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George W. Bush's Presidential Library Is a Fraud

He Was Installed in a Right Wing Putsch

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash

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Friday, 26 April, 2013 | Of Thursday's dedication of the George W. Bush presidential library, NPR headlines an article that details how President "Obama's Bush Library Speech Leaves Iraq And More Unspoken."

Most Americans of both parties have, over the years, appeared to have adopted the attitude that the stolen election of 2000 is something the nation has gotten over.  But it's hard not to underscore that the George W. Bush presidential library is really a fraud.

After all, Bush was never elected president.  On the 10th anniversary of his anointment by the Supreme Court, and particularly by the stay of the Florida state-mandated recount by Antonin Scalia – a long-time buddy of Dick Cheney and rabid right wing partisan.  In 2010, Eric Alterman recounted just some of the machinations that led to an election that was stolen even before the votes were cast (which was done with a number of voter suppression strategies, including the purging of tens of thousands of largely minority voters in Florida  done by a firm called ChoicePoint) on the tenth anniversary of the legalized putsch. 

Austerity debunked

  • As Europe struggles under widespread spending cuts, it seems that the theory behind austerity may, in fact, be flawed.
  • Earth to Washington: Repeal the Sequester

Aljazeera

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27 Apr 2013 | Over the course of the last three years, Europe has changed beyond anybody’s reckoning.

Greece has had to sell off its islands; Ireland has proposed selling its national forest. Britain has forced the disabled to go to work; in Spain there is the kind of unemployment levels that have in the past led to the creation of a military junta; there have been riots, and the near collapse of the currency.

And it has all been because of one thing, one overriding necessity forced on the people by the political class of a continent: austerity.

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Earth to Washington: Repeal the Sequester, Robert Reich, RobertReich.org

  • Earth to Washington: The economy is slowing. The recovery is stalling. At the very least, repeal the sequester.
  • Krugman & Co.: Austerity's Failure Everywhere You Look

 

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U.S. drones targeting rescuers and mourners

  • A new amply documented report demonstrates the use of American tactics that are almost certainly war crimes.
  • Whatever else is true, it seems highly likely that Barack Obama is the first Nobel Peace laureate who, after receiving his award, presided over the deliberate targeting of rescuers and funeral mourners of his victims.
  • Two Obamas, Two Classes Of Children

Glenn Greenwald, Salon

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Images from a Predator B unmanned aircraft are seen on a monitored at the Naval Air Station. (Credit: AP)

 

Sunday, February 5, 2012 | On December 30 of last year, ABC News reported on a 16-year-old Pakistani boy, Tariq Khan, who was killed with his 12-year-old cousin when a car in which he was riding was hit with a missile fired by a U.S. drone. As I noted at the time, the report contained this extraordinary passage buried in the middle:

Asked for documentation of Tariq and Waheed’s deaths, Akbar did not provide pictures of the missile strike scene. Virtually none exist, since drones often target people who show up at the scene of an attack.

What made that sentence so amazing was that it basically amounts to a report that the U.S. first kills people with drones, then fires on the rescuers and others who arrive at the scene where the new corpses and injured victims lie.

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Two Obamas, Two Classes Of Children, Ralph Nader, Nader.org

  • Unless the American people come to realize that a president must be subject to the rule of law and our Constitution, our statutes and treaties, every succeeding president will push the deficit-financed lawlessness further until the inevitable blowback day of reckoning. That is the fate of all empires.
  • A Culture That Condones The Killing Of Children And Teaches Children To Kill

 

Earth to Washington: Repeal the Sequester

Earth to Washington: The economy is slowing. The recovery is stalling. At the very least, repeal the sequester.

Robert Reich, RobertReich.org

Friday April 26, 2013 | Economic forecasters exist to make astrologers look good. Most had forecast growth of at least 3 percent (on an annualized basis) in the first quarter. But we learned this morning (in the Commerce Department’s report) it grew only 2.5 percent.

That’s better than the 2 percent growth last year and the slowdown at the end of the year. But it’s still cause for serious concern. 

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Krugman & Co.: Austerity's Failure Everywhere You Look, Jon Queally, Common Dreams

  • The Keynesians win every argument, say notable economists, so why does fiscal policy refuse to budge?
  • Paul Krugman | Global Austerity 'An Unethical Experimentation 
  • The terrible cost of Washington’s wars

 

 
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Dear Future Generations ~ Kurt Vonnegut

George Nagle, Indiana Progressive Liberals

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The Consequences of Unconditional Obedience to Authority ~ Rudolf Hoess, the Commandant of Auschwitz

  • This essay will attempt to perhaps shed some light on some of the unlearned lessons of the cruelty of militarism, racism, anti-Semitism, and poverty  by examining some of the realities of what the Nazis called the Final Solution and what the rest of humanity calls the Holocaust.
  • Our problem is civil obedience

Gary G. Kohls, MD, Duty to Warn / Evergreene Digest

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April 23, 2013 | This month (April) is Holocaust Remembrance month, an annual month-long event that encourages us humans to again confront the sobering reality of one of history’s most egregious examples of man’s inhumanity to man, known in the Jewish community as the Shoah. There have been several well-done public programs offered in the Duluth area, including presentations at The University of Minnesota-Duluth and documentaries on PBS.

Sadly, however, for anyone who has been paying attention to the epidemic of world-wide violence since the end of World War II, it is obvious that the promise of “Never Again” has been repeatedly violated. The cruelty of militarism, racism, anti-Semitism, and poverty seem to be alive and well. Man’s inhumanity to man is clearly not a thing of the past. In fact it appears that nothing has been really learned since the last German Nazi extermination camp was revealed in 1945 or the  last mass murder of innocent civilians was exposed in Vietnam or the last CIA torturers were exposed just last year.

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Our problem is civil obedience, scotpeden, Yahoo!

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J’accuse: The War Criminal Rudolf Hoess Speaks, Gary G. Kohls, Duty to Warn / Evergreene Digest 

  • “Do not think you are better than me because you burn up enemies with long-range missiles without ever seeing what you have done.”
  • To History’s Militarists, Including the CIA’s “Drone Warriors”

 

30 years later, nation remains at educational risk

  • "If an unfriendly foreign power had attempted to impose on America the mediocre educational performance that exists today, we might well have viewed it as an act of war," the commissioners wrote. "As it stands, we have allowed this to happen to ourselves. ... We have, in effect, been committing an act of unthinking, unilateral educational disarmament."
  • Child poverty in US among the highest in developed world.

Philip Elliott, Associated Press  / NPR

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In this March 12, 1984, file photo, President Ronald Reagan gets some instructions on computer operations while visiting the Congress Heights Elementary School in Washington.  (AP Photo - Scott Applewhite) 

April 24, 2013 | U.S. students are falling behind their international rivals. Young people aren't adept at new technology. America's economy will suffer if schools don't step up their game.

"A Nation at Risk," the report issued 30 years ago by President Ronald Reagan's Education Department, was meant as a wake-up call for the country. It spelled out where the United States was coming up short in education and what steps could be taken to avert a crisis.

But its warnings still reverberate today, with 1 in 4 Americans failing to earn a high school degree on time and the U.S. lagging other countries in the percentage of young people who complete college.

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Child poverty in US among the highest in developed world, Nick Barrickman, World Socialist Web Site

Entitled “Child Well-Being in Rich Countries,” the study measures living conditions faced by children in major capitalist countries of North America, Europe, Oceania, and parts of Asia. The countries are ranked by several criteria: material well-being, education, health and safety, behaviors and risks, and housing and environment.

 

Is American Nonviolence Possible?

The choice is not between violence and nonviolence but between nonviolence and nonexistence. — Martin Luther King Jr.

Todd May, New York (NY) Times

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Brecht Vandenbroucke 

April 21, 2013 | We are steeped in violence.

This past week was of course a searing reminder: Monday’s bombing at the Boston Marathon and the ensuing manhunt that ended on Friday with the death of one suspect and the capture of another, his brother, dominated the news. But there were other troubling, if less traumatic reminders, too. On Tuesday, a 577-page report by the Constitution Project concluded that the United States had engaged in torture after the Sept. 11 attacks.  On Wednesday, a turning point in the heated national debate on gun control was reached when the United States Senate dropped consideration of some minimal restrictions on the sale and distribution of guns.  Looming above all this is the painful memory of the mass killing at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Now is as good a time as any to reflect on our responses to the many recent horrors that seem to have engulfed us, and to consider whether we can hope to move from an ethos of violence to one nonviolence. Facing ourselves squarely at this difficult moment might provide a better lesson for the future than allowing ourselves to once again give in to blind fury.

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