEN TOLD. A REALLY PLEASANT
TREAT AND INTELLECTUAL JOURNEY.
TRY IT, YOU MIGHT LIKE IT.

**********************************************************
QUOTE:

Late Night Political Jokes - Late Night Jokes Updated
Daily

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QUOTE:
A CONVENIENT (I HOPE) TABLE OF CONTENTS OF
F. SCOTT SINCLAIR'S NOVELS

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Thursday, December 06, 2007

COMPREHENSIVE INSIGHTS INTO THE CURRENT 1929 HOUSING DEPRESSION. A GREAT ARTICLE BY STEVEN PEARLSTEIN...!

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It's Not 1929, but It's the Biggest Mess Since

By Steven Pearlstein


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When Bankers Jump Out the Window!

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Paul Krugman: Innovating Our Wayto Financial Crisis

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The New York Times: The President's CynicalBudget War

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Robert Weitzel: HomegrownTerrorism Prevention Act:
A Tutorial in Orwellian Newspeak

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Stephen J. Fortunato Jr.: Supreme Court Inc.

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Matthew Rothschild: Bush May Still Bomb Iran,Despite NIE

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Melanie Scarborough: Somebody Is Lying About FISA

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Losing and Restoring the Republic

By Jacob G. Hornberger

It is impossible to overstate the fundamental differences
between the foreign-policy philosophy of our American
ancestors and the foreign-policy mindset that guides our
country today. The philosophy of our ancestors was nicely
summed up in the Fourth of July address to Congress in
1821 by John Quincy Adams. Continue

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Saint Joe and the Impending Global Financial Crisis

By Mike Whitney

The wreckage in the housing market just keeps piling up.
Sales of existing homes in October dipped 23.5% from
last year. Prices on new homes dropped 13% year over
year. Third quarter foreclosures skyrocketed to 635,000,
a 94% increase over last October and an all-time high
on the Misery-Meter. The real estate market is in
free-fall and the real trouble hasn't even begun yet.
Continue

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Economic Outlook 2008: Darkening Clouds

By Dom Armentano

Presidential election years usually are not recessionary but
next year will be an exception. Several economic factors are
colliding in an almost perfect storm to markedly slow the
general economy and the stock market.Continue

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Homeless in Paradise

America, Land of 371 Billionaires and 3.5 Million Homeless

By Stephen Fleishman

In the United States of America, the greatest country in
the world, as many as three and a half million people
experience homelessness in a given year (1% of the entire
US population or 10% of its poor) and of that, 1.37 million
(or 39%) are children under the age of 18. Continue

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We the Paranoid

By Eugene Robinson

We Americans like to think of ourselves as strong, rugged
and supremely confident -- a nation of Marlboro
Men and Marlboro Women, minus the cigarettes and
the lung cancer. So why do we increasingly find ourselves
hunkered behind walls, popping pills by the handful
to stave off diseases we might never contract and eyeing
the rest of the world with an us-or-them suspicion that
borders on the pathological? Continue

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A Miracle: Honest Intel on Iran Nukes

By Ray McGovern

For those who have doubts about miracles, a double
one occurred today. An honest National Intelligence
Estimate (NIE) on Iran's nuclear program has been
issued, and its "Key Judgments" were made public.
Continue

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The Shortage Myth

The Lies at the End of the American Dream

By Paul Craig Roberts

Integrity is so lacking in America that the shortage
myth serves the interests of universities, funding
agencies, employers, and immigration attorneys at
the expense of American students who naively pursue
professions in which their prospects are dim. Initially
it was blue-collar factory workers who were
abandoned by US corporations and politicians.
Now it is white-collar employees and Americans
trained in science and technology. Continue

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Walter Cronkite and David Krieger: Our Troops Must Leave Iraq:

The invasion of Iraq was illegal from the start. Not only
was Congress lied to in order to secure its support for
the invasion of Iraq, but the war lacked the support of
the United Nations Security Council and thus was an
aggressive war initiated on the false pretenses of
weapons of mass destruction

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Krugman: The making of a mess:

How bad is it? Well, I've never seen financial insiders
this spooked - not even during the Asian crisis of
1997-98, when economic dominoes seemed to be
falling all around the world.

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The dollar's perfect storm worsens:

Europe's inflation is likely to prompt its central bank
to raise interest rates -- five days before the Fed is
expected to lower them here. That's bad news for the buck.

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Henry Thoreau and the Patrons of Virtue

By Charles Sullivan

Far from a government of the people, for the people
and by the people, we now have a government that
is the exclusive domain of the rich and powerful and
has the same level of exclusivity as an expensive
country club or resort. The poor and disenfranchised
are barred from entry and are thus marginalized.
Continue

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Putin is Stalin?

Garry Kasparov and the Far-right Cuckoo's Nest

By Mike Whitney Watching Kasparov traipse around
Moscow with his basket of sour grapes and his entourage
of western media-stooges is like watching "Mr. Bean's
Excellent Kremlin Adventure"---a particularly
lame performance in a dismal B-rated burlesque.
It's painful to watch. Continue

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Time to Mount Up and Ride

By Vincent L. Guarisco

Haven’t you noticed the pillars shaking, the foundation
cracking, and debris falling everywhere? I certainly
hope so, because the Bush administration’s wrecking
ball hasn’t quite finished swinging yet. Continue

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QUOTE:

A TYPICAL SCENE AT A THAI ROADSIDE VENDOR'S
STALL AS SHE TRIES TO SELL PRODUCE TO TOURISTS
& LOCALS ALIKE ON THE SHOULDER OF A MAIN HIGHWAY.

BY NOVELIST F. SCOTT SINCLAIR

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QUOTE:

A WORLD OF INCIDENTS AT YOUR FINGERTIPS:
TRULY AMAZING...! AND IT'S UPDATED EVERY 360
SECONDS, I'VE BEEN TOLD. A REALLY PLEASANT
TREAT AND INTELLECTUAL JOURNEY.
TRY IT, YOU MIGHT LIKE IT.

**********************************************************
QUOTE:

Late Night Political Jokes - Late Night Jokes Updated Daily

*******************************************************
QUOTE:

A CONVENIENT (I HOPE) TABLE OF CONTENTS OF
F. SCOTT SINCLAIR'S NOVELS

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