Archive for ‘October, 2009’

Pentagon Dirty Bombers: Depleted Uranium in the USA

Pentagon Dirty Bombers: Depleted Uranium in the USA

The Nuclear Regulator Commission will be holding hearings tomorrow and Wednesday in Hawaii on an application by the US Army for a permit to have depleted uranium at its Pohakuloa Training Area, a vast stretch of flat land in what’s called the “saddle” between the sacred mountains of Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea on Hawaii’s Big Island, and at the Schofield Barracks on the island of Oahu.

Ellsberg On Afghanistan: Obama Must Learn Lessons Of Vietnam

Ellsberg On Afghanistan: Obama Must Learn Lessons Of Vietnam

Daniel Ellsberg says that as President Obama decides what to do in Afghanistan he must learn the lessons of Vietnam. Tweet

Pentagon Bans Book By Noted Linguist, Anti-War Activist Noam Chomsky

Pentagon Bans Book By Noted Linguist, Anti-War Activist Noam Chomsky

The Pentagon has paid anti-war activist Noam Chomsky the highest honor any totalitarian entity can bestow upon an author: they’ve banned his book Interventions at Guantanamo Bay prison. They won’t say precisely why they “honored” Chomsky, but Navy spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Brook DeWalt told the Miami Herald that Interventions might negatively “impact on [Gitmo’s] good order and discipline.”

Freddie Mac, Given Oversight of Mortgage Mod Program, Falls Down on Job

Freddie Mac, Given Oversight of Mortgage Mod Program, Falls Down on Job

Since its March launch, the government’s $50 billion program to prevent foreclosures has been marked by confusion, delays and doubts. A little-noticed conclusion in a government report released on Wednesday reveals that the program’s auditor is no different: Freddie Mac—yes, that Freddie Mac—has been given responsibility for auditing the program. And it turns out, Freddie is stuck at square one.

Musicians (Finally) Say No To Music Torture

Musicians (Finally) Say No To Music Torture

Well, that took a while. Nearly a year after George W. Bush’s Republican party was voted out of office, and at least five years after reports first surfaced that music was being used in “War on Terror” facilities in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantánamo as part of a package of “enhanced interrogation technique,” — which, in any world other than the reality-defying one inhabited by Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld, would have been defined as torture — several noted musicians have spoken out to condemn the practice.

Medicare Drug Planners Now Lobbyists, With Billions at Stake

Medicare Drug Planners Now Lobbyists, With Billions at Stake

Four years ago, a group of lawmakers and aides crafted Medicare Part D, the prescription drug program for seniors that has produced billions of dollars of profits for pharmaceutical companies. Today, at least 25 of those key players are back, but this time they’re lobbyists, trying to persuade their former colleagues to protect the lucrative system during the health care reform negotiations.

Outrageous Thought of the Day: Nuclear Hypocrisy

Outrageous Thought of the Day: Nuclear Hypocrisy

How absurd is it that we have the government on the one hand pulling back from using a hollowed out mountain in Nevada to store nuclear waste because of a fear (legitimate I grant) that hundreds or thousands of years hence, some earthquake or other catastrophe could cause the stored waste to leak into the water table, while on the other hand we have this same government deliberately taking some of the most dangerous waste–the actual uranium from the used fuel rods–and putting it into bombs, shells and bullets to be splattered and burned all across the landscape?

The Wall Street Economic Death Squad

The Wall Street Economic Death Squad

Paraphrasing a very insightful quote: ‘The amount of poverty and suffering required for the emergence of a Goldman Sachs, and the amount of depravity that the accumulation of a fortune of such a magnitude entails is left out of the mainstream media, and it is not always possible to make the people in general see this.’

Depleted Uranium: Dead Babies in Iraq and Afghanistan Are No Joke

Depleted Uranium: Dead Babies in Iraq and Afghanistan Are No Joke

The horrors of the US Agent Orange defoliation campaign in Vietnam, about which I wrote on Oct. 15, could ultimately be dwarfed by the horrors caused by the depleted uranium weapons which the US began using in the 1991 Gulf War (300 tons), and which it has used much more extensively–and in more urban, populated areas–in the Iraq War and the now intensifying Afghanistan War.

Holder Unveils Formal Medical Marijuana Guidelines

Holder Unveils Formal Medical Marijuana Guidelines

The guidelines make clear that the focus of federal resources should not be on individuals whose actions are in compliance with existing state laws, while underscoring that the Department will continue to prosecute people whose claims of compliance with state and local law conceal operations inconsistent with the terms, conditions, or purposes of those laws.

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