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Monday, April 27, 2009

IT'S UPSETTING TO KNOW THAT COMMON DECENCY & SENSE DON'T GO HAND IN HAND WITH MORALITY. YES, THAT'S RIGHT, TORTURE IS AN ACCEPTABLE PRACTICE NOW...!

Copyright (C) 2009 by F. Scott Sinclair. All Rights Reserved. This is a view from one of the highest places in Thailand. The Wats (Buddhist Temples) are surrounded by hills and valleys, and as you can see: lots of trees--a perfect jungle. Capturing the early morning mist and fog in the air, ran chills up my spine. Absolutely chilling to the bone. One should take a jacket with them when venturing into the mountainous areas of Northern Thailand. Just click on the picture if you like to enlarge the photo.
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Reclaiming America’s Soul

By Paul Krugman

Never before have our leaders so utterly betrayed
everything our nation stands for. "This government
does not torture people," declared former President
Bush, but it did, and all the world knows it. Continue

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Of Tea Parties and Teleprompters

by David Michael Green

What we're seeing, is a political movement that is
utterly bankrupt, literally and figuratively, and is
desperately searching for any sort of remotely
plausible line of attack, but only managing to
make itself look absurd in the process, at least
outside of Appalachia. Continue

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Where's My Change?

By Ralph Nader

The corporate chieftains have easy access to the
White House and the new President, whether these
bosses come on missions demanding power or missions
of beggary for bailouts. When will he meet with the
leading heads of consumer protection groups with
millions of dues-paying members who could give him
the base to hold accountable and regulate the
democracy-denying, economy-wrecking corporate
supremacists? Continue

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This Is A Must Listen

The Financial Barbarians at the Gate

Guns & Butter Interviews financial economist and
historian, Dr. Michael Hudson.The history of banking
and the criminalization of the banking system; tax
policy; real estate asset inflation; US imperialism
via the monetary system; - similarities with the
Roman Republic; what measures labor should take.
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No Light In The Tunnel A Housing Crash Update

By Mike Whitney

Why is the press misleading the public about housing?
The housing market is crashing. There are no "green
shoots" or "glimmers of hope"; the market is worn to
a stump, it's kaput. Continue

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The Cancerous Rot at the Center of the Empire

By Jacob G. Hornberger

My question is: Why limit torture to suspected terrorists?
Why not expand it to suspected murderers, drug
dealers, robbers, and kidnappers? After all, can’t
those types of people commit just as heinous an
act as terrorists? Continue

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Why Does America Have a Drug War?

By Jacob G. Hornberger

Given that most people agree that the drug war
has failed to achieve its supposed purpose after
decades of warfare, an important question arises:
Why is the drug war still being waged, especially
when we consider all the collateral damage that
this federal program has produced? Hasn’t the
time arrived for Americans to demand an immediate
end to the war on drugs? Continue

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Jane Harman: Angry, Partisan, Civil Liberties Extremist

By Glenn Greenwald

Rep. Jane Harman -- once the most vigorous
Democratic cheerleader of Bush's NSA warrantless
eavesdropping program -- is rip-roarin' angry today.
Apparently, her private conversations were
eavesdropped on by the U.S. Government! This is
a grave outrage that, as she told Andrea Mitchell
just moments ago, demands a probing investigation:
Continue

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Torture Used to Link Saddam With 9/11

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Olbermann: Congress Debates Fresh Investigation of Interrogations

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CIRCLE OF BLAME

BY TED RALL

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Obama Has Missed His Moment

By Chris Hedges

Barack Obama has squandered his presidency. He
had a fleeting moment to challenge the casino
capitalism and financial recklessness of our economic
and political elite. He could have orchestrated a
state socialism that would have provided a safety
net for tens of millions of Americans faced with
dislocation and misery. Continue

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From Bunker Hill to Baghdad

Pinter's Dispatch to Obama

By Mike Whitney

"The crimes of the United States have been
systematic, constant, vicious, remorseless, but
very few people have actually talked about
them. You have to hand it to America. It has
exercised a quite clinical manipulation of power
worldwide while masquerading as a force for
universal good. It's a brilliant, even witty, highly
successful act of hypnosis...It's a scintillating
stratagem." Continue

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American Exceptionalism

Torture Whitewash from The Dark Side

By Pepe Escobar

Without accepting full responsibility for torture -
and illegal, pre-emptive wars - and without
accountability, there can be no catharsis in
America. Obama is enough of a smart operator
to know that if his "going forward" is perceived
like "look the other way", this whole thing will
come back to haunt and even destroy his presidency.
And if it walks and talks like a whitewash, that's
because it must be ... a whitewash. Continue

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Nicaragua - A Nations Right To Survive

Video - A Documentary Film

By John Pilger

John Pilger's 1983 film about the small nation of
Nicaragua and its right to survive investigates
the corruption in Central America. Pilger describes
the achievements of the Sandinistas and their
"threat of a good example". Continue

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Late Night Political Jokes - Late Night Jokes Updated Daily

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PHOTOGRAPHY BY NOVELIST F. SCOTT SINCLAIR

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

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