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63 Percent of Americans Oppose War In Afghanistan

There are, however, at least two groups where there is still a slim majority of support for the war -- the Republican Party establishment, and Tea Party activists.

Amanda Terkel, Huffington Post

Opposition to the war in Afghanistan is at an all-time high, with 63 percent of the public now opposed to U.S. involvement there, according to a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey. Just 35 percent of survey respondents say they still support U.S. involvement.

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The increase in opposition to U.S. involvement comes as pessimism about how the war is going is rising. According to a poll done Dec. 17-19, 56 percent of the public believes that "things are going badly for the U.S. in Afghanistan."

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There are, however, at least two groups where there is still a slim majority of support for the war -- the Republican Party establishment, and Tea Party activists. Here's a look at the partisan breakdown of supporters and oppositionists.

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Project Censored's Mickey Huff Finds the News That Didn't Make the News

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  • Unfortunately, the myths both of a free press and of the "liberal" media persist in the US, regardless of mountains of evidence to the contrary manifest in various social science studies dealing with media content and bias over at least the past few decades (not to mention scores of articles and books - and Project Censored has been looking at this problem, in terms of what does and does not get reported, for going on 35 years now).
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  • Smell Something Rotten?
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Mickey Z., t r u t h o u t

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Photo: Artiii / flickr

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I first came in contact with Mickey Huff, associate professor of history at Diablo Valley College, when one of my articles was selected by Project Censored, for which he serves as director. For the uninitiated, here's how Huff describes Project Censored: "Project Censored's principal objective is training students in media literacy and First Amendment issues for the future advocacy and protection of free press rights in the United States. Project Censored has trained some 2,000 students in investigative research in the past three decades. Through a partnership of faculty, students, and the community, Project Censored conducts research on important national news stories that are underreported, ignored, misrepresented, or otherwise censored by the US corporate media."

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Mickey Z.: In a land where freedom of the press is considered sacred and the media is usually portrayed as a collection of closet Leninists yearning to sacrifice Tea Party virgins on the altar of Fidel Castro, why in the world do we need Project Censored?

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Smell Something Rotten? Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)
2010 P.U.-litzer Prizes recognize the worst of U.S. journalism

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I apologize for my country

I apologize for the fact that so many Americans don’t seem to care as much as they should about the wars and war atrocities like illegal drone massacres and illegal use of torture that are being conducted in their names. But it’s like past times in history when whole populations, i.e. the “good Germans”, have become complicit and it’s due to an evil system rather than due to the American people themselves.

Coleen Rowley, WAMM Today

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Dear People of Afghanistan:

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I don’t know what to say or how to start. Some of us are so ashamed and focused on and sorry for all the destruction our country has caused in the world. We keep trying to think of what we can do to change the situation but year after year, as we protest (see my attached photos), we’ve not been successful in changing the militaristic direction of the American empire. The problem is that we are in the minority of those who care. It’s probably hard for you to understand how this could happen as the wars are so unjustified and so wrong.

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But we no longer have real freedom here except the freedom to shop. As our “Father of the Constitution James Madison warned: “No country can maintain its civil liberties in the midst of continual war.” So those who dissent from official USpolicies are losing their freedom to inform others and be informed.

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The Oil Slick BP Tried To Hide Has Been Discovered

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  • In Thick Layers On the Sea Floor Over An Area of Several Thousand Square Miles
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  • The Government is Dealing with the Oil Spill Like the Soviets Dealt with Chernobyl
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  • Defending EPA Against the Coming Right Wing Attack
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Washington's Blog, Centre For Research on Globalization

BP and the government famously declared that most of the oil had disappeared. 

But as I've noted, as much as 98% of the oil is still in the ocean.

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I have repeatedly pointed out that BP and the government applied massive amounts of dispersant to the Gulf Oil Spill in an effort to sink and hide the oil. Many others said the same thing.

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BP and the government denied this, of course.

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But the oil is not remaining hidden.

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The Government is Dealing with the Oil Spill Like the Soviets Dealt with Chernobyl, Washington's Blog
The Soviet Union was famous for covering up its environmental disasters.

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Defending EPA Against the Coming Right Wing Attack, Steven Cohen, Huffington Post
It is good politics for President Obama to protect and defend EPA

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The Humbug Express

Hey, has anyone noticed that “A Christmas Carol” is a dangerous leftist tract?

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Paul Krugman, New York Times | NY

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Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Lydia Howell

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Paul Krugman (Fred R. Conrad / New York Times)

Hey, has anyone noticed that “A Christmas Carol” is a dangerous leftist tract?

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I mean, consider the scene, early in the book, where Ebenezer Scrooge rightly refuses to contribute to a poverty relief fund. “I’m opposed to giving people money for doing nothing,” he declares. Oh, wait. That wasn’t Scrooge. That was Newt Gingrich — last week. What Scrooge actually says is, “Are there no prisons?” But it’s pretty much the same thing.

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Anyway, instead of praising Scrooge for his principled stand against the welfare state, Charles Dickens makes him out to be some kind of bad guy. How leftist is that?

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As you can see, the fundamental issues of public policy haven’t changed since Victorian times. Still, some things are different. In particular, the production of humbug — which was still a somewhat amateurish craft when Dickens wrote — has now become a systematic, even industrial, process.

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Bill Moyers: "Welcome to the Plutocracy!"

Bill Moyers speech at Boston University on October 29, 2010, as a part of the Howard Zinn Lecture Series.

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Bill Moyers, t r u t h o u t

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Bill Moyers (Photo: Martin Voelker)

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I was honored when you asked me to join in celebrating Howard Zinn’s life and legacy. I was also surprised. I am a journalist, not a historian. The difference between a journalist and an historian is that the historian knows the difference. George Bernard Shaw once complained that journalists are seemingly unable to discriminate between a bicycle accident and the collapse of civilization. In fact, some epic history can start out as a minor incident. A young man named Paris ran off with a beautiful woman who was married to someone else, and the civilization of Troy began to unwind. A middle-aged black seamstress, riding in a Montgomery bus, had tired feet, and an ugly social order began to collapse. A night guard at an office complex in Washington D.C. found masking tape on a doorjamb, and the presidency of Richard Nixon began to unwind. What journalist, writing on deadline, could have imagined the walloping kick that Rosa Park’s tired feet would give to Jim Crow? What pundit could have fantasized that a third-rate burglary on a dark night could change the course of politics? The historian’s work is to help us disentangle the wreck of the Schwinn from cataclysm. Howard famously helped us see how big change can start with small acts.

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We honor his memory. We honor him, for Howard championed grassroots social change and famously chronicled its story as played out over the course of our nation’s history. More, those stirring sagas have inspired and continue to inspire countless people to go out and make a difference. The last time we met, I told him that the stories in A People’s History of the United States remind me of the fellow who turned the corner just as a big fight broke out down the block. Rushing up to an onlooker he shouted, “Is this a private fight, or can anyone get in it?” For Howard, democracy was one big public fight and everyone should plunge into it. That’s the only way, he said, for everyday folks to get justice – by fighting for it.

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The 9 Biggest Conservative Lies About Taxes and Public Spending

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Here are the things the corporate media won't tell you about the tax-cut rhetoric in Washington.

Joshua Holland, AlterNet

It’s difficult to know where to begin deconstructing conservative rhetoric on taxes and spending. It's such a central part of their worldview, and yet it's a view informed by a whole slew of falsehoods that have been repeated again and again during this year's debates over the Bush tax cuts, public spending and the deficit. What follows are nine of the biggest fact-free whoppers that conservatives insist are true.

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1. Cutting Taxes Leads to More Money for the Government
Conservatives can't say they oppose popular programs on ideological grounds, and they can't admit they're happy to run up huge budget deficits, so they've come up with the fiction that cutting taxes actually brings in more revenues to finance the public sector.

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What's especially brazen about this is that it's usually preceded by debate-stifling phrases such as “as everyone knows,” “history shows us” or “every single time taxes have been cut.”

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I Will Not Participate In the Journalism of Appeasement

Don’t you get it? This is a war! This is a mass slaughter carried out by economic policy. This is the elimination of the existence of a middle class. These are financial terrorists committing crimes against humanity. Our country is under attack!

David DeGraw, AmpedStatus

Here’s a brief summation of my recent reporting:

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  • If we continue to let our politicians and wealthy members of society live in comfort, free from the consequences of their actions, we are complicit in our own demise.
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  • Our country is so overrun with corruption, we cannot remain passive and expect things to get any better.
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  • The economy is propped up by smoke and mirrors and will inevitably collapse. Without immediately breaking up the banks and holding the thieves accountable, we will continue on our downward spiral with increasingly severe and devastating consequences.
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  • These are extremely unpleasant truths that we are now forced to confront. We have to act now. If you are not calling for revolution or organizing, you are either unaware of what’s happening around you, horribly naïve or a fascist sympathizer.
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