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Wall Street Gamblers: Playing With Your Money, Ralph Nader, 6/11/08

Move over Las Vegas. The big time gamblers are on Wall Street and they are gambling with your money, your pensions, and your livelihoods.Unlike Las Vegas casinos, these big investment banks, commercial banks and stock brokerage houses are supposed to have a fiduciary relationship with your money. They are supposed to be trustees for the money you have given them to safeguard, and tell you when they are making risky investments.Because Washington, D.C. has increasingly become corporate-occupied territory, the Wall Street Boys have been taking even greater risks with your money. The more they produce cycles of financial failure, the more they pay themselves through their rubberstamp boards of directors.With each cycle of failure, the burden of government bailouts grows larger, meaning debt, deficit and your tax dollars. The Savings and Loan collapse in the late Eighties—costing before the bailout instruments are paid off at least $500 billion, looks small by comparison with what is goin…

Bill O'Reilly on the National Conference for Media Reform

Throwin' around that term, "fascist," to continue a thread from last post.... This is truly hilarious and utterly transparent (as to reasons why -- it's all down to dollars, market share, etc.). Watch Bill Moyers take care of the Fox flunky -- one of many -- sent to hound him.




In case his on-air antics weren't proof enough, here's evidence of Bill's stupidity and violence:


"This Land's a Homeland?" By Doug Tarnopol

Yup; yours truly wrote this; just published in first volume, first issue of Nova Águia, a new journal (mostly Portuguese, but my and other non-Portuguese-speaking folks' essays were left in the original alongside the translation).I had to stop myself rewriting this, again -- not too pleased with it. Anywho, here 'tis:
“This Land’s a Homeland?”
By Doug Tarnopol“Bush is a fascist!”Such statements have been heard around the United States, and no doubt elsewhere, for most of the decade. Yet no other political statement engenders dismissal as instantaneously in polite, educated circles. It’s considered ridiculously juvenile at best; perniciously dishonest at worst. There is some truth to that reaction. As early as 1945, Orwell was classifying fascism among “meaningless words”—along with democracy, socialism, freedom, patriotic, realistic, and justice:
The word Fascism has now no meaning except in so far as it signifies‘something not desirable’…Words of this kind are often used in ac…

Iran Is Not the Problem: Documentary on US-Iran Relations

Website.

Trailer:

Special half-hour discussion: "If we couldn't prevent a war with Iraq, how can we prevent a war with Iran?" Blurb:
This 26 minute extra feature is a collection of interviews recorded in April 2007 that addresses the question on everyone's mind, "If we couldn't prevent a war with Iraq, how can we prevent a war with Iran?" This is NOT the feature film "IRAN (is not the problem)". Please visit www.iranisnottheproblem.org to learn more.

Interview excerpts -- all on activism, not Iran, per se. Very interesting:

Twelve Issues that Matter for 2008 -- From the Nader/Gonzalez '08 Site

Click above to see this in context:
Remember, these twelve issues represent the tip of the political iceberg. But they are indicative of the corporate domination of the Democratic and Republican parties. There are many more where these came from. We’ll be adding them as we go along. Click on any of the issues below for more informationAdopt single payer national health insurance Cut the huge, bloated, wasteful military budget No to nuclear power, solar energy firstAggressive crackdown on corporate crime and corporate welfareOpen up the Presidential debates Adopt a carbon pollution tax Reverse U.S. policy in the Middle East Impeach Bush/Cheney Repeal the Taft-Hartley anti-union law Adopt a Wall Street securities speculation taxPut an end to ballot access obstructionismWork to end corporate personhood

The US "Status of Forces" Agreement [sic]: More info....

More details; click above. A summary:
Iraqi lawmakers have released new details of Bush administration demands in talks over a long-term compact between Iraq and the United States. The negotiations are being held before the UN mandate authorizing the US occupation expires next month. According to the McClatchy Newspapers, Iraqi parliamentarians say the US has demanded control of at least fifty-eight military bases, as well as Iraqi airspace up to 30,000 feet. The fifty-eight US bases would nearly double the current total of around thirty bases. In what could be seen as a threat to Iran, the lawmakers also say the US has demanded rights that would effectively allow it to decide if another country is committing aggression against Iraq. The Bush administration does not consider its invasion and occupation an act of aggression against Iraq. But it’s repeatedly accused Iran of intervening in Iraq’s affairs. Iraqi lawmakers say they’ve rejected these proposals. The Independent of London repo…